Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Beejeeber's Blocks!!!

I can't tell you how fun it is to check the mail and have squishy packages.  I get all smiley before I even open them up :)  And then I open them and just get per-ma grin!!!  It's my month for the Beejeeber's Bee and my fabulous bee gal's are making me blocks from my Star Value tutorial :)  Here are the newest blocks that came in this last week :)  I really have some of the best bee mates!!!

Sorry, somehow I missed ironing this one :)

And, of course, I couldn't help but lay them out to see it all coming together.  To say I a excited about this quilt would be a massive understatement.  Only 3 blocks to arrive and then I get to start stitching it up.  Yippee Skippee!!! 

And in other Bee news . . . I was invited to join another bee group, The Bees Knees.  Like my current bee, these are some amazingly talented quilters.  I already know some of the ladies and am looking forward to getting to know the others :)  So exciting, I just can't wait to get started :)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


So remember the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long idea???   I know, it has been a little while since I brought it up, but I promise, I haven't forgot it.  I have been working on it trying to get all that behind the scenes stuff done.  I plan on having fabric bundles available like we did with the Starburst Quilt-A-Long as many of you seemed to like that, and I think this time there will be bundles in both prints and solids :)  Now, I am just looking at the calendar, trying to find a time that work well where I can post each week without being out of town.  And that is looking like End of July . . . Beginning of August.   So here is a reminder, that it is on the way. I am so excited, I just love Quilt-A-Longs and I so love this pattern.

This won't be the fabric I am using, but i was just giving you an idea of how a multiple layout could look.

If you are looking for a Quilt-A-Long in the meantime . . Christa from Christa Quilts, one of my good friends and sponsors is staring a Quilt-A-Long featuring Pear Bracelets by Lizzy House.  (Which I just adore!!)  The Quilt-A-Long is called String of Pearls and will launch Wednesday, June 5th, That's next week!!!  You can find out all the details at Christa's Quilt-A-Long Page.    And, if you find you need some Pearl Bracelets, Christa has kits available that are even 10% off with the coupon code CQA2013 at checkout. So pop on over to Christa Quilts and check it out, it sounds like a lot of fun!!!

And I am off to take child #1 to the orthodontist ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So Quiet

Yup, things have been a little on the quiet side the last few days.  That's because we were camping and you just don't have internet connections in the great outdoors.   Friday morning we loaded the kids up and headed up the mountain to some family property for some good old camping family fun.

We love camping!!  Can you tell by the smiles??

The girls taking a break from our "clearing a trail" activity aka work project.

And if it is one thing that will always be a guarantee, it is that we end taking half of the dirt from the mountain home ;)  (But if I am being honest, I get a kick out of the dirty faces, so cute!!!)

And after a long day of play, I love to take a moment and just enjoy the beauty of nature at sunset.

 Talk about a view.  Just stunning.  You can actually see Zion National Park along the horizon :)

And lest you think I didn't manage to squeeze any quilting into the weekend . . .

I practiced a little free motion quilting designs while the kids and I enjoyed some sidewalk chalk time.

And, with the help of my cutting mat caddy, I managed to cut out the pieces for a new quilt while the younger girls took a nap.

So that's what we have been up to :)

And now I am off to widdle down the massive pile of laundry from the weekend ;)  Gotta love that campfire smell!!
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Interlocking Rectangles - A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Thank you all so much on your sweet comments for my Rally quilt I finished yesterday !  I am just over the moon about it and am so glad to finally have my own personal quilt finished :)  And as promised, I managed to finish the video for the free motion quilting design I quilted on it, Interlocking Rectangles :)  This is a fantastic, beginner friendly, wonderfully modern free motion design that will go perfectly with your geometric quilts :)

Here is an example of the pattern :)

And here is the video tutorial :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Linking this video finish (and the quilt for that matter) up to Amanda's :)
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013

I just love Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I love seeing so many amazing quilts and finding great new quilting friends and their amazing creations!!  Welcome to any new friends stopping by for the first time!!

I am so excited to share a new quilt that I just finished today!!!  (I know, just under the wire there :)  This quilt has been on my to do list for a while, pretty much ever since I finished this quilt for my husband.  I knew I wanted my own  Rally Quilt with my Alma Mater's logo and my own design that would be similar enough to match his with our same school colors :)

This design has been in my sketch book just waiting to be turned into this quilt.  I just love coming up with geometric patterns that seem to weave together.  They have such amazing movement to them.  This one took a little while to design, but i knew the moment I saw it sketched out on graph paper that I would be fantastic.  I am working on writing a  pattern for it that will hopefully be done next week. It is a block pattern but I love that it doesn't look like it is.  

The applique was tricky to say the least.  (Okay, let's just say it was hard.)   Southern Utah University's fabulous thunderbird logo really forced me to raise the bar on my applique skills. But after hours of cutting and stitching around all the individual pieces, it was perfection.  And honestly, I couldn't be happier, I just love it!!!

Here is a look at it appliqued and attached to the quilt.  I quilted this with a new free motion design for me.  And all over interlocking rectangles pattern.  I am hoping to get a video tutorial edited and posted tomorrow on how to do it :)  It really is a super fun pattern to stitch that has a great modern feel and really fits this geometric pattern well.

And just for fun, here are our two Rally quilts together.  Luckily, our Universities don't compete against each other,  But if they did, I would be yelling, "Go Thunderbirds" while wrapped in my new Rally quilt!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share my quilt.  Now pop on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all of the amazing quilts!!! 

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