Thursday, August 22, 2013

Almost There

I finished up all the corners and sides for my Star Surround top last night.  To say I am happy about how well the Star Surround QAL is going would be a vast understatement.  It is just so wonderful to have so many great friends to Quilt-A-Long with and I am so totally excited that it is nearing the end and I will get to see everyone's finished projects.  It's my favorite part of hosting a Quilt-A-Long!!

So this weekend, I will be taking all of the pieces and turning them into these beautiful blocks and the blocks into a quilt top in order to have the tutorial ready for Monday Morning.  Seriously, I can't believe how quick this has gone.  I mean, the last tutorial of this series is Monday and Grand Prize Linky will be opened.  I can't wait, and then everyone gets them quilted and the parade,  Oh, I am getting ahead of myself.  One week at a time :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!  I know I plan to, that is, right after I clean my bathrooms ;)
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Out with the Old . . . In with the New

So to say I am excited about the new cutting mat I got for my birthday would be a vast understatement.  It is so absolutely fantastic.  The old one had a huge bubble in the center from one of our moves where it didn't quite stay laying flat which made it such  pain to cut in the middle.

And because of that, the side lines started to look less like lines and more like gorges.  Seriously, I start to wonder how I cut straight lines on some of these :)  But never fear, this good old friend won't be tossed out.  It will now be my traveling mat that I will use when teaching.  Then I won't be near as stressed about trying to keep it laid out on the seats flat which is impossible with seat belts ;)

Seriously, I keep rubbing my hand over the new one because I love how absolutely perfectly smooth it is :)

But it won't stay like that for long.  I was so excited I whipped out some new projects.  A quick fun project using solids from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line.

And a not so quick project to cut out using Sweetwater's Road 15 line.  I can not wait to start putting this quilt together.  I am so totally excited about it!!!

So now that I am all cut out, its back to the sewing.  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Thank You and Winner

Thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes and your sweet comments on Petal Pop.  I had a wonderful birthday filled with quilting, family, and fabric shopping.  Doesn't get much better than that in my world :)  So now, I need to pick some birthday giveaway winners.

The following three will get to choose 4 of my patterns for their giveaway prize :)  And the winners are . . .

Who are . . .

Congrats GranChris, Julie and supersara20!!!

I am off to bind a new quilt that I hope to share soon.  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Star Surround Quilt-A-Long - Surrounds

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of 4 of the $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread and Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule

Aug 19 - Building Block Surround
Aug 26 - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
Sept 16 - Star Surround Parade and Grand Prize Winners

It's time for a winner from the Star Center Assignment.  And I have to say, I am so excited about how many of you are quilting-a-long with me.  Normally people start falling off as you get father into one of these but I am seeing the opposite, we keep growing.  It is just awesome and oh so much fun.  So thank you!!!!

The Star Center Assignment winner who gets  a  8 Fat Quarters from Parson Gray's new line Curious Nature from  The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is #53- Kate!!! - Congrats :) 


Alright, it's Another week and another new assignment.  This weeks assignment is building the pieces for the Star Surround.  Yes, were just building the pieces.  I know a lot of you were planning on seeing your whole block come together in this assignment but that is actually part of next week, mostly because it evens the work load and gives those people doing a 1 x 1 layout something to do next week.  (But, if you are so excited and just can't wait, I won't mind if you work ahead :) 


So, here is where we use up all the pieces that you have left.  For each block in your project you will need to have 12 Flying Geese and 12 squares all of the same print.  You will need 8 background squares.  And finally, you will need 2 HST's.  Now, which HST's you choose is your choice.  I personally am using 2 of each print from the star that will be inside this particular surround.  You can choose to lay yours out this way, or you can just randomly pick any HST's to mix it up a bit.  Totally your decision.

But if you do decide to follow my lead and use the prints from the stars, I suggest matching each surround print to a star, just so you make sure you don't end up with any repeat prints in the end :)

This weeks assignment is broken into 2 parts the Corners and the Sides.  We will start with the Corners.


For each corner you will need 2 background squares, 1 HST, and 1 print square.  You will be making 4 corners per block.  Lay your 4 squares out as follows.

Place the right hand side squares onto the left hand squares with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edges aligning as you go.  Press towards the background fabric in both sets so your seams will nest.

Now, this part is pretty easy to chain stitch if you so desire.  Simply make a big stack of print and background squares and sew them all in a big chain.  Do the same for the HST and the background square, just take care that your HST is always facing the right direction.

Lay your top row onto your bottom with right sides together.  Nest and pin your center seam in place.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.  Press your seam open.  Once again, I liked to pin all of my pieces for all of my blocks and then chain stitch them.  Just take care that you are adding the right tops to bottoms if you are not doing a random layout ;)

And you are done with a corner.  If you haven't been chain stitching you will need to repeat the process to create a total of 4 corners for each block in your project.


And now, you are ready to move onto the sides of the surround.  For each side you will need 3 flying geese units and 2 print squares.  You will be making a total of 4 sides per block.  Lay your pieces out as follows.

We will be sewing the pieces into rows.  For the top row, place the right hand side onto the left with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge and press seam open.  For the bottom row, place a print square onto either side of the geese unit.  Sew a 1/4" seam along each edge and press towards the print square.

Once again, this is another step that I found really helpful to chain stitch.  I know, you are a pro at this now!!!  For the top row, I sewed 4 sets of flying geese of each print in a row followed by the next 4 sets and sew on.  When sewing these, I just aligned as I went, lifting the corner of each flying geese to make sure that my seams on the geese were aligning.  That is what will give you the perfect point.   I then chain stitched the second row adding the left hand square to the geese unit for all of my units and then clipping threads and going back and adding the right hand square. 

 With your two rows pressed, place the top row onto the bottom row with right sides together.  There won't be any seams to match, but I still pin this in place to keep it from shifting.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and press open.

When sewing your 1/4" seam, take care to sew directly along the bottom of the print "v" when sewing across the seam.  This will give you a nice perfect point.

And your side is complete.  If you haven't been chain stitching, you will want to repeat these steps to create a total of 4 sides per block in your project.

And that is this weeks assignment all completed.  4 Corners and 4 Sides for each of the blocks in your project.

And here are my pieces all done :)  So get sewing and when your pieces are complete you can enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Southern Fabric. and a huge thanks goes out to Aubrey for her support of the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks  prize is $25.00 Gift Certificate to Southern Fabric!!.  Yup, so you basically get to pic your own prize, so exciting!!!

So what do you have to do for a chance to win these fat quarters?  Simple . . . Just link up your Surround pieces at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by next Monday morning as I will be announcing a winner in next weeks post :)

If you don't get your Surround Pieces done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long.  So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!!  Just link up when you can :)

And don't forget to add your Stars to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!!  I am just so excited, we are nearing the end!!  

So let's get sewing!!!  And if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Petal Pop - A Quick Quilts Quilt

I have been so excited to share this finish for months!!  I tell you, secret quilting is hard.  But, today is the day I can share.  Yippee!!!  And so, without further ado this is Petal Pop!!!

Oh, I just love the way this turned out.  I love that the design really lends itself to a vintage feel.  The design was inspired by a tatting that I saw once and fell in love with.  And this quilt is a monster.  Coming in at 106" x 106"  it will be perfect for my king size bed :)  Can't wait for it to make it's way home and have some options for what decorates my bed :)

The pattern for this quilt can be found in this month's edition of McCall's Quick Quilts.  And yes, it really is a quick quilt, even though it is such a large one.  This quilt is made entirely of jelly rolls and big blocks, so yup, it really is quick :)

I used Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics. I really think the soft tones and beautiful prints really added to the vintage feel that I was going for.   Thank you again Moda for providing these beautiful Jelly Rolls for me.  And because Moda provided earlier prints for me, you can actually still find Mimi in the stores.  Yippee!!!

The quilting was done by an amazing gal here in Cedar City.  Her name is Linda Walters.   She quilted free motion feathers in the background and then curves on the petals with a flower in the center of each pieced flower.  She added so much beauty and texture to the quilt with her amazing quilting.  Thanks again Linda!!!

So that's Petal Pop.  Ahh, I am just so excited!!  Each time I am published it is like the first.  I have a little perma grin all day :)  I just can't help but smiling.  And I am off to JoAnn's this morning where I will find the magazine in the shelf and do a little happy dance most likely.  I tell you, it is hard not to run up to the cashier and be all "look, I made this".  But I have restrained myself from going that far :)  

But why am I going to JoAnn's???  Well, It's my birthday today and I am off to buy myself a new cutting mat.  Mine has gorges on several of the cutting line from all the use it has taken.  And, since it is my birthday, (like how I just tried to slide that in there)  I want to do a little celebrating.  So, leave me a comment on what is your favorite type of dessert to have on your birthday (mine is cheesecake) and I will draw 3 winners next Tuesday to send 4 patterns of their choice to :)  Yippee!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend.

I am linking up to Amanda's and Sarah's :)
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