Monday, July 25, 2016

July Sew Sampler Box!!!!

I was so super excited when arrived home today from a Family Reunion to find my July Sew Sampler Box in my mail!!!!  Of course, even though I had a mountain of laundry to start and bags to unpack, I couldn't wait to tear it open and see what was inside.  (And I didn't have much service while I was gone, so I didn't even see the surprise peeks on Instagram ;)    And can I just say, Whooo Hoo!!  Seriously, each box is a new favorite!!!

I am so super excited about these beautiful Dixie prints by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics!!!  I just love Allison's wonderful designs and summery colors!!!  And this is a Fat Eighth bundle so I will have lots of it to play with ;)

And the notions in this Sew Sampler Box were fantastic!!!!  I love the Sewline Pencils, but I might have to hide them from my girls as they saw the little butterflies and totally wanted my pencil :)  And I can't wait to try out the Pie Ruler from Lori Holt ;)   I just love trying out new rulers!!!!   And finally, I have wanted an Olfa Splash  Rotary Cutter for so long but couldn't justify buying another Rotary Cutter just because I liked the color :)   And now, I totally have one and it is going to be my favorite, I can tell ;)

And that's not everything!!!  There was an adorable Quilt Block Needle Case, an exclusive Pattern to use our beautiful Dixie Fat Eighth's and of course, the Block 4 Recipe Card!!!  And you know I had to whip up the block right away ;)   I can't tell you how good it felt to be sitting at my machine after being away for 5 days ;)   Ah, it's like a little slice of heaven ;)  And how cute is this month's block!!!  I just can't wait to see these all come together ;)  

I just opened the box and already I want it to be August 20th so I can open another surprise box of quilty goodness!!!  You can find out all about the Sew Sampler Box right over here ;)  

Hope you have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long - Half Square Triangles

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win $100.00 Gift Certificate and Fat Quarter Bundle 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

July 21st - Half Square Triangles (Today)
August 4th - Drunkards Path
August 18th - Building Blocks
September 1st - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
September 15th- Summer Solstice Parade and Grand Prize Winners

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Flying Geese Assignment.   And great job to everyone on their gaggle of geese!!!  It is so much fun to be quilting-a-long with you all!!!

The Flying Geese assignment winner who gets a  Volume II Jelly Roll by Sweetwater for Moda from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .
#19 - Marlene!!! - Congrats :)


So I know lots of you have been anxiously awaiting this assignment . . .  so let's get right to it :)  If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)


Half Square triangles are fun and fast and probably the most versatile building block in all of the piecing units you can make.  (At least in my opinion :)

Start by gathering all your squares for the HST's, print fabrics and background fabrics.    These are the squares you labeled with HST and should measure one of the following sizes.  (They can easily be confused with the DP squares, so be sure to double check ;)
For a 20" Block - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares
For a 24" Block - 4" x 4"
For a 28" Block - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
For a 32" Block - 5" x 5"
For a 40" Block - 6" x 6"

So just to help clarify . . .  if you are doing the 2 x 2 the 3 x 3, or the 4 x 4 layout, you should have 12 squares of each of your print fabrics.   So the 2 x 2 layout, 12 squares each of 4 different fabrics for a total of 48 print squares and 48 background squares.   For the 3 x 3 layout, 12 squares each of 9 different fabrics for a total of 108 print squares and 108 background squares.  And for a 4 x 4 layout, you should have 12 squares each of 16 different fabrics for a total of 192 print squares and 192 background squares.  

And if you are doing the 1 x 1 layout You should have 8 squares of your "Corner" print fabric and 4 squares of your "Surround" print fabric.  You will have a total of 12 squares in 2 different prints and 12 background squares as well.

So has everyone found their squares??  Excellent, let's make some Half Square Triangles!!!
Start by using a ruler to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all of your print fabrics (or if your background fabric is darker than your print fabrics, draw the line on those instead ;)  I like to draw my lines with a Frixion Pen as the lines will disappear with heat.   And depending on your machine set-up . . . you might be able to skip drawing the lines all together.

If you have a table around your machine, or if your machine comes with a large "table" you can extend your machines 1/4" mark with tape and then use that as a guide instead of having to draw a line.  There is a great You Tube Video from Fat Quarter Shop on how to mark your machines 1/4" line, I just don't bother to layer the tape as I am just using it for a reference, so just one layer.     Or, I recently discovered the Clearly Perfect Angle, which has both the 1/4" Mark and the Center Mark (for stitch and flip) marked.  I have quickly become a huge fan of this as it eliminates a whole ton of drawing lines!!!

So how do you use your extended  1/4" line guide.  Easy!!  Simply line your 1/4" foot up with the corner of your square, then align the opposite corner with your 1/4" guide.  Start stitching and just keep the corner of the square aligned with that 1/4" extended line while stitching :)  Easy as that!!!  And the nice thing is, we will be trimming these HST's so if you get a bit off, no worries ;)  But I will mention, if you are doing the larger squares, you are most likely going to have to draw your lines as you table will most likely not be long enough to see the alignment.  (Although the Clearly Perfect Angle uses those angled green lines to help with that ;)

Okay . . . With that little tidbit that can hopefully save some of you some time . . .Let's get back to our Half Square Triangles ;)  

Take a print square and a background square and align them with rights sides together.  Pin both sides adjacent to that drawn line, be sure to place them far enough out to leave room for your presser foot to stitch on by.  Depending on the size of the square will determine how many pins you want to use. (if you use any at all, if you are feeling confident and your squares aren't to large, you can stitch these without pinning :)   Stitch a seam 1/4" from EITHER side of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :)

And just like our Flying Geese, the easiest way to do this is to chain stitch in assembly line fashion ;)  So just like in the Flying Geese, Start by stitching a 1/4" seam on the right hand side of the drawn line (or along the center aligned with your 1/4" guide if you don't have a line) . I chain stitched all 108 units at once making a very long snake, but feel free to break it up into blocks if  you prefer ;)  

  Then clip the threads between the squares, stack them up, and you are ready for more stitching.  Now stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of your units.  Once they are all stitched,  clip the remaining threads between the squares  ;)  And if you notice my little ipod under the table, that's because I love to listen to a good audio book while doing all of this stitching :)

Now, with the stitching done, it's time to do some more cutting.   Align your ruler along the drawn center line (or from corner to corner)   Cut along the edge of your ruler, creating two triangles that each have a 1/4" seam along the long side.

Now Pressing.  (and this is where I like to watch a good movie :)     Press your HST units towards the darker fabric, so in my case that would be the print fabrics ;)  I recently found that I prefer to press them from the front rather than the back, but do  what is comfortable for you :)

And now the fun part, trimming.  You will be trimming your blocks to 1/2" smaller than their original size.  So that means trim to the following sizes :

20" Block - 3" squares
24" Block - 3 1/2" squares
28" Block - 4" squares
32" Block - 4 1/2" squares
40" Block - 5 1/2" squares

 I am making 28" blocks so this trimming example will have raw 4 1/2" HST's that are being trimmed to 4" square.  So lets start ;)  Begin by aligning the 45 degree line on your square ruler with the seam line on your half square triangle.  Make sure that the raw edges of the half square triangle are over the 4" line's on your ruler.  Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler.  There won't be a whole lot to trim.

Now spin your half square triangle unit 180 degrees.  Once again, align the 45 degree line on your ruler with the seam line on your half square triangle.  Align the raw edges of the half square triangle under the ruler on the 4" lines on your ruler.  Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler.

And you have perfectly square Half Square Triangles.  They are just so pretty!  And I know, it seems like a lot of work to just trim off a little, but having perfect HST's allows you to have awesome pretty points and really makes the piecing of the block easier ;)   I promise, it will totally be worth it!

Now, when I trim, I like to do some massive assembly trimming.  (again, this saves some time ;)   So I lay out as many units as I can fit on my large cutting mat at once and I trim the first two sides on all of my HST's.  (and instead of my regular ruler, I use my favorite  Bloc Loc HST ruler  for trimming, it has a groove where the seam lines up that "locks" the ruler in place, love it!!!! )

Then, I rotate them all of the HST Units 180 degrees, and I don't worry about all of the previous trims, they can be picked up later.  Now I trim the remaining 2 sides on all  the HST's.  I just move up and down the rows, quick as a bunny :)    Now just shake them off, and stack them up :)

And just like that, you have a whole ton of perfectly trimmed Half Square Triangle units ;)   You will have twice as many Half Square Triangle Units as you had squares to start ie 24 Half Square Triangle Units per block in your quilt :)  

And that is how it is done!!!  A pile of 24 HST's for each block in your project.   Now, I want to throw in a quick note here.  I know just how much trimming this is, a ton!!!  Especially if you are doing the 3 x 3  or 4 x 4 layouts.  So if your piles for linking look a little like this  (aka not trimmed) that is totally okay.  You can continue to trim over the coming weeks spreading the job out a bit.  Don't go making your hand unusable for 5 days because you trimmed all at once.  And please link up your untrimmed blocks if you cant finish your trimming.   Linked untrimmed piles are just as perfect as linked trimmed piles.  

Oh, and in case you don't have a square ruler you can see the end of this tutorial on how to square up your HST's using a rectangle ruler.  It takes a second longer but still works :)

And that's it!!    And now you can enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.   and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks prize is for a super adorable Moxi Charm Pack by Studio M for Moda.  Don't you just love charm packs, they are so much fun and these prints are just so happy!!!

So what do you have to do for a chance to win the charm pack?  Simple . . . Just link up your stacks of HST's :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by the morning of Thursday August 4th when I will be announcing a winner in the next post :)

If you don't get your HST's done (trimmed or untrimmed)  by August 4th 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 beautiful  to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media with using #summersolsticequiltalong.    I am so excited to see all of your stacks of Half Square Triangles ;)

So let's get sewing and trimming some Half Square Triangles ;)   Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the  Flow Layer Cake from The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co  is . . .   Number #283 . . . Congrats  Havplenty!!! I have emailed you :)    

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And did you know they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!  You will find some amazing deals there ;)

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving one luck reader a $50.00 Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate!!!! Someone is going to have a whole lot of fun shopping!!!

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me which chore around the house do you not mind doing?  (I have to clean house today and need some motivation :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, July 26th , when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Splendid Sampler Saturday on Monday

It's not Saturday, it is Monday.   I had planned to write this post on Saturday but found myself sick in bed all day instead, boo :(   But on the bright side, it seems to have been a  24 hour type of thing, so I am feeling better today and am now playing catch-up from Saturday.  So . . . on with the Splendid Sampler Blocks ;)

First up, the Sew South block designed by Jennifer Mathis.  I had a lot of fun fussy cutting these little hexies to make them look like petals ;)   And opted for just some easy raw edge applique of the shapes, I just love how it turned out ;)  Isn't the little flower in the center just perfect!!

Second is the Pencils block designed by Jane Davidson.  This is another paper piecing block, and I have to say, I get a little more excited with each one of these as I feel like I am understanding paper piecing more and more ;)   And I just love those little pencils, aren't they just so stinking cute ;)  

And Third is the Pincushion Love block designed by Pat Sloan.  This block was super nostalgic for me ;)   My mother totally had a pincushion just like this, strawberry and all!!!!   It was so much fun to make up and think of her making all of us kids matching shorts and shirts for the summer.  It was a  great rip down memory lane ;)   Oh, and I couldn't help but make the strawberry out of a little strawberry, so fun!!

And Finally, the Sewing Nut block designed by Frances Newcombe.   I have to admit, I was a little nervous about how my little squirrel would turn out all monochromatic, but I am happy to report, that I am so loving him ;)   And instead of the yo-yo I opted to add this fun flower button that had fallen off of one of my daughters little sun dresses years ago and I just added it to my button collection.  Isn't it just so adorable in the block ;)

And with that, we are all caught up again, :)  And now, I am off to catch up on some of the sewing that I had planned to do on Saturday ;)   I will say, the silver lining of being sick, is really appreciating how much energy you can have on a Monday Morning when you are feeling well ;) 

I hope you are all having  a Happy Quilting Monday!!!
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along - Chain Block

Yippee, it's the 15th and that means it is time for another Crossroads Quilt Along post !!!    I am super excited, because today is the last set of blocks, the sixth set, which means we are getting closer to seeing a finished Crossroads Quilt Along quilt!!!.

This month  is the  Chain Block and there are a lot of them, 18 to be exact!!!  So fun :)   But no worries, we used strip piecing to put these together, so even though it looks like a lot of piecing, it goes pretty fast ;)

You know that I am totally loving this Chain Block, as I love all things chains in quilting ;)   I just love the way they connect everything and create such great movement in the quilt ;)     

If you sewing along or want to join in on the fun,  you can download the block pattern right here and then don't forget to donate the $5.00 for the pattern to the March of Dimes  ;)  This QAL is raising funds for premature babies and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda and All of Us are teaming up to make a big impact!    It is so wonderful to see how much has already been raised!!

And like always,  Kimberly and Joanna , have made a fabulous You Tube video that walks you through making the block step by step.  So if you have never strip pieced or made squares in a square blocks before, you are about to learn something new ;)  

Be sure to  share all of your Crossroads progress on social media with #crossroadsquiltalong and check out these fabulous bloggers who are quilting along for some Chain Block inspiration :)  

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

Next month well be putting the top together and I am so excited!!!!  See you on the 15th of next month.  So fun!!!  Are you Quilting Along??

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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