Monday, March 13, 2017

Modern Machine Quilting

Some of the most common questions I get asked around here are machine quilting questions, so when I was asked by my good friends at F & W Media if I wanted to review Catherine Redford's newest book Modern Machine Quilting, I totally jumped at the chance ;)    And I have to say, if you are quilting on your home machine, this book is a fantastic resource!!!

The book is broken down into 5 Chapters . . . Getting Started, Walking-Foot Quilting, Free-Motion Quilting, Putting it Together, and Projects.  Each section is jammed pack with lots of amazing tidbits on machine quilting and wonderful step by step pictures that really guide you through some of the quilt designs Catherine shares.

I love the depth that Catherine dives into for each chapter.  There are over 20 pages on "getting started" and she even thought to cover such things as your Chair and the Lighting in your room and how those little things make such a difference.   Ingenious!!!!

The Walking-Foot Quilting and Free-Motion Quilting chapters are just packed with so many wonderful designs.  And the pictures and drawings make it really easy to follow.   I still like to quilt my mini's on my home machine and I am super excited to try out some of the new designs Catherine shares.    But I just had to share this.  At the end of the Free-Motion Quilting section Catherine has these amazing words of advice!!!   So true, so true!!!  And don't you just love the idea of a "stitch vocabulary", what a fun way to put it :)

My absolute favorite part of the book was the Putting It Together chapter.  I think one of the hardest parts of the quilting is deciding what is the "right" design to quilt.   In this chapter Catherine shares pictures of her quilts and with each picture she adds the thought and decision making process of why she quilted each quilt in that particular design.  It was so amazing to be able to follow her design process and incredibly insightful.

Catherine finishes out the book with 3 fun patterns that also include the ideas for quilting them.  It is really nice to be able to see that part of "quilt as desired" stretched out so you can really get a peek into why the quilting patterns used where chosen and how it helps to highlight the design.


So, ya, you can say that I am a fan of this book!!!  As I said in the beginning, Modern Machine Quilting is an excellent resource for anyone who is quilting on their home machine and I am excited to continue going through it to pick up more fantastic tidbits on how I can improve my machine quilting ;)

I hope you are having a very Happy Quilting Monday!!!

See ya tomorrow with Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day :)

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Splendid Sampler Saturday

Eeekkk!!!  What a fantastic Saturday morning I am having.  Like I said on Wednesday, I have really been wanting to get my Splendid Sampler quilt top sewn up.  But you know how things get busy.   Well this morning I figured what better day than a "Splendid Sampler Saturday" to set aside everything else on my cutting mat  for a bit and start sewing together my Splendid Sampler rows.   And aren't they just so fun!!!!

They are coming together quick and I love the added sashing and chain!!!  It just frames those happy colored blocks and makes them pop all the more.   5 block rows down and 6 sashing rows down.  Only 8 more of each to go.  They  are coming together at a decent speed, all that shasing takes a bit longer, but so totally worth it.   Here's hoping to have more progress to share next Saturday!!!

I hope you are having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!! 
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP - Old, New, and In Between

So it's Wednesday, and today just seemed to be the perfect day to share some Works in Progress, and the first one is an old one, even though I realized, strangely enough, that I never shared the start of it here on my blog, I just had this Instagram pic  ;)

 Back at Spring Market,  I got a super fun Mini Quick Curve Ruler and started to play with it as soon as I got back home.  I loved the original Quick Curve Ruler (made this quilt with it) and knew I was going to love the mini as well!!!  My plan was to make a Mini Rings using the super adorable Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique.   I got all of the curved sub-piecing and cutting done (love that ruler!!!)  and then sadly, this fell to to bottom of the pile, which tends to happen when it doesn't have a deadline.  But . . . I got a call this week and my twin sister found out she is having a GIRL!!!!!   Deadline made and this quilt just flew to the top of the to finish list ;)   So excited to be playing with these fun curves again!!!!

And you know, I just can't help but adding new Works In Process.   A week ago I decided that I wanted to participate in the Moda Bella Challenge.   I had read about it a while back and didn't think twice as those super bold colors were a bit out of my comfort zone.  But then, after seeing so many great pictures from Quilt Con and such an amazing display of bold and beautiful quilts, well, it made me think that maybe its time for another little push out of my comfort zone :)  So I ordered 2 of the Bella Challenge Packs from Fat Quarter Shop and am ready to go.  Now, just to come up with a design.   More on this to come :)

And finally, my poor Splendid Sampler Blocks have been sorted and ready to sew into rows for almost a month now.   I really want to get these sewn together soon so that I can enjoy the finished quilt.  I mean, we spent a year sewing these blocks together, I would hate for it to take me another year to get them into a finished quilt ;)

So that's what I am working on . .  .What are you working on in your neck of the woods??
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!    Let's have some fun!!!

But  before we get to today's giveaways . . . First,  we need to announce the winners from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!   The winner of the Sweet Marion Layer Cake from Olie and Evie  is . . . Number #8. . . Congrats Kelly Wall !!!!! I have emailed you :)    

So on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Julie is celebrating today because she is moving to a brand new shop!!!   You can now find The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co right over here.  And along with the new shop, she has a fun new logo!!  And, along with hosting the giveaway, Julie is helping us all to Celebrate at her new shop with 20% off any purchase with the code HQMMARCH!!!   Yippee, let's have some shopping fun!!!

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Yup, we all love a good little shopping spree in a brand new store!!!  Isn't it fun to get to pick out your favorites ;)

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 your favorite bird.  (I woke up this morning to birds singing and it made me so happy that Spring is on it's way :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. love.   You can follow them on   Facebook or Sign up for their Newsletter (just scroll down a bit) .  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, March 14th 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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Friday, March 3, 2017

Jacob's Ladder

So remember that Jacob's Ladder quilt that I had started . . . well, it's Finished!!!!    And I love, love, love it!!!!

So if you have been around here for a bit, you know that I like to make quilts for my Alma Mater (Southern Utah University).   And I tell you what, every time I am working on one, I am always grateful that my school colors are red, white, and black!!!  You just can't get a more classic combination of color and it is always so incredibly striking!!   And don't you just love how the solids pop!!! 

This was such a fun quilt to make.  And because I was using just 3 fabrics, I was able to strip piece all of the 4-patches so that really speed things up!!!   It went together super fast (I have had it done for two weeks I just didn't get pictures taken before the hand surgery :) and I just can't get over how much I love the crisp classic look of it!!!  I might have to make another one just the same for next years's homecoming ;)    You can see more about the pattern from Fat Quarter Shop right over here and watch the fun video as well.  

When it came time to quilt it I opted for a fun all over medium size swirl.  I love coming back to this design.  It was pretty much the first design that I felt comfortable with on the long arm and so it is always super relaxing and super fun and I was able to quilt the entire top in about 1 hour and 15 minutes and that's not to shabby ;)

Plus, I just love, love, love the wonderful overall texture it adds to the quilt!!!   So pretty ;)   It is always hard to choose a thread color on these red/white. and black quilts because whatever you choose, it is going to stand out on either the red/black or the white.   But I was happy with the lovely 402, pearl, which blends perfectly on the white, and pops just a bit on the red and black ;)

And that is my Jacob's Ladder quilt!!!   I am so excited that I get to cross this classic quilt of my "to make someday" list.   Although, like I said, it was so much fun, I might just add it again :)   If you have a Jacob's Ladder quilt on your bucket list, you just might want to give it a try. . . trust me, you are gonna love it!!!

Thanks for popping in today and sharing this fun finish with me ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking this finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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