Friday, June 18, 2021

Stomping Ground x 3

 I have been doing some more secret sewing for my friends at Moda Fabrics and am excited to share another project I got to work on for them ;)  And I had so much fun with the sample, I made 2 more!!!   Let's start with the sample . . . I was thrilled when I opened my box from Moda to find an adorable Jungle Paradise Fat Quarter Bundle!!  This is a new line by Stacy Iest Hsu that releases in August.  It has monkeys, tigers, elephants, and frogs in bright happy colors.  And so what better pattern to make with these awesome prints than Wendy Shepherd's Stomping Ground.  

This quilt was so much fun to piece!!!   It really went together fast, like 2 days fast :)  I just loved sewing with these fabrics.  They are just so happy and bright and you can't help but smile while making cute little elephants!

And I love that the Stomping Ground pattern has the option to make a few elephants facing the other direction.  You don't have to do that, but it adds a fun little movement to it, it just meant I had to piece those two elephants separately from the others so I could mirror all of the piecing ;)  

And when it came time to quilt it, I decided on my favorite go to all over swirl.   I just love the texture it adds to the quilt, and it is so relaxing to quilt.   My favorite 402 So Fine blended perfectly into the background and still blended on all of those bright prints.  I just love 402!!! 

You only need 10 Fat Quarters, some background and binding to make this Stomping Ground quilt.  It finishes  at 48" x 60".   And if you want to make one to, without having a leftover 20 Fat Quarters from the bundle,  Fat Quarter Shop has a Kit already listed for it.   Again, it won't be available until August, but you can add your email to be notified when it is available.  And it just makes the cutest baby quilt!!

And since my good friends at Moda sent me the entire Jungle Paradise Fat Quarter Bundle to make this sample for them, I had a few Fat Quarters Left over.    And wouldn't you know it, I have a Niece expecting next month and a very good family friend expecting in September.   20 Jungle Paradise  Fat Quarters later and I had 2 more Stomping Ground quilts done ;)   Seriously, these are so fun and fast to make.   

You cut 2 elephants from each Fat Quarter, so I used one in each quilt to add even more color and variety into each quilt.   So fun!!!  I just love those deep purples, you know those are my ultimate favorite right ;) 

And I didn't mirror any of the elephants in these 2 quilts.  I just wanted to see them all in a line following each other.  I love it just as much.   And they made the perfect baby gifts for two very excited expecting moms ;)  

I thought it would be fun to add to the whole jungle idea when quilting them so I tried something new.   I took my Feathered Swirl free motion design and turned it into a swirled sun.    The first one I did nice sharp points around the swirls to make suns.

And to mix it up, on the second quilt I did more curvy lines to make the sun flares.   I love how they both turned out, but I think this curvy version is my favorite.   And it was easier to quilt, so double bonus!!

And when I was all done quilting, I realized I had one strip left from each of my fat quarters.  My niece is currently in Iowa and so it is super hot and humid.   Having had my second in the midwest in August, I knew she would need a super light receiving blanket.  So I stitched up the strips in a jelly roll race, and then used the leftover backing to make a self binding receiving blanket. There is no batting, so this will be super light, just two layers of cotton and I have to say . . .  It turned out so cute.  

Isn't that just the perfect pairing.   And my niece was in town last week and we had an adorable baby shower, and wouldn't you know it, they decorated with baby elephants.   It was perfect!!!!   Both mom and dad to be loved the pair and that of course made me just perma grin.    Oh, and the other super happy making of this all . . . Barbara is going to be a Great Grandma!!!   How fun is that ;)  

Thanks so much for popping in and sharing these finishes with me.  

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

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Kimberly's Fabric Stash is . . .   Number #230 . . . Congrats knelsonguru!  I have messaged you :)  

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . there are so many to choose from and they are all just stunning!!!  Isn't this new Happy Day bundle just so great!!!    Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a  Fantastic Sale with with lots of amazing discounts!!!! And don't forget to pop over to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop each day for the Daily Deal!!! I love something new on sale each and every day, it's so fun to see what shows up :)  

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including any of the awesome Lou Lou Bundle's or on the Daily Deal!!  Just perfect!!!!  

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 What is your Favorite Afternoon Snack?

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 22nd 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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Serendipity Quilt Along - Release 7

 Today is the Seventh and final row release of the Serendipity Quilt Along and I just love these stars!!!  I mean, how great is it that a chain is added to the corners of the star!!!   This is Fat Quarter Shop's 8th Annual Charity Quilt Along to benefit Make a Wish and I always love quilting along :)     So here are the Row 7 blocks . . . 

And don't they just look awesome all sewn in a row!!!  I love seeing a row of star blocks, they are just my favorite.  Especially that rainbow line one, so fun to see the lines criss cross!!  I am using Happy Days Fabric by Sherri and Chelsi, which is almost in shops :)  So great!!! 

So are you joining in with the Serendipity fun???   You can download the block pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)  And  Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL has made it's stretch goal of  $70,000 and is continuing to raise to grant wishes!!!  We are up to 10  wishes and might just make another.   So amazing!!!  

Fat Quarter Shop is doing Live  You Tube video tutorials this time.  Kimberly will walk you through the process of making the Release 7 blocks and sew right along with you.   The Row 7 Live Video will be Released on June 21th at 9 am CT.  So fun!!! 

Be sure to share all of your Serendipity progress on social media with #serendipityqal and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Release 7 for lots more Serendipity Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the Seventh Release in the Serendipity Quilt Along!!!!      

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

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Sewing with Barbara and Jessi (and Isaac)

We had such a fun weekend at the Panguitch Quilt Walk!!!  Jessi, Barbara and I all took a class together on Thursday afternoon, and it was just so wonderful to be able to sew with 3 generations all laughing together.  It truly is a dream come true for me, and I am so glad that Jessi gets to share this love with Barbara and I.   It is just moments of bonding and lots of memories made.   I wish I would have gotten a picture of the three of us together, but I barely remembered to snap this one at the end of class.   I just get so in the zone of sewing, tee hee hee.  

Jessi and I finished 4 Log Cabin Blocks and 4 Star Blocks (2 each) for the first part of class.   We then turned our focus to some serious chain piecing and have the remaining 28 Log Cabin Blocks over half way finished.    So hopefully it won't be long before we can share this all finished up :)   And speaking of that, thanks for all of your comments on the PDF vs Quilt Along post.    The general consensus was a PDF with multiple size options now, and a Quilt Along more towards the fall when life slows down.   So I will start working on the PDF and release it with the finished quilt ;)

After the class we took, I taught 3 more classes.  I was hopeful that Jessi would sew in the back of my class and continue to work on the log cabins, but quickly realized that wasn't going to happen.   You see, our classroom also doubled as a Beginning Medical Class at the High School, so there were beds in the back of the room, and one even had a friend in it :)   Jessi named him Prince Isaac the Third and he was super kind to display my quilts as there was no where to hang them.   Jessi also took full advantage of the empty bed taking lots of cat naps, watching movies, and reading her book.  She just loved it and all of the gals in my class got a kick out of it.  Ahh those teen years when you can just be perfectly content chilling all day ;)  

And speaking of my classes, they went wonderful as well!!!  I always love teaching and it was so nice to get together with friends that I missed seeing last year.    I will share of my students work in another post soon.   Just wanted to pop in and say it was a wonderful weekend, and it is great to be back home.  

How about you??   Any planned retreats in your upcoming future??

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Charming Tote for Josie!!

 Yup, it's another Charming Tote!!!  I have totally lost track of how many of these I have made, but they are just so much fun to make and whip up so fast.   If you haven't made one yet, you can pop over here for the free step by step tutorial to whip one up ;)  All you need is a Charm Pack and 2/3 Yard of a coordinating print.  But fair warning, you can't make just one ;)  

This particular Charming Tote is for Jocelyn.  She started piano lessons and wanted a tote just like her siblings.   I let her go through my Charm Pack  Stash (which has quite a few to choose from :)  and she decided on the Modern Farmhouse 5" Stacker by Simple Simon and Company for Riley Blake Designs.  I think she really liked the Rose Gold in it ;)  And didn't it make just the cutest tote . . . held by the cutest girl, I might add :)  

I quilted this tote with an all over Curly Q design.  I liked how it repeated some of the vines in the prints.   Jocelyn picked a Black Blossoms Basic by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs for the lining and handles.  It was a super great match!!  

And now she is enjoying getting to take it back and forth to Piano Lessons.   These are just the perfect tote for music lessons, in fact, they are a perfect tote for just about anything, hence why I have made so very many of them ;)   I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.

I am off to the Panguitch Quilt Walk (And yes, I have a few Charming Tote's packed with quilting goodies :)  and will post about it as soon as I get back.   I will try to remember to post on social media while I am there, but I always seem to get so wrapped up in class, I never grab my phone ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting (and Charming) Day!!! 

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