Monday, February 10, 2014

Cedar Chest Retreat!!

   The first weekend of the month was the Cedar Chest Quilt Guild Annual Retreat!!  This is Cedar's 8th annual retreat and it just continues to get bigger and bigger each year.  And it is so fun to see friends returning from previous years!!   I took one class, and taught 2 classes.  (Summer Breeze and Starburst)  The ladies in my class were just amazing!!  Yup, once again I was reminded that quilters are just some of the nicest people in the world :)  All of the ladies worked so hard and made some beautiful blocks!!

I know I have said it before, but I will say it again.  I just love teaching!!  Love it, Love it, Love it!!!  And teaching in my little home town has the benefit of going home each night and seeing my kiddo's and sleeping in my own bed,  Bonus :)  I have already had requests for certain classes next year and I am so looking forward to it.  Only 350 some odd days to go :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Kitchen Stitches Apron and Giveaway!!

As part of the Kitchen Stitches Blog Hop we were asked to make another designers project and add some Valentine's flair to it.  So that got me to thinking, Valentines is all about love.  Well what our family loves to do more than anything is camping.  (The dirty faces attest to the joy here ;)

And one of our family's favorite thing about camping is camp food.  (Well, maybe not the kids favorite but it is mine for sure :)  And when we camp we go all out on the cooking.  We have even made dutch oven pies before, yummy!!

One of the big reasons I love camp cooking (besides the fact that it is delicious!)  is that I am not the cook!  I do a lot of the preparation but this guy is the cook.  And so what could be better than making a project for the guy I love to use while camp cooking with the family we love.

So I pulled out one of Jacob's flannel camp shirts  (I bet when he sees this I will be buying him a new one :)  and whipped it up into this super fun Shirt Tales Apron. Isn't it so fun!!!  It was super easy to make.  I think I spent more time ironing out the wrinkles before starting then I actually did making the apron :)   

The original Shirt Tales Apron was designed and made by Linda Turner Griepentrog and can be found in Kitchen Stitches.  What a great design!!

And now, I just can't wait to go camping so Jacob can give his new Apron a try ;)  Now he can be the master camp chef and look the part!!!

Oh, and one last little surprise.  Jacob isn't much for embellishments on his clothing so I didn't add the ric rac under the buttons, but I couldn't help but add a little hidden heart lining in the pocket.  It will be so much fun when he finally finds it ;)  I love that guy!!

And before I sign off, I believe I mentioned a giveaway!!!  I have a copy of Kitchen Stitches up for grabs.  Just leave a comment here telling me what your family loves to do together and you will be entered to win.  One comment per person please and all comments are welcome :)

I will draw a winner on Feb 13 one lucky reader will get a little Valentine's Day treat :)  Good Luck to everyone ;)

And be sure to check out all the other stops on the Kitchen Stitches tour.  There will be great projects and more opportunities to win :)

2/3  Heather at The Sewing Loft 
2/4  Becky at the Patchwork Posse and  Kim at My Go-Go life
2/5   Amy at FormWork Designs and  Deby at So Sew Easy
2/6  Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilts  and Jackie at Jabot Quilts
2/7  Melissa at Happy Melissa Quilting
2/8  Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

I am linking this happy little apron finish up to Sarah's, Amanda's, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long - Flying Geese

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Star Light Star Bright 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

 Feb 5 - Flying Geese
Feb12 - Half Square Triangles
Feb 19 - Building Block Centers
Feb 26 - Building Block Sides
Mar 5 - Building Block Corners
Mar 12 - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
April 2- Star Light Star Bright Parade and Grand Prize Winners

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Cutting Assignment.   And great job to everyone on finishing that assignment, I can tell already that this is going to be a great group to quilt-a-long with :)

The cutting  assignment winner who gets a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio is . . .
#10 - Susan!!! - Congrats :)


So here we are, a new month and a new 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 :)


I use the No-Waste method to make flying geese.   The great thing about making flying geese this way is that, obviously, you don't waste any fabric and you never have to sew a triangle.  Double bonus!!  If you have never made them this way you are in for a treat.   So, let's get to it :)

We will start by gathering all of our squares to make the flying geese.  These were the first and third cuts in your print fabrics (ie . the purple ones) and will also have matching background ones.  So basically, grab all of your large Number 1/4" squares (i.e. one of these sizes - 5 1/4", 6 1/4", 7 1/4", 8 1/4", 9 1/4", 11 1/4", 13 1/4", or 19 1/4") and all of your Number 7/8" or 3/8" squares (i.e. 2 7/8", 3 3/8", 3 7/8", 4 3/8", 4 7/8", 5 7/8", 6 7/8", 9 7/8").  You will have squares of your print fabrics as well as your background fabrics in both the large and small sizes.   Separate the fabrics into 2 piles with the small background squares matched with the large print squares and the large background squares matched with the small print squares.

Now you don't have to keep track of where these will be going in your block or anything, just be sure to use the same 4 little squares on each unit and you will be great.  And now you are ready to start making your Flying Geese.  To save time, I like to do each of these steps in assembly line fashion, however, the pictures will just show a Flying Geese unit of each variation (opposite fabric layout) which results in 4 Flying Geese total per unit being worked on.

With right sides together, lay two small squares onto your large square as shown.  Using your ruler, draw a line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.   (If you like, you can start by just drawing lines on the back of all your background squares, it takes a little bit but it is nice to have it done, but if you don't like doing that, just draw them on as you get to them :)

Now pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line.  Make sure to put them out far enough that your presser foot won't hit them as you sew on by :)  Stitch a 1/4" seam along EITHER side of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :)  

The easiest way to assembly line stitch is to chain stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side of the line first.  I just chain stitched through the entire pile and it went so fast :)  For those who are new to this, Chain stitching is where you don't clip the thread between each block sewn, just keep feeding units through the machine until you have stitched your entire pile.     (I forgot to take a picture of these chain stitching steps, so I borrowed two from the last QAL, different fabric same concept :)

Now, clip the threads between the squares.   Then, go ahead stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of your sets.  You'll  have some super long square snakes :)  Clip the remaining threads between the squares and make a large pile ready for cutting.

Align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.

Press the seams up towards the 2 little triangles.

Now it's like starting over. We repeat all the same steps, it's just smaller and more units.  Take 2 more little squares and align them on your two stitched pieces as follows with right sides together. (make sure your little print squares match)  Once again, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the little squares from corner to corner. (unless you did all of the drawing lines at the start, then you can just lay them in place :) 

Now pin each piece far enough to leave room for the presser foot, then once again, stitch a 1/4" seam along EITHER side of the drawn diagonal line.  (Remember to chain stitch all the left and then all the right sides :)

Clip your threads and then using your ruler aligned along the drawn line cut your 2 pieces in half to create 4 pieces.  And then there were 4 flying geese.

Press your seams up to match the other seam.  Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.  Just trim the dog ears, don't trim the tops to where the point is, you will need that 1/4" overlap for your seam allowance.  

And you are done!!!  Perfectly precise flying geese blocks without throwing away any scraps and without sewing a single triangle.  Fabulous!!  

 For those of you that are new to this method of No Waste Flying Geese,  I wrote a previous tutorial on  No Waste Flying Geese that also goes over the math of making them so you can make any size Flying Geese you like.  Thought you might like it :)

 And that's it!!  Here is my Flock of geese all ready to fly away :)  In total, you should have however many number of blocks you are making, times 8 geese, 4 with the sky as print fabric, and 4 with the the sky as background fabric.  So for me, 9 blocks equals 72 total geese,  36 with the sky as print fabric and 36 with sky as background fabric.    So now it's your turn, get your Geese made and your assignment is complete!!!  And then you can enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Cotton Bliss and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks prize is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Cotton Bliss.  Stefanie has added an extra bonus by throwing in a coupon code for all of you!!!  Use the code STARLIGHT to receive 15% off your cart.  And all U.S. orders over $150.00 can get free shipping as well.  The coupon code will be good during this whole weeks assignment.  It will expire 02/15.

So what do you have to do for a chance to win the gift certificate?  Simple . . . Just link up your Flock of Flying Geese 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 Wednesday morning as I will be announcing a winner in next weeks post :)

If you don't get your Flying Geese 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 Flock to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!!  I can't wait to see them all ;)

So let's get sewing!!!  Yippee for getting all the cutting behind us and moving on to sewing!!! Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Small Town Quilt Show - In A Big Town Way!!

Wow, time sure flies when you are having fun quilting ;)  I can't believe this quilt show is just 5 months away.  The gals at Piece N Quilt have been working hard to get everything set for the big weekend!!  Not only are there some amazing classes, but they are lining up fun social activities as well.  I am all for an all Night PJ Party with Prizes!!  So fun :)

To say I am excited to be teaching at this wonderful event would be a huge understatement.  Teaching is one of my absolute favorite parts of quilting.  It is so incredible to be surrounded by people who share your passion.  I will be teaching two classes while in Midway.

On Friday I get to teach one of my new favorites, In Your Neighborhood.

And on Saturday I get to teach one of my all time favorites, Summer Breeze.

There are so many amazing classes being taught.  You can see all of the classes here :)  Amazing classes right!!  That is because there are some amazing women teaching.  Check out the teaching roster :)  Uber amounts of talent all gathered for one awesome weekend!!

Tina Lewis

So mark your calendars for the last weekend in June :)  It is going to be so much fun!!!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Kitchen Stitches Blog Hop!!!

I am super excited for this Kitchen Stitches Blog Hop.  A bunch of the ladies that contributed to the Kitchen Stitches book are hosting this Kitchen Stitches Blog Hop but we have added a bit of a twist.  We each choose another designers project and we are whipping them up with a bit of Valentine flair ;)  So fun!!!

So be sure to hop along and check out all of the amazing projects from Kitchen Stitches.  There might even be some giveaway's along the way ;)  All the fun starts today ;)

2/3  Heather at The Sewing Loft 
2/4  Becky at the Patchwork Posse and  Kim at My Go-Go life
2/5   Amy at FormWork Designs and  Deby at So Sew Easy
2/6  Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilts  and Jackie at Jabot Quilts
2/7  Melissa at Happy Melissa Quilting
2/8  Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts

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