Sorry this post is a little late in coming, we had a sweet 16 birthday party yesterday. With all the prep and then the party something had to give and the blog was it. This week we get to put out little baby bear paws together. I must say I love these little cuties.schedule that there were a few blocks that had 2 1/2" squares in them. So you may not have these cut yet. You can do so now. I believe it is the next step of make these blocks next week after you have cut them.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
It's the end of the month, and I hope you have found this months tutorials useful. A recap of this months tutorials
How to make a scrappy binding.
Guest tutorial from The Not so Dramatic Life, hexie pouch
String piecing and applique with dryer sheets
And finally some wonky roses
Were you able to use any of these ideas? Did you dabble in them at all? Have you tried them in the past? We would love to see your version. It's one of the things I love when I teach, to see how each student takes the concept and makes it their own. If you have I'd love to see what you did. Link up and share. Your ideas may spark someone's imagination and be their jumping off point.
Also I'd love to hear what you'd like to see more of on Tutorial Tuesday. Do you want methods and tips, projects, free form and wonky? Do you know of a great tutorial we could use as a guest tutorial? I'd also love to hear about those.
Monday, June 27, 2016
I had a wonderful weekend meeting my hubby's long lost relatives. We were able to meet an aunt, an uncle and a half brother. I'm so happy for my husband he has always wondered about his birth parents and we were able to see pictures and hear stories. It was all very exciting.
With all the excitement Monday came very quickly.
But here it is. I pulled a bunch of scraps from my bits bin and started a new project. Is starting something new, moving something forward? I don't know but we are counting it.
I took those bits and started making me a rose garden. I've been playing with layout. This is my favorite so far.
Friday, June 24, 2016
I grew up in a Suburban neighborhood full of kids. And I had a ton of fun. This quilt is in memory of all the baseball I played in backyards and the night games we played until our parents called us in. I used a random smattering of houses, baseball diamonds, lawns, and sidewalks.Moving On and is a lovely lawn, so silky smooth. It was a delight to work with and made the perfect summer quilt.
here. I'm linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate this summer finish.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
How are you coming on your scrappy bear paw. So far we've done a lot of cutting. This week we get to do a little sewing. We will be making all our 1" finished hsts. I used my Nifty Notions ruler for mine. I'm still pulling out of my bits bin and this method worked well for me. Once they were all cut I just chained them through my machine.Triangles on a Roll. This is a great method if your scraps are around 8" wide. As the 1" finished hst roll requires 7 3/4" width. This width will create 8 hsts per row. A whole roll gives you 1200. Now that's a lot of hsts. Pat, from Triangles on a Roll, has generously donated 3 rolls.
I your new to the sew along details can be found here.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Recently on my morning walk I saw the cutest little couple. They were probably in there 70's holding. They were holding hands and as they passed some rose bushes that lined the sidewalk they stopped and literally took time to smell the roses. It just made me smile. This happy experience triggered a quilt idea in my mind. It's still peculating but will use these cute little wonky roses.
I was hoping to get a block or two done for this post but it just didn't happen. So I'll just post the tutorial I made after making my Naughty Garden quilt. Without further ado here is the tutorial.
You will need a 4-6 sided center, strips for rose and larger chunks for background.
Sew a rose strip to one side of your center.
Trim so that the edges of your rose strip are even with your center.
Continue log cabin style around your center with the rose strips.
You can stop here or continue going around.
When you feel your rose is the size you want it
find a background chunk and line it up along one side of your rose.
Sew this in place and square up with one edge.
Continue adding chunks and squaring up edges.
Once you have surrounded your rose and everything is square you block is done.
Have you made any wonky flowers using my method of madness? Next week we'll have a little linky party to share what we've made using a Tuesday Tutorial. Can't wait to see what you've created!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Are you tired of these blocks yet? Sorry but it is the one thing I've moved forward this week. I really pushed myself this weekend to finish these scrappy string blocks and put them into a flimsy. It made a small dent in my strings and I'm thrilled with the results. All that color makes me happy.
Now that I've shared my good news I'm looking forward to seeing your good news and progress. Please share how you've been moving things forward. Don't forget to link back so others can find us and play. Thanks!
Friday, June 17, 2016
It is so hard to keep secrets. Especially when you are so excited you can barely contain yourself. FINALLY! I can reveal this little secret. My Modern Gem's is in the current issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. (Squeal of joy! Wild happy dance!) To share my joy I'm having a giveaway.
But first let me tell you a little about this quilt. My dad is a rock hound. He makes beautiful jewelry that my daughter and I are often the recipients of. He has passed this love onto my daughter. In fact when she was little she once brought me a metal lunch box full of rocks her grandpa had given her She had sprayed them with water. She said, "Smell this! It's my favorite sent! Wet rocks!" We still laugh at that.
Aunt Em's Quilts on Facebook. Three, follow emsscrapbag on Instagram. Four, share this post through your social media hashtag auntemsquilts. That's it four ways to win! Good luck everyone! I'll pick a winner next Friday.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Well it's Wednesday and time for the next step in our Scrappy Bear Paw. For this one I pulled out my bits bin. That's the bin I keep all colors of scraps in that are less than a charm square. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone by pulling my 1 1/2" squares from it's contents; one make a small dent in the bin, and two get a good variety of colors and fabrics for those little squares.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I usually do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays. Being gone last week kind of threw that for a loop. Needless to say I had a mountains worth yesterday. All those dryer sheets got me thinking I should share how I use them with quilting.
When I'm ready I iron the dryer sheet. I find generic brand flatten best. Bounce can be a bit of a problem. The first method I use for dryer sheets is as a foundation. I like it because it is lightweight and I don't have to rip any paper off when I'm done. The blocks I'm currently making start with a right angled triangle in one corner.