When my daughter started kindergarten I went around to area quilt shops to see if I could sew displays for them. I hit three before I found one that said yes. I was thrilled! Little did I know how that venture would snowball.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
It's spring and I've been getting my garden ready. A few weeks ago I planted broccoli, beets and peas. Now they are starting to sprout.
I remembered last fall Cynthia told me about some gardener's soap she had used and how great it was for washing the dirt off after gardening. I had just begun my soaping adventure and told her I would give it a try in the spring. Like a said it's spring, though a few moments ago it was snowing outside my window, spring that fickle girl. None the less I made my gardener's soap. It is full of great exfoliates to get you super clean after playing in the mud. It also has a wonderful blend of oils to keep your hands soft, and smells wonderful with a blend of citrus and basil essential oils.here.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Precuts are a great invention. Especially for someone who is no so fond of cutting. There are tons of patterns, books and free tutorials available for these handy creations. Like this one from Diane of Stash Bandit. I first met Diane while working on the Scrap Squad. She is a joy to work with and so very talented.charm friendly wonder came about when I needed a quilt for my nephew. It is quick and easy if you need a quilt in a pinch.
jelly roll friendly quilt makes a great picnic quilt.
layer cake quilt looks difficult but is really a breeze.
Monday, April 24, 2017
I've had such a pleasant time playing in my scraps. There is just something about leftover bits of fabric that speaks to my heart. Memories from past projects and the challenge of making something from those bits what's not to love?
I not only made these blocks. But these scrappy log cabin like blocks.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Last time I showed this quilt it was a flimsy. Now it'a quilted and bond. I love all the scrappy happiness in this quilt. The stars are leftovers from this quilt, that was also a scrap quilt. You know your a scrap quilter when you make scrap quilts from the scraps of a scrap quilt. I didn't have a real plan for them but while organizing some pre cut scraps this idea came to me. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
I quilted it on the diagonal through the rows. I used leaves, they are easy for me. Then tried the starburst in the stars.
This next quilt is a group effort. It was made at my Quilty Hug Sew Ins. Sue cut it out. Shelly pieced it.
I quilted with simple organic lines. Finally Sherri bond it. I like it's simplicity and fell it will work for a man. I often worry I don't make enough masculine Quilty Hugs. I need to work on that.
After posting last week I made it to the fabric shop for matching thread and got this little wonder bond. I'm glad I held out for the matching thread. I love the way the orange binding sets off the quilt.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I spent a lovely afternoon playing in my scraps. Oh, how I love spending time with my scraps. They always play so nice. I made me a bunch of nine patches and then a few string blocks.
I also found a little time for a fun photo shoot with my All Natural Patchouli Soap. Despite my best efforts I still get dandelions in my yard. To make the best of this not so great situation I picked a bunch and made a fun peace sign to go around my soap.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I really like to play with scale in my quilts. Taking the same block and using it in different sizes can add interest. It may look difficult but it's really quite easy.My Bear Scraps quilt uses blocks with multiples of 3 (ie 3, 6, 9) This scrap busting log cabin uses 6" and 12" blocks. You could also do 5" and 10". You get the idea.
A little more difficult are my Plan B quilts.Made from blocks intended for other quilts. Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit. Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away. Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned. Healing blocks made by friends. And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B. And life is all about how you handle plan B.
These quilts use up all sizes of blocks. I like to put similar sized blocks together, add strips to build up blocks that are slightly smaller.tutorial for her method that is helpful.
These are fun quilts to make, kind of like a puzzle. If you haven't made one I would recommend it. My orphan bin is getting full. I think it's time for me to make another one.