Thursday, June 16, 2016

Making Beginner Charm Pack Placemats Placemats with Sherri and The Fat Quarter Shop



I just finished a great project that's perfect for quilters of all skill levels, especially beginners.

 Sherri's Beginner Charm Pack Placemats!

You all know my friend Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life?  Well, she just did another video tutorial with Kimberly from The Fat Quarter Shop

In this video they show us how to make Beginner Charm Pack Placemats!







It's a perfect way to use that Charm Pack that you love, but hasn't found its way into a quilt yet.

 It's also a great time to try out your free motion quilting skills or that new stitch that you've been interested in using!

You can watch the new Fat Quarter Shop video on their YouTube Channel right now by clicking here or by clicking on the arrow below.






I made my placemats primarily with the Summer Fest fabric line to give my kitchen a bright, happy feeling.

It was difficult to choose which fabrics to use for the larger squares and which to use for the four patch units, because I wanted to feature all of the fabric!









Originally, I had planned to use white fabric for the 2 1/2 inch strips along the sides of the placemats.

 I thought that would frame my Summer Fest fabric nicely and make my striped binding really pop.

I had cut out my white fabric strips and I was all ready to go, but when I got the center section of the placemat completed,  I was so pleased with it that I didn't want to put the white strips on the sides.

I set it down for awhile to think about it, before I committed to the square shape of my placemats.








In the end square was the way to go for me!

I'm thinking of it as in between a placemat and a mug rug.

More along the lines of a snack mat.

A perfect addition to my kitchen this summer with my teen boys at home!

As you can imagine, someone is always grabbing a quick snack!  


I like that the projects in these tutorials can be easily customized to your needs and quickly adapted to what you like as you go along.








In fact, I just had to make a few extra four patches with Sherri's quick and easy method because it was so fun!

I'll be saving the extra four patches I made for projects in the future, or maybe even another pincushion. 

After that last video tutorial from Kimberly and Sherri, I have pincushion fever!  

If you didn't get a chance to see the pincushion video tutorial from The Fat Quarter Shop, you can check it out here or got to my last blog post and to view it.






Stop by and visit these other stops in the Beginner Charm Pack Placemat Blog Hop and of course the Fat Quarter Shop's Blog The Jolly Jabber  for more placemat inspiration!


Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

Greg from Grey Dogwood Studio

Melissa from Happy Quilting



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Fat Quarter Shop Pincushion Sew Along with Sherri McConnell


Aren't pincushions fun?

They're cute, useful and quick and easy to make!

 I'm so excited to show you the cute pincushion I made over the weekend using the new Cute As A Button Pincushion video on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel designed by Sherri McConnell for The Fat Quarter Shop!







After I watched this instructional video featuring Kimberly from the The Fat Quarter Shop and Sherri from A Quilting Life,  I raced over to my cutting area, pulled out my fabrics and my rotary cutter, and got started. 

It was that easy!

You can watch the video here by clicking on the arrow.






I used the Valley fabric line by Sherri and Chelsi for my pincushion

 The combination of light and dark fabrics worked great for this project.







The ribbon I chose was loosely woven and I was a little concerned that the ends might fray and get kind of messy while I was sewing up the sides.

A quick zig zag stitch over the ends of my ribbon fixed that right up and there was no fraying at all!








For the back, I wanted to use a piece of fabric from the Valley line which wasn't a heavy fabric like Kimberly recommended in the video.

To make my backing fabric a little heavier, I simply layered a piece of muslin the same size as my backing fabric piece wrong sides together, and stitched an eighth of an inch away from the edges all the way around the rectangle to hold the two layers together.

This gave the back of my pincushion a little more weight and stability to contain the walnut shell pieces.
    







Now, I have an adorable new pincushion to add to my growing collection!

There are some that I've made and some that I've been gifted by friends.


Sewing my Valley pincushion made me interested in creating a few more.

I'll definitely be using lots of those walnut shells soon!    








If you make one of Sherri's pincushions yourself, and I hope you do, use the hashtag #cuteasabuttonpincushion when you're sharing, so we can see what you created!


Be sure to check out the Fat Quarter Shop's latest pincushion blog post at the Jolly Jabber, along with the other stops on the Fat Quarter Shop Pincushion Sew Along with Sherri to see more versions of this cute pincushion.

Kitty from Night Quilter

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Jessee from Art School Dropout

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

Angie from Gnome Angel

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Melissa from Happy Quilting



Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 6, 2016

Popsicle Mini


Happy Monday!

It's all about my Popsicle Mini today!





This one was so fun to make.

I hope to keep my momentum going with it and get it quilted soon.

 It would be so fun to have it out for summer!







 I used a new table runner pattern called Mini Popsicles by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Co.


These Popsicles were calling out, "Make me into a mini quilt!" So I did a little math and I made a few changes and I came up with this!






Joanna will be releasing a pattern for a big version of Popsicles very soon and I just might have to make one of those too.

I've seen a sneak peek and its adorable!






The background fabrics here are various low volume pieces that I've been collecting recently.

I especially love the orange bird fabric, although I usually don't like birds on fabric.

I don't know why.  It's just not my thing.






The fabrics for the Popsicles are mostly Noteworthy by Sweetwater

There's also some Nine Dots by Carrie Nelson and a few Sunkissed scraps, also by Sweetwater,  leftover from my Endless Summer quilt.






Last summer, I bought a Popsicle mold set and made lots Popsicles for the boys to eat after summer cross country runs.

The Popsicles made from from leftover smoothie were delicious, so when there was any left in the Vitamix, I pulled out the Popsicle molds and filled a few up.

I'm planning on making our first batch of the summer today.






 This one has got to be one of my favorite summer quilts, but I'll bet you already figured that out!

It doesn't get much more fun than making a simple Popsicle quilt at the beginning of summer.

I'm going to get out those Popsicle molds and make some smoothie right now.

See you later!

  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Popsicles on Parade and a winner too!



It's June!  What a happy month!

We're deep into high school exams right now during the last week of school and we're all looking forward to a fun, relaxing summer!

I can't think of a better way to begin this summer than with some cool treats to celebrate.

How about a Popsicle Parade?

For the Minis and More pattern this month Sherri from A Quilting Life and I chose the new Mini Popsicle pattern by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Co.

It's a pattern for a table runner, but I've seen it turned into some other fun projects too!



Take a look at Mindy's projects this month!
She made two!
The first is this adorable table runner, quite possibly the cutest red, white, and blue table runner I've ever seen!  






This cute little mini also belongs to Mindy.
I love the summery colors she used and also that beautiful yellow border she added.  Really creative Mindy!






The next Popsicle mini quilt is mine. 
I liked these Popsicles so much that I just had to make a few more and they turned into a mini quilt!
I offset the rows a bit so the Popsicles would look like they were scattered around and I added a little extra spacing between some of the Popsicles too.
I can't wait to get this one quilted and in use as a cheerful summer decoration!  





You can find the rest of the Popsicle Parade on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life.

I know there are some amazing versions of Mini Popsicles over there!




And on to our prize winner!

After our last Parade, Sherri and I chose a Minis and More prize winner and it was Hildy!

Hildy's prize package was mailed to her in Germany.

More prizes are to follow for our next Minis and More winner.

You're entered once in the drawing for each time you enter a project in a Parade, and a winner will be chosen each quarter.




The next Parade will be the first of July, so Sherri's Star Bright Mini seemed like a great selection for our next pattern!  

You can find the pattern here in Sherri's etsy shop.

I don't know about you, but I plan to make mine in red, white and blue.



Photo borrowed with permission from Sherri at A Quilting Life.


This would look amazing in any color scheme.

Sherri's is made with her Bright Sun fabric line.

You could even get ahead for Christmas and make it in holiday colors.

 The sky is the limit!



Photo borrowed with permission from Sherri at A Quilting Life.


In fact, Sherri also has a full size version of Star Bright listed in her shop if you're motivated to make a large quilt this time. 

Just email Sherri or I a picture of your quilt to be included in next month's Parade before July 1st.

See you at the Parade! 


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Endless Summer



I recently put the binding on my Endless Summer quilt that I made way back in 2011!

The beginning of the summer season is the perfect time to to do post about this quilt, but I didn't plan the timing of my finish that way.







Endless Summer is a mini quilt pattern my Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts that we did as a project for the LePetite group a few years ago.

It's one that I liked so much that I put off finishing it.

 Am I the only one that does that?

Sometimes the projects I like the best are the ones that I don't complete quickly because I can't decide how to finish them.








It may be the quilting or the binding that holds me back.

Anyway, I'm glad that I can now call quilt done!







The fabrics are from the Sweetwater line Sunkissed.  Possibly one of my favorite lines ever!

Perfect fabric for a quilt called Endless Summer.

You can read more about it on my blog post here if you'd like.

Happy beginning of summer!




Monday, May 30, 2016

Popsicle preview



I've been putting my Popsicles together and the other day I decided it was time that I took a picture and gave you a preview, since the Minis and More Parade is just around the corner.

Popsicles is the new pattern by Joanna Figueroa that Sherri and I are featuring for Minis and More this month.

Joanna's pattern is for a table runner, but I decided to go rogue and make mine into a mini quilt!

You know I'm all about minis!







The fabrics are sherbet colors, mostly from Sweetwater's Noteworthy line, with some Sunkissed and some Nine Dots mixed in too.

The borders go on next, then I'll have a finished quilt top to show in the 
Parade!


While I was outside with my helpers taking some quilt pictures, I took some of my hydrangea too.

The blooms look so big and nice I wanted to show you.

I've had this plant for a few years and each year I love it even more than the last! 







Time to get the chipotle burgers and potato salad ready for our cookout tonight.

We have a birthday to celebrate and we are also remembering the fallen on Memorial Day.



Monday, May 2, 2016

Villages


Hey everyone!

It's the second day of May and it's time for the Minis and More Parade!






Some exciting stuff going on here in the Parade this month.

 The first exciting thing is that Sherri and I will be giving out a prize package after this Parade to one of our participants this quarter.

Fun quilting goodies will be on the way to someone very soon!


The next exciting thing is our pattern for next month's Parade.

I'm so excited about it that I'm changing it up a bit this month and telling you about the new pattern before we start the Parade.

 It's a brand new one that only came out a few days ago!


A Popsicle project just in time for the start of summer!

This is an adorable table runner that was available in a box that Joanna sent out last week.  The response to it was so great, that she decided to release the pattern in her shop earlier than expected. You can see beautiful pictures and read more about it in Joanna's blog post about the new Popsicle Table Runner. 




This picture is from the Fig Tree and Co. Shop.



Joanna hints that a larger version may be in the works, which I might just have to make too.

My head is spinning with all of the fabrics that could be used for different Popsicle flavors!




And now for the Open House!

  - Thanks to Helen L. who was so clever to think of using the phrase 'Open House' for this Parade -


 Village by Carrie Nelson was the featured pattern this month!

It's a pretty big quilt made up of lots and lots of house blocks. 

Parade participants chose whether or not they wanted to keep it big or make it small.

I always love to see the different quilts or projects that you all make using the same pattern!  




This one is Mindy's! She used all Fig Tree and Co. scraps and she had a good time making the houses! Mindy is looking forward to the quilting and she's thinking about doing a darker binding.  It looks great Mindy, and I just love those soft colors. It makes me think of me of beach houses.






And here is a recent picture of my progress.  I've made a few more houses and I plan to make a few each day out of totally random scraps. I'm mixing fabric lines and styles.  Wow,  some of my fabric goes way back!  I was kind of surprised at how much I like it so far, considering all of that.  It will take me awhile to dig through all of my scraps and get it finished, but I'm okay with that.




Be sure to catch the other half of the Parade later today on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.

 There will be more wonderful Village Quilts over there.

Hildy loved this pattern so much that she made two quilts!  That's impressive!

Now I'm off to make some Popsicles for my next project!