Sunday, July 3, 2016

Star Bright Mini

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone!

I just popped some watermelon flavored cupcakes in the oven to take to a cookout tomorrow and now I have a few minutes to show you the details of my Star Bright Mini Quilt that you saw in yesterday's Minis and More Parade.

This is a fun pattern!

 I love how the corners of the stars form some different secondary patterns and that the star corners actually form the same star in the middle of the quilt.

Sherri has a large version of this quilt that I love, and the fact that the corners of the stars form other stars is the reason why I like it so much.

Someday I'd love to make that one too!

You an find both the mini and the large versions of Star Bright in Sherri Mc Connell's Etsy shop here.

As I mentioned yesterday all of the fabrics in this mini came from my stash and I was happy about that!

I was hesitant to use the Boathouse binding at first.

I wasn't sure if it would be too busy, especially considering the patriotic text background that I used.  

But now I think the binding really goes well with the red and white text background and I'm happy with it.

Oh, and I was able to match up the pattern all the way around the binding.  I love it when that works out!


This quilting pattern is new to me and I think it looks great here.

I'd seen something similar on lots of flag quilts the last few weeks and I liked that it was simple, but yet it would give me interest and movement to the quilt so I gave it a try.

I drew and cut out a template, copied it onto my quilt once with the purple disappearing pen, then I quilted on that line.

For each line after that I just used the edge of my walking foot and ran it along the line before it.  

Every few lines I would use my template again to get my quilting lines back on track because I found that my quilting lines were gradually getting a bit straighter and what I liked about this pattern was the wave.

I'm definitely using quilting design again soon!

If you didn't catch the announcement yesterday, Sherri and I are hoping that more of you will participate in out Minis and More Parade each month, so we'll be giving monthly prizes now hoping that you'll play along with us as we make more mini quits and projects throughout the year!

The August Parade will feature free choice Christmas projects or any gift or project that you've made during the month.

Just send me an email or send one to Sherri from A Quilting Life with a picture of your project and a link to your blog if you have one and we'll include you in our Parade and our prize drawing.

I can't wait to see what you sew this month!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Star Bright Mini Parade

Happy weekend everyone!

I'm glad you're here for Parade Day!

Today's Parade features the Star Bright Mini by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

When Sherri and I were discussing which pattern to use for July, I suggested her Star Bright Mini because I thought it was perfect for the Fourth of July holiday and it could also be a great Christmas pattern.

It's a great pattern for any kind of fabric for an everyday look too!

Here's Hildy's Star Bright Mini Quilt.  Hildy used an assortment of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics for her mini to come up with this bright and cheerful look.  She added some black dot fabric too since Bonnie and Camille's new, yet to be released line of fabric has some black fabric in it. Your mini looks awesome Hildy! I love the additional black fabric.  It makes your quilt pop!  Great idea!

I made my Star Bright Mini with fabric that all came from my stash!  That's right, even the binding was fabric that I already had. That doesn't happen to me very often, so I had to mention it.  I've done lots of red, white, and blue quilts over the years and holding on to those scraps helped me here.  I did some wave quilting on my home machine inspired by quilting that I've seen on many flag quilts over the last few weeks.

And now for some big Minis and More news!

Sherri and I are pleased to announce that we're going to be giving a prize after each Parade.  We're so excited about it! So gather your patterns and start sewing!

The next Parade is Christmas in July!

 You can use any mini pattern you'd like.

Anything goes! 

If you aren't interested in a Christmas pattern or theme pick whatever you'd like to make.

It's summer so take it easy and make that pattern you've been interested in but we haven't chosen yet.

Don't forget to visit Sherri's blog to see the rest of our petite Parade.

Happy quilting!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Sparkle Quilt for the Fourth of July

Back in June of 2014 I saw the Summer Sparkle Quilt by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and it stopped me in my tracks.

I had to make that quilt with those fabrics!

It was a three part Bernina Sew Along.

Luckily,  I was just in time to find enough of the Color Me Happy ombre fabrics by Vanessa Christenson to make my quilt.

I got it all pieced that summer, but not put together.  I was disappointed that I didn't get it finished in time for the Fourth of July.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I was determined to have that quilt ready for the Fourth, and I did!  Just barely...... but it seemed like it was too late to blog about it.

Now its the summer of 2016 and here is this post!

I love this quilt!

Last summer picking the binding slowed me down in the finishing process.

Should I use pink?  Blue?  Even denim went through my mind.  I do have quite an extensive collection of old jeans that I've collected to use in a denim quilt someday.  No, denim wasn't it.

One day I went to my LQS with my husband while we were running some errands and I wanted to stop by to look for possible bindings for my Summer Sparkle Quilt.

And guess what?  My husband found the perfect fabric!

He pointed out a blue fabric with white stars that I walked right by.  I was so stuck on some of the plans I had for my binding that a star binding on a star quilt never occurred to me until he pointed it out!

I loved it and hurried to finish that quilt on July third.

I was so happy to get it out this year and enjoy it!

The quilting is straight line quilting that I did on my machine using my purple disappearing marker and a yard stick to draw my lines.

The backing is Ikea Britten Nummer fabric that my husband found for me in Dubai when it was becoming scarce here.

My husband is great at fabric finding!

Thanks for letting me share this Fourth of July finish with you today.

Tomorrow you'll find the Minis and More Parade here and on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life too.

Congratulations to Sherri on eight years of blogging today!

See you back here tomorrow for a mini parade of mini Star Bright quilts!

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!