Thursday, June 11, 2020

Juggling some fat quarter projects in June



Hello! I hope everyone is well and staying safe!

It's certainly warming up here in Florida. 

Okay, it's actually really hot right now, and throw in lots of humidity too and we've got summer!

I'll stop fanning the heat away for a moment and get to the Scraps-Along fat quarter post.


I'm glad you're joining me.

If you don't mind, when you get to the end of the post if you have a moment, please leave a comment and let me know where you're from. 

It's been awhile since I asked, and I'm just curious about where everyone is this summer.  






Heather M.'s son is really going places, because he wants to be a pilot!  I'm putting this quilt that Heather made for him front and center today because flying is pretty important in my house too.  I really should make one of these quilts for a certain someone.  The pattern is Aviator by Lella Boutique and the fabric is Sweet Tea by Sweetwater.  Heather did the free motion quilting in large loops herself on her Janome machine and it looks spectacular!












Wow!  Look at this shower curtain!  Isn't it amazing?  I've made lots of things with fat quarters, but never a shower curtain!  What a cool idea!  Shari T. really hit this challenge out of the park and I'm so glad she shared it with us.   She says it's simply a few fat quarter bundles sewn together.  How fun!  












These beautiful totes were made by Kathie K.  It was her first attempt at making tote bags and I'd say it was definitely a success!  She says the fat quarter challenge also inspired her to purge and refold her fat quarter collection.  She's waiting for an order of new containers to arrive so she can freshen up her storage scene!  Great photo Kathie!











The next two photos are form Bobbie Z.  The first one is this bright triangle quilt that she has been wanting to make for some time.  It took her a little bit to get started on it because she had read that matching up the points could be difficult, but with the help of some YouTube videos, Pinterest, and simply taking her time, Bobbie successfully completed the quilt!  It's beautiful Bobbie!  Way to try something difficult and see it through.  She is pleased with how it turned out and she encourages  everyone to challenge themselves. Very inspiring!






Bobbie's next photo is about her fat quarter storage.  She stores them either rolled or folded in these Contact Paper covered boxes.  Everything looks so nice and neat! For fun and color, she placed the flowers she received for Mother's Day from her children and grandchildren on the shelves also.   Thanks for the great ideas Bobbie!   











This entry is from Kate D.   She actually made two quits for the challenge!  She started out thinking she'd put the other blocks on the back of her quilt, then went with giving them a quilt of their own because she liked them so much.  The pattern is from Fresh Fat Quarter quilts by Andy Knowlton, which is a book she received for Mother's Day.  Kate used a fat quarter bundle of Wander by Joel Dewberry that she's had for awhile that worked perfectly in these quilts. Great job, Kate!   












Thanks to everyone for sending your photos and ideas in, and be sure to visit Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life for the other half of the Scraps Along Fat Quarter Challenge!

And while you're there, look at a previous post of Sherri's where she introduces her new quilt planner!

How fun is that?  I'm so excited about it!







The next challenge for the Scraps-Along is Honey Buns.

So dig them out, and send us your Honey Bun projects and tips before the end of JUNE.



Sherri McConnell's photo of Harper's Garden Honey Buns used with permission. 








And because we like you all so much, here's a head start on the project and tips we'd like you to send us before the end of JULY.....insert drum roll here.......Christmas!



This is my photo of a Christmas quilt I put together with variations of blocks by Carrie Nelson.





Get out your Honey Buns and your Christmas fabrics and start sewing and organizing, and we'll see you back here soon!




Sunday, May 10, 2020

Layer Cake Project Parade



It's Layer Cake Day!

These are half of the projects that you turned in for the Scraps-Along Challenge last month.

Look for the other half on Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life!  







This Parade entry is from Heather M. She made this absolutely adorable basket from the By Annie Petit Four Basket Pattern and added a handle to create her version of the basket. Heather says she's eaten some of the jelly beans from the basket and this is what is left.  Too bad we aren't neighbors, I could use a few jellybeans right now!  What a cute basket, Heather!










Debbie A.'s sweet queen size quilt is made from Layer Cake squares. I just love the colors!   She also include some photos of her tips for organizing and storing Layer Cakes, that I've included below. Debbie says that she's recently painted and organized her sewing room, getting her inspiration from Sherri's sewing room posts. Wow!  I'm inspired by Debbie's productivity!













Bobbie Z. from Pennsylvania has also been very productive lately. She used a portion of a Layer Cake and added some floral fabrics to make this pretty block for Block 2 of the Half Square Triangle Quilting Life Block Of The Month from 2019.  She added big stitch hand quilting that she learned from a tutorial by Corey Yoder. Bobbie also included a photo of her storage method for Layer Cakes and other crafting supplies.  Thanks, Bobbie!
 












This fun picnic quilt is from Kate D.  She didn't want to cut up these Cotton and Steel Layer Cake Squares, so she simply sewed them into rows and staggered them to create this super sweet picnic quilt.  Such a great idea!  She's going to use fleece, instead of batting and tie the quilt instead of quilting it.  She's only tied a quilt once before, and that's the same with me.  It would be fun to tie another quilt!










Our prize winners this month are Bobbie from my post, and Kathleen from Sherri's post!
Congratulations!





For the next Scraps-Along Challenge, Sherri and I will be featuring fat quarters.

So send in photos and descriptions of your projects, or storage and organization tips involving fat quarters before the end of May.


See you then!  





Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Quilt along with us!



I've got some news to share, so I thought I'd stop in today and say hello!

I don't know about you, but learning something new always perks me up a bit and puts some extra spring in my quilting step!

If you find the same thing is true for you, you might want to sneak in some time to check out the newest pattern and quilt along from my favorite place, The Fat Quarter Shop.



Let me introduce you to Grandmother's Favorite Quilt!



When The Fat Quarter Shop asked me to make a Grandmother's Favorite Block and spread the word about the low cost pattern available on their blog, The Jolly Jabber, I jumped at the chance!














I saw that this block involved the opportunity to use Triangles On A Roll, a product by It's Sew Emma.


I've never used these to help me make half-square triangles and I was eager to give them a try.

Like I said, I'm always ready to learn a new quilty method!
















I'm pleased to report that they worked outstandingly well!

Is that a real phrase, "outstandingly well"?

Maybe not, but that won't stop me from using it here!

I'll definitely be getting more Triangles On A Roll to use in future projects.

By simply layering my fabrics, sewing on the dotted lines and then doing a bit of trimming, I ended up with no fuss, no stress, perfect corners on my half-square triangles. 

That always makes me happy!

Definitely a new addition to my sewing knowledge!  

















This new pattern in the Classic and Vintage series by The Fat Quarter Shop also taught me a 'new to me' way to make flying geese.

You can make four at a time.


It boggles the mind!


What a cool method!


 I really enjoyed making them and that says a lot coming from me because, I'll be honest, generally I'm not a fan of making flying geese, but let's just keep that between you and me, okay?

Using this 'four at a time' method might just change my outlook on piecing flying geese.

So, if you've got some time I highly recommend going over to The Fat Quarter Shop's blog, The Jolly Jabber and checking out Grandmother's Favorite Quilt, the latest pattern in the Classic and Vintage pattern series.

I know I'll be going back over there later today, because as I was doing the links for this post, I saw a few quilts there that caught me eye.

Happy sewing!



Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Mini Charm Challenge



Hello!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy at home.

Here's some of what you have been sewing up in March with Mini Charms!



I thanked Sherri for sending me this first entry to post, since she knows we are Florida Gator fans over here. 

Now that my son is doing online classes from home, we say that we are actually a satellite campus of the University of Florida! 

With exams and everything!  

In fact, that's why I couldn't get my half of the Parade posted yesterday.

My son had some exams and projects due, and I wasn't able to get the computer time in to get this done.  These days we all have to compromise in different ways.





Anyway, here is the Florida Gator quilt made with Mini Charm sized blue and orange fabrics by Melissa!  As a former nurse manager she needed an incentive to encourage her staff to fill out a survey. There were lots of Gator fans there, so she decided to make a Gator quilt to give way in a random drawing when they reached 90 percent participation.  An impressive quilt to make considering she is actually a fan of a rival team, the Florida State Seminoles!

Melissa had some leftover scraps and a pattern in mind, so when we announced the Mini Charm Scraps-Along challenge last month she made this wonderful quilt!  She's planning on donating it during Nurses Week this year.  What a great idea!     













Our next entry is from Bobbie.  She made the cute project below with a combination of cross-stitch and quilting.  It was her first time making prairie points, and I think she did a fantastic job!  She says the springy greens are great for this time of year and the message is also appropriate for the moment we find ourselves in today, and I'd have to agree.




Bobbie also sent in this photo with a tip about storing Mini Charms.  She likes keeping her Mini Charms and other small sewing items in these pencil cases for both short term and long term storage, including travel.  That's definitely something to keep in mind! 












This is a great project from Janet, in Kansas.  She made these zipper pouches from this video that Sherri made with The Fat Quarter Shop.  (At least I think this is the right video, if not someone please let me know.....)  Janet says this was a fun project and she thinks using Mini Charms for it was a great idea. I know this project has always been on my list, and Janet has definitely inspired me to get out my Mini Charms and start sewing some up!













Sharon stitched these mug rugs with Mini Charms.  They are just adorable! What a great use of Mini Charms!  I love the adorable gingerbread people too.  Really sweet!  Thanks so much Sharon!














And this pillow was made by Heather with a pattern by Corey Yoder and a Fat Quarter Shop tutorial on how to turn a block into a pillow. (Note- I looked around for this tutorial, but I couldn't locate it.  If anyone knows where to find it, don't hesitate to add a link in the comments below.  It sounds like a great idea for those extra blocks!) Heather used Lella Boutique fabrics and ended up with this spectacularly fun pillow!








Next month is Layer Cakes!

Give us your ideas and photos before the end of the month, and Sherri and I will post them in the next Scraps-Along Challenge Parade!



And of course if you haven't already, be sure to visit Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life to see the other projects that participants sent in for the Scraps-Along Mini Charm Challenge!





Sunday, March 8, 2020

March Charm Square madness



Being from North Carolina originally and graduating from UNC, I couldn't resist titling this post March Charm Square madness!

 We are all about our college basketball, and since the tournament is upon us and all of the Charm Square photos for this month's Scraps-Along are top notch, I thought the title was appropriate.







Let's get started with a picture from Bobbie.  She had some embroidery that she completed about 18 months ago that she spent about 500 hours working on.  That's impressive!   She added some coordinating Charm Squares and made a table runner.  I admire the use of purple here because I'm always saying there isn't enough purple in quilting. Bobbie went on to quilt it simply and use a stitch that mimicked the tendrils of her hand embroidery.  It's beautiful! 










This another picture from Bobbie with a Charm Pack storage and organization tip.  She found these CD racks at her Goodwill store for only $2.97 and put them to good use as Charm Pack storage. Brilliant, Bobbie! Thank you!











The next great idea is from Heather M. She made this beautiful 52 X 52 inch quilt with two Charm Packs and some background fabric.  That's a big quilt with only two Charm Packs!  She sent in a photo with the magazine that includes the pattern and the Charm Packs she used, so I added it below.  I'm going to see if I have that magazine, and you might want to look through your magazines for it too!













This is from Missy. She is a nurse and she recently acquired some scrub tops from another nurse who recently retired, so she cut them up into 5 inch squares, added a few of her own, and made quilt to donate to the Pediatric ICU.  I love that she cut them up and used them right away so they didn't just sit in her sewing room.  I need to channel some of her quickness over here.  My sewing room would really look much neater if I did!  This is a sweet and generous idea Missy! 









This fun Twisty Heart was made by Carol B.  She's had the tool for awhile and then decided to look through her stash for enough 5 x 5 inch red fabrics to create this beautiful heart, just in time for Valentine's Day!  You all are giving us such good ideas for Charm Packs!  I'm pausing for a moment to pull out my Twisty Tool so I don't forget about this.  I'll be right back...... 










This lovely Charm Party Tote was sewn by Donna F. for a friend who is going on a cruise.  Donna says this pattern is a tried and true favorite of hers. The pattern is by Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated.  I'm sure Donna's friend is thrilled with the gift of such a nice tote! 






There are many more tips and projects using Charm Squares, so be sure to check them out on Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life!




Next month's challenge involves Mini Charm Packs!


These cute little 2.5 inch squares are so versatile.


They can be a great way to see if you love a fabric line before investing a large purchase and they also make great little projects, and great big projects for that matter!






Some of my favorite Mini Charm projects are in the Little Snippets series of patterns by Carrie Nelson, like this one I made called Speck.









As I was typing, I remembered a project I did for the Fat Quarter Shop a few years ago that's a big project with Mini Charms. It's called Mini Charm Chocolates and here's a link to my post which will tell you where to find the free pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop.






And here's a link to a post I found that Sherri wrote about uses for Mini Charms called 15 Mini Charm Pack Projects that is really helpful.

Send in your tips and projects involving one of my favorite pre-cuts, the Mini Charm, before the end of March so we can share them.


Have fun with your Mini Charms!



  

Friday, February 7, 2020

Scraps - Along!



Hello and welcome to this half of the Scraps-Along!

It's a new monthly post that I'm helping Sherri McConnell with, that features projects and ideas made with your scraps.

Each month there will be a new theme to focus on, with tips and projects for those scraps that quilters always accumulate.

Today we're showing you the projects and ideas that were sent in featuring your Jelly Roll scraps.

You'll find some here, and others on my friend Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life where she will announce the prize winners too!







This month I went through and organized my extra Jelly Roll strips, and I found that I had enough to bind this quilt top with once it's quilted!  That was a great discovery for me. Instant binding! No cutting needed! 










Kathie K. made several projects focusing on a pile of turquoise Jelly Roll scraps.  Kathie has always wanted to try a scrappy seahorse wall hanging so she took this opportunity to do it. What a great use of scraps!  She also made a heart wall hanging and she's started a long term project of single color scrappy 12-patch blocks.










Bobbie Z. made this sweet quilt that she calls Fiesta, because she chose to do the borders in Fiesta Ware colors so she can use it on her table during special family dinners. Bobbie turned to a Missouri Star Quilt Company YouTube video as a resource to help her learn a method that she's never done before.  I think that's a great idea! 










I love this tip that Debbie sent in!  What an original storage idea! She's using several old doll houses to display fat quarters, Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls and other precuts.  I like how you can see and quickly find what you're looking for with this kind of fabric storage.








This month's challenge inspired Julie in Georgia to pull out a long forgotten Jelly Roll and make a beautiful new quilt top! She says it was quick and easy and so much fun.  Definitely inspiring, Julie!  Read more about it on her blog Julie's Quilts and Costumes. 











These scrappy Trip Around The World blocks were made by Heather M. She used leftover Jelly Roll pieces to make the blocks with Cookie Exchange fabric by Sweetwater.  Heather used a link to a tutorial that she found on Sherri's post to make these blocks.  She already had 27 of the 36 that she needs to finish.  That is going to be a beautiful quilt!









Nancy sent in this beautiful picture of her quilt called Lake Cabin.  The pattern is from Kim Brackett's book Scrap-Basket Sensations.  You certainly can't go wrong with any of Kim Brackett's patterns!  This is a super use of a Jelly Roll!  Nancy this is a wonderful quilt!







Now pull out your random Charm Squares and extra Charm Square packs and start sorting and sewing for the next challenge!


Sherri has some great Charm Square links that you may want to see before you begin.



When you're finished, send in your ideas and pictures to me or to Sherri before the end of the month and we'll show them off in the next Scraps-Along post at the beginning of March!




Happy Sewing! 


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jelly Belly Bars




Hey and happy Wednesday!

I'm here today to tell you about the The Jelly Belly Bars Quilt!


It's a new free Shortcut Quilt pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop.







Just take one Jolly Bar and one Jelly Roll and you've got the makings of this sweet quilt!


I used a Lollipop Garden Jolly Bar by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique and a Strawberry Jam Jelly Roll by Coery Yoder of Coriander Quilts for my quilt.

The Jelly Belly Bars pattern calls for the Jolly Bar to be solid, but I love to mix fabric lines to give my quilts a scrappier look, so I went with the two patterned precuts.


A solid Jolly Bar would give this quilt a different look, so the possibilities here are endless!










Run on over to The Fat Quarter Shop's blog, The Jolly Jabber and download the free pattern and be sure to watch Kimberly's video tutorial too.


I've provided the link below, just to make it convenient for you.










This is one quilt that I'd definitely make again!

Super quick and easy.

I'd recommend it to anyone, if its your first quilt or if you've made a thousand quilts.

It would be great for a beginner.  

You get so much fun quilt with minimal cutting. 

And I was just discussing with someone today that I'm not a big fan of cutting, and come to think of it, I'm not really sure who is?



Someone in the Jolly Jabber blog comments mentioned that the Jelly Belly Bars Quilt would be great as a signature quilt and I think that's an excellent idea!

It would also make a wonderful quilt for using some novelty fabrics, either in the Jolly Bar or the Jelly Roll pieces.











For the quilting here I did some ruler work with my new Squiggy ruler by Angela Walters.

Rulerwork has opened up a whole new quilting world for me!

I'm really enjoying learning a new quilting skill.











I did the binding by machine, something I'd never thought I'd say.

I used to not be a fan of machine binding, but the more I do it, the more I love it!











With the increasing number of quilts that I'm testing these days, it really helps me get those quilts bound faster and I also love the clean finished look that it gives the whole quilt.


I'm considering getting a new walking foot with a stitch in the ditch attachment to help make the job that much easier.



And did you notice that the binding is purple?

My favorite color is purple and somehow I rarely use it in my quilts.

So when I realized how well this dusty purple fabric went with everything, it was a given that it was going to be the binding! 










Well, I've got another quilt to cut out, so I'd better get to it.

I just wanted to let you know about this sweet, new, free pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop!


You can thank me later!