Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival

All this week I have been seeing posts about The Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  As a very new blogger, I had not come across this before.  It is a wonderful collection of finished quilts from all over the blogging world in one place.  What a great way to find inspiration and find a few new blogs to follow as well.  Thanks Amy!

As Paige from Quilted Blooms was convincing me to enter, (Thanks Paige!) I realized that I don't have an awful lot of finishes this year.  

I do have one though, and it is one that I thought turned out so lovely.  It was my Shadow Block Mini.  Janice from Color Creating and Quilting and I did a little mini hop a couple of weeks ago.  You can few the posts HERE and HERE.  I was more than pleased with the way my little quilt turned out.  

It is now hanging in a prime space in my sewing room so it can brighten my day every time I sit down to sew. Because, sometimes, you just have to keep those quilts for yourself.

Make sure to swing by the Festival and check out all of the beautiful quilts and amazing blogs.  And I know that most bloggers love getting the comments, so make sure to let them all know how their quilts have inspired you.    #IGQuiltfest

Monday, September 19, 2016

Making that List & Retreat survey

Do you ever have that urge to finish up all those mostly done projects that are scattered around your sewing room?  And then have no idea where to start, so you don't manage to get a thing done all week.  Welp, that is what happened to me last week.  I really, really want to cross some things off that every growing To-Do list.  But what to work on first?

The project that is closest to being done?
The project I am getting paid for?
The project that takes up the most room?
The one that has been laying around the longest?

Arrrgggg!  I am almost ready to write my projects on scraps of paper and draw them out of a hat.  Or maybe I should clean my sewing room?  Nah, that is just silly talk.

Plus there are new pattern ideas floating around in my head and hastily drawn on scraps of paper scattered throughout my house too.

Far too many choices if you ask me.

What I really need is a retreat week.  A whole week with nothing to worry about except sewing.
I have only been to 2 different retreats (one of them repeated for a couple of years).  I absolutely loved it and am so sad that I was not able to go this year.  I am on the lookout for a new retreat that is closer and more schedule friendly for me.

What are your favorite quilt retreats?  Do you plan your own or attend larger events?  What are some things you look for when scouting retreats?  Do you go alone?  Or always with friends?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blooming Berry - Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

It is that time you all have been patiently waiting for folks!  Time for the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!
As part of our 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group we were given the opportunity to design a block using a wonderful palette of Cloud9 Organic Cirrus Solids deemed "Berry Harvest" by our amazing hosts; Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter.

This is my very first tutorial and I am so excited and pleased with how the block turned out.  I have visited a few of the tutorials from Monday and although my block is fairly simple when I compare them, I like the chunky blocks of color and know that there are certainly people out there that like larger solid sections.  Although I will not be the one quilting this block, I think it loans itself to some fantastic quilting ideas.
All of our blocks will be sent in to make charity samplers.  I can't wait to see those! Stay tuned until the end of the post to get the (Huge) list of other Cloud9 New Block Tutorials!

2016 New Quilt Bloggers

"Blooming Berry" Quilt Block Tutorial

This block uses 5 different solid fabrics.  The fabrics used in this tutorial are the Cloud9 Cirrus Solids listed below:

Fabric A - Amazon
Fabric B - Sky
Fabric C - Shadow
Fabric D - Lilac
Fabric E - Iris

Cutting Instructions:
Recommendation: Because you are dealing with such small pieces here, I suggest starching (I use Best Press) the yardage before cutting to help deal with any fraying.  Also, avoid handling the small pieces as much as possible.
Fabric A:
                 Cut (3) 20"x2.5" strips
                              subcut into (20)  2.5" squares
                                       and (4) 1.25" squares
Fabric B:
                 Cut (4) 2.5" squares
Fabric C:
                 Cut (1) 20" x 2.5" strip
                               subcut into (8) 2.5" squares
                 Cut (1) 15" x 1.25" strip
                               subcut into (12) 1.25" squares
Fabric D:
                 Cut (1) 20" x 2.5" strip
                               subcut into (4) 2.5" squares
                                       and (8) 1.25" squares
Fabric E:
                Cut (4) 1.25" squares

* On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a diagonal line on all 1.25" squares.  Again, be gentle with the edges of the small squares.

*Right sides together, sew along drawn diagonal line for the following:
          Make 4 - (1) 1.25" Fabric A square to corner of (1) 2.25" Fabric B

            Make 12 - (1) 1.25" Fabric C square to corner of (1) 2.5" Fabric A square

          Make 8 - (1) 1.25" Fabric D square to corner of (1) 2.5" Fabric C square
          Make 4 - (1) 1.25" Fabric E square to corner of (1) 2.5" Fabric D square

*Press squares flat to set seams.  Then trim 1/4" from seam on small side of each square.

*Press all seams open.  Final square should measure 2.5" x 2.5"
                     Totals: (4) Amazon (A) & Sky (B)
                                 (12) Shadow (C) & Amazon (A)
                                 (8) Lilac (D) & Shadow (C)
                                 (4) Iris (E) & Lilac (D)

Block Assembly - Rows
*Sew each row together as shown.  Press seams open as you go.
Recommendation: Pin. Especially where triangles need to match points.

Block Assembly - Block
*At this point, you will connect your rows.  I suggest doing Rows 1 to 2, 3 to 4, and 5 to 6.  Then connecting those sets.  This allows you to match up your triangle points with a little less bulk.

Sorry for the weird angle.  It does end up square, I swear.

* Press when complete.  Block should measure 12.5" x 12.5"

This hop was great fun.  Thanks to Cloud9 for supplying the fabulous fabrics to work with and thanks again to our wonderful hosts.

I would love to see your version of "Blooming Berry"!  Tag me on Instagram (@adreamandastitch) or you can send me an email (adreamandastitch (at) gmail (dot)com).
Make sure you check out the other blocks in the hop (There are 70! Wow!)  

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

You can find even more at:

Monday's Hop Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Wednesday's Hop Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Shadow Block Mini QAL & Hop

It is finally time to reveal one of my secret projects that I have been working on and I couldn't be more excited.

A few weeks ago, Janice, from Color Creating and Quilting, and I found this great tutorial for a Shadow Block Mini quilt over at StudioDragonflyQuilts.  After talking with the writer of this great tutorial, Debora, we decided to invite others to join us in making this cute, quick mini quilt.

I am so excited to see what fabrics everyone chose.  I have had these pieces setting around for awhile. They were leftover from a some small bags that I had made and I didn't really have enough of them to make anything too big,but I had too much to cut into scraps. This was the perfect project to show off the bright fun colors.

I am ashamed to admit, but I was so anxious to see this complete that when I thought I had finished the top I took it out for a photoshoot.  When I got home, I realized that I completely forgot to put the lengths of sashing in.  And while this didn't look bad at all, I knew I wanted to do it right.  So, the question was whether to pick new fabrics and start over, or to rip the four long seams and put the sashing in its place.  I knew that I loved these colors and wanted this one for my wall, so the seam ripper!

Actually, it wasn't too bad.  I had the sashing in place in no time.

There was one other SNAFU (thanks for the spelling correction :)) on my way to finishing this mini.  My machine was not cooperating when I started to quilt it.  I decided to quilt densely back and forth in the grey shadows and my foot was hopping around ALL over the place.  It was horrible.  So, I decided to finally bite the bullet and order the proper free motion foot for my machine.

Best investment ever!

It is so smooth and easy to use.  I couldn't believe it.  My free motion still needs some work, but it looks pretty good.

This beautiful mini quilt is certainly going up on my wall and I will be making more for sure.

Make sure to take some time to visit the blogs of everyone that joined us on this fun little quilt a long. You can also check out #shadowminiquilt on Instagram to see some pretty amazing photos.

Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly
Amanda Everest at Quiltologie
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom

One of these lucky bloggers (whomever has a birthdate closest to mine) will receive  a little prize from me.  Janice will be doing the same. AND some of you lucky visitors will have a chance to win a prize as well. So make sure to stop by all of the blogs and leave comments on them. (If you are a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave an email contact)

I had so much fun doing this little hop and making the quilt.  Thanks Janice for all of your work on this and Thanks Debora for the great tutorial!

Oh, and I'll be linking up to some link parties as well:

Happy Quilting everyone!