Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are Ya Having That?

The majority of us have found ourselves getting caught up in watching YouTube videos for undisclosed amounts of time.  Sometimes we discover new things or learn something.  Sometimes the videos give us a quick giggle.  A few months ago, I came across a channel that I fell in love with.  This crew is so amazingly talented.  They are so funny and I can't wait for their next video to be posted.  

Now, this particular YouTube channel is not something you would think the stereotypical quilter would enjoy, but I know better because I am that quilter that enjoys both of these lifestyles/interests/communities and I know there has to be more of you out there.  Fair warning, this channel is not for those easily offended or for anyone that takes life too seriously.  They can be extremely slightly vulgar and drink quite a bit and that is part of the reason I love it.

The Are Ya Having That channel is a crew of three Irish folks that review food and drinks and play games and just generally have a good time for our entertainment.  Leather Jacket Guy, Johnny Bullshit, and Levi Jeans have gained a loyal follower in me because watching them have fun makes my day.  They are always good for a laugh and I would love nothing better than to come across them in a bar pub and buy them a pint.  Unfortunately, they are on the other side of the world, so how could I show my appreciation for their hard work at creating such an amazing source of entertainment? Well, I was inspired one day.  The quilting community is very supportive of fellow makers and creators across all genres, and I figured I would support them the best way I know how.  By making them something in my own creative medium in return of course.

Many people from the US send them care packages full of goodies and treats from their local areas.  I packed the box full of local brews, as well as a couple from my home state of Montana.  Then added in chips and chocolates and a few other edible treats.  But, to top it all off I made each one of them a personalized mug rug beer mat.  Now, most regular readers of my blog know that I have not done much applique, but I have been wanting to add it to my skill set.  I quickly set out to make a pattern and mat unique to each of the Are Ya Having That crew.  These turned out so cute, that I just had to make some notes and make a pattern so that others could make their own beer mats.

I have the pattern all written and up in my Crafty site.  I present to you Drinks on Me v.1 (and yes, there will be more versions soon).

The pattern includes the templates for all three drinks and the full alphabet.

Please, please, please (you'll only get the joke if you check them out :) ) let them know Are Ya Having That!!

Links to check out:
YouTube: Are Ya Having That
Twitter: Are Ya Having That
Craftsy: A Dream and A Stitch

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two days - Make it count

How is it possibly Tuesday already?!?!
I just said LAST week that I would post every Monday.  Oh goodness.  Can you please forgive me? Have I lost your trust?  :(
Truth is, most of my quilting time takes place on the weekends and this weekend, I spent a whopping total of 10 minutes at my machine before my back made some major protests. Ugh....nothing like an unexpected muscle (I don't even know if that is what it was) tweek to ruin your plans.

I know quite a few of you follow me on other social media channels.  If you don't and want to, feel free.  :)  I always love making new friends.


Anyway, if you do, you may have noticed the changes I have made in my life the last few months.  I have been focusing on my own health and happiness.  Part of that leads me to make the most of every day.  To find joy in the things I do.  Sometimes (like this weekend), I get tripped up and lose focus.  Lately though, that doesn't hold me back for long and I am back to working towards my goals with a vengeance.

This is where the Two Days come in.  My quilting has taken a back burner and I want to move it up again.  I am ready for it.  To fit it into my new lifestyle I need to have a bit of a plan.  No more lolly-gagging and puttering around making a mess of my fabric.  I need to have a project and work on it from start to finish.  I need the gratification that comes from using what you have on hand and finishing a project quickly.

So, tell me.  What are your favorite two day (or less) projects that don't require any special equipment or supplies?  It helps immensely if they are actually useful or can be used for a gift.  Help me fellow quilters!!  :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cooler weather means more quilting time

With the cooler temperatures starting to roll in, thoughts of curling up under a lovely home-made quilt fill my thoughts.  I know many people that get this feeling in September and October.  As much as I hate to see the summer leave us yet again, I do spend a lot more time at my machine when it is cool and dark out.

I am also hoping to have a lot more to share blog-wise.  I am really, really going to try to start blogging every Monday again.  I PROMISE!!  :)

This weekend I was able to almost finish a quick quilt for a friend of a friend that tragically had a house fire and lost everything.  I don't know them, but I knew that I needed to work on something like this to get my mojo back.  And I am sure they could use some replacement items.

I had most of these blocks leftover from a quilt I made some time ago and they were just in a box on the shelf, so I added a couple more colors and started chain piecing blocks. It came together pretty quickly with a little sewing done most nights.  I am about 3/4 the way done with the quilting and I finally decided on the darker teal color after polling friends and family on Facebook and Instagram.  If I get enough time this week, then I should have it done by Monday and I'll share the completed version.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LeMoyne Star Tutorial - Bee Inspired Quilting Bee

I cannot believe it is September already.  My, how fast the year has passed.  I have known for a few months which block I wanted to do for my month of my Quilting Bee, but I wasn't exactly sure of the other details.  I narrowed down the colors pretty quickly, but what size did I want?  In truth, I want all different sizes.

Of course, I cannot for the life of me find the "name" of this block. *I have since learned that it is the LeMoyne Star block*  I have made it before, but I did not follow a pattern or tutorial at all.

I wrote out the tutorial to measure 12x12 finished, but making this block any size is fairly easy.

Here you go, simple instructions for the block:
(4) 3 1/2" sq grey
(4) 4" sq grey
(4) 4" sq color 1 (the photos show 4 1/2" squares, but that was too big, 4" will be plenty)
(4) 4" sq color 2

  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of grey 4" squares
  • Place grey squares right sides together with (2) 4" squares of each color
  • Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2" square using diagonal as reference
  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of 2 of the remaining 4" squares
  • Place right sides together with other color
  • Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2" square using diagonal as reference
  • Arrange and piece together as shown in images below







And there you have it!  All done.  :)
If you want to make a different size, you just add 1" to the individual square size to get your pieces for the HST.
I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful stars my Bee-mates make.  :)