Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Color Challenge Block - Yellow Orange

My creative mojo has not only left the building, it seems to have left the country.  
I really want to be quilting and blogging and doing other crafty things, but as soon as I sit down to do it – WHEN I manage to block out a little time for it, I am just blank.  Even my skills are in the toilet. The tension on my machine is off just a teeny bit and I am scared to mess with it. Not to mention there is something wrong with my hands. (trigger finger maybe?)
Has anyone else ever been in a funk like this?  How do you break out of it? Do you work on projects that don’t require thinking?  Or do you just play without a goal in mind?
I am tempted to pull out yards of older fabric that no longer inspire me and just chop them all up into 5 ½” squares and 2 ½” strips and make a bunch of scrap car quilts just to rejuvenate my stash.  My amazing aunt calls them car quilts and I love the idea. It is a quilt that is just tossed in the back of your car when you go on a road trip or need a picnic blanket or whatever. It is usable in any situation.  Usually made of scraps and they are fun to give away. What are your favorite “no thinking” patterns for something like this? I was thinking maybe disappearing nine-patches or log cabins. Or just squares.
And on the other hand, as you know, I have been participating in the Monthly Color Challenge with Patterns by Jen.  She has some super fun and simple patterns each month that go with a specific color. Some of these would be just amazing if done all scrappy or repeated to make a full quilt.  Choices, choices, choices.
This month the color is Yellow-Orange (ok, my block leans more towards Red-Orange and I didn't realize until it was almost done and I loved it too much to undo it) and both are some of my favorite colors, but again -and this is becoming a trend isn’t it – I barely have any of that color in my stash.  Oh dear, that leads to wanting to buy more fabric. 😊
The pattern that Jen shared was fun to make (all of them are actually).




Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the hop and see some other renditions of this block and get some other free patterns too.


Once you make one of your own, you can link up to Jen’s Linky Party at the end of the month for a chance to win.  This month is sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

July Color Challenge Block - Yellow Green

This month has gone by so fast.  I can hardly believe it is July already.  
I have had a whirlwind of activities in my life and unfortunately, haven't had much time to quilt over the last month.  
Amidst vacation, finding a new job and place to live, and the moving itself I did manage to get the Yellow-Green block done for this month.
So, I apologize for the lack of a fun post (and it's a shame because this is one of my favorite block designs so far), but I will be back at it as soon as I get settled into my new place.  :)








And don't forget to stop by the other blogs:

Sewing with D









Thursday, May 31, 2018

June Color Challenge Block - Purple

Oh, I love purple.
I always have.  I remember when I was quite young and I had only one younger sister we would get matching things.  The same winter coat, the same stuffed animal, the same set of jammies.  But of course they still had to be different.  And I always got the purple and my sister would get the pink (I think she got the pink, I didn't pay too much attention to that part). :)

I love both the blue side of purple and the red side of purple.  I even like pastel purple on occasion.
Needless to say, I have a little bit of purple in my stash and I was excited to dig into my bin of scraps to see what I could come up with for June's Monthly Color Challenge Block.

I loved these purples as I was piecing the block, but now that I am looking at the photos, I realize I should have opted for a little more contrast.  Maybe I'll make it again before I choose my final layout for the blocks.  Only time will tell....





My pinwheel points are something I really need to work on.  Especially with blocks this small.  I'll have to add that to the "Back to Basics" list I have been working on.

As usual, you can find the pattern for this block over on Jen's blog at Patterns by Jen.

This month the Art Gallery will be giving away a fat quarter bundle, so make sure to make your own purple project and link up at Patterns by Jen!!



And of course, don't forget to visit the other bloggers that will be doing their own purple projects.  Some of the same block, and maybe some new ones too.  :)

Patterns By Jen
Dizzy Quilter
Powered By Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Quilts by Joanne
Clever Chameleon Quilting

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Oh no! What am I going to do?

Ok.  I have succumbed to the pull of the all mighty Quilt Along.
How many of us always have 'too many projects' that we just HAVE to get done and then the urge to start something new becomes even stronger than ever? 
Too many quilts, too little time is becoming my new motto.
But, I just couldn't pass up the Fireburst Mystery Quilt Along because there are so many of my quilty friends doing it too.  I have a very strong FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) on this one.  So, why the heck not right?

Tish's Adventures in Wonderland just started this one a few weeks ago, so it is not too late to hop on yourself if you are so inclined.  It is going to be a fun one. If you are interested in joining, head on over and check out Tish's intro post:


I am just a wee bit behind because I just made my final decision to join yesterday.  And I knew I was going to pull from my stash for this one.  And I wanted to use some fun crazy fabric.  

I have a bit of a dilemma though.  I can't decide which fabric to use for my background and I need your help.  Here are the fabrics I have picked. 



I have enough of both the floral and the blue to use as the Background fabric.  
I need your opinions.  
Which would you choose?  




Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Catching up on Bee Blocks

Last weekend was spent at my sewing machine playing catch up.
As most of you faithful readers know, my quilting life has been an overwhelming mess and I have been getting next to nothing actually finished.  

Picture a deer in headlights covered in piles of fabric.  

I haven't been making the time to blog or focusing on getting projects on my list actually done.
I decided last week that trend had to STOP and I had to get back to enjoying my quilting time.  

So, I wrote up a list of all the little things I needed to do and what I was behind on in order of easiest finish to "should be done this year, but haven't started yet".  Then it was time to stop planning and start doing.

Of course at the top of the list were single blocks.  Blocks for the lovely quilters in my Bee Inspired quilting Bee group came first. I have been a very poor BeeMate this year so far and I am determined to finish the year being punctual and earning back the respect of my BeeMates so they don't boot me out next year. 

I had two to get done (April and May).  Both great blocks.
Emily - The Darling Dogwood - had us doing some paper-piecing.  I have been wanting to work on this skill for awhile now and this was a great block to do it.  Just enough difficulty to make me work for it.  :)
    





I plan to make a few more blocks from this pattern and quilt them as minis for my wall and to give to a few friends.  They are so much fun.  :)

The second block (May) was something just as fun.  Velda - Freckled Fox Quiltery - asked us to all make her some cake!  :)

So, I give you a lovely Marionberry Chiffon cake:


And a Raspberry/Coconut Ice Cream cake:


I can't wait to see all the delicious goodies together!
I have grand plans of quilting more this weekend and continuing along my path of finishing projects and making progress.  
Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Color Challenge Block - Green

The month of May.  Most certainly Springtime by now right?  :)
I cannot believe how many people are still dealing with snow right now.  Good thing we have our pretty green quilt blocks to deliver a touch of spring to everyone.


This month we have a gorgeous Green Block designed by Patterns by Jen for the Monthly Color Challenge.







 It was so much fun to put together and super quick too.  You can find the pattern over at Patterns by Jen and later this month, she will have a link up for you to share your own green quilt blocks.  And of course there will be prizes.  This month The Monthly Color Challenge sponsor is Island Batik.






And don’t forget to check out all the other blogs on this month’s hop:

Patterns By Jen
Dizzy Quilter
Powered By Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Quilts by Joanne
Clever Chameleon Quilting



Monday, April 9, 2018

Fabric Storage

This weekend I didn't get much actual sewing done (besides the binding on a quilt, but I'll share that finish in another post).
But, what I did get done I am very excited about.
I finally put together my new IKEA Kallax shelf!  Wheels and all. 
It is so pretty and I spent the rest of the day re-sorting and pressing my fabric so it would look all nice on my new shelf.  I am semi-tempted to get some boards for my fabric, but we'll see how it works without for now. 




Don't mind the dirty carpet.  But look!  Wheels!!  :D

The next step is to get over to the hardware/lumber store and get a board for the ironing top.
I have not decided yet if I want to bracket the board on top so it will be a permanent fixture or to have slats on the bottom to make it snug, but removable. 
What do you all think?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March Bee Blocks

You know, I really don't know why I haven't been posting about what I have been working on lately.  I seem to have developed this habit of only blogging when I have a finish or have a hop that I am participating in. 
It is a silly habit and I miss writing and hearing from all of you, so I am going to stop it right now.  :)
March was a busy month for me and it went by so quickly. 
It was the double up month in my year long quilting bee (Bee Inspired). 
Although I finished the blocks in time, I completely failed to get them mailed out before April hit.
And I did not get great photos ahead of time either.  So, I had to snap some quick shots after I had them in my bag all day.  Sorry for the wrinkles and frayed edges. 

BTW - how do you all keep the edges from getting so frayed.  I have been noticing so many photos of clean, sharp cutting lines on blocks lately and no matter how soon I take the photo, I can't get them as crisp and nice. 

Both the blocks this month were so fun to make and so different. 
Some little shamrocks for Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter and fun bordered I-spy type rectangles for Paige at Quilted Blooms.
I'm not going to lie, I made a shamrock for myself too and already have a plan for another quilt using the same idea as Paige.  :D







Happy Quilting!  :D

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Color Challenge Block - Orange

April is here!!
Not only is it my birthday month, but the color chosen for the Monthly Color Challenge is one of my recent favorites!
Orange is a difficult and confusing color.  People either love it or hate it. It is the color of citrus and prison uniforms.  It represents health and caution.  It is sunshine and Halloween.  If you study color theory, orange could be a research topic all of its own.  It has the vibrancy and power of red, but also the calm comfort of yellow.  I love orange.
It is a fickle color too.  It, unlike blue, does not always play well with others.  You can't just say, well I'll throw this orange in there because I need one more Fat Quarter.  That could be disastrous.
I think of orange as a color that doesn't always go right, but when it IS....oh boy look out because it will blow you away.  :)
It has become one of my new favorites.  Paired up with a Plum and a Teal .....oh, I just love it.
But, for the Color Challenge this month, I stuck to what orange fabrics I had on hand.
My goodness, third month in a row where I don't seem to have as much variety in a color as I thought.  I really struggled finding that medium orange.  In certain light, it is an obvious difference, but I am not sure that you can tell where the difference pieces are in these photos.
Either way, it is a super fun block to make and you can find the pattern for it over at Patterns By Jen.









 And as usual, don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the Monthly Color Challenge to find more Orange blocks:


And there will be a Link party to share your Orange blocks on Patterns by Jen at the end of the month for a chance to win a Fat Eighth bundle sponsored by Island Batik!!!











Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blog Hop

When Cheryl, of  Meadow Mist Designs, and Paige, of Quilted Blooms  invited me to make a quilt from their new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts I was absolutely ecstatic!  I know both of these ladies to be extremely talented quilters and designers and I could not wait to see what they had put together this time around.



You can purchase the book here:
Signed Copies

Hard copy or digital:

They had asked me which of the 16 quilts in the book I would like to make and I just COULD NOT CHOOSE. There is a pretty good chance I will make at least half of the quilts in here!!  I ended up making Plus Surround.  This pattern was so amazingly well thought out!  I was a teeny bit intimidated because I had never tried anything like it before.  But, it was so straight-forward, that there was zero stress once I got started making it.  The size of the quilt is just perfect for a bed topper or a large throw.  
Although I don't have the quilting skills to do anything fancy with the quilting, this particular design would be the perfect pattern to show off an elaborate quilting motif if that is something you are looking for.  

I was really lucky and we had one day where the ground wasn't a muddy mess and I could take my quilt outside for a super quick photo session (hence the lack of decent pressing ahead of time).  










There are other quilters on the hop today (and yesterday, and tomorrow)  :)  Make sure you check them out.  These patterns are so versatile that everyone will have a different take on them.  Also, make sure to check out Cheryl's and Paige's blogs every day too.  They have giveaways!!!!!

Here is the schedule:
Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
 Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch   You are Here
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun


Thursday, March 15th

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty


Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms