Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Sweet Summer Star

 Hurrah, hurray! 
Today is the Summer Star Minis And More Parade!
I am so excited to participate this moth...
of the "new year"!

I loved making this sweet Summer Star pattern by
Sherri at

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But first I want to mention how cute the
 button for Minis And More is!

Michelle is going to be a perfect partner for Sherri,,,
she has been in AYOS for years and has always 
impressed me and inspired me with her quilts!
I couldn't be more excited to see her team up
with Sherri for this... because, you know...

the 
parade
must 
go 
on!!!

So here is my first entry into
Minis And More.


I don't use batik fabrics very often,
although I think they are gorgeous!

Since it's the first of July, I thought it would be
fun to have a tropical influence of the batik 
fabrics.
I thought about red white and blue also...
but I have made two already this year in that colorway 
and one that is blue and cream batiks.
I haven't shown them yet... because they are 
a secret magazine assignment.
Hopefully I will be able to soon.

I was playing around with my photo editor
and inverted the colors on the  mini quilt...


It was kind of fun to see it in another view!

You will see more Summer Stars at Island Life Quilts
and at A Quilting Life too.


Monday, June 29, 2015

It's A Good Thing I Like Dresden Blocks


Small but cute!


I made the remainder of the 25 mini Dresden's that I needed
for my quilt... along with half of the 16 medium sized Dresden blocks...
and I had already made the 16 large blocks.
So now I need to start making the centers for them!
The only problem is... is that
I can't find the template for making the centers!


I guess I can kind of judge by the picture here.

It looks like they used the background fabric for the centers.
I can do that.
What do you think...
 Does the center look the same on the
small Dresden as the large one?

I had to look back at some of the other Dresden
styled quilts I have made to see what I had done in the past...



This had a regular center.


This quilt had a super large center.
I like the polka dots.




This one had a little face for the center.


This was for by Bees Knees sewing group!



Hmm, No help here... this isn't finished yet.
It was my Bees Knees project.


 I guess I have more Dresden's to finish...
and more to make!


This  is a new kit yet to be made... 
oh, hey, I bet I can
look at the pattern here to see about the center template!

I am also going to take a closer look at the Patriotic Quilter and 
Cupcake n Daisies blogs... because they made the one from the magazine too!

Hope you have a great week! 
Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recap of the Week... and Looking Forward to the Weekend



Evie has had swim lessons this week and last week. 
I have been hopping over to watch after work
and taking the opportunity to visit with my son as well.
He has also been taking her to the 
golf course and has
 started giving her golfing lessons!
What a sweet dad.
This little one just finished dance lessons last weekend...
which
 was
 adorable. 
Which is all you expect 
from a three year old!

I have been preparing my mini Dresden blades
this week. 
They are so TINY!
Which 
makes them cute...
and I can't imagine that it will take very long to make them into 
mini blocks, right?
There are two sizes here...
the super mini and the mini.

I just love the V & Co. fabrics.


Here is the other project I have
been doing the grunt work on in the mornings...


Remember the Tula Pink pattern I shared the other day?
I have a good start on it now!

It's going to be hotter than blazes here for the next 10 days. 
I am not a big fan of triple digit weather... so the objective
will be to stay cool
(and get my housework done early)!

I hope you have a good weekend!







Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My World of Pink and Forest Green


Did you know?


Today is National Pink Day!

 I'm not sure I can contain PINK to just one day!

Here are some photos from my Pretty.Pink board on
Pinterest.
But...

Pink is just going to have to share the spotlight today because
I am adding forest green... 
for a good reason...


There is a photo of our local Hot Shots. 
They are the Crane Valley Hot Shots 
aka Dirty Birds...
(remember Heckle and Jeckle cartoons, they were the original Dirty Birds)

 My son is a part of this crew for 8 years now
 maybe 10, I can't keep track.

That's him there...
the only one that is facing forward.
They are down in Southern California
at the Lake Fire in San Bernadino County.
They are having a morning briefing and then out to "work"!
This is a photo from U.S. News and World Report. You can read about
California fires there. The fire is roughly 27 square miles in size.
Nearly 2,000 fire fighters are working this fire...
they are amazing!
So...
That's why my other favorite color is forest green!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Has Officially Arrived!


Before I made Crop Circles I made this quilt...
it's Vintage Tulips by Thimble Blossoms. 
It was a MUST do when I first saw it
 and I ordered the PDF as soon as the pattern 
was available. It is so sweet... so of course
 I had to use my Pam Kitty Morning stash
and now that it's made...
 I have seen variations
that I love just as much as the original.
 I saw one quilt using only
the alternate blocks.
 And then there was Cindy's quilt... and 
Thelma's 
Vintage Tulips too. I am half way 
tempted to spend the entire summer 
making this quilt over and over again!



There is even the mini one... 
oh, the light bulb just went off!
I can do mini's of the other variations!!!
 The 
possibilities 
are 
just
 so
fun!


I brought this quilt out of hiding the other day.
It had been a pattern in a magazine. 
I believe it's called Dresden Doilies. 
Designed by Gerri Robinson
You can see that the skill level was for a confident beginner. 
(Insert your own joke here.)

I left off with 7 small ones made. All of the large Dresden's made
and  none of the medium size made.
Fortunately, I found (after spending some time looking) my V and Company
fabrics... so I am back in business!
This will be one of my summer projects.

The other summer project I have in mind is this one:

 

It's by Tula Pink!
I have been obsessed with Orange Peel quilts since
Playful Petals was published!
So now I plan on starting with this quilt but also 
spending my summer making other 
quilts from the book by Cory Yoder aka Little Miss Shabby!


Playful Petals Cover

Miss Luella showed her version of the cover quilt recently on
Instagram using Jen Kingwell fabrics.
That really sent me over the edge on my obsession!
So, you will be seeing my version of this one also...

I have my summer fun all planned now! 
How about you?

Friday, June 19, 2015

12 Years Old Already?!?



Have you been over to Fat Quarter Shop?



Earlier this week was the start of the Fat Quarter Shop birthday bash!
They are 12 years old now! 
How sweet is that?
Sending out special birthday
 wishes to the Jolly family and also to the
staff of Fat Quarter Shop 
for always being on the top
of their game!
You want it? They got it.

 Always helpful!
 Excellent service!

Did I mention friendly?
That's really important to me!

So I hope you take advantage of their daily sales
through next week and help them celebrate.

Happy 12th... and many more!



Did I forget to show you this quilt I made as a sample for FQS?
Here it is! It's made using Lori Holt's newest fabric line:
Modern Minis! 



Here is the group... it should be in stores any minute!



This sweet panel is in the line also!

Doesn't she always have something fun up her sleeve?

Have a good weekend!

I have been on a salad frenzy. 

This is the dish I am bringing 
 to the annual 
picnic at the lake on Sunday. 

Single servings in plastic cups...
how does that sound?



recipe at Creme de la Crumb


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quilt Show Re-cap

Here are a few of my favorite quilts from the quilt show.



This was such a fun quilt made by Virginia... who was the Featured Quilter.


This is Donna's quilt. (sorry, blurry)
A wonderful embroidery... and she adapted the 
pattern to represent our local lake.


This is another one of Virginia's quilts.


This one was made by Diane A.! From where 
I was selling raffle tickets I was able to look directly at
her quilt all day! I loved every minute of it!


This is Sally's gorgeous quilt! 


This was so beautiful all in wool! Made by Rosalie.


This one was made by P.J. using Kaffe fabrics.
I taught the class on it at our local quilt shop.
(remember the little sew along with this pattern)?


This amazing applique quilt was a Lori Holt pattern and 
made by Diane W. No easy feat!


I loved this sweet little quilt... with the colorful geese. 
Made by Bev.



That's a little recap of our show!

It was a fun one!