Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shopping Leads to Sewing, right?

People who know me 
would find it hard to believe...

that I have been working too much...

and that
is the reason
for
my absence this month!

But it is true. 

Usually my work week centers around my lunch dates
and impromptu stops into the
local quilt shop.

I haven't even had much of an opportunity 
to quilt on the weekends!

But what I have done...
was to treat myself to some on-line retail therapy!


So I thought I would share some photos 
of my new patterns...

First of all... The Pattern Basket
has revealed a sweet group of new
hot-off-the-press patterns 
that were just a little bit unique and equally sweet.

and I think you will agree!


From Thimble Blossoms..,

I scooped up on Camille's spring cleaning event and got
a few patterns I have been wanting for a long time.
Fireworks,
Norway, and Mini Red Letter day

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Turnstyle by Amy Ellis and also Octagon Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou
These have been on my wish list also.

and then there was this one...
the Tic Tac Toe Dress for my grand daughters.

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I think I can do this....

but I just need to find some of
that precious time! 






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dutch Tulip Blog Hop


Are you ready for April showers... bring May flowers?

It's almost April... and today we have a little more than sprinkles
outside!

I love tulips... and I am ready to get out there and garden...
once it stops raining anyway!

So the next best thing is to make flowers and
quilt, of course!
This is a new pattern by It's So Emma and
the quilt below was made by our wonderful 
friends!
They asked me to play along...




and I was more than happy to play with the Dutch Tulips pattern!


I love white tulips so I tried out my first block with white=ish fabrics.

The blocks are so fast and fun to make...
that my garden of tulips kept growing fast!



I decided that I wanted my tulips to be a wall hanging...

so I altered the setting of the pattern.

I just got finished redecorating my home for a fresh spring look...
and I think this will be a nice addition!




I'm working on the binding now... 


and can't wait to hang this up in my house...
it's so cheerful!

I would love to make this pattern again for the guest room...
it's so welcoming!

Thanks Fat Quarter Shop for letting me play along in the 
blog hop!

Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
Taunja from Carried Away Quilting
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Lucy from Charm About You

Fat Quarter Shop is having a giveaway over on their blog today too...
so, be sure to enter!


Thanks for stopping by!
oh, and check out the Dutch Tulip video by Fat Quarter Shop on
You Tube too!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Midweek Mosaic: Spring Color Inspiration


 I'm looking forward to Spring equinox this month 
and the time change this weekend...


I've already ditched wearing socks.
I will be shedding other winter outer wear
as soon as possible...

so today I'm adding color with the
anticipation of gardens coming into bloom!

(photos are from my board on Pinterest, although I know that
the Flowering Snowball quilt is by Red Pepper Quits)

I would love to have a Dog like this!









Monday, March 6, 2017

Taking a "Sunday Drive"!

 Good morning people!

Today I get to show you a little something that I was able to
work on...




Morning Glory is the sweetest new pattern by
Here is a photo of the version by Fat Quarter Shop...


Take that pattern and the Sunday Drive fabric by Pat Sloan 
(that has just been released)
and you have a fun quilt that 
would be a great lap quilt... or picnic quilt...
but
since the pattern comes with fabric requirements 
and instructions for all bed sizes...
you can pick the right size for you!


I think this quilt will be my new "go to" quilt!
It looks a bit more difficult than 
it is!





Pat Sloan's fabrics are always so much fun...
and she has designed a wonderful 
batik group that coordinates with the
printed Sunday Drive pieces in the collection.


I decided to play with the batik group of Sunday Drive...
but I think it would be fun to mix the entire collection
and get all of that texture!



I added sashing between the blocks 
for my 9 block wall hanging
version
to give it a little
 extra sparkle with
 the cornerstones.

I'm thinking that I would like to 
make 4 of block A and
 4 blocks of B
to make a couple of accent pillows for spring.
Can you visualize that?

Please stop by Jolly Jabber to see the list of
other bloggers that 
used the Morning Glory pattern
and Pat Sloan's adorable new spring collection!
Have a good Monday!


Friday, March 3, 2017

It's Been a Quiet Week


I have been so quiet... 
time slipped away from me 
and

I forgot to post 
anything this week!



Last Saturday my DIL and her mom
hosted the 5th annual Tea Party!


The table looked so cute... 
and the food was absolutely 
fabulous!

I had to take a quick couple of photos before it really got
started... because once you add a dozen and a half women...
well, you know!
I think this year was the best one yet...
we really should do it more often!


I have been trying to resist...
but I finally caved and 
ordered this sweet fabric group: Vintage Daydream

I love the pinks and the yellows
(hmmm, I just realized that I seem to be on a 
pink/yellow combo color kick)
but, I don't know which pattern to use for these 
sweet fat quarters...
should I Swoon again??

Any thoughts out there???


I'm playing along with Amy at 
Amy's Creative Side...
she is hosting a month long photo of the day...
the first one was a selfie...



So, here I am!
Keep an eye out for other pictures
on my Instagram feed!

Have a good weekend!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Trails!






My Scrappy Project Planner
has some wonderful quilt patterns
in it!
I got to play along with the
Fat Quarter Shop today because
 they are having a Sew Along 
featuring the quilts in the Project Planner
Do you have one yet?





Making a quilt from the planner is a bonus
to the other features of the project planner!

Today FQS is featuring the Happy Trails Scrappy Quilt!
Here is mine:



It's made from completely from my stash...
mostly using Pam Kitty Morning fabrics!

I had so much fun seeing this come together...
I'm not sure I want to stop!
I am seriously considering going king-size!
(and that should be about the end of my PKM stash)!

(photo borrowed from Bee In My Bonnet blog)

This one is Lori Holt's quilt that
 is pictured in the Scrappy Project Planner.
Lori is the Queen Bee of cleverness!
I truly enjoy making up quilts from her patterns...

I just to decide which one is next!
Be sure you see the Happy Trails quilt 
over at Jolly Jabber and see the other Happy Trails quilts! 

Happy Trails to you!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Art Gallery Fabric's Stitched Sew Along

Happy Monday!


I always love these Art Gallery Fabric Sew Alongs 
with the Fat Quarter Shop!

It's a wonderful to take a free pattern from
Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop!

Have you explored any of these sew alongs in 
the past?
Every time I play along, I am always pleasantly 
pleased with the feel of AGF's fabric. 
They are so soft and silky but sturdy with no fraying!

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This is the group of fabric I used.
Lagom...
it's a Swedish word that means 
just the right amount!

You can see the tutorial for Filigree here:



The link for the free Filigree Pattern is here.

It's simple to construct ...
even though it looks a little complicated.


I like to pre-starch my fabrics for easier 
construction and it's really helpful with bias edges too!




I just love the way it turned out!
I wanted more of a neutral palate with 
a small pop of color to add the pizazz.

I was absolutely in love with the large print that I had chosen
for my backing fabric.
So, I omitted the blocks around the center square
to showcase the fabric and I think it 
also showcased the block design.






I think you will have fun with the Filigree pattern
and here is the link to Art Gallery Fabrics
if you want to see some fun eye candy!


Now...
I need to go see what everyone else is making using
the Filigree Pattern!







Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Midweek Mosaic: Hang It Up



We are only a few weeks away from Daylight Savings Time...
and Spring is just around the corner from there!

I will look forward to hanging things out to dry again.

All photos are from my Pinterest board here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Plates and Sweetie Pies

Right now I can't even find the pattern for this project...
but I think I can figure the setting out.
I just need to sew those circles on and
that should get me to the assembly stage!



It looks like Sunday was dedicated to working on old abandoned projects.
It feels good to get them out and try to get them finished... 
I have procrastinated for soooo long!

Here is another Dresden style project that has been neglected!

This was the main motivation...

I have been watching the Sweetie Pie Sew Along 
with Lori Holt on 
Instagram... and this one was a pattern of 
hers that I started, and stopped, 
and restarted... and then stopped. 
I needed more Sew Cherry fabric 
but the line had been here and gone for quite a while...

but now... this fabric line has been remade, so no excuses for
trying to get this finished!
The pattern had plain centers and cherry applique but I 
saw it was a great opportunity to use the floral fabric and skip
the applique. 
I will be making little daisy flowers to place in the sashing area..

Here is a photo of the free pattern!




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Classic & Vintage Jacobs Ladder Quilt Along!

I have been enjoying some special sewing time!

I was able to join up 
with something new from

Jacob's Ladder Quilt Kit Featuring Reflections by Jo Morton

On their You Tube channel today
 you will see
a brand new video 
a
Jacobs Ladder 
Quilt Along.
The newest in their 
Classic and Vintage 
quilt series.



This Jacobs Ladder
is a free pattern
 and Kim has, as usual, 
a great step by step video 
to show you her Jacobs Ladder!
You can find a kit available by clicking here.
There are several bloggers
showing their version of the quilt...
so grab a cup of coffee and get ready for some
eye candy around blog-land!

This was so fun... I have never made a Jacobs Ladder quilt
before!
This traditional quilt has been on my to do list for 
a long time.

I went to my Fig Tree Stash and pulled a small variety of
fabrics... and began cutting!

(I did a little sneak peek of these a couple weeks ago)

The blocks are large and come together
easily!
Did I mention... that
you can get the free pattern 



Each block seemed to have it's own little personality!

I have been savoring these leftovers...
and now I don't mind using them because Fig Tree & Co 
is just coming out with a new line with some of these same 
colors called Coney Island!


I am really happy with way this quilt came together...
but I have one last decision...





I thought I was happy without a border.
The pattern and in the video you will see
directions for adding an inner and outer border
to your Jacobs Ladder quilt.

I guess you and I will both see... 
next time!

But in the meantime... check out the other bloggers 
showing their version of Jacobs Ladder...
just click here to see the list and link for
the Quilt Along!

Denise from Pieced Brain
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Jane from from Quilt Jane
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting
Charlene from Adventures in Mommy Land
Natalia from Piece N Quilt
Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
Donna from Donna's Lavendar Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
Connie from Freemotion by the River






Monday, January 30, 2017

A Month of New Beginnings


We have been having a whole lot of weather 
here at my house! 
I even got a "snow day" off from work.
The roads were just too dangerous...
I got the call
just as I was walking out the front door so
I was very happy that I didn't have to  
go out in this!

So... snow day... translates into 
SEW day!

But before I show you what I have been up to

Here is our newest addition to the family...

her name is Kinsley Elaina


Wasn't it just a week or two ago that I showed a 
sofa filled with our other gran littles? 
Kinsley is #6 and she is just 2 months younger 
than Killian who was born 2 months ago today.

This is just staggering to me! 
So many little blessings! 


So now, I can pause a little and show
the fun little project I started.

This is the beginnings of Flower Patch by

I was going to make it out of Olive's Flower Market
but I decided to dive into my stash...



I am anxious to make some progress on this...
but since just one project isn't enough 
entertainment I
thought I would also keep a promise to myself
and start an embroidery project.

I am barely a beginner so  this will be a good place to 
get my bearings!



I'm using Lori Holt's 
Stitch Fun Embroidery Sampler.
What is a great bonus is that Lori has a 4 part
you Tube video series on how to embroider
using this pattern.

Yeah!


So... That layer cake of  Olive's Flower Market that I 
didn't use for my other project got re-assigned.

                        

The Thimble Blossoms Sampler Quilt Along that
was hosted by Sew Lux last year was
a sew along that I had wanted to participate in but
I just couldn't seem to fit it in.
And I just happen to have the patterns that they used in the 
TB Sampler!



So, thank goodness for snow days... because I got to
play in my sewing room after being absent from
there for the past few weeks!

I'm on a roll now!