Friday, February 17, 2017

Yarn Bomb Trees, A Finish

I barely finished quilting my Yarn Bomb Trees before I left for Bryce. I trimmed the batting and and backing just before Ruth and I left.
I didn't have time to cut a binding. In fact I took a gamble that I would be able to find a binding at the retreat. And as luck would have it I found the perfect binding. I cut it the first night we were there and got it sewn on one way.
I spent my free time at the retreat binding it. I wanted to be able to photograph it in beautiful Bryce.
Happy day I finished it and we received a light dusting of snow to add to the red rock beauty. Love how it looks in this awesome scenery.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean to celebrate.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pretty Pretty Fabric

I love fabric! I know that's not a shocker. But I get so excited when I see new lines. I'm lucky I often get to see new lines before they are released. Let me tell you there are some really great lines coming. Today's fabric is bright and happy. The color combinations fresh. 
 Boundless is one such line. The red, aqua, navy, pink and spring green make me smile. I really like this quilt using it. The stars that are created as an alternate pattern are fabulous.
 Another great line is Spring Meadow by Barb Tourtillotte for Clothworks. I was honored that they wanted to use my Let's Go Dutch pattern to feature their line.
Do you have a current favorite line? What is it?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Fast Nine Patches

 First off Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you have fun sharing candy, cards and love with your sweethearts.
Now on to the tutorial. The nine patch is such a classic. So many great quilts can be made with it. Sarah did a fun series last year called Nifty Nines. She offered many great designs and tutorials. I realized while preparing for this blog that I've made several variations on the nine patch: maverick stars, wonky flowers, and disappearing nine patches. A tutorial for that can be found here.   I made these nine patch blocks as part of a bee.
And this Quilty hug was a group effort.
I don't know how I could have missed making a simple nine patch. Especially since it is so scrap friendly. Well I plan to remedy that. While watching videos in prepartion for learning to use my go I came across this video. 
 
I thought if I can cut squares from strips why not from strip sets? So I tried it. I took strips I had cut with my 2 1/2" strip cutter. I found that you want them at least 8" long. You will need three sets of strips from two different fabrics.
 I then sewed them in sets of three as shown. and placed them on my Go cutter so the blades run across the strips. Run this through your Go.
 You get six sets of three that will make two nine patches. I could fit one more set of three so you can start another set of nine patches quick and easy.
I haven't tried layers yet. I'll let you know when I do. Even if they don't work three blocks with one swipe through the Go is pretty good. You can find where to get a Go and a discount on dies on my side bar.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Moving It Forward

I had a wonderful week at Bryce. The Winter Retreat put on by Lynnette and Wendy of Main Street Quilt Cottage was fabulous. So many talented and friendly quilters. I didn't get a lot of sewing done. Just the binding on my Yarn Bomb Trees, I'll show that later and about 10 wonky star blocks. But the ladies in my classes were very productive. Here are the Dresdens from my Scrappy Dresden class. 
 And a few bear paws from my Beware Goldilocks class.
My roommate and snowshoeing buddy, Ruth, finished this beautiful Kaleidoscope top. Isn't it gorgeous?!
I'm excited to see what you've done this week. Especially since I was unable to visit blogs last week. Link up and share your progress.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What's New

You may have noticed a few changes to my blog. I'm excited to be an affiliate for Accuquilt and Craftsy. I love both of these companies. As you know I recently acquired a Go. I have made these two quilts using my Go. 
I love how quickly I'm able to cut things out so I can get to the fun part of sewing.
I buy a lot of my supplies through Craftsy, mainly Aurifil thread. I watch for it to go on sale and stock up. I can fit tons on a bobbin. A great bonus, because I often sew miles without bobbin thread. GRRR! The fact that I can fit more on a bobbin means I do this less often.
 I thought it would be fun and informative to share what soap my family has in the shower. My family is my best customer when it comes to my soap.  My two boys, who have moved out, come and stock up or ask me to send them more (Alex lives in Washington) Anyway I thought by sharing what we had in the shower would let you see that we use it and how long it lasts.
When the previous bar becomes a sliver I put it on the top of the new bar. That way we don't waste a bit of our skin lovin' soap. When you visit my Etsy shop you will notice I've changed the name and begun to add my patterns. Take a minute to look around and let me know what you think. 

I hope you like the changes. Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Quilt As You Go

I came across this fun and informative tutorial from Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k.handmade . Her blog is full of great ideas and this is no exception. Not only can you make some great little projects using this method you can use up leftover batting bits. 
 Here are a few of the cute zipper bags Svetlana has made using this method. It is definitely on my to do list.
Do you want to learn this great method? Well, here is the link. If you make something using this method let me know. I'd love to see it!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Moving it Forward

I've had my yarn bomb trees basted for a while now waiting on inspiration to hit. I was drawing a blank on how to quilt it. Finally my muse spoke and I began, pebbles in the sashing
 and organic lines in the blocks.
 I'm about half way now and I'm loving how it is looking. I'm hoping to finish it up today and get a binding ready so I can bind it while I'm at Bryce.
That's my little bit of progress. 
Looking forward to seeing yours. Link up and share. It always inspires me.