Monday, May 21, 2018

Moving It Forward

Because I have finished the top of my last leaders and enders quilt. I took time Saturday to cut out another. My Accuquilt Go made fast work of these hsts.  I'm looking forward to playing with these. Hsts have so many possibilities.
 In bits of time I've been adding to my birds and trees.  Not sure how big this will be or how it will come together. I just know it is a lot of fun to make these blocks.
Now it's your turn to share what you've been having fun creating. Can't wait to see your progress.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Cherry Pie Anyone?

As I mentioned last week, my family has a bakery. When my mom, aunts, and uncles started working at the bakery their first job was to make pies. I love pie. It is one of my favorite desserts. I may get that from my grandpa. He used to say, his two favorite kinds of pie were hot and cold. I have to agree those are my favorite also.
 When my mom, aunts, and uncles started working at the bakery their first job was to make pies. I never worked at the bakery, but my mom did teach me how to make pie. Now that my boys are grown and not around to eat it. I have to limit my pie making. Otherwise I would eat a whole pie. While that would be yummy, it would not be good for my waistline.
 So instead I designed this Cherry Pie quilt. I had fun making the pies and creating a fun lattice sashing. The new fabric line Badda Bing by Me and My Sister for Moda was the perfect choice for a Cherry Pie quilt. While this line is not currently available you can pre order it from the Fat Quarter Shop. Or find lots of other pretty fabrics to fill your stash.
While not quite as yummy, I would still consider it a comfort food. The bonus being no added calories. You can find the pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother's Day yesterday. I feel so blessed to be a mother. It brings me my greatest joys. I am also ever so grateful for my mom, my grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends who buoy me up, cheer me on, strengthen, love  and mother me. I am truly blessed.
In addition to celebrating Mother's Day, last Monday was my birthday. To celebrate I was treated to a relaxing day. I enjoyed an awesome message, a fun yoga class, and a little scrappy play. These cute little birds were the result. I'm looking forward to creating more along with a few other improv blocks.
Other progress this week included turning the heels in my socks. Oh this makes me excited. Can't wait for another pair of hand knit socks.
 I also can't wait to see what progress you have made this week. Link up and share what you're moving forward.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Just Desserts

Over 70 years ago my grandpa opened Topper Bakery. He had opened one before. It failed during the depression. He and my grandma lost everything. At that time he promised my grandmother he would never go into business for himself again. He struggled with odd jobs to support his family and pay back the debt he incurred. After struggling for many years the idea to start another bakery came. 
 When he let my grandma know, she got angry and told him he would have to do it all on his own. He found a building. Lined up supplies and got used equipment and displays. He had everything he needed except for baking scales. He was ready to open and still no baking scales. He was getting everything ready to open. Worried about how he was going to pull it off. When grandma walked into the bakery with scales.
 I've always loved this story. The fact that this bakery was and is a success. That my grandparents overcame their challenges. And especially that my grandma, in spite of her fear and all that she went through with the failed bakery still came through and helped my grandpa. Speaks to my heart and has always been an example to me.
 This quilt is designed in honor of my grandparents bakery. It is made up of pies and cakes. I call it Just Desserts. It features the fabric line Well Said by Sandy Gervais.
 I pieced the back with a lovely gray I found in my stash and some leftover from the front.
 It is quilted with organic lines in geometric shapes. I love the texture it adds to the quilt.
You can find this and all my patterns in my Etsy shop.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Moving It Forward

I started these scrappy rail blocks back in January. At least that is the first time I found them on my blog. They have been a project I've worked on off and on. I really have a hard time making the same block over and over again. My attention span can be a bit short.

The layout came to me over time. I had toyed with alternating the grays in stripes. I didn't care for that. One day the idea to gradually go from light to dark came. I'm pretty pleased with the result.  Now to get it basted and figure out quilting.
Now my favorite thing about Mondays, getting to see what you've been moving forward. 
Link up and let us see your progress. Big or little it's progress and that counts.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finding Another Way

Back in November I used my Accuquilt Go to cut out this quilt.  It didn't quite turn out the way I had envisioned.  First I didn't take into account that the cut I made would result in my blocks not being square. I fixed that problem changing the pattern and lining up so that the long sides ran one way and the short sides another.  
 Next I realized that I had cut some of the blocks so they were a mirror of the others. This happened when I didn't put all the pieces didn't get turned so that the right side was facing up. I added those to the back. All in all I'm pretty pleased with this little quilt.
 Also this week at our Quilty Hug sew in I put together these blocks. All the fabric came from my scrap bin and I used the Go to cut the pieces. I sure do love that tool. Makes the necessary evil of cutting so much easier. My dear friend, Ruthie, pieced the blocks. I had fun arranging them. I wasn't quite sure how this would turn out.
I think that once again my scrap bin has produced a pretty great quilt. No wonder scrap quilts are my favorite.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Moving It Forward

My design wall was bare. So I decided to throw these blocks up.  I knew I still had several blocks to make in order to have enough for the size quilt I wanted. But I wanted to start arranging and playing with ideas.
So in addition to the blocks I dove into my bits bin and go these pretty little bits. So I could make more blocks.
 Here is the idea I'm toying with. I'm thinking of a gradation from light to dark gray blocks. I've got all the light gray blocks about done. But since I've still got about 15 each of the other two grays this is bond to change a little.
Hoping to find a little time this week to finish up the blocks and settle on a design. The weather is suppose to be raining so I won't feel guilty sewing instead of working in the yard.

Now it's your turn to show us what you've been up to. Link up and let us see your progress.