Monday, September 11, 2017

Cooler weather means more quilting time

With the cooler temperatures starting to roll in, thoughts of curling up under a lovely home-made quilt fill my thoughts.  I know many people that get this feeling in September and October.  As much as I hate to see the summer leave us yet again, I do spend a lot more time at my machine when it is cool and dark out.

I am also hoping to have a lot more to share blog-wise.  I am really, really going to try to start blogging every Monday again.  I PROMISE!!  :)

This weekend I was able to almost finish a quick quilt for a friend of a friend that tragically had a house fire and lost everything.  I don't know them, but I knew that I needed to work on something like this to get my mojo back.  And I am sure they could use some replacement items.

I had most of these blocks leftover from a quilt I made some time ago and they were just in a box on the shelf, so I added a couple more colors and started chain piecing blocks. It came together pretty quickly with a little sewing done most nights.  I am about 3/4 the way done with the quilting and I finally decided on the darker teal color after polling friends and family on Facebook and Instagram.  If I get enough time this week, then I should have it done by Monday and I'll share the completed version.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LeMoyne Star Tutorial - Bee Inspired Quilting Bee

I cannot believe it is September already.  My, how fast the year has passed.  I have known for a few months which block I wanted to do for my month of my Quilting Bee, but I wasn't exactly sure of the other details.  I narrowed down the colors pretty quickly, but what size did I want?  In truth, I want all different sizes.

Of course, I cannot for the life of me find the "name" of this block. *I have since learned that it is the LeMoyne Star block*  I have made it before, but I did not follow a pattern or tutorial at all.

I wrote out the tutorial to measure 12x12 finished, but making this block any size is fairly easy.

Here you go, simple instructions for the block:
(4) 3 1/2" sq grey
(4) 4" sq grey
(4) 4" sq color 1 (the photos show 4 1/2" squares, but that was too big, 4" will be plenty)
(4) 4" sq color 2

  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of grey 4" squares
  • Place grey squares right sides together with (2) 4" squares of each color
  • Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2" square using diagonal as reference
  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of 2 of the remaining 4" squares
  • Place right sides together with other color
  • Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2" square using diagonal as reference
  • Arrange and piece together as shown in images below







And there you have it!  All done.  :)
If you want to make a different size, you just add 1" to the individual square size to get your pieces for the HST.
I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful stars my Bee-mates make.  :)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kites with Friends - Piece and Quilt with Precuts

As many of you might already know, I am a frugal quilter.  I use every bit of fabric that I can and save even the tiniest scraps.  So can you believe that I made an entire quilt with so little leftover that I could hold it in the palm of my hand?!?!  I am very serious.  That is all that I had leftover.  The quilt I made from Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts is called "Kites" and there was so little cutting that I almost thought I was forgetting a step.  :)

I hope you have been following along on the amazing blog hop that Christa has organized.  If not, you can find the entire lineup HERE.  It was really hard to choose which quilt I wanted to make.  There are so many amazing designs and Christa does a great job leading you through each quilt start to finish.  If you want to get your hands on a book of your own, you can find it HERE.  OR.... She has given me an electronic version to share with one lucky person.  Just leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a winner after the hop is over.

There are two other amazing bloggers that chose to make the Kites quilt from Christa's book.  Make sure to check them out!


Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

For my version of the Kites pattern I found the most amazing layer cake.  This fabric spoke to me.  I just fell in love with it.  It is One for You, One for Me by Pat Sloan for Moda.  I just HAD to find the charm pack and mini charm of this fabric because it was such a perfect fit for Kites.  It wasn't easy, and I had to wait a few days for the mail to arrive, but it was worth it.  So, without further is my version of Kites:

Don't mind the filters on this one.  I just thought it was pretty. 

The quilt is a whopper of a queen size.  I couldn't find a place to get the whole thing photographed at once (or pressed decently now that I look at it).  

Ack, don't mind that loose thread there either.  Oops.

And just to share something funny with you.  The photo below is of a project that I brought to my recent retreat.  I had purchased everything for this quilt a couple of years ago because I just loved this particular batik and decided it was time to try it out.  Of course, it sat on my shelf for about 2 (maybe 3) years!  But, just to show you how much I love this fabric....

It is the exact same fabric line in batik!  Isn't that crazy?

Thanks for making this stop on Christa's Blog Hop.  Again, make sure to check out all of the amazing variations throughout the hop!  And don't forget to comment below for a chance to win!  (make sure to leave an email if you are a no-reply blogger).

Happy Quilting!!