Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Christmas Carol Row-a-Long: Up on a Housetop

The weather is cooler and people are starting to think about the holidays. They start shopping for gifts and thinking about decorating their houses.  But for us quilters, the holiday season can be a time to let our craft shine.  Especially during Christmas, our craft allows us to make so many unique and special gifts.  Tree skirts, wall hangings, table runners, and of course quilts.

This year, I was invited to participate in a Christmas Caroling Row Along put together by Marian at Seams to be Sew.  I had never designed a "row" before and thought it would be fun to bring my flavor into this group of talented quilters.  And boy are they talented!  There are some amazing rows that have already been shared.  If you haven't been following along, you can find the list of the blog hop HERE.

There are also some incredible giveaways every day.  So make sure you check out the other bloggers today.  And hop over to Seams to be Sew to participate.

For my Christmas Carol I chose Up on a Rooftop (or Housetop depending on your source)For this row, I decided to keep it simple.  It can easily be made with four fat quarters and a couple of scraps.  For my version, I used new fabrics from Northcott.  There are some pretty sweet new holiday lines and it was hard to limit myself to the fabric for this row.  :)  But here are the fabrics I used in my block:

Bricks - Up on a Rooftop 9020-26
Snow - Up on a Rooftop 21704-10
Mortar - Hurry Up Santa 21712-11
Sky - Hurry Up Santa 21711-92


Here is the row made with the Northcott fabrics.  I haven't decided yet if I will quilt it as is and hang it on my wall or if I want to add some borders or other rows to make a larger piece.  What are you going to do with your row?
It is a very simple straight forward row and I sure hope you enjoy the pattern which can be found on my Craftsy page.  Click that link or the button on the sidebar.  

I would love to see your version of this row.  Tag me on IG!  @adreamandastitch

Now for the amazing giveaways by the sponsors of the day!  
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Have fun with all of the rows!









Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are Ya Having That?

The majority of us have found ourselves getting caught up in watching YouTube videos for undisclosed amounts of time.  Sometimes we discover new things or learn something.  Sometimes the videos give us a quick giggle.  A few months ago, I came across a channel that I fell in love with.  This crew is so amazingly talented.  They are so funny and I can't wait for their next video to be posted.  

Now, this particular YouTube channel is not something you would think the stereotypical quilter would enjoy, but I know better because I am that quilter that enjoys both of these lifestyles/interests/communities and I know there has to be more of you out there.  Fair warning, this channel is not for those easily offended or for anyone that takes life too seriously.  They can be extremely slightly vulgar and drink quite a bit and that is part of the reason I love it.

The Are Ya Having That channel is a crew of three Irish folks that review food and drinks and play games and just generally have a good time for our entertainment.  Leather Jacket Guy, Johnny Bullshit, and Levi Jeans have gained a loyal follower in me because watching them have fun makes my day.  They are always good for a laugh and I would love nothing better than to come across them in a bar pub and buy them a pint.  Unfortunately, they are on the other side of the world, so how could I show my appreciation for their hard work at creating such an amazing source of entertainment? Well, I was inspired one day.  The quilting community is very supportive of fellow makers and creators across all genres, and I figured I would support them the best way I know how.  By making them something in my own creative medium in return of course.

Many people from the US send them care packages full of goodies and treats from their local areas.  I packed the box full of local brews, as well as a couple from my home state of Montana.  Then added in chips and chocolates and a few other edible treats.  But, to top it all off I made each one of them a personalized mug rug beer mat.  Now, most regular readers of my blog know that I have not done much applique, but I have been wanting to add it to my skill set.  I quickly set out to make a pattern and mat unique to each of the Are Ya Having That crew.  These turned out so cute, that I just had to make some notes and make a pattern so that others could make their own beer mats.

I have the pattern all written and up in my Crafty site.  I present to you Drinks on Me v.1 (and yes, there will be more versions soon).


The pattern includes the templates for all three drinks and the full alphabet.





So....
Please, please, please (you'll only get the joke if you check them out :) ) let them know Are Ya Having That!!

Links to check out:
YouTube: Are Ya Having That
Twitter: Are Ya Having That
Craftsy: A Dream and A Stitch

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two days - Make it count

How is it possibly Tuesday already?!?!
I just said LAST week that I would post every Monday.  Oh goodness.  Can you please forgive me? Have I lost your trust?  :(
Truth is, most of my quilting time takes place on the weekends and this weekend, I spent a whopping total of 10 minutes at my machine before my back made some major protests. Ugh....nothing like an unexpected muscle (I don't even know if that is what it was) tweek to ruin your plans.

I know quite a few of you follow me on other social media channels.  If you don't and want to, feel free.  :)  I always love making new friends.

      

Anyway, if you do, you may have noticed the changes I have made in my life the last few months.  I have been focusing on my own health and happiness.  Part of that leads me to make the most of every day.  To find joy in the things I do.  Sometimes (like this weekend), I get tripped up and lose focus.  Lately though, that doesn't hold me back for long and I am back to working towards my goals with a vengeance.

This is where the Two Days come in.  My quilting has taken a back burner and I want to move it up again.  I am ready for it.  To fit it into my new lifestyle I need to have a bit of a plan.  No more lolly-gagging and puttering around making a mess of my fabric.  I need to have a project and work on it from start to finish.  I need the gratification that comes from using what you have on hand and finishing a project quickly.

So, tell me.  What are your favorite two day (or less) projects that don't require any special equipment or supplies?  It helps immensely if they are actually useful or can be used for a gift.  Help me fellow quilters!!  :)

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

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  • Draw diagonal on wrong side of grey 4" squares
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  • Place grey squares right sides together with (2) 4" squares of each color
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  • Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line
    • Cut along drawn line
    • Press
    • Trim to 3 1/2" square using diagonal as reference
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  • 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
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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!

MONDAY AUGUST 28 – KITES

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 ado.....here 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!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

So hard keeping secrets & Other crafts

I totally underestimated how hard it would be to keep up with my blog posts when I was working on secret project after secret project.

I figured that having an advanced plan would help....nope.  I have discovered that I am much more of an "in the moment" gal.  Especially with quilting.  I have so many photos on my phone just waiting to be on my blog or Instagram, but I cannot share them until their release dates.  This is SO hard!  Especially when I am really excited about the project I am working on.

I have a full weekend planned to work on my quilt for Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts.  I am going to try something new and follow her excellent quilting suggestion (with directions) for this quilt.  I am quite excited to see how well I do as it is a brand new motif for me.  I have done my practice block and am ready to get started on the actual quilt.  This quilt is so gorgeous!  I cannot wait to share it with all of you.  ***And of course I just realized it is ALREADY mid-August and there is no way this is going to be finished by time the hop arrives.  You may have to settle for "in-progress photos".***

In other news, I have finally got around to opening an Etsy shop.  I will be sharing the shop with my mom.  She is an amazing crafter of all sorts of things.  She has beaded bracelets, felted creatures, aromatherapy badge reels, and everything crochet that you can imagine.  I am still working on getting things added to the shop, so make sure to check back often.  ETSY SHOP.




How many of you experience the Quilting Mojo ebs and flows?  Somedays you can quilt for 12 hours in a row, other times you will go for a month without turning on your machine.  It makes me a little sad that I haven't had much inspiration in the quilting path lately, but I will get it back.  I am pretty sure the weather and my super messy sewing space have a lot to do with it.  Maybe it is time to put Esmeralda (my machine) under the table for a little bit and do some very serious clean-up.  I have been saying it for months but have made very little progress.  I'll keep you updated.  :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Over the Rainbow Quilt Retreat

Oh my gosh you guys!  I had such an amazing time at my retreat!  It was such a wonderful setting and has so much potential to make it whatever kind of retreat you want it to be.

Jacque and I had a fantastic drive up to Seattle from Portland.  We had a fairly early start (not too early because most shops didn't open until 10am, so we had time to get a workout and coffee in before we left).  Our first stop was not even far from our starting point.  We stopped at Sorella Farm Inc.  A darling little shop with a fabulous discount rack where I found a few very nice pieces.


We had a few stops along the way, one of the unexpected best stops was Momma Made It in Longview, WA.  The shop was not my usual taste in fabric.  They had a lot of Civil War prints and the place was very warm and cozy.  I could see any of these fabrics in a nice cabin with a wood stove with a cup of strong coffee or tea.  Isn't it amazing the images certain fabrics evoke?  The shop inspired me to change my Holiday Sweet Treat pattern for the 12 Days of Christmas in July from a bright wall hanging to a muted, rustic version and it turned out great!  You can see that HERE. The pattern for it will be coming soon in my Craftsy shop.

We did make a few more non-quilty stops along the way.  The Ewe and I shop had some fabulous wool for my newest addiction.  And the Sandstone Distillery in Tenino was one of our favorite stops. If you get the opportunity, I would definitely check them out.  The tour was fun, the people friendly, and the drinks were out of this world!

After taking our time getting there (obviously :) ), we arrived at the retreat just moments before dark.  We managed to get our car unloaded with barely enough light left in the sky.  But that is ok, because we were exhausted and didn't plan on sewing anything that night anyway. We introduced ourselves to the other small group that was there and they had decided to take the 2 smaller sewing rooms on the upper level.  Now, when I say small, I don't really mean small.  There was plenty of room for five of them to sew in one and have the connecting room to spread out, then there was another room across the hall for their ironing and cutting.  They also claimed the upstairs bedrooms and kitchen.  Which was fine with us this time around.  We had the lower level all to ourselves.  It included the HUGE sewing space that had small design boards at each table, plus a few larger ones around the room.  Lamps and tabletop outlets were at each table.  A large TV, cutting tables, ironing boards with comfort mats under your feet made this room a dream sewing space.

I can say I will absolutely be going to a retreat here again...and again...and again.  Anyone want to go with me?  :)

I can't believe I forgot to get a photo of the huge sewing room.


One of the many upstairs bedrooms.  So cute!




The main upstairs living area off the kitchen.

That same living area but from the upper level.

One of the smaller bedrooms.

A lower level room with all kinds of fabric for sale as well as some other things to buy/rent or just chill.

The downstairs room that we stayed in.


There will little spaces like this all over.  Great area for those phone calls or just some quiet time.  The shelf was full of quilting books and magazines.  There were board games around too.

A view of the two "smaller" sewing rooms. Great light.

View from the upper deck.

Lovely bathtub.