Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks!

I need to do this more often!
What about you?




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tip Tuesday! Sew4Home

"Tip Tuesday!" - Sew4Home

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired! 

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There is nothing wrong with admitting that you don't know everything! As a matter of fact, it's pretty darn cool to not have to be responsible to know all the answers.  :-)

Every so often, I'll post a website or two that I find interesting or especially helpful, and today's site is Sew4Home

There is a ton of information on this site and today I'm going to provide all five of the links that deal with Quilt Basics. I have recommended this site to a number of new quilters. It has awesome pictures and things are explained quite well. Here's a quick rundown (and links) to the five parts of the Quilt Basics.

I really enjoyed reading part one! Besides a quick history of quilting (I love history and especially quilt history!), part one deals with the basic tools, notions, etc. that you need to start quilting.

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/quilt-basics-tools-notions-other-stuff-you-need-part-1-5


Part two deals with rotary cutting basics.

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/quilt-basics-rotary-cutting-trimming-part-2-5
 
Part three introduces basic block designs


Part four, which is divided into to Part A and Part B, deals with machine piecing blocks, including the 1/4" seam allowance, chain piecing, nesting seams, strip piecing, half square triangle construction, etc.



And finally, part five deals with quilting your project.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Block Swaps

I used to participate in a number of block swaps but for a variety of reason, I stopped doing so quite a while ago. Well, last year, our Modern Quilt Guild organized a swap for anyone that wanted to join and it was based on the book Block Party - The Modern Quilting Bee.

Even though I was pretty new to the group, I was excited to participate and have posted a few pictures of the blocks I've swapped. I wasn't able to attend the meeting last night so I took a couple of pictures of the blocks I made for Barb and e-mailed them to her. She told me to just bring the blocks to the meeting next month, but I figured she might be like me and want to see them.  :-)

So, here are the two blocks I made for Barb. She asked for anything that would fit the description of "wonky square" and she sent along the fabrics.

Block Swap, Wonky Square Block, Red, White and Black Block

Block Swap, Wonky Square Block, Red, White and Black Block

I hope she likes them!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baby Update!

Peyton Louise was born this morning at 8:05 and all are doing well. She is 19 1/2" long and weighs 8lbs 13oz. Wowzers!

 Avery will be visiting her baby sister this afternoon and that should be fun to see.


Tip Tuesday! Resolutions and Perfection and It's Baby Time

Happy St. Patrick's Day



On a personal note:

It's BABY TIME!

We've been anxiously awaiting the birth of Lynn and Ty's baby and today's the day. I'll update this post later with details. 
Any last minute guesses on whether it's a girl or boy?

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"Tip Tuesday!" - Resolutions and Perfection

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired! 

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I know it may seem a little late to be discussing resolutions, but who says we have to make them just on New Year's? 

I started 2015 with a few resolutions regarding my sewing and quilting and I would like to share them with you. (I shared these with one of my quilt guilds and would like to think that they've had an impact on at least one person.)  

It’s a New Year
Time for Reflection and Renewal
Thanks for joining me on this great creative journey. I love the adventure and hope you do as well!

1. Properly clean and oil your machine after every major project, or at least every six months if you are not using the machine often.

2. Accept all sewing compliments. Say "Thank you" and do NOT point out mistakes.  (See note below.)

3. Sew and quilt how YOU want. Work on what makes YOU happy and don't listen to the Quilt Police.

4. SEW HAPPY! Breathe and smile as you quilt. Play happy music or have a movie showing. Or, be like me and sew in the quiet. Of course I do like to sing as if no one can hear me.  :-)

5. Think outside the box and challenge yourself a little. You may find something new that you really love and are very good at doing. This may also help you finish a UFO or two.

6. Make some time EVERY DAY for you to enjoy your hobby - even if it's just to sit down with a magazine for a few minutes, spend a little time planning a project, or sewing one seam. You will be amazed at how much progress you can make when you spend as little as 15 minutes a day working on something.

7. Love your fabric, what you have and what you buy. If you're worried about your stash, you can jump on the NO BUY train, but don't beat yourself up if you jump off every once in while. If you don't love the fabric in your stash, find someone who will. Whether you sell it or give it away, do something with it. Don't let it gnaw at you. 

8. Take a class or ask advice from another quilter and give yourself time and patience to really learn the new skill. You can repay the favor and be a teacher or mentor to someone else. 

9. Accept and relish your SPECIAL TALENT. Remember, the sewing machine is a power tool and not everyone can handle that responsibility.

10. Disregard everything written above and make your own resolutions!  

Note about Resolution #2

A couple of weeks ago, Angela Walters, over at Quilting is My Therapy wrote a wonderful post about some things quilters should not do. Included in that list is pointing out mistakes. I think it would be worth your time to check out the entire post and/or video HERE.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday

It's been kind of busy around here and I'm chugging away at all the things that need done. I know I said that I would post pictures of some of the finished projects but I just have not had time to get decent pictures. I'll include a couple of them here, but more will follow later this week.

Here is what's on the wall right now.

School Quilt, Big M, Monroeville Quilt

This is the center of the quit I'm making for the Monroeville Baseball team to raffle. They wanted the Big M logo in the center and of course, be in their school colors. I'm ready to begin the applique and hope to get it done tonight.

Right after I spoke with the coach, I had a lunch period and sketched out this, along with a couple of other ideas. This is what he liked.

School Quilt, Big M, Monroeville Quilt

I did some quick calculations and added them to the bottom of the sketch, as you can see below. I wanted to give him some options regarding the overall quilt size. Even though he chose the larger size, it is very basic construction so it will go together quickly. I hope it brings in a bunch of money for them! Maybe cold weather while they are selling tickets would help.  :-)

School Quilt, Big M, Monroeville Quilt

I finally got a picture of Lynn and Ty's Framed Rectangles quilt. Jack and Nikki had to hang this over the balcony and Nikki's kids were funny as they were yelling up to her "Be careful, Mom! Don't fall because we love you! Oh, and you be careful too Grandpa because we love you too!"

Framed Rectangles, Brown and Teal Quilt

Here's a little closer shot of the quilt. It measures 86" x 106." I love these colors. Other versions of this quilt can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE and Here is Jerry's version - in batiks and it is GORGEOUS!

Framed Rectangles, Brown and Teal Quilt

Framed Rectangles, Brown and Teal Quilt, Quilting

 And here's the carrot table runner I made for the library. I made a few adjustments because I didn't want to have to add a binding. I just did the quilt as you go with batting and then added the backing and used the "birthing method" (sew it right sides together, leave an opening, and then turn right sides out). I then stitched around the outside using a 1/4" seam allowance to look like a binding and stitched in the ditch along the fabric strips. Easy, peasy! 


Carrot Table Runner, Easter Table Runner, Quilt as You Go

And speaking of the "birthing method", tomorrow is going to be a big day around here. Not only is it Tip Tuesday! and St. Patrick's Day, it's the day Lynn is having her baby! Of course we've all been thinking it would happen sometime over the last couple of weeks because Lynn's been having serious contractions, but as we all know, baby's have a mind of their own. Her surgery is scheduled for 8:00 am and we are all excited, especially since we don't know the gender. (Although I know many of you can't stand it, I love the excitement and anticipation of not knowing!) 

And, in case you didn't see yesterday's post about the 2015 Hands2Help Challenge, check it out HERE.

So, what are you working on today?

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today.

Go to Judy L's Patchwork Times.



Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Hands2Help

It's time to sign up for the 
2015 Hands2Help Quilt Challenge!


This is such a wonderful project and I am honored and proud to be a part of it. 

Sign up dates are March 15 - 21 and you can check out all the details at Sarah's awesome blog 
Sarah had provided information about all three of this year's charities, along with links to find out even more about them.

And, if you sign up during this week, you will be entered in an awesome GIVEAWAY! We all love giveaways, right?

Sarah does such a wonderful job with this challenge! There are linky parties throughout the event, check-in dates to share your progress, guest bloggers (I get to be one and I'm thrilled!), and even more giveaways. 

The quilts should be completed the week of May 31st and mailed to the charities by June 12th, so you have plenty of time to be creative and make a quilt or two. Just in case you aren't sure of what pattern to use, Sarah has been very gracious and generous in sharing her Sweet 16 (16 patch) quilts over the last few months and I'm sure there will be quilt tutorials from the guest bloggers. I know I'm sharing a tutorial for a quilt that is quick and easy.

So, jump over to Sarah's blog to sign up today!