Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And Summer Sewing Begins!


The time was now or never... so over the weekend I dug into my red
white and blue stash and made a couple of little 
I have been wanting to making these since last year... 
and I am so happy that I got them done!


I got them done before July too!!!

Another little project
was some place mats made from fabric panels.

I am trying to lend a hand  with some book keeping and 
ordering etc for our local quilt shop. The owner has
been in the hospital... what was suppose to be for 3 weeks has 
now been well over 2 months.


Tomorrow kicks of the Row by Row
On the Go for 2017... 
and I ordered these license plates
for the event! We also created a cute
vertical row for the RxR.


Since our town is located just before the south 
entrance to Yosemite... it seemed 
like this year's theme was perfect for us!







I also made a new summer sling bag using my
favorite pattern! I still love the old purse... especially since
the lace trim on it was hand made and purchased in Italy.
This year I simplified the purse and just used 
the fishy fabric... perfect for the lake! 


Here is my entry table... decorated for the 4th!


Happy first day of summer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jelly Roll Railway with the Fat Quarter Shop






Today is 
F riday
which means
F un day
and by fun... I mean
F at Quarter Shop 
kind of fun!

Today they are sharing the Jelly Roll Railway!

This is a 
F ast
which means
F un 
pattern.. 
that you can enjoy playing
with... all you need is a couple dozen 
jelly roll strips!





I was ever so kindly
asked to play along today... 
and I thought I certainly
would!
I gave my new group 
of low-volume fabrics
a try.

Modern Low Volume Half Yard BundleRobert Kaufman Fabrics

Fat Quarter Shop  has a few little groups of low-volume fabrics
that you might like!

I made my Jelly Roll Railway...
I actually used fat quarters and just cut twice the number of 
strip sets needed. 
An easy adjustment!
But then 
I decided I wasn't done playing.




I decided to use my Orange Peel templates from 
Fat Quarter Shop to add a few flower petals
to the quilt.


I also decided on two different background 
fabrics... just to mix it up a little! 




And there you have it!

I think that I need to dig into my holiday fabric and
make another version for a cozy Christmas quilt!

Cozy Christmas 2.5" Rolie PolieLori Holt for Riley Blake Designs

which happens to have 25 strips in the roll.
Isn't that just perfect!?!

Please go to Jolly Jabber and download the pattern on
You Tube!
 You know you always need a fun and quick 
quilt project! 

Tina from One Little Pooh
Cara from Cara Quilts
me/Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Denise from Pieced Brain
Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road
Jacque from Lilypad Quilting
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Patty from Elm Street QuiltsTricia from Notes of Sincerity
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilt
Kristen from 3 in the Nest

but hop over and check out these blogs first!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blue and White

This is a beautiful line of fabric 
that I love right now. 
It seems like Laura and Polly really excel in designing
 blue and cream
along with red
 and sometimes 
even a little bit of yellow 
for a nice 
surprise!

(all photos by Brent Kane)

I couldn't help but buy their new book




It's a beautiful book...
the pages are filled with rooms filled
with quilts and rugs
that you will drool over!


and as relaxing as the book is to flip through...

it is filled with sweet 
inspiration!


Not to mention,
rooms you want to move
into...



maybe even just for a weekend?!



I hope you look for a copy for yourself.

It's their best book yet!


These two quilts
are particular 
favorites of mine.


I think this is the best version of a log cabin quilt that
I have ever seen.

These two women have been a huge influence 
in my quilting life. 
Martingale Publishing did a wonderful job 
putting this publication together to showcase their talent! 






Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunkissed Picnic Petals!



My LAQ shared a photo of my quilt, Picnic Petals,
 that she just finished! 
Next weekend is our guild's quilt show... so this one will be entered!
I am so excited with her quilting. 
I just told her to do whatever she wanted to do.
I can't wait to get the binding on it... and a sleeve.



 I am playing with another project.



Remember last week or so, when 
I went pattern shopping... and all of them fit perfectly?!


Well, here is my start on one of the Pattern Basket's patterns!
This one is Sunkissed.


This is such a fun block for scraps and
it's completely stress free...
I like that kind of sewing!


HaPPY mOTHER'S dAY TO YOU ALL!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Would You Like Some Peppermint Bark?









Good morning!

Fat Quarter Shop has a fun way to start the week! 

This is a new pattern that you can download called

The first thing that comes to mind with the name of peppermint bark is
the Christmas holidays...
but although the pattern looks great in traditional and non-traditional 
holiday fabrics... they asked a few bloggers to put their spin on the pattern!

So of course, I thought I would use soft Spring colors...
no surprise there, right?



What I really love about the pattern is the cross center...
and then the bonus of the pinwheel within the cross.

It also has at swoony looking star... so those elements combined
made for a super fun, super-sized block!

(but not too big)



I added a bicycle border to add to that 
"perfect day for a picnic" or "let's go fly a kite" look!



I think it will make a nice wall hanging or patio table table cloth!

And with all the fun new Christmas fabric starting to arrive in the stores...

I am sure to find something fun and make a larger size 
quilt for fall or next winter!

Couldn't you just see this made up in Fig Tree fabrics??? 
Be sure to take a look at the You Tube video
on the Fat Quarter Shop link and also get a copy of the 
pattern!!!
Happy Monday! 
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop...

and I wasn't kidding...

Peppermint Bark (Williams Sonoma Copycat) | www.shariblogs.com:

this is the recipe I use for making Peppermint Bark!
You'll love it!





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shopping Leads to Sewing, right?

People who know me 
would find it hard to believe...

that I have been working too much...

and that
is the reason
for
my absence this month!

But it is true. 

Usually my work week centers around my lunch dates
and impromptu stops into the
local quilt shop.

I haven't even had much of an opportunity 
to quilt on the weekends!

But what I have done...
was to treat myself to some on-line retail therapy!


So I thought I would share some photos 
of my new patterns...

First of all... The Pattern Basket
has revealed a sweet group of new
hot-off-the-press patterns 
that were just a little bit unique and equally sweet.

and I think you will agree!


From Thimble Blossoms..,

I scooped up on Camille's spring cleaning event and got
a few patterns I have been wanting for a long time.
Fireworks,
Norway, and Mini Red Letter day

Image result for Thimble Blossoms patterns  Image result for Thimble Blossoms patterns


Image result for Thimble Blossoms Fireworks


Image result for my Ellis TurnstylesImage result for jennifer sampou octagon shimmer

Turnstyle by Amy Ellis and also Octagon Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou
These have been on my wish list also.

and then there was this one...
the Tic Tac Toe Dress for my grand daughters.

Image result for Tic Tac Toe Dress pattern

I think I can do this....

but I just need to find some of
that precious time! 






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dutch Tulip Blog Hop


Are you ready for April showers... bring May flowers?

It's almost April... and today we have a little more than sprinkles
outside!

I love tulips... and I am ready to get out there and garden...
once it stops raining anyway!

So the next best thing is to make flowers and
quilt, of course!
This is a new pattern by It's So Emma and
the quilt below was made by our wonderful 
friends!
They asked me to play along...




and I was more than happy to play with the Dutch Tulips pattern!


I love white tulips so I tried out my first block with white=ish fabrics.

The blocks are so fast and fun to make...
that my garden of tulips kept growing fast!



I decided that I wanted my tulips to be a wall hanging...

so I altered the setting of the pattern.

I just got finished redecorating my home for a fresh spring look...
and I think this will be a nice addition!




I'm working on the binding now... 


and can't wait to hang this up in my house...
it's so cheerful!

I would love to make this pattern again for the guest room...
it's so welcoming!

Thanks Fat Quarter Shop for letting me play along in the 
blog hop!

Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
Taunja from Carried Away Quilting
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Lucy from Charm About You

Fat Quarter Shop is having a giveaway over on their blog today too...
so, be sure to enter!


Thanks for stopping by!
oh, and check out the Dutch Tulip video by Fat Quarter Shop on
You Tube too!