Saturday, June 25, 2016

Red Rockets

I love designing my own quilts, but once in awhile a quilt catches my eye
and I really want to try it.
Red, white, and blue is always a favorite of mine and the new Quiltmaker magazine has a lot of patriotic quilts to tempt.



This one was quick and fun.
It's called Red Rockets and designed by Margie Ullery at Ribbon Candy Quilt Company.
I think it was using the rickrack for the fuses that made this one jump out of the pages at me.
I used scraps (another reason to put it together) and my go to fusible web,

Red Rockets is a 14" x 28" wall hanging (if I get the sleeve sewn on) or a sweet table runner.



My other finish for the week is quilting this for my Niece.
This is her very first quilt and my Mother-in-Law has been helping her with it.


She did a great job of matching her corners and I just love her color selection.
I was honored to quilt it for her and it gave me a chance to try some computer aided edge to edge quilting with the Handi Quilter.
Here's the back to show the quilting.


I would never be able to free motion so perfectly.  I don't know if that's a good thing...

Happy weekend!!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

In Our Garden Blocks for June

The
In Our Garden BOM blog hop
is
Hosted by Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy.

I finished my June blocks.




You can get the pattern for these blocks
from
The patterns for the June blocks are free as long as you download them this month.

Go and check out her blog to see how to pick them up. 

She is also having a giveaway for


The Fat Quarter Shop!

 I was lucky enough to receive Riley Blake fabrics for this quilt.
Here are all my blocks so far.  

(sorry for the lousy picture...the wind has been blowing like crazy for the last 2 days and this was the only spot I could find to take a shot of all the blocks)




Here is the list of bloggers and the months

February - Blocks 1 and 2


March - Blocks 3 and 4

Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 

April -  Blocks 4 and 5

Bonus Block


May - Blocks 7 and 8
Bonus Block
Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks


June - Blocks 9 and 10

Still to Come:
July
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
August
Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
There's a group Facebook page HERE 
 and a Flickr Group 
where everyone has been sharing garden blocks.




Participants are able to win quilty prizes too!!

Join in on the fun!


This is a scene from my garden this morning.
All these frogs were on one side of our "pond in progress."

 They seem to know there is a snake on the other side. 
I won't share that picture....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chernobyl Children's Quilt Bee - Jennifer's Mission

My friend, Jennifer over at Glinda Quilt's, asked for help with some quilty gifts
for a charity she is involved with 
a charity that helps children living in Belarus and Northern Ukraine who still suffer the effects of low level radiation even 30 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.



Jennifer explained the charity will bring 17 children to North Wales this July.  While there, the children will enjoy a combination of uncontaminated food, fresh air and sunshine, exciting trips out and lots of exercise.  This stay helps strengthen the children's weakened immune systems and does them a power of good.

A quilting bee is born...
Jennifer wants to send each child home with a tote bag and a quilted table mat.



The tote bag is for the child
and 
the table mat is to take home to the child's family.



I chose to make my tote bag with Jennifer's tutorial.
She always has easy to follow instructions and very clear pictures.
I used fabrics from my stash with dragonflies and some with butterflies
and the orange is  Connecting Thread's faux burlap in persimmon.


My table mat is my newest pieced pattern, "Flower Box
with a 2 " sashing and cornerstones.

I'm still practicing my quilting on the Handi Quilter.


It's getting a little easier and I pulled out less hair this time...lol

My friend in the UK has such a giving heart and spreads it to everyone she meets.
I am thrilled to be able to help her on this mission.

How lucky are we to meet such wonderful people all over the world
while sharing our hobby with each other.

Thank you, Jen, for your big heart!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Play with Me Quilt Along Skill Builder - May

I've been playing along with 
Alida (TweloQ) Designs
in the "Play with Me" quilt along.

This month the skill builder is applique and the block is a Peg Solitaire game.


I didn't want to try needle turned applique on all these circles and the choice was ours to make on how we did the applique.  
I chose to do raw edge applique and made it even easier by using the template
to print all 33 circles on my fusible with my computer.
Have you tried these printer sheets by Thermoweb?


I know I will be using this easy method of printing stencils from now on.
Where has this been all of my life?  

I chose the background fabric because it reminds me of those triangle peg solitaire games I played when I was a kid.  I used a blanket stitch on all 33 circles and the red fabric is Kona solid.

Here are the blocks so far:


I'm having fun making this quilt.  It's going to be a Christmas exchange gift.
I still haven't made any game pieces, but I have 7 more months.  lol

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Splash - There's Always That One Bird - A bonus block for In Our Garden BOM

May has been my month
to share the quilt blocks I designed for the
IN OUR GARDEN BOM.

Today I would like to offer one more block
if you would like to have a silly little bird.

Splash





There's always that one bird...

The original block has pretty birds,

 but sometimes a silly one may be just what you need to smile.  Splash is made with Riley Blake Botanique fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Thermoweb Heat n Bond lite.  The bird fabric is from a bundle of Riley Blake solids.



The In Our Garden BOM is
hosted by Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy.
Every month a new designer will release two new patterns, one pieced and one appliqued, 
with a fun garden theme.

My month is almost over and two new blocks will be introduced.

Here is the list of bloggers and the months
February - Blocks 1 and 2


March - Blocks 3 and 4

Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 

April -  Blocks 4 and 5

Bonus Block


May - Blocks 7 and 8
Bonus Block
Carla - Creatin' in the Sticks

Still to come:
June
Sue – Super Mom No Cape
July
Joan – Moosestash Quilting
August
Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
There's a group Facebook page HERE 
 and a Flickr Group 
where everyone has been sharing garden blocks.

If you have made blocks for May, there is a chance for a great fabric prize!
OR
Maybe you just want to look at all the beautiful ways these blocks have been made this month.
Click HERE for the Link Up Page.

But WAIT...

You have a few more days to enter a giveaway right here.

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this giveaway!
To enter, leave a comment and tell the Rafflecopter you did!!!

Giveaway ends May 31, 2016.
Winner announced by June 3rd.


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Hope you enjoy my patterns. 
 I am so excited to put them into a quilt!!