Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SMS Giveaway Day!



Yep - It is that awesome time again!!  The big biannual event we all look forward to.  So many blogs to check out, giveaways to enter, and projects to be inspired by.  Yessiree, it is Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew





This will be my third year participating in the event.  As I visit everyone's blog, I always find new sites to follow.  If this is your first time here, let me share a few things with you before I get to my giveaway.


Quilting is more fun than Housework

Every Sunday I host a linky party called Oh Scrap!  Each week you can find lots of inspiration to help you keep on top of the scrap bin.  From quilts to pouches to rugs - there is tons to explore.  If you have scrap projects, feel free to join in the fun!




I also share my Scrap-A-Palooza series of quilts.  Almost every month, I share my process in making a quilt from my scraps. Each quilt is broken down into different parts so if you want to sew along, you are able to.  I not only share my finish but I love to feature the quilts from others who are using the same patterns to make their own quilts from scraps.  You can check out all the quilts by visiting the Scrap-A-Palooza Gallery page.  Here are a few examples of some of the quilts made so far.



 
 
 
 
Lately, I have been busy getting a number of my original designs written into patterns.  If you are looking for some fun and easy patterns, be sure and check out what I currently have available.  I hope to release a few more in the very near future.
 
This quilt is made from my Wiggle Time pattern.

 
 
 
So let's just get to the reason all of you are here!!  This time I decided to share some dreamy shot cottons with one lucky reader.  The winner will be chosen randomly.
A total of 10 fat quarters are included in this sweet little bundle! 







To enter, just leave me a comment letting me know what you love about springtime.  I love daffodils, sunny mornings and all the bird activity in my yard.  It is probably my favorite time of year.
 
And because I so appreciate my followers, you get a second entry.  Just leave an additional comment letting me know how you follow.  Please make sure you’re not a no-reply commenter (or leave an email address in your comment if you’re not sure). I may not be able to reply to all comments left during the giveaway as it gets a bit overwhelming!  But I certainly will try.
 
The giveaway is open until May 10th, 11pm PST. International guests are always welcome!  


Quilting is more fun than Housework...


Good luck everyone!  And if you have those pesky scraps piling up, you are going to want to follow along to help inspire you to give them some attention!



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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oh Scrap! : Pieced Batting

I thought today I would share my method for piecing batting.  I use batting off the bolt, so I end up with lots of batting scraps.  I do try and use them in smaller projects but the big chunks of batting, I piece together for some of my quilts.

I would not suggest piecing all types of batting.  I generally use Hobbs 80/20.  I would suggest testing how your batting looks when it is pieced.  And I would only piece like batting together so the shrinkage is the same on your quilt.



The first thing you need to do is cut nice clean edges on the pieces you are going to join.  A 60mm rotary cutter works great for this.  I also use an old cutting mat or flip my mat over as the batting fibers get into your mat and it cannot self heal.  (This will extend the life of your mat.)




I have seen some quilters piece their batting by barely overlapping and stitching with a straight stitch.  My first seam left holes where the pieces didn't meet (see the scissors) and the one on the right where I overlapped more, left a big ridge that will probably show on a quilt.




I used to piece my batting by using a wide zigzag stitch.  This works fairly well, but I find the batting doesn't lay as flat as I would like.


So now, I piece my batting using a serpentine stitch. It lays flat and the ridge where the two pieces meet is broken up with the stitching so it is not noticeable in a quilt.


If you have never used a serpentine stitch, it looks like the #2 stitch above. 

I will say I am selective about what quilts I put pieced batting in.  The small ridges may show if you put it in a quilt with a lot of negative space. And so you don't feel the ridges, I like to make sure the quilt is fairly well quilted - no big unquilted spaces.


Now it is your turn to share how you are using your scraps.  
Here are the details for linking up:
  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!
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Feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!








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Love Laugh Quilt

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some Slow Stitching

Sorry it has been a bit quiet around here...this has been a rough week for me.  By the time I get finished each day quilting on client quilts, there just hasn't been much energy left to sew on my own projects.  I really want to whine but I am the one who wrote my schedule!

Needless to say, I have been hitting the sofa in the evening and putting my feet up.  But in the little time that I have stayed awake, I have managed to finish up another english paper pieced hexagon star.



 Each block is fairly large - measuring 12" point to point.




With only 7 blocks finished to date, I still have a ways to go.  But it has been a nice project to have on hand when I need some nice hand stitching to relax with.

I hope to get back in my sewing room real soon!




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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Oh Scrap! : RSC15 Purple

I have still been plugging away at making the blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with So Scrappy.  The color for April was purple.  This is the last week for the color so I thought I had better share my blocks.



 My plan is to make 4 blocks each month until I have enough for a quilt top. The finished block is about 8" so it will most likely take me all year.




 Here is what I have so far.  It has been fun to dig in my 2.5" squares each month and create the blocks.  So far, I haven't had to cut anything except the triangles of black and white fabrics.  And many of these pieces are coming out of the scrap bin too!



Now it is time to link up and share what scrappy projects you have worked on this week.  Here are the details for linking up:
  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!
Quilting is more fun than Housework
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So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!
 


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Fun Quilts to Share

Being a longarm quilter, I get to see some awesome quilts and I thought I would share a few recent client quilts that really caught my eye.



A beautiful Gypsy Wife quilt - So much scrappy goodness!  I love that I get to be a part of a quilt like this that I will probably never sew myself.



 I quilted horizontal lines at irregular width around various blocks where I did some custom detail.




I fell in love with this variation of a drunkard's path block.   I did add this pattern to my own quilty bucket list after working on this one.  What is one more project!




 I just echo stitched and added in some swirls.  My quilt will not be this large, I am not a fan of sewing curves so I cannot imagine me sticking with these blocks for long.  But I sure love the look of it!




And there was this beauty.  This is just one corner of the quilt as it was too big to photograph. The applique on this one was done beautifully and the piecing was perfect.
 


 Lots of detail quilting on this one.  It was made entirely from batiks and the colors just glowed!

So as you can see, I have been spending long hours at my machine lately.  I still have a number of other big quilts to work through so I will be sharing more in the future.
  I have the Best. Job. Ever.




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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bucket List Quilt - Park Bench

Now that I have finished my Pineapple quilt and crossed it off my quilty bucket list, it is time to get started on the next one.  As I looked over my extensive list, one jumped out at me and I knew it would be next!




I fell in love with Julie Herman's (of Jaybird Quilts) Park Bench Quilt when it came out last year.  I kept putting the kit in my shopping cart but the funds were never quite there to actually be able to purchase it.  Then at around the holidays, I spied the kit on Craftsy at a ridiculously cheap price and snatched it up.  It has been waiting on the shelf patiently for me to start on it.

I think the time has come!




The kit contains the pattern and all the fabric to make the top.  The fabric is the Botanics collection by Carolyn Freidlander (who I also love!)  The pattern is set up as a block of the month so I thought I would set the goal to make a block each month and share my progress along the way.



I am going to start with the Picnic block and have pulled my fabric and hope to start cutting soon!


I fear with this quilt in the works I am going to have a hard time focusing on finishing all the other quilts in progress around my sewing room!



Online Stupendous Stitching Class




Too bad the Park Bench kit is no longer available on Craftsy but if you are a fan of Jaybird Quilts, I see they have her Gravity kit now.  Along with Elizabeth's Hartman's Pointy Quilt. Both of which just might be in my shopping cart right now....


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #15 Part Three

It always feels so good when a project comes together quickly!



In my last post on this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt, I shared the rainbow blocks I made.  These 9 patches will make 9" blocks so they are big and bold!


This week, I played with them on my design wall.










First, there was this layout...

I placed the blocks randomly.


















And then this one...

I set the colors diagonally across the quilt.















But I finally settled on this layout.  I really like the look of the colors set in a column!












Once I had the layout, it was hardly any effort at all to add a 1.5" sashing between the blocks and put a 3.5" border around the whole top!  I went with Kona Snow - probably becasue it was sitting there on the corner of my ironing board!  

I love the big 9" blocks of color I added in place of some of the 9 patches.




 And because it has started raining here and will continue for days, I had to use this photo of the quilt top on my kitchen floor.  There will be no outdoor photos for a while!

Now to dig around for a backing.  I am sure there are going to be lots of options as this fun quilt has so many colors.





And as I was putting away my scraps, I noticed I didn't have to squish down the fabric to get the drawers to close...Now that is progress!





Hope to have this one quilted by the end of the month!

 

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Blossom Heart Quilts
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