Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Upcoming Events in Eugene Oregon

For all of you in the Eugene area, I just want to remind you that the Unbroken Thread annual quilt show hosted by the Pioneer Quilters is coming up soon.  The show will be held from April 5th through the 10th at the Lane County Historical Museum so be sure and mark your calendar.  

Now is the time to get in your entry information if you wish to show a quilt.  I am hoping you will be able to see my Pretty Gemstones quilt there. You may have seen it in the January McCall's Quilting magazine and I hope you get the chance to see it in person!.

And on Saturday March 19th, I will be teaching an English Paper Piecing class in Springfield at Our Sewing Room.  You can sign up for the class there or just contact me directly.  
It will be a fun afternoon so I hope you can join me!

Which reminds me, I really need to get back to this lovely EPP star block I am currently working on.  There is just not enough time......

Off to sew!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt # 19 Part Three

It has been a long time since I have enjoyed so much time in my sewing room.  Not only did I get my Park Bench quilt top done, I also made huge progress on the current Scrap-A-Palooza quilt.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a tutorial for making the improv blocks used in this quilt.  I had a number of odd shaped low volume scraps and red triangle scraps that I used for the blocks.  In no time at all, I sewed up a stack of 64 six inch blocks.

I thought today I would share some of the possible layouts for this humble little block.

By taking four blocks and putting all the red triangles in one area, you end up with a fun wonky star.  This layout also leaves a lot of negative space to practice free motion quilting.

You can also play around with the direction of the triangles.  In this layout, I started in a corner and spiraled in ending with a pinwheel in the center. 

Here is a layout with a mid-century feel.  Or it can be butterflies....

That is the great thing about improv is it can be interpreted many ways!

Here is one more layout I played with.  I am pretty sure I could have easily come up with at least a dozen more.

Now it is time for me to settle on a final layout and finish this quilt up.  Hopefully the next time you see this, it will be a finished quilt!

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!
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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!

Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park Bench Quilt Top Finish

I don't often celebrate the finish of just a quilt top but this one has been in the works for over a year!

When the Park Bench pattern came out, I knew it was going on my quilty bucket list.  I loved everything about the quilt that Julie Herman made for the cover of her pattern and decided I wanted mine exactly like it!  I think it is perfection as is!!   I was lucky enough to pick up the quilt kit at a ridiculous price through Craftsy at the end of 2014.

 I started the quilt in January of 2015.  At the beginning of each month, I would choose my fabrics to make two blocks.  I was in no hurry so I was really able to savor the process.

 Every month I was rewarded with two lovely block!

Soon two blocks became six...

By the Summer, my design wall was filled with these gorgeous blocks.

The blocks did sit for a month or two....

 But I did finally get them all sewn up into this wonderful quilt top!

I hope to start quilting this sometime in February.  First I want to take a refresher on Angela Walters Dot to Dot class out on Craftsy.  I love that I can go back anytime and review a course just before tackling a big custom quilt job like this one is going to be!  Stay Tuned!!

Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
A Quilted Passion 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life is a Highway Quilt by Little Penguin Quilts

Just in case you don't follow Diann over at Little Penguin Quilts (if not, you really should!), I wanted to let you know she is holding a giveaway for my pattern Life is a Highway.

Here is the lovely quilt she made!  I think it turned out beautifully!!
It was made using a batik Bali Pop.

She is celebrating this beautiful finish with a giveaway - so head to her blog, tell her what a great job she did on this quilt and enter to win a copy of my pattern! 

Of course, if you have a jelly roll or Bali Pop just languishing in your stash and just want to purchase a copy of your own, you can do so here!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February OMG Goal

I have always used various Finish Alongs to help me keep focused on finishing UFOs.  Now that they are getting under control, I have decided to use OMG (One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts) to keep me focused on sewing up my older fabric stash.  Each month I plan on making a fabric pull that will be used to make a quilt that month.  I will try my best to gather up fabrics that will work for the quilt top, the backing and the binding - all from my stash.

Here is the fabric pull for February.  Once I figure out what to do with it, I might need to add a few more pieces...but only from my stash!  The fabric on the bottom is an ancient Jennifer Sampou print.

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So I had better get cutting if this is going to be a quilt by the end of the month.  Be sure and head over to Red Letter Quilts to see what other bloggers have planned for the month.

Linking Up:

Red Letter Quilts

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Quilty 365 - The Month of January

In a previous post, I shared how I was configuring my Quilty 365 weekly block.  I thought for the February link up, I would share my blocks for each week of January.  I know I always enjoy seeing what fabrics other quilters choose and I thought you might enjoy the same.

The year started on a Friday, so the first block of the month is mostly background.  The circle represents New Year's Day and for Saturday, because I finished the quilting on my blue and red scrappy quilt, I used some orphan blocks leftover from the project to finish out my block.

 The next week started with some snow Sunday night.  Which of course just turned to ice.  Tuesday was National Bird Day (so I had to put a bird on it!).  I think Wednesday I was just in a bad mood all day and angry at the world.  Thursday I finished the quilting on a couple of table runners.  And the week ended with me teaching a scrap class.

 In the second full week of January, two days were plaid wearing days, I made the decision to start embracing vegetables and I did a major maintenance on my longarm.  During the week, I also finished up my Jane Sassaman quilt top.

 Week three started out gray but Monday was sunny and beautiful.  I also finally sold a quilt after months of going without a sale.  I attempted to work in the yard a bit but I just became a big muddy mess.  And the week ended with me selling a big queen size quilt!  (I was even able to find a few scraps left over from when I finished it months ago.)

And finally last week, I quilted up my Jane Sassaman quilt, went to the dentist, and finished my Park Bench quilt top.  There was also a circle for the sun shining and the feeling of spring I had.  I even dug through my Sew Kitschy fabric pile to try and get inspired to finish up my kitchen wallhanging.

Quilty Folk

I have to admit, I am really enjoying this project and am having no problems keeping up.  It is a favorite part of my day deciding what fabric to choose and sewing up the circle.  A big thanks to Audrey at Quilty Folk for inviting quilters to join her in this project.  If you haven't checked out some of the other Quilty 365 projects, you should take a look.  Each quilt is as unique as each quilter!

Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)
Quilty Folk (Quilty 365)