Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sewing, Sewing, Sewing....

What a week!  I've been keeping the pedal to the metal this week and have churned out an amazing lot of progress - but no finishes this week.

I've got all the blocks finished for the Brothers and Sisters quilt and am working at the border units.  Only 190 rectangles that have a sew and flip triangle on each end.  I do a bunch, then trim and press.  Those will probably keep me busy all week long.

Plus I tackled the mountain of scraps that have been building up!

That's a pretty impressive mound of blocks I've got done already.  Almost enough for a quilt top - woohoo!

You could barely even see the bin of strips before I started!  
Now look!  I've really reduced the level making all those blocks.  Don't worry, I'm in no danger of running out any time soon...I've got a big stack of leftover fabric ready to be processed and added to my bin.

It's been a fun week of scrappy projects!  

Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Friendship Star Variation

The last two weeks I've been steadily working on the Brothers and Sisters Quilt, and am happy to say that I now have all the blocks finished!  One of my favorites was this friendship star variation:

At first glance the block looks quite complicated, but in reality it is very easy to make.  It's basically a friendship star with a diamond in the square as the center, and a sew and flip triangle added to the half square triangles.

For a six inch block you will need to cut four 2 1/2 inch squares of background for the corners and two 2 7/8 inch squares (cut in half diagonally for four triangles).  Cut one 2 1/2 inch square for the center, two 2 7/8 triangles (cut in half diagonally for four triangles) for the star, and eight 1 1/2 inch squares for the contrasting small star.

After you sew the four half square triangle units, place a small square at the lower left corner of the star triangle.  Sew a diagonal line across the small square like you are making a snowball unit.  Trim and press out.  Make a diamond in a square unit by sewing small squares on each of the four corners of the center square.  I like to sew the two that are diagonally across from each other, then trim and press out, and then add the final two small squares.  You can see what all this looks like before pressing below (this is a different color combination, so don't let the change in color confuse you).

Then assemble your block, making sure your star points are facing correctly!
This looks way better!  Good thing I was on my last block, I think it was getting to be quitting time!

You just have to do a little easy math to figure out how to make your block any size.  If you divide your finished block size by three you will know what size your finished units will need to be.  Add 1/2 inch to that for your center and corner squares, and for your half square triangles add 7/8.  For the measurement for the small triangles use 1/2 of your finished unit size and add 1/2 for the seam allowance.  So for a 12 inch block, your units will finish at 4 inches.  Cut your center and corner squares at 4 1/2 inches.  Cut your half square triangles at 4 7/8 inches.  Cut your small squares at 2 1/2 inches.  Not so hard, right?

Here is one of my 9 inch blocks.  So pretty!  I have one other block that I need to re-do, then I am ready to add sashing and assemble the center of the quilt, this project has taken a while to assemble so I am pretty excited to see what it looks all sewn together.  Then it's on to piecing the border!

What's under your needle today? 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thank You!

I was super excited today to find that I won the Put My Quilt On It barn quilt contest!  I just want to say a big thanks to all of you for supporting me and voting for my design. 

I am really looking forward to seeing my design hanging on the garage wall I can see from my sewing room.  Don't worry, I'll be posting pictures as well as letting you know when my block will be available on their website - not sure how long it will take, but it's definitely exciting!

The other prizes are exciting too - an entire fat quarter bundle of solids from Kiwi Fabric plus patterns from Woodberry Way and Quiltaposy. Lots of fun sewing in my future, I think!

Thanks so much for all of your support, I definitely couldn't have done it without you!



Saturday, October 13, 2018

What a week!

The past week has really been a whirlwind of craziness around here!  Lots of fun stuff happening, and I have just been so encouraged in continuing to enjoy my fascination with all things quilted.  First of all I want to express my appreciation for all of friends and family who support me.  I really don't post a lot of stuff on my personal facebook page, but when I did post to ask for their vote in the Put My Quilt On It contest I was absolutely floored at the response!  Even if I don't win the contest, that really made me feel so loved and supported.  I've received so many nice messages and comments and e-mails!  So, a big thank you to one and all!  I definitely feel loved by all of you, and it means a lot to me.  (and if you haven't done so yet, you can still vote - my quilt is number 4)

I also got a ton of positive feedback about my Honorable Mention for Solar Flare.  I was extremely happy to get a beautiful laminated plaque and certificate from the Northwest Quilting Expo this week!  My friend, Shirley, posted this comment which really resonated with me:  "You have put in the work, energy, skills, knowledge, building your style...You totally earned this! 🎖️""  I definitely have worked and put a lot of energy and time into this vocation of mine, and I very much appreciate the opportunity to share my work and be acknowledged for it.  

Much of the time it is very difficult for me to put myself in the public eye.  It feels very vain to show my work and say "Look what I did!".  But at the same time I love it so much, and do want to share, and to encourage others to see what they can do as well.  It's a tough balance, and is definitely a struggle at times, and I just want to express thanks for all the support and encouragement you all give me when you comment on my posts!

I also have a little wrap up for the My Happy Place Row Along.  Congratulations to Paula who won the Martelli Rotary cutter and blades!  And also Congratulations to  K. Johnson who won the drawing for a free full version of EQ8!  As a special bonus, Electric Quilt has given us a coupon code for 20% off all EQ products in their store.  This code is STBSRA20 and it expires on October 23, 2018.  If you've been on the fence about buying, this would save you over $40.00 for the full version and allmost $20.00 for the upgrade.  Not to mention all the other fun add-on products if you already have EQ!  Thanks to Electric Quilt for being an awesome sponsor!

Last, but not least, the pattern for my Rainbow Corona Mini Quilt is now available in my Craftsy Shop as well as in my Etsy Shop (if you are an international purchase I prefer if you would purchase through Etsy as they take care of the taxes).  Thanks to those who requested this as a pattern - I hope you enjoy it!

Now we are off to finish painting the trim on our house - wish us luck on getting it all done.  I'd rather be quilting, but it's nice to have our house looking nice again!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Put My Quilt on it Finalist

I was having a pretty good week already, but I was super excited to find out that I am a finalist on the Put My Quilt on it contest!  I was just scrolling through Instagram and randomly found the contest the other night, and thought it would be fun to join in.  I really loved the block I came up with, so am really delighted that it was chosen!

To see all four entries, you can go to the following blog post:

Vote now in the Put My Quilt on It Contest

I'd love your vote!  It would be so much fun to see my design as an actual barn quilt!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Monday Motivation

I finished up my last wedding wedding project last night, so this week should be mostly quilting. Yay!

My design wall is so full, but what I really want to get going on in the Brothers and Sisters quilt.  I am halfway done with the blocks, and am ready to get the rest finished up.

The quote I picked to motivate me this week doesn't show up well on this busy block, but it says:

"Life is something like a remarkable, exciting puzzle.  It comes piece by piece in packages marked days."  John Powell

Don't you just love that?  Let's enjoy each piece as it comes.  Some are dark, and some are light, but each one is an important piece of the puzzle of our lives.

Have a wonderful week!

Linking up:

Monday Making

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ready for the weekend!

At least half of a weekend... I worked at the quilt shop all day yesterday.  I did get to play all day long on Friday, though, so I can't complain!  I enjoyed spending my day in a class by Cynthia Brunz of Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  It was great to meet Cynthia - we've been friends online for quite a few years and I was glad for the opportunity to meet in person.  She's a great teacher, and a very talented quilter as well!  I got a lot of great tips for dealing with my out of control stash in the class.  The class was for her  Geese Migration quilt.  When we got to the middle of the afternoon we all pooled our blocks together to get some ideas for arranging them when we are ready:

Isn't it cool how all of these blocks are made from 11 different peoples fabrics, but they all go together so wonderfully?  I've got five blocks done so far, and want to make at least 25 total, but maybe even more to make a bigger quilt. We'll see!

I've been spending a little time here and there working on my project for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge and it's starting to come together.  Just one more star to add and it will be time to figure out how in the world I want to finish this.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I am enjoying the hand stitching - who knows, I may become a fan of EPP yet!

Don't forget, there is still time to enter to win the final giveaways for the My Happy Place blog hop - visit my post for an opportunity to win a Martelli Rotary Cutter and Blades, as well as links to the other posts with giveaways!  Thank you for all the nice comments - I've been really touched at the positive response to my row pattern - I've even spotted one in progress on Instagram!

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday, as well as Cynthia for Oh Scrap.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Quilting is more fun than Housework
Hope you get some stitching in today, too!