Wednesday, June 26, 2024

ABC 123, part 3

 I designed the ABC 123 quilt pattern as a great Practice with Purpose project.  It uses two charm packs and some background fabric and I'm quilting each one using rulers and stencils.  Download the free pattern HERE.

I quilted the charm squares with a swirl made by holding a ruler against the foot of a home sewing machine.

I quilted the background fabric using a Geometric Swirl stencil and some background quilting.  While these designs work great on this quilt (they really do), once you learn them they become tools in your quilting toolbox that you can use to finish future quilts.

Be sure to watch the video of this quilt and all the ABC 123 quilts so that your quilting toolbox gets a little fuller. 

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Book Report with Teri Lucas: Scrappy Wonky

The fabulous Teri Lucas and I had a delightful conversation about the fun new book Scrappy Wonky by Shannon Leigh Roudhan and Jason Bowlsby.  

I love scrap quilts (see my Color Blocks patterns/classes as proof).  I save 1 1/2" squares, 1 1/2" strips, 2 1/2" squares, and fat eighths.  Many of these scrappy quilt ideas could use some of my preferred scrap sizes while others use strings and crumbs and other sizes of scraps I fight hard to NOT save.

The quilted jacket pattern in the book drew me in immediately and it's now added to my list of "quilted jackets I hope to make."  That list gets longer and longer and yet.... no jackets have been made.  Weird how that happens.

Teri is very much NOT a scrap quilter, so it was interesting to see her thoughts on this delightfully inspiring book.

After watching this conversation, come back and answer my question (below) to enter to win an e-copy of the book!

Question:  What is the smallest size of scrap fabric you save?

Check out other reviews of this book:

  • Monday, June 17th – Virtual Book Tour Announcement on the C&T Blog 
  • Tuesday, June 18th – Becca from Sugar Sand Quilts Co. (Blog & Instagram)
  • Wednesday, June 19th – Lana Quilts (Blog & Instagram)
  • Thursday, June 20th – Red Bird Quilt Co. (WebsiteInstagram & Facebook)
  • Friday, June 21st – Teri at TerifiCreations (Website & Instagram)
    Friday June 21st – Debby Brown at Debby Brown Quilts ( Website Instagram)
  • Saturday, June 22nd – Mary from Mary Quilts (Blog)
  • Sunday, June 23rd – Barbara Emodi (Instagram)
  • Monday, June 24th – Lynn from Create Whimsy (Website & Instagram)
  • Tuesday, June 25th – QuayIn Stark (Instagram)
  • Wednesday, June 26th – Deb from QuiltBlox (Website & Instagram)
  • Thursdays, June 27th – Pat Sloan (Blog & Instagram)
  • Friday, June 28th – Raylee from Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting (Blog & Instagram)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Cutie Pattern (variation): I Can Buy Myself Flowers

 I've had this line of fabric on hold waiting to make this quilt.  The events of the last 18 months delayed me, but I love how this quilt turned out!

I took a Bouquet Cutie Pack (16 fat eighths), a Bouquet panel, my Go with the Flow Cutie Pattern, and some background fabric and I Can Buy Myself Flowers came to be!

I wrote the directions for how to turn Go with the Flow into I Can Buy Myself Flowers.  You can download it from my website HERE.

How many other panels do I have stashed away?  The world many never know, but now I know how I will use some of them!

To see how I machine quilted this quilt, watch the YouTube video HERE.

P.S.  I think that these leafy feathers would be a great start to a Machine Quilted Feathers, Vol. 2 class, don't you?

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

I Scream Color Blocks Quilt

 I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!

I love this June Color Block quiltJune Color Block quilt!!!

Is anything better than a triple scoop ice cream cone?

It was simple to piece, quick to quilt, and ready to hang on my kitchen door for the summer.

I quilted this using white 50-weight cotton Konfetti thread and 80-weight polyester DecoBob thread50-weight cotton Konfetti thread and 80-weight polyester DecoBob thread and stitched offset switchbacks to imitate melting ice cream.  

Join the 2024 Free Color Blocks Quilt Along2024 Free Color Blocks Quilt Along to get this pattern and machine quilting video.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

June Color Blocks Pattern: I Scream!

The Color Blocks 2024 quilts are all about the seasons!  So far we've had:

January -- snowflake
February -- hearts
March -- shamrocks
April -- tulips
May -- strawberry placemats
June -- ice cream!

You can still join the 2024 Color Blocks Quilt Along for FREE! by going HERE, downloading the Planning Page, downloading the I Scream pattern, gathering your scraps, and HAVING FUN!

I chose chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream.  What flavors will you choose?

Friday, May 31, 2024

Eighteen Years Later

 It takes 18 years for a newborn to become an adult, and it took 18 years for me to finish (part of) my Ramblin' Rose Meets Jamestown BOM by Marti Michell.

I took 20 of the log cabin blocks and put them together with some borders to make a quilt 63" x 75".

I had so much fun quilting this!

The dark strips were quilted with ribbon candy, naturally (it's my favorite!).

I quilted feathers with background meandering in the light strips.

I filmed all of this and added instructions in my As the Bobbin TurnsAs the Bobbin Turns subscriber only video class.  To peek over my shoulder as I quilt and get the behind the scenes tips and tricks, subscribe to As the Bobbin TurnsAs the Bobbin Turns monthly or annually.

I have plans to use the rest of the blocks in another quilt, so stay tuned for that!

Friday, May 24, 2024

What's In The Bag?

 I had my seventh back procedure earlier this month and left town the following day.  I really should fire that gal who does my scheduling!  I had great adventures at Anna's Sewing Center in North Olmstead, OH and more adventures keeping my mom company in Pittsburgh while my sister was out of town.

I am back home now and have 21 days to see how much quilting my (new! improved!) back will allow me to do.  In order to get some sewing done, though, I have to find some flat surfaces and finish a few things to make room for new creativity.

Apparently, I store a lot of projects in tote bags.  Doesn't everyone?  I pulled out a tote bag to see what was inside that I could finish easily.

This is Rambin' Rose Meets Jamestown, a BOM from Marti Michell from 2006.  I love using her rulers and templates!  Before I set this project aside EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, I made 24 log cabin blocks and 7/12 sampler blocks.

This makes a bed-sized quilt and I don't need or want this on my bed.  It will be much more useful made into two giveaway quilts.

I decided to use 20 of the 24 log cabin blocks and make a 63"x75" quilt.  I have the finishing kit so I can cut some of the border fabrics to finish it nicely.

This is going to be so much fun to quilt!  It won't be ALL ribbon candy, but there will be plenty of it.

I pulled out my WonderFil threads -- Konfetti and DecoBob -- and can't wait to get my ribbon candy going!

Once I find my collection of Marti Michell templates, I can start work on finishing those 5 sampler blocks and plan the second giveaway quilt from this UFO.

Do you use Marti Michell templates?  Do you love them as much as I do?

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Can You Hear Me Now?

 Way back in 2020, when everyone was first sent into isolation, Facebook started using AI to screen for "violations of community standards."  My blog was deemed scary and inappropriate for Facebook and I was no longer able to share my content.

A while back, can't remember how long ago, I received a message stating that my blog was now safe for Facebook.

Last week, my father-in-law asked, "Jeff used to send me stuff you wrote about what you were doing and what you were making.  How can I find that?"

So.... I'm gonna try this blogging thing again.

Please leave a comment on Facebook if this shows up.