Christmas in July Starts Today!

Today kicks off the Christmas in July blog hop!  My day is tomorrow and (gasp!) my project is all ready to show!

Here’s the complete schedule…

July 23 – TODAY
July 24
July 25
July 26
July 27

 

If I can make it work, tomorrow I’ll also take you on a little trip to one of my favorite places!

Happy quilting!

Beth

A Finish for the 4th

I had the whole day off from both jobs on the 4th and boy did I need it! I spent a large part of the day sewing. As I fell on Monday and jammed my knee, I was pretty thankful that I can sew with either foot! So, I finished this quilt that is heading off to my brother in California. I’m hoping he’ll like it.

This is my first official UFO for the summer. I’m hoping to finish a few more while I’m off school. Next on my list is this one.

I had to do some changes to the blocks so there was less yellow and white and more purple. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to make a second quilt to use up the other blocks that will be left over!

This morning, I added 16 more blocks to the approximately 100 I’ll need.

I’m hoping to lay the whole quilt out tomorrow and see how many more I need. I’ll post more tomorrow.

Happy quilting,

Beth

WHERE FLOWERS BLOOM BLOG HOP!

It’s here! And, I have to admit, sometimes I look at myself like this

When I wonder what I was thinking signing up for anything during the same week as this

Yes, our youngest one graduated yesterday and for the first time in more than 20 years, we have no kids in school. It is just weird.

Now, flowers…I love flowers… these are just a few recent pictures on my phone

I’ve been meaning to make some flower coasters for my mom who is in town for graduation.

Aren’t they so cute?

Anyway, I decided to use this tutorial and shrink it down to coaster size. When I make coasters, I make them about 4.5 inches. First I pieced my block (using 2″ squares and 1″ squares) then I added border strips of 1.5″. I used a scrap of batting and a scrap for the back… choose the back color so it works for the binding. I trimmed my front piece to 4.75″ before quilting it.

Layer and quilt then trim the batting even with the front… do not cut the backing fabric

I like to trim the backing to 5/8″ then double folded it to create a binding.

I prefer to hand stitch these down with an applique stitch but you could certainly use your machine.

And, voila, you have a flower coaster to hold your iced summer drink.

Or your coffee…flowers and coffee work, too!  Thanks for stopping in and please drop by and see Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks...she’s got a great prize up for grabs!  Thanks,  Carla, for all the fun!

Here’s the rest of the schedule

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule

Plan B

My boss has a mug that says, “Life is all about how you handle pain B.” Sometimes quilting is, too.

My daughter wanted a version of this quilt

But she wanted purple, yellow and white. I tried a balanced approach

But it just wasn’t working for me. Too balanced, too predictable.

So, I stepped up the purples.

Instead of an equal approach, I added one yellow and one white to four purples. Now I really love it!

I’m still working the existing blocks into the design (waste not want not, etc.) but I’m loving it!

Just goes to show that plan B may just be what you wanted all along!

It’s Memorial Day in the States so to all our veterans and military families… thank you. We remember.

Happy quilting!

Wish Upon a Star…Sawtooth Edition!

 

It’s here and, if you read my last post, life’s been, well…a tad more lively lately.  The good news is that I’m out of the brace (unless I’m lifting something I shouldn’t) and the arm is healing nicely. The car, my daughter’s, is still in the shop but they’ve promised to text updates.

So, stars…I love stars!  My favorite all time star block happens to be the “poster child” for this hop…the Sawtooth Star!  I love it for a variety of reasons…

  1. It’s much more simple than it looks
  2. It’s fast
  3. It’s awesome for showing off conversation prints
  4. It’s awesome for adding contrast
  5. You can fill that center with other piecing
  6. It works up great in a variety of sizes.

You’re getting the point, right? In fact, I’ve shown this star a time or two on the blog

 

The math (gasp, yes, I said the M word!) is very simple.  The center is twice the size of the ends.  So, if your center is a 6.5″ square, your geese are 3.5 x 6.5 unfinished.  If you want to go small a 3.5″ center will have 2×3.5″ unfinished geese.  Corner squares are the width of the geese.  Make your geese with any method you like…my favorite is to cut my strips the same width of the corner blocks and use a triangle ruler.  There’s tutorial for the 12″ block on the tutorials tab on this blog but it calls for 7/8″ measurements which I don’t use anymore.  I’ll try to get that updated soon!

So, here’s my latest Sawtooth project.  I was hoping to get it fully quilted but it’s still only 1/2-done.  I hope you’ll like it anyway.

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When I was looking at the tutorial, I realized these are the same blocks I was working on then…they’re more than a little dusty and well cat-haired.  With the three-day weekend ahead, I’m hoping to finish quilting this one and have a new top to show!

Thank you to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for putting this all together!

Please stop and see my other friends…they are all “stars” to me!

May 25
Happy quilting!
Beth

 

 

 

Are You Seeing Stars?

It’s here and I’m quilting madly trying to get mine ready for the 25th!  So, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of my life recently.

 

So there was new car, senior prom, first car accident, baby quilt for a co-worker, nasty tendonitis followed by an injection and a brace, Mother’s Day, helping a very sweet friend with an adorable Western-themed quilt, feeling like I just want to do a face plant, and this lovely thought I saw the other day, “Laugh until it all makes sense!”

And while I’m quilting madly away, be sure to check out all the other great star projects!

May 21
 
May 22 – Today
 
May 23
May 24
 
May 25
 
OK, I’m off to bed…it’s an early and long day tomorrow!
Happy Quilting!
Beth

Camper Window!

I was so excited when Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks announced a blog hop using the blocks from her 30 Blocks in 30 Days Quilt! I was assigned the Camper Window block and, I’ll admit, I was kerflumoxed. I didn’t quite know where to start. I stared at the design a bit and then pulled out some thrift store finds I’d been excited about.

I scaled the block down so I could use my 2.5″ strips and put the leftovers back in my bins. First, I tried the block as designed.

I’ll admit it, I couldn’t get my eye to love it. So, I added a color. It was supposed to be a shadow but it was darker than I thought.

But I liked it so away I went.

And here’s the finished quilt.

I love, love, love this! The strong diagonal lines make my heart happy and the soft colors make me smile. Even better, this has to be one of the easiest blocks to piece and put together. There is minimal matching of seams but big impact!

I’d love to try this again with scrappy darks and lights. Hop over to Creatin’ in the Sticks for the tutorial. Thanks to Carla for such a fun block!

Happy quilting,

Beth

Life in the Fast Lane

Remember the lyric that comes next? “Will slowly make you lose your mind? “…. that pretty much sums me up at the moment! Good stuff in my life but oh so busy! However, I did want to share a few highlights quickly…

My project for 30 blocks in 30 days is nearly done….4/25 is my day to share. You can see a list of all the days at https://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/2018/04/day-22-30-quilt-blocks-in-30-days-blog.html?m=1

This happened….

My youngest bought her first car (with her own money!)

And lettered in Cheer!

My little snuggle buddy kitty has been not coming to bed so we are trying to sleuth out his hiding place.

The ladies had a night out at Rick Springfield…. great fun!

Middle aged moms on the loose!

And both jobs continue to keep me busy. But there’s a couple of free evenings this week so sewing room here I come!

Project Quilting Scraptastic

Oh how I love scraps and I was so excited when this theme was announced. Less so when I realized that my work and travel schedule this week left me with about one hour to sew. I thought about a scrap vortex pillow but ended up going even smaller with a scrap vortex pin cushion. I’ve been making vortex blocks and string blocks and there are often “too big to toss” pieces on the end of my string blocks. Like these

So I started playing with putting them together

These two work! Just keep adding…

Get a little help…

Quilt a tiny spiral…

Grab a piece of batting left over and a piece off the ironing board for the back and you have a 4″ scrap vortex pin cushion.

Then, pack you bags, get on a plane and start spring break with some old friends…

Have a wonderful spring break! I’m so grateful to everyone who made Project Quilting happen… I’ve enjoyed every stitch!

Beth

QQQ – Here I Am!

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OK, if there was really a crown for most UFO’s, I be in serious contention for Queen!  I’ve been making quilts for about 35 years now and, while I’ve finished a bunch…there are a lot of UFO’s in my area.  My biggest UFO, however, is about 450 square feet and it’s not exactly a quilt.  It’s a quilting room!  When I bought my house, I loved the third floor bonus room space.  I claimed one end of it for my quilting area and the other two ends hosted a seating/play area for the kids and some workout gear.  When my older daughter was in school, the seating area hosted post-football-game viewings of “The Princess Bride”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Disney movies.  My younger daughter is busier with friends outside the house and I finally decided to do a  “non-hostile” takeover of the rest of the space.  I went from being smushed into this

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To creating a “sewing machine and pressing station” here

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Much more breathing space!  Now, there’s a ton of sorting and pitching to do and, just for fun, I pulled some random UFO’s out to see the light of day.  I was kind of thinking of doing a poll to see which one readers thought I should finish first (not counting one in progress for my daughter that is on  the top of the heap.)

First up, here’s an oldie but a goody from a Sister’s Quilt Show Mystery Quilt Class with Lawry Thorn.

A red paper-pieced block of the month from Carol Doak

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A start on the first Aiming for Accuracy Quilt Along with Michelle Foster, a triangle-along that I didn’t like the colors and I keep meaning to sew it up as a back, a hot rod quilt and a mini that was a Carol Doak challenge.

Now, just so you know, these are just the tip of the UFO iceberg.  I started making a list of them once and when I got close to 70, I realized that if I didn’t stop I’d scare myself off entirely!    Why do I have so many UFO’s?  I put it down mostly to my perfectionism…I’m always a little worried that something won’t come out as well as I hoped and so things languish.  With 55 in my sights this summer, I beginning to seriously think about starting less and finishing more…well, except for the four blog hops I’m signed up for…LOL.  (You didn’t think I really meant it, did you?)

Now, I did finish (well, OK, the binding isn’t done yet) a huge UFO for the heart blog hop.  This one was just the center and was over 20 years old.  I can’t tell you how exciting it was to finish it.  I designed this for a class I taught and hope that I’ll find the instructions when I sort out the bookcases.  If so, I’ll post them or do a quilt along if there is an interest.

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So, with nearly triple digits in UFO’s, I think I must be close to the crown, don’t you?  Don’t worry, though, my UFO’s and I like hanging out together and they don’t mind if I add to the stacks. I am, however, hoping to show you a completely different looking sewing room by next year’s hop.  With the craziness of my current schedule, I want a calm and relaxing sewing space.

Now, we have to thank some people and the wonderful Marian at Seams to Be Sew for making all this happen.  She’s also rounded up awesome prizes from The Fat Quarter Shop, Aurifil, Timeless Treasures, Studio 180, Quilter’s Dream and more!

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To Enter to win the Fat Quarter Shop’s amazing  $150 gift certificate giveaway click here to go to the rafflecopter giveaway.  (My click here is weird right now, you have to click on the word and then the blue link that appears below it.)

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And, for today only, this beautiful bundle from Timeless Treasures is available.  Click here to go to the rafflecopter.  Now the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway is over several days and the Timeless Treasure bundle is just one day so enter right away!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop over to Seams to Be Sew and see all the details on the upcoming hops and more fun stuff coming up!

Thanks for stopping by!

There’s lots of fun blogs to visit so be sure to see them all!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quilting Queen Online | Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats |
Melva Loves Scraps | The Quilted Snail |

Friday, March 16, 2018

FunThreads Designs | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs | Quilting with Vanda |
Life in the Scrapatch | Thrift Shop Commando |

Monday, March 19, 2018

Just Because Quilts | MooseStashQuilting | Pumpkin Patch BC |
Quilting Affection Designs | Ms. P Designs USA |

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Words & Stitches | Sew Many Yarns | Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog |
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. | Adventurous Applique and Quilting |

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kathy’s Kwilts and More | Seacoast Quilter |
DesertSky Quilting | Seams To Be Sew |