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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Scrapiness

Over at Cynthia's Oh Scrap Sundays are always fun and inspiring. Check out what Cynthia is working on plus lots of others that link up!
Here is my scrapiness for this Sunday...  first up I am happy to say I finished my Disappearing Hourglass from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  In the end I have 10 green and 10 blue blocks.  Some of you asked if I found this fiddly to work with. No I didn't really, however the one thing I found most helpful is to pay attention to how your block is laying when you cut it apart and sew it in the final step of the block itself. Be consistent so your seams nestle the right way. I didn't pay attention for a few of them it seems as I had to tweak a few seams in the back to get them to nestle up to the next one. It came out in the end by doing that.  I had to search through some stash to find the right fabric for the outside border. It is a dark green Thimbleberries tone on tone that pulled it all together.

Since I cut 10" strips x WOF from yardage of 10 different greens and 10 different blues, that means you get 4 blocks of each print. So yep you might have guessed I have lots of leftover 10" sqs. What that means is there will be 3 more quilts of this style in the future! I just need to get more light yardage before I continue on. For the next ones I will use a different pattern of theirs-disappearing pinwheel and some of their others-so I don't get bored ya know!  I love how it came out. It measures at 55 x 65"  Into the 'to be quilted' pile it goes for now.

 Earlier this month I went to a Saturday sewing day with friends, we call our little group The Mod Squad.  It's a group of us that want to share our love of modern quilting with each other. We have a little meeting, some show and tell then we get down to sewing whatever project we bring. I had cut out a bunch of strips to make these blocks and worked on the while there. Once again when you cut strips off yardage you end up with loads of extra after doing one of these little quilts that measure 32.5" sq. when done...

 so of course there are more flimsy's in the making! I ran out of aqua blocks so I will have to make a few to finish up.  I think I still have enough blocks to put together another one!! The borders will all be different. These will get donated to our local Neonatal.  In the past they have asked for ones alike for triplets, well I will have some for quads!  I hope to finish them all up in the next week or so.

Edited to say the pattern is Leslie by Me and My Sister Designs in their 3 Times the Charm book 2

When I need a break from sewing I do a little crocheting-OMG how adorable is this little baby hat???  It was a quick one to do-I made it this morning!  I found the pattern on Craftsy a while back, downloaded it and forgot. While looking through my downloads last night I found it and thought I should try it and I am so glad I did!
Don't forget to go check out the inspiration of others at the linky party-see link in first sentence above!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tilting Trees-a new pattern

I have just finished uploading a new pattern to my Craftsy store!  I sure have learned a lot on this designing adventure I am on, with lots more to learn I am sure. But I am having fun doing it and hope you enjoy my newest pattern called Tilting Trees.

A little bit of quilting, a little bit of appliqueing and you have a cute Christmas table runner done. BUT he is not just for Christmas. Why not keep him out for a couple months after Christmas to keep you company during those long winter days. Hey it's OK  even if you live where there is no snow, this little guy won't melt, LOL

I will be linking up to some wonderful linky parties this week-you can find inspiration galore by checking out the party links on my left side bar!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that celebrate this holiday!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Disappearing progress!

Disappearing Hourglass progress that is! I got 10 more blocks made in 10 the last 2 days. These are blue, the first 10 were green. I am working from some old stash. Next is to sew them into rows and I will be adding some borders, not sure what I want to do for that yet. No hurry on this quilt, it will be a lap size for a donation one.
I spent a lot of time yesterday and this morning working on 2 new patterns for my craftsy shop. I hope to have them both up by the end of the week- at the very least one of them!
Don't let that sunshine fool you it is chilly here today, only 32 deg.
Linking up with Oh Scrap!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Two finishes and two WIP's

I actually have a couple finishes to show you today.  They will be donations to our local neonatal soon.  The purple/green one was pieced earlier this year in July using this pattern during the quilt along.  The blue one is Leslie from the book 3 Times the Charm. Both fun, quick little 36" quilts to whip up. Don't cha just love the striped bindings!

 I made good progress on my Disappearing hourglass top with a total of 10 blocks done now. Hope to work on them a bit more today. And can you see the pile of quilts in the bottom right of the photo-there are 3 more neonatal quilts that need binding and one that needs another border before quilting it up.

I just couldn't help myself I had to start yet another project. I saw a neat string quilt and thought, 'Wow I have lots of strings in bright colors'-you see it was a very gloomy day here in Minnesota. One of those days where they sky is just a gray color-looking like it could snow. Well it did, a few flakes and I do mean a very few! Working with the bright fabrics sure helped get through the day.  I will add the star shapes in white. I have several more to go, so this will also be an ongoing project :-)

I also had time to play with my beads and made myself two bracelets. 
 This one is now finished ;-)

First thing today I need to quilt a customer wall hanging, then I get to play!
Linking up with Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Can I get a Whoop Whoop! Links are listed on my left side bar.

Have a great weekend everone!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Trunk Show-2015

Whims And Fancies has put together an Online Trunk Show that anyone can join.  All you have to do is write a blog post of your favorite quilts you have made. Of course you will want to spend some time going through all the wonderful links over there, so many creative people to meet and admire their work!

Welcome to my little spot in the Trunk show...
It's really hard for me to pick out just a few of my favorite quilts as I make so darn many quilts, runners and purses. Granted not all of them are my favorites!!  The ones I love the most always have the most custom quilting on them.

This is a Quick Curve pattern from Sewkindofwonderful.

These printed fabrics were  given to me, so now I get to think of my cute friend, Cynthia, when I see the quilt!  I found the perfect dusty teal to coordinate for my sashings.
 A fun jelly roll was used for this quilt along with some almost white solid.  The strip tube ruler came in handy for this pattern.

I can't forget my Tubix quilt-I pattern tested this for Sue. So much fun to quilt it up.

A few purses I have made for my craft sales.

And now my little venture of pattern making I have to add in this guy! You can find the pattern here in my Craftsy store.

I just finished up this table runner this morning and he will be made into a pattern soon(I hope).

I hope you have enjoyed seeing just a little of my work. If you like what you saw please feel free to follow me! And thank you for stopping in.  

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I ran across this tutorial from a Missouri Star you tube video. So last night I made up these 2 blocks.  the pattern is called disappearing hourglass. Super easy to do. My older stash of greens are going to get used (I didn't say used up tough) in this quilt. I will use the same cream tone on tone for the background.  This might be a WIP for a while as I have lots I want to do and so I might have a few more projects in the works at the same time. The plan is for this to be a donation quilt.

On Sunday I made an announcement that I was starting my Craftsy pattern store with this cute little table topper. 

And here is a sneak peek at the next pattern I will be working on!

Joining in WIP wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Srcaptastic tuesday-links on the side bar.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I took the plunge-Craftsy store open!

Yep I did it, I finally opened my Craftsy Pattern store today!!!  After years of friends both local and online buddies telling me I should write up a pattern for something I created I did it. I only have the one pattern up there yet, but hope to do another up soon. I have more rambling around upstairs too, LOL.  After writing this one it sure makes me appreciate all those who are designers even more.

This pattern is very quick and easy to whip up in just a few hours. I made 3 in one day last week! It's good for a beginner or just something easy and quick for a more seasoned quilter.  Makes great gifts too, perfect for a hostess gift for the Holidays coming up.

Here's the first one...

I'll be linking up with several of the wonderful linky parties this week-please go check them out using the links on my left side bar. There is always such inspiration and sharing, the net is a wonderful place!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I'm on a roll!!!

Wow I am on a roll of finishing my Q4 goals for FAL over at On the Windy Side.  This panel was one of my goals-my fourth one in fact!!!  So 2 more to go, I might just make it :-D  Ok I did pick 4 of the easy ones to whip up first, but they did need doing ;-)   I am pretty sure I can make another goal for sure and of course I will try for the 6th one also.  

These pic's were outside in MN on November 2nd in 68 degree weather, that's awesome temps!! Yesterday tipped over into the 70's.  More please, LOL.

I'll be linking up at On The Windy Side at the end of the quarter when it goes live.  For today I will link up at Let's Bee Social

Monday, November 2, 2015

Snowman wall hanging-Q4

 Just a short post to get this on record-I finished another Q4 goal for On The Windy Side FAL. I just remembered I have to go to quilt guild tonight and I still need to eat dinner!

This snowman  is a panel I pieced earlier this fall and it had to get done to take to a craft show this thursday! I quilted it last week and got it bound over the weekend. I used a grey Glide thread on the whole thing. Hook swirls on the panel and straight lines and U turn quilting on the black and white border.  The black and white border is all pieced by the way. It is strip pieced and then cut on the diagonal. We learned how to do this at a guild meeting when the gals from Platte Branch Design came to speak at our guild in September.  If you go to their website it is in the pattern Shuffling the Deck 3x3 Creations.

Linking up with Freemotion by the River and Quilt Story-see the links on my side bar and go check out some awesome inspiration.  And of course will be linking up with the FAL when it opens at the end of the quarter.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October finish

ALYOF has helped me get things done that might have otherwise just sat around waiting longer than they already have. Thank you Melissa!  But she isn't the only one to keep me on track, Adrainne has the FAL going on at One the Windy Side, thank you Adrainne. So I entered this wall hanging there also. So I am doubly glad to have it done, LOL

This little wall hanging is my October finish and my Q4 goal. The center cardinal is part of a 3 piece panel. I cut it apart to make 3 wall hangings. This first one received some extra border treatments starting with the skinny beige, then green, checkerboard and another green one. The quilting I kept fairly simple.  I added a little sleeve while binding it and it is ready for a craft show delivery next week. It measures in at 16 x 28.

ALYOF is open so linking up with them and later with FAL at the end of the quarter. Links above or on the left side bar.

Friday, October 30, 2015

An inspiring class

Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday our local longarm guild had the pleasure of having Judi Madsen, from GreenFairyQuilts come and teach us 3 classes. There was inspiration galore in quilting the Custom Sampler, Fillers, and Modern meets traditional. And of course she brought along tons of samples, and quilts. Her sister Amy came as her assistant, they both have the sweetest, funniest personalities. I am so glad to have been able to go and learn and see such wonderful work.

First Judi would draw on the dry erase board showing us her path and then she stitched it out. We had a hubby of one of the members of our guild running the camera and sending it up to the big screen TV so we all could see it wonderfully.

At the end of class on Wednesday they cut up their samples and drew names and I was one of the lucky people! Look she signed it:-)

I even got my pic taken with Judi!  That was thanks to quick thinking Doreen, a fellow blogger and friend who joined our longarm guild.  Yes we got to meet for the first time in person at the class on Wednesday morning. So fun meeting another blogger!  Doreen has a bunch more picture's of judi's work on her blog if you want to see more :-)   I can't wait to get time to just play around with what we learned. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Snowmen on Parade

As promised yesterday here is the 'parade of snowmen'.  They are all ready to get delivered to a local craft show in Grand Meadow, MN  called Creative Country Crafts.  I have done this show a number of years but the show has been around a lot longer than that.

A friend came over one day a couple weeks ago and sewed the bodies while I cut them out. Then we started in on the hats and jackets.  The bodies I used Warm and Natural batting that I had tan Rit Dyed before cutting. I stuffed all of them while watching TV in the evening and assembled them during the day. The  hats and jackets are from felt. In the end there are 57 of them!  I used various patterns from Country Friends and Old Road Primitives and sometimes changed things up a bit by adding different accessories to them.

Don't they all look like they are just marching off to meet their new owners?  

Singing Sam-11"                                                                             Mr. Buttons-12"

Prim Snowhead-8"

Mr. Pinecone- 17"

Mr. Coalman-18"

Not included in the parade on the steps are these guys in yesterday's post.
Mr. Stumpy- 15"

So late tomorrow afternoon I will be dropping all these off at the show. Then I get to have a longarm class with Judy Madsen from GreenFairyQuilts!!  She is teaching in Mpls at the longarm guild up there and then coming down here to Rochester to teach our guild 3 classes-yep I am signed up for all 3!  I am so excited to meet her. She does wonderful work!!

Linking up with some inspiring parties located on my left side bar.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Snowmen Q4 goal

I have the 19 snowmen that I entered as one item for the 4th quarter FAL all done! I am so happy to have them ready to go to the craft show this week. And I already sold one of them :-)

Here is what they looked like last time you saw them-pretty naked!!

Whew, they look sooooo much better dressed up in their finest-don't cha agree?  This is Mr. Buttons.

And these 12 guys are Mr. Stumpy.

I'll be linking up at the end of the quarter. Hopefully by then these guys will all be sold!
Stay tuned, tomorrow I will be having a snowman parade.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Batch of Purses

Here is the newest batch of purses I made for the fall craft shows. These are from a pattern I designed myself after a friend asked for more pockets on the outside, she especially wanted them on the side. Yes there are pockets inside too, 8 of them.  You have a total of 11 pockets to help keep you organized. 

Two of these already sold and the rest are packed up ready for delivery to the show today and I forgot to take a pic of the inside for you, sorry. 
Linking of with Freemotion by the River and Let's Bee Social, links on the side bar.