Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Jacquelynne Steves Block of the Month and a Giveaway!

Are you ready for a quick Block of the Month? The very talented Jacquelynne Steves is hosting an upcoming free Block of the Month starting in June!  You can join the fun by visiting and signing up for Maggie's First Dance  on Jacquelynne's blog! 

I am honored to be one of the bloggers that will be participating in making the monthly blocks with you, sharing my color choices, and maybe give some tips to help make the blocks presented.  This is the perfect way to play without the time commitment of a full year! 

The list of bloggers is so cool, be sure to check them all out and say hello! 

Now for the fun giveaway! 

To get this party started, Jacquelynne will be giving away a Merry Go Round quilt pattern and an Amelia quilt and pillow pattern to a wonderful winner.  

This giveaway will close May 4 and a random winner will be chosen and announced by May 7, 2016.
This wonderful giveaway is open to all of our international friends.  If you are a no reply blogger, please leave your contact information in your comment.  

You have a chance of winning by just leaving a comment on my blog! 

I would love to know...
Have you ever been part of an online Block or the Month or sew along?  If so,  Which one(s)?

When Life Throws You Lemons...

Winter seems to be back for at least the next few days.  This slows my sewing progress but I will prevail but it may be after the heater is turned on and I drag my wool sweaters back out from the back of the closet.  

In the meantime, I will look at the beautiful colors of the fabrics in the Rainbow Courthouse Steps quilt and think...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A WIP WED tutorial, a visit with Mr. Bernina and a WINNER!

The first week of color for the #bescrappy was red!  Red is my color of choice when it comes to quilting.  While it is not my number one most favorite color, it is possibly my one and a half color but not quite my number two.  If there is an in-between favorite color this is IT for me!

To whittle down my red scraps, I started just cutting and sewing.  I am loving how the red cream and gray looks up on the design wall!  My intent was not to make a full quilt but that is the direction this project is taking. 

To make these fabulous blocks is so incredibly easy! I used Zen Chic Modern Background in Paper and Ink for Moda Fabrics.  I am piecing using Aurifil 50wt in a nice neutral color.

Cut four 3 in square and eight 1.5 in squares. Use 1/4 in seams.  The unfinished block size is 5 1/2.

On two opposite corners, fabric right sides facing, sew on the diagonal.  I am using my Clearly Perfect Angles Mat by New Leaf Stitches to bypass taking the time to marking!  You can get this great product by visiting Kari's website :o)

To save even more time (and thread) chain piece as you go! Press the seams to the dark side.  

Sew two of the units together and press seams open.  You will now have two rectangle units.

Line the two rectangle units up, matching the center seam and the two angled seams, pin and sew together.

Press and you will have this lovely block! SO EASY!!!! 

Today, I also had the great pleasure of listening to and meeting Mr. Bernina, Hanspeter Ueltschi, at Suzzie's Quilt Shop in Manassas, VA.  The participants has tons of questions and Mr. Ueltschi had many answers!

After the talk, it was on to signing machines, books and just about everything else!  If you want a beautiful new Bernina signed by Mr. Bernina, call Susy! This local quilt shop( support your local shop) also offers a great selection of thousands of bolts of fabrics, notions ( Aurifil) and classes.  She will be moving soon to a bigger lovely space a few doors down soon and will have even more to offer her quilters! Looking forward to seeing it in a few months!

Many thanks to Susy and her staff ( knowledgeable and helpful) and to to Mr. Bernina for making the trek to VA!  It was a fun morning.

Finally, A WINNER!!!!!!!  Between painting, sewing, sorting and being the on call taxi for the tennis kids, I am a day behind on choosing a winner!

Thank you so much EVERYONE for your participation and I look forward to doing this again SOON!  I have so many scraps!  This amounted to about three gallon sized Ziploc bags :o)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Motivation The Splendid Sampler Block 21

Welcome back to Monday Motivation!  This weekend I spent painting my home.  I stopped to see this fun block for The Splendid Sampler and had a great idea for how to make it using paper piecing for a peppermint center!

The Splendid Sampler Block 21 is an adorable sweet treat by Kris Thurgood from Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe!  Loving that Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson invited local quilt shop owners to create designs for this fun event!  Make sure to visit  and support your local quilt shop! Join in for classes, block of the month, community service projects or just pick out some new fabrics for the next blocks coming up!

I made my Sweet Candy using a variety of reds, a few Moda Bella Solids charm pack squares for the white, and the background is Zen Chic Modern Background fabric for Moda in Ink.  I pieced using Aurifil 50wt thread.

When I saw the block, peppermint candy popped into my head!  I wanted to make it as peppermintish as I could!  I decided to create a paper pieced pattern using 1/4inch strips to create the peppermint strips.  It is an easy way to make the center block have some fun texture!  

So pretty all trimmed up and ready to size for a perfect candy center! 

Hope you have been joining  The Splendid Sampler for the twice a week free block patterns from top designers with great support from designers themselves and a very active Facebook community! There are blocks using every quilting technique for you to try out different styles or build your quilting toolbox!  Join in for one or two blocks and stay for the rest :o) 

For more inspiration, fun, and links to free patterns 
come join me on

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Stash #175

It is Sunday Stash #175!  While Molli is playing with his fabulous Juki ( lucky duck),  I am super stoked because Sara sent me some of my MOST favorite fabric of all time! Zen Chic Modern Background for Moda Fabrics.  This elegant collection is perfect for every quilting project and I have even used it in a garment and also two wallets with stunning results!

Prepare to be dazzled!

This collection has a great variety of prints that are all unique.  Paper is filled with low volume beauty.  The dots and text prints are incredible and the icing on the cake is the DOTS!  You can never go wrong with adding dots to anything! I have been using this collection for 90% of The Splendid Sampler blocks  I have been making and am overjoyed every time! 

I hate to unroll these beautiful layer cakes!  Today I will be using Ink for the newest block for The Splendid Sampler that was released this morning! Look at all of gorgeous color!  

Looking forward to checking out your stash Sunday Stash!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Your brain...on FABRIC!

I am sure you have seen the PSA ads for your brain on drugs.  This week my Throwback Thursday  went back to 2013 and getting ready for Quilt Market making a last minute bag using a last minute pattern by Sew Sweetness.  When I was posting the photo of the block used in all of its beauty and symmetry, the 80's PSA popped into my head of my brain before fabric and after fabric.  It was chaos before the block was made but after it was so stunning!

The conclusion is that quilters are much better AFTER fabric :o)

**scribble image found here**

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How Make Freezer Paper Templates

Do you hate to trace out many tiny pieces or turn away from rotary cutting small bits?  I know I do! 

Freezer paper is the answer to your quilting dreams!  If you have not tried freezer paper to use for making small or appliqué templates, now it the time!   Here is how I am using freezer paper to make this adorable #bescrappy dresden plate that is rather small and includes beautiful vintage scraps from my collection. 

Freezer paper is not the same a parchment paper or wax paper.  When you purchase it make sure it says "PLASTIC COATED."  You do not want to know what happens if you hit your iron on wax paper!  Not pretty at all!

Freezer paper can be trimmed to fit into your printer or it can be traced onto with a permanent pen.  I snag whatever ball point pen the college kid is not using at the moment because he usually has the best ones in the house.

First roll out some of the paper and make it into a manageable sized piece.  I like the 8.5x11.  For this project I did smaller.  Notice that there are two sides to the freezer paper.  One is flat and one is shiny.

Pre shrink your paper by pressing over it with a hot dry iron *****SHINY SIDE DOWN****.   It will take only a second and then you can be sure that your templates will be sized correctly :)

After the freezer paper prep, grab your handy pen ( thank you boomerang boy!) and trace your template onto the paper.  My lines are not pretty, I hate to trace! But that is okay!

Lay the paper shiny side ****DOWN**** on your fabric scrap.  Hit it with a dry hot iron for a few seconds and it will stick!  This does not leave a residue and it reusable ( YAY)! 

Trim this up and save that bigger small scrap ;o) 

Freezer paper templates are also great for fussy cutting!  I am a bit of a fussy cutting maniac and will try to find and fussy cut anything I can.

If you hold it up to the light you can see how perfect your centered fussy cut will be.  This one should actually be a little more to the left.

After the trimming, you just peel the fabric off of the paper and on to the next piece!  I like to make a bunch of them and then use them and store them on clear bags to use again.

I hope you will try freezer paper templates as a great tool to add to your sewing studio to help use up your scraps!

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