Caroling Snow Globe…

October 21, 2014

The theme for this round of BBC blocks (The Bitty Block Committee) in flickr is “Winter Snow Globes”.  This is the little pattern I designed for my block.IMG_0882Normally, I would do fusible applique for a block like this, but I haven’t had any luck since Steam A Seam 2 Lite went off the market.

I understand that they’re coming back soon!  (I keep checking at my local hobby retailer without any luck!)

So I am needle turning all 10 of them!  It will take me a while to get them done, but I have a little over a month!

The other set will be for crows, ravens, magpies, etc…  That pattern is drafted, but I don’t have a model made up yet.

Guess that will be my next post!  LOL!

How to quilt it…

October 19, 2014

I made these beautiful paper pieced blocks and wasn’t sure how to quilt them…

(I made 1 for a pincushion, but who wants to sew just 1?  So I made 5 and used 1 for the pincushion and 4 for a mini quilt…)

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This is the final picture of the star center…

IMG_0787I started with wavy quilting radiating out from the white star.  Then I used a tape template cut into a circle

I stitched around the tape circle and then removed it…

IMG_0791Then I add pebbles in the center using the figure 8 method…

I filled in all of the spaces between the pebbles and ended up with the above block.

I still have to work in my threads, but I really love the way this makes those pebbles pop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Roy Bingo Blocks…

October 17, 2014

You may recall that last week I took the Bingo blocks that were made in the Roy Quilt Guild.

IMG_0655I cut them in half on the diagonal and added a white strip.IMG_0656Again, I cut them on the diagonal adding another white strip.

IMG_0660This week I got them all put together and added a white border and a wider border using Amy Butler fabric.  The Amy Butler fabric for the border and backing was donated by one

of our generous members, Karen D.  In addition, she provided the batting!  (And for good measure, she’s going to bind it for me…)

I got the top pieced together, pin basted, and proceeded to quilt it…

IMG_0768I have to say that I love the way this one came out!

I did leaves, swirls and flowers in the white sashing and border, and feathers in the colored squares and outer border.

IMG_0783This is going to be a grand prize at our Christmas party in December!  (Is it wrong that I want to win it?!  LOL!)

Thanks for stopping by…

Fall Color Drive…

October 15, 2014

We went for our annual fall color drive this weekend…  Utah is a beautiful state!

We traveled over North Ogden Pass and then proceeded to one of the ski resorts, Powder Mountain.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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IMG_0701IMG_0718IMG_0726Eek!  The 4 letter word…

And last, but certainly not least…

IMG_0763Mr. Bald Eagle spotted by my 11 year old son!  (What you can’t see is that he’s eating a fish that he just caught in Pineview!)  What an awesome site!!!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Around The World Blog Hop!

October 13, 2014

Hi everyone! I am so excited that my friend Soma from Whims and Fancies asked me to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop!
Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m always working on something fun! And quite often “secret” as I love to swap online and share teasers of projects that I’m preparing to send…  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any bloggers to follow me.  They had either participated already, or had prior obligations.

I have numerous things that I love to do… These include, but are not limited to paper piecing, machine quilting on my Bernina 440, designing paper piecing patterns, visiting the bird sanctuary, making cold process soap, and baking.

My creative process often begins with a simple idea… I jot it down with my trusty mechanical pencil onto graph paper! Then I decide where I want to make my “fractures”. I like to keep my patterns as simple as possible, and often find myself changing the patterns as I cut them up. My initial patterns are ugly with lots of scribbles. Sometimes as designers, we can’t see the simplification until stepping away from it for a while and looking on it with new eyes.
I consider quilting/crafting, etc as my stress outlet…

My paper piecing patterns often incorporate embroidery and embellishments to give character to the blocks. And I find myself designing more blocks than I do quilts!
I am so inspired by the works of art that I see in blog posts, Facebook, and Pinterest! I can’t remember what it was like before we had the digital medium…

Thanks so much for visiting, and feel free to follow my blog!

Here are some of the fun things I’m working on…

IMG_4247I needed a wedding gift for a dear friend.  I used a precut mat, and covered it with a quilted piece.

IMG_4250Here’s the finished project!

IMG_0655In the Roy Quilt Guild, we made Bingo blocks.  They gave me a second set to put together so this is what I did with them:

IMG_0656And then…

IMG_0660More coming soon!  Please feel free to join in the fun!

A Halloween Tradition?

October 10, 2014

One of my flickr friends, Bouncypoodle, posted an adorable Halloween stocking.

She suggested that this could be the fun start of a new tradition!  I absolutely love this idea, being a bit of a Halloween fan…

Imagine Halloween morning, awakening to find this full of fruit? (LOL! Much to the kids disappointment…  To balance out all the candy?)

You could fill it with whatever you wish!  I used a Christmas stocking tutorial for the ruffle/flange and made up my own pattern for the stocking, using Halloween fabrics.  Easy peasy!

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And here’s the whole thing!

IMG_0631Hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping by…

MQTS Harvest/Halloween Swap…

October 5, 2014

In the Mini QT Swap on flickr we had a Harvest/Halloween theme…  I made this for my partner, jm1122:

???????????????????????????????Some of you may recognize “Rat Zombie”, for whom I have a deep love and affection…  LOL!

He was the star for this little mini quilt!  He “loves” candy corns.  I added arms to the candy corns after I took this shot.

A few days ago, I received this in the mail:

IMG_0468I just love this!  A spider web block with spider web quilting!  Brilliant!  Plus, Jodie was so generous…

IMG_0470She included all of these awesome goodies!  (All I sent her was a bag of M&M’s and a spooky music CD!)

Thanks Jodie!  What a fun package (x2) to find in the mailbox!

(That’s why I love swapping!  Best mail e.v.e.r.!)

And here’s the purrr-fect way to say “goodbye”…

IMG_0471Thanks for visiting!

A little follow up…

September 30, 2014

IMG_0466You may remember the little Lemoyne Star I made with the nifty ruler a few days ago…

I finished the 5 stars that I had made and put them together in this little 9 patch layout.

I free motion quilted it, and used a freezer paper circle in the center of the feathered blocks. I filled in all of the open spaces between the feathers

with dense quilting…  I used my favorite edge quilting in the outside border.  I’m very happy with the effect, although that dense quilting in the 4 blocks in pulling the centers in a bit.

More than likely, I’ll want to block it when I’m finished.  Unless it’s going to stay with me, and I’m not that picky!

Here’s a view of the whole thing…

IMG_0467The size is 12 inches square.  Still need to come up with a binding!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Squirrel!

September 26, 2014

Yes, I suffer from SASQ…  (Short Attention Span Quilting)  It is a hard burden to bear.

At Quilt Fest, one of my favorite stores, Village Dry Goods, was demo-ing an awesome new gadget.  Meanwhile I was demo-ing the Magic 9 Patch technique.

I took a short break thanks to my quilting buddy, Patsy, and proceeded to the chocolate fountain for some sustenance.  Since she hadn’t seen me come back yet, nor did I claim to be back, I mosied on over to Village Dry Goods table.

What a fun gadget they were selling!!!  Here it is:

IMG_0464Now, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to watch the extended version, but Fran was nice enough to give me a little lesson when we were shutting down.

Fran and Laurie assured me that I’d be able to figure it out with the directions, plus there is a tutorial if I needed to use it!

I finally gave it a go, and here is the result!

IMG_0463Isn’t it cute!!!  I am such a nerd for little blocks!

p.s. I do not work for this company or any of it’s affiliates since I don’t work at all…  Unless kids and housework count!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll post more on this little block soon…

Didn’t want to go camping…

September 21, 2014

But look at what I would have missed out one if I didn’t!

I was pretty tired when I got home from Quilt Fest, but the family decided that we had to go camping.  Yay.  No really, yay.

I decided to go for a little jog in the campground and look at what I found!!!

???????????????????????????????More from Quilt Fest to come!  Thanks for stopping by!


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