Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along ~ April Block





























Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  I'm excited to bring you the fourth installment of the Patchwork Quilt along, hosted by the Fatquarter Shop, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.   This month the block pattern is "Star and Cross" and is perfect for celebrating Easter!  The patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month.  We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to our Make-A-Wish campaign for each pattern you download.

For my quilt I am using Retro 30"s Child Smile by Lecien.  It's a fun happy fabric and is a joy for me to work with!

All of the information about the quilt along as well as the pattern can be found on the Fatquarter shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.  We hope you join in on the fun!








We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Recap



























It's snowing outside.  I keep trying to remember that we didn't have a hard winter so if it snows a bit in March it's fine.  I don't feel like it's fine.  On the upside, it allows me to get a lot done.  I pulled out a very old work in progress.  Maybe this year I'll get that Chubby Chicks quilt done.  Pattern by Black Mountain Quilts.  I've got 48 chicken legs to embroider, which I believe is what kept me from finishing this all these years.  I also finished the next two blocks in the #happyflowerqal.  I'm going to have to tone it down on the pink or I'm not going to have enough variety in the quilt.  Lastly, I made the next round of blocks for the Make-A-Wish qal (see previous post).  All in all, a very productive week.  Have a wonderful weekend!
 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Patwork Quilt Along ~ March Block



























































Today marks the third installment of the Patchwork Quilt along, hosted by the Fatquarter Shop, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.   This month the block pattern is "Box-In-A-Box" and is quick and fun to make!  The patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month.  We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to our Make-A-Wish campaign for each pattern you download.

For my quilt I am using Retro 30"s Child Smile by Lecien.  It's a fun happy fabric and is a joy for me to work with!

All of the information about the quilt along as well as the pattern can be found on the Fatquarter shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.  We hope you join in on the fun!



 
 
 
 
 
We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
 




Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Recap




























What a whirlwind of a week I had.  Due to the high winds we lost our power for over 24 hours.  My daughter got very sick and we spent two days at the doctors office.  She is slowly on the mend.  I did get this quilt top pieced.  The pattern is "Spring has Sprung" by Pamela Morgan and can be found in the current issue of Quickly Quilting by Fons & Porter.  It came together quickly and it was fun using fabrics from my scrap bin.  I had planned on backing it with the vintage sheet in the first photo but then found out a fellow blogger had been looking for this sheet to make curtains for her home.  I can easily back this quilt with something else so the sheet is happily on its way to her.  I finished the first two blocks in the Happy Flower Quilt along hosted by Kristyne of Pretty By Hand, Melissa of Oh How Sweet Co. and Wynn of Zakkaart.  This is going to be such a fun quilt along and I'm looking forward to making the next blocks.  My sweet friend, Tina, of Emily Ann's Kloset sent me this darling cross stitch.  I just love it and how about that scalloped hoop?!  I hope you all had a good week and are enjoying the weekend.  It's sunny today but terribly cold.  I'm thankful for the sunshine!




Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Recap


































































 
























I was thinking about my blog today and just how poorly neglected she is.  In the very beginning, back in 2009, I blogged every day.  I don't know what I was thinking because I knew that it would be hard  to sustain.  With the rise of Instagram, blogging seems to be becoming less and less of a thing. Why take the time to blog when you can instantly show things and talk to friends on your phone?  Today I am longing for those simpler times and I thought I would set a goal of blogging on Fridays to show some of the things that I've been working on during the week, or things I may have shown on IG.

The first two photos are skeins of yarn dyed be me.  I have been interested in trying this for quite some time.  I now truly appreciate all the indie dyers I purchase yarn from.  It is not as easy as it looks.  I do love the process and surprise of how the finished skein looks.  I have a couple of blocks of the month I'm working on.  These are from Fig Tree Quilts Nantucket Mystery Quilt.  It's so fun to get a little bundle of fabric and pattern to make blocks each month.  I've been knitting up a storm.  I loved making this ombre' shawl.  The pattern is the Everyday Shawl by Jenny Faifel.  I think it would be fun knit up in yarn left over from other projects.

Recently I purchased these tulips from my local market.  It may be cold and grey outside, but inside my $7 tulips remind me that spring is really coming...right?  Have a wonderful weekend!
 





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Flower Quilts Book Winner!


 


























The winner of the Happy Flower Quilts book is Betsy from Quilting Fiesta!  I have sent an email Betsy and look forward to getting your book out to you!







Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Today is my stop on the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop hosted by Zakka Workshop celebrating one of the most anticipated books in the quilting world, "Happy Flower Quilts" by Atsuko Matsuyama.  Many of us have had the Chinese translation for years and about flipped when we found out it was going to be published by Zakka Workshop in English.






































I have loved Atsuko Matsuyama's body of work for many years.  As a Japanese quilter and fabric designer, her fabric and designs have inspired my own sewing and quilting and made me want to be better at my craft.   I was also thrilled to discover that one of my favorite bloggers and designers, Kristyne Czuperyk from Pretty By Hand, is one of the technical editors for the English edition.






































I had great fun making the "Flowers and Birds Baby Quilt".  The fabric I chose is the soon to be released "Old New 30's Collection" and "Dots and Gingham" made and provided by Lecien Corporation.  As a World Ambassador for Lecien I have the wonderful opportunity of working with many of their fabrics and this line did not disappoint, it is gorgeous and perfect for this project!  The pattern incorporated both applique and embroidery.  I used Lecien Cosmo embroidery floss. 













































































The book was an absolute joy to work with!  The instructions are clear with detailed photos and good explanations of the techniques used for each project.  Pattern sheets are provided for all of the various projects which include quilts, bags, pouches, pin cushions, sewing kits and more.

Zakka Workshop is generously giving away a copy of Happy Flower Quilts by Atsuko Matsuyama, at each stop on the blog tour.  The giveaway is open world wide.  To enter leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen on the last day of the blog hop, Wednesday, March 1.



Please visit the other blogs and IG for awesome projects and lots of eye candy! 

After the blog hop there will be a Quilt Along on Instagram (#happyflowerqal) featuring the Happy Flower Quilt Sampler, featured on the book cover. The quilt along will be hosted by Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart), and Melissa (@ohhowsweetco). It will kick off on March 6th.  We hope you join in on the fun!









Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - February Block
















































Today marks the second installment of the Patchwork Quilt along, hosted by the Fatquarter Shop, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.   This month the block pattern is "Diamond Panes" and is quick and fun to make!  The patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month.  We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to our Make-A-Wish campaign for each pattern you download.

For my quilt I am using Retro 30"s Child Smile by Lecien.  It's a fun happy fabric and is a joy for me to work with!

All of the information about the quilt along as well as the pattern can be found on the Fatquarter shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.  We hope you join in on the fun!


 
 
 
 
 
 We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.





Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Kick Off!




Today marks the kick off of the patchwork quilt along hosted by the Fatquarter Shop and Moda Fabrics which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

http://www.fatquartershop.com/patchwork-quilt-along-quilt-kit-preorder


We hope that you will join us as we sew this collection of 12 different classic patchwork blocks to create this lovely patchwork quilt!

Donate to our Make-A-Wish campaign for the use of our free patterns!

https://www.blacktie-america.com/online_sales/nonprofit_donation_enhanced.cfm?id=1161&campaignid=83
Our Patchwork Quilt Along benefits Make-A-Wish. This fantastic organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. Granted wishes help children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to face their medical battle, and for many the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses!

This year, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of donations raised!  So help us reach that goal!


The Patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month starting in January 2017.  We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to our Make-A-Wish campaign for each time you download the patterns. 


All of the details for the quilt along can be found on the Fatquarter Shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.  For a limited time a quilt kit is being offered by Moda Fabrics using Bonnie & Camille Basics Collection and can be purchased here and a backing kit purchased here.  Full fabric requirements are provided if you decide to use your own fabric.  The Fatquarter Shop has provided a YouTube video for the first block and can be viewed here.

Block #1 is called Souvenir of Friendship. Download your free pattern today, and be sure to donate to Make-A-Wish!

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.