This week is clipping along and I’ve been getting some things ready and packing lists made. We love a good road trip! So I am excited to get going.
It’s Pieceful Monday once again. This weekend was spent with my family, so there was little time spent in my quilt cave, but it was a lovely, peaceful weekend full of conversation, food and naps.
So what’s up for this Pieceful Monday? Well, it will be a little different than last week, and certainly less productive. We are taking a road trip later this week, so I’ll be taking care of things around here and packing. However, I do hope to do some piecing today while I’m making lists of what to bring along.
I could bring my sewing machine along on this trip, and I’m really tempted. It’s good for me to take a break and do something different, so I’ll stay with handwork for this trip. There will be much to see and fun places to go. More about where we are headed in Wednesday’s post.
Here’s what I’ve been working on lately.
This fabric came to me through one of the Sew Sampler boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop. I thought it was a layer cake rolled up, but it turned out to be fat eighths. The fabric line is Dixie by Alison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew. One of my all-time favorite blocks is the Bear Paw, so I just started making them. I have no plan, I’ll just make these blocks until I have no more fabric, then go from there. I’ve given them the name of Spring Paws.
What sewing projects are coming along on my trip? Well, I’m not completely sure yet, but here’s a few I’m considering.
- Madder Quilt – this little quilt top needs to be finished, and I could hand quilt it while on this trip.
- Wool Project – I enjoy stitching wool projects, especially when traveling.
- EPP – I decided to give English Paper Piecing a try. This is definitely going along, I just have to choose fabric and get some prep work done. Any recommendations on tutorials would be welcome!
- Mug Mats – I may do a few of these and have them ready for binding. It would be an easy and transportable project.
Elephant Quilt Information
There were many of you who loved the Elephant Quilt. If you would like the pattern, it’s available at Laundry Basket Quilts. I would encourage you to purchase the stencil as well; it makes tracing the elephants so much easier. It is a really fun project to make.
2017 New Quilt Bloggers – Week 2
This is Week 2 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by the blogs listed and enjoy their posts. You can find them though the co-hosts for this blog hop, Yvonne at QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and my hive leader, Leanne at She Can Sew. Don’t forget there are giveaways each week from some fabulous sponsors, so be sure to stop in and meet some new bloggers!
That’s my Pieceful Monday! What are you working on this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I so enjoy each of you who stop by and leave a comment. I reply to each comment, so please do pop in and say hello!
See you Wednesday!
This has been a productive week and loads of fun. I have a big Friday Finish to share with you today.
I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.
Little Mini Quilts
I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.
Harmony Table Runner
I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.
Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.
The Elephant Quilt
Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.
The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.
2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop
I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.
Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?
It’s Pieceful Monday once again, so let me show you what I’ve been up to. I’ve been having fun with some purple batiks, making a mini quilt, and getting down and dusty with my machine.
My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.
Churn Dash blocks are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. The block goes together so quickly and easily, and yet it is so versatile. With a change of just one color, you can completely change the look of the block. Recently I stumbled across a book with a cute little churn dash mini quilt pattern. I got the book for a song, and already had all the fabric in my stash.
I dislike coming home with so many of those plastic shopping bags that cannot be recycled, so I decided to find a pattern to make my own bags. So today I want to share a couple of handy bags I’ve made. Both of these bags have very common purposes and get quite a bit of use in our home and travels.
At our quilt group last night, we shared our favorite tips for quilting. Here are a few that were new to me:
Pool Noodles – Pick up cheap pool noodles at the dollar store, cut them to size, and roll your blocks or smaller quilts tops on them. You can easily secure the quilts to the noodle with pins. Rolling the blocks/quilts avoids creases, and the noodles are light and easy to transport if you are heading to a sewing day.
Sandpaper – Okay, this wasn’t new to me, but thought I’d share it anyway. Sandpaper is a great base to use under fabric when you need to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. It holds the fabric steady so there is less distortion to the bias as you draw the line.
Rubber Doorstops – Place three of these under the back of your machine and it will tilt the machine just enough so you can see the machine bed better.
Zipper Pouches – Make a few zipper pouches and fill each one with basic quilting items, like scissors, thimble, etc. Dedicate the pouches to projects you are working on, adding in the notions needed for that project. Then when you are ready to stitch, you can just grab the pouch and all your sewing items are already in there, ready to go.
Reusable Tins – Use the tins from mints, etc. to create little on-the-go sewing kits. Attach a magnet in the tin to hold needles, etc., clip it shut, and off you go.
I thought these were some clever tips using common household items. Do you have a clever, handy tip? Share it with us in the comments!
This weekend I hope to finish the blocks for the commission quilt, as well as finish these bits and pieces into little mini mini quilts or pin cushions.
I’m whooping it up today for handy quilting tips and little projects along the way with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Happy Friday, all!
A few of you asked a little more about the BlocLoc flying geese ruler after Monday’s post. I played around with it a bit more, and I have a little update to share with you today.
The question asked was whether you could use the FG ruler with multiple sizes. The BlocLoc website indicates that the FG rulers are size specific. Some of the other rulers, such as the squares and the rectangles, can be used on multiple sizes. However, read on and I’ll show you another use for the FG ruler below.
Before I do that, however, I’ll show you how to downsize the block using the FG ruler. It’s pretty simple. I made a couple of larger blocks using the same method as Monday’s post.
Placing the ruler on the larger blocks, you can see there will be quite a bit of waste after cutting.
Once cut, I sewed them together and they worked beautifully, so you could use the ruler for this if necessary.
But here’s the thing — you can also use the FG ruler for Square in a Square blocks. I think it makes squaring these blocks easier because the ruler sets firmly in each edge.
Set the ruler’s groove in one triangle of the block.
Trim the side, lift the ruler and turn the block a quarter turn, put the ruler in place, trim, and repeat, going around each side. It’s pretty slick. Because of how the ruler sits in the groove, you never lose the 1/4″ seam allowance by the point of the triangle. You can the FG ruler on blocks up to the size of the ruler.
More information on these rulers can be found at the BlocLoc website. I’m not an affiliate, i’m just enjoying these rulers.