Playful Petals Blog Tour09.15.14

Playful Petals HeaderToday kicks off the Playful Petals Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to for the amazing line-up of bloggers participating in the tour!

September 15: Amy @  Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
~ The Blog tour will end with a wonderful giveaway  you won’t want to miss back here on my blog ~
Today, Amy, of Stitchery Dickery Dock will be sharing about Playful Petals over on her blog.  I really hoped Amy would join my blog tour after I ran across this amazing quilt she made.
Stitchery Dickory Dock Quilt
This is Amy’s “Tuileries” quilt that she designed to showcase Heather Bailey’s, True Colors, fabrics.  The design fits in perfectly with the quilts in my book–I love it!!  You can read more about Amy’s quilt here.
Be sure to pop over to her blog sometime today to see what she is sharing about Playful Petals!
Each day of the tour I will also be sharing quilts from my book:
Playful Petals Cover
Today, I thought I would start things off with the cover quilt, Rainbow Petals.
Rainbow Petals
Rainbow Petals is designed to use a layer cake or 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  I love it in all of it’s scrappy goodness!–The original quilt was made using Vanessa Christenson’s line of fabric Simpy Color with just a couple Sew Stitchy prints by Aneela Hoey thrown in.
Hand Quilting
My mom hand quilted Rainbow Petals for me using 8 wt. Perle Cotton in a rainbow of colors.  The accompanying Rainbow Petals Pillow is made using a few sweet, Japanese prints.  The pillows in the book are a wonderful way to use up some scraps.
Rainbow Petals Pillow
You can read all about my inspiration for writing Playful Petals here.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for some more quilty fun!  I would love if you would ask your applique questions in the comments so I can take time to answer them during the blog tour.  And remember, I’ll also be sharing 2 free patterns with you and the blog tour will be ending with a wonderful giveaway. :)

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WIP Wednesday Instagram Style09.10.14

Tiled Blooms

My Wednesday is getting away from me!–I thought I better pop on here quickly before it slides right on by. =)  I had to snag some of my IG photos to share with you today–it’s so windy here today that everything is blowing away when I try to photograph it! =p

Playful Petals Header

Next week, on Monday the 15th, I will be kicking off a Playful Petals blog tour.  When my book came out this past spring, I was in the thick of Quilt Market prep and VBS prep and school letting out, getting my garden in etc. and I knew that I wanted to have a fall blog tour.

I think my fall is more like other people’s spring.  Fall is the time when I feel in more of a routine, and with the weather turning cooler, I like being inside nesting, with projects going on.  So for me, this is the perfect blog tour time.

In preparation for the blog tour, I have been prepping some fun free projects that I am going to be offering.  I’ve designed 2 projects to compliment the other projects in the book.  You’ve seen Mini Buds, a 16″ mini quilt project:

Mini Quilt

And, I’ll also be offering Tiled Blooms, a 60″ square, throw–there’s a peek of it in the top photo.  For Tiled Blooms, I worked with Up Parasol by Heather Bailey, and a bit of Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.

Up Parasol Fabrics

I had planned on using a green solid in place of the green, Miss Kate floral–but after seeing Miss Kate and Up Parasol together at my LQS, I decided to use the Miss Kate.  That little green print is one of my favorites from the line.

Up Parasol Petals

The petals for Tiled Blooms are larger and work quite well with the larger prints in Up Parasol.  This quilt is a beginner friendly quilt with simple piecing and, of course, larger applique pieces.

Tiled Blooms Block

If you have a copy of my book and a some fabrics you’ve been itching to use, you’ll be all set when I release these patterns!

Be sure to stop back on Monday when the tour kicks off with one of my favorite bloggers!

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Mini Buds Quilt09.02.14

Mini Quilt

Over the weekend, I was able to spend some time working on a new project.  There is something so satisfying in having an idea, starting a new project, and seeing immediate results.

This quilt is my Mini Buds quilt and it finishes at about 15″ x 15″.  The fabrics I used are Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Mini Buds

I plan to offer this as a free pattern sometime this month as a companion pattern to my book Playful Petals.  It’s a perfect pattern to use one of those mini charm packs you may have been saving for just the right project.

For the quilting, I tried something completely different(for me).  I wasn’t sure how the center was going to turn out with so much quilting passing through–but, I think it works well.

Quilting

For the backing, I chose a DS Quilts polka dot fabric:

Backing

And for the binding, I am using the navy striped scallop print from Miss Kate.

Binding

And here you can see how small these pieces are:

Mini

Such cute, teeny little pieces =)

Happy Sewing!

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Wednesday WIP08.27.14

c&s

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel sending my youngest off to Kindergarten but I am enjoying it more than I thought that I might.  The Kindergarten in our school district, prior to this year, was an all day/every other day Kindergarten.  We found out just weeks before school started that they were switching to an all day/every day Kindergarten program due to receiving a much needed grant to implement the program.

I am amazed at what all can be accomplished when the house is quiet and I am by myself.  So far, this has meant some serious cleaning time–what a treat to have uninterrupted cleaning time!  I have been catching up on podcasts as I work..Modern Sewciety & American Patchwork and Quilting Radio are 2 of my favorites.  BTW, do you have any favorite podcasts I need to add to my list?–I’m always looking for good ones!

Yoder Sign

Getting back into the swing of things and then tackling some household chores has left me with little time to work on my WIP’s.  I did finish up my Yoder mini quilt and it is now hanging above my kitchen sink just where I had in mind for it.  I used my faux piped machine binding technique that I shared a tutorial for here.  I love this technique, and so far it’s the only type of machine binding I haven’t felt compelled to rip out because of the way the back looked.

Corner Sink

Now to figure out some curtains for these windows.  I am the most indecisive curtain person ever!–I don’t even know how many different curtain options I have tried out on various windows–I’ll leave them up for awhile and then decide I want to change things out.  I like a lot of natural light so often I prefer windows without curtains/blinds that might block the light.

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  And I hope to get some more WIP’s banged out–I still need to add borders to the Metro Rings quilt and finish up the white stitching on Quilty Stitches.  But, what I really want to work on is this mini:

Future WIP

Those squares finish at 1/2″–it’s the cutest little pattern ever!  I’m thinking about using a little bit of my Cotton & Steel basics bundle:

c&s

I’d only need about a 5″ square from each fabric.  With such small piecing, I have to be careful about my fabric choices for this pattern.  I kind of want to dive right in!(and I just might) =)

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Quilty Stitches Block 1608.18.14

Quiilty Stitches Block 16

 

Quilty Stitches Block #16–The Last One!! =)  Thank you so much everyone for following along!  I can’t believe this stitch along is coming to a close.  I went back to check on the date of when I posted the first block pattern and it was January 20–almost 7 months exactly.

Our block today is called Good Cheer–how fitting, right! =)

Quilty Stitches

I think it adds just the right amount of punch down there in the right hand corner. =0)

Quilty Stitches 16

Quilty Stitches Block 16 PDF Pattern

The coral color is DMC #351.

Well done if you have managed to keep up for the whole sampler!–If not, or if you are just starting the sampler or somewhere midway through, you can find all of the links at the top of the screen under “Quilty Stitches”.

Scraps

I also wanted to announce the winner of my giveaway scraps winner:

Giveaway Winner

The winner is comment #11:

Comment #11

Emma, congrats!, I’ve sent you an email. =)

I hope everyone has a great Monday!  I know some of you are sending little ones off to school this week.  Chloe will be starting 4th grade on Wednesday and Elonie starts Kindergarten on Friday.  It’ll be so strange to have them both in school!–I’m thankful to spend a couple days with them yet this week before our summer is over!

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WIP Wednesday08.13.14

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:

Stitchery

For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

Stitchery 4

In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

Stitchery 3

I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

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Spell It With Moda08.11.14

Fabrics

 

Do you guys ever wake up in the morning and you suddenly want to make something new and totally not on any WIP list or project list you are currently working on?

Well, I got bit with the new project bug on Saturday.  Some of you may have jumped on the Spell it With Moda band wagon earlier this year.  All of those cute little letter quilts and handy free letter patterns–it was hard for me not to dive right in.  But then, Saturday morning, out of the blue–I “needed” to make a little letter mini of my own.

Spell It With Moda

Moda Fabrics has a wonderful Spell it With Fabric pinterest board with links to all of the blog posts that feature the free printable letter patterns.  I printed off Y,O,D,E,R and pulled together a fun mix of scrappy red fabrics and low volume background prints.

Last Name Mini

In about 2 hours, I had a completed “Yoder” mini quilt.  These letters fly together–including cutting time they probably took about 15-20 minutes each.  And with a short last name (so much handier than the “Hershberger” I used to be!) my little quilt came together quickly.

The quilting took a little bit of time–I opted for a one inch cross hatch and finished that part up yesterday afternoon.

Quilting

Now, all that’s left is to add the binding!  I have wanted a Yoder sign above my kitchen sink for years.  I thought I wanted a wooden sign–but this little quilt was much more cost effective (I had all of the supplies) and just as cute! =)  Can’t wait to get the binding on and hang it in it’s new spot.

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Friday Freebie {Weekly Goal Checklist}08.08.14

Cleaning Routine

Happy Friday everyone!  Sad, as I am about summer coming to an end and the kidders heading back to school (Elonie starts Kindergarten this year!), I know that it’s a good time for me to get back into a regular routine.  It is very easy for me to get off task if I don’t have a list of things I know I need to get done.

Last year, I ran across this cleaning printable which works very well for helping me complete what I need to each week.  As I have been working on sewing goals as well as other goals, I decided I wanted a printable that combined everything into one tidy place.

Printable

I came up with this cute little printable–goodness knows a cleaning checklist needs to be cute! =)  It combines all of my weekly cleaning goals, space for my sewing goals, reading goals, misc. goals, and a don’t forget to pick-up section(for grocery items, not kids ;)

Quilty Printable

I thought some of you might enjoy a cute printable checklist of your own, so here it is in PDF for you to print off yourself if you’d like:

Weekly Goals Printable PDF

Enjoy!

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WIP Wednesday(Lots of Pics!) & Giveaway08.06.14

It’s time for another WIP Wednesday progress report. =)  My sewing goals over the last week were:

1.  To complete my stitching for Quilty Stitches this past Monday–check…you all saw the block Monday Morning.

Quilty Stitches Block 15

2.  To Complete my Metro Rings Quilt–here’s where I was at last week:

Metro Rings Blocks

And I’m happy to report that the quilt top is finished!

Metro Rings Quilt

As I was working on this quilt top and posting progress over on IG (I’m @lmshabby if you care to follow), there was a lot of talk about the difficulty of trimming up these blocks accurately.  So, I was very excited when Sew Kind of Wonderful’s, Jenny (the designer of the Quick Curve Ruler used to make this quilt), shared a wonderful tutorial on her blog just yesterday on trimming the Metro Rings quilt blocks.  If you contacted me about how to trim these blocks or we chatted on IG, you need to check this tutorial out!  If the Metro Rings quilt is on your to do list, make sure to bookmark this tutorial for future use–it is a wonderful tutorial.

Metro Rings Closeup

I really enjoyed working with the Quick Curve Ruler–I found the curves very easy to sew.  That was another question I was asked frequently..Are the Curves easy to sew?  And the answer is yes, no pins needed, very small learning curve. =p

Borders

I decided, after finishing the pieced portion of Metro Rings, to add a couple borders to the quilt.  So, this one will stay on my WIP list for one more week.

3.  The last item on my to do list was to finish my scrappy stars quilt top…here’s where it was last week:

Blocks

And it’s now a completed quilt top–check!

Scrappy Quilt

This quilt top has been a WIP for years.  The blocks were made for me in one of the quilting bees I was in…it was so long ago, I don’t even remember which bee it was from.  So, if you were one of the ladies that made one for me…thank you!  I was pretty impressed as I was sewing them together, how uniform in size they were.  With all of those seams, it was not a great decision on my part to request these blocks!–with all of those seams and slightly different seam allowances–these blocks could have been off quite a bit.  I’ve learned that simple is better in regard to quilting bee block choices.

Scrappy Closeup

I didn’t have a pattern for this quilt, but I talked about the quilt block construction on my blog awhile back.  The sashing has flying geese units sewn into it to add just a few more stars to the overall design.  I am very excited to have this quilt top completed!–I knew that I was going to love it once it was complete. =)

So, I completed all of my quilty goals for the past week.  It feels great to cross some of those off the list.

For the upcoming week, I am keeping my list a little bit smaller–hubby will most likely be off for a couple days and that means less sewing time, more family time!

1.  Add the borders to the Metro Rings Quilt.

2.  Complete my Stitcheries Quilt Top

Embroidered Blocks

Embroidered Blocks 2

Embroidered Blocks 3

Embroideries

These blocks are from another quilting bee that I was in several years ago.  I embroidered and included all of the little stitcheries(they are my own designs) along with the fabrics which I sent to my quilting bee ladies.  It’s time to get these sew into a quilt top!

3.  Work on filling in some of the white areas on my Quilty Stitches sampler…I have been getting behind on this!

So, 3 goals for next week.

And now, for the giveaway–you may have forgotten that there was one after reading down through this post!

Scraps

I have a gallon sized bag of scraps left from making my Metro Rings quilt…I’d be happy to send them off to a new home!  Just leave a comment below telling me about your current WIP or the one you are most excited to complete.

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Quilty Stitches Block 1508.04.14

Quilty Stitches Block 15

A quick google search brings up a myriad of “Spools” quilts in all shapes, designs and colors.  I think it is safe to say that the Spool Quilt block is a favorite of many quilters!

So it’s only fair that Block 15 (our 2nd to last block!) of Quilty Stitches is a Spool block.

Spool Block

Quilty Stitches Block 15 PDF Pattern

For my Block I used the following colors:

Corals: DMC 351, Sullivan’s 45075, Sullivan’s 45077

Yellows: DMC 743, DMC 744, DMC 745

Aquas: DMC 958, Sullivan’s 45293, Sullivan’s 45313

Oranges: Sullivan’s 45169, Sullivan’s 45422, Sullivan’s 45283

Grey: Sullivan’s 45121

Are you all staying caught up?–Way to go if you have!–It’s hard to stay on task during the summer months!(and certainly not necessary to do so when things like swimming, biking, canoeing, picnics etc. are all calling your name!)

Happy Stitching!

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