Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Perfect 10 Tuesday

Good morning!  We're back at it today with Fat Quarter Shop Perfect 10 Quilts. This week we have two of  the Buttered Pecan Block and one Coconut block. 

I love both of these bocks, especially the Coconut block.  Also, why did I pay so little attention when people talked about how delicious coconut chips were?  OMG! DO NOT even ask me how many bags I've had since this photo. 

Here's a great video on using the Perfect 10 ruler.  About half way in Kimberly shows you how to square up your half square triangles using the ruler.  So handy! You'll love it for all the triangles coming your way!

Are you sewing along? These blocks are pretty fast to  make up, I really had fun.  Of course those cute Me and My Sister fabrics make everything cheerful!  Have a fun day friends! xo

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Perfect 10 Quilts Sew Along

Morning friends!  Today is the first day of Fat Quarter Shop's Perfect 10 Quilts Quiltalong.  I'm so happy to be participating.  All you need is the Perfect 10 Quilts book and accompanying ruler . Grab a layer cake and some background and you're practically sewing already.


When I was looking around at layer cakes I couldn't stop thinking about the wonderful quilt that I saw Barb making on Instagram. I loved the Robin's Egg Blue background (Moda Bella Solid 9900 85) and how the prints, all the prints, popped against it. Flower Sacks isn't available yet, but Barb hooked me up and Moda sent me the fabrics.  I can't thank them enough for the chance to sew on something fresh and new.  Fat Quarter Shop sent the book and ruler, and I've been sewing up a storm. It's been a while since I did any sew alongs and it's good to have a deadline, it keeps me on track.  I've missed that. 
For the quilt along we'll be sewing a sampler from the blocks in the book.  You can head over to the Jolly Jabber here and download the fabric requirements and check out the sampler. There's a pdf for the sampler, but you'll need the book for the instructions. 


Meet Banana, it's a fast and fun block to get started.  No tough decisions, just one layer cake square and background pieces. 

And here's Birthday Cake.  Every week on Tuesday we'll stitch and share two new blocks.  You can see all the blocks using the hastags #perfect10Tuesday, #perfect10quiltsbook

Here's who's sewing along with us!

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create
Sinta of Pink Pincushion
Hope you decide to join us!  See you over on Instagram! xo

Friday, October 05, 2018

Apple Season

Morning friends! Happy Friday!  I've unpacked all my sewing stuff and have been busily stitching away.  I'm working on a sew-along, preparing my blocks and getting my photographs. The gloomy overcast weather along with the time of the year makes pictures a challenge, my house turns into a dungeon.  But really even at the best of times photos challenge me.  There are so many great photographers in our sewing community !

Between blocks yesterday, I decided to make a cute apple.  Nanette had seen Sharon Holland's cute apple pattern and I had to make it.  Of course I forgot I had some cute faux  leather for the stem and instead used ribbon.  Dang. Now I need to make another. The little  leather cord really makes it.  Also I didn't have any green felt that I liked for the leaf, so I fused two pieces of green together and cut out the leaf shape with my pinking shears.  I have used that technique before, I really like it.   

This seemed to be the perfect time to get my Dutch Label Company labels out and stitch one on.  The little coffee cup was perfect as I imagine using this with a cup of coffee or tea.  It would  make an adorable gift, right? 

You could tuck this in a cellophane bag with the paper tags to close it.  Super cute.  You could throw in a couple of caramels  like a caramel apple! Nanette included caramels and homemade dried apples with her pumpkins and it was an adorable fall gift.
Hope you have a happy weekend!  xop

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Fall in Love

Hi there friends!  How are you?  I'm home from my trip to see Nanette and her family.  We had a lot of fun, chatting, sewing, going on outings, hanging out with her people, I LOVE IT.

coffee at cucina
We had our usual farewell brunch on Sunday at Cucina in Salt Lake City.  Usually it's Nanette, Dave, her husband, and I, but this time Jaime and Natalie joined us.  The food is great and they make an amazing cup of coffee.  It was a wonderful time.
I love that it was cooler while I was there, fall in full swing.  No snow though, it's the first time I've been to Utah where I haven't seen or been in snow at some point in the trip.  The weather was so pleasant.  I'm back home to some warm weather and it's unseasonably humid.  GROSS.  And no fresh apples to pluck straight from the trees.  I would have brought some home but you can't get back into CA with produce. 

We had a great time sewing.  I worked on my Christmas project but we took a break and made some pumpkin mats for gifts.  This required a couple of trips to quilt shops, I needed some oranges and we needed a bit of wool for the leaves.  We drew our own pumpkins and leaves, so there's no pattern.  It was a lot of fun. 

Came home to my Sew Stitching Happy  box.  I have never ordered  a curated box before.  I fell in love with the cute calendar fabric and HAD TO HAVE IT.  It was just my good fortune that the box had a cute collection of fabric and notions that made it perfect to order. That little bag has a spool of thread and who doesn't need more thread?  Anyway Cassie has a cute shop, I follow her on Instagram.
I hope you're all well.  I'm looking forward to a fun project coming up soon! I'm feeling that happy sewing vibe right now.  How about you?  Have fun friends. xop

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