Tuesday, January 31, 2017

All People Quilt Along!

Falling on the heels of that completed pillow you'll be shocked to see I actually have a start on my quilt along quilt.   I've chosen the quilt from Quilts and More Magazine, Step by Step.  True confession, I just don't think I have it in me to patiently cut strips for that string quilt, even though I think it's tons of fun. 

Of course I have to make things Pam Kitty Style, and to do that I needed to look at the size of the pieces and the scale of my fabric.  The magazine version uses large scale prints with a modern look, and my fabrics are smaller scale, so I got out my calculator and got busy cutting the pattern down to size. 
Then I popped the design into Photoshop and got busy with a layout.  You can see my printout as a guide next to my stack of fabrics. My quilt will be half sized, and will be perfect for the top of a table.  As a bonus, easy to quilt.   I used the layout of the fabrics in the original quilt to guide me in fabric selection and placement, and I had a lot of fun going through all my boxes of fabric to find fabrics to use from all my collections. It really is a perfect stash quilt. 
If you're stitching along with all of us I hope you'll show off your progress on Instagram and on Facebook using the hashtag #APQquiltalong so we can look around and see what everyone is working on. 
Thanks for stopping by.  You guys are the best.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Monday

Welcome to another week! How was your weekend?  I managed to finish up that pillow. No one is more surprised than I am, trust me.  I've been good at starting things and not so good at finishing them.  I popped an 18 inch pillow form in there, but I might try and find a 16 inch.. I generally like a nice firm pillow but this might be cuter a little less puffy.
Heart Pillow
 I'll send it off to live with Frankie, it's perfect for her sofa. It's fun for right now, Valentine's Day season, but perfect and pink for everyday!
I've managed to get my APQ quilt along quilt cut out  But more on that later.  I don't want to scare you with too many things at once.  Too shocking.
Hope you have a great week! xo

Friday, January 27, 2017

Quilt Along

 Hi there, how are you?  I've been busy around here doing a little of this and a little of that, you know, the regular.  I'm looking forward to starting the American Patchwork and Quilting sew along.   


This quilt is from Quilts and More, and it's called Step by Step.  These pictures are courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting. 

This quilt is String Theory and it's from American  Patchwork and Quilting.  I haven't decided which quilt to make yet, there's alternate versions of both, and I'll decide when I get the APQ April magazine to decide which I'll do. This would be a perfect scrap busting project, maybe it's time to get out those scrap baskets.  You can read more about others who are quilting along here.

heart blocks
My pink fabrics from last week have turned into some hearts.  These hearts will turn into a pillow.  I love smaller projects, they're perfect for my attention span lately.  Hope you have a nice weekend! xop

Friday, January 20, 2017


Good morning!  How are you ? How was your week?  We've had so much rain here all  week.  Yesterday I met Holly for lunch in Walnut Creek and on the ride home I saw and abundance of  gorgeous rainbows.  Really beautiful intense colors.  Rainbows always make me feel so happy and hopeful. 

I have done some sewing, adding a red tulip to my collection.  I like just working a bit at a time.  Maybe a mixed up color tulip will be next.  Or aqua, or who knows. Are there aqua or blue tulips? Should that matter? 

Working on something pink.  Nothing too fancy.  But I enjoy laying out all the pretty pinks together. I'm enjoying small projects.  What are you working on? 
Happy weekend friends! xo

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Sew Along

Good morning!  It's my turn again to show another block for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks sew along!  I'm starting the day drinking coffee from my Volume 4 mug, which is the magazine this block was featured in.  The super exciting thing about this volume was that my name was on the cover. I am still totally thrilled about it.  I've had so much fun dreaming up blocks and submitting them to Quiltmaker and I appreciate that I have had blocks in all the 100 Block magazines so far.

vol 4 mug

My block, Round Rosie, has spring tulips in a circle. Here's what I cut for my little runner of three blocks.  I'm ready for spring with these colors.


I made three blocks and set them on point for a small runner. I did some speedy grid quilting and bound it with a nice springy pink garden print.  I love it!  Perfect for these gloomy winter days. 

If you want to make this runner  you can make three 6 inch (finished) Round Rosie blocks, add 4 setting triangles  from a 9 3/4" square cut twice diagonally, and 4 corner triangles  from two  5 1/4" squares cut once diagonally. Binding just takes two 2 1/2" strips cut from the width of fabric.  Easy peasy.

quiltmaker runner
You can read all about today's stop on the hop over at the Quilty Pleasures blog. Check out my original post about being in Volume 4 here!

Friday, January 06, 2017


How was your week?  I had a nice week, some rainy days and some sunny days!  This week I received a surprise in the mail from Fat Quarter Shop


You might have read about these templates over on the Jolly Jabber.  The set includes 4 templates of the classic orange peel applique shape designed to fit on 3", 4", 5" and 6" finished squares.  I immediately fired up Photoshop to do some digital sewing. Right off I wondered about putting a peel on a four patch. I came up with these two blocks.


I tried each in a layout.


Dramatically different.


I even alternated the two blocks.


 Very fun!  But don't worry you don't have to go it alone with your templates, there are four patterns designed to use the templates! 

So clever! And check out this verion of Round Robin that I saw on Instagram! It's perfect! I love 30's fabrics and they're a perfect choice for the orange peel shape. 
Ok  that's it for this week!!!  Hope you have a great weekend! xop

Monday, January 02, 2017


Good morning!  How is the year working out so far?  I feel like I'm still on vacation!  Today is Bret's last day of vacation, tomorrow we'll get back to our regular schedule. 

Sadly the regular schedule involves waking up early, and after more than a week of sleeping in.. even if it was just 7:30 or so... it's going to be painful.  Honestly though, I know I do a lot better that way. 
I have this little tulip cut out, and so I'll start to get back in the groove with this.  I am enjoying all the fresh new projects cropping up on Instagram and on Facebook.  And people are serious about the sewing room clean up! Holy cow Sharon is killing it with the clear out!  I have cleared out quite a bit lately, but my efforts are kids stuff compared to most!
Ok, time to fill up my coffee cup and get busy!  Have a great week peeps! xo

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