Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Perfect 10 Quilts!

Hi there! I'm back with this weeks Perfect 10 blocks.  More cheerful fabric from my Flower Sacks layer cake make my blocks happy! Also, candy. Hard to believe that we're in the 4th week of our quilt along.  Are you making blocks?


This week was Cookies and Cream and Cotton Candy. Yum.  Both blocks very fun to make.

Weird coincidence, I hadn't had cotton candy in years but when I was visiting Nanette, her daughter Jaime  brought home a bag of legit cotton candy from a store.  OMG I didn't know they made such a thing.  Of course I searched all over once I was at home and found the only version we had, which was kind of a smooshed version.  I made a little cone out of paper for my photo but it looked clumpy and weird, so when I found the cotton candy gum I upgraded my photo. 

Still, my heart wasn't in it for the gum, so here's the real cotton candy. I commit to my theme people. (#wierdo)
Hey did you see that Barb and Mary have a new ruler out ? It's the Double Wide Dresden 4 patch template.  SO CLEVER.  You can read about it here on their blog. I confess I don't always get around to keeping up with blogs but that cute table runner caught my eye.  LOVE IT. 
Ok, hope you're sewing along.  See you next week.    I'm working on my Swell Christmas quilt  and really making some progress.  Lots of pinning so it's slow going. Maybe I'll have an update! Hope you're well ! xo 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Hey there!  What's new with you?  I've just been doodling around in my sewing room today and decided take a little breather and make something fun.  Maybe some of you who follow on Instagram remember that I made a little mushroom (pattern available here) after seeing Helen Phillips cute mushroom.  Doesn't Helen have a lovely way about everything? My mushroom was less than inspiring. 

Joanna from Fig Tree Quilts sent me her cute pattern for Mushroomville and I've just finally made it... SEW CUTE.  That cute little frill under the cap covers a multitude of sewing sins if you know what I mean.  Her pattern calls for a piece of wool, which I didn't have on hand, so I fused to pieces of green fabric together and  used that instead.

I like how it turned out. Thanks for sending me your pattern Joanna!  What a great treat!
Hope you're having a fun day !  It feels like fall today and I'm enjoying it, we're due for some warmer weather again next week.  Seriously hard to imagine we're almost to November!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Perfect 10 Quilts Week 3

Morning friends! Can't believe we're already 3 weeks into the Perfect 10 Quilts sew along! This week's blocks are fun, first cup.. I mean first up... is the Coffee Block.  You make two of them and they're fast! I love using the blue background so my white prints pop.  That print there is a favorite. 

This line, Flower Sacks, has a lot of tone on tone prints, I really like this swirly one.  It's a nice resting spot for your eye between the prints, but also has some movement to it.  And it's just fun so there's that. Cookie Dough is a fun block, and if you join 4 segments together you get a nice block, you can check out this kit for an example.

The kit is made using Sherri and Chelsi's new line Walkabout which is coming soon.
Of friends, hope you are well! xop

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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