Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blogger Girls BOM Final Reveal

 Hope you have had fun following along on the Blogger Girls BOM. 
I made my quilt into 2 wall hangings for Holiday presents.

To see every ones finished quilts visit 
Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter - http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~ www.pleasant-home.com/
To download the patterns, visit Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. 
Pattern are free for a little while on her site so download them now.

Sending my quilt tops to the quilter today. 
Can't wait to see what magic happens with the quilting.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Straight and Arrow

I am so lucky to work with such a talented group of people. One of the gals is Holly Hickman.  Her brain is amazing. You may have seen her quilt in a recent Quilts and More Spring 2014 publication. I knew when she made that quilt that I would want to make it once the magazine came out so I hoarded the fabrics.

Quilts n More 2014- Straight and Arrow by Holly Hickman quilted by Natalia Bonner

Wanting to make a certain quilt and hoarding is not uncommon for me, but for some reason this one actually got done. Arrows are such a trending thing that I had to jump right on this project. My husband is 5/128 Chickasaw Indian which makes the kids 5/256. I think this is the reason for their newly found attraction to Indian items.

Holly Hickman's quilt- quilted by Natalia Bonner

I was surprised when my eldest son, Grant loved this quilt so I am sure it will find a place in his home. I made the quilt extra long because I really wanted to use the pre- printed log cabin fabric.
  He is a tall dude so this would cover him from head to toe. Don't you hate those "throws" that are big enough to actually get cozy under?
  My version of Holly's quilt is quilted a little different and I added a little bit more border fabric. I can't wait to throw it in the wash and deliver it to #1 son. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nested Churn Dash Quiltalong

I am sure you have seen this quilt all over the Internet by now.
 A very talented and uber creative Jane Davidson of QuiltJane has started this quilt along and today is my day to post my version of this quilt. 
First I have to tell you a little story. Jane participated in my Low Volume Burgoyne Surrounded #APQquiltalong project.
Quilt Jane's version
Tone it down main quilt photo
Here is my version
 The Fabric and value placement that Jane used in her quilt creating an entirely new design. The quilt is not even recognizable as the traditional Burgoyne Surrounded pattern.
So when it came time to make my version of Jane's Nested Churn Dash, I thought I would get all artsy fartsy and make the fabrics start as a pinwheel in the middle and spiral out to the edge. I was going to shade each piece as if you were looking into the eye of a tornado. 
I was going to ..... was the tricky part of that plan. Didn't happen!

Instead I opted for Positive Negative. 
I am really into that right now.
Everywhere there was a light I used dark instead and to keep the design simple I used Bella Snow in place of the prints in the design.
Now let me tell you this did get a little tricky because I was actually sewing backwards from what the pattern said and what my mind knew of the design. I loved how one single block came out.
That is all Jane asked us to do, one single 24" block to make a mini quilt.
But, of course I saw that Miss Rosie was making a big quilt and Jane had done that super duper quilt for the #APQquiltalong. I couldn't just stop at one block. I am a little competitive like that.
For the big version, I made every other block positive backgrounds and the other negative backgrounds. Confusing?
In cutting the fabric pieces the only thing that changed was what I used for the center square, so this was actually quite easy once I got the hang of it.
Here are the pieces for one of the 4" blocks.
Here is a different block design. I just rotated the bar sections.
Now I have flipped the half square triangle sections.
Then by swapping out the center square, I have a negative version of my first block.
It really was fun playing with the simple possibilities to achieve a few different block designs.

If you are making this quilt, Jane has given all kinds of options to make your 
half square triangles, in this post.
I wanted to show you one more.
 Forgive me, because it is really hard to tell from a single picture what exactly this ruler does. It is called Bloc_Loc. It comes in a variety of sizes. I just happen to own the 2 1/2" and the 4 1/2" ones which is exactly what I needed to make this quilt.
The center of the ruler has an  1/4" indentation. The ruler slides right up to the seam allowance and locks in place. This ruler only works if you press your seam to one side.
Here is a video that explains how cool this is. 

Once you square up the blocks you will have this cute little pile of scraps.
I love the 4" blocks all by themselves as well.            

Just to update you on the list of blogger's participating. Check them out.

June 10th - Kim Niedzwiecki - http://www.gogokim.blogspot.com.au
June 11th - Pat Sloan - http://www.blog.patsloan.com
June 12th - Lissa Alexander - http://www.modalissa.blogspot.com
June 13th - FatQuarterShop - http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com.au
June 16th - Frances Newcombe - http://www.bellybuttonsboutique.blogspot.com
June 18th - Sherri McConnell - http://www.aquiltinglife.com
June 19th - Sara Lawson - http://www.sewsweetness.com
June 20th - Amy Smart - http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
June 21st - Katy Jones - http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com

Be sure and post your pictures to the  Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. 
Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.
 Can't wait to see your version of this quilt.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Month 6 BOM

 It is that time again for the Blogger Girls' Block of the Month. The final month of free block patterns includes month 6 blocks.
Next month we will be showing the final quilt and the layout directions.

 Amazing how different these two blocks are using the same pattern. Can you spot the difference in how the templates were used?
Clue: top corner
Once you spot the difference you will also spot my mistake! I didn't even notice it until just now! I guess it happens to all of us.

Some of the other blocks.

Be sure and stop by all the blogs for the Block of the Month.

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Quilter - http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~ www.pleasant-home.com/
Monique from Open Gate Blog ~ http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com
The FREE patterns are available here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along

You may know Jane Davidson of QuiltJane from Australia. I love the name of her blog, Want It, Need It, Quilt.
She is starting a quilt-a-long of the Nested Churn Dash. This is big fun quilt block that has taken on a life of it's own. Starting June 1st, 2014, Jane will be taking us through the steps to make a 24" x 24" nested churn dash block.

She has invited 10 of her favourite quilters who couldn't pass up the opportunity to "Quilt Along with Jane."
For the more adventurous, you can continue on and using the 24" x 24" finished block you can make a pillow or mini quilt or make a quilt, ranging in size from 28" x 80" (1 x 3 block bed runner), 54" x 54" (2 x 2 block setting), 80" x 80" (3 x 3  block setting) and 106" x 106" (4 x 4 block setting).

Fabrics - April Showers, Happy Go Lucky
by Bonnie and Camille for Moda 
Mark your calender
June 1st - Requirements, fabric selections and layouts.
June 6th - Tips and hints for making the blocks.

June 10th - Kim Niedzwiecki - http://www.gogokim.blogspot.com.au
June 11th - Pat Sloan - http://www.blog.patsloan.com
June 12th - Lissa Alexander - http://www.modalissa.blogspot.com
June 13th - FatQuarterShop - http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com.au
June 16th - Frances Newcombe - http://www.bellybuttonsboutique.blogspot.com
June 17th - Katy Jones - http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com
June 18th - Sherri McConnell - http://www.aquiltinglife.com
June 19th - Sara Lawson - http://www.sewsweetness.com
June 20th - Amy Smart - http://www.diaryofaquilter.com

June 23th - Making a quilt using the Nested Churn Dash block.
June 30th - Finishing the quilt.
July 30th - Winners selected from the Flickr group.

The block pattern can be purchased and downloaded from here and here.

Upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Roadtrip QAL

so a 
was certainly in order. Join these Texas bloggers for a super sized quilt along beginning June 1st. Melissa from my Fabric Relish has organized a road trip that takes you through some of best known cities and possibly some of the little known places in Texas. Each stop along the way will feature a quilt block and a little bit about the area.

June 2 - Dallas - Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5 - Tyler - Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 - Fort Worth - Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 16 - Amarillo - Aoife at thREDhead
June 19 - Lubbock - Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 23 - El Paso - Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26 - Midland/Odessa - Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest
June 30 - Big Bend - Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 7 - Houston - Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10 - Beaumont - Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14 - Austin - Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 - College Station - Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 - San Antonio - Ellyn at Ellyn's Place
July 24 - Hill Country - Lissa at Modalissa
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish

The Roadtrip is going to happen though out June and July with all kinds of giveaways along the way from the following sponsors.
Texas Roadtrip QAL

I Wasn't Born in Texas, but I Got Here...Texas Bumper Sticker

There is a saying that you is pretty common bumper stickers so I thought I would share here. I came from Kansas to Texas when I was 5.
Mark your calender. Where else can you take a 2 month road trip without leaving the comfort of your sewing machine?


Friday, May 9, 2014

fabric swaps

Have you ever participated in a swap?
I know you were thinking of the show, Wife Swap and I don't mean that kind of swap.
I recently had a wild hare and decided to participate in a few swaps. When I first contacted Michelle from Quilts from my Crayon Box, I think she was a bit puzzled. Why in the world would I want to participate in a moda fabric swap when I have access to all the fabric in the world? RIGHT?

Believe it or not fabric comes and goes and I am always kicking myself that the "good stuff" is all gone. I never let this get me down because there is always something better coming down the pipeline. The cool thing about this swap is there are pieces from 10 different Kate Spain collections. Seriously this stuff is priceless. To read about the swap, check out Quilts from my Crayon Box's blog post.

The tough thing now is to decide what to make OR just pet them.

Another Swap that I participated in was the worldwide polka dot exchange put on by Prairie Stitches Quilt shop. Blog post here. 
Everyone knows that I love polka dots so this was perfect for me to add more dots to my collection. The world wide web certainly has connected us all but I miss the actual friendship groups, sewing circles and small group fellowship. Prairie Stitches organized this swap so each person would receive an envelope with a 10" square from the actual individual that sent the fabric. This meant I received 60 pieces of mail that was not a bill, a catalog or junk. 60 pieces of fabric in the mail, quilter's heaven.

some of my treasures
 Each envelope has a bit of a story that goes along with the person's name, where they were from, etc. One of the gals has the same name as an old friend of mine from high school. I checked it out, not the same person but did end up re-connecting with an old friend in the process.
Another good exercise about these swaps is that it challenges me to use fabric I did not pick out making me have to work with an open mind and have fun with the creative process.
Funny side note: My daughter and I were in Florida this past weekend seeing my BFF. I overheard my daughter telling my friend, you should see all the fan mail my mom gets. This cracked me up. I quickly informed both of them that even though the letters were addressed to modalissa it wasn't officially fan mail since I had sent them something first. I guess that makes it a reply to fan mail.

I hope each of you are having fun in your creative process and making many new friends along the way.



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