Monday, July 28, 2014

The Disappearing Pinwheel

I've been in a QAL this weekend. The focus was to play with some disappearing block techniques.  I started out with the D4P with 4 colours.  I learned I would prefer that block in a 2 or 3 color set.

I moved on to the Disappearing Pinwheel.  What a great block.  I was working with a layer cake, so had to put 2 fabrics in each block.  There were several options for block layouts.  I decided on these two.  I only had enough to make 9 blocks.  I think I will add some sashing and borders to bring it up to adult lap size.  You will find a tutorial  HERE .


I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times and with Connie at Freemotion by the River  where you will be inspired with many more design walls.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 7-25-14



Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop
I hope you find some new inspiration today.




some tutorials here
http://thepatchsmith.blogspot.co.uk/p/tutorials-and-freebies.html

and an on-going monthly sew-along with patterns here
http://thepatchsmith.blogspot.co.uk/p/across-pond.html

lovely creative mug rug eye candy
http://thepatchsmith.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/what-is-mug-rug.html

lots of N2M tutorials here
http://www.candiedfabrics.com/category/tutorials/

a parade of wonderful projects and tutorials here
http://www.quiltscapesqs.com/p/tutorials-small-projects.html


Have a happy weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 21, 2014

CCQ # 2

This little quilt will be donated to my Piecemakers Quilt Guild for our local hospital's childrens ward.  It was definitely a QIAD project.  The kitty fabric did all the design work.  I used a plaid fleece for the backing and followed the grid on the fleece to guide my quilting.


I'm linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday  AND  Connie at Freemotion By The River for Linky Tuesday where you will find lots more projects being shared.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 7-18-14



Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find some new inspiration today.




some nifty gifties here
http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html

okay, you might not have time to check out all these links
http://www.alinasadventuresinhomemaking.com/the-worlds-best-sewing-tutorials-in-no-particular-order.html

list of tutorials on the left sidebar
http://modestmaven.blogspot.com/

some tutorials here too
http://lcscottage.wordpress.com/tutorials/

a few free patterns here
http://susiessunroom.blogspot.co.uk/p/patterns-and-tutorials.html


Have a sew wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scraphappy Saturday - Reds

First I sorted the pieces in my red scrap bin hoping they would tell me what they were best suited for.  I settled on the greek cross blocks for my row quilt.  They sure were a snap to do!


I still had a mountain of little red pieces covering the work table, so I began making my usual wonky log blocks and mini rail fence blocks.  When I quit sewing last evening, I had a very small collection finished

Friday, I picked it up again.  I made more wonky logs and more rails to make it seem worthwhile.



I got a little bored making string type blocks, so I thought these little scraps would make some nice santas for christmas cards.  I fussed too,  I put in some chenille fabric I made a few weeks ago, for the beard, sparkley black fabric for the belt, I will stitch some eyes and a tiny button for the top of the hat.  It should make a cute christmas card.  The first one, I trimmed wrong!  Don't you hate doing that?  That kind of cutting cannot be undone.  I made a second one, then concluded that it took up way too much time and way too little fabric.




So,  I went back to the log blocks.  I needed more and I needed a normal amount of rails.  I even tried making a batch of 3-1/2 inch wonkly logs, but kept getting carried away and ended up with more 6-1/2 inch blocks.




I'm finished working the reds for this month.  I've got to move on to a spiral tree skirt I've promised to someone as a barter for her LA a large quilt for me.  I wish I could say that my red bin was tamed down now, but that would be an untruth................. maybe next year.

I'm linking up with Angela at Soscrappy  for RSC14 Saturday.  Hop on over there to see what amazing things other quilters are making with their reds.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 7-11-14



Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find some new inspiration today.




a few interesting tutorials here
http://quilteddelights.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html

gotta try this 3D bow tie method
http://valorquiltbee.blogspot.com/2011/02/cheater-bow-tie-blocks-tutorial.html

this is the sweetest activity bag
http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/busy-bag-tutorial/

I hope I never have 38 cards, but I could stash coupons too
http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/business-card-wallet/

a lovely collection of tutorials here
http://www.incolororder.com/p/tutorials_21.html


Have a happy weekend and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Archives #19 - Edges & English Paper Piecing

Yes, I do have an EPP project that is nagging at me all the time.  I call it the Queen of Diamonds -- queen size made up of lots of diamonds.  The hexagons have 1" sides.  I am running out of steam.  I did put some together into groups of four.  There was a color plan laid out on the board, but it has since gotten lost. Will have to do another plan when it reaches a larger stage of finish.  I have a wonderful border designed in my EQ.  I can only hope I will reach that stage.  I have just as many hexies prepared to assemble into diamonds.


You will find some older posts about this project  and  a couple tutorials for making the English Paper Piecing Diamonds here:   Queen of Diamonds

I am linking up with Val's Quilting Studio where you will find lots more archival posts being shared.

Thanks so much for stopping by!