Monday, August 25, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

"So Blue" at Memorial Gardens

I am really excited to be included in the Around the World Blog Hop today. I was nominated by Melissa over at SewBitterSweetDesigns. I have been following Melissa each month for A lovely year of Finishes for a long time.  Most recently I tested a pattern for a Flowering Lonestar that is Melissa's design. That was my first time testing so this was really fun.
Flowering Lonestar

Okay to start off my post I am just going to mention a little bit about myself. I have been around quilting and quilters all my life it seems. I started out sewing clothing and crafts when I was little. My first outfit, a pink slub double knit outfit, bellbottom elastic waist pants and matching jacket vest was super stylin' if you know what I mean!! Doll clothes followed and some embroidery and crochet projects. My first quilt was drafted from a magazine picture when I was in high school.  Called "Sunshine and Shadow", an Amish trip around the world. It was made with a cardboard template and I drew around each square and cut them out by hand.

I took my first sewing machine to college with me and made many of my own clothes including jeans, coats and my own wedding dress.  Over the years I made a few quilts for Project Linus and some other charities and my mom quilted them for me by hand. Since she passed, I have been quilting my own quilts by machine. (or trying to learn fmqing I should say)
What I am working on now:
I currently like to participate in online BOMs and various quilt challenges. Sometimes these lead to fun blocks that I make up into charity quilts.  Right now I am working on some boat blocks that I think will make up into 4 cute charity quilts.  Making this many quilts will hopefully help me in my fmqing quest to improve my skills, I hope! I am following Elven Garden Quilts: a free motion quilt along here 
How does my work differ from others in this genre:
I am not sure that my work does differ. Everyday is an experiment. I want to make so many projects that I see and on the other hand I want to work on designs swirling around in my head. I am not sure where this journey is going yet so I look forward to where it takes me.
Why do I create what I do:
I just love the process of making and doing. I am not sure I know which direction that is in yet. I dabble.  I don't buy large quantities of fabric because I found that if I run out of something I have to get really creative and often something new emerges.
How does my creative process works:
No big surprise here. Sometimes I have a plan and sometimes things just happen. I usually have something on my design wall and often I have to leave it to stew there and work on other things until the rest of the idea comes.
"So Blue" as I was working on it HERE
Most often I sign up to do a challenge and that leads me in all directions.  Sometimes there are swaps, BOM's  or Quilt-a-longs that get me going  and trying new things.
SuperNova Friendship swap (more about this swap here)
Various challenge projects
QAYG quilt along
Next up I am sending you off to meet 3 very creative people. Be sure to check out their blogs. I really think you will enjoy going around the world to visit the US midwest, the UK and Canada  today.
First is Carla from Creatin In The Sticks. I know Carla from numerous challenge quilt projects. She always comes up with such creative and  fun ideas.
Then off to see Wendy over at The Crafters ApprenticeWendy is super talented in many  crafty ways. Be sure to check out her "Black work" it is something to see.
And  jog on over to visit Carole at Fresh off the Frame. Carole is also very talented in various mediums. I especially love her self portrait piece.
I hope you enjoyed your visit with me and the three talented artists I have linked with today.  Thanks for stopping by. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP is a little fishy?

I had to take a break from my boating adventures to peer under the sea. I saw this adorable shark pencil case by Becky over at PatchworkPosse.  I thought I would adjust it a bit to make it a little more girly and used snaps for the closure instead of the shark teeth zipper she used.  I think it turned out super cute. I used scraps and batting scraps and quilted it up instead of interfacing which is probably why it turned out a bit smaller than I thought. All in all I love it and I think my great niece will love it for her birthday next week. :)

Linking up with WIP with Lee at Freshly Pieced
Lorna with Let's Bee Social

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SuperNova Friendship and BOM

Time for the SuperNova Friendship block swap hosted by Stephanie and Sandra here. My new friend Jen from Jenniferunderthejunipertree and I met up at the local fabric store and swapped our blocks. This is so funny that each time we tend to do something similar with our blocks. We both put contrasting color for this months block in the same place. So cool.  I think we were meant to be friends and not just because of that! Mine is the yellow/gold/purple and Jens is the  pink an chartreuse.

Late Night Quilter
This months topic for the swap is about childhood summer memories.  Jen and I shared some favorite summer time activities that we did when we were kids. Since we both lived in rural areas we have some similarities like making forts in the field or in the hay loft. We liked to play by ourselves or with siblings or cousins. Long lazy summers days stretched out before us with adventures to be had. Hop on over to Jen's blog to find out more about her summer memories.

My cousin loved to act out themes from Star Trek and Tom Sawyer.  I have to say that when Jen mentioned in a previous swap that she loved The Big Bang Theory I had to check it out and have been spending this summer watching the first 5 seasons and loving it!  I think my cousin Jay (no longer with us) would have loved this show too.  Especially one of last nights episodes where Spock kept appearing in Sheldon's dreams tempting him to do something logical!! :)

Anyway here we are so far:

Looking good!!!

I started working on the latest BOM of SewCanShe here. This months classic block is the Variable Star.  Can you say L-O-V-E?

I decided to do 6, 12, 24, and then why not...48 even though  I was using up fabric from my stash.  Of course I didn't have enough to do the corners so I made up a few more Star blocks and this is how it turned out.

So So Fun!!!!  I can tell my one star is same volume so it is hard to see in the shot but in person it looks pretty good. I am not sure how I will quilt this one up but another top done and I love the star in a star in a star in a star surrounded by stars!!! whew!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wed - All Aboard!

First up today is a bit of work on my boat blocks. I decided to try to make up several quilts with my red, white and blue/aqua scraps. Here is the first one. I went with 6 1/2" blocks which is what I had a lot of. Win win! The boat doesn't really stand out too much but I think some little one will love it anyway.  Now to get it sandwiched and practice fmqing!!

I was feeling so behind with the county fair here all last week.  I volunteered several times and tried to work on more charity quilts while there if I was not white gloving the quilts.

Here is my little piece that I am proud to say earned a blue ribbon!

Here is one of the kits I made up last week for Quilts for Kids (they had a booth at the fair that I worked at a bit during the fair).  This kit I decided to do myself because it had a block that needed piecing and I was trying to use up pieces for the back too.  Lots of stash fabric!

It turned out kind of cute. :)

Between shifts at the fair I tried to be outside and in my vegetable garden.  Two days in a row I tried to capture these Hummingbird moths.  They are fast little guys!!

See what I mean? fast

So that is my slow progress for the week so far. I am linking up with

WIP Wed WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  here
Let's Bee Social Here and

The Purge here

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ALYoF goal for August - or late again to the boating party?

I made the boat block last month for the SewCanShe classic BOM. The blocks are 24 1/2" and I was going to put them together for one boy quilt OR I have been toying with making 4 quilts and using up a bunch of fq to make the boat block the focal point. Either way I think my goal should be to do something with at least one of these blocks.

Next month I am going to try not to post this on the last day of entry. ugh
This is fair time here and I am busy with quilts and fair time fun. :)

Linking up with
also please help me and my little Zen Moon block win the Singer Circles Challenge. If you look at the upper R hand corner of my blog page you will see the link. Voting is open till the end of the month.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP and a Winner!

 My current work in progress is kind of slow going. I started it a few days ago but it is county fair here so I have not had much time to work on it.

 I mentioned last week that I was making kits for part of my "purge" progress of my stash. I had one that in this quilt that was not quite enough fabric for the square I needed so I pieced it. I am guessing it is pretty hard to see and even less when I get it quilted. So I didn't give this kit but made it up myself. The kits I am referring to are "Quilts for Kids" kits. They have a booth at the fair where they are sewing quilts and talking about where these quilts go in our area. Most of the quilts go to our local hospitals for sick children.  Such a good cause.

Anyway, this is my current top all from stash fabrics and scraps.

Linking up with WIP Wed. WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced here and Let's Bee Social HERE

And now the Winner of the pdf pattern from my test of the "Flowering Lonestar" pattern by Melissa at SewBittersweetDesigns is Linda!!!!!  I will be emailing you and letting Melissa know you are a winner.

Here is my version of this pattern in case you haven't seen it.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Flowering Lonestar test and Giveaway!

 I am so excited to share with you the pattern I tested, "Flowering Lonestar" a new pattern by Melissa at SewBitterSweet Designs. I was so excited to be able to test this pattern for her.  This pattern goes together really quickly and is one of two patterns Melissa is launching today!!! Yes there are Y seams and Melissa helps you through. If you need more help in this area I found that the youtube video by Edyta Sitar HERE will help you with some visuals.

I knew I wanted to make a more masculine version of the lonestar. I used some FQ's from my stash and some lovely Basic Gray Grunge (my favorite). I think the colors worked well and for one last touch I made the background blocks on the side another color. I think it looks perfect for a baby boy!
I did the quilting with Aurifil 50# weight color 5011 which blended with the prints nicely and highlighted the lighter side.  Spiral quilting with my walking foot to finish it off. 

You can see I took a chance and had the same color in the bobbin and it works just fine.  Binding with grunge in a bit of both colors.

For the giveaway, Melissa is giving away a pdf copy of her "Flowering Lonestar" pattern to one of my readers. All you need to do is click on over to SewBitterSweetDesigns and follow her blog then come back over here and leave me a comment that you did that. You have until 8/6/14 12:00 pm cst to enter.

This is open to anyone since it is a pdf pattern. One entry per person please! Make sure you have an email that allows me to contact you if you win. If there is not an email I will draw again. I will attempt to do a random draw and announce a winner by Wed. afternoon when this closes.

Good luck!...Note..if you are a noreply blogger I won't be able to count your

This is now closed!
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