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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Reflections 12" Block Tutorial

Hi everyone, and welcome to my blog. I wanted to share this tutorial for a 12 1/2 " unfinished block for my ECMQG block lottery. It's a pretty easy and fun block. This block will help with color value which is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color within the same color family. I picked a dark pink and light pink. Please feel free to choose any of the colors in the rainbow as long as there is a contrast in the two and in the same color family. Some quilt shops have a kona chart. This may help you see the range of colors. I just used some of the colors from our  Kona swap. I also wanted to dive into sewing with solids, and this block is very versatile. Hope you enjoy. 

Photo disclaimer: 
Sorry in advance, I haven't invested in EQ7, and these were taken with my camera phone. :)


A fat eighth was enough for the colors. The greys take minimal fabric. The entire block will be sewn with a scant quarter inch seam. 

Dark color: Cut 1 long strip 2 1/2" x 12" Cut 1 large piece 3 3/4" x 11"
Light color:  Cut 1 long strip 2 1/2" x 12" Cut 1 large piece 3 3/4" x 11"

Kona Ash: Cut 1 strip  1 1/2" length of fabric Then, cut 2 strips 1 1/2 x 5 3/4 Cut one long strip 1 1/2" x 13"
Kona Charcoal:  Cut 1 strip  1 1/2" length of fabric Then, cut 2 strips 1 1/2" x 5 3/4"
 Cut 2 long strip 1 1/2" x 13"

Take your light and dark color strips 2 1/2" x 12"  and sew them together. Iron them open. I like to iron to the dark side. Some people iron seams open. Now, lay them out on the mat and cut into 3  4" sections.

Now, lay them out like this, with the one in the middle being opposite the outside pieces and sew. 

The picture above is me nesting the seams.  I butt the seams together and pin to keep them lined up correctly. 

Lay out the sewn middle and place the dark color large piece on the side where the middle piece has two darks at the top and bottom.  Put the light where the light has two lights on the middle piece.  Sew each large piece to the middle strip on each side. 

Now, we are going to take the 2 short ash and charcoal kona pieces 1 1/2" x 5 3/4 and sew each set together.  Now, these will be sewn to the top and bottom. Sew these on first,  matching dark to dark and light to light. (See picture above) Then, sew the dark to dark and light to light on the sides. 

Your block should be 13".  Now, you are going to place your 12.5 square ruler (if you have one) on the 6 1/4 line and trim the top and bottom. Rotate and trim the side. The outside grey fabric edge should be one inch wide where you are going to trim as you can see in the picture above.  

If you are using your mat. Line the middle of your block up at the 6 1/4 mark. Trim with ruler at the 12.5. mark. and continue for the other side, top and bottom. 

*Inspiration for this block came from The Charming Needle

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What's New for the New Year

     You know that I am a swapping fool, but I am going to try this year to focus on goals that I am setting for myself and maybe for a buisness venture. I love to quilt, and I think that it is time to take that to the next level. I have tried before, and I really wasn't ready. I feel like I am now. Swapping is fun, but it can be time consuming and costly.

List of to do for swaps:

1. Finish up Sew Sew Modern 6 Swap. Super Tote is done. Just need a small item and extras.

2. Lanyard Quilt Con Swap.

3. Schnitzelandboo, I have a plan, and I need to put it in action.

4. Rainbow Mini Swap, I am still thinking on design.

5. Starbucks Mug Rug Swap, January Sign ups! Mug rugs are just super fun and easy.

Being a swap mama is a difficult job. Making sure that others ship on time and they get everything to their partner. It's pretty time consuming. I have definetely had to take a step back from other swaps. I want to put my best effort in and it can easily become overwhelming. I understand that sometimes there are some swap addicts that need an intervention. Just know that sometimes, what you send out can reflect how busy and behind you are. As the above list goes. Two are pretty simple. One is almost complete. Two will be having my undivided attention soon. I do like to work on personal things in between.  Plus, I am a stay at home mom. So, I do have obligations, but I still have a good amount of time to make things.

1. Cuzco quilt.Pattern here. This quilt was pretty quick to get together. Probably wouldn't have taken, but one day. I just used fabrics from the stash and altered a bit because of the lack of fabric. It's still good. It took me two half days. Now, I am waiting to baste and quilt.

2. AMH Pluses Queen Quilt. I have some new AMH, and I think plenty of fabric to make this a queen. It is time consuming. I am not giving up on it though.

There's other ideas floating around in there. I have limited the number of quilts in progress so that I can finish them one at at time.

3. I do have two panels that I am working on a super tote. I need to finish these up for a bag to take to quiltcon. I do have another market tote, but I am trying to be fancy.

4. I just got some Joel Dewberry on Black Friday from Craftsy. I need to come up with an idea on what to make that will spot light these fabrics.

5. Hubby really likes the Strip Circles block from the 13 quilts with friends book.

6. I have really wanted to make the Modern City Blocks.

7. Violet Craft Pattern.

8.Large Swoon.

9. I have a paper piecing wip with Freshly Pieced that is long over. I am not good at QALs.

So far, this is the list that is traveling to next year. I know that the swaps will get done, but I am really going to try and recover from the quilt list. I would love to accomplish some of these. Plus, I have one year to get ready for the quilt show in my home town. I would love to have a quilt in some bigger shows too. How's you year looking for the future.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Look Back

I am working on some behind the scenes things to come. I am getting ready for the New Year. I have been mostly absent this year. I apologize. Life has been really busy, and things are a changing. My mom and brother moved in a few months ago. So, life has been happening.

Personal Note Moment: I have had a very hard year. Most of you may or may not know that I have Rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia. My immune system is like relatively not there. This year has been very rough in that regard. Sometimes, there have been days without sewing due to the pain and colds. Living with an invisible illness is hard, and I rarely talk about it to anyone that isn't my closest friends. Also, we had to drop me from my hubby's insurance because it was very expensive. So, I have been trying to manage it in quiet and keep a smile. The struggle is real. This is one reason I love to swap and blog. Because it makes me feel connected to all you lovelies out there taking the time to read this.  

I am sure you all would love an update on what's been going on in the sewing den here. I mostly have been posting on Instagram and swapping. You know I am a swap addict. I even started my own You Are Here Mug swap with something handmade and will be doing round 3 in January.

This is some of the sewing I have been up too. The top is some snowflakes for The Great Pillow Fight. Christmas Hexie Dumpling found here, some scrap organization, Labellacolori made this beautiful mermaid for me at the ECMQG mini scrap swap, I got some solids from our Kona swap at the ECMQG, These are my house coasters made for my partner in the Starbucks Mug Rug Swap, I love the pumpkin table runner. It was hard to put it away after Thanksgiving.  The tutorial for the table runner is here. Elsa found here on a  super tote from Noodlehead here.

I mention my local Modern Guild previously. Someone wrote a post about a year ago saying that they loved being a part of their guild. That it was the best thing that they ever did was go and see what it was like. I went, I saw, and I loved it. I am on the Hospitality Committee and the Swap Committee. I mean, the latter is a no brainer. Also, you can be an individual member, and their are perks to that too. I have made some good friends here too. It is wonderful to sit among other creative and talented quilters.

I have started on my sew sew modern6 swap. The NY Beauty block is so pretty from here.

I really want to incorporate this into a tote. So, I had to minimize to 65%. I must be crazy. So, there is definitely some wonkiness going on here. They are not perfectly lined up, but I think I am going to leave it. I hoarded some of this cotton and steel. It is so beautiful!  Plus I got  some scraps on the IG destash #thegreatfabricdestash. I really hope that my partner will love it. I am in love with this. I truly enjoy making something that I know someone else will appreciate. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love of Circles-Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hi all. I love putting my quilts in the Blogger Quilt Festival. There are soooo many wonderful quilters and quilts that are in all the groups. I will probably spend hours over at Amys Creative Side just looking at all the lovely quilts.


This time, I am going to put in one of my favorite mini quilts that was for the Schnitzel and Boo swap. My partner likes Kate Spain and circles. Which led me the the mini circle quilt here. I am going to call Love of Circles.

Love of Circles is 20"x20" Mini Quilt

I pulled all the pretty colors and had no low volume. I still have very little low volume in my stash. So, I thought why not mix it up a bit with black and white and a dash of grey for the background to set off these wonderful bright colors. So, I mocked one up to see how it would go. 

This is where the magic happens in the den by the window. I love the natural light, I cute these plastic template guides at 3 inches and cut them down to 2.5" and then sewed them all four pieces together. 

I made some of the favorites first. Don't judge my little pink flannel design wall. It totally works, and it was the only flannel I had on hand. 

Then, the bottom block happened. I stepped back in horrow. Oh no. I threw it out, immediately. Sometimes, something funky gets in the mix. When something like that happens, I take a break. Sometimes, taking a photo can help eliminate the ugly ducklings or whatever you want to call them. 

I decided on the straight line quilting with charcoal thread. I framed out each block from the middle in a big L shape and echoed it out from the center. I love the texture that it gave the mini. I binded this in a qreenish teal for my partners preference of color.

I backed it with the Britten Numbers. It does make a good backing fabric. 

My partner loved it, and I enjoyed making it. It was featured in Make Modern Magazine in an article of Schnitzel and Boo. You may be tired of seeing it pop up, but I am still in love with it. If you made it this far. Please go vote for me over on Amy's Creative Side

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog and leave me a comment so I know you were here. I love hearing from ya'll!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

QAL3 Top finish

I finally got this off the list. It has been sitting for 2 or 3 year...IKR! I should have gotten this done a long time ago. I have no idea why it sat, but it did. I didn't want to post this on IG or Flickr because I am kind of shy of selfies. I took this as my normal everyday look. Just pretty plain jane. 

The armholes are a bit wonky, but it is a walmart pattern. So, I really can't complain. It will be really nice in the summer which we are wrapping up here. 

My original QAL 3 list is here:
My bathroom hasn't been renovated. It is on the list and came with the funky paint job. 

Linking up: 
Finish Along 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

241 Tote Finish

I am  really excited to finally be sewing up some stuff lately. My introduction to Instagram really distracted me. School is getting back in session in two days, and I can land some more focus here. Yay!

The pattern is from Noodlehead. http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/03/241-tote-pattern.html

I got in Secret Tote Bag Swap 5. I am totally addicted to swaps. I have passed up on 3 within the last week. I had to run and take my temp to see if I was feeling ok. Temp is still good! Ha!

 I took mine out for a little photo shoot at the park. I am trying to upgrade my skills with the camera. It's not a fancy one, but outdoor shots are so pretty. Plus, it's 2 for 1. I took the kids to play.

I made my hubby a little Birthday Star Wars wallet. He loved it.
I was in a little Ice Cream Pencil Case swap on Instagram. The first one came out a bit too small for pencils found @a spoonful of sugar blog.  I the second one just made it a little bigger. I used a ice cream pattern found on google. I can't find the website, again. Sorry.
I did a little paper pieced ice cream. Her favorite flavors were Strawberry, peanut butter, and coffee. I love the Munk HR ice cream truck. I got from a destash. I just love all Heather Ross!  

I added  some more HR strawberries. I love a colorful zip. I did a quilt as you go with some medium weight interfacing. I used some ribbon to make the tail.

Plus, I added the little ice cream pull. Cute, and it's Joanns. I love the shiny fabric too. It's also joanns. My favorite. Anything shiny is my favorite!
I was in a little Ice Cream Pencil Case swap on Instagram. The first one came out a bit too small for pencils found @a spoonful of sugar blog.  I the second one just made it a little bigger. I used a ice cream pattern found on google. I can't find the website, again. Sorry.
Paper Pieced Latte Pattern here.

As I said, I love a little Heather Ross! This was a little extra for the Strawberry Swap I was in recently. Really, passing up the last 3 swaps I saw was probably a really good idea.

I am currently working on the #ecmqg scrap swap. Hehehe! I couldn't pass it up. Happy sewing!
Blog at ya later!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Starbucks Mug Rug Swap

I am super duper excited to be hostessing my very first swap. It will be flickr based. I will also be taking IG people too. We will be using the #Starbucksmugrugswap. For this first swap, we are going to do US only, but if there is interest. The next round will be open international. The shipping is just really costly. Sorry international friends.

Sign up open HERE until 8/15/14.

Picture courtesy of Kira @labellacolori

I was getting so jealous of all these Starbucks city and state mugs going around. I wanted in. So, I brought the idea up to my friend, Kira @Labellacolori. She got really excited and offered to help out.  Yay! So it begins.

Background details- I got hubby to help me figure out the google documents. It was pretty easy, and it helps that I have been in several swaps. I was paying attention good people. At least I hope so.
I created the group and right away people started joining up.  WOW! I don't even have a cute logo photo at this point.

:: I love all my swapper friends. You guys just rock! ::
This morning I got up and I talked to Kira first thing. I was like did you see the members list?!?
You guys found me.
So now, I have plans for hubby to make me a shelf so that I can put up all my mugs. Because I am hoping that we have more than 1 round. If nothing else, I will have 1 mug. LOL
Hop on over and take a look!