Tulip Festival

Hello again,

This past week I ran across this beautiful quilt pattern:Tulip Festival by Glenna HaileyIts cheery colors and use of scraps, not to mention the tulips and hearts just begged me to make it! So I set to work tracing the designs onto my fusible web. I was ONLY going to make 1 block and use that block to make a pretty pillow. ( Given my tendency to start projects and not finish them, that seemed like a reasonable objective ~Teehee). farmhouse quiltsBut the more I made, the more I wanted to KEEP on making them!IMG_2817Aren’t they cute?? And look at all the scraps I used! ( Did it put a dent in my scrap pile? Of course NOT!) So, because the blocks were so much fun to make, AND because I have scraps coming out of all nooks and crannies in my room

I decided I needed to make MORE. So I have been busy tracing the templates and sorting scraps into the right-sized pilesIMG_2821to fit my shapes

I did decide to cut the “inners” out of the flowers so that they wouldn’t be too stiff!

And then I started fusing!IMG_2831I now have a nice big pile of shapes that need cutting out….a perfect job to do at night while watching TV! Will these make ALL the blocks? Well, no, but it’s enough to keep me busy for a while 😉

And the only item I needed to purchase for this project was some ric-rac. ( Because more color choices just look better!)IMG_2829I suppose I might need to purchase some more pretty thread….I am using a blanket stitch on the appliques and am liking the look of the matching thread colors.IMG_2836Here is a close-up look of the 4 blocks that I completed so far:

LOVE!!

Now that you have seen these, don’t you just want to run and start making your own version?? Great! Because the pattern is FREE and is available by clicking here! Tulip Festival by Glenna Hailey

Have fun and happy creating!

Monique

This little piggy….

Hello there,

I hope you have gotten some lovely crafty/quilty time in this past week!

Thanks so much to the  people that signed up to participate in the Happy Mail project! I think it will be so much fun and who knows, maybe you will get a pen pal for life! ( If you haven’t signed up yet, or want to join in, there is still time! Just go to last week’s post and you can read all the details there!)

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My 60th post!

Wow, I cannot believe that I have published 59 posts already this year and today marks the 60th. That is worth a celebration, don’t you think?!  How I come up with what to write  is a mystery….some days I figure I should share a blog post, but have really nothing much to write about, and fwoop, before you know it I have written way too much already 🙂

This week I have a few new things to share… My absolute favorite Continue reading

Spring!?

Hello there!

We have had a fabulous couple of days here this past week! Yesterday the temperature rose to 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and today feels like more of the same. It was so nice to open the windows and listen to all the birds, while enjoying the sunshine streaming into the house! I think I’m ready for the nice weather!  Don’t get me wrong: I love winter and snow and the coziness of the season, but it is almost mid-March and I think winter can go away now.

This past weekend I got started on a little table topper…it was so nice and Spring-like outside that I felt like making something new and fresh to display on my table. I found this cute little tulip template online ( I wish I could remember where so I can give credit!) and decided to use it.

I got to work with my scraps and made 4 cute, red, little tulips.

Of course they got quilted right away ( although with a project this small I could have waited!).  I started looking for some fabric to use as sashing and borders. I wanted something fresh and “spring-y”, but try as I might, not one of the fabrics I auditioned looked just right. Except for this dark blue and green one….hmmm, not exactly the light, airy feeling I was going for, but I decided to go with my gut.

I even added some bright green piping! ( I love the way it looks, but let me tell you that it was a bit tricky to get that to behave!) Some more pictures of the work in progress:

And finally the finished table topper!016

Bloom block #8 came out on Monday, so yesterday I got to work on that one. It’s a little wacky and off to one side, but I am loving the color combination in this one! And I got really creative with my Bloom templates and actually traced around one of the shapes to give me a a  quilting line. Smart, no?!

 

After working on the Bloom block I decided to get working on my sweet little Log Cabin quilt that I had made before Valentine’s Day. I simply stitched in the ditch around all the log cabin blocks and then decided to do a fancy swirly thing in the center. I always have to take a LOT of breaks when I’m free-motion quilting because I really tense up when I quilt! So, although the center is done, I still have to finish the outside borders, but I decided to go with a simple vine and that will be easy.

After all that activity in my room this week you would think it would be a GIANT mess again, wouldn’t you? Well, I thought so too, but I have been VERY good about cleaning up after myself and I think it still looks pretty awesome!

Next week the AQS quilt show is coming to town and I’m planning on taking lots of pictures and coming away very inspired ( maybe with a few NON-fabric purchases~ha!)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

A little bit of stitching

I got a chance to do a little bit of stitching this weekend.004

Remember that cute little quilt that I found in Quiltmaker magazine?  I just had to make that one! All those sweet little log cabin blocks in all those scrappy colors just spoke to me…

Here  is the version from the magazine….008

 

And here are some pictures of my work in progress…..

And here is MY final product!002I am sooo happy with the final result! I changed up the center pattern a little bit, and decided to add teeny log cabins as cornerstones. My log cabin blocks are a little wonky, but I LOVE it! It is cheery and bright and I loved working on it.

So you would think that if I made this entire quilt pretty much out of scraps ( except for the light blue dot that came out of my stash) that my scrap box would look pretty empty by now….002How is that POSSIBLE?? It looks even more full than before! I think I could easily make 5 or 6 more scrappy quilts and maybe then it would look empty….

Alright, I am off to quilt this little cutie now….by machine. All those little seams would be very difficult to quilt through by hand. I am hoping to have it done before Valentine’s Day so it can hang on our wall and add some nice, bright color. I did go around our house this past week and pulled out the best “red/heart”quilts I could find:

Not too bad. This new little quilt doesn’t have any hearts, but I think it will do! Hmmm, maybe I could make a little scrappy heart / log cabin quilt to add to the mix….

And finally, I would like to leave you with this thought, which is on a plaque that graces my sewing room:009

 

Yep, I totally agree!

Until next time!

Distracted and obsessed

This week I was looking for some new projects. I really WAS going to start a row by row quilt from this book I picked up last week, but then saw a Facebook post on this cute little quilt in the January/February issue of Quiltmaker magazine, so had to start on that instead! Isn’t it the cutest? It is a quilt by Lori Holt ( yes, the same one whose BLOOM sew-along I am participating in!), but before you think that I am Lori Holt crazy…..hmmm, never mind, yep, you are correct, right now I am obsessed with Lori Holt! I love her scrappy, happy look, and for now I think it’s okay that I am a bit one-sided in my quilt-making choices. 🙂

 

I opted to use my scrap box filled with pieces of this and that and cut a gazillion little strips to make the log cabin blocks. I am chain-piecing the blocks so they are coming together fairly quickly and easily. I have not started the applique in the center, because I wanted to see what the overall look of the log cabin blocks will be first. Then I will decide what color my flowers and leaves need to be.002

The cute pincushions that I finished last week were a big hit, so much so that I had to make one for a special someone who pretty much begged for one…yes, you know who you are :). The embroidery for that one is done, and now it just needs to be finished up and be made into an actual pincushion. Then it will be send off to its new owner.

It looks a little different than the first because I used different thread and changed up the pattern a bit, but I think she will like it just the same! I am loving these quick little stitching projects that I can work on while sitting waiting for kids, or while watching tv!

By the way, in case you are wondering how my New Year’s resolution to NOT buy any new fabric this year is going….other than my EPIC fail when I went shopping with that famous someone, I am being SO good! Not one inch of new fabric has passed the threshold of our house in the month of February!

Until next time!