Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sneak Peek ~ New Project!

I love my Bella Solids Color Chart.

When I needed to decide on a solid to coordinate with
my Fragile by Zen Chic Mini Charm Project,

I reached for my color chart.

I find this an essential tool when designing and deciding
on colors and fabrics.

There are touches of a lovely blue turquoise in the

fabric line.

I was looking for a solid to bring out this color,
so I opened to the blues and turquoise page
on my handy Bella Solids Color Chart
and looked for the perfect match.

There were several possibilites,
Surf, Capri, Bright Turquoise, 
and even Pastel Blue if I wanted to tone it down.

My son the engineer was walking by so I asked him which color he liked best.
He looked them over and pointed out the Bright Turquoise has the same color intensity
of the golden yellow in the Fragile line.
My Matty has a great eye for design and color.
I agreed.

So Bright Turquoise it is!

I am loving sewing with these fabrics!

I am looking forward to showing off this project,
but it shall have to wait.

This is for another great 

Maestro, the ever present quilty kitty helper,
says she is on guard to make sure there is no more peeking.

:) Soon! :)

How do you decide what solids to use in a new project?

Do you use a color chart?

I am always interested in sharing quilting tips.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Going Pokemon ~ Block 1 Done

Block 1 is done for the 

happening at

This is made with Moda Bella Solids.

I bought the 

to start this quilt.
I also chose to use the Bright Turquoise background
that Kelli is using in her quilt. 

The pieces are all squares and rectangles
that are sewn together into sections
and then into the block
The first block is 19.5" square.

This is the first time I have sewn this type of pixel block and it is challenging.
Fortunately, the instructions and diagrams are very clear and detailed.
I am enjoying the process.

My block is not perfect but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I am ready for Block 2 that will be up this week on

Thanks, Kelli, for the fun pattern!

Hope to see you sewing along ... :-) 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

And Then There Were Three ...

Meet Nutmeg!

Nutmeg came to us from
in nearby Salem, NH,
where she was then named Brooklyn,
who came there from 
in South Carolina.

As you know, in July,

we adopted Maestro at SARL
to fill the empty place left in our home and hearts
when My Butterfly crossed the rainbow bridge in March.

Katniss, who feels very secure in our hearts and home, was very accepting
of this new little sister.
As Maestro grew and became more active we soon decided she
 needed a playmate who could keep up with her non stop shenanigans.

Katniss joins in sometimes but often prefers to just sit and watch.

So we needed a little more spice in our life. 

Nutmeg is only three weeks younger than Maestro.

The Ying and Yang,
they balance each other perfectly ...

and share the lap and the fun and the quilts.

These two partners in mischief are always 
upping their game.
Katniss loves to play along but sometimes 
she just wants to seek a quiet place to nap undisturbed.
Her favorite spot is  a basket on top of the big bookcase
in our living room.
The white batting is is my roll up design wall.
Last night The Girls decided to try to join her.

Long legged Nutmeg soon found a way up.
Katniss say "What!?"


Katniss soon boxed her ears and sent her down. 

Maestro, who has a strong and muscular build but is not yet a leaper,
watched the entire time from the floor.

Nutmeg found a quilt and my lap and snoozed,
dreaming no doubt of her next adventure.

Our home feels complete ... <3<3<3


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Charity Quilt Along with the FQS

Isn't this a beautiful quilt? 

I love the colors and fabrics and the clean crisp look! 

This quilt is the

Every year the Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity quilt along 
in which they post monthly patterns on their blog in exchange for a donation 
each time a quilter downloads the pattern. 
In addition, they auction off a completed charity quilt 
where 100% of the proceeds go to the charity of the year. 

This year, they have
that they will be donating all of the proceeds of their Clementine Quilt 
to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A very worthy cause.

Very often I use my own fabrics but I love the ones in the sample quilt ...
so I am putting the 

on my Christmas Wish List. 

For complete details on how you can participate go to the

Hope to see you sewing along, too.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017


“later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered ...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fragile Beauty

Now what can this be for?

Time will tell.

Looking forward to sewing with these beautiful fabrics!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Sundrops Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt

Sundrops and Shadow and All That Jazz!

Here is my new favorite quilt!

The pattern is a new

Free Jolly Bar Pattern


Fat Quarter Shop

This is Sundrops by Corey Yoder

The background script print is from

Olive's Flower Market

and the green is a perfect match.

I love these fabrics and colors!

Two Jolly Bars and 5.25 yards of background fabric
are all that is needed to make this quilt
which measures a nice queen size,
of 65" by 84"  finished.

This big, beautiful block is 17"
and very quickly pieced.

This shows the piecing and cutting method for one of the block units.
Any 6.5" ruler is needed to cut this unit.

To align the ruler in the center, I finger folded
the squares in half twice.

Then I aligned the points of my ruler on the fold lines.

This method generated a pile of intriguing corner scraps.

My scrap basket overfloweth with scrappy goodness!

So I have started sewing them into quarter square triangles.

These are squaring up to pretty 3.25" QST units.
(and a pile of background triangles for a future scrap project)
I will be sewing these as leaders and enders or 15 minutes of play for awhile
until I have used them up and have enough
to make a pillow top or other small quilt project.

I love scraps!

Since I also love the visual feast of secondary patterns in my quilts,
I opted to make a small design change from the original
and I added six red posts the sashing
in the center of my quilt
to create this interesting effect.

I am calling this my "blue note" ... ;)

I made a pieced backing using some of the extra jolly bars and scrap strips.

I quilted this on my home machine with my heavy duty walking foot
in my favorite straight line quilting
and added a two color machine binding.
I love this effect!

I am ready for a jazz on the lawn concert.

To make your own pretty Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt follow the

 Free FQS Pattern Here

Kimberly has a wonderful video tutorial

Video Tutorial Here

There is a also a kit available

Creekside Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt Kit

A big Thank You to the Fat Quarter Shop
for the opportunity and supplies to make this quilt.
I love it!

I had a few Jolly Bar cuts left and some scrap strips
so I decided to make a pillow to go with my new quilt.
I had fun playing with the pieces and it resulted in this ...

Churn Dash Variation Block
which can be made simply by turning the units
on the corners of the original block.
This block would make an interesting quilt.

I love exploring the design opportunities of a new pattern.

Be sure to visit today's post on  

The Jolly Jabber

to see all the beautiful quilts that have been made
with this lovely pattern.

Feeling inspired?

Hope to see you sewing along soon!

Thank you for visiting my scrapatch today!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bound to Be Ready

Bound and Done!

The two-color binding method I used is the same one I followed for
This Quilt

Ready to show my lovely new quiltyness on Friday!!!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Making

 More  Sundrops 

This photo was taken with bright early morning sun shining into my quilty corner.
For the beginning of autumn, we have had a return 
to sunny, dry and very hot summery weather.

I pieced the back of my quilt ...

with a little help from my quilty kitty helpers ...

Katniss  helped with
measure twice, cut once.

Maestro helped with ... hmmm ... everything?

We are quilting.

My quilty kitties and I are sew looking forward to
showing you our new quilt.
The reveal is at the end of this week.

Until then,

Maestro says "No Peeking!"

Linking up with all the lovely quiltiness

Monday Making

Have a happy quilty day!