Saturday, June 23, 2018

Color Palette Play

My Blue Hydrangeas are blooming!

I love these colors so I have decided to try to make a quilt with them

I went to 

Here is my pallete ... 

Here are my colors!

I love that this even tells me what Bella Solids match these colors.

You can even move the circles to chose the colors you wish to highlight.

Have fun playing with your own photos!


Friday, June 22, 2018

FQS Snowballs Quilt Along ~ Night Hike

My Night Hike Fat Quarter Snowballs Quilt!

Started with this wonderful  Night Hike by Heather Givans for Windhan Fabrics
Fat Quarter Bundle
and background fabric, binding fabric and backing.

The Fat Quarter Bundle came presorted into lights and darks,
making the fabric requirements for this quilt even easier.

The  pattern called for six light and six dark fat quarters,
but I wanted to use more of these fabrics,
so my top looks scrappier than most.

I love scrappy quilts!

Here is my completed top

I chose Kona Spruce for my background
which was a perfect match for the darkest green background in the fabric line.

To make your own version of this quilt, use the

Fat Quarter Shop Snowballs Quilt Kit

or choose your own fabrics.

Video Tutorial and pattern and other versions of this quilt may be found
on the Quilt Along page at

The Jolly Jabber

Free Shortcut Quilt Pattern from the FQS Here

Here are a few more photos of the making of my quilt.

As my regular readers know, I always like to "cut corners"
when piecing blocks like these Snowball blocks.

I do not draw lines.  I cut my 1/4 inch seam before I sew.

I soon had all the snowball blocks to make my quilt.

I did the same for the Diamond blocks,
cutting the corners with my Mini Folded Corners Ruler
starting on one corner and working my way clockwise around.

When it came time to quilt my quilt,
this motif on the fabric gave me an idea.

I cute freezer paper templates for the compass points.

Then I made a compass circle using a large platter as a quilting template.

Then I continued making circles outward to the edge on my quilt.

Here is a close up of my quilted compass.

I used  Aurifil  Spruce for my quilting thread
which perfectly matched the background greem fabric.

I used my favorite binding technique,
Two Fabric Flanged Machine Binding

Here is my backing and finished binding.

I love my new Night Hike Quilt.

It is a good size for a lap quilt for a cool summer evening.

Thank you to the wonderful people at the 
Fat Quarter Shop
for another wonderful Quilt Along! 

Happy Summer! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fix For the Comment Blues!

has published a wonderful tutorial 
to fix the blogger comment issue.

for how to do this

... and spread the good word!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop ~ My Day!

Welcome to my garden!

My newest blooms are these Ruffle Flowers! 

When Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks announced this
fabulous flower filled blog hop... 

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop

I knew just what I wanted to make.

I have had this pattern in my stash for a long time.
It is the "French Rose Buds" baby quilt version of the "French Roses" design,
but I adapted it for a tablerunner.
The reason why these raw edge applique flowers are called "French Roses" 
is because the quilter who copyrighted the pattern
is named Heather French.

This is the very basic layout for my table runner.

Add fabulous fabrics,
Mostly Manor and Meadow Storm,
from Victoria Findlay Woolfe
and a basic blue from my stash.

As always, my little quilty kitty Maestro helped "audition" the fabrics.

Maestro is very "paws on" when it comes to helping.

We appliqued the flowers randomly onto the center panel of blue,
10" by 32" with a 1" border.

The added the large print outer border and quilted.

Straight stitching with varigated "pink lemonade" thread
on the lines on the floral fabric.
Maestro took a break at this point on my quilting chair.

Then we densely outlined the flowers in blue thread for the top stitches.

I added an extra rag snipped yellow circle and a rose button
to the center of each flower
that was not a part pf the original pattern
for a more 3-D ruffle effect.

The binding is my new favorite method,
a machine stitched two-color,
flanged binding. 

For my

Maestro had her paw in on this part, too.

Maestro especially loves to help remove the binding clips.

This table runner measures
18 and 1/2 inches by 55 and 1/2 inches,
custom size for my dining room table

I tried taking photos on my new runner on my dining table,
but Maestro was a little too helpful
and the lighting did not do the fabrics justice.

So I took it outside in the bright morning sun.

The inspiration for this quilt came directly from
these roses in my garden.

When I am not sewing, reading or petting the kitties,
I like to putter around in the garden
of our tiny city yard.

I love my garden swings for sitting and enjoying.

I love my covered deck for outdoor dining.
My new runner is a lovely way to set my outdoor table
for our evening meal.

Here is the pieced back of my table runner.

Be sure to sit a few and enjoy all the pretty flower gardens today ... 

Thank you for visiting my garden today!

I really appreciate each and every comment on my blog.

Your kind words make my quilty day!

Since blogger has changed its comment notification due to the new privacy laws,
it has made it much more difficult to respond to each lovely comment.

Please know that, as I read and reread your comments
I send you smiles and good wishes.

Thank you! 

Thank you,  Carla, for hosting this beautiful blog hop!