Sunday, August 31, 2014

My August Quilty Laundry List

Katniss is checking my
August Quilty List

My quilty kitties and I have found this fun linky party ...

hosted by

and have joined in the fun!

I have kept a month quilty to-do list for years so this one is sew easy 
to participate in that I am jumping in!

My August List reads ...

1) add my border to Cherie's RR
I received this in August and it went to the top of the list.
I have a plan ... no sewing yet.

2) finish gingham project ... DONE!

3) finish hand-pieced block ... almost done ...

4) 3rd See You in September Blog Hop project ... DONE!

5) Finish and schedule the above blog hop post ... almost done ...

6) Quilt Here Kitty, Kitty Quilt ... not done.

7) piece scrap quilt top .. block done ... 
top not done ... not even started to piece the top yet.

8) Rush Hour Blog Hop project ... I have had to drop out of this hop.
The long story is for another post ... someday soon.
Thanks, Madame Samm and Carol
for being so understanding ... <3

9)  Write and schedule my Around the World Blog Hop Post ...
this one will be up at Midnight tonight! 

10) Start Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop project ... 
this one is in the cutting stages and I will be hopping along!

Thanks, Kathi, for hosting this fun linky party.

Hope to see many more joining in this fun!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quilting and Blog Hopping

... quilting ...

... quilting ...

I <3 Riley Blake Gingham

It is almost September!

I love everything about fall.

Time for fall quilt shows and blog hops.

Have you seen the

"Around the World" Blog Hop?

My friend

Marcy @ Made By Me In Red

posted yesterday and has a sneak peek at a

Spider Web Quilt she made from my Tutorial!

I can't wait to see more!

Also, she  tagged me!

I am posting next Monday, September, 1st!

Thank you,  Marcy!

I love sharing and finding lovely new blogs to read.

I need one more "tag-ee" and I have sent a few emails to a few of my blog friends, many of whom have already been tagged and I feel at this point like I am bothering my friends with these emails, so I have decided to ask here:

Would YOU like to be tagged to post in the
Around the World Blog Hop
on September 8th?

If so, please comment below or send me an email.

I would love to share this blog hop with you!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Quilt Block Quiz

Here is one of my earliest quilts.

It appeared in

Flying geese have always been a favorite block of mine.

Here is another of my early quilts from one if my earliest posts.

This was my first attempt at a flying geese border.
I learned a lot about fabric in this one.
The flying geese were made with assorted fat quarters.
Some of them, even though purchased from a local quilt shop,
were very thin fabrics that stretched and misshaped.
It is quite visible in the lower right corner.
I still love this quilt, though, and hang it every year in the fall.
It is not fall yet, so it is still tucked into my quilt closet.

Why am I posting this today?

According to the quiz on the

I am

"Flying Geese"
"If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right! You might seem shy at first, but once people get to know you they can't help but love you."

I found this posted by

and thought it was interesting so I am passing it along.

Have fun!


Friday, August 22, 2014

I've Got Gingham ...

I've got gingham ...


I've got sewing ...

I've got my cat ...

who could ask for anything more?

I know ... I know!

Full Schedule Here!


Living With Purpose

See you in Sepetmber!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Here Kitty Kitty fabric squares is ...

True Random Number Generator 1 94
"And yes, of course I follow. I just don't always comment, but do read. I follow via Bloglovin' and also via email subscription.

Thank you for such a great giveaway and awesome quilt too. I just love that fabric with the kitties."

Congratulations Vicki!

Email coming your way for your address to send these 
fabric kitties to their new home!

Thanks to everyone who left lovely comments!

My quilty kitties say .... "Purrrrrrrrrrrrr!"


Monday, August 18, 2014

Spider Web Quilt-Along ~ Cutting Curves with a Quick Curve Ruler

Feeling a bit of fall in the air today!

No, the leaves are not changing here yet.

This photo was taken last fall.

I am just getting ready for sewing for Fall 2014.

I had this post ready to post in September, but I just read this ...

3 Day Sale on the QCR @ Sew Kind of Wonderful

Join our Blog Hop

to kick off her fun blog hop.

There is a cute  Free "Cupcakes" Patter Tutorial Here

I will be hopping along for this one to gather more ideas for using my QCR.

There is also

QCR Giveaway Today @ Quokka Quilts

Hop on over for a chance to win the ruler and a pattern!

Enjoy the hop!

This is the ruler I use for cutting the curves in my 

Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014

 ~ Cutting The Curves ~

I bought my Quick Curve Ruler


who created this ruler and has developed a great line of
to make using this wonderful tool.

I love this ruler and find it very versatile.

I have used it to cut round corners on a custom table cloth 
for my son's odd shaped table.

I have made my son a runner from the free pattern that came with the ruler.

I have made most of the Curve it Up Quilt-Along blocks
... and need to get these blocks sewn into a quilt top. 

I used this ruler to make the scalloped petal shaped 
table quilts for my daughter's wedding reception tables last year.

I will be using it again this year to cut the curved pieced spider web quilt ...

... and the outside curves of the web.

Click Here for the Tutorial for my 2013 Spider Web

I am also using it for the "twist" I am spinning on this year's web.

I love this ruler.

If you have another curved ruler or preferred method of cutting curves 
you may want to use your own method for making the spider web.

I might try using a plate if I did not have the quick curve ruler.

If you are sewing the Spider Web Quilt-Along this year 
and choose to use another method, please share your method.  
I love to learn new things.

If you do not have a preferred method of cutting the curves and want to sew a

Spider Web Quilt

you may want to consider adding the

to your quilting tools.

I am not affiliated with this business.
These are just my personal opinions.

If you decide to purchase the QCR and give this method a try,

I suggest that you 

watch all of the helpful

and maybe try one of Jenny's free patterns, 

such as ... 


... sew a few blocks and get used to using the ruler before 

cutting your spider web top.

I love sewing curves and hope you will, too!

Life in the Scrapatch

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Another Stitchin' Sisters Round Robin Update

Debbieann, can I keep it?

Better yet ... after Cherie adds her border 

(... of which I have seen a sneak peek ...)

... is it okay if she sends it back to me?

Katniss says, "Pretty please?"

I set this top on point with a 10" wedge ruler.

I pieced the fan blades and pressed the seams open and pinned 
and sewed and pressed the fans on the corners. 

The kitties helped.

Butterfly was so helpful.

Really helpful. 

Then Katniss and I trimmed off the curves.

I had to use a yardstick for cutting as they were too long for my longest ruler.

Right after I cut this corner, I had to take a "cat on quilt" break.

After Katniss moved, I got ready to cut the next corner.

Then Katniss surprised me by jumping back on the table while on one 
of her wild romps through the house and sent the ruler flying.

I picked up and re-aigned my ruler and cut.

I did not "check twice, cut once" ...

... oops!

Not one of my best quilty moments.

After much angst and quilty drama,

 I made a new corner section.

Can you tell "one of these things is not like the others" now?


Clue: I happened to put it back in the same place 
when I repinned it to my design wall.

Still can't see it?

Look closer ... 

Problem was I did not have a long enough strip of the paisley 
to cut another long fan blade for the center of the fan.

So I had to piece it.

I have come to the conclusion that I love paisley.

Paisley is a very forgiving fabric.

I added two inch strips of a light fabric around the edges to frame and
 stabilize the bias stretch in the cut fans blades.

Looking forward to seeing Cherie's border magic!

This Round Robin is rounding third and almost on its way home

to Debbieann. 

I am looking forward to my own RR coming home soon.

{{{{{{hugs and stitches}}}}}


Friday, August 15, 2014

Stitchin' Sisters Round Robin Update

The Stitchin Sister Round Robin quilts are on the move!

This is Annette's gorgeous border on 
Cherie's Round Robin.

"You Should Have Seen It In Color" 
by Jamey Johnson is playing in my personal player. 
Good song.

"A picture paints a thousand words"  but you have to see these Round Robins
 in hand to appreciate all the love that goes into them and
how beautifully unique they are. 

This one is on the way to me!

I will be adding the last border and sending this beauty home.

You can see the pictures of all these RR in progress

Cherie is the fearless leader of our RR group 
so her medallion is featured in our button.

Next year we will be doing a Row Robin 
and we have two new sisters joining our group.
Sew exciting!

I have been working on my 4th round border of the one I have now 
and hope to have photos up tomorrow.

Time to get 'er done.

Have a happy quilty day!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Giveaway Goodies

Here Kitty, Kitty!

If you have not entered my giveaway for these 
ten 10" squares 
you have a few days to do so ... 


is giving away a 

Quilting Halo and Supreme Slider.

Click Here

Now there is a great giveaway!

Best of luck!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Country Girls Tumbling Blocks Quilt-Along Coming in 2015

By reader request, the

that I did an interest query on in the above post,

is hopefully in the works for early next year.

I have had a reader write to me about the fact I mentioned this as 
a possibility for this summer.

Life and other commitments are happening and this is not happening this year.

I am sorry if this disappoints any of my readers. 

I have not had time to get the pattern together and get it tested.

My quilty muse has been working on this one more that my fingers have.

As soon as my quilty muse and I get it together 
I will post a request for testers.

With my upcoming eye surgery and recovery on schedule for the fall,
I am making quilty plans now for next year.

If you are hoping to make a quilt sooner than this will happen,
you will find my easy piecing, no "y" seams method for this block in 

For my

Country Girl Tumbling Blocks Baby Quilt Pattern 

... stay tuned for more details!

At heart, I am a country girl!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014 ~ Fabric Requirements & Tools

These are the fabrics I will be using to spin my web this year!

Spider Web Quilt Fabric Requirements

80 2.5 inch squares (two mini-charm packs, a charm pack, strips, FQs or 

yardage ... or just use up scraps!)

1/2  - 2/3  yard of black (for web sashing and border and binding)

2 inch black circle for the center applique 

30" square of backing fabric and batting

Fabric Selection Suggestions:

For your fabric squares, use a mix of lights to darks, small to medium prints.   I used three to four mini charms of each fabric but you could cut from 5-6 fat quarters or 2.5" strips if you wanted a less scrappy quilt.  Two mini charm packs or one charm pack would yield enough 2.5" squares for the top. 

Last year I used very small scale prints ...

Boo Crew Mini Charms by Sweetwater


45 degree ruler (such as a Kaleido Ruler

 (if you do not have one, you could try using a straight ruler

and the 45 degree lines on your cutting mat)

  (if you do not have one, you could try using a small

 plate or other circle cutter)

I will be adding a few more "getting ready" posts in the coming months.

I hope you find these helpful.

I will be spinning this year's Spider Web for the

Sign Ups are Open!

I received these lovely half-yards of fabric from the lovely 

via the lovely other lady,
who cut and mailed.

Thank you, ladies!

A big Thank You to our Blog hop sponsor,

for these beautiful


I also bought a panel and some yardage from

which is a good online shop.

Good prices, good people, good service.

I do not think the owl print will be making it into this project,
but I loved the print so much it will be stashed for another project.
I will have extra fabric from the half yards, too, I think.

Maybe for this free project from

To find their free pdf. go to
"Quilts & Projects" 
and then click
"Free Patterns - Make Something" 
and scroll down the list.
There is another free pattern for the Black Cat Crossing fabrics, too,
as well as many others.

Butterfly is laying her claim and saying,
 "This quilt is going to be mine!"

Life in the Scrapatch

All Quilt-Along posts may be found by clicking

Spider Web Quilt-Along 2014

in my blog toolbar at the top of the page.

This will remain in my toolbar for easy reference.

Have a happy quilty day!