Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quilter's Planner BOM Block 1 Done!

I finished sewing the January block for the

in the 11th hour!

My fabrics are from my treasured Amy Sinibaldi stash.

The background  fabric is 

I have been looking for the perfect project for these fabrics 
and this is the one.

I have completed all but one of my January Quilty Goals.

I am feeling pretty good about that.

On to February!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spark Scrap Quilt Block

The Spark Block 

This is the alternate block in my ...

Court and Spark Scrap Quilt

These are both blocks,
Court on the left and Spark on the right.

The tutorial for the Court Block may be found Here

The center of the Spark Block is made
with the cutoff corners of the Court Block,
using the above method.

These HST measure 1 and 3/4 inches,
just trimming the dogears.

Press seams in alternate directions and nest seams.

The center unit measures 3 inches.

To frame the center I cut 3 and 1/4 inches by
width of fabric strips.

Here is the cutting for one block:

Four 1.75" HST or squares (pieced together)

or 3" square

Two 3" by 3.25" rectangles


Two 8.5" by 3.25" rectangles

Sew one 3" by 3.25" rectangle on opposite sides of center unit
and press outward.

Sew one 8.5" by 3.35" rectangle on opposite sides of the
center strip and press outward.

Block measures 8.5 inches square, unfinished.

I drew these blocks and a layout up on EQ
(after I sewed the blocks)

EQ image of the  Court Block

EQ image of the Spark Block

Here is the layout for this quilt
alternating the two blocks.

This quilt calls for 40 of each block
for a total of 80 blocks.

For 8" finished blocks,
the center of this quilt will measure
66" by 82"

I added a two inch border to the center in this layout.

I am making a 

with these blocks so my quilt will have multicolored blocks.

Linking up a day late to 

I have not been feeling well for the last few days.
My hubby had what may or may not have been the flu last week and
I may have it now.
So I have not been sewing much.
Hope to feel better soon as 
I have a lot of quilty commitments.

Missing my happy place.

Hope you are enjoying good health and good sewing this weekend.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Red and White Clementine Quilt Along Block 1

My Red and White Clementine

I am sewing along to make this beautiful quilt!

I love this pattern!

This is for the

The Jolly Jabber

So much that I am making two quilts.

Above is the large Watermelon Block
in the scrappy red fabrics from my stash.
I am using Kona White for the background of the blocks
in this quilt.

The little Broken Dishes blocks were made with the cutaways.

The piecing instructions called for drawing lines, sewing and then cutting the corners.

Drawing lines is not my favorite thing to do.
It is the only "piecing pet peeve" that I have. 
I think it derives from my vision issues.
I have a difficult time seeing and sewing on the lines.
I have tried a variety of marking pens and pencils over the years
but have never found anything that works for me.

So I always find an alternative method.

This my personally preferred method:

I carefully place the corner square on the main fabric unit
on a cutting board on my sewing table.

Using a 1/4 inch ruler, cut away the corner.

Then I chain piece the triangles and main units.

I love chain piecing!

I also like to sew those little HST into little blocks
for my 15 minutes of play at the end of each session.
Snip the doggy ears and sew!

I find this method fun, fast and very accurate.

For more photos and a free tutorial of a scrap quilt
I am making with this method

Click Here

I call it ...

Precision Piecing Play!
<3 <3 <3

My little kitties find it fun, too. 

Want to sew along  to make one of these
beautiful Clementine quilts?

Clementine Quilt Along Quilt Kit Featuring Mama's Cottage by Moda Fabrics

Click Here For All Info

I have also received a kit of the beautiful

Mams's Cottage Fabrics by April Rosenthal

This kit is gorgeous!

Nothing is more fun than opening a new fabric bundle
Read More Here

You may purchase this  Quilt Kit Here

As I have other quilty andblog commitments,
I have not had time to enjoy sewing my new kit yet.

My second set of January blocks will be posted soon.

To see more lovely Clementine quilts in progress,
please visit my quilt-along friends:

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches) (you are here!)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

Hope to see you sewing along!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I Heart Fabric!

I <3 Fabric!

Sew I am sewing for the ...


I have a small stash of Valentine and heart themed fabrics,
some old, some newer,
some left from previous projects,
some never opened.

All well fondled.

What shall I choose?

Deciding on a project proved even more difficult.

My quilty muse had too many ideas and changed directions a few times. 

Maestro finally said, "No more thinking! Time to choose, cut and sew!"

"Do I have to do this myself?
Here is a bobbin.  We need pink thread.
Get to work!"

Thanks, Maestro. 
I am sewing.

Maestro says, " Let me help."

Ah, Maestro, we need that fabric.

Um ... more "help" has arrived.

Nutmeg is sew helpful.

The kitties and I are are making progress.

Really ... we are!

Maestro says, "No more peeking!"

Yes, Maestro.

Please come back on the first day of the hop 
to see what we have made.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A New Fabric Bundle!

A New Fabric Bundle!

Don't you just love receiving a new wrapped bundle and opening 
and unfolding and fondling the crisp new fabric
and savoring the colors and prints?

Maestro also loves new fabric bundles
and took time out of her ever present bobbin hunting
to pull the bow open.

Katniss also had to examine and give her quilty kitty approval
of these fine fabrics.

These fabrics are gorgeous!

They are from the Mama's Cottage collection
by April Rosenthal 
for Moda Fabrics. 

This is my 

Clementine Quilt Along Bundle

from the Fat Quarter Shop.

These are the fabrics for Block #1
which will be released on January 25th.

Only a few more days!

To purchase your kit, click on the

Fat Quarter Shop Now button

on the top right of my sidebar.

Time to sew!