Saturday, April 28, 2018

Playing With the Fabric Scraps

After making my 

I had a lot of 6.5" ends left of various  widths so
I decided to use up the scraps and get ready for my next blog hop project.

I cut the ends down to 1.5" strips to use with my new ...

I have joined in the fun in the upcoming

and I needed to practice making some blocks before I
sew my blog hop project. 

So I sewed the 1.5" strips into sets of three 
and used my

to make Itsy-Bitsy BasiX units ...

... and then sewed them into blocks.

I decided to make coasters with my blocks ...

... sew I sandwiched them with 5" squares of
batting and backing fabric.

Here are my colorful new coasters!

My quilty kitties, Katniss and Maestro, are putting their heads together
and planning our project for the 

Looking forward to sewing and sharing! 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Fat Quarter Cubes Quilt Along

I love this pattern in these fabrics!

This fabric glows!

It started with this beautiful fat quarter bundle
of Ombre Metallic Confetti fabric from

These fabrics are luminous,
not just because of the metallic dots
or the sun in this photo.

The colors seem to glow in any light.
This photo was taken inside at midnight in shadowed light.

I chose these fabrics into the wonderfully easy 

from the

You can learn how to make this quilt at the

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Video

Purchase the

Fat Quarter Cubes Quilt Kit

or choose your own fabrics for the

Fat Quarter Shop Cubes PDF Pattern Here

For  my quilt, I sorted my 18 Fat quarters into sections
and opted to use three yards of the confetti ombre metallic fabrics
for  my sashing and borders.

Here is the completed quilt top.

Here is the back of the quilt.
I used the gray ombre confetti and a piece of metallic Star Wars fabric from my stash.

When it came time quilt it, I wanted to accent the colors I used in the sashing strips,
so I chose three matching Aurifil thread colors.

Katniss was very helpful making and quilting this quilt.

One of the things I loved about this pattern is the fact the cutting directions
included cutting the strips to make this great multi-colored binding.

This photo was taken at the very end of daylight after a cloudy, rainy day.


I made this quilt for a Millennial who loves Star Wars.

Think this quilt hits the mark?

I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I complete a quilt.
I piece and quilt my quilts entirely on my home machine.

I have been having some health/medication issues that have been
keeping me and my doctor and pharmacist busy for awhile
and I have two followup appointments with my doctor
and need to see a couple of specialists
in the next few months.

Sewing keeps me going one stitch at a time.

Quilting is my happy place.

The sun came out today and I enjoyed my cup of java 
on the swing with my new quilt.

It is a good day.

May you have one, too. 

Thank you,
for another wonderful quilt along!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along ~ Month 4

Here are my red and white 
Clementine Quilt Along Blocks
for Month Four!

This is the Coconut Cross Block

For all you  you need to know to sew along go to the

The Clementine Quilt Along benefits the
to help advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases. 
Fat Quarter Shop is happy to be partnering with Moda Fabrics to match up to $20,000 of donations for this awesome cause. 
Their Clementine Quilt will be auctioned our Clementine Quilt Along quilt at the end of the program, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to our St. Jude campaign. 

So please DONATE today!

For this month's how-to visit 
The Jolly Jabber

Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for this wonderful quiltalong
an the opportunity to help this worthy cause.

Here is the list of bloggers participating in this QuiltAlong:

*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)
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)

There are many beautiful quilts in the making!

Are you sewing along?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Sneak Peek

Katniss says,  "No peeking!"

Okay, Katniss, I will give no more sneak peeks.

I am really looking forward to showing off this one, though!

Come back soon to see the pretty project 
that Katniss and I are sewing.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Quilt For My Furbaby

Maestro says, "Purrrrr!"

"This Quilt is so comfy."

"I am getting my adult teeth 
and these chew toys are so nice!"

"Thank you, Mommy, for making me this quilt.  
I love you.  Purrrr!"

My furbaby is keeping this quilt.

I love you, too, Maestro. 

Linking up today with the pretty kitties


Feline Friday @ Sarah Did It!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yeah, 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop!

Here is my "Yeah, Eights" quilt top!

I am calling this quilt "April Flowers" 

I have really enjoyed sewing this pattern.

I sewed this quilt for the

For instructions on how to make this block,
go to Carla's original tutorial ... 

Block 18 - Yeah, Eights

This is the layout I used, four blocks by six blocks.

Strip piecing this block pattern made it very easy to quick sew
the 24 blocks needed for this quilt.

This made a 46" by 66" quilt,
a good toddler or lap size quilt.

I used these Riley Blake fabrics from my stash to make the basic top.

First I cut

TWO 3" by WOF strips  of each of four colors.

EIGHT 3" by WOF strips of background fabric

I cut 3" strips and used an easy strip pieced method,
pairing the eight bright strips with the background strips.

Then I pressed to nest and paired the strip sets.

Then Maestro, who was very helpful while the making of this quilt,
and I cut 3" strip pieced units.

I chain pieced these units to make the center of the blocks.

Then I cut TWELVE 3" background strips and
cut them into 48 rectangles 10.5" x 3"
and sewed them on either side of the center units.

Then I laid out my blocks,
four blocks across and six blocks down.

Although I liked the color play,
 the top was a little more low-volume
than I expected ...

what to do ???

I was seeing "April Showers" on gray pavement
and my grand-darling splashing in the puddles in this top ...

... so my mind went to "May Flowers"

so ...

I pulled out my Orange Peel Template Set and some Heat n Bond
and selected the 5" template to make petals and leaves.

Machine Appliqued

I really like how the flowers made the background colors pop!

When it came time to quilt, the girls were very helpful.

We chose a puffy batting, outlined the flowers
and stitched in the ditch along the square lines.
This gave it a "puff quilt" effect.

I decided on a girly forest animal print for the backing fabric
and added a pink ruffle binding.

For photos and info on my method for this type of ruffled binding,
here is a link to a previous post ...
Ruffle Binding - Read More Here

I also added ribbon tabs to hang small toys for little fingers.

This quilt will make a fun floor quilt for a baby
or a bed quilt for a toddler.

That is ... if Maestro will give it up.

I really like this quick to sew pattern and think it is very versatile.

Note:  Sewing this layout with pre-cut 2.5" strips:
Using jelly rolls would make this pattern even easier.
2.5" strips would make the blocks 8.25" unfinished, using a scant 1/4" seam
and would make a 39" by 55" quilt.


Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks

for more quilts and chances to win.

Thank you, Carla, for this pattern and including me in this fun blog hop.

Happy blog hopping!