Tuesday, December 16, 2014

design boards

 Have you made any of the design boards that Lori Holt demonstrated almost 4 years ago on her blog?
I have made a few bigger ones that I use from time to time.
This weekend I had a zillion scrappy 9" blocks that needed to be laid out in a certain order. My bigger boards were not very handy and I really didn't want to spend all weekend making boards. I had a couple rolls of this amazing stuff.
 I actually didn't even know it was fabric. I had 2 packages of it in my "junk".

It is lightweight and easy to work while still having the strength of duck tape. The choices of this fabric duck tape is very limited but it served its purpose. The boards aren't near as nice as Lori's are, but I was able to make 5 of them in about 15 minutes and get back to sewing. I also realized how I could use lots more of these.
See Lori's blog post for the complete instructions.
I hope you are able to make a few. They also make great presents for your quilting friends. 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Modern Building Blocks

Modern Building Blocks consists of blocks that
range in size from 6" to 36".
When I was making this quilt I had so much fun
playing with the blocks and their sizes.
I thought I would share some of the
pics I took along the way.
Everything is divisible by 6
so the combinations are endless.
Shown above are some of the 6" blocks lined up by color.

This quilt goes on and on but the end result
is so worth it,
so don't give up if you don't
have all your blocks done.
modalissa-quiltpics_1 Just keep going and going and going. 
 modalissa-quiltpics_1 Yes, it could be a mini or you could just put together some of the 6" blocks and be done.
I am usually a print kind of gal but I enjoyed
working with the bella solids.

Finally the quilt top was done. 
Quilted by the wonderfully talented
Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt.

Are you making the Modern Building Blocks quilt? 
If so leave a comment with a link to your quilt.
I would love to see yours. 
Or follow the #modernbuildingblocks
to discover all kinds of yummy eye candy.


Thursday, November 20, 2014


Tone it down main quilt photo
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

 Everything in our world is so fast, fast, fast especially at
this time of year. I find it interesting there is this
Slow it Down movement
that people like Cheryl Arkison talks about in her
book, A Month of Sundays, or the Slow Stitching topic that
Mark Lipinski talks about. Now Mark is the most energetic person
in the industry so when he talks Slow it makes

 you stop and listen.

I strip piece. My mind thinks what is quickest most efficient
way to make a project.

But this slow it down got me to thinking
about my Tone it Down quilt.

Slow it Down...
Tone it Down...

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every second of making this quilt.
Looking at each and every little piece of fabric as I worked
from block to block. Thinking about the fabric, the designer
that created it and the story that goes along with it.

Now I watch online as more and more people are 
making this quilt and posting their 
pictures and honestly 
it is quite humbling 
and makes my heart feel good. 
search #apqquiltalong to see some of the versions
This is what the quilting industry is all about. 
I am sure if you are reading my blog you are a quilter
 or one of my aunts.

If for some reason you have landed here and are not a quilter,
I encourage you to join this community. It is the most wonderful
world to be living in.

Sign up for a class, get a book, do anything, just start!

The tone it down quilt is not for the faint of heart.
It is not a quilt that you can create over the weekend.

However this is a great quilt to add to your
to-do list and slowly enjoy as each block develops.

I am thrilled that
 American Patchwork and Quilting
offers this pattern as a
digital download

Now that I am finished being all gushy, I wanted to
share some other news.

I am going to be doing another #APQquiltalong in 2015.
Stay tuned, I will "slowly" talk about this project.

 Your first tease.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NEW Cool Pins

Pins are numbered 1-20, 
that is more numbers than 
counting with your fingers and toes.
The pins come in a cute little slotted container
 with  pins numbered 1-10 on one side
 and  pins 11-20 on the other. 
 Untitled When I have a big variety of stripped pieced sets that need to stay in a certain order I write on the scrap the corresponding letter or number so at least I have that as a reference.Untitled  

but now I can use these pins to keep my sets neatly numbered.

 Untitled They are not the sharpest pins I have ever used 
and be careful to 
shut the lid tightly 
before turning the container over... 
just saying!! 
They are just the cutest thing ever 
and any quilter on your 
Christmas shopping list would 
love one in their stocking.


Friday, November 14, 2014

quilt market

Whether you are planning a booth full of the newest items or coming to shop the show to find the latest trends and items,  everyone that goes to market puts in a ton of work. I must say it is all worth it to get to see old friends and make new memories.Untitled Have you heard of a face-ie? Well leave it to Barb from Me and My Sister to coin a new phrase. She meant selfie but I like using face-ie now. When the moda designers and staff get together their is always plenty of shenanigans. I was not taking a face-ie but they had me hold my hand up to the camera as if I were. Then they were saying lean back, further, further, further as if i were to be better positioned in the frame of the picture. However I do believe this was a trick to see if I would fall flat on my booty, as you can tell by the way they were all positioning their cameras to get a shot of me on the floor. I hope I surprised them with my great balance and yoga moves. OR maybe I disappointed them if you know what I mean.

Just a few other fun pics from the show.

Moda-FQM2014_426 Moda-FQM2014_417 Moda-FQM2014_415 Moda-FQM2014_434 
 And did I mention shenanigans?
Maybe all the parties involved will let me share more about the picture shown below.
Are you intrigued?

Market is a ton of work and a ton of fun!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Confetti Forest

Confetti Forest... I love that name. 
I wish I was the one that thought of it, but I didn't. It was the talented crew at McCall's Quilting that named my quilt. I couldn't have thought of a more perfect name for this quilt. Just the sound of it makes me think of fall and laying on a quilt, looking at the sky through the colorful leaves... Well scratch all that. That is what I think it should look like if I lived somewhere that actually had fall. We seem to go from Winter to Summer and not much in between. Yesterday it was 80 degrees, today it is 30.
I guess I can enjoy my "fall" quilt at the lake or snuggle under my "fall" quilt when the temperatures plunge. 
I combined two of my favorite lines, Persimmon by Basic Grey and Modern Neutral by Amy Ellis. But this is also a great scrap buster project.  The complete instructions and yardages can be found in the McCall's Quilting January/February 2015 issue. To find out more information about this quilt, magazine and kit information please  visit http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Confetti-Forest-Trendy-Triangles-Throw-Quilt-Pattern

Subscriptions- November 11th on New stands November 25th

On a side note if you want to see more about Persimmon by Basic Grey, Alison shares the fabric line and patterns available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsaiYNUTWEE

And here is Amy Ellis talking about Modern Neutral fabrics, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CTEUKppzf0

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sew Scandi Quilt

Sweet quilt

The Sew Scandinavian quilt from This N That's Blog hop is now ready for a good home.  
Each of us made sections of this quilt and Sherri completed the final project.
Sherri (This N That)
 Vickie Eapen


Kimberly Jolly
blog link~ http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com.es/

Here is the link to the quilt on Ebay, along with a note from Sherri.

I have the quilt up for auction on ebay.
Here is the link to it~

This is such an awful disease and I think if I can do something, even something small like this and others join me (like you all!) I think we can do great things and make a big difference together.

Thank you all so much!!

This quilt would be a perfect Christmas present, so go ahead and make a bid!



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