Playing with Color

I have been working on my Delilah Four Patch Star by Jen Kingwell.   The fabrics I received in the mail were bold and beautiful:)

 

I decided to experiment with color this month.  All of my instincts wanted me to stick with a normal Jen Kingwell pallet.  

Isn’t it pretty?  But for some reason I decided to play with color, and see what happens. It is really amazing to me how color placement can alter the look of a block.   

Look at these four blocks. 

Can you believe they are the all the same pattern?  The striped fabric in the star made it disappear.  Lesson learned—don’t use striped or large prints  for small stars. 

Here are four more stars in softer tones


The contrast of the dark star compared to the lighter backing really makes the star pop.  While the pink star on the bottom right is totally lost.  It looks like an x.  

Crazy right?  I really like all of my four Patch stars,  but my original is my favorite followed by this pretty orange and blue one 

I am having sew much fun making these template blocks that look like paper piecing.  But I must admit that I am getting tired of  Y seams.  I look forward to next month because it looks like only straight joins are in the forecast.  Yea!!

The quilt party for Delilah is closed for this year, but there will be a pattern coming out next year if you want to make your own.  


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. You make my day SWEET!

Q4 FAL Hopefuls

Good Monday to you!   The year is coming to a close more quickly than I like.  I really wish it could stay September and October all year long.  Don’t you?  The weather is a bit cooler and life is back in a routine with school.  I just love it:). 

I had hoped to have more projects done than I currently can put a check mark by.  So, with hopes of clearing out some space in my work room, I am going to be joining along in the Q4 Finish Along.  


I think I can realistically finish the following projects:

  1. Village Quilt- The last time I worked on this quilt I ran into some issues that caused me to just put it in the box for another day.  Well, the day is going to be within this next quarter:). I WILL finish this quilt!
  2. I Wish You A Merry QAL–  this fun QAL is still in progress but should be done by Christmas.  I would like to have a festive quilt for Christmas;)
  3. Stardust Melodies Afghan–  I should already be done wth this blanket, but I added a few more blocks and then I changed a few more and so… still not done   But it isn’t too far.  I can get it done!
  4. Down the Rabbit Hole–   I am probably wishful thinking on this one, but hey, a girl can dream right?
  5. Red n Butter – This Quilt has literally been sitting in a box for years. I think it is a case of out of sight-out of mind.  Maybe it is just plainer than I like now.   For whatever reason it isn’t done, but will be soon!:)

There you have it.  My Quarter 4 Finish goals.   I really think these are all do able except for the Rabbit Hole. 

Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you had a SWEET weekend:). I will leave you with a picture of my morning walk in the cotton fields near my home. 


Until tomorrow!


The Magic of Quilting

I have another niece getting married.   Her shower is this weekend.   I had planned on giving her a store bought gift and told my husband about it on Monday.   In a very soft tone he said, “She will be the only niece you haven’t made a quilt for…”.  GUILTY!

He was right.  I can make a quilt in little to no time if I put my mind to it.   So…. I looked through a McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine and found a Graphic Garden pattern in the June/July issue of 2015.   Perfect!!


I rummaged through my stash and pulled out these pretty florals with an earthy feel to them. My niece is marrying a cowboy.  I thought they matched their personalities.


I started cutting and sewing on Wednesday morning and was finished by Wednesday afternoon.  The pattern was very easy with big pieces and just a few colors.  

I made it even easier by only using cream instead of the two more  contrasting colors the pattern called for.  I thought it might make a star motif that way.  Good idea right?


Wrong.  The star ended up looking like a lattice and the cream was kind of flat.  I didn’t hate it, but I really didn’t love it.  Bummer!  

My friend came over and kind of gave me a few encouraging words and suggested a more intricate Quilt design instead of the boring meander stitch I was going to use


I’m so glad she came by!  That stitch made all of the difference:). It was MAGIC!   It took a bit longer to Quilt, but it was so worth it:)!


Even though the stars are definitely lattice, the quilting has softened the cream space and added a dimension that was missing before.


I love the look of the flowers on the back.  They mirror the pretty little dogwoods in the red and green prints on the front.  

I always enjoy binding. My tutorial on my favorite binding technique can be found here.  With just a little bit of patience and technique, those corners come to a crisp point.


It really did turn out pretty.  I’m glad my honey encouraged me to make it:)


I know my SWEET niece is just going to LOVE this quilt.  It will be a snuggle up, travel and take along throw.   I found myself wanting to sit on the porch and relax under it as well:)

Thank you for dropping by:). I hope you enjoy your weekend.   I will be listening to my church’s General Conference   I am excited.  I love Conference weekend!  

Until next time!


Blogger’s Quilt Festival #2 – Dear Daughter

Aren’t Quilt shows fun?  I love to see all of the pretty colors and designs that have been sewn together by so many talented people.   I am grateful that Amy @Amy’s Creative Side has organized this fun event. If you are visiting Amy, Thank you!!!  If you are dropping by from the Festival, thank you for coming over and spending a bit of time with me❤️❤️


I have finished some very beautiful quilts this year, but none of them are filled with as much meaning and love as my Dear Daughter Quilt.  


My beautiful Dear Daughter left for school this year.  She has been and always will be a bright spot in my life.  I saw this block of the month program by Sherrie @Rebecca Mae Designs and knew I HAD to join in!

I thought of her as I sewed each block through out the year.

All of the thoughts were exactly what I wanted her to feel and know about herself

I loved the bright, crazy colors because they reflect her personality 

When she feels lonely or in doubt, she can wrap herself up in a warm hug from me wherever she may be.


She is so precious to me❤️


It has been SWEET to reminisce on this quilt today. I have so many blessings to be thankful for.  Family, friends and online friends like you.  Thank you for dropping by!  

Bloggers Quilt Festival –  Long Time Gone Finished!

Finished!  It always feels so good to have a quilt quilted and bound.  Yea!    This quilt is now truly a “Long Time Gone” Quilt.  I am excited to be linking it up with Amy’s Creative Side online Quilt Festival.  

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  You can buy the pattern online.


Each of the blocks was a lesson in color and tiny piecing.   Here are a few of my favorite blocks:


I loved the little churn dash blocks. Each little churn dash is about 3″!

 
I don’t know why, but these diamonds just seem to tickle my fancy.  They look kind of renaissance  -ish.


My favorite blocks by far were the pineapples.  I loved piecing them with the little 1″ strips. And I love the look of them.  So fun!

I had such a good time sewing along with Gnome Angel and all of my online adventure quilters.  But my favorite was sewing along with my quilting friend, Cindy.  

We enjoyed comparing techniques and finished quilting results.  Don’t we look happy holding up our finished quilts?!


It’s time to roll this quilt up and put it in the quilt cabinet.  I am saving this one to give to a grandchild someday.  It may be a Long Time before it finds it’s final home.  I will enjoy looking at it until then!

Thank you for dropping by.  If you are visiting from the Quilt Festival, please leave a comment so I can go and see your finished Quilt as well:) 

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along!

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas!  It is definitely time to start my Christmas sewing:).  I have been watching my online friends Lori@ Quiltingneeds.com and Kathy@Sewing etc., and Desert Suz @Desert Sky Quilts as they started sewing this absolutely adorable Christmas Quilt. 

I have been feeling very left out, so I gathered up my fabric and decided to join the party!   I went over to  Inquiring Quilter.com and printed up the FREE patterns and started sewing along.  I only had to make four blocks.   No problem!!!  


The snow flake block was a breeze to make with the interface method of appliqué. 


I just placed the right side of my fabric to the sticky side of the interfacing and sewed around.   I cut the interfacing side and turned the fabric right side out.  

I was able to iron the pieces down and then sew around them.  Isn’t it pretty?  


Next I sewed the tree block.  The polka dots were a bit tricky. I didn’t realize there was a direction to those dots!   I only had to take out a couple of them to get them all pointing the right way:)


To make the actual trees I used my tri-Recs ruler.  It made the sewing a breeze!  


I cut the strips 1/2″ larger than my desired finished square.  The templates made for easy cutting and then it was a case of lining everything up on my preview board and sewing. Perfect!


And what would Christmas be without Santas red suit and black belt?  Really, this is the block that sold me on this QAL.  It is so dang cute!  I had to plan for those Stripes as I was cutting, but I really like how they turned out;)❤️


My final block was the ornaments block.  I don’t know why, but choosing the fabrics always takes twice as long as the actual sewing!  I even tried different sewing thread and finally decided on the black because it made my ornaments pop off the page.


I have been doing a lot needle turn appliqué on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt so it was refreshing to just fusible web appliqué  these cute ornaments.  It is super quick to use this method as well.

Here they are all together.  I think I need a plate of cookies and a glass of milk just looking at them:)❤️❤️. SWEET!

Thank you for dropping by today.   Please feel free to follow along. I always love making new friends:)

By Jove, I Think She’s Got it!

Appliqué has been my quilting nemesis for years.  My stitches always show and the thread really tends to stand out.  

Because I have been so frustrated, and not very patient, I usually just opt to embrace the visible stitches and use my sewing machine with either a small hem stitch or go all out and use a buttonhole stitch with contrasting thread.

I am not at all against machine appliqué, in fact I am a big fan of the speed and consistency of the stitches.  BUT  (I’m sure you knew that was coming) I really WANT to be proficient at appliqué.  I feel that any really good quilter should know how to needle turn.

Well this is it.  This is the quilt where I learn the appliqué ways!  I started out with my usual try to take a small stitch, but the stitches still show technique.   Ugh!  No matter how hard I tried, those stitches showed!

Then I looked at the back and had a brilliant thought—


I said to my myself, ” look at those tiny pinpricks. Why can’t they be on the front?”   Wait a minute–why can’t they?  I know, I know, I’m very slow to the rodeo with this one!   I think everyone else had this figured out long ago.  Where have I been?!


This time I entered my quilt top completely next to where I came out on the last stitch. Do you see where I put the arrow in the above picture?


Here it is again.  The picture on the left shows what I WAS doing. I was entering the fabric a few stitches ABOVE where I came out on the last stitch.  The totally correct awesome way is once again to go back down RIGHT NEXT to where I came out of the fabric on the last stitch.


Look at how pretty that looks!  You can BARELY see the stitches at all!❤️❤️. The back has the long stitches and I’m ok with that:)

I should be quite the proficient when I am done with this Down the Rabbit Hole quilt.  In fact for the next few days I am really going to be stitching and stitching on these leaves!  There are about 50 of them!


Yep,  I think I will have the hang of it for sure by the time I’m done with them:)

Now I have to get the curves a little smoother, but I will get there!  No one is going to be looking that close except me and you:)!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope my appliqué journey helps any of you who are new to appliqué:)

Life is SWEET!

Down the Rabbit Hole Appliqué Preparation 

Good Morning!  Im glad to be home and back to some bit of normalcy.  The best part of being home is spending a bit of time in my sewing room.   I have been loving some of the fun techniques I am learning in my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke

I need to be more careful about second guessing how to do things on this quilt.  For instance, I used my normal sew around the circle with fusible web technique.  It is a very good way to make a fusible circle that can be found here.  But I will show you in a minute that should have waited.


Dont they look pretty?


I gathered my 1/4″ bias tape that I made last time I posted about this quilt.  I put a few drops of glue on the back and glued it down around my psychedelic Rabbit Hole. 

Then I ironed my beautiful circles down .  I LOVE it! –But there was an even easier way to make perfect circles.

In section 3 of Sarah’s directions, she introduced me to a new way to make circles for applique.  I know the “Magic Circle” for Crochet. Now I know a magic circle technique for quilting too!❤️❤️

  • First, I gathered my perfect circles templates and took out the circles that were the right size for the pattern. But really a piece of cardboard cut into a circle would work as well.
  • Then I took out my kitchen aluminum foil and cut some squares that were bigger than the circles I was making.  
  • I cut my fabric into circles that were 1/4″ larger than my template circle, but next time I am going to cut them 1/2″ larger for added adjustment.

  • I followed Sarah’s instructions and placed the foil down first, then the fabric with the right side down, followed by the template
  • It was easy to then fold the foil and fabric over the template to make these little foil circles
  • I took the circles to my ironing board and pressed them with my iron.  The foil was very hot so I waited a bit to let them cool:)
  • When I opened my little foil package, there was my pretty little ironed circle!  Easy, easy, easy!!

Can you see why I wish I would have waited on my larger circles?   The interface method worked, but this way was even faster and easier!  

I am so excited to start my hand appliqué.  I  am always tempted to use my machine, but I really WANT to become a proficient hand appliquer.  I will never get there unless I keep trying.


So—Here I go Down the Rabbit Hole!  

Thank you for dropping by and reading about my creative adventures.  I hope you have a SWEET day:)

Down the Rabbit Hole at Last!

I am FINALLY starting my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  This is a monthly Quilt Along program that started back in January.  At first I thought I didn’t need another Quilt Along and I really don’t.  Also, I wasn’t overly enthused by this sketch of the quilt.

I mean, really it looks kind of plain in its sketched form.   Sarah is quilting along with us so there isn’t even a picture of the finished Quilt yet.  But as the months got going and beautiful pictures started coming up on my Instagram account, I knew I had to join along.  

I ordered the program back in April, but life has happened and the Long Time Gone, Splendid Sampler, and Delilah quilts were already going.  But now things are calming down, and I am heading Down the Rabbit Hole at last!

I was excited to try out my wedge cutting skills and start my Rabbit Hole center.

I sewed the wedges into four arcs and then joined them to make one wild circle

Isn’t it so cool?  Now you see why I HAD to join along. 

It is so SWEET!!   

Next I started working on my 1/4″ bias tape.  Yep, you heard me right, 1/4″!  Luckily I have a 1/4″ bias tape maker.


Have you used one of these before?  They are great!  I have several in different sizes. I have a totally Tipster Tip for these that I will share with you later this week:)


I folded my fabric to make a bias edge and cut 1/2″ bias strips.  They were so small!

  1. I brought the strip to the ironing board
  2. I stared feeding my strip into the bias tool with the right side facing down
  3. On the bottom of the tool is a slot to pull the fabric down
  4. With a pin I pulled the fabric out

Now that isn’t too hard is it?

Now for the fun part:)

  1. Pin the fabric to the board with the right side facing down.  Do this at the far end of the board so you have lots of room to press.
  2. Place the tip of your iron right against the tool and start to slowly pull the tool against the fabric.  Move the iron along with the tool.
  3. Yea!  A beautiful 1/4″ piece of bias tape. Easy!!

And, what did I do with this teeny bias tape?  Here is a sneak peak!  

I can’t wait to share it with you!  But it is going to have to wait until later though because tomorrow is Scrap Happy day:)!

Until then I hope your day is filled with SWEET creative adventures:)

Delilah Quilt Along – North Star Block

It seems like forever since my last Delilah Block set has come in the mail!  I have been patiently waiting while watching and drooling over the beautiful finished blocks of others popping up on Instagram and Facebook.  Finally, here at the beginning of August the July North Star block came in!  

I was so  excited to open my package and see the pretty fabrics and new templates.   Ooooh aren’t they pretty?:)

The hardest part of these blocks is always the cutting.  I always breathe deep as I hope that the color combinations I choose are going on look good. 


Cutting with these templates gives the same sharp points as I would get if I were paper piecing.  But, yea! I’m not!:). There is hardly any waste of fabric and everything just sews together so easily.  Three triangles make a larger triangle.


And two pieced triangles sewn together make a square.


Put four of those squares together, and you get this beautiful North Star.  No trimming seams or tearing away paper either:).   Now we’re talkin’!

I made 5 beautiful North Star blocks and loved each one of them.❤️. I don’t think there could even be a bad color combination on this block:)


If you like this block and would like to join in, there might be a few openings online somewhere.   You can look for the Delilah Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell,  but rumor has it that all of the spaces are filled.  If you can’t find an opening,  don’t worry, I hear that there will be a book coming out next year.  SWEET!  I will definitely be buying it:)!

Thank you for stopping by and following along on my quilting and creative journeys.