Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Main Street Block #6 and a Snowflake Block

This is block #6 of Pat Sloan's Main Street QAL. It's called Books On Main. I really like how easy this block went together and I can't wait to see how they all go together in a quilt!

And here is the Snowflake Block...
I love snowflakes! I actually had a cat named snowflake...he was a real flake! hahaha He was beautiful, pure white long hair and icy blue eyes. So when I saw this pattern I had to make it and of course use an icy blue in it! This is block 2 of the Merry Mini Christmas hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. Here is the video for this block to help you put the block together. I'm debating whether to do a table runner of just snowflakes or go ahead and do the other three blocks and make the mini quilt. I'm not sure if I have enough of this fabric pull to do both, so stay tuned!!!
Have a Merry Christmas in July!!!!
Sheila

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Some Fun Blocks To Share

I'll keep them short and sweet since it is summer time and there is so much to do!!! 
Here is Block #4 of Pat Sloan's Main Street QAL. It's called Courthouse.


And this is Block #5 Ice Cream Parlour. 
The fabric is from Connecting Threads. I bought it on clearance and the fat quarter bundles are no longer available, but they do have yardage of some of the patterns.

Here are the Out Of This World blocks also a Pat Sloan QAL. She puts it out the first of the month.
Block 6 Books On Space


Block 7 First Moon Walk
I found the light blue fabric at Bear Creek Quilt Co. and had to have it for this quilt! I figured we still have enough blocks to be done that I can add this to the mix. I may have to move a few blocks, but it should be fine. 

Last is Aurifil's DOM quilt a long
These two blocks are from 2016

I don't know which I love more the corals or the teals!
This block is from 2017 Called Dutch Treat
I'm lovin this color combination! Here's a link to Aurifil's patterns if you are interested in following along or want to get crazy and do some of the older years blocks like me! Scroll down to find Designer of the Month with Pat Sloan then they are separated by year. The new blocks come out the 15th of the month and you can follow Pat Sloan's site and get alerts when a new block is available.
Thanks for visiting!
Sheila

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July's OMG!

I've missed the last couple months of doing the OMG (One Monthly Goal) But I'm trying to get back in the swing because it really motivates me to get a project done!
So for this months OMG I'm going to piece together a backing for my Let's Go Camping top. It's been done since the end of December and needs to get in line for quilting! I would love to use the pretty batik in brown with the green and yellow pine cones and swirls, but I don't know when I'll get back to the quilt shop or if they even have it anymore!

As you can see I have plenty of fabric left from this project to do a backing...or two! I'm always afraid I won't have enough fabric to finish the quilt. Then there is always the fabric that I find after I've started and think "oh that will be perfect!" Hahahaa
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I hope you'll come back, I have some blocks to share later!
Sheila

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Main Streets Block 3

It's been a crazy week and this week doesn't look like it'll calm down any! But I did get my Block 3 from Pat Sloan's Main Street QAL done just in time! 
Block 3 Movie Theater
I love the corals in this bundle, but to be honest I haven't been sure how these colors work together. After looking at the three blocks I have done so far I am a little happier with them! This QAL is only 12 blocks, but I'm not sure how the setting will be! She'll be post the layout on July10! There is still time to join in the fun!
Sheila

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Flower Bouquet Top Finish!

YEAH! My top for A Flower Bouquet is finished! And I love it! I usually don't add much light colors in my quilts, but this one I did and I'm really loving how it turned out. I'm not sure when I'm going to get around to quilting it, but I'm already thinking of using a matching red thread and an all over pattern that mimics the flowers in the material. So without further ado here is my top!
The light is behind my boy and the quilt so the picture isn't as good as I would like, but I do love the area that the light shines through. It gives it a stain glass effect. Do you see the butterflies? I added three fabric origami butterflies to the quilt. Right now they are just pinned on, after I quilt it I will sew them down. After all it is a flower bouquet and I think it deserve a few butterflies!
Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading your comments!
Sheila

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sew Much Fun!

I have a few blocks to share with you! First the 20th and final block in Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet! But you still can get all her blocks to this and other QALs she has hosted!

Here is the 2nd block of Pat's new QAL Main Street. I really like this block. I put it together late Tuesday night after a long day...and I mixed up the position of the pieces! Never sew when you're exhausted!!!! Even still I like how it looks and I think I'll just leave it the way it is.


And finally Aurifil's Designer Of The Month QAL... I love how this block came out!!! And I'm loving the colors I'm using in these blocks! I can't seem to get these colors accurate. The center is a royal purple surrounded by a deep teal and light teal the four corners are a light purple and the outer blocks are a medium teal and the solid is Kona cotton in Natural. I'm not just doing this years DOM I'm also doing previous years. I'm hoping to get a king size quilt out of it. I'll try to get a photo of all the blocks done so far so you can see all the yummy colors!

That's it for today. I'll be taking a photo of my finished top of A Flower Bouquet. I'm thrilled with the results of that QAL. So chat soon!!!
Sheila

Saturday, June 8, 2019

June's OMG And New QAL!

Happy June everyone! It's already starting out as a crazy month! But a fun one! Hopefully I'll have pictures and a better explanation soon.
Right now I'm getting my OMG or my One Monthly Goal all figured out.

I want to get Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet top assembled. I have three rows complete and of those  two of the rows are sewn together. I need to do the sashing that goes between rows 2 and 3 done and the last two rows of blocks and the sashing sewn together also the very last block needs to be made and it will be ready for quilting. So I'm thinking it's doable, at least I'm hoping it is!


I'm really excited about getting this done! My first red and white quilt. Can you call it a red and white quilt when it has a tan color in it too? 

Here is the next QAL that Pat Sloan is hosting.
It's called Main Street and this is block 1 5 and Dime Store. Since we just started out you have plenty of time to join in!

Well that's all for today! I'll be back in the next couple days...unless time escapes me again!
See ya soon!
Sheila

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sometimes You Just Have To Make A Whale

Well at least I do! I've been collecting whale patterns for a while and I found two blogs that were what I was looking for. The one blog actually got the idea from the other blog, so it's basically the same design. Here's the blog I got it from, she also links to the other blog... http://www.allmyfriendsareflowers.com/2013/12/denim-whale-tutorial-printable-pattern.html
I changed a few things and I think it made my whale a little lumpy. I also sewed on the line instead of cutting him out on the line so I'm sure that made him thicker. And I did change the tail so it was more like their tail. Did you know they photograph the tails to keep track of that individual! I may make more later, but at least I got it out of my system for now! But I have be collecting shark patterns soooo....

Now on to OMG, One Monthly Goal. I'm so happy to say that I DID finish my goal!!!
I'm calling it Starry Night because Van Gogh's Starry Night inspired the quilting of this one. I stitched circular stitches around the stars and swirls through the rest of the quilt. It quilted up fast and I love how it turned out. The batting I used is 50-50 blend of Bamboo and Cotton I purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. I can see me using this again and again! It's so soft and quilted up beautifully. On the back I put tabs along the top so when it's too warm out to use it can still be enjoyed as a wall hanging.
This is the back. I did an improve strip of the fabric I used on the front. I enjoyed the free style of this so much I may have to do a top of improved strips!

And  now for the Quilt A Longs...
I have a few blocks done from the quilt a longs I'm participating in. First Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet.
This is Block #5 When To Garden

 Block #15 Rose Garden

 Block #18 Secret Garden

Block #19 Master Gardener

Now for Pat Sloan's Out Of This World QAL
Block #5 Astronauts 

This is the Aurifil Designer of the Month quilt a long and this is the block for May. It was suppose to be all red for ruby's, but I decide to do a sapphire and emerald in mine.

I've been enjoying these quilt a longs and I'm now sewing the sashing and cornerstones on the Flower Bouquet. I'm so excited about finishing it!
I hope you've had a fun and productive sewing adventure! I'm thinking of more sea creatures to sew!
Sheila

Monday, May 6, 2019

Let's Get Busy!




I missed last months OMG (One Monthly Goal) and really need the motivation it gives me! I'm still trying to get my Oh My Stars finished. So for my OMG I want to have this quilted. Here's the top waiting for me to quilt it...
And here is the back with an improv strip and the top nicely folded and waiting patiently for me to complete it!
Check out Patty's Elm Street Quilts Blog for more details!

I hope to see you there!
Sheila

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Too Long...Part Two

I thought I would give you a little more details of why I was MIA. This past winter was hard on me. I didn't get sick, but I was so tired. Many days it was all I could do to get up and get my son off to school. I finally went to see my doctor and told her about my symptoms and about how tired I was. She had me have blood work done and tested my iron, vitamin D and vitamin B12. I thought for sure it was my iron again, but instead it was the D and B12! Makes sense, every winter since we moved here I've been getting more and more tired! She put me on a high dose of vitamin D2 and an over the counter B12. I've been on the vitamins for 2 weeks now and I'm feeling so much better! So if you're feeling overly tired and you're over 50 talk to your doctor!!!
First I want to show a project I've been wanting to do for quite some time. Now that I have my energy back I was able to get it done...
My bedroom! I love it so much, it makes me happy every time I walk into my room! I have been wanting to hang the quilt shelf for some time. After I put the shelf up I thought framed orphan blocks would be a great filler. I think I'll add a few smaller blocks to fill in some more. The quilt on the bed is Pat Sloan's Solstice quilt pattern that was from 2017 and on the one hanging from the shelf is also from Pat Sloan. It's a recent QAL called In The Summer Time. We just finished it up this past summer, but you can still get her patterns for free (including Solstice) from all her past quilt a longs at her website.

The framed orphan blocks are from Aurifil's Designer Of the Month QAL that Pat Sloan hosts. What can I say, I enjoy her QALs!  They have a new block a month going and though I wasn't going to start another QAL I couldn't help myself!!! I decided to not only do this years blocks, but some of the past blocks. I want to make a king size quilt using several years worth of DOM blocks. Here's what I have done so far...
This block is from 2017 and is called Bright Sun. It's also one of the blocks on my wall, but they are done in batiks. I'm doing these blocks in Boundless Collage from Bluprint. I've amassed quite a collection of the Collage fabric and I just love the colors! Here are this years Aurifil DOM blocks....
 This is January's block called Updated Wedding Ring.
 Here is March's block, Harvest. This is the block that pulled me in!
And here is April's block called Tradition With A Twist. I really like the way all these have turned out, but I really love this one because of the illusion of a circle and of course the blue and yellow! I haven't done February's yet it has a whole lot of tiny pieces!!!! As you can see this quilt is going to be very colorful! 

I'm also working on a baby quilt for my cousin. I'm using a Storm At Sea pattern from Electric Quilt. I upgraded to EQ8 and I am having a blast playing with designs!!!! I haven't taken photos of it yet, but I will and I'll get them posted!

Have you ever shopped at Bear Creek Quilting Co? It's an online quilt shop and let me just say I have been shopping with them for almost as long as I've been quilting! I love that they show you more of the fabric in their bundles and I'm in love with the Aurifil Gem packs! Every month they do the birth stone with 3 Aurifil spools of thread...the big spools! And the price is so reasonable! I've collected them from the start and only missed January. Mainly because I thought I bought it and was too tired to verify! Oh well I'll pick it up next shopping trip since the price is still pretty good for a three pack of thread. Also they are looking for Ambassadors! I'm not sure how much longer as it started the beginning of April. Check them out you'll love them too!

So what have you been working on? Is there another QAL I should be doing???? hahaha
Chat soon!
Sheila

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Too Long Away From The Blog!

Wow has it really been over a month! I've been sewing every day, even if it was only a few minutes a day. So I have a lot to show you!
First I'll show Pat Sloan's Out Of This World monthly quilt a long. 

Block #3 Where To Learn
 This month's block we had to make 4 blocks! The first block took a little longer, but the other three came together a lot faster. 

The next months block was Block #4 Space Crazy
I absolutely love this block! I wish the constellations could be seen. But their are more blocks to make and I'm sure I'll be using this fabric again! Pat gave the layout for this quilt a long and I started putting the blocks together. I think it's going to be a fun quilt.

Here is Block #11 Green Grass

I think this would have been a lot better if I was using other colors, but this is going to be a red and white quilt so I had to make do.
Block #12 Marigolds

 This block made me think of my dad. He loved marigolds and always had them in the garden. I would tease him and called them stink weeds. I now make sure to have them in my garden. They are very beneficial keeping bad bugs away.

Block #13 Veggie Garden
This was an easy block to make. Pat used a few of her scraps for the light areas. I only did one spot and decided I would rather not do that. You can see the one square I did, but I have a plan to hid that when it's through. I'm excited to see it finished!
Block #14 Garden Center
This is one of my favorite blocks...but their is more!

I haven't made block #15 yet, but soon! Here is Block #16 First Blooms
This is another block I just love! Pat give a bonus layout using 4 of these blocks and I'm thinking they would make a great piece for the table.

Block #17 Perennials and Annuals
This has got to be my favorite block! I love how it came together. I'm starting to put these blocks together too. Pat gave two options for the layout. I'm doing the traditional method. I like the look of sashing and cornerstones and I'm using that red fabric in the half square triangles for the cornerstones. Their's only 3 blocks left so I better get busy!

I do have more to show, but this post is pretty long already! I hope you'll stop by again for a visit. Even better sign up and never miss a post! I'm working on some tips to show you!
Sheila

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Flower Bouquet Block 10!

Yes! Block 10! That means we are half way through the Quilt A Long! This is Pat Sloan's QAL called A Flower Bouquet. Check out her blog for other QALs and past ones. They are all still available and they are free. 
Block 10 Picking Flowers.
There are two different layouts and I finally decided to do the second layout. Otherwise I would only have to do one of each blocks. This means the other block similar to this one I need to make one more of each of those blocks and sew them together. I also need to start adding the sashing and cornerstones. I'm excited about how this is coming out and can't wait to see this quilt all put together! Maybe it's because this is my first red and white quilt and I'm lovin this fabric!!!
Now off to work on her other QAL Out Of This World! It's a monthly QAL and this month there is 4 large blocks to do! I'm so excited about this QAL too and can't wait to see how this will all come together!
So until later!
Sheila

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spinning My Wheels

That's what I feel like sometimes! The wheels are turning, but I'm not getting anywhere! Well another OMG was not finished... Last month I wanted to get my OH MY STARS quilted. I forgot I didn't have a backing ready for it! I did get the backing finished and so for this months OMG I want to get it quilted.

Here is the backing with the top folded on top, waiting to be basted. I did an improve strip along the back and it was so relaxing. No worry about having the right size, you just make it up as you go! I'm thinking a whole quilt would be fun to do! 

Here is my block #9 for Pat Sloan's QAL, A Flower Bouquet.
 I'm loving the fabric in this collection and can't wait to see this quilt all together! It was done in time to post a link to Pat's blog, but I was trying to get some other projects out of the way. If you are playing along with Pats QAL I strongly encourage you to link up every week. Last week I found out I won a box of Aurifil thread!!!! This is the third time I was lucky enough to win just by linking to someones post. I don't link to win, to me it's a way to get people to my blog and feel like part of the quilting community. But being a lover of Aurifil makes me do a happy dance when I do win! So I encourage y'all to link and show off your beautiful projects!

I hope you're having a wonderful March!
Sheila

Friday, March 1, 2019

Monthly Color Challenge 2019

I have a special block for you this month!!! I'm playing along with Jen at Patterns by Jen as one of the bloggers for the Monthly Color Challenge. Although I'm making and posting all the blocks, this month is my assigned month! And I'm so excited to share my block! Head to Jen's blog to pick up directions for this months block.
And now here's my block!

March's color is Navy blue and my tip is measure twice! I was going to use a darker blue, but I cut the large block smaller and didn't have enough to re-cut. Thankfully I had another blue I was able to use. 
If you haven't seen my previous blocks go here for February and here for January.
And for more inspiration for March's block head to see this month's wonderful bloggers/quilters:

Nancy  Masterpiece Quilting 
Katie Sewing With Katie

I hope you're joining in on the fun! And if you want to keep track of what I'm into follow my blog! 
Hope to see you again!
Sheila

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

My Latest Finished Block

Hey it's Tuesday night and you know what that means! My latest block in Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet QAL! I'm enjoying this QAL, but then I usually enjoy Pat's blocks. 

This is block #8 called Geraniums. 
Pat is giving two layout options for this quilt. One is an asymmetric layout and the other is a 4x5 layout with sashing and cornerstones. Although I like asymmetric layouts I think I'm going with the basic layout with the sashing. Plus the corners are a little different and are drawing me to that layout! Check out the two layouts here.

I'm behind on my Temperature quilt, but I have my temps written down and most of my colors are cut out, I just need to put the highs and lows together and get sewing! 

I'm also behind on my Hand Pieced Sew A Long that Patty is hosting. I'm still stitching block #2, but I'm almost done with it. To be honest I haven't made a real effort to get it done, so much going on! But I am working and plan on getting it done. I already have a place I want it to hang!

Make sure you come back on the 1st of March! It's my month for the Monthly Color Challenge!
Sheila

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Another Week Another Flower Bouquet Block

I hope every ones week has been wonderful and productive! Mine hasn't been as productive as I would like. It seems with this cold weather all I want to do is sleep! But I am staying up with both of Pat Sloan's QALs. Of course one is only once a month, but the other is every Wednesday and I'm happy to say I am keeping up with it.
This is Block 7 ~ Containers. 
I just love basket blocks! I'm thinking of doing a quilt with a different variety of basket blocks. Wouldn't that be a fun quilt a long!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fun and productive week!!! Come back soon!
Sheila