This week has been a very busy week!–I’ve managed to get a little bit of sewing in, but not as much as I would have liked.
Welcome fabric friends!
Last year, about this time, I was excited to be asked to participate in a wonderful upcoming book that Moda and Martingale Publishers were planning on publishing. The book was called Moda All Stars All in a Row. It is always a loud “yes!” when Moda Fabrics asks you to participate in anything.
Today, I get to share more about this fun book which is now available for purchase.
Summer is flying by–it’s really about half way over in terms of when the girls head back to school. Some days it feels like it’s zipping along and other days(those days that I feel like I am a referee all day long) go a bit slower.
I thought I should pop on and share a bit about how our summer is shaping up. I am quite intentional with how my summer days are spent. This means that I take on less projects so that I can spend more time with my girls while they are home. I have gotten in some sewing time as well as some fabric buying time this summer though!
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with one of my LQS’s for an upcoming fall project. This means I’ve been popping into the shop somewhat often this summer. On one of my visits, I noticed some Fiesta Wovens that have since made their way home with me. I also picked up a wonderful selection of solids and I love how everything mixes with Prairie.
You are going to notice I am snagging some of my Instagram photos–so much easier than snapping new pictures!
Another project I have been working on is a mini Lone Star Quilt. I have been wanting to make a mini Lone Star Quilt. I had tried making a version on my own last summer–drafting up my own pattern but, it was an epic fail. It looked pretty:
But, nothing fit together. I was so disappointed. I recently came across the book “Little Lone Star Quilts“. It features a paper pieced method to making mini lone star blocks. I decided to give it a whirl just a few weeks ago. So, I pulled new fabrics:
Started cutting little squares and using the paper pieced method to make my Lone Star Diamonds.
And let me tell you, this method while time consuming, is ingenious.
This block will finish at 8″. It’s adorable. Because the block took so many hours to make, I now need to decide if I want to turn this block into a pillow or mini instead of turning it into a quilt. I still have visions of making at least 9-12 of these little guys–actually more if I have the patience and turning them all into a beautiful quilt.
Another book that I recently looked through was Amy Gibson’s book, “For Keeps“. Amy and I have chatted back and forth online so when I heard she was writing a book, I was excited to see it. I love reading her blog and knew if she wrote a book it would be beautiful. And it is.
The photography throughout the book is beautiful. Lots of color.
And, I picked up some tips I know I will be utilizing. My favorite might be this glue basting tip:
My daughter, Elonie, received some fabric last week and she is determined to make herself a quilt. She has two layer cakes and she wants to make a larger quilt. She was very eager to dive in but after sewing together just two squares she became a little bit overwhelmed once she realized how much time she would be spending making this quilt. I think if we utilize glue basting to hold the squares in place it will make the project easier for her. I have stumbled across glue basting before but I have never tried it myself–I am excited to have Elonie try it out.
The premise of Amy’s book, being intentional about quilting making, really struck a chord with me. It is very easy for me to get caught up in the making of the quilts and forget a bit about the enjoying of quilts. With that thought in mind, Amy has created the “For Keeps” pledge:
Don’t you love that?! You can take the “For Keeps” pledge here. Then, if you’d like you can print it out for your sewing room. Amy is also giving away a free quilt block pattern for those taking the pledge.
Speaking of being intentional with our sewing, I have been wanting to pick up a sewing machine for Chloe & Elonie. Either one to share or one for each of them. Do you have a favorite beginner friendly machine?–Maybe one you use yourself or one you’ve purchased for a child? I admit, that I get caught up in the cuteness factor–I’ve been eyeing these little guys and I love that the girls could each pick a cool color of their own:
They are the Janome Fast Lane machines. But, I worry that they might be a little bit less of a machine than I would want for them–no room to grow into them.
And then of course, being a Bernina gal, there is this adorable Simply Red machine.
This one, they would need to share–and I think I am once again being sucked in by the cuteness factor. So, if any of you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Hope you are all having great summers!
Good Morning All! Today is my stop on the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.
Irish Chain Quilts was written by my friend, Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa. Melissa and I have been online friends for many years and we met in real life last year at Quilt Market. Melissa is just as sweet as you might imagine she is from reading her blog. We caught up again at Quilt Market this spring and it was so fun to see what all has been going on in the past year for both of us.
Irish Chain Quilts is Melissa’s first book and I really enjoyed looking through it. The focus of the book as you can probably tell, is on the Irish Chain–however, Melissa has given a fresh spin to this very traditional block. She has included wonky blocks, appliqued blocks, very modern blocks, as well as a bit of tradition. With fresh fabric choices and fun designs there is a lot to see in this book.
Melissa asked each of the blog hop participants to make a block based on one of the quilts in the book. She will be piecing all of the blocks into a charity quilt. She is planning on sharing the completed quilt on her blog on Friday and I am eager to see how it has turned out.
The quilt that I chose to make a block based off of was Connect The Dots–an dotty appliqued version of an Irish Chain.
This was such a fun block to make.
And it was fun working with this aqua palette. My fabric stash has an overwhelming amount of aqua fabrics. I’m not sure how this happens as I wouldn’t claim it as one of my favorite colors–I tend to gravitate toward the warmer colors. But, somehow these aquas always end up coming home with me. I had to sneak a couple Prairie prints in there and was excited to see how nicely they play with some of my other favorite designers.
To see more about this book, you can check out the various blog posts that have been shared: