Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Edition of the Bloggers Quilt Festival this week!

This week is the Fall Edition of the Bloggers Quilt Festival, and I hope you are enjoying all the creativity out there!  Clementine is my second entry into the festival, it is an original design and easy to make.  You can find the pattern here, on sale this week only during the festival! 

It makes up into a nice size lap quilt using two blocks.  If you decide to make one, I would love to see it, you can tag me on IG @punkydoodle53.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you are getting some sewing time in today and will visit some if not all the entries into the Quilt Festival.  A big thank you to Amy at Amy's Creative Side.  

grace and peace....Sharon

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival begins this week!

I'm excited that Amy is having a Bloggers Quilt Festival beginning today!  If you have not heard about it, go check out Amy's Creative Side for all the information. There are prizes to be won and lots of quilts to check out.

Today, I am entering a quilt in the Original Design category.  This was inspired by a vintage quilt applique quilt block, but with a different setting.  One of the names for this block is Sunflower. Perhaps I will name this quilt Off Kilter.

I encourage you to visit all the wonderful bloggers that are sharing their quilts this week!

Linking up to: 2016 Bloggers Quilt Festival

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cloud 9 2016 New Block

Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!
Cloud9 is generously sponsoring a New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids.Our blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation. It is beautiful fabric and I love the colors and I really enjoyed sewing with this fabric!  A huge thanks to Cloud9 for sponsoring this blog hop!  I hope you will find lots of inspiration from all the new blocks.  At the end of this post, I will direct you towards the wonderful bloggers who are participating in our blog hop...please go check out the beautiful new blocks and tutorials. 

Cutting instructions

Fabric A (shadow)   (1) 4 1/2" square
                                 (2) 3" squares
Fabric B (sky)          (4) 3" squares
                                 (4) 2 1/2" squares
Fabric C (lilac)        (1) 1 1/2" x 20" rectangle
Fabric D (iris)          (1)  1 1/2" x 20" rectangle
                                      (10) 3" squares
Fabric E (amazon)  (1) 5 1/2" square  (4) 2 1/2" squares

Fenced In

Sewing it up!  This will make one 12 1/2" block (includes seam allowances)

Unit one

1. Draw a line on the diagonal of the (4) 2 1/2" B squares.  This is your sewing line. I sew just a tad to the right of the drawn line and this will allow you to sew and flip accurately.

2. Sew the B squares to the four corners of the A square as shown.  Trim 1/4" away from the sewn line and press out. 

 3. This square-in-a-square will measure 4 1/2".  Trim if you need to.

Unit 2

1. Sew the 1 1/2" strips of Fabric C and D together. 

    Press and cut into (8) 2 1/2" segments.

2.Sew these together to make 4 units that look like this.  Final measurement will be 4 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Unit 3

 Sew a 2 1/2" square of fabric E to each end of two of the unit 2 segments.  

Unit 4
 Sew a unit 2 to the top and bottom of unit 1.  Then sew unit 3 to each of the sides.  This is Unit 4 and should now measure 8 1/2" square.

Unit 5  Flying Geese

The no-waste method of making flying geese is my favorite way to make geese...and I love using my Deb Tucker Wing Clipper ruler!

You will use the 5 1/2" square (fabric E) and the (4) 3" squares (fabric B)

Mark a diagonal line on each of the 3" squares.
Lay two of the 3" squares on the 5 1/2" square.
Stitch 1/4" from the drawn line.  Trim between the lines of stitching on the center of the diagonal.  
Press seams toward the smaller triangles. 

Lay one 3" squared in th corner of this unit. Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line.  Trim between the lines.  Press seams toward the smaller triangles.
You now have flying geese which will need to be trimmed to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".


Half square triangles
Draw a line on the diagonal of the lighter squares.  You will sew 1/4" from the diagonal line. Then trim on the line and press.

Unit 6  HS triangles

Sew the 8 Fabric E squares to the Fabric D Squares.  Cut on the diagonal to make 8 HS triangles.
Sew one to each end of  the flying geese units as shown, 

Sew the fabric A 3" squares to the Fabric B 3" squares.  Sew 1/4" from the diagonal line, cut apart and trim to 2 1/2".  This will make 4 HS triangles.  Sew these to each end of two of the unit 6 to make unit 7.

Unit 7

Time to complete the block!

Sew unit 6 to the top and bottom of unit 4, carefully matching seams.  Press toward the center.

Now sew unit 7 to each side of the block. Once again carefully matching seams.

You are done!

Here is an easy layout idea:

If you would like a PDF of the instructions for this block you can go here.

Now go enjoy the rest of the blog hop! Here are the participants:

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Under the Stars...a new free pattern for you!

So....I threw my name in at the end of July to be the designer for the Design to Inspire Challenge over at Henry Glass and Company.  They chose me to work with a delightful collection of fabric from Barbara Jones Quilt Camp collection.  It is the cutest fabric!  I love the dots and checks, and of course the little retro campers and the charcoal grills. 

The challenge is to create anything you wish from the fabric that is sent to you.  Once the fabric arrived, it was time to let the fun begin!

I mean...who doesn't take a sewing project along when camping????

Head on over to the Henry Glass & Co. Blog and check out my projects....I hope to inspire you!

Also, I decided to give you a free pattern for my Under the Stars little quilt.  It can be used as a table topper or a wall hanging.  Don't you love the checks and dots?  Just go to my Craftsy shop and download the free pattern.  

Here are the links to the cute potholder and the fabric basket.  Very easy and fun to make!

Fabric Box from Seaside Stitches.

I encourage you to head over to the Henry Glass & Company you can put your name in to be the Desire to Inspire Designer for September.  I am in love with this fabric too...I need some! 

Linking up to: Midweek Makers
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another start!

So....I jumped in and bought Tula Pink's book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, and now I have taken the bait and started sewing these darling little blocks for the 100 Days 100 Blocks challenge.  It's not like I don't have enough projects started, but these are so simple and fun.  I am using up my scraps from
my collection of Beth Studley's fabrics.  I have wanted to do something with them, and this is a perfect project.  Except, I am all ready behind...I think today is Day 8!

Here are the three sweet little blocks that I have made so far...on to the next five this afternoon!

I really want to keep up with this....I tend to get the blocks made, put them in a pretty box and forget about them.  Oh's going to be a good day!  I had an epidural in my back yesterday, and this morning was able to go for a walk without pain...yay!  And the awful heat has gone away...beautiful summer day! I listened to a song by John Fogerty..."Don't You Wish it Were True".  Have to share a bit with you...I know we are all hoping and praying it will be true someday soon!

"But if tomorrow everybody under the sun was happy just to live as one...
No borders or battles to be  won.
 But if tomorrow everybody was you friend...happiness would never end.
 Lord, don't you wish it was true...."

Have a beautiful day!  Sharon and Bella, the Yellow Cat

Linking up to: Fabric Tuesday     Em's Scrapbag  Midweek Makers

P.S.  Bella wants you to know she is resting up after going to the beauty parlor this morning.  Oh, the life of a cat!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lovely Blog Award

It is an honor to be nominated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms for a Lovely Blog Award.  Thank you, Paige!  
Please go visit her lovely blog, too! She is such an inspiration to me.

The Rules:
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them.

Seven facts about me???  Hmmm....

1. I am one-half mother is a French war-bride.  She met my dad, an American GI in Paris, married him and came to America.  She is now 91 years old.  I cannot imagine being brave enough to get on a big boat full of strangers and come to a new country, unable to speak the language.  

2.  Being a gramma is one of the greatest joys in my life.  Can't imagine my life without my grandkids!

3.  God does have a plan for me...sometimes I just have to be patient and listen, and hopefully make the right choice.  Sometimes it is not so obvious, but when I look back I know He has had His hand on me every step of the way....through tragedy and through happiness.  

4.  Art is my other passion.  Much to my surprise I have been published in two books!  Art Journal Kickstarter  and Cards to Canvas.  I love to art journal and tangle or doodle.

5.  I cannot drive a stick!  My husband rebuilds cars, and I cannot drive the Mustang that is sitting down in the garage.

6. Gardening is a cathartic endeavor for me.  It fills my need to create with the help of the Creator, and it soothes my soul.  Pulling weeds is like attacking that which offends me in my everyday life...without hurting anyone.  Sometimes when I have an issue to resolve, I can do so in the quiet of my garden.  This summer not so much...two reasons..dealing with a lot of back pain and the unbearable heat.  

7.  My favorite tv shows are crime to try to solve the mystery!  Right now, I am binging on The Newsroom (not a crime show) and love it.  
Even though it is not a crime show, I LOVE Game of Thrones and Outlander.

8. more fact...I love Blogland and full of inspiration and new friendships!

Today I am nominating the following lovely bloggers:

Amanda of thismomquilts

Thanks for stopping by today!  

grace and peace...Sharon

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sewing under the dome

This heat is horrible! and I know I am not the only one that is sewing under the dome...I just hope everyone is enjoying some nice cool air conditioning!
Last week I finished a quilt with a modern vibe to it.  I had fun using my rulers to machine quilt it on my domestic sewing machine.  Don't be afraid to try really is a great way to quilt.  I am not sure what this quilt will be for now I am calling it Off Kilter.

On Tuesday our quilt guild had Gyleen X. Fitzgerald for a class called Trash to Treasures.  What a treat!  I am a sucker for rulers, and her ruler is great for making pineapple quilts.  She is a colorful, spontaneous lady...lots of fun!  Here is my block...I actually made 5, and it is addictive and uses up lots of 1 1/2" scrappy strings.

Here are some of the quilts Gyleen inspired us with....

The red and white really appeals to me...may have to make one for Christmas!

Hope everyone is getting some creative time in this week!  Stay cool if you are one those that are in the heat dome!

grace and peace...Sharon

Linking up to: Lets Bee Social 
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