Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop

Today is my day to show off some gorgeous fabric.  I was so excited to open my box of fabric from Island Batik and receive a large bundle of Southern Blooms, which should be arriving in stores very soon.   You will want to follow the Four Seasons blog hop and feast your eyes on beautiful quilts, and a chance to win prizes.

I wanted to make a quilt that really showed off the beautiful colors and how well they all play with each other.  So I designed a quilt using 2 simple blocks, the uneven 9 patch and a friendship star.  In my minds eye, I could see a quilt that looked like a beautiful spring day.  Spring is one of my very favorite seasons....I love the awakening of colors and new life.

It became a challenge to get this quilt finished in time.  I wanted to have it done by Christmas, but that did not happen since I came down with a virus that lasted 3 weeks.  Not only did that virus take away my voice, but my energy and mojo!  Then we headed for Texas and once we got settled in I started working away.  Normally I can go over to the Community Building and sew, but sometimes there are other activities going on and I have to make do and sew in the RV.  Machine quilting in the RV on my little Janome was a bit of a challenge, but i got it done just in the nick of time!

Can you find the little friendship stars scattered about in the quilt?


The quilting on this is my go to quilting when I need to get something finished quickly....wavy plaid.  This time I did it with my free motion foot and it worked out great. (could not find my walking foot...didn't get packed!)  On the border is just some loops and paisley designs.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Prizes! Be sure to head over to Island Batik and get in on the prizes there.  And check out the other bloggers as they have a give away happening on their blogs.  
I have a bundle of fabric for you...5 fat-quarters of the Southern Blooms from Island Batik and the pattern for Awakening.

To win, please leave a comment as to your favorite season of the year.

And one more thing....all of my patterns are on sale for $5 at Craftsy until the blog hop ends!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop has begun!

Today the Four Seasons Island Batik blog hop has started, and I know you will want to visit the bloggers for some wonderful eye candy and prizes!  Check out this link to Island Batik for the schedule. 

I am still sewing away on my blocks.  Now that we are here in Texas and the weather is so beautiful, it makes it very hard to stay inside and sew! What a difference a week can make!  When we arrived in Brownsville it was freezing cold, and 30 minutes after we arrived, the electricity went out.  The grid is not set up for the demands of cold weather.

  I really love this line of fabric that Island Batik sent to me...Southern Blooms.  Gorgeous fabric, and I love sewing with it.  Here is a sneak peek of the blocks I am making......

Southern Blooms

Consider visiting the bloggers that posted today....you will be inspired!  Both quilters used Blue Moon....a beautiful line of blue batiks.

Inquiring Quilter

Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Grace and peace......Sharon

Friday, January 5, 2018

One Monthly Goal for January

This year I decided to join the One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts, I need all the motivation I can get sometimes.  I am really, really awesome at STARTING......but finishing?  I get side tracked so easily!

Island Batik sent me a beautiful batch of fat quarters that I have started playing with.  They are from the Spring Blossoms collection which you can find in stores now.  So I am sewing away to get ready for our Four Seasons Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors which begins next week. So here is a sneak peek of my springtime quilt.......

Isn't this fabric yummy?

Be sure to come back next week for our blog hop!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Charcoal Mittens for you----it's winter here!

This month I really looked forward to the project for Island Batik....Table Scraps. When I saw the Alpine Ice fabric in my box, I knew that would be my winter table topper. The blues and grays are perfect for the winter season that is upon many of us.  I hate putting away my Christmas decorations, so I always leave out all the snowmen to brighten up January.
What about you?

Charcoal Mittens

As you can see, I need your help and advice!  I have been sick with some kind of throat virus, so it has slowed me way down, and I have an un-quilted quilt here.  Plus my brain is in a bit of a fog, so I need some ideas on how to quilt this.  

Here is the basic square that this quilt starts out with.  I found the idea in the 2016 BHG Christmas Quilts and More, and it was made up into a lap quilt.  I want to share the pattern with you, but cannot find an online version to link you to, so I will give you some measurements and let you take it from there.  

Cutting instructions for the 15" square.

I made four of these and placed them together as shown below.  You could also make 3 and make a long table runner.

For the border, I cut (64) 2 1/2" squares, and sewed together in 2 strips of 15 and 2 strips of 17.

I am not sure how to give you a download of the applique pieces here, if you have EQ you will find mittens and snowflake patterns there.  And, maybe other patterns or a childs coloring book would be of help.  I am going to see what I can do to upload the applique pieces this week, or I can email to you if you send me a note.  yellowcatquilts@gmail.com

Wishing you a blessed and peace filled Christmas with those you love.....


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Granny Stitch Triangle shawl

It feels great to be getting some gifts finished and wrapped up!  My mom is 93 years old, and in a nursing home, so I crocheted this warm, comfy shawl for her to throw over her shoulders.

I love this variegated yarn and it did work up fairly quick.  I used the Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn!" super soft, with a size I crochet hook.  I did my own thing with the edging....I think I got carried away...but Mom will love it!  Check the tutorial here if  you might want to make one.

Grace and peace....Sharon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Spread Joy

This is such a neat idea, I have to share it with you....wish I had thought of it, but I did not.  We all know how much everyone enjoys receiving a handmade gift, and this one is super easy and cute.  Check it out on My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe.

Photo credits My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe.com

You can download the pattern here and give a special little Christmas pillow and spread some joy!  Who will you make yours for?  

grace and peace....Sharon

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Countdown to Christmas

Moda Bakeshop is sharing a 6" block EVERY DAY until Christmas!  I think we all need another project, right?  Just look how cute this one is!  Cute for a mug rug maybe?  Or put together a few for a gift or table topper? 

"The blocks will all measure 6″ finished and fit in with a seasonal theme. Make a few for a table runner or make them all for a quilt! You can use your favorite 6″ block quilt layout to put them together or stick with us through the month to see some layouts we have designed for all of the blocks. Each block is made with a mix of Red, Green, and White fabrics. This is a great opportunity to use your stash or pick up your favorite Christmas fat quarter bundle."  

Looks fun!  What do you think?????