Friday, October 21, 2016

Rain Down

Today my quilt, Rain Down is featured on the RJR blog as part of the What Shade Are You? challenge.  This was great fun, as it pushed me out of my comfort zone.  It has been fun experimenting with solid colors.

So this is what I came up with.....

"Rain Down" is one of my favorite hymns.  My thought process for the layout of the blocks was to make it have a motion of moving ....raining, washing, soothing.  These are 8" pineapple blocks in a 6x6 setting.  

Rain down Rain down Rain down your love on your people
Rain down Rain down Rain down your love, God of life.

Thanks for stopping by!
grace and peace....Sharon

Linking up to: FabricFrenzy Friday

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Winter Migration

McCall's Quilting has featured one of my quilts in the November/December issue.  I am excited about it and in love with the beautiful fabric from MODA.  This is Barbara Brackman's newest collection, Baltimore Blues.

Winter Migration

I had to laugh at my husband...he never used to look at my quilt magazines.  But now that I have had a few published, he looks through them when they come in the mail.  I came home the other day, and he had the McCall's Quilting magazine open on his desk..."Look! You are on page 10!"  He is my biggest supporter!  

Last Thursday, was my turn to be a guest blogger on McCall's blog, so if you want to check that out just follow this link.  This is a method that I really like to use...especially with Deb Tuckers Square Trimmer ruler! 

Hope you are having a great week!  and thank you for stopping by!

grace and peace....Sharon

Linking up to: Fabric Tuesday   Free Motion by the River

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Love Halloween!

 It's that time of year to dig out all the fall and Halloween favorite time of year!  Every year we have a Trunk or Treat at our church.  My husband dresses up like the Headless Horseman, and kids and adults alike are fascinated by this guy.  He never says a word. I love watching the kids cautiously walk up to him to get some candy...would you?

Some of my favorite decorations...

Last year I made this little quilt...but did not have it quilted and bound in time for Halloween.  It's now a finish, and I love him!

Needle and Foot is having a Halloween Linky Party starting today....go check out all the talented bloggers who have linked up.  

It's a beautiful fall day...hope you enjoy your day wherever you are!  

grace and peace....Sharon

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Quilting Mod Challenge

Earlier in the summer,  Afton at QuiltingMod threw out a call for a challenge she was hosting.  We each received a package of Art Gallery Fabrics Round Elements. The rules were quite simple: Those accepting the challenge must include Art Gallery Round Elements in a finished project of their choice. Additional fabrics from any manufacturer or collection are allowed. This is the first time working with fabric from AGF and it is a great fabric to sew with!

I actually started three different projects before I decided on the one that I wanted to use.  I will finish the others, but this is the one I have ready for today.  Some of you have heard of the #100Day100Block challenge that is going on.  I had started this, and loved working on the 6" blocks from Tula Pinks book....100 Modern Blocks.  So I veered off from the path I was on and made nine of the blocks, then set them in the shadow block setting.  I really like the way this has turned out!  The idea for the setting came from a previous sew along with Jen @A Dream and a Stitch and Janice @Color, Creating and Quilting and I just adjusted the measurements to my 6" blocks.  The pattern we used can be found here, just changed the measurements to fit my block.  The finished quilt is 31" x 31".  You will find all the block patterns in Tula Pink's book. My quilting was inspired by the photos in her book.

Here is the finished project!  Hope you like it!
Thank you, Afton for such a fun challenge!

Afton is having a linky part to all the challenges.  Run on over and check out the entries!

Linking up to: Monday Making  Oh Scrap

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