Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Curves Ahead!

Curves are not my thing!  Not sure why...guess I have not tried to sew a curved seam that much.  So....this month our Island Batiks challenge was to use curves in our project.  Fortunately, I had just taken a class from Sue Cleveland....Piping Hot Macaroni quilt block.  It was a blast taking a class with Sue, she is full of information, and just plain fun!  Let's face it...anyone that can make curves fun is awesome!  If you ever have the chance to take a class from Sue, take one and you won't regret it!

I dug through my Island Batik Stash builder bundles and came up with these yummy pinks to make the macaroni block.  The piping was easy to make and added just the right contrast.  The machine quilting was done using Superior Fantastico 40 weight thread.  I also tried out a Superior Titanium Coated #14 Topstitching needle in my machine...loved it!  I think this will be my first choice of needle for my machine quilting on my Janome 7700.

Do you have a favorite curved piecing method?  I see rulers out there on the market...what do you think?

grace and peace....Sharon

linking to: Midweek Makers
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Celestial Voyager ... my modern batik challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a Modern Quilt.  What is a modern quilt?  For me it has a lot of negative space and uses a traditional block in a less traditional setting.  Looking at the definition from the modern quilt guild, I looked at my quilt to see if it fits.
  • Minimalism and negative space-yes
  • High contrast-yes
  • Graphic areas of solid color- batiks can read solid in my opinion
  • Use of bold colors and prints-Not so much
  • Improvisational piecing-nope
  • Modern traditionalism - yes.  The block I used is a Classic Priscilla block called Hummingbird.  
  • Alternate grid work-yes
What do you think?

It is easy to paper piece with two different sized blocks. I went through my lovely Island Batik fabrics and put together this colorway of blues, aqua, teal, and purple.  The background is Island Batik Frost, a beautiful fabric that worked so well with the colorway I chose.
After I finished piecing the blocks, I discovered the Tucker Corner Beam ruler and decided I could easily cut and sew this block with this cool ruler! Then it was time to quilt it on my Janome 7700, which I LOVE! I did ruler quilting in the blocks then a free motion filler in the background. I think this would make a darling baby quilt with fewer blocks to make it smaller....actually I have one started!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you are finding time to stitch today, even if it is just for 30 minutes.

grace and peace....Sharon

p.s.  be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors for some wonderful modern quilts!

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction

Janet from Whispers of Yore

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Sale!

In honor of the Memorial Day weekend coming up, all of my patterns in my Craftsy shop are on sale for $5 until Monday.  Hope you see something you want to sew up this weekend!

Gypsy Solstice

Island Hopping

Last Saturday, my husband helped me award Quilts of Valor to six World War II veterans.  It was a wonderful ceremony complete with the Honor Guard from Lees Summit West Air Force ROTC.  The quilts were much appreciated, and it such an honor to be able to present the quilts that have been made by our quilt guild QOV quilting bee.  Our group is part of the Greater Kansas City Area QOV.

I wanted to share this link to Quilt Inspirations blog, she has provided links to lots of wonderful patriotic quilt patterns that are free.   It's a wonderful resource and I found a few I want to make!

Wishing all of you a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, as we remember those who have served our country as well as those who have passed on in our lives.  I remember taking mason canning jars and picking iris and peonies with my grandma so that we could visit the cemetery.  Do you have a special memory?

grace and peace....Sharon

I think I can guess what Bella plans on doing all weekend!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Let's go Island Hopping at Market

This is my second reveal for this new pattern Island Hopping is now available.  I am proud to say that my quilt is in St. Louis with Island Batik.  The fabric line is Seas the Day...coming soon to a store near you!  The pattern is available in my Craftsy shop is easy piecing with a modern setting.

51 x 51

This is a quick and easy throw to make this summer!  I hope you enjoy making one for yourself and you will share it with me on Instagram, #IslandHopping  or by email.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Come back soon for a Sew Along that I have in the works.  When you participate in a Sew Along, do you like the directions monthly or every other week?   I am leaning towards every other week to keep everyone interested and to complete the top by the end of summer.  What do you think?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This little piggie went to market.....

Well, not ME actually, but two of my quilts are hanging at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis.  Yes, TWO!  I am so excited!  Island Batik will have my Gypsy Solstice hanging with the Solstice by Fourth and Sixth Designs fabric line that will be available this fall. 

Gypsy Solstice

This design is a neat combination of paper-piecing, a bit of applique and traditional piecing.  I hope you will want to make one....and of course share it with me with the hashtag #GypsySolstice on Instagram.  

The digital download for this pattern can be found on my Craftsy page.  

Thanks for stopping by, and I will show you the other quilt that is at market later this week!

grace and peace....Sharon

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ART with Fabric Blog Hop

Art quilts...I cannot say that I have ever made one!  So I took the plunge and decided to participate in the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, hosted by Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.  She challenged us to make a quilt using the theme Women, and to pick one of our favorite female artists and use her art as inspiration for our quilt.

My favorite female artist is Robin Mead.  I love her whimsical style and bold, bright colors. Robin's art is full of joy! She offers online art classes, and I have been fortunate to take a couple of her classes.  I also own one of her handmade journals, and have filled it with my own art.  We traded art as well, so I do own a lovely piece of artwork made by Robin.  It was hard to narrow down a favorite piece of art...they are all my favorites.  But I finally decided on Jubilant.  If you would like to see more of Robin's artwork, follow this link and check her out.  Robin Mead's Art Blog.

First I made a drawing using my computer.  I took this image to photo shop and changed it to pencil drawing.  I decided to first make a small wall hanging. 

I also drew a larger version to make one that is 24" x 24".  I drew a one inch grid on a large sheet of paper, making it much easier to get the size and placement correct.  After making this small version, I am itching to make a larger one!

This was made with fusible applique using a hand buttonhole stitch, French knots and a running stitch.  Embroidery is not my thing, but this was fun to do.  And my first attempt at a piping in the binding! This is made with mostly Island Batiks...dug through my scraps and this is what I came up with for colors.  

Hope you will visit the other art quilts on the following blogs....the blog hop lasts all week long!
Thanks for stopping by! 
grace and peace....Sharon

Spring 2017 schedule
Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Friday, May 19th, 2017 

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I hope that you have been visiting all the blogs that are in this wonderful event.  This is my second year, and I am happy to be here meeting new friends and old friends, and learning from all the wonderful quilters in blog land. We are fortunate to have three wonderful hosts, each who are responsible for a group of us.  The leader of my group is Leeane at She Can Quilt.  The other hosts are Beth at Cooking up Quilts and Yvonne at QuiltingJetGirl.  Be sure to visit all of the hosts and visit all the new bloggers for a chance to win some great prizes!

Isn't this logo cute?  This is the group of bloggers I am in and it has been great to get to know everyone.  Please be sure to go visit them this week!

A little about me...married to my best friend, grandmother to 7 grandchildren, and momma to Mary and Matt, and wicked step momma to three daughters.  Quilting and art are my first loves, and then comes gardening and baking.  My grandsons live nearby, so they are happy to be the recipients of baked goods!  I have been quilting for over 30 years, and am an aspiring quilt designer.  It is something I have always wanted to why not now?  Three of my quilt patterns will be at Spring Quilt Market with Island Batik....very excited!  

For many years I have been a traditional quilter, using reproduction fabrics which I still love.  Kim Diehl is my favorite fabric and pattern designer in this genre.  But lately, I have wanted to do something different, and have been drawn to the idea of changing up the tradition quilt blocks and settings a bit.  I don't consider myself a modern quilter...but I do love experimenting with the concept.  The newest lines of fabrics such as Cotton and Steele, Art Gallery Fabrics, etc are pulling at me and I have been working a bit with those.  Also...batiks!  Loving the quality of the fabrics and the colors to work with!  So needless to say, I was thrilled when Island Batik accepted me as one of their ambassadors and are taking some of my designs to market.  

First I am going to show you a few of my older quilts, then I will show you where I am now....I feel like I am constantly evolving and enjoying the journey.

Here are a few of my favorite recent quilts....

A bit different, right?  Don't get me wrong...I still love to play with my reproduction prints at times!

What else?  Oh!  I am part of our quilt guild's Quilts of Valor group, which I started a couple of years ago.  We really enjoy making the quilts and awarding them to local veterans.  We are part of the Greater Kansas City QOV.  

Also, I started a Project Linus group in our church. I must say, we are a small group, but prolific!  It was started with the thought of ministering to children facing illness.  But I have learned that it provides a ministry to the ladies that are sewing these quilts.  This week, one of our ladies died.  Iris fought an 8 year battle with cancer, yet continued to come to the sewing bees, to learn new skills, and provide blankets for the children.  Her family told me how much she enjoyed being able to do something like this.  I truly believe that when we give of ourselves, we receive so much more back.

Hopefully you will come back and visit my blog often.  I try to post once a week, but sometimes life gets in the way.  I am learning so much from other bloggers on this New Quilt Blogger adventure and trying to improve my blog as much as possible.  My patterns are available on Craftsy in digital form for now.  Marketing myself is the hardest part of all of this....any suggestions are very welcome! 

Thank you for stopping by....wishing you lots of time to follow your love of quilting or whatever inspires you to be creative!

grace and peace....Sharon

p.s.  Oh!  and this is faithful companion, the yellow cat!

Yes...most of the time she is sleeping on the job! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Floral Charm a new pattern

Our project for April was an applique project.  I decided to take one of my designs and make it in batiks this time.  Hope you like how it turned out!  It is 15 x 20....a nice little wall hanging for spring and summer.  Mine is made from a variety of Island Batik scraps in my stash. The pattern lends itself to any type of applique you like to do.  Mine is done with needle turn with embroidery embellishments.  It was hand quilted using the quick and easy big stitch method,  I used a #12 Perle thread and an embroidery needle.

Floral Charm

If you would like to learn more about big stitch quilting, here is an excellent tutorial by Sherri Noel of RebeccaMaeDesigns. I thought to write my own tutorial, but she really explains it very well here.
I did use a variety of colors quilt with such as lavender, aqua, cream, and green.

My pattern is available on Craftsy this week half-price....$4.00...for this week only!  Here is a link for you to get your copy of Floral Charm.  When you finish your project and post it on Instagram or Face  book, use the hashtag #floralcharm.  I would love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have fun quilting today!

Linking up to:  My Quilt Infatuation   Can I get a Whoop! Whoop!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Scraps of goodness

Over at Confessions of A Fabric Addict, Sarah is sponsoring the 7th Hands2Help Charity Challenge. 
When I found out about it, I decided to participate...I love making quilts for a good cause and I love to use up my scraps.  If you ever want to make a quilt .... "just because" ....I can't think of a better way to use up scraps and fulfill a need.

So...I had a few scraps leftover from a quilt I made, cut it into 1 1/2" strips and made some more pineapple blocks.  May I say I LOVE pineapple blocks?  Especially now that I have this great ruler made by Gyleen Fitzgerald. Did I say I am a sucker when it comes to rulers???? This tool or paper piecing are my favorite method to use for pineapples.
Her book is a treasure as well....Trash to Treasure.  Ever since I took her wonderful class, I have been saving 1 1/2" strips in a big sack so that I can just sit and make pineapple blocks whenever the mood strikes.

This week Sarah is having a linky party of all the quilts that are being made for charity.  Check it will be inspired!

Linking to: Scraptastic Tuesday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Skip to My Lou

In the current Quiltmaker magazine, you will find my newest quilt featured.  It is an old quilt block pattern with a different layout to play with.  The blocks are 6", and the article gives you other options for layouts.

My inspiration for this quilt came from a quilt top that was in the Pilgrim Roy Collection.  It had never been quilted, and the colors were rather odd.  He thought that was the reason it had not been quilted and just put away.  I really liked the setting, and decided it would look great in a modern fabric.  Playground by Amy Sinibaldi of Art Gallery Fabrics designed this delightful collection of fabrics, and I wanted to use it!

Quiltmaker has kits available for this quilt if you decide you want to make it just like mine.  

It was quilted on my Janome 7700 with a quick and easy wavy diagonal line. 

If you do make it, I would love to see it!

grace and peace....Sharon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Mini Madness

For the month of March, the Island Batik Ambassadors were assigned the task of making a mini quilt 24 x 24 or less, using foundation piecing or English Paper Piecing.  My mini is a combination of both piecing methods, as I love to do both.  So I played around in EQ7 and here it is.

This is my EPP measures 6".  I pieced the star, then appliqued it down to the block.

           Here is my paper pieced compass block which measured out at 12".

And here is my little quilt...all finished!  My husband has long desired a Mariners Compass quilt, so here is one for him.  The little light house blocks were purchased several years ago and I thought this would be a great place to use them.  So glad I un-earthed them!  They were made by Island Batik as well.

I love  being an Island Batik Ambassador...the challenges are great fun!  Check out some of the other Ambassadors and see what kind of mini-madness they have been up to!

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Linking to:  Midweek Makers  Freemotion on the River

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rescue Me!

Yes, you read the title correctly....but it is not me that is in need of rescuing.  This is the second week of Furry Fridays, and I hope you will read on about the goals of the blog posts for this event.
Anyone that owns a cat, knows that a quilt is a CAT Magnet...right? And I am sure that dogs are just as attracted!  I love seeing the pictures on Instagram that quilters share of their fur babies helping them quilt. 

Many pets don't have homes and could use our help. So...a group of quilting industry partners have come together with the Petfinder Foundation to raise awareness of those less fortunate furry friends that are waiting to be rescued into a loving home.  For seven weeks, we will be sharing pictures of a shelter pet that needs a good home.  Even if they are not in your area, go to, put in your zip code and you will find a listing of the pets that need a home in your area. 

This week, I am sharing a cat and a dog that need a loving home.  Maybe you or someone you know would like to rescue one of them.  Meet Tigress and Crysta.
Click on the names to find out more!

 A pregnant female cat was found and turned over to WARM and Tigress is one of 7 kittens born at WARM. Tigress is a very loving, very sweet tri-color Tabby. She follows you all around trying to get your attention and love. Tigress has been at WARM all of her life waiting for a forever home. If you're looking for a little companion, please consider visiting Tigress, she is such a sweetheart and will be a wonderful loving companion for some lucky person. 

Crysta is a beautiful eight-year-old tricolor German Shepherd mix with striking features. Crysta can be a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly. Crysta is a friendly girl that likes to be petted and loved on. Crysta likes to go for walks outside and explore her new surroundings. This calm, easy-going girl is going to make someone a wonderful new pet!

We have a precious rescue cat, Bella.  Three years ago she came to live with us after our long time Max had died.  I wanted a kitten, and on a cold, snowy day we visited the SPCA.  We saw lots of cats, but no kittens. One of the volunteers knew I wanted a kitten, so she went back to the hospital and brought out the saddest looking little baby. She was quite ill, and could not be adopted at the time, but when she recovered we were told we could adopt her.  I could not say no!  That face! 

 She is such a good cat...very tolerant of all the grandchildren and wants to be wherever they are playing.  Bella has become quite the traveler as well, and we take her with us whenever we travel in our RV. She is a very social cat, and cannot bear to be alone for long.  She is always sitting on one of our laps, or right in the middle of whatever I am working on...of course! You all know the drill if you have a cat in your life. 

Another goal of Furry Friday is to help provide kennel quilts through The Small Kennel Quilt Team, an organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine. If you would like to help out , you can make a kennel quilt.  The information about the kennel quilt program can be found on The Quilt Pattern Magazine website. The kennel quilts are so easy to is the tutorial from the one I made in February.  And...even more fun...a virtual quilt retreat on March 18 and March 19!  Why not join in and make a kennel quilt? 
A big thank you to our sponsor this week...The Quilt Pattern Magazine.


Here are a few I have made this week.  Scraps work wonderful!  Plus, they are great to practice free-motion quilting.  As you can see, Bella thinks all of them are for her, but I know I can convince her to choose just one and share!

What do you think....she does seem to be considering which one she really would like to keep!