Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When it's done it's done!

I have not done the quilt as you go method since the 80's when I taught the lap quilting method pioneered by Georgia Bonesteel.  So it was fun to try a different method of this technique, and I found that there are many out there.  First I made 12 blocks using scraps from my Island Batik stash.  This can be a quick and easy stash buster quilt of any size you wish.  

You need:Four 4.5" squares for each 12" block.
                Four  4.5" x 2.5" rectangles for each 12" block.
                Four  6.5" x 2" rectangles for each 12" block.  

Then I layered each block with batting and a backing piece that were at least and inch larger all around.  I did not pin or spray baste and it was ready to begin quilting.  This was a perfect opportunity to practice some walking foot quilting using Superior Threads variegated...love it!

Once I had all of my blocks quilted, it was time to trim and sew all of them together.  My top connectors are 1.25" wide by 12".  My bottom connector strips are cut 1.75" wide by 12" and are pressed wrong sides together.

Layer the pieces as shown and sew with a 1/4" seam through all layers.  Flip and press, add another block to the top piece only...in this case the purple 1.25" strip.  Keep the folded piece free for now.

Once you have sewn your blocks together, you are ready to stitch the back strips down.  I chose to hand stitch just like a binding, but you can also stitch down with your machine.  
Now sew the rows together using the same steps as above.  
And Bind it!  When you are done you are done!  Now how easy was that??? Hope you try it soon and please share it with me on Instagram @punkydoodle53

 Another finished quilt for Project Linus!

And of course, Bella must add her seal of approval!

Linking up with:  Midweek Makers
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Be sure to come back on Friday for a very fun blog hop and prizes!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making Cat Faces

Last Friday, our Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild had a great time in class with Melissa Alverino making cat faces.  It was such a relaxing, freeing process for me.  Just needed a glue stick, a pair of scissors and scraps of fabric, with a bit of imagination.  Here is what I came up with.....

In the planning and playing process with scissors, glue stick and fabric...Island Batik to be exact!

And I finished one of my cats into a 16" pillow...Meet Bailey.  After designing and glueing down the fabric pieces, I layered the piece with a backing and batting, dropped the feed dog and did free motion quilting to stitch the pieces down.  My grand daughter is here at Camp Gramma...I think we will give it a try tomorrow and see what she comes up with!

And I am participating in Angel Gnome's Gypsy Wife Sew Along, I have long admired this quilt, so thought I needed to join!  I doubt that I keep up...too many things going on, but I will try!

 I really do not have a plan for the fabrics I will use...is that a bad thing?  I have put several of my favorites in a box and just go with it...hope that works out!

Hope your week is amazing and filled with grace and doing what makes you happy!
grace and peace....Sharon

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oh Baby!

Our project for July was to create a baby quilt out of Island Batik fabric.  I chose to use a package of pre-cut 2 1/2" strips of Drizzle for this sweet little quilt.  The package came with 42 strips and I only had to use 21, so another little baby quilt is in the making.

Here is the link to the tutorial to make this quilt by Amy Gibson....To The Point.
It's a pretty easy quilt to make.  I picked out 21 strips of fabric and sewed them into strips of three.
I measured the width of this strip and came up with 6 1/4", it's best to use your own personal measurement.  Then I cut the strips into 6 1/4" squares and I cut my background white fabric into 6 1/4" squares.  Mark a diagonal line on the white square and lay it on top of the pieced square, sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line. 

 Cut on the drawn line, open and press.  I like to square up my blocks so that they are all the same.  

I wish I had a baby to put in the middle of this quilt!  I plan on giving it to Project Linus, I know some little one will love to snuggle up in it.  

As you know, with half square blocks like this, there are a multitude of ways to set them into a quilt.

To quilt this, I used my favorite quick and easy method...my walking foot and wavy quilting.  In August I will be reviewing Christa Watson's new book, and this is one of the techniques she will teach you.  You can also go to Craftsy and take her class, which is full of both walking foot and free motion quilting lessons.  Would you like to take it for half price???  I thought so!  Use this link and you will be able to get the class for 50% off.  The class is The Quilters Path with Christa Watkins.  Here is the code which expires on October 5. http://craftsy.me/2oRmZ4P   Enjoy!  and stay tuned for more about this fun class as I explore more techniques with Christa in the coming days.

Here in Kansas City we are having excessive heat...actually ludicrous heat, so I plan to stay in my sewing room after I run a few errands.  Thank goodness for the nice breeze coming off the lake during my morning walk!  Hope you are planning on some sewing today!

grace and peace....Sharon

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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

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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 week...my 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 now...it 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 do....so 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 Bella...my faithful companion, the yellow cat!

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