Friday, August 18, 2017

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

I am delighted to share Christa's newest book with you!  It was hard to decide which of the eleven delightful quilts I wanted to make for this blog hop...I really love all of them.  So, I decided on Squiggles, and imagine my delight to find a Sunday Drive layer cake on the shelf in my fabric closet...that clenched it for me as that is what Christa used in her book.

Love Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan!  I had been saving this to use and this was the perfect quilt for the layer cake.  What is your favorite pre-cut?  I think mine are layer cakes and fat quarters.

I believe that wavy line quilting is my new favorite "get it done" quilting that I have been using on charity quilts and grand-kid quilts, etc.  Not every quilt needs a lot of quilting, sometimes time is just not on my side!  This is a great walking foot design to add to your quilting skills. 


Here is my finished quilt....I love it!  Not giving it away....unless someone thinks they need to take it home.  You daughter, my sister, or a grand kid...they have a way of absconding with a quilt quite often!  I'm happy that they love and cherish them!

If you want a signed copy of Christa's book, click here on this link.  I have all of Christa's books and I like her teaching style.  Also, check out her Craftsy class, she is a thorough and easy to follow teacher.   It is worth every minute and no matter where you are on your quilting journey, you will learn something new and helpful.  I have been doing this for many years, and always learn something new in a class or in a book.  In Piece and Quilt with Precuts, you will find eleven quilts to choose from, as well as eighteen machine quilting designs using free motion quilting, walking foot, and a combination of the two.  You can easily build your machine quilting skills on your domestic machine using Christa's easy to follow directions and inspiration. more thing!  I am giving away an e-book of one of Christa's books, Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.  Please leave a comment to be entered. You can also go to my Instagram account and follow me and leave a comment for another chance to win. 

For more inspiration, please check out the rest of the bloggers on this blog hop!


Here’s the schedule of bloggers to follow with their names, links to their blogs, plus their Instagram handles so you can follow them there. After all, this is a talented bunch who you will want to get to know better!


Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53


Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder


Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Jenny Wilding Cardon Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine


Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews


Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns


Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric


Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder


Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts


Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio


Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore


Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels

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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 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 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!

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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 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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