Sunday, July 29, 2018

A scrappy quilt finish!

In 2017, I joined a Swap with quilters from all over the planet.  I chose to have the members of my swap bee make a simple split hatchet block.  And now it is actually finished, and I gave it to my grand daughter for her 12th birthday.  You can find the pattern here at

I LOVE how bright and cheerful it turned out!  A big thank you to all my swap bee ladies for your contribution to this fun little quilt.  

Split Hatchet quilt

grace and peace....Sharon and Bella, the Yellow Cat

and....not too late to join us for the Happy Go Lucky Sew Along!

Linking up to:  Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 27, 2018


Don't you just love it when you pull out a quilt that has languished for several years in the flimsy box, and you get it quilted and bound?  Well...that's what happened this week!  I actually finished two!  I'm binding them in the evening while watching tv, but they will be done in a day or two!

Angela Walters is having a Free-motion Challenge Quilt Along, and the design for week 2 is Concentric circles.  I decided to give it a try, and now it is my new favorite free-motion quilting design.  It is so easy!  I use my Janome 7700 to machine quilt.  
If you want to check out the quilt along, it is on Youtube and you can go here to find it. 

This is the other quilt I drug out of the closet....lots of scraps here.  Last week we found out one of our friends will be starting chemo this week for lymphoma.  I wanted to give him a quilt, so I went to the flimsy pile and pulled this one out.  It is a combination of walking foot and free motion quilting.  I love how it turned out! 

Last week I shared my pasta sauce recipe with you.  My son in law has so many tomatoes coming out of his garden he decided to try canning this pasta sauce.  I gave him my water bath canner, and look what he came up with!  That boy!  and my grandsons have been canning pickles! They know how to keep Gramma busy showing them how to can.

It is not to late to join the Happy Go Lucky Sew Along! Check it out here and come sew with us!

Hope you have a great weekend! It has cooled off here....more like the kind of summer I enjoy.

grace and peace.....Sharon 

Linking up to:  Needle and Thread Thursday
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Happy Go Lucky Sew Along Today

Are you ready to get started?  I hope so, and I know you will love this little quilt when it is finished.

The cutting instructions are in the first half of the pattern.  You can cut everything at once, but I really recommend cutting the blocks as you go for each week.  It's much easier to keep track of the pieces, you can audition your color choices as you go along, and I am giving you and extra block to make each week. You can substitute it for one of the blocks in the pattern if you wish.  If you would like a coloring sheet, please email me and I will send you one.

The other thing I highly recommend is a design wall...and if you don't have one that's ok.  It makes color placement much easier to see as we make each block.

Churn Dash or Greek Cross 

This weeks blocks are the Greek Cross....but wait, it looks like a Churn Dash!  They are one in the same and made the same way.  It is just a matter of color placement, and it is up to you.  Since we are making three 6" blocks, I made one in the Greek Cross colorway.  Check this post with an entire quilt made with the Greek Cross. 
 Barbara Brackman states that there are at least 29 names for this block.  Wonder what people were thinking as they named this block?  It became quite popular in the 1930's and I can see a block made up in feedsacks, can't you?


Your bonus block is the Goshen Star, and it is a 10" block that can be substituted for the 12" block.  Wait you are saying....not to worry, I want to show you that you can incorporate a different size and make it work!
Three color Goshen Star

Two color Goshen Star

My block is made with three colors, or you can make it with just two colors.

Color one: Cut one 2 1/2" x 18" strip  Subcut into four 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

(blue)         Cut one 5" x 10" rectangle.  Subcut into two 5" squares.  Cut in half once on the diagonal.
Color two: Cut one 1 1/2" x 12" strip.  Subcut into eight 1 1/2" squares.   
(white)       Cut one 5" x 10" rectangle.  Subcut into two 5" squares.  Cut in half once on the diagonal.
Color three:  Cut one 2.5" square
(pink)            Cut one 1 1/2" x 12" strip.  Subcut into eight 1 1/2" squares.  
                   Cut one 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle. Cut one 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle.

Sew the color one and color two triangles right sides together to make 4 HST.  Press towards the dark.  Trim to 4 1/2"

Sew the color two 1 1/2"" squares to the top corners of the Color one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles as shown.  Sew the color three squares to the bottom corners of the rectangles as shown.  You can draw a line diagonally or finger press to make a faint sewing line.  You will sew....flip and press.  I do not trim until I have flipped and pressed.  This is so I can be sure my corners are accurate.  Then I trim the bottom two layers of fabric.

Sew one of the rectangle units to opposite sides of the 2 1/2" pink square. Press towards the center.
Sew one of the rectangle units between two of the HST.  This is where you need to pay attention to the way you place your you can see, the placement can give an entirely different look to your block.  Play with it until you get the block you like.  At this point the block will measure 10 1/2"

Now let's make this a 12" block.  Add the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" block to one side of the block.  Then add the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" block to the bottom.  

We are done with this weeks blocks.  Please link your finished blocks in the linky provided at the bottom of the post.  When you post you are in for the drawing for the weekly prize and for the grand prize....a $50 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop at the end!  It's fun to see what everyone is making, so please share.

Grace and peace.....Sharon and Bella the Yellow Cat

Linking to: Let's Bee Social   
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Monday, July 23, 2018

Happy Go Lucky Sew Along starts this week!

Are you ready?  Do you have your pattern and your fabrics pulled?  If not, it is not too late!
I have been busy sewing up extra blocks for you to add to your quilt...every week, I plan to add one block to the mix in case you would rather try something different.  I want you to make this your sampler!

Here is the original information about the Sew Along.

Just saying....the grand prize will be a $50 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop! 

grace and peace....Sharon

Saturday, July 21, 2018

It's Greek to Me!

This month, Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a quilt with a block or blocks that create a secondary design in the quilt.  I decided to play with a favorite block...Churn Dash, also known as Greek Cross.  I pulled out scraps that were leftover from a previous project....can you tell I really would like to be at the beach?  Most of the fabric is from the Island Batik line Abalone.  LOVE the colors!

According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, this block, and it's alternative layouts, have TWENTY FIVE different names, all from the same period, including Shoo Fly, Monkey Wrench and Lincoln's Platform. So..I made mine like the Greek Cross version.  It is just a matter of where you place your lights and darks.  This is a 9" finshed block, and I made sixteen blocks.  

Here are the cutting measurements for one block:

Light Fabric
Fabric one            Cut two 4" squares, cut once on the diagonal
                           Cut four 2" x 3.5" rectangles

Cross color           Cut one 3.5" square
Fabric 2                Cut four 2" x 3.5" rectangles

Corners                    Cut two 4" squares, cut once on the diagonal   You can make your corner  Fabric 3               all the same color, or two different colors like I did.  

1. Sew the Fabric one and Fabric 3 triangles together. You will have 4 HST.  Press seams to the dark and trim your square to 3.5 inches.

2. Sew the 2" x 3.5" fabric one and fabric two rectangles together.  Make 4.

3. Sew the block together as shown in the block assembly diagram below.  Make 16 blocks total for a nice size baby quilt.  This is going to go to Project Linus!

It was a fun quilt to make, and I hope you give it a try!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

and don't forget to join my first ever Sew Along starting July 25.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summertime Pasta Sauce

One of the first things I make when my roma tomatoes turn ripe is pasta sauce or salsa.....and of course BLTs!

So here is the simple recipe I like to use.   It freezes well, so use up all those tomatoes.

4 medium onions, chopped
1 1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
12 cups chopped and peeled fresh tomatoes
3 bay leaves
4 tsp salt
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 cans (6 oz each) tomato paste
1/3 cup brown sugar

In a large Dutch oven, saute the onions and pepper in olive oil until onions are tender.  Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, oregano and basil.
Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato paste and brown sugar, simmer for 1 hour longer.
Remove bay leaves.
Ready to eat! YUM! Browned ground beef or Italian sausage can be added to the cooked sauce if desired.

I try to grow my own herbs, so I did use fresh oregano and basil.  The kitchen smelled amazing after chopping those fresh herbs!  And yes, you should peel those is worth it!  I have a system where I get water boiling on the stove, have a large bowl of ice water on the counter and an empty large bowl.  Put the tomatoes in the boiling water for about a minute, then transfer to the ice cold water.  The skins should be easy to peel off now.  I leave the peelings in the water bowl and put the peeled tomatoes in the last large bowl. 

I hope you enjoy making this recipe!  I have made it for many years and never get tired of how good it tastes.  Off to pick more tomatoes....this hot weather is good for the tomatoes I guess.

grace and peace.....Sharon

Monday, July 16, 2018

Published in Quiltmaker

It seems that I did not post about a recent publication in a magazine....what???  Traveling a lot will do that to me for sure!

I am sort of on the cover!

Isn't this a fun sampler quilt?  I love the fabric provided by Moda...Sandy Gervais Well Said.  It is such a colorful happy line of fabric now available in stores.

That being would look great using my newest pattern, Happy Go Lucky!  Join my first ever sew along which starts July 25.  You can find out more by reading this post.  Bella and I would love to have you sew with us!

Stay cool!

grace and peace....Sharon

Linking to: Let's Be Social     Freemotion by the River

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday finishes

I belong to an International Swap Bee with eleven other talented quilters.  We call our group Bee Inspired and this is our second year swapping blocks.  I am so ashamed to say that I am very far behind!  But I spent this weekend catching up!

Jen gave us the challenge to use any block of our choice, so I made the Union Star block for her.  Hope she likes it!  You can see the fabric I pulled for Sue's block peeking out from under it.

She picked out an adorable toadstool block...very fun idea!

And....Please consider joining my first ever sew along!  We will be using my newest pattern, Happy Go Lucky which you can get here on Craftsy and here on Etsy

Hope you have had a great weekend!
grace and peace....Sharon

Monday, July 9, 2018

Happy Go Lucky Sew Along

It's hot, hot, hot....almost everywhere in the USA.  So lets do something cool...stay in our sewing room, stitching away on a new quilt.  Put on your favorite music and enjoy your day!  This is a fun little quilt that is perfect for a baby or a child's blankie.  It can be made into a nice throw by adding wider borders.  Happy Go Lucky is a beginner friendly sampler quilt which measures 44" x 50".  I plan to add a few more blocks into the mix for those of you with more can choose which you would rather use.

First, if you want to participate, you will need the pattern.  Happy Go Lucky is available here and here  will be on sale for $5.00 until Sunday, July 22.  After that it will go up to $9.00.

Second, how much fabric will you need?  The quilt on the cover of the pattern is made with Island Batik Petting Zoo, and is available in stores now.  The quilt I am making now is a variety of 8 or more fat quarters I put together, and 1 3/4 yard background fabric.

Third....prizes every week!  Those who complete the assigned block or blocks will be eligible to have your name put in the drawing.  For those of you who complete the top by September 15th, your name will be added to a drawing for the Grand Prize.

Here is the schedule for the Sew Along:
July 25:  Greek Square blocks
August 1: Shoo Fly blocks
August 8: 9 patch and Cross blocks
August 22: Sawtooth Star blocks
August 29: 4 patch and half-square blocks
September 6:  Set blocks together and add borders.

To join, please send me an email at to let me know you are participating.  If you have a blog, please send me a link to it.  If you post to Instagram, please use the hashtag #happygoluckysal

Bella and I hope you will join will be fun!

Linking to:
Midweek Makers
Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social
Needle and Thread

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Island Batik Modern Quilt Challenge

My June project for Island Batik is finished!  We were traveling quite a bit in June, so I decided to hand piece the blocks for my quilt. I used fabric provided to me by Island Batik, and thread provided by Aurifil to quilt it.  The fabric is City Culture II and the background fabric is Acathus-Sahara from their Victoria and Albert Collection. Both are available in stores now.

This 10" Stacker worked great to create my Drunkards Path blocks.  I'm not a huge fan of curves, so I hand appliqued the curved piece to a 4 1/2" square as we traveled 2000 miles on our trip west.  

As usual, Bella had to give her approval of a new quilt!

This and That

So, what makes up a modern quilt?  I know that a lot of negative space is usually found on a modern quilt, bright colors and sometimes a different take on a traditional block.  I had fun playing with different Drunkards Path blocks and this is what I finally decided on.  

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all are staying cool.  My yard is burning up and turning brown.  My flowers are still looking good with lots of watering going on! 

grace and peace....Sharon

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