Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Week 6 of Happy Go Lucky Sew Along

I love seeing pictures of your progress with the Happy Go Lucky blocks.  They are pretty simple, and I hope beginners as well as more experienced are enjoying this sew along.  Can you believe we are about ready to start sewing the quilt together?

This week is another favorite block of mine, the Sawtooth Star.  I have made many quilts with this block in it.  How about you?  Our extra block is called the Morning Star block and will finish at 12 1/2".  I like this block so much that I am working on another quilt using this block.

Morning Star Block 

 A (background fabric) cut (1) 5 1/2" square
                                         Cut (4) 3" squares 
                                         Cut 4) 3 1/8" squares
  B  (pink)                          Cut 1) 4 1/2" square
  C ( green)                       Cut 1) 5 1/2" square
                                         Cut 4) 3 1/8" squares
                                         Cut 4) 2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and
                                        4) 2" x 3" rectangles                                                              

No-Waste Flying Geese Units

1.       On the wrong side of the 3 1/8” fabric C squares, draw a diagonal line.  With right sides together, place a marked square on the corner of the 5 ½” fabric A square.  Place another marked square on the opposite corner.  The centers will overlap a bit.
       2.        On each side of the drawn line, sew a ¼” seam.  Cut apart on the drawn line, open and        
            press.  You have made 2 sections for your flying geese.
       3.       With right sides together place a marked fabric C square on the corner of fabric A.  Sew ¼”               on each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line, open and press.      
       4.       Repeat step 3 with the other section. You will now have four flying geese units. 
                Trim all  four to measure 2 ½” x 4 ½”      

5.       Now repeat steps 1 through 4, using the fabric C (5 ½”) squares and fabric A (3 1/8”) squares.

6.       Repeat the instructions 1 through 5.  You should have a total of 4 flying geese units that measure 2 ½” x 4 ½”.

 Corner Units

1.       Sew a 2” x 3” fabric C rectangle to the right side of a 3” fabric A square.


2.       Sew a 2” x 4 ½” fabric C rectangle to the bottom of the section you made above. Makes one corner unit.  Make 2 of these corner units.
      3.       Repeat steps one and two and make two mirror image corner units. 

    You should have a total of 4 corner units as shown above.

Assemble the Block

1.       Pay attention to the placement and orientation of the flying geese units.  Sew one A-C flying geese unit to a C-A flying geese unit. Make a total of 4 units like this.       

2.       Refer to the block assembly diagram for proper placement and orientation of fabrics. 

 Block Assembly Diagram

     Our prize winner for week 4 is Shelley AKA Happy.

     Jennifer Fulton of the Inquiring Quilter has kindly offered one of her wonderful PDF patterns, which you can check out here at her shop.  Jennifer sponsors a very fun Linky party every Wednesday called Wednesday Wait Loss.  It is one I enjoy linking to whenever I can, and of course it is inspiring to visit all the links.

Have a great week!  Please be sure to link up with a picture of your blocks for this week! And don't forget that everyone who has linked up and have all of their blocks finished will be in the drawing for the grand prize!


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

It's Week 5 of Happy Go Lucky!

How did we get here so quickly?  It looks like everyone is sewing right along, and guess what?  We almost have all the blocks made!

This week is super easy....make some flying geese and catch up if you need to.  I am having a rough health week, and will share what is going on in a later post.  For now I am putting one foot in front of the other, and I know....I KNOW that God does make all things His time, not mine.
Enough of that!  On to the important and fun stuff!!!

My pattern gives you the super easy and simple way to make flying geese, but it is not the only way.  No matter what method I use, I always, always trim.  My favorite tool is the Wing Clipper by Deb Tucker.  It was my first ruler purchase from Deb and I am sold on every single one that I have purchased since that time!  Her instructions use the No-Waste Method, and you do not have to have a special ruler to use the No-Waste Method, I just happen to like it!

Here is a chart I found on a great website called Suzy Quilts.  Check out this article she wrote...I direct you there because I could not have done it any better!

She shared some fabulous quilts using the flying geese blocks, be sure to check them out.  My husband swears that every quilt I make has flying geese in it.  It is one of my favorite and versatile blocks.  He might be right!!!


 Winter Migration


Paper piecing for flying geese

 Molly's Quilt

Paper piecing is an option!

Winter Solstice

The winner for week 3 is:  desertsuz
Our prize comes from Pamela Boatwright of Pamela Quilts. Check out her wonderful patterns on Craftsy! A big thank you, Pam, for donating one of your lovely PDF patterns.   

Be sure to visit her blog!

And I love seeing your progress, so please link up right here or on Instagram with the hash tag #happygoluckysal to be eligible for a prize this week.

grace and peace....Sharon and Bella

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Scrappy Saturday

It seems like quilters love scraps, and why not?  We certainly have more than we can ever use.  At times I think my strips are multiplying!

Here is a recent finish for Project Linus.  I simply cut up a bunch of blue scraps into multiple sized strips, then started sewing my wonky log cabin blocks.  These are stress free, quick and easy to sew.
I do love the wonky blocks!   Even the border is scraps left over from a backing.

Practicing my pebbles and swirls...thinking don't much like the pebbles but I do like the concentric swirls.  I have been following along with Angela Walters free motion quilt along.  I have been doing free motion quilting on my domestic machine for years, and I am still learning.  Angela is a great teacher, and the videos on You Tube are well worth your time.  And it does take practice!

Aren't these little cowboys the cutest?

grace and peace.....Sharon

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Happy Go Lucky Sew Along Week four

How are all of you doing with your blocks?  I love what I am seeing on the linky, please keep posting here or on Instagram with the hashtag #happygoluckysewalong !  It inspires everyone.

This week is easy peasy....we are making some filler blocks.  When I make a sampler quilt, these are the simple little blocks I like to add to fill in spaces.  The half square triangle blocks are 6" and the four patch are 3".  Then they are sewn together in a row.

For your extra block, I am showing you a variation of the half square block.  EQ called it flying geese, but I call it birds in the many blocks have multiple names.

Here is the block.  You can arrange your colors anyway you choose, make all four blocks the same or vary each block.  Just play with some ideas and see what you come up with.  That is the fun of creating a one of a kind sampler!

Cutting for two blocks:

From the light fabric, cut (1) 7" square.  Cut in half once on the diagonal.
                                   Cut (2) 3" squares.  Cut in half once on the diagonal.

From the pink fabric, cut (6) 3" squares.  Cut in half once on the diagonal.

For one block:
1. Pair the 3"pink triangle with a 3" light triangle.  Sew together on the bias edge, being careful not to stretch it out.  Flip open and press towards the pink.Trim each to 2 1/2". Make 3 of these units.
  2 1/2" 
2. Now sew together as shown in the diagram below using the remaining pink triangles. 

3. Sew the rows together to create a pieced triangle unit as shown below.

4. Now sew the pieced triangle unit to one of the 7" light triangle units. 

5. Flip press towards the large light triangle.  Trim to 6 1/2".
Here are some examples of another coloration for this block.

I hope you are enjoying this sew along!  A PDF of these instructions is available here.

I have a winner for week two.....Sue! 
This week a digital pattern will be given by Terri Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting. 
You can visit her blog here to see the beautiful quilts she has made, and be sure to check out her unique quilt patterns!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Go Lucky week Three!

Hope everyone is enjoying this little quilt's the first time I have sponsored one, so if you have any suggestions that would make it better or easier or more fun...let me know.

This week is a pretty simple block....the 9 patch block and the Cross block.  They are a classic block and can be used in quilts in many ways, as well as just on their own.  The bonus block is Rolling Stone.  Just like the 9 patch and the cross block, the block changes with color placement.  I suggest you play with the can use just two, or step it up with three or four.  This will finish out as a 9 1/2" block.

Rolling Stone

Cutting: From the blue cut four 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
                From the green, cut four 2" squares.  Draw a line on the                  diagonal.
               From the pink, cut five 3 1/2" squares
                                        Cut four 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
                From the light, cut twelve 2" squares, draw a line on the                   diagonal. 


Place a 2" green square on one corner of four of the pink 3 1/2" squares.  Sew on the diagonal line. Flip and trim, leaving a 1/4" seam.
Sew a 2" light square on the opposite corner, flip and trim.
Then sew to the remaining corners, flip and trim. 
The finished unit should measure 3 1/2".

Sew a pink 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to a blue 2" by 3 1/2" rectangle.
Repeat until you have four squares as shown above.
These will also measure 3 1/2".
Assemble the block as shown below.....just like a 9 patch.

And we have a winner from our first week!
Shelly, AKA Happy has won a pattern from the talented Sherry Shish at  www.poweredbyquilting.  Sherry is one of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors.  You really need to visit her lovely website and have a look around.  Also be sure to check out her patterns...they are very fun!

Be sure to post pictures of your progress on the following know you want to win a prize! And remember, at the end is a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop! 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik

AAAAh! the great outdoors! We are seeing more and more research that says
 spending time outside is good for your mental health.
 A lot like quilting, in that way!  It is for me!
So on those days when it's just too hot to fire up the iron and sewing machine,
we go outside and enjoy walking, going to the pool, or tending to our gardens.

The great outdoors are what inspired the this hop’s theme.
Throughout the month of August, our Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, appearing on shop shelves SOON!
 See something you like? Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or request it
if you don’t yet see it. We have the most delicious collections to share with you!

The fabric that Island Batik sent to me is gorgeous!  It is aptly named "All A Flutter".
I decided to make this throw size quilt which I found in Fons and Porters Modern Patchwork. 
It is the January/February 2018 issue.  I loved the woven effect and decided to give it a go.

Iberian Tile Quilt

Ignore the person behind the quilt! But do take note of the butterfly in the lower right corner.

I guess our little friend was checking out the new flowers in the garden!

If you would like to win my scraps from All a Flutter, I have cut them into 2 1/2" strips. 
Also, you will win my newest pattern....Happy Go Lucky! 
 So please leave a comment to be eligible to win! 
Prize to be awarded at the end of the Blog Hop. 
Be sure to go visit the rest of the Island Batik Ambassadors for inspiration and prizes!

And....Island Batik is having a wonderful giveaway....check it out on their blog.

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts