Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Midweek Makers #133

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Come share what you're working on this week! 
I'm just putting the finishing touches to my two Christmas projects for the blog hops next week.

But last week, I was smitten with projects full of bright, cheery colors. Here's a few of them:

from Sew Preeti Quilts, this scrap vortex,


from Applique Paintbox, this beautiful bird,


and from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, this cheery quilt.

Don't you just love all of that color??

Now it's your turn! Come link up what you're working on - we'd all love to see!
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Monday, July 16, 2018

5 Favorite Quilt Books

Every month or so, I feature a quilt book that I find to be useful for this quilting journey we've embarked on. Usually, I make a quilt from the book, either full size, or modified smaller, or create my own. Either way, it's a great way to learn, try new techniques and styles, and have fun! 
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5 favorite quilt books

1. The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color: an absolute must for any quilter! Not only does this book discuss color theory, it discusses it in terms of fabric: various prints, clear vs grayed, scale, texture, etc. Read my review of this wonderful book. 

The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color

2. Charm School: this book has fantastic ideas for using charm squares, a precut favorite! I loved this book so much, I made three of the patterns, and could have done more. Check out these quilts: Sea Glass, Lickety-Split, and Scrap Happy.

Charm School quilt book

3. Strip Savvy: another favorite book for precut strips, or cut strips from your own stash. I loved this one too, and made three quilts: Summer Picnic, Open Sesame, and Steps.

Strip Savvy quilt book

4. Stash Statement: this is a fabulous book to use up scraps! We all have them - Kelly's technique along with great quilt designs helps turn them into beautiful quilts, such as the Regatta quilt.

Stash Statement quilt book

5. Making Connections - A FreeMotion Quilting Workbook: a simple quilting concept that is built upon to produce a variety of different quilting designs is theme of this book. Useful for all quilters to make beautifully quilted quilts. Check out Joy and Jess.

Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook

I hope you've become inspired by these book reviews! Take a look at the Book of the Month tab to see what other books I've featured through the years, what quilts I've made, and what you could make too!

Happy Quilting!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Kickoff

It's official! The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop has begun!

Hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, this is sure to be another fantastic hop this year! Not only does Sarah have a quilt-along project, there's also a very full list of participants, with lots of great Christmas project ideas!
Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

And what started with these triangles on Monday,

triangles for Christmas

has now evolved into a flimsy, with more to come July 25th.

triangle sneak peek

And for fun, here's what I did for 12 Days of Christmas in July last year: the Poinsettia Flower Coasters.

Poinsettia flower coasters

The pattern has now been updated to include sunflowers and daisies which can add even more splash to a home's decor! It's available at both Craftsy and Etsy.

poinsettia, sunflower, and daisy coasters

Recently, those really beautiful sunflowers where used on the Sunflowers table runner, which shows they can be more than just coasters!

Sunflowers table runner

And, for the 2016 12 Days of Christmas in July hop, I created the Holiday Forest table runner and placemats, whose pattern is also available at Craftsy and Etsy.

Holiday Forest table runner and placemats

Enjoy this year's hop, and I'll see you on July 25th with my newest Christmas project!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Evolution of a Quilt Design

I got momentarily distracted on Wednesday, when a blog post from Electric Quilt showed up in my inbox. Intrigued by the Arrowhead block shown,

the post showed a couple quilts made from the block and asked what you would design.

Eagerly opening EQ8, I happily started playing. First was this design,

with the values dark in the center, moving to light at the edge. It's ok, though I think it gets a bit washed out. 

Playing with that design a bit more resulted in this one,

which is quite strong due to the large black triangles, plus everything is the same size. And the light value at the edge doesn't do much. This one's a no, so time to move on.

Switching the light/dark placement, resulted in this.

Better, but still not there yet. I like the small amounts of black to add spark, but the border is disconnected to the center.

Opting to fill the corner triangles with color gave me this one,

but it creates a weird corner unit that makes you wonder what's going on, and it still seams disconnected.

After removing those corner triangles, I opted to color those at the center edges, resulting in this.

Exploding Arrowhead by QuiltFabrication

Much better - this one is a winner for me! 

I love that there are four large quadrants that look like petal shapes, connecting the design and making it flow. And I love that 'standing triangle with legs' shape that's created along the center edges. What a fantastic connecting unit!
The balance is now uniform, and it's an intriguing design.

So, now that I've chosen my favorite, what do you think? Should I make it up? Would you want to make this?? And don't say 'yes' to both just to be kind! Honest opinions only!

Let me know in the comments below, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Midweek Makers #132

Here we are - back for another week of project sharing! My share this week is the start of one of my Christmas in July projects.

triangles for a Christmas wall hanging project

Before cutting into fabric, I spent several hours at the computer working out the design until I was satisfied it could be sewn. And yesterday was the big test - cutting, sewing, and bringing it to life. It's now in the flimsy stage, waiting for quilting, while I work on the second Christmas project.

And speaking of projects, check out these from last week:

from the Cheeky Cognoscenti, this beauty of a design,


from Hazel's Daughter, these patriotic pillows,


from Cherie's Quilting Journey, this beautiful compass,

                                               Row 1

and from Dreamworthy Quilts, this cute bee.


Now it's your turn - come link up!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
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Monday, July 9, 2018

New Projects in the Works

With great sadness, I have to leave my favorite holiday behind, and move on to ..... Christmas! I have approximately two weeks to turn this

green fabrics

and this

grey and charm squares

into items for Christmas. No pressure there!

Yes, I signed up for not one Christmas in July blog hop, but two. Those would be the 12 Days of Christmas

hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Christmas in July, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

So, I have a wall hanging idea for the green fabrics in the first picture. Just need to draw it out some more to see if it will work.

As for the second picture of fabric, don't count on those going together in a project. The squares were originally bought to go with the greens, but it depends on the design I come up with. 

Now I'm off to go design, cut, and sew - the clock is ticking!

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