Playing With Buggy Barn

April 8th, 2014

Are you familiar with Buggy Barn books and patterns? I made this one years and years ago.

Deb Roehm, owner of Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop, carries just about all of Buggy Barn’s books. Deb has ‘Til the Cows Come Home! from the book _Crazy Till the Cows Come Home_ made and displayed in the shop.

This Saturday, I’ll be demoing Buggy Barn’s construction method. I call it a funky mix between Stack n Whack and sort of traditional piecing. Their patterns are very well written, making them easy follow and construct. I’m using the Bramble Baskets pattern for the demo.

(images from Buggy Barn Website. I’ll update with personal photos soon.)

I’m linking to To-Do-Tuesday with Red’s Needles and Threads.

Last week I hoped to:

-continue working on client’s quilt  ✔ top finished and heading to the longarm quilter!

-work on Luke and Kim’s quilt, I should aim for 2 blocks a week (ugh, just not happening)

-piece a few more blocks of Whirled Peas (that did not happen either)

-tackle daughter’s closet ✔ A partial check, we made progress

-some fun stuff with daughter ✔ Yes! We shopped and found a prom dress and ate dinner out too – Sushi!
This week I’ll be happy to:
-finish up the demo mentioned above, with step outs
-visit Grace College with daughter
-continue the clean out of daughter’s closet
-add helping middle daughter with her fast approaching wedding of May 25! I see less quilting happening as the wedding date draws closer! I’m trying to be realistic here!
Update to include some photos, April 11th.
Just finished this table runner Wednesday. From Buggy Barn book _Still Crazy_.



Signature Quilt

April 1st, 2014

I have a finish! Its a signature quilt made of blocks used as the guest book at a wedding. I was sent the fence rail blocks, which I set in a 9-patch arrangement and then sashed. To add length, I added an extra row of unsigned blocks to the top and bottom.  I hope they will be pleased!

The MIL to the Bride was the Matron-of-Honor at my wedding 36 years ago. I was the Maid-of-Honor at her wedding 4 months earlier.

I’m linking to To-Do-Tuesday with Red’s Needles and Threads.

-continue working on client’s quilt, applique block ✔ finished! now to piece rows/top
-bind signature quilt ✔ It’s ready to mail! Pictured above.
-work on Luke and Kim’s quilt, I should aim for 2 blocks a week (ugh, just not happening)
-piece a few more blocks of Whirled Peas
This is Spring Break week for my youngest. I’m pretty sure I won’t get to any quilting. But I would really like to get the rows sewn together on the client’s quilt. I’m hoping Tuesday will be the day for that! I’ll make that my one quilting goal for this week. Another day this week, I’d like my daughter and I to tackle cleaning out her closet. And we will do some fun stuff together too. ☺
I’m also linking to Linky Tuesday with Freemotion by the River.

It’s Birthday Season at our House!

March 25th, 2014

The celebrations started February 15th with our soon to be son-in-law’s birthday. Then son #2 born on February 23rd. In March we have birthdays on the 4th, 7th, 14th, 19th, and 21st. That would be my husband, myself, daughter #2, daughter #3 and son #1. Then one more birthday April 13th which is our daughter #1. Our other son-in-law and daughter-in-law make us wait until June and then November to complete the birthday celebrations. I’m hoping for grandchildren to finish out the year instead of clustering in March! I suppose I could mention that my brother and sister are also born in March, as is my mother-in-law and two sister-in-laws. My father-in-law born in February and my mother born in April, as is a brother-in-law!

Since I have been busy with birthday dinners, I didn’t accomplish much in sewing this week. I like making a favorite meal for each of my children on their birthday and they can invite friends over. They seem to think this tradition should continue even though 3 of them are out of our house, 2 are married! Last Wednesday we enjoyed sweet potato burgers, cole slaw, tossed salad and coconut poke cake with our now 19 year old daughter. And we celebrated our son’s 33rd birthday on Sunday (instead of Friday) with homemade Steak Gyros and apple crisp.

Today I did manage to applique this cute little bunny and Tulips on to Moda Toweling using Misty Fuse and Edyta Sitar’s Laundry Basket Quilts pattern Spring Surprise.

I’m linking to To-Do-Tuesday with Red’s Needles and Threads.

And since I didn’t get to anything from my list last week, it carries over to this week.

-continue working on client’s quilt, applique center block
-bind signature quilt
-work on Luke and Kim’s quilt, I should aim for 2 blocks a week
-piece a few more blocks of Whirled Peas
✔-take daughter to doctor appointment to remove cast from January 24th ankle surgery.✔Oh Look! I did get something checked off my list! Daughter is healing well, now wearing a boot cast and going to physical therapy!
I’m also linking to Linky Tuesday with Freemotion by the River.

Pretty Fabrics!

March 18th, 2014

Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber is having a Spring Break Giveaway all week long! She creates gorgeous hand dyed fabrics and sells them on Etsy. Visit her blog this week to enter to win. And while there take a look around at her beautiful quilts and fabrics!


New Ruler and Pattern Play

March 18th, 2014

This past week I played just a bit with a new to me ruler. Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler. I used the pattern Savvy by Rachel Griffith Designs and Moda’s fabric line Hearty Good Wishes. I do like the ruler, but have to warn you that there will be bias edges when working with this ruler. So do be aware of potential stretching due to the bias cuts. Rachel’s pattern is well written and easy to follow. Since I didn’t use her color way, I wrote out a chart with my colors to keep track of fabric placement. This was my first time to use a Rachel Griffith Designs pattern and I must say, I’ll be looking for her other patterns. I just love it when I find patterns that are well written. I’m putting Rachel’s Smitten pattern on my wish list!

I finally got caught up on my Building Blocks Quilt Along hosted by Leah Day. Dare I show you my blocks? When you see them, you will realize my desire to improve my free motion quilting. I’ve got a long way to go before my FMQ is pretty. ☹

And, crazy as I am, I started a new project that I’m calling Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, or Whirled Peas. I’m using Amy Gibson’s foundation piecing pattern Tilt-A-Whirl. I’m reacquainting myself with foundation piecing, its been a while. I think I’m going to enjoy the process once I get it going assembly line style. Only two blocks completed so far:

I’m linking up with To-Do Tuesday
Here is my list from past week :
-continue working on client’s quilt ✔ embroidery label completed
-continue to catch up on Building Blocks Quilt A-long ✔ all caught up!
-work on Savvy quilt ✔ Top ready for quilting!
-celebrate birthdays! My hubby today! Mine on Friday! ✔ Lunch and movie Friday, and dinner out with eldest son Tuesday
This week’s list:
-continue working on client’s quilt, applique center block
-bind signature quilt
-today, take daughter to doctor appointment to remove her cast from January 24th ankle surgery. Oh Boy! Has she been counting down the days!
-work on Luke and Kim’s quilt, I should aim for 2 blocks a week
-piece a few more blocks of Whirled Peas
I’m also linking to  Linky Tuesday.



First Pineapple Quilt Top!

March 4th, 2014

It’s finished! That is, the top of the Pineapple Quilt using Cut Loose Tropical Fruit Pattern and Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool is finished. And on its way to the longarm quilter, Paula Reuille. I have to say I really love this quilt. It is my first ever Pineapple quilt, and I admit, I was leery of the trim tool/ruler before I started using it. That all changed as I worked on the quilt blocks, the instructions and method just all clicked as the quilt blocks progressed.

When I added the white logs, I used the white lines on the ruler to trim. When I added the bright/dark logs, I used the dark lines on the ruler to trim. The blocks came together very accurately. The ruler is very well designed. Just how do these gals come up with these rulers? They must all have math minds!
This week I’m playing with another new-to-me ruler. The Creative Grids 90˚ Double-Strip Ruler. I’m using the Savvy pattern by Rachel Griffith Designs and Moda’s Hearty Good Wishes fabric line. 
I’m linking up with To-Do Tuesday and my list for this week is:
-continue working on client’s quilt – last week I designed the embroidery label, this week sew blocks together
-continue to catch up on Building Blocks Quilt A-long I’ll post photos later
-work on Savvy quilt
-celebrate birthdays! My hubby today! Mine on Friday! ☺
I’m also linking to Linky Tuesday.
Have a great week gals!

Playing with Pineapple Blocks

February 25th, 2014

… And a new-to-me tool. The Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool.

20 blocks made, border fabric, Pineapple Trim Tool.

I used Andover Fabric Line Kim’s Hand Dyes, filling them out with some dot fabrics for 14 colorful fabrics. I used Moda white muslin for the background and will use Moda Simple Marks for the border. The bright colorful fabrics make me happy!

I will be demoing this tool Saturday, March 1st at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop, Roanoke, IN. Shop hours 10 -3.

Linking to Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

and to To-Do Tuesday Link up Here is my list for this week:

Finish and photo Pineapple Quilt

Work on client clothing quilt

Catch up with Building Block Quilt Along


Building Blocks Quilt Along

January 29th, 2014

I’m taking part in Leah Day’s Building Blocks Quilt Along to learn Free Motion Quilting. Leah has us starting out with the basics. This will be a skill building quilt along for the year. So far, so good!

Stitching Merrily Along

January 27th, 2014

Stitcher’s Garden Block No. 7. Twin needle stitching in background.

Stitcher’s Garden Block No. 8. More twin needle stitching in background and pintuck foot used in center of flower.

Close up of pintucks. I used two different colors of thread, and the lighter thread is showing up better.

Stitcher’s Garden using Batiks Classes at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop, Roanoke, IN held the third Tuesday and third Thursday of each month.

First Finish in 2014

January 17th, 2014

Here is my first completed quilt for the new year. Toes In the Sand Pattern by Jaybird Quilts using the Hex N More Ruler. Love Julie’s ruler. Julie’s patterns are very well written with clear and easy to follow directions and diagrams. I was very happy that all the points in the blocks matched up so perfectly. The Hex N More Ruler is designed  including four shapes, each with four sizes, all in one ruler. The shapes are triangles, hexagons, half hexagons, and diamonds.

I used all Batiks for this quilt.

Close up of a few blocks.

I love the Moda Batik for the back, and also the All-In-One Flange Binding made with left overs from the pieced blocks.

This quilt is being offered as a Block of the Month at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop in Roanoke, IN.