19 February 2018

Tiptoe QAL: Hit the Pause

Important announcement too. Thanks to Abby, I have a fix for you. Those long leaf sections (HRT on top of HST) aren't coming out to the right size. I failed to put in the pattern (I'm so so sorry!) that you need to trim those HSTs to 3" once you've made them. And the HRTs (the long ones anyway) should be trimmed to 3x7". So sorry for the confusion. That should give you the right size and it will all fit together beautifully.

Time to play catch up!

These tulips are a lot of work, right?

Who needs a chance to catch up, besides me? Or is everyone doing a table runner and thinks I'm a lazy schlub? Or a crazy lazy schlub?

I declare this week the week to finish all the blocks.

But here's one fun idea for those who are finished. You know those leftover teeny HSTs from the bottom corners of the tulips?

They would be cute little butterflies wouldn't they?

What do you think of these ones?


Or these ones? Quarter square triangles anyone?


And just to prove what a nerd I am, I did look it up and butterflies really aren't attracted to tulips. But I hope you'll forgive me, because I like the idea of using those teeny HSTs for something this cute.

Have a wonderful week - we had snow yesterday. In Western Washington. Yuck. Now I have glorious sunshine and cold cold wind. I'll be inside sewing if anyone needs me!

12 February 2018

Make-A-List Monday: I've got sunshine!


A gorgeous sunny weekend in February? I'll take it!

Never mind that it's cold outside. Still makes me want to plant things and pull weeds. Okay, nothing makes me want to pull weeds. But still.

I don't last long. I get cold. So I come inside, still craving some time with spring. So I sew on these cute blocks for a lovely garden quilt for my bed.


I cut into some much loved Pam Kitty Garden fabric for this one. It's just a little something I do when I have a few spare moments and don't want to reach for something complicated.

As for the rest of the week? Here's my list:

  • Tulips, tulips, and more tulips!
  • Press these four patch blocks
  • My Cake Mix Quilt-a-long needs to get going
Hope you have a lovely Valentine's day!




05 February 2018

Tiptoe QAL Week Five: Blocks B & C Piecing


Good morning! I just realized that I should have done these posts every Tuesday. Tulip Tuesdays! But we're committed to Mondays, so carry on.

Tips for today:
  • Half Rectangle Triangles - how are they going? Is the Craftsy blog post helping? Any thoughts or questions? Remember that when you cut those rectangles, you'll make one leaf for each side. And since the short leaf is only on one side, you'll just need half of it for one tulip, and half for a mirror image.
  • Remembering to mirror those leaves
  • Best press - did we try it out? I actually have some vodka in my freezer (don't judge, it's for pie crust - the BEST pie crust)
  • Any thoughts and comments?
Have a lovely Monday! Let me know, honestly, if you have any questions or comments.

29 January 2018

Make-A-List Monday: I Larb You!


This week is all about my kids. Sewing for my kids can be stressful. And it can be fun.

This week, I'm making:

  • A Crimson and Clover Train Case for my eldest child to use for her gel pens
  • An orange polka dot dress for my little peanut
I'll still be doing some quilty things. I'm sewing more tulip blocks, of course, and I've got a leaders/enders project that's coming along nicely. And a layer cake project that needs my attention. Oh, and new patterns.

Yeah. Not much going on in my world this week! :)

Have a great one!

Tiptoe QAL Week Four: Block A Piecing


Happy Monday friends! How was cutting last week? Hope it was painless and simple. Felt like it took forever (but then I think I cut out enough for a twin and a king, so there's that).

If you haven't already, you should download the pattern from my Craftsy shop. Remember, it's free as long as the QAL is going on. So don't delay!

I promised tips and tricks and here they are. Today, we're all about Block A. Symmetrical. Matchy matchy leaves. Nothing dark magic about this, but here's a few ideas.
  • To make the center of the tulip a shade lighter, here's a little trick I learned from Lori Holt. Simply flip over the print so that you are sewing the right side of your background square to the wrong side of your print rectangle.



Once you add your outer bloom blocks, this time sewing right sides together, you'll get a finished bloom that looks like this:


The perfect, just lighter print.


Here's how things will look from the back side of your block:


  • Watch those directional prints carefully. You might be able to see my lines in the last picture up there - drew them on going to wrong way. I'm slightly neurotic about that, so it might just be me. But just double check to save you some seam ripping time!
  • HRT tips - check out this blog post at Craftsy for some great pointers (why re-write it?)
  • Best Press starch, or make your own (I'm totally going to try this recipe!) - this really helps give the blocks crisp seams and all those good things
Finished blocks will look like this, but less cartoon-y and much more realistic!




27 January 2018

Friday Finish: Weekender Bags

The Weekender Circus has come to town!




 

And I love my little felt letter board. I'd say it's for homeschooling, and the kids, but I'd be lying. It's mine. I'll get them one eventually.

26 January 2018

Friday Flimsy Finish

I have a finish. Well, a sort of finish.

I've been working on this charm pack version of my Taffy quilt pattern for quite some time and I finally finished up the borders. Hooray for a flimsy finish!


The blocks measure @ 20" square, so it's a four block big quilt with borders.

Now it goes on the pile of flimsies to finish once I find a place to quilt stuff in these parts.

Have a great Friday!

22 January 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Weekender Week!

Hey y'all! Hope you're last full week of January is packed with good things and finishes.

On top of cutting the fabric for my Tiptoe QAL (so excited for these gorgeous tulips!), I'm determined to finish these Weekender Bags.





Four of them. So. Close. And the harder part is deciding who gets them as gifts.

Should be an easy finish, right?

I'm hoping so.

AND, just to stress myself out, I'm also going to finish the relaxed roman shade for my living room window. Because privacy and all. I'm tired of being the neighborhood fishbowl at night. Hoping it turns out well.

Tiptoe QAL Week Three: Cutting Requirements


Good morning sunshines!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready to dive into this quilt along. And by dive I mean walk into the water. I'm no expert at this thing, so we'll take it slowly.

This week is all about cutting your fabric.

First, choose which size you'll be making. As a reminder, here are the sizes and fabric requirements for each size:

If you're going scrappy, then just know that you'll need a fat quarter for every two blocks, and a fat quarter-ish of background for every two blocks. I'm pretty sure. I don't do scrappy, remember?

Once you have your size picked out, follow the cutting instructions here. I've tried to make it simple, but man, four different sizes is a doozy.

Print Fat Quarter cutting per two blocks:

  • (4) 5x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (4) 5" squares
Table Runner Background (5 blocks):
  • (3) 2" strips, subcut into (10) 2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (2) 5" strips, subcut into (10) 5" squares
  • (1) 3 1/2" strip, subcut into (5) 3 1/2" squares
  • (1) 3" strip, subcut into (10) 3" squares
  • (2) 3" strip, subcut into (7) 3x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (1) 3 1/4 strip, subcut into (4) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles and (2) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (1) 3" strip, subcut into (3) 3x7" rectangles and (3) 3x5 1/2" rectangles
  • The rest is sashing
Table Runner Green:
  • (1) 3 1/2" strip, subcut into (5) 3 1/2" squares
  • (2) 2 1/2" strips, subcut into (5) 2 1/2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (1) 3 1/4" strip, subcut into (4) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles and (2) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles
  • (1) 3" strip, subcut into (10) 3" squares
Twin Background (16 blocks):

  • (8) 2" strips, subcut into (32) 2x9" rectangles
  • (4) 5" strips, subcut into (32) 5" squares
  • (2) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (16) 3 1/2" squares
  • (6) 3" strips, subcut into (22) 3x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (3) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (11) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles, and (3) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles
  • (1) 3 1/4" strip, subcut into (5) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles
  • (3) 3" strips, subcut into (32) 3" squares, and (3) 3x5 1/2" rectangles
  • (2) 3" strips, subcut into (10) 3x7" rectangles
  • (1) 3" strip, subcut into (7) 3x5 1/2" rectangles
  • The rest is for sashing
Twin Green:
  • (2) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (16) 3 1/2" squares
  • (4) 2 1/2" strips, subcut into (16) 2 1/2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (2) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (10) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (1) 3 1/4" strip, subcut into (5) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles, and (1) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangle
  • (3) 3" strips, subcut into (32) 3" squares

Full/Queen Background (24 blocks):

  • (12) 2" strips, subcut into (48) 2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (6) 5" strips, subcut into (48) 5" squares
  • (2) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (24) 3 1/2" squares
  • (4) 3" strips, subcut into (48) 3" squares
  • (8) 3" strips, subcut into (32) 3x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (4) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (16) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (1) 3 1/4" strip, subcut into (8) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (3) 3" strips, subcut into (16) 3x7" rectangles
  • (3) 3" strips, subcut into (16) 3x5 1/2" rectangles
  • The rest is for sashing
Full/Queen Green:
  • (2) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (24) 3 1/2" squares
  • (6) 2 1/2" strips, subcut into (24) 2 1/2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (4) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (16) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (2) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (16) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles
  • (4) 3" strips, subcut into (48) 3" squares
King Background (35 blocks):
  • (18) 2" strips, subcut into (70) 2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (9) 5" strips, subcut into (70) 5" squares
  • (3) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (35) 3 1/2" squares
  • (5) 3" strips, subcut into (70) 3" squares
  • (12) 3" strips, subcut into (47) 3x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (5) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (24) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (2) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (12) 3 1/4x5 1/8" rectangles
  • (4) 3" strips, subcut into (23) 3x7" rectangles
  • (4) 3" strips, subcut into (23) 3x5 1/2" rectangles
King Green:
  • (3) 3 1/2" strips, subcut into (35) 3 1/2" squares
  • (9) 2 1/2" strips, subcut into (35) 2 1/2x9 1/2" rectangles
  • (5) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (24) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (2) 3 1/4" strips, subcut into (12) 3 1/4x8 1/8" rectangles
  • (5) 3" strips, subcut into (70) 3" squares
Happy cutting this week!

Oh, and the pattern is available in my Craftsy shop - for free during the QAL. If you're an over-achiever and want to start piecing, by all means go for it. But I've got some tips and tricks for you next week, so you might want to wait a bit.

17 January 2018

Tiptoe QAL Week Two


Who's ready to start cutting into their fabric?

Yeah. Not me either. 

You know when life happens? Well, it happened to me. And I'm working on a billion things at once now. And this QAL is still going to happen, but can we push it back a week or so? We'll still be done in plenty of time for tulip season, I promise!

As promised, here are the yardage requirements for the background fabric and green fabric for each tulip. Like I mentioned before, one fat quarter will get you two tulip tops.

Tablerunner (with five tulips) 23x73"
  • 2 yards background
  • 1/2 yard green
Throw/Twin 60x84"
  • 3 3/4 yards background
  • 1 yard green
Full/Queen 88x84"
  • 5 1/2 yards background
  • 1 1/2 yard green
King 102x104"
  • 7 1/2 yards background
  • 2 yards green

08 January 2018

Tiptoe Quilt Along Week One

Happy Monday! I like the idea of a good something to look forward to on a Monday morning. Not that Mondays are particularly any different than other days, but they do have that stigma, don't they?

Anyway, today is the day to start showing off your fabric pull. Here's mine:


Yes. It's not scrappy. Baby steps my friends. I'm actually using a gray background (by the way, do you write grey or gray? I lean towards grey most days) instead of white. That's a big deal for me! I'm using a FQ Bundle of First Romance. So excited - wish there was more yellow, but I just might add in some to keep myself happy.

I did make a scrappy test block. Well, scrappy for me.


Here's a list of what you're going to need for the five different sizes. Wait, five? Yes, five. I've added a table runner to the list, for those who are interested in something simple.

1 FQ will make two tulips. If you prefer to use scraps, you'll need one 5" strip of fabric for each tulip top and one 3-1/2" strip of fabric for the leaves/stem. Background, figure about 1 FQ per tulip. But I'll get exact stuff up later today. Promise.

(I have a houseful of sick kiddos, so I'm still working out the math for the yardage! So sorry!)

And here is the link for the link up party. Even if you're trying to decide between all one color scrappiness, or a mixed field, share what you've got and we'll help you!




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02 January 2018

Tiptoe QAL Update!



Hi y'all! I'm all done with Christmas everything and it's time to think about spring. I know, I'm completely skipping over winter, but really, here in the PNW, it's pretty much the same every day. Rain. Rain. Clouds. More rain.

I went back and looked at the pattern and determined that it could use some tweaking. I don't like extra seams when I can avoid them. I've been having a lot of fun deleting things! Pattern is still the same, but fewer seams! Yay for fewer seams!

Now, for the fabric.

There are 4 different sizes for this quilt.
16 block version = 60x84
20 block version = 74x84
24 block version = 88x84
35 block version = 102x104

For every 2 blocks, you will need a fat quarter (FQ) - these measure approximately 18x21" and will give you plenty of fabric for 2 flowers. You might think that if 1 FQ makes two, then a F8 makes one, but that isn't how it works with this one. But you'll be happy with your pretty flowers - I promise!
I will provide the yardage needed for the background and stems/leaves next week. This is not a speedy quilt along, so no need to worry.

I'll be making up the test blocks from the tweaked patterns this week. I'll post pictures - they are so cute!




01 January 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

While it's true, you don't have to wait until the new year, it's tradition and I'm a creature of habit.

But I'm keeping it simple for myself this year. I'm just choosing a word. Trouble is, I still can't figure out what word I want to choose.

So while I'm thinking about it, I'll share my crafting to-do list!

  • Finish writing up tulip stuff - we start next week!
  • Write 2 patterns
  • Play with a design idea that came to me late last night
  • Sew something. Anything! Probably work on my autumn Shortcake quilt
Do you choose a word for the year? Care to share?

Oh, hey, I just added an e-mail subscription thingy over there on the side at the top. Some of you have asked for it and it was crazy easy to do. So here you go. If you want an e-mail notification when I post something new.

30 December 2017

Spelling Bee Saturday: the letter j

Good morning! It's my turn on the calendar for my Spelling Bee Saturday. This week is the letter j. Not J. Just j.

I'm pretty sure I went through a phase of writing my name in all lower case letters. 8th grade, maybe?

Anyway.

If you've made blocks from this book, then you know they are a cinch. Crazy easy. Took me 10 minutes, once I chose the fabric.



I'll be making this into a Christmas word pillow. joy? jolly? jingle? How ambitious am I?

I'm also going to make a big crossword puzzle/scrabble thing with all my kids' names. I'm excited!

25 December 2017

Make-A-List Monday: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas friends!

I realized I truly missed writing these blog posts, and I've vowed to change that today. My children are building Lego spaceships and treehouses, so I'm going to blog my to-do list.

I'm headed to my brother's house for a 10 day visit, so I'm packing up some projects to get done while I'm there. Here's what's on my plate:

  • Tulip Quilt A Long - cutting fabric and starting blocks
  • Autumn Shortcake Quilt - this one is massive, but it's a chain piecer, so it's going pretty quickly
  • FQS Cake Mix project
  • FQS Spelling Bee Saturday - my post is this coming Saturday!
  • Weekender bags need finishing before I go
  • Sew the borders on my Flurry Taffy quilt
  • Buy clearance flannel flat sheets for quilt backs!
That last one. Genius. Read about it somewhere and that's totally happening.

What are you doing this week? Sewing-wise, anyway? I'm also taking my kids to see the Zoo Lights tomorrow night, and then to a model train show Wednesday. Also a Lego building thing. Busy busy time!

07 December 2017

Tiptoe Quilt Along

I know, you're all in the middle of Christmas. Me too. But around this time of year, when the skies are very grey, I start dreaming of the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley of Washington. The skies are grey then, but I don't notice it as much because of all the pretty flowers.

Given how much I love tulips, it's surprising that I don't have a tulip quilt. Well, actually not, because I haven't loved any of the tulip blocks I've seen out there. They tend to be blocky (no pun intended) and square and short. Then I spotted this one, but wanted to make it mine.




I like that the blocks aren't square, because tulips aren't square. They're tall and elegant.

So who's with me? I'll lead the Tiptoe Quilt Along. I'll provide all the info you need: cutting requirements, fabric needs, block instructions. Here's how it will go:
  • January 8-13: Kickoff party - pull the fabric you're going to use and share a photo (or not!)
  • January 15-20: Cutting requirements for all blocks and sashing
  • January 22-27: Block #1 building and tips
  • January 29-February 3: Blocks #2 and 3 building and tips
  • February 5-10: Sashing and final quilt layout
  • February 12-17: Show and tell your final quilt flimsy!
I'll gather together some prizes for y'all, if you like. But the biggest prize is going to be having this gorgeous quilt in your life. If you make the big one, you'll have one to fit a queen sized bed! But even just 16 blocks makes for a nice throw quilt.

02 October 2017

Patchwork Stockings Pattern is READY!!!

My Patchwork Stockings pattern is written and available in my Craftsy Shop!


I designed these stockings for my family after I looked and looked for a pattern I loved. Couldn't find just what I wanted, so I created it instead. I wanted big, fat stockings, but not too wide at the top. And I wanted to have lots of different design options so they matched but weren't identical.


Now I made seven at once, so I made them all in one big quilt sandwich. But the pattern is written for just one stocking. But I hope to see lots of them out there! The beauty of this pattern is that you can customize it any way you like: I use 3" finished HSTs, but you could change that up entirely, as I give the final stocking dimensions. You could even do one cute little 6" block of Santa, or a wreath, or a candy cane. The possibilities are endless.


Don't let the curves scare you. No big deal. Just clip them, turn them out, and press them. 


 I created a Pinterest board of a huge selection of fonts to choose from. It's not exhaustive (what on Pinterest is?), but there are a lot of fun ones.


Hope you love my latest pattern! As always, I'd love to hear what you think of it!