Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Scrappy Star Quilt Update

 I've made a little progress on the Scrappy Star quilt.  I believe I left off with these sweet flying geese units on the last post about this project.

 Here's some more geese units getting their corners trimmed off.

 And pressed.  They look funny with only one triangle sewn on.  That could make an interesting design for another quilt though.  Hmmmmm......

 Time to sew on the left corner triangles.

 I think that large square with the pink print design is a future star center.

 A tangled up mess from lots of chain piecing.  Does this happen to you, too?

Some flying geese units, chain pieced and ready to trim the left triangles.  I love that pretty pink floral fabric with the fresh spring green.

 More trimming!

 My growing flock of geese up on the design wall.  Looks like they are flying south.

 And one star block with all the units ready to sew together.  It's getting there!

Are you following the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop?  Today's hopper is my fellow Island Batik Ambassador, Pamela Boatright.  Read about her cleaning adventure here:  Pamela Quilts.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas





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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Making of the Star Sweeper Quilt

 The Star Sweeper quilt was my Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt for April.  You can read that post here:  Ready Set Go Baby Quilt Featuring Star Sweeper.  Today I'm going to show you some of what went into the making of this quilt.

First I moved this cat.

 Then I quickly and accurately cut out my pieces with the Accuquilt Go.

 I pieced this gorgeous block using Island Batik's Winter Park fabric collection.

Next, I took it apart because I misplaced some of the colors.  Ooops!  I got to test my new seam ripper from Quilty Box.  (It works well)

 I sewed all sorts of units together to make the star blocks.

 I moved this cat.

 I pieced the center of the quilt top.

 Added the borders to finish the top.

 I quilted straight lines on a diagonal out from the center.  I moved this cat.

 I hand stitched this spacey sleeve onto the back of the quilt.

The Star Sweeper quilt.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Quilting the Happy Scrappy Quilt

I've begun the quilting on the Happy Scrappy quilt.  This quilt is square and has a design that radiates out from the center, making it a good candidate for concentric circle quilting.  I pin basted this quilt to prepare for quilting on the Janome Memory Craft.

 I used a circle template to mark the first circle on my quilt.

 I thought it would be fun to try out a few of the specialty stitches on my new sewing machine, so I quilted a circle of tulips.  I may plant another garden further into the quilting.  That was fun!

 I'm quilting with a guide to keep the circles about one inch apart.

I got pretty far along, when this happened.  Fuzzy.  He said, "You are done for the evening".  Haha.  He is way too heavy to sit on my quilt while I'm working on it.  I moved him twice, but he kept coming back.  Time to put it away.  I can finish another day.

Are you following the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop?  Today's hopper is:
May 9 - Sarah Myers -  http://www.quilted-diary.com/blog

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Saturday, May 4, 2019

What's Inside the April 2019 Quilty Box?

Disclaimer:  This subscription box was given to me at no cost by Quilty Box.
 What's that peeking through the roses and azaleas on my front porch?  It's the April Quilty Box!  Let's take a peek!

 The goodies inside are so nicely wrapped in tissue.  It feels like opening a gift.

 First up this month:  Hello! My Name is Fat Quarter Bundle, featuring the Harriot collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

 This collection has a nice mix of wovens and prints.  See the scallop design all the way over on the right?  Cute!

 The Bundles of Inspiration magazine has a nice interview with Carolyn Friedlander, three patterns to sew, and some other nifty articles.

 Just what I need to tame my stash.  A Fine Mist Spray Bottle and a bottle of Flatter in Pineapple Grove.  How nice.

This month's box finishes out with a lovely gray spool of Aurifil.  Quilty Box is a terrific way to up your thread collection.  They send a gorgeous spool of high quality thread in every box.

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Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Mill House Spring Quilt ~ New Pattern!

 Today I'm sharing the Mill House Spring quilt.

 This quilt is sweet, simple, and easy to sew.

 This quilt features 4" hourglass blocks in pink and white.

 The blocks are sewn using a quick rotary cutting method with no bias edges.

 Mill House Spring is a terrific stash buster quilt.  

 It could easily be sewn in a variety of colorways, but the pink and white makes a sweet baby quilt.

 I'm always looking for new and interesting photo settings.  What do you think?

 This pattern features full color diagrams throughout.

 I backed my Mill House Spring quilt with this pretty pink floral print fabric.

 I used a dark blue fabric for the binding. I usually bind my quilts with the same fabric as the outer border, this blue adds a little extra sparkly fun.

 The Mill House Spring quilt, posing by a country road.

 Pretty folds.  This quilt would make a lovely wall hanging or lap quilt.

The Mill House Spring quilt pattern is now available in the Curlicue Creations shop.
Order your copy today!  Click here:  Mill House Spring Quilt Pattern

Are you following the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop?  Today's hopper is:
May 3 - Sue Griffiths - http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas





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