7/24/14

Hexie Weekend has gone traveling!

Hi, life is continuing to limit my quilty time and Audrey of Glory Be Quilter volunteered to be a guest blogger for this week.  Yippy!
Audrey of Glory Be Quilter

It all started when Audrey commented when I hosted a TGIFF Linky Party earlier this year She won the giveaway prize! It was a fat quarter and some hexagons to try this method or rekindle a love for English Paper Piecing.  I'm happy to say she's fallen in love with EPP!   Thank so much for guest hosting Hexie Weekend!  To see her lovely hexies and enter her giveaway go here.  You'll find the linky party there - we'd love to see your eye candy - hexie or otherwise!

I'm giving away  another 100 paper piece templates and a fat quarter. Leave a comment to enter. After visiting Audrey, let me know you did and you will have another chance.  Join the linky party at Audrey's and that will be your third chance!  Summer time is the perfect time to be doing EPP.  Please be sure you are not a no-reply Blogger.  Thanks!

7/22/14

Applique Tuesday

Another life filled week!  But here is my latest hexie love at the top of my wish list:  Applique and hexagons! I've died and gone to Heaven!!
This photo is from the Checker Newsletter - a newsletter for quilt shop retailers, but we, the customers can read it. I've found several wonderful products through it - had to special order a couple - but that's okay.  Let's face it - local quilt shops can't carry everything.  Click here to read the latest with some info on Edyta's new book.

Made tiny step forward on my Happy Scrappy Orphan block quilt.
The circles are now cut and ready to use Karen Kay Buckley's perfect circle templates to turn under the seam allowance.  I use one of the templates to make freezer paper templates (5).  I ironed them onto the back of my fabric and then cut with sharp scissors 1/4" around them.  I'll use a running stitch 1/8th from the edge and draw back the seams. Then I'll starch the edges, remove the teflon template and glue to the border. Lastly, I'll zig zag them in place.  Then I can sew the remaining two side to my medallion center. Phew!

What are you up to?  Would love to see your eye candy in progress.  Leave me a comment and I'll go by. Also, I'm linking to the various blogs on my sidebars - do go by for more quilting fun. Stash report on right sidebar.
Blessings on this day.

7/19/14

FMQ this Weekend

You may remember I did a major shift in my sewing room to make room for a new machine. Well, I was successful and now trying to reduce all the stuff in there.  Yesterday, I spent an entire day sorting through one box!  And I still have 16 more to go!  One day at a time, one day at a time.  Sigh.  In going through the box I found a quilt top I had made maybe 10-12 years ago that actually was partially sandwiched - had the batting.  It's just a mini - 22" square - and was the first mystery quilt I made as a blogger.  I belonged to The Quilting Post at the time - a great group - and they held this challenge.  I seem to remember it may have been for New Year's Day - or Super Bowl Sunday - not sure. Anyway, I didn't have a big stash then, and I was determined to make the quilt. So I chose to make a miniature that would fit the amount of fabric I had. Here it is:
 The dark fabric is really chocolate brown, not black.  I was going to stitch every seam, but in doing just the stars and the brown diamond shaped units - it was pretty much quilted. I did loops in the outer border.
However I outsmarted myself. I picked a thread that so matched the front and back that you can hardly see that it's quilted.  Choosing thread is the hardest part right now for me.  And it's just not only quilted in squares - LOL.

I'm linking to Richard's Link a Finish Friday and Sarah's Can I get a  Whoop, Whoop? as I finished my first Christmas gift and a UFO at that! Do go to both - they have giveaways.  Sarah's is  giving away quilts!

7/17/14

Hexie Weekend Sort Of

Like applique, I've been far too busy with life to do any hexagons, but am always thinking of them as you saw in my previous post.  Tuesday I was finally able to get to Barnes & Noble and pick up the latest copy of
 This is my favorite magazine right now.  It costs a whopping $13.99 US, but it's a bargain, really.  In issue 100 I found four quilts I would love to make.  At $15 - $25 a pattern, you can see why I think it's a bargain.
In issue 101 (which is the one above), I know I want to make the cover quilt and the Hexie one above.  It makes a fabulous tablecloth or lap quilt.  All templates are included.  The magazine is hard to find.  I just stumbled across it at Barnes and Noble when I went to buy a present for a baby shower (I'd only seen it online before this). I was astonished and delighted to find it!  Because it comes from Europe, I've gottten the issues at the end of the time they are released for - ie the May - June copy didn't arrive until the second week of July.  So I probably won't see the next one til September.  Is there a B&N near you?  Check them out - they might have it.  Oh, one more thing - Di Ford is doing a mystery quilt starting with Issue 99.  It's a gorgeous quilt!

What are you up to?  I plan to try and make a flower in the next three days. Would love to see your eye candy, hexie or otherwise.  Linky below: