Sunday, September 08, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop

This week is another great blog hop - this one is hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks (a fellow Island Batik Ambassador and Blog Hop Hostess extraordinaire!)  All we have to do is share with you our favorite quilt block.  Well, for me that is a harder task than you would guess - it's like choosing your favorite child!  So, what I choose to say is that my favorite block is the one I am currently working that cheating?

Right now I am playing in my stash of fall fabrics and planning on making a fun fall quilt out of all those lovely scraps.  I played around in EQ8 and designed this block for the fun of it!

Shall I put them on point?
Or set them straight?  I can't decide!  I guess I'll wait until I'm done making blocks and then figure it out!  Now that I'm done sorting and pressing, its time to start cutting and sewing...

If you'd like to make your own block here is the pattern - you can get it free on payhip this week!

Download Drifting Leaves Pattern
Stop by the rest of the bloggers to see more blocks and share in the fun!  Here's the rest of the schedule for you:

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th

Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Thanks, Carla for hosting the hop, I know it will be fun, and I'll probably end up with more favorites!

Friday, September 06, 2019

Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Sampler - Throw Back Thursday!

I am enjoying looking back and writing about some of the quilts I made before I started blogging.  They really bring back vivid memories of the times that I made them in.  This quilt is made from the very first quilting book that I ever purchased for myself - Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!  This is an excellent beginners quilt book and I feel like it's a timeless resource, covering so many techniques and just basic quilting know how.  I've made many quilts from this book and really have to credit it for giving me a great start in my quilting journey!  This is still widely available and there are three editions, I'm not sure if they are very different from the original, but I am sure they are just as wonderful.

As you will see from my pictures, my quilt is made up from lots of little floral fabrics (calico pints is what we often called them).  That's mostly what was available at that time, and with 4 little girls in those days, I made lots of dresses and had abundant scraps for my quilting.

The paisley is what I used for my color scheme.

I learned so many techniques from this book!  Applique, curved piecing, strip piecing, accurate stitching so my triangles didn't lose their points.

I learned to draft my own patterns from this book.  How to sew sashings and cornerstones, and how to add borders.  This top waited for a long time before I found the fabric that was just right for the border - and I learned that it's worth while to be patient because it really brought the chaos together!

I started out learning how to cut with scissors and templates, and I got brave enough to purchase a rotary cutter and learn to use that as well!  Y-seams were another great topic that I mastered while making this quilt.
This was one of my first experiments with free motion quilting and it really set me free to finish all the quilt tops I had made and didn't have time to quilt by hand.  I perfected my meandering while making this quilt, all done on my 1979 Kenmore sewing machine!  I chose a nice busy calico print for the backing and it definitely hides any imperfections in the quilting.  It was completed in April of 2001 - so somewhere around 8 or 9 years in the making.  That makes me feel a little less discouraged about the state of some of my current UFO's!  Some quilts take their time to be finished, it seems.

Yesterday was day 2 of the Once Upon a Story Row along - here are the blogs to visit for the new patterns and giveaways for Thursday September 5, 2019:

Made By Marney

Pretty Piney Quilts

Renee’s Quilting Addiction

I also drew for the winner of the prize on my Beat the Heat blog hop giveaway:  Gene Black was the winner!  Gene, I'll have your charm squares in the mail this afternoon!  Thanks to everyone for all the great comments and naming suggestions - the one that caught my eye was Stepping Stones.  I liked this because it's a beginners sampler, designed to teach step by steps some of the techniques used in quilt making.  
Thus my Quilt Along for 2020 will be called the Stepping Stones Sampler!  If you want to sign up for that, just visit this page!  I'll be sending out fabric requirements soon, so you can start collecting what you need.

Linking up with Sandra for Throwback Thursday!

Now, let's go do some quilting!

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Miscellaneous thoughts and meanderings

I don't share too many pictures of our cat, Scamper because he is so hard to get a nice picture of!  Plus that, he's really a rather stand-offish sort who likes to keep to himself, or hang out with my husband.  He doesn't enjoy being in my sewing room, and if he does come in tends to get into mischief.  We laugh because he has a habit of changing out his chosen napping spots on a regular basis.  I moved the quilted body pillow cover I made almost four years ago from the guest room down to the futon, and it has become his "best spot" for now!  I actually managed to get some nice pictures of him there, so thought I would show you how pretty he is!  
The quilt on the back of the futon is the sampler quilt I made from the Quilts, Quilts, Quilts book by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes.  Definitely one of my favorite beginning quilting books.  I don't think I've ever actually blogged about it, I suppose I'll have to put that on my list and get some nice pictures of it to show you.  This is one of the first quilts that I machine quilted - just some simple meandering really made it all come together!
I have been having a blast using the new die I was sent by Accuquilt as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program!  It's Cleopatra's fan.  I love being able to cut these curved pieces so easily, and believe it or not, I achieved these results with no pinning! That's right.  I just match up the edges and the notches and sew the seams.  Pretty amazing how perfect they look, isn't it?  I'm having just as much fun arranging the blocks when they are done!  Can't wait to get my project done so I can show you...
Scamper looks eager to see it as well - he'd probably like to lay on it, but no way is that going to happen!

I just have to say that I've been totally blown away by the response to yesterday's post - I am so glad everyone liked my block, I was a little nervous about it!  Thanks for all the wonderful comments - I really do appreciate it.  Sometimes it's a little hard to put yourself out there with something a bit different, so I am relieved that you all enjoyed it.

Last but not least, you only have one more day left to enter the Beat the Heat giveaway!  I'll be drawing the winner on Thursday, so you'll want to make sure you have an opportunity to win.

Enough rambling for now - have a great Wednesday!

Monday, September 02, 2019

Once Upon a Story Row Along - I Had a Little Nut Tree

Welcome to the opening day of the Once Upon a Story Row along - thanks so much to Marian of Seams To Be Sew for putting this together!  This is the fifth year of the Row Along, and the fourth year I have participated.  This year the row along has changed up a bit, we have several different sizes and shapes of rows, including squares which is kind of fun.  Marian is going to have some ideas for layouts, so no worries about that!  And our theme this year is Fairy tales and Nursery Rhymes. I can't wait to see all the great designs that come from this inspiration!  As always, there are FREE patterns and great giveaways, so do not miss checking out all the participants.  You will find my free download immediately below the instructions.

I wanted to choose something a little different for my block.  I've become quite interested in European history, and I have found many Nursery Rhymes are rooted in historical events, some not very child-friendly.  I found this article to be highly informative and a good read on the subject.  The Rhyme I decided to interpret is "I Had a Little Nut Tree"

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear,
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear;

The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.

Her dress was made of crimson,
Jet black was her hair,
She asked me for my nutmeg
And my golden pear.

I said, “So fair a princess
Never did I see,
I’ll give you all the fruit
From my little nut tree

You can read the Wikipedia article on it for more information, and I will tell you about how I chose to interpret it.

I like to do mostly pieced blocks because that's my particular love in quilting - and at first I thought I would do a tree block.  But then I found the Prickly Pear block and an idea was born.  Because there are so many triangles in this block I decided that one large block would do the trick, and then I would add a bit of applique to the top of it for the finishing touch!

First of all you have to sew all the triangles.  Four large one and 20 smaller ones.  Aren't you glad it's just one block?  

The next step is to assemble the center using the four large triangles and squares.  Aren't the fabrics lovely?  Northcott Fabric generously supplied the designers with fabric for our projects!  These are from the basics - I chose a gray instead of white for my background so it would have a little softer look.  Love those wavy lines!  Northcott's fabrics have their famous soft and silky feel and are always a pleasure to sew with.  Their colors are always rich and gorgeous, too!  I chose red and black because those are the colors in the rhyme, and I love both of these fabrics.

Next you sew all the small triangles into rows.  They all face the same direction, so be careful on this step!  Then add a black square to each end of two of the rows.

Now sew the small triangle borders to the center.  Make sure your light triangles face toward the center, then add the small strips on the outside to bring the block up to 30 inches.  Now you can add the pear applique.  I've already reversed the templates, so just trace onto fusible web and you are ready to go.

That was pretty easy, right?  The placement isn't too important, as long as it looks good to your eye!

And here you have the finished block.  Normally I quilt up my design so you can see it finished, but I am planning on making more of the other designers patterns to make a larger quilt because I loved the theme so much!  Make sure you follow along to collect the patterns and make your own "Once Upon a Story" quilt!  My pattern will be available at no charge through October 8.

Download my free pattern by clicking the picture below:
I Had a Little Nut Tree Pattern

Did I mention giveaways?  I have a bundle of 4 Northcott fat quarters to give away! These are lovely Banyan Batik fabrics - love these colors. The winner will need to pay postage for shipping, and the value of the bundle is $20.00, so make sure you understand that detail before entering, international entries are welcome, but you'll have to decide if it's worth paying shipping to do so.

We are so thankful to Northcott for their generosity in sponsoring this event - make sure you look for their products in your local quilt shop and support them as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you visit Marian at Seams to Be Sew and Carol at Just Let Me Quilt today for more blocks and giveaways - including an EQ8 giveaway!  This giveaway will run for the entire Row Along, so you will have lots of opportunities to enter.  EQ8 is a fabulous quilt design tool and I use it extensively in my quilt designs, including this one.  In fact, the first graphic you see in this post was created using EQ8, so you can see how handy it is.  As an added bonus EQ has made a coupon code that is good on ALL their products!  Use ROWALONG20 to save 20% in their online shop (I hear the roll of printable fabric may come in handy in a later row....hint, hint)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you are new to my blog, thank you for stopping by!  I've been doing a free Quilt Along - Seashore Splendor and it's not too late to get started, all block patterns will be free until the end of the year.  Click here to find out more...

I'm also starting sign-ups for next years Quilt Along - Stepping Stones Sampler.  You can sign up for that here:

My Etsy Shop: PamelaQuilts has my patterns and quilts for sale.  Use the coupon code ONCEUPONASTORY 
to purchase PDF Patterns for half price until October 8!  Only regular priced PDF and Charm Pattern PDF patterns are eligible for this discount.

I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to this event and will follow me on my social media links at the end of the post!

Now just a few legal items to take care of - Marian has provided us with the rules and guidelines for our giveaways, just so we are all clear!  You can read them below, and thanks for joining in!

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.

Rules and guidelines are also listed on the Rafflecopter window of each blog’s giveaway entry on there featured days post.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various blogger/designers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor and blogger/designers themselves.

You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

All giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at each of the blogs post to enter at Seams To Be Sew, 
Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.

You are only allowed to enter once at each of the featured day sites. Giveaways are different at each site, thus you can enter those giveaways. On the Electric Quilt giveaway, you can enter once each day of the row along, new sites to click on are assigned to this giveaway you need to visit each site to be credited for the entry.

I will start announcing winners on September 10, 2019, and finish announcing winners on October 13, 2019

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

All giveaways run for 1 week with the exception of the Electric Quilt giveaway which runs the full course of the event.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in all cases except for the Fat Quartershop, and C&T Publishing winners, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

All winners are chosen at random.

All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers/designers may enter any of the giveaways.
The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Additional Notes About Giveaways From Our Sponsors

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.

All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home on each Saturday of the event.

An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. Depending on the weight of the prize, first class is always my first choice, but priority mail will be done where needed. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee.

Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an airtight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Seashore Splendor Block 15 - Double Windmill

Welcome to the 15th block for the Seashore Splendor Quilt Along!  This block is called Double Windmills.  It features partial seam piecing (don't worry, this isn't hard to do at all!) and an interesting unit I call a half flying geese.  This is another sky block, so we'll be using light, medium, and dark sky, plus one square from your sea fabrics - light or medium will work well.  Here is the block:

My best advice for sewing this block is to lay out the entire block before starting.  Then as you sew your pieces together, replace them in the positions they belong in.  It's easy to get these triangles turned the wrong way as you work, so make sure to refer to the illustration in the pattern as needed!

Here are my pieces laid out:
Oh - a quick tip on working with directional fabric for this block!  The pinwheel pieces in the dark sky pieces are made from a square of fabric cut in half diagonally both ways.  Those are easy to lay out so the design stays right sides up.  For the corner triangles, if you place your squares right side together with the design facing correctly, then cut diagonally you will have a perfect triangle for each corner.  Now on with the sewing...
Sew a small light triangle to the left side of two light and two medium half square triangles.  Press seams toward small triangles.
Replace these units into the layout, then sew the remaining pairs of light and medium half squares triangles together to make large triangles.  The medium triangle will be on the right when the point is facing up.  Sew these all to the dark triangle pinwheels to make units that are half quarter triangles.

Replace these in the layout, making sure they are all turned the right way.  As you'll see in a bit - I messed up on this step!

Sew the half flying geese units to the light triangle on these units.  They look like rectangles missing a corner - but don't worry, it all goes together great in the end!

Take one of these rectangle units, and place the center square right side together on the corner where the dark and medium triangles meet as shown.  Sew half way down the square, then end your seam.  Open out the square and finger press the seam toward the square.
Now you are ready to add the next piece - this sections can be sewn in one seam.  Press sewn seam toward the center square, and continue adding the remaining sections.
After you've added the last section you can complete the first seam, which will give you an octagon.
Add the corner triangles and your block is complete!
Notice my upside down clouds?  I don't think it's that bad, so I'm going to leave it.  I don't think it'll be too noticeable in the finished quilt.  You know what we say about these things, right?  Just put it on the wall and hang it high!  That way no one will see the error!  Oh, if this was destined to be a show quilt I might fix it, but this is more of a fun quilt that I'll use.  So I don't really mind that it has a few minor problems.

If you think this block looks vaguely familiar, you may have seen it on my friend Maryellen's blog - MaryMackMadeMine.  Her Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog hop quilt used this block!  We both found the block in EQ8 - I chose it way back at the beginning of the year and it was so funny that we are both posting a project using it in the same week.  Great minds, you know :)

Are you ready to make your own version?  You can download the pattern by clicking on the link below:

Double Windmill - Block 15 download here!
Thanks for quilting along with me!  Just a few more blocks to go now - here's a look at our progress:
I'm so excited to start sewing it all together!  The next block will be up in two weeks...see you then!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday WIPs - 8-14

Obviously I have my moments of being technologically challenged - I’ve been updating some past blog posts, and somehow this one decided it wants to be a new post!  (And it may well be a new post to many of you!).  I’ve updated the links, plus added a sign up for my 2020 Quilt Along at the bottom of my post, so you’ll want to check that out as enjoy this post from 2013!

Despite having a super busy week last week I did manage to start and finish a project!  We got in a new book and ruler at Threads That Bind, and Sharan asked me to play around with it and see if it might be fun for a class or two.  After playing with it, I definitely vote yes.  Although I've been avoiding buying any more new rulers because I simply have so many of them, the Triangler is a ruler that I think I would use a lot - plus you can use it for more than one quilt design!

I made this charming table runner in just an afternoon (even counting the time spent ripping out 1/2 of it because I thought I was creating a shortcut way of sewing it together...)  I even got it quilted and bound the next day.  I loved the way it was quilted in the book, so I just copied that.Oh, the book is called Angles With Ease - I expect you will see a couple more of the quilts here in the next few weeks :)

And I worked on more Blocks for my Classic Christmas Block of the Month out of these fabrics -
Hope to be as productive this coming week!  At least it won't be as hectic!

As usual - go check the Quiltsy Blog for more WIPs!

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Sign up for my 2019 Quilt Along - Stepping Stones.  This quilt is a great skill builder, are you ready to step up your piecing skills?

Sign Up Here!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Here Comes the Bride - 2019 wedding number 2 is in the books!

We made it!  Our middle daughter (3 of 5) was married yesterday to her love! 

Aren't they sweet?  Their cake looked like a log, with a heart and their initials carved into it!
And delicious cupcakes for everyone to enjoy :)

All five lovely daughters!  The wedding was outdoors by this lovely pond.  It was about 85, so not unbearably hot, but we were glad to go indoors for the reception and enjoy the air conditioning.

Dancing with Dad!  Oh, we had such a good time, but boy are we tired today.  That's four daughters married, just the youngest is a single lady now.  She can take her time, we are in no hurry for another wedding (grin).  She and her fiance did all the planning for their big day, and it was pretty awesome. 

I can't wait to get back to quilting - I have to get my sewing room back in order, though.  But there might be a nap first....