Showing posts with label #newbeginningsbloghop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #newbeginningsbloghop. Show all posts

Monday, January 23, 2017

Anvil Block - Fun with Asymetrical Blocks

This week's alternate block for Quilter's Recipe Box is the Anvil block.  This block uses the same units once more, but this time I've chosen to just use one color and the background.

Just like the last three blocks, sew the four half square triangle units.  If you are cutting accurately and sewing accurately all you will need to do is trim the dog ears and your units should measure correctly
Arrange them as I have shown - notice that this block has a definite diagonal alignment going on.  I'll show you some fun ways you can make the most of this later!

Sew the rows together, then the colums - press your seams away from the triangle blocks.
Oops, I noticed I had a little wobble in one of my seam lines!
Easy to fix and I didn't even bother with a seam ripper.  Just resewed the seam so it was nice and straight.
Now, what kind of a quilt can you make using this block?  Here are a few lay-outs from EQ7
This one has a nice look to it.  Lots of room for some fun quilting!
This one has a nice zig zag look to it.
This one looks like exploding twin stars!
And here is a single star exploding - this one is my favorite.

Next Monday I'll have some show and tell blocks - send me an email at pamelaquilts@gmail with a picture of your blocks that you have made, I'd love to show them off!

I forgot to remind you about the New Beginnings Blog posts for last week, so here is the list for last week and this week - make sure you visit and let my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors know how much you love their projects!

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Monday - I have a winner, and a new half square triangle quilt block!

Hope your weekend was great, mine was crazy busy!  I was in charge of the Chili Feed that the Women's Ministry Team put on this weekend, but that wasn't too bad.  We made three big pots of Chili, lots of cornbread and had a great time serving our wonderful church members.  We made some more money to put toward the retreat this spring and had a great time mingling with the people and encouraging them.  This happened on Sunday Morning.

Since we were all prepared and ready to go, Saturday afternoon was going to be fun sewing and I had a lovely project all ready to work on.
Unfortunately I didn't get time to work on it because after I made lunch I decided to clean out my refrigerator.  I had a container of noodles that needed to go, but when I put them down the disposal the drain clogged.  That's not a big deal, I usually seal the drainboard side of the sink and run the disposal which creates enough pressure to force the clog through.  This time there was an odd noise, but I kept running the water.  Then I looked down and there was water (and little noodle bits) flowing out from under the sink!  YIKES!! That was a big deal!

When I opened the doors the mess was so terrible I wanted to cry.  Water and noodle bits all over, even stuck to the bottom of the sink, the back wall, and everything under the sink.  You know - paper bags, a grocery tote, my husbands old lunch box, roll of paper towels, vases....I guess it was time to clean out under there, but not like this.  At first it looked like the ring holding the drain to the underside of the sink had just come loose.  Then, when I went to tighten it I realized it had broken in half.  So off to the plumbing store to get a new one.

(I am Mrs. Fixit in my house - I enjoy doing it!  DH would if I wanted him to, but I like knowing how to deal with these things and tend to just take charge, in case you are wondering...)

The nice guy at Perry's Electric hooked me up with a nice new plastic pipe to replace my broken metal one and made sure I had the appropriate washers.  Once I got home it was a simple matter of cutting the new piece to the correct length, putting the washers in the correct spots and screwing everything together.  No fancy plumbing tools necessary for this job!  Luckily the washers came in packs of two because once I hooked everything up I found a leak in another join as well.  Plus a piece of wood in the u-joint under the sink which probably has been causing my back-ups.  The worse part was cleaning up all the noodle bits and drying it out.

Yesterday I laid some nice contact paper down and replaced all the things that I wanted to keep under the sink, added some things to my donation box, and threw out some junk!  Now it looks nice and neat under there so I am happy.

So, I am ready for a new day today!  Hopefully lots of sewing will happen.  I did get this week's alternate quilt block done for the Quilter's Recipe Box!  This week we are going to use the same units again:  Four colored half square triangles, four background half square triangles, 1 colored square and 4 background squares.

Sew the four half square triangles into squares and this time we'll place them so that the colored half is on the outside of the corner:
Now you have an O block!  I hope you are getting along with your half square triangles!  Are they coming out to the correct size?  Keep working on accurate cutting and piecing - it will pay off as you go.  You'll be able to piece more quickly and confidently once you have those skills down pat.




  Have you been keeping up with the New Beginnings Blog Hop?  Here are the last couple of posts:
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
My giveaway ended yesterday and the winner is Patricia!  I have e-mailed her for her address so I can send out those pieces to her right away.  

My pattern is available on Etsy or through my Payhip store.
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I hope your weekend wasn't quite as exciting as mine was.  Let's all have a good week of quilting, I'm ready!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Island Batik New Beginnings Blog Hop

Today is my day for the New Beginnings blog hop for Island Batik and the featured collection today is Dotalicious!  It's a big collection featuring lots of different colors and patterns of dots!  Who doesn't love a good polka dot?  I know I sure do!  You can check them all out here.

The theme for our hop is New Beginnings - perfect for the month of January!  I love the beginning of a new year and I always have lots of things I want to change and do differently.  One of the things I wanted to do this year is to start making some of those quilt patterns that I admire.  You know, the bucket list quilts that one never seems to get around to?  With a beautiful stack of 18 colorful Dotalicious fabrics in front of me, the Ocean Waves pattern sprang to mind, so I started thinking about how I wanted to make this quilt.

Even though batiks are not really embraced by a lot of modern quiltmakers, I think they really work great, so decided to make my blocks bold and graphic.
As you can see, this whole block is made from just half square triangles!

I wanted to make a wallhanging size piece, so 12 blocks was just right for my purpose.
They looked mighty pretty on my design wall while I was arranging and rearranging them.
I didn't have a specific plan for the quilting when I started, but the dots got me to thinking if I could quilt it in a way that looked like more dots!  I pulled some thread to match and started free motion quilting spirals.  My Juki has lots of room for moving the quilt through the arm, so I was surprised at how fast it went!  
And here is the finished quilt - what a lovely bright spot above my fireplace.  Usually I hang a wintry blue and white quilt here during January, but I am excited to have a New Beginning with a bright and bold quilt gracing my wall for the month!  It makes me smile to see it there, this fun quilt definitely makes up for the gray skies outside.

I enjoyed making this quilt so much that I thought I would like to share it as a pattern.  I have it available for sale on Etsy as well as in my Payhip shop!  


I also have a few extra pieces for blocks that I cut out and didn't use.  If you would like to have these, enter my giveaway below.  There are enough pieces for 6 blocks, and I'll be sure to send the winner a free pattern as well.  This giveaway will end in a week, so make sure you enter soon, and share it with your friends as well.


Last but not least, Island batik is giving away TWO bundles of batik fabric!  Make sure you enter this one as well.

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Make sure you keep up on the posts for the hop - today there are four!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
DelLillians
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
PamelaQuilts (Me!)
Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate block One

Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed the first block of my Quilter's Recipe Box block of the month - Friendship Star.  As promised I am back with an alternative block using the same units.  This is another great traditional block - Shoo Fly.  You need the same exact units - four colored triangles, four background triangles, one center square in another color, and four background squares.
Sew your half square triangle units together, but this time, we'll use them on the corners of the block instead of the sides:
Sew together, and press the seams toward the center to reduce bulk at the points around the edge of the block.  Shouldn't take you long to make this one!
This block dates to around 1850 and is often seen in sampler quilts.  It has an alternate name - Hole in the Barn Door.

Today the New Beginnings blog hop starts!  Make sure you visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors for fun projects featuring the new fall and winter lines that are now in your quilt shops.  You especially want to check out the first post for the big giveaway there you can win one of two batik bundles!

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik 
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

I'll be back on Tuesday with my hop post - I've got a great project with a pattern, and a giveaway of my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Quiet House

My husband reached out for my hand from the couch yesterday and said sadly, "It's all over."  Our house is quiet again, everyone is either back home or on their way and we are back to just ourselves and the kitty again.  We had a wonderful Christmas Celebration, which was actual multiple celebrations in various households.

I joked that our car was Santa's Magnum Sleigh - we took presents here and there for all of the families to enjoy!  The Christmas PJ's were all a huge hit - I did well this year picking the right fabrics!  My grand sons loved their fleece PJ pants - they said that they were the coziest pajamas ever - the oldest got Seahawks in blue and the youngest, Seahawks in green.  I was thrilled that they were so happy with them!  The little grand daughters were happy with the nightgowns I made, and all the big girls liked their PJ pants.  My middle daughter got kitty cat faces in pink and she was so happy - that was my favorite gift I gave for sure!  (She works in a veterinarian's office and loves cats.)

We had a small crisis when some soda got spilled on the watercolor paintings that my youngest daughter made, but she was able to fix them up again good as new the next day, so it wasn't the end of the world.  I'll show you mine when I get my sewing room cleaned up and re-organized - right now it's a disaster area!

 I didn't remember to take as many pictures as I should have, but I left my laptop at home and didn't spend much time on my phone as I enjoyed my family wholeheartedly.  It was definitely a good choice as there were many heartfelt conversations, laughter and just all around good times.

Here's the view from my spot on the loveseat!  The quilt above the archway is up all year long because I love it so much.  It's cross-stitch combined with quilting.  Here is a bad picture zoomed in:
Peace.  My wish for all of you for the coming year.  May you have peace in your heart no matter what is going on around you.  I hope that I can be a person who spreads peace, as well as knowing peace.

This year I am going to try to slow down a bit.  To be in the moment and fully aware of the days as they pass.  To recognize all the small blessings in my life and to smile more. I like to choose a word for each year, I haven't chosen for 2017 yet, but plan to spend some time thinking on what I would like to focus on.  I think this last week of the year is always a good one to spend time thinking and reflecting on the year past as well as the year ahead.

Another thing that is good to do this time of year is tie up loose ends.  I have a few of those that need my attention, so I suppose it's time to end my reflection and go do some work!  I'll be spending the next few days on some quilting projects, so I'll post some teasers during the week.  You still have time to sign up for my e-mail newsletter.  That will include my Quilter's Recipe Box quilt block of the month!

Let's start the New Year off with a party!  I will be doing a big giveaway this weekend - my Etsy shop is closing in on 1500 sales!  Woohoo!  I want to celebrate, so am cooking up something special - I am not sure what right now, but stay tuned.  Then, the Island Batik Hop for the Fall and Winter 2016 fabrics is starts off on January 4.

You won't want to miss it.  Lots of awesome fabrics to check out, prizes, projects, and just the fun of hanging out with all of the Island Batik Ambassadors!  I love this group of awesome creative quilters, and you will, too!

Ha - I just sat down to write a quick post to let you know I haven't vanished off the face of the earth and I wrote a Novella.  Now it's off the sewing room/disaster area/happy place to make all this great stuff happen.  Quilt on!