Lambkin Pillow


Have you seen the new spring quilt patterns by Nadra Ridgeway @ Ellis and Higgs?

 All of her patterns are seriously cute and I am quickly becoming a fan, however these two have won my heart!

I HAD to have the lamb pattern, of course, and now my couch has one more new pillow. =) 

I think I need to make a lamb mini quilt someday! =)

Happy Spring!!

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Beautiful Blue


A blue and white quilt has been in my head for a while. After doing some spring cleaning in my sewing room, I pulled out the Pam Kitty Morning blue fabrics out and got busy making some Jacob's Ladder blocks. 

I played around with some layouts before I finished pressing them. 

I decided on the more traditional layout. The seams nested nicely with this option. 

I wanted it to be bigger, so I added some four patches to make a scrappy border. 

Now it waits to be quilted. =) 

Have a happy Thursday!

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Cleaning Out Stash


Last week, I decided to go on a stash overhaul and let go of fabrics that I no longer loved. I found myself getting overwhelmed with all the scraps and fat quarters of fabric that were stacking up. Some found their way into the sale bin at Cotton Creek Mill, others to the thrift stores. It is so freeing!

I also spent several days doing mindless string block sewing. I ended up making 196 - 6.5" string blocks. That helped to empty my string tub that was overflowing and I was able to cut up more scraps in my scrap tubs and get rid of those, too. String quilts = free quilts. 

I still have these triangle string blocks I made last spring. One of these days I will get them all put together. =)  

Here is a list of the other string quilts I have made in the past.  

When is the last time you did a spring cleaning of your stash? 

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Cotton + Steel projects


Cotton Creek Mill recently received some Cotton + Steel fabrics, which meant I got to play with it and make a shop sample. =) 

I love the back!! The selvedge was so cute I kept it on. 

I was on a roll, so I dug into my stash and made another pillow cover for the couch. The picnic basket fabric is so cute! Being a larger print, I didn't want to cut it up so it is perfect for a pillow!

And one more small project using the make up print from the Jubilee line by Melody Miller. The bag pattern is a free tutorial by Lori Holt which can be found here: Quilty Zip Bag. I have no idea what I will use it for. I needed a quick small project that I could get done in a day. Zipper bags fit that need nicely. I need to make a boxy bag using this print to use for my make up. =)

What quick projects do you like to make? 

Have a happy Wednesday!!

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Friendship Love - Sew Sweet Bee blocks


My mail box has been very busy! Here are the Friendship Love blocks that have arrived so far. =) You can find the tutorial for the Friendship Love block on this post. When they all get here, I will get a picture of them all together and decide what other colors I need to add. This quilt will be darling!

From Missy @ Missy's Homemaking Adventures. Isn't the pink heart darling! Cuteness!

Kimmy @ Kimmy Kitty Creations generously sent me three blocks and a mug rug. I had the hardest time opening the package because it was wrapped so beautifully! 

Elaine @ Elaine.summercrafter added an ornament of the block. These ladies know how to spoil and are so talented! 

And check out the quilt label Denny @laughsewgarden included with her block! The fussy cut bird is adorable! Or adordable, as my granddaughter says. =D

Miss Donna @Donna's Lavender Nest knows how I love pink. =) 

Dori @The Red Feedsack sent two blocks and a banner! 

Tuki @tukidre is a new quilter! She has some serious skills for a new quilter. =) Be sure to check out her Instagram page to see her work. =)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy Monday! 

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Happy Valentine's Day


I finally got around to making a heart quilt using this fantastic tutorial by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. A big thank you to my Valentine for being the quilt model. =) 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friendship Love - A tutorial


For the last three years, I have been part of an online bee called Sew Sweet Bee. February is my turn to be Queen Bee. =) This is the block I have asked for them to make for me. It's simply a friendship star with a heart in the middle. Easy! 

Here is the tutorial for a 12" finished block.

From the colored fabric you will need: 
 (2) 5" squares
 (2) 2 ½" squares 
(4) 1" squares 

From the background fabric you will need:
(2) 5" squares
(4) 4 ½" squares
(2) 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangles 

 Make 4 half square triangles using the two 5" colored squares and the two 5" background squares.

Trim them to 4 ½" and set aside.

For the center heart block section, I used the tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew. Keep in mind that in my block, the heart will be made with the background fabric. In other words, it's the inverse of what she is making in her tutorial. 

My pictures should help you understand what I mean. You will use the (4) 1" colored squares, the 
(2) 2 ½" squares and the (2) 2 ½" x 4 ½" white rectangles. 

The heart should measure at 4 ½".

I forgot to take a picture of the next step which is to take all nine of the 4 ½" squares and lay them out in a 9 patch grid. You need to make sure the half square triangle blocks that are making the friendship star are spinning in the correct direction. I know you can figure it out. =) Then you simply sew them together like a 9 patch and press so the seams nest. The block should measure 12 ½" (12" finished).

Aren't they cute!

Let me know if you have any questions! 

Have a happy day!

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Two UFOs done and SAD


The weather in Iowa has been gloomy and foggy for weeks. I can't remember the last time I saw the sun. =( I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the lack of sunshine makes it much worse. Sewing with pretty colors and keeping busy does help, but I am never quite myself again until spring comes. These last few weeks have been rough. The point of mentioning SAD? No sun also means it is super hard to take decent pictures of the projects I have finished so I can share them here, or on Instagram, for that matter! I decided to stop waiting for a better time and just go with the less than stellar photography. 

First up is Christmas Swoon! 

I made Christmas Swoon last January with the plans to have it done for this last Christmas. Best laid plans and all that... But it is done and I love it!! I did my typical wavy lines to quilt it, but this time I chose to not make the wavy lines as curvy as I usually do. The texture is amazing!

It measures 65" x 65". The back is pieced with the left over half square triangles. 

Next up is another quilt top I made last January using my Cotton & Steel stash. You can find more details in this blog post. This one finished up at 62" x 76". 

I chose to straight line quilt it using my walking foot edge about ¼" away from the seam as my guide.  Totally eye balled it. I love the star and hexagon shape that emerges at the points of the triangles. Oh, and trust me, I stratigcally took a picture where my points matched up perfectly. Not all of them look this good. Just sayin!

For the back, I chose a newspaper print by Zen Chic by Moda. 

 My next project is to get my Patchwork Swoon quilted. Oh, I also have a shop sample I am frantically trying to get done, Sweetie Pie by Lori Holt. Another gal is helping with the embroidery and the hand appliqué parts. It will be cute when it's done. =) 

Thanks for hanging out with me on this Thursday morning! Have a happy day!!

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