Free-Wheeling Single Girl - Progress


The Free-Wheeling Single Girl Sew Along is nearing the end. I am very thankful for Sewtopia, The Next Stitch and Denyse Schmidt for hosting this fun sew along because I don't know if I would ever attempt to make this quilt without their tips and support. They saved this amazing pattern from languishing in my stash.  
As I mentioned in an earlier post I chose to use mostly Denyse Schmidt fabrics with a bit of Moda Grunge and Cotton & Steel in the mix. 

For a while, I toyed with the idea of changing the background to Grunge Fig instead of Kona Snow. I like how it looks together, but I needed a second opinion.  The consensus was the Grunge Fig was too prominent and took the eye away from the rings and I really wanted the rings to shine. 

I let the blocks sit like this for a long time. I was very nervous about sewing those curves!! 

Some of the time I used glue to put the pieces together and other times I used the pinning method. My 2 cents. When using the glue method, my sewing was more accurate but took longer to put them together. Pinning them was faster, but I was less accurate because the fabric shifted, even with a lot of pins. In the end, I used the pin method more often. I knew that they were all going to be trimmed and I had 64 of these blocks to make with two curves to each block. It would have taken forever to use the glue method. The key to sewing curves is to take your time. They are not as hard to sew as I feared. 

I am glad I used Kona Snow. I like the traditional look. 😊

My next decision was what to use for the backing fabric. I loved the sheep in the Cotton & Steel Panorama line, so I bought half yard cuts of each color to audition which one I liked best. They all looked good! 

I gave hubby the choice, since this quilt will be on our bed eventually, and he chose the PINK! Yay! 

I have all 16 circles made, but there isn't room to lay them all out! Each circle is 22"! It's going to be a big one. I haven't decided how big to make the border. I do know I want it to be square so it can lay on the bed in any direction. Until I decide, I am not going to sew them together. Easier to store a pile of blocks instead of a large quilt top. 😄

Have a great fall weekend!! 

Turning Points Pillow - A Shop Sample


This weekend I made another shop sample using this pattern. 😀 It's a paper pieced pattern, but very simple so don't let that intimidate you. 

I chose a charm pack of Grunge Stars for the triangles and a natural linen and cotton for the background. 

I messed up on the first quadrant by not reversing the colors. I forgot paper piecing turns things backward. Oh, well!😉 

Halfway done!

All quilted! 

All finished! The blog where the tutorial was shared on how to make a Quilted Zipper Pillow Cover no longer exists, but I had a copy that I placed on Dropbox. Let me know if the link works for you.

One of these days I'll share my progress on the Free Wheeling Single Girl quilt. Sewing curves is a first for me! 

What have you been working on? 

Barn Star II, a shop sample


Sometime in the next couple of months, I will be teaching a class at Cotton Creek Mill on how to piece this darling little quilt by Corriander Quilts called Barn Star II.  For the shop sample, I chose the fabrics Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille

I am usually wary of charm pack patterns because they often tell you to cut the 5" charms in fourths and even though mathematically, I should end up with 4 - 2 1/2" squares, I never do. They end up smaller and I have to adjust seam allowances when piecing. Often times, I end up with things that don't line up and piece together well. Instead, when I use patterns that call for 2 1/2" squares, I cut them from fat quarters or from scraps. Never a charm square. This pattern did not call for any 2 1/2" squares. Yes, there was some waste with the charm square, but the pieces are cut accurately and thus, it pieced together like a dream. I will make this pattern again! 

Do you have a favorite charm pack pattern? 

Until next time! Have a happy, quilty day!

Free Wheeling Single Girl - Fabric Pull


After weeks of agonizing over this decision, these are the fabrics I have pulled from my stash and purchased for my Free Wheeling Single Girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt.  Notice the pink fabric with the sheep. =) 

Fabrics: Flea Market Fancy, Grunge by Moda, various other fabrics lines by Denyse Schmidt and Cotton and Steel. The background is a safe Kona Snow. 

You can find more information in this blog post about the sew along that has just begun. Come join us!! 

Giant Swoon


I made an oversized (52"x52") Swoon baby quilt earlier this year for the class I taught at Cotton Creek Mill. I finally got around to getting it quilted and it's now ready to be gifted to some sweet baby.  =) 

Have a happy day! 

Victoriana Quilt Designs - Meet and Greet!


Click on the graphic to find the list of everyone who is participating in the meet and greet! 

Hello, my name is Amy and I want to welcome you to A Quilting Sheep!!

I am so honored and flattered that you have taken time out in your busy life to come to visit me here on my blog. I love making new friends in the quilting world, so this is a huge treat for me, and I am excited to check out some new-to-me blogs during the 2018 Online Quilters Meet and Greet, as well!   You will find all the blogs participating in the 2018 Online Quilters Meet and Greet listed on Benita Skinner's Creative Space.

And there are PRIZES!! More on that later...

A little bit about me...In August, Russ and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and we are enjoying our empty nest years.  Though I do occasionally share our traveling adventures and some glimpses of our grandchildren, I try to keep that to a bare minimum and stay on topic for my blog, which is the doings and happening in my sewing room. 

I first began quilting seriously right around 2007-2008. My personality tends to the more introverted side, which means going to classes to learn how to make a quilt was not an option. Instead, I turned to the internet and found helpful tutorials on blogs, videos on YouTube and used good old fashioned trial and error to teach myself how to piece a quilt as well as do all the quilting on a quilt using my domestic sewing machine. For a short time, I had a long arm machine, but I really didn't enjoy using it, so I sold it. I mostly quilt using a walking foot and I keep telling myself I need to learn to free motion quilt. One of these days!

Four and a half years ago, I began working part-time at Cotton Creek Mill, a quilt shop in historic West Branch, Iowa.  My favorite part of my job is to be an encouragement to the ladies and supporting them with their projects. It's fun to see their ideas spring to life! 

I know I enjoy seeing what other people have made, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite quilts I have made over the years. There are more pictures and information in the links provided.

My design: Oh, Happy Day!

My design: Amy's Stars 

My design: Olivia's Bunnies

My design: Orange Peels
More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

More details about this quilt HERE
The many other Swoon quilts I have made can be found HERE

More details about this quilt HERE 

More details about this Work In Progress quilt HERE

More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

Star in the center pattern: Scrap Jar Stars
More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

More details about this quilt HERE and HERE

I hope you enjoyed your stay at my blog and choose to come back and visit once in a while. If you would like to get an email notice every time there is a new post, you can sign up through Bloglovin' or fill in your email in the box provided in my sidebar. 

As promised, here are the details about the Great Grand Prize you could win! 

Starting today and throughout the month of September, for every 'Quilter' guest you visit you can enter to win the Great Grand Prize by simply clicking on the graphic found on their blogs (see below). For more details and a complete list of 'Quilter' guests,  go to Benita's Skinner's Creative Space

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon!

Free-Wheeling Single Girl Quilt


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Have you heard about the Free-Wheeling Single Girl Quilt Sew Along? It is being co-hosted by The Next Stitch, Sewtopia and Denyse Schmidt herself! This quilt has been on my I-Want-To-Make-List for years, so when this sew along was announced, I jumped at the chance!! I am still in the overthinking phase of what fabric to use. 

Anyone else planning to sew along? 

Spiced Chai - A Confidence Building Quilt


I needed to build my confidence after the quilt fail I had last month. Something fast and easy was in order. I settled on the Spiced Chai pattern found in Vintage Quilt Revival

My original fabric choices were all Grunge by Basic Grey: (top to bottom) fig, lime punch, tangerine, sunflower, grey paper, silver, cordite, black dress and white paper. 

As you can see, the grey paper fabric was way too light. Not near enough contrast. Notice the green-blue block in the upper left corner. I ran short of the fig color to make a second block for that spot. I added a green-blue Grunge from my stash, I have no idea what the name of that color is. 

I placed the leftover scraps from the other two greys over the too light gray blocks to see how it would look.  

So much better!! I only had to do a little bit of rearranging! 

Quilting in progress....I used a grey and white variegated Aurifil thread. 

And the finish!! 

It took me three days to get this one done, start to finish and the quilting went so well. It was a relief to not have any issues at all! 

Love these colors!

Making the Spiced Chai quilt gave me the confidence I needed to get the binding on the Ombre Gems quilt and let it shine just the way it is. It really is beautiful...Faults and all...

I am going to take another break from sewing and quilting to get some much-needed painting, and other home maintenance things done. First up, painting my bedroom! It's been at least 10 years since we painted it and it needs a serious freshening up. 

Until then, have a happy weekend and sew on!! 

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