Free Wheeling Single Girl - Fabric Pull

9.13.2018


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

9.12.2018

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!

9.04.2018

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

8.24.2018

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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

8.10.2018

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!! 


Rocky Mountain National Park

7.29.2018

Last week, Russ and I spent a lovely week in Estes Park, Colorado to visit the Rocky Mountian National Park. This was my first trip to Colorado and it did not disappoint! 

The scenery was breathtaking! 


 We went on day hikes to Gem LakeEmerald Lake and Ouzel Falls. We met such nice people! 

Ouzel Falls
We saw some very interesting plant life on our trip. I half expected to see a gnome near this mushroom!

Amanita Muscaria
As for wildlife, we saw a bear, many marmots, a snowshoe hare, bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. Seeing wildlife is my favorite part! 

Alpine Visitors Center
We took a  drive up Trail Ridge Trail on one day. I do admit that I had a moment where I wasn't sure I could take the ride up the mountain. My fear of heights was getting the best of me and I was psyching myself out. The original plan was to go all the way up to the Alpine Visitors Center and then down the other side to Grand Lake, turn around and come back. I was afraid I would get to the other side of the mountain and be too afraid to come back home! We compromised by going up to the Alpine Visitors Center and then coming back down again. There was a section that was a bit scary, but overall it was easier than I expected. Since it went so well, on another day, we took a drive up the more rugged original road, the Old Fall River Road. That was a very beautiful drive!! 


Waterfalls everywhere! 


Snow, shorts, and sandals!! 


Enjoying the tundra!


My favorite hiking pal...


The rest of the time we relaxed and enjoyed the many shops in Estes Park. It's a beautiful town...

We are already planning our next summer vacation to Glacier Park!  

What National Parks have you visited? Do you have a favorite? 

On a sad note: While we were there, we were made aware of a missing hiker, Brian Perri. It appears his body was found earlier today. My prayers are with his family and friends...


Quilting Gone Wrong

7.07.2018

For the last few days, I have been hard at work getting my Ombre Gems quilt all quilted. Here you can see I am almost done. I loved the texture and how it was quilting! 


Here it is all quilted up. I was thrilled with it! Loved the texture, loved how it looks. It quilted up beautifully....Or did it? 


This morning, I tackled squaring it up...That's where I realized I had a problem...A big, BIG problem!

The more I quilted it on the diagonal, the more off square the quilt was being pulled. You can see just how significant it is in the following pictures. 



If I do force the corners to be square and meet, you can see the twist that the quilt is forced into. 


Instead of crying over something that can't be fixed...okay, I admit it, I cried
... and I really don't think it can be fixed short of removing most of the quilting, even then there is only a hope it will relax back into shape, I am choosing to use this as a learning opportunity and remember to not quilt only in one diagonal direction so densely again. 

I am pretty nervous about washing it and having it shrink even more off square! 

Has this ever happened to you? Were you able to fix it? Please share!




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