Many irons in the fire


Iron one: Temperature quilt

I am all caught up! I have decided to make mine with an 18 x 21 (or 22) grid, so every 18 days a new row gets added to the quilt.  Warmer weather has finally arrived here in Iowa. My gardens are cleaned out and we can finally take walks again. Very soon, more yellows and oranges will be able to be added to my quilt which makes me very happy!

Iron two: Pretty Petals 2.0

I finally dove in and cut the fabric for the Pretty Petals 2.0 quilt. I love how the colors look together. I was worried that I wouldn't like it as much as my first one. I like it just as much and maybe even more! It's been fun seeing it all come together. 

Iron three: Sew Sweet Bee Pinwheel Star

Last, but not least, I received the last Sew Sweet Bee block from Dori @ redfeedsack. Actually, she sent me two, along with some sweet scissors and a pin cushion. *love* As soon as the sashing fabric I ordered arrives, I can begin to plan on how to put it all together. 

Iron four: Ombre Gems Quilt Along

No pictures, but I am all caught up and making progress. I still haven't trimmed them yet. I decided to wait until they are all made. They are so pretty! I am glad I didn't talk myself out of making this one.  

Have a happy day and week, everyone!! 

Temperature Quilt


We are experiencing the winter that never ends here in Iowa. Since I can't get into my gardens to get them cleaned up, I might as well spend my day in my sewing room, right?

Here are the Grunge fabrics all in a row. Aren't they pretty? 

Karen @ Where Is My Seam Ripper shared with me her idea of using spreadsheets to get organized, so I spent several days creating several that I have found to be quite helpful. You will find the links at the bottom of this post. I have never shared links to files before, so if you have any trouble downloading them, please let me know. 

I labeled baggies with the temperature and put the fabric name inside to keep it all organized. After I get caught up, I will make squircles and cut squares ahead to have ready to go. 

I chose to make my quilting with squircles (high temperature) appliqued on squares (low temperature). You can find an example of how I make the squircles on my Dresden Plate Mini tutorial

Because I am three months behind, I set up a system to get caught up faster. I chose one temperature squircle to work on and found the days where it was the high temperature. I got out all the low-temperature squares out and dated them. After the squircles were made, it was glued to the square and set aside until I could get it appliqued. I have a spreadsheet for that, too. Again, you will find all the links to my files at the end of my post. 

Making progress!! I hope some yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds show up soon!! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy week! 

Ombre Gems Quilt Along and other projects


The Ombre Gems Quilt Along is in full swing, but it's not too late to join. You can find all the information on Emily's blog Quilty Love. Normally I get overly excited with a quilt along and jump ahead, but this time I am not going to do that. I am not 100% confident with making these blocks and I am waiting for the tips Emily will be sharing when it comes to trimming these blocks. Due to the shape and the odd math that is created with how they were constructed, they won't trim to an exact number. They will have to be trimmed "close enough." This is way out of my comfort zone!! In fact, I almost backed out of doing this quilt along because of it, but I am forging ahead and I am going to try to allow them to be what they are. Feel free to remind me if I forget that close enough will be good enough, please. *smile*

A project I have in the planning phase is to recreate a Cotton Creek Mill shop sample I made 3 years ago. I still love it to this day!! The pattern I used is the cover photo for the book Vintage Vibe by Amber@Gigi's Thimble with the fabric Fresh Cut by Basic Grey. I am going to attempt to recreate the shop's sample using a mix of Fresh Cut and the new Basic Grey line Meraki. I sorted the fabric last weekend, figured out some math and now I am letting it sit. I am not quite ready to commit and  cut into the horded beloved Fresh Cut fabric yet. 

Have you seen the temperature quilts that are being shared on Pinterest, Instagram and blogs?? Just do a search and you will find them. I heard about them in January, but was not in a place where I felt like I could make one. Of course, seeing people update their progress has made me regret that earlier descion and now I want to make one, too!! I began some research last night and was able to find a way to get all the temerature data for my area since January 1, so I could join in even though we are in April.  Or I could start in May and run it until next May. As you can see, I am still processing and planning. =) 

Let me know what you are up to! I would love to hear! 

More Sew Sweet Bee Blocks


Almost all of my Sew Sweet Bee blocks have arrived! Now, I have been calling them Pinwheel Stars because of the little pinwheel in the center, but I knew there was a name for this block, but I couldn't remember. Then, one day it hit me...It's a LeMoyne Star, but not made traditionally with diamond pieces and set in with Y seams. I feel pretty silly for not figuring that out until weeks later!! Can I still call it a Pinwheel Star?? 

This block is from Cassie. =) She has darling things in her Etsy shop, so be sure to check it out! Seriously love the charm pack she sent!!

This one is from Jane. Aren't the pins cute? 

This block is from Kim and she surprised me with thread gloss from @robotmomsews. It smells heavenly!! 

Last, but not least, is this beauty from Luanne. I always welcome more Bonnie and Camille fabrics in my stash. =)

When the last block comes, I will take a picture of all them together. I am excited to get this one put together!! 

Have a happy weekend!!

Ombre Gems Quilt Along


Emily@Quiltylove is hosting an Ombre Gems Quilt Along - 2nd Edition starting next week. I have had V&Co's original ombre fabric in my stash for far too long, so I jumped on board right away! You don't need to use ombre fabric for this pattern, so anyone is welcome! It's been a long time since I have joined in a quilt along. It should be fun!



Since my post in January when I shared my new traveler's notebook and my Lamy fountain pen, one more traveler's notebook has come to live with me and two more Lamy Al-Star fountain pens have been added to my collection, which is super fun...I love my fountain pens. I have learned so much from Brian Goulet @ Be sure to check them out!  

But my most favorite find is this book called a Journible

You copy Scripture on the right side page and the left side is used for taking notes. I love this whole idea and look forward to writing very day! 

Note: I only share items that I love and I am not compinsated in anyway for sharing. =) 

Have a happy Monday!! 

Sew Sweet Bee Blocks


A few more blocks from my Sew Sweet Bee sisters have been showing up in my mailbox. It's so much fun being Queen Bee and I am so excited about putting this quilt together!

This beauty is from Cathy @ A Quilting Chick.

This one is from Donna @ Donna's Lavender Nest. Love my new scissors fob! 

This sweet block and microwave bowl is from Linda. =) 

And today's mail brought me a beautiful orange block from Tuki!! 

You can find the instructions on how to make a Pinwheel Block block on my tutorial page. =) 

Have a happy weekend!!


Swoon baby quilt - Quilted


Wednesday I did a talk/demo class at Cotton Creek Mill on how to baste a quilt and how to quilt using a walking foot. Since it was my first time to teach this class, I wasn't really sure what to do and how to teach it. I ended up taking a lot of quilt samples of how I have quilted quilts using my walking foot and did very little in the demo part. It was a good class, but next time I will have students bring their machines and have them practice on some small quilts, too. 

So, the Swoon quilt I talked about here that was to be my demo was brought home and I finished it up today. 

The lines are approximately 3/4" apart. All organic quilting with no marking. I just eyeball and go. 

The quilting lines in the sashing are a little closer together. I use the seams in the quilt as my guides for the first pass. I really should take pictures of my technique sometime, huh? 

The texture will be awesome after it is washed...

Next week I am teaching a class on how to add a binding all by machine. I will be using this quilt to show how I do that.  

Have a happy weekend!!

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