My Half Square Triangles

If you haven’t seen this BEAUTIFUL fabric yet, you need too!!!  It is designed by Ami Sinbaldi for AGF fabrics.  If you don’t know anything about her, go check out her blog… blog .  She is so talented and I have made a few of her things.  She titled this fabric Charleston and I added one of her other lines that go together perfectly, Les Petites.

I knew I waned to do some half square triangles so I searched and searched for a pattern that spoke to me and this is what I found…it is found by Riley Blake Designs and even better, it was FREE!  I love free!

Not only is this just the cutest fabric, it feels so soft and silky

Chain piecing….

Keep going….

This thread cutter was in a Sew Sampler Box a couple of months ago that Fat Quarter Shop  does.  It is ALWAYS filled with wonderful surprises and this was super helpful to me!

Once you are done sewing on one side of the line, start over and do the other side.  Now cut on the pencil line and you have a pile of half square triangles.  Press open with the seam pressed toward the darker fabric.

Time to true up those squares

You begin to wonder if you will ever got done with that stack, but stick to it and I promise you will.

There is just something satisfying about those scrapes and a beautiful pile of perfect 4 1/2″ squares.

Layout your block before you begin sewing, it is easy to get them facing the wrong way…trust me on that.

I love how they are turning out and I love this fabric!!

Four of 12 blocks done…I will keep you posted.  Life is calling for now….

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Foundation Paper Piecing

I love doing foundation paper piecing and A Spoonful of Sugar created this adorable pillow pattern made up of pineapple blocks.   Its called the Rainbow Connection, isn’t it so cute!  I was surprised that I didn’t have as many colors in my fabric stash as I thought I did.  Literally had to buy some orange, yellow and blue fabrics…go figure!  Oh, also needed to add to my low volume fabric stash, but shhhh, I love building my supply.

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Takings the paper off this was time consuming!

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Another post will happen when I get the pillow made…I’ve sewn them together and its ready to go.

#Patchworkquiltalong

In January I decided to join my FIRST quilt along.  This quilt along is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics, they are donating money to Make A Wish Foundation.  On the 15th of every month they release a pattern and request that we donate  before the download…but it is free.  This Patchwork Quilt Along has been so fun and I am learning to be a little more meticulous in my cutting and sewing.  Click here to go to the website by Jolly Jabber  Patchwork quilt along .

I am using fabrics by Bonnie and Camille. If you buy the kit, their fabrics are in it, but I am using my own choices and I have one of their older lines that I am loving to incorporate.

Block 3….

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My first attempt to paper piece

I was on instagram and if anyone is like me, I take a photo of quilt blocks or sewing projects that catch my eye and then keep them in mind for my “projects in between projects”.  This was one of those projects that I just had to try and I have to say, it was challenging in the beginning.  After my forth attempt, I had it figured out.  The pattern comes from aspoonfulofsugardesigns .  Give it a try, I think you will be hooked!  Here is my journey…

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This was my first block finished…I was just using this fabric by Bonnie and Camille as a tester.  I have lots of scraps because I own all of their lines of fabric!

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The fabric I used to complete was project is by 3 sisters, White Washed Cottage.  I love the soft subtle colors. If you go to etsy, you can still find it.   Make sure if you do paper piecing you use a small stitch length, as you pull away the paper the stitches won’t pop.

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The little tea cup and saucer was something I received when I was around 9 years old.  I loved playing make believe and those little cups and saucers were washed a hundred times even though they never had real food touch them.

I love how this turned out, its just so sweet and perfectly stitched.

Sometimes in order to get better at something you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  I felt like this project made me grow.

First 2017 Project

I sat down and looked through all my quilting books and printed patterns to find a quilt project that I could get excited  about and here it is…Vintage by @Simplify Camille Roskelly.  It is in her book entitled  Simply Retro.  I also have bought and downloaded a number of her quilt patterns from her shop. img_4405

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt and also love that it is very straight forward, no triangles, no cuts…just straight lines, that makes me happy!

 

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I think that I literally have almost every line of Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line, or at least some pieces from their older lines.  I love so many of the fabrics it is very difficult to pick which ones to use!

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Once I decided on the red and tans, I had a crazy thought that I could do one of tans and blues at the same time…WHY NOT!!

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Here’s my first block, isn’t it beautiful…the fabric is my very favorite

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I have a few blocks left…like a lot for sure, but this is not a stressful quilt and it makes me smile!  I will post more photos as I progress and don’t forget to watch my instagram because I promise they will be posted there @sew_becky

 

 

It’s Fall Ya’ll

Don is out of town this week, and I am home listening to the workers pound on my roof.  In order to sell our house we needed to put on a new roof. It is only a 11 year old roof, but the relocation company is requiring it.  Needless to say we are NOT happy about it.  SO, to keep busy and sane, because it is LOUD inside my house I decided to get started on something fall related.

When I saw the Mini Maple Charm Quilt  created by Corey Yoder, I knew I had to make it! I started cutting and prepping on Monday.

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I’m going to be honest with you, these leaves were harder the make then I thought. Let’s just say my un-picker was used frequently.  I’m not use to working with such small squares, but it was a challenge I enjoyed. IMG_2779.JPG

I threw in a little farmhouse @figtreeandco along with Sundrops by Corey Yoder.

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A little peek at all the leaves! I couldn’t wait to put them together so I pushed through!

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I couldn’t wait to put these pieces together!

I am hoping to be done today or tomorrow! Well I have to be because I’m not taking my machine with me to Seattle until the house sells.

So many projects begin and never end…I would like  this to be done in the fall so I can show it off!!

What is your favorite fall quilt or project?

A Block Calling Out To Me

Crosscheck…

I saw this quilt made up in a cute little shop and  just had to put my other projects aside because I couldn’t stop thinking about how adorable this block is… it is called Crosscheck by Fig Tree & Co

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Strawberry Fields Revisted and Farmhouse fabric

Imagine how cute this could be using all of the Fig Tree and Co fabrics!!!  This is on the back burner right now, but look forward to getting back to it!

An arrow points the way

Looking for a new quilt pattern is a process for me.  It requires a lot of Pinteresting, instagraming, more pinteresting, looking through my books and narrowing down the dozens and dozens of choices.  I wanted to pick a pattern that was easy and would come together quickly…but needed to be super cute!  This arrow quilt won my vote and I think it was a good pick!

Arrow Quilt

So many steps…takes patience and love

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I tried a number of different layouts for these blocks but this is by far the best layout!

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I added a few extra blocks because I love a larger baby quilt…it helps when those cute babies start rolling around!

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So far in my quilting journey I have done my own machine quilting…I keep it simple for sure!  I thought I would just do vertical lines, but realized quickly that my blocks didn’t line up perfectly and that bugged me, so luckily I had only done two rows of quilting…un-pick!!

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Diagonal is the way to go…and besides that I have found that my favorite sewing foot is my Walking Foot!!

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Binding time….

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Here is the pattern I found on Pinterest that won my interest…Arrow Quilt

Now we just have to wait for baby Corbett to arrive!

Whats in my sewing room

So I got a new camera this week…I have always loved taking photos and my old camera was having issues, so I saved for a new one and my sweet husband made up the difference!!  Now I am practicing my photography skills with my new Olympus OM D mark II.  I am feeling a little torn between wanting to sew and wanting to get lost in my camera, but in the end…my camera and my sewing projects go hand in hand.  These  shots are just a few things that surround me in my sewing room, I call it my “happy place”!

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This Oliso Pro is a “must have”!!  I was in the market for a new iron and it seemed that every  quilting “HOW TO” tutorial,  they had this iron, so my thoughts were this…load me up with the best tools and I perhaps I will be a fabulous quilter??!!  Anyway, if you are in the market for an iron check out the Oliso…it also comes in PINK!!!  Mine was purchased on Amazon and was one of my favorite Christmas gifts.

Best Press is another must…keeps your blocks crisp without being stiff!

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This is a pile of pieces waiting to be ironed and sewn together…more to come on that project!

 

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This is my collection of books, magazines and printed block patterns! You just never know what mood you will be in and what quilt is calling your name!

All of these can be purchased on Amazon also…there are some great books and magazines, find your style and trust me…you look through it again and again.

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This picture isn’t very sharp, but I love my little scissors for piecing.  I need to make a cute little block to set on my sewing machine so I don’t scratch up the arm with the tip of the scissors.

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FABRIC…

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FABRIC…

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FABRIC…I love Bonnie and Camille‘s fabric lines!!!!

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and a little more FABRIC!

I didn’t take photos of the fabric I have in drawers!! It’s a fabric obsession sickness…at least I am not in denial!

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Wall hangings…again used Bonnie and Camille’s fabrics and their patterns!

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This is a coziest leather recliner ever!! It’s for visitors, but mostly to lay out my projects so they aren’t on the floor.

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My very favorite toy and prize possession…my Bernina 750QE

So this is the story behind this machine…After living in Seattle for 14 years, raising our four children and finally empty nesting, Don gets asked (strongly strongly encouraged) to move to the Bay area to “fix” those offices that are struggling.  I was not a happy camper…I would be leaving my grand babies and that was just not working for me.  This machine was, bribery…

I have loved every minute sewing with it and recommend ANY Bernina to anyone!  I am Bernina loyal!  I received my first Bernina 830 when I was 16 years old as a gift from my mom, I still own it and love it.  I should pass it down to one of my girls, but not until I see they have found the inter-sewer in them!

 

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My scraps…there is ALWAYS ways to use scraps!

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Hillary and I are doing the 52 List Week Project, its fun, interesting and insightful!

 

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Knitting…I need my mother in-law to sit down with me before I pick this back up…I am brain dead to know what I was doing!

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I love genealogy and family search

If we know where we came from, we may better know where to go.

If we know who we came from, we may better understand who we are.

I have my hands in a few projects…sewing, knitting, family search, 52 week project…those are just the ones I took pictures of!

Stroller Quilt


Christmas is over and put away, finished quilts have been gifted and now its a new year and new quilts await!!  I decided my first quilt for the year would be simple and easy.  Whats more simple than this…a stroller quilt.  I love this fabric from the Feed Company and think it is perfect for any little boy needing to snuggle.  I don’t have anyone in mind, but Donald and Emma are expecting!  Personal feeling is that they are having another little girl, but that’s just me!  I think I might make up a few of this size quilt for little gifts.  I love that they make up so quick and just look so adorable!!


Once all the pieces are cut, sewn and pressed…start laying them out.  Decide how you want it to look and start sewing them all together.  I did this in two days, just love it!