Oct 19, 2020


I'm keeping up to date on my blocks.
It's more fun that way, you can see how everyone else is doing too.
I showed you this block a few weeks ago, you can see it here.

This is week 2, Loyal by Lisa Bongean.
It was really easy.

Block 3, I didn't remember to square up my blocks and looks how much extra was hanging over the edge!


I took the blocks apart with my nifty seam ripper and squared up the blocks.

Now it fits perfectly!

Block 3 is Affection by Brigitte Heitland.
It went together really well, just had to square up all the half square triangles.


Block 4 is Spirited by Vanessa Goertzean.
I decided to use two fabrics for this block to make it more interesting.

Look at this cute layout I found on the internet!
Some people are so creative!

I love this one too!

Thanks for following along and have a great week!

Oct 13, 2020

Half Yard Jam

Have you heard of the Fat Quarter Shop?  It's an online quilt shop.

Kimberly and Kevin Jolly are the owners, and Kimberly has a YouTube video every Friday morning.  It's full of new pattern releases, sew alongs, new fabric lines and so much more!  I love watching it.

They contacted me and asked if I would like to make a quilt for their release of "Half Yard Jam" pattern in the Short Cut quilt series.  I said of course! and was able to choose any half yard bundle they had in stock.  Boy, was that fun!!!  I love anything to do with Little Red Riding Hood, so I chose "Little Red in the Woods" by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake.  I'm going to add this quilt to my "grandchildren pile".

It's really big, 90" square.  Did I mention that this quilt pattern is free on their blog, Jolly Jabber?


First, I cut all the strips.

There were two red pieces, but I decided to leave them out and just have these three main colors in the quilt.

Something else I did that was a little different, was that I kept each category in their color family instead of making the quilt totally scrappy.

Here's a look at the finished top, with three different color sections.
I think it still looks scrappy, but in a nonconventional way.

Here's a shot of my son Addison helping me out.
He's a police officer for the city of Phoenix, scary I know!!!
He only lives 5 minutes away, and I knew it was his day off, so I asked him to come over and help me pin my quilt to the batting and the back.
I was huffing and puffing and sweating bullets, so it was a huge relief to have him take over.
It was even a little difficult for him, lol!

Here's the finished quilt on our fake grass in the backyard.
That's what we do in Arizona, 
but it's still pretty and soft and very green!
Just don't walk on it in the heat of the summer 
or you'll burn your feet off!!!

Here's the back of the quilt, 
which is pieced with mostly Lori Holt fabric.

I forgot to mention that I bound the quilt with red.

I know that one of my grand daughters will love this quilt :)

Here is where you can find the free pattern.

This is where you can find the quilt kit.

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop! ❤️

Oct 12, 2020

Love & Stitches quilt

 I saw this quilt along advertised on Instagram, and loved the quilt!  It has a modern flair to it and I love the bright, happy colors. 

My friend Nedra helped me choose the fabrics from my Cotton and Steel collection.  I've been dying for a quilt pattern to use my pretty fabrics.  The hearts are really big on the pattern, and there is curved sewing around the hearts.  I've never done curved quilting, but I sure have in garment construction.

The first week is choosing fabrics, and the second week will be cutting out the pattern pieces.

Follow @megancollins_a if you're interested in quilting along.

There is a giveaway every week :)

An update on my total hip replacement surgery, it went really well!  I barely feel any pain, such a contrast to before surgery.  I have my two week checkup with the surgeon on Thursday and will begin taking Ibrance again, the chemotherapy pill.  I'm really looking forward to walking and skipping and exercising and dancing again :)

Oct 5, 2020

Awesome Ocean finished!

 I worked really hard on this quilt, knowing that there would be times that I had to put it away, and let life take over.  After all, we can't quilt 24/7, right?  Well, maybe we can!

I quilted the quilt very densely, using a vertical line with my walking foot.  The lines were free motion and I would purposely go into the previous line a little bit to give the quilting a "movement" look.

My favorite sections are the pinks and oranges, 
and the teals and greens.

You can see a little bit of the teal minky on the back.

Even with all the dense quilting, the minky still feels really soft.

I made a label with an extra block that I had.
I know that Lucy will love this quilt!!!

I had my hip surgery and am not feeling as much pain as I was before, which is great!  I'll be using a walker for a couple of weeks and can twist my body or bend down.  I'm at the mercy of my caretakers, lol! My husband is doing an excellent job of taking care of me, and so are my kids :)

Sep 28, 2020

Sewcialites quilt along

Who else is sewing along with the Sewcialites quilt along, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop?

They will release a block every Friday until June 25.  There are 18 designers, each of them have created two blocks.  This is my color page, not sure what color I'll make the border half square triangles yet.


These are the Bonnie and Camille fabrics I've selected.  Most of these are from older fabric lines, I don't think I've ever made a quilt with just their fabrics before!  

Kimberly Jolly will show us how to create the block on her You Tube video every Friday morning.  I don't ever watch it live, I just watch it when I can.  I learned a few extra tips about pressing your blocks when I watched her tutorial this time.

When I trim my half square triangles, I find it quicker and easier to just trim them with scissors.

I proceeded to match up each half square triangle to their matching square and realized that they didn't match in size.  I don't always trim my blocks but I did this time!

I have a lot of Omnigrid rulers that I bought at JoAnn's with a coupon but am slowly buying some creative grid rulers which I like so much better!

Now they match perfectly!

My points are pretty good if I don't say so myself :)

When I make my quarter square triangles, I love these half inch rulers.  I use my Frixion pen and trace a line on each side of the ruler which I sew using a chain stitch. The Frixion ink disapears when you iron it.

Speaking of irons, this Reliable iron is my absolute favorite!  It's a little hard on the pocket book but well worth the investment.

I keep my Alpha Bitties in this cute metal tin.

I have six sets of the Alpha Bitties and there's still room for more.

Here's my 9 1/2" finished block, it's called Harmony and is designed by Lissa Alexander.

I think it will be fun making a block every week and seeing everyone's designs.  It will be like a virtual quilting bee.

Sep 21, 2020

Inatagram Farm Girl Vintage retreat quilt

I went to the most incredibly fun quilt retreat in the summer of 2016

and made some forever friends.

It was a group of Instagram friends, and we were taught by Lori Holt.

This is the quilt that Lori designed for our retreat, 

and I'm thrilled to say that I machine quilted it!

Yay, another quilt out of my closet and into another closet, lol!

Everyone gave gifts at the retreat, and Beth had made these and had them embroidered with everyone's Instagram name.

I used mine as my quilt label on the back.

As you can see, I backed the quilt with a small red gingham.


I think I have about six more quilts waiting to be quilted.

On a personal note, I'm having a total hip replacement next Monday, September 28.  It is so needed!!!

I may not be able to post for a few weeks, unless I'm able to get more projects completed this week.

Have a great week and thanks for following :)

Sep 14, 2020

Awesome Ocean

 I finished my Awesome Ocean quilt top, yay!

These are the cute little clown fish. I like the rick rack one :)

These are the little angel fish.
I like the subtlety of the white bubbles on the Kona oyster.

My friend made this quilt and she said that she logged 
more than a 100 hours!!!
As I was sewing the fish and the rows together, my pants were constantly covered in little threads 
because of all the pieces in each block.

I was worried that the colors wouldn't blend and look hombre with each other, but I think they do.
I had a fat eighth bundle of Elizabeth Hartman's "Reef" fabric which was about 8 pieces 
that I got in a Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop online.
Elizabeth Hartman's patterns are amazing, she tells you exactly how to place each block so that the colors will mesh.
I changed a few of the blocks because I thought they looked better.
Not the blocks themselves, but the colors.

I wanted to get a beautiful, soft minky for the back.
I kept looking at the blues, but there isn't a huge range of colors.
I decided on teal, hope it won't be too dark.

I'm going to machine quilt it myself, with a vertical seaweed looking design that I will figure out how to do!

I hope you enjoyed my "Awesome Ocean" journey.

Which block is your favorite?

Have you seen Elizabeth Hartman's new dinosaur pattern?

It's so cute!!!!