Mar 30, 2020

Adorable missionary pouches

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl blog, 
has this adorable tutorial on her blog.

from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
The fabric is "Called to Serve" by Deena Rutter of
Riley Blake.
I put Salt Lake temple charms on two of the pouches 
and "Peace in Christ" on the other two.

I have four sister missionaries I'm giving these to.
Two are serving on temple square in Salt Lake City, one is serving in Oregon and the other will be going to Paraguay.
It makes my heart happy to share my talents with these sweet young women who are giving up 18 months of their lives 
to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'll save the Elder fabric for my grandson Bridger,
when he leaves fro his mission in a little over three years!

Mar 23, 2020

Quilt Labels

Lori Holt is my hero!!!
She recently designed the most beautiful fabric.
The line is called "My Happy Place" and has this incredible panel full of quilt labels included in the line.
I cut all the labels out and chose two to put on my recently completed quilts.
Yes, I hand embroidered each of the labels.
I haven't been that great at always putting labels on my quilts, having these cute ones from Lori will hopefully change that!

I sew Lori's interfacing all around the label, cut a slash in the back of the interfacing, and handsew the label in the bottom right corner.

I hope that I've motivated you to put labels on your quilts 
if you haven't already!

I hope you're all keeping safe during the 
Covid 19 virus quarantines.
I thought this "Keep Calm" quote was perfect for my quilty friends!

Mar 16, 2020

Teaching the Baby Pinwheel quilt

I'm teaching some ladies from church, a basic quilting class.
I offered them a choice of charm packs, 
and they provided their own background fabric.
We met and I showed them how to make the pinwheel block, 
although they didn't need much help.
In two weeks we met again,
and they all had their quilt tops completed!
This is Stephanie, she's a beginner to intermediate quilter.
I say that, because she's making a Sue Bonnet Sue quilt!
Stephanie chose an older line I had by Chez Moi by Moda.

This is Nancy, she's a hoot!!!
She chose Mary Engelbreit, her top is so cute!

This is Debby, she chose an older Valentine print by Sandy Gervais.
Debby might be a beginner quilter, 
but she's an experienced seamstress.
All of these ladies are so sweet and have hearts of gold.
I've really enjoyed getting to know them.

This quilt pattern is very easy, super cute and extremely popular!
This is where you can get the free pattern.

Mar 9, 2020

Tell Me a Story Quilt finished!

I added a border to my Tell Me a Story quilt
and machine quilted it by stitching in the ditch, 
around the border prints of each fussy cut square 
and then continuing the design around the border.

 The quilt turned out just as I imagined it would :)

 What a great feeling to finish a quilt whose blocks have been completed for two or more years!

I'll pull this quilt out the next time my grandchildren visit
and we can spend hours making up stories :)

The backing fabric is Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson,
I've been hoarding it for a few years,
and found the perfect home for it.

Thanks for following along!

Mar 2, 2020

Tell Me a Story quilt

A few years ago, I joined the "Tell Me a Story" quilt's online swap.
I actually joined it twice, to get a variety of different blocks.
The paper piecing pattern is found in 
"Intentional Piecing" by Amy Friend.
You can hashtag it on Instagram and find loads of pictures!

I sorted my blocks into color sections.

I've had my blocks finished for over 2 years.
My grandchildren loved choosing a block before bed
 and telling a story about it.
For instance, see the block with the cat 
and the cable sweater border?

Once upon a time, there was a little kitten named Tabby.  
Tabby was very curious and loved the feel and texture of yarn.
When her owner knit scarves in the evening,
Tabby watched very carefully....
Eventually Tabby was able to knit a scarf for herself,
using her very own paws and intellect.
Tabby was a very unique kitten who was never cold a day in her life, as she had knit more scarves for herself than anyone could keep track of!
Tabby lived happily ever after...

There are endless stories that you could make up for each block,
provided you have an imagination, lol!

I like the look of the quilt without a border,
but it's too little without one.
I was wondering which grandchild I could gift this to,
but maybe I'll keep it and it can be our 
"Tell Me a Story" quilt when they visit or spend the night.

You can see a sampling of my story blocks here.