Mar 26, 2023

Balderdash quilt

 I went on a quilt retreat over a month ago.  It was in Arizona, in the mountains of Payson. The night before we arrived, there had been a big snowfall.  Months before I had a dream that I was on a quilt retreat  where it was warm and cozy in the house with big picture windows, looking out onto a beautiful snowy scene. My dream came true and I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie with good friends and good food!

Before the retreat, I had all the fabric cut for Emma Jean Jansen's quilt pattern, Balderdash. I used a lot of my favorite Cotton and Steel, and Ruby Star Society fabrics. The most difficult thing about assembling the quilt, was making sure the half square triangles surrounding the crosses were facing the right way and that the directional fabric was going the right way too.  I only had a couple that didn't work out.  I hogged the whole design wall!

I love my new Balderdash quilt!  It's a great memory of my quilt retreat too.  Now I need to get it quilted!

Mar 19, 2023

Scrappy Winged Square block

 In 2022, I joined the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild's Sol Bee.

I designed my block, cut and measured all the pieces, and wrote up a pattern.  I gave them out at our June meeting.  I had some Sarah Jane's "Children at Play" fabric which was over 10 years old.  I was saving it for a special project.

I tried to use what I had, and I was successful!  I had some pale yellow for the sashing, and both of the outer borders are also Children at Play.
I was going to make a scrappy sashing out of 2 1/2" squares, but I thought it would make the blocks disappear.

The center squares of all of the blocks are Sarah Jane fabric.

That line that Sarah Jane created so many years ago, is one of my all time favorites!  I still have a lot to make at least two more quilts!

This is my favorite type of fabric.  I call it "little girl" fabric.
The pinks, blues, yellows and low volume fabrics are all from my scraps. It's comical when you use scraps for a quilt and your scrap bin looks exactly the same!

This is the block that I made.  I love the deer!  

Now that the Jolly Bar 4 quilt along is over, I'll be posting on Monday mornings again.
Thank you so much for following me!

Mar 16, 2023

Jolly Bar 4 Sampler Finish!

I loved this quilt along, and I love my new quilt! It will be perfect for Christmas next year, I love the Holly Jolly fabric! 

I was able to choose the pretty poinsettia fabric for the back.  It's from the Holly Jolly line.

I'm in love with the ,machine quilting.  My friend Pam from Sweet Pz in Gilbert, Arizona, quilted it.  Feathers and swirls.

Christmas colors, reds, pinks and greens. My favorite!

I bound the quilt in a cute red gingham.  
A  big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for all the inspiration.

Thanks for following along, I really appreciate it.

Mar 9, 2023

Jolly Bar 4 QAL, Week Eight

This is the Primrose block.  From the beginning, I knew I would use a Santa print in this block because the pieces are large.  This block measures 18 l/2" square.. 

This is the Shoofly Pie block. It measures 16 l/2" square.  There are quite a few large blocks in this quilt.

This is the last week for the blocks.  Next week I'll show you the quilt reveal ❤️ I've loved this quilt along.  All of the blocks were very easy to make and it was just plain fun choosing all the prints for each block.  A big thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this quilt along.  

Mar 2, 2023

Jolly Bar 4 QAL, Week Seven

 This is the Festoon block.  I would like to design a quilt, just so I could name the blocks....or the quilt. This block has quite a scrappy look.  

This is the Double Dutch block.  Did you ever play double dutch with cup ropes?  I used to be really good at it, lol!

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this quilt along, and all the information is on the Jolly Jabber blog.

One more week to go!