Building Houses, FMQ and Paper Piecing

One of my quilty friends sent me a charm pack last year of Sweetwater's Road 15, thanks again Moira! I instantly knew I wanted to make a wall mini house quilt. I love Sweetwater, they will always be my favorite designers I think!

I originally was going to use a tutorial from Moda Bake Shop but I wanted doors. I found a super easy tutorial on you tube. It uses only charms and 2.5" squares. These were so fast to cut and easy to sew. I will share more when it's completed.

I really didn't make any resolutions this year. I have been struggling more each week with my health. Finding answers has been a long road. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a couple weeks ago. My testing has shown a mutation that can indicate a more aggressive strain. I'm just in the beginning of all this, so there's many unknowns still. I don't think this is the whole of my problems but I'm hoping I am at least on a path now of getting back to better at some point soon! I decided this year I want to focus more on doing things I WANT to do in quilting. I love house quilts so that was first on my list. I also tried free motion quilting for the real first time! I think I did pretty good you guys!

I know I need lots of practice but I was pretty darn happy with my first go and I can totally do this someday!

I did enough that I know what speed will work good for my machine. I only had one issue and it was only in a couple places, what I think they call "eyelashes" on the back. I can't remember what causes that so I need to go back to my Craftsy class and look that up. Or I'm sure one of you have the answer :)

 Next I tried a very simple paper piecing. Twice. And I failed. I learned that you have to start with pretty big scraps until you get more experienced. I followed directions (what I thought to be) exactly and two of my pieces still ended up going the wrong direction. I will get it figured out because I love the beautiful quilts that can be made with this technique. Another one of my goals this year is to make harder quilts. Ones that may take twice as long but will be worth the effort!
I wanted to share something I found at Big Lots. They had these newsprint packs on clearance for 75 cents! I bought the last 3 they had hoping it would work through my printer and it did, perfectly! I had to trim them slightly to fit through my printer but they worked great for printing my paper piecing patterns. I may need a lot of them...

Anyhow, if you paper piece and have a Big Lots near, you may want to raid the clearance aisle!


Christmas Quilt Finish

I love holiday quilts. I have never made one! I decided it was time.

I wanted something fun, simple and with traditional colors. I think this quilt fits those things. Sorry for the dark pictures. I forgot to get photos until it was almost dark. Our snow won't last long!

I see lots of Christmas quilts in this design and I love them :) I bought some 1/4 yard cuts from Fort Worth Fabric Studio of this cute line, Home For The Holidays, by Riley Blake Designs. I was determined to not use any solid white in this quilt. I use so much white that I'm getting bored with it. For the back I used the main print in white (there's that white again!) and added scraps to the left side.

 I love how it turned out. I only have one disappointment. Half way through the piecing, I realized I had figured way wrong with my blocks. It ended up much smaller than I'd wanted. Only 47 x 60. I was going to put it in my store but decided it's big enough for the grand kids to enjoy next Christmas :)

I have other fabrics to make 3 more Christmas quilts. I plan to work on them throughout the year instead of waiting until the last minute. Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio


The Last Finished Top For 2014

When I woke up today, there was beautiful frost on our trees. Probably not exciting to many of you, but we don't get pretty things where I live too often!

I was hoping to have this quilt done, but a top is all I have for my last work of 2014. I had to take advantage of the snowy ice to at least grab some pictures. Below zero here with the windchill is very rare, so if the pictures all look the same to you, sorry!

And one more that shows the quilt a tiny bit better. I sort of forgot it was the quilt I was trying to photograph and not the trees!

I purchased my fabrics from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and I believe they are on sale right now!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! May it be full of health and happiness :)

Linking to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Dreamin' Daisies Finished

I have a finish! It was actually done a few days ago but I was so worried about my Christmas quilt I forgot to share it :)

 Awhile ago I bought a fat eighth bundle of Dreamin Vintage by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics from Pink Castle Fabrics. I saw Jeni had a cute little 2 sided pattern, Lazy Daisy, on her website. You can see them all at In Color Order. I realized I had a vintage sheet that was new in the package, that would match perfectly! If you are unfamiliar with Jeni's work, she loves vintage sheets also. So I knew the combo was meant to be! 

 It's simple patchwork squares and this pattern could be made with 2 charm packs and a solid as well.

I found a 9 yard bolt of Pellon white cotton batting online at WalMart pretty reasonable and this was my first time using it. I like it but I still like my big roll of Soft N Crafty better. However, I wanted white with this quilt.

The white is Bella solid white 97. I used the last of this and ordered more Bella white 98 (it is brighter white) from Thousands of Bolts. I found them to be the cheapest on Bella solids. They sent me a free spool of Mettler cotton thread. I used it on this quilt and discovered the 3,000 meter spools of Gutermann I buy from JoAnn's actually works better, in my opinion. I had a lot more lint in my machine from the Mettler than I do with the Gutermann. When on sale it's only 10.00, so you really can't beat that!

The binding is a print from the line and purchased at The Intrepid Thread.

I received 2 free quilt labels with my fabric purchase from Pink Castle, a nice surprise! So I used one on this quilt. I'm really loving handmade labels on quilts that I'm keeping or gifting. It just feels more personal. I literally picked the name as I wrote. Dreamin from the fabric line and Daisies from the pattern. Not very original I know, but that's ok :) I put a heavy stabilizer on the back this time but it didn't help my writing any. I know I need to get a bigger tip Micron pen. The .01 just doesn't feel heavy enough to write smoothly. If anyone uses this, which one do you use? I'm thinking the .03 or .05 may help with smoother writing.

The quilt finished at 57 x 70. I lost a few inches from the pattern, but that's nothing new for me...

I've started cutting a Christmas quilt. Yes, I know, a little late. Better late than never is my motto these days!

Linking up to: Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation


Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Random generator chose number 77

Kristen Jones you are the lucky one to receive this bundle of Art Gallery goodness! I have notified you, please email me your address and I will get this out right away.

Thanks to everyone that entered and to all the new followers, I appreciate it!


A New Quilt In Progress

Awhile back I bought a fat eighth bundle of Jeni Baker's Dreamin Vintage fabric line. I also saw Jeni's little 2 sided patterns at a great price. I couldn't resist grabbing a couple. I decided to use the Lazy Daisy pattern, it did after all, feature Dreamin Vintage. If you've been around my blog, you know I love Art Gallery fabrics and I love Jeni's work!

 The rows are all finished, now I am joining them.

I found the perfect vintage sheet in my stash to use as backing. It was still new in the package! I also received a free spool of thread with my last order for Bella solids, so I am going to try it out on the quilting. I received this label and one in pink with my fabric purchase :)

I will share more (and better photos) on everything once the quilt is completed!


Giveaway Day!

You have lots of places to visit so I'm going to make this quick and easy!

Up for grabs are 10 fat quarters from the Winged collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery.

Just leave a comment letting me know your favorite holiday, or anything you would like!

Giveaway will be open until Friday, December 12th at 8 PM Mountain Time. Due to the high cost of international shipping, this is open to USA residents only. Winner will be drawn by random number generator and emailed. Don't forget to visit  Sew Mama Sew for a chance at all the other prizes!
Please, please make sure you are not a no reply blogger, if you are unsure, leave your email in your comment! This is important friends, we have to know how to reach you or a new winner will be drawn. Good luck! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

The winner is number 77, Kristen Jones, congrats!!