Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday - Blooms and a Broken Square

I found some Minutes for me to complete a few more quilt blocks.

All the quilt blocks for the My Favorite Block Quilt Along are offered in 6 1/2 inch and 12 1/2 inch blocks. Sometimes I make more than one.  The Bloom Block was a raw edge applique block.  Click here for the instructions.

I selected two yellow fabrics for the petals for one of the blooms.

When I was positioning the petals, before ironing them onto the fabric, I found the point of my scissors worked better than my fingers.

The dark blue petals worked nicely with the yellow center.

Next, I selected a medium blue fabric. This one doesn't contrast very well with the background fabric, but that is OK. 

I love all three of them.

They will look great scattered around throughout the quilt.

Or I could place them all in a row.

Next I made a 12 1/2 inch block.

Cool!  4 more blocks completed.

I got out the pizza box of blocks and placed a few on the table to see how they looked with the other blocks.

I love them all.

One more block to go! The Broken Square Block. That was the last block from the My Favorite Block Quilt Along.  Kim shared the Broken Square Block on Thursday - April 25th. Click here for the instructions. 

I selected one of my favorite fabrics for the center.

I selected the same light color as some of the bloom blocks as it was new to the quilt and that way it would be repeated again.

One of my reasons for doing this quilt along was to create quilt blocks and learn new construction methods or practice old methods.  I like the way they made the flying geese pieces for this quilt.

You can get printable instructions for each block.

This was another fun quilt block to make!

I can see this quilt block as a table topper! Looks great in the center of my table. I would add two or three borders.

I placed the two last blocks side by side.

I placed a few blocks on the table and scattered them around.

Kim from Persimon Dreams is sharing ideas for lattice, borders, and ideas for putting the blocks all together.

My Favorite Block Quilt Along

If you complete your Quilt Top by Saturday, May 25th and you upload your photos to the flicker site you will be entered in a giveaway to win prizes from Fabric and Quilts

and from me - Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting.

Click here for details about the prizes!

Enjoy your day!

May for Me Celebration starts on Wednesday May 1st!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Getting Up Close with My Quilting

 I finally quilted and stitched the binding on my Scrappy Trip Along Place Mats. They are made with  Bonnie Hunter's Construction Method.  I made one block and added more rows to make it a rectangle.

I worked on the binding, while I was at the Quilt Retreat. 

I stitched with a cute little embroidery stitch to finish the binding.

The quilting is a small meandering with a twist.  The twist are the daisies.

The fabric scraps are from my table topper quilt. I made it in January for one of the Project Quilting Challenges.  Click here for the link to my posts about the table topper.

This is a full view of the table topper from that challenge.

In January, I gathered the scraps and started a few scrappy trip along blocks.

I added to the blocks to make them longer to make them place mats.

They are perfect for my table.

Have you linked up your blog for the May for Me Celebration?

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday's Scraps --- Baby Burp Rags

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I belong to a Fabric Destash Group on Facebook.  I have been selling fabrics (destashing) and I am buying fabrics (replenishing).  You know I am going to be a Grandma, so it was time to make some burp rags from some of the pretty new fabrics.  

This is a perfect post for Sunday Scraps because the fat quarters I bought where someone's scraps!

I did not make them with the hour glass shape as this is the size I made them years ago and I really liked having more fabric on my shoulder.

This little bird fabric was so cute!

My daughter and her husband will love the blueberries!

You always have to have butterflies.

When I bought the vintage looking baby carriages, I had no idea what I would use it for.  It is perfect for the burp rags!

Mailed them out on Friday.  Can't wait from them to get them!

Enjoy your day!

Update:  Leave me a comment, if you want me to post my simple instructions in a tutorial, during the May for Me Celebration.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What is the May for Me Celebration?

It all started two years ago, Tonya from Hillbilly Handiworks and I were reading each others blogs and commenting back and forth.  We were chatting about how life gets soooo busy, it is hard to find time for ourselves. I run my own quilting business and sometimes I can be a pretty tough boss! No free time until the work gets done! 
Together, we decided to declare the whole month of May ..... for Me! 

Last year, we teamed up with Vrooman's Quilts and Lily Pad Quilting and with 4 blogs we hosted a huge May for Me Bingo Game!  It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, but no one found much time to play.

I have been very busy this year with my family and my quilting business, so I decided the May for Me Celebration needed to go back to what it started out as...

finding a 5 minutes to play...
and sharing a post or two about it... 
and hosting some giveaways!

That makes this the 3rd May for Me Celebration!

And what is it?  
It is very simple:   Take 5 minutes to play each day.

If you do this the whole month of May, you will find time to play everyday the rest of your life.  Most times, when you find 5 minutes here and there to have fun, you will find another 5 minutes later in the day and some days lots of time for you! It feels good to take time to play, to create, and to relax. That's it! It's simple!

During the May for Me Celebration, I will host a Giveaway every week!

I will share and post a few things that I am doing to take time for me! 

How can you "participate" in the May for Me Celebration?

It's simple --- You can add the May for Me Button to your sidebar and share at least one post about taking time to play - Minutes for you - in May.

Join in on the fun of the May for Me Celebration 
 Add your Blog Link (name of your blog), 
BUT first please... 
Grab the May for Me Button 
in the sidebar of my blog.

You must include my bloglink on your blog 
in order to link up at the linky party 
for the May for Me Celebration.


I will have another Linky Party for sharing what you are doing for the Minutes for you!  I will explain more about that later. You will be able to share a link or two every week.  Make sure you have the May for Me Button in your post with the link to my blog, so others can find out about May for Me and share too! 

The fun has just begun! It's almost May!

May for Me!

Click Here to Link Up your Blog.

Hodgepodge Patchwork on Wednesday --- More Quilt Blocks

Last week at the Quilt Retreat I completed more quilt blocks for the My Favorite Block Quilt Along

You may see some that are not in the Quilt Along, as I am adding some of my favorite blocks and I am making some changes too!

I started with the Stripper Block. Click Here for the instructions.

I started with the 6 1/2" quilt block.

This was a fun block to make!

I added it to the wall of quilt blocks.

Then I made the 12 1/2" Block.

I liked doing the larger block, because I could add more fabric strips.

I added it to the wall.  Cool!  I love all the blues!

Next I made the Yankee Puzzle Block. Click here for the instructions.

I put together two 6 1/2" blocks.

I added them to the wall.

But I must have measured or cut something wrong as mine measured 7 inch and I can't trim or I will loose the points.

I decided to add two borders to make them 12 1/2" blocks.

I added them to the wall and I really LOVE them.  The borders look great around the blocks.

See the quilt block on the bottom left in the photo. It is not one of the quilt blocks for the Quilt Along.  While I was at the Quilt Retreat, I visited a resale shop that had quilt patterns and sewing notions. In 1998, I made a blue star quilt using the pre cut blocks from JoAnn's Fabrics.  Do you remember the pre cut kits?

I bought 4 block kits for only $2.00 each.  When I opened up this package up, it was already completed!  I added it to my wall of blocks.  I love it!

My wall of blocks is looking great!  I still have more to make.  I missed a couple from 3 weeks ago and I need to do this week's blocks for the My Favorite Block Quilt Along.

I can't wait to create at the end of my work day!

Did you see Tuesday's block?

Click here.  
My quilt block is going to be so cool with the blue fabrics!

I have not forgot about the May for Me Celebration.
I will share about it tomorrow! 
Don't miss the Giveaways!  There will be one every week!

Enjoy your day!