Granny Square Quilt Is Finished

It is officially finished and I am really happy how it turned out.

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It was a little bit tricky because it was (really) crooked. I did feel a little overwhelmed how to square it up. I tried the ruler and measuring method but it was just not really helping. So I used a large mat board that we had. I placed it in the corner and what ever was outside of the corner and edges I simply cut off with my ruler and rotary cutter. I just went all the way around the quilt and did all the corners and edges.  Not being able to see the quilt itself helped me not try to fiddle with it and adjust it too much. It may not be the most accurate or mathematical way to do it but it worked for me. My main desire was that it be square and if some of the border was cut off that was okay. It is a scrappy quilt with a scrappy border so it didn’t ruin its final look.

Donna from Donna’s Lavender Nest machine quilted it for me using the fluffy clouds pattern. She did a great job!!

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This picture is after I finished binding it and was ready to wash it. I love the gingham binding with the backing.

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Here it is after it is all washed and crinkled. It is a very scrappy quilt and I love all the fabrics I have in it. (Precise, no, fun, yes!!)

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One last picture all folded up and ready to snuggle under since the weather is beginning to cool off. Now that I have this one finished I am ready to start another. (Or maybe finish one that I already have!!)

I hope you have a great week and enjoy what ever you are doing!!

 

Sharing My Pencil Case Swap From Instagram!

Now that I have been on instagram for a while I have joined a few swaps. They are so much!!

I thought I would share my first swap that is due (well yesterday)!! I am going to get it in the mail today, I just wanted to get some pictures first. And, I just finished it yesterday. Our goal was to make a pencil-case using the three favorite flavors our partners gave. Then to make a pencil-case using any pattern or design you chose ( I made it up as I went along).

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I really enjoy making hexagons, but I seem to only make them when I have a project in mind. I saw this pencil-case as the perfect opportunity to do that. This is the bottom, most of the hexagons are on the bottom.

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I also have found a love for DS fabric in various blue prints. I did add a couple of other colors, a little purple, green, grey and some text prints. I thought they looked good together.

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I also, love binding!! When I originally started making this my plan was to add a zipper. But as I continued to work on it I decided it would be fun to add binding and our signature covered button. Jennie is the one who got me started on the covered buttons.  I just love them. We also love adding binding to our bags here is the link to our shop. Feels so  quilty to us!! I am really happy with the way it turned out so I hope my #icecreampencilcaseswap partner is too!! I have a few more surprises that I am going to add to her package but they are surprises!

I hope you have a great weekend.  We were in Arkansas for two weeks and had a great time but it is even better to be home.

If you haven’t entered the giveaway from It’s Sew Emma for the Fat Quarter Style book, you still have time!!

And last but not least I would like to thank our contributors for their wonderful posts and the mini medallion quilt along by Chrissy. (Who by the way is in the Sewvivor race.) We are really rooting for her!! She is so talented and super sweet too!!

Bye for now!!

Giveaway! Fat Quarter Style

Giveaway is closed and winner has been notified by email!! Thank you all for entering!!

Hello! We have a copy of It’s Sew Emma’s second book  Fat Quarter Style!! This wonderful book is published by the Fat Quarter Shop and they were so kind to send us a copy to give away and one to keep. We really appreciate their generosity towards us and our blog readers as well!!

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I recently spent some time looking through the pages and found this lovely quilt pattern called “Blossom”, that I especially want to make. It is super cute!!

Fat Quarter Style features 12 different fat quarter quilts. Each quilt comes with four size options!!

If you would like a chance to win your very own copy just leave a comment on this blog post and we will draw a winner next Tuesday.

Thank you to the ladies at It’s Sew Emma!!

Spiderweb Quilt Top {almost complete}

Summertime, and I am loving it even though I am not a huge fan of really hot, humid days. But, I am loving the sun. Since I am originally from WA state, where we do not see the sun a lot, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have four new blocks to share from the Modern Stitching Bee group and an almost complete top.

First two are from Leanne. They took a little scenic tour getting to my house but I am so glad they made it safe and beautifully.

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We made two 12 1/2″ blocks for each partner.

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Love them! Thank you Leanne from She Can Quilt. (Love the Briar Rose strawberries).

The next two are from Rhonda at Quilter In the Gap. Love them so much!!

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It has been fun seeing all the variety of fabric that make up each of these blocks. These are the perfect block design to use because they include a large variety of prints. Thank you again Rhonda, I love them, (especially all the low volume)!! Be sure to check out their blogs, they have great inspiration on there.

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This is not a great picture, but I wanted to share a little bit of what all of my blocks will look like put together for my finished quilt. I think they go perfectly together. I am so thankful for such kind and generous women who have made all of these blocks for me, I know it will turn into a beautiful quilt that I will treasure!

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Since it is summer, I thought I would share this cute little hummingbird that I saw out of my kitchen window this morning. I put that feeder up about a month ago. It hasn’t seen very many birds because there is still a lot of syrup in it. I just happened to see a little bird there on the weekend, so now I check regularly. Happy days!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I sure am, lots of grilling, watermelon, cherries and corn on the cob. I come from a family of corn on the cob lovers. It was very pleasant yesterday, my son and I went for a walk and then sat on the back deck enjoying the fresh air. What have you been doing this summer?

Today will be for some more catch up sewing, I am so excited about my little visitors I have coming soon. I have lots to do to get ready for them!!

Have a great day and weekend!

 

 

My Bee Blocks WIP’s

There has not been much sewing going on at my house lately. But I have been slowly working on getting caught up on some quilting bee blocks. I belong to two groups so they are keeping me plenty busy. I hope you don’t mind if I share my progress?

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This is the basket block that Missy Shay, {she blogs at Missys Cakes and Aprons}, asked us to make for her in our Sew Sweet Bee. It is really cute but now that I see mine with a little bit of a different perspective, I see that my handle is crooked. I will have to take that apart and fix it. I guess it’s good to see things from a distance sometimes! Oh, and by the way I am not late on this one!!

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Anneliese, who blogs at {mail from the cheeky monkeys} is in the Modern Stitching Bee group. She asked for this block.                                        Lots and lots of hst’s.

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I made sure to lay it out carefully so I did not make too many mistakes.

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I am happy to report I only had to rip out a couple of rows a couple of times!! It is really a cute block and a lot fun to use lots of scraps, but not what I usually make. I know it is good to get a lot of practice. I sure do need it!! I have one more to go and then I can call it!! This one is very late, I am sorry and will try to do better.

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This is my Sew Sweet Bee block for Kerri from Lovely Little Handmaids, it is a little late. I had fun making more hst’s, they are a little larger and a little easier to work with. I believe this is called a dutch pinwheel.

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And another block finished and just needing to be put in the mail!! I really love this block!!

These sewing bee block groups are super fun and challenging too. I have more blocks that I have received but I will wait for another day to show them. I am getting really excited about another quilt top!!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am really enjoying a lot more leisure time this year.