I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 2

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Christmas quilt along is off to a fantastic start! More than 250 people completed Block 1 since it was released two weeks ago!

Now it's time for Block 2 of the I Wish You a Merry QAL! The Christmas Tree Farm block was designed by April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts. She lives on a Christmas Tree Farm! The pattern and tutorial are on April's blog (tutorial here).

Tree Farm quilt block for Christmas QAL

Batiks Go Modern

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I've known for months what I wanted to make for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge. Then when I got my new shipment of Island Batik fabric a couple weeks ago, I completely changed my mind!

Modern batiks quilt as you go interleave quilt

Retreat Sewing

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This past weekend, I was able to sew all day and night at a quilt retreat! Have you ever been to a quilt retreat? They are great for being productive, but they are also so wonderful for your mental health!

quilting retreat in Wakefield, KS

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 1

Monday, July 31, 2017

Today's the day! The wait is over! The "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long" starts today!

I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along - Block 1

Retreat Surprises

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I am currently at a quilting retreat, but I can reveal some secret sewing I've been doing!

Zipper pouches and key chains with Here Comes the Fun fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics

The retreat is at the same location as the one I went to in February (read about that here), and most of the same group of quilters are here, too. I decided to make a few goodies for all my quilty friends to have something to take home from the retreat.

Have Sewing Machine, Will Travel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Last week, I shared all the activities I had prepped for my boys before our long road trip (see that post here). I also shared that I had bought a battery powered sewing machine to try out in the car!

Battery powered sewing machine for travel sewing

Well, now that I've tried it, I'm excited for the possibilities!

Makin' the Bacon

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I really enjoy participating in quilting challenges. It lets me try new things and makes me push through to finish a project before the deadline. I enjoyed participating in the Project Quilting challenges earlier this year, and in the off-season, Kim of Persimon Dreams hosts a few other quilting challenges to encourage her readers to keep sewing. For July, the challenge theme was "Summer Sizzle." Well, it took me all of about 2 minutes to decide I was making a bacon quilt!

Improv curves giant bacon quilt