Just a Wee Little Peek

…at something cool I’m working on.


It is a swap I’m participating in. These are the first three blocks I’ve completed but I plan to do 10-12. I totally need to do some thread trimming, I see. (This stuff always shows up so much better in pictures, it seems.) This is the Dwell block from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelly. I’ve had this book for  some time now and still haven’t made a quilt from it so it’s time. I was excited to join the block swap and I cannot wait to see how it all pans out. This swapping stuff is addictive!

I’m also currently cleaning/organizing my sewing space. Oh. My. Gosh. It was such a disaster and I didn’t have a system that worked well for me and my space. I’m revamping my system and decluttering. I used to store my fabric on comic book boards but they never stood up straight or looked very neat to me. Also, I love to have my kids help me put up fabric and they really had a difficult time getting it neat. I’m now folding it (the way my fabric shop folds it – that way I can come home from the fabric store and just put it on the shelf!) and I love it so much better. It’s the perfect fit for my shelves, I have them in color order, my kids can do it, and it’s easier to maintain.

I’m also changing up the way I do scraps. I’ve been putting all scraps in order by color. I mostly liked this but I had lots of itty bitty bits in with almost fat quarter cuts. Also, I had so many bins and not really enough space for them all. I’m now organizing by size and cutting all my scraps to either 2.5 inch squares, 5 inch squares, 1.5 inch strips, 2.5 inch strips, and bundles that are fat quarterish (mostly smaller but I didn’t want to cut down too much because there was a substantial amount of it.) I keep my FQ’s together already as well as all my precuts.

It’s been a combination of good and bad. I can see progress and that is exciting but I’m also really getting tired of working on it. I just want to quilt. I need to get this done though so off I go to finish organizing my scraps!


Bee Blocks – My Catch Up Post

I have been sending out my monthly bee blocks even though I haven’t been posting about them. I love the blocks my hive members came up with in April and May.

Here’s my April block.

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This block is gorgeous but wow, when you see it in repeat it is something else altogether. So lovely. It’s called Hidden Gems and you can find instructions for it (and view multiple blocks) here at Blossom Heart Quilts.

My May block is one of my all time favorite blocks – and almost what I selected for when I’m Queen Bee. (I did change my mind since we’ve done this one twice in my bee.)


I’m really loving the colors of this one! This is the Wanta Fanta block and you can find the instructions here! It’s another block that looks stunning in repeat!

I’ve already done one post about being Queen Bee for June. I’m sure there will be more of that to come as some more of my amazing swarm members send me blocks. I’ve gotten two already and it’s so very exciting!



Pillow Talk

So, I made all these lovely nine patch blocks back in January with the intention of making a quilt.

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The entire time I kept thinking what a lovely pillow these blocks would make.

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So, I stitched up a few more and made an envelope pillow cover and I love how it turned out!


Now I’m anxious to make a few more of these! So much fun and a great way to get one of my piles of blocks sitting around into a finished project! Yay for finishes!!




First Quilt Finish of 2016

I think by June of 2015 I’d made about six or seven quilts. Ah well. Having an infant in the house put a bit of a damper on my sewing time. I have finally completed one quilt for 2016. Here it is!


It’s a simple charm quilt for a new little nephew I’m expecting to meet come July! His mother is planning an Under the Sea nursery and this hoarded Bartholomew’s Reef fabric was the perfect choice! My sister-in-law pieced the quilt and I did the quilting. I think it’s adorable. Simple, but adorable.


My local quilt shop has sold out of any Bartholomew’s Reef fabric so we chose a Riley Blake print for the back and used a Cotton + Steel print for the binding.


This is only my second quilt to free motion quilt so it’s not perfect but I was pretty happy with the way it came out.


If you look closely, you can see where I stitched his name. Can you tell what it says?🙂 You can also tell my binding is a bit wonky. Oooops!

We also thought that a diaper bag was needed to go along with this baby quilt so we made a chubby charmer as a gift as well.


It was super fun to be able to gift these items to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and I cannot wait to meet my newest nephew!




You Can Call Me Queen Bee

I told my husband I was going to be Queen Bee in June so he sang Royals for me. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.

I’m so very excited about this. I’ve watched Blossom Heart Quilt Bees all last year, so patiently waiting for the opportunity to join. I’ve loved making blocks for my fellow hive members this year – they have all had fun and amazing color combinations! I’m thrilled for it to finally be my turn though! Yay!

This is my first time ever being Queen Bee of anything. I’m warning you, I’m so excited I may be a little overwhelming. I’m very easy to please though so take all my excitement for what it is…just a lot of excitement!

I have selected and deselected so many of the blocks from the list. It’s really quite crazy how many times I’ve changed my mind. I finally thought I’d settled on a Wanta Fanta block but since you guys in my hive have already done it twice (and I love so many of the blocks) I decided to change my mind once again.

I have finally decided to do the Tic Tac Toe block. It’s super simple – Just snowball a few blocks and sew them into a nine patch. Voila!

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In fact, they are so simple (and this has nothing to do with my obsessive compulsive behavior, right?) I’ve already made eight blocks! I do plan on finishing this quilt this year so I was going to need extra blocks anyway. I’m not as patient as some of you and cannot wait until next years bee.


I’ve been pretty set on my color scheme for some time now. I settled on it long before I made up my mind about blocks. I’m wanting peach, coral, mint, aqua, teal, navy, raspberry and gray with low volume background fabrics. I’ve created a pinterest board with color inspiration.

Block instructions are here.

Here are my color assignments:

Print A – I’ll want four different fabrics, one peach, one coral, one mint and one aqua. You do not have to be super technical with this. If you think it works, it works. The peach and coral should be opposite one another on the block and the teal and mint should be opposite each other.

Print B – either navy, teal, raspberry  or mid to dark gray (I’ll post a color sign up for each color on our facebook page but seriously, if you really want to use navy and navy is full we can totally work with that.)

Background – low volume – white or cream

I love lots of fabric styles but I’m wanting mostly modern fabrics for this quilt – no reproduction fabrics or batiks please. I’m fine with any fabric that fit the colors but just for inspiration I adore the Blueberry Park line, anything from Zen Chic or Cotton + Steel, Moda Grunge, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, that sort of thing. Once again, please do not feel like you have to use these particular lines – I’m anxious to see fabrics I’ve not thought of! Prints or solids are fine.

As far as low volume goes, I love, love, love text prints, music notes, really graphic or geometric designs, architectural designs, pin dots…:) Of course, I’m excited to see what you come up with so if something inspires you, go for it! I prefer prints for the low volume background fabrics and would rather not have solids.

Here’s one more single, sample block.

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And just for fun some more sample pictures…


The sun was bright – the first color here is dark gray, the second navy, the third teal and the fourth is raspberry.


The following pictures probably show the colors better.




Thanks guys! And have fun! I’m so excited (did I mention that already? Ooooppps!)


Curves Continued

I posted awhile back about my first attempt at sewing curves. I’ve been slowly adding to the pile and I now have 17 blocks completed.

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I’ve been having a blast with this quilt, even though the cutting takes me forever! I’m also have attention issues so I cut some, sew some, work on another project some, then come back to cutting. I think I need at least 24 blocks, maybe more, to make a decent sized quilt.

Here are a few up close progress pictures showing some of my fun fabrics. I’m especially fond of the one with brown script – it’s the words from When You Wish Upon a Star. I bought it years ago, have used it in many, many projects, and these are my last little bits of it.

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I’m loving how this is coming together and cannot wait to finish it!