Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Whew! Has it really been this long?

I've missed you peeps!

Summertime sure is busy, ain't it? (Grin)

I have news!
(Oh, I always forget. I need to tell you that some of the links you will see are affiliate links. If you purchase, I will receive a teensy commission, without any change to your price!)
Now that THAT is out of the way . . .

I'm a lover of all things "Farm Girl Vintage," aren't you? We happily participated in some of the festivities on Lori Holt's last books, and created some of her fun blocks!

Vintage Christmas was lots of fun:

And the first Farm Girl Vintage blocks were so cute!

She has a new book out!!! Click here for Farm Girl Vintage 2!!

Oh, you'll love it!

There are forty-five unique blocks, in six inch and twelve inch sizes.
Take a peek!

And she has instructions for thirteen projects in the book! From quilts to mini quilts, pillows to pincushions!
Speaking of mini quilts, aren't these doll bed quilts fun?

And my personal favorite - the sampler quilt! Check out some of the cute blocks that you can use for a sampler!

Be sure to stay tuned for Lori's upcoming Sew Along, starting in November on her blog.  The kick off post will be there on her blog on this Friday!

In the meantime, grab a copy of the book! And you might want to check out the quilt kit, too! All the fabrics (well, except for the backing) you will need to create your own sampler quilt! The cute little buttons are available here, and the trims here (love the wooden spool it's on) and here

Pardon my dust! I'm headed over there to grab a book before they're gone!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Sewing with family!

Are you quilting along with us on the fabulous Summer Moon quilt?

I may not be speedy, and I may not get things done right on time, but I'm workin' at it! And my sweet sis AND my adorable niece are joining me on the journey!

We live about six hours apart, so this is a fun way to keep in touch! We are all using different fabrics and it is exciting to see the differences in the blocks!

I hope that our progress will inspire you to quilt along with us on the Summer Moon! Here is a link to the beautiful book from Carrie Nelson!  Grab a copy and join us! (I'm required to let you know that's an affiliate link - no change in your price, but I will earn a tiny commission to help pay for what else? More fabric!)

The three blocks for the first month were the Album block, Fool's Puzzle, and the Churn Dash block!

My sis chose some lovely fabrics - check out her Album blocks!

Next, the Churn Dash and the Fool's Puzzle blocks, all lined up:

And just to show how industrious she is, check this out - she's putting the borders on some of her blocks already! They are so, sew cute!!

My niece chose gorgeous reproduction fabrics -- here is her Album block:

Isn't that sumptuous? I am so excited about how different all of the blocks look, simply from our choices of fabrics to use!

Now, here are my "creamsicle" oranges and tangerines, in the Album block:

Here's my Churn Dash group:

And finally, the Fool's Puzzle blocks:

I really hope that you will use this linkie: CLICK HERE and join us as we put this fun sampler quilt together!

I'll post some more progress soon!!


Monday, June 10, 2019

Disappointed....let down......


OK, so I guess that last one is a bit over-dramatic.

I get it from my kids, I guess. (Grin)

You know how it is, right? You have some drama peeps in your house, too?

Anyway, here is the reason for my disappointment:

All these years, I've never used this guy too much.  But all the blogs and articles sing the praises of the walking foot for straight line quilting. That it can handle upper and lower fabric plus batting without blinking an eye.


Doesn't work too well for me! Here's my story:


I recently got some orphan blocks out and decided it was their time to shine. I put them together with some Civil War repro fabric lattice strips, and made oodles (that's a hard-core quilting word for when you make a lot of something and you actually lose count) of half square triangles.

Two more borders to bring in the colors of the room it will hang in....

Sandwiched ……

Then a quick (ha!) stitched line around the outside edge to prepare for binding. I often do this to keep me from having issues when I use a narrow binding; I love the look, but it can give ya problems!

Got out my walking foot and started around the edge. I was getting more rumples than ole Rumpelstiltskin.  

See? I upped the contrast on there so you could see more of what I'm talking about.... 
The only way I could get it to work was to apply a small amount of tension "fore and aft" and go very. Very. Slow.

Please tell me, peeps, have you experienced this? How did you get things to go more smoothly?

Inquiring minds want to know!!


Monday, May 13, 2019

Starting my Summer Moon - tips and tricks

(Let's get business out of the way first, ok? Some of the links in my blog posts are affiliate links, and if you click on them, I will earn a small commission, but your purchase price won't change a bit! Thanks for clicking through!)

Are you hopping on the Summer Moon train?

I hope so; we are already having sew much fun! Here at the Lilypad, I'm using all kinds of great orange prints and low volume neutrals for the backgrounds:

If you would like to see what Carrie Nelson is making, check out this Jolly Jabber blog post: CLICK HERE. She's using a modern Christmas palette, and it looks like it will be gorgeous!

In the blog post, you will find information on the bloggers who are participating in the Block of the Month.......they will be featured both on their blogs and on the Jolly Jabber, and the schedule is there for you.


Now, the whole reason that I wanted to do this particular sampler quilt is that I'm a sucker for punishment, er, I wanted to really stretch my "precision" muscles. (Grin)

If you've gotten your Summer Moon book, you will see that we are making three of each block pattern. We make them in small (5 inch square), medium ( 6.5 inch square) and large (8 inch square). Those little five inch blocks are going to be tough for me!

But I'm loving how the borders are added to the smaller blocks so that you end up having all the same size to assemble into your quilt top!

As I struggled, er, worked diligently to have precise quarter inch seams and lovely points and corners, I found some things that helped me get things right . . .

The first block I tackled was the album block. I found it quite helpful to make certain that the pieces were centered. Some of y'all may be better at "eyeballing it" than I, but this is the process I used:

First, I folded each piece to find the true center (above). Then, matched up those creases with right sides together:

I found that pinning them with going twice through the fabrics made them stay put a little better:

Here, you can see more of the block going together:

And I also found it helpful to grab something to help keep seam allowances from rebelling as they went under the needle . . . those little guys have a mind of their own! You may have a favorite seam ripper or a stiletto that helps you - be sure to grab it for this smallest album block!

I love my results! Pretty blocks -- small, medium, and large album blocks:

I'm really happy with how the background fabrics are working -- not stark white, but some interesting tone on tone and tiny prints!

I'm not sure which size is my favorite! The eight inch blocks really are nice:

Hope you have your copy of Summer Moon! Let me know in the comments if you are sewing along with us! If we have enough peeps playing along, we can have a linky party!


Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Moon quilt along - join us!

(Let's get business out of the way first, ok? Some of the links in my blog posts are affiliate links, and if you click on them, I will earn a small commission, but your purchase price won't change a bit! Thanks for clicking through!)

Have y'all checked out this book? Summer Moon is a new book by Carrie Nelson, and the Fat Quarter Shop has big plans ahead! In October, they showed us the book and tantalized us with two different colorways: vintage and modern.

So, this month, the fun will begin -- there will be blog posts, and tutorials, and even videos! Here's a YouTube from the Jolly Jabber that tells you all about it!

Recently, I cajoled my dear sister and my sweet niece into joining me on the Summer Moon journey! Yay!

We are going to join in the fun and have a quilt along here at the Lilypad! Each month, you will have an opportunity to show off your progress on the quilt.

I love how clear the instructions are in this book - lots of information on fabric requirements, cutting instructions, and more!

I also love how there will be three of each block -- one small, medium, and large version of each pretty block! Whimsical? Yep! And here is how we will make all the blocks play together nicely: 

Different "frames" for each one, and then we'll assemble!

We are an easy-going bunch here at the Lilypad, and we are not going to try to do it in true Block of the Month style -- but you can if you like! Remember, that's the beauty of a quilt-along; you can go at your own pace!

I probably will do one block each month, instead of following the three-blocks-each-month schedule in the book. . . . I still work for a living (or to buy fabric!) so I am not going to stress, just have fun!

My colorway?
I went in my (re-purposed) cookie jar . . . . 

All oranges with low-volume neutrals for the backgrounds!

My sis chose these adorable fabrics:

So you see, you can choose the fabrics that float your boat and hop in and play!
Won't you join us?

Grab a book at this link, put together some fabrics that you just love, and let's get started! (If you need some assistance, like I did, call our buddies at the Fat Quarter Shop! Tell them what you are trying to accomplish, and they will suggest fabrics and even send swatches!)

I'll be posting some tips from my first block soon!