Wednesday, February 7, 2018

First Finish For 2018

It is only 12" square, but it is a finish!
I used leftover Modern Bow Tie Blocks from the 2015 Swap.  Hanna called "dibs" on it right away.
I use a single binding on these little quilts so there isn't a big bump where it joins the quilt.  Here is a post on how I do it.
 To make my life easier, I start and end with a straight corner, and miter the rest.......Naughty I know, but it's my quilt......
 I ALMOST got the backing straight. Oh well maybe I should have fused it?  any suggestions?
It looked so charming in Hanna's room with her lavender walls.  The lamp was from Target.
How are my swappers doing?  You would think I could find an hour to finish my last 4 blocks right?   ha ha ha.  Maybe today - another snow day here in CT.
Pets really seem to get the whole Hygge philosophy.  Relax Coco.
 I need to switch out Mr. Starbucks Christmas accessories, but he's always in there.

Congrats Eagles Fans!  Great Game and Big Win for Philly!

Survey:  What does your family call these?  It is beef, sausage and cheese on a mini pumpernickel bread?  I know of 4 names but wonder if there is more.
Olympics start on Friday Night! woo hoo

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Do You Hygge?

This winter I am. A little book that I gave Hanna for Christmas.
I spent some Hygge time yesterday watching a movie and thumbing through one of my favorite quilt books under a cozy quilt.
It was like spending time with friend and mentor.
What a good example of Hygge Gratitude.
So many inspiring quilts and images!
I love this Hygge List:
and some Hygge images from my house
 Still enjoying the charm of my village...
This happened yesterday morning.  Pretty
Last week I went to NJ to visit my quilt buddies and Pauline made Tortellini Soup.  When I asked her for the recipe she just laughed and told me she found it on my blog.  

I'm sharing it again today. Get the full recipe by clicking here.  Pauline now says it is "The Forgotten Soup".
I received this photo of Sheila's finished 2016 Broken Dishes Swap quilt.  Love it!  
I had quite a few stencil sales this week.  I hope you like it and thanks!

So, do you Hygge?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fan-tastic Fan Quilting

Hello.  I injured my wrist last week, so I don't have a lot of new things to share. I thought I'd share some Fabulous Fan Quilting images that I've collected.
What a great small antique quilt.
 These are set like Clamshells.  How neat.
 Here the quilter played around with which blades to quilt.  I love this quilt!
 Katy did this one and I love how she switched directions.  That Irish Chain got cray cray on the left side.
Lori had this on her blog - wow good one!
 Another example by Katy.  They frame the edge and collide in the middle.
 Oooh La La so elegant on this applique quilt.   I like the alternate block - very unique.
Which is your favorite?

These quilts and other antique quilts I've studied helped me develop my Fan Stencils.
I'll let you in on a secret.  If you get the small blade fan stencil, you can skip every other line and achieve the look of the original fan.

You can find them in my Etsy Shop by clicking here.   I will give you a 20% discount if you enter the code: SPARROW when ordering.

Whether you use my stencil or another, click here for my tutorial on marking them in the traditional way or use the photos in this post to try a new way.

I hope all you Swappers doing well with your Churn Dash Blocks.  I can't wait to see them all!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Musings

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I usually post on Wednesdays, but thought I'd pop in today with a few random things.

I finished my baskets and bow tie quilt top.
For the backing I used this pretty print that I have had for about 10 years.
It was a challenge to match it
It isn't perfect, but pretty darn good don't you think?
Here is Monica's basket quilt in brights - it's great!
My swap blocks so far.  I'm doing the modern swap only this time.
 As you can see I am using different backgrounds and solids.
Here is a tip I posted on IG.  If you are using triangles on a roll, you may want to try stitching just inside the line so they come out the right size once you've pressed them.
 Also, I use a hot dry iron and just spritz a little water.  I find that steaming blocks can skew them a bit.  How do you press?  I also use a starch quite a bit.
Fun an Games~
I started this puzzle on New Years Eve and finished it yesterday.  It had 1000 piece and here is the progression:
We played this escape room board game.  It was super hard!  we solved it (using the clues) with less than 7 seconds to go.  Felt like we were in a James Bond movie.  There are 3 more to play.
Hope you are staying warm - it is so so cold here!  Coco will take any warmth she can find.