Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CHECK IT OUT !!!


These are my first six patterns to be carried by Checkers Distributors! They are available for pre-order now and will be shipping September 10th! I am so excited to be entering this new phase of wholesale distribution.

If you would like to see your local quilt shop carry any of these patterns please forward this LINK to them or mention it next time you are shopping.


So while I sit here and stare at my computer screen, pinching myself, please feel free to share this with anyone and everyone who will listen. My patterns depend on you! *wink*

I'll be releasing 6 more patterns in December with Checkers as well. I am ALWAYS happy to take wholesale orders directly from my website at well. That option remains, and many thanks to those shops who still support me directly, I am so thankful to each of you!

To find out more about each of these patterns just click on the names below:

Compost Piles
Pumpkins In The Patch
Piney Grove
Plaid Paws
Under the Mistletoe
Kelly Michelle

Enjoy every pattern!
Diane

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Seeing and Sewing Stars!


Our very first finisher is Dyann Cox from Arizona!! I am so impressed that she is finished and has it QUILTED and bound! Honestly, I'm still piecing my borders. I love her colors and fabrics and everything about her version, so she's getting a little happy mail from me this week! This stunning finish deserves a reward!


And my sweet friend Angie from Quilting on the Crescent is almost finished as well. Her blue and white version makes me smile every time I see her pretty post updates! Angie is so creative and always finds a way to put a fresh twist on anything! I just love her style.


As for me, I'm still working on my borders and I obviously have a hard time following my own directions because the center of the star is pieced incorrectly. Good grief! I am considering leaving it as I kind of like it this way, or maybe I will swap those four center blocks around. Let me know if I should 'leave it' or 'swap it' in the comments.

If you would like to make the star quilt you can find the printable version at the top of the blog labeled Scrappy Star Sew Along 2017 This free printable version will only be available through the end of the year. Please print your copy now if you want to save it for later.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Summer Star Sew Along Step 5

The border options have finally arrived! The first option is the one that was originally shown every week so far. The next two options are for making the quilt in two smaller sizes. Obviously, you can make your borders any way you want, or not make any at all. Why not just make nine patches from the star fabric if you want them to be colorful? I encourage you to play with it and just have fun. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!


finished size of quilt is 92'' x 92''


Option 1 uses 8'' x 10'' border blocks and 10'' corner blocks. All strips are cut the same size and pieced the same way as the nine patches are, the blocks are just sewn in four rows of five as shown above. Make 36 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.


finished size of quilt is 88'' x 88''


Option 2 uses 8'' blocks. All strips are cut the same size and pieced the same way, the blocks are just sewn in four rows of four as shown above. Make 36 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.


finished size of quilt is 84'' x 84''


Option 3 uses 6'' blocks just as the rest of the quilt. The border blocks and corner blocks are shown above. Make 48 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.

Personally, I'm leaning toward Option 2 at the moment. But for the sake of full disclosure, I'm not finished with last week's step of putting the star together. I am close, but not quite. So it's okay if you are working at your own speed as well.

I would still love to see your progress, or lack of, or just cute pics of your dog, whatever you want to share! I know you are all following along because there are literally thousands of clicks on these posts eVeRyDaY and yet Angie is the only one linking up. So don't be shy! LOL 

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Little Summer Fun


We've been having a crazy fun summer around here. It's been so busy it's hard to keep track of all the stuff that is happening and who's going where and when. But I do have a little photo evidence of some of the things that are going on. First of all, I made the kids pose in their school shirts yesterday. They thought I was being silly, but I love this photo of them even if it's just a quick snap, it shows their happy personalities. They are all excited about school starting soon. Me, not so much...


Bill took the boys on a quick 'last blast of summer trip' to Cedar Point. They rode roller coasters non-stop for two days. I'm pretty sure that is their idea of heaven. They had some pretty funny stories to tell when they got home too.


We also went to eat dinner during David's last work shift of the summer, so he was able to make our dinner. It was delicious and it was so fun to see him in action.


When the house is full of kids, pancakes are inevitable. We made lots of pancakes and the fresh blueberries made them even more delicious.


David went on an overnight trip to NC with his new roommate to a band competition. They apparently had a great time and David thinks his new roommate is going to be just fine. So it's nice to not have to worry about that at least.


Kelly wanted to celebrate her birthday early so David could be here. He leaves soon and will miss her actual birthday. So we had a fun dinner at her favorite restaurant with a few friends then came home to cake. This girl always knows how to have fun, but I love it when her laughter fills the house. It makes me so happy.


And besides the summer sew along that you may have noticed (kinda shocked by how many thousands of views those posts are getting, dang!) I've also made this little apple quilt from the Pumpkin pattern elements. It will be a free download very soon, but you will need the pattern for all the details. Think of it as a "Buy one, get one free" deal. Besides, it's not like I've had time to write a whole 'nother pattern.

Speaking of patterns, there is exciting stuff in the works! I have had some great news from some important people and things are really going to get quilty around here in September. It's my plan to sew so much that I won't notice how much I am missing my kids. Do you think it will work? And I've already made a few quilts that are going to be revealed in due time. I absolutely hate keeping secrets, but that seems to be unavoidable at times.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you are new around here, I would love to hear from you!
Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Scrappy Summer Star Sew Along Step 4



Welcome to Step 4 of the Sew Along! 

I know you feel like you've made a million nine patches and you almost have. Congratulations!! Some of you have suggested that we have a 'catch up' week, but I decided that since this step is easier, it will help those of you who need the extra time. 

If you are just now joining us, here are the other steps for you to see how we've gotten this far:




As promised, we are keeping it easy this week! We are assembling nine patches from the nine patches to create our big center star! This will go together in a snap and you will be surprised how quickly it 'grows'!


Using 9 of the background nine patches, sew them together into a nine patch. 

Make 4



Using 3 background nine patches, 3 star nine patches and 3 triangle nine patches as shown above, sew them into a nine patch.

Make 8



 Using 6 star nine patches and 3 triangle nine patches, sew them together into a nine patch.

Make 4


Sew these large nine patches into four rows of four as shown above. And then do a happy dance! You have finished the large star for the quilt and all we have left is borders! I'll be sharing a few options for borders, and I'm still not sure which option I'm going to use. 

I hope you are having fun and still sewing along. Thanks for sharing the photos with me, check my Instagram account to see where I've shared them. Also, feel free to link up below to the linky party. I'm having so much fun following your progress!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Freshman Orientation



I've spent several days of each of the past two weeks attending freshman orientation. As you know, my boys will be leaving me soon and my nest will be empty. I am beyond distraught. I know they will be fine, I'm just not sure how well I'm going to cope. Sniffle.


David will be attending the University of Georgia. He is planning to study computer science and is excited to start! His orientation was last week and while we almost melted, it was a fun couple of days and he was able to meet his new roommate for the first time.


We enjoyed a meal at the new dining hall near his dorm and the food selection, taste and quality were as impressive as the views.


He was pleased to discover the milk shake bar where you can get any custom milk shake made to order. Yum!


Then we visited his dorm room and took all of the necessary measurements so I can custom make curtains for the closets, etc. As wonderful as the food and cafeteria is, the dorm is just slightly better than a prison cell. (I wish I was kidding.) I am so glad he's not as distraught about his living conditions as I am!


This week I did a repeat performance at Virginia Tech with Danny. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was warm but far cooler than at UGA.


We learned really fast that we are going to need to send LOTS of quarters with Danny. They require quarters for parking and for laundry! (Laundry is included at no extra charge at UGA and Berry thankfully!)


We were able to visit Danny's room and take all of the measurements, etc. It was exciting to see that he will be in a suite style dorm (I'm sure he's so disappointed that all of the least expensive dorms were filled by the time his room selection time slot was available! LOL) He hasn't met his roommate yet because he is an international student and won't arrive for another couple of weeks.


While NOT fancy, it's a bit better than the prison grade dorms at UGA. This is his suite room that he shares with four other rooms (total 10 boys). They also have five sinks, two large coat closets, and two showers and bathrooms to share among them.


Here is my sweet boy standing below is dorm room. He's on the second floor! I'm so excited that we have one on the first floor, one on the second, and one on the third to move in and out this year. And two of those dorms have elevators! Woohoo.



The Virginia Tech campus is beautiful, and I sat here while I waited for Danny to register. I'm certain he's going to love going to school here. I do wish it was a little closer to home though.

These boys are so ready to go to college. And I'm sure they are going to love it as much as their sister does, but I'm going to miss having all of them at home with me. What will I do with all of the time that I won't be doing their laundry?

I would appreciate any encouragement you have to offer,
Diane

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer Star Scrappy Sew Along Step 3


If you are tired of making nine patches from strips, this week is good news for you! We are making nine patches from squares and half square triangles instead! LOL We are going to make nine patches the old fashioned way this time. But we don't have nearly as many to make as we did last week and the week before, so don't worry! And as always, this is NOT a race. Work at your own pace and enjoy using up those scraps. If you are just joining the fun you'll want to check out the first two steps.

Link to Step 1

Link to Step 2


To make the triangle squares (or half square triangles) layer a background strip and a star fabric strip RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.


Trim the ends with a clean cut. Then place any 45 degree ruler on the strip pair as shown. If you don't have a 45 degree ruler, I recommend this one but any brand will do. I have several and use them all!


After making the first cut, rotate the ruler and cut again, then continue rotating and cutting.


This is a great time to use up some of the leftover strips and shorter strips as I did here.


Make 108 triangle squares.
Cut 108 star squares.
Cut 108 background squares.

You will need three of each to make a block. Arrange the square as shown above and sew them into three rows of three.


Sew the rows together.


Make 36 split nine patches.

Please take photos of your progress and share in the linky party below! I love to see your colors and fabrics. Thanks for playing along and happy sewing!

Diane





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