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!

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!

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!

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,

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!


Friday, July 28, 2017

July Reading List

Like all the novels I've read by Lisa See, I couldn't put this one down. I enjoyed the characters and the story line so much. It could have been very predictable, but it wasn't and I think that's what I liked best about it. Read every book by Lisa See, you will be glad you did!

This book is by the author of "A Man Called Ove" which I enjoyed very much and would highly recommend, but keep tissues handy as it was so very endearing and touching. However, Britt Marie was on the other end of the spectrum completely. I laughed out loud so  many times and I laughed until I cried a few times. This woman was hysterical without ever knowing it, and that's what made her so lovable. She was a woman safely ensconced in her own world with no will power of her own to make any decisions. Through a turn of events, she found herself creating a new life and having so much more of an impact on those around her than she ever could have imagined. Read this book right now!! I will probably put this book at the top of my most memorable of the summer.

This was also a very quirky and off beat woman but she had a whole different dynamic going on. She was carrying around a ton of emotional baggage and kept getting herself into trouble without really meaning to. I loved this book and the daughter was such a wonderful character as well. This is a great summer read.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely be on the lookout for her other books. The style of writing is one I really like. The chapters are told by different characters and there are flashback chapters and current chapters. I like the way it really paces the story and the characters are all interesting and easy to feel for. I haven't finished this book but only have a few chapters left. I would highly recommend it!

The Secret Chord

I've loved every other book I've read by this author, but this one really is hard for me to follow. It's the story of the people around King David in his early life and the characters and places all use their Hebrew names which is super confusing and hard to follow for me. I sort of gave up and will probably turn this one back into the library before I finish it. I had to say that because I loved her books The Year of Wonders, March, Caleb's Crossing and The People of the Book.

And this book doesn't come out until August 8th but I can promise you I will be reading it the moment it does. I have been addicted to Philippa Gregory since I read the first novel by her The Other Bolyn Girl. As an historical fiction lover, I think her books are by far my favorite, closely followed by Ken Follett's series beginning with The Pillars of the Earth

I've added some of your book recommendations to my wish list at the library (thank you!) and I always look forward to hearing what you are reading in the comments. I hope you are enjoying some great summer reads this year!

Enjoy every book!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Star Scrappy Sew Along Step 2

Are you ready for Step 2?  

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's progress on Step 1. The photos you've sent me and the Instagrams with #BTQsummersewalong have been fun to see so far. Please share your photos of Step one at the end of this post with the linky party. 

Step 2

We are making the same nine patches as we did in step one, only these are going to be made from our background fabrics.

  • Cut 78 strips 2 1/2'' x 18 1/2''
  • Sew the strips into 26 sets of three.

  • Layer the strip sets as shown, staggered to prevent the seams from being directly on top of one another.
  • Trim the ends even.

  • Cut across the strip sets at five inches.

  • Then cut across the strip sets at 2 1/2''. 

  • Repeat until the strips are all cut into 2 1/2'' sections. Cut a total of 180 sections.

  • Sew these together into nine patch blocks.

Make 60 background nine patches.

Design note: I used all white on white prints for my backgrounds mostly because I found a stack of fat quarters in the back of a bin that I had forgotten I had. Many of them were from the same fat quarter bundle and were super similar in colors and design scale. I purposely went through my scrap bin and my other white fabrics and chose additional fabrics that were more creamy or different shades of white. I also chose some that had very large scale prints and geometric prints rather than the small scale floral and dot prints from the bundle. Adding variety of shades and scale prevents too much blending. Why do all this work if it's going to look like one fabric? Add things that will 'pop' or 'stand out' just a bit to keep things interesting. If in doubt, throw in the mix, it's those fabrics that you think might not work that end up being the magic! So go for it!

Have fun sewing and thanks for joining the fun!

Enjoy every stitch,

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