Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Quilt Room

This photo isn't recent because I'm too embarrassed by the current state of chaos to take a photo. I've been asked for photos of my quilt studio, so here are some that I've shared in the past. I've made some changes and I really do need to update these, but until I clean (or a miracle happens) here's a good idea of where you can find me most days...

This is what my current quilt room looked like when I first moved in just over three years ago. Read all about it HERE.

And HERE is the tutorial on how to build the design walls.

And HERE is a peek at it from two years ago.

HERE is my favorite thread storage solution ever!

HERE is what the room usually looks like.

Hope you enjoyed this little look into where I play with fabric and don't forget the GIVE AWAY that's still open HERE.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Scrap Quilt Secrets Coloring Pages

One of my favorite things about my new book is the coloring pages in the back. I wanted my book to be beautiful and full of great information, but I wanted it to be fun too. You've got to admit, coloring pages are fun! Feel free to copy them as many times as you like.

The graphics person made the title page beautiful and fun. Don't you love the cropped version of the cover quilt? I do!

The table of contents page has a cropped portion of each quilt as well, in a variety of close ups.

The introduction and dedication pages also have fun cropped elements from the cover quilt. I love details like that. I actually asked for those details and while I didn't get all of the ones I asked for, these pages are perfect! I also asked to add my signature. I think that makes it more personal, don't you?

And the coloring pages are found in the back of the book. There is a full page outline of each quilt so you can test different color options, or just copy and color until your heart's content!

Look how cute each coloring page has one cropped block at the top! Isn't that cool? I was so excited when I saw those.

Some of the coloring pages have bold lines in some areas. I felt like the design was easier to discern with bolder lines around the accent pieces, or separating different types of blocks. These are the details that I think take a good idea and make it even better!

I also had a couple of the quilts altered to include fewer blocks. For example, I felt like the pieces in Razzmatazz were too tiny to color, so by enlarging the blocks and making the coloring sheet only 3 x 3 rather than 4 x 4, it would be easier to color. That is noted at the bottom of the page to prevent confusion. I just think it's easier to fit a pencil tip or marker in these pieces. 

I also like how that little cropped block shows up again on the pattern page. But what I like even better, is the tip (in the box at the top) and the list of secrets (paperclipped list on the side) that add so much information to each pattern. This is the stuff I gobble up when I am reading a quilt book. I wanted to be very generous with the information, tips and secrets (afterall, that IS the name of the book!) Notice that each quilt has it's own story as well (below the photo.)

And let's not forget, every single template, shape, and paper foundation are ALL FULL SIZE. I have no patience for resizing or doing anything more complicated than copying when it comes to my printer. Anyone else feel this way?

See, even some of the secrets are meant to add fun! I do hope you will love this book, I sure put a lot of love into it. Get your copy here or ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Enjoy every page!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christmas in July

Today, on the Craftsy blog, I have a post about wrapping gifts in fabric. It was inspired by the Japanese Furoshiki method. 

I shared three options but I hope it will inspire you to get creative! Let me know what you think.  

And to make things a little easier, Craftsy is giving you up to 60% off kits and supplies to try out this technique or just have fun. Get everything you need to make something that's for the holidays and from the heart. Go HERE to check it out!


The fine print: this post contains affiliate links. All purchases made through this link will result in a very small reward for me. As always, thank you SO much for you support!

Friday, July 22, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt Clue #4

Clue # 4

Cutting Instructions:

Background fabrics- cut 48 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

AND REPEAT CLUE #3. Make another 192 units exactly as you did in Clue #3.

Time to get all caught up with your steps, because next week is the big reveal!

Have fun sewing and I'll be back next Friday morning with another clue!

Enjoy every stitch!

PS. I do not have a PDF download available of this clue, but I will put together the entire set of clues and make a downloadable pattern with the final reveal. Thanks for your patience.

To see the complete supply list go here.
To see more about fabric options go here.
To see step one go here.

To see step two go here.

To see step three go here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Home Sweet Home...

Recently I snapped some photos of the house while it was clean. That usually only lasts for about 5 minutes before the kids or dogs decide to make some sort of chaos, so I had to be quick!

As soon as you walk in our front door, the living room is on the left...

And the dining room is on the right.

If you walk through the front hall, the half bath is on the left and the stairs are on the right. Just past those is the den. This is looking to the left, the room where we usually hang out.

Turning toward the right is the kitchen with the eating area...

And beyond that is the rest of the kitchen. This is where the kids usually end up with some sort of feast for their friends. That chair to the right is at the built in desk nook. It's where I post these blog entries and where I wrote my book.

Upstairs is where all four of the bedrooms are. The first one to the right is daughter Kelly's room. You may notice the horse, music, reading, and a little bit of everything theme here. I let my kids decorate their own rooms but I did make her bed skirt, window seat cover and the little curtain that hides the kitty's private space.

Next to her room is our room. It has a private bathroom with closet to the left, and a screened in porch through the french doors to the left. There is a little office nook on the right that's usually too messy to photograph.

At the other end of the hall is Danny's room. He lets his brother sleep in the bed by the window. Other than sleeping in the same room, they don't share a room. They are adamant about that. They crack me up. There is a connecting bathroom that shares a shower with their sister. Her side of the bathroom connects as well.

Between the two boy's rooms is the laundry room. The room I spend most of my time in. I wish that was a joke. This is David's room. It also doubles as a guest room since David doesn't actually sleep in here. Are you confused yet?

This is the hallway looking towards my bedroom. The railing overlooks the front hall. It's not a grand house but we feel very blessed to call it home. I am sure that while you read this it looks much different with assorted messes, dropped gym bags, kicked off shoes, and whatever Boomer has decided to relocate. All that helps make a house a home though doesn't it?

I hope you enjoyed this little tour. And just for fun, if you correctly count the number of quilts in these photos and leave the correct number in the contents, I'll choose a winner on August 1st. The winner will get a free set of eco pouches! (Each quilt only counts once, even if it appears in more than one photo.)


Monday, July 18, 2016

A little summer fun...

We've been way too busy this summer! I want to schedule some time to relax, but that's not looking like it's going to happen. What's been happening around here so far?

The tomatoes have been growing like crazy, the beans were good too but they didn't last long, and the squash and cucumbers are growing but aren't ready yet.

The kids spent a very hot day at a concert, or lots of concerts actually. It was called WarpTour and they seemed to think it was worth melting.

And our sweet friends from Australia came to visit us! I wish they could have stayed longer, but we squeezed in as much fun as we possibly could while they were here.

And we've been visiting college campuses for the boys. The latest was Georgia Tech. It's an impressive school with a pretty campus. And it's close to home!

And we visited Mimi while dropping the boys off at camp. They are at UNC Asheville for the Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp. Danny is on his second week and David is just spending one week.

We've also had quite a few friends over from time to time for swimming and fun, and it always involves food! Why do kids get so hungry when you dunk them in water? It's always fun having a house full of laughing, joking, happy kids around.

We've been so busy, even the dogs are worn out!

And Boomer just moves from one air conditioning vent to the next in an attempt to cool off. Notice his toys are ready in case someone volunteers to play!

I hope you are having a fun summer, staying cool, and finding more time to relax than we are!


Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt Clue #3

Clue #3

Cutting Instructions:

Background Fabrics- cut 16 strips 2 1/2" x 18 1/2"
Accent Fabrics- cut 16 strips 1 1/2" x 18 1/2"

 Sewing Instructions:

Sew one background strip to each accent strip lengthwise. Press toward the darker strip (either away from or toward the background fabric as done in the previous steps)

Cross Cutting Instructions:

Layer the strips sets (offsetting them as shown so the seams do not create bulk) and trim the ends even. Cut the strip sets into three 6 " lengths as shown below. Notice that the seam is lined up straight along the marked line on the ruler. This will help prevent slanting or shifting.

Once the 6" units are cut, move the ruler to the 4 1/2" mark and make another cut.

Next, move the ruler to the 3" mark and make another cut. Repeat at the 1 1/2" mark. Repeat with each six inch section until all of the strips sets are cut into 1 1/2" units. By cutting this way, your strip units will remain precise and accurate.

You will need to make 192 units that measure 1 1/2" x 3 1/2". These can be all different accent colors, or just one color. I made some strip sets with red, some with aqua, and some with brown. The scrappier the better!

Have fun sewing and I'll be back next Friday morning with another clue!

Enjoy every stitch!

PS. I do not have a PDF download available of this clue, but I will put together the entire set of clues and make a downloadable pattern with the final reveal. Thanks for your patience.

To see the complete supply list go here.

To see more about fabric options go here.

To see step one go here.

To see step two go here.

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