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,

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journal Cover Tutorial

If you click HERE you will find the step by step tutorial I wrote for this fast and fun journal cover. I've made many journal covers over the years, and this one is my favorite because it has a closure and a pen pocket. What else could you want in journal cover?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

When Pumpkins become Apples

I had hoped to share the finished quilt today but that isn't going to happen for a whole lot of reasons. But I can share some sneak peeks...

By swapping red strips for the orange strips, pumpkins become apples! Viola!!

Then by swapping out some of the block colors, Halloween becomes Autumn.

I'm only making one quarter of the quilt blocks, then making some minor adjustments to the setting and the big quilt becomes a table topper. I'm pretty sure I'll never get tired of playing with these blocks and trying new combinations.

The Pumpkin Quilt Pattern can be found HERE. And the digital downloads are still on sale for $5 through the end of July. Simply enter HIGHFIVE in the coupon code to get the discount on any download pattern in the shop.

Thanks so much!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Star Scrappy Sew Along Step 1

(Star is 72'' x 72'' before borders, 84'' x 84'' with borders shown)

As I mentioned in earlier in this post, I planned to do a Summer Sew Along with OUT the mystery. I asked for feedback about who might be interested. Wowza!! You all really want to sew along with this quilt and you LOVE the idea of it NOT being a mystery. I am so humbled and thankful for all of your enthusiastic support. Really, you guys are the best!

This entire quilt will be made from 2 1/2'' strips. The instructions will be given referring to all strips cut at 2 1/2'' x 18''. If your strips are longer, cut them to 18''. If your strips are shorter, you will need more than the directions call for, but you can still use them! You can even use 2 1/2'' squares. This project is all about using up the scraps!

The star will be made from 9 patches. We will make three kinds of 9 patches.

We will make 48 of the star nine patches.

We will make 60 of the background nine patches

We will make 36 of the split nine patches.

We will use out leftover strips sets and pieces to make the border. I will give you additional options for that later. (Note: I'm sewing along with you, I haven't actually made this quilt yet, so I'm doing this in "real time" along with the rest of you!)

This week we are going to start with the Star 9 patches. Why? Funny you should ask that! We are starting with those because that's what my 2 1/2'' strip bin was bursting with!

Choose or cut 72 strips (2 1/2'' x 18'') from you scrap bin. 

Press them if needed and sew them lengthwise into 24 sets of three.

Cross cut the strip sets into 2 1/2'' segments.  You will get 7 sections from each strip set. This will create more than you need for now, but we will save some of these for the border. I like to create more than I need now, because it will allow more variety for mixing and matching combinations. This will also allow your border sections to use some of the same fabrics as your star and that will look better. See, sometimes I do plan ahead! LOL

Flip the middle section so that the seams will nest on the back. This will make you intersections nice and tidy and will reduce bulk at the corners.

Make 48 of these 9 patch blocks. The blocks will measure 6 1/2''.

I know that's a lot of information. I hope that if you already have your strips cut, or you are using jelly rolls, this will go fairly quickly for you. Don't feel pressure to get them all made, but by making a good start, you can keep following along.

Sharing the fun! I will have a linky party next Sunday for you to post your progress. You can post finished blocks, strips, piles of scraps, whatever you get done is great! We want to encourage each other and enjoy the variety of style, color and combinations that will make each of our star quilts shine in a unique way. If you don't have a blog, just email me a photo and I will be happy to post it for you. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in YOUR scrap bin!

Now go start stripping and sewing!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Pattern Available in my shop!!

Piney Grove is a simple and fun quilt just perfect for celebrating the Holiday Season. The entire quilt is made from strips. Strip piece the patchwork and tree blocks in a snap. Simple sew and fold steps create the sweet little tree blocks without cutting any triangles. And for extra fun, a table runner version is included.

Don't forget, all PDF download patterns are only $5 through the end of July with the code HIGHFIVE in the coupon box. Go HERE and start shopping!

Enjoy every stitch!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Where to Find me in 2018

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I've been thrilled with the response to my announcement about my Texas Road trip so I thought I would share more about my travel and teaching plans for 2018.

Late February/ Early March:
I will be teaching in Meridian Mississippi on March 1-2, 2018. If your group or guild is anywhere in Alabama or Mississippi (along Interstate 20) I would love add another teaching stop.

Mid/ Late April:
I will be teaching in Beaumont TX April 19-21, 2018. I've had interest from several groups in TX but would love to schedule stops along Interstate 85 in Alabama, or along Interstate 10 through Mississippi and Louisiana.

Florida here I come! I'm working with a couple of groups to visit in Florida in the early fall. Please let me know if your group would like to be included.

And remember, I am available to teach ANYTIME and ANYWHERE for just your guild or group. You don't have to be part of one of my 'Road Trips'. The idea behind the road trips is that I can spend more time teaching and less time travelling. It saves your group expenses and it saves me time. It's just my attempt at being efficient for all of us.

For reference, I live just north of Atlanta in Georgia. All of my air travel is convenient to ATL. Once I get caught up with contracts and travel plans, I will update my teaching calendar with can be found HERE.
My teaching information can be found HERE
More information about me can be found HERE
Information about my book can be found HERE

Thank you so much for your kind support! I look forward to meeting each of you soon!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Texas Road Trip

Hey y'all! I'm looking for some quilt guilds and shops to visit along the gulf coast on my way to Texas at the end of April 2018. I'll be teaching in Beaumont, TX  April 19-21 and would love to add some teaching and visiting stops along the way.

Are you in a guild or group that would love a fun, entertaining and enlightening trunk show on my book SCRAP QUILT SECRETS? Do you know a quilt shop that would like to add a fun workshop to their class schedule? The more groups I add to the trip, the lower the travel cost and best use of my travel time. What do you say?

PLEASE share this post, tell your local shop owner, call your quilt guild program chair, and let's make this an epic road trip to Texas!

Here's the link to my book SCRAP QUILT SECRETS
Here's the link to my workshop and teaching information.

I still have some teaching availability in 2018 for any location, and I even have room for one more workshop/trunk show in October and one in November of this year. So please contact me soon if you are interested in scheduling me.

Thank you SO much for your support!

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