Things I’ve Made Since June

I’ve been making like crazy.  I just looked back and the last make I posted about was a scrappy triangle quilt in June.  But I have indeed had several more makes since then.

After that finish, I immediately made another scrappy triangle quilt. This one was for a cousin I promised a quilt to 3 years ago! I’m happy to say it has finally been gifted.  I had it quilted at Angela Walters shop, Quilting is My Therapy, which I’m thrilled to report is right around the corner from my house. No lie! Meanwhile, I’m all triangled out.

Apparently, I had the next several projects going simultaneously. It’s all a blur to me. 

I made a couple of I Heart America blocks I turned into pillows.  It’s a free pattern from @prettylittlequilts.  I practiced ruler quilting on both pillows.

I took a Which Quilt Block Are You quiz at Broadcloth Studio, IG: @broadclothstudio.  My results,  after taking the quiz twice and changing up 2 answers because I could’ve answered either way, yielded Jacob’s Ladder.  Since I’d never made a Jacob’s Ladder block, I ended up making a couple and laid them out in the Road to Arkansas variation and turned them into a wall hanging. I practiced ruler quilting on it as well and it now hangs in my sewing room.

I FINALLY started a quilt I’d been wanting to make for myself for at least one year;
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June @thencamejune. It was was all the rave last year, and still is!  I had the perfect fabric bundle, a gift from a dear friend (Thanks GayLee!) and the perfect background fabric. And VOILA! It’s still just a flimsy. I want to quilt this myself but I’ll probably wait until I visit my friend Katy @katyquilts in Michigan so I can use her awesome longarm.

Another FINALLY is a paper-pieced diddy I got from a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting Magazine in 2012. This was way before I even knew how to paper-piece, but one I definitely wanted to make someday. It now graces the wall in my work office. I also had it quilted at Angela Walters shop, Quilting Is My Therapy. This pattern is called Balance Art.

And more recent finishes are…

a cute little zippered pouch to hold my earbuds and travel charger. It was inspired by Svetlana @sotakhandmade.  I LOVE all of her makes and her book, That Handmade Touch is on my bday/Christmas wishlist.

The Mini Maker Station by Nicole @lillyellastitchery.  It is a free pattern and was a Sew Along that started at the beginning of this month.

Another free pattern by Nicole, and a Sew Along this month is the Undercover Maker Mat.

And the most recent make, one which I’m currently working on is my very first Quilt of Valor. And I’m using my very own pattern, Straits and Arrows.  I wrote it a couple of years ago. It’s a very simple make (no matching seams!) that goes together very quickly! It is free for the taking by clicking on the link above or on the picture in the sidebar on my blog ->->->->.  I fell in love w/this red fabric, and I got it for next to nothing at an event hosted by The Sewing Labs. As soon as I laid on eyes on it I knew I’d make a QOV w/it.

I believe that’s all I’ve made since June. But I have a long, long list of things yet to make. I’m certain I’m not in this boat alone!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, God Bless and Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.- Colossians 1:13-14 NIV

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Double Aniversary Giveaway!

Hi All. Long time, no post! Every time I write a post I tell myself I’m never going to let so much time pass between posts. But here I am again, 12 weeks later, and I only have selfishness to blame.  No matter what’s going on in my life, whenever I have free time, stitchin’ always wins!

And I’ve been very active on the stitchin’ front! If you don’t believe me, check my Instagram. It used to be my preference to share my makes on the blog first and then on IG.  But since the blog posts are so FEW and so FAR between, I realized the better way is to share my makes/progress on Instagram as I go, and then catch up the blog posts every so often.  With that being said, I will soon get the blog caught up on my makes, but for now let’s talk about this giveaway!

Right after I moved to Kansas City last August I realized I missed my “planned” annual giveaway.  I think I’ve done a giveaway every year for my blog anniversary but last year I had just moved here and work was a bear, and it just slipped my mind. As soon as I remembered, I decided I’d do a Double Anniversary Giveaway to celebrate the 6th anniversary of my blog AND my first year in KC, so I’ve been collecting things ever since.

Originally I planned to do one giveaway on the blog and one on IG, but now it’s just going to be one good one on Instagram.

Here’s what I’m giving away.

A gorgeous floral bouquet & butterfly panel, 5 half-yard cuts of coordinating fabric curated by yours truly, a junior jelly roll by Moda, a pair of warm crochet scissors, plus a bunch of other goodies!

For your chance to win:

  1. You must follow me on Instagram – click on the Follow Via Instagram link in the sidebar to get there quickly. —->
  2. Like my giveaway post on Instagram
  3. Tag 2 quilty friends in one comment on my giveaway post on Instagram
  4. For a bonus entry, repost my giveaway pic using the hashtag #aqpdag

I will randomly choose and announce a winner on this blog post and on Instagram around noon(CT) on Labor Day, September 2, 2019, which is already next Monday!  ***This giveaway is now closed.  The  lucky winner is Rosanne Carr Atkinson @quilty_me_

Thank you all for being my friend and reading my blog!

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My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

A Thread for Life

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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