Friday, August 18, 2017


100 blocks made and shared through Instagram in 100 days.

75 blocks all set together without sashing.  Yellows, grays, whites and elephants blending together.

Asymmetrically framed with a slate gray solid and backed with flannel.  Stitched with organic wavy lines.  The binding is slate gray except for a 18'' section (upper right) which is bound in scraps of yellow.

Looks perfect on my daughter's bed in her newly painted room.

(Although quilts on her bed rarely look this neat and are usually twisted around and pushed aside after she wakes in the morning.)

We took the quilt for a photo shoot at our neighborhood playground - a place she hadn't been too since she was ten.

For my quilt, I used this FQ bundle of Pastel Pop by Michael Miller which was sitting in my stash. 

Read more about the QAL here and follow along on Instagram with #100Days100Blocks2017.  You can find the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book on Amazon.

I'll be linking up my quilt Playful with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Summer Vacation

Outer Banks Beach

I spent last week with my family on our annual beach vacation.  My son came home to join us so it was the five of us in a beautiful home with the beach right outside our window.

Pier in Duck, NC

There was more rain than I would have liked but still plenty of time to enjoy the beach and enjoy the family time.

I brought my new travel sewing machine along with me and three projects all prepped and ready to go.  Each year, I try to finish a quilt top while at the beach so I can grab some location photos.

This year, I spent all my time on the blocks for the first project.  Nothing got assembled but I did enjoy the process of making lots and lots of geese.  (There are a lot of them.)

Flying Geese

I decided to paper piece these geese pairs because I was striving for perfect points.  Did this happen?  Some of the time it did but not all of the time and I'm fine with that.  I'm using my favorite American Brand Solids for this quilt.

lighthouse staircase

I also focused some of my time on trying to capture some unique photos.  It was great fun.  Because of a recent photography class, I can take photos with my DSLR in manual mode.  (Go me!)

I also essentially took a social media and all things internet vacation.   I had blog posts written ahead of time and only logged into Instagram to post the block for the #100Day100Block2017 challenge.   It was wonderful!

Now I'm back home and happy to have had such a wonderful time.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, August 14, 2017

100 blocks, 100 Days

Drum roll...........finally able to share block 100

and the rest of the last ten blocks - 91 through 100.

I enjoyed this QAL much more than I had expected to.  These blocks were unique and it was nice to use fabrics which weren't my usual color choices.  Doing different things is a really good thing.

My daughter has claimed this quilt for her newly painted room.  75 of her favorite blocks are now joined together in a quilt.  I'll share that finish later this week.

Here are all 100 (it is hard to get a good photo of all of the blocks!)

And just because it is fun to share - here they all are one last time in groups of 20.

Blocks 1 to 20

blocks 21 through 40 -

Blocks 41 through 60

Blocks 61 through 80

Blocks 81 through 100

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's all about Harry

My daughter is a major fan of Harry Potter.  So I couldn't resist making her something for her birthday this week.

The front side - she is a Sllytherin, and proud of it.

And the back side.

The patterns representing each of the houses of Harry Potter were designed by Jennifer at Fandominstitchs.

They were fun to paper piece although each took a bit of time.  I framed them to make the size bag I wanted and the panels were 7 x 12'' before I sewed them into a bag.

I have never personally read Harry Potter or watched the movies.  (Shocked?)  So I googled to make sure I lined up the houses so I put the fierce rivals on the opposite side.

The zipper pull was from a necklace that she never wore anymore.

If you like to make bags, check out my announcement for the Bag It 2017 event which begins in about a month.  Fantastic sponsors and brand new tutorials.

I'll be linking up my bag with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

School Colors

My niece is off to her freshman year of college this fall and I wanted to send her off in style.  Her school colors blue and yellow-gold.  While the fabrics I choose don't really map to the proper shade of blue or yellow-gold, they make me happy when I look at them together.

And the gift made her happy too.

I love making this boxy bag for gifts.  See my post on tips for making these bags here and here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Home Stretch

90 blocks to share.  (The rest are done but will be revealed later this month.)

I've really used up much of the FQ pack I started with.  There won't be much left once this is all done!

Blocks 1 to 20,

blocks 21 through 40,

blocks 41 - 60

and blocks 61-80!

For my project, I am using this FQ bundle of Pastel Pop by Michael Miller which was sitting in my stash. These fabrics are the ONLY yellow I've got in my stash other than a bit in a solid.

Read more about the QAL here and follow along on Instagram with #100Days100Blocks2017.  You can find the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book on Amazon.
Photo credit to Angie

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, August 4, 2017

Experimenting with Circles

I have a quilt design in my head which involves circles.

Lots of them, overlapping all over the quilt in many colors.  But before I tackled the project, I decide to make a smaller version to test out both my hand drawn templates as well as my true interest in creating a quilt with circles.

This mini finishes at 12'' square and used up scraps I had leftover from other projects.  The larger circles are pieced and the smaller ones are raw edge applique.

The last curved piecing project I did ended up with much bulk in the intersections so I redrew the template to reduce this bulk.  This new template solved that problem but didn't actually give me the look I wanted.  So back to the drawing board I go.

But I still have this wonderful mini with fabrics I really enjoy.

While I was enjoying all the wonderful quilts on display at QuiltCon, I saw many hanging without a binding - something I had not seen before.  My Experimental Circles mini was a perfect one to try the technique out on since a binding would end up chopping off parts of the circle.  This way, the circle just flows off the edge.

I found this post and this one to be helpful in learning how to face a quilt.  I fudged my way through the corners and found this video afterwards on handling the corners afterwards which would have been quite useful.

Now I need to attach a hanging sleeve so I can put it on the wall.

I'll be linking up my mini with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Skill Builder QAL - Large HST blocks

Hurrah!  It is month 7 in Fat Quarter Shop's Bella Skill Builder QAL.     You can find the pattern and a video tutorial for this month's Large HST blocks here.


I choose my favorite color combinations to make these large blocks.  Aren't they just wonderful?

The large one is 18 1/2 '' square, all from fun HST's!  I just love the star in the center of the 15 1/2 '' block.

I need to gather together all my blocks for a group photo - can't wait to see this quilt come together.

Until the group photo, you can see posts of the rest of my blocks by following the links below:
Lots of wonderful quilters are quilting along - check out all these wonderful versions -

Paula from The Sassy Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
me --> Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Have a wonderful day! Patty

One Monthly Goal - August Goal Setting Link Up

Welcome to August!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

Sign up to receive email notifications when the One Monthly Goal linkup is open.  Think of it as a helpful reminder!
My goal for August is to make a mini quilt or pillow from my sweet animal blocks.  These were designed by Juliet from The Tartankiwi and part of her Woodland 2 QAL.  (Juliet was the OMG designer sponsor for January.)

We have three great sponsors for August and there will be three (3) winners this month!

Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project. Consider their Sew Sampler box to receive a monthly surprise delivery of fabric and fun.   Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Family owned and operated. Clothworks produces outstanding quality fabric for quilters and sewists who love to create.  Clothworks produces a variety of fun fabric lines, including my favorite American Made Brand Solids. Check out their site and sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know about new lines.  Clothworks is offering 10'' precut of Full Spectrum Fresh Batik fabric.


I'm very excited to introduce you to our designer of the month - Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble.

Amber has two children, one sweet dog and a wonderful husband.  She resides in Alpine, Utah and loves to decorate, hike and bake in her spare time.  She has been quilting for almost 20 years and designing quilt patterns for 8 years.  Amber sells over 25 different quilt patterns (plus her book, Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics) in her shop Etsy shop.  She shares all of her creations on her blog, A Little Bit Biased.  

Her latest venture, is designing free fat quarter patterns with her friend Amanda Niederhauser, which are published monthly on her blog in a series called, Five Fat Quarter Fun.

You can visit Amber on her BlogInstagram,  Facebook and her pattern store on Etsy.  Amber is offering a $25 gift certificate to her pattern store for one lucky winner.

Quilts and photo credit to Amber Johnson

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for August?  (A goal could be to finish a quilt but it could also be to attach a binding.  Whatever it takes to help you move forward and make progress on your projects!  And as long as the project involves a needle and/or fabric, you can link up!)

Make sure you visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.   (The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on August 25.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, July 31, 2017

Announcing Bag It 2017

I am very excited to announce that Bag It is returning and I'll be hosting the THIRD annual event.

Bag It 2017 promises to be even more exciting that last year - if that is possible!  New tutorials to inspire from Elm Street Quilts will be shared along with bags made from patterns from our featured designers.

The Bag It 2017 event will begin on Monday, September 18 and run through Friday, December 15. During the event time period, participants are encouraged to make bags and share in link-ups or share in the Elm Street Quilts Facebook Group page.

Amazing sponsors have lined up to support us with just wonderful prizes.  I just can't wait to share the details.  (Prizes will be randomly awarded to participants.)

To enter, you can make and share a bag from ANY PATTERN or TUTORIAL.  Extra credit will be given to bags from patterns or tutorials from our featured designers - byAnnie, Sew Sweetness, Sew Demented, Fat Quarter Gypsy and Elm Street Quilts.

And for the event, we will define a bag as a container made of fabric that you can put something inside.

Make a bag for every special person on your holiday list.

Introducing our amazing sponsors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

Bagmaker Supply   

By Annie   
(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

Fat Quarter Gypsy

Fat Quarter Shop 

Green Fairy Quilts  
(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

 (Website   | Facebook  |  |Instagram)

Sew Demented

Sew Sweetness 

Zip It   

Special thanks to the Fat Quarter Gypsy for is sponsoring the overall event!

More information will be coming in September.

Want to be sure you don't miss a thing? Sign up for notifications about Bag It!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, July 28, 2017

3 Woodland Animals

Meet the Hedgehog!

The block will finish at 9''.  He joins his other two buddies from  The Tartankiwi's latest QAL called Woodland Creature 2. 

Next up is a  lovely fawn.  (We had two little deer in our back yard a few times recently - very cute except when they are munching on my garden.)

I am still not sure what I am going to do with these blocks.  Perhaps quilt them as individual minis? Perhaps a table runner?  Or maybe group all 4 of them together into a mini quilt.  The group mini quilt is what I've been thinking with a layout like the photo below.

I would use a blue background for the fawn and he would be facing the Kingfisher.  (Juliet's pattern has options on which way you want your woodland animal to face!)

Any thoughts for me on this?

I'll be linking up my blocks with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty