Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Numbers - Bloggers Quilt Festival

 Amy is back with this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Every year Amy hosts a wonderful link-up where quilters can link-up two of their favorite quilts in a virtual quilt show.  It is so much fun to see what everyone is doing and visit new blogs.

My first entry is my quilt Playful which I posted about yesterday.

Today, I wanted to share my wall-hanging quilt called Numbers.




The quilt is a Fibonacci quilt.  The dimensions of the blocks are part of the Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5 ...).    For the quilting, each block is quilted differently in matching thread.  The number of quilting lines crossing the block also maps to a number in the series.

The quilt finishes at 40'' square and the fabrics are all American Made Brand solids. 


My son is a math and computer geek and this quilt was perfect for him.  It hangs on his apartment wall and I get to see it each weekend when we Skype.

If you a new visitor to my blog, welcome!  I hope you'll stick around a bit and visit.  I've some fun things going on right now.

One Monthly Goal is a monthly link-up party where you declare you sewing goal for the month. This could be to create a few blocks, add on a binding - whatever it takes to make progress on your sewing projects.  You can read more about it here - come link up in October!

The 3rd annual Elm Street Quilts Bag It event just began. There will be 3 months of fun including tutorials and designers spotlights on various bags to encourage handmade for the holidays.  

Making a bag - any bag, doesn't have to be from my tutorials - earns you entries to win some absolutely fabulous prizes from sponsors.  Don't miss this event - help me spread the word - tell your friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, September 18, 2017

Playful - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Amy is back with this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Every year Amy hosts a wonderful link-up where quilters can link-up two of their favorite quilts in a virtual quilt show.  It is so much fun to see what everyone is doing and visit new blogs.

My first entry is my quilt Playful which I finished recently.

The quilt used 75 of the 100 blocks I made as part of this years #100Days100Blocks2017 Instagram based challenge.



When I started making the blocks, I had no plan in mind for the quilt.  But my daughter saw otherwise.  She spent time this summer painting her room a pretty shade of gray.  So she claimed the quilt when there were only a few blocks sewn.  She regularly (and enthusiastically) checked on my progress in pulling the quilt together.  She hoped to get the quilt on her bed before she had to head back to college for her sophomore year.  I got it done with about a week to spare.

We took it to our local playground for the photo shoot.



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.

The solids were American Made Brand solids is several shades of gray.  The blocks themselves were from a FQ bundle of Pastel Pop by Michael Miller.  I had fun using yellow - not a color I sew with very often.  Some of the blocks have really sweet elephants in them.


The remaining 25 blocks will very likely end up as a pillow(s).

If you a new visitor to my blog, welcome!  I hope you'll stick around a bit and visit.  I've some fun things going on right now.

One Monthly Goal is a monthly link-up party where you declare you sewing goal for the month. This could be to create a few blocks, add on a binding - whatever it takes to make progress on your sewing projects.  You can read more about it here - come link up in October!

The 3rd annual Elm Street Quilts Bag It event just began. There will be 3 months of fun including tutorials and designers spotlights on various bags to encourage handmade for the holidays.  

Making a bag - any bag, doesn't have to be from my tutorials - earns you entries to win some absolutely fabulous prizes from sponsors.  Don't miss this event - help me spread the word - tell your friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Bag It 2017 Kickoff

Get Out of Town Duffel from byAnnie - to be featured Nov 27

Today's the day!

Bag It officially begins.

Any bags that you create and share now count as official entries in the Bag It event.  (Bags finished prior to September 18 should not be entered.)

When you are ready to share on Instagram or from your blog, link-up a photo to claim your Bag It Entry.   Photos linked from Instagram must contain the tag #elmstreetquiltsBagIt. Photos linked from a blog post must contain a link back to Elm Street Quilts.


Kismet Trinket Bag designed by Sew Sweetness, featured November 6

Want to share and enter from Facebook?  Join the Elm Street Quilts Facebook QAL group and then record your entry via the Bag It Facebook Entry Form.   (Why the form?  Winners are notified via email and the form collects your email address and makes things WAY easier for me to randomly select winners.)

You can share your bags across multiple social platforms but only claim the entry once in either the link-up or in the Facebook entry form.  Duplicate entries will be disqualified.

Project Bag designed by Elm Street Quilts - tutorial October 30

If you don't have a blog and don't use Facebook or Instagram, photos can also be sent via email to elmstreetquilts at gmail dot com.  

Tips, tutorials and featured designers posts begin on Monday, September 25.  See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page.



Learn more about the prize donations from our awesome sponsors:


Visit this post to meet Fat Quarter Shop, ZipIt Zippers & OLFA. 

Visit this post to meet Aurifil, BagMaker Supply & Green Fairy Quilts.

Visit this post to meet By Annie, Fat Quarter Gypsy, Sew Demented, & Sew Sweetness


Fat Quarter Pop-up designed by Fat Quarter Gypsy, to be featured October 9











Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Log Cabin Mini


Have you heard about the new quilt magazine called Curated Quilts?  Their initial magazine is not yet available but I'm excited about their new offering.

For each issue, it appears they put a call out for mini-quilts to be featured and provide a prompt and color palette to make sure they have a unifying theme for the feature.  Read more about it here.  For the next issue, the prompt is log cabin.

I wanted to experiment with using log cabin technique on triangles.


What fun I had quilting this one!  Adding color to the binding really made a difference in the finished quilt.


My mini finishes at 10 1/2 '' square.



I'll be linking up here plus 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, September 13, 2017

Bag It Sponsor and Prize Announcement (Day 3 of 3)



Today we will meet our four featured designers from byAnnie, SewDemented, Sew Sweetness and Fat Quarter Gypsy.    

I am thrilled this year to have these four amazing bag designers support the Bag It 2017 event.   I'll be sharing more about them, their companies and their work in future posts.

Today, let's do a quick introduction and share of the prizes they have generously provided to lucky participants.

Let's meet:

Annie Unrein from ByAnnie  (top left)

Michelle Tucker from SewDemented (top right)

Joanne Hillestad from Fat Quarter Gypsy (bottom left)

Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness (bottom right)

Photo credit to designer pictured

I've made bags designed by Annie, Joanne, Michelle and Sara and just can't wait to share!

Support from each of the fantastic sponsors kicks the fun up a notch offering added incentive to play along.

Visit Monday's post to meet Fat Quarter Shop, ZipIt Zippers and OLFA. 

Visit Tuesday's post to meet Aurifil, BagMaker Supply and Green Fairy Quilts.

For more information on the Bag It 2017 event, see the main event page.  The fun begins on September 18!


 ByAnnie.com is your online source for patterns and supplies for quilters, decorators, fabric lovers and other crafters.   The Soft and Stable product provides body and stability for bags and was used in several of the bags featured this year.  byAnnie is offering a $25 gift certificate to two lucky participants.

I'll share more about byAnnie on November 27.  Until then, please visit Annie on her website, on Facebook and on Instagram.   




SewDemented is the company behind the extremely popular Sew Together Bag and other popular patterns.
SewDemented is offering a pattern of the Sew Together Bag plus a starter fabric pack to one lucky participant and a pattern of their choice to another lucky participant. 

I'll share more about SewDemented on October 23.  Until then, please visit Michelle at SewDemented on her website SewDemented.com and on Instagram.




Sew Sweetness offers a wonderful collection of bag patterns including backpacks, train cases and duffel bags.  New this year is a series of videos to help the bag maker through every step of the bag making process.  Sew Sweetness is offering a $40 gift certificate to her pattern store to one lucky participant.

I'll share more about Sew Sweetness on November 6.  Until then, please visit Sara at Sew Sweetness on her website SewSweetness.com, on Facebook and on Instagram.





Fat Quarter Gypsy designed the Fat Quarter Pop-up, a collapabile container which became an instant hit.  Her shop caries a fun line of Dress Up Your Pop-up patterns plus her latest pattern called the Wingman.  Fat Quarter Gypsy is giving away a package of patterns to make a small pop-up, a medium pop-op plus her latest pattern The Wingman.


I'll share more about Fat Quarter Gypsy on October 9.  Until then, please visit Joanne at her shop FatQuarterGypsyshop.com, on Facebook  and on Instagram.



Thank you Annie, Joanne, Michelle and Sara!




Prizes donated by sponsors are awarded randomly to participants who make and share bags during the Bag It event period.  Read the participant guidelines to understand how you can join the fun!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bag It Sponsor and Prize announcement (Day 2 of 3)



The Bag It is a fun event and a super opportunity to get started on making handmade for the holidays.

Prizes donated from our fantastic sponsors kicks the fun up a notch offering added incentive to play along!

Today we will meet three of our wonderful sponsors -


Aurifil, BagMaker Supply and Green Fairy Quilts.

Come back Wednesday to meet our featured designers - byAnnie, SewDemented, Sew Sweetness and Fat Quarter Gypsy.  Visit yesterday's post to meet Fat Quarter Shop, ZipIt Zippers and OLFA. 

For more information on the Bag It 2017 event, see the main event page.  The fun begins on September 18!



Aurifil is home to a beautiful rainbow of thread in all weights, perfect for any of your sewing and quilting needs.  My favorite product is the designer collection boxes which coordinate with various fabric lines.  Aurifil is offering  a thread set for three lucky participants. 


Visit Aurifil on their website, on Facebook  and on  Instagram.






Bagmaker Supply is your one stop shop for everything for the pursemaker.  They sell beautiful, affordable, hard to find handbag hardware.  Several of the bags tutorials in this and the prior Bag It  use magnetic snaps, buttons or grommets sourced from Bagmaker Supply.  Bagmaker Supply is offering a $50 gift certificate to one lucky participant.


Visit Bagmaker Supply on their website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.





Green Fairy Quilts  is a wonderful online quilt store that offers precuts, patterns and notions at prices that just can't be beat. They are my source for precuts!  Shipping is fast and the selection is wonderful. Green Fairy Quilts is offering a Fat Eighth bundle of Moda Autumn Reflections to one lucky participant.

Visit Green Fairy Quilts on their website, on Facebook  and on Instagram.




Prizes donated by sponsors are awarded randomly to participants who make and share bags during the Bag It event period.  Read the participant guidelines to understand how you can join the fun!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bag It Sponsor and Prize Announcement (Day 1 of 3)



The Bag It is a fun event and a super opportunity to get started on making handmade for the holidays. Support from our fantastic sponsors kicks the fun up a notch offering added incentive to play along! Today we will meet three of our wonderful sponsors -

Fat Quarter Shop, ZipIt Zippers and OLFA

Come back on Tuesday to meet BagMaker Supply,  Green Fairy Quilts and Auriful.  Return on Wednesday to meet our featured designers - byAnnie, SewDemented, Sew Sweetness and Fat Quarter Gypsy.

For more information on the Bag It 2017 event, see the main event page.  The fun begins on September 18!






Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric and very beautiful (and tempting!) block of the month offerings.  Fat Quarter Shop offers fabric from many different manufacturers and you can find anything you are looking for there!  Fat Quarter Shop is offering $25 gift certificate to three lucky participants.

Visit Fat Quartershop on their website, on Facebook and on Instagram.




OLFA® cutting tools get the job done for quilts and crafters, professionals and hobbyists. With OLFA ® cutters, you get the job done quickly without sacrificing accuracy.

OLFA® is offering a great prize package to three lucky participants -  the Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter , a 17 x 24 folding cutting mat, a 6-1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler and the new 45MM Endurance™ Rotary Blade.  


Visit OLFA on their Website, on Facebook and on Instagram.





Zipit , an Etsy store, sells all kinds of zippers at wholesale prices.  I have been buying my zippers from Zipit for years.  Shipping is fast and the selection is amazing.   Zipit is offering a $25 gift certificate to three lucky participants. 

Zipit is also offering a coupon code for everyone participating in the Bag It event - just use BAGIT2017 on your next order now through December 15, 2017.  

Visit Zipit on  their website, on Facebook and on Instagram.




Prizes donated by sponsors are awarded randomly to participants who make and share bags during the Bag It event period.  Read the participant guidelines to understand how you can join the fun!

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop, OLFA and ZipIt for supporting the Bag It 2017 event!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hitting the Books

Back to school for kids across the country and time for me to learn some new tricks too!  I'm busying studying and practicing various walking foot and fmq designs.

I've been reading books by the greats - Angela Walters, Christa Watson, Jacquie Gering and Natalia Bonner - and caught several videos during Crafty's watch for free day.



I am thrilled with my FMQ of stars across this baby sized quilt.  (Quilt reveal in 2 weeks.)



And I've been working on improving the accuracy of my straight lines with my FMQ foot.  One of these was done with my FMQ quilt and one with my walking foot.


 Can you tell which is which?


Pink or green?


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Small Blocks and Scraps

                                Click here to visit One Monthly Goal September link-up

Each year, Fat Quarter Shop hosts a QAL and the proceeds from pattern sales go to a charity.  (The QAL for 2018 has been announced and it is gorgeous - see it here.)

I've been making these blocks as my leader / ender project and sewing them slowly as I work piecing other blocks.

I've caught up on July - the Propeller block - and August - the Rolling Nine Patch block.



These blocks will be 5'' finished.   I'm using leftover scraps from several Bonnie & Camille lines.  Just love all these colors together.   The final layout will include a 1'' sashing around each block.

Here are the January through June blocks.  (One block was missing for the group photo but has sense been found!)


You can find more information here.



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

3 Blocks done - now what?

                                     Click here to visit One Monthly Goal September link-up

I have been enjoying making these needle-turned applique blocks from the Rin pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.

I have three blocks done - here is the block I just finished up this weekend.


I just love all these blocks together.


But now what?   Do I make a forth block and set them together in a quilt?  (I mocked up this image in a photo editor - imagine these are 4 different blocks.)


Do I set all in a column and then add a lot of negative space?  (I'd need to buy more fabric.)


Or maybe spread out that negative space a bit ....  (I'd also need to buy more fabric.)


I am leaving towards the first mock-up which means I need to get another one of these blocks underway.  I will certainly pick an easier one.  While I continue to enjoy the handwork, I really, really don't like the bumpy bits on the inner circle.

What do you think?

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