Monday, January 22, 2018

Magnolia Mystery - My Quilt

I've got two Magnolia trees growing in my front yard.

Big beautiful white blossoms make me happy every spring.  And now I have a Magnolia inside my house with my latest quilt finish.

I downsized the pattern (no surprise there) and created paper pieced versions of the blocks since I was dealing with 1 1/2'' squares.  The fabrics are from Paintbrush Studios.  I really enjoyed working with these solids.

I had great fun with the quilting.  First, I used my walking foot to quilt a gentle wavy line.  I left a large gap in a couple of places and returned to fill in the gap with my FMQ foot.

The quilt finished at 30 x 40'' and I've the perfect spot to hang it between two doorways.

Besides this quilt, these solids also made themselves into an improv quilt (still work in progress) and a few smaller projects.  I started with a yard of each and have only scraps of the blue so it was tight going as I pieced the binding.

You can read more about the Magnolia Mystery on Cheryl's blog - Meadow Mist Designs.

I had such fun with this one!  I also did her mystery QAL last year - here was my finish for the 2016 mystery that I called Galaxy.

Thanks Cheryl!

I'll be linking up my finish (#4 for 2018) 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

Friday, January 19, 2018


We got 6'' of snow on Wednesday - wet, heavy snow.  The next day against the backdrop of snow covered trees, sunshine and a beautiful Carolina blue sky, I took photos of my latest quilt finish.  (Doesn't everyone?)

I'm calling this mini Cardinal.

The mini is 15'' square and used red charm square scraps that I've been collecting.  I paper pieced the stars (they are 4'' finished) but they could have easily been traditionally pieced.

I did some walking foot quilting in a grid - first time I've done a grid!

I just love the light gray polka dot print that the stars are set in.

The pattern is an adaptation of Hometown Mini and will be part of the Minis & More link-up here and here.

I'll be linking up my finish (#3 for 2018) 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, January 17, 2018

May the Force Be With You

With the latest installment in the Star Wars saga releasing over the holidays, my family decided to go back and watch those original episodes - A New Hope (episode IV), The Empire Strikes Back (episode V) and Return of the Jedi (episode VI) over the New Year's holiday.

What fun we had.  While I remembered many of the classic scenes ("Luke, I am your father."), there was so much about each of these movies that I had forgotten.

As a result, I felt the need to make something Star Wars related.  Not sure yet where I'm headed with these blocks but it really doesn't matter.

Now off to make some of the good guys.

You can find more information about these block patterns designed by Kristy from  Quiet Play in her Quiet Play pattern store.

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hundred hexies

The attraction of hexies is starting to really appeal to me.  I made 100+ of these in the fall - all solids - and I'm having a great time sewing them together.

I'm going around in a circle - the center is that dark green wrinkly one in the 3rd row.  Each time I add a hexie, I am blindly pulling it from my bag.

I'm not stressing which color ends up next to the other - at least not so far!

It is just wonderful to have a ready to go hand sewing project waiting for me.  I'll keep where I'm headed with this project a secret for now - at least until I get them all sewn together and then I'll share more.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, January 12, 2018


Transparent was my final finish of 2017.  Although it made it into my 2017 finish collage, I waited until today to blog about it.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl designed this quilt and shared the pattern during her Wayward Transparency QAL.  It was a fun quilt pattern and Yvonne shared multiple examples of layouts and colorways for the quilt.

I used American Made Brand solids for this quilt, in 3 shades of aqua.  For the quilting, I went with concentric circles.  Given the quilt isn't too big, there weren't too many threads to bury and I really like the effect.

Like many QALs that I participate in, I downsized the pattern, making the blocks at half size.  The quilt finishes at 24'' square.

We got an inch of snow earlier this month so took advantage of it for this quilt photo.  The wind was not my friend that day so this was the only good photo I got.

Thanks Yvonne for a fun QAL.  I'll be linking up here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Teacher's are the superheros

I sent my sister a quilt to celebrate her recent birthday.  She does a lot to support our parents and I wanted to make her something special.

My sister teaches 3rd grade and is awesome at it.  Happy Birthday sis!

My inspiration for this quilt was from this pattern.  Here's the version hanging in my studio right now to inspire me and my girls everyday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, January 8, 2018

Minimal Minis

Curated Quilts has a call for content for their upcoming issue 3 - minimal mini quilts in a specific color palette.

I love making minis so decided to play with my version of orchid pink paired first with black and then with gray.


For my first entry, I wanted to set the pink color so it would pop so I paired it with black.  The black fabric is quilted densely and I used pearl cotton to emphasize the pink areas with some hand quilting.  This quilt finishes at 10'' square.

I really like this quilt.


With my second entry, my theme is simple.  Simple shape, just a touch of color and quilting to echo the angle of the pink fabric pieces.  This quilt finishes at 10.5"" square.

What a fun challenge this was!

In addition to Curated Quilts , I'll be linking up my minis 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.

These are finish #1 and #2 for 2018.  Happy New Year!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Joining One Monthly Goal link-up from Instagram (a tutorial)

I'm very excited by all the new people who have discovered One Monthly Goal and are interested in adding their goal to the link-up.  Some of these folks are coming from Instagram and have never heard the word 'link-up' before and are confused about what to do.

Sound familiar?  Than this tutorial is for you!

First step is to post a photo of your project, some words on your goal and the social tags on Instagram.  The social tags for One Monthly Goal are #onemonthlygoal and @elmstreetquilts

While the posting of your photo is done by phone, these next steps are done on your computer.

Visit Elm Street Quilts (this blog!) on your computer and navigate to the One Monthly Goal page.  (You can find this several ways but the easiest is the top right side of the page is a image that will always take you to the latest link-up post.)

When you find the goal setting page - here it is for for January - enjoy reading about the awesome sponsors and my personal goal.   

Scroll through the photos that others have posted.  

At the bottom of those photos, you'll see a blue button - Add your link.  

Click on the Add your link  button.   You will now see a page that looks like this.  Even though you are adding your photo from Instagram, you will use the button that says "Blog".

In another tab on your browser, open Instagram to the view of your photos.  (Yes, you can access Instagram from your computer.  You can even comment on photos.  You can NOT post your own photo.)

Find the picture of your goal and RIGHT MOUSE CLICK on that picture.  Choose the option called Copy link address.  

Go back to the browser tab with the link-up and paste (CTL-V) the link to your Instagram photo and hit enter.  Your photo will appear.

Then fill in a title for your photo and your email address.  Only I - the owner of this particular link-up - will see your email address.   It is used to notify the lucky winners of their prizes

Once everything is filled in, hit the submit button.

Now return to the One Monthly Goal post and there you will find your photo.  You did it!

Now take a few minutes and visit other people by clicking on photos of projects you find interesting.

I make it a point to visit every photo that joins the One Monthly Goal link-up.  You'll know your entry is official when I've commented on your photo after I enjoy learning about your project.

Good luck on your goal and don't forget to come back at the end of the month and share your goal finish.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, January 5, 2018

2017 Finishes

2018 is here and I'm excited to get started on all of my projects.  But first, one last view of my finishes from 2017.  For me, it was quite the productive year.

First the larger quilts - Playful is twin bed sized and Christmas Holly, Be Bold, Happy Birthday Mom and Goldilocks are couch sized.  All the rest are wall hangings.

(1st row) Christmas Holly , Sunset FlightMini Charm Chocolates, Freedom
(2nd row) Be BoldPlayful,  Happy Birthday Mom,  Snail Trails
(3rd row) Our Land, Woodland Animals, KindnessGoldilocks
(4th row) 
En ProvedenceTulipsGalaxy, Wayward
It is interesting (to me) that so many of these quilts were QALs or blog hop related.  There are four original quilts there - Sunset Flight, Birthday Quilt, Kindness & Goldilocks).  For the others, the blocks were part of a QAL and in most cases, I designed my own setting.  (There is one more finish not shown since it is part of some secret sewing.)

Contrast this with the minis and table runners below.  Only 7 of these came from others designs - the remaining 18 are all mine.

In addition, I created a number of new bag tutorials , some of which are pictured below.

Finally, I made plenty of bags, notebooks and pillows.  I posted about the pillows I made in 2017 here but am including a photo for completeness.  5 of these are original designs.

Thanks for reading through my projects of the year.  Now on to 2018!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It was a pillow sort of Christmas

I made 4 pillows in December - one for me, one for mom, one for my son and one for my daughter! Each of these are very different and all were quite fun to make!

Pillow for me and pillow for mom

Back in the summer, I made my daughter a quilt for her bed (Playful) that used 75 of the 100 blocks in 100 days QAL.  I took some of the remaining blocks to make a pillow for her bed.  Stuffed inside is a regular bed pillow.

I saved all the small scraps from this project and sewed many of them together for the pillow back.  I used my pillow zipper tutorial to finish it off.

For my son, I wanted to make a pillow for his couch using the same colors in a quilt I had made him last Christmas.  I chose a fractal design called the Hilbert curve for this one. To quilt, I stitched around the inside edge of each shape in matching thread.

I'm finding am really enjoying creating pillows and see more pillow making in my future.  These 4 pillows plus these three (below) - made earlier in the year - make it a 7 pillow year which is 6 more than I made in 2016!

 Michigan and Triangle MQG pillow exchange
Fathers Day

I'll be linking up my pilllows 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

Monday, January 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal - January Goal Setting Link-up

Happy New Year!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join in for January, publish a blog post, an Instagram post or a post on Flickr where you share a picture of your project, some words about your goal and include a link back to this post.  Then come back at the end of the month and share your results.

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!  Did you read all about the sponsor announcement for this year?  We've got an amazing line-up of designers and really great sponsors.

We have three great sponsors for January and there will be three (3) winners this month plus a chance to earn an entry for the bonus prize!  New this year is a chance to earn a bonus prize for the quarter - each time you link up a goal & a finish in January, February and March earns you an entry for a bonus prize which will be awarded in early April.

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.

Make Modern is a digital magazine launched by a collaboration of quilters based in Australia. Their magazine is filled with modern quilt designs and a wonderful source of inspiration. Make Modern is offering a 6 month subscription to one lucky participant.

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 the first quarter bonus prize.

Amy Friend of  During Quiet Time,is our featured designer for January.  Amy is a pattern designer, author and fabric designer.  She mixes two of my favorite things together - improv and paper piecing - in her wonderful quilt designs. 

I just love Amy's designs and really enjoyed each of her books Improv Paper Piecing and Intentional Piecing.

Amy's fabric line is Improv for Contempo Studios (part of Benertex) was introduced in Spring 2017.  It features beautiful prints with small scale designs perfect for paper piecing.  Bundles of the fabric and coordinating Aurifil thread pack are available in Amy's store

Photo and quilt credit to Amy Friend.
(top row):  improv fabric & Catawampus from Improv Paper Piecing book
(bottom row) My Tribe from Intentional Paper Piecing book
You can visit Amy on her Blog, on Instagram, on Facebook and find her patterns and fabric in her Etsy store.  Amy is offering one lucky winner three (3) PDFs patterns of their choice.

My goal for January is to finish my Magnolia Mystery quilt.  I've got the center bit together and need to figure out the final size and do some quilting.

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for January?  (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 January 26.)

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