Monday, March 19, 2018

My experiences at a quilt retreat

I got to spend the weekend at a guild retreat two weeks ago.   We were at the beach and had amazing weather.

Our room had a view - you can see the reflection of the palm trees in the windows and the weather was nice enough that most of the time we could open the windows..

We spent a lot of time working on this Amethyst Bag by Sew Sweetness.  Far too much time, actually, because there were lots of steps.  I ended up putting it aside so that I could finish it at home.  It is a really nice bag. 

I used Fragile by Zen Chic for the outside and inside of the bag.  I'm loving my two mesh pockets.  Many bags were finished during the retreat and each time one was 'birthed' (the final stage of turning it inside out) there were large cheers in the room.

We also had a Secret Sister swap.  I was totally spoiled with some chocolate, a small quilting frame and an awesome bag filled with goodies.

I arrived with a multitude of projects but besides the bag, really only worked on one.  But it was a fun one -  I got all 33 of my blocks made! I loved working with this fabric (Sunprint 2018) so much.

A couple of things that I will do for my next retreat -
  • Pack less.  I don't sew as fast as I imagine I would in a world without children and laundry and other household distractions.  I brought so many project along but only worked on one of them in addition to the bag.  
  • Prep ahead.  Cutting as much ahead of time was a really good idea.  There isn't much table space available.
  • Bring lunch/snacks. Enough said.
  • Save the difficult cutting for another time.  Being tired just does not led to accurate cutting!
Bottom line - I had way more fun than I expected to and I now know several of the guild members much better as a result of spending so much time with them.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, March 16, 2018

Jelly Roll Ripples

Welcome to my stop on Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Ripples blog tour!

For my quilt, I used a Riley Blake roll called By the Sea.

The blocks are fun and fast to go together and the instructions from Fat Quarter Shop are easy to follow.  I enjoyed adding the pop of red to the quilt.  (Get the pattern and see the video here!)

For quilting, I went with organic wavy lines - a fun way to quilt.  The binding was made from jelly roll strips.  And I used some additional strips to add some interest to the back of the quilt.

And I used some additional strips to add some interest to the back of the quilt.

My quilt finishes 60 x 60'' and is a nice lap sized quilt.  I will be donating this to our local guild charity.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 15, 2018

modern PLUS SIGN QUILTS - My RicRac Plus Runner

Photo credit: C&T Publications
I am very excited about today's post - my opportunity to share a project in celebration of the Modern Plus Signs Quilts - the new book by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.

Before I share my project, let me tell you that this book is just beautiful.  I love the projects, the easy to understand directions and just the overall look of the book.  I know I will be flipping through it over and over again!  There is also going to be a QAL later this year - making a block from each of the designs and assembling it together into a unique sampler quilt.  I can't wait!

You can find a copy of the book on Amazon (afflicate link).  For an autographed copy, please purchase via Cheryl's or Paige's Etsy stores.

I've never made a plus sign block before and I was excited to dive right in  - here is my version of the RicRac Plus Runner.  This runner was designed by Paige.

Daffidols bloomed early this year in North Carolina and gave me a perfect backdrop for my photos.

Fabric used is Moda Sweetwater Freedom.  My runner measures 40 x 20'' and fits perfectly on my kitchen table.  I used my walking foot to quilt and followed the instructions in Jacquie Gering's Walk book to create an orange peel like pattern.

It was a fun pattern to do with my walking foot and I was able to use seam intersections on the quilt (instead of marking) to get my patterns.

There are so many wonderful quilts in the book that this hop lasts for ten days!

Today you can find several other bloggers sharing their versions of the RicRac Plus Runner along with Postage Plus pattern. Make sure you also visit Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @ Quilted Blooms for more information about the hop plus the chance to win wonderful prizes!

Here is the full list of bloggers -

Monday, March 12th 
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th

Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! Quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday, March 15th
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts  (that's me!)

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

I'll be linking up my finish 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, March 12, 2018

More Bags for Quilting Friends

I just love making project bags and put together two of them as a thank you to two quilting friends.

This ladies have been working hard to organize our guild retreat and I wanted to make them a little something to say thank you.

Before the retreat, we were each assigned our Secret Sister.  I made mine a little bag!  The fabric on the handle is the same as the lining fabric.

The tutorial for the project bags - which were featured in Bag It 2017 event - can be found here.  Fun to make - I use mine all the time!   The tutorial for the boxy bag is here.

More about the retreat coming in a post later this week!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, March 9, 2018

Another BOM

Yes, I'm doing another one.  Another QAL, another BOM.  This QAL is part of the Quilter's Planner, designed by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  All the instructions are in the beautiful companion magazine.

I just love using my Quilter's Planner both to keep track of my daily to do's as well as keep my quilting lists all in one place.  So joining the QAL just seemed like a fun thing to do.

I'm making my blocks smaller (no surprise) and have a different setting in mind so am not framing them yet as the pattern calls for.   Here are my January, February and March blocks.

They are 6 1/2'' unfinished.  The fabric is an Amy Ellis line.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Smallest Scrap Quilts

Today's is my stop on the small, smaller, smallest blog hop hosted by Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt.

For my first mini, I decided to play with those little extra triangles that I was trimming off blocks.  The end result is a little wonky (which is what I'll name this quilt).   The HST finish at 1/2 inch and the overall mini is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 ''.

A Little Wonky
Interesting enough, the photo above appears about true to size on my computer!

Now what should I have been using to make my mini quilt?  A little sewing machine!

This mini finishes at 6 x 4 1/2 ''.  I just love the aqua color. Wouldn't it be fun to have a machine a color other than white?   To make this mini, I created a paper piece pattern and then fussy cut a scrap of Blueberry park to add placement of designs in certain areas.

Thanks for stopping by - now please go visit  the other wonderful quilters I am sharing today with -

March 7

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

February Temperatures

I've set about on a year long project to document the daily high temperature with a hexie.  (See more information here.) 

January and February are done and I'm pleased that I've managed to stay relatively current - essentially I make and attached the hexie in the same day.

The bottom row is January 1 through 15, next row January 16 through 31.   That top row is February 16 through 28.  I am considering a low volume background and will fill in the rest of that row.

That orange hexie in the sea of blues, aquas and green was an 80 degree day we got in mid-February.  Go NC!

Here is the mapping of color to temperature range.  These hexies are now sewn together in one long strip , shown in the photo above.

Next step is to get ahead of this a bit and make lots of hexies so keeping current isn't quite as much work each day.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal - March Goal Setting Link-up

Welcome to March!  We had 157 (wow!) projects linked up in February - let's see what this month brings!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post, an Instagram post (tutorial) or a post on Flickr.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

We have wonderful sponsors this month - three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from those that link up in both the goal and the finish event.  Plus anyone linking up will earn an entry for the bonus prize.  (Bonus prize to be awarded in April - you can earn up to 3 entries by joining the link-ups January through March.) 

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.

I am very excited to share a bit about this month's feature designer - Sherri McConnell of  A Quilting Life!
Sherri is a quilt designer,an author and a fabric designer for Moda.

Sherri has published two books - A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home and Fresh Family Traditions.  Her patterns are published through her pattern company Quilting Life Designs.

Sherri's fabrics, designed with her daughter Chelsi, are absolutely gorgeous.  They have designed a number of collections together - Bright Sun, Valley, desert Bloom, Creekside and Front Porch.  Creekside (pictured below) is in stores now and their latest line, Front Porch, will be available very soon in a fabric store near you.

Sherri shares on her blog - A Quilting Life - almost daily and offers regular monthly challenges (Minis and More) along with free block of the month programs. You will enjoy her posts about tips for organizing your sewing space, dealing with your stash and keeping your projects organized.  

Creekside fabric, Quilts patterns available for Seaside Drive and Porch Swing plus one of Sherri's books
Quilt and photo credit to Sherri McConnell

Sherri is offering one lucky winner a copy of her book Fresh Family Traditions to a US winner or two (2) PDF patterns to an international winner.

You can visit Sherri at A Quilting Life, on Instagram, on Facebook, and at her pattern store. Her books are available from Amazon. 

My goal for March is to make at least 30 of these blocks.  (More about this quilt here.)

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

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

Sign up to receive email notifications when the One Monthly Goal linkup is open.  Think of it as a helpful reminder!  

Have a wonderful day! Patty