Friday, December 6, 2019


This is my quilt Dizzy - recently entered into QuiltCon as part of the Me+You Indah Batik Fabric Challenge.   The challenge required you to use at least 3 of the 4 fabrics provided plus any Indah Batik solids.  (You could use any Indah Batik fabric as the backing.)

I was inspired by the cute little palm tree and centered my design around it.  I also used just a smidgen of the blue with the lightening bolts - it is the first layer that surrounds the palm tree.  After that, I spiraled out white and the green until I ended up with a spiral that was roughly 10'' square.  Then I made 3 more!   These stripes are about 1/8''. 

The density of the quilting went from impossibly dense to about 1/2'' apart by the time you got out to the edge of the quilt.

Dizzy finished at 40'' square and is the third quilt I entered into QuiltCon. I used the tiny piecing technique that I learned from Chawne Kimber for this quilt and also my quilt  The Happiness Tree .

You can read more about the challenge here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Vases or Faces

What do you see in the quilt above?

A vase?

2 faces?

A bit of an optical illusion!

You've likely seen this image before - usually in black and white.  It is called the Rubin Vase illusion and visually you can only see either the faces or the vase at any given moment in time.  (Read more about the Rubin Vase illusion on Wikipedia.)

Comment below on which your eye picks up more - the vase or the faces!

The aqua faces were applied onto the orange background using a monofiliment thread.  I choose to only quilt the orange background with some loops and then some zigzag stitches using Aurifil orange thread.

The binding took a bit of time to do but I'm very happy with the end result!  My mini quilt is 10'' square.

Curated Quilts issued a challenge for mini quilt with applique faces (see the amazing entries so far).  My quilt is a bit different than the others submitted but I had such a blast with the whole idea, I'm still entering mine!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Sunday, December 1, 2019

One Monthly Goal December Link-up

Welcome to December!  We had 77 goals linked up for November - lets 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 and add that photo to the link-up.  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 1 winner will be chosen from all the participants who finished at least 3 OMG finishes in 2019.  

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 will be mailing a large spool thread set to one lucky winner a our bonus prize for 2019!!  A winner will be randomly chosen from the list of participants who have completed at least 3 of their OMG goals in 2019!! 

I'm excited to introduce our featured designers for December - a mother-daughter team who design the most whimsical quilts - meet Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris of The Quilt Company  

Melissa and Arlene started The Quilt Company 20 years ago in October 1999! Arlene had been teaching and lecturing on quilting for over 20 years and Melissa came from a corporate marketing job…together they made the perfect team to start a new Block of the Month pattern company. They love designing fun, whimsical and happy quilts.  Their main design rule they always use is “would I hang this in my house!” - so even though trends may come and go, a quilt must pass this test before it is designed.  Their customers love their patterns especially their cute specialty fabrics like the windows, custom signs and even three-dimensional quilts to hang on your quilt.

Quilt and photo credit to the Quilt Company
Top:  Camp Sugar Bear and Gingerbread Village
Bottom: Sew Spooky and Sew Merry

You can visit Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris on Instagram, on Facebook, and in their store.  They are offering one lucky participant their Camp Sugar Bear BOM pattern and the accessory fabric packet and button packet!  Arlene and Melissa will be doing their own OMG for December - "Our December monthly goal will be to work on some personal projects, now that we are back from Quilt Market, specifically to get started on a t-shirt quilt for a family member."

My goal for December is to turn this Harry Potter block into a pillow as a gift for my daughter.  (You can read more about this pattern on this post.)

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for this month?  (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 making something with 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. 
 Your blog post (or Flickr post) must contain a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and a link back to Elm Street Quilts.  Your Instagram post must include a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and the tag #onemonthlygoal.  (Entries which don't contain the required information may be disqualified.)

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 December 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: 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty