Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday!

Not a lot to show this week as I am working on my secret Creative Conglomeration piece which is due March 31st and finishing up my Mom's birthday present.  
Secrets.... Secrets...

Here are a couple of blocks that I made up for the NHMQG's March meeting.  The BOM was Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild’s Circle of Friends Block February 2014.  
You can find the tutorial here:

 I played with my new love - low volume then also made one to go with the set I have worked on so far. This makes block number 11.

Showing the BOM at Guild.
It's a quick and easy block - give it a try!

Here's a little sneak peak of my CC creation....

That's about 1 inch high.....

More on this next week!
What have you been up to?!
Thanks for stopping by - heading over to link up with Lee at Freshly Pieced - hop over for lots of inspiration!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tote bag for Mom ;)

I recently made my Mom a tote bag with her favorite color - pink!  
Yes, the straps are VERY pink!!
I like the length on these straps :)
Much better than the last bag I made - what a difference 9" makes!.

The outside has a quilted pocket on the front and 
checkerboard patch throughout.
 It has a parachute buckle to lock it together.. as well as 2 clips to hang your keys, etc. on (not shown)..
  Here's the inside lining and 5 inside pockets.

The outside is quilted with a cross pattern. 
There is Pellon 809 Decor-Bond® stabilizer that is quilted through.  
I wasn't happy with how well the quilting showed up.  
Plan to use a layer of batting in between on my next bag.
Here's a detail of the quilting on the front pocket. 
This has a layer of batting  and I love how it showed the stitches.  
A walking foot was used for all the quilting on this project.
What have you been working on lately??
I'm linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced -  WIP Wednesday!
Enjoy Today! Marie

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A wonderful day in New England with Lee Heinrch of Freshly Pieced!

Saturday my MQG - New Hamsphire Modern Quilt Guild was delighted to present Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
As I was getting ready to head to the event my husband said he hadn't seen me this excited in ages. I have followed Lee on her blog "Freshly Pieced" and linked up with her WIP Wednesday as well and couldn't wait to meet her and see all of her quilts up close.

Lee brought many of her wonderful quilts and gave a background on herself, how she got into quilting and modern quilting and so much more.  
It proved to be a very inspiring afternoon!
(Rene' and I got to handle all the quilts!!! :)

(Thanks Susie for taking the pics!)
After Lee spoke she spent time answering questions and signing books while her beautiful quilts were displayed for everyone to get a close look at.
(Thanks Rene' for the great group quilt pics!)

Here is a link to her new book that features many of the quilts shown!

It is especially fun to meet someone you have admired from a far and find them even more interesting in person!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Playing in EQ7

Michael Miller has issued a challenge to have blocks designed with their Fiesta fabric!
 (You can add one fabric) 

I used EQ7 to design this block. Fun to play with the tools! 
I used the Block:Serendipity:Fancy Star Block to create this entry.
This is the block the I've created and I'm testing colors....

Got 2 votes for the Black star...
Thanks for your help!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

1/2 Square Triangle Tutorial :)

Shortcuts, Tips, and Tools!!
for making your ½ Square Triangles.

Using Bloc_Loc Rulers allows you to be consistently accurate which will save you time and energy.  You do need to add a little extra fabric to your estimates but it is worth the time you save!

Below you will find 2 ways to Shortcut making your 1/2 Square Triangles.
(Sizes chart to cut fabric for multiple sizes of ½ Square Triangles is at the end of this post.)

Hope this helps you with your 1/2 Square Triangles!

Friday, February 13, 2015

iHeart Chevrons quilt pattern is up!!

I'm very excited to have my new quilt pattern 'iHeart Chevrons' up on Craftsy!

The pattern contains instructions and templates for 5 sizes! 24", 36", 48", 60" and 72". 

With this design you can easily add rows to fit any bed as well.  

This is a sample I made using 18 low volume fabrics and 3 reds.

 I was introduced to the Low Volume fabric by Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe and Michelle @ From Bolts to Beauty.  They hosted a wonderful swap last year and I ended up with 56 of the cutest little low volume squares I've ever seen!

'iHeart Chevrons' contains Complete instructions, fabric needs, templates PLUS step-by-step tutorial on make multiple 1/2 square triangles and how to use the wonderful Bloc_Loc 1/2 Square Triangle rulers which saves you time and make the most accurate pieces!

 Special thanks to Susie for testing the pattern!!