Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Scrappy Crossroads Block…My Instagram Tutorial and Sew Along!!!...

This is my Scrappy Crossroads block…
it looks complicated but it's not!

 I had a quilty kind of day on 
doing a tutorial on my block
for a sew along 
especially for Instagram.


It's the perfect block to use up your
leftover 2 1/2" scrappy squares:)

I used a solid in mint 
for my background 
and I love love love
 the way it turned out!

I have a very detailed 
step by step tutorial on
my Instagram feed …

And I tagged it with
so that you can 
easily find it and 
join in my
fun Instagram sew along!!!

Do you Instagram???
If not
you are missing out on so much 
quilty inspiration
from a lot of quilty people.

 to find me there:)

Have a quilty kind of day!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrappy Happy Summer Sew Along - Summer Skies Quilt Top Finish! ...

Hello cute people!
I was able to finish up my 
Summer Skies quilt top 
and now it's ready 
for the quilting.


for all of the info if 
you are just joining us:)

I asked Kassidy and Sterling 
to hold it up outside…
on chairs because its pretty big:)

My kids have been asked to
 hold up my quilts for pictures
since they were really young.

Sterling is a big tease 
and likes to bug me by 

So Kass and I always
 try to get him to.

I tell him that he can't 
put down the quilt until he smiles.
(or bribe him with Cafe Rio)

I decided to use
 4" finished sashings instead of 3"…
so I used a total of 
5 1/4 yards background:)

Here are the cutting instructions;
Cut 12 - 4 1/2" x 24 1/2" 
and sew in-between
 each block in the 3 rows.

Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 88 1/2" strips 
and sew them
in-between the rows and
on the top and bottom 
of the quilt.

I'm not sure what fabric 
I'll be binding it in yet…
but I do know that I will need
362" of prepared binding 
which equals = 3/4 yard

On my next 
Scrappy Happy Summer post…
I'll show you the blocks 
I am making with
the half square triangles 
that I made 
from the ECT trimmings!

Thanks to those of you 
who have added your photos to the 
Please feel free to post ANY 
pictures from the sew along 
of whatever stages you are in.
Even your fabric choices…
 or even cutting...
I'd also love to see
 your design boards!


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Scrappy Happy Summer Sew Along - Summer Skies Blocks are Finished!!! ...

I've been happily sewing away in my studio…

Playing with my Summer Skies block for our

I showed you in my last post how I turned my 
Scrappy Happy block into my
 Summer Skies block:)

We are using
as our instruction manual…
the pattern includes 
4 blocks sizes and we
are using the 24" size
 for the 
Summer Skies quilt:)

After sewing my first block together for last weeks post…
I sewed the Easy Corner Triangles segments 
for all remaining 8 blocks that I had already cut.

Then I paired them up like this above 
to sew all of the corner sections first.

I did not plan each color placement within the blocks…
but rather  just paired up randomly
so that I would end up with
scrappy happy blocks!

Because I had already chosen my color palette
and cut all of the squares and rectangles needed
for all 9 blocks…
I knew that they would all go together 
so I didn't worry at all…
just waited for the surprise blocks to be born!

Unplanned placement leads to fun surprises
 and combinations that are so cute…
and maybe colors you wouldn't have normally 
thought to put together are so inspiring!

I did the same thing with the rectangle sections.
I sewed all of them first…
with out planning the color placement…
just used 2 contrasting colors so that the
 points of the stars would not be lost and 
would stand out nicely when sewn into the blocks.

So after I had all of the sections completed…
I could lay them out in a nine patch arrangement
to audition color placement.

This block I used only oranges and greens...

This one is pinks and yellows
with a pop of light aqua for the star points.

I love the aqua floral for the center of this block:)

I used 3 different pinks in this one 
and I love how they all go together!

Are you noticing how each block looks different …
depending on where the
 light and darker colors are placed?
Sew fun!!!

I love the pink in the center of this one…
it recedes because the center is lighter 
making the orange and darker green really pop!

Because this darker blue 
is in the center of this one…
your eye is drawn to it immediately:)

I chose to name this block Summer Skies
 in honor of our starry summer nights! 
 I grew up sleeping under the stars in the summertime.

I remember the warm breeze of a summer night...
gazing at the stars while listening to the
sounds of the night in a small town.

Crickets… farm animals…the barking of a dog…
my mom and dad in the house talking and laughing…
the distant sound of a train.

Good times:)

And because we are celebrating the 
4th of July here in the good ole' USA
The skies are filled with large and colorful fireworks!!!
Or in other words…
Summer Stars:)


 I showed you in my last post how to make 
half square triangles from the ECT trimmings.
Don't forget to do that when making your 
Summer Skies blocks...

I have a fun project and tutorial that I will be doing with them:)

Next week I'll be doing the tutorial on 
putting all 9 of the Summer Skies blocks together
with sashings and showing you my quilt top!

Have a quilty kind of summer…

P.S. Click here to join up!
 We are having fun with this Sew Along 
and you don't want to miss out do you?

Don't forget to add your photos
 to the flickr group:)

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