As most of you know, I started quilting about 2 years ago.  Very basic patterns and sending out my first few quilts to a longarmer.  I grew past the longarmer or as you could say my pocketbook said if you want to keep making quilts at this pace, you better figure out how to do this quilting yourself.

On to my quilty friends.  I was “chosen” to be part of the 2017 New Quilt Blogger Hop and we started in April 2017.  I met some wonderful folks through that group.  One dear lady, Something Rose Made, and I had similar blog learning experiences and quickly became the problem children.

Over the course of time, we commented on each others posts and she had some beautiful scrappy quilts.  I mentioned that I didn’t really have a stash, but one day I would be make some scrappy quilts.

Several weeks ago, Rose asked for my address so she could send me some of her scraps.  I was thrilled.  After she returned from vacation, she send me a box.

AHHHHHH!  Yesterday I received a box of “scraps” by Rose’s definition.  By my definition it was beautiful FQs and many strips and pieces.

 

The first fabric I bought that was a collection was a jelly roll of by Me and My Sisters Design, Dot Dot Dash.  I have bought every collection by the girls since then.  So I was thrilled to see these FQ’s.  I have no idea and I have a hundred ideas of what I might do.  But we know that making quilting decisions is not quick for me.

Then there are all these wonderful stripes of low volume.  Of course, you guessed it I don’t really have any low volume fabric.

She also included several fun prints and my first Cotton & Steel fabrics.  These may make it to my favorite list.  But I think my favorite fun print is the bowling score sheet print.

 

There were also a few little projects and a beautiful angel pin that Rose made.  It is beautiful and I need to find the right place at my machine.  Maybe she can keep me on the right track as I continue my quilting fun.

Rose I can’t thank you enough for your kindness.  May your day be full of joy and laughter.

 

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Molli Sparkles – Sunday Stash

 

 

 

 

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Here in Michigan we are really getting mid to late October weather.  I am not turning on the furnace yet, it is too soon.  I just need to keep moving to keep things warm.

Here are a few things I’ve been working on:

My September Queen’s block choice, Blossom Heart Quilts – Bee Hive Checker block.  It really worked up quick, even when I had to tear it apart because I had the lower right HST the wrong way.  But it is now done and in the mail.

 

 

I’m moving along rather nicely on my September OMG of making one block a day for #bluerkblocks.  As of yesterday I have 24 completed.  Not bad for the first week.

 

For those of you that have read much of my posts, I don’t normally have more than one project going at a time.  But this month is not the norm.  Here is a Christmas quilt I started and hope to have finished this month too.  I am repeating my last Christmas quilt, Cookie Exchange pattern.  This will be Quilt #41, since I started quilting two years ago.

But wait, let’s add another new quilt into the pile.  Project Jelly Roll Day next Saturday, September 16.  I have a few jelly rolls:

Now I just need to decide on a pattern and pick a roll.

Are you sewing on Jelly Roll day?  What pattern are you using?  Which jelly roll are you picking?

 

I am linking up with a few friends today:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Devoted Quilter – TGIFF

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

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It is fall, I can’t believe this year is passing so fast.  I follow Jessica @craftycop on Instagram.  This was her post on July 5th.

  • craftycopLONG POST ALERT!
    💙 I spent most of today thinking about NYPD PO Miosotis Familia who was murdered at work in the Bronx, NYC, last night. How can I help? How can I show her family that more than just police officers care about her being killed and are thinking about and praying for her three children and family.
    💙 A blue RK block top, of course! And, yes, there is one on its way to being quilted with blocks made by many of you who swapped RK blocks a short while ago.
    💙 Well, I’m thinking since that top is already spoken for and will be gifted to PO Familia’s family, it’s time to get working on the next one to have on-hand for the inevitable.
    💙 So, if you would like to make and send me a block (or two or more!), I’d love that.
    💙 The four I made took no time at all (and the wonkiness of the bottom left one is proof of that!). I followed @heritage.threads‘ tutorial for a 12″ (finished) block using a range of blues and low to not-so-low volume inner and outer fabrics. If you didn’t swap, Jen’s tutorial is very well written and it’s almost impossible to mess up a block.
    💙 If you’re on board, please feel free to post your own #blueRKblocks and share this call for blue blocks with your fellow quilters who might not follow me. I promise to be diligent about accepting new follow requests for those who want to make blocks too.
    💙 If you need my address, please DM me.
    💙 About when I’ll stop collecting blocks, when they stop arriving, that’s when. The summer is busy, I know, and this is more about having another quilt or two on hand and ready to gift as opposed to needing a finished one by a certain date.
    💙 So, thank you for reading and (drumroll please!) who’s with me?

Here is the pattern, Blue RK Block.  It is a very quick and easy block.  At this point Jessica has enough blocks for over  50 quilts.  She has helpers all over the country who have volunteered to piece tops, quilt and bind.

I made several blocks and sent them.  But I decided that my September goal will be to make one block a day.

Elm Street Quilts – OMG September

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

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I decided my August OMG would be for a “big girl” quilt.  I would use a pattern with “real blocks”  something I haven’t normally done.  Here is my goal setting post,  August OMG.

Here are a few of the blocks in the beginning.  Once I got moving along, I didn’t take any other pictures until it was finished.  When I first chose the pattern and was putting together the blocks, I really saw the stars.  It wasn’t until I was taking pictures of the finish that I say the circles.  Talk about tunnel vision.

 

I used the remaining bright fabric for a strip down the backing.  It turned out rather cute, breaking up the plain back.

 

On my last quilt, I ventured off the straight line walking foot quilting.  Not very far off, but you can see my wavy line Brighten Up.  So I went a bit (small bit) farther from there and did a cross hatch of wavy lines for this quilt.

It shows up much better on the backing piece ( along with a few thread scraps).

It really gave the quilt some easy to add texture.  I just used a wavy stitch with the walking foot and used the edge of the foot for spacing of the lines.  This may be my new favorite for quilting, at least for a bit.

I am linking up with a few friends today:

Small Quilts and Doll Quilts – Design Wall Monday

Love Laugh Quilt – Making Monday

Cooking Up Quilts – Main Crush Monday

Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal

Em’s Scrapbag – Moving It Forward Monday

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It has been a bit since I’ve sewn this month, so thought I would give a quick update on the Happenings around here.

We were off on vacation, driving from Michigan to Northern Canada.  Then flew by float plane to a fishing lodge in the middle of nowhere.  This was our ride.  Check out the Amazon Prime package.

Here is our sunrise with the moon on the side.

Fishing was great.  Didn’t see anyone other than the 20 or so people from the lodge all week. Great food, great fishing and great quiet time.

Got home Wednesday and headed yesterday to the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show.  Had to do a bit of shopping.  Not too much, just a few things I had been hunting.  Thread restock, Me & My Sisters and some blues and whites for some Blue RK Blocks   I am a bit late to making these blocks as I didn’t have any stash of blues.  Can you believe that not darker blue stash.  Fixed that and now will be doing some blocks for a sadly needed great cause.

I am also working on getting my August OMG finished.  I have 2 blocks done and many more to go.

 

Linking up with some friends:

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

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