Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Celebrating Summer

Whew, its been a long time since I've been back.  Right before my last post I had a "cardiac event" due to to the flu, which was in January, and before they had testing for COVID.  It seems like a lifetime ago, and after a lot of testing, it was determined that my event (aka heart attack) was due solely to the flu.  There was no heart damage, no blockage, no heart disease.  I just woke up one morning knowing something was horribly wrong.  My heart rate was over 200 and after stopping and restarting my heart it went back into regular rhythm.  I then spent over a week in bed very ill.  I am being tested in a few weeks to see if I have the COVID antibodies, which who knows, but a couple of things...take care of yourselves.  Know your body and if you think something is wrong, get in and get some help.  Do what you can to stay well.  I have no idea where I picked up what I had, and as a matter of fact, my first symptom of being unwell was the racing heart...the fever, bodyaches, loss of sense and smell, and HORRIBLE cough all came later.  I'm better now, and other than working from home and basically staying home, I am well. :)

Now on to the fun stuff...I have been working on a few things here and there, and I will be posting more about those in future posts. Today I wanted to share my latest project...

The pattern for this quilt was on the Bernina blog.  The pattern is by Cherry Guidry and is a quick and easy stitch.  The pattern is downloadable and easy to print.  I printed directly on Lite Seam-A-Seam 2, and within minutes I was cutting the shapes out and sewing.  Cherry even has the stitch sizes listed for the blanket stitch.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Jolly Bar Bakewell

Good morning!  It is bright and sunny in Minnesota already, and we are looking at a high of 37 degrees F today.  This is balmy for us, and I am hoping that some of the ice that is everywhere will melt.

On to the good stuff.  Today the Fat Quarter Shop has a shortcut pattern for the Jolly Bar Bakewell pattern.  This is a fun pattern to make.  It is smaller, so it would make a perfect gift for a new little one, or as I'm using it, as a wall hanging. You could always make more blocks and have a bed sized quilt.  The blocks are 8-1/2" square and by turning them, you can see other patterns.

I used Sugarcreek by Corey Yoder.  These fabrics are just too pretty.  When you use a Jolly Bar the cutting is minimal so you can start sewing sooner.  I did actually purchase a  Layer Cake because these fabrics are too pretty, and I'm thinking I'd like to make more than one.  I quilted mine with the serpentine stitch.  This is definitely a weekend make!

Thanks for stopping by.  You can get the free pattern and video here.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Prairie Queen

Hey, I'm back two days in a row!  Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come for the new year/decade.  I have a block from the Classic and Vintage Series at Fat Quarter Shop called Prairie Queen.

This is a quick and easy block to make, you can use Triangles on a Roll, and in no time you can have a beautiful quilt.  I used North Pole by Stacy Iest Hus for Moda for my block.  Now I am going to be brutally honest with you...I remade my block.  If you notice in the photo above, all my trees are going in the same direction.  After seeing my photo with the trees going every which way (below), I couldn't leave it like that.  You can use a directional fabric, and it will slow you down if you choose to make sure it is going in the same direction.  I feel much better about it now, and I will in the future be checking to make sure things are going the right way on the one way.  ;)

This is a quick and easy block to make, you can use Triangles on a Roll, and in no time you can have a beautiful quilt.  I used the North Pole by Stacy Iest Hus for Moda.  If you would like to make a block, you can download the free pattern here.  Kimberly will show you how to make the block here, and there is a beautiful quilt kit that is available for purchase here.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome 2020

It's a new year, a new decade, and time for me to set some new goals.  I hate new years resolutions, because no matter how hard I try, they always seem to go by the wayside.  This time I am just going to say, I'm setting some goals for myself.  Four months ago today I said goodbye to caffeine, and that was a great thing to do...not to say there aren't days when I REALLY wish I would give in, I haven't yet, and I'm hoping now that I put that out there I don't fall back into my old habits.

In the past I've made goals and tried to set expectations for myself here, and I have failed miserably.  But, I am going to try again, and we will see where we get this year.  2019 was difficult with aging parents who have been ill, our son starting college, and a new job with more hours working which means less time for the things I love.  I probably just need to reevaluate priorities again.

I had a few days off this past week and I did finish something (it's a miracle!) 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ocean Waves - FQS Quilt Along

I have always loved the Ocean Waves quilt pattern.  It is such a fun way to use fabric to make the quilt look like it has movement.

The Fat Quarter Shop has an Ocean Waves Sew Along as part of the Classic and Vintage Series.  I used V and Co. Ombre New Colors for my block,

I just love how the fabric works with the pattern to make it look like it is moving. 

The best part is the pattern uses Triangles on a roll, which means the half square triangles go together quickly.

You can find the pattern here.  I have a lot of half square triangles finished and ready to sew into blocks.  Here's hoping my Ocean Waves quilt is finished soon!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, September 16, 2019

FQS Blog Remix - Sewing Machine Accessory Bag

I am so excited to be able to share with you another Fat Quarter Shop Blog Remix.  This time it is the Sewing Machine Accessory Bag.  It is a quick and easy stitch and such a useful sized bag at 8-1/2 x 9 inches finished.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Penguins In the Summer

I think this photo pretty much sums up my life this past year.  I'm headed in so many directions and many times I do not know which end is up.  I honestly can't even tell you where we were when I found these signs.  We pulled off the road in Michigan because we needed to get out and stretch, and when I saw them I made my husband turn around and amazingly I got them get them both in the same photo.  I am thinking they were painted when the weather was -100 (it looks like snow to me).  With both parents being diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I both turning 50, and our son graduating in the last few months, life has been more than unpredictable at times, and yet it all works out.

It is kind of ironic that on a very warm day this past weekend I finished this penguin quilt.  I used Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille and the Penguin Party pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  What a fun quilt this was to make.  Yes there were a lot of pieces, but every one was worth it.

I had huge goals for this year, and I haven't met most of them, but I have tried some new things.  I took a few photography classes and have yet to master my camera.  I have also taken some painting classes which have been surprisingly fun (I NEVER thought I would enjoy painting, but I do).  My new goal is to finish a project a week, no matter how big or small throughout the rest of the year.  It may be a quilt block or a Christmas ornament, but to just finish something would be rewarding.  I am also hoping to get back to blogging more.  I used to really enjoy it, I miss it, and I think I'm at a point in my life where it would be a good thing, if for no one else but me. I am also contemplating an Etsy shop, but we will have to see on that one. ;)

So, here I am again. I definitely will be back in the next few weeks with projects I have completed for the Fat Quarter Shop (actually as soon as Monday).  Happy Stitching!!!  --Kristen