Friday, August 18, 2017

Another Umbrella Class

On August 9th, Annie and I were at Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg, OH teaching an umbrella class. I just realized that I had not posted pictures of those awesome umbrellas. Oops!!

Here's Debi, the shop owner with her wonderful umbrella. She used such fun fabrics!


A few of the gals did not want their pictures taken, but we just had to share their umbrellas.



Kathy loves Minnie Mouse and fussy cut her fabrics to make Minnie front and centers. Try clicking on the picture to see if you can enlarge it and see it. She has a bag and small purse/wallet made from the same fabric. 


Some umbrellas match their maker's outfit.  😊 It's a challenge to see, but the red fabrics are pin cushions and the dark fabrics are sewing items.


June's umbrella was so pretty! You can't tell in the picture, but the light fabric has some shimmer to it. That'll make you smile, even when it's raining!


There were two Sues in the class and their umbrellas were very different, but oh so darn nice!



We are so lucky to be able to teach these classes all over Ohio! Thanks Umbrella Joan. We love representing you east of the Mississippi.  

Umbrella Class

Annie and I taught an umbrella class at Angelic's yesterday and as usual, all of the umbrellas turned out beautifully! We had a couple of late cancellations and ended up with just four students, but that didn't stop us from having a wonderfully creative time.   😊

Marlene has been patiently waiting for this class and when her husband got into a little tugging match with poison ivy, she almost had to cancel again. Fortunately, she was able to take him to urgent care and get some medicine for him and still have time to join the class. We found out during the class that Marlene chose to spend her 15th wedding anniversary making this umbrella, so we felt extra lucky to have her join us. Isn't this beautiful?

She had called me about this fabric quite a long time ago, questioning if she could use it. It is 97% cotton and 3% spandex. We figured we could, but suggested she bring a back up, just in case we ran into issues. I'm thrilled that she used it and love the results!



Nancy's butterfly fabric looks awesome next to this solid blue! She was worried because the blues don't match perfectly, but I'm happy to say that she was thrilled with the results. Just look at her smile!



Rosemary chose a wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabric and we all love the results! This picture does not do this umbrella justice. It really is BEAUTIFUL!


Terry, the shop owner was finally able to take this class. She has been trying since March to make this umbrella but scheduling conflicts, full classes, and illness always got in the way. We love her fabric choice and her finished umbrella. 


Everyone went home with umbrellas ready to waterproof and a hope for rain.

I love teaching these classes! Thanks Umbrella Joan for such a wonderful pattern and product. You rock!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I've had a pretty crazy couple of weeks and when I finally got home Thursday night, I decided that I wanted/needed to work on something fun and mindless. I went right to some of my prize-winnings from the American Honor Contest and pulled a fat quarter bundle of Starlet.


Isn't this fun! I knew that working with this would make me smile, especially if I made something simple and quick. 

It didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted to make a 20 block - 16 patch quilt. These quilts are easy and don't waste much fabric at all. Within a couple of hours, the fat quarters were all cut and half the blocks were sewn. It felt good to be at the sewing machine! 


I finished the blocks Friday evening and put them up on the design wall and they are still there. 


Grandma duty called Saturday afternoon and evening, and then Sunday was filled with prep work for the upcoming school year (I'm subbing for Ty when the new baby arrives), some pattern development work, and a concert featuring one of our friends.    

I hope to play around with the layout tomorrow and sew this top together. I'll add a small framing border (not sure which fabric yet), and then add a scrappy border using the left over fabrics from the fat quarters. 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Happy Place Reveal #2

As soon as I saw the My Happy Place fabrics, I knew I wanted to create a heart block with them. I got busy sketching, had a number of possibilities, and quickly made a decision. The block was easy to sketch, but I had to really think about how I wanted to put them together in a quilt. 

I had a limited amount of fabric and knew that I also wanted to make a few other projects with it, so the size of my quilt was quickly scaled back to a small lap size. You've already seen the block before it was sewn together...


The block finishes at 12" and I love it!


As you can see in these pictures, I decided to have them nest into each other vertically and have a small sashing between the columns.


I'm teasing you here a bit...



What better place to take a picture than at one of my favorite places - the back patio.


I'll get some fun pictures as soon as I get this baby quilted. In the mean time, here's the completed quilt top.


Oops! I lied... 

I decided that I didn't like the top and bottom of the hearts so I got out my trusty seam ripper and made some changes. I wish taking these pictures was as easy as making the changes to the quilt. Between the bad lighting because of the time of day and the wind, I couldn't get a good picture. I guess that will have to wait for the completed quilt.

Do you see the changes I made? I especially like that the bottom hearts actually have points now.


I tried to get fancy with the pictures, and if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love to take pictures of quilts on a wood pile.


But, when all else fails you grab some tape and go to the back side of the shop. I decided to leave the weeds in the picture. That's kind of like life, isn't it? Hearts and Love triumph over the bad stuff!  


Besides the My Happy Place fabrics, I used these two Peppered Cottons.

Aubergine


Fushia


I love how this turned out, but have not yet decided a name for it. That will probably happen once it's quilted. I have to get Jack on that, since he's the one who normally names my projects.  😊

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Happy Place Reveal #1

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of a project I made using My Happy Place fabrics from Studio E. I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I received it and was thrilled to work with it.

My first project was an umbrella; and I paired these four of the grey fabrics of the collection fabrics with Surf Peppered Cotton. Love it!!






I really do like this!


While I was trying to figure out a fun way to take pictures of this, my step-daughter Sheryll and her husband Jim invited Jack and me to a concert at Blossom Music Center.

This is a wonderful facility that hosts a large number of musical programs each year; and it's the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Blossom is an amphitheater, located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio which is less than two hours from our home. Yay! The pavilion seats 5,700 people, and there's space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. As usual, we sat on the lawn, simply because we think it's fun and relaxing. 

There was a chance of rain the day we were there, so took my umbrella - just in case. While we were walking toward the facility, I had an idea and knew that Sheryll would be up for helping me. She's always fun and up for a challenge!  😊

At first, I just snapped a few shots of Sheryll and the umbrella. 


I wanted to get a few pictures with the amphitheater in the background...



And then the fun began!

Do you remember the "Where's Waldo?" books?


My kids loved those books, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I kind of liked them too. So, I decided to use that theme and create a "Where's My Happy Place?" blog post. 

We arrived early, so before the concert began, Sheryll took a stroll around the facility and I snapped pictures of her and the umbrella. She had fun doing this and it started a lot of conversations! FYI - projects made with this fabric WILL be the start of many conversations. It is that wonderful !!

So, how about joining the fun and play along with me?

Can you find "My Happy Place" in each of the pictures? Just like the books, sometimes it is really easy to find it, but you'll have to look hard on others. 








So, where's YOUR Happy Place?

I know where it'll be if you use this fabric!


Tomorrow, I'll show a completed quilt top made from this block.



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Blog Hop Update


12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Life got in the way and I slacked on posting each day of the hop. Plus, I have not yet responded to all of the comments from my day! I am really going to do that. I promise!

My delay in posting will not hinder you from winning prizes. Here's a message from Sarah about the prizes. 

Now - about the giveaways.  I know I originally said I would announce the winners on Friday, July 28th, but we've had such an awesome response to the blog hop this year that I think it's going to take a little longer to tally all the responses and draw the winners.  So I will announce all thirteen winners on Friday, August 4th.  Thanks for your patience - I guarantee it will be worth it!  

After all, it's not every day you get a chance to win some of Tula Pink's Holiday Homies, is it?  Big time thanks and a huge shout-out to this year's sponsor, Free Spirit Fabrics, who provided all those lovely pre-cuts!!

So, you still have time to check out all the blogs and leave your comments to be entered in the giveaway!

Here's the full list of participants, including some extras that Sarah added.


Bonus Posts:  I also want to be sure you know about some additional posts that have happened during the hop.  Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats has been stuffing a stocking with some great ideas, and is having a giveaway today.  Be sure to head over to her blog and see her creations, then enter the giveaway - it's a goodie!  Michele at Crayon Box Quilt Studio posted a tutorial for the quilt she made for the hop - click here to find the directions!  And Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life did a tutorial for the cute little JOY mini-garland she featured in her hop post.  You can find those instructions here!  Carole of From My Carolina Home has a wrap-up post on her blog today, too.  Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter is posting some of her Christmas tutorials from earlier years today on her blog.  And finally, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic has a tutorial for her wonderful tree wallhanging - I know I'm excited about seeing that!  You can find those instructions on her blog.  

Thanks go out to Sarah - Confessions of a Fabric Addict - who organized this hop. She's kept everything running smoothly and enticed us with "Christmas Goodies" each day too. On top of everything else, she offered a quilt along. She posted steps each day and if you were able to follow along, you ended with a quilt top that measured approximately 60" square. 

I used patriotic fabrics and was actually able to complete the top. 
I absolutely love how this turned out! 


Mine is slightly larger than Sarah's because I could get a few more strips cut from the strip sets and I had extra of all the fabrics. Instead of each panel being 15 squares x 16 squares, mine were 17 x 16. I also have extra that I'll piece into the backing. That has not been done yet, but I'll show it as soon as I get it done.

My plan is to leave this as is - no borders. I plan to bind in the gold. 

Check out the progress of other participants HERE.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Happy Place and Bog Hop Day 5

It's Day FIVE of the 
12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

I am getting so many ideas for Christmas projects, that it's a good thing this hop is taking place in July. I might actually get some of them done in time for the December Christmas.  

Thanks go out to Sarah - Confessions of a Fabric Addict - who has organized this hop. She's keeping everything running smoothly and enticing us with "Christmas Goodies" each day too.

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit because there are some amazing prizes to win. 

On top of everything else, Sarah is offering a quilt along. She posts steps each day and by the end of the hop, you'll have completed the top that measures 60" x 60". WooHoo!

I decided to use patriotic fabrics instead of Christmas fabrics. (That decision was made because I had a really big stack of those fabrics out and it just seemed easier to pull some from that, instead of putting them away.) I have all my panels sewn and here's how they look. I think I'm going to like this!


Here are today's Christmas in July Blog Hop participants:

Tuesday, July 18th

Click HERE for the entire list of participants. 

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I'm excited to be working with a wonderful Studio E collection - My Happy Place. 

I'm loving this fabric and spent some time today fussy cutting a bunch of small squares.



I cut some others and even made a few half square triangles using some Peppered Cottons. I got so excited to play that before I had everything cut, I started to put a block together. This is going to look even better when I have all the fabric cut.  😊


Stay tuned for more pictures. Even though I'm not going to be home until quite late, tomorrow should see a few more blocks made.