Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I finished up a few projects that were weighing on me. First, I made a pillow for the school's auction. I won't be able to help out at the actual event, but I thought I could still contribute something.

I started with Jeni's Modern Plus Pillow tutorial. I wanted to try putting a zipper in a pillow, so I made the back from a single piece of fabric.

I quilted both the front and back with grids of somewhat straight lines.

I'm happy with it. I wish I could have found a shorter zipper for the bottom, I think it'd look better with a 14" but I used what I had on hand. Yay me! Shop that stash!

Another was a quilt block for my MIL's church.When she asked me to make her block for her, I said yes without asking for details. It turned out to be an embroidered block, and since I don't do much of that, I was nervous. It turned out nice (I forgot to take a picture!) and I finished it before the due date, which doesn't happen often. 

I also tackled painting our stairway. Ugh. My body is sore but it looks much better. It's nice to knock projects off my list.

Some of you already know this, but I'm going to be blogging for the My Stars blog every other Friday! My first post went up last week. I'll be covering a variety of topics, but if there's something you want to hear more about, let me know.

Go follow us on facebook so you never miss a post, then enter to win at this post. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Around the Block tutorial

Welcome to my turn on the Around the Block Round Robin. If you're new here, thanks for stopping by. I'm Tammie, and I am so happy to be sharing a block tutorial with you all! Anytime is a good time to join in on this quilt along. Just make the block of the week, and submit it to the flickr group for a chance to win that week's sponsored prize. This week, Andover fabrics is giving away a fat quarter pack!

Here's what we're making today. A trio of pinwheels surrounded by sweet squares. Spins & Squares!

And because if one is cute, two is cuter, I made a second version out of solids. I reversed the colors in the pinwheel so you can decide which way you like best. So let's get started!

You'll need:
six 3" squares - white
six 3" squares - purple
fourteen 2.5" squares - assorted
two 2.5" x 4.5" - white
two 2.5" x 6.5" - white

Start by laying out your block. Decide on your fabric placement. Then begin making half square triangles. Pair up one white and one purple 3" square. Use your favorite method, I have a tutorial here. You can finger press the white one in half along the diagonal and then stitch 1/4" from the fold line. Sometimes I draw a line instead of pressing.

Cut them apart and trim them to 2 1/2" squares. I recently bought a Quilt in a Day triangle square up ruler, and I love it for trimming. As you can see, you aren't trimming off much.

Snip off the tips before you press them open.

Once you have your HSTs trimmed & pressed, decide which way you want them to spin. I think I prefer the white to be on the bottom of the half square triangle, instead of on top like in these pictures. But you can decide for yourself.

Sew them together in pairs. Then sew two pairs together for your pinwheel. I open out the center seam when I press, it seems to give me the flattest block. Now you have a pinwheel! Repeat two more times.

Next, start piecing together your squares. This block is put together in three columns, as shown below. (don't be intimidated by my artistic skills, lol!) The arrows show the direction for pressing most of the seams, to allow them to nest neatly together.

For the first column, piece three of the 2.5" squares together. Then attach a white 2.5" x 6.5" strip to it.  Repeat. This unit gets stitched in between a pinwheel block and a set of two 2.5" blocks(sewn together).

For the middle, it's two of the 2.5" squares stitched together, with a white 2.5" x 4.5" strip sewn to it. Repeat. Then place one unit on the top and bottom of a pinwheel block.

The third column is the same as the first, only upside down.

In no time at all, you have a sweet 12.5" block of your own. Go on, go make one! Be sure to post pictures in the flickr group for a chance to win some goodies! Thanks so much to Becky for letting me be a part of the Around the Block Round Robin.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

spring has sprung

hi all! I thought I'd pop in and say a quick hello before I dive into a massive to-do list. the grass is turning green and the birds are singing, it's hard to make time to stay indoors and get things done! Here's what I'm working on this week:

Finishing a 14" x 14" quilted pillow for the school auction.

A test block for the next issue of 100 Blocks. We had a short break after finishing the last issue, and it's time to go again!

I started a quilt for my cousin Katie - who is due, like, really soon. I have my blocks almost finished, and today some fabric I got on #thegreatfabricdestash came for the back. I am excited about how this one is coming along! It's the Kisses quilt from the Modern Applique Workbook.

KC Scrappy Bee blocks - gosh I am so behind! I have Lesley's bookshelf block to do, Nikki's blocks (above) to deliver or mail. I missed this March's meeting because Zach was sick, so I didn't get my kit yet, I don't even know whose turn it is!

Around the Block Quilt Along - I am behind there too. This is my week though, so you'll get to see my block on Wednesday.

The baby chicks are getting their feathers in! Gwen and Evie, the barred rocks, are a lot tamer than Charlotte and Esther, the silver laced wyandottes. Those two are super skittish and tend to freak whenever they are disturbed. I need to make a few changes to the run before they are introduced to the flock.

The garden is tilled but I still need to get my onions & strawberries in the ground. No potatoes this year.

Oy. On the bright side, I have knocked some things OFF my list, like shopping for baseball gear with my 8 year old. He had to get his first cup, lol. Soccer practices and games for all four of our kids. Preparing for AJ's First Communion. Troy is working an outage, which means 5 days of 12 hour shifts on, one day off. Ugh. I'm still working at the quilt shop on Fridays, and I even made it to my local Pieces & Patches guild meeting this month! Thank goodness for free babysitters like my mom and sis-in-law!

I took a workshop at guild with Donna Lynn Thomas, which was fun. We worked on her Shimmering Leaves block, and her technique has got my mind whirling with ideas to use it in other projects!

She stresses accuracy, and gives lots of advice on achieving it.

I have a few other things in the works, like a summer sewing workshop for kids! But that deserves it's very own post and as I said, I have a lot to do right now. I better get to it, but be sure to stop back in tomorrow for my block tutorial!

happy sewing!


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