New Friday Tutorial: How to “Quilt As You Go” Any Block — Using Antique Blocks

New Friday Tutorial: How to “Quilt As You Go” Any Block — Using Antique Blocks

How to "Quilt As You Go" Any Block!

Some folks collect snow globes, coins, or baseball cards. But Jenny? Jenny collects old, forgotten quilt blocks. She’s always on the lookout for unfinished treasures, and when she gathers just the right combination, it’s project time!

How to "Quilt As You Go" Any Block with Jenny Doan!

In today’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates a quick and easy “quilt as you go” method that can transform a set of vintage embroidery blocks into a finished quilt.

So grab some hot cocoa, watch the tutorial and pull out those orphan blocks you’ve been saving for just the right project!

How to "Quilt As You Go" Any Block!

Ahhh, I need a vacation!  :)

Ahhh, I need a vacation! :)

This week and next might seem a bit light in posting.  I am preparing to take my family to the Lake!  Ahhh, I could use a few days of sun-water-and relaxation!  🙂

The best part about it is that it is a FAMILY REUNION vacation!  Who can resist those?  We will have a crazy-good time.  Memories will be made and I am sure we will have more than one water fight!  {did I ever tell you about the time Mom {Jenny} broke her back, water fighting with us when we were kids?}  It’s a good story.  *wink

Not sure where I found the image above {somewhere online, ugh wish I could remember} but it really spoke to me.  I am looking forward to spending time with and taking care of those closest to me this week.

What are your plans?

~Sarah

ps. we are SUPER excited about this.  We are busy working on our project right now.  Do you love embroidery as much as I do?

Embroidery…and a little decorating

Embroidery…and a little decorating

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‘White Christmas tree, white Christmas tree….how lovely are your branches.”

Well, if you were paying attention, I mentioned in my last post that we had some snow days to spend together and that I still hadn’t decorated yet….  Here is what we came up with.  This year we have a WHITE Christmas tree.  ( i got it on CLEARANCE after Christmas last year)  So lucky.  Anyway, I have been dying to make a pom-pom garland FOREVER, and finally bought all the pom-pom’s I could find.  (no, really.  It’s true)   Yesterday, my girls and I watched a movie and strung those bright (awesome – cute-can you tell I’m excited) pom-pom’s together.  We all had a blast and it was fairly easy.  (7 year old stuck herself a time or two with a needle.  Only a few tears, and we were done.)    So, today we decorated the tree in non-breakable ornaments, aka 2 year old proof.

I used to decorate anyway, and be all diligent about keeping the little hands off the tree….Not this year.  It is so much less stress….I don’t fret one bit about the ornaments being thrown across the room, during a make believe baseball game.  I am happy with it, and really glad that I am not constantly in fear.

After all that I figured I better get started on my embroidery project…..this one is so cute.  So, tedious…..but so worth it!  (by tedious, I mean lots of small intricate details.  But that is what makes it so charming)

Here is a peak:

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How cute are those presents? And cakes?

Believe me.  It is darling.  But, it is gonna take me a while.  I will show you when it’s all finished.  I promise.

So, what is keeping you busy this week?  Any one else been stuck at home?  🙂  Heheeh….really I have enjoyed it.  The kids and I are having a great time.   I think cookie baking is next on the list.  Yes, baking and decorating!  Mmmm…and fudge.  Let’s make fudge.

Have a great day.

ps. sorry about the bad picture quality.

Mini Quilts!

Mini Quilts!

I have recently joined a few of the mini quilt swaps that are going on around the internet. It has been really fun to make mini quilts. Its totally new to me as I have always made larger quilts, or table runners. But, mini quilts are so small that you can really be creative and try out all kinds of new things. You can do things that seemed hard or too time consuming. I have experimented with embroidery, new blocks (Dresden plate!), free motion quilting, and using scraps in a creative way.  It is something I highly recommend! So, enjoy these pics of a few of my mini quilts!

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My first Mini Quilt. I adapted a pattern for a pillow from a magazine! Its made with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks Fabric and measures 13 X 20. I did some free motion quilting on the squares then finished off the bottom of the quilt with an all over pattern called “just roses”. I love this one!

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This was my first attempt at a Dresden plate! Of course, I used the nifty Dresden plate ruler! It is made using a Tranquility Charm pack and some solid yardage from my stash. It is quilted in an allover pattern we have here at the shop called “flower”. It measures approx. 25 X 20

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This is my most recent mini quilt! It was made for Doll Quilt Swap 7. (Such a great swap group!) I used Riley Blake Fabric and after sewing a large four patch for my background, I appliqued the rings in a large circle using a blanket stitch. It is machine quilted using an allover pattern called “jills bubbles” It is adorable! It measures 24 X 25.

Making mini quilts is so  much fun…and you can try all kinds of quilting challenges out on a small scale! So, get brave and try something new! Then show us a pic in our forums!

Happy Quilting!

Livin’ it up Lolly Chops Style…..

Lolly is a SWEETHEART who has an awesome blog and does tons of free downloads and ideas……She is an amazing artist and has a fun blog to follow. This week she is featuring embroidery on her blog…..ALL WEEK. That means new patterns, new techniques, and just some general good times over there! So go give Lolly some virtual hugs and tell her I sent ya…..she will soon be your new best friend! (she is mine!:)

Have I mentioned that something incredibly huge is going down lately?? Like BIG…..giant….awesome stuff you won’t want to miss? Keep checking back with me girls……there may be a giveaway involved!! (just saying)

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