Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting ready for the 4th!!

This mini finishes 13" high by 21" long.

It was fun to assemble my flag.  You can make your own with this tutorial I published on my Elm Street Quilts blog.

I outlined the USA in black using my FMQ foot and black thread.  I traced over it a few times to get a fun outline.   The background fabric was done with a basic stipple.  The map is not quilted - it is fused to the background.  I did secure the stars stitching in the ditch around the block.

Hope you have wonderful plans for the 4th!!  Summer is here - temps in North Carolina hit 100 degrees multiple times in June!!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Star!

Sherri from A Quilting Life and  Michele of Island Life Quilts have started a monthly sewalong called Mini Quilt and More.   

The assignment for June was Summer Star Mini.

I used a mini charm pack from a Sandy Gervais Red, White & Blue.  It was a lot of fun to work on my fabric placement.

I quilted using my walking foot and did wavy lines - so much fun to do.  

There was a mix of sun and shade when I took the photo above and the colors aren't true to life.  The photo below gives you a better view.

Minis and More replaced the Another Lovely Year of Schnibbles which I really enjoyed.  I'm hoping a Schnibble will sneak in to the mix along the way!

Are you playing along?  So fun to make a mini!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hello Moon

I had a lot of fun finishing this quilt.  To quilt, I stitched in the ditch around each block and then did FMQ inside the block.  I think I'll also do FMQ (stipple) in the lattice strips as well.

These blocks were finished all the way back in January 2014.  They were from April Mae Design's Hello Moon quilt along and blogged about them here. 

I had this piece of flannel (Kate Spain Fandango) in my stash that is perfect for the backing.   I still have to put on the binding - I'm going with the red from the stashing - but need to order some more of Bella Scarlet fabric.

This ever happen to you?  You've managed to keep wrinkles and puckers out of the backing but a little piece of fabric comes along for the ride!  Should be easy to remove.

Now I just need a cute little one to give this to!

Assembling this quilt top was my June goal (post) and  I'll be linking up at Another Lovely Year of Finishes .  Another set of blocks turned into a quilt!

I'll also be linking up here.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Charlie Brown's little sister Sally.  I love her pink dress and matching socks!

Remember the Charlie Brown Christmas episode where he helps her write her letter to Santa?

Sally: I've been looking for you, big brother. Will you please write a letter to Santa Claus for me? 
Charlie: Well, I don't have much time. Actually, I'm supposed to get down to the school auditorium and direct a Christmas play. 
Sally: You write, and I'll tell you what I want to say. 
Charlie: Okay, shoot. 
Sally: Dear Santa Claus, how have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, that's why I have a long list of presents that I want. 
Charlie: Oh, brother. 
Sally: Please note the size and color of each item and send as many as possible. If it's too complicated, make it easy on yourself. Just send money. How about 10s and 20s? 
Charlie: 10s and 20s? Oh! Even my baby sister! 
Sally: All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.

So funny.

Sally is all ready to join Charlie Brown's friends - Schroeder, Linus, Marcie and Peppermint Patty.

Join the fun on this one here - the pattern is from Tweety Loves Quilting..  

Happy Stitching!