#communitysampler {Part 1}

On Wednesdays, we work on our Community Sampler.

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Kitty Corner Block (Week 2)

I’m taking part in Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell’s virtual sew-along. Last year they co-hosted the “Sewcial Bee Sampler“. (I did not participate but it was really cool to see everyone’s finished quilts!) When they announced that they were going to do another sampler quilt entitled, “Community Sampler”, I was so thrilled!

My fabric pull along with my rough draft.

I’m doing the larger lap size that has the scrappy borders. We are currently in week 6. You can check out Sharon’s and Maureen’s blogs to get the PDF patterns if you want to join in! It’s free and you can jump in at any time. 🙂

Dovecote Block (Week 3)

Every Wednesday, these fabulous ladies release a new block pattern or finishing step. Plus, they have blog posts on sewing tips and tutorials that are very helpful with construction. I’m having so much fun sewing one quilt block each week and seeing SO many different takes on these traditional blocks. I love how everyone’s is different and uniquely beautiful. It’s super cool. You can see everyone’s Community Sampler (including mine!) on Instagram by checking out #communitysampler.

Ribbon Star Block (Week 4)
Cactus Block (Week 5)

I haven’t done Week 6’s block (yet) but I will before Wednesday gets here! This project gives me something to look forward to every week. 😊

Have you ever participated in a quilt-along? Are you making a #communitysampler too? It’s really neat to see everyone’s blocks. I love seeing the different fabrics different people pulled. There are so many great color palettes!!! 😁

I’m inspired and I hope you are too!

{Ready To Ship!} Quilt For Your Woodland Princess

Oh darling, let’s be adventurers.

I have fallen in love with this line, “Folkwood Friends” by Rae Ritchie (for Dear Stella Fabrics). The little woodland animals having their tea party picnics and the darling rabbits on the soft pink background give me all the heart eyes!!! 😍 I especially love the owl placing a flower crown on the deer’s head.

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For this quilt, I used a mix of “Folkwood Friends”, Gold and Rose Gold from Riley Blake Fabrics, and “Blithe” from Art Gallery Fabrics. The Gold and Rose Gold fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine that gives the quilt a sparkly finish. All of these fabrics are 100% cotton and the batting in between the front and the back is Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting. 😊

I quilted meanders and large Daisy flowers over the whole thing. On the backside of the quilt, I used my leftover scraps to make stripes down the middle. I love how they tie the back in with the front of the quilt!

This quilt measures 53″ x 57″. It’s a great toddler quilt size that will keep your little love warm for many, many years to come. (I tend to make these toddler quilts pretty large so they grow with the child. This particular quilt is actually a great lap quilt/throw size.)

When it comes to washing, there’s no special treatment here! You can wash this in cold water and dry it along with your other blankets and quilts. The fabrics will wrinkle and soften with every wash. I don’t prewash my quilts, so I’m excited to see how this one will look after it’s washed!

It is $400 + FREE SHIPPING within the USA. Plus, it’s READY TO SHIP!

You can check out the listing in my Etsy shop here. There is also an option to order a personalized hand-embroidered label to go on the back of this quilt. 😉

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Rainbows and Roses

This lovely quilt found a new home this week!!!

I loved putting this quilt together. Last fall, I snagged a rainbow jelly roll in an Insta-auction fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. (SO many quilters and makers were destashing and auctioning off their handmade goods to raise money for the people in Houston. It was astonishing!) The rainbow bundle was really eye-catching and I was looking for something vibrant and happy-colored to sew with.

I paired my jellyroll with some of my white broad cloth. I started out using one of Villa Rosa’s jellyroll quilt patterns, but ended up rearranging the strips to make my own design. I really like the white spaces in between the rainbows! (And the color gradation was everything. 😂)

I tried quilting roses for the first time with the help of a quilting motif from Twice Quilted. Mrs Rose gave me her book of different free-motion quilting ideas. It’s really cool! You can quilt one pattern, then afterwards go back and quilt another pattern that overlaps the first one. So, I also quilted loops & stipples in between to break up the large roses. I didn’t want my quilting to be so heavy that it takes away from the big picture. I am so pleased with this rose pattern! I think I’ll be using it often since it’s part of my logo…

I was SO excited to find out it sold in my Etsy Shop! I was so pleased with the rainbow colors and I love the yellow grid backing. And the scrappy stripe down the middle. Oh, also the scrappy binding.

#tbt A Quilt For Mama Avis

From the fabric selection to the hand embroidered label, this quilt is very special to me.

I have never met another human being like Mama Avis. From the moment I met her, I knew she was a kindred spirit. She has been a spiritual mentor, a prayer partner, a sister, a motherly figure, and a special friend to me. If I could think of one word that could describe her, COMPASSION rings true. I have never met another person more compassionate than her.

For her birthday, I wanted to make her a quilt that could comfort her whenever she got sick. Mama Avis loves flowers, so I used the fabric line, “Garden Dreamer” by Maureen Cracknell from Art Gallery Fabrics. As I stared at my bundle of fabrics, the designs and the colors seemed to match her beautiful personality and her artistic heart so perfectly.

All of the quilt top fabrics came from Cotton Cuts. The back came from Circa 15 Fabric Studio. Both companies are great, by the way. Their service is top notch. They respond to messages really quickly and answer all of my questions. They were so kind too! I highly recommend them. 🙂

This quilt pattern is the Peaches and Cream Quilt by Simple Simon and Co.

I quilted leaves and stems on the white sashing using my domestic machine and free-motion foot. I also quilted continuous loops on all the florals and went around each block to separate the different quilting patterns.

I usually bind my quilts with my machine using a zig zag stitch or a blanket stitch. However, sometimes I will take the time to bind my quilt by hand. It takes much longer to bind by hand, but its great practice for me and it is really pretty to look at. 😉

When it comes to quilt labels, I like to include a quote or Bible verse that is significant to the recipient. Micah 6:8 is Mama’s life verse. Or, one of them. She has several favorites. 🙂 I also like to include the date, the county I am in when I made the quilt, as well as my name.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you,

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

The very best part is presenting the finished quilt. I absolutely loved seeing her eyes light up and hearing the joy in her voice! She shared with me that she showed her mama her new quilt as they visited together the next day and it brought her so much joy as well! That was the icing on the cake, my friend.

WONDERLAND – The Beginning

I don’t know why I find so much joy in sewing little pieces of fabric together. But I do.

Continue reading “WONDERLAND – The Beginning”

Valentine Mug Rugs

True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.

My family actually doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s day but I love any excuse to make cards, mini quilts, and delicious treats that are covered in red and pink hearts. 😁

This year, I made Valentine mug rugs for a handful of special ladies.

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For my best friend 🙂

 

I made four different ones that included some sort of “heart” quote. Not only was it excellent practice to better my embroidery skills but my heart was encouraged by all the time I spent stitching each word!

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For Mrs. Rose ♥

 

I love how each one was different!

For Mrs. Nancy 💗

Story behind Mrs. Nancy’s mug rug:

She has shared this verse (Psalm 73:26) with me multiple times during her medical trials. As I embroidered this for her, it made me meditate and memorize each word. I was so encouraged by stitching this together. Now I have a new verse stamped on my heart. ♥

For Jami 💖

“Courage, dear heart” is my soul sister’s “tagline”, for lack of a better word. It’s one of our favorite phrases. Whether she’s texted it to me or written it down, she has encouraged me for years with this little quote.

For my twin, Big Ruth 💕

*I know “heart” was not mentioned in this one but LOVE is. And that comes from the heart. 😉*