What a fun day! It all started with packages from the postman on our porch.
My oldest son and his sweet girl put together some scrapbook pages of our recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Fun memories, they even included a chocolate bar! We all enjoy the perks of Samantha's job at a candy shop.
The second package was filled with goodies from Karen Kay Buckley's store. That beautiful box has one of her latest products: Perfect Adjustable Square. I will let you know what I think when I get a chance to use it. Glue pens, thread and needles-what more could a girl ask for?
My design wall was looking good today. I had to take a break from the wildflower quilt last week while I waited for an order of fusible to arrive, which it did, so I made progress there too. That gave me time to work a little on another BOM being offered at The Quilt Life: A-Z with Ewe and Me by Janet Stone
Each letter has a block that begins with it: A is for Army Star; F is for Flying Geese; G is for Grandma's Choice. Working on the applique handle for the B block now.
As for the wildflower quilt: all of the blocks are stitched together now.
Added the inner border. I like that!
I have this habit of not picking something easy when I am attempting to learn a new skill. This fusible web pattern has certainly been a challenge as some of the blocks flow over into other blocks and the border as you can see in this close-up.
And now for the outside border.
Oh, I added a tutorial today to share how I store my quilt fabric. You can find it on the tutorials page under Quilt Blog.
It has been a great day in the studio. How are you coming with your quilt projects?I have started a Flickr group at https://www.flickr.com/groups/debs_ufo_busters/ I would love to have you join the group and share photos of what you are working on. Let's all encourage one another to bust those UFO's!
Taking life a stitch at a time,
Last week I shared how much I love my newest scissors from Karen Kay Buckley. I ordered the small and large size last spring. Confession: I am being tempted to add the medium size to my collection.
The small ones traveled with me this summer on our journey around the western states. I kept these in my little travel bag, another one of Karen's items that I love, which keeps all of my applique supplies neat, organized, and protected. The scissors come with a little protective cover that actually "snaps" into place so I never had an issue with it falling off. Let me tell you, you need that cover as the tips of these little scissors are very, very sharp. I mainly used them for snipping threads and making little cuts as I appliqued my pieces in place. The pair they replaced were about the same size, but the handles did not give me much room to slip my fingers in. These are generously sized for comfort as you cut.
The larger scissors are the ones I bragged about the other day when I shared the Wildflower Quilt I am working on. I mentioned that the handles were quite comfortable in part because they are softer than anything else I have. Notice in the photos below how they "squish."
I hope you can see in the following photos why I like the blade covers so much. If you look closely there is a little ridge that enables the cover to snap into place.
Now for the fun part. Through the generosity of Karen Kay Buckley one lucky reader of this blog will win a pair of her Perfect Scissors for their very own. All you have to do is leave me a comment in which you answer two questions:
1-Piecing, Applique, or Both
2-How many UFO's are floating around your quilt space.
Bonus: Invite your friends and ask them to leave your name in their comments. This will earn you an extra entry.
I would also love to visit your blog if you have one so be sure and share a link when you comment. (This does not earn you any extra entries.)
Due to shipping restrictions I have to limit this sweepstake to residents of the United States.
The winning name will be drawn from all available entries and announced on Thursday September 25th. The winner will be contacted by email.
(Again, I am in now way associated with Karen Kay Buckley, I have simply fallen in love with her products and want to share with you the things that make my quilting life better.)
Taking life a stitch at a time,
I am making good progress on the wildflower quilt. As I mentioned in my last post Mckenna Ryan designed the quilt. She named it Petals of My Heart. Anyone who has gone hiking with me knows how much I love wildflowers. I was inspired by one of my dear aunts to learn the names of the flowers I came across out in the woods. They are like special little friends that I look forward to seeing whenever I wander along a path somewhere. They evoke memories of special places and times and sometimes provide a delightful surprise when they appear someplace unexpected.
Now on to the show...Blocks 14 and 15
As I continue to work on the blocks I continue to think about how I am going to quilt this. It is going to be a decorative quilt that I hang on a wall so I am considering just doing some background quilting rather than going around each and every tiny piece of applique like I do with my baby quilts. But then I wonder if I am doing an injustice to this lovely quilt. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
As I have been thinking about hand quilting I came across this video for a hoopless method. I am intrigued.
Taking life a stitch at a time,
Please note: The Snowman BOM started June 2018 and will run through June 2019. Blocks are released the first Monday of each month.
The 2019 BOM Just Desserts begins February 15th and each new block will be released on the 15th of each month.
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