Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Sun & Stars

Summer holds a lot of happy memories for me.  I always loved school, but I also loved adventuring and hanging out with my family.  That is what summer is for.  It is for staying up late, playing outside under the stars, and relaxing on sandy beaches.

Catalina Batiks by Moda brings all of those happy memories tumbling back to me.  The only thing that would make them do it more would be if they smelled like coconut oil and salt air.

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Add to the beautiful fabric my mother's beautiful piecing - check out those wonderfully pointy points - 

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and Anne Bright's "Paisley Sun" and you get one wonderful quilt!!  AND the pattern for the quilt is now available for free on Moda Bake Shop.

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It is a great way to celebrate summer...piece it while you are hiding from the heat...finish it to make a wonderful beach throw...or a place to rekindle that summer time warmth during the cold months of winter.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June 2014 in my rear-view...

What a wild ride this month has been.

We had a graduation - my second son, John, graduated from high school.  He is on the left in the photo.  The boy on the right is my nephew...who also graduated this month.

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We had camp - my youngest went to camp for a week in Colorado while the rest of us stayed home and entertained my inlaws...and helped my oldest get over Mono.

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My two oldest then helped out at our church's vacation bible school.

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This was the first time that John helped...after years of his oldest brother telling him that it was fun...John placed in a crew of all girls.  LOL   As you can see they warmed up to each other by the end of the week.

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The next week Noah went to camp with the pre-teen ministry.  He had a crew of 5th and 6th grade boys to coral.  Don't tell them, but his threat of making a 5th & 6th grade head shish-ka-bob on that stake was just a trick to get them to behave.  He would never have done it.

In and out, and in and out, we could have installed a revolving door.  All the while I was busy quilting.

Tops to Treasures quilted 15 quilts this month.

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One of those is my own...and it will be featured on Moda Bake Shop sometime in the next two months. I'll let you know when.

I also received a sweet thank you from our friend Chad.  
"Dovahkiin" for Chad!

Remember this quilt?  My husband and I made it for him.  He was so thrilled that he turned around and painted me a priceless heirloom.  A Benjamin Satchell original!!  (Chad is his middle name)

Thank you Chad!! #minionkitty

I laughed until there were tears in my eyes.  My Minion-kitty now hangs proudly with the mini collection in my studio.

I hope July is just as sweet....but a little more restful.

Monday, June 16, 2014

S'more Rows.10 Rows & Borders

Assembling the top!

Are you as excited as I am?  At this point you should have 11 strips of fabric, some pieced, some not, that are 60 1/2" long.
You know what to do!!  Go for it.
EEEEEEEK!  We are in the home stretch.  Measure your top.  It should be close to 60 1/2" x 72 1/2".
For your borders you will need to cut the following pieces...
  • From inner border fabric (I used Bella Evergreen SKU#9900-234)
    • cut 7, 1 1/2" x wof strips
    • cut 4, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares
  • From outer border fabric (I used Cars on Cream from the S'more Love line  SKU #37071-11)
    • My choice was directional
      • Cut 4, 5 1/2" x wof strips
      • Cut 2, 5 1/2" x 62 1/2" - fussy cut along stripe
    • Otherwise
      •  Cut  7, 5 1/2" x wof strips
  • Attach inner border -
    • Gather 7, 1 1/2" x wof strips
    • Sew 2 sets of 2,  1 1/2" x wof strips together along the 1 1/2" edge.
    • Iron seam allowance open.
    • Attach to long sides of quilt top.
    • Iron seam allowances towards the border fabric.
    • Trim
    • Cut 1, 1 1/2" x wof strip in half so that you have 2 1 1/2" x 22-ish" pieces.
    • Sew 2 sets of 1 1/2" x wof + 1 1/2" x 22-ish" strips together along the 1 1/2" edge/
    • Irons seam allowances open.
    • Attach to short sides of quilt top.  (If they are too short add the pieces that you trimmed off the long edges until they fit.)
    • Iron seam allowances towards the border fabric.
    • Trim
  • Attach outer border -
    • Gather
      • 4, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares inner border fabric
      • 5 1/2" x wof strips outer border fabric
    • Measure quilt top.
      • Record dimensions here: ________ x ________
    • Assemble 2 sets of 5 1/2" x wof strips making them 5 1/2" x the length of your quilt.
    • Attach to long edges of quilt.
    • Iron seam allowances towards outer border.
    • Assemble 2 sets of 5 1/2" x wof strips making them 5 1/2" x the width of your quilt as recorded above.
    • Add a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square to each end
      • Iron seam allowances towards the outer border fabric.
    • Attach pieced units to the top and bottom of your top.
    • Iron seam allowances towards the outer border.


You now have a completed S'more Rows quilt top.  Take a picture of it and share it with me on my Tops to Treasures Flickr stream.

Friday, June 13, 2014

And the winner is.....

It is a fact of life that sometimes things get forgotten.... my promise to draw and announce a winner on 6/12/2014.

A day late isn't too bad.  Without further ado, drum roll please......

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Commenter #3

HP said...

I love this fabric and your pattern! I would love the red! Thank you!

HP, I have no contact information for send a response to this notice to claim your prize.  Congratulations.

PS If I do not hear from you I will draw another number.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Congratulations John!!

Today is the day you have been waiting for....


You are walking the stage to get your high school diploma.  I am sorry to see my boy all grown up, but oh so proud of the man you have become.

Well done Johnny!!