Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fussy Cutters Club : Gaggle of Geese Place Mat

 And the book of the year award goes to..........  *drumroll for effect*..............

And the crowd goes wild!! It's Fussy Cutters Club by Angie Wilson!!! Woooo! Yeah!! Wahoo!
Wait, what? This isn't a book awards ceremony? It's a book review? Oooh, okay I get it.

...But if it was an awards ceremony Angie's book would totally have won. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week 17 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Checkerboard Blocks

Can you believe how far we've already made it in the Long Time Gone Sew-along?!! We're almost at the finish line!! Wahoo!! This week is simple, which is always a nice way to send a sew-along, don't you think? :)

For our final blocks we're whipping up some easy peasy checkerboard blocks! I've made mine using two different techniques that work to use up small stash as well as mixing in some fabrics you may have already used in previous blocks! Shall we get started?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 16 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Amnesty Week!!

Welcome to week 16 of the Long Time Gone Sew-along! This week is amnesty week! And thank goodness for it, I am so far behind, hahaha!

So occasionally life happens, and you find yourself slowly falling behind on things. We're here this week to let you know that if one of those things you've fallen behind on is your LTG blocks then now's your chance to get caught up again!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Week 14 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | 60° Triangles

How on earth did we get to the second last block already?!! It feels like we just started the Long Time Gone Sew-along! You guys are doing sooo great! I absolutely love seeing all the different ways these blocks come together!

We are tackling the troublesome 60° triangles this week, are you ready?! Then let's get started!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Week 13 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Flying Geese

We're getting so close to the finish!! Is everyone loving their blocks so far?! I know I am and I can't wait to start assembling the top! Today we're working on Flying Geese, one of my all time favourite blocks.

So many ways to play with geese! The colours in this one may be a little more than what I'm looking for in my quilt, haha. I haven't put it up with the rest of the blocks yet so we'll see!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Week 12 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Half Square Triangles - block 3

This is it folks! The last HST block for the Long Time Gone Sew-along! Wahoo!! 

This is another that I made before the rest of the blocks and while I love it I'm not sure how well it works with all the rest of my blocks. For now though it stays, and I'll re-evaluate when they are all finished! So with that shall we get on with the tutorial?! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Week 11 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Half Square Triangles - block 2

We are back again this week with another HST block! This block is one of my favourites and I would love to make a whole quilt out of just this block and this colour palette!

So good! I actually made this block as soon as my pattern showed up! It was the first block I made from this pattern and I had planned on sticking mostly with this colour palette, until FreeSpirit sent me Anna Maria Horner's Mod Corsage line and the bundle of solids I picked out. Then I knew that I wanted to use a more vibrant colour palette! I think I've successfully accomplished that, haha! So this one may end up in the quilt, it may end up getting a couple more borders and being a pillow! We'll see!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week 10 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Half Square Triangles

Hello fellow Long Time Gone Sew-alongers!! It's hard to believe we've gone past the halfway mark.
Good work everyone!! We'll be finished in no time... let's all just pretend the pineapple blocks don't exist, haha!  You may want to try laying out all your blocks in their locations in the quilt (if you haven't already) and see how everything is balancing. You may need to add some more of a certain colour or maybe stop using a certain colour or in my case remake some of them! Today's block is, well, it's the block we all love to hate. Half Square Triangles. Such fantastic little blocks full of all kinds of potential for awesome, if someone else could just square them up!

I've gone a little Rainbow Brite with my block this week! It's been drab and rainy today (which explains my shoddy photos!) so I wanted a little bit of happy in my sewing room! Are we all ready to whip up some HST's?! Then let's go!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Week 9 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Log Cabins

Hello, hello! Welcome back for another super easy block this week in the Long Time Gone Sew-along! And this time I kept it easy for myself and my sanity, last week was a touch on the crazy side, haha! Today we are taking on the super simple Log Cabin block!

Super. Duper. Easy. Lets Go!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Week 8 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Courthouse Steps

Hello Long Time Gone sew-alongers!! I think I may have finally recovered from our Disney World vacation, though I'm still trying to get caught up on my backlogged projects! Luckily the Courthouse Steps blocks this week are super easy! Not that it stopped me from making things excessively difficult on my own, haha!

See what I mean! You couldn't just make some simple courthouse steps blocks could you Nicole?! You had to go all fancy on them didn't you?! Well of course I did! And it was well worth the hours and hours of work these three blocks took! Are you all ready to get your steps in?!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 7 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Churn Dashes

Welcome to week seven of the Long Time Gone Sew-along. Things are going to be short and sweet this week. My original post for this week was already to go and then somehow disappeared into cyberspace.  But here I am and sorry for the delay. We are taking on the adorable churn dashes this week and whether you decide to fussy cut or not they are bound to be cute!

 I went on a bit of a crazy fussy cut journey with mine and am loving the effect! It's amazing what you can do with some solids and only two prints!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 6 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Plus a Star Block

Hello, hello! We are back this week with a block that I definitely struggled with. My OCD was all over the place with this one but in the end I'm so happy with it. We're working this week on the Plus a Star block!

This is an easy one to put together but requires a bit of planning in advance. If you have a design wall it will definitely come in handy, if not make use of your bed, couch, floor, bust out the refrigerator magnets... you get the idea! Are we ready to get this one done? Let's go!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 5 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Trip Around the World Block

Time is just flying by! We're already into week five of the Long Time Gone Sew-along! How did that happen?! Today's block is a fun one to plan if a little bit fiddly to put together. Say hello to the Trip Around the World block!

I had my mind set from the jump that this one would be blue, but there were quite a few changes made along the way. And a lot of fabric cut and not used. But all totally worth it! So, are we all ready to get going?!

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Dapper Gridlock

Things are looking quite dapper around here if I do say so myself! I finished up this quilt top recently and wanted to share. It's still in flimsy form as it's for my little sis for her birthday today and I thought I'd let her pick the backing fabric for it. I'm nice like that, haha!

I started with some prints from Tim Holtz's newest line, Dapper and added in some favourites, from all of his previous lines I think. And they play so nicely together!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week 4 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Jacobs Ladder Block

Welcome back everyone for another fun block! This one just might be my favourite so far!
We are going to be taking on the Jacobs Ladder Block today and there are endless possibilities for fabric and layout options!

Mine has a bit of a fireworks kind of feel to it doesn't it? I love it! Okay, are you all ready to make your Jacobs Ladder block?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Week 3 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Crosses of the U.K. block

Hello and welcome everyone! We've moved into week three of the Long Time Gone Sew-along and I have to say, the blocks you guys are making are just gorgeous! Today's block is a fun one that gives a little bit of room for some cute fussy cuts! Say hello to the Crosses of the U.K block!!

crosses of the U.K. block

I love the X`s in the background of the block and couldn't resist cutting my prints to maximize the directional feel of them!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Week 2 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Square in a Square Stars Block

Hello again all and welcome to week two of the fabulously fun Long Time Gone Sew-along! Today we are tackling the Square in a Square Stars block and there is all kinds of room for some great fussy cuts! 

square in a square stars

For all the pieces in this block it is actually quite easy, two basic units are all that are needed to make up this block, flying geese and and square in square blocks. Easy peasy, shall we get started?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Week 1 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Bow Tie Block

Hello everyone and welcome to the start of the Long Time Gone Sew-along!!
I'm so very excited to finally start on this epic adventure with you all! I truly hope you all enjoy this wild ride and come out the end with a quilt that you love! 
Without further ado shall I introduce you to this weeks block?

Say hello to the Bow Tie Block!

bow tie block

This super cute block is such a nice, easy start for us! But don't let it's simplicity fool you, there is so much potential for fun to be had!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

LONG TIME GONE SAL - keeping yourself organized!

One week friends!! We only have one week to go and then it's on like Donkey Kong!!
Are you all ready? There still time to join Angie, Marti and I on this most exciting (slightly crazy) adventure!

Today I'm just popping in really quick to share some tips and tricks I use for staying on track and keeping organized while sewing. Nothing worse than getting halfway through a project and realizing you've lost the fabrics you've been using, or used them in another project or even put the blocks you've already made in a "safe location" so they wouldn't get lost. I have LOTS of "safe places" in my house. 

organizing your sewing projects

Shall we get started?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LONG TIME GONE SAL; Fabric Selection, Bundles and Discount Codes

Hello, Hello!

I've been looking forward to this post the most in our Long Time Gone Sew-along journey! This is my absolute favourite part of making a quilt. I could honestly make stacks of pretty fabrics all day, is that a job? Could I do that for a living do you think? Hmm...

Okay, back on track here people. I hope this post will help you out, even if only to inspire you! Because sometimes a little inspiration is all you need. Or a crazy friend that somehow manages to talk you into joining her on an epic quilty adventure. Not that my rubber arm needed much twisting! Having already tackled Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife I was more than willing to jump head first into this project with Angie!

So without further ado, shall we get started?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Long Time Gone Sew-along Sponsors!

Today is the day!!! Well, not the day. We're not starting yet. No, today is the day we get to share with you some of the wonderful prizes our generous sponsors have put together for you! And wow, you guys are so lucky! These prizes are awesome!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome to the Long Time Gone Sew-along!

I'm so very excited to be making another one of Jen Kingwell's fabulous quilts! And equally excited that so many people are wanting to join in! Angie, (@gnomeangel) my quilty partner in crime for this event, has been receiving emails daily asking for more information. So without further ado, we bring you the first installment! Grab a snack, it's a lot of information!