Friday, April 29, 2016

Camie's Trees!

Ok! I forgot to post my trees for Camie. I sent them to her...but I never posted them.
Camie, I am excited to see your finished quilt.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

loved this block

So quick and easy!

baby quilt

I wanted a quick and easy baby quilt for a friend having her first boy after three girls.  She told me the colors she wanted.  I just noticed the picture is upside down. :)  My sister is having her fifth baby in June so I'll be finishing up that one very soon.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mardie's Heart Quilt

Here is my heart!

I found this quilt on Pinterest (http://pin.it/T0kG26w). I  really do hate to violate copyright laws, so I worked hard to find the pattern in order that I could purchase it. I failed. The first link was to "Tula Pink". It was supposed to be in one of their books, which I could not find. I found another "Pin" that resembled the one I liked so much. It was from "Craftsy". Then I found a kit that was put together by our very own "Stitch'in Post"! But it was sold out! Not to be deterred, I got out pencil and graph paper and started creating a pattern for us to use. Here is the result:
 
I looked at the individual square on the right and thought..."Good heavens! That's 36 tiny little squares and HST's! That is too much!" Anyway, I pruned it down to a much more reasonable square.

Here we go. You will receive fabric for your square in the mail. Two pieces of red fabric, 2 pieces of turquoise fabric & 4 pieces of gray fabric.  (The color in my photos is really off Sorry.)

Trim your pieces to:
Red:     One 12 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangles
Turquoise:    Two  6 1/2" X 6 1/2" squares
Gray:    Four  2 1/2" X 2 1/2" squares
(Some of the pieces that I am sending will not need trimming. It depended on how I needed to cut off the fabric I had. PLEASE check them all for accuracy.  Don't make any assumptions.)

To create your HST (half squared triangles) start by drawing a pencil line diagonally on the back of your turquoise and gray squares. 


Then lay out your two heart pieces. It's hard to see in the picture on the right, but it is assembled so that each half is a mirror image of the other

Pin turquoise squares at bottom corners as shown. Pin gray squares as shown at top of red piece. (Hopefully you can see from the diagram above, that when stitched along the square's diagonal lines, there is the formation of a heart. )
Stitch along the diagonal lines. Please secure stitches with a few back stitches. Sometimes on a diagonal line, my beginning stitches get bunched up when I back stitch. I like to start in a few stitches and back stitch first before proceeding. 


PLEASE USE A 1/4" STITCH!! The more uniform we can be in our cutting and sewing, the more uniform the squares that we send to each other will be. (I'm finishing a quilt with many squares sent by others. There were several small squares. I had to "square" the rest of the squares down to the size of the small ones. Unfortunately, it messed up the design that was to be created when all of  the squares came together.)
As you can see, 1/4" is a bit less than the 1/4" hash on the foot. PLEASE measure your stitches.We can't rely on the measurement of the presser foot.

Next, Trim your diagonal seams to 1/4". 

After sewing your diagonal seam and trimming them, your heart will look like this:

Press the seams open.
Pin the 2 heart sides together. PLEASE carefully match up the top and bottom of the heart.
Stitch the center seam of the heart.
Press open.


Here us the finished heart. The gray on top and the turquoise on the bottom work beautifully into the overall pattern of the quilt. My pictures definitely do not show the beauty of the colors.

Thanks for helping! I am excited!
Love,
Mardie

IS IT REALLY APRIL???

Here is my heartfelt apology:

I am so embarrassed! It is MY month to post a new square and it is the 20th! You may think that I would be on top of that issue...But, lol, I am not!! Thank goodness we have 2 months for each square right now! I actually thought that I was posting in June. Finally, I have chosen and am working on the tutorial. 

Anyway, I love seasonal quilts. I have one for several of the Holidays. But I need one for Valentine's Day! Certainly, if I start now, I will have a completed, lovely, heart quilt by 2017!

Here is my inspiration..


Image result for pictures of heart quilts

For a clearer picture check out this Pinterest site:     http://pin.it/T0kG26w

I am so excited. I am now running upstairs to see if the pattern that I made will work!

Love, Mardie

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Emolyn Wilson...my favorite sister!

Oh, my goodness! I have LOVED reading all about everyone! Thanks for sharing.

I am introducing my sister, Emolyn Wilson. Actually, I will let her introduce herself in an email she sent to me:

Dear Mardie,
     As I think back I can hardly remember a time when I wasn't surrounded by fabrics, either my Mothers or my own.  My Mother used to sew almost all my clothes for school and church as well as for herself and my sister Mardie.  I know she sewed stuff for our 3 brothers, but not as much as for us girls.  She used to have a great stash of fabric and my Father put up a sign that said, "She who dies with the most fabric wins!"  I've seen that sign in the homes of other seamstresses as well.  
     I used to sew for my children (3 girls, two boys) until I realized that it was often less expensive to buy off the rack as prices of patterns and fabric climbed . . . .and climbed!  Then I sewed for special events like lots of Prom dresses, vests and cumberbuns and bow-ties for the boys, 3 beaded and pearled wedding dresses, grand-baby blessing outfits, costumes, etc.  (I even made a baby quilt for Mardie's first baby Jacob and darn if someone in her University apartment didn't steal it right off the laundry room line!  You'll have to ask her the story.😢)
     All along the years my stash grew as well and I started thinking about quilts as a way to use the fabric.  I also started ordering quilt books.  I love the feel and look of all sorts of fabrics.  Fabric stores and books stores were my greatest shopping temptations.  Lately I seem to find some nice quilting fabric at garage sales of all places.     
     I look forward to getting to know all of you.  I feel like I already know you a little as I've been stalking your blog for a few years now just to keep an eye on Mardie.  Hers and your quilts have been amazing!  
     This will be "sew" much fun!
Emolyn Wilson


Emolyn, and her husband Gordon, have 5 children and (Oh, this will tax my brain...) 15 grandchildren? (Oh, oh... I hope I am right!) They have served several LDS missions. Bolivia as mission president and Argentina as president of the MTC. She collects Teddy Bears and Nativity sets.

I love her dearly. She is amazing.
Welcome, Emolyn!

(I forgot to ask her for a recent picture... I was going to find an old one to embarrass her, but my photo library is failing me.)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

So, I was quilt blog hopping a couple nights ago and came across a lady who was participating in something called the Splendid Sampler.  I followed her links until I came to the main page. http://www.thesplendidsampler.com/  and oh man, am I glad I did. What a super fun idea.  Two friends got together with an idea, and then they told two friends, and they told two friends, etc.  Haha! Anyway by the end there will be 100 different blocks, all 6x6 finished size, made over the course of a little over a year.  They release new blocks twice a week, and so far there have only been 9 blocks revealed.  Participation and all patterns, templates, etc needed to make the blocks are free!  Free, people, FREE!!! 

I have already gone through my stash, chosen a color palette, and made 2 of the blocks.  Since Friday night.  That is how cute the blocks are, and how fun this project is.  I thought I would let the rest of you know in case it is something you would like to also participate in.  All you need to do is give them your name and email and you're in!  You can join the Facebook group if you want, but it isn't necessary.  I like seeing some of the other color choices people have used, and it helped to look through a few of the finished blocks when choosing my own colors. 

I love miniatures in general, and have been wanting to make a few mini quilts for a while.  These smaller blocks are giving me good practice and make me feel like I am ready to tackle some of those itty, bitty micro mini quilts.  I want to make a couple that could be wall hangings for my daughter's doll house....I know, I am crazy, but I figure, it is using so little fabric, even if I have to throw the whole thing away, it won't be a total loss.  But after making 100 smallish ones, I bet it will be no problem. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hello there!

So I thought I would add my own introduction to the others that have been made.  My name is Amy C. and I currently live in a small village just south of Zurich, Switzerland.  We have lived here for over 15 years and it just keeps getting better and better. I am the mother to 5 kids, ranging in age from 17 to 8. 
This is us in Utah this fall making a quick visit to see family. I am lucky to be a full-time stay at home mom, although for the past few years I have been working one morning a quarter up at the school checking the kids for lice. :)

My first sewing class was in Mrs. Allen's Home Economics class in 7th grade.  Half the year we sewed, the other half we cooked.  I made a skirt and got an A+ on it, then went on to sew a couple more skirts through my high school years, but then completely stopped.  When my oldest daughter was about to turn 8 I sewed her a baptism dress as we were living in a country that didn't have that sort of thing available anywhere and ordering one online was too expensive and risky.
My friend helped me cut out the pattern pieces, and then I sewed the thing together on my $100 sewing machine I bought to sew on cards. (I am a huge paper crafter as well.)  Here it is being worn by the third girl. Pretty soon I was sewing lots of clothes for my daughters as all the "cute" clothes available in the stores didn't come in their sizes anymore.

I learned lots of things by watching vidoes on Youtube made by talented ladies who didn't mind sharing their skills with the rest of us.  That morphed into watching quilting videos and I decided to just make each of my kids a quilt for their beds, which I did and quilted them on my home machine because no way was I paying someone to quilt them for me.  Then I made a quilt for my husband, then one for me, and then I was buying fabric like a crazy person and sewing quilts just for the fun of it.  I will occasionally give a baby quilt away, and have even sold a couple, but there are more just sitting there waiting for who knows what.  I also still sew lots of clothing for my kids.

I was super excited when I was invited to join this quilting group as I had been following the blog for a while, admiring all the beautiful creations and the skill that was involved.  It has been so fun to receive those fat little envelopes in the mail filled with fabric-y goodness and know that I "have" to go spend some time in my sewing room. haha!

When I am not sewing, I am usually reading a book,  or making cards.  In between housework, taxi duty, and other responsibilities of course. Oh, and I do cross-stitch, but that seems to come and go in stages.  Sometimes I feel like it, sometimes I don't.  But I never get rid of crafting supplies, I might use it someday! :)

Friday, March 4, 2016

what's kept me busy lately...

Here are my finished projects from the last few months: 


18" doll sleeping bag (Christmas Present)
 herringbone pillow - Charler Harper fabric


star dahlia (a class I took). Yes, those pieces are gathered.



 spool mini quilt this makes me happy!


ukulele cases for two of my daughters (minky & chenille on the inside)

 dresden mug rug for a friend 

 so much fun! Now to do some dishes...

Je m'appelle Emily

Bonjour!



I've been in 12squared since 2011. I have been sewing since 1981. Wow... I'm getting old. 

I have four kids and I live in Logan, UT. I have also lived in Alabama, Nebraska, Tennessee, Missouri, & Arkansas. I served an LDS mission in Belgium. My degree is in Family & Consumer Sciences. I have worked in a couple costume shops, which is fun. I love making gifts for people (my kids and each of my 10 nieces and nephews have a quilt I made them). I love sewing. I prefer modern fabrics and designs. I also do stained glass. Laughing is my favorite. And eating popcorn. I hope to go on a cruise to Alaska with my husband soon.

I just became a coordinator for Ryan's Case for Smiles, which is a non-profit that gives pillowcases to children in the hospital with life-changing illnesses. I am excited to be a part of it! I'm also the designer for a company called LDS Greats.

Looking forward to sewing with you ladies this year!