Thursday, January 18, 2018

Organization - Kanban Board

It's a new year, and with it comes wishes of organization.

Enter the Kanban Board. I first found this idea from Cora's Quilts. As a visual person, I fell in love with this it. Plus, you get to buy sharpies and post it notes. Sold!

I had to use my ruler to make my lines, I'm slightly anal like that.

I chose my own focus pieces, but admit to using Cora's ideas for each little column.

Should I choose to change any of these it's easy to erase the permanent marker. Simply go over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker, then wipe.

P.S. This works on most plastic surfaces.

Unfortunately, my dry erase board didn't come with little eyelets to hang, and I didn't catch that until after garbage day. So I grabbed a couple of these. I'll let you know how they hold.

There she is in all her glory! I'm so excited to see this in motion. I'm in need of a big visual way of organization and I think this will work well, though I know I will need to tweak it a bit as I go. What are your favorite organizational tools? What are your organizational weakness?

Happy Stitching!

Did you see what is under  "developing?" Hmmmm, you might want to take a look at The Border Quilt pattern and start dreaming a little.

Don't miss the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge just getting started.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beginners Unite - Square In A Square

I'm adding a little how to for the Square in a Square Unit.

I started thinking that a tutorial for trimming the Square in a Square (SIS from now on) unit might be helpful, since our January block for the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge has one front and center.

Tips for stitching a Square in a Square Unit

You will need one square and four triangles. I am making a 4" finished SIS for this tutorial. My square is 3 3/8" and the triangles are two squares 3 3/8" cut once on the diagonal.  I like Quiltville's chart for sizes.

The triangles are over sized, meaning in this case we don't have to align centers, we can just eyeball it.

Sew a triangle to opposite sides on the square. Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Finding the correct seam allowance is important, I have a post about it HERE.

Press towards triangles.

Repeat with the last two triangles.

Press towards triangles. Give it one final *good* press to make sure you're working with a flat piece for trimming.


If you don't have a specialty ruler for trimming SIS, you can still use a regular ruler. This is how I have trimmed my SIS units in the past. Now, I love the Square2 ruler from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design.

Find the 1/4" seam allowance, from the top point and right point, and line up your ruler.

You will have a good amount to trim.

Rotate, line up the 1/4" seam allowance as well as lining up your 45 degree angle on the bottom left corner.  Your left and bottom edges should align with the needed measurement. In this case, the 4 1/2" lines.

Perfectly square, with 1/4" seam allowance from each point.

Happy Stitching!

Don't miss the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge, going on now!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

December 2017 Finishes

December finishes were not a plenty. I'm going to share them (it) anyway, just to keep up the habit.

The December Muggamo was my one and only quilty finish that I can share. The best thing I ever did was come up with the Muggamo series, if only because it meant one finish a month that I could show you.

This one looks like a finish, but it wasn't, the binding is pinned. It's been added to the Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long goal list though, and it will be finished.

Does finishing a crazy elephant coloring page count as a finish?

Thank goodness I had the Muggamo! For 2018 I am hosting a 2018 Monthly Color Challenge to keep my blogging going. Don't miss out, there are prizes each month, and there is still *plenty* of time to make the January block

Happy Stitching!

PS Next month's color is blue, you need a light, medium and dark. Start pulling!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 - Q1 Finish - A - Long Goals List

This is my first year joining the Finish-A-Long.

Marci Girl Designs

For this first quarter, which ends April 1 (why does that suddenly sound like it's right around the corner), I chose three WIP to finish.

Here A Square There A Square

First on the list is putting the binding on the Here A Square There A Square quilt. It's been quilted since the last QAL post, and there it has sat.  Time to finish it up.

Second, I'm going to finish the binding on the Suite life. It looks finished, doesn't it?

Not so much!

2017 AQS Christmas Countdown

Last on my list is finishing up the Christmas Countdown put on by America Quilter's Society. I finished...four.

I won't have enough of the blue to finish, but I found that pretty grey and I think that will work in well.

I'm excited to try and get these finished up. I admittedly chose easy finishes, just to see if I can actually finish them with the other thing going on. The great thing is that if I don't finish, I can roll it over to quarter 2, 3...or 4.

Will you be joining the Finish-A-Long? There are a lot of quilters/seamstresses linking up and you can join until Monday, January 15.

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador!

Yesterday I received the news that I was accepted as an Island Batik Ambassador.

I'm really excited to begin this new journey.
(Pictures of collections added for your visual enjoyment, with links to each line.)

Diner Days

Each month, beginning in February I believe, there is a challenge issued with a deadline (there's the real challenge hahah) and the challenge is made with the beautiful fabrics provided by Island Batiks.


I'm so ready for the beautiful fabric to arrive! I drooled over the pictures of the boxes that arrived last year.

Cherry Berry

As a complete newbie to this venture I have no idea what you can expect from me, other than pieces made from beautiful batik fabrics from Island Batik.

Alpine Ice

Are you a fan of using batiks in your quilting projects? Let me know your favorite batik make. If you haven't used batiks, let me know why, just not a fan or is there a concern. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and addressing them throughout the year.

Happy Stitching!

Don't miss the January Color Challenge block. It's free!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

January Color Challenge Block

I am so excited to get the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge started!

Ready for the first block? Each month there will be a different block pattern and you can choose to make the 12" finished size or the 6" finished. Find the introduction post HERE.

12" finished block

6" finished block

Here she is in both the large and small size.

 I will be providing 3 different settings, and one of them will be for those of you who choose to do both sizes as shown here. For the blocks above I switched the dark and lights around, just for fun.

Grab your free pattern HERE.
**The block patterns, and setting instructions, will be available for free until June 2019, at which point they will be bundled and sold as a full pattern.**

Blog Hop
You will want to visit the other bloggers. Take a look at the blocks they have made and get inspired. There are a couple that are doing some added extras all year long, you don't want to miss that!
The Prize
Information on how to enter for a chance to win this months prize is at the bottom of the post. This month we have a beautiful fabric bundle from Northcott. So pretty!


You will need two red fabrics, one dark, one light. Feel free to use only two fabrics or use multiple scraps. It will be important to use scraps of the same value, so your pattern shows in your block.

A ruler with a 45 degree angle is needed for trimming. For this block I used the Wing Clipper® and Square2® rulers from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design.

Piecing hints

When making your Square in a Square unit, fold each piece in half and match the folds. This picture shows the triangle offset, but you want to line up both edges. Repeat for the opposite side, then to the last two open sides.

This picture is for the 6" finished block, the 12" block will require trimming just the dog ears.

This unit finishes larger than needed.

You will trim this unit to 2 1/2" square.

Find instructions for making Flying Geese using the No-Waste Method HERE.

When stitching the corner units, stitch so your needle is closest to the outside edge, this will help keep your unit size accurate.

When stitching the Flying Geese units to the rectangles, keep your stitch closer to the edge in order to keep your point.

I like to pin the end of each unit as I stitch them together, this helps keep them lined up accurately.

I do the same when stitching the rows together. That last pin really helps keep the blocks square. I also found that by sewing with the Square In A Square unit on top, the fabric didn't stretch as much and I could make sure to keep my points.

It is extremely important to lay out the units for the block and making sure the corner units go in the right direction. If you have followed the pressing arrows, the seams should all nest.

Pressing instructions are included.

What's next?
You've visited the bloggers, you've made the block, or something in red, and you're ready for the next step. Entering for prizes! On January 24th I will open up a link party. From January 24 - January 31 you can add your red "something" to the link up party. One entry per person, please. On February 1st I will randomly choose a winner. Please make sure you add your email address!! 

**Remember! Every month you enter gives you an entry for the grand prize. If you enter all 12 months you receive 12 entries into the grand prize!**

Grand Prize

Jen at Dizzy Quilter is providing the grand prize! 

The generous prize provided your top quilted by her (up to 90" x 90"),  a $202.50 value!

You must provide the backing, 8" longer than width and length. Batting can be purchased from Jen, for $20, if you like.

Return shipping is included for US residents only.
**Please note, the quilt will not be trimmed or bound, those services are extra**