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01-30-2017

Planning for quilty success! 2017

Quilt Planning

We have all heard this quote…. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” by Winston Churchill or maybe this one by Benjamin Franklin…”By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”.

This month I’ve been doing a lot of planning for my new year! Focusing on what I need to get done and new challenges I want to embrace.

You may have seen some awesome quilty planners floating around on the the interwebs…..

like this one>>>

The Quilter's PlannerThe Quilter’s Planner by Stephanie Palmer

Can I just say this planner is AWESOME looking! ….. but alas, I am trying to not buy every little thing my quilty heart desires in 2017.  But if you can… get you one HERE

So here is what I came up with for myself…. a little journal I received as a gift! Added my own little quilty quote…. because “Quilty dreams do come true💜.”

Quilt Planning

I’m gonna walk you through my planning process and maybe it will help you too! 

Quilt Planning

•First task…. Assess what is happening! 

Quilt Planning

Woah Paula!!!!

FOURTEEN unquilted tops… gotta look those tops in the face, take some control! 

P.s…. don’t be ashamed of unfinished projects.

We are makers! And makers gonna make quilty peeps:)

Next stop on the unfinished train….

•Quilts or projects that are started but haven’t made it to the finished top phase. 

I call this the To Be Pieced section….

Ok…. so I have a few of these also, no biggie! 

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A second part of this I call… my In Progress section.

These are quilts that are basted and in the mid-quilting phase.

Hey….. pat on the back! These are almost there.

Quilt Planning

• New Projects.

What do I want to do that is new and exciting in 2017…

Now…

You might be thinking….PAULA!

Are any new projects really necessary? 

I  say YES! 

Quilt Planning

We have to keep growing as quilters and letting our creative side have fun!

So I made a list of some projects I want to push myself to squeeze in.

Quilt Planning

Last….but not least….

•Add a page of Goals and Progress for each month! 

This lets me see what I’ve accomplished. It’s easy to get overwhelmed!!!

But we must remember…. Quilting is fun! It’s your world. Do what makes you happy 😊 

My goal is to finish something unfinished each month and enjoy something new! 

January is looking good so far…

•One finished Quilt!

•One finished top!

•And a start on a quilt I’ve dreamed of making as long as I can remember. 

My quilty heart is happy💜

I hope you guys give yourselves a break, BE SASSY and continue you to do what you love!

 

Craftsy

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07-17-2015

Quilted Living…Party Streamers!!!

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Quilted Living Summer Blog Tour

Today is my stop on Fat Quarter Shops Quilted Living Summer Blog Tour!

Each blogger got to pick thier favorite pattern in Gerri Robinson, of Planted Seeds Designs, latest book, and show it off.

The book is titled….

Quilted Living- casual style for a comfortable home.
My favorite pattern out of this book was Party Streamers….
Party Streamers
I loved how the name complimented this pattern! So cute.
Party Streamers
The one in the book is a scrappy version….super cute by the way…..
But I decided to mix it up a little and do some vertically running colors…this really reminded me of party streamers!
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Party Streamers
Such a fun pattern and east to put together!
Party StreamersWe have all seen this look….
when your quilt holder upper has had enough!
She was a trooper:)
Would you like to win a copy of this book???

 

Be sure and enter my giveaway and don’t forget to hop on over to The Jolly Jabber to enter to win one of their fabulous bundles!
How to ENTER the giveaway>>>>>>

Leave a comment letting me know your favorite way to follow Fat Quarter Shop for an entry!

You can Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog-The Jolly Jabber, Twitter, or subscribe to their You Tube Channel.

 

Here is where you can find all the other beautiful quilts on the Tour:

Monday 07/13/15
Fat Quarter Shop
Jennifer of Never Just Jennifer
Tuesday 07/14/15
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Wednesday 07/15/15
Chelsea of Patch the GiraffeThursday 07/16/15
Jane of Quilt JaneFriday 07/17/15
Gerri Robinson
Paula of The Sassy Quilter

Fat Quarter Shop

(Giveaway ends Friday, July 24th, midnight/EST. Open Internationally.)

Winner announced the following week!

Giveaway Closed…
Congratulations to Maggie!

 

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04-27-2015

Mini Quilt Mania and a Giveaway!

Mini Quilt Mania

Today I am guest posting over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio…

So head on over and check out how to make this fun little mini quilt HERE!

Mini Quilt Mania

Here is the schedule for all the other mini’s:
April 1st : Lindsey – FWFS
April 2: Melissa – My Fabric Relish
April 6: Nettie – FWFS pattern tester
April 8: Afton  – Quilting Mod
April 13: Amanda – The Cozy Pumpkin
April 14: Trina – Will Cook For Shoes
April 21: Heather – Quilts Actually
April 22: Wendy – Sugarlane Quilts
April 27: Paula – The Sassy Quilter
As a bonus I am giving away all my scraps for this project!
Mini Quilt Mania
I had a little extra fabric just in case I had an oops! moment so I have some generous cuts left over to share….I love my follow Sassies
How to Enter the Giveaway….
and
Leave a comment on my post over at their blog making sure to use the word “Sassy”
…that way I know you are visiting from here!
(Giveaway runs through Friday May 1st, open internationally!)
Congratulations Jennifer!
You are the winner of my Broken Sunrise scraps! Thanks so much for commenting and following along:)

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01-01-2015

Modern Medley Mini-Quilt Challenge

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Modern Medley

If a quilt is alone in the forest….does it make a sound???

I can’t tell ya, but I’m thinking its possible because I know they have a story to tell for sure!

Happy New Year Quilt peeps!

I hope 2014 was a great year for you and 2015 holds lots of new and exciting things for your future….and of course lots of quilts.

Modern Medley

My local quilt guild recently had Mini-Quilt challenge where the only rules were to use our signature color and keep it 12″ square.

Have you ever tried to decide what your signature color is??? Not as easy as I thought…I love lots of bright and fun colors. I finally decided that the blue family was it for me, but wanted a little splash of pink….because that is very me too! I gathered all my random blue scraps and decided to let loose and just start sewing, pressing and cutting.

You may have noticed I haven’t shared a lot lately…..feeling a little uninspired and overwhelmed by life. I thought this project might be a way to let loose and see what happens. I really wanted to just let this project express what would naturally just come out of me. And that’s just what happened….kind of cool right! I feel a little crazy and blue, lost in the sea of what is happening right now, but I know that in the middle is still me….and it is a bright and happy me!

Modern Medley

I did the same thing with the quilting….just let it out till it told me I was done.

Now before you go thinking I have lost it, don’t worry…I am just fine. I just thought it was an interesting approach to see how a quilt can be more than just a planned project and this is not usually how I approach my quilting for sure!

Modern Medley

These quilts will also be in a quilt show here in February and I think they will make a fun exhibit.  We had to add a 4″ hanging sleeve on the back for the exhibit.

HERE is a tutorial if you ever need to know how to do that.

So tell me what is your signature color for 2015???

Think about it….

Craftsy

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11-12-2014

Finally a Finish!

Craftsy BOM 2012

Finally a finish…..well, I guess its really a flimsy finish or still a WIP since it’s not a quilt until its quilted!!!!

I am still gonna count it though:) I started this quilt in January with my guild and it has been so much fun. In the end I decided to omit four of the blocks…..hence the four solid color blocks in the corners:) A couple I never got to and a couple I just didn’t like the way they turned out(i.e. drunkard’s path blocks, dang curved seams!).

Craftsy BOM 2012

For my fabrics I used Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery. I just love the bright colors in this line. I also omitted the sashing in this quilt….not sure if I was being lazy, but I really do like the way they all fit together without it.

Do you want to take this FREE class?

Well, you can! Just click on the link below and head over to Craftsy. It is free and has step by step videos for each block. This is a great quilt for beginners because you will learn so many different techniques and you can do it at your own pace.

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012

You can sign up for this free class HERE!  Craftsy has lots of other FREE classes too, so check it out.

Online Quilting Class

Don’t Forget to ENTER this weeks Sassy Saturday Giveaway HERE!

Sassy Saturday

You can win this yummy bundle of Athena by Angela Walters for Art Gallery:)

Gotcha Covered Quilting

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10-08-2014

ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial
ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial

Todays tutorial is part of the Dream Big with Dr.Seuss Challenge with Fat Quarter Shop.

Fat Quarter Shop challenged a few bloggers to create something fabulous with the newest Dr.Seuss Fat Quarter Bundle by Robert Kaufman.

Dr.Suess FQ Bundle

This FQ Bundle also includes a super cute alphabet panel you can see in Fat Quarter Shop’s, “Big A, Little A Quilt”, FREE Pattern and YouTube Tutorial below!

So here is how to make these quick and easy ABC Adventure blocks!

ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial

Cutting:

(26) 5″ squares of batting

(26) 6″ squares for backing your blocks

Trim each of your 26 letters from the panel with a 1/2″ border, about 6″ square.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Layer each of the letters with a backing, batting and letter. Center the batting on the back of the letter block.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

On each block, stitch a zig zag stitch along the edge of the colored square surrounding your letter.

Then trim about 1/4″ around each square with some pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Easy right!?! You could even quilt the centers of these blocks if you like.

Now how about that bag?

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

From two of your remaining FQ’s, cut two pieces measuring 15″ x 17″.

Place them right sides together. Make sure if you are using the ones with words that you have them oriented correctly:)

Luckily I caught my mistake before I sewed it together!

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Sew a 1/2″ seam around three of your sides, leaving the top of your bag open.

You can use a zig zag stitch to serge the edges so your bag doesn’t fray on the inside.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

On one side of the opening of your bag…..

Un-sew about 3″ and fold those edges back, then stitch them down.

This creates a hemmed area where your drawstring comes out of your bag….sorry this pic is not the greatest, but these are hemmed individually and not connected…I can put my finger between those.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Now…. we have to make our string for our drawstring bag!

Cut (2) 2.5″ strips from the long side of one FQ. Connect them together to create one long strip.

Press in half lengthwise.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Press again so that the edges meet in the center.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Fold in half again and use your zig zag stitch to close up your string.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

With your bag still inside out…

Double fold the opening and tuck your string into the fold.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Stitch down this fold all the way around the opening of your bag…. being careful not to catch the string in your stitches!

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Tie the ends of your string together and give them a tug and your ABC Adventure Blocks are all set and now you have a perfect bag to keep them in:)

I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and share it with a special little one.

P.S. This would make a great handmade Christmas gift!!!

Get your Dr. Seuss FQ Bundle HERE!

Enter to win a FREE Jelly Roll in this weeks Sassy Saturday Giveaway HERE!

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05-29-2014

Paper Doll Dress-Up!

My Quilt Infatuation

Do you follow Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation?

Well, guess what…..She has a gorgeous new pattern for you guys called Paper Doll Dress-Up! Kelly is just the sweetest and I had a blast testing out this super cute pattern for her.

Quilting: Paper Doll Dress-Up

She is giving away 3 FREE PATTERNS, so click HERE to jump over and get your name in the drawing!

If you just can’t wait, you can purchase this pattern in Kelly’s Etsy Shop or in Craftsy’s pattern store.

Here is my top, fresh off the machine:

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I used a stack of Riley Blake FQ’s in Summer Song and Rainy days and Mondays. I have been staring at these two bundles for 2 years! Feels so good to actually use some of my older fabric:) Can’t wait to get this one quilted!

Good Luck in the drawing! and check out the rest of Kelly’s blog. She just finished a beautiful quilt called Absolutely Positive that I am just drooling over!

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04-29-2014

Scrumptious Charm Quilt Finish!

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Finished up my Scrumptious Charm Quilt this weekend! (I know…my names for quilts are lame!) This quilt used a Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille charm pack and a white Kona snow charm pack. I added some yardage for borders and that’s it! I wanted a really simple quilt that was easy to put together AND actually let me use up some of this fabric that is in my sewing room just staring at me:) This is a great quilt for a beginner. I will share some more details on this pattern soon. I know for beginners the specifics for those borders, backing and binding really help.

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I totally got busted taking pics on my neighbors fence!!! Which is electric…yikes, only one buzz so that was a success(take note of the white rope). I gave her a quilted table topper as a peace offering so she is not pressing charges, ha ha! She was really just worried I would get electrocuted. If you grew up in the country you have most likely touched one of these bad boys…you won’t forget it, but not so bad. Does this make me seem crazy???

Scrumptious Quilt

For the quilting I used Aurifil 100% cotton, 50wt. in white. I started by quilting the center panel with some basic straight lines and then moved to the 2nd border and quilted more straight lines. I wanted to break up the lines so I did a simple loop de loop in the inner border. This wasn’t too bad because you have a defined space. You are doing just a simple row of loops. Now what for the outer border????

Scrumptious Quilt

The outer border was pretty wide, about 5″. I was feeling pretty brave after the inner border….okay, let’s do a feather! I had been practicing those a while back and was improving. I marked a blue chalk line along the center of the border to help( you can still see some of those)…..so where are those feathers??? Well, let’s just say it was like starting all over! It has been many months since my previous adventures and a lesson was learned. Use it or lose it!  I opted for lots more loop de loops. They came out okay, but I definitely got a little lost sometimes.

Now, I am just analyzing this to explain my process, but in reality I think it is just fine and when washed up will be perfect:)

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

I used a machine binding technique to finish my quilt. You can find the tutorial HERE. In my tutorial I tell you to stitch in the ditch along the binding, but as of late I really am liking to stitch just on top of the binding for a top-stitched look. It also makes it less noticeable if you veer off a bit.

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

Here is the back…..P.S. don’t you love the Scrumptious paisley backing! I really loved working with this line of fabric.

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

side note….Isn’t it funny how the white thread looks teal on the binding?

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The winner of last weeks Cotton Bliss Giveaway is….

Janie!

Congratulations and enjoy your 10 FQ’s of Mirabelle from Cotton Bliss.

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04-13-2014

Sugar Block Catch up!

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I spent this weekend catching up on some of my Sugar Blocks!

2014 Sugar Block Club

The one above is the Febuary block called Explore. This one really got on my nerves! If I had enough fabric I would probably redo it. You may be able to see some distortion…I was trying to press it into submission:) Well, the block won. It should finish at 12.5″, but it is 12″. I am going to just make do and leave it. I suspect that do to a lot of seams that I slowly ate up a little seam allowance here and there and it caught up to me. If I have to I can border it and then square it up to the proper size.

MercySugarblockThis block is called Mercy.

This one I thought would be harder, but it wasn’t! I think I could have used more contrast in the star points….more red. As I grow as a quilter I am trying not to over analyze everything and just keep moving forward. Less ripping, more stitching. So this one will stay as it is too!

Now to finishing April’s block and I will be back on track.

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For all you guys doing the Triangle Quilt Along….

If you opted not to trim the zig zag edges of your quilt, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shared a great tutorial on how to bind those and work inside those tricky corners! This is a great tutorial even if you are not using it for this quilt, so check it out and say hello from The Sassy Quilter!

Binding inside corners tutorial at SewFresh Quilts

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03-08-2014

Sunday Stash and Oblongagons!

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So happy to say I have finally got my Oblongagon quilt top done! This one is packed full of Y seams and took me a minute.

This is part of the Oblongagonalong over at Sew Fresh Quilts. I changed my original plan from the chevron layout to the flower design. When I saw how Lorna’s was coming together I just had to try it. I haven’t actually done a lot of Y seams…just a few here and there, but not an entire quilt!

It is only a baby sized quilt but I do love it. A little creative piecing required here and there:) Fabrics are from the Cuzco line by Kate Spain.

Sunday Stash…

Here is my latest stash report! All the goodies I binged on during my recent trip to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

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Thought the Keep Calm print would be nice to recover a sewing room chair??? I recently saw a FB post that said, Keep Calm and overuse a slogan…haha! I might be a little late on this trend but I like it anyway:) Loved these blueprints!

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Um…cute!

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These are some 30’s I matched up for some unknown project…you know I had to have those umbrellas!

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Stocked up on some Swirly Girls Poppy Love:)

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Trying to add to my low volume and text prints….love the linen texture!

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Never too much gray and black.

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These were just the cutest earrings…all made from antique buttons. These were from around 1900 and 1920. Those mini cameos are so teeny. I love teeny jewelry!

Last chance to enter the FWFS giveaway! Click HERE to enter:) Ends Sunday at midnight, open internationally.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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