Sunday, May 20, 2018

Block 5..The Quilter's Planner 2018 sew along...

Welocme to block number 5....where Spring did finally show up here in NW Iowa. My farmer guy has been having a hard time getting in the fields because of yet more rain--but there is a season and time for everything under the sun. Late crops in the ground are better than no crops in the ground.

The tulips in front of the studio are almost finished blooming and have faded to this glorious salmon color!!
Hidden from your eyes in this photo is the rock I needed to place on the corner of the block to keep it from blowing away!!

Doesn't that salmon color look pretty with these soft shades of blue. I am trying to stretch my color thoughts with this SAL. Trying to not go with the obvious and try something different.

The 12" Block #5 can be made with the AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match 8" Qube.

Die #3--4" HST will use 2--5 3/8" sqaures of a light and a dark

Die #5--2" HST will use a 3 3/4" x 13" light rectangle

Die #6--Square on Point will use 1--3 3/4" sqaure of a meduim
                                                      1--3 3/4" x 11 1/2" rectangle of another medium

If making a pattern that requires many 2" finished half square triangles, I will use this die board--#55063. When cutting 6 layers of fabric it will yeild 60 HST!! That makes the cutting even faster--plus I love the accuracy!!

Now for my thoughts on the Square on Point unit. Do you dislike it as much as I do--or I should say as much as I used to dislike it.
I could never get it to come out right. Enter the die cutting system--not trying to sell it--just telling how much it has helped my accuracy!!

The points of the the already trimmed dog ear corners show right where to start and end sewing.

Then the next set of HST just line up with ease!!
So easy in fact that I am no longer afraid to use the Sqaure on Point unit....

...that I designed a new quilt---Peace Seeker---using multiple Sqaure on Point units.  Watch for this pattern to be available in late June.

The other thing I learned making this block--is to USE the notions I have purchased!!

Pressing was a bit tricky in this block--I didn't want the seam intersections to be bulky, so I pressed them open. But even with that some of the Sqaure on Point intersections still wouldn't lay flat.

Enter the pressing fleece--not afflilated--just again--great product. It does exactly what it says it will do. The heat from the iron stays in the wool and presses the block from the front and back at the same time.

I should have taken a before photo just to show the difference. It was amazing!!

Thank you again to The Quilter's Planner for hosting this great sew along!!

I am already looking forward to the next one....LOL!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Welcome to Lizard Creek Quilting!!

Hi all and welcome to Lizard Creek Quilting!! Where sunsets in the fall are just breath taking!!

Today is my stop on the New Quilt Bloggers 2018 Hop. Make sure and check out all the other stops to meet new quilting friends you didn't know you needed in your life!!

Click the Happy Stitching Team button on the sidebar to find out more information and where to enter for some amazing prizes!!

I have been quilting for over 25 years. But for many years before that I was into all kinds of country crafting items and sold them at local craft shows around the area. This gave me the opportunity to be a work from home mom, which I am very grateful for!!

Basically I just love to make things--anything!! Even if I have to digitize it myself...who knew I could make felt food!!

Ten years ago, I convinced my husband that I needed to add a long arm quilting machine to the mix of things I do. After coming up with a business plan, showing it could be a reasonable buisness--Lizard Creek Quilting was born!!

There is a small creek that runs through the farm we lived on, and also a piece of property we owned about 1 mile from the farm--you guessed it--Lizard Creek is the name of it.

I just love living in small town rural America!! Having a float in the local parade was a great way to advertise--and all it cost was the 2 five gallon buckets of candy that we threw to kids along the route!!
You can read more about it here.

Designing quilts based on deeply personal events in my family life has been the most rewarding part of my quilting so far. This quilt is called Promise Kept. It is a journal quilt my husband and I took along to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary. On our wedding day he promised me we would go to Hawaii for our 25th. Well I made him keep that promise!! I designed this quilt with spaces where we could journal about our trip. Every night we would each write what we did and thought about the day. Then when we returned home I appliqued pictures of the trip onto the quilt. The background fabric in the center blocks is fabric from our bridesmaid dresses. I made this quilt just for us--but loved how it turned out that I entered it into several shows where it won several ribbons. How cool that was!! It was even a semi-finalist in Paducah!! You can read about my experience to Paducah here. There are a few posts about that trip--just look in April 2013.

Lots of life happened the year I turned 50!! Became a Grandmother for the first time--super cool!! And we built a new house--with space for a new sewing space and an amazing long arm studio attached to the house. The previous long arm space was in a remodeled garage stall in the machine shed. While I felt super blessed to have this amazing new space--it took a while to get my creative mojo back. You can read about that here.

What started the journey back to my creative space was taking a class with Lisa Calle--Divide and Design. I highly recommend taking a class to jump start your creativity if you are in a slump.

This quilt is called--Cultivate your Creativity. It has photos of 6 generations of creative women in my life along with written stories of their life. I pieced the lady blocks over 25 years ago when I was just learning to quilt. They sat languishing in a box until I was cleaning out my sewing room to move. I decided to put them in my guild's rummage sale booth at the quilt show. While going through the booth, I just couldn't part with them yet--so bought them back. Well now I decided they had to be put into a quilt and not back in a box. So--this quilt was designed special to showcase the ladies and how we were all connected through our different kinds of creativity--gardening, canning, keeping a home with a very limited budget, knitting, sewing clothing, quilting, interior design and a budding artist!!

My creativity had come back!! Entering the AccuQuilt Barn Block contest was something I had done for many years--but in 2016--my block--Point of View was the grand prize winner!!
You can read my thoughts about that here.

Being an Island Batik ambassador has been soooo much fun and given me amazing opportunities. Sending off my first printed patterns last fall was a dream come true. Check out the Shop my Patterns tab for what is available now. There are more coming so check back often!!

Something I have always tried to instill to my kids is that--You never know if you don't try!!
I want to encourage you to try something you think is outside your box--or something you think you are not good enough for. Send in a design to a magazine--you never know if your name and quilt might be in the next issue!!

If I am not entering another quilt contest--Runner-up block AccuQuilt Barn contest 2017.
You can read the inspiration behind this block design here.

I will be loving on my grandchildren--add one more born this spring!!

Helping my husband--in this oh so sexy coverall outfit--with all that is required to raise a quality pork product--Hormel is where our hogs are processed--so the bacon you had for breakfast could have been raised by us!!

Or riding motorcycle with my husband. Finding inspiration for new quilts in all the beauty that is around the country.

Life is a great adventure.

What dream do you have that you think is too big to attain?? Tell me about it--if it is written down it might not seem so big--all it takes is one step and the adventure is started!! Where it ends is up to you!!

Below are the blogs for this week. Enjoy!!

Cherie B.
Cindy K.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Social Butterfly....Looking Back, Vintage quilts inspiring new creations.....

Sit back and enjoy the ride of how I arrived here with The Social Butterfly....

I have always admired the Grandmother's Garden quilts. So much so that I have a couple vintage flimsys in my "to be quilted" stack!! When pondering how to interpret the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April of using a vintage quilt to inspire a new creation--I decided to pursue using a hexagon.

During some of my forced down time this past month, I was mindlessly watching quilting You-tubes and stumbled upon The Arrow quilt by Missouri Star Company. The video was showcasing a Half Hexagon die from Sixxix.  I have the Half Hexagon die #55165 from AccuQuilt--so I was ready to go!

I was intrigued by Jennie's method of cutting the background half hexagon shape in half to use as the side pieces for each unit. That was it--I am going to make a modern Grandmother's Garden type quilt using these shapes!!

All the half hexi pieces ready to go!! Love the pretty stacks of Island Batik fabrics!!

Doing some chain piecing. Love the dog eared corners for lining up the pieces!!

Ahhhh--a finished whole hexi---now what to do with it?!? So I pondered it for a bit--not very long mind you as I only started this project at 1:30 in the afternoon--and had a deadline of bedtime!!

The creative chaos that I work in!!

As I was ironing all those chain pieced half hexis, I recalled a video from Sizzix I had watched earlier in the month. They have a die called Geese Crossing that uses a similar shape as this half hexi unit with the backgrounds attached.

So there you have it--my mind switched to that!!

Instead of hexagons--they became short stack flying geese!! Yeah I don't know what to call that unit--so I made it up--LOL. But I love the finished block.

We interrupt this sewing session to bring my husband supper in the field!!

Nine blocks later--a cheerful happy quilt.
I was in need of something spring like--and have just the right place in mind for it.

During the quilting I thought that these big open white spaces needed something yet.

Butterflies--just the right touch to add some vintage feel that was missing.

So I used the Butterfly by Edyta Sitar #55467 from AccuQuilt to cut out the shapes. You can use the affiliate link in the side bar to purchase your own dies! And since the quilt was still on the long arm frame, I just changed thread colors and stitched them right onto the quilt top.

Oh they make me smile!! Add the binding and finished by 9:30 pm!!!

The Social Butterfly, hanging by the front door into the studio. It will make me smile all spring and summer!!

"Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."   --Nathaniel Hawthorne

And that is how I started with vintage Grandmother's Garden and ended up with The Social Butterfly!!

Thank you once again to Island Batik for supplying the gorgeous fabrics and to Aurifil for the threads!! These products combined make beautiful things!!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Block 3....and 4...The Quilter's Planner SAL....

Back at it here in April!! Besides the fact that Block 3 was probably just as easy to cut with rotary than the AccuQuilt husband and I went through a quite a few health issues in there was no Block 3 SAL post.

But we are both on the mend and getting back into life as normal. That can not be said about the weather here in NW Iowa though. This morning was clean up after a major spring blizzard dropping at least 14" of snow in our area!! More is predicted this week again!! Oh will spring ever show up??

Let's start with Block 3--just because the colors make me happy!!
The fabrics are all from Island Batik. Some were supplied to me in the Ambassador program and some I purchased myself from Hancock's of Paducah.
Look and ask for them in your local quilt shop!!

I chose to rotary cut the pieces for this block. Not affiliated with Quilter's Select--but do really love the mat and rotary cutter. The rotary is said to be completely usable by both right and left hand people. I can say this is true. Yesterday in the blizzard I had my ever so helpful left handed husband do some cutting for me and he really liked it. This was only his second time using a rotary cutter and there was no learning curve or frustration. It worked great for him!!

This block went together fast and easy following the instruction in the magazine. I followed everything except for the final pressing--I spun all the intersections instead of pressing the long seams open.

My little spot of spring until it decides to appear here!!

I really liked the dark background I used in Block I am thinking I might do 6 blocks with dark background and 6 with a light background and see what happens with that!!

Block 4 will use the GO! Mix & Match 8" Qube.

Die #1-- will need a 5" dark square
Die #3--will need 2 @ 5 3/8" dark squares and 2 @ 5 3/8" light squares
Die #8--will need a 5 1/2" dark square and a 5 1/2" light square

Eleanor Burns talks about "Smart Stacking" the fabrics on the die board before cutting. I have never tried it so this was the perfect opportunity.

The idea is to place the pieces for the HST right sides together before placing them on the the die board. Then when the cut pieces come out they are already stacked together ready to be sewn together.

It was a slick trick and one I will be using again in the future!!

The other thing to pay attention to when die cutting this block--is the orientation of the fabrics when placing them on the die board. I wanted the stripes in the light blue to go around the center square. So pay attention to the fabric choice and how it can be placed on the die board.

Can't wait to have the finished quilt to use in my house!!

I am so enjoying sharing my journey of The Quilter's Planner sew along with you. It has given me just the right boost to keep at it and press on!! Thank you for following along!!

Starting tomorrow--April 16--I will be part of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. This will run for 4 weeks with several different participants, great sponsors and amazing prizes. 

Click on the button in the side bar to find the homepage with all the participants!! 

Hope to see you there!!