Monday, July 25, 2022

UFO bloghop

 





Hi all.  It is my day on the UFO blog hop, hosted by Joan @ Moosestashquilting.com.   Joan must be spying on my quilting room and know that I have lots of UFO's hanging in the closet in there.  


When I first heard about this hop, I thought great, it will help me get some of my quilts done.   Yeah, right.  I am really trying to get my sewing room really organized, especially  since I want to teach some online classes, so I need a clean and organized space, right? 


Well, I have also been submitting applications to teach at some quilt retreats, so I needed to get projects taken care of for those.  Good news is I am teaching at 2.  One is in October in Richfield  UT and there will be 2 classes: A SUNBONNET SUE and the other class is a beginning machine quilting class.  




The 2nd one is in February and is in Bryce Canyon in Utah.  2 classes for that one is beginning machine quilting and Help! How do I quilt this?


I submitted this quilt for the beginning machine quilting classes, but told them the quilt will be different.  So, I asked my granddaughter who is 12 and my daughter if they would be willing to stitch up a quilt top for me, because I overloaded my plate.  I do that a lot.   And not only with projects but also food.  



But as I was cleaning and organizing  I did find a couple of small projects that needed binding on them, so I got those done.   I have also been part of a group doing things for humanitarian work and got quite a few bags sewn.  So not bad, but I really need to get focused on finishing my projects that are already started. 




Well, why don't you check out my other blogging friends and see what they have to share?  In the meantime, I will work on a plan to get my UFO's done.  Thanks for joining me and my craziness.  The other bloggers for this hop are:


Monday July 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Lianne Makes Stuff

Karrin’s Crazy World

Ms P Designs USA

Time4Stitchn

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday July 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Days Filled With Joy

Kathys Kwilts and More

Food For Thought

 

Wednesday July 27

Stitching Farm Girl

BeaQuilter

SelinaQuilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting Gail

 

Thursday July 28

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Blog

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Home Sewn by Us

 

Friday July 29

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Inflorescence

Words & Stitches

Just Sew Quilter

MooseStashQuilting

 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Monthly color challenge July 2022

 





I am so glad to be joining up with Jen @ Patternsbyjen.blogspot.com for another monthly color challenge.    Each month this year, Jen has used a spice for the monthly theme.   This month the spice is sumac.  This is a spice that I have never used.   So, I looked it up and learned that it is a spice used most commonly in Middle Eastern cuisine.  It's the 5th most used middle eastern spice trailing behind cumin, nutmeg, cardamom, and turmeric.  

It complementnts both smoky and herbal elements. 

This month's color is purple.   I love purple it is one of my favorite  colors.   


This block is very easy to do.   Be  sure to  visit Jen this month to get the free pattern.  You can get the pattern by going to patternsbyjen.blogspot.com.  




One of the things I do when working on a square in a square, I like to take my triangle piece and fold it in half to find the center, and do the same with my squares. 




Be sure to visit the other bloggers and see what they did:

   

     Jen    patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

      Kathy   pennyformythought-nona.blogspot.com

        Lissa   lovinglylissa.com

        Raylee  sunflowerstitcheries.com


I would also love you to follow me on Instagram at kathyskwiltsandmore  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kathyskwiltsandmore.  Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you enjoy it. 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Here comes the Sun bloghop

 




Well, it is my day on the blog hop.    I am so glad that Carol @ Justletmequilt.blogspot.com join in.   I had already planned what I was going to do, and someone else had the same idea.   Oh well.   I will still share the project.  


As I am sitting here writing this post, I am typing fast, as we had a storm come in and I lost power.   That is okay, because we need the rain.   My daughter who doesn't live far from me texted me and said that it looks like a river is running down her street.  So as it is cloudy and rainy , there is no sunshine, not even one of our gorgeous Utah sunsets, so I will share a couple of things with you, that will give us sunshine.  


First is this Sunbonnet Sue block.   I am doing this by hand and I love it.  I am doing hand applique.   I love hand applique, because I can take it with me, wherever I go.    I am doing a wall hanging and then will do a quilt.   These will be samples for a class I will be teaching at the Quilters Heritage Festival in Richfield Utah in October.  



Next up is this quilt I put together.  I am going to do different designs in the small rectangles and use it for a class called How do I quilt this that I am applying to teach at retreats and at quilt guilds.   I was just ready to start quilting in one of the long rectangles with a darker yellow 💛 thread, when the power flickered.  Then when it came back on I thought okay, now I will quilt.   Nope. We lost it again.  


Here are a few shots of some of the quilting I have done with this quilt. 




I hope you will check out all the other bloggers for this hop.  There are some great ideas.  


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Monthly color challenge - May 2022



 I took a few months off from the Monthly Color challenge, due to selling a home, buying one and moving. 

This blog hop is hosted by Jen @ Patternsbyjen.com.  I really appreciate the work Jen puts into this each month.    


I am getting settled, and decided it was time to get  back to my blogging and back to doing the monthly color challenge. 



For the month of May, the color is blue.    Blue is a favorite color for me.  I love the blue skies.   It also reminds me of a nice blue lake, and robins eggs.    I just happen to have a bird's nest under my deck, and I love peering our a window and watching mommy robin feed her babies or setting on the eggs.   




This months block was fun to do as it is full of flying geese.   I love to make flying geese, they are one of my favorite blocks to make.  


For the month of May, this pattern is FREE!!!   To get it visit Jen @ patternsbyjen.blogspot.com



A couple of tips:

I love to starch my fabrics.   Especially if I am cutting something on a diagonal.   It keeps from distorting the fabric.  I like best press, but I also like the good old Niagra spray starch.   Next time I need to buy some, I might try the liquid starch (STA Flo) and then dilute it.  I have heard it works pretty good.

 Press and starch your fabric before you cut.  It gives a much nicer cut and really makes it nice to work with.    I do this as I usually wash all fabrics before I use them.   I make clothing as well, and I don't always know what my fabric will be used for when I buy it. 


Please check out these other bloggers today and check out their blocks.  

Jen @ Patternsbyjen.com

Andi @ Truebluequilts.com/blog

Anja @ anjaquilts.blogspot.com

Sandy @ Sandystardesigns.com

Raylee @ sunflowerstitcheries.com

I love to hear your comments, so please share.   Also please consider following me on Instagram and Facebook, both at  Kathy's kwilts and more.  


Thank you. 

  

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Wonderful world of color blog hop

 



Welcome to my day of sharing on the wonderful world of color blog hop hosted by Joan at www.moosestashquilting.com.   I am so glad she let me join. 


I haven't been blogging for a while and I am glad to be back at it.   We decided it was time to retire, so we sold our home and bought a new one in a small town.   I grew up in a small town and I absolutely love it.  It is really quiet and peaceful.   I mentioned that we retired, so now I want to spend time writing quilt patterns and teaching at quilt guilds and retreats. 

On to the reason you are here. 



  When I thought about what quilt I wanted to share today, I decided that my yellow brick road quilt was the one.   I love this quilt and the colors in it.  This pattern was designed by   www.atkinsondesigns.com and is a very fun and easy quilt to make.  




 I have made it a few times and have taught it 3 or 4 times in a beginning quilting class.


These are from some of my students:






I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today.   I would love if you would follow me on Facebook and Instagram both at kathyskwiltsandmore.   

I love reading your comments, so please leave comments. 

I also invite you to check out the other bloggers for this blog hop. 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Monthly color challenge January 2022






 I am so glad to be joining Jen @ www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com for another fun year of the Monthly Color Challenge.     My goal this year is to make at least one of each block, but maybe more, put them together  and use them for Christmas gifts.   


Before I get to talking about the blocks, I want to share some tips with you.   With a new year it is a good time to think about improving your sewing and quilting skills.


1.   Always press your fabric.  I like to use either Best press or Niagra starch as I am pressing.   I prewash my fabrics and I like the feel that the starch gives my fabric.


2.  Make sure you change needles on a regular basis.   I change them with each major project or after 8-10 hours of sewing.   The needles I prefer are schmetz and I tend to use the universal in a size 80/12.


3.  Clip your threads.   So many machines now have a thread cutter.  Use it.  Your projects look so much better when you clip the threads. 


4.  I like to have a lint roller close by.   I tend to get a lot of tiny pieces of threads on my projects, so, I use the lint roller to keep those thread pieces at bay.  

Now on to this months block.  




This months block is really fun and easy to do.it took me less than an hour to cut and sew two blocks up.   I wanted to switch my light and dark oranges around. 



I hope to do a lot more blogging this year.   I have been going through and cleaning and organizing my sewing room and fabrics and found lots of projects I need to finish and then I will be sharing them.   So follow me on Facebook or Instagram so you can see what I am up to.   


Check out the rest of the bloggers.   And remember to visit Jen @ www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com to get a copy of the pattern.   It is free all month long. 

The other bloggers are:

Carolyn @ www.appliquesquiltsandmore.com

Andi @  truebluequilts.com

Anja @ anjaquilts.blogspot.com

Crystal @ daybrookdesigns.com

Raylee @ sunflowerstitcheries.com

Dont forget the link up at the end of the month.  Have a happy and healthy new year. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls blog hop

 




Hi all,


I am not usually into Halloween.  I was more so when my kids were younger, but now that they are grown, I have decided that I want to decorate a bit more.



For this hop, hosted by Carol @www.justletmequilt.com, I decided to do some placemats.  I had done these for a class that I taught at witches day out at my local quilt shop, where I work. 



These placemats were easy to do.     They were actually in a panel.   There are four panels for the placemats.   I then chose my backing and I used 100 percent cotton batting by winline.   I love the piece I used for the binding. 



I just did some free motion quilting and I used a Bernina 770 for that.  I really love the BSR that are on the Bernina machines.  



I love the spider web fabric.    I had another little idea I was going to share, unfortunately it didn't get done.   I will share it as soon as I get it done.    


Please follow me on my blog as I have some things I am working on that I will be sharing.

Please check out all the bloggers who have been blogging this week.  There are some great ideas. 


I hope you have found some great ideas.   I will be back with some really fun stuff.    Thanks for joining me today.