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. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

I'm falling for you bloghop

 




Hi and welcome to my day to share in the I'm falling for you bloghop hosted by Joan @www.moosestashquilting.com.   thank you Joan for hosting and allowing me to join and play along.


For my project I am sharing some table runners and napkins.   








These table runners were fun to make, and very easy to do.   They have 1 layer of cotton batting and the quilting was stich in the ditch and some free motion quilting.   



I made these a couple of years ago, and they have been used  a few times.   I love using them on my table for Thanksgiving.  


The napkins are just squares of fabrics that I did a small double fold hem on.   


I hope that you have enjoyed my projects that I shared with you today.   


Please check out the other bloggers for this week.  There are loads of fun ideas. 

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

 

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

The Morning Latte

 

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

 

 

Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 

Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights

MooseStashQuilting



Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Monthly color challenge - 2021 - September

 



Hi and welcome to September.    September is a favorite month of mine.    It begins the fall season, my hubby was born in September, and we celebrate our anniversary. 

I want to thank Jen @www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com for hosting this monthly color challenge.  It has been fun.   

This months color is yellow.    I really like yellow, but did not have a lot in my stash.


I want to share with you some fun things I like when sewing.    One of those things is the ability to not have to use a foot pedal.    If I am just sewing something really quick, and I don't have my foot pedal attached to my machine (I teach classes and sometimes parts are still in my rolling tote).   

I love the clips from clover.   You can see that I use them to hold my parts together. 




Some of my other favorite things are of course the cutting mat, a 121/2" square ruler, a rotary cutter, seam ripper (sometimes I use it way too much), and my marking tools. 



All of these tools help me create these wonderful blocks. 



Thank you for visiting today. 

Check out the other bloggers for today as well:

Jen Shaffer: https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com/
Frances Arnold: https://francesquilts.com/
Lisa Ruble: lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com
Raylee Bielenberg: http://www.sunflowerstitcheries.com/sunflower-quilting-blog/
 Andi Stanfield: https://truebluequilts.com/blog
Crystal Drummond: www.daybrookdesigns.com
 Ashli Montgomery: https://quilt2endalz.org

We have had some wonderful sponsors who are giving away quarterly prizes this year. In order to be entered for the prizes you need to do the monthly color challenge and link up at the end of the month. Make sure you get your pattern during the month it is offered because then it will be free. You can get your free pattern at http://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com.


Goodie Bag
https://www.dragonflysquiltshop.com/


PDF Pattern
https://www.beaquilter.com/


$25 gift certificate to Faith and Fabric
https://faithandfabricdesign.com/


Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
PDF Pattern
http://www.sunflowerstitcheries.com/

$50 gift certificate to their choice of shop
https://carolelylesshaw.com/

Mini Monty (Fabric Bundle)
https://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/

Fat Quarter Bundle
https://benartex.com/

60 x 60 Dream Cotton
http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/


90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester
https://warmcompany.com/


$10 Gift Certificate
https://www.appliquesquiltsandmore.com/


PDF Pattern
https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com/


PDF Pattern
https://saidwithlove.com.au/


2 PDF Patterns
https://daybrookdesigns.com/


Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's a guy thing blog hop

 Never, ever procrastinate is a lesson I hopefully learned this week.    I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this hop, but Tuesday I hadn't thought of anything and thought I will deal with it on Wednesday, since that is my day off.


Instead of spending my day off in the sewing room, I spent it in the ER and having a gall bladder surgery done.  Not fun.     After the surgery we couldn't keep my oxygen level up, so they kept me overnight for observation.    I of course can't sit up for long periods of time. 


So, go visit these other bloggers and see the projects that they have done.   I will hopefully get some finished projects to blog about soon.