Friday, December 12, 2014

Share the Love Friday

I've been working hard on some WIP's this week and it looks like many of you have too!  Here are some of my favorite finishes of the week!


I love the masculine feel of this quilt that Vanessa made for her brother-in-law.  I have to admit that I make a lot of "girly" quilts and I think she did a great job with the pattern and fabrics to really make this one manly!
I have loved seeing all of Sharon's posts on Instagram about each of these B & C themed blocks!  What makes this quilt so special is that it is two quilts in one!  That's right, it's double-sided!  LOVE!


I love that Ashley chose a simple block patchwork to piece this quilt!  It is such a great way to showcase those beautiful and bright AMH fabrics!


This is one of the cutest teacher gifts I have ever seen!  Any teacher would be lucky to get one of these lovlies!


Chrissy shares her tutorial for making this sweet little mug rug on her blog.  I love the texture that it creates!


I love the fussy cuts and hand stitching that Rachel uses on this little mug rug!  Too cute!


I am really loving Kate Spain's newest line, Paradiso!  I love the geometric shapes and I'm always a sucker for a bright floral!


Best. Cinnamon Rolls. Ever.  I have been using this recipe for a few years and I can honestly say that they are my absolute favorite!  They are also my extended family's favorite. They ask me to bring just about every time we get together, ha!  

The only thing I do differently is top it with cream cheese frosting using this recipe:

Ingredients:

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese - almost room temperature
1/2 cup salted butter - almost room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions:

Whip cream cheese, butter, and extract together until it's light and fluffy.  Add in the powdered sugar and whip until smooth and fully incorporated.  You will probably have some leftovers, so make sure to refrigerate them!

You can also make these into the best Orange Rolls using the same recipe by Our Best Bites and substituting the following:

Filling:

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract or enough orange juice to get the consistency you want


Hope you saw something inspiring and lovely today!  As always, if you have a finish you would like me to feature, email me at amyharward83@yahoo.com.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Share the Love Friday . . . Oops!

Well, I'm a day late (sorry about that), and since I didn't post last week, I have a lot of beautiful quilts to share today.


I usually like to share finished quilts on this post, but I literally gasped when I saw this intricately paper-pieced quilt top by Sarah.  I can't wait to see the finished result!

And because I just found her blog and love this one as well, I had to share it . . .


Pretty much love everything about this.  The end.


Loving Lynne's fabric choice and the play on a Dresden in this circular quilt.  Beautiful!


Kati's quilt is one of the 15 projects in the new Scraps, Inc. book.  It seems so simple, yet makes such an statement with the contrast between the warm neutral and the bold colors.

The cutest story ever comes along with this quilt!  Read Maureen's post for all the details about how her friends pulled together to make this gorgeous flower quilt for her!


The girls at Sew Kind of Wonderful share a free pattern for this lovely quilt block that uses their Quick Curve Ruler.  Very cute!


Sherri's quilt is another featured quilt in the Scraps, Inc. book . . . hmmm . . . maybe I need to add that to my Christmas wishlist!  Lovely!


I love the simplicity of this mini quilt and the use of the bright colors for the background fabrics!


Andy always makes the most beautiful quilts and this one is no exception!  What's awesome is she made this one from string scraps, and who doesn't have a million of those?!


Loving the color palette of this wedding quilt Cristina made for her friends!


Okay, trust me on this one . . . check out Meredith's post to see her beautiful hand quilting!  It's amazing!


Andi made this quilt in preparation for a little trip down under.  Love that she uses a dark neutral!

Hope you saw something that was inspiring today!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Make a Dresden Mini Quilt Using Charm Squares

This week I had the opportunity to participate in a really fun swap with a bunch of women from the UCMQG.  We were asked to make a mini quilt no larger than 24" square, include a little treat, and bring them wrapped.  Yay!  Who doesn't like to open a present?!  Then each of us took a turn picking a "surprise" mini or stealing one that was already opened (oh snap!).  This is the one that I made . . .


 . . . and this is the one I received!  The great thing about our little swap was that Pam (@quiltbliss) and I picked each other's quilts.  This is the cute hedgehog quilt she made!  LOVE it!


Well, if you would like to make a Dresden Plate mini, here's what you will need:

- one charm pack with at least 27 charm squares
- 16.5" x 16.5" cut of neutral fabric for the backdrop of your Dresden
- 18.5" x 18.5" cut of batting
- 70" of binding fabric cut 2" wide (you can use scraps, jelly roll strips, whatever!)

You CAN use your remaining charm squares from your charm pack to make a scrappy binding, BUT you will need 16 charms to do so.  Since many charm packs only have 42 charms and you will need 43 for the total project if using them for the binding, just make sure you have enough scraps to make up the difference (9" of 2" wide fabric).

Also, make sure to check out my tutorial for how to make a Dresden Plate.  I don't include full how to instructions on this post, so you will need to reference that tut for more specific instructions on how to make the Dresden.

I started by cutting out a template to make my blades.
Once I had the template cut out, I picked 10 charm sqaures and cut 2 blades per charm (I stacked the charms and cut several at a time).



After I had all the blades sewn together, I picked out a charm for the middle circle of the Dresden.  I have a Circle Cut ruler and I used it to draw a 4" finished circle by folding my charm in half with RST.  (Like I show in my Dresden Plate tutorial, you can just use a bowl to trace the size circle that you want if you don't have a ruler.)  I then cut it out, and appliqued it on to the center of the Dresden blades.




At this point, I knew I wanted to quilt my background fabric without the Dresden attached, so I didn't sew my Dresden on yet.  You can sew your Dresden on now if you don't mind working around it during the quilting process.

Now onto the back!  I just wanted to keep it simple, so I pieced together 4 rows of 4 charm squares and called it good!  It's a great way to showcase more of the prints in the line that you may not have used on the Dresden. 


I made my quilt sandwich and basted it together with a few safety pins.  I just love using fabric pens that erase with heat/steam for marking straight lines!  It certainly helps, even when you have a walking foot with a guide.


Once the quilting was finished and the quilt squared up, I centered the Dresden on the front, pinned it, and top-stitched around the blades using an aqua blue thread.


All that was left was the binding.  Since it is a mini, I didn't want the binding to be too fat.  For a normal size quilt, I usually cut my binding strips 2.5" wide, but I cut these 2" wide.  I used scraps for mine, because I wanted to pull in more aqua and leave out the other colors that were in this line of fabric.  Again, you could also use the rest of your charm squares + 1 to make a scrappy binding (you will need 16 charms).  You can use my binding tutorial if you don't have a method you use regularly.

And voila!  You have a cute Dresden Mini Quilt!



I think after taking this picture I might need one in each room of our apartment!  It really brightens up the wall, don't you think?









Sunday, November 30, 2014

Handmade Holidays: Gifts For Kids

I had the opportunity to partner with the folks at Sew Mama Sew to round up some handmade gifts for kids for their Handmade Holidays series.  Today is the day that my projects are featured on their website!  Head on over to their site to get great ideas for projects you can make for kids this holiday season!  They also have several other posts for gift ideas for anyone on your list. 

Also, just want to remind everyone that everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off through Monday, December 1st. Just use coupon code HOLIDAY15 at checkout and you're good to go!

Hope you've had a great weekend so far and have had lots of fun with family!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving + Holiday Sale

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! To start off your holiday shopping, I am having a sale in my Etsy shop!  Everything from today through Monday, December 1st is 15% off, including custom quilts!  All you have to do is enter coupon code HOLIDAY15 at checkout and you're all set!





Friday, November 21, 2014

Share the Love Friday

I have to admit that I have been struggling to get my sewing mojo back since finishing my Tone It Down quilt!  With my demands as a wife, mother, friend, neighbor, etc., I have really only been sewing for about 10-20 minutes a day, which doesn't really translate into a lot of finishes.  I'm really glad I started blogging about other quilter's projects to get some inspiration and to live vicariously through their victories!  Here are some of the quilts/projects I loved seeing this week.


Love this bright quilt by Molli that he made using charm squares!


I really like the geometric shape that is created in the negative space of this quilt.  The colors are so soothing and beautiful!


Emily shares her tutorial for this quilt over on the Moda Bakeshop.  Check it out!


Love this cute little zippered bag by Mahriam!  Perfect for a little tote for my girls' books and activities for long car rides or church.


This is Nancy's first hexagon quilt and it looks great!  I love the cool tones and the purple binding!

As always, if you have a finish throughout the week and would like to be featured on my next Share the Love post, contact me at amyharward83@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Share the Love Friday

It's that time again, friends!  
Here are some of the beautiful projects that caught my eye this week. 


I love all the cute paper pieced blocks on this quilt!  My favorite has got to be the teapot!

Here's a picture I the full quilt . . . 



Julia made this mini quilt for a swap she participated in and shares a tutorial on her blog so you can make it too!  Love it!


I love the contrast of colors that Jennifer created in this quilt that is part of the Winged Fabric Tour. It's beautiful!


Loving the blues and purples in Cindy's quilt!

Solids can make such a powerful statement in a quilt and I love this one by Lee!


This quilt is so visually striking!  Love all the liberty fabrics Lorellen used!


These little boxes would be the perfect addition to any sewing room. I need these!


With Thanksgiving around the corner, Lori  shares her tutorial to make this adorable pieced turkey. Love!

Hope you guys have fun plans for the weekend! 

As always, if you have a finish throughout the week and would like to be featured on my next Share the Love post, contact me at amyharward83@yahoo.