My sweet friend, Nile is moving.  I could feel the (very little) cogs and wheels in my brain moving as she was talking about oranges, grays and green in her new home.  Corey Yoder’s Sundrops were sitting on my shelf…. And so I started imagining.

I did some experiments and came up with this….

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I asked my boys what I should name it.  They thought I would like an endearing, warm fuzzy kind of name.  ME?!  I begged them to answer the question, finally they caved and said it looked like a Kaleidoscope.  It does!  My grandmother had a kaleidoscope in the toy bin at her house; although the colors are different I remembered being five years old and looking through it.  They had given me a warm fuzzy, memory filled kind of name after all.

Here’s how to make it-

Supplies:

30 degree ruler

Ruler to square up blocks, at least 5.5 inches

32 –  2  1/2 inch strips x WOF

48 – 1  1/2 inch strips x WOF

30 – 8.5 inch strips background fabric (I used white) x WOF

binding  6  –  2.5 inch strips x WOF

Finished Quilt 50 x 60 inches

Sew the strips of fabric together, alternating sizes: small, big, small, big, small.  Iron.  Repeat the process until you have 16 strips.

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Using your 30 degree ruler cut wedges.  Rotate your ruler after each cut completely 180 degrees.  Line up the edge and do the next cut, until you have cut the entire strip.  Repeat on all the strips.

Do the same process on all the background fabric strips..

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Now sew background wedges onto your color wedges. One background fabric wedge onto each side of your color wedge.  And… pull out your favorite ruler you use to square up blocks. img_5042

See that diagonal line across the ruler?  You put that line across the center of the colored wedge.  A trick you can use is to fold the block in half and iron a nice crease.  Then the center is obvious.  Or you can just eyeball it.  I’ve done it both ways, do what makes you happy.  Are you an OCD perfectionist kind of person, or the flying by the seat of your pants kind of person?    I ironed and pretended to be a perfectionist until I got the hang of things.. and then… well, my normal tendencies of winging it came to the surface. ;)

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Back to the task… Line up the diagonal line and get right up to the point and the edges of the background fabric and then trim.

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Then slide the ruler forward, towards the point.  Line up the diagonal line again, AND this time use the 5.5 inch mark on the freshly trimmed edges.  You will end up with a cute square all ready to join his little friends.  Repeat, repeat and repeat until you have 120 blocks.

Sew them all together.  I did break out the pins.  I pinned the points together so they wouldn’t wiggle while I was stitching.img_5151

If you make one, I’d love to see how yours turns out!  Drop me a note, or tag me on Instagram.

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I signed up for the Flirty Sew Along on Instagram hosted by Happinessinthemaking and Heritage.threads.  The pattern is by April Rosenthal.

I’ve been saving this black Essex Linen and thought it would make the colors pop.  Initially I laid the blocks out randomly, working hard to randomize the colors.  On a whim I thought I would see how things would look if I arranged things more gradient.

When I started arranging by colors the navy section was actually green; because, that’s what came with the jelly roll.  But I wasn’t feeling the love. IMG_4220

The Olympics are just around the corner and we just had the most awesome July 4th that I can remember.  I live at the top of the hill in my neighborhood.  Nobody climbs that hill to visit…unless they are in a car.  I think they are afraid of having a heart attack.  (haha!)

On July 4th the neighbors in every subdivision set their legal (and illegal) fireworks off.  My family sets up our camp chairs in the backyard and waits for the show.  This year we had a 360 degree view when all the neighbors around us lit their aerial fireworks.  It was AWESOME!  We live in Utah, but I sure love those Wyoming fireworks that my community brings to town.  ;)

And so… Gradient Patriotic was born….. now I’m nearly ready for the Olympics.  Well, I’ll pretend I am since this is currently laying on my sewing room floor.FullSizeRender

 

 

 

The reason I put my name into the pattern testing pool is because I get to try new things.  Sometimes my skills will be tested and tried, like when I do paper piecing or stitching with curves.

I’m definitely NOT a pro at curves.  I can check that box ✔️as done!  Wahoo!  Next time I will be honing a skill instead of learning a new one.

This is Mini Picnic by  Jenny Pedigo at Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I love this!  I felt so accomplished when I was done.  This is actually quilted and bound, but not a picture to be found.  I love how this turned out!FullSizeRender

This is the full size version, Chic Picnic.  And yes, this is still laying in a corner of my family room…. But that corner is really pretty!

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There is usually a deadline which helps me stay focused and practice time management.  Most of the time there is a distant deadline and easily achieved goals.  Once in a while there is a ‘quick turnaround’.  I like both challenges, if I can fit them into my schedule.  I love Nicole’s patterns from LillyElla.  This is Litter Blox and is easy peasy!  Floral kittens (who knew they could be so dang cute?)  and my first time sewing with Essex Linen (Steel).      I was able to sneak some of my favorite scraps into this one.

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I experiment with new colors and textures.  Moda has released solids bundles that match designers fabric lines.  I was fortunate to sew a sample for a local quilt shop.  I didn’t imagine how in love  💛💗💚   I would be with the Popsicle quilt by Fig Tree.  I’ve got to sew more often with low volume backgrounds!  And solids too!

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This Spool Sampler was perfect to make a mini and try my hand at these darling designs by Bonnie at Cotton Way.   I got to practice my points and it wasn’t bad when I used my seam ripper- there were only four blocks!  Not a big deal if I made a mistake.  (Perfect Points are my achilles heel!)

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I am reminded that quilting can be fun, simple and a breeze.  This is a new pattern by Samantha Green at For the Love of Fabric called Junction.  My husband was deployed and life was feeling a little large, I guess.  This pattern was so good for me.  It came together quickly and I remembered how enjoyable sewing is.  This block is 30 inches!  It is getting a border and going to a new baby.  (Anything to get to hold and smell a new baby!)IMG_4098

If you have the chance to do some pattern testing…  you should!!  It could be scary and challenging, but how will you know what you like and don’t like?  What a better way to learn new things?  Be brave and give it a shot!!

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I have done beehives and swaps but last year I signed up for too many.  You remember the Bonnie and Camille beehives- times two.  Plus Lizzy House,  C+S, AMH, a few more B&C swaps  and a dozen other choices last year!  Thanks heavens I didn’t join every single one.  Trust me there was a lot of temptation, but I tried to be realistic about my life and abilities.  So I joined just enough to cause me … STRESS.  :)

Now we are at the end of May and my friend Denise and I were talking how we want to do something… Ay yai yai!  (How do you spell crazy sounds?!)

I have been making Dwell blocks and almost have enough for a quilt.  But… it would be so much more fun with friends!!!  Want to join Denise and I and make some Dwell blocks?

*Sign ups are open now until June 1, 2016

*Pattern is Dwell by Camille @Thimbleblossoms – from the book Simply Retro

*International is ok.  Mailing deadline is August 1, 2016

*US mail deadline is August 15, 2016

*Bonnie and Camille fabrics are required

*Make as many as you want and get the same number back

**Include a PRE PAID and self addressed return envelope when you mail your blocks to me

*Just make the house, no sashing

*Background is Bella 98 – You only need a little for both sides of the roof

*#bandcdwellswap

Once sign ups close I will send an email with the mailing address for the swap.  I can’t wait to see all the cute little houses!!

Sign up-   http://goo.gl/forms/t13uhzqUWRAY2CQa2

Update:  I just learned there was a correction to one of the Dwell houses.  Here is the correction:

Page 64 – Block assembly instructions for House C
Step 1 says to cut 1 piece 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ for the header; it should be 3″ x 9 1/2″.

 

 

 

I’m afraid need to improve my dedication when it comes to blogging.  However, out of the meager amount of posts there is a clear favorite.  Even after most of the pictures went missing when there was a computer hiccup!  The winner is the post titled Pineapples.  In response to people requesting the pattern I thought it would be easier if I just posted it here.  If you are unable to download this to your computer, drop me a note and I will email it.  Have fun creating memories!!  Don’t forget to share you quilt when you’ve finished!

A shout out goes to Jackie Padesky who is the creator of this fun Pineapple quilt pattern!

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Pineapple quilt