July 6, 2018

American Flag Quilt

Y'all know how it is when an idea strikes. This one's been in my brain for a few years, but this morning, I HAD to sit down and figure it out. It flat out wouldn't let go. I've wanted to do an American Flag Quilt for a long time.



I envision the white in the blue patch as blue & white stars. The stripes will be made up of tone on tone red and white stars. What do you think? I've pretty much decided to make it. I'm not setting a time limit because it will be an involved long-term quilt.


This is the first block I'm making.  The quilt will need 50 blue and white blocks (of course!), 93 white on white blocks and 104 red on red blocks.  So if I do 50 different blocks, I'll make 1 of these in the blue and white (a 3" block), and 3 in red on red (4" block) and 2 in white on white (4" block).  Those link to the paper pieced patterns.  When dealing with blocks this small, I find paper piecing to be much more accurate!

If anyone wants to play along, I'll post the patterns here.  But it will be a long-term project.  I'm not putting a timeframe on it because we don't need the stress.  Feel free to join in if you like and tag your posts with #AQuiltingChick and #AmericanFlagQuilt.


May 15, 2018

Fancy That! Layouts!!!!

Ugh!  I had this all ready to go Sunday night but hit save instead of publish!  I'm so sorry!  Are you ready???  It's time to put our Fancy That! quilt tops together!  This is going to be fun.  Just take it a section at a time and don't rush it!

Here's the overall layout:



We are going to make this a section at a time.  I lay out each section, sew it together, then layout the next, and so on.  Start with Section 1:



Then 2...



Then 3.



Now join Sections 1-3 together.



Now make Section 4...



And 5...



And join Sections 4-5 together.



Now join Sections 1-3 to 4-5...



And then Section 6



And Section 7...



Join Section 6 to 7...



Now join Sections 1-5 to 6-7....




Yay!!!  All that's left is adding your borders.  I cut 4-1/2" strips and bordered all sides.

And that's it!!!  Yay!!!  I'll add a linkup next time and we will see how everyone did!  DO NOT hesitate to ask any questions you have.  I'll be happy to help guide you through this!!!


May 3, 2018

Love + Leche Review

Hi y'all!

Boy, have I got a great little product here to tell you about today.  A few months ago, I was asked if I would like to try Love + Leche lotion bars and give my opinion on it to y'all.  I jumped at it because, let's be honest, as quilters we all need a good lotion that won't leave a greasy feel on our hands and that won't transfer to our fabric.  Have you heard of Love + Leche?  Here's a bit about them.


I love that this is handcrafted, all natural and that it is supporting another small business!  Here's what they sent:


I just love good packaging, don't you?  So what's in the bag:


I was very curious about these because I've never used a "lotion bar" before and wasn't sure what to expect.


I want you to know, the first thing I noticed was the amazing scent.  I was sent Lemongrass and the scent of lemon filled the room as soon as I opened the tin.  It smells sooooo good!  To use it, you pick up the bar and rub it between your hands. 


Now, I'll be honest, I was a bit concerned.  When I used it, my hands did get that greasy feeling and I was worried that it would be a problem.  But....it soaks in very quickly and I didn't have any issue with it rubbing off on anything.  And, it left my hands feeling SO GOOD!

You really need to try this stuff!  And, as a reader of my blog, Love + Leche is offering you a free mini-balm with any $15 purchase from now until 5/15!  Just use coupon code: quiltingchick.

I hope you give them a try!  I absolutely love it and know you will too!

***I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.