Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 6

Good morning Scrappers and welcome to our last week of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2020! It's been amazing making new projects for you this summer. I can only hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. This week, I'd like to talk to you about the project you see up top here. In this poignant moment in our history, so many of us are asking "What can I do? How can I help? How can I lift my voice?" I've been asking myself the same question. We have a long history in the United States of using our art to call attention to major issues of concern, to protest, and to show our love. As I've been watching my friends in Portland, Oregon, in Chicago, in New York, in Los Angeles, in Houston, and all a

Onward and Upward Designers Shop Hop

The heat of the summer is on us, which in Arizona means I spend a lot more of my day inside making quilts and only venture out in the early morning and the late evening. Still, there are always beautiful things to see in the desert and I enjoy them all as we await the summer rains. When Tammy Silvers asked me if I'd like to join the Designers Shop Hop, it was a lovely piece of inspiration to hear the concept would be focused on moving forward and working together. Quarantine has been hard on aspects of the quilt industry, but never in my career have I seen so many designers united to help each other and encourage each other. Not only have we united to help each other, but also to keep our q

Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 5

Good morning Scrappers! I am so excited to share this week's project with you and the story behind it. Aprons are important in my family because food and cooking is important in my family. My Grandma Sheridan was an amazing cook and she loved to make people happy with food. I grew up in her kitchen as much as I did my own mother's. Before I was tall enough to reach the counters, my grandmother stood me on a chair to help cut potatoes or make pie crust cookies. So many of my favorite childhood memories were made in my grandmother's kitchen. In honor of that lovely woman, we are making aprons this week! These scrappy aprons are fun to make and beautiful to wear. They are easy to resize

Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 4

Good Morning Scrappers and welcome to Week 4! This is a project I have been eager to share with you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It has been hot, hot, HOT in Tucson, so I have been happily sewing away in the studio, diligently avoiding the heat and making new things for you. This week we are going to be using a lot of a background color (I chose black as my foundation) and a variety of colors that stand out from the background. There are almost no rules to this project. It is a fabulous opportunity for improvisational quilting and design. We are going to do a little fusing this week, but you won't need much fusible. 1/2 yard to 1 yard of fusible will be enough or if you hav

Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 3

Good morning Scrappers and welcome to Week 3! The bougainvillea in the front of my Studio is blooming such an amazing fuschia that I found it impossible not to share it with you. I went out to get a photo of it yesterday afternoon and the results were this photo and an unfortunate adventure I'll share with you a bit later in the blog. When I buy fabric, I always think I'm just filling gaps in my stash, but when it comes down to it I inevitably end up with more green in my stash than anything else. I use green as backgrounds quite a bit and it works with all colors. You can put green with anything. If you think about it, nature sets us up for this happy fact. Flowers grow on green plan

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