Friday, 30 September 2016

Where do you Go when you don't know what to Google?

How do you find inspiration?

What about information for learning new techniques?

If you're like me, perhaps you have turned to Google when searching for new ideas and information. I have found that if you can find just the right words to place into the search bar you can come up with some fabulous links that will offer a variety of ideas and inspiration for all things quilting related. Or to help you find the just the right answers to your quilting questions. Most of the time.

But what about for those times when you are sitting there in front of your computer. Say first thing in the morning - with a fresh cup of coffee. You're not quite ready to begin your day. And you are looking for something to spark your interest and get those creative juices flowing. But that empty search bar is just sitting there - staring blankly back at you. You can't think of a single NEW thing to type in to find what you are looking for.

Get cozy with that first coffee of the day and check this out!  


There are some really great quilting bloggers out there who are sharing all kinds of good stuff. From tutorials and tips to free patterns. And lots of yummy eye candy!



The first thing that has caught my eye is the Pineapple Block.

Photo used with permission of Amber of A Little Bit Biased


This is the Pineapple block paper piecing tutorial by Amber of A Little Bit Biased.
I mean, I am not a Paper Piecer....
But this bright happy block certainly has me rethinking the whole thing!




And if I get scared, there is also this NOT paper pieced Scrapbuster Pineapple block tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

Photo used with permission of AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Just as pretty, bright and happy! But sans paper!







Okay. What else is there?

Ohhhh!!! Look at this!

Photo used with permission of Lee of Freshly Pieced

This is the Hexing Around Block tutorial by Lee of Freshly Pieced. I'm all for a hexagon block that can be pieced by machine and what a great use of scraps! Wouldn't this block be perfect for a pillow?!!!



Or how about this?

Photo used with permission of Faith of Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts

This is the Ribbon Star Block tutorial by Faith of Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts. You know what? I click on through to Fresh Lemons and guess what.... This is a whole series of free blocks! It's a quilt along! 



What do I really LOVE about these tutorials and projects? They bring you the pretty pictures. They provide an enticing and informative description of the project. And they make you want to stick around to visit for a while as you enjoy that morning cup of coffee....


Now what else can I find?


I do love baby quilts....
Look at this!

Photo used with permission of Lee of Freshly Pieced

Simply scrumptious! This is the Kissy Fish Baby quilt pattern by Lee of Freshly Pieced. Again this is a really sweet block design and a great use of scraps. What a perfect gift for a baby shower!




Now then....

What's Hot?
Well, certainly not my coffee by now. I must pour myself another cup.

While I am waiting for that kettle to boil, I seem to be thinking of the upcoming winter and the gift giving plans that I am formulating. I love to make runners for a quick project when I'm between quilts. And they make such lovely and thoughtful gifts!

Photo used with permission of Melissa of Happy Quilting

This is just the ticket! It's the Midnight Frost Table Runner tutorial by Melissa of Happy Quilting. Now you have me dreaming of a White Christmas!



Now this one is not new to me, but may be new to you....

Photo used with permission of Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties

This super sweet Back Porch Blooms block tutorial is by Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties. Lea Anne is a clever designer and I remember her sharing this tutorial not too long ago in the Let's Bee Social linky party!




So now that I have refilled my cup, I have just a few more minutes while I enjoy this coffee, before I head into the day and get to work. So what else is there to see?

YOU TELL ME!


Where do you go when you don't know what to google?



I'd love to hear what you have to say. What are your thoughts? 


PLEASE, if you do check out some of these great links and click through to someone's blog because you love their tutorial, please let them know you love it. By leaving them a Thank You in their comments section. Tell them Lorna sent you! 

And then spend a few minutes checking out their site and getting to know them. Click on a few of their page tabs. Consider following their blog. It takes a lot of work to make a good tutorial and I am so glad these generous quilty folks are willing to share their talent with us!





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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Let's Bee Social #144

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

It's been a very busy time for me during the past week....

The first bit of news is how much fun I had at the Brussels Fall Fair. I've been attending this small rural fair since my kids were in public school, but didn't start participating by entering crafts or quilts until 2013.



This year, when I brought my items in, I stuck around to talk to the ladies in charged of the Quilt/Hobby Crafts area. You see....  there are only two entry options for machine quilting in the Quilts section compared to ten options for entering hand quilted quilts. And it's getting few and far between for hand quilting entries. I am hoping they will consider expanding the possibilities for entering machine quilted quilts. Not taking out any of the hand quilting options, but ADDING more possible entries for machine quilted quilts. It was pointed out to me that you can enter machine quilted table runners and place mats in the Hobby Crafts section. Lots of available options there!

So I volunteered to help set up the display of the entries for the Quilts section. And really had a lovely day, getting to know the other ladies who are annual volunteers. One of them invited me to join a group of ladies who meet in town at the local library once a month to work on their UFO projects. I explained that I really don't have any UFO's in the sense that most of us consider a UFO. And I'm not a hand sewer at all. But then I got to thinking about it. This may be a good opportunity to start an English Paper Piecing project. Maybe a small one. It would be nice to meet with some local stitchers in real life on a monthly basis. I was also offered, and am considering, joining the Fair committee. Still have my fingers crossed that they will open up the Quilting class to offer more of us the opportunity to participate and keep this fair alive!




In other news....
My little baby boy turned 16 on Sunday. Because I had a trunk show to provide for the Halton Hills Quilters' Guild on Monday evening, I had offered to take Russell for his beginner's drivers license on Tuesday. But of course he did not want to wait one more day, so his sister kindly offered to drive him into town for the test. And he passed! Yay!




What am I working on this week?

I chose my fabrics for the MOD Bear Paw QAL.
Cut everything out. And started to sew!
My Bear Paw blocks are finished....
My Big Bear is finished now....
And my top is complete!






The MOD Bear Paw QAL started on September 3rd!
You can check out the introductory post here.

There's still time to join in!!!














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What have you been working on?




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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Let's Bee Social #143

Sometimes I'm afraid that one day I will run out of new ideas.

But in the meantime....

These EQ7 mock ups show the quilt designs that will ALL be part of the Farm Friends pattern.

Coming Soon!

Farm Friends 83" x 88" 

Farm Friends Junior 40" x 45" 

Farm Friends Horses 40" x 53" 

Farm Friends Cows 40" x 45" 


In other news....
My little baby boy is turning 16 on Sunday! Wow! Where did the time go?


What am I working on this week?

I chose my fabrics for the MOD Bear Paw QAL.
Cut everything out. And started to sew!
My Bear Paw blocks are finished....
And I am working on my Big Bear now....








The MOD Bear Paw QAL started on September 3rd!
You can check out the introductory post here.


There's still time to join in!!!









Now... It's your turn for Show and Tell!!!
What have you been working on?




Sew Fresh Quilts

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