Thursday, June 9, 2022

Sisterhood Quilt Along with Kate and Tammy

Love helping other designers!

I was honored to be able to help some of my quilting friends with the Sisterhood Quilt Along.  Kate and Tammy created this pattern that has 30 amazing quilt blocks to help you build your skills.  Kate and Tammy named all the blocks after a special person in their lives.  The name Sisterhood signifies the women in their lives who have been an important and influential part of their lives.  

I was given block #16 Anne.  I choose not to use the same colors as Kate and Tammy rather I choose a dark background and two shades of teal for the block.  I choose these colors because the most influential woman in my life is my mother Rose.  She is a strong woman who likes dark colors, so I choose the dark background but then put my favorite color (teal) as the main color.  She is the one who taught me to quilt at a very young age of 9. She always told me to follow my dreams and that is exactly what I am doing.  Thank you mom for everything you have taught me and for being my biggest cheerleader!  


I will share with you one of my favorite rulers that I use all the time and works great for squaring up half-square triangles as well as the quarter square triangles in this block.  The BlocLoc rulers are amazing! Their rulers have a groove in the center that locks on your seams and make it so easy to square your blocks up.


I hope you enjoy this block and check out Kate's website for more info on the Sisterhood Pattern. Sisterhood Website


Keep on Stitchin'

Meg

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Spring Has Sprung

    YAY!!! Today is the first day of spring and my kids are on spring break from school this coming week!! Even a bigger YAY!!! I love having my kids home.  I have a little extra time with no homework or strict bedtime routines.  

    I have been busy the past few weeks writing patterns.  I have two just about finished just needing the last bit of proofing then off the be printed.  Two more have been started and will need several rounds of proofing.  My goal this week is to send the two off to be printed and get the other two through several rounds of proofing, so hopefully, by the 1st of April, I will have 4 new patterns ready.  

    I have also been sketching new patterns.  I have to sketch them when the idea comes because if I don't I might not remember.  Sometimes I sketch on scrap pieces of paper until I can get them on graph paper other times I can just sit down with my graph paper and go to town.  Then when I am ready I drawl them on the computer and start on samples.  I love the design process, picking the right fabric, piecing the pieces together....everything!

    I will be sharing all these new patterns just as soon as I finish them up.  So stay tuned
for more to come!! :) 


Find this Pattern HERE

Keep on Stitchin'
Meg

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Its Been TOOOOO Long

 Good Evening Quilting Friends!!

I have been MIA for far too long and my plan this year is to post more.  Since my last post we have added another baby to our family, she will be 4 in July.  So my life is very busy with four little bears running around.  I have never stopped quilting though, I just quilt late into the night most of the time.

   
Last year I was very fortunate to design several quilt blocks for two of Moda Bake Shop quilt alongs. It is a huge honor to be able to design blocks for hundreds of people to use and be part of their quilts.  You can see those blocks with the following links.
Wildflower part of the 2021 Summer in the Garden Quilt Along
Snowflake part of the 2021 Count Down to Christmas Quilt Along
Peppermint Mittens part of the 2021 Count Down to Christmas Quilt Along
Toboggan part of the 2021 Count Down to Christmas Quilt Along
Fuzzy Socks part of the 2021 Count Down to Christmas Quilt Along


Over the last few years, I have designed quilts and made the samples but have not finished the quilt patterns.  Last year I wanted to get all the patterns written and published, but that did not happen.  Life was just too crazy.  I have decided that this is the year.  I HAVE TO GET THESE PATTERNS WRITTEN!!  


So I am starting off with this free pattern for a small wallhanging or table topper called Patchy Heart. 


 




Made with Love Note by Lella Boutique.












Made with Flirt by Sweetwater.










Patchy Heart uses a mini charm or 2 1/2" squares and just a little yardage.  Download the free pattern HERE.

A kit can be purchased from Pohlar Fabrics by calling 765-458-5466.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. 

Keep on Stitchin'

Meg

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July 4th!

Wishing you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Receiving Blanket With Wide Binding

Focus Fabric – 1 ¼ yard
Backing Fabric – 1 ½ yard
Matching Thread
Erasable Marking Pen (I used a Frixion Pen)

  1. Cut focus fabric 37” wide x 45” long. (You may also make these larger or smaller by adjusting the yardage.)
  2. Find the center widthwise and lengthwise of both pieces of fabric.  I used a frixion pen to mark the centers in both directions.
  3. Baste two pieces together (wrong sides together) matching the center lines.  I used spray glue (Textile Spray).
  4.  Once the two pieces are basted together, trim backing to 2 – 2 ½” larger than the focus fabric.  (My picture shows 3” but I did not want that wide of a binding on the front, but if you have enough fabric and would like binding that wide please feel free to make it wider.)
  5.  Each of the 4 corners will now need to be trimmed.  Trim the backing fabric only.  Cut ¼” away from the focus fabric at a 45° angle.  Line the 45° line on your ruler up with the cut edge of the backing fabric aligning the ¼” mark at the tip of the focus fabric.
  6.  Mark ¼” from the edge of the backing on all 4 sides.  Press under ¼” on all 4 sides.
  7.  CORNERS ONLY! Fold corners back putting backing to backing (right sides together) and stitch at ¼”. 
  8.  Now fold corner right side out, finger pressing the seam to one side.  Lay the backing over top of the focus fabric.  The edge of the focus fabric should be under all of the backing fabric that is pulled over.
  9. Stitch 1/8” from the folded edge using a straight stitch or a decorative stitch.    * I did not use any batting, but you can highlight quilt around different motifs if desired.
  10. You are now finished with your receiving blanket! Wash and give to a special baby!!




Bonus:
1 Yard Panel
1 ½ yard Backing
Follow same instructions from above

Here is a PDF File to Print the Directions.


Always Changing Life

So when I started my blog back in January I was hoping to post several times a month.  Well, life has a way of changing things.  A few weeks after my first post I found out that I was going to be a mom again.  Baby #3 was on its way! I was/am so excited to have another baby!  The first few months tho were hard.  I would get home from work I didn't have a whole lot of energy left, so my quilting had to be put on the back burner. I didn't touch my sewing machine for weeks, but I am now back into it! I have several new patterns in the works and have redone a few of my older patterns with updated instructions and new fabrics.  I can not wait to share these with you.  Most of these quilts still need to be quilted before I take pictures to share.  

Until next time keep the sewing machine humming and the creativity flowing!

Megan

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rewind to 1995

Rewind back to January 1995, I was 8 years old and making my first real quilt on a Singer Featherweight. My mom had bought the Featherweight at a flea market and was going to sell it in her quilt shop, but I begged and begged for her not to sell "my baby machine!" It was a very snowy January that year and my school was not open, so what else would an 8 year old do? My mom cut me a lot of 2 1/2" squares and I went to town sewing 9-patches on my baby machine. That's all it took......I was HOOKED on this thing called quilting! Now this was my first quilt that I made, I had made lots of other things sewing wise as all I knew was sewing and quilting.  My mother (Rose) and dad (Kenny) open their quilt store in December 1987, when I was almost 1.  Now I am 29 and have made close the 300 quilts, many purses and other sewing items.  I published my first pattern in 2006 called "Ride 'em Cowboy" and as of the end of December 2015 I published my 51st pattern!!  My first project was published to Moda's Back Shop in September of 2015 called Tumbling Mug Rug. There are other "free" patterns that I have written for my parents store.  I love fabric and can not ever seeing myself not working with fabric and quilting.    Well I think that is enough about me for now.

Until next time keep the sewing machine humming and the creativity flowing!

Megan


This is me, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions. 

My first project posted to Moda's Bake Shop!!