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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tidal Pool Tutorial

Hello everyone!

This past week I, along with 75 of my closest friends, had an opportunity to test a new pattern for Mollie Sparkles called Tidal Pool. It's a really cool block and I love the variations I've seen in sea colors, but I decided to use fabrics that would match the bee quilt I've been trying to finish forever. It goes together pretty quickly if you use non-directional fabric - whoops!
Tidal Pool Block
1. Lizzy House, 1001 Peeps in Jewel Purple
2. Clippings in Spackle from the Paint Collection by Carrie Bloomston

He has also made a variation of the block here. I think it would be fun to use a text print and have the "leaking" color in white and then go to a solid grey background. Maybe I'll do that for my next try!

I think 25 bee blocks is finally enough to sew this quilt together! It has been in progress for at least 3 years. To sash or not to sash...

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Quilter's Planner

Hello Everyone!  Do you remember that Treasure Hunt block I designed for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop? It will be one of 52 featured in The Quilter's Planner 2016! Stephanie Palmer (Late Night Quilter) has created an incredible tool to help us get organized!

Stephanie is self-publishing this book through Indiegogo and has already tripled her initial goal! 

What’s Inside:
  • Monthly calendars
  • Weekly calendars
  • Project planning pages
  • Swatch saver
  • Graph paper
  • Free motion quilting practice pages
  • Goal-setting prompts
  • 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers (Cheryl Brickey (Meadowmist Designs), Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl), Amy Garro (13 Spools), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Mandy Leins (Mandalei Quilts), Pat Sloan (Pat Sloan), Kitty Wilkin (Night Quilter) and me).
  • 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
  • Gorgeous artwork pull-outs by the talented Kelsey Boes from Lovely and Enough
  • Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques

The cost is just $35 and there are discounts if you get one for yourself and one for a friend!  I hope you will support Stephanie - I'm off to order mine! 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Quarter 4!

Wow, I can't believe it's already time for the 4th quarter of the 2015 Finish Along! I've done miserably with my proposed finishes, but have completed more projects for my own home than in any year I can remember, so it's still a win for me!

In Quarter 3, I attempted to finish these things:

1. Birthday Quilt for my son. 

'Result - I finished the top! I'll move the quilting/finishing to next quarter.

2. Ballerina drawstring bag - Finished! 
3. Placemats - still need 2 for kitchen table. - Finished! 

4. Paper airplane pouches (a few of these have been requested by friends.) - not even started! 
5. Dusseldorf pouches (making a few for a craft fair) - not done
6. Finish bee quilt - I'm not sure where this thing even is lol. 
For Quarter 4  I will attempt to
1. Finish Birthday quilt. Maybe it'll turn into a Christmas quilt? 
2. Dusseldorf pouches
3. Paper airplane pouches
4. Quilt for mom
5. Quilt for friend's new baby
6. Quilt the stinking bee quilt that has been hanging around all year
7. Make something from my toppling stack of Lotta Jansdotter fat quarters
8. Christmas table runner
9. Fairy pillow (using PP pattern from Tartan Kiwi)

I'm not really fussed to complete any of this quickly and it's nice to have no pressure, but wish me luck! 
Linking up with OntheWindySide.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pretty Placemats

 Hello again! Next up on the very incomplete list of Quarter 3 proposed finishes, I have a set of kitchen place mats finished this weekend. The 2nd one was actually finished about 25 minutes before my family had to dash out to meet friends for dinner. I wish I had taken a picture of my daughter catching my threads as I snipped the loose ones on the train as we headed to the restaurant!
 Side by side and ALMOST the same dang size...

I really love the texture that quilting provides. I need to learn free motion quilting, but I like the surprise of straight lines when you just keep adding angles - so fun!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ballerina Bag

Hello! Just a quick pop in to update my projects for the third quarter of the Finish Along hosted by On the Windy Side. . 

I am proud to have completed this bag for my daughter. She was super excited to show it to her ballet teacher last week. This bag was a mix of paper piecing, improv and a little hint of a bag pattern. I cam across a really cool ballerina shoe pattern from Tartan Kiwi a few months ago, and knew right away that I wanted to make a "Brown ballerina" for my little brown ballerina.

 I made the shoes and then stalled out for a few weeks trying to decide how to execute the bag. I wanted a drawstring backpack with a zipper pocket, but really regretted using Kona white for the background instead of something much sturdier. I finally got back to it and after sashing with a cool grey and quilting, I added a zipper pocket just under the shoes and lined with a black and white print from my stash.

I remembered seeing a tote bag I liked from the S.O.T.A.K. handmade blog, and I bought her pattern. I just used it for the handles and drawstring of the tote and finished the rest as usual. I made the back initials using an alphabet PP pattern 

I'd say she's a happy gal and ready to retire her plastic ballet bag now ;)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Treasure Hunt ~ Fabri-Quilt blog hop

Hello and thank you for stopping in for my block tutorial in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! Fabri-Quilt has generously provided participants with fat eighth bundles to work with and you can win one as well - just visit our host for today: Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination

As I mentioned in my last post, we were to be inspired by summer and I have been amazed by the blocks created by the fellow members of this hop! The Pinterest Board is filling with loads of cool block tutes. 

Please also visit my mates today as they share their new blocks!
Sandra of One Million Stitches

Treasure Hunt

This simple block reminds me of treasure on a map with the big red X marking the special spot and the blues and greens remind me of the ground or forest. The slightly angled sides make the X look like it pops out a little 3D style.

Given my "transition" period with Windows 10 and EQ7, I ended up making this block by 2 different methods.

Watermelon Summer F8 Bundle

Method 1:

Background (blues/green): 
  • Cut (4) squares 4½" x 4½" 
  • Cut (4) rectangles 5" x 4½" 
    • Subcut into (8) 2½" x 4½" rectangles
Center X (rose): 
  • Cut (1) square 4½" x 4½"
  • Cut  (4) squares 1¾" x 1¾”
  • Cut (8) squares 2½” x 2½”

·      Lay out squares in a pleasing arrangement

On the (4) 1¾” rose colored squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other

    ·         On the blue & green 2½” x 4½” rectangles, on the long side (4½”) measure up 1¾” from the bottom and make a tiny mark.

    Draw a diagonal line from that mark to the opposite corner

    ·         The 4 corner squares are simple “stitch & flip.” Place a 1¾" in one corner and pin. Stitch right on the line (or a teeny bit inside the line) - chain piece all 4 blocks. Press and trim ¼” away from stitch line.
    ·         The rectangles are a little different. Line up a 2½“ square with the bottom of a 2½” x 4½” rectangle. 

    Stitch on the diagonal drawn line. Press to set seam and then press the square away from the rectangle.

      In order to nest seams,  press 1 toward the rectangle and 1 toward the square.
    o   At this point, you can trim one of two ways: Flip over so the rectangle is up and use it to trim off the excess rose colored square 

    OR place rectangle right side up and trim to 2½” x 4½".  Then flip the trimmed corner open and trim seam to ¼”.

    o   Stitch matching rectangles together; nesting seams in the center

    ·         Stitch 9 blocks together in normal 9-patch  using a scant  ¼” seam – sew into rows and then join the columns. 

    And you should have a 12½” unfinished Treasure Hunt Block!  

     Here's how it would look as entire quilt

    An alternate colorway really changes the look! 

    Method 2:
    Paper Piecing! Print 4 copies of the template. Ensure that your blocks print out at 4.5" finished.
    There are many awesome paper piecing tutorials available for FREE - check these out!

    Enjoy! FMT

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Fabri-Quilt New Blog Hop

    Well it's finally that time!
    My Blog Hop mates have created some really awesome blocks so far and it's only Day 1! In addition to seeing all sorts of great new blocks WITH tutorials, there are chances to win fabric bundles from Fabri-Quilt! 

    Check them out!
    Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    Kelly @Quilting it Out
    Martha @Once a Wingnut
    Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
    Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
    Andrea @The Sewing Fools
    Bernie @Needle and Foot
    Silvia @A Stranger View
    Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
    Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
    Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
    Jess @Quilty Habit
    Diana @Red Delicious Life
    Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
    Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
    Renee @Quilts of a Feather

    We even have a Pinterest Board created by Jayne to make it easier to see, follow and be inspired by all the Summer Block Designs! Happy Sewing!
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