Sunday, January 31, 2016

Quilt to Give

Well, this is a down to the wire finish! I'm talking about the quilt for the January Book of the Month. I chose Quick Column Quilts, and finally got a chance to work on the quilt late this week. Nothing like putting it off to the end of the month! But it's finished and it's awesome!


This is the pattern Quilt to Give, and was super fun and easy to put together! It will definitely go in my file of quick quilts to use up fabric.

Starting with strip sets,


I kept some in groups of four, and most in groups of two. That way, I could mix up the strip order so that it didn't all look the same after cutting.

Here's the cut strips for the quilt, all lined up and ready to go.


From this point, it was just a bunch of long strip sewing to complete the top. Pretty fast! 

This quilt has a star theme, as all fabrics have stars in them. 


Who knew I had so many??? And hardly a dent made in the yardage! Guess I should have made it bigger if that was the goal, but again, hubby needs a baby boy quilt. So this measures 42" x 45". And the quilting? Stars of course!

Now I will say, I had a hard time following the directions in this book. The patterns are really nice, but the explanations are too wordy. Took me a while to figure out what sizes to cut. And a baby quilt size wasn't offered, so had to figure that out myself. But still, I like the book and would like to make some of the others as they are very attractive. I definitely won't give up on this book!

Tomorrow begins February, and yet another book selection. Until then, Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Love Abounds

I just love decorating my house for any holiday that comes around, and Valentine's Day is no exception! To celebrate, I've created Love Abounds, a beautiful heart table runner!



Made with appliqued pink batiks on Kona Snow, this gorgeous display of love melts my heart!

The small (1/2" inch) background crosshatch quilting sets off the beauty of the hearts, 






and their McTavish style fill.



Quick and easy to put together with fusible applique, the runner finishes at 16" x 42", perfect for any table. If you would like to celebrate Valentine's Day with these beautiful hearts, a pattern is available at my pattern stores at Craftsy and Etsy - just click on the pink and it will take you there!

And to see a solid color version of this, click here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Midweek Makers #4

Welcome to Midweek Makers! What are you working on this week? 

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    Monday, January 25, 2016

    My Road Experience

    Wow! What a week! A few days enjoying the beautiful weather of San Diego, then the wonders of the Road 2 California quilt show! Too bad I had to come home to reality. It's taken me days to catch up, so that's why no posts from me!



    So how was Road? Incredible and fun, as always! The quilts on display were just over the top - many, many hours spent on those labors of love. I didn't take any pictures, and spent my time instead just soaking them in.  
    And the classes? Very good! I spent Tuesday with Jamie Wallen, and his Mystical Grids. What a great class, and a very down to earth guy. Enjoyed him very much! And I got to partner up with my friend Jeanie, whom I had met at Road two years ago, and is from the Bay Area. Somehow we always connect at quilt shows, both near and far!

    While in Jamie's class, I purchased a ruler specific for applique,


    the Mystical Mini. Looking forward to using it on my latest project,


    a Valentine table runner. Giving you a sneak peek!

    Wednesday was devoted to Kimberly Einmo's Lone Starburst, for which I used the jelly roll I had won last year because it was the only one I had! Here's the blocks, some finished, some not, laid out on the hotel bed.


    I did have time in the evening while at Road to finish those blocks, but I still need to make the center four, which will be pieces from all the others. Just haven't had time since coming home to work any more on it, so the blocks are neatly stacked in order, waiting.


    Thursday was another Kimberly Einmo class, Perfect Pinless Pinwheels. This class used her EZ Flying Geese Ruler to cut triangles from strips. Not my usual technique, but the ruler was easy to figure out, and even cut one of the dog ears off so that lining up was super easy! My blocks are almost done, and like the Lone Starburst, are nicely stacked up, waiting.


    If you get a chance, take one of her classes, as she's a great teacher, and very approachable. If you can't get there in person, she has several classes on Craftsy.

    And last, but not least, progress on Santorini.



    The top picture is a day one paint progress picture, and the bottom is no paint at all. There is more that's been painted, and I still need to do the blue railing, the gate, the window bars, and the tree. Need some thicker paint for that. Next question - how do I quilt this??

    So, overall, a busy, busy week, and lots of sewing left to do! This week is catch up!

    Happy Quilting!

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Midweek Makers #3

    Welcome to Midweek Makers, the linky party to strut your stuff - fabric stuff, that is! If you have a quilt, a bag, a home dec item, or an article of clothing, come link up so we can all see!


    Last week, there were some beautiful projects shown, especially this creative work of art from Alida at Tweloquilting.



    Inspired by an art piece on a refrigerator magnet, Alida made her own version! Alida, be sure to grab a feature button!


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    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Happy Birthday to Me!

    Yes, it's my birthday!


    Through the years, I've discovered that no one knows it's your birthday unless you tell them. And I normally don't say anything, but this year, I'm letting everyone know. I'm turning 28 - again!

    What do I have in store for my birthday? Well, yesterday, I went to my LQS and received 25% off fabric. Sweet! I 'needed' some pretty pink batiks for my Valentine project, which I've been designing all week, and will finish up next weekend.

    Today, though, I'm driving to Southern CA to spend the weekend with my son. Maybe he'll make me a birthday cake, just like he did last year. And take me to his favorite quilt shop, Rosie's Calico Cupboard, for fabric. He's such a great kid! Hmm, is he buying?

    And the biggest present - three days of classes at Road2CA, my favorite quilt show! 


    Of course, on the way there, I'll stop in at M and L Fabrics, where it's fabric overload! Definitely have to practice restraint!

    While at Road, I'll be working not only current class projects, but those from the past. Remember Santorini, the pictorial piece I started with Lenore Crawford at last years' Road? 


    I'm taking it, the paints, and lots of determination. It will still need the tree, gate, bars, and a railing; applique parts to finish up when I'm home, but if I can finish the painting...

    And last, but not least, I may treat myself to a new Craftsy class. This weekend only, 1/16 thru 1/18, all new Craftsy classes are just $14.99! Wow! I'm eyeing a new class, Disappearing Blocks with Precuts by Angela Pingel, to top off my celebration. 


    Looks like fun! Not that I need to buy precuts - I can always cut my stash!

    See you again when I'm at Road!

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Matching Binding to the Piecing

    Last week, I talked about two different binding methods that didn't distract from the piecing of the quilt. The first was Two Color Binding, used on Interlude. Today, it's Matching Binding to the Piecing, which was used on Simply Woven Version and O Tannenbaum!.


    This technique was especially useful on O Tannenbaum! because of the high contrast piecing.


    White binding would have detracted in the red area, just as red binding would have been a disaster in the white. This table topper is so strong visually, that the binding really needs to match. 

    So, here's a tutorial on how to match that binding, using the Simply Woven Version quilt as the example.

    Start with enough binding to cover the piecing colors in the quilt, stitching all of same color together. In the picture below, I have two lengths of each color just so it's a bit less to handle.


    Using one length of each color, sew them together end to end, using a straight seam versus the normal corner to corner. Do this only once - don't sew all the lengths together.


    Press the seam to one side. There is a bit more bulk this way, but the seam is less likely to pull apart.

    Match this seam with the piecing,


    and stitch 6-8 stitches to test alignment. 


    Well done!


    Oh, how I love that trick!!

    Cut the binding above the first matching point, approximately 8-12". Notice I have 2 1/2" inches folded back in the picture.



    This becomes the final joining point. See my tutorial on Super Simple Binding to easily make this join.

    Continue attaching the binding, and stop within 4-6 inches of the next color change in the piecing. Because I've turned the corner, my working binding is tight, but manageable at a 3" length.


    Lay out the binding and mark with a pin where the piecing color change is.


    With right sides together, stitch the other color to the attached binding, end to end, again using a straight seam.


    Check that the binding seam matches the piecing seam, and that the binding is flat and snug.

    Trim off the excess, and take the 6-8 stitches to check the match.


    Another stunning match!


    Keep attaching the binding, repeating the matching process. Finish with the final join, using the same color binding. Don't try to make the final join one of the color change points. It's not worth the frustration!

    Finish the binding by machine or by hand, and enjoy your quilt!

    Have a wonderful day quilting!




    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Midweek Makers #2

    Time for another party! If you're just joining in, Welcome!



    The linky had a rough start last week, and eventually I'll get the hang of when to open the doors. And of course, get a handle on keeping to a schedule!

    Last week, Julie at PinkDoxies.com showed us her beautiful flower collage, 

                              

    in my favorite color! Such a pretty piece! Julie, be sure to grab a Featured button!
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