Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sewing for the Christmas in July Blog Hop

This week marks the 26th week of the Midweek Makers linky party. That means half of the year is over, and only 25 weeks to get all of those Christmas presents sewn! Oh my! 

To get yourself inspired, I hope you'll join me next month for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, starting July 14. This fun event is hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict 



and will feature two bloggers per day that will have projects to spark your Christmas sewing.

The full schedule will be out soon, and currently, I'm scheduled for the last day of the hop. I've created a tree inspired table runner and placemat set, the pattern for which will be offered for free for a limited time. More details are to follow.

For now, here's another sneak peek, this time of the tree blocks in beautiful batik fabric.












I'll have a few more sneak peeks in the coming weeks, with the final reveal on July 25. So come join all of the talented bloggers, see some great projects, and get a jump start on your Christmas sewing!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Midweek Makers #26

Welcome to Midweek Makers #26! An anniversary of sorts, as it marks the half of the year.



I truly thank all of you who link up, and I hope everyone visits and comments on at least one other blogger's endeavor. Everyone has a reason to create, and it's always fun to read the behind-the-scenes story.

Last week, there were so many pretty projects presented, but 'Pinky' really caught my eye! Wonder why.

                                           

This is such a pretty quilt! If you haven't already, go over to Cindy's blog, Stitchin at Home, and check out all the detail pictures. Yummy pinks with gorgeous quilting! Wonderful quilt, Cindy - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!                      
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What's everyone working on this week? Me, I've got some Christmas projects going, due to participation in the Christmas in July Blog Hop, starting July 12. Not much red, white, and blue this year, but maybe you've got some to show. Here's how to join the party: 
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Link any recent post that has to do with sewing and fabric.
  • Visit the other party guests and leave a comment. It's a great way to make new friends!
  • Grab the Midweek Makers button code to put on your post or sidebar to let everyone know about the party!

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Have a great time at the party!




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pin It Button Fix

For all you Pinterest pinners out there, did anyone notice the Pin It button over pictures hasn't been working for the last month or so?


I typically use this button on my pictures to pin to my Pinterest boards at qwltfabrication. And a few weeks ago, I noticed the Pin button was gone. Gone where? I hadn't changed any code, or added anything. The button was just gone.

At first, I thought it was a browser issue. Cleared cookies, history, and shut down the computer, which usually solves any connection/computer issues I have. Nothing. Still no button.

Time for a search. Typing in all sorts of descriptions for the issue brought up very little on resolving it. Most results returned were how to install the button, way back in 2012. I needed current info, as this was a recent problem.

Thankfully, I found an updated button installation article, complete with code, at BloggerSentral. Turns out the scripts source link host got changed to Google Drive, without any notification, as per the article. And the site had the code for re-inserting, with the correct link to the host, and now my Pin It button is back! YEAH!

So if you've missed pinning any of my quilts over the last month or so, feel free to pin away! And sorry it's taken so long to figure out the problem, but I'm sure happy it's fixed.

Have a great day quilting!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Midweek Makers #25

Welcome to Midweek Makers #25!



It's been almost six months of Midweek Makers, and I would like to thank everyone who visits each week and shares their wonderful projects. I love looking at everything that you do, and hope that others are as inspired as I am. You are such wonderful creators!

Speaking of inspiration and creativity, I was blown away last week by the beautiful dip dyed fabrics created by Julie at Pink Doxies

                              

This was just one batch using her creative technique, which she gives an excellent tutorial for. Thanks so much Julie for sharing your work! Be sure to grab a Feature button.


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What's everyone up to this week? Come join the party and share your projects! The guidelines for joining the fun are simple!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quilts at the Fair Part 2

Today it's Part 2 of the fair story. In Part 1, we were surprised by the ribbons and special awards given to Jagged, Light at the End, Heart to Heart, and Patchwork Suburb, and we didn't think there could be much more. Up and down the rows we went, admiring some really beautiful quilts, and seeking out my other entries. Turning the corner, I looked up, and there was Spangled Stars, hanging high on the wall.


Spangled Stars

With a blue ribbon attached! I was really happy about this one, as it's one of my favorite red/white/blue quilts. The judges complimented my workmanship, the quilting enhancing the quilt, and the fortuitous patchwork print binding. If you recall, this quilt was the result of the quilt-along I hosted last year, and it's awesome to have my own design a prize winner. The free directions for this quilt are still available, as links toward the bottom of the page on the Welcome to the Spangled Stars Quilt-along post, if you're interested in making your own. 

For that quilt-along, I also made Lily Pond


Lily Pond
using the same pattern but in a different colorway. Judges loved the colors and workmanship, but the upper left corner was not square, probably due to washing and shrinking. I should have paid more attention and done some blocking, but really, I just wanted folks to see the quilt. But it's something to be aware of for future entries.

Now that my head is out of the clouds, it's back to finding three more quilts. Interlude and Simple Woven Version were next to each other midway down a row. We didn't take any pictures of them there, but here they are.

Interlude

I was encouraged by the judges comments on Interlude, as they found the collection of xmas prints pleasing, with the layout inviting to explore the prints. With that, it received an Honorable Mention.

Simply Woven Version

The comment on Simply Woven Version is a bit odd, as the judge referred to a black background. ???

Now for a funny story. Hubby and I were admiring a fantastic confetti quilt that had deservedly won a special award, when we overheard a couple say, "Wow, that's a really wild quilt! Makes my head spin!" And which quilt do you think they were referring to??? Wild Cherry Limeade!

Wild Cherry Limeade

Were they embarrassed when I told them it was mine? A bit. But I quickly agreed with their assessment, as this is one wild quilt! Seemed like a great idea of hot pink, black, white, and lime green ric rac when it was a block. But the whole quilt - WILD! Then the dang thing gets Honorable Mention and Best Handguided Machine Quilting! We had a really hard time picking our jaws off the floor, as this was definitely not expected.

Of course, there were some items noted that I need to work on. Three things came up, which I've been made aware of in the past. My favorite, and the one that always goes through my head when quilting, 'stitch-in-the-ditch needs to be in the ditch'. Yep, know it, and work hard to do it, but sometimes, it just doesn't happen.

The other two comments are regarding binding. Because I machine stitch my bindings these days (no time for hand stitching any more), I need to work on 'binding stitching not being visible', which is a stitch-in-the-ditch issue. Ugh. And last but not least, 'corners should be square'. Sometimes, those corners end up being curved outwards a bit, due to all the fabric folds. I do trim, but sometimes that's not enough. But if those are the only things I need to worry about, that's not so bad.

Hubby and I left the 375+ quilt show totally stunned, with hubby saying that it was all about me this year. Yeah, maybe so, but I certainly didn't intend it that way. Just got lucky. Does it help to know Patchwork Suburb was rejected from QuiltCon? It might make it into PIQF, if I choose to enter it, but win anything? No, don't expect it. So I'll take these awards, and continue making quilts that please me.

My advice for you: quilt because it makes you happy.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Quilts at the Fair Part 1

A little confession here. I love entering quilts into the local fair. Big shows, not so much. Maybe because at the fair, I have a chance to win something. I'm being honest - everyone wants to win, and receive validation regarding their work. I'm just not willing to be the perfectionist that big shows require. I tend to just make quilts, and it's only after they're done that I think they may have some show potential - I don't set out from the beginning to make quilts for shows. 

This past year was no different. For entries, I had 45+ quilts to choose from. Yes, I was busy last year! At $2 per entry, why not enter as many as possible? Entering eight quilts in different classes in the quilt division, and two table runners in the sewing division, I thought only three of the ten entries had any potential to place. And being that entering was a last minute adventure, I didn't go overboard in blogging about them. There was a quiet mention on the Baby Tango post, about sleeves and labels, and that's it. 

Time has been so tight these last six weeks, that we didn't even get to the fair until the last day, yesterday. Upon entering the show, Jagged and Light at the End were the first two I saw, right at the entrance. 



Remember these two from my Think Outside the Box HST Challenge? Well, the judges certainly liked them! Jagged placed 2nd, along with a Judges Choice Award, while Light at the End placed 3rd, in the same category. Made my jaw drop to see both of them win, especially with the added special award!

For both quilts, the judges liked the color choices, saying that it set off the designs. They loved the quilting on Light at the End, and complemented my piecing in Jagged. Trust me, I didn't strive for perfection there - I'm sure some points are trimmed!

Continuing along the show wall, we came upon the Best of Show Winner. And what a stunner it was - peach and green, and just beautiful. Then my eyes fell upon my Heart to Heart table runner, hanging off to the side. What?! 1st place and Best in Show for the Sewing division! This time, I'm stunned, as this is completely unexpected.




I knocked the socks off the judge on this one! She loved the color combination, and the use of solids to set off the background quilting. Well, she knocked my socks off with Best in Show for Sewing!

We continued walking through the show, admiring other's quilts, and coming across my other entries. As I had originally thought it might, Patchwork Suburb placed, receiving 1st in the 'miniature quilt based on a larger pattern' category. 




The lighting in the building made it absolutely shine! And check out the look on my face - pure giddiness by this time. Judges comments were that the elements worked beautifully together, and they loved the piped binding, which by the way, is about an 1/8 inch wide.

And last entry for today, my favorite, the Patriotic Wave table runner.



Though only receiving an Honorable Mention, the judges loved the curve concept.

Tune in tomorrow for Quilts at the Fair Part 2, the finish to this fun story!

Happy Quilting!


















Thursday, June 16, 2016

Colds and Christmas

Nothing like a cold to take the wind out of one's sails. I haven't been sick in over a year, so this cold seems extremely bad, and has certainly made me unmotivated to do anything. So hard to get anything done. 

Don't know exactly where I picked this one up, but it could have been from my graduate this past weekend.


He and his roommates had colds, and mine set in on Monday, with a nasty sore throat. At least I wasn't sick for all the graduation festivities. Can't believe four years is done - Congratulations to him and the Class of 2016!

Yesterday, when my head wasn't so foggy, I worked on a placemat pattern for an upcoming Christmas in July blog hop organized by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

There are twenty-six bloggers participating, each providing a Christmas project to jump start your sewing for the holidays. I'll give you a sneak peek of mine, though it's still just on paper.


You'll get to see more when it's my turn toward the end of July. Hopefully, I'll feel better tomorrow to actually cut and sew. 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Midweek Makers #24

It's Wednesday and time for another Midweek Makers, the place to share your sewing projects.



Last week, Audrey and Diane shared this fun lanyard project at The Cloth Parcel.   

                          Patchwork Lanyard Tutorial

A great tutorial for some 'designer' lanyards - definitely can make these however you want! Thanks for sharing ladies, and be sure to grab a Feature button.


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And now it's time to share what you're working on this week. The guidelines for joining the fun are simple!
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  • Visit the other party guests and leave a comment. It's a great way to make new friends!
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Removing Blue Water Soluble Marker

Well, this is a first for me. There's always a first, right?





Now I will admit I have a few faint blue marks where the water soluble blue marker didn't come out on the Breaking Up quilt. I didn't follow my standard protocol of marking, quilting, and spraying with water immediately. Instead, the marks were there for a couple hours. When I did spray, 95% of it came out. But here and there were faint blue lines.

So, the quilt went in the tub for an overnight soak. Since the quilt was wet, it was hard to tell if the marks had come out. After washing with a bit of detergent, and a few minutes in the dryer, the marks were still there. Though hard to see unless you're really looking at the quilting, I still wanted them out.

I've heard of products to remove washable blue line marks, one of which I happen to have. It's a Clover Eraser Pen, and unfortunately, did nothing. Maybe it would work better immediately after making the blue mark.

Then, some phone calls. My two local quilt shops carried nothing, nor were they helpful on removal suggestions. So much for product testing.

Next try was one of my favorite stain removers, Dawn dish washing liquid. It's my go-to stain fighter whenever tomato sauce, chocolate, mustard, or grease get on fabric. I heard quilters use it when fabric bleeds and nothing else will work. So hey, why not here?

Again, here's the picture with the faint blue lines, at the arrows.

  
Here's a picture of the same area after treatment with a 50% solution of Dawn and water.


Notice the lines are gone. For reference, the arrow in the picture points to a blue line that was NOT treated, so you can tell the difference. Amazing!

Being the somewhat lazy person that I am, I was not going to go over this quilt with a fine tooth brush to find every trace of blue line. They are very random, and hard to see. Remember, 95% came out.

Solution? Into the bathtub again for a soak in Dawn and water. Occasionally, I went in an massaged the quilt, leaving it in the bath for a couple hours. Then into the wash.

The result? Marks are gone! I'm impressed!
Again, the before:


and the after, with the blue line marked with a pin, so that I could find the same spot again.


Hooray! Here's another area that had noticeable blue lines, marked with a pin, though I didn't take a before picture.


Not a trace of blue! Sweet! Guess the secret is out - Dawn makes an awesome stain remover! So if you ever run across the blue line problem, give Dawn a try. It's worth a shot.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Breaking Up

A finish before the weekend! 



Breaking Up, 



a pattern from my June Book of the Month selection, Melissa Corry's Irish Chain Quilts, is quite the beauty!





The pattern is quick and easy to put together, and the navy chains and binding make this quilt really shine! I'm loving navy as an alternative to black - so much nicer visually. 

Given that the inspiration fabric was full of peaches, I kept that theme going in the quilting. After drawing a design to fit the space, it was traced onto netting, then onto the quilt with a washout marker.



Using the lines as guidelines, I had some zen moments quilting all those peaches, leaves, and curls.




As for the washout marker, that's a story for the next post, removing blue water soluble markerFor now, let's focus on the prettiness of this quilt!

Here's the whole peach motif, which was rotated around to fit properly in the spaces.



Though the thread looks gold, it's actually Glide's Sea Foam green, and was perfect for this quilt.




It's also on the back, 



adding a nice sparkle to the navy.




See the nine-patches on the back? Took a day to make those into the backing. They're a bit lost here, so I'll be a bit more careful the next time I add something like this.

This quilt is a perfect addition to my house, picking up the red and beige, with the pops of green and blue. Who knew I was making a decorator item!


















And thank you, Melissa, for a great pattern!


Irish Chain Quilts

Have a great weekend quilting!


For fun, this quilt is entered into the Large Quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. Be sure to hop on over to catch some eye candy, and vote for your favorites!