Friday, November 17, 2017

Blog List - Edition 1

A few weeks ago, I was looking for new blogs to follow and asked readers for their top 3 favorites. And the response was fantastic!

Almost everyone had trouble choosing 3 - I know I would too. And I sincerely thank you for helping me to discover other wonderful quilt bloggers - you all rock!

With all of the responses, plus blogs that I follow, I've compiled the 'Blog List', with this being Edition 1. 

So that everyone has time to check out the blogs, each edition will have a list of 15 blogs. Including them all in one post would be quite overwhelming - better to break the list into smaller parts, just like making a quilt!

I'm still not sure how I'll incorporate the blog list into my blog, but for now, I'll write another edition once or twice a month, as time permits, as a special feature. 

So here we go with the first group! I tried to categorize them, making it a bit easier for everyone - let me know if a blog needs switching. And please, please, please - don't be offended if your blog isn't listed! It will in due time.

Blog List - Edition 1

General Quilting

Confessions of Fabric Addict                     Sarah Craig 
Upstairs Hobby Room                                Sandy   
Exuberant Color                                         Wanda Hanson 
Seams to be Sew                                         Marian Pena 
Cupcakes n Daisies                                    Thelma
Ariane Quilts                                              Ariane Kring                     

Scrap Quilting

Quiltville                                                      Bonnie Hunter  
Happy to be Scrappy                                    Deb A     

Applique and Embroidery

Applique Paintbox                                       Pam   


Twiggy and Opal                                         Jayne   
Red Pepper Quilts                                        Rita Hodge   
Elefantz                                                        Jenny   

My Favs

Not Afraid of Color                                      LeeAnna Paylor  
Sew Preeti Quilts                                          Preeti  
Made by Marney                                          Mary Hertel  

Enjoy checking out the blogs - there will be more to come!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Midweek Makers #98

Welcome to Midweek Makers! It's getting closer to the magic 100!

Definitely a milestone, and worthy of celebration - which means giveaways - get your projects started so you can share them on that special day!

Hmm, now what have I been up to? Still working away on those charm squares - I think I may have a couple more new quilt patterns in the works. And here's a sneak peek  of Scrap Happy, still on the frame.

Scrap Happy baby quilt sneak peek

Like it so far? Hopefully, I'll finish up later this week, though I sense some distractions in the works.

And this week I'm featuring two scrap quilts: 
these butterflies by Joanne from Canuck Quilter


and these blooms from Deana at Dreamworthy Quilts


The color choices and placement make for a couple of beautiful scrap quilts  - be sure to grab a 'Featured' Joanne and Deana!

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And now it's your turn - come link up the project you're working on so we can all see! A few simple guidelines keep the party fun for everyone:

  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors and comments!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link back to somewhere on your post. 

Have fun!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Charming 4-Patch - On Overdrive!

The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous tutorial and it's companion Youtube video are rocking the quilting world - ready to take it to the next level to make multiple 4-patches?

4.5 inch 4-patch units from charm squares

I promised this is for the over-achievers out there - those that really want to go full throttle with this technique - but anyone can do this!

Sew charms together

Just as in the Charming 4-patch tutorial, sew those charms into a strip. Sew as many into a strip as you're comfortable with, but sew an even number of charms. Another hint to make this all happen!

For my demo, I'm working with 8 charms,

charms sewn into a tube

and cutting 2.5" from the left.

start cutting from the left

Cut units for step 1

With a longer strip, the top layer is folded back out of the way, so that cutting can continue on the bottom layer. 

moving top layer aside to cut bottom layer

The 2.5" piece just cut is folded over and ready for the next cut.

cutting units from sewn charms

Continue folding and cutting on that layer until all pieces are cut. Here there are 8 units from all that step 1 cutting.

units cut from sewing charm squares

Sewing for step 2

Once again, these units are turned and sewn together to make a tube.

sewing cut units from step 1 into a tube

And the cutting begins 2.5" from the left

cutting 4-patch units

As before, fold the top layer out of the way, and work on the bottom layer, folding and cutting. 

What not to do

Now, in the above picture, it looks tempting to just measure over 4.5" to make the next cut. But don't do this, because if the seam is a bit fat, the error is going to carry through to the end of the strip. And that means the units will end up different sizes, and their center seam will be off.

Just treat the folding and cutting as part of the process. Better to measure 2.5" off of the folded over seam, eliminating cutting errors to the other units.

Charming 4-Patch - On Overdrive Video

This tutorial wouldn't be complete without a Youtube video, Charming 4-patch on overdrive, showing the process step-by-step.

Final Charming 4-patches

And here they are, all 8 4.5" 4-patch blocks, ready to go!

4.5 inch 4-patch blocks from 8 charm squares

Make a checkerboard or make them scrappy - go wild!

scrappy four patch quilt blocks for Scrap Happy pattern

Most of all, have fun!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous!

The 4-patch block. One of the basic and useful building blocks in many quilt designs.

4.5in 4-patch quilt blocks from charm squares

And today, as promised, I'm going to show you a fast, fun way to make them from charm (5") squares.

I know, you're probably thinking, well, duh, just sew those charms together. That's great if the quilt needs a 9 1/2" unfinished 4-patch block.

But no, I want a 4 1/2" block. So, you say, cut the charm square in half horizontally and vertically, and sew together those 2 1/2" squares. 
Um, no thanks.

What I have to show you today will rock your world! You'll see how to sew those charms, do some cutting, rinse, repeat, and end up with 4 1/2" four patches. 

And for a special treat to explain this process, I not only have pictures that show the making of scrappy 4-patches, but also an animated video of the process using black and white. Ready to see the magic?

Making 4 1/2" 4-patches from charm squares

We're going to use 4 charm squares for this demo. For you overachievers, I have a demo using 8 charms - The Charming 4-Patch - On Overdrive!

Sew 4 charms in a row

Sew those charms together in a row. I've got four rows of four in this picture.

four rows of four charm squares for quilts

Sew the ends of one row together to form a small tube - that's at the bottom of this picture.

sew rows to form a tube

Line up a cutting ruler at the seam and the 2 1/2" mark.

first cut at 2.5in

Cut, then do the same on the opposite seam (right side), so that now there are four pieces - those on bottom.

first units made for a 4-patch block

Pair these units up with different units if going for the all-over scrappy look. We're looking for variety here, with no two blocks identical. There will always be two blocks containing the same two fabrics from those sewn together in this first step. And that's ok. You'll see what I mean later.

Sew block unit pairs together

Now those block unit pairs get nested together and sewn along the short side. Then the pairs are sewn for another long row.

units sewn on short side to make a long row

Did you guess what's next? That's right - sew the ends together to make a tube.

unit row ends sewn to make a tube

Whip out that cutting ruler one more time, and cut in 2 1/2" inches from the left seam, 

cut 2.5in from the left seam

and 2 1/2" inches from the right seam.

cut 2.5in from the right seam

Open or flip over, and take a look!

four 4.5in scrappy 4-patch blocks

Four fabulous 4-patch blocks without having to cut or sew a single 2 1/2" square. How awesome is that???

And notice the variety. Repeat fabric combinations occur in just two blocks (unless the same two fabrics get sewn together as another pair!), and that's it. Total scrappy! And as I was told in a scrappy quilt class years ago, don't over-think it!

Making two-color 4 1/2" 4-patches from charm squares

Now, what if the charm stash contained two colors? Then this is a fantastic way to make a checkerboard pattern with them! Have a look at my Youtube video of the same process using black and white charms - I think you'll see the merit of this technique.

Other size options

By the way, this is not limited to using charm squares! Want to use a layer cake instead? Then follow the same steps to make a 9 1/2" 4-patch block.

Or maybe a wee bit smaller? Eight inch squares make a 7 1/2" 4-patch; and 6" squares would make 5 1/2".

Don't forget about 2 1/2" strips - they too can be used here, just like charms.

Give this a try on your next charm scrappy project - more next week!

Happy Quilting!

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