Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Midweek Makers #87

Who has projects to share? Then come link up at Midweek Makers so we can all see!

I'm working away arranging these HST's (half square triangles),


HSTs


which were made over a year ago, into a nice design. They have sat, waiting for their chance, and now is the time. I'm assembling them into a quilt top or two, then will showcase the quilting next month. Can't wait!

As for the Midweek Makers Feature this week, there was one quilt that, because of it's design and use of color, I thought was absolutely fabulous. And that quilt was Positively Transparent by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  

                                     

This quilt was also chosen by the Modern Quilt Guild as the August 2017 Quilt of the Month - congratulations Paige! Be sure to grab a 'Featured' button.
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Time for you to share! Please note the new linkup guidelines:
  • 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 to receive comments!
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Christmas Carol Row Along Sneak Peek

Getting pretty exciting around here, as the Christmas Carol Row Along, sponsored by Marian at Seams to be Sew, starts next week, September 5!

                                         Christmas Caroling RAL 2017 photo CCLogo-2-small-450x373_zps857lafcy.jpg


My row and pattern have been done since June, with plenty of sneak peeks of the progress. When my day to share, Thursday, September 21, comes around, you'll be able to download the pattern for free until the end of the hop, Tuesday, October 10.

I've seen some of the rows created for this hop, and my, are they fantastic! I wish that I had time to make them all, but alas, other projects beckon.

With that in mind, I decided to turn my row into a wall hanging, with an added border, and now quilting. Here's a sneak peek of that.


Christmas Carol Row along Sneak Peek

I keep showing you snowflakes - can you guess which Christmas carol I chose? Can't wait till September 21 to show the whole row!

Check out Marian's post about how to download all of the patterns as they become available, and how to enter to win one of the many prizes offered! Yes - prizes! Tons of them! 

And for more sneak peeks, take a look at the designers who have worked so hard to make this hop merry!

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
                                                        (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
                                                     (site will open late next week)
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
                                            (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Can't wait for September 5 and 21 - mark your calendars!



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Friday, August 25, 2017

Block 8 of the Growing QAL

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Back again with August block to add to my collection for the Growing Up QAL, hosted by Alida over at Alida Tweloq Designs.



Block 8 of the Growing Up QAL

This month is the Bargello technique, which was actually quite fun! Because my fabric choices for this QAL are red/white/blue, I played with color arrangements EQ7 before deciding on this layout for those colors.

What started as this strip set,


Bargello strip set for Block 8 Growing Up QAL

ended as this block.


Bargello Block 8 of Growing Up QAL

At first, it seemed silly to cut two strips the same color, then sew them back together. But using rectangles in a Bargello won't work. Had to tell myself to let it go, and follow the instructions. And I'm pretty happy with the results!

Are you sewing along? If so, I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!




PS - Craftsy is having a sale this weekend on 50 classes under $15! 


How sweet is that? Here's just some of the great quilting classes you may want to take:

Patchwork Piecing: Woodland Animals with Elizabeth Hartman

Playing with Curves with Ann Petersen

Creative Free-Motion Techniques: From Doodle to Design with Lori Kennedy

Pre-Cut Shortcuts: Quilt Tops in Less Time with Amy Smart

Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results with Ann Petersen

Of course, there are more than just these quilting classes! Hop over to Craftsy to see them all!


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Midweek Makers #86

Welcome to Midweek Makers!



How about this bit of excitement yesterday!


Spider surprise under the cover

Sure surprised the heck out of me! The story is too long for today, but you can see more pics and how I found him a new home over at my QuiltFabrication Facebook page, or QuiltFabrication on Instagram. It's all good!

After Mr. Spider was handled, I was able to settle into stitching down the snowflake appliques on my row for the Christmas Carol Row-along


Christmas Carol Row-along row sneak peek

This is another sneak peek, with the big reveal coming Thursday, September 21. The whole event kicks off Tuesday, September 5, with awesome designs to make a wonderful Christmas row quilt. Don't miss it!


Now on to Midweek Makers. I really liked last week's theme of quilts with many colors, so we'll carry that into this week.

There's Nann, from With Strings Attached, and her jelly roll strip quilt,

                                          

Karen, of Quilts Etc, with her Primary Colors quilt top,

                                     primary colors

Kathy, from Kathy's Quilting Blog, showing off a completed quilt made from winning Block Lotto

                                     

and last but not least, is Sharon, who blogs at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, and her colorful quilt.

                                     

Lovely, lively quilts everyone! Be sure to honor them with a 'Featured' button!


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Let's move on to this week's projects - link up a recent post, keeping the following in mind:
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Steps

Showing off Steps, my third and final strip quilt from Strip Savvy, the July/August Book of the Month selection.



Steps from the Strip Savvy quilt book

Simple, yet outstanding. How have I not made one of these before??? And once again, Kate does a great job on her pattern instructions, making this a quick strip quilt to put together.

                                                  Strip Savvy

As for the quilting, I liked what Kate had used on this quilt in the book - simple straight line stitching. 

Steps straight line quilting

Using a dark turquoise thread, the quilting is in the ditch along each side and in the middle of the vertical pieces. This makes for 1 inch spacing.

Steps straight line stitching

Do you realize how easy this quilting would be to accomplish on a domestic machine, especially with the help of a walking foot? Easy and effective - a win-win!

As for the backing, I chose an older, more subdued print, which works great with the front,

Steps full quilt back

because it has the perfect color scheme - lucky me!

Steps back closeup

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the Strip Savvy book, and wish I had more time to make another. I have a lot of projects and blog hops for September, making this a very busy time for me. But I highly suggest this book as a great resource for strip quilt patterns, deserving of a place on the shelf.

Happy Quilting!



Linking up with:

MOP MondayMain Crush Monday
Monday Making
Linky Tuesday
Oh Scrap!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ready for Another Quilt Show?

Today I bring you breaking news about another quilt show! No, this isn't one of those 'have put your best work in' type of shows, so don't feel intimidated. Nor is there an entry fee or deadline, or the need to ship your quilt.

All this show requires is a pet on a quilt, 


Pet on quilt




either in real life or fabric, as it's the Pets On Quilts 2017 quilt show!


Pets on Quilts 2017

Hosted by Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting, there's still time to get your entry in (closes in 3 days).

The above picture of Roscoe is my entry, from the Home from Road post back in January. Though Winston's picture on Wednesday is sweet, he's technically not on a quilt, just fabric. And others I have are of the kitties messing up a quilt layout. Rascals!

Even if you don't have a pet on a quilt picture to enter (though I'm sure most of us do!), go check out the other entries. You'll be surprised at what animals are on quilts - it's not just dogs and cats!

Oh, and did I mention prizes? Those that enter are eligible to win prizes, as voting by the public opens up around August 21. Good luck!

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Midweek Makers #85

Ready to party? I am! It's another Midweek Makers, where everyone shares their fabric projects. If you're new to the festivities - welcome! And for my usual friends - welcome back!

Let's get this started - I'll go first, to break the ice, so to speak. The last two quilts I've shown have been patterns from the Strip Savvy book. And guess what? I'm working on another - with the same fabrics!


fabrics for next quilt

Yep, I still have strips leftover from the last two quilts, and believe or not, just enough Kona Green Tea. I must admit, I went digging through my nickel bin to throw a few more different bright blue or teal fabrics in, as I was getting tired of seeing so much of the others. Variety is the certainly the spice of life!

And when I had my back turned, Winston decided the nickel bin would be a great place for a rest.


Winston kitty

Who can argue with that face? He's such a sweetie!

So, did everyone visit the others last week? I was fascinated by the quilts of many colors:

this adorable hexie table topper by Andree at Quilting and Learning,

                                            

this diamond quilt by Micki at 2 Dogs Studio,

                                     

and this interleave quilt by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts.

                           Modern batiks quilt as you go interleave quilt

Great use of color everyone - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button for your quilts!
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Who's next to share? Come on - we'd love to see your work! And this week, the link up 'rules' have changed a bit - to help make this a great party!
  • 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 to receive comments!
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Stitching Basics: Quilting Square Corners

Today we're going to revisit the quilting on the smaller Open Sesame quilt.


smaller Open Sesame quilting closeup

The modern, rectangular pantograph, Contempo, was stitched using a laser from the backside of the machine. No rulers, no computer. Just follow the red dot on the pattern, plain and simple.

But not so simple if the quilter hasn't learned the basic quilting skill of the hesitation or pause needed to achieve a square corner.


square corner quilting closeup

Let me explain, as this is an important skill for use on both domestic machines and longarms. 

When quilting, and the stitching changes direction either at a corner or a point, the quilter needs to pause or almost stop to allow the needle/machine to prepare for the change. It's the hesitation, or pause at that corner or point, that allows the needle to catch up, and slow down for the change. That little pause is the secret to having square corners and sharp points.

Here's a video of the square corners being stitched out by a longarm. There is no music so that you can hear the machine motor pausing at the corners. Be prepared to adjust the volume, as longarms can be noisy.


Stitching Basics:  Quilting Square Corners

Did you see and hear the pauses? That's the skill that a quilter needs develop in order to get square points and sharp points.

Take a look at this stitching again.

square corner quilting closeup

For the most part, the corners are square, not rounded as they would be if there were no pause. Now, if this was a show quilt, that needle would be coming to a full stop right at the corner to achieve a perfect right angle stitch line. That's the next level to achieve.

But for everyday quilting, working on the basic skill of pausing at corners or points will improve the looks your quilting immensely - just another helpful tip for the quilting toolbox!

Happy Quilting!

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