Monday, October 30, 2017

Looking for New Blogs

Today, it's all about blogs, specifically quilt blogs. And I need your input!



I enjoy reading other quilt blogs and getting to know the quilter and their style - and I hope you do too!

But what's sad is that some quilters have abandoned blogs in favor of Facebook or Instagram. Or maybe they don't post as frequently as they used to, or their blogs have gone in a new direction. 

That's fine, as we all lead busy lives, and interests change. Everyone has to do what works best for them. But blogs that I used to look forward to have fallen by the wayside.

So I'm on the lookout for a new group of quilter blogs to follow. Some I've found through the Midweek Makers linky party. Others have been through Bloglovin', my favorite source for getting updates from the blogs I follow, all in one place. There's also Quilter Blogs, which is a great resource of blogs, though I find I don't have time to go through the long daily list of posts.

Therefore, what I would greatly appreciate from you, faithful readers, is blog suggestions. In the comments, please list your 3 favorite quilt blogs, and why you like them. No need to write a long description - something like the following format works fine.

             blog:  abc.com   has great tutorials
or
             blog:  xyz.com    free block designs and quilts

Other reasons for following them could be:

  •    has great pictures
  •   weekly giveaways
  •   great source of inspiration
  •   has fun quiltalongs
  •   has entertaining stories
  •   helps me to use my stash
  •   creates modern quilt designs
  •   is a great teacher
  •   a wonderful resource for all things quilty

Keeping it short and sweet will help me get through everyone's comments quickly and easily, which means more time to check out the new-to-me quilt blogs.

Thank you again for your input - I'm looking forward to discovering other great blogs!

Happy Quilting Everyone!



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Quilts for Sale

I have quilts that need new homes! Those of you who follow on Facebook or Pinterest have probably already seen the two quilts up for sale at my Etsy shop. They are Blossoms,

Blossoms quilt by QuiltFabrication - for sale
Blossoms


and Saw Tooth Flowers.

Saw Tooth Flowers by QuiltFabrication - for sale























                                         Saw Tooth Flowers

Both quilts were made a year ago, using different techniques. Read about how I used the Crafted Applique technique to create Blossoms, and fusible interfacing/turned edge applique on Saw Tooth Flowers.


Each is beautifully crafted and quilted - just look at the detail pics!

Blossoms quilt closeup

Blossoms, closeup


Saw Tooth Flowers quilt closeup

Saw Tooth Flowers closeup





And both quilts have 4" hanging sleeves, having both been entered into the 2017 San Mateo County Fair, with Saw Tooth Flowers receiving 1st Place in the Small Quilt Division.

Unsure how these quilts will fit on a wall? 
Their measurements are as follows:  
Blossoms 32" x 38"
Saw Tooth 41" x 44"
with more details at Etsy.


Though I'm sad to part with them, I know that there is someone out there who would just love to see these purple flowers. 

Can you help them find a forever home?




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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Midweek Makers #95

Welcome to Midweek Makers, the place to share your projects!



I've been playing so much with charm squares over the last three weeks, that I think I've created a new quilt design! Here's a sneak peek of part of a block:


block part for new pattern

Yep, it's a rail fence block, and doesn't look very exciting. But just wait till you see what I've done with it to create a quilt - stay tuned.

As for the shares from last week, there were two that I absolutely loved! The first, which continues the Halloween/fall theme for the month, is the Dark Spooky Eyes quilt from Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts.

                                 Glow in the dark spooky eyes quilt tutorial

Glow in the dark eyes - how cool is that! Laura also has a tutorial to make your own for Halloween haunting.

On the flip side, there's this Square Peg Mini quilt made by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting.

                                        

Great design, and a great use of a charm pack, which I also happen to have. She made good use of hers!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Lickety-Split One

Last week, I showed you Lickety-Split Two, and today it's about her twin sister, Lickety-Split One.


Lickety-Split One quilt


This one is just as pretty, with the same floral prints as Lickety-Split Two but with deep red charms from yardage instead of cream.


Lickety-Split One closeup


Notice that this one doesn't have any sashing. I was really loving the overall deep red theme going, and didn't feel that sashing was necessary.


Lickety-Split One closeup 2


But just like her sister, she has a border that's 3 1/4" wide, matching the squares in the blocks.


Lickety-Split One border


Overall, she measures 38" x 38", a bit smaller than Lickety-Split Two.

No issues here with a large enough backing fabric - it's all one piece.


Lickety-Split One quilt back


Doesn't that quilting just look lovely?? That's another favorite pantograph, Bluster, with Glide Purple Rose thread too.


Lickety-Split One closeup 3




So, let's see the sisters side by side.



Lickety-Split One
Lickety-Split One



                                                                   
Lickety-Split Two
Lickety-Split Two


                                       
I'd say these two are fraternal twins, wouldn't you? Turned out to be a pretty good experiment, splitting the floral charms and combining one with cream and one with deep red. Love seeing the effect of different values, making for two similar but different quilts.

And that wraps up the Lickety-Split quilts from the Charm School book. Not sure what I'll work on next - I'll let you know Wednesday.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Lickety-Split Two

The quilting is done, binding is on, and now to show
Lickety-Split Two.


Lickety-Split Two quilt


Remember this pretty assortment of charm squares?


charm squares

Half of them went into the above quilt, and the other half into another. I decided to divide the floral charms, and use half with the cream charms on the right, and the other half with the dark red yardage on the bottom. 

The result is two similar, yet different quilts - figured it might be more fun that way! The other quilt I'll show next week, but for now, it's all about Lickety-Split Two.

Measuring in at 42" x 42", she kinda follows the Lickety-Split pattern in the Charm School book


Lickety-Split pattern from Charm School book


Sure, she has the disappearing 4-patch blocks (which, by the way, I wasn't too fond of making with 5" squares). She also has sashing, though it's not the same width or with the setting squares that the pattern has. 

Instead, I opted to make the sashing the same width as the center block parts, which is 1 1/2". Personally, I think the smaller width just works better for the smaller quilt.


Lickety-Split Two closeup





Notice that I also used the backside of the cream charm squares again, just like in Sea Glass. Another brilliant move!

Oh! And look - I put a border on! A lot of my quilts don't have borders (don't ask me why), and it does add a nice touch here. 


Lickety-Split Two border




It's width also matches the squares in the block, at 3 1/4". 

With all of that in mind, here's your quilt design tip for the day: 
Use the elements of repetition and uniformity. 
By repeating or using multipliers of block units, a quilt will have a cohesive feel and not be a jumbled mess. This little nugget has helped me countless times in quilt design!

So let's move on to the quilting:

I could have done some semi-custom work, with different fills in the blocks, sashing, and border. But after assembling the blocks, I have to admit, I was kinda done.

Easy Peasy to the rescue!! 


Lickety-Split Two with Easy Peasy pantograph


One of my all-time favorite pantographs, this little quilt looks great, especially in Glide's Purple Rose thread.


Easy Peasy pantograph in Glide Purple Rose thread


And let's not forget the back! Since I needed a bit more backing fabric, I used the remaining floral charm squares in the back, where they look just as pretty as the front!


backside of Lickety-Split Two quilt


Overall, an adorable quilt!

Thanks for visiting today, and come back next week to see Lickety-Split One.

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Midweek Makers #94

Welcome to another October edition of Midweek Makers!



My share this week is quilting progress on Lickety-Split,


quilting progress on Lickety Split from Charm School book

which should be done for a Friday reveal.

I'm still in an orange October mood with a pumpkin potholder feature from Summer at Summer Lee Quilts.

                                    

Aren't these cute, especially with the great fabrics? Summer, grab the button below for these seasonal favorites!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sea Glass - A Railroad Crossing Pattern

Check out this beauty -

Sea Glass, Railroad Crossing quilt pattern


my scrap version of Railroad Crossing, a pattern from my October 2017 Book of the Month selection, Charm School.

When I was putting the blocks together with these older prints,


Railroad Crossing block units



Railroad Crossing quilt blocks

I didn't find them very exciting, as older fabrics tend to have a grey or dull look to them.

But....

Once all together in a quilt, they sparkle!


Sea Glass, a Railroad Crossing quilt pattern



Though the pattern is Railroad Crossing, the quilt's real name is 'Sea Glass', because really, it does sparkle like the sea! (Note that I had no problem naming this quilt - wish it was always that easy!)

Ready for some closeups?

Quilting used Glide's light turquoise thread with a more open pantograph, Happy Times, on my non-computerized Innova 22LS.


Happy Times pantograph on Sea Glass quilt


Notice the faint hint of prints in the cream background squares in the two pictures below.


Happy Times pantograph and backside of cream charm squares



backside of cream charm squares in Sea Glass

















Using the backs of the cream charms was a brilliant move - the hint of prints, and the small value changes really add to the background of this quilt. 

For fun, I have a picture of the backside of the top, revealing the cream prints.


Winston's approval of my work











Winston approves of my work!

And for the back, I found a large piece of an aqua print in the stash, which has bits of green and purple, though there's no purple in the top. 


Sea Glass backside


Also had enough of this print for the binding, and still have a bit leftover for a smaller quilt back. Sometimes yardage is never-ending.

My work continues on the disappearing 4-patches for Lickety-Split, though I must say, I enjoyed making Railroad Crossing a lot more. If I find enough coordinating charm squares in my bin, I may make another. Will keep you posted!

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