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.

                                    

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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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Friday, October 13, 2017

Block 10 of the Growing Up QAL

Took a break from the charm squares to put together block 10 for the Growing Up QAL.


block 10 of Growing Up QAL

Alida of Alida Tweloq Designs designed this paper pieced block, which is an easy block to learn the technique on. The block is designed using four fabrics, but once again, I modified that to fit with my red/white/blue theme.

I don't do a ton of paper piecing, though when I do, I like to use the freezer paper piecing technique, though I didn't use it here. I just love how freezer paper holds the pieces in place, and not only is there no paper to tear out of seams, but the freezer paper is reusable for a couple blocks. It's all about time savings and less work!

Anyway, there's another trick I've picked up about matching seams when sewing paper pieced part A to part B. Not only do I use this when paper piecing, but for any other tricky seam matchup, such as those pesky angled seams in diamonds. It has saved me a ton of frustration!

So what's the trick? Match up the seams, secure with a pin if necessary, and here's the secret - use a long stitch length to take just a few stitches at the seam.


long stitches for seam matching in paper piecing

The above picture is where the red meets white in QAL block. The below picture is where white meets blue.


second seam matchup in paper piecing

Just needs a few stitches to check the seam matchup accuracy. Let's open it up an have a look.

Here's the red to white. Maybe a bit off, but still forms a nice point.

red point seam match

And where the white meets blue looks pretty good.


blue white seam match

I'm pretty pleased with those matchups, and will now sew the entire seam. If I wasn't pleased, those few stitches would get ripped out, and I'd try again until the seams matched perfectly.

After the entire seam is sewn at a normal stitch length, the seam looks great!


closeup of seam matches for quilt block


And that's the beauty of taking these few, large stitches. No need to rip out the entire seam length, nor little, tiny stitches. I've managed to avoid a ton of frustration matching these seams.

So the next time you need to match up any tricky seam, think about those few, longer stitches to test the match - they'll make you're sewing time more enjoyable.

Happy Quilting - really!
 



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Midweek Makers #93

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My share is that the Railroad Crossing top is all sewn, and just needs quilting. Currently, I'm in the mood to sit and sew, so I dove into another project from the Charm School book, this time, Lickety-Split.


Lickety-Split from Charm School quilt book

For those in the know, the quilt is a disappearing 4-patch, something I've not done yet. With these pretty charms and bits of fabric yardage, it should be a beauty!


charm squares for lickety-split

And last week, I was inspired by the Spicy Spiral over at DonnaleeQ.

                                        

Isn't it pretty? I have the rulers to do this and should give it a try. But this one certainly deserves the 'Feature' button this week!


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Railroad Crossing Update

Last week, I shared a couple of stacks of block units for Railroad Crossing,


railroad crossing block units

one of the quilt patterns from the book Charm School.



And now I can share the growth of a quilt!

All of those block parts got thrown on the floor, in a somewhat even distribution so that no two fabrics occur too close to one another.


block units laid out

Then the process of filling in the blanks begins! See the pile of white squares in the lower left picture above? Those are the backs of a stack of cream prints,


charm bin


that are buried somewhere in the bin.

Why the backs? Because I wanted a more solid background for this quilt, and didn't want to cut yardage. So, by using the backside of those cream prints, I achieve the look I want and use up those charm squares - yeah!

Growing this quilt was quite fun - throwing down cream charms in a purely random manner. Some are light, some are dark, and some lean toward taupe.


the quilt is growing


Definitely got a lot of exercise with all the bending over!


charm squares and scrap block units

All total: 150 cream charm squares. Unfortunately, that's only about an inch or so in height - these things just don't go away, as there's hardly a dent in the bin.

So, I'm on a mission again to use up these squares. Quilt 1 is in the works - I'm off to sew!




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Friday, October 6, 2017

Let It Snow Wall Hanging

Ah, the Christmas Carol Row Along is all over :(
I hope everyone enjoyed it this year, as an overwhelming amount of patterns were downloaded - this was a popular theme!

And have you started in on making the rows for your very own quilt? Maybe you're undecided which to use, or see other opportunities for the rows, like I did. 
Let It Snow is one such row that looks great as a wall hanging!


Let It Snow Wall Hanging quilt

Mr Snowman and all that snow is now simply framed to make a wall hanging for the winter!

Notice in the corners of this added border that the two strips intersect without additional seams. 


intersecting strips at the corner of the Let It Snow wall hanging


The newly updated pattern has detailed instructions on constructing this feature.

The adorable Mr Snowman face remains unchanged,


Mr Snowman face for Let It Snow wall hanging

though his body template has been improved for a better printing experience.


Mr Snowman for Let It Snow wall hanging

Along with the detailed border instructions, the new Let It Snow pattern also includes more detailed quilting ideas, a feature that is always helpful.


quilting on Let It Snow

He's just so happy to Let It Snow, and wants to share the joy with you! The new Let It Snow Wall Hanging pattern is now available at Craftsy, Etsy, and also Payhip - your choice!

And for those of you who downloaded the Let It Snow Row pattern during the Christmas Carol Row Along, check your inbox for a special discount code to use at Payhip for the Let It Snow Wall Hanging.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Midweek Makers #92

Welcome to the first October edition of Midweek Makers!



I have progress to share on my Charm School education, these block parts for Railroad Crossing.

scrap blocks for railroad crossing quilt

There's also a winner to announce from the Christmas Carol Row AlongLinda Douglas has won the Hobbs Tuscany Batting - congrats! For the winners of the shared contest for the fat quarters and cutting mat, Seams to be Sew has that on her site.

Since it's October, I'm starting off this month with a Halloween feature, this fun witch by Marnie at Made by Marnie.

                                        

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