Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Midweek Makers #125

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I've got a lot to share today - how about you? First up, is a quilting sneak peek on my Hunter's Star quilt for the currently running Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop.


Hunter's Star backside quilting

Oh so mean, only giving you the backside!! But trust me, on Friday, May 25, you'll see the whole quilt, plus there will be a quilting video on the pretty motif, suitable for domestic or longarm machines. It will be worth it!
   
I've also gotten a start on the 5th Grade Quilt from the book Precut Primer (affiliate link).


5th Grade quilt blocks from the Precut Primer book

I put out my "DO NOT DISTURB" sign, and cut and chain pieced 10 blocks in around 3 hours.

And last week, I made the trip to Portland, OR for Quilt Market.


Quilt Market Portland OR 2018


I sat in on Schoolhouse, a full day of different 30 minute classes, and met Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation plus saw all of her quilts from her new book, Stash Statement (affiliate link). This is her version of Regatta, which I'm making from my scraps, to be revealed June 18.


Regatta from Stash Statement by Kelly Young


And to add to all this busi-ness, my oldest kitty, Roscoe, wasn't eating. He's since had a shot to help his inflamed insides, and he's eating better now. But Saturday, he needed his mommy!


Roscoe


To show more love for Roscoe, the features this week are all about critters!
There's bunnies at Quilts Etc,

                                          IMG_5339

kitties at Hearts Creation,

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birds at Not Afraid of Color,

                                            

barn animals at Made by Marney,

                                            

and a hedgehog at Tu-Na Quilts.

                                           tunaquilts 1a

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button everyone!


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Phew! That's a lot of catching up! Now it's your turn to share - just keep in mind the following:
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
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Most importantly - have a good time!




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Monday, May 21, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Hop Starts Today!

Heads up - another awesome blog hop starts today, with plenty of eye candy to see!

                                                          

I've teased you with my Hunter's Star blocks, with the full reveal on Friday, May 25. Until then, there a ton of bloggers participating, and we should be super excited to see what they've created!

                                                                 May 21

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

With nine bloggers each day - that's a lot of quilts to see!
Enjoy the hop and come back Wednesday for Midweek Makers, and of course, Friday, for my Hunter's Star reveal.

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, May 18, 2018

Precut Primer Quilt Update

With all of the quilts I'm making for blog hops, the Book of the Month quilt has been pushed aside. Well, no longer!

From the Precut Primer book (affiliate link), I've chosen to make a smaller, baby size version of the 5th Grade Quilt.


5th Grade Quilt from Precut Primer


It's so cute how this book is organized, starting with a 1st Grade quilt, and working up to a 12th Grade quilt - graduation in a sense!


Precut Primer


It's also fitting that the lower grade quilts are the easier ones with simple blocks, working to those in the upper grades with more detailed block structures. It's a fabulous way for a quilter to increase their skills - all in one book!

Now why did I choose 5th grade? Was it because of Mrs Sutton, who took me under her wing since falling behind at the one-room schoolhouse two years prior? Well, that's part of it. 

It's also because the quilt pattern looks fun and easily adaptable to a smaller size. So 5th Grade it is!

Now just because I don't have a jelly roll for this doesn't mean I can't strip my own fabric. Wanting to work with my hoarded stash of dots and stripes, I've put this collection together, along with a soft, buttery yellow background.


fabric choices for the 5th Grade quilt

Not sure about that one pale blue stripe in the upper left corner - looks a bit boring compared to the others. I'll see how the others go, holding that one out till last.

See you later - I'm off to cut and sew!
Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Midweek Makers #124

It's Wednesday and it's a Midweek Makers day!

My share today is a Hunter Star block, made with the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler.



A total of sixteen are made, and I'll stop there. Not enough fabric to make more, plus I like the layout - more blocks would spoil that. So, you'll have to be satisfied with this sneak peek, as the entire quilt reveal will be May 25, my day of the Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

And if you didn't know already, I'm sucker for scrap quilts, and this Colorful Scraps quilt from Andree at Quilting and Learning, just makes my heart sing!

                                        
Even though this is an older quilt, it has such a pretty assortment and arrangement of color - well done Andree!

Now it's your turn - what project do you have to share - we'd all like to see!
  • 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, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to www.QuiltFabrication.com on your post.
Have fun!



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Monday, May 14, 2018

Pretty Posies, an X Block Quilt

Introducing Pretty Posies, my second X-Block quilt. The first, Diamond Ribs, was for the X Block Blog Hop.


Pretty Posies in the wild

Aren't those flowers bright and beautiful?


yellow posie


Inspired by the fun border fabric, I pulled bright prints to make the pretty posies.


pink posie

Then pulled all the flowers together by giving them matching centers, which are squares appliqued on.


posie centers and backing
















Here's a full on picture.


Pretty Posies



This quilt was based on the Bright Eyes pattern, which has one more row of flowers. Being that my border fabric was limited, I opted for a 3 x 3 layout. And a small flower print completes the back!

For this quilt, I have two quilting videos to share: 

one for the leaf stipple in the green background area, 


                                                            Leaf Stipple

and one for quilting the X-Block flowers, which can easily be done with a walking foot.


                                                  Posie Flower Quilting

Both of these designs require no marking, though they could be added to the flowers to more easily divide the area. 

Feel free to use these ideas to quilt your next flower quilt, or check out my YouTube channel for other ideas!

Happy Quilting!




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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Heads Up! A Mother's Day Special!

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Woohoo! You're invited to join in on a Craftsy class binge this weekend!


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I love books and videos for the inspiration they provide, and plan to check out a couple videos quilting with rulers,


creative quilting with rulers

quilting with rulers

some about strip piecing (cause it's just so darn fast!) and borders,


strip piecing shortcuts


pieced borders

and for fun, a curved piecing class.


clever curves piecing techniques

Of course, there are tons more classes than these, in a variety of subjects. Can't get to them all this weekend? Then consider joining!

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And what's the beauty in all of this? Access to great classes, taught by well-known instructors, all from your own home, on your time. Certainly a win-win for me!

So enjoy the weekend binge watching, and learning something new!

Happy Mother's Day!



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Friday, May 11, 2018

Konnichiwa!

Hello, and good afternoon!


pseudo kimono

Though I normally try to keep this blog quilting related, today I'll take you on a tour of Japan, our travel destination last week.

I had always wanted to visit Japan, and with hubby finding a great round trip airfare out of LAX, we decided to go. Though it was Golden Week, when everyone there is on vacation, we had a great time. And, yes, we would go back! 

So, the picture above is the closest we got to dressing in kimono, though one can rent kimono for around $35/day, like these tourists did.


tourists in kimono

Of course, these aren't the expensive embroidered kimono that geiko and maiko wear, but they're pretty just the same. These ladies were in Gion, the geisha district of Kyoto and home to a geisha school, where it's very popular to wear kimono.

To get to Kyoto, we used the Japan Rail pass - their rail system is the world's envy. With that pass, we easily visited several cities to see the sights. On the western side of Kyoto, there's beautiful scenery such as the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest,

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

lovely Japanese maples in a nearby World Heritage Garden,

Japanese Maples

and the Katsura River. 

Katsura River Kyoto Japan

Back in town, we visited Nijo Castle, with it's ornate gate,

Nijo Castle gate

and after all that sight-seeing, we collapsed in our hotel-apartment. Check out this multi-function toilet/bidet/sink. Seems that all bases are covered, though this one didn't have a music function. Those were in the train stations!

toilet in Japan

One day, we took a side trip to Osaka, taking advantage of the Free Walking Tour. Our guide pointed out Ichiran, supposedly a good place for ramen. We went back later for lunch, where we sat at a 'partitioned' counter, with no view, and only hand views of the server. Felt a bit impersonal and lonely, eating with little walls between us, our neighbors, and the staff. Strange, but the ramen was good! 

Ichiran ramen

Heading back to Tokyo, we stopped at Lake Ashi, with Mt Fuji in the background. The pirate ship goes around the lake, but we didn't partake, as I was a bit green from the winding bus ride down to the lake.

Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji

Once in Tokyo, we drove Mari-Car go-karts around the city,

Mari Car go karts

which I found to be stressful, as it was scary to make it through the intersections on the lights. You have to have an International driver's license for this, and I probably should have gotten a ticket for running a red light. Going 35 mph 1 foot above the ground in busy Tokyo didn't give me much of a tour of the city!

But we walked around later, visiting the lake at Ueno Park,

Ueno Park Tokyo

the outside of Tokyo Station,


Tokyo station

and eating sushi. My favorite was kinmedai or red snapper.


kinmedai sushi

The last day, we got out of town to a beautiful mountain town called Nikko. There's the famous Shinkyo Bridge,


Shinkyo Bridge

temples and shrines in the park, azaleas that grow like weeds,


azalea bush


and beautiful paths.


rock path

A perfect ending to a quick tour of Japan! So why would I go back? Because the people were very polite, places and people were clean and orderly, and even though we spoke no Japanese, we were able to communicate. And can't beat that train system!

Though my internal clock is still somewhere over the Pacific, I hope to be back to normal soon. Just need to get rid of a nasty chest cold first. Then let the quilting resume!

Have a great weekend!




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