Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Midweek Makers 109

Wow! It's the end of the month already, and we're at the fifth Midweek Makers for the year - how time flies!

I have great news to share - the improv striped hearts have a new design! Here's a sneak peek,


improv stripes and hearts

as this is about as far as I got. Still working out all the details, but this really has fabulous potential! I do want to thank everyone who left encouraging comments, as I certainly needed them. I'll admit there was a lot of procrastination on what to do with the blocks, probably because I didn't have that part figured out in my head. And that's how designing works sometimes.

And how about a review of other shares from last week? I certainly fell in love with these three -

from Celine at Accroquilt, these pretty applique blocks for a Secret Garden quilt,

                                

these incredibly adorable reindeer from Dreamworthy Quilts,

                                

and because I'm in the mood for hearts, check out these fun scrap pieced ones from Dione at Clever Chameleon Quilting.

                                Scrappy red hearts
                                
Here's the 'Feature' button for these beauties!


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So, that's it for shares - what's yours this week? 
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Hmm, What to Do?

I so wish I had a super exciting project to show off today, though maybe you'll disagree. Unfortunately, I feel I'm at an impasse since Friday. The last bit of progress with the improv freehand cut fused stripes was left laying like this on the cutting mat,


improv stripes and hearts version 2

because it's my pick at the moment.

Other options include a different orientation of the rough cut hearts,


improv stripes and hearts version 1

or a four square display for a wall hanging.


improv stripes and hearts wall hanging

Anyone notice those pretty new heart fabrics

heart fabric

are NOT in the pictures? After auditioning those with the stripes, none of them sang to me. So, back to the pile of original heart prints,

heart prints

finally choosing the red with a small, white hearts. I'm a bit disappointed the new fabrics didn't work out, but eventually they'll find a home.

Since I'm still undecided where this project is going, do I continue as a table runner? make the wall hanging? how about four place mats? combine these with other blocks for a lap quilt? maybe something else?? I'm open to any ideas or suggestions - leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Have a great day quilting!


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Improv Freehand Cut Striped Fabric

I'm loving this second set of improv striped fabric - this one is a winner for me! (Update: to see what became of these stripes, check out Love Match).


half inch fused black stripes
Improv Freehand Cut Fused Stripes



Though I like the first one, with it's crazy waves,


mat cut and sewn wavy stripes
Improv Freehand Cut Stripes

it's not quite what I'm wanting for my project. But both of them are definitely inspiring aren't they? Let's have a look at how these two were made, shall we?


Improv Freehand Cut and Sewn Stripes

The first set, the wavy ones, were all freehand cut, by overlaying the fabrics to get a matching cut curve. The overlay shown below starts the process.

fabrics overlaid for matching first cut






first matching freehand cut


The small black and white scrap pieces are discarded, then both fabrics are separately freehand cut again to make two strips. Makes it easier to sew!


two freehand cut stripes with matching curves in center

Remember the first overlapping cut, the one in the center of the picture above? That's the seam that gets sewn together, because the curves match up, making the process so much easier.


sewing matching curves

For the next stripe, the trick is to lay the cut curve on top of the next fabric, and cut a curve to match. Below, I've laid the white stripe onto the end of the black, leaving enough black exposed for the next stripe. Then cut, following the curve of the white.


cutting a black stripe to match curves of white fabric

And so on, and so on, until the needed size piece is sewn.


improv freehand cut and sewn curvy stripes

Those were certainly fun to make, but I wanted the stripes narrower, like a 1/2", and not as wavy. Onto my next construction idea - fusing!


Improv Freehand Cut and Fused Stripes

For this, I started with a decent width of white fabric, and a bit less of black, then added fusible web to the entire WOF piece of black.


prepping fused black for stripes

And then happily cut away, stripping that black into lots of 1/2" WOF pieces!


freehand cutting fused black into 1/2 inch WOF stripes

But the fun doesn't end there! Next came placing and fusing the strips,


placing black stripes on white

and stitching them down with a trusty zigzag (2.0 width, 2.5 length).


zigzag stitching fused black stripes

Don't you just love the rolls - keeps everything all neat and tidy! And stitching on each side of the piece also meant no scrunching in the machine throat, though it did mean stitching on the left side of the stripe. But I'm a big girl - I can do it!


zigzag stitching on the left side of the black stripe

Super happy with how this came out - it's what I envisioned!
But don't worry, I'm not throwing out the other piece - I just need to find a suitable project for it.

Now that you've seen how it's done, are you ready to make some stripes???

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Midweek Makers 108

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It's Wednesday and time to link up for another edition of Midweek Makers!



For me, a bit of progress has been made on the background for my next Valentine project. 


Improv Patchwork wavy mat cut strips



In keeping with the Improv Patchwork book that I'm working from this month, these are really wavy mat-cut and sewn strips. I'm not quite sure if this is the look I'm wanting, and will try a couple other techniques too, then decide. Friday's post will be full of stripes!

This week, there's three beautiful featured projects. First up is this Island Batik inspired season quilt from Den Syende Himmel.

                               

Then this fun Kissed quilt from Sew Preeti Quilts.

                                            

And this virtually perfect paper pieced pillow from Ompompali.


   

Grab the 'Featured' code for these projects!

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Now it's your turn - come link up what you're working on!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Fabric and Computers

New heart inspiring fabric to show off -

new heart fabric

purchased Friday, cause my pile was just not giving me any inspiration. So, yep, I did a FART! A Fabric Acquisition Road Trip, that is.

Hoping to dive into the new Valentine project this past weekend, my sons had other ideas. They finally received shipment of my birthday present, a brand new desktop computer!

new Acer Aspire computer 27" HP monitor

Look at that huge 27" monitor! I can't wait to put multiple screens up so that I can work more efficiently. Notice the track pad on the bottom right - a mouse alternative. Last year, I developed finger and wrist pain due to a mouse, and learned to use the laptop's pad/buttons instead. Yes, it had clickable buttons, not like the straight flat pad that most computers now have, which I find frustrating. So I was very happy to find this mouse alternative - operating it is just like the pad and buttons that were on my laptop. Yeah!


As anyone who has gotten a computer knows, it takes a ton of time to set it up, upload software, and transfer files. Took all weekend - so much for getting a start on that heart idea.
But a big thank you to my boys - this is a wonderful birthday present!


Friday, January 19, 2018

Seeking Valentine Inspiration

As far as home decor goes, snowflake season is turning to flurries, and a sea of red hearts are taking over! 


Valentine Love wall hanging

The above is a panel from years ago, with added borders. What I love about this panel is it has snowflakes made from hearts - how awesome is that?? A perfect bridge from January to February!

Can you believe Valentine's Day is just four weeks away? Which means that if there's going to be any new heart projects, then I need to get moving!

Until the next project is complete, I'm happy to decorate my home with these heart themed items:


Love Abounds table runner


Love Abounds table runner
















Love Abounds, version 2, table runner


Love Abounds, version 2


















Heart to Heart table runner


Heart to Heart table runner

















Sweetheart table runner


Sweetheart table runner

You might think, Wow, that's a lot of table runners! Do I actually use them all? Well, yes, I do! Between counters, hutches, coffee tables, entryway tables, and of course, the dinner table, I do display all of them at once. And I still have room for more!

So, yesterday, I pulled out all of my heart fabric stash,


valentine heart fabric for quilting

seeking inspiration for a new Valentine creation. I do have a vision in mind, but not sure if it will use any of this fabric. So, today, I'll play and see if my idea works - you know I'll keep you posted!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Midweek Makers 107

Time again for another Midweek Makers!



If you're new here - welcome! Everyone has great projects to share, though I've no new projects to show this week. A weekend of birthday celebrating left little time for quilting.

With January near and dear to my heart, I also love it because it's snowflake season! Last week, Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts wowed us with her snowflake made from circles.

                             Modern snowflake quilt using Island Batik Alpine Ice fabrics


And Jocelyn from Canadian Needle Nana showed off her Jack Frost block.

                                        

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