Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas is on it's way!

Yes, I know it's July, not December! But July always brings about projects for Christmas, especially if the item is a gift - better to start now to make sure it's finished in time.

July also brings several Christmas in July blog hops, and one of my favorites is the 12 Days of Christmas in July, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

The hop just started this week, July 14, and is still going strong with 2 featured bloggers and their Christmas projects each day. My turn is Monday, July 22, with the hop ending on July 25, just like December 25.

Here's all of the fantastic quilters/bloggers for the hop:

                                                           Sunday, July 14th

Monday, July 15th

Tuesday, July 16th

Wednesday, July 17th

Thursday, July 18th

Friday, July 19th

Saturday, July 20th

Sunday, July 21st

Monday, July 22nd

Tuesday, July 23rd

Wednesday, July 24th

Thursday, July 25th

There's also a giveaway of some very pretty Christmas fabric, Wintertide, from Figo Fabrics. Just visit each blog and fill out the entry form, one entry per blog.

Figo Fabrics Wintertide fabrics

And last but not least, here's a sneak peek of the back of my project:

christmas project backside

can you guess it's has something to do with snowflakes? Tune in on Monday to see the big reveal!

Until then, Happy Quilting and Hopping!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Midweek Makers #184

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I'm busy prepping binding samples for our guild's Summer Camp next week, using a set of six new place mats. 

binding in progress

Each one has binding in various stages of completion, and I've even got two showing piped binding.

piped binding in progress

Hopefully, my tutorial will take the dread out of doing bindings for Summer Camp attendees.

With all that color going on in the place mats, I'm featuring a few items full of color from last week.

Here's Poco Loco from Sew Preeti Quilts,


a new July finish from Quilt Schmilt,


and a free Wonky Hexie's pattern from Sew Motion.


All so full of color!!

And what's in your work space this week? Come share!
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Camp Prep

After all of last week's joy creating the new hen house around my chicken panel, it's time to come back to earth. I'm spending this week prepping to give a presentation next Monday at my guild's Summer Camp, titled "Basic Bindings and Beyond"

What's Summer Camp? It's a new activity at my guild, where 6 teachers share their expertise on a quilting subject. Each teacher presents 5 times, for approximately 15 minutes each time. Students pick 5 of the 6 presentations to go to, then rotate around the room. The event was held last year, and received lots of praise, so we're doing it again this year.

I plan to cover the following, and have lots of work left to do to get ready. Feel free to click on the pictures to go to each tutorial.

I won't be doing a sewing demo - instead I'm making up samples of each step or technique to pass around. I've got these cute place mats quilted up, with binding in various stages yet to be attached. That's this week's project!

placemats for binding tutorials

I'll also provide a handout of the links to the tutorials above, so everyone can go back and follow along at their own pace. 

Wish me luck - I'm off to sew and perfect my 15 minute presentation!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

My Chickens Have a House

I got a chance to play with my personal Round Robin, featuring the chicken panel, and had so much fun creating that I have to share - my chickens now have a house!

full chicken coop quilt center by QuiltFabrication

Did you guess this was coming from the sneak peek on Wednesday? How about walking with me through this burst of creativity to see how it's made?

First, the hen house image I was inspired by. Mine's got the elevation and the little ramp, but minus the doors for piecing's sake!

With a quick glance in my brown drawer, I found two fabrics that worked well to continue the landscape around the chickens - lucky!! Plus a red for the barn, and maybe a green for the roof.

initial fabric pull for the chicken coop

A bit of curved piecing created some interest to the ground under the house itself,

curved piecing for the ground

and with the addition of posts and the ramp, the outdoor area started coming together.

chicken coop's outdoor area progress

Now, our first round of this Round Robin should contain the following: pinwheel or something from nature. Paying homage to barn quilts, I mounted a pinwheel at the top of my hen house.

pinwheel barn quilt

Then added the roof, though tying the house to the outdoors and the sky was a bit of a puzzle. I got it figured out even though I had to trim the house down a bit.

chicken coop needs the sky

Now for the really fun part - the details! What hen house wouldn't be complete without a nest?

fabric strips for a straw nest

Lots of 2" fabric strips are randomly plopped at the open door to form a nest. Straight line stitching winds its way through the straw, catching pieces here and there to hold it together. That way the straw stays free, keeping a 3D effect, since this quilt will be a wall hanging.

And of course there's got to be eggs!

chicken eggs in the nest

Stitched onto a fusible, the back was slit to stuff in two pieces of batting - more 3D!

stuffing the backs of eggs

They were then stitched down, only along the bottom, in the nest area, so that it looks like their standing away a bit from the quilt. Couldn't resist the jealous hen eyeing those eggs!

hen eyeing those eggs

One last thing to blend the chicken panel in with the rest: hand cut flowers from leftover fabric from the panel's border. Then they're stitched down, no fusing, and painted. Also painted the small portion of ramp behind the tail feathers, to make a continuous line.

hand cut and painted flowers to hide piecing line

These few small details really complete the illusion, hiding the piecing line between the panel and my pieced background. Check out the before picture below.

visible piecing line before the additional flowers

full chicken coop quilt center by QuiltFabrication

This has been a big hit with my family so far, and hubby is ready for it to be done. But there's a few more rounds to go, which will be more rows than rounds. Wonder what I'll dream up next month - it's quilters choice.

Happy Creating!

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