Monday, November 12, 2018

A Larger Becharmed Quilt in the Works

I've started another charm (5") square project, this time a bigger version of the Becharmed quilt.

Becharmed Quilt by QuiltFabrication

Since having guests last week, I've decided it's high time I make a quilt for the guest bed. Normally, one of my kid's crashes there for the occasional stay, and the bed is usually covered with minky blankets. Both blankets have a Seminole style design on them, with one beige, the other red. Let's just say they don't fit the decor of the room.

I've been wanting a quilt for this bed for a long time, but couldn't decide on a pattern. I did know I wanted it to be subtle and fit with the room, not be the focus of the room.

The room is painted in a greyed beige and a purple-ish deep blue, colors that were pulled from the very large picture on the wall. Yes, we've had it for many, many years, and hubby likes it there. 

room with beige/dark blues

So, my first fabric pull was non-yellow/gold beiges, and purple-y blues, with some that had a bit of aqua in them.

beige backgrounds with darker blues

All fine and good, but the level of contrast is sky high! I want this quilt subtle, not screaming "Look at me!"

Pulling out the super dark blues and replacing them with blues that where lighter and brighter was better, but still too much contrast existed.

How about lighter blues instead of the beiges?? And staring me in the face in the bin was a large piece with circles on it:


light blue background with lighter blues

Now we're talking! The contrast is down, the colors blend into the room, and I'm going to see if I can make this work!

room with light blue and blues

It will be tricky, as the circle fabric has a chunk missing, but I'm going to try anyway. Maybe the quilt won't be as big as I want, but at least it will look better than those minky blankets!

And in case your wondering, that tree on the wall is a vinyl tree decal (affiliate link), and one of six. They are taupe in color, and on this wall, the tree looks beige, while the other five on the opposite beige wall, look grey. Super simple to decorate with! 



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Friday, November 9, 2018

Inserting a Decorative Flange

Got a quilt that needs a little something to snazz it up, but you don't know what? How about adding a tiny extra decorative flange?


Inserting a Decorative Flange into a quilt border

That's what I did within the border of the Pumpkin block table runner, making this project go from ho-hum to wow!


Pumpkin Applique Block table runner by QuiltFabrication

Notice this is within the border, not at the binding edge, which is the Piped Binding technique. The tutorial today is for placing a flange within the border or around a block with sashing.

And it's easy to do! Of course, on this project, I had to take off the outer border first after discovering how boring the borders were without the green flange. But what's a little seam ripping? Better to bite the bullet and make it right/beautiful, than to have a project that one is not happy with.

So, just how easy?

Cut narrow strips

For a tiny flange, approximately 1/8" wide, cut enough strips 3/4" wide. 

If the project needs a wider flange, use the chart below to determine the cutting size for the desired width:


Desired width of Flange
            1/8”
                1/4”
                 3/8”




Cut width of strips
            3/4”
          1”
                1 ¼”


Anything more than 3/8" doesn't need to be an inserted flange, and should be a wide enough strip to just be sewn in.

If needed, stitch pieces together as if making binding (on the diagonal) to get the necessary length for the project.

Press the strips

Then, carefully press the strips in half, matching the cut edges. This step is important, so take the time to match those edges!


cut and pressed flange strips for quilt border



Baste the flange

Carefully line up the cut edges of the flange piece with the cut edge of the project. Use glue if necessary to hold it in place. If the edges are not in line, the flange will narrow and widen on the project, which is noticeable when dealing with such narrow widths.

Baste the flange to the project (border or block), 1/8" from the cut edges.


quilt flange basting

Overlap cut ends in the corners - do not apply like binding and fold to go around the corner.


Apply border or sashing strip

Attach the border or block sashing strip, carefully stitching a 1/4" seam allowance after lining up the cut edges. 


applying outer border strip




This is another area where precision counts - a wavy seam results in a wavy flange. Take your time - no need to rush!

If you're feeling super confident, the flange and border/block sashing can be stitched to the project at the same time, eliminating the flange basting step. I, personally, would rather do it one at a time, so as not to risk the flange moving.


Finishing up

Once the border/block sashing strip is on, carefully press open that strip, exposing the flange and keeping it flat.


flange insert in border on Pumpkin applique table runner

When quilting, stitch-in-the-ditch in the seam of the flange/border or block sashing. If quilting on the free side of the flange, try not to catch it the quilting by lifting the flange up and out of the way, if necessary. Then admire your work!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Midweek Makers #148

Wow - how is it November 7 already? Did everyone cast a vote yesterday? Fortunately, there's no voting here, just projects to share - come join the fun at Midweek Makers!
I've been sharing my Pumpkin Applique Block a lot this week, made for the Pick a Pumpkin Hop. Check out the pumpkin block post to enter to win a couple patterns! 

Pumpkin Applique Block by QuiltFabrication


Now let's look at some quilts with interesting shapes from last week:

from For the Love of Geese,


xando paper pieced pattern, x and o paper pieced pattern, for the love of geese

from Not Afraid of Color,

                      

from mmm! quilts,




and this from Slice of Pi Quilts.


The Finial quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Aura fabrics by Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics


Great job everyone! Now it's time for you to share - what are you working on this week?

  • 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 in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge

Have fun!



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Monday, November 5, 2018

Pumpkins for Pick a Pumpkin Hop!

Pumpkins! Who wants pumpkins?! Today is my stop on the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks - welcome!


Pumpkin applique runner by QuiltFabrication

I'm just loving my new applique pumpkin block, made into a runner - so fresh and modern! Not only in design, but also in fabrics, cause I got the grey going here! 


Pumpkin applique runner closeup


Notice there's no white sashing in between the blocks. When they were on the design wall, I liked how my eye was teased by the shifting of grey/orange to orange/grey to grey/orange of the blocks. White sashing would have broken up that effect, so I opted to place it only in the border.

Also notice there's a thin line of green in between the white and orange borders. 


green flange on Pumpkin runner


I had both the white and orange borders on, and decided the runner looked boring. Off came the orange, the thin flange of green was inserted, and the orange went back on. I'll have a tutorial on how to make that flange as part of the border soon so you can try it on one of your quilts. (Update - see Inserting a Decorative Flange)

The quilting uses rulers and Scotch inch tape (affiliate link) to make those diagonal lines behind the pumpkins - the tape was a life saver!


quilting using inch marked tape


After stitching 1/4" from the applique, the inner parts of the pumpkin were left un-quilted to give the pumpkin a puffy, rounded look.


pumpkin block

This easy to applique pumpkin block pattern is available at Craftsy and Etsy, but keep reading to see how you can win a copy! Before we get to the contest, how about some other ideas for these pumpkins? 

Stacked Pumpkins, as a wall hanging decoration


Stacked Pumpkin blocks

Nine Patch, for the wall or table


Nine Patch Pumpkins

Pumpkin Placemat


Pumpkin Placemat


A whole patch of scrappy pumpkins,



or maybe black and white.



For even more creativity, combine these pumpkins with other pumpkin blocks from the hop to make a large quilt - the possibilities are endless! Here's the list of the other pumpkin creators:

Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop Schedule



Since I'm in love with those big, orange gourdes this time of year, I want to share that love with you by giving away both the Pumpkin Block and the Pumpkin Harvest patterns to 1 (one) lucky winner!


Pumpkin block by QuiltFabrication
Pumpkin block pattern


Pumpkin Harvest by QuiltFabrication
Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt pattern


It's easy to enter via Rafflecopter - just answer a fun question, and for a second entry, follow QuiltFabrication on Bloglovin. Contest opens today, November 5, and ends at midnight November 10, 2018. Please be sure to provide an email address so that I can send you the PDF patterns via email. Winner will be announced at the November 14, 2018 Midweek Makers #149. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Tell your friends and have a great time with the hop!




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