Friday, July 20, 2018

Inset Circles

Woohoo! Starting another scrap project, parts of which were made last year, and now they are becoming blocks. 

insert circle

It feels really good to move this out of the UFO bin! One circle down, three more to go.

Want to learn how to stitch these circles into a block, with no applique involved? It's easier than you think!

First, cut an over-sized square for the block, as it will be trimmed later. I choose to have a 12 1/2" block, so I cut a 13" square. Fold it in half on each side, pressing to mark the center of the block.

block center

Since my circle is cut at 8 1/2", I'll use an 8" circle template to mark on a same size piece of freezer paper. The freezer paper has also been folded on each side to mark the center.

freezer paper center

Carefully and smoothly cutting along the line,

cut out circle in freezer paper

the freezer paper is ironed to the block, lining up the centering marks.

ironed on freezer paper

Trim out the center circle leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 

cut out circle with seam allowance

Clip the seam about every 3/4", then with the aid of a bit of starch, press the seam over the freezer paper edge.

seam allowance clipped and turned

Carefully apply some washable glue to the seam edge, 

glue applied to the seam allowance

then apply the circle with right sides to the glue.

circle glued right side down

Now for the stitching. Carefully remove the freezer paper, making sure the glue bond in the seam is secure. The stitching is going to take place in the seam fold, with the block seam allowance on top.

releasing seam from freezer paper

Here's a closer look at that seam fold at the machine.

stitching in seam fold

I recommend shortening the stitch length a bit, and slowly and carefully stitch in the fold.

circle stitched to block in seam fold

When done, the seam can either be pressed to the inside, or left to lay toward the block. Either way, give that block a good press, and admire your work!

circle set in a block

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Midweek Makers #133

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Come share what you're working on this week! 
I'm just putting the finishing touches to my two Christmas projects for the blog hops next week.

But last week, I was smitten with projects full of bright, cheery colors. Here's a few of them:

from Sew Preeti Quilts, this scrap vortex,


from Applique Paintbox, this beautiful bird,


and from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, this cheery quilt.

Don't you just love all of that color??

Now it's your turn! Come link up what you're working on - we'd all love 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 on your post.
Enjoy the party!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

5 Favorite Quilt Books

Every month or so, I feature a quilt book that I find to be useful for this quilting journey we've embarked on. Usually, I make a quilt from the book, either full size, or modified smaller, or create my own. Either way, it's a great way to learn, try new techniques and styles, and have fun! 
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5 favorite quilt books

1. The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color: an absolute must for any quilter! Not only does this book discuss color theory, it discusses it in terms of fabric: various prints, clear vs grayed, scale, texture, etc. Read my review of this wonderful book. 

The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color

2. Charm School: this book has fantastic ideas for using charm squares, a precut favorite! I loved this book so much, I made three of the patterns, and could have done more. Check out these quilts: Sea Glass, Lickety-Split, and Scrap Happy.

Charm School quilt book

3. Strip Savvy: another favorite book for precut strips, or cut strips from your own stash. I loved this one too, and made three quilts: Summer Picnic, Open Sesame, and Steps.

Strip Savvy quilt book

4. Stash Statement: this is a fabulous book to use up scraps! We all have them - Kelly's technique along with great quilt designs helps turn them into beautiful quilts, such as the Regatta quilt.

Stash Statement quilt book

5. Making Connections - A FreeMotion Quilting Workbook: a simple quilting concept that is built upon to produce a variety of different quilting designs is theme of this book. Useful for all quilters to make beautifully quilted quilts. Check out Joy and Jess.

Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook

I hope you've become inspired by these book reviews! Take a look at the Book of the Month tab to see what other books I've featured through the years, what quilts I've made, and what you could make too!

Happy Quilting!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Kickoff

It's official! The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop has begun!

Hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, this is sure to be another fantastic hop this year! Not only does Sarah have a quilt-along project, there's also a very full list of participants, with lots of great Christmas project ideas!
Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

And what started with these triangles on Monday,

triangles for Christmas

has now evolved into a flimsy, with more to come July 25th.

triangle sneak peek

And for fun, here's what I did for 12 Days of Christmas in July last year: the Poinsettia Flower Coasters.

Poinsettia flower coasters

The pattern has now been updated to include sunflowers and daisies which can add even more splash to a home's decor! It's available at both Craftsy and Etsy.

poinsettia, sunflower, and daisy coasters

Recently, those really beautiful sunflowers where used on the Sunflowers table runner, which shows they can be more than just coasters!

Sunflowers table runner

And, for the 2016 12 Days of Christmas in July hop, I created the Holiday Forest table runner and placemats, whose pattern is also available at Craftsy and Etsy.

Holiday Forest table runner and placemats

Enjoy this year's hop, and I'll see you on July 25th with my newest Christmas project!

Happy Quilting!

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