Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Midweek Makers 307

Welcome to Midweek Makers and Happy Thanksgiving!


I'm sure everyone is busy prepping for the holiday, as we welcome guests back to the table. Sure feels good, doesn't it? But if you're still on the fence about gathering, I totally understand. Whichever way you go, enjoy the festivities!

In giveaway news, let's congratulate Gail on winning the Cool Cotton and Whimsical Wool quilt book! From the questions asked, cotton applique outnumbered wool 2-1 for applique. Maybe this book will inspire more wool projects!

As for sharing, there's not much from me today. The cat quilt is still in progress, having had a few interruptions, and now a delay as we make our way out again to work on the relative's house. Guess there's no better way to spend a holiday!

And from the party last week, I was very impressed with all the scrappy goodness that showed. Take a look as these:

from Grace and Peace, this sew-along quilt called Phoenix,


Scrapbox Quilts working on her X and O project,


while Quiltpiecer shows us her blocks.



And the one that really caught my eye was a camping journal quilt from Melva Loves Scraps - wow! One could spend hours looking at this!


Nice work quilters! Who's got a share today? Totally understandable if the holiday has taken away your quilting time!
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  • visit with the other guests and leave some comment love
Have fun!



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Monday, November 22, 2021

Quilt Fills - A Few Favorites

A couple of recent quilts, Jack O Lantern and my in-progress cat quilt, have left me pondering quilt fills that fit the quilt. There is no one fill that fits for every situation, though for me, stippling comes darn close. 

With that aside, I'm going to go over three of my favorite fills, with links to the tutorials and videos on how to make them. 

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First up is the Structured Doodle Weave, a terrific freehand fill that's quite impressive!


All that's required is marking a grid on-point, then filling in each square on the diagonal, changing direction from square to square.


Here's a completed grid,


and another view on the completed project, the Sweetheart runner.



My next favorite, and one I considered for Jack O Lantern, is the Echoed Triangle Fill.


I love the spikey randomness of this fill and I think you can see why it was considered for Jack. Ultimately, Jack O Lantern has a an un-echoed version as the triangles were perfect for him.

Anyway, the Echoed Triangle Fill is easy but does take a bit of concentration to determine the direction the fill needs to go due to the echoing.


With more echoed triangles, the fill looks like this,


making for a great background texture. Take a look at the Echo Triangle Quilt Fill video to see it quilted in real time.



My last favorite fill is what I call a Dragon Fruit Fill, with a combo of curls and spikes.


The Dragon Fruit fill is a fun, organic fill that's soft and sharp at the same time. It all starts with the curls, then the addition of three spikes around the curl, a bit of echoing, then it starts again.


Definitely a great fill! See this one quilted in action with my YouTube video, Dragon Fruit Quilt Fill.

Of course, this post is just a quick overview of favorite fills. I highly recommend checking the links to go directly to the tutorial or video where there's more detail on creating these fills. Enjoy!

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, November 19, 2021

Giveaway Day!

Who's up for a giveaway? This time it's a special treat of adorable wool appliques in Kim Schaefer's book Cool Cotton and Whimsical Wool Quilts book (affiliate link).  


Just look at that incredibly cute owl quilt on the cover - colorful and fun! Kim has done it again!

Yes, she is prolific in creating quilts and writing numerous books - check out all of these seen on Amazon - there's over a dozen. Two that I hold onto are Skinny Quilts (affiliate link) and Black and White, Bright and Bold (affiliate link), featured here years ago when I made at least three quilts from the book.

Kim's creativity has only improved over the years, as quilts in this book are just too cute! Here's a few thumbnails of what you'll find between the covers.



One that I found especially cute is Floozy Flamingo - take a look.

Coming in a close second for me is Spotted Pots - just too sweet!


Her combining cotton and wool has really made some contemporary and vibrant quilts, perfect for the folk art quilter.


Want to win a copy of Cool Cotton and Whimsical Wool Quilts? Just enter via Rafflecopter below now until midnight Sunday, November 21. Giveaway is limited to residents of the continental US only - no Alaska, Hawaii, or International entries at this time - sorry.

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