Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Midweek Makers #222

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! I'm bouncing back and forth between my own paper pieced project, these luscious chocolate dipped strawberries,

chocolate dipped strawberries by QuiltFabrication

and the Stay at Home Round Robin. 


pinwheel round of the stay at home round robin by QuiltFabrication

I should have the strawberry project done by Friday, while the debate rages on as to whether I add the next round, which is arrows, to the above. Hubby says no, he likes it as it is, and I'm undecided. Thoughts??

I'll admit that my plan of sticking to scraps for the round robin quilt has gone out the window, but I'd love to showcase others who are digging into their scrap bag. 

From Kathy's Quilting, the Sand Castle quilt

                           

from Sew Yummy, a scrappy 9-patch,

                           


and from Viridian's blog, these scrappy blocks.

                           

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Round 2 of the Stay at Home Round Robin

I switched over from my paper piecing project to stay on track with the Stay at Home Round Robin quilt. The hostess, Quilting Gail, announced that round 2 is pinwheels, and pinwheels it is.


Stay at Home Round Robin round 2 pinwheels


I may have gone a bit overboard for this round, but I really, really enjoyed creating these corners, 


pinwheel corners for the Stay at Home Round Robin round 2


playing with colors and layouts, and adding spacers that contribute quite the bonus to the design.

Stitching those corners to the center was a bit tricky at the points, as the outer borders didn't line up on my first attempt.


outer borders do not line up at the point

But I soon learned to more accurately pin those corners, and made sure my stitching started in the V where the borders met up, just like joining binding strips together.


outer borders line up at the point




Much better!

Other design tidbits:

the green triangle was sized so the points would line up with the edges of the green piano key pieces,


green triangle points line up the piano keys


the pinwheel points meet up with the inner border, with the addition of the blue spacer fabric,


pinwheel points touch the inner border


and this little frog was the inspiration for round 2's color choices,


colorful frog is the inspiration for fabric color choices

which, we discovered at lunch after most of these corners were assembled, is also on this Costco tortilla bag!


color graphic on tortilla chip bag

With that fun piece of graphic art, I'm thinking this quilt may have Fiesta in it's name, and something to do with a garden or fountain.

I should also mention that hubby wants me to stop now and not add any more rounds - he loves it just as it is. Quilting Gail has announced that the next round is arrows - do you agree with him or should I keep going? And if I do stop, I have no problem starting another quilt!!

Happy Quilting!





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Friday, April 3, 2020

April 2020 Book of the Month

A new month, a new book. With perfect timing, the Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing (affiliate link) by Tacha Bruecher recently landed on my desk.


Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing by Tacha Bruecher

Though a small book, roughly 4" x 6" in size, it's full of great information and patterns for the paper piecing enthusiast or those just getting started with paper piecing. I'm impressed with how much is in this little pocket sized book!

Tacha, in a thorough and easy-going manner, goes over two methods of paper piecing - the traditional way of sewing through a printed foundation, and a second technique using freezer paper templates. Both methods work equally well, though the first often requires tedious paper removal after the block is made. I'm not a fan of spending time tearing out paper (and possibly loosening stitches), and use freezer paper either as a foundation or as templates whenever I paper piece. 

I did pick up a few great tips in a Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing, and I'm putting them to use. I just love how paper piecing allows me to make what I envision into a fabric block. And that is why the timing of this book from C&T Publishing is perfect - here's a sneak peek of what I've been working on, in between the rounds for the Stay at Home Round Robin.


start of a paper pieced block by QuiltFabrication

Yep, that's all there is, and I'll leave you guessing as to what it might be. I only have a block designed, not a whole quilted piece yet, just to make sure this block works. And as a test piece to check for ease of sewing and color placement, I'm not sure if this particular block will ultimately be used. But I am enjoying creating with paper piecing, and will have more to show soon.

So maybe you're ready to try paper piecing? Grab a copy of Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing, learn the techniques, and test out you're skills on the 10 included patterns, like a kite, an umbrella, a pear, this apple,


apple paper pieced pattern from Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing

or maybe this pretty snowflake.


snowflake paper pieced pattern from Handy Pocket Guide to Paper Piecing

Give it a try as paper piecing is just another great tool to have in the quilting tool box - Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Midweek Makers #221

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! Guess what came home last week? My Seafarer!
Seafarer quilt and pattern by QuiltFabrication

Yes, that means not just the quilt, but my son, and his new puppy. After only a year, he is now back in the states after an covid19 instigated evacuation from a two year Peace Corps volunteer stint in Paraguay. What will he do now? No idea, and not sure what journey Seafarer will go on next. The whole world is upside down and on hold right now!

And that means there's lots of sewing going on, not only for quilts but masks. Bravo to the mask makers! As for quilts, check out these that caught my eye last week.

From Stitchin At Home, this pretty and bright flower,

                                              

from The Colorful Fabriholic, her Corona Medallion,

                                               

and from My Quilts and Crafts, Journey 2.

                                   

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