Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Midweek Makers #74

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I have good news to share! I played some more with the Crafted Applique technique and my Silhouette Cameo cutter. With scraps left from Blossoms, I ran a test of which side worked better on the sticky cutting mat.

The purple (left) is crafted applique surface down, and the plum (right) is with the surface up (fabric face down).

With a blade set at 6, and a software setting of 'fabric, thick like canvas', both cut equally well, aside from an oopsie due to the cut being to close too the edge on the plum.

I'm pretty satisfied with the test, and will proceed with setting up the rest of the design for cutting. Woohoo!

Now for the favorites from last week! Susie, from Susie's Sunroom, impressed everyone with her Scrap Happy Quilt finish.


With all those mini charm packs, certainly a beauty!

And in honor of Memorial Day, Alycia at Alycia Quilts had a wonderful QOV show.


And my favorite from last week was this pretty modern table runner from Vicki at Vicki's Craft's and Quilting.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crafted Applique Revisited

Remember Blossoms

Blossoms using Crafted Applique

my wall hanging using the Crafted Applique technique?

Crafted Applique
In that post, I mentioned that I would do future testing on how this technique holds up in the wash. And now the time has come:

crafted applique tested in the wash

and I would say PRETTY DARN GOOD! Granted this was just one 25 minute wash with a full tumble dry, but I'm pretty impressed! So for all of the inquiring minds out there, yes, the Crafted Applique technique is well worth the effort, as no, that fabric does not fray.

For me, this is really exciting! I have a snowflake project, with a deadline, and thought I would use the Crafted Applique technique AND my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Hoping that by combining the two, the project will be done in no time! I'll let you know how that works out, though I can't share the project until sometime in the fall - sorry to make you wait.

See you tomorrow at Midweek Makers, as now I'm off to prep my fabric for snowflakes!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stock Market

A few pieces of leftover strip sets have turned into an awesome new quilt pattern - Stock Market!

Stock Market Quilt by QuiltFabrication

A fabulous scrap busting quilt with a modern take on the classic strip quilt. 

Using my technique of pantographs plus custom quilting

Stock Market  quilt Hot Cocoa pantograph

the pretty pantograph, Hot Cocoa, was quilted all over the background, while the orange jagged line has straight line quilting.

Stock Market quilt closeup of pantograph and custom quilting

And because I like to continue the designs to the edge, matching angled binding completes the quilt.

Stock Market quilt matching binding

Leftover scrap pieces from the front made a long strip set for the back, helping to make it wider. Doesn't that look great?

Stock Market quilt back

Here's a closeup to see more of that yummy quilting!

Stock Market quilt back closeup

A fun fact about the front side of that backing fabric. It actually looks like this:

Stock Market backing fabric frontside

Rather dated, wouldn't you say? Ah, but the backside was muted, with a grey - green cast and little bits of coral from the flowers.

Stock Market backing fabric backside

Now a perfect fit with the front of the quilt! By the way, any leftovers of it have gone in the recycle pile - not playing with that fabric again!

Interested in busting your stash of strips? Give Stock Market a try! The pattern comes in two sizes, lap (54" x 77") or twin (70" x 77") with full, detailed instructions for both, including how to easily match angles. The pattern is geared toward the confident beginner/intermediate quilter, comfortable with 45 degree angles. Color choices are unlimited too - wouldn't this look great with black scraps, a grey background, and a red line? Be creative - make it your own!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Midweek Makers #73

Thank you for joining another edition of Midweek Makers!

Unfortunately, I have no project updates to report, but I promise I have something special planned for this weekend, in honor of Memorial Day. So make sure you check in on Friday!

Last week was a busy one for Midweek Makers - so many incredible projects to see! The three most viewed were the following:

Nancy, at Grace and Peace Quilting, showed off this great quilt made by her friend, from fabrics collected on a 3050 mile shop hop! Wow!


Rebecca at Cheeky Cognoscenti showed off Tula Pink Tabby Road fabrics in giant clam shells - such a great way to showcase them!


And Maggie at Making a Lather showed us her UFO from 2012, Wonky Wishes.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Making Fabric

Yep, with few moments here and there this weekend, I made fabric. From scraps that is. Then cut it up again.

scrap fabric squares

Now I should have been finishing up the strip quilt, but this weekend, I just wanted to sew. The doesn't-take-much-thought kind of sewing. Plus, the scraps were calling.

aqua scraps as of 5192017

Helping my mission, I realized I didn't have an aqua RSC17 circle, or pieces for small pinwheels, both to be set aside for future quilts. Not seen in the picture above were these sort of circle-y things I made a few years ago, from long, narrow right triangle pieces. I think I wanted them to be flowers. 

That idea didn't go anywhere, and they got thrown in with the rest of the scraps. Well, with a few more pieces, they are now full on circles.

aqua fabric circles

Done! Check circles off the list, with a found purpose for these cast offs!

The rest of the scraps got sorted into light, medium, and dark. Then each value was stitched to a 4" x 8" rectangle drawn on phone book paper. 

fabric scraps stitched to phone book paper
Then trimmed up, and cut into 2 4" squares, to later be made into pinwheels.

4 inch scrap squares
Notice more of those long, narrow right triangle pieces. Boy, I sure had a lot of them! But now there are usable squares: 8 pairs of lights, 5 pairs medium, and 6 pairs dark. That may be enough to make a baby quilt! Now that scrap pile is down to this:

My mission of using up the odd shaped scraps has almost been accomplished! So if you are wondering what to do with your scraps, try making your own fabric for use in a future project. Have fun with it!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

3 Tips for Making Strip Sets

I needed a long strip set for the back of my latest quilt, and want to share a few tips to make the process of sewing long strip sets quick and easy!

strip set group

Tip 1: Keep strips at 20" or less in length, for easier sewing. Strips can be cut to the final length then sewn, OR sewn the full 20" then cut to the needed length. In the picture below, I chose strips cut to a final length of 12".

stack of twelve inch strips

Tip 2:  Sew strips in pairs. It's easier to sew several groups together than to continually sew to one long strip. Keeping the strips in order, place approximately 12 to 16 strips near the sewing machine.

group of strips

Starting at the bottom (that's the left in the picture), flip the first strip onto the second, lining up the seam edges. Repeat with every other strip to create pairs of strips.

making strip pairs

With strip 1 on top, stitch the seam of the first strip pair. 

Tip 3: Chain stitch the all pairs. Neatly stack the pairs behind the machine, so as not to confuse which strip is on top.

chain stitching and stacking

Keep the pairs attached and stacked. The last pair sewn is on the left in the picture.

chain stitched strip pairs

Starting with that last pair, clip the joining thread, and press the seam. Place a marking pin in that strip pair to keep track of it's position in the entire strip set.

strip pair and chain stitched pairs

Clip the joining thread between pair 2 and 3. Open pair 2, placing the bottom strip on top of the first pair, aligning seams. Stitch together,

strip pairs one and two

then press both seams.

strips pairs sewn together

Continue adding strip pairs, building a group of strips. 

strip set group

Repeat all steps to finish enough groups for the long strip set, then stitch all groups together.

long strip set

In no time a long strip set is ready to go for the next project!

Happy Quilting!