Friday, September 29, 2017

Block 9 of the Growing Up QAL

Getting this block done just in a nick of time!


Growing Up QAL September quilt block

This is the September block for the Growing Up QAL, hosted by Alida at Alida Tweloq Designs.

The block skill this month uses bias tape applique, and before jumping in, I played with color arrangement in EQ7 so that I could maintain the red/white/blue theme.

After sewing the background pieces together, a 1" cream WOF strip was made into tape for applique. I did not make bias tape because I was not going to form the tape around any curves. A straight WOF cut is fine here.

Using Clover's handy-dandy tape maker tool, 


bias tape maker

the 1" strip made a generous 1/2" tape. 


half inch bias tape maker

Next time though, I think I'll use a bit wider strip, 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" because the folded edges are a bit narrow, and they don't touch in the center. For pressing and sewing purposes, a bit wider strip would have been nice.

Now, if I were making curves and using bias tape, I probably would have put the narrow fusible tape on the backside, as was done on the St Patrick's wall hanging.


St Patricks Day wall hanging with bias tape

But no need here, as it was short, straight lines.


half inch tape applique

So were am I in this QAL? Here's all of my blocks so far, one for every month except for two in February.


Growing Up QAL blocks 1-9

Quite the great array of blocks! Let me know if you're making these to - it's fun to share!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Midweek Makers #91

Welcome to another addition of Midweek Makers!



No pictures to show right now, as my next projects are in my head, trying to come out in EQ. Lots of computer work, which I hope will be successful.


I have to admit, I was incredibly happy to see the Postage Stamp quilt by Karen at Quilts Etc appear not only here on Midweek Makers,

                                     Postage Stamp Quilt

but also at the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Karen has been sharing it's progress over the last few months, and it been so great to watch it come together. And now it's finished! Well done Karen - grab the 'Featured' button for a wonderful quilt!


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Now it's time to share your projects, with a few guidelines to follow for linking up - they make the party that much better for all of us.
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  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves to receive comments!
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Jess

Presenting Jess,


Jess, another quilt for Making Connections

Joy's little sister from the Making Connections Blog Hop, earlier this month.

Ready for a ton of eye candy? 

Here's the center square,


Jess quilt, center square

and also a side view.


Jess, side view of quilted center square

Next up, a few closeups of the negative space around the pinwheels.


Sparkle Crosshatching in negative space around pinwheels on Jess quilt

To add a bit of sparkle to those pinwheels, there's a little extra stitching in the crosshatching.


Sparkle Crosshatch quilting closeup

A bit closer shot.


Sparkle Crosshatching quilting closeup

And closer still!


Sparkle Crosshatch quilting

Sparkle Crosshatching closeup 2

Interested in how these negative spaces were quilted with the Sparkle Crosshatching? Then take a look at the video, which follows the creation of the seeds, the crosshatch, and the sparkles, all in one continuous stitching sequence. Who can resist sparkles?




For more detail pictures, and two more videos on line quilting as a fill, check out Jess - Quilting Continued
Happy Quilting!




Linking up with:
Monday Making
Linky Tuesday
Oh Scrap!
Needle and Thread Thursday
TGIFF
Whoop Whoop!
Finished or Not Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Quilt Entry 2

Enjoying all of the quilts entered on the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2017? I sure am!

                                                 Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 hosted by Amy Ellis at AmysCreativeSide.com

Today, I'm entering quilt #2, Fireworks.


Fireworks quilted wall hanging

This quilt just makes me so happy! Always a fan of red, white, and blue, and exploding fireworks - what more could I ask for?

And just like Joy, my first entry, this one deserves the nod because
  • it's an original design
  • the quilting is a perfect fit
  • the fireworks are ready to burst off the quilt!

I also have some great news about this quilt. Not only is the pattern available at Craftsy, Etsy, and now Payhip, but there's also a kit


Fireworks Quilt Kit by QuiltFabrication


The kit includes all the fabric needed for the wall hanging plus the pattern, and is available at Etsy only. All you'll need to supply is the fusible web and the time to create the quilt - and you too can have fireworks in your home!

There's still some time to enter into the Festival - just pick your two favorite quilts, write the post, link up, and comment to enter the giveaways. There's no voting this year, so everyone has a chance to win! Festival ends Sept 25.

Enjoy all of the eye candy!



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let It Snow Row For CCRA

Welcome to my day of the Christmas Carol Row-along 2017, hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew. Introducing Let It Snow, one of my favorite Christmas carols.


Let It Snow Row

Having spent my formative years in New England, I have fond memories of watching the snow fall, and seeing it piled up on tree limbs. And building my share of snowmen!


Let It Snow snowman


Mr Snowman certainly likes seeing the snow too,


Let It Snow row bottom half

and like most of us, holds out his hand to catch the falling flake.

Fortunately, he has several chances to catch one, as the snowflakes just keep falling, each one different from the other.


Let It Snow snowflakes

The offset wave quilting adds to the feeling of falling snowflakes, with a few little flakes tumbling along with the bigger, appliqued ones.


Now there's an updated Let It Snow pattern, which includes instructions for a border to make a wonderful wall hanging. Or just use it as the row - your choice! Available on Etsy

For more rows and giveaways today, check out Martina Latimer, Patchwork Breeze, Patti's Patchwork, and Miss Loreen's Schoolhouse. You'll find my giveaway entries further down on this post.

But in case you're just now hearing about the row along, here's the list of all the fabulous designers!


Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
                                                        (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
                                            (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Enjoy the hop! 



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Midweek Makers #90

Wow! Midweek Makers is closing in on 100 - how time flies! Of course, this party wouldn't be possible without all of the wonderful quilters who share their projects each week - thank you!



My progress report is that I've finally gotten a start on Joy's little sister, Jess.

Jess quilt using designs from Making Connections book

Slow going, with lots of stops and starts, and about half-way done, but I'm getting there!


This week, I'm the mood for snow (though I really don't want to shovel it!), and love this cute little snowman,

                                       

made by Karen, better known as Tu-Na, at Tu-Na Quilts.
Karen, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button for this dapper little fellow! 
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What are you working on? Come link up to share your project!
  • 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 to receive comments!
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Have fun!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Quilt Entry 1

Get ready to be overloaded with a ton of eye-candy! The Bloggers Quilt Festival, Fall Edition 2017, hosted by Amy's Creative Side is back!

                                                    Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 hosted by Amy Ellis at AmysCreativeSide.com

In just a few hours yesterday, the Festival had 22 entries, and it looks to be another great feast for the eyes!

The entries are open to everyone - just pick two quilts, write a blog post that links to them, and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaways. Of course, check out all of the other entries for inspiration!

I have several quilts to choose from since this event last year, as seen in the Quilt Gallery 2017 and Quilt Gallery 2016. It is definitely a tough choice!

So, today I'll share my first entry, which is Joy


Joy quilt


She's been on my blog a lot recently, featured in the following posts: 

Making Connections Blog Hop and Giveaway  

Joy   

Making Connections Winner and a Video   

and I feel she is a well deserved Festival entry for these reasons: 
  •  an original design 
  •  the quilting suites her perfectly
  •  overall, she's a pretty little quilt!

So I'm submitting her little entry thumbnail to link up with Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2017, and will enter quilt 2 on Friday. This is going to be such a busy week, as Thursday is the reveal day of my row for the Christmas Carol Row Along 2017 - the wait is almost over!

Now it's your turn! Pick two of your favorite quilts, write those posts, link up, and leave Amy a comment to enter the giveaways - there's no voting this year, so everyone has a chance to win! Festival ends September 25!

Happy Quilting!



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Making Connections Winner and Video!

The Making Connections Blog Hop is officially over, and I have a winner for a copy of Dorie Hruska's book, Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook




Drum roll please - 
The winner, as chosen from all of the Rafflecopter entries, is...

Vicki in MN!



Congratulations Vicki - I know you'll love this free motion quilting book! 

Not a winner here? You could still win from one of the other hop participants - look for an email or the announcement on their blogs.

I really have enjoyed both the book, the hop, and especially the quilting. From the straight line quilting on the prints, to the quilting in the negative space,



Joy quilting from Making Connections book

to the motif in the squares - everything a perfect fit.


Joy square quilting motif


Want to see that motif in the square stitched out? Then check out this free motion quilting video from my Youtube channel, with close up stitching of the design, including the curl and leaf. 



Easy, effective, and a perfect design choice to compliment the rest of the quilting.

And in case you're wondering about those blue lines - they are there for reference only, and spritzed with water immediately after quilting.

Inspired with design possibilities? There's certainly a lot that can be done with a simple shape!

Happy Quilting!




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