Friday, October 19, 2018

String Blocks for Hurricane Michael

Yesterday, I made some early morning visits to a few Midweek Makers #145 link ups, reading and commenting on the works in progress. But a link up from Elana at That Fabric Feeling hit me more than any of the others:  
hers was a call for string blocks to make quilts for those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida

This just seemed like the right project at the right time. I knew I had some orphan strips, and I always have scraps (who doesn't!), plus I wanted a sewing diversion.

Looking through the orphan strips gave me a chance to sort them by color, with green being the most dominate. Add in my scraps, plus some cotton broadcloth for a foundation (the big green chunk in the upper right corner), and off I went to sew.

green scrap pile of strips

In Elana's post, she provides a link to a Craftsy string block tutorial, which suggested a lightweight foundation fabric versus paper. Personally, I find ripping out paper a big pain in the you-know-what! So, given that I have more colored cotton broadcloth than plain muslin stashed away, this was a perfect opportunity to use it. 

By the way, it's easy to tell if your fabric has polyester in it, as most inexpensive broadcloth's do. Hit that fabric with a hot iron, and then smell it. Polyester has a particular, distinct chemical smell - once you smell it, you'll know it. (For some funny reason, it's a smell one can find in your local Goodwill - lot's of polyester stuff dumped there.)

Anyway, cotton will not smell. Of course, you could do the burn test: take a few strings of the fabric in question, and in a safe, fireproof area, set a match to it. If the strings turn to ash, it's cotton. If they melt into a glob, it's polyester. Oh you've learned so much today!

So let's get back to those string blocks. After tacking down the first strip with acid-free glue, the next strip was sewn on, then pressed open.

sewing first two strips on a string quilt block

first two strips on a string quilt block

More strips got added to fill the whole 11" square.

string quilt block ready for trimming

Then, from the backside, the block got trimmed to 10 1/2".

string quilt block

Notice how the corners are rather small pieces? They tended to want to fly up, but I stitched them into peaceful submission with an 1/8" from the edge line of stitching, just on one side, to keep things square when the blocks are joined together.

tacking down quilt block corners

And because I still had plenty of strips left, I made 5 more blocks for a total of 6 to send off.

six string quilt blocks

These are already in the mail, on their way to the UMW Quilting Group, to be assembled into a quilt. You, too, can support this group's project by making 10 1/2" string blocks and mailing them to:

UMW Quilting Group - Hurricane Quilt Drive
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
6610 Vaughn Road  
Montgomery, Alabama 36116

Be sure to read Elana's Hurricane Michael post to find out more!

And that pile of scraps? Again, the before:

scrap pile before

The after.

remaining pile of scraps and strips

Still doesn't look like there's a dent in it, does it? It just always amazes me at how much a pile of scraps can produce!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Midweek Makers #145

Welcome to Midweek Makers! First, my happy news is that the pattern for the quick and easy Halloween Fright Night quilt is now available.

Halloween Fright Night lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

And as a special treat, it's 50% off at Craftsy, and Etsy (no coupon code necessary) until November 1, 2018, cause I want everyone to enjoy a Fright Night before Halloween. 

My next project will again involve pumpkins, this time for the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop, November 5 - 8, 2018, hosted by Creatin' In the Sticks.

I think I'll go with a more fall/Thanksgiving theme, maybe something along the lines of the 8 FREE Pumpkin Projects featured last week.

I'm scheduled on the first day of the hop, so I'd better get to designing and sewing! But first, let's look at other's projects in progress, especially those that were a challenge - they  impressed me the most. Please visit these fellow quilters, to not only read their struggles, but to also cheer them on!

From DonnaLeeQ,


from Quilting on the Farm


from Quilting Gail,


and from Chopin - A Passionate Quilter.


Now it's your turn to share!

  • 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 in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Fright Night

Try not to be scared of this spooky quilt - Halloween Fright Night!

Halloween Fright Night by QuiltFabrication

This is my newest lap quilt, measuring 52" x 68", and made with a variety of Halloween fabrics. Some fabrics are recently acquired, and some were in my stash - everything got a chance to be seen here! 

recently acquired Halloween fabric for a quilt

Made as an easy strip quilt, anything that's a 2.5" strip goes here - a jelly roll, fat quarters, or yardage. As long as it's a strip, and Halloween themed, it's in.

strips of Halloween fabric

With the addition of yellow-green applique eyes peeking through the strips, this quilt makes for an eerie Halloween.

owl eyes on a quilt by QuiltFabrication
Owl eyes

cat eyes on a quilt by QuiltFabrication
Cat eyes

Wouldn't it be awesome to have those eyes made with glow-in-the-dark fabric??? With the addition of spider webs, Fright Night becomes really spooky! 

spider web quilting

Can't forget the back - it's Halloween themed too, but not as frightful as the front.

Halloween Fright Night backing

So gather that stash of Halloween fabrics to make your own Fright Night! The Halloween Fright Night pattern is now available at both Craftsy and Etsy, at a special half-off trick-or-treat price, valid until November 1, 2018. 

Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Eight FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects

While I'm off to PIQF today, enjoy these free pumpkin quilt projects from around the web.

Strip Pumpkin from Flamingo Toes

Jack O'Lantern Mini by Thread Bare Creations

Four Pumpkins wall quilt by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex

The Great Pumpkin Quilt by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics

Scrappy Pumpkin table runner by Angela Tackett Designs

Scrappy Pumpkin runner by A Bright Corner


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Midweek Makers #144

Welcome to another edition of Midweek Makers - I'm glad you're here!

I've got the Halloween quilt ready for quilting, but it's delayed due to posting a ton of quilts for sale on Etsy. Yep, I'm in need of more closet space in the house - and not for more quilts, mind you! So I'm letting go - if you're interested in some of the beauties I've made, head on over to check them out. They come with FREE SHIPPING (domestic US only), if that makes it a bit sweeter.

Now to last week's beauties - let's look at things associated with fall!

There's two items from Domestic Felicity:



From Tu-Na Quilts,


and this from JBigg's Scrap Pieces.


And what are you working this week? Come show us!

  • 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 in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge

Have fun!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Book of the Month - a Sad Update

Those of you who are long time followers know that I try to make a quilt from a featured book each month. Back in September, I chose Oh Scrap! by Lissa Alexander.

It's been six weeks.
Have I chosen what I'd make? Nope.
Do I have the energy to make a quilt from this book in October? Nope.

And now that new book is due back at the library, and back it will go. Originally, I thought it would inspire me to use up some of the stash that's overflowing under the quilting frame. 

Thumbing through the book, I did fall in love with Awesome Land,
Awesome Land quilt
and Stair Steps. 

Stair Steps quilt

So what's held me back from starting in?

First, my own personal projects for fall. My head started in, the ideas flowed, and the time ticked away to bring those ideas to a complete quilt.

Second, a longarm machine quilting marathon last week - eight hours in one day. The quilt was huge, taking up my whole frame, and once I started in, it was hard to find a good stopping point. Sure, I was fine that day, but it took a toll the rest of the week.

Third, I really loved the color scheme Lissa used on Awesome Land. Having just gone through my oranges for Pumpkin Harvest, I knew I didn't have those lighter value, crisp prints. And I wasn't going shopping, nor was I excited about some other color scheme, so that one was out.

Fourth, I loved the scrappiness of Stair Steps, but at the moment, I'm just not in the mood to deal with all the little pieces. Too many other things are taking my attention.

So, there you have it. It's probably the first time I've featured a book and not made a quilt, but that's life. Of course, even though I didn't make anything, that doesn't prevent you from trying one of the patterns - and I hope you do.

Happy Quilting!

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