Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Midweek Makers #136

Hello and welcome to Midweek Makers!
My share is all of this yummy fabric - 

fall fabrics

can you tell what I'll be making next? Yep, it has to do with pumpkins.

Since I'm in an improv/creative mood lately, I'm featuring two quilts that display that to the max. Check out this from de Jong Dream House,


and this one from Twiggy and Opal.


Wowsers! Such bright, fun quilts!

Now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Pets on Parade 2018

Warning - cute kitty pictures ahead! 

Winston in the nickel bin

Yep, I'm participating in the 'Pets on Parade 2018' hosted by Lily Pad Quilting.

Above is Winston, my incredibly adorable and oh-so soft kitty - we think he has conditioner in his spit! Oftentimes, he's my fabric analyst,

Winston analyzing fabric

or my block inspector,

Winston inspecting quilt blocks

who wouldn't mind coming with us when we travel.

Winston curled in a suitcase

He's full of sweetness to us, but he can be pesky with his brothers, especially Roscoe.

Roscoe kitty

Poor Roscoe, though older by 5 years, gets picked on by Winston. Some days, he just needs to know he still his Mommy's big guy.

Roscoe love

And then there's Toby. 

Toby lounging on the maple leaves quilt

The one who hides when someone new is in the house, or when there are loud noises. I think he has a mild form of Twitch-Skin syndrome, cause he only likes to be petted around the neck and face.

But he's the one who has the good sense to sleep on a quilt!

Toby on maple leaves

There is one dog I'll share with you, which is Jasper, a quilt I made a year ago.

Jasper by QuiltFabrication

This one was for a special friend's baby, and now is the first time I've shown it. Named for a special dog long ago, this guy was the precursor to Santa's Helper, my Christmas puppy.

Santa's Helper by QuiltFabrication

Isn't he cute?

Santa's Helper I'm so cute

And that's my Pets on Parade for this year! Be sure to hop over to Lily Pad Quilting to see all the other pets!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Saxon Quilt and Block tutorial

Yeah! A fabulous scrap finish!

Saxon quilt by QuiltFabrication

Check out Saxon, a total improv quilt made from scrap circles as part of RSC17 last year.

scrap circle from January RSC17

scrap circle from February RSC17

And these four were all I made, as I gave up on RSC17 after 3 months, and they have been tucked away ever since.

But then the book Stash Statement came along, featuring beautiful quilts made from scraps, and I was inspired again after making the Regatta quilt.

Regatta quilt

Deciding to inset these 8 1/2" unfinished circles into 13" squares (see the Inset Circle tutorial to see how that's done), 

eight inch circles in thirteen inch background block

I really wasn't sure where to go from there. I wasn't about to just sew the blocks together, cause that would be bor-ing.

So, using the block centering marks I had made when insetting the circle, I cut them into quarters on those lines. And for fun, switched the colors around so now each new block would have a part from the original circles. With the addition of a 1 1/4" sashing strip and a black center,

Saxon circle block by QuiltFabrication
I had the start of something interesting. 

Up on the design wall, there was still a bit too much background (sorry, no fore-thought to take a picture!), but little 4" scraps blocks that were made along with the circles came to the rescue. Making them into triangles, and placing them in opposite corners added what I was looking for.

Saxon block by QuiltFabrication

Put those blocks all together, and it makes for a great design!

Saxon circle quilt by QuiltFabrication

I love the lighter value purple inside the square, the combo of the teal and purple circles on the outside, and the teal triangles in the corners. Fantastic finish, if I do say so myself!!

Here's a few more closeups:

the circles,

Saxon circles

the quilting of a star pantograph,

Saxon star quilting

and the ever-so-lucky matching star backing.

Saxon star backing

I may make this again, maybe using solids, and possibly a bigger layout - we'll see, as I have a ton of other projects knocking at the door.

If you give this block a try, send me a picture of your finish - I'd love for everyone to see!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Midweek Makers #135

It's sharing time! Let's see what you're working on today!
My share is more progress on the inset circleswhich are now blocks.

circle cross block

More to come, as soon as it's quilted.

And last week? So many wonderful projects, but those that quilters struggled with are the features today. And these are well deserved honors because no matter how difficult their project was, they stuck with it, and moved those projects forward. Kudos to all of you!

From Pieceful Thoughts,

                                                   Blue Burst Tablerunner - Close up of quilting design -

from Mountain Quilt Works,


from Chopin-A Passionate Quilter,


and from de Jong Dream House.


Now for this week's party!
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Cutting Multiple Pieces Trick

It's tutorial day today! This one is about cutting multiple pieces of fused fabric, saving a ton of time!

cutting multiple fusible pieces

While working on my Whatamelon runner, 

Whatamelon table runner by QuiltFabriction

I was faced with cutting many seeds and rind lines from fusible fabric. Normally, I trace my design onto the paper side of a fusible product, then cut around the shape 1/4" on either side of the traced line. This removes the center fusible portion, cutting down on the stiffness from the layers of fusible and fabric.

Ah, but these seeds are rather small, and not worth the time to use that technique. The amount of stiffness they'll have from being completely backed by fusible will hardly be noticed.

Whatamelon front and back

Now, I could have taken the time to draw up the seeds and have the die cutting machine do the work. But these are such simple shapes that I decided to tackle it by hand, using a slick trick for cutting out multiple pieces at once.

For this project, I had a printed template of two rows of seeds.
watermelon seeds

After cutting fabric rectangles to cover the template size and applying fusible, I was set for the magic!

First step, stack all pieces, making a fused-fabric/fused-fabric/template sandwich.
fusible fabric sandwich

My template for both the seeds and the melon rind lines are right side up. Therefore, the fabric should also be right side up. If the pattern is reversed, then the fusible will be right side up (fabric side down).

Using my 'Magic Stapler' (or just a standard stapler!), all layers are stapled together OUTSIDE of the pieces for applique. Nobody wants holes in their pieces for quilting!

stapling to cut multiple fusible pieces

By using as many staples as necessary to hold the layers together, I then cut away! Before I knew it, all my seeds were cut and ready to go.

So, the next time you have a lots of fusible pieces to cut, remember this magic trick!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, August 3, 2018


It's National Watermelon Day!! 
I'm celebrating with my newest runner, Whatamelon!

Whatamelon Table Runner by QuiltFabrication
Full of sweet, watermelon goodness, who could resist it???

Yep, I'm a fan of watermelon, especially on a hot day. There's just something about the refreshing sweetness of a juicy watermelon! Believe it or not, I wasn't a fan as a kid, but I sure am now!

How about you? Would you like a slice?
Whatamelon Table Runner closeup1 by QuiltFabrication
Or maybe you would just like to add some fun to your picnic table - the super easy pattern is available at both Craftsy and Etsy.

All yardage given is used for the watermelon, including the melon rind fabric on the back,
Whatamelon Table Runner by QuiltFabrication backing

and for the binding. It's amazing what a yard will do!

The applique is easy-peasy (on Monday I'll show a fast trick for cutting out multiple applique pieces), and really completes the melon.
Whatamelon Table Runner by QuiltFabrication melon stripes

Quilting is simple too - a medium stipple works great for the watermelon insides.

Because I wanted the melon ends rounded and puffy, I left that area empty of quilting, except around the lines. 

Whatamelon Table Runner by QuiltFabrication melon rind
Now I'm all set to celebrate National Watermelon Day - how about you?

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