Monday, July 30, 2018

Quilting?? not much to report

It's summer. It's hot. It's vacation time. Anyone getting any quilting done?

thread in knots

The above picture with the bunched up thread expresses my quilting world these days, though it has nothing to do with sewing machines. Those all work fine.

Nope, it's me and summer. Though I made two Christmas projects, Yuletide Fir and Pinwheel Placemats, I found it really hard to get excited about Christmas right after the Fourth of July.

I did spend a couple days last week working on two things:
writing the pattern for Yuletide Fir, which is almost done,

Yuletide Fir by QuiltFabrication pattern cover page

and working on a design for a new summer project involving watermelon. No pictures to share there, as it still exists in my head - designing takes a while!

So, have I made any progress on my inset circles?
Not at all. Which means I'll probably continue to feature the Stash Statement book for awhile, as I have my hands full at the moment. It's a battle between making the idea that's in my head vs trying other's quilt patterns vs using up the stash.

Which leads me to a question for you, dear quilters. Which do you prefer: seeing new designs I create patterns for, or seeing quilts made from patterns in books? Leave me a comment below on what you would like to see more of.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pinwheel Placemats

Welcome to my day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

My project is this set of Christmas pinwheel placemats.

Pinwheel Placemats by QuiltFabrication

After purchasing this charm pack of glittery holiday fabrics, 

holiday charm pack

I paired it with this fun holiday fabric I found at JoAnn's.

holiday fabric from JoAnns

Being careful to stitch the HST's so that the print all "read" in the same direction,

careful placement of fabric so that it reads correctly

the pinwheels were finished up, and pressed with spinning seams.

spinning seams on pinwheels

Adding strips first to the right, then the top and bottom of the pinwheels increased the unit's size to 11" tall. With the addition of a background piece on the left, the placemats now finish approximately 14 1/2" x 11".

holiday Pinwheel Placemats
Aren't those super fun? I am so looking forward to using them later this year!

As for the quilting, I kept it simple. The background is quite busy, so no need to go overboard. Simple stippling does the trick, as does just one curving line to give motion to the pinwheel.

pinwheel placemat quilting

The backside is just as nice. There wasn't enough backing for all four, but with the addition of a red strip, that fun holiday print is all gone!

pinwheel placemat backside

And check out that neatly machine stitched binding - love it!

machine stitched binding

If you're just finding the Christmas in July Blog Hop, then enjoy all of the other projects these fine quilters have created.

July 23

July 24

July 25

July 26

July 27

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Yuletide Fir

Welcome to my day, which is the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Yuletide Fir by QuiltFabrication

If you are looking to link up to Midweek Makers today - it's totally my fault in the scheduling. Truly sorry! But no fear, Midweek Makers will be back next week!

So let's have a look at the Yuletide Fir, a modern style Christmas tree.

Made from strip sets of different greens plus a narrow background strip, triangles were cut using the tri-tool ruler (affiliate link). 

triangles with background

After laying out the pieces in a pleasing arrangement, the sewing began, one row at a time.

triangle layout

With the squared off point at the top, the triangles were super easy to sew together, as the proper 1/4" dog-ears happened at each end.

triangle sewing

Once the rows were done, they were sewn together, carefully matching points with a few test stitches before the whole seam was stitched to make the tree. 

The sides were made by carefully laying the tree on folded fabric to get mirror image pieces. Then the ruler is placed up against the tree to make the cut. 

Yuletide Fir background piecing

To give myself a bit of wiggle room, the side pieces were cut a bit bigger than needed, then the excess gets trimmed.

Yuletide Fir trimming

And every Christmas tree needs a star!

Yuletide Fir star

That star shines brightly, throwing out beams of light in all of the straight line quilting. 

Yuletide Fir light beams

The tree itself was stitched-in-the-ditch to let it to pop out of the quilt, with light beams continuing through the branches of the tree,

Yuletide Fir tree

and down to the ground past the trunk.

Yuletide Fir trunk
This tree would also look great with embellishment, such as clear or colored Swarovski crystals, or tiny buttons on the tree - maybe I'll do that in the future.                                               
With all of my projects right now, I haven't decided if this will be offered as a pattern or not.  If you're interested, let me know in the comments below.

And check out the Christmas projects from the last 12 days - enjoy!

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July

It's that time of year again, when everyone is getting a jump on their Christmas stitching! Whether you're sewing for yourself, or for others, I'm sure you'll find inspiration from the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

While my day for this hop is Friday, enjoy all of the other participants and their projects.

July 23

July 24

July 25

July 26

July 27

And because of a scheduling error on my part, there will be another Christmas project on Wednesday for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. That means there will be no Midweek Makers this week - it's means you get another week to finish your projects for sharing!!

Happy Quilting!

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