Friday, August 31, 2018

Hard at Work

Yep, I am hard at work, playing catch-up after a road trip ate up a portion of the week. Sure leaves little time for blogging or social media! 



While some of my blogger friends have these wonderful posts about their travels, I, on the other hand, power through long drives, stopping only for gas, food, and the bathroom. Pretty unexciting!

The beginning of the week started with an empty van and a  13.5 hour drive to Seattle, straight through. Spending only 17 hours in that lovely town, to sleep and pack up my son's college room, we and our now full van headed home.  Thirteen hours, again straight through. Yes, we're nuts.

Needless to say, we needed a day or two to recover, and now I'm playing catch-up. Some more pumpkin blocks are done, and only yesterday did I determine what the final layout should be. Which requires more pumpkin blocks, but I think I'll make scrappy ones this time. 

With the day spent cutting, testing, and taking notes, my pieces are all cut and ready for quicker assembly.

pumpkin pieces

Hopefully, I'll have more to show next week though I'll have to weave it in around the blog hops that are starting - more on that on Monday.

Until then, Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Midweek Makers #138

Welcome to Midweek Makers, the place to share what you're working on! From all of the pretty orange and green fabric I showed 2 weeks ago, some of it has evolved into a pumpkin/leaf block. 


pumpkin leaf block by QuiltFabrication


This is the first one, though not the final version. It takes a few tries to work out how I want it to look, along with recording all the measurements and cutting directions so that I can repeat it. But soon there will be a pumpkin quilt.

I know it's early, but I'm already in a fall mood of oranges, pumpkins, and leaves, so I'm honoring those types of quilts this week.

From MMM! Quilts,

                                                   

from Made by Marney,

                                                           

and from Tu-na Quilts,

                                          

thanks for the fall inspiration!

Now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Mitered Quilt Border Tutorial

New tutorial today - it's all about mitered borders!


Mitered Quilt Borders Tutorial at QuiltFabrication


My last quilt, Leaf Piles, used a striped inner border that required mitering in order to look it's best. If I had done the usual strip method (side borders on first, top & bottom borders last), the border corners would not have looked very good with the stripes butting into each other. With mitering, the stripes now border the quilt in a ring, one color, and then the next. 

mitered inner border on Leaf Piles

Mitered borders may look pretty scary, but really, they're pretty easy. Let's walk through the steps.


1. Border Length.


All borders strips are cut to the quilt top side lengths, plus an additional 2x the border width plus 1". The 2x the border width makes sure to cover each adjoining border, and the extra 1" is added insurance.


overlapping quilt borders

Here's some math: my finished border width is 4". To each strip, I'll add 2 x 4" + 1" = 9", giving the strip extra overlap on the adjoining borders. The above picture has more because that's the original length of the border strip I was working with. Personally, I'd rather have more fabric to work with than less! 


2. Sewing the Borders.


Stitch all the borders on, starting and stopping 1/4" from each edge at the quilt top corners.


stitching to within a quarter inch from each corner edge

Make a mark 1/4" in on each edge for easy reference, and backstitch to lock in those seams. Otherwise, those stitches have a pesky habit of coming out. Don't pile up the stitches in the corner, or leave a big space - it should be close but not too tight.


corner stitching with a small amount of space


3. Marking a 45 Degree Angle.


Holding the corner in on hand, fold the quilt top on a 45 degree angle from that corner. Line up the border seams and border edge, pinning everything in place.


quilt top folded on a 45 degree angle

Using a straight ruler with a 45 degree mark on it, line up that mark on the border edge with the ruler edge on the 45 degree fold of the quilt top.


lining up ruler for the 45 degree angle

On the borders, mark a line along the ruler edge, from the seams in the corner to the edge of the borders.


marked 45 degree angle line


4. Stitching the miter.


Starting at the seam end of the corner, stitch along the line to the border edge.


stitch on the 45 degree mark


5. Check the miter.


Unpin and open up the quilt top to check the miter. The corner where the three seams meet should lie flat, with no tucks and no gaps. The borders should also be square.


check miter seam and corner on front side of quilt

If there are issues, un-stitch, and repeat the process. I've found that overlapping stitching in the corner causes puckers. Leaving just a half stitch gap appears to allow the corner seams to have space to relax.


corner seam of a mitered border

And out of square borders can be caused by stitching at an angle that is not 45 degrees. 


6. Trimming.


When the corner is perfect (or at a point that you're happy with it!), refold the top to reveal that 45 degree stitching and trim the seam (the extra border length) to 1/4". Press open to decrease the bulk of fabric at the seam corner.


press mitered seam open


7. Stand back and admire a beautiful mitered corner!




mitered quilt border

Ready to give it a try, now that you know how easy it is? Hope so!

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, August 24, 2018

Leaf Piles Quilt

Sharing the week's quilting distraction, Leaf Piles,


Leaf Piles Quilt

made from the woodpile blocks I shared on Midweek Makers #137. And I must say, this was a worthwhile diversion!

Having grown up in New England, I absolutely love autumn colors. Aren't these just beautiful?


Leaf Piles autumn colors

Though I don't really think you'd find a purple leaf while out leaf peeping, the color does look lovely with all the oranges, golds, reds, and browns.

I'm also fortunate to have had just enough of the awesome leaf border fabric to tie it all together.


Leaf Piles border

And there's also that striped inner border, for which I'll have a mitered border tutorial on Monday.

As for the name Leaf Piles, the rounds of color in the quilt remind me of the many leaf piles we create in our backyard from our Pin Oak leaves each fall. 


Leaf Piles Quilt full view

I'm also thrilled to have used some other fall fabric for the backing, clearing out a few more yards in the stash.


Leaf Piles Quilt backside

With the addition of a really beautiful leaf pantograph in gold Glide thread, the quilting just really makes this quilt sing!


Leaf Piles Quilt leaf quilting

Just the other day, I put away all of the patriotic quilts, and brought out the fall items. That includes this Leaf Piles lap quilt, it's big sister, Falling Leaves,


Falling Leaves Quilt

the Pumpkat Patch runner (pattern available),


Pumpkat Patch table runner

the Sunflower runner (pattern available),


Sunflower runner

and my favorite, Seed Mix - super happy to see it again!


Seed Mix by QuiltFabrication

I'll be looking at these fall quilts for the next several months, probably through to Thanksgiving. But that's ok - I love them all! 
Time for you to be pulling out yours to enjoy!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Midweek Makers #137

Hello again - it's Midweek Makers time! And maybe squirrel chasing time too - it certainly was for me!

I was supposed to be working on an upcoming pumpkin idea, but when digging through the stash for orange fabrics, I came across 7 woodpile blocks plus fabric strips to make more.


woodpile quilt block

These were leftover from one of my favorite autumn quilts, Falling Leaves.


Falling Leaves Quilt

So, of course I needed to make more for another quilt. And to use up the fabric (that was the real reason - wink wink!). I'll have more on the latest finish on Friday.

This week I'm featuring critters, especially these cuties:
from The Clever Chameleon,

                                              Dragonfly appliqué by Clever Chameleon

from Quilting Patchwork Applique,

                                           

and from Dreamworthy Quilts,

                                           

Aren't those adorable?

What do you have to share today? Come link up!
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Fabulous Freebie Kickoff!

I'm joining in on another fun blog hop today, Fabulous Freebies, hosted by Joan at MooseStash Quilting.




This hop is a bit different - it's all about sharing your favorite "free" online pattern. Having just finished Saxon, an improv scrap circle quilt with included block tutorial, I'm a bit obsessed with circles.

So, my "free" online pattern to share is another circle quilt found at C&T Publishing called Balance Quilt,


Balance quilt by Becky Goldsmith

created by Becky Goldsmith. Using a beautiful color scheme, and a few scraps, she's created an awesome quilt!

For this, she used a tool she designed which makes many different sizes of circles, the Essential Circle Tool (affiliate link), and is one of many Fast2Mark tools. 


Essential Circle Tool

That looks pretty useful, doesn't it?

If you're infatuated with circles too, give Saxon or the Balance Quilt pattern a try - they're both free! 

For the rest of the week, be sure to check out the other "free" patterns featured on the Fabulous Freebie hop:


Monday August 20

Tuesday August 21

Wednesday August 22

Thursday August 23

Friday August 24

Enjoy the hop!



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Friday, August 17, 2018

Yuletide Fir Pattern Release

Merry Christmas again! And I have a present for you - keep reading!


Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

The Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree, made for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop last month, is now available as a pattern! Made from alternating triangles, the pattern includes detailed instructions, and is suitable for the confident beginner quilter familiar with quilting.


Yuletide Fir Pattern by QuiltFabrication

I received such positive comments on the uniqueness of this 19" x 21" tree wall hanging, 


Yuletide Fir closeup

with over half of you expressing interest in a written pattern, that your request is now reality. Find the Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree pattern at both Craftsy and Etsy.

And as a special thank you for all of your support, use the coupon code 'YULETIDE20' on the Etsy purchase of this pattern. Coupon is good for 1 week, valid today thru August 25, 2018.

Merry Christmas, and may your star shine bright!


Yuletide Fir star and quilting






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