Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Midweek Makers #163

Welcome to Midweek Makers - time to share! I'll go first, if that's ok with you, with a quilting video to share. This one shows how to stitch an adorable curlicue background fill.

                                                   Curlicue Quilt Fill 

The secret to this design is to curl in the opposite direction of the last curl, otherwise the design looks odd when all the curls go in the same direction. Try practicing on paper first, to get the flow of the curls, varying their size and amount of curl to the inside. Don't stress too much about the backtracking - that will come with practice. Just have fun with it! There will be more to see on Thursday.
                                
As for last week, there were several pretties that were quite striking. Check out these:

from The Madd Quilter,

                            

from For the Love of Geese,

                                 

and from Twiggy and Opal.

                                

I also would like to let you know that as I suspected, this linky party format is going to be retired, and probably soon. We tried the new format back in January, with mixed results. So first, I'd like to hear from others who have Inlinkz linky parties what their experience is with the new format, and then I'd like to hear from participants. I'll try to keep the old format as long as I can, but just know, the change is coming.

Now on to the party!
  • 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 www.QuiltFabrication.com in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge
Enjoy!



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Monday, February 18, 2019

Show Your Wings Hop Starts Today!

Another hop to experience - the Show Your Wings blog hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.




I've participated in many hops like these over the past few years, and this one has by far been my toughest. I attribute it to churning out all the quilts for Paradise, CA, thus creating a design slump when that was all done. But I've worked through it, and have a very cute project which I've been sharing snippets of for the last week. 

flower by QuiltFabrication


ladybug by QuiltFabrication


Hmm. Looks like a ladybug fulfills the 'wings' theme, doesn't it? The full share is on Thursday, February 21!

Until then, enjoy all of the other projects from the following very creative bloggers:

                                                          February 18

February 19

February 20

February 21






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Friday, February 15, 2019

Mediterranean Rose Update

Hooray! The Mediterranean Rose quilt is almost done!


Mediterranean Rose quilting by QuiltFabrication

And it's about time too.

I think I loaded this quilt onto the Innova frame Sunday, February 3, and finally started quilting it on Tuesday, February 12. Wow! Nine days of just sitting there. Seems like a long time to me, though I know others have longer records out there.

The important point is, I finally started, mainly because now I need the quilt frame! The Show Your Wings blog hop quilt is pushing this one along, moving it from the design wall and then on to the frame. And now the blog hop quilt needs quilting. If I had zipper leaders, no problem - could have just swapped them out. But no, which means the time finally arrived to quilt the Med Rose.

I will admit to dragging my feet on it because I wasn't sure what to put in the background. I wasn't keen on SID around all that applique. The compromise? A small stipple within 3/8" of the applique, then becoming a peacock feather fill.


background quilting of a small stipple and peacock feather fill

Hard to see huh? Yep, a lot of work for quilting that just disappears - gotta love quilting on black. Well, at least if it does get noticed, it's pretty.

Yesterday, I set in finishing up the white areas with freehand SID around the applique (black arrows in the photo), 


freehand stitch in the ditch quilting

then a bit of straight line stitching (upper left of the photo below). The final touch will be to add some detail in the applique.


straight line stitching in the white background


Oh - here's a few hints for freehand SID around applique:
go at a slow, consistent stitch pace, and look ahead of the needle. Don't look at the where the needle currently is - look at where it needs to go. It's just like driving a car - you look where your going, not directly at the road in front of you.

That's your little nugget of quilting advice for today - have a great weekend quilting!



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Midweek Makers #162

It's Wednesday, which means it's a Midweek Makers day full of sharing! My share is another sneak peek of the Show Your Wings blog hop project,


flower by QuiltFabrication

which got some progress once the power came back on at the house. Thankfully, the day warmed up so the house didn't get too cold.

This week, I'm seeing red, in a good way of course! Here's some pretty reds from last week:

from Sew Karen-ly Created,

                                 

from de Jong Dream House,

                                 

and from Katie Mae Quilts.

                                 Bell Pepper - A Veggie Patch Block by Katie Mae Quilts

Now it's time for your projects!

  • 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 www.QuiltFabrication.com in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge

Have fun at the party!



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Monday, February 11, 2019

FREE Valentine Heart Projects

Happy Valentine's Week! Need a project to send some love?



Here's a curated collection of FREE heart projects, from blocks, though place mats, wall hangings, and of course, quilts! Just click on the pink titles to go the instructions.

                                                   heart block
                                                     Nine Patch Heart

                                     
                                                     Love You Placemat

                           
                                                     Bursting Heart Pillow

                           e-heart_with_logo
                                                      e-heart Wall Hanging

                                               
                                                          Valentine Trio

                              
                                                          Heart to Heart Quilt

                                       
                                               Scrappy Log Cabin Heart Quilt

                                             biglovehiresheader1.jpg
                                                              Big Love Quilt

                                                     
                                                           Candy Hearts Quilt

                                          valentine2sm (4) small for web
                                                 Valentine Hearts Cuddle Quilt

                         
                                                                 Love in Chains

                                                  Iheart7
                                                              I Heart Chevrons

Wow! That's a lot of love to send- enjoy!



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Friday, February 8, 2019

Oh No! No Power!

Had a rare experience yesterday - no power!



I wish I could say it was due to a torrential storm, a downed tree, or maybe an unfortunate accident. But no, it was a scheduled power outage because a power pole needs replacing in the neighborhood.

They sent a nice letter of notification, but I didn't do a very good job of scheduling a project to work on that required no electricity. My day amounted to tracing a few flowers to go with the ladybug I had cut out the day before.



And if you're reading this far, that's a sneak peek of what I'm making for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt coming up February 18 - 21. I've been designing all week, and I'm happy to finally get to the fabric stage - he looks so cute! I'll have more on this hop in a couple weeks.

So, with lots of computer designing, and then no electricity, the Med Rose quilt is still in the same state on the frame. 


Mediterranean Rose quilt


In reality, I'm stalling, cause I'm not quite sure how I want to quilt the black background. But once I figure it out and get started, I'll stick with it to get it done.

Enjoy all of your quilting adventures this weekend!



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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Midweek Makers #161

Welcome to Midweek Makers for another week of project sharing! 
Love is in the air, and I'm spreading it with 20% off my four Valentine's Day runner patterns!


Valentine Table Runner patterns by QuiltFabrication

















Clockwise from top left, there's Heart to Heart, Love Abounds, Love Match, and Sweetheartto decorate any flat spot in the house! For the next week, through February 14, 2019, use the coupon code 'HEARTSGALORE' in my Etsy shop for 20% these four patterns - they'll help spread the love in your house too!

Last week on Midweek Makers, there were a few quilts that really caught my eye:

From Katie Mae Quilts, this adorable fruit salad,
                                Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts
from Anja Quilts, these adorable flowers,

                                
and from Twiggy and Opal, this fun, almost unbalanced stack of scraps - I'm waiting for them to fall over!

                                


Now it's your turn - come link up 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 visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to www.QuiltFabrication.com in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge

Have fun!



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Monday, February 4, 2019

Cutting Setting Triangles

After languishing on the design wall for over a month, the Mediterranean Rose quilt has finally made it onto the longarm frame. I have high hopes for getting it quilted this week, though I need the design wall more!


Med Rose quilt on the quilt frame


This quilt has blocks set on point, which requires corner and side triangles to complete the square shape. So let's have a refresher course on measuring and cutting side and corner triangles for quilts with those on-point layouts, no matter if the finished quilt is square or rectangular.

In the picture below, the Side Triangles are in black (for this layout there are 2), and the Corner Triangles are in red (there are 4).



Side Triangles

The process below makes 4 (four) side triangles. Repeat the steps for more side triangles, or follow the Corner Triangle process to make just 2 (two).


To figure what size square to cut for Side Triangles, measure the short side of the quilt's side triangle area (in the blue oval), or use the finished block size of the quilt blocks. Personally, I like to measure, because fabric has a way of either growing or shrinking!

Multiply that measurement by 1.414, then add 1 1/4" (or 1.25). Round up to the nearest 1/8" (or add .125). 

Side Triangle Formula:
(side measurement x 1.414) + 1.25; round up to nearest 1/8 (or add .125).

Example: (10" x 1.414) + 1.25 = 15.39. Rounded up, I'd cut the square at 15 1/2" (15.50).

The next step is to cut the square on both diagonals, yielding 4 side setting triangles. I love this because it creates the straight of grain on the outside edge for the quilt.
straight of grain on outer edge

Makes 4 (four) side triangles


Corner Triangles

The process below makes 2 (two). Repeat the steps to make a total of 4 (four) for all the corners.


To figure what size square to cut for the Corner Triangles, measure the long edge of the quilt top corner, as circled in blue above.

Multiply that measurement by .707 and add 7/8 (or .875), and round up to the nearest 1/8" (or add .125) for the size square to cut.

Corner Triangle formula:
(corner measurement x .707) + .875; round to the nearest 1/8 (or add .125).

This time, cut the square on one diagonal, making a half square triangle unit.

straight of grain on outer edges of corners
Makes 2 (two) Corner Triangles

And there you have it - the math to make any size triangle for an on-point quilt.

Enjoy!



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