Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Midweek Makers #184

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I'm busy prepping binding samples for our guild's Summer Camp next week, using a set of six new place mats. 

binding in progress

Each one has binding in various stages of completion, and I've even got two showing piped binding.

piped binding in progress

Hopefully, my tutorial will take the dread out of doing bindings for Summer Camp attendees.

With all that color going on in the place mats, I'm featuring a few items full of color from last week.

Here's Poco Loco from Sew Preeti Quilts,


a new July finish from Quilt Schmilt,


and a free Wonky Hexie's pattern from Sew Motion.


All so full of color!!

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Camp Prep

After all of last week's joy creating the new hen house around my chicken panel, it's time to come back to earth. I'm spending this week prepping to give a presentation next Monday at my guild's Summer Camp, titled "Basic Bindings and Beyond"

What's Summer Camp? It's a new activity at my guild, where 6 teachers share their expertise on a quilting subject. Each teacher presents 5 times, for approximately 15 minutes each time. Students pick 5 of the 6 presentations to go to, then rotate around the room. The event was held last year, and received lots of praise, so we're doing it again this year.

I plan to cover the following, and have lots of work left to do to get ready. Feel free to click on the pictures to go to each tutorial.

I won't be doing a sewing demo - instead I'm making up samples of each step or technique to pass around. I've got these cute place mats quilted up, with binding in various stages yet to be attached. That's this week's project!

placemats for binding tutorials

I'll also provide a handout of the links to the tutorials above, so everyone can go back and follow along at their own pace. 

Wish me luck - I'm off to sew and perfect my 15 minute presentation!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

My Chickens Have a House

I got a chance to play with my personal Round Robin, featuring the chicken panel, and had so much fun creating that I have to share - my chickens now have a house!

full chicken coop quilt center by QuiltFabrication

Did you guess this was coming from the sneak peek on Wednesday? How about walking with me through this burst of creativity to see how it's made?

First, the hen house image I was inspired by. Mine's got the elevation and the little ramp, but minus the doors for piecing's sake!

With a quick glance in my brown drawer, I found two fabrics that worked well to continue the landscape around the chickens - lucky!! Plus a red for the barn, and maybe a green for the roof.

initial fabric pull for the chicken coop

A bit of curved piecing created some interest to the ground under the house itself,

curved piecing for the ground

and with the addition of posts and the ramp, the outdoor area started coming together.

chicken coop's outdoor area progress

Now, our first round of this Round Robin should contain the following: pinwheel or something from nature. Paying homage to barn quilts, I mounted a pinwheel at the top of my hen house.

pinwheel barn quilt

Then added the roof, though tying the house to the outdoors and the sky was a bit of a puzzle. I got it figured out even though I had to trim the house down a bit.

chicken coop needs the sky

Now for the really fun part - the details! What hen house wouldn't be complete without a nest?

fabric strips for a straw nest

Lots of 2" fabric strips are randomly plopped at the open door to form a nest. Straight line stitching winds its way through the straw, catching pieces here and there to hold it together. That way the straw stays free, keeping a 3D effect, since this quilt will be a wall hanging.

And of course there's got to be eggs!

chicken eggs in the nest

Stitched onto a fusible, the back was slit to stuff in two pieces of batting - more 3D!

stuffing the backs of eggs

They were then stitched down, only along the bottom, in the nest area, so that it looks like their standing away a bit from the quilt. Couldn't resist the jealous hen eyeing those eggs!

hen eyeing those eggs

One last thing to blend the chicken panel in with the rest: hand cut flowers from leftover fabric from the panel's border. Then they're stitched down, no fusing, and painted. Also painted the small portion of ramp behind the tail feathers, to make a continuous line.

hand cut and painted flowers to hide piecing line

These few small details really complete the illusion, hiding the piecing line between the panel and my pieced background. Check out the before picture below.

visible piecing line before the additional flowers

full chicken coop quilt center by QuiltFabrication

This has been a big hit with my family so far, and hubby is ready for it to be done. But there's a few more rounds to go, which will be more rows than rounds. Wonder what I'll dream up next month - it's quilters choice.

Happy Creating!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Midweek Makers #183

Welcome to Midweek Makers! With the holiday last week, did anyone get some sewing done? If so, come link up!

I decided to work on the Round Robin quilts, getting a jump on them in between projects and the second quilt from the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link). Better to start now, than work on them the day before the hand off! The member's quilt is done, which I can't show, but here's a sneak peek of my personal Round Robin. I can show it to my heart's content!

rooster panel plus extra background

Any guesses where I'm going with this? Love that rooster - he's so full of color! Reminds me of my Fred, the Fugitive, from years ago.

Fred the Fugitive rooster quilt
While on the subject of animals, check out these from last week:

from Quilting Patch, this bee quilt,


and a great finish to this Veggie Tales quilt from Kathy's Quilting Blog.


Both just too fun!

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Quilting Overload!

Ok, I'll confess - I'm tired. I've been on quilting overdrive the last week, mainly because I had the house to myself for 8 days. With no heavy cooking or cleaning to do, it's great to have lots of extra time to quilt, but there is the risk of burnout.

Just like the picture, I've been surrounded by lots of fabric, for several projects. One project turned into a squirrel, resulting in the Holiday Star place mats and runner, which I'm really happy with.

Holiday Star place mats and runner by QuiltFabrication

At the start of the week, I was attempting to finish up this secret project, but it got pushed aside again. I really must get back to this one before the summer is over.

On the 4th of July, my patriotism was super high (due to those new place mats), as it was with lots of people. Several orders came in for my Fireworks pattern and kit, requiring an afternoon of cutting, printing, and packing.

Fireworks pattern and kit by QuiltFabrication

Then, on Friday, I realized my blog pages needed updating after a couple months of neglect. Another afternoon spent, this time on the computer, to get the 2019 Quilt Gallery, Patterns, Tutorials, Quilting Tutorials, and 2019 Book of the Month pages current and up-to-date.

I still haven't started the second quilt from Accent on Angles book (affiliate link), but hey, I have a month. Instead, I probably need to work on the Round Robin project. I certainly don't want the exchange day sneaking up on me, then hustling to get it done. That shall be the challenge today, with hopefully more to show this week.

Have a wonderful day!

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Straight Line Stipple Quilt Fill

Today it's about the quilting on the Holiday Star place mat -

Straight Line Stipple on the Holiday Star place mat by QuiltFabrication

I'm calling it a Straight Line Stipple.

Straight Line Stipple on the Holiday Star place mat

Here's the basic idea: meander through the area to be filled using lines in parallel and perpendicular - no angles.

Straight Line Stipple quilt fill drawn out by QuiltFabrication

Add dimension by changing the line of stitching, creating open boxes here and there. Notice there's no crossing over on any of the lines - this is a geometric take on the traditional stipple. And don't worry about maintaining an exact distance between the lines. As long as the overall density stays consistent, it will look great!

For my place mat project, the space between lines is anywhere from 1/8" to 1/2". For a larger space to fill, the spacing could be somewhere between 
1 1/2" to 3". It's all up to what the quilt (and quilter) want.

Here's a video to see the Straight Line Stipple being stitched, using backtracking within the ditch to move through the space.

Quite a fun, easy, modern fill, suitable for a domestic or longarm machine, and perfect for a variety of quilts. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

My table is ready for celebrating my favorite holiday with new star themed place mats and a table runner.

Holiday Star place mats and table runner by QuiltFabrication

Aren't those festive??? I just love the red against the blue - so bright and fresh! 

Holiday Star place mat by QuiltFabrication

And my little runner fits my table perfectly, finishing  approximately 15" x 27". Of course, it could be made longer with the addition of another block or two.

Holiday Star table runner by QuiltFabrication

How about a tutorial on how to make one block? Here's a quick run through of the steps:

1. pick 2 light value 5" squares and 2 dark value 5" squares
2. stack the light and dark squares, right sides together
3. mark a diagonal line, stitching on each side of it
4. cut on the line to make 4 HST's. Press seams toward the dark

5 inch squares to make HST's

5. stack the HST's with a dark triangle on a light triangle, right sides together
6. mark a diagonal line, stitching on each side of it
7. cut on the line to make 4 hourglass units

making hourglass units

8. trim hourglass units to 4" x 4"

4 inch hourglass units

9. stitch two hourglass units together, matching center seams
10. stitch two hourglass pairs together, matching center seams and diagonal seams to create the block center
11. press seams open

creating the hourglass block center

12. cut two 7" x 7" background squares
13. cut each square once on the diagonal (cut opposite corners if using a directional print)
14. fold each triangle in half, finger press fold to mark the center
15. matching center fold mark and block center, stitch the long edge of one triangle to the hourglass center, starting 1" in from the edge

adding side triangles

16. continue adding background triangles around the hourglass center
17. finish stitching remaining seam from first triangle
18. press seams toward background and trim excess at seam overlaps
19. trim block to 11" x 11", lining up center seams at the 5 1/2" ruler marks

trimming block to size

20. add 2 1/2" wide strips to the sides for place mats, plus add longer 2 1/2" wide strips to the top and bottom for the runner

adding side strips

And there she is - quilted and finished!

quilted and finished Holiday Star place mat

That's enough for this post. As for the quilting, check out the tutorial for the Straight Line Stipple, including a new video. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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