Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Midweek Makers #186

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I'm sharing a sneak peek of a watermelon table runner coming on Friday.

watermelon wedge for a table runner by QuiltFabrication

I am so loving the aqua with the red watermelon wedges! Speaking of color, did you see the Dresden's full of color last week?

these flowers from Quilts Etc,

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and these Dresden blocks from Donnaleeq.

                                 

Dresden's are so much fun - I've made flower coasters


and also a Sunflower table runner. Love Dresden's!

Sunflower table runner by QuiltFabrication

What are you sharing this week?
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Watermelon Wedges

Time to spill the beans on my secret project. Or in this case, maybe spit some seeds cause it's all about watermelons!!!


Watermelon Wedges by QuiltFabrication

Don't those wedges look like a cool, refreshing treat for this hot weather???

How about a little tutorial on making a watermelon wedge? Then enjoy them all summer long!


Watermelon Flesh

The flesh is the red part of the wedge, full of juicy goodness! I like my watermelon flesh red, as it's usually sweeter, and because this is quilting, I also like it scrappy - the more variety of reds, the better!

Grab 13 2.5" red squares, laying them out in two rows of four, then a row of three, and at the bottom, a row of two.


squares for watermelon flesh


Add in some seeds by first marking selected squares (see further below for which ones) 1" on the top, and 1.75" on the side.


adding seeds to watermelon squares

Then stitch a seed triangle, diagonally cut from a black 1.25" x 2.25" rectangle, from mark to mark on the red square. Press toward black, and trim out the excess.

The bottom row has 1 seed, the 2nd row, 2 seeds in the opposite direction, and the third row has 3 seeds in the same direction at the bottom row.


seeds in the watermelon flesh

Notice there's several squares stacked. I like to make many wedges at one time, completing each step for multiple wedges before moving to the next step. Just saves time!

Once the seeds are in, stitch rows together, pressing away from the seeds, alternating direction between rows.


rows of squares for watermelon flesh

Then stitch those rows together, lining up the seam of the bottom row with the middle of row 2, and lining up the center seam of row 3 with the middle of row 2. This is important for trimming later.


complete watermelon flesh from 2.5 inch squares

The watermelon flesh is finished - time to move on to the rind.


Watermelon Rind

White Rind

Watermelon flesh tends to turn pale in color at the rind, and is often shown as white in drawings. I chose to do the same here, adding the white rind portion in three parts to shape the top of the wedge.

Trim the right side of the flesh from seam to seam, leaving a .25" seam allowance.  


trim right top edge for watermelon rind

Stitch on the first rind piece, a white .75" strip. Press.


first white rind piece to watermelon flesh

The white ends up being pretty narrow, same as if in a real watermelon.

Then measure .375" from the top, marking a line. Place the next strip, another .75" white piece, on the line and stitch in place. Don't trim anything yet!


top white portion of watermelon rind

Press, and trim the left side, again from center seam to side edge seam leaving a .25" seam allowance.


trimming for left side of watermelon rind

Now trim away the excess behind the center piece, and stitch another .75" white strip to the left.


stitch remaining white rind portion

Trim away all the overhangs for a nice shaped top, ready for the green rind portion.


Green Rind

On the left, stitch a 1.25" green strip. Press. Trim the green even with the white strip at the center. Do not trim anything along the outer edge.


adding first green rind piece to watermelon wedge

Add on a 1.25" green strip along the top. Press. Trim the green even with the white strip on the right.


adding center green rind piece to watermelon wedge

Finally, add a 1.25" green strip to the left. Press and trim the remaining green edges even with the other rind parts. The unit measures approximately 9" tall. 


final green rind on watermelon wedge


Watermelon Wedge

To turn this unit into a mouth-watering watermelon wedge, it needs two final cuts. There's two ways to do this, either with a Hex n More ruler (affiliate link), or a 6" x 12" ruler (affiliate link).

If using a Hex n More, mark a center line with a piece of tape. Then line that up with the center seams on the watermelon flesh, leaving .25" at the tip for a seam allowance.

If using a 6" x 12" ruler, line up the 30 degree line with the watermelon flesh center seams, again leaving a .25" seam allowance at the tip. Trim, and repeat for the other side.

final trimming for a watermelon wedge

And look at those freshly cut watermelon wedges, ready for any project! I've had so much fun making these, that I have two projects using them. I'll have a table runner to show on Friday, and a big quilt to show next week.

pieced watermelon wedges

Both will have patterns available, as they are very different. Each pattern includes more detail on watermelon wedge construction than what I've given here, plus making them into blocks. Until then, enjoy every bit of this refreshing summer fruit!!

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, July 26, 2019

The Accurate Quarter Inch Seam

Recently, I've seen a few quilt blocks and tops in which the quilters think they're sewing a quarter inch seam, when in reality they are not. And since I'm working on a project that requires an accurate 1/4" seam, I think it's a good time to go over how to accomplish that.


The Accurate Quarter Inch Seam tutorial


Cut Accurately

The first step in accurate, easy piecing, is to cut the fabric accurately. Not a smidgen bigger or smaller - cut the size required. Here, my project calls for 2 1/2" squares.

2.5 inch squares for quilt piecing

Use a Quarter Inch Foot

Most sewing machines come with a 1/4" foot, or allow the needle to be moved side to side for adjustments. My machine has both, and I move my needle a few spaces to the right to achieve that quarter of an inch between the needle and the fabric guide.

quarter inch between needle and fabric guide on the sewing foot

Measure the sewn unit

The final test of an accurate 1/4" seam is to measure the finished unit. Press the seam to one side, then measure the unit. Remember that seams always take up 1/2". In the photo, two 2 1/2" squares sewn together results in a unit that is 4 1/2" wide.

accurate quarter inch seam

If that unit is too short or too long, first double check the cut size of the pieces. Then go to the machine and adjust the needle. Can't move that needle any more? With the help of a ruler, place a piece of tape on the machine bed to mark where the fabric edge should be. Then sew and measure the unit again. Keep adjusting the needle (or tape), and checking the final unit until an accurate 1/4" seam is achieved.

With all of those accurate seams, enjoy having block pieces that fit together easier, taking a lot of frustration out of quilting. 
  



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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Midweek Makers #185

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I'm happy to report that my guild's Summer Camp was a big success, and my binding samples are now completed place mats, ready for the table.

animal place mats by QuiltFabrication

Quilting followed the squares of the cute animal print, 

animal place mat closeup by QuiltFabrication

and they're reversible too - another great finish to spiff up our table!

animal place mat backside by QuiltFabrication

A couple different geometric links caught my eye last week: 
this fun bird quilt from The Quilt Yarn,

                               

Mr Walrus, including a fun story, from Laughing Gas Quilts,

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this Morning Glory flimsy finish by Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer,

                                          

and, because I'm a native of Ohio, this great state quilt from Kathy's Quilting Blog.

                                      

And what's your share this week? Hope the heat hasn't stifled your creativity too much.
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Monday, July 22, 2019

It's Christmas in July!

Welcome to day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I chose to create snowflakes in blue and silver this year, 

Holiday Star snowflake version by QuiltFabrication

with a set of place mats and a runner for an elegant winter dinner party!

Simple to make, these went together super fast! Plus the pattern is suitable for any holiday, as I made them for the 4th of July also. Oh so versatile!


Holiday Star patriotic version by QuiltFabrication

Check out the 4th of July post for a quick tutorial on making these. Or, to have a complete pattern, full of fabric quantities, cutting instructions, and sewing diagrams, the Holiday Star place mat/runner pattern is available for half price in my Etsy shop through July 30.

So, let's have a closer look at the snowflakes, both pieced, 


Holiday Star snowflake version place mat by QuiltFabrication

and quilted with swirly snowflakes!

Holiday Star snowflake quilting by QuiltFabrication

Here's the quilting on the backside - oh so pretty!


Holiday Star snowflake quilting backside by QuiltFabrication

And the runner is adjustable, as it can be made longer if necessary - just add more star blocks. Since my table is small, I opted for two blocks to have enough room for the place mats.


Holiday Star snowflake runner by QuiltFabrication

Now for the rest of the hop - be sure to check out Katie Mae Quilts, my fellow quilter for today, plus all the other participants.

                                                                 Sunday, July 14th

Monday, July 15th

Tuesday, July 16th

Wednesday, July 17th

Thursday, July 18th

Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th

Sunday, July 21st

Monday, July 22nd

Tuesday, July 23rd

Wednesday, July 24th

Thursday, July 25th


Oh! And there's a giveaway! Enter via the form below to win a fat quarter bundle of Figo Fabrics Wintertide line.


Figo Fabrics Wintertide


                          




Be sure to scroll and hit the 'Submit' button. One entry per blog. Enter by July 30, with the winner announced July 31 by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Good Luck and Merry Christmas!



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Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas is on it's way!

Yes, I know it's July, not December! But July always brings about projects for Christmas, especially if the item is a gift - better to start now to make sure it's finished in time.

July also brings several Christmas in July blog hops, and one of my favorites is the 12 Days of Christmas in July, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.



The hop just started this week, July 14, and is still going strong with 2 featured bloggers and their Christmas projects each day. My turn is Monday, July 22, with the hop ending on July 25, just like December 25.

Here's all of the fantastic quilters/bloggers for the hop:

                                                           Sunday, July 14th

Monday, July 15th

Tuesday, July 16th

Wednesday, July 17th

Thursday, July 18th

Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th

Sunday, July 21st

Monday, July 22nd

Tuesday, July 23rd

Wednesday, July 24th

Thursday, July 25th


There's also a giveaway of some very pretty Christmas fabric, Wintertide, from Figo Fabrics. Just visit each blog and fill out the entry form, one entry per blog.

Figo Fabrics Wintertide fabrics

And last but not least, here's a sneak peek of the back of my project:

christmas project backside

can you guess it's has something to do with snowflakes? Tune in on Monday to see the big reveal!

Until then, Happy Quilting and Hopping!



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