Friday, August 30, 2019

September Blog Hops

Today I've got four great blog hops to share, with all of them starting in September. I'm participating in two of these hops this year, and have participated in the other two in previous years - they're all guaranteed to be fun!

Starting September 1 thru September 30, is the Back to School Blog Hop, 

hosted by Sam from Hunter's Design Studio, and loaded with quilt tutorials. Here's the full schedule, and I'll be highlighting the week's seven quilters as each week begins. I'll be teaching Monday, September 2 - see you then!

September 1 – Sam Hunter –
September 2 – Susan Arnold –
September 3 – Angie Wilson –
September 4 – Andi Stanfield –
September 5 – Bobbie Gentili –
September 6 – Mel Beach –
September 7 – Laura Piland –

September 8 – Suzy Webster –
September 9 – Tara Miller –
September 10 – Latifah Saafir –
September 11 – Sarah Ruiz  –
September 12 – Jen Shaffer –
September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda –
September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg –

September 15 – Jen Strauser –
September 16 – Jane Davidson  –
September 17 – Teresa Coates –
September 18 – Jen Frost –
September 19 – Sandra Starley –
September 20 – Karen Platt –
September 21 – Kris Driessen –

September 22 – Sarah Goer –
September 23 – Kathy Bruckman –
September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown –
September 25 – Cherry Guidry  –
September 26 – Laura Chaney  –
September 27 – Ebony Love  –
September 28 – Tammy Silvers –

September 29 – Kathy Nutley – 
September 30 – Joanne Harris –

Then there are two hops starting September 3, the Once Upon a Story Row-along, hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew.

I've done the row-along three years in a row, but decided to not participate this year, so you'll have to check Seams to be Sew for a list of participants. Be sure to visit and enter all the great giveaways! And for those who want rows from years past, Marian is putting together a list of all the rows from the last four years, which will have links to the everyone's posts/rows for continued collection.

The other hop starting September 3 is the New Quilter's Meet and Greet, 

hosted by Benita of Benita Skinner's Creative Space. She's featuring new quilters/bloggers, which is a great way to meet new friends. She's also got a fabulous giveaway full of quilty stuff - you'll definitely want to enter!

Last but not least, starting September 9, 2019, is the Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop, 

hosted by Carla of Creatin In the Sticks. There's a full line-up of quilters to be found, and I'll be sharing my favorite block/project on the 13th. 

That's enough to keep everyone hopping through September - have fun!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Midweek Makers #190

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I did a bit of shopping this week for a future fall or Halloween quilt - aren't these pretty? Though I haven't quite decided what I'll make yet, these additions to my stash are very welcome! 

new orange fabrics

I'm also happy to announce a 20% off sale on all the quilts in my Etsy shop this Labor Day weekend - now's a great time to collect for yourself or give one as a gift. No coupon necessary, as 20% off is automatically applied at checkout. Sale starts August 30 and runs thru September 3, 2019, with free domestic shipping. Preview now so as not to miss out! 

With the orange fabrics above, the calendar is quickly saying it's time to move into fall, but I'm still in love with the colors in my Use It Up quilt.

Use It Up quilt

The moss green with the blues - oh so pretty! Did you notice last week that two other quilters used it in their projects too? Check out Kat's beautiful Dream Big Aqua quilt over at Scrapbox Quilts,


and Vicki's Layer Cake Lattice quilt over at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting.


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Monday, August 26, 2019

Winter Feed Heading to PIQF

A happy piece of mail arrived last week - my favorite winter wall hanging, Winter Feed, is headed to PIQF as an entry with New Quilts of Northern California.

Winter Feed wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

This is my first time entering though NQNC, which takes only 70 quilts to show at PIQF. Entry limits are two quilts per quilter, but only one quilt will be chosen for showing at PIQF. And Winter Feed is fortunate enough to be one of the 70!

Though the entry deadline for NQNC has passed, there is still time to enter a quilt into PIQF - the deadline is tomorrow, August 27, 2019. Now's the time to get that quilt entered before it's too late!

I did enter two other quilts with PIQF, and I'm waiting to hear back on their fate. Those are Welcome to My Birdhouse, another of my favorite bird quilts,

Welcome to My Birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

and Strawberry Splendor, my elegant spring wall hanging.

Strawberry Splendor by QuiltFabrication

I'll let you know if these are in once I hear back from PIQF, probably sometime mid-September, early October. While waiting, I'll keep myself busy quilting, possibly creating a quilt for next year's show - we'll see! 

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Use It Up!

Finally, the Use It Up quilt from Accent on Angles (affiliate link) is a grand finish!

Use It Up quilt from Accent on Angles quilt book

Not only do I love the color combo and the quilting thread choice, but the size - a really nice 48" x 65" lap size.

Use It Up quilt from Accent on Angles

What started out as this fabric selection,

fabric selection for the quilt

worked it's way to strip sets with angled sashing pieces,

strip sets with angled sashing

then blocks, some of which were made in 95 degree heat requiring the assistance of a wooden iron,

wooden ruler

and the painfully tedious making of 164 HST's.

making HST's

The quilt picture in the book certainly doesn't look like it requires 164 HST's, 

Use It Up from Accent on Angles

and I probably would have thought twice about making this pattern had I read through it first. That could be my fault, but let's call this frustration 1.

Frustration 2 - this pattern needed serious editing. The beginning of the book, which goes over very thoroughly how to make the strip set/angled sashing blocks, is wonderful. 

This pattern however, had me cut too many strips for the strip sets, resulting in a lot of leftovers. Grrr. How did I discover this? Well, like Flower Joy, I thought I'd make up extra blocks for the back. 

30 additional blocks from excess strips

Which turned out to be 30 blocks, enough for another top. Use It Up only used 22. Grrr. Maybe cutting that many strips would allow for lots of variety? Anyway, just too many.

Frustration 3 - I followed the cutting instructions for the border pieces that are in addition to the HST's. And then I looked at the quilt diagram, which was labelled as to where those additional border pieces go. Turns out, the two did not match up, requiring the piecing together of a leftovers to get the right size border pieces. Grrr.

Once I finally got through all of that, a backing was pieced together with leftovers but no blocks, 

Use It Up quilt back side

and I was thrilled to finally get it on the frame.

Use It Up quilt on the frame

Now for thread colors. I could have gone gold, but it just disappeared. Then I found a gold with a green cast called Cleopatra.

Use It Up quilt with Cleopatra Glide thread

Not bad, though I kept searching, and found Split Pea, a correctly named color, and not one I would choose for just any quilt.

Use It Up quilt with Split Pea Glide thread

But Split Pea turned out to be the winner, really adding a beautiful sparkle to the Bluster pantograph on Use It Up.

Use It Up quilt quilting close up

With the extra 30 blocks, I plan to make one more quilt from the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link), though there are a couple other projects that need attention first. So, be patient, another quilt is coming soon!

Have a great weekend quilting!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Midweek Makers #189

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Happy news - the Use It Up quilt top from the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link) is on the frame!

Use It Up on the quilt frame

There's been a wee bit of frustration with this quilt, from lots of parts, incorrectly sized pieces, and lots of leftovers, though none of it is my fault. I'll tell more later. For now, let's look at some beauties from last week's Midweek Makers.

From ChrisKnitsSews, this adorable flamingo,


from Twiggy and Opal, this awesome modern design made for a black and white challenge,


and this colorful beauty from the Cheeky Cognoscenti.


Beautiful work, right? And tough acts to follow for sure, but let's see what you're working on this week.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Getting Closer to the Top

Last week I had strip sets to make blocks. Then there were a ton of HST's. Together, with some border strips, they'll make a quilt top.

Use It Up quilt top progress

I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite quilts to put together. Making 164 HST's,

half square triangles

while minimizing the use of an iron because of 95+ temps, 

wooden iron for seam pressing
                                                 wooden iron

is not my idea of fun. This Use It Up quilt is taking FOREVER! And it's not a particularly large quilt either - there's just a lot of parts. But the end is near, and I'm hoping to get this top on the quilt frame this week. More to come!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Use It Up Progress

Woohoo! I've got strip segments in the works for a Use It Up quilt, 

strip segments for Use It Up

my second quilt from the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link).

In June, the first quilt I made from Accent on Angles, which by the way, has very well written instructions, was Flower Joy.

Flower Joy quilt

Flower Joy quilt closeup

Flower Joy quilt backside

A lovely quilt in red and green Asian fabrics, it's a block wider and two blocks longer than the pattern, making it 58" x 72". I've decided to part with the Flower Joy quilt, offering it for sale, with free shipping, in my Etsy shop.

The second quilt's fabrics were also chosen at the same time as Flower Joy.

fabric choices for Use It Up quilt

They've been hanging around the studio, moved about while I was off chasing squirrels. When my eyes would land upon the pile, a guilty feeling would come because I meant to work on this sooner rather than later. And though there are a few new squirrels beckoning me to come play, I'm holding them off while I work on this quilt.

So, right now, I'm happy I've gotten this far on Use It Up. Let's hope I keep going for sharing next week. Until then, have a great weekend quilting!

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