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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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Midweek Makers #188

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Who has projects to share this week? Mine is a small share, a border on my Round Robin chicken house.

chicken house by QuiltFabrication

This round is 'quilters choice', and though it doesn't look like much, it helps set up the next two rounds. Just doing a bit of planning, as I want to make this into a wall hanging. And I now this round done on both of the Round Robin projects, with the other ready to pass along, so I'm all caught up. 

Oh! And remember I talked about chasing squirrels recently?
Take a look at this squirrel, lounging outside my sliding door.

lounging squirrel

Chasing squirrels is becoming a reality! But enough about squirrels - let's look at these great finishes from last week:

from Grace and Peace Quilting, this beautiful Church Window quilt,


from For the Love of Geese, these sparkling stars,

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and from Sew Preeti Quilts, her Trinket quilt.


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Playing Catch-up

I have been busy the last 7 weeks, mostly chasing squirrels!

dog chasing a squirrel

At the beginning of July, I was fully on track with my quilting schedule until the first squirrel entered my life:  the Holiday Stars place mats and runner. I couldn't resist another 4th of July, red, white, and blue project!

                                   Holiday Star place mats and table runner by QuiltFabrication

And this was a good squirrel, well worth chasing cause I really love how they turned out - they stayed on my table until just last week.

The next squirrel to take up residence in the house is my Round Robin chicken quilt - I had so much fun creating a chicken house!

                                  full chicken coop quilt center by QuiltFabrication

This quilt is still in progress, and one I'm playing catch-up on. The next round is 'quilter's choice', and I have no idea of what I want. So, this squirrel will be hanging around a bit.

Then there was the prep for my guild's Summer Camp, which created another squirrel in the form of more place mats. Had to turn my binding samples into something useful - these playful place mats.

                                   animal place mats by QuiltFabrication

And the last two squirrels I chased were sisters, each wanting something special to celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3. One squirrel sister asked for a table runner and is very pleased with Watermelon Twist,

                                    Watermelon Twist Table Runner by QuiltFabrication

while the other squirrel sister wanted a quilt for a picnic or to snuggle under - she's thrilled with Watermelon Delight.

                                    Watermelon Delight by QuiltFabrication

Now that most of the squirrels are happy (the Round Robin quilt is being patient), I'm hoping to catch up on the second Book of the Month quilt from the Accent on Angles book, which should have been started in June. Hopefully I can get that finished before a new group of squirrels stops by - fall is coming!

Do you have any squirrels to chase this week? Hope they make for happy quilting!

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Watermelon Delight

Wrapping up my celebration of summer with a new quilt pattern, Watermelon Delight!

Watermelon Delight by QuiltFabrication

This is my second creation with watermelon wedges, with the first being the Watermelon Twist table runneralso just as beautiful.

Watermelon Twist by QuiltFabrication

With Watermelon Delight, I envisioned a watermelon themed picnic quilt, 

Watermelon Delight by QuiltFabrication

full of a wave of watermelon slices in the border, ready to be picked off and eaten! And there's more watermelon to enjoy here, as these slices are slightly bigger than those in Watermelon Twist. The Watermelon Delight pattern has detailed instructions for making these bigger slices to form this undulating border. The pattern is also geared toward the intermediate quilter, as quilting experience is a must.

Watermelon slice border on Watermelon Delight

There's also the idea of watermelon fruit in the center, plus a few seeds of course.

Watermelon Delight center with seeds

And there's even red gingham on the back, adding more to the picnic feel.

Watermelon Delight backside

Quilting involved stitch-in-the-ditch around each watermelon slice, then stippling in each to outline the small seeds.

Watermelon Delight quilting closeup

The white background has the custom quilted pantograph, Pretty Paisleys

custom quilted Pretty Paisleys

which means the pantograph is not quilted through the slices, but around them. I blocked out portions of the pantograph with wedge shaped scrap paper, just as in my Pantographs and Custom Quilting tutorial. And yes, that took a lot of time, but I'm happy with the result.

pretty paisleys pantograph

And the watermelon fruit center and outer border is stipple quilted around the watermelons of the print. That way, the print isn't muted by the black thread. Plus, no use putting a fancy design on black fabric when it's going to be hard to see it. Ah, the curse of black fabric!

stipple quilting around in the watermelon print

Now that Watermelon Delight is finished, 

Watermelon Delight quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'm ready for a little outing this weekend, with a basket full of wine, cheese, a baguette, and of course, watermelon! Want to join me?

Happy Quilting!

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