Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Midweek Makers #199

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party, and Happy Halloween tomorrow! 


I have no projects in progress at the moment, but enjoy last week's colorful fall creations, and link up what you're excited about this week!

An adorable turkey from MMM Quilts,

                                    

these colorful owls from Not Afraid of Color,

                                   


and the Boo Collection from Made by Marney.
                          
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Monday, October 28, 2019

Off to Houston

Finishing up the prepping and packing for my first trip to Quilt Festival, Houston - it's just too exciting!



I signed up for 3 days of classes, choosing those that don't require the schlepping of tons of fabric, or lots of sewing - I do plenty of that at home!

Instead, I'm making a pet pattern from a photo, using one (or more) of my guys, Winston, Toby, or Roscoe, as my subjects.


Roscoe may be a bit blurry, and I'm not sure if there's enough contrast to work with, but I'll do the best I can. This is a 'part 1' class, with the actual working with fabric on another day, which I'm not attending. So don't expect a finished quilt!

Next up, is Confetti Naturescapes with Noriko Endo, a technique I've always been fascinated with, but haven't tried - and now is my chance! For this one, I just have to bring tools, not fabric. Check out her work at NorikoEndo.com.

And the last is a fast-paced EQ8 class for designers. Hoping to learn something new in EQ.

Now, packing supplies. The list for the pet portrait is straight forward:  eraser, mechanical pencil, fine-tip sharpie, ultra fine sharpie, painter's tape, 8 x 10 color photo, and 18 x 22 black and white photo - easy peasy.

The Confetti Naturescapes has some issues, mainly with getting some things on the plane. This class requires fabric cutting scissors, thread snips, pins, safety pins, small trash bag, 45mm rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, and seam ripper. 

Did you know there's a TSA website that details everything you can bring on a plane - how handy! Looking up 'scissors', I see that I can carry on a pair as long as they are less than 4" from the pivot point. I've have one that's 2.75", which will have to work as the fabric cutting pair. If I have to turn them over, then it's not such a big loss, as I have several at home. Nice that times have changed, unlike years ago, when I had to give up the little tiny pair my Mom had given me. Silly, but it made me cry to lose those.

Anyway, the same goes for pins, safety pins, and the seam ripper. Those will be items I won't be concerned about parting with, and can find there.

As for the rotary cutter, I'll remove the blade and place it in a plastic holder. If that doesn't fly, again, I can buy a blade there. 

And that's about all I'll need to pack for classes, along with all the other necessities of travel. Now onto the plane!

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, October 25, 2019

Kimono Quilt

Another finish - the Kimono quilt, which turned out better than I expected, given all those charm squares in the border.

Kimono quilt

With such a variety of colors, those charms play nice with the all the prints in the kimonos. Thank you, members of the guild, for the kimono blocks so many years ago, now turned into a great quilt! And since this is made with contributions from guild members, it's only fitting that it go back to the guild's Philanthropy group, for distribution to someone in need.

Before it goes, how about a closer look?


Kimono quilt closer

The border is two charm squares deep, bringing the quilt's size to 63" x 83". Just look at all the color in the border!


Kimono quilt scrappy border

Here's another corner.


Kimono quilt 5 inch square scrappy border


Since this quilt is so busy, I kept the quilting simple, using the Paperchase panto, making it quite soft.


Kimono quilt paperchase pantograph quilting


And with yardage, charm squares, and scraps leftover, I managed to puzzle together a backing, knocking out the theme from my stash.


Kimono quilt backing

Just look at all that piecing at the end.


Kimono quilt backing closeup

This quilt is totally a scrap quilt, as even the batting is composed of pieces. Nice to have that out of the storage area too. This one was a win-win all around! If you're inspired to make something like this, check out the FREE Kimono block tutorial to get started.

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Midweek Makers #198

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! Still working away on the Kimono quilt, but this time I'm piecing together leftover Asian themed fabrics for the backing.

Kimono quilt pieced backing

There's quite the variety of prints and sizes back there, which clears this theme out of the stash. And after piecing together leftover batting scraps, this will be ready to quilt, for a showing on Friday.

Until then, let's enjoy some fall projects seen last week.

An adorable pillow from I-Completely Unpainted,

                                     

an quilt full of pumpkins from Home Sewn by Us,

                         Alice Pumpkin 3

fall leaves from Joy for Grace,

                         

and a Thanksgiving runner from MMM Quilts.

                         

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Kimono Quilt in Progress

Now that PIQF is over, it's back to actual sewing. So, here's an update on the Kimono quilt since making four more Kimono blocks to complete the layout.


Kimono block layout with sashing

Originally, I was going to place 5" squares of Asian fabrics as sashing,


first Kimono block layout idea with 5 inch block sashing

but decided that just looked too confusing. With a bit of combing through the stash to find a neutral Asian-like fabric for sashing, I found this print,


wide range of color print for sashing

which plays nice with everyone because of the wide range of colors in it. Woohoo! The perfect find!

Now I think I'll add all of those 5" Asian squares to the border, which a) uses them up, and b) makes the quilt a decent size, approximately 63" x 83". Anything left over will go on the back, completely clearing out Asian themed fabrics from the stash. Just making room for other fabrics to love!

If you're just checking in on this project, take a look at the FREE Kimono block tutorial available - Happy Quilting!



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Friday, October 18, 2019

Free and Easy Kimono Quilt Block

Who's got Asian fabrics in their stash? Wondering what to do with them? How about making kimono blocks for a quick and easy quilt??


easy Kimono block tutorial

I found a stack of these kimono blocks while looking through my stash for more Asian fabrics to go with the Accent on Angles quilts (affiliate link), Flower Joy, Use It Up!, and Jelly Beans Mini

Most of the blocks were made by fellow guild members years ago, and unfortunately, there weren't enough to complete a quilt, which is a bit of a draw back and probably why they were stored so long. 

After deciding on a layout, I needed to make up four more blocks. Having no instructions, I whipped out the ruler to get an idea of the size HST's needed, and thought I'd share a tutorial on making a kimono block.

The following instructions will make 2 (two) 9.5" unfinished kimono blocks, 9" finished. Make as many as desired!!


Kimono Block Instructions



Cut squares for HST's (half-square triangles)

From BOTH print and background fabrics, cut 1 (one) 7" square. 
Also cut 5 (five) 4" squares from each fabric.


7 inch squares for 6.5 inch HSTs
7 inch squares


4 inch squares for 3.5 inch HSTs
4 inch squares

Make HST's

Draw diagonal lines on all squares of either the print or background, whichever is easier to see.


draw diagonal lines
draw diagonal lines

Pair together a print and background square - 1 (one) 7" pair, and 5 (five) 4" pairs. Stitch a scant 1/4" on either side of the diagonal line.
stitch a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line
stitch a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line

Cut on the line, press seams open. This will help reduce fabric layer buildup when the HST's are joined together.
two HST squares
two HST's

Place a ruler's diagonal mark on the seam, and trim the large HST's to 6.5", and the small HST's to 3 .5". There are a total of 2 (two) 6.5" HST's, and 10 (ten) 3.5" HST's.


Assemble the Kimono Block


Follow the layout below for the Kimono block.


kimono block layout


Stitch 2 (two) 3.5" HST's together on the side, and 3 (three) together along the bottom, being sure to rotate the last HST.
Press seams open.

Stitch the pair along the side, pressing seam open. Then add the threesome along the bottom, again, pressing seams open.


kimono block half assembled






And ta-da -- a Kimono block!


easy Kimono block



Repeat as many times as desired to make your own Kimono quilt. 
Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Midweek Makers #197

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! I'm on the last round of my personal Round Robin chicken coop quilt, adding a log cabin tree trunk to the side, finishing off the four-patch tree.


log cabin tree trunk

And yesterday, fusible letters got cut out for a sign on the other side, which is today's project. No hints on what it says!


fusible lettering

Otherwise, I'm taking it easy this week, as PIQF is in town, plus my sore hands are recovering from laying stones on our new 6' x 8' walkway. My quilting skills came in handy for arranging them!


flagstone walkway

Now, let's see some fun, colorful projects from last week:

Sew Yummy and Stars in the Darkening Skies,

                       

Spooky from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting,

                        

and some Boo Brew from Songbird Designs.

                       

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