Friday, November 15, 2019

Taking It Easy but Still Working Away

Yup, my cold is still hanging around, though at least I can now taste food. I do wish my eyes would improve - they weep and sting. Ugh. But that hasn't held me back from getting some things done.

First up was quilting another one of Helen's Halloween quilts, though this one is a panel and has fleece for a backing.


Helen's Halloween panel quilt

I tried to keep the quilting more open with light custom work in the panel, and the same spider webs I used in Fright Night in the borders. Though a bit past the season, this quilt is now ready to snuggle under!

When that was done, I started playing with the white cut out pieces from the Christmas Trees wall hanging. Ah, but I had cut them out of the tree outline with no fusible on the back. No worries - an easy fix! I just traced the pieces onto the fusible, making them a wee bit bigger. The help of my Teflon pressing sheet (affiliate link)


took care of any fusible residue. The pieces just needed a clean up trimming around the fabric as a final touch. Did I think to take a picture of this? Nope - sorry.

And then I made some more pieces, the proper way, because the project I'm dreaming up needs more than the three I had. The pieces are now placed and ready for the final fuse, as shown below.


snow capped trees project by QuiltFabrication

Now I'm off to do some serious edge stitching - hope I can see what I'm doing. More to show next week!

Have a great weekend quilting!



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Midweek Makers #201

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! In my Houston wrap up last week, I forgot to mention if I brought home any new fabrics or other goodies. Well, absolutely nothing found it's way into my suitcase, not that I wasn't tempted. At the end of my last day on the vendor floor, I was so saturated from quilt stuff that I just decided to keep my dollars in my pocket. 



But I did come home with a grand souvenir - a bad head cold now into my eyes, something I haven't had in years. Doc says, ah, all viral, not much to do but rest. Thanks, Doc. Hard to get much done when I can't see well, which is the reason why I have nothing new to share today.

So, let's look at last week. 
From Den Syende Himmel, these adorable owl key chains.

                                       

This beautiful quilt at Grace and Peace,

                                   

eye-catching colors at Not Afraid of Color,

                                 

and scrappy stars at Karen's Quilting.

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Last, but not least, was an email I received from Jacquita, who sent me a picture of a customer favorite, the Patriotic Wave runner she just finished - great job Jacquita!













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Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Trees Wall Hanging

Just in time for the holidays, and as a gift to a special friend, my newest creation, a Christmas Tree wall hanging.


Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication
Snow capped trees made of Christmas prints - what a wonderful way to set the mood for the holiday season! 


Christmas Trees by QuiltFabrication


Created just in time for Christmas and the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' In the Sticks, my friend is getting an early present. I'm so pleased with how this turned out, I'll have to stitch up one for myself.

Made with both easy fusible applique and piecing, a beginning quilter would have no problem putting this together. The hard part is choosing from all the fabulous Christmas prints available!


prints used for a Christmas tree block


Wondering how I got all those tree pieces to be identical? Check out the Creating Identical Fussy Cut Fusible Pieces tutorial for an easy way to do that.


creating identical fussy cut fusible pieces


And can you tell I had fun quilting this? 


snowflake and snowball quilting on the Christmas Tree wall hanging



Full of falling snowflakes and snowballs on a string, it's a modified ruler design from my current Book of the Month feature, Ruler Work Quilting (affiliate link) - see page 111 of the book for circle quilting ideas. This is just one fill idea for the tree background, as there's so many to choose from!

Desiring trees and snowflakes yet? For the rest of the week, the Christmas Tree wall hanging pattern is available at Etsy at an introductory special price. Or maybe you'd like to take a chance to win one of two copies I'm giving away - after all, this is a 'gift it' hop! Just enter via Rafflecopter below, leave a comment and become a follower of QuiltFabrication.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced next Wednesday, Nov 20, on Midweek Makers #202, and sent a PDF pattern by email.

Before I forget, make sure to visit the other quilt blogs on today's blog hop list for other Stitch It and Gift It ideas. 




Good luck and enjoy the hop!



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Friday, November 8, 2019

Creating Identical Fussy Cut Fusible Pieces

I'm working on a really charming Christmas project using fusible feather pieces, 


fussy cut fusible feathers

and because I'm making several blocks, I want the pieces to be identical across the blocks, especially that big plaid feather.

While arranging the feather on the plaid for the most attractive orientation before fusing it down, I devised a way to have all the other #3 pieces look the same. I just needed to make some aligning marks on the yet-to-be-fused pieces.


aligning marks on fusible backing to match an already fused piece

In the above picture, the first piece is fused down - there's just a little bit of the paper showing at the feather point. On top of that is another piece of fusible, with paper backing up and aligned with the fused pieced. Little tic marks near the T's correspond with the lines of the fabric. 

Now all I need to do is find where that pattern repeats in the fabric, line up the marks, and fuse.


aligning marked fusible with the fabric pattern repeat

I got lucky with this fabric that the pattern repeat was such that I don't have a big piece of swiss cheese leftover. Can't say that for the green with white snowflakes piece - the repeat was widely spaced. But it's the consistency I want for the pattern pieces, so I'm willing to put up with holes in a fat quarter!

Now that the tic marks on the pieces are aligned with the fabric and fused, all that's left is to cut them out, 


three identical fusible pieces

and finish my project, which is coming on Monday for the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. Ultimately, I'll be gifting this project to a dear friend - hope she likes it!

Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Midweek Makers #200

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! Would you look at that - it's number 200! That means Midweek Makers has had a party every Wednesday for almost 4 years. I may have to have a special celebration when it hits that milestone on, believe it or not, January 1st, 2020.


Because of Houston last week, and a customer quilt on the frame this week, I have no project in the works to share. But I did get a chance to look at last week's party, and these are my favorites:

this birdhouse quilt I've been watching over many months from Quilting Patchwork Applique,

                                              

the amazing number of quilt tops from a bin of strings at Gretchen's Little Corner,

                            

and this simple sampler quilt from New Every Morning.

                            

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Houston Wrap Up

If you ever get the chance to go to International Quilt Festival Houston, even if you don't have a quilt in the show - do it! I'm glad I can now say I've been to the Houston show!


Mediterranean Rose and QuiltFabrication

Where to start the recap? How about the weather? Warm and humid when I arrived, then temps into the high 30's in the AM, rising to maybe 55-60 during the day. Colder than home in Northern CA!

Classes? Awesome! I like that most of them are short, around 3-4 hours, cause I've noticed enthusiasm can wain in the afternoon of a full day class. It also allows for a nice wide variety of classes to sample.

My first class was the Pet Portrait Pattern with Jane Haworth. We were to bring a 18 x 22 black and white photo, and a smaller color photo for reference, of our pet. Being a fast worker, I brought five pictures, planning to work on three, which I did. Here's a sample of Winston, and his pattern.


QuiltFabrication's Winston



QuiltFabrication's Winston pattern

Looks like a lot of pieces doesn't it? I may simplify it when it's gets to the fabric stage, but for now, I have a rough idea of value and color changes. Who knows when I'll start working on it though - maybe a once a week project?

The next day was the Confetti Landscapes class with Noriko Endo. Can't believe she's 80! And my, what a talented and charming lady - she told us we were all her children, and we in turn, called her 'Mom'.

She had pictures for us to choose from, and a big suitcase full of sorted scraps to create with. Here's mine, just before she added black and blue bits for realism.


confetti landscape project with Noriko Endo


Then we placed black tulle over it, and freemotion quilted the layers together with smoke monofilament.


layered and quilted confetti landscape project with Noriko Endo

In real life, this piece looks a bit more dull because of the tulle and the thread. When I posted about it on Instagram, a suggestion was made to use water soluble stabilizer instead of tulle, so I may try that next time. If there is a next time, as my style is not quite this free form, plus I'll have to save ALL of my scraps - ugh.

BTW, classes are a great way to get a deal on a new sewing machine. We used Janome 9450's, which were very nice machines, especially with the extra pull out light. If I charged it on my credit card right then, I could have brought one home for around $2600 - they normally run around $5400. Wow! 

Ok, back to classes. The last one was an EQ8 class for advanced users/pattern writers. Though the presentation was good, it was not what I was looking for from the description. But at least I gave it a chance, and learned one or two things.

Festival also has other short talks, lectures, meet the teachers, and workshops going on, both in classrooms, and on the vendor floor. Some were free and others $10-$40, and a nice way to take in some learning if all the other activities hasn't worn one out. The vendors alone take days to get through!


view of the vendors at International Quilt Festival Houston 2019

Over all, I enjoyed the experience, and the quilts submitted where just lovely - I think this show gets the cream of the crop! Sorry I'm not showing pics of them, cause a) I don't have permission from the makers, and b) I don't want anyone to think they're mine. But I will show you one thing - my quilt, Mediterranean Rose, was published on page 12 of the Commemorative Program book!


Mediterranean Rose on page 12 of the 2019 International Quilt Festival Houston guide book

What an honor, and an incredible show experience, cause this quilt was not made for entering shows - it was for perfecting hand quilting and providing an activity on a cruise. I am completely blown away by the continued reception it receives. So thank you, Quilt Festival Houston, for adding a bright spot to my quilting life!

Happy Quilting to you today!



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Friday, November 1, 2019

November 2019 Book of the Month

Though I enjoyed last month's book feature, it's time to move on to a new selection. Continuing with quilting ideas for finishing quilts, how about the Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book (affiliate link) by Amanda Murphy?



I'm a big fan of ruler quilting, because for me, it adds order to a quilt design, and it's easy to execute. Plus, it's perfect for a quilt that needs that special quilting design to really enhance the quilt top.


This book is the second by Amanda Murphy that has a ton of ideas for quilting designs. The first was the Free Motion Quilting Idea Book (affiliate link), another resource on my shelf.



Now to dream up a project to stitch some ruler designs on - we'll see what I come up with!

Happy Quilting!



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