Friday, September 25, 2020

National Sewing Month - Giveaway 1

Since 1982, September is recognized as National Sewing Month, in honor of the importance of home sewing to our nation. To celebrate, I have two days of giveaways scheduled, today, September 25, and Monday, September 28 - be sure to enter both! 

sewing tools

Like most who quilt, I started sewing Barbie clothes at the age of ten, on my mother's cast iron White sewing machine. I can't imagine how I did those little sleeves and legs, though I'm sure my mom's leftover stretchy polyester scraps helped! 

The sewing bug stopped for awhile as I took up crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, plus a lot of cake decorating, but was renewed when a new home required some decoration. Then the babies came, and they, too, required cute clothes made by mom. 

Ultimately, the program Simply Quilts attracted me to quilting because of the amazing work done with fabric and I've been creating and quilting ever since.

So, to honor the sewing tradition, I'm giving away the following books, courtesy of C&T Publishing. (Affiliate links provided for viewing book contents.)

three sewing books

The winner of this bundle of three books will receive:

Sewing Machine Reference Tool by Bernie Tobisch. This book covers maintenance, and trouble-shooting, so you can love your machine. And when the machine is happy, the seamstress/quilter is happy.

sewing machine reference book contents


Playing with Patchwork and Sewing by Nicole Calver. This book has projects for the beginner to the advanced sewing enthusiast, such as quilts, pillows, placemats, coasters, pouches, bags, sleep mask, pencil case, and notebook cover. There's something here for everyone!

playing with patchwork book contents

Serger 101 by Katrina Walker. For all those looking to get more out of their serger, this book is for you! Not only does it have maintenance and troubleshooting tips, but several projects, from placemats to bags to clothing, which include handling difficult fabrics. Quite the book!

serger 101 book contents

To win these three fabulous sewing books, enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest is open to continental US residents only, today thru midnight Sunday, September 27. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, Happy Sewing and I'll see you Monday for another giveaway!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Midweek Makers #246

 Welcome to another Midweek Makers party - so glad you're here! 

midweek makers on a sign with pumpkins

It's time to announce the winner of the Quilter's Project Planner book from the book tour last week. Congratulations to Chris Lewinski! We're hoping to see several of your quilts here on Midweek Makers next year - have fun planning!

My share this week are these two client quilts I just finished. The first one has a combo of two pantographs, a leaf and a rose. The client wanted the roses to land in the open spaces between the stars, which required major redrawing of the rose pantograph. 

rose and leaf quilting

I don't have a computer on my machine, so this requires paper and pencil, plus a copy machine. And as you can see, they landed just right!

Next up was a Laura Heine collage featherweight wall size quilt. 

Laura Heine collage featherweight quilt

Crosshatching in the cream background, outline stitching around the flowers, and some straight line fill on the table area. Just giving some quilting ideas if you ever make one of these.

quilting closeup of the Laura Heine collage featherweight quilt

Yesterday was the First Day of Fall, which was perfect timing for the launch of my new wall hanging, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo. I'm seeing lots of fall colors, and last week's Midweek Makers was no exception. 

How about these cute jack-o-lanterns from Patchouli Moon Studio?

This hexi stars quilt from Canadian Needle Mama?

Or this crumb quilt over at Marsha's Spot?

And now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo!

 Look who's playing peek-a-boo in the pumpkin patch!

black kitty peeking from behind two pumpkins in a wall hanging pattern by QuiltFabrication

Yes, a little black kitty, possibly the brother or sister of the Pumpkat Patch kitty. 

black cat hiding behind six pumpkins for a table runner pattern by QuiltFabrication

Or maybe it's the same kitty - who knows? Sure looks like the pumpkin patch is a great place to be, especially for the Hello Fall Blog Hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' In The Sticks. If your a new visitor - Welcome!

hello fall sign in a pumpkin patch

A little more about Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo. The idea for this cute kitty and pumpkin wall hanging has been hiding out in EQ for about 2 years, with many, many versions. Finally, this year after a few more changes, I have found that kitty playing peek-a-boo in the pumpkin patch!

black cat tail curls around a yellow orange pumpkin

Isn't he so cute, peeking out from between the pumpkins? And I just love how his tail curls around and hugs the pumpkin - oh so cat-like!

With my love of kitties and fall colors, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo combines the best of both. I am so happy Pumpkat Patch has a friend to hangout with, as this was designed as a companion piece to the table runner. 

Will they get along? I should think so, as the overall design of maple leaves and pumpkins set on a cream background provide the pumpkin patch setting. Plus the quilting is identical on both, with triple crosshatching in the background, and brown veins in the leaves and pumpkins. In the border, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo has a few more quilted maple leaves to chase and play with.

orange yellow green and red maple leaves at the top of Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Measuring approximately 34" x 40", the fat-quarter friendly Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo wall hanging pattern is available in my QuiltFabrication Etsy shop at a special price during the four days of the hop. With detailed diagrams and instructions, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo is suitable for the confident beginner quilter and above. 

Need more fall projects? Be sure to visit the other quilters to see what they've created to celebrate fall. 

Monday, September 21st

It's quite the fabulous line up of fall projects, now thru Thursday, with the full list at Creatin' In The Sticks. I hope you enjoy them all!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 18, 2020

More FREE Jelly Roll Patterns

National Jelly Roll Day is tomorrow, September 19, and I've got more FREE jelly roll patterns to add to last years popular list.

stack of jelly rolls for more free jelly roll patterns

Grab a jelly roll or two, pick a pattern, and sew along to celebrate this fun quilters-only holiday!

Confetti Stars table runner from Missouri Star,

confetti stars quilt pattern

 Cutting Corners quilt, also from Missouri Star,

cutting corners quilt pattern

Etchings quilt from Moda Bake Shop,

etchings quilt pattern

Sunny Skies quilt from Missouri Star,

sunny skies quilt pattern

Tropical Punch from Moda Bake Shop,

tropical punch quilt pattern

Ribbon Candy, also from Moda Bake Shop,

ribbon candy quit pattern

Falling Leaves, one more from Moda Bake Shop,

falling leaves quilt pattern

Super Zig, from The Happy Zombie,

ridiculously easy jelly roll pattern
Granny Squares quilt from QuiltyLove,

granny squares quilt pattern

and the To the Point quilt from Stitchery Dickory Dock.

to the point quilt pattern

Need more? Check out last year's FREE Jelly Roll patterns list, and visit the Fat Quarter Shop's catalog of free jelly roll patterns.

If that's not enough, I recommend these four books (affiliate links) from my shelf, all full of Jelly Roll patterns.

2 jelly roll quilt books on display

Love Jelly Roll Quilts - a dozen jelly roll projects from various designers

Jelly Roll Quilts - seventeen quilts with plenty of helpful information too!

2 jelly roll quilt books

25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs - multiple quilts in more modern settings

Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip - use Jelly Rolls or cut your own for 12 quilts

These patterns and books should keep us all busy not just for National Jelly Roll Day, but for months to come!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Midweek Makers #245

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's get this party started! I've practically locked myself in my studio over the last three days, working on a new wall hanging for fall. This is all the sneak peek I'm going to give you until the big reveal on Monday, Sept 21 for the Hello Fall blog hop.

squares of orange, yellow, red, green and cream for a fall quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'll give you a hint: if you love the Pumpkat Patch table runner, this is a companion piece to it. I can't wait to finish this beauty and show it off - it's going to be so darn cute!!

Before we go to this week's party, have you entered to win a copy of the Quilter's Project Planner from C&T Publishing? There's two days left to enter by Rafflecopter on the Quilter's Project Planner Tour post. Good luck, and we'll say congratulations to the winner at next week's Midweek Makers.

Now on to the pretties I saw last week:

From Sew Yummy, this beautiful, bright leader/ender quilt (sort of!),

scrap quilt from sew yummy

from Quilt Piecer, the start of a Bobby Dazzler quilt - love the fabrics!

bobby dazzler quilt from quilt piecer

and from Patchouli Moon Studio, these adorable postcards, perfect for sending to someone to brighten their day.

camper on a postcard by patchouli moon studio

What's your share this week? Come link up!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Freezer Paper Piecing The Great Outdoors Tent

I love the tent so much in The Great Outdoors quilt, that I'd thought I'd put together a video showing how I put the tent together using freezer paper.

orange freezer paper pieced tent on an aqua background by QuiltFabrication

The tent in the Great Outdoors quilt was Foundation Paper Pieced the traditional way. All the seams were stitched through the paper, which was fine. 

Note: the pattern has been updated since making the video, switching the labeling of the E and F units. The multi-fabric unit F in the video is now unit E, and the new F is old background E. Though the order doesn't really matter, it just makes for a better looking unfinished block. This is the before, and the after.

orange tents on an aqua background

Anyway, what I found was that for the large size fabric pieces in the F unit (now E), I had to use too many pins to hold it to the paper, which resulted in not only paper warping, but the fabric flopped all over the place.

Determined to continue using the traditional paper piecing method, I folded up a couple of pieces of tape and held the fabric to the paper that way. Certainly not the best idea, but it worked. 

And I kicked myself for not printing out the tent pattern onto freezer paper, my favorite way of paper piecing.

Why do I love freezer paper for paper piecing projects? Because it holds the fabric pieces firmly in place, the seams can be pressed open if needed, and there is no paper to rip off the back of the block when finished. Three big wins in my world!

In the Great Outdoors pattern, the tent can be made using either method, though I recommend freezer paper. And that recommendation brought about the idea for making a video to see how it's done, as a reference for those who have the  pattern. Of course, it can also be viewed to learn how to paper piece using freezer paper. 

The video starts out using the freezer paper foundation piecing method, where pieces of fabric are added to a unit that contains three fabrics (unit now labeled E in the pattern). The sewing takes place next to the folder freezer paper seam line, not through the paper. (Also see the written tutorial, Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing)

freezer paper foundation pieced tent unit F

And as the video goes along, the freezer paper seam allowances tend to get a bit in the way, and a switch to Freezer Paper Template Piecing would have worked better. In that method, the freezer paper seam allowances are removed before any fabric pieces are sewn, as seen in this example from another project.

green and pink fabrics with freezer paper templates ironed on

In re-watching this video, I will say I need to shift the piece against the machine bed more to the left, as I caught the paper underneath several times. That's ok in this block, as it's not crucial in getting things lined up, but if I had a more precise block I was working on, it would be an issue. 

Given that and all the folding back of paper seam allowances, the pieces go together to make a realistic tent. And as usual, there are tips and tricks along the way!

Enjoy watching the tent being created, and think about trying paper piecing with freezer paper, both as a foundation and as templates, on your next paper pieced project.

Happy Quilting!

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