Monday, February 17, 2020

Color It Red Kick Off!

Another special blog hop kicks off today - Color It Red, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.
I'm so happy that this one is red, because that's the color I associate with February - yeah! And I certainly don't shy away from making red quilts, as seen below:

Strawberry Splendor,
Strawberry Splendor quilt by QuiltFabrication

Ladybug Dance,
Ladybug Dance quilt by QuiltFabrication

Watermelon Twist,
Watermelon Twist quilt by QuiltFabrication

Watermelon Delight,
Watermelon Delight quilt by QuiltFabrication

Wrap Up Some Love,
Wrap Up Some Love quilt by QuiltFabrication

Plus other creations, such as Love Match, Sweetheart, Heart to Heart, Patriotic WaveHoliday Starsand Salute, that include a lot of red. Definitely a color I'm comfortable with!

And it appears that all of these quilters are too, because it's a very long list of red lovers.
February 17th

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th

February 21st

I'm sharing my red project on the last day, February 21, and will have a sneak peek on Wednesday. I'm keeping it super simple, with the possibility of being longer, and in any two colors desired - it doesn't have to be red!

Enjoy the hop, and a special thanks to Carla at Creatin' In the Sticks, and Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting numerous hops thru the years - you've helped me produce some of my best work!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the day of love and hearts - Happy Valentine's Day! 

Back in January, I shared a post full of free heart patterns from multiple designers, and now it's time for a free heart block from me - an outlined heart. This heart block has an unfinished size of 9" x 12 1/2", and uses the stitch 'n flip method, suitable for confident beginners - let's get started!

Materials for 1 block
1 fat quarter each of red, background, and outline fabric

Cutting for 1 block
Cut the following, labeling each piece.
Outline Fabric:
OA    1 (one) 7″ x 7″ square
OB    2 (two) 2″ x 31/2″ rectangles
OC    2 (two) 2″ x 2″ squares
OD    2 (two) 11/2″ x 61/2″ rectangles

BA    1 (one) 7″ x 7″ square
BB    2 (two) 11/2″ x 11/2″ squares
BC    2 (two) 3″ x 3″ squares

HA   1 (one) 5″ x 5″ square

HB    2 (two) 2″ x 5″ rectangles

Block Construction

Make the lower hearts
Mark a diagonal on each 7″ x 7″ background square (BA) and each red 5″ x 5″ square (HA).
Place BA and OA right sides together, stitch a scant 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal line. Cut on line for two HST’s. Trim to 61/2″ x 61/2″. Press.
Place marked HA's on top of OA's, stitch on the line. Trim excess. Press.

Make upper heart units
Mark diagonal lines on 2 (two) outline 2″ x 2″ squares OC.
Place on ends of 2 (two) red 2″ x 5″ rectangles (HB) stitch on line. Trim excess, press to HB.
Lay outline fabric 2″ x 31/2″ rectangles (OB) on the other end of each unit, drawing a diagonal line on each as shown. Stitch on line. Trim excess, press.

Make upper outline units
Mark diagonal lines on 2 (two) background 11/2″ x 11/2″ squares (BB). Place on ends of 2 (two) outline 11/2″ x 61/2″ rectangles (OD), as shown. Stitch on line. Trim excess, press.

Stitch upper heart units to lower heart units, nesting seams, and matching any others. Press seam open.
Add upper outline units to top, pressing seam open.
Stitch both heart halves together, press seam open.

Mark diagonal lines on each 3″ x 3″ background square BC.
Place on upper corners over OB and OD. Stitch on the line. Trim and press for final block.

Need more hearts? How about a parade of my Valentine quilt patterns, available in my Etsy shop

The newest addition, Wrap Up Some Love, is full of hearts and adorable kitties. It's my current favorite to snuggle under!
Wrap Up Some Love quilt by QuiltFabrication
The rest of the list includes table runners:
Love Match, with it's striking red, black, and white theme
Love Match table runner by QuiltFabrication

Love Abounds, full of beautiful interlocking applique hearts in two versions: 
as outlines
Love Abounds table runner by QuiltFabrication
or filled in
Love Abounds II table runner by QuiltFabrication

Sweetheart table runner, an easy pieced and scrappy runner
Sweetheart table runner by QuiltFabrication
and the Heart to Heart table runner of stacked hearts, with matching place mats.
Heart to heart table runner by QuiltFabrication
With all these hearts, I'm wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Midweek Makers #214

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! I've been busy doing little things, going through scraps first for the orange RSC pinwheel, then the Book of the Month hexies.

start of hexies

I liked the two value idea used in the English Paper Piecing II (affiliate link) Summer Runner flowers, and happily cut away at pink and aqua blue scraps. That's what happens when one is bored with the Superbowl and watches just for the commercials. But I'm all set for future trips.

Being that I'm a softie for anything with cats, how about these kitties from Dreamworthy Quilts last week?


Or this fascinating UFO over at Donnalee Quilts?


And keeping with the February RSC, how about these orange blocks at Quilting on the Farm?


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Monday, February 10, 2020

RSC 2020 February - Orange

I've been eagerly awaiting the new RSC color to make sure I made a scrappy pinwheel before the month was done, and I was so hoping the February color for RSC 2020 was going to be red. But no, the choice this month is orange. 

Hmm, not a fan? But just look at all those orange possibilities! It's a color I don't have problem with, yet I'd rather see it in the fall, paired with yellows and reds - oh make me swoon with that combo!

Believe it or not, my orange scraps are rather on the stingy side, filling only a quart size zip lock bag. I thought I would have more after making all those pumpkins and leaves over the last couple years. Maybe I was very efficient in my cutting and sewing?

small bag of orange scraps

Anyway, I managed to have enough for the 12 1/2" pinwheel block, which I love - it reminds me of orange sherbet -

orange scrap pinwheel block

and a couple 8.5" and 4" blocks. Still not sure what I'll do with these.

orange scrap blocks

Now there's just a few scraps in the bag, which are sorta orange and don't belong anywhere else. But they weren't a good fit for this project, so back in they go, along with the few small pieces left from the blocks.

small bag of orange scraps left

And I've fulfilled my commitment for the month, on my way to completing a full year of RSC - woohoo! Two down, ten to go. Are you playing along??

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Wrap Up Some Love

Adorable kitties and hearts? Yes please! I want to Wrap Up Some Love with these!
Wrap Up Some Love quilt by QuiltFabrication

Who can resist sweet, soft kitties? They're known to be masters of love, and excel at curling their tails around your heart. Goodness knows, it's happened to me several times!
Wrap Up Some Love lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and all of my heart table runners - Love Match, Heart to Heart, Sweetheart, and Love Abounds - decorate the dining and living rooms. But something's missing, the sofa is bare. It needs a heart themed lap quilt! 

Wrap Up Some Love cat and heart block by QuiltFabrication

Though inspired by all the FREE heart patterns posted last month, I wanted something a bit different. Being a cat lover, I saw this cute line drawing,
cat line drawing

which sent me down a road of how to construct it in fabric. After a few sketches on graph paper, sizing pieces to cut, and a lot of stitch 'n flip sewing, a cat/heart block was born. Oh! It happened again - a kitty wrapped around my heart!

first cat and heart block by QuiltFabrication

With such easy construction, I made a few more kitties, having fun changing the cat and heart fabrics, and waited for the blocks to speak to me. No, they didn't purr or meow, but did give me a setting to work with. All the quilt needed were additional blocks to tie it all together. 

Wrap Up Some Love second cat and heart block by QuiltFabrication

Keeping in mind the strong diagonal element going on, the first blocks I made overpowered the cats with too much red. Changing the color placement made the re-worked blocks just right, adding the right amount of spark. I think of them as a combined hug and a kiss!

Wrap Up Some Love alternate blocks by QuiltFabrication

Add in additional background, and a simple heart pantograph, and these kitties are ready to Wrap Up Some Love!

Wrap Up Some Love quilt by QuiltFabrication

As a Valentine gift to the confident beginner quilter and above, the Wrap Up Some Love pattern is half price in my Etsy shop until midnight EST February 14, 2020.

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Midweek Makers #213

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! My share this week is a lap quilt I've been designing and stitching which includes this adorable block.

wrap up some love block by QuiltFabrication

I'm super excited with how this quilt is turning out, which will have a pattern offered in three sizes, suitable for beginner quilters and above. The big reveal will be Friday - I can't wait to show it off!

It's also time to announce the winners of my birthday giveaway of thread and quilt books:
the first winner of two quilts books, Ombre Quilts and Wool Applique Calendar Quilts, is Cindy S,
and the second winner of the Aurofil thread sample pack is Lee.
Congratulations! Both winners have been notified via email, and their goodies sent out - thank you all for participating and sending birthday wishes!

Now let's take a look at last week's beauties on Midweek Makers:
Valentine hearts from Grace and Peace


this bright and happy quilt from Dreamworthy Quilts,


and a crayon challenge at Marsha's Spot.

                                   crayon quilt challenge

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