Monday, June 29, 2020

How to Reduce Bulky Quilt Corners - Step by Step Video

Tired of having thick, lumpy quilt corners? Or fighting to pull enough fabric to the back because of multiple fabric layers in the corner? Want to learn how to avoid that? 

Quilt Binding - Reducing Bulky Corners - tutorial with video by QuiltFabrication

All that's needed is a simple change in stitching the binding at the corner, a snipping of a bit of fabric, and that corner binding will fold nicely, making flat, beautiful quilt corners!

I learned this fabulous binding trick several years ago, and it's how I finish all of my binding corners. I've demonstrated this technique several times to members of my guild, most recently via a Zoom meeting. After several quilters tried it, many raved and excitedly thanked me for sharing how easy it is to now make beautiful corners - this corner binding trick is certainly all the rage!

Having recently posted my favorite binding tutorials, in the written-with-photos form, I thought of an even better way to share them: by making a video! With a video, it's more than a front row seat - it's the opportunity to see exactly how I'm demonstrating the technique, right on my own quilts. How awesome is that??

Have a look at the first video in the binding series, How to Reduce Bulky Quilt Corners - Step by Step. It's full of up close, detailed video footage showing how to sew the binding at the corner, and clipping the excess fabric. Just check out those beautiful flat corners in the picture!

flat beautiful quilt corners using the reduce bulky corners tutorial from QuiltFabrication

I'm excited to bring my tutorials to video, to share with everyone quilting techniques that not only save time and frustration, but to also show new or different methods to advance everyone's quilting skills. 

And now it's time to share! Here's the link to How to Reduce Bulky Quilt Corners - Step by Step video! Feel free to share this with your quilt friends, and please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. There's more quilting tutorials I plan to share!

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Zen Garden

It may have taken two months, but I have certainly fallen in love! Have a look at my finally finished Zen Garden quilt and tell me you aren't in love too!

Zen Garden quilt made by QuiltFabrication

Made from the Zen Garden pattern in Jo Avery's book, Patchwork & Quilting Basics (affiliate link) from C&T Pub, 

I'd say this is one beautiful garden quilt!

Zen Garden quilt in full

Using the multi-colored floral fabric as my color inspiration, I pulled oranges, reds, yellows, and greens from my stash. 

fabric choices for the Zen Garden quilt

And this pattern is perfect for including those bold striped fabrics. Paired with quieter blenders, they all play well together. 

As for construction, once I had all the pieces cut, the two different sized blocks were easy to put together,

fabric strips for Zen Garden quilt

especially during an early morning chain piecing session!

early morning chain piecing

When it came to the layout though, I didn't follow Jo's exact instructions. Instead, I put all the blocks on the floor following the quilt diagram in the book. That way, I could be sure I wasn't putting the same fabrics together, OR putting too much visual weight in one area by value, OR creating pattern clashes. I want the crickets to chirp and the birds to sing about my garden quilt - can't you hear them? 

Zen Garden blocks laid out on the floor

Once I had the top assembled, the idea of how to quilt it didn't take long. Though the blocks are along the lines of a traditional log cabin, the overall layout of this quilt says modern, which meant Zen Garden needed a modern quilt design. And I found the perfect pantograph, Bebop, full of repeating circles, which is not only a modern design, but in itself is quite zen.

Bebop pantograph quilting on Zen Garden quilt

Just look at the contrast those circles create with the squares on the quilt - the perfect pantograph indeed!

Can you tell I really have fallen in love? I'll be keeping this one as another summer/fall quilt for display in the living room, and for the occasional snuggle when the nighttime temps fall.

As for Jo's Patchwork & Quilting Basics book (affiliate link), I just can't say enough. Patchwork & Quilting Basics (affiliate link) is not just for those who are new to quilting - it's perfect for any quilter. The book is full of simple patterns using traditional techniques and blocks but with a modern twist - the types of quilts I'm drawn to, and the style of quilt I try to design. I found several of her quilt patterns I'd like to make, such as the Stream Quilt,

Stream quilt by Jo Avery

or Dancing Pandas. Both are simple, yet eye-catching.

Dancing Pandas quilt by Jo Avery

Even though you may have plenty of quilt books on your shelf, if you're looking for a more modern quilt sewn with traditional techniques, this book is for you!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Midweek Makers #233

Welcome to Midweek Makers linky party! I've gotten the Zen Garden quilt assembled and now it's on the frame. Almost done, and hoping for the big reveal on Friday.

Zen Garden quilting progress

I been put in a square mood, due to all the squares in Zen Garden. But it's a good thing! And keeping with that theme, I'm showcasing three quilts from last week full of squares too.

From Grace and Peace Quilting, the beautiful Indigo wall hanging,


from Making a Lather, a simple but striking 9-patch,

and from Sew Yummy, this bright and cheery quilt.

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Monday, June 22, 2020


Introducing Celilo

Celilo baby quilt pattern by QuiltFabrication

a super easy scrap quilt pattern. In this baby version, the sunshiny yellow is just perfect for the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks.


I'm usually one to shy away from yellow, but paired with these pretty medium to dark blues, this quilt  just says sunshine! 

Celilo baby quilt by QuiltFabrication in yellow and blue

There's certainly a happy vibe from this quilt, but with those diagonally cascading blues, I'm also reminded of a powerful waterfall, which leads me to tell you how Celilo got it's name.

Recently, hubby and I were out for a walk in a different part of our neighborhood. We came upon a street named 'Celilo', and I thought what a great word - it would make a really great name for this quilt. 

But what does it mean? Is it the name of a person? A tree? Some location? It's good to know what the word means to make sure it fits in with the quilt design. With a bit of Google research, Celilo just happens to be the perfect name for this quilt. What are the chances of that happening???

Turns out, there used to be a waterfall called Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, until it was submerged by The Dalles Dam in 1957. (Side note: two parallel streets over from Celilo is The Dalles Ave - someone on the street naming division for my city had a fondness for northern Oregon).

The cascading diagonal design on Celilo is just so reminiscent of a waterfall - who knew that a chance street name sighting would turn into the perfect name for this quilt! Serendipity indeed!

Of course, the Celilo quilt pattern can be made in any two colors. The trick is to keep the values of each color in the same range. Putting a limit on the variation of value within the blues or the yellows (or whatever chosen colors), keeps the design on track. Here's a pretty purple and aqua version.

Celilo quilt pattern by QuiltFabrication in purple and aqua

And with a bit of planning, this could even be made in a rainbow of colors, with a pale gray background - oh so modern!

Celilo quilt pattern by QuiltFabrication in a rainbow of colors

The rainbow shown is the lap size (56" x 72") and looks awesome - I'll have to make one!

Not only is the Celilo pattern a great scrap busting pattern, it also comes in four sizes: baby, crib, lap, and twin. Fabric quantities, instructions, charts and diagrams are all included for the two block sizes that make up baby/crib and lap/twin quilts. And as a Stitching Sunshine blog hop special, from now till June 27, 9pm PST, the Celilo pattern is half price in my Etsy shop.

Be sure to visit the other Monday creators for the Stitching Sunshine hop. And over at Creatin in the Sticks, there's the full list for the rest of the week - lots to see over the next few days!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Patriotic Quilting Ideas

Patriotic quilt patterns free and for purchase
I love anything with red, white, and blue! And with July 4th just around the corner, I'm in the mood to celebrate! Check out these fun patriotic quilt patterns, in a variety of styles, sizes, and skill levels, some free and others for purchase. There's something here for everyone this 4th of July!

                                       Patriotic Wave, my personal favorite

Patriotic Love table runner

                                        Patriotic Love from Coats and Clarks

                                 4th of July table runner from Or So She Says

Salute table runner by QuiltFabrication

                                     Salute table runner by QuiltFabrication

Stars and Stripes table runner

                                      Stars and Stripes table runner by Jen Daly

United table runner by QuiltFabrication

                                         United table runner by QuiltFabrication

Flag Map Mug Rug pattern

                                         Flag Map Mug Rug by Trillium Design

Holiday Stars place mat and runner

                       Holiday Stars place mat and runner by QuiltFabrication

Fireworks wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

                                Fireworks wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Fourth of July quilt

                                           Fourth of July by Bonnie K. Hunter

Star quilt

                                       Star Quilt from Maple Cottage Designs

Yankee Doodle Stars quilt

                                   Yankee Doodle Stars quilt by Calvert Quilts

                              Yankee Doodle Dandy flag quilt by Maker Valley 

For more red, white, and blue patriotic inspiration, visit my Patriotic Quilts Pinterest board. 

Enjoy the Fourth of July!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Midweek Makers #232

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! I have a little bit to share this week - some of the quilting on Andrea's beautiful quilt. My last Instagram photo was a detail shot of the one of the applique blocks,

quilting around applique on Andrea's quilt

and before the quilt left the house, I snapped this shot.

Andrea's large quilt

Look at all that poof! With wool batting, the quilting really stands out. Now she's working on adding a red flange along the edge, and then dark blue binding to tie it all together. Then it's off to it's forever home!

How about a couple other quilts that just sparkled last week? From Quilting Patchwork Applique, the Australis quilt, full of stars, 

Australis quilt

and these Sparkly Hearts from Time 4 Stitchn

Sparkly Hearts

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