Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Midweek Makers

 Welcome to Midweek Makers! And Happy Halloween!

bats and pumpkins for Midweek Makers

One of my favorite holidays, with fond memories of dressing up for a day. This year, though, I'm happy to just have candy, though the quilt kind, in the form of a Halloween runner or penny candy pieces, as I swore off sugar years ago.

As for my share this week, I have two client quilts. One was this lap/twin size beauty, Provencial, full of custom ruler work and stippling,

hand appliqued and hand pieced quilt blocks for a french themed quilt

plus a king's crown motif in the setting squares.

closeup of stipple and outline quilting

My other client brought me her version of the pumpkin quilt that I did for her friend a few weeks ago. This one has the Meandering Pumpkin pantograph on it.

rows of different pumpkin quilt blocks

Here's the backside to see that pantograph better.

Though I love all those orange fabrics, today I'm choosing to showcase the projects with yellow in them, as it is the RSC2020 color choice for October.

From LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color, these yellow maple leaves with different background values. Check out her post for the final layout of these blocks.

yellow maple leaves on black and cream

From Marsha's Spot, these pretty yellow blocks which she's making into hot pads.

yellow quilt blocks

And from Nanette at Chopin - A Passionate Quilter, she's got her blocks sewn together for Mary Brown, full of yellow sunflowers and pineapples.

a variety of applique sunflower and pineapple blocks

What's your share this week? Anything for Halloween? Or maybe some final yellow blocks for RSC? Whatever your working on, come share!

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Color Workbook Giveaway

Another giveaway today - this time it's the Foolproof Color Workbook (affiliate link) from Katie Fowler. 

foolproof color workbook and colored pencils

This is her second color tool, which is more of a hands-on way of learning and mastering color. Her first was the Foolproof Color Wheel Set (affiliate link),

foolproof color set

which is more of a tool to identify color relationships. With the Foolproof Color Workbook, there's tons of pages to color within each color relationship for a deeper understanding of those relationships.

coloring page of the foolproof color workbook

I'm always interested in any resource to help with all things quilting. I feel that the more we quilters know, the better our quilting will become. And a big issue always seems to be color. 

Recent posts about color have included 3 Ideas to Find the Perfect Color Palette, A Splendid Reinvention of the Wheel, and Purple vs Indigo vs Violet

So, to help one lucky quilter, I'm giving away a copy of the Foolproof Color Workbook. Just enter via Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to those in the continental US only, and will run through midnight Friday, October 30.

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Good luck and Happy Quilting!

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Penny Candy

I don't know what happened - I binged on Penny Candy this week. Do I feel guilty about it? No, not at all.

tootsie roll, peppermint, butterscotch, mint candies quilt blocks by QuiltFabrication

That's because these Penny Candies are totally sugar-free, fat-free, and even calorie-free! And totally addictive, as I had fun mimicking classic Penny Candies, most of which are still sold today.

What's a penny candy? It's a wrapped piece of candy, which years ago, was sold by the piece for a penny. Nowadays, the same wrapped candies are usually sold in a mixed variety bag, though it may be possible to find them sold individually, possibly at big amusement parks.

The first penny candy was the Tootsie Roll, which was introduced at Woolworth stores. It was so popular, that Woolworth expanded their candy aisle to include many more varieties of wrapped candies. Here's my take on that favorite chocolate roll, plus another favorite, a peppermint.

peppermint and tootsie roll quilt blocks by QuiltFabrication

I'm pretty much a fan of anything with chocolate, but if there's a butterscotch in the bowl, it's mine! Here's a delicious butterscotch, paired with a blue mint cube.

butterscotch and blue mint cube candies quilt blocks by QuiltFabrication

I really got carried away having fun creating different Penny Candies! The green striped confection has a green apple flavor, and the piece next to it is bubble gum.

green apple and bubblegum candy quilt blocks by QuiltFabrication

I like my bubble gum block better in pink rather than the blue/yellow of Double Bubble. If you decide to make it in Double Bubble's traditional colors, be sure to applique a red oval on the yellow for more authenticity.

double bubble gum

That pink block could also be a Jolly Rancher watermelon candy piece. Personally, I'm not a fan of that brand, so I decided to go with bubble gum in hot pink.

If you feel the need to binge on some guilt-free candy, the Penny Candy block pattern is available in my Etsy shop, on sale at special Halloween candy pricing. The pattern includes 3 different blocks, including a variation on one. Different colorings are shown, as are layout ideas, plus it's completely suitable for the confident beginner. 

As with any candy, they're quite addictive - it's so hard to stop with just one!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome back for another week of quilty goodness at Midweek Makers!

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My sharing this week is the quilting on Joya's twin size version of my Just Batty quilt pattern. I just love the loops and hooks design!

Just Batty twin size quilt

I've also went down the rabbit hole this week, having fun designing and making different candy blocks based on this one. Block pattern with several variations is coming Friday.

penny candy quilt block

And for those who received the QFab October newsletter yesterday, I'm sorry the link to the free block pattern was incorrect. An updated newsletter was sent out later in the day - if you didn't receive it, let me know.

So, between client quilts, the newsletter, and my own creativity, there's been little time for much else. Forgive me if I've been slacking in the 'being social' department! Sorry if I haven't visited your share from last week, though there were a couple that caught my eye:

from Snowy Days Quilting, this beautiful fall sampler quilt,

fall sampler quilt

and from Kasityolainen this gorgeous horse.

horse quilt

Now it's time to share what you're working on - come join the party!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

FREE Layer Cake Quilt Patterns

Who's got some layer cakes they'd love to whip up into a quilt? Need ideas? Then check out these free layer cake patterns from top quilt companies.

free layer cake quilt patterns
Because my current book selection is Jenny Doan's Quilter's 10" Square Precut Companion (affiliate link), I thought it would be fun to continue the theme and find a few free quilt patterns, just for layer cakes.

Though Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Company has several great layer cake patterns in her book, competing quilt businesses also have plenty of free patterns too. Below you'll find patterns from The Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics, two other great sources for layer cake quilt patterns. 

From those, here's my top free quilt pattern choices for creative uses of layer cakes.

From The Fat Quarter Shop,

Layer Cake Custard

layer cake custard quilt

Reel Time Picnic

reel time picnic quilt

layer cake crumble quilt

From Moda Fabrics, a few very creative quilts.

Happy Scrappy Village

happy scrappy village quilt

Peppermint Candy

peppermint candy quilt

Bursting Stars

bursting stars quilt

stargazer quilt

That should be enough to get any quilter started with layer cakes!
Happy Quilting!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween Candy Tablerunner

It's almost Halloween, and stores are overflowing with candy right now in preparation for trick o' treat season. Not quite sure how that's going to work this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but whether or not kids go door to door, everyone still wants their sweet tooth satisfied!

Whether folks venture out or party at home, a very fun way to add to the festivities is to take some those sweet treats and turn them into this adorable Halloween Candy table runner!

candy corn and green penny candy make a table runner on purple by QuiltFabrication

Though chocolate confections are my favorite, Halloween just wouldn't be complete without candy corn. Add to that some penny candy, that wrapped hard candy that seems to be in every bank, restaurant, or store candy dish, to make one very hard-to-resist bit of sweetness!

candy corn and green candy for a table runner by QuiltFabrication

Remember my Candy Corn blockWell, I had no plans to use it as is, so I took it apart, back to the individual candy corn pieces. 

candy corn quilt blocks by QuiltFabrication

With the help of EQ and graph paper, I designed the Penny Candy block (pattern coming next week), 

green penny candy quilt block by QuiltFabrication

and manipulated it to create the Halloween Candy runner.

closeup of Halloween Candy table runner by QuiltFabrication

With the addition of 2" borders in a fun Halloween print, plus the pantograph "Snack Attack" in Glide Cool Grey, I've got a very fun Halloween (and food) themed runner. Let the party begin!

Halloween Candy table runner on a table with pumpkins by QuiltFabrication

A few more details about the Halloween Candy table runner

  • it measures approximately 13 1/2" x 44" 
  • fabric requirements use both fat quarters and yardage
  • blocks are pieced NOT paper pieced
  • the pattern is listed for the intermediate quilter, though a highly confident beginner would have success following to the very detailed diagrams
  • the Halloween Candy table runner pattern is at special pricing, now thru Oct 31, 2020. Get it before time runs out!
Next week, the Penny Candy block will be available. It's a modified version, featuring a standard block size. The pattern will also include directions for making Penny Candy without the stripes, plus block layout ideas. Hmm, I'm visualizing another quilt - Christmas is just around the corner.

Until then, Happy Quilting everyone!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome to Midweek Makers for a ton of sharing fun!

pumpkins for midweek makers

My share is two client quilts from last week, Carol's flower and vine twin size quilt, full of freehand leaves, curls, plus a light detail quilting on the vines and flowers,

flowers and vines on a gold/brown background

and her adorable pumpkin wall hanging, for which she just wanted stippling. Both turned out beautifully!

pumpkins in a wall hanging

Then I started creating a new block, a piece of candy, 

that will be both a stand-alone block pattern, and part of a larger table runner along with candy corn. Hopefully, I'll get everything done by Friday or Monday.

With those quilts and the candy, I'm still in the fall mood and so are these party-goers from last week:

from Quilts Etc, this Halloween quilt,

from Pam's Applique Paintbox, these absolutely gorgeous embroidered leaves,

and from QuiltPiecer, these beautiful fall leaves bursting with color!

Now it's your turn - what do you have to share?

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And don't forget to enter the Hand Stitching Giveaway - ends Friday at midnight!
Happy Fall!


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