Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Midweek Makers 276

Welcome to Midweek Makers! 

My share this week is an in-progress quilting picture, adding the pantograph Pretty Paisleys to Carol's colorful quilt, done in between block making.

And did you see all of the finished Stay at Home Round Robin quilts over on Quilting Gail's blog? I was certainly impressed with everyone's creativity! There are some very talented quilters out there. And the big news is, we'll do the SAHRR again next January, with different block choices than this year. Hope you join us!

As for last week, how about these three finished beauties that popped up?

From Kathy's Quilting, an RSC finish,

from Vicki's Craft and Quilting, an adorable butterfly runner,

and from Grace and Peace Quilting, this adorable donation quilt, Little Heat Wave.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Lattice Fruit Pie Trivet

Who wants some pie? I've got the best kind of pie there is with these adorable Lattice Fruit Pie Trivets, along with a free tutorial to make your own!

fruit fabric plus strips and ric rac make a pie

Made for the In the Kitchen Stitchin Blog Hop, hosted by one of my favorite quilters, Carla, of Creatin In the Sticks. Both she and Carol of Just Let Me Quilt always have such fun hops! And this one is no different.

And don't those pies look delicious? I can't decide which I like better: the blueberry or the multi-fruit of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Definitely a tough choice!

These are so cute that I'd rather use them as trivets to pretty up the table than fold them and mess them up as potholders. With all the filling of batting, insul-fleece, and the stitching, they're a bit on the stiff side for potholders anyway.  That may be just fine for some, but for me, I like seeing their deliciousness on the table!

Want to make your own? Then grab the following ingredients and let's make a pie!

Lattice Fruit Pie Trivet Ingredients

Makes 2 pie trivets

  • 1/4 yard fruit themed cotton prints
  • 1/4 yard insul-fleece (the one with the metal in it)
  • 1/4 yard all cotton batting
  • 1/4 yard backing (I used beige, a 'crust' color)
  • 1 1/2 yard (or 1 pkg) medium or .5 inch beige ric rac
  • 1 1/2 yard (or 1 pkg) 5/8" wide beige double fold bias tape
  • 1 new, sharp, size 14 needle 

Step 1 - Cut circles

Use a circle cutting tool or an 8" plate or bowl as a template to cut the following number of circles:

2 (two) from beige backing, and insul-fleece 

4 (four) from cotton batting.

1 (one) from each of the fruit prints, for a total of 2 (two) 

cutting circles with a half circle template

Step 2 - Layer the pie

Stack the cut circles in the following order to make two pies:

backing, cotton, insul-fleece, cotton, fruit print

BTW, I placed the exposed metal of the insul-fleece up to (hopefully) better reflect the heat back to the dish and not onto my table

batting and a fruit print in circles

Step 3 - Baste

To keep layers from shifting, use a long stitch length to baste circles together, with a line parallel on two sides. Baste a group 2 and a group of 3, 

basting circles

then baste all 5 together. Finish the basting by stitching close to the circle edge.

Remove straight line basting stitches before proceeding to Step 4.

Step 4 - Add lattice

Cut bias tape lattice strips for the center and each side, 6 (six) pieces total. Stitch in place using a zig zag stitch and thread to match the 'crust'. Trim lattice ends when done.

Easy lattice:

Starting in the pie center, add bias tape lattice strips there and on each side. Add the remaining three lattice strips perpendicular to the first set.

applying bias tape to make a lattice pie trivet

Woven lattice

If weaving the lattice strips, cut all six bias strip pieces, weaving them over and under each other. Start stitching with the 'under' center piece, keeping pieces that go on top folded back out of the way. Continue stitching down strips for the woven effect.

weaving lattice on a pie trivet

Step 5 - Apply bias binding

Pin bias binding to the edge, overlapping and folding back final end for a nice finish. If necessary, use a bit of glue to hold binding in place.

Stitch binding with trivet backside up (fruit print face down) for even zig zag stitches along binding edge. Do not worry about catching the binding on the front of the trivet - it gets covered in the next step.


Step 6 - Apply ric rac to front

Using a longer straight stitch, around 3.5-4, stitch ric rac to the front covering binding edge and with ric rac at the trivet edge. Fold back the ends for a clean finish.

Step 7 - Enjoy!

Want more kitchen stitchin inspiration? Be sure to see what my fellow creators are up to today:

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Hexie Twist Table Runner

Woohoo! A beautiful 3D finish to share! How about my new table runner, Hexie Twist?

blue and aqua intertwining 3D hexagon table runner

Notice it's placed on top of a TV console, not a table. Measuring 20" x 62", it was made specifically for this spot. With smaller triangles, it would be a perfect table size, approximately 14" x 40".

This fun 3D hexie themed runner was inspired by the book Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified by Ruth Ann Berry (affiliate link).

Most of the quilts in the book are large and more complex, with only one runner pattern, Knots.

Some may like the look of Knots, but I found it a bit scrunched, plus 4 squares broke my favorite basic design rule of using elements in odd numbers. Thus began the creation of Hexie Twist in EQ8. Pretty easy once I wrapped my head around coloring for the 3D effect.

pink hexie twist

I was also looking for a small project to test out my new Crossover II cutter, curtesy of Crafters Edge, along with their equilateral triangle die.

crafters edge cut fabric triangle

Sure, I could have cut triangles using a ruler, but thought it would be more fun to use the new machine! Forty-six cuts later, I had 224 triangles ready to go. 

lots of fabric triangles

For a quick tutorial on how I did that from strips, check out the Triangle Cutting from Strips with Crafters Edge post.

Once cut, I just needed to follow the color placement for each column, sewing triangles into pairs, then a whole strip.

sewing triangles together

And here's column 1 sideways on the design wall. Once I got going, I kept sewing and finished it up.

How about some quilting detail? I kept the 'top' of the 3D hexies plain, quilting a simple line fill in the dark and light 'side' areas. That helps reinforce the 3D illusion.

With all the angles, the quilting direction could easily have gone off track, but as long as I kept the lines horizontal to the long edges, it all worked out fine.

And now I have a lovely and interesting 3D batik runner to see in my living room!

3D hexagon table runner in blue

That was so much fun to make, I might have to make another. But for a table next time!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Midweek Makers 275

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's do some sharing! 

If you haven't noticed, I'm jumping from project to project right now, making lots of different blocks. This week, it's scrap blocks for RSC2021, hosted by So Scrappy. Angela has chosen light or bright blue for April, saving the darker blues for another month. My theme of adding an off-center black piece, as either a square or a rectangle, continues.

They're looking good, though not making a dent whatsoever to the scrap piles. At least I can check these blocks off my to-do list for the month.

Speaking of color themes, I'm showcasing a couple quilts full of color from last week. From Sew Yummy, this scrappy bear claw quilt,

from Twiggy and Opal, this vibrant Color Explosion quilt,

and from Quilt Schmilt, this fun arrow quilt.


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Monday, April 12, 2021

Triangle Cutting from Strips with Crafters Edge

Woohoo! I've gotten a start on my table runner project from the Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified book (affiliate link). Just look at all those triangles!

aqua blue and dark blue die cut triangles

Two hundred and twenty-four to be exact! Here's that number again, 224, for more impact. And all cut with my new Crafters Edge Crossover II machine and the 3.5" equilateral triangle die, making them all the same perfect size.

How easy was it? Super easy! I cut my strips to 3.5", stacking them together for 6 layers of fabric for cutting through the die machine. After carefully setting them on the triangle die, and lining up the parallel cut edges with the die's cutting edges, 

aqua fabric strip lined up on a triangle die

it was just a matter of laying the metal and clear plastic plates on top to run the bundle through the machine. And ta-da! A perfect triangle!

aqua triangle cut with a metal die

Keeping the layered fabric together, I then flipped them over so the previous cut matched the triangle edge. Again, carefully lining up the parallel edges and now the angled cut by both sight and feel, 

aqua fabric strips on a triangle die

I cut another set of 6 triangles. And continued until I had the number of triangles needed for that fabric. Turns out, lining up the cut edges with the die became easier, because after 2-3 runs through a #5 cutting pressure, the remaining part of the strips tend to get pressed together. That means the strips stay together and don't shift making for easy placement on the die.

aqua triangles cut with die cutting machine

After that pretty aqua batik, it was on to the second fabric, and then the third, making around 46 cuts through the Crossover II for 224 triangles. And those triangles are perfect! No variation in width occurred as could have happened with template cutting. I don't know about you, but for me, slippage always seems to occur with templates.

Now that I have all of my triangles cut, I'm set to start sewing my own 3D table runner quilt design.

3D quilt book and 3d hexagon table runner pattern

Notice in the picture above, the pink 3D layout. Yes, I could have gone with the Knots table runner pattern in the book, which is pretty simple,

blue 3D knots table runner

but, me being me, I had to design my own. So, instead of four squares of the Knots table runner, I eliminated one square and stretched the remaining three into hexagons. Now all I need to do is get sewing! See you soon!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Block Base+ Sew Along

I've joined a new sew along! This one is hosted by Electric Quilt(no affiliation) makers of quilt designing software. 

green and purple batik quilt block 1273

I do all of my quilt designing with the Electric Quilt software, having started with EQ5, upgrading to a much improved EQ6, becoming a tester for EQStitch (EQ7), and now spending lots of time on EQ8. The programs are easy to use and each new version keeps on getting better.

With the opportunity to upgrade my old Block Base to Block Base+, I thought it would also be fun join in on EQ's new sew along featuring Block Base+

And isn't that first block pretty? It's #1273, and according to Block Base+, it's also known under several different names: Maple Leaf, Bright Star, Crow's Foot, Hummingbird, and Rosebud. Personally, I think Crow's Foot fits it best!

The new Block Base+ has 4264 blocks, and can be a stand alone program, or linked to EQ7 or 8. As a stand alone program, each block shows the category it belongs to, alternate names, it's history, and multiple preset quilt layouts, which is fun to scroll through for a quick idea of how the block looks in different quilt layouts. More quilt designs are possible when Block Base+ is linked to EQ7 or EQ8.

Unfortunately, this post would be way too long for more detail, so I recommend looking at the handy comparison chart of old vs new - that should answer any more questions.

Now for the Block Base+ Sew Along. The first block was featured March 29, and every two weeks, a new block will be posted by EQ, for a total of eight. For each block, there's also a link-up two weeks after the block is featured, just to show them off. There's no need to sign up for 3+ month sew along which lasts until mid-July. 

The fun of this sew along is that the blocks can be any size you want, in any arrangement you want, in any fabric you want. The sew along is an opportunity to become familiar with the Block Base+ program

I'm making my blocks 12" x 12", which worked well for block #1273. Composed of triangles and HST's, it was easy to put together.

green and purple quilt block

I'll show the completed block again!

And here's a hint for non-foundation pieced blocks - I highly recommend printing out both the rotary cutting chart and the templates at the desired size block. It's a double check between the cutting chart and the piece size, which avoids confusion and construction delays. How do I know? I only printed the cutting chart, guessing the piece/unit size. Had I printed the templates to measure them, I could have avoided some valuable cutting time.

Have I convinced you of the fun yet? Interested in owning Block Base+, or upgrading from the old version? Use coupon code AQMAG20 for 20% any Electric Quilt product thru July 31, 2021. And I hope to see your blocks in the sew along!

Happy Quilting!

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