Thursday, February 25, 2021

Four Star Salute

It's my day to share in the fun of the Show Your Stripes blog hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. And when I think of stripes, the color scheme of red, white and blue immediately comes to mind. 

Does it also matter that it's one of my favorite color schemes? And that the Fourth of July is at the top of my list for favorite holidays? When someone mentions stripes, anything patriotic just goes hand in hand. So without further ado, I give you a Four Star Salute.

red and white stripes with white stars on a blue background
 

How about that name? I owe it all to hubby! Without me even asking for help as I often do, he immediately came up with Four Star Salute upon seeing my finish. Thanks hubby, for a great name! I'm thrilled to add this runner to my patriotic collection!

Here's a pic of the full runner, which measures in at approximately 13" x 51", a very nice table size. 

red white and blue tablerunner


Pair it with a patriotic themed floral display for a lovely way to salute the USA this summer.

red white and blue table runner


What do you think of the quilting in the stars? 
 
closeup of line quilting in a friendship star


It's a motif from Amanda Murphy's book, Free Motion Quilting Idea Book (affiliate link), found on page 87, under Friendship Star. Looks great here, right?

And did I mention how easy the Four Star Salute runner is to put together? With only three fabrics, I had it together in a day, making it perfect for a beginner quilter, or those wanting a quick patriotic project.  

Oh I hope those wide 135 degree binding angles don't scare you off! I put together a short video, Binding Wide Angle Corners, on how to master those - it's easier than you think.

Though the Show Your Stripes hop is on it's last day, I want to keep the fun going, which means that the Four Star Salute table runner pattern will be available at special pricing through March 7. Grab your copy now to have the runner completed in time to give a four star salute to everyone this Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

Be sure to visit today's list of quilters for more stripes projects and become inspired! 

Please visit Carol at Creatin' In the Sticks for the full list of participating quilters -thanks again, Carol, for hosting another fabulous hop!

Happy Quilting!


 


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Midweek Makers 268

Welcome to another week of sharing with Midweek Makers! I'm putting the finishing touches on my project for the Show Your Stripes hop, going on now and hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks.

red and white stripes surrounded by blue

As you can see, I'm using one of my favorite color schemes - red, white, and blue. The hop started Monday, Feb 22, and finishes up tomorrow, which is when I'll show more. If you're just finding this hop, check out Carla's list of all the fabulous quilters participating - see you tomorrow.

multi colored stripes badge


Did you see these creations from last week's Midweek Makers?

From Grace and Peace Quilting, this miniature Linkety Split quilt,



from Terry Aske Art Quilts, her appropriately named Touchy-Feely quilt piece,



and from MMM Quilts, this very creative Wake Up-Makeup mat.



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Monday, February 22, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin - Log Cabin

Welcome back for round 6 of Quilting Gail's Stay at Home Round Robin. This week is my block choice, log cabin.

round robin quilt with 6 rounds


I bet your looking at this round and wondering, huh? I'll admit, even though this round features my block choice, this is probably my least favorite round, for several reasons.

While I like the green, turns out I ran out of not only the green plaid but my favorite cream dot print used in the piano key round. That left me with a dozen log cabin blocks to play with. Sure, I could have made more with different fabrics, but that leads to the next problem.

What I discovered, at least for my quilt, log cabin blocks do not make the best choice for a border. I hope that my round robin quilt friends have found a way around this, though I know one asked about skipping a row. And I don't blame her if she chose this row to skip!

So, with a lack of fabric and a poor block choice, this is what happens. An odd border. The best I could come up with was using 8 log cabin blocks in the top and bottom borders, in sets of two. A group of two in each corner,

log cabin quilt blocks in a quilt border corner

and two in the border centers.

log cabin quilt blocks

Okay, that solves for the log cabin problem. Fortunately, I had just enough of the large green plaid to put pieces in the center on the sides.

green side quilt border


To solve the remaining green fabric problem, I found a close-in-value green in the stash, just enough to fill in the blanks.

round robin quilt

Overall, it looks ok, almost like lightening bolts coming from those stars. But I think I'll put this border in the 'fail' category.

Hopefully, my other round robin quilt friends were more successful with this round - be sure to check out what they did. And link up your round robin creation below!



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Friday, February 19, 2021

Brickwork Quilt

Here's my newest, easy, and fast quilt - Brickwork!

print and plain fabrics make socially distanced quilt blocks

 

This quilt was inspired after receiving a design call from Dear Stella fabrics. They were looking for quilt patterns that use their Motley Crew mask panel. Just look at that variety of prints!


panel of different fabrics for making masks
 

I'm one of those quilters that designs with a wide variety of fabrics. I often find it difficult to use a fabric line, and envy those who do. So when the Dear Stella design call came through my inbox for projects using the Motley Crew mask panel, the selection of prints spoke to me. Jumping into EQ8, I had the Brickwork quilt designed within 30 minutes! 

Pleased with my design, I decided to submit it, a very first for me. Within a couple weeks, I received word that they were interested in my design - woohoo!

Check out Brickwork on the Dear Stella website, using the Motley Crew mask panel, plus the additional Dear Stella blender fabric prints, Moonscape, in Lime and Marshmallow, plus Jax in Plume

brickwork quilt by QuiltFabrication

Though I didn't have a the Motley Crew panel or the accompanying blender prints, I wanted to make my own Brickwork quilt using fabrics from my stash. For my lap size version, I went with a soft green background, light grey sashing and border, and orange/gold accents.

I found a wide variety of prints to pair nicely with that soft green background, though really, any soft background color would have worked. With large pieces, the blocks came together super fast, and with some rotation here and there plus a couple borders, and ta-da - a super easy quilt!

social distance quilt blocks


Quilting is kept simple with the Happy Times pantograph in Glide Seafoam thread.

quilt blocks in green plus prints


The Brickwork quilt pattern comes in 5 sizes - baby, crib, lap, twin, and queen/king - that's a lot! It's super fast with a pre-printed mask panel or use prints from your stash. Either way, it's a fast and easy quilt to put together.

From now until February 28, the Brickwork multi-size quilt pattern is at a special launch price, available in the QuiltFabrication Etsy shop - grab your copy today!

Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Midweek Makers 267

Welcome to Midweek Makers! My share is a secret project I've been working on, a super simple quilt. This is just a sneak peek with the reveal and creation story coming Friday.

print fabrics with a light green fabric for a quilt

 
I'm sad that Valentine's has come and gone, making me move away from heart quilts, and all things pink or red. As with all things in life, I'll get over it and move on, which is how I'm coping with the loss of my beloved Roscoe. 

black and white cat

His human family misses him, but his fellow kitties, not so much. RIP Roscoe.


With a bit of a lull period before the green of spring, I'll feature some very creative projects from last week:

from Dreamworthy Quilts, some windmill blocks in progress,

round windmill quilt blocks


from Viridian's blog, this Nearly Insane quilt top,

quilt top with a lot of different quilt blocks


from Bastelhexe's Kreative, this pretty appliqued block.

flower and stems appliqued on a quilt block


And don't forget the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks, starts next Monday, Feb 22. I'll have a new patriotic piece to show you on Friday, Feb 25 - until then, enjoy the hop!



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Monday, February 15, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin - Wonky Stars

The Stay at Home Round Robin, hosted by Quilting Gail, features wonky stars for round 5.

round robin quilt top

Well, this round worked out well for my design. Sorry to say, but I'm not that fond of anything wonky - I more of a clean lines, everything balanced type of designer. That's why there's only four stars - I had no interest in making more. 

And even though I didn't like the yellow plus signs from before, thankfully, they're now blending in with the addition of the yellow stars in the corners on this round.

Just so I didn't regret my yellow choice as before, I used a softer yellow, one not so bright and with a touch of gold in it.

yellow wonky star in a blue quilt border

I even placed them in a sparkly dark blue night sky. If there weren't two more rounds to help increase the quilt size, I think I would stop here. But I shall continue cause the next round is mine, and it would be awkward if I didn't do it.

Check out how my other round robin quilt friends are creating their rounds, and be sure to link up your round this week with Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts on My Quilting Life.



Now onto round six, which is my block choice. Not sure what I'm going to do yet but I'd better get it figured out. Until then, 

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Sizzle Quilt Review

I have a new book to review! This time it's Sizzle Quilt by Becky Goldsmith (affiliate link).



Notice the title says 'Quilt' not 'Quilts'. That's because this book includes all the detailed instructions, paper piecing patterns, and applique templates needed for one quilt of 9 different blocks, the Sizzle Quilt.

Shown in two colorways, the beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges of the warm spectrum as seen on the cover above, and the cool tones of green, blue, and gray, below.



Designed by Becky Goldsmith, the Sizzle Quilt was a 2019 Block of the Month project for The Quilt Show. It was available to members during that year, and has now been turned into this wonderful book, full of tips, tricks and fantastic construction photos to easily paper piece these gorgeous blocks. 

Even if you don't have time to make the quilt (like me!), Sizzle Quilt is still worth reading for the paper piecing techniques she uses. I'm super impressed with her up-close, detailed photos!



So, if you're looking to learn a new quilt skill, or just perfect those you have, look into the Sizzle Quilt. Who knows? Maybe you'll try a block or even the whole quilt!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Midweek Makers #266

Welcome to Midweek Makers! I managed to squeeze in some time between designing and writing quilt patterns to make up the February RSC2021 yellow blocks.

yellow quilt blocks with an offset black square

Being that I'm not a big fan of yellow, placing very little of it in my quilts, means that the yellow scrap bag is pretty slim. I managed to make four blocks, then tucked the remaining scraps away. If I tried to make more, there would be a lot of the same fabric in one block, which, to me, equals boring. So, stopping at four, and that's ok.

Personally, I'd rather go back to pink, or even red. So glad Valentine's Day is almost here, as there are more heart projects again this week - take a look at these:

from Grace and Peace Quilting, this simple heart set on gingham,



from DonnaLee Quilts, the pressure is on to finish these applique hearts in time for Valentine's Day,



and from JBigg's Scrap Pieces, this lovely Happy Heart.



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