Now isn't that an interesting title? The Technician. And what does it have to do with this sailboat?
Friday, April 30, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Welcome to the awesome sharing that is Midweek Makers! Today, I'm featuring flowers - check out the beauties below!
In my part of the world, spring has definitely arrived. We recently visited Hakone Gardens, soaking up the beauty of cherry trees in full bloom.
I love the beauty of cherry trees loaded with delicate pink and white blossoms, and we had timed this just right. Though I love Japan, catching the cherry blossom in bloom there two years ago, it was nice not to travel 12 hours across the ocean for viewing.
And I know spring is struggling this year in certain parts of the world. So, how about making some of your own spring flowers? The Felt Flower Workshop book giveaway can help with that - enter now thru Friday, April 30.
Continuing on with the flower theme today, how about these pretty floral cards from I - Completely Without Makeup?
And how about these batik flower blocks from For the Love of Geese?
Do you have any flowers to share? If not, quilts will do!
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Monday, April 26, 2021
The calendar says it's spring, though with recent snows around the country, most would beg to differ. If flowers and trees aren't blooming yet where you are, then how about making some of your own? The new book Felt Flower Workshop by Bryanne Rajamannar (affiliate link) will get you started!
I was impressed with the absolutely beautiful flowers that can be made with felt, and the cover shows just a few of them. The Felt Flower Workshop affiliate link shows a few more, plus a few snippets of construction - much more than I could put in this post.
Here's a sample of a few flower arrangements projects given in the book. Don't they look lovely and realistic?
A lot of the techniques remind me of my days cake decorating, making flowers out of gum paste, a non-edible soft sugar dough. But flowers from felt? So much better because they have a wider variety of display options and will last forever. See what I mean with this beautiful floral wall display?
Are you ready to start making some of your own flowers to usher in spring?
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Thanks for entering and good luck!
Friday, April 23, 2021
EQ's post featuring this block came out April 12, giving us eleven days to stitch it for sharing on the EQ linky party today. In case you want to join in, block 1 is #1273, and block 3 will come out on Monday, April 26. That's one block every two weeks until mid-July, for a total of eight blocks.
Keep in mind that EQ's post is all about using the features of their new Block Base+ program (no affiliation), which can be a stand-alone program, or linked to EQ7 or 8. It's a great program - I especially like the quilt layout previews!
Because all EQ blocks come with no instructions for construction, I thought I'd provide a little tutorial on cutting and assembling #2898 for a finished 12" block size. Ready?
Here's block 2898 in it's original EQ coloring,
and recolored to match my actual block and avoid confusion in the tutorial.
Here's block 2898 broken down into labelled parts, and I'll refer to the above coloring in the tutorial to match my block. I'm also showing all parts at once, which may seem confusing, but it makes it easier to see how the construction is completed.
Cutting for a 12" finished block
2 squares 3 7/8" yellow
2 squares 3 7/8" red, cut on the diagonal for 4 triangles
1 square 7 1/4" red, cut on both diagonals for 4 triangles
Make Corner Half Square Triangles (HST's)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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.
Now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
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Monday, April 19, 2021
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!
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
Step 2 - Layer the pie
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,
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.
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.
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.
Step 5 - Apply bias binding
Step 6 - Apply ric rac to frontUsing 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!
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