Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Midweek Makers 342

Welcome to Midweek Makers! 


This week, the features are all about me. As you know, a new property purchase has taken away my quilting time and directing it to yardwork. Over the last 7 months, we've gone from a yard overgrown with ivy, opportunistic trees, invasive trees, dead trees, tree stumps, fences, and dumped stuff to one that is now cleared and ready for it's makeover. Take a look at all the progress!


Eventually, the tree on the left will go. It's an opportunistic walnut which is too close to a building foundation. Nice tree, but just not there, as was the case with a lot of the trees.


The fig tree is sooo happy to be released from it's ivy cocoon. It has put out a ton of fruit and keeps sprouting new growth on the branches. It's definitely a keeper!



And in the very back, all of the straight, tall invasive Blackwood Acacia (plus roots) is gone, exposing the second apple tree (white arrows), and a large, struggling walnut at the very back. We're giving that tree a year to see if it recovers.

The next area to tackle is the ravine, cleaning up the slopes and putting in retaining walls. Still a lot to do!

Now it's time for this week's party - who has something to share? Hopefully heat waves and vacations (or yardwork!) haven't put a cramp on your quilting!
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Friday, July 22, 2022

Scrappy Heart Quilt

Yay! I have finished my pink scrappy heart quilt!


Boy, was this ever a long time in the making. There were days, weeks even, when I couldn't spend any time sewing due to all of the yardwork on our new place. I'll have more to share on that on another day.

But I managed to get some free time last week and finish it up! It felt so good to do some sewing, creating, and then the quilting with my Innova. And it's finished just in time.

This scrappy heart quilt is for a college friend of my son's. He and his wife were high school sweethearts, waiting till college was finished to tie the knot and married now for four years. They're expecting a little girl in mid-August, and as they say, 'First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!' 

And she needs a quilt to play on! Here's a couple closeups:

the scrappy heart, for which I changed out a couple fabrics to make it more prominent.

pink string scrap heart block

Another picture of the scrappy blocks, each made as a pink or black triangle using strips then stitched to a background triangle. Each resulting block was trimmed to 5 1/2" square, which math wise, worked out great for the borders and the piano key placement.


Putting it all together is the simple heart quilting (Dear Heart pantograph) in bright pink Glide thread.


Last but not least is the backing. I had four pink pieces that were approximately 15" wide but short on the WOF side. They were only going to work if I made a center block to stitch them around. Using all of the last piece of background plus the black heart fabric, I managed to make a square large enough to finally create a backing large enough. We're talking approximately 1 1/2" on all sides, and if you know that a long arm needs extra, this was a tight squeeze!



Though it looks it, it's not perfectly centered on the back of the quilt, but hey, I came darn close. Overall, I'm pleased with how this scrappy heart quilt came out!

So now we wait for the little one's arrival. Then I can put a label with the name and birthdate on it for her to enjoy! 

Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Midweek Makers 341

Welcome to Midweek Makers!


Good news - I got some time off from the ivy pulling so I could work on my pink scrap quilt. The grand showing is Friday but until then, here's a sneak peek.

Can't wait to share it Friday!

Now let's look at projects with a lot of color! From Sew Yummy, a bright and fun leader/ender project, for which layouts are still being decided.


Not Afraid of Color shared some striking blocks for RSC2022,


while Making a Lather shared her tulip blocks for RSC.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Midweek Makers 340

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



I have a fun quilt to share using my Fireworks quilt pattern! 

Made by Shay of Schoolhouse Quilts in Forest City, NC, for the Carolina Stars and Stripes Shop Hop (going on now), it incorporates sampler blocks and my Fireworks for a great looking quilt! Well done Shay!


And these fantastic quilts were at last week's party:  from Gretchen's Little Corner, a great looking string quilt,

Julie's Quilts and Costumes created this stack and whack creation,


and Bell Creek Quilts shared this glowing quilt top.


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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Midweek Makers 339

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Let's see some summer sewing!


Since I have no updates to report, we'll jump right into some pretty scrap projects from last week.

I Completely without Makeup made some pretty heart blocks in the Ukranian colors of yellow and blue,


Rebecca Grace Quilting made these very colorful Scrappy Improv Blocks,


and over at Quilting and Learning, the challenge was met in making these scrappy floral placemats.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Record Player for July Quilt Block Mania

Put on your favorite tunes while stitching this nostalgic Record Player block for Quilt Block Mania!


July's theme is Music, and we were given full reign of colors. Isn't it exciting to see what everyone came up with, all coordinated by a musical theme?



Here's the links to all the other quilt designers - be sure to thank them for this month's freebie!

Headphones Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
iPod by Inflorescence
Happy birthday at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Player Piano by Scrapdash
I Love Rock'n'Roll by Appliques Quilts and More
Record Player by QuiltFabrication
In Treble at Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bel Canto by Inquiring Quilter
Rock 'N' Roll Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Hawaiian Vibes by Patti's Patchwork
Vintage Radio by Tamarinis
Quarter Note Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Music Note by Powered By Quilting
Maracas
Xylophone by Blue Bear Quilts

My Record Player block is easy fusible applique with a bit of piecing for the borders - any beginner quilter should be able to master this one!


One block requires fat quarters plus some fusible web, with the pattern having all the instructions and full size templates needed to make one 12.5" unfinished block. The Record Player block is free for the month of July, until the next block comes along on August 2. 

There are two ways to access the Record Player download link via the QFab newsletter:

For those already subscribed - The free Record Player block pattern link will be included in the July 19 QFab Monthly newsletter. There is no need to sign up again - just open and view the newsletter for the download link. 

Please note: If you don't see the newsletter in your inbox, please check your spam folder and be sure to mark it as 'not spam'. If you still can't find it, consult a computer technician to adjust your email settings.

For new subscribers - sign up to receive your free Record Player block pattern link in a welcome email then enjoy monthly quilt inspiration and other bonuses.

Once you submit your email address, look for a welcome email from me, QuiltFabrication, containing the link to download the 'Record Player' block pattern. Then check your inbox toward the middle of each month for the QFab Monthly, full of highlights, quilting tips, links to free patterns, and other quilty goodness.

In downloading the pattern, you agree not to share the file with others, but direct them to the QuiltFabrication.com/Record Player post. Feel free to tell others about QuiltFabrication and become a follower yourself through any or all of the following: direct delivery of posts to your inbox, or by following on BloglovinPinterestInstagramFacebook, or YouTube.

Happy Quilting!



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