Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Midweek Makers 355

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I've got a another block to share for my beach scene quilt. This time it's a chair, seen from the back, as someone may be sitting in it taking in a view of the waves.


Simple to put together, it goes great with the umbrellas I made last year.
 
red and white beach umbrellas

Next week I'll share the lounge chair I'm working on - both of them really set the mood for a beach day!
 
Shifting gears from that warm sandy beach, we'll focus an upcoming holiday - Halloween! I love this time of year, decorating with fall themed quilts and table runners. Check out these fall quilts seen at last week's party.

Vicki's Crafts and Quilting shared this cute wall hanging,


plus a whole bunch of other Halloween decorations in her post.

Karen's Quilting is working on this adorable pumpkin themed runner,


while Patchouli Moon Studio used dies from Crafters Edge to create this colorful Scaredy Cat quilt.


And to finish it off, Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks made one scary pumpkin, all from Halloween fabrics.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Midweek Makers 354

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I've got a couple beach house blocks to share this week, one in green and one yellow.


After spending time debating on color combos, I opted for what I had originally designed. Once I finish a few more blocks, I'll determine if the colors create the correct visual weight in the whole quilt. Then I'll finish fusing the circle window on the yellow one, just like my pink house.


Moving on to last week's shares, there were several great looking works in progress.

From Kathy's Quilting Blog, there's this cute random Ohio Stars flimsy,



from My Bijou Life, this pretty purple hexie number,



and from Den Syende Himmel, this incredible hexie project.



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Monday, October 17, 2022

Quilter's 2 1/2 Strip Precut Companion Review

Here's a new book, hot off the press! It's the Quilter's 2 1/2" Strip Precut Companion (affiliate link) from everyone's favorite quilter, Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilting Company, with another great book for using precuts.


The quilt that's on the cover certainly is attractive! 



This is the second book I've shared from Jenny. The first was the Quilter's 10in Square Precut Companion (affiliate link) from which I made a couple Slice of Life quilts. Feel free to read my review and see other quilts patterns in that book.

And this book is just as good as that one - maybe even better! Of course, I think that's due to not only to the easy yet beautiful quilt patterns, but really the source of these patterns - 2 1/2" strips.

Jelly rolls dominate the pre-cut market these days. Heck, there's even National Jelly Roll Day which I've celebrated numerous times, offering free patterns from around the web with Free Jelly Roll Patterns, More Free Jelly Roll Patterns, and Free Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns. Definitely a popular precut!

Here's a sampling of quilts found in the Quilter's 2 1/2" Strip Precut Companion. though I highly recommend the 'view inside' at Amazon to see more gorgeous strip quilts.



and


Wouldn't that last one look stunning with Christmas fabrics???

So, for all you 2 1/2" strip or jelly roll enthusiasts, grab yourself a copy of this brand new book and start stitching!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Midweek Makers 353

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I'm making slow progress on my beach boardwalk quilt, since I'm writing the pattern and working from it at the same time to make sure all of the templates print out the right size. It's a good opportunity to check my work!

Fortunately, this concession stand block went together easily, so there's not much I that I have to change in the pattern for this one. Eventually, there will be a flag at the top, once I accumulate some scrap pieces from another block.


Of course, this block could also be an arcade game booth. Guess it depends on what's inside. Hmm, should I make some applique items to declare it further or let the quilting do the work? What do you think?

With time drawing closer to major holidays, I'm always big on decorating with seasonal quilts and table runners. I noticed a few seasonal quilts from last week's party - let's take a look!

From Not Afraid of Color, this fall themed quilt, with pumpkins and a cute bird.


Then there was a collection of seasonal quilts made by friends and clients of Grace and Peace Quilting.


Last but not least was a table topper Christmas project from DonnaleeQ.


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Monday, October 10, 2022

Crazy for Roosters!

I'm blaming my new block, Rooster Sunrise, for this post! When Quilt Block Mania announced the October theme as 'on the farm', chickens immediately came to mind. But sorry ladies, nothing beats the plumage of a rooster!


Though I don't have any chickens or roosters, I do enjoy a quilt with them. One of my all-time favorites is Fred, the Fugitive, made from an Ann Shaw pattern, though a quilt judge didn't get the 'break' in the chicken wire quilting.

colorful rooster on a purple background



Then there was my personal Round Robin quilt, Who Rules the Roost? featuring loosely stitched fabric strips to make straw, plus 3-D stuffed eggs.

chickens in a chicken coop



This very wild one, Howard, There's a Fox in the Chicken Coop! perfectly exemplifies what that coop would like if there were a fox in it! Fun to make, but better seen closeup!


And the newest chicken quilt to my collection is this one, the Round Robin Rooster. This quilt was actually made by 4 other guild quilters, in a traditional Round Robin style, using the second rooster panel that I had. Not to mention my extensive collection of chicken prints!



So, yes, I am a bit crazy about roosters! I can certainly see another one (or two) in my future. At least on quilts, they won't wake me up in the morning!

BTW, the Rooster Sunrise quilt block is a free block pattern for the month of October. Just sign up for my QFab newsletter to get your copy!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Midweek Makers 352

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I've got two more blocks to share from my son's beach boardwalk quilt. Since I had the palm tree templates, fabric and block diagram out, I went ahead and made these up. Each has an additional feature, such as this one, with the sand that will go off into the ocean and the upright surfboard.

palm trees and a white and orange surfboard against the trunk

This one is an even larger block with two palm trees and a hammock strung between them - oh so relaxing! 

palm trees with a red hammock

Ultimately, these two blocks will be joined together. When I get the other blocks made, I'll show off this row.

I was impressed with the quilts shown last week. There were a couple great quilts that Kathy's Quilting Blog got off the frame, ready for binding.



Not Afraid of Color showed off some fascinating blocks made from scraps. These remind me of Cathedral Windows.



And from Espritpatch, this pretty pink and grey finish.



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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Rooster Sunrise for October Quilt Block Mania

Hello Quilt Friends! We're heading out to the farm this month with Quilt Block Mania!

brown and gold rooster with jewel tone tail feathers

So we can get an early start, I've got my Rooster Sunrise friend ready to belt out his song to wake us up! 

Just look at how handsome he is too - struttin' his stuff! I think all roosters know they're good looking and play it up to the ladies. Makes them hard to resist!

Ah, but a rooster can be a bit pesky! I hope Rooster Sunshine plays nice with all the others on the farm.


And here's the list of quilt block designers providing another month of free blocks. Be sure to thank them!

Tulip Farm Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rooster Sunrise by QuiltFabrication
Farmers Daughter Quilt Block
This Little Piggy by Sugar Sand Quilts
Duck Duck Goose
Horse Play at Patti's Patchwork
How I Roll by Inquiring Quilter
Sunshine by Tamarinis
The Quilting Room
Windmill at Patchwork Breeze
Guinea Pig Quilt Block by Cristy Fincher
My Red Barn by Quiltblox
Summer Peach by Inflorescence
Red Beets by Blue Bear Quilts
Cow Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Scarecrow quilt block by Flowerdog Designs

I'll admit, I'm a bit crazy for roosters - on quilts that is! I have several rooster quilts on display in my home at the moment, as their golds, browns, and deep greens seem to fit well with late August and September colors, at least in my mind. I'll share those another day as today it's all about this ready-to-crow Rooster Sunrise!

My Rooster Sunrise block features easy applique, with very few overlapping pieces. If you look closely, you'll see that there's space between the rooster's body parts. And, as usual with a lot of my applique patterns, remove the inner portion of fusible for softness, then go one step further by trimming out the background fabric after stitching for reduced weight. Pretty easy!



Scraps work great for the rooster, though I recommend fat quarters for the background. And don't forget the fusible web! The pattern comes in four parts - just tape them together to use the reverse image for templates, and the as-printed image for applique placement to make a finished 12" Rooster Sunrise block.


And again this month, those who subscribe to my QFab newsletter will receive a second, bonus block that follows the my block theme. I'm giving no hints as to what it looks like - you'll just have to look for it in the newsletter! Both blocks are free until October 31. 

How do you get these free monthly blocks? There are two ways to get the Rooster Sunrise block and the bonus block pattern links via the QFab newsletter:


For those already subscribed - The free Rooster Sunrise block and bonus block pattern links will be included in the October 18 QFab Monthly newsletter. There is no need to sign up again - just open and view the newsletter for the download links. 

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 Rooster Sunrise block pattern link in a welcome email. Then check your inbox October 18 for the newsletter and the bonus block pattern link. It's that easy!

Once you submit your email address, look for a welcome email from me, QuiltFabrication, containing the link to download the 'Rooster Sunrise' block pattern. Then check your inbox toward the middle of each month for the QFab Monthly, full of seasonal 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/Rooster Sunrise 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.

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