Saturday, February 22, 2014

A little quilting eye candy

I just finished quilting this half log cabin quilt for a friend.

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The dark strips are the Kansas Troubles Favorites II Jelly roll.  I used a variegated thread for the scrolls in those strips. bernice donebernice done-002bernice done-003

Next on my frame is a Tennessee Waltz quilt.  I am still doodling to come up with my plan.  I hope to get started on it this afternoon though!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tie the Knot-a one block quilt

I loved the woven look of this quilt before I realized it was a one block quilt.  Then I was sold! 

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The block is similar to a log cabin block.  Lots of straight sewing. {swoon}

I used Riley Blake’s Flutter collection & the red really set this pattern off.  I did deviate in my borders from the pattern and made them a little wider.  To make the weaving pattern work, the quilt really has to stay a square quilt, so I wanted it to be big enough for a king bed.

I even did something I rarely do…made bias binding.  I used the coordinating stripe for the binding because that pop of red, white & blue was just too perfect.

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You can snap up some Flutter for yourself here, and the Tie the Knot pattern here.

Another unfinished project off the list!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Soft Edge Applique with Kansas Troubles and Loose Change

Kansas Troubles has added some pizazz to it’s already popular Five & Dime ruler with the release of the new book, Loose Change.

  

Utilizing precut 10”, 5”, and 2.5” squares, the ruler makes placement & cutting a breeze!  You may have seen the video MSQC made for the Five & Dime Quilt, if not, it’s a good watch.  The rulers come with the instructions shown in the video to make the soft edge applique quilt.

We used Tapestry and the Spare Change ruler to make this table runner.

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The book includes 17 additional patterns utilizing the Five & Dime ruler

& also the new

 Spare Change ruler.

We also tried out a new batting that is 50% cotton & 50% bamboo.  We wanted to test the shrinkage which turned out to be 6-7%.  It’s a super soft batting.  I would recommend tossing it in the dryer with a damp towel before using it in a project to get that 7% closer to 3%. 

Do you test new products before jumping in with both feet? 

(little secret: the table runner was made from a trim off of a queen size quilt I quilted first.  My test doesn’t sound so proactive now, huh?  That’s how I roll.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Organizing scraps

As quilters, we all know that we have to keep a handle on our scraps & stash…or have a door that we can close behind us when we leave the room.

I’m not so lucky as to have a door.  Matter of fact, I create in a public place-the quilt shop classroom.  So I have found a balance between hiding & organizing.  This week I have made a huge dent in organizing.

On Monday I reduced the amount I had to organize (see it here).  The rest of this week I am going through the small bits and cutting 2.5” squares

www.

What’s in the basket was yesterday’s success.  The stack in front is today’s goal.  (For info on why I drew cross hatch lines on my GO die, click here: http://fabricsnquilts.blogspot.com/2010/10/squaring-up-12-square-triangles-with-go.html)

I am veering off my UFO finishing calendar to get this finished.  It’s a UFO too, if you want to spin it that way.  BUT it wasn’t on my calendar.

So, the next question is always, “what are you going to make with them?”  I usually don’t plan that far ahead when getting the scraps cut into sizes/shapes.  Matter of fact, I still have a huge pile of the 2.5” strips I cut last spring.  That said, I think I do have a plan for some of these squares.  I love the cover quilt from the Loose Change book

And don’t forget this is the size we are using in our current Scrap Quilt Challenge!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

UFO Update

January was pretty productive for the UFO kill list.

Tales of the First Ladies

2 Wedding Quilts

Quilted Confetti

February’s focus will be on my Split Dresden (underway now), quilt Tie the Knot (ready to bind), and finish my Little Blue Bird wall hanging from last summer’s class with Pat Sloan.  Time permitting, I will also try to quilt my Labyrinth top (guess I didn’t blog that one), and work on my circle bargello (also from last summer classes).

Of course all of that February fun is on hold until I put away that mess I made yesterday.

My calendar is really helping me stay focused and keep on track.  So, what are your UFO goals for the month?

Monday, February 10, 2014

And then there was after…

Greatest gift: the quilt guild came & made my organization job MUCH easier.

Before:

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If you really want to destash, share the fabric love with your friends.

After:

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It’s time for some early spring cleaning

I’ve done it now.  There’s no going back without some organization.

I play a pretty good game of stash hide & seek.  Today I pulled it all out & now the sorting & organizing shall begin.

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The first step?  Invite the guild over to raid it.  Hey what ever they take is one less thing to put away.  Yes, you see full kits and fat quarter bundles in that 2nd pic.  I have a super generous customer that is also cleaning & organizing her space & she has donated to the cause.  The guild ladies will be very happy.

Remember I said the UFO’s are stifling my creativity.  So is the disorganization.  At least the organizing can be done in a few days…unlike the UFO’s.

I keep looking at this & telling myself….”just think how nice it will all look when I am done.”  plus I am getting a jump on spring cleaning!  Who knows..maybe I will rearrange my whole room!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Do you check our Deal of the Day-Do you know how it’s different

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilter’s Corner QAL

I am blessed to be part of a small group of online quilting friends.  We meet in our own little corner of the internet and have for almost 10 years.  There are not many of us, but I believe we would fiercely defend each other in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse.

This year we decided to do a quilt along.  One of us choosing a block on the first of the month from Quilter’s Cache.  Something not too hard (2 pin max, in QCache terms).

I chose the block in January, Mosaic 4.

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Suzanne chose the February block, Oh Suzannah

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Then, I found the awesome “Globetrotting” mystery QAL that Pat Sloan is doing.  Her first block, Washington DC would be a great medallion for my QAL quilt & add more memories to the quilt.  Her block is 24” without the outer border, and that’s perfect for what I need.

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Here they are, all together.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

The next UFO is on deck

I am keeping up with my schedule pretty well, so far.

Next up is this UFO from a couple years ago.  This “Big 'Ol’ Dresden”.  The center plate is 36” across.  Guess I was thinking ‘go big or go home'.

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All the plates are made.  The background is cut & squared.  They just need to be appliqued.  Yeah, been this close for 2 years & it has been sitting…waiting.

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Well, wait no more!

What’d I use?

9 Degree Wedge Ruler

Moda Bella Solids in Buttercup, light lime, and pistachio 

Moda Coquette

Moda Bella Bleached White Backing

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2.5” Scrap Quilt Challenge

We’ve decided to have an additional challenge for 2014!

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It seems that so many of our projects these days use the 2.5” square or strip that we all have a bin full of scraps in that size.

So, let’s make a dent in that bin!

{In my most dramatic Mission Impossible voice}

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it:

Fabrics N Quilts 2.5” Scrap Quilt Challenge

For those of you that joined in the fun before, the challenge is very similar!

  • 45” x 60” minimum size
  • Entries must be completed quilts (quilted/tacked & bound, or a completed rag quilt)
  • Entries should have been completed in the last year (since February 2013)
  • Entries must use 2.5” squares or 2.5” strips in an obvious way.  You can absolutely incorporate other-sized pieces and applique.

So gather up your scraps & start designing your masterpiece!
Quilt pictures must be uploaded to our Flickr group by April 15, 2014. http://www.flickr.com/groups/2-5inch_sqchallenge/
We will be awarding multiple prizes !   Winners will be by random drawing

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