Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Holiday Wishes Sew Along

 Welcome to my blog! 
I am happy to participate in the Holiday Wishes sew along hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop
and Sherri Falls of This and That.

Sherri has been a quilt pattern designer and author for a number of years. 
Every year her ideas get better and better!
I was asked to choose a pattern from the book and put my 'mark' on it.
I wanted to make 9 blocks and turn them into a pillow.

I chose the pattern Deck the Halls Mini for a pillow and started out strong.

All the squares and components cut using Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas blues and turquoise for 4.5" square blocks.

A lovely stack.

As I mentioned, I started out strong. 
I assembled the center 9-patch style blocks.
I had plenty of time to finish my project. 
Then we traveled to London and my in laws were here, 
and a week later to Toronto for a family wedding. 

It's been a whirlwind. 
Kids on summer vacation and so forth. 
I finally settled down to finish my project last Thursday.

I sewed a bit then my machine went haywire.
I'm not kidding.
I re-threaded my machine over 20 times, changed the needles, changed the bobbin, cleaned out the bobbin case area and so on.
Finally I was able to get it sewing again.
I still don't think it's working 100% correctly. 

Anyhow, I pieced and pieced, sashings sewn and then I saw it.
I had actually turned all the flying geese components the wrong direction 
and I didn't even see it until the top was complete. 

I looked at me quilt top and then the picture and the book and I was in utter disbelief.
Yes, there were some tears shed. 
I won't lie. 
It really upset me.  
I was just beat. 
I had fought with the machine for nearly 2 hours to get it sewing and then sewed it all wrong!!
I just couldn't un-sew them.

So I decided to start over again the next day. 
Just making one mini block correctly was HUGE for me.

The book is very well written. 
My second star went together perfectly because I wasn't interrupted.
My star block looks great. 
I've even made progress quilting it for a pouch. 

It's not christmasy but shows how versatile the project and block can be.

More information about the book in video form below. 

If you'd like to see a few other projects that bloggers are sewing along, you can find them here:

Nicole of Modern Handcraft
Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl

Until next time....

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tutorial English Paper Piecing Apple Core Part 3 finishing - long overdue

I began this tutorial for English Paper Piecing Apple cores in 2011. 
I had no idea it's been 5 years.
I abandoned many many projects to write my book Large - Block Quilts
 and now it's time to get back to them and finish some!

Part 1 and Part 2  of English Paper Piecing Apple cores can be found at these links:

Finishing an English Paper Pieced applecore is a bit more challenging with the curves. 
Although I can't show these steps as I must have forgotten to take pictures please prepare as follows:

1. remove the English paper pieces from the fabric as you complete stitching around each apple core.

2. Once all cores are stitched, remove and baste the outside edge of the apple core with a large basting/running stitch. This will keep the 1/4" seam allowance turned and neat while you quilt your project.

3. Layer with batting and backing.

4. Hand or machine quilt your project.
I chose to hand quilt my cores with a size #12 pearl cotton and a 'big' stitch.

Once quilting is complete, it's time to finish the edge of the cores.
I opted to use a 'knife-edge' finish.

Trim your batting to 1/8" less than the finished edge of the apple core.
You shouldn't be able to see your batting. 

This is important because you will be folding the backing in
 and sandwiching it between the batting and the apple core 'top'.
Next, trim the backing to 1/4" as shown.

As I said before, I then fold the backing into the center of the batting and quilt top.
Notice my basting stitches? that can be removed once the edges are completely sewn closed.

This shows how I carefully match the back to the front.

Place a pin.
Continue folding and pinning for about the length of 2 apple cores.

As I stitch the edge closed using a whip stitch, I move the pins and fold.

Continue to whip stitch the edge of the entire quilt.
Here is a collage of the steps.

And voila` project is done.

I love my 1930's reproduction apple core table topper. 
I mean I'm smitten enough to consider stitching a King size version for my bed.
I might be crazy......

Friday, June 17, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary Quilt Along and Block

Happy Anniversary!

 It's a Farm Girl Quilt Along celebration with a special anniversary block
 from Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop.

You can find the pattern HERE

I chose some "delicious" fabrics for my cake.

The 12" block went together simply - just like all of Lori's blocks.

I am smitten with my cake block and now I want to try it in the 6" size!

Here's a Christmas version with Lori's fabric Cozy Christmas.

If you are new to Lori's Farm Girl Vintage - 

You're in luck: the book is 10% off! at the Fat Quarter Shop. 
The sale runs from Friday, June 17th at 8 a.m. CST - Friday, June 24th at 8 a.m. CST.

There are several bloggers sewing along today
 and you can view their version of the anniversary blocks here:

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts - that's me!
Katie from ChooChoo Skadoo
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane
Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kelly from Kelly B Sews
Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Renee from Sewn with Grade
Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion
Lisa from In the Boondocks
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Kim from Persimmon Dreams
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

Lori has also released a new little quilt
using some of her farm girl vintage blocks with a twist
- a 'farmgirl' and lettering.

 It's super sweet. For sale at the Fat Quarter Shop Here.

Happy Sewing ;)
p.s. I'm hosting 40 % off all regular prices in my etsy shop- no coupon needed.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Classic & Heirloom Quilts Book Sew Along

A rich history is always in fashion, especially for quilts! 
Betsy Chutchian's first book with It's Sew Emma combines 1800's inspiration with current sensibilities for eight opulent quilts.

I was invited to participate in a book sew along for 
Classic Heirloom Quilts and It's Sew Emma and the Fat Quarter Shop.
Of course, I didn't stick with traditional civil war colors. 
I promptly rummaged through my newly organized 1.5" strips
 and went to town.

Each quilt offers three size options of mini, lap and queen,
 and some can be made from modern-day precuts.

The book has 8 great classic quilts and I chose the Stepping Out Mini.

{ obligatory cute cat photo on a pile of fabric}

As you know I have been sorting my scraps and strips. 
This little quilt was a perfect way to use some of them.

I built it brick by brick.
This is not a beginner quilt.
The pattern clearly states the number of pieces for each option.
I found I needed to count the number in each strip and piece it diagonally.

Once the center is trimmed it will be all bias edges.
 I recommend attaching the borders and 
THEN trimming the 'ears' away from the sides, 
top and bottom to control the bias.

The result is a beauty of a mini. I can't wait to quilt it....

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Gingham giveaway winner!

The winner of the small gingham bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop is
I have sent you an email Rosa. Congrats! and thank you to all that commented.