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HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, charity, quilting, tutorial | 1 comment

I have seen the Cross?and Plus?Quilt everywhere thanks to the great tutorial on Amy’s Badskirt Blog.She credits the block design to Nancy Cabot. I loved the block, but would like to make it HUGE. Thanks to EQ7 and a bit of math, it totally worked out. Each of these quilt blocks finishes at 15″ square. That is a BIG block. With only 30 blocks, the quilt measures 75″ x 90″. Since this quilt uses fat quarters, it will definitely still look scrappy, even though it is mega-giant. Here’s how I made it: Supplies 30 Fat Quarters* (I used Red and Blue. Choose 15 Fat Quarters from one color family and 15 from the other.) —OR 3-1/4 yards color 1 (red) and 3-1/4 yards color (blue) 3 yards?white fabric *A fat quarter is a precut fabric piece measuring 18″ x 22″. Cutting For this quilt- one fat quarter will be one block’s worth of pieces. If you’d like a 4 block x 6 block quilt, use 24 fat quarters instead of 30. From each colored fat quarter cut the following: Four 6-1/2″ squares Two 3-1/2″ squares One rectangle 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ Two rectangles 2-1/4″ x width (for binding) NOTE: Only cut binding from nine fat quarters. The rest will be extra/scrap fabric. Once the 6-1/2″ squares are cut, remove two triangle corners using this template and rotary cutting tools. (Grab the template pdf here.) You will need a grand total of: 120 squares 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (then cut to fit the template) 30 rectangles 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ 60 squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 9 pieces cut 2-1/4″ x width of fabric (for binding) From the white yardage cut: 120 squares measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 120 squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ !!! Cut these squares in half on the diagonal to yield 240 triangles. Block Units Each block is made up of three basic units: Two double square blocks which measure 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ One long center unit measuring 3-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ Four 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ squares Assemble the Units Use a 1/4″ seam allowance on all seams for this project. I worked in a?sewing?assembly line style and jammed this big double/queen size quilt out in a weekend. First, I sorted my...

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Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m so happy to have participated in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s (SAMQG) Threads of Love NICU Blanket Sewing Challenge. Fabric was donated. Kits were cut. Fun fact: NICU blankets are made from 21″ x 21″ cut squares. Seems easy enough to rotary cut, right? It is incredibly fast to create a template from poster board and use that to cut the kits. Our SAMQG has a few quilt shops as sponsors, so the Threads of Love sew-in was hosted by The Quilt Shop in Castroville. Thanks! At the end of the sew-in we had a total of … around 40-45 blankets. At the March meeting members brought in blankets they had stitched with cut kits or fabric which they donated. Sooooooo many blankets were donated! 97 at the March meeting alone. With all the NICU blankets combined, I was lucky enough to drop these off at the member-liaison’s house. 148 so far. The blankets will be on their way to the Threads of Love sewing team to double-check the labels and then off to the preemies. I anticipate a few more or few dozen more as months go on and members bring more in. This was a very fun, very easy and very wonderful sewing challenge. Consider setting one up for your guild. Tell a...

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Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, charity, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 5 comments

My huge no-waste flying geese quest continues! Oh my goodness. I made them recently from layer cakes (precut 10″ fabric squares). I then thought, “What if I don’t have a layer cake and I only have fat quarters?” Oh… this could work, too. So here we go! The size shown in this quilting tutorial is a finished Baby Size quilt- 48″ x 40″ made with 8 fat quarters (precut 18″ x 22″ fabric pieces). Here are some size options: Baby Size – 40″ x 48″ 8 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 3 x 5 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. Queen Size – 80″ x 88″ 28 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 5 x 11 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. ———————————————————- Divide your fat quarters in half. One half will be used as the large triangle (geese) and the other half will be used as the smaller corner triangles (sky). From the large triangle (geese) pile, cut a single large square measuring 17-1/4″ x 17-1/4″. (For this step, I layered a few fat quarters and cut the squares all at once. From the smaller corner triangle (sky) pile, cut four squares -from each fat quarter!- measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″. ———————————————————- No-Waste Flying Geese Method For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need: 1 large square 4 smaller squares Each construction block will yield FOUR flying geese units. Baby Size = 16 geese units. Queen Size = 56 geese units. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. (The red line is digitally added for better visibility. The pen really does mark blue and wash out easily.) Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin. Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners. Use a 1/4″ presser foot to stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line. Flip the entire large square and stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line on the other side. Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter. Open and...

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MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Online Quilt Auction

MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Online Quilt Auction

on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog, charity | 1 comment

If you followed along my blog, you saw the creation of these two scrappy Dresden quilts for Barb. (Read the stories?here.) Five ladies, including myself, worked to create these quilts: one for Barb’s daughter and one for the MD Anderson Quilt Auction to honor Barb’s memory. I’m happy to share the link to the MD Anderson Quilt Auction. They have collected and organized 184 quilts with the proceeds going to cancer research. If you’ve ever wanted a quilt, now is your time to BID BID BID for a great cause! Bidding starts on OCTOBER 21! The auction will only be open through NOVEMBER 4. Be sure to get your bid in!! Quilts of all sizes and styles are represented in the auction. Hop on, bid, grab a quilt and help cancer research. Tell a...

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Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, charity, swap | 0 comments

Two for Teal / Teal Mini Swap Maybe you’ve heard of Two for Teal? This year it has a new name – the Teal Mini Swap. This is a fundraising, quilty-initiative developed by my friend Beth at Eva Paige Quilt Designs. Each year she organizes a swap via Facebook Group page. This year you can make a mug rug or a mini quilt up to 18″ square. You pay a small fee to join the swap, get a partner, make your creation, mail it, and swap. The fee goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Pretty neat, right? There is a whole FAQ page for the event, so you can find out all the details and time frames. This year the event sponsor is Blank Quilting Corporation.     Tell a...

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Strip Pieced Diagonal Beginner Quilt

Strip Pieced Diagonal Beginner Quilt

on Jul 21, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt, tutorial | 3 comments

Welcome to the Strip-Pieced Diagonal Quilt Tutorial! If you follow the blog, you’ll know my 13 year old son has recently approached me about “summer volunteer hours.” We decided to work on quilts for charity. Needing a simple quilt pattern, this quilt was born. The tutorial was tested by this kiddo who has never stitched before. The design is created by sewing sets of strips, then chopping up the sets. It is quick and super easy. Finished Size: 36″ x 48″ The quilt is created from one block: The quilt finishes at 36″ x 48″, a baby size quilt. If you want to make this bigger, 72″ x 96″ (large enough for a bed) simply make this tutorial size 4 times and stitch the quadrants together. Fabric Requirements: 2/3 yard medium color fabric 2/3 yard medium color fabric 5/8 yard dark fabric (diagonal squares and binding) Construction: Use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler?to cut the following strips: From EACH medium fabric: One strip 3-1/2″ x width of fabric One strip 6-1/2″ x width of fabric One strip 9-1/2″ x width of fabric From the dark fabric: Four strips 3-1/2″ x width of fabric Four strips 2-1/2″ x width of fabric (binding) Join the following rows using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to ensure the 1/4″ is accurate before the fabric hits the presser foot. The seam guide is great for “training” beginning sewist’s eyes. Make a total of FOUR strip sets for one baby quilt. Press seam allowances towards the dark fabric. With each strip set, first “even up” the ends trimming a small amount of fabric. Once the end is square, cut 12 columns from each set, 3-1/2″ wide. To really make this quilt FAST, we layered all four sets, staggering them 1″ so the seams wouldn’t lay on each other, and rotary cut all twelve columns at once. Arrange the 3-1/2″ cut columns so one column from each strip set is represented in the block, as described below: Join the four columns using a 1/4″ seam allowance and the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Arrange the 12 identical blocks into a 3 x 4 grid. We created a diagonal grid with...

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Batik Plus Quilts for Charity

Batik Plus Quilts for Charity

on Jul 14, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilting | 3 comments

Clearly, I’m going through a Plus Quilt phase. More accurately, I want to use up some of my fat quarter stacks in a fast, efficient way -> Batik Plus Quilts Each Plus Quilt uses 12 Fat Quarters. I use the Plus Quilt Worksheet to plan and organize the quilt without using a design wall. I have started to sort my cut pieces onto my ironing board. Next, I whipped them up pretty quickly on my serger. There are no delicate triangle points to match, so it is really easy to sew seven columns of straight seams. After?trimming the column ends of my quilt top. It is ready to head to the longarm quilter. But wait – We aren’t sending it out!! Since my mom has the long arm at her house and my son is working on summer volunteer hours we thought it’d be a great idea to let him quilt the two batik quilt tops. He was able to quilt “horizontal wavy lines” which really looked like water waves when the quilts were done. Of course, he did wind loads of bobbins and was tasked with changing them out, too. Here’s the second quilt top. It has much more blues and greens and is quilted in the same horizontal-wavy-line motif. Lots of concentration on that dude’s face. =) I think Grandma has 9 more tops for him to work on, for charity. Good thing he had a blast, but we all already knew quilting was a blast. Of course, our quilt needed a label, so here is his first hand-sewing event. He’ll be going a quilt guild meeting with me to present the tops to the outreach committee. He did a great job at the guild presentation/ show’n’ tell portion and LOVED going up on stage. Updated to add this photo:     Tell a...

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Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog, charity | 2 comments

If you have been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I was working on a group quilt project to send to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction. Well, what I couldn’t share on the blog was the PLOT TWIST: The group project actually was to make two quilts. Three friends and two moms made a total of 40 blocks. (That would be only 8 blocks per person.) ONE quilt will be donated to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction and the second, identical quilt, will be given to my friend who lost her mother to cancer in December. I prewashed both quilts so they would have nice shrinkle all over them. You know shrinkle, right? Crinkle and Shrink? It is a fabulous combo-word. I love quilt shrinkle so much. Hopefully, my friend will enjoy the shrinkle, too. I thought you might like to see the tricky ways we were trying to fit two big bed-size quilts into one photo on a windy day… Still good. Let’s try to just straighten it out a bit more… Not always an easy task to grab a quilt picture, but it worked out. Tell a...

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Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt | 2 comments

Scrappy?Dresden Quilt Blocks, measuring 18″ square, arrived at my house. Hooray Hooray! There are 5 groups of blocks. It turns out, the 4 other?quilters?made their “scrappy” blocks with layer cakes. They look great! My blocks are every fabric from every place, so…. um… it appears I sew to the beat of my own drummer. Le’Sigh. BUT scrappy is scrappy. My mom came over and while we were sitting on the couch I said something along the lines of “Hey, lets go stitch those blocks together. It will be fast: only 4 columns of 5 rows.” Let the piecing begin! She used the sewing machine and I set up the serger. Man, that serger is so fast! I love it. Funny side story, that serger right there was a newlywed Christmas gift in 1996. That is REALLY the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, hubbs! This is what the table really looks like. Huge cutting mat covers the whole table surface. Stuff is shoved to one side. Piles are stacked on top of each other. Thimble guy, on the shelf, is always freakin-the-hell-out. (Thanks, DAWN!) Test projects are waiting for a purpose. Scissors are everywhere. It is mayhem. The super Scrappy Dresden quilt pieced together quite quickly and very nicely. We kept order, so the matching layer cake blocks would make a diagonal line in the quilt. See it? This quilt is so great. Each time you look at it, you see a different fabric. Now, to get this baby quilted & bound and on to MD Anderson’s Fundraising Quilt Auction. Tell a...

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Dresden Block Applique

Dresden Block Applique

on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog, charity | 0 comments

The scrappy Dresden blocks are coming together. These blocks are part of a group project that will be sent to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction for 2015. I’m finishing my 8 blocks; all machine applique, of course. I used Mono-filament Thread by Superior Threads to straight-stitch my shapes. I cannot wait to see the other friends’ blocks to see if they are as scrappy as mine. Word has it, the blocks are in the mail on the way to me. Expect more photos soon. Tell a...

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Scrappy Dresdens for a Cause

Scrappy Dresdens for a Cause

on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt | 0 comments

In December, one of my closest friends lost her mom to cancer. She, I, and our other closest friend are going to work together on a bed-size Scrappy Dresden pattern quilt to donate to MD Anderson’s 2015 Quilt Auction. The friends working on the project are all making dresden blocks with whatever scraps we have on hand. Here’s my scraps. There’s loads “on-hand.” We’re each cutting our dresdens, using the EZ Dresden Ruler, to measure 7″ tall. The middles might vary a bit, though. These are my wedges. It is 160 total wedges. Phew. That is a pretty good collection of fabric right there. I quite proud. =) I put together a quick video to show my super scrappy dresdens. Next, we will each be machine stitching our dresden flowers to a white background. All the blocks will be mailed to me for final assembly & quilting. Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll have more posts/pics as we work on this group quilt. Tell a...

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Ebay Quilt Alliance Auctions

Ebay Quilt Alliance Auctions

on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, charity | 0 comments

Each year the Quilt Alliance hosts a challenge open to quilters all over the world. The challenge this year was “Inspired By“. You were to use the QuiltIndex.org??to find inspiration for your mini quilt. The mini measures 16″ x 16″ when complete. The Quilt Index is unbelievable, and the amount of work they have put into organizing so many great historical quilt stories needs your support. “Quilt Alliance (the Alliance for American Quilts) documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.” -Quilt Alliance After the annual contest, the Quilt Alliance organizes an Ebay Auction for all of the pieces with 100% of the proceeds going to the preservation of quilt history & documentation. “The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1993, supports and develops projects to document, preserve, and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. The AAQ brings together groups and individuals from the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to advance the recognition of quilts and their makers in American culture. Visit us at www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org.” – Ebay Auction Description Notes My piece is string and hexagon based. See the whole piece in the Ebay Auction HERE.   My piece is titled Eight Hexagons because there are 4 appliqued hexagons and another 4 hexagons hidden in the quilting design. The quilting lines are all within 1/4″ of one another. It is meticulously crafted with an assortment of fabric strips, or strings, which gives a chaotic interesting composition to this small piece. Quilt Alliance needs YOUR help in their fundraising efforts. Bid on the many mini’s up for auction. The auction for this week’s quilts expires on Monday, Nov 24th at 9pm Eastern.     Click HERE to see all the 16″ square mini-quilts up for this fundraising effort. Many quilts, artists & design styles are represented. It is definitely worth the click to see the virtual quilt show of designs. Tell a...

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