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Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps

Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps

on Jun 14, 2016 in quilt | 4 comments

Rising Star Quilt Block in Fabric Scraps The studio was recently cleaned a bit and fabric scraps were sorted by color. I’m now putting those scraps to good use and making AnneMarie Chany’s Rising Star Quilt Block. It will take a little while to cut all the scraps, but I think it will be worth it. I decided to make a two sample blocks using white/off-white background colors and fabric scraps from the “blues” bag for the foreground color. I first chose my scraps by size:?Will this piece be big enough for the four squares I need to cut. Then I sorted again based on value: Will this blue appear dark enough next to a neutral background fabric. Here’s a tip for cutting into your fabric scraps– Make durable templates. These are cut from extra comic book boards, which were previously used when refolding/organizing yardage. I lay the templates on my fabric scrap to see if it is big enough to work with. It is wonderful; no surprises when cutting. Once I know the piece is usable, I still rotary cut my shapes. First step, make half square triangles. I make them without marking the center diagonal lines. Watch this video to see how it is done with the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide— Once the smaller and larger?triangles were complete, I was able to arrange my test blocks. My block will finish 16″ x 16″. I plan on making 30 of them and having one really large quilt or possibly two small ones. I haven’t decided yet. I’m happy to report the blue blocks went together really well. The neutral/white background pieces are cut and in the project ziploc bag. I’ll now start cutting into all the fabric scrap color bags to create an additional 28 blocks. Who knows when this guy will be finished. =) It will be that on-going, pack-for-retreat project. Of course, I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Tell a...

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Double Aster Barn Quilt

Double Aster Barn Quilt

on Apr 12, 2016 in Blog, quilt | 3 comments

Barn Quilt! Last year I made a barn quilt for my mom. She lives “in the country” and actually has space for a barn quilt. It is finished and hung, though you cannot see it from the road. Why do I mention that? Well- as it turns out, when I bought the wood for mom’s barn quilt, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood and had them cut the wood in half at the store. Perfect. Two 4′ x 4′ squares! This past weekend, I was able to finally use the second square for myself. I am combining a couple blog ideas from my very own blog to create my new Barn Quilt: The blog posts: First post: I chose the block, Double Aster, based on this collection of posts on my larger Double Aster quilt. It is a 50″ quilt that I made in fabric. See how small those Fiskar Scissors are in comparison to the block? The second blog post is a full?tutorial for creating the barn quilt, which I authored. I used primer (applied with a brush) and spray paint. Painting the NEW?Barn Quilt The Double Aster block when enlarged fits on a 5 x 5 grid. For the fabric quilt, it was ideal to work in 10″ sections to create a 50″ block. For a 48″ x 48″ piece of wood, I had to do a tiny bit of math to mark off my sections. I taped everything off with blue painter’s tape and masked the area with paper. I was able to spray more carefully this time around and very little paint bled below the tape line. My spray paint dried quite quickly which made this a fast project. Once the piece was sealed, it was ready to be hung. (You can see the sunlight progressing in the pictures on my day of painting.) I don’t have a barn. I have a regular house in the regular suburbs. BUT I totally have a wooden fence! My “barn quilt” cannot be seen from the road but looks fine to me from my back porch. It is the official Fence Quilt. I wonder how many other folks have Fence Quilts? Now I have to...

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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 | 7 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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Tic Tac Whoa! Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

Tic Tac Whoa! Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

How fun is this new quilt? It is named Tic Tac Whoa! This quilt has the distinction of being one my two of the 1200 rejected quilts from QuiltCon West 2016, which is awesome because now I can share it here! The quilt is a large, bed-size quilt at around 70″ x 90″?and is made using applique techniques from my book Learn To Sew Easy Curves. The design was inspired by tic-tac-toe, hence the name, Tic Tac Whoa! The 9-square grid from the game evolved keeping “O’s” in all the boxes and then moving the boxes. You never know where/when a design will happen. Iza Pearl Garden Party Tango Fat Quarter bundle makes up the appliqued lines and circle designs. The circles are prepared with a reverse-applique center in two sizes, 10″ circles and 12″ circles. The edge-to-edge quilting is done using a giant cinnamon roll motif. Is that the official name? Cinnamon Roll? Probably not…. but that’s what you get when you blog around breakfast time. I had to impress upon my assistant that the quilt was very white (front and back) and couldn’t?drag along the ground. Clearly, that meant: carry it on head. hope I can see out. To be 13yo must be a magical time…. Thank you for not letting it drag the ground!! You rock and roll!! Tell a...

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#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

#Selfie Quilt – QuiltCon Reject

on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

Ever wish you had a quilt tag itself in your IG photo?? I know, “See a need, fill a need.” Right? hahah. ((#firstworldproblems)) This is my #selfie quilt. It looks backwards, but it isn’t. Go ahead and grab your phone. Turn around and take quick selfie with the quilt up on the screen. See how the letters flipped? Neat, no? It was recently entered in QuiltCon West 2016. It has the honor of being one of the 1200 rejected quilts. I can now, totally show it off on my blog!! The quilt is small-ish at about 25″ x 29″. The letters on the quilt were typed, flipped, printed, traced on fabric & fusible adhesive backing, and raw-edge applied to the quilt. All the piecing is loose and improvisational. Strips and tiny teal & grey slivers were added around the outside border. The quilt is 1/2 teal and 1/2 grey when you look at the border fabric selection. The binding mirrors the border color selection. The quilting was done on my home machine. Pebbles around the text, to showcase the letters. Graffiti style quilting in the lower pieced border. Feathers and stripes in the outer border. There’s lots going on in this small piece. This quilt is for sale on Etsy! It can be YOURS!! Hop over to the Etsy shop to grab it. Tell a...

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Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, quilt, sewing, tutorial | 6 comments

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt If you have fabric scraps laying around, chances are you are all set to make this Ticker Tape style Owl project. What do I mean by ticker tape? Heck, I’m not sure. I think it stems from those “Ticker Tape Parades” where all the small pieces of confetti paper fly through the air. Let’s say that’s what it is… and those little pieces landed on a quilt and are arranged by color and machine stitched in place. Sure. Yes. This is sounding good. Are you with me? Ticker Tape Quilts are?perfect projects for folks who save all sizes of fabric scraps. You know who you are… you’ll save those tiny tiny tiny pieces. This is your our project! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create half-square triangles used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you use your sweet owlie block. Supplies Elmer’s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Woven Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps Owl Template PDF? Prep I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a?14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can?cut. Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen. If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you?can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied. Mark the center of the linen square. Print the 3-page owl template. Overlap the images and tape the pages together to create one chubby little owl. Fold the large page to find the center of the owl. Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker?to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Fabric Scraps I lucked into a bag of Cotton and Steel Fabrics selvage scraps...

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Christmas Quilt – Quarter Square Log Cabin Scrap Quilt

Christmas Quilt – Quarter Square Log Cabin Scrap Quilt

on Dec 15, 2015 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

Meet the Quarter Log Cabin Christmas Quilt This Quarter Log Cabin?quilt is a total fabric scrap buster! I sew alot and generate loads of scraps. I have decided to just start sewing them together until I have a large enough quilt. So far, in 2015, this is my 3rd total scrap quilt. (Here’s the first one.) The first scrap quilts I stitched were inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play book. This quilt, however, was inspired by an instagram hashtag: #logcabinswapfun?I wasn’t in the instagram swap, but I loved following along! It absolutely motivated me to try to make a quarter square log cabin quilt block. Since I was digging through the scraps, I decided to make a couple-a-few blocks at a time, while I had the fabric everywhere. That turned out to be 6. Wellllll…. Then I thought, “I’m not going to really see the square/log design with only 6. I’d better make a couple-a-few more.” Of course, this got out of control. Big surprise, right? I ended up with 36 total blocks. Each block finishes at 12″. The scrappy fabric quilt top is 72″ x 72″. You’ll notice the design wall has the blocks arranged in the same direction. Turns out, I’m married to an engineer. He walked into the sewing studio and was a bit concerned that the blocks didn’t make anything. He turned them into the large square design in the finished quilt. Luckily, he’s also tall enough to reach the top row of the design wall so “the same fabrics won’t touch.” Thanks, Mr Hubbs! This big guy took a quick trip on my HandiQuilter longarm. I opted to free motion quilt some large swirls into the quilt top. I used variegated hot pink thread. It really doesn’t look crazy, since the quilt is already every single color. Click the photos below to see them larger. I have to tell you, I tried to use up a piece of batting that would “just fit” the quilt size. Ended up ok, but oh man, I was sweating there for a bit. Lets just say I cut it a little too close. In keeping with the fabric stash buster/scrappy quilt theme, I build the...

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Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

on Dec 8, 2015 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, Seamingly Accurate, tutorial | 0 comments

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial Welcome to my Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt tutorial! I recently created this quilt at the request of my best friend. It may or may not be used in an upcoming fundraiser. If it is, I’ll be sure to let you know. It whipped up rather quickly and I thought you might like to see how I did it. The key to fast sewing is the assembly line methods. And there’s even a couple bloopers. Who doesn’t love bloopers? (Ok, I didn’t love them when they were happening, but they are a bit funny now.) There are plenty of ways to create a wonky star, as google will show you, but this is the way I approached it. Supplies 10 Red Fat Quarters 10 Blue Fat Quarters 12 White Fat Quarters 2/3 yard star print binding Finished Size – 70″ x 84″ Cut For this quilt, cut 5″ squares from each fat quarter. A single fat quarter will yield 12 squares 5″ x 5″ This tutorial will work with charm squares. I opted not to use them since the red, white and blue nature of the quilt was my main focus. You’ll need to cut a total of: 120 Red Squares 5″ x 5″ 120 Blue Squares 5″ x 5″ 150 White Squares 5″ x 5″ Make I’m aiming for these blocks pictured above.30 total blocks that will finish up around 14″. Half the blocks are red and half are blue with tidy white stars in the middle. The fabric measurements and cutting requirements will create a quilt 5 blocks x 6 blocks in this color scheme. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance when stitching this project. Start by sorting out 30 white squares. These will be your block middles and you won’t want to cut them. Next, cut the remaining white squares in half at random angles. I placed the white piece over the corner of a red or blue square, making sure this is what it would look like once I stitched it in place. Tilting the white piece and slanting it in various directions will give the wonk to your wonky star block. Then, just “eye balling it” I flipped that white rectangle...

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Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt

Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt

on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt | 1 comment

Make the Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt The 18 blocks featured in the book Hexagons Made Easy is perfect for a Sampler Quilt. What is a Sampler Quilt? This is a (generally) traditional quilt which features unique, different quilt blocks. Usually, a sampler quilt has no two blocks repeated. In the case of this sampler quilt, I had to repeat two blocks to create a total of 20 for a 4 x 5 block quilt. All the blocks in the book are based on an 15″ square background. Perfect! Now you can make only 20 blocks and have a BIG quilt. In fact, with the sashing (cut 2-1/2″) the quilt is 70″ x 87″. The new design wall helped tremendously with arranging such a large project. I choose a grey and black sashing to match the mock-up in the book. The grey is actually an IKEA flat sheet that has a bit of a chintz type sheen to it. Last seam and the quilt is finito! Finito? Yes. This quilt will now be part of my traveling “If a Person Werta” lecture and to keep the traveling suitcase lighter, I will not be quilting it. Hooray! It is finished and all the blocks have their own little framed square. Tell a...

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A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Press, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 1 comment

A Quilted Christmas Coming to a Store Near You! A Quilted Christmas published by Quilter’s World and Annie’s Publishing is coming soon to a store near you! This is a great collection of over 30 holiday projects. I’m honored to have my Trapunto NOEL Banner included in the mix. Make the banner with the trapunto or without. The letter templates are included in the magazine, or simply spell a different word using fonts on your computer! Solid fabrics compliment Kate Spain‘s NEW Jingle fabric line by Moda and the little ball ornaments in the banner feature the prints. Make ball ornaments or make adorable snowmen! The design is wide open for your imagination. Grab your copy at your local retailer or online at Annie’s Craft Store. *Some photos for this post have been borrowed from Annie’s Craft Store. Tell a...

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QuiltCon 2016

QuiltCon 2016

on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

QuiltCon 2016 Tis the season to get the modern quilts ready to enter in QuiltCon 2016. I think the deadline is in November. (I did find this quilt entry page for you.) Though I won’t be attending QuiltCon out in Pasedena, I’m totally crossing my fingers that this quilt may have a shot at it. Today’s post is a portion of my quilt entry for the “small” category. I’m choosing not to show the whole quilt. I think the Modern Quilt Movement is sooooo online that by the time the show came around last year, I had seen most of the quilts already, on instagram. Instead, I’m just going to show a portion of the quilting. I have quilted this little guy completely on my home machine with my free motion (FMQ) quilting foot. In the very slim chance this quilt makes it to the show, it will be a surprise. Um, on that note, if it doesn’t get accepted, I’ll totally be blogging the whole image. Looks like the lighting in my studio turned that right-hand side a bit yellow. Oops. Not too worry, once it is bound, I’ll be taking those fancy “show entry photos” in better lighting. There may be pebbles. There may be feathers. There might also be some lines… and there may be a bit of Graffiti Quilting!! Just to keep it interesting for you, some of these pictures are the quilt back and some are the quilt front. Strangely, you really cannot see the graffiti quilting from the front at all. I better get off to binding this dude. You can enter up to three quilts. I wonder if I’ll get around to making two more???? So far I have no plans to do so. Tell a...

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Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, SAMQG | 2 comments

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make. In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right? I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right? Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched?10 strip sets, each with 6 strips. It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done? I decided to forge ahead. I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto. Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. ?Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way. In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie. Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor… Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman! Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the...

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