This was my first time ever going to Quilt Market, and wow, what a time I had!
I flew into St. Louis on Wednesday, and got all registered and received my official name badge ~ another first, so exciting! :)
Everyone needs a quilty buddy to experience the show with so I met up with Janel from Nite Owl Quilting (we are friends from Sew Pro in Chicago) and her friend Dorie from Forever Quilting. We had a ball! Thanks ladies, it wouldn’t have been the same without you!
Nite Owl Quilting & Forever Quilting
Thursday we attended School House. The day kicked off with a Welcoming presentation and the Moda Fabrics William Morris Premiere Event, showcasing the new William Morris Fabric. All of the attendees received a free bag from Moda with two charm packs of the fabric!
Before Schoolhouse begins you receive a newspaper-like schedule full of presentation options. You have to do choose one presentation for each 1/2 hour ~ it’s not easy to choose by the way!
There were 13 time slots and 228 options total! I decided to kick off my day with Jen Kingwell. She is the sweetest and I love her designs and fabric from Moda.
Elizabeth Hartman had a schoolhouse showing off her newest quilt design and fabric line, Pond.
Alison Glass had some gorgeous quilts with her new fabric line… CHROMA!
I was a WINNER of a fabric bundle! It’s mine… all mine! But, you can buy it here if you love it too!
Brigitte Heitland showed off her new fabric line, she is such a sweet lady!
I scored a signed copy of her new book, Zen Chic Inspired, from Martingale.
The day was jam packed and it ended with Sample Spree, where I bought a few more goodies to add to my Alison Glass bundle!
I think this Woolies Flannel bundle will make the perfect scarves for my Penguin Quilt!
I’m working on template L which is the center patch of one arc section.
Align the first two fabric patches right sides together and place them 1/4″ over the first sew line (between section 1 & 2) on your foundation paper.
Turn to the paper side and sew on the first 1-2 sewing line.
Turn paper over and press the fabric open.
Now, with the fabric face down, fold back your paper template along the NEXT sewing line between sections 2 and 3. Place the lip of your add-a-quarter ruler along the fold and trim away the excess fabric.
This is what it will look like after you press it open. The beauty of this is that now you can align the next fabric patch along the edge of the trimmed piece.
See (next photo) how I have my next piece aligned right up with the trimmed piece? This means I have a perfect 1/4″ and no extra bulk to trim after I’ve sewn it on.
Press open again.Fold paper back on your next sewing line between sections 3 and 4. Trim again using your add-a-quarter ruler.
Continue to align the next patch with the trimmed edge.
When you’re all done, trim to the dotted template lines!
DONE! You’re ready to sew your arc pieces together!
Things are moving along with the Cabin Fever Block of the Month. The March pattern went out on the 30th and here we are already in April!
All the monthly center blocks in this quilt involve curve piecing and when you are cutting curves its best to have the curve on the fabric bias. This will help when sewing the curves. And you always want the straight edges (outer edges) of the block on the straight grain of the fabric so your blocks don’t get wavy or wonky.
Align along the straight edge and then rotate the template around keeping one straight edge parallel to the straight edge of the fabric. I also like to align my square ruler with the edges of of the template to keep my rotary cutter and the 90 degree angle straight.
When your getting the arcs ready to sew, it’s easiest to find the center of the arcs and pin there first. Then pin at the two ends. You can pin more (or less) than that but I like having three. I only take a small bite out of the fabric when pinning on the curve, it helps let the fabric lay easier as I’m sewing.
I use my 6 1/2″ square ruler again when I’m done to carefully square up each side of my block unit.
And here is the finished block! I think they look great all together! If you are looking for the pattern you can find it in my shop!
Hi! Today I have a quick tutorial on the Whipped Woven Stitch that I used as part of the stitching on this months applique.
But first I have to share some pics of the progress!
WHIPPED WOVEN CIRCLE:
To begin, I whip-stitched a white wool circle to my background. You don’t actually need to do this but it makes the Whipped Woven Circle stand out even more.
1) Stitch some spokes, coming up from the outside edge and going down into the center of your circle. I’m using pearl cotton 8, and eight spokes in the example below.
2)Bring your needle up from the back near the center and in-between two spokes. From now on you will be working only from the top of your work.
3) Use the eye end of your needle to travel under the stitch to the left and right of where your thread is coming out… threading under both stitches. This will create a small loop over each spoke that will create the bumps in your finished circle.
4) Pull snug (not tight) and repeat going under the next set of two stitches that are on either side of where you came up. You can see that I am working counter clockwise around my circle.
5) Continue working in the round…
6) When your circle is full, take the thread to the back of your work and tie off.
Done! Hopefully this helped some of you out! :)
If you want to see another example, I made a whipped woven circle to resemble a sea shell on this project! You might have to search for it, it’s white and (hopefully) looks like a tiny sand dollar.
Thanks for playing along and checking out this month! You can find the pattern here…
Bring your thread up from the back of your work, anywhere along the edge of your applique is fine.
Take a back-stitch about the length you want your knot to be. Mine is roughly 1/4″. Bring your needle out where the thread is coming out.
Take the thread (next to the tip of your needle) and wrap your needle enough times to fill the back-stitch space (estimate). I wrapped mine clockwise about 12 times. Wrap it snug, but not so tight you can’t pull your needle through it.
Now here is the trickiest part… and it’s not really that tricky once you’ve done it.
I use my left (non dominant) hand and place my thumb over the wraps on the needle in the front of my work, and my index finger on the back of my work and hold the wraps in place (pinching it) while I pull the needle through. Once the needle is pulled through it should look like this…
Pull the tail down close to the work so the knot rests along the edge of the applique. You might have to fuss with it slightly till you get the hang of it.
Now you insert your needle again at the base of the knot (where the tail is coming out) and take a stitch so your needle comes out 1/4″ above the top of that knot…
Pull the thread to the front of your work.
Take another back-stitch to repeat the process…
You can use any length stitch and any number of wraps. If you use a lot of wraps and a short stitch the result will be more of a loop. You’ll be hooked in no time!!!
I also used a few fly stitches and French knots. You are probably more familiar with these stitches…
I worked from the left to the right and then back again. To start bring the needle up from the back of your work.
Insert the needle about 1/4″ to the right and angle the stitch to come out in-between the stitches about 1/4″ lower with the thread under the needle.
Pull the thread snug creating the V shape.
Add a french knot here by wrapping the tip of your needle 3 times.
Insert it just below the V… notice (with my left hand) I have tension on the tail so the knot stays snug until I’ve pulled the needle and thread all the way through to the back of my work.
Continue to the right side.
When you get to the edge return to the left with the fly stitch but instead of adding a french knot, just make a stitch at the base of the V.
I just finished a new Penguin quilt pattern! The Big Chill is full of chilly penguins and includes two sizes. The Large 58″ x 68″ version pictured here has 9 penguins…
We’ve had a mild winter here in New England, but just in time for The Big Chill release… we had a Snow Storm! I ran out yesterday while it was snowing to get these pictures. There’s nothing like the quiet that snow brings. This next pic is one of my favorites, I think it captures the quiet stillness… and the chill!
Each penguin is 15″ and has a Kona scarf! I listed the colors in the pattern if you like the look of this one.
I broke into my Architextures fabric for my four penguin quilt… so cute! It has a softer look, perfect for a baby quilt.
The white I’ve been using is a Robert Kaufman fabric that has some shimmery dots… it’s called Spot On. Perfect!
Thanks for checkin’ out The Big Chill! You can find the pattern here:
The block design in the center is actually the ‘block’ of the month. The Star is part of the top design. You will notice I’m mixing solids and prints. I’m using some Anna Maria Horner fabrics from her True Colors line.
I have a couple bundles in my shop, plus some other supplies that are helpful for this BOM project. If the bundles are gone, email me @ [email protected] and I’ll update you on availability when I get more in stock.
I’m using the prints for the corner squares, background and border. I will mix the left over scraps of prints and solids into my monthly block.
The star points will be made from my stash of solids with one coordinating print.
For my Star Background (Fabric B) I’m using True Colors Filigree Coral ~ it’s so bright and fun!
And for my border (fabric F) I’m using this gorgeous dark version of Filigree, called dusk!
6 1/2″ ruler ~ These are great for squaring up blocks so they are all the same size.
Vellum Paper ~ Sometimes I use regular copy paper (shhh!) but it does tend to shrink when ironed. I have a few packs of this paper if you want to try it. Either way, use a 6 1/2″ ruler to trim so you know all your blocks are the same size.
Flat head pins ~ These pins (or any flat head pins) are super helpful keeping everything flat when paper piecing.
The Jul i Scandinavia Quilt-a-Long is underway! This is a non-traditional block of the month pattern that’s all applique.
Originally, I had purchased some red flannel for the background fabric for my sample but I happened upon some red wool and I was hooked… but I’ll let you in on a little secret! I’m in a robin group with my local quilty friends and they are working on this pattern using a gray cotton background and white wool, similar to this needle book I made from the scraps!
In the photo above, the top white flower and the red heart and little circles are all wool and the two white hearts are velvet.In the next photo, the red flannel on the inside pocket is the flannel I had originally picked as my background. It won’t go to waste tho, and maybe I’ll be able to incorporate a little bit into my quilt-a-long project!
For the January installment of the quilt-a-long, subscribers received the supply list and the pattern for the tree already.
There are two main supplies for this project (background and applique fabric) and I will also be using some white velvet to embellish. I purchased all three of these items from a wonderful shop called Camp Wool in Kennebunk Maine. They don’t have an online shop but if you can’t find your supplies locally, you can call their shop for availability and ask if they will ship to you direct.
The two wools and other supplies I purchased at Camp Wool are:
Dorr Bright White #163
Marcus (red) Ro5-7717-2123
The Velveteen was off the bolt, and I don’t have the sku but it’s a creamy white color and lighter than the white wool. (lush velveteen 100%cotton)
Red wool sampler 5 pack (see photo below)
To Coordinate with the wools I purchased Aurifil Wool Thread (optional) in these two colors: Red 8260 and White 8021. I will use these wool threads to whip-stitch the wool applique in place.
If you use wool be sure to check to see if it needs to be washed prior to beginning your project. And, if you decide to use velveteen… Do not iron it!
You can embellish with some threads and extra fabrics if you want to. I’m starting with some pearl cotton, embroidery floss, red wool scrap pack and 1 1/2″ ribbon.
Some of thesesupplies are listed in my shop if you can’t find similar products locally.
Assembly of the tree pattern is pretty straight forward…
Since the applique is wool, no seam allowance is needed. I simply pinned my template to the wool and cut out the applique shape. All the extra wool that is cut away will be used for the remaining applique shapes.
I made my tree in two layers. The first layer of my tree is wool which I whip-stitched in place using Aurifil wool thread and then I used pearl cotton for the decorative pekinese stitch around the perimeter.
The second layer of my tree is velveteen. I cut it out using the same template, basted it in place and needle turned the edges under so it’s slightly smaller than the wool. I then back stitched around the perimeter of the velveteen with the white pearl cotton 8
The pekinese stitch is easy and looks so pretty. It’s basically a woven back stitch. I back-stitched the perimeter with white pearl cotton 5 and wove the ecru pearl cotton 8 through the back-stitches.
I’m using a chenille needle for the back-stitching and a milliners size 1 needle for weaving. To weave, bring your milliners needle up from the back behind the first back stitch. Working right to left (or whichever direction is comfortable to you) count two stitches to the left and use the eye end of the milliners needle to thread the pearl cotton under the backstitch from the top to the bottom.
leave a small loop, count one back-stich to the right and use the eye end of the needle again to weave the stitch under the back-stitch from the bottom to the top…
keep the needle above the loop and pull through…
pull until the thread is snug but not so tight you pucker your wool. Then just repeat (two to left, one to right)!
You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information to date.
IF YOU SIGN UP ON CRAFTSY
I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.
Cabin Fever Q & A ~
What Can I expect after signing up?
Each month (beginning January 31st) you will receive the new pattern. Month 1 will include layout options and I will cover some of the fabric/color choices.
Can I sign up anytime?
Yes, if you sign up after January 2017, You will receive all the patterns to date. Any remaining patterns will be updated monthly.
Will I be charged Monthly?
No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.
How will patterns be delivered?
As a printable PDFs.
What techniques will we be using?
12 BOM Blocks ~ Each monthly block will be a circular design. Foundation piecing and templates will be offered and the curved piecing technique will be covered in month one (it’s not as scary as it looks.)
For the Log Cabin Blocks ~ For consistency we will use the foundation pieced method.
What will we use for fabric?
Cabin Fever is a scrap busting quilt and we will talk about fabric as part of the layout choice in Month 1.
Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays! My Dear Daughter BOM Quilt top is done and I wanted to share!
I also wanted to say Thank you to the quilters from all over the world that participated! Of course we had lots of quilters from the US and Canada ~ Woo Hoo! – (I think Texas was the most represented state!) A BIG thank you to all the quilters from down under in Australia, New Zealand… and even Africa… As well as lots of quilters in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK to name a few!! WOW! Thank You!
If you are wondering what my border fabric is… I found this fabric by Valorie Wells ~ (Quill Ash) at a local quilt shop. It’s perfect!
To replicate my border applique I made a template from freezer paper. After I appliqued the first of four border motifs, I cut some freezer paper to size and ironed it onto the fabric (shiny side down) and traced everything.
Then I peeled it off and used it (with the help of a light box) as a template for placement of the remaining three border motifs.
I over-sized the width of my border by an inch and a half so I could trim/square it up after it’s been quilted. After a lot of thought I decided to hand quilt my quilt. It will take some time of course, and I will definitely share some pics with you when that’s complete!
If you want to make your own Dear Daughter Quilt you can find the pattern HERE IN MY SHOP
There are also a couple quilt shops that will be offering the Dear Daughter BOM as a QAL beginning in 2017 if you want to participate contact the shops to find out more about their programs and monthly fabric kits!
And I have to share a couple Christmas Finishes from two of our quilt friends following along!
Sam finished her quilt and presented it to her Daughter for Christmas!!! Amazing finish Sam!
And Shawn made FOUR! Look at these gorgeous daughters with their quilts! This picture makes me happy, and I love that their names are on them! Shawn, I seriously don’t know how you pulled it off. Mind. Blown.Happy Holidays to you all!
are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for December are:
Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Tiziana G from Italy!
The Warm Company products ~ Judy C from Canada and Melissa K from Alabama!
It took me some time to decide on what I wanted this final block to say. I had something else in mind originally but ultimately decided on Believe… It can represent so many things! I even googled it and found this..
Believe comes from old German words meaning to have trust. Belief doesn’t require proof, just acceptance. To believe can also mean having confidence. If you believe in me, it doesn’t mean that you think I’m real. It means you think I can do what I set out to do.
I’ll be back again with some pics of the finished border! But here’s a peek!
Happy Holidays! Today is the annual December give away day (today through 12/11!) hosted by SewMamaSew and I’ve got two bundles of goodies ~ one for USA residents and one for International… PLUS i’m offering 20% off All Quilt Patterns in my shop! Use the code GIVEAWAY!
First for USA
1) An 8 1/2″ Scrappy Bundle from my Block of the Month stash! That’s 40 different fabrics to add to your stash!
2) A print copy of my Scrap Happy Sampler Pattern to use up that stash.
AND don’t forget the full Scrap Happy Sampler Pattern PLUS super cute Sewing Machine Ornament!
For International Winners…
ANY Quilt PDF Pattern from My Shop, INCLUDING BOM patterns!
20% off all patterns today ~ 12/11/2016! Use code GIVEAWAY
Here’s what you do…
Please tell me where you are from and what your working on (I love reading about all your projects!)
Followers ~ (for extra entries)
If you follow me leave a message(s) telling me how (facebook, instagram, email, bloglovin etc) for extra entries! And thanks for following!
Giveaway is open Thru Sunday 12/11!
I don’t know where my manners are!!! I should share where I’m from too! I live in Massachusetts, but my heart lives in Maine (where I will be celebrating Christmas by the Sea this weekend!) I’m working feverishly on finishing my Dear Daughter Quilt top while trying to fit in some mitten making, other handmade gifts and gift wrapping! I need some elves! Also… sneaking in time to watch all my favorite holiday movies!
WINNERS WERE PICKED VIA ‘AND THE WINNER IS‘ PLUG-IN
A mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore typically associated with the Winter Solstice and the Christmas season.
You may have seen my Scandinavian Tomte quilt pattern in a couple previous posts but I’m excited to share that it’s been published in the latest Simply Moderne issue from Quiltmania! This is a big deal for me, and I am so grateful to the group over at Quiltmania. They are kind and supportive in every way, truly a wonderful experience all together.
If you already subscribe to Simply Moderne I hope you enjoy this issue! And if not, I would recommend a subscription to any of the three they offer (Quiltmania, Simply Moderne, Simply Vintage).
So back along when I got the news that my quilt was chosen for the winter issue I was over the moon to say the least. I’ve always enjoyed the magazine and all the beautiful quilts and photography!! So, it’s no surprise (I confess) that over the past few months I’ve been spending a little time daydreaming about how they will photograph my quilt. (I’m a pisces, we do that lol)
It was the day after Thanksgiving and my daughters were home from college, we were all just hanging out, decorating the tree and listing to Christmas music when the mailman came with the magazine. Now, you know my whole family was on magazine alert… let’s just say I might have mentioned it was coming soon (once or twice) AND maybe I was checking the mail a little more regularly (smiles).
We huddled up on the couch and I turned the first page and there it was, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I might have screamed a little…
I was actually quite blown away. Seeing my quilt in such a lovely scene (seriously I want that bed) and seeing it featured on the contents page ~ I was feeling extra special, and thankful!
I quickly noticed the fine print… my quilt had been on a quilt-cation! Was I jealous? Hell ya!
Funny thing is, the next page brought me right back home to New England ~ to the Vermont Quilt Festival which is just a state away from me!
The issue also features the Tokyo Festival, three portraits (I’m totally obsessing over the the quilts of Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima) ~ PLUS a technical lesson with one of my crushes Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession, and a whole bunch of projects….
including Tennessee Lightning which I’m in love with! Looks like a great scrap busting quilt.
And guess what? They made mention of my Dear Daughter Quilt! (GUSH!)
So, this Thanksgiving I’m feeling extra special and so thankful that I get to do what I love! I hope you all enjoy the Holiday Season!!! Hugs!
I will be hosting two Quilt-a-Long Programs this year! One will be a traditional Block of the Month (announcement coming soon) and one will be a Christmas Quilt!
Jul i Scandinavia
Jul i Scandinavia is an applique quilt measuring 32″ x 40″. I will be making my quilt on a red flannel base using primarily white wool for the applique.
Instead of receiving a block each month, you will receive the applique templates for a branch or section of the project. Please be aware that the image shown is a rough draft of the pattern and may change slightly.
I’d love it if you joined in!
This year I will have the BOM patterns listed in two places. You can sign up any time
You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information and templates to date.
IF YOU SIGN UP ON CRAFTSY
I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.
Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.
Will you be posting progress on rebeccamaedesigns.com?
Yes, I will post pictures monthly with my progress.
What will I need for fabric?
I will be providing a supply list in January. The background base I will be using for my sample is red flannel. I will also be using some red wool and decorative ribbon to embellish the base. The applique shapes on my project will be almost entirely white and made of primarily wool with some velvet and cotton accents.
What other supplies will I need?
Your supply list will include some optional embellishment supplies. For example, you might want to have a variety of threads for decorative stitches including perle cotton and embroidery floss. Please note that I will not be including stitch instruction with the pattern, but I will make note of some of the stitches I’m using as part of my monthly posts.
What is the finished size of the quilt?
The size of the finished quilt is 32” x 40”.
When will the program wrap up?
I will deliver the final pattern download in November so that you may finish and enjoy for the 2017 holidays!
This is a dry iron with a flat plate (no holes) which means you never have to worry about leaks and it doesn’t leave any impressions on your applique. This iron is a little harder to come by, so you might want to order quick before they are gone. Some of my quilt friends turned me on to this iron and I just ordered one! I also ordered an iron caddy and a pressing sheet to go with it. Merry Christmas to me!
If you haven’t spotted these at your local quilt shop you can find them online from the Artists site. You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of these cards… and you’ll have a hard time giving them away! So Pretty!
Hope you enjoyed these gift ideas! It’s important to mention that although some of these ideas link to affiliates, I wasn’t compensated to write this post. It’s my own personal list of favorites. Enjoy!
Hello! Thanks for visiting my site and if you’re new here… Welcome!
I’m kicking off this weeks blog hop along with a group of Makers from Sew Pro! In September I went to the first Sew Pro Convention held in Chicago. Sew Pro is an event for Designers, Bloggers, Authors and Creatives, giving us the opportunity to meet other creative people in the industry and talk about the business!
I arrived to the event early and I’m so glad I did! I got to meet all these creative women! A group of entrepreneurs, shop owners, and designers (of fabric, bags, quilts and fashion)!!! Makers of all kinds! During the convention, we shared meals, inspiration, stories… and A LoT of notes!
Some of her presentation points elaborated on this same thought:
Don’t wait for things to be perfect.
Get your family on board.
Do the work!
Don’t stop trying the doorknob.
Thanks for the inspiration Pat!
Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness introduces Keynote speaker Pat Sloan @ Sew Pro
Mimi G. talks about starting a creative business and brand loyalty.
Tula Pink talks about the business of fabric design.
Everyone was learning and sharing!
Alison Glass and Spoonflower gave out these pretties during one of the sessions… including some panels for a needle book.
Of course I had to make one!!! And… with a few more supplies
I made this adorable Needle Book!
I customized my needle book and added a couple pockets to store my scissors and packets of new needles. I also added some purple and gold wool to make the pages. This book will get TONS of use, I love it!
The Theme of the Sew Pro Stars hop is to share a project inspired by Sew Pro… but I thought about this and realized…
I was inspired by the Attendees AND the Teachers! So much creativity in one place!
Plus, these Teachers have been inspiring me ALL ALONG! I love to listen to their podcasts (Pat and Abby – links below) while I sew, I’ve contributed to some of their sites (sew mama sew!) and magazines (GenQ), I’ve got two Alison Glass projects going on and I’m not going to tell you how many Tula Quilts I’ve already made (if you follow me you probably already know).
I feel an even stronger connection to these projects now that I understand the stories behind their fabric.
We are down to the last three Chapters and I’m really excited to be in the home stretch! Chapter 10 is complete!
Chapter 10 fits into the bottom right corner of Dear Daughter quilt top.
If you are working on the Dear Daughter Pattern, the Chapter 10 patterns were emailed out already, so if you don’t see the pattern in your email box, contact me at [email protected] and I’ll get it right to you!
It’s never too late to sign up, the posts will remain and you can sign up any time.
Plus, you can find all the links to previous chapters at the bottom of this post!
You’ve probably noticed there are some small patchwork pieces in these blocks.
I wanted to share a couple pointers that I like to follow that help me when piecing these little bits…
Check your seam allowance. One way to check is to sew three 1 1/2″ squares together. After they are joined, the center square should measure 1″. If you’re over or under, your seam allowance needs to be adjusted. Otherwise your block will not finish at the proper size (especially with all these seams… it adds up!)
Change your needle. Do yourself a favor and start with a fresh needle in your machine to keep you (and your patchwork) in line… don’t let a dull needle drag you down.
Cut accurately. Take your time and cut as accurate as possible, try not to rush through this step, it will save you later.
Use a short stitch length. I like to use a shorter stitch length (a 2 on my machine) when piecing small patches. I think it makes my seams stronger, but more importantly, the ends of my seams (at the sides of my block) don’t start to open as I’m working with the block. Remember, when your stitch length is short, picking stitches out with the seam ripper is a real pain, so check twice before you stitch.
Press seams open. Some may gasp at the thought… but if you don’t do it already, give it a try! I love how nice and flat my blocks come out. Sure, you can’t ‘nest’ your seams, but I don’t care (so reckless!), I just pin at the seams, and use a short stitch length… I’ve never had a problem, it’s all good! Do I do this all the time? No, but I do it a lot when piecing small blocks with lots of seams.
Sew slow and steady. Don’t race through these blocks, take your time and sew carefully.
Pin. I don’t love to pin, but I make myself take the extra few seconds to pin my block at the start, end and intersections… and sometimes in between! The pins you’ll see further down are clover fine glass head pins – use my amazon link or try to find some at your local quilt shop, (any brand of fine pins will do) they slide right into your fabric without moving it out of place. You’ll love them.
When I made my pinwheel blocks, I got my parts all cut and the diagonal seams marked (yup, marked… don’t eyeball this step)…
I pinned and chain-stitched when I could…
Pressed my seams open… see how flat?
Then I squared up my blocks before joining.
All these little steps improved the outcome of my blocks! Hope these tips helped some of you!
Hello! It’s finally my day for the Road Home Row Along!
This Row along is hosted by Seams to be Sew and Sew Incredibly Crazy. The idea is to create a row that reminds you of home! I chose to do my row about Maine. And since I was working on this all summer, and the campers have been on the road… I took that as good inspiration!
To represent Maine I included:
One of the Maine slogans (of course!), blueberries, northern lights (stars), Pine trees, chickadee, and the moose!
I made my row using some cotton applique and some wool applique, but use your own preferences.
I had dmc floss and perle cotton 12 to make a basic blanket stitch for most of the applique. And I added some bullion knots in a few places for fun ~ see around the tire and windows?
When I got to the clothes line, i stitched a basic back stitch,
and then wove it in both directions with the long tail of the perle cotton to make it look more substantial and like a woven clothesline.
If you use the eye end of the needle to weave it through, it’s much easier!
The slogan is so long that the letters are rather small.
You might want to enlarge them and print something shorter like Welcome, or your family name.
1 ~ One US winner will receive a Tula Pink Coloring book! One of my favorite fabric designers!
2 ~ One lucky winner will win a subscription to my Dear Daughter Quilt A Long! See related posts.
3 ~ One US winner will win a machine embroidery design CD offered by Anita Goodesign.
ENTER TO WIN
by leaving a comment about each prize you would like!
1 Tula Coloring Book(US only)
2 Dear Daughter BOM Subscription (international included!)
3 Embroidery CD (US only)
Drawing will be open until midnight October 6th.
TULA COLORING BOOK GOES TO BARB WHO WROTE:
The coloring book would be an awesome gift for 14 year old granddaughter! When I think of Maine, I think of trees, fishing, and insect repellent–lol, probably comes from reading certain mysteries. The use of wool for the applique is a great idea! Thanks!
DEAR DAUGHTER SUBSCRIPTION GOES TO JOAN WHO WROTE:
I must admit…this row speak to my heart! I love love love it! Your BOM looks fabulous. That would be my choice if I was lucky enough to win. But I’ve already won…I found a new blog that I just started to follow.;-)
ANITA GOODESIGN CD GOES TO RACHELL WHO WROTE:
I have a new embroidery machine, so I would love to use it more! A design CD would be wonderful!
PLUS visit Seams to be Sew for a bunch more giveaways, and all the other websites who are participating:
The pattern calls for fat quarters, plus a background fabric, and the original sample (shown below) is made from Kate Spain’s Latitude Batiks fabric. It’s all scrappy and gorgeous!
The fat quarter bundle I used for my quilt sold out so I can’t link you to it, but for a limited time you can get this newly curated bundle! Turn up the Volume 2 You’ll need to check the Summer Breeze pattern for the fabric requirements of fat quarters… this bundle includes 24.
If you love it ~ don’t hesitate or they will be gone!
I opted to mix some solid gray fabric into my quilt with my fat quarters… Then I got to work cutting out these pretties with this kaleidoscope ruler... so easy!Rather than placing my fabric completely scrappy and random I decided to group my blocks by color to see how that would change the look without changing the design.
You’ll notice there are a lot of bias seams in this quilt, but squaring the blocks with this 8 1/2″ ruler makes it SO much easier to keep things straight!
Since I made the adjustment to the color placement in my blocks, when all my blocks were finished, I laid them out from the top left corner down diagonally by color without much fussing. I love the look!
I can’t wait to see what all the other quilters made!!! Go check them out…
And I can’t forget to mention the back of my quilt!!! For the first time I tried a wide back and I loved it!
This one is called Freefall from Tula Pink and it’s 108″ wide, which means I didn’t have to piece the back! Heaven! I didn’t get a shot of the full back but you can see it peeking out in a couple pics. Gorgeous.
My quilty friend Terri quilted it with an all over feather design… Love it! :)
I have a free diy Color Card download to share with you today.
Do you ever want to track what fabrics you used for a project or wish you had a color card? I started tracking my projects and fabrics with my own diy color card and it’s a great reference that I go back to… a lot! I have two methods to my madness…
First I like to track the solids I use. When I purchase any solids, I snip off a piece of the selvage and add them to my own diy color card. This way when I want to refer back to them or need to purchase more of a color, I have a sample to go to. This is especially helpful with solids since there is no information on the selvage to refer back to later.
I also use this diy color card for projects. When I start a project I like to make note (or a card) of all the fabrics I’m using ~ sometimes I run out of a fabric I need and the project might sit for a while (sounds familiar right?) then when I go back to it I don’t always remember what I used… no worries, I can just check the project color card.
Here is one I made for a holiday quilt I was working on…
I use a glue stick to stick the samples on ~ easy and works great!
Then I put them all in a binder neatly tucked away!
I hope some of you find this useful too! There are two versions in the PDF, one for solids or general fabric tracking and one for projects.