weekly update

Happy First Day of Fall!

Autumn is my FAVORITE season of the year!  Too bad it’s almost 90 degrees today.  I’ve been so wiped out by my day job these last few weeks, I feel like all the quilting goals I’ve set for myself have been overly aggressive.  It seems like the only thing I’ve mentally be able to do is sew on binding.  I also apologize I’m behind on responding to comments too.  One of these days I’ll finally catch up with my life.  So here are some fun finishes that I’ve had this week since I only sewed binding.

This quilt is a hashtag quilt made up of Vintage Modern fabric by Bonnie and Camille.  It’s one of their older lines of fabric that I just adore and was lucky enough to get a cut up layer cake on Ebay a few months ago.  It took me a while to figure out what I could make with 2.5″ square and 2.5″x6.5″ rectangles.  This hashtag quilt was a great fit and uses a partial seam to create the block (read my partial seam tutorial here). Continue reading “Happy First Day of Fall!”

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Joining Binding and Diagonal Seams (A Tutorial)

One of my favorite parts of quilting is binding because it’s the last part that is needed to finish off the quilt!  I taught myself how to join the ends of my binding because I didn’t like the way the folded or tuck binding looked.  I also didn’t realize there was a huge market for all sorts of binding tools, so my method uses nothing but a marking tool and the knowledge on how to make a diagonal seam.

How do you calculate how much binding you need?

Add the length and width of the quilt together, then multiply 2 and add 10.  Take that number, divide by 40 (if using width of fabric (WOF)) and round UP.  For example, my quilt is 72×72.  So 72+72=144.  Multiply by 2 and add 10, 144*2+10=298. Then divide by 40 so 298/40=7.45.  And round up 7.45 => 8 strips of WOF needed.  The size of the strips is highly dependent on the quilter, some use 2 1/4″ width some use 2 1/2″.  Personally I have started using 2 1/4″ strips, but I began using 2 1/2″ and still write all my patterns to that size.

How to join binding: Continue reading “Joining Binding and Diagonal Seams (A Tutorial)”

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Sew Pro: A Year Later

Last year about this time, hundreds of quilters descended upon Chicago for the Sew Pro Convention.  The convention was unique because it was about being a professional in the sewing industry.  You can read my initial recap here.

So what have I done with all I learned in the past year?

  • I have a logo and a brand: Powered by Quilting
  • I’m officially registered as a small business through the Minnesota State Department.
  • I have 3 patterns for sale on  EtsyCraftsy, and Payhip!  (most recent, Circular Illusion, has introductory pricing until the end of the month).
  • I have participated in several blog hops (See the buttons on the right side bar on PC or at the end of the page on mobile). The most recent is Making Connections Blog Hop – giveaway ends at the end of today!
  • I am a designer for the I Wish You A Merry QAL (my block was released this past Tuesday).
  • Last but not least, I’ve made lots of quilting friends!

Without Sew Pro, I would not have gotten the inspiration and the motivation to really push for publishing patterns and creating a brand for myself.  I have a long way to go, but I definitely feel like I’m off to a good start! Continue reading “Sew Pro: A Year Later”

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I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 5!

I am so proud to share the Snowman block I designed!  I used Moda Grunge Evergreen, White Paper, Onyx, and Red for the piecing portion of the block.  Mr. Snowman’s nose is a Moda Grunge Orange scrap.

When we first started planning this QAL, I jumped at the chance to make a Snowman block!  Snowmen are my favorite thing about winter and the holidays, especially cute snowmen.  As you can see, I made a lot of not-so-cute and not-so-proportional snowmen through the different iterations of the design I tried.

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T.G.I.F.

Finally Friday!  For a short week (Labor Day holiday), it definitely felt like a really long one!  I didn’t have much time this week to work on projects since I was traveling for work.  I didn’t even get much hand sewing in, shocking!

So today, I’m going to share a little bit about how I test my designs without EQ7.  I do own EQ7 and use it for mocking up patterns that I end up making, but for quick tests of block designs I’m old-fashioned.  Using pencil and paper, I draw my block design and color it in.  I love using Prismacolor color pencils because they shade in evenly, a 24 color pack is plenty of different colors for mocking up designs.

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Making Connections Blog Hop

I Can’t Believe I’m Machine Quilting!  That is the title of my quilting story. When Dorie Hruska of Forever Quilting first asked for people to help her promote her new book through a blog hop, I was a bit hesitant because I am not a fan of machine quilting and thought I would just be embarrassing myself.  Well something clicked, and it’s like a light bulb went on in my brain on how to think about machine quilting. So here is my journey…

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Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!

I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you today!  Introducing Circular Illusion!  When looking at this quilt from a distance, it gives an optical illusion of circles.  However, it looks like simple patchwork up close.

Circular Illusion is a beginner friendly pattern made with fat quarters or fat eighths and would look great using collections as well as scrappy fabric from your stash! Continue reading “Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!”

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Happy 1 year Blogiversary to me!

Can you believe it’s already been a year?  For those of you who have been reading since the beginning, I very much so appreciate you, and thank you for reading! (I also appreciate those of you who may have found me during the last year as well!)  You may have noticed about 2 weeks ago, there were a few days that my blog wasn’t online or you were getting to a page that was under construction. I decided to migrate my blog from being hosted on WordPress.com to a self hosting WordPress.org site.  This post is dedicated to all my fellow newbie bloggers that may run into some of these same issues as they decide to go to a self hosted site.  If you are here for just my quilting adventures, skip to the end of the post for a quick weekly update and what I’ve been up to this past week.

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