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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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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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Fusible Grid Madness aka Tutorial

I finished the Mario Quilt this week!  I used fusible grid to make this process really quick and painless:

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Fusible grid is a thin piece of interfacing that has iron-on adhesive on one side and grid lines printed on the other.  There are different brands of fusible grid, and it comes in different grid sizes.  For this quilt, I used a 2″ fusible grid from Quiltsmart.  The 2 inches denotes where the grid lines are printed so my squares will end up being 1.5″ finished.  The Quiltsmart grids are sold in panels so for Mario I needed a top and a bottom half.  For larger quilts, you would just use more panels and sew them together after each panel is created.

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First, I cut up my 2″ squares of colored fabric and laid them on the grid with the adhesive side UP.  For the white background, I cut up a variety of 2″ squares or 2″ strips of fabric to cover the area.  For larger sections, you don’t need individual pieces if the layout desired doesn’t require it.  Once you stitch everything, it’ll look like you cut smaller square due to the stitch lines.

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Now it’s time to iron the fabric to the grid.  Make sure you protect the iron, so cover the spot you are ironing with parchment paper or an applique pressing sheet.  Tip: I used parchment paper because it’s a cheaper option, and I already had some in the kitchen for baking.  I also flipped my piece so I could iron on the back.  If you do this, make sure to put the parchment paper between the fusible/fabric side and the ironing board to prevent the adhesive transferring to the board.

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Once you have everything ironed on, fold the first section on the line and sew the 1/4″ seam.  It doesn’t really matter which direction you start with, but you’ll want to do all vertical or all horizontal before changing directions.  Tip: Make sure that the seam catches both fabrics.  Sometimes the fold will crease the fabric on the inside and not make the seam.

 

Once you have the seam sewn, you will want to trim just the edge (less than 1/8″) of the seam.  Tip: Do this after each seam.  It’s easier than waiting until after all the vertical/horizontal rows are done.  Once trimmed, iron and press all the seams in the same direction.

 

Before moving on to the other seams, you will need to snip the intersection points.  Tip: Snip as close to the seam line as possible without snipping the seam line.

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The seam directions for every other row will now need to be flipped so the seams nest.  Tip: Fold on the dotted line so that the iron only touches the row that needs to be flipped.  Repeat this for every other row.

 

Sew a 1/4″ seam on the rest of the piece, trim the seam, and press all the seams to one direction to finish the panel.

Other tips: The “Quiltsmart” printing that is not the dotted line WILL show through white fabric.  I had to pick that off before I quilted Mario.

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This week’s Quilter’s Planner Block was Nautical Compass By Tish Stemple of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland.  I really like this block, but I wish it was larger than 12″ due to the TINY little half square triangles (HST).  I have yet to really use HST paper on a large scale, but I think it would be easier than trimming all these 1.5″ HSTs used in this block.

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I finished the Modern Heritage BOM quilt top.  This BOM was hosted by Serendipity Woods and I had so much fun I think I’m going to be joining her next one, Long Time Gone, too.  Here are the month 8 and 9 blocks and the final quilt top.

 

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Last but not least this week, I created a Show and Tell Bag by CrazyMomQuilts.  I used Sunnyside fabric from Kate Spain to make it extra cheery!  The tote is rather large, but it’s perfect for transporting quilts or to use at the beach.

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I can’t wait to make more of these cute totes!

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6/6-6/13 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Thursday PM, Saturday AM, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
Thunderstruck

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Create the design and complete the quilt top/block
Thunderstruck: Finish this quilt top

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Dream Quilting

 

In the last week, I’ve had like 4 nights in a row of dreaming about the Chic Country quilt.  The dream ends up being about the same every time; I debate for what seems like forever about fabric choices and always end up with a black and white quilt with a pink pop of color. The Pink is the Kona Color of the Year 2017, Pink Flamingo.  This happened every dream, over and over again.  So I think my brain is telling me something.  Conveniently, I got a charm pack of Kona Color of the Year from last month’s Sew Sampler from Fat Quarter Shop.  Not so convenient, you can’t use a charm pack to make this quilt. I tried, but the side pieces that I need in pink will not be cut from a 5″x5″ square.

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Note:  the camera is not color corrected, and the Pink Flamingo doesn’t actually look like that charm square.

I was thinking maybe all is not lost and I could just order more Kona Pink Flamingo.  However, I’m really trying not to buy more fabric and to focus on using up my stash. (please ignore the fabric package that arrived today, I’m not perfect!)  I got some Hoffman fabric on clearance from my local quilt shop over the New Years sale that is a bright lime green. I think that color will be great for the color pop and the backing/binding. My problem is solved, and I just so happen to have enough yardage to cover it all! This green is like a bright lime green, similar to the color I wanted my bridesmaid dresses to be.  I was smart enough not to do that seeing as my friends and sister would probably have quit on me. Either way, they will see what they missed out on once the quilt is done.

I sat down on Sunday and started cutting out the fabric on this quilt.  I finished all of the black and almost all of the white before I quit cutting because I wanted to sew.  Chain piecing this quilt is amazingly fast, and I think if I have another day or two to just work on this quilt, I could be done!

Because of this little detour, I did not get as much stuff on my list done as I wanted to.  Here are blocks for the 52 Weeks of Quilter’s planner Challenge I needed to get done.

 

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I had to finish this week’s early because I am heading out on vacation this weekend and won’t have my sewing machine on me.  I’ll probably go through withdrawal.

I caught up on the 4 Modern Building Blocks I needed to get finished, but I haven’t done the 4 for this week.  I will need to catch up at some point next week to finish more blocks!  And I know, with 20 out of the 48 complete I really need to work on a tutorial page for the blocks.  Maybe that is something I’ll work on this week as I won’t have my sewing machine!

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Block 9: Press the seams away from the square when you make the corner blocks, then press seams to the brown when assembling the block.
Block 11: Press seams away from the middle.
Block 34: The center part, press seams to the darker pink.  The outer frame, press seams to the lighter pink.
Block 47: Press the HST seams to the green.  Press the block seams to the square pieces.

One of the things I was able to finish while at the cabin this past weekend with friends was the Garden Charm Quilt aka Craftsy 2016 BOM.  The quilt is so pretty, and I have started to love the journey it shows how my quilting skills improved throughout 2016.  The center of the quilt was not nearly as well pieced as the outside, but that’s okay.  I’ve also updated the Completed Quilts 2017 page, so everything is posted that I’ve finished so far.  Because of the finishing push at the end of last year, I feel like there is going to be a big lull before I finish the next quilt.

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2/7-2/14 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Monday PM (so little time this week!)

Projects I want to work on:
Modern Building Blocks

Goals for the Projects:
Modern Building Blocks: Complete 4 Blocks

^more realistic,  but not a lot this week. Progress is progress though, right?

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Broken Lattice Pattern Release Day!

Today’s the day!  Pattern #102 (called Broken Lattice) is now released as a FREE PDF Pattern on Craftsy! (Free for a limited time!)

I’m really excited about this pattern because it showcases the fabric and colors really well.  This quilt is a beginner and precut friendly pattern with either 2 Jelly Rolls or 1 Honey bun for the 2 sizes.  The full size quilt finishes at 72″ square and the small quilt is 36″ square.

 

When I was designing this quilt, I was a burnt out on complicated blocks.  I wanted something that I could create quickly and easily that also had a cool design factor.  The meaning behind the Broken Lattice is the fact that the quilt is not a complete lattice.  It’s only on every few columns that the lattice shine through.  The fact that the rows and columns are consistent across and down help the continuity of the pattern.

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The smaller sample is made from Sundrops by Corey Yoder.  I divided the main row of strips not by color but by contrast so the lattice structure is not quite as pronounced compared to the larger sample made from Spectrum by V&Co. The bright colors in Spectrum are showcased well, and the awesome quilting job is by Rhonda Walker from Olie&Evie.

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The two sample quilts were Finish #1 and #2 for 2017!  Finish #3 goes to my Steampunk quilt!  This looks amazing with the Spirals Big and Small quilted edge to edge by Rhonda!

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I’m still in progress of starting my new Completed Quilts Page for 2017.  Hopefully it will be up by next week!

I head off to Winter Quiltfest tomorrow, and I need to get to work on cutting more fabric for enders and leaders.  The Modern Heritage BOM Block 6s are finally finished just in time for my Month 7 package arrived.  I’m doing the BOM with a fabulous group of ladies with Pam from Serendipity Woods leading us.  I look forward every month not to the fabric for the blocks, but the personal letter she writes each month.  It’s super awesome, so thanks Pam!

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So because I’ll be at the retreat until Sunday I realized that I had to play catch up on all the blocks for this week so I made double the normal list!  For the Quilter’s Planner block, I ended up using my wild card because I just wasn’t feeling the block with the yoyo.  I did however finish this week’s block early!  There are a few corrections to the tutorial cutting instructions for the white fabric. Replace 2.5″ square with 2.5″ x 1.5″ rectangles and replace 2.25″ square with 2″ x 1.5″ rectangles. You don’t need any of the squares and with the 2.25″ dimension your strips for columns 2 and 4 will be too long.

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I finished the Maine and New Mexico Blocks for America’s Garden Quilt.  I seriously LOVE this quilt.  I’m not typically a fan of lots of florals, but the significance of the state flowers is really neat.

 

For the Modern Building Blocks, I completed a total of 8 blocks this week.  I’m working on the tutorial page for each of the blocks as well as arrows for pressing directions.  I’ll include that once I get that up and going!

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Block 17: Alternate the seams on flying geese, and when you sew the strips together.
Block 39: This block is the same as Block 5, just smaller!  The only seams that need to nest are the solid blocks on the corners with the center blocks.
Block 42:
 Churn block! The 9 block grid seams will be pressed in alternate directions to be nested
Block 20: 
For the flying geese there isn’t an direction you need, but 9 block grid will need to be pressed in alternate directions to be nested

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Block 26: Ohio Star block! 9 grid pressing instructions
Block 35: Press towards the dark and to the middle strips.
Block 36:
 9 grid pressing instructions
Block 17: 
Press towards the dark when the dark orange and cream are sewn together.  Press towards the triangles on the edges.

It’s been a busy week, and I didn’t get a ton of time to work on the January Mighty Lucky challenge.  I will be trying to work on it this week while I’m in a new place!  Time to get inspired to design.

1/24-1/31 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Winter Quiltfest Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Projects I want to work on:
Winter Quiltfest!
Mighty Lucky

Goals for the Projects:
Enjoy Winter Quiltfest
Mighty Lucky – January Challenge

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Why I say No.

Saying no and my reasoning behind it is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while…people I know all think everyone is getting a quilt for a present.  There are many articles that have been written on how to say no as a crafter since we all feel that nagging guilt when someone you know and love asks you to make them something whether it’s knitting, crocheting, quilting, needle work, etc. So here’s to the world on why I say “No.”

I say “No” to everyone, don’t be offended by it.  I won’t outright say it but I internally scream it.  The people that have been and will be gifted quilts are the people that don’t initially ask for one.  Let’s start with the people that have already gotten a quilt from me.  My Grandma, she got my very first gifted quilt.  Not because she wanted one, but because I wanted to make her one.  I actually had to tell her that I made her the quilt for her to actually use not just to look pretty on the bed or chair.  Knowing her, she’d consider it special and then never actually use it.  The next person that got a quilt was my sister.  I love my sister, but she really knows how to weasel her way to the top of my gift giving list, call it a talent.  But to be fair, I’m getting my sister into quilting so I consider it sharing the hobby!  Plus, she sends me photos of my nephews snuggling with the quilt.  (It makes me want to make them one too!)

I’m sharing this because quilting making and giving is very personal for me.  There are hundreds of hours poured into making a quilt, not to mention the money on materials.  I want to spend my free time on my rules for creativity and making something I want.  Back 6 years ago or so, I used to have an Etsy store that I sold some paper craft work and cards.  I enjoyed making them until I was selling them.  That conversion to becoming a “job” destroyed my love for the work.  Call it fear that it will happen again, but quilt making will never become a job.  There is just too much time and love sunk into the quilts to make it a viable “job.”

Ultimately, if you want a quilt that I’ve made, the best way to get one is picking from an older quilt that I’ve made that I would be willing to part with.  I’m not sure how socially acceptable it is to gift “used” quilts, or quilts that were not made with an intended person in mind.  I have a very short list of people that I want to give a quilt to.  Everyone on that list is either very important to me or someone that I know understands the value and the effort that goes into making a quilt.  However, I still struggle on how much input I’m allowing those people to influence their gift. If I’m asked to make something I don’t particularly like, the odds are slim for actually finishing it.  (sorry!)

So this is why I say no.  I don’t have that much spare time to make everyone something, and most people don’t understand how personal quilt making is for me.  Eventually the situation might change where I am drowning in quilts and would be more willing to give them away, but that falls under the gifting “used” quilts.

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The most exciting new I have from this past week: I got a logo!!!

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Next week, I’ll share my next pattern that’ll contain the new logo!  I can’t wait to share the process of how I came up with the design too.  The large sample is completed as finished quilt #2 of 2017, and the pattern is almost ready to share!  I was also very productive this week finishing everything on my list!  The four Modern Building Blocks I completed are below.

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Block 4: The Quadrants are not the same, there are 2 of each.  I made the mistake of making all the same and having to rip out and redo two of them.
Block 13: The seams can be pressed in any direction, none of the seams are nested.
Block 15: Press the seams towards the darker orange triangle, or away from the lighter orange on blocks that do not contain the darker orange. All the seams for the HSTs will then nest.
Block 21: Use the Marti Michell’s Corner Trimmer tool, the triangles will be easier to spot on the side of the square.

Eventually I will mark up the Blocks to show all the pressing directions for the seams.  It’s on my to do list to help others out.

This past week’s Quilter’s Planner block was so cute.  I used some spare Jelly Roll strips for the color. 2 out of 51 complete!  (one week will be a WILD CARD aka skip)

 

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I completed Pennsylvania’s block for America’s Garden Quilt.  Their state flower is the Mountain Laurel.  This quilt is going to be educational for all the different state flowers. 3 out of 50 complete!

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I’m not yet done with the Modern Heritage Blocks, but I was able to complete half just by using them as Enders and Leaders.  I think of it as bonus sewing!

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Next Wednesday, I will be leaving to go to Winter Quiltfest in Logan, UT.  I can’t wait to go and learn from some awesome instructors!  Recap of the trip will be the following week, yay!

1/17-1/24 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday PM; Saturday and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
America’s Garden Quilt
Modern Building Blocks
Quilter’s Planner Block
Steampunk Quilt
Mighty Lucky

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting – Finish PBQ102 and release next week!
Modern Heritage BOM – Month 6 Blocks as enders and leaders
America’s Garden Quilt – Make 1 Block
Modern Building Blocks – Make ANY 4 Blocks
Quilter’s Planner Block – Make this week’s quilter’s planner block
^ looks almost standard each week!
Steampunk Quilt – Finish Binding the quilt!
Mighty Lucky – January Challenge

Bonus: Start either the Elephant Abstractions quilt or work on the Technicolor Galaxy BOM.