Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bee Blocks - August

As for the Stash Bee, Sarah Nunes, who blogs over at Berry Barn Designs, asked for a red, low-volume white, and blue half square triangle block for this month's Stash Bee Hive #3 block. It's still in four pieces because she wants to scatter all the members blocks for more evenly dispersed scrappiness. You can check out the other blocks created for the Stash Bee on Flickr.

I have joined a new bee formed from participants in the New Quilt Blogger's Hop at Plum and June.

Plum and June

Lin March over at Lin's Quilts is our queen this month. She requested 9" nine-patch blocks using white and brights.

Cath Hall, author of Wombat Quilts, asked for Arkansas Traveler blocks for this month's Hope Circle of Do. Good Stitches block. Lee, over at Freshly Pieced, gave a free pattern for this block as part of her Summer Sampler Series, which has a Flickr group.

I had been wanting to make this block for a while; it's so beautiful. Honestly, I think I've got that ambition fully out of my system. The instructions were clear, but the creation of these blocks requires many steps and a decent time investment. There are several opportunities within the process for things to go awry if you aren't careful. Many seams come together in the center of the block. I'm not certain of the best way to coerce this intersection to lay flat, but I suspect it involves a mallet and some extreme force. Cath's color choices were yellow, orange, and gold with a light gray, scrappy background. View more Hope Circle blocks on Flickr, if you so desire.

I'm off to the post office.

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Friday, August 15, 2014


If you are visiting from TGIFF, welcome!

This week, I completed my art quilt featuring two crabs in battle over an oyster. I used a painted, non-woven material called reemay for the appliqué. You can see more about the process in my tutorial.

Applying a faced binding was a first for me, but I found the tutorial at The Silly BooDilly to be very thorough. Here's the backside.

Now, let's see what you've been working on. Please check out the other links, and leave a few words of encouragement for the other participants. Include a link and/or TGIFF button so others can join the fun.

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Crafty Quilt Kit Giveaway

Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Psst ... the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!) 

**Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.** 

Enter to win here: Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy 

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


I wish I could say these were my blocks, but alas, it isn't so. These belong to Suzanne Shannon, one of my improv quilting students at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education. She was initially dubious about creating a block with an unknown visual conclusion, but kept at it with awe-inspiring results.

As if that wasn't enough, she also churned out a fantastic bag between classes using her stitch and flip triangle blocks. Suzanne is interested in using her blocks in a greater variety of projects beyond quilts and bags. If you have suggestions for other projects that incorporate improvisational piecing, I'd be much obliged if you'd leave them in the comments.

Debbie Bowen was determinedly working through a her stash of Christmas fabrics. Kuddos to her for integrating both string piecing and stitch and flip triangles in one festive piece.

Susan Steel incorporated the same type of improv blocks in a completely different, and completely wonderful way. It's great to see how the same process can enable so many creative possibilities.

Marcia had a fun, whimsical collection of fabrics containing everything from caterpillars to vehicles. I love how she pulled them together with red sashing.

She made these monochromatic braid blocks too. Aren't they lovely?

Students, thank you for making my Wednesdays nights so much fun!
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Constellation Quilt Along Part III: Finishing

You have arrived at the final installment of the Constellation Quilt Along.

If you are looking for the other Constellation Quilt Along Posts, here they are:

Part I: Wonky Stars
Part II: Layout

It's time to baste, quilt, and bind your quilt. Here's a list of some of my favorite online tutorials if you are unfamiliar with the processes for turning your top into a quilt:

Basting from Kati @ From the Blue Chair

A handy tip I discovered with this quilt is to lay out your backing on the floor or your table, tape down the edges with masking tape, and then roll your batting on a large cardboard tube. This makes it much easier to roll the batting out smoothly onto your backing. Then, roll the quilt top on the tube with the right side facing the tube. Unroll the top onto the batting. I received the tubes from when I ordered laminated cotton. You could probably use an empty gift wrap tube instead, if your quilt top isn't too large.

I free-motion quilted circles connected with straight lines to mimic the constellations on the background fabric.

The backing is Michael Miller Galaxy Visa pulled from my novelty stash.

The binding is made from the same glow-in-the-dark fabric that I used for the stars.

If you are joining along, upload pictures of your progress to the Flickr Group.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bee Blocks - July

This month's Stash Bee Hive 3 block might look familiar.

That's because Francine of Mocha Wild Child chose the Wonky Pinwheel block that was selected for the Hope Circle of do. Good Stitches in March. The careful observer may notice the color scheme and arrangement differ.

However, both were created using the Wonky Pinwheel tutorial from Natalie at Greenleaf Goods.

You can check out the Stash Bee Flickr pool for other examples, as well as blocks from the other hives.

The July Hope Circle of do. Good Stitches blocks were Improv Flowers created using Aneela Hoey's tutorial.

These blocks measure 12 1/2" unfinished. Kimberly Swink requested pink, orange, red or yellow for the centers and an outer round of green. Each flower progresses from light to dark or vice versa. I added stitch and flip leaves to a few just for the fun of it.

I'll be linking up with the awesome parties on my Linky Party Page including:
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Constellation Quilt Along Part II: Layout

Welcome to the second installment of the Constellation Quilt Along.

Refer to this layout diagram for quilt top assembly. Use 1/4" seam allowances.

Layout Diagram for Constellation Quilt Along @ Quilting Mod

Cut each piece to the size listed (includes 1/4" seam allowance). Label each piece with a piece of masking tape marked with its corresponding letter in permanent marker.

A: 5" x 3"
B: 5" x 5"
C: 8" x 12"
D: 3 1/2" x 5"
E: 5" x 3"
F: 3 1/2" x 7 1/2"
G: 20" x 15"
H: 12 1/2" x 26 1/2"
I: 18" x 3"
J: 4" x 6 1/2"
K: 5" x 1"
L: 5" x 1 1/2"
M: 4" x 6 1/2"
N: 2" x 5"
O: 7 1/2" x 5"
P: 2" x 5"
Q: 6 1/2" x 2"
R: 8" x 2"
S: 3 1/2" x 5"
T: 8" x 3"
U: 3 1/2" x 5"
V: 10 1/2" x 13 1/2"
Borders: 6 1/2" x (Measure your quilt across the top, bottom, and middle. Average for this measurement.)

First, attach the long side of A, D, E, K, N, O, P, S, and U to star blocks. Then, attach B to the A unit, F to the E unit, L to the K unit, Q to the P unit, R to the S unit, and T to the U unit. Next, attach C to the AB unit, D to the EF unit, J to the KL unit, N to the PQ unit, and RS to the TU unit. After that, attach ABC to DEF, JKL to M, and RSTU to V. Then, attach ABCDEF to G and JKLM to O. Attach ABCDEFG to H and JKLMO to NPQ. Add I to JKLMNOPQ. Attach IJKLMNOPQ to RSTUV.
Attach ABCDEFGH to IJKLMNOPQRSTUV. Lastly, add the borders.

If you are looking for the other Constellation Quilt Along Posts, here they are:

Part I: Wonky Stars
Part II: Layout
Part III: Finishing -- Coming July 26

If you are joining along, upload pictures of your progress to the Flickr Group.

Grab a button, if you so desire:
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