Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lessons Learned Linky #2

It's the moment you've been waiting for--the Lessons Learned Linky for February. As for January, our winner is Carole, who showed us how to fix a mistake in a finished quilt. To make it up to the rest of you, how about another chance? There will be a prize for this month too, so don't forget to share what you've been learning. 
As for me, I've been comparing methods of making Drunkard's Path blocks for my abecedary project.
I've learned that there are a couple forms of Drunkard's Path blocks: regular ones and corner ones (no promises on those being the official names).
Initially, I tried out the QCR Mini.
Important Things to Know:
  • The QCR Mini only makes 3 1/2" finished units. The QCR only makes 7" finished blocks.
  • The QCR makes the Corner type of Drunkard's Path block.
  • Cutting makes enough parts for a unit and its inverse, which can be wasteful unless that's what you are going for.
Next, I gave the Bloc_Loc Drunkard's Path Rulers a go. 
Important Things To Know:
  • Each set of three template rulers makes one size of block: 3", 4", 6", or 8".
  • You may want a 45mm rotary cutter to get around the curves of the templates easier.
  • You must initially press toward the larger piece for the lip of the ruler to work its magic.
  • No instructions are included, but there's a YouTube video.
  • Some of the rulers are perfectly clear; you might want to add some permanent marker to the top so they don't disappear on your cutting mat.
  • The template rulers are slippery, so you might want to add some Invisigrip or similar gripper to the back.
  • The Bloc_Loc Drunkard's Path Rulers make Regular Drunkard's Path blocks.
Unfortunately, the abecedary blocks I designed need 3" and 4" Corner Drunkard's Path blocks. EQ7 templates are my Plan C, and I'm thinking it just might work...
What realizations is February bringing for you? Do share! One lucky linker will win a set of thread-catching containers.

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  • Multiple posts are fine so long as they were posted this month.
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Bling It On Giveaway

Today I bring you a finish with a bit of sparkly pizazz. The pattern is Total Eclipse by Judy Niemeyer of QuiltWorx.
The pattern contains enough paper-piecing papers to make a 56" x 66" quilt, but I stopped when my stash-pulled fabrics ran out. This method resulted in a 20" x 29" table runner--the perfect size for my quilt-it-to-death-and-back free-motion styling.
To plan out my free-motion designs, I like to lay a flexible chopping mat over my top and draw out my ideas with a Vis-a-Vis wet erase marker.
I used dot-to-dot techniques for the orchid spike tips ad salmon wedges, stacked coins for the purple center stars, feathers for the pale green wedges, wave fill for the cream wedges and composite quilting for the background. There's been some discussion surrounding a term for quilting composed of an assortment of fillers; composite quilting is my favorite, so I'm going with that.
I used Aurifil 50 wt #2784, #2370, #2110, and # 2886.
You might have noticed a bit of sparkle accenting my pointy tips. Not only do crystals add an elegant touch, I found them to be a sneaky way to conceal trouble spots where some of the bobbin thread pulled up to the quilt top due to the rapid change of direction. You could pause at each spike point and take another stitch in place to secure the thread before moving on. Then again, why turn down an excuse to add glamor to a quilt?
I used hot fix (attached to fabric with heat activated glue) crystals and a Kandi Professional Touch HotFix Applicator to create the glimmering finishing touch.
 For the step by step crystal application process, see my previous crystal-applying post or this YouTube video.
How about adding a little twinkle to one of your projects? Thanks to the generous folks at Kandi Corp, I have an applicator to give away to one lucky follower and glitz admirer.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quilt Festival: Hoffman Challenge

It's about time I showed you more gorgeousness from the Houston International Quilt Festival, isn't it? How about a special exhibit? Every year Hoffman Fabrics sponsors the Hoffman Challenge. Quilters, doll makers, and clothing designers are invited to create original work using a selected fabric. I'm going to tour you around some of my personal favorites.
The camels in the third place appliqué winner, Caravan by Nancy Dickey, have personality and fashion down pat.
Caravan by Nancy Dickey

The Best Incorporation of the Fabric-Pieced winner seems to have used the Stack-n-Whack technique. The hexagons appear to fade off into the distance as they near the upper right corner.
Sidetracked to Marrakesh byApril Wicker

Jars of Clay by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer received second place for appliqué.
Jars of Clay by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer
For your reference, this is what the challenge fabric looked like.
Check out the rest of the winners if you like, or even enter this year's challenge.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Lessons Learned Linky

As promised, there's a goodie for a lucky someone who participates in my new linky party.
In honor of the upcoming Valentine's holiday (and the undead, I suppose), the prize will be...
a brand-spankin' new in the package Riley Blake Designs Zombie Love pouch.
So link up with any post that shares helpful information, or your latest discovery, before the end of the month for your big chance.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016


I like to keep you in the know, so here are a few things you won't want to miss. First, some great free Block of the Month programs are starting up. Choose from the Seminole Sampler at Morning Glory Designs, the Simple Simon and Company Block of the Month, Bonnie Hunter's Allietare, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, the Project 48 QuiltAurifil's Block of the Month, the Crossroads Quilt AlongSugar Block Club, the Modern HST Sampler, or Pat Sloan's Mystery Block of the Month.

Seminole Sampler

Project 48 Quilt

You may be a year late, but not a dollar short on the 2015 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle. All the instructions are available right now, with no waiting necessary.
Sampler Block Shuffle
Once you've pieced a fabulous Block of the Month, you'll need to quilt it. Not to worry, the Angela Walters classes on Craftsy are always a great resource, and Kathleen's Quilts has a Free Motion Friday feature that is full of inspiration and instruction.
What if you want to design your own quilt? Pattern Jam is a free, user-friendly computer program that allows you to add fabrics to your design and calculate yardage. There are even customizable cheater quilts that can be purchased. An optional paid premium plan is available too.

Will you be joining in on a Block of the Month? Which one(s)?
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long

It's a UFO invasion! That is, I'm outnumbered by unfinished objects around here. The upside is plentiful choices of projects for the next quarter. I'm joining in on the 2016 Finish-A-Long being hosted on quite a few blogs:
Debbie - A Quilter’s Table - USA
Jess - Elven Garden Quilts - Australia
Stacey - SLOstudio - Canada
Jennie - Clover & Violet - USA
Helen - Archie the Wonder Dog - UK
Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow -UK
Cindy - Fluffy Sheep Quilting - Ireland
Rhonda - Rhonda’s Ramblings - USA
Leanne - She Can Quilt - Canada
Here are the most likely candidates for completion in the next few months. Then again, I might get distracted, as I have a habit of doing that. Fingers crossed.
They are as follows:

  • Paper-Pieced Seahorse
  • Festive Disappearing 9-Patch
  • Diaper Changing Pad II
  • Brother's High School Graduation Quilt (He'll graduate from college with a Masters in May. Oh the shame!)
  • Camping Quilt
  • Snowflake Quilt
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Walk in the Woods Quilt
  • EQ7 Michael Miller Quilt
  • Abecedary
  • Nursing Cover

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