Friday, July 5, 2019

Sew Happy Mini Quilt

I just finished another small project. I plan to hang this in the sewing area in our snowbird place on FL this winter.

This is a free pattern from Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter. Here is the link to the project. So cute.

I was surprised to find that I had all of the appropriate colors of embroidery floss in my stash.

This was a fun small project. I look forward to hanging it in my snowbird sewing space.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

WIP Project Bags

I whipped up two cute WIP (Works in Progress) bags this week. The free pattern is from Kimberly Jolly at the Fat Quarter Shop. Here is the link to her tutorial for the project.

All of the materials are available at FQS, but I used what was available to me locally. Kimberly recommends zippers and vinyl By Annie. I bought my vinyl from the roll available at Hobby Lobby. It seems to be fine to me. I had one By Annie zipper on hand, so I used that on the turquoise bag. I used a Talon zipper on the pink bag. The Annie zipper is superior by far. It has a wider tape on the zipper that allowed for a second line of top stitching. The Talon tape is much narrower. It was more difficult for my second line of top stitching to stay on the tape. I can't compare the vinyl products, because I only have what I bought at Hobby Lobby.

I don't know why these pics are sideways. Sorry. Both of my bags have projects already. I see more of these bags in my future.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Pineapple Day!

Did you know that June 27 is Pineapple Day? It is. To celebrate, Fat Quarter Shop has a Pineapple Sew Along going on. They have produced a super-helpful tutorial to explain how to use the paper piecing method for Pineapple blocks.

How to use pineapple paper tutorial from FQS

They also have two sizes of paper available for blocks. I used both sizes in my quilt.

12" Pineapple Paper
6" Pineapple Paper

My plan was to use my red scraps in the project. Isn't that always the plan?

I really felt I needed to add more reds in the middle of the color range. I found this great bundle at FQS. It really helped pull the project together. I also bought Kona Snow for the background fabric. This is my go-to white for any project.

Cherry Red Lori Holt Fat Quarter Bundle
Kona Snow Yardage

You really can do paper piecing without the Add-a-Quarter ruler, but I love mine. I have had it for years. There is a newer version available now that provides the sharp edge for folding the paper. I always keep postcards around for this purpose. It works fine for me, so I don't see the need for a new ruler. Here is my method.

I cut my fabric and get everything set up by my machine.

I put the postcard on the line I need to fold. 

I fold the paper back on the line and crease it sharply. Loosen the paper from the stitches that are in the seam allowance. This is necessary and will not ruin your block.

Use the Add-a-Quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric.

I use my wooden iron to press the fabric back. I never use an iron on paper piecing projects. I am afraid that the ink will come off the paper and get onto my fabric.

I chain pieced the 6" blocks. I didn't find this helpful for the 12" blocks because it was difficult to manage multiple large pieces of paper in the machine. Just my opinion.

Here is one block completely sewn, but not yet trimmed.

The papers are very clear about where to cut. Easy peasy.

Ta-dah! One block finished. Time to rip off the paper. It would be great if I had a kid around here who could do this for me. I had to do it myself.

Now, just repeat this until you have enough blocks for your quilt. My quilt used 24-6" blocks and 16-12" blocks.

I quilted lots of feathers on this one. Such fun. No measuring and marking for the quilting.

DH held this up for its photo session.

Thanks to FQS for another fun quilt along project.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Longarm Quilting Progress

Sorry for the photo overload. I want to get this finished soon because I have some deadlines coming up on a couple other quilts. I have to get this off the frame.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pineapple Blocks

I have completed 24-6" blocks using pineapple papers from Fat Quarter Shop.

I'm waiting for the 12" papers to arrive so I can complete this project.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Another Fat Quarter Shop Project

It is time for another fun project from the Fat Quarter Shop.

My go-to Kona Snow. A sweet little fat quarter bundle of Lori Holt reds. Pineapple foundation paper from FQS.

Plus, I'll be diving into my own red stash. These will all come together into a pineapple block project. Stay tuned.

Am I on a red/white binge lately, or what?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

New Project

I am working on a new project. Actually, I started working on it in January. I put it aside and am now getting back to it.  I am working on Winter Wonderland, designed by Meg Hawkey at Crabapple Hill Studio. Isn't this just the cutest Christmas design ever?

I have completed all of the patchwork blocks. I delayed starting the embroidered blocks because I was waiting for my new light table to arrive. They are now all traced onto fabric. I completed the first two sections. Here they are on my design wall.

 Closer view.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rose Windows of Notre Dame

I was fortunate to be able to visit Notre Dame in 2014. I was most excited to see the Rose Windows. 

Now they are gone forever. I am very sad.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Blue Barn

The Blue Barn quilt top has been assembled. Another flimsy added to the 'to be quilted' pile.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cute Little Distraction

I found this to be a cute little distraction when I have big projects that I have lost interest in. (Dangling participle)

This project is from Julie Cefalu, I have also posted this on Instagram and shared it at #sewhappyminiquilt.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Back in the Sewing Room

This has been a crazy year so far. Not much posting has been going on. I have been distracted by a health issue and by the complications of setting up a snowbird place in FL. We now have a double-wide in Lakeland, FL for winters. The plan is to go there October - April every year. In February and March, we drove back and forth several times between KY and FL to complete the purchase and to get the home set up. A lot of work, but also fun. All clear on the health issue.

I have spent a couple of afternoons back in the sewing room. I have to get my groove back. I am ignoring the long arm for now. I have been working on the 2018 BOM from The Quilt Show, the blue barn quilt designed by Edita Sitar. Here is my progress so far.

I find the blues to be very relaxing to look at. I will be working on putting more of those rows together today.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

More Rulers

Here is a picture of my most recent purchase. More rulers. Yes, I really need these. Straight rulers, curved rulers, and the sweet little BFF.

These are Linda Hrcka's rulers from The Quilted Pineapple. Although the BFF is included in the curved set, Linda also gave each of us the gift of a BFF for taking her class. I took two days of classes from Linda at Quilted Joy in Louisville. I had planned to buy the curved rulers before I attended the class, but I decided that I couldn't live without the straight rulers after seeing some of her work.

The 45 degree angles are marked all along the straight rulers, not just in one place as on most rulers. This allows the quilter to sew accurate diagonal lines as seen above.
And those luscious

These photos are all of Linda's work. I am looking forward to using these soon.

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