• 10Jan
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    Our Quilt Guild just held a Paint Chip Challenge!  What’s that, you may ask?  Each participant got a paint chip and some simple rules—use three of the colors on your paint chip plus black or white.  Okay, I’m up for that.

    Here’s the paint chip I got.

    I chose to use the two on the left and the lightest one on the right.  Imagine, I had fabrics in my stash that worked great!

    I had seen a tutorial for a cute table runner on the Knitty Bitties blog, so decided to make one.  It starts with half-square-triangles.

    Once they were sewn together, I added wide rickrack.

    I think the colors are pretty true to the paint chip.

    Once the rickrack and borders were on, I layered everything, using the dark purple solid on the back and a scrap of cotton batting that I had left over from another project.

    I knew I’d need three threads to quilt with.  I just don’t like light thread on dark fabrics and dark thread on light fabrics!  Once again, my stash—thread stash, that is—came through!

    I just did some straight line quilting on my Featherweight.  I used my foot as a guide to quilt a 1/4″ from the edge of the triangles.  For the other rows of quilting, I used the Frixon pen to mark the lines and loved it!

    I trimmed away the batting, cut the backing 1″ larger than the top and just did a double fold, bringing the back to the front for the binding.

    I wasn’t sure how I wanted to stitch the binding in place so I experimented with a couple of stitches on my Elna.  I decided on the middle stitch, a triple zigzag,but once I started on the actual runner, I had trouble with consistency of size.  So, after about 12″, I decided to tear it out.  Ugh!

    Do you know this little trick?  After you’ve cut your stitches with your seam ripper, you can use a lint roller to pick up all the tiny treads!  As you can see, I had a lot!

    In the end, I used the buttonhole stitch, and it worked great.

    The finished product!

  • 01Nov

    I’ve been saving the selvages from my fabrics and I’m getting quite a bin full.

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    A long time ago I made this fun Quilt In A Cup, but I haven’t done anything else–until now!

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    It’s really fun to see my name and Anna Lena’s on the selvages.  I’ve been wanting to do something with them, but it seems like there’s never time for a project that isn’t FOR something–to support a fabric line, for a class, for a book.  So, a few days ago, I decided to heck with everything else, I’m making something with my selvages!  The result is this little bag.

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    It was more of an experiment than a real project, and I’d do some things differently if I did it again. But it’s kind of cute and I did learn a cool thing when quilting the orange polka dot fabric for the bottom.  If you look at the polka dots just right, they make a perfect diagonal line!  So, I sat down at my Elna and just followed every other line of dots to do my grid quilting, and it worked perfectly.

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    I think you can see it better from the back.

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    I’m going to remember that for a future project!

  • 12Oct

    Amy at Park City Girl is having another online quilt show.  I LOVE these.  I love going to all the links and seeing all the quilts.  And I want to play along, too.

    Click here to see all the quilts in the show.

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    This is my Lollipop quilt.  I made it from the fabrics in my Sweet Pea collection.  I just love the bright colors and all the balloons.

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    Just now, when I went to my photo files to retrieve the photos, I realize I took pictures to do a tutorial about how to make the blocks, but had never posted it, so here goes!

    First, I traced the pattern onto paper with a Sharpie pen.  That way, I could see it through the fabric and didn’t have to mark the fabric at all.  I used the iron on bias tape, and pressed it into place.  Once it was secure, I did a serpentine stitch down the length of each one.

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    I wasn’t looking forward to preparing a gazillion circles for applique, but it wasn’t bad at all.  My method is to cut a circle out of a manilla folder.  Then, I cut the fabric circle about a half inch bigger.  An acrylic template and a 28mm rotary cutter makes it easy.

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    I just did a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric circle, placed the paper circle in the middle and pulled the thread.  Voila!  a perfect circle.

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    It was just a manner of pressing it to get a nice, crisp edge and popping out the paper.

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    Then I put the block back on the pattern to find the placement of the balloons.

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    I machine buttonholed around the circles on my Elna 7300.

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    When doing embroidery of applique, I always start with my background a little larger than needed, so I had to square up when done.

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    It wasn’t long before I was cranking out the blocks!

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    Here’s a link to the free download of this pattern.  If you make one, please send me a picture!

  • 27Apr

    I think I’m in love

     

    I’ve spent the last few days appliqueing circles–not my favorite thing, but not that bad, just time consuming.  The number 7 stitch on my Elna made it quite easy.  And, it’s paid off.  I love the results!  This is the sample I’m doing for Quilt Market with my new fabric line called Sweet Pea.  Eventually it will be a free pattern.  I posted about the line on the My Quilt Village blog this morning, but I didn’t have all the blocks done then.  At this point, it’s just up on the design wall.  I still have to decide on borders, but first, I’m off to get these blocks sewn together!  

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  • 15Jan

    Aren’t girlfriends great?  I’m blessed to have a lot of them, both in my personal and professional life.  One of my best “circle of friends” and I blog together over at My Quilt Village.  We’re all shop owners or designers in the quilting world.  At last Quilt Market, Karen Montgomery thought it would be fun to add a Block of the Month to our blog.  And that girl came prepared!  She brought us a nine block design that she had done.

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    We’ve divided up the blocks, and each month one of us is responsible for posting the pattern for the next block and some chat about it!  The first one is already up on the My Quilt Village site and I’m responsible for February.  (Oh, please, please let me remember.   That’s only 16 days away.  Mental note, mental note!)

    The quilt is a happy mix of simple pieced and applique blocks.  The picture here is of Karen M’s quilt.  Of course I’m going to make my own version of the quilt using some fabulous 1930’s fabrics.  Since Karen M. has a sample all done, I don’t really need to make all the blocks, but it’s such a cute quilt, and I’d love to see it in my fabrics, so I’m committed!  The first block went together in a jiffy, and for the applique blocks I’ll be doing some fusible and a buttonhole stitch on my Elna, so that will go fast, too.  Here’s the first block done up in my fabrics.

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    Not to get all salesman-y here, but if you’d like to make a 1930’s version of this quilt, too, I’ve put together some kits with everything you need.  There are 10 fat quarters of my prints for the blocks and frames, Super Ivory for the background, my green Square-Dot for the corner stones, and the blue Trillium for the binding.  Click here to get to the online catalog.  I love that the pattern uses fat quarters, and there is enough fabric in the fat quarters to do the cool square frames around the blocks.  If you decide to do this, I want pictures!

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  • 06Dec

    My new fabric line has arrived. Yeah! This is my first line with Timeless Treasures Fabrics, and I’m soooooo pleased with it. The colors came out just like I wanted. I’ve been designing 1930′s repro prints for a while now, and with this line we’ve gone a little more hip with the colors. They’ll still work for those people who want to recreate the look of vintage quilts, but they are also young and fun and chic! The blue is a little bit dusty, the orange is true (that’s me, true to my orange!), the green is a little bit apple-y, the purple not too red and not too blue and the yellow is sharp and crisp. I’d love to know what you think of the colors.

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    As always, I’ve done a panel, but this time, it’s not blocks or a wall hanging, it’s an apron panel – the Saucy Circle Apron! Circle aprons are so flattering, and I think this one is adorable, although while I was trying to arrange the ties for the photo, I kept getting images of the Trix bunny in my head!

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    It’s done with the Daisy May print and has the Duo Dot for the apron strings. You can make this apron from the pre-printed panel. All you need is a little piece of fusible interfacing for the waist band, and everything else is printed right on the fabric – including the instructions!

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    If you want to make it reversible, you can buy two panels or an extra yard of fabric and have two aprons in one! It took me just an hour and a half to stitch this one up. Here are some photos I took along the way.
    I used one panel of orange and one of green, stitched them together, turned them right-sides-out and top-stitched.

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    Then I did the same thing with the apron strings. The top-stitching is important so the apron still looks good after you wash it, and it doesn’t take any time at all. (If you’re not doing the reversible version, you only have to hem the edges!)

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    I don’t have a lot of experience garment sewing, and it always amazes me that you can stitch something round to something straight and it works! Here I’ve pinned the waistband to the apron. The anti-pinning voice in my head says, “You can do it without pins.” But the anti-ripping voice is louder and says, “If you don’t want to rip, pin!”

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    Once that’s stitched on, it’s just a matter of flipping it over to the other side and stitching again. More pins, please.

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    Almost finished! It’s just a matter of slipping the apron stings in the end of the waistband and top stitching everything.

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    Wasn’t that easy! If you’ve been thinking of having a handmade Christmas, think about a few Saucy Circle Aprons!

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