Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paper Piecing Groove On

I was inspired by the variety of 'patterns within a pattern' seen on
It is Grandma's Surprise 
from Joyce Gieszler's book Then and Now Quilts.
I used a jelly roll of
Collection for a Cause's Historical Blenders
from Missouri Star Quilt Company
for its muted, greyed-down tones.
Kona Solids' Parchment jelly roll was used for the background.

I used my favorite paper piecing software, Quilt-Pro's Foundation Factory Kaleidoscope series.
I chose block #4 out of 150 kaleidoscope blocks.  How fun was that? And easy, beasy.
Print your squares any size you want, I chose 6" finished so the finished Grandma's Surprise is 18".

6" blocks were the perfect size for cutting pieces from my 
jelly rolls,
using my Triangular ruler.

Think my next one will be black and aqua.  
Go and see your options from this single block on  First Light Designs post Something in Common.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trey Tama's Triangle Quilt

His first name is Trey = third.
His middle name is Tama = son
Who doesn't love Triangles = three sides

=== all of this equals a meaningful design for a sweet little boy.
Random straight stitching across the equilateral triangles.

Notice the T's on the back?

Inspired by Zen Chic's Building Block quilt.

God bless you Trey Tama Dixon.  
May you always remember who you are.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fishers of Men scene props: Fish!

1 done, 59 large and 13 small to go!

Our church is producing Savior of the World, Act 2, The Resurrection.  The Fishers of Men scene is one of the most beautiful parts of this musical.  Here is a fish that fills their nets when they Follow Christ's counsel.

I sewed strips of blues, greens, and black, of various widths, together into a 103x102" piece.  I covered half of the width with Saran Wrap and quilted zig zags all over.  

To create the body structure I sandwiched batting remnants between the pieced top and an old king sheet.  Then I embellished it with pectoral, dorsal and caudal fins.

I rather love this fish and all it represents.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

April Arkansas Swap or Sew Along?

Anyone want to do a swap or a SAL (sew-along)?

My friend Lori is an amazing quilter.  One of her quilts displayed at last weekend's RS Conference was her Good Night, Irene / Arkansas Crossroads using Miss Kate collection from Bonnie & Camille.

See it on the left end?
So I would want to use up some pre-cuts and use the Missouri Star Quilt Company's you-tube tutorials for the 2 component blocks:

MSQC's tutorial for Xs and Os block
MSQC's tutorial for Scrappy 4 Patch block

MSQC's tutorial for combining the 2 units into Good Night, Irene quilt.

I am thinking of starting an April SAL.  Or swap.  What do you think?

Here are some links to peruse to see how fun this could be!

Many sew alongs are happening for this darling and scrap busting quilt:
Kelly from KellysKwilts posted this Good night irene quilt
I mentioned the other day that I was joining another SAL over at Terry’s Treasures.  I designed the quilt in EQ so I could play with sizes and decide how big I wanted to make it.  With a border this quilt will be around 58″ x 58″. This will be entirely made of scrap pieces as well, using 2.5″ squares (or triangles) and 4.5″ squares.  I need to see what whites I have to use, I may have to make a trip to Joann’s to get a white of some sort to use.  I just figured it out and this quilt (in the size I’ve chosen) will use 192 2.5″ squares in the 16-patches, 96 4.5″ squares, 144 2.5″ squares (or triangles) in the X blocks. That will use 336 2.5″ squares in the quilt!  ..... I’ll use up a lot of scraps!!!!

Now if you want to make BIGGER blocks to really bust your stash here are some links to help you.

Just read  NW Patchwork's experience with a series of swaps that resulted in this darling, scrappy Arkansas Crossroads quilt.

She has a great tutorial on the 12.5" block, using 3.5" scrappy (no duplicates) squares and Kona White.

Square Root tutorial!

Square Root!  For Sarah Root's little baby boy!


Start with half of a layer cake.  
Take a brown paper grocery bag and mix the layer cake up in it.  Reach in & Randomly (I know it is hard, but truly be random and do not overthink it) select 20 layer cake squares.  Using a 1/4" seam, stitch rows of 4 squares together.  Press seams open.  Create 5 rows of 4 squares.  Stitch rows together, pressing seams open; forming a 4x5 grid.    

20   10x10 squares  (add 5 more if you want a little bit of sass on the back)

12    5x5 squares

1 2/3 yds for backing & binding (1 1/2 if you add the sass)

batting 45x53

 Now, to form the the 4 Patches:  
You will need 12 charms or 12  5x5 scrap squares.  Stitch 2 squares (with value differences) RST on the right side, turn the charms 180 degrees and stitch the new right side, using 1/4" seams.  Pick 2 more value varied charms and repeat.

Cut the stitched charms in half, at the 2 1/2" mark, parallel to the stitching lines.

Press seams open.

Now take 2 HRS (half Rectangle squares) and place RST with the center seams aligned.  Stitch the sides perpendicular to the center seam.  Right side, then flip and stitch the 'new' right side.

Cut, at 2 1/2", the stitched together HRSs, parallel to the last stitches.  

Press seams open.  
And voila, from four charms you have four 4 patches!

Use a water soluble Glue Stick to glue the four patches at the intersections of 4 layer cake squares.  Stitch 1/4" away from the edge of your 4 patch.

Make a quilt sandwich and quilt it!  I have recently converted to a 3" binding... I know, you are thinking what?????  3"?????

Yes, I like have a more substantial binding (which I carefully select so that it will show well on the quilt) for looks as well as ease of attaching via machine.

Pre-washed raw edges.

This is the softened raw edges after just one washing.
For this Square Root quilt:
Lily & Will II layer cake (could make 2 from 1 layer cake.)
Little Gatherings charm pack for the 4 Patches.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

COMMON THREADS -- Relief Society Conference 2015

Inspired by Child's Play pattern
(called Building Blocks when I bought it) by Zen Chic,
with the 'sass' for the back pinned to the flimsy.

Those tiny, tiny stitches are from the Civil War.

Another antique hand pieced flimsy.

Hand-stitched Double Wedding Ring String quilt.
Not sure which decade in the 19th century this was made.
Will find out from the owner.

I may just move this String Double Wedding Ring to the top of my Must Do list.

Crossweave pattern by Amy Smart,
in the book Modern Baby book.
Used Marmalade collection by Bonnie & Camille
and Bella Solid PFD.