Monday, January 12, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Val's Batiks

Val's Batiks.  Lovely.
After a 'no quilting' period between Thanksgiving & Christmas...
It felt so good to start quilting again.
Happy 2015!

Ha!  This photo was taken inside...
The others were taken outside on frosted grass, 6:30am!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Insight into Fabric Designers and Companies

I am sharing this info because so many of us love fabric.

What does it take to get from the designer's hand to my local quilt shop?  What sort of income do fabric designers make?  Do all companies treat their designers with respect?

Sure wish I knew which companies were #s 1-4.  I would support the companies that support their designers.

Here is the link to a great blog discussing An Inside Look At How Much Fabric Designers Earn, on While She Naps blog by abby glassenberg.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SQUARE ROOT mini-tutorial

Square Root!


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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wedding Season is OVER!!!!

Time to put away all the wedding decor, glassware, easels, etc and find my lonely sewing machine!

See you soon dear quilting friends.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Need for TruLight bulbs and Joan is All on Her Own FMQing!

The background fabric in this quilt is white...  But who would know??

After this picture I knew I needed to remove the ridiculous black lampshades and change those horrid, cheap, yellowing lightbulbs that came with my Gammill.  It is little things like this that make the difference between quality service and just cashing my check.
DH purchased & installed TruLight bulbs after Joan was finished with her quilt.  What a difference it has made.  Wish I had a comparison pic for you to see.

But let's get back to Joan's All on Her Own quilt.  Applause, yodeling, roses tossed in her direction.

Her primary fabric is a grayed brown in a very simple pattern with random pops of color.  Joan did a freemotion allover pattern of squares and rectangles nested and leading to the next squares and rectangulars.

She spent the morning remembering to breathe and to relax her iron grip.  And SHE DID IT!  So proud.

FMQ TIP: the dk brown with aqua dot 2" wide ribbon is not part of the quilt.  It is pinned in place so she knows she is approaching the belly bar so her stitching does not flatten out when she reaches the bar unexpectedly.  It is just a visual place holder. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I LOVE this back!

Another Wedding Quilt for Kelsie and David

The groom's mother, her sisters, her sister-in-law wanted to make David and Kelsie a Queen-sized quilt.  They had no experience making a "real" quilt = pieced, pattern, borders, etc.  "Can you teach us?"

I pulled up Missouri Star Quilt Co tutorials page and they picked MSQC's Jacob's Ladder Remix.  

We pulled some blues and a Kona light gray and a chunk of Navy.  We sat on the floor and watched the YouTube of the tutorial many times.  Stopping and restarting it after some discussion.  We cut paper samples and developed the layout and technique.  Then off they went with a mission and a deadline!
I told David's mom to "have some fun" with the back.
She did!

Isn't it funny what a difference a little cloud cover
does to the colors?

Yesterday I set to work to FMQ it.  
I little curly for Kelsie, a little angular for David.

The bright sun makes the light gray appear almost white.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Miss R's pillows: Orange Peel, Log Cabin, HSTs

Granddaughter #1 arrived in town and her first question was, "What are we going to CREATE?"  She was yearning to sew pillows during her visit.

I was reminded of this 
wonderful glue baste technique 
Continued to use the glue baste technique to secure the back to the front and it worked great for Miss R.
No shifting or scrunching of fabric.
And no pins that would require frequent starts & stops.
on Amy Smart's blog post on  I had first seen this glue baste technique by Sharon Schamber last year as I was trying to perfect my binding.  Sharon's daughter Cristy Fincher has a boatload of wonderful YouTubes showing this glue baste technique and many others.

I drew the diagonal placement lines & stitching lines for her and she did very well.
Raw Edge Orange Peel

Log Cabin:  3.5" center square, 2" wide logs = 16" pillow!
She stitched in the ditch
 to secure the top, batting and lining sandwich.

Then her brothers put in their requests...

They wanted pillows to match their Chevron quilts
made last Fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Glow in the Dark Temple

Activity Day Girls latest theme: Temples and Living to Enter In.  It is an easy project to start and finish within an hour.  We will add the stenciled word Forever under the temple in 2 wks.
Foam core board, 20x30, was cut into (12) 5x7 pieces.
Hobby Lobby frame dept did it, total cost $6.
Spray adhesive on back of scrapbook paper.
Roller pin compression helps.
Stenciled with Delta Ceramcoat white paint first,
then 4 thin layers of
Glidden's Glow in the Dark paint (best $ at Walmart.)

Used Dritz Gridded Template Plastic sheet
(at Joann's for an insane cost of just $2.14!!!)
to stencil cut an outline of our Temple.
Used an Exacto knife for the first cut and Fiskars fine tip scissors
for the cleaning up of the straight sides.
This pic is after the initial cut.  It "cleaned up" beautifully.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Buttercup Jelly Roll Chemo Comforter

With each stitch a prayer.

One jelly roll = 53x64 comforter!

Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts.

God Bless our sweet friend on this journey
 of faith, courage, fight, love, 
and the blessing of modern medicine.