Thursday, May 21, 2015

$13 for a charm pack????

Has anyone else noticed the jump in prices for pre-cuts?  $13 for a charm pack and the "discounted" price is $9.35???

So glad I have a stash.  Those prices are ridiculous.  

Sorry new collections, I will not "have to have" you.  

The fabric industry needs to compute what the new prices mean for a quilter to make even a baby quilt (about $70...) for them to see they are pricing themselves out of business.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A quick Keepsake Quilting kit was just what was needed!

Have you ever looked at online stores' kits and wondered if they were worth it?  If the quality of fabrics used was good or great? If such a kit would really save you time?

My ox was in the mire and I needed a quick graduation quilt for the YW who was our Crewmaster for the Easter musical, Savior of the World.  She was amazing.  Her mom said Jessica wants to do her dorm room in lavenders and blues so I started pondering possibilities.  

But I really did not have Time to ponder!  What to do?

I opened up Keepsake Quilting's online catalog, of course.  When I saw The Boardwalk Quilt Kit, I knew the colors were just right.  Their description stated "Kona Cotton precut strips for the planks" so I no longer needed to worry about quality.
Kona Sunset jelly roll and Kona White.  This kit was easy, quick, and, more importantly, it was gorgeous.

SOTW = Savior of the World   2015 

BTW, I used 2 kits to create a 65x90 twin quilt.  I did pull out the 6 most green strips from each kit and set them aside for another day.  Kona Wisteria on the back, border is pieced and darling.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

attempt #2 at Muted Neutrals with colors from Savior of the World costumes

All the costumes were muted, greyed-down, beigey neutrals.  Hence, the bkgd squares.

The dusty colors are the accent components of the costumes:  a fabric woven into a headdress, a cummerbund over the neutral tunics but under an overrobe.

I am trying to capture that the Costume Mistress took very dull, dusty, muted neutrals and created a beautiful costume with VERY little color.  All varied.  All unique.

Here is the start of attempt #2.
It still needs borders and perhaps different colors used.
But this just might be the better Quilt of Many Colors.

A 2 hour quilt or Her Baby Shower is at Noon???

Half a Layer Cake and some random charms.
Pieced (remnant bindings stitched together) binding and voila!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Muted Colors for Costume Mistress

From Sep 2014 - Apr 2015 I was blessed to be the assistant director of a musical production:
Savior of the World.

It was a huge 147 member cast with 10 dedicated committee chairmen, and thousands of hours.  And it was marvelous.

For each of the committee chairs, I am making a quilt reflective of their responsibility: Costumes, Sound, Lighting, Stage Build Out, Boat, Piano Accompaniment, etc.  So you will be seeing those works in progress.

This week is for our Costume Mistress who organized 10 volunteers to help create multiple costumes for the 147 cast members.  Designing, sewing, fitting, coordinating all the muted, greyed-down fabrics by scene was a ton of work and an utter exhilarating blast.  We did all the tunics, over robes, sashes, shawls, wraps, head wear, angels, lepers, & soldiers costumes in 10 days.  That's right: 10 days.  Jackie and I sat down with my sketches for various costume styles and figured out how many of each component for each character in each scene.  Then we calculated the yardage for each component and fabric types and weights.  Off to Hancock's and Joann's we went.  We bought and ordered hundreds of yards of Kona Solids in about 14 neutrals and had to dye much of the color fabrics to bring it down their hue.

So this is the Quilt of Many Muted Colors that I think I am giving to Jackie.  I may end up making her a classic Joseph's Coat of Many Colors pattern because this one is a bit too much color and the Joseph's Coat pattern just has wedges of color.  Note all the neutrals in the "stars." Of course, it still needs its borders...  And I need to remove and realign the blocks where the points are all in the wrong quadrant.  Ha! How did I not see that as I was sewing it together??

It was a mess organizing the colors and I did not do a terrific job at spreading them around but with all those neutrals and dusty, muted tones, it was fun to make.

I used the Wanta Fanta Block by The Bee Hive blog because of its kaleidoscope-esque look.  The designer used only one neutral for the centers which would make this a breeze to create, but my 14 neutrals was a challenge keeping their points in the right color block on its four sides... a bit mind numbing late at night!

Wanta Fanta is a paper pieced pattern.  For some reason (must be my printer setting) slightly reduced the corner blocks because they did not match up precisely.  Yet another reason to make another Jackie's Coat of Many Colors.
This was a crazy mess trying to keep the various neutral points lined up correctly in the blocks surrounding them.  Only 2 farkles to fix in the final top.

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.