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Monday, April 27, 2015

Pat Sloan's String Bean Challenge

This month Pat Sloan has been having a challenge to use up some of your scraps and make her String Bean block and quilt. See Pat Sloan's String Bean Challenge for details of the challenge and her link to the block instructions.

Pat's directions have the block finish at 12 x 15 using a center block 5 x 7. I decided to use a 5 x 10 center by cutting up layer cakes, so my blocks end up at 13" x 18". I also didn't use all 2 1/2" strips, but used 2 sets of 1 1/2" strips mixed with 1 row of 2 1/2" strips to give it a bit of a different look.

So let me know what you think?  I think I am going to finish up more blocks and take this from baby size to bed size.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday : Jelly Roll Batik EPP Hexagons!

I've picked up some batik jelly rolls, and feel the fabrics would make great English Paper Pieced hexagon flowers.

Here are some 1 1/8" hexagons from my jelly roll, I need 6 of each color to make a flower, with a 7th hexagon (to be chosen) for the centers:

I've hand basted these, pressed with a dry iron, removed the cardboards, then steam pressed and they are ready to be sewn together at some later, unknown time. I've also got a set of 6 1" hexagons from the same jelly roll strips that I will show another time, as I haven't basted those yet.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Stash #3 - Bali Crackers & Food

It's Sunday and I'm going to try and post again with Moli Sparkles Sunday Stash

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I managed to get a good closeout deal on some Bali Crackers, there are the Hoffman batiks, cut 10" x 10", and you get 40 to a package. I got :
top row:       Brown Sugar; Tiramisu; Parfait;
bottom row: Wild Berry; Rum Raisin; Macaron:
I also managed to get the 2 1/2" strips for some batiks, but that is for another Sunday Stash.

And I picked up these wonderful food Fat Quarters: Chocolate bars (all mis-spelled to get around copywrite? "SNECKERS" instead of snickers, "Kit Cat" instead of "Kit Kat" - never noticed this when I was picking out the fabrics; mushrooms; chicken wings; mac & cheese; pretzels; curly fries; and last but not least, carrots.

I'm looking at making a food quilt for my son. I've amassed a stash of pizza, hot peppers, and other foods. Next Sunday Stash I'll include a few more new food fabrics I found.

What new fabrics have you picked up for your stash?

Summer Completed Strip Quilts for Hospice

It's been a while since I posted an update to my strip quilts for hospice that I'm working on this year. Beginning of June I reported that I had done 17 out of my goal of 30 for the year.

I did manage to get some strip quilts completed in September, another 5:

And over June/July/August six more got done:

This brings my yearly total up to 17 + 5 + 6 = 28 - just 2 short of my goal of 30 for the year!

How are you doing with the goals you set at the beginning of the year towards making quilts for your favorite charity?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Stash #2

It's been a while since I've posted. The summer has gone by quickly, spending time outdoors and not indoors - not much quilting has gotten done, but a few hundred english paper pieced hexagons!

But I digress. Sunday Stash:
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I just picked up 3 half yard cuts of digitally printed fabric. Never heard of this before, but I was checking out of a new quilt store, as part of the row-by-row experience, and they had a basket of these by the register. The colors really caught my eye! The colors are so vivid, even more so than on the computer screen.  Might use these for my english paper pieced hexagons, or at least some scraps.

Have you ever purchased some digitally printed fabrics? What did you like about them, and how did you use them?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fusible Grid #1

I recently sent my new quilting friend in Australia, Moli Sparkles some fusible grid interfacing. This is a light weight, fusible interfacing, and it is marked in 1" or 2" grid pattern, also a 1" on point grid. To use a 2" square on a 1" grid, just use a 2x2 square. Likewise to use a 3" square, use a 3x3 square.

What's great about using the fusible grid is that the grid is already on the lightweight fusible. Just place the grid, fusible side up, on your ironing surface, and place your fabric squares on the grid. This lightly take them with an iron to fuse them down. If you only lightly fuse, then it is easy to remove the piece of fabric later.

I like using the clover mini iron, it's tiny, and it's great for tacking down each fabric square.

I have done a number of quilts using this fusible grid.  Way back in 2002, working with my cub scout group, we decided we were going to make 2 quilts for some local veterans.

Each cub scout brought red, white and blue fabrics, and I cut them up into 2" squares. Each cub scout designed several blocks using the colors and the grid to make a pattern. I then tacked down the squares onto the fusible grid.  Of course, I ended up taking the fusible grid to the ironing board at one point!

Then I sewed the rows, then I sewed the columns in each block. The sewing goes much more quickly than sewing all those little squares together, and your points all match with the grid.

This fusible grid is also great for doing watercolor quilts. Here is a wreath I did in purple:

You don't have to use just fabric cut into squares. In this quilt, some of the squares were made using 1/2 triangles, so that created a diagonal line on the purple ribbon.

The big time saving is you can sew the entire row at a time, and once you sew all the rows, then you sew all the columns at a time, so much quicker than sewing each individual square to another to make a row,

I got really excited when I got the 1" on point grid. Here are 2" squares on the 1" grid:

I needed a filler space in a bed sized quilt between 2 sets of blocks, and I love the on-point look.

Here is what the back looks like:

The interfacing is very light, and doesn't stiffen the fabrics much at all.

Has anyone else used this fusible interfacing with the built in grid?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Stash #1

This is my first blog posting in Moli Sparkles "Sunday Stash".  This week's Sunday Stash is being hosted by  Handmade by Mary Emmens.  I have long kept my stash in the closet, shared with only a few of my closest quilting friends, and then only bits at a time, never out in the open.  Why, I probably don't even recall everything in my stash, hiding in all corners of the house.

Today I have some Michael Miller fabrics that I just purchased:

I recently developed a love for striped fabrics. The green stripe on the left is "Skinny Stripes" by Laura Gunn part of the Poppies collection and the color is "Aqua".Then the other four fabrics are all part of Siren Song. Clockwise from top left is Grass, Rainbow, Citrus, and may absolute favorite is Sunset with those oranges, reds, and purples!  These fabrics will make some great english paper pieced hexagons!  And they will look great in a binding - even more if I should cut in on the bias and have a barbershop / candy cane stripe look.

But I also have a thread addiction. Here are some silk threads I picked up:

These silk threads have a real vibrant color. Not sure how I am going to use them, if for hand appliqué, machine appliqué, or maybe quilting. Check out the other quilters with their Sunday stash finds.

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