Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on this blog hop celebrating the release of Teresa Mairal Barreu's new book, Turnabout Patckwork!  I have loved seeing all the variations the other bloggers made, be sure to follow their links at the end of this post if you haven't seen them yet.

If you want to see more of Teresa's work follow these links:

Be sure to read to the end of this post to be entered to win a copy of Teresa's book!

The concept of taking simple pieced blocks and slicing them up then turning them every which way was really neat to explore when reading through this book.  I am excited to share this book with all my friends at guild as a good way to make fun baby quilts for our community service project!

I thoroughly enjoyed making a little quilt with blocks from the Coordinated Strips section arranged in the Diamonds and Crosses layout.  I went to Walla Walla Sew and Vac for my stripe and ended up getting all the coordinating fabric about a week later from them as well!  The backing I found at Stash was exactly what I needed to calm down my busy top.

You can see here that I switched up the color placement a little with the "background" fabrics, it felt better putting the colors opposite like this, as if they wanted to be more scrappy.

One of the things mentioned by Teresa in the book is that with these blocks you are dealing with a lot of bias edges.  I made sure to starch (well, I use Best Press) my strip sets before cutting them down and I had no problems with the bias.

When I reached this stage I was really pleased to see how my blocks were turning out and that secondary design was really exciting!  In the picture above you can see the pinwheels pretty clearly, but in the one below I feel like the squares are prominent.  And all I did was add sashing and cornerstones!

 I did a tiny sashing between my blocks, 1/2 inch finished!  But it was enough to keep the secondary pattern looking continuous.

I was hustling to get my quilt loaded on the longarm and finish stitching before the Super Bowl began.  The last stitches went in 2 minutes before the game started!  The Diagonal Plaid pattern from Patricia Ritter stiched out wonderfully (and quickly!) and looks really great with two layers of 80/20 batting.

My quilt ended up finishing at 38 inches square using nine blocks and 4 inch borders, which makes for a great baby quilt or even a driving quilt, I am thinking I will put it in the car for the next few weeks.

I also made my first scrappy binding!  It went really well and I am definitely doing that again.  And look, we finally have winter weather!

This Bandana yardage I found for the backing is really pretty.  They had some orange too, I may need to go pick some up...

 Eek!  Snowflakes that are taking on their snowflaky form!

 I was able to get Thomas to inspect for me in between daily tasks, thanks buddy for taking time out of your busy schedule to check out my latest quilt.

Thank you for stopping by to see my project from this fun book.  Remember to leave a comment to be entered to win a digital copy of it for yourself!  I will draw a winner on February 14th.

Have a wonderful day!


Full schedule:

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Sweet Bows
Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Xs and Os

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 - Back in action

Welcome back!

I just have to laugh at myself, I have been that person with the "best of intentions" when it comes to posting updates and yet I get so busy I just clean forget!  So here is some eye candy:

Rhonda's Elephant Abstractions quilt that I custom quilted for her.  She delivered it in person to her daughter in New York and her daughter loves it!

I had a great time figuring out motifs with Rhonda, we ended up picking out favorites from photos of finished quilts on Instagram and creating a unique design.

This was the first king size quilt I loaded on the longarm and I free-handed loose swirls on it for Anita.  I was really impressed with this quilt, the interlocking chains look so cool, and the simple quilting let the piecing shine.

This beauty made by my cousin Mary V. for her granddaughter was so wonderful to work on, there were new things to experience such as rouched fabric, applique, and dense quilting with a minky backing.

This minky looks and feels wonderful, even with the tighter quilting.

Business is going quite well, I have been able to make the payments on the longarm from money made on quilts for the last 3 payments, so I am beating my goal of making payments by the 2nd year of business!  I have gotten to work on some incredible quilts over the last year and am so thankful for the supportive quilters in my area. 😘 

And I am so happy to have my quilting area more complete, we added a white board (to track projects), a cork board (to hang my rulers), and new lighting which is really helping my eyes as I am in the basement.

I get to start this year off as part of a blog hop featuring a new book from Martingale:

I am excited to share my blocks with you all and to see what everyone else does with all the neat options Teresa has layed out for us.
Teresa can be found at mypatchwork.wordpress.com.

Thomas and Belle are quite attached to this quilt I made this year as part of a jellyroll competition.  It needs it's own post so you can see the quilting, but I will tell you that Hobbs wool batting is awesome.  And that may be why the cats love this one so much.

Have a super sparkly day!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July 2018

Welcome to the final day of 12 days of Christmas in July 2018, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  Thank you Sarah for hosting this and letting me participate.

I have been having a lot of fun working on my project, and I have a tutorial for you today.  I hope you will also visit Susan at Quilt Fabrication and Jean at All Points of the Compass to see their projects this year.

When I first got my longarm last November I wanted to see how well it worked with different fabrics so I bought a yard of satin and stitched out a pantograph.

The satin stitched out beautifully!  I showed everyone in my family because I was so excited with how it turned out.  Then they asked me how I planned to use it.  I had actually thought that through beforehand (for once!) and was able to confidently reply, "Stockings!"

Aren't they beautiful?!  I am so happy with how they turned out and am really looking forward to making some more in other colors (I just pulled silver satin with a Christmas lights pattern off the machine yesterday and I plan to do red satin with a holly leaf pantograph next).  And the most exciting thing happened while stitching out the snowflakes on the blue fabric, I hit one million stitches on my longarm!  Celebrations are in the works, you will have to check back next week to see what we have planned...

The great thing about stockings is that they come together quite quickly, once the quilting part is done.  And because I quilted the satin with a muslin backing I did not feel like it needed a lining, so one less step in the process.  If you are not comfortable quilting satin yourself or are not set up for pantographs, you could always ask your longarmer to quilt some up for you, or you can contact me!  My website www.bluespoolsewingroom.com has my information if you are interested.
For this project you will need:
quilted fabric for the stocking body
minky for the cuffs
white fabric to line the cuffs
cord for a hanging loop
Disclaimer: this tutorial is a generic how-to, there are no exact measurements or templates.  This allows you the freedom to make a stocking in whatever size suits your needs. :)

I traced my current stocking onto a large sheet of paper and added a quarter inch all the way around to create a template.

You want to be sure to cut out your pieces so they are facing opposite ways.  Put them right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam using a 2.0 - 2.5 stitch length.  Cut notches into the toe and heel curves to help ease the curve when you turn it right side out.  I used my pinking shears to do this.

I also did a zig zag stitch along the edges after sewing the two halves together so it will not fray quite so much.

I decided to use some fluffy minky for the cuffs, and I highly recommend putting painters tape on the fluffy side before cutting to keep down the nastiness that usually comes with cutting this apart.  FYI, putting the tape on the back side does not help.  Ask me how I know...
When measuring for your stocking cuff, make sure to measure across the top of your stocking after you sew the halves together, multiply the measurement by two, and add half an inch to that amount for seam allowance.  I also found I needed to add a lining to this as the dark color of the stocking showed through a bit.
I cut the lining the same size as the cuff, then sewed along one long edge using a quarter inch seam.

Then I top stitched about 3/8 inch up to keep it tidy.

Then I turned it right sides out, basted the hanging hoop an inch from the LH side (loop will be between the cuff and stocking and pointing towards the inside of the stocking) and then inserted the cuff.

This part is always hard for me to remember which way to put it in, but you insert the cuff as if you were putting it on the outside.  It works every time, trust me LOL!  I sewed the cuff with a quarter inch seam, then turned it right side out and top stitched it about half an inch from the top.
I found that setting my stitch length to 3 allowed me to pull the bits of minky that were held down by the stitches back out and basically hid the stitches.
 I appreciate you visiting my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed all the amazing projects that have been shared over the last 12 days.  If you have missed them, you can find the schedule on the post prior to this one or on Sarah's blog at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a wonderful day!