Monday, March 25, 2013

American Patchwork & Quilting

Do you get American Patchwork & Quilting?  If you don't, you need to start getting it!  It is one of my favorite quilting magazines.  For several reasons.  First, they always have a wide variety of quilt patterns to choose from.  They will put in everything from applique to modern quilts to traditional quilts.  I love the tip section and editor's article.

Oh, one more thing, I have a quilt in the June, 2013 issue!  :)  The quilt is called Garden Stroll and I used the line Cinnamon Spice by Blackbird Designs for Moda.  Here is a picture of it:

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I used one main background and borders.  The rest is scrappy using reds, greens and pinks.  I love the springy look it has.

So, pick up your copy on the newstand if you haven't already received yours in the mail.
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Have you seen Thelma from Cupcakes 'n Daisies quilt, Evening Bloom, from Blackbird Designs book Country Inn?  If you haven't, make sure that you click on the link above to see the quilt.  She has been working on it for quite a while and it is absolutely stunning!  Not only are the applique work and fabric choices wonderful, wait until you see the quilting!!  Wow!

So, my friend Kathy and I were out for dinner last week and we were discussing the quilt.  We decided to challenge each other to make this quilt.  We are giving ourselves 2 months to complete each block so that we don't stress about it.  I spent quite a bit of time yesterday choosing (and buying) fabric, plotting and planning.  I think I have come up with a plan.  I love the way that Thelma used the French General fabric lines so I am going to use those as well.  Blackbird Designs also used French General but they used the greys for background.  I decided to go with the creams.  I like to lay out my fabrics to see how they would look together and then I started cutting the applique pieces.  I am waiting for more of the backgrounds before I can start but I'm at least getting prepared.  The greens are from my stash and the border print is from the latest French General line, La Belle Fleur.  So pretty!

Just one more week and block #4 will be posted.  Have a great week!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Blogger Girls BOM Sashing/Finishing

Hi Everyone!

As promised, I am posting the Blogger Girls BOM Sashing/Finishing Instructions.  You can download them off my website under the Blogger Girls BOM Finishing Instructions.

To make the square-in-a-square blocks, I used the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion.  It's the same process as the pieces from Block #3 from earlier this month.

First, make the cornerstones by using the large 5 1/2" squares and cutting of the corners using the Companion ruler.

Next, sew the triangles of light to the two cut off corners as shown.

Trim to 51/2" using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5.

Repeat the process of trimming the two sides using the Companion, sew on the triangles and square to 5 1/2".  

You will do the same thing for the sashing by using the smaller squares and triangles.  Note that the medium square in a square block, the seams are pressed in towards the center square.

Sew the sashing together and make the appropriate number needed for the size of quilt that you are making.

For the Double Chocolat version, Kathy and I are thinking about making the squares in the square-in-a-square blocks different reds and browns.  What do you think? 

You can work on your sashing pieces and cornerstones while you are waiting for your next block!  Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fit to be Flipped?

Hope everyone is having fun working on their block of the month blocks!  I will be posting the finishing instructions later this week. 

I wanted to address the questions that were asked about the Fit to be Flipped ruler.  First, very observant girls!!  Fit to be Flipped was the original name for Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion.  The reason that I originally named it that is because it was designed for trimming flip corners.  I changed the name because the ruler does much more than just flip corners.  It is exactly the same as the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 as you can see by the picture.  I grabbed the wrong ruler when I was demoing!  :)
So, sorry, no new ruler yet but you never know! 

Have a great day and tune in later this week for the finishing instructions which includes the sashing. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blogger Girls Block of the Month - Block 3

It's March 1st and it's time for Blogger Girls Block of the Month block #3.  It's hard to believe that we are on block 3 already!  I am planning on posting the finishing instructions in the middle of the month, around the 15th, so make sure you check out the posting.

Don't forget to check out the other blogger's post on block #3.  Here are the participants:

Sherri from A Quilting Life -
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~
Lissa from Moda  Lissa  ~
Denise from Quilter’s  Window ~
Nicole from Sister’s Choice  ~
Lisa from Stashmaster ~

Also, if you haven't been checking on flickr, make sure that you do!  Thanks to those who have posted their blocks on flickr.  I just love to see what everyone is using for their block fabrics.

Here are the two versions of block #3:

We are using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion ruler for this block.  It makes flip corners SO easy!

First, use the Companion part of the ruler set to trim the top two sides as shown, lining up the 4 1/2" mark on the bottom and side of the piece:

Next, sew a red triangle cut from a square diagonally once to the first trimmed side, press out.  Sew another same sized triangle onto the adjoining trimmed side, as shown.  Press out.

Trim the piece using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 on the top and side.  Rotate and trim the remaining side.  Make sure to line up the 4 1/2" mark on the ruler.

On the two remaining sides that do not have the triangles on them, trim as the first step, sew on the triangles and press out.  Trim to 4 1/2".  Repeat to make 4.

Make the same unit using the black (or brown in this case) triangles instead of the red.  Make 1 for the center of the block.
Sew the 3 strips together to form a strip set.  Subcut the pieces to 4 1/2" segments. 
Sew the block together to make you 3rd block.

Here is my Block 3, Version 1 using Double Chocolat.
Here is Kathy's Block 3, Version 2 using Double Chocolate...aren't they yummy!?
Glad that you dropped by and hope you have a great week!