Sunday, 19 February 2017

This That and the other

It's been a quiet week in the sewing room. I did however take some time to play with my new Neocolor Crayons and also pulled out my Derwent Inktense Pencils.

a fun little flower using neocolour crayons and derwent pencils

I drew up a quick flower and using Clear Aloe Vera gel as a medium. I painted the flower, I just let it flow and had fun. The Quilt Rat has a great tutorial on using Aloe Vera Gel. No idea what I'm doing with the flower yet.

All this playing is before I use either of these techniques on my Guild Challenge for our upcoming Quilt Show June 9 & 10, 2017. 

Guild Challenge
I wanted to highlight some areas of the applique. I will do a post with more photos later, when the project is finished.

charity baby quilt 
My guild has put together kits of donated fabric for quilt tops, I took this one home to work on. Some are panels as this one was, some have strips or bits and pieces of fabric. Tweety was a panel and I bordered it with two other fabrics a lovely green print and a nice yellow floral print. I used a piece of backing from my stash and quilted this one together quickly. I added a couple hearts and stitched in the word love.

can you see the word love?

how about the heart?

 I used some straight lines on the inner borders and loops in the outer border keeping the quilt soft. Added a flange border, this quilt will be donated to Ronald MacDonald House through my guild. 

That wraps up my quilting week in a nutshell. How was your week?

Medallion Quilt Block 2

Another month already it seems like I just posted the last block instructions yesterday. We are going to continue working on the center. Putting it together and adding the borders.

center block

Step 1:

1.Sew the 4 center blocks together that you made last month if you haven't already. See diagram 1a.

diagram 1

Border 1

2-  1 3/4'' X 16 1/2''
2-  1 3/4'' X 19''

Sew the border strips to the center 1a. See diagram 1b above.

HST Border

Medium fabric:        A  16- 3'' x 3''                
Background Fabric: B  16- 3'' x 3''
                                 C  4-  2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
Step 1:

1. On the back of both piece B draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece A. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's open to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
6. Make 32.

diagram 2

Step 2:

1. Sew  four of the HST's from step 1 together. See diagram 3a.
2. Make 4, 3a's.
3.  Sew four of the HST's from step 1 together. See diagram 3b.
4. Make 4, 3b's.

diagram 3

Step 3:

1. Paper piece the four triangle square units, using the medium and background fabric. See diagram 4.
The paper piecing pattern is included in the PDF download.

diagram 4

Step 4:

1. Sew the units 3a and 3b from Step 2 above to a triangle square unit from Step 3. See diagram 5.
2. Make 4.

diagram 5

Step 5:

1. Sew a piece C to each end of one of the units from Step 4 above. See diagram 6.
2. Make 2.

diagram 6

Step 6:

1.  Sew units from Step 5 to the center. See diagram 7.

diagram 7

Border 2

2-  1 3/4'' x 23''
2-  1 3/4'' x 25 1/2''

Sew the border strips to the unit center unit from above. See diagram 8. The center should now be 25 1/2'' x 25 1/2''.

diagram 8

You can get a PDF of this block here.

Remember to have fun and to post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Meadow Mystery Top Plus Done

On Thursday, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs released the quilt top assembly instructions for the Meadow Mystery Quilt, I had all my blocks finished and quickly got to work putting the top together.

meadow mystery top as per the instructions
The top at this stage was 60 1/2'' square. Perfect for my daughter but not for my taller SIL, I needed to make it longer but I really didn't want it much wider. I also had to be cautious of the amount of fabric I had left.

I used my graphics program to help audition some ideas. I decided on a square in a square which were also used as part of the original pattern.

graphic drawing and quilty math

My daughters' favourite colour is blue and I wanted to bring more of the light blue out from the center. Framing the whole piece with the darker blue and using it for the outer pieces of the squares in a square would leave just enough for the flange binding. 

paper piecing pattern for the center extension

I wanted to extend the white part of the top so it looked like it was part of the original design. I made the dark blue borders 2 1/2'' wide and added the white extension. I wasn't sure how my idea was going to look but there was only one way to find out. Make it. I drew up a quick paper piecing pattern for the extension.

dark blue border with center extension
I like how the white looks, extended into the outer border. Next up making 30 square in a square blocks, they were 4'' finished. With the inner border and the square in a square blocks and then a final dark blue border added 16'' to the length. Perfect!

top complete

Next up getting some backing material and then the big question, how to quilt it. I have a couple ideas floating around.

Link ups

Sunday, 29 January 2017

I May FQ Addiction

Been fairly quiet in my sewing room, while my machine was being repaired again I decided to do some much needed reorganizing. It is because of this 'reorganizing' that I came face to face with my little problem. Dear hubby and I went to Ikea looking for a new storage unit for my sewing room.

Ikea Kallax unit and one very helpful handy dude as he calls himself, he was helping grandpa install the draw inserts 
Once my two builders had everything together, I was doing the happy dance. You see I was still under the delusion that my fat quarters would fit in a few of the draws, there are 8 total. I had them stored in the plastic shoe boxes, man can you put a lot in those boxes... as I very quickly discovered. 

draw one and a bit

I have been organizing by colour or attempting too. They do look so nice, there may have been some fabric petting and dreaming of what these little beauties could grow up to be. But then this happened...

two full drawers
and more oh no!

third draw 

not done yet

four draws 
Now what I had two drawers already full of landscape fabrics, two with some FQ batiks...oh my! I did mention I may have a problem.

theses still need a place to be stored
No doubt about it, I may have a FQ addiction!! I wonder if there is a support group that helps with this type of an addiction? 

Maybe google can help? I found this article on Psychology Today and had a good chuckle with various comments. For example "Quilters can display many ‘habit-forming’ behaviors”. Well okay maybe that's true, but me with bad habits never. 
“It can mean an obsession to....buying large/medium/small amounts of fabric in general with no earthly idea of what to do with it – otherwise known as stash building!” FQ's are small and I had no idea what I was going to make with them when I bought them, so that MIGHT be an indicator. “Both the turning towards and the intensity of commitment to quilts may be expressed through metaphors of addiction, illness or affliction". Hmm still not completely convinced that I DO have a problem.
"In reading the academic papers on quilting, I got the sense that the word ‘addiction’ was being used in a non-clinical sense and as a metaphor for justifying the amount of time that quilters engaged in their passion and pastime. There was little evidence of negative detriment although some quilters clearly feel they need to lie about or hide away aspects of their hobby". Ahh there you have it I DO NOT have an addiction! Nor am I hiding my stash it is in plain site. I feel better already. Now back to that happy dance.

I may have to hold off buying anymore of those little lovlies however until I reduce the amount I already have. My next google search may well be fat quarter friendly patterns.

Do you have a quilt or stash addiction or are you like me in total denial of it? 

Craftsy last minute sale on classes ends tonight.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A touch of Quilt History

On Monday my guild had a guest speaker, Nancy Trowbridge. She is a judge with the CQA( Canadian Quilters' Assoication), she had a quilt store in Essex county.  Nancy discussed the Underground Railway and how quilts and quilt blocks may have played a role in the slaves’ trek to freedom in Canada.

Nancy on the right and me 
What a wonderful speaker, she held everyone's attention throughout her talk. The quilt pictured above is one she made with the blocks and there significance to the slaves journey. I like history and this was all about history. She referred to a book written by Jacqueline Tobin called Hidden in Plain View.

I'm on the lookout for this book to read our unfortunately my local library doesn't have a copy
Sorry about the quality of the photos, someone may have forgotten their camera. All this has gotten me to thinking more about the history of quilting. Julie of Pink Doxies is into the history of fabric and quilts, she and I have been discussing the subject of quilt history.

log cabin block in civil war fabrics made in EQ7 
One block is the log cabin block. In the British Isles, it is often called "Canadian Logwork".Did the block originate in Europe and travel to the new world 'Canada' and then the US?
I am a second generation Canadian with European grandparents, neither of my grandmothers quilted that I know of. My paternal grandmother was from Finland she had a treadle sewing machine, that I used when at her house, but sadly no quilts. Julie sent me this link to read.  How fascinating! There is also a good article on the Emporia State University site called the 'History of Quilting'.

Do you like to the history of quilting?

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Month 1 Medallion BOM

The first block posted is for the medallion center. 

 block is 8 1/2'' unfinished 8'' finished, four are required to make the center

All seams allowances are 1/4''

Cutting: This is for the four blocks

Dark fabric:   A  6- 3'' x 3''  
Medium fabric: B  2-  5" x 5''  
                          C  6-  5" x 5''  

Background fabric: D  2-  5" x 5'' 
                                E  6- 3'' x 3'' 
                                F  12- 3'' x 3'

Step 1:

1. On the back of both piece D draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece B. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See  diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See  diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to the dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
6. Make 4.


Step 2:

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces E and  A. Following 1 through 4.
2. Trim the HST's to 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
3. Make 12.

Step 3:

1. Cut F in half diagonally. 
2. Sew a F to a HST unit from step 2 right sides together see diagram 2a.
3. Sew a F to the bottom of unit see diagram 2b.
4. Make sure there is a 1/4'' along point edge lining up the ruler 45 degree line with the side of the unit. See diagram 2c.
5. Make 12 units. 

diagram 2 with diagram 2c
Step 4:

1. Cut C in half diagonally.
2. Sew a unit from step 3 above to C with right sides together. See diagram 3a.
3. Make 12 see diagram 3b.

diagram 3

Step 5:

1. Join rows.
2. Join the rows to make block see diagram 4
3. Trim to 4 1/2'' x
3. Make 4.

You can get a PDF of this block here.

Remember to have fun and to post to instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Medallion BOM

The Medallion BOM will be a free monthly block of the month. I originally designed this for my quilt guild and have now decided to share it with you. You can read more about it here and here are a few of the quilts made by my fellow guild members.

Medallion Quilt
  I will be posting on the third Saturday of the month. The quilt without additional borders finishes at 55'' x 55''.

What are the fabric requirements?

These are based on 40'' WOF and if you are going to make additional borders than you will need to make adjustments for that.

  • Background fabric 1 3/4 yds
  • Blue fabric 1 1/4 yds or 5 fat quarters
  • Green Fabric 3/4 yds
  • Sashings and border 3/4 yd
  • Binding 1/2
  • Backing 3 1/2 yds
The blue and green fabric are the as per the picture below.

layout of medallion quilt 

When will the first block be posted?

  • the third Saturday of the month
The third Saturday in January is the 21st, one week from today.

Where can I find the monthly instructions?

  • in my Craftsy store, remember they are free
I'm looking forward to seeing to what everyone comes up with. You can share at #stitchinathomemedallion2017

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