Saturday, 20 May 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 5

The block this month is the Broken Dishes Block. The Broken Dishes block is one of the oldest known traditional quilt blocks. I've wondered at the name. Doing a bit of research, I discovered that broken dishes were a traditional grave site decoration used by African American slaves.

Broken Dishes Block
This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are 1/4''


Dark fabric:  A  4-  2 1/2 '' x 2 1/2''
                      B   1- 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
Medium fabric: C   4- 3'' x 3''
                          D   2- 5 1/2'' x 5 1/2''
Background Fabric: E  4- 3'' x 3''
                                 F  4- 2 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
                                 G  2- 4 1/4'' x 4 1/4''

Step 1:

1. On the back of both piece E draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See  1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece C. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See  1c.
4. Press HST's open to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
6. Make 8.

daigram 1
Step 2

1. Cut both G's in half diagonally. See diagram 2a.
2. Finger press a vertical and horizontal fold in piece B.
3. Place piece G right sides together on piece B matching point of G to crease line on B.
4. Sew using a 1/4'' seam.
5. Open the seam and finger press. Do not use your iron or you will loose the crease lines.
6. Repeat with the other 3 sides of B. This is piece BG.
7. Press and trim to 61/4'' x 6 1/4''. Line up 45 degree line of  ruler along the seam between G and B leaving a 1/4'' seam at points. See diagram 2c.

diagram 2

Step 3

1. Cut both D's in half diagonally. See diagram 3a..
2. Finger press a vertical and horizontal fold in piece BG from step 2.
3. Place piece D right sides together on piece B matching point of D to crease line on B. As per diagram 3b.
4. Sew using a 1/4'' seam.
5. Open the seam and finger press. Do not use your iron or you will loose the crease lines.
6. Repeat with the other 3 sides of B.
7 Press and trim to 8 1/2'' x 8 1/2''. 

diagram 3

Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows. 
2. Sew rows together. 
3. Press in direction of arrows.

diagram 4

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using  #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A MIni for a Friend

Sometimes I just feel like creating, and that is exactly what I did with this piece. As soon as I took this picture I knew I wanted to do something with it.

inspiration photo from my flower beds the flowers are hyacinths

The background I used is a piece of Northcott fabric, perfect for the earth. I used my favourite applique method 'Crafted Applique'. I rough cut the pieces I needed then touched them up with Inktense pencils, NeoColor Crayons and Sharpies. 

the bottom piece is the stone on the right of the finished piece, the top piece is the stone on the left before any  work on them

the leaves on the stone on the left before colouring
I gathered the equipment I was going to use to colour the stones, leaves and flower petals.

these are some of the items I used to re-touch the stones and leaves

after colouring the applique pieces

You can see where I added the yellow to the leaves. I wish I would have taken more pictures as I went along but I was so absorbed in creating I never even thought about my camera. The stones now look more like what I think they should look like. Remember art is in the eye of the beholder and at this point I was the beholder or wanna be artist.

the finished piece
To make the sandwich I laid the top face up then the backing face down on top of the front( right sides together) then the batting. I stitched around all four sides leaving a section open so I could turn the piece right side out. I pressed from the top rolling the edges to the back, then slip stitched the opening closed. The FMQing was then done.

This piece was mailed to Sandra for her new home. 

This lovely came home with me, more on her latter.

Linking up

Monday, 8 May 2017

Scraps plus a Finish

I'm still playing trying to use as many of my strings as I can. Up first is my finish for the Hands2Help  quilt, you can read more about it here. I went with wavy line quilting kinda. You would think that someone who can do free motion quilting would be able to make wavy lines. Seems like an easy enough thing to do, but getting the lines to flow and wave took a lot more effort than I thought.

back shows the kinda sorta wavy line quilting
I pieced the back as I didn't quite have enough of the fabric I choose for the backing.

scrappy flange binding
Keeping with the scrap theme I used leftover flange bindings. I keep all my leftover bindings in a plastic container that was overflowing.

ready for a child to snuggle in, this quilt is going to Ronald MacDonald house

They were a lot of strings left even after making the string quilt. Now what to do with them? I grabbed a few 1 1/2'' odds and ends and sewed them together in pairs. Trimmed them to 5 1/2'' just because they were the shortest size pieces. I then added a 1 1/2'' by 5 1/2'' white piece between two strip sets. The blocks are 5 1/2'' square. I threw some of them up on my design wall. 

one possible layout

Then I moved on to the bits and pieces of the 2 1/2'' strips and cut them into 2 1/2'' squares. I am making these into 16 patch blocks using them as leader and enders. 

16 patch blocks

There you have my scrap story. Are my strings all gone. NO!!! I don't believe they will ever be all gone but they are more manageable now.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Strings and String Blocks

After organizing my stash into an IKEA shelving unit, you can read more about that here, I realized I had a fair amount of strings. Now what to do with all those strings.
I am making a quilt for Hands2Help run by Confessions of a Fabric Addict, this is the second year I will be participating in this charity quilt challenge. You can see the quilt I made and donated to Ronald MacDonald House last year here. I will again be making and donating a quilt to Ronald MacDonald House.
Back to my string over abundance and what to do with them. Strings and string blocks go hand in hand.

I sorted the strings by colour. Then set to work using them up. The idea was to use up all or the vast majority of them.

all sorted and ready to go
I had an old phone book and decided to stitch my strings to the pages of it, some people use muslin. I didn't want an added layer or the added cost. I pulled the pages out of the phone book and squared them up to 7 1/2 inch squares, my book was 8'' x 10''.

laying out strings
After sewing the strings to the pages and before trimming I gave them a light spray starch on the fabric side to help control those bias edges. The paper I put in my compost bin, it will break down and helps to control any odours.

before trimming 

Some of the fabric strings date back to the 90's. The size of the strings were anywhere from 1'' to 2 inches and various lengths. I used some older 2 1/2'' strips, the newer ones I kept for another project.

lighter string blocks

darker blocks

I made 80 blocks and these are the strings I have left, they didn't seem to go down at all. I think overnight the fabric/sewing fairy has been adding to them.

after 80 blocks the strings appear to be growing

I had some great help laying out blocks.

my 'little helper'
This layout used 56 blocks, the flimsy is 49 1/2'' by 56 1/2'' which makes a nice size quilt. I don't think I am going to add a border. 

 I can see a few blocks I should have moved for better colour flow

Next up quilting I am trying to decide whether to do straight line, wavy lines or an allover loop. What would you do?

I will be linking up to 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 4

This months block is the Rosebud Block. I choose this block due to my love of roses, this block dates back to the early 1900's.

Rosebud block

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

Dark fabric:   A  2-  5'' x 5'' 
Medium Fabrics: B   4-  3'' x3''  
Background Fabric: C  4- 3'' x 3'' 
                                 D  4- 2 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' 
                                 E  2- 5'' x 5'' 

All Seam allowances are 1/4''.

Step 1:

1. On the back of both piece C draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  See  1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece B. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See  1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See  1c.
4. Press HST's to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
6. Make 8.

diagram 1

Step 2:

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces E and A.
2. Make 4.
Step 3:

1. Sew two 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' HST's together see diagram 2 below.
2. Make 4.

diagram 2

Step 4:

1. Sew the small HST unit to one 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2'' HST.
2. Sew a 2 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' to the HST unit. See diagram 3 below.
3. Make 4.

diagram 3

Step 5:

Sew all four of the above units together to make the rosebud block.

diagram 4

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

While at Craftsy (affliate link) hop around and check out their Easter sale.

Craftsy Sale

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Star Baby Quilt A Finish

Every new baby should have a quilt to call their own. Right? Especially when the baby is a quilters granddaughter. On march 10th our 5th granddaughter Jamie was born she was 6lbs 3 0z. She is just as precious as our first. On to her quilt, I designed it in EQ7, I am slowly getting the hang of it....sometimes.

original  concept designed in EQ7 

On the design wall.

layout progress before a necessary design change

I did the quilty math, measured twice but the sewing gremlins came anyway. The star center went together smoothly but after that it was all downhill. I did change the circle in the center for an appliqued heart.

one would think these pieces when sewn together with a 1/4'' would align...nope! 

Aligning the rays that extended out from the star was a big problem that no amount of wine would help. The offset was a 1/4'' but when sewn together they DID not align. I used my seam ripper more times than I ever thought possible.  Sorry no photos as I was totally frustrated by then. Remade a couple pieces. After holding my breath and praying to the quilting god's it worked! A couple of design changes now needed to take place as I no longer had enough of the dark pink to continue as planned. 

star straight line quilting

The quilting I wanted to keep simple as I wanted the quilt to be cuddly and not over quilted. So simple straight lines following the star points and rays. I used Aurifil threads #'s 2021, 2440,5018 and 2730. Matching the threads to the fabric, made for more burying of threads but I'm glad I did it.

more lines and loopy l's
The first border got loopy l's, the dark pink more straight lines, which I repeated in the pink corners. The white corners I did figure 8's in.

I quilted her name in the white space at the bottom of the pinwheels

A look at the finished quilt. Even though I had to make some changes I like how it turned out.

 the design changes happened in the borders and the corners

Of course what baby quilt is complete without a picture of Jamie using using it.

enjoying some tummy time
For the backing I used an adorable print. I picked this up for less than $5/m.

back of quilt

I normally use Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Batting.  I have a wool allergy so that is about the only batting I haven't tried. What is your favourite batting?

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Initially Yours-Initial Block Challenge

One of my guilds programs was to make blocks that start with our initials. The challenge was named 'Initially Yours', over a three month period we showed the blocks we made using the initials in our names. I choose to make mine 6'' blocks. My initials are CEP. Let the show begin with the 'C' block I picked.

C is for compass block in my favourite colour 'green'
My favourite colour is green I'm drawn to it and will always be my first choice. The dark green and the lighter green are both batiks. I wish I knew the name of the print, I only had a FQ of it and I love it. My first name is Cindy, you know that song 'Get Along Home Cindy Cindy' sung by Ricky Nelson, my father heard it playing when I was born liked it and I ended up with it. 
A few lyrics from the song:
I wish I was a apple            
Hanging in a tree
And every time my sweetheart passed 
She'd take a bite of me

Get along home Cindy Cindy     
Get along home Cindy Cindy 
Get along home Cindy Cindy 
I'll marry you sometime  

I choose the Compass block as you never know what direction life takes and a compass may help keep you on the good path.

Next up is 'E', one of my middle initials after my 'Finish' grandmother. I have more than one middle name. This block dates back to 1815 according to Vintage Quilts.

E is for eight pointed star

My last initial is 'P' for this one I choose the 'Priscilla' block. After doing a bit of googling about the block for this post I found it listed as a 'Bible Block'. I liked the look of the block and was unaware of the bible connection.

P for my variation of the Priscilla block

I added sashing and borders in that same print fabric. I did ruler work in all three blocks in an attempt  to accent various parts of the block. The left, right bottom borders and sashing I free motioned curls and swirls. The top border areas I did feathers.

in order of my initials compass, eight pointed star and priscilla
The wall hanging is 22'' long and 8 1/2'' wide.  I used aurifil threads and sulky in the green print.

back complete with label