Wednesday 27 September 2017

Just Free Motioning

When writing my last pattern 'Squared Off' you can read about it here or if you want to make one you can purchase a copy at my Craftsy store. I made a couple test blocks trying out a couple different techniques for making the block. Grabbed the rest of the scraps I was using plus, and made a couple more blocks.

four blocks make a mini
Originally I was going to add a white border but changed my mind. I wasn't feeling the border at all. I basted it and looked and looked at it trying to decide how to quilt it. Sometimes I feel those decisions are harder than choosing fabrics. 
I had been playing with my Westalee rulers as I haven't really given some of them the time of day. So out they came.

Westalee rulers waiting in the wings for their turn to play

Out came a practice sandwich and I granted myself some play time. I almost felt like I was playing in the sandbox after a long absence. 
The template I decided to use for my mini was Spin-e-fex no 4. 

spin-e-fex no 4 flower
I echoed around the flower, then added some sorta straightish lines. I maybe should have used a ruler they would have been a lot straighter. But I think it adds character to the design, at least that's the story I'm sticking to.

some straight line quilting in the triangles
I did use my rulers for the straight lines in the triangles along the outside edges. This turned out to be a quick fun design to quilt.

the back was pieced with bits and pieces
I almost like the back better than the front. I pulled out some extra bits and pieces from my scraps and pieced the back together.

it's home for now is on my kitchen table

Have you ever just let go and played with the tools you have on hand, you may be surprised by the results. I know I was.

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Monday 18 September 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Guild 2017 BOM

It is time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, run and hosted by Amy who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side. We are allowed to enter two quilts, I haven't decided if I am entering one or two yet. This is my first entry into in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. The quilt I am entering is one of the latest ones I've made. I love the colours in this quilt they are a little out of the usual for me. Even though it is a sampler it  flows nicely.

2017 BOM

When it comes to the quilting I seem to continue to push myself, I get in the 'zone' and have a hard time even coming up for air. My domestic machine and I are one!


curls and loops

flange border
I like the ease and use of a flange border. That little bit of colour peaking out is an extra dimension to the quilt.

Medallion Quilt Month 9

Sorry I'm a couple days late with this. I got my Saturdays messed up, but all is sorted out, just need to remember what week it is. Might help if I looked at the calendar a little better.
This months block is my version of 'Around the corner'. It is an easy block pattern that offers all sorts of opportunities to combine color to create a unique quilt.

Around the corner

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

All seams allowances are 1/4''


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

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 C. 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 dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
6. Make 4.

diagram 1
Step 2:

1. On the back of both piece B draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram 2a.
2. Place the square on top of piece A. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 2b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 2c.
4. Press HST's open to dark side. DO NOT TRIM.
5. Take two of the above units draw a line perpendicular to the sewn seam on one of the units. See diagram 2c.
6. Place right sides together so that the center seams nest together. Make sure the colours are opposite each other.
7. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 2d.
8. Cut on drawn line.
9. Press one of the above units one direction and the other one the other direction. This allows the swirling of the seams. 
10. Trim the QST's to 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
11. Make 4.

diagram 2
Step 3:

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

I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Wednesday 13 September 2017

My Guilds new BOM

This is the third BOM I have designed for my guild. Three totally different styles., take a look and see for yourself.

medallion quilt 2015 
You can read more about the medallion quilt here. It is currently a free BOM on my blog just look under the tab at the top of this page.

2016 celebrating Canada's 150th
You can read about the Canada 150 quilt here.

2017 irish chain mix

This years quilt is a simple irish chain block with a nice variety of blocks. A few pictures of the quilting I did on this one.

swirls and feathers

more swirls and straight line

some ruler work and simple curves in the geese

straight lines and stippling

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Sunday 3 September 2017

Squared Off Winner

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the release of Squared Off. I used the random number generator. And the winner is KaHolly.

She has been notified and a copy of Squared Off has been sent to her.

Squared Off
If you would like to have your own copy, it is available in my Craftsy Store. This is no longer available since Craftsy deleted all but two of my patterns. I will update the pattern and add it to my Etsy store.

test blocks of Squared Off

While writing the pattern I made a test block. Then added a few more using some of  my overflowing scraps. I think I'll add a narrow white border, do some free motion quilting and call it a mini. 

Free Craftsy classes!

On Monday, September 4 Craftsy is having a free, All-You-Can Watch day on their classes. So if you've been wanting to see some on your wish list, now's your chance.

Here's a few that might tempt you.

Lori Kennedy
Angela Walters
Cristy Fincher

Sit back relax and enjoy watching free Craftsy classes.

All-You-Can Watch Day
  • Starts: Monday, September 4th at 12:01am MST
  • Ends: Monday, September 4th at 11:59pm MST

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