February 10, 2017

I'm SEW sure you should be my Valentine!

There's no doubt, I'm a sucker for vintage! And if the vintage happens to be about sewing? Whoo hooo - jackpot! Happy Valentine's Day to all my fellow sewists!

(The Valentine's are from my Vintage Valentine's  Pinterest Board.)







































































February 4, 2017

True Love 2017 - Free Pattern


A few years ago, I designed this wonky valentine for my friend over at Crafty Tammie. This year, I thought I'd share it with you! It's just so darn stinking cute, I had to repost it!

True Love is made of 12 paper pieced hearts, but they really could be improv pieced just as easily. I provide 4 paper piecing patterns, but the goal is to make ask 12 look as different as you can. You can do this by redrawing your lines on the pattern or printing some of them as a mirror image. Either way gives you more variety.

True Love is 30" x 39". Perfect for a last minute project before the big day!

In addition to the quilt, you could easily piece 4 blocks and join them to make a mug rug or smaller wall hanging. Embroider the name of your true love on the block to make it super-personalized!

Get the pattern here

Here's my true love:
Poppy!

I hope you have a great Valentine's Day and get to spend it with your True Love!


November 16, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Tour and Giveaway!

Here we are again with Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour and magazine giveaway! How much do we love this magazine? 100 blocks, fully patterned and ready to get the creative juices flowing!

My block is a scrappy version of a traditional block, one with many names! According to the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, it has no less than EIGHT names!

Traditional block with many names:
Mosaic #21
Mosaic #6
Gem Block
the Road to Paris
Double Squares
Jack in the Pulpit
Broken Dishes
The Dewey
Because I have a hard time leaving things alone, I modified this block with eight names to accommodate many different fabrics - 12 scraps and 2 constant colors - to be exact! And I named mine Monkey in the Middle because it reminds me of the keep away game my kids play with a soccer ball! So now the block has NINE names!

Monkey in the Middle block
I've been on a big scrap quilt kick lately. I have so much in my stash that covers 20+ years - including fabric from my grandmother, my grandmother-in-law, my mom and my mother-in-law - that I have to start using it! I prefer bright fabrics, so my collection of modern scraps worked well with the gray background. But look how it would look in a monochromatic scheme on black:

Yummy blues!

And in a quilt.

And in the same quilt without sashing and borders. Check out the secondary surprise! 
Large square-in-a-square units emerge when the blocks are joined without sashing.
I hope you try making Monkey in the Middle. It's a versatile, scrap-busting block that's fun to make! And I'm sure there are many, many settings and color ideas I would have never thought of out there!

Now for the giveaway. Leave a comment telling me if you have ever modified a traditional block to make something new and if you enjoyed the process! From all the responses, I'll choose one to receive a copy of 100 Blocks! Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner! Good luck and happy creating!

Also, head to Quiltmaker magazine's blog for more chances to win lots of cool prizes and see other blocks from the magazine!


Nov. 22 Update: The contest is closed! minibea12 is the lucky winner of the magazine. Thanks to all who entered!


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October 28, 2016

Quilting Tip of the Day

I think it's time to bring back Quilting Tip of the Day! For more, go to my pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/42quilts/quilting-tip-of-the-day/


Quilting Tip of the Day: Cut your binding strips when you complete the quilt top and put it in a safe place. It's really easy to lose track of the fabric (or cut into it for something else!) you intend to use for binding while the quilt is being quilted. This is especially helpful if it takes a while to get the top quilted! (Ignore the furry arm. She just loves to be photographed!)

October 10, 2016

A New Spin on Drunkard's Path Blog Tour Giveaway Winner!

Karen C. is the winner!

She said: "Red is my favorite color for quilt making. I would love to win and make one of the quilts. Thank you."

I gotta say, red was probably one of the least mentioned color people said was their favorite to work with, but there were several other reds! Surprisingly, purple seemed to be the most popular - totally unscientific results, of course! I thought blue would be the most popular!

Thanks to all who entered and congrats Karen!

You can still get a copy of the book. To order, head to John's website. He might even sign a copy for you!  

September 26, 2016

A New Spin on Drunkard's Path Blog Tour (and Giveaway!)

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, a book comes along that knocks your socks off! That's what I thought when I first saw the quilts in John Kubiniec's book, A New Spin on Drunkard's Path. It's full of Drunkard's Path variations, tips and ideas that take a humble block to a new level of visual interest and better yet, they are deceptively easy to make!



The quilts in his book are not only quite original in concept, but they also make an old block feel very contemporary. The rest of the book is filled with lots of hints and tips, which I'm a big fan of, and I especially like the section about how to find time to quilt in a busy world! Very practical for all of us!

This is my favorite quilt in the book:
"Bowties" is a super-scrappy quilt with black accents. John uses 1930s reproduction prints in his version. I think if I were to make it I'd use a combination of bright prints and solids with a medium-dark gray as the accent. That would make a more modern version of this contemporary setting.

For this post, I decided to actually make a few blocks. I have to tell you, I'm not a curved piecer. I've tried in the past and never had much luck. I couldn't figure out how to get the concave and convex parts to fit together just right. So this time, I decided to follow the directions and see if I had better luck! The results, I'm happy to say were perfect!

John's tutorial is in-depth with step-by-step photos, very helpful for a visual learner like me! I used these templates from Marti Michell and make 6" blocks with the Corner Triangle Variation.


If you don't have the templates, John includes instructions for making your own templates, but I strongly recommend buying the pre-made ones - especially if you're going to make 100+ blocks. It really takes a lot of hassle out and you get to the sewing faster!

Here's my cut-out pieces. Using the templates, I was able to cut them perfectly, which is probably why it was so easy to piece them perfectly!



Once I had my samples made, I played around with arrangements. There are lots of possibilities with these blocks! These are my favorites:




I'm really happy I made the sample blocks. I really had no illusions that I'd be able to curve piece any better than I ever have before. But with these results coupled with all the variations John shows us, I find myself thinking about adding in Drunkard's Path blocks to future quilts!

Now for the Giveaway! C&T and John are giving away a copy of the book (an eBook if you are not in the U.S.) and a set of Drunkard's Path templates (shown above).  For your chance to win, answer this question in the comments: What's your favorite color to use in a quilt? I'll be drawing for a winner on Oct. 8. Make sure to leave you email address so I can contact you if you're the winner!

Here's the line-up for the rest of the blog tour. Check in each day for more chances to win!

September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick   www.42quilts.com

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016
                          
September 29, 2016

September 30, 2016
LoveBug Studios https://lovebugstudios.com/blog/

October 1, 2016        
Kathy Patterson  http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com

October 2, 2016

October 3, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com

October 4, 2016
Nicole Daksiewicz www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016
            Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com

October 6, 2016
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016


Good Luck!
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