Feb 19

#PDSI Saturday Results

For those of you who don’t know, #PDSI stands for Presidents’ Day Sew-In. We Twilters use any excuse for a sew-in. So I took full advantage of the time/excuse yesterday.

First, I had to do some cutting so that all my pieces for Charlotte’s Surrounded by Scraps Mystery were ready to use.

Most of the cutting was background fabrics, which I’m doing scrappy. I did do some cutting of colors also.

Then I got to do some sewing. I had to choose between Step 2 of Surrounded by Scraps or putting the binding onto the front of the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. As you can see, the binding won.

Let me just say that this is the second time I’ve used the Fons and Porter Binding Tool. These two bindings have been better than any I tried on my own or with the other Binding Tool. So I’m thinking the Fons and Porter tool is a keeper.

As you can see, the binding is on the front and the quilt is waiting for hand sewing to the back. Maybe later this evening. A finish is in sight!

Quilt on!

Feb 15

A Bit of Progress

I have, apparently, been doing some quilty things, just not blogging about them, so here is a little bit of an update.

The 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM finally (almost 6 weeks, which is very unusual when I send them out through our local shop, but I hear the quilter was ill so it’s all good. Mostly. I don’t have pictures yet, but the quilting does not go all the way to the edge on two sides. Now, I know that it’s a big pattern and wouldn’t fit in those areas, but I would have gone off the edge if I’d been doing it. Oh, well, the texture looks awesome for this quilt and I do love it. I have made the binding and will attach it sometime soon.

I also picked up the next block(s) for the Saturday Sampler. It’s the teal block and there are two of them, so I got the free one and paid $5 for the second one. I will start working on putting those together soon.

First, however, I am trying to complete the cutting for Surrounded by Scraps. I need to complete the cutting before I can actually do clue 2. I’m getting close. There will be a very scrappy background.

I did, however, make two blocks this weekend for Quilts for Cure. Here they are:

I also had a bit of fun with my hair. The second picture is from an angle that looks icky to me and makes me look dorkier than I think I normally look, but it was taken by my hairdresser and her focus was the hair, so…

And, even though, Valentine’s Day is officially over, I thought I’d share this picture from outside our local pet shop:

I’m thinking the dog might need something more than thumbs, but what do I know?

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Feb 13

Books on Monday – Fabricadabra

It’s the second Monday in February. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day! It’s time to look at a book I love! Today we are looking at Fabricadabra – Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric: Discover the Hidden Potential in Your Stash by Paula Nadelstern. (Amazon Affiliate link below.)

Yes, it is also available in Kindle format here:

Normally for a book of this kind (a technique as opposed to pattern book), I might have chosen to save money and ordered the Kindle version, but this is a book by Paula Nadelstern. I am a huge Paula Nadelstern fan. I love her designs. I love what she does with fabric. This was going to have to be a book I held in my hands and gazed at lovingly. Because I will do this often.

This is not a book of patterns. In this book, Paula tells us how to use fabric to create very complicated looking quilts. If you’ve read any of Paula’s other books, you know that her kaleidoscope quilts are made by taking very tiny pieces of fabric and sewing them together to make identical wedges. It’s a very complicated process, and I realized long ago I would never do it. In this book, Paula is showing us how to use fussy cut fabric to do the same kind of thing.

This book begins with a stunning gallery of quilts made in this matter. Although no patterns are actually given, there are layouts for some of the quilts so one could actually try to make something similar. After the reader has drooled all over the quilts, Paula describes how the fabric is used to hide the seams and make these kinds of quilts. (Hint: it requires a lot of template plastic.) She describes it well enough that I might actually try some of this someday. Really.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Quilt Gallery – I love these quilts!!!!!!
  • Design Matters
    • Design Strategies
    • Fabric
  • Piece Policies
    • Tools
    • Templates
  • About the Author

Frankly, even if all you looked at in this book were the quilts, it would be well worth it.

Quilt on!

Feb 05

#sbsi Sunday Results

Somehow, by the time I sat down to watch the Super Bowl (about halfway through the second quarter) my brain had fled, so no hand piecing or hand quilting happened tonight.

However, this afternoon I did get the Saturday Sampler block assembled. Here it is:

Another thing I did was catch up on my blog reading. I was surprised to find a blog post from Sue Garman’s blog in my feed. Apparently her daughters plan to continue the blog and shop. They included a picture of her latest pattern which Sue herself completed in December. They also kindly shared pictures of Sue’s quilts from Sue’s Celebration of Life. The picture below is here because I just recently purchased two of these patterns and got a big kick out of seeing them in one picture. The quilt on the left is Afternoon Delight and the one on the right is Omigosh! I will probably make Omigosh! first.

If you aren’t acquainted with Sue Garman, let me tell you that if you’ve ever been to a quilt show, you’ve probably seen quilts made from her patterns. If you wonder which ones they are, check out the link above and look at the pictures. I’ll bet many of them look familiar. You can also check out the store website, Come Quilt. You might even find something you want to make!

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Feb 04

Progress First Part of #sbsi

I must confess, that I have had a productive two days. I started out the week this week hoping to complete Clue One of Surrounded by Scraps before the next clue is posted. I have not yet completed all the necessary cutting for the quilt, but I have completed the 80 four patches and 80 nine patches for Clue One. i still have lots of the background pieces to cut out, but at least I made those pieces before the next clue comes out on February 8.

And then, I caved. Yes, I started something new. For a couple of months now, I’ve been seeing pictures online and in catalogs of Nancy Rink’s block of the month design Getting to Know Hue. I love the colors and the style of the quilt, but I really didn’t want to spend that much money on more fabric. But it’s been in the back of my mind for awhile. Nonnie, from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams added to the fire by posting (in the Twilter group on Facebook) a picture of a gorgeous version someone was working on during her recent retreat. Oh, the pain!

Then I received an email from a quilt shop about half an hour away that advertised their Saturday Sampler and let me know it was not too late to join in. One of the four quilts for the Saturday Sampler is Getting to Know Hue. Free blocks sounded very tempting. Too tempting. Yesterday I went down and signed up and picked up the pattern book and the first block. Today I cut out the block.

As absolutely gorgeous as I think the quilt is with the Lonestar in the middle, I think I will opt for one of the alternate centers. I think the one on the left looks more modern and has a lot of movement in it. I do get a choice through the Saturday Sampler program. I just need to let them know in the next couple of months.

Plans for tomorrow include assembling the first Getting to Know You block, maybe cutting some more of the background pieces for Surrounded by Scraps, and either hand quilting or hand piecing some La Passacaglia during the big game (which I really don’t care about but it’s a handwork opportunity).

What are you up to?

Quilt on!

Feb 02

One Day Only Craftsy Valentine’s Day Sale!

Today, February 2, 2017, Craftsy is having a one day only Valentine’s Day Sale! 14 classes are on sale for $14 each. The theme is Valentine’s Day, so think sweet! Check it out here. Yes, that is a Craftsy Affiliate link and your use of it will help to support this blog.

Also on Craftsy, don’t forget The Quilter’s Daily Buzz! This is a special offer for quilter’s every day! Don’t forget to check it out!

Quilt on!

Jan 28

Winning!Sewing!

I don’t know how I forgot to mention that I won something yet again from the 2016 Finish Along! I only finished one of my Fourth Quarter Goals, Scrap-in-a-Box, but my name got chosen. I won a $20 gift certificate from Sew Me a Song. I used it to purchase a gorgeous bundle of text fabric.

I’ve also been working on cutting fabrics for Charlotte’s Mystery Quilt, Surrounded by Scraps. My goal was to get all the 1 1/2″ squares cut so that I could get the four-patches and nine-patches done by the end of the month. Then I could finish cutting the pieces before the next clue came out.

I made some progress today! I finished cutting the squares and sewed 200 two patches. I have 200 more to sew to get a start on sewing the four-patches and the beginnings of the nine-patches. Here is what it looked like after the first one hundred. And here is what it looked like after two hundred. What have you been up to?

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Jan 23

Books on Monday – The New Hexagon

Welcome to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece by Katja Marek. I’ve had a request to mention the name of the publisher also. This one is published by That PatchwoYes, the following link is an Amazon Affiliate links, which help to support this blog. (And I’d like to thank those of you who have supported the blog in this way!) The first link is the Kindle link. The second is the paperback link.

Yes, it is true that I am not an English Paper Piecing type of person, although I love hand piecing. These hexagons are so charming, however, that I am seriously considering making some by cutting out the pieces with exactly a quarter inch border and hand piecing them. It doesn’t hurt that many of the blocks are made with Kate Spain fabrics that I already own!

The hexagons in this book are all pieced hexagons, three inches on a side. I love the look of them. I can actually see myself making a hexagon sampler with these. This is scary! Hexagons have never been my thing at all. Maybe the difference is that usually EPP is using small hexagons to make patterns and this is using pieces to make patterned hexagons. We’ll go with that!

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me give you a slightly annotated Table of Contents.

  • Introduction
  • Modern English Paper Piecing
    • Tools and Equipment
    • English-Paper-Piecing Techniques
    • Quiltmaking Basics
    • Working with the Patterns (This section helps with all sorts of tips, including tips on working with directional patterns and fussy-cutting.)
  • The Blocks (52 remember)
  • The Projects (quilt patterns using the blocks)
  • Gallery
  • Patterns and Label (These are patterns for shapes used to set the hexagon blocks and you know what a label is, I hope)
  • About the Author
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments

Check it out and

Quilt on!

Jan 21

Birds in the Air Progress

It’s been a long time since I posted anything. I have been doing some quilting though. And I took the UFOs I wanted to enter in the contest at my LQS over to get them signed up. This was one of them:

Yes, that is my completed Birds in the Air top. I think it is a weird size, but I really wanted that little bit of white between the fake flying geese and around the outside. So it’s about 4 inches longer than it is wide, but I like it just the way it is.

Now on to the backing. I think I’m piecing it from some fat quarters, which are no fun to square up, by the way. Oh well, just a few more to go.

Quilt on!

Jan 13

2017 Q1 Finish-Along List

Yes, I’m going to try this again this year. Last year my best quarter for finishes was the first quarter – maybe because it is also my LQS’s UFO finishing contest also, so I’m extra motivated. So this year, I’m aiming high again for the first quarter.

First of all, I am pretty sure I can finish my 2012 FQS Designer Mystery Block of the Month. After all, it is currently at the longarmer’s and then will only need binding.

I am hoping to finish my Birds in the Air quilt also. I need to decide about borders and then I think I will quilt it myself – unless I change my mind about that.

Disappearing Pinwheels is another that shouldn’t take impossibly long to finish. I have a couple more blocks to finish and then construction and quilting to think about and complete. Here’s a picture of one of the blocks.I only have three more blocks to finish in the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and the finishing kit is all cut out, so that could be another finish. That’s kind of an outside chance, but worth the thought. Here’s are a couple of pictures to remind you of what some of the fabrics look like for that one. I also (if sewing time is abundantly available) could hope to finish the Lone Star quilt that I started at the AQS show a couple of years ago in Kimberly Einmo’s class. That’s a real longshot though! But worth the mention. And that is my plan, including some longshots! How about you?

I’m linking this to the 2017 Q1 Proposed Finishes at Rhonda’s Ramblings.

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