Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box - Split square alternate block 2

You are going to love today's block - no half square triangle units!  Plus if you like this is an easy one to make by strip piecing your units.

This is a rail fence style block.  To make it you will need 9 split square units.  You can easily strip piece this by cutting one strip each of your background fabric and your colored fabric.  Each strip needs to be more than 32 inches long.

Sew both strips together on the long side and press the seam toward the colored strip.  This will give you a strip 3 1/2 inches wide and 32 inches long.  Take this strip, square up one end, then cut 3 1/2 inch squares - you will get 9 of them.

Lay them out and sew together - you can make this one in no time at all.  When pressing this one, I try to press so my seams go away from the ends with the center seam to reduce the bulk.  Here's a view of the back so you can see what I mean.

Have fun sewing :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Project Quilting - Challenge 4 - Brighter the Better

I really enjoyed working on this challenge.  I've been setting aside Saturday afternoon to work on the Project Quilting challenges, and it's been nice working in a smaller format this year.  I thought it might be fun to do a blazing star quilt - something like a sunburst was my original intention.

I pulled some fabric (these are from a couple of Stash Builder rolls from Island Batik)
I really liked the blues and purples, and thought I would use the orange strip from the lower set to spice it up.  I decided it wasn't quite colorful enough, so exchanged the light purple for a bright yellow color.
I liked the way that looked, so cut my strip sets and got to work sewing.
As usual, I was so into the process I forgot to take any more pictures of my progress!  When I was done with the diamond units I decided to rotate every other one for a more interesting look.  Then I auditioned several background fabrics, and ended up with a dark navy with gorgeous swirls.  I thought it made my colors pop more.  Then I added a light green border and a blue with little flowers for the final border.  I quilted it with bright yellow thread for the fun of it!

 I love how the dark background really makes the colors pop!
 The backing was a nice print out of my stash.
 I used another bright blue for the binding
And, the center star came out just right!

This little quilt measures almost 20 inches square, and was made by me in Coos Bay Oregon.  Linking up on Project Quilting for week 4 - make sure you go see the other awesome entries!

We have winners!

I am happy to announce that Mary D, Nancy, Anna Lutz-Brown, and Carolyn Montgomery are the winners of my giveaway!  I have e-mailed all four of you and if you will let me know your mailing addresses I will figure out who gets what and send you some happy mail Monday morning!

Thanks to everyone who entered, it was really fun to see what projects and colors you all liked. I see that a lot of you like blue as much as I do!  Thanks for all the kind words on my projects as well.  I really appreciate the nice feedback.  I think that the project from the first bundle got the most comments.  This is also the same quilt I made in different colors for the third box!  I am definitely working on writing up a pattern for this.  It's a little tricky to explain the color placement, but I am making progress on figuring it out and should have it available next month sometime!

This week was a bit scattered for me.  I've been working on taxes which puts me in a grumpy mood.  Then I have to go into my sewing room and do some mindless sewing!  Like this little mug rug:

And this one:
I've got a whole set of selvage ones ready to quilt and bind as well.

I seem to have lost some pieces for the top I started in the class I attended in January so have stalled out on that project.  I hope I find them soon because I don't want this project to go to the UFO drawer!  I started sorting some of the scraps in the overflowing scrap bin thinking they may have gone there, but no luck so far.  I think I need to start sewing something up from there, but haven't decided what.

I did finish quilting my scrappy quilt!  And I got a new shop sample done, but want to do separate posts for those, so you will have to wait to see them, but here is a little sneak preview:

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Alternate block for Split Square - Greek Cross

Sorry I'm a day late getting this out, I got a little excited about my Galentine's day post!  This variation goes by the name of Greek cross.  It's exactly like the Churn Dash, but the colored rectangle on the split square goes to the outside of the block.

I wanted to use two colors for this block again, but you can use one color if you like.  You will need 4 colored triangles and four colored rectangles.  For the background fabric, you will need four triangles, four rectangles and one center square.  (Use the same measurements as for the original block)

After sewing all the half square triangle blocks together, and the split squares, arrange and sew together into the following block:

Isn't it fun how you can rearrange the position of the squares and come up with a new look?

All the alternate blocks I am making are using Island Batik fabric from the Dotalicious line.  Island Batik and Aurifil threads are having a giveaway this month - all you have to do is take a couple minutes to fill out a survey and you will be entered, and there will be two winners!   

Have a great week!  I'll have next week's block up on Monday for sure, so you won't have to wait.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Galentine's Day!

Nope, not a typo!  I just learned about a fun holiday just for those special ladies in our lives - not Valentine's day, which is all about romance, but Galentine's day - which celebrates our gal pals.  The ladies who give us the wind beneath our wings, and would go to the ends of the earth for us, especially if it means brunch out at our favorite gathering place.  The friends that you can giggle with, and cry with when you need to.

My fellow Island Batik Ambassadors and I were challenged to come up with a quilted postcard or rug mug to celebrate the occasion.  In my box was a bundle of pink and red fat quarters that were perfect for the challenge.  All I needed was a great idea!  I thought of all kinds of variations of heart quilts, but wanted to do something a little different.  
So I came up with this Kisses and Hugs mug rug.  It was super easy to make!  

You need eight 2 1/2 inch squares of pink and red fabric, sixteen  1 1/2 inch squares of light pink and two 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch squares of light pink for the pieced top.  Using a sew and flip technique, sew a light pink square to two opposite corners of each red and pink square, then arrange the resulting squares into an x and an o layout.  Sew them all together, then add a light pink strip to the top and bottom to make a 6 1/2 inch x 8 12 inch rectangle.

Add backing and batting, then quilt as desired! Bind in whatever pink or red you prefer.G  I sewed the entire project using the red Aurifil 50 wt thread I received in my ambassador box.  (Works great for piecing as well as quilting!)

Now add the beverage of your choice and your BFF for a great bonding time!

Happy Galentine's day to you all!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Finished or Not Friday - Reflections

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I've been working on my Reflections quilt this week as it is the one that came up on the APQ UFO Challenge list. I had intended to work on just one block a day, but that is sooo hard for me!  When I start a project, I just want to dive in and sew, sew, sew.

I have the top done and am pleased with it!  I took notes for the pattern I want to write up.  It's a pretty busy looking scrappy quilt, but I know there are more quilters than just me who love these kind of quilts!

I've used this layout before so decided to change it up this time and do something different.

Right now I am in the process of scrapping together a back, then I can quilt it this weekend.  I'll have to dig and see what I can find to bind it as well.  I made this quilt using one of the Moda Scrap Bags.  This one was truly an interesting mix of fabrics!  But once you cut them all up and put them all together they make a nice little quilt!

I think I'll do something quick and easy for the quilting.  Will have to decide on a thread color, but on this quilt, anything would go!  That's part of the joy of scrappy quilts!  The backing is going to be in greens, so I'll probably go with a green.  It just depends on what my thread stash holds.

Linking up with Myra for Finished or Not Friday!  Come join in the fun with us!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Happy Mail!

There is no better happy mail than getting an Ambassador box from Island Batik!  Every time I have opened one of these shipments I think that it is the best box ever, and I think they just keep getting better and better.  Here is my live video of my box opening:

I was pretty nervous about doing it - like most people I think my recorded voice sounds really weird and annoying, but I have decided to just get over myself and try to branch out a bit!  It was really fun, and I think I'll try to do more live videos on facebook!

I'm excited to sit down and look at the fun challenges we have been given for each month and start planning out how I want to use all these wonderful fabrics!  Because I have to make room for this bounty of new fabric, I sorted through the remaining fabric from the past two years (4 boxes!) and have put together some small bundles of goodies to give away.

From the first box, which I used to make this quilt I have some nice blues to give away-

From the second box,  Caribbean splash was the featured line, and I had a lovely selection of Sea Salt Sandy, from this line I have some Fat Quarters left over to share.

From the third box - this is when Island Batik started giving us a monthly challenge, as well as the opportunity to do a couple of blog hops for new books.  You can see how the creativity burst forth in my projects!  I actually used most of the fabrics, but do have a couple of those Stash Builder rolls that I can send out.

From the fourth box I had Dotalicious fabrics for my Blog hop project, Big Surf.  I also participated in The Road Home blog hop and made my quilt from bits and pieces from all my boxes!  I'll be sending out the remaining fabric from my kaleidoscope wall hanging in fall colors as a prize for this set of projects.

I wish I could offer to ship these items to all my readers, but unfortunately this giveaway will have to be to those of you living in the US due to the high cost of shipping.  Leave me a comment letting me know which of the projects you like best - I'll try to match your prize to your preference, but no guarantees!
I would like to thank the wonderful people at Island Batik for allowing me to be an Ambassador, as well as Auriful and Superior Threads for the wonderful addition of thread to the current box of goodies!  They do not pay me other than with the products provided and these are things I definitely would enjoy using and would purchase on my own.  I am always open to trying new products, and am happy to share my honest thoughts with my readers!  We are so blessed to live in a time when we have so many options for fabric and tools and I love to show what I like to use and how it works for me.  

I hope your day is a happy one with lots of quiting!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Unit Two - Split Square

Are you ready to master another basic Quilt block recipe?  This month's unit is a split square.  It's really simple, just a square divided in half.  As always, you'll get the best results if you make sure your cutting and sewing are super accurate!
By using four split squares and four half square triangles you can create a Churn Dash (or Monkey Wrench) block!

You will need the following cuts of fabric:
Four triangles and four rectangles of colored fabric
Four triangles and four rectangles of background fabric plus one center square.

 For my batik version I am using a different color for my rectangles and making the center out of my background fabric.

After you sew your split square units and half square triangles, lay them out as above
And sew to make your block!  It won't take very long, I promise!  This is one of my favorite traditional blocks, and I feature it in two sizes in my Monkey Around Pattern.

You can download the Recipe Card for this block HERE

Or you can sign up for my newsletter and I will send you the link every month on the first Monday.

Have a wonderful week - send me a picture of your block, please!  I'd love to see them :)