Monday, May 22, 2017

Twinkle Star - Quilter's Recipe Box - Alternate for Quarter Square Triangle Unit

Welcome - today I am showing the last alternate block for Quarter Square Triangle Units.  This time I'll be using three colors in the quarter square triangles and adding four-patch units to the corners.  I call this block Twinkle Star:

For this block you will need a 2 x 17 inch strip of your background fabric, plus a 2 x 17 inch strip of another color.  Two 4 1/4 inch squares for your star points, one 4 1/4 square of your background and one 4 1/4 square that matches the center square, which will be one 3 1/2 inch piece!  

Sew the two 2 x 17 inch strips together, cut in half and lay right sides together with opposite colors touching.  Cut 4 2 inch strips and sew together to make four 3 1/2 inch four patch units.  These will go in the corners of your blocks.

I made the quarter square triangles the same way I made the variable star block.  Layer the background square with one of the star squares and the center square with the other star square.  Cut in half diagonally and sew four half square triangle units.

  Layer two sets of the two different units and cut in half diagonally - sew together to make four matching units.

Then lay the out with your finished units like this:

And sew together.   I press the seams away from the triangles where possible and press the long seams toward the outside.  Here is the finished block;
I love playing with the blocks and trying to come up with an interesting layout.  This block will look great in an alternate layout with many other nine patch blocks.  Here it is with one of our five patch variations:

This quilt includes all five of the units we have covered in the last 5 months!  Make sure you come back next Monday - I'll have a fun giveaway for you and we'll be taking a look at all the blocks that have been made so far.  Thanks for following along!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Make Lemonade at Quilt Market

This quilt has a story, but then again - don't they all?  I originally submitted this design to Island Batik using a different line of fabric (Lotus Blooms, I believe), but was asked to re-submit using Sour Apple.  It was accepted, and I was surprised when I received the fabrics for the sample because I really loved the colors so much!  And coincidentally I was working on planning a church ladies retreat where the theme was making lemons out of lemonade - so, of course this quilt ended up being named Making Lemonade!

It's the one at the far right of the picture with a brown border.  This line has beautiful brights and is balanced with rich browns and olive greens, so you have a lot of options when using them.

I love the teal print with the kitchen utensils!  And more egg prints, that go wonderfully with that rooster print in the border.  And lemons on rusty brown and green.  After I finished the quilt I showed it to a friend who thought the yellow on white looked like eggs sunny side up, so I was temped to call the quilt Sunny Side Up, which would have worked as well.  But I was already committed to Making Lemonade, so there it is.
I used several colors of Aurifil thread (50 wt) for the quilting.  I really love the 50 wt because it blends in so well, bobbins last forever, and I rarely have breakage problems.  It really makes my free motion quilting much less stressful when I don't have to worry about that!

I enjoyed the quilting process, adding different designs to each shape in the quilt to accentuate the bright pops of color!

This pattern is also available through Island Batik, or you can buy it as a downloadable pdf in my Craftsy shop or from my Etsy Shop (I appreciate EU buyers to purchase from Etsy as they take care of the taxes for me!)

Here is my original idea for the quilt - just so you can see how the fabric can make a big difference:

I still like the colors in this one and would definitely make this quilt as well!

I really enjoyed seeing my quilts at Spring Quilt Market - I am excited that next year the spring market will be in Portland Oregon!  I definitely plan to attend, and hopefully will have a quilt or two representing me in the Island Batik booth again :)

Tomorrow I'll have another quilt block using quarter square triangles, so don't forget to check out the Quilter's Recipe Box post.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Quilt Market News!

Oh my goodness, this week has been crazy and I am not even going to Quilt Market!  Two of my quilts did get to make the trip and are hanging in the Island Batik booth though and since I have actual pictures of them there I am very excited to share them with you!  (I have been trying not to write with all exclamation points, but I will probably be using way too many in this post...I am excited after all.)  This is the first one - I am so delighted to see it featured in the display!  Photo is thanks to my fellow Island Batik Ambassador. Laura (Slice of Pi Quilts) who is at Quilt Market and posted them for us to see.

Alouette is the quilt with the little birds at the top of the picture!  I love, love, love this quilt and was so excited to share it.  I designed it from a photo prompt in the Quilt Design a Day facebook group and have wanted to sew it up ever since.  When I saw Island Batik's Country Dozen line I knew it was the perfect fit - the colors and prints were meant for this little quilt, and I'm glad they accepted my proposal and picked up my pattern.  And I'm really glad I took a little extra time for some fancy feather quilting on it - but I hope no one looks too close at the quilting - eep!  I'm getting better at them, but they are not perfect by any means!
This is my EQ7 illustration, but the colors are so much prettier in the real life quilt.  This pattern will be available to quilt shops through Island Batik, but I also have it for sale in my Etsy Shop and on Craftsy if you would like to have it right away.  (If you are in the EU please purchase through Etsy so they can handle the taxes for me)

Aren't the eggs fun?  The fabric in the dark blue triangles has roosters in it.  So fun!

Before adding feathers.  The bird came out really cute!  It took a lot of fussing with the shape before I was 100% happy, but I just love it!

Here is my original QDAD design.  I haven't been active there for a while, but want to get back to it. It's a great way to play with ideas without being committed to actually making them up into quilts!

I'll show my other quilt tomorrow so it gets it's own post.  So much fun!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trusting my Eye

It seems like I don't have much trouble deciding when something looks good, but when I have a project that isn't quite right I have a hard time actually deciding that I need to change it.  This happened when I was working on my Circle Quilt.  I didn't really like one of the colors I had in it, but was dragging my feet on making a decision to change it out.  I finally put the picture up on Instagram and overwhelmingly got the feedback that, yes, I should change it out!

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I'm not too sure why it's so hard to act on changing something I don't like in a project - maybe it's the whole idea of getting out the seam ripper?

I have been working on a project with some vintage embroidery blocks and found that I did not like the way the bright red strips jumped out.

After thinking about it all weekend, and making  a bunch more blocks, I decided that I needed to change them.  And I am much happier with the way the blocks look now!  Luckily there were only about 7 strips to take out in all.
I really need to be more confident about making changes when I see that something isn't quite right, especially when it's at a stage where it's easy to make the change.  I could have saved myself a little time ripping out this afternoon, but it was totally worth it.

The next step on this project is to applique more heart blocks.  It's coming out really cute and I'm excited to finish the top so I can start quilting it!  I plan on some special quilting on this one, and look forward to spending the weekend working on it.  Hope you are enjoying your week as well!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate for Quarter Square Triangle - Clown's Choice

Hi it's another Monday and time for another quilt block pattern!  I've really enjoyed doing all these blocks and it's been fun to use some old favorites and also explore some new and different blocks!

Today's alternate block for the Quarter Square Triangle Unit is a quick little block that goes by Clown's Choice.  I think this might be an interesting block to make a modern quilt out of, the lines and angles could be really interesting.  I found some fun colorations of it here on meadowside-designs.  I decide to go with red and blue for my block:

This block requires 5 quarter square triangle units, so you will need to cut three 4 1/4 squares each of your background fabric and your contrasting fabric.  You will also need four  3 1/5 inch squares of your background fabric.  

I chose to make my quarter square triangles using the same method as I used last week, I cut my 4 1/4 inch squares in half after layering the pairs right sides together, then sewed the halves together to make 6 half square triangles.  

After sewing, press with seams toward the darker fabric (I pressed toward the red)  
I then layered these in pairs right sides together with the red halves paired against the blue halves.  Cut in half diagonally, sew and press.  You end up with 6 squares.  Set one aside (spare parts can be useful!) and lay the 5 Quarter Square Units out with the 4 background squares:

Sew and press and you end up here:

Have you ever made (or even heard of) this block before?  Not me - this was a new one!  See you next week for another block - then the last Monday of June we'll have a review and a giveaway post.  Thanks for following along!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Another Modern Challenge Quilt!

I guess it's time for me to eat a piece of humble pie.  Seems like in my hasty hour of inspiration to make my Modern Quilt Challenge for the May Island Batik Ambassador Challenge,  I neglected to do something very important for a challenge.  I forgot to read the guidelines!  Which said that our piece should be at least 36 x 36.  Oops!  So to make up for my error I decided I needed to get busy and make another quilt.  I've been wanting to make this particular design again for a while, so this was a good opportunity to do so.

I used more of the Coastal Mist Stack of 10 inch squares for this, plus some yardage.  The background is Soft Lilac Swirl Leaf, and I chose a dozen other squares to use for the circle cut outs and windows.  The pattern is Circle Around - it's a great quick quilt and looks awesome any way you make it!

I used a lightweight poly batting in this one because I thought it would be nice lightly quilted.  This quilt measures 48 x 48, perfect for a nice lap quilt.  The graphic circles definitely make it a modern quilt - very different from my first effort, but definitely just as modern!

It's tricky to catch the beauty of this fabric line - I love the subdued, yet rich look of the colors.  This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop - it's a beautiful, soft quilt and would make a lovely lap quilt or throw.

Circle Quilt

Don't forget to keep an eye out for more challenge quilts!  Look for #modernbatikchallenge on social media to see more, or follow my fellow Island Batik Ambassador's blogs to see their creations!

Swamp Angel - QRB alternate block for Quarter Square Triangles

I'm getting a little bit of a slow start this morning, but I think that's a great way to start a day (and a week!)  Today we'll make another block with Quarter Square Triangles.  This is a great old block and goes by the name of Swamp Angel.  This was a Nancy Cabot block and you can read the newspaper article here.   There is another article about the author of the Nancy Cabot articles here:  LORETTA LEITNER RISING.  Wouldn't it be great if newspapers had features like now?  I might actually subscribe again!

Anyway - this block combines Half Square triangles and Quarter Square triangles:
To sew this block you will need:

Two 3 1/2 inch squares each from your background and a medium colored fabric.
Two 4 1/4 inch squares each from a dark and a light colored fabric
One 3 1/2 square from the same light fabric.

Start out by sewing the background and medium half square triangles and set aside.  Next, layer each light 4 1/4 inch square one one dark 4 1/4 inch square, right sides together.
Use a ruler to either draw a line on the diagonal, or cut your squares into two half square triangle units.  I prefer to cut mine, as I think I am able to sew more accurately with a cut edge to line up to.

Sew your triangles into 4 sets of half square triangles.  Press your seams toward the dark fabrics and trim off the dog-ears.  These should measure 3 7/8 inches after pressing.
Now, layer these units together in pairs, right sides together with opposite colors touching.  Make sure you have the seams nesting together.  

Line up all the edges, and draw or cut on the diagonal again.  
This will give you four sets of triangles to sew together.  They will not all look the same at this point, but because the colors alternate, they will all be the same once sewn and pressed!
Sew them together, then press seams to one side.  Trim off those dog-ears!
Your finished Quarter Square triangles should measure 3 1/2 inches when done.
Lay out as in the illustration and sew together - this block has lots of points to match up, but if you are sewing and pressing accurately you should have no trouble with them!  I have a couple that are off by a thread or two, but I am happy with the way the block looks, so am choosing to leave them as is.  I can't even tell in the picture, so obviously not a problem.

Here is the finished block - the fabrics are from the Dotalicious line and were provided for me in the Fall/Winter Ambassador Box from Island Batik.  I'll see you again next week for another block!  

Friday, May 05, 2017

A lovely day for Sewing

Ah, yesterday was a lovely day for sewing!
I was even able to enjoy having my window open for some fresh air.  Since all my alteration work was done for the week, I spent the day working on a few projects and doing some tidying up.  

I found the missing fabric for the inner border and binding on my Savannah quilt!  Woohoo!  I've been wanting to get this top finished so I can quit shuffling it around my sewing room, and I'll add the borders to it this afternoon.  
I also got this top done, thanks to the help of my Instagram friends!  Since my husbands not much into quilt design I am glad I have a community of people to call on when I need a second opinion.  It looks much better now that I have removed the piece that wasn't working.  This is made using the same Island Batik Coastal Mist Stack I used for my modern quilt earlier this week.  

I'm also working on the sample for Threads That Bind's row for the Row By Row Experience this summer.  It's super cute, but I'm gong to wait on showing you that one until the shop is ready to show it off.  

That's about it for now!  I'm linking up with Myra of Busy Hands Quilts, I've missed a couple weeks and am glad to get back into the routine!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Modern Batik Challenge for Island Batik

I guess I am on a roll for Challenges this week!  I started cruising Pinterest for Modern Quilt inspiration and found lots of ideas that interested me.

I think when you first start thinking about making a modern quilt, you have to ask yourself what exactly is a modern quilt?  I went to the Modern Quilt Guild's website to get some guidance.  Here is a snippet from there about the characteristics of a modern quilt:  "These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting."

 I decided that it would be fun to do a quilt that floated several blocks on a large background.  I thought I could use this beautiful snowflake neutral I received in my Ambassador Box in February for the background.

This is from the Frost Collection - I just love the snowflakes!

Then I went to EQ7 to look for an interesting quilt block.  I found this one that struck my fancy:
And changed up the color placement to end up with this idea:

I loved the octagon I got by making the corners the same color as the background fabric.

From there I was off to the sewing machine:

I was super happy until I realized I had sewn the corners wrong!  Darn.  It didn't take long to unstitch and sew them the right direction.  Of course, this left my arrows going the other way, but that was fine with me.

I made three more blocks, but only this one has the pretty bright teal arrow.

I decided to quilt it all in straight up and down lines - that was pretty easy on this quit because it isn't that large. And I love the look of it!  I used Aurifil 2600 (Dove) 50 wt thread for the quilting, can you believe I did all the quilting with just one bobbin's worth of thread?  One of the many reasons I love Aurifil thread.

I just eyeballed adding the background.  I think I could have gone even bigger, but I really didn't want to end up with a huge lap quilt.

I thought about calling this quilt "Where did Spring go?"  but in the end, I decided to go with "Directionally Challenged"

This was a fun little quit to make!  It ended up at 26 x 34 - just right for a little wall-hanging.  The fabrics I used for the blocks came from the Coastal Mist Stack.  Yes, I was able to cut all the pieces for those blocks from two 10 inch squares of the background and the deeper teal!  It was a challenge to figure out, but it worked out just fine.

This quilt is available to be purchased from my Etsy Shop:

Directionally Challenged

I hope you enjoyed reading about my project.  Keep an eye out on the rest of the Island Batik Ambassador Blogs for more modern challenge quilts!

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