Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Making Winterset at the Cabin

Hello Everyone,
Last week, my sister Gail joined us for a few days of quilting at the cabin.  We both set up our machines on the dining room table and quilted until it was time to each and time to take Mazey for a walk.
Gail is diligently working on Winterset.  She starts out with her pieces nicely placed on her block layout sheet.  

She is VERY precise and organized.  She inherited the "organizational" gene.......I did not.

All of her little parts and pieces turned into this gorgeous block.  This block is spot on when it comes to being the correct size.

Gail is making her quilt larger without the appliqué in the center.  Here are all of her finished blocks to date.  In addition to these, she has all 72 of her pinwheels made.

Here's my original quilt with the center appliqué.  So I guess you could say that I inherited the "appliqué" gene.  Gail has an aversion to the "A" word.  One of these days Gail, you are going to get an intensive lesson in appliqué.  You can run but you can't hide.  I know where to find you!

We had a wonderful week working on our projects together.  Each of us were totally consumed in quilting for much of the day.  Mazey loved having Auntie Gail come for a visit.  She's just so much fun and we all love her.....both Gail and Mazey!  Everyone should have such a great, supportive, kind and genuine sister!


Monday, July 21, 2014

1930's Emilie Elizabeth

Hello Everyone,
My friend Barbara, just took the last stitch in the binding on her Emilie Elizabeth 1930's edition.

It is absolutely fabulous!  It was beautifully quilted by Beth Hummel from Quilts on the Vine.  Beth's website is HERE.

What's even more amazing about this quilt is the fact that Barbara made it using very sketchy directions from me.  The pattern wasn't nearly ready when Barbara started making it.  I had the first few pages of the pattern ready and gave it to her along with the center applique sheet.

She asked a few questions, and then before I knew it, she was almost finished.  All of the components are from my Patchwork Math book.  She just asked me for block and component sizes and off she went to her sewing room and finished it on her own!

Barbara, you are an incredible quilter, an amazingly active person, and a caring friend.  The world needs more people like YOU!  Thank you so much for turning my pattern into such a gorgeous work of art.  My grandmother, Emilie Elizabeth, would be so proud.


P.S. I'm taking patterns down to the shop today, so they will be posted on the website soon.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Puddles of Color

Hello Everyone,
I've been diligently working on the Grammy Squares quilt.  Block after block.....

...they are so much fun to make.

I love selecting the color combinations.  I love putting in strips of plaid.

I have quite a pile to incorporate. 

I work on five at a time.  I sew on a strip, press, then trim.

I would rather make the blocks than stitch them together. For every block I make, I'm forcing myself to stitch five blocks together.  These "Y" seams keep getting easier.  Maybe by the time I finish, I'll have this figured out.  At it widest point, this measures 48".  I can stop adding to the width and concentrate on the length, or I can make it a larger.  It is decision time when it comes to the size.

I had an ah-ha moment last night while sitting out on the deck with my sister Gail, and Mr. Joe during Happy Hour.  I've figured out the borders.  My figuring added months of time to this quilt, so a finish date will not be until 2015.....but it is going to be worth the wait.

I've titled this blog post puddles of color.  Gee, I wonder why I named it that?  Do you think I've been around the new little puppy too much?   


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Country Corners Setting

 Hello Everyone,

When I get up in the morning, I look forward to deciding which project I want to work on.  Country Corners got the nod yesterday.  I'm trying to get way ahead of everyone so I can post directions on time, the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This is going to be the block for month #4, which I will post in August.  You can beg, borrow or plead with me, and I will send the cutting directions to you if you really, really want them.

I have quite a bit of fabric left over each month from my fabric packet.  Which means the people who signed up for the program also have fabric left.  So what to do??  How about cutting the leftovers into 1-1/2" strips and make some courthouse step blocks.

It would end up looking something like this....a real scrappy sampler quilt.  I have many more blocks to make, but I wanted to get a peek to see how this works for me.  It works for me just fine! Those of you in the BOM program through In Between Stitches will have to augment fabrics from your stash.  The program only includes the fabrics to make the different blocks, and not the final set.  BUT you will be using every scrap of fabric from your monthly packets.

There will also be some type of border.  I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.  How about a border comprised of quilting components? By the end of this program, you will be able to make accurate components in your sleep....I hope.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Emilie Elizabeth is in the Finish Column

Hello Everyone,
The pattern for Emilie Elizabeth is so close to being finished!  I'll do the final proofing today, then crank up the printer this week.

When I'm quiet for a few days, I'm either working on pattern directions or playing hooky.  The past few days have been a little bit of both.  I've spent lots of time at the computer and not enough time at the sewing machine.

 I like to densely quilt.....can you tell?

The fabric is all ordered, and I'll start cutting the BOM offered through In Between Stitches in the next couple of weeks.  Check out the details HERE.

Getting this pattern written and printed is a HUGE project off of my to-do list.  This one has a big check mark next to it!

I'm off to the shop this morning to see what's new since I worked last week.  New fabrics arrive every week, and I'm like a kid in a candy store.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Grammy Squares

Hello Everyone,
It's been good to get back in the quilting room and make some blocks!  I'm working through my stash one inch at a time.

A one inch strip is all I need to make these little cuties.  Sometimes I don't try to make the block really "match".  This one is quite random and I like the effect.

I start with a pretty center, pair it with some matching strips, and work my way around.  Stitch, trim, stitch, trim and round and round I go.  The strips in this block all match, and I really like this one too.

This quilt is going to be a collage of every color of the rainbow.  I've also included plaids, polka dots, checks and stripes.  It all works and the blocks are so much fun to make.  Three hundred more and I'm done!

Did I really say that?  Well it depends on how large this quilt is going to be.  Do I hear throw size would be nice?  But, I can just picture this as a large quilt on a bed at the cabin.  It would be so colorful, cozy. and really unique.  I think I should just plan on this one taking a fair bit of time, and just keep plugging away on it, a block here and a block there.

I'm debating whether or not to sew the blocks together as I go.  Right now about half of them are sewn together.  I'm so random in my fabric selections that I don't have to worry too much about the same fabrics next to each other.  It is going to take quite awhile to stitch them together, and I really don't want to face that monumental task at the end.  So I guess I talked myself into sewing them on as I go.  At least that way I'll have a better idea when it comes to the size of the quilt.

Tackle each big job just one step at a time, and it will get finished.......eventually.  Now about our garage cleaning.........


P.S.  Canine Chronicle Update

Mazey's weight has doubled since we got her just a few weeks ago.  I love the markings at the top and the sides of her eyes.  She has a little Court Jester look to her doesn't she? Boy is she a jokester and is so entertaining.

What a comedienne!  She is still uncoordinated at times and rolls around like the little pudge ball she is.  When we take her on her daily walks, she makes so many friends along the way, both furry and human. Neighbors come out of their houses to meet and pet her. Mr. Joe decided that she is a real "chick magnet".   Everyone loves her....but we love her the most.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
The following quilted loveliness is brought to you by the girls of Sew'n Wild Oaks. Yesterday we hit the eye candy jackpot.....again.  These girls are amazing!
Paula signed up for the UFO program through In Between Stitches and finished Party in the Garden.  The details she added are phenomenal.

Every petal and French knot is made to perfection....and the fussy cutting....fabulous.

We all marveled at each at every block.  Well done my dear!

My sister Gail also signed up the UFO program and finished her Nostalgic Christmas quilt!  We all had another chance to oohhh and aahhhh!  What a great way to celebrate the Holidays with this quilt on display.

Perfect, perfect fabric for the flange.  Gail enjoys selecting her fabrics, and you can see that reflected in her quilts.

Kathy is following along with my Country Corners BOM and just look at these beautiful blocks!  She has a wonderful stash of fabrics left over from other projects from clothing made for her granddaughters to quilting projects.  She is certainly putting it to good use!  She liked one of the blocks on the cover of the book, and made one on her own.....without any help.

 Country Corners blocks were popping up all around the classroom walls.

It is so much fun for me to see the different block variations.

Gail is now working on Winterset.  She said how much fun it was to switch to blues now instead of the green and red fabrics.

Wendy is adding Ohio Star blocks and flying geese around this adorable panel.  It is going to be so cute!  Wendy is new to quilting and she has jumped right in with both feet.  Now she is totally submerged in the world of quilting and loves it!

Susan is making two blocks at the same time for Country Corners.  Same components.....

......different layout, wonderful fabrics.

Suzanne is really putting the Patchwork Math book through its paces!  I've always said I learn from my students.......and yesterday I learned so much.  Suzanne is making the Country Corners blocks 6" instead of 9".  She's good at math and resized it all down.  I always have my girls work on the blocks a month before I release the cutting directions to the world to shake out any bugs or cobwebs .  In block #3, Suzanne wanted to make irregular sized Flying Geese.  We realized the formula in the book doesn't work for a "goose" that is irregular with the construction method that I show in the book.  In most Flying Geese, the width is twice the amount of the height 6 x 3.....4 x 2..... 3 x 1-1/2....you get the picture.  But the formula will not work if you make a goose that finishes at 3-1/2 x 1-1/4, an irregular size. Suzanne and I were ready to hit The Ale House prior to happy hour as we tried calculation after calculation. To make a long story short.....stick with a proportional "goose" and you will not have to hit the liquor cabinet! (But it was 5 o'clock somewhere.)

So there you have it.  Another wonderful day in the classroom with a great group of quilters who constantly amaze me.  Well done by all!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Country Corners Month #2

Hello Everyone,

It's time for Month #2 of Country Corners.  I started a new Country Corners tab at the top of the blog, so you can always check back and easily find the cutting directions.

Here's a different version using the fabrics in a different arrangement not sewn together.

This month, you will be making these components.

Square in a Square – (1) Directions on Page #12
Cut (1) Base 2-5/8” x 2-5/8” Fussy cut an attractive center
Cut (2) Corners 2-3/8” x 2-3/8” a complimentary color

Trim to 3-1/2 x 3-1/2”

Finished size will be 3” x 3”

Parallel Geese – (4) Directions on Page #22
Cut (8) Goose 3-1/2” x 2” from dark fabric
Cut (16) Wings 2” x 2” from light background
Make 4 of each parallel geese that look like the picture
Press half of them toward the goose, and press the other 4 toward the triangles
Make (4) of each that look like this
      Stitch them together and they will look like this image.  If you followed the pressing directions,   the seams will nest nicely together

     Trim to 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”

Finished size will be 3” x 3”

Half-Square Triangles – (8) Directions on Page #4
Cut (2) 5” x 5” squares – (1) dark and (1) light background.  Follow the directions to make 8 HST at once then trim them to:
Trim to 2” x 2”

Finished size will be 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”
Use (4) of the HST in the corner square triangle component.  Set the other (4) aside and use them in another block

Corner Square Triangles – (4) Direction on Page #24
Piece A – Use (4) HST you made in the previous step.  Set the other (4) aside for another block
Cut Piece B – (4) 2” x 3” Light blue
Cut Piece C – (2) 4-1/2” x 3-1/2” Dark blue (Pay attention to strips and read the little tipsy on page 27

Trim to 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”

Finished size will be 3” x 3”

When you attach Piece A to Piece B, place the light side of the HST next to the rectangle as shown in the picture 


The details directions for making these components are in my Patchwork Math book available HERE.

Remember, if you have any questions, I'm just an email away at patched55@comcast.net  The whole point of this BOM is to develop accuracy in your piecing.  By introducing a new component each month, your skill level will increase......trust me!