Friday, October 11, 2019

Fifteen Fabulous Fall Projects

Don't you just love fall!?  The cool weather, apples, pumpkins and colorful leaves.  What's not to love?
All those wonderful things make for great sewing projects also.  I've found a few I think you might like.

Taunjna combined pumpkins, stars and geese in this great fall quilt.
Taunjna's Fall Flight
 Lea's cute Autumn Star is adorable and would make a great quilt, pillow or table runner.
Lea's Autumn Star
 Fruition is a great one to showcase a beautiful fall fabric line or do it up in your scraps.
How cute is this apple quilt, cut with an Accuquilt cutter.  With the cutting going so fast is a fast sew and would make a great teacher gift.
Do you EQ apples
Amy, of A Diary of a Quilter, has this fun fall leaves in three sizes.  Go crazy mixing and matching for a fun fall quilt using scale.
Amy's Maple Leaf
Lori Holt's adorable apples is another fun block to play with.  Make a little wall hanging fro your favorite teacher.
Lori' Holt's Apples
Melissa combines maple leaves with log cabins in this great fall quilt.  I like how the leaves twist and turn as the fall down the quilt.
Melissa's Fall at the Cabin
My Indian Summer door quilt with sunflower and gourds make a lovely addition to your fall decor.
Indian Summer
Pat Sloan's darling candy corns are not trick just treat, treat, treat. 
Pat's Candy Corns
Diane's patchwork pumpkin makes for a great scrappy fall quilt. Make it big or little your pumpkin patch is sure to bring a smile.
Stash Bandit's Pumpkin Patch
You can never have enough potholders.  Lois' scrap busting potholder can help fill that need and would make a great gift.
Lois & Clark connections Potholder
Shelly's giant orange peel quilt makes a great modern fall quilt.
Shelly's Creamsicle  
Scrappy goodness, stars and pinwheels make Harvest Sky a cozy place to snuggle on crisp fall nights.
Harvest Sky
Connie's trio of scrappy pumpkins will make all your fall gatherings that much more special.
Connie's Pumpkin Runner 
Fall and football go hand in hand.  Carla's jellyroll quilt is the perfect game night quilt.  Cuddle under it while you cheer your favorite team to victory.
Jellyroll quilt from Quilt Social
I hope you have enjoyed this fine list of fabulous fall quilts.  That it provides you with a project or two as you sew away cozy in your sewing room this fall.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Binding Tips and Tricks

I love binding quilts.  I find doing a binding by hand so relaxing.  The anticipation of a finished quilt makes me feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  
I know not everyone is excited about binding as I am.  Hopefully these tips and tricks will get you a little closer to a finish.  Who knows you may learn to love it like I do.

A scrappy binding is a fun finish.  It's also a great way to use up a few scraps.  Here is my method.

First I cut strips. I like to vary my strips. These strips vary in width from 4 1/2" to 6 1/2". They are about 22" long. This will give you enough binding for a twin size quilt. Then I arrange them in a pleasing manner and sew them together.
Then I use my ruler to cut my strips at a 45 degree angle.

Then I take the bottom piece of my 45^ cut bring it over the top of my top piece until the two long edges line up and make a continuation of my strips of fabric. Sew these together. It will form a trapezoid. Is that clear as mud?

Then I line up the bias side on my mat along one of the inch lines, this makes sure I keep things straight. Then I start cutting my strips. I like to make mine 2 1/4"

Continue cutting your strips across your trapezoid. Moving the fabric as needed making sure you keep it straight. I just stack my strips on top of each other so I can sew them back together in the same order I cut them. Take these strips to your sewing machine.
Place the bottom of your top strip on the top of your next strip with right sides together. Off set the points by 1/4" as shown. And sew. (did you notice I had to pice my orange strip) Continue this process through your pile of strips. Press seams.
Next fold in half and iron the length of your strip.Then fold your bias binding accordion style and secure with rubber band. Folding it this way verses rolling it keeps it from twisting when you are applying it to your quilt.

Once my binding is made I like this method for applying it to my quilt.  It is so satisfying when I sew those ends together and pull it back to stitch the last little bit.  Everything fits so nicely!  YEA!

I do love the relaxing rhythm of hand stitch a binding.  I don't always have the time to enjoy this luxury so I often machine bind my quilts.  This method meets with many of my binding snob friends expectations.  It gives a nice clean finish.  With no stitching showing on the front to the quilt. It gets lost as you stitch in the ditch.
 I hope these tips get you a little closer to loving that final step of quilt.  And help you check off a few more UFO's.

Monday, October 7, 2019

String Quilt Beginnings~ Moving it Forward

I dove into that magical strip bin again.  First I sewed strips together horizontally.  Then cut them with my 60* wedge ruler.
 Next I sewed a bunch vertically and once again cut them with the 60* wedge ruler.

 Now to play with all the pretty wedges.  Oh this is going to be so much fun!
The possibilities are endless!  And I'm excited to see where they take me.
Just a little FYI, this is the quilt that I've been giving instructions for in my newsletter.  Friday I'll give the final layout instructions.  Have you missed the previous instructions?  No worries!  If you sign up for the newsletter before Friday I'll send you all of the previous instructions as a thank you.

What fun creative journey's are you taking in your sewing room?  Link up and let us see what your moving forward.  I'm looking forward to being inspired!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Drunkard's Path Finish

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know I recently did a survey on which binding to put on this quilt.
 The choices were between red, brown and an aqua stripe.  The red won hands down!  And I feel a little guilty not going with it.  I know it had the most pop.  But I didn't want the binding to outshine my drunkard's path border.  So I went with the runner up.
I love a striped binding!  It had bits of red for a subtle pop.  And I think it looks great without stealing the show.

 My neighbor let me use her deck to photograph it.  My shed where I usually photograph quilts was not quite tall enough.  I had tried having hubby hold it up but that did not work so well.  The corners coming in, and while you try to explain what you need sometimes even the best of hubbies don't get it.  Her deck made the perfect place to get a full on straight shot. It's so nice to have such great neighbors.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

6 Strip and String Quilts

This is my random strip and string bin.  As you can see it is overflowing.  Recently it has been calling to me.  Especially each time I added more strips.  
I don't know why I've not jumped in feet first.  This bins has never disappointed.  Here are a few of the quilts it has produced. 
 First my log cabin star quilt.  I based this of a scrap i found in my bins and then pulled strips from my random strips and strings bin based on the colors in that scrap.  You can find the tutorial here.
 Scrap Happy is simply made up of wonky log cabin blocks from said bin with scrappy black centers.  Very simple but still a favorite.
 My kaleidoscope quilt is made from strip sets that are then cut with a 45* kaleidoscope ruler.
This quarter log cabin on point is a great way to use up a bunch of random strips.  You can find the tutorial here
 Tropicalia actually used up all the 1 1/2" strips in my bin.  That never happens!  More often than not they multiply while I sew.  Or so it seems.  I made this one using a pineapple ruler.
Another great quilt from my random strips bin is this foundation pieced string quilt.  You can find my method for these blocks here.

These are just a few of the great quilts to come out of my random strips bin.  I know they won't be the last.  I've heard it's siren song and will be answering it's call.  When I have some progress I will share it here. 

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I've finished 90 of the 100 blocks in 100 days by Gnome Angel.  This is as big as I will make this quilt.  I may put the remaining 10 blocks on the back.  I do love how bright and bold it is.  These were fun easy blocks to make.  I had a lot of fun making them.
I've also been quilting leaves and vines into my Divine quilt.  I think it will look great on the guest bed. 
My head is bursting with ideas.  I wish I had more hours in the day to bring them to fruition.  Look forward to seeing new patterns and quilting tips.  I'm so excited!!!  Make sure you sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss a thing.

Now I want to see what exciting things you have coming together in your sewing room. Link up and share

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Quilts and Airplanes

I enjoy putting quilts on point.  It's a fun way to mix up a pattern with a block or group of blocks.  This quilt uses two simple blocks, a snowball and plus block. Putting it on point makes it look more complicated than it really is.   
 Some people shy away from putting a quilt on point because of the math.  It's really not that hard.  the formula is quite easy.  a2 + b2 = c2.  
 For the setting triangles a and b equal the size of your finished block.  For the corners c equals the size of your finished block. Then add your seam allowance. Don't want to do the math?  I have several patterns where it's all figured out for you.  To celebrate my hubby's new toy I have all my on point patterns on sale.  Find them here.
 Not only is this formula good for quilts but for when your hubby decides to buy an airplane in New York State and you live in Utah.  Before making the purchase he wanted to make sure it would fit in the truck he would be driving it home in.  It needed a little work and while he is working on getting his pilot's license but doesn't have it yet.  Plus our son's girlfriend needed help moving across the nation.  So he saw it as a way to help her out and get what he wanted.  Gotta love the man.  He puts up with my crazy so well.  I'll gladly put up with his.
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