Monthly Archives: August 2013

Simply Retro Quilt Along

August 31st 2013
It’s that time again for another project from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro, this Quilt Along is being hosted by Jana, check out the other posts on her blog.
Do you have tons of strips and scraps from other quilts and projects? Don’t tell me you threw them out?!?!  This project is perfect for such left overs. The best part is there is not much “aligning” to worry about, or any mismatched seams likely to be noticed. That’s why it’s just “my kind” of project!
It’s called “Adorn” and it’s a six point star.
(photo by Jana)
During this project I tried out three new tools and techniques!
First, I used spray basting. Got this bottle 50% off at Joann (one of those “no minimum” low rate shipping offers too) I sprayed the backing fabric and smoothed on the batting. DON”T SPRAY YOUR TOP!!
Second, I got to try out my 60 degree Triangle Ruler that’s been waiting patiently to be inaugurated.
This could almost be a sampler of everything I’ve made so far.
I quilted the outline of the triangles.
And lastly, I am quilting all of the white area in “pebble” style, which I have been wanting to try and I thought this small project would be a great opportunity.  I watched this video to get motivated.
Because of the tiny pebbles and intense quilting that this required however, mine is not yet finished.
So I’ll be posting an update very soon. Do come back to see how it all turned out! 

Simply Retro Quilt Along

August 31st 2013
It’s that time again for another project from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro, this Quilt Along is being hosted by Jana, check out the other posts on her blog.
 
 
 
Do you have tons of strips and scraps from other quilts and projects? Don’t tell me you threw them out?!?!  This project is perfect for such left overs. The best part is there is not much “aligning” to worry about, or any mismatched seams likely to be noticed. That’s why it’s just “my kind” of project!
 
It’s called “Adorn” and it’s a six point star. 
 
 
(photo by Jana)
 
During this project I tried out three new tools and techniques! 
 
First, I used spray basting. Got this bottle 50% off at Joann (one of those “no minimum” low rate shipping offers too) I sprayed the backing fabric and smoothed on the batting. DON”T SPRAY YOUR TOP!!
 
 
 
Second, I got to try out my 60 degree Triangle Ruler that’s been waiting patiently to be inaugurated.
 
 
 
This could almost be a sampler of everything I’ve made so far.
 
 
I quilted the outline of the triangles.
 
 
And lastly, I am quilting all of the white area in “pebble” style, which I have been wanting to try and I thought this small project would be a great opportunity.  I watched this video to get motivated.
 
 
Because of the tiny pebbles and intense quilting that this required however, mine is not yet finished.
 
 
So I’ll be posting an update very soon. Do come back to see how it all turned out!

 

Friday Night Block Party: Whirlpool

August 30th 2013
Hey everyone! Welcome to another Friday Night Block Party. I sure needed a block party this week, did anyone spike the punch? Just kidding!!
 
 
 
This week’s featured block is not as easy as half-square triangles as they are paired up with Flying Geese blocks.  When analyzing blocks you’ll see how simple units yield a more complicated block. Watch those corners!!
 
According to The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Book, which you’ll be seeing more of on future posts, this block has 2 names (at least)!
 
 
 
 
 
Can you guess what it is?
 
 
 
picture courtesy of Room3@Tamaki Primary
 
Yep! It’s called “Whirlpool.” Below it’s featured in only 2 colors.
 
 
It’s also called Windblown Square which incorporates 3 colors.
 
 
The quilt blocks in this book have names pertaining to life on the farm so each  block is a little peek into life back in those days and common day findings. I think that is so interesting. It’s like if we were to name “modern” blocks things like, USB drive, or Biggy Fries or Twitter!  That sounds like a challenge for next year’s Friday Night Block Parties!
 
 
 
This block was also the first block on Fat Quarter Shop’s BOM of 2012 featuring Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line, Vintage Modern (shout if you love that line!) Woohoo!!
 
 
Here they are calling the block “Laundry Days” but the connotation of that name is something that keeps my from quilting, so….. I’ll pass on that, thanks very much!
 
I did the three color version.  I promised my friend I’d make her a Hanukkah Runner for her table.
(Support Israel, the chosen people of God!) 
 
We finally narrowed it down to these great fabrics that highlight the colors from her Menorah.
 

 
I am doing three of the same block, with the same fabrics but in different parts of the block.

 
See here how the color placement changes the look of the block?
 
The runner is not yet done, but just about!!  And I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial for this week’s block. But you can look here for a downloadable pattern.  
 
Here is another whirlpool block I found. This quilter made it to accompany a real letter from her ancestors and a real river they refer too. I got lost looking at her blog!
 
And if you are a reader and a quilter, she also features a read along (quilt novels) and then a block at the end of the month to represent the book. Yes, I got reeled in! The book for September is called The Goodbye Quilt.
 
 
 
 
 REMINDER: HOW THIS PARTY WORKS:
This is supposed to be a no fuss link up.  Just show us whatever block you are working on and tell us the name, if you don’t know the name, someone else will, just link up!  You can link to your flickr, Blog post or Pinterest? not sure about that one. We’d love to see your WIPs.
 
 
 
Thanks to the sponsors for some of the giveaways!
 

 
  This month the giveaway is a Charms Pack from the Fat Quarter Shop! Please add your link or leave a comment to qualify. All links will stay open until October 3rd so everyone has ample time to link up, and then I’ll announce the winner. 

Please feel free to send me an email if there’s something that would make linking up or joining the party easier for you.



Paper Bunting in 30 minutes or less!

August 26th 2013
I am a poor party planner. With all the running around, the details always fall by the wayside, and no one really notices after all the time invested. So I don’t sweat the small stuff for parties, not anymore.  How do I do a party? I get generic plates, character cake, some character decor $5 or less, a pool or a great location.  This year though, I really wanted a banner, which I now know is called “bunting” or “pennant.”
 
So 2 hours before the party I get this great idea, which apparently is how they are born, racing against the clock.
 
Using a bottle cap, paint bubbles on cardstock. 

 
Sit in front of fan for speed drying.
 
 
 
Meanwhile, cut letters with the Cricut real size 3 1/2 inches.

 
Although it has great “beachy” graphics, I used this Cartridge for the font.
 

 

 
When the paint is dry, mark on one side of the paper, the width of the top of the pennant. On the other side, mark the half point between the measurement of the top to indicate the point. (For example, if you want a six inch pennant, mark every 6 on side of the paper and 3 inches on the bottom. Your bunting will be the length you choose. I like it to be 2 inches longer than the width of the top but it could be double if you prefer, the wider, the longer!

Draw a zig zag line from the points at the top and bottom and cut on the line until you have as many pennants as you need.

Formula: Width of pennant divided by two equals where the point should be.
Width of the pennant plus 2 or times 2 equals the length.

 Glue letters, one per triangle.
 

 

 
I know, mine aren’t all the same size ; )

Sew together (or hot glue) with binding tape, we used Ric-Rac for “ocean wave” effect. Don’t leave space between the pennants they should just meet or be very close, not overlap.

 

 
 
Whew! That was fast and fun, off to get the cake, oh, and Happy Birthday!
 

 
Doesn’t it go great with the theme?
 

Simply Retro Quilt Along

August 24th 2013
The most desirable and “have to do” pattern in the Simply Retro Book by Camille Roskelley has to be  “Dwell” the quilt of houses. 
 
 
 
Picture by Jana!
 
Not only does she use the softest palette, but the are also fun and easy to make. In no time I practically had a neighborhood!! Okay maybe it was just a street block but you know what I mean.
 
I am quilting along with Jana following all the projects in the book and I can barely keep up (can you tell I’m panting?)
 
 
Grab button for Simply Retro Quilt Along
 
While I am really committed to doing each project and at minimum one block to start, I am also trying my best to use scraps for the “test run.”
 
 
As you can see in my eagerness to get this together I flipped the pieces so the first house is not quite right.

 
Everything went along swimmingly while I pieced.

 
But when I started to quilt, that’s another story. I always use the teal thread when I use the Dr. Seuss Fabric, it just calls for it, it’s so wacky.  But that meant that I had to switch from using the Aurifil thread (got mine here) to what I used to use. ; (  Then came the snags, the breakage of thread AND needle, and total frustration and aggravation and a little cursing too.  See how irregular the stitches are? You would scream too.
 

 
 I have been using the Aurifil for 2-3 weeks because I’ve heard so much hoopla about it thought I would try it. And it certainly lived up to all the fame and glamour everyone claims! Audrey and Jenny (my sewing machines) both work happily with it and without complaints whatsoever. Makes quilting all the more enjoyable!!
 

 
So this is as far as I was able to finish without harming my health or breaking something else.  The white and binding are still to be done, (I think I’ll do that in white Auriful)  more on that later with a giveaway too!!