Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilting my rainbow Twinkle2 quilt...

There was a time when I was a decent longarmer...and I might still be one, but I just don't want to custom quilt anymore.  I'm more of a panto queen nowadays...with that in mind, I needed to quilt my rainbow Twinkle2 quilt and I considered several pantos, but the winner was a stipple panto.  Have I reached a new low?  Why would someone need a stipple panto.....???

A.  Too lazy to do stipple thinking in her head
B.  Enjoys the meandering, no stress of a panto
C.  The panto is an "interesting" stipple
D.  Quilting a stipple panto is like driving through the Alps, with twists and turns and no stops
E.  All of the above....

Yep, "E" is the correct answer.  And a lot of "A"...For anyone who longarms, I have a screen mounted on the front of the longarm and a laser and camera on the back so I can panto from the front  (see this post for info).  Very cool, and not very expensive, if I recall.  I can panto from the back, but this is so much easier because I can look down and make sure I haven't run out of thread, and that my stitches look good, and all is well...


And there is a bit of "C" also...the stipple panto is bigger than what I would have done and looks like the feet of tree frogs to me...


So maybe I'm lazy, but maybe the stipple panto is more interesting than a normal stipple....LOL....


Anyhow, that is what is going on today...I'll finish the quilting and work on the QAL stuff.  ;-)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Twinkle2 Quilt Along: Fabric Requirements and Selection

Welcome to my first ever quilt along.  I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I did...today we will start with the fabric requirements and I'll offer some suggestions on selecting fabric.

First, let's start with the parts of the block....


You will notice that the two sashing pieces are considered part of the block.  I love making quilts with the sashing included in the block because I hate finishing all my blocks (yeah) and then still having to sash them all and then sew the rows together.  This way, it will all just come together...

For the star tips and four patch units you will need one jelly roll strip (2.5" x WOF), OR one layer cake square (10" x 10"), OR two strips cut from a fat quarter, OR a bunch of scraps.  This is the perfect time to dig around for pre-cut leftovers!!  During the cutting post I will show how to cut your pieces from each of these different types of scraps...

Here are the fabric requirements for several different sizes of quilts...


**Note:  I was trying to be conservative with the yardage requirements...so if you are a pre-washer (like me), you might want to buy and extra 1/8 yard to allow for shrinkage and distortion during the washing and drying process.  Or if you are a fabric hoarder, buy extra...why not??

My first time around, I made a baby quilt using aqua, red and pink fabrics...


I used light colors for the four patch background and the star tips background so the stars would "pop".  In addition, I selected a light gray floral for the sashing and border--using the same print for both makes the stars appear to "float" on the quilt.  The cornerstones were a light blue....

For the next run at this quilt, I selected bold, bright, rainbow prints....



The background of the four-patch units was a medium gray and the sashings/borders were a dark grey text print.  I did still make the background of the star tips a light color (Kona Snow) so that they would pop...I'll post finished pics of this quilt as soon as I have it quilted and bound....

For the QAL, I'm going with a green/blue/beige combo...Here are the star tips/four patch fabrics--some much coveted Denyse Schmidt fabric mixed with a little Bonnie and Camille navy...


For the background fabrics I'm using an off-white text print, Kona Snow, and a light gray floral for the sashings and borders.


Anyhow, start gathering your scraps and using up your stash...or make a trip to the local quilt shop and buy some fabric!! Yeah....

We will cut the pieces for the block on August 1st!  Be sure to check back then for an update...I had better get sewing myself since I'm quilting-along right with you!!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Twinkle2 QAL coming soon!

Quilt alongs are just wonderful...an online pattern, with descriptions and pictures...so helpful.  I was playing around with some fabric and made a fun block and I thought that some of you might want to make a quilt using this block.



The quilt top looks like a bunch of slightly offset, blunt tipped stars with an on-point four patch unit in the center (like a diamond)...I thought of the song "Twinkle Twinkle little star..." and went with Twinkle2 (squared) for the title.  But I can't get the superscript to work in Blogger...darn it!


Since I'm going back to school in a month, I've got to get it done during the early part of August.  Here is the timeline I've set for myself.

July 28th:  Fabric requirements and selection tips
August 1:  Cutting the fabric:  Blocks, sashings and border
August 5:  Piecing the block centers (4 patch in a square)
August 9:  Piecing the outer block star tips and block assembly
August 17:  Attaching the sashings and cornerstones, assembling the quilt top
August 21:  Attaching the borders

I'll leave it up to you to make the backing and get it quilted.  I can set up a Flickr group for in-progress pics, or just post pics of finished tops as you get them done...

There will be a variety of sizes from a small baby quilt, to a large lap quilt.  The best part about a quilt along is that even if you don't make the quilt now, you can always come back to it later, when you have the time, or energy, or motivation...LOL.  I hope you enjoy the QAL as much as I do.... ;-)

Happy Quilting!




Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cracklin' Rosie...a new pattern!

I love this pattern!  I know I say that about all of them, but this one is particularly adorable.  




This pattern is based on the basic Friendship Block.  With the right color placement, and some creative piecing in the sashings, a wonderful quilt design will emerge!!




The blocks are easy to assemble and turn out slightly oversized--you will cut them down to 12.5" x 12.5" squares in the final step.  Though accurate piecing is recommended, the pattern construction is very forgiving--even for beginner quilters.


Several different sizes are given in the quilt pattern:  baby, small lap, large lap, and queen size.


Also included in the quilt pattern is a coloring diagram for adventurous quilters who may want to make one completely scrappy!!




Cracklin' Rosie is available for PDF download on Etsy and Craftsy.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Unblocked....go rainbow....

When in doubt, go rainbow!!  I pulled some fabric, then some more, then I went full Skittles rainbow!!  And all from my stash...including some gray background fabric....



And some ironing and cutting....and Under the Dome and Suits....


So I'm working on a new pattern...but maybe it will be a quilt along.  Not that I have a big following or anything, but why not??  Right??  ;-)

Anyhow, I'm sewing a bit, working on the house, cooking, cleaning and being a stay-at-home Mom to a teenager who'd rather I went somewhere else...LOL.  Summer!!

Happy Quilting to you...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quilter's Block....

So I'm usually rolling along, a million quilty ideas in my head, and not enough time to get it all done...but not lately.  I've had a bad case of "quilter's block"...the inability to find the right fabrics or get the motivation to get anything done.  But it is the "right fabrics" part that I find so disturbing...

In the last few years I've taken to writing quilt patterns.  It is fascinating to see what you can make from a jelly roll, or fat quarter, etc.  I love scrappy quilts and precuts help achieve a scrappy look without spending a ton of money and grossly enlarging my fabric stash.

With that in mind, I have a binder full of quilt ideas, sketches, quilty math, etc.  I first make a small baby quilt to make sure that everything works out OK.  I don't fret over the colors because it is just a trial run.  But then I need to make another version, possibly a pattern cover quilt, and that is where I've fallen down lately...do I make what I want, or what will sell the pattern, or something gender neutral, or something flowery (my preference)....what about solids??  OMG...never ending decisions.

Lately I've become nervous over making an ugly quilt--this happened on the last one.  Here is a preview of the next quilt pattern...super cute, done in Pam Kitty fabric I had stashed a few years ago....



But then I tried to make it in a cute, beachy fabric and I ended up with muddied blocks... total crap.  No the fabric's fault, just not the right fabric for the block... darn it!


Anyhow, I'm finishing up this pattern and working on another--if I can only settle on my fabric choices.  Maybe I have a combo, or a hot mess, who knows??

Happy Quilting!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shoop Shoop--aqua, orange and yellow!

Whenever I write a pattern, I always test it out in several different colorways.  I did Shoop Shoop in these Riley Blake fabrics during the spring and just got around to quilting it this week.  I'm a little behind in my longarming....




And an up-close shot....


I really liked how quick and easy this pattern was to make....I think I used 20 charm squares and 20 jelly roll strips for this quilt, instead of the 10 fat quarters.  I like the variety I can get with the pre-cuts...scrappy and easy!!  If I could get to binding it, well, that would be nice, too!!

I'm working on my next pattern...it is already written and one quilt was made, but I'm on the second one--the cover one!!  Yeah....I think you'll like it!!

Happy Quilting!