Monday, September 29, 2014

Punky-Wunkin Quilt-A-Long

Welcome!

I would like to thank Connecting Threads for sponsoring this year's Quilt-A-Long on my blog.  Today, on their blog Notions they featured my wall-hanging version of this project as lucky #13 of the Gifty Galore features.  I am thrilled to be a part of this program.  You can down-load your copy of this pattern exclusively from Connecting Threads HERE.  Also, all of the awesome fabrics shown you can purchase from my blog sponsor at Connecting Threads.

I like this quilt.  I can decorate with it all harvest season--September through November!  It's a great seasonal project.  It works for both Halloween and Thanks Giving.

Wall-Hanging Version
 For the quilt-a-long, I will be sewing the entire quilt as a throw-sized quilt.  It'll be revealed here!
This is the Punky-Wunkin Throw Quilt measuring 72 inches.
And...for a Halloween flare, here is a diagram of the wall-hanging done in Halloween fabrics--the Rest In Pieces fabric line from Connecting Threads.
This would be awesome done in Halloween prints!  Great for October decorating.
It's going to be awesome!

Here is the schedule:
  • September 29--Fabric Requirements
  • October 6--Sewing the Pumpkin Blocks
  • October 13--(Happy Columbus Day US!)--Leaf Blocks
  • October 20--Sewing the Setting
  • October 27--Machine Quilting & Final Reveal
So...here are your Fabric Requirements:
Note that if you are doing the wall-hanging these fat quarters are LINEAR and not cut.  It would be really easy to make this from your scrap stash.

Wall-Hanging Fabric Requirements:


·         Medium Orange Print for large pumpkin: 1/4 yard
·         Light Orange Print for top pumpkin: 1/4 yard
·         Dark Orange for bottom pumpkin: 1/4 yard
·         Gold for maple leaf: 1/4 yard
·         Light green for maple leaf (or brown for Halloween version): 1/4 yard
·         Red for maple leaf (or taupe for Halloween): 1/4 yard
·         Brown for pumpkin stems:  1/4 yard
·         White for block back-grounds & sashing (or purple for Halloween): 2 yards
·         Autumn Print for outer border (or black for Halloween):  3/4 yards
·         Binding: ¾ Yards
·         Backing: 1 ½ Yard


Throw Fabric Requirements: 



·          Medium Orange Print for large pumpkin: 3/8 yard

·         Light Orange Print for top pumpkin: 3/8 yard

·         Dark Orange for bottom pumpkin: 3/8 yard

·         Gold for maple leaf: 3/8 yard

·         Light green for maple leaf: 3/8 yard

·         Red for maple leaf: 3/8 yard

·         Brown for pumpkin stems:  1/4 yard

·         White for block back-grounds & sashing:  3 yards

·         Autumn Print for outer border: 2 yards

·         Binding: 1 yard

·         Backing: 5 yards


Monday, September 15, 2014

KISMIF 22-Dresden Plate Blocks On The Go


Special Announcement!  Yay!  In my next KISMIF blog post I will start the Punky-Wunkin Quilt-A-Long!  Woo Hoo!  Sponsored by Connecting Threads!  Stay tuned...!
 
I've been really busy lately driving my kids to and from school.  We chose to put them in schools where our new home is being built so they would not have the school year interrupted--which turned me into a full-time bus driver.  That's what you get with 4 kids--one in Junior High, two in Elementary school and one Kindergartener.  It's a lot of driving 20 minutes one way...wait....drive...wait.  Well, you get the point.  I've been away from my sewing machine quite a bit lately.

So I decided to work on a UFO.  All of my UFOs are applique projects.  I just do not like the "Wonder-Under" or "Raw-Edge" applique method.  It's just not as permanent as the package says, in my humble little opinion.  So I needle-turn all of my applique projects.  I can hand-turn and sew down the edges much more quickly than I can sew, pivot and turn on my home sewing machine.

My UFO is a bunch of red Dresden plate blocks.  I admit, I planned on using plain cream for the blocks...but there is ONE (only one) fabric store in the county that I have moved to--and it's a major chain so it's fabric is of lesser quality.  In short, I chose not to go shopping (shocking, I know!) and raided my scrap pile for the back-grounds.  I had to use many different varieties of gray and am happy with how these blocks are turning out.



So...how am I "Keeping It Simple and Making It Fun?"  KISMIF

I chose to simplify the process by using an embroidery hoop to hold the pieces and keep the back ground fabric flat.  It works really great for sewing down the centers.  Then I remove the embroidery hoop, safety pin the quadrants and hand-stitch.  It really helps it get blocked correctly.  Give it a try!




Monday, August 18, 2014

KISMIF 21-Yep, I'm still here!

Well, all of you followers out there may have noticed that my weekly linky party was missing in action for the past three weeks.  Thankfully, my hand did not get broken --like last summer when I went M.I.A.  This year, we moved.  Shocking--especially to me!  We decided to list our home for sale and it sold in 3 days...then we decided to build on some land suited for agriculture...so we're living in a rental for now.  Crazy!

So, while I may have been missing in some of the action, my quilts haven't!  Thankfully!  Did any of you make it to Portland, Oregon's Show, "Quilt! Stitch! Knit!" and visit the Moda Bake Shop booth or visit their trunk show?  I'm honored to say that they chose to showcase my "Jelly Turnover" quilt.  Pretty exciting!

And yes, I am still creating new designs--but I can't show my work to you just yet...but I am very excited.  You'll just have to come back to see my newest designs.  I'm honored to work with some new fabric and some new publishers...so all is quiet until they publish the work.

In other news, I finally took a "head-shot".  I've been dreading taking this photo for quite some time now as I never like how my pictures turn out.  Oh well, I had too many requests from publishers for an official photo of me...so I gave in.  Then I had to write a bio too!  If you know me, you know I really dislike writing anything personal about me...so this is a major break-through to have all that information and a picture too, on my side-bar.  Oh well!

Well, I don't have any quilting to show you, but I can show our family's latest project.   We bought a vintage horse trailer, we'll need it as we're moving from the suburbs to a rural area.  My husband jokingly named it "Big Red" after the "Secretariat"--and no, a Triple Crown horse could not fit in it.  My son's name won out...they're calling it "The Rust Bucket" because we spent Saturday sanding it down and prepping it for a new layer of automotive paint.  We haven't painted it yet...so here's it's current picture.



Unfortunately, my new internet speed in this rural area is horribly slow.  Even the simple bitmap images I use to create the FMQ thread-paths are not loading nicely.

So...for my personal sanity, I'll do a FMQ (free-motion quilting) thread-path once a month now, instead of once a week.

This diagram is how I like to quilt saw-tooth borders.  Continuous curve on the horizontal & vertical lines, ditching the sashing and curves on the diagonals.  The curves really are "cheaters"--it's hard to continuous curve on the diagonals so I stabilize the seam with a swirl.  Beautiful!  KISMIF!
Now it's your turn to share your link!  What have you been up to?  I'll visit you and leave you a comment so be sure to leave me and everyone else a comment too.  Thanks for playing!



Monday, July 21, 2014

KISMIF 20--Sea Kelp

I know what you're thinking--Sea Kelp?  A free-motion quilting thread-path?  Are you nuts?  Yep, temporarily--or simply dealing with heat-exhaustion of some kind.  We've had several days of 100+ Fahrenheit degree temperatures and many weeks of 95+.   We went boating last weekend and although I covered my pasty-white body with sunscreen, I am sunburned!  So...I thought an aquatic-thread-path would be appropriate for today.  So...let's "Keep It Simple and Make It Fun" (KISMIF)!

As you can see, this Sea Kelp motif when done on sashing is actually very striking.

This is a customer's quilt which she named "Aquatic".  This was my first time seeing the folded-curve piecing technique, and she wanted custom quilting to preserve the 3-D effect this created.

She chose varigated thread for the black back-ground.  It really made the quilting stand out.  The Sea-Kelp motif is shown down the center sashing.
This quilting motif is really forgiving.  Unlike most vines, there is no need to mark a center line or arc.  Why?  Simply think of the gentle swaying motions of sea kelp in the surf, a gentle, yet un-predictable arc is all that is needed to create the swaying motion of the kelp.  Also, there is no need to re-peat the pattern at predictable lengths.  It's very free-form.  KISMIF!

For variety, even swirls can be added.  This motif looks great done in a specific area such as sashing, an edge-to-edge motif or even "driven off the seam" to fill specific areas.  I love doing quilt motifs "driven off the seam".  If you'd like me to share with you that technique in the future, just leave me a comment.

Now it's your turn to share!  What have you been working on this week?  I'd love to see any of your projects and blog posts relating to the home-arts!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

KISMIF 19--FMQ Ballet Shoes

Hello, welcome to my weekly linky party where I share with you a new free-motion quilt (FMQ) quilt path.  When it comes to FMQ, my motto is "Keep It Simple and Make It Fun" (KISMIF).

Today, I"d like to share with you some ballet shoes.

Yes, i know this looks complicated, but it really is deceptively simple.  Can you draw a kidney bean?  How about an oval?  If you can do that, then yes, you can quilt a ballet shoe!

I did this on a customer's quilt a while back.  She wanted red thread so the ballet shoe would stand out.

Here is the customer's quilt.

She had a lot of hand embroidery on this quilt and chose a simple back-ground filler to not detract from the embroidery--the leaves compliment it nicely.
So...how do we make a ballet flat?

STEP ONE: Thread-line in and make a kidney bean shape.
STEP TWO: Make the foot hole inside the kidney bean.
STEP THREE: Be creative here, do some ribbon vines.
STEP FOUR: Make a loop and mirror image the ballet shoe.  Do a  back-wards kidney bean, then fill with the foot opening.  Then ribbon away to your heart's desire.  KISMIF!

Note, this is an advanced thread-path.  I had to sketch it over and over for an hour before I dared do it on an actual quilt!  However, it turns out cute and fabulous!

Now it's your turn, what have you been working on this week?  Please feel free to share anything from the home arts.  Also, share the love--take the time to comment on some of these other awesome blogs!  :)

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