Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tool Tuesday: Irons for Quilters

Irons...quilters seem to constantly be searching for the perfect iron. I've definitely had my share of negative iron experiences over the past few years. For a while it seemed that no matter how much I spent on an iron it would invariably break within a year or so--always after the warranty had expired.


My previous iron (actually it still works and is now officially the "back-up" iron) was a Rowenta. Although it didn't leak too much...the steam has been hit or miss for over a year. I also have received some pretty bad burns from irons over the past couple of years...mostly due to just hitting the sole plate of the iron with my arm when I'm in a hurry. So when I found out about the Oliso Pro that stays in a horizontal position I was sure it would solve my problems.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Grandmother's Flower Garden: Paper Pieced

It's been some time since I've posted about my scrappy grandmother's flower garden project. This is one of those "life-time" quilts. Except I hope to have it finished in a few years.



 I have just over 30 finished blocks, and I'm still undecided what I'm going to do with them...


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Table Topper


 My Bucket List quilt pattern is one of my favorites, and for a little while I've been wanting to make it in a smaller version for a table topper.



 Five star blocks (make them scrappy like the original pattern or use solid centers) and for alternate blocks make a fun design. I finally got a chance to put this together last week. It was my last quick project before starting some spring quilt market sewing this weekend.



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Charm Pack Charm Box Quilt


Today I get to share a fun quilt I made a little while ago for the Fat Quarter Shop Charm Box Quilt blog hop. I had so much fun making this baby quilt. It's always good to have some simple patterns on hand when you need a quick gift.



 I had been wanting to sew with Pam's Pam Kitty Garden and thought this would be the perfect project for her sweet fabrics!



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Scraps Monday

Happy Monday! It's been a little while since I did a Scraps Monday post, so I thought today would be a good day for that...especially since I've basically been sewing everything with scraps lately!




 I'm still working on my "Go Four It" American Patchwork and Quilting quilt along blocks. I now have 142 of the 9 patch blocks finished with just 100 more blocks to go. They really do go together quickly now since I have all of the four-patches finished.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

AccuQuilt 2015 Block Design Contest


Have you heard about the 2015 AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest?





Entries must be designed with AccuQuilt shapes. As always, it must be an original design, which means no copyrighted designs may be used. The contest kicks off Friday, March 20th (yesterday) and runs through April 19th

The Grand Prize Winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to AccuQuilt + a $1,000 shopping spree and 2 tickets to the Let’s GO! Quiltling Retreat in Fremont, NE. They will be featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 of Quiltmaker, plus your block will be prominently displayed on a 17 ft. sign outside of AccuQuilt. There are also more fabulous prizes from Aurifil, The Quilt Show, Mountain Mist, P & B Textiles and more.

- Enter & Vote for your favorite quilt block March 20th – April 19th
-        At the end of voting, the field will be narrowed down to the top 30 designs, 15 will be selected by popular vote and 15 will be selected by the AccuQuilt team. A panel of guest judges will then select the Top 10. AccuQuilt management makes the final decision on the selection of the grand prize winner and runner up prize winner.

For more details go here.


Since this contest has so many great prizes, I thought I should definitely share! Thanks so much for stopping by...see you Monday with a Scraps Monday post!


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Behind the Scenes


I know things have been a little quiet here on the blog...I've been organizing and doing a lot of spring cleaning over the last ten days. I normally do this at about this time every year, but this year was a little different.



 I had to make a new ironing board cover for the occasion...my old one was getting pretty beat up. This Miss Kate floral on navy was the perfect "pick me up" choice!


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snapshots: Tea Kettle Quilt Block


Hello! It's time for block 3 in the Snapshots quilt along from Fat Quarter Shop--it seems like the days have flown by this month. Today's block is an adorable tea kettle block--a nostalgic block for me since I always remember a tea kettle on the stove at our house and at my grandmother's house.





Actually, every block in the Snapshots quilt has been a little nostalgic for me--I am absolutely loving these blocks!



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Decorating with Quilts

Spring is definitely in the air, and I've been doing a bit of spring cleaning and re-decorating this week. I truly love using and decorating with my quilts and have had a few thoughts about that topic as I've been re-arranging.


 I have a guest room which I decorate primarily with Fig Tree fabric quilts. As I did some changing up in this room this week it was fun to see how the collections really work together. I have scrappy quilts in this room as well as projects like the basket quilt (Avalon) and the pillow (Aloha Girl) made with just one collection.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday Tip: Binding Quilts


Yesterday I was able to pick up a quilt from the quilter--it was one of those quilts that melts your heart, and of course I had to bind it right away!



 The quilt is from the Fig Tree pattern "Jumping Jacks," and I made it with Fig Tree scraps I've saved over the past few years. As I sat binding it last evening I thought about how much I love the binding process--it's such a wonderful ending to the finishing of a quilt. I love being able to remember the fabrics and the piecing "close up" as I sew those final stitches.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Favorites


  
Happy Friday! We have some very spring-like weather here in southern Nevada right now, so I'm a little bit torn between doing some much needed gardening and catching up in the sewing room. Hopefully I'll be able to get to both! My four-patches are definitely favorites. They are turning into 9-patch blocks very quickly.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Introducing the Summer Star Mini Quilt


 Good morning! Today I'd like to introduce a new mini pattern, my "Summer Star Mini Quilt." This fun mini quilt finishes at 14 1/2" x 14 1/2" and is one I've been wanting to make for quite a while.


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Mini Quilts: Jumping Jacks



Happy Monday! Welcome to our belated parade...thanks so much for your patience. I had a scheduled post yesterday...and then I spent most of today enjoying our rain and grading papers.

This month's parade features the "Jumping Jacks" mini quilt (pattern by Fig Tree & Company). The version above is the Fig Tree version I photographed at quilt market last fall...it's gorgeous...and we have some stunning quilts in the parade as well!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Accuquilt Go! Big Block Hop: Churn Dash

Note: The Go Big Electric Fabric Cutter, Churn Dash block die, and fabrics were provided for me to use for my post today.

Welcome to my day on the Go! Big Blog Hop featuring the Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and the 12 1/2" unfinished Churn Dash block die.

Yes, this is an electric cutter. I have had the Accuquilt Go! cutter for several years and have really loved it, but this electric version is amazing.


 Andover fabrics provided 8 fat quarters from the Downton Abbey collection...and I immediately set out to make a test block using two fat quarters (you will have left over fabric if you are making just one block.


 First, I must tell you that in my opinion the machine is great. Because the machine is electric, it eliminates any hand or arm strain. It's simple to figure out and operate, folds compactly like the previous version, and even comes with a storage bag. The machine will work with the new Go! Big dies and will also work with all of the dies made for the Accuquilt Go! cutter. In fact, two of the smaller dies can go through at once.

I was really impressed with the accuracy, too. The pieces for the half-square triangles have notches which make it easy to line up and sew perfect half-square triangle blocks. I loved that the die has everything you need for the block: half-square triangle pieces, square, and rectangles. I really think I'll use this die for scrap quilts too. I was imagining cutting squares with scraps for simple patchwork quilts, triangle sections for scrappy half-square triangle projects, and rectangles for scrappy coin quilts.



Accuracy is really important, and I was pleased that my block turned out "spot on" with the measurements. I was also amazed at how quickly it all went together. This was such a time saver, and really had me thinking about how great this will be for getting my scraps cut up and under control!

In summary, here are some of the highlights of the Accuquilt Go! Big Electric Cutter:

  • It's extremely easy to use and cuts out multiple layers of fabric quickly.
  • It folds up and doesn't take up much space in storage.
  • It works with all of the Accuquilt Go! dies.
  • It's perfect for scrap quilt projects.
  • The dies are versatile; for example the Churn Dash die has the components for lots of other quilt blocks.
I highly recommend this terrific quilting tool!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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