Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Modern Building Blocks: Part 3

I have a few more Modern Building Blocks to show you today. I found this handy wire hanger at a thrift shop and it works pretty good.
6 more 6.5" unfinished. I think I am around 28 blocks done (out of 48).

 One of the bigger blocks. Its nice, after sewing together the teeny blocks, to sew a bigger one like this. This one is still half of the biggest block (38").

I saw Heather's big blocks up on a design wall (she is starting with the big blocks) and I am even more excited to finish. I will photograph her blocks and share those with you next.

Where to buy the patterns
Low volume bundle like my backgrounds

Part 1
Part 2
Flying Geese Tutorial

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Hourglass

Hello Thursday! Today's quilt has seen some love and is faded and soft.

As I was photographing it and trying to come up with the best way to piece each block (I initially though of doing an hourglass block) I realized how much simplier it actually was. Awesome!
Sometimes an easy quilt it just what I need. And its scrappy, so I am on board!

I wonder what this quilt looked like when the fabrics were brighter? Were they clothing?
Next week I will share how to make this fun little block.

I wanted to show the back too. You can see that the orange piece to the left is a different color. Did it fade different or was different to start with?

I like the rounded corners too. I want to try this some day. I've seen an old cd used to trace the rounded corners. I wonder if I could get away with not using a bias binding (because of the curved corners)? I almost never use bias binding and much prefer to cut regular strips. Most of my bindings are machine applied to the front (time saver) and I think machine binding a bias binding might turn out a bit wonky.

Before I go and fill orders look what we got in!!! Miss Kate flannels, by Bonnie and Camille. This includes layer cakes and charm packs. They would make the best rag quilts! And, with fall and winter around the corner I think my girls need pj pants and pillow cases to keep them warm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Modern Building Blocks: Flying Geese

I had a few questions about how I piece my triangles and flying geese units. I thought they best way to answer would be to show a few photos.
Above is the finished block (unfinished 6.5")

I lay all the right side triangles, right sides together, on the center piece. I match the bottom and right sides of all the triangles.

I sew down the sides of each triangle (I use a scant quarter inch).

I open the triangles up and press (I just press, I don't move the iron over the triangle or it may stretch it out of shape)

Do the same for the left side.

I then trim the 'dog ears' from the top and sides of the unit. The side bits can be trimmed with scissors but the top I straight trim with a ruler and rotary cutter

I chain sew together as many units as I can (less travel to the iron)


You can find my previous Modern Building Block posts here and here
You can also purchase the pattern here
And I made a few low volume bundles like the fabrics I have used as my scrappy background fabrics

Monday, September 8, 2014

Modern Building Blocks Part 2

I am moving right along with my Moda Modern Building Blocks. I am now up to 20 out of 48 blocks. These 6 are 6" finished blocks. Again, I used spray starch on the fabric before I cut out the pieces. Some blocks have a lot of little, cut on the bias pieces.

You can see Part 1 set of my blocks here

These 4 are the 12" finished blocks. The bottom left one is in progress.
I am still having fun with this project. I really can't wait to see it all finished.

 Heather has started cutting out her blocks and I am really liking the fabrics she is pulling.
 I will be sure to show you pictures of her blocks too.

I like the way this pattern is presented. The fan deck style makes it easy to find and keep track of all the patterns. And its small enough not to get in the way on my cutting table.

 You can pick up a pattern set here or here
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Hexagon Flower Quilt Tutorial

Anyone remember this quilt I made last year? I used about 18 Moda Mini Charm Packs and about 4 yards of background fabric.  I had a great time making it and it was, actually, pretty easy. It just takes lots of time.
I think of this as a modern Grandmother's Garden. I didn't want to sew together the hundreds of plain spacers that go between each flower. I was sure I would lose interest. Buuuut...if I didn't have to make the spacers? Perfect

Here is how you can make a Hexie Flower Quilt. A baby quilt would be cute too, and wouldn't be as time consuming..

Start by making a hexie flower. You can see my previous post on how I stitch my hexies here

You will need:
6 petals (the pink hexies in my photo) =2.5" fabric squares and one hexie paper per petal
one center piece=2.5" fabric square and one 1" paper hexie
1- 7" background square

Arrange your pieces in a layout you like this

Start by sewing the center piece to one of the petals (the hexie tutorial shows how I do this step too).

Add the second petal by placing it right sides together on the center hexie.
Whip stitch from the right towards the center
I like to do a couple of extra stitches in place in the center before I start to sew down the side

Flip this unit and sew from the middle down to the top.
Knot the thread and snip

Sew the next 3 petals the same way
The last petal you will sew just as you did before but you will go back to the last side of the hexie and sew the one remaining side

Here is the back. You can see that I do not trim my hexie fabric prior to sewing. I use 2.5" squares for the 1" hexie paper
Pull out your papers (pull back one corner of a petal on the back and gently pull the paper out)
Iron flat after all papers are out

Fold your square in half, finger press, fold in half again, finger press.
This creates a cross hair for you to center your flower.
You can see I lined up the notch on each side of the flower to the horizontal line.
 I lined up the center of each top petal the the vertical line
Pin in place

Sew around the flower close to the edge.
For the finished quilt in the first photo I used an off white thread for every flower. I decided I didn't want to change thread color.
With my example block I used an off white thread again. A light grey probably would have worked too.

Fabric requirements ( for finished twin quilt)

108  blocks in a 9X12 layout
3.5 yards of background
756-2.5" squares (or 18 mini charm packs, which I used. All different but I duplicated 2)
3 packages of 100/pack 1 inch hexies

I have used those 300 hexies for about 5 projects and they have held up well.
Sometimes I like to make each flower from beginning to end, sometimes I will sew up a bunch of hexies until I have a huge stack and then sew them up in to a flower

Where to Find: Etsy
Mini Charm packs
Low Volume fabrics for background

Mini Charm packs
Low Volume

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Modern Building Blocks: Scrappy Version

Meet my latest quilting obsession (yes, I say that a lot), Moda's Modern Building Blocks. Its a cute fan deck of blocks. There are several blocks sizes (you can see in the top left picture).

I am using my handy design board (tutorial by Lori Holt) to lay out the pieces after cutting them out and carrying it over to my machine.

I am making a scrappy version and decided to cut out and sew the smallest blocks first (6" finished) to make use of my scraps. The bigger blocks may require cutting in to my fat quarters.

I am up to 9.5 blocks (out of 30-6" blocks). I am having so much fun!

I am a little worried about the cut triangles (they do not use a hst triangle technique) and bias so I am starching my scraps and then ironing before cutting. So far it has worked out pretty good. I also am finding I have to use a scant 1/4" to get my blocks all the same.

You may want to check your quarter inch for accuracy. My quarter inch foot has a metal seam guide and I think it gets a little bent after use and I could stand to check it more (and buy a new foot if necessary).

Heather is sewing up a solid version (like in the original) and my friend Mary stopped by today and I asked if she would bring her blocks over to share too.

If you are making and blogging about these blocks, let me know and I can check out and link to your blocks.

Fabric Members, here is your link to get your pattern fan deck at 25% off.

Fabric and Quilting Membership info

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hexie Baby Quilt

Need a quick and easy baby quilt? This might be what you are looking for.

I have a hexie tutorial here if you haven't done hexies before or want to check out the method I use.

You will need:

1.25 yards background (I used a natural linen)
Frixon pen (or other marking implement)
long ruler
70- 2.5" squares of fabric (you can use Moda Candy, jelly roll, or scraps)
1" hexagon paper piecing papers
1.25-1.5 yards backing ( I like a little extra backing when basting and lining up my top)

Step 1:
-sew up your hexagons using your preferred method
-iron the hexies and take out the papers

Step 2:
Mark your fabric
-draw your first line down the right side 5" in from the edge
-draw a second line 7" from the edge
-third line is drawn 9" from the edge
-the last line is down from the top 2.5" between the first and second line. This will help place the first hexie

Step 3:
-place the hexies and pin in place as shown. I pinned and sewed in 3 sections. For me, more than that and the pins would be a problem

Step 4:
-sew up and down each hexie row. It looks like a zig zag.
-I wasn't worried about the bottoms and tops not being sewn down as the quilting would tack it all down

-all done.
-quilt as desired. I am thinking about writing up a tutorial on the method I use to mark, baste, and quilt my quilts.

All of our Up Parasol bundles are on sale and the fat eighth bundle would be perfect to make this quilt.

fat eighth bundles $5 off
fat quarter bundles $10 off
half yard bundles $8.99 per yard

If you are looking for yardage convo me at our Etsy shop and I can set up a custom listing for you

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Hexie Tutorial

Welcome to Vintage Quilt Thursday! Last week I shared a few fantastic vintage Grandmother's Garden quilts made with hexies.

Today I am sharing how I sew my hexies. There are several different method and each has its merits.

This is my hand sewing kit. I can take it with me or have it sitting my my sofa. In it I keep a small pair of scissors, neutral thread, sewing needles, hexie papers (I am using 1" papers), and 2.5" squares.

The bag is made with the Sew Together Bag pattern. Heather wrote a Sew-A-Long for this pattern and made it easy for anyone to make a triple zipper pouch.

Moda Candies are the perfect size for the 1" hexie papers. 
I used those and hand cut 2.5" squares from scraps and fat quarters. When hand cutting I lay one paper on the fabric (folded several times if a fat quarter or large scrap) and use it to eye ball a square and cut.

In my left hand (I am right handed) I hold one paper and one square, the paper on the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold the top right corner down and then fold the adjoining side down. Hold with your thumb.

With a threaded needle, single strand with a knot at the long end, go through both fabrics in the corner.

Take two stitches in each corner. Do the same fold and 2 stitches in each corner.

All done. You can see I did not go back to the original corner so you see no thread stretched to that corner.

I do not trim my fabric but leave it as a square.

Joining 2 hexies.
Place 2 hexies right sides together.  Use small, shallow stitches to whip stitch the 2 sides together.

Using shallow stitches will ensure your stitches do not show on the front. And if they do, thats ok too.


Here is the back.

There are many different configurations when joining the hexies.

I am going to share 3 hexie projects (2 quilts and one accessory) that show 2 different configurations.

The first project, a quick and easy baby quilt, will be up Saturday. See you then!