Quilts at MIRACLE QUILT SHOW, OXFORD MI

Learn about Miracle Quilts for Desert Angel Program

Miracle Quilts
Founded March 2009
To Honor the Service and Sacrifice of
PFC Joseph A. Miracle, Killed in Action July 5, 2007

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts/

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MIRACLE QUILTS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO:
Walter Reed Military medical Center, Washington, DC
Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland
United States Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington DC
Camp Leatherneck, Field Hospital, Afghanistan
V.A. Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
V.A. Hospital Saginaw, Michigan
Fisher House Landstuhl, Germany
Fisher House-Walter Reed at Forest Glen Annex, Silver Springs, Maryland
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia
VFW National Home for Children, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, the only orphanage for children of Veterans in the USA.
Wounded Warrior Center, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts/

QUILTS ON THE PORCH SUPPORTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE LAWN CHAIRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE PORCH BALUSTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE WALLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS QUILTS are handed out in the Veteran Hospital Units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple and complex quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts

 

QUILTS FOR VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN

 

 

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http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN.  This is the only facility like it in the country.  Located in EATON RAPIDS, MI. 

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Quilts are often in the red, white and blue colorway, but unlike other Veteran quilt organizations.  Miracle Quilts will use all donations.  Besides Quilts they make costumes for the VFW NATIONAL HOME.  They accept any and all fabric ( in good condition)  donations and put it to good use.  All monetary donations are applied to finishing the quilts into the hand of active duty and veterans.  In the past and for the immediate future the quilts are delivered directly ( by truck)  to the military hospitals, rehab units and veteran facilities.

Consider making a donation to this wonderful organization.

 

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REVISED List of Quilting Podcasts- – April 2017

I will be posting this yearly. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. When possible I post the direct feed to a podcast. You can download them also on any podcast catcher you may have, like iTUNES or Stitcher.  I am sure you have an app of some sort to do this.  THE LINKS AR.E HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE to make them easier to find.

I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the pod-caster. IF YOU find some new podcast please add a link to the comments on this post.  I wish I was a better programmer so I could make this blog post prettier but I am self taught and half the time I never know what I am doing when it comes to programming.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  • RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog.
  •  USE the various windows for that browser …
  • SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET
  • Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
  • TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

The podcasts are in no particular order ….. except the first one… that one is mine.

 

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

This podcast is mine it is totally irregular uploading of episodes since I work as a full time nurse and when I come home from work I am totally tired. To be honest I have not gotten very far in my FINISHES this year. I love quilting and try to keep working on my projects… but it is slow going. I do blog and podcast about the the quilt books, notions and newest techniques I buy.

I have been very bad at podcasting this past year…. I hope to do better… that said I am not removing my link.
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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG

http://offkilterquilt.com/

OFF KILTER QUILT new blog page

…. … OFF KILTER QUILT has a new web page … adding it here till I get around to the next update of this web page

Frances is a children’s book author who has taken up quilting in the past 8 years. She is a dedicated finisher and takes you along on her journey. I loved listening to her podcast over the last 5 years as she progressed from a newbie with a new to her sewing machine to an accomplished quilter. This past year Frances has started writing QUILT related books and quilts to relate to her books.  She entered two quilts in QUILT CON.  Recently she has been designing her own quilts both for her books and because THAT IS THE WAY SHE ROLLS.

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BIRDS in the AIR by Frances ORoark Dowell on Amazon

FRANCES’ QUILT FICTION can be found on this link

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Frances is from North Carolina and talks about her life, her kids, quilting and the weather. ( joke) She also often talks about the books she is reviewing. Frances often wanders off topic but so delightfully. I look forward to everyone of her episodes and often listen to them more than once.

FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids…..

Started in APRIL 2014 … loved them wish their were more

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

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BTW …. I will post links to Amazon and other sale sites but as of now I do not have any affiliation to these sited and do not get any compensation for doing so…… Just trying to make things easier for my readers.

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

direct podcast link page

Pam is the most prolific and consistent pod-caster and quilter. Her out put is amazing especially when you consider she works at home at a very busy job and family life. She talks alot about her process. I follow both her blog and podcast in Feedly so I do not miss an episode. Pam  with her friend Lynn also started a video podcast  QUILT SHOW on YOU TUBE.  Pam posts the video and the audio for this show…. if you have not seen it you will want to check it out.

Pam and Daisy are currently reading books together and then reviewing them as part of the podcast. Their book picks are interesting. I know you will find this an interesting quilting podcast to listen to… she will definitely inspire you to keep at your projects.

PAM now host THE STITCH TV SHOW on

YOU TUBE

THE STITCH TV SHOW

THE STITCH ON YOU TUBE LINK

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VICKIE’S CREATIVE CORNER 3

 

DIRECT RSS FEED
https://mycreativecorner3.podbean.com/feed/  

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VICKIE’S BLOG ….. MY CREATIVE CORNER 3
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MY CREATIVE CORNER 3 — PODBEAN LINK to find the newest episode

I met VICKIE at last year’s 2016 AQS GRAND RAPIDS QUILT SHOW.  This past year she launched her podcast and has been very consistent in getting a podcast posted.  She is a long armer and avid quilter, she also participates in other crafts.  In the summer her husband and her go on the road and participate in multiple HIGHLAND GAMES.  Her blog and podcast has been fun to follow.  I think I have a particular fondness for her podcast because she is a fellow MICHIGANDER and I can really relate to her posts.

http://mycreativecorner3.podbean.com/feed/

DIRECT LINK for CREATIVE CORNER 3 FEED

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This is LAZY DAISY’S ROUND ROBIN QUILT

LAZY DAISY QUILTS ( and READS)  …..

Because I AM and I Do ….

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Daisy’s podcast … she is so real.  She says it like she sees it.   Daisy use to be a costumer but now works in a quilt shop where she does the long arming.   She discusses all aspects of quilting,  current happenings in her life and what she is currently reading and watching on tv.  She is currently designing embroidery for the TV show OUTLANDER the patterns are available for free on Craftsy AND thru  FANDOM IN STITCHES.                

LINK TO FANDOM IN STITCHES  

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http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/ Katie’s Quilting Corners

http://feeds.feedburner.com/KatiesQuiltingCornerPodcast

 

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/

 

Katie is a 30s something quilter / crafter,  as she calls herself.   She talks about her quilts, her life and the recent changes, and her beloved dogs.  She took a hiatus from podcasting but has since returned and is putting out new episodes in audio and occasional video .  She recently designed an awesome pattern that is free for download in craftsy…. absolutely love the pattern and hope to do it this summer.

I am catching up with her new episodes and have her on my FEEDLY blog catcher.  COME and join the conversation.                                    .

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HOBBIES UP TO HERE PODCAST AND BLOG

This podcast was started earlier in 2015 but I just discovered it in February, 2016. The conversation is between Dori the mom and Kati the daughter. They discuss various hobbies but quilting is their main focus. They also talk about what is going on in their life at the time of the podcast.

Currently there are 31 episodes and they are an absolute hoot…. I have been listening going back to the beginning …. I have added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER so I do not miss a post / episode.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST… I think you will enjoy it.

Direct RSS feed to HOBBIES UP TO HERE…… YOU can also download them from iTUNES

http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/atgyk-3cd3d/Hobbies-Up-To-Here

RSS FEED for HOBBIES UP TO HERE

BLOG LINK > LINK to HOBBIES UP TO HERE BLOG

https://www.facebook.com/hobbiesuptohere/ >>>>

HOBBIES UP TO HERE FACEBOOK PAGE

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CRAFTY PLANNER :

CRAFTY PLANNER DIRECT LINK TO PODCAST EPISODES

Sandi Hazlewood.is the creator of Crafty Planner.  She has great interviews of quilters and crafters … she is equal opportunity.   When I listen to Sandi’s podcast I know I am in for a treat.

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER

 

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WHILE SHE NAPS on iTunes
on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

.. DIRECT DOWNLINK TO … WHILE SHE NAPS ….

Abby post about quilting usually from the business side of quilting.  She host great interviews with the stars of quilting.  Her posts this year has been most enjoyable.  

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https://www.buzzsprout.com/70645.rss

DIRECT RSS FEED DOWNLOAD LINK

https://leahday.com/

LEAH DAY started a new podcast.  She does talks about what she is doing in her various endeavors and she does interviews of quilters…. some famous and some just regular home grown quilters.  She stared out posting weekly but now has cut back to every other week…. of if LIFE GOT IN THE WAY once a month.  I think you will enjoy listening to her posts.

I down load her on iTunes ( and you know I do not like iTUNES) but that way I have not missed an episode.

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I first saw Pat when she presented her trunk show soon after I was introduced to quilting back in 2005. To think of it I think she was the first national teacher I had been exposed to. Pat was also the first podcast I use to listen to when I learned about podcasting in 2010. ( Remember I am not of the computer generation that learns how to use a computer in grade school. Computers had not even been invented when I went to school.) Pat currently works with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine but she had been podcasting for several years before she affiliated with them. Pat has been in the quilting business for years and has interviewed many of the nationally known quilting divas. She always have interesting guest to listen to. Pat publishes weekly so you can count on her when you want to listen to podcast while working on a project she always has something quilty to listen to.

Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND ….. 

CHARLOTTE SCOTT … The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady from NEW ZEALAND

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Charlotte’s accent ( She has told me I am the one with the accent…. Ha! Ha! ) She talks about her new studio quilting space and her life on a boat.  She also does interviews of other NEW ZEALAND quilters.   She is a sought after Art Quilter and is in demand for classes…. I think this lady is going somewhere …. hope to see her on THE QUILT SHOW some day. 

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 MODERN SEW-CIETY ….

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

http://www.weezyworks.com

http://www.weezyworks.com/feed . . . WEEZY WORKS VIDEO PODCAST … DIRECT FEED

NEW VIDEO PODCAST FROM WEEZY WORKS a fellow TWILTER . . . .

Weezy is a twillter friend who I follow TWITTER. Weezy post video podcast but I can only view them when I am awake between MN to 0500 (eastern standard time.) I do download all of the audio episodes to my computer and listen to them when I listen during a sewing session. Weezy investigates all types of quilting and is a fun listen.

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

SANDI podcasts about her life as a mother of two girls ,  her quilts.  She is a designer of applique patterns and has been published in quilting magazines.  She is the author of  Little Quilts for Big Occasions .  Give her a listen.

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CRAFT SANITY with JENNIFER ACKERMAN HAYWOOD

JENNIFER IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES … and she has a treasury of older podcast to check into… she interviews crafters and quilters.

links to CRAFT SANITY

LINKS to CRAFT SANITY PODCAST

Find her on iTUNES for easier download.

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SEWING OUT LOUD …

A mother & daughter team talk about the adventures of sewing as a business and a loving hobby.   I like their practical advice … and I love the stories on how to deal with customers and problems.  I down load them via iTunes as I had trouble finding them on an RSS FEED… but you can try the link below..

https://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/sewing-out-loud

SEWING OUT LOUD PODCAST EPISODES

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String and Story FACE BOOK QUILT VIDEOS

Holly Anne is a fellow TWILTER and started making quilt videos earlier this year.   I only get to watch them if I am awake at midnight…. when I am awake I make a point to check out her most recent posts.  She describes herself as a MODERN IMPRESSION QUILTER but also does T shirts for customers. 

https://www.stringandstory.com/

STRING AND STORY BLOG POST

https://www.facebook.com/pg/stringandstory/videos/

STRING AND STORY QUILT VIDEOS on Facebook

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HISTORY CHICKS is one of my favorite non quilting podcast.  I plan to make a thread for my favorite non quilting podcast but until then…. I am parking them here.  Check them out … even if you are not into history you will enjoy these ladies.

HISTORY CHICKS PODCAST EPISODES

http://thehistorychicks.com/category/podcasts/

 

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DEFUNCT PODCASTS:

These pages might have been taken down as it is rather expensive to keep it up but I am hoping they will come back.

PODCASTS no longer being published … but you may be able to download past episodes  >>> here is the link to that page.

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HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File

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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) …

YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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BLOCK BY MANY NAMES

ROSE DREAM

ENDLESS CHAIN

BROKEN SQUARE

TRUE LOVER’s KNOT

LOVER’s KNOT

LOVER’s BOWTIE

BARBARA BRACKMAN ENCYCLOPEDIA   pages 198-199, block #1532

 

A confession, I have never been able to sew a curved block to save my soul.  I decided to do something about that lack in my quilting education.   I signed up for a class at my favorite local quilt shop, SEW CRAZY IN LAPEER.   The class was taught by my friend Mary.  She is a talented, prolific quilter, who makes beautiful quilts.   She was an excellent teacher who was able to explain and demonstrate the steps so they were easily understood and accomplished.  She also gave us tips (learned from her making quilts using these same blocks) to make the cutting, piecing and pressing easier.  Since I have never been successful with sewing curved blocks before I found the tips helpful for my success.

The cutting of the patches took time and patience.   I think if I make this quilt, I will want to track down templates for this block.   I have contacted John Flynn’s company to see if they have laser cut acrylic templates.  Another method of getting this block made is to make a print out on a full sheet sticker of the block patterns.  I will then take it to my local glass guy and they will cut them for me.  I have done this in the past when I could not find templates on line.  If you ever go this route make sure your print outs are accurate as some printers skew objects in a print out. 

I found the hardest part of assembling the entire block was deciding how to press the patches so they will nest when you butt the seams together.  I found it very easy to get my seams flipped so the block did not lie flat.  I started out pressing the seam allowances to the dark but then the other seams in the block would not align properly when I started sewing the patches together.  I am going to have to make more blocks before I can decide if there is a consistent and accurate method to press the seams. 

This is going to be a LONG -TERM project.  Once I get my templates I will cut out blocks in groups of ten from my red and white stash fabrics.  I am not planning to be over concern with being matchy with the whites or the red fabrics.  I love the red and white quilts I saw in the book RED AND WHITE QUILTS: INFINITE VARIETY   but I have no intention of buying new fabrics.  I am going to use what I have from my stash and hopefully it will be a more meaningful quilt. 

 

If you are interested in making a similar style quilt I found instructions for the block and a free pattern at, QUILT in a Day.

https://www.quiltinaday.com/imgs/facebook/september/RoseDream.pdf

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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An evening with Laura Patterson from Bay City Michigan.

LAURA PATTERSON from Bay City came to our guild and gave a trunk show of her past quilting projects.  Her quilts were featured in the Bay City Heritage Quilt Show.  A group of the guild members met her at Lucky’s Restaurant in Davison.   The dinner conversation was lively getting to know each other.  It was more like a reunion of college friends, trading life stories and a lively discussion about various quilts, and quilt shows.  After dinner we went to the Senior Center where we helped her set up for the trunk show.

During the trunk show she explained how she made many of her remarkable quilts.  I was in awe of the two quilts her first quilts as she  used JENNY BEYER’s  hand piecing technique a tessellation quilt.  She also hand quilted the top.  .Laura  gave a brief demonstration of how to hand piece, how to use ultra-suede to make SKINNY applique motifs. and how to embroider and using beading on organza to make your own applique. Laura stated that hand piecing was faster for her then machine  works as she pieces when goes on trips, waits for appointments or watches TV.  She said she is rarely without a project.  

  All of her quilts were gorgeous and detailed.  Absolutely stunning eye candy.  I am posting just a few of the many pictures I took of her quilts.  I took over 45 pictures and would have taken more but my battery died.

Hand pieced and quilted, designed my LAURA PATTERSON

 

Hand applique, beaded, designed by Laura Patterson.

 

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This is just a sampling of the many beautiful quilt projects that Laura brought to the guild that night. I think if your guild is looking for a lecturer with a beautiful trunk show you should consider Laura. Contact me by email and I can forward contact information.

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VARIATION STAR BLOCK

Variable Star Quilt Block ( 12.5 inch )

Found another STAR block to use in our guild STAR BLOCK CHALLENGE. I am making a quilt from the MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW on You Tube.

MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW .. VARIABLE STAR QUILT

I often make a trial block when I am using a new/ different technique. Since we are making STARS for the guild challenge I decided to make a block using fabric selected for the challenge. If the block turns out okay I plan to donate to the challenge.

 

10 INCH BLOCKS of 2 background fabrics, and two focus fabrics of your choice.

YOU can make your HsqTri patches any way you want, but I used the method shown on YOU TUBE and I give the measurements for that technique.  The measurements can be used so you can figure out how to make the block using your favorite methods. 

NOTATION:  STARCH THE HECK OUT OF YOUR FABRIC … I LIKE MINE AS STIFF AS PAPER … MAKES THE CUTTING EASIER AND KEEPS THE PATCHES NICER THROUGH OUT THE PROJECTS.

Match a focal fabric with a second fabric then with the background patch.  ( See picture.)

Sew around the 10 inch patches with a generous quarter inch. The half square triangles will square up to 3.5 inch units.
I am showing where I will be cutting on the diagonal… ALL I have to say is BEWARE OF THE BIAS !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEW around the block using a generous quarter inch seam.  This is an over sized block and you will be trimming the HsqTri patches to 3. 5 inches.   

I marked the diagonals to show where I will be cutting the sewn patches to make the HsqTRIs.  REMEMBER the outsides of the block is on the BIAS and will distort if handled roughly.

PRESS the triangles open then square to 3.5 inches.

 There will be 3 sets of FOUR half square triangles.  They need to be squared to 3.5 inches.  As I said earlier these patches were over sizes so you have at least a quarter of an inch of fabric to trim off.  

When pressing your triangles BE SURE TO SET THE SEAM then open the triangle.  I pushed the seams to the dark side, but I found that sometimes I had to reverse the seam press in order to get the intersections to lock. 

 It is up to YOU to decide if you want to press your seams to one side or to press open all the seams.  IT IS IMPORTANT WHAT EVER METHOD YOU USE YOU ARE CONSISTENT.    ( Watch out for burned fingers when you press open your seams.)

SQUARE the patch to 3.5 inches
3.5 inches square … I use tape to help me find my sizes … be sure to put the ruler angle on the diagonal of the half sq triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Once all your half sq triangles are squared up lay out your block.  I did not mention earlier you will need 4 patches of 3.5 inches of your background fabric for the corners.

Lay out the block and sew the units together in the way that you prefer.

 

I like sewing the pinwheel first then I add the star points on the side.  I sew the top and bottom rows adding the 3.5 inch patches on the ends of the star points.  I press as sew each section together.

 

 

 

I like to sew my center pinwheel together adding the star points next .I sew the top  row together ,  then the bottom row,  I then assemble the rows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Surprise, surprise my block came out to the correct 12.5 inch block ( 12 inch finished)   I do not think I will have any cut off points. 

SQUARE UP TO 12.5 INCHES watch out for the star points.
12. 5 INCHES … off to the guild challenge it goes!

This block took two hours to make …. because I was taking pictures of the process…. the other blocks I made using this method was a lot faster… but not as fast as ANGELA WALTERS.

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I have been sewing a lot this past couple of weeks.  I did Darla’s, the Scientific Quilter’s March along.  I started sewing 15 minutes a day but that usually stretched into an hour or two so I have made progress on my quilt projects… not my UFOs very much but the quilts I have started assembling since January.   I need to sew binding on my daughter’s quilt then I will have a finish. 
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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TILTING BLOCKS TO THE RIGHT —

I wrote a blog post with how to tilt blocks to the left in FEBRUARY … I have posted links to that blog post here.

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/tilting-blocks-to-the-left/

TILTING BLOCKS TO THE LEFT

 I am going to first give instructions on how to do a TILT A BLOCK TO THE RIGHT ….. Then I am going to rant about the quilt I am using these blocks in.  The quilt is driving me NUTS….. I LOVE THE LOOK of quilt …. but getting it made is going to drive me to drink.

Make yourself a map of the block layout.

 

The map make it easier to chain piece your block without getting them mixed up.   The directions in the pattern said to make the rectangle 5-3/4 inches in length by 2 inches wide.  I found that my blocks came out better when I increase the rectangle to 6 inches by 2.5 inches.  This gave me more fabric above the corners of the block and made the squaring up easier to accomplish without trying to cut thru multiple layers at the corner. 

NOTATION:  I have discovered after investigating multiple patterns with tilting blocks, the rectangles need to be cut to 2 to 2-1/2 inches larger than your block size.   In this case, my block is 4 inches finished therefore rectangle size should be 6 to 6.5 inches.   The width of the rectangles should be at least a third to a half larger … for this 4 inch block the instructions said 2 inches was adequate but I found 2 -1/2 inch rectangles worked better.   I am experimenting with designing a template for the wedges without the waste of fabric.   That would be something that would need to be designed for individual tilting blocks.

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I put my patches on the map. This allows me to chain piece quickly without getting mixed up.

 

It pays to be organized when making the tilting blocks.

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Taking  wedge flip it so it is ready to sew.  THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too.  The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH.  You then sew the wedge to the nine patch.  I sewed the patches from the 9 patch side, so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch. 

 

Repeat flipping the wedge placing the right angle on the mid point of the nine patch. The angled cut is once again placed at the top of the nine patch

 I sew these blocks in sets of four … I  continue sewing around the block … wedge two, then three and at last wedge four when chain piecing.  Be sure to press wedges up as you go… finger press, use a wood iron implement or an iron….. BE CAREFUL not to stretch or distort the block. 

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Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH.  The block needs to be squared up to the correct size.   PRESS YOUR BLOCKS CAREFULLY. I did the  in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the  correct size ( 4.5 inches.)  IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt.  This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches.  Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.

 

There is bulk at the intersection of skinny part of the wedge at the corners. This requires careful trimming of the dog ears and excess fabric under the wedge patches.

The bulk at the corners where the skinny part of the wedge is sewn results in a lot of bulk that interferes with squaring up of the block.    I solved this problem by increasing the size of the rectangle I used to make my wedges.  I cut them to 6 inches by 2.5 inches then cutting the wedges to result in a right tilt or a left tilt.  This allows you to square up the block to get the tilt you want.   I am also experimenting with making a template that makes the tilting easier with less fabric waste.

When squaring up the block make sure to maintain a quarter inch seam allowance off the corners of the tilted nine patch.

SQUARE UP BLOCK to 4.5 inches
4.5 inch TILT TO THE RIGHT BLOCK ( finished 4 inches)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW FOR MY RANT…..

The instructions for my quilt works only for exactly, precisely  stitched blocks with no wiggle room or possibility of making a mistake or mis-sewing.  Most of them barely came to correct size.  I believe in making this kind of block big so that is can be can have some ability to square up my block so they had some difference from block to block.  Many of my first blocks came out wonky and not to the correct size.  I can use them in the quilt but I was getting discouraged and had put the blocks aside several time.  I later experimented with making larger rectangles to cut my wedges from.  I am now experimenting with making a template for cutting the wedges to the exact specifications.

Because I have so many wonky blocks from my first attempts at making my blocks I am now deliberately making wonky blocks with cut tips, askewed nine patches….. After all mistakes are opportunity for  designing your own quilt in your own style.  I will post pictures when I start assembling the quilt blocks.

 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS MAKE LEMONADE…..

FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT…..

 

These are the only wise words I have left so…..

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Making progress … UFO CHECK IN

LOST TRIANGLES … NOW FOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my current quilt in progress…. the fabrics for this quilt was donated and I am selecting fabric from my stash.  I made triangles measuring 6.5 inch from the donation and stash fabric.  I am putting the patches on the wall then sewing them as I go along.  I will be posting more pictures as this quilt evolves…. Trying to decide if the middle yellow square in the middle of the quilt or off center …. probably off center because it is easier to construct on the design wall. 

I have joined DARLA’S MARCH QUILT ALONG over on Scientific Quilter’s blog.  I have been sewing 15 minutes a day … that usually become several hours worth.  I think I have my mojo back…..

SCIENTIFIC QUILTER BLOG LINK

UFO LIST 2017 – – –

 FLORAL SPLENDOR NEEDS BINDING    done   

MIKE’S QUILT … NEEDS HOUSE OF WHERE HE LIVES

ANGELINA’S QUILTS … CHRISTA WATSON PATTERN  at the long armers … just need binding …. YEAH

**** SKY NINES PATCHWORK QUILT … TAKE TO RETREAT .. Worked on it blocks half finished.

FMQing — TIMBO’S BLACK AND WHITE QUILT

 FMQing— NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

FMQing —NURSE THROW … DONOR QUILT nurse to nurse

 HAYDEN BABY QUILT …. Do a different quilt for her as she is a big girl NOW ….. FINISH ORIGINAL QUILT and donate.  Make HAYDEN another quilt

 FMQing – – –   SETH ‘s  QUILT

 FMQing – ANGELINA’s wall hanging ERIC CARLYLE

 

DOWN IN THE BASEMENT 

…. I have to find where they are hidden ….

  1. CHRISTMAS BOM … Had over 20
  1. SEW AND FLIP …. SOFA QUILT
  1. JULIE’S PINK & PURPLE QUILT
  1. KAY’S FIVE SCRAMBLE ???? …. NEED PIECED BOARDERS
  1. DEAR JANE HAND PIECED … turn into a baby Jane with what you have
  1. BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY QUILT …. FINISH AS MODERN BABY

 HAVE MORE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEM …

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEW: MAJOR EYE CANDY: RED and WHITE QUILTS, INFINITE VARIETY

I am so behind.  I became vice president and program coordinator for our quilt guild and have been having fun contacting speakers to set up guild lectures and workshops.   I have also been increasing the blogging on our guild blog.  Down side, is it ate up a lot of time so I have not been blogging her much.  Upside, is I will be duplicating some of the post here….. as sooooooon as I get organized. 

I also have been spending a lot of my time dreaming about the quilts in this book.   The quilts in this book  are estimated to be from the 1880s to the 1920 and were shown in an exhibit in New York City.   One that I missed a change to go to because I was still working and could not get the time off to go when my friends went….. BUMMER  !!!

https://www.amazon.com/Red-White-Quilts-Infinite-Presented/dp/0847846520

LINK TO AMAZON….. and NO I am not an affiliate

I love this book and rate it 10/5 …. It is so worth the money I spent for this picture/ coffee table book…. no patterns but lots of pictures. 

I have taken it to bed with me every night so I can dream of all the lovely quilts that could be made.  I am seriously thinking of making a red and white quilt for myself but I am having trouble picking out one pattern that I want to make.  Many of the patterns I have seen before but a few are new to me.  I want to make them all.

The book has over 350 pages of quilts, 4 quilts to a page.  The collection consisted of over 650 quilts. The names of the patterns and what information they have about the quilts are listed.  For most of the quilts they are  undated and the maker is unknown.  There were several forwards written for the book including one by Martha Stewart.  My favorite forward was written by the owner of the quilt,  Joanna Rose. 

If you belong to a guild this is an excellent book to add to your guild library so you can share with all the members….. AND no I am not going to donate this book to my guild.

Well I have to run as I have babysitting duties calling to me and I do not have enough words to praise this book.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

KEEP IN TOUCH,

NONNIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TILTING BLOCKS TO THE LEFT ….

Monday, February 6, 2017

10:34 AM

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I am making a series of tilted blocks for my SKYFALL NINE quilt.   I thought I would post some of the things I learned about making this block.  This can be applied to any tilt block.  This is a left tilt block… I will post a right tilt block soon, but right now I am chaining left tilt blocks.

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I am tilting my 3.5 in NINE PATCH BLOCKS.  The pattern said to make my wedges from a patch 2 inch by 5-3/4 inch rectangle.   I found it easier and much more efficient in the long run to make my rectangles 2 inch by 6 inches.  That resulted in more fabric on the pointed end, resulting  in a block that is nicer to square. YES, there is some waste but I thought it was worth it for the easier sewing and nice resulting block.

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I found in general having made other tilt blocks that the rectangles should be at a minimum 3 inches larger than your finished block you are sewing your wedges too.  The NINE patch is 3 inch finished therefore my rectangle worked best when it was 6 inches.

 

YOUR rectangle is cut on the diagonal to form your tilting frame.  The way the wedges are cut controls the tilt of the blocks. For this LEFT TILT rectangle from the lower left side to the upper right corner of the rectangle.

For a RIGHT TILT  blocks cut your diagonal from the left upper corner to the lower right corner of the rectangle.  The blocks are assembled pretty much the same.

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LINK for RIGHT TILTING BLOCK

You need to cut two rectangles for each tilt block.  Be sure the fabric rectangles are right face up and you can layer one fabric over the other, cutting the fabrics at the same time.   I tried cutting the rectangles with my fabric back sides together but that did not work as the rectangles were mirrored and had to be put aside.

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I found that by making a map of the block layout was helpful to speed up my sewing.  I just grabbed the pieces I needed in order.  Not having to figure out how each patch was sewn to the nine patch help keep things in order and avoided mistakes.

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Taking  wedge “A” flip it so it is ready to sew.  THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too.  The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH.  You then sew the wedge to the nine patch.  I sewed the patches so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch. 

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Aligning the right corner of the wedge to the mid- point of the patch is done in every step to align the wedges to the nine patch and form the tilt in the block.  Repeat this process with wedges B, C, and D.

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Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH.  The block needs to be squared up to the correct size.   I did this in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the  correct size ( 4.5 inches.)  IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt.  This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches.  Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.

 

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WHEN SQUARING UP MAKE SURE YOU MAINTAIN YOUR QUARTER INCH OFF THE CORNERS OF YOUR BLOCK.

 

Once I have finished this block …. I only have about  30 to 50 more blocks not to mention making right tilt blocks. 

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What I learned while making this quilt ….

MQ with StyleI was inspired to make this quilt by the quilt I saw in  CHRISTA WATSON’s book MACHINE QUILTING with STYLE. (page 34)  I really liked Christa’s pattern other than it was too small.  I wanted a queen size quilt of at least 100 inches wide and 100 inches length.   Christa’s quilt was more like a throw size.   So I  decided to make my own quilt inspired by Christa but as usual doing my own way.  

I am listing here what I learned while making this quilt because as usual when I go off on my own I usually run into trouble.

1.   The first thing that made it hard on me was letting my DD see the quilt I was making for her.  I had planned a rainbow quilt but she decided she would rather have a blue and green quilt.  I abandoned the  segments I had already made, putting them aside and instead made other segments. …. What I learned is ……  DO NOT show quilts in progress if you do not want input from someone else.

2.     I usually design on a design wall as I like to design visually.  Only problem is I do not have a design wall big enough to stretch out the segments  far enough to measure the quilt top properly.  I mis- measured  the quilt top multiple times and thus wasted some fabric.  I was also short and had to reorder more fabric.  Of course,  it was not the exact right shade because it was a different lot number.   I can tell the difference but my DD can not …. SO I AM SAFE.  MODERN QUILTS often require more background fabric than traditional quilts.  I had purchased 10 yards of KONA JET BLACK from a local quilt shop ( it was the last of the bolt)  I had to order an extra 3 yards on line.

Second thing,  I could have done to avoid this problem is to draft out a pattern of the quilt and estimate the size of segments I needed.  MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE.    I made the pattern below midway thru the project.  I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation if I had drafted it earlier. ….  like before I started the quilt top.                                                         

My pattern for my quilt

 

 

 

 

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO SOME BASIC PLANNING BEFORE STARTING ON A QUILT.  I TEND TO SKIP THIS STEP ….. BUT NOT IN THE FUTURE.

3.   In Christa’s quilt she used a pre cut 2-1/2 inch strips for the background and the colored strips.  Her quilt was 54 x62 inches.  She used a roll of background fabric paired with a roll of colored pre cuts.  I would have had to used 2 – 3 or more rolls of 2-1/2 inch back ground fabric and another 2 rolls of the colored fabric. ( I estimated 7 segments of 10 strips each. )        

My segments were made from a bin of strips I had cut in various widths for a different quilt.  I pulled all the greens, blues and yellows that suited the project.  I had left overs from a set of batik  TONGA TREATS, and I used many of those in the quilt. 

Because the strips were of different widths I had trouble making a matching segment to mirror the first segment.  The left hand segment should match the segment on the right side.  It would have been easier if I had used precuts.  I had to fudge with the segments to get them to the correct side.  The next time I make this quilt quilt.  I am going to echo the sizes of the strips on each segment.   I need to pre plan the segments more carefully. 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO BALANCE AND MIRROR THE LEFT SEGMENT TO THE RIGHT SEGMENT.  IT RESULTS IN A NICE PATTERN.   THE NEXT QUILT I MAKE WILL HAVE TWO CENTERED SEGMENTS and NONE OF THE HALF SEGMENTS SEEN AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE QUILT TOP.

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This quilt is so large I can not hang it anywhere to take a picture of the entire quilt.  The picture above is the top half of the quilt.   The picture below is part of the bottom segment.  I had not finished piecing the bottom segment that went below the segments shown here.   I am going to borrow a quilt rack to see if I can get a better picture.                                   .

 

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4.  I had used a batting as my design wall when I was planning this quilt.  It was white and shedded like crazy.  As a result I have hundreds of tiny fuzz all over the quilt.  I am spending a lot of time trying to clean the quilt top before taking it to the long armer.  I am having my long armer order black batting for this quilt.  Once it is clean it is off to the long armer for quilting. 

THE IMPORTANT LESSON HERE IS DO NOT USE A WHITE BATTING WITH A BLACK QUILT.

I do plan to post a better picture of the quilt…. the entire quilt top ….. IF I CAN GET ONE.

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BOOK REVIEW : SECONDARY DESIGN by Judi Madsen

Just a little update on what has been going on with me.  I am having a non ending fight with FIREFOX.  It keeps saying there is a SCRIPT running that needs to be debugged.   I have followed all directions and it still gives me problems.  I would delete Firefox but it has all my bookmarks and passwords I need if I upgrade that information they would disappear.  So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Not sure yet what I am going to do.

I am in the midst of packing for my retreat at the end of the month.  I am going to bring piecing projects because I do not want to deal with free motion quilting at the retreat.  I am also considering going to my sister’s cabin for a sew-in party but that will depend upon if my old NEW HOME gets fixed.   I already had my 301 singer tuned up for my retreat.  

MY word(s) of the year is MOVE – IT! Last year it was HEAL this year it is to move more and get the weight off that I gained.  I will be posting a UFO list as this is the year I finish projects I have started.  Dreaming is OKAY but getting things finished is better. …. Well that is is … now for the book review. 

SECONDARY DESIGN by Judi Mardsen        .

 

 

 

 

 

I bought this book based on recommendation of several different quilters.    (I am beginning to think they are in collusion with each other) I should have thought twice as they were all long armers.  This is a specialty book probably very good for long armers. For long armers this book is rated 4 to 5, but as a domestic machine quilter I did not find as much to use in this beautiful book as I have in other books geared toward domestic machine quilters.  So, I would rate it 3 for myself, as I do all my quilting either by check book or on a domestic machine.  

Ms. Madsen walks you thru how she designed the quilting for several of her quilts. The idea, to the drafting, how she corrected what did not work…. her entire thought, design, and quilting process. The book included a cD which included over 300 pages of a pdf file which shows how the motifs and quilting was drawn.

Ms. Madsen designs are based on the entire quilt top and she uses her quilting to achieve her secondary designs. Her quilting is very dense and complicated … but real show stoppers. They are done on a long arm but a DETERMINED domestic machine free motion quilter could achieve similar results. She shows how she PRE- PLANS all of her quilting.   She said, she does extensive marking on her quilts and that sets up her designs using an air erase marker.   Her method on her long arm that requires no washing.  As it takes me forever to quilt a quilt due to lack of consecutive time … I would have to find a different way to mark my quilt as I often go days between quilting sessions.

As a domestic machine quilter, at first thought that there was not a lot that I could take away from this book. Especially since I am NOT a dense quilter and do more simple then complicated FMQ. Her secondary designs definitely impacts the negative space of the quilt.  Her ascetic in the patchwork is modern but her quilting motifs can be used on all styles of quilts.  This book is definitely could be used by those who want to quilt show quilts. 

The more I drooled over the quilting his book, the more I found motifs I could translate and use in my own quilting. It is all in the effect you want to achieve by your FMQing and how much time you are willing to give the work. I can see myself using just some of the motifs and block on some of my quilts. The motifs provide ways of punching up my quilting and making it better. Initially I thought little would apply to my quilting but it was a pleasant read. Ms. Madsen is a good author, she goes into a lot of detail.  I am happy I bought the book and see myself being able to use her motifs in my own quilting.  I can see myself applying what I learned from this book.

 

So long for now….. HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS….

This past year has been rough …. but I have decided to make things better I must actually do something  CONSTRUCTIVE about it.  So I am going to working on my weight and health,  try and improve my mood by getting back to the things I love…. quilting, blogging and podcasting. 

First thing …. evaluate my UFOs …. see what they need and get going on them.  I have to know where I have been before I can decide where to go and what to do next.

I also have to decide what stops me from doing what I want and   “destroying”  whatever is blocking my goals  ….. For example,  I often say I need to clean the sewing area, the room, the house before I get started.  Since I hate house cleaning I put it off for as long as I could till the day was gone.   In the past I have found that if I jump into the quilting project I get energized for other things and then cleaning is not as much of a “chore” and I actually get around to doing it.  Win-Win for me… I spend time doing the things I love and then actually have the energy and interest to do  chores during or after my crafting time.  ( I am always surprised at how much laundry I get washed and put away during my quilting time. After all I have to free up the washing machine to pre-wash fabric. )

I am going to stop blathering now and get to the point of this post.  I am listing my shameful list of UFOs.  Many of these projects I have blogged about before so they will look old to you.  I start many project because I get intrigued by a technique or a pattern that I want to try.  I get started then I stop because something happens in life or I hit a roadblock in my quilting or I have lost interest in the project.  This year my goal is to finish my UFOs.

HERE is my incomplete list of projects   ….

UFO LIST 2017 – – –

 FLORAL SPLENDOR NEEDS BINDING

MIKE’S QUILT … NEEDS HOUSE OF WHERE HE LIVES

 ***ANGELINA’S QUILTS … CHRISTA WATSON PATTERN

**** SKY NINES PATCHWORK QUILT … TAKE TO RETREAT

FMQing — TIMBO’S BLACK AND WHITE QUILT

 FMQing— NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

FMQing —NURSE THROW … DONOR QUILT nurse to nurse

 HAYDEN BABY QUILT …. Do a different quilt for her as she is a big girl NOW ….. FINISH ORIGINAL QUILT and donate.  Make HAYDEN another quilt

 FMQing – – –   SETH ‘s  QUILT

 FMQing – ANGELINA’s wall hanging ERIC CARLYLE

 

DOWN IN THE BASEMENT 

…. I have to find where they are hidden 

  1. CHRISTMAS BOM … Had over 20
  1. SEW AND FLIP …. TOM & KRISTEN SOFA QUILT
  1. JULIE’S PINK & PURPLE QUILT
  1. KAY’S FIVE SCRAMBLE ???? …. NEED PIECED BOARDERS
  1. DEAR JANE HAND PIECED … turn into a baby Jane with what you have
  1. BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY QUILT …. FINISH AS MODERN BABY

 

HAVE MORE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEM …

 Happy Quilting …I will get back soon.

NONNIE

 

 

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BEAR LAKE SEPTEMBER RETREAT 2016

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This is what BEAR LAKE looks like in September … oh do different … I even took a short hike.

Look here to see what BEAR LAKE looks like in the winter.

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I finally finished my daughters wall hanging shade…. at least the top got assembled.  We will sandwich it this weekend then I will start free motion quilting it.  The following pictures are of projects being constructed during the event…. We had such a great show and tell.

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There was so much great eye candy and I had so much fun . . . .

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MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC : MILE a Minute technique ….

I first learned to MAKE FABRIC when I took a class at my local sewing bee back in 2005.  The instructor was snow bird and she had learned it the previous winter in Texas.  She came back in taught it to us.  Since then I learned several other methods.  I am going to post pictures of how to make your own fabric … my way.  I will post pictures and directions.  I will post tips about the methods and what makes the techniques I use better.

It starts with what you as a quilter have. I noted some of the tutorials actually cut yardage into chunks to use in their made fabric.   I use scraps and I have tons of them… going back 20 years or more.  As I pull out the fabric I discard any that are cheap, sub-standard fabrics…. Unless the fabric had meaning to me … i.e. fabrics from my mom, daughter, and family or special past projects.  If the fabric was questionable I just ironed on to fusible interface to reinforce it and used it anyways.  Once the fabric is made there are different ways of using the self-made fabric in your quilting.

 

I have noted that the SELF MADE FABRIC of today seems to be different from the techniques and style of fabric I have made in the past.   This is not a criticism but an observation.  I think a lot has to do with what fabric scraps the maker has available.  Many of the fabrics are blockier because they are made from strips, squares, blocks of fabric.  My SELF-MADE FABRIC tends to be wonkier and more angled because I use a lot of shaped blocks and I trim at angles. 

 

MILE A MINUTE BLOCKS  ….

This was the first self- made fabric technique I learned, it was taught at the sewing bee I mentioned before.  What was really fun as everyone brought a pound of their fabrics in a bag then we threw the fabric scraps into the middle of the table.  ( We had set the rule the smallest scrap had to be at least 1-1/2 inches square.)  Strips, chunks, ugly fabric whatever we wanted to use.  Our instructor said not to try and control our fabrics … but of course I did.  I personally dislike scrappy quilts that mix types of fabrics together… I like muted, grey fabrics with other muted grey fabrics … and bright clear colors with other bright clear colored fabrics.  I mostly do not like them mixed together.  We were suppose to just grab a hunk of fabric and use it in our self-made fabric.  I, all ways the rebel, cherry picked my fabrics and only used contemporary, more modern, bright colored fabrics.

I will say that this block is often my leaders and ender projects or mindless sewing project at the end of a sewing session.  I do several blocks at a time in that I sew my retro, muted fabric into one block and modern, bright fabric into another and I do not use the same blocks in the same quilt.  If the scrap does not look good in the block I am making it does not go in.

  

TECHNIQUE:

Take a strip of fabric at least one inch wide. I often have wider because that is what I have in my scrap bag. 

Chain piece hunks of scraps selected willy-nilly down the strip.

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Trim your fabric strips apart. I usually angle my cuts but you can cut the fabric straighter ….. it is up to you.   You now have the start of your blocks. 

 

I press as I go as I use a small travel iron right next to the sewing machine. The pad is on a TV table.  I also have a medium cutting mat and rotary cutter on another TV table next to my sewing machine within reach. 

 

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I sew my first patches to a new strip or to another hunk of fabric, once again depends upon what you have in your scrap bag.  Trim your patches and repeat the process until the SELF MADE FABRIC is the size you want or need.

As I progress I make sure to off -set the first patches so that the patches are not all in the center of the fabric I am making. I like a more eclectic, mixed look to my patches even though they have a lot of the same fabric scraps in the blocks.  I do try to mix up the fabric patches with different scraps so the blocks do not look the same.

3- continue to sew & trim 1969

I try to sew the added patches in a circular pattern similar to log cabin application.  That usually results in an interesting block.  Also adding triangles or hexagon shapes to the block  adds interesting angles.

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When the fabric is large enough I square it up to the correct size.  12.5 inch square is my favorite size.  Any cut off segments can be used on a different block.   

5- square up -1971

 

TIPS: 

As I progress the block I use bigger strips of fabric to the outside of the block.  I dislike seams and small chunks of fabric on the outside as it tend to make the seams bulky.

You can make the seam allowance open or to the side that is a personal preference.  Opening the seams is time consuming so I usually just press them to the side.

Be sure your block is flat.  Press as you go with and iron or finger press.  I have seen blocks made that puffed in the middle looking like D cup breast… This is usually cause by poor technique not taking the time to trim well or press as you go.   

Style wise I try to keep different style of fabrics seperated …. brights and contemporary does not get into blocks with repro, muted, greyed fabrics.   I just think the patches look better that way..

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

I am planning a series of  “MAKE FABRIC” techniques blogs.   I have listed all the links to blogs that have instructions on how to ” MAKE your own FABRIC” that I found doing a Google search and asking my TWILTER friends for links to the blogs they use.  I will add more links as I find them. 

Making your own fabric is technique used in the past and is being used now in modern quilts.  ” made fabric” is often cut into shapes and used in a block.  Sometimes the made fabric is used to make an entire quilt.  I plan to post all the technique I have learned over the years.   Often the blocks look similar when finished but there are several different techniuqes that can be used to make the fabric.  EACH technique has advanages and disadvantages, I will try and reveiw each technique.

 

Crumb along with me QUILT ALONGS

http://www.joscountryjunction.com/crumb-along-with-me-quilt-along

http://www.blogher.com/%E2%80%9Ccrumb-along-me%E2%80%9D-crumb-quilt-along-3

MOSAIC QUILTING  by Jaye the ART QUILTER  http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2014/04/mosaic-quilting-for-a-project/

 

 BONNIE HUNTER

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crayon-box.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crumbs-crumbs-crumbs.html

Bonnie has several free patterns on her web page using self -made fabric.  I have included links to the ones I actually used to make blocks or entire quilts from.

 

Christa Watson:

Christa highlighted a quilt on her web page using a pattern from her book, MACHINE QULTING WITH STYLE,  highlighting the use of self -made fabric cut into a specific shape.

https://christaquilts.com/2016/01/15/facets-quilt-along-intro-and-fabric-requirements/  

https://christaquilts.com/2016/02/05/facets-quilt-along-week-2-improv-piecing

 Machine Quilting With Style  PAGE 93

 Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria, (Yes, I am being cheeky Frances and addressing Victoria by her first name only. I am old enough I can get away with it.) has multiple posts about making fabric.  

http://www.15minutesplay.com/p/tutorials.html

http://www.15minutesplay.com/2010/11/refresher-course.html

https://saskatoonmqg.com/2013/04/14/tutorial-random-piecing/

 From my google search:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbMjOfldNg

 http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/2013/08/calling-all-scrap-lovers-improv-piecing.html

 http://gnomeangel.com/how-to-scrappy-improv-any-patchwork-block/

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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EPISODE 6O SHOW NOTES: Book Review of MACHINE QUILTING WITH STYLE and ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING

SHOW NOTES:

Episode 60 : I reviewed Christa Watson’s Machine Quilting with Style and her book with Angela Walters, ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING.

LINK TO : MACHINE QUILTING WITH STYLE on AMAZON

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO

LINK TO: Ultimate-Guide-Machine-Quilting-Long-arm on AMAZON

MQ with Style

WARNING: Sound quality is terrible …. I have ordered a new microphone but it will not be available for the next couple of weeks.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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PODCAST that no longer are being produced …. you might still be able to download their episodes

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Amy and April are quilting friends who live in Colarado. They both are in the quilting industry as fabric designers and book authors. I love their episodes on their experiences at Quilt Market. Their podcast topics are eclectic discussing everything from notions, books, process and techniques. I definitely feel like a FLY ON THE WALL over hearing two quilting friends talk about quilting and their lives.

 

Quilt Cast / Amy’s Creative Side PODCAST ….. new 2013

http://amyscreativeside.com/category/podcast/

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http://feeds.feedburner.com/amyscreativeside … RSS feed for AMY CREATIVE SIDE PODCAST with April …

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QUILT YOUR HEART OUT …. Maryanne and Mary Fons

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Maryanne and Mary Fons now have a podcast…. it is cross between QUILTY, LOVE OF QUILTING and Dear Abby or Anne Landers Life columns. They just have 4 episode up as of this time but they have been fun and interesting. I love the mother and daughter interchange of ideas. I added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER.

http://quiltyourheartout.com/

QUILT YOUR HEART OUT BLOG

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QUILT PODCASTS …. THAT ARE  NO longer as active ….

 

Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com


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RSS FEED FOR HISTORY QUILTER
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HISTORY QUILTER BLOG

HISTORY QUILTER is a sometimes podcast. She works full time as a teacher so she does not have the time to devote to podcast but she usually show up every couple of months.

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VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES by BONNIE MC CAFFERY

https://itunes.apple.com/al/podcast/001bonnies-creative-quilting/id162208330 <<< BONNIE MC CAFFERY VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES ….

I love downloading Bonnie’s videos on i TUNES. I can then view them conveniently in my time frame later. Bonnie has been in the quilt industry for a while and she always has interesting interviews with creative people.

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A J the QUILTING POT ….

is back podcasting … BOY I missed her…

http://thequiltingpot.podbean.com

http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com

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SEWING MOM PODCAST ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM PODCAST ….

 

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WITH IN A QUARTER OF AN INCH . . . . She’ BACK

http://withinaquarterinch.com/home-page-static/

http://withinaquarterinch.com/podcast-2/

RSS : direct download link of her podcasts

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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

http://cvquiltworks.podbean.com/ … JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES …

 

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CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/category/podcast/episodes

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Direct download of the podcast …

History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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MARK LIPINSKI’s CREATIVE MOJO

Mark Lipinski Blog and Podcast

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Mojo-with-Mark-Lipinski/144703325542844
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MARK has been in the quilting business for years after previous career in TV production. Mark has his own fabric lines and he lectures around the country. He has published a magazine and produced an internet quilting video on QNNTV …. QUILT OUT LOUD . With his connection to the quilt industry he has interesting interviews of quilter and all type of creative people. I use to listen to him all the time when I first learned to download podcasts. I stopped downloading not because of Mark but because I started burning the podcast to cDs and his MP3 files would not fit. The only place I could listen to him was on my desktop computer and that was so uncomfortable. I did not have any type of MP3 player at the time that came later when I got a new car with a port I could connect to the speakers. I am currently in the process of downloading all his podcasts. .

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Purple Daisies podcast and blog ….

http://purpledaisiesquiltingpodcast.libsyn.com/webpage …. PURPLE DAISY QUILTING PODCAST — DIRECT LINK
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom/16071219-introducing-my-new-podcast …… SEW LIKE MY MOM, PURPLE DAISY QUILTING

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/purple-daisies-quilting-podcast/id913053950?mt=2 …… Purple Daisies podcast
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom.atom …… PURPLE DAISY BLOG
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QUILTING BITS AND PIECES . . .

http://quiltingbitsandpieces.com/ …… QUILTING BITS AND PIECES

NEWEST PODCAST DISCOVERIES …. or REDISCOVERIES …. 2015

I recently downloaded and listened to both of these podcast and found them delightful. Tsoniki talks creativity and sewing with quilting as an addition but her topics are worth a listen to… I LOVE her accent. I have only listened to a couple of the podcast but have her cued up to listen to them all. Mark’s podcast is a rediscovery since he did not podcast after his surgery but is now going strong. I love his eclectic interviews as they cover all aspects of creativity. Both of these podcast are inspirational.

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ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST ….. a new discovery
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TSONIKI is a native AMERICAN who lives on post in Germany with her husband who is active military. I just discovered her podcast and am working my way thru the last several years. She interviews people in the creative community , mostly sewists, quilter and bloggers. She discusses process and how they create and make money with their crafts and their life. So far I have found this to be an informative and fun podcast. ( I have only listed to about 6 of her podcast episodes and have about 40 more to listen to.)

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Book Review : 1000 BLOCKS by Quilter Marker Magazines

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1000 BLOCKS by Quilt Maker Magazine  is a collection of the first 10 issues of their block collection.  It is organized similar to the way the magazines had been organized from the beginning:  Applique, Foundation Pieced, Mixed Techniques ( fused, raw edge, hand sewn applique on pieced blocks, partial seaming, stitch and flip, pieced then slash and sew back together, foundation and standard piecing in the same block) and Pieced blocks.  What I really like about this book is the patterns are on a cD for the templates and many of the patterns. 

 

This book was great for me because I missed several of the issues that were sold out at my LQS when I went to buy them.  Since I now have this book I can give the magazines away to friends without guilt. 

 

The blocks in this book was sent in by both nationally known quilt divas and regular quilters who wanted to design blocks and quilts.  What I did notice when you looked at all the blocks the quality of the block designs greatly improved.  They were true designs and not rehashes of traditional blocks.  When a traditional block was submitted I disliked they did not use the original names but renamed the block.  I feel that dishonored previous designers and quilters.

 

One thing I did not like was how some of the blocks were dependent on the use of specific fabrics often no longer available.  These blocks can be made using other focus fabrics of the same scale, but I usually do not have suitable fabric.

 

I liked expansion of the block idea as there are magazines depicting  quilts made from the blocks.  (Only some of these quilts are in this book as illustrations.)  I always liked seeing the quilts made with the blocks as many of the quilts have secondary patterns.  I wanted to see more illustrations of the quilt blocks but that would make for a very fat book costing a lot more.  I have a feeling I will be re- drafting some of these blocks in EQ7 to see what the quilts look like.   I am hoping Quiltmaker and EQ7 (or another drafting software company) will publish these patterns similar to BLOCK BASE.  It would make it so much easier to make quilts.

 

The links to blogs and websites are noted when available this allowed me to add a lot of new blogs to my Feedly blog reader.  I see fun and quilts in my future when insomnia strikes.  I liked the designer index that is included in the book as it showed which designers submitted blocks over and over again.

 

I would like QUILTMAKER magazine should sponsor a challenge to quilters across the country to make quilts (crib, baby, child size)  with the block designs in this book.  These quilts could be exhibited in the AQS shows then donated the quilts to LINUS or various children hospitals and charities.  QUILTMAKER of course could publish an issue of the challenge entrants.

 

One thing that had me concerned as many of the pictures looked like an EQ7 rendering rather than a picture of an actual block.  This might be due to the fact many of the blocks were made in solid fabrics.  Pictures of the blocks proves someone actually made the block.  EQ7 renderings is great for designing but can the block be sewn as designed?  I know in the past when I tried my hand at designing I found there were times the block could not be sewn.

 

  The blocks in the book are all sized to 12 inch finished blocks so a sampler quilt can be made.  Or the blocks can be made in multiples and placed in a quilt top of your choice.  Examples of settings and yardages is included in the book.   

 

  I will still recommend this book to my friends.  I think it offers a lot for the cost and I love my encyclopedia of quilt block books since they provide inspiration and potential. 

 
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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