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

( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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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.

PICTURE to be added here…..

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.

right angle from the wedge is placed at the center of the 9 patch

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. 

WEDGE 3
WEDGE 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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