New PROJECT FOR 2013

I have always wanted to make a 1000 PYRAMIDS QUILT and I have finally started one. While cutting my scraps for Easy Street, I thought to myself I should start cutting my pyramids. I hope to have one pyramid from every fat quarter I own. I will probably get two as I found it I could get two pyramids from a 9 inch by 18 inch cut of fat quarter fabric I have. I am going to float them on a white background. I have a whole bolt of WHITE KONA that I have wanted to use to make a modern quilt with. This will be my version of a MODERN QUILT.

CUT FROM A 8.5 INCH X 10 INCH PATCH: added 2-1/2 inch strip
CUT FROM A 8.5 INCH X 10 INCH PATCH: added 2-1/2 inch strip

I am sewing a 2.5 strip of the white KONA to each triangle prior to cutting then I cut them out at the same time. This works good for single patches but worked best for a fat quarter section. ( See pictures.)

pyramid block-2 From a 8.5 inch x 10 inch patch one triangle can be obtained.

9 inch x 18 inch from Fat QuarterTWO pyramids are obtained from 9 inch x 18 inch Fat Quarter section.

pyramid MOCK UP of Pyramid Quilt with rainbow color plan

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I used my EQ7 to plot out my idea for the quilt. I want the triangles to float in a field of white. Well this is a start. I plan to start cutting during the BOXING DAY SEW IN…. ARE YOU JOINING US ON TWITTER?

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NONNIE,

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ADDENDUM: 12-26-2012
I will also be doing PYRAMID within a PYRAMID blocks for my quilt. I figure I can use up a lot of scraps by making these blocks. I will be paper piecing them from a pattern I made in EQ7; I think that will make them accurate. I will be doing several trial triangle blocks till I get them CORRECT. The patches are made from 3×3 squares but I won’t know for sure till I do a mock up of the blocks… I hope to test the pattern out this weekend. Wish me luck.

PYRAMID IN PYRAMID BLOCK
PYRAMID IN PYRAMID BLOCK

Sewing on Codeine

Mistakes in math
Mistakes in math

Here are my flying geese. I am making a baby quilt with my blocks. The first time I calculated the number of geese I would need I underestimated by half. I had to make more geese. I have had a severe cold and been taking codeine cough syrup, so my math skills took a total decline. I also sewed several flying geese backwards, putting the background geese on the bottom instead of the top. I had to rip it, rip it, rip it. Because of the size of the scraps I am using I cut each patch individually. I used Bonnie’s method of cutting my patches using the angle rulers. This time it went easier since I have figured out how to piece the patches easier.

My recommendation do not sew on strong medication.

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Over View of panel - FMQ
Over View of panel – FMQ


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Over view of FMQ Panel… Now for the borders….

LEFT HALF
LEFT HALF

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Panel’s left in detail….

Left half of panel
Right half of panel

RIGHT half of my panel, in detail. I am getting closer to the end. I hope to have it done by New Years when we go see the family.

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Products I use and love

I am going to start reviewing some of the products I have bought and used over the years. I will probably throw in a few rants along the way too.

TRANSDOODLE  TRANSFER PAPERS

transdoodle transfer paper from mysty fuse company
transdoodle transfer paper from mysty fuse company

http://www.mistyfuse.com/

Recommended by Patsy Thompson in her DVDs about FREE MOTION QUILTING,  Machine applique  ( Vines and Leaves 2)   I have been playing with some machine applique and like the ability to mark the quilt and wash out the markings.  This  method is similar to marking your dress fabric with marking papers but the markings are temporary.

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Ricky Stable Stuff and  Wash away Applique (fusible)  Freezer paper

http://applewd.com/supplies/WashAway.html

BETH FERRIER WASH AWAY APPLIQUE FREEZER PAPER... great for other techniques too.
BETH FERRIER WASH AWAY APPLIQUE FREEZER PAPER… great for other techniques too.

http://www.rickytims.com/online-store?page=shop.browse&category_id=26

RICKY TIMs STABLE STUFF  .... used for paper piecing, bobbin work and marking a quilt.
RICKY TIMs STABLE STUFF …. used for paper piecing, bobbin work and marking a quilt.

I often use these items interchangeably.  The Wash-Away is fusible but Ricky’s product is not it is also less expensive.  I like using them in paper piecing projects along with the applique.  I hate tearing paper out and this stuff can get left in the block/ quilt.   When you wash your quilt it softens and disappears… leaving at most a fine pellon like fabric behind.  I have also used these products in bobbin work.  And when I made a christening quilt I used them with wash away thread to mark the quilt for free motion quilting.   All of the lessons on how to do these techniques came from Ricky Tims’ Grand Finale DVD and THE QUILT SHOW.  I have all of those DVDs.  I like the show because I learn so much and love to play with the new and interesting techniques.

http://www.thequiltshow.com
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Roxanne marking pencils with Clover pencil sharpener

curved tip snips for FMQ
curved tip snips for FMQ
Roxanne Chalk base Pencils and Clover Sharpener
Roxanne Chalk base Pencils and Clover Sharpener

I was introduced to this product during a FMQ class with Sue Nickels.

http://www.sue-nickels.com/index.php

http://www.sue-nickels.com/store.php?cat=4

Both products have been shown to be very useful.   The pencils are a silver but I think they come in other colors.  They are
chalk base and allow you to mark quilts through stencils or free hand.  Once again a wash away product.   I find since I am doing more free motion quilting and small experimental projects I use these pencils more and more. The sharpener makes a nice point and works better then all the other sharpeners I have use. My biggest problems is to keep the sharpener to myself. The family tends to “borrow” them.

I also liked the Eazy Cut snippers I bought from Sue Nickles.  I found them very handy when FMQ as we used the pull up the bobbin thread then stitch tiny and begin your motifs.  I would then cut off the tails of the threads.  The tips are curved so they are less likely to snip your fabric.  They are easy to use.

 
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Superior THREAD HOLDER

https://www.superiorthreads.com/shop

https://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/

Metal Stand
Metal Stand

This is the one I have but it no longer has the metal pin that holds the thread in place.  It kept falling out until one day it was lost.


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https://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/product/superior-thread-holder

Plastic thread holder I want
Plastic thread holder I want

THIS is the one I plan to buy….

LETS FACE IT … I am a sewing notion junky I buy them all and try them out.  Good for you cause you can just take advantage of my experimentation and buy the things I recommend.   I will also let you know what I actually hate and found the product did not live up to the hype.  Maybe I can save your money for you.

Happy Quilting,

Nonnie

PS ONCE again I am fighting with the formatting for my blog. That is why you get the funky little ****** !

SELFISH SELF PROMOTION…. check out my podcast

NONNIE’S QUILTING DREAMS PODCAST ON POD-BEAN

I record a podcast about quilting on an irregular basis I have about 40 episodes posted.  In them I rave and rant about my finds relating to quilting.  I discuss the latest speaker at my quilt guild,  my latest reviews of quilting books and products.  Rants and raves about my latest quilting product and since I work full time, live with my grandson and daughter I do not get to quilt as much as I would like.

YOU can find my podcast by googling  NONNIE’S QUILTING DREAMS, podcast, blog,   Links will pop up… and of course click on the link above AND below will take you there.  I am also on iTUNES and Stitcher, so you can find me there.  Leave a comment there if you have the time.      ….

TO DOWN LOAD A PODCAST TO YOUR COMPUTER….. so you can listen in your MEDIA PLAYER

RIGHT CLICK on the MP3 icon or the download icon

A window pops up and you can select SAVE LINK AS ( FIRE FOX)  …. the file will then load to whatever folder you want ( I put mine in MY MUSIC.)

IN Window Explores use SAVE TARGET AS then the file will be saved to your folder.

IN CHROME use the SAVE LINK AS and again the file will be saved in the folder…..

Easiest way is just to go to i TUNES and download NONNIE QUILTING DREAMS and all the other podcasters there…. have fun

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Tips and Tricks for BRAVE WORLD blocks

THIS WEEKEND: I posted frequent updates to my sewing days.  YOU can link to them at :

Link to: Nonnie’s one quilter Sew IN: Saturday post.

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SUNDAY SEW IN: PLAYING WITH MY BLOCKS

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SQUARING UP BLOCKS
SQUARING UP BLOCKS

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I made several of my blocks using Bonnie Hunter’s directions from her blog. LINK to BONNIE’S EASY STREET MYSTERY QUILT My problem was the fabric I was using. I had many scraps/ patches that could be used; left overs from other projects. I had over 20 green half triangles that were 4-1/2 inches in size. I decided to use them in this project. Maybe foolish but I am the QUEEN of MAKING DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. I should mention that I do not square up my blocks till just before I use them. I think they stay nicer and fit better with less wear and tear on the edges of the blocks making them easier to assemble into the final blocks. What you see are un-squared, un-trimmed blocks.

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I took my large ( 4-1/2 inch) triangles folded them in half and lined them up with the center of the winged- square triangle and made sure when I opened it up to line up the diagonal. I then would sew it together. I could have trimmed the 4-1/2 inch triangles but in the past when I did this I usually ended with too small blocks. By doing it this way I can fudge and come up with perfect blocks for assembling.

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Since I was using larger triangles I was careful to line them up at the center then I would keep the edges together as I sewed. Once I pressed the blocks I would then trim them. I do not square them up to size until I plan to use them.

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A lesson I learned the hard way is to check the straightness of the bias edge on the winged square block. I always make sure I have straightened the bias and I have a quarter of an inch off the center. You can see that sometimes in piecing a patch can get out of alignment. I sliver trim to maintain the best edge making it easier to sew and making a nicer block. If you have too much fabric off the center you can end up with a floating square.

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On the left you can see a patch sewn thru the quarter inch seam allowance exactly or a thread over from the cross section of the seams. It results in a square then is right along the large triangle. It is a correctly sewn block and if you were to enter a JURIED quilt show the judge might be checking the accuracy of your pieced work for this traditional block.

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That said I like to float my blocks, especially when I am planning to use certain settings for my blocks. I like to see them float within the block. I often piece so there is a small distance (about 1/8th inch) away from the large triangle. I especially like this when I use the FURROW OR ZIG ZAG setting for my blocks. (See: Setting styles) It is best to strive for consistency in your patchwork whether you sew the traditional block or float your block. The quilt looks best when you are consistent in your style.

I am missing some pictures and I will be posting them here, soon.

Happy Quilting,
Nonnie

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Day TWO of my sewing weekend

DECEMBER 9,2012 …. most of the day….

Yesterday I posted frequent updates to my sewing day. YOU can link to it at : Link to: Nonnie’s one quilter Sew IN: Saturday post.

Today I did a lot less sewing so there is not as many updated. I did half the work of EASY STREET : Step THREE I made my squares with triangle wings. I also found a lot of scraps from previous projects and used the green ones for some of my triangles. They were already cut from 4-1/2 inch blocks so I decided to use them. I will discuss this further, when I have my pictures posted.

My morning was uneventful, lazing around with my grandson. He has a cold so he was not very energetic. I had to make a drug store run for cold meds, juice, pop and some other goodies. Of course the drug store is about 100 yards from JoAnn Fabric so I stopped in there and picked up with coupons some goodies I have been wanting:

New FONS AND PORTER Design wall
New F&P Pyramid ruler, I was disappointed it was so small only 6-1/2 inches in length.
Thread ( not on sale)
New ironing board cover
I picked up several quilt magazines, Winter Issue: Quilt Maker 100 BLOCKS, and Fons and Porter Scrappy Quilts

I was going to get a few fat quarters of really interesting prints but after going through my stash yesterday, I talked myself out of that. Although I love the prints on JoAnn’s fat quarters, I am always disappointed in the griege goods / base fabric. It tends to be thin and sleazy, very stretchy when you work with it. I could see the cardboard through the fabric. In the past when I used JoAnn fat quarters I usually reinforced it with thin iron on Pellon, cause there are times I have to have the print.

I did finish my BRAVE WORLD BLOCKS and have been playing with them on my design wall.  I will post pictures as soon as the battery is charged….

See ya later,
Nonnie
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I made my BRAVE WORLD BLOCKS then started to play with them on my design wall.  I have been told that BRAVE WORLD blocks can be put into any setting that a dark and light log cabin or split nine patch setting.  In the past when I played with these blocks I got something like 6 setting styles but I know there are more.  I am anxious to see what BONNIE HUNTER has come up with to use these wonderful blocks.  My next post will be about some of the tips I have for making these blocks.  I will warn you right now…. I show you traditional but I usually make a wonkier, more liberated block, as I like my blocks to float.

traditional setting
traditional setting

This is one of the traditional settings for BRAVE WORLD BLOCKS

zig zag setting
zig zag setting

Any setting used for other light and dark blocks can be used.

Furrows : light and dark setting
Furrows : light and dark setting

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