Christmas in July fabric round-up part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this Christmas in July look at some of the 2015 winter holiday fabric samples we’ve received here in the office. Click here to read part 1 and see some collections from Northcott, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and P&B.

Speaking of Robert Kaufman, I wasn’t happy with the photo of the large Holiday Flourish panel I included in part 1; here’s a better one. If you like it you’re going to want to check out the gorgeous Vintage Memories quilt kit from Keepsake Quilting that features it prominently.

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Holiday Flourish panel from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Moving on, let’s take a look at collections from Hoffman Fabrics, including the holiday batiks I mentioned in part 1 (click on photos to enlarge).

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Christmas Bali Batiks from Hoffman

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more holiday Bali Batiks from Hoffman

I actually don’t know if the bird motif on the left in the photo above is intended for Christmas, but it had a seasonal appeal to me so I included it.

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Snowy Peak from Hoffman

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Peacock Ornament from Hoffman

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Memento from Hoffman

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Festive Flora from Hoffman

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Evergreen from Hoffman

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Berries and Blooms from Hoffman

Next up, some collections from Maywood Studio.

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Frolic in the Snow Flannel from Maywood Studio

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Frolic in the Snow Flannel from Maywood Studio

A variety of Frolic in the Snow Flannel precut bundles are available from Keepsake Quilting in addition to yardage.

Maywood Santa Claus panel Christmas in July fabric round up part 2

Santa Claus by Tom Browning panel from Maywood Studio

Maywood Santa Claus Christmas in July fabric round up part 2

Santa Claus by Tom Browning coordinates from Maywood Studio

Here’s one from Connecting Threads.

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Jolly St. Nick from Connecting Threads

Last but not least, here are new collections from Andover.

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Downton Abbey Christmas from Andover

A variety of Downton Abbey Christmas precut bundles are available from Keepsake Quilting in addition to yardage.

Andover Snow Day Christmas in July fabric round up part 2

Snow Day from Andover

Andover Happy New Year Christmas in July fabric round up part 2

Happy New Year from Andover

I was happy to see New Year’s get its own fabric collection — it would make for great party decor.

That does it for my Christmas fabric round-up. Of course, this is just a smattering of the great collections available; if this has inspired you, visit Keepsake Quilting or take a trip to your local quilt shop to see what else they might have in stock; click here to browse all of Keepsake Quilting’s winter/holiday fabrics.

For my next fabric round-up, I think I’ll work backward and show some Halloween and autumn-themed collections. I might almost be ready for autumn fabric, but just barely.

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Repairing a Priceless Quilt

I’ve been thinking for the last couple of days about what makes a quilt valuable. I have several in my collection that I consider priceless. And they are not the ones you might think with perfectly matched points and complicated piecing and applique. They are priceless for a completely different reason.

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A 1970s Baby Quilt

Here is one of my more precious quilts. It was a baby present for my oldest son from my maternal grandmother.  As you can see the colors are faded and some of the pieces aren’t perfectly straight.

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Detail of a Block

The edges of the quilt are frayed and there are a couple of small holes and at least one small stain.

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Grandma’s Quilting

Grandma was in her 80s when she made this quilt and her quilting stitches are large and uneven but because Grandma made it, I consider it one of the gems in my collection of quilts.

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Elizabeth’s Quilt

Here’s another really special quilt. It’s a simple tied (not quilted) 9-patch and it belongs to Elizabeth, a long-time friend of mine. It was a gift to her from her grandmother and to Elizabeth, it’s priceless. I’m guessing (partly from knowing Elizabeth’s age) that the quilt was made in the 1970s. The pink fabric is a polyester crepe. Many of the other fabrics have some polyester in them although there are a few that appear to be 100% cotton. Some of the fabrics are woven, some are double knits and there is at least one single knit.

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Minor Mending Needed

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Another Bit of Mending

The quilt top is in relatively good shape. I only find two places that need repair and both are just places where the seams have come undone. But many of the other seams look like they could come apart at any moment. So they need to be reinforced somehow.

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This is the back.

The back is a whole different story. The fabric is a cotton Dresden plate print and it is really worn.  There is the one big hole in the upper left.

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Oh Dear!

Then there is this one in the center of the quilt. There are several smaller holes too.

The quilt was bound by folding fabric from the back over to the front and stitching in place. The fabric on the edge of the fold is completely worn through nearly all the way around the quilt.

Elizabeth brought her quilt to me to see if I could rescue it. I think I can. It’s important to me to preserve as much of the original look of the quilt as possible so it still feels like the quilt she got from her grandmother. So here’s what I’m thinking I’ll do. I’m going to try to find a fabric that has the same general appearance of the printed Dresden plate fabric to make a whole new back and binding for her quilt.

Then I’ll repair the seams on the front that have come undone. There is one piece of fabric that is badly frayed and I’ll reinforce it either with stabilizer on the back or with tulle on the front (or maybe both).

The last step will be to do a serpentine stitch down all the seams. I know that a serpentine stitch will show but because the seams are pressed to one side, a stitch in the ditch won’t reinforce the seams. It will only deal with one fabric in the seam. This is the one step I’m doing that will significantly change the look of the quilt but I think it will be worth it in terms of extending the life of the quilt for Elizabeth.

I have to tell you I’m a little hesitant about this part of the project. The quilt is tied with pink yarn at each intersection so wherever the yarn is still in place, I’d have to tie-off, skip forward past the yarn tie and begin stitching again on the other side of the tie. I don’t like that idea because I think unbroken stitching is easier to do, stronger and more likely to last. The other alternative would be to take out the yarn ties, do all the stitching and then retie the quilt. Because different fabrics in the quilt top have shrunk in different amounts, I’m afraid that I’d be creating a whole new problem with the quilt top shifting if I did that.

This is my first attempt at doing major repair on a quilt. I hope I’m headed in the right direction. I’ll let you know how this all turns out. The first step is to find fabric for the back. Wish me luck!

While I think about Elizabeth’s quilt some more, I do want you to check out the web seminars at QuiltandSewShop.com. There are several good ones to choose from right now.

And remember to visit Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas. In addition to Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com, there are classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com to check out.

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Christmas in July fabric round-up part 1

If it’s July, that means the Christmas season has begun in Quiltland. Full disclosure: I am not ready for the winter holidays yet, not by a long shot. I love the idea of summer, even if my adult reality no longer aligns with my childhood fantasies, and I still want more of it.

In fact, this is the type of fabric that’s calling to me right now.

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Calypso from Northcott

Doesn’t that just look like a pool or beach you want to be sitting next to with your beverage of choice and a great book near at hand?

But for those of you who are curious about the Christmas fabrics in stores right now so you can get a start on holiday decor and quilts, here’s a sampling (click on images to enlarge them).

First, some more collections from Northcott.

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Stonehenge Reindeer Prance in blue from Northcott

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Stonehenge Reindeer Prance in red and green from Northcott

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Artisan Spirit Shimmer in green from Northcott

 

Next, some collections from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Radiant Holiday from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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Winter White in forest/ivory and frost/silver from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

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Holly Jolly Christmas prints from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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Holiday Flourish from Robert Kaufman Fabrics — I tried to get as much of the panel on the left in the shot as I could but it is very large

 

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Winter’s Grandeur from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

And to close out this blog post, here’s an adorable collection from P&B.

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More Merriment from P&B Textiles

Come back next week for part 2 of this look at 2015 Christmas fabric collections, including batiks!

And speaking of Christmas in July, Quilters Newsletter’s parent company, F+W, is holding a Christmas in July sale this weekend, July 24-26. While it doesn’t apply to QuiltandSewShop or ShopFonsandPorter, it applies to some of our sister sewing and yarn craft sites as well as other hobbies you and your loved ones might be interested in. Many stores are running a deal for $25 off orders of $50 or more, but there are other deals going on as well; some exclusions apply. Check them out!

Crochet and Knit Shop http://www.crochetandknitshop.com

Shop Sew It All http://www.shopsewitall.com

Scrap and Paper Shop http://www.scrapandpapershop.com

Interweave Craft http://www.interweavestore.com

Deer and Deer Hunting http://www.shopdeerhunting.com

My Design Shop http://www.mydesignshop.com

Family Tree http://www.shopfamilytree.com

Gun Digest http://www.gundigeststore.com

Krause http://www.krausebooks.com

North Light Shop http://www.northlightshop.com

Martha Pullen http://store.marthapullen.com

Shop at SKY http://www.shopatsky.com

Shop Woodworking http://www.shopwoodworking.com

Writer’s Digest http://www.writersdigestshop.com

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Batiks, Wonderful Batiks

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS CAITLYN, CONNIE and K!

It seems hard to believe that July is almost over already, but Quilters Newsletter August/September 2015 became available on newsstands and at bookstores and quilt shops yesterday, and we’re excited about the new issue. Last year at this time, we were celebrating our 45th Anniversary in our August/September 2014 issue, and in the Staff Picks section, all of the fabrics were shown made up into the Moon Flowers quilt block which was on the cover of Quilters Newsletter‘s very first issue. We made five different versions of that block in modern fabrics, and the fifth was shown in the free quilt block pattern for Moon Flowers on our website.

That fifth block was made from Posies 3 by Lunn Studios for Aritsan Batiks from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and we’re giving away three fat quarter bundles of it, one each to three lucky winners this week:

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Prize 1

RobertKaufman Posies3 Prize2 Batiks, Wonderful Batiks

Prize 2 or Prize 3? (They’re identical!)

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Prize 2 and Prize 3 pictured together.

And here’s a picture of the Moon Flowers quilt block made from Posies 3 by Lunn Studios for Aritsan Batiks from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. You can still find the pattern for the Moon Flowers block for free on our website.MoonFlower 800 Batiks, Wonderful Batiks

To enter for your chance to be one of the 3 lucky winners who will each win one of the 3 bundles of Posies 3 Batiks, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday July 26, 2015 telling us something you were excited about this time last year. If you have a preference between the prizes, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, we don’t guarantee you’ll win your preferred prize if chosen, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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Pattern correction: Stars at Night

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QN’s August/September 2015 issue

Today’s the day the August/September 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter hits quilt shops, newsstands and book stores. The cover quilt is Crown Jewels by Mary Kay Price, a beautiful, tapestry-like quilt that features trapunto and fused Swarovski crystal embellishment. Inside the issue, Price describes her design process and how she adapted Royal Cross block templates to make her original design. “It just seems British to me,” she said of how the quilt got its name. Be sure to check out the issue to see more close-up shots and learn more about how it was made; click here to see an enlarged photo of the entire quilt.

Also in the issue is the pattern for Stars at Night, a wall hanging designed and made by Bea Lee using the Going to the Chapel collection from Island Batik.

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Stars at Night, 46″ x 46″, by Bea Lee from Quilters Newsletter Aug/Sept 2015

Unfortunately, the yardage figures given with the pattern are incorrect — we called for more than you would need to make this quilt. Not that having some extra pieces of beautiful batiks would be a problem for most people, but we do like to tell you just how much we think you’ll need in our patterns and then let you decide when to buy extra yardage. Note that the cutting instructions are correct in the pattern.

The correct yardages needed are as follows:

Materials                             Yds.

Ivory                                      1 ¼

Medium Blue                     1 1/3

Dark Blue                             1 5/8

Light Blue                            1/8

Backing                                 3

Those who have access to the digital edition of August/September 2015 as part of their subscriptions will see the incorrect version on their computer screens.

The stand-alone pattern, which will be available as a digital download from QuiltandSewShop.com very soon, has been corrected. The digital edition of August/September 2015 available as a single issue from QuiltandSewShop.com is also being updated.

Stars at Night is also available as a kit that includes all fabric needed for the quilt top and binding; the backing is sold separately. The kit includes the correct amount of fabric needed as listed above.

Quilters Newsletter regrets the error.

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Am I Planning or Procrastinating?

I had a busy week at work last week and then a weekend when we were going non-stop so I don’t have much done on my next project. In fact, it’s still in the early, early planning stages.

But it occurred to me that the planning part of the project might be interesting to you.

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Take One – These are the pieces I started with.

 The six square blocks on the left are leftovers from a recent project. As I was putting them on the wall to see if inspiration would strike, I saw the rectangular piece on the right in one of the cubbies in the sewing room. It was the right color family so I put it on the wall too. And you are right, this isn’t a design wall. I’ve put the blocks on my wall with straight pins. I plan to repaint soon so the holes won’t be there for long. I don’t have a decent design wall in my new sewing room and am trying to figure out what I want to do for one. Maybe this one from QuiltandSewShop.com.

But back to my project, the largest of the square blocks is going to finish at about 11”. The smallest will finish at 4½”.

I have to tell you that at this point, I’m not very inspired. On the plus side, my tub of pink fabrics is about half full so I can make lots more blocks if that’s what this quilt needs.

There are decisions that need to be made up front.

  • What size do I want the quilt?
  • What color or colors shall I use?
  • Will the blocks be all the same size and all the same design?
  • What technique will I be using? Applique, foundation piecing, templates?

And here is what I’ve decided. I want the quilt to be bed size, monochromatic using various shades of pink, with blocks that are not the same size and same design since I already have mixed sizes and designs started and I want to just do ordinary pieced blocks, nothing fancy.

I brought the blocks to work and hung them on the design wall in my office.

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Take 2

I spaced them a little closer together and tried to put them in vertical rows that were approximately the same length. It’s still pretty ho-hum.

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Third Try

Maybe putting something on point will punch it up a bit. No, not so much.

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Fourth Try

I do think I might like this – with the largest block on point for a center medallion and the smaller blocks in the corners of that medallion. I’d have to make one more of the 5” square blocks for the upper right hand corner of the medallion.

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And Finally …

I put some fat quarters of pink fabrics in some of blank places on the design wall. This is still leaving me totally cold. It needs a lot more of something to give it some spark. Maybe more blocks, or the addition of some different colors, perhaps the use of one solid or low-volume fabric for a modern look, something …

This quilt will hang on the wall of my office for the rest of the day. I’ll take it home and spend a little while with it tonight. Maybe I have a few orphan blocks that will give it the pizzazz it needs but I’m not hopeful. I think these blocks may have to go in a box of PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) and wait for another day.

I have so many other possibilities for projects. I have several blocks from the Quilters Newsletter 9 Beautiful Blocks ebook that I’d like to incorporate in a project. My blue fabric tub is overflowing so it’s time to make something blue. I have the McCall’s book Slash Your Stash  at home. It has some great quilt ideas and I may do a project from it to use some of that blue fabric. For the first time in weeks, I have nothing that I must get done because a deadline is looming so who knows what I’ll do. I’ll keep you posted. Watch for my blog post next week to see if the pink quilt happens or if it goes away for another day.

In the meantime, visit Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas. There are Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com, and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com to check out.

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Twice the Modern Elements

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS MARTHA and BRENDA!

Quilters Newsletter June/July 2015 is filled with lots of wonderful things, like quilt patterns,  articles on the way quilting is changing historically, a workshop on how to make set-in seams easier, and so much more. CoverJJ15 200 Twice the Modern Elements One of those items in the “more” category is the Staff Picks section, which, as in every issue, introduces new quilting books, quilting tools, and quilting fabrics. This week’s giveaway features two different colorways of one of those fabric collections, Modern Elements by Deborah Edwards for Northcott. The first fat quarter bundle for lucky winner #1 is in the Cabana colorway, and the second fat quarter bundle for lucky winner #2 is in the Surf colorway. Both colorways of this collection feature triangles, dots, diamonds, squares and stripes.

Prize #1 in the Cabana colorway:Northcott Modern Elements Cabana Twice the Modern Elements

Prize #2 in the Surf colorway:Northcott Modern Elements Surf Twice the Modern Elements

Wondering what you might do with the Modern Elements collection? Here’s a block made from the Surf colorway:ModernElements 800 Twice the Modern Elements

Want three chances to win fabric instead of just two? IMG 9164 292x300 Twice the Modern Elements You may also want to check out the June/July 2015 issue’s Editorial Survey, which we’ve extended for another week. Completion of the 5-page survey is an entry to win a bundle of 10″ squares, Bali Crackers, of the Cockatiel collection from Hoffman Fabrics.

To enter for your chance to be one of the 2 lucky winners who will each win one of the 2 bundles of Modern Elements, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday July 19, 2015 telling us about a quilting project that’s on your “bucket list” which you haven’t made yet. If you have a preference between the prizes, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, we don’t guarantee you’ll win your preferred prize if chosen, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

To find out about more giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and to see all the beautiful quilts we like to share, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Persistance Pays

I had one of those weekends … you know the kind … where you welcome Monday because it means the weekend is over.

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It’s a Pieced Back

This is where I am with my project this morning but it was extremely frustrating to get to this point.

I’ve been sewing like crazy for the last several weeks. I had two projects that needed to be done by this coming Thursday, when we will be filming for Quilters Newsletter  TV: the Quilters’ Community. One of the projects has been done since last weekend but the other is a bed-size quilt that still needed to be quilted. When I was at work on Friday, I told everyone my weekend plans were to quilt it.

I can’t show you the front of the quilt right now but I will show it to you later. For today, I’m going to talk about the back of the quilt. I love to make pieced backs.

There are several reasons.

  1. They look more interesting than a plain back.
  2. They use up scraps – and goodness knows I have plenty of those.
  3. They are a fun place to experiment with improvisational piecing. The fronts of my quilts tend to be traditional; the backs are more “whatever happens is okay with me.”

I like the back of my quilts to be from the same color family as the front is. This quilt top is blue, green and purple.

My first step is to go though my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) to see if there is anything I can incorporate with the pieced back. This time I found what was going to be a tablecloth with fused floral applique (blue, green and purple) on a white background. I used that with some navy blue batik and a black-and-white floral print to make the back of my quilt.

When I got home on Friday the quilt was pin basted and ready to quilt. I started with a quilting design that was embroidered. I stitched two of the designs successfully and then on the third, my machine started skipping stitches. I did all the troubleshooting things I usually do. I rethreaded the top thread. That didn’t help. I took the bobbin out and put it in again. No, that wasn’t it either. I changed the needle (twice) and it was still skipping stitches. I gave up at that point, decided my machine needed to go to the shop and went to bed.

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See the pretty applique I wanted to use.

Saturday morning, bright and early, I got out another machine, wound a few bobbins, threaded the machine and started stitching. I have not sewn on this machine since I got it back from my service tech for its semi-annual clean-and-check. My tech is a magician (thank you, Morgan) so when I started quilting and the machine was skipping stitches; I knew it wasn’t the machine. I rethreaded, took the bobbin out and put it back in, I changed the needle. It was still skipping stitches. I have to have this quilt done this week so throwing my hands up in frustration and pitching the quilt in the corner of the sewing room was not an option. I looked and most of the time, the places the stitches weren’t forming correctly were where the machine was trying to stitch over a part of the applique on the back.

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Skipped Stitches

I decided my only choice was to put a new back on the quilt. Yes, a new back. That meant I had to unstitch the two good embroidered designs and the circular quilting that I’d begun. I had to unbaste the quilt. I was basically beginning again from the place where I had a completed quilt top. There was a fair amount lot of grumbling, whining and complaining during this part of the process.

I got the stitching out and the quilt unpinned by 1:00, then I took the afternoon off to visit with one of our sons and our youngest granddaughter.

When they left, I spent the rest of Saturday evening redoing the pieced back. I cut the original back right down the middle and removed the section with applique. I pieced together a few more pieces of the navy blue batik and the black-and-white floral print and put it in the center of the back where I’d removed the applique. It wasn’t nearly as pretty as it had been but it will work for a back.

Sunday morning found me out in the garage basting my quilt again. Hubby is a gem. He swept the garage, put out the tables and helped me get the layers smooth and straight, taped in place and ready to pin. At 8:30, I was ready to begin quilting again.

The center section in this photo with the wide piece of navy blue batik at the bottom is the section that I replaced. You can see the plain white of the unadorned tablecloth fabric on both sides of it. I added the 3” wide band of black-and-white floral print fabric on the right hand side to break up the large amount of plain white fabric.

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The Back of the Quilt with Pin Basting Done

Back in the house, I started quilting again. Guess what? My machine was still skipping stitches!!! I changed thread from a 30-weight cotton to a 40-weight polyester and just like that, it was all better. I never have trouble with that particular brand of thread and I use 30-weight cotton all the time so I’m not sure what the deal was. I wonder if there was something funky about the humidity or something that was causing my difficulty. But anyway, I spent the day quilting and I am nearly done.

The quilting design I used is not at all what I intended but it is one that goes fairly quickly. It is a feed-dog-driven stitch and one continuous spiral so there aren’t a lot of thread tails to bury. I start with a pattern drawn on the quilt or on a piece of paper for the first three or four inches of stitching so I can get a nicely rounded beginning for my spiral. I stitch going clockwise so that each round there gets to be less bulk to the right of the needle. I use the width of the presser foot as a guide for spacing and I set my needle position to the far right.

The first part of the design is not easy, I stitch an inch or two and then stop and turn the quilt and stitch another inch or two. But as you get farther and farther from the center and the curve is less pronounced, it gets easier and easier. If you haven’t tried quilting one of these fun spirals, go for it. They are very forgiving. If you go a little crooked, it’s not objectionable in the end result.

I’ll go home tonight and finish the last little bit of quilting and put on the label and the binding and it will be done, in plenty of time for my filming on Thursday. Whew!

I do my binding by machine, and if you’d like to learn more about machine binding, we offer a web seminar by Jenny Kae Quilts called Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy. It gives great instructions and hints if you are new to machine binding your quilt.  The cost is $19.99 and it’s available when you are, at your convenience.

Now I’m off to clear the Monday morning accumulation of paperwork off of my desk. Happy quilting to you!

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Scrap Bag: Quilt-on-a-stick, Amish quilts and more

Consider this blog post the equivalent of the little snips and scraps of fabric you end up with after a session spent cutting and piecing, the ones you sort through to find those worth saving and those you know you won’t do anything with. This blog post is a collection of little quilt- or handcraft-related news items and oddities that aren’t big enough for me to use on their own but that I still find interesting enough to share.

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First up, an oddity: It’s state fair season here in the U.S., which as we all know, means deep-fried (*ahem*) delicacies of all kinds, such as Snickers bars and even pats of butter, with bonus points if they’re served on a stick. Well, the Kansas State Fair has taken the “on-a-stick” thing one better by hosting a Fried ‘N Joy Quilt on a Stick contest this summer. “Fairgoers are encouraged to follow the ‘Fried ‘N Joy’ theme this year in creating a quilt on a stick. All quilt squares are 8 inches wide by 9 inches high and allow any construction method, whether by hand or machine quilting. Entries are displayed using a paint stick.” All I know is that I really want to see the winners of this judged contest. In the meantime, if you have a photo of one that you’d like to share, send it to QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com — we’d love to see it.
kansasstatefair.com/news

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Title Scrap Bag: Quilt on a stick, Amish quilts and moreHere’s one more quilt exhibit that I didn’t know about in time to add to either the “What’s New” section of the August/September 2015 issue of QN or to include in my recent blog post listing other quilt exhibits to visit this summer. The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is exhibiting Quilts 20/20: Traditional Works, Contemporary Art through August 30. This exhibition of contemporary and historic quilts honors the traditional roots of the quilt, shown side by side with the art quilts by today’s cutting edge fiber artists. The exhibit includes Amish quilts from Lancaster County as well as quilts by contemporary quilters such as Nancy Crow, Michael James and many more.
http://www.sqart.org/galleries/quilts/

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This touching story caught my eye even though it’s not really about quilts, although in a way, maybe it is. Poet John Ogden’s wife, Dorothy, was an avid quilter before she died in 2014. Her tree of life wall hanging, shown in a photo accompanying the article, was used as the cover for a self-published book of John’s poetry by the same name. The article includes a couple of John’s very lovely poems that he wrote for and about Dorothy. Like I said, it’s not really about quilts per se, but I thought it was worth sharing.
www.dailypress.com

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DISCLAIMER: The following item is not intended to support or promote any candidate or political party. It is only shared as an example of how quilts are used and the connotations they bring.

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Hillary Clinton joined Instagram last month, and the picture above was the first one her team posted. While it’s clear that the caption of “Hard choices” was a joke at her own expense about her penchant for monochromatic pantsuits, that quilt on the right side of the image didn’t sneak in there by itself. Its placement surely has a lot to do with the homey American qualities many of us attribute to traditional bed quilts, and to see it used at the beginning of a social media campaign by a woman candidate — like I said, I find it noteworthy. (Please, no political comments on this blog post — the Internet is full of partisan politics enough as it is. Let’s keep any discussions focused on quilts.)

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And then there are a few items regarding handmade, non-quilted items that I couldn’t resist:

  • A woman made a tatted lace collar for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and received a handwritten thank you note in response.
    http://imgur.com/gallery/dKR4G/new
  • Slate published an article about why TV production designers like to use granny square crocheted afghans as set decor on so many different TV shows, from “Roseanne” to “The Big Bang Theory” to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Hint: it has to do with nostalgia.
    www.slate.com
  • What do you do with funky fabric, or even clothing, that seemed like a good idea at the time but that you can’t bring yourself to discard? I like how this woman fussy cut the massive pineapples from a pair of workout leggings and appliqued them to an apron, preserving their fun qualities while toning down the craziness.
    Apartment Therapy Before & After

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QN’s August/September 2015 issue

Be sure to keep your eyes out for the August/September 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter, arriving at subscribers’ homes soon and on sale July 21. In the “What’s New” section alone, we have images of top award-winning quilts from MQX Quilt Festival New England; information on community textile art projects in Mumbai, India; details on an exhibit from the American Folk Art Museum touring the U.S. as well as one at the American Museum in Bath, England; and more.

 

 

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Four Buds free quilt block pattern on QuiltersNewsletter.com

And if you’re looking for a project to tide you over until your copy arrives, check out the free quilt block pattern for Four Buds that goes with the issue. This pattern goes back at least to the 1940s but you don’t see it very often, and we think it’s due for a comeback. This version was made with Art Gallery Fabrics’ Maker collection, and would look great made with more traditional fabrics, too. Download your pattern today!

As always, to find out about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on FacebookTwitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube,  QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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So Many Books Giveaway Part 10!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS SARAH, SANDY and JONI!

This week on my design wall, I’ve been playing around with a simple quilt pattern to use some of the batiks in my collection. These particular batiks happen to come from a pack of 10″ squares from Moda’s Aurora Batiks collection that I’ve cut into matching half square triangles. I decided to let the colors of the pieces be the focus of the design rather than making an intricate pattern, although this quilt may turn out to be a bit bright and too full of contrasts for some tastes:BatikTriangles 550 So Many Books Giveaway Part 10!

While I’m procrastinating sewing all those lovely bias-to-bias cut seams across the heavily-starched triangles, let’s look at the prizes for this week’s giveaway: SoManyBooks10 AllPrizes So Many Books Giveaway Part 10!

Three lucky individuals will each receive one of three identical prizes featuring three books, all from Martingale: Donna Lynn Thomas’ Quiltmaking Essentials 1: Cutting and Piecing Skills, Vicki Bellino’s English Paper Piecing II, and Victoria L. Eapen’s Large-Block Quilts: 16 Quick and Easy Quilt Patterns. SoManyBooks10 Prize1 So Many Books Giveaway Part 10!

If you’re more interested in fabric than quilt patterns — or, like me, interested in both
IMG 9164 292x300 So Many Books Giveaway Part 10! fabric and quilt patterns — you may also want to complete our June/July 2015 issue’s Editorial Survey. Completion of the 5-page survey is an entry to win a bundle of 10″ squares, Bali Crackers, of the Cockatiel collection from Hoffman Fabrics.

To enter for your chance to be one of the 3 lucky winners who will each win one of the 3 identical book bundles, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday July 12, 2015 telling us what was the best advice that you were given when you began quilting. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

To find out about more giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and to see all the beautiful quilts we like to share, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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