Mineral Forest Giveaway!

AS14Cover 200 Mineral Forest Giveaway!Quilters Newsletter August/September 2014 officially went on sale yesterday, and we’re very excited about this issue, as it happens to be our 45th anniversary issue. The cover quilt was designed by Mary Leman Austin, the daughter of Quilters Newsletter founder Bonnie Leman, and not only is this a very special quilt, the full pattern is also available for it in the issue!

There are so many other wonderful inspirations and patterns in this issue as well, I could go on for a long time about them, but one of the other really special anniversary celebration points in Quilters Newsletter  August/September 2014 is that each of the blocks made for the Staff Picks section was made with the pattern from the cover of the very first issue of Quilters Newsletter back in 1969, a pattern called Moon Flowers which we’ve posted on our website as a free web extra if you’d like to make a block yourself.

Here’s Moon Flowers made from the collection we’re giving away currently, Mineral Forest by Andover FabricsMoon Forest Block Mineral Forest Giveaway!

And here’s a picture of the bundle of Mineral Forest by Andover Fabrics that we’re giving away (18 fat quarters in all): AS14a 002 550 Mineral Forest Giveaway!

To enter to win this bundle of fat quarters from the Mineral Forest collection by Andover Fabricsleave a comment on this post below telling us about a special quilting project you’ve made (or plan to make) to celebrate an anniversary. Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday July 27, 2014. 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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A Finished Quilt – Just for Me

I finished a quilt last week and the more I looked at it, the more I wanted it for me.

Frequently, my quilts these days begin with a pattern Quilters Newsletter published or a pattern we are going to publish. That was the case with this quilt. Here is the original. Along the Way was designed and made by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton of Tailormade by Design and featured as a pattern in Quilters Newsletter’s February/March 2014 edition.

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Along the Way

The original was 64½” x 73”. I wanted my quilt to be a large queen-size quilt so I added two rows to the width, two rows to the length and I made the outer border a little wider. My quilt is 92” x 97½”.

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Along the Way – My Way

I started my quilt to prepare for a video  for Quilters Newsletter TV: the Quilters’ Community explaining how I sew curves when I’m making a quilt with curved seams. That video aired last Friday. You can check it out here.

As you can see in the video, it wasn’t finished. I had the top all together and I had it pin basted but the quilting was not done.

I had a hard time deciding on the quilting for this quilt. I absolutely love the fabric. The prints are from the Monaco collection by Red Rooster Fabrics and the teal solid is Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I didn’t want the quilting to detract from the pretty, pretty fabric.

So here is what I decided to do. I stitched in the ditch around the half circles to stabilize everything and then echo quilted in the dark teal print. In the light print, I did a decorative stitch – I lengthened it to 33 mm so if I made any wobbles it wouldn’t be as noticeable and I used a width of 6.5 mm. The border is just straight line quilted. The batting is Warm & Natural by The Warm Company.

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Detail of Quilting

Often, when I finish a quilt, it goes in the closet to be a gift. Actually, much of the time, it is a gift and the occasion is nearly here and I need to hurry up and finish the quilt so I can deliver it on time. That wasn’t the case with Along the Way – My Way. I didn’t have a plan for it. And since I like it so much, I put it on my bed. I am going to keep it. I may have to make all new quilts for the walls in our bedroom because they don’t seem to go together very well. But that’s a great excuse for the next couple of quilts – as if I need an excuse.

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Off the Wall Basting

The thing about ideas that are just crazy enough to work is that a person must be crazy enough to try out the idea, to see if it will in fact work. As we’ve been settling into our home and filling it up with more furniture, the nice big floor spaces on which I used to spread out and baste my quilts are no longer very big. It’s really no fun crawling around on the floor to baste a big quilt, but basted they must be and it’s a tried and true method that works.

While I’m running out of floor space, there’s still plenty of wall space. Maybe I could use that instead?! If it worked, I’d be able to stand up straight and pin everything together without discomfort. While I’m sure my co-workers would help me baste a quilt that needed to be finished for work, I had a quilt top and back that I made just for fun, for me, and I wanted to get it out of my unfinished pile. I don’t remember the exact size off the top of my head, but it’s about 70″ square. You may remember it, I blogged about making the top. I decided to give my wall-basting idea a shot.

I started by pressing my quilt back so it’s nice and wrinkle-free, then I put two long strips of regular masking tape along the top, on the wrong side of the fabric. I used the 2″-wide kind of tape so there would be plenty of adhesive on both the fabric and the wall.

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Two long strips of masking tape at the top will hold the quilt back in place, so I can tape the perimeter of the quilt back to the wall.

I did need my husband’s help just to get the quilt back initially stuck onto the wall so it hung straight. We each held one of the strips and stuck them to the wall, then his job was over and I was able to tape all around the perimeter by myself. It worked out well because I could pull the fabric taut since it was stuck to the wall on top, and tape the edges down. It was obvious if there was any distortion and the tape was easily readjusted as necessary.

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The quilt back is nice and smooth, taped all around the edges. It’s a little hard to see since the wall is almost the same color as the masking tape!

Next comes the batting, of course. I had the idea that cotton batting would stick pretty well to the back and stay put without any tape, but I did have to tape the upper two corners in place while I smoothed it over the quilt backing. I cut off the excess batting, which was adding unnecessary weight, and then with a bit of manipulation and patting out folds I got it nice and smooth against the quilt back. So far, so good.

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The batting, trimmed to size, stuck pretty well to the backing. It was a little tricky in the bunchy areas where the batting had been folded, but patient manipulation worked that out.

The quilt top, being smaller and lighter than both the quilt back and batting, should adhere nicely to the batting, I thought. It did. Once one corner was anchored and smooth, it was really easy to smooth out the rest of the quilt top and it stayed put without any tape or anything. It was actually much simpler that crawling around on the floor to get wrinkles out, since on the floor you usually have to put your weight on the quilt and that distorts the smoothing out you just did. I was able to get the backing, batting and quilt top on the wall in about half an hour.

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Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. On the wall. Done!

Then it was time to pin it! I was nervous that the safety pins might add more and more weight and eventually pull the tape off the wall, but I figured that by then I’d have a good amount of basting already done and then I could just move to a table or something. So I just started pinning at the top and before I knew it, I was done! It worked really, really well. I did have to squat and then sit on the floor to pin the very bottom, but it wasn’t for long and still preferable to crawling on hands and knees.

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It’s not too apparent, but there are safety pins all over the quilt. No knees were harmed in the basting of this quilt.

So, wall basting. Have people been doing this all along, but I just never heard about it? It’s pretty great. I guess it helps to be tall if your quilt is pretty big, and I had made my quilt back about 6″ larger than the front so even with the slight distortion that happened when I removed the masking tape from the fabric, it didn’t affect the working area. My husband was a little concerned that the masking tape might damage the paint on the wall, but it came off with no trouble at all and the wall looks just fine.

My quilt front and back are perfectly smooth, basted, and ready to quilt. I think this will be a good project to practice some more free-motion quilting.

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Close up of the front, basted.

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The back, basted. No wrinkles!

Please tell us all about your quilting adventures and ideas, innovations and dreams! We’re always on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Have a stitcherrific weekend!

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Golden Age Fabric Giveaway!

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS, NORMA!

It’s almost time for our August/September 2014 issue to hit newsstands (next Tuesday the 22nd if you’re counting down), so we’d like to give one last hurrah to our fabulous June/July 2014 issue with another Staff Picks fabric collection fat quarter bundle giveaway. (Don’t forget to grab your copy of Quilters Newsletter June/July 2014 if you haven’t already, because it’s packed full of intriguing techniques like using LED lights with conductive thread, history articles like “Cheddar Quilts” and intermediate and challenging quilt patterns!)

One lucky winner will receive 24 fat quarters from the Golden Age collection from Collecting Threads, a densely decorated series of opulent prints to give your next quilting project the royal treatment.

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To enter to win this bundle of fat quarters from the Golden Age collection from Connecting Threadsleave a comment on this post below telling us about your favorite summertime place to quilt. Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday July 20, 2014. 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.

Once you’ve added that new variation of our editorial questions email to your “safe senders” list, be sure to follow us your preferred form of social media: FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest,Instagram and YouTube, and don’t forget to visit our website for previews of what’s in the latest issue (currently June/July 2014 which can be purchased at your local quilt shop, bookstore, or online at Quilt and Sew Shop)!

 

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More about the Denver Art Museum

Gigi told you in her blog post on Friday that we went to the Denver Art Museum for a media open house. We saw so many wonderful things, Gigi couldn’t possibly include them all. In fact, even after I tell you about the high spots for me, there will still be many, many noteworthy items we haven’t talked about. I have so many wonderful photos. It is truly hard to choose which I’m going to write about.

The first exhibit we saw was Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. I loved his art. At the start of his career, Wesselmann did two-dimensional art. Our tour was part of a private media event and we were fortunate to have our tour of this exhibit guided by Claire Wesselmann, the artist’s widow.

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Bedroom Painting #38 (1978)

Later on, he started doing three-dimensional art. His metal work was amazing to me. I have sons who are welders and I know they would love to see Wesselmann’s art in metal. This one is charcoal on cut-out metal.

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Monica Nude with Cezanne (1988-1992)

These beautiful flowers are oil paint on cut-out aluminum.

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Mixed Bouquet (Filled In) (3D) (1993)

I was already in love with the Denver Art Museum and we hadn’t even gotten to the textile exhibit.

When we got there, the first thing that caught my eye was this log cabin quilt. The logs are slightly less than ¼” wide.

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Barn Raising Quilt – Log Cabin Variation

According to the placard, it is from the United States in the 1890s. They speculate that the center was made by one person and the borders were added later by someone else because of the quality of the workmanship. There is even one piece of border fabric on the upper left hand side that doesn’t match the rest.

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Here is the border fabric that doesn’t match.

Then there was an excellent example of a quilt made with neckties.

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Ties Quilt, Sue V. Bulkeley, 1950s

Besides being lovely, this quilt brought back a fun memory for me. One of my favorite uncles had a collection of ties. As children, my brother, my sister and I were amused to find the underside of the ties sometimes held surprises (nude or barely clad ladies). We’d go to the closet where his ties were, just to check. This quilt had one of those designs included.

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This made me smile.

This quilt was unique. It looked like it weighed a bunch!

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Label Quilt, Libbie Gottschalk, 1973-2003

The placard said this was “a mending project gone mad,” a 30-year project originally using labels to repair a beloved quilt that belonged to Gottschalk’s grandfather. Eventually she decided to cover both sides with labels.

The QN team made sure I noticed this quilt. It’s all yo-yos.

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Yo-Yo Quilt, United States, 1970s

When I first started working at Quilters Newsletter, we were working on an issue that had cute little Christmas trees made of yo-yos. The team invited me to a session in the sewing studio to make some and even as the “new kid on the block”, I turned them down. I really don’t like handwork and my yo-yos (the one time I made them) don’t even turn out round. In case you’d like that issue with the little Christmas trees, it’s still available in digital format here.

I always try to remember to say that even though I don’t like to do handwork, I really appreciate it. I think it’s beautiful when it is well done. I just don’t do it myself.

Here’s one last quilt.

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Pine Tree Medallion with Borders Quilt, United States, late 1890s-early 1900s

Mary Kate and I talked about this quilt and all the math involved. Each of the plain borders had to be just the right width so the pieced border next to it would fit. We loved this one.

In the activities area, there was a small display of weaving.

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A Weaving Display

At the very top of the display is a piece of weaving using fabric and yarn; what I think of as traditional materials. At the bottom of the display are crayons, Q-tips and matches woven together. It was eye catching.

We had a delightful time at the Denver Art Museum. If you get the chance to go, you’ll be amazed. Gigi and I haven’t even begun to tell you about all the things to see. There is something for all ages. It is so worth your time. Special thanks to Dr. Alice M. Zrebiec, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art for the museum, for giving us a personal tour of the quilt exhibit.

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Quilts and Activities at the Denver Art Museum

Yesterday we were lucky enough to go and visit the Denver Art Museum for their media open house, which was an introduction to the exhibits and programs that they will launch this summer. There was a fascinating retrospective of the work of pop artist Tom Wesselmann, an exhibit of 20th century Japanese prints and a collection of recent portraits by the talented painter Daniel Sprick. But we were there for the quilts, of course, which were displayed in the new textile gallery in an exhibit titled First Glance/Second Look.

When we arrived at the museum, it was great fun to see the huge community quilt in the lobby, for which we made a panel last year.

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Bottom half of the SPUN community quilt. Our panel is in the third row from the left, second from the bottom.

Curator of Textile Art, Alice Zrebiec, was kind enough to give us an in-depth tour of the First Glance/Second Look exhibit and explained why each of the quilts were chosen. Out of more than 300 quilts which are currently in the Denver Art Museum’s collection, this exhibit contains more than 20 quilts, selected to illustrate different traditional techniques and patterns that are still popular today, like log cabins, stars, mosaic, applique and more. It’s a diverse and engaging show, and if you make it to the Denver area in the next year or so, I highly recommend a visit.

I’ll show just a few favorite quilts from the exhibit, since there was so much more to see besides that!

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The Matterhorn Quilt made by Myrtle May Fortner, 1934. Alice says this is one of the most popular and most requested quilts in the collection.

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Detail of The Matterhorn Quilt. It’s made up of 9,135 squares that each finish at 3/4″

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Medallion Quilt from England, 1820s. We all loved the large patches and the use of printed stripes as sort of cheater patchwork fabric. Modern quilt concepts go back a long, long time.

Here’s an example of patchwork that was not used in a quilt. Alice said this man’s shirt was added to the museum’s collection around the 1940s.

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Seminole piecing on a garment.

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detail of the piecing

Adjacent to the exhibit, there was a great activities area for kids and adults alike, surrounded by examples and explanations of just about everything to do with textiles, sewing and quilting.

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This section was all about different dyeing techniques like shibori, clamping, wax-resist and more.

In the activities area was a really fun and clever companion exhibit featuring quilts made by member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. It was in a big chest of drawers, and each drawer contained a little treasure of an art quilt. I thought it was a thoughtful, space saving way to display the quilts – while you have to take a bit of trouble to open the drawers to see them, each one becomes like a little secret surprise that you’ve uncovered. Even though they’re under glass in the drawers, you can get nice and close to look at the details.

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Chest of drawers containing quilts by SAQA members

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Yo Yo Botanica by Faye Anderson of Broomfield, Colorado.

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It Takes a Village – California by Gretchen B. Hill of Carlsbad, California.

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Progress? by Dierdre Adams of Littleton, Colorado.

There were also two ladies demonstrating tatting, or lace-making, the same way that it’s been done for centuries. It looked very cool but it was hard to tell what exactly they were doing with all those pins and strings!

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Lace tatting demonstration

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Tatting up close and in action!

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Tatting finished product

There were also frames where people could try their hand at quilting stitches, and a big table and a board, both with a grid, along with cut out squares and triangles to create patchwork designs. It is a great introduction to everything about quiltmaking, and the hands-on activities really give a nice perspective and insight into everything that went into making the quilts shown on the wall. I had to be dragged out of there when it was time to go!

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Try some quilting stitches on the frame…

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…or make a patchwork design!

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A fun way to get your work onto museum walls.

On the way back down (the textiles are on the 6th floor), we passed this very interesting piece displayed in the room with all the amazing Oceanic art. The scale and history of the artifacts in this room are really impressive. This piece fits in pretty well, it’s a skyscraper of blankets! All the blankets were donated to the artist, and attached to each one is a hand-written story that shares it’s significance to the donor. Here’s what artist Marie Watt said about it, “We are received in blankets, and we leave in blankets. The work…is inspired by the stories of those beginnings and endings, and the life in between. I am interested in human stories and the rituals implicit in everyday objects.”

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Blanket Story: Confluence, Heirloom and Tenth Mountain Division by Marie Watt, 2013.

If you get an opportunity to visit the Denver Art Museum this year, go! The quilts are so incredible, but there’s a whole lot to see besides those. The staff really make an effort to be interactive and draw people into the spirit of each exhibit with activities and information to enhance the experience. It’s a ton of fun for people of all ages and very family friendly.

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So Many Books Giveaway Part 2!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! CONGRATULATIONS V, MARY, SHEILA and LINDA!

About a month ago, I blogged about how Quilters Newsletter gets books in for review for our “Staff Picks” section in each issue and how sometimes we don’t just get one copy of each book in for review but also one or two more copies to giveaway. Since last month’s giveaway did not clear out our stash of giveaway books, I’d like to allow each of you, our readers, another chance to win some of these wonderful quilt books.

This week, there are four prizes of three books each: MoreBooks 600 So Many Books Giveaway Part 2!

The first prize set (the Hexies set) includes Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre from Kansas City Star Quilts, Hexagons Made Easy by Jen Eskridge from That Patchwork Place and A Cut Above by Gerri Robinson from That Patchwork Place.

The second prize set (the Traditional set) includes The Blue and the Gray by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene from That Patchwork Place, Civil War Legacies II by Carol Hopkins from That Patchwork Place and Log Cabin Fever by Evelyn Sloppy from That Patchwork Place.

The third prize set (the Seasonal set) includes Patchwork Plus: Easy One-Block Quilts with Seasonal Applique by Geralyn J. Powers from That Patchwork Place, ‘Tis the Autumn Season by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks from That Patchwork Place and Winter Wonders by Jennifer Rounds and Catherine Comyns from C&T Publishing.

And last but certainly not least, the fourth prize set (the Neutrals set) includes Modern Neutrals  by Amy Ellis from That Patchwork Place, Knockout Neutrals by Pat Wys from That Patchwork Place and Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting by Eva A. Larkin from That Patchwork Place.

To enter to win one of these four sets of three books, leave a comment on this post below telling us which of the four sets (Hexies, Traditional, Seasonal or Neutral) you want to win the most. Since winners are randomly selected, it’s not guaranteed you’ll receive the set you most prefer, but we’ll try our best! Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday July 13, 2014. 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.

Once you’ve added that new variation of our editorial questions email to your “safe senders” list, be sure to follow us on all our social media sites to make sure you never miss a contest or quilt inspiration or news about the quilting world, on: FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest,Instagram and YouTube, and don’t forget to visit our website for previews of what’s in the latest issue (currently June/July 2014 which can be purchased at your local quilt shop, bookstore, or online at Quilt and Sew Shop)!

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Yeah, sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s how it was for me this weekend.

I had a project I wanted to work on. Two projects for work are due on the 18th so I feel like I really need to get moving on this one – I need 200 half-square triangles for it.  We were going out to our old home in northeast Colorado, which we have completely emptied, except for appliances. Everything else is in storage or at our apartment in Golden.

I made sure to pack very carefully: sewing machine – check; cutting mat and rotary cutter – check, check; matching thread, scissors and pins – check, check, check. We planned to go to the storage unit when we got there to bring a table and a chair for my sewing station. Uh-oh, Dear Husband forgot the key to the storage unit. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a photo of my fix for the problem. I set the sewing machine on the kitchen counter and sewed standing up. Now just take a minute and picture that in your head. It’s amusing, isn’t it?

But now, I want to talk a little more about those half-square triangles. In the August/September issue of Quilters Newsletter, our Easy Lesson talked about stencils for making half-square triangles. In preparation for the Easy Lesson, Linda Camp of Sunday Best Quiltworks  sent me a stencil in all the sizes from 1” to 4 ½” finished. Woo Hoo! The size I needed was there. So I got nearly all my half-square triangles done. With the stencil, it’s a simple matter of mark, stitch, cut apart and press.

This is the stencil and it’s worth its weight in gold.

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The Stencil – Ready to Mark

Here are a couple of little hints. I have ¼ yards of fabric so my fabric isn’t as wide as the stencil. That was an easy fix. I drew the grid 2 wide by 5 long instead of 3 by 3 as the stencil is. I was careful to make the ends match so my stitching lines could continue. And I didn’t feel like I needed to mark the cutting line that is in between the two stitching lines.

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Marked and Ready to Sew

I went to the sewing studio this morning to time myself with this method. It took 20 minutes from the time I turned on the light until I left again. I cleaned up and put things away, too. And I have 20 half-square triangles ready to press open.

I did finish 160 of them over the weekend. (Only part of those standing up, we did eventually get my kitchen table and some chairs.)

So here is where I am at this point.

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160 Half-Square Triangles

I’ll keep you posted on this project. It’s going to be a fun one!!

Happy quilting until next week and  for great ideas and hints, remember to check us out on our website, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

 

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Celebrate Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! CONGRATULATIONS, MARIE!

Happy Fourth of July! A fun way to celebrate the holiday is to give away some free quilting stuff! We’ve got a fun little gift that’s full of happiness, nice quilts, celebration and a bit of red, white and blue. Would you like to know more?

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Two incredible books and an amazing bag in which to store them. I hope you win!

There are two beautiful books from Schiffer Publishing, Eagle Motifs in America by Susan E. Wildemuth and Creating Celebration Quilts by Cyndi Souder. In Eagle Motifs in America, Wildemuth asked a variety of quilters to create eagle quilts inspired by different decades in American history, from 1770 to the present day. The different techniques used make for an amazing range of quilts, and the stories make for fascinating reading. It’s a really nice book that is sure to inspire.

Creating Celebration Quilts is all about making quilts to commemorate and celebrate life events. Souder guides the reader through the creative process for making quilts meant to be treasured keepsakes. Learn how to incorporate personalized elements that evoke memories, and get motivated by looking at the large gallery of celebration quilts of all kinds.

You can store these two great books in a lovely, large, handy tote bag from C&T Publishing. It features detail images of two quilts made for the Quilted in Honor program, a partnership between quilters, the quilting industry and the charity Operation Homefront, sponsored by Island Batik. The quilts pictured on the bag are Spinwheels by Angela Walters and Remember by Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover. The bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and is a great for storing and transporting quilt projects-in-progress or as an all-purpose tote.

To enter to win the books and bag, leave a comment on this post below telling us what your celebration quilt would celebrate, if you made one. Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday July 6th, 2014. 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 questions@qnm.com (or its new variation QNMquestions@fwmedia.com) with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for all the latest news and giveaways. We wish you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Red, White & Free Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! CONGRATULATIONS, LAUREN!

This coming Friday, July 4, is the US Independence Day, or Fourth of July holiday. The QN staff will be out of office on Friday to celebrate, hopefully doing fun things like visiting relatives, having picnics and bar-b-ques, going for hikes, working on our own quilt projects or just generally relaxing. Our giveaway this week should help us all get in the mood: it’s fabric in the colors of the American flag — red, white and blue!
RedWhiteFree 3 Red, White & Free Giveaway!

This bundle of fat eighths from Moda is called Red, White & Free, by Sandy Gervais. And not only is it patriotic, it’s also not even in stores or online yet! It is mentioned on the Moda Blog in a post announcing another patriotic fabric line, Because of the Brave by Moda as inspired by Tom and Stephanie Hove. Both fabric lines can be used in their 2015 Piece and Comfort Challenge which begins January 1, 2015 with national winners being announced May 8, 2015. These fabric lines ship in November, 2014. Proceeds from the challenge will benefit the charity USA Cares, helping veterans and military families.

To enter to win this bundle of fat eighths from the Red, White & Free collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda, leave a comment on this post below on how you’re spending your Fourth of July weekend. Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Friday July 4, 2014. 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 questions@qnm.com (or its new variation QNMquestions@fwmedia.com) with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Also be sure to check out QN‘s website for our block-of-the-month mystery quilt Ooh-Rah by QN creative editor Lori Baker to see the newest block, #7, which posted this morning. Doing something nice for the veterans and/or military families in your life or donating to a charity like USA CaresQuilted in HonorOperation Homefront or Quilts of Valor would be a good way to honor the spirit of the holiday as well. And if that doesn’t already give you enough to do, check out QN‘s latest free-for-a-limited-time Christmas-themed series quilt, First Snow by Tina Curran, the first block and instructions for which posted yesterday.

And if you’re looking for something else to do during your downtime this summer, follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagramYouTube and our website for tons of quilt inspiration and news on all the latest happenings in the quilting world.

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