Finally, the September PIGS Project

As I promised, I want to tell you about my September PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) finish.

I chose to work on this PIG because of its size, the amount of room it HOGGED in my sewing space. It’s an extra-large quilt and was already sandwiched with batting and the pieced back so it was quite a large bundle. My sewing space is quite limited so I’m trying to think how I can cut down on the amount of space I need. I’ll probably do several of the larger PIGS in the next few months just so I can get rid of a box or maybe even two.

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Floor Quilt – Front

This quilt is a floor quilt – meant to be placed on the floor and (gasp) walked on.

In my blog a few weeks ago,  I told you a little more about my thought processes when I’m designing floor quilts. This one meets all the conditions. It’s not fancy. It has big pieces so was quick to construct. It has darker colors so the dirt that is inevitable won’t show as much. It’s 100% cotton so it’s washable (although because of its size, I’ll have to use an extra-large commercial machine). And it’s heavily quilted.

I know the idea of floor quilts is a little unusual but I’ve been making them for years. I remember in the ’80s when a friend came to my house for the first time. She walked in, picked the floor quilt up off the floor and put it on the coffee table. I still smile when I think about that.

The front of the quilt is adapted from an idea on Moda’s website. The fabrics are just whatever I found in the right colors in my Fabric Inventory. (Fabric Inventory sounds better than Stash). The batting is Warm & Natural by The Warm Company.

The back is pieced and oh, so wonderful. It’s so fun to study a complex pieced quilt back. There are so many things to see.

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Floor Quilt – Pieced Back

I started my concentrated effort to finish this PIG the second week in September. I worked on it for several days and then fabric arrived for a work project. I put the PIG to one side and in the last few weeks, I’ve made two baby-size quilt tops and two bed-size quilt tops. All four were color options for upcoming issues of McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts. But I finished the last of those projects and got to focus on sewing things for myself the last few days.

I have just a few more things to tell you about The Floor Quilt. (Is that really going to be its name?) Because of the heavy quilting, it’s a little smaller than it was as a quilt top. It’s nearly square at 103” x 106”.  A few of the sections are free-motion quilted but I quilted most of it with straight line, feed-dog-driven quilting. The quilting lines are about 3/8” apart in the center of the quilt and ¼” apart on the borders. With all that quilting, I used lots and lots of thread. I did not purchase any new thread; I used what I had in my huge stash of thread. (Or is that my Thread Inventory?) I started with a light ivory thread and when that spool was gone, I chose another spool that was similar in color. I used both cotton and polyester threads. Each time I finished a spool of thread I started on another that was close to the color of the one I just used. The last thread I used on the piano key borders is a tarnished gold color.

Here are two webinars that have information that will help if you choose to do a floor quilt. For machine binding that fits right and lays nice and flat, see Jenny Kay Parks’ Machine Quilt Binding on-demand webinar. And for information on how to resize blocks so you can make any quilt pattern fit the size your floor space requires, check out Debra Finan’s on-demand webinar, How to Resize Quilt Block Patterns.

Now, I’m just anxious to go home and see what PIG I will start on next. I’ve already started and finished my October PIGS project and talked about it in my blog.

Do be watching for my blog next week. I’ll have some photos from Quilt Market in Houston to share with you.

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Scrap Bag: art quilts stolen, quilt in car ad, t-shirt quilt company sues rival, and more

It’s that time of year again. No, not Halloween — it’s Quilt Market and Festival week! If you follow the quilt world on social media, this weekend will be full of eye candy for you as people start sharing photos of all the gorgeous new fabric collections scheduled to hit store shelves in the coming months. Until then, here are some stories from other parts of the quilt world for you.

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Earlier this week my Facebook newsfeed was full of posts about a group of art quilts that were stolen. The quilts by Katie Stein Sather and Karen Johnson had been hung as part of an exhibit at the Vancouver Unitarian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, and were stolen right off the walls.

Stein Sather says she fears the works have been damaged because the hanging rods which run through sleeves built into the quilts were still in place on the walls.

“We wonder if they took a knife and sliced them off,” she said. “They also took the book of descriptions and price lists which really makes us think they will try and resell them.”

Click the link to see photos of some of the missing quilts; Stein Sather also posted photos on her personal Facebook timeline.
www.cbc.ca

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Here’s a feel-good story for your day: a reader of the Seattle Times submitted the following “rave” regarding a random act of quilt-ness to the paper’s Rant & Rave column.

To the woman who rushed up and snuggled my 94-year-old mother in a lovely quilt on a cool fall afternoon. We offered to return the quilt when we reached our van, but the kind woman declined, saying “I make these to give away.” Mom is in her recliner at her assisted-living facility still wrapped in the lovely gift. Thank you!

www.seattletimes.com

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Project Repat, a Boston-based company that makes t-shirt quilts, is suing a rival company for stealing trade secrets. (To be honest, you and I would probably consider what Project Repat makes to be coverlets or blankets, as there is no middle layer of any sort nor do they stitch through the pieced t-shirt top and fleece backing.) They claim that part of their technique for turning customers’ t-shirts into blankets is proprietary and that a production company they hired to help with online advertising deliberately used information regarding Project Repat’s manufacturing, advertising strategy and best practices to start their own company using pseudonyms and shell companies after their contract expired. Quilting: it’s all fun and games until the Millennial entrepreneurs get involved I guess.
www.bizjournals.com

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The call for quilts and blocks that the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub yielded enough donations to make 1,800 quilts for survivors, family members of the victims and first responders. The quilts have been completed and have started to be distributed, including 80 quilts that were delivered to Fire Station One in downtown Orlando earlier this week, as shown in a news clip broadcast on News 6.

Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams said he was very appreciative for all of the hard work from the group, as they delivered the second set of quilts to the fire station Wednesday.

“My grandmother used to knit. I know the time she put into doing that. So, for them to to do that shows commitment. It shows love. It shows all those things that we as a community, that we need. Those individuals did that and I’m so very thankful,” Williams said.

www.clickorlando.com

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Actress Joy Bryant was on Conan O’Brien’s show the other day and described how her macho 6’5″  husband, who is a stuntman and former athlete, is a “bro who sews” and the two of them even collaborate on a fashion line. But really, I only included this item in this week’s Scrap Bag for the gif.
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Toyota has just released new print ads and commercials featuring Brooklyn-based fashion designer Reuben Reuel. For the print ad, Toyota commissioned quilter Suzy Williams to make an 80″ x 90″  pictorial quilt of a city street to serve as the background in the photo. On her blog, Suzy described the process of working with the marketing team and photographer to design and make the fusible-appliqued quilt — from start to finish, the quilt took only 10 days to complete and deliver to Toyota. Keep your eyes out for that ad in your favorite (non-quilting) magazines!
suzyquilts.com

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Quilt and Sew Shop is holding a Halloween sale this weekend through Monday, October 31. Use promo code 15 HOWL at checkout to receive 15% off your entire order (some exclusions apply).

QNON16 Cover 500 221x300 Scrap Bag: art quilts stolen, quilt in car ad, t shirt quilt company sues rival, and moreAnd don’t forget to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue if you haven’t already. It’s our final issue in print and will be disappearing from newsstands, bookstores and quilt shops in just a couple of weeks. If you can’t find it in a store, visit Quilt and Sew Shop for either the print or digital editions.

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A Few More Books & Notions

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS SHERI, HEATHER, ALLISON, GISELA, AND PAM!

This week marks the last of two things — the last new episode of Design Studio with Thomas Knauer, and the last QN Blog giveaway. mfepktwsx6pw8oodalwg A Few More Books & NotionsThere will still be lots of new episodes of other inspiring quilting shows on QNNtv, and you will still be able to watch each full episode and segment of Design Studio with Thomas Knauer there as well. There will also still be new content here on the QN blog, so stay tuned to hear what quilting projects Lori, Mary Kate, and I are working on and other exciting news from the quilt world. As for what I’m currently working on, I made more progress on the small quilt I posted about last week:

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The borders are pieced but not attached, and only one of the four blocks is fully pieced. This view (laid out on my cutting table with other projects beside it on two sides) was the first time I really knew what it was going to look like, and I can’t wait to finish piecing it together!

Without further ado, the first and second giveaway prizes this week both contain Welcome Home: 8 Inviting Wall Hangings from Martingale; Top Your Table: 10 Quilts in Different Shapes and Sizes from Martingale; Welcome Baby: 9 Adorable Quilt Patterns from Martingale; and Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Setting Borders, Backing and Bindings by Donna Lynn Thomas for Martingale. More Books Prizes 1 and 2 A Few More Books & Notions

The third, fourth, and fifth prizes each contain a stencil brush, an Artist’s Paintstik in Old Sap by Shiva, an Artist’s Paintstik in Pthalo Green by Shiva, and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker. More Notions Prizes 3 4 5 A Few More Books & Notions

To enter for your chance to win one of the five  prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, October 30, 2016, telling us about a quilt show you’ve attended or would like to attend (International Quilt Festival is next week, after all). 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 FacebookTwitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see quilting tutorial videos and shows on QNNtv.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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October PIGS

I finished my October PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) project this weekend. I know, I haven’t finished the September PIG but I’ll tell you about it next week.

But first, let me tell you about the October PIGS project. We got a new couch. Our old couch was dark brown and I really, really didn’t like it.

We have two dogs. S’more is a Chihuahua mix, Coco is a Jack Russell mix. S’more sheds but her hair is short and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of it. Coco is a whole different story. She sheds a LOT. She is brown and white and that white hair seems to be everywhere. With the old dark brown couch, it looked good for about 10 minutes after I vacuumed it but the rest of the time it was just covered with Coco hair.

Other than our dog habit, we are pretty neat and tidy so I decided I wanted a much, much lighter couch so Coco’s hair wasn’t as obvious. We found one we liked and it was delivered two weeks ago.

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The New Couch

I loved it at first. But the more I looked, the more it just seemed boring. It needed some color but the color needed to come from something that could be easily washed because of the dog hair. Pillows or a small throw maybe.

I had one pretty silk dupioni pillow that I got out and put on the couch to see if I liked the look.

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Oops! S’more Liked the Pillow …

S’more liked it so much she promptly chewed a hole in it. Silly dog. We got her an acceptable chew toy and she seems to love it so I decided to do more pillows.

I pulled out one of the orphan block/PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) boxes and found three pretty blocks that would work for pillow covers. Our area rug is red, black, brown, tan and green so those are the colors I was looking for.

Because I wanted the pillow covers to be substantial, not flimsy, I quilted the blocks heavily. My quilting lines are about ¼” apart. The batting is Warm & Natural.

I did simple envelope backs. I’ll be able to take the pillow covers off whenever I want to wash them.

I have one little trick that I do to make my pillows nice and full. When I make the cover for a pillow, I don’t add seam allowances. In other words, when I was using a 16” pillow form, my quilt block unfinished measured 16”. Once I’d sewn on the envelope back, it measured 15½”. So it fits the pillow form very snugly and keeps its shape nicely.

I made two 16” pillows and one 18” pillow.

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S’more, Coco and the New Pillows (and Sketch, the Cat above Coco)

My project took me most of Saturday afternoon but I’m very pleased with the look of my new pillows. The dogs seem to like them and they’ll be easy to wash.

I have one funny picture to share. Late yesterday afternoon, my husband left the house. He told “the girls” he’d be right back and they should wait for him. Look what they did. They sat on the old sewing machine looking out the window so they could see him when he returned.

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Waiting at the Window

I think they like him.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about Best Day Ever, a pattern with letters from the December/January 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts  That issue is now on sale and you can get a copy at quiltandsewshop.com or at your local quilt store. It’s got some really fun quilt ideas.

And now, until next time, remember to find Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, 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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Scrap Bag: Graveyard Quilt exhibit, free coffin quilt block, literal leaf quilts, and more

This week’s bag o’ scraps of quilt-related news has a decidedly seasonal air, with stories of Halloween, falling leaves and even the election (I promise you, it’s a fun story, unlike the election itself).

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Graveyard Quilt by Elizabeth Mitchell, 1843. Photo courtesy Kentucky Historical Society

We received an email earlier this week from the head of collections management at the Kentucky Historical Society, Beth Caffery Carter, in response to my “This Month in Quilt History: October” blog post, in which I included the Graveyard Quilt. Beth wrote to thank us for mentioning the 1843 quilt, which is part of the KHS collection. She also wanted to let us know that the KHS has the Graveyard Quilt on display through December, a rare event owing to the quilt’s age and the fragility of the paper used to make the coffins. So if you’re in the Frankfort, Kentucky, area in the next couple of months, swing by to see this moving and unique quilt.
history.ky.gov

If you can’t make it, here are a couple of close-up photos that Beth sent for me to share with our blog readers.

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Graveyard Quilt by Elizabeth Mitchell, detail of the center medallion. Photo courtesy Kentucky Historical Society

 

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Graveyard Quilt by Elizabeth Mitchell, detail of the border. Photo courtesy Kentucky Historical Society

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For a modern and definitely more irreverent take on coffins-as-quilt-design, check out designer Jeni Baker’s foundation-pieced free pattern available from her website.
www.incolororder.com

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Coffin block, made from Jeni Baker’s free pattern

The block above is one that I made; the Crows print came from Timeless Treasures’ 2015 collection Wicked, and the background is a new Bali Batik in (coincidentally) Raven designed by Stacy Michell for Hoffman Fabrics. Somewhere in my stash at home I have a Día de los Muertos fabric I’d like to use to make another one, but first I have to find it.

For even more inspiration for fussy cutting Halloween fabrics using this block, check out The Confused Quilter’s blog.

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And since we’re on the subject of dark colors, paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore announced a deep amethyst they call Shadow as their 2017 color of the year. It certainly creates a mood in a room, that’s for sure, not unlike the darker colors major museums have been painting their galleries to offer more contrast to the art on display. Would it do the same for your favorite quilt?
www.apartmenttherapy.com

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Harmony Susella, founder of organic fabric manufacturer Harmony Art, has worked in textile design for many years. In a recent blog post, she shared a cute story about designing three politically inspired fabric prints in the run-up to the 2000 general election. “They wanted a donkey, elephant and eagle (for the reform party),” she writes. “It ended up being a huge PR campaign with all the candidates and their wives getting complimentary pajamas of their parties.” Maybe you had some of those pajamas yourself!
harmonyartblog.weebly.com

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Canadian artist Nancy Zimmerman is not content to just admire the changing leaves this time of year in her part of Ontario, or use them as inspiration for traditional quilts — she’s been stitching the leaves themselves into beautiful, ephemeral pieced quilts. “I’m going to keep making them until madness sets in or God just gets rid of the temptation,” she said. “Everyday, the colours seem more vibrant and beautiful.” To see what she’s been making, watch the short video at the link below, where her pieces are shown to better advantage than in the photos. You just might find some design inspiration for your next autumn-themed quilt.
www.thespec.com

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Halloween Street by Gigi Khalsa

Going back to the subject of free Halloween quilt patterns, be sure to visit the Quilters Newsletter website to view the autumn and Halloween patterns that are available for download. I remember a few years ago when fellow associate editor Gigi Khalsa was asking around the office for a variety of Halloween scraps to be used in a free pattern design she had in mind. When she brought in the finished Halloween Street, I thought, “That’s the type of Halloween wall quilt I’ve wanted to make for years but didn’t know how!” It’s adorable, and the more novelty Halloween prints you can get your hands on for fussy cutting, the better. Click here to download the free pattern for Halloween Street.

You can find even more Halloween and fall quilt patterns on the McCall’s Quilting website and for sale at Quilt and Sew Shop. Note that Quilt and Sew Shop is holding a Half Price Kits sale that ends Saturday, 10/22 — lots of great deals to be had on quilts for all seasons, featuring fabric from Moda, Dear Stella, Robert Kaufman, Art Gallery Fabrics, Hoffman and more.

Happy Halloween!

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Autumn Spice

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

No matter how many times we check and double-check a pattern, sometimes we make a mistake. More often than not when we get asked if a pattern is correct,DPQN20911 Autumn Spice it actually is (though we always check again anyway). Sometimes it just makes more sense once you’ve made a block than before you’ve made one. When we got an email asking about the border unit assembly in Music of the Seasons from our Best Quilts for Christmas 2011 issue, the E and F patch sizes sounded like they weren’t going to go together the way they should, and it turns out the F patch size asked for is a bit larger than needed.

The block size in Music of the Seasons is 9″ finished, and I had a miscellaneous 9″ block laying around I could turn into a small quilt if I made three more of that block and added the border from Music of the Seasons around them. I’ve always liked that border, and it would be a good way to do some test sewing on the patch sizes. The original pattern is a bed runner, but there’s no reason the same pattern can’t be used to make a different size quilt. Below is what a corner unit and a border unit look like laid out as cut patches. The F half square triangles in the image were cut from 3″ squares, not the 3 1/2″ squares the pattern calls for. If cut from 3 1/2″ squares, they can be trimmed down once sewn. The 90 degree angle corners of the triangles should be matched on the squares when sewn with the 45 degree angle corners hanging off by 1/4″ which can be trimmed off later. The black folded squares are rolled back and appliqued in place after the patches are sewn together to create a ribbon effect.MusicBorderUnits Autumn Spice

Below is one corner unit and three border units sewn together, laid out above the block I’m going to make three more of. If cutting down from the 3 1/2″ square triangles, the points of the squares should have a 1/4″ seam allowance beyond them. The block I’m using happens to be, coincidentally, the same quilt block being made in McCall’s Quilt Along Glorieta Lesson 7 of 12, which aired this week. It looks quite different with the different fabrics!MusicBlockWBorder Autumn Spice

If you’re here on this post for this week’s giveaway, it happens to be a bundle from the Autumn Spice metallic accent collection from P&B Textiles:PB AutumnSpice Autumn Spice

To enter for your chance to win a bundle of Autumn Spice, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, October 23, 2016, telling us about a technique you like using in your 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 FacebookTwitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see quilting tutorial videos and shows on QNNtv.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Oops! I’ve Done It Again!

We have standard language that we write into each and every pattern that has two or more different blocks. Our patterns say to use an accurate ¼” seam to make sure that all the parts of the quilt fit together. I know that. I write it all the time.

I understand that when there are two or more different blocks in a quilt and they have a different number of seams, it’s easy for the finished blocks not to be the same size. I know that.

When making a quilt with two or more different blocks, it’s wise to make a sample block of each of the different blocks and measure them to be sure they are the same size. I know that. Really, I do.

I KNOW THAT.

So will you tell me why this weekend, while piecing a new quilt top, I made 13 of one block and 12 of another and never once thought to measure any of the completed blocks?

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Poppies by Maywood Studio

I started with some beautiful fabric from the Poppies collection by Maywood Studio. The collection includes this beautiful striped fabric that I couldn’t resist.

I’m making a color option for a quilt that will be patterned in the April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. (On sale date is February 28) The quilt combines 9-patch blocks and LeMoyne Star blocks.

 

 

I finished all the 9-patch blocks and put them on the design wall. Then, as I started hanging the LeMoyne star blocks, I could see that I had trouble. But I’d cut and sewn all the half-square triangle units. They were stacked in piles ready to sew into blocks so it was too late to change them. With no other easy options, I finished making the star blocks but all the time I was thinking about how to fix the problem.

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The Star Block on Top of the 9-Patch Block

 

As you can see here, the star block is a little more than ¼” smaller than the 9-patch block. You can see the edges of the 9-patch peeking out from behind the star block.

Now since cotton is a little stretchy, I could have just pinned and eased the two blocks together but I was afraid my completed top wouldn’t lie flat, that it would be wavy and hard for my quilter to deal with. I decided I would trim the 9-patch blocks to make them the same size as the star blocks.

I trimmed my 9-patch blocks to 12 1/8” square. Because I didn’t want the trimming to be noticeable, I trimmed an equal amount off of all four sides of the blocks.

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Little Tiny Strips from Trimming the 9-Patch Blocks

Then came the sewing together of the blocks into rows and the rows into the main part of the quilt top. Ah nice, they fit and the quilt top was square and flat.

I started cutting the borders but Sketch thought it was time for me to take a break so we rested a bit.

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Sketch – Our Quilting Cat

I added the borders and have a quilt top that I’m pleased with. In fact, I’m more than just pleased. I think it’s wonderful. It will have to hang out here at the office for a while to be photographed but I can’t wait to get it finished.

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The Completed Quilt Top

 

I wish we could write about how to solve problems we encounter when we are quilting for an article in one of the magazines, but there are so many variables. For example, if the star block had been the larger of the two blocks, I couldn’t have trimmed it down. I would have had to cut off the points of the star to make it smaller and I wouldn’t want to do that. So I would have had to resew, taking slightly larger seams in the star block or add a border to the 9-patch blocks. I suppose the best solution is just to talk about my mistakes when they occur and hope that other quiltmakers out there can find help when they have a similar problem.

Another thought before I quit for today: I just received notice of a course at CraftOn lineUniversity.com, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels taught by Margie Ullery. Margie is a talented quiltmaker and designer and her course has been marked down to $39.99. Check here for more information.

And now, until next time, to find Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,  Instagram, YouTube,  QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and more classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

 

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Scrap Bag: antique quilts on Flickr, Turkish quilt traditions, online tutorials, and more

Here’s this week’s dispatch of quilt-related news tidbits we found too interesting not to share.

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Cleve Jones, the San Francisco gay rights activist who founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, has a memoir coming out this fall. The Washington Post published an article adapted from the book that details how Jones came up with and developed his idea.

Even the word had power for me. Quilts. It made me think of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. It evoked images of pioneer women making camp by the Conestoga wagons. Or enslaved Africans in the South, hoarding scraps of fabric from the master’s house. It spoke of castoffs, discarded remnants, different colors and textures, sewn together to create something beautiful and useful and warm. Comforters.

www.washingtonpost.com

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The International Honor Quilt

The Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville received an award from the Southeastern Museums Conference for the exhibition Capturing Women’s History: Quilts, Activism, & Storytelling that was on display February 1-March 19, 2016. The exhibit featured the International Honor Quilt, which was created as a companion for the Dinner Party, an installation artwork by feminist artist Judy ChicagoQuilters Newsletter included an article about the acquisition by the University of Louisville of the International Honor Quilt in our December/January 2015 issue.
www.judychicago.com

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Thanks to an English-language article about a new book entitled Traditional Quilting Art in Istanbul, I just learned that Turkey has its own quilting traditions going back centuries to the Ottoman Empire. According to the article, quilting has been done only by men from the Eastern Black Sea region. It looks as if the book is only available in Turkish, but based on the few images included with the article, the quilting looks beautiful and I’d love to see more.
www.dailysabah.com/books

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Fans of quilt history and antique quilts should spend some time looking at the Flickr page of the Madison Historical Society in Madison, Connecticut. It’s one of the best sites I’ve seen that offers so many detailed photos of antique quilts, allowing you to study the prints and stitches up close.
www.flickr.com/photos/madisonhistory

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in quilting blogs. In that case, you may want to check out the informative QuiltingDaily.com blog (one of our sister websites). Recent topics include “Fabric Painting Designs Using White-on-White Fabrics as a Resist,” “Free-Motion Quilting Inspired by the Masters,” and lots more, such as string piecing and binding tutorials, ideas on different ways to use large prints, surface design techniques, and so on. Lots of good stuff over there!
www.quiltingdaily.com/blog

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QN friend and contributor Carol Ann Waugh has just announced she’s closing her aBuzz Gallery in Denver’s increasingly trendy River North (RiNo) neighborhood.

Change is inevitable and it is with mixed feelings I’m closing my contemporary art gallery in RiNo at the end of the month.  RiNo is now the hottest real estate market in Denver and rents are rising quickly.  But more than that, buildings are being sold and re-developed into mixed use residential areas so this area is in a transition that will go on for 3-4 years.  When I opened my gallery, there were 7 art galleries within walking distance.  At the end of October, there will be only one.

I’m having a one-day exhibition of my new work Conversations: Decades and a closing party on October 29th from 5-8pm.  If you live in the Denver area, I hope you will come to help me celebrate the 3-1/2 years of aBuzz Gallery and the contributions we have made to artist’s lives and the culture of RiNo as well as seeing my latest contribution to the world of fiber art!

Viewers of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community may remember the episodes that we taped at aBuzz a couple of years ago, including an interview with Carol in which we talked about what she hoped to accomplish by opening a gallery that was dedicated to promoting textile art and artists. Best of luck in your next chapter, Carol!

QN Last Issue Cover 219x300 Scrap Bag: antique quilts on Flickr, Turkish quilt traditions, online tutorials, and moreBe sure to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue, on sale now in quilt shops, bookstores, newsstands and online at Quilt and Sew Shop in both print and digital editions. Get yours soon — we’re hearing reports that copies are getting hard to find in stores, perhaps because this is our final print issue. But be sure to stick with us here on the blog, as we’re working on plans for bringing some of the same great content to you online in 2017. Stay tuned!

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Staff Picks Books

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LINDA AND ANNA!

My design wall is currently blank. I finished piecing the Mardi Gras themed Irish Chain quilt I posted about a couple of weeks ago (which I decided not to add another border to, so it looks essentially the same as that photo, just fully pieced) and freed up the design wall for a new project. One idea I have involves using a technique similar to the “turned-back” bias technique used on the umbrellas in Carol Strief’s Shower Power to essentially window black fabric in various places so that a bright rainbow of colors peaks out from underneath. Another idea involves floral fabrics I originally wanted to somehow bargello into a flower design that I now think I might do more of a modified trip around the world design with. I might also pull out another work in progress project to start into again. If you’re looking to start on a new project, the books in this week’s giveaway could help:

Staff Picks Books Prize 1 Staff Picks BooksPrize 1 includes Snow Happy Whimsical Embroidery Designs to Mix and Match by Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs for That Patchwork Place; American Heroes Quilts Past & Present by Don Beld for Schiffer Publishing; and Intentional Piecing From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing by Amy Friend for Lucky Spool. Snow Happy and American Heroes Quilts were both featured as Staff Pick selections in Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016.

Staff Picks Books Prize 2 Staff Picks BooksPrize 2 includes The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting Long-Arm and Sit-Down by Angela Walters and Christa Watson for That Patchwork Place; Think Big Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18″ Blocks by Amy Ellis for That Patchwork Place; and The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans for Fons & Porter. The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting was featured as a Staff Pick in Quilters Newsletter August/September 2016.

To enter for your chance to win one of the two prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, October 16, 2016, telling us about a new project you’re planning on starting or an old project you’re planning on going back to. 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 FacebookTwitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see quilting tutorial videos and shows on QNNtv.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Quilts That Talk

I get to see lots and lots of wonderful quilts but even so, sometimes one just really catches my fancy.

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Best Day Ever by Kathryn Simel

This quilt by Kathryn Simel is one of those. When this cute quilt came into the office, all of the staff wanted to make quilts with their own words. So in the December/January issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts (on sale now at your local quilt store and newsstands or at quiltandsewshop.com), we gave directions to make this quilt including the letters to spell “Best Day Ever” and as a web bonus, we created the rest of the alphabet. You can find the web bonus at mccallsquilting.com. I like the cute quilt but I am in love with the idea of writing other things on a quilt.

I made this quilt using our letters. I talked a little about it in my blog two weeks ago.

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Make Stuff

It’s 27” x 46”. The fabric is from the Mosaic Blooms collection by Connecting Threads.

I pieced the back. I noticed when I turned it over to take this photo that I have lots and lots of thread tails to bury.

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Make Stuff – Pieced Back

I quilted it with free-motion cursive writing with lime green thread.

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See the quilting.

The writing says inspirational or motivational things like Create, Imagine, Dream in the middle but as I got closer to the edges (and had more room to write), is says things like The Most Effective Way to Do Something Is Do It, and The Hardest Part Is Getting Started. It’s a really fun piece. I plan to put it in my office.

Just think of all the possibilities with these letters. We can say anything we want in quilt form. I may not be done with this fun idea.

But now, until next time, remember to find Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, 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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