A Small Project Finished

When I last blogged, I talked about having leftover blocks from my current project due to a math error.  Mistakes aren’t usually terribly frustrating to me. I am of the when-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemonade mentality, so when I had 10 extra blocks, I made a little square with 9 of the blocks. The blocks finished at 8” so my square is small – only 24”.

I’d considered making it into a pillow but to be very honest, I’m not a fan of pillows. They never seem to be in the right place. I am admittedly more than a bit obsessive, so in my mind, pillows not only have to be in the correct spot but they also need to be placed at the correct angle. Dogs, husbands, kids and grandkids don’t seem to get the angle right – ever!

So I decided instead of a pillow to go ahead and make a very small quilt. I sewed fancy stitches on each of the blocks and then free-motion quilted all over loop-de-loops.

block A Small Project Finished

Scallop Stitched Block

Once I made the label and bound the little quilt, I had a cute little wall hanging or table topper.

I Can Do Math A Small Project Finished

Finished Project

But I’ve made very little progress on this big quilt that I’m actually supposed to be focused on.

done A Small Project Finished

I’m still working on this.

I tried some embroidery in that big blue border but either I didn’t do a good job lining things up or the weight of the quilt top pulled things out of position enough that it’s noticeable.

oops A Small Project Finished

Oops!

I’m going to have to fix the mess I made because it will bother me forever if I don’t. I brought it this morning to show my friends at work.

One of the things I love about sharing with sewing friends is that when we start brainstorming together, we come up with better solutions than I do by myself. I was envisioning removing the 8,000+ stitches that make up the top design. Paula suggested appliqueing a new section of border over the top of this but then I realized that if I remove this small section, I could do the embroidery on the new piece of border fabric and then place it exactly where I want it to be when I put the new section in the quilt. And if I embroider before stitching it in the quilt, it will be easier to line up in the hoop and I won’t have to worry about the weight of the quilt top pulling things out of alignment. It will be a little weird taking the border out but I think it’s a great solution. I can’t wait to get home to see how it works. I love the added interest of the machine embroidery so I think it’s worth a second try.

If you like to add machine embroidery to your quilts, check out the designs that are available at quiltandsewshop.com.

Until next time, for more about 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: 116-year-old quilt shop closes, Sheryl Crow’s cutter quilts, quilt-inspired public art, and more

Are you ready for some weekend sewing? I know I am! But first, some end-of-the-week tidbits of inspiration from the quilting and sewing world.

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Even in my business, this isn’t a story you see every day: a 116-year-old quilt shop in Salem, Oregon, is scheduled to close by the end of the summer. The owners of Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest have decided to retire and weren’t able to find a buyer for the shop located in Salem’s historic district. Click the link to watch a video broadcast by a local news station.
koin.com

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A few days after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, the one-year anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church was observed in Charleston, South Carolina. At the same time that quilters were mobilizing to provide comfort quilts for families and victims in Orlando, an exhibit of prayer quilts and other items that had been sent to Charleston last year was put on display at Mother Emanuel. The exhibit runs through June 30.
www.charlestonscene.com

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Did you know rock star Sheryl Crow is a quilt collector? Apparently she is, as well as a supporter of the local arts scene in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville. For the recent City Farmhouse Summer Pop-Up Fair, she donated three vintage cutter quilts “to be repurposed into individual pieces of art by creatives who applied for the challenge and were hand-selected, based on previous works and artistic ability.” The pieces created with the vintage quilts were auctioned for charity; in 2015, Crow helped raise $20,000 for the World Food Program by selling a range of goods from her personal collection. For one example, click here to see a settee that was reupholstered with a hexagon quilt.
cityfarmhousefranklin.com

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This Craigslist “for sale” listing made the rounds here at the office the other day. A woman in Dallas is trying to sell a yo-yo quilt she made for $600 so she can buy a new dishwasher. Considering it is queen-sized and there are more than 3,500 yo-yos in it, that works out to less than 17 cents per yo-yo. We all agreed that this woman’s work is worth more than that — what do you think?
dallas.craigslist.org

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Science agrees that even if you’re bad at it, making art can reduce stress. So stop apologizing for your less-than-perfect seams or questionable fabric choices — just keep quilting!
hyperallergic.com

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The Friendly Circle Quilt Club of Morgan County located in southeastern Ohio has just celebrated their 100th anniversary! The group currently has 20 members who meet once a month and complete 10 quilts a year. Some members have been part of the group for more than 40 years, and one member is a granddaughter of one of the group’s founders. Congratulations to all for such amazing continuity!
www.mchnews.com

(The phrase “The girls say their twenty members meet once a month” in the original article made me laugh because it reminded me of a story my grandmother loved to tell. A long time ago, when my older cousins were small children and were visiting our grandparents, my grandmother announced that “the girls” would be coming over to play bridge and the kids should behave themselves. After her guests had arrived, one of my cousins went into the front room and said, “Girls?! These aren’t girls, these are old ladies!” Honestly, she laughed about it for years afterward. But I digress …)

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Lawanda Baker and Somaya Singh, winners of the Juneteenth Mural Contest sponsored by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, paid homage to the African American tradition of quiltmaking and specifically to the creativity of the Gee’s Bend quilters with a mural they painted outside the facility.
www.birminghamtimes.com

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation has announced that artwork inspired by popular barn quilt patterns is now on display in Highland County. An extension of the 47-year old “Virginia is for Lovers” brand called “LOVEworks,” the series of public art installations feature giant LOVE letters in towns and cities across the Commonwealth. The large Highland County Barn Quilt LOVEwork letters are decorated with maple leaf blocks, double wedding rings, flying geese and log cabins.
theroanokestar.com

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If you are like many quilters, then one quilting topic you probably would like to know more about is how to resize blocks and patterns. And who can blame you? Once you know how to do the math* to resize a block or quilt pattern, the sky is really the limit when it comes to the variety of things you can make.

*Now don’t stop reading just because I said the M-word. You can do this, and our colleague at Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Debra Finan can show you how in her upcoming webinar “How to Resize Quilt Block Patterns.” A highly experienced quilt magazine editor, Deb will give you the insight you need to learn how to break down many of the most popular blocks — log cabin, Ohio star, flying geese and so on — and recalculate the patch sizes needed in order to make the block larger or smaller depending on your needs. Trust me, you do not need to be a math whiz to do this successfully, you just need some knowledge and a little practice.

Click here to learn more about this live webinar taking place June 30 (note that the recorded webinar will be available within one week after the live event).

As always, to find out about 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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So Many Books, Part 21!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS CATHY, MJ, and DIANE!

Temperatures have been soaring over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit around the Quilters Newsletter office lately, making it the perfect time to stay in where there’s air conditioning and quilt (not that every time regardless of what the weather is doing isn’t the perfect time to quilt). It’s also always the perfect time to read quilt books and magazines and glean inspiration from them. Quilters Newsletter‘s latest issue, June/July 2016, has articles to read on Collage Quilts; Quilts of India; Death, Grief, and Quilts; and more plus patterns and techniques to help inspire and transform your quilting projects. If you’re in need of even more quilting  items to read, check out this week’s giveaway:

Part 21 Prize 1 So Many Books, Part 21!Prize 1 includes Jelly Roll Jambalaya Quilts by Jean Ann Wright for Landauer Publishing, Fat Quarter Style by It’s Sew Emma, The Big Book of Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode for That Patchwork Place, and A Cut Above by Gerri Robinson for That Patchwork Place.

Part 21 Prize 2 So Many Books, Part 21!Prize 2 includes Easy-Cut Quilts with a Modern Twist by Laurel Albright with the Editors at Landauer Publishing for Landauer Publishing, Fat-Quarter Quickies by Kathy Brown for That Patchwork Place, Take 5 Fat Quarters by Kathy Brown for That Patchwork Place, and Quilts from Sweet Jane by Sue Pfau for That Patchwork Place.

Part 21 Prize 3 So Many Books, Part 21!Prize 3 includes Mariner’s Compass Quilts by Cynthia Sisler Simms for Schiffer Publishing, On-Point Patchwork by Donna Lynn Thomas for That Patchwork Place, ADORNit Inspiring Sewing Patterns by ADORNit, and Quilting with Doilies by Barbara Polston for Schiffer Publishing.

To enter for your chance to win one of these three sets of books, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, June 26, 2016, telling us about the largest quilting project you’ve ever made. 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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“The Worst Thing Quilting Has Done for Me”

What’s the worst thing quilting has done for you? I mean the absolute worst? Quilters Newsletter wants to know!

I’m guessing that for many of us, a list of the worst things quilting has done for us would include things such as:

  • lower checking account balance
  • less available closet/guest room/under-the-bed/etc. space
  • lower housecleaning standards
  • fewer home-cooked meals

And that’s just a start. What do you have to add to the list? Can you tell us in about 300 words?

If so, send your story to us by July 1 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of Quilters Newsletter. Regular readers know that 300 Words About Quilting is just what it sounds like: an opportunity for quilters to write a personal essay or reflection about a given quilting topic in approximately 300 words. We publish four submissions in each print issue, and publish additional stories on our website.

IMG 2667 The Worst Thing Quilting Has Done for Me

“300 Words About Quilting” essays can be funny, poignant or anything in between. We’re looking for real stories by real quilters — you don’t have to be a quilt celebrity for your story to be important to other quilters or to touch others’ lives. Contributors will receive both payment and a complimentary copy of the issue in which their story appears. Contributors should be prepared to provide a high-resolution headshot upon acceptance.

Email your stories to QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com and write “300 Words” in the subject line, or mail your stories to Quilters Newsletter, 300 Words about Quilting, 741 Corporate Circle, Suite A, Golden, CO 80401.

If you don’t want to tell us about the worst thing quilting has done, maybe one of our other upcoming topics will inspire your storytelling side:

  • The Most Unusual Influence on My Quilting — due July 1, 2016
  • If I Were a Quilter 100 Years Ago … — due September 1, 2016
  • My Ugliest Quilt — due November 1, 2016
  • If I Were Still a Quilter 100 Years From Now … — due January 1, 2017
  • The Quilt I Didn’t Want to Make — due March 1, 2017

We can’t wait to read your stories!

 

 

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Scrap Bag: Orlando comfort quilts, world’s “ugliest” color, Woody Guthrie quilt, and more

This has been a tough week in a lot of ways, hasn’t it? Some of today’s quilty news items reflect recent events, but hopefully you’ll find all of them inspiring.

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The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has started a project to make comfort quilts for survivors and families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. They’re accepting donations of individual blocks and fully made quilts; click the link for details.
theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

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Aussie 218x300 Scrap Bag: Orlando comfort quilts, worlds ugliest color, Woody Guthrie quilt, and moreIn the “What’s New” section of our June/July 2016 issue we included a news item (left) about the founder of Aussie Hero Quilts receiving a medal from the Australian government for her work providing quilts for members of the Australian military. Unfortunately, Jan-Maree Ball’s house was engulfed by fire earlier this week, destroying her workroom, her laptop containing her Hero Quilts records, more than 30 completed quilts and additional works in progress, and much more.

If there’s any good news to be had from this story it’s that Ball has already received loads of support.  “I have been absolutely embraced by the Defence community and the Aussie Hero community,” she said. “The abiding memory of this whole episode will be how people jumped in with support to show us we are not alone.”
www.dailytelegraph.com.au

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And in less tragic but still not-good news, an exterior brick wall of the Texas Quilt Museum was vandalized by graffiti artists last week. “Since it’s a historical building, we don’t want to sandblast it or take it off with chemicals until someone takes a close look at it,” museum manager Julie Maffei said, so for now the graffiti remains.
www.fayettecountyrecord.com

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Easing our way out of sad news to the merely unattractive, color research and service firm Pantone has named the World’s Ugliest Color: “opaque couché,” best described as a greenish brown-gray. It’s supposed to be a deterring color, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this in more than cotton print fabric.
www.apartmenttherapy.com

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Now let’s look at something pretty, shall we?

Home design blog Apartment Therapy put together a list entitled “15 Times Cross Stitch Was Actually Incredibly Cool,” which shows various ways to incorporate a cross stitch look into your decor.
www.apartmenttherapy.com

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This Quilt Is Our Quilt by the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild

When I visited QuiltCon West earlier this year, my attention was grabbed by one of the charity quilts, which depicts folk music icon Woody Guthrie and was made by the Tulsa, Oklahoma, chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. The Tulsa charity quilt project manager recently detailed how guild members worked together to design and make this quilt on the MQG blog. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a scrappy-yet-recognizable face in quilt form, you’ll want to read her his blog post.
themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com

 

 

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A quilter in Newnan, Georgia, would love to know more about the origins of an appliqued quilt top that she found in a local Goodwill. Debby Tourville, who has Type I diabetes, was intrigued by the different hand shapes on it and decided to finish the quilt by sewing small red buttons onto fingertips to represent drops of blood, familiar to people with diabetes who have to regularly check their blood sugar levels. She hopes to auction the finished quilt to raise funds to help cover her expenses to participate in a clinical trial. “I know these hands belong to somebody. I’d love to find the story,” she said. “Somebody was making a family quilt, a generational quilt.”
times-herald.com

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The tiny figures and dreamlike scenes hand embroidered by Michelle Kingdom “aim to unravel our inner perceptions” by combining “literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references fused together [to] explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception.” 
www.mymodernmet.com

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Dutch contemporary textile and crafts artist Elin de Jong spent the month of April in northeast Mississippi’s Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, where she documented colors native to the landscape by collecting plant materials such as mulberries, pine and osage orange, and used them to brew and apply natural dyes to a variety of fabrics using sustainable techniques. At the end of the month she presented a show of textile pieces that resulted from her work, including a quilt titled Misha Sipi, or “the old place.”
www.cdispatch.com

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And just for fun, here’s a 1958 British Pathé film about a husband-and-wife team of artists and fabric designers, with a focus on the textile work done by Eugenie Alexander. “This is an art form that housewives all over the country with a little talent might take up,” the narrator informs us as Eugenie Alexander works on a detailed scene made from fabric. Um, Mr. Narrator, this woman was seriously talented and skilled — I certainly couldn’t do what she did. But the background music and amazing 1950s colors in the Alexanders’ home are worth sitting through the warning to men not to “leave any old shirts or suits lying about.”

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MQK14123 Scrap Bag: Orlando comfort quilts, worlds ugliest color, Woody Guthrie quilt, and moreQuilt and Sew Shop is featuring quilt kits that are ideal for summer sewing on its Deal of the Week page, and all are marked down 50%! If you’re a fan of Moda, FreeSpirit, Art Gallery Fabrics, RJR Fabrics, Blend, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Quilting Treasures, P&B and/or Michael Miller, you are going to want to check out these deals forthwith. Did I mention they’re all 50% off regular retail prices? (And if you get a kit just for the fabric and use it for something else, no one will ever know.)

Click here to see the Deal of the Week kits and backings!

As always, to find out about 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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Kids Quilts and Hoops

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

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that keeping all my pins in a small box wasn’t very effective (partially because my cat kept knocking the box over and partially because there were too many pins for that size of box). I didn’t want a standard tomato pincushion, and while there are a few great non-tomato options at Quilt and Sew Shop, I felt more like making one than buying one. In my search for a pattern, I came across an English paper piecing pattern for a five-pointed star shaped pincushion made of squares and liked the concept. Since I have six colors of pins, however, I decided my star should also have six points, thus the parallelograms/diamonds in the picture below. (Fons & Porter’s Diamond Ruler makes cutting this shape easier.)CaitlinsStarPincushion Kids Quilts and Hoops

My original intention was to use the same fabric for the entire pincushion, but then I started fussy-cutting the stripe for the sides (without measuring to find out I’d only have enough for half the sides first) and quickly ran out of my first scrap fabric, necessitating the second scrap (batik) on the bottom. It might have been easier to English paper piece, but y-seams by sewing machine aren’t difficult with the right tips (check out the workshop by Kelly Ashton in Quilters Newsletter June/July 2015 or the Quilters Newsletter TV episode with Sandra Clemons), so I did almost all of the sewing by machine. The only hand sewing I did was to close up the final seam once I’d turned the pincushion right side out and stuffed it, and sewing the decorative button in the middle while indenting the cushion on both sides. If you’re planning to make a similar pincushion with indent, I recommend using a longer upholstery needle for this last step rather than the shorter-length hand-sewing needle used in closing up the final seam. Then I added the pins:CaitlinsStarPincushionwPins Kids Quilts and Hoops

We all need something to stick our pins in, and when we aren’t sticking them in pincushions or boxes, we might be sticking them in quilting projects made of great fabrics like those in this week’s giveaway, which consists of two prizes. Each prize includes an identical bundle of Stonehenge Hoops by Deborah Edwards for Northcott: Northcott Hoops 1 of 2 Prizes Kids Quilts and Hoops

And a copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Kids Quilts 2015: Cover BestKids15 500 Kids Quilts and Hoops

Here’s a picture of the two fabric bundles together: Northcott Hoops 2 Prizes Kids Quilts and Hoops

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, June 19, 2016, telling us something your father or another man in your life taught you. (It is Father’s Day this weekend, after all.) 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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Math Genius? Or Not …

Sometimes, my ability inability to do math in my head amazes me. Let me tell you about my latest excursion into the crazy world of math.

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Detail of Angi’s Quilt

Last summer I made this quilt for my niece using string-pieced blocks. Each of the 8” blocks had a strip of pale, pale aqua solid down the middle. We used the quilt for a video segment on QNNtv.com. To learn the basics of string piecing, check it out. I love string piecing. It uses a huge amount of fabric from my stash and the design possibilities are tremendous.

In the video, Mary Kate and I talk about how to make string-pieced quilt blocks and some design possibilities from different arrangements of the blocks. Because we did that lesson, I had a handful of extra blocks that I used as step-outs when we filmed the segment. After the segment was filmed, I finished the blocks I’d used for step-outs and they went into my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks).

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If I Could Churn Back Time

In March I made If I Could Churn Back Time.  See more about it in my blog post earlier this year. I made a huge string-pieced churn dash block for the pieced back. But then I decided I liked the big churn dash block too much to use on the back of a quilt so it also went to the PIGS pile. But I really, really love that huge churn dash block so it’s never been far from my thoughts. This past week, I decided I wanted to finish it.

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The BIG Churn Dash Block

So out it came. And as I was looking through the remaining PIGS for more inspiration, I found the extra string-pieced blocks. There were a bunch already made and they were the right color so I thought I could add them to the project, finish two PIGS at once and probably have a really good looking quilt.

The string-pieced churn dash block is 39” finished. I decided if I added a very narrow border around it so it could finish at 40”, that number would be divisible by 8” (the finished measurement of the blocks left from the string-pieced filming). My first thought was that I would add 2 rows of blocks so my quilt would be 9 blocks square and finish at 72”.  I needed 56 blocks to frame the churn dash. I needed more blocks than I had.

I made them and put them on the design wall as I went. As I looked at it  and considered options, I changed my mind. I wanted it one row longer so it could be a bed-size quilt. I made more blocks.

As I was putting the last of those blocks on my design wall, I still didn’t like it. There were 5 blocks across the top of the huge churn dash block and, of course, with an uneven number of blocks, the seam wouldn’t be in the center of the churn dash. And even worse, down the left side of the quilts the pale aqua strips in adjacent blocks formed a diamond but on the right side of the quilt the pale aqua strips formed an X.

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Diamond on the Left

 

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X on the Right

I just had to make the quilt one block wider so the double rows of blocks down the sides would match. My decision was to add a wide border around the churn dash block. I made a border to finish at 4½” which then made the center of my quilt so it would finish at 48”.  That’s divisible by 8” so I was right so far.

Now, I needed more blocks since I’d decided to increase the size. I counted the number of blocks I still needed. Yes, that’s right. I counted. You know, one-two-three-four … The blocks and the center of the quilt were hanging on my design wall. Granted the rows were a little crooked but I counted. I decided I still needed 15 blocks and proceeded to make them.

I stitched all the blocks together in rows and completed my quilt top and had 10 blocks leftover. What??? I still don’t know how I did that. It’s not like I was doing complicated math with square roots and fractions and decimal points. I was COUNTING!!!

Here is the completed quilt top. I think it is going to be wonderful.

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After All That – It’s So Pretty

I am making a matching 24” pillow top to go with my quilt. It has 9 of the extra blocks.

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9 of the Extra Blocks

The final extra block will probably be part of the label on the quilt.

I’m going to work on something else this week – hopefully with little or no math involved.

Until next time, remember, for more about 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: Psychologists tackle quilting “addiction,” celebrating WIPs, quilters support Fort McMurray, and more

The weather is heating up here in Colorado and summer is in full swing! I’m posting today’s Scrap Bag a little early so I can join my coworkers for a BBQ potluck lunch to celebrate the season. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Can quilting be an addiction? Not just a hobby, avocation or obsession, but a bona fide addiction? That’s the question psychologist Mark Griffiths explores in an article for the Psychology Today blog by examining and comparing previous studies done on the same topic. Spoiler alert: quilting does not rise to the official definition of addiction, but the article still makes for some interesting reading, particularly regarding a quilter’s stash: “… hiding the fabric stash become[s] symbolic of women’s attempts to carve out time and space for themselves amid the multiple demands placed on them by such greedy institutions such as family and the workplace.”
www.psychologytoday.com

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In a previous Scrap Bag I included an item about a Montana quilter who offered to transport quilts donated for victims of the Fort McMurray fires across the border into Canada to avoid the quilts getting caught up in customs. Well, as often happens, Dorene Wirth has been deluged with many more quilts than she ever thought she’d receive and is now working to figure out how to get them to those who need them.
www.lewistownnews.com

Meanwhile, Canadian quilters have been continuously working to make and provide quilts for those displaced by the fires, such as the Westshore Quilters Guild of British Columbia. “It’s always gratifying to help someone,” a guild member said. “The generosity has been overwhelming.”
www.goldstreamgazette.com

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How many UFOs or WIPs do you have? What if I told you that it’s possible some of them are already finished? The Met Breuer Museum in Manhattan is exploring great works of unfinished art in the exhibit “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” Granted, these are paintings, which are easier to display in an unfinished state than a quilt would be, but the article “You Gonna Finish That?” on NPR examines different reasons artists might not complete a work as they’d originally planned — apparently Paul Cézanne told his mother that finishing things was a “goal for imbeciles” – and it could prompt quilters to approach unfinished projects with a different mindset.
www.npr.org

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First Lady Michelle Obama was presented with a quilt entitled Apollo Revisited: Homage to Alma Woodsey Thomas by Cathy Fussell at an annual luncheon hosted by the Congressional Club, an organization of spouses of those serving in Congress. The inspiration for Fussell’s quilt came from an abstract painting by Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978), Splash Down Apollo 13, 1970, that hangs in the White House. Fussell made the quilt at the request of a friend of Vivian Creighton Bishop, wife of Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA). (Having never heard of Thomas before reading this article, I can totally see why a quilter would be inspired by her colorful work.)
www.ledger-enquirer.com

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British veteran Dennis Gimes has been working for the past three years to collect celebrity signatures on a fundraising quilt, and his efforts will soon pay off. Later this month the patchwork quilt that contains signatures from a number of U.K. celebrities, including comedian/actor Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley (Patsy in “Absolutely Fabulous”), will be auctioned to benefit two charities that serve homeless veterans.
www.mirror.co.uk

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A woman who lives near Liverpool, England, has just celebrated 10 years of working on an embroidered quilt that she plans to give to her daughter when completed. Val Rowlands, who uses a wheelchair and is a member of a sewing group for people with disabilities, originally intended to make a single tea tray cloth using the traditional Irish style of Mountmellick whitework embroidery, but as the project grew she began incorporating rare and specially sourced threads. When she started the project she only had use of her left arm as her right arm was temporarily paralyzed following an accident.
www.champnews.com

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The quilt I made for my parents

In a recent blog post I talked about realizing that an old, scrappy delectable mountains UFO I thought I might finish to donate to a charity had become too meaningful over the passing years to give away owing to the fabrics I had used. This quilt, and the story behind it, is largely responsible for that change of heart.

applique quilt 1024x885 The quilt I made for my parents

Jim & Nora Sittin’ in a Tree by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

I blogged about this quilt when I finished it back in February 2011 but I didn’t include many details or a photo, as my mother was a regular reader of the QN blog at the time and the quilt was still in transit to my parents’ house. If you read the blog post, you can see the comment she left at the bottom after it had been received. At the time it didn’t have the name you see in the caption of the photo above, Jim & Nora Sittin’ in a Tree, a title that only came to me recently.

This quilt started out as the project for a traditional hand applique class I took at my favorite quilt shop circa 1996-1997, not long after I started my first full-time job and not long before I moved out of my parents’ home into an apartment. When picking fabric, I think the navy blue leaf print that I used in the borders jumped out at me because it reminded me of the couch in my parents’ living room that we’d had since I was little. I chose the other fabrics to coordinate with it and decided I would make the finished project – originally supposed to be a large wall hanging – for my parents.

I didn’t complete the reverse applique on what is now the inner border until months after the class ended, after which my life’s focus shifted and I stopped quilting for a few years. I got back into quilting circa 2004, which is when I added the mitered borders to make it more of a small throw quilt and got started on the hand quilting. Again, life intervened and the quilt went back into the UFO pile until I resumed quilting it in autumn 2010, not long after I’d started working for Quilters Newsletter. I finally finished it in February 2011 and promptly sent it to my parents, who put it on display over a chair in their living room, where I’d sat to do the bulk of the applique and next to the couch that inspired it.

IMG 2273 The quilt I made for my parents

My parents have both since died, and so the quilt is mine again. It’s not the only thing I ever made for them but it was certainly the largest and most time-consuming. I know my mother in particular was proud of the work I’d done (her initial reaction to my fabric choices was, “Blue for the leaves? That’s … interesting.”). Even though they never used it – there isn’t much call for lap quilts in Los Angeles – it served its intended purpose, which was to let them know how much I loved and appreciated them.

So that’s the story behind this quilt, and part of the story behind my delectable mountains UFO. The navy-blue-and-rust palette that my parents picked out one day decades ago when shopping for a new affordable couch has become one that I will forever associate with them and with their home — our home — and that I have now incorporated into my own home. While the quilt itself may not be objectively considered heirloom-quality, I have the sense it has begun its transformation into a family heirloom, something imbued with memories of people and places that have passed for current and future generations to live with and appreciate.

This quilt is part of the “Quilts from Within” exhibit that’s traveling with Original Sewing & Quilt Expo shows for the next year, having made its debut at the America Quilts EXPO in Iowa over Memorial Day Weekend. If you go to an OSQE show and see it on display, tell it “Hi” from me. Click here to see the full calendar of upcoming Original Sewing & Quilt Expo shows around the country.

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PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS PEG, CAITLYN, ANN, and VICKI!

Sometimes when you plan a quilt, you make it according to plan. Sometimes you plan a quilt, get it up on the design wall, question what you were thinking, and change your plans. My independence square blocks quilt is one of the latter. The original plan involved making the blocks, joining them in rows, and joining the rows. Then I got it up on the design wall and decided it was giving me a headache because it simply had too many prints without anywhere for my eyes to rest. The new plan involved adding sashing between the blocks and solid borders, which then updated to include four patches as cornerstones and the borders including printed patches in the corners.

Independence Square Quilt Pre Sashing More Quilting Patterns

The original plan — too many prints!

Independence Square Quilt on Design Wall More Quilting Patterns

The current plan — note that I didn’t have the blocks far enough to the left on the design wall to pin the border correctly on the right side. The upper left-hand corner is how I’m planning for the corners on the borders to look.

Whether or not your current quilting projects are conforming to your original plans, I’m sure you could use some inspiration for future quilting projects. Giveaway prize 1 this week includes Summertime Sampler by Erica Kaprow for C&T Publishing; Traditional Primitives From Missie Carpenter: The Gardens of a King by Missie Carpenter; Wool Needle Keeper kit by Pastthyme Patterns for Marcus Fabrics; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker. Patterns Pt2 Prize 1 More Quilting Patterns

Prize 2 includes Grand Lemoyne Star by Jennifer Sampou for Stash Books; gRadiant by Kate Colleran and Elizabeth Balderrama for Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs; Twisted Windmill from Queen of Stitching, Inc.; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker. Patterns Pt2 Prize 2 More Quilting Patterns

Prize 3 includes Heirloom Treasures Crazy Quilt by Deanna Hodson for Rose Cottage Quilts, How Great Thou Art by Deanna Hodson for Rose Cottage Quilts, and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker. Patterns Pt2 Prize 3 More Quilting Patterns

And prize 4 includes “Quilter’s Academy: 50 Styles of Quilting” by Helen Godden for Handi Quilter; “Karen Kay Buckley’s Border Design Workshop” by Karen Kay Buckley; “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto” by Paula Reid for Batts in the Attic; Quilter’s Academy: Add, Alter, Delete, and Change” by Sue Patten for Handi Quilter; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker. Patterns Pt2 Prize 4 More Quilting Patterns

To enter for your chance to win one of the three quilting patterns or one quilting DVDs prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, June 12, 2016, telling us something you planned one way that turned out better after you re-planned it. 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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