Saturday, January 13, 2018

Albuquerque Old Town

I'm going to take a little breather from the usual quilting programing to bring you a tourism feature; though if you're a local, it may be even more beneficial. Today I'm sharing an illustrated guide to Old Town, a cultural and shopping district great for locals and visitors alike. 

My family and I enjoyed lunch at High Noon, an upscale place with classic and area-specific specialities. We tried the Shrimp Pappardelle, Lobster Bisque, and a chicken dish. All were tasty.

Then I did a bit of shopping at San Pasquals, which I initially took for a furniture store. However, it was a wondrous shop with numerous unique specialty items. Aren't these measuring spoons too pretty?

I adored these fuzzy birds.

Then I sighted these fantastic bed sheets. Wouldn't this set be great for a kid who loves Wonder?

Or this set for a dinosaur-enthusiast? Personally, I decided on a mermaid set for my daughter.

I picked up a pale blue set of these favorite candles of mine.
They had aprons.

And Kitchenwares.

These were the most adorable socks.

I thought these clips would be adorable hang up a mini quilt or a top for photographing.

Or the absurdly charming lamas.

Have you been to Albuquerque? If so, have you checked out Old Town?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fat Quarter Shop Boxed Sets

Did you miss out on the super cool notions Fat Quarter Shop surprised subscribers with in their Sew Sampler boxes this past year? Fat Quarter Shop is now offering greatly discounted boxed sets including some of their best items that you may have lamented missing out on earlier. Buy them before the limited quantities get snatched up (affiliate links present)!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wonderland Quilt Along Block #4: Keys and Bottle

It's time for this month's Wonderland Quilt Along blocks. As a quick overview, I'll introduce one block a month for the year until we reach the final layout by the end of 2018. The top will finish at 46" x 60" with 3" borders attached, 40" x 54" without.

This month, you'll need to bring out those paper-piecing  skills. If you're new here, or to paper-piecing, you may want to check out the Block #2 tutorial.

You'll also need to download the pattern, and you might want to join the Facebook community of quilters making their own.

We will be stepping it up a little with multiple units. Not to worry, the paper-piecing process is the same. They'll just be a few pieces to sew together, traditional-style once the units are pieced and trimmed to the unfinished (with seam allowance included) size.

I like to do the first step (Cover Piece 1. Add Piece 2 by sewing along the line separating 1 & 2, with right sides together and a shortened stitch. Press open. Trim seam allowance.) on all of the units at the same time. Then I do the next step on all the pieces, and so on. This streamlines the process for me since it's less laps around the sewing room.

I tend to pull from my scraps or cut a piece that will generously cover each area, as determined by pinching on seam allowance side of the line and doing a test flip.

Some units get finished. As for the others, I just keep placing, piecing, and pressing.

Once all the units are completed, I sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance.

And then, it all comes together!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Arrowhead Quilt

I wrapped up (literally and figuratively) a quilt for my mother's Christmas present. The pattern is the Arrowhead Quilt from the 13 Spools Tribal Block Club.

I used a white solid, along with fabrics from the Transformation collection by Sarah Vedeler from Contempo Studio. I wanted to detail the background with free-motion and ruler work to highlight the negative space. All the quilting was done with Aurifil White #2024.

This piece is an example of alternate grid work, which I intended to use in conjunction with my November guest post for the Modern Quilt Along at Simple Simon and Company. (Except, I think Elizabeth & Liz might have forgotten 😊.)

I started with diagonal, straight lines to stabilize the top and divide up the space. From there, I used the quilt as a testing grounds for an assortment of border designs. Affiliate links occur in my resources below, as well as non-standardized naming of patterns. The designs have different names depending on the source, much like quilt blocks.

Moving from the corners inward, I used Triangle Spiral; the Swirl Chain from Angela Walter's Borders and Backgrounds Craftsy classBow Tie from Lori Kennedy's Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3an elaborate border designed by renowned teacher Jessica GamezFigure 8/Ribbon Candy from Small Changes, Big VarietySimple V filled with Pebbles; Chain Squares from Small Changes, Big Variety and Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters; Brackets from Angela Walter's Borders and Backgrounds and Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters filled with Twist/Wishbone/Figure 8'sStacked TrianglesConnecting Waves from Making ConnectionsArcsKaleidoscope taught by Christina at A Few Scraps; S'sSerpentine Line from Help! How Do I Quilt It? or Twisted Rope; and Custom Feathers from Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers.

The video I used to create the Kaleidoscope free-motion pattern follows:

Ruler work was used on the Dot-to-Dot Simple V design and the elaborate border incorporated thanks to step-by-step guidance from Jessica Gamez of Jessica's Quilting Studio in her Border Symphony techniques I admired from quilting she did on Almost Like the Blues. Any irregularities are from my execution of the technique, rather than her instruction, I assure you. I marked points using a Clover wet-erase marker.

I pulled scraps that matched the colors of the prints used in the top from my color-sorted scrap bins, and cut the ones that were large enough into 2 1/2" strips. These were joined together to create my scrappy binding. It makes a cheery and economical option.

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