Sunday, March 18, 2018

FYI: March 2018

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Tribal Plus: Modern Plus Sign Book Hop

It is my pleasure to introduce Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander's Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

This book gave me a positive impression with its vibrant photographs, well-illustrated instructions and innovative ways to use a popular shape in modern quilts. Inspired by the past, the included plus quilts are current in technique, design, and fabric choice--giving new life to a classic. It would be a great addition to any quilting library.  An overview of fusible machine appliqué, making half-square triangles two at a time, foundation paper piecing, and binding will increase your skills and confidence as a quilter. To sum it up, this text is a great value with a total of 16 quilt projects in a variety of sizes and difficulty levels.

I created the Tribal Plus quilt from the book. Below is the version of Tribal Plus from the book.

Photo by C&T Publishing
My version uses fabrics from Art Gallery Wanderer

To complicate matters, I used many of the same colors as the pattern, but in different places. 

I also used directional fabrics. The book states, " The patterns in this book were written for non-directional prints and include directions for cutting and piecing that make the most efficient use of the fabric. If you decide to use a directional print, such as a stripe or a group of houses, you may need additional yardage beyond what is stated in the materials list. You may also need to alter the cutting or piecing instructions. We highly recommend making a test block to see what alternations might be necessary." Did I read that before sewing? Nope, so that's on me.

If you use directional prints for this pattern, you'll need to: A. Be less compulsive than I am about sideways horses and houses. or B. Cut some of the pieces length of fabric instead of width of fabric. Or better yet, read the preceding pages before you launch into making your pattern and choose a non-directional fabric. 

As for me, I loved using my luxurious, stashed April Rhodes prints; I have no remorse. This pattern was so slick, there's likely to be a next time, during which I'll actually read and follow all the instructions. Probably. Maybe. Eh, who am I kidding?

Tribal Plus finishes at 60.5" x 62.5", so it was a nice size for quilting on my domestic machine.

I echoed 1/2" away from the edge of the gold sections using a ruler foot. Angela Walters has a new Craftsy class on that subject, or you can join Craftsy Unlimited if you prefer a subscription model. In the gray section, I used Connecting Curves with Petals from Dorie Hruska's Making Connections book. In the mint section, I used straight lines after seeing a genius idea on Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl's IG feed. The red was filled in with spirals.

It always amazes me to see the variety possible with the same pattern, but different fabric choices and quilting. Check out projects from the other quilters on the hop to see the versatility of Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

I'm linking up with:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Odori Quilt: Art Gallery Stitched Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Today is the very exciting Odori Quilt Along, part of the AGF Stitched with Kimberly series brought to you by Fat Quarter Shop.

Download your free quilt pattern, and join in on the fun! Purchase a kit featuring Love Story by Maureen Cracknell or choose your own assortment of fabrics. Also, make sure you add backing fabric and the versatile Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler  to your cart because you'll be needing it.

My fabric selections include Campsite Sweets Capsules Campsite, Esoterra Night Dino Trails, Lambkin Dim Keeping Watch, Blithe Silver Galcier Path, Fusions Woodlands Wreathed, Campsite Capsules Fireflies Glow, Blithe Philosopher's Dreams for the binding, and Curious Paws Capsules Nest for the background. I merged many collections--pulling my favorite prints, unified by theme and color palette. You can see the combinations other Art Gallery Fabrics admirers have curated at the #showandgetagf hashtag.

With so many seams coming together in the center of the spider web, I wanted a strong, but thin 50 weight thread to minimize bulk. I pulled Aurifil White 2024, Pumpkin 2150, Light Beige 2310, Mint 2830 and Forest Green 4026 to match my fabric selections.

I found that the scale of the Art Gallery prints was perfect for the 2" and 3" strips specified. I selected larger prints for the wider strips and vice versa. Those metallic bums have my heart going pitter patter! (File that under "Things I Never Thought I'd Type" 😊. )

There was enough leeway in the fabric requirements that I was able to do some fussy cutting. To be safe, it's a good idea to look through the instructions first and see how many units each strip set is intended to produce.

I labeled my strips with Alphabitties to keep organized. 

I found that it helped to further label my pattern as shown below to keep track of which unit went where.

Cutting the kite shapes was a breeze with the Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler. You cut 5" squares, and then line up two edges with the dashed guide lines before cutting both sides.

I'm not usually an open presser, but it made the most sense for this pattern, as it allows for the flattest seams.

Speaking of seams, there are no y-seams here! Hooray!

I adore the gender neutral Nest Capsule from Art Gallery Fabrics. See all the wonderful projects everyone has been making with Nest fabrics under the #nestisout hashtag. I chose Curious Paws because it reminded me of bear paws. (Though it would work equally well in a pet-themed quilt, as it mimics dog paws too.) I also wanted something non-directional.

Bear in mind that directional prints will be both facing the center of the web and facing the outside of the web in this quilt due to the strip-pieced construction techniques. This makes non-directional prints the easiest to work with, though I couldn't resist a few directional prints myself.

Even though the pattern specifies symmetrical spacing of the blocks, I maintained the colors within the rings, but rearranged the placement, making it harder to distinguish the individual block structure.

Come quilt along with us, and share using the hashtags #fqsquiltalong, #agfstitched, and #odoriquilt.

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