Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wonderland Quilt Along: Finishing and Giveaway

If you're participating in the Wonderland Quilt Along, it's time to get things quilted up. To get in on the prizes, you need to be quilted and bound. Perhaps you're into quilting by paycheck; that's fine. An allover design or walking foot pattern will do beautifully too. However, in case you want to do some custom work, I'll show you what I did. My last version had different free-motions designs, so you may want to check that out post first. I also went into detail about how I created the free-motion machine embroidery words on my original quilt.

I used large spools of Aurifil 50 wt thread. While I started with an Aurifil Designer Collection, I added spools from my color rack as I went to match the fabrics in the top. The final selections include 2620, 5007, 2615 2024, black, 2784, 2783, 2805, 5006, 2884, 1114, 2860, 5015, 2214, 2420, and 6729. 

The bobbin contained cream to match the backing.

The entire background is a curling ribbon and bows. For the Cheshire, I used radiating curves for the ears and nose, pebbles for the main body, and a star meander to match the print on the head.

The teapot and cup feature lines with pebbles, rows of brackets, and radiating curves.

Some matchstick quilting, oval pebbles, and curvy lines appear on the bottle. The cake has ribbon candy, pebbles, and rows of square spirals.

The rabbit has a fur/flame pattern and a branchy meander. (Yep, that's the proper term I just invented.)

The hookah has overlapping arches, a wishbone on the navy and radiating curves.

I learned my lesson from last time, and committed to few words. I did a paraphrase of a line from the last page of Alice in Wonderland.

The flamingo has feathers (of course) ;and some angled straight lines. Flowers have scallops and veins for the leaves.

The suites were treated to a loop de loop or a curved grid. Mine's off, but this is me being okay with that. The intention was for them to cross in an arch.

Spirals, curvy lines, and a back and forth meander fills the mushroom.

Jan. 1 one random grand prize winner who tags their finished quilt with #wonderlandquiltalong will win a #createyourownaurifilcollection of 12 large spools in 50 wt generously donated by the best thread makers anywhere @aurifilthread, a fat 1/8 bundle of @riflepaperco @cottonandsteel and a couple enamel pins. (Retail value over $150!) 

Threads included in the prize are #2785, #2715, #2692, #4644, #2890, #2730, #2395, #2150, #1154, #6723, #2479, and #2606. These are also the thread matches I recommend if you are using Rifle Paper Company's Wonderland collection and want to match your threads to your top.

Another random winner who finishes and shares gets a fat quarter bundle and an enamel pin. International winners must pay their own shipping. Good luck ! 🐇♠️♣️♥️♦️

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Monday, December 10, 2018

FYI: December 2018

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Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Company hosted a Secret Santa Sew Along.

Sheryl has a new book, Quirky Little Things, and an upcoming fabric line, Temecula Treasures.

Olfa is hosting #OLFAHolidays on Facebook and Instagram. Each day there will be a new prize to win by following the sponsors and answering a fun question.

Fat Quarter Shop is having special flash sales every day until Christmas.

Sew Fresh Quilts is having a 50% off holiday sale! See Lorna's post for details.

Don't forget to wrap up those Wonderland Quilt Along projects before Jan. 1, photograph them, and post to Facebook or IG with #wonderlandquiltalong (or e-mail me your pic at aftonwarrick@hotmail.com and let me know you want me to post for you) for a chance to win one of two incredible prizes: two lapel pins and a large spool collection generously donated by Aurifil that was hand picked by yours truly to coordinate perfectly with the Rifle Paper Company fat eighth bundle included in this prize package or a set of fat quarters, two small spools of matching thread, and a lapel pin. 

#wonderlandquiltalong Prize #1

#wonderlandquiltalong Prize #2
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Jolly Bar Meringue Quilt

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Welcome! Today is all about the Half Square Rectangle, the lesser known sibling to the Half Square Triangle. Fat Quarter Shop, Grade A-quality quilt shop and home to an extensive library of free patterns complete with excellent video tutorials, is blog hop hosting the Jolly Bar Meringue Shortcut Quilt.

Jolly Bars are 5" x 10" precuts, of which Fat Quarter Shop has a nice selection. Another possibility is to take a Layer Cake you love and cut it once down the middle.

The Jolly Bar Meringue Quilt is part of the Shortcut Quilt Series. Fat Quarter Shop has an entire playlist of tutorials for these quick to assemble quilts.

Fat Quarter Shop makes it so very easy to get your quilt up and running with a Jolly Bar Meringue Quilt kit featuring All Weather Friend by April Rosenthal and coordinating 3 1/4 yard backing setThe kit includes the pattern, fabric for the 48.5" x 48.5" top and binding, and the Creative Grids 9.5" Perfect Rectangle Ruler.

If you forgo the kit, you'll need the Creative Grids 9 1/2" Perfect Rectangle Ruler so you can easily cut those lovely angled corners, one print Jolly Bar, one solid Jolly Bar, 5/8 yard binding, and 3 1/4 yards backing.

I used a Pepper & Flax Jolly Bar, but instead of a solid Jolly Bar, I cut 5" x 10" rectangles from
Grunge Basics Pear yardage. However, if you are using yardage instead of a Jolly Bar for the solid fabric, make sure you cut 5" x 10" rectangles, and then stack them all right side up before using your ruler. If not, half your pieces will not be oriented correctly.

After I sewed each print triangle to a Grunge triangle, I paired the identical Half Square Rectangles side by side so they could be chained through all in one sitting.

My design wall was a huge help, as I wanted my arrangement to look random, but to have the colors nicely balanced.

My Aurifil thread card with real thread on it is my indispensable resource for deciding which threads to use for quilting. 

I chose all 50wt. #2021 Natural White#2130 Medium Butter#2615 Aluminum#5004 Grey Smoke, and #2886 Light Avocado were wonderful matches for Pepper & Flax, as I wanted the quilting texture to be noticeable, rather than the lines of stitching. 

The quilting was completed entirely on my domestic machine, and is a combination of ruler work and free-motion. I marked the middle of the shorter sides of the printed triangles and stitched from the smallest angle to the marked mid-point. I then filled in the half along the diagonal with radiating curves, a braid, figure eights, or ribbon candy. Each color got a different design in a matching thread color to keep things fresh. Within the green triangles, I divided the longest, non-diagonal side in half. I drew a line from this point to the corner. The more stout triangle was given straight lines spaced 1/4" and 1" alternately.

I pulled a buttercream yellow (Technicolor Leaf in Sun by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller) from my color-sorted stash to compliment the yellows in Pepper & Flax, but any of the yardage from Corey Yoder's presently available collection would be perfect.

While the pattern calls for a 6 x 6 square arrangement of blocks, I went with one fewer block and a 5 x 7 rectangular arrangement.

Check out all the other versions of the Meringue quilt on social media under the hashtags #fqsquiltalong, #shortcutquilt and #jollybarmeringuequilt and on the Jolly Jabber blog post. If you're visiting from FQS, I'd love if you'd subscribe to my feed via e-mail (sidebar) or Bloglovin' because I'll be having all kinds of other fun projects and inspiration coming soon.

Also, today begins Fat Quarter Shop's Countdown to Christmas, 12 days of great deals. Check out the new sales each day beginning at 10am CST. They will be first come, first serve specials ranging from discounts on fabric and notions to freebies to one-time offers.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Quilt Market: Cotton + Steel

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There has been quite a stir since RJR announced the original Cotton+Steel designers would be moving on from the company. Where would they go? Who would be designing for Cotton + Steel? Quilt Market brought some answers. Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts have become the Ruby Star Society and will be collaborating with Moda Fabrics.

Meanwhile, RJR has launched collections with an Around the World theme and a set of new designers. Leslie Tucker Jenison launched Pollinator.

Victoria Findlay Wolf has come from Marcus to join the RJR team. She has low-volume Neutrals collection, assorted Stripes, and prints within Playmaker.

Once Upon a Time uses images created with silkscreen, colored pencils, collage, and acrylic paint in a diary-like style. Emi Oka, its creator, hails from Japan.

Newsprint is a collaborative collection featuring prints from the four Around the World: Japan designers.

Starstrung by Briar Hill designs shows of the woodblock prints in Chiemi Fujita's Kibori collection

Mori No Tomodachi by Hitomi Osumo rounds out the collections. The quilt is Ellabella by Sew What You Love, the Roo Romper is by Too Sweete, Astoria sweatshirt by Colette Patterns, and Turkis Dungarees by Pauline Alice Patterns.

What do you think? Are you an avid C + S fan? Will you be snatching up the Ruby Star Society prints when Moda starts shipping? Are you jumping onboard with RJR for a trip around the world, starting in Japan?

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