Saturday, March 16, 2019

National Quilting Day

Happy National Quilting Day! The annual event began in 1989, when the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate Kentucky's rich tradition of quilt-making. In 1991, National Quilting Association officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level. The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992. Since then, it has grown into a global celebration.
Fat Quarter Shop planned many fun activities.
  
Piece, Love and Quilting

To celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day, FQS released a FREE pattern in two sizes to commemorate the best day of the year! If you share your version of the Piece, Love & Quilting quilt with us, you could win a fabulous prize! 

Use fabric from your stash, or try our curated kits using Bella Solids! The Mini Piece Love & Quilting Quilt Kit is perfectly fun-sized, and the Lap Piece Love & Quilting Quilt Kit makes for a fun creative challenge. Just remember to share the final product with FQS through Dropbox for the chance to win one of three fabulous prize packs! Check out the blog post for rules and instructions. 

Download your pattern today and get started! 


Piece, Love and Quilting

Check out their celebratory Flash Sale! Today only, starting at 10AM CST, you'll find four quilt kits in a mix of colorways and challenge levels, and include Footprints CurioKirknewton and French Countryside!

Today, you can watch StoryBee for free. Watch free shows on The Quilt Show.
OLFA is hosting a giveaway. Bernina has a contest.
The sponsors below have free patterns:

 









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Friday, March 15, 2019

Perfect Treats Quilt Along: Top Layout

As much as I like pieces everywhere, strewn about like confetti, I suppose we should get the Perfect Treats top pulled together.

First, cut (4) 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" Background A and (2) 2 1/2" x 32 1/2" to fill in a few gaps. Here's a design wall overview with the placement of parts completed over the previous weeks. Check the previous posts if you missed out on any blocks by clicking on the top "Perfect Treats Quilt Along tab.


Where do we go from here. Let's combine a few things into larger block units. Attach a Push Pop block to the right side of one Ice Cream Cone block; attach a Push Pop block to the left side of another Ice Cream Cone block. Attach a 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" to the right side of one Ice Cream block and the left side of another Ice Cream block. Attach a Snow Cone block to the 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" sashing of each of the freshly created units. Attach a Push Pop Block to a Snow Cone Block.


That brings our design wall to this stage.


Next stitch the top row together by sewing an Ice Cream Cone / Push Pop block to the left of a Popsicle block. Add a  2 1/2" x 20 1/2" A to the left side of the Snow Cone / Ice Cream Cone block. Complete the row by attaching the two units.


Attach an Ice Cream Sandwich block to the bottom of a Snow Cone / Push Pop block. Attach another Ice Cream Sandwich block to the top of a Popsicle block. Make 2.

    

Stitch the bottom row together by sewing a 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" A to the right of a Ice Cream Cone / Snow Cone block. Attach a Push Pop / Ice Cream Cone block to the right of a Popsicle block.
Complete the row by attaching the two units.



Now our design wall is down to 7 units! Add a 2 1/2" x 32 1/2" to the right side of one Ice Cream Sandwich / Popsicle unit and to the left of the other. Stitch the remaining Ice Cream Sandwich unit to the sashing sides of the other 2 Ice Cream Sandwich units. Then, sew the 3 rows together.


Cut (6) 2 1/2" by width of fabric strips. Sew pairs end to end. Cut (2) strips 2 1/2" x 72 1/2" and attach to the right and left sides of the top. Cut the remaining strip 68 1/2" x 2 1/2" and attach to the bottom of the top.


If an outer border is desired, cut (8) 2 1/2" strips. Attach pairs end to end. Cut (2) 74 1/2" and attach to the right and left sides of the top. Cut (2) strips 72 1/2" and attach to the top and bottom.



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Friday, March 8, 2019

Perfect Treats Quilt Along: Snow Cone Block

Today we'll be making three Snow Cone blocks as part of the Perfect Treats Quilt Along. 


To recap, catch previous posts in the tab above. Share your progress on social media in my new Facebook group and on IG using #perfecttreatsquiltalong, #figofabrics and #keepingitfigo. Tag @quiltingmod and @figofabrics.

Cutting:
Background A:
10 1/2" x 2 1/2"
(6) 3 1/2" square (Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.)
(3) from template

Snow Left F:
4" x 19 1/2"

Snow Middle N:
3 1/2" x 19 1/2"

Snow Right D:
4" x 19 1/2"

O:
(3) from template

Attach a 4" x 19 1/2"D to the right and a 4" x 19 1/2" F to the left of 3 1/2" x 19 1/2" N. Crosscut into  (3) 6 1/2" sections.


Use 3 1/2" A squares to add stitch and flip triangles to the top corners of the units you created in the previous step.



Download templates for the paper cup unit. Print at 100% scale. Cut out three of each in the fabrics shown.


Sew these together using 1/4" seam allowances.

 

Assemble the snow unit, cup Unit, and 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" A as shown to make 3 blocks.



We're already finished with blocks! Next up will be assembly for the top.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Perfect Treats Quilt Along: Ice Cream Sandwich Block


Today we'll be making three Ice Cream Sandwich blocks as part of the Perfect Treats Quilt Along. Catch previous posts in the tab above. Share your progress on social media in my new Facebook group and on IG using #perfecttreatsquiltalong, #figofabrics and #keepingitfigo. Tag @quiltingmod and @figofabrics.


Cutting:

Background A:
(6) 2 1/2" squares (Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.)
(3) 20 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Sandwich Top K:
(3) 20 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Sandwich Side L:
(6) 20 1/2" x 2 1/2"
(6) 2 1/2" squares (Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.)

Ice Cream M:
(3) 20 1/2" x 4 1/2"
(3) 2 1/2" squares (Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.)

As shown, add a stitch and flip triangle (SFT) using an A 2 1/2" square to the top left corner of (3) K 20 1/2" x 2 1/2". Add a SFT to the bottom right using an L 2 1/2" square.
Add a SFT to the bottom right corner of (3) 20 1/2" x 2 1/2" L using 2 1/2' square M.
Add a SFT to the bottom right corner of (3) 20 1/2" x 4 1/2" M using 2 1/2' square L.
Add a SFT to the bottom right corner of (3) 20 1/2" x 2 1/2" L using 2 1/2' square A.


After sewing on the marked lines, pressing toward the corner, and trimming the bottom two layers to 1/4", assemble the blocks as shown.


Add a 20 1/2" x 2 1/2" A to the top of each block to prepare the blocks for the quilt.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Gridster Bee Blocks: January & February

How are those New Year's Resolutions coming for 2019? I'm more of a continual upheaval type of gal.
The book for a newly organized book club I aspire to join has arrived from Amazon. We'll be reading The Brave Art of Motherhood, which I'm no authority on, being several pages in. So far, it reflects some of what I've noticed about balancing my quilting passion with attempting to cherish the fleeting parenting moments.
I've decided to let a quilting group go that meets across town shortly after rush hour, but before my husband is supposed to get off work. However, I'm attempting to get back on track with attending ABQMQG, even though some of my closest friends have moved to other states or other hobbies. Maybe I could even make some new ones, like a mature adult--- the kind who reads books without pictures sometimes, if only a few pages of the first chapter.
I'm mentally preparing for spring: that special time of bunnies and bouquets, the weeks that pass in a blur of melting precipitation before you realize you missed sign ups for summer activities. Then you panic because you wonder what you'll do with four stir-crazy kids at home. Just me? Not this year! I'm going to rock the Google calendar now that I know its inclination to plug my reminders in on a day in 1972, in a month I never intended.
This all brings me to a thinking I'll share my Gridster Bee blocks while I'm not so far behind that I'd have trouble unearthing them from the digital picture archives, as was the case for the later part of 2018. You can check out our previous blocks at #gridsterbee on Instagram.

January brought cute little trees for Carol Gillen designed by Kristina Brinkerhoff of Center Street Quilts. She has the most beautiful Instagram feed. You can get the patterns from her Etsy store. I completed a Geometric Christmas Tree and a Mod Tree, and they came together easy paper-peasy. Just make sure you set your printer to a scale of 100%. I can't tell you how many times I've neglected to do that, but I can tell you it's been recently.



February brought cute little heart houses for Elizabeth Eastmond of OPQuilt. You can check her out on IG too.



She designed the pattern for her Merrion Square class.


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