Friday, August 28, 2020

Mini Charm Muffins Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome! Today's project is the sweetest little wall hanging or baby quilt. 

I'm joining Fat Quarter Shop's Mini Charm Muffins Quilt Along which is part of the Shortcut Series. 

Fat Quarter Shop has a kit available featuring Apricot and Ash by Carey Yoder, or you can pick up the free pattern and choose your own fabric selection for the 34.5" square kit. I chose the adorable agrarian collection, Farm Charm by Gingiber. which balances red, aqua, and neutrals. 

While I used to always pick black, white, or cream for backgrounds, I've grown to love other options. This time, I went with Kona Azure. The binding is Strawberry Lattice.

I would do a few things differently in hindsight. For one, I would not hide a dozen mini charm squares from myself by laying a cutting mat out of the way and over the top of them. I couldn't find the missing squares for the life of me, and had my suspicious that one of the four children quarantined within my household were responsible... until after I cut additional squares from the binding fabric, took apart enough 9-patches to intersperse the replacement squares, and put the blocks back together. Figures!

Secondly, because I'm a bit compulsive (um.. okay, a lot) it bothers me if fabrics are going every which way. If you can pep-talk your mind into being chill about topsy turvy, perfect! If you're more like me, I recommend you make the sixteen 9 Patches first. Then add the stitch and flip triangles to three of four corners. Make sure you have an even number of 9 Patches exempting each corner (four of each arrangement). Trying to keep track of which 2.5" squares needed a corner added with all of them separate required far too much concentration to keep them oriented upright.

For the quilting, I used my walking foot to do some echoing in the sashing. Then I filled in the squares with loop-the-loops. 

For the mini charm squares, I did a design from Making Connections---A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook.

The backing is Farmhouse Floral by Nancy Neiman for Penny Rose Fabrics.

Check out the Fat Quarter Shop blog for their post featuring all the participants.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Quilt Block Mania: Back to School

Welcome back for a new month of Quilt Block Mania. This month the theme is Back to School, whether or not that is a real life possibility. In any event, here's to all the paste eaters!

The color scheme has pretty, earthy tones this time around.

We will do some paper-piecing on this one. Download the pattern. Make sure your printer is set to 100%, or bad, shrinky things happen. Piece Section A.

Cut a 3" x 2" pale green rectangle and (2) 2 1/4" x 2" light green rectangles. Attach a light green rectangle to the right and left sides of the light green rectangle.

Cut a 2" x 2 3/4" red-orange rectangle, (2) light green 2" squares. Press in half diagonally. Place one in the top right corner, matching the raw edge. Stitch a 1/8" from the edge of the rectangle to hold in place. 

Push the folded edge toward the corner and stitch on the overlapping portion. 

Repeat with the second square, except this time position in the top left corner. 


Cut (2) 2 3/4" light green squares. Attach to the right and left sides of the unit you created.

Cut (4) 2" pale green squares. Apply the same corner treatment to all four corners of Unit A.

Sew all three units together.

Cut (2) 3 1/2" x 12 1/2" pale green rectangles. Attach to the right and left sides of the previously created unit.

Check out the other free blocks for this month!

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

ODIF: Christmas in July

Welcome to a new installment of Odif Ambassador projects. Today's theme is Christmas in July, and I picked an advent calendar, inspired by some advent stickers that have been hanging around without a purpose, and the unavailability of time to make a full Christmas quilt at the moment with four munchkins afoot non-stop. (Sing to the tune of Oh, Christmas Tree) Oh, quarantine! Oh, quarantine, how lovely are your mask-iz. Ok, I'll stop, as song lyrics are apparently not my strong suit. Even the captive children are not amused. Where were we? Oh, yes---a project. 

I cut rectangles 16" x 7", and folded these over, wrong sides together for the pockets. I marked 1/2" from the edge of each end for the seam allowance and divided the remaining space into 3" sections. I centered a sticker in each of these sections excluding seam allowance on the bottom raw edge. I applied Odicoat over the front of each pocket as shown in the video, and let that dry.

Then I cut (5) rectangles from the background fabric 16" x 4 1/2". I sewed the top together by laying a background rectangle face up, layering the pocket face down (still folded with right sides outward) with the raw edges matched, then, layered another background piece face down. I stitched the raw edge and then pressed open with the pocket showing. I repeated the process until all sections were added.

I cut a 16" x 6" rectangle for a sleeve. I pressed each short end over 1/2" twice using a Clover Hot Ruler. (You should totally get yourself one for July.) I opened this up, blocked off all but the final 1 1/2" with a Dollar Tree chopping mat (for cutting vegetables in other peoples' households), and sprayed with 606. I folded it back over and pressed. Do both sides. Press in half the long-and-skinny way with wrong sides together and pretty sides outward. Center on the front of the top with raw edges matched up and attach using a 1/4" seam. While you're at it, go all the way around the perimeter to secure the pockets in the upright position.

Measure the front and cut a piece of backing fabric the same size. You may want to coat this in Odicoat for protection too. Cut a rectangle of batting 1" shorter in width and height. Use 505 to adhere the batting onto the backing, centered. Lay the top face-up. Place the back, face-down on top of the top. Pin in place, making sure the sleeve IS NOT  sticking out. Sew around the edge, leaving a gap for turning. 

Stitch the corners (forward, backward, forward) like so, and then cut off the little triangle just a hair to the outside of the stitching. Turn the whole thing right-side-out. Add a Clover Turner to your Christmas stocking for this effort. Topstitch around the top 1/4" from the edge top which will secure that gaping hole in the side.

To complete the pockets, use and erasable marking pen to mark the pockets into (5) 3" sections. Stitch lines the entire length of the calendar (not the sleeve) along these divisions. Make sure the sleeve isn't getting stitched.

And there you have it!

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Quilt Block Mania: Summer Fun

Welcome to Quilt Block Mania, Summer Fun Edition. This will be a monthly online blog hop with free blocks that follow a theme and color scheme. I present to you my crabby creation!

If you want to make your own, you'll need to get cutting:

A: aqua, B: brown, T: teal 

3” x


1½” x 2½” A
2½” x 6” A
1½” x 6” A
2½” x 5½” A
3½” x 6” B
(2) 1½” x 5½” B
2½” x 6½” B
4½” x 6” B

Now for assembly! Sew together a 1½” x 2½” A, 2½” x 6½” B, and 2½” x 5½” A. 

Sew the following strip sets by attaching the 6” sides. Crosscut each into (4) 1½” sections.
3½” B, 2½” A
4½” B, 1½” A

Sew the following strip sets by attaching the 3” sides.
3½” A, 1½” B, 1½”A
1½” A, 1½” B, 1½” A, 2½” B
1½” T, 1½” A, 2½” B, 1½” A
1½” B, 1½” A, 1½” B, 2½” A
2½” B, 2½” A, 1½” B
2 ½” B x 3½” A
1½” B, 4½” A

Crosscut each into (2) 1½” sections.

Sew the sections into two units that mirror each other.

Sew the 2 mirror units on the right and left of the remaining section as shown.

Gather up the rest of the designers' blocks:

Curvy Fish by Velda Roy of Freckled Fox Quiltery