Happy to report that the Twister Quilt is on the longarm. It has been a while since I have quilted on my Gammill. I hope that I remember how to! This quilt is for my former Department of Natural Sciences at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. When I was chair of the department, I had one of my quilts hanging in my office, However when I retired as chair, I took it with me. After all, it was my first quilt. I did enjoy seeing it every day at work, and many people commented on it, but I couldn't leave it there. I wrote about this quilt in a former post.
Anyway, this quilt is a Lil' Twister Pattern made by CS Designs. I saw a quilt made from the pattern, using their ruler, at a quilt shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. I just had to give it a try. The fabric is from Connecting Threads. I have had it in a my stash for a while. I really like the variety of the line. In addition, green is a university color. So it seemed perfect.
The quilt looks complicated, but the pattern is easy to sew. You simply sew 5" blocks together using a variety of fabrics. Then you align the crosshairs of the ruler (shown in the picture below) on the intersection of four blocks and cut around the ruler with your rotary cutter. To see the new square block, look at the square formed around the four-fabric intersection in the quilt picture. Do you see the wonky four-square patch?
By far, the most difficult part is sewing those wonky four-patches together so that you get pinwheels. I advise cutting and sewing in one sitting. A stiff breeze or the pounce of a cat could mean disaster. I ended up cutting a row and then sewing the row, so that I did not get mixed up. I did not have a design wall at that time, but I think that a design wall would help. Once all of the rows were sewn, it was fairly easy to sew the rows together to get pinwheels.
I must say that I really like the results of the piecing. I found that the higher the contrast between fabrics, the more the pinwheels stand out. That is really a design choice. They have a smaller ruler as well that I have not tried yet, but it is on my list. It uses 3 1/2" squares!
I hope to finish this quilt by July 14th. I am hosting the Thank Goodness It's FInished Friday linky party that week. Come back to see how I do and to link your finishes. Don't know what a linky party is? See my previous post.
This post was originally published at JANDA Bend Quilts.
I have finished making the quilt top for my State Flower Quilt. As you may recall from a previous post, I have been working on a quilt that uses the Deco State Flowers by Tiffany Lerman for In the Beginning Fabrics. I was really drawn to the fabric because I wanted to make a quilt honoring all fifty states. I also liked the old fashion look of the deco flowers.
The evolution of this quilt was guided by many factors. This seems to be the way that I work best. I do not like to completely plan a quilt before start. If I do that, I seem to lose interest in the quilt and not finish it. I am more motivated by design than I am by the completion of a project. Therefore, I tend to continue to plan the quilt as I sew it. I have completed many more quilts since I started doing this. If you find yourself losing interest after planning a quilt, you might give this a try.
I purchased 50 fat eighths for the quilt. I decided on a hexie quilt using the Honeycomb Quilt pattern from Eleanor Burns. I have been wanting to make this quilt as a part of my Quilt in a Day Trunk Show and as a sample for a future a workshop. However, I wanted to use as much of the fabric as I could since I would not have enough left-over to make another quilt. So, I increased the size of the quilt.
I cut out the hexagons and equilateral triangles using my Accuquilt (affiliate link*) cutter. I had small pieces of fabric left so I cut those scraps up into half hexagons that had the same size edges.. The remaining fabric was cut into smaller hexagons, equilateral triangles, and half hexagons. I am not sure how I will use the smaller pieces, but I thought as long as I was cutting fabric, I might as well do it all at once. The process went very quickly because I have the Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter (affiliate link*) It is wide enough so that I can cut using more than one die at a time. The photo shows the various sizes of hexagons, half hexagons, and equilateral triangles that were cut.
I ended up using the larger half hexagon pieces in the border. I have to admit that figuring out how to have the half hexagons meet at the corner was problematic. However, in the end, I did figure it out. I simply had to cut the inner borders so that they were the same length as a complete strip of half hexagons. It turns out that the side inner borders had to be slightly smaller than the top and bottom borders, but I think that it looks fine that way.
The final quilt top. measures 61" by 82". Next, I will be quilting it.
This post was originally published at JANDA Bend Quilts.
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I am happy to report that I have completed the Flower Power table runner. It is a kit from Connecting Threads, but the main reasons that I purchased the kit is that it included the Flower Power pattern from Quilt in a Day, which was one of the few patterns that I did not own, and I really liked the fabric that was in the kit. Photos of the completed table runner are below.
There were no Y-seams in the construction of this table runner! For more information see my previous post. This post also included a State Flower quilt that I am working on that uses the same method of construction. The state Flower Quilt is coming along, but I have not decided how I will complete the borders.
I quilted the table runner on my sewing machine. I wanted to quilt close the ditch (near the seams). For small projects with straight quilting, it seems easier to me to use my sewing machine. It has a walking foot, so quilting is fairly easy. I sewed the binding on by machine and then turned it over the edge and sewed it down by hand to the back. I plan on adding it to my Quilt in a Day Trunk Show.
My Slow Stitching this week was binding the table runner by hand and making more hexies using English Paper Piecing. Here is a photo of some of the new beauties.
I am making a Holly Berry Wreath out the hexagon clusters. The wreath will then be appliqued onto a 12" background square and displayed in a metal stand that can sit on a table. This project is from a Connected Threads kit as well. I have had it for many years and would like to complete it for the JANDA Bend Christmas Shop, I will be opening the virtual store soon on this web site. The JANDA Bend Christmas Shop located on the farm will be open during the selling season for JANDA Bend Christmas Trees. We open the tree farm on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year we are expanding the size of our shop. So I have a lot to do!
The hexagons are 1/2" on a side. I precut 2 1/2" squares of fabric and then baste the paper hexagon on to the fabric to form a hexie. I like to use a paper clip to hold the fabric in place while basting. This process means that I do not have to cut out fabric hexagons. It seems to work well for me.
This week I am linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday and with Slow Sunday Stitching. Follow the links to find out what other people are finishing and to see more hand stitching projects.
I would enjoy seeing your comments! You can leave a comment or contact me by email.
This post was originally published on JANDABendQuilts.com.
I could not let National Sewing Machine Day go by without sharing a photo of my first sewing machine.
I bought it at a yard sale for $25 the summer before I went to college. I learned to sew on my Mom's machine and my Grandma Wallen's machine.. Grandma had a black Singer. I think that it was originally a treadle machine. I remember that she ruined television reception every time she sewed on it. This was a source of marital conflict because my Grandpa liked to watch TV in the evenings. Grandma worked as a seamstress in a clothing factory all day so she needed to do personal sewing at night.
I could not bear to be without a sewing machine in college. It just didn't seem right. When I saw this Singer Featherweight, I knew that I had to buy it. I did a lot of sewing on this machine, especially after my two sons were born. I sewed them pants, Halloween costumes, a pre-school apron for my younger son, and even a winter jacket for my older son. I used Velcro closures on the jacket because I did not have a button-hole maker. I recently had my Featherweight tuned up, so it is in good working order. However, I must admit that now my workhorse sewing machine is my Janome. I love it.
I am lucky enough to be sewing today. I have more of those days since I retired from the university, I am quilting my Flower Power Table Runner on my trusty Janome. It will be included in my Quilt in a Day Trunk Show. I love hexies, and this is a way to sew them effectively on the machine with no Y-seams. For more information about this pattern, please see my Hexies with No Y-Seams blog post.
I like sewing by hand, but thank goodness for the sewing machine! I think that if I had to do all my sewing by hand, I might not enjoy it so much.
What was your first sewing machine? Do you still have it? I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below, or email me.
This post was first published at JANDABendQuilts.com.
Next September, I will be giving a Trunk Show and a Workshop for the Miami Quilt Guild in Miami, Oklahoma. I am really looking forward to it. The Trunk Show will feature quilts that I have made using Quilt in a Day patterns, the philosophy of Quilt in a Day patterns, and a little about my quilting journey. As I wrote in my 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop feature, I credit Eleanor Burns with teaching me how to machine piece accurately and efficiently. In addition, I am a Quilt in a Day Certified Teacher. I earned that distinction last September in Paducah, Kentucky. I do not receive compensation from Quilt in a Day. However, the training has prepared me to offer quality workshops using their methods.
I see that Eleanor is offering new certification workshops, so if you are interested, Here is a link to more information. I highly recommend the training, I see that the 2017 Paducah Training is sold out, but you may be able to get into the California training later in the year..
The Miami Quilt Guild has requested that I teach the Apple Bag workshop. In this three-hour workshop, they will learn how to make the Apple Cake block from Quilt in a Day's Apple Cake Quilt pattern by making an Apple Bag which includes one of the blocks. Then they will know how to make additional apple blocks for the entire quilt on their own. (I can also teach the entire quilt, but that workshop is more than three hours in length.) The Apple Bag would make a nice gift for your favorite teacher! A photo of my sample bag is below.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
-Coming August 1st!
A Christmas Mystery Quilt Along featuring 12 original Christmas blocks! There will be tutorials by the block designers and giveaways for participants! Links to all the blocks will be available here. My block will be released August 15th. Stay tuned! We Wish You a Merry Quilt Along!