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 enjoy English Paper Piecing (EPP). It is very accurate, portable, and relaxing. I use the traditional method of basting fabric to cut papers. I have seen some of the newer methods using glue or freezer paper. They seem very interesting, but I have not tried them yet. I usually EPP when I travel so I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. I just need needle, thread, thimble, cut paper, and cut fabric. The photo below shows some flower hexies that I have been working on The hexies are one inch on a side. I chose these fabrics because they are all the same pattern in various colors. However, after I started, I realized that they are very close in value, especially the lavender and pink. I have not decided what to do about this. I have thought of adding additional fabric, appliqueing individual flowers on blocks, or adding green hexies or triangles between the flowers. We shall see. In the meantime, I am enjoying hand stitching the flowers.
Many years ago, my Mother collected the Ruby McKim Flower Garden newspaper series that was run in the Indianapolis Star. I was living in Houston, TX at the time, so she would cut them out and mail them to me each week. At that time, I had two small children and not much time. In addition, I was intimidated because I did not know how to transfer the embroidery pattern to my fabric. So they sat in an envelop. When my children were grown, we moved to Oklahoma. Somehow that envelop became lost.
This year is the one-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Ruby McKim's first quilt pattern. In her honor, McKim Studios in collaboration with Barbara Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio has produced a printed panel that consists of line drawings of all 25 flower blocks. This Mother's Day, I decided to complete the quilt using the printed drawings. My Mother passed away in 2010, but I like to think that she would be pleased to have me complete it, and it would certainly please me.
I think that I will put the blocks together in a non-traditional way. Mom would like that. I purchase a fat quarter bundle of the Vintage Thirties-Ruby's Treasures by Paintbrush Studio as well. I will figure that out after I finish the blocks.
I am heading to a retreat this week, so I have packed my blocks and supplies. I have even included a small book on embroidery stitched just in case. I has been a while since I have embroidered. The photo below shows my travel kit.
Yes, I know that I am in the wrong season, but I live on a Christmas Tree Farm, so I sew Christmas year round! Here is my latest finished table runner. I call it Let It Snow!
I used scraps from my Let It Snow! quilt. You may remember my Let It Snow! quilt from a previous post. It was gift to my granddaughter. I cut the tumbler blocks from the scraps with my Accuquilt tumbler die. It was fast and easy. I was unsure about how to make the border, but I decided to start and stop each row with the same fabric and then cut a straight edge on the sides. I really like how this turned out. I sewed rows first, then I sewed the rows together. Therefore, I had no Y-seams. It was pieced on the sewing machine. I quilted it using my sewing machine, sewing along the pieced patches.
Below is a photo of the Let It Snow! quilt. It is a Quilt in a Day pattern entitled, "Candy Cane Lane" from Christmas at Bear's Paw Ranch, Eleanor Burns and Staff.
Today I am linking up for the first time with Thank Goodness it is Finally Finished Friday! Click on over and see who else is finishing.
As you know, the past several weeks I have participated in the 2017 New Quilt Blogger group hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl,Leanne @ She Can Quilt, and Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts. I want to thank these wonderful leaders one more time, especially Leanne who was my Let's Bee Quilt'n Hive leader. I learned so much through this experience. My featured blog can be seen here. The Blog Hop has ended, but I had so much fun meeting and following new bloggers that I decided to try Linky Parties.
Linky Parties are where a blogger links their blog posts and/or quilt photos to another site so that others who have similar interests can easily see them. Typically Linky Parties open on a certain date and have a window of time in which you can link your post. Some of them allow link-ups by Instagram or other social media. I have heard that participating is a great way to meet quilters who have similar interests and to see quilts made by others with similar interests. If you want, you can view the link-ups without linking up your own post. Simply click on the link. In fact, Linky Parties encourage their participants to visit the linked-up sites and provide encouraging comments.
Before participating in a Linky Party, I decided to do some research. I searched blogs that I follow for their favorite Linky Parties, and I searched for them on the internet as well. In particular, I found that Link Parties at Quiltalong.net is a useful resource. This site shows many opportunities and provides links to the parties. You can even submit your own Linky Party if it is not currently listed. After much investigation, I chose three Linky Parties that I want to try first.
I hope that you found this information helpful, and I hope to see your quilts and works in progress at a Linky Party site soon.
Well, we are meeting in St. Louis! I am excited and a little nervous. This is my first Quilt Market. However, everyone has been very helpful and supportive. Today I attended Schoolhouse which is a series of short presentations (15 or 30 minutes in length) that focus on a particular new product or technique. Here is the Schoolhouse Quilt that I saw at the check-in table:
I have always loved the Schoolhouse block, so I felt right at home.
The next thing I needed to do was decide which sessions to attend. That was hard! I wanted to go to all of them!
I decided to go to the 30 minutes sessions so that I wouldn't run out of energy moving from room to room every 15 minutes. All of the sessions that I went to were great, but I have chosen some highlights so that I can get some sleep tonight.
The first session that I went to was given by one of my favorite designers, Darlene Zimmerman. She presented her new fabric line Windowsill Garden from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. With this line she has included two pre-printed embroidery block panels. One panel is designed for redwork embroidery. The lines are printed in red. The other panel is designed for colorful embroidery, and the lines are printed in the recommended color.
I loved Darlene's embroidery panel for Birds of Liberty! However, I love the new panels as well. I am in a real dilemma because I have not completed the Birds of Liberty panel! The required stitches are basic: Outline, French Knots, and Lazy Daisy Stitch. As she pointed out embroidery is the perfect travel stitching project, plus it is relaxing. I actually brought some embroidery with me to Quilt Market in case I had some time to sew. It looks like that is not going to happen. Darlene also discussed the history of embroidery. I found it fascinating, but it will have to wait for another time. Tomorrow I am going to her booth to see her demonstrate embroidery, A photo of one the quilts made from the redwork embroidery panel is below. The pattern is a free download on the Robert Kaufman website.
I also went to see Missie Carpenter present her method of English Paper Piecing which uses freezer paper and starch. Take a look of one her sample quilts. The hexagons are 1/2" on a side!
You may remember my recent post concerning making hexagon quilts with no Y-seams on the sewing machine. Well I enjoy English Paper Piecing as well. In fact, I am working on a Christmas Wreath made from hexagons that are 1/2" on a side, but it does not compare to the complexity of Missie's work. She is giving a demonstration tomorrow as well, and I plan on attending.
I also saw Kim Schaefer's new Brushline fabrics from Andover Fabrics.
They are beautiful! Take a look at a quilt that is from her new book, Festive Fall Quilts:
Finally, I took an hour-long class tonight taught by Morna McEver Golletz entitled, "Social Media Marketing 2.0 Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Oh My!" I could not believe how much I learned in one hour!
About 100 people signed up for this presentation. I was sitting toward the front. Many of my questions concerning social media were answered. We were even able to stay after and ask questions. I think that I will save details until another day, but here are some highlights.
Technical aspects were discussed as well: the use of member only pages on a web site, how contests can increase engagement, and how to schedule your time.
Well tomorrow the Exhibits open at 9:30 am, and I have a class tomorrow night. So it sounds like another rewarding day. I would love to hear your comments or questions concerning Quilt Market.
This post originally appeared on JANDABendQuilts.com.
St. Louis here I come! I am so excited about attending my first International Quilt Market! Quilt Market is held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. It is a trade show for the quilting industry. I was very pleased to be credentialed as a professional quilter this year so that I could attend. While I am there, I will see the newest fabrics and quilting supplies, and meet the people behind the products. Many of my favorite suppliers will be there: Accuquilt, Andover Fabric, Aurifil. Baby lock, Benartex, Cotton+Steel, Hoffman Fabrics, In the Beginning Fabrics, Island Batik, Janome, Jen Kingwell designs, Maywood Studio, Michael Miller Fabrics, Missouri Star Quilt Co., Moda fabrics, Northcott, Paper Pieces, Timeless Treasures, Tula Pink, Windom Fabrics, Zebra Patterns, plus many more... You get the idea.
I hope to see old friends and make new ones as well. Some of my friends from the 2017 New Quilt Blogger group will be there. I hope to see them!
In addition, I am enrolled in the following classes (You may see a trend here.):
I will be blogging about my experiences and hope to bring you the latest news from the quilting world.
Until then, Happy Quilting!
This is the fourth and final week for the 2017 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop. Please visit the following new bloggers from the Let's Bee Quilt'n Hive:
In addition, you can visit blogs in the other hives and register for giveaways at any of our leaders' blog sites:
I want to thank all of our leaders for their time and their encourage. You are awesome! I particularly want to thank our Let's Bee Quilt'n hive host Leanne from She Can Quilt. She was very helpful and understanding. Thanks for being our hive's Queen Bee!
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.