Sunday, August 25, 2013

Paper Piecing Tip .......

I've been admiring the Kaleidoscope quilts I've seen on Pinterest.

As you can see there are so many possibilities!  I did some research and found several different methods of making this quilt.  

I prefer foundation paper piecing.  I used the template from Red Pepper Quilts and enlarged it and made the corner piece, two pieces. Her blocks were 4" and mine are 7" blocks.

I thought I would share a technique with you that I learned many moons ago, when you have lots of templates to make and don't have access to a copier or just don't want to use up all your ink in your printer!

I made a copy of the pattern, pin it on to copier paper, or freezer paper - whatever type of paper you prefer to use.  I found about 5 or 6 sheets works best.  

I then take it over to my sewing machine, unthreaded and set the stitch length to 3, Stitch along your sewing lines,

When you remove your original template your left with this.

Pretty cool...

Then I cut out the pieces, adding at least a 1/4" seam allowance.

Then your ready to paper piece.  If you would like more instructions on how to paper piece, you can go here, great video from Fons and Porter's. 

A couple of blocks I've made so far.  As you can see from the photos above there are lots of layout options.  

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never have tried to succeed." 
Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pillow talk...

Finished up these pillow covers on Friday.  When I come up with ideas for quilts, I'm aways thinking in terms of at least a lap size.   I have a hard time changing my thinking, I've had these blocks and thought what can I do with them?

 I have a bunch of pillows in my house that need new covers, well they don't need them but I want them to have brighter, funner covers.  

And there is satisfaction in complete a project.

Joy is not in things, it is in us.
~Richard Wagner♥

Saturday, August 10, 2013

HaPpY BiRtHdAy.....

14 years ago I gave birth to not one but two healthy baby girls!  
I'm so lucky and proud to be their mom!

I have no idea where the last 14 years have gone? 

Wish me luck I have 12, 14 year olds coming over for a sleepover tonight!

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. 
- Robert Brault

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Finishes....

Finished up my PB&J Quilt, Cottage Chic, that I had linked up here, with Leanne over at She can Quilt for the 2013 Q3 Finish-A-long

I did an overall meandering stitch which I love! 
Original post can be found here.  

I'm putting this quilt up for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Cottage Chic

Back is a yellow and white polka dot with a strip of red and white polka dot.
Yellow is from The Emperor's Garden collection by Maywood Studio.

My second finish this week is a quilt for one of my teenage daughters, she'll be fourteen on Saturday.
She requested a grey and purple quilt.

I did a meandering stitch around the blocks, so the blocks would pop out.

I got the idea from this quilt from Quilt Magazine Aug/Sept 2013 Issue.
The quilt is called Floating in Air designed by Lori Krueger. Here Blog is here.

I changed up the pattern a bit, I made my blocks wonky.  I loved the scattered look.  
The background is Kona Steel.

I love the back, I used all the left overs from the half yards I had ordered.

I also finished up my Bee Blocks for Stash Bee Hive #4 and #2
This bee is starting to wind down, last month for Hive #2, I'm sad.  Time to find a new bee, or maybe start my own?  Anyone interested?

Hive #4 Chelsa 
You can find the Tutorial for this block here.

Hive #2 Adrienne
She blogs over at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts

Enjoy your day,
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. 
— Galileo