Sunday

My Mizzou Quilts


photo.JPGphoto.JPGphoto.JPG I have spent the last several months before Christmas working on 3 Mizzou quilts.  I has been great and it has been tiring.  They turned out really good and the kids loved them.
Actually since I have finished them, I find myself wondering what to do with myself half the time :)

Machine Quilting - free motion - first client quilt

I just finished my first free motion machine quilted client quilt - and I think it turned out great.  My very first client, Shirley, was so thrilled she gave me several more to do.   She was happy with the quilting design and ecstatic about the super low quilting fee.  She was happy to benefit from my "practice" pricing.



I have been quilting for 25 years and machine quilting for just about as long, but this has been my first time machine quilting on a frame.  There is a definite learning curve.  But I love it!

I did the sewing on a domestic Singer sewing machine, but I have ordered off Ebay a Pfaff Expression 2.0 with a 10" throat space.  Right now the Singer only has a 7" throat space from the right of the needle.  I think this will help a lot.




The quilt pattern is Dresden Plate and was pieced nicely, so it layed nice and flat.  That made it nice to quilt.

I stippled around the applique dresden plates and on all the borders I did a free style free motion heart pattern.

Monday

Random Reflections quilt block tutorial

Random Reflections was posted free on Moda Bake Shop's blog and I love the design possibilities and the ease of the sewing on this block.

I cut strips 1 1/2" of different scraps and of solid white material.

I constructed it two different ways - the one way is to do one block at a time by sewing a scrap strip to a white strip - the second was is to make the strips longer and sew a white strip on each end of the scrap strip - and then  cut down the middle and you have made 2 blocks at one time.  

Both methods go together very quickly.

You then sew 6 of the strips together and trim to 6 1/2" square

Here are some of the combinations you can lay them out

This one would make a great bookshelf style quilt



Wednesday

99 Modern Quilt Blocks - Megan's Star Tutorial

Lauralei's (Megan's) Star Tutorial


here are the cutting instructions:

Center
4 3/4" x 4 3/4" fussy cut on the diagonal

Center triangles
cut 2 squares 4" - cut on the diagonal to make 4 triangles

Star points
cut 8 squares 2 1/2"

Bacground
cut 4 rectangles 1 1/2" x 3 1/2 "
cut 8 rectangles 3 1/2" x 4 1/2 "

Corner triangles
cut 4 squares 2 1/2"

I chose to do a fussy cut on the diagonal for the center block

I also added the (optional) black strip to make the tiger stand out more.
sew triangles to the center block

right sides together, put a star square on corner of 3 1/2" x 4 1/2 " rectangle
You can draw a line on the diagonal or I just sewed across without the line by lining
up with a line on my machine plate


trim corner excess fabric


sew other corners till you have 4 sections 
** for the 4 corner triangles on the other 3 1/2" x 4 1/2 " rectangles
make sure you do 2 on one side and 2 on the opposite 
I lined them up so that faced the correct direction when you lay them out

sew the small strip to both side of the star rectangles


lay out all the pieces


Tuesday

Diamond Ripples Quilt Block Tutorial

Diamond Ripples Quilt Block Tutorial
from the book 99 Quilt Blocks - Modern Blocks
by Susanne Woods


This makes a 12.5" unfinished block

Cut 18 - 3" squares from background fabric (book says 2 7/8")
Cut 3 - 3' squares from 6 different fabrics - total of 18 squares


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each background square.
With right sides together sew on both sides of the line - in one continuous line - do one side and the without cutting threads, do the other side - it makes one big circle and goes pretty fast this way

cut on the draw line in between your stitching


arrange the blocks near your sewing machine


I started on one side and flipped a block onto the block on the side of it and kept them in order and went down the line - or you could sew one by one - just keep them in the correct order


I sewed each column leaving the threads attached to maintain the correct order.
Then sewed the top two together, middle two, bottom two.
Then sewed top to middle, middle to bottom, etc

The I sewed the rows together.

other examples I found



Sunday

Wonky Star Quilt Block Tutorial




Cut 13 squares of fabric each cut 4.5" square.
       8 will be for the background         
       4 any color or pattern you choose for the star points - or all  different for a scrappy effect    
       1 any color or pattern you choose for  the center of the star     

Stack the 4 star point squares and slice in half diagonally

Select 4 of the background squares and 4 of the star point triangles.  


Stitch one triangle to the right side of each background square. Changing the angle of the triangles will help create the wonkiness of the star. 
      

Press - cut off excess background fabric on corner.


Sew the remaining 4 triangles to the left side of these 4 background blocks.



press
Cut off all excess fabric on corners - trim  to make 4.5" square.







stitch a completed star point square to both the left and right side as shown 




sew a plain background square to both the left and right sides to the star point squares






Line up the seams, stitch the top row to the middle row. Repeat with the bottom row.




This technique was first devised by Gwen Marston and shown in her  book Liberated Quiltmaking.  I also saw it in Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers by Susanne Woods

Be sure to join up in the Flickr group here:  Happy Scrap Quilt block Swap

Monday

Happy Scrap Quilt Block Swap

Join us as we swap quilt blocks.

The first block in the swap is this fun scrappy arrow block.

This group is an ongoing swap to trade scrappy blocks. Each swap with give you the specifics and a tutorial on how to make the block.

You can make as many or as few blocks as you wish as long as they are in multiples of 4.

You will mail your blocks to the coordinator who will divide and disperse them back to you.

Include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope with $4.95 if in the US) PLUS one donation block for the coordinator as a thank you.

This group is OPEN to all and very flexible in structure. You can chose which swaps to participate in. Just send in the blocks by the deadline and wait for your varieties of blocks in return.

Join up in the Flickr group here:  Happy Scrap Quilt block Swap

Here is the Tutorial for making the block


1) Cut:
1 - 4 1/2" square from Fabric A (this makes the arrow)
2 - 4 1/2 " x 2 1/2 " strips from Fabric A


1 - 2 1/2" square from Fabric B


2 - 2 1/2 " squares from the solid white background fabric










2)  Place white square in corner of the large fabric A square - sew diagonally from corner to corner 


3)  Trim the seam allowance from both the white fabric and fabric A to 1/4" to reduce bulk


Repeat this process for the opposite corner.




4)  With right sides together sew the large square from fabric A with the 2 white corners to one of the strips from fabric A -
be sure to note which side to place the strip from the picture


sew other strip to fabric B square


With right sides together sew the 2 remaining pieces together being careful to match the seams.
This is the block to send in the swap - just the single arrow - Happy scrapping :)
here is a video tutorial as well



Be sure to join up in the Flickr group here:  Happy Scrap Quilt block Swap