Friday, November 17, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 16 + Giveaway - Scattered Triangles

Welcome to Elm Street Quilts and my stop on the blog tour sponsored by Quiltmaker magazine!

I live in beautiful central North Carolina and love the great weather and friendly people.

I don't actually live on Elm Street though.  My grandma did.  My grandma was a knitter and taught me to knit and I credit her for my eventually becoming a maker.  (I still remember that first scarf - it was white and filled with dropped stitches.)   I have such wonderful memories of my visits that I named my blog and my pattern company Elm Street in honor of my grandmother.

I've been quilting for 15+ years and blogging for the last 7.
First time visitor?  Make sure you check out the monthly link-up called One Monthly Goal with great prizes from awesome sponsors.  Link-up your goal - a quilt finish, make 3 blocks etc - at the start of a month and return at the end of the month to link-up your finish. 
Running now through mid-December is the annual Bag It event - make and share bags, earn chances to win great prizes.  See more information here.

I am thrilled to be part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 16.  This is my very first quilting publish of any sorts and I'm quite excited.

Quiltmaker assigns each 12'' block to one of four categories - Pieced, Applique, Foundation-Pieced and Mixed Technique.  I'm very excited that Scattered Triangles is block #1563 and can be found on page 40 in the Pieced section.   (When you get the magazine, you'll also notice that my block is - ahem - in the centerfold.  Not sure I'm telling mom that!)  

I've made the block in two colorways so far and love this mini.

I faced the mini-quilt instead of binding and really enjoyed the using both gray and yellow-ish thread to bring the colors to both sides.

It is fun to play with quilt designs based on the block in EQ7.    With my basic block in the magazine colorway - 

- I first set the block in a traditional grid.

Flipping the block around gives you fun diagonal strips.

This 3rd one is my favorite - I love how the triangles are swimming in the white area.

Ready for the giveaway?

Prize 1:  Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 to one lucky person.  International entries are welcome.  Quiltmaker will ship directly to the winner.  

Prize 2:  I will mail a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 to one lucky person.  International entries are welcome! 

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Make sure you visit The Quilting Company (Quiltmaker) for additional chances to win a copy of the magazine plus other great prizes.  You will also find links to other blogs participating in the hop and a chance to win additional prizes.  To see all the 100 wonderful blocks in this issue, check out your local newsstand or visit Quiltmaker's on-line shop. 

The giveaway will run through Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  While I normally respond to every comment, I may not be able to respond to giveaway comments.  Winner will be notified by email.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

QAL Updates for November

My flower block!  The clue for November from Cheryl's Magnolia Mystery involved sewing together all of the blocks made in September and October.   I'm downsizing the blocks by using the instructions for the lap size quilt but making the blocks smaller.  My flowers measure 3 1/2'' square.  The fabric is from Paintbrush Studios solids in colors Frolic, Aluminum and Cadet.

For Mellissa's Roundabout.  I'm making a 2 x 2 block quilt and using a fabric line was designed by Amy Ellis for Moda.  Since I'm downsizing this one too, I ended up hand-piecing my drunkards path blocks since this little ones are 2'' unfinished. 

I'm having fun playing with solids and Yvonne's Wayward Transparency QAL.  I am using three solids from American Made Brand with the primary color being the darkest shade.  I'm also downsizing this one!

And now look - there be blocks here!

Finally, it's that time of year for the Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I'm going to play along again this year but giving myself two constraints.  (1) From stash only, with the exception of any needed neutral and (2) make it baby sized.  I don't know yet if it will be baby sized because I'll be making a smaller number of the blocks OR because I'll also downsize those blocks.  Decisions, decisions!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bag It - Mesh Travel Bag Tutorial

Isn't this a fun little bag?  I made mine to coordinate with my other travel bags

And this bag has so many uses beyond travel - use it to corral those quilting hexies!


(Note - I purchased my mesh from byAnnie,  the magnetic snaps from Bagmaker Supply, and the zippers from ZipIt.)

(note - this post was updated to include a corrected table of pieces required and measurements.  Sorry about the confusion the old table caused!)

Fabric Preparation

Following manufacturer's directions, iron two sheets of fusible fleece to wrong side of main fabric front.  Lay this unit on top of the wrong side of main unit back to create a quilt sandwich.

Mark the half way point and sew a straight line across unit.

Quilt lightly.  My bag was straight line quilted with the walking foot 1 ½ '' apart.   Sew a line of stitches around all four sides to secure edges.  Trim off any rough edges if necessary.  

Once trimmed, measure from top edge to line sewn at halfway point and make note of measurement. This will be the measurement we will use for the mesh pocket.

Magnetic Snap Installation

Following manufacturer's directions, iron fusible fleece onto wrong side of tab fabric.   Iron a 2'' fusible fleece square in the center of unit.  Following tutorial for magnetic snap installation, place one snap in the center of tab unit.  Repeat for steps for second fabric tab.

Note: Magnetic snap can be installed after tab unit are mesh units are attached to zipper.

Mesh Preparation

Finger press binding fabric for mesh in half, wrong sides together.  Lay mesh edge on top, aligned with raw edges of binding.  Sew.

Wrap binding around raw edges and top stitch.

Repeat for second mesh piece.

Zipper Installation

Sandwich zipper between lining and tab unit along top edge of zipper tape.  Zipper pull tab should be off the left and zipper should over hang each side of tab unit by at least an inch.

Sew across.  Lay flat and top stitch.

Lay zipper right side up and place mesh on top of zipper tape along the binding.  Sew across to secure.


Measuring from top of tab to mesh and cut unit so that it matches the mesh pocket measurement calculated in earlier step.

Lay pocket unit on top of main unit, aligning top edges.  Mesh and zipper ends will hang off of each side.   Secure top edge with binding clips.

Move zipper tab to center of zipper.

Sew across top of pocket at a seam less than ¼''.  Sew down right side of pocket starting at top edge. Repeat on left edge.    Trim off excess zipper.

Turn unit and repeat for second pocket.

Fold under edges of accent tab to center on wrong side and press.   Lay accent tab across the center line stitched earlier.  It will cover bottom edges of both pockets.  Top stitch across on each edge.


Adhere binding around mesh bag as you would a quilt.  Once sewn, fold towards back and secure by hand or machine.   The finished bag is 9 x 6 1/2 '' when folded.

Fill with whatever you need to carry!

I'll be linking up my tutorial with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty