Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Some Bags

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll know I love making bags.

I made two recently - one for me and one for a friend!

For these, I used Anna's Wide Open Zippered Pouch tutorial.

And they sure do live up to their name.  This is the middle sized, boxed at 1 1/2 ''.

I also made great progress on a Sew Together Bag.  I enjoy making this bag but only if I spread the construction over several days.  Here is what I have so far -

Hope to finish this one up soon. 

PS - Clearly I like this fabric as a bag lining.  I'm using up bits left over from a quilt back.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hand quilting

I've decided to hand quilt my hand pieced double wedding ring quilt (see a photo).

My friend Paige sent me all this beautiful 12 wt thread to work with - most of it Sulky with a few from Aurifil.  After trying it out, it was clear that this was perfect for my quilt - I added a few more colors (purples and oranges) and am ready to go.

My original plan was to quilt in the ditch around the wedding rings with hand quilting thread.  I did one ring and have now decided it has added no value so won't be doing it again!  The big stitch quilting should be enough.  Not sure I'll remove what I did (at least not now).

I watched several big stitch tutorials before starting - this technique is the one I am using.  More on that and the frame I'm using in a another post later this month.

Until I've got more quilting done to show you, I'll just share another yummy photo of the thread.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A cozy cup of tea

Fat Quarter Shop is revisiting their tutorials and invited me to make a cup cozy (or is it koozie!)

A good excuse to open up a mini charm pack of Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater. 

I had so much fun making the first one, that I made another - the second from scraps.

Aren't these fun?

The hardest part was selecting which mini charms to use - I laid them on top of the template as I made my choices.

For the one made from scraps - and these were some small scraps! - I sewed them onto a piece of fusible batting cut to the shape of the template.

You can find the pattern and a video tutorial here at Fat Quarter Shop.  A few other bloggers are making some too - check it out!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, August 6, 2018

Small Pieces - MQG challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild hosts a charity quilt challenge every year for local guilds and individual members.  The charity quilts will be displayed at QuiltCon.

The prompt for QuiltCon 2019 is Small Pieces (read more here) and the required fabric colors are all these pretty shades along with white and cream.

I am a member of the Triangle Modern Quilt guild and we've chosen to build our quilt with improv house blocks made with small pieces (an inch or less).  (The blocks are inspired by a quilt by Jaquie Gering.)

What fun I had making my blocks!

I've got some fabric left and may make one more!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, August 3, 2018

July Temperatures

It has been a warm summer!

The first column (of color) on the left is January 1 through 15, next column January 16 through 31 etc which means the last column on the right is July 16 - 31.  I'm using a low volume fabric to fill in months that don't have 31 days plus surrounding the overall temperature quilt.

The quilt measures roughly 32'' x 22''.

No days over 100 degrees yet here in NC - is it strange that I am hoping for at least one?   We did have a day in July reach 99 .... so, so close!

Here is the mapping of color to temperature range - 

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

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal - August Goal Link-up

Welcome to August!  We had 108 projects linked up in July - let's see what this month brings!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post, an Instagram post (tutorial) or a post on Flickr and add that photo to the link-up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.

We have wonderful sponsors this month - three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from those that link up in both the goal and the finish event.  Plus anyone linking up will earn an entry for the bonus prize.  (Bonus prize to be awarded in October - you can earn up to 3 entries by joining the link-ups July through September.) 

Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project. Consider their Sew Sampler box to receive a monthly surprise delivery of fabric and fun.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Make Modern is a digital magazine launched by a collaboration of quilters based in Australia. Their magazine is filled with modern quilt designs and a wonderful source of inspiration. Make Modern is offering a 6 month subscription to one lucky participant.

Aurifil is home to a beautiful rainbow of thread in all weights, perfect for any of your sewing and quilting needs.  My favorite product is the designer collection boxes which coordinate with various fabric lines.  Aurifil is offering a thread set for the third quarter bonus prize.

I am so very excited to introduce Elizabeth Hartman as our August designer!  

Elizabeth is a quilt designer, fabric designer, teacher, and has authored several popular quilting books. Her first book - The Practical Guide to Patchwork - contains all the information she wishes she had known when first starting out as a quilter almost 20 years ago.  Her designs have been featured in multiple magazines.  

Elizabeth designs fabric for Robert Kaufman - her latest line Arctic will be available soon.  

I absolutely love all of Elizabeth's patterns and know you will too.  These blocks are traditionally pieced - no paper piecing involved.  The instructions are very clear and you can't help but smile when the blocks start filling up your design wall.
Credit: Elizabeth Hartman 
Elizabeth is offering one lucky winner an awesome prize - a copy of five of her fabulous patterns - Delightful Desert, Lisa the Unicorn, Greenhouse, Swan Island, and Arctic Feathers .  

You can visit Elizabeth on her website Elizabeth Hartman, her blog, on Instagram and in her pattern store.

My goal for August is to make 19 of my 16" HRT blocks.  A stretch goal is to get the quilt top assembled!  (Read more about my HRT quilt.)

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for August?  (A goal could be to finish a quilt but it could also be to attach a binding.  Whatever it takes to help you move forward and make progress on your projects!  And as long as the project involves making something with a needle and/or fabric, you can link up!)

Make sure you visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 
 Your blog post (or Flickr post) must contain a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and a link back to Elm Street Quilts.  Your Instagram post must include a photo of your project, a clearly stated goal and the tag #onemonthlygoal.  (Entries which don't contain the required information may be disqualified.)

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.   (The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on August 25.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post: 

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, July 30, 2018

Progress update on my hand-piecing

I shared some observations on my hand piecing project about a month ago (read it here).  Once I got my base blocks done and all assembled in a quilt top, I decided that maybe I was having so much fun that I ought to make more blocks.

So I did.

I am still trying to decide on the perfect dimensions for the right side and then it will be time to baste and get this all quilted.  Can't wait!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, July 26, 2018

One Monthly Goal - July Finish link-up

Ready to link up your July finishes?
Don't panic - this link-up is open until July 31 at 11:55 pm ET.

My goal for July was to turn my hexies into a pillow.  I love it!  You can read about the process of creating this pillow on this post.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Make Modern Magazine is offering a 6 month subscription to their digital magazine and Pat Sloan is offering a Aurifil thread box!

Visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month. (
July Goal Setting Link-up.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

Sign up to receive email notifications when the One Monthly Goal linkup is open.  Think of it as a helpful reminder!  Joining the link-up from Instagram -see the tutorial.

Congrats to Maggie, Becky & Laura - our lucky winners, notified via email for July.  (Updated 8/1)

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Clementine Quilt Top

I've really enjoyed making the blocks from Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL.  (Click here to see photos of all my blocks.)    

When it came time to assemble the quilt top, I debated (and debated) with myself on what to do.  The original layout is just lovely but the resulting quilt is bigger than I wanted to quilt on my domestic machine.   I laid the blocks out on the floor and walked around them for days trying to decide what to do.

Photo credit to Fat Quarter Shop 

I actually started sewing one layout using just the larger blocks but then realized (eek!) my math was wrong and the dimensions of the final quilt wasn't going to work.  Out comes my seam ripper and back to the drawing board.

This layout yields a quilt 64'' square which is just the perfect size!

With the QAL, there were 6 large blocks in total and the 6th one will become a matching pillow.  4 of the 6 smaller blocks are on the back.

The quilt is all basted and the quilting is underway!  I am doing a combination of straight line stitching on the diagonal and then some FMQ.  I am about half-way on the straight line quilting.

I'm gifting this to my daughter as a couch quilt is celebration of her new apartment at school with her oldest girlfriend.  Its a surprise though - don't tell her!

Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  Quilters are encouraged to donate $5 for each block pattern.  I really love how the FQS QALs support a different charity each year.  If you love the fabrics in the sample quilt, you can order the kit!

You can ready more about the QAL and get the finishing instructions on the Jolly Jabber and read more about the Clementine QAL.  

I am happy to be sharing this QAL blog hop with all these other bloggers - go check them out!

*April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The HRT pile grows!

My half-rectangle triangle (HRT) quilt is my go-to quilt when I just want to sew without too much thought.  I prep 'kits' - HRTs grouped together to try and avoid any duplicate fabric touching - and then when I find time to sew, I can just sew away..

At my guild sew-in two weeks ago, I sewed together 40 sets of 8-HRTs.   Love looking at this pile!  (Want a HRT tutorial?)

32 HRTs make a 16'' block.  To keep some sanity in my process, I am assembling the blocks in the order shown below - first make a boatload of HRTs, then sew them in pairs, then into groups of 4 and then into groups of 8.   Once I've got everything in groups of 8, I'll press to get my seams going in alternative directions and sew into blocks.

For the quilt size I'm working towards (64 x 80") I need eight (80) of these groups of 8 which will yield the 20 blocks I need for the quilt.

The overall quilt will need 640 HRTs and frankly I got myself lost in how many I had made and got tired of counting them.   With them in groups of 8, I know how many more I need to sew.

40 sets of 8 are together - 40 more to go!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, July 16, 2018

Random - a finish

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

Once upon a time*, I purchased a mini-charm pack filled with every gorgeous color from Paintbrush Studios solids.  With no specific project in mind, I turned them into about 100 hexies.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

And then I started to assemble them - randomly.  I disciplined myself to blindly pick a hexie and attach it irredgardless of the color of the neighboring hexie.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

 I continued in a clockwise direction until essentially it was time to square off the project.  Placement was still random though.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

All complete, I adhered my project to fusible fleece** and then sewed a basting line all around the edge.

Then, more random fun.  I gathered all my thread - a mix of Aurifil & Superior So Fine - into a basket and proceeded to hand quilt.  Patterns we again randomly done.  Most of the time these were running stitches but a few times I got a bit 'fancy'.  Thread was either coordinating color or it not - everything was fair game.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

One every hexie had at least a line of hand-quilting. I squared the project up to 15'', redoing the basting stitch along the edge where needed.

Love the way the back looks!

For the back, I followed my own tutorial to add a zipper and used a navy blue with a accent of some Sweetwater text fabric.

elm street quilts pillow back tutorial

And now I have a beautiful pillow.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

 Pictured above on my couch, the pillow actually now sits on my comfy gilder rocker (left over from when my kids were babies) where I like to sit and read or stitch at the end of the day.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

* last summer

** although this seemed like a good idea at the time to keep things in place and avoid the need to actually baste with pins, it was a bear to sew through that fleece and led to hand fatique

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

I'll be linking up my finish 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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Double Windmill quilt - want to make your own?

Last week I blogged about a new podcast - The Quilt Fiction Podcast - by my friend Frances Dowell.  Frances is reading chapters from her latest novel - new episodes each Friday.

The Friendship Album is a story about 5 woman - Eula, Bess, Florence, Emmeline and Dorothy - who gather together as a group based on their mutual love for quilting.  In each episode, we hear a few more chapters of their story.

Recently Frances and I worked together on a quilt pattern inspired by a newspaper clipping she found circa 1930s.  The pattern is now available for free!

Her quilt is gorgeous - see it here.   She used 1930s themed fabric to create her quilt and the free quilt pattern is designed around that colorway -

I wanted to play around with other color-ways (EQ7 makes this so easy!).  Aren't these fun?

My favorite may very well be the second one or maybe the last one!

Read more about the quilt and get the free pattern here.

One of my key goals for 2018 was to collaborate with other quilters & bloggers.  I'm pleased to share my very first result!

Have a wonderful day! Patty