Saturday, May 25, 2019

One Monthly Goal May Finish link-up

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

My goal for May was to finish my quilt Her Favorite Things complete with this fun Converse block!  Read more here.

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Put a Quilt on It is offering a Barn Board to a lucky participant and Angie from Gnome Angel has a wonderful prize package for a lucky participant which includes her Kinship: 100 Block Fusion Sampler pattern!

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. (
May 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.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Modern Traditionalism

I've been quilting for at least 20 years and I love making blocks.  I've made many quilts with blocks set in a traditional grid layout usually with sashing and borders.

But I also have made a bunch of block based quilts where I set the blocks in a non-traditional grid.  Traditional blocks or modern blocks set in fun ways.

My quilts: Playful, Oh My Darling, Hand Pieced Rainbow & Special
A few Sunday's ago, I had an opportunity to speak to my local modern quilt guild about the concept of Modern Traditionalism.  While we have some incredibly talented award winning modern quilters in the guild, we also have a bunch of quilters who started out making traditional quilts, have fallen in love with the modern aesthetic but were struggling on how to make modern quilts.

I got excited when they got excited by thinking about how to set their blocks differently!

So what is Modern Traditionalism?  Think of it as a classic quilt or block design using modern techniques like adding negative space, alternate grid work, scale, asymmetry, cropping, disintegration, as well as using modern fabrics and/or solids.

Besides my own quilts, I shared photos of QuiltCon award winners in the Modern Traditionalism category for amazing inspiration.   ( If you've never looked at these, check them out! )

I also shared a couple of my quilts that went even further in embracing Modern Traditionalism.

Still my favorite quilt of all time is Perfectly Imperfect - it hangs in my studio and I look at it every day.  This quilt is my interpretation of the Double Wedding Ring quilt.

For Briar Rose, I started with the Crown of Thorns block and re-imagined it - one rose with many thorns!

Finally, Slipping through my Fingers is a re-imagined log cabin.  When I was searching through my pile of finished quilts for ones to bring in to support my talk, I found this one which I made in 2016.  The design of the quilt represents the growing up of my daughter - wrapped close to the family for many years, many twists and turns and then she becomes an adult and goes off to college, ready and excited to make memories of her very own.  There is actually text FMQed into the spiral - things like first smile to high school graduation and many things in between.  (See more about this quilt here.)

Sharing the concept of Modern Traditionalism and some of my quilts was a bit of work to prepare but a lot of fun to actual share.   I challenged the guild to take a pass at updating a traditional quilt or block and bring it to our June meeting.  I've got one of my own in the works and can't wait to share!

Have you made a quilt that updates a traditional block or quilt?

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hand piecing Curves


Want to take some of the stress out of curved piecing?  Try hand piecing them!   (And, yes, I really do understand that for some quilters, hand piecing is in itself stressful but I'd encourage you to give it a try!)

To get started, mark your stitching line on the wrong side of the concave piece - in my example it is the background fabric.   (Updated to add) You can get a pdf file of the curve templates I used including one to mark stitching lines here.

Fold the convex piece in half, right sides together, and mark center of curve.  Fold the concave piece in half, wrong sides together to mark its center.

Align the marked centers and place a pin.  I like to use short pins designed for applique.  Then align the edge of the concave unit to the edge of the convex unit, right sides together.  Use a pin (or pins) to make sure that right edge stays aligned.  Only align the edge on the right.

Begin your stitching 1/4'' from the edge (see running stitch tutorial).  Once you've made several stitches remove the pins on the right edge.

Curves have stretch and your goal as you stitch is to hold the seams aligned - I hold the fabric between my thumb and pointer finger.  Keep stitching to the center pin and back-stitch as you reach it.

Align the left edge of the concave unit, securing with a least one pin.  Remove center pin and stitch towards the edge, stopping 1/4'' away and securing your thread.

Open your curved block, laying right sides down to finger press towards the concave unit.

Enjoy your beautiful block and make another and another....   I hope you'll give hand piecing curves a try!

Read more about my favorite tools for hand piecing here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty