Friday, March 22, 2019

Family Friendly


Each quarter, Curated Quilts host a challenge for a mini quilt - a selection of those submitted make it into the magazine.   This quarter's challenge was "Well Said" - an opportunity to send a message with your quilt.

I love putting text on minis and have done it about a dozen times.  After thinking about this challenge for awhile, I decided to go with this family friendly version of swearing!   The inspiration comes from my weekly games of Pickleball with friends.  When someone misses a particularly easy shot, it becomes a challenge to keep our language clean and we have come up with a bunch of different words to use instead!


The actual term for using symbols like this is grawlix.  If you read through your Sunday comics, I imagine you'll see it more than once!

I'll be linking up here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Week 9 Link-up

Welcome to the week 9 (and final) block link-up for the Hand Pieced QAL!  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Find the tutorial for this week's block here.



This link-up will be open for two weeks - until Thursday, April 4 (4 am ET/1 am PT).  Since this is our final block link-up, please make sure you share any blocks that you've not shared in previous link-ups   Each block should be in its own photo!






This week’s prize is the Smart Travel Lamp from The Daylight Company. This modern, portable and multi-purpose lamp has a battery life of up to 10 hours on low light setting and approximately 4 hours at the brightest setting and is ideal when you need light away from a plug. The Daylight Company is the leading market innovator in specialty lighting in the art, needlework, craft, low vision, health & beauty and industrial sectors in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Our Grand Prize link-up will open on Thursday April 4 - we can't wait to see your quilt tops!

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and much include a  link to Elm Street Quilts or Simple Handmade Everyday.  Photos can also be shared via a public Instagram and must contain the tag #handpiecedqal.  Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal at gmail dot com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!


Blocks shared must follow the guidelines below to be eligible to win a prize.


We hope you take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

Please note - sharing a photo in the link-up gives Elm Street Quilts and Simple Handmade Everyday permission to feature a photo of your block on their sites.  Full attribution will be given.






Guidelines:



  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block from the QAL.  The block can be constructed using different units (ex: using two HST to make a flying geese).. Blocks can also be made a different size.
  • Finished blocks can be shared in any link-up but can only be shared once.  Duplicates will be disqualified.
  • Multiple blocks created by one quilter may be shared in the same link-up.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prize - if we don't hear back, we will draw another name.  Once winners have claimed their prize, this post will be updated with the winner's name.
  • This prize is only available to be shipped within the US.
For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL.   

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.



Have a wonderful day! Patty


Monday, March 18, 2019

Hand Piece QAL - The Emmeline Block (Block 9)


Our final block in the Hand Pieced QAL is called Emmeline!  Just like the character in Friendship Album 1933, you might not care so much for Emmeline at first but she will surely grow on you!

Lighting by DaylightThread by Aurifil, Snips by FamoreOLFA 28 mm Rotary Cutter & RulerClover Wonder Clips, & Robot Mom Sews Thread Conditioner
The center block might look complicated but it really just uses assembly techniques from the half-square triangle and the quarter-square triangle.  I just love the tiny pinwheel spinning around in the center.


We can't wait to see your finished blocks - the link-up opens Thursday!  (See the overall QAL post for more information on how to link-up.)

As needed, refer back to our tutorials (including video) on each of the hand piecing skills and basic blocks:
Fabric requirements are available as well as some suggestions of useful tools and notions and a coloring page.  (See overall QAL page for more information.)

Seeing all the blocks shared by everyone has been so much fun.  Next week, we'll give the instructions for sashing and the setings each of us chose.

Kristin is hosting the tutorial for the Emmeline block on Simple Handmade Everyday.  Click image below to visit tutorial and enjoy time piecing this week's block!



Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop and Famore for sponsoring the block tutorials!



The link-up for the Emmeline block - block 9 in our QAL - opens on Thursday, March 21! (Please note that this is the final block link-up.) Finished blocks can be shared in any weekly link-up, however, so don't worry if you get behind.


For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL. 

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Week 8 Link-up

Welcome to the week 8 link-up for the Hand Pieced QAL!  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Find the tutorial for this week's block here.



This link-up will be open for one week - until Thursday, March 21 (4 am ET/1 am PT).  You are welcome to share any and all of the blocks you completed this week.  When this link-up closes, a new one will open (magic!) so please don't worry if you fall behind.



Green Fairy Quilts  is a wonderful online quilt store that offers precuts, patterns and notions at prices that can't be beat.  They are my source for precuts! Shipping is fast and the selection is wonderful. Green Fairy Quilts is offering a $25 gift certificate to their online store for one lucky winner.

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and much include a  link to Elm Street Quilts or Simple Handmade Everyday.  Photos can also be shared via a public Instagram and must contain the tag #handpiecedqal.  Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal at gmail dot com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!

Blocks shared must follow the guidelines below to be eligible to win a prize.

We hope you take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

Please note - sharing a photo in the link-up gives Elm Street Quilts and Simple Handmade Everyday permission to feature a photo of your block on their sites.  Full attribution will be given.





Guidelines:

  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block from the QAL.  The block can be constructed using different units (ex: using two HST to make a flying geese).. Blocks can also be made a different size.
  • Finished blocks can be shared in any link-up but can only be shared once.  Duplicates will be disqualified.
  • Multiple blocks created by one quilter may be shared in the same link-up.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prize - if we don't hear back, we will draw another name.  Once winners have claimed their prize, this post will be updated with the winner's name.
For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL.   

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.



Have a wonderful day! Patty




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

hello and welcome home! (Blog hop & Giveaway!!)

Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for the fabulous book Text It! - Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say by Sheri Noel.

(Make sure you visit Sheri's blog for the overall blog hop schedule and her post for today!)

I was lucky to get an early digital copy of the book.  If you want to express yourself through your quilts and projects with words, this book is for you!  The projects are fun and colorful and the book offers all different techniques for adding text to your projects including 7 different fonts of letters, numbers and symbols.

I had so much fun that I made two projects!!

Welcome Home is a wall-hanging, 18'' x 13'', which will be placed on the wall in our mud room so I'll see it everyday when I get home!



I used up scraps from my collection of Alison Glass fabric for the houses an then choose to stitch the words "welcome home".  I quilted with straight lines roughly 1/4'' apart and applied a facing instead of a binding.  I really love how this turned out!



Once that was done, I really wanted to play with applying a word from bias tape so I made a pillow for Mom as a gift.  She loves it!


While 1/4'' bias tape is a bit finicky to apply, I really, really love the way it looks and will be using this technique to add text to my projects in the future.


I'm excited to have the opportunity to offer a giveaway - two prizes and two lucky winners.

The first lucky winner will receive a copy of Sherri's wonderful book!  (US only).
The second lucky winner will receive 2 large spools of Aurifil thread - colors may vary.  (Open worldwide).

To enter, please comment on this post with the word or phrase you might add to your next project and tell me the country that you live in.  If you are a no-reply blogger, please make sure you leave your email address. 

Winners will be chosen on Saturday, March 16 at 8pm ET and winners will have 48 hours to reply to an email with their mailing address otherwise another winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is closed - congrats to our winners: Isis & Diane!!  (updated 3/18)


Several other makers are sharing their take on the Home Pillow today - go check them out!


Get an autographed copy directly from Sherri or find a copy here on Amazon (affiliate link).




Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL: The Bess Block (Block 8)

We are so very excited to share Bess - block 8 in our  Hand Pieced QAL.  Bess, named after a character in Friendship Album 1933, joins her quilting bee friends Dorothy, Florence and Eula.  (Emmeline will join them soon!)


(For more information about the QAL, links to all posts and tutorials, click here.)

Let's deconstruct the Bess block to better understand what units will need to be hand-pieced, namely Flying Geese blocks, Half-Square Triangles (HST) and a Square-in-Square in the center.


You'll notice that the required sub-units for Bess are exactly the same as for Eula - the fabric placement changes how the block looks.

Today's tutorial will revisit the 'stitch and flip' method to create our center unit - the Square-in-Square (SinS) as well as the Flying Geese block.  (Alternate cutting instructions will be given if you'd prefer to construct your center square from two flying geese.)

To get started with a SinS unit, you'll need a center square (white) and four smaller squares (blue).  On the wrong side of the smaller squares, draw your stitching line on the diagonal, making sure it starts and stops 1/4'' from the edge.    (See the tutorial on marking stitching lines.)
Align a single smaller square along one corner of the larger square and stitch along marked stitched lines.  Trim away the excess, leaving a 1/4'' seam  (see photo below), fold back corner and finger press.  Align a second smaller square along one corner of the larger square and stitch along marked lines.  Trim away the excess leaving a 1/4'' seam, fold back corner and finger press.  Repeat to attach all corners.

Pictured: Famore snips, OLFA rotary cutter, Clover clips 
The ledge created by the folded over corner will actually mark the starting (or stopping line) of your stitches.  Take care not to stitch into or through the seam allowance during construction of the unit.  The smaller squares can be attached in any order.  Your finished unit should match the dimensions of the larger square - trim carefully if needed. 

As needed, refer back to our tutorials (including video) on each of the hand piecing skills and basic blocks:
Fabric requirements are available as well as some suggestions of useful tools and notions and a coloring page.  (See overall QAL page for more information.)

Now let's make our block!




Block size: 6’' finished (6 ½’’ unfinished)

Notes:
  • All seam allowances are 1/4''.
  • Stitching lines are drawn on wrong side of fabric and always start and end 
    ¼ '' from the edge
  • RST=Right sides together
  • HST - Half Square Triangle
  • SinS - Square in Square

Materials  (for Stitch & Flip construction method)

For HSTs:
  • Print fabric: (2) 2 3/8 " squares, cut in half on the diagonal to yield (4) triangles 
  • Background fabric: (2) 2 3/8 " squares, cut in half on the diagonal to yield (4) triangles 
For Stitch & Flip Flying Geese Construction Method*:
  • Print fabric: (8) " squares
  • Background fabric(4) 2 x 3 ½ '' rectangles  
For Stitch & Flip  Square-in-a-Square Construction Method:
  • Print fabric: (4) " squares 
  • Background fabric(1) 3 ½ '' square 

Creating the Bess block   
  1. Make (8) HST (follow this tutorial).  HST unit should measure 2 x 2''. 
  2. Make (4) Flying Geese using the stitch & flip method.  (Tutorial available.)   Flying Geese unit should measure 2 x 3 ½ ''.    
  3. Make SinS unit using stitch & flip method (above). SinS unit should measure 3 ½ x 3 ½ ''.
      
* Note: Flying Geese units can also be constructed from triangles - see Kristin's tutorial.  The center of the block can also be pieced from two Flying Geese.  For this construction method, in addition to the HST cutting instructions, you will also need:

  • Background fabric: (3) 3″ squares, carefully cut each square in half on the diagonal (yielding 6 triangles total)
  • Print fabric: (6) 2 3/8″ squares, carefully cut each square in half on the diagonal (yielding 12 triangles total)

Assemble the Block

  1. Lay the block out according to the diagram and stitch together in rows. The top and bottom row will each measure 2 x 6 ½ ''.  The middle row measures 3 ½ x 6 ½ ''.
  2. Press.

Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop and Famore for sponsoring the block tutorials!





The link-up for the Bess block - block 8 in our QAL - opens on Thursday, March 14!  Finished blocks can be shared in any weekly link-up, however, so don't worry if you get behind.


For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL.  

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials
.

Have a wonderful day! Patty







Friday, March 8, 2019

Briar Rose

Happy dance!

My quilt Briar Rose is in the just released issue 27 of Make Modern Magazineavailable today, March 8!  Make Modern Magazine is a digital magazine and it is so fun to browse through the issue on my ipad.



Briar Rose, a modern interpretation of a Crown of Thorns block, was designed as an entry for the Michael Miller challenge at QuiltCon.  I was thrilled to see the quilt hanging and just love the fact that now the pattern is published in this issue.  (Read more about the quilt hanging in QuiltCon.)

It was quilted with a favorite go-to spiral and then I added some hand quilting to add more interest and texture to the rose and some of the leaves.



It would look great in all different colors - I'm tempted to make a version with a yellow rose!



The ladies at Make Modern are just fabulous to work with and it is a thrill to be part of Issue 27!

Want a copy of your very own?  Use code  27special  to get Make Modern Issue 27 at the introductory price of AU $6 which is about $4 (US)!!




Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Week 7 Link-up

Welcome to the week 7 link-up for the Hand Pieced QAL!  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Find the tutorial for this week's block on Kristin's blog.


This link-up will be open for one week - until Thursday, March 14 (4 am ET/1 am PT).  You are welcome to share any and all of the blocks you completed this week.  When this link-up closes, a new one will open (magic!) so please don't worry if you fall behind.



Snuggly Monkey is an online craft boutique that specializes in high quality supplies for modern makers specializing in modern hand embroidery, counted cross stitch, Sashiko, sewing and quilting notions.  Snuggly Monkey is offering a $35 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and much include a  link to Elm Street Quilts or Simple Handmade Everyday.  Photos can also be shared via a public Instagram and must contain the tag #handpiecedqal.  Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal at gmail dot com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!

Blocks shared must follow the guidelines below to be eligible to win a prize.

We hope you take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

Please note - sharing a photo in the link-up gives Elm Street Quilts and Simple Handmade Everyday permission to feature a photo of your block on their sites.  Full attribution will be given.





Guidelines:

  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block from the QAL.  The block can be constructed using different units (ex: using two HST to make a flying geese).. Blocks can also be made a different size.
  • Finished blocks can be shared in any link-up but can only be shared once.  Duplicates will be disqualified.
  • Multiple blocks created by one quilter may be shared in the same link-up.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prize - if we don't hear back, we will draw another name.  Once winners have claimed their prize, this post will be updated with the winner's name.
For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL.   

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.



Have a wonderful day! Patty





Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Quilt Con 2019 Reflection - Part 2


Last week, I shared about my experience having my quilt in the show at Quiltcon - you can read more about that here.  Today I wanted to share more about my overall experience at conference.

Nashville was the second Quilt Con I attended - the other was Savanah in 2017.  Comparing the two venues, I like the one in Savanah a bit better.  This convention center was huge and I logged a lot of miles just walking the floor and around the building.

I suspect you've already seen many photos of quilts in your Instagram stream both during and after QuiltCon.  I walked through the quilts several times and I still see photos of quilts from the show without any memory of seeing them before!  It is a very difficult task choosing favorites so I am not even going to try!

After seeing the show and photos of quilts that didn't make it into the show, I am convinced that being part of the jury or judge for Quilt Con has to be an incredibility difficult job.  There were so many quilts - each as wonderful and amazing as the one before.

I really enjoyed walking the floor with my friend Paige.  Her quilts earned a first place and a second place ribbon - I learned so much talking about design choices as we walked the floor.

Photo credit to the Modern Quilt Guild

I was very proud when I heard that my local Modern Quilt Guild - Triangle MQG - had the second highest number of quilts accepted into the show.  There were 14 of them plus a quilt by Michelle Wilke in the 100 Day exhibit as well as our group charity quilt. 

Even more exciting, Separated by Val Luberecki won the People's Choice award.  Her quilt has almost 3,000 little gold squares each representing a child who was separated at the border from their family.

Row 1: Val Luberecki, Michelle Wilke, Michelle Wilke, Ginny Robinson
Row 2: Patty Dudek, Nicole Neblett, Brittany Lloyd, Evie Jespersen
Row 3: Nicole Neblett, Brittany Lloyd, Beky Branagan, Our Group quilt
Row 4: Michelle Wilke, Frances Dowell, Brittany Lloyd
The Swag

I collected a whole lot of swag - charm packs, mini-charm packs, FQs as well as bags.  My friend gifted me a cute zip bag and another friend a nice pin cushion.


The Class

I took Intermediate Lino Printing with Karen Lewis, a 3 hour class on Saturday morning.  Since I had never taken the basic class, I stuck to carving simple shapes and single color stamping.   Other class members took on much more complicated designs as you can see in our class photo!!





The Volunteering

One of my favorite things to do is to volunteer and I did so three times.  I worked registration on Wednesday night - which was crazy, crazy busy.  I also assisted in a workshop and again worked registration at a less busy time.   You collected a dot for each hour you spent volunteering plus got a nice tee shirt and a canvas bag (in the picture above).


The People

Meeting up with people was the best part, by far.  I met some famous quilters - Tara Faughnan, Marianne Fons to name just two - plus finally met in person a number of people who I follow on Instagram or their blogs.  I also met friends of friends - so nice to finally have met someone I have heard so much about!

QuiltCon 2020 will be in Austin followed by Atlanta in 2021.  I had so much fun at this event - I know I'm going to Atlanta and am also seriously considering Austin!

Thanks MQG for a fantastic show!

Did you go to the show?  What was your favorite part?

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL - the center Square in a Square alternative


Looking for an alternative way to create the center of our Eula block? 

Here is a quick tutorial on using the flip & stitch method to create our center as a Square in a Square (SinS) block.   (This is very similar to the Flying Geese tutorial).

For Eula, you will need:

  • (1) large 3 1/2 " square (shown in white) 
  • (4) small 2" squares (shown in blue)

On the wrong side of the smaller squares, draw your stitching line on the diagonal, making sure it starts and stops 1/4'' from the edge.    (See the tutorial on marking stitching lines.)

Align a single smaller square along one corner of the larger square and stitch along marked stitched lines.  Trim away the excess, leaving a 1/4'' seam  (see photo below), fold back corner and finger press.  Align a second smaller square along one corner of the larger square and stitch along marked lines.  Trim away the excess leaving a 1/4'' seam, fold back corner and finger press.  Repeat to attach all corners.

Pictured: Famore snipsOLFA rotary cutterClover clips 

The smaller squares can be attached in any order.  Your finished unit should match the dimensions of the larger square - trim carefully if needed.

Please follow the rest of the assembly instructions on Kristin's post to complete your Eula block!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

February Temperatures

I so much enjoyed making a temperature quilt in 2018 that I've started one again for this year.  (See my 2018 quilt.)  I've place the 2019 version (squares) on top of the 2018 hexigons.  You can see it has been a colder winter this year.


In the above photo, January starts on the right with that yellow square.  Row 1 is Jan 1-15, row 2 is 16-31 and so on.

There are so many temperature quilts popping up and I love them.  I wrote up a tutorial on a temperature quilt if you are interested.  In addition, Anina is running a 2019 QAL!

Here is a mapping of the colors.


It only takes a minute each night to add the next square and is so much fun to go back and look at!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL; The Eula Block (Block 7)

We are so very excited to share Eula - block 7 in our  Hand Pieced QAL.  Eula, named after a character in Friendship Album 1933, joins her quilting bee friends Dorothy and Florence.  (Emmeline and Bess will join them soon!)


Just finding the QAL? Please visit the Hand Pieced QAL kick-off page for the big reveal as well as coloring pages.)  

The Eula block is assembled from blocks you've already had practice making, namely the Half-square Triangle and the Flying Geese(Edited to add)  There is also an alternative way to create the center block using a flip & stitch method - check out the tutorial.

The pattern for Eula can be found on Kristin's blog.


We can't wait to see your finished blocks - the link-up opens Thursday!  (See the overall QAL post for more information on how to link-up.)

As needed, refer back to our tutorials (including video) on each of the hand piecing skills and basic blocks:
Fabric requirements are available as well as some suggestions of useful tools and notions and a coloring page.  (See overall QAL page for more information.)

Kristin is hosting the tutorial for the Eula block on Simple Handmade Everyday.  Click image below to visit tutorial and enjoy time piecing this week's block!



Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop and Famore for sponsoring the block tutorials!



The link-up for the Eula block - block 7 in our QAL - opens on Thursday, March 7!  Finished blocks can be shared in any weekly link-up, however, so don't worry if you get behind.


For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL. 

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.





Have a wonderful day! Patty