Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Guild Bag Swap

Swap time in my local MQG guild!  We did a secret bag swap.  The ladies running the swap assigned everyone secret partners and only shared with you some information like their favorite colors.  You had absolutely no idea who would receive the bag you were making. 

For my unknown partner, I made a boxy bag (tutorial) using this absolutely yummy fabric.  I was really pleased with how it turned out and my swap partner loved it!

The fun part of this exchange was the person I made a bag for was the person making a bag for me.  I absolutely love mine!   It is a beautiful clutch and uses cork accents.  The bag was made by the lovely and talented Sara.

I really enjoy the ladies in my local Modern Quilt Guild and our meeting this past Sunday was so much fun.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, November 11, 2019

Faux Needle Turned Applique

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to take a class with Ginny Robinson and made a one block version of her Fauchet quilt.

Ginny's quilt Fauchet won a ribbon in Quiltcon 2018.  The block design and the colors she chose were inspired by an aunt's crochet afghan.

Sourced from Modern Quilt Guild   - Fauchet by Ginny Robinson
Photo sourced from Modern Quilt Guild, quilt credit Ginny Robinson

The process itself was interesting.  We glued our fabric to the shape cut from a specific interfacing product.  

Then we cut the fabric around the glued shape with about 1/8 - 1/4 '' seam allowance and then wrapped and glued the edges down.  Then more glue to put your shape in the right spot.  The glue really held the shapes where you wanted them and was ideal if the project needed to be put away for awhile - you can do so confident everything will stay in place.

The final step involved zig-zag-ing the shapes using invisible thread on the top and a thread that matched your background fabric in the bobbin.  Ginny advised a zero tension setting and the smallest size stitch you could deal with.  I managed a 1.5 length and width.

The invisible thread worked great.  Although I had two spools in my stash, I don't recall every using it before.  It worked fine in my machine - the only hitch I had the thread got stuck on the spool itself a few times.  After some trail and error, I found that it worked fine if there was some slack between the spool and the first 'thing' it threads through on the machine. 

Once everything is secured with thread, you need to give your block a bath in cold water to dissolve away all that glue and soften up the interfacing.  I made sample shape block and left it overnight to test it out the soaking in water process - it came out great!

Next step is to soak my block and then quilt.  I am going to make a pillow.

I am generally not a fan of other applique techniques I've tried but Ginny's process of faux needle turned applique is definitely one I would do again.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

October Temperatures

Welcome November!  What a wild ride October was!

This is my second year making a temperature quilt.  When I started, I fully expected several days each year would reach over 100 degrees.  In reality, we had only one day and it was on October 3!  (To keep my quilt consistent, I use the high temperatures as recorded at the RDU airport and the 100 degrees lasted for 10-20 minutes but that was enough to count as a record breaking temperature for that day and for my quilt!)

October 31 was 85 degrees but the high on November 1 was 59!  Roller coaster!

(Please excuse the fact that this quilt top needs pressing!)

October 2019 was definitely warmer than 2018 with many more days this year in the 70 and 80s than last year.

Here is a mapping of the colors.

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!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, November 4, 2019

Linked - My Quilt in Make Modern Magazine

My quilt has been published in Make Modern Magazine!

I just loved working on this quilt, using all different shades of gray.  The width of the block remains constant but the height of the block gets smaller from top to bottom which creates a very interesting design.  To emphasize this, the quilting runs from top to bottom with overlapping organic wavy lines.

The block pattern popped into my head when studying the table top on our porch.

Linked finished at 63 '' x 72'' and is a foundation paper pieced pattern.

Linked uses the beautiful solids from Paintbrush Studios including Black (121-004), Smoke (121-040), Grey (121-014), Pewter (121-172), Silver (121-010), Pale Silver (121-016), Ash (121-105), Mist (121-011), Aluminum (121-104) and White (121-000).  I really love working with these solids - the colors are saturated and the feel of the fabric - the hand - is absolutely perfect.

Linked was created as a gift for my nephew and his bride in celebration of their marriage. The name Linked is both a metaphor for marriage and a nod to the quilt’s resemblance to a chain-link fence.

Each May, Raleigh has a large field of sunflowers open to the public and this made the perfect location for the photo. The sky was dark and thunder arrived as we finished up but the sunflowers were at peak color.  I found out later that sunflowers were the favorite flower of the newlyweds'!

The pattern for Linked along with several other amazing quilts can be found in issue 31 of Make Modern Magazine which is available today!  Make Modern Magazine is a digital magazine available in 6 month12 month subscription, and also via a All Access Subscription.  You can also purchase just issue 31 here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, November 1, 2019

One Monthly Goal November Link-up

Welcome to November!  We had 72 goals linked up for October - lets 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. 

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.

The Quilters Planner has everything you need to organize and keep track of the work, personal and  quilting parts of your life to decrease your stress and increase your creativity.  The Quilter’s Planner also comes with a gorgeous magazine filled with inspirational quilting projects for you to sew.  New for 2020, are four different calendar formats and other options to optimize your planner.  The Quilter's Planner is offering one 2020 planner to a lucky participant.  (I've owned a Quilter's Planner for 3 years and have already ordered mine for 2020!)

I am very pleased to introduce our featured designer for November - Barb Cherniwchan of Coach House Designs.  

Barb has been designing quilt patterns for 11 years since the sale of her quilt shops in 2008. You can find over 300 patterns on her website The majority of Barb’s patterns feature fabrics by Moda designers but she has recently also been working with Clothworks, Maywood Studio, Benartex, Hoffman and Free Spirit. Many of Barb’s patterns have appeared in Quiltmania magazine.

Barb has also developed a web-based app found at which allows customers to switch out the fabrics in many of Barb’s patterns with either pre-loaded fabric swatches or fabrics you upload yourself. You can then print out a color copy of your version with updated fabric requirements. The possibilities are endless!

You can visit Barb Cherniwchan of Coach House Designs on Instagram, on Facebook, and in her Store.  Barb is offering one lucky winner 3 digital (pdf) patterns of their choice from her shop.

My goal for November is to stay current with the Mosaic Mystery QAL.  I've got other secret sewing going on and I don't want to get behind on the QAL.

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for this month?  (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 November 24.)

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!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 28, 2019

Tips for Burying Threads

Whenever possible, my goal is to start and end my quilting stitches off the edge of my quilt.  But sometimes bobbin thread runs out, thread color needs to change, or portions of your design do not need to be quilted.   The result?  You need to bury threads.

The process can look quite daunting but with the right tools, it is easy!

Let's get started!

As you are quilting, pull the bobbin thread to the front of your quilt - a seam ripper or a pin is all you need to grab that little loop of bobbin thread that pops up as you tug on the top thread.  Leaving bobbin thread on the back of your quilt is just asking for trouble with a big mess of thread!

Tie the two threads together twice to secure the thread.   Trim (if needed) so these threads are roughly 3'' long.

The self threading needle is essential for burying threads. The needle pictured below is from Clover and has a double eye.

There is a very, very thin slit in very top that you can snap your thread into.

 Push your needle part way into the same hole the bobbin thread come to the quilt front.  Push the needle tip about 1/2'' away, making sure you are running the needle through the batting and not  through the quilt back.  Pop your thread pair into the eye of the needle.  Pull through and remove needle.

I like to do each of these steps in batches - popping a whole series of thread pairs through before moving onto the next step.

Pulling slightly on the threads, carefully trim with curved tip scissors.  The curve tips help to protect your quilt top.

Great lighting and a quality lamp is critical.  I love, love my Daylight lamp.

I do my thread burying in bulk, sort of like chain piecing!  I will usually do 5 thread pairs at a time -  tying the 5 sets of knots and then bury the threads for all 5 before finally coming back and trimming off the excess thread.  The only exception is when I need to restart the line of quilting if the bobbin ran out (or a thread breaks.)  For those situations, I will bury and trim those threads before restarting my stitching.  In these cases, you may have to pull out some stitches in order to get thread tails long enough to actually tie.

The self threading needle really makes this process possible so invest in some before you give this a try.

Pin it for later:

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 25, 2019

One Monthly Goal - October Finish Link-up

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

My goal for October was to turn my tiny piecing blocks into a quilt top.  I'm well into the quilting stage and can't wait to share a photo of the full quilt finish.  Until then, miles of stitching to go before I am done!

Now its your turn to link-up.

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Quilters Planner is offering a 2020 planner, and Mary Hertel of Made by Marney is offering a copy of her pattern 3 Dogs and 1 Sassy Cat.

Congratulations Sharon, Jan & Lisa - our lucky winners for October.  (updated 11/22)

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. (October
 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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 21, 2019

Tiny Piecing Progress

This summer, I had the absolute pleasure to take a class from Chawne Kimber where I absolutely fell in love with tiny piecing.

My technique is to sew together strips of fabric roughly 6'' wide and then subcut them down into my chosen width.

Earlier this month I shared two of the blocks I made from 1'' wide strips.  Making a square spiral was a lot of fun and I love the way it looks from the front and especially from the back!

My quilt top is assembled and I am now in the process of densely quilting with straight-ish lines.  On the left of this photo, they quilting lines are 1/4'' apart.  On the right of this photo, they are 1/2'' apart.

Given that the fabric stripes are 1/8'' apart, I'm thinking the quilting needs to get that dense as well.  Those colorful spirals also hold soooooooooo much fabric that the quilting needs to be dense enough to support it.

But first, I've got a million threads to bury before I go back for another round of stitching.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 18, 2019

Mini Quilt Show

In my local MQG chapter, we've spent several meetings this year talking to members on the elements of modern quilting.  In June, we issued a challenge to make (or finish) a small quilt that uses an element of modern quilting and bring them to our October meeting.

The result?  Our own mini quilt show!

To display the quilts, we used this quilt stand (affiliate link) and clipped a large bed sheet to the top.  The quilts were then pinned to the bed sheet.  One quilt was also clipped to the back of a chair when our display stand was full.

It was great fun to stand and look at the quilts and admire all the great work.

Members were then given the opportunity to make the tough selection for our Viewer's Choice award.  (Since I was counting the votes, I choose not to vote myself.  I was happy when my quilt got some votes!)

I used this great tutorial for our award ribbon.

Image credit: Triangle MQG.   Maker's are identified in this Instagram photo
That's me and my quilt in the front row, second from the left.  As it turns out, my sweater matched my quilt perfectly!

The challenge and our mini quilt show made for a fun meeting!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Leftover Geese

Earlier this year, I made a quilt for my sister which held 50 geese in honor of her big decade birthday.   (You can read more about the quilt called Special here.)

Since I made the geese via the 4 at a time method and wanted a variety of color, I had extra geese.  So I made a table runner!

I love the way it turned out!  As I did in the quilt, I choose to highlight some of the geese with some hand quilting.

The runner measures 16'' x 36''.   It is likely a gift.  Although, I really like it so I might just gift it to me!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 11, 2019

September Temperatures

I'm a bit late posting my September update to my 2019 temperature quilt.  I realized a mistake in how the columns in August had been sewn on so I had to un-stitch both August and September and then reassemble.  Whew!  All good now!

The first two columns are January and the last two are September 1-15 and then September 16-30.

As you can see, while the distribution is different, the temperatures compare relatively well year to year.  Perhaps a few more days in the 90s in 2019 but they were spread out a bit throughout the month. 

Looking ahead a bit to October, I am very excited that we actually had a 100 degree day!!!!  The official thermometer as recorded at the RDU airport read 100 degrees for all of 10 minutes but that is enough to count.   I'm really loving all the variety in October already through the first week or so.  Looks to be a colorful month and can't wait to share!

Here is a mapping of the colors.

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!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mosaic Mystery QAL

While most of the quilts I make are my original design, I still really love participating in QALs.  It is fun to be sewing along with other people.  Plus it is nice to just sit and sew without thinking too much!

The Mosaic Mystery QAL is being hosted by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.  I've done her mysteries in the past - in fact for this years quilt, I'm using the leftovers from the 2017 QAL (see that quilt)!

Fabric is Painter's Palette solids and the colors are Frolic, Cadet, and Aluminum.

The September blocks were the little 'house' blocks shown above.

For October, the clue was to make some Square in a Square blocks.  I had fun playing with possible layouts below.

As always, I am downsizing the blocks to end up with a wall hanging instead of a larger quilt.  Because my version of the SiaS block needed to be 3 1/2'', I actually paper pieced them for greater accuracy and less frustration!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 7, 2019

Kinship flimsy

I was excited to assemble my Kinship blocks to see if my master color plan worked.  The Kinship QAL is this year's #100Days100Blocks2019 QAL hosted by Angie at GnomeAngel.

I am very happy with this!

In total, I made 13 blocks.  The patterns has blocks that finish 4'' and 8'' which gives you the opportunity to play and create your own layout.  My quilt measures 24'' square.

I created my color plan ahead of time by redrawing the 13 blocks in EQ7 so I could play with layout and color. 

As you can see, I deviated a bit from my original plan.  After all the blocks were made, colors mapping to my plan, I really didn't like the color balance of the blocks in the lower right corner.  So I remade them, retaining just a little bit of the purple.

I want to continue to experiment with quilting and am planning a combination of hand quilting and machine quilting.

This year's event is based on a pattern called Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler written by GnomeAngel and Skyberries.  I highly recommend this pattern - the blocks are fun, usual, and the instructions are very well written.  More information here on the overall QAL page. (affiliate link)

Have a wonderful day! Patty