Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hand PIeced QAL Week 4 Link-up

Welcome to the week 4 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, February 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.

Clover  offers the highest quality sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, needle art, beading, and craft supplies.  One lucky winner will receive a Hand Piecing toolkit from Clover which includes some thimbles, binding clips, needles and pins!


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



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hand Quilting my Hand Pieced QAL Quilt



I've been working on hand quilting my hand pieced quilt from our Hand Pieced QAL.

Around the outside of the quilt in the large areas of background fabric, I've done some big stitch quilting about one inch apart in a white thread.  Inside each of the blocks, I have planed to outline each of the color patches with some more big stitch quilting.


I may go back and outline the white patches too - haven't yet decided.

I am taking this process slow and enjoying every minute.  You can tell where I've still got work to do based on where the pins still are!


I am using Sulky Petites (affiliate link) for the thread.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL : The Quarter-square Triangle Block (Block 4)

Welcome to week 4 in our Hand Pieced QAL.  We are so happy you are sewing along with us!   (For more information about the QAL, links to all posts and tutorials, click here.)

The first four blocks in our quilt are very basic blocks - ones we will use as building blocks for other blocks in our quilt.  We've learned about the 4 patch, the HST and flying geese.  Today it is all about the Quarter-square Triangle, also known as the Hour Glass block!  (Make sure you stop by to see Kristin's block after you read through the tutorial!)


To hand piece a Quarter-square Triangle block, all our pieces will be cut individually and then stitched together piece by piece.  (Put aside any machine sewing assembly methods you typically use to create multiple Quarter-square Triangle blocks!)  Although you will be sewing on the bias edge, the pieces are small enough that there isn't much risk to things stretching out of shape.

The formula for cutting for Quarter-square Triangle blocks is very simple - take the finished size of the block and add  1 ¼ ''.  For example, a 3'' finished square (today's block) starts with a 4 ¼ '' square which is then cut across on both of the diagonals.

Your first set of stitching lines should be marked on the wrong side of the background square as shown below.  (See the tutorial on marking stitching lines.)  Stitching line should start and stop ¼'' from each edge.

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Take care when pinning each half of the Quarter-square Triangle unit to make sure you are sewing the right seam in the right order.  Pin at the beginning and end of your stitching line, starting and ending your seam ¼ '' from each edge.    Use a running stitch and remember to, back stitching at beginning, end, as well as every 5-6 stitches.  (See running stitch tutorial.)

Once each of the two half are sewn, mark you final stitching line.  Remember you will sew through the seam, not over it!  (See tutorial on sewing through seams.)


Pin at the start and stop of your stitching lines.  Pin at each side of the seam, making sure that seams are aligned.


Once complete, press carefully spinning the seams to reduce bulk and to end up with this cute 4 patch on the back.


Once all Quarter-square Triangle units are complete, you'll need to sew the Quarter-square Triangle units together in pairs.  Stitching lines can easily be drawn with a ruler - your start and stop point is set by the stitches used to construct the block!

Pin at the beginning and end of your stitching lines plus an optional pin in the center.  Sew together each pair and then stitch.  Remember you will be sewing through the seam (not over).  Put a pin horizontally at that point to remind you.  (See photo below.)


When you are done, more seams to spin.  Beautiful!  (See the tutorial on spinning seams.)



Now let's make our block!






Block size: 6'’ finished (6 1/2’’ unfinished)

Notes:
  • All seam allowances are 1/4".  
  • Stitching lines are drawn on wrong side of fabric and always start and end 1/4'' from the edge
  • RST=Right sides together

Materials
  • Print fabric: (2) 4 ¼ " squares, each sub-cut in half on across both diagonals to yield (4) triangles
  • Background fabric: (2) 4 ¼ " squares, each sub-cut in half on across both diagonals to yield (4) triangles

Creating the Quarter-square Triangle block   
  1. Cut each of the squares into 4 pieces by cutting in half across both diagonals.
  2. Take 2 triangles from print fabric and 2 triangles of background fabric and place in the Quarter-square Triangle shape.  On a background triangles, mark your initial 2 stitching lines along each of the cut edges (see photo above). 
  3. Place one print triangle on top of one background triangle, RST. Pin at the beginning and end of the stitching lines. 
  4. Stitch along one side, starting 1/4" from the edge and stopping 1/4" from the end. Finger press open, pressing seam allowance to the print side.  Repeat for second triangle pair.
  5. Stitch each half of the block together, starting 1/4 '' from the edge and stopping 1/4'' from the end.  Stitch through the seam of the triangle pair, backstitching right before and right after going through seam.
  6. Trim  Quarter-square Triangle (if necessary) to 3 1/2 ‘’, taking care to spin seams on back.  Repeat to make a total of four (4) HST.

Assemble the Block

  1. Following diagram, assemble block into rows after marking the stitching line on the wrong side of each block.  Your stitching will start 1/4" from the edge and stopping 1/4" from the end.  Fold the Quarter-square Triangle seam to the side so it is not caught in the stitching.  Each row will measure 3 1/2 x 6 1/2''.
  2. Mark stitching lines on one row.  Place two rows together, RST, as shown in diagram. Pin at the each of the seam intersections, as well as the beginning and ending of the stitching line.
  3. Push your needle through the seam allowance to the other side and backstitch. (See tutorial)
As needed, refer back to our tutorials (including video) on each of the hand piecing skills:
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.)

 (Make sure you stop by to see Kristin's block after you read through the tutorial!)

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





The link-up for the Quarter-Square Triangle block - block 6 in our QAL - opens on Thursday, February 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, February 8, 2019

2019 Temperatures

One last overall look at my 2018 temperature quilt with the newly applied binding.  The binding incorporates the temperature scale, wrapping around from the coldest to the warmest temps.


Using the same fabrics and color plan as 2018, I've started my temperature quilt for 2019.  This will be handpieced, each 2'' (unfinished) square represents the high temperature of the day.


One of the key reasons for sticking with the same colors is I can do a quick side by side compare.  While January 2018 had a stretch of very cold days, overall it had many more days in the 60s or above than January 2019.


In the above photo, January 1 is on the right - you can see much colder the first week of January was compared to this year.

There are a lot of ways to make a temperature quilt.  I choose hexies this year and hand piecing this year because I wasn't to end the year with a quilt top instead of a pile of blocks.  I also wanted to be able to sew each block while I waited for my daughter each night to go through her bedtime routine.

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.



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL Week 3 Link-up

Welcome to the week 3 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, February 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.


Aurifil is the most popular thread in the quilting industry. Available in many different thread weights and dozens of colors, the superior, long staple cotton thread boasts high tensile strength and a wonderful silky touch  Aurifil is offering a small spool thread collection Calm to one lucky participant. 

Congratulations to Sharon A on winning this week's prize!  (updated 2/14)

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@gmail.com   Read the link-up tutorial to learn more!

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, February 6, 2019

Hand Piecing a Flying Geese Block - Alternative Method



Block 3 in our Hand Pieced QAL is all about the Flying Geese block.  Kristin has provided an excellent tutorial including video which has all the information you need to construct the block.

Like many things in quilting, there is another way to make a flying geese unit called the "stitch and flip method".  You start with (1) rectangle and (2) squares instead of cutting triangles. 

To make a single flying geese block of the size needed for block 3 you will need:

  • (1) rectangle - 2''  x 3 1/2 ''  (shown as white in the photos below)
  • (2) squares - 2'' x 2 '' (shown as shades of blue in the photos below)

Let's get started!

  • On the wrong side of each of the squares, draw a diagonal stitching line, making sure to start and stop 1/4'' from each corner.


  • Pin one square to the right side of the rectangle.   Attach the square by aligning the top, bottom and right edge to the rectangle.  Stitch along the stitching line.  


  • Trim away excess, making sure to leave a ¼ '' seam.  Finger press open.
  •  Repeat for second square aligning to right edge.  You will notice that the ledge created by the folded over corner will actually mark the starting (or stopping line) of your stitches for the second square.  Take care not to stitch into or through the seam allowance during construction of the unit.


(Note: The marked line in center photo below extends a bit too close to the corners in error.  I stopped and started my stitching where the pins are placed.)


Once pressed, your flying geese should measure 2'' x 3 1/2 '', the same size as the rectangle you started with!

I took a pass at making a video of this method - hope it helps!



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL: Flying Geese (Block 3)

We are so very excited to share our third block in the Hand Pieced QAL.   (Please visit the Hand Pieced QAL kick-off page for the big reveal as well as coloring pages.)  


My favorite quilt block of all time is the Flying Geese and I love including it as often as I can in my quilts.  And I'm happy to say, this block is as fun to make by hand as it is by machine!

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:
Fabric requirements are available as well as some suggestions of useful tools and notions and an overall coloring page. (See overall QAL page for more information.)

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

Flying geese require lots of triangles - visit this tutorial if you'd like to see how to construct geese using the stitch & flip method which uses squares and rectangles.



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



The link-up for the Flying Geese block - block 3 in our QAL - opens on Thursday, February 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

Friday, February 1, 2019

One Monthly Goal February Goal Setting Link-up


Welcome to February!  We had a record number of 155 goals linked up for January - lets see what this month brings!    Did you see the overall announcement for the sponsors and featured designers for 2019?  It will blow you away!



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.

Precision Quilting Tools manufactures the highest quality products used for Quilting, Sewing, and Arts & Crafts.  Their best selling product is a 100% Felted Wool mat perfect for pressing your quilt blocks.  Precision Quilting Tools is offering a 17 x 17'' wool mat to one lucky participant.  (Read more about the pressing mat in my product review!(Note - this prize can only be mailed to a US address.)



I'm excited to introduce Amy Smart of  Diary of a Quilter, our featured designer for February!  

Amy is a quilt designer and teacher who shares her love for quilting through her blog.  You can find Amy's quilt patterns in her shop plus she has also contributed to multiple books and magazines.  In addition, she publishes wonderful tutorials - from tips for choosing fabric, tutorials on free motion quilting, plus free block patterns and quilt patterns.  I really enjoyed her post on tips for organizing your sewing room.

Amy is offering one lucky winner a pdf quilt pattern from her shop.  You can visit Amy at her blog, on Instagram, on Facebook, and in her pattern shop.

Quilt and image credit to Amy Smart.
Patterns - Land That I Love and Summer Bunting plus Pixelated Heart tips

My goal for February is to work on my 2 color version of my Hand Pieced QAL blocks.  (Interested in hand piecing?  Come join the fun!)


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 February 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!



Have a wonderful day! Patty