Thursday, March 26, 2020

Book Club - Jane Link-up

Welcome to the week 2 link-up for Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL.  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Read more about Jane and the book behind the block.


This link-up will be open for one week - until Thursday, April 2 (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.







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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 and/or #bookclubqal 

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.




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




Guidelines:


  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block to the Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL pattern.  Blocks can 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 - Book Club - 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.

Haven't yet purchased the pattern?  Get your copy here!




Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

One Monthly Goal March Finish Link-Up

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



My goal for March was to quilt my quilt for Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL.  I am very excited to say that the quilt is done! (See more photos here.)


Now it is your turn to link-up.

There will be three winners this month Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Make Modern is offering a 6 month subscription, and Therm O Web is offering a collection of HeatnBond® products including EZ print Featherlite sheets (This prize can only be shipped to US addresses.)




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. (
March 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


Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 23, 2020

Hand Pieced QAL - Jane



Having fun hand piecing?  It's time to get started on our second block - Jane.

While the pieces for Evelyn (our first block) could be cut completely with a rotary cutter, our Jane block requires the use of templates for the house shaped unit that extends to each corner.  Jane is a nice easy block to piece whether you are new to hand piecing or picking back up your needle and thread after a break from last year's QAL.

Still need the pattern for Book Club for the Hand Pieced QAL - grab yours now!  Book Club is a 9 block sampler and two block setting to make either a wall hanging or a throw sized quilt.  Did you miss the QAL announcement?  You can find more information here!  If you have any trouble ordering the pattern, please don't hesitate to email us at handpiecedqal@gmail.com - we'll be happy to help!


Tips & Tricks

The center square and the triangle units for Jane can be cut with a rotary cutter or by tracing templates.  The house unit is cut completely with templates.  Make sure you mark all your stitching lines on the wrong side of the units.  This specialty ruler - The Perfect Piecer -  makes it easy marking sewing lines on angles.

The rotary cutting instructions for the units can be found in the bottom left corner of the pattern sheet.  Please consult the tutorials for Using Templates and for Marking Stitching Lines if you need some tips.


Layout all the units to match the design for the Jane block.  (I am using my wonderful wool pressing mat to keep everything organized.) 

One thing you will notice if you are using the templates to cut your triangles is that the corners are round-ish which is helpful to remove bulk from your seam allowances.


Assemble your center unit by sewing two house units to the center square.  Then sew a triangle to each side of a house unit.


Assembling the final block is easy.  Carefully align the seams and sew through seam allowances (tutorial).


The link-up for Jane (or any blocks you make this week) will open on Thursday, March 26.  You can also add your blocks to the Evelyn link-up - it closes Thursday right as the Jane link-up opens.  If you share on IG, please tag your photo with #bookclubqal and #handpiecedqal.

Make sure you go visit Kristin and see her Jane block!
The Book behind the Block


Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Bronte begins with the story of orphan young Jane being raised by her cruel aunt.  She moves from that home to an equally grim boarding school eventually leaving the school and finding a position as a governess at a house called Thornfield.  Along the way, she finds love, loses love, and finds love again!

The decision to name blocks in the Book Club quilt along was an easy one.  Figuring out what name belonged with which block was a bit more challenging.  Our naming inspiration for this block was the house unit since part of Jane's story is unraveling the mystery behind the doors of Thornfield.

My daughter (the English major) loves this story and has a beautiful copy of the book sitting on her book shelf.  It's been a long time since I read the book and it is going onto my to be read pile.



Please stop by Kristin's blog to check out her version of Jane!


Stay in touch and join our community so you don't miss a thing! 




Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, March 20, 2020

My Book Club Finish


My latest finish is Book Club - my quilt from our Book Club Hand Pieced QAL.   The QAL is just getting started - our very first block is Evelyn which is the block at the center of the quilt.  (Want to sew along with us?  You can find the pattern here.)

The entire quilt top was pieced by hand and then the spiral was quilted on my domestic machine.  I briefly considered hand quilting the top but the curves on the blocks I put in the outer corner screamed spiral to me!


I use the Decostitch line by Art Gallery Fabrics for my quilt, Aurifil 80 wt for the piecing and 50 wt for the quilting.  The batting is Quilter's Dream Batting.


The wind made my 'artfully draped' quilt shots a bit difficult but I still managed to collect a few useful shots.

Have some interest in joining the QAL?  Our pattern offers two settings - this throw size which measures 52'' x 52'' or a wall hanging size.  Each of the blocks are named after characters in a favorite book - come check it out!









Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Book Club - Evelyn Link-up

Welcome to the week 1 link-up for Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL.  We are so excited to see what you have made!  Read more about Evelyn the block and the book behind the block.


This link-up will be open for one week - until Thursday, March 26 (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.

This week's sponsor is Oliso and our prize is an Oliso M2 Pro Mini Project Iron .









Meet the Oliso project iron. Designed just for sewing, quilting, and crafting. With the power of a full sized iron in a compact and lightweight design, the Oliso project iron fits right next to your sewing machine or in your travel bag. The Oliso project iron comes with a solemate so you can leave your Oliso project iron in the face down position.




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 and/or #bookclubqal 

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.


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


Guidelines:


  • Blocks must be entirely hand-pieced.  
  • Block must visually match a block to the Book Club - A Hand Pieced QAL pattern.    Blocks can 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 - Book Club - 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.

Haven't yet purchased the pattern?  Get your copy here!







Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Interrupted

Life as we know it - our daily routines - have been interrupted as we all work to stay healthy and keep everyone around us healthy.


Interrupted is my entry for the latest Curated Quilts challenge.  The prompt was HST and subtraction with a specific color palette.  I really wanted to go with a golden yellow and then choose a gray from my stash that contrasted well.

For some visual interest, I set my HSTs on point.  Typically, I quilt in very predictable straight lines approaching matchstick density.  For this quilt, I wanted to capture the hectic ever-changing world in which we live right now where daily routines have changed and suddenly everything you have planned to do is stopped - just like the line of hand quilting.


Stay safe everyone. 


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 16, 2020

Hand Pieced QAL - Evelyn



Are you excited to start hand piecing?  Let's get started with our very first block - Evelyn!

Evelyn is a nice and easy block to get started with whether you are new to hand piecing or picking back up your needle and thread after a break from last year's QAL.

Still need the pattern for Book Club for the Hand Pieced QAL - grab yours now!  Book Club is a 9 block sampler and two block setting to make either a wall hanging or a throw sized quilt.  Did you miss the QAL announcement?  You can find more information here!  If you have any trouble ordering the pattern, please don't hesitate to email us at handpiecedqal@gmail.com - we'll be happy to help!


Tips & Tricks

The units for Evelyn can be cut with a rotary cutter or by tracing templates.   The rotary cutting instructions for the units can be found in the bottom left corner of the pattern sheet.  Please consult the tutorials for Using Templates and for Marking Stitching Lines if you need some tips.

Layout all the units to match the design for the Evelyn block.  (I am using my wonderful wool pressing mat to keep everything organized.)   The first units to sew are to make those two 4-patches -  see the 4-patch tutorial to get you started!  The 4-patch units should measure 5'' x 5'' when you are done - if they don't, check out your seam allowances and make adjustments before you continue on.


Once you've conquered the 4-patch, tackle those complex HST - just add a triangle to each side of the square and then join it to the larger triangle.  Remember to sew through those seam allowances.


Then assemble your 4 units together just like you would a basic 4-patch block.


The link-up for Evelyn (or any blocks you make this week) will open on Thursday, March 19.  If you share on IG, please tag your photo with #bookclubqal and #handpiecedqal.



The Book behind the Block

When we decided to name the sampler blocks in Book Club after favorite characters in books we both love, it wasn't hard to decide to start with a book series that features quilting and a quilt shop as major plot points!  We are talking about the Cobbled Court Quilt series of books by Marie Bostwick.

Evelyn arrives in New Bern, Connecticut determined to pursue her dream of opening a quilt shop.  Newly divorced and a transplant from Texas, Evelyn makes new friends as she gets her business off the ground.  While I likely picked up these books because of the quilting, it was the relationships between Evelyn and the other characters that kept me coming back and reading each book in the series.   

All the books in the series have quilting related terms in the title starting with A Single Thread through Apart at the Seams.


Please stop by Kristin's blog to check out her version of Evelyn!


Stay in touch and join our community so you don't miss a thing! 



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, March 13, 2020

2020 Temperatures Quilt

I've made temperature quilts for 2018 and 2019 and really enjoyed the process of recording the high temperature on a given day and then hand-stitching on a small block. 

When I decided to make another quilt for 2020, I also decided to create a functional quilt and piece it on my machine.  And to make things extra fun, I want to record the high and the low temperatures!

Figuring out the color gradiation was the first challenge - I played around with some mini charm squares of painters palette solids to find the right sequence.  While the fabrics are different than the prior years, the basics are the same - red is in the 90s, orange for the 80s, - and a new color for every 5 degrees.


For the block, I wanted one that would add some interest and also give me the dimensions needed for the overall quilt.  Each block will finish 2'' x 3'' and the rectangle in the middle is the low temperature.

I worked on the months of January and February at once and created the units used to create the blocks for each high/low temperature combination I needed.



You'll likely notice some partial seams there at the bottom - since I haven't decided what the overall background color will be, I'm just piecing some partial seams until I figure it out!




My design wall is holding all the pieces and parts for now but I've also gotten things organized so I can pull things down when I need to!

Want to make your own temperature quilt - check out my tutorial!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 9, 2020

Hand Pieced QAL - Template Tutorial


One of our goals with both of our Hand Piecing QALs is to teach new skills to everyone.

The Book Club pattern includes templates for each of the 9 blocks in our sampler.  While some of the patches can be rotary cut (and we’ve provided their measurements), learning to use templates is a great skill to have in your tool bag.

And before I go any further, let me just say that there are many ways to do things, including working with templates.  What I am sharing today, is what has worked for me.  Check out Kristin's tutorials - she has put together an awesome video tutorial.

One of the great things about templates is that you can create shapes that would be hard, if not impossible, to cut with a ruler and rotary cutter. Templates are crucial for curved pieces and just a lot easier for some geometric shapes.

For the QAL, I tended to do my prep in batches - creating templates for 3 blocks at a time, marking their stitching lines and then getting down to the business of hand piecing each block.


When you are printing the templates on paper, make sure to read the first page of the template pdf file as it will show what the printer settings will looks like.  Print a sample page and check the 1'' square before printing all the templates.

The template itself will have a solid line - this is the stitching line - and a dashed line which is the cutting line.

Paper templates need to either be glued to cardboard or traced to template plastic to make them sturdy enough that you can accurately trace them to fabric.  To get the job done, you'll need to assemble some tools like scissors, marking pencils, rulers and potentially an exacto knife.


Any type of cardboard will work but I like to use manila folders.

Roughly cut out the template from the paper and glue it to the cardboard using regular school glue.  Once the glue is dry, carefully cut the template on the dashed lines.  Consider an exacto knife and ruler for those straight edges or just tackle the cutting with scissors.   You are now ready to transfer the shape to your fabric.
Template plastic is a great alternative especially if you want to fussy cut your fabrics.

Place your paper template on a table - possibly securing it with tape - and then lay the template plastic and trace.  Use a ruler where you can to keep lines straight.   When you are ready to cut out, you can use an exacto knife and ruler for those straight edges or just tackle the cutting with scissors.  Use a sharpie to transfer the template information - name and letter!

The large outer unit in the Elizabeth block requires you to tape two pieces of the paper template together before transferring the template to cardboard or template plastic.



Once you've made your template, go ahead and trace them on the wrong size of the fabric.  You can use a rotary cutter and ruler for any straight lines and a fabric scissors for any curves.

Be creative as you lay out your template shapes - if you nest them together you can get several shapes cut from a oddly shaped piece of fabric.


Once your fabric units are all cut out, mark your 1/4" stitching lines (tutorial) on the wrong side of the fabric.  I use a regular pencil for light colored fabrics and a chalk pencil for dark colored fabrics.  I like using the Perfect Piecer for marking seam lines but really any ruler will do.


Once everything is marked, it will be time to lay out your fabric shapes and start sewing together the block!


A couple of more things -


  • Marking curves is slightly different - watch for a future tutorial on that later in the QAL.
  • Some quilters use templates completely differently - they create their templates using the stitching line - and then cut their fabric 1/4'' beyond that marked stitching line.  I've done it that way when especially when the pieces are small and I can easily watch that my stitches are hitting the stitching lines.  If this is the way you want to approach it, these templates will work for you too - just work with the solid line when creating them.

More on Book Club: A Hand Pieced QAL in case you missed it -

Stay in touch and join our community so you don't miss a thing! 

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Book Club Hand Pieced QAL Sponsors

We are very excited by the response to our new hand piecing QAL called Book Club The pattern went on sale on Monday and the response has been wonderful.  We can't wait for everyone to get started making their blocks and learning new skills.  (Still need to get your pattern - read more here.)

Choosing fabrics for a quilt is a lot of fun.  For my quilt - Glorious Golds - I choose the Decostitch line by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Art Gallery Fabrics provided the fabric for both Kristin and I to use for the QAL.



I was really pleased on how wonderful the fabric felt while hand piecing - it has a soft and silky feel.   I absolutely love the Decostitch line and it was hard to choose which colors to use in each block - they were all so beautiful.



Hand piecing, learning new skills, playing with fabric are all good reasons to join the Book Club QAL.  Our wonderful sponsors have provided a bit of extra incentive to help motivate you through your stitching!!!

To earn an entry in the random drawing to win a prize, hand piece a quilt block and share a photo.  You can share via your blog, Instagram, Flickr or even Pinterest.  Once you share your photo, you add it to the link-up that we will be hosting on our blogs.  (Sharing a photo in a blog link-up.) 

But don't worry, you can also email the block photo to us if you'd prefer not to link-up!

Each link-up will be open for one week - Friday to Friday - and any block shared that week earns you an entry.  This means you can fall behind and share several blocks at once, each earning you a chance to win.  But please only enter a specific block once - duplicate entries will be disqualified.

We'll share more about the grand prizes at a latter date - for now, take a look at the wonderful prizes you can win in the weekly link-ups!


We 💗Our Sponsors


Oliso M2 Pro Mini Project Iron from Oliso (March 19 link-up)




A beautiful thread box from Aurifil (March 26 link-up) 




Snips from Famore (April 2 link-up)



$40 gift certificate from Pineapple Fabrics (April 16 link-up)




OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter from OLFA (April 23 link-up) 













$30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop (May 21 link-up)  



Queen sized cotton batting from Quilters Dream (May 28 link-up) (US only)







Have a wonderful day! Patty