Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Sewing Table Caddy



I've got a great counter height table in my sewing space (see my post a few years ago) which I love.  I use it often both for cutting fabrics and also for basting quilts and sorting fabrics.  It often covered in 'stuff' and I can easily loose items in the mess.  (Please tell me I'm not the only one!)



I just finished making the Catch All Caddy from By Annie (affiliate link)and couldn't be happier with the results!  I spread the assembly process over several days - not all of them in a row! - so it never felt overwhelming.  Sewing with Soft and Stable creates a great product but you are sewing with lots of bulk.


Wonder clips  (affiliate link) were key to the assembly process.  Annie has a Craftsy video which walks you through the process (and includes the pattern) and her tips about putting the flat side of the wonder clip so it would be on the underside was a great one.


The design features a bunch of pockets on the outside and organization dividers on the inside.  I found the construction for these dividers to be quite the interesting and I think they will keep things organized.


 
These fabrics have been sitting in my studio since 2012 (!!!) and are from the Moda Sweetware Lucy's Crab Shack lin.  I had enough of the blue plaid and the bicylce print to use for the outside but only with only a little of the blue with the kite tails, it became my binding fabric.

I had so much fun that I'm thinking about making the Ultimate Travel Bag - not because I've got a trip planned but because I've likely already got all the fabric I need!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, April 12, 2021

Homecoming Block

Welcome to week 2 of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar 3 Tablerunner QAL.  These little house blocks were quick to sew together and it was fun to switch up the location of the door in each.  You can grab the pattern for these blocks here!


The table runner can be made with a single jolly bar (pre-cut which measures 5'' x 10'') and some background fabric.  I am using a layer cake - Quotation by Moda - for mine!




Want to sew along?  Pick up the Jolly Bar book volume 3 here (affiliate link)  The book has patterns for 20 different quilts.  The table runner will be a nice sampler of the different blocks in the book.

Find overall information, fabric requirements plus the individual block patterns at the Jolly Jabber blog.





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - Triangle in a Square



The Triangle in a Square unit is a template only unit but after mastering the Twisted Triangle in a Square, this one will seem straightforward!  Each Harmony block needs 8 Triangle in a Square units which means you'll need 32 Triangle in a Square units if you are making the throw sized quilt. We've got lots of basic tutorials - Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch - if you need some tips.

If you are just catching up, you can see the tips for all the previous units: Square in a SquareHalf Square Triangles, Fancy Half Square TrianglesPartial Square in a Square unitsTwisted Triangle in a Square, and the Corner Units.


Stitching Tips

The Triangle in a Square unit requires templates for its construction.   Place the template (photo below) and cut along the long diagonal with a rotary cutter by aligning the 1/4'' line on the ruler to the solid stitching line.  Use the rotary cutter or scissors to trim and round corners to match template.


Flip the template over, align on your freshly cut diagonal and then cut the straightedge.  If you are cutting the template such that you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric, wrong sides together, one cut will yield a triangle D and a triangle E.



The most important tip for sewing is to mark the stitching lines on both triangles (the blue and the background) and use pins to make sure the intersections are aligned between the two pieces. 



Repeat for the second side triangle.  Start your stitching at the top with your stitch right up against the fold of the first triangle. 


Press.  If needed, sliver trim your block and then go ahead and mark the stitching lines around the outside so you will be ready when it is time to sew your units together. 

For more tips, check out Kristin's post!

The Basics

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Harmony is a large single block - make one and you've got a lovely wall hanging (28'' x 28'') or join 4 Harmony blocks together for a lovely throw sized quilt (56'' x 56'').  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!

Whether you are making the wall hanging or the throw sized quilt, we recommend you cut just the pieces you need to make a single Harmony block.  Once you've sewn a few units and have some experience cutting with templates, you can go back and cut the rest of the pieces for all the Harmony blocks you need.

Please consult the tutorials for Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch if you need some tips.

We will be sewing the units in the order of the pattern which means our next unit will be the triangle in a square unit - we will share tips next Monday, April 19. Our second check-in link-up will be April 26!

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



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

March Temperatures


My design documents both the high and low temperature in a block which finishes 1 1/2 '' x 2''.  The improv strip is 1/4'' wide and records the low temperatures.  

Here is a comparison of the first three months of 2020 (left) and 2021 (right).  The first three months of 2021 were definitely colder - all those blues and only one day in the low 80s (light orange).

Every month takes 2 columns - the 1 through 15 in first column and then 16 through end of month in the second column.  Filler blocks are added to square off the quilt.  The thin strips - 1/4'' wide - are randomly inserted and run 'vertically' for odd days and 'horizontally' for even days.

I'm using the exact same fabric that I did for my 2020 Temperature quilt - in fact, I first seam ripped all the prepared strip sets so I can use them for this quilt.  I've just now got them all organized off the design wall and into sandwich bags which should speed up the process in creating new blocks.   


I've written up my basic temperature quilt process in my tutorial including where I source the high and low information.

I'm looking forward to sharing the progress!  You can see my temperature quilts for 2018, 2019, and 2020!


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, April 5, 2021

Treasure Trove Block

Welcome to week 1 of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar 3 Tablerunner QAL!  I'm very excited to be quilting along with other bloggers.   You can download the pattern for this block and all future blocks from here.

The table runner can be made with a single jolly bar (pre-cut which measures 5'' x 10'') and some background fabric.  I decided to use this yummy layer cake - Quotation by Moda - for mine!

Want to sew along?  Pick up the Jolly Bar book volume 3 here (affiliate link)  The book has patterns for 20 different quilts.  The table runner will be a nice sampler of the different blocks in the book.


The first block is called Treasure Trove and is the largest block of the QAL.  Those half-square triangles were a good excuse for bringing out my Bloc-Loc HST ruler!



Find more information and overall fabric requirements on the Jolly Jabber blog!




Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, April 1, 2021

One Monthly Goal April Link-up

Did you read about the sponsor list for One Monthly Goal 2021!  Check it out!



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 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 who join both the goal and the finish link-up!



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.

Quiltfolk is the magazine for quilters, by quilters, with about 180 pages of inspirational stories and stunning photography. Featuring four new locations each year, it’s like taking a vacation with your favorite quilt friends without ever leaving home!  One lucky winner will win a copy of the latest issue (January) plus a years subscription! 

Paper Pieces has provided pre-cut paper shapes for English Paper Piecing using quality card stock and exact point-to-point measurements for over 20 years. They strive to provide excellent customer service and sewing to support to our customers and community.  Paper Pieces will provide a EPP Starter Kit to one lucky participant.

My goal for April is to assemble my By Annie Catch All Caddy (affiliate link) - I've got a way to go but enjoying the process.  By Annie writes great patterns!  The fabric has been in my stash for many years.




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 April 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: 
 



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 29, 2021

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - the Corner Unit and a Link-up



Let's make some Corner Units!  Each Harmony block needs 4 Corner Units which means you'll need 16 if you are making the throw sized quilt.   My guess is you will both enjoy joining together all the units you've created so far and be excited to see the design start to appear!

We've got our first check-in link-up and a chance to win prizes - scroll down to enter!

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  


Stitching Tips

You've tackled so many units like a pro - go you!  Here are a few tips to help smooth Corner Unit assembly.   (I learned all of these the hard way!)  

Three pro tips:
  •  Carefully mark your stitching lines.  If you've got a unit that doesn't quite measure 4 1/2'' (looking at you Twisted Triangle in a Square), cut a 4'' square from template plastic and trace it on the wrong side of the unit to place your stitching line.  Pin units together along stitching lines to make sure your unit with the 'scant' seams lines up with the unit with the true 1/4'' seam
  • The unit with the most seams goes on top.   This allows you to stitch through all those seam allowances.

  • Carefully lay out the units and double check against the pattern illustration.  It is easy to get a block misplaced.  Removing stitches is never fun but somehow removing handwork - while easier than stitches from a machine - is more painful!


Check out Kristin's Corner Unit tips - she has a great tip on how to get the best looking point of your twisted triangle.

Corner Unit Link-up!

It is time to share your Corner Units!  Whether you’ve got one Corner Unit sewn, all four for a wall hanging or sixteen for a throw quilt, gather them up and share a photo!   If you’ve already sewn the Corner Units into a Harmony block, share a photo of the block.


This link-up will be open until midnight, Sunday, April 11.  Not quite done with a Corner Unit?  No worries - our second check-in link-up will open on April 26!   The Grand Prize link-up for your final quilt top link-up (quilted or just a flimsy) opens May 17 and closes at the end of June.





Our fabulous sponsors have provided wonderful, useful prizes that you are going to love! Kristin and I use all of these great products regularly!

  • 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. They are providing an 80 weight thread pack called Calm, in beautiful neutral colors to one lucky winner.
  • The Daylight Company brings daylight indoors with their innovative and functional lamps in the art, needlework, craft, low vision, and beauty markets. They are generously offering a MAGnificent magnifying lamp and a Smart Travel Lamp to two lucky winners. 
  • Fat Quarter Shop offers a tremendous selection of fabric, notions, books and just about anything you will need for your project.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner.
  • Oliso reinvents products that surprise, delight and simplify life including the Oliso Mini Project Iron™ which brings you the power of a full size iron in a compact design for home and away.   Oliso is offering a Mini Project Ironto two lucky winners.  

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and must 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 #harmonyhpqal 


Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal@gmail.com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!


Units 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:
  • Units must be entirely hand-pieced.  

  • Units must visually match the Corner Unit in the Harmony Hand Pieced QAL pattern.  (If you’ve already assembled the Harmony block and don’t have a photo of just the corner unit, share a photo of your Harmony block.)

  • Units can be made a different size.

  • Multiple corner units created by one quilter should be shared in a single photo. 

  • 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 names.


The Basics 

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Harmony is a large single block - make one and you've got a lovely wall hanging (28'' x 28'') or join 4 Harmony blocks together for a lovely throw sized quilt (56'' x 56'').  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!

Whether you are making the wall hanging or the throw sized quilt, we recommend you cut just the pieces you need to make a single Harmony block.  Once you've sewn a few units and have some experience cutting with templates, you can go back and cut the rest of the pieces for all the Harmony blocks you need.

Please consult the tutorials for Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch if you need some tips.





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


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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 assemble my postage stamp scrap quilt top!  You can read more about this quilt on this post.


Now it's your turn to link-up!  There will be 2 winners - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate and Oliso is offering a Mini Project Iron .

Congratulations to Carol & Sharon - our lucky winners for March!  (They've been notified by email - updated 4/5.)



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:  



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Memory Pillows and Quilts


Over the last 6 months, we've emptied my parents home and then sold it.  Contents were divided amongst family members or donated.  I offered to make Mom a pillow using one of Dad's shirts - Dad passed away in 2019.

Cutting into the shirt was (emotionally) harder than I expected and it took me several months to actually tackle the task.  Actual pillow assembly didn't take much time at all.  I wanted to include the button packet (stitched closed) and the shirt pocket.  The pillow has an envelope fold on the back.

I've now got scraps from this first shirt and several other shirts and plan to tackle a memory quilt.  

Have you ever made one?  

I will end up mixing shirt fabric and quilting cotton.  I've got  scraps left over from a quilt I made for Dad (see it here) which I intend to use.  Beyond that, I don't have a plan and I've not yet calculated the amount of fabric each shirt will yield.

I'll share more when I do.  For now, I need to mail Mom her pillow!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, March 22, 2021

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - Twisted Triangle in Square (Unit 5)



Since our QAL is following the units in the order they are found in the pattern , today it is time to make some Twisted Triangle in a Square units!  Each Harmony block needs 4 Twisted Triangle in a Square    units which means you'll need 16 if you are making the throw sized quilt. We've got lots of basic tutorials - Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch - if you need some tips.

Still need the pattern for Harmony?  Grab yours now!  

Harmony is a large single block - make one and you've got a lovely wall hanging (28'' x 28'') or join 4 Harmony blocks together for a lovely throw sized quilt (56'' x 56'').  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!

Whether you are making the wall hanging or the throw sized quilt, we recommend you cut just the pieces you need to make a single Harmony block.  Once you've sewn a few units and have some experience cutting with templates, you can go back and cut the rest of the pieces for all the Harmony blocks you need.


Stitching Tips

The Twisted Triangle in Square unit is the toughest block of the Harmony quilt.  I made and remade several of these before I got it right!   This block is assembled completely with templates.

Three 'pro' tips:
  • Make sure the square on your template sheet truly measures 1''.  If not, this block will not be sized correctly
  • Cut and make a single unit and then adjust cutting or piecing as needed to improve accuracy
  • Layout your pieces in front on you and then check and double check the diagram in the pattern.
The order in which you sew the white (background) units to the center triangle does not matter but I found predictable success by starting with the small triangle A.



Instead of marking a 1/4'' stitching line around the whole triangle, try marking just where you are about to stitch plus a little bit more so you know where to start and stop your needle.  (Please note that my lines are not usually that dark - a bit a computer magic made the lines visible in this photo!)

Once the small triangle is sewn, finger press or use your iron and then place it back down to make sure everything is oriented correctly for the next step.


When you start or end your stitching against a unit already sewn, feel for the fold and start place your needle right up against it.  Once your final piece is sewn, press and then pat yourself on the back - you made it through the first tricky unit and have 3 more (or 15 more for the throw!) to go. 


Not all of my blocks came out perfect - or even close to perfect.  The 'not quite square' block was dealt with by making sure my stitching lines were straight even those the block might not be.

Kristin is sharing some tips on her blog today as well - check it out!

The Basics

Please consult the tutorials for Using TemplatesMarking Stitching Linesand the Running Stitch if you need some tips.


We will be sewing the units in the order of the pattern which means our next unit will be our corner unit where you assemble together everything you've sewn so far.  We'll share tips next Monday, March 29. Our first check-in link-up will be March 29!

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





Have a wonderful day! Patty