Monday, April 19, 2021

Springtime Bliss Block

Welcome to week 3 of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar 3 Table runner QAL.  These hour glass blocks - called Springtime Bliss - were fun to assemble in these bright colors!  (Grab the pattern for this and all the 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 and fabric requirements at the Jolly Jabber blog.





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Harmony Hand Pieced QAL - Flying Geese


My favorite quilt block is the Flying Geese and I'm excited that we've gotten to the Flying Geese unit in the Harmony Hand Pieced QAL!   Each Harmony block needs 4 Flying Geese units (8 geese in total) which means you'll need 16 Flying Geese units (32 geese in total) 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 units, Twisted Triangle in a Square, and the Corner Units.

Stitching Tips

The flying geese unit is easy to piece whether you are sewing units cut with a rotary cutter or units cut with templates.  


Two 'pro' tips for stitch and flip method (rotary cut):
  • Mark both triangles and align a pin through the intersection point on each block to keep pieces aligned.
  • For the second triangle, start at the top folded over corner from the first (background) triangle
One 'pro' tips for templates:
  • Mark the /4'' stitching line just where you are about to stitch and clearly mark the start and stop lines 1/4'' from edge.  (Please note that my lines are not usually that dark - a bit a computer magic made the lines visible in this photo!)

When you are ready to stitch the flying geese together, stitch as shown in photo (on right below) so you can both stitch through the seams and keep the point of the geese intact. 



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 - she has a great video for sewing geese!

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

Friday, April 16, 2021

Slow Summer Stitch Project Update


Last August, I buried packed away with care my Summer 2020 Hand Piecing project.  In a sewing studio clean up I found it again!  After a bit of pressing, I laid it out on the floor to see where I was in the process.  

The assembly process involves bringing blocks together in groups of 4 and then joining those into a group of 16 blocks.  There are lots of partial seams here which are much easier to do by hand than by machine.  Assessing where I am, I've decided to make two more 4 block units (already prepped) sew these 16 block units together and then (perhaps) use the other blocks I have to add a row to one end.

Read more about the project here.

To give me a bit of incentive to finish my quilt top, I am going to join the 100 Day Summer Sew-Along which is all about hand sewing!  Grab your favorite project and join in!

The sew along is hosted by Jenn from Sew Fine thread gloss and begins on June 1.

Kristin and I are sponsoring the event and will be offering our hand piecing patterns as one of the prizes.




Have a wonderful day! Patty

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