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