Saturday, May 21, 2016

butterscotch chips finished

This quilt has been finished for a while, just never documented.  I absolutely love love love it.

You can tell how long ago this start was because Butterscotch and Roses by Figtree has been long gone.

There are so many options with the log cabin design, that I had to play with it for a while before I saw my vision.

I love this pantograph design by Benay Derr from Beany Girl Quilts, so I made a stencil from it, you can see that process here.

Yip, it took a long time using my tiniest scissors to make a template.

With so much white, I knew I'd be sorry if I didn't take A LONG TIME and patiently cut all my threads on the back.

I marked 1 row at a time on my dining table then ran upstairs to quilt it before the ink disappeared :0

As you can see . . . my favorite time to take pictures seems to be late at night when the lighting is poor.

you can read about this quilt's wip here, here, and here.

"Tickle" is a popular pantograph design, you should ask your "go to" long arm quilter to get the pattern.  You can purchase it through Willow Leaf Studio.  

whoop whoop

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Salt Lake market, wip- giveaway

Who's missing this?
I am really lost without Lee's Wednesday wip linky party.  It's thrown me off my groove.  I keep waiting for someone to pick up that ball.  Has anyone found a good site for Wednesday wip linky parties? In the mean time, I'll wander, lost in the dark.

If you follow the quilt designers on IG, you'll know that this week is "set up" week in Salt Lake City where quilt market is being held this week-end .  I pulled the short straw this time :(   But I'm enjoying the building of excitement from the designers as  I sit calmly on my couch, reading about their runnings around using glue sticks and duck tape to throw things together.

And here is Moda setting up

(picture taken from Carrie's post on the Moda Cutting Table, this morning) 

Well, this is supposed to be a wip post, so here are my works in progress this week:
I've been working on this outhouse pattern by carolyn friedlander for several weeks.

progress is slow.  the beginnings remind me of the sloth in that movie I saw last month . . . S  L  O  W , as I was learning the basics of paper piecing.

 but now that it seems like I've made a million, I have the process down, I'm loving it!

 2 more left,  a good goal for today :)

In the mean time, I've got quite a nice collection of carolyn friedlander scraps for a give-away in the near future.

remember this mildew stain I posted about back here?
well, I've been working on that.  which basically means every 20 minutes, scrubbing it with one of the 300 hundred suggestions found online  (must use timer :)

That's it.  that's all I can get out. 
So, I've rounded up the fabrics needed to replace the stained squares, and I'm waiting for a motivating day . . . could be a while, those come far and few in between

I'm also still working on a mendocino circle quilt.  But that's also in the sloth category,   T A K I N G   F O R   E V E R.  (note to self:  need more light fabrics)

I am in desperate need of a finish . . . hope to have one by week's end.  Sneak peek:


I have some "Flow" fat quarters from Zen Chic that I'm not using.  If you're interested in them, leave me a comment telling me either about a paper piecing project you like or about a cool mid-week linky party you visit.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

pincushion tutoral

This is a pretty simple project, but after mass production, I've learned a few tricks that I'd like to remember incase I make more.  

A charm pack makes about 9 pincushions like the ones below.

Cut 1 1/2 inch strips

pick 4 contrasting strips

sew together

 Press all seams in 1 direction.

 cut new strips 1 1/2"

 Lay all your strips out and group 4 together

 then sew . . 

 press seams open (less bulk for pins to go through finished product)

cut a back to match

Sew with right sides together back stitching at beginning and end.   Sew all the way around leaving a 2 inch open on one side, about the distance of 2 squares.  (catch the seam just inside the second square)

Trim the corners being careful not to clip sewing line.

Turn right side out being careful of the seam in the opening.

Push out corners with something like this:


 Be careful to press the opening.

 I filled my pincushions with mostly crushed walnut shells.  I put a wad of batting in the middle.

crazy mom  (I love the pincushion in Amanda Jean's post this morning.  will have to try this week!)
fabric frenzie friday