Tuesday, October 8, 2019

~ Laura Ashley Quilt Finish ~

It's done!  This simple Disappearing Nine patch took way to long to complete and way to long to photograph.  How long have I been working on this?  Since the beginning of July!  You can see the original post here where I discuss the pattern source and fabrics pulled.

The quilting went very smoothly.  I used a couple of different size heart templates, one made from paper and the smaller heart in the green squares was a plastic template.  Both were traced using a water soluble blue quilt marker, then free motion traced using Superior Threads 100 wt. White Micro Quilter Thread.  

It's my go to thread because it's strong, light and backtracks beautifully.  Backtracking is when a quilter stitches over the same stitches 2 or more times.  In the image below the arrows are pointing to feathers with 2 layers of stitches.  No heavy thread build up!  The light weight white thread also blends nicely with all colors of fabric.  No need to buy several colors of thread that you may never use again.  Multiple thread colors in one quilt requires changing the thread spool may times throughout the quilting process.  

As with all my quilts the quilting isn't perfect.  Picking out quilting almost never happens in my studio.  Quilt show quality they are not.  

Even with all it's little flaws I still love the feathers and hearts.

Here's one of the reason I can't seem to get anything done these days.  My baby girl, Khaleesi, she has come a long way and doing well.  I'd make her a quilt of her own but she still has a lot of puppy bad habits.  Maybe in a couple years when everything isn't a chew toy! 

#disappearing9patchqal #thecraftyquilter

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Monday, October 7, 2019

~Happy Little Things ~ Block 3 ~ GIVEAWAY! ~

Howdy Happy Quilters!  Today I'm sharing my block 3 of the Happy Little Things block of the month by Jacquelynne Steves.  If you have not yet joined this block of the month there's still time to join in the fun.  Just click the Image below to go to the sign up page and start receiving the blocks by email.  Click here to go to Jacquelynnes blog post about this months block.  Once you make your blocks you can share them on your own social media sites using the following hashtags 
#HappyLittleThingsBOM and #HappyLittleThingsQuilt 
There's also a Facebook group where you can post your pictures and be inspired.  Click here to go to the group 

I'm going to keep this short and sweet.  If you would like to see my previous blocks you can find them here and here.  So lets get right to my block for this month.   I started my block by tracing most of the outline to center background fabric.  I also used a 4.5" ruler to outline the finished block size.

My colors are red and white.  This makes it really hard to keep my fabrics consistent in each block.  So labeling is very important.  On the labels I also add the cutting sizes and amounts.  These have been blacked out to protect the copyright of the pattern.

Below is an example without the measurements.

The tiny little applique was a little tricky to work with especially when putting them in place.  I used an old hat pin to help push them into the correct spot for fusing to the background fabric.

Raw edge applique is so quick and easy!  A quick shot of heat and they are ready to be stitched in place.

OOPS!  Don't forget to add a small square of light weight fusible interfacing to the back.  This will help reduce puckering when stitching around the applique.

In the excess fabric around my block I tested and previewed the tiny blanket stitches. 

A few minutes later she is ready for assembly!  So much faster than handwork.

TADA!  How cute is this?  

Okay lets get right to the giveaway! 

Make sure you visit all the bloggers listed below for more chances to win and for block inspiration.  You can only win once a month.   Each blogger also has there own set of rules for entering the giveaway on their blog, so read carefully!

A Quilting Life  

The Crafty Quilter   https://thecraftyquilter.com/

Flamingo Toes   https://flamingotoes.com/

Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life   http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/

 This months giveaway is sponsored by Martingale.  It is open to all! 
 Giveaway is open to US and International residents. Print copy to US residents, digital copy to International residents.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post.   Just click on the word comments at the bottom.  After clicking you will be taken to a comment box.  Type in your comment and click on the publish button.  Make sure I have a way to contact you, leaving your email address in the comment is a good idea.  Giveaway will end at the end of the day Oct. 13, 2019.  Good Luck to everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk!

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Monday, September 2, 2019

~ Happy Little Things ~ Block 2 ~ GIVEAWAY ~

Hello Happy Quilters!  Today I'm sharing Block 2 of the Happy Little Things Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves.  There's still time to sign up for the FREE block of the month if you haven't already.  Just click the image below to be taken to the sign up page on Jacquelynne's blog.  Click here to go to Jacquelynne's Block 2 blog post for block inspiration and blog hop details.

For this years BOM I decided to work out of my color pallet comfort zone by working with 2 colors only.  Normally my quilts are scrappy, bright and happy.   Most of my quilts also have RED as the main color.  So working with red and white was the perfect color combination.   You can read more about my fabric choices, machine stitched applique and specialty stitches on last months blog post for block 1 here.

Let's keep things short and sweet this month and get right to the good stuff....THE GIVEAWAY!

***Giveaway Closed***
This months giveaway (pictured below) is sponsored by Aurifil, with a retail value of $50 US. The Aurifil blog has tons of fun going on each month, click here to explore the fun.     
This giveaway is open to both US and International.  Only one prize per person, per blog, per month.

Each of the bloggers on the list below will be having this same giveaway.  That's 8 chances to win and 8 winners each month!  So be sure to visit each featured blogger and follow their specific instructions for more chances to win.  

A Quilting Life  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Podunk Pretties http://podunkpretties.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
The Crafty Quilter   https://thecraftyquilter.com/
Flamingo Toes   https://flamingotoes.com/
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life   http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/
Happy Quilting Melissa http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

To enter the giveaway here on my blog all you need to do is click on the button at the end of this blog post.  If you are using a phone or tablet to view this you may need to scroll to the very bottom and click on WEBVIEW or WEB VERSION to see the ADD YOUR LINK button.
After clicking on the button a drop down menu will open.  Add your first and last name and email address, leave all other fields blank, click submit.  Your email address will not be visible to anyone but me.  It will not be sold or used for any other purpose than this giveaway.  Leaving a comment in the comments section of this post will not enter you in the giveaway, but feel free to comment if you like, I love to hear from all my followers.  Giveaway will end on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 11:55 pm EDT.  A winner will be chosen and contacted by email on Sept. 9.  You will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.  SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

~ The Quilt Stare ~

I know I'm not the only quilter with this issue, the quilt stare.  Some of you may be wondering what the heck is the quilt stare?  Well, I think there's more than one type of quilt stare.  The first type is when you have a beautiful bundle of fabric that you absolutely love, it's laid out on your cutting table with the intentions of using it for just the right quilt pattern.  But it can't be just any pattern, it must be the perfect pattern for these gorgeous fabrics.  So you stare at the bundle for hours, occasionally you'll pull a pattern or surf the net for ideas. Until hours later you are still exactly where you started, staring at them.  I've done  this many times with the bundle below.  The stare didn't produce anything but wasted time.  The bundle still sits in my cabinet waiting for the perfect pattern.

The second type of quilt stare happens once you have chosen the perfect pattern for this perfect bundle.  Now it's time to chose the perfect fabric combinations for each block.  Carefully we audition the color combos. Stepping back away from the fabric is a must, making sure those fabrics look right at 2 ft away, 5 ft. away, and from way across the room.  Once you have made the perfect fabric combinations and cut your fabric then comes the third type of quilt stare.  This is happens while you piece the quilt.  I often find myself sewing along not paying any attention to what's going on with my hands and the needle but looking at the fabrics in the quilt.  This is the most dangerous type of quilt stare.  I've had more than one needle in my finger due to being distracted by beautiful fabrics.

On this day I decided to stop, step away to admire my gorgeous simple quilt.  Sigh...florals and polka dots, they make my little ole heart go pitter-pat.   My mind drifts off, imagining this quilt finished, draped over the back of my white rocking chair on the back porch.  A cup coffee and a good mystery book sit on the side table calling me in for an afternoon of relaxation.  Will this ever happen?  Well I may stage this for a photo shoot but actually sitting down to read a book doesn't happen much these days.  Audible books is how I get through a good book.

The fourth type of quilt stare is when the quilt top is complete.  Now it's time to decide how to quilt the quilt.  This is the most common type of quilt stare.   I have quilts tops that have been waiting for years to be quilted because I STARE at them and never come up with a quilting plan.  Are they that great of quilt that I have to have a fabulous quilting design?  Nope.  I'm just picky I suppose.  

Over the years I've learned to put the quilt on the frame even if I don't have a plan.  When I do this it means I'll go with a simple quilting design.  Elaborate quilting designs that need lots of pre-marking can't be done once the quilt is on the frame.  Maybe I can come up with an quilting plan while preparing the backing fabric.  The backing for this quilt will be the scrap leftover from the background fabric and a green print from my Lakehouse Drygoods yardage stash. 

The backing took about an hour to press, trim and piece.  But still no plan has been made for the quilting.

Maybe if I look at from over here.....

....or over here.  Hmm....I'm stumped!

If you need me I'll be in the sewing room in...STARING.

#disappearing9patchqal #quiltstare

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