Saturday, November 28, 2009

How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block

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I have to say this is one of my favorite blocks and it is machine pieced and framed for a holiday gift.

For a refresher on how to's for Square or Triangles

Cut 1 Center Pattern Color - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Cut 2 Points Pattern Color - 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Cut 4 Background Squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Cut 2 Background Points 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"

How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block

Piece together the triangles - lay out design


How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block

Sew together to form rows.

How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block

Sew the row together
How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block
To finish the block





Cut 2 Background 3 1/2" x 2" Sew to the top and bottom of the block.


How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block










How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block












Cut 2 Background 6 1/2" x 2" Sew to the sides of the block






















How to Piece a Friendship Quilt Block
























Press well, you can add batting to the back and quilt now, or just frame.



How to Piece a Friendship Quilt BlockThe reason for the different colors - An Old Ladies moment...
I forgot to take the pictures ! ! !

Sew Happy,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Quilt Notes

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Remember, to sign up for the Quilt Ladies Book Give AWAY, see how too's
Thursday, November 26th is the Last Day
Thanksgiving's a holiday for reflecting, please take some time today and remember what is really important to you.

To say thank you for time, for love and for each other.

To listen with your ears and with your heart.

To laugh with a sense of humor, and to smile with love.

To understand not everything can be perfect and that with a prayer, a smile and a laugh you will make your Thanksgiving and everyone close, just a little brighter and happier.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,
and Thank you, with all my love,
Sew Happy,
Beth

Time to Hand Quilt a Quilt

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This is from my needs to be quilted PILE. I love this quilt.
Small Quilt Ready to Hand Quilt
This is one of the baby quilts I love and will be included in a book some day.
Small Quilt Ready to Hand Quilt

Small Quilt Ready to Hand Quilt

Small Quilt Ready to Hand Quilt
Hand applique flowers and stems.
Sew Happy,
Beth
Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Quilt Wall - Red, White and Blue Little Quilt

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Red, White and Blue Little Quilt
Long ago, (so long ago), I did this quilt. When my father was very sick and after he lost his battle, this is the quilt that I worked on. I quilted and quilted it. I filled so many hours. I remember having so much to do and not being able to do anything but sit and quilt on this little wall quilt.Red, White and Blue Little Quilt
It was some months later and I put it in an area quilt show and over heard someone said, "You'd have to be nuts to quilt like that." You know I was, but in it's way this quilt brought me back.
Red, White and Blue Little Quilt

Stitches and more hand stitches.
Red, White and Blue Little Quilt
Years ago, (12 years) this magazine was very popular, and this little quilt of mine was on the cover, a very large honor, for me and dad's quilt. Both hang very proudly in my sewing room, this little quilt of mine.
Sew Happy, Beth

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dress it UP for a Party - Grandma's Plastic GREAT jewelry

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There is an annual Gala here at one of our local hospitals, the Mercy Hospital Gala and my husbands company always buys a table (this past Saturday Night). It was very nice to be asked to go this year. I was going through jewelry and started taking pictures for Show - n- Tell Friday.
Grandma's Plastic GREAT jewelry
Long ago my folks were very involved in Eastern Star Chapter ??? At 51, I still don't understand, but they always dressed up, I've had this necklace forever and it goes perfect with a simple dress.
Grandma's Plastic GREAT jewelry
I always think I'm going to wear these, but I've never made it out of the house with them on. The are clips and they hurt. Women before me had stronger ear lopes.
Grandma's Plastic GREAT jewelry
I know in a family you are not to have favorites, but I had a Grandma G who broke the mold. She was one of a kind and this is something she gave me, her charm bracelet with all the grands and greats names and birthdays. I seem to take it out when I miss her.
Grandma's Plastic GREAT jewelry
Grandma G, wore this and I called it her sand paper necklace. So many memories..... I wore my own designed beads and stub earring. But I had a ball going through everything.
Sew Happy,
Beth

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Triangles with Seven-Eighth Inch Squares

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The next step is the triangle. Just like the square if you are not ready to purchase a rotary cutter and mat. You will need to make a freezer paper pattern.  How to do Square's HERE

Take the FINISHED size of the square you want and add 7/8 of an inch.
example:
for a finished size 2 inch square you will cut your fabric 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
for a finished size 3 inch square you will cut your fabric 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"

for a finished size 4 inch square you will cut your fabric 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"

And so on, either make you freezer paper pattern or up with a rotary cutter and ruler.


Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares


I've used a 3 inch FINISHED Square cut 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"

A light and a dark.






Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares
On the Wrong side of the light fabric draw a line from corner to corner.


This is the cutting line NOT sewing line




Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares

On your sewing machine sew a straight seam, 1/4" from the line.







Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares Turn and do the same thing on the other side.

(when I have many to sew, I do chain piecing, one right after another, not stopping the machine until all finished and then turn and do the other side)

If NEW do them one at a time.


Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares
Cut on the drawn Cutting line.



You have 2 triangles




Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares



Open them up and 2 triangles






Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares


Press your seam to the dark fabric and trim the end tail off.







Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares
This is your finished triangle


GIVE IT A TRY.... IT'S NOT HARD.





I recently posted a block on Facebook and there was a lot of take about points.

Here's how I do it.

Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares

Pieced together a triangle to a block


Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares

Added this as a strip to another piece.  Pin as much as you need, check as you pin to make sure
you have the 1/4 seam allowance. 


Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares

On this seam I had to move the needle in just 2 threads to make the point perfect.

Press the fabric 


Quilters Triangles, How To Make with Seven, Eighth Inch Squares

The point. 

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and Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Quilts and I are HOME from Florida

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Well, we are HOME in Nebraska.

I left paradise for cold, contractors and loads of decisions to make for the Quilt Ladies.
Take me home to Florida, PLEASE......

I'll be talking a LOT about the show, but not for a couple of days, I can't think about it anymore. Any way, here are some pictures of vacation.

Florida Sky
The view from the lanai on the first morning there, we awoke to a temperature of 74 at 6:00 am. NUTS

Florida Beach
Tuesday walk and lunch on Holmes Beach

Florida Beach
Everyone enjoyed the day


Florida Beach

Notice the perfect circles in the shells, as if they had been drilled? Cool..

Just an update, Sew Happy,

Beth


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Washing a Little Quilt

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This little quilt hangs above my dresser and it was getting a bit dusty.
Washing a little quilt by hand, how to.
I just add a gentle soap and warm water, rinse well and dry on a towel flat.



Washing a little quilt by hand, how to.
The finished quilt measures 6" x 6" and I hand appliqued it and hand quilted with pink thread.
Washing a little quilt by hand, how to.


Sew Happy,
Beth

Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 
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