Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Chair Quilt

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Here's the quilt that is on the back of my Chair at my computer now


I took a border class I think when we lived in Windom, MN
It measures about 14" x 20"


Each block is 5" x 5"


Machine Pieced


And I hand quilted






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Monday, February 25, 2013

Center Square - How to Quilt Part Four with The Quilt Ladies

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4) - Center Square

Cut your Squares and then into triangles as stated in the pattern.
Sew on the top triangle, Trim the ends even.
Sew on the bottom Triangle, Trim the ends.
Note: sewing the pieces across make the square lay flat, as does trimming the ends.
Sew on the side triangles.
Trim the block make sure to leave the 1/4” seam allowance. Press

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The Quilt Ladies teach you how to quilt.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Process of Time and Cleaning OUT my Sewing Room

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Cleaning up and OUT of my sewing room this past week has brought up a lot of feelings, ideas and emotions.
When you first start to quilt you discover 
there is a 3 step process.
The beginning: The idea, the pattern, the fabric.
The middle: The cutting, the piecing, the quilt top finished
The end: The quilting, by hand/machine and the binding

And that with each step the process 
will become complete.

But, going through my fabric closet, cleaning out paperwork, notebooks and idea sheets, I noticed I’ll never be done. And, is that alright with me? 
Am I able to let it be alright?

After a week of thinking, I don’t think it’s the things, the buffet, the sewing machine, I think it’s the ideas. The patterns which have been drawn and will never be made, that pull at my heart.   With the fix it mentality I have, these patterns may not get made but may be given? I’m still trying to work that process out in my head?  

But, what I have learned, it has to be alright. We have chosen these next steps, not made to make them. I’ll be alright and that my new 3 step process is:

The beginning: Open to all ideas
The middle: Jump in and do
The end: Enjoy the process, my new 3 steps

And, what ever happens,


Laugh, smile and be happy 





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Monday, February 18, 2013

Making a Quarter Square Triangle - How to Quilt Part THREE from The Quilt Ladies

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The Quilt Ladies teach you how to quilt.


3) - Quarter Square Triangle

Cut 2 squares, 1 each color - your squares needs to be cut 1 ¼” larger than the finished size you need, example you need a 4” finished square cut square 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”

On lightest color on the back, pencil mark from corner to corner.
Sew ¼” from the line, on each side of the line.

With scissors cut on each of the 2 lines, open up, move the match colors, pin and sew you will have 2 blocks


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Star Quilt Pattern Free for You - Block FOUR

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Quilt Pattern Block of the Month #4
from The Quilt Ladies

Block Four
how to make a quilt block free pattern

how to make a star quilt pattern

Cut 4 Red – 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”
Cut 4 White - 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 4 White– 3 ½” x 3 ½”

Cut 1 White 6 ½” x 3 ½”
Cut 2 Gray – 2” x 6 ½ ”

Sew as shown










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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bacis Quilt Sizes, Piecing - How to Quilt Part TWO with The Quilt Ladies

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The Quilt Ladies teach you how to quilt.

2) Basic Information - Square and Triangle Piecing
Standard Cut Sizes of Fabric
Fat Quarter – 18” x 22”
Fat Eighth – 9” x 22”
Fat Sixteenth – 4 ½” x 22”

1 Yards is 36” x 44-45 ”(width may be different per fabric company)

Standard Mattress Sizes
Crib – 23’ x 46’ or 28” x 52”
Twin Single – 39” x 75”
Double/Full – 54” x 75”
Queen – 60” x 80”
King – 76” x 80” or 78” x 80”

Standard Batting Sizes
Crib Size – 45’ x 60”
Twin – 72” x 90”
Double/Full – 81” x 96”
Queen – 90” x 108”
King 120” x 120”

There are MANY ways to piece quilt blocks, I'm sharing the way I like to do it.
Squares 
Cut 2 – 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares the same size (finished size of square plus 1/2 inch)
Good to good Fabric
¼ inch seam allowance, sew
Trim threads
Open and Press to the dark  - My How to do this
how to quilt with The Quilt Ladies
Triangles
Cut 2- 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” Squares
(finished size plus 7/8”)
Good to good fabric, with a pencil draw a line corner to corner, this is
The line you measure your ¼” seam allowance from
Sew from edge to edge use a ¼” seam
Cut in half on the pencil line, trim threads
Open and press to the dark fabric,
There will be 2 blocks - My How to do this

Cutting Chart for Half-Square Triangles
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Quilting my 2012 Block of the Month Quilt

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I've been quilting my 2012 Block of the Month Quilt and like everything it has been a process
Quilt pattern for Applique into Patchwork is HERE for you

Applique Into Patchwork EBook

Laid out the backing, batting, quilt top and I hand basted it 

I put it on a quilt frame, I use a "Q snap" frame

Applique Into Patchwork EBook

I saw this larger quilt stitch in a magazine and I love it, but on the frame I just couldn't get the needle to rock right and the stitches didn't look right. 

Applique Into Patchwork EBook Digital Download

So after doing just a bit and the next day, I took it off the frame

Applique Into Patchwork EBook

 And it's NOW the center piece of our dining room table

Applique Into Patchwork EBook Digital Download

It's hand basted VERY well and pinned when needed,
it's working VERY well. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Getting Started Quilting - How to Quilt Part ONE with The Quilt Ladies

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I'm going to be doing a bit of a how to and posting one each week. 
Fabric, tips, and lots of piecing ideas. 

1)Getting Started - Basic Info. Needed

Fabric preparation Quilting is done with 100% Cotton. Always buy the best you can afford and what you like. “I”,  wash, dry and iron fabric before starting any project. Sometimes, quilter’s are all about rules, color wheels and charts, there are no rules, pick fabric you like, that are 100% cotton. If you pick lots of different colors, bring it all together with a fun border or white background  For you who would like here’s my basic fabric how to – HERE 

Basic Sewing Supplies
Sewing Machine
100% Cotton
Fabric Scissors
Seam Ripper
Sewing Needles
Quilting Pins
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Freezer Paper

Cutting  - Using Freezer Paper
I, at all times use a rotary cutter whenever possible. If you are new to quilting and are not sure you want to buy all these supplies try Freezer paper. It may be purchased at any grocery store.
You will notice that one side is shiny, one not.
Copy the pattern pieces from this book.
With a glue stick. Paste the pieces to the NON-shiny side of the freezer paper.
Cut the pattern out.
You can now iron the pattern to your fabric, shiny side down.
This pattern can be used over and over. It will leave no film on your fabric.

Sewing pieces together
Always use a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Good fabric to good fabric.
I use a soft gray thread. Only changing if I am working with all black or all white.
Press seam allowance to one side.  To the dark fabric  using a dry iron


Basic Patterns
How to Quilt with The Quilt Ladies

When new to quilting, start with 100% cotton, buy 1/4" yard of two different colors, OR cut up an old cotton shirt, this is learning not a king size quilt.
and make a 4-patch, use 1/4' seam allowance, press seams to hard color. Do 4 of these 4-patch block put together 2 across, 2 down and you have a 8" x 8" pillow top, 






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Saturday, February 2, 2013

HUGE THANK YOU ! ! ! A FREE Quilt Pattern

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My 2012 book numbers are all put together and all I can say is a HUGE thank you. 
I’m living a dream and because of you it’s my reality. Again, Thank You all so much: Here's my Quilt Ladies Thank you pattern, Pattern HERE too 


Finished Block size 18" x 18" 

free quilt pattern

Do this block 4 times

Cut 4 Red – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 4 Gray - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
                                 Cut 4 Green - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 4 Lt. Green - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Cut 4 Yellow – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” piece left side
Cut 4  Lt. Green - 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece to top
Cut 4 Green - 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece to right side
Cut 4 Lighter Green - 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” piece to bottom

Do this block 4 times



Cut 12 Green – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 12 White - 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 4 Red – 2 1/2” x 6 1/2”



Do 1 block

One big quilt pattern block

One big quilt pattern block
Cut 4 Green – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 4 White - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 1 Red - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Piece as shown

One big quilt pattern block


Sew into rows 

Sew rows into block



From the bottom of my heart, Thank you 

2013 will is bringing the Little Quilt Ladies Pattern to print. IF.....I can get the software program figured out !  Remember, it's just me here ! 
And I can only do this because you purchase my patterns, "Thank you"


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