Friday, October 30, 2015

Spooky Spider Friday Photo

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Hanging around in a Web of Spiders ! 
Have a Happy and Spooky HALLOWEEN

Web of Spiders by Beth Ann Strub (c)


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star

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I have to say this is one of my favorite quilt blocks.

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"

Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star


Piece together the triangles - lay out design



Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star

Sew together to form rows.

How to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star

Sew the row together
How to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star
To finish the block


How to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star



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










How to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star







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









Tutorial to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship Star





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



















How to make a Quilt Pattern Block Friendship StarThe reason for the different colors - An Old Ladies moment...
I forgot to take the pictures ! ! !

Sunday, October 25, 2015

How to Hand Piece a Quilt Block

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Let's do some hand piecing of a quilt block 

I hand piece or hand quilt EVERY Monday at my small group quilting group. Really...I'm just to lazy to get my sewing machine up to class, plus then I couldn't walk over. A new member last Monday and she asked LOTS of questions about hand piecing. 

So, I'm re-posting my basic hand piecing class,  first posted in 2010.

I feel all quilter's should at some time do hand piecing, I know you think I'm nuts, but it brings me back to the tradition of what quilters are all about. I try to do one every year or so. Your piece need not be a huge project, but please, try it.

This is my travel quilt box, would you believe it's an old Ethel M Chocolate box from Las Vegas about 25 years ago. It has everything but scissors, you just can't travel with them anymore. I have gotten into the habit of keeping it all together. This box has been on many vacations, fishing trips and even at baseball/football games in many towns, when the boys still lived with us, they are 35 and 33 now ! 


hand piece a quilt

Cut an assortment of fabric, 
For one block you will need
8 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
and
4 - 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
I just cut a pile of each and put the colors together as I piece.

marking lines to hand make a quilt

Mark a 1/4" seam line on fabric back, I use a ruler and pencil.

hand stitch a quilt

Knot your thread and do a rocking stitch. After a bit you will not need the line, notice my thumb,
 I use it as my measurement guide, some add a mark on their nail, but I don't like mess up my nails, aka manicure !

how to hand piece a quilt block

I use a thread about 18-20 inches long and string piece, knotting at the beginning and end of each block. Finger piece them open.

sewing a quilt by hand
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.

how to hand piece a quilt



Open and finger press. Add 2 1/2" x 1 1/2' to side.
how to piece a quilt
Draw sewing line, Pin and sew on line,

hand piece a quilt

Finger press to the outside.



how to hand piece a quilt block

Take 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" and draw sewing line on each end, sew to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Do 2 times.
how to hand piece a quilt block
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.

how to hand piece a quilt block

This is the back of my hand pieced block.


how to hand piece a quilt

Two finished blocks, each block has a finished size of 4"

Take some time, don't take it all to serious, pick a comfy chair, good light and just have some HAND piecing fun.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Photo Friday - Complementary Color in a Hibiscus Flower

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These were taken at Lowe's in the garden department with my iphone 5

What I've learned, it's not what you are using to shot the picture, it's the subject in the picture. 
I used Picasa to upload these, no photoshop magic here.

This week is Complementary Color 
Mine photo is, 

Complementary Color in a Hibiscus Flower

Beth Ann Strub (c) Complementary Color in a Hibiscus Flower




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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free Quilt Block of the Month October for YOU

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October Quilt Pattern Block of the MONTH

HOW to Make the Triangle for both sizes out of one fabric square - HERE


This is a pattern you can have a lot of fun with fabric colors, jump and enjoy !

Block Ten

Slanted Diamonds
Quilt pattern Block of the Month Slanted Diamonds Tutorial

 Larger Block
9 Triangles

Sew as shown


Quilt pattern Block of the Month Slanted Diamonds Tutorial


Smaller Block
9 Triangles

Sew as shown

Quilt pattern Block of the Month Slanted Diamonds Tutorial




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Monday, October 19, 2015

Pop COLOR on a Little Quilt

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I noticed these great colors in one of the moving tubes. So yesterday I spent sometime sewing.
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt


Basic 9 patches, set on ends. I did it in strip piecing, cutting each  3/4" wide.
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt

The finished quilt is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt
I have been doing a lot of little things, I have a huge project to start, I think I'm procrastinating a bit??

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo Friday - What's on my Sewing Table

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This is what's on my sewing table, my small group quilt challenge this year is Drunkard Path. One of the ladies had the templates and I've just finished piecing the curves, doing a smaller quilt. I like the idea of getting it finished before January and our party. Remember, I said, "Idea of finishing?"

Drunkard Path Quilt being Made




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Monday, October 12, 2015

An Old Quilt From Long Ago !

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I'm going through old quilt pictures and this one just makes me smile

Heart quilt with applique flowers

This quilt is from the first quilt book I purchased
"Holiday Happenings" by Christal Carter, published by That Patchwork Place, copyright 1987, it took me a bit of time to find the book on my bookcase it was on the very top, but,  in it's day it was a very popular book. This has to be my second or third quilt made, in the late 80's.

Heart quilt with applique flowers book

The patterns are all done around a log cabin.

Heart quilt with applique flowers

This is the first time I did applique, and I didn't know how to do a blind stitch, so I did a running stitch on top of the pieces. As I look at it now, I see SO, many things that are not right, but I still like it, not perfect and all.


Heart quilt with applique flowers

I machine pieced the quilt, hand applique and hand quilted.


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