Sunday, April 16, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 2

April brings us block 2 of the Delilah Quilt Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell.  This is Bells Beach, another block filled with curves and a mitered corner border.  This block takes curves to another level with three rounds for each set.  I'm continuing to enjoy choosing fabrics for this quilt along with cutting out all (28!) of the pieces.

Block 2 - Bells Beach

Tips for the Bells Beach block:
  • Watch this video to get started learning how to sew curves and then practice before you use your good fabric:  Sew Easy: Piecing Curves 
  • With these small curves, I found it helpful to lift my presser foot a few times to adjust the bulk of the top fabric while I sewed the curves.  Make sure your needle is down, go slow and be patient, you can do it!
  • Cut template piece nine with two layers of fabric wrong sides together and you'll have the piece and it's reverse, no need to flip the template over.  (Unless you want each piece to have different fabric, then you'll need to cut the reverse.)
  • I used a y-seam technique from this video by Victoria Findlay Wolfe to do the mitered corners. Watch from time 4:40 - 6:00, which demonstrates how to line up the two corners and sew into the seam at a quarter inch and pivot to sew down the other seam.  

For tips on Block 1 - Rising Sun, visit the Block 1 Delilah Quilt post.  Also be sure to check out my Delilah Quilt board for great inspiration as we sew this fabulous quilt.  Link up below if you'd like to share your work this month.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 2

My 2017 Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long list has three continuations from the first quarter.  I made a lot of progress with two of these and it's a good bet they'll make it to the finish line this quarter.

1.  Follow My Lead quilt is on its way home from being quilted, so it's just binding for this one.

2.  My Big Star quilt is also coming back from the quilter.  Had to change the background fabric from my original post of this one.  There may have been some seam ripping (more than once) to get this block right.  It's all good now and I can't wait to show it to you finished with all four big star blocks.

3.  Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip is still in progress, this could take a while...

I've a few other things in mind, but I'm going to leave this list short and sweet.

Happy sewing Finish-A-Long participants!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Finish

Super happy to have a finish, just in the nick of time, for the first quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. This is a quilt I made with navy and white 5 inch squares. The design is by Emily Denis, you can see her version here.

Quilting by AB Quilting Studio.

Feels good to have a finish!  I've got two other projects from quarter 1 almost done, so we'll move them to quarter 2. Looking forward to a few more finishes soon.

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Post

Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 1

March is here along with the first month of the Delilah Quilt template of the month program, designed by Jen Kingwell.  This quilt is an exciting challenge for all quilters, and I'm excited to be participating in this program.  This amazing quilt pattern includes using acrylic templates, sewing y-seams and curves, along with 6, 9, and 12 inch blocks...whew!

Each month as I work through the blocks I'll post an update including some tips.  I'd love to see what everyone is creating so please join the linkup below.  If you're looking for more inspiration check out this Pinterest board for great ideas.  So far the fabric choices are looking wonderful, can't wait to see more.

Block 1 - Rising Sun

Tips for working with the templates:

  • Cut your fabric into smaller pieces that will accommodate what you are cutting without a lot of leftover.  This will stop you from 'dragging' around a bunch of fabric as you cut.
  • Add a piece of painters tape to the bottom of your template so it sticks to the fabric so the template doesn't slip when you are cutting.  
  • If you can splurge, get a rotating cutting mat, it makes cutting so much easier.
  • Use a small rotary cutter, either 18mm or 28mm.  
Tips for the Rising Sun block:
  • Watch this video to get started learning how to sew curves and then practice before you use your good fabric:  Sew Easy: Piecing Curves 
  • With these small curves, I found it helpful to lift my presser foot a few times to adjust the bulk of the top fabric while I sewed the curves.  Make sure your needle is down, go slow and be patient, you can do it!
  • I used a combination of open and to the side seams while ironing.  Iron the half moon units with open seams.  You can press the quarter moon units to the side.  I ironed the rows with open seams.  
There is so much to love about the challenge of this project, especially choosing your fabrics and learning new techniques.  Enjoy the process and celebrate what you make!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Follow My Lead Flimsy

It's president's week and winter break here in New York, and that means a little extra sewing time, yeah!  I've been trying to chip away at my Quarter 1 2017 Finish-A-Long list, and I am making progress, but not sure I'll have a full finish before the deadline.

Right now I have one quilt out at the long arm quilter, and another flimsy that needs a back.  This is the Follow My Lead pattern by QuiltBasket, NY.  I added two rows and went with a single 10 inch navy border.

Hope you are progressing on your projects, and have fun to all who are attending Quiltcon East 2017!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

LIMQG Inspiration Board Swap

At the November Long Island Modern Quilt Guild meeting we worked on creating inspiration boards that highlight a particular color scheme.  We shared our boards and our inspiration at the December meeting.  We then each picked a secret partner, to make any project for, to exchange with at the January meeting.  

This was the inspiration board that Kim @lelandavestudios created.  Such a pretty board!

I needed to decide what to make that was pink, green, orange, floral and feminine, AND that would live up to this gorgeous inspiration board.  I started with some inspiration from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  She has a very pretty Big Block Star quilt pattern using her Mostly Manor collection.  After fussy cutting for the star block I then created some improv made fabric using fabrics from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, and Katy Jones.  

Some straight line quilting with the walking foot...

Some free motion quilting...

I love how this small quilt finished.  I think it's perfect as a large table topper or a wall hanging.  I loved this challenge and would recommend using an inspiration board and no rules to create something.  It's a real skill builder!

And here is my inspiration board and the AMAZING bag I received from Kim:

Made By Kim @lelandavestudios

Have a great week and happy sewing!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1

The 2016 Finish-A-Long was really motivating to me last year.  It was a great way to set some goals without a lot of pressure, and there were prizes, thank you sponsors!

I'm participating again for the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  New hosts, more prizes, and community support, what more could you ask for?

Here's my quarter 1 list.  Some are continuing from last year, along with a few new projects in the works.

1.  My Anna Maria Horner Scrappy Trip Around the World is still out there.  All blocks are complete, but I had to take a break from this one, as I don't want to rush the final arrangement of blocks.  I may still resew a few of these blocks to get it just right.

2.  Follow My Lead is another holdover from last year, but progress is being made.  I've got all the cross blocks complete and am working on the flying geese blocks.

3.  I'm challenging myself this year to break out of my typical square and rectangle block quilts.  This is the Big Star Block quilt from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Each block finishes at over 40 inches, which is great, and I love the fussy cutting (I'm coming to terms with fabric's worth it sometimes.) Now I have to work to get these big blocks to lay flat, which is not easy.  But I am going to persevere here.

4.  Last is a quick quilt, and the one most likely to get finished this quarter.  It's a lovely design with solids by Emily Dennis.  This will be a special quilt for a friend who lost everything in a house fire last month.

I hope you join in the fun with the 2017 Finish-A-Long.  Link up here for quarter 1!