Thursday, March 22, 2018

Through the Woods - a Rachel Rossi pattern

I've been busy working on a variety of projects lately, but don't have pictures to show.  😞  I'll try to rectify that in the next day or so.

In the mean time, I'm thrilled to announce that Rachel Rossi has released the Through the Woods pattern that I helped test for her. Remember this post about my Secret Sewing Reveal

This was a fun quilt to make and I was honored to test it. Here's Rachel's blog post about the new pattern, including some really awesome pictures. 

The pattern is very well-written and a pleasure to make. Don't let the paper piecing scare you. A number of the pattern testers had never done it and they all raved at how easy it was. Not only does Rachel include very good instructions, she includes a cutting chart for the background pieces as well as minimum size cut pieces for everything else. guessing involved and no swearing when I've cut something too small.  I even fussy cut for a few of pieces and knew exactly what I needed. 

I like the feathers in this narrow house and even played a little to try and match up the blue dots on the bigger house. I wasn't totally successful, but it's not bad.

In the picture below, it's easy to see the feather in the door of the narrow house, but not so easy to see the words on the church. (I'd take a better picture, but the quilt is up at M&E Quilt Shoppe because we're going to schedule a class.) Right above the door it read, "Hope is the thing." and above that (although it's not complete due to size restraints), it reads, "Feathers that perch in the Soul." Along the sides of the door are words such as "Silent song". I placed the words "Best" and "Never Stops" in the steeple. They aren't together on the fabric, but I liked them for the top of the church. I really like this block, even though it's not a strong contrast with the background.  

I quilted this on my domestic machine and it was quite easy because the finished quilt measure 40" x 62," although you could easily add borders and make it larger if you want.

Taking a cue from the background fabric, I quilted small swirls in the background and then stitched in the ditch along the blocks. There really is no rhyme or reason to the swirls, I just dropped the feed dogs and tried to fill the spaces evenly. :-)

I quilted a diamond grid in the large sashing pieces and think it works well against the wavy horizontal lines of the fabric.

And because I know that many people like to see the quilting on the back (me included), here is a picture.

I think I fell in love with this backing fabric when I saw it and knew that it would be perfect for this quilt. A bonus is that I bought it during a store-wide sale. How cool is that?

It's too late to make a long story short, but I enjoyed making this quilt and know you will too. You can purchase this pattern, along with Rachel's other patterns HERE. I know you won't be sorry!

Stay tuned for a table runner that I'm making using some of these blocks. It's going to be so fun! 😍

Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I'm late posting this, but it's still Monday, so I'm calling it good. 😊

Here's what's on my design wall and a few other things that I've completed recently.

This OSU Champions Quilt is ready for binding. This is the fourth or fifth one of these that I've made because they are very popular with Ohio State Buckeye fans. There are four size options on the pattern from which to choose and it is made using squares and half square triangles. I like to make them scrappy, and I made this one as a leader/ender project. This is the small lap size and it measures 50" x 66".

This is a king size Breezy Quilt, minus the borders. I tested this pattern for Rachel Rossi and am very pleased with the results. I had a border sewn on to this but didn't like it, so out came the seam ripper. I've come up with alternate border options and in conversations with the other testers, we all like the new border idea. I hope to get those sewn on later this week and get this ready to quilt. Stay tuned for updates. 

Here are some close ups of the blocks and fabrics. Jack chose these fabrics because he wanted something a little more masculine than what I had picked. It took me a while, but they've grown on me and I now like them. Oh why do I doubt him when he picks fabric? He's right most of the time!

Rachel has some wonderful tips and hints on making these pinwheels, and I know you'll love them. I'll keep you updated on the pattern release date.

I finished this Jelly Roll Rug, made from Quill by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. I think it's pretty and love the colors.

There are definitely some rough spots in this (mostly around the center when you have to make some sharp turns), but it's really not too challenging to make this. It's time consuming, but not challenging. Using one Jelly Roll yielded a rug that measures 30" x 44". Love it!

Here's a picture taken outside, to try to give you a better idea of the fabric colors.

And finally, here's a 12" Hoop Quilt that I made, just because I wanted to do so.  😄  I love the colors in this and have enough fabric to make at least one more; but I'll use a different outside ring fabric. I have an idea of who I want to receive it and know she'd love these colors.  

What are you working on today?


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Secret Sewing Reveal

I'm finally able to show some of the secret sewing that I've done recently. Here are a few pictures of Through the Woods, a pattern test that I did for Rachel Rossi.

They have become this quilt...

I struggled getting good pictures of this quilt. It was windy and the lighting was not great. Here are a couple of close up views. I quilted this on my domestic machine and am pleased with the results.

See what I mean about the wind?

The wind stopped, but the lighting was not good.

I like how the quilting looks on the back.

The backing fabric is perfect!

I decided to try to get some pictures by the ravine.

You can't see it well, but I had a visitor when I started to hang the quilt. The deer started running away before I could snap a good picture. It would have been sweet to have been able to see it in a picture with the quilt. Maybe next time. 

I'm thrilled with how the quilt looks and am pleased to have been part of the testing group. I'm working on another test pattern for Rachel and should have more to show later this week. FYI - The pattern has a bunch of half square triangles and a really quilt way to make them. Stay tuned for more. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Not So Wordy Wednesday

It's been a while since I posted and I don't have much time to write a long post today; so I decided to simply post some pictures of Hoop Quilts that I've made recently. I'll also add a few made by students in a class this past weekend.


I made these for samples to hang at the Lake Farmpark Quilt Show to drum up students for the class. The show continues through March 11th, with the Vendor Days March 2, 3, and 4.  

I took some pictures at before sending them to Lake Farmpark, but I just could not get good pictures. It was rainy and I had to take them indoors.  

I tried taking the pictures with a piece of black fabric as the backdrop, but that didn't work great either. 

I have to admit that I enjoy seeing my projects hanging up for everyone to see. 

Here they are hanging outside the classroom. The purples in these first two projects just did not photograph well. Darn it!

I like this, even though I've been told that the center looks like a super hero logo. 

One of the best things about teaching classes is to see the variety of fabrics students choose. Here are a few from Sunday's class. 

I love these fabrics and know this is going to be spectacular when it's done. 

This is super bright and cheery and just makes me smile.

Once again, the purple background fabric did not photograph well, but this is just plain fun to me. I really like her HST layout choice.

This dark outer ring frames these HST perfectly. I really like this layout also. 

This directional outer ring fabric was a bit tricky to align properly, but it is going to look awesome when it's done. It'll have been so worth the extra time and effort it took to line up everything. 

I've got one more complete, but haven't gotten a picture yet. Because I used just two fabrics for the HST, it looks quite different and I like it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wayward Transparency Quilt Link Up

I enjoyed making both of my Wayward Transparency quilts and I've also really enjoyed the link up that Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl set up for all the participants in the Quilt Along.

If you enjoyed seeing my quilts, you really should take the time to check out the others. I think there are 90+ people who have linked up pictures of their quilts, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the eye candy. Some of these are absolutely spectacular, especially when it comes the quilting. 

I really like both quilts and am very happy I joined the group. I'm impressed the with finished projects and am quite inspired by them.

One final posting of these two quilts - you know, because I like them so much.  😊

Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I have another wall with various projects layered on it.
Do you remember this post when I showed a variety of projects that I wanted to complete by the end of January?

All of the projects are done (quilted and bound!) with the exception of the blocks on the left side. But,  they are put together into a quilt top and I've started the quilting. Unless something comes up that means I can't sew, that should be done in a couple of days.

Here's the wall today.

You can see that quilt I mentioned earlier is the bottom layer. I can't show the entire quilt yet because it was being done to test a pattern, but I love it. I was thrilled to find what I consider to be the perfect backing too.

I don't think I could have found any better fabric for this! I'm making a table runner out of the "oops" blocks and these two tree blocks will be included. I'm a happy girl right now.  :-)

The quilt that is on the right side is made from 2 1/2" strips. It's actually not mine, but that of one of my students. I was going to quilt it for her, but she had some issues with it laying flat and I really wanted to see what happened so I offered to fix it. I found the problem and am now reassembling the quilt top. Yes, I know that is a lot of work and that I didn't have to do this, but I really was stumped as to what happened. Her 1/4" seam allowance was perfect and her pressing was good. I found the problem and it had to do with cutting the ends when it was time to add the next strip. The cuts were not always straight and when the next piece was added, the seam was not straight, even though it appeared to be because the ends lined up properly. 

This did not happen every time a new strip was added, but it was enough that it caused problems. I'm thrilled that it was a pretty easy fix. It was just a bit time consuming to rip apart all the seams, but even that was educational. I tried a couple of new methods of ripping and I like that. 

Working on this has helped me figure out a better way to teach this quilt and many others that use strips. It's also helped me determine the best way to fix the problem so it can be finished and not tossed in a bin and forgotten. So, I'm glad I offered and that my student let me do this. I only have ten more strips to add (nine, after I sew on the one that is pinned to the top), so this should not take long. Yippie!

The purple mini quilt on the left is the insides of what will be a 12" Hoop Quilt. The fabric below the quilt will be the binding on the outside of the hoop. 

I decided I wanted to make a Hoop Quilt that reminds me of Mardi Gras. This one will be 18", and here's the center of that. I could not get a good picture, but the blue fabric is actually purple. I'm going to love this!

These fabrics are all left over from making a bunch of new Stacking Pop Ups that I made this weekend. 

Aren't these fun? They make great gifts and are easy to make. The second one from the left  and the smallest one on the right provide a better picture of the purple fabric. You notice that I've collapsed the yellow pop up in the picture below. I did that so you can see how they work. 

These will eventually make their way upstairs into the guest rooms, which will be fun, because the black dot fabric is glow in the dark.  :-)  In the mean time, they will go to Chestnut Ridge Sewing Center for class samples.

What are you working on today?

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