Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Accidents

As I've posted before, I'm making Splendid Sampler blocks along with thousands of other quilters and loving it!


Sunday's block is really cute!
I was a little weary of all the tiny pieces, so I decided foundation piecing was the way to go. I figured out the numbering, printed the diagram, and made the sections. When it came to assembly, I realized I hadn't mirrored the diagram. Rookie mistake!

Since I'd already made everything, I decided to see if it'll be OK if the block was a little "twisted".

Then anal retentive me looked at the design and realized that a tape measure will not look like that when folded in that way.
This actually played in my favor because my block was turned around.
The words, however, were not going to fit as designed. Another happy accident however!

Here's my block:
Different, but I like it.

If you haven't made the block yet and would like to try foundation piecing it, my numbering was as follows:
Just remember that you'll have to mirror the diagram, which I didn't. The numbering will still work.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing

I'm up to date with my Splendid Sampler blocks and I think today's is my favorite so far. This could, of course, be because I love foundation piecing.


I used freezer paper foundation piecing where you don't sew through the paper and therefore have no paper to pick out from between your stitches. Yay!
There's a link in the sidebar or you can click here for the tutorial.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Pinwheel Party Pattern is finally out there!

More than six years after its inception, I've finally managed to publish the Pinwheel Party pattern!

I've been waiting for a perfect day to take photos for the cover, but yesterday I decided that it was now or never. In 25mph winds, I managed to take three photos before the quilt blew away - literally. Miraculously one of them turned out pretty well.

Pinwheel Party Quilt
So, yay! I've listed it on Etsy and Craftsy.

I'm never sure how to price patterns. This one is a whopping 32 pages long because each of the 12 blocks is unique.

What would you price it at?

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Keeping the Mess in Check

Lately I've been making a lot of single blocks (30's Jane, 365 Challenge, Splendid Sampler) rather than entire quilts. Things around the sewing machine can get chaotic really quickly.
My solution for this is to straighten up after each block. To make it quicker, I have a trash can right next to me for thread and fabric cut-offs as I go.
And this handy little Poppin tray to corral all the tools at the end.
See? Ready for the next block.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Daisy Chain Progress Report

I've been posting many photos of the Daisy Chain quilt on Instagram but none here, so here's an update.


Everything so far:
The center section almost done. I just need to finish the green border.
I have to make three more of these:
And a total of six of these:
These need another round of green:
Three more of these:
And much, much, MUCH more!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

To Blog or Not to Blog...

I've been neglecting this blog A LOT and I miss the blogging community. I'm not even sure if blogging is still "a thing".


After some thought I've come to the conclusion that there is one big reason for my lack of blogging: photography. It takes a lot of time to set up a subject, take photos with a good camera, and edit them to be just the way I want them before creating a post.

So...I'm thinking that, with the advances in cell phone camera technology, phone pics may just be good enough, so here goes...

I finally completed my grandmother's flower garden quilt top started circa 2007! It's basted and ready to go.
I tried quilting it using thread I already have but I don't think the Sweet Sixteen is a fan.
I'm ordering proper thread and will try again when it arrives.

Now to see if I can follow other bloggers using my phone. Any advice and thoughts are appreciated.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Splendid!

I've been doing a lot of sewing the last couple of weeks. And it's been so much fun!
First up, the 365 Block Challenge.
I fell way behind but am trying to catch up by making 3 blocks a day. Here's where I'm at as of today:

365 Challenge 2016
Yesterday I made a back and basted my latest Pinwheel Party quilt. I finished the top in February 2015! I chose this cute print from the Spring Street collection for the back. Today is quilting day if I don't get too distracted by all my other fun projects.
A photo posted by Anina (@twiddletails) on

30's Jane has also been coming along and I've been trying to come up with something to do with the leftover fabric.
I've been following all the lovely Splendid Sampler blocks on Instagram and this morning it dawned on me. It's a perfect project for those scraps!
Here's my first block:
Splendid Sampler
I'm planning a separate post about my vision and the trials and tribulations I've already gone through (after just one block!).
That's it for now.

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