Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Playing with Hexies

I've been playing around in EQ7 and thought I'd share a little layout I created.

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If I made this I'd probably use these Bella Solids:

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Progress!

It's a dreary, rainy day. Perfect for working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.

I picked out the fabric for the last 5 blocks this morning and have them all but assembled.
Only a couple more things to do, like attach them to the quilt, decide what to do about borders, sew the borders, layer and baste, quilt...

It's probably better not to get ahead of myself, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I think this quilt is going to be quite pretty.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Finish it up Friday

Everyone following this blog is probably uttering a sigh of relief. I was getting a little bored with the Boo! Runner myself but it's done! And I love it.

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I have actually been listing my shop and pattern samples in the Etsy store off late because it makes me feel better about using store fabric for projects. This one I may keep until after Halloween though.
It looks so nice on the dining room table.
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Because I haven't really been quilting much recently, I was a little stumped as to what to do with this one. Enter the old fallback - stippling. I decided not to quilt inside the letters at all. It makes them pop a little more, I think.
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I also made a last minute decision to attach a hanging sleeve. I think this would be a very cute wall hanging too. As soon as I can figure out where in this house to hang a rod.
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The pattern for the Boo! foundation pieced blocks can be found in my Craftsy Store. If anyone is interested in the size of the borders, prairie points, etc., let me know and I'll post more details.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finally, binding!

As I suspected, things got in the way and it took almost a week for me to get to quilting the Boo! runner.
It also occurred to me this morning that my decision to work on only one or two projects at a time probably makes for pretty boring blog posts.
Anyhow, I'm fairly sure the runner will be finished today and I can move on to something else. Yay!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Boo! Again

Today I'm going to quilt the Boo! Runner - if nothing unforeseen comes up, which has been happening a lot lately.

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The foundation piecing patterns for the Boo! blocks are available in both the Etsy Store and Craftsy Store. The fabrics I used in the borders are Moda Essential Dots in Orange, Night & Day Paisley from Robert Kaufman, and Bella Solids 9900 99 Black. The letters and background are
Bella Solids 9900 98 White and 9900 80 Orange)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quilting Grandmother's Flower Garden

The end is in sight for the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top. At least, I feel like it is. I've been working on it fairly diligently.
I'm thinking about hand quilting it, since it's hand pieced but I'm the world's worst hand quilter...

Anyhow, research has ensued and I thought I'd share a couple of photos from around the web.

A popular method is to shadow quilt in each and every little hexagon. That's a lot of quilting!

 It does make for a beautiful back though.
Another way is to outline the "flowers" and the "sashing".
This quilting works well with grandmother's flower garden layout, but also with scrappy style.

There is a lot to be said for machine quilting too.

Decisions, decisions.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizing English Paper Piecing Projects

Years ago Brenda of Dear Jane® fame sent me a little fishing worm binder to keep my blocks in.
It worked so well that I ordered a bigger one for the bright grandmother's flower garden quilt.

The inserts are the exact right size for individual "flowers" and it has convenient little pockets for thread, scissors, etc.

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As for individual, prepared hexagons, plastic embroidery floss storage containers work well for larger ones although I've just been keeping them in the binder as well.

I needed a smaller option for my ½" hexies. I wracked my brain trying to come up with a solution, then had a light bulb moment! If fishing gear worked for other storage problems, maybe there will be something for the little blocks in the fishing department of my local store!
Lo and behold:
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I also bought one a little larger which will hold more hexagons in case I get really ambitious and make a bunch ahead of time.

The unmade hexies, templates, thread, scissors etc. are stored in the binder I originally used for my Dear Jane blocks.
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The binders are from Bass Pro Shops. The smaller one is the Extreme Medium Binder and the larger one the Extreme Large Binder. You can get extra inserts for both of them. And I just noticed that they have a DOUBLE binder. I may have to get me one of those...

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