Saturday, May 29, 2010

Just because...

We're drowning over here, but the plants don't seem to mind.
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(I posted more photos over on my other blog.)

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2010

So the Pinwheel Party won't be happening at the Quilt Festival this year.
I have a part time job now and between that and the store my quilting time is seriously limited.

So...
I'll share with you one of my favorite, favorite quilts.
Scrappy Illusion Quilt
It's called Scrappy Illusion. I finished it way back in May of 2008.
It was one of the last quilts I made using an actual pattern.
Scrappy Illusion
The blocks look like they're set on point but if you look closely you'll see that they're really just pinwheels and 16-patches. Genius!
(The pattern was in an American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. I can't remember which one exactly but if you'd like to know I can try and find it for you. Found it! AP&Q June 2005)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 13!

The end!
I just finished the top and I really like it.
Unfortunately my camera does not want to play along right now.

Assemble the quilt top:

Download the final set of instructions here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at http://get.adobe.com/reader.)
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

I will keep all the instructions up while I work on finalizing the pattern for sale.
If you make the quilt and have any suggestions, please let me know.

I'm hoping to finish this one in time for the end of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival on Friday.
Crazy, I know.

Happy Sewing!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm happy to announce that I'm a sponsor for Amy's very popular Blogger's Quilt Festival starting today.
the twiddletails store will be giving away three prizes!

There will be tons of other prizes too.
To enter a quilt and qualify for a prize, hop on over to Amy's blog.

I'm hoping to finish a quilt to enter this weekend.  Hoping...

(As you may have noticed in the sidebar, all Moda Marbles are 20% off in the store.  These are great basics to have in your stash.  I'm using Marbles in my Pinwheel Party quilt. If you click on the block links in the sidebar, you can see some of my blocks.)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

One Trick Pony

I apologize if I'm boring you to death but this is basically all I've been working on.
On the advice of my 17-year old I'm now adding hexies in the round instead of doing individual flowers.
It's starting to look a whole lot like a pillow cover...
Mini GFG

A coin photo to show scale
Mini GFG

I HAVE made one other thing.
For my quilt group's quilting bee. Real, not virtual.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 12

Yay! The last block!
Next week we'll put this puppy together.

Block 12:
Pinwheel Party Block 12
(For placement in the quilt top, this block should be rotated 90 degrees clockwise.  My wrong. I apologize.)
Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at http://get.adobe.com/reader.)
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

Happy Sewing!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Progress

I'm still working on some pillowcase designs.
Pillowcase design WIP
And making slow progress on the mini GFG.

January 2010 - 7 flowers
Little Hexies
April 2010 - 14 flowers
Mini hexes
May 2010 - almost 18 flowers
Mini GFG
There's hope...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pillowcases, pillowcases

I've decided to jump on the 1 Million Pillowcase bandwagon.
Rather late than never, right?
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You can read about it over here but basically the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine folks have issued a challenge to have 1 million pillowcases made and donated to charity by the end of 2010.
They have some wonderful buttons for your blog over here.
When you make and donate pillowcases you can update their list and add to the total.
They have some great pillowcase patterns over there, but when I was on retreat earlier this month I learned an AMAZING (and very easy) technique that results in a pillowcase with absolutely no seams showing.
Bonus: If you don't know how to make French seams, you will be able add that to your repertoire when you're done!
Interested?

Magical Pillowcase (also known as "burrito" pillowcase) Tutorial
* My pillowcase (and the tutorial) uses three fabrics - a main fabric, a cuff/contrast fabric, and a trim fabric. You can of course make the pillowcase using only one or two fabrics if you'd like.
* I'm also assuming that you're using 44/45" wide fabric.
* The pillowcase pattern makes a standard pillowcase. If you'd like to make a Queen or King pillowcase, the measurements and fabric requirements are at the bottom of the PDF version of this tutorial.
* You will need a relatively large flat surface like a dining room or kitchen table.

For each (standard size) pillowcase you will need:
3/4 yd (27") main fabric
1/3 yd (12") contrast fabric
1/8 yd trim fabric

1. Cut a 1 1/2" wide strip of trim fabric, selvedge to selvedge. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Press. (Note: this will result in a very narrow trim section as in my pillowcase above.  If you'd like your trim a little wider, just cut this strip a little wider.)

2. Cut the main fabric 27" long by 41" wide.

3. Place the contrast fabric (12" by the width of the fabric) right side up on the table.
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4. Place the folded trim fabric on top, matching up the raw edges.
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5. Place the main fabric right side down on top of the trim fabric, once again lining up the raw edges.
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6. Pin. (Note that the main fabric is a little narrower than the trim and contrast fabrics. Don't worry about this right now.)
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7. Roll up the main fabric ONLY, until about 3" of the contrast fabric is exposed.
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8. Fold the exposed contrast fabric over the main fabric roll and line up its raw edge with the raw edge you pinned in step 6.
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9. Re-pin, undoing the original pins as you go and making sure all the raw edges are lined up.
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10. Stitch a 1/2" seam along the raw edge. Oops!  A little wonky.
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11. Turn the pillowcase right side out by pulling the main fabric section out through the side opening of the "burrito".
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12. Lay flat (WRONG sides together) folding the cuff exactly in half and lining up the trim seams. Press. You will now have a nice cuff with a little trim sticking out. How cool is that?
Trim off the excess cuff and trim fabric.
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13. Now we're going to sew French seams. Line up all the raw edges. Note that you have the wrong sides of the pillowcase together and not the right sides like you will when sewing regular seams. Pin along both raw edges.
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14. Stitch the side and end of the pillowcase, using a scant 1/4" seam.
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15. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out the corners. Be careful though. If you push too hard, you'll go straight through the seam. Press.

16. Stitch along the side and end of the pillowcase again, this time using a 3/8" seam. This will enclose the raw seam edge.
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17. Turn the pillowcase right side out. Push out the corners again to sharpen them. Press.
Voila!
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Most very high end pillowcases do not look this good.

Now...
If you'd like to make some pillowcases for charity (or yourself for that matter), I've carefully selected some fabric combinations which will make very cute ones.
There are kits in the store and I'm working on more so keep checking in.
Kits are all sold out.

You can either
1. Donate your pillowcases to a charity of your choice (be sure to contact them first to see if they can use pillowcases)
or
2. Write "CHARITY" in the comment section of your kit order and I will include a SASE for you to send your pillowcase back to me. I will then donate it for you and update the challenge database.
(Unfortunately I can only do this for US orders. If you're an international customer you are certainly welcome to send me your pillowcases but regrettably I won't be able to cover the shipping costs.)

Let's see how many pillowcases we can contribute to this great cause!

(Edited to add: I am not accepting donations for the Million Pillowcase Challenge any more but please enjoy the tutorial for your own use.  Thanks!)

(I have created a PDF version of this tutorial which you can find over here. I'll also be announcing a pillowcase design contest within the next few days, so put on your thinking hats.)

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 11

I'm hoping to have something other the pinwheel blocks to post about soon...

Block 11:
Pinwheel Party Block 11

Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at http://get.adobe.com/reader.)
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

Happy Sewing!

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 10

You thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?

Block 10:

Pinwheel Party Block 10

Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at http://get.adobe.com/reader.)
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

Happy Sewing!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day!

It's definitely Spring in the garden.
Lily of the Valley

(I have a new blog where I'll be posting more "homey" stuff like decorating and organizing things, recipes, etc.
If you're interested...: http://nestkeeping.blogspot.com/)

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