Friday, February 15, 2019

Temperature Quilt Along - Week 6 & 7

I did not have much to share last week, so I figured I'd skip one...
It seems like there have been quite a few locations where low and high temperatures have fallen in the same range this week. I've had some questions regarding this.

Firstly, this is bound to happen to most of us somewhere along the 365 days of this year. The fewer fabrics/ranges you have, the more likely you are to have repeat blocks as well as blocks where the low and high are the same color. Don't fret.

My advice is to make the block as you would any other block, i.e. don't be tempted to just slap down a single piece of fabric. Even if you're using the same fabric, the seam in the block will give it continuity with the rest of the blocks in your quilt.

This week I was reminded of the importance of liking the fabrics you choose. The green in this dot has been the high color for 12 blocks so far this year! And it's been in a total of 17 blocks.

I've sewn together the first two rows of my quilt! Somewhere along the line I dropped the "snake" idea. The quilt will now read like a book - left to right and top to bottom. I also removed the appliqued "2019". Just didn't like it. I'll come up with something else for those blank blocks.

(I haven't been able to press it properly because I still need to add batting to the circles in the first row.)
I added a teenie weenie little month marker which won't interfere with the flow of the quilt.

We had our first giveaway last week and I'm planning one for each month, so be sure to follow along on Instagram for an announcement (#tempquiltalong) or sign up to receive email reminders.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Moda Love Quilt - Kind of

I have SO many WIPs and UFOs I really have no business starting any new projects...but the Moda Love In sew along and the Moda Love Quilt were VERY tempting. I resisted however...until I saw Jane's interpretation on Instagram.

Since I needed a Valentine's Quilt to replace the Tree Lot Quilt still hanging on the wall, I saw this as the perfect excuse to jump in.

I played around with the pattern a bit and this is the final result:
On the wall:

I whipped up this little quilt in less than a day, including the straight line quilting.

My version consists of 3" squares and I added a 2" border to make it fit the existing hooks on the wall. Since I've had a couple of requests for my design, I drafted it on EQ8 quickly.


Also, I have all the Moda Grunge fabrics I used available in the Etsy store!
They are: Vanilla, Gris, Raspberry, and Ocean.

To make my version, which finishes at around 28" x 28" you won't need more than 1/2 yard of each fabric. If you want to add the border, I'd recommend getting a yard of Vanilla. You won't regret it. It's my new absolute favorite neutral.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Temperature Quilt Along - Week 5

And that's it for January!

Here in Central Iowa we had 7 days where the minimum temperature was 0 degrees or less. And 1 where the high temperature was 0 degrees or less! (That's -17.78 in Celcius!)

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe. It's supposed to be close to 60 degrees here on Sunday. That's ORANGE!

Today I want to tell you a funny story...

After I made my first couple of blocks, I asked my hubby what he thought of my idea. He said they were really cute, but they looked like...

...condoms!

Seriously? I attributed it to the fact that men have one track minds, but it stuck in the back of my head. That, and the fact that the little creases showing through to the front was bothering me a tad already.

This is why I started cutting away some of the background fabric as I showed in my YouTube tutorial. This helped a whole lot and will be just fine if you make a quilt with the circles here and there but this quilt has A LOT of circles.

This is what I'm doing now:
Everything is the same up to where I cut away the back.
After that, I cut a circle out of batting the same size as the appliquéd one on the block.

I then insert this through the gap, making sure that is behind both the background and circle fabric. Be sure to hold it in the center so it doesn't move.

So much better! Someone on Instagram said they look like "Beat the Buzzer" buttons but I'm totally OK with that.


Remember when I hinted at a giveaway? It's coming. I will announce the details on Instagram later today or tomorrow and also send an email to all quilt along followers, so keep an eye on your inbox.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Temperature Quilt Along - Week 4

Wow! The last full week of January! Scary, isn't it?
We had our first "purple" day here in Central Iowa yesterday. I never thought I'd get this excited about cold weather. As long as the power doesn't go out...
Doesn't the little purple block look good with the others?

I thought that, instead of rambling on about my quilt, I'd share some pictures of what the other "tempies" (Yes, that's a word. In Italian.) have been up to on Instagram, using the #tempquiltalong hashtag.

I have included links to everyone's Instagram accounts, so be sure to click on each one and visit them to follow their progress. Also note that I have explicit permission from these kind quilters to share their photos. Please don't reshare without permission.

Sarah is making flying geese. She's also decided to use grey for her coldest colors because she's not a big fan of purple. So clever!

Jen's quilt is literally a journey. She is not only recording temperatures but also some other things going on in her life. Very inspirational!
Rachel is doing hexies. I'm a big EPP fan and actually seriously considered doing this for my quilt, so now I can live vicariously through her progress. And her kitties are such prefect props!
Angel is another English Paper Piecer. She's using half-hexies. One half represents the low and the other the high for each day. How much fun are her fabrics??
Beth is making TWO quilts! One for Florida and one for Tennessee. Her other quilts are absolutely stunning too!
Karen is making flying geese but also adding little dottie bits when there is precipitation.
Sue is going bright! I love it! Everything on her Instagram account is cheery, like every Australian I've ever met.
I love the quilts that stray from the expected rainbow colors. Annette's is one of those.
Michele's quilt is going to be unbelievably amazing. She also ventured away from the rainbow and is adding neutrals for precipitation.
Wow! That was a lot of amazing eye candy!

I've decided to discontinue the Linky thingy. My apologies to everyone not on Instagram, but they're just not making it easy for me unless I pay them. If you'd like to send me an email with a link to your blog post, I will add a photo with a link to the bottom of my next post.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

2018 - A Look Back - Part IV

I managed to download all my photos from my iPhone to my computer. Now I can share more memories from my non-blogging year.

I've posted about my "Leaves in the Forest" quilt before but I DID actually finish the top in November.

It's a Fall version of my Geese in the Forest pattern with a couple of maple leaves scattered in. As of right now, you can find the pattern and kits in the Etsy store.
Something else I blogged about but then never updated is my Pecking Order quilt. The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I made it into an oversized king for our bedroom. As soon as I can get it quilted.

This little quilt had been in the UFO bin since 2010! It's being donated to charity.

On the pattern design front, I've been a little quiet. I did create Boris the Bat around Halloween. The pattern was on Craftsy before the big change and I'm hoping to get it up on Etsy and in my newly refreshed and updated (so excited!) online store opening soon.

Our quilt guild has a retreat in the Fall (and one in the Spring) and I always try to take simpler projects because I know there will be a lot of talking and not a lot of paying attentions. The snowmen were in a panel I won as a door prize at a previous retreat. It even came with a pattern!

Last but not least, I made this little owl wall hanging for my mother-in-law who loves owls. Since I'm not a "batik person" finding the right fabrics was an adventure, mostly at the Quilt Festival in Houston. I love how he turned out.

Okie dokie, I think that takes care of 2018. I actually accomplished much more than I thought.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Temperature Quilt Along - Week 3

Wow! I really hoped to sneak in a couple of "regular" blog posts this week. Somehow all my iPhone photos are not showing up on my PC, so I'm trying to get around that problem.

But enough about that. This is a Temperature Quilt post. Can you believe we're at the end of the third week???

Are you still keeping up or have things fallen a little by the wayside?
I have to admit that it's getting a little harder for me to do this every day, but I'm giving myself permission to fall a little behind if need be.

We have some trips planned this year and this is NOT a project you can do ahead of time...

I am planning a couple of giveaways for motivation though, probably at the end of each month, so be sure to keep an eye out on Instagram and this blog.

I've actually sewn together the first row of my quilt! As I mentioned in my last post, I've changed my plan a little.

My blocks for this week (minus one because I haven't had time to make yesterday's block):

Here's my plan for now. My quilt will be 19 blocks x 20 blocks, which gives me 380 blocks - 15 too many. I'm adding 8" (4 blank blocks) at the beginning and 11 blank blocks at the end. The beginning blocks will have the year appliqued. I did this yesterday and clearly have to redo the "2" because it's basically invisible.

At the ends, the "snake" curves its way back over from right to left. I'm on the fence about the dark triangles but I haven't cut the fabric so I can always remove them.

And that's basically where I'm at.

Now, let's share!
(I'm still a little iffy on this linky thing. I may just ask you to put a link to your post in a comment and I'll add them somewhere for everyone to see. If you have an Instagram account, I think that's still the best way.)
1. Be sure that, when you are filling in your information in the Linky form below, you include the URL to your specific post or photo, not just your main blog or profile address. I need the address of the page where your photo and/or post is, not the whole account.
2. You can share blog posts, Instagram posts, Pinterest posts, and photos on Flickr. You CANNOT share Facebook posts.
3. Please include the following link in your post, which will allow everyone to see our shared posts: https://twiddletails.blogspot.com/2019/01/temperature-quilt-along-week-3.html
4. And...please use the hashtag #tempquiltalong.
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