Thursday, July 25, 2019

Euphoria Quilt

It's been a while and I've worked on quite a few projects since then.

My current addiction is needle turn appliqué and this project:

The pattern is from a book named "Euphoria Tapestry Quilts" by Deborah Kemball.
I haven't done hand appliqué in ages, so this is a bit of a learning curve for me. I'm using the back basting method which I think is my favorite. Much less prep than some of the other techniques.

So far I've only made one panel:

I don't think I'm going to make the entire quilt but there is a smaller version in the book which I may be able to handle.
My quilt will be made using mostly Moda Grunge fabric. Deb's quilts are silk!
A couple of detail pics:

I love that there are some embroidered details.

If you'd like to follow my progress be sure to follow the Twiddletails Instagram feed.

(If you're a Temperature Quilt follower, I'll be posting an update soon. Life (and the quilt) has gotten away from me a little. The best laid plans...)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer Star

It took a while but, after 50+ years on this earth, I've finally come to the conclusion that there is no way to stop life from interfering with plans, no matter how meticulously crafted.

In the last couple of months, my father-in-law's health steadily declined and he passed away at the end of April. What followed was planning a funeral, traveling to Texas to attend his funeral, followed by sorting out everything from Social Security to investments to Medicare to bank accounts for my mother-in-law. It looks like the dust is finally settling, so I'm going to attempt a reentry into some sort of routine.

The following pattern and kit have been out there for a while but I never shared them over here.

The little Summer Star quilt finishes at 33" x 33", which makes for a perfect wall hanging or table topper you can have out all summer long.
I have kits (which include a free pattern), as well as PDF patterns available.

It looks so cute on my living room wall!

I HAVE been working on my Temperature Quilt, so if you've wondered what's up with that, I'll have a post for you very, very soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lucky Charm for St. Patrick's Day

I spend so much time on Instagram these days that I'm really neglecting this little blog.

My latest pattern is "So Charming" - a 32" x 32" mini quilt. Or wall hanging. Or table topper.

The pattern is available as a PDF download in the Etsy shop.
It's a very quick project. You can probably complete it in a day - two at the most.

To make it even easier, I have kits too! If it's too late for this year, you can be REALLY proactive for next year...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Knitting Needle Organizer

Contrary to popular belief, I am actually working on projects other than the Temperature Quilt.

My knitting needles have been a complete, disorganized mess forever and ever. Here's a recent pic of the content of my "knitting bin" dumped out on the floor.

A couple of months ago, I found a pattern for organizers and this past weekend I decided it was time to make one for my double point needles.
The pattern is Knit, Purl and Roll from Atkinson Designs.
I've had the cute sheep fabric in my stash for a while and finally found the PERFECT project for it!

How cool are these little printable tabs from the website for a professional look?
A couple of notes and tips:

1. See the little sheep peeking out in the pictures above? Those entire sections are lined with the sheep fabric so, if you're trying to be frugal with your pretty fabric, use something else. In retrospect I would have just used the solid aqua here and saved some of the cute stuff.

2. The pattern calls for cutting bias binding. Since there are no curves and bias strips use a lot of fabric, I just cut straight strips like regular quilt binding and it worked just fine.

3. Read through the entire pattern before you start. It's not a beginner pattern but, with patience and care, anyone can do it!

So much better!

I absolutely love this organizer!

Next up: the circulars.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Temperature Quilt - Week 8 & 9 - and other distractions

Firstly, I've heard that some quilters using Weather Underground are having trouble with their temperatures. I originally started using it because with the government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the NOAA site was down. Weather Underground uses data from a lot of backyard weather stations and these can be unreliable because people don't necessarily post every day. I still recommend the NOAA site, although they're sometimes a day or two behind. If you're using Weather Underground, be sure to use an "official" weather station like an airport.

Because of a fun ski trip to Colorado (Crested Butte is the cutest town!), I am now way behind on my blocks.

In order to catch up, I have to make two blocks a day. I've decided that I will make the current block and the oldest unmade block every day. Of course, I completely skipped Wednesday because of yet another distraction (did I mention my middle name is "Squirrel!"?) and had to make 4 blocks on Thursday.

This is the "Ozella Shawl" by Berniolie's Designs. I've made two other shawls using her patterns. They're very impressive to look at, but quite easy to make.

Here are my blocks for this week (and last week):

I'd give my back teeth for a tiny bit of yellow...

The February giveaway will be coming up soon, so be sure to follow along on Instagram for an announcement (#tempquiltalong) or sign up to receive email reminders.

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).

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.

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...


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.

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.