Friday, May 26, 2017

All You Need is Love

Since the last time I posted about my heart quilt, I've made some great progress. This is one of the quilts on my list of 12 UFOs for the 2017 Spring Water Designs Get It Done UFO Challenge (this is number 6).
I played with layout some more until I had something that made me happy.
I found some heart fabric in my collection that seemed right for the border. Some of that stuff on the floor is destined for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Before I pieced the center of the quilt I embroidered this great winged heart design from Urban Threads onto the center block. It is a little high in the heart block, but I don't mind.
I also used the Inked Alphabet to make my label. Mixing this set with script makes for labels with impact.
I don't often piece a backing with much more intent than sewing two pieces of fabric together. Mostly because I find putting a bunch of work into the backing tedious. I used one of the orphan blocks as my label, so I had to do some extra work to piece it into the backing. In this case I added 18" to the width of fabric with this inset piece. I usually go for a very asymmetrical layout for the backing, I'm not in the mood to try to match up the top to the backing with anything approaching precision. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
This is how I quickly determine if the backing is big enough for the top. I fold both in quarters and match up the folds. My goal is a backing that has two parallel edges (selvages are perfect for this), and has enough room to be attached to the top and bottom leaders, and enough room for the side clamps.

I leave the selvage edges on my backing fabric and always tear the fabric to remain on-grain. I join the pieces with wider than normal (1/2" in this case) seam allowances, and press to one side or open.

I haven't decided how I'm going to quilt this one, yet. I've set it aside for a while while I think about it.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stephen Willette

This year I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival knowing exactly what I wanted from Stephen Willette Fiber Arts Tools.
I wanted a Nostepinne. This tool is used to wind yarn into a ball for easy knitting or crocheting. A video on how to use this tool can be found on the Stephen Willette Fiber Art Tools webpage. I also saw more than few shawl pins that I would have loved to have but I was trying to stick to some semblance of restraint.

Find out more about Stephen Willette Fiber Art Tools on their webpageInstagram, or Facebook.

Do you have a favorite hand-made tool?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bee Blocks: May

This month the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild Queen Bee is Monica. She has set me the task of making two Alpine blocks. White, red, yellow, and teal. All fabrics I definitely had on hand. Someday I will run out of fabric. Someday.
You can find a tutorial for this block by Alyce on The Bee Hive. The stitch and flip method makes up blocks quickly and with accuracy.
I've made myself notes on how to make the block using my favorite tools for flying geese units (Easy Angle ruler, the Companion Angle ruler, and my recently purchased 6.5" square ruler from Creative Grids for the square and rectangular cuts). Sadly, this method does not work very well for a square-in-a-square block, but I'm totally okay with that.
Two finished blocks ready for the next meeting of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.

Do you have favorite cutting rulers that make traditional piecing easier? Do you have a square-in-a-square technique that is quick and accurate? I would love to learn about it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cozy Color Works

I picked up this yummy Super Wash Merino from Cozy Color Works during the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. This colorway is called Northern Lights and I just had to take it with me. What am I planning on making with this scrumptious yarn? I have no idea.

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