Oops, time got away from me again. I’ve been so busy that I have neglected this blog and I do hope you are not abandoning me because you have not heard from me in a while. I post when I have news and when I have time. Sometimes I get so involved in creating quilting designs that I forget about everything else. Does that mean I have a one track mind? Yes, I guess I do, at least part of the time. It can be an advantage when I need to get some things done, but other times not so much.
First of all I want to show you a picture of a quilt that Rhonda G. of Wesew4, a customer, who used one of my designs on a lovely quilt made from a panel. Rhonda, I am not sure if this is your own quilt or a customer’s. It looks great and I thank you for sending the pictures. The quilting design is FL-108 Peacock and available on my website.
Next up I have a link to a video of my daughter, Daniela Stout of cozyquilt.com, presenting last month’s Strip Club quilt.
You can find the whole presentation on YouTube. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfTT6CKBBg
And finally I have a picture of a new design for a paper pieced quilt that so far only exists on my computer and on paper. I designed this with the intention of releasing it as a block of the month, but before I go through all the work of writing the instructions and making the patterns I really would like to know if there are people interested in paper piecing and would like to participate. So you see it all depends on all of you. I could release it one block per month or the whole pattern all at once for perhaps a bit of a discount. What do you think? Is this something you might like to do? Please leave a comment. As a Block of the Month it could be finished in 6 or 7 months, but all the blocks are repeated quite a few times. The quilt is about 70″ square, but if you prefer something smaller I could eliminate some blocks and rearrange things.
I look forward to your input.
I just saw this video on Facebook and am passing it on. It is a really nifty way of cutting tumbling blocks if you don’t like the hassle of Y-seams.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkxfvMVnZV4.
The video was posted by TeresaDownUnder but Teresa states that the original technique is attributed to Rebecca McCreary and also to Marci Baker, so it is not a new idea.
Amazing what you can find on YouTube.
First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.
Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo
Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.
The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.
Click on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8
Until next time.
WOW, time sure flies when you are having fun, or even when you are just busy. That’s my excuse for not posting sooner. And, yes, I do have fun. At least most of the time, as long as I don’t have to take care of those pesky little admin details that sometimes demand priority. Maintaining a website for example. When I first started my website I had no idea what I was getting into. I had a lot to learn and still do and sometimes fun projects get put aside and then remain unfinished. Here is one I just finished, almost finished to be exact.
About a year ago, or maybe it was actually two years, I took a fun class on fabric painting with Inktense pencils taught by Desiree Habicht. It was great, but I was unable to finish the sample in class. Just recently I joined a Facebook group on machine embroidery and some of the members posted fabulous examples of fabric painting. That reminded me that I still had a half finished block so I took some time and finished painting it. I am new at this, but it was fun and I may practice some more. If you want to know how it is done you can find a lot of videos on YouTube using different techniques. The method I learned was with Derwent Inktense pencils. We were given a quilt block with an outline stitched on either a longarm or an embroidery machine. The outline is then colored in with the pencils after which a Fabric Medium is applied. When everything is dry it is ironed to heat set the paint and it becomes washable.
I have read that some people just use regular coloring pencils, but I have not tried that so I can’t comment on how well that works. Also, it is supposed to work better on PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing). That is a fabric without any finish or sizing.
Flying High – Now Available
My paper pieced pattern, Flying High, is ready and available for download in PDF format on my website. It is an easy pattern and includes general instructions for paper piecing so even paper piecing newbies should not have any problems making it. I would recommend choosing fabrics that are not too busy and that contrast nicely with the background fabric. Fabric requirements are included for the layout and colors shown, but I also included the fabric needed for one butterfly. So if you’d like to make a smaller or larger quilt, or fewer or more butterflies, you should have no problem figuring out how much fabric is needed. The pattern is about 62″ x 62″ and makes a nice large wall hanging or throw. I quilted it with FL-376 Butterflies and Blooms v2.
The next quilt is not one of my designs. It is one of my daughter Daniela’s Strip Club creations. It was pieced in two color ways and was enthusiastically received during her strip Club Presentation last month:
The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QoFqq2UnU2o
The pattern is available at Cozyquilt.com and so are the kits for both designs.
I have also been a busy bee working on new digital quilting designs and hope to blog about those in a few days. While next month I plan on showing you some beautiful blocks that can either be quilted on a longarm or stitched on an embroidery machine.
Have a great day.
I saw this couching method by Sharon Pederson on the daily blog of the Quilt Show and just have to pass it on. It is pretty ingenious. You can also find it on YouTube. Just search for Sharon Pederson – lesson 20. I have couched on some scrap fabric, but will have to try it on a real project one of these days. I wonder where I can buy that type of ribbon. Does anyone know?
Do you ever make a list of things that you want to accomplish within a certain time frame? You are convinced that goal is very doable and then reality hits. My advice: don’t update your software when you are in a hurry. Unfortunately, I did not listed to my own advice. It started when I upgraded to Windows 10 and also upgraded my drawing and embroidery software. Although I know that certain things are done differently, I guess my fingers are just quicker than my brain and I keep trying it the old way. I keep using certain key strokes and then find out that I should have used different ones. Sometimes I even close the program by mistake and then feel so silly, because my now I should know better. On top of that there are the new features that require the help menu. The result is that everything takes so much longer and my to do list is in shambles. So what is a person to do? Make a new list, of course, and the first item on that list is: Post a link to Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design’s August Strip Club quilt pattern. It is lovely. Here it is:
If for some reason you can’t see the video, you can also find it on YouTube under Cozy Quilt Design.
Talk to you again next time.