Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016 Adinkra BOM: June and July

Many apologies for this delay. Sometimes life happens and distracts, doesn't it?

The June block is FIHANKRA, which means "house or compound." I love the shape of this block and it would be fun to fussy cut something for the center.

Fihankra: house or compound
This is typical of Asanta architecture. The communal housing compound has only one entrance and one exit.

The July block is OSRAM NE NSOROMMA, which means "the moon and the star." Not hard to figure out by the block picture, now is it?

Osram Ne Nsoromma: the moon and the star

This is a symbol of love, faithfulness, and harmony. This reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and woman.

Remember, these are to be appliqued to a background square cut 10-1/2".

Here's looking at my first Adinkra Quilt before it was quilted. Can you see where these two blocks are?
Adinkra Quilt

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Air Show with Windham Wednesdays

I received a fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics last week and The Theory of Aviation spoke to me! The colors are so traditional and the images are so vintage! What do you think?

Bomber jackets, compasses, biplanes, and even a lovely map of the world (I'll show that in a few minutes)

Theory of Aviation
I have two patterns for paper piecing vintage airplanes. Have had these for years. I upsized them from 4" to 7" and printed them out. One is called Into the Clouds. It is pieced in two parts.

7" Into the Clouds
And here is what it looks like with all the papers removed and sewing that one last seam:

7" Into the Clouds block
And what happens when you get distracted and think you are sewing the parts together correctly? This is what happened to Up, Up and Away. Had to rip out the seam (yes, you can see I had already attached it into the quilt center. Grrrrr!)

7" Up, Up and Away that is sewn together incorrectly!
And can we see the finished quilt top? Of course. It's 33" x 33" and I used one of my favorite settings. I call it "Air Show." Why? Because if you look at the plane on the bottom it appears to be in a nose dive! That can make us nervous, but in an air show there are planes that do this sort of thing ON PURPOSE! Whew!

Air Show: 33" x 33"
And what about that map of the world fabric? It's just a fat quarter but I've decided to put it on the back so I won't chop it up, but use some of the leftover fabrics to make it the full size needed.

Fat quarter of the map of the world
I may decide to make this a pattern. If I do, I'll keep you posted. Hope you enjoyed seeing these new fabrics that were delivered to quilt shops in May.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Zig and Zag of Hexies

I made a project a few years ago from a set of 2" English Paper Pieced (EPP) hexagons. I called it "The Zig and Zag of Hexies." It was made with Bella fabrics from Windham and I published it with Cut Loose Press (a division of Creative Grids rulers) for quilt shops.

2" EPP hexies from the Bella Collection
And my Hexie string:
A string of 2" hexagons
Makes this fun Zig Zag table runner. Of course, being so "modern" looking, one of my daughter's immediately made a claim on it. This lives in Pittsburgh with her and her family.

The Zig and Zag of Hexies: 29" x 40"
I had a collection of 17 hexies made from another Windham Collection called Briar Rose. They sent me a 5" Charm Pack and I used some of them to make a miniature Dresden Plate runner. It still awaits quilting in my closet.
Briar Rose fabrics
I cut small dresden plate blades from those charms
And with the leftover 5" charms, I was able to get 17 EPP 2" hexagons.

17 hexagons - Can you see Mr. Froggie sitting by the pond reading?
And a close up of Mr. Froggie:

Sitting by the pond, reading
And now for my smaller runner:
The Zig and Zag of Hexies in a smaller size
The larger Zig and Zag of Hexies is at my Craftsy shop. This really is a quick project because once the hexagons are stitched together and the paper is removed, I aligned them to the background fabric and used invisible monofilament thread and used a machine zigzag stitch (of course!) to stitch them down.

I do a lot of EPP in the Summer. It is so portable and only takes up a small ziplock baggie. This new runner will be a class sample when I teach this again in the Fall. But right now it hangs in my hall bathroom where I can admire it for all the happy colors!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Going from Ho-Hum to Bold and Sassy

I foundation pieced these four little units last year using some lovely Benartex fabrics: Burlap blenders and the wonderful Fossil Ferns (the light background). But they lacked a lot of personality, don't you think? They may be sharp, but they weren't sassy!

Dogwood Blossom units from Paper Piecing Perfect Points
I actually found them quietly waiting for me in a little pile in my sewing room, buried under a stack of pattern drafts and other papers. I heard them whisper, "Hey, mom. It's time to do something with us. Give us a real party, won't you?"

As I've been in a sort of bold and sassy fabric mood lately, playing with some of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics, I pulled out some and gave them a real makeover.

Bold and Sassy Dogwood Blossom quilt
Here are a few other quilts I've made in the past using this foundation. What do you think?

This first one was in that suitcase full of 30 quilts that was stolen back in 2005.

The first Dogwood Blossoms quilt I made
This next one was also in that suitcase. Sigh. I like to say that they're hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the Sky.

Yes, I like bright and bold colors.
Here is the remake of my quilt for the workshop I had to teach the next day in California, minus my teaching sample!

Remake of the Dogwood Blossom quilt
 And a stylized shot:

And one final quilt, which was published in a magazine:

Oh, wait a minute. Wait a minute! Here is my New York Beauty quilt still waiting to be quilted. I had removed the borders because a quilting "friend" told me that I couldn't possibly publish it as it was with the irregular borders. (I've shared about this one before.) Can you see the "imperfections" in the left Dogtooth border? And what do I say? Who cares!?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the show.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cobblestones Quilt - Scrap Buster

I am revisiting a lot of my previously published quilts and I came upon my Cobblestones Quilt from the April/May 2006 issue of Quilt Magazine. This was at the height of my popular Kaffe Fassett Club classes that I taught in Atlanta at the Intown Quilters shop. It was a great way to incorporate so many different fabrics: stripes, florals, solids - I used them all!

The centers are 4-1/2" to 6-1/2" squares (accurate cutting is included in the pattern). The surrounding strips are 2-1/2" - can you say Jelly Roll?!!

Cobblestones Quilt
The blocks finish to 8" square. Can you see that there are two different blocks: a simple square in the center with either strips or triangles surrounding them?

The quilt is a wonderful lap size: 62" x 70"

Here's a clearer shot:

This was so beautifully quilted by Leslee Evans of Atlanta. She was a master quilter (she was an architect in her former life).

Check out the Cobblestones Quilt in my Craftsy shop. It's only $4.00 and I am itching to make it again with all my Kaffe Fassett fabrics just begging to jump in and be sewn.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Calendar Girls: Idaho Beauty is our June Block and Project

Idaho Beauty from the Quilter's Block a Day calendar
Idaho Beauty is a wonderfully large block composed of 4 Ohio Stars. They are 20"! Two Idaho Beauty blocks make this small quilt of 35" x 57-1/2". This block appears on June 17 in the calendar.

And the digital quilts:
Idaho Beauty quilt: 35" x 57-1/2"
 The following coloring is how it appears in the 4 page pattern.
Idaho Beauty quilt: 35" x 57-1/2"

Included in the pdf pattern is a coloring chart for you to audition your own fabric choices and a one page newsletter that shows some tips on cutting those flying geese units for the star points.

You do not have to go to Craftsy for this pattern. It will eventually go there, but for now you can download it from the links above.

Remember, you need to own a copy of my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar in order to get the pattern for the 20" Idaho Beauty block.

Monday, May 23, 2016

More English Paper Piecing

I don't do handwork anymore other than a little crochet and some English Paper Piecing, mainly with hexagons. I thought you might like to see some of my recent finishes as a result of being part of Glorious Hexagons Facebook page. This is based on the book called "The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek.
The New Hexagon book
 I took mine immediately to get spiral bound so it will lie flat.

My copy of The New Hexagon
And coming this summer is a perpetual calendar with 366 more blocks!
The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar

Now, let's see some blocks! First is my version of Twisted Hexagon (a class I've taught for a few years, but only using rotary cutting and stitching).

This is Dawn, but I call it Twisted Hexagon
 And here's Marena:
Notice how this uses the same patches as Dawn
 Marilyn is Block #32 and I used the Kaffe Fassett fabric called "Target" for that bull's eye center!
Marilyn Block #32
 Mary Ellen is Block #28. I didn't like the blue triangle because it was too dull. I am in the process of replacing those two triangles with either the cream or green stained glass fabric.

Notice how Marilyn and Mary Ellen are very similar with the outside shapes. The center is pieced in Mary Ellen and a single fabric for Marilyn.
Block #28, Mary Ellen
And for the 4th "M" name: Marie! Don't you just love these motifs?

Marie, Block #1
Now for Dolores, Block #6. Very simple using three 60 degree triangles.

Dolores, Block #6
I buy my papers online with Paper Pieces. Always have. Though, in a pinch, I will print and cut my own out of card stock. Here is a small order I received last Friday. I generally put in large orders for packs of these for my classes.

My students each get a pack of 100 1" papers, along with small sets with fabric of other sizes.

I am using a Benartex collection by Paula Nadelstern (Fabricadabra) and I have enjoyed fussy cutting the center hexagons. Here are a few more before I go:

Rotary cut and stitched Dawn Block with Fabricadabra motif in center
And a rotary cut block, just to test drive the fabrics:

Sarah, Block #3
And last, but not least, my own upsized blocks using 1-1/2" hexagon papers for larger GFG blocks.
6 of the 9 Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks using Fabricadabra fabrics
 And here are the parts before joining. Made sure my stripes were cut in the same direction!
I had to make sure my stripes were all cut in the same direction

I love that it is so easy to take along a little bag with papers, fabric, thread and needle. And I seem to always do more when summer comes.

I have more to share, but for now, these are happy to meet you!