Showing posts from June, 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 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 1

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 B