Monday, August 21, 2017

Free Patterns

Many of my patterns are offered free in various places online.  At they offer these 23 patterns of mine free.  Maybe you can find one you'll enjoy!

Pastel Hearts Baby Quilt

Springtime Door Banner

Rainbow Scrappy flowers

Pathway to the Stars

Heartfelt Table Runner

Modern Comfort

Morning & Evening Star Mat

Nine Patch Christmas Scrap Quilt

Patches of Sunshine

Happy Scrappy Houses

Garden Stars

Friends Wall hanging

Fall Flourish

Christmas Lights Table Mat

Autumn Door Banner

Baby's Stars Quilt

Toad in a Puddle Table Mat

Winter  Door Banner

Chicken Place Mat & Runner

Plants in My Window

Summer Fixin's

Summer Door Banner

Springtime Table Mat


Monday, August 14, 2017

August Island Batik Challenge- Quilt As You Go

The Challenge this month for all the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make something using the Quilt As You Go technique.  I had heard of this many years ago, but I was surprised as I looked into it for this challenge, that there are several different techniques now that are called Quilt As You Go.  It is interesting and you can pick and choose which works for you and your project.

I picked out a variety of bright Island Batiks to make a table runner.

I picked out a simple block that had either 3 or 4 pieces and printed out the templates.

This method is really basically stitch and flip.  You cut a backing square and batting square- layer therm and sew the pieces to the top.  Sew and flip, sew and flip.  I found I needed to pin the backing and batting to make sure it didn't slip while handling the block and sewing.

Here's a front and the back of one completed block.

You actually have your quilting all done unless you want to add more.  I added more quilting after the top was finished.

Lay out your blocks into rows

I added the sashing strips- one on top of a block and one on the bottom.

That block is sewn to the next block- by sewing the top sashing to the next block, but not the bottom sashing.  Turn the block over and you can fold over the back sashing and sew it down just like you sew a hem.  You are basically finishing each seam this way.  You sew the individual blocks together, then you can sew a whole row of blocks together the same way.

I don't mind doing some hand sewing like bindings, but this seemed like a lot of tedious sewing...

I did add some simple quilting once the top was together.  I used a lovely Blendable thread from Sulky (4126) that had primary colors for the quilting.  I used a Westalee 12 x 3" straight edge ruler and a 3.5"  Simple Circle ruler from Sew Steady for some of the quilting. These rulers are great and so quick and easy to use!

Once you have the ruler foot for your domestic machine you can use a range of quilting rulers.  I also used a curved ruler from Dusty Farrell called Flourish.  The ruler foot I have for my machine is a low shank foot so I have to use the thinner quilting rulers- 3mm thickness.  I was pleased to find out that Dusty Farrell also makes all his rulers in both sizes.  

Here is my finished runner (33" x 11") - front and back. It's very colorful!  

Close up of quilting.

You might want to give Quilting As You Go a try!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Big Book of Table Toppers

Recently Martingale came out with this book - The Big Book of Table Toppers.  My table mat called Basket Weave is one of the 56 patterns in the book.

The book is FULL of wonderful patterns in all shapes, sizes and colors.   Many of them are quick and easy.

Two ladies from my local quilt guild made patterns from the book.

This is Barb Duesler's quilt she made from the pattern Harvest Time by Heather Mulder Peterson.

Elaine Egging (above) made her runner from the pattern Simply Simple by Cindy Lammon.

My sister and I made the runner from the pattern Pie Birds by Kim Diehl.  I made mine a bit smaller to fit the place I wanted to use it.  We spent a fun day going thru a box of her scraps and cutting out strips.  We had enough to make two table runners!

Here is Jody Warner's Pie Bird runner.  Aren't the colors lovely!

I made my runner a little smaller by not adding the last row around each block.  Not the greatest photo- sorry about that!  My sister's photo shows the colors in a better light.

 I used the Circles on Quilts/Spinning Wheel 36 ruler from Westalee with the Westalee ruler foot to do some of the machine quilting.

The quilting doesn't show up well on the scrappy quilt top,  so here is a paper example of the quilting


I'm finding more ways to use these great rulers and I love how much it speeds up your quilting and how little you have to mark to use them.