I thought it would be fun to dig through my button jar for the buttons on this block. I like the variety that I was able to find. I’ve collected these buttons over the past 40 years or so. I think my collection started with a few donations from my Grandmother! Do you have a button jar? Just starting to collect? This layout is starting to look really good!!
Introducing Loyal, Block #3 in the Friendship QAL. There is nothing better than a truly loyal friend who always has your back.
When I went to choose fabrics for this block, one of the options didn’t have a lot of contrast – can you see which one?
I have this nifty ruler from Wisecraft that helps a ton with value and being able to make sure blocks have enough contrast. It’s called the Ruby Ruler by Wisecraft. It’s a handy 5 1/2″ ruler and I love using it! Click >>here for more information.
One of my favorite units is the Flying Goose block. There are a number of ways you can make them. The version Amanda uses in this block is the stitch and flip technique, which gives you options for having different fabrics in each wing.
I also like to use the No Waste method for making flying geese. With this method, you get four Geese units that are the same.
I have a tool called the Corner Cutter that makes this method even faster!
Click >>here for the tutorial.
Use the coupon code LOYAL18 to get a special discount on the Corner Cutter Tool!
Introducing Block #5 ~ Honest. So many great friendship attributes! I can’t help but think about how being honest is such a special part of being friends. Everything from pulling threads off after a long day of sewing to helping un-sew a mistake.
I find that when I’m making a block like this, that I like to cut the triangles just a hair larger. Then I can trim to size and make sure I have full seam allowances at the corner of each square.
This layout is starting to take shape!
Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on July 6th. I hope you stop by next week to see what I’m up to!
Moving right along with Dependable block #3. This is a block that is super easy to do. Just be sure your seam allowance is spot on for a perfectly sized block!
Click >>here to check out the Perfect Piecing Seam guide. Use the code DEPENDABLE18 for a special discount!
I know I depend on my friends and hope they can depend on me! It’s what friendship is all about, isn’t it?
Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 29th. I hope you stop by next week to see what I’m up to!
This is a good block to use the windowpane technique with. The smaller flower fits perfectly inside the larger template. You can even get the center dot from the inside of the small flower if you’re careful when you cut. Now that we have a few blocks done, I thought it would be fun to show the quilt as it gets filled in. Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 22nd. I hope you stop by next week to see what I’m up to!
Block #2 is called Trustworthy. Such an important quality for a good friendship! How many of you avoid paper piecing? It can be intimidating, for sure! Amanda has made this block a great one to give it a try. Two colors, alternating and you’re set. Trust me!
Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 15th. I hope you stop by to see what I’m up to!
I love the beautiful labels that I see people making for their quilts. Many are quite the works of art!
Seriously though, labeling quilts often gets left to the last minute and forgotten. The information you put on your label helps future generations know its history!
What should you include on your quilt label? Here are a few ideas:
- Who made the quilt.
- What pattern was the quilt made from?
- Who did the quilting?
- When was the quilt completed and where?
- Is the quilt a gift – include who it was made for.
- What was the occasion? Wedding, birth of a baby, retirement, anniversary, going to college….
- Care instructions.
At the most basic, include the name of the maker, where it was made and the date.
My friend Susan Marth (Suzn Quilts) shared this quick “Skinny” label technique with me a few years ago. There are two ways to do it.
Freezer Paper Method
- Iron freezer paper to the back of a fabric that you will able to see writing on. Like muslin or a lighter tonal print.
- Cut the paper and the fabric to about 8-1/2″ wide and 10-1/2″ – 11″ long.
- Cut into 1-1/2″ x width strips.
- Fold the strips and finger press the center along the length to get a line to follow when writing.
- Write your information with a pigma pen, I like to keep the fold at the bottom of the writing.
Printable Fabric Method
- I create a new document in Word or InDesign. Whatever program you have can work just fine.
- I format the document so the the table cells are about 1-1/2″ high. You can get 7 cells on a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet.
- I’m going to put text in every row. I lighten up the line weight so it isn’t too dark. That gives me cutting and printing lines.
- Then I center the text making sure I have at least 1/4″ above for seam allowance and that the text will be just above the fold line.
- Then I print on fabric made just for inkjet printers. I like the EQ products but there are many on the market. You can also print on fabric that has been ironed to freezer paper (Inkjets ONLY).
The Scrap Quilt Challenge!
Kim Lapacek is hosting the 2016 Scrap Quilt challenge and I am happy to be the designer this month!
Be sure to visit her blog here for more details on the challenge and how to participate.
I love the mixed up sort of disorganized harmony that you get from making a quilt with scraps.
A Scrap is defined is a piece of fabric smaller than a fat quarter left over from a previous project either done by yourself or someone else. (from Persimon Dreams)
I want to share a few tips with you on how I approach scrappy-ness.
- Variety makes for movement and an interesting project.
- I tend to cut from many fabrics. Then mix them up as I assemble the blocks.
- Sometimes I will set up all of the units to be sure things are mixed up well and sometimes I pull pieces randomly.
- Paper plates make good sorting tools and keep things tidy when you need to set your project aside.
- I organize fabrics by color, yardage amount and style. I sort by low volume, repro, traditional, brights and batiks.
- If all of the variety is a bit overwhelming – especially if you are just starting with scrappy projects, limit your number of low volume fabrics. Having a more consistent background can calm a quilt.
That’s my take on scraps….just be sure to do what gives you joy.
Here are some of my favorites….
Thanks for stopping by!