Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

I thought this piece was an excellent example to use in my Easter Greeting this year.

A student of mine shared with me that her sister had purchased a new embroidery machine and was wondering if I would show her some tips and projects, which included quilting of course and I said I would be happy to do it.

These motifs from Embroidery Library and a little piecing resulted in this breathtaking wall quilt.  It was a gift to her husband on his birthday and her first quilting project.  Didn't she do a magnificent job?

I provided the machine quilting and I will admit I was a bit intimidated by not only the lovely project, but also this being my first work around embroidery motifs.

Great Job Jan!

And Happy Easter to all as we celebrate our Risen Savior!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Row Along "Row 3"

It is time for another row of my Row Along, this is a Shoo Fly block and here is a photo of the completed row.

Once again HST's (half square triangles) along with squares creates the block.  And again if you need to a refresher on creating your HST's refer to the Row 1 post, you can find it here.

The fabric requirements for Row 3 are as follows:

Color A  1 strip   4 7/8" x WOF         subcut into  8   4 7/8" squares

Color B  1 strip  4 7/8" x WOF          subcut into  8   4 7/8" squares

             2 strips    4 1/2" x WOF       subcut into 16   4 1/2" squares

Color C  1 strip    4 1/2" x WOF        subcut into 4     4 1/2" squares

For each individual block you will need:

Color A  2   4 7/8" squares

Color B  2   4 7/8" squares
             4   4 1/2" squares

 Color C  1  4 1/2" square

After constructing your 4 HST's arrange the 9 squares in this order:

Sew the 4 blocks together like this:

and sew the 4 together to create Row 3.

Only 2 more rows to go.

Hope you are enjoying this Row Along journey.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Row Along "Row 2"

It is difficult to believe it's time for Row 2 of my Row Along, but once again I will start with a photo of the completed row.

This row continues the use of HST's (half square triangles).  Please refer to Row 1 for a refresher on making the HST's.  You can find the post here.

The name that EQ applies to this block is Ribbon Quilt.

The fabric requirements for Row 2 are as follows:

Color A    2 strips 4 7/8" x WOF                            subcut into 16    4 7/8" squares

Color B    2 strips 4 7/8" x WOF                            subcut into 16    4 7/8" squares

Color C    1 strip  4 1/2" x WOF                             subcut into  4     4 1/2 " squares
Note:  You should have enough leftover fabric from Row 1 of Color C to generate these 4 squares.  I suggest you check that out before cutting another strip.  

You will have 32 individual HST's to complete the row.

For each individual block you will need:

Color A    4     4 7/8" squares

Color B    4     4 7/8" squares

Color C    1     4 1/2" square

After constructing your HST's arrange them in this order:

The completed block will naturally look like this:
I suggest you wait until all rows are complete before sewing them together in case you would like to play with the arrangement of the rows.  

Hope your journey this last month has been a fun one.  See you March 20th with Row 3.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Goal for ALYoF

It has been a productive month for me and I was pleased to reach my goal for ALYoF this month.  You can read about my goal here.

The blocks are completed

And along with completing the four BOM blocks I wanted to start the setting blocks and I was able to finish all 12 of them.

I was doing so well I was hoping to get the top together, but alas it is still on the design wall. 

Sorry the photo is not very good.  There is not much space for taking photos where my design wall is located and it is the only free wall in the house.  So I deal with it.  Actually it works well except for photos.
I am not too disappointed I didn't get it together as  I did get other things accomplished and soon my design wall will be empty and ready for another project.

So I feel my year is off to a good start and now I need to figure out my goal for next month.  

Many thanks to Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs for hosting.  You can find their button on my sidebar. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stitchin a Little Binding on Slow Stitch Sunday

It's hard to believe it is Sunday again.  but I have had a busy and productive week.  Lots of time spent with students, but also some me time for stitching.

The prediction for today is warm and sunny so after lunch with son at a local restaurant, hubby and I will be off to the city, about 30 miles from home to do a little shopping.

So what better opportunity for me to slow stitch than on our little drive.

Earlier this week I was able to put together this little piece for a friend.

It is Bloomin Minds  "My Snowman"  It is only  6" x 12.5"  so it went very quickly and was a fun reprieve from all the piecing I have been doing, but more about that later.

So I am linking up with Kathy over at Slow Sunday Stitching.  Her button is on my sidebar, be sure to check it out.
Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog Event My Story

First of all many thanks to 2 Bags Full for hosting this event.  You can find her button on my side bar.
2 Bags Full
I'm Sherry and I will be leading the way around my blog.  I love anything quilting! I have been quilting for 33 years now and have taught, lectured and judged quilts through the years and am now happy to teach quilting in my home for free.  My students and I have a fun relaxed time where they strive to improve their skills, but no quilt police here.
I am married to the love of my life and soul mate who is my biggest supporter and cheerleader.  He has even been known to say "Whats this, could you use it?" about something we see on visiting quilt shops and shows.  Although he is still puzzled as to why I need to buy yards and yards of fabric I don't seem to use.  In my defense I do use it, you just can't tell it.
I started my blog January 1, 2013 as a way to document my progress on my cancer quilt.  I haven't made much progress yet but I will give you a tour of a few of the projects I have blogged about.

I LOVE to make Baltimore Album

I write tutorials....

I am particularly fond of machine quilting

This is an anniversary quilt for a friend

My Quilter's Guild Challenge this past year was great fun.  This is Queenie!

Blog Hops are great fun.  This is Hey Santa Please Stop Here for the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop.
 I blogged about making the barn for my Cancer Quilt but have now decided it isn't going to work so will be making another when I find other fabrics.

And lastly I am doing a Row Along for my students and am blogging the step by step process on making the row.  This will be blogged about the 20th of each month for 6 months.

Well that's journey in quiltmaking .  Thanks so much for stopping.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Row Along "Row 1"

Today begins my Row Along.  I will begin with the finished row.
This is a very simple Road To California block but when blocks are rotated will create a zig-zag effect.
The fabric requirements for the row is as follows:

Color A  1 strip - 4 1/2" x WOF (width of fabric)   subcut into 8   4 1/2" squares
             1 strip - 4 7/8" x WOF                            subcut into 8   4 7/8" squares

Color B   1 strip - 4 7/8" x WOF                           subcut into 8   4 7/8" squares

Color C   2 strips - 4 1/2" x WOF                          subcut into 12   4 1/2" squares

For each individual block you will need:

Color A    2    4 1/2" squares
               2    4 7/8" squares

Color B   2     4 7/8" squares

Color C   3     4 1/2" squares

Now that the fabric is cut create your half square triangles.

You will use:   2    4 7/8" Color A  and   2    4 7/8" Color B squares.

You will need to draw a double line on the back of one color of your 4 7/8" squares.  To do this I like to use a sandpaper board, a ruler from the Omnigrid Ruler Trio Set and a Pigma Pen.

Place your lighter colored square on your sandpaper board and center the black center line of the ruler at the opposite corner of the block. 

Draw a line on each side of the ruler.

Sew a line of stitching on the inner side of the black line.  You can chain piece these and then just turn the chained squares around and feed them in again than create the half square triangle on the other side.

Lay a ruler on the stitching line on your finished square and cut along the edge of the ruler to create 2 half square triangles. Repeat with other square.

Press the seam to the dark side of the square. 

Trim off the dog ears.

Measure the finished square at this point to be sure it measures 4 1/2" square.  If the Square is more than 4 1/2" trim.  If it is not 4 1/2" you have taken too deep a seam and will need to unsew your stitches and resew further away from your pencil line and closer to the cut edge.

It is now time to lay out your block as shown below.

I generally sew my rows across and then sew those three row units together.
After sewing the first row of squares together, measure the unit to be sure it measures 12 1/2"

And now I interrupt this blog post for a word about 1/4" seam allowances.  You often hear about having a perfect quarter inch seam allowance.  Well, even though being fearful that the quilt police will lock me up I will venture out to say I personally do not find having a perfect seam allowance on the back of my piecing gives me the size necessary to achieve the size block needed when multiple blocks are used in a design.  If you are making all your blocks the same such as all Ohio Star blocks everything will come out correctly without regard to your seam allowance. (Although I have found if I do not have a correct seam allowance the pieced squares do not line up perfectly with the unpieced squares)  But multiple blocks in a quilt such as a sampler requires an accurate seam allowance to achieve the correct size block.  Do you sometimes read about a scant 1/4"?  This is what I am taking about.  You ask "what is a scant 1/4"", well in my humble opinion it is whatever gives you the size block you need to achieve the correct size when the block is constructed.  In the case of this Row Along the size is 12 1/2".  Many of us have a "quarter inch" foot and that is what it gives us....a perfect quarter inch.  On my machine I move the needle position to the right 4 spaces to achieve the scant 1/4" I need to get the results I am aiming for.  This is something you will need to work with until you get the results you desire.  If your needle position does not move I suggest you place a guide for your fabric to follow on the throat plate of your machine or I have also found success with a couple of layers of masking tape along the guide of the 1/4" foot to take up a little of the space.  This may take a little time but the end result will be very rewarding for achieving accurate patchwork. I will now get off my soapbox and get back to the tutorial.

Sew the three rows together.  Repeat process with remaining three blocks.

Lay the blocks out in this order and sew together.

Well, that is it for this row.  Have a fun, quilty journey til I'm back with Row 2 on February 20th.