Friday, April 21, 2017

Dandy Drive QAL Week 3

Good morning everyone!

I missed posting last week here on my blog - but if you are following my on IG - you might have seen one of my flower blocks and the new (portable) design wall I made with some of my blocks on it. As you know - Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it started 2 weeks ago...plenty of time to catch up if you are just getting started. Week 1 was the 9 patch blocks, week 2 was putting together the outer flower pieces (as shown below) and this week...the stem blocks.

If you are new to this quilt along - Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J. I'm making my quilt with some of my hoarded Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections. To get started you can check out the yardage info here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements).

As I made my stem blocks - I want to put out this PSA - read Sarah's instructions first. I knew something was wrong when my HST's were still 3 3/8" instead of 3". I luckily only cut one blocks worth first and then sewed it up - but I cut and sewed 12 HST triangles instead of cutting and sewing 6 and then cutting them in half. I wasted a lot of fabric and time! Don't pull a Kerry! lol. Luckily I was able to use what I cut and sewed and will be sure not to make that mistake again. The results...you'd never know I messed up. Whew!

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/04/free-sew-along-dandy-drive-block-3.html
So the prize this week. . . they want to give one lucky participant a Sunday Drive batik FQ bundle. Head over to Pat's website (click the image above) and simply enter a pic of your block via the blue button link on her post.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your stem and full flower blocks, and adding some butterflies next week. 


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Dandy Drive Quiltalong

Good morning everyone!

The fabulous Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it starts today...just in time to sew flowers in the studio as they spring up outside my windows.

Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J.

If you didn't see the yardage info last week - check here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements). Week 1 is all about the traditional 9 patch block which is the center of each flower.

Here are a few of the 9 patch blocks I stitched up using Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections.

I really challenged myself to use fabrics from my stash (that I've hoarded forever) so I had in some cases only a fat quarter for the flowers which worked out great (that just means I won't be able to use the same pieces for the butterflies). I decided I like that plan though because most of my butterflies will be shades of blue, hovering over and around a sea of pink and orange flowers, on a white background. This is going to make a beautiful spring and summer quilt and I'm so excited to see it progress.

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group


https://designsbysarahj.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/dandy-drive-quiltalong-part-one/

So the prize. . . they want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Head over to Sarah's website (click the image above) and simply enter a commenting on her block post and telling her which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. They’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST. If you don't want to wait you can buy a Dandy Drive Quilt Kit too just check out Sarah's site for more info.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks, and adding the next part of this quilt. My daughter will be sewing with me which is also fun! She wanted to help make these blocks, but was a bit under the weather. So we really will be doing this together when she's all better.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Basic Square and Hexie Blocks in Electric Quilt

Hello everyone.

It's be a really really crazy month and I'm so glad to have had a couple days of sleep to catch up after all the madness. There was a lot of secret sewing going on here that I can't share until May and October - but until then, I've been playing in my Electric Quilt EQ7 program again and wanted to share these fun blocks with you! I've been hearing a lot of people are afraid to start paper piecing - they don't know where to start, in terms of sewing and designing. I designed some basic blocks and took some screen shots to help visualize how they work.

Last time I posted about EQ7 and learning how to paper piece - I said paper piecing was kind of like playing pick up sticks in reverse order. I mentioned that you have to go in a particular order as you place the fabric and sew it down. It would be the same as putting pieces of paper down around the outside to get the shape you want on the inside.

This simple Square block is similar to what a log cabin block would be. However, instead of cutting out all of the pieces exact in the beginning and sewing patchwork style, you are sewing the lines on the paper, with the pieces of fabric underneath. Your first block is the white center block. This allows you to fussy cut your center as you wish. You would sew both sides to your center block and then both top and bottom pieces last. While designing in the program, you may have to put lines down, but then erase them. If you extended the lines up and down from pieces 2 and 3, you would have a basic 9 patch block. By erasing the two lines in area 4, and the two lines in area 5, it becomes a log cabin type block.



This Hexie block is just as basic as the square block - just has two extra patches.


I designed this Hexie (hexagon) block a long time ago but not as a paper piecing block. I wasn't able to get my hexie in the center consistently, becoming easily frustrated, so I decided this would make a perfect foundation paper pieced block. Now my blocks are consistent and so much more fun. If you are not a fan of sewing English Paper Pieced hexies, or larger set in seam hexies, you just might love this block. You can sew it with a fussy cut center on point or with your top and bottom hexie lines straight across. When designing your blocks in EQ7, you get to decide how they will look. Although I designed the block as 6" x 6", I have included it as a 3" x 3" Hexie block (another great feature of EQ 7 is choosing the size you'd like to print the block as. I have also included three other easy hexie blocks I created in EQ7, with slightly different lines. This pattern is only available on my Craftsy page. They are great for scrap busting and just good ol' fussy cutting fun. You'll also get the basic square block for free!

As you begin to sew blocks, and start designing them, it does get easier. You can check out my Land of Magic Crown and Land of Magic Star blocks too as the next levels up. More pieces and more sections.

What's more fun than that? If you haven't tried EQ7 or EQ Mini, now is your chance to win an EQ Mini from the Electric Quilt Co! It's a great beginner program to get you started on your way to designing your own blocks and quilts just the way you want! Head on over to my Kid Giddy Instagram page for more info - and to enter. Look for the blocks image above...that will be the giveway post!



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along - Nan #75


Hey everyone -

Kinda feeling sad this is my last tutorial block with Angie @GnomeAngel for the Farmer's Wife 1930's book. Although I haven't had the time to make every block during this sew along I have enjoyed the ones I made and enjoyed reading the letters that each block comes with.

Say hello to Nan - block number 75. I selected these two Cotton and Steel prints based on the really sad letter. Mrs. J.D.K lost her 16 year old son in April of 1930 after he drowned during a class picnic day. Weeks later she was feeding chickens and found pages from an old book providing words of peace and comfort. So being this is a cross pattern I decided to use the Sardinha print (representing the fish that Christ feed to the 5,000 during the Sermon on the Mount) as the Cross, surrounded by the beautiful Rifle Co. flowers. I also decided to paper piece the block because I'm not a master patchworker.

I don't normally precut my paper piecing fabrics in a specific way (I just tend to cut pieces off the corner of a fat quarter), but wanted to make sure this looked seamless. I guess if I wanted it to be exact I could have stuck with patchwork. LOL.

I've gotten better about not wasting as much fabric as I used to when I first started paper piecing but still don't measure each section with a ruler. As I cut my pieces I lay the fabric down on the pattern piece and cut it off. Some pieces are easier than others. If there are triangles - I fold the corner back and cut it as a square, then cut diagonally to separate. 

Before you begin sewing, make sure your pieces are just past the seam allowances for each section as above to avoid having pieces that are too small, and trim off any excess seam allowance.

I know this tutorial wasn't ground breaking, but it's a very simple block, maybe a level 2 for beginners. You can check out my other Farmer's Wife tutorials or paper piecing tutorials for more tips and tricks to paper piece your Farmer's Wife blocks. by clicking on the Quilt Along tag. Thanks so much to Angie for including me in this sew along. I'm looking forward to seeing your Nan blocks on social media!




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