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Monday, July 17, 2017

Lucy Boston Framed Tutorial

Hello Everyone

I have been making a few more Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks this past week and thought I would write a tutorial on how to fussy cut fabrics to make the frame around the outside round of a block.  

I am doing this tutorial for myself as much as I am those of you that want to get that "framed" look in your blocks.   Whenever I find a striped fabric that I think would work to frame the outside round of a POTC block, I have to puzzle just how to go about placing my templates.  

I like to make my own templates that I use for fussy cutting English Paper Piecing.  I simply trace one of my paper pieces (in this case 1" Honeycombs) and then add 1/4" to 3/8" around the outside.  I sometimes make extras of my templates to carry with me when I go shopping so I can audition a fabric in my window template.  If it gets lost along the way, it doesn't take a lot of effort to make another template.

A Lucy Boston block takes 24 paper pieces.  Most blocks use 4 different fabrics and have 4, 4, 8, and 8 of each fabric..  When you do a block with an outside frame you need 3 fabrics using 4, 4 and 16 of each fabric.  I chose the fabric on the right (Di Ford-Hall) with the flowers to fussy cut the center 4 blocks.  The other 4 cut from the pink are Kathy Hall fabric.  Both are by Andover.  The stripe is a Kaye England fabric (Wilmington I think) and is narrow enough to use for the outside frame.

I centered the flower in my window template.  I left a little bit of the pink flower below in the window at the bottom.  That will make a little pink flower in the center of the block where the pieces meet when it's stitched.  

I traced as shown below with a permanent marker.  I like to do my fussy cut EPP pieces this way because it makes good TV work in the evenings to cut them out with scissors.  You can always use an acrylic template and rotary cut your pieces if you choose.

For this tutorial I made 3 window templates.   You can see how I drew the lines on each template.  This is where you will line up the stripe on your fabric.  The lines on the templates are drawn approximately an inch down from the top.  The lines drawn on the yellow and pink template match along the edge where they will meet the green template (see arrow)  and stay parallel (note the 1" mark along the top of the template where you draw the line on the other side).

The line on the pink template bottom will line up with the next green piece the same as the yellow template.  Line your ruler where you see the pink arrow and keep it parallel to draw the other line.  

Then I drew arrows so I know which way the template will be placed on the fabric.

Cut 8 from the green template, 4 pink and 4 yellow from the fabric.  Note how the lines on the templates are all placed at the same point in the stripe on the fabric.

Here are the pieces cut out before glue basting to the Honeycomb papers.

Line up the corners of the paper to match that point in the stripe where you see the arrows.  

Here they are all glued and ready to stitch.  

This is the finished block.  I wouldn't want to do this to every block in my quilt, but I think a few fussy cut this way add some interest.  

Today I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday.  I'm glad that my friend, Judy from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts has taken over hosting Design Wall Monday.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shipshewana Quilt Festival Part 2

Here are the rest of my photos from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival from last month.  The antique car museum is used to display antique quilts.  I love this hexagon quilt, and I think it would be fun to make.  It was really unusual.

These eight pointed stars set in a strippy setting with the big floral triangles made you do a double take.  The setting was really simple, but the quilt looked like it had a lot more going on because of the floral fabric.  

The clam shells look dimensional with a row of white shells in between the prints.

There are lots and lots of half square triangles in this quilt.   They finished about 1 1/4".

Love this mariner's compass.

This was just an unusual block, and the striped sashing just made the quilt.  

Blue Gate Restaurant is always a great place for lunch or dinner.  I met friends from Shipshewana for dinner there after the Quilt Festival closed.

The outside is just as pretty as the inside.

In the summer, there are several of these beautiful flower carts around town.  

The horse and buggy were in the shelter waiting for someone to take a ride.

Here's another flower basket across the street from the Blue Gate.

This buggy carried Amish coming into town.

This is what I bought at the festival.  The four wool packs on the left are from the Primitive Gatherings booth.  The three pieces of wool on the right are from the Carried Away Designs booth.  She has dyed wool to match the Sue Spargo thread that she sells.  I got a few spools of that, too.  

At Yoders I bought more Di Ford fabric.   I also bought fabric at Lolly's for quilt backings, but they are in use right now.  I'll show those quilts later.

Carrie also had the Sue Spargo Creative Stitching book.  Since I think I was the only person that loves to do handwork that didn't own this book, I bought it.

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th

Happy Independence Day to all of my readers in the US who will be celebrating today.  This is the traditional day to have a backyard barbecue, and that is what we are doing this afternoon with family.    Here is the center of my table.  

The pattern for this table topper is in my Etsy shop.   I have one of these for every holiday plus others I've made.  Several I've given as gifts.

This is my Charming Hexagon Pillow done in patriotic fabrics.  The pillow uses 1 mini charm pack so if you've collected those like I have, here is a good use for them.  I just realized that I don't have a red, white and blue quilt.  I'll have to take care of that before next July 4th comes around.

I've put some pillows on the porch because we sit out there a lot.  It's also a great place for stitching.  

The pillow on the left below was an idea from my friend, Michele.  She came to English Paper Piecing group at Back Door Quilts with a pillow done like this in pretty Moda fabrics, and she had done big stitch quilting around each square with embroidery floss (or maybe perle cotton).  That was a fun project that also uses a mini charm pack.  I made the pillow on the right with 2 1/2" squares and embroidered a flag in the center.  The two little quilts are from the Little Quilts All Through the House book.  I still have my copy- published in 1993.    

I've also displayed my tea towel, a gift from Fiona who comes from England to attend our Shipshewana retreat in the fall.  The towel commemorates Queen Elizabeth IIs reign from 1952-2012.   It is a treasure even though it has nothing to do with our holiday.  Notice I have it back in a corner where it won't be used.    

If you want to see some cute patriotic decorations go to Janet's blog (roguequilter.blogspot.com).  Under her header, she has a link with a tutorial to make a tumbler flag.  I have cut some tumblers and still want to do that.

Keep Calm and Stitch On

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

Yesterday a friend and I went to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  We both saw lots of friends and enjoyed visiting and catching up with them.  Below is the Back Door Quilts booth.  They are located here in Greenwood, and stock all of my patterns.  The two quilts hanging over the edge are made from my patterns.  The bright one on the left is my newest pattern Leftovers.  It uses leftover jelly roll strips and/or layer cake squares.  The quilt on the right is Hexagon Trail and uses 2" hexagons.  There is no hand sewing machine and is a quilt as you go pattern.  The pillow on the table is my Charming Hexagon pillow pattern done in Tim Holtz fabrics.  My patterns are also available as an instant download in my Etsy shop.  

My friend Claire that now lives in Ridley Park, PA (formerly from Middlebury, IN), entered her Little Brown Bird quilt in the quilt festival and won an Honorable Mention ribbon.  

Congratulations Claire!!!!!

Pictured in front of the photo are (left to right) Theresa, me, and Gretchen.

Here is Claire's ribbon for Applique' Large Quilt.

This quilt was made by friend Kathy Downie  This is a memorial quilt to her Dad.  It's made from his jeans.

This is the grand prize winner.  The quilt is by Janet Stone from Overland Park, KS.

I apologize for not taking the photo of the maker.  This one may be a Di Ford pattern or maybe it was inspired by her work.

Here is another that I don't have information for.  There is something that I love about a quilt that repeats a block.  This is Ohio Stars with a plain alternate block.  

This one is made from hexagons (I think).  The ribbon was for machine quilting.

This quilt was interesting because the background carried out into the border with half square triangles, but the part of this that I really liked......

was the border.  Look at the little nine patches that make up the flowers and the four patches that look like buds.  

This quilt is a Dear Jane with solid triangles.  The maker lived in Rochester, IN.

Ahhhhhh   lunch.  You can't go to Shipshewana without having a cup of soup and an Amish pretzel at Jo-Jos Pretzels in the Davis Mercantile building.

I'll show the rest of the quilt festival in the next post.  Maybe by then I will have a photo of what I bought at the vendors.........

I want to thank all of you that left such wonderful comments on my last blog post and those of you that took the time to write personal emails.  I am truly touched at the response I got when I asked the question whether to blog or not.  Most everyone enjoys getting to know others through their blog posts while others said they learned a lot from bloggers that showed tutorials and explained the processes they go through when making different types of quilts.  Some said they like a story rather than just a photo and a hashtag.   I was thrilled to hear from bloggers I hadn't heard from in a long time and from new friends that I didn't know were reading.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  If you didn't receive a personal response from me, it means you are a no-reply comment blogger, and I had no way to reach you.  

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

To Blog, Or Not to Blog?

Happy June everyone!   I've received emails from several of you and have been asked in person (some of you have asked more than once - thank you and I sincerely mean it!), why I haven't been blogging and if everything is ok.  Thank you all for your concern.  I truly appreciate it.  Everything is just fine.  I've been really busy.   I have 47 draft blog posts in my drafts folder.  Writing this now feels a bit like when someone writes you a snail mail letter, and after so much time goes by you can't figure out how or where to even start. So I'll just jump in in the middle and fill in around the edges later!

I'm on Facebook some - maybe 2 or 3 times a week.  I hardly post there; that is just mostly to keep up with family for me.   I'm also on Instagram.  You can follow me there.   Instagram is so quick and easy to just post a quilt photo and a couple of words, and you're finished.  I think a lot of bloggers have gone that way just to save time.  A lot of the bloggers that I used to read regularly have stopped posting.  I enjoy reading blogs, but I also know what time is involved in taking the photos, editing them, and then writing a post.  I guess what I'm wondering is if those of you that see and read this would rather just see a photo once in awhile on Instagram, or would you rather read a blog post?  I miss the blogs that I used to read regularly, and I would like to know what you think.

I've published 7 patterns to date and have taught some classes and workshops on them.  I'll post photos from some of my workshops in a later post.  You can see my patterns in my Etsy shop here.

I have been trying to work my way through my stack of UFOs.  My daughter-in-laws Mother passed away in early February, and she was only 2 years older than I am.  So I thought maybe it was time I do something with all of the tops I've finished.  My thinking is that someone would be more likely to do something with them if they are actually finished rather than just a top.  So, I sent the larger quilts like the Bonnie Hunter mysteries to my favorite long arm quilter.  (I'll take photos and post later.)  The smaller ones that I think I can manage, I'm doing myself.

These 3 quilts were all quilted by me on my home machine (a Bernina 160).  The is a Kim Diehl pattern called Short and Sweet from her book Simple Charm.    Her pattern had petals around the outside of the quilt in the border, but this border stripe was in my stash so I used it.

This is Peppermint Twist from Jo Morton's book Remembrances.  This book has been out since 2007.  Doing a quick Google search, it is out of stock most places.  I did echo quilting around the center.  I really enjoy echo quilting.  Maybe it's because there is an imaginary quilting line to follow.  

This quilt is my own design.  I had the hexagons either left over from another project, or they could have been from a project I'd started that never saw the light of day.  The baskets are from the book When the Cold Wind Blows by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  This book is from 2008.  The baskets in my quilt finish at 3" and are the result of staying up too late at a quilt retreat.  A lot of us were making the famous basket quilt called Trick or Treat from the book.  As I remember it, the quilt has 300 or so baskets that finish at 5".  Someone thought it would be a good idea to downsize them to finish at 3".......and I was too tired to think straight.  I did the 3" baskets you see in the quilt below and stopped.  My 5" baskets are still in a baggie waiting to be sewn into a top.  I haven't counted them, but I didn't come close to the 300 baskets in the book.  

I drew the basket, made some stems and leaves and then added the hexagon flowers.  I did echo quilting around this center block.  I try to keep with the Dear Jane motto, "Finished is better than perfect."

My favorite books on machine quilting are Heirloom Machine Quilting by Harriet Hargrave and the Shape by Shape books by Angela Walters.  I think the best way to do machine quilting is just to "go for it".  It's like learning anything:  the best way is to just practice.

I hope you will answer my question:  To blog or not to blog?  You can leave a comment below or email me at lakrug@comcast.net

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

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