A girl with a squirrel on her head

PictureWall2

 

I’m missing a girl with a squirrel on her head for the middle block. I have fabric on order and am hoping it arrives by the end of the week. The finished size of this piece is going to be approx. 45″ x 36″, the “photos” are 7 & 1/2″ square, 10 & 1/2″ with the frames. I want to quilt the negative spaces but don’t want it to take away from the “pictures”.

Not much else going on, I just needed a little hiatus from sewing and blogging. 😀

 

Picture Wall: progress report 2

Picture Wall Progress Photo 2

 

I think some had a problem envisioning what this quilt would look like, I hope I have enough here to give you a good idea. You can also see why I chose plum colours to offset the feature fabrics and how they really pop.

I’m really enjoying putting this quilt together and so far, it’s my favorite. So much so, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and cut into my treasured Tula Pink out of print fabric, Plume!

I’m not quite sure how big I’m going to grow this pattern, I’m going to keep going until I run out of fabric. 😀

Picture Wall in progress

The little star units were quick and easy to whip up, the joining blocks even quicker.

Picture Wall 1

I’m planning to use Tula Pink’s Parisville Cameo in Sky for the focus fabric. I chose the dark purple because it would be a strong contrast with the feature fabric and the lighter purple as the wall colour which wouldn’t take away from the focus.

As a reminder, here’s the block breakkdown:

Picture Wall Block Breakdown

And here’s the quilt layout:

Picture Wall Quilt BreakdownThe quilt is very easy to put together, just as easy as a traditional log cabin. This is an original quilt pattern designed by me. If you choose to make it and share on social media, a credit would be greatly appreciated. Sale of this quilt pattern without permission is prohibited by copyright law.

Have a great weekend and keep stitchin’!

Flower Power pieced

I won’t lie, I unpicked a lot of stitches today but the flowers are all pieced together!

Flower Power PiecedThe larger squares are actually 4 & 3/4″, not the 5″ I thought they’d be, I inserted them *after* I had the flowers connected to the diamonds, it just seemed to work better. I now have to figure out how I’m going piece the edges. I’m thinking of sewing squares onto the end of each flower, trimming the edges flush with the diamonds and filling in the corners. I suppose I could also make it hexagonal or stepped. Round would be awesome as well.

This is how the quilt would look if placed horizontally.

Flower Power Horizontal

If you have any questions, fire away!

This week’s TGIFF is being hosted at Dreaming in Patchwork.

Sewing Flower Power

I know that there are at least two people who are interested in giving Flower Power a try and I thought I’d post some tips to help match and sew y-seams.

I start creating a flower by sewing the 3″ side of the 4 tumbler sections onto the 3″ x 3″ square, leave a 1/4″ seam allowance on all sides.  I draw a 1/4″ seam allowance on the 3″ squares and triangles, this helps when matching points. ** Reduce your stitch length to approximately 1.8mm when sewing bias seams **.

When inserting your diamond piece between the tumblers, your first seam needs to start at the center sewing out toward the edge. I use a pin and drop of Elmer’s School Glue (washable!) then press to secure so it doesn’t shift.

Gluing Points

I’m using Elmer’s CLEAR School Glue

Set glue with an iron.

Set glue with an iron.

Sew the first seam from the center out to the edge.

Sew the first seam from the center out to the edge. I always backstitch y-seams!!

Stop your seam 1/4″ from the edge and backstitch. Pivot your diamond piece and start your second y-seam a 1/4″ from the outside edge (no glue necessary).

Sometimes I use a pin to ensure the edges stay in line.

Sometimes I use a pin to ensure the edges stay in line.

Finished Y-Seam

Finished Y-Seam

Pressed Y-Seams

I press all seams toward the darker fabric. As you can see above, I sewed all four diamonds onto this block, oops! I really didn’t think everything through and have to remove a diamond from each block in order to sew them to each other.

I have all my flowers sewn and am in the process of joining them together, will post an update tomorrow.

Flower Power

Groovy Flowers 2

I started sewing half square triangles for my Rainbow Conveyor but Flower Power was calling my name. I started by cutting out 5″ tumblers and 3″x3″ squares. I traced my tumbler pattern onto a piece of graph paper from which I created a plastic template.

Groovy Templates

The blocks went together easily using y-seams. Yes, I know many of you fear them but they’re really not very difficult. I suppose you could turn the wonky diamond into a wonky triangle.

Groovy Orange Flower

Here’s the block breakdown:

Flower Power Breakdown

Oh, and my new favorite colour palette. I hope you give it a try.

Flower Power

 

This is an original quilt pattern designed by me. If you choose to make it and share on social media, a credit would be greatly appreciated. Sale of this quilt pattern without permission is prohibited by copyright law.

Rainbow Conveyor Row 2

Rainbow Conveyor Row V2

I managed to get another row completed on my Rainbow Conveyor Quilt pattern, I’m very pleased with how it’s going together. When I first started work on this, I had run out of starch — it really makes a difference, I can’t stress that enough. If you aren’t starching your fabrics before cutting, you end up with a lot of frayed edges, it also makes it difficult to match seams.

Can you guess which column didn’t benefit from a good starching?

I wish I could get a better photo but it’s raining and gloomy out today.