Fractured Prep

I know I said last week that paper piecing wastes a lot of fabric, BUT… I’ve decided to make my own “Fractured” quilt using Displacement Activity’s paper piecing tutorial.

Instead of using regular paper, I’ve decided to use tracing paper, it’s transparent so I can see the lines on both sides and thin for easier paper removal, two very huge benefits. It’s not very expensive either, $3 for a pad.

Fractured Paper Piece

I don’t know if all tracing paper is like this (I don’t think so), it has a rough(ish) side and a smooth side. The smooth side will be up and the rough(ish) side will be against the fabric.

I haven’t decided on a colour palette yet– yellows and blues? I think I’ll make it larger than the original which is 36″ x 36″, I may also offset the burst so it’s not in the middle of the quilt but rather one corner.

What are you up to this weekend?

Flower stars





I didn’t sew a stitch today but I did a lot of starching, pressing, cutting and rearranging for a new quilt idea. It will be made of Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill, some solids and maybe even some Tula Pink. Sewing tomorrow! This last one is my favorite so far…  Which one is your favorite?


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If you’re blogging, you’re not sewing!

My hands have been busy with hand quilting and sewing and I finally used Gracie Queen quilt frame and Juki TL-2000 Qi but sadly no updated photos yet. It’s been snowing here for a number of days, grey and wet so I have nowhere to take pictures.

What I’ve been up to:

  • Modern Mable  hand quilting complete, I just started putting the binding on today.
  • Parcheesie has finally been bound and ready for it’s new home with my Mom!
  • Chicopee Log Cabin is quilted and waiting for binding. I had some tension problems so there’s loops on the back, it’ll be living on our bed.
  • Les Fleurs Bleu is partially quilted and needs binding.
  • Birds & Berries was quilted on the Gracie Queen frame and I screwed it up so I need to rip out all the quilting!!
  • Star Blossoms is one of my favorite quilts, I don’t have backing fabric for it yet.
  • Oh Deer! doesn’t have a backing yet either.

What’s New?

  • I purchased my first wool batting and I’m so excited to try it out! It’s Hobb’s Tuscany Wool and oh so soft and spongy.
  • I joined my first Flickr Bee, Simply Solids: A Modern {Bee}, looking forward to sending out blocks and choosing one myself!
  • Signed up for “Lucky Stars” paper piecing block of the month.

On the back burner is “Constellation” from Quilter’s Academy Vol.4.

I guess I’ve been busier than I thought!! Happy 2013!




Finished: Modern Mabel quilt top

Modern Mabel Quilt TopModern Mabel Quilt Top

I really love how this quilt has come together, it’s a very simple layout and the hand stitching will be very simple as well. Each of my blocks finish at 10″ with 4″ sashing on each side, the final dimensions for this quilt are 60″ wide by 74″ long, a great size for a twin bed or lap quilt. I have to thank Sharon Schamber for teaching me a whole new way of accurate piecing, I used this video to create the stars and my Grandmother’s quilt for inspiration.  If you’re interested in trying a y-seam star, you don’t need a lot of fabric and if you’ve done some garment sewing, it’s not difficult at all.

I’m not sure what my next project will be but I have to quilt some quilts before I make another quilt top!

I have a few ideas for my next quilt top, last weekend I signed up for the Craftsy class, Scrap Quilting: Big Techniques From Small Scraps taught by Australian quilter Sarah Fielke. She demonstrates a technique I’d never heard of before called Step Down Piecing which looks like fun.

Another pattern I’m really attracted to is “Snow Crystals” I discovered in the book “Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4“.

Snow Crystals

Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4

This is an excellent book if you’re looking for a real challenge and where I found this block. I’ve since ordered Vol.s 2 and 3 as well. Volume 4 focuses on sewing hexagons, stars and diamonds. It was a complete fluke that I found this book, it was recommended by Amazon for me.  Be forewarned, this book does not hold your hand step-by-step but there are a lot of great patterns I’ve wanted to try for awhile. I’m looking forward to building my quilting skills!
Stars Aplenty

Twinkle, twinkle, I finished my stars!

I just finished my last four stars this morning for a total of 20!

Y-Seam 8-point star block




There are many more experiments I want to attempt with this technique but for now, I need to sash these with wide 4″ strips and am planning to hand quilt like my Grandmother did. I made 4 of each blue, green orange, pink and purple, mostly with Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I’m going to back this with flannel, a small blue houndstooth pattern. I wasn’t able to find a blue rose flannel print like the original.

After I finish this project, I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted before I start anything new!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Patches upon patches

Jelly roll patches

It’s official, I’m tired of making patches, 4-patch and 16-patch blocks. Sick of them really. After I complete this quilt, I’ll be happy to leave patches in the dust for a long time. I also feel like I’ve been working on this quilt FOREVER, I first posted about it on the 21st and I’ve been working on it every day!

However, I do like the way this quilt is coming along, it’s bigger than I thought it would be even though I decided to make 12 blocks, not 20. Each block is 20″ square (finished) and the sashing is 4″ wide so completed it’ll be 68″ x 96″.

I was thinking of trying curves next. 😀

Actually, I really need to get some quilt tops competed and quilted!!

Have a great weekend, hopefully I’ll finish this by Monday. Do you have project that just won’t end?

Starching the Jelly Roll

Since studying Sharon Schamber’s tutorials, I starch all my fabrics at least twice before cutting. Fabric is more manageable and less likely to stretch. Prior to using starch, my blocks were never square and often needed a lot of prodding and fudging to square up.

I’m currently working on a new quilt using two jelly rolls of Oh Deer! by MoMo and Kona Snow yardage. I’m starching each and every jelly roll strip twice, does anyone else do this? The finished size will be 80″ x 80″ without borders.

Other techniques I’m using to ensure straight blocks include:

  1. Glueing long and bias seams with Elmer’s School Glue and heat setting prior to sewing;
  2. Wetting seams with water using a paint brush and pressing to make them ultra flat;
  3. Truing up each and every 4-block, all 320 of them. It takes a little longer but I’m trusting that my quilt will be square;
  4. Pressing with a dry iron.

I started using commercial starch but at $4.00 per can and using 1 can every 3 to 4 days, it’s just too expensive! Yesterday I made my own mixing 2 heaping table spoons of starch in one pint of water. It sometimes leaves white splotches on the fabric but will wash out in the laundry so it really isn’t a big deal.

Do you use any special techniques to make your blocks come out perfect??

My husband and I are still wrestling with the Gracie Queen quilting frame, hopefully we’ll have the bugs worked out soon!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced