So...I actually made this quilt top...let me see now...I think two years ago. Honestly, the top has been hanging around so long, I can't remember when I made it....jeez. So it's the perfect "let's experiment with rulers" while free motion quilting. I started on it in December and was making pretty good time with it until...
If you enjoy making half-square triangle blocks this is definitely the pattern for you....classic mosaic blocks given a sleek contemporary look with modern prints.
This Antique Mosaic block quilt has twelve unique blocks using half-square triangles to form each pattern.
Well goodness, it's been forever since my last post. I find my self in a conundrum. I want to keep the site up to date with my latest quilting projects and I want to quilt. Guess which one is winning?
Over the years, I've used borders in a variety of ways. Even if you do not design your own quilts, Finishing School Better Borders with Winnie Fleming (affiliate link) does an excellent video job of explaining the various borders and the best ways to measure so that they lay properly for your quilt top.
Free-Motion Quilting Essentials with Christina Cameli is a fabulous course to consider if you are just starting out with free-motion quilting. Christina covers all the basics for those just starting out.
Delightful Stars is finally finished.
Continuing the quilting...
Continuing the quilting…
In my continuing quest to conquer thread tension on my Gammill Charm aka Tasha, I stopped by Cut Up and Quilt to chat with Jade. They have two Gammill Statlers and Jade is their expert. Her observations/recommendations:
First, don’t thread your machine as instructed in the manual. Below are adjustments I made to my Charm based on her recommendations and how she threads the two Statlers.
Pretension knob: thread clockwise around the pretension knob. Note there is NO twisting of the thread as it comes back through the eyelet.
Still plugging away on the blocks.
I finished stitching in the ditch which, thankfully, eliminated the majority of Pinmoors. Because of the density of my pin basting and the size of the quilt, managing the quilt without the Pinmoors catching on each other and popping off has been a challenge. However, the pins stayed on and I managed not to draw blood…ha. The quality of pics while the quilt is still on the quilting table is not that great. So I’ve decided to lessen the number of times I pull this baby off the table to take pics by consolidating the lessons for posting my progress.
Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground hosts fabulous quilt-alongs each year on her facebook group, Aiming for Accuracy. Each quilt along emphasizes improving cutting and piecing techniques to improve quilting accuracy. Delightful Stars is the wonderful pattern she designed for her 2014 quilt along. I missed the beginning of the quilt along but purchased the pattern anyway late in 2014 after seeing what other members of the group were posting. I finished piecing the top in late July 2015. I set it aside while I got caught up on other projects. I further held off until I felt confident I had finally mastered tension on my Gammill Charm. That day has finally arrived and it’s time to baste and move forward with this baby.
This pattern is designed to honor military members for their service. The pattern treats the center star as one huge nine-patch block and goes together quickly.
I ran across the latest Celebrate Seuss at my favorite local quilt shop and just knew I had to have it! Since I’m a shade older than average-age Seuss fans, it seemed more appropriate to use it for my “grand” niece Maggie’s first birthday. This is definitely larger than your normal baby quilt but I wanted to make it a size she could “grow” into. I think every child goes through a Dr. Seuss phase particularly as they are learning to read. I remember reading most of these titles to my baby sister when she was Maggie’s age and then watching her read them to herself (although by then she pretty much had them memorized).
I love patterns with chain links…very modern looking with lots of open spaces for free motion quilting, a passion of mine. It looks complicated but is definitely one of those patterns that is easier than it looks.
Looking back on 2015…
Fabric: In 2014 I worked on reducing my Christmas fabric stash. 2015 became the year of batik. I love batik! With the exception of Patches and Starshine, all the quilts scrolling above were done with batiks. You can click on the images to see more detail about each quilt.
Honestly it’s not realistic to think I can actually reduce my batik stash because I can’t seem to stop buying it. It will always be my first go to fabric for my projects.
Pattern designs: This is the first year I delved into actually trying to sell my patterns on Craftsy. My first pattern project, Charmed 3D, has done very well. Hip to be Square is still going gang busters. It definitely changed my mindset when designing them. What is clearly obvious to me, is not always so with the pattern recipient, which I’ve learned with one of my free offerings. It is a time-consuming process to write step-by-step instructions but does provide personal satisfaction when it’s done.
It was inevitable. I knew the next step in my quilting was to get a long arm. So I began my research with Bernina. After waiting patiently for the Q20 to be available locally, I attended a seminar for some hands on experience. Going with the Bernina had some advantages. Unlike other long arms it uses standard domestic sewing needles. Second, it can use the free motion feet I was using on my Bernina 820. It has two different built in stitch regulators. Those were great features and I would have loved to take advantage of them.
After watching Craftsy's Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine and Machine Quilting With Templates, it was time to get some hands on practice.
I recently enrolled in Amy Johnson's Craftsy class: Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine. Her class doesn't disappoint. It's chalk full of tips and tricks for using rulers with a domestic sewing machine.
I recently joined the Mini Quilt Mystery Club on Mishka's Playground. The club runs for six months and each month introduces a quilt pattern that finishes at 24".
I love taking antique quilt blocks and using them in a contemporary-styled quilt. The Kansas City Star Block used in this quilt was introduced in 1937.
Blocks 15 and 27
This basic two-block design is log-cabin like in structure and takes advantage of strip piecing to go together quickly.
Blocks 13 and 24
Blocks 11 and 20
Blocks 10, 16 and 26
This fun quilt pattern is made up of three different stars inter-weaved with an X block to provide the square border effect surrounding each star.
Blocks 4 and 17
This wonderful quilt design, "Cornered" is by Karen Burns at WarpedSpinster.com. It's a one-block quilt design and I enjoyed the process of building each block.
This pattern is charm pack friendly and a great beginner pattern for the novice quilter. I've included fabric requirements for crib, lap, twin, and queen sized quilts
April's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Patches I chose a Horizon by Kate Spain for Moda jelly roll for the foreground and Moda's Essential Dots in a light gray for the background color.
Blocks 5 and 7
Blocks 2 and 25
March's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Slice and Dice. I chose Hoffman's Coral and Denim Batik fat quarters for the foreground and a Hoffman Bali batik in white for the background color.
Blocks 9 and 12
February's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Cross Street. I chose Hoffman's Mercury Batik fat quarters for the foreground and an Anthology Chromatic Batik in a light peach for the background color.
I'm participating in Mishka's Playground Aiming For Accuracy Quilt Along for 2015. Our first task is to select and prepare our fabric for the first block lesson due out on March 7th.
Moda's Luck of the Irish, the classic Irish chain, was our January CUAQ Therapy challenge. I used Hoffman's River Rock batik bali pop with Anthology Chromatic batiks for the center chain and background. Then I feathered away....
This Baby is finally done. This my second quilt-as-you-go King carpenter star. The first time I chose to quilt the center star and ring as one piece and then add the remaining rings one at a time and quilt. This time I decided to divide the entire top into thirds and quilt. The second time is the charm! It was much much easier to quilt and there were fewer puckers to hide. Quilt as you go is not my first choice for a quilt but it is definitely doable for a quilt of this size. I chose to use it as a bedspread for my queen bed in the guest room. I’m very happy with the look.
Goodness, it’s been almost two months since I’ve been free to work on this baby. I thought today I’d cover some of the challenges involved using the quilt-as-you-go method on a king-size quilt.
I’m a strong advocate for stitching in the ditch before any free motion quilting begins. It reduces layer shifting to the size of a block and really cuts down the “pucker” factor. I think it’s particularly important with the quilt-as-you-go method. I’m a very heavy-handed quilter and I’ve learner that the more I quilt, the more the quilt shrinks. Stitching in the ditch doesn’t eliminate the shrinkage but it does help reduce it. Unfortunately, stitching in the ditch becomes somewhat difficult with a quilt of this size, even though I’ve divided it in thirds. I’m fortunate to own a Bernina 820 (bury me with it please) and it has a whopping 12-inch throat.
This pattern redesign is based on original YouTube video: The Falling Triangles Quilt: Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! By Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I made it. I must say by November I was getting a little tired of Christmas fabrics. I’ve accomplished several goals with this year’s challenge. First, I can now close my Christmas bin (see pic). Second, I will think twice about buying any more Christmas fabric. Frankly, these quilts, simple as they are, were still a lot of work for a quilt that will be displayed several weeks a year. And finally, doing this many quilts allowed me to experiment with free motion quilting and has really improved my confidence and skills.
I actually manage to make my goal of 12 Christmas quilts this year...phew! I can now close the Christmas bin. But believe it or not I still have enough left to make more quilts.
I chose to use Moda's Basic Grey Grunge line for Cut Up and Quilt's December CUAQ Therapy challenge, Modern Star by Moda.
I got great satisfaction making my first Quilt of Valor this summer. Missouri Star Quilt's The Disappearing Hourglass Quilt- Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! is a fabulous pattern for that project.
When I first saw Jenny Doan's The Falling Triangles Quilt: Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! on YouTube, I fell in love with the pattern. I love the effect of floating squares.
Yes...again! I've been making baby quilts lately and have enough scraps left over for an Arkansas Crossroads baby quilt. Looking back, I've made a throw size, two queen size, and now a baby size will be in the works. Clearly I'm attracted to this pattern.
Wow...well let me just start out with my summary: I love The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting and I love Christina Cameli's teaching style!