Monday, February 16, 2015

Tutorial: Fast and Easy Half Rectangle Triangles

This is my new favorite way to make half rectangle triangles (HRTs). Using the Recs Tool by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman makes it so fast and easy. The tool is etched with markings to make several sized blocks. For this tutorial, I'm making the 6 1/2" sized block.

1) Cut a 6 1/2" strip

2) Cut out pieces using the Recs Tool

3) Rotate Recs tool and cut another piece

4) Continue cutting down the strip until you have as many pieces as you need.

5) Choose two pieces with contrasting colors or value

6) Sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Use the snipped angle for alignment.

7) Press seams open

8) Trim and your block is done. So easy! : )

Sunday Sail quilt in progress

Make a bunch more you will have a fun HRT project before you know it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mood Board: Black and White

I'm looking for black and white fabrics. More white than black please. Something a little bit sketchy, a little bit quirky, throw in some text, a classic dot and a smidgen of unexpected color. Yes! That's it!!

  1. Small gingham. Riley Blake
  2. Dress me playground, Dear Stella
  3. Honeycomb dots, Riley Blake
  4. Petite plus, Rashida Coleman Hale
  5. Small spots, Robert Kaufman
  6. Calendar grid, Ampersand Design Studio
  7. Crisscross, Ann Kelle
  8. Songbirds, Alyssa Thomas
  9. Tiger Stripes, Alexia Marcella Abegg
  10. Crosshatch, Carolyn Friedlander
  11. Beatrice Weave, Michael Miller
  12. Numbers, Ampersand Design Studio
   Fabrics found at Hawthorne Threads

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Halfway done and oops!

While I was sewing the other day, I had a sinking feeling that something was not quite right. I was halfway through piecing this quilt top when I realized that I sewed it wrong. Well not technically wrong, just not the way I had planned. The first photo (above) is the original plan. The second photo (below) is what I sewed together.

I remembered that I was going to group the "boats" by color and print, which I think looks really cool in mass. Somehow when I got to sewing, I only grouped by color. Still cool, but much more scattered and patchworky and less deliberate feeling. I was fond of the deliberate this time.

I'm going to keep going, but I might have to make two quilts now because the original idea is kind of a nag. Maybe nagging in a good way though.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Now available: Happy Kelp and Tidal Lace

Happy Kelp Quilt, Photo by Danielle Collins

Some of you may remember this quilt from the Tidal Lace blog hop. We were celebrating the debut fabric collection Tidal Lace by my friend Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Well guess what? The fabric and the quilt pattern are now officially available!!!

quilting detail

Now you can make your own version of Happy Kelp! For my sample quilt, I chose the starlight print in aqua for a watery feeling background, then I chose twelve more fabrics from the collection that would pop off that pretty blue color. Here is a breakdown of my fabric palette...

  1. Tide Pool in Ocean
  2. Solid in Blush
  3. Sea Gems in white
  4. Tidal Lace in coral
  5. Starlight in coral
  6. Shimmer in aqua
  7. Solid in Deep Sea
  8. Sea Gems in sand
  9. Tide Pool in seafoam
  10. Starlight in coral
  11. Shimmer in coral
  12. Starlight in seafoam
  13. Starlight in aqua (background)

background fabric

Happy Kelp uses curved piecing to capture the sea in a graphic and playful way. The pattern includes templates, full color diagrams, a coloring page and four additional size options (baby, twin, queen and king).

-Kits and printed patterns available at Keepsake Quilting
-PDF patterns available here

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fall Forest QAL-Finished

My second Fall Forest quilt is finished and hot out of the dryer. Before I show you the big reveal, I wanted to update you on the possible color bleed issue. I used two Shout ColorCatcher sheets in the washing machine as a precaution. The used color catcher sheets had a slight tint to them after the wash cycle, but there was no color bleed on my quilt. The ColorCatchers did their job by catching and holding any loose dye. I don't know if the dye came from the quilt top or the flannel backing. The backing was pre-washed, but it could have come from either.

The dense quilted swirls have such a wonderful texture after they've been washed. They are also very forgiving. The quilting doesn't have to be perfect (mine most definitely is not) and it still looks good. It does use a lot of thread. I opened a brand new spool of Aurifil to start piecing this quilt and after quilting it's almost empty. I think I used about 8 bobbins for the quilting.

Name: Winter Forest
Size: 50" x 70"
Materials: Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman in poppy, watermelon, pickle, wasabi, celestial, capri, azure, pepper, steel, shadow and white. Quilters Linen by Robert Kaufman in chocolate. Kits available at The Intrepid Thread
Quilting: Free motion swirls all over in Aurifil #2024

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