Monday, August 22, 2016

Currently...

Sewing these blocks for the swap hosted by Barb.

Considering what to read after finishing this and this.

Looking for a new series to watch now that the Olympics are over and it could be months if not years before the next season of Outlander.

Contemplating the border situation on this quilt...

Listening to the dogs snoring.

Packing lunches again every day for school (for the last year.)

Cheering for these runners...

Feeling really sore and not sure why my back hurts so much.

Waiting for football season to start and hoping my Saints don't break my heart again this year.

Wondering what this will become...

But mostly just

Missing this girl more than words can say...


Sunday, August 21, 2016

The winner is...



And the winner of the download pattern is...
The original is my favorite, because it so clearly shows the double pattern. I'd love to have the tablerunner for my table, too!
Check out her fun blog HERE.  She's sharing some cool stuff over there!

If you would like to purchase the pattern, it can be found HERE.
I'll be back soon with an update on what I've been doing in an attempt to cope with missing my college freshman. It's been a rough week around here. Sniffle.
Thanks again for all who played along!
Diane

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dorm Quilts


It seems like just yesterday that I offered to make coordinating quilts for the girls' dorm room for this year. And off we went to the local quilt shop to choose fabrics.


Okay, so maybe it was only a couple of weeks ago. But it's been a whirlwind and the quilts are finished and these girls are ready to start their freshman year! How stinking cute are they?!


Kelly wanted a disappearing nine patch quilt with lots of purple. She chose the purple border fabrics and I used solids from my stash.


Tanner wanted more aqua in her quilt and she found a photo of these blocks in a book. It had no pattern but was easy enough to draft one. I simply stacked the fabrics and cut them, then resewed alternating the fabrics. My local guild actually liked this so much I'm teaching the method in a workshop next week. 


When quilts are going off to college, it's never a bad idea to quilt a name into them. This is a lot harder to remove than a label. I don't expect anyone would take it, but if it does get misplaced, it'll be easy enough to identify!


The quilts have matching backings so that the girls can flip them over and have matching spreads if they want to change up the look. I had fun making them and I sure hope they have sweet dreams while sleeping under them.

Making the quilts was the easy part of this whole transition for me, saying goodbye to my best friend is going to be a lot harder. Luckily, she'll only be 90 minutes away and I know she will have a wonderful time. I'm bringing lots of tissue for the car ride home. And I can't even think about next year, when I'll be sending all three off to college. I would be happy to take any advise and comfort you might want to offer.

Diane

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Spring Cleaning in August


The Give Away has closed, thanks for playing!

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Spring Cleaning is the name of the quilt that I made years ago and that sort of started this whole crazy 'quilting business' for me. I made it as an attempt at cleaning out my scrap basket one year and then it hung in the local quilt show the next year. The following year, while I was at retreat, a friend had a sketch of it and was trying to make it. I wrote up the instructions for her and she was thrilled. She said I should write patterns...and the rest as they say, is history.


You can see the mini version I made here.

I'll be teaching this quilt in one of my workshops next month and thought that it would be fun to make a table runner version. It's a great block to make when teaching strip cutting, strip piecing, pinwheel pressing, and pinless perfect patchwork. It really is a good basic skill builder. Most people are terrified when they see those one inch finished squares, but they really are easy and impressive with just a little bit of practice.



I asked for opinions on setting options on Facebook. Nothing like Facebook to get opinions from a zillion folks in less than a minute. Thank you! I love the feedback. I actually went with the consensus even though I had planned to set it like the original quilt.


And then I used the collage setting on Instagram to make instant quilts from a photo of just four blocks. Talk about instafun! If only sewing were that speedy!



So now I have a table runner version to take with me, and I might not even quilt it, so that the seams on the back can be studied up close. I think it really helps to see what is going on with the seams before you start your own. But it will get quilted eventually because I want to put it on my table. I really like it.

Which version is your favorite? The original, the mini, or the table runner? Let me know and I'll choose a winner next Sunday to receive a free digital copy of the pattern.

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Just a slice of Peppermint Pie


I made a little table runner last week. I wanted to make some table runner samples of some of the quilts in my book. It's easier to mail these samples to guilds. I can teach the techniques in the workshops and the quilters can choose if they want to do the little version or the big one!


This little table runner uses the blocks from Peppermint Pie. I added the scraps to the label. This table runner uses all of the skills needed to make the big quilt, without all the commitment (and zero calories!) 

What do you think?
Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 Mystery Quilt Reveal


Here it is! I hope you like the final result! I hope you have had as much fun sewing this quilt as I have had sewing and sharing it. The original inspiration came from floor tiles at my local printer, and when I went back to get a better photo of them last week, they had redone the floor! Seriously, they didn't ask my permission for that. The nerve. LOL


I added a 3 1/2" border on all sides, but your quilt may not need borders. It's up to you! I then quilted it using a curved ruler (tutorial coming soon!) and used leftover brown strips for a scrappy binding. 

Because the blocks finish at 9", the quilt size before borders is 54" x 72". After I added my borders, the quilt is 60" x 78". A perfect size for a single bed. If you would like to make borders like mine the instructions are below.



Assembling the quilt:

The blocks from the last step are set in six rows of eight. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together. Use care when joining the blocks to ensure the seams match up, especially on the small squares, as they will create a circle where the blocks join. 

Adding Borders:

Cut two strips 3 1/2" wide by 72" long.
Cut two strips 3 1/2" wide by 60" long.

Sew the two longer borders to each of the longer sides of the block unit.
Sew the two remaining strips to the two remaining sides of the quilt top.
Press the seams toward the borders.

Binding the Quilt:

Sew remaining strips or cut strips (I always use strips that are 2" wide, but use whichever width you are comfortable with) and piece them to make a binding at least 276" long. Press the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and roll it to keep it tidy. Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, one quarter of an inch away from the edge. Join the ends as shown HERE and fold the binding over the edges to the back of the quilt. Whip stitch down by hand or machine.


The complete Mystery Quilt Pattern with all the steps and photos is available for free download HERE. 

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mug Rug of the Month on Craftsy



My Mug Rug of the Month series on Craftsy is a fun checkerboard version of the old 'strip set sewn into a tube' method. I also changed it up a bit by using rectangles instead of squares. It includes step by step photos and instructions, including how I press...


It's a fun little project if you are looking for quick results. It's also a great block to use with any size strips, make a bunch for cheerful quilt.

I hope you enjoy this one!
Diane
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