Saturday, February 18, 2017

Planning My Escape


My daughter and I are going to take our first ever 'girls only' trip for her Spring Break next month. She wanted to go on a road trip with friends but those plans fell through so I offered to take her anywhere that Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta. Being the avid Harry Potter fan that she is, she chose London almost instantaneously.  I haven't been there since before I had her, so I am due for a return trip for sure! We have the hotel booked (and it's only blocks from Liberty!!)


We plan to do the Harry Potter studio tour, of course, and we plan to visit all the necessary historical sights (I'm slightly delirious about this because I have spent YEARS reading everything I can about Henry the 8th and various other historical figures!)


And we plan to do the typical touristy things, as well as the things my horse-loving girl will enjoy.


There will obviously be a visit to Liberty...


I would welcome any suggestions you may have for two girls who love history, quilts, horses and Harry Potter. You can leave info in the comments or click on the 'contact' tab on the website and message me personally.

Thanks in advance!

Diane

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest Blog Hop

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Welcome to my stop on The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest by Felicia T. Brenoe blog hop. When asked if I wanted to participate, I really felt like there was no way I couldn't play along given the name of the book and the name of my blog...it was like karma and fate all rolled into one!

 I've enjoyed spending some time reading the delightful stories Felicia shares, and the patterns are so appealing to me in ways that may not be as obvious to others. I found myself fascinated by her use of fabric in the borders and the creative sashings that really set the blocks apart in a way that lets them shine!
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And these placemats are so charming, I just may have to stitch up a few of these!

 C&T is giving away a copy of this beautiful book to a lucky winner at each stop on the blog hop. So be sure to check out all of the other posts about this book on these blogs:

Friday February 10th  C&T Publishing   http://www.ctpub.com/blog/




Thursday February 16th Janome  http://www.janome.com/en/blog/



Monday February 20th Pat Loan  http://blog.patsloan.com/

Tuesday February 21st – Felicia’s World www.feliciasworld.com

Leave a comment telling me if you've every put a butterfly on one of your quilts, and I'll choose a winner on the 21st. This is open to winners world wide but those outside of the US will get an ebook version.

Good luck!
Diane

Monday, February 13, 2017

Selvage Weekend


I had pressed and sorted some selvages by color on my retreat not long ago. I then rolled them up to keep them under control. This weekend I finally unrolled them and started sewing. I am making blocks by color. I love how fast these go together once you start stitching. 

 
This past week at Tiny Stitches I got to see quite a few fun quilts from my book coming together. I actually remembered to snap a photo of this version of Paper Chain. I love how Judy used a beautiful rainbow of colors to create her chains.


Pam finished up this gorgeous patriotic version of Fusion. She's going to gift it to a retired military family member. I am so impressed with what a wonderful job she and Judy both did on their quilts. It makes me smile to see my designs come to life in new variations and colors!

Have a wonderful week!
Diane

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sharing Love Through Quilts



It was brought to my attention in the past week or so that a quilt block I designed is being used to share love through quilting. You can read the whole story about it at the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild HERE.

I'll be honest, this brought tears to my eyes. I can't begin to explain how my heart felt when I realized a little block I shared two years ago, just for the fun of sharing it, has been embraced by a group of quilters for such a loving cause. And I've immensely enjoyed all of the photos posted on social media containing this block in all it's variations.

Sometimes quilting is SO MUCH BIGGER than the fabric, the stitches, and even the quilters. It can be so much more than we ever imagined. And for that, my heart is so thankful.

My all our stitches show love and compassion, in small and large ways, and in ways we never could have predicted.

Diane


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Retreat Quilt

Finished quilt 49" square

While on retreat with Tiny Stitches last month, one of the first things we did was to test our 1/4" seam allowance. Each quilter was given three sets of strips to sew together. We were able to diagnose problems before we started the project quilt and avoid some frustration. I like to do this on retreat or in classes because many folks don't realize their travel machine has a different quarter inch than their home machine. Tiny differences add up quickly when sewing lots of seams. I'll have this pattern available free of charge at Tiny Stitches within the next week. If you can't wait, you can print this version.

Supplies needed:

9 assorted fabrics- 1/4 yd (fat quarters will work)
Sashing Fabric- 1/2 yd
Border Fabric- 3/4 yd
Batting- 57" x 57"
Backing- 3 1/4 yds
Binding Fabric- 1/2 yd

Cutting Instructions:

9 assorted fabrics-
cut 48 strips 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" from each fabric

Sashing fabric- 
cut 6 strips 1 1/2" x 38 1/2"
cut 6 strips 1 1/2" x 12 1/2"
cut 4 strips 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
cut 4 strips 1 1/2" x  4 1/2"

Border fabric-
Cut 4 strips 4 1/2" x 38 1/2"
Cut four square 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Binding fabric-
Cut 5 strips 2 " x WOF

Sewing Instructions:

Sewing the blocks-
Sew the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips together lengthwise into sets of three.
Press the seams either direction.
Sew these units into four rows of four. Sew the rows together to make a 12 1/2" block.
Press and trim to 12 1/2" if needed.
Make 9 blocks.

Sewing the borders-
Sew a 1 1/2" x 38 1/2" sashing strip to a 4 1/2" x 38 1/2" border strip.
Press toward the border strip.
Make 4 borders.

Sewing the corner blocks-
Sew a 1 1/2'' x 4 1/2'' sashing strip to a 4 1/2'' border square.
Press toward the border square.
Sew a  1 1/2'' x 5 1/2'' sashing strip to the side of this unit.
Press toward the sashing strip.
Make 4 corner blocks.

Sewing the binding-
Sew the binding strips together end to end.
Press lengthwise (wrong sides together).

Assembling the quilt top:

Arrange the blocks into three rows of three. Place a 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" sashing strip between the blocks in each row.
Sew the rows (block, sashing, block, sashing, block- as shown in the photo)
Press the seams toward the sashing strips.
Place a 1 1/2" x 38 1/2'' sashing strip between the rows. Sew the rows together with a sashing strip below the first row and below the second row. Press toward the sashing strips.
Sew a border with sashing strip to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Press toward the border units.
Sew a corner block to each end of the two remaining border units. Be careful to place them so that the sashing strips will appear as they do in the photo.
Sew these borders to each side of the quilt.
Press the quilt. Layer, baste and quilt as desired.
Bind the quilt.


Thanks again to everyone who participated in the retreat, you made a fun little quilt! I enjoyed putting it together and many thanks to Cheryl for quilting it!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Monday, February 6, 2017

Petit Quilts by Leslie J. Muir-Volpe


(Leslie with one of her larger quilts.)

I was lucky enough to experience the amazing (and amazingly small) work of a quilter from Maine last week. My local guild hosted her for a trunk show and workshop, and sadly I couldn't attend the workshop but I truly enjoyed her trunk show and chatting with her. She graciously gave me permission to share some of her work here.


She is a teacher by vocation and it's obvious because she is so well spoken and really presents her quilts and stories in such an engaging manner. I could have listened to her all day!


While her quilts are not technically miniatures, they are tiny! And they are charming!


One of her stories that many of us truly related to was her reluctance to embrace bright, modern fabrics after being addicted to reproductions for so many years. And now, like the rest of us, she loves quilting with both styles of fabric. She won't mix them in the same project however, she has her standards!


Her basket of possibilities is probably just as fascinating to me as her finished projects. I loved how organized these little bits of patchwork were, while waiting for their future homes in one of little masterpieces!


I would highly recommend her if your guild is looking for a wonderful teacher who will inspire you to 'go small'. She can be contacted here:

Leslie J. Muir-Volpe
PO Box 443 West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575.
Her email is the flyingfoxstudio@gmail.com  or leave a comment or email me if you would like her phone number.

Thanks for a day of inspiration Leslie!

Diane

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Free Pattern: Valentine Trio



(13.5"x 25.5")

Happy Valentine's Day friends!! I made this little wall hanging the other day for my front hall. I hadn't hung anything since I took the Christmas wall hanging down and it looked a little naked. I used the heart pattern I shared HERE minus the border strips.

To make this Valentine Trio wall hanging:

Make three heart blocks without the border strips. Then...

Cutting:

Cut 2 inner border strips 1 1/2" x 18 1/2".
Cut 2 inner border strips 1 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Cut 2 outer border strips 2" x 22 1/2".
Cut 2 outer border strips 2" x 13 1/2".
Cut 44 squares 1 1/2" from the white scraps.
Cut 4 squares 1 1/2" from red scraps.
Cut 4 rectangles 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" from red scraps.
Cut 16 rectangles 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" from the red scraps.

Sewing:

1. Sew the three heart blocks together into a row as shown.
2. Sew the  longer inner borders to the sides of the hearts as shown.
3. Sew the shorter inner borders to the top and bottom of the hearts as shown.
4. Sew 4 HST by layering the 1 1/2" red squares with white squares and sew a seam across the      diagonal. Trim away one side leaving a quarter inch seam allowance. Press open.
5. Sew a white 1 1/2" square to each end of the rectangles in the same manner. Trim away the excess and press open.
6. Sew 6 of the 3 1/2" units together end to end, adding a HST to each end as shown in the photo.
7. Make two of these and sew them to the sides of the hearts unit.
8. Sew 2 of the 3 1/2" units together end to end, adding a 2 1/2" unit to each end.
9. Make two of these and sew them to the top and bottom of the unit.
10. Sew the longer outer borders to the sides of the quilt. Sew the shorter outer borders to the top and bottom.

Finishing:

Layer, baste and quilt. Bind the quilt and add a sleeve for hanging.

This should be easy to finish before Valentine's Day. I would love to see a photo if you do decide to make your own. Or add it to Instagram using #Valentinetrio

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane
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