Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Feeling Thankful

Feeling thankful for each of you who has followed, commented, purchased, supported, sewn along and just made this whole journey so rewarding for me. Please visit my online shop for a 25% discount on all items (including kits, fabric, books, templates and patterns) by using the code THANKS at checkout.

If you are reading this, I'm THANKFUL for you!

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy shopping. Your support means more to me than I can express.

Diane

Thursday, November 10, 2022

A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 5

  


A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 5

It's time to put all the steps together into blocks! All the units for the blocks have been made and now we just need to sew them into 4 patches.

No Cutting needed for this step!


Arrange the units so that you can see what your blocks will look like, you can lay out the units from Steps 1-3. Play with the arrangement and see if there is something different you would like to try. Perhaps you want your darker squares running diagonally through the middle? Maybe you like the look of the small triangles facing the opposite direction? Take photos of each arrangement so you can flip through them and see what looks most interesting to you.

Sewing
For each block you will need the following:
Two units from Step 3 and two units from Step 4


Arrange the four patch/HST units and the squares with triangle units as shown above. Take care that every set is arranged the exact same way so that the chain is created in the final block.

  1. Sew a 4 patch /HST to a square with triangles, repeat with 2 matching units.
  2. Twirl one unit and sew it to the matching one, creating a four patch.
  3. Note that the seams will pinwheel press on the back the same way they did for the four patches in Step 1 and the 4 patch/ HST units.
  4. Press the block from the right side and repeat with the remaining two pairs.


Here is the number of block you will need to make for each size of the quilt:

Throw- make 24 

Twin- make 42 

Queen- make 64 

King- make 80 

Now snap some photos and share on social media using #2022amazedQAL #butterflythreadsquilting

Congratulations! You are ready for the next step when we will start arranging our blocks for the final layout!


Diane

Thursday, November 3, 2022

A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 4

 


A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 4

After an unexpected delay due to technical issues both real and imagined, we are back on track to continue these cute blocks! In Step 1 we made the four little four patches that run diagonally through the block. In Step 2 we made the HST (half square triangles)  that will get paired with the tiny four patches from step 1 in this step so that they will be ready to add to the units from Step 3 next time!

No Cutting needed for this step!


If you want a sneak peek at what your blocks will look like, you can lay out the units from Steps 1-3. Play with the arrangement and see if there is something different you would like to try. Perhaps you want your darker squares running diagonally through the middle? Maybe you like the look of the small triangles facing the opposite direction? Take photos of each arrangement so you can flip through them and see what looks most interesting to you.

Sewing
For each block you will need the following:
Four units of tiny four patches and four HST units.


Arrange the four patches and HST units as shown above. Take care that every set is arranged the exact same way so that the chain is created in the final block.

  1. Sew a 4 patch to a HST, repeat with the other three 4 patches and HST.
  2. Twirl one unit and sew it to the matching one, creating a four patch.
  3. Note that the seams will pinwheel press on the back the same way they did for the four patches in Step 1.
  4. Press the block from the right side and repeat with the remaining two pairs.



Here is the number of units you will need to make for each size of the quilt:

Throw- make 24 sets of 2.

Twin- make 42 sets of 2.

Queen- make 64 sets of 2.

King- make 80 sets of 2.

Now snap some photos and share on social media using #2022amazedQAL #butterflythreadsquilting

Congratulations! You are ready for the next step when we will start assembling our blocks!


Diane

Thursday, October 27, 2022

A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 3

 


A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 3

After an unexpected delay due to technical issues both real and imagined, we are back on track to continue these cute blocks! In Step 1 we made the four little four patches that run diagonally through the block. In Step 2 we made the HST (half square triangles)  that will eventually get paired with the tiny four patches. Now we need to make the other two square units in the block. 

Cutting
For each block you will need to cut the following:


Background- cut 2 squares 6 1/2" 
Corner triangles- cut 4 squares 3 1/2''

Sewing
For each block you will need to sew the following:


  1. Layer two small squares on opposite corners of a background square.
  2. Mark the diagonal line from corner to corner by drawing or pressing.
  3. Sew on the marked line of each corner square.
  4. Press the squares away from the center of the block, checking the edges line up.
  5. Trim away to two extra layers from under the pressed corner triangles.


Here is the number of units you will need to make for each size of the quilt:

Throw- make 24 sets of 2.

Twin- make 42 sets of 2.

Queen- make 64 sets of 2.

King- make 80 sets of 2.

NOTE: If you are making a scrappy version, you can make all of your units different or you can make sets of 2, or you can make sets of 2 that are all the same color combo but different fabrics. Make a few and arrange them different ways to see what you prefer.

Now snap some photos and share on social media using #2022amazedQAL #butterflythreadsquilting

Congratulations! You are ready for the next step when we will start assembling our blocks!


Diane



Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Niagara Falls Road Trip

We had a wonderful time on our road trip through TN, WV, PA, NY, MD, VA, NC and SC. Our first stop was to see family in TN. We never miss a chance to visit with this cutie!


Then we headed north on our way to NY and were stunned by the gorgeous fall color in WV and PA.

We stopped at Falling Water in PA to explore the woods and visit the iconic house built on the waterfall. The architecture and nature were both inspiring and we really enjoyed our visit.


The further north we headed the more spectacular the color got. It was hard to believe it could get prettier and then around every curve in the road, it somehow did.

We finally reached East Aurora NY and decided we couldn't be that close to Niagara Falls and NOT visit. So we spent a day enjoying both the NY and the Canadian side of the falls. The weather was sunny and cool and the leaves were putting on a show but the water was just so amazing. I can not describe how powerful and impressive the falls are. Nature sure is amazing. 


Then I spent two days teaching and visiting with the quilters of both the quilt guilds in East Aurora. I am always blown away by how kind and talented the quilters I meet truly are. I had a lovely visit and sold out of both books and fabric! Thanks so much for the support Morningstar Quilt Guild and Southtown Piecemakers Quilt Guild. 


I especially love it when quilters bring quilts made from my designs or sew alongs as show and tell. It's so fun to see them up close and hear the stories that go with them!


After a couple of days of teaching we headed down to Gettysburg, PA for some sight seeing. Chris and I both love history and enjoyed the presentations at the visitors center and then we did our own car tour of the battlefields following the recorded stories on the national parks app. What a wonderful way to experience such an emotional and somber location while learning some history! The weather was dark and gloomy and the clouds were ominous, it all seemed very fitting for learning about the devastating events that took place there.

Then we headed to Richmond, VA to visit my son! I miss him so much but it's always good to see his smiling face and spend some time enjoying each other. We had a amazing brunch with him and his sweetheart. And yes that is a cinnamon roll the size of a CAKE. And it was super delicious!

And then it was time for the last long leg of the trip home. I got lots of hand sewing hexies while we listened to books on tape and watched the miles pass by. We saw a bit more fall color coming home but autumn is just starting here in the south. 

It's good to be home and unpacking and getting settled in again. No more travel for us this year and that's just fine with me! It will give me time to start longarming the customer quilts that need to be ready for Christmas (I still have plenty of room on schedule if you want to send a quilt or two my way!)

I will also get the sew along back on track in the next couple of days so stay tuned for that!

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Friday, October 7, 2022

Still Confused...

Those of you that know me will not be surprised at all, but I'm still completely confused as to why Googly sent me all those warnings about setting up my 'workspace' account and paying a monthly fee for this blog that I've been using for free for a decade. The deadline came and went and there was no change. So it looks as though I'm safe for now and you will still find my ramblings and thoughts and quilts and whatever else seems worthy of sharing! So it's great big WHEW for now.


So the quilt along has obviously been interrupted due to the technical confusions. I will start back up with it in 2 weeks when I'm back from my trip to Buffalo! I'll be teaching at a couple of guilds in the area and we are making it a week long adventure with some stops to see kids and do a few tourist things along the way. I will be sharing our adventures on my Instagram and Facebook feeds as usual. 

Thanks so much for your patience and attempts to help me with all the online issues. Your comments and suggestions are always appreciated!

Diane

Thursday, September 22, 2022

CHANGES COMING SOON

I’m sorry to report that Google is now requiring payment for blogging and I’ve been unable to set up the payment system. I’ve spent hours trying and have others working on it as well.

It is possible I will be unable to update this blog soon and lose all of the information here. If you see something you want, download it now!!!


EDIT: Etsy situation has been resolved! whew!!!

My Etsy shop may also be frozen soon as they are requiring banking information that my bank isn’t compatible with providing. So that may be inaccessible to me as well. 

My sincerest apologies for any interruption and know that I’m trying my best to stay connected with you! 

I will post updates and information on Instagram and Facebook if it becomes necessary. Step 3 for the SewAlong may be delayed. I’m so very sorry!

Diane

Thursday, September 15, 2022

A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 2



 A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 2

This step we will make the half square triangles (HST) that appear next to the four patches from the last step. The finished size will be 3 1/2 inches. The method I'm sharing is the one I always use and is detailed in both of my books. You may use any method you prefer but the yardage required may be just a bit different. This method is very efficient and precise and requires no trimming or squaring up.

Cutting for HST using Triangle Ruler


It is very important that you begin with pressed fabrics! If you are using wrinkled fabrics, this method may not have the desired results. Press your fabric and layer it right sides together. I am cutting directly from the bolt in the photo above, the folded edge is shown.


I cut the strips 3 1/2". If you are cutting from yardage, you will get enough cuts for 5 blocks from one strip. 

Next cut the ends to create a clean cut for the triangles. The photo shows an Easy Angle ruler but there are many brands that will work. The key feature to look for is the flat edge at the top of the angle. If the ruler is pointed at the angle, it will not create the seam allowance needed and the triangles will be too small. Refer to the photo below as well for a better view. 

Cut along the angled edge of the ruler and then rotate the ruler so that the blunt angle is facing you. Cut along the flat side of the ruler. Repeat cutting and rotating the ruler for the entire length of the strips.

Note that each triangle cut will have one blunt angle and one pointed angle. (Just like the ruler.) This will allow the triangle to be the correct size and only one corner will have tiny points from the seam allowance that need to be trimmed.

Sewing and Pressing the HST



Sew the triangles (right sides together) along the long edge of the fabric using a quarter inch seam allowance. 

Press the triangle open with the seams toward the darker fabric. The unit is now 3 1/2" square and has only a small triangle of seam allowance to trim at one corner. If your unit is not the exact size, adjust your seam allowance as needed.


Chain piece the units and snip the thread after removing them from the machine.

Each block requires 4 half square triangles and this photo shows the amount of fabric trimmed away. Pretty efficient huh? I started using this method years ago and it's the only HST method I use now.

Here is the number of HST you will need to make for each size of the quilt:

Throw- make 24 sets of 4 HST.

Twin- make 42 sets of 4 HST.

Queen- make 64 sets of 4 HST.

King- make 80 sets of 4 HST.

NOTE: If you are making a scrappy version, you can make all of your units different or you can make sets of 4, or you can make sets of 4 that are all the same color combo but different fabrics. Make a few and arrange them different ways to see what you prefer.

Now snap some photos and share on social media using #2022amazedQAL #butterflythreadsquilting

Congratulations! You are ready for next week!


Diane




Thursday, September 8, 2022

2022 A'MAZE'D Quilt Along Step 1

 A'MAZE'D Quilt Along STEP 1

SCRAPPY VS. PLANNED

This pattern lends itself to scrappy or planned versions. We are basically choosing lights and darks. Fabrics A, C & E are light and Fabrics B, D & F are darks. But you could always reverse that if you choose. If you are undecided, I would recommend printing out the copy of the block and coloring it in with several different ideas. You could always just lay out the fabrics as well. Please note these pieces (except for Fabric A) are small and will appear as a solid or color so large scale prints wouldn’t be the best choice for these blocks because they would appear differently in different cuts and might create chaos rather than repetition. So I recommend solids, small scale prints or tone on tone prints. If you want to use a busy print or pattern it would be best used in Fabric A in which an almost 6” square will be visible.

NOTE: We are sewing the smallest sections first, and you can decide as you go. We will make the tiny four patches first. Choose the colors for those, perhaps something you already have a lot of in your 2" strip bin? If you want to just choose 2 or 3 colors and stick to those, that would also work really well.



There are kits available if you would like to make your quilt exactly like mine. Binding is included and backings can be purchased separately. Click the link to see all the details about the kits.

Throw Kit

Twin Kit

Queen Kit

King Kit


GETTING ORGANIZED


Before starting any new project, I like to get organized. I have some tips about how to do that HERE and HERE. But I would suggest the following specifically for this quilt:

  1. Wind plenty of bobbins, change your needle, clean and oil your machine if needed.
  2. Clear off your cutting mat and check to make sure your rotary blade is sharp.
  3. Locate the rulers and supplies you will need (listed on the chart in the last post).
  4. If printing off these steps, choose a clipboard or folder or binder for keeping them in order.
  5. Designate a bin or tote for keeping all the supplies and fabrics together in one place.
  6. When cutting and sewing the steps, you may want to put them into baggies or use a binding clip to hold all of one step together.

Remember, the less time you spend looking for stuff and clearing off space, the more time you will have for sewing!


CUTTING NOTES


HINT:

Let’s talk about using the ruler for rotary cutting strips. I always place the line marking the size I want over the edge of the fabric. The mark on the ruler should rest on top of the fabric. This allows for the full measurement of the size I need and gives me room for the turn under after the seam is sewn.

TIP:

Okay, so now that we have those details sorted out. I always cut my strips parallel to the selvage. I trim off the selvage then I just continue cutting strips the same direction. When I do this with fat quarters my strips end up 18” long. This is the measurement I always use when working with strips. Longer strips tend to get unruly and shorter strips are usually tossed into the “bits” bin. To read more about “bits” and my scrap organization system go HERE. It’s okay, I’ll wait.


CUTTING 4 PATCHES

For each block you will be making a set of four identical 4 patch blocks.

Cut one light strip (Fabric E) and one dark strip (Fabric F) 2” x 17” (or longer)

You will need the following:

TWIN- 24 light strips 2” x 17”, 24 dark strips 2” x 17”
THROW- 42 light strips 2” x 17”, 42 dark strips 2” x 17”
QUEEN- 64 light strips 2” x 17”, 64 dark strips 2” x 17”
KING- 80 light strips 2” x 17”, 80 dark strips 2” x 17”


SEWING

Sew one light strip to one dark strip, lengthwise, using a ¼” seam allowance.


Cut the strip set every 2” to create 8 two patch units. There will be enough extra to trim the ends.


Open the units. Layer two units right sides together (light touching dark, dark touching light).

With the dark square on top, closest to the needle. Sew the units together, using a ¼” seam.

Repeat for each pair, making four 4 patches.


PINWHEEL PRESSING


When opening the 4 patch to press, flip the seam allowance so that the seams spin and a tiny 4 patch is created in the middle. 

Press from the back to ensure all seams are laying flat. Flip, and press again from the front.



Repeat until you have made all of the 4 patch sets needed for your size quilt.

Now snap some photos and share on social media using #2022amazedQAL #butterflythreadsquilting

Congratulations! You are ready for next week!


Diane

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Let's Begin the 2022 A'maze'd Quilt Along

 


Welcome to the 2022 A’maze’d Quilt Along! 

While this quilt is made up entirely of one block with only 3 types of units in that block, you choose the size, the fabrics you want (or buy a kit!) and the setting which is limited only by your imagination! Many of the setting options look like a MAZE so you will be able to design your own!

We will share the step by step instructions, tutorials, hints and tips for accuracy, as well as the design options and organizational tools to make this project a fun adventure. Whether you dive into your stash for inspiration, raid your scrap bin, or select a whole new fabric palette, this quilt will provide so many opportunities for creative play along the way.


12” Block: (12 ½” before being sewn into the quilt top)



Size

Throw (48 x 72)

Twin (72 x 84)

Queen (96 x 96)

King (96 x 120)

Number of Blocks

4 x 6 = 24

6 x 7 = 42

8 x 8 = 64

8 x 10 = 80

Fabric A
6 1/2" squares

1 1/2 yards

2 3/4 yards

4 yards

5 yards

Fabric B
3 1/2" triangles

1 yard

1 3/4 yards

2 1/2 yards

3 yards

Fabric C & D
3 1/2" HST

1 yard each

1 3/4 yards each

2 1/2 yards each

3 yards each

Fabric E & F
3 1/2" 4 patches

3/4 yards each

1 yard each

1 1/2 yards each

2 yards each

Binding

1/2 yard

3/4 yard

3/4 yard

1 yard

Backing

3 1/4 yards

5 1/4 yards

9 yards

11 yards

Tools:

Rotary cutter and long ruler for cutting strips

HST ruler (any 45 degree ruler will work) for cutting triangles

Sewing machine and lots of bobbins

Bins or baggies for sorting units

Binding clips or pins for keeping pieces together

Highlighter for marking the pattern size you choose (to prevent confusion)


*Please note that these yardage requirements will vary depending on method of construction used. This will be more than enough for the methods shown and will allow for errors. If you are using scraps, this may need to be adjusted depending on the size and shape of your scraps.


Buy a kit for this quilt top and binding here. (all size options available)

Buy the backing fabric here. (all size options available)

The schedule will be as follows:

9/9/22

Step 1: Sewing scrappy vs planned, getting organized, cutting for 4 patches, sewing and pinwheel pressing

9/16/22

Step 2: Cutting for HST, triangle ruler tutorial, sewing and pressing the HST

9/22/22

Step 3: Cutting for sew and flip corners, sewing tutorial, and pressing

9/30/22

Step 4: Block Assembly, putting the units together and pressing

10/7/22

Step 5: Layout options and ideas

10/14/22

Step 6: Sewing vertical rows into pairs, sewing pairs together

10/21/22

Step 7: Putting the row pairs together, catching up

10/28/22

Step 8: Quilting the Quilt, discount for longarming by me, machine binding tutorial

Don't forget to share your progress and see what choices others are making using the hashtag 
#2022amazedQAL on Instagram or Facebook

It's time to get really excited!

Diane