Monday, May 18, 2015

Libby's Mystery Quilt

The finished quilt. 
Size approx 65" square. 

Photo shows Libby's original design. 
My finished quilt will hopefully be shown in a few months. I am currently working on block 6. 
My fabrics are as near to Libby's as possible, and in some cases are identical.
Pattern set: $110.00
Kits: $43.20 per stage (x10)
Kits include everything for the quilt top and binding as well as threads, buttons, fusible web and lace. Some braids/Ric racs are also included. Doilies are not included. My kits have pieces cut approx 1/2" bigger than the required size for both the piecing and applique. Detailed checklists are provided for fabrics and threads. The first stage has a color coded sheet to assist with fabric placement for piecing. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fat 1/16th bundles

I have just made several new color combinations for my very popular creations of fat 1/16th bundles. 
These include red and teal, grey and yellow, pink and grey, light blue, dark greens, light greens, yellows to mustards, dark blues, brights, deep reds, red and white, black and white,  as well as many designer bundles.
Price: $26.40 or 2 for $50.00
Postage and handling additional. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Half square triangles

Of course this is just one way to make half square triangles, but my favorite way especially for using scraps. To make two x half square triangles you need a light square and a darker one cut to the same size e.g. 3and 3/8". This will make  a 3" block.
Using a Sewline pencil, rule a diagonal line on the light square. I like to use a sandpaper board to keep my fabric stable. 

Place the two fabrics right sides together, and using your 1/4" foot, machine sew down each side of the ruled line. 

Press to the dark side. Trim dog ears to reduce bulk if desired.
There are many many designs that you can make from these wonderfully versatille  "squares".

Some of you will be beyond this information, but I also have to consider new quilters who may not have had  experience with this technique. Many people say the key to these is to add 7/8” to the measurement, e.g. if you want half square triangles to match a 5” square, make your squares to do the triangles 5&7/8”. Mostly I think this is for the folk that like to then cut their triangles down to size. I have just made many 3” ones, cutting the half square squares to 3&3/8”- worked perfectly and no need to cut down.

My tip for making many of the same type of block is to trial one, then make sure that is accurate before you cut the quantity needed for your project.

I have been making lots of half square triangles for a quilt design by Kerry Gillespie (Toy Shelf) -check it out on my blog  under Kerry Gillespie.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Flowering Spools

Flowering spools 

Size- approx 33x43"
Pattern: $15.40
Kits not yet available 
Four appliqued floral  arrangements set in a spool block vase. Simple patches separate each block and also make up the outer border with four more spools making up the corners.

Vintage Sewing Collage

Vintage Sewing Collage
Size: approx 14x17"
Pattern $12.30
Kits not yet available 
A framed stitching themed stitchery set on a sewing themed fabric, adorned with some vintage inspired sewing bits  n pieces. 

Sunshine and Butterflies

Sunshine and butterflies
Size:  40x48"
Pattern: $19.70
Kits: not yet available
A combination of pieced spools, pinwheels, square pieced borders set amidst appliqued flowers, birds, petals and butterflies.