Quilted Panels and Kindles, etc.

I found a great tutorial over on Elizabeth Hartman’s blog–have you noticed I’m a fan– showing how to make quilted panels for a structured bag. It’s a great way to make quilted fabric for a bag and a great way to use up some fabrics that are sitting around and will never be stitched into slacks or clothes because you’re too busy quilting. I recently inherited a lot of fabric like that, and now I know how it will be used. While Elizabeth made her panels on the sewing machine, I am going to try this on the longarm and see how it goes. CLICK HERE to go to her tutorial.

I’ve had my Kindle Fire for a year, but am just now finding ways to use it that are fun for me. Did you know that not only can you get quilting books on the Kindle, but you can also get your Quilting Arts subscription on your Kindle now. Actually, it’s probably been around awhile, and I just didn’t realize it. And if you have an iPad or Android tablet, there are Kindle apps for them that work just like the Kindle.

And last, but not least, our little Ezri is growing up. I am managing the blog for the Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartoma Foundation, and my daughter has been telling Ezri’s story there. There are also blog posts about Faith, a little girl from England who is about six months younger than Ezri. Today’s post is about Ezri’s school trip to the Pumpkin Patch, and it’s a happy story.


Mosaic Tiles Log Cabin

I recently purchased the book Modern Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman for my Kindle Fire. I enjoyed it so much that I also decided to take Elizabeth’s class on Craftsy. Needless to say, I am a fan. And on her blog, Elizabeth has great instructions for Mosaic Tiles blocks. I was completely intrigued. While I prefer to do all my cutting on the AccuQuilt, the improvisational piecing style is like a magnet.

Even with instructions, it took me awhile to realize that I had to keep things squared as I added new pieces. Once I realized that, it all fell into place. Then I realized that some of my pieces were ending up so small that the composition was too busy. Tiles are just that – tiles, not tiny bits smaller than the grout. This has been a fun challenge for myself.

And actually tiles didn’t work for me, so I switched to a log cabin style block, adding strips around the edges. And to be able to use my die cutter, I used strips. I’ll show you more later as this is just a jumping off point for me. There are lots of ideas percolating in my head. It has been much easier to work with this using the pre-cut strips. Here are photos of my experimentation.



close-up of mosaic log cabin blocks