Nov 5-9: Machine Embroidery Blog Hop

Happy Halloween! I am so excited because next week we’re having a machine embroidery blog hop. Each day will bring a new blogger or bloggers who will have tips and tutorials and wonderful inspiration for projects for you. And each blogger will have a giveaway of a machine embroidery set. So get ready to ‘start your engines!’

It is so much fun to use die cut shapes for machine embroidery – just cut the shape with your die cutter and stitch away. And I can’t wait to see the projects that everyone has created. Here’s a list of stops on this blog tour:

Monday, November 5th
Tuesday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 8th
Friday, November 9th

 
 

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.

http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2012/10/how-to-make-quilted-panels-for-a-structured-bag.html 
 

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

  
 

Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting – Blog Book Tour

Today is my day – and I am very excited to share my favorite chapter in the Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting with you. Ebony came up with the most clever system I have ever seen for writing pattern instructions for quilters. And this system will work not only with die cutting systems but also for rotary cutting. I am so excited about it that I actually created a video to explain how this works.

And before long, I want to create a video that shows you how cool the EDeN system is for writing cutting instructions in EQ7.

The whole Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting is jam packed with information about die cutting, so be sure to get your copy of it. Here’s the video I created.

And there’s lots more places to visit this week and next to find out about this great new book on die cutting:
October 16th – Ebony Love, LoveBug Studios
October 17th – Jennifer Rodriguez, All Things Belle
October 18th – Marjorie Busby, Marjorie’s Quilting Bee
October 19th – Michelle Marr, Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
October 20th – Tammy Tutterow, Sizzix Blog
October 21st – Patsy Thompson, Patsy Thompson Designs
October 22nd – Tracy Rampling, The Peony Teacup
October 23rd – Mary Fons, Hey Quilty!
October 24th – Barb Gaddy, Bejeweled Quilts
October 25th – Katrina Chapman Kahn, Sunshower Quilts
October 26th – SewCal Gal, Insights from SewCalGal
October 27th – Vanessa Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
October 28th – Kelly Jackson, I Have a Notion
October 29th – Connie Campbell, Freemotion By the River
October 30th – Gene Black, An Alabama Quilter
October 31st – Ebony Love, LoveBug Studios
November 1st – Book Launch on Amazon! (but you can pre-order anytime)
GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Leave a comment here before October 31 and you will be eligible to win a free copy of The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips. 
 
 

Helen’s Elephants

This quilt was made by Helen in Colorado for her son who has decorated with an elephant theme. This quilt is really stunning with the quilt design and color theme, the four-patch piecing of the elephants, and the beautiful quilting. This is eye candy for a Sunday. Helen pieced the quilt and it was quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt

 

  
 

Angular Meander Quilting

Here’s another quilting design that I decided to try. This is a small quilt that Norma pieced. Because of the bright colors and busy pattern, it’s more difficult to see the quilting very well, but it is simply an angular meander. This was so much fun to quilt, and I like the way it looks on the quilt.

I did a lot of doodling on paper and on my Kindle Fire Whiteboard before quilting. The black and white picture below is what it looks like on the Whiteboard from my Kindle Fire. I’m glad my quilting looks better than my doodling.

 
 

Quilting Fun Flowers

This is a UFO finish that has been in the stack awhile, but I just didn’t know have the inspiration to quilt it. Then I saw Angela Walters’ tutorial on SewCalGal’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge and have been playing around (doodling) with some geometric free motion designs ever since. Leah Day has some great geometric designs too. I recently purchased one of her design books for my Kindle Fire and absolutely love being able to take quilting books with me wherever I go.

 

At first I had some reservations about these rectangles on the background of a curvy design, but then it occurred to me that cross-hatching works well on any design and it is angular. So, why wouldn’t this work? And yes, it does. In fact, I have been at such a stalemate and so bored with feathers and swirls that I have hardly quilted anything for awhile. I am inspired again after this.

It’s fun to be ale to doodle on the Whiteboard and on Skitch on my Kindle Fire too.Hopefully, with this sketch you can see where i backtrack on each square/rectangle to start the next.

 
 

EQ Blog Hop – Fabric Book Tutorial

Hi, it’s my day for the EQ bloghop and my project is a fabric book for children. My grandchildren love a fabric book that I made for them from a panel several years ago. Even the four and five-year olds still pick up that book and “read” it. The youngest grandchild who is 8 months old also loves that little book. So, I decided to make a new fabric book to send to the other grandson who lives in another state.

I participated in a novelty fabric swap a few years ago, so have quite a stash of novelty fabrics. Those fabrics plus some machine embroidery samples are what I used for the “pages.” And since this was a special book, I thought it would be nice to have pictures of Mom, Dad, and big brothers on it as well as baby’s name. I use EQ Printables for printing photos on fabric and for quilt labels, so that is what I used for the photos.

My biggest concern was in getting the pages done in the correct order. I can hardly make my printer do front and back and get the pages collated correctly, so actually piecing pages and getting them in the right order was the challenge.

And that’s where my trusty Electric Quilt software came in handy. I took the fabric book that the grandchildren already like and was able to use that as a guide for the pages. In Electric Quilt, I went to the block worktable and created the pages there. Here’s the layout that I used.  I set the block width at 18” and the block height at 9” with snaps horizontal at 72 (18 x 4) and snaps vertical at 36 (9 x 4). I set the graph paper at 1 inch intervals with horizontal 18 and vertical 9. I set snap options to snap to grid.

 

 

  After that I drew two blocks. I wanted the seams on the side for the front of the page and on the top for the back of the page. Here’s a picture of the two different pages.
 

 

The next step was to go to the Quilt Worktable and create a quilt layout that would give me the correct layout for the pages. These are the settings I used. I created a quilt that was 1 block across and 6 blocks down. I set the size of the blocks at 18” wide x 9” tall.  
  Then I set the blocks into the layout. After that I went to layer 2 on the Quilt Worktable and selected the text tool and labeled each block with its page #. Here’s the final quilt layout. Each blue “block” will be paired with the red “block” below it. I selected the novelty fabric or embroidery that I wanted for each particular page and wrote that on a printout of the quilt layout.

It is now time to cut and sew. The rotary cutting instructions printed from EQ are attached.

Cutting Instructions for Pages: Back-Front, 9-2, 7-4

Patch*

# to cut

Patch Dimensions

Fabric

A

Top and Bottom Strips

6

2 x 18-½”

Blue

B

Side Strips

6

2” x 6-½”

Blue

D

Center Strip

3

3-½” x 6-½”

Blue

C

Center Block

6

6-½” x 6-½”

 

Cutting Instructions for Pages: 1-10, 3-8, 5-6

Patch*

# to cut

Patch Dimensions Fabric

B

Top and Bottom Strips

12

2” x 6-½” Red

A

Side Strips

6

2” x 9-½” Red

C

Center Strip

3

3-½” x 9-½” Red

D

Center Block

6

6-½” x 6-½”

 

*Refer to rotary cutting instructions for Patch #

After cutting, I used standard quilting procedures for piecing each block. Here are the blocks. I used two different fabrics for the pages just as in the quilt layout.

   

 

To assemble the book, I placed a blue page and it’s corresponding red page with right sides together , layered a piece of craft batting beneath the layers and stitched them together with a ½” seam, making sure to leave an opening at the bottom of one page for turning right side out. After stitching, corners were trimmed and excess batting was trimmed from the seam allowance.

 

The page was turned right side out, pressed and top stitched. A top stitch along the edge of the page helps the smaller children turn the pages. Top stitching was also done around the center block.

When all the pages are complete, they are layered together in order and a single row of stitches is done to create the “spine” of the book.

 
 

EQ Blog Hop

Welcome to a fun blog hop featuring Electric Quilt Projects. There will be fun tutorials and some giveaways, so sit back and enjoy your tour. 

Monday, Oct lst

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Beaquilter
http://beaquilter.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, Oct 2nd

Marjorie’s Quilting Bee
http://b-quilts.com/blog/

Curious Orange Cat
http://curiousorangecat.blogspot.com/

Wed., Oct 3rd

Love Bug Studios
http://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/

Thursday, Oct 4th

Kissed Quilt
http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

Bits & Pieces
http://terriesandelin.blogspot.com/

Friday, Oct 5th

I Quilt Scarlett & Grey
iquiltscarletandgray.blogspot.com

EQ Blog
http://www.doyoueq.com/blog/