Continuous Line Designs, Naturally | Quilt Views & News

I saw this blog post from the AQS blog and wanted to share with you. The author is Danish, Lane J. Minkkinen, and her designs look beautiful. Here’s a link to the blog post: Continuous Line Designs, Naturally | Quilt Views & News.

 

 
 

Accuquilt GO Crazy Patch Hearts

It occurred to me that perhaps I could make a crumb block and then cut it with my Accuquilt GO die and have a crazy patch applique block. So — I did.  It was so easy.

I just put a few crumbs together,

ran them through the Accuquilt GO with the large heart die,

stitched a die line onto the background fabric with the embroidery machine,

glued the heart to the background with Elmer’s purple school glue stick,

put it back on the embroidery machine for the applique stitches,

removed the tearaway stabilizer and pressed

— and voila! really cute heart blocks!

 

 
 

Trying something new

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Today’s post is about trying new things. The challenge of finding the best technique is never-ending. Judy Danz mentioned to me that she has been using glue sticks instead of fusible for machine embroidery applique. I also have used glue stick on some things – like door hangers, but never on more delicate applique. So, I decided to give it a try. With Judy’s technique, she starches the fabric before cutting the applique, then uses glue stick around the edge of the wrong side of the applique. I used glue stick on the background just inside the die line. My method was a bit messier, but my fabric had not been starched, and I was afraid I would stretch it. But I wanted to show you the results. I love this method–it leaves the applique so much softer. Because of the number of stitches and the length of the stitch into the fabric, I do not believe the fabric will fray. I already washed the flower that is shown below, and it looks as good as new. What do you think?

Applique applied with glue stick

 

One important thing is that I really did manipulate the fabric to make sure that it came all the way out to the stitched die line. Because it is softer without fusible on the back, that was easier to do. I also used my mini iron to press the glued applique piece onto the background so that it would quickly dry.

Remember, these craft glue sticks are just starch, so they wash out very easily, leaving your work soft and beautiful. 
 

Another turtle – and last day to Vote for the Barn Quilt Block

I’m having a lot of fun reading everyone’s comments and have started sending out embroidery files. I extended the giveaway through Friday and will send files out for comments posted through Friday, April 22. In the meantime, I made a couple more turtles – just for a little variety – here is a photo of one.

Star turtle
 
 

Cutting Equivalents Chart and Naming Patches

Again today, I am talking about some of the basics of quilting and combining that with information about using the Accuquilt GO die cutting system and the Cutting Equivalents Chart.

It can be confusing as to whether one is talking about cut sizes or finished sizes when quilting. Using the Accuquilt GO die system is no different. To clear that up there is a great chart on the Accuquilt.com website called “Cutting Equivalents Chart”. You can use that chart to determine how to cut almost anything. If you know the finished or cut size of the patches in the quilt block you can determine which die to use to cut the pieces that you need. In addition, if you are making applique blocks or quilts, you can look at this chart and determine what size background you will need for the applique shapes. It gives you some idea, in terms of size and scale, as to which applique pieces you can mix and match to compose your block.

The other very nice thing about this Cutting Equivalents Chart is that it helps you shop for dies to be sure you are getting a die that “fits” your needs.

This chart includes the following shapes:

Circles
Diamonds
Flying Geese
Rectangles
Squares
Triangles
Other (parallellogram)

Classic Shapes
Alphabets
Animals
Baby
Flowers
Hearts
Leaves
Seasonal
Stars
Other

There are three kinds of triangles included in the triangle section. They are equilateral, half square, and quarter square/flying geese. The pictures below show you what a half square triangle is and the two versions of the quarter square triangle. Sometimes you will see it as four triangles in a square, other times you will see it as a single triangle in a rectangular patch.

I do not have a photo of an equilateral triangle, but that is easy to remember because the name tells is a perfect description of the triangle itself.  Remember, an equilateral triangle is a tessellation and does not fit in a square. Each angle of an equilateral triangle is 60 degrees.

Half Square Triangle
Quarter Square Triangle

Flying Geese Triangle
 
 

Accuquilt Videos from Quilt Possible

Today I want to give a shout out to Ebony Love over at Love Bug Studios. She is doing a video a day during December showing tips and new ways to use your Accuquilt cutter. You can find her videos on her QuiltPossible website. Yesterday she showed how to use the holiday die to make gift tags. Can’t wait to see how many more new things she tells us about in December.

I finished –finally–the baby quilts for my brother’s grandchildren. The binding was finished yesterday and today I will take photos and get them in the mail. Will try to get some photos added here later today. 
 

Some great Accuquilt videos for your weekend!

Today I am showing you a video by Judy Danz about using the Rose of Sharon Dies. It is one of the best videos I have seen because she shows you how to cut the fusible so it fits exactly on the die and works with fat quarters. This will work on any of the applique dies. This is such a simple concept, but I didn’t think of it. No matter how long I quilt or how many classes I take or books I read, I always learn new things from other quilters. And that’s what makes blogging and quilting and this community of sharing quilters such an incredible group of people.

I hope you enjoy Judy’s video – and check out her other videos on Youtube.

Another resource for videos is from SewCalGal’s blogspot Video Index. She has some good videos. I love the circle quilt by ReannaLily designs. There are some very creative folks out there.  Hope this inspires your weekend!

 
 

Tessellations with the 4 1/2? strip die

From Wikipedia: “A tessellation or tiling of the plane is a collection of plane figures that fills the plane with no overlaps and no gaps. One may also speak of tessellations of the parts of the plane or of other surfaces. Generalizations to higher dimensions are also possible. …”

I am so excited. My 4 1/2″ strip die came yesterday. I just let it sit for a few hours as I was working on other things. Then I opened it, looked at it, walked around it awhile, and then a wonderful idea just popped into my head. It has a blade right down the middle which means that I can make my favorite pinwheel tessellation with it. It was late last night when I started, but the ideas are spinning in my head.

So far, this is what I have done:

I cut a 4 1/2 inch strip, and then cut it again into squares. I made stacks of squares all with the right side up.

Then I marked the die so that there is a parallel line exactly one inch on either side of the center blade. I made this line a different color than the blade lines.

Then I laid stacks of 6 squares on the die with the upper right corner touching the line on the right and the lower left corner touching the line on the left. You can reverse this; but if so, the blades of your pinwheel will rotate counterclockwise.

Then I cut them.

I stitched and pressed. This gives me a wonky rectangle.

The wonky rectangle goes on the 3 1/2″ square die using the registration lines to get them fairly even across the blades. It doesn’t matter if they’re a little off.

Then I have four squares which make a finished 6 inch block.

 
 

Pressing Tip

One of the most significant things I have done to improve my quilting has been to make a good pressing surface. Yesterday I was working on some blocks and rather than grab my pressing board which was in the other room, I used my ironing board. After pressing a few seams, I was motivated to take the extra few steps and get my pressing board. Wow! what a difference it makes. So, I thought I’d show you that video from the Sharon Schamber Network this morning. It makes all the difference in the world.

I’m babysitting today and tomorrow, so probably won’t get any stitching done. I will have a lot of fun with a cute little girl though.