This is a quilt that I just finished. Mother pieced it and I quilted it. When I started, I wanted to do something different in the dark blue and the light areas of the quilt. I tried doing a continuous curve (cc) design on the dark blue, but doing it with templates was taking forever; and I was not pleased with my freehand stitching. In the end, after sewing all the rows, I decided to unstitch all of the cc and start over with an edge to edge design. What I decided to do was the freehand version of one of my intelligent quilting digital designs, Tilt-a-Whirl which is swirls topped with feathers. It’s one of my favorites and one that I love to stitch.
Got back late yesterday from visiting my Mother and celebrating her 84th birthday. Enjoyed some wonderful Cleveland County BBQ at Red Bridges BBQ restaurant on NC Highway 74 – BBQ, hushpuppies, and red slaw – there’s nothing better. I gave my Mother an Accuquilt GO! cutter so she can cut her own quilts. Actually, since her stroke she doesn’t have the strength to cut, but this will allow her to direct her caregivers to do the cutting for her. She will be able to place the fabric on the die and tell them how and what she wants cut. She is still sewing quilt pieces together quite well, so I’m excited that this will give her more creative freedom than having someone 200 miles away cutting pieces for her. It will also allow her to use her fabric stash (and not mine) for her quilts – LOL!
A real bonus of this is that one of Mother’s caregivers is an accomplished seamstress, but has never made quilts. It was very apparent that she was excited about learning to quilt.
A special treat was waiting when I got home. there was a package with two beautiful dresses for Ezri and Kes from my brother Al and his wife, Sandy.
Here’s a quick and fun pinwheel block made using the Accuquilt GO! cutter. This makes an 8 inch finished block.
You can download an instruction sheet here.
2 ½ inch strip die
3 ½ inch strip die
Step 1: Prepare strips and stitch pinwheels
• Cut light and dark strips using the Accuquilt Go 2 ½” strip die
• Cut light and dark strips again by laying cross-wise on the 3 ½” strip die
• Lay 2 ½” x 3 ½” pieces at right angles and stitch diagonally as shown in the diagram. Trim to ¼” along the seam line.
Note: To make sure all the pinwheels spin in the same direction, always sew the light and dark in the same direction for every piece.
Step 2: Make background pieces and stitch
• Cut light background strips using the Accuquilt Go 2 ½ inch strip die.
• Cut these strips into 4 ½” bricks using the 4 ½” square on the Value die.
• Stitch pieced strip to background strip on the long edge (see diagram) and press to the dark.
Step 3: Make blocks
• Arrange with pinwheels in the center (see diagram).
• Stitch blocks together as you would a four-patch.
Has it really been a month since I’ve written? It’s not because I haven’t been busy. And this week, I’ll try to catch up on everything I did last month. March was eventful for me in many ways. My uncle passed away very unexpectedly and that was a very sad time. We lived next door my entire life, so it was bittersweet to go home for his funeral and see the rest of the family as well as to say goodbye. The four-patch strips quilt pieced by Mother and quilted by me from the December 14 post was made for my uncle. He truly enjoyed it, and for that I am grateful.
In March, I started digitizing some of Leah Day’s background designs for intelligentquilting.com. I have enjoyed her work and am thrilled that we can share that with another whole quilting community. Check both the intelligentquilting and Leah’s blog links to see new designs as we finish them. Leah is already 150 designs ahead of me, so I’m going to stay busy for awhile. I designed a new pattern of my own last week which will be up soon at intelligentquilting.com.
And, I made a couple of new Accuquilt Go videos. I am editing them today, so stay tuned. They’ll be up this week.
Joe, my son-in-law has a March birthday. I love to make t-shirt quilts, and I have asked him many times for t-shirts. Emily says he wears them out and throws them away. I was talking with Joe’s mom, and she happily volunteered to donate some of his old t-shirts that were still at her house. These were very special t-shirts, including a couple of ski vacations and one from summer camp. I was able to use the front and back and sleeves so that I had enough to make a quilt. The shirt from summer camp had some very heavy paint on it – the dinosaurs have thick, cracked paint that hurts when you run your hand across it. I suggested that we try to remove the paint and re-paint that part of the dinos. The response was that it would be considered if I would find the paint!
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Here’s a chart to go with the video for cutting eight inch log cabin blocks on the AccuQuilt Go cutter. Call me compulsive, but I have a notebook with lots of cutting charts. After I go through the process of creating a quilt in Electric Quilt and calculating everything for a block or a quilt and get it started; sometimes I get interrupted or distracted with something else for a week or a month or so, (sound familiar?!? ;). So it’s really nice to have something written so I can pick it up again and proceed.
Right click on the link below to save it to your computer. You will need adobe reader to view it.
Recorded a video today showing how I very quickly cut a log cabin block with the AccuQuilt Go. By cutting a full wodth of fabric in one pass, I can cut 25-50 strips at one time.
If you have trouble loading the video from the blog page, click this LINK.
Here’s a picture of the four-patch strip quilt now that it has been quilted. I quilted ribbon candy in the long vertical sashing strips and a Terry twist variation in the four patches. I love the way it turned out. The thread is clear monopoly by Superior. If I were doing it again, I would have used the smoke color on the dark purple strips and clear on the lighter areas.
And don’t forget to look at the books I’ve been reading. The menu is at the very top of the page. Just finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. It was a great book. Loved every minute of it.
Here a couple of projects that I have finished this week. One is a quilt for Suzie – or rather Ted. It is one of the old Roman shades I took down and has been made into a lap quilt for the dog. Ted likes these quilts so the dog hairs don’t get on his clothes when that 50 lb dog sits on his lap. I like these quilts because it gives me an opportunity to practice, practice, practice as well as try out different threads.
The second picture is a comfort quilt for donation. I used Patricia Ritter’s Mimosa pantograph on it. I like the way it turned out. It was pieced using a flip and sew method on a foundation square.
One of the things that everyone needs in their sewing room is a quick and easy disposal of broken needles, bent pins, and dull blades. Over the years I have used many containers, but the one I have found to be best is an empty Coffeemate powder container. It has a small round flip opening for needles and pins and a wide mouth that can be opened to dispose of blades. I always make sure that I remove the label and mark it with a red Sharpie that says “Sharps Disposal”.
Another container that works well is a Benefiber container. I am sure there are others that meet the criteria. Just last week, I bought Coffeemate instead of the store brand just because of the shape of the container.