Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Postcard

I like a little seasonal fun. The Rochester and Ithaca Modern Quilt Guilds are exchanging quilted postcards for Halloween. I've seen quilted postcards, but I've haven't made one...until now. They're kind of fun to make.

I stitched a spooky Sugar Skull!

I fused a piece of orange fabric on to some Fast2Fuse and then just FMQ the sugar skull. I was just going to fuse a piece of white fabric on the back, but you could see the stitching through it, so I fused a second piece of Fast2Fuse and the white fabric. Then I just stitched around the edge.  I used textile markers to write on the back. I might have to make a few more of these, they are fun and quick.

I will send this little fellow on his way later this week. Gotta make sure he gets there by Halloween.

Today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch and with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quilt Block Converter/Resizer

Yesterday I showed the math you need to use to resize a quilt block. Unfortunately, some people (who will remain nameless),don't like math, even if you lay it out with nice formulas. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with a calculator that you just have to enter in the block pieces and it will calculate the new numbers for you. Voila'!

Hopefully this works on all different devices. I got it to work on my android cell phone and on my android tablet (on the tablet I had to switch to full web version, but I didn't have to on my phone). I am interested to know if there are any blocks that this doesn't work, it has worked on the simple ones I have tested, but....there may be exceptions.

Here is a quick look-up to convert fractions to decimals, since my converter needs decimals:
1/8 = .125
1/4 = .25
3/8 = .375
1/2 = .5
5/8 = .625
3/4 = .75
7/8 = .875

Here is another block that I converted from a 6" x 6" finished block to a 12" x 12" block from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks.

Please let me know if this works or doesn't work.

I'm linking up today with Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River and Fabric Tuesday at A Quilt Story.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Resize a Quilt Block

My quilt guild (Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild) is in the middle of a scrap bag/block exchange. Everyone makes up multiple bags of scraps and exchanges it with someone else and they each make the other person a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (unfinished) modern block in return. I exchanged with 6 other members, so I have 6 blocks to make. I thought it would be fun to make some of the blocks for Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

This is a wonderful book with lovely modern blocks. The only problem is that they are 6" finished (6 1/2" unfinished) blocks. A bit too small for me. Sew, I needed to resize the blocks to 12 1/2"x 12 1/2" unfinished block (12" x 12" finished).

WARNING: Math ahead!!!!

Block No. 16 from 100 Modern Blocks. The penciled in numbers are the new sizes for each block component to
make it 12" 12"

This is the formula for resizing any block, making it smaller or larger!

Desired Finished Block Size/Current Finished Block Pattern Size =  Block Multiplier

Example to convert the above block:

Desired Finished block size = 12"
Current Finished block pattern size = 6"

12/6 = 2
Block Multiplier = 2

This is the part that stumps most people, you have to remove the seam allowances on each component of the block because the seam allowance never increases or decreases with a pattern. It is always 1/2" (1/4" on each side).

The first component of the block is 1"x 3 1/2" for the 6" block pattern

1"(dimension) - 1/2" (both seams allowances) = 1/2"
1/2" x 2 (block multiplier) = 1"
add back the 1/2" seam allowance = 1 1/2"

3 1/2" (dimension)- 1/2" (both seam allowances in this dimension) = 3"
3" x 2 = 6"
add back the 1/2" seam allowance = 6 1/2"

The new dimensions for the first piece of this block  = 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"

You will need to do that for each of the pieces of the block.

If you want the whole formula:
((block multiplier) x (current component size dimension - 1/2")) + 1/2"

This block now measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

This also works to make a block smaller.

Example: You would like to make a 12" x 12" finished current pattern sized block into a 9" x 9" desired finished block size.

9/12 = .75 would be your block multiplier. Use the same formula above to convert all of the pieces of the block.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

Today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch and with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cut To Pieces

I do love fall, the start of serious sewing season. I worked on two different quilts this weekend, my MQG/Michael Miller challenge and my Galloping thru the Meadow quilt. I'm not ready to show you my challenge quilt, it needs some serious changes made...time for the seam ripper! But my Meadow quilt, I'm quite pleased. I have all of the pieces cut and the flower centers pieced. Yippee, skippee!!!

The outer edge is navy, not black! Really hard to take great pictures with it still dark in the morning!

Only the first two blocks are pieced and with the curved pieces the rest will take some time. But so far, I am really pleased with how this quilt is turning out. Love the fabrics and the colors.

Today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Galloping Through The Meadow

I'm pretty excited to be moving right along on my Meadow quilt. I haven't been this jazzed about a quilt in a long time. Just the first two blocks are actually sewn together, but just getting all of this cut is quite an accomplishment for me. I'm not a huge fan of cutting.

The background is actually navy, although it looks black in the picture.

The "eyeball" flower petals are in progress.
I think the Cotton and Steel "Mustang" fabric is starting to inspire some quilting ideas. I do love horses. I used to ride a long time ago.

Me on my horse Ielenza about 14 years ago.

Hmmm, makes me want to ride again. I guess I will have to settle for quilting some horse motifs.

Well anyway, here are my stats for my every growing WIP list:
In-process: (6)
Express Your Love
Humphrey's New Bed
Mod Ovals Quilt
Pantone Quilt 2014
IMQG Block Swap
VFW Scrap Fabric Quilt
New projects: (1) 
Meadow Quilt

Finished (0)

I'm linking up with  Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt

What fun, what fun! I got to take Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt class on Friday. If you don't know who Lizzy House is, she is a fabric designer, among many other talented artistic talents. She also designed a very cool quilt she calls the Meadow.

Isn't this a gorgeous quilt!!!!  I had to learn how to make this quilt and the Rochester MQG was sponsoring the class. Yippee, Skippee!!!

 Lizzy is a wonderful teacher. She kept the class on track and explained so many details.
 She gave us the templates for this quilt with the express understanding that we will not share the pattern in any way. This was just for our use. Since she is not going to sell this quilt pattern, the only way to make a Meadow quilt is to take her class. So if you get the chance, you really need to do it.
 She was even kind enough to pose for pictures.

I got two blocks done in class, but have been working on it this weekend. It's kind of addicting.

Once the rest of the navy fabric around the outside of this is on, it will be the size for a double bed. Don't you love the Cotton and Steel "Mustangs".  Hopefully it will be done the next time my friend Kate comes to visit, she's a horse person. I think she will love to sleep under it.

Any how, today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by StitchMarelize mentioned that she's in a bit of a funk lately, so be sure to stop by her blog and give her some cheer. :)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Another Challenge

I must like challenge, because I signed myself up for another one. Yesterday I received my QuiltCon Michael Miller Challenge fabric. Ugh, pastels! Wasn't the last one pastels too???!!!  Not my thing, but I guess that's what makes it a challenge.

The Rules!
  • *UPDATED* Only Cotton Couture fabrics are permitted. (The back and binding may include Michael Miller prints.)
  • You don't have to get the free fabric to be involved - all you have to do is use the Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture line in your quilt!  Below are the colors of the fabrics that will be sent.
    • OPAL
    • BREEZE
    • SPA
    • SPRING
  • Quilts must be entered here to be considered for the challenge at QuiltCon.
  • Quilts will need to follow the general rules of the QuiltCon Quilt Show found here.
Since I don't know of a local quilt shop that sells Michael Miller Cotton Couture, I ordered some additional colors from Hawthorne Threads (well at least they're in Albany, NY).

I picked out Lime
Michael Miller House Designer - Cotton Couture - Cotton Couture in Lime

and Marine
Michael Miller House Designer - Cotton Couture - Cotton Couture in Marine

You know, the usual suspects! ;)  I needed some contrast!

I have a design in mind, but not sure how I'm going to actually piece it. 

Anyhow, I'm linking up with Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday and A Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday.

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