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WIP Wednesday ~ Team Shop Quilt #2 Sashing and Borders

If you want to see how it has been going with our team shop quilt check out here how it began!

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At the end of each sashing strip I added a  1 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch of white fabric.

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I took a 6 1/2 inch size block that I received and took out the seam in the middle so I would have two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 sections.

Full block 6 1/2 inch square

Full block 6 1/2 inch square

Two pieces each 31/2 x 6 1/2

Two pieces each 3 1/2 x 6 1/2

I then added a section to the end of each finished pieced row.

Add halve section to end of each row.

Add halve section to end of each row.

This is actually the border. So when you sew your rows together the border is already added on! The only border row you need to piece is the top and bottom border row.

So far it is coming along. It is taking a little bit longer than I thought but so worth it. Love all the bright colors!

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Remember this quilt will be for sale when it is all finished and quilted in our Quiltsy Team Etsy Store!

So far I have received 60 envelopes in the mail! So fun getting them from Ireland, Canada, Lithuania and the U.S.

Hop on over to check out what other quilters are doing on my Quiltsy Team Blog ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

 

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WIP 10 ~ Piecing on a Slight Curve

My newest quilt is done by piecing on a slight curve.

I forgot I had bought a couple of black and white cotton prints.

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I wanted to add some color. Pulled out my scraps of hand dyed fabric.

Dyed fabric and batik scraps are the only ones I seem to keep!

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This is how I piece a small curve in my blocks.

Start with two strips of fabric. Any size strip that you want.

Always cut a little bit extra for length if you know about what size you would like the finished block to be.

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Lay on piece on top of the other over lapping a 1/4 of an inch or more.

**Right sides facing up on both pieces!

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Take your rotary cutter and just make a small curve cutting thru where both pieces overlap.

Should look something like this!

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Now take the top piece place onto of bottom piece RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and sew you 1/4 inch seam. Matching fabric edges while sewing.

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Once you have as many as you like sewn together, iron the block.  It will not be square at this point.

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You can make a bunch of blocks and sew them together this way after you square them up.

I wanted to add a piece of dyed fabric thru the center.  I did not square up the block at this point.  First I cut the block in a straight line somewhere on one edge or the other. Then sew a piece in the center of the block.

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Once this is done I iron again and then square up the block to the size that I  wanted.

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This is what I have so far.

I like to play with them for a day before I sew them all together.

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If you would like to see what some other quilters are up to hop on over to ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

Stop on over to my shop if you get a chance to see some of my other quilts!

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Gallery Showing ~ “Nature Inspired Quilts”

  If you are in the Down East Maine area, head on over to the Calais Library.  They have a wonderful downstairs art gallery for local area artists.  Every month someone new displays their art work.  For the month of October,  I was asked to do a show of my quilts.  I decided to show  eighteen of my nature quilts that were inspired by a photo, a dream about nature, or a theme that was for a specific quilt show that I wanted to enter. Here are the results!

 “Nature Inspired Quilts”  

Art Gallery, Calais Public  Library, Calais Maine

Art Gallery, Calais Public
Library, Calais Maine

First Wall of quilts!

First Wall of quilts!

Second and third wall!

Second and third wall!

Last Wall!

Last Wall!

I hope you can stop on by during the library hours and take a stroll down stairs to the  art gallery.  If not sit back and visit my store on line to check out most of the quilts shown here for a closer look.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Chapter 21 ~ I Love the Mariner Compass Block

I have to say my obsession with the Mariner Compass blocks came when the first paper piecing pattern came out back in 1985 for the Mariner’s Block. I took a class using the Lynn Graves technique. There is more than one way to paper piece, “Did you know that?” I didn’t at first because Lynn was the only one I had heard about. Once I took that class, I designed this quilt using her papers. This was my design and the photo’s are old so sorry about that! Before digital camera’s!

#068 Show Me the Way to Go #068 a Show Me the Way to Go

After doing this quilt I decided that I wanted to learn how to draft my own out, so onto another class. This one ended up being 35 inches round. That’s right nothing small for me!

#072 Mariners CompassAfter this I decided maybe I liked paper piecing better so I was able to draft out an oblong one used in the center of one of my quilts.

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Setting them in a circle or oval shape was trying at times, but I did figure out a way after a while. Then someone pointed me in the direction of another paper piecing mariners where there were no set-in circles by Cindi Edgerton from “A Very Special Collection.”

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Well, as time went by, I would return to my love for mariner’s and my love for perfect points on paper. My solution was to draft out my own mariner’s and incorporate those into a quilt with movement. The next two photo’s are what I have done since learning of this wonderful block!

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My last mariner’s quilt was a queen size bed quilt. I drafted out lots of little ones and some larger ones. I sold this quilt to raise money for the animal shelter in the area I live.

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Sometime soon I think I will need to do another one. I just can’t seem to stay away from this wonderful block!

 

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Chapter #19 ~ Finishing of My Geometric? Quilt!

About a week ago I did a Work In Progress blog about this quilt!

To much open space for me.

To much open space for me.

Filling in the empty open space I added curved pieces of batiks and satin stitched in place with deep purple.

Satin Stitch in place!

Satin Stitch in place!

I went ahead and quilted the top. Each square I quilted in with a teal thread and followed the square inside with a little bit of a curve! I also stippled all the white space with white thread. Then in my strips I did a gentle back and forth so it would lay flat.

close up of quilting

close up of quilting

It still felt kind of empty for lack of a better term. I decided to try something and just go for it. I usually think things through a little but not this time! I took out my fabric paints ( I use setacolor fabric paints) and found two colors that went with the quilt top and mixed a third one. I decided that I wanted to add circles. How was I going to add the circles with paint? Well looking around my home I came up with a empty paper towel roll, a dixie cup, and a wooden dowel. interceptions 2I filled the middle of my paint tray with some paint then dipped the object that I wanted the circle made out of in the middle, trying not to over fill. I just started dabbing here and there on the quilted top with my object rimmed with paint. Some of the circles are not as heavy with paint as others, but I like the look of it!

InterceptionsAll in all I liked the effect that I came up with to fill my unwanted space on my quilt!

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Once the paint dried for two days I then iron heat set it. The quilt can be washed if it ever needs to and not worry that the paint will run or disappear.

 

 

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#14 WIP Wednesday: Triangles

When I picked up the mail I got my 2 1/2 inch strips from Sew Batik. They are pink, red, yellow, brown and purple shades that go from light to dark of each color.

Fabric strips!

Fabric strips!

I came up with a couple of different plans then settled on triangles with them. I did a free form strip of piecing of the triangles just to see how they look. No straight seams INSIDE the triangle. They will each have a little curve to them. This way they won’t look as straight. For some reason I like this look. The triangle itself will be a perfect triangle shape though.

One of the triangles!

One of the triangles!

I only put a few on the wall to see if I want to continue. The triangles are only 6 inches so not sure yet how the outcome will be for the finished quilt. I am just going with the flow. LOL Still trying different layouts. Which do you like better?

Triangles as Borders

Triangles as Borders

Triangles in a triangle

Triangles in a triangle

One large triangle empty beside one in the middle empty

One large triangle white beside one in the middle empty

Or just rows!

Or just rows!

Sometimes it helps to take photos of different layout. But then again maybe not! LOL

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The Story Behind the Quilt~ Chapter 12 The Poppy Quilt

Well if you were following me you noticed on my WIP wednesday I was trying to finish up my Poppy quilt. It is finished! Yay!

I had a couple of glitches along the way. Well not exactly glitches but things I wanted to change as I was going along. On my butterfly that I printed onto  fabric using my computer, I had to piece the butterfly together. Not sure if I like the outcome but once I made some changes I could live with it. When it printed, it printed light and it didn’t have the depth of color that my original photo had so I got out my pebeo seta color transparent paints and went to work. I just went over the colors with the paint to make them really pop. I added some orange in with the yellow on the butterfly parts also. Below is before and after photo’s.

Before painting!

Before painting!

after painting

after painting

Also, after quilting the whole quilt, I added the butterfly and then I added the yellow flower to the left of the quilt. Once quilted, it just didn’t look right with the other flowers that were beautifully painted. So I went ahead and painted this flower also but just added a mix of yellow and orange, then some brown to the center like the other flowers.

before quilting and painting

before quilting and painting

After quilting and painting

After quilting and painting

I was happy once it was all done with some of the changes I made at the last minute. I also enjoyed doing a quilt with so many different techniques and combining them all together. Here is the finished quilt!

Field of Poppies!

Field of Poppies!

 

 

 

 

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