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Trying Quilt As You Go Method on “Ocean Summer Leaves”

 I have always wanted to try a “Quilt As You Go” method. Looking on the net I found one that I thought might work for me.

Instead of quilting one block at a time I wanted to quilt large sections together then connect those sections. By quilting in smaller sections I am also able to pin baste the sections (or sandwich the sections) on my craft table instead of on my floor.

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After each section is quilted I squared them up and got my strips ready to piece the sections together. I tried cutting the back piece one inch like the video stated.  My first sections I had to take it all apart. My walking foot is large and hard to get 1/4 inch seam,  so I ended up cutting my back strips  to 1 1/4 inch wide. This worked out perfect. I also had to add a piece of the border fabric to the end of my top strips.  My borders were pieced  as  part of the blocks instead of a separate border that you would add on later.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Showing the connecting top strips!

View from the front of quilt with connecting strips!

View from the back with connecting strip!

View from the back with connecting strip!

Three middle sections sewn together.  The striped fabric is where the sections meet.

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After doing the top and bottom sections then they were all put together.

*** Make sure all your sections are squared up and measuring all the same size.

It takes a lot of pins and it took longer than I thought but it did work out in the end!

Straight line quilting!

Straight line quilting!

Finished quilt is 88x102

Finished quilt is 88×102

View from the back.

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You are using more fabric because each section needs a little extra batting and backing around the edges due to pinning each section separately before quilting.

 All and all I am happy I tried it!

My cat loved it before I was done piecing it as you can see!

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On to the next project!

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WIP ~ An Idea That Is Taking Shape!

Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com  I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.

Vibrant Viburnum

I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric.  I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric.  The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.

A large piece but bright and beautiful.

I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look  I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf,  this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing  to make it look like it is floating from a distance.  The second thought  would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!

Here is a photo of my idea.

Vibrant Viburnum

 One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.

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WIP Wednesday ~ Going with the Flow Galaxy Quilt

Lately I have just been going with the flow with my quilting designs.  This one piece of dyed fabric I bought at the MQX show in February just made me think of Outer Space.  I loved the movement and the colors.  It was dyed first then marbleized with a sparkle added to it.  I just had to have it!

I decided not to cut this piece up in anyway so I would be doing raw edge appliqué. Drafting out the stars and planets on paper first, then using my light box I was able to draw out my spikes and circles for the planets and stars. Using fusible web I adhered the pieces to the background.

First star in place!

First star in place!

I also wanted to try something new that I haven’t tried ~  Angelina Fibers!

DIfferent color Angelina Fibers!

Different color Angelina Fibers!

After following the directions I placed them under the edge of the large planet at the bottom of my art piece. I then fused the edge of the planet carefully with the fibers in place.  I will gently move them out of the way to quilt the background then quilt them down in place!

Angelina Fibers

See how they sparkle!

I went ahead and did some other stars and planets and one comet. My husband thought I should have a comet. I had some purple burlap and used that and have some green burlap that I will use as the tail of the comet when I put the final fibers on the quilt. Not added yet!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Going with the flow ~ I started by using white thread and following along the white on the fabric.  Kind of like inter cosmic dust.  This planet I had pieces of fabric on batting then tulle and sewn into place. Each planet and star is different!

White thread!

White thread!

Next I used a light turquoise blue thread to follow  the marbling of the fabric design.  I have one section done!

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When I stand back and look at the quilt I realize I am going to be adding some large beads as star bursts here and there and some fibers.

Going with the flow means when you feel you want to do something and you are not sure how it will come out, just go with it. You will be so surprised on how freeing it is. Things just happen in a good way.

I hope to have this Galaxy Art Quilt done next week and available in my shop ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebutterflyquilter

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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!

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wip-wednesday-first-quiltsy-team-group-quilt/

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.

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WIP Wednesday ~ First Quiltsy Team Group Quilt

I love doing group quilts.  There is always a challenge on what to do with the blocks. Well, since I was the one that suggested the group quilt all I can do is smile as I receive the blocks in the mail. It is so much fun running to the post to pick up envelopes from someone you never met and open them up. Everyone has a different perspective about what is bright and what is colorful! This is the first quilt (I think there may be two at least) that I designed around 4 patches.  Everyone that wished to  participate was asked to send 2 different size 4 patches ~  One measuring 6 1/2 unfinished and one measuring 4 1/2 unfinished. I sat down and made one myself to figure out a design I would like. I had a design in mind, then scratched the whole idea and came up with this one instead. I already love how it is looking with only 4 sets of blocks!!!

First the small four patch measuring 4 1/2 square.

Small four patch

Small four patch

Add a 1 1/2 inch strip to all sides! I used Kona Bay White.

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Next take you 6 1/2 inch unfinished block and cut it up into four 1 1/2 inch strips!
There will be a little center left over that needs to be discarded. I know it was hard to cut up a block but it will add to the quilt!

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

These strips will be the sashing between the blocks! I will be putting in a white square of fabric between the sashing. Did I tell you this is a scrappy quilt! I already love the look of this! Will be posting photo’s as I go along. Next week I will tell you how I am using some of the 6 1/2 inch unfinished blocks for the border!

On the design wall!

On the design wall!

This quilt when done will be available for sale in our Team Shop! Here is the link to our shop! ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

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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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WIP and What Not #5 ~ My Sew Room!

For the past month I have been trying to organize my sew room and I finally have it the way I think I can function with it. One problem I have is that my large daylight basement room is also the guest room and on top of that our house is for sale. Trying to keep it looking clean and being able to put everything in its place if someone decides to stop by and look is the challenge.

First is fabric storage. I had a couple of bins of batiks and cottons mixed together and it was getting hard to separate and look for what I needed. I love batiks! I am a batik girl.  I decided that each color of my batiks needed a special container, even the smalls scraps go into the container that has that color. Each box has tape across it with the color that is in the box.

Batik Fabric Corner

Batik Fabric Corner

I decided to go thru all my cotton fabric and just give most of it away. Yup sent it off in the mail to a friend, hoping she could use it. I kept just a little bit of it.  A great way for me to store the small amount of cotton fabric that I had  was getting a closet sweater holder and putting fabric in the shelves instead of sweaters. It attaches to the hanger rod  in my guest closet.

Closet sweater holder great for holding fabrics

Closet sweater holder great for holding fabrics

I bought three thread containers to hold all my thread. I colorized them and each thread has its bobbin with it. Did I mention I love thread. I might need to pick up a fourth container.

Thread Containers

Thread Containers

I then found this photo holder container with different inner containers. In these I colorized my fibers and my buttons. Holds quite a lot!

Fiber and Button storage

Fiber and Button storage

With all my magazines I collect, I went thru them and cut out what I wanted to keep. Especially those that have free motion quilting designs in them. I put them in plastic sleeves and in notebooks. Easy to look thru and try when I have the chance.

MagazineI found this big wardrobe at a discount place. The bottom section holds all my different paints and inks. The top section holds my storage boxes and my binders of different information.

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

On one side of the wardrobe I was able to add screws and hang most of my rulers! The other side is where I tacked some felt to the wall and use as my design wall. I will have to come up with something better some time.

Hanging rulers

Hanging rulers

Now my cutting table is a craft table. If you use a craft table to cut on you might want to add blocks of wood that will raise the height of the table. Using 4 x 4 blocks with a little grove so the table doesn’t slip worked out great! This saved my lower back from being in pain when I am cutting a lot.

Add blocks of wood to make the table higher

Add blocks of wood to make the table higher

Now the sewing machine table my husband built for me. I had two craft legs from a broken craft table that worked out perfect. Using ply wood for the top and a little bit heavier wood for  building the sewing machine platform that is bolted in. He did a bunch a fussy cutting so I can reach my bobbin latch to change my bobbin out without taking my machine out. The height was measured so the machine was flush with the top. I then secured clear heavy plastic vinyl to the top plywood so when I am quilting the fabric slides easily.

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My sew room is ready to go and if I have a guest, a futon that folds out to a double bed is ready!

Full sew roomIf you have a great idea for storage please pass it on.

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