Saturday, September 14, 2013

Shelves

It's been a long while since I worked on this quilt!

I cut the dark brown shelves for the Harry Potter quilt 2.5" wide from a wood grain fabric from Riley Blake.


Because this quilt is somewhat narrow, I'm planning to do a pieced border on the right and left sides, and then do an outer border with some Fairy Frost in a color to be determined.

Getting closer and closer to being done!

Don't forget to enter the pattern giveaway!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Premiering.... Linked Up and Giveaway!

This give away is now closed!

My sister has written a new pattern that is now available on Craftsy!


Linked Up finishes at 80" by 56" and can be adapted for yardage as well as for scrappy quilts!


You can purchase the pattern here (and check out all of our other patterns!) OR you can comment on this post to be entered to win a copy! Comment on this link with what color scheme you would choose; followers add a comment to get a second entry!

Giveaway will be open until 5PM Monday, September 16th.

Happy Friday!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Daily Craft TV -- check, check it out!

Back today with another review!

I was able to sample a video class from Daily Craft TV and I chose "Creative Tips for Stunning Quilting Designs."

One of the nice things about a number of these videos is that they sample a number of different topics in one "lesson." Some of the other videos are about just one technique, but I decided to chose one with a variety of topics.

This lesson talked about

  • Quilt Labels: I've never done a label on many of my quilts (GASP!) and the technique described in this section of the video would be so quick and easy!
  • Crazy Quilts: Not something I'm super interested in, but the examples shown in the video are very pretty!
  • Simple Designs: This one makes some good points about starting to do "quilt math" yourself, which I think intimidates a lot of people from designing their own quilts. The demonstration of how just adding stitch-and-flip triangles to squares changes the look of a block shows you how simple blocks can be manipulated to make dozens and dozens of different designs. This segment was my favorite by far and I could go on and on and on about it, but you should probably just watch it yourself! 
  • Bias Strip Triangle Squares: This is SO CLEVER and would save a lot of time. I'm going to try this the next time I have to make a lot of triangle squares. It would have been nice (or slightly easier to follow) if the example had just used two contrasting colors rather than two colors with multiple prints of each one, but the concept was the same none the less.
  • Tetrad color schemes: Combining colors isn't something many do on their own; most of us stick with combining fabrics from the same lines -- so the work is done for us! Most of the time I end up sticking with 3 color quilts, but going with 4 colors would be a fun challenge.
  • Sewing Machine Needles: How often do you change your needle? I am definitely not changing mine enough and was surprised with how short they should be changed! Speaking of that, we should all go change our needles right now. So much more to think about with needles other than that they are a necessary part of our machines.
  • No Piece Drunkards Path -- Um, sign me up!
All of this in ONE lesson. That you can watch over and over again. I'd be interested in trying out one of the lessons that would be a pattern for an entire quilt, if I picked another one.

Check out all the lessons here and have a wonderful week!

September Stash Bee Block

This month for Hive #4 in the Stash Bee, Cyndi asked us to make a Weathervane block designed by Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy. What a great stash buster block! :)


More progress (and a quilt I got as a present!) as well as another review coming soon!