Friday, October 20, 2017

It's Autumn in Seattle

5" squares of scraps
Time for school, fires in the fire place and colored leaves on the trees. And most importantly the sewing season! I have been playing around with disappearing four patches. 

Sew one light to one dark, heading for a four patch
Make four cuts 1" from the center seam
I just could do the normal. I decided to cut all the blocks and sew everything back together very scrappy.

Make four cuts one inch from center seam .

Traditionally the pieces from one block are moved around in the same block and resewn.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Half Square Triangles - Quilt Show

Lots of blocks later...
It Is now hand quilted  and on my bed!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Piecing Half Square Triangles

It isn't my favorite thing to piece half square triangles. I know it is most accurate to piece on a foundation, but the truth be known, I hate to tear the paper away. So I do it an older, just as accurate way.
6" squares = 2" finished blocks. Use these measurements for any other sizes.
For eight 2" finished half square triangles, start with two pieces 6" squares of fabric, right sides together.
Draw lines from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" from both sides of the lines.
Cut on the drawn lines, and not moving the fabric cut vertically and horizontally too.

 You will end up with eight per 6" pair.
After pressing, one corner usually does not need to be trimmed.
I use a half square triangle ruler and trim two sides for perfect squares.

Perfect half square triangles.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Scraps - Someone Must be Joking!

I have been sewing 2 1/2" squares and nine patches in spare moments for days and days. I love what I have achieved in the little time spent doing this.

Now if some one could please tell me why the box I started with didn't get any emptier!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It's Thread Day

I love playing with thread. Yesterday I tried something new from Superior Threads. Designed with award-winning quilter Jane Sassaman, Sew Sassy is a creative quilter's dream thread. Available in 50 bold, bright solid colors, Sew Sassy is a great thread choice for projects where you want to see the stitching from across the room!
    12 wt./3-ply Spun Polyester thread.
    Available in 50 bright, bold solid colors.
Recommended Needle and Tension Settings
Home Machines: Topstitch #100/16. Set tension to 2.0
Longarm Machines: #21 (MR 5.0). Reduce tension as necessary.
I used a Topstitch #90/14 (didn't have the recommended #100/16), and did not change the tension.
Liked it so much, I tried hand sewing with the thread

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stash Busting Quilts

I'm on a mission to make some Stash Busting Quilts! I don't think I am going to win the "Whoever has the most fabric" contest, but I have my share. I realized that when the cupboard is too full to shove more in, something needs to happen.

Scrap quilts (or I should say multi fabric) are my all-time favorite type of quilt. History would have us believe that the majority of antique scrap quilts were frugal projects, made with bits and pieces of  leftover fabrics. While that’s probably true, I think quilters of past generations enjoyed the challenge of combining fabrics just as much as we do today, and likely used their fabric stashes to design scrappy quilts with lots of visual appeal.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Any Excuse for Straight Line Stitching

I love straight line quilting, it works so well on so many quilts, and it’s so easy! The possible combinations of straight lines are endless. 
These pieces started with postcards of Chinese cigarette advertising posters from the 1930's. I love them so much, that there is a very large framed one hanging in the guest bathroom. (Talk about getting off the subject!)

I printed these on Printed Treasures fabric that comes pretreated with stuff that I can run through my ink jet printer. The purpose was to get them done so I could bead. (I bead after the pieces are quilted and bound). So straight line quilting was just the thing. I wanted nothing fussy, nothing to distract from the beading. I really like both of these pieces. 

What a difference, to see the before beading and after beading pictures.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Historical Quilts


The Quilts

The idea for a quilt to honor the pioneers who were in the County before the year 1920 was conceived by Mrs. Walter Oberst and approved by Mrs. Abby Kidwell, president of the Historical Society. The interest was so great that we soon realized that we would have to make two quilts. The first quilt is now finished and is on display in the historical display case in the Franklin County court house, Pasco.

Those who contributed materials are:

Mrs. Abby Kidwell and Mrs. Catherine Harder Peot - material for the white and blue blocks. Mrs. Sadie Mc/Fadden Ziegler the batting tor both quilts. Mrs. Rowena Ingram - lining material.

The quilting was done by Mrs. Don Cox and Mrs.
Rowena Ingram assisted by Mrs. Beulah Dunston, Mrs. Helen Hummel, Mrs Loraine Quinn and Mrs. Julie Reider.

The second quilt top 1s nearing completion, with ten blocks still out to he finished. When the top is completed quilters will be needed.

Our special thanks go to Mrs. Lloyd Cochrane and those who helped dietribute the blocks in the outer areas.

The interest and cooperation during this project has been a pleasure - thanks to all. Rowena Ingram

Friday, September 29, 2017

Quilt Show Season-Here is How I Make a Sleeve

I  like to make sleeves for all my quilts. Putting a sleeve and a label on when the piece is finished, means it’s ready for anything. This method allows for any size rod, and the quilt still hangs flat on the front.
Press short edges under 1/2" press, fold again and stitch.
Place ruler on fabric, 5" down from one long edge, fold fabric to ruler, and press
Place ruler on fold 1" from edge, and press.
Note: I press these folds with a bit of starch. I want these folds to be sharp!

Stitch two raw edges wrong sides together.

Pin sleeve on the back of the quilt 1" from the top, and stitch in place.
The resulting sleeve allows for a large or small rod.

Thursday, September 28, 2017



Use Embellishments in a sentence
Melody loves to embellish her quilts!
[em-bel-ish-muhnt] noun ornament or decoration.
2.a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
b.auxiliary tone.
4.the act of embellishing.
5.state of being embellished.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Seattle's Quilt Show Season Has Begun

Went Evergreen Piecemakers Show last weekend (I am sorry that I didn't post about it BEFORE the show). It was lovely!
Please support your local guild quilt shows!!!
Featured quilter Robbi Bousard

Susan Kelley - great quilting!

Ruthann Lindsay - spectacular hand work

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tonights Sunset

I spent the day running all over town doing errands. Not my favorite thing! Got home just in time to see this wonderful sunset. There is something about the low evening light I find mesmerizing.