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Sparkling Inventory

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I'm a Featured Designer this month for the Just Wanna Quilt Inventory Quilt Project. I sent them a few copies of Sparkling Trail to play with back in January.  Besides wanting an excuse to make another Sparkling Trail, I thought the design would be a good one for an Inventory Quilt because it has a lot of patches.  That leaves room for a lot of different fabrics, which is perfect for taking stock of an extensive stash curated fabric collection.  120 triangles give plenty of opportunities to showcase individual fabrics.

This version was a pretty good snapshot of my red stash in 2014 when I made it.



There are not 120 different fabrics in that quilt, as I used some more than once, but you certainly could use 120 different fabrics if you had that many.

You could even use more that 120 by piecing several fabrics together and cutting the triangles out of that pieced swatch.  The original Sparkling Trail was actually Sparkling Strings.


Oops, it's upside down!  Just the same, you see …

Quilting On Point

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While I was sewing up the sample for my next pattern, I realized I have used on point settings in a few patterns.  It occurred to me that some may find "on point" intimidating.  If you are one of those quilters, let me ease your fears.

Sewing  rows of blocks on point is just like sewing horizontal rows of blocks, with the addition of a triangle at each end of the row.  You don't have to sew at an angle. You're sewing straight lines.



Let's talk about those triangles.  Side setting triangles are the ones that will make up the sides of the quilt.  Corner setting triangles, as I'm sure you guessed, will be the corners of the quilt.




There is no way around having at least one stretchy bias edge on a cut triangle, but you definitely can avoid ending up with those stretchy edges on the sides of your quilt, where they might cause distortion. To avoid having bias edges on all sides of your quilt, you want any triangles sides that end up on the outside edge of the quil…

Sun-seeking quilting

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It's been grey outside for most of the last week and I'm looking for sunshine.  My scrap bins teamed up with a ruler and a book that have been patiently waiting on my shelf for several months to bring some into the sewing room.


I bought the QCR Mini ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful in the fall, planning to use it to make their Posh Santa for Christmas.  Umm, well, Christmas comes around every year, right?  It might still happen.

I also bought the Mini Wonderful Curves book on impulse.  I don't usually buy on impulse, but this one has several projects I think I'd like to make, time permitting.  I'm starting with the cheerful sunflowers in the Soak Up the Sun quilt.  I didn't really want to make 9 sunflowers, as I have other projects also clamoring for attention, but just three for a runner sounded about right for a short diversion.


Cutting and trimming take the most time with these blocks.  You start with squares and rectangles, and cut curved pieces from those, t…

Happy National Quilting Day

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Happy National Quilting Day!


Let's put the daily news on hold and enjoy some pretty pictures and quality time in the sewing room today.  But first, I spent some quality time with technology learning to use a new app to make and share this video.  Well, it's a video of still pictures.  I'll work up to video.  Maybe.  Baby steps!

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day! by CanuckQuilter on Jumprope.

Next I'm taking Rosie for a walk (can't resist those pleading puppy dog eyes) then I'm going to start a new project because I don't have enough UFOs yet!

Temp Quilt Wednesday?

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Temp Quilt Tuesday has a better ring to it than Temp quilt Wednesday, but I missed Tuesday.  In this somewhat surreal state the world is in right now, I lost track of my days, but I'm overdue for a Temp Quilt update, so Wednesday will have to do!


With new pattern releases at the end of February, a last minute trunk show with the lovely Fort Dodge Area Quilters (thanks for inviting me!) and preparing and teaching a two-part ruler quilting class, the temperature quilt was rather neglected.  When I picked it up last weekend I had about 5 weeks of blocks to catch up on.  They are quick, simple blocks, but keeping the colours in the right places when catching up on 35 blocks at once required a bit more organisation to be efficient.

I borrowed some ideas from Raewyn to get organised.  I had precut strips of each colour and was cutting squares off the strips as needed. This worked fine when I was keeping up, but was bit tedious when I had 35 days' worth of catching up.  I decided to …

Topiaries

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After many peeks at Topiaries in progress, here it is, complete.


This one is made using a precut strip pack of 2 1/2"strips, plus yardage for background, border and binding. This particular strip pack was a Northcott Shimmer colorway, with coordinating yardage for the border and a metallic gold Moda Grunge for the background.

I finished the top in early November, and slowed to a standstill when I decided I wanted to try quilting the whole quilt with my Westalee quilting rulers.  I knew I wanted to use the rulers, but it took me awhile to decide exactly what to quilt to complement the piecing.


I had to pick out the freehand feathered wreath I had tried in one block before deciding to use rulers.  The wreath turned out OK, but it just didn't pop in that block.  I just was not going to go to the effort of quilting 11 more feathered wreaths if they were just going to fade away and not show up!  It was worth picking it out, because I think the petal motif I came up with using the …

Sprinkled

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I had so much fun designing and making this quilt!  I don't use precuts often, but when this idea popped into my head as I tried to fall asleep one night and was still there when I woke up in the morning, I knew I needed to make it.


This version was made with Island Batik strips and some metallic Moda Grunge yardage.  I even used leftovers lengths strips for a scrappy binding.

I planned to gift this one to one of my daughter's friends, and my daughter suggested her friend would love a touch of Cuddle fabric (similar to Minkee) somewhere on the quilt. I didn't want to deal with the weight of a cuddle backing as I quilted on my domestic machine, so I added a cuddle applique instead.  I've done this before and liked how it turned out.  My daughter has a cuddle penguin on her quilt.


The pattern for the dog applique is from the Buddies Project Trio Pattern by Karen at KLee 2Strings.  This design was perfect for my daughter's dog-loving friend.  I just enlarged it to fit…