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Spring Blooms on point setting

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Someone asked in a comment on my Spring Blooms tutorial yesterday if it was OK to use a different fabric for the setting triangles if the the blocks are set on point as I did in my quilt.  My first reaction was "Of course!  It's your quilt, do what you want!".

I still feel that way, but after reflection, it occurred to me that the question was more about what it would look like.  If you're looking to reproduce exactly what I did, then no, you can't switch fabrics.  It will look different if you use different fabric for the setting triangles than you did for the block background.  Using the same fabric floats the blooms on the quilt.

However, if you're not looking to reproduce exactly what I made, have fun with it.  I fired up EQ7 and colored the triangles differently to give you an idea what things could look like.




I rather like it this way.  If I ever make this quilt again I think I'll choose different facbric for the setting triangles.  It's a litt…

Tic Tac Hoot!

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Tic Tac Hoot was the last Tic Tac Who? quilt I designed.  I had the other two finished when my daughter suggested an owl version.  I love owls!  I think it dates back to being a Brownie leader in Halifax in university.  My leader name was Sleepy Owl. It's a long story, but I promise I was wide awake and enthusiastic!



Tic Tac Hoot turned out very well in the end, after a very slow start!  My first attempt at designing an owl yielded something that looked more like a bat, and definitely wasn't baby-cute.

I tweaked a little and came up with something I thought would work so I stitched him up in fabric.


Oh, that beak! This looked more like an owl but something was off, so I tried again.




I was getting closer to a finish!  I popped him into the quilt layout on the design wall...



I really thought the green background and the darker sashing would work, but once it was on the wall, I couldn't bring myself to start sewing everything together. It stayed up on the wall a few days, and …

Tic Tac Quack!

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It's Tic Tac Quack's turn today.  This one has the easiest focus block of the three Tic Tac Who? quilts.


You might remember my first rubber duck block attempt yielded a rather chubby duck. I'm glad I went back to the drawing board.  This one fits the space just as I hoped.






I tried to quilt random wavy lines for the waves.  I've seen lovely quilting like that, but whatever I was doing didn't do the trick.  It looked like one big mess.  I ended up ripping out the quilting (I quit after finishing about a quarter of the quilt, so it didn't take to long to rip out) and starting over after marking lines.  I used a flexible curve, the kind used in drafting I think, to copy the curve.  This, like most of my quilts, was quilted with a walking foot.



I don't know if you can make out the detail in the binding.  I used the same bubble print as in the square right below the duck. It reminds me of bubble bath.  When my kids were little, rubber ducks and bubble bath were a…

Tic Tac Woof!

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Where did the week go?  I had planned to share individual posts of my Tic Tac Who? quilts during the week but here we are, Friday, and I'm just now getting around to it!  So without further ado...

  I really wanted something simple that wouldn't compete or overpower the very simple design.  The fabrics and the puppy are the stars here.  My trusty walking foot came out to play again.  I'm sure if you've followed my blog for a while, you're not surprised!  This time I quilted concentric circles, centered on the puppy block, and kept echoing until the whole quilt was quilted.



The pawprint fabric, in red, was just hanging around the sale room waiting for this quilt to come along, and my coworker Amy suggested the red striped binding.  I think it was the perfect finishing touch!


Happy Quilting!

Tic Tac Who?

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Last winter several customers at the shop where I work were looking for baby quilt patterns with something cute but not applique.  Quick and easy but not just squares.  Oh, and small enough to be able to use a single length of regular width (42"-ish) fabric for the back.  The wheels in my head started turning.  With other projects in the works, it took a while for these ideas to become finished quilts, but here they are at last, each 38" x 47".  I love how they turned out



The pieced focus block is the only slightly challenging part of each quilt.  The duck is the easiest, followed by the puppy, then by the owl.  I quilted them with my walking foot on my domestic machine, and kept the quilting simple to continue the "simple" theme.

I think I'll give each quilt its own post over the next few days to share lots of pictures.


All three block designs will be included in one pattern Tic Tac Who? The pattern is about 3/4 finished, then I'll be looking for vol…

When the wrong side is the right side

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On Friday, I dove into a new project and was sewing merrily along when I realized I had just sewn three pieces wrong side up.  Argh!  I thought not-nice things and grabbed my seam ripper.  Before I got to the ripping part, I was smiling again and doing a little happy dance.





Here's the fabric I chose for my new project.  I need a light, a medium and a dark grey.  I spent a lot of time looking for just the right ones.  The light and the dark were perfect, just what I had in mind.  The medium grey, not so much.  The texture was right but it was too close to the dark.  It was the best I could find, so I settled for it.


 Just before I unpicked that offending unit with the grey sewn in wrong side up, my brain registered the color of the wrong side.  I looked more carefully and did a happy dance.  The wrong side is just what I was looking for and couldn't find!


I did rip some seams, but not the ones I had planned.  I ripped the ones that had been sewn "correctly" according…

Last minute tote bag

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Less than a week before leaving for the SewPro convention in Chicago in September, it dawned on me that I might need a bag to lug around a notebook, samples of my patterns, business cards (yes, I have business cards now - I feel all grown up!), maybe a light sweater.  I could have grabbed one of the kids' backpacks, but somehow that didn't project quite the image I hoped for.

So, with less than a week to go and plenty of unrelated things to finish up before I left, I just had to make a bag!

I think it came out pretty well, considering I winged it with no pattern.  I decided to use some of my snowflakes to dress it up a bit.  This one is Snowflake 7, version 4. 

Flip the bag over to see Snowflake 7, version 1.


I am particularly proud of the zippered pocket I added.  I could add slip pockets easily, as I have added such pockets to my small purses so had an idea how to proceed, but I didn't want my wallet to fall out unnoticed. I watched this tutorial and this one, took a de…