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The Traveling Quilts ~ Round Four

Traveling Quilts Sent

We are running a bit behind on the Traveling Quilts Bee, but I am happy to have Round Four to share with you today! For this month, I worked on Monica of The Happy Zombie‘s block. I love everything Monica does, so you know, no pressure! :)

Traveling Quilts Received

Monica started her quilt with this section – the house, surrounding star and perfect embroidery. Dan added the Flying Geese, Penny added the undies (can’t forget those on your travels! Also a little birdie told me these might be coming out as a pattern in her Sew-Ichigo shop later!) and Jacquie added the HZTV (Happy Zombie TV) section.

Fly with Me

I decided to carry on with the “Travels” theme and add an airplane! I used Rashida‘s latest tutorial for the Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang, Fly With Me. My only issue was I didn’t check my scale when I printed it, so everything printed a bit smaller than it was supposed to. It just involved a little extra trimming to make seams match, but wasn’t a serious issue.

Traveling Quilts Fabric Pull

I picked a rainbow of colors to coordinate with Monica’s original block. (I switched out the purple at the last minute). I included some prints from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road because I knew Monica and Violet were friends and thought she would like seeing some of that fabric in her quilt. The plane is a black and white text print from my local quilt shop.

I hope you enjoy your new block Monica! This quilt is now with Ashley where I’m sure she will add something amazing.

August 27, 2012   11 Comments

Washi Dress

Washi Dress

Yep, I’m one of the many Washi Dress fans in blogland. When I first saw the dress Rae made and wore at Quilt Market, I was seriously crossing my fingers that she would write a pattern. And when she did release the pattern, I think I bought it within a day or two. I am really impressed with anyone that can write a clothing pattern – so complicated! I love the little details in the neckline and the pockets.

The Washi Dress pattern was great. I especially loved that the pattern piece lines are all different colors, based on size. So no confusion as to what to cut. This dress took me maybe 5 or 6 hours. The first time I make a piece of clothing always takes the longest, and I’m definitely no expert. But I’m already planning a second with some of Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study fabric, and possible a third in voile.

Washi Dress Back

I made a muslin bodice before making the actual dress. I ended up deciding on a size Small, with a couple adjustments. I have scoliosis so my shoulders are uneven. It’s pretty annoying. So I used a big larger seam allowance on the right shoulder to make up for that. I also am short. :) So I shortened the length of the dress 2.5″ so it would fall a bit above my knee.

Washi Dress
You can tell how much taller my husband is than me from the angle of this photo!

The fabric is from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line. I bought 3 yards of it last November with plans on making a dress, after seeing this dress from the Sewing Summit. The fabric has a bit less drape that I was hoping for, but I do love it (even if it is a bit wild).

August 21, 2012   24 Comments

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Fresh AG Tote

Fresh AG Tote ~ Pattern for the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang

Today I’m so excited to be able to share my first project as part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang, the Fresh AG Tote!

I designed this tote with summer in mind, perfect for taking to the park or the pool. It’s a simple pattern for beginner bag makers as well. You can find the pattern over on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog and also the PDF download on their pattern summary page (if you don’t see it there right away, it will be there soon – just go to the blog post).

Now for the giveaway! Want to win all the Art Gallery prints I used on my bag (minus the solids)?

My rules:
• Leave a comment on this post

Art Gallery’s rules:
• Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog
• Follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest
• Like Art Gallery on Facebook (optional)

I will pick a winner Friday evening, July 27th.

And don’t forget to add photos of your finished project to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr group. Happy sewing everyone!

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Closing comments to pick a winner!
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The lucky winner is #124: Martha said “Love your tote:) awesome!”

Congratulations Martha! I will be emailing you for your address. Thanks for commenting everyone!

July 23, 2012   217 Comments

Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

Butterfly Strands Header

I received some beautiful fabric in the mail this week – The Birds and the Bees by designer Tula Pink. This fabric was sent to me generously by one of my sponsors, Westwood Acres (you can see all their The Birds and the Bees bundles here). Amanda asked if I wanted to play around with some of this new line and I didn’t really have to think very long before saying yes!

Birds and the Bees

From the first time I saw this fabric online, I thought it would be perfect for a string quilt. I decided for a bit of a less traditional string quilt however. Yesterday I started making blocks that had random amounts of strings on them and I thought I would share a little tutorial for how I made these blocks. They look like butterfly wings to me so….here is my Butterfly Strands Quilt Block tutorial!

Butterfly Strings 3


Butterfly Strands Quilt Block

Cutting Directions
Background – Cut squares from your background fabric. These can be any size, as long as you are consistent for all your blocks. We will be trimming the blocks down a bit to square them up, so cut a bit larger than you’d like your final block. I cut mine to 8.5″ x 8.5″ and squared to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

Strings/Strips – Cut random size strips from your fabric, measuring from 1.5″ to 2.25″.

Block Assembly

1. Take your background square and cut a 45 degree angle (diagonal) from the square, using either the 45 degree line on your cutting mat or your quilting ruler. Each block should have the diagonal cut in a slightly different location, cutting more off some blocks and less off other blocks.

This is what your block should now look like:

2. Layout your stripes for your block. Don’t trim these yet, just get an idea of what colors you want to use for your block.

3. Right sides together, sew your first strip to the 45 degree diagonal of your background fabric.

Press your seams.

4. Using your quilting ruler, trim the ends of your strip.

5. Repeat with your remaining strips.

6. Square your block. As I said in the cutting directions, I squared my blocks to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

You’re done! Layout your blocks as below by alternating the direction of the string sections.

Butterfly Strands

July 19, 2012   29 Comments