Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Taking Flight with Wings by Benartex and Giveaway!

We have a winner of the fat quarter bundle of Wings. Congratulations to Cheri S. of Washington!

Wings Collection by Jennifer Young for Benartex
Today I am the guest blogger at the Sew in Love with Fabric blog (Benartex) and I selected this gorgeous collection. Just to give you a sneak peek, here is something I used to fussy cut some of the bird fabric:

What's that freezer paper doing over that bird?
There is a fat quarter giveaway. Go take a visit to Sew in Love with Fabric and see what's happening with this collection. Then come back here and tell me what you put in your mug each morning: coffee, tea, Coke?

The GIVEAWAY is open until midnight Saturday, October 22. Then I'll pick my winner (and if I don't have a valid email address for you "no-reply comment" bloggers, I go immediately to another blogger). I only give you 24 hours to reply and then I go on to pick another person. Sorry, but we can't let these drag on for a week (and they have!). Just check your email Monday and Tuesday, please. And I appreciate everyone who visits and comments!

So, now go check it out: Sew in Love with Fabric.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sneak Peek for a Wednesday Tutorial

Wings Collection by Benartex
Come back on Wednesday (after 9:30 am Eastern time) and see what I did with this delightful collection. There will be a tutorial at the Benartex blog, Sew in Love with Fabric. But in the meantime, this is what I did with some of the leftovers.

This traditional block is a Pinwheel and the inspiration came from The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek. I decided I didn't want to English Paper Piece this, but upsized it for rotary cutting. The block is 9" high and with the borders it finishes to 11-1/2". This will become a Mug Rug.

Pinwheel block, rotary cut and strip-pieced
Pinwheel with 1-1/2" borders

See you on Wednesday!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Adinkra BOM - October's Block

A little late, but hey, I'm still in October!

Our block for this month is TI KORO NKO AGYINA - “two heads are better than one”

But there's only one head in this pic. Go figure!

Ti Koro Nko Agyina
I used raw edge applique and batiks for the green. Very easy. Though, of course, you can use hand applique. Your choice.

I've had emails asking where past blocks are. They are STILL AVAILABLE on this blog. Go to my right side bar, scroll down to "LABELS" and you will see the 2016 Adinkra BOM link. Click it and you will find all the individual posts for the blocks from January through October.

Hope you have a wonderful October!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 Calendar Girls: Blazing Autumn Leaves

Here it is October already! Wow - the year has flown by. The block represented in the free quilt pattern is Blazing Autumn Leaf. The block in the Quilter's Block a Day Calendar is 10". I combined 12 of these blocks with two Flying Geese vertical sashing strips.

Blazing Autumn Leaf, October 5 block
The Flying Geese appear again in two corners of the outer border.

Blazing Autumn Leaves: 55" x 59"
You can download this FREE 3 page pattern for the quilt, Blazing Autumn Leaves, and the helpful one page pdf October Newsletter with tips for making these different triangles. Remember, the pattern is written assuming you have a copy of the calendar. The pattern includes a coloring chart so you can audition your own fabrics and colors.
Quilter's Block a Day Perpetual Calendar

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thinking Hexagons Today

I am presenting my trunk show tonight on hexies. I call it: Turning 60, The Joys of Hex. Let's see one of my oldie-goldie quilts using a half hexagon:

Half Hexagon Flower Pots
Then I made another one for Windham Fabrics. This appeared in my 2012 Wall Calendar of Quilts. You can find it (and 11 other patterns) for only $10.

Dancing Flower Pots. 10" Blocks; 55" x 55" quilt
And I used this half-hexagon pot shape for one other quilt. The flowers were fussy cut from a happy Lakehouse Fabrics fabric motif. Isn't this such a happy quilt?

Pots of Blooms
And in a FREE pattern on my Craftsy page: Trash Basket Batiks (made in 2002). I rummaged in the trash cans during a guild sew-in and grabbed all the discarded batik scraps. I got the last laugh with these fun blooms. Go get the FREE pattern: Trash Basket Batiks.

Trash Basket Batiks

I figure I probably have another one or two creations around here using the half-hexagon for a flower pot. But for now, I hope you enjoy seeing all 4 of what I found so far.

Monday, September 19, 2016

3-D Folded Hexagon Flowers and FREE pattern

Yes, that's right. I began making these little flowers about 15 years ago when I was working with some origami shapes. I saw how Kumiko Sudo was doing this with circles, but that didn't make sense to me. I needed points of orientation and figured if I started with a hexagon I should end with a hexagon, right?

The first quilt I made using this technique is a bit wild and bright! I made it about 14 years ago. I used green gros grain ribbon, folded hexagons and dogtooth sashings. Pretty crazy, I think.

Bright Dragonflies and Flowers
Here is a picture of the hexagons before and after folding. I cut my hexagons using a 60 degree ruler. You can cut any size this way. I think I've shared this on the blog in the past. The handout/free pattern has a hexagon traceable template for you.

Folded Fabric Hexagons
My most popular trunk show these days with quilt guilds is "Turning 60: The Joys of Hex." It's G-rated, by the way! I pulled this little quilt to take with me on Monday because it hasn't been out of the closet for a long time.

Hexagon Folded Flowers
The flowers are folded hexagons. The leaves are prairie points. The center of the hexagon flowers are yo-yos. Lots of dimension in this little quilt.

I put one of those folded fabric hexagons on a bag I made in 2013 using the Rebecca Collection by Windham. This is a reproduction set of fabrics and I was very taken with that purple!

Simple fabric bag (for my yarn!) with a folded hexagon and a flower button in the center
I also had this as a class sample for my small quilt using two different sized hexagons. More prairie points. What do you think?

Folded Hexagon Flowers
Now, would you like the instructions for making these flowers? It's a 2 page pdf download from my web site. And the yo-yo. Practice on construction paper to get the idea. Then you won't be able to stop, I promise.

Enjoy! Folded Fabric Hexagons

Monday, September 12, 2016

Harvest Pumpkins - FREE Pattern

Yikes! I gave you a Christmas pattern, but Halloween comes well before that. Here's one of my most popular patterns featuring pumpkins and you have enough time before October 31 to make it. And it doesn't have to be for Halloween. Pumpkins are perfect for Thanksgiving or anything Fall related.

This is also at my Craftsy pattern site, but some people just don't like having to go to Craftsy for a pattern even if it's free. So, now you can get it anonymously from my web server. Even they don't keep track of things for me (though I've asked).

Harvest Pumpkins. Block Size: 8" Quilt Size: 25" x 34"
All rotary cut and stitched. This appears in my 2012 Calendar of Quilts (at Craftsy), but I pulled it out so we could celebrate Fall together. It's still in there with the other 12 quilts, of course. That Calendar of Quilts is quite a bargain for $10 with 13 quilts - 92 pdf pages!

Harvest Pumpkins appeared in Quilt Magazine 12+ years ago
I hope you can make this in time to celebrate Fall. Perfect for kids, for a table runner with 3 blocks or even one block for a mug rug. So, enjoy Harvest Pumpkins - from me to you!