Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tip Tuesday! Hanging Quilts

In case you missed it, check out yesterday's post for information about a recent very special announcement.

"Tip Tuesday!" - Hanging Quilts

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 


"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.


These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired!

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I don't know about you, but I have a lot of quilts hanging around my house.

Ever since I started quilting, I knew that I wanted to decorate with quilts and that included hanging them. The problem was (and at times still is), how do I hang the quilt? What kind of sleeve to I put on it? What do I do if the quilt will be used as a wall hanging at times, but also as a lap quilt? Do I add a sleeve or not? 

Out of curiosity, I took a quick count of the quilted wall hangings that are up right now and there are ten on the first floor alone. TEN!! I decided to not count the ones upstairs because I think it might be a bit embarrassing.

Here are a few of my favorite wall hangings, although none of these are up right now. :-)  As a matter of fact, a couple aren't even at the house right now. They are on an extended vacation at M & E Quilt Shoppe!  :-)

There is a sleeve and hanging rod here, you just can't see it.



There's obviously a sleeve here because you can see the hanging rod on both sides. (You can see it below in the picture of this from the back.) I don't love the look of being able to see the rod on many of my wall hangings anymore.


I've actually hung this backwards on purpose. I like how I pieced the back using left over fabrics from the front and I'm ok with the sleeve showing - sort of. It doesn't usually last too long when I hang it this way.  hehehe


You can still see the hanging rod with this patriotic quilt, but this is being hung with clips. There is a sleeve on this, but I like the clips better for this quilt.

This quilt is a little bit bigger than the rod length so it extends past the edges and you don't see the rod. :-) 

Usually my sleeves are made from the same fabric as the backing so it blends in in case I use the quilt for another purpose. But I also like the idea of using various fabrics from the front of the quilt so I have some on hand in case I need to make a repair.

For my small wall hangings, I've been using small corner tabs to hang them. remember this picture? This is the back of my Wonky Star wall hanging from the Dot to Dot Blog Hop back in 2012 

 

I like using this technique and have started putting the tabs in all four corners. That will allow me to rotate the quilt if it's not directional and to keep it "squared" while it's hanging. To do that, I add a dowel rod or something to the bottom as well as along the top.

I recently was sent a link for a You Tube video by Sew Very Easy about hanging quilts. It's quite interesting and I'm going to have to try this. Have you done this? If so, what are your thoughts?

Here's the video link:

Monday, February 1, 2016

HUGE Announcement and Design Wall Monday

Many of you know that I am honored to teach at M & E, a local quilt shop. It's a really fun shop with wonderful owners and lots of awesome customers.  Well, I've been keeping a secret that I am now allowed to finally share.

They've been selected to be in the Spring issue of Quilt Sampler Magazine!  YIPPEE!!!


The only reason I've known about the surprise is because they asked little old me to design their quilt for the magazine. Wow! Was I thrilled to do so. Here's a picture of a smaller version of the quilt (the magazine wanted it in king size!). This was an awesome experience and I am so happy for Mabel and Ethel. 
The Star of Methel


Made for:  Mabel and Ethel (M & E Quilt Shoppe)
Designed by:  Joanne Hubbard aka "Agnes"
Pieced by: JoEllen Schadek aka "Ho"
Quilted by:  Lesa Guerrera aka "Emogeane"

Here's the link to the announcement and a fun link to when they announced it at the shop this past Thursday.

These two ladies sure do deserve this honor!



So, on to my design wall...

I've been crazy busy the last couple of weeks, and it has been decided that my computer is toast so my son-in-law is building me a new one. Hopefully it will be ready to go with all the data restored on to it later this week.

I decided over the weekend that I needed to have things cut and ready so that I could just sit down and sew, even if I only have 15 minutes. That's what I did Sunday evening, after I finished my lesson plans for the week and tentatively scheduled the following weeks plans.

I have four table runners ready to piece along with a hexagon table topper. These are all made using the Easy Stripe Table Runner pattern and a 60 degree ruler. I have the backings and batting ready and think that it will be possible to have all of these done by the end of the week. (I don't really care if they aren't done. I just want to feel productive again!)

These first two runners are made from a single 1.5 yard cut of fabric. I decided to make these "opposite" and like both of them, although I think I like to top one better. (Ignore the brown streak in the middle of these runners. They are not pieced yet and that will be gone when that is done.) The fabric used in these runners is Bluebird, by Timeless Treasures. I love sunflowers. Need I say more?

easy strip table runner

 There are two of the runners below, although I only photographed one. Both are ready for piecing and will be identical.


easy strip table runner

This is the hexagon table topper that I'm making from the "waste" triangles from cutting the two runners above. Again, it's not pieced yet so...

This fabric is called Love and it is also from Timeless Treasures. I love the mason jars and daisies. I have already decided that the table topper will have a mason jar set in the middle of it, and it will be filled with daisies.  :-)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tip Tuesday! How to Mix Fabric Patterns

"Tip Tuesday!" - How to Mix Fabric Patterns

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 


"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.


These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired!

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What is the most challenging thing about quilt for you?

For me, it used to be picking fabrics. I often struggled with making a pattern "my own" and simply purchased fabric that was almost exactly like the one the pattern cover or the sample hanging in a shop. After a while, I tried to stretch myself and pick my own fabrics, but often found that it was too "matchy matchy," safe, and quite honestly, boring. I wanted to be bold in my choices but was too afraid to do it. After all, if I chose fabrics that didn't "work" together, I'd be wasting a lot of money.

A number of years ago, probably 15 or so, Jack and I walked into an area quilt shop and he said that he signed my up for a mystery quilt class. What?!?!? Talk about being out of my comfort zone! To top it off, he then proceeded to tell me that he already bought all the fabric. Between my shock and horror (yes, I admit that I was scared of what he chose), I asked if he had seen the quilt before he picked the fabric. He said no, but that he spoke with the owner and she helped him pick the "supporting fabrics" after he chose his focus fabric.

When I saw the pile of fabric he picked out, I didn't know what to think. Everything was bright and there were lots of different designs and patterns. In retrospect, I realize that I had made a lot of quilts up to that point that had one or two "patterned" fabrics and everything else was a solid or Moda Marble. (Yawn!)

That class was a definite learning experience and the beginning of a fabric journey that has been fun and scary all at the same time.

I am not an expert and I will never be a color theorist; but, I do like to mix and match fabric patterns and colors. I don't always hit the mark, but I love the experiment. I still tend to be somewhat safe, but I do try to step back and push myself a little. My sister Ann and brother Jerry are amazing at choosing fabric; and between them and Jack, I am learning to go with my gut feeling.  

I found a blog that has a really good post about choosing fabrics and mixing patterns. I think it's worth the read.

how to mix fabric patterns like a pro


Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Even though it was a very busy week, I did complete the Sparkling Gemstones quilt top that I posted last Monday. It's quilted and I've started hand stitching the binding.
Sparkiling Gemstones, Jelly Roll Quilt

Here's the back.

Sparkiling Gemstones, Jelly Roll Quilt

A friend of mine from my book club gave me a bunch (at least 6 yards) of this fabric a while ago and it was the perfect width for this quilt. (Thanks Carolyn!) It's kind of weird - half is printed one direction and the other half is printed upside down.   

And here's what I'm using to bind it. I am going to love this!

Sparkiling Gemstones, Jelly Roll Quilt, Binding

Besides being busy, it was kind of a challenging week for me. My phone was doing some strange things (I think I've figured out the problem), my HQ 16 is still giving me fits and my schedule won't allow for me to take it to the shop until this coming Saturday. And, to top it off, my computer crashed. ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!

And when I say crashed, I mean that I can't even get it to turn on. It's at the "computer spa" and I hope to hear from them tomorrow with a diagnosis. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's simply a hardware problem and that I have not lost any data. (Of course I need it for school and classes; and I was fiddling around with a couple of patterns right before it crashed and I hope I didn't lose them.)

I'm using Jack's computer and the keyboard feels different so it takes me a long time to do anything because I keep hitting the wrong key. On the flip side, I've been using my phone (now that I figured out the issue) a lot more than I did before. I guess when push comes to shove, I can learn technology. :-)

I did spend a little time playing with fabric this weekend and that made me very happy! Plus, it was the guild meeting weekend and Eileen organized a sew-in after the meeting. The members were sewing quilts for Flying Horse Farms and it was a lot of fun. Whew! I'm glad I tried to be organized and took care of all the computer work for the patterns they used, or we could have been in a real bind. I really should remember this for the next time I find myself procrastinating. :-)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tip Tuesday! Quilting Charts and Formulas

"Tip Tuesday!" - Quilting Charts and Formulas

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired!
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I love to teach quilting and have been blessed to be able to do so for a number of years. I love seeing the excitement of a new quilter who has had the proverbial "light bulb moment" and feels confident in his or her abilities.


But, we all have had those moments when we see something and just can't figure it out. You know what I'm talking about, right? 


**Even though we've made tons of quilts, we just can't for the life of us remember the measurements of a queen size mattress. (mattress top = 60" x 80") 


**We have those moments when our brain just cannot convert 2/3 of a yard into inches, let alone a decimal.  (24" and .66)


**What the heck are all of those lines on the ruler? Why do we need so many and how do I know which one to use?


**When trying to determine how much backing fabric we need and how we are going to piece it, we give up and buy a wide backing that doesn't quite match or we just buy the rest of the bolt and hope that we have enough.


I know we've all been there, even if we don't like to admit it. 

I can't tell you how many times I've helped someone determine fabric requirements for a pattern to which they've adjusted a size or decided to make from just three fabrics instead of from scraps (or vice versa). 

Okay, I admit it. I'm kind of a geek because I actually like to to these things. And I like to bind quilts too! (Yes, Mr. Schull - my high school math teacher - I now see that I use math EVERY day, and I like it!)

Over the years, I've found and shared a number of cheat sheets, phone apps, etc. that help with all of this info, and today I'd like to share a link to Jane's Quilting Blog, where she has complied a substantial set of charts and formulas often used by quilters. I'm sure you'll find it helpful.  


Don't stress out about it. 
Use the charts and go create something awesome!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Design Wall Monday

It's a crappy picture, but this is what's on my wall today.


Sparkling Gemstones, Charity Quilt, Jelly Roll Quilt

This is an adaptation of the Sparkling Gemstones pattern and all of the fabric is from my stash, which makes me very happy. I know that the "background" fabric is a bit unconventional, but I wanted something different and this fit the bill. The picture really doesn't do it justice; I promise! 

I'm hoping to get this top completed by the end of this week because I know that I'll have very limited sewing/quilting time until the middle of March. I have accepted a long-term substitute teaching position that will keep me busy, plus I already have some quilting classes and workshops scheduled. (I know. I'm crazy.)

I finally finished a Turning Twenty quilt from a very long time ago but I don't have any pictures yet. The binding was hand-stitched Sunday and it was dark by the time I finished so decent pictures were just not going to happen. I'll try to get a picture in the next few days and post it. There's a story behind this quilt and I'll share it when I post the picture. Let's just say that I am extremely happy to have this done! It is long overdue.  :-)

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday Finishes

Happy New Year!

May 2016 find you happy, healthy and with lots of time to quilt!

2015 ended with some finishes and for that I am happy. It's been kind of crazy around here and the first few months of 2016 doesn't look like it will be much different. I've decided to look at this as a positive, as I could be struggling with things and not able to quilt or teach at all. :-)  

I finished a t-shirt quilt for a friend. She and her daughter started it, but soon ran into issues so they asked me to complete it for them. I was happy to do it and it's done and was delivered in time for Christmas, even if this picture doesn't show that. (I send them this picture to determine if they liked the border corners and forgot to take a picture when the quilt was completed. Oh well...)

t-shirt quilt

And, I finished and delivered this Carpenter's Star quilt, complete with embroidered names to my friend Janet. It was a gift for her mom. I love the fabrics in this quilt!

Carpenter's Star Quilt

And Brandon's quilt was presented to his twin brother and mom on Monday. This really was an emotional challenge for me.  I am glad I made it and hope that it brings comfort to the family.

Brandon's Quilt, Star Wars Quilt, Therapeutic Quilting

I hand-wrote a message to the family on the back of the quilt, along the binding.

Brandon's Quilt, Star Wars Quilt, Therapeutic Quilting


I promised Quinn and Sadie that they could sew a little bit over Christmas break. They each chose 6 strips of fabric from my "collection" (That's what they call my stash and I love it!), and sewed them together to make a baby quilt. I set up the machine with a guide for them to keep an accurate (or close to accurate) 1/4" seam allowance and they both did exceptionally well. Here they are showing Grandpa Jack what they've created.

Strip Quilting, Quilting with Kids

Sadie decided that she thinks hers could be used by Bailey when her baby doll isn't using it. She's trying out the size to make sure it will work. They do love their sister!  :-)

Strip Quilting, Quilting with Kids

I did the actual quilting for them (in the ditch) and they love them. Since we finished these right before supper, the girls asked if these quilts could be used for placemats too and since I said yes, it was decided that I (or we) need to make one for Ronan. I think I'll try to do that later today. 

Strip Quilting, Quilting with Kids

I love this backing fabric and have just enough to make Ronan's placemat and maybe one more. 

Strip Quilting, Quilting with Kids

And finally, although not quilt-related, I am happy to say that I'm thrilled to have finished with what I hope will be first of many purging episodes. 


My sisters and I challenged ourselves to do some "housekeeping" and here's what my car looked like when Jack and I made a trip to Goodwill yesterday. Feels good!

Do you have any Friday Finishes to share? 
I'd love to see them.

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