Tuesday, January 11, 2011

With Love From Lincoln!


What an adventure this has been!

Things were in a bit of an upheaval because generally the guild has a rule --- If schools are closed due to weather, there will be no guild meeting.

Well…I’ve flown all this way!! And everyone wanted to come to class, and they didn’t want to miss the trunk show! And you know, Quilters just come from hearty stock, so we made executive decisions and decided the show must go on!

The Scrappy Bargello workshop had been sold out for months, and even with the on-going snow storm, quilters with an agenda refuse to be way-laid! EVERYONE ((With the exception of one who was to drive from the other side of Omaha, an understandable bow-out))made it to class….Snow in the parking lot was close to 6” deep and everyone pitched in with snow shovels pushing, working up a sweat, clearing paths and side walks so we could unload all of our machines, fabrics, and everything ELSE that we MUST have for a workshop day!

We were comfortable and warm and productive all day long inside while nature continued to dump white stuff outside.

You know, everywhere I go I LOVE to soak up local places, shops and food. And I can tell you that I absolutely had a FIRST here in Lincoln! Have you ever had a RUNZA? NO? It’s kinda similar to a perogi if you’ve had those. It’s got a yummy beef, cabbage and onion filling, seasoned with lots of black pepper, all surrounded by a yummy soft bun ---the filling is baked inside the bun and when you break it open and the steam brings the aroma to your senses, oh, it was WONDERFUL!!

So this was a first for me, I’ve never had these before! Sure beats a cold tuna sandwich on a blustery snowy day!

How about some show and tell!??

You can click the thumbnails to biggie size them, or click the “view slide show” link above!

We just had so much fun…I loved the fabrics that everyone was using! Some were more color controlled, some of them wild and random, and I learned that if you live in Nebraska, and are a Nebraska Huskers Fan you also collect CORN FABRIC! One of the ladies had what appeared to be HUNDREDS of different fabrics…all about corn Rolling on the floor laughing It was SO fun to see! ((sounds Corny, I know..ha! punny!))

An amazing number of people braved the streets last night and came back out for the guild meeting. I’m SO GLAD! I was afraid it would also be canceled, but the president stood up and said that we are all grown women (and men) and that we can decide ourselves whether to brave the roads or not, and if you decide to miss a month due to weather, we’ll just see you next time!

I also learned that when you live in a wintery place like this, you don’t ask your nearby guild members how THEY are..you say things like “Hey! How’s your ROAD?” Smile with tongue out There were stories overheard about things like “My hubby finally decided to get a snow blower after I told him the reason we never needed one before was because we still had TEENAGE BOYS at home…they are gone now” Smart Man! LOL! I just love quilters, everywhere I go!

And it turns out I’ll be spending a few more hours in Lincoln that I had planned. My flight this morning has been cancelled and I do have a confirmation on a flight out around 3pm this afternoon…but my route is squirrely because they had to shuffle everyone from cancelled flights. I’m going ((get this..it’s kind of insane!)) From Lincoln to Chicago—from Chicago to Washington, Dulles ---From Washington Dulles to Greensboro. BLEH! Usually I have no problem getting a direct flight from Chicago to Greensboro, but…there is not a seat to be had so I have to fly to Dulles instead.

Thank heavens for the hexagons and the busy bag!! It’s going to be a Long, long day! My flight gets into Greensboro at 11:30pm. AUughhhrrgh.

I’ve had a WONDERFUL time here, and I’d definitely love to come back!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

.....And The Winners Are------


Hello from Lincoln Nebraska! I arrived safe and sound this afternoon and was picked up at the airport by Rebecka and whisked off for my tour of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum! What a place! I only wish we could have spent more time, but they were closing early due to the incoming snow....and I'll just have to make another trip to catch MORE of it. If you have a chance to come to Lincoln, Nebraska, this has GOT to be on the top list of things to do if you are a Quilter!

So....now for what you have been waiting for! I can NOT believe the response we have had between the two blogs! And I know there were those of you who couldn't figure out how to comment, or those who didn't have a google id, a wordpress id, or an open id...but there is a reason why you have to be registered. You see, it keeps spam and all kinds of riff raff at bay, and a google id IS a free thing...so though it is a pain to fill it out, it is all good!

As I write this post there are 575 comments over at Stash Manicure!! You guys tipped the scales! And the winner for Scraps & Shirttails II from OVER THERE is:

LORIS in California!!

Congrats Loris! Send me your snail mail address so I can send your copy out to you as soon as it is in my hot little hands! I sent you an email just a bit ago to let you know I drew your name!

And...we have one more to give away! From the 429 comments on my "Kiss in the Corner" post yesterday.....the winner is..........

VIVIAN in Iowa!!!

Vivian, I have also emailed you from the link on your blog, please contact me with your snail mail info so I can get this out to you as soon as it comes in.

THIS was so fun!! We'll have to do it again soon, won't we?!

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SEA CRUISE!!

There is so much excitement building due to the fact that the cruise I am doing with Pat Sloan in NOVEMBER 2011 sold out SO FAST!

I’ve been working with “Sew Many Places” to see what we could do to accommodate those who signed up too late and found themselves on a waiting list….

Would you believe it? Those who are on the waiting list are actually the LUCKY ones because they get to go to the FRONT of the line and CRUISE FIRST! Yes, the second cruise is happening BEFORE the first one, and if you think this is not confusing for me, well…you don’t know me so well!In love

Come on! Come on! Come on! You know you wanna go! It’s going to be SEW FUN! And never fear…..Sew Many Places is so great to work with. You can make easy monthly payments, and it is 100% refundable minus something like a $35.00 service fee. You don’t wanna miss this! Besides. I need you! My DH is thinking he won’t be able to come on this one because he is already coming on the other one and this one falls over month end---which---if you are a plant controller means something, if you are a quilter, it just doesn’t! Come keep me company, won’t you? Sun

You know how FAST the November cruise sold out. We expect this one to do the same, so call (877)887-1188 and get the details now so you can get that reservation in!

I’ll keep you updated as I know more ---Didn’t I TELL YOU that 2011 was going to be the most awesome year yet?!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Kiss in the Corner!

Today is my day to be the guest-blogger on Stash Manicure! Those of you who have found me through my links there..I want to welcome you! Those who are regulars here…you need to go over there! You will find a sneak preview of the quilts that are in Scraps & Shirttails II, Continuing the Art of Quilting Green!

This book has all been about using stuff from my stash—bonus units left from other projects ((Oh yes, like all of those triangles that ended up in my Roll Roll Cotton Boll quilt!)) pre-cut strips, squares, and even strings! They all found a way into the quilts in the book.

There is one quilt that did not make the cut because we ran out of room! This gives me the perfect opportunity to share it here with you. Yes, the blocks I started while retreating in Oregon for the Sister’s Quilt show a couple years ago finally found a home!

My love of antique quilts drives me! Especially on-point-ones in Pennsylvania Dutch colors like this:

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And soft pastel deliciousness like this one!

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I just LOVED the large chunky cornerstones in this pink/white version and that is what inspired me to play with this setting.

Because I work with scraps, it is ALWAYS difficult for me to tell you how many yards of this-or-that you might need, because I just dig. And I cut. And I sew, and if I run out of something, I grab another piece. Often times yardage is hard to calculate because I might only use a 2 1/2” square of something…and just ONE of that is in my quilt, and to tell you to buy yardage for one 2 1/2” square is just silly. SO….work with what you have, if you run short, buy some more!

If you have approximately 2 yards of neutrals, 2 yards of scrappy colors, and 2 yards (8 FQs) of yellows, you should be good to go!

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Kiss In The Corner!

Block size: 4.5"

Quilt size: Approx. 60" X 67"

Shoo Fly Blocks! What is not to like about them?

This quilt starts with bonus half square triangles! You know, the kind you get when you are doing that snowball-techique where you put a smaller square in the corner of a larger square and sew on the diagonal? I save those, double sewing them with a scant 3/8” seam between the two seam lines and square them to the best measurement I can get out of them, always aiming for something that gives me a usable measurement to work with. I have BOXES that have been square-able to 2” and that is what I used here!

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You will need 288 half square triangles that measure 2”, and they will finish into the quilt at 1-1/2”. They are the same size as the triangles in Roll Roll Cotton Boll! If you don’t have a stash of half square triangles of this size, you can use your Easy Angle Ruler and 2” strips to make them:

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Match the strips with right sides together, and use the 2” marking on the ruler to cut 288 matched pairs. Stitch up into 288 half square triangle units. Feel free to use ANY method that will give you the number of half square triangles required!

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Next Step! Sew a bunch of 2” scrap fabrics ((Mine are all recycled from clothing!)) between two 2” strips of chrome yellow. Press seams toward the yellow. We will be cutting “three-sie” units from these, as if we were sewing 9 patches:

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Slice the strip panels into 2” sub-sections. You will need 72 of these three-sies! And while you are at it, cut 144 2” yellow squares to go with them!

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Add a triangle unit to the end of each yellow square as shown! Press seams toward the yellow! Make 144.

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Combine the triangle units and the three-sie units to make 72 adorable Shoo-Fly blocks as shown! These should measure 5” and finish at 4.5” when sewn into the quilt.

Pieced Sashings:

It’s the pieced sashings that add those cute wonky friendship star units to the quilt layout!

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Piece a bunch more strip sets from 2” strips, with colors in the center, flanked by two neutral strips on either side. You need 168 2" sub-cuts for the sashings. Press seams toward the neutral strips.

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I really loved using these fabrics together! Using recycled fabrics along with the regular quilt stash just adds such a softness, giving you an instantly vintage looking quilt!

Let’s put the “Kiss” in the “Corner!”

For this step I grabbed my trusty box of 1.5” scrap squares. This is the smallest size of scrap that I cut to any specific size, and I use these quite a bit! If you are cutting from 1.5” strips, or cutting individual 1.5” squares, you will need TWO squares for each sashing, or 336 1.5” squares.

I started out just pulling the recycled fabric ones, but as I went I found that there were other colors and fabrics that I wanted to throw in to make these little stars sing.

What I really LIKE about using these small squares, is that we won’t have any corners to match when we sew the quilt together. They will float a bit, surrounding the star within the neutral areas!

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Start by laying a 1.5” square in the upper right corner of the three-sie unit as shown. Stitch across the red square, from corner to corner on the diagonal. Fold the red square back against the corner to check that it matches the edges of the neutral square. Trim excess approximately 1/4” beyond the stitching and press. Repeat for the opposite corner at the bottom left of the unit.

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Make 168 pieced sashing units. *Note* all of your units must be identical to each other in placement of the two corner triangle “Kisses”!

Setting Triangles & Cornerstones:

From yellow prints cut:

Cut (59) 2” squares of various yellows for cornerstones.

(6) 7 5/8” Squares. Cut each square from corner to corner twice with an X to yield 24 setting triangles. 22 will be used in the quilt, 2 will be extra.

(2) 4 1/8” Squares. Cut each square from corner to corner once to yield 4 corner triangles.

(7) 3 1/4” Squares. Cut each square from corner to corner twice with an X to yield 28 small setting triangles. 26 will be used in the quilt, 2 will be extra.

*Note* If you have the companion angle ruler, these small setting triangles, which go on the end of the sashing rows at the edges of the quilt, can be cut from 1.5” strips as shown:

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I like using my specialty rulers when I can!

Layout:

This part becomes a design wall/floor process! I want to make sure that the colors fall where I want them to, so I lay out the WHOLE QUILT so I can rearrange blocks and sashings as needed:

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Lay out the Shoofly blocks, leaving room for the sashings and cornerstones in between. Layout the yellow cornerstones where the triangles in the sashing meet to form the friendship star design. Finally, place the setting triangles, Large and small where they go, and then the corners.

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Diagonal quilts are sewn in rows, starting in one corner, and working toward the center of the quilt with each row increasing in length. Stitch the quilt center into rows, and join the rows to complete quilt center. I like to piece the top in two halves, and then join the two halves together. This helps distribute much of the bulk as the quilt halves grow! Press well.

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Using a large ruler with a good 1/4” marking, trim up the edges of the quilt with the edge falling 1/4” past all block corners. This helps get rid of dog ears, etc. Stay stitch around the edge of quilt if desired, about 1/8” from the edge.

Borders:

Inner border:

From random 1.5” wide red strips—Join lengths together on the diagonal to reach a border length of approximately 260” Trim excess 1/4” beyond the stitching and press seams open.

Outer Border:

From random 3.5” wide blue strips and rectangles –join lengths together on the “straight” by butting the ends and stitching to reach a border length of approximately 260”. Press seams open.

Stitch narrow red inner border to outer blue border with right sides together. Press seam toward the red inner border.

Lay the quilt center out on the floor, smoothing it gently. Do not tug or pull. Measure the quilt through the center from top to bottom. Cut two side borders this length. Measure the quilt from side to side across the center. Cut two side borders this length.

Stitch side borders to quilt, pinning center and ends and easing where necessary to fit. Press seams toward inner border.

Cut (4) 4.5” Squares from blue for border corners. Add a border corner square to each end of both top and bottom borders. Press seam toward the borders. Attach top and bottom borders to quilt, pinning to match centers and ends and easing where necessary to fit. Press seams toward inner border.

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QUILTING!!

I quilted Kiss in The Corner with an edge to edge design by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting called Country Garden! I love the leaves and swirls and circles in this design! I used a sandy tan colored thread, and bound the quilt with lengths of 2.5” blue strips joined on the diagonal. That red fabric with the circles? It was a pair of capris! The blue corner square was one of my own blouses. Loved that print!

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This light blue fabric was also a blouse of mine…next to it the dark blue paisley? That was one of those jumpers I had years ago…the ones that made us all look like school teachers? LOL! And next to it..that red leafy paisley? Another pair of capris! I’ve loved working with these recycled bits, every one!

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Is there such a thing as too much yellow? I don’t think so! Sun

Now for your part! I am giving away TWO signed copies of Scraps & Shirttails II, as soon as it is in my hot little hands! All you need to do is leave me a comment here on this post telling me about the favorite quilt you’ve ever made, and you will be entered to win! I’ll even give you “EXTRA” time to enter because Sunday is a traveling day for me! I’ll draw for the winner when I check into my hotel in Nebraska on Sunday evening!

You can enter a second time over at Stash Manicure, and we will pull a winner from the comments on my post there as well, also on Sunday evening! Ready? Set? Go!