Monday, December 9, 2013

Chisels and Triangles...A Scrapbuster!

Happy Monday! I was considering my newest project using the Accuquilt chisel die. Looking through the Quiltography library I found this block:



It is called "Twin Sisters." Even though it is shown as blocks, the overall impression is of chisels and triangles.



Do you see it? So exciting! This would be my next project.

I then colored the blocks in the basic colors I planned to use in this scrappy quilt--green, red and off white. With a little twisting and turning of the blocks I had this layout...

I pulled the fabrics from my stash (sorry, I've lost the photos) and went to town. Each piece went together so easily and perfectly! Look closely at the blocks. Even though it is a single block, half are mirrored. I had to allow for this when cutting my fabrics.

First triangle to chisel....



Then, two together...


Finally, the block complete....


Note the center rosette to keep bulk to a minimum!

I placed blocks 5 across and 6 down. The top (without borders) measured 40 x 48" as each block squared to 8 1/2". I added borders and voila! I love it!





Accuquilt Go Chisels #55039
Go Half square triangles #55009
For quilt body: a minimum of 5 different fat quarters in each color (red, green and white) 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Downton Abbey and a Quilt Along!

I had heard of Downton Abbey, but because I am not much of a TV watcher had not availed myself. That is, until I ran across this add on LoveBug Studio's Website! Was I in trouble!!!!!
Not only have I spent 2 weekends intensely involved in a DA Marathon (just to catch up) but am hooked! 


The official kick-off was as indicated, but today brought the first block. Mine are done, but I will not share them until I have permission. I will show you my fabric, however!

I didn't order the kit from the Quilt Along, because I had planned to purchase locally. Not quite in the cards, however, so I went on-line. Much to my dismay, I was unable to locate all of the line that I wanted....so I went out of the box and tried Connecting Threads. Thought I'd try to get close. 


I was hoping for Lady Mary, but this will do nicely! 
What have a learned so far? After this simple exercise I 
know why I am really a die-cutting girl. Let's just say
it is so much more accurate! 
Viva AccuQuilt!






Monday, November 11, 2013

Not so bad for being mad.....

I have missed you! Work has been very busy and then, on top of it, I got sick. Never mind....back in the swing now! Have you ever had a day where you knew the only thing that would make you happy was to play with fabric? Today was like that for me. I had the "mad scientist" attitude, pulled six fat quarters and went to town!

Next, I setup my sweet GIgiGo Accuquilt cutter. From each of the fat quarters, I cut 3 1/2" strips. I cut as many as I could because I really did not know what I was doing!

Ah ha! A plan started to evolve. I strip pieced 9 patch blocks. I ended up with 12.


Those done, I got a little "brave". I pulled a die that had just been sitting in the bin. I bought it because I NEEDED it, but had never used it. Today was the day. The die would cut four 4 1/2" squares from a piece of fabric--or my 9 patch. So, I loaded each 9 patch, and happily rolled them through my Go. Wait, these make a disappearing 9 patch! Yes!


I had several strips left. Because I didn't want to waste the fabric I pieced the border. The final top is approximately 30 x 38". It is bright, it is busy, but I like it! And the best part---it took less than 4 hours to piece from the moment I started choosing my fabric! No so bad, for being "mad!"




6 Fat quarters
Accuquilt die #55060
Accuquilt die #55032
Thread



Monday, October 14, 2013

Christmas Ribbons



Had a great weekend with my quilting guild on retreat! This was the first time that my GigiGo Accuquilt accompanied me. See, I was responsible for introducing her to my stitchin' pal, Ann. 

So, I planned this quilted runner on EQ7:


It was super quick to make! The longest part of the process was purchasing the fabric! I only had the 6.5 " tumbler die, so this came out pretty large. Of course I made mine first, Ann struggled with the size, but she eventually made hers, too. 


Christmas Ribbons Runner

By NonnasScraps on EQ7 10/11/13 
(if you use, please give me credit!)

Cut with the 6 ½ Accuquilt Go Tumbler #55020
(for a smaller project 
use the 3 1/2" Tumbler # 55015

This finishes approximately 32.5 x 65.

Fabric:  2 greens, two reds and two whites.
Yardage assumes use of 6 1/2" die:
There is no backing estimated.
From each color:  cut 10 (ten) tumblers.
(Do not cut the quantities listed from EQ!)

To cut the green edge tumblers: cut 10 whole and them cut in half.

Lay quilt out as pictured, taking care to alternate tops and bottoms. 

Sew tumblers into horizontal rows.

Press all seams for one row in one direction.
I number my rows, odd number seams press to left.
Even number seams press to right.

Assemble by rows.

Sandwich with batting and backing. Finish as desired

(If using the 3.5 inch tumbler, the approximate size of the runner is 17.5 x 35.)

I hope you enjoy!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Twisting Away the Afternoon with Quiltography














I am a sucker for a gadget...sorry, a tool! When I saw this one I literally dreamt about it until I got it. The thought of quickly made pinwheels intrigued me. It is a "template" that allows cutting of completed pinwheel blocks from a sewn patchwork background. I have used it on many occasions. But, I am tired of table centers that are square or oblong.

It took me a while to realize that the basis of each design for the Lil Twister was simply a square. Of course, I purchased a charm pack that was really calling me name. And I went to town! To get an idea of how many of each charm per color theme that I had I sorted my charms into 4 basic colors: green, brown, beige and orange. There were 40 in all.


I knew that I would need background squares for my project, but I really needed a project first! Enter Quiltography. In this amazing app I was able to create a layout grid for my colors. (I know...it doesn't look like anything yet. That is the surprise!)



I tried to arrange the colors to number 40. And then counted my background fabric and started cutting. 
First, I cut 5" strips with my Accuquilt 5" strip die. 


Next, I turned my strips and fanfolded them perpendicular to the die blades. With the cutter's help---perfect 5" squares. 


Adding my background fabrics to the charm pack, I was ready to go!


To the bedroom that is where I could lay my fabric out according to my Quiltography layout. (Don't look too closely, I realized after this that I missed a complete row. That is what happens when I hurry!)



I sew these quilts together row by row. It is simple patchwork at this point. When I have finished stitching the 5" seams, I label each row in consecutive order, 1-10. I also have a method for pressing my seams: odd number rows press to the left, even number rows press to the right. That makes assembly of rows so easy!


10 rows with 10 squares per row went together pretty quickly! Here is the mid-point of my project:


Looks pretty much like the Quiltography plan, huh? The quilt above measures 45 " square. The finished quilt will be smaller, probably about 35" square. I keep my scraps for other projects. 

On to the twisting part.... Looking at the photo below, note the black lines at the intersection of the four seams. That is how to place the template. Next,  I cut around the template.


Over time I have realized that it is important to keep the cut blocks in the same order as they were cut. I have found this easiest to cut a row and sew it back together (following the template instructions) as I go, labeling each row with a number!


Within a couple of hours I had my finished Lil Twister top. NOW it looks very different from the beginning! Quiltography and I will twist away another afternoon really soon. Care to joint in?


 

Lil Twister Template (www.country-schoolhouse.com)
Accuquilt Go 5" strip die # 55023 
One Moda Charm Pack
Fabric for background squares. 
Fabric for !" outer border
Fabric for 3" final border
Fabric for backing and binding
Batting, thread. 



Monday, September 30, 2013

Introducing....My Quiltrography Redwork Quilt.


For the past couple of weeks I have been talking about my progress designing and making a quilt with Quiltropolis and my Accuquilt Go. Here is a link to the first post:



This was the picture of the initial project.

Last week I had to confess that I don't do math, but I did need to determine how much fabric to use in this little project. To catch my confession, check this post:


Well, blog buddies, drum roll please! The top is done...and I love it! 


The photos do not do it justice--really!

The angel embroideries are from Hatched in Africa,
Redwork Angels 2 #2602. They are beautifully digitized!




The final border was a last minute add-on. The quilt simply looked incomplete without it. 

Thanks for hanging with me for this project! It has been fun. I look forward to seeing you again really soon!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Calculating a Quiltography Design for my Accuquilt Go--and I hate math!

I hate math; it is no secret. I am just better at other things. But, the fact remains that a quilter has to do calculations...so I am stuck! But, my Go dies make it much easier to determine my fabric needs and I love them for it! Add in the fact that  Quiltography simply provides a visual image I can cut my blocks any size desired--voila!

Last week I blogged about the quilt that I created on the fly. I actually pulled my Fat Quarters and started to cut this quilt. Just in case, here is the link: 

This is how I went from plan to project!

Below is the finished border block to my quilt. I started calculating with this one. 
The Go Drunkard Path die finishes this block at 7" (7.5" cut). 
This block is the basis for all of the blocks in my redwork quilt.


The photo below will be referenced for the next few calculations.


Size of the white blocks. 
These blocks correspond in size to the completed Drunkard's Path block.
The white blocks will measure 7" finished (7.5" cut)

Oh no! Math...
How much white fabric will I need? I have learned the hard way to
over estimate my usage. That said, rather than 44 inches I choose to use a fabric width of 42".
42" (CW width of fabric) divided by 7.5" = 5 blocks across the width.
Okay, but I need 9 blocks! So, I will use
 two 7.5" widths, or an absolute minimum  of 15" of fabric.
 I would purchase 1/2 yard, I can always add to the stash!

On to the Drunkard's Path block.

I decided to go scrappy---to use up some of the Fat Quarters in my stash. 
This is the cool part of Accuquilt cutting!


I Counted the number of DP blocks
The quilt top above has 16 Drunkard path blocks.
If you look at each set of 4 there are two light and two dark sets--or subunits.
Yeah! my Accuquilt die cuts two subunits at a time from one color---
and I can interchange concave and convex parts (the parts of the subunits).
So, how many total subunits?

16 blocks x 2 units light = 32 light units finished.
16 blocks x 2 units dark = 32 dark units finished.

Oh, yeah, I'm on my way!

Yuk, MORE math.
Thanks to Ebony Love's videos (check them out!) for this hint!
I have my die marked and measured.
I know that I can use a strip of fabric 9.75" x 5" to give me two same color subunits.
Hey! That is what I need per block!
16 blocks means I need 16 light fabric pieces
and 16 dark fabric pieces of fabric.
Cutting 2 per piece of light or dark fabric means 32 subunits of light and
32 subunits of dark total for my quilt.

Definitely Fat Quarter Friendly!
Fat Quarters (fabric ones) are measured at 21 x 18" (lengthwise grain).
Just how many strips can I yield from one fat quarter?

21" wide FQ divided by 9.75" strip = 2 cross-grain (whole numbers only!) strips
18" length-wise grain divided by 5" = 3 strips lengthwise
2 across x 3 lengthwise = 6 total strips from one FQ (and some scraps!)
Each strip will give me 2 Drunkard's path units when cut on my Accuquilt.

So.....
From each FQ I can cut 12 convex and concave sets.
I need 32 of each shade, therefore
I will use 3 light FQ and 3 dark FQ--or maybe 4 for more variety.

Hey, think about it....have Quiltography on the iPad,
open the if I open the calculator I can go to town!
But, only because of Accuquilt's precise cutting and
Quiltography's precise planning!