Monday, July 29, 2013

Beyond the Cut!

When Wish Upon a Quilt sent the link for this free Moda pattern in their email
I knew I would have to do it.

That said, I could not see myself cutting all of those hexes! But, I do have an Accuquilt...and I do have the hexi dies (yeah....I splurged on the large and the small ones! 

So, I went to work. It really was fly by the seat of my pants! I picked out the fat quarters that I wanted to use and decided on Moda Marbles for the background. I basically followed the pattern directions, but adjusted the dimensions according to my dies.


And the best part....each hex shape was a scrap piece of fabric!

Hexagon 9" Die # 55096
Strip dies: 
4.5" #55023

I followed the basic directions in the pattern. Due to the size of the Hexi, I adapted the number used and the size of the cuts. In the final quilt there are 30 Hexagon shapes. I used the 4.5" strip die to cut the triangles to add to the Hexi's to square them. (Love Bug Studios has a great tutorial on this!) The strips (cut from the center of the Hexi) are cut 1 3/4" wide. The golden sashing strips are cut 1 1/4". If you look behind the American flag you can see a solid strip of the golden Moda Marble---it was cut 8" (there is a matching strip on the opposite side!) 
The finished quilt measures approximately 60 x 60". 

I am really pleased with the final product. And so is my quilting buddy, Lilly!

I hope that you have found yet another way to make that wonderful Accuquilt work for you! 

Until next time!
Nonna







Monday, July 22, 2013

Keep a Record: Using iPhonography with Quilting

The term iPhonography was new to me, too. But it makes sense when I use my phone for my photos, almost all of the time! But it also makes lots of sense to keep a log of my sewing machine settings: it is accessible, it is editable and it is graphic!

1. Take a photo of the particular foot used in the technique. This is the small beading foot for my Janome. I love my machine and one of the reasons is that the feet are very versatile! I use this for couching...


2. Photograph the actual stitch information: 


3.  Photograph the technique as it is set-up on the machine. 


4. Collage it! There are numerous free and minimal charge apps for this purpose. Add notes and your settings are in one, convenient place! 







Friday, July 19, 2013

Discoveries....

I have been quilting like no body's business! It has been great...since May 5 quilts done and gone! But, that is in thanks to my DH who encourages me!

I was playing with a Drunkard's Path this past week. It was driving me crazy to say the least, nothing was working. I went to look for my Curve Master Foot---gone! Who knows? In addition to quilting I've been cleaning so it may be someone else's treasure now. I picked up my machine's applique foot and got to looking at it. Hmm.....short front, alignment lines, variable needle on my machine....why not?

Oh my! Each DP unit was perfect! Time after time! See:


Okay, it needs pressing, but it was my sample!

Here are the settings on my machine, beginning with a straight stitch: 


If you look closely at the foot, you will see a slit to the right side. That was my guide for the cut edge of the fabric. I positioned the units as pictured. 70 units later, I am so happy!