Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quilting 101: What is a Fat Quarter?


When I was first learning to quilt, just a few years ago, I found this great visual under the quilting section of about.com that showed how fabrics are cut for quilting.  It instantly helped me understand the concept. I've pinned this picture on Pinterest, and it gets re-pinned often, so I thought I would share it here as well.


How a Fat Quarter compares to a Regular Quarter cut of fabric.

Basically, a yard of fabric is cut at a length of 36" off of the bolt, which is typically around 42" to 44" across the width.

A quarter yard of fabric therefore, would be cut at a length of 9" (1/4 of a yard) across the full width (42" to 44").  This is the shown as the long blue rectangle in the above diagram.  This type of cut is good when long strips of fabric are needed.

A Fat Quarter of fabric is still a fourth of the yard, but is cut at twice the length (18") by half the width (about 22"), so it is a "fatter' piece of fabric.  You are able to cut larger pieces of fabric out of a Fat Quarter.  It gives you more options.

The term Fat Quarter is one of the first concepts that is taught in quilting, so I'm sure this is nothing new to many of you.  I just like this diagram and think it is a clear representation to show those that may not yet understand.

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Funday Monday Linky Party 2


WELCOME to the second Funday Monday of 2013!

Little History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

FNSI - TruStitch and Quick Placemats

There was enough snow today to close the schools early, so since  I was going to be staying home this evening, I thought it was good timing for the Friday Night Sew-in (FNSI).  I had missed seeing the signup this week, but did just notice it, so I'm signed up for it at Handmade by Heidi.


I wanted to make a quick gift for my mom's 83rd bday this weekend, but I had to take care of some over-due tasks first.  I needed to get my Sweet 16 back up and running.  I had sent off some of it's computer guts to HandiQuilter before the holidays to get a (free) upgrade to support the TruStitch Stitch Regulator.  I've received the parts back, and they been waiting patiently for me to get to it.

So here's how my Friday Night Sew-In started....

Sweet 16 C-Pod unit.  Just have to remember where each plug went.

Once that was done, then I got the TruStitch set up.

TruStitch by HandiQuilter for stitch regulation.

Practiced some FMQ on a few test sandwiches.  Now that I don't have to worry about stitch length, I can focus on my quilting skills.  :-)  I need lots of practice!

There are a few options of how to work with the regulator.  I think I prefer to have the little controller (the white hockey-puck looking thing) under the quilt, with my right hand over it.  When the controller is under a quilt, it flashes a bright light so that you can see where it is under the fabric.

You can see the bright light that flashes under the quilt when using the TruStitch.

I decided to make a couple of placemats with coordinating cloth napkins for my mom, to go along with the lunch I'll be bringing her.

Fabric for napkins, placemat fronts & backing.  Ready to stitch.
How To:
  • I cut the placemat fabrics and batting at 13" x 16".  The napkins were cut square at 16" x 16".
  • I used a temporary fabric spray to adhere the batting to the wrong-side of the front placemat fabric. 
  • Pinned the front and back fabrics, right-sides together and stitched it pillow-case style with 1/4" seam, leaving an opening at the bottom.
  • Turned it right-side out through the opening, hand-stitched that opening closed, and top stitched 1/4" the around the edges of the placemat.  
  • I turned the edges on the napkins 1/4" twice, and stitched them down.
  • I added a free-motion quilting stipple stitch to the placemats and was done.

Quickie gift.

I stitched a little tie to wrap it all up.

The flower print is on the back of the placemats.

That was quick and easy.  Just a little something something to go with her lunch.  

Here is a photo of my mom & I, copied from my About Me page.
Happy Bday Mom!  She'll be 83 on Monday.

I'm sharing this at Pigtales and Quilts' Sharing Saturday.

Happy Stitching!!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Household happenings...

Today, I thought I would just share a little bit of me and some of my current life.   Nothing too exciting, but we are all happy and healthy, and that's what is important.  I am thankful for the blessing we have.

Family first...

Husband and son working on our son's pinewood derby car for Cub Scouts.
DH & DS

DD1 likes to cook.  Here she is making home made tomato soup.
DD1

I'm a leader for my youngest's Daisy Girl Scout troop.  Here we are in our kitchen last week.
DD3 and I.

DD2 loves to snuggle with the puppy.
DD2 and Shadow

Indoor forts and tents are always fun.  DD3 & DS set up camp in our front foyer.  That's OK - We really use our side-door as our main door anyway.  Only strangers and sales folk come to the front door.
DD3 and DS

This week, my crafty friend, and Girl Scout co-leader Kathleen, showed our older girls' troop how to can foods and make jam as part of their locavore interest project.  It was delicious!
Kathleen and DD1 and troop

Shadow is 3 months old.  We've had him for a month.  I think he's doubled in size.  Vet check up is on Friday.
Shadow

The cardinal(s) have been pecking at our windows again...


Our home's propane tank went empty last week.  Oops.  No hot water, no heat, no gas.  Our gas provider had missed our December delivery, and we didn't notice until problems and an odor arose.  Being on propane gas is new for us when we moved to this home a couple years ago, so this was a first for us.  We know better to keep an eye on it going forward.  Glad it's taken care now of because it was 10°F/-12°C outside this morning!
I think I've found our problem!


No sewing for me today.  I'm off to volunteer at the schools.  Enjoy your day!

-Sylvia

P.S.  I'm sharing this on Minutes for Me at Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Organized Scrappy BOM - Blocks 2 & 3

So happy I got a few things done for my Funday(s).  Completed are blocks 2 and 3 for the January blocks of WebFabric's Organized Scrappy BOM.

First up, Block 2, which is a flying geese block by Minick & Simpson.  I thought it was a pain to keep  this block straight with all the little seams, but that is probably just me and my quirk.





Next up is Block 3, which is an 8-pointed star by American Jane.  This one used templates and wasn't too bad once I stitched the side blocks correctly.



January blocks are finished.  I may actually keep up with this project this year.  :-)

Organized Scrappy BOM - January Blocks 1, 2 & 3

My DD2 kept me company in my sewing room with a sock monkey project she was working on.


Also got a little embroidery done.  I found these fleece jackets on clearance at our local Target for $7.50.  Size and color choices were limited, but I found 3 blacks ones for myself and my two oldest daughters.  Since they've gotten to the age where they steal borrow my clothes, I decided I would monogram these with our names so we know whose jacket is whose.  I used black cut-away stabilizer and silver Pacesetter polyester thread.  Also put some wash-away topping to keep the stitches on top of the fabric.



Monogrammed jackets for myself and two of my daughters.

I'm sharing this on Funday Monday,  Linky Party Tuesday, and Minutes for Me.

        


Happy Stitching!!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

1st Funday Monday Linky Party of 2013!!


WELCOME to my first Funday Monday of 2013!

Little History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

I started this little linky party in December and would like to keep it going in 2013.  Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

EQ7 - Easy enough for a 12-year-old!

I had been sitting at our kitchen table, playing with EQ7 on my laptop.  I stepped away from the computer, and along comes my DD2 (recently turned 12 years old) into the kitchen.  She sees what is on the screen and sits down to play with it.  It doesn't take her long, and she's colored in a baby blocks quilt to a 3-D effect using Moda Kota Batiks.

My 12-year-old's quilt she designed in no-time on EQ7
I like the rainbow spectrum.  ROY G BIV  :-)

She is the Crafty One of my kids, but I think it goes to show that this EQ software is pretty intuitive and easy to learn.  I saved her quilt project file, in case she ever wants to make it one day.

Happy Stitching!!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Do You EQ? - Quilt Layouts

The beauty of taking an online class is that you have flexibility when doing the lessons.  Last week left me no time to focus on my Electric Quilt class, so today I finally got a chance to focus on the second lesson of Quilt University's EQ7 Sampler class.  Lesson 2 focused on the EQ7 Sampler layout.


I got to establish a layout, add sashing, select borders, experiment with quilt colors, swap and rotate fabrics.  Here are a few coloring options for my Sampler.  I had previously created the blocks for this quilt as part of Lesson 1.


I think I need to take a class in color design.  I am so unsure about colors!  At least EQ7 makes it easy to change your mind, and save all your choices.  :-)


The first part of the lesson had me layout my blocks in a horizontal layout.  The second part of the lesson taught how to establish an on-point layout for your quilt.  It also showed how to compress the project files as they get larger.

Mosaic Variation block On-Point Layout

The bonus part of the lesson had me playing 2-block variations and appliqué blocks.

Trying out Appliqué blocks

I have Lesson 3 from the class printed out and ready to work on.  Hope to get to it very soon.

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Meet and Greet


Viki at 2 Bags Full is hosting a huge Grow Your Blog party!  If you've come to my site from this party, then Thank You for stopping by, and WELCOME!


I am Sylvia, and my favorite hobbies are machine embroidery and quilting.  I love to post about the projects I work on.  I have a stash of projects just waiting to be done.  For inspiration, I enjoy seeing what projects others are working on as well.

I started a little link party last month called Funday Monday.  I will start it up again,so please come back on Mondays to share your projects & ideas!

I invite you in to take a look around and I would love if you choose to follow along.  Be sure to leave a comment below too, so that I can visit your blog as well!

I'm a stay-at-home-mom with too many projects and commitments to ever be a rest-at-home mom.  I've had my career in the IT field, and now raising four kids keeps me busy enough.  I like to find time to craft whenever possible.  Take a look at my About Me page to see some pics and read more!

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

To Germany, with Love

If you've been here before, you may remember my post on my 11-year old making her first quilt here.

Last month we did a label for her quilt and she sent it off to her cousin in Germany for Christmas.  He had previously sent her a birthday gift including a scarf he had made, so she had wanted to make something for him also.

It arrived a little late for Christmas, but it made the trip safe and sound.  We saw a photo of her cousin with the quilt, and I thought I would put it next to a similar photo I have of my girl.  I love the side-by-side result.  :-)

My 11-year old in Virginia with her quilt top and her cousin in Germany with the finished version.

My girl was so happy to make her first quilt and give it as a gift.  It made her day to see her far-away cousin holding it up.

Happy Stitching!

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Grow Your Blog Party!

Vicki at 2 Bags Full is hosting a Meet-and-Greet-Follow blog party!
Check it out.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Web Fabrics Blocks of the Month 2013

It's been busy for me this past week, but today was Fun Day with my friend Kathleen.  We've decided to participate in Web Fabrics 2013 Block of the Month events this year.  They are offering 2 or 3 blocks each month this year for a total of 30 blocks by the end of the year.  This BOM project is very non-commitmital.  Do as much or as little as you like.  Each block kit is only a few dollars, and includes fabrics and instruction. The quilt is to be a "Organized Scrappy" style.  You can read more about their BOM here.  Block 1 is by Aneela Hoey.

My Block 1 for Web Fabrics January 2013 BOM
There are two color ways - traditional and modern.  Both Kathleen and I choose traditional kits for our first three blocks for the month of January.  Since Web Fabrics is a local store for us, we will have to stop by on the first Fun Day of the month for the best selection of kits.  That may interfere with our current first Fun Day of the month plans (lunch & pedi).  But lunch and fabric isn't so bad either.  :-)

This first block has dark, medium and light tone fabrics.

Corner squares of the block.
Kathleen's block is on the left.

Sewing a corner square on my Singer.

My block before sewing together.

Kathleen's block before sewing together.

Web Fabrics three January BOM samples (modern color way)

We'll work on our Blocks 2 (by Minick & Simpson) & 3 (by American Jane) on our own later this week.

Happy Stitching!

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