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Finished Paintbox Quilt

Finished Paintbox Quilt
The Paintbox Quilt is finished! This quilt is made with 64 - 6.5" blocks in 32 color combinations (8 by 8 blocks with 1.5" sashing). Each combination is a Kona cotton solid and a monochromatic quilting print. One of the blocks in each combination is made with a printed center and outer ring and the other is made with a solid center and outer ring. I had a hard time deciding how to lay out the blocks for the quilt. I alternated the orientation of the squares so the "pulled" corners were going in opposite directions. On the back, I made a pieced panel with a little rectangle of each of the Kona cottons. The letters on the back are just simple Kona cotton appliques, made using this technique. The washed and quilted linen is so incredibly soft, which makes this a very comfy quilt too! I originally had a black and white binding on this quilt, but it was a little "too much" so I ended up going with this gold and white stripe from Kaufman's Pimatex Basics, which I really like. Related:  Tutorialsquilting

I Dance in Circles Making this quilt felt a little bit like dancing. It is full of color and movement, and just the right touch of sexy. But don't be scared of all those curves; I assure you -- not a single pin or template was used in their construction. In case you don't remember me, I'm Tracey; I blog at traceyjay quilts. And for this quilt, I dance in circles. 1 Fandango Layer Cake 4 yards backing 1/2 yard binding At least four - 5/8 yd. pieces of coordinating Basic Grey Grunge solids Featured: Grunge Basics Poplin 30150 20 Grunge Basics White 30150 58 Grunge Basics Sateen 30150 18 Grunge Basics Sweetie 30150 72 Grunge Winter Mint 30150 85 Grunge Basics Chiffon 30150 15 Grunge Basics Rum Raisin 30150 13 Grunge Basics Blue 30150 60 (You need at least twenty-eight 10" squares - you can get four squares from one 10" x WOF strip) Though not necessary, an 8 1/2 inch square ruler comes in handy for this quilt. Cutting: Cut at least seven 10" x WOF strips from your Grunge solids. This quilt uses an 8 x 8 block lay-out.

jan myers-newberry maybe this is the week of the hyphenated artists! jan myers-newberry is one of those talented, unique, individuals who quietly leaves her mark, breaks fresh trails, and leaves people in awe of her work. yet try to find out anything about her on the internet and it is literally a matter of piecing together bits here and shreds there, but somehow - like her quilts - in assembling the pieces, the whole reveals a deep presence. an impact. a strong, deep talent that has embedded itself in the quilting world, jan is known for her lyrical, geometric, pieced quilts using shibori fabrics of her creation. many of her finished pieces show aspects of the work of victor vasarely, as well as joseph albers and other op artists including bridget riley. but first: what’s shibori? well shibori is a japanese technique for dying cloth that dates back to the eighth century. here’s the epicentre of the shibori universe! a brief treatise on her work can be read by looking here! fenestre. fire and ice.

Im Just A Guy Who Quilts: Bundles of Joy Quilt { A Tutorial } Every once in awhile I run across a quilt design and say to myself, "I can make that!" Even without taking a look at the pattern. Most of you probably had the same reaction when I posted a picture of this quilt. It's a very simple design and takes a few hours to put together. Finished quilt will measure around 24 x 28. Here are the supplies you'll need to make the top: 1 Charm Pack (or 42, 5" charm squares)1 Yard of a coordinating solid STEP 1: Take your solid print and slice 14 strips that measure 1.25" by WOF (width of fabric). STEP 2: Cut each strip of solid into 7" lengths. STEP 3: Take each charm square and slice them at a random measurement straight up and down. (To save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting. Here is a photo of all the charm squares cut and stacked in pairs. I used a Hushabye Charm Pack by Tula Pink for Moda Fabrics. Sew a .25" seam along the edge and press your seams open. Again, press the seams open. Happy quilting,

Attempting Applique My fabric line, The Garden Club, is FULL of images perfect for applique. My trouble is, however, that 1) I don't have tons of experience with applique and 2) I don't have a sewing machine that can do a blanket stitch or even a good satin stitch, believe it or not. So when I set out to make this quilt for Benartex's display at Bernina University, I had issues. My machine couldn't/wouldn't do any standard applique stitches. I used embroidery floss to do a simple running stitch around all of the applique shapes plus some of the details within the birdhouses, which is an effect that I really like. My friend Sharon came to the rescue once again on the quilting and binding = I did her son's senior portraits, she did a beautiful job on the quilt. And, despite puncturing my leg on a rock (hit an artery = an amazing amount of blood!)

Handmade by Alissa | Modern Quilting Linguine bunnybuns... From outer space! *With pattern* I just love weird elongated limbs! And bunnies. So, I decided to combine the two, resulting in this threesome of rather unusual rabbity things. I was going to just call them linguine bunnybuns, but my boyfriend insisted that they're space bunnies. So now they're linguine bunnybuns... from outer space! W00t! They're so ickle and tiny! I express color through my amigurumi... no really! And if you'd like to make some silly bunnies as well, here's the pattern. Linguine bunnybuns... Materials: - One skein of yarn in the body color of your choice.- An oddment of white yarn for the tail.- Embroidery floss for the nose.- Beads for the eyes.- A hook appropriate to the weight of the yarn. The ears, head, torso and legs are all crocheted as one continuous piece, starting at the tip of the first ear. First ear Second ear and body Start like the first bunny ear, but don't fasten off after R18. R19: ch 3, sc around the 6 st of the first ear, sc into each of the 3 ch made at the beginning of the round. Arms

A Sewing Journal - A Sewing Journal - Quick Baby Shower Quilt How-To Have you ever decided you were going to make a little quilt for a baby shower of a friend or family member? Maybe even told someone you were going to? And then, oh my goodness, the shower is in two weeks! Eeek! The secret to making this quilt quick is it uses all of the following techniques which speed up the process: A small color scheme, rows (rather than blocks), flip-and-sew quilt-as-you-go technique, the pillowcase-method of binding and quilting with wavy lines (no accuracy needed). I'm not giving measurements in this tutorial, more of a how-to. Tips for choosing your fabric: When making a quick quilt, you will want to stick with a small color scheme, 3-5 colors. Cut one strip of each of the fabrics you are auditioning for the quilt. Flip-and-sew: (I originally published this part of the tutorial on Happy Serendipity) Flip-and-sew is a quilt-as-you-go technique used when sewing rows of fabric together. A few flip-and-sew tips: Okay, now that that's out of the way.

A Stellar Block - Quilting In The Rain I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Thank you to all that participated in my November fabric giveaway - the winner has been drawn and I've emailed them directly. On a different note, here's a block tutorial that will be featured on Sew We Quilt on the 30th - just wanted to share it with you all first! Materials for 1 block (measures 9.5" x 9.5" finished): four pre-cut 5 inch squaresfour pre-cut 5 inch squares in solid white Step 1 - Start with one printed and one solid white 5 inch square. Step 2 - Take the solid white 5 inch square and fold all four corners inward as shown below. Step 3 - Place the smaller, folded square on top of the printed square as shown below. Step 4 - Since you sewed from corner to corner in the previous step, the sides of the smaller square should be open, almost like little pockets. Do this for all four sides: Step 5 - Repeat the above until you have a total of four. And there you have it! Happy quilting!

Baby Monsters! Very basic amigurumi -- EDIT: Photo-tutorial added! EDIT! Just wrote out a long photo-tutorial on my blog so you've no excuse now not to learn amigurumi if you've been wanting to! I made these for a class I'm going to be teaching for people who have never crocheted before, so I had to make them super easy, but still cute and customizable. Hopefully they'll be able to finish the project while I'm with them They're made out of 10 different kinds of yarn, but my favorite to work with was the Cascade 220 wool. I'm getting spoiled now, because if I'm going to be at the yarn store teaching there's no telling how many colors of nice yarn I'm going to "need." ! I'm going to post a pattern on my blog I think, but is pretty simple. That's the tutorial in a nutshell! OH and if you're anywhere near Austin, these are at Knitting Nest, along with MJ, Pee-Wee, and DJ Lance!

Paintbox Quilt Along Oh, Fransson! Paintbox Quilt Along Introduction Supplies How to Make Classic Blocks How to Make Scrappy Blocks My "Eight Blocks a Week" Making the Paintbox Quilt Top Making the Paintbox Quilt Back Finished Paintbox Quilt The tutorial for my original Paintbox Quilt Blocks is here. Search Recent Posts Cathedral Window Quilt Tutorial The Cathedral Window Quilt pattern is gorgeous. The Origami-like folding of fabric, the jewel like tones of the "windows", the layers of fabric and stitching - all combine to create an amazing, complex looking quilt. The reality is that the process is not that hard, and with a little learning and patience, you can do it quite easily. The Cathedral Window quilt is a quilt-as-you-go project, meaning that there is no backing or quilting to be done once you have finished the quilt top. The quilt simply grows and grows as you make it, and once you've done enough squares to be satisfied, it's done. First, a word about materials. This quilt works really well as a charm quilt, so any scraps of cotton prints you have lying around in your stash will be well served by this pattern.....otherwise, you can think about the design a little more if you want. The pattern here is for a 9 inch square, which is folded and pressed into a block which will give you a 3 inch 'window'. Well, that's it! xxx

Homemade "Vicks Vapor shower disks" Have you seen the commercials for the Vicks Vapor shower disk thingies? You put one of these disks in your shower, and voila thanks to the vapors in it, you're magically healed, your cold is gone, and your face is shockingly free of snot. I always used to watch the "Noxema girl" splashing water on her face and wondered how she was able to wash her face without being completely overrun with boogers. I'm the only one? Yes? Regardless, Vicks makes these things and I'm sure they're super expensive for something that is just going to wash down your drain. You know where I'm going with this, right? Yep. I made them myself. The idea started a few weeks ago when my sweet little nephew Parker came down with Croup for like the 1,438th time. And they couldn't be any simpler. Sarah's Homemade Vicks Shower Disk Thingies -Baking soda -Water -Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. 1) Add baking soda to a mixing bowl. 2) Slowly add water until you've made a thick paste.

a string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method I’m so blown away by all the wonderful comments on my string quilt, now aptly named ‘Kaleidoscope’ (many thanks to Kerri who was the first to suggest it, followed by 9 others of you who had the same thought!) I think it’s just perfect. And now, a quick tutorial – I had a few requests for a tutorial on making this type of quilt, so I figured I’d oblige (it’s the least I can do, right?). This shows the paper piecing method, which is my preferred method. To start, you’ll want to decide on the size of your blocks. Cut squares of your desired size from the copy paper and set aside. Decide on your fabrics and cut strips of a variety of widths. I wanted to have a small strip of white separate the squares in my quilt, so I cut 1″ strips of a solid white fabric. Next we’ll temporarily attach the white strips to the paper squares. Now you can start sewing on your fabric strips! (please ignore my wrinkly fabric! Align the edges and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat for all your paper squares.

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