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Modern X Solids Easy Breezy Quilt Kit

This is one of the kits that I ordered from Bluprint during one of their sales. It’s a good thing I did as I just checked their website and the item is sold out. I wanted to make a quilt that’s more modern and this one fit the bill. Much of what I sew is more traditional. I seem to gravitate to fabrics and patterns that involve flowers and pastel colors. I love that Bluprint has it all figured out. With my purchase I receive the fabrics and the pattern to make my project. At the time of purchase, my pattern is stored on the Bluprint site for easy access and I also receive a hard-copy in my package.

This pattern is made with a jelly roll and two yards of fabric. I would rate the pattern as a beginner quilt. I love this kind when I need to make something quickly. I also like that I have the pattern forever and can purchase more fabric in the future and make it again. The large white areas will lend themselves well to my FMQ and all the squares will be easy to FMQ quilt with a loop or bow in each of them. I’m not sure what I will use for a backing but with all the variation of color and the fact that the front is made out of solids, I should be able to pair it with a small print with white background and looking for the print to pick up a color or colors in the front.

The pattern did not have a specific color layout and allowed me to choose what colors would go where in the various blocks. You can play around with the pre-cut strips and lay them out in a way that’s pleasing to your eye. The most challenging part of this quilt top is making sure you cut these strips on the correct angle and line them up for sewing.

Angela Walters featured this quilt on her Midnight Quilt Show and provides a “how-to” video.

Here is the link to receive this free pattern, Modern X If you do not have one already, you will need to create an account in order to get your pattern. Don’t worry, there’s no cost for creating an account. (Be sure to check out all their patterns, many of them are free.)

Wondering what all you will need to complete this quilt?

Here’s the list:

Fabric Bluprint Fabric-Fat Quarter Shop

Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter

Creative Grids Rulers

Olfa Gridded Cutting Mat

Omnigrid Foldaway Cutting and Ironing Mat

Steamfast Travel Steam Iron

Machingers Quilting Gloves

Batting

And of course, you will need a sewing machine. My quilt top was sewn on a Juki TL18-QVP. I also Free Motion Quilt using this machine. If you would like to learn more about these machines, check out the Juki and other brands at Sewing Machine Plus Company. There is a toll-free line or an online chat available to ask questions and receive guidance.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and see my project. Happy Sewing!

Cyndi

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The Fun of Purchasing a Mystery Scrap Bag

In your travels to quilt shops either in person or online have you ever considered purchasing a fabric scrap bag? I’ve seen them offered at various online shops and decided to finally purchase the Moda Grab Bag from the Fat Quarter Shop. I haven’t ordered fabric in a while so it was exciting to have it be a mystery and only know it was Moda fabric. But what kind? How big? Will I like it?

I actually ordered a Fat Quarter Bonanza which has 12 fat quarters in it and the grab bag. I ordered my fabric over the weekend and received it on Thursday. I think the shipping time was good as that was only four days time. Everything was packaged nicely and arrived safe and sound.

Both items were a mystery and once I opened them I found that they were coordinating fabrics. I believe someone was paying attention when they pulled my order because the fat quarters match my grab bag fabrics. This is all going to work together nicely. The fabrics are Aurora Kate Spain Modern Christmas by Moda.

If anyone has a pattern suggestion or project idea, share your thoughts in an email or comment. I’d love to hear your ideas. I’m not sure what I am going to make with them but they are very cute! If you would like to check out these products, here’s the links:

http://Fat Quarter Bonanza
http://Moda Grab Bag

As our weekend fast approaches, I hope everyone is able to spend some time in their sewing room. Happy Sewing!

Cyndi

Do You See The Pattern?

Many years ago during a piano lesson, my teacher told me that every song had a pattern. All I had to do was listen for it. She then proceeded to play different songs and and asking me if I could hear the pattern in the music. After showing me how to look for these patterns she then said, “Cyndi, everything has a pattern.” I didn’t realize it then but she had just taught me a very important lesson about life and about quilting.

Do you ever wonder where people come up with inspiration and ideas for their patterns in quilt tops? I’ve found that when I look around at my surroundings, there’s usually a pattern sitting somewhere. Below you’ll see a picture I snapped of the floor at my local Cracker Barrel. When I look at these floor tiles I see a couple of patterns running in them. I’ve put the floor tiles next to the quilt pattern fence rail. Can you see it in the floor tiles? The floor is all one color but if the tiles were laid out in three different colors, you would see the fence rail pattern very clearly.

The second pattern I see is “French braid.” If I turn my head and look sideways at the floor tile the pattern appears to me. I can see it going up as well as going down. I’ve pictured the tile floor with one sample of a French braid quilt.

OK, can you see any patterns in the picture of the tile floor below?

My first idea would be to make boxes of different sizes, yet making it such that once sewn together they all fit in rows of the same length and height. I was given a bunch of scraps that had a log cabin/hunting theme fabrics. I remember spreading them all out on the floor of my sewing room trying to figure out how I could use them to make a quilt top. While my blocks are not exactly the same as my floor, the floor did give me the idea of what I could probably do with them. Below is what I came up with for my hunting scraps.

The picture below with the blues and purples and pinks is closer to the floor pattern. Most people call it “stain-glass windows” and it’s a popular pattern among quilters these days. If you are interested in making a quilt like this you can find fabric and a pattern for it at The Fat Quarter Shop. Batiks with black sashing would really make a nice quilt. (Note to self: Get some batiks and black fabric to make a stain-glass quilt.)

Have you ever noticed that patterns that are around you? If you are looking for inspiration, I encourage you to look at your surroundings and see if you can find an idea or pattern? The really are all around us.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Cyndi

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Building A Quilt By Block Of The Month

Midnight Clear – Holiday Wishes

Every December the quilt shop in my area offers 4-5 different Block-of-the-Month (BOM) quilts that a person can sign up to participate in. I decided to sign up for the Christmas quilt “Holiday Wishes” by Sherri Falls. Over the next 12 months, I will make a block each month for the quilt pattern “Midnight clear“.

I’ve completed the first block (pictured above) and I picked up my fabric and instructions for February’s block this week. I have until the 2nd Saturday of March to complete it. My local quilt shop sponsors and sets the rules for participating. They have certain days that I can come in for the next block and I have to bring my last block in to show I finished it before I can get my next one.

I picked the Christmas quilt this time as it will be the first Christmas fabric quilt in all the years I’ve quilted. I appreciate that I do not have to plan or think about fabrics for this quilt. It’s all planned out by the quilt shop and the pattern. Sometimes it’s just nice to follow someone else’s lead.

This is my 3rd time participating and I really enjoy it. I encourage you to check with your local quilt shops to see if they have a Block-of-the-Month program. If not, or maybe you prefer having your package come to your front door, than I would check out The Fat Quarter Shop for one of their BOM offerings. I’m considering the 2020 Designer Mystery Block of the Month at the Fat Quarter Shop. The fabrics are so pretty for this one! And if this one isn’t quite your taste, there’s several other offerings available and you can check them out online.

I’m sharing a picture of my very first BOM from 4 years ago. I love the fabrics in this one because it was made with many of the “Kansas Troubles” line of fabrics. I altered the original pattern by adding two machine embroidery blocks to the mix. When the quilt was finished, I quickly completed it so I could give it as a Christmas gift that year.

If you’ve never participated in a Block-of-the- month, check into it. It’s something to look forward to every month. Happy sewing everyone!

Cyndi

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Is A Bluprint Subscription Worth It?

With all the free youtube videos and articles available on the internet these days, is a subscription to a site like Bluprint really worth it? Before I answer that question, let me share my personal experience with it.

I am in my second year of having a one year paid subscription. I originally started with Craftsy which became Bluprint. I have really enjoyed having access to a multitude of videos I can watch as many times as I want during my subscription. Most of what I watch centers around quilting and bag making, however I have watched some of the crochet and knitting classes. There are many other craft/hobby classes like photography, cake decorating, flower arrangements, woodworking, fitness, paper making, jewelry making and many more. Something else that I really enjoy that Bluprint started about a year or so ago, was giving us three “Own Forever Classes” every three months. (the three classes every quarter are with the one year paid subscription) These are mine to keep and will still be available even if I choose not to subscribe in the future. I am growing quite the collection. I also like the “quick links” when I only have a little bit of time and want to read one of the articles.

With my Bluprint subscription I also receive early access to upcoming sales. So far whatever I’ve wanted to order has been available because I get in before the online crowds. I like savings and often look at what’s available in the clearance section. I often can make a quilt for less than $40 dollars doing it this way. But because I shop the clearance, the supplies are limited. Hence, why I like getting early access.

Another bonus is I receive is 15% off any item that I order. That’s whether its on sale, clearance or at regular price. And because of my membership, shipping is free! Did I mention that shipping is fast! I ordered something this past Saturday night and I received my package on Tuesday morning. Wow, can’t beat that!

Customer service is responsive as well. I had to contact them once as there was a glitch in the system that day and I was unable to receive a sale price. I emailed their customer service and received a response in less than 24 hours. I was also able to get that sale price on my item and they apologized for the inconvenience.

So to answer the question is a Bluprint Subscription worth it? Yes, I believe it is money well spent!

To learn more: www.mybluprint.com

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Sewing Through The Winter Blahs

Here in Michigan we experience several overcast days. After the Christmas season and all its hustle and bustle, inspiration and excitement for the day can kinda become, well blah. . . I like to find things that make what I call “sunshine” and add them to my day. I found this “How Does Your Garden Grow” bed runner over at the AccuQuilt site. If you create an account on their site, you can download this (and many other patterns) for free. I love free!

How Does Your Garden Grow

This pattern reminds me of spring and brightens up a bedroom. I also like that it’s a project that can be completed in a weekend because of its easy piecing and fusible appliqué. It’s a great project for a confident beginner and the pattern includes the bed runner and the pillow cases. I know that there are several bright and spring-like fat quarter collections that you can choose to make this bed runner or you can use up your scraps. Either way, it will come out beautiful!

The dies needed to complete this project are:

GO! Square-3-1/2″ (3″ Finished) (55006)

GO! Fun Flower (55334)

Optional: GO! Strip Cutter-1″ (1/2″ Finished) (55052)

Optional: GO! Strip Cutter-2-1/4″ (1-3/4″ Finished) (55053)

If you make this bed runner and pillow cases, please share a picture of your project in the comments. I love to see what others make! Happy sewing and have a sunny day!

Blessings,

Cyndi

Sew, You Want to Free-Motion Quilt? Cyndi's Recommendations for F.M.Q.

Big Dream Panel

I started free-motion quilting (FMQ) about two years ago. While I wanted to try it 30 years ago, my local quilt shop did not offer classes and the internet was not the information base that it is nowadays. I thought it might be useful for others if I shared the things that were helpful for me.

I started out with the all over meander stitch. Once I got proficient with it, I moved on to some of the other techniques. One of the first things I did was watch videos. I started with youtube and kept watching videos until I ran across a teacher that made sense to me. I also had an online subscription to Bluprint (formly Craftsy) and I researched the classes available. One of the best one’s I found was 28 Days to Better Free-Motion Quilting by Angela Walters. After watching the first segment on Angela’s video a couple of times I thought I would try making some of the shapes with paper and pencil.

practice

I tried to make time to practice a design every day. Many of the FMQ teachers suggested to practice for 15 minutes a day and this would help with body memory when I actually sat down at my sewing machine.

FMQ practice

I dated each time I practiced so I could gauge my improvement with the various motifs. I really wanted to learn feathers and I practiced several styles. For me, feathers are my biggest challenge.

FMQ practice cloth

Now it was time to work with the sewing machine. Above is one of my early practice clothes. It’s awful but I hung onto it so I could see my improvement along the way. While I am embarrassed to show this piece, I want to encourage others to hang in there. With practice and time, you will become better.

The above piece was FMQ on my Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby Royale sewing machine. I now own and FMQ on a Juki TL-18QVP. It is a straight-stitch machine that I originally purchased for bag-making. One of the bonuses I found is that it is a wonderful machine for the FMQ technique. I hope to write a review, in the future, about this great machine!

FMQ foot

My machine came with the FMQ foot but if yours didn’t, you will need to purchase one. You will need to know whether your machine takes a short/low shank foot, medium shank, a high shank foot or a slant shank foot. If you have a Bernina sewing machine they have a very specialized foot. My machine takes the high shank. You can purchase sewing feet from Amazon or Sewing Machine Plus or your local shop that carries your brand.

Supreme Slider

Pictured above is the Supreme Slider. It is basically a sheet you put over the sewing machine base that helps with friction. I have FMQ with and without and I find this sheet helps my movement to be smoother with it on.

I also suggest using a good quilting thread like Aurifil or Craftsy and a topstitch/quilting sewing needle with a large eye. My favorite is Inspira brand. With a quality thread and larger needle eye I have found I have less thread shredding and breakage. This was a big problem for me in my early stages. I had a lot less problems when I found Aurifil/Craftsy and Inspira.

These are my quilting gloves. No, I don’t wear them because my hands get cold. I wear them because they help me grab my quilt better to move around under my needle. I’ve used a few different brands and have found I like Wonder Grip best. These gloves are coated all over the palm and fingers with a rubber and the rubber helps grip the top for movement. I even like to use them when I am using my walking foot for stitching-in-the-ditch. I feel like I have more control of the quilt.

As I started practicing with a quilt sandwich I found that I liked to have something in front of me to look at for practicing motifs. I found these two books helpful. Quilting Inside The Lines by Pam Clarke and Quilting DOT to DOT Cheryl Barnes. These books have practice pages inside them and they also help to break down the motifs in movements.

After practicing with a whole cloth and becoming comfortable making some basic motifs I went on to drawing block patterns onto muslin and making some quilt blocks to practice with making designs. I admit, I had to push myself to become brave enough to quilt on an actual quilt top. I was scared to mess it up. The first couple I did, well, they had quite a few mistakes! Cotton quilt batting is very forgiving. Once the quilt is finished and I wash it, everything shrinks a bit and my stitching, with it’s mistakes, isn’t as noticeable

One last item I would like to suggest for your FMQ journey. Purchase one of the Big Dream Panels by Hoffman to FMQ on.

These panels come in various colors and have really taught and challenged me as I’ve quilted them out. (See the picture at the beginning of this post to see my FMQ patterns.) I believe Hoffman is offering other flower/nature panels that lend themselves to FMQ.

If you are new to FMQ or are considering FMQ please remember that it takes some practice and time. Be patient as you learn. I find it very rewarding and relaxing.

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. Until next time . . .

My Journey To Making A Periwinkle Quilt

Back in 2016 I thought I would make a periwinkle quilt. This quilt block goes by several names. . . Some call it Hummingbird, others call it the Arkansas Star, another Snowball and also Kite. It’s an old pattern and I have always admired this block.

The preferred method to make this beautiful block was to paper piece it. So I made a bunch of paper copies, cut them into the sewing sections and started my blocks. Oh my, what had I gotten myself into?! My little kites didn’t seem to be the right size at times and when it came to sewing the sections together, I was struggling to line everything up. Cutting the extra fabric off and then pulling the paper off the back was time consuming. I originally wanted to make the whole quilt with 4 inch squares but soon realized I was better off making the 12 inch squares as that went faster. I made 4 large blocks and 32 small blocks and it felt like I would never complete this quilt. So, I found a shoebox and put my papers, fabric and finished blocks in it and stashed it on a shelf in my closet.

When I was looking into the AccuQuilt cutters, one of the dies I noticed they had available was the 4 inch kite die. This was very exciting to me as maybe I could finally make my Periwinkle quilt! I purchased my Go cutter and soon purchased the block on board 4 inch kite die. I pulled out my box of fabrics and started cutting the pieces I would need to make my quilt. This was my first project with my Go and it went along pretty quickly. I watched TV and cut my pieces. That is the convenient part of having the crank Go. I can easily move it anywhere and I don’t have to worry about having an electrical outlet near by.

4 inch kite die.

The cutting part went much quicker than paper-piecing and I was very happy when I started sewing everything that it was going together much easier too! One reason is because the edges all line up which lets you know you’ve got it in the right place to sew. I chain pieced one side, then cut them apart, ironed my side open and put the other side pieces together to sew. Each block takes 4 smaller blocks sewn together.

Setting the blocks on point gave it the appearance of how the vintage Periwinkle quilts appeared.

When I completed the top I moved onto free-motion quilting it. I used a figure 8 on all the white areas and then a curve on all the kites.

After I finished my quilt, I decided to do something with those squares I packed away. I had just enough to make a lap-size quilt. I was trying to make a quick gift so I stitched-in-the-ditch and some FMQ feathers in the corners. And felt such gratification that I had completed one of my UFOs.

I really love this block and want to make a 30s reproduction fabrics quilt in the future. No fear about making another one as my Accuquilt system makes it much easier. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Sewing.

The Box of Squares Transformed to Pretty In Pink

I was given a couple of boxes of 3 1/2 inch squares recently from my mother-in-law. A few years back she was making these very cute Christmas trees with them and cotton balls, Styrofoam cone and pines, but now she was passing them on to me. I was excited to get what I thought would be a bunch of pre-cut squares to use, however, upon going through the piles of squares I found they were not all the same size. Ugh! To trim these all up with a rotary cutter and mat was going to take some time so I put them aside.

When I purchased my AccuQuilt Go Cutter it came with the value die which has a 4 1/2 inch square, a 2 1/2 square and a 1/2 square triangle that finishes at 2 inches. I got to thinking about it and realized that I could use the 2 1/2 squares on that die to cut down all those uneven squares sitting in the boxes. After looking through my die collection I found the Bow-tie die, and saw that it had four 2 1/2 squares on it making it possible to cut even more of those squares at one time.

Go Big Electric Cutter

That’s one of the great things about the dies, you don’t have to wait until you have the die made to cut several 2 1/2 inch squares, all you need is to own one of dies that has that size on it. As you can see in the photo, I have even out-lined the shape with a permanent marker and marked the size of the squares. This makes it easier for me to see the placement of fabric and what size the square is at a glance.

It doesn’t take too long to trim them down and my fingers are much safer using the AccuQuil cutter vs. the rotary cutter. You may be thinking that there’s a lot of waste but if I had a 3 inch square die to use instead of the 2 1/2, there would have been much less.

Here’s my pretty in pink quilt. I think it came out great! So happy that I was able to find a way to clean up my squares and put them to use. Had I not had this option, I probably would have ended up passing the material along to someone else.

Pretty in Pink

If you would like to learn more about AccuQuilt just click on the bold links. Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Sewing!

My Adventures With Crazy Quilting

Hand Crazy Quilting – 1992

When I was in high school, I loved to hand embroidery my blue-jean jackets and jeans. So naturally, when I visited my local quilt shop and saw that they were offering a crazy quilt class I signed up.

The teacher was a woman named Arlene Dettore. She and the shop owner Beverly Maxwill co-authored the book Victorian Patchwork & Quilting. She taught a different way to layout your fabric that involved starting with a batting piece and laying out and pinning all fabric pieces as you went along. Then you would choose a thread color, pinned seam and an embroidery stitch to sew down your edges.

Victorian Patchwork & Quilting

I made several pillows, quilts and vests when I was younger using this method. Unfortunately, I do not have many of these items as most were given as gifts. My tools were sharps-needles, cotton pearle #8, warm and natural batting and scissors. Back when I started hand embroidery, the market did not have all the organizing containers available that are available now. My storage case was found in the fishing section at Walmart. Now you may be wondering if you can use regular embroidery thread . . . Yes, you can. I use the cotton pearle #8 because it is intertwined and stays together better than regular embroidery thread.

HV Designer Ruby Royale

30 years later, my hands and wrists struggle to hand embroider for any length of time. Still wanting to crazy quilt I had to find new ways to accomplish this task. A sewing machine with fancy stitches or that embroiders is how I now make my edge embroidery. I use machine embroidery thread and bobbin thread for the stitching and I can use the method I learned years ago to layout my fabric patches or I can use the crazy quilt block/s that are available for my AccuQuilt cutting machine.

Christmas Tree Skirt with Machine Embroidery

The above tree skirt was made using Arlene’s taught method. (I did this before I had my AccuQuilt set up.). My daughter wanted a purple tree skirt to go with her purple Christmas theme. There’s definitely not another one like it. All the stitches were done by my machine. I will say that using the sewing machine does make it go faster.

I was very impressed with both AccuQuilt dies. One is a six-inch and the other is a 10-inch. It’s nice to have a choice There are some great patterns available on the AccuQuilt site and many are free. (Click on the picture to view them.)


Crazy quilts were originally scrappy quilts but the more modern versions can be made with a fabric collection or scrappy. The quilt above is so cute and just one example of the die method. With my machine sewing and making the stitches and AccuQuilt cutting all my pieces, I find my hands ache less and it allows me to work on my projects for longer periods of time.

If you haven’t tried making a crazy quilt, I encourage you try it out.

Happy Sewing!

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