Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hexagon Table Topper


Hexagon Table Topper
The Pioneer Women (I've mentioned before) meet once a month at Quilt Heaven (LQS) in Lambertville Michigan.  Some of our projects use English Paper Piecing.  I enjoyed English Paper Piecing at one time but once I started to use Inklingo I saw how much faster the projects got put together.  

 Allie's Garden from Cut Loose Press is an optional project.  Rather than follow the instructions, I looked at the project and saw that the pattern called for one inch hexagons.  Using Inklingo's 60 Degree One Inch Hexagons shape collection,   I put this  little project together while watching programs on TV with my hubby in the evening.  It came together very quickly.  The part that took the longest was choosing the colors from my stash.  The pattern calls for adding a row of hexagons after the colored hexagons and then cutting them off to make a straight edge.  With the One Inch 60 Degree Shape Collection, I could add half house hexagons all around.  


From Left to Right: From Linda Franz' Inklingo 60 degree 1 inch Hexagon Collection.
 One Inch Hexagon with the additional shapes
half house, other half hexagon, quarter corners, and third.

On each corner I added a half hexagon.  



Corner showing the use of Inklingo other half hexagon plus the colored strips
When I added the Hexagon other half to the corners, the size was large enough to allow for the use of strips.  I cut the strips 1 inch wide by 9 1/4 inch long and then drew my stitching lines in a quarter inch.  Worked beautifully.  I don't care for the idea of cutting off hexagons after sewing and I think those strips add that little extra touch of color.  



Embroidered Center
The center of the table topper is hand embroidered.  I used some hand dyed no. 12 embroidery thread that I've had around for over 10 years.  I think it came out too light.  If I do this topper again, I'll use a darker thread.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Autumn Pinwheels

Autumn Pinwheels - the quilt
Autumn Pinwheels - the block


Linda Franz posted on facebook today showing us a block from Quiltmaker Magazine 100 Blocks Volume 6.  It was called Pecking Order and was created by Laurie Baker.  Laurie made her block with scraps.  I called up my EQ7 and recreated the lines of the block so I could play with it for color arrangement and quilt possibilities.  This quilt is one of the color and block variations I came up with.  Look what can be done by just rearranging color!    I have dozens more.  This one is for fall.  It is totally do-able using Linda's HST Collection B (Which I have.)  You need 2 sizes from that collection (which has 12 sizes).  If the larger size is 2 inch then the smaller would be 1 inch.  You could use any size variation that you wish as long as the larger size is 2 times the smaller size.

Creating with Inklingo is just so much fun.  If you have the HST Collection B, you can make this quilt so easily by hand piecing or machine piecing.  I myself prefer hand piecing.  Now just to find the time.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

MY TREATS REVERSE APPLIQUÉ

In the 90's I started to put my sewing skills to quilting.  I enjoyed piecing and spent hours in my sewing room. Then I discovered Appliqué.  Back then there wasn't much machine appliqué.  That came later, so I was lucky to find people with hand appliqué skills to help me along.  I took classes from my local quilt shop and fell in love with the process.  So much can be done with hand appliqué. Like hand piecing, it's portable and social. Most recently, I discovered Dutch Treat by  Judy Garden.  A very inspiring book.  If you have an interest, it can be purchased on Amazon. The blocks are done in reverse appliqué.

I have this beautiful fabric. It's black with shots of green, red, white.  It has metallic silver shimmers.

Hoffman Winter Wishes
I love it but I don't have a lot of it.  I decided to make a small quilt using some of Judy Gardens Dutch Treat blocks.  I'll also make some blocks of my own.  Here's what I've done so far.

I'll continue to make these blocks until I run out of fabric.  I love the hexagon.  So many possibilities come to mind.






Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PATCHWORK OF THE CROSSES

LUCY BOSTON PATCHWORK OF THE CROSSES



PATCHWORK OF THE CROSSES SECTION IN RED/WHITE






Made with Inklingo 90 degree .5 inch Hexagon collection, these small hexagons would be impossible for me without Inklingo. The crosses are made with a red Thirties fabric I've had around for many years plus another small print red I've had around just as long. This will be a small quilt.  I've got no more of these red fabrics left. I've got enough pieces printed and cut for another 12 POTC Blocks.  I'm joining them with tan fabric that has tiny red leaves to match the red of the crosses. So this little project can't go very far but it's great practice for the next one.

A Single POTC Block made with 1/2 inch Hexagons
I am thoroughly enjoying working with these little pieces.  I'm having a lot of fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dear Jane Row A Continues



My Dear Jane Journey


I've finished all the blocks in Row A.  Here are photos of A-11 through A-13


A-11
A-12
A-13

This hand piecing continues to be quite satisfying

Below is a collage of all the blocks in A




Monday, July 21, 2014

MORE JANE

I keep working and tweaking my Dear Jane blocks.  I think this is the right time for me and Jane.  If I had tried these blocks back in the 90's when I first began to piece, I would have tried to machine piece and not done them as well.   I did try a few back then, but they didn't come out like they were meant to.

With EQ I've been able to print out the blocks for hand piecing.


In EQ7,  I print the paper templates.  I can do a template for each piece of the block by making each piece a group in a foundation pattern.  (If you are acquainted with EQ you bring up your block from the sketchbook, call up print, then click on foundation pattern.)  You can also make the size of the seam allowance for each piece the size you want.  In this block, I left the size  1/4 inch.  In more complicated blocks,  like A-9, I dropped the size of the margin down to .15 inch around each piece to allow for less bulk.  I then organize the pieces on one or two pages and print the pieces on the back of freezer paper.  The pieces are then cut out leaving only the seam allowance.  These pieces are ironed on to the wrong side of the color of choice.  I pencil in the sew line, pull off the freezer paper and save the little templates for future blocks and Dear Janes I may want to make.




I have finished additional blocks in the first row (A-5 through A-10).  The pieces for the remainder of Row A are readied for hand piecing.

A-5
A-6
A-7



A-8
A-9
A-10

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MY RAINBOW JANE

Finally after almost 2 decades of starts and stops, I am ready to do my Dear Jane.  ....and I'm pining for Inklingo.  I'm still using my computer to help me along, but if I only had Inklingo, this would go so much faster. Alas no Inklingo.  With the help of EQ7, I print templates on freezer paper, cut the templates out, attach the freezer paper templates to my fabric of choice, draw my lines, cut out my pieces, and stitch together.  Now all this prep work takes a long time.  Hand stitching the block together, less than an hour.  That's why I wish wish wish for an Inklingo Jane!

 The plan is to do a rainbow Jane..

My Project Jane from EQ7



Here are the blocks so far...but this will be a long time coming at the rate the prep work for each block takes me.

A-1
A-2














A-3
A-4