Thursday, August 29, 2019

Straightening Panels for a Quilt

Straightening up a Panel for a Quilt

There are many benefits to using panels in quilts. There are so many different printed panels out there, it is just a quick way to making my quilt look awesome!

My first experience with a panel was one I bought online in a local facebook page auction. It was perfect for my nephew; it was the Avengers panel. Luckily for me, I won the bid in the auction and it wasn't until I went to pick up my panel, I realized how warped the panel was.

On any given day, I would have just used the rotary cutter, trimmed up the sides and made it square. But this panel had part of the print outside of the border. It would have looked funny if I had trimmed off the top of Hulk's hair!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

New Mexico Chili Ristra

So Excited!!!
This year,

Aunt Judy's Attic

is participating
in the 

Row by Row Experience 2019

Taste the Experience!

I must be the luckiest person ever, as I have had the opportunity to design the row for my local quilt shop again!!!

As we thought about this year's theme, Taste the Experience, one thing we all agreed on was chili was the main part of our way of life... Even between the neighboring states; Arizona, Colorado, Texas - our New Mexico Chili Cuisine just 'tastes' different. And for us over here in the southwest, chili is a food staple that is consumed daily!

For our row this year, we decided to make a New Mexico Chili Ristra.
(click on image to view larger)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pole Twist - String Block Style!

Yes, I'm still playing around and tinkering with string blocks - if you haven't seen it - check out my other string block post here: String Blocks and More!

One of the quilt layouts I had drawn up was to arrange the string blocks in a pole twist (twisted ribbon) style quilt. This quilt is essentially made with 90 String Block Half Square Triangles.

With a 9 HST across x 10 HST down, three borders: the quilt measures about 84" x 91".

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make simple Half Square Triangles out of String Blocks:

Monday, May 13, 2019

String Blocks AND More!

My first string block swap I participated in was back in 2015 when Rhoda Forbes hosted the exchange for the quilting group: JUQ. I finally finished my quilt with all those blocks!!! Yay!

I really like how the blocks pop with the black sashing.
Makes the blocks seem like they are on point.

I have the pleasure of hosting my first ever String Block Swap in our online group: Life's A Quilt. We started in April of 2019, and string blocks will be flying across the world until the end of June! We have members from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand keeping the postal service busy!!

My first set of string blocks I received in the mail...

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Two Charms & Two Yards - Disappearing 9-Patch

Two Charms and Two Yards - A Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

My local quilt guild, the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild has agreed to take on donating quilts to five different local organizations - They are that awesome!!!! Even better, my local quilt shop, Aunt Judy's Attic, has been hosting a Charity Sew Days weekend - the first weekend of every other month (January, March, May, July, September - 2019).
**Update: So many charity quilts were made and turned in, November charity sew day has been canceled**

For the March Charity Sew Days, I was going to be missing the first day - so I wanted something quick. I remembered I had helped pick fabrics from the color wall for an in-shop, custom made charm pack and there was going to be one leftover. I decided to grab it up and have a go at making something out of it.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Scrappy Piano Key Border Calculator using JRR Style of Piecing

Over in Life's A Quilt, fifteen of us fabulous quilters paired up together to collaborate in creating blocks for a quilt. We have called it Designer's Dream 2019. We wrote our own patterns for our blocks and had our partners test them.  For the last two months, patterns for two blocks were posted per week for us to sew along with. I am enjoying everyone's versions of their blocks, it has been so much fun!

Since we are nearing the end of the sew-along, I have been working on piecing together the blocks and of course, my scrap pile that has been created is HUGE! As I go along, making each block; I do try to use up scraps when they fit, but it doesn't always work out that way.

I had a TON of scraps, I wanted to get as many of them as I could into a piano key border. BUT, I did not want to sit and count the length of my strips. Even I had no idea of how many scraps I had!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Snowflake Magic Block Of the Month

I was so excited to be hosting a Block Of the Month! My very first, a success! Now that it is complete, I wanted to share some of the new and exciting things that happened!

This BOM made a quilt top that measures 55" by 60" tall. This large wall hanging has 24 different snowflakes and three different sized trees, all made using a raw edge applique with a machine satin stitch. AND each of the snowflakes has a name!

BOM Finished Wallhanging Quilt Top
Applique! I know many starts to panic at the mention of applique, but at the same time I was hosting this BOM, I was also teaching everyone how to satin stitch applique with a sewing machine. There was immediate assistance whenever one got stumped! - and you can still get help now if you wanted!