Friday, March 2, 2018

Ribbons and Stars Quilt of Valor

Back at the beginning of February 2018, I had the opportunity to participate for a day in a Quilt Of Valor sew weekend at Aunt Judy's Attic, my local quilt shop. I would have loved to have stayed for the 2nd day, but on the second day, there was only a four hour window to enter my other quilt into a quilt show that was two towns over - another story, another day....

Anyways, we were to bring our own fabrics, our sewing machines, potluck and fun spirits!

I had seen a quilt that I wanted to mimic, but for the life of me, I cannot find the website to give credit. I thought for sure the quilt was called: Leftovers, but I'm not finding anything! If you know of anything, please help!

All the same, according to my sources, this quilt is a variation of the Rail Fence Quilt.

For my time spent at the quilt shop that day, I was able to piece together all my strips and make all my 60 blocks, plus my three star blocks. I learned that the quilt shop's top feed printer did not like to print onto fusible web. Note to self: Do not buy a top feed printer.

My original plan was to make a simple rail fence quilt, but once I had all my pieces cut, there was a lot of extras left from my strip piecing. Most of them were just 1/2" shy of being a full block!

I quickly came up with a way to incorporate them back into my quilt. I realized I could cut the scraps in such a way that they would be the perfect size to add onto the ends of my rail fence blocks. I got busy cutting half square triangles out of them...

I tried something new with this quilt. I sewed all of 2nd border strips – end to end, and all of 3rd border strips – end to end. Then I sewed 2nd border and 3rd border together to make one long strip set. From the strip set, I then cut two units 67” x 3½” for the top and bottom and two units of 83” x 3½” for the sides. I sewed each border on, stopping ¼” from the edge. I then sewed the corners in a mitered fashion using the Easy Y Seams technique I use for machine piecing my hexagons. 
I just love the way it turned out!

My local quilt shop owner, Judy, is a Quilt Of Valor Volunteer Longarmer. But she is so awesome, she let me play and quilt the quilt on her machine.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snowflake Magic Block Of the Month

I'm so excited to be hosting a Block Of the Month!

This BOM will make a quilt top that measures 52" by 56" 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 have a name!

BOM Finished Wall hanging Quilt Top
Applique! I know many start to panic at the mention of applique, but at the same time I am hosting this BOM, I am also teaching you how to satin stitch applique with a sewing machine. There is immediate assistance whenever one gets stumped! Come check out the progress of all the others who are learning!

This BOM is available ONLY in our online quilting group:

Come join!

Block Of the Month started September 18th, 2017 - there is still time to catch up! Blocks are posted on the 3rd Monday of the month. They will be available for the duration of the BOM until September 2018.

After the BOM is complete, the pattern will be made available for purchase as a digital download.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Teacup Coasters Supply List

Supply list and fabric suggestions
for class at
Aunt Judy's Attic
Teacup Coasters
Raw Edge Applique

In class, we will cover:
Cutting and printing on fusible web,
Fusing fabrics,
Adjusting our machines,
Stitching down our applique pieces to a background using a satin stitch or blanket stitch.
By the end of class, we will have at least three appliqued teacup blocks.

Fabric Suppliesplease bring extra – I will provide the templates for 3 different teacup styles. Listed below is enough fabric for one style.
One Teacup Body: 3” x 5” – pick a fabric that best resembles a teacup to you. I’ve used flowers, southwest fabric, and I have even used plain solid fabric. Big print, or little print, it doesn’t matter. (A great way to use scraps!) A fat 8th would be more than enough for 3 teacups.
One Teacup Handle and Plate: 2” x 6” – pick a fabric that coordinates with your teacup body. It is best if this fabric is a solid, blender or a VERY small print. A fat 8th would be more than enough for 3 teacups.
One Teacup background – 6½” x 6½” square. Pick a background that coordinates with your teacups and lets your teacups stand out. It is best if this background is a light fabric, usually a solid or a blender. White on White fabrics work well with this also. A fat quarter would be more than enough for 3 teacups. 

Additional supplies:
Thread that matches your teacup fabric. (If using a red teacup body and blue teacup handle and plate bring both matching red and blue thread…)
Bobbin thread that matches your top thread.
Heat N Bond Lite Fusible Web – at least 11” x 17” – if you have a roll, bring it.
Fabric scissors – scissors to cut out applique pieces
Rotary cutter, Mat & Rulers – a long (12” or more) and square (at least 6½”x 6½” or larger)
Fine point fabric marking tool
Sewing Machine – Must have zig-zag stitching capabilities. Must also be able to adjust the stitch length and width. We will be adjusting machine tension in class so your machine must be able to adjust tension. If you are unsure, contact me and we can set up a meeting before class to figure it out.
Open Toe Applique Foot – Allows for easy viewing of your applique stitching and has a groove on the underside for applique stitches to pass under easier. Not required, but HIGHLY RECCOMENDED. If you would like, Contact Judy to order one for you.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Rhoda's Tea Time Quilt Pattern

This pattern was inspired by my dear friend, Rhoda Forbes, who had passed away unexpectedly in the early part of the year of 2017. As a way to help mourn the loss of our friend, and more importantly, remember what a wonderful person she was, I created this pattern and hosted a Rhoda's Tea Time Swap in the the online quilting group she created: Life's A Quilt 

She was always thinking of projects to keep us busy and loved to host swaps. For Rhoda, it was a way for us group members to get to know one another, a fantastic way to learn a new skill or highlight a new pattern. Rhoda had mentioned several times how she wanted to host a Teacup Swap. She imagined it all; a large teapot surrounded by teacups. She even had an image of teacups stacked with a bird perched on the stack. 

Dedicated in Memory of Rhoda Forbes, this pattern was designed around a few of her favorite things. Her favorite colors are Purple and Pink. She loved making scrappy quilts and she loved to grow her flower garden.

All patterns are available as a digital download. Click here to purchase a printed copy of select patterns. For directions on how to print onto fusible web, visit Printing Applique.

Rhoda's Tea Time Pattern can be purchased by clicking here.

  • This pattern includes the templates needed to make three different Teacup styles, the Teapot and the Stack O Cups and Bird blocks.

After the swap, there was a call for Sugar N Cream canisters to be added. They can be purchased as an addon by clicking here.

  • This pattern includes templates needed to make the Sugar N Cream block. 

At the same time, I wanted to create a large label for the quilt top and I wanted it to read, "Rhoda's Tea Time". The words can be purchased by clicking here.

  • This pattern includes the templates needed to make the Rhoda's Tea Time words block. You could even use part; Tea Time.

As I finally had a chance to make my quilt and put together all of my teacups, all one hundred eleven  (111) of them - I felt that the addons I had made for the quilt seemed to get lost in all of my teacups. I had to really look and search for them in order to see them. I mulled over it for a few days and woke up with the idea to place my special addons onto a shelf. I drew out some wrought iron swirl shelf braces and added a two piece board to give it a 3rd dimension. 

For a short while, the Rhoda's Tea Time Shelves can be downloaded by clicking here
  • This pattern includes the templates needed to make the three different shelves and the flower/vase. 

Slapping a plain border onto the teacup quilt seemed to minimize how truly spectacular and delicate all the teacups actually are... I had figured it out! I was going to add a flower garden! 

Rhoda's Tea Time Floral Borders Pattern can be purchased by clicking here

  • This pattern includes a total of 12 pages: 6 pages of printer ready applique templates, 2 pages of quilt top and border assembly directions and 5 layout keys. 

I have included several photos below, enjoy!

Don't forget to take a minute and check out my other patterns:
They can be found at
Aunt Judy's Attic NM
under the Digital Downloads.

At any time, you can click on the photos in this post an view them larger....
Tea Time Quilt made by Bev Burmmond with Leader and Ender Piano Key Border. 
Tea Time Quilt made by Sandy Rice with a beautiful piano key border.
These two lovely Tea Time wall hanging quilts made by Renee Chester, 
check out all her cool stuff over at Renee Chester's Quilting Addiction.

Rhoda's Tea Time Quilt made by Me using Symphony Rose fabric.
Rhoda's Tea Time pattern made with 50 teacups from the swap plus 61 made by Yours Truly.
By including the shelves, it sure made the special blocks more noticeable.
Replica of my large quilt I made using 111 teacups.

Quilt made using the pattern for the Rhoda's Tea Time Floral Borders pattern.
I can't wait to see my Mom's quilt made using this layout. 
Blocks below are the special ones I have made one for each of my quilts. 

As this quilt, Rhoda's Tea Time, is my tribute to Rhoda Forbes, I was really looking to add meaning to the quilt. I liked the representation of the five petal flower, and in addition to the color purple. :) There were a couple of pages online where the color purple was mentioned to represent the empress, the queen. One of the symbolic meanings for a five petal flower:

"In the lives of women we can see five distinct phases; birth, menstruation, motherhood, menopause and death. The Empress represents the middle of this pentad; she is the nurturing mother who is the fertile and creative queen of the world. She is the down-to-earth version of the cosmic World card, which also symbolizes the creative mother in the maiden-mother-crone triad of the triple Goddess. The numbers five - related to the Empress - and three - related to the World - have always been connected to the ancient Goddess, and by extension, to woman..."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Six Pointed Crocheted Spool Doily

Six Pointed Crocheted Spool Doily for Vintage Sewing Machines

Singer Treadle Machine made in 1924
I had always wanted one of the 'old' sewing machines, the beautiful wood cabinets always appealed to me... My grandmother has one and I watch my my mom claim it as hers once my grandmother was ready to pass it on... (My mom found a sheet of paper, wrote her name on it and stuffed it inside the cabinet.) Knowing I would not be getting my grandmother's machine, I have always been on the lookout for a old machine for me.

Still has the owner's manual, and a few of the feet
My late Mother-in-Law, Antonia Lourdes Chavez, 83 of Santa Rita, New Mexico, had talked about giving me her Mother's treadle sewing machine. She had told me how much work was needed on making it look nice. Since I was more worried about her health at the time, I didn't press much for what needed fixing, when the last time she used it was, if she used it at all... I had no idea when I getting going to get the machine but I was excited all the same. As time passed, I really do wish I could have gotten more history from her, but her health never improved.

Well, my Brother-in-Law has been cleaning out their house and finally happened upon the machine Mom wanted to give me. He said, "I've got it loaded, I'm coming over on Wednesday!" Oh! the ANTICIPATION!!! I couldn't stand it! I joined some vintage sewing machine facebook groups, I did research on how to use the machines, I showed the grainy photo to my friends, "Look it! Look it!" I was excited!

My friend was talking about what she had to do to fix her machine and she had always mentioned that she wanted a spool thread doily... What!?!? I had never heard of them! I know some machines use felt, 'old' ones used red felt, but a Doily? Well, now I had to have a doily... and why not... I needed to pass the time until my machine arrived!!!

I found a pattern online for a flower doily but it had eight rounded petals, which just didn't fit my style... I tested her pattern and made a second one using a six pointed petal - hexagonal style. Hopefully, I can share my love with others...

  • sl st - slip stitch
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • hdc - half double crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • (   ) # times - repeat what is in the parentheses.

Use size 5 crochet thread, hook size: Boye U.S. 5

Start with a Magic Loop - many tutorials can be found online, important that it is adjustable.
Row 1

Row 1: 12 sc in magic loop, cinch loop, 1 sl st in first sc.

Row 2

Row 2: ch 6,  (Skip 1 sc, dc in next sc, ch 3) 5 times, 1 sl st in third ch from beginning of Row 2.

Row 3

Row 3: (1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 ch 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) over each 3 ch loop, 1 sl st in last sl st from Row 2.

Weave ends
Row 4: behind Row 3, ch 5, (1 sl st in back dc of Row 2, ch 5) 5 times,

Row 5: (1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) over each 5 ch loop, 1 sl st in back of
sl st from Row 4.

Row 6: behind row 5, ch 7, (1 sl st in back dc of Row 4, ch 7) 5 times.

Row 7: (1 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 2 ch, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) over each 7 ch loop. Sl st in back first ch of Row 6 to fasten off. Weave thread tails - tighten center magic loop just enough to fit over spool peg before weaving thread tails.

Now.. to get my machine working... 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Printing onto Fusible Web

I love raw edge applique... My favorite stitch is a satin stitch. I can make pretty much anything into a quilt using raw edge applique. My biggest time saver is printing my applique pieces onto fusible web using my computer printer. I no longer have to spend hours tracing my pieces (standing at a window using the light from outside), hoping they look something similar to what I am trying to trace. I'm able to print multiple copies so that every one of my pieces are exactly the same. 

Things you will need:

  • Fusible Web: I prefer Heat N Bond Light - but have seen it work on Steam A Seam II.
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat
  • Acrylic Ruler 24"
  • Scotch Tape
  • One Sheet of Regular Paper

To print onto fusible web (Inkjet Only): Use a fusible web that has paper on one side; Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out paper sized sheets of fusible web, measuring 11” x 8½”. 

Heat n Bond Lite can be cut so that you get 2 sheets per width of fusible. Use a desk corner or such to flatten the papers so they do not curl up.

On a regular piece of paper, draw a small X in the corner and place it in the printer. Remember how you placed the page with the X; up or down, so you know which side of the paper your printer prints on and you will know which way to add your fusible web sheet. Test print one page (or another test page). 
Since Heat N Bond is flimsy, I stacked it with another regular piece of paper, placing the non paper side of the fusible web on the regular piece of paper. I then folded over two pieces of tape on the top edge. I fed it through the printer, inserted taped edge into the printer first. Place one (1) fusible web paper into printer tray so that when you print, it prints on the paper side of the fusible web. Print only one page at a time
Select File and Print. In the Page to Print section: type in the page number you wish to print. Select Print. Repeat steps for additional pages.

Note: if printing from a PDF, make sure the "Shrink to Fit" option is not set. Make sure "Actual Size" print option is set instead.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stacked Stones Table Runner and Quilt

Back in January 2017, I had the most fun hosting my first Mystery Project. Not only did I host it in my online quilting group, Life's A Quilt, I hosted it at the local quilt shop too! It was a short mystery, the participants had the fabric requirements and only three weeks of clues... This was THE perfect mystery for those beginner quilters and those who have never done a mystery.

The participants has the option to make a small table runner or they could go for a larger size quilt. 
The Fabric Requirements and Clues can be found here.

The last count I had, was about 60+ ladies from my online quilting group join in on the mystery, if you would like to check out their finished product photos, join Life's A Quilt to view them. 

For the fabric requirements, they were required to choose a Focus fabric, in addition to a Dark, Medium and a Light. 

 Of course, with my fabrics - I had trouble deciding on the medium...

Clue 1 required us to make two patches out of our Lights and Darks and sew them onto a rectangle to make odd looking corner patch units.

Clue 2 had us working on our Medium fabric, cutting the pieces and sewing them to our odd looking corner patch units.
Clue 3 was our final clue and reveal, which required us to sew our units into blocks and into table runners and quilts.

Several of my family and friends tested the pattern for me and I was forever grateful! Here are their quilts and table runners.
Table Runner, Sandra Forsyth from Kapuskasing, Ontario Canada
Lap Quilt, Patty Savage from Windsor, Ontario Canada

Lap Quilt, Brenda Richardson From Cotton City, New Mexico USA
I just love her addition of an appliqued giraffe in the bottom right corner...

Table Runners, Paco Rich from Silver City, New Mexico USA

Table Runner, Katy Estrada from Cotton City, New Mexico USA
The judges at the 2017 Southern New Mexico State Fair thought it was pretty cool too... 
I was invited for a charity sew day and I wanted to donate the pattern to those who would like to donate a quilt to charity. I created a Stacked Stones Charity Quilt size pattern based of this mystery project. This quilt top measures 60" x 60". If you do wish to make this quilt top, please share a photo to Thank YOU!!!

Who sews with their shoes on....???