October 16, 2014

Free!

Two patterns in one!
Start out making this Candy Corn Pumpkin runner...

...and turn the left over pieced scraps into Candy Corn Pinwheels!
Find these free patterns on my Craftsy Pattern Store 
and download instantly!

October 11, 2014

Hands down, my least favorite part of quilting is...

...trimming half square triangles. 
Alas, it must be done.  Accuracy is important when piecing small units together.  If you missed my trimming tutorial, you'll find it HERE

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On the 'other hand'....here's some news...Jane's online fabric shop is closing.  :/  
Jane has been plowing through her farm (farmer's wife blocks using my instructional classes) and has some lovely FW starter kits for sale.  
Sweet huh?
Here's a look at Jane's crop of blocks made with the 'Flour Sugar' fabric bundle above.
Visit Jane's online shop today...when it's all gone, it's all gone.  So best hurry for some great deals!  Jane sells on Etsy and Ebay. 
Have a Happy Day!

October 3, 2014

The Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Class 10 is now available!

Class 10 is now available through my Craftsy Pattern Store HERE, my Etsy Shop HERE or for a direct email option, visit my blog link HERE

Here's a excerpt from my published Class 10 description:
CLASS 10 JUMPS AHEAD and gives specific directions for sewing your blocks together. 
With the completion of Class 9, you will have 91 blocks finished. Now is a good time to begin laying out your blocks, picking out sashing, cornerstone, setting triangles and border fabric. 

In the back of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book, fabric requirements are given for only 2 fabrics; muslin and brown. It does not offer a break down of individual amounts for sashing, cornerstones, setting triangles, border and binding. 

Class 10 provides individual fabric requirements for the sashing, cornerstones, setting triangles, border and binding. It also includes helpful suggestions for picking out your final fabrics and laying your blocks out successfully.

With the completion of Class 9, many are anxious to sew blocks together. If your quilt is truly scrappy, this is the perfect time to pick out your final fabrics.  HOWEVER, if you are using a specific line of fabrics, you may want to purchase Class 10 now and buy the final fabrics ahead of time.  You never know how long a particular line of fabric will be around....as i'm sure we have all experienced!  Lol
hApPy FaRmInG!!


Need the book?  Click HERE for more info on how you can make The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

October 1, 2014

Pressing, Trimming, Fudging...

Here's a tutorial for any quilter...but specifically for those taking my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes.  

Before trimming a Half Square Triangle, line up the diagonal line of the ruler with the diagonal seam of the hst.   The outer left hand side line and bottom line of the ruler should be directly ON TOP of the fabric.  
This will help with accuracy for the desired half square triangle size.   In this case 1-1/2".
 After sewing the hst to a loose triangle, i 'heat set' my seams first before pressing them to one side.  This is an important step.  It allows one to line up the edges of the two pieces to ensure they are both square and straight.  Then carefully press the seam to one side without distorting the unit.
 When sewing units together that have 'points',  make sure the seam is pressed to the side that allows the intersection to show.  Stitch directly through the intersection.  You can see below my needle is just about to stitch through the intersection.  In doing so, am confident i have not cut off my 'point'.  
 Another helpful tip when stitching pieces together.  You may have 'tails' that stick out beyond the seam allowance.  My needle below is almost to the loose triangle 'tail' that is underneath my presser foot.  
 Maintaining a 1/4" seam allowance, my needle should stitch exactly where the 'tail' ends.
I don't recommend pressing all the seams open.  Sometimes seams are easier pressed to one side allowing them  to 'nestle' up against each other making it easier for seams to line up.  However, in the picture below where lots of seams intersect and create bulk, it is perfectly fine to open up that last seam to distribute the bulk.
 One more tip on squaring up a unit.  None of us are perfect...i certainly am not as you can tell by the picture below.  

This unit should measure 3-1/2".  I place the diagonal line of the ruler on top of the diagonal seam line. I also line up the opposite diagonal line through the half square triangle units.  Now i trim the right side and the top of the unit.  Flip the unit around, line up the ruler again and trim the other side.   Watch out not to trim more than a quarter inch next to the half square triangles.  That is your seam allowance.   Take a look at the top left hst.  See the white tip of the triangle?  The 1/4" ruler line is just below the tip.  I'm going to avoid trimming that area because when i stitch it into another unit, i don't want to cut off that point.  
 That's where pressing can help.  Before i trim this block, i might go back and repress to see if i can square up this block a bit more before i take the cutter to it.  Be careful not to distort the block too much with excessive pressing which can create waviness.  
I hope this has been helpful.  When working with small 6-1/2" blocks as in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt....Pressing, Trimming and a bit of 'Fudging' go along way.  
To learn more about my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes, click HERE

September 27, 2014

Nothing Better Than the Feel of Crisp Fall Air and New Friends

I love all the fall colors...and snugly quilts!  

Below is my #1 selling pattern called Pumpkin Spice and today it   
was featured on Craftsy's Quilting Facebook page.  

Warm your home with the comfort of the Pumpkin Spice Quilt! Wouldn't this be so perfect for getting cozy on cool fall nights? Buy the pattern here:http://craftsy.me/1qOaoba

Photo: Warm your home with the comfort of the Pumpkin Spice Quilt! Wouldn't this be so perfect for getting cozy on cool fall nights? Buy the pattern here: http://craftsy.me/1qOaoba



Many have asked if i have fabric kits for Pumpkin Spice.  I wish i did!  This quilt was made using up my Fall colored scraps. 

But! i met a new blog friend...oLiE&EviE who i'd love for you to meet!  She participated in the Around the World Blog Hop this past week and you can read her wonderful post HERE. 

 In her Etsy Shop she has a Fat Quarter Grouping just PERFECT for my Pumpkin Spice quilt!  Just add in a handful of pumpkin colored fabrics to this mix and feel the warmth of your own Pumpkin Spice quilt.

LOVE this grouping!!!!   You'll find the FQ bundle HERE and my Pumpkin Spice Pattern HERE

September 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

A few weeks back my friend Bev asked if i'd like to play in the Around the World Blog Hop.  Sure!  It's a way to share blogs and hope you find someone new!
If you've not met Bev, she's a whimsical lady, full of bright colors and smiles.  She blogs almost daily showing off her recent accomplishments...she puts me to shame!!  I don't know how you get so much done Miss Bev!  And every block you piece is delicious!  Visit Bev's Around the World Blog post HERE


For the 'hop' i'm to answer a few questions....

1.  What am i working on?
I really don't like that question.  It gives me a headache to think of all my unfinished projects!!
Currently...and seems like always, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. 

I'm also working working on Winter Solstice By Country Threads...really cute quilt!  I love to applique!


2.  Why do i create what i do?
Heck if i know...i guess it's just something God put inside of me.
Or it's an illness...lol

3.  How does my creative process work?  I'm not sure 'how' but i know when!  In the middle of the night or in the shower.

4.  A bit about me...
I've been sewing since 13.  Pieced and tied my first quilt with my Grandma.  I made a whole ski outfit when i was 16.  What a beaut it was...and i in it!  
Red and white stripes!  oh my!

I started working part-time at a local quilt shop when my sons were in school, worked for fabric at Mainstreet Cloth and Mercantile.  If you have this addition of Quilt Sampler laying around...thumb through it, you'll see me! 

 Then came my longarm.




Then pattern designing



I also love working in wool...another passion.


To sum me up...there are never enough hours in the day!  People sometimes say 'work gets in the way'.  Not for me...making dinner gets in my way! 
 My poor husband. He's a good sport.


I'm inviting Rhonda and Jeri to play along in the Around the World Blog Hop...and their blog post will be up next Monday the 22nd.  I'll link to their blogs next week!  So stop back by and meet someone new!

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