April 20, 2017

One year Anniversary Give~Away!

Last month i had the honor of visiting 35+ quilters in Yakima, Washington... all busy putting their spin on my Tulip Crush quilt pattern

I can't help but share some of their progress and have a  Give~Away celebrating 
Tulip Crush's One Year Anniversary!



 Aren't they all terrific??



Give~Away Specifics!
 Leave a comment below telling me if you're a Spring Lover or a Fall Lover!  I'll pick one of each!  The Spring Lover will receive an emailed pdf copy of Tulip Crush and the Fall Lover will receive an emailed pdf copy of my Cinderella Pumpkin pattern!  
Don't forget to leave your email address too!  

Here's a look at each pattern cover, front and back

Give~Away begins today through midnight Sunday April 23rd, Pacific Standard Time.  :)

**PS...if you are looking for a Tulip Crush quilt kit, Pam of Barn Chick Quilts (former owner of the Buggy Barn) has them available on her website!  Click the blue link. :)

April 14, 2017

New quilt pattern plus tutorial: How to Piece Tiny Pieces!

Here is my latest quilt pattern for all those airplane enthusiasts! 

It's called Touch and Go.
 (see how the planes are flying in 2 circles...practicing their touch and goes?)  :)
 

I'm adding that wind blown look..


Today is blogging and binding day...


There are a couple tiny pieces in the propeller area and i thought it would be helpful to share this tutorial.


See that finished 1/2" corner triangle?  Ugh...who wants to deal with that?!


To make piecing tiny pieces easier...i size up! 

In the photo below, the completed unit measures 1" x 2" with 3/4" corner triangle squares. 
To make it easier, I cut the black rectangle 1-1/2" x 2-1/4" and the corner triangle squares are cut at 1".  That may still sound small...but there's a big manageable difference!

Next i draw a line a 1/4" in from the short end of the rectangle.

I finger press each 1" square to create a stitching line to follow.

I place my first 'corner triangle square' on the drawn line and one edge of the rectangle.


**Important!
Before sewing you can also place a tiny dot of SeamAlign behind the 1" square to keep the fabric square in place.  I don't find it necessary for my 1" square, but it definitely helps and i Love this new product!  A tiny dot plus a little heat from your iron, and the square will stay in place while you sew corner to corner!  It's also great for holding seams in place so intersections will match up perfectly! Once sewn, you hardly know SeamAlign was there!  
Where can you find this product? Visit Momma Made It Quilt Shop

See my Instagram post on SeamAlign @laughyourselfintostitches


Now I sew my corner triangle square.  I continue to sew right off the edge beyond the drawn line.

I press the first corner triangle over and sew my second one in place.  If the corner triangles look a bit kattywampus after sewing, don't worry...time to trim!


I started with a 1-1/2" x 2-1/4" rectangle and it needs to be trimmed to 1" x 2".  

Cut #1 
Trim 1/4" off one side, placing a line from my ruler directly down the middle where my corner tri's meet.  This ensures i do not trim too much off one side or the other.  The edge of my ruler is placed at 1-1/4" on my unit, allowing me to trim 1/4" off the exposed side.  


Cut #2
Flip the unit around and repeat 

Cut #3
Line the end of the rectangle at 2" mark on the ruler and trim.  I double check to make sure i have 1/4" left for a seam!  Don't want to blunt my propeller blades!
So really, piecing tiny pieces is not that hard and trimming it down is great for precision and accuracy!  :)


Here's a different colorway for Touch and Go...
This quilt will also be included in the pattern.  It is just a bit smaller and the border will be tiny bit different. 

This version is called....Amelia
awwww, so cute!

The pattern will be out soon...i need to finalize the instructions and have my test pilot take it for a spin!  :)

Hope you learned something!
Learn, Share, Quilt!

~karen










March 29, 2017

Need'l Love

I'm sure many of you are familiar with 'Threads' books by Need'l Love. The first one published in 1995. They are so full of many wonderful quilt patterns and small wool and stitchery projects.

  I can sit for hours dreaming inside the pages!

Renee Nanneman is the creativeness behind these books.  She is also a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.

I've been an admirer of Renee's work since the release of her first Thread's book.  

This past September, Renee purchased a few patterns through my Etsy Shop.   I saw Need'l Love on the Etsy receipt and thought...huh? no way...it's got to be someone else using the same name but adding a 'dot' or an 'underscore' changing the name slightly.  

A couple weeks later, Renee emailed and asked if she could make my Indian Summer quilt pattern into a sample and hang it in her booth at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival June 15-17, 2017!

  Ummm...Yes!!

 Here's Renee's Indian Summer quilt using her beautiful Tender Romance fabric for the background.   I love her choice for the inner border using a yellowy/gold fabric.  Very cheery.

If' you'd like to purchase a fabric kit with the pattern directly from Need'l Love you'll find it here:

Will you be in Kansas City this June?

March 28, 2017

Milkyway

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've already seen these.  

Quilt pattern is called Milkyway by Fig Tree Quilts and my friend Lila is the piecer.  






Can you tell i love quilting feathers?




I love this quilt!


Thank you everyone for helping me get rid of my 'old style' pattern covers! I still have a couple left of each pattern, except Tulip Crush is gone.  

Price for the 'old style' pattern covers are $6 each and that includes shipping!  USA only.  You'll find a drop down menu on the right side of my blog labeled Old Style Pattern Cover Sale.  These are mailed copies of my patterns...only difference is my pattern covers have been updated with my logo and larger photos. 
   Thank you!
~karen

March 27, 2017

Indian Summer//Primitive Style



Different not only in fabric choices, Indian Summer 'primitive style', eliminates the corner triangles around each log cabin center.

NOTE*the pattern instructions do not mention my primitive style option.  If you prefer this look, simply disregard the corner triangles around the log cabin centers.
  
Here's my brighter Indian Summer  Click on the blue link to see more photos of the original quilt.

A small change can make a big difference!

Look out the window....this is where i grew up....and where my boys played for endless hours on the farm.

 Mason and our Lucky, and Tucker with his turtle friend were taken years ago on the farm... how time flies.


And here are the caretakers!  
Couple of hillbillies!  Aren't they cute?
mom and dad, August 2016


Okay, back to our regular programming....

Do you have the Indian Summer pattern yet?  
 How will you make it? 
 Brighter version?  Primitive Style?  Corner Triangles...or not?

Another look at my friend Cheryl's' Indian Summer quilt using more primitive style fabrics with corner triangles.

All three versions look great!



Here's where you'll find the Indian Summer pattern  


But i'll leave you with a little bit of Spring...from the farm
 my dad...86 and awesome!

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