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!

September 9, 2014

Keep'n it real...

This pretty little Farmer's Wife block called Country Path 
has had Susan...pulling her hair out! The instructions to make this block can be found in my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Class 8.  

I hope Susan has some hair left...she found an error in the cutting measurements. Tried as she might to make it all fit together...she figure out where the mistake was made and brought it to my attention.

The small squares encircling the center square should be cut to 1-9/16" instead of 1-5/8".  Such a slight slight different in size...yet so critical.  I have corrected the instructions online...so for those who purchased through Craftsy a notice will be send via email....

Pencil in this correction on your pattern now.  It is block #24, Country Path...from Class 8.
Thank you Susan...you are my best critic!  I appreciate you!  

September 6, 2014

Took my Bernina outside to play

I just couldn't find any reason to stay inside and farm today
 my harvest

Show off your Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks HERE!

September 4, 2014

The Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Class 9 is now available

The Farmlands are spreading!  
I spent over an hour online today chatting with Farmer's all over the world!  It gives me goose bumps!  
From Australia, Italy, Sweden, Canada, USA, Hungary, UK, South Africa...and more!
So strange how easily we can gather together and share our passion.  But oh so wonderful!

Class 9 is now available...we'll be uncovering a couple new techniques in Class 9.  You'll find purchase options HERE

If you are just starting to Farm or need some fabric inspiration...i have another special online shop with a beautiful Farmer's Wife 'Starter Kit'!

 is offering a 30 Fat Quarter Bundle from this soft and sweet fabric line, 'Flower Sugar' from Lecien.  30 Fat Eights are available too!...just perfect for a Farmer's Wife Quilt!  Run over to Jane's blog to see her fabulous Farmer blocks using this line.  Find her HERE

 Love the gingham check
 and the polka dots!!!
Happy Farming!


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