Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bonus Day! (re-release)

There were some issues with the previous pattern.
I've changed up the pattern a bit, to hopefully make it easier for you to manage.
It's been double checked, triple checked and stitched out again.
Please re-download the pattern before you start piecing.
This is "May" Pole.

It's a really fun block, that can present challenges. If you are comfortable with 
the process of paper piecing, I urge you to give it a whirl.
I've included the colors that I used on the templates to hopefully make it a bit easier for you.
(I found color placement the biggest hurdle)
You can find the pattern 
It is free until the end of the month.
NOTE:  It is crucial that you print out your pattern full size, no paper scaling.
Every one's printer box will look a little different, but hopefully this will help.
"Actual size" is the verbiage on my printer.
On the paper piecing pattern I have drawn a 1" square box. Make sure that
once you print your pattern that the box measures 1" or you will have problems...

Speaking of problems, I've had a few emails about the pieced block this month, not
coming out to size. Again it's crucial that the pattern is printed actual size.
I did put a ruler to my block and it does come out to 10.5"
It's the triangle block that I believe is causing some issues.
I might suggest that you trace your pieces onto Freezer Paper 
Iron them on your block and cut them out that way.
For those of you with Tri Recs rulers, you can tape the pattern to the back of them
and cut out your pieces.
Note: the pattern pieces are not a standard size on the ruler.
(I, for the life of me can't find my triangle ruler)
But you get what I mean!
The hand drawn directions are included in the pattern because EQ gives them to us.
I personally do not use them, but we all have different ways of doing things, so I included them.
(They are a great reference for double checking the size, 
of each of your block pieces before you start cutting)
Lay piece "C" over "B" and stitch. The corners on the template make it easy to line up.
Stitch and press open
Lay "D" on opposite side, stitch and press open.
As you can see, it is a bit oversize. This allows you to trim down to correct size.
Just watch your 1/4" seam so you don't loose your points.
The 4 patch blocks start out with 2 1/8" blocks. Careful cutting and piecing is a must.
Construct your block in thirds. Each one should measure 3 3/4" square. 
That will yield a perfect 10 1/2" block.
I do hope this will help you.
Oh my...I inadvertently left off a few of the numbers for a flower on this block too!
Here is an updated page 2. It likely won't print to scale, 
so I suggest you just add the changes to your already printed page
 or make a note of them for future use.
I used a red pen, but it's still hard to see where the changes are...
It's Q1   H2 and I2.

I do apologize for the errors. While I do my best, I am not a pattern designer.
I do not have the knowledge of pattern writing, or the bells and whistles that other designers have.
The BOM is free and we all do our best to make sure it's 100% correct,
but things do happen and rest assure, we will fix it to the best of our abilities.
"Google" is a wonderful resource if your need help constructing a  block. 
I've found a gazillion tutorials, U-Tube videos, etc with a quick search. 
Some days it's my saving grace!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Make it Modern with Hobbs

This month the ambassadors are taking the modern world by storm.
On my shopping spree in Lancaster PA, I stumbled on a pattern 
I thought would be perfect, for my project.
Remember while I was at retreat, "Rocky" 
was having no part of sharing a peek at it...
Well, today I can finally show it to you.
This is "Linked".
Or a version of it anyway.
My "Christmas Rapping" project, was paper pieced.
I was so excited when I realized how versatile
those triangle templates, proved to be.
I used them in the background for my "Be a Diamond" project.
And instead of cutting a zillion triangles and working with bias, 
I used them again for "Linked".
Yes, it did change up the size, but it worked for me.
I love it when I find multiple uses for a pattern, or portion of a pattern.
I see it, as getting the best bang for my buck!
Hobbs has generously sponsored us with their wonderful batting this year.
On this, I used "Hobbs" wool batting.
I do love a wool batting. It's light weight and gives this just a bit of dimension.
Dimension, that's what it's all about in this project.
No matter how you look at it!
winky winky
In was just too much fun to take photos from different angles
 and see the shapes change.
It really is a quilt you can stare at while moving and watch it move, too!
A closer look shows all the triangles that were pieced.

A shout out to
For providing us with their awesome thread.
Speaking of "Aurifil"...
I stumbled on this vendor at a sew expo a couple of months ago.
They sell the big cones of thread in loads of colors, for 
$39.95 each. Free shipping with the purchase of 2 cones.
I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but wanted to share my great find.
It's the best price I've seen.
Last but not least...
A heartfelt thanks to "Island Batik" for providing us with their fabulous fabrics.
It is such a privilege and joy to be an ambassador for them.
You can find more information on the Christmas Rapping blog hop
and this multipurpose book

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

More April Silliness

I came home from Lancaster, worked 1 day, 
did laundry and repacked for my next quilt retreat.
Nope, I'm not spoiled at all.
This one was the "Flying Quilters" annual retreat in Estes Park Colorado,
where we rent a vacation home from the YMCA.
Getting there was an adventure. 
The fuel pump went out in my car, on our way up there.
Someone was looking out for us, because we were on the last hill into town, 
there was a break in traffic and I was able to make a left and turn
into a dog park with no power steering or brakes. 
The engine had cut out and we didn't even know it!
Hubby had to bring up another car that night 
and return the next day with a trailer, 
to get the old beater 4 wheel drive home.

We brought up all our meals and hunkered down to sew for 5 days.
This year Sue made meal time just a little more special, 
with these place settings for everyone.
It really hit the nail on the head, for our group!
There was some fabulous food, but...
You'll laugh at this one!
(Wish you could have joined us for lunch)
Rocky...the only boy allowed, joined us again this year!
and loved show and tell...
Goofy dog!

It was a little chilly this year...
OK, really chilly, I guess.
We slept under partially finished quilts.
The one on the left is my "Nifty Novelties" blog hop project.
You will have to come back later this month to see it.
tee hee hee!
Deb's Halloween quilt was full size by the end of retreat!
 There were fun and games
til"Quilters Bingo" turned ugly...
 But everyone was a winner in the end!
You know how they say, you should never go to the store when your hungry...
Make that... when they are having a clearance sale too!
I just couldn't pass up these crazy things!
I felt like "Oprah".  You get pigs feet, and you get pigs feet!
The day before we left, it started to snow...
We woke up to 18" of the white stuff again. Deja Vu. 
Didn't this happen 2 years ago?
Oh, and the reason I took the old beater 4 wheel drive  to begin with!
While it looks so pretty...
It left us shoveling cars out, before we could leave!
And we had supervision!
There were 3 Turkey Vultures, in the tree watching our every move.
It was a first time seeing them, for me.
Kinda cool!
While it was over way too soon, we are really looking forward to next year!
And a little better weather maybe.
I was going to give you a sneaky peek of the project I worked on,
 but Rocky said "NO",
so you will just have to come back in a couple of days to see it completed!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'