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Friday, May 31, 2019

A Time For All Seasons-June

The calendar says it's June.
I sure hope the weather knows how to read the calendar.
I don't know about where you live, but here we got snow and crazy cold weather, 
followed by thunderstorms, hail and tornado's!
 So much for planting your flowers after Mothers Day. If you did they likely froze 
or were pounded with hail.
Come on June, we are counting on you to bring us all,
 some sunshine and happy weather!
Weather nice enough to be able to go sailing.
Don't you just love this block?
June is also the time to celebrate all the wonderful Dad's out there.
I love this guy, who looks confused by all the choices of ties!
And we think, us girls are the only one's making the tough decisions.
You can download these patterns free for the month of June only
over at "Just Let Me Quilt"
But wait!!!!!
She gave us a bonus block too!
This one speaks right to my own heart, as
I am celebrating my 40th anniversary this month.
You can find this pattern 
Thanks Carol, this block is a fabulous addition!
...sew, how is your "Time for All Seasons" coming along?
Don't forget to share your blocks on our Facebook page
We have sponsors who are providing fabulous monthly prizes.
Thanks to "Island Batik" for these fabulous fabrics.
They make my heart sing!

Here is the schedule for this year...
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Time For All Seasons-April Bonus

I can't believe it's the end of May and I haven't posted my April bonus block,
that Carla from "Creatin' in the Sticks", has done for us.
I love how these "Island Batik" fabrics make the block sing!
This bright and cheery pinwheel block is so quick and easy...
...and the perfect addition to her basket and umbrella blocks.

June 1 is almost here, so it's a good time to remind you to get your May blocks downloaded 
if you haven't already while they are free. 
You can find them 
The bonus block pattern has been updated to make things a little easier for you.
Make sure you have the most current copy saved.

I am so excited about what Carol from "Just Let Me Quilt" 
has in store for us next month.
I promise you are gonna love em!


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

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)
Pattern now available for $1.50 on link below
Please note what block it is you would like sent.

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 fact...it 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'