2016 Cloud 9 Block Blog Hop

Cloud 9 Block Colors

Cloud 9 Block Colors

I promised myself earlier this year that at some point in 2016 I would design my own block. Luckily for me, Cloud 9 gave us blogger newbies an offer that I couldn’t refuse! These gorgeous colors are the perfect epitome of transitioning from summer to fall and it inspired me to create a block. I have throughly enjoyed this process and can’t wait to make more!

Cloud 9 gave us this phenomenal palette of colors to work with chosen by our leaders and I’m excited to present my block to you!

Crossing Squares

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I’ve written my tutorial with a lot of pictures and step by step instructions so beginners can follow along. If you’re more experienced it’ll be a cinch. To use the foundation paper pieces pattern click on the link below. You’ll want 4 copies of it to complete the block.

Crossing Squares Pieced Pattern

Instructions:

  1. When I’m using multiple colors I always write down what goes where so I don’t get confused. I try to make a general idea of the color name and write it down.

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2. To make the process easier cut the following pieces:

Berry: (8) 4″x4″

Orchid: (4) 4″ x 6″

Gray: (4) 1″x10″

Turquoise: (4) 4″x10″

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3. Flip the pattern over so the fabric is always placed on the unmarked side. Center the Orchid piece over the marked area and place a berry piece on top.

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4. Carefully flip the pattern over and sew along the line between A1 and A2. when finished, it should look like this:

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Fold the paper along the sewing line to show the excess seam allowance. We’ll want to cut that extra off. I use an add-a-quarter ruler but you can easily use a ruler; just be careful that it doesn’t slip.

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5. Press the pieces open. Since my iron is across the room, I use a wallpaper-roller-like tool made for sewing. It presses the seam nice and flat so I don’t get up all the time.

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6. Using a heavy piece of paper (I use a business card or, usually, those junk postcards in the mail) fold on your next sewing line to expose the extra seam allowance. Using the 1/4″ from that line cut off the excess.

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7. Place the remaining piece of berry fabric on top of the orchid piece like the first one. This time you’ll sew on the opposite side.

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8. That part of the block should look like this:

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Next, flip the block over and again, using a card, fold the paper back along your next sewing line and trim the excess. (I find this makes it easier when lining up fabric and reduces the chance of using that darned seam ripper.)

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8. Place the gray strip over the fabric for your next sewing line. Again, stitch and press.

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9. Now that the gray strip is pressed you can easily trim the excess seam allowance as we’ve been doing. Since it’s such a small width, I usually hold the piece up to the light to gage just how far over that line it is.

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Since it’s over a fair amount, I’ll trim the excess off. (If it was about 1/2″ then I would just move the next fabric piece down a smidge.)

10. Place the turquoise piece along that gray seam line and stitch. Fold the paper, measure, trim, and press.

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11. We’re almost done! Fold, measure, and trim along that blue area to get rid of excess seam allowance. Next, line up the sky blue piece along the edge. Stitch.

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Press it open and your block should look like this:

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Congratulations! The hardest part of the sewing is complete. Flip the block over and trim all the fabric down to that block with the 1/4″ edge.

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Create 3 more blocks exactly the same. Once they’re all ready to go, place two right sides together matching up the patterns. Stitch along that 1/4″ line and press open. Do the same with the other 2 blocks.

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Finally, sew the two long pieces together and press. Ta-da!

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What I love about this pattern is not only the sharp angles but when you create a bunch of blocks and put them together they create their own pattern.

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I’m thrilled to see all these gorgeous blocks and am honored to be among them! Check them all out below for some great inspiration!

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

 

Mini Shadow Block QAL

I was happy to be a participant in a mini quilt along! We all used the Shadow Block Mini Quilt from Studio Dragonfly Quilts and it’s so much fun and super easy! When I saw it I immediately knew what fabric I was going to use and was able to fussy cut it! I had a little bit less time than others did ( I had two days) but I quite love how it came out.

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I also used Grunge by Moda fabric which is my absolute favorite. I found a gorgeous green but it would have looked odd using it for binding so I used it on the back.

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I used a new batting which I’m not thrilled with. I love Quilter’s Dream but I won a package of Dream Puff at our guild meeting and thought I’d use it for this. Is there a secret to it? I kept finding that it would throw my fabric off kilter and make everything wonky as I was quilting it. What are your thoughts?

Check out all the wonderful versions of this quilt at the blogs below!

Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch

Janice Holton at Color, Creating and Quilting

Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly

Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication

Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie

Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter

Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter

Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne

Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts

Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom

 

 

Facets + Plus Quilt Along Pt. 1

I am so far behind in everything but I am attempting to catch up! I’m taking part in the Facets + Plus Quilt Along that’s graciously  being put on by the amazing Amanda at This Mom Quilts. When I was looking at my fabric stash and deciding on different options I kept looking back at this striking Kaffe Fassett print.

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How gorgeous is this fabric by Kaffe Fassett?

There are so many people that say florals like Kaffe aren’t modern. I say, why can’t they be? So in choosing my fabrics, I’m using this along with some gorgeous blue Grunge by Moda (my absolute most favorite fabric) and some gray/silverish netting print fabric from Cotton and Steel.

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I’ve started cutting the pieces out and can hopefully find some time to sew this weekend!

-Mandy

Minis!

I just love mini quilts! They make me feel like I’m accomplishing something and making progress through my large quantity of UFO’s. I was lucky enough to participate in an Amy Butler/Low Volume Mini Swap on Instagram the past few months. I had two failures in mini patterns before the third worked out and I’m loving it!

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My mini quilt for my swapper out of Amy Butler and low volume fabrics.

All of my quilting on that was straight at varying widths and it all went in one direction. I thought it gave the quilt a really unique look!

I also am participating in our local modern guilds Mini-Mini-Swap where the final dimensions have to be 6″ or less. I found a 6-inch block and used a bunch of my Art Gallery Solids scraps to create it. (Which I adore!) I used the Starry Sky Block and Mini Quilt by Kylie Kelsheimer.

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My Mini-Mini-Swap for the local guild.

How do you like making mini quilts? Do you enjoy it or find it annoying?

Time Management Failures

I need an extra three hours in the day-does anyone else feel that way? I have this temporary job that I really like but it leaves me exhausted and wanting to go to sleep at 8pm. Not really great if you have lists of things to get done and projects to be finished. By the time the weekend gets around, between the job and the heat, I just want to sleep! Of course, I do hope this job turns full time permanently, because hello health insurance (among other benefits), but my stamina is not what it used to be.

Back to the sewing! I sadly haven’t been able to do a lot of sewing, though I am working on my favorite type, EPP. (There will be another post or 100 later on about that.) I’ve been working more on my shop and destashing what we have so we can hopefully get new inventory in. (Shameless promotion-@quiltologie on instagram is where we post our inventory and destash sometimes.)

For those who have a shop of fabrics and such that they sell, what type of items do you find that sell? For those who buy (and we love you all) what types of things are you looking for? We have some Rifle Paper Co bundles coming later this year but are also looking at the Kona colors. (How I love Kona.)

P.S. I’ll be participating in the Cloud 9 Block Blog Hop so keep your eye out for that later on!

2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

It’s finally my turn! I’ve been lucky enough to participate in this amazing group of new quilt bloggers and I’ve learned so much in the past few months! Today it’s my turn to introduce myself to everyone! My name is Amanda (or Mandy as my friends call me) and I’ve been quilting since I was 8 years old. (Over twenty years now!) My mom was instrumental in the process— she taught me how to sew and quilt.

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My mom, Pat, and I at QuiltCon 2016.

I actually ended up going to fashion design school after my love of sewing kept growing. I’m glad I went but I’m so much better at quilting and piecing. Growing up in Northern California there were a lot of quilt shops and quilt events that were fun to attend. Now I live in Las Vegas, NV and there aren’t many here. (Yet.)

One of my favorite quilts that I’ve done isn’t quilted yet but it’s going to be amazing! I was lucky enough to score some of the Rifle Paper Co. fabric at Market this year and found a pattern from an amazing girl to make it in! (We had gone to shop for our tiny little online store and found this girl!) The pattern is Painted Ladies by EyeCandyQuilts and it turned out stunning!  My friend Vicki from OrchidOwlQuilts will be quilting it as soon as she finds time and it’ll look amazing!

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Another project that I loved doing was a mini swap on Instagram.  It was pretty specific; Amy Butler and low volume prints. It actually took me three attempts to get it right. For my first idea the block ended up being so tiny to piece and frustrated me so that I decided to find something else. The next pattern I bought and tried ended up having errors in the writing and tons of confusion. (That’s a conversation for another day.) My third attempt came out perfectly and exactly what I wanted! My swap partner loves antique hunting and the Gypsy Caravan line so I combined those with negative space and got a pretty awesome looking mini quilt. I did straight line quilting of varying widths and love how it came out.

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This next quilt is the first one I entered into a quilt show. (Still the only one, actually.) I wanted to get over that ‘fear’ of the first and I entered it in the local show here. I was up sewing until an hour before the deadline to turn it in and there are quite a few mistakes on it. However, it was something that I both pieced and quilted and I’m really proud of that. I love how the hot pink accentuates the lines!

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Front of the Quilt

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Back of the Quilt

The last quilt that I love is a mini quilt that I made for my boss at the time. It was for her birthday but we soon found out that we were being laid off so it also became a little going-away present as well. She’s not a quilter but loves admiring them and I decided to make a little wall hanging using the Fractal quilt block pattern by pattisloniger. I added a colorful border and some more negative space for signatures from the team.

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You’ll have to excuse the toes; I didn’t crop this one.

After attending QuiltCon this past year as well as Quilt Market I really want to work on my craft and further my love of quilting and sewing. I’m working on bags as well since I’ve always wanted to brush up on those skills and have a quilting machine that I need to relearn how to use. (Before I throw it out the window.) I’ll be attending the SewPro Convention in Chicago in September to get more insight on the industry and figure out just what direction I want to take. I’ll also be attending QuiltCon next year so lots of things on the horizon!

Now I’d love to get to know about all of you! What’s something in the quilting or sewing world that has you dying to try it but seems too scary? My biggest problem is the actual quilting part. I’m a perfectionist and I’m hard on myself so having anything less than perfect is difficult for me. (Hence the straight lines.) What’s yours?

And craziness ensues…

So to my awesome readers and followers here, you are all angels. I’ve been gone for about a month, but it’s for a good reason. I got a job! For those who don’t know, I was laid off in April from my dream job. This is an accounting job, and only temporary, but I surprisingly love what I do! I’m just exhausted when I get home though. However, I’m working on getting better at this stuff. There will be a new blog post Monday and I will get back into the swing of this!

Thanks for sticking by me!