Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Finishes

Okay, I don't really have a quilt finish per se, but I do have two new, free patterns posted on my blog today! First up is Be Mine. Remember, this was my Oops quilt where I accidentally cut all the strips at 2'' instead of 2-1/2''. I promise the pattern is correct! This one finishes at 66'' x 82''.  I'm cutting up a very scrappy version right now for this year's Drift Creek Quilt retreat. I offered the pattern for free to all the attendees to see how many different versions we could have on our beds at camp this year. I'll post those pictures in late March.


Second up is No so Mysterious, offered in four sizes. Here you see the twin size which finishes at 60'' x 84''.  The four sizes range from 60'' to 108''!

Just click on the Free Patterns tab above, or follow this link:  http://www.quilterchickdesigns.com/p/free-patterns.html

Please, please, please if you use one of my free (or purchased) patterns, I would appreciate being named as the designer. It is getting harder and harder to fight design theft. I'd also appreciate you directing your friends to this site to download their own copy of my patterns. Thanks for understanding.

Happy Friday, everyone!



Saturday, January 6, 2018

BOM Blues

Does anybody else start a Block of the Month (BOM) then never finish?! Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction has invited readers to sew along with her and finish up some quilts that may be languishing in your cupboard.

I have two. One is incredibly detailed and complicated and is not going to be worked on any time soon. :)  The other is from a quilt shop that was in Iowa and I bought it in 2010! I've started on this quilt several times and every time I do, I make major errors or don't love my fabric choices. Well, 2018 is the year for this to be finished. 

Above shows what the pattern will look like when finished. The picture below shows my first three rows. Wouldn't you know it, when I pinned this on the design wall today, I found ANOTHER error! The last time I pinned this up, I had sewn a row on upside down. Today, I found that the block in the lower left corner should have the gold portion of the half-square triangles pointed inward... otherwise the background fabric doesn't flow. How did I miss that? Ugh.


My other issue with the quilt is the fabric in the center of this block... the blue and white.
It occurs in several places in the quilt but just stands out waaay too much for me because there is not a lick of white anywhere else in the quilt!

I'm going to try a couple of experiments before pulling them out of the quilt. The first is tea stain with a small paintbrush. If that doesn't darken them enough, I may try a fabric marker. Worst case scenario is that I remove and replace them with something else.

It's sad to say I'm not nearly in love with this quilt as I was when I signed up for the block of the month, but believe I will fall in love again as I become more successful.

Wish me luck! Head over to Jo's Country Junction to see more.

P.S.: My husband said he find's it encouraging that I've been sewing for 25 years and still make errors. He is fairly new to his woodcarving hobby and now knows that he is going to make errors and not to be beat himself up when he does. I guess for once it's nice to be the good example.  :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What I'm Working On

I confess -- I'm not really working on this one, but I wanted Jo to see what one of her patterns looks like in all scraps. This is the Modern Day Patriot quilt from Jo and Kelli's book Country Girl Modern. I knew as soon as I saw it that I would make it scrappy.

 This one will be going to my brother Jimmy as a Quilt of Valor just as soon as I have one finished for his son-in-law. Brother Jim served 26 years in the Navy, enlisting at age 17. (He had to have our parents permission!). He retired then worked for the Department of Defense until he was 65.  Our family moved a lot when we were kids, with my brothers and sisters sometimes attending a different school every year.  I was the youngest and we moved a lot but stayed in the same school district so I had a much different experience than my siblings. I thought scrappy was appropriate as Jimmy has had soooo many different homes over the years. 

He graciously allowed his daughter to marry an Air Force man, thus the need for another quilt.  :)  Here's a close-up of the scrappy goodness. 

I can't wait to share this one with my brother!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Finish

I'm so happy to be able to share a finish with you this Friday! I've had the quilt top made for a while and finished the quilting right before my knee replacement surgery. One day last week, I got brave and went upstairs to apply the binding. Going up was great, coming down was more challenging.  :)

My husband Mike has a friend that has been there for him for years, always helping out with any project -- including making new doors for our kitchen cabinets and a custom cutting table for me that holds bolts of fabric and is the perfect size!

I knew that he needed a grand gesture as a thank you, and this quilt is it! I can't wait to see his face when it gets delivered.


This is Sue Garman's Washington Medallion quilt pattern. I joined a Block of the Month years ago from Stitchin' Heaven quilt shop and worked on this blue and brown beauty for years. 



Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Finish

I was reading my old "Just Choose Three" posts and realized there are some quilts mentioned there that I never shared. Let me present Bending the Rules!

This quilt was a lot of fun to make and was inspired by the Denyse Schmidt solid fabrics shown here. I'd had the quilt designed for years but could never get happy with colors to use. As soon as I saw those fabrics at a Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, I knew I had my solution! 

I used the Aztec Wave pantograph designed by Patricia E. Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran for the quilting. I love the movement it adds to the quilt. (No, I don't receive royalties from Urban Elementz... I just love their pantos!).



Friday, September 8, 2017

Another Mystery Finish

For several years now, I've been designing a mystery quilt as a fundraiser for the Westside Quilters Guild in Hillsboro, Oregon. Our 7th Annual Mystery Workshop will be held on October 28th. I finished up quilting one of the quilts this week, but since I can't share the quilt I thought I'd share my fabric choices. I've been working toward my designs being very friendly for charity, throw, or twin-size quilts. This one finishes at 64'' x 81''.

Here are my choices for quilt #1. Focal = red; yellow= pop; blue = frame; cream = background.

This is for quilt #2. Background = grey; pop = green; focal = fishing print; frame = black.

Version #3 will have a background that shines with solid or tone-on-tone playmates. This is going to be one fun class! I can't wait to see what everyone makes. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Oops Quilt

Have you ever made a quilt that defied you all the way? This is mine. Every year, I design a new quilt and teach a mystery workshop to the Westside Quilters Guild. I've also designed two "clue of the month" type quilts that we made on our Sewing Saturdays. I designed this Be Mine quilt, got all the instructions written, and started cutting. (Yes, I write the instructions first and test the pattern as I go for accuracy.)

I got all my cutting finished and realized I had too much fabric left over. Double-checked  the number of strips -- no, that wasn't it. Then it dawned on me... this quilt was designed using 2-1/2'' strips and I cut everything at 2''!!  So my class version of the quilt was a mini version. Ugh. It's a little embarrassing when the designer can't even cut her own fabric.


The second oops was my binding. It turned out wider than usual and my seam allowance was narrower. At this point, I just wanted it finished so I finished hand sewing the binding last night. While I love this quilt, it may need to find a new home. :)

P.S.: This year's mystery design has been much easier and I'm even including some new construction methods in the pattern. Looking forward to class on October 28!