Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rotary Cutters: Supplies, Types, Cleaning and Replacing Blades


Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Make Scrappy Binding and Apply By Machine


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Accuquilt Studio: Cutting Fabric Scraps Into Squares With A Strip Die

We all have lots of scraps that seems to never get used!  My new video this week shows how to cut fabric scraps into squares using a die cutter.  While you're there, like the video and subscribe to my channel.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Six 2016 Finishes

As I'm uploading, I'm checking my projects list and see that I'm missing photos of four quilts that I gave away.  I'm hoping that I come across something on a flash drive so I can document my work.

I still had the following items in my possession, so here is another show-n-tell!  First up is Disappearing Nine Patch that was pieced by Drew Benage.  Drew was downsizing so I quilted this one to keep for my lectures, donating the one that I was using.  Drew's quilt was much prettier and I love the yellow silk accent fabric.

Stacks was a free pattern I found and pieced years ago.  It was in my to-be-quilted pile.  I used leftover bindings for this project, even using them in the binding; scrappy quilt with scrappy binding.

I made two Modified Bento Box quilt tops years ago and just got them quilted this year.  The first one is made from scraps and set with thin sashing and corner stones.

The second Modified Bento Box quilt is made with batik scraps.

This one is a very old WIP of a Chevron quilt.

I made this Rag Wreath and love the outcome.  You can use some of your ugly fabrics for this one!  I added the bow as I felt the ties made the wreath more dramatic.

I hope you enjoyed the projects.  Next up are my current WIPs.
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2016 Finishes - 8 of them - More to Come

Treasure Hunt was made for line dancing friends residing in Indianapolis for their wedding in May.  I made the center panel with some leftover flying geese from a previous quilt to make the stars.  Afterwards, I added a mix of borders to get the quilt to an appropriate size.  I had fun reminiscing over past projects as I used my scraps to make this quilt.

 BP Express:  Bowling Hall of Famer is a quilt I made for my husband who is listed in the national bowling hall of fame for his many accomplishments.  I quilted this quilt with a panto called Bowling Fun.  It was a challenge.  See the close up photo.  I also have a video review of this panto.

Gypsy Conversion (The Gypsy's Wife) is now completed!  I love the entire process and how colorful the quilt is.  Again, I adapted this quilt with my orphan blocks instead of piecing the blocks as indicated in the original pattern.  I have included some close up photos of  some of the quilting.

This Streak of Lightening quilt is a UFO top that I never got around to quilting.  Now that I have my own longarm quilting machine, I will be finishing a lot of the tops on my projects list.  This one was made the old fashion, time consuming way by adding HSTs to opposite sides of a square.

Asian influence was a great design to use some Asian charm packs in my collection.

Batiks Modified Bento Boxes used some of my scrappy batik fabrics.  I love the colors in this quilt.

One of the most underutilized quilting tools in the market is the X-Block Ruler.  This variation is Ribbon Star.  Instead of making 9-patches, I used 3 rectangles.

 Another X-Block quilt I call Animal Kingdom.  I love finding ways to use the pieces in the border that are trimmed when making the center blocks.

I have a few more finishes that need photos.  I fear I gave away some charity quilts that I forgot to photograph.  I'll have to look at all my media storage devices to be sure.

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2016 Finishes Challenge Quilts

I participated in two quilt challenges that I can now share the results.

The first was for my small guild of five members.  The challenge was to make a modern quilt with only two fabrics.  The fabrics could be multi-colored or solids.  Out of character, I chose to make a quilt with two solid fabrics.  I call this one Modern Hexies and I won 1st place in the challenge.  I also entered this quilt into my large quilting guild challenge which was to make a hexagon quilt.  It won first place in best longarm machine quilting category.

Honycomb Quads was my main entry into my large quilting guild challenge, make a quilt which feature the hexagon.  I made this quilt similar to the stack-n-whack setting but used strings instead of repeat fabric segments.  I also cut the hexagon into four rings and strip pieced my star points.  The quilt won two ribbons:  2nd place in bed-size category and 3rd place for best longarm machine quilting category.

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New Videos on My YouTube Channel

It seems that if I'm catering to one of my social media sites, the others get neglected.  In the process of learning how to record, edit and upload videos, that's about all the time I have allotted to computer work.   I've been blessed that I have quite a few lecture and workshop bookings so I'm also allocating my time for prepping for those as well.  In addition, my Scrap Quilting Club still meets monthly and I dedicate some time to that.

As I was browsing my blog, I realized that a lot of my finished projects have not been posted.  I've made a list of quilts I need to photograph.  Hopefully, I will start getting those up on the blog.  When I'm caught up, maybe I can show you some of my works in progress.

In the meantime, look at some of the videos that I've uploaded since my last blog.  Click on the links below to view the videos.

While you're there, subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

Longarm Quilting:
Practicing Feathers
Haul:  Longarm Supplies
Bowling Fun Panto Review
Correcting Rolling Errors & Loading a Quilt That Already Has Binding

Rail Fence
Take 5 Christmas
Scraps Galore Challenge
Two Scrappy Quilt Border Ideas

Make Your Own Display Board

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

More Videos and WIP

I've been busy with quilting projects.  I think I mentioned that I have some challenge projects that I will share with you later this month.  In addition, I've uploaded two more videos:

1.  Long Arm Quilting Machine Haul
2. Scrapbuster:  Rail Fence

Here is a photo of my Gypsy Convergence (Gypsy's Wife) quilt that I quilted.  I now need to find an appropriate binding fabric and then I can remove this from my list of things to do.

I'm involved in some home improvement projects as well but the weather keeps interrupting the schedule.  We did hire a contractor to replace our front porch.  While it's wonderful to have the porch updated, it calls for me to repaint the door step, door, and regrade the area around the steps with mulch and grass seeds.  I'm finding that when you fix one thing, something else gets added to the list of to-dos.  I've power washed the deck and back of the house and repainted the awning.  Now I need to replace and seal some of  the decking and complete power washing the rest of the house.  All I can say, is that I'm never idle around here.  I feel like I may have missed a completed project, but I will need to read through my blog to make sure.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

YouTube Videos: Teaquilts

Please consder subscribing to my YouTube channel, Teaquilts.  This week I've uploaded five videos:

String Borders
Longarm Quilting Tips and Basic Swirl
Quilt Backs Part 1
Quilt Backs Part 2
Quilt Backs Part 3
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Memory Pillows, Pillowcases, and Headband

I have so many pots on the stove that I don't know which one to stir!  I've been super busy.  I did finish quilting  my blocks on my practice quilt that I plan to make a book with, however, I haven't uploaded those photos.  I have also been working on two challenge quilts that I can't share until May and June.  I also started working on a Mizzou tigers quilt and planning for retreat projects.  This in addition to teaching, lecturing, running the scrap quilting club (of which I need to upload March photos), being VP of the quilt guild, and  teaching urban line dancing classes!  I haven't mention meeting and classes that I attend or the slew of family events and cooking/cleaning around the home.  I thought retirement meant I had more time; now, I'm trying to figure out how I allocated 50 hours per week to work!

I stopped working on my major projects to make a few memory items.  I used t-shirts to make most of the items.

20" pillow

 Two-sided 20" pillow (side 1)

Two-sided 20" pillow (side 2)

14" pillow

The pillow cases were made for standard size pillows but I folded them to crop.  The other side is a continuation of the main fabrics on the back.  I used french seams so no raw edges on the main sewing lines.  However, using t-shirts in pillowcases caused for me to piece them into the panel as centered as possible.  These seams are raw edge as I didn't have enough fabric required to do french seaming.

Then, while I was making pillowcases, I decided to make four more representing our local baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.  I know someone who is going to love getting a couple of these.

As I was working on the above projects, my YouTube subscription list showed video instructions on how to make a headband.  I just had to try it with the scraps.  Unfortunately, it's a child size so it can't go to whom I intended.  However, some lucky child will be sporting our team.  Click here to view the video.

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