Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a stupendous start! It’s time for our 2-cent Tuesday again! I have another short one for you!
You know how when we make the half-square-triangles, we are supposed to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the starting squares?
If you have a lot of staring squares on which you need to draw diagonal lines, here is what you can do. You can gather a stack of 4 or 5 squares, and then, use the iron to press a diagonal crease on the stack. Then, it’s like having 4 or 5 squares with the diagonal line already “drawn” with one press. Much faster that way.
I always cut my starting squares at least 1/8-1/4″ larger than the required size. I trim my HST units to size so that I always have squared up HST units.
If you are looking for a quick HST project — my Tisket, Tasket, Basket throw pillow pattern is in Quilters World’s Summer 2021 issue.
And if you would like to make more blocks for a quilt, I have mocked up two layouts for you!
And that’s my 2-cents for today for HST units — now it’s your turn! Thank you for stopping by, Happy Quilting!
Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week so far!
First of all, please allow me to welcome all the new followers! Thank you for following me.
I do apologize for the delayed 2-Cent Tuesday (again!) post for this week. I have used most of last week and this week so far to finalize a few upcoming patterns. Getting a commercial pattern ready always involves a lot of time, hours and hours, and more hours! One of these days, I will share a little behind the scenes with you! I do get to work with two very talented ladies who make my pattern look they way they do. I am most grateful to them.
My BEARING GIFTS pattern is ready, and you may purchase the pattern or kit from Keepsake Quilting by clicking HERE.
Now, back to my 2-cents for this week. So, I recently made largest quilt ever, with a finished size of 95″ x 95″. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till June to share the quilt. It is quite an exciting project for me, but more about that in June.
Background to my 2-cents: I have to admit sewing the blocks together in order to make the quilt isn’t my favorite thing to do. I like making the blocks, but sewing them into long rows — not so much! Sometimes I also find that long row units tend to be wonky.
2 cents: So, I came up with this little trick. When I look at a quilt layout, I try to see if there’s a way to do a “divide and conquer” on the quilt top construction. That way, I minimize having to deal with long seams.
Here is what I mean — for an 8 x 8 quilt layout as shown in the picture below, instead of sewing 8 rows of 8 blocks and sewing the 8 rows together (8 long seams!), I divide the layout into quarter sections. I make the sections, and then sew the sections together (1&2, and then 3& 4) — and then sew the halves together. By doing that, I only have to deal with ONE long seam (RED line). See how that works? This trick came in really handy when I was working on that 95″ quilt!
You may ask — what if my quilt layout is a rectangular layout? Then, you will have rectangular sections. Premise remains the same.
And that’s my 2-cents for you this week! Now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, my Friends — I shall catch up with you again!
Hello Friends, I hope you have had a blessed holy week. Please allow me to wish you a lovely and blessed Easter!
If you would like to get an early start on your Saturday, you are welcome to join Pat Sloan and myself watching her new YouTube episode live! The episode is live at 7:15am, but it’s there for you to watch later as well. The link is here: https://youtu.be/-ruB7F4X7mA
It’s a fun chat between friends — so, grab your cup of coffee/tea and spend your Saturday morning with us? Pat is a pro, me — not so much, but do check in and see if you could spot my Asian accent! Do subscribe to Pat’s channel — she always has fun stuff to share!
Hello Friends, I hope you are well, and are enjoying the warmer weather!
I thought I would put the word out… Blue Beauties is a new quilt kit designed by me for Marcus Fabrics. You may purchase the kit from Keepsake Quilting HERE. The thing is Keepsake Quilting generally only carries a certain number of kits, and once they are gone, they are gone. Over the years, I have many write to ask where they can find kits designed by me that were previously carried by Keepsake Quilting. I always hate to disappoint quilters by telling them the kits were no longer available once Keepsake Quilting sold them out.
Back to our regularly scheduled 2-Cents for the week — I always tell my students mastering the curves is the KEY to domestic machine quilting, even longarm too! ONE GREAT WAY to get the brain used to curves is to doodle curves on paper first, and lots of doodling on just a paper pad!
You are more than half-way there once you get the curves down! And that’s my 2-Cents for today. Now it’s your turn!
Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well! It’s been a crazy, crazy week so far…. and I totally ran out of time the last few days to make sure I had a 2-Center Tuesday post up for you!
First, please allow me to thank those of you who had written to tell me you are liking my 2-cent posts. I really appreciate you letting me know!
My 2-cents for this week are safety-related…. way back when I was really really new in quilting, I heard a lady at a club meeting share about using an old prescription bottle (with label removed etc) to store old needles for safe disposal. I remember going home from the meeting, and immediately looked for an old prescription bottle. I STILL collect my old needles that way before I dispose of them.
So, that’s my rather late 2-cents for this week! It’s now your turn… Have a lovely rest of your week, and Happy Quilting!
Hello Friends, I hope you are well! It’s time for my 2 cents AGAIN!
The quilt you see is actually a log-cabin-ish variation that is featured in the March/April 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine. My 2-cents today pertain to sewing narrow pieces like in log cabin blocks. Some would sew the strips onto paper because the paper stabilizes the blocks with narrow strips so that the blocks don’t go wonky. I don’t mind paper/foundation piecing, but I kind of mind having to rip the paper, and paper remnants end up being everywhere. So, for sewing straight and narrow pieces, I actually cut my pieces wider. And then I trim the pieces to size after the pieces are sewn.
For example, the strips are 1″ finished. So, instead of cutting them at 1 1/2″ wide, I cut them at 1 3/4″ – 2″. Then after they are sewn, I trim them to measures 1 1/4″ — because that extra 1/4″ is going to be the seam allowance for the next round of sewing. That way, I also square up my block as I sew.
And that’s my 2 cents for today. It’s now your turn. Thank you for stopping by!
Just a quick piece of news! You may now purchase ALL my for-sale patterns in pdf format on Fat Quarter Shop’s website. They have paper patterns for some of my patterns, but not all. So, if you haven’t seen the full offerings of my for-sale patterns, check them out HERE.
Now back to what this post is about… baby quilts, kids quilts, child quilts!
Kids are fun, and that’s why so many of quilters love baby/kids quilts designs!
Of course, there are the panel quilts that are super quick and easy to make. The following quilt has zero piecing! It’s just a panel that I made happen solely by free-motion quilting on it.
Then, there are child quilts that require just a bit more piecing. Recently, two of my kids quilts designs are included in Annie’s Fast & Fun Quilts for Kids. The book is available or purchase HERE.
First up is my jigsaw puzzle quilt.
Then, there is my Pick Up Sticks child’s bed quilt.
And I just released my Duckling, Duckling, Go pattern. Fat Quarter Shop has both paper and digital patterns! Click HERE to order. I do have to note that the paper patterns are just now shipping to the distributor, so there will be a little lag time getting to shops. You may also purchase the pattern in pdf format directly from me HERE.
I know my quilting teacher Barbara has blessed many many many babies with baby quilts! I always think of the silent prayers uttered by the quiltmaker for a child when she is making that quilt for the special child; and one day, that quiltmaker will be recognized in heaven for being a prayer warrior for that child!
Tell me about the baby / child quilts you have made – I would love to hear them!
Thank you for dropping by! I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Hello Friends, I am back again for 2-Cent Tuesday. I hope you are doing well. March is national quilting month, and I hope you are enjoying working on your WIPs, and even new projects! Here is a quilt recently returned to me from an editor – Sudley in Spring. This quilt is featured in a new Fat-Quarter-Friendly pattern book. You may purchase the book HERE.
My two-cents today will be short. It’s something I just started doing recently. I don’t know why I hadn’t done so earlier before.
Go ahead and label your BACKGROUND FABRICS (white/cream/neutral solids) leftover from projects because — there is white, there are snow white, creamwhite, parchment white; and there is also ivory white!
WRITE DOWN on your labels: Fabric Manufacturer and Sku identification.
For the longest time, all my leftover cream and white and light gray yardages were just thrown into a bin after I complete my quilts. While cleaning out my bin recently, I was overwhelmed by the various whites and creams that had accumulated over time with me not know what fabric is which.
I have a few go-to whites and creams, and chances are you do too. The good thing in labeling your background fabric leftovers is that you might accumulate various leftover yardages of a certain background fabric over time, enough to make an entire quilt without having to purchase any background fabric!
That’s my two-cents for today — it’s now your turn!
Have a lovely rest of the week. I will try my best to visit with you again before the end of the week. Happy Quilting.
Well — not really! My wardrobe is mostly an unexciting place because most of my outfits are black. But I was thinking the other day how being a quilter might have subconsciously affected my choices of outfits. I started looking at the prints on my outfits, and found that most of them do have geometric designs that can be adapted into quilt designs. Here is a samplling:
Did you spot my usual pattern here – dark / black and quite geometric! But WAIT, I am expanding my sartorial horizons in my old age… this is the print on my new blouse from Zappy Dots. See how much exciting the print is compared to my usual?
This is the exact blouse I have! he colors are much more vibrant in person. I like the smooth and silky material, and most importantly of all, thread scraps come off the material easily. So, I don’t have to worry about walking into the grocery stores with threads hanging off me.
Last week, I had shared with you the stitching accessories in THIS POST. I was glad quite a few of you shared your wonderful experiences with their goodies – thank you! Check out Zappy Dots’ apparel offerings here — they are designed with quilters/crafters/stitchers in mind, and . You will probably even recognize certain prints that you have seen on fabrics. I promise you, you will spend more than 15 minutes looking at all the goodies!
If you own any Zappy Dots apparel items, please let me know what you think! Thank you for “clothes-shopping” with me today.
Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope your week got off a great start. So, how are you dealing with your UFOs and WIPs? Click HERE if you missed my post last week on my thoughts on UPOs vs. WIPs.
I managed to get one more block (last one) done for my WIP Just Add Shortcake quilt, and now the next step is to sew the blocks together to make the quilt top happen. Pattern is available HERE.
Now for today’s two cents… you know how we are supposed to anchor down the quilt at the edge in domestic machine quilting? For a long time, I would lengthen my straight stitch and sew. But even with a walking foot, sometimes, I end up with wonky corners — just because from sewing straight over a large distance (and as a result fabrics being scooted along in the sewing process). Now I do large zig-zags instead of long straight stitches — the result is no more wonkiness!
And that’s my 2-cents — it’s now your turn! I shall catch up with you later!
IMPORTANT PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – If you had purchased my Maisons de Patchwork Pattern before Feb 11, 2021, check out pattern corrections HERE.
Hello Friends, another new week, another 2-Cent Tuesday! Today, I thought I would share with you my thoughts on UFOs and WIPs!
We all have them, well most of us anyway. I actually have a dear friend who doesn’t! She doesn’t start a new project unless she has completed her current project. She also doesn’t keep a stash. She only keeps/purchases what she needs for her current project. Talk about discipline…
But we mere mortals… we have them all – the fabric stashes, WIPs and UFOs! We shall discuss fabric stashes on another day. My 2-cents on the WIPs and UFOs is this: As long as we elevate the status of our projects from UFO to WIP, and keep the WIPs on a rotation, we are good! We keep nibbling on those WIPs, and pretty soon, the WIPS will be completed quilts!
Here are a few of my newest WIPs for my newly releases patterns. I don’t have time to devote to just one quilt. So, I put them on a rotation. I make either 1 or 2 blocks at a time, and pretty soon, I will have my quilt top done.
Now one thing I do is this: Whenever I completed the appointed block for a particular WIPs, I would go ahead and cut the pieces for the next block and store the pieces in a bag. That way, the next time I am back at working at the particular quilt, I can just go straight to sewing. Oh, I also keep a block diagram with all the measurements — that way, it’s easy to get back in the groove on a certain project.
Well that’s not much, but I hope it’s at least worth 2 cents — now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, Friends!
p.s. You might have seen this upcoming design of mine. Moda Fabrics is offering this as a boxed kit later this summer. You may reserve yours now at Fat Quarter Shop. Click HERE.
Hello Friends! I hope you are doing well despite the cold (very cold!) weather! We are supposed to get some snow tonight even though our high was in the 50s yesterday. Do stay safe! Before I start prattling on, I would like to thank ALL of you who left comments on Gwen’s blog post from last weekend. She read every comment, and was very encouraged.
One thing I do to keep stitching fun for Gwen is to always be on a lookout for stitching accessories to make the process fun and interesting for her. For example, I found these kitty thread keeps that are great tools in teaching a child to be organized with her threads while stitching.
Recently, I came across these fun stitching/quilting gift items made by Zappy Dots. I am amazed at the range of products offered – from apparel, jewelry to notions! Click HERE to visit Zappy Dots’ website. All Zappy Dots products are made in USA.
Many of the products are based on the idea of these nifty and pretty 1″ dots. The dots then find themselves in various gifts and notions like pendants, bracelets, needle minders and scissors fobs. I currently have the needle minder (nanny), scissors fob, and the interchangeable silver bangle.
Let’s start with me showing you the silver bangle, or bracelet. Well, as soon as Gwen saw this, she subtly claimed this one! We agree we could “share” — you know how that goes, haha. Gwen thinks the interchangeable concept is the coolest thing (since sliced bread) because one can effortless change the look of the bangle by using the different magnetic dots that snaps onto the face of the bangle.
There are other bracelet styles as well besides this one I just showed you. Click HERE to see the other offerings, as well as an almost endless range of “dots” you could purchase for yourself and friends.
I like the simple and sweet magnetic needle minder and the scissors fob! The surface of the dots are protected against wear. Gwen loves playing with the magnetic needle minders. They were perfect for me to teach Gwen about the physics of magnetism as well as eletromagnetism.
The scissors fob adds a bit of visual bling to my scissors. More importantly, the fob makes it easy for me spot where I place my scissors at all times. When I stitch, I don’t always place the scissors at one fixed spot like I am supposed to, and I so easily lose track of them.
I find that the items are affordable as gifts for a stitching or quilting friend, or even for yourself. Check out Zappy Dots’ website HERE, and I double dog dare you to not spend more than 20 minutes looking to see if you couldn’t find the perfect “dot”! I found SO many dots that I want to have…. maybe it’s time for another collection!?
I always appreciate you stopping by! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week – do stay safe and WARM! Till next week.