Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 5

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Hello Friends, we meet again on another Saturday.  I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend!

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I hope you have had fun with our Summer Mystery Sew-Along.  I know I certainly have, and have loved getting to meet some of you via emails.  Last week, we solved a little a bit on the mystery, and made these blocks.

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Today, we will solve a bit more on the mystery.  BUT BEFORE WE GET STARTED, YOU WILL WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

HERE for Installment #4

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#1.  So, to get started, we will need all the units made in previous weeks that haven’t been used:

Stem Units (July 9)

Flying Geese and Flying Geese Variation Units (July 16)

Bright Row Units (July 23)

Refer to the pdf instructions, and lay the units out accordingly into 4 different sets.  I have done mine, as shown:

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Easy peasy – you just start sewing them together to make a tree unit.  Repeat to make a total of 10 tree units, and set aside for a moment.

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#2.  Then, you will cut 20 (2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) rectangles from the vanilla weave ground fabric.  I have used two vanilla weave rectangles to lay out together with the tree unit and bright row units.  Sew together, and I will have completed 1 block.

#3.  Please refer to pdf instructions for fabric placements and block orientations (very important on the block orientation!), complete a total of 10 blocks!  And you are finished for today.

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And now, you have a total of 20 blocks (counting the ones we made last week) to play with!!!  What shall we do next… Hmmmm…. come back next week and find out!  Meanwhile, give yourself a pat on the back – you have done a great job!  :o)

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What do you have planned for the rest of today?  My little family has errands to run, and I think I am going to sit down and do some leisure stitching after we are finished with errands.  See you next week!

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 4

Hello Friends, Happy Saturday to you all!  I am glad you are back for the latest installment for Quilting Treasures Harmony Summer Mystery Sew Along!  Before I start with today’s construction, I want to say a big thank you to those of you 36-plyers who have been so sweet about the little hiccup.  I trust that Quilting Treasures took care of you by sending you the replacement strips to make your strip set having a total of 40 strips!  Thank you again for being sweet and gracious about it.

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If you are new joining in, and would like to access previous posts, click:

HERE for introductory details

HERE for Installment #1

HERE for Installment #2

HERE for Installment #3

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YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

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We will actually be solving part of the mystery today.  So, we begin by sorting out what we need for today’s installment.  We will need the four patch units made on July 9, the pastel row units made on July 23, selected strips and vanilla weave fabric.

The ready made units:

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The vanilla weave fabric, and strips (L-R): soft green weave, daffodil leaf, apricot leaf, party pink leaf, turquoise leaf, azalea spiral square.

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CUTTING & SEWING

#1.  VERY simple — to start solving the mystery, the units you will need to make for today’s installment are a bunch of flying geese units.  40 total.  Refer to the instructions to cut all the necessary pieces, and make 8 flying geese units each for daffodil leaf, apricot leaf, party pink leaf, turquoise leaf and azalea spiral square.

#2.  VERY important — do be careful when you cut the square 2-1/2″ squares from the strips because a 42″ strip cuts exactly (16) 2-1/2″ squares.  In the event of a cutting error, you may substitute from leftover fabrics.

#3.  FRIENDLY reminder — when you make the flying geese, try not to heat set the units with the iron until later. So you can see my flying geese units are not exactly flat at this point of the process.

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Also, I would go ahead and square up the flying geese units as best as I can, and trim off any excess as necessary. You can see in the following picture even though I had sewn as carefully as I could, and that I hadn’t used the iron, distortion still happens.

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#4.  After the flying geese units are constructed, follow the instructions to sew them to the four-patch units to make a star unit.  Now, if you want the points to match up nicely when you sew the flying geese units to the four-patch units. You might try the following:

a.  Crease downward the flying geese where you can check to see if the “V” of the flying geese unit matches up to the seam intersection of the four-patch unit at the “guess-timated” 1/4-inch seam allowance.  If they don’t match, scooch until they do. :)

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b.  If all check out, I place a very fine pin (transparent blue in picture below) where the “V” of the flying geese unit meets the seam intersection of the four-patch unit.  I would very very carefully sew over that very fine pin by moving the hand wheel of my machine when I get close to that pin.

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c.  And hopefully after you sew your units together, your points would line up somewhat decently for you. :)

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d.  You will find out a star unit will start to emerge as you follow along the instructions.  It wasn’t till after the star units was completed that I used the iron to heat set the sewn unit. When I did use the iron, I pressed and not ironed.

#5.  After a star unit is constructed, you will now have the necessary puzzle pieces to solve part of the mystery!  Sew all the constructed units together to complete 1 block.

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#6.  Refer to the instructions for fabric placements to make a total of 10 star blocks!!!

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And that’s it for today!!!  I hope you have had a bit of Sherlock Holme-ish kind of fun today.  I shall see you next week to solve the second part of the mystery. :)  Have a lovely rest of your Saturday.  Hugs to you all!

Quilting Treasures “Harmony” Summer Mystery Sew-Along / Part 2

YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORMAT TO FOLLOW ALONG HERE. [Please note that this file is the MOST updated version!  Always check the postings on this site for the most updated versions of instructions.]  Instructions will be available on this site through Oct 31, 2016.

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Hello and Happy Saturday, Friends!  I hope you have had a great week.  Welcome to the second installment of Harmony Summer Mystery Sew-Along!

***If you haven’t been with us last week when we sewed up the units from from first installment, and would like to join in, please do so by all means!  This mystery quilt is not demanding, and is meant for a quick summer sewing fix. Click here for the first installment and the list of participating quilt shops.  And you aren’t able to find a participating quilt shop in your area to purchase the fabrics, I got word from the following shops they still have kits available:

Nimble Thimble in Gilroy has kits available. The website ishttp://www.nimblethimble.com/ and the phone number is 408-842-6501

RahRah’s Fabrics & Quilting in Lubbock, TX has the jelly roll and vanilla weave background. I’m not sure if we still have the binding fabric or not. I don’t sell online, but I’m more than happy to ship. Give us a call at 806.792.1885.

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And with that, let’s take a look at the fabrics strips you will move right along to today’s sewing.

CUTTING & SEWING FLYING GEESE UNITS

#1.  We need the 4 following strips:  green mist weave, powder blue weave, lilac weave and grape spiral square, as shown below.  [Please note that the green mist and powder blue are not the lighter pastel blue and green.]

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#2.  Cut from green mist weave and powder blue weave strips, 3 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles, and from lilac weave and grape spiral square strips, 2 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) rectangles.

Also cut from vanilla weave fabric, 20 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares and 20 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.

The below pictures shows the pieces I have cut for making 1 green mist weave flying geese unit.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) green mist weave rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal green mist weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same green mist weave rectangle to complete 1 flying geese unit.

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My 2 cents:  I finger pressed the seams open.  I normally make my flying geese units larger and then trim them to size.  Since I am not able to do that with precut strips, I avoided using the iron for fear of risking the heat from the iron distort the square-ness of the flying geese units.  By finger pressing the seams, I pretty much kept my flying geese from going wonky.  I will just wait till after I construct my intended blocks to heat set the blocks. NOW, you may do whatever feels comfortable to you.  In case you haven’t known, my quilting motto echoes what Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.” :o)

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#4.  Sew 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave rectangles to the opposite short sides of the flying geese unit to complete 1 sewn unit.

Repeat for all of the cut rectangles (3 green mist weave, 3 powder blue weave, 2 lilac weave and 2 grape spiral square).

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CUTTING & SEWING REMAINING UNITS

#1.  We need the following strips: spring green leaf & blue aster leaf (Set 1), crocus leaf & royal spiral square (Set 2), and sunflower swirl & carrot spiral square (Set 3), shown from top to bottom in the following image.

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#2.  Cut 6 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 1 strips, and 2 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangles from Set 2 and Set 3 strips.  Cut 40 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from vanilla weave fabric.

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#3.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 1 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square.  Place square, right sides together, at a corner of 1 (2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) rectangle.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal vanilla weave corner triangle.  Repeat with another (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) vanilla weave square at the opposite corner of the same rectangle to complete 1 sewn unit.

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Repeat for all the rectangles (6 spring green leaf, 6 blue aster, 2 crocus leaf, 2 royal spiral square, 2 sunflower swirl and 2 carrot spiral square).  And we are DONE for today! :)  See all the units I had sewn for today’s installment.   Now, that wasn’t hard at all, was it?

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I hope you have liked making these units today.  See you next Saturday!!  Nosy mind does want to know… what you have planned for today.  I would be so delighted if you could tell me!  Hugs to you all,have a great day – LATER!

Ready, set, almost…. just about & Other FREE PATTERN of Harmony Quilts!

Hello Friends, less than 24 hours…. you will find out what I am doing with these fabrics!!!  Harmony will go down as one of my all-time favorite fabrics line.  There is actually a video clip about the Harmony fabrics.  Click here to view.

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Besides this Mystery Quilt, I have also designed other quilts that feature fabrics in this fabric line.  These designs are now available as free-to-use patterns.

Click here to download instructions for Butterfly Quilt.

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Click here to download instructions for Row Quilt.

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Alrightie, that’s all for now!  See you bright and early tomorrow at 7am!

Ready, almost set….. Secrets to share?

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Hello Friends, only 3 more days, and we will have the first part of our Summer Mystery Sew-Along revealed!  Are you ready?  Come back here at 7am EST for the first installment of instructions.  I know some shops are having sewing parties – that sounds so fun!  Check with your local quilt shops to see if they are participating in the Quilting Treasures’ Summer Mystery Sew-Along.  If not, you can easily follow along if you purchase the supplies from the participating shops.  Click here for the list of shops.  Please note that the list might not be the most updated version. Anyway how, I think we will have quite a bit of fun together sewing together this summer!!!

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I know there are so many projects out there that tempt us quilters.  I am one who is consistently tempted, and have to admit to you I have started a few quilts myself that are not work related.

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A couple of things that I find helpful in keeping me keeping on with the projects:

#1.  I make sure they projects are easily accessible.  I keep them in handy tubs so that I don’t have to hunt for them when I have a few extra minutes to work on them.

#2.  I work on the blocks (if they are pieced) here and there in between piecing work-related quilt blocks.  I have to admit it takes extra concentration to keep the measurements straight when I am working on different blocks.  But that helps grow my non work-related blocks. :)

SO — what are your secrets in juggling multiple quilt projects?  I should dearly like to know!

Do you love mysteries?

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I have to admit I am not a huge fan of mysteries.  Even when I read a book or watch a movie, I have to know the ending first before getting into it.  But…. I am collaborating with Quilting Treasures and hosting a Summer Mystery Sew-Along starting July 9.  Go figure!!!

We get to play with these beautiful fabrics!

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I can promise you that the things we have to do aren’t going to be demanding — because it’s summer after all.  The instructions come in 6 installments (July 9, July 16, July 23, Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20) to make a 46″ x 66″ lap sized quilt.  I hope you will join me?

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Click here if you haven’t known about the incredible Harmony Line, newly released by Quilting Treasures.

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Below are the official participating shops where you can contact to purchase the supplies.  If you are customers of these shops, please tell them I thank them for being a part of this cooked up Mystery!

Candy’s Quiltworks, Northridge, CA

Nimble Thimble, Gilroy, CA

Blue Iris Quilt Shop, Palo Cedro, CA

The Quilt Corral, Willows, CA

Country Cloth Shop, Angels Camp, CA

Kathy’s Fabric Trunk, Del Norte, CO

Quilter’s Dream, Loveland, CO

Rossville Quilts, Rossville, IN

Sew Unique by Jackie, Granger IN

Sew What’s New, Las Cruces, NM

Patchwork Angels, Endicott, NY

Quilty Pleasures, Geneva, NY

Pinwheels & Posies, Dickinson, TX

Tea Time Quilting, Houston, TX

Sew Much More, Nederland, TX

Quilters Crossing, Tomball, TX

Quilter’s Apprentice, Terrell, TX

Sew Let’s Quilt It, Dallas, TX

Savvy Quilters, Savoy, TX

Patti’s Last Resort, Acton, TX

Rahrah’s Fabrics & Quilting, Lubbock, TX

Tomorrow’s Quilts, Waco, TX

Wimberly Stitch Studio, Wimberly, TX

Beefore It’s A Quilt, Port Lavaca, TX

Salt Lake City Spring Market Sightings & NEWS! – Quilting Treasures Harmony

Disclaimer: All photo credits belong to Quilting Treasures, and make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page for an exciting announcement.

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Hello Friends, Happy Monday!  I hope you are well.  As you know, I wasn’t at the Salt Lake City Spring Market this past Spring, and so, I have been having to wait for pictures from Market to be posted…. and I am REALLY REALLY excited to see samples displayed at Quilting Treasures’ booth, made from my designs using their newly introduced tonal and textural line, Harmony!!!

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You know I love working with basic fabrics, and you might remember the cover quilt of my Creative Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash book, Crossings, was made using Quilting Treasures’ Lola Textures and Quilting Temptations (previous tonal basic lines).

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The following samples shown at Market show the different palettes of the new Harmony Line:

#1.  Brights (the butterfly quilt on the right is my design):

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#2 & #3.  Neutrals (Row Quilt) and Warm (Modern Precuts Fat Quarter Quilt) — both designs are mine.

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FQ Large Bundle Set 2_61.5 x 75

Now, to make things even more exciting, Quilting Treasures and I have teamed up to offer a Summer Mystery Quilt Along!  Ask your local quilt shops if they are participating to purchase the supplies and for more information!  If not, the shops are welcome to contact Quilting Treasures for assistance.  More details will comes soon, but the first installment of the instructions will be offered here sometime in July!  I hope you will join in the fun.

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And right now, Quilting Treasures is having a giveaway of 1 Bright Strip Set.  Click here to find out how.

That’s all for now.  It is another super busy week at my end… but it will be a good week!  You all have a great week yourself.  Hugs to you all!