Baubles, Baubles in Fons and Porter’s EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013)

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Hello Friends, things are still a bit shaky at my end.  We are still recovering from our ailments.  But let’s not dwell on my trials and tribulations… Has anyone seen my Baubles, Baubles quilt, featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Fons and Porters’ Easy Quilts?

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This design uses Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito Fabric Collection, designed by Christine Graf.

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You might recall Christine Graf’s fabrics have made several appearances on Ivory Spring.  Toward the end of last year, I shared with you a free New York Beauty quilt pattern, designed with the same Sauslito fabrics.  Click here to download the pattern.

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A couple of days ago, I shared with you another free pattern designed with Christine’s Graf’s new line Butterfly Kisses.  Click here to download pattern.

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So, you can understand why I am most thrilled to add Baubles, Baubles to my “Christine Graf” repertoire of quilts.

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The blocks are constructed using machine fusible applique method, instead of the traditional curve piecing method.  Can you spot the tiny buttonhole stitches?  You may click here to read about the buttonhole stitches I use when I do machine fusible applique.

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Quilting was kept simple and tone-on-tone, quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.

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This pattern is offered as a FREE bonus pattern on Fons and Porter’s website.  Click here to download the pattern instructions today!  You may also purchase the quilt kit here.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Baubles, Baubles quilt!  I am going to have to run to catch up on things I wasn’t able to do a few days ago.  At least I am up and about.  I will be late in writing/visiting you back.  Please know I appreciate your visit and your friendship!  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Sausalito New York Beauty Throw Quilt and Pillow and Pillow

Hello Friends, you have seen glimpses of my Sausalito New York Beauty quilt:

I am so excited I can now reveal my Sausalito New York Beauty Quilt pattern in full!  What do you think?

The quilt design uses fabrics, designed by Christine Graf, from Quilting Treasures’ Sausalito group.  The prints are loud, bold, eye-catching, and cheerful, while the blenders are just as attention-grabbing!  These fabrics are shipping to shops in July.  Keep your eyes peels for them to show up at your local quilt stores.

I made the sample quilt for Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City earlier this year.  Here are a couple of pictures from Quilt Market at Quilting Treasures‘ booth. [Do visit the Quilting Treasures’ Facebook page for fabric giveaway!]

You may download the pattern instructions here.  Included in the instructions are also steps to make a bonus throw pillow from leftover fabrics.  Hancocks of Paducah is selling the kit for this quilt.

If you are skilled in paper-piecing, the remainder of this post might be a bore to you.  So, please feel free to skip.  I am not going describe the paper-piecing method in a detailed manner.  There are plenty of tutorials online that are excellent if you are interested to find out more.  Angie Padilla’s tutorial is very concise and straight to the point.

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I am going to share with you just what I did for paper piecing the “spike” part of the NY Beauty Block Spikes.

So, these are what I started with – paper foundation template, and pieces of fabrics I cut for the patches.  I am VERY generous when it comes to cutting the fabric pieces for the patches.  I normally cut at least 1″ extra on all sides.

You will notice that the wrong side of the A1 black bauble fabric is facing the wrong side of the paper template.

Then, I inserted a pin on the seam between A1 and A2 that I would be sewing.  Note the EXTRA fabric around the patch A1.

Then, I turned the ensemble OVER.  You see that pin?  Then I took the fabric that would be patch A2 and turned it UNDER at least about 3/8″.  The A2 fabric piece would be RIGHT side UP. I checked to see if the rest of the A2 gold fabric piece would cover A2 on the foundation template sufficiently by holding  the ensemble against a light source.

The pin was there to show me where to align my “folded” seam allowance.  The seam allowance needs to be PARALLEL and TOUCHING the pin. I hope this is making sense?

Then, I placed the of the A2 fabric gold piece (that is NOT the seam allowance) on top of the A1 black bauble piece.  That gold fabric piece in the following image is actually shown WRONG side UP – in case it is not readily seen from the picture.  That black bauble piece was never moved from being pinned to the paper foundation template earlier.

Without dis-locating the gold piece (since it is not pinned), I gingerly turned the ensemble OVER.  Note:  Paper Piecing Template: RIGHT SIDE UP, Black Bauble Fabric (A1): WRONG SIDE UP, Gold Fabric (A2): RIGHT SIDE UP.  I was ready to sew the seam between A1 and A2.

I turned over the ensemble over to reveal the seam allowance.  Black Bauble (A1) Fabric: RIGHT SIDE UP, Gold (A2) Fabric: WRONG SIDE UP until the next step.

I turned over the gold fabric to its RIGHT side and finger pressed.

Now, we are at the point of trimming the seam allowance to 1/4″.  Okay, do you see how I separated the seam allowance from the rest of the ensemble?  The seam allowance pieces are toward the top.

I then placed the ensemble on my cutting table, and trim the seam allowance to measure 1/4″.

I flipped the A2 gold fabric piece to its right side.

Now A1 and A2 become “one” unit to which I would add A3 (refer to the picture that shows the foundation template in its entirety) going through the whole process again.

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Sorry for the LONG post today, but I wanted to include the part on paper-piecing the NY Beauty Spikes in case some of you might be hesitant to try making the NY Beauty Blocks.   They are easier than they look.  Trust me!  :)  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!

Baubles, Baubles: Sneak Peek #2

Happy Friday, Everyone!  This week has gone by just as quickly as all my normal weeks.  I have been doing mostly behind-the-scenes stuff in order for my quilts to happen!  So I don’t really have too much to show for, but here is a snapshot showing my Baubles, Baubles quilt being quilted.

And before I go, here is a progress picture of the smocking on Miss Baby’s “Marbled Paper” dress.  I am not sure I like smocking 5 and 11-step trellis, but it’s too late for me to change the smocking plate now.  So, I shall just stick with it:

If all things go well, I will be getting a pair of linen cupboards this weekend to store my fabrics!  I am super super excited!!!   I hope to have pictures to show you next week.

Have a great weekend, Friends!  See you Monday.

Baubles, Baubles: Sneak Peek #1

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are having a great start to your week.  Remember these fabrics?

I made 100 of these blocks…

… for my new quilt!

Stay tuned for more pictures!  Meanwhile, I’ve got to run as I am working on something I need to turn in pronto!  Thanks for stopping by!