Thursday, August 29, 2013

Triangle Thursday #22

Right and Left
This design is number 2406 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. This is from Ladies Art Company which began publishing quilt patterns some time in the 1890s. This design was in number 195 which means it was probably published anywhere from 1889 to 1895. Click here for a printable version of this block. 
All of our previous blocks have used triangles that were cut by cutting once across the diagonal of a block.  The resulting blocks would then be sewn on the diagonal which put the other two sides as either straight of grain or crosswise grain.  In other words, the bias would be along the long seam.  Today I’m using triangles that would be considered part of quarter square triangles.  I actually have a bunch of these but they are much to big to end up with a 6” finished square so I cut these triangles to fit the required block size. The long side of the triangle is on either the straight of grain or crosswise of grain.  Having a non-bias edge on the outside maintains the integrity of the block.  
Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
Squares to make Triangles, 2 light and 2 dark 
2 of each
4 ¼” squares, sub cut on the diagonal twice to make 4 triangles.
Cut 4 ¾” square. Remember this will be on the diagonal.
When you cut the diagonals do not move your pieces until after the last cut.  The triangles should look like this. 
Here are the pieces that will make up this block.
Sew two short sides of the triangle together.  When you sew the triangles be consistent.  In my case, I always sewed with the dark side up.  That way all of the finished pieces were the same. (Ask me how I learned this!!)
Lay out the pieces to match the finished block. To get the triangles unit in the center of the square fold the square in half and finger press the center.  Do it again folding the opposite way.  Then, match the triangle seam to the finger pressed spot. Pin and sew, right sides together. (Which, I assume you all know to do which is why I don’t mention it much!)

I ironed the seams toward the triangles on all sides. 

I enjoyed centering the flower in the middle of this block. I can imagine a lot of cute fabric highlighted in the center of this block. And, I was happy it wasn’t all that hard of a block to make.  I can see more of these in my future. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Design Wall Monday 8-26-13

My design wall has a lot on it this week. 

Here are two more of the blocks I made for Jenny.  We were auditioning a gray for leaders and enders... nope, this one won't work.

Are you doing Bonnie Hunter's split 9 patch challenge?   I really perked up when I saw Bonnie's challenge.  I was a step ahead of the game. I knew I had bunches of half triangle squares already made. I rummaged around for them (actually I knew exactly where they were even after moving the whole sewing room!)  And, there right with them were 3" squares, bunches, already cut out.  It was kismet.  So I've been using them as my leader ender project.  Ugh, did I actually start a new project without even realizing it? Um. Er. Uh, I guess so.  

Next I happened upon Karen Combs' book Combing Through Your Scraps. She shows lots of ideas and patterns to use blocks like the split 9 patch. If you can get your hands on a copy take a look at it.  Now, as I finish a block I add it to my design wall as I build a quilt from the book.  It is fun to be able to put a big quilt on the wall.  I'm looking forward to using a LOT of those half triangle squares.  
These blocks will be going to Fran, in New Zealand, who is a member of the FCQ Equilters.  She's going to make hearts out of the units we're sending her. 
I added more to the lotto blocks for the retreat in October.  Er, I sure don't like the orange/purple blocks.  The contrast is too low.  I'll include them because whoever wins might like them.  I'm probably making one more pair of blocks but I will use higher contrast fabrics. 

The weekly goal report is great.  

Week of August 19, 2013
Make Jenny’s Block
Make more lotto blocks & FCQEquilter blocks
Mail Pam’s blocks
Sew the binding on Chinese Coin quilt
Make backing for Bumble Bee quilt
Load Bumble Bee quilt and start quilting
Enjoy the grands if they stop by

Week of August 26, 2013
Finish making Fran’s blocks & mail them off
Load Bumble Bee quilt and start quilting
Hand sew down binding on Coins quilt
Put away “stuff” for long arm
Cut 10” squares for retreat drawing
Pick a UFO to work on
Hand quilt on 1800s quilt

Last, but by no means least, here's Natalie. Look at her curls!  She gets them from me. (Well, and from Brian's side of the family.) They stopped on their way to visit Brian's sister who has moved to the south. 
Since it is Design Wall Monday it's time to pop over to Judy's blog and visit design walls across the world!  

Happy Quilting All! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thread Storage

I've found some place new to store my long arm thread.

This is an old media storage shelf.  We used to keep videos and dvd's on it.  Our great room just doesn't have all that much room for furniture and Raggs used to grab the videos off the shelves.  Really, why am I letting that dog run my life? 

These are large cones and luckily the unit holds all of my collection.  I had a good time putting them in rainbow order.  

Pat made some risers out of left over wood so I can easily see the front and back rows of the thread.  And, because he stained the wood to match the shelving unit you can't really see the risers.  

Here's a closeup of a shelf with two spools out so you can see the riser.  (I had the two cones out as I was quilting with them at the time the photos were taken.) I am really happy how well this worked for me.  If I had lots of thread I'm not sure this would have been so successful.  But as you can see I have room for at least 16 more king cones.  And, no sun light will hit where this is.  

As I put these up I realized I need a few more colors -- like a bright orange! This will be very convenient for me to keep up with what I might need at any time. 

I'm off to spend more time in the studio -- mostly sewing but I hope to spend a  half hour or so putting more things away.  We'll see if I succeed.  

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Monday rolls around again. And more has been done on the studio.  Today making and installing the design wall is my Design Wall post.  Here's what happened... 
This is a light weight insulating board.  I hope it holds up to a few pins too.  The flannel had to be ironed a bit. 
I used a staple gun to adhere the flannel to the panel.  By the way, we had these cut at Lowe's so we wouldn't have to do it. 
One covered, on to the next.
Pat installing the first board, the second is ready to go. 

Both panels installed and in action. 
You might notice there is another design wall behind the ironing board.  That is one we moved from the previous studio.  I should be able to get most of my quilts on the big design wall.  I don't make huge quilts all the time.  I still like those black, white and bright blocks! 

I wasn't very successful on the weekly goals.  But I did read two or three books this week.  (Which might explain the goals being left undone.) 

Week of August 12, 2013
Finish quilt on Ruthie
Make more lotto blocks and FCQEquilters blocks√ at least the FCQ blocks
Mail blocks off to Pam and Sue√ mailed Sue’s
Make Jenny’s blocks didn’t even open the package
Pick a UFO to work on um, no, didn’t do this either
Enjoy field trip to Ikea

Week of August 19, 2013
Make Jenny’s Block
Make more lotto blocks & FCQEquilter blocks
Mail Pam’s blocks
Sew the binding on Chinese Coin quilt
Make backing for Bumble Bee quilt
Load Bumble Bee quilt and start quilting
Enjoy the grands if they stop by 

That's it for my Design Wall Monday post.  Make sure you visit other design walls by going to Patchwork Times.  

Happy Quilting All! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Triangle Thursday #21

Next Door Neighbor
This design is number 1337 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. This is from Gretchen Gutchen’s book The Perfect Patchwork Primer published in 1973. Look for a printable version of the directions here
Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
Triangles both light and dark 
12 each
Use 1 ½” template
Squares (dark) 
Cut 2” x 2” squares

In the big move from the old studio to the new studio my templates for my waste triangles are missing in action.  So instead of cutting and sewing these half square triangles I used half squares triangles I had already sewn.  Several were already trimmed to 2” unfinished.  For the others, I took 2.5” or 3” squares and trimmed them to 2”. 

Here are the pieces that will make up this block. 
I laid the pieces out two different ways.  I took the photos last night and, frankly, this morning I didn’t immediately see the difference. The top pic is totally scrappy.  

This next pic has the geese made from the same color triangles. 

Decide whether you want the blocks scrappy (above) or if you want the flying geese unit color matched.  I chose to match the goose colors.

Sew the pieces into rows. It's best to nest as many seams as you can but I can't tell you which way to iron the half square triangles to succeed, as I didn't succeed very well! 

I ironed the top and bottom row seams to the left and the middle row to the right. Sew the rows together.

It’s almost magic the way this comes together so fast. (Especially if the triangles squares are already done!)   

Happy Sewing All! Bonnie  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Studio -- Cutting Table

Here are a few more pictures of the new studio -- the cutting table. 
Here's the cutting table when we were looking at the house to purchase. Well, we probably had already signed the contract by the time I took these pictures.  (Heck, it's the only one I had with nothing on the cutting table.) 
Pat beginning the process of putting it back together. Front right is mounds of stuff I hadn't put away yet. 
Fitting in the center divider.  The table is currently upside down.  We think this was custom made by a closet company. Don't look too much at the piles of junk supplies in the back ground.  
This top is really, REALLY heavy. I know because I had to carry part of it! Ooolala. My cutting table is almost ready to be used. 
I spent a bit of time trying to decide what to do with my bigger rulers.  I wanted them close to the cutting table.  I have 2 nice ruler racks but I really didn't want them on the close walls because one has a switch in the way and the other is going to be the design wall.  I had a true "light bulb" moment when I realized the rulers could fit in the cutting table, especially if I had a very short shelf.  The 24" rulers stick out a little bit but I haven't had a problem with that as I tend to cut from the other side. (I've pulled them out for this picture.)  I took these while I was cutting fabric & did not clean up the table. 
Here's the left side of it.  Notice I have two shelves now.  Pat made an extra one for each side.  On this, the left side, I'm storing my big rulers -- two 24" long ones, a 12.5" and a 15" square,  and two Shape Cut Pros from June Taylor. Underneath those are projects in progress. 
And, if a shallow shelf worked on one side, why not the other side?  I was all set to move that shelf down but another light bulb went off.  I have a couple of rolls of paper that is 15" wide and then there are rolls of embroidery stabilizer.  I'll only store the most popular stabilizers there. I've got way too many to put there. 
Roll storage top left with a shelf of scraps that need to be cut up and who knows what is under that.  On the right side is  batting storage for the long arm. The windows are behind the cutting table and wow!  The light is pouring in this morning.  I need to get some mini blinds so I can control how much light I get. 
A note on the windows. One thing we really wanted was high efficiency windows. So these five windows are supposedly designed to block damaging sun rays and to keep the heat and cold out.  I will probably do a test with a piece of black fabric to make sure the sun doesn't fade whatever is on the desk. I'll let you know. 
Here's the other side full of unfinished projects.  I need to change where I put the labels on the cases as most are covered by the handles.  Bottom shelf is all embroidery stuff.  Right side which isn't showing much are more unfinished projects. 
Here's a long view of the cutting table from the far side of the studio.  I have two cutting stations set up, my small ruler rack in the center & a few other things I like to have close.  
My great wish is that I keep both cutting stations free of too much clutter.  This smaller side got covered up with project pieces in the other room. As I started to clean off the top so it could be moved I found pieces and bits of projects that were two years old if not older.  Bad me!  I should be pretty motivated to keep it spotless (ok, I really only want it mostly neat) for the time being.

Plans are to get the boards to make a BIG design wall and the shelving for the closet today.  Look for a finished design wall by Monday.  

That's it for this morning. I'm hoping to get a Triangle Thursday post up tomorrow so I need to get the block made!  Happy Quilting All!