TGIFF: The Curved Log Cabin

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of yellow.  It just doesn’t appeal to me, or hadn’t appealed to me until I made this beautiful Curved Log Cabin quilt for my daughter Jennifer.

I got the pattern from a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.  Trust me, I’ll be making this quilt top again and again!  It was fun and easy.  I have a few jelly rolls that are just begging to be made into another Curved Log Cabin configuration.

I chose a 2 1/2″ jelly roll of Summer Breeze lll fabrics by Moda.  The blues and yellows in various florals, made for wonderful contrasts that helped to define the curve in the log cabin blocks.  The key, however, is the use of a white jelly roll in 1 1/2″ strips.

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Aren’t they fabulous?

I love the variations of yellows and blues!

Using one of the Summer Breeze strips as a center for the Log Cabin block instead of the traditional red or green, caused me to come up a bit short of fabric choices.  I ended up buying a second jelly roll.  No worries!  I used strips from the second roll to bind the quilt.  It worked out well!  Putting the blocks up on my design wall, I was tickled to find there were still many different designs that kept the curved look.

I decided to add two borders.  First I used some of the white 1 1/2″ strips I had left, then I purchased more of the Summer Breeze lll fabric in the darkest blue shade to offset the yellow.  I also used this blue fabric for the backing.

Time to quilt!  I used a new basting technique, a basting gun, which I reviewed here.  Not my fav way to baste, but I’m glad I tried it!

Turning to Christa Watson’s book Machine Quilting With Style, I found the quilting diagram on page 26 of her Ripples quilt to be perfect for this quilt.  I used a serpentine stitch already programmed into my machine, and set to quilting with white Isacord thread.  I love the ease and sheen of this polyester thread, and almost exclusively quilt with it.

IMG_6704Lots of threads to bury lol!  As you can see, I had a few “booboos”.  I patiently “unsewed” the over lapping threads, knotted and buried them.  And that hole you see?  That was made by my basting gun.  It closed up nicely, however, when the quilt was washed.  Whew!

A nice compliment to the squareness of the blocks!

Annnnn voila!  I used various strips from the Summer Breeze lll jelly roll to bind the quilt.

And yes, that’s the doily my hubby recently crocheted!

Thanks to suggestions from the Twilters group on Facebook, I decided to continue the same serpentine quilting pattern around the border.

I like sewing the binding to the front of the quilt, then hand sewing it to the back.  Adding a personalized label is the final TA DA!!! before putting it in the wash.

Here’s a pretty good look at the design.  Looove it!

Happy Friday everyone!
Dori

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TGIFF: The Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt!

Yay!  It’s DONE!

Last September I posted my progress on my Disappearing Pinwheel TWIST 5 quilt.   I finally hand stitched the last stitch on the binding on July 31st.  I can honestly say I loved this process, and am very proud of this quilt!

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For the first time, I sent my quilt to be quilted by my friend, Janet, rather than doing the quilting myself.  She stitched a simple and airy meander stitch which complimented the quilt perfectly.  After squaring up the quilt, I attached the binding which was another first.  This time, I chose not to do the wrap-around binding  process I’ve done on all my other quilted projects.  After attaching the binding to the front of the quilt by machine (I was excited to use the binding tool Rob Appell denonstrates here), I hand stitched it to the back.  I’m so happy I did!  I love the clean look.

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I think this quilt looks best when it’s worn by my beautiful partner-in-crime lol!

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Have a wonderful weekend, and remember…be crafty, be creative!

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QuiltCon: Meeting Jenny Doan

I’m not one to just “meet” someone.  I experience them, and allow them the opportunity to do the same with me, if they so wish.  Such was the case with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.

 Jenny, along with her husband Ron, were at the Sizzix booth at QuiltCon in Pasadena this weekend.  Though I don’t consider myself a “fangirl” type of person, I definitely felt my heart skip a whole lotta beats when I spied her gentle face and open smile.  You see, along with my daughter Katie, I see Jenny as a savior of sorts…If you’ve listened to our podcasts, you know that a year ago, I was simply getting through my days sitting, eating and watching television.   Though a quiet and thoughtful existence, I didn’t recognize that I was, in fact, in a severe depression.

At that time, Katie invited me to podcast with her on one of our mutual interests, books.  I accepted, and we found that we enjoyed the process, as well as the gift of spending time together in our mutual world of crafting, hobbies and handwork.

Hobbies Up To Here was born in April, 2015, from that simple invitation.

Katie’s love for quilting sparked an old flame that was still burning quietly inside me.  I had no idea where to start cultivating the skills I would need to begin creating again.  I turned to YouTube, typing in “quilting” and waited hopefully for instructional videos to pop up on my screen.

Enter Jenny Doan, and her fun, inspiring and anyone-can-do-this tutorials!

I had never heard of precuts, and that first video used a “layer cake”.  With a few cuts and a huge amount of enthusiastic, happy instruction, Jenny showed me how I could make a quilt in very little time at all.  I was HOOKED!  From that first video called Double Slice Layer Cake Tutorial, I actually made my first quilted quilt (I had made tie quilts in the 80’s) for my son Mike’s 30th birthday.  Whoo hoo!

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So, when I got the chance to meet her,  I folded her up in a hug, and whispered in her ear.

“You saved my life.”

I meant every word.

Now, she could have patted me on the head, said gee that’s nice, and sent me on my way.  She stopped her world and took the time to engage me, to share with me, to connect with me and to thank me.  It must have been nice to hear that she had made a difference in my life, not just as a quilter, but as a human being.  Our moment was touching and life affirming.  When Katie joined us a few minutes later, she took one look at me and quipped, “Are you crying???  Geez Mom, I can’t take you anywhere!”  Jenny and I simply laughed, hugged again, and I set her free to see to her other admirers.

You see?  There’s a difference between meeting someone, and experiencing them; I received a genuine gift on Friday, that, I hope, cultivated a lasting memory between the two of us.  Even if it’s only one moment…being present, awake and aware, can be magical.

It was for me.

Love,

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WIP Wednesday: It’s A Twofer!

I’ve been having a blast power sewing the past couple of days.  I finally got the borders on my Disappearing Twisted Pinwheel #5 in time to go to the Orange Quilt Bee on the 25th for their monthly 25% off batting and backing discount.  I love how feminine this quilt top turned out!

Then, yesterday I was able to finish attaching the final rows to this quilt I saw demonstrated by Rob Appell of Man Sewing.


He called it the Gears Quilt.  Though I was unable to find written instructions, I used the video tutorial to get an idea of how to assemble the quilt.  It’s more narrow than I expected, so I’m going to add two borders for both width and length.  I think this combination will work wonderfully.


I decided not to add the gear appliqués, but I will be using an overall quilting stencil that I bought at Road To California from Full Lines Stencil.  Music notes!  Yay!  Since this quilt is for my guitar-playing husband’s birthday next month, I need to get on it!

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