Hi, my name is Ruth and this is my blog to show & share my quilts that I give to family & friends.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Grand Canal Kate Spain Quilt (#87)

It was my lucky day when I stumbled onto two picture tutorials from Trish at Notes of Sincerity for an "easy square in square in square block".
With a little tweaking I found that 2 layers cakes (42 pieces each) can make this beautiful quilt and there is little waste. The quilt has 30 blocks.  
Choose your outside border fabric FIRST - put aside 60 layer cake pieces.  These will be trimmed down to 9"x 9" and cut on a diagonal.  These triangles are the last round of each block.  
Cut 23 layer cake pieces into 5" squares ... yield will be (92) squares ... you need 90.   
(30) of these will be your starting center - leave at 5"x5" 
(60) of these will be cut on the diagonal to and make the             smaller middle round
(leftovers: 1 layer piece and a few 5" squares)

Follow Trish's first tutorial here for the first two rounds - and trim your blocks to 7.5" as she recommends. Her second tutorial here is how she ends up with an unfinished 10.5" square. 
The only thing I did different than Trish was to cut my 60 outside pieces to 9"x 9" instead of 7.5".  Then its just the same technique as the first two rounds: cut on the diagonal and attach to the 7.5" block.  When finished, trim to 13" x 13". 
And that's it.  With a little prior thought on what fabric you want in the center and on the larger outside areas - 2 layer cakes works nicely.
I am not compensated by anyone for my supplies but do enjoy Green Fairy Quilts for reasonable pre-cuts - which is where I got these Kate Spain beauties.  Whether it is Trish's way with scraps or this way with layer cakes - the final result is pretty sweet. 
Yes, I lost (or wasted) an inch trimming down to a 9"x 9" on that last piece -  but when I used the whole 10" square for the final round it was too big & unbalanced.
Lastly - since I was making a minky quilt and needed to keep it to 60" wide - I trimmed my blocks 12.5" x 13" (instead of the 13"x13" mentioned above).

Grand Canal by Kate Spain / Moda / #grandcanalfabric 
Aurifil 50wt.  # 5007, #2000
Warm & White batting
Minky dimple dot / vanilla
Notes of Sincerity / Square in a Square Tutorial
Green Fairy Quilts / layer cakes
Size: 60" x 75"
November 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Latitude Batik Quilt (#86)

Kate Spain has to rate as my favorite overall fabric designer.  She talks about her inspiration for this collection here on her blog ... beautiful colors, beautiful designs.
The pattern for this quilt is Juice Boxes from  Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew (a lovely blog and assortment of patterns). The heart motif tutorial is from Karin Jordan Studio where I used 1.5" squares and added a little border - all blocks were trimmed to 7".

Starch works nicely on this thin fabric, as does a #10 needle and Aurifil 50 wt. thread.  A light blue grey Aurifil 50wt. #5007 looks good with all the colors, even the warmer tones.
Scraps for the edging were cut at 1.5" wide.  I then sewed 2 pieces together and cut them 6 inches long (3" on one side of the seam line, 3" on the other).   That gave me a bunch of 6" x 1.5" units to sew together to make one long piece.  
There are a total of 88 squares - 8 across and 11 down. 1.5" white strip of Kona was sewn to the batik scraps and pressed.  Lastly, a 2.5" white border added all around.
White minky is on the back to showcase all the luscious colors and designs on the front. 
It was necessary to use a #14 needle to prevent thread breaks when quilting.  A new needle and slower speed worked just fine and didn't punch holes in the batiks - yay!
When I gifted my Kaleidoscope Quilt in May to a retiring teacher from my daughter's high school - a fellow teacher wrote her farewell speech using that quilt as inspiration.  I was so touched when she was telling me this story I could only think ... 'this sweet lady needs her own quilt!"  She was wearing a jacket in jewel tones and I knew right then her quilt had to be in Latitude Batiks.  

Latitude Batiks / Kate Spain (#LatitudeBatiks)
Kona white
Aurifil 50wt. #5007 & white
Warm & White batting
Minky dimple dot / white
Juice Boxes from Cluck Cluck Sew
Size: 60" x 75.5"
October 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chillingsworth Halloween Scrap Quilt (#85)

Is it ever too soon for Halloween?  I think not!
This paper pieced coffin template is free, along with other wonderful tutorials from Jeni Baker of In Color Order. I loved it and not knowing how to paper piece wasn't going to stop me ... with the help of YouTube, Google and a love of coffins ... viola!
I had saved a bag of scraps from my other Chillingsworth quilts (here).  Made some 'fake' flying geese with half square triangles.
Every inch of border fabric was cobbled together.  I ran out of the black background after two coffins which worked out fine because my paper piecing skills really need a proper class of instruction.
It's no secret I love Aurifil 50wt. for piecing and quilting.  It melds into the minky I frequently use and I rarely get thread breaks or loads of lint.  What I am having fun with is using brighter thread colors that make even my simple quilting look nice.  On the front is hot neon orange #1104.
And on the back is black dimple dot minky quilted with Aurifil 50wt. #5004 (dark grey) in the bottom bobbin.
When I ran out of scraps the quilt was just too small, so I did cheat and buy a yard of Chillingsworth damask - but seriously, who can resist these tiny little skulls?
And here is the big reveal.  Another "Frankenweenie" quilt whose criteria is to use up every last scrap of leftover fabric from other quilts.  

Something new for me to do is link up with others - but I am pleased to join Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by She Can Quilt which I subscribe to and have enjoyed reading for some time.  Lots of inspiration, tutorials and guidance ... a great site to check out.

Chillingsworth / Echo Park
Aurifil 50wt. #1104 and #5004
Warm & White batting
Minky / dimple dot black
Thanks to Jeni Baker In Color Order
Size: 52" x 51"
August 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bee Creative Quilts (#83 & #84)

Deb Strain's Bee Creative has made 5 beautiful little quilts, and here are the last two.
Perfect for an outside bench ...
or a swing ...
This collection seemed overwhelming with 28 fat quarters and a huge panel - but just chomping through all this beautiful fabric with little quilts was totally the solution.
The other bee quilts are here and here.

Bee Creative / Deb Strain / Moda
Fusions Text Collection Ebony / Robert Kaufman
Dimple dot minkys / binding scraps
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt. #5004 (grey) & #2314 (beige)
Size: 44" x 45"  and 43" x 45"
August 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jelly Roll Triangle Quilt (#82)

The basis of this quilt started with Amy Gibson's great tutorial To The Point from her web site: Stitchery Dickory Dock - a simple pattern that has endless ways to assemble.  
My fabric choice of Tasha Noel's Vintage Market was really not right for this pattern.  The delicate designs got lost with all the white triangles.  To the rescue was Amy Smart's idea of "snowballing" a triangle from her quilt "Scrap Bag Stars".  This and more fun patterns are in the book Scraps, Inc. Vol. 2.  All my blocks were trimmed to 5.75".
Now there are two patterns going on - the half square triangle made with a jelly roll (2.5" strips) and a fun diamond motif created with the strawberry fabric 'snowballs'.  The white becomes an accent instead of the focal point. 

Two scrappy blocks help fill in where I was short on fabric.  One went in the top left corner, the other on the bottom right corner - nothing like balancing your scraps! 
The backing is a solid deep blue made with Cotton Couture - a beautiful soft cotton from Michael Miller. This quilt is going to college so it is needs to hide dirt and be more mature but don't be afraid to use bold colors even when the quilt top is dainty.  The contrast of a darker color can make prettier fabrics stand out even more.
To quilt I used a wavy line stitch following the seams in a bright pink:  Aurifil 50wt. #2425 for the front,  # 2740 blue for the back.  This is my go to blue and it is very versatile.
I splurged on a Quarter Inch Seam Marker and only wish I had bought this little tool ages ago.  Quick and accurate are the words that come to mind when marking seam lines using this rule.
This quilt is a perfect example of why it's good to mix and match different quilting techniques - what started out too bland became 'pretty in pink!"

Vintage Market / Tasha Noel / Riley Blake
Kona white
Cotton Couture in Midnight / Michael Miller
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt. #2425, #2740 and #2311 (muslin) to piece
Size: 63" x 73"
August 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Layer Cake Lattice Quilt (#81)

Let's face it, I love novelty fabric. Once I saw this Into the Deep blue pattern full of jellyfish and aqua accents I was hooked.
Again, the biggest challenge for novelty fabric is how to accentuate the whimsical patterns.  A tutorial from Ashley of "Mommy by day Crafter by night" saved the day with this large scale lattice quilt tutorial (using layer cakes).
Usually I make my quilt blocks and then lay them out - but with this lattice quilt pattern it was essential to do the layout before sewing to get good color placement.
The border was cut using the large half hexie ruler from  the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  
It's a hard choice to pick a thread color when fabrics go from dark to light in the same quilt. I am realizing that these novelty images can handle bold thread choices, especially if there are not acres of white as a background. I used Aurifil 50wt. #1148. Love the turquoise thread, jelly fish and seahorses with bow ties ... all I need now is a pineapple under the sea! 

Into the Deep / Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller
Kona white
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt. #1148 
Size: 73" x 81"
July 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Accuquilt Snowball Quilt in Bee Creative (# 80)

The fat quarter bundle of Bee Creative by Deb Strain was huge and has made lots of lovely little quilts.
This is my 3rd snowball quilt in this bee fabric and it beautifully showcases the novelty fabrics. The Accuquilt snowball die is a great way to show off large and busy fabric.
Yarn dyed Essex linen in black and this awesome border is paired with a black minky for the back.
Robert Kaufman's Fusion Texture is the border and I got it at a real quilt store. I would never have seen its potential in a small on-line image.  My local quilt store has since closed and it saddens me to think of all the choices we miss by not being able to feel, touch and experiment with fabrics we would never buy on-line.

Bee Creative by Deb Strain
Essex linen yarn dyed black
Fusions Text Collection Ebony / Robert Kaufman
Accuquilt Snowball die
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt #5004
Black dimple dot minky / Hawthorne Threads
Size: 48.5" x 48.5"
June 2017

Half Square Triangle Quilt (#79)

A small half square triangle quilt made with Colette by Brenda Watson and shot cotton by Kaffe Fassett.  A great way to use left over fabric from quilts here and here.
It was fun to make a smaller quilt and try and use every scrap possible.  The half square triangles were cut using the Accuquilt 4.5" finished die.  
I used Aurifil 50wt. Neon Orange (#1104) to quilt in a wavy lined grid and love the way it showed up on the dark blue.  
My new goal is make a little quilt with the left overs after I finish a bigger quilt and it is proving quite enjoyable. I call them my "Franken-wennies" (homage to Tim Burton) - quilts that start out with no set design or size ... improvising all the way.


Colette by Brenda Watson / Blend
Wovens in Blue Jean / Shot Cotton / Kaffe Fassett
Aurifil 50wt. #1104 / #2600
Warm & White batting
Minky / Azurite / Hawthorne Threads
Accuquilt Half Square Triangle / 4.5" finished
Size: 51" x 53"
June 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kaleidoscope Quilt in Little Ruby (#78)

Kaleidoscope quilts are fascinating. There are so many ways to make them look different and it all hinders on where your put the colored and background fabrics.  I like this way which looks like a 'star'.  It's a winner for me since it requires no prior design work (like keeping track of what color goes where on a piece of graph paper) and it looks like a million bucks when its done!

Using the Accuquilt Isosceles triangle and HST 3" Finished die, cut:
168 Isosceles triangles (focus fabric)
168 background Isosceles triangles (white)
168 half square triangle pieces 3.5" (focus fabric)
Sew the triangle top to the isosceles piece. Using a SCANT 1/4" seam ... start at the tip (or point) & chain piece with the colored triangles on the LEFT and the background fabric to the RIGHT.  (trim bunny ears or fabric tags before block assembly)
Each block has 4 colored triangle units and 4 white pieces. This makes a 'star' when everything is assembled. Trim to 10.5" square. (Always make a tester block first before you start assembly line sewing or trimming.)
Kaleidoscope quilts can be very intricate, not so with this star motif.  Put your fabric into 42 piles, balance the colors and have fun sewing one block at a time. When it's layout time - flip the blocks around so no two similar fabrics are touching.
Simple quilting with a wavy line stitch in Aurifil 50wt. white using a #14 needle.  It's normal that a little of the darker minky pulls through to the top but when the new owner loves red ... you gotta use red!
The heart tutorial came from Karin Jordan Studio which I made using 2" squares.
Thanks go to a "quilt along" hosted in 2011 by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy. I couldn't have done it without her pictures and instructions (Elizabeth even has a printable template).
I love this pattern.  The simple design is so effective and works with a variety of fabrics.  The hardest thing about it is spelling the word Kaleidoscope!

Little Ruby / Bonnie & Camille / Moda
Marmalade Raspberry stripe / binding
Aurifil 50wt. white #2024
Dimple Dot minky / Red
Warm & White batting
Accuquilt  Triangle-Isosceles-5"x6" / HST 3" Finished
Size: 60" x 70"
May 2017