Sunday, January 26, 2020

Fussy Cutting Class Fun

A couple of weeks ago I taught a fussy cutting class at Back Door Quilts here in Greenwood, Indiana. I enjoy fussy cutting, talking fussy cutting, looking at fabric for fuss cutting....    Well, you get the idea.  I enjoyed getting together with others that are interested in learning.   I cut kits for the class and included paper pieces, templates, marking pen and fabrics.  

Here are some examples of some of the French General fabric that I enclosed.  I showed a 1" hexagon, 1" jewel, and 2" 60 degree diamond.  I also basted 3 hexagons for each student.  One was thread basted through the paper, another had the fabric tack stitched at each corner, and the third was glue basted.  

In these photos, I show you how you can fussy cut a hexagon.  This is the same hexagon, but in this second photo the hexagon pieces have been turned 180 degrees. When you baste your hexagon pieces, take time to audition them in different arrangements.  Sometimes you end up sewing the pieces together in a different way than you intended when cutting.  I call that a "happy accident".  In the photo above, you end up with the white lines creating a secondary design that forms a wonky star.  In the hexagon below, at first glance you see a white circle in the center. It all depends on which way you like the best.   In fussy cutting there is no right or wrong way to sew a block together.

Here is the example of the 60 degree diamond.  Sewing it together as in the first photo, there is a red circle with a blue center.

But in the second star you get a red flower in the center with a white star as a secondary design.

The last shape we worked with was the 1" jewel.  Below the 1" jewel is shown with the points together.  This layout ends up the same size as a 1" hexagon flower.

Here the 1" jewel has a hexagon in the center .  You can see how you get a totally different look depending on how you arrange and sew your pieces together 


 This is the first hexagon that we worked on in class.  I love how the two stripes in the outer round gives the whole block a totally different look.  

I also included some Di Ford fabric to make the hexagon in the center below.  That fabric (I have it in both color ways), is really great for fussy cutting.  

Below is the same fabric in the teal color.  

Here is another example that I took to class.  I also took along several different quilts to show examples.

The table topper below is made from my Sunburst Dresden Table Topper pattern.  It is available in my Etsy shop or at Back Door Quilts.  I made this as an example that you can fussy cut shapes other than those that are for English Paper Piecing.   

Every one also got the fabric and pattern to make this snowman mini quilt.  The snowmen are fussy cut from a fabric that I bought at Back Door Quilts.  

Here is another shape that I fussy cut.  These paper pieces were a gift from my friend, Rosemary.  Right now I don't remember the name of the paper pieces.  

 The first block of my Antique Wedding Sampler has a bit of fussy cutting.  The pattern for the quilt is in Di Ford's book, Primarily Quilts.  I love every quilt in that book, and I have a lot of the original border fabrics that she used in her quilts in the book.  

Here is another block from my Antique Wedding Sampler.  The center is fussy cut.  I ended up hand piecing that little star.  It's pretty tiny.  

I am kind of addicted to sewing hexagons.  I keep some basted and stored in this case below in case of emergency.  You never know when you're going to need a hexagon to sew.  I have 2 more cases like the one below.  One has bright 1" hexagons and the other has 3/4" hexagons.

I've been cutting and sorting some of my stash.  I cut, sewed, and donated 30 pillowcases
 to the group at church that sews charity items.  

I sewed with Quilters United yesterday and turned in 30 Christmas stockings for next year, 12 burp pads and a few quilts made from kid friendly fabrics.  I've been keeping pretty busy.

Here are the links on my blog to my fussy cutting tutorials:

Fussy Cutting Tutorial

Lucy Boston Framed Tutorial

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

And The Stockings Were Hung....

A belated Merry Christmas to you.   I had planned to post this before Christmas, but time got away from me.

As you can see, the stockings weren't hung by the chimney with (or without) care.   I believe one of the last times I hung our family stockings on the fireplace, one of the filled stockings fell on our cat who loves to lay in front of the fire.  Another year I put some chocolate in the stockings.  We have a gas fireplace, so it comes on as easy as turning on a light switch.  That chocolate was pretty squishy after a night hanging over the fire.

For a few years, our stockings have remained in the box in the basement.   Then I saw this idea on Pinterest.  (I somehow have 2 Pinterest accounts.   One has no pins, and the other is linked here on my sidebar.  You can see my pins by clicking the link on the right.)   I had the ladder in our bedroom with a crocheted piece on it, so all I had to do was put lights on the ladder and tie the stockings on with ribbon.


You can see the cat's blanket in front of the fireplace.  The bubble lights on the fireplace have been around for ages.  I love the decorations from back in the day.  I crocheted the tree skirt in this photo and the photo below.  I enjoy knitting and crocheting in the winter.

The photos are kind of dark.  It looks like I took them at night.  The tiny tree on the right (below) is for my grandson's room.  Someone at their house ran over the cord with the vacuum, and the lights quit working so I ordered another string of the fairy lights and fixed it.

The quilt on the wall is from a pattern linked on my sidebar.   You can find it by clicking here.  It is a Moda pattern that I made with smaller blocks.  The table topper pattern is my pattern and is available in my Etsy shop here.

I make these little quilts with 1 1/2" half square triangles.   They measure about 12 1/2" when finished.  You could put Insul Bright in them so you could use them to hold hot dishes.   The knitting needle tree is something I remember from when I was younger.  My Mom always had one of these, and I would help put it together.   I did a post and showed how I do my knitting needle tree here.

This tree is in our entryway with another tree skirt that I made.  The pattern can be found on my crochet blog at this link.

I have a few of these signs around my house.  They come from Joyfully Said Home in Middlebury, Indiana.   When I get to Shipshewana, I usually go there to shop.

Here's a ceramic Christmas tree that I made years ago along with a cross stitched sign from my childhood friend, Sharon.   She and I used to cross stitch different Precious Moments cross stitch pictures and gift them to each other.

I wish you all a healthy, Happy New Year with countless blessings.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!!!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sue Spargo Trip

A few weeks ago 5 friends and I made an overnight road trip from Indianapolis to Uniontown, Ohio, which is just south of Akron.   Our destination was the Sue Spargo store.  There were a couple of quilt shop stops in Dublin, Ohio, on the way.  Since we were a group of 6, one of the girls called ahead to let them know we were coming.   There is open sewing on some Wednesdays in the classroom next to the shop so we got to meet others that were working on Sue Spargo projects.

Here is the main part of the shop.  There is lots of wool, ribbons, buttons, and thread.  

Here we are in the shop.  I'm on the left.  My basket has some goodies in it.  You will notice that you don't see much wool in photos on my blog.  OK.  You haven't seen any wool yet.  That didn't stop me from buying a few things there.

They took us on a tour of the back room.  Here is some of the wool.  The back area is mostly for mail orders.  We were allowed to go back there and shop off of the shelves.

Just look at these beautiful colors.

The wool is dyed in house, and we got to see the room where it all happens

Here are just some of the ribbons and trims in the back area.

These are all of the different type of threads.  

Here are samples from the shop that were for sale.

More ribbons waiting to be packaged.

Here are just a few of Helen's blocks that she made in a class with Sue up at Mackinaw Island.  Helen brought her blocks along to pick a sashing fabric.  They featured Helen on Sue Spargo's 
Instagram page on Featured Friends Friday.  Helen is an awesome stitcher.  I always enjoy seeing what she's working on.

I know you want to see my haul.  Here are a couple of pieces of Tula Pink that I bought at one of the quilt shops where we stopped.

Here is what I bought at Sue Spargo's.   I have a lot of supplies.  Now I just need to make it into something.   
Shamefully, what I bought that day is still in the bag.   I keep hearing it's going to  be a long, cold winter so I'll have plenty of time to work on a wool project.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fall in Indiana and Beyond

It's still fall here, but it's starting to feel more and more like winter isn't too far away.  I love fall colors and use them in a lot of my quilts whether it's fall or any other time of the year.  I'll take you on a little tour of some of my fall decorations and on our fall trip to the mountains.  

This sits at the end of my island in the kitchen.  I made the table runner ages ago and right now I'm unsure of where the pattern came from.  The centerpiece is a basket that I had with some faux pumpkin decorations from Hobby Lobby.  The brown ceramic leaves were made by our cousin Sandi from North Carolina.  

This is the view out my back windows.  The tree is actually in our neighbor's yard, but I enjoy it just as much as they do.   

I like to decorate the mantel for the seasons.   These are mostly faux pumpkins along with some real gourds.   I need to make sure I remember to sort out the real ones before I pack the decorations for the year.  

Here's a better look at the quilt draped over the back of the chair.  This is my version of Fall Foliage Spectacular by Judy Martin.  (It's from her book Cookies and Quilts.)   That border is a Fossil Fern fabric.  You remember those?  Some like this one were just great to pull out the colors in a quilt.  

The pillows and little quilt are all made from my patterns.  Another way that I like to display smaller quilts and pillows is in baskets.  Sometimes I drape them over the edge as shown in the photo, or I will roll them up and display several in a basket.  (The pumpkin spice sign had to move from in front of the fireplace because it's been cold enough to turn the fire on the past few evenings.)

The pumpkin quilt below is the Mini Pumpkins by Cluck, Cluck Sew.  The Welcome sign and the Pumpkin Spice Me signs are from 
Joyfully Said Signs in Middlebury, Indiana.   I love their shop and try to visit every time I'm in the area.  

I'm still trying to keep up with making holiday cards for the grandsons.

This is another fall quilt.    It's a watercolor quilt made from (I think) the book Impressionist Pallet by Gai Perri.

This sunflower quilt is a two color applique'.  These are fun and easy because once you have the pattern basted, there is no thread choice.  You choose one color and off you go.  This pattern and others like this are available from Pacific Rim Quilt Company.  
Sorry for the photo overload, but here are a few photos from our fall trip to the Smoky Mountains.  
At the time that we went, the weather was still too warm to see the fall colors.  I still think it's one of the most beautiful places.

I think the photo below is a photo of a beautiful stream from a car window doing about 65 or so......

We were going a bit slower for this photo.  Photos don't really do some of these things justice.

We drove through Cades Cove.  It's a valley in the mountains where settlers lived before the land became a National Park.  

Whenever you are in the park and see one or more rangers parked the road, you need to slow down and start looking around because they are there to keep an eye on the wildlife so that neither one interferes with the other.  Somehow this little cub had wandered away from his family.  I was in the car with the window down just enough to get a half way decent photo.  We also saw an elk, but when you looked at my photos you couldn't tell the elk from a bunch of sticks and twigs so there's no photo of him.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

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