When you’re working on a quilt (or whatever), are you in silence? Do you just hear the hum of your machine as you stitch along? Or do you have something on in the background, either the TV or music?
I usually have music playing. I’ve tried with the TV on but I get distracted because I usually end up paying more attention to the screen than my machine (and out comes the seam ripper). If you ever see me at a retreat, at some point in the day I’ll have headphones on. I’ve been told this can come across as rude but I’m not trying to be rude! I just get in a groove and become more productive…and I just love music.
My iPod has….well, to be honest, WAY to many songs so I’ve started a Spotify playlist to listen to while I work and I want to share it with you! I’m going to add 10 new songs every Friday. You can follow my Spotify playlist by clicking here or you can search Spotify for “girlxfabric” and follow from there.
The final installment of the Kanata Mystery Quilt was provided at the February meeting so now it’s time to finish! All my blocks are pieced and ready to be sewn together.
The “mystery block” is called Cat Nip and the quilt pattern is The Cat’s Meow. I’ve never seen it prior to this although some ladies who participated had previously seen the pattern. In all honesty, I’m not sure I would have done this if I’d seen the pattern beforehand but I guess that’s the point of a mystery quilt!
All the completed quilts are to be shown at the Kanata Quilt Guild June meeting so for now, this quilt is being put on the shelf because I have so many other projects that need to get done before. I have a couple baby quilts that need to get finished before March/April. I have one top done already and can’t wait to show the finished quilt. It might be one of my favourites (I know I say that about most of my quilts but…shouldn’t it be that way?) so stay tuned for that post.
Speaking of plenty on the go, how do you keep track of your on-the-go projects? I recently started using a project tracker in my Quilter’s Planner Mini and it’s a game changer. I can see at a glance what I have on the go, at what stage of the process and other useful information. Because it’s been so useful for me, I’ve decided to make my own and share it with you! You can find a free printable project tracker below. Feel free to print as many copies as you like/need and share it with your friends as it is for personal use (please don’t try and sell it).
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted! I feel like I should have a bunch of finished projects to share but…I don’t. I have finished the second part of the mystery quilt though! Talk about half-squares triangles! This installment needed 96 HSTs – 1.5″ half. square. triangles. (Yes, that’s small)
If you have a bunch of half-square triangles to do, I suggest trying the Laundry Basket Quilts triangle paper. This stuff is a life saver when it comes to large quantities of small HST. It makes 32 HST in one go, amazing right?! I mean there’s still the task of cutting but it makes it all super easy and quick.
I have another tip to share – chain piecing and the Cutting Gizmo. Many beginner quilters don’t use or never heard of chain piecing. This technique is basically stitching pieces together with one continuous length of thread without stopping in between pieces. This saves time (and thread) because you aren’t constantly stopping, snipping, and starting again. I feel like I’ve mentioned this fantastic tool before (maybe?) but The Cutting Gizmo is a must have if you chain piece. It makes snipping the connecting threads so easy and super quick!
I have just one more piece of advice to give to all quilters of all levels – NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHOW OFF YOUR WORK! I started quilting in July 2016, joined 2 quilt guilds and have participated in almost every ‘show n tell’ in both guilds. It doesn’t matter how talented you are (or how untalented you think you are), you are making works of art. Your passion for what you do shows through in every stitch and whether you know it or not, you are inspiring other quilters to make their own masterpieces.
I was really enjoying my new journey in paper piecing…until this snowflake block. Not as easy as I thought it was going to be. The actual paper piecing part was fine but then sewing those four blocks together to make the final block AND get the points matching was another story. One block I had to unsew twice before getting the points to somewhat match. The second block I only have to unsew once. But I guess that’s what makes quilting fun because if everything was perfect every time it would be boring…right?!
The center block is a traditional pieced star block that I really love the look of. It’s my second favourite block of this table runner (the poinsettia is the first). If you are doing this quilt along, I would suggest doing the Magic 8 Method for the half-square triangles. You need 8 HST so this way is much faster (and easier) than doing them the ‘regular’ way (as explained in the quilt along instructions). For this block you need an finished size of 2 x 2″ which means to do the Magic 8 method, you will need to start with a 6″ or 6¼” block. Read More
I waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t? There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration. That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block. It’s quite possibly my new favourite block. It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.
I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for. I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles. The finished block size is 12″ x 12″. I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.
Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making. A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80. Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST. If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time. Read More