Monday, January 15, 2018

Another BOM quilt top done!

My friend Ann contacted me in the Fall to ask if I could forward the post with the instructions for the Basket quilt block that was a BOM sometime last Spring.  Even tho' Ann works full time she's told me she still sews a little bit everyday after she gets home from work.  So I was not too surprised to get an email and these pix of her already Finished basket quilt top!  Very pretty, Ann, and of course I love the colors!  I like setting of the blocks too.

Ann said that the instructions were clear and that the blocks came out the right size! 
It's always nice to get feedback like that!
Here's the link to that post:
And here's the link to what members of the guild made:
You can see from these posts that the color scheme and sets are completely different but both are very effective!
That's one thing I love about quilting there are so many ways to approach any block or design and they are all great!
The possibilities are endless!
I liked this block a lot when I first made the samples so I started my own version.  Unfortunately I am not as disciplined as Ann, I'm only about a quarter of the way through making the blocks. LOL
But Ann has inspired me I'm going to dig those blocks out today 
and sew a little progress...
Have a great week!
cheers, CW

Friday, January 12, 2018

Free Form Curve Piecing

I'm working on a sample for a new class.   I've been using free form curved piecing in a variety of ways for years.
It's great for making wonky borders, adding abstract shape and making overall patterns.  Like these examples:

But 'til recently I had not thought of applying the technique to some other standard quilt blocks.

What  got me thinking about this was I needed a technique that I could demonstrate at the NCQC's  (Northern California Quilt Council) January meeting.  I thought free form curve piecing might be a good choice because it's easy,  fun and I could probably demonstrate it in the time allowed.
So I started sewing examples of curved pieced units to see just how many different things I could come up with;  and then it occurred to me that with a little finesse you could probably sew a lot of different blocks and that lead to the idea of making a Sampler!

But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Here's the basic technique:

1-To make two 6” finished - 4 patches: choose two fabrics and cut a 7.5” square from each fabric.

2- Layer the two patches both face up and press so they lay flat.  Cut a gentle curve through both layers.

take two of the contrasting patches and match up as shown.

3- Start to sew a scant ¼” seam at the top right corner. Take a few stitches and then stop to shift the edges together.  Continue to stop and readjust the seam edges as needed.  It’s a lot like easing in a seam in garment sewing.

4- Press to the dark fabric.  Repeat steps #2 & 3 with the second set of patches.  You will have two congruent but opposite units.

5- Stack these two units both face up, feel along the seam to make sure the two units are well aligned.

6- Cut a gentle curve more less 90 degrees to the first cut.

7- Take 2 of the opposite matching patches and sew according to step # 3.  Repeat with the second set.  Press to the darker fabric, twisting the seam in the center.

8-  Trim each block to 6.5”

9-  You will end up with 2 congruent but opposite colored 4 patches!

                                 SEW simple, fun and easy!  Here are some other blocks I've come up with for my Sampler quilt.

4- four patches sewn together 
four patches from the demonstration 
curvy strips 
9 patches 
drunkards paths


I definitely feel a curvy Sampler in the makings!
The NCQC meeting went really well!  People were very positive and attentive and it definitely lead me to thinking about curved piecing in new ways!
Have a great weekend!
Cheers, CW

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Great Application of Scrap Strategies!

I bumped into a student from the Scrap Strategies class that I taught in Nov. for the River City Quilter's Guild (Sacramento) at the Northern California Quilt Council meeting yesterday.
 Brenda shared this wonderful picture of some baskets she made using her scrappy units she'd made in the class!  What a great application of this scrappy method.  I'd never thought of applying my Scrap Strategies to something 3-D!  Great idea Brenda thanks for sharing!
More about the NCQC meeting tomorrow!
Cheers, CW