Friday, July 13, 2018

Ramblin' Star Block of the Month is Here!

Did you know that the Ramblin' Star Block of the Month started last month?  

Let me tell you about Ramblin’ Star BOM!  The 8-Month Program features a combination of various sized blocks and fillers, and one 18” x 18” popular Medallion center block to complete this 60” x 60” beautiful quilt. This traditional piecing pattern is great for the Intermediate to Advance Beginners and comes complete with fully colored illustrated instructions and templates to complete each month’s block. 

The featured quilt highlights Island Batik “Plum Delicious” Collection and uses the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Tools.

You can get more information on my website, HERE.  

It’s never too late to join in on the BOM Fun.

You can get more information on my website, HERE.  

Its never to late to join in on the BOM Fun.

Month One Block
Bonus Block 1
Here are the blocks that were released in June.  Month 1, included the first of two bonus blocks.

Month 2 Block
On the First of every month, I will release the next set of blocks, so here Month 2 Blocks.

Additionally, I offer support in my Ramblin Star BOM Facebook Group.  In this group, we offer help with your blocks with Step-by-Step Videos, plus we have a monthly Picture contest where you can win some awesome prizes, like Island Batik Fabric. 

All you have to do to enter the month Picture contest is to be in the Ramblin' Star BOM Facebook Group and Post Pictures of your finished blocks.

Here are Junes Blocks. So let's see those months 2 Blocks. If you post your block, I will include them in next month’s Blog post for Month 3.

If you are interested in participating in this Block of the Month Program.  Please make sure to join the Ramblin' Star Block of the Month Facebook Group and Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter to get the latest information on the Ramblin' Star Block of the Month Program.  


"Designs to Inspire"

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Quilt Talk - Making Fast Easy Strip Binding!

Over the last 23 weeks, I have been doing a Facebook Live Series called "Quilt Talk Tuesday."  The show airs on the Quilting Affection Designs Facebook Page every Tuesdays at 2:30 pm.  In the last 13 episodes, I have been discussing Quilting Basics 101, starting from the beginning on terminology, pattern reading, seam allowances and we are coming to the end with making strip binding. You can catch up on all the episodes, Here.

So you can catch up on this week’s episode on Making Strip Binding.

This week talked about Continues Binding.  In the video, I demonstrated how easy it is to make the Continues Binding for your quilt.

The first step in making binding is to measure out your quilt.  Once you have the measurements, you can then use math, by adding the measurements of all four sides of your quilt top and adding 12" for seams, corners, and finishing.  After you have the total measurements, divide by 42" to determine the number of strips you will need.

Or you can use a fantastic Free tool called the Quilter’s Calculator, There are two ways you can access the Quilter’s Calculator. This handy tool helps you figure out your backing, batting, binding yardages and so much more.  I absolutely love this app and use it all the time.

First, through the Quilters Paradise Quilters calculator found Here, which you can access through your web browser.

If you prefer to have handy access like I do you can get the App through a download from the Apple Store, Google Play, or Amazon App Store. You can get more information by clicking Here

I use the Quilter’s Calculator to help me determine how much yardage and how many strips of 2 1/2" strips of fabric I need for my binding.

Once you have all your strips prepared it’s time to get ready to stitch them together.

Place one strip with the right sides facing up and then place another strip with the right side facing down, putting it on the other strip that is on the mat so they will make an "L" shape. On the mat.  You may want to overlap them about 1/4".

Taking a marking pencil and a ruler, you will want to draw a diagonal line.  To do this place the ruler on the strips, align the ruler so that it will match the points where the strips intersect, once the ruler is placed draw a diagonal line with your marking pencil.

Next, you will pin your intersection together, for sewing.

You will continue this process until you have all the strips pined together.  Then take your pinned strips to your sewing machine and stitch on the diagonal lines that you have drawn on your strips.

Next, lay one of your now stitched strips on your cutting mat and trim the excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.

Remember to trim the dog ears also.

Now, you will need to press all the seam allowances open.

Finally, starting at the end of your binding you will fold it in half long ways and press until you get to the other end. 

You have now completed your binding, and it is ready to be sewn on your quilted quilt top, which we will be covering next week. 

"Designing to Inspire"

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Modern Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge to make a Modern Quilt that had to be crib size or larger.  In this modern quilt design, we were asked to incorporate at least one of the following characteristics.
  • the use of bold colors and prints
  • high contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • expansive negative space
  • alternate grid work

With those characteristics and size to think about, I went with a minimalistic design with a lot of negative space. Additionally, I thought about the fabrics that I could use in the quilt.  I wanted to play with the colors from my Island Batik Paisley Dot Brights 10" stacks and used my EQ8 Design program to layout my quilt blocks.

Orginal Design By Quilting Affection Designs
This particular pattern uses the 5 different colors from the Paisley Dot Bright Stacks. The Island Batik 10" stacks come with two 10" pieces of each color which was great for my project. 

This particular pattern used 5 different colors from the Paisley Dot Bright Stacks. The Island Batik 10" stacks come with two 10" pieces of each color which was perfect for my project.  

After all my pieces were cut out, I started making strip sets from the purple colors, and the red and pink strips. From there I sub-cutted the red and pink strip into two different sizes. I also made some half square triangles that would be in the corners of the strip sets.

After all strips sewn together, it was time to start stitching the striped blocks together.

Once all the striped blocks were done, I stitched the 10" background blocks and the striped block together to complete the quilt top.   To finish everything,  I added some straight lines stitching for the quilting and a red binding from my Island Batik Paisley Dot collection.

The girls both approve of the quilt.

You may want to check out the new techniques projects that the other Island Batik Ambassador have made this month. 

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and blog here, when you sign up you will get a Free Pattern.


"Designing to Inspire"

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Playful Pillows and Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #18

The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was Playful Pillows. We asked to make a pillow of any shape and size.  I decided to make this take my next block in my Studio 180 Design BlockBuster Challenge and make it into a pillow.

So BlockBuster #18, "A Popped V" uses the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop and V Block Tools to complete this block.  The block size I chose was the 12" block, and for the Island Batik Fabrics I used were from their basic fabric collection.

To start you need to make the (4) V Blocks trimmed to size using the V Block Tool.

Now that they are made its time to use the Corner Pop tool remove the bottom corners (one at a time) and replace them with triangle piece.

Once you have the corner piece trimmed away, stitch a triangle in the corner, press and trim to size.

Then repeat on the other side for all four V Blocks.


Next, you need to make a (4) Sidekick Right units for the corners of the block.


Finally, now you need to make the center.  You start by taking a large square and removing all the corners with the corners pop tool and replacing them with triangles of another color.  Trimming the corners to size. 


Now all the units are made it is time to sew the block together.

Once I had the block together, I add borders around the block to make the front of the pillow to size need for the pillow form.


Now that front of the pillow was now made I quilted the top and made a pocket backing for the pillow.

My 16" x 16" pillow is now complete.  This was a fun and easy project to make. 

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE, that I have made from other Island Batik Fabrics.
You may want to check out the new techniques projects that the other Island Batik Ambassador have made this month. 

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and blog here, when you sign up you will get a Free Pattern.


"Designing to Inspire"

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Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #17

If you want to get familiar with using the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop® Tool, then I suggest making blockbuster #17 Salem Star.  I brought out the bright colors from my Island Batik stash once again for this block.

To start out with make 4- Unit A's, which calls for 4 1/2" base squares. Then referring to my instructions for the size of squares I need for replacing the corner with, I cut diagonally once to make triangles.

Now using my Corner Pop® Tool I lined up the tool in the corner of my square and cut along the diagonal line, I replaced that corner with one of the triangles just cut out above. 

Now, you will notice my replaced corner is oversized. I will use the trim down side of the Corner Pop® Tool and line it up on the 2" mark and trim around it.

 I repeated the above steps on the opposite corner. Then I did this three more times to make 4 unit A's.

Next, I made the B and C units, starting with cutting 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" base rectangle units.  The difference between the B and C Units is where I replaced the corner units for the left side and right side. 

For the Unit, B's, cut away the top inner left corner and C's, the top right inner corner and replace with the color you choose and trimming away the extra fabric using Corner Pop® Tool.

Next, I started cutting out the corners to replace them, just like have done before.

Now my Unit B and C's are ready to be stitched together.

Nifty way to make a chevron unit. Now all my units are ready to go.

Time to finish the block by sewing my pieces together.

My bright and cheery Salem Star block is done. I'm ready to start the next block that uses the Corner Pop® and V Block® Tool


"Designing to Inspire"

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE.

Have a Great Week! Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and blog here, when you sign up you will get a Free Pattern.

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