Friday, April 14, 2017

Furry Friday!

Furry Friday is here and it is brought to you to by Benartex Fabrics.  Each week, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been posting blogs about animals in need of Fur-ever homes.  We are getting some wonder help from industry sponsors from the Pieces for Sheltered Pets Initiative.

This weeks spotlights 2 seniors that need great homes.

Meet Chester 

Male domestic short hair
Black and White
 9 years old

Chester is a natural leader, he strongly desires a great home and is very affectionate.  This cute cat loves to lay in your lap, help with the laundry and so much more.   He is located at the Animal Refuge Center, Vine Grove, KY.  

Meet Ceasar

Male Boxer & Mixed Bread Mix
10 year old

This spunky 10 year old that weights about 50 lbs, doesn't let his age stop him.  He gets along with most other dogs and enjoys playing with toys.  He is smart and trained too, sit, down, shake and high 5 and wants to learn more.  He loves long strolls on a leash.  He is located at the Humane Society of Summit County, Twinsburg, OH.

Please help Chester and Ceasar find good homes they deserve a second chance of life.   

Kennel Quilts

If you can't provide a home for these guys, consider making Kennel Quilts for animals in need.  The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is always looking for people to sew small kennel quilts to help animals when disaster strikes.  You can even just help by donating to your local animal shelter.  It is a great way to use that huge fabric piles.  

Make Kennel Quilts for our friends in need! Please

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Be sure to check out other Island Batik Ambassadors blogs about Furry Fridays.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Simple and Precise Half Rectangle Triangle with Bloc_Loc Rulers!

I love working with Bloc_Loc® Rulers!  I have been using them for about 5 years now.  I first fell in love with the half square triangles and the flying geese rulers.  They have helped my piecing so much.  Last year, I began designing patterns using the rulers.  I have two more patterns getting ready to be released next month at Spring Market.  These patterns will feature the half-square triangles, flying geese and the half rectangle triangles Bloc_Loc® rulers.  

So with the preparation for their release, I decided to put this little tutorial together to show you how easy the rulers are to use by making half rectangle triangles (HRT).  

HRT A and B Rulers!
When you buy the half rectangle triangle (HRT) rulers you receive two ruler’s A (left) and B (right).

Get to know your ruler!

You will notice that all the Bloc Loc® Rulers have grooves on the backside of the rulers, these grooves lock on to your seams allowances. These grooves help keep your ruler from moving around and makes trim precise.  

Logo and Letter on opposite side of seam allowance.

With all Bloc Loc® Rulers, you can press your seams in either direction, but they will not work with open seams. When the ruler is placed on the seam allowance and locked into position the logo is always on the opposite from the seam. 

Once the Ruler is placed and locked on the seam allowance all you have to do is slide the ruler to you desired measurement.  No need to pick it up, just slide it along the seam allowance.

Prepare your rectangles

Start preparing by cutting all your rectangles to size.  For this tutorial, I cut all my rectangles to 3” x 6” to be trimmed to 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” units.  You will have oversized rectangles, this will be trimmed later.
Layer with right sides up!

 Layer each of the cut rectangles with right sides facing up.

Ruler A units

Cut diagonally bottom right to upper left corner!

One rectangle yields 2 triangle sets

For the A (Left) Ruler units the layered pair and cut diagonally from bottom right to the upper left corner.  Each pair of rectangles yields 2 triangles sets.

Re-arrange the triangle sets so they are laid-out how they will look when finished.

Offset by an 1/4"
Flip each of the orange triangle onto a purple triangle so that right sides are together and making sure orange is offset by a 1/4”.  Repeat for the other set.

Stitch a ¼” seam for each set for each set.

Press seams to one side or the other according to your pattern.

Trim using Ruler A
Trim by placing Bloc_Loc® Ruler A on top of the HRT units so that the units seams locks onto the grooves.  Once you have the ruler locked into the seams you can then slide the ruler along the seam allowance to get your desired measurement. 

Trimmed A units

Ruler B units

Ruler B is done the same way, with just a few things changed.

Cut diagonally from bottom left to upper right corner
Yield 2 triangle Sets
Cut the layer right sides up rectangles, diagonally from bottom left to upper right corner.  Yielding 2 triangle sets.

Re-Arrange the triangles sets so they layout how they look finished.

Offset by a 1/4"!
Flip each of the orange triangle onto a purple triangle so that right sides are together and making sure orange is offset by a ¼”.  Repeat for the other set.

Stitch 1/4" seam and press!
Stitch a ¼” seam for each set. Press seam to one side or the other.
Trim using Ruler B

Trim HRT units using the Bloc_Loc® Ruler B, and trim to the specified size.  
Repeat for the other units.

You now have made easy half rectangle rectangles that are precise.

The Bloc_Loc® Half Rectangle Rulers come in assorted sizes:

2:1 Mini (2.5 x 4.5) Industry Standard
2:1 Large (4.5 x 8.5) Industry Standard
3:1 Mini (2.5 x 5) * Specialty Ruler*
3:1 Large (3.5 x 9.5) *Specialty Ruler*
4:1 (3.5 x 12.5) *Specialty Ruler*

If you would like to download the directions and cutting chart, click HERE!

Also If you prefer to watch a video on how to make these units, click below

Check out the Bloc_Loc® website for all their cool rulers.  All the rulers have great videos for you to learn how to use them.  

To purchased the Bloc_Loc rulers go to their website or check your local quilt store.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

QA Studio Tour: Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Quilting Affection Studio Tour on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop. 

My studio is not fabulously decorated, but it is a really nice setup.  Before we get started be sure to check out the bottom for the list of bloggers on this blog hop and enter to win for fabulous prizes.

I have two rooms for my quilting studios in my house, since I don’t have one room large enough to be both my sewing and longarm studios.  So we will start with my sewing studio.  Most of my furniture in my studio is Ikea furniture. 

Follow Me! Let the Tour Begin

As you enter my sewing room from the Kitchen/Dining Room you will see my desk on the left, and my girls sleeping area on the right, and the patio doors to the backyard.

 Starting from the left side and work around the room.

This section here is my desk, where all my designs and writing come alive.  My husband just upgraded my computer from a laptop to this nice desktop and 27” monitor.  Above my desk is a couple of bulletin boards made from batting and insulation board.  The top bulletin board is to keep pictures of my in-progress designs and past designs.  Not all of them are up right now, since they will be soon to be released patterns (Secret).  The bottom board is where I keep all my important and reference papers. 

Next to my desk is where my favorite and main sewing machine sits.  My Bernina B580 is where I do my sewing most of the time. The quilt hanging is my newest Mini-Madness quilt for Island Batik Ambassadors.  You can visit my blog on the quilt HERE

 Next, is the Ikea Wardrobe Cabinet, I store all my fabric yardages, unfinished and need to quilted samples and unfinished projects (UFO’s).  The top shelf is packed full of UFO’s, I have a list of them all above my desk, I have already finished two so far, this year.  On top of the cabinet you will see two sewing machines, the one in front is my first sewing machine, a New Home, and the other is an Antique New Home Sewing Machine. 

This is my second machine, I bought in 2011.  My Janome 7700 is a great machine, I love doing binding and quilting on this machine. 

Next to my Janome is my Light table my wonderful husband made me couple years ago, I love it! The table is made of thin wood and LED lights from Lowes.

Above the light table I have my Bloc_Loc® Rulers hung up for easy convenience (I really love these rulers). My flying geese rulers are hanging on my ruler rack that my dad made me.  The ruler rack is used for all my rulers that I use on a day by day bases.

I have lots of storage space with Ikea Expedit shelving units.  My cutting table is made with Ikea 4-Expedit shelving units. The cubes are place on plywood and rollers. The table part is made from 2 Galant table tops. 

 I used Ikea Cubes and Rubbermaid containers for storing my fabric all around the table.  One end is used for all my reference books.  

For my huge and well used ironing board, I bought at a quilt show couple years ago, I placed it on top of another Expedit shelving unit, and used the Ikea rollers underneath so it is easy to move around when I want to get to my design wall, which is made just like my bulletin boards, but not cut down.

Finally, when you turn around you can see my TV(for viewing pleasure) and were my girls sleep (Two Snoodles) when I’m in the sewing room.

My Longarm Studio 

I have a APQS Millinium Longarm, in another room close by. and love her.   I share this space with my husband due to his desk is set up. When Millie is not in use I cover her up with sheets to protect her. 

Well that’s my studio tour, I hope you enjoyed it and gave you storage ideas.

What more Ideas?

Make sure you check out the out the other bloggers in this blog hop, and see what ideas they can give you for storage, projects, favorite sewing tips, etc.

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Special Offers!

The Electric Quilt Company is offering 30% off discount 
during the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog hop!

Promo code: EQHOP201 
 The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017

Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.


Note: Only good for March 20th, only!  Make sure you enter today. 
Winners will be announced daily on Seams To Be Sew

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Happy Quilting, Tina


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mini-Madness Project

March is here and the Island Batik Ambassadors are busy with the next challenge.  This month’s challenge is to make a foundation or English Paper Piecing project that measures 24” x 24” or smaller.  Foundation and English paper piecing are not my strong points in the quilting word.  I have only made two project before with foundation paper piecing. 

After doing a little research with a couple books and YouTube videos, brushing up on my paper piecing skill, I designed a little Star pattern in EQ7.  Which designing a paper piecing project in EQ7 was new to me also. I had played with it a little last April at EQ Academy, so I knew the basics, but I still needed help from my manual and a couple blogs.  So, you can say this was a great challenge project for me again this year.

After I picked out my fabrics and I prepared the paper sections.  I began sewing the first block just to get a handle of the whole project.  I had to remember with paper piecing you are basically sewing reverse (your project will face down all the time).  I completed the first block with no problems.

One thing, I notice that paper piecing can be time consuming with the sewing, trimming and pinning of the next blocks.  But I noticed you can speed up the process of the assembly by using chain piecing. What a great idea.  I had all the blocks sections done in no time. 

Once I had all the blocks made, I began assembling them together, to make the quilt top and added some borders to finish it off.  I used my Janome 7700 to do all the quilting on the quilt top.  This little quilt measured 19 ½” x 19 ½” finished.
It was a fun challenge this month.  I have learned a lot about paper piecing with this project.  I want to do more this year, I plan to take maybe a few Craftsy class on the subject if time allows.

Do you like paper piecing?  If so, comment below with your favorite tip.

Make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors projects throughout the coming weeks.