Monday, November 25, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador Tool Time

For many of us Island Batik Ambassadors, the theme of November Tool Time.  We were to come up with a particular project that uses a specialty tool, template, or dies.  

As a Sue Pelland Design's Certified Instructor, I'm trying to make quilts using her products for Trunk Shows, plus this gives me a chance to play and practice. So I decided I was going to pick a project from my Hearts and More Book by Sue Pelland Designs. The project I choose was the Drunkards Path Quilt.  

Most of your Drunkards path quilts are traditionally two colors, but I decided to use three different colors from the Island Batik "Graphic Gems" Collection.  I just love the bold colors in this collection.

The drunkard's path in this project was not your standard curve piecing, this version we will be making fast and easy way using the Sue Pelland Designs Hearts and More Template to make applique Drunkard path blocks. 

You start by cutting two different sized squares out. Then take the larger squares to your ironing board and add a piece of Fubile webbing on the reverse side of the square. Sue Pelland recommends, and I have to agree to use MistyFuse Fusible webbing. I love it do to it does not gum up my needle, and plus, your fabrics don't feel stiff after it is applied. It is like there is nothing there.

Once the Fubile webbing is cool, it was time to cut out the perfect circles. Place your fused fabric on your cutting mat. Fold the fabric on the diagonal and finger press in place. Then I placed the Hearts and More Template D on the fold, making sure the centerline was lined up on the fold, and the arrow was pointing toward the center of the fabric. 

Using my 28mm rotary cutting blade, I cut a 5" circle of the fabrics. Making sure to make a clean cut all the way around.

Back at the ironing board, I placed the frame down right side down on the applique pressing sheet.

I placed a smalled square that was cut the same size as the Fusible webbing that was on the back of the framed piece and fused the pieces together.

The fused pieces look great.

Now we are going to take the center circles we cut out of the frame and center them on the larger square. To find the center, I folded the square and circles and finger press line the folds to help with the lineup.

Once, the centered circle was centered on the larger square.  I fused the pieces together.  

Then, the final touch was to use a blanket stitch and round the circles.  Just remember to take your time, and it will look really lovely.

Once all your circles are stitched down, it was time to square the block.

And cut the square in half.

And in half once more to get four Drunkard Path units.  Fast, easy, and nice-looking blocks every time.

Now it is time to sew them all together.  I laid out the blocks, in a two by two layout first and then stitched them all together to form a four by four grid layout in two different color schemes.  Then finished them off by stitching all the grids together.

Here is my final quilt, now this quilt is finished and ready to go to my longarmer.  If you have not tried out the Sue Pelland Hearts and More Templates, you may want to before you start your next Drunkards Path quilt.  This is a fun and easy way to make your quilt.

Be sure to come back for the Decembers project, to finish off the exciting Island Batik Ambassador year.  

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador: Top it Off

I finally getting caught up from the preparing and excitement at being at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival. 

My first goal once I was recovered was to get my October Island Batik Project finished for you all to see. And today, I have finally finished it.

October's task was to make a Holiday table topper and have some applique worked into the project.  So after I looked through my Island Batik Fabrics, I decided on a few fabrics that would make my project look have a Christmas feel. 

This project was going to be made from some of my favorite tools, the Studio 180 Design Square Squared Tool, and the Sue Pelland Designs Leaves Galore Template

 I started with making some Little House units for this project.

Next, I needed to cut out some leaves for the center of the Little House units. Next, I prepared my leave fabric by applying MistyFuse Fusible Webbing on the back.  Once the MistyFuse had cooled, I used my Sue Pelland Design Leaves Galore "Norme" Template to cut out 3" Leaves using my 28mm Rotary cutter.  With to passes, I had enough 3" leaves for my project.

Then using a straight ruler, I found the bottom middle and the bottom 1/4" mark. These would be my placement lines for the tips of the leaves.

At the ironing board, I placed the tips of the leaves on the placement lines.  Once the leaves are in proper placement, I fused them to the fabric and stitch them in place.

Next, I need to add some "S" And "Z" shapes using the same Leaves Galore Template. With the MistyFuse down on the cutting mat, I start cutting out the "S" Shapes.  For the "Z" Shapes, I would place the Fused side up.

Now I need to mark some 1/4" placement lines in the corners of a square.  These lines will be used for the placement of the "S" and "Z" Shapes.  

At the Ironing Board, place the shapes tips to match up across two corners and inside the 1/4" marks.  Once in place, fuse the shapes in place and then stitch them in place.

Once I had them everything ready, I put the blocks together and stitched all my table runner together. Then it was time to quilt it. For the quilting, I used my Leaves Galore, and Iron off chalk I some quilting lines and began quilting away.

Here is the finished product, I just love this table runner.  What a fun project and love how piecing and applique can work together. The Sue Pelland Designs Leaves Galore templates to make the cutting so much easier.

Stay tuned for the Novembers Island Batik Ambassador project.

"Designs to Inspire"

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador Child's Play - A little Help!

This blog post is a little late due to several obligations during the last couple of months.  However, with a little help from my husband, I have finally finished my September, Child's Play quilt challenge.

For this challenge, we were a task to make a crib size quilt using the Accuquilt GO! Block on Board® (BOB®) Dies. I received a Bear Paw BOB Die.

The hardest thing I had to decide was the fabric I was going to use and a fun design to do with the Bear Paw Blocks. Each of the Paws measured 6" when finished.

I decided to make this a scrappy looking quilt using many older Island Batik Fabrics from this and past years, with a neutral background. So I began digging through my stash and then started cutting
using the Accuquilt GO.

Once I had all my pieces cut, I began sewing the half square triangles together.  

 When I had enough half square triangles done, I began sewing them together to make the claws. Halfway through sewing to the claws together,  my project hit a two-week standstill because I ran into some deadlines getting other quilts ready for Quilt Market.

During the last week of September, I was telling my husband that I needed to get my Island Batik Ambassador project done and showed him how much other work I had to get done to prepare for Quilt Market.  He said he would be willing to help if he could by working on the bear paws.

So I set him up on my other Bernina, and he was off stitching all the paws together. 

The next thing I knew, he was setting up the quilt on the display board, and stitching the quilt top together. Once he finished the quilt top I helped him sandwich the quilt together (We used Hobbs Batting) and he quilted it on the Bernina since I don't have a long arm anymore.

Here is the finished project he completed for me and I love the quilting on it.  I have to add that my husband also made and stitched on the binding.  He became my hero for this project.  I think I have opened a new world for him.  He is already picking out his next quilting project.  

Now I need to get my October project complete. 

"Designs to Inspire"

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Steam Engine Whistle Stop Tour Blog Stop

Welcome to my stop on the Steam Engine Whistle Stop Tour.  This week, my fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors and I are having the pleasure of showing off the Deb Tucker's  Island Batik "Steam Engine" Fabric collection.

If you have not been to my page before, let me introduce myself, my name is Tina Dillard, the proud owner of Quilting Affections Designs. I specialize in Block of the Month as well as individual patterns that expand the use of your favorite Deb Tucker Studio 180 tools with fresh innovated designs.  I also love teaching Studio 180 Design tools.  Additionally, I am a Sue Pelland Design certified Instructor.  I have some exciting new patterns coming soon that will combine the raw edge applique and piecing together using the tools.  You can view my patterns HERE.

Union Station
That enough about me, let's talk about this Whistle Stop Tour.  I hope you have been following this blog hop and downloading the free pattern on each of the Certified Instructor's blog pages.  If you are just starting out, let's get you caught up with the following list of participating Certified Instructors, and the link stops so you can make your "Union Station" quilt. 

Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Design - Your Here

Sarah Furrer - Studio 180 Design
- Finishing Instructions

If you are looking for the "Steam Engine" Fabric Collection, you can find it at the following shops owned by Certified Instructors.  But check with your local Quilt Shop to see if they are getting it in as well.
Whistle Stop Tour - Hidden Blooms

Hidden Blooms is BlockBuster #35.  Hidden Blooms is a Technique based block that uses the Sliver (Corner Beam®), and Shaded Four Patch (Tucker Trimmer®) to make this 12" finished block. 

One thing I love about the Studio 180 Design Technique Sheets is that they expand your use of the Corner Beam® and Tucker Trimmer® tools.

Now it's time to Download "Hidden Blooms," gather our fabrics and tools.  Start by cutting out all your pieces and laying them out on paper plates to get organized.

Cutting Tip:  

When sub cutting your strips into squares, I use my Tucker Trimmer® I and II.  Tucker Trimmer® II will give you the 1/4" increments you need for your patterns. 

Ok, its time to have some fun! Ready, Set, Sew!

Sliver Units. 

For this block, we will be making both (4) Left and (4) Right Slivers units.

No matter type Slant you want in your unit "Slant Left" or "Slant Right," we start by making an oversized Half Square Triangles.  Using your Quilter's Magic Wand draw two diagonal lines on the reverse side of the white fabric. 

Next layer one white and one darker fabric right sides facing, stitch on the drawn lines and cut down the middle between the stitched lines.  Did you know that most of the Studio 180 Design tools have 1/4" dashed lines around the edge of the tool?  In the picture above, I used my Corner Beam® tool trimming down this center of the Half Square Triangles.

I recommend pressed away from the fabric I was slivering since we will be slivering the darker value fabrics we will press toward the white.  We will not be trimming our units at this time.

Are you making a Slant Left unit? Then you will want to place your HST unit on your cutting mat facing right Side up. (Left image)

Slant Right unit? Place your HST with the wrong side facing up.

For removing the slanted corner, you will want to place your Corner Beam® lining up the guidelines for the finished size line along the bottom and the Dashed line labeled "Center Beam Trim #1" on the side of the of section and the bottom of the unit on the Half Square Triangle unit. Note there will be a small gap between the edge of the ruler and the sewn seam. Trim along the slant.  Your unit finish size is 3".

The cutting of the Side Triangles is cut from strips in the same manner as we would for cutting for Side Triangles for Corner Beam units.

Trim the units to 3 1/2" cut size using your Corner Beam® tool. You will need to make sure to align one of the “Seam Line Placement” guidelines with the sewn seam between the sliver and added side triangle, ensuring the crosshairs are at the seam intersection, and the  “V” for your finished size units are on the other sewn seam. Trim the first sides of your pieced unit.  

Rotate the unit 180° and trim the remaining side of the unit. Make sure that you align up the 3 1/2″ guidelines and making sure the seam intersection nestles in the 3″ “V” and the corner to corner diagonal seams falls right along with the points of the “V”s.

Make 4 Slanted Left and 4 - Slanted Right Units.

Shaded Four Patch

For this block, we will be making 3 different color units that will measure 3" finished, 3 1/2" unfinished.

Remember to press toward the Wide Strip.  

Sub-cut the pieced strip the width of the narrow strip 2 1/4".  You will need two sub-cut per unit.  Pair the cut pieces assuring the narrow end facing the opposite direction from one another.  Stitch along the long side.  Snip the seam allowance at the center between the two squares all the way to the seam.  Press each half seams way from the square.  

Layer the pressed unit over a large rectangle.  

Using your Tucker Trimmer align the Common Diagonal Line long a side of the unit and draw a 45° sewing line, ensuring this line goes through the corner of the square.  Repeat on the opposite side. 

Stitch on each of the marked lines and cut them apart 1/4" from each of the stitched lines. Press toward the large triangles.

Now you are ready to trim the units, to 3 1/2" size using your Tucker Trimmer® tool.

Time to gather all your pieces, and stitched them together.

Following the Block Layout Instructions on Page 2 of the Hidden Blooms pattern.  Making sure your press according to the directions to nest the seam together.

Your "Hidden Blooms" Block is now complete and ready to add to your "Union Station" quilt.

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