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. 


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Tina

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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

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Showers Mystery Quilt: Week 4 Borders and Corners

Well, 4th and final week of the April Showers Mystery Quilt is here, Kari Schell and I will conclude this projects collaboration of by showing you how to design and piece the final part of the April Shower Mystery Quilt.

If you have missed any of my blog posts on how to piece, you can catch up with the series here:




Today, we will be finishing by adding some borders and corners to our assembled quilt top.


Over the past several weeks, we have been making some tricky blocks with our Studio 180 Design, Corner Beam® Tool.  With all the practice we have been doing with the tool you will find this week’s Corner Beams, that is used in the border corners, really easy. 


The borders consist of making green and red strip sets and trimmed to size. 

Be sure to check out how Kari designs the blocks in EQ8, Here. If you would like to learn how to develop these blocks in EQ8, visit her posts here, Week 1Week 2, and Week 3


Here is some sample of what others have made so far in this challenge.




Make sure you watch Week 4's video tutorial and download the pattern Here. The downloads will be available until May 15th!  After that, you will be able to purchase the patterns on my website.






Kari and Myself meeting for the first time at CABS

Thank you for joining myself and Kari Schell on this collaboration. It was a fun project to show you how to use the fantastic Studio 180 Design Tools and what they can do for you.  Be sure to check out my other patterns on my website also.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #16

Well, today we return to start the Blockbuster series 2, blocks #15-25 that means we will be done with series 2 in ten weeks and I have a feeling they will go fast just like the first series did.

Blockbuster #16, Peaks & Valleys uses the combination of the Studio 180 Design Diamond Rect® tool and the SideKick/High-Low Technique Sheet to make this block.  I again used the same Island Batik Fabrics that were used in Blockbuster #15, just adding coordinating fabric to the mix.



I began with making the four diamond rectangles, by cutting out the centers and the side triangles with my Diamond Rect® tool. Once they were all cut out, I sew them together, just as I did in blockbuster #15.


My diamond rectangles were now complete.  Time to get started on the next step the High-Low Units. 


I have made the High-Low units in blockbuster #10 the twisted pinwheel block. Making the High-Low units are relatively simple, you just need to pay attention to the direction your slant must go. These units use the "V" Block® trimmer.  I need to make a total of four units that slanted to the right.


Finally, I completed the units by making some four sidekick units, followed by cutting some large and small squares for the corners and the center of the block. 


 Now I was ready to layout the units to begin the assembly.


I started with the center block assembly first.  To do this, I need to sew a partial seam using the small center square and one of the sides of the Diamond Rectangles. This is very similar to how we put the Shuriken blockbuster #14 together.


Then I continued to work, sewing the diamond rectangles together. The last step was to stitch the partial seam to the last diamond rectangle.


The center is complete, now I can finish it by stitching all the pieces together and assembling them to the center block.


Blockbuster #16, Peaks and Valleys is finished.  This was another fun, block to make due to it helped me reinforce everything I have learned in the first series of blocks fresh in my mind.  

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

April Showers Mystery Quilt: Week 3 Flowers

I think Spring and Summer have finally arrived here in the Maryland area.  Still many of you, especially in Minnesota, Mother Nature just wants you to stay in winter mode a little longer.  I hope the April Showers Mystery Quilt project is helping you out of those winter blues and help you start thinking about those spring flowers popping up everywhere.

Week 3 is here, Kari Schell and I continue the collaboration of showing you how to design and piece the April Shower Mystery Quilt.

If you have missed any of my blog posts on how to piece, you can catch up with the series here:


Week 1 Umbrellas
Week 2 Raindrops

Today, we will bring some color to your quilt top with some flowers and finish assembling our quilt top.

I have to omit that Kari Schell, On the Point Quilter, has been challenging me each week with all the blocks she has designed for this mystery quilt in EQ8.  Each of the blocks continues to work off the Studio 180 Design, Corner Beam® Tool.  You definitely will get lots of practice making the Corner Beam blocks.


Week 3 Flowers
The Flower blocks are very similar to last week's raindrop blocks, except how you make the center block for the Corner Beam, then the rest of the steps are identical.

Be sure to check out how Kari designs the blocks in EQ8, Here. If you would like to learn how to develop these blocks in EQ8, visit her posts here, Week 1 and Week 2.


Make sure you watch the video tutorial here and download the pattern 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.

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"


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