Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kansas City Star BOM #7!

Kansas City City Star BOM #7Yesterday, I took a little time off of Pattern designing and made the newest Block of the Month for the Kansas City Star Quilt. 

This month is Block 7 - "Corn and Beans" which was first published in 1930.  This block is a variation of the "Shoo-Fly" block.  This was a fun and charming block to complete. 

Kansas City City Star BOM #7You start preparing for the patches, by making 4 flying geese  and 12 -2 1/2" half triangles. 

Kansas City City Star BOM #7Then you can start the center blocks by making half Square blocks.  You start with combining 2 1/2" square block with triangle on each side to make a large triangle then sewing the brown triangle to make a large half Square block that measures 4 1/2".

Kansas City City Star BOM #7Then for the other center unit you need to combine 2 1/2" square with an 2 1/2" half square triangle to make a row. Then sew a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle on the bottom of the squares that were just combined.
Next you need to sew 2- 2 1/2" square on both sides of the flying geese unit.  Now that all the blocks are now complete you sew them all together to get the final block(above).

Block 7 is now complete, just 5 more to go.

Live, Inspire and Create,

TinaKansas City City Star BOM #7

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Little Time off!

Last couple of weeks, have been a little down time for me.  Tuesday May 13th, I took off to spend a week with my one of my dearest friends Jean Marie, in Moose Lake, Minnesota.  She and her husband have a great little place back in the woods.  So, I got spend time with her and beautiful 8 year old twins for a week.  It was great to get away from the business for awhile and just have some girl time.  We had fun shopping, talking and just overall spending time together. I did get to go a couple quilt shops while I was there, and came home with lots of fabric to make my youngest a quilt and my friend Jean a nice table runner. What a blast! This is the second year, we have done our girls week and we love it.  I had to return to the real world last Wednesday evening. 

friendsI took Thursday off, due to it was my birthday so I spent it with my hubby and oldest son.  My youngest called me that evening and we had a great talk.  My other dear friend, took us out to dinner to celebrate all of our birthdays.  My husbands is the day before mine and my oldest son turns 23 this week.  It was a great day!

Friday, I was back working on my patterns.  I spent a lot of my time working on the applique pattern which it is in it final stages.  Just waiting on the mail so I can get final pattern pieces into the computer.  But, while I was in Minnesota, I did get a little work done, when we had some down time.  I got my first pieced pattern typed up and just about ready to go.  So, yesterday I spent the day with my husband working on the pattern and remaking it to make sure everything is correct.  Then, I will send it off for some proofreading and clean up.

While I was gone my husband did a great job running the online business, even though we only had one customer for the week I was gone.

Well I guess my fun time is done for now, so I have to get back to workReminder:  Spring Blow Out Sale has started and ends May 30th.  Check out our sales Items, here!
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kansas City Star BOM #6!

Kansas City City Star BOM #6Looks, like I forgot to post yesterday, sorry!  I got involved with a new quilt pattern, I'm developing.  Anyway, here is the post I wanted to write about yesterday.

I just got caught up on the blocks on all the Kansas City Star Block of the Month.  I finished Block 6 - "Designs for the Young at Heart" Printed in July, 1977.  This block uses 3 different Fabrics and is made of rectangles, squares, flying geese, and chevron pieces.

Kansas City City Star BOM #6I started with making all the pieces to make the block. Kansas City City Star BOM #6First was the 4 flying geese units.  Then it was on to the chevron pieces, making 4 also.

Kansas City City Star BOM #6Once I had them assembled, I then assembled the two block together, with the flying geese units on top of the chevron units and press toward the flying geese. 

Kansas City City Star BOM #6Now, that I have the 4 units done, I can now start to assemble the whole block.  I start with laying out the blocks, this helps with the assembly process.  Once they are all layout I sewed them all the rows together on by one, making 3 rows.  Then after the 3 rows are made, I then assembled them together.  After Pressing the Block is now complete.

Kansas City City Star BOM #6Now, I am half way done with the blocks.  I think this is going to be a great quilt when finished.

Well it is time to get back to work, hope you all have a great day sewing and quilting.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2013 Designer Mystery Block 11!

2013 Designer MysteryYesterday, was a day of catch-up.  I spent the morning catching up my desk work.  Then, I moved into the sewing room cleaning and boxing up the T-Shirt Quilt for Shipping.  I will mail, once I hear from my customer.

2013 Designer Mystery Block 11After the cleaning, was done I started working on Block 11 of the 2013 Designer Mystery Block of Month.  Block 11 is called "Perennial Petals".  Once that pieces are cut and marked, I made 4 half square triangles. 

2013 Designer Mystery Block 11Then I started on the pedals, which is a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles, with 2 squares sewn on the bottom corners.

2013 Designer Mystery Block 11

Next, I assembled the 9 patch center, with the 2 1/2" blue dot in the middle.

2013 Designer Mystery Block 11After I laid out the block with all the pieces, the assembly of the block was fast and easy.
2013 Designer Mystery Block 11

Now, I just have one more block and the quilt blocks will be done and I can put the quilt top together.

Well Time to go into the studio, and get working on the next project.

I hope everyone has a great sewing and quilting day.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Finished Quilt!

T-shirt Quilt Order #3Friday, I finished the My Customers T-Shirt Quilt for her. The finished started on Thursday, were I spent half of the day preparing the quilt for the longarm and another half of the day quilting the pantograph design on the quilt.  I used my Quilters Dream Black Poly Batting with Blue So Fine #50 Thread. After I was done I was able to square everything, and it was ready for the binding and labels.

T-shirt Quilt Order #3Friday,I started the day early with making the binding and the labels for the quilt.  By Noon, the binding and the labels were done and on the quilt, I just need to hand sew the binding on the back of the quilt.  4-5 hours later, I was done and it was ready for the customer. 

I emailed my customer with the invoice and Pictures, and she was very happy about the what she sees.  Now, I just wait payment and it will be off to the customer. 

T-shirt Quilt Order #3Now, It is time to clean up and start working on some other projects.  I think I will catch-up on my block of the month first. 

Have a great sewing and quilting day!

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