Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador Secondary Pattern Challenge

This month's Island Batik Ambassadors challenge was to create a quilt that makes a secondary pattern using our Island Batik Fabrics. After doing some thinking I looked at some of my past designs and found one that was ideal.

The Pattern I choice was my "Whirlwind" Pattern that was originally was released in the Island Batiks Summer/Spring 2017 Catalog using the "Rise and Shine" Collection.  This pattern uses a combination of half square triangles and split rectangles to complete this fun quilt.

EQ8 Design of Modified Whirlwind
For my Island Batik project, I decided to modify the pattern just slightly by adjusting the block sizes and changing the colors up just a bit.

The Island batik fabrics are all from the Island Batik Basics Foundation Collection.

And for this pattern, I have used the Studio 180 Design Split Rects® and the Tucker Trimmer® 1 tools.  By the way, while you are reading this post I'm currently in Arlington, Texas attending my Studio 180 Design Certification Instructor Training with Deb Tucker and her awesome crew.

Once all the half square triangles and the Split Rects are made it was time to make the blocks.  This is such a fun and easy quilt to complete. 

The center blocks are now assembled time to get this quilt put together.

The quilt top is now ready for quilting, and I have made the binding.

Speaking binding, In my last couple of weeks I demonstrated how to make strip binding that was used in this quilt in my Quilt Talk Tuesday episode.

And this week I demonstrated how to bind the quilt using my favorite binding tool.

Here is my completed project.

You may want to check out the new techniques projects that the other Island Batik Ambassador have made this month.  Also be sure to watch for the Island Batik Ambassador "The Great Outdoors" Blog Hop starting August 6th thru Sept 4th.

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"

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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