October 15, 2014

Peppermint Kisses, Solstice Dreams

I have a new feature today at the Moda Bake Shop  - go check it out or view it in its entirety below :)




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Hi everyone, I'm Stacey from The Tilted Quilt and I am so thrilled to share another pattern tutorial with you. I don't care how hot it still is here in Texas, this will make you dream of Christmas and you will find yourself humming a Christmas carol!

When I first saw this fabric line, I immediately started dreaming up a fun quilt design - and for some reason, I kept thinking about peppermint candies.  After playing around in EQ7 for a bit, this was my original inspiration rendering.



I didn't end up doing the double border, but you could definitely play around with the layout for your quilt.

I have to say, Kate Spain's Solstice line is just gorgeous. The fabrics do not disappoint. I was so excited to get my hands on it and play around.  This pattern has a little something for everyone - patchwork and paper-piecing.  As I can attest from personal experience, when I really want precision, I love to  paper piece.

  •  1/2 yard each of 5 different green fabrics
  • 4 3/4 yard background fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards red "Peppermint stripe"
  • 1 yard border
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 4 yards backing fabric
I used 27187-21 for the Peppermint Stripe, 27185-11 for the border and 27181-11 for the binding.  I used the white tone-on-tone for the background and a gorgeous floral for the backing.

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 First we will start with the Square-In-A-Square unit.


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Next, we will create the Striped Flying Geese units
This is the setup I like to use when paper piecing.  I've got several posts (here and here) that can help you if you are a first time paper piecer, but I will walk you through the steps here as well.

I use the add-a-quarter ruler method.  You will need an add-a-quarter ruler, a postcard, a rotary cutter , mat, and an iron close by!

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  Trim the paper unit and cover it with a green rectangle.  The right side of the fabric is facing up and the printed side of the foundation is facing down.

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Flip the unit over so the printed side of the fabric is facing you and the right side of the fabric is facing away from you.
Using your postcard, fold the paper over and trim 1/4 inch from the line between 1 and 2 (in the picture below, I actually started on the other side, but in this unit, since they are the same on both sides, it really doesn't matter).

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Flip back over.  This is what your trimmed fabric looks like.  Remember, the fabric is right side up, and the printed foundation is right side down.

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Take a piece of white fabric, and place it face down, lined up with the trimmed edge of the green fabric.

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Flip the unit over and sew on the line between the 1 and the 2. Use a shorter stitch length, I recommend 1.6. Backstitch at the beginning and end to lock in the seam - this helps when it comes time to rip out your papers.
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Flip the paper over & finger press or iron the white fabric.
Flip the paper over again, and place your postcard on the line between the 2 and the 3. Flip the paper over, line up the add-a-quarter ruler and trim.

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The next section is the red peppermint stripe (section 3).  Using the same method, add the red fabric. Flip, press, flip and trim as noted above.
Continue on with the white fabric (section 4)
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Using the same method as described above, trim the green fabric and repeat all steps for sections 5, 6 and 7.
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Trim the entire unit using the 1/4" seam allowance line as your guide.
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That completes our striped flying geese.  Each block contains four flying geese units.  Keep your paper attached to the fabric at this point, it helps later when you are lining up your units to sew together.
 Last, we have our striped square unit.
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Using the same method as for the striped flying geese, you will paper piece these units. Start with the center background strip and work your way out. Trim the blocks using the 1/4 inch seam around the square as a guide.
Make four striped square units per block.
Once you have four  striped flying geese, four striped squares and a square-in-a-square unit,  will piece them together as shown below for  your final block! Voila!
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When piecing the blocks together, I left the papers in until all of the rows within each block were pieced.
I then removed the papers and sewed the block together, taking care to make sure the peppermint stripes lined up.  Once you do the first block, you will get the hang of how it best fits together to make your lines seamless.
The final quilt contains 20 blocks, laid out in a 4 x 5 orientation and measures 58" x 70".  I added a border using 5 1/2" strips for a 5 inch finished border.
I hope you enjoy - please feel free to contact me directly through my blog with any questions or concerns, especially if you are a first time paper-piecer.
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September 22, 2014

Modern Building Blocks has Arrived!



In all the excitement of the Capital of Texas QuiltFest last weekend, I had to put aside my Modern Building Blocks kit that had arrived from Sew Lux Fabric.  I was finally able to sort and label my fabrics (a very good tip, by the way, that I saw on Instagram from Camille at Thimbleblossoms) and FINALLY start cutting into them late last week. 

I've been Instagramming my progress using the hashtags #modernbuildingblocks and #modabuildingblocks if you want to follow along. It's fun seeing these blocks pop up in lots of different colorways. I'm really happy I decided to go with the solids kits - I think this is my first real solids quilt project, and I'm just loving these colors.

I will be completely honest and say that I think the directions are lacking a little with this pattern.  The cutting chart is OK, and I haven't found errors, but I would not recommend this pattern for a beginner. Nearly every block has you cutting and sewing on the bias, and I find that makes for very tricky measurements. I've taken it slow and steady, and am generally having success with my blocks.  This first 36" monster block did give me some fits and I actually decided to piece my flying geese with a different method.



After that big block, I decided to move on to some 6" blocks and see if I was any happier. I was.



P.S., does anyone know how to get all of the stray threads off of your design wall??

Then late last night I decided to do another big one, the 30" square and an 18" one.  Both came out great, but it required A LOT of attention to detail.


Overall, I'm really enjoying this project and looking forward to it all coming together in the coming weeks!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced today for our weekly dose of inspiration!



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September 3, 2014

The Big Reveal!


Well, another MAJOR finish on the Quilty Bucket List today. Nothing like a Quilt Show coming up to kick your butt into gear!!

I have blogged LOTS about this - as in the words of Inigio Montoya "Lemme e'splain, no, there is too much, lemme sum up!"

I started with this:



Original Inspiration Post

And some fun progress shots...









And, this is the result of almost a year worth of effort...


I literally shrieked when I saw my friend's quilting - this is all free motion, people. I.DIE.






Quilt Stats:
Red and White Double Wedding Ring
64" x 86"
15" rings in a 6 x 8 layout
Fabrics: Red and White from my stash
Pieced with 50 wt. Aurifil thread
Exquisitely quilted by my friend Vickie West


It just so happens that SewCalGal is hosting a year long celebration of Red & White quilts.  I am entering this one into her virtual show. Go check out all the amazing quilts on display.
And for extra fun today, linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict! Woohoo :)

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August 29, 2014

Swoon




It feels really good to scratch this quilt off of my Work In Progress list! Even just saying it... "Swoon"... feels good! 



It's been about 18 months years since I started this at my first retreat (wow, this darn blog sure does make it easy to see how long I've been letting this sit in a pile)!  





It actually sat again, mostly untouched, until my next retreat.  




And then, it sat again until I decided to enter it into a quilt show next month and had to RUSH to get it done.  

So, I had to make some decisions on quilting this bad boy! On Camille Roskelley's Swoon, she chose a baptist fan design, which I love! I really love mixing modern and traditional. Baptist fan is about as traditional as you can go with a quilting design, but it looks fantastic with this pattern.  It really let's the blocks shine!

So, I set out to mark a baptist fan design and quilt it myself.  I found a great tutorial to help me do it, but I ran into a few snags which I won't get into here (not related to the tutorial).  Finally, after consulting my quilty lady friends, I decided to rent time with my friend Emily on her longarm and knock this sucker out. She has the most amazing computerized longarm. We programmed it, set it all up, and voila, this happened!

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Quilt Stats
80" x 80"
Fabrics: Flea Market Fancy, Comma, Apple Jacks and a few  other stash fabrics
Solid is Kona Bone
Thread: Pieced with a neutral Aurifil 50wt
Backing: Spot On by Robert Kaufman in Aqua - I chose a wide backing so I didn't have to piece it.


I have loved this quilt from day 1 and the finished product does not disappoint.  I am actually planning on making a full quilt from mini-Swoon blocks at some point in the future. I've got the pattern and the fabric, I just need to get to it one of these days!!!  I just love it that much.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict today to celebrate the finish! post signature
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