Wednesday Wait Loss 68

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! Please share your quilty works in progress and recent finishes with us!

No surprise, I spent the week with secret sewing. The good news is I've almost got the top done! The bad news is I've got another quilt to make right behind this one.

Here's a sneak peek. <grin>

I'm also working on Block 2 in our fall mystery quilt along, Fall Into a QAL. If you missed the first block release, there's still time to make the block and enter our prize giveaway. Click here to learn more.

That's what I've been up to this week.! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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As you know, last week's Wednesday Wait Loss was a special one for basket quilts. Chris @ Chris Knits Sews shared several lovely basket quilts with us. First, Chris shared Grandma's Sewing Basket. Chris wasn't sure if she wanted to add handles, but I'm so glad she did! Don't they add that perfect touch?

Chris also shared her Berry Basket Mini. Love the fabrics in this collection!

Congratulations Chris! Thank you so much for sharing your basket quilts with us. 

This week I want to also feature a new addition to our little Wednesday Wait Loss group--Zafira @ Zarkadia Quilts shared her Rotating Orange Peels quilt, and a recipe for rescuing quilts when they bleed!

Jump over to their blogs to see the lovely quilts and to read more about them.

Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs.

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Now it's time to announce our giveaway winner. As usual, I assigned a number to each image linked up last week. Basket entries got two chances. I used Random.org to select a winner.

Congratulations Lisa Marie! Send me your postal address, and this lovely Stash Builder Roll from Island Batik will be on its way!

If you didn't win this time, I encourage you to enter next time. Our next special Wednesday Wait Loss link up is June 20th, and we'll be celebrating with flower quilts! Get those flower quilts ready now for a chance to win.

Time to link up!

Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 67

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! I invite you to share your quilty works in progress and recent finishes with us. This week is a special Wednesday Wait Loss, but more on that later. First, let me tell you what I've been up to.

Basically, it's more secret sewing for me. I've finished the cutting for the two quilts I'm making and I've starting making a bazillion flying geese it seems, for the first of the two quilts that are destined for an Island Batik trunk show.

I also made the first block in our fall mystery quilt along, Fall Into a QAL. Did you miss the first block release? Don't worry--there's still time to make the block and enter our prize giveaway. Click here to learn more.

I also spent all day on Sunday being pampered by my lovely daughter. We went downtown and walked along the canal, then drove to a small village near us to get ice cream. After that, we went home where I relaxed while Katie made me a scrumptious dinner and a delicious lemon tart. Isn't is gorgeous?

That's what I've been up to this week.! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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This week I want to feature Dione @ Clever Chameleon Quilting. Her Shadows of Auntie Green quilt is stunning! You must jump over to her blog and read how she made it.

Congratulations Dione! Thank you so much for sharing your quilt with us.  Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

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Time to link up! This week, it's a special link up featuring basket quilts--finished or not. I thought basket quilts would be a great way to celebrate May, so help me out and share your basket quilts with us.

Here's my Basket of Blooms quilt from last year's September Island Batik challenge.

To encourage participation in this special Wednesday Wait Loss, I'm having a giveaway! You'll get one chance to win one Island Batik Stash Builder Roll for every quilt you link up--two for every basket quilt! If you don't have any basket quilts to share, you can share whatever you're working on. I'll announce the winner next week on Wednesday.

A Stash Builder Roll by the way, is a roll of coordinated 2-1/2" x WOF strips. Use them in your next jelly roll project!

Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Fall into a QAL: Block 1

It’s finally here! Welcome to week one of a mystery Fall quilt along, presented by Partners in Design! Our last quilt along (the I Wish You a Merry QAL) was so popular and so fun, we decided to host another one. So grab your fall fabrics and let's get started!

For my quilt, I’m going scrappy with the goal of reducing my stash. No new fabrics for me if I can help it. <grin> Here's my initial fabric pull--I'll add to this as I need for each block.

To create this pile, I started with that lovely batik at the bottom of this image. Then I pulled fabrics to compliment it. If you need more fabric help or additional details on the quilt along itself, click here.

The first block in our quilt along was designed by Vanda @ Quilting with Vanda and it’s an adorable hedgehog! Here’s my version.

This block utilizes fusible applique, although you can use hand applique if you want (just add seam allowances to the templates when you cut out your pieces.) If you’ve never attempted applique before, don’t worry. As a quilt along host, I’m here to help!

My Fabric Pull for This Block

For this block, I had a few goals. First, since it was the first block in the quilt, I wanted it to set the tone. To accomplish this goal I decided that the hedgehog needed to compliment my focus fabric and really pull some of its colors out.

Second, I wanted the block to be funky and fun and to use a mix of prints and batiks. Finally, I wanted to keep the contrast between the body and the face of the original block so the hedgehog would look just as cute. Here's Vanda's block from the pattern.

For my fabric pull I started with the fabric for the hedgehog's body--a wonderful burgundy with a curly motif that reminded me a bit of fur. Next, I found a golden orange batik with a cute dot that I thought complimented the burgundy nicely and provided that contrast I wanted between the hedgehog's body and its face.

I chose a warm orange for the feet and ears, a blue green for the eyes, and a dark olive green for the nose. I deliberately chose small prints so the features of the hedgehog would not get lost in the design of the fabric.

Finally, I auditioned the fabric pull on my focus fabric to see how well it complimented it. It looked so good I decided to use some of the focus fabric as the background for the block. I think it makes my hedgehog look like he's in a forest!

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • When you print out the templates on page 3-4 of the pattern, make sure you print at 100% and do not scale the pattern to fit. I always measure my printout to make sure it's right. Yep! The 1-inch square measures one inch!
  • Cut your background square 13” as instructed. I’ve found that applique often distorts your block just a bit, so working with a background that's large enough so you can square it up after you get the block appliqued is a good idea.
  • I like to use the Crafted Applique method for my fusible applique, so I went about making this block a bit differently than most people. First, I rough-cut the templates, and use them to cut out the fabrics. For the eyes, ears, and paws, I simply folded the fabric and cut two at a time rather than use two different templates for each eye, ear, or paw. Folding it this way creates to mirror-image pieces, perfect for the eyes, ears, and paws.

Next, I applied Fabric Modge-Podge to the back side of each piece, just along the edges. I use cheap foam brushes and the back side (non-printed) side of some grocery bags to apply the Modge-Podge. You can learn more about this method in the Crafted Applique book by Lara Buccella. In the book you'll learn that there are different kinds of Modge-Podge and that each one works differently in quilt applique.

The Modge-Podge seals the edges of the appliques so they won't fray. According to the book, you can skip the fusible part and simply iron your pieces to the background and the Modge-Podge will make them stay. I think I must handle my block too much because the pieces don't stay for me like they do when you fuse them. So what I do is apply the Modge-Podge and then add a bit of fusible or fabric glue to each applique piece so it'll stick long enough for me to stitch it down. If you read the book you'll get tons of ideas and awesome tips for applying the Crafted Applique method to the way you like to work so that you get good results.

By the way, with the Crafted Applique method you don't need to stitch along the edges of your applique pieces because the edges are sealed and won't fray. I stitch them down because I like the look and because they don't seem to fuse permanently for me. (I'm just too much of a fabric fondler I guess! <grin>)

For my block, I used Aurifil 50 wt. #5013 (Asphalt), Aurifil 80 wt #2885 (Medium Spruce), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt #KT402 (Drab Orange), and Sulky 40 wt #1035 (Dark Burgundy) to finish the edges of my applique.

  • If you're not going to use the Crafted Applique method, then trace the templates onto the back side of your fusible and rough-cut the fusible out. I typically cut out the center of each fusible piece to reduce the amount of fusible I apply to my fabric. This keeps the piece from getting stiff. Iron the fusible (glue side down) to the back of each applique fabric, then cut each piece out right on the line. (With fusible applique, you don't leave a seam allowance.)
  • I use Heat n Bond Lite, so I press with a Medium dry iron (no steam).
  • When I have an applique that's made up of several shapes (like this hedgehog), I build the image on a Teflon pressing sheet. With the sheet, you can fuse each part in place without fusing the entire hedgehog to anything.

When you're done building the hedgehog, you simply move it to the background and fuse it in place. Using this method allows you to center the hedgehog on the background as a single unit. So much easier than guessing!

  • If you don't have a Teflon pressing sheet you can use parchment paper. If you think there might be stray glue on the front side of the piece, protect your iron from the fusible glue by using a pressing cloth (between the shapes and the iron) when fusing.
  • If you get fusible on your iron, just rub it off with a used dryer sheet while the iron is still a bit hot. Works like magic!
  • After fusing the hedgehog to the background, stitch around the edges of each applique piece with matching thread. I typically use a straight stitch, although you could use a small zig-zag, blanket stitch, or satin stitch.
  • When I use a satin stitch to finish the edges of my applique, I fuse a wash-away stabilizer to the back of the block before stitching in order to prevent puckering.
  • After appliqueing the hedgehog in place, I lightly pressed my block and then trimmed it to 12 1/2” square. First I trimmed the bottom side, making sure that it was level with the bottom of the paws.

When I next trimmed the right side, I made sure that the nose was centered within the width of the block. Finally, I trimmed the top and left side so that the block was cut to 12-1/2" square.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Vanda’s blog to download your free hedgehog block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your hedgehog. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Hedgehog block giveaway simply make the Hedgehog block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, May 28th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—four half-yards of assorted Boundless Fabric Solids by Craftsy and one PDF pattern of your choice from Vanda @ Quilting with Vanda.

On Tuesday, May 29th, be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along! You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

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My May Goals

As my readers know, I've been posting my monthly goals this year in order to hold myself more accountable for finishing projects.

It's probably not a good sign that it's already the 12th and I'm just now posting my goals. <wink> If you're interested, you can see my April goals here and the recap of how the month went here.

So here are my goals for May:

  • Make a set of pillows as a sample for the shop. Gosh I'm tired of seeing this one and I bet you are too. I promise I'll get this done so you won't see it on June's To-Do list!
  • Make the May block for Bee Inspired. Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery is the Queen for June, and she's picked Sweet Cakes, a block by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. She's given us such freedom to make our cake block that this is going to be huge fun! You can get the pattern by clicking here.
  • Quilt samples for an upcoming workshop. I've got my table runners done for my June workshops, but they need quilting. You'll find the Peppermint Twist pattern in my book which is for sale in my shop. A similar pattern, with pieced setting triangles is called Water Vortex and you'll find that pattern in my shop.

Peppermint Twist quilt

Water Vortex quilt

Peppermint Twist and Water Vortex table runners, courtesy of friends!

  • Make a pillow for the Island Batik challenge for May. I'm really loving how each Ambassador's pillow really plays up the beauty of Island Batiks. Can't wait to get to mine!
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  • Sew two quilts for an Island Batik traveling trunk show. This one you know about since I've posted some photos of my cutting. Well everything is cut now and I'm busy making blocks. I need to get the tops done in May, so they can be quilted and finished for the trunk show which starts in June. The fabrics are Market fabrics so I can't show much right now.
  • Write a pattern for Quilting Treasures and two for Timeless Treasures. I have two patterns to make for TT and one for Quilting Treasures to write. All of them feature fabric collections that will be unveiled at Market.
  • Host a quilt along! If you haven't heard, the Partners in Design are hosting another quilt along that starts next Tuesday. As host, I make each block as it's released and post my tips for success. This time the theme is fall!

I've gotten my fabrics together as you can see below. Why not gather your fall fabrics and quilt along with us? See you on Tuesday when Block 1 is released!

The list this month doesn't seem overwhelming although making those two quilts will take a lot of time since they are both large. Wish me luck!

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