Wednesday Wait Loss 29

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! I spent last weekend at another quilt retreat, this time with my bee. We were at a lake and the weather was heavenly. I got my Island Batik August project done but I thought I'd show that to you in its own special post. So instead I'll show you the lake view.

Isn't it wonderful? I'm so lucky!

At the retreat, I also got Blocks 3 and 4 done for the We Wish You a Merry Quilt Along--I can't show them to you now because the patterns won't be released until Tuesday. If you haven't made Blocks 1 and 2, click here for information on how to join in on the fun. If you make Block 2 and post it before Tuesday at midnight EST, you'll be entered in our giveaway. Again, read my post for details.

I've got one more thing to tell you, and that's about my new job! Yep, I just started working at Always in Stitches, a local quilt store. I've always wanted to work there because they carry everything quilty under the sun and they have the friendliest employees on the planet. My head's buzzing but I'm slowly getting the hang of things. What it means for you dear readers is that I will probably be blogging only a few times a week. It also means that I'll be sharing the best and the brightest things just as they come into the shop! Isn't that cool?

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway! Link up to three works in progress this week for one chance each. I'll keep the giveaway open for two more weeks, so you'll have up to nine chances to win! Now, what could you win? Why a $25 gift certificate to Always in Stitches of course! You can use your gift certificate online or in person (if you happen to find yourself in the Indianapolis area). I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, September 13th.

In the meantime, if you're in the neighborhood stop by the shop and say "Hi!"

Now that filled you in on my week, let's see what you've been up to! First though, it's time for our weekly feature!

Wednesday Wait Loss

Let me introduce you to a newbie to our little group--Jen @ De Jong Dream House. Jen linked up several works in progress and several finishes last week--all of them a must see: a quilt for Pulse, a quilt for peace, en Provence Mystery (a quilt design by Bonnie Hunter), the Milky Way sampler, a charity quilt for a Russian orphanage, blocks for her online bee, and because she had nothing else to do, Jen also finished Celtic Midnight and Fireworks, for her friend Ingrid.

Be sure to drop by Jen's blog to read all about these beauties! And Jen, grab an “I Was Featured” button for your blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes! Remember, you can link up three projects this week for up to three entries in our giveaway! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

Here are some quick reminders:

  • 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.

You might also like

Tell me something about your project! What are you working on this week?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

Wednesday Wait Loss 28

Hi!

I'm fresh from a quilt retreat where I got a lot of work done. I sewed up a couple of blocks for the I Wish You a Merry QAL, and worked on my current Island Batik project--a quilt as you go.

Here are Blocks 1 and 2 of the quilt along. There are awesome prizes for quilting along with us, and it's not too late! Jump here for info on how to join us and download the patterns.

Block 1 - Snowflake

Block 2 - Tree Farm

Although I can't show you my Island Batik project just yet because it's not done, I can do a sneak preview.

Aren't those colors luscious? They're from the Pressed Petals collection by Island Batik, in stores now. I won't tell you what I'm making (Alice, Susie, and Mary, don't you either!) but it's turning out pretty awesome! I've got another retreat this weekend (yeah, I know, lucky me!) so I'll definitely get the challenge done and posted soon.

Now that you know what I've been doing, let's see what you're up to! First though, it's time for our weekly feature!

Wednesday Wait Loss

This week I thought I'd feature Kate @ Smiles From Kate. Kate's been featured before but it's been awhile and I thought it would be nice to remind you why I love her blog so much. Kate is not only a great quilter, but a wonderful embroiderer too so her blog has variety. Mostly though, I love reading her blog because it feels like she's talking right to me. You have only to read her recent post about her struggles with bee blocks and her dog Indi to know that she's got a great sense of humor and a generous heart.

Congratulations Kate! Grab an “I Was Featured” button for your blog if you don't have one already.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

There were a lot of special posts last week, and you should drop by those blogs and see some wonderful quilt projects--suhc as Laura's Interleave quilt,  Mel's baby clothing quilt and Simply Woven quilt, Anja's skirt along project and Karen's shop hop trip. Heck, even Susie's neatly organized sewing area for the retreat is nice to look at. Click here to revisit the links from last week's post. You won't be disappointed, I promise!

Time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

Here are some quick reminders:

  • 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.

You might also like

Tell me something about your project! What are you working on this week?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 2

Welcome to Week 2! I hope you all enjoyed making the first block in our quilt along. If you are just joining us, you can find the pattern for Block 1 here. It's not too late to join us...you can still enter giveaways by the block(s) of the week by the deadline, and enter the grand prize giveaway by making a quilt top with all the blocks. Look what you can win!

Here's my version of Block 1.

Block 2 in our quilt along was designed by April @ JANDA Bend Quilts and it's a tree farm! Here's my version.

I'm using the Shiny Objects in Holiday Twinkle collection by flaurie & finch for RJR Fabrics for this quilt along. From the collection, I chose #3023-08 (Pistachio) for the background of my block and #3022-07 (Tannenbaum), #3026-05 (Tannenbaum), 3164-06 (Tannenbaum) for the trees. For the tree trunks, I used a piece of textured brown fabric from my stash.

Now, as a QAL host, I'm here to help you achieve success with this block. My first tip is, don't do what I did. <grin>

I spent the weekend at a quilt retreat, and brought fabrics to make this block and the next two on the QAL schedule. I started with this block since I needed to get it done and photographed in time for this post. Before I left, I packed everything I would need for the weekend--fabrics, tools, and my sewing machine. I also packed my tablet because I needed to do some pattern design work during the weekend as well. I didn't print any of the block patterns for the QAL since I had them in PDF format on my tablet.

That was my mistake.

I completely forgot that for this block, you’ll need to print templates or paper-piecing foundations. When I sat down to do the block, I realized I hadn’t printed out anything. Ugh. No problem—the instructions say you can also use the Quilt in a Day Triangle in a Square ruler to make the tree units. I don’t have that one, but hey, I’m at a quilt retreat so maybe someone else does.

Unfortunately for me, I looked at a lot of specialty rulers that various people had brought, but no Triangle in a Square ruler. Now, I could have gone to a nearby quilt store in hopes that they had it, but I wanted to get started sewing and not shop. Plus I didn’t want to spend any money to make just one block. So….

I pulled out my tablet and opened the PDF. I set it to 100% viewing and traced the templates. On lined paper because that was all I had. Tracing the templates was not easy, because the stupid tablet kept readjusting the size of the PDF whenever my fingers touched the screen. Eventually though I got it done by tracing only the corners of each template and using a ruler to connect the corners. After I got the templates made, I cut them out with my paper scissors (yeah, I remembered to bring them!) and then I put the three template pieces together and measured to make sure the result would be a 3” block finished.

Guess what! The silly things worked! <grin>

Assuming you aren’t dumb like me and that you actually print out either the templates or the foundations and don't try to just wing it, here are my tips for making the block:

  • First, I highly recommend paper-piecing the block. That’s what I would have done if I’d only thought ahead and printed them out! I know some of you hate paper-piecing like the plague, but it’s very doable. To help you, I’ve got a photo tutorial here for paper piecing.
  • Although it doesn't say so, you can also use Tri Recs rulers to make the tree units in the block. and no, no one had Tri Recs rulers at the retreat. Just my luck! <grin>
  • My next tip is to measure your templates/foundations after printing to make sure they are the right size before cutting any fabric. The block finishes at 3”, so paper-piecing foundations should measure 3-1/2” along the outside edges (which includes the seam allowances). If you’re printing templates, the big triangle should measure 3” along the bottom edge excluding the seam allowances.
  • Read the directions! After making the tree square in square blocks, you cut 1/2” off the bottom of the tree to make room for the trunk. Since I was using my handmade paper templates, I sewed the trees then trimmed them to 3-1/2” square. Later, when I was told to lop of the 1/2”, I trimmed again. You might not need to trim your tree units twice, but it sure helps ensure accuracy! Oh, and when trimming, make sure you keep that 1/4" above the tip of the tree--unless you want the tops of your trees lopped off when you sew everything together!
  • The strip set you make for the trunks is actually finishes wider than it needs to be, so the directions tell you to trim each trunk unit after sub-cutting the strip set into (8) 1" x 4" tree trunk units. If I’d thought about it, I would have made the strip set and trimmed it to 3-1/2” wide before sub-cutting the strip set into tree trunk units that needed to be individually trimmed to 1” x 3-1/2”. But I didn't. Like I said, don't do this like I did! <grin> By the way, I kinda liked making the strip set larger, since after trimming it was perfect. Sweet!
  • If you go the paper template route, you can cut out the trees by fixing the template to the bottom edge of your ruler like I did. That way, you can rotary cut those suckers. Notice that you can save time by cutting a strip the size of the triangles (I think I cut a 3 1/2" strip but I forgot to write that down) and then sub-cutting.
  • You can also cut the side triangles by cutting a strip and sub-cutting. Again, I think it was a 3-1/2" strip but I'm not sure.
  • Me, I like trimming to make things the right size. So, after trimming the tree blocks to lop off that 1/2”and then adding the tree trunk units, I squared up my tree blocks again to make sure they were exactly 3-1/2” square before piecing the block together. And yep, I squared my block to 12-1/2” after it was done to make sure I won’t run into problems putting my quilt together. A lot of trimming, but that’s me and I like doing that a whole lot better than I do unsewing.
  • Just a note: the pattern calls for the four middle trees (diagonally) to be the same fabric, the top trees to be a second fabric, and the bottom trees to be a third fabric. I kept to the plan mostly, but did mix up the outer diagonal trees just a bit because I liked that better. So if you want your block to turn out like April's, again, don't do what I did.
  • After sewing the block together, you might want to press your seams up, away from the tree tops. That usually helps you get sharp points.

Despite my silliness, this block went together reasonably fast. But if you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

Be sure to drop by April’s blog to get your free tree farm block pattern. Don’t forget to visit the other hosts if you want to see other versions of this block.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at Cwilt
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece

To enter the Tree Farm block giveaway, you must make the block and post it in one of these three places by Monday, August 28th at 11:59 PM EST.

If you post your block by the deadline, you might win wonderful prize package—a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop and one "Geese in the Flower Pots" PDF pattern from April @ JANDA Bend Quilts.

On Tuesday, August 29th, be sure to come back here for the next two blocks in our quilt along! Yep, next time you get to make two blocks! 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 I Wish You a Merry QAL tab above.

you might also like

Tell me...are you going to quilt along with us?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

New Quilt Patterns Featuring Quilting Treasures

As usual, I've been working hard, designing new patterns for you! I just released three new patterns featuring collections from Quilting Treasures and I thought I'd share them with you.

First up is Glory on the Gridiron, which features the Gridiron collection by Quilting Treasures.

Glory on the Gridiron features two fabric panels so it's quick to make. The whole alphabet is included as templates, so you can customize this quilt to commemorate your favorite team. Wouldn't this quilt make a great gift for your favorite sports fan? It finishes 60" x 68" and utilizes fusible applique techniques so it's beginner-friendly. You'll find Glory in the Gridiron and the other patterns in this post in my shop.

My next pattern is called Floral Fan, and it features the Delaney collection by Quilting Treasures.

The quilt pattern includes two colorways, so you can make the version of Floral Fan you like best, or make both! <grin> The quilt finishes at 55" x 65", so it makes a nice lap quilt.

My last pattern, Awesome Wonder, features another panel--this time from the How Great Thou Art collection by Quilting Treasures.

The pattern includes two border options--with or without applique. It finishes at either 32" x 60" or 32" x 56", depending on which border you choose. Wouldn't this make the perfect quilt for a church sanctuary?

You'll find these three patterns and more in my online shop. If you make Glory on the Gridiron, Floral Fan, or Awesome Wonder (or any of my quilt patterns) I'd love to see it! Be sure to link up to Wednesday Wait Loss so we can all enjoy.

All of these fabric collections are in stores now!

you might also like

Tell me..what do you look for in a new pattern?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!