Wednesday Wait Loss 128

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

On Sunday I released a new pattern! Broken Road is designed to use the upcoming Island Batik Petal Pushers collection although you could easily use your favorite colors instead or simply pull from your stash!

Click here to read all about my pattern. By the way, Broken Road is on sale in my shop until Saturday @ midnight EST! Click here to visit my online store.

On Monday I published another pattern, this time for Timeless Treasures. Serenity’s Prayer features the Serenity fabric collection. The pattern is free. Click here to learn more about my new pattern and where you can get it.

On Tuesday, Block 10 in the Sew Let’s QAL was released. Click here to view my version of this adorable button block and to learn where you can get the free pattern.

Well that was my week.

Now let's see who made this week's feature

As usual, there were many beautiful quilts linked up last week. These are the ones that caught my eye.

First up is Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, who shared her July Island Batik challenge quilt. Lovely!

Learning seemed to be a theme last week, and that leads me to the next feature—Anja @ Anja Quilts. Anja is participating in the Summer Sampler QAL. Every month, the new block pattern features a new technique. What a great way to expand your knowledge of quilting techniques!

Speaking of learning, you just have to visit Gail @ Quilting Gail, who shared a video of her webbed quilt technique.

One technique I’d love to try someday is hand quilting. For now though, I’ll watch the experts like Karen @ Quilts Etc show me how it’s done.

Finally, I want to congratulate Alice, who made incredible progress on her Almost Bargello. Apparently being featured last week was the push she needed to work on this long forgotten project. Kudos Alice, and I hope the trend continues and you get the quilt done!

Congratulations ladies! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs or to simply print out and wear with pride! Thank you for supporting my blog!

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I’m not sure how to link up

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Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • By linking up, you give me permission to grab a photo or two to share here on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  • 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.

I appreciate you!

As you know, I use InLinkz to run my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss linky party. To link up, you’ll need to sign in using Facebook or Google+ or create a username/password for InLinkz.

I’d really hate to lose you over this change because we have such a great weekly group! If needed, you can send me your images via email and I’ll add them manually.

Important note

If you would like to link up a photo from your phone or computer, you need to enter an URL or InLinkz will not let you proceed. Use this URL

Our Next Giveaway!

Our next giveaway is September, so gather up your quilts! Since September is the month most kids return to school, let’s focus on learning. What I’ll be looking for is a quilted project that features some kind of technique that’s new to you, much like my Island Batik June challenge was to me. So for two chances you’ll need to link up your project and leave something in the comments or on your blog post that explains what the technique was and what you learned from trying it.

So dig through your quilts and prepare your stories. Or if you’re so inclined, select something new and try it! We’d love to share in your quilting journey.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Sew Lets QAL: Block 10 Buttons

Hi! Welcome to Block 10 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

You’ll find the details of the quilt along on the Sew Lets QAL tab above. Here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them at the end of that segment.

This is Block 10 in the quilt along and the first block in Segment 3. There will be four blocks in this segment, released every two weeks. To enter for the Segment 3 prize, you must finish all four Segment 3 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 3. The prize winner for Segment 3 will be announced on September 10th. Click here to view the QAL schedule and to learn more about it.

To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to either make a quilt using all 12 blocks in the quilt along, or make one or more projects that together include all the blocks. The quilt along doesn’t end until September 10th, and you’ll have until September 23rd to finish your quilt top and projects. If you are making projects and want to get a head start on them here’s a link to my project suggestions for the Segment 1 blocks and the Segment 2 blocks. I’ll have more project suggestions at the end of Segment 3.

Block 10: Buttons

This week’s block is a bunch of cute buttons. The designer of Block 10 is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Laura’s block.

I am going to use my Buttons block in a project where it needs to be smaller, so I made the block half-size.

For my fabric pull, I started with this adorable thread spools fabric then chose colors to match. Laura used three fabrics for her buttons (one for each one) and simply used the back side of her fabrics for the lighter colored button rings. I chose to use two different fabrics for each button.

Regardless of which way you go, just make sure that you end up with enough contrast between the two colors on a button to be able to see the ring.

For my background I chose a tone-on-tone white fabric. Love the circles! They reminded me of buttons. No, I didn’t use the thread spools fabric as my background—it’ll be the supporting fabric for the project I’m making. (Curious? Stay tuned to the end of this Segment in the quilt along where I’ll share my projects for this segment.)

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the Buttons block.

print out the templates

Start by printing out the templates on page 3. Use the 1” square to ensure that the templates are the correct size. Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

I’m going to use the Buttons block in a project where it needed to be smaller, so I reduced the templates so the block would finish at 6-1/2”. To do that, I simply printed the template page at 50% size. Notice that the size of my test square was 1/2”. Yikes! <grin>

Cut out the fusible

Laura tells you to cut a 10” square of fusible for cutting the buttons out, but I’d recommend that you cut your fusible just a hair bigger than that (at 10-1/8”) to make it a little easier to get the templates to fit.

I cut the template on the bottom and right sides right on the line, and cut around the dot, leaving it there to help with placement on the fusible.

I folded the fusible as instructed and clipped it in place. Again, my Clover Clips are a life-saver!

I cut out the fusbile from the dot out, labeling the pieces as I went. This may seem strange that you are cutting out a ring of fusible for the back of a circular button, but by following Laura’s directions you’ll end up with less fusible on the backs of your buttons and as a result your block will be less stiff. Very clever, Laura!

As I cut I moved the clips as needed to keep everything together. I labeled as I cut, and discarded the pieces marked Discard. Eventually I had the fusible cut out for Buttons 1, 2, and 3 and the Button 1 Ring.

I again used a slightly larger square for the second fusible (4-1/8” square instead of 4”). I clipped the template to the fusible square and cut it out. This one was a little harder to cut out so I used a lot of clips to hold everything in place while I cut.

Finally, I traced out the button holes onto fusible. I used a scrap of fusible for this rather than the 4” square listed in the instructions because I like to use up my scraps. Make sure you trace out 4 large and 6 small button holes. I traced out only 4 of each and had to go back and trace out 2 more small ones after I realized my mistake. <wink>

Cut out the shapes

After cutting out the fusibles, I fused them onto my button and ring fabrics as instructed. As you can see here on my dotted button fabric there is only a small ring of fusible, leaving the button itself soft and flexible in the block.

Be sure to fuse your button hole fusible on your background fabric and not some third color fabric. The button holes should show the background through the holes. (Yeah at this point I hadn’t yet noticed I didn’t trace out enough small button holes.)

cutting out the Buttons

I decided to fuse my buttons together on my Teflon pressing sheet, and move them to the background for fusing after that was done. If you don’t have a pressing sheet you can use a piece of parchment paper.

I started with the large button, fusing first the ring then the button holes. To help me place the button holes, I lightly folded the button fabric in quarters.

I repeated the process, fusing the other two buttons into a single unit I could place on my background.

fusing the shapes

Be sure to cut your background square larger than needed, as instructed in the pattern. For a 12” finished block, cut your background 13” square.

I used a ruler as suggested to place the big button in the lower right corner. My measurements were half of Laura’s since my block was half as big.

As you place the button, make sure that your button holes are at least 1/2” from either edge so they won’t get caught in the seam allowances once the block is sewn into a project.

Once you’re satisfied, fuse the big button in place.

Trim the back of the block as instructed.

Measure again to place the second and third buttons. Before you fuse them, I highly recommend measuring out your 12-1/2” final square area (for me, 6-1/2”) so you’re sure that your buttons are outside that seam allowance.

Edge-stitching the shapes

After fusing the buttons onto your background fabric, edge stitch around the shapes to hold them in place and to finish the edge. If you’ve never machine appliqued before, click here for a step by step photo tutorial.

I edge-stitched my buttons using Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT607 Teal, Aurifil 50 wt. #5006 Light Turquoise, Aurifil 50 wt. #1147 Light Leaf Green, Sulky #60 wt. #1104 Pastel Yellow Green, Aurifil 50 wt. #2250 Red, Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt. #605 Christmas Red.

Trim your block

After edge-stitching, press your block well. Trim your block to 12-1/2” square. I trimmed only two sides, measuring out from the lower right corner of the block. This protected the placement of the large button.

stabilizing the lower right corner

Because you used a tiny ring of fusible to hold the large button down (leaving the button nice and supple) and then placed that button halfway off the block, the edges of the button in the lower right corner will be a little loose. You can slip a bit of fusible along the bottom and right edge of the block to stabilize the button, or you can staystitch (stitch with a slightly shorter stitch length within the seam allowance) to stabilize that edge.

With my tiny block, I didn’t feel that was needed to I skipped that step.

Thanks for the Tips! Where do I get the pattern?

Drop by Laura’s blog to download your free Buttons block pattern. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 3. Drop by their blogs to view their versions of this block and to read their tips for making it.

Abbie @ Sparkle On
April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter.

Unlike previous quilt alongs, you only need to make the blocks to enter the segment giveaways. Here’s how it works: First, make all the blocks in Segment 2 (there will be four blocks—this one is the second block in Segment 2). Then at the end of Segment 2, post a photo of all blocks in that Segment to enter the giveaway. If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

When it’s time, you’ll post a single photo of all the blocks in Segment 2 to one of the following places to enter the Segment giveaway:

  • On Instagram, with the hashtag #sewletsqal

  • In our private Facebook group

  • To the linky on any of the host’s blogs

Remember, you don’t have to get the blocks done until it’s time to post a photo of all the blocks in Segment 3 and enter our Segment Prize giveaway. Personally though I’d make the blocks when they come out so you don’t fall behind.

Here’s what you might win by making all the Segment 3 blocks:

Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:

Plus this free PDF pattern from April!

Again to enter for the Segment 3 Prize Giveaway, you need only make the four blocks in the segment. Later, to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway at the end of the quilt along you’ll need to use all 12 blocks to make a quilt or a series of projects. For ideas on projects you might make with your blocks visit my Segment 1 Projects post and my Segment 2 Projects post.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released July 30th. We’ll also be presenting more project suggestions for those of you not making a quilt with our blocks. Don’t miss it!

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My Latest Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

As you know, I work with several fabric companies and often design quilt patterns for upcoming fabric collections. I recently created Serenity’s Prayer for Timeless Treasures.

Serenity’s Prayer was created for the Serenity fabric collection.

The design is simple yet striking and utilizes a panel for a quick finish.

You can download the pattern for Serenity’s Prayer here. The Serenity fabric collection is in stores now.

By the way…

I released a new pattern for Island Batik on Saturday—Broken Road. Take advantage of the 20% discount on Broken Road that I’m currently offering in my shop from now until Saturday, July 20th at midnight EST.

If you make Serenity’s Prayer or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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My Latest Pattern for Island Batik!

I’m an Island Batik Ambassador and I often create patterns for their latest batik collections. Recently I created a new pattern I call Broken Road for the Petal Pushers Island Batik Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

You can view Broken Road and (two other quilt patterns I designed for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection) in the online Island Batik Spring/Summer catalog. My other patterns in the catalog are in testing and will be released soon.

You will find the Petal Pushers fabric collection in your local quilt shop in the fall.

Broken Road finishes at 60" x 72". I love the pinky purples and the bright greens in this collection and how they pop against that creamy yellow background that’s also part of the Petal Pushers collection.

I had Broken Road quilted with an all over pattern of swirls and circles. Just wonderful!

For the backing,Island Batik sent #121821875 from the Bazaar Winter 2018 collection. I think it’s a nice compliment to the colors used on the front of the quilt. It’s also designed by Kathy Engle, who designed Petal Pushers.

I made a version of Broken Road last year for the April Island Batik challenge, which was to create a modern design based on vintage quilts. My design was inspired by the classic Road to Oklahoma quilt block.

As you know, I went to Spring Market where I took photos of my three quilts displayed in the Island Batik booth. Here I am with Broken Road.

To celebrate my new pattern release, take 20% off Broken Road this week (until Saturday, 7/20 at midnight EST). Click here to visit my shop.

If you make Broken Road or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

By the way…

I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, which begins today(Sunday, July 14th). My day on the hop is July 20th. Be sure to come back and see what I make!

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