My June Goals

It’s halfway through the month but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals! <grin>

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter’s graduation, breaking it down into monthly steps as a challenge hosted by the quilt store where I work. The step this month was to make two of the applique blocks.

  • Make a quilt or other project that uses a new to me technique for the June Island Batik challenge. I’ve been quilting for over 20 years so this one’s a toughie. However, I’ve never done a hexie quilt so that might just be the ticket.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge I made the modest goal last month of trying to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves but didn’t get to it so I’ll try again this month.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I only have two more blocks to make for my bee buddies and I hope to get them done this month. The first is a house block for Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting and the other are two brick blocks for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. I didn’t get to these last month but I will.

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write.

  • Create a pattern for Hancock’s of Paducah. Hancock’s of Paducah has selected one of my patterns to kit, so I need to write that one asap.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Block 7 was released Tuesday, June 4th and you can read about it here. Block 8 will be released this Tuesday. Be sure to come back and see my version of the block and to learn where you can download the pattern!

It’s not too long a list but long enough!

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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day Four

Since my return from the Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, I’ve been reporting on my experiences there. Click here to read about my trip down to Market, my adventures on the first day (attending the Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree prior to the Market floor opening),the second day (opening day at Market), and the third day (day two of Market).

Day Four (Sunday) was the last day of Market. I took my husband on Sunday so he could experience the sights as well. We spent the day revisiting the booths I’d already checked out, and taking photos. Our first stop was the special exhibit, which was filled with award-winning quilts.

Here are some of the exhibit quilts that caught my eye.

Scott loved the exhibit and really enjoyed taking photos of the quilts for me.

After stopping by the exhibit, we browsed the rest of the aisles noting the trends. I shared some of these with you in my Day Three report. Be sure to check out that post if you want to see what’s coming to a quilt store near you!

Before heading out, we made a few purchases. The best one was this lamp for my sewing area. It’s halogen so it won’t get hot and man is it bright!

I don’t know about you, but these old eyes need as much light as possible. I consider this lamp the only purchase worth noting because it was the one that will affect my life the most!

Scott and I ended our day at Quilt Market tired but very happy. Our heads were filled with all that we’d seen and the lovely people we’d met.

Before we headed out of town, we stopped at a BBQ place nearby. I didn’t want to leave Kansas City without having tried their famous barbecue! We ate at a place called Jack Stack, which apparently has a high rating.

The place was located in an old building, with lots of architectural details both inside and out. The food was awesome, the service superb, and we had a great time.

Look at that brickwork! Lovely.

On the outside of the restaurant was this lovely garden patio. I would swear we took photos of it and the interior of the restaurant but I guess we were just too hungry! Oh well.

I hope you enjoyed my Market report. I had a blast!

Join me on Monday when I finally get around to listing my June goals. I suppose one of them should have been to make my goals earlier in the month. <grin>

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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day Three

I just spent a week in Kansas City attending Quilt Market, a quilting industry convention that’s held in the spring and fall. I’ve already told you about my trip down to Market and my adventures on the first day (attending the Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree prior to the Market floor opening) and the second day (opening day at Market).

Day Three (Saturday) was the second day on the Market floor. Since I’d already met with many of my business contacts, I decided to relax and enjoy the show. As I wondered the floor, I tried to look for trends in the market.

The first thing that struck me was “whimsy.” For example, take a look at Elizabeth Hartman’s booth. It’s filled with whimsical animals, including adorable lemurs! I love those pieced, striped tails. The fabric leaves she used to decorate her booth added to the sense of fun and I was drawn in

Elizabeth has made her name creating patterns that feature pieced animals, so her booth wasn’t a surprise but it was still wonderfully whimsical none-the-less.

Whimsy is also Tula Pink’s calling card, and she didn’t fail with her charming Monkey Wrench fabric collection. Her booth is always a riot of color and it never fails to win an award.

Elizabeth and Tula weren’t the only designers playing in this sandbox however. Touches of youthful whimsy were everywhere at Market. Here are a few photos of Moda’s booth. Those pillows are panels and would make up so fast! Love the pockets with the babies.

Isn’t this lion adorable?

Here are some other whimsical displays I saw at Market. Those doxies are too cute!

I could totally see these penguins in little sweaters. And the tails on those kites! Too cute.

This floral quilt is so beautiful!

I simply love this whimsical sewing machine quilt from the Timeless Treasures booth. And those dump trucks are awesome!

Barbara Pershing’s “A Gathering” quilt is both whimsical and beautiful.

It was fun posing in front of the butterfly quilt in the Windham booth. “Be a butterfly and release your inner creative, whimsical soul,” it seemed to say. “Forget perfectly matched seams and pointy points and play with improv and bright colors, and just create!”

Showing off the new fabrics in shirts, dresses, and other clothing items was also a trend. Have you made a clothing item lately?

Cork fabric was there at Market, but this time it was not only dyed but printed! Some of the fabrics even had touches of gold and silver. Aren’t these purses gorgeous? And how about that table cloth and lamp? (Yes, all of that is cork.)

My next installment will cover Day Four (Sunday) at Market. On Day Four I spent the day with my husband, soaking in the wonder of it all one last time. Our first stop was the special exhibit of quilts.

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Sew Lets QAL: Block 7 Iron

Hi! Welcome to Block 7 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

Details of the quilt along are located on the Sew Lets QAL tab above, but 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 all at the end of the segment.

This is Block 7 in the quilt along and the second block in Segment 2. To enter for the Segment 2 Prize, you must finish all four Segment 2 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 2. The prize winner for Segment 2 will be announced on July 16th. 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, but if you want to get a head start on making projects, here’s a link to my first project suggestion. I’ll have more at the end of Segment 2.

Block 7: It’s a Pressing Issue (Iron)

This week’s block is an iron. The designer of Block 7 is Karen @ Tuna Quilts, Travels, and Eats and you can download the pattern there.

Here’s my version of Karen’s block. Because of the project I’m making with this block, I made it half it’s normal size—6” finished. Karen’s methods for making this block were so good, they worked perfectly even in miniature!

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

Here are my tips for making the It’s a Pressing Issue block.

Sew the Flip Corners carefully

This block uses a technique called Flip Corners to create the angles on the spray head and the front tip of the iron. With a flip corner, you draw a diagonal line, place the square on the corner of a larger piece RST, sew on the line, then flip the top piece back towards the corner, creating a right angle.

To sew flip corners correctly, take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and my sandboard to do that. A sandboard really helps to prevent the square from slipping so you can mark the diagonally correctly.

Then, instead of sewing right on the line you've drawn, sew just a bit to the right of it (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.

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With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).


Karen includes pressing arrows in her illustrations. For ease in construction, make sure you press as she directs. This is especially important if you make the 9-Patch quilt section—pressing your seams in opposite directions will help the different sections to nest together and fit perfectly.

trim to size

To ensure your block goes together smoothly, I highly recommend trimming the block units to size. For example, trim the handle unit to 4” x 2-1/2” and the 9-Patch unit to 3-1/2” x 12-1/2”.

Add the cord

Because I need to sew this block into a project before I add the cord, I didn’t do that just yet. But I highly recommend adding it because it’s so cute! I so wanted to to add the cord that I couldn’t wait to try out how it will look.

To add the ric-rac glue it in place with fabric glue or pin in place, then sew right down the center of the ric-rac with matching thread.

Add the spray

When I miniaturized the block it didn’t leave me much room for spray, but I think I will add it after I sew the block into my project because again I think it’s the perfect touch!

To embroider the spray, use an outline or stem stitch. Lay your fabric on a sandboard to keep the fabric in place while you trace the lines of spray.

To keep the fabric from puckering too much from your embroidery, fuse a light weight fusible to the back of your block. Then use the outline or stem stitch and three strands of floss to embroider the spray lines.

If you don’t want to embroider the spray lines you can simply draw the spray onto the fabric using a fabric pen such as a Pigma pen or an Ultra Fine Sharpie. Again, use a sandboard to stabilize the fabric so it doesn’t shift during the drawing process.

After you’ve sewn your block together, trim it to 12-1/2”.

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

Drop by Karen’s blog to download your free Sew, Let’s Quilt Shop pattern. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 2. 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
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 our 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 2 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 2 blocks:

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

Again to enter for the Segment 2 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 click here.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block will be released June 18th.

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