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Wednesday Wait Loss 42: Bee Blocks and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

To all my US friends--Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

So...nothing to show on the Halloween quilt. I've been working every day at the quilt shop and haven't gotten to it. I did however, get back to my bee blocks. I'm so far behind it's really embarrassing!

Let's see. This one you've seen. It's for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch, and she was Hive Queen in September. I got it done, even posted about it, then didn't mail it. My sewing room ate it! <grin> Anyway, I found it recently and couldn't believe it. Sorry Jen!

Janice @ Color, Creating, and Quilting was Hive Queen for October and she asked for this block. Janice likes brights and scrappy, so with this block, it was anything goes.

I made the block in early October and posted about it and Jen's block here. What I knida forgot about when selecting my fabrics is that Janice was looking for high contrast. Alas, my block may be pretty, but it's kinda a mess as far as seeing the pattern goes. So I set it aside.

Little did I know that it was going to be a month before I could get back to it. By this time, I'd also learned that Janice asked for two blocks since hers finish at only 8". As you can tell, the block uses lots of HSTs, and Janice provided cutting directions for the Eight at a Time HST method. I've got a full tutorial (just click the link), but for those unfamiliar with the method, here's the quick and dirty.

Start with two 5-3/4" squares. Mark both diagonals on the back of the lighter square.

Put the squares right sides together and sew 1/4" away from the two lines on either side.  Cut the sewn squares apart by cutting on the two diagonal lines and also cutting north and south (straight down and straight across.

This gives you eight matching HSTs! Now here's something even more cool--a fast way to trim them! My tutorial includes steps on how to do that, but I also have a separate tutorial just for trimming if you click here. Here's the nitty gritty:

Basically, you need a special ruler called the Quilt in a Day Triangle Square Up ruler. It comes in two sizes, so get the size that suits the size HSTs you typically make--6 1/2" and under or 9 1/2" and under. I have both because I don't like using the big ruler to trim tiny 1 1/2" HSTs (although you can use it to do that if you want).

Don't want to buy a special ruler? No biggie. My tutorial shows you how to use a regular ruler instead.

Anyway, don't press open your HSTs. Instead, place the appropriate line on the ruler on the seam line (yes, the seam and not the edge) and trim. My two 5 3/4" squares resulted in eight 2 1/2" unfinished HSTs (finishing at 2") so I put the seam line on the ruler's 2 1/2" line and trimmed the two sides. You can also align the seam and one side of your triangle and trim only one side.

After trimming, just press open your HSTs and you're done! You can also trim the dog ears before pressing by simply flipping the triangle upside down, aligning the seam on the 2 1/2" line again, and trimming like this.

Aren't they lovely?

Anyway, using the Eight HSTs at a Time method, I made these two blocks for Janice.

I'm still going to send her the original block in case she wants to use it.

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

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This week I want to feature two relative newbies to Wednesday Wait Loss. First up is Marsha @ Marsha's Spot, who is the yo-yo queen! Just look at this lovely quilt top she's assembling!

Next is Angie @ A Quilting Reader's Garden. Garden indeed. Take a look at this wonderful mini quilt! Please visit Marsha and Angie to see more of their gorgeous handwork.

Click here to view last week's list of link ups. They are not to be missed!

Angie Palmateer Point mini quilt 2.jpg

Congratulations Marsha and Angie! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blogs.

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It's time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes, but first let me remind you of my giveaway - 6 fat quarters from the Starlight collection by Windham Fabrics. You'll get one chance for every WIP or finished quilt you link up this week and every week in November--up to three chances every week. (US residents only please.)

So link up your projects--up to three! And maybe you'll take home these wonderful fat quarters. I'll announce the winner December 6th.

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.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Wednesday Wait Loss 25

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! It's been all things Christmas here on my blog as I wind up the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, which officially ended yesterday--you still have until midnight tonight however to visit the participating blogs and leave a comment on their blog hop post to enter a fabulous giveaway with tons of cool prizes. Yeah, I know you wanna. <grin> Click here for more info.

I've got a Christmas mystery quilt along coming up (the I Wish You a Merry QAL), and if you missed that announcement, it's here. This is my third quilt along and I really hope you'll join us! Did I mention that there are prizes every two weeks for completing and posting your blocks, and some truly awesome prizes for completing the quilt top? (You don't have to get the quilt done and quilted to enter the final giveaway although that would be so wonderful!)

So besides all things Christmas, what have I been doing? Finishing up a pattern or two, and designing a quilt for this month's Island Batik challenge which is a baby quilt. Here are my fabrics, all cut up and ready to transform into HSTs.

Time for our weekly feature!

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Last week there were so many new participants that it was truly hard to pick one. But in the end I decided to feature Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts.

Laura's post was all about getting ready for a long road trip with two little boys, aged 2 and 4. When I started reading, all I could think of was "Glad that's not me!" I've been on road trips with kids before and sometimes it's all you can do not to lose your mind when your toddler is losing theirs. Laura knows her boys well and created a trunkful of thoughtful unique activities for them to do along the way. Some of them involve sewing, which is why I wanted to feature them. I don't have any grandkids yet, but I know a lot of you do, and man you just gotta read this post and make some of these crafts for rainy day visits, sleepovers, and road trips with the grandkids. They are awesome, and here are a few of the sewable ones.

Fishing game

Marble maze

Five Monkeys Jumping on the Bed finger puppets

Five Green and Speckled Frogs finger puppets

Laura, by the way, is part of the New Quilt Bloggers group with me and the prize organizer for our upcoming Christmas mystery quilt along, I Wish You a Merry QAL. Really, you do not want to miss this one!

Congratulations Laura! Grab an “I Was Featured” button for your blog.

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Now it's on to the prize giveaway! Thanks everyone who linked up. We had great participation. I hope you'll consider making Wednesday Wait Loss your weekly habit!

Like usual, I collected all the entries and assigned a number to them in order. Then I used Random.org to select a winner.

Congratulations Karen! Karen of the poodle block just happens to be in my online bee, Bee Inspired, so I already have her address. Karen, I'm happy to tell you that these four fat quarters from the Isadora collection by Windham Fabrics are already on their way to you!

Time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes! I'll be skipping the voting process for a while just to shake things up, and to encourage you to spend your time visiting the links in the linky party. 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.

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New Quilt Patterns!

I’ve been hard at work designing and writing patterns as you know, and I wanted to show off my new ones! First up is Yum, Yum! which features the Spooky Snacks collection by RJR Studio.

When I saw all those yummy Halloween treats in the Spooky Snacks collection, I immediately pictured little monsters munching them all up! So I designed this little table runner (14” x 31”) that’s easy to finish using fusible applique.

Don’t be scared! <grin> If you want to make Yum, Yum! you’ll find the pattern for sale in my shop.

My other new pattern is being offered as a free download on my web site and on Windham’s. The pattern is called All Cooped Up, and it features The Hen House collection by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.

The fabrics in the collection immediately made me think of little hen houses. Don’t you just love chickens and chicken fabrics? I know I do! Even though I grew up in the city far away from any farms, I've always loved chickens.

By the way, All Cooped Up finishes at 60” x 60” and is foundation paper pieced.

The pattern offers the quilt in two different colorways because I couldn't decide if I liked the red or the black version better. If you make Yum, Yum! or All Cooped Up (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.

Both fabric collections should be in stores soon.

I’ve got other patterns coming out soon and you can be sure I’ll share them when they do!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 11

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! If you need help finishing a project (or finally starting a long languishing one), this is the place to find encouragement.

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WWL has really helped me get a handle on my many projects, and maybe it’ll do that for you! I continue to make progress on Moroccan Tiles—got those blocks trimmed up and sewn together, and I’ve added the first border!

The next thing I need to do is sew the border squares together to create Border 2 and then add them to the quilt center. Here's the pattern.

I don't know if I have enough of the gray to use for the binding as I show here in the pattern photo, but I hope so. Anyway, I'm getting this closer to done!

Because I was inspired to create Moroccan Tiles by the Kashmir collection from Windham Fabrics, I’m having a giveaway—three fat quarters from the Twilight collection by Windham Fabrics. To enter, simply link up a current WIP! The contest will run for six weeks—this is the third week. You get one chance for each WIP you link up (up to three each week). The last week of the contest will be May 10th; I’ll announce the winner on May 17th.

Now it’s time for the weekly feature! Let’s give a round of applause to Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting. Last week, Bobbi shared a quilt top that's she's starting to quilt. Her quilt uses the Talking Turkey block by Bonnie Hunter and it’s lovely and scrappy. Let's cheer her on to a quick finish!

Congratulations Bobbi! I can’t wait to see your next project. Help yourself to an “I Was Featured” button for your blog!

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Here are the projects that received the most hugs in last week’s voting. Lots of love and encouragement to you all!

Well, it’s time to link up. The linky will be open until Friday, April 21h at midnight EST. If you need help, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, you can email me your link! Voting starts after the linky closes and runs until Tuesday, April 25th at midnight EST.

Here are some quick reminders:

  • This linky is all about encouraging finishes, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • Some participants are uploading photos and not linking to a blog post or an Instagram/Flickr post. If that’s you, 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.

Again, the linky will be open until Friday, April 21st at midnight EST, then voting continues until Tuesday, April 25h at midnight EST. Come on, let’s finish our WIPs together!

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