Saturday, July 5, 2014

Make A Half Square Triangle Quilt...It's Simple!

Recently I made a half square triangle quilt.  Each block was made up of 16 half square triangle blocks and measured about 18" finished.  I used one layer cake, Gracie Girl by Riley Blake. There were 21 10" squares in the layer cake and I paired each square with a 10" square of Kona white.  I followed this super easy Craftsy tutorial, How to Make 8 Half-Square Triangles at Once: The Magic 8 Method. 

I'm lucky enough to have a large design wall. (My design wall is simply a full sized white flannel sheet tacked to my studio wall.) I took all my blocks, organized them by color, and went to town.  It was a lot of fun constructing all the blocks. I sashed them with corner stones from the same fabric line and more white Kona.  

Try it - it's a great way to use a layer cake.

I hope you're inspired today!
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Monday, May 19, 2014

How Important Is That Specialty Ruler?

In my humble opinion - VERY important.  I have several specialty rulers and have never regretted a single purchase. Even if I only made one quilt with a ruler, the investment in dollars made up for the time and ease of cutting and sewing the blocks using that ruler.

These are the pieces for Block 4 of Julie's Park Bench Quilt. I cut these in about 10 minutes!

My very favorite rulers are by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. Her Sidekick and Hex N More make beautiful quilts. Julie has even designed a mini Hex N More for all of us who are into the new mini quilt craze.

The Hex N More cuts four shapes in four sizes: hexagons, 60 degree triangles, half hexagons and Jewels.  Julie has designed this ruler to work with cut strips of various widths so cutting the individual shapes is a snap. And best of all, when you make her lovely quilts there are NO Y SEAMS!  Yay!!

Julie's Sidekick ruler cuts three shapes in four sizes - diamonds, 60 degree triangles and half triangles.  

The other big plus is that Julie has designed her rulers with edges that make piecing easy.  The edges of your blocks will match up, making quilt tops easy to piece. 


Check out Julie's fabulous quilt patterns on her blog, and follow her on Instagram @jaybirdquilts.  

She's got quite a few hashtags you can follow to see all the beautiful quilts and projects made with her rulers.

Next blog I'll show you the Dresden ruler and how versatile it is!

I hope you're inspired today!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I'm Crazy About Mini Quilts and Instagram!

For the past few months I have been busy making five graduation quilts, one for my daughter and one each for her four good friends. These are large lap quilts and each quilt is different so, needless to say, I've been busy! To give myself a break I have started making mini quilts.  Here are three I've made recently.

Mini Dwell

This is a mini Dwell, designed by Camille Roskelley and you can find it on her  Thimbleblossoms site.  Isn't it adorable! And so easy to make. I used a charm pack of Bonnie and Camille's April Showers and a fat 1/8th from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line to make this, along with some Kona white.  So simple and it went together in a flash.  I cut, pieced, quilted and bound this in just one morning.

Mini Swoon

This is a mini Swoon, also by Camille. I used Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious and Kona white for this.  The pattern calls for eight fat 1/8ths - so it's a great way to use up your stash.  I enjoyed making the Swoon block so I made a single of the original size, below.  This block measures 25" square so I plan to quilt it, bind it and hang it as a small wall hanging.

25" Swoon Block

Are you on Instagram?  You should be! You can follow these cute quilts, and more, on Instagram.  You can see my quilts, blocks and more when you follow me @julieqquilts.  On Instagram you can follow these cute minis by searching the hashtags #dwellalong, #minidwellalong, #swoonalong, get the picture.  Some of my favorite quilters to follow on Instagram are @jaybirdquilts @thimbleblossoms and @quiltingismybliss.  You can find a lot of inspiration on Instagram so check it out!

Have you joined the mini craze? What mini quilts have you made lately?

I hope you're inspired today!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Quilt Is In .... A Gallery!!

I am sooooooo excited!  I entered a challenge last year, sponsored by Meredith Publishing's American Patchwork and Quilting and The City Quilter, a quilt shop based in New York City, my old stomping ground. The challenge was to make a quilt celebrating the centennial of Grand Central Terminal in New York city. Eighty quilters from 25 states made quilts for the competition and 30 of the quilts are on display through July 6 at the terminal, in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex.  I won honorable mention and I was truly honored! Here are some photos from the opening last week. I couldn't make it, sick daughter trumped a quick trip to NY. Dale Riehl owns The City Quilter, located in Chelsea, and he took these pictures. Thanks Dale!

I hope you're inspired today!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Disco Quilt and a Time-Saving New Trick!

I'm making Julie Herman's Disco quilt. Julie is the creative genius behind Jaybird Quilts and the Sidekick and HexNMore rulers.  I have both of the rulers, love them, and several of Julie's patterns.  Today I'm working on Disco.  I cut the pieces yesterday and I'm chain piecing like crazy today!

Here are the pieces for my Disco quilt, ready to sew!
I discovered a new trick while chain piecing!
Like how I color coordinate my nail polish with Kate Spain's Sunnyside fabric?
I normally use a pad of stickies to act as a guide on my machine's needle plate.  However, they kept slipping off so I needed to find something else.  Voila! I used a 3M Command sticker, you know, the kind you use to put up the removable picture hangers?  Works really well and, best of all, there's no slippage while I'm sewing.  
So, back to chain piecing.  I'll share my finished Disco with you in a few days.  Until then, be sure to check out my pictures on Instagram where I post as julieqquilts.  

I hope you're inspired today!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Loyal Union Sampler QAL "Happy Home" block

Laura Ingalls Wilder said, "Home is the nicest word there is." It's true! Happy Home was a very easy block to make, so my home was very happy the day I made this block! There was no grumbling as I cut and sewed this block.  It all came together beautifully. I did press my seams on the first part of my quarter square triangle units to the dark side.  This made it easier to butt together the seams for sewing in step two.  All the other seams I pressed open so the block would be flat.  As you can see in my block I didn't follow the color recommendations.  I fussy cut the four corner blocks and I really like the way my block turned out.  It's different, and that's ok! I'm learning to let go and enjoy the process. My seams don't have to be perfect and my points don't have to be sharp on every block.  It's the creative process I enjoy the most. Don't be too hard on yourself, learn to relax and enjoy the process!

I hope you're inspired today!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Loyal Union Sampler QAL - 4th Block

I just finished Combination Star, block B9 in the Loyal Union Sampler QAL at my LQS Patched Works.  I'm pressing all my seams open so my blocks lie flat.  These are small blocks, only 6" finished, and several have more than 20 pieces.  I fussy cut the four corner blocks and the center block. I also paper pieced this block. What is your favorite paper to use when you paper piece?  I copy the paper piece template onto a thin tracing paper stock.  I do this with any blocks I paper piece so I can see through the paper - it makes sewing a lot easier!

I hope you're inspired today!