Archive for July, 2011

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17.9 SQ Episosde 028 – Angles in Quilting: Part A Triangles

July 31, 2011

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It’s All about Triangles & Quilting!

We pay homage to one of the cornerstones of quilting – the lowly triangle!

Three sides, three angles, three major descriptions of triangles.

1. Scalene triangle

  • 3 different length sides
  • 3 different sized angles
  • typically used in setting triangles
  • easier to paper piece
  • no lines of symmetry – cannot accidentally flip the block over to fix a mistake
  • can be a right triangle (one angle = 90 degrees)
  • typical triangle found in math class 30, 60, 90
  • can be called half rectangle triangles in quilting

Found in:

  • tilted blocks (as setting triangles)
  • wonky blocks
  • mariner’s compass blocks
  • palm blocks
  • birds of paradise blocks

Eye searing pink blocks are just SOME examples of scalene triangles in these blocks.

2.  Isosceles traingle

  • 2 equal length sides
  • 2 equally sized angles
  • most commonly found in quilting
  • Half Square Triangle – HST
  • Quarter Square Triangle – QST
  • one line of symmetry, flip around the ‘odd’ angle
  • can be a right triangle (HST, QST, flying geese)
  • how you cut could have one bias edge (the hypotenuse) or two (the shorter legs)
  • typical triangle found in math class 45, 45, 90
  • triangle with an acute ‘odd angle’ – kaleidoscope block

Found in:

  • pinwheel
  • broken dishes
  • flying geese
  • ohio star
  • hourglass
  • square in a square
  • friendship star
  • spool
  • maple leaf
  • kalidescope …..

Look for the black triangle to see some of the isosceles triangles in these quilt blocks (there’s many many more)

3. Equalateral triangle

  • 3 sides equal length
  • 3 equally sized angles
  • least commonly found in quilting
  • 6 triangles can make a hexagon block
  • all angles are 60 degrees –  no exceptions
  • 3 angles of symmetry, flip around any angle
  • guaranteed to have 2 sides of bias edges

Found in:

  • thousand pyramid blocks
  • chevron designs
  • strip pieced hexagons
  • tumbling blocks
  • bordered thousand pyramid blocks

Hmm

Look at the yellow any block to see the equilateral triangle (assuming the image doesn’t get squished somewhere)

Triangle Math Websites:

Home Sewing Front

Working on periodic spiral quilt – mostly basted, now need sewn together

Need an outline behind the spiral for it to stand out from the background

Exothermic quilt - see previous post about my place on this quilt as of a week ago.

Exothermic quilt on point:

Design decisions to make on the exothermic quilt:

  • Borders are GOOD – do NOT fix them
  • On point or not?
  • If so, have to fix coping black/ grey inner border
  • How much more black fabric to buy?
  • Paralllelograms in the middle stay or go?  – it provides good movement, but too much of a distraction??

HAVE YOU SEEN:

  • a 5 x 8 sized graph paper notebook for sale?  If so, what brand, where are you finding them, have you seen them online?
  • I would love a notebook this sized to carry around more easily!

A MUST HAVE book for anyone wanting to hand / machine quilt with specific designs:

501 Quilting motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting from the editors of Quiltmaker Magazine

  • Takes one motif and slightly changes it, multiplies it, rotates and flips it,
  • gives dimensions on block size for motif found in book.
  • looks easy to trace and adapt
  • great resource
  • hardbound
  • spiral inside

If you want to Swap Charm (5 inch) squares, go to this swap on Swap – Bot:

I’m willing to join if there is a good & healthy number of people in the swap!

You have until Sept 2, 2011 to make your decision!

Music

From Mevio’s Music Alley

From Freesound.org

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17.8 Exothermic Design Wall

July 26, 2011

This design wall is HOT like the temperature outside.

I finally decided to work on my border and was going to go with the design I posted on Sunday.

And I didn’t want to do the math involved with the setting triangles for my blocks.  So I made the black blocks slightly bigger than what I needed, eyeballing it!

Which gave the most amazing stained glass look to my blocks, which I just adored!

So I sewed the borders blocks together.

I still have 10 more to go for the design but I’m making progress!

And I’m just loving this so far!

So I finally decided to put my specially purchased fabrics into EQ7, and here’s what I anticipate, is my final design!

I made the corners into the design, wasn’t sure why I hadn’t already done this, to tell the truth.

The only thing I might do from here would be to add another black border on the outside edge.

Now I have to go calculate my fabric strips, finish up the border blocks, start on the sashing and the cornerstones, and the stripped borders.

Feeling pretty good about it, and feeling pretty hot!

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17.7 Reality Check

July 24, 2011

I wrote an e-mail to Nonnie about my podcasting experience through a survey she had sent out on Big Tent.

When it got to the editing section, boy did I really analyze the use of my time on podcasts.

I will not bore, err, scare, err intimidate, err enlighten you with the lengthy list of things that I do for a podcast, unless requested.

The good news is that other podcasters don’t spend anywhere near the time that I do, and so if you’re ever holding back with podcasting because of what I say, just know that I am NOT the norm.

Just know that if you’re a slow poke, perfectionist that tends to say the wrong words, stutter, trip over your own tongue, puts together (sometimes) lengthy blog posts, and wants to discuss a topic that has to be researched, that you’ll likely have the same frustration experience as I do.

Overall it was a good reality check.

… in other news …

My computer was being a pain this morning so I got to sewing… two days in a row.

This weekend:

Pinwheels for me.

Pinwheels for others (some of them).

Rulers on the wall. (yes first time hanging them)

Exothermic something (the orange and yellow quilt) flags, sewing the blocks together – finally.

Center of the Disappearing 4 patch sewn together.

Reality check on D4P:

This disappearing four patch is meant as a practice piece, but I don’t know if it’s useful at this size.  Will not tend to hang on the wall, but already took apart and tried the technique.  Will see if this will work as a lap quilt with borders.

And I worked on both the harlequin quilt top in EQ7 (which gave me my current blog background), and the Exothermic quilt borders.

Reality check on Exothermic:

I spent a TON of time looking at the borders, which were meant to be a solution for using the leftover bits from making the blocks.  The blocks I was left with was:

Well the black isn’t in the block yet, so I had to work out the size the block would be first.

But the direction of the strips limited my initial exothermic quilt design a bit. the strips I thought would be more going along the bias instead of jutting out like this.  Which means something different to the design symmetry of the piece.

I came up with what I feel is a reasonable solution:

I think I finally got the black and silver border to be the correct width to give the blocks outside the correct height / width.  That took me a long time.

Not so sold on the corner squares in the absolute outer edge, but I am waiting to see if I love this layout or not.  Hard to gauge without going through the trouble of putting in all my fabrics.

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17.6 Harelequin Choices

July 23, 2011

This is what happens when you play around with EQ7 and variations on an idea.

You have a lot of choices that will probably NOT be your finished quilt.  But I’ll share because it’s fun!

Here’s a teal version.

Here’s a pink and blue version.

Too busy, so let’s add some sashing.

Still busy, but I’ve never done the sashing with the stars.

If the sashing was white as well?

Still way too busy.

Needs borders but this emphasizes the circular parts.  Hmm.  Probably none of these designs will be the final, but there’s a few ideas!

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17.5 Pinwheel Circus

July 22, 2011

Please excuse the title, I am working out the title of my quilt.

I am in a pinwheel swap with the quiltcast supergorup ladies on swap-bot.

Go ahead and go sign up for swap bot, you can’t sign up for this pinwheel swap now, but may swap more blocks in the future.

We are making the pinwheels from the Missouri Star Company using charm squares.  Very quick and easy method of pinwheels.

And yes, I am in the process of making them, but am not finished.

But … and you know what’s coming here …

I couldn’t make them ‘just pinwheels’.  AND I couldn’t NOT design something for these to go into BEFORE swapping them all out.  I just couldn’t.

So I was looking at quilter’s cache and I saw something that said harlequin, an original pattern by Marcia at Quilter’s Cache, which would be an amazing setting for these pinwheels!

(go take a look, but come back to see – can’t show you a picture of her block unless I actually make it!)

And then I was playing around with electric quilt, and I stumbled across a quilt frame called harlequin frame in electric quilt.

And this would be an amazing quilt!

Here is a colored view of one block (not sold on aqua for the color that ties everything together though.

Here’s how it looks in electric quilt 7.

Not necessarily to scale or anything, but just wanted to see what the pattern looked like with the frame.

I really like it and I could see myself paper piecing it.  But I may make the outside light pieces white/white too, but if I did that, I may lose the alternate block feeling.  We’ll see.

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17.4 The Vortex of a New Project

July 19, 2011

Suddenly, I have one swap to do – Pinwheels, podcast done, house good, things going well (generally).  So it feels like virtual freedom.

The lack of quilt show deadline looming over my head actually has found me in a state of “well, now what do I do?”.

Which is almost comical, when I list out the UFO’s that I have to work on, several of which incredibly excite me.

I had promised Nonnie, from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams that I would get her some blocks for her massive charity quilt project.

So I took her up on it and finally set down to sew together several blocks, now they’re just waiting to be mailed (tomorrow).  These are pictures of other Four Patches, hers are already in the envelope before I got out the camera.

And, because of her talking about the Disappearing Four Patch Blocks, I just HAD to try them, I just HAD to.

Even though I only made the requested Four patch for Nonnie as requested, I couldn’t help but make some disappearing four patch blocks on my own. Here is a murdered four patch.

I almost took Nonnie’s suggestion of cutting the blocks at 4 inches from the edge, but

  1. I didn’t square up the 4 patches to 12 inches first
  2. All blocks were consistently 12.5 finished before cutting
  3. I liked the look of cutting each line 4.5 inches from the outer edge
  4. Even after sewing them together I liked the look of 4.5 inches, the middles are small, but not TOO small.
  5. The more distance between you and the cut, the skinnier the strips (FYI).

I made 9 different blocks, and decided instead of changing out two colors, I thought I would investigate a bright scrappy quilt, by first lining up all my pieces.

And then went full on scrappy pieces on my design wall (3 pieces aren’t pictured here)

And now 3 blocks are sewn together. New life Frankensteined from nine separate blocks, stitched together lovingly, and fairly quickly.

Overall, so far, good experimental technique, and it’s fun, and I am learning to play a little bit!

Here is Nonnie’s directions to the charity quilt request, (just 4 patches) and here is Nonnie’s directions on how to do disappearing four patch blocks.  Or D4P?

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17.3 SQ Episode 027 – Behind the Scenes

July 17, 2011

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We’ve gone behind the scenes of the local quilt show.

First there are questions about how you want to organize your show, meant for reflection on how your current show is running or how you could work on a new show.

Discussing

  • Location
  • Publicity
  • Organization of Tasks
  • Manual Labor
  • Timing
  • Organization of Quilting Categories
  • Rules on who can participate in the show

Also discussing my role in the show

  • At the embroidery booth

  • Taking Pictures of the Show

  • Talking with our featured quilter
  • Hanging out at the garage sale

  • Looking at the opportunity quilt

  • Checking out the back of this quilt

  • Getting candid pictures of the setup

For photos of the quilts themselves, go to the guild’s shutterfly page.

Music provided by:

From Freesound.org

From mevio’s music alley: Held Together by Rod Kim

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17.2 Tribbles and Hand Sewing

July 14, 2011

Well, today is actually a good day for me to sit at my computer at length, and I haven’t wanted to keel over due to the heat.

Working on getting the AC fixed, or at least watching while it is, and there were days earlier this week it was 93 inside.  At 2:30 AM.  At my computer.

This has put a major dampening on my computer activities (although not exactly computer silent either).

And the enthusiasm I had built up on sunday just prior to all this chaos has sorta slipped away.

Had a great time at the quilt show, and will share it with you audibly with you soon!

In the mean time, lots more hand sewing while I sit in a 10 X10 (or so) room watching TV and some of the Harry Potter movies.

I’m up to HP4 rewatched now, and yes, the premiere is tomorrow (tonight), but I have tickets for Monday afternoon, so I have time to watch the remaining 3 movies beforehand.

Anyway … (see how I’ve missed you, rambling already)

Here are the tribbles I’ve been working on.  They even did me the honor of lining up for me.

And what do you know, 12 more decided to show up on the table after this picture was taken.  I told you they multiply!

Actually, this picture doesn’t look too far off of what the periodic table actually is … which is a good thing.

I have lots and lots of tribble seeds still thanks to Pam and several members of my wonderful guild!  They’re so addicting to do that a few more tribble skeletons (not sure if they have skeletons?) also followed me home yesterday, to the size of 3/4 and 1 inch.  (These are 1/2 inch along each hexie side).

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17.1 A/C troubles

July 10, 2011

I’d love to finish the podcast I started this morning, but the AC is out right now and this side of the house is really awful hot … just got a room ac for the other side of the house – and that also took up the time I was planning on sitting here.  Only over 100 today.  Tom busy, tues busy.  Sigh.

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17.0 Meet my Quilts

July 6, 2011

The following quilts are going into the show this weekend titled with the following names:

Quilt #1:

Challenged by Yellow

28 X 14

I found Judy L’s (Patchwork Times online) monochromatic challenge for the month of January intriguing – Yellow!  Yellow!  Who makes a full yellow quilt?

Challenge is on!

Using Bonnie Hunters (Quiltville) Strip Twist pattern as inspiration, I made the 2 blocks (limited in size by my lack of yellow fabrics) and then found a black and yellow butterfly on my calendar, so I traced and appliqued it onto the top.

Quilt #2:

Make it Sew

6 X 17 X 12

I was inspired to make the style of cover by flossie blossom (on flickr) but wanted a machine cover that had the words “make it sew”.  Make it sew is a play on Start Terk Next Generation Captain Piccard’s famous line “Make it so”  So I added the Star Trek emblem to the front.

I had wanted to complete a spectrum quilt, and on Star Trek they refer to ‘dilithium’ a lot, so the embroidery on the front and back is dilithium – 2 lithium spectra.

The hole in the back is perfect fit for my machine.

Quilt #3:

Homeless Escher Steps in 3D

18 X 16

Pattern from paperpieces.com

This is the first quitl I hand pieced which was a breeze.  1-2 sides a day every day after lunch, this took a while to piece, but I enjoyed doing it.

Pattern was absolutely perfect for my round table and then I got rid of the table 2 months after completing this quilt.

Named by blog readers.

Quilt #4:

Tilted Online Friendship (With Tribbles)

37 x 37

This was a swapped block from quilterscache.com as the first swap of a group of Quilting podcasters and listeners.  Sandi (Colwell) pieced the tilted 4 patch blocks and I sashed the blocks and added the applique which I designed.

This quilt is my first attempt at quilt-as-you-go technique which caused some issues.

The gold hexagons I call ‘tribbles’ because they were multiplying like crazy for another project.  Even they could not stay away from this quilt.

Quilt #5:

Sunflower Patio Dreams

37 X 39

The leaves and the flower petals were from a pattern called “Delightful Daisies” by Bee Creative Studio which I muiltiplied, created a bud that was opened.

I designed the two flowerpots myself, using one of my flower pots as inspiration.

The birds are from ‘Award Winning Applique Birds’ by Panela Humphries and I envisioned this (quilt scene) as if I was looking out the window on a patio.

After searching online the daisies I made were way more like sunflowers which caused some confusion for a while on the title.

Quilt Auction Quilt:

Tweeting in the Crimson Sunrise

21 x 21

Pattern from Quilters cache.com

Otherwise known as “Ouch this hurts my eyes”

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Will try to get a podcast around the ‘behind the scenes of a quilt show” by podcasting a little each day the next few days.  The Quilt Show starts Friday at Eudora Middle School and goes through Saturday afternoon.

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