Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along block 2, the Double Pinwheel

I know...and it "ain't no" soup-rise, that I'm behind.  I was whining that there were too
many small pieces.  And, you've probably guessed that I was trying to figure an easier
way...all along not finding one and wasting time. 

I *knew* that I'd seen Double Pinwheels somewhere before.  That somewhere, was
deep in the recesses of old folds in my old brain!  lol  Not to be found until it was
a bit too late.

It took quite a while for me to find my "big girl" pants.  Finally, I did and began to
just follow the directions.  Novel idea, right?

All the fabrics in this #2 block are different than those in #1.

The fabrics are from my stash...fat quarters, scraps...whatever seems to work.
For more info on the Wishes Quilt Along visit The Fat Quarter Shop blog

Just as I had finished cutting and sewing the triangles for #2 block, a place
on the internet triggered the lost Double Pinwheel tidbits hiding in my memory.

Does this book look familiar?  And, in the words of Celine Dion,
"It's all coming back to me now..."
Eleanor Burn's Double Pinwheel book!  You can find the tutorial online
The basic premise is to sew strips together, cut, and sew half/square
triangles out of the strips.  SOOO much easier than the method I did
on block #2 above.
Too bad my memory was (IS) a leeeetle way too slow!  =P
Have any of you made a Double Pinwheel block the "Eleanor Burns" way?
Starting back in the mid 1970's, Eleanor Burns began finding some VERY
ingenious/easier ways to create quilt blocks, that in the past had traditionally
taken much longer to do. She revolutionized quilting techniques and brought
many smiles because of her style of teaching.  To me, it was frustrating that
it took so long for her to be inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame.  She was
finally honored in 2012. 
Any-whoooo, and stepping down from  "Ruby's soap box".  =P


Friday, February 28, 2014

First 2 finishes of 2014! started over 20 years ago!

I've decided to do One Project A Month with Peg at Happy Quilting
and Kris at Tag Along Teddies.  These two ladies are soo VERY
wonderful to organize and set up OPAM every year - for the past
6 years.  There are 95 of us joining Peg and Kris this year.  There have
been "33750 finishes and counting"...since it all began!  I'm soo
VERY grateful to them for this program!  It has really helped me to
finish more projects in the last 3 years than I've finished in all the years
total before that time.

My January 2014 (OPAM) finish is:

A Halloween quilt that I'd started in September of 2013.  It was a top
in a drawer...for many months.

OPAM motivated me to get 'er out and get 'er quilted.



There's some really fun fabrics in this line!

And...the back - pieced.

I really like to piece the backs...even if there IS enough of one fabric for
the whole back.  Piecing the back adds a leeeetle more interest, imho =)
My February finish is:

These are blocks (except the one at the very top, resting on the chair seat)
are Friendship blocks made in in 1990, when our family was living in
Eugene, Oregon. 
Each person was given at least a yard of this fabric.

We were to make 8 blocks all the same using this fabric and any other
fabrics that they thought would coordinate.  We signed them with (gasp!)
pigma pen, instead of embroidery.  Doing our names in embroidery was
enough to scare most of us into having the heeebie-geeebiez.  =P
The block that I made in 1990 is this flower one from Eleanor Burns book
I don't know if it's still in print?
Yeah, those who know me well, know that I'm not particularly fond of yellow. 
How I talked myself into that background? Well, too long ago to remember, lol.
The deep green leaves on the flower were called a "Wood Block" prints in the 90"s. 
I think they were made to give the feeling of actual wood block prints.  This
particular fabric type, back then, wasn't individually handmade.
I decided to make this 9th block and add sashing with corner blocks to finish
the top. 
The back...

Quilting close up...

My quilting isn't at all fancy! It's just my signature (ha, ha REAL signature
...ya think! lol) ..."Loop-eeez UP and  Loop-eeez DOWN"  =P.
I used a pastel varigated King Tut 100% cotton thread called "Mummy".
It's quilted on my Innova long-arm named Ida. 
...that you will have a great weekend!  
(I've always LOVED Yoda!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quilty Fun book by Lori Holts won by...

The winner of Lori's autographed book
IS....JUNE D.  from California.

you can find her here, where she shares fun ideas on her blog "Quilt Quest"

Thanks to everyone who participated!  There will be more giveaways in the
(near) future, so check back occasionally to see what might be up for grabs =)

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Quilty Fun" book giveaway (reminder) and dies for the Ladies

***First, a gentle nudge to remind those who havent' left a comment yet ~
that today at midnight entries for Lori Holt's book,
Quilt Fun giveaway...will close.  To enter, click HERE, scroll
towards the end of the blog's right there!  =). 
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A package came in the mail from Accuquilt yesterday with dies to cut the
shapes for the Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt.  (pictures of my fabrics/pattern HERE).
I needed 2 different sized squares and 1 rectangle to create each block.

----I bought 2 dies for the Studio...the squares needed
This die with the smaller square cuts 12-2" squares per die.  I will be able to
layer at least 10 layers of fabric per time through the Studio which equals
120 2" squares.  This will shorten the time spent cutting this little squares...
by ALOT.  =)
The die with the larger square cuts only 4- 4.5" squares per die.  Yep, I did say
ONLY.  I was sorta disappointed that the Studio die for this square didnt' cut
more.  I'm fairly sure that the company could've fit at least 6 on one wood die.
But, oh...(sigh)...well, 4 is better than one or two per die.  And, it will still shorten
time spent cutting.
----I decided to buy the GO die for the rectangle needed

Accuquilt makes a Studio die for this same size rectangle.  But, and I'm really
confused and really disappointed as to why the company does NOT make more
than 2 cuts of this sized rectangle for the large wood/Studio dies.  They make
larger wood dies for other things.  It seems kind of odd that there wouldn't be
a Studio die for this rectangle that would cut at least 4 at a time.  Needless to say,
I decided to pay less than half price for the GO die, which would cut the same
number of rectangles at a time.

I'm excited to get started!  I'll post my progress as I get going.  =)

Do you use Accuquilt/Accucut products for sewing/quilting...or even for
paper crafts?  If so, it would be fun to hear about any of your