Monday, June 21, 2010

New Quilt Project

So don't you just love starting a new quilt project??  I spent Saturday morning cutting my fabric for the Montana Log Cabin quilt sample. 

I got all my strips cut and then I fussy cut my panel.  I thought I was doing such a good job making short work of it...but when I laid my fussy cut 8 1/2 in squares on my cutting mat...oh noooooo...they weren't square. :( 

So I guess its finally time to buy an 8 1/2 in square ruler.  I have looked at a couple and think I am going with the Omnigrid Omnigrip ruler.

8 1/2" x 8 1/2"

On a positive note, as I was cutting my fabric I received an order for several yards of Montana Modern fabric.  And then when I signed in this morning what did I order for a Montana Modern Log Cabin kit.  This must be Montana Modern week at The Quilt Bear...and we love it.

Get yours today and let's quilt together!!

~Bear Hugs~

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sew, What's the Pointe? - Yellow Brick Road Quilt

Hi everyone. This will be our first virtual Sew, What's the Pointe? re-cap from our meeting last night. We had two attendees, Pam Zak and Mary Mackie. Mary is working on the Yellow Brick Road project...

and Pam is working on finishing her 'Comfort of Psalms' Quilt.

We decided to change the format of our meeting to actual sewing meetings and we will bring our sewing machines next month.

Here is my Janome Quilter's Companion 6260 which I absolutely love!

If you would like to follow along and create a Yellow Brick Road quilt, you will need to have the following supplies:

1 Rotary Cutter
1 Quilting Ruler
1 Cutting Mat
Sewing Machine

1 Yellow Brick Road Pattern
Fabric for top and borders to make the size you choose:
6 fat quarters - Crib
12 fat quarters - Lap
18 fat quarters - Twin
24 fat quarters - Full
30 fat quarters - Queen
48 fat quarters - King
**Refer to pattern for border fabric and backing fabric requirements.

Once you have selected your fabric, the next step is to cut your fat quarters. We completed step A of the pattern this month and cut our fat quarters according to the pattern directions. (Remember to iron your fat quarters first to remove all creases.)

Lay out your fat quarter with short side (18 inches) along the bottom.

Then fold in half from top to bottom.

You can then start cutting. Once you have cut all your fat quarters according to step A you will be ready to start sewing.

Next, we discussed our product of the month. This month's product is: Colorfast Printer Sew-in Fabric Sheets

These printable fabric sheets are a dream to use and hold the color beautifully. I used them in my last quilt and loved the versatility and ease of use. There was absolutely no color bleed! Try them on your next project.

Next, was our show and tell. Pam brought an awesome tooth fairy pillow that she made for her daughter and Mary had a photo quilt project that we discussed how to assemble. (Will remember my camera next time to take pictures of their show-n-tells)

Finally, we enjoyed some awesome frosted angelfood cake and a nice refreshing cup of Limeade with 7-Up to make it sparkly.

See you here next month for our next installment of Sew, What's the Pointe?!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hired to Make a Quilted Wallhanging

So what do you do when a customer wants you to make a wallhanging  (or three) out of the wildest, crazy Hawaiian prints you have no idea what to do with?

The first thing I had to do was come up with some kind of design that would work with all the different colors and patterns.  I laid out the blocks in a basic square, trying to come up with some kind of pattern.

The colors were a little to close together so I thought of adding some borders to make it look like a window pane.  A Batik border adds just the right touch and pulls it all together.  The finished result is stunning!

I had enough squares left over to make two coordinating side wallhangings.

Now to deliver to the customer and hope she likes them!