Thursday, February 16, 2012

TNT Thursday with Pat from Color Me Quilty

Were back.  Man, I can't believe it has only been 2 weeks since we have done this.  It feels like forever.  So welcome back to TNT Thrusday.  And we are back with a super special treat.  A fabulous tutorial by Pat from Color Me Quilty.  I love this block she has made and I know you are gonna love it too.  Thank you so much Pat for putting this together for all of us to enjoy.  So . . .Take it away :)

Hi, I'm Pat from Color Me Quilty! I am beyond excited that Melissa has invited me to show you this tutorial for Gothic Windows. I hope that you will all like making this block.

Gothic Windows. 8"x 8" finished (8 1/2" x 8 1/2" as it is here).

Believe it or not it can be made with 3 contrasting Jelly Roll strips or (3) 2 1/2" wide by the width of the fabric strips.
(3) contrasting strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric (approx. 44")

Cut the strips as follows:
Green - (3) 2 1/2" squares (two of the three squares need to be cut diagonally in half)
White - (6) 4 1/2" rectangles
Charcoal - (8) 2 1/2" squares AND (4) 4 1/2" rectangles

Fold all six of the white rectangles in half (right sides to the outside) and sandwich between the charcoal squares and rectangles.

White sandwiched between two charcoal squares. Align the two edges of the white with the edges of the charcoal squares. The folded edge should be approx. 1/4" short from the other edge of the two charcoal squares.
Do the same with the rectangles with the exception that one side with have additional fabric.
Notice the pinned side you will be stitching - from the open to the folded edge of the white block

All the blocks ready to stitch

You can chain stitch the blocks, if you wish. Then just cut them apart.

Now the magic the block

A perfect one seam flying geese (or is that goose??) Press!!!
You should end up with 4 short and 2 with longer sides.
Stitch two of the short geese together.

Put the green square in the middle, evenly spaced (it will be smaller that the white). Fold the white edges down and press.

Top stitch the white edges down. You may want to pin or glue the white down. I found that Elmers washable school glue works great for this step. (I did show how to use the glue a little farther down)

Voila! you have the center done.
Next you will be doing basically the same thing with just the flying geese.
Since these geese are not sewn together, you need to stitch a very scant 1/4" across the bottom to hold the corners of the geese down and to hold the green half square in place.

This line of stitching will not show once your block in assembled. Do this will all 4 of the remaining geese.

Again, press the white edges in over the green

I found that adding a touch of glue at this stage very helpful

Can you see the glue?

Repress to set the glue. This will NOT gum up your needle when you stitch.

You can use either the liquid or the glue stick. I've used both on different projects.
Top stitch the two side of the triangle.

Start to assemble by adding the two short geese, one on each side.
Add the two longer geese to the other sides.

You now have completed a Gothic Windows Block!

I hope you've enjoy my tutorial. Thanks again to Melissa for letting me guest blog.

What an awesome Tutorial!!!  Thank you so much Pat.  I know this is on my list of things to try new :)

And I will throw in a quick bit of something new I tried last night.  I taught a class for the first time.  Here are some of the amazing ladies I got to teach.  We went over basic machine care and made some disappearing 9 patch blocks :)  So fun!!!  I was nervous at first but once I got going I had a ball!!!  I just love quilting and sharing how to do it is something that I look forward to doing it again sometime :)

So . . . You have had quite a while to be saving up some new things.  What have you been trying new??  Link on up and show us all :)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WIP Catch Up Edition (Sort Of)

So with the Simply Charmed Blog Hop going on around here the last couple of weeks I haven't been showing a lot of what I have been up to.  And believe me . . . Things have been hopping :)  

I was asked to teach a class for a church group on basic machine care and the disappearing 9 patch block.  So, of course I had to whip up a little demo.  My daughter's teacher is expecting a little boy in the next month so I made it with her in mind.  After the class she will be the new owner of this little bubble baby boy quilt :)

And I was playing with my Slice again for the pieced backing.  I got some new design cards that I just had to try out.  So cute!!! 

I had a few other finishes but I will talk about them in later posts (Like as in after my swap partner receives them :)   My daughter and I have started to sew her little quilt together.  It is slow going as she learns the feel of the machine but I am happy to say that she is having a good time with it and seems to really be enjoying herself.

And today I am hoping to get this quilted up.  It is for the pillow talk swap.  I had so much fun designing it and piecing it.  Now I just have to decide how to quilt it.  Any suggestions???

So . . . . That's a quick brush over of what I have been up to.  On to the line-up :)

Designing Stage
  • Twister Toddler Twin Quilt
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
  • King Size Serenity Quilt
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt
  • 4th of July Table Runner for Sister-In-Law 
  • Secret Project MB
  • Secret Project QQ
  • Moda Bake Shop Take it All
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • Going Places Quilt
Quilting Stage
  • Lone Star Quilt
  • Stars Quilt-A-Long
  • Pillow Talk Swap
Completed Stage
  • Name Game Swap
  • Moda Bake Shop On the Go
  • Disappearing 9 Patch for Class
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Simply Charmed Blog Hop Finale!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!!!

We'll it has been a super fun hop filled with amazing tutorials and lots of great Valentine Project ideas!!!  I hope you have enjoyed hoping along with me to all of my quilting friends.  A huge thanks goes out to Heather, Melissa, Angela, Amy, Natalia, Jessica, Katie, Jane, and Corey.  Your tutorials were awesome and I know that they were very much appreciated!!  Thank you ladies, I couldn't have done it without you!!!!!!

I mean, look at these projects, they are amazing!!!

Melissa from Happy Quilting with the Knotty Little Apron Tutorial

 Heather from Quilt Story with the Heart Garland Tutorial

 Melissa from Lilac Lane with the Be Mine Tote Tutorial

Angela from Cut to Pieces with the Pincushion Tutorial

 Natalia from Piece N Quilt with the Trio of Pillows Tutorial

Jessica from Twin Fibers with the Valentine Card Keeper Tutorial

 Corey from Little Miss Shabby with the Shabby Heart Pillow

Another huge thanks goes out to the Sponsors of this Simply Charmed Blog Hop.  Thank you to Kimberly, Leah, Julie, and Judy!!!!!   I know everyone appreciated the generous prize opportunities each day. So go ahead, Pop on over to their shops!!!  Trust me, there is lots to treat yourself with and today's a special day, you deserve a little something, something!!!


And lastly, a huge thanks goes out to all of you, my amazing blog readers!!!!!  I can't begin to say how much I appreciated all of your sweet comments!!!  I am so glad that you enjoyed the hop :)  I would have never guessed that this little blog would grow like it has and more importantly, that it would bring me so many amazing friends.  I just am so grateful!!! Thank you!!!

And Now . . . .  To The Grand Finale Drawing!!!!

Can I just say that I was totally blow away by the number of comments left!!!  And, I had no idea there were so many love songs out there :)  I have been looking some of them up and have some new favorites of my own!!!

So . . . Without Futher Ado . . . . With the help of Mr. Random.Org the winner of the Grand Prize is . . . 

Number 405!!!!!!  Which doesn't mean to much.  

But after a whole bunch of counting (Thanks to Google changing it's comments and deleting my numbers :)  
#405 is . . . .  . . . . .  Corinne!!!!  Congrats, have fun spending your $200.00 at the Fat Quarter Shop!!!

Thank you again to all of you for hopping along with me and my wonderful quilty friends.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :)  Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Simply Charmed Blog Hop - Day 10 is at Little Miss Shabby!!!!

It's day 10 of the Simply Charmed Blog Hop and today you will be hoping one last time.  Where to???  Why over to visit Corey at Little Miss Shabby!!!  Corey is a fabulous quilt designer, I just fall in love with everything she creates.  And today's tutorial is no exception!!

And I mean, how could you not just love this adorable Shabby Heart Pillow!!!  I have been drooling for weeks over it.  I am so excited to see the tutorial of how Corey put it together :)  


So lets do it all together now.   Hop on over to Little Miss Shabby  and get going on your own super cute Shabby Heart Pillow!!!

Oh, and while you are at Little Miss Shabby, don't forget to leave your comments for a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Intrepid Thread!!!  Thank you Julie for your gracious sponsorship!!

Need to know when and where you will be hoping . . . Here's the schedule.

February 1 - Melissa from Happy Quilting with the Knotty Little Apron Tutorial
February 2 - Heather from Quilt Story with the Heart Garland Tutorial
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane with the Be Mine Tote Tutorial
February 6 - Angela from Cut to Pieces with the Pincushion Tutorial
February 8 - Natalia from Piece N Quilt with the Trio of Pillows Tutorial
February 9 - Jessica from Twin Fibers with the Valentine Card Keeper Tutorial
February 10 - Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt with the XOXO Zippered Pouch Tutorial
February 11 - Jane from Want It, Need It, Quilt with the Circle of Love Tutorial
February 13 - Corey from Little Miss Shabby with the Shabby Heart Pillow

February 14 - Happy Valentines Day and the Grand Prize Winner Announcement!!!!
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