Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt

First, I'd like to thank you all for your comments on my post "how I'm reducing my fabric stash". I enjoyed getting your input and if you asked a question, I posted my reply in the post comments section.

As I mentioned, I made a Quarter Log Cabin quilt to use (and enjoy in a quilt) much of my Bonnie and Camille stash. This quilt is a quickie! And I couldn't be happier with it!

See below for the measurements of my block if you'd like them.



I love that I was able to incorporate a piece from every line from Ruby to Handmade...


I kept the quilting simple and did overall loops on the entire quilt...




 For a backing, I was able to piece some of the large-sized aqua fabrics from my stash and make an all-aqua back.


My blocks finished at 6" and I set them on point with 1" finished sashing. Here's a cutting diagram for the block - easy to pin or save. The block is constructed just like a normal Log Cabin except that you're adding strips to just 2 sides. You could easily make 12" blocks with borders around a center square, then cut it in quarters. I didn't do that because I had smaller scraps and didn't want any identical blocks.




Monday, July 17, 2017

How and Why I'm Reducing My Fabric Stash

I've been reading about Minimalism recently. Have you seen the documentary on Netflix?

Minimalism is defined by The Minimalists as a "tool to rid yourself of life's excess in favor of focusing on what's important - so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom."

It's not about living with nothing, it's about living with the things that bring you joy.

I spent the first half of this year "minimizing" my wardrobe. It created a closet full of clothing items that I'm happy to wear any day. My closet is less crowed and and choosing is super simple.

I started thinking about my fabric stash. It, too, was feeling crowded with pieces of fabric I felt so-so about. Don't get me wrong, I love my fabric and it brings me much creative happiness. But too much was feeling stifling.

That's the "why".

Here's the "how"...

I started by going through every piece of fabric I own and pulling out pieces I really didn't like, styles I seldom used and colors I rarely used. Those were sold on an Instagram Destash Sale or donated to my guild members for charity projects.

Next, I've made some scrap quilts. (This is how I do scrappy :) Coordinating pieces often by the same designer in collections I've stashed over the years. Below is a Quarter Log cabin block that I'm currently working on using Bonnie and Camille collections. It's a great block for destashing because it uses a lot of fabrics, both dark and light...


Here's another quilt in progress. I started with the leaf print by Leah Duncan and added coordinating prints from my stash...


My third current WIP is a collection of Heather Bailey fabrics, most of which have been used in earlier quilts. The quilt pattern is Hexie Framed and will use up just about every bit of my HB fabric.


Another scrappy quilt...
This is a small quilt made of sixty degree triangles that will be donated to my guild's charity project for kids.




And finally, I went through all of my multicolor print fabrics, many of which are left over from other projects and made Drawstring Bags using the pattern by Jenni Baker. I spent a few days and made about a dozen and have given all but these two away. Eventually they'll find good homes!


Don't think for one moment that I'm not buying any more fabric! I am trying to buy more methodically and thoughtfully. Realizing that just because a fabric print is beautiful, I don't have to have it. And it's not easy :) The nice thing is that today I can find almost anything I need and even have it delivered to my doorstep in a couple of days!


How about you? Do you love to have a huge stash or feel a bit overwhelmed by it?

I've been working on this for a few months, and although I haven't kept track yard by yard, I can definitely see a difference in my space. And that makes me happy!

Cindy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tangelo Quilt

I'm happy to have my Tangelo quilt finished! The pattern is from Carolyn Friedlander and is completely paper pieced. I had been putting off making this quilt because of all the paper piecing, but it turned out really fun to make and less time consuming than I anticipated.


I started with Flower Shop, a line from Cotton and Steel and added some additional C+S basics. The background is Moda Crossweave in black. I love the look of the Crossweave, but my sewing room and clothes were covered in black threads the entire time I was working on the quit.


For the quilting I used a simple back and forth design in the background and added straight lines with my free motion ruler foot in the triangles.


The backing is a favorite print from C+S and the binding is a solid aqua. I had trouble choosing a binding and am not totally thrilled with this one. It looks a little soft in color for the quilt. I've never taken off a binding and replaced it, but I'm considering it. Although I'm still not sure what might work better.


FYI - I use a paper piecing method that utilizes freezer paper for the foundation and doesn't require sewing your fabric to the paper. It's a great method especially when it comes time to remove the paper. There are tutorials online if you're interested.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

RIN QAL Parade and Winners!



Huge thanks to all of you who participated in the Rin QAL hosted by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs and I. And thanks to those who just hung out and cheered us on! It's always motivating to work on our projects together.

Here are the entrants for the parade...

1. Camille M. - Camille's Quilting@Camillesquilting



2. Paige A. - Quilted Blooms - @quiltedblooms



3. Carolyn - @caroscolours



4. Danice - Homespun Hannah



5. Kendra W. - @good_starter



6. Krystina - Krystinah@krystinah_mn



7. Patty D. - Elm Street Quilts@elmstreetquilts



8. Stephanie F. - @sewbespokeandco



9. Yvonne F. - Quilting Jet Girl@quiltingjetgirl



10. Maria S. - @sewsewmaria



11. Jessica W. - @wester.jessica



12. Emily L. - The Darling Dogwood



13. Liz B. - @bless.liz



14. Cindy L. (me) - Hyacinth Quilt Designs@clammon



15. Cheryl B. - Meadow Mist Designs@meadowmistdesigns



And the winners that were randomly selected are:

Yvonne F. - Carolyn Friedlander fabric



Camille M. - Aurifil 80 wt. 10 piece spool collection by Carolyn Friedlander



Krystina - My book Simply Modern Christmas



Stephanie F. - 2 pdf patterns from Quilting Jet Girl



Carolyn - 3 pdf patterns from Meadow Mist Designs



Big thanks to all of our prize sponsors! We'll contact the winners directly. Hope it was fun!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RIN QAL ~ Other Methods of Appliqué

This is the final week of the Rin Quilt Along!


I hope you've had fun and learned a bit more about appliqué.

Maybe this is your first time with appliqué? My co-host Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs is doing appliqué for the first time with this project!

I've been appliquéing for years and one of the things I love about it is how many great methods there are for achieving fantastic results. It just depends on the project and what you like!

Today, I thought I'd briefly share some of the other appliqué techniques I've tried and been very happy with...

The first appliqué method I ever tried was a needle turn hand appliqué method that uses freezer paper as a guide. Your shape is cut from the freezer paper (no seam allowance), ironed to the back of the fabric, cut adding 1/4" seam allowance, and then needle turned appliquéd using the edge of the paper as a guide. In this method, you have to make a slit in the background fabric and remove the paper. This example is from my first book "Gathered From The Garden".


Machine appliqué has also been one of my favorite methods. The fabric is fused to the background with a paper-backed fusible web product, and the raw edge is machine stitched usually with a buttonhole stitch or a zigzag stitch. These flowers from my book "Flower Pots" are machine appliquéd.


I love the machine appliquéd that block Paige from Quilted Blooms shared with us!


Learn her process today on her blog...




Another method I find useful is where the edges are ironed under prior to starting the hand stitching. Although it takes more prep time, it makes the stitching very simple. It's a great method for simple shapes and I shared a tutorial here.


I use a similar method whenever I appliqué circles. I create the circle by stitching a basting stitch around the edge of the circle and using a heat resistant circle template. Just pull the stitching up around the template, starch and iron. I did exactly that for the circles in my Steam Punk quilt.


Finally, here's a fun method that worked really well in this pattern, "Memories" by Don't Look Now. The pieces are fused to the background and then straight stitched during the free-motion quilting.


These are just a few of the methods I've used. I'll bet you'll find more and tons of tutorials with a bit of searching online!

Hope this Rin Along has sparked your interest in appliqué. We'll be back next week on July 5th with our parade and prizes. You can email photos of your finished block to me at: cindy at hyacinthquiltdesigns dot com.