April do Good Stitches Block

This month is my month to pick the quilt for our Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches. The last one I did was the inside out pineapple block. It was fantastic! But it was time consuming… And since yesterday was April Fools Day, I pulled a little prank on my group and told them I had decided to do that quilt again! I thought it was too funny!

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But we’re not doing that one! We’re doing a way easier one! This striped block. It has no name. I came up with it. And when we’re done with it, I’ll tell you more about my inspiration. You’ll have to let me know if you see a resemblance to my inspiration!

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We’re going to be doing two blocks. A cool, blue one and a warm, red/orange/yellow one. Here’s a hint of my inspiration…Beach! I don’t have a particular length in mind, but I’d like them to be a minimum of 21″ long. I’d love some of them to be longer!

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For the red, yellow and orange one, we’re looking at the sunset. Please use all solids if possible. If you can’t use solids, please use a print that reads as a solid. With white as the neutral. I always stick with Kona White.

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For the warm block, you’ll need:

(4) 1″ strips of White

(3) 1″ strips of a dark red, red, orange or yellow

(1) 1.5″ strip of a dark red, red, orange or yellow

Please follow the design above for stacking the strips. The shaded area represents the dark red, red, orange or yellow strips.

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And for the cool one, let’s go back to the nice blue beach on a sunny day! We’re looking for blues from the teal end to blue, based on the blues shown above. Please use all solids if possible. If you can’t use solids, please use a print that reads as a solid. With white as the neutral. I always stick with Kona White.

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For the cool block, you’ll need:

(3) 1″ strips of White

(1) 2″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

(1) 1.5″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

(1) 1″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

Please follow the design above for stacking the strips. The shaded area represents the teal to blue as shown above.

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Please keep your seam allowance at 1/4″ and iron the seam allowances toward the colored fabrics. And you’ll end up with skinny long blocks like these!

Thanks!!!

 

The Last 2015 do Good Stitches Quilts

This is my last throw back post to 2015!

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There are 3 Nurture Group do.Good Stitches quilts that I haven’t shown from 2015!

First up is the lovely red and white quilt from August! This was designed and quilted by Briawna, of Purple Poppy Quilts. I love the red and white. For this one we had two rules. You had to make a star and it had to be red and white. That was it. We all picked our favorite stars! Or, in my case, two stars I had not made before.

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I love paper piecing, so I chose two paper pieced stars. The first one I made was the Lone Starburst. This one is a free pattern by Six White Horses on Craftsy. I love how it turned out in the different reds!

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This is another one I have been wanting to make for a while! This little guy is a small block. It’s a 6″ finished block and I needed a 12″ block, so I decided to go ahead with it and just make more white space. Glad I did. This is the Two-Tone Star by Sewhooked on Craftsy.

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Next up is our September Quilt by Carla of Modern Bias. This one had a few more ‘rules’ than the last one!

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This one was inspired by a photo for the color scheme. As I’m writing this, it’s the first time I’ve looked at the inspiration photo next to the finished quilt and I love it! I think the group stuck to the color scheme beautifully!

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For the pattern, we used a tutorial from Canoe Ridge Creations.  The pattern is called Granny’s Front Porch. Pretty nice and easy. Easy tutorial to follow.

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And the last quilt we made was an arrow quilt! This one is also by Briawna, of Purple Poppy Quilts. There have been a lot of arrow quilts around online lately. I love them, but have never attempted one. This was nice to be able to contribute to one!  I had a fun time making arrows!

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For this one we used the arrow tutorial by Grace and Favour. And then we sent in the leftover pieces and Briawna used them on the back!

April and July Quilts for do.Good Stitches

I’m excited to share 2 more quilts that I worked on with my amazing group of the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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First up is the April quilt designed and quilted by Carla, of Modern Bias! She gave us the color selection and the directions to make a diamond of our choosing. Her instruction post has some fun diamond inspiration!

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I did a little take on the Psychedelic Baby Quilt. Ok, well maybe not a ‘little’ take! The block was 12×24.

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I love how the quilting is in the orange! And the pattern is great. I believe Carla entered this one into the Quilt Con Quilt show. Hope it make it in!

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And secondly, the July quilt! In the spirit of the 4th of July, Dhia, of The Peach Patch, chose to do a red white and blue star block. You can find the directions on her blog, here.

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The white block was super easy and fast! The red stars, not so easy and fast! The red stars weren’t hard, just a bit time consuming. There were a lot of little pieces in those red stars.

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Another great group effort for the Nurture Circle! And a special shout out to Carla and Dhia for their amazing work for the group!

 

June do Good Stitches Quilt

This quilt was started as my month as the quilter back in June! So I’ll start be apologizing to the group for taking so long to finish it!

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I was honored when a group member asked if I’d pick my Inside Out Pineapple block for my month! So of course I said yes. I totally wanted to see it as a finished quilt!

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All the quilts we do for the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches are awesome, but most of them are not this time consuming! I’m worried I might have scared a few out of the group with this quilt! I hope not…

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I asked the group to make two blocks each and to use a contrasting color between the center and the ‘rings.’ Most everyone did. A few forgot and different tones of the same color. And you know what…. I love it! Of course I wasn’t going to ask them to redo it. I actually love the mix. It works and makes the quilt even more interesting!

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I love the pattern and it seems to be very popular! But it’s time consuming. I really want to make one for me, since this one is going to away to Covered In Love. Maybe a block of the month is in my future! It’s a paper piecing pattern that is basically four blocks in one. It’s not hard, it just takes a little while!

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I debated on the binding. I love making bindings out of multiple fabrics, but for this one I finally decided on a yellow. I didn’t want it to take away from the blocks and to me, the yellow became a very sweet complement!

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For the back I considered enlarging the block for a super huge block. Then decided to just mimic the center and one white ‘ring’ around it! I did decide to keep it with the solids on the back.

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One reason it took so long to get this one done was the quilting…. I had this great idea that I wanted to go a circular pattern, but n=most of the summer and into the fall I had a loaner machine and I wasn’t liking the circular stitching. I got my machine back and was all about the circle… Until I started…. And I didn’t like it. At all. So i picked it all out and went with the lines of the block and stitched in the ditch. Much happier!

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One of my favorite things about the quilt is that one block with the light, light yellow and the hot pink center! The contrast with the other blocks is great!

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Thanks to all the ladies who participated in this one!

And I can finally cross this off my Finish A Long list!

 

 

 

 

Another do.Good Stitches Finished Quilt

Our group finished another one! This one was designed and finished by Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts.

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Kat calls this quilt Hot and Cold! Get it? Do you see the pattern? A minute ago I took a look and didn’t see the pattern, but every other time the Hot and Cold, red and greens/blues is all I see! I love the spiral effect color can play!

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Now when you look at just mine hanging out on their own, you can’t miss the pattern! I used solids for the green and blue and prints for the reds and yellows side!

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You can get the tutorial for making these blocks over on Kat’s blog, here. It is so simple! I think this one took longer to find the fabric than to sew the fabric together into blocks!

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I like how she used the free motion quilting to further emphasis the Hot and Cold pattern!

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Our group has decided to switch charities. Kat has started a charity in her area for terminal ill patients and thier family. Be sure to learn more about Covered in Love!

 

March do.Good Stitches Quilt

We’ve got another one! Another group effort by the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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This quilt was coordinated by our quilter, Dhia of The Peach Patch. This month she chose to have us do a Triple Irish Chain and even wrote up a tutorial so we’d all get it right!

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We each did two blocks for the quilt.

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One block was the white center pieces. Super easy!

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The second block was a little bit more time consuming! Not harder necessarily, just more pieces equals more time! I made mine the same way I made Low Volume, Bright Contrast Crosses quilt blocks!

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I’m very impressed with how all the blocks blend together perfectly! I don’t know that if I saw this in person, I’d think that 10 people worked on it!! Way to go Dhia! Thanks for another great quilt!

2015 Finish Along- Q3 Goals

Last Quarter I finally finished more than one of my goals, but then missed the link party to share my finishes… Man! So, I finished 2 of my 5 goals from last quarter. This quarter I have 5 goals plus 2 maybe goals…

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Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West Seattle Fabrics and now it just needs binding! I can do it!

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Another one from last quarter… And speaking of West Seattle Fabrics, I can’t wait to finish my beach quilt made with fat quarters from a past giveaway day! This is another one that has both the top and back complete. It just needs putting together. No excuses! seriously this time!

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This MONTH I have two that I need to do…. First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

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And second for this month, a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I’ve never done a rag quilt, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out!

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I also have another do Good Stitches Quilt to put together. This one uses my Inside Out Pineapple Block!! I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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I’d love to get these two done too! But same as last quarter, no promises on these!

OK, I think that’s enough!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 

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My bee mates might be a little annoyed at me… It took way to long to get these pictures to them!

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This is the quilt I ‘designed’ for the February do Good Stitches bee. I say designed in apostrophes, because I did wrote the tutorial, but I can’t claim it’s totally my own idea. I’ve seen similar around, but you can check out the tutorial to make our own here.

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Once I got all the blocks, the quilt top came together super easy!

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I love how even though each block is by a different person, it looks like it was made by one person! All the pieces are perfect together!

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I’ve also gotten to where I rarely use one color for the binding. I love different colored bindings!

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We started sending pillowcases with our quilts, so I choose to match the back to the pillowcase that was sent along. I don’t have a picture of it. hmmmm. But it’s red and yellow and green. I’ll have to take a picture!

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The back shows the random striaght line quilting better than the front. On the front it starts to blend in with all the piecing. But it stands out l=nicely on the back!

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We always put on our labels!

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Another picture of the front with the blue binding! My husband LOVES this one. He keeps trying to come up with ways that we can keep it. So far none of his ways have worked. So it looks like another one of these is in my near future! Only I wont have the group to help make the blocks!

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And I can mark this off as 1 of my Q2 Finish Along finishes!
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January do Good Stitches Quilt!

Our friend, Kat, the fastest Nurture Group quilter there is has done it again with a great do Good Stitches quilt!

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In January she requested the group to make 2 string blocks as quilt as you go blocks.

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This year, we learned the group we donate to, My Very Own Blanket, doesn’t have as many boy quilts as those for girls. So this year we are trying to design our quilts with more boy fabrics. I decided on yellow and green.

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For the blocks, we started in the middle with a strip sewn onto a piece of batting. Then we continued adding strips until the block was covered. You can find the whole tutorial on Kat’s blog, here. It’s really quite a quick and easy block!

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One thing I’ve always wondered about QAYG is the bulk at the seams of the batting. Kat had a very cleaver idea of using a zig zag seam to help ease the bulk of those seams. Great idea! And I love the look of it.

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And the back is a solid piece of diagonal striped fabric. Perfect match for the front!

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I’m tempted to make my own version of this! What about you?

A Wonky Block with a Tutorial

I usually don’t post my picks for my do.Good Stitches quilting months, but I posted a picture of the block coming together and I learned that some of my circle friends aren’t excited about wonky! And I learned a little something about wonky while I was making these, so I thought I’d share!

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The block we’re doing for the February Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches is made up of 5 blocks and 2 solid pieces. And once you put them all together you end up with 1 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m loving the look of these blocks. Log cabin wonky, my friend! Love it! For this large block you’ll need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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You’ll need some fabric, of course! Ha! For the center piece you’ll need scraps. Any scraps. I’d prefer mostly solids, but…  And an array of whites and/or creams for the outside. For mine I used, Kona Snow, Kona White and Kona Oyster. I also added in a few white pattern on white fabric scraps.

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Here’s what I learned. When I start with a square, the wonky log cabins always turn out looking nicer.

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This is a big ole oops that didn’t make it into my block!  First off, I started with a wonky shaped center and tried to make it work. Secondly, I was using all scraps. So I sewed on this triangle. When I think wonky, I also think I can use odd shaped pieces. But, um, no. I mean I guess if you’re really good at it you can…. But mine always turn out nicer starting with a square.

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Then make your little log cabin. Mine stayed between 4 inches to 2 inches, approximately.

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Here’s the key to wonky (at least for me)- The wonky part of the whole thing comes in the cutting, not the piecing! After piecing I ended up with a traditional square. After cutting, I ended up with a wonky block! Just rotate that cutting square!

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Next you keep building on the center piece just like you would any log cabin. This one just happens to not be a square! For the do. Good quilt, I’d like these to have the colored center off center. The off center thing seems to go along with the whole wonky thing, don’t you think!

I use scraps, not straight pieces for the side of the log cabin. Different widths, some are pieced, most aren’t straight. This also helps add to the wonkiness!

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Just like you did with the center, you use the cutting square to cut your SQUARE off kilter from the middle. This is where you do want to cut a real square!

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Like I mentioned before, here are the blocks you need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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The fun part… Arranging the ‘mini’ blocks to make the overall block.

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Then back to the sewing machine! Sew the pieces together so that you end up with a 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m so exicted to see how this comes together for the quilt circle!!! Yea!!!