Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greek Cross Quilt

Late Friday night I just wanted to sew something simple and none of my WIPs were really speaking to me. Earlier in the day I had seen Jess at Quilty Habit start a new Modern Maples quilt and I was tempted to start a new project too. The WIPs could wait!

For our guild quilting bee this month Eugenie has given us some Curious Nature fabric by David Butler.

This reminded me of a fat quarter bundle of the same I had bought a while back. I had originally got it to make a quilt for my husband but he really did not take to the fabrics as I had expected. Anyway this fabric screamed Greek Cross to me which to me is a very masculine looking block. I paired it with some Quilter's Linen in Stone by Robert Kaufman. Each block barely takes a few minutes to sew up. 

Along the way I put together a quick tutorial. Sorry for the blurred pics, it was late at night and the lighting was quite insufficient.

From the width of a fat quarter cut 

  • 1 - 5" x 5" piece
  • 4 - 5" x 2.75" pieces

From the solid fabric cut

  • 4 - 5" x 5" piece
  • 4 - 5" x 2.75" pieces

Arrange the pieces together to form the block

Pair the two sets together and chain piece them.

 Piece the rest of block like so.

Each block goes really fast. To be frank I did not care to iron each block as I sewed along. I just finger pressed the seams and moved on. It's a fairly simple to make and completes at 14" x 14" for the unfinished block.

Linking upto: Fabric Tuesday and WIP Wednesday

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Handmade Tags

Over the weekend I gifted yet another of my quilts to some old friends of ours who recently got married. When gift wrapping the quilt I realized it did not have a label and there was not enough time to sew up one. So I resorted to making a tag and attaching it to the quilt. I had earlier seen Amy of NanaCompany make these adorable fabric stamps. I decided to use that idea and make a tag that attaches to the quilt.

I had picked up these stamps and tags from Michael's a while back but never really used them. For one side I hand stamped and signed the tag.

For the reverse I created a fabric stamp using Amy's tutorial.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Daily Craft TV

Once again Eric Woolf, the media coordinator at Fons & Porter contacted me to review a class from their new online course offerings at http://www.dailycrafttv.com There are currently a number of crafting classes available that cost between $4.99 and $9.99 and new ones are being added daily.

I picked Yes You Can Piece Curves: Curved Piecing Two Ways as I was interested in learning how to piece curves and the class promised a free pattern for 'Tres Chic' quilt featured in one of their Quilty magazine editions.

After previewing the class I tried my hand at piecing a few 3" Drunkard's Path blocks and made a mug rug for our guild swap.

Not bad for a few hours of work. I even made my own drunkards path template.

Eric has also agreed to give away one class for free to one of the lucky readers today. Please sign up using the Rafflecopter plugin below and I will pick one random winner next Wednesday.

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This is the lovely mug rug I got in return from our swap. It reminds me of the summer that is quickly slipping away. Love the machine embroidery on it. What a clever idea.

Linking up to: WIP Wednesday, Needle and Thread Thursday