Thread Catcher #5

Another Thread Catcher is done and I do believe that this is my most favorite to date!  I just love the outer fabric that was gifted to me by Thelma from CQK so she is the lucky recipient of this beauty.  The coral lining fabric was one of the prize FQ’s from the 2014 Row by Row.  I couldn’t believe it when I found coordinating jumbo Rick Rack (color:  Paradise Pink/Rose/Rosado Coral) at JoAnn’s.

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This will not be the last Thread Catcher I make because I still don’t have one!  I am also teaching the class at Creative Quilt Kits on July 25th from 10am-3pm.

Stash Buster Saturday: Amish Whirl

This past Saturday I attended a demonstration  class at the Quilt Patch.  The Amish Whirl block was showcased from “The Block Maker” book.

The two techniques used in the construction of this block are:  the Half-Rectangle and the sewing of the Locked Block.

Amish Whirl @ The Quilt Patch

Amish Whirl
@ The Quilt Patch

Stash Busting Opportunity:  Grandson’s Quilt

Goal:  Create quilt to lay on his bunk bed so he can make his bed.  Mattress top is W 37.5″ x L 74.5″ x H 12″.

Stash fabrics:

  • Construction:  3 yards (Backing+)
  • Kona Red, Yellow, Blue:  1 FQ each
  • Modern Yellow & Blue Print:  1 FQ each

Purchased fabrics:

  • Kona Green: 1 FQ
  • Modern Green & Red Print: 1 FQ each
  • Kona White: 1 yard (did not use)

Once we got started, my girl friend suggested that I fussy cut the center block from the construction fabric.  Based on the size of the trucks, I would need to cut a 4 1/2″ center which makes a 12″ block.  A 12″ block is also the most efficient use of the fat quarters for the 8 1/2″ rectangles.  In order to completely cover the mattress top, I would need 18 blocks however, the maximum number of blocks from 8 FQ’s is 16.  I will use 15 blocks for the quilt and make a throw pillow with the extra block.  I’ll make a coordinating pillowcase too.

I created the first block with white around the center block but quickly decided that it was way too much white for a 3 year old.


I decided to go really bold and pair the like color solids and pattern fabrics.  It is really bright.  Hope it doesn’t keep him up at night.


Maybe I should have used grey…


No!  The rest of the fabric is already cut and ready to go.  Finish it.  He will love it.


Candy Dish Pillow

On November 18th, I took a class at Creative Quilt Kits to learn how to machine stitch hexagons without having to sew “Y seams”.  The project is the Candy Dish pillow by Jaybird Quilts.  I used a new ruler, Hex N’ More”.  I using 30’s reproduction fabrics from Robert Kaufman.


Here is the progress during class and one of the two finished pillow tops.



Coincidentally, I have been making progress on the “Yummy” Quilt which is also by Jaybird Quilts.  The most difficult part has been laying out the blocks so that the same fabric are distributed throughout the quilt top and that they don’t end up next to one another.

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Demo Day at CQK


Wow!  What an awesome day and way of learning about new tools, techniques and programs about quilting.  It was like taking several free classes all in a row (lunch included), free give aways and shopping, all day long.

Arriving promptly at 10am, I was greeted by the friendly CQK staff where I received coupon deals for the day, a ticket for free give aways, free lip balm and an emory board.  The shop was already packed with eager shoppers.  I had to refrain from shopping right away as I made my way to an almost full training room of eager students. I took a seat up front to enjoy all the demos that would occur throughout the day.


10:00 a.m. Fabric Christmas Origami Gift Card Holder

Sue distributed and demonstrated her Origami pattern and also shared the classes that she was scheduled to teach at CQK, e.g. Photography, Fabric Painting, Thread Painting and Circles.

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She also had a booth where customers could create their own painted fabric.

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10:30 a.m. Crazy Quilting – what is it exactly?

Next up was Sandee from Mid-Michigan Crazy Quilters who demonstrated “Build a Crazy Block” and she shared her personal embellishments on the crazy blocks she made.  I am thinking I might try a Quilt-as-you-go technique to make mug rugs with this pattern.  The Crazy Quilters group meets once a month at CQK in Brighton.


11:00 a.m. Latest new tools from Quilt Market

Jennifer  energetically showcased the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool (with free pattern) and the Stripology Ruler (plus 20% off Stripology book by GE Designs).  The training room was lined with beautiful quilts made with these tools.  I purchased the first and put the latter on my Christmas Wishlist.

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11:30 a.m. English Paper Piecing

Andrea demonstrated how to do English Paper Piecing which is great quilting technique that can be done in the car or on a plane or anywhere where your sewing machine is not present.  The whip stitch is used to connect the different shapes, hexagons, triangles, squares to create your quilt.  She also shared the “Sew Together Bag” which is great to hold all your tools and a new tool which can hold up to 8 threaded needles.


Andrea will be teaching the Hex N More Class on November 18th.  This is hexagons and triangles machine sewn instead of by hand.  I took the opportunity to purchase the ruler for the class.


12:00 noon New Block of the Month Programs

Carol described the four new 2015 Block of the Month Programs that are being offered by the shop.

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12:30 p.m. Twister quilts – quick demo on how to make these trendy quilts

Jennifer provided a demonstration on how to create the Twister quilts and wall hangings.  Sewing together two 4-patch blocks (in a column) containing four different colors boxed by background color is a quick and easy set-up for cutting with the Primitive Gatherings Primitive Pinwheels tool.  This comes in many sizes and the Itty Bitty size is on my Christmas Wishlist.

1:00 p.m. Electric Quilt Company 7 – design your own quilts –easy software

The Windows based EQ7 was demonstrated to the group to show how easily you can design your own quilts.  This product was recently released for the Mac.  I added this to my Christmas Wishlist too.

 1:30 p.m. No fuss zipper insertion

Carol shared how to easily sew a zipper for totes and purses.  Another demonstrator provided details on hand appliqué.  Appliqué is great to use for pictures with a lot of detail.  It can also be done with your machine, as well as by hand. This is not one of my favorite techniques as it puts me to sleep because it is often a tedious and slow process.  The resulting quilt using this technique can be stunning because of the intricate detail that can be achieved with appliqué.

2:00 p.m. Latest new tools from Quilt Market

Jennifer did an encore of her 11:00 a.m. performance and also talked about the Quick Trim Ruler.  This item could be ordered at checkout.

2:30 p.m. What’s next after Row by Row ?—Post Card party!!

Carol from the CQK staff is the Michigan administrator of the Michigan Row by Row.  The 2015 program is Row by Row H20.  Free patterns can be collected from all 50 states from June 21, 2015 through September 8, 2015.  Twenty-five fat quarters are awarded to the first quilt turned into the shop and an extra gift, if that shop’s row is on the quilt.  Be sure to Like the Facebook page, Michigan Row by Row Experience.

The Post Card Party is a new program to create a post card from fabric and a double sided interface.  One side offers the format for the message and address and the other side is a unique quilting technique for the picture side.  The post cards you create are sent to a central location to be sent to other participants across the country and you get post cards created by some else in return.

3:00 p.m. Frenzy Swirl Table Runner

Carol demonstrated the wedge rulers (2 sizes) used to create the swirl table runner.  Two additional techniques were also shown to create table runners.

Prize Give-Away

Every half hour was a fabulous prize give-away.  You needed to be present to win.  I was very fortunate and lucky to win this awesome prize pack!


 Upcoming CQK Classes


Other purchase I made included 3 – 1/2 yards of fabric (two grapes for Happy Days quilt and grey on white snowflake for Santa & Trees paper piecing wall hanging) and jewelry quilt magnet.