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.

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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.

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Maybe I should have used grey…

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

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Charity Quilt: Pseudo Disappearing 9-Patch

Pseudo Disappearing 9-Patch Beaded Bracelets pameladianedesigns.com

Pseudo Disappearing 9-Patch
Beaded Bracelets
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With all the unfinished quilts in my sewing room, there I go again and start another quilt.  I love everything about this quilt.  The design, the colors, the fabrics and the reason for making this quilt.   It looks like a Disappearing 9-Patch but it is not built as such.  It has the perfect use of fabric.  It is made of six blocks and finishes 36″ x 54″ to create a nice lap quilt.  Add six more blocks and it will make a perfect twin-size quilt.  The hidden design includes seven Illinois roads.  It reminds me of beaded bracelets that you might wear in the summer and winter.

The original quilt I saw with this design added a 6 1/2″ strip border of the background fabric with corner squares in the fabric of the small squares with a multi-colored binding of the colors of the large squares.  The chevron fabric and whiskey colored fabric were left over from the Crown Royal Quilt finished in December.  The backing (not shown) is a beautiful creamy turquoise and Indian motorcycle fabrics.   I was hoping to finish this quilt in time for the delivery of quilts to Illinois for Quilts of Compassion, but I really wanted it quilted.  Donna will quilt it and I will bind it next month.  I will most likely bind with the chevron fabric.

Fabric Requirements: Lap Quilt (double for twin-size)

Large Squares: 6 – 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ each from 4 Fat Quarters (Chevron, Purple, Green, Turquoise)

Small Squares: 2 – 3 1/2″ x WOF ** (Whiskey)

Background: 2 – 6 1/2″ x WOF ** and 3 – 3 1/2″ x WOF subcut to 6 1/2″ (Grey)

** Sew together then subcut to 3 1/2″

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2015 Row by Row H2O

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2015 Row by Row H2O
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Our local quilt shop had a challenge to design a row for the shop.  The pattern I designed is called Water Winter Wonderland.  I will be including this row on my quilt this year.  The pattern will be updated to make a slight modification to the Wave Block.  The shop owner did not choose the row design but she did award a gift certificate to her shop.  Below are the blocks that I want to collect this year, however the out-of-state row patterns will be dependent on our summer travel plans.

Michigan Row Patterns:

Quilt #1

Forever Fabrics Greenville, MI

Forever Fabrics
Greenville, MI

Fields Fabrics of Spring Lake Spring Lake, MI

Fields Fabrics of Spring Lake
Spring Lake, MI

The Quilting Season Saline, MI

The Quilting Season
Saline, MI

Going to Pieces Quilt Co Appleton, WI

Going to Pieces Quilt Co
Appleton, WI

Red Barn Custom Quilts Sevierville TN (Pattern Only)

Red Barn Custom Quilts
Sevierville TN (Pattern Only)

The Quilters Garden Fenton, MI

The Quilters Garden
Fenton, MI

Interquilten Interlochen, MI

Interquilten
Interlochen, MI

Fabric Stash Cheboygan, MI

Fabric Stash
Cheboygan, MI

Quilt #2

The Stitchery Howell, MI

The Stitchery
Howell, MI

A Little Quilt Shop Waterford, MI

A Little Quilt Shop
Waterford, MI

Lakeshore Sewing Grand Rapids, MI

Lakeshore Sewing
Grand Rapids, MI

Cherry Country Quilters Sutton Bay, MI

Cherry Country Quilters
Sutton Bay, MI

Lakeshore Sewing Wyoming, MI

Lakeshore Sewing
Wyoming, MI

Piece by Piece Appleton, WI

Piece by Piece
Appleton, WI

Sew n' Sew Appleton, WI (Pattern Only)

Sew n’ Sew
Appleton, WI (Pattern Only)

Creative Quilt Kits Brighton. MI

Creative Quilt Kits
Brighton. MI

Quilt #3

Fabric Fair Troy, MI

Fabric Fair
Troy, MI

Patches & Petals Cadillac, MI

Patches & Petals
Cadillac, MI

The Quilt Patch Tecumseh, MI

The Quilt Patch
Tecumseh, MI

Pressing Matters Holland, MI

Pressing Matters
Holland, MI

Sew What Wyandotte, MI

Sew What
Wyandotte, MI

Stitched Studio Grand Rapids, MI

Stitched Studio
Grand Rapids, MI

Pink Castle Ann Arbor, MI

Pink Castle
Ann Arbor, MI

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2015 Row by Row H2O
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Quilt #4

Lake Street Mercantile South Lyon, MI

Lake Street Mercantile
South Lyon, MI

Bits n' Pieces Wayne, MI

Bits n’ Pieces
Wayne, MI

Seven Sisters Quilt Shop Carson City, MI

Seven Sisters Quilt Shop
Carson City, MI

The Stitching Well Bay City, MI

The Stitching Well
Bay City, MI

Ben Franklin Marquette, MI

Ben Franklin
Marquette, MI

The Fox River Appleton, WI

The Fox River
Appleton, WI

The Sewing Center Sevierville, TN (Pattern Only)

The Sewing Center
Sevierville, TN (Pattern Only)

Decorative Stitch Shelby Twp, MI (Pattern Only)

Decorative Stitch
Shelby Twp, MI (Pattern Only)

Appliqué pattern for Butterflies & Dragonflies Quilt:

Fields Fabrics of Kentwood Kentwood, MI

Fields Fabrics of Kentwood
Kentwood, MI

Out-of-state Row Patterns I Love:

Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre #1-4047 Norwell Drive Nanaimo, BC V9T 1Y6 800 789 1730

Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre
#1-4047 Norwell Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 1Y6
800 789 1730

Trackside Quilting 109 E. Main Laurel, MT 59044 406 628 7051

Trackside Quilting
109 E. Main
Laurel, MT 59044
406 628 7051

 Bold Line Quilts & Crafts 1650 E 3rd St Delta, CO 970 209 4141

Bold Line Quilts & Crafts
1650 E 3rd St
Delta, CO
970 209 4141

All About Quilts 8651 E. U.S. Hwy. 24 Manhattan, KS 66502 785 539 6759

All About Quilts
8651 E. U.S. Hwy. 24
Manhattan, KS 66502
785 539 6759

The Quilt Bugs 205 West E St Phillipsburg, KS 785 543 7905

The Quilt Bugs
205 West E St
Phillipsburg, KS
785 543 7905

Swift Stitches 13496 Main Street Talkeetna, AK 99676 907 733 6139

Swift Stitches
13496 Main Street
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733 6139

Quilt Shoppe of DeLand, Inc 115 W Rich Ave DeLand, FL 866 734 8782

Quilt Shoppe of DeLand, Inc
115 W Rich Ave
DeLand, FL
866 734 8782

Riverhead Vacuum & Sewing Ctr 31 East Main St Riverhead, NY 631 727 1550

Riverhead Vacuum & Sewing Ctr
31 East Main St
Riverhead, NY
631 727 1550

The Quilt Company 3940 Middle Road Allison Park, PA 412 487 9532

The Quilt Company
3940 Middle Road
Allison Park, PA
412 487 9532

Rocking Chair Quilts 301 S Meadows St Grant Park, IL 815 465 2428

Rocking Chair Quilts
301 S Meadows St
Grant Park, IL
815 465 2428

 Simply Southern Quilts & Gifts 12 W Maple St Sparta, TN 931 836 3271

Simply Southern Quilts & Gifts
12 W Maple St
Sparta, TN
931 836 3271

Sew Original - Boone 1542G Hwy 421S Boone, NC 828 264 1049

Sew Original – Boone
1542G Hwy 421S
Boone, NC
828 264 1049

Hidden Chains: A Crown Royal Quilt

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Crown Royal Quilt
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On November 22nd a friend of ours was looking for someone to make a quilt for her Dad for Christmas.  Her Mom had collected 149 Crown Royal bags over the years.  Based on the late date, I would need commitment from my friend from The Quilted Loon to quilt it because it was too close to Christmas to get it quilted through the local quilt shops.  I estimated cost to be $125-$150 (my time and quilting) plus $40-$60 in materials (batting, binding and backing).

 

Bag Deconstruction:

I underestimated the amount of time needed to deconstruct the bags.  I had read that the thread on the bag would melt if ironed.  I cut off the top draw string and cuff and then cut off the seam with the thread.  Cutting of the seam destroyed nearly a 1/2″ of fabric which was really needed.  So, needless to say, I did not use this method.  Instead, we seam ripped the thread from the inside out.

In order to center Crown Royal in a square, the biggest square you can make is 4×4 unfinished and that leaves only a 1/4″ in front of the word Crown and a 1/4″ after the word Royal.  I employed my sister-in-law, my Mom and myself to seam rip bags over Thanksgiving.  This was a 3-5 day process.  We seam ripped the backs as well but I ended up not using the backs in the quilt.  Once the pieces were separated, I pressed them all before cutting them.

Crown Royal Bag Deconstruction pameladianedesigns.com

Crown Royal Bag Deconstruction
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Design:

I decided it was best to make my own design since most patterns would not call for a 4″ square and I would spend a lot more trying to locate a pattern  in a book.  I mocked up a half of block along with a drawing in order to determine how much fabric I needed to purchase.  Unfortunately, I could not find a fabric at the quilt shop that matched the same tan colored fabric from my scrap stash.  Darn!  Once I started to cut the fabrics I purchased, it was clear that the design was not going to work as well with the new fabrics.

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So back to the design drawing board I went and created a design similar to this.  The quilt would consist of three blocks across by seven blocks down.

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Cut x 21:

2-4 x 4  CR squares (center of plus sign) (42 bags)

2-4 x 4 1/2 CR squares (42 bags)

8-2 1/2 x 4 Purple Handspray rectangles (2 yards)

2-2 1/2 x 4 purple CR rectangles

8-2 1/2 x 2 1/2 camel/tan flannel squares (1 1/4 yards) Essentials by Wilmington Prints

1-2 x 2 camel/tan flannel square (center square)

Border & Backing:

1″ whiskey brown inner border (1/3 yard)

3 1/2 chevron outer border (from backing sides)

2 1/2″ whiskey brown binding (1/2 yard)

Chevron backing (4 1/2 yards) Daydreams 3 Flower Bomb by Camelot Cottons

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Quilt on the long arm machine…

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The finished quilt…

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Crown Royal Quilt
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Crown Royal Quilt  Side View pameladianedesigns.com

Crown Royal Quilt
Side View
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In laundering the quilt, I would definitely use color catchers during the wash cycle.  I am not an advocate of pre-washing fabric.  However if I made another Crown Royal quilt, I probably would pre-wash and dry bags before seam ripping and cutting them.

Demo Day at CQK

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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 Upcoming CQK Classes

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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.

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Women of the 30’s BOM

In October, I started on making a new Block-of-the-Month Quilt at The Quilting Season in Saline.  It’s called “Women in the 30’s”.  I just love the 1930 reproduction fabrics!  There is something fascinating about history and with this BOM there is a monthly class and recipe that are shared.  I have created a new page where I will post the completed blocks.  The first block is called “Crossroads”.  It is variation of the Kentucky Crossroads pattern created by Nancy Cabot.  The original Kentucky Crossroads pattern was developed in 1933 and a second version in 1938 was published in the Chicago Tribune.

30's BOM - October 2014 Crossroads variation of Kentucky Crossroads Quilt Block Nancy Cabot pameladianedesigns.com

30’s BOM – October 2014
Crossroads variation of
Kentucky Crossroads Quilt Block
Nancy Cabot
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In researching this block and its origin, I stumbled on some fascinating and informative web sites.

Antique Geometric Quilt Designs

Illinois Quilt History