Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Paintbrush Studio's New Block Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Welcome to day three of the 
2016 Paintbrush Studios New Block Blog Hop!!

Today, I have my Parisian Tiles Block pattern using Paintbrush Studios lovely Ocean Sunrise inspired theme.

These lovely Painter's Palette fabrics were provided to us by Paintbrush Studios, to make 12 1/2" blocks with. These blocks will all be sent back to Yvonne, Quilting Jet Girl, who will assemble them into several quilts for charity. How awesome is that??!! There is also a fabric giveaway, so hop on over and win yourself some love!

What reminds you more of Ocean's and Summers than a Nautically inspired quilt???
Meet Parisian Tiles, my 12" finished block.

Parisian Tiles makes up into a lovely Queen sized quilt with only 12 blocks!! Quick and easy for your Summer time decor!

You will need:
a FQ, each of:

Starch to stabilize bias blocks
A 12 1/2" Square ruler to square up your block
Rotary cutter, mat, Aurifil 50 thread in 2600, grey
80/12 needle

Cutting: (WOF is width of fabric, in this case, a fat quarter or 21")

White fabric;
(3), 2" WOF strips
(1), 4" WOF strip, subdivide into 4" Squares

Daydream fabric;
(1), 3" WOF strip

Midnight fabric;
(1), 4" WOF, subcut into 7 1/2" lengths
(2), 3" WOF strips

Left Half of Block:
(2), White 4"squares
(1), Midnight 3" by 9" strip
(2), White 2" by 9" strips
(2), Daydream 3" by 7" strips

Assemble Left Half of block as above:
  • White square, Daydream strip, White strip, Midnight strip, White strip, Daydream strip, White square
  • NOTE: Notice that the strips are all sewn from the same leading edge so that the bottom of the edge is straight. If your edge is not straight, rip and repiece. If your edge is almost straight, with less than 1/8" variation, it will be fine, as this edge will be in the seam when we combine the two sides of the block.
  • PRESS all seams in one direction, using starch and no steam. The starch will help to stabilize the block as we piece the two sides together. 
  • While hot from pressing, place the block under a heavy book to ensure super flatness. 

Let's Trim!!
  • Using a 12 1/2" Square Ruler, place the center line 3/8 of an inch from the bottom, straight, edge, as seen above.

  • Center top edge (at 12 1/2" corner) in the Midnight strip, maintaining the bottom edge of your block on the center line. 
  • Holding ruler in place, trim both sides. 
Right Half of block:
(1) White 2" by 21"  strip
(1) Midnight 3" by 16" strip
(1) White 2" by 11" strip
(1) Midnight 4: by 7 1/2" strip

Assemble Right Half of block:
  • Mark the centers of each strip using a pin or by folding and finger pressing
  • Match the centers and pin, beginning with the White 2" by 21" strip and following the order, above. Sew in sequence
  • Press, using starch, and no steam, and weight to lie flat.

Trim the block:
  • Line the center line of the 12 1/2" ruler 3/8" from the bottom (long White edge) of the block, as above.
  • Align the point of the corner of the ruler, with the center of the Midnight strip, as above.
  • Trim along both sides.

Assemble the Block:

  • Line the two halves of your block, longest  hypotenuse, together, 

  • Keeping bottom, long, edges together, sew with a 1/4" seam, attending to seams so that they do not flip while sewing. 
  • Press, folding seam to the long white strip
Trim the block:

  • Align the center line of the 12 1/2" square ruler with the center seam you just sewed. 
  • Trim the block around the outside edge of the entire ruler.
Repeat 11 more times and you have a quilt flimsy!! Wooo!!

For added zest, you can change up the colors to make the quilt 3D!!

Please check out the other Bloggers' Patterns!!!
Wednesday, March 30th

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Paperie SewTogether Bag

Today's Finish is my Paperie SewTogether Bag. 
Made with scraps from my Paperie
And, man, is it lurverly!!
I hand stitched around all of the red and orange heart shaped leaves from the Gathering Blooms Panel
Then matchstick quilted in Aurifil Seafoam(2835), Light Pink(2423), and Off White(2021) all across the front panel. I only use Aurifil when I sew, and it works like a dream in my Pfaff, Janome and vintage Singer.
When you're constructing your Sewtogether Bag, and you want to add a fancy outside, be sure to cut your pieces extra long and wide, as you will embellish them Before you trim them and sew the bag together. If you begin with sides cut to the correct finished size, your bag will probably shrink and be smaller on the outside than it should be. So cut large and trim down, later!
On the other side, I used scraps of my favorite quotes from Amy's wonderful Paperie fabric, Quoted. So marvelous!! Then I fit in bits of the leftover scraps that were less than 2.5 inches, because I could not bear to lose them and wanted to see them every day. 
And the Answer to the Question, of course!!
I used Eponine as the outside sides, and Manuscript as the binding... I can see owning yards and yards of this marvelous print! 
I used a felt heart as my needle rest :)
And lined each zipper opening in velvet ribbon, with zippers to match. I placed the ribbon lower on the mint zipper pocket, to underline the wonderful quotes that Amy chose to use. Sigh!! Happiness!
The pocket interiors are Kona solids that sing with the Paperie line. The back lining is Happily Ever After, and the inside sides are Cosette. Find the entire line shown with names, here
The bottom is a section of the Gathering Blooms Panel, I added this to the pattern as I wanted extra space at the top of my bag, over the zippers, in case I needed to put a 4"square cutting template or other large object into the bag for safe keeping while I travelled to and fro.
Go and grab some Paperie as fast as you can!! It's limited edition and when it's gone, it's gone!! 
That Happily Ever After heart print comes in wide for backings, too!! Drool!!

And as if knowing that all of this lovely is out in the world, wasn't enough, my sponsor, Calico Cat Fabrics, has some very nice sales going on for you!!
I kid you not, she has Tula Pink Plum Ship Shape on sale for $3.69 a half yard. Sheer lunacy!!
Tanya has also just gotten entire ranges of novelty prints, so if a Dr Who Sewtogether Bag needs to be in your future, or a Sewing Themed bag, or Campers  (I mean, Campers!! So cute!!!), or Disney, hop on over and check her out!  All of her Riley Blake and Lecien are on sale until they're GONE!!

So Much Fun!!!
Moose slip on the ice, too ;)


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday :)