Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Musings

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I usually post on Wednesdays, but thought I'd pop in today with a few random things.

I finished my baskets and bow tie quilt top.
For the backing I used this pretty print that I have had for about 10 years.
It was a challenge to match it
It isn't perfect, but pretty darn good don't you think?
Here is Monica's basket quilt in brights - it's great!
My swap blocks so far.  I'm doing the modern swap only this time.
 As you can see I am using different backgrounds and solids.
Here is a tip I posted on IG.  If you are using triangles on a roll, you may want to try stitching just inside the line so they come out the right size once you've pressed them.
 Also, I use a hot dry iron and just spritz a little water.  I find that steaming blocks can skew them a bit.  How do you press?  I also use a starch quite a bit.
Fun an Games~
I started this puzzle on New Years Eve and finished it yesterday.  It had 1000 piece and here is the progression:
We played this escape room board game.  It was super hard!  we solved it (using the clues) with less than 7 seconds to go.  Felt like we were in a James Bond movie.  There are 3 more to play.
Hope you are staying warm - it is so so cold here!  Coco will take any warmth she can find.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Churn Dash Tutorial

Hello 2018 Swappers!  Long Post - Read then READ again.

Wow - Sign ups closed in a matter of hours.  I gave up my spot on the repro list and added spots to accommodate as many as possible.  There is a waitlist.  For those who missed the sign up, feel free to use this tutorial to play along at home or with a sewing group.

This is the basic Churn Dash Block we're swapping.  

Swap Colors:  Please adhere to the color themes.

Repro Group - Civil War Prints (med/dark) with natural (off white) muslin.
Modern Group - Jewel Toned Solids with Low Volume Prints.
 Jewel Tone means no muddy colors - bright and pretty.
Here are some more examples of low volume prints.  No grey backgrounds please - we used that for the bow ties of 2014.
Please use only good quality, clean fabric. 

The Blocks finish at  6"  -   6 1/2" unfinished.

Start with a clean machine, good fine thread, a sharp needle and use your very best sewing skills.

***Make 1 block to test your size and adjust needle or seam allowance as needed to achieve a 6 1/2" unfinished block.***

For each block you will need:  (measurements are unfinished)
4 - 2 1/2" half square triangles
4 - 2 1/2" strip sets made with 2 1 1/2" strips
1 - 2 1/2" center square.

I like to use Triangles on a Roll because there is no trimming and they are accurate.  You can use your favorite method but you must achieve a 2 1/2" unfinished HST.
Pin with flat pins, sew in the direction shown on the paper, shorten your stitch length for easy paper removal.  You can purchase this at your LQS or on line.

Check to make sure your HST is 2 1/2"

Make strip sets with  1 1/2" strips.
 Cut to 2 1/2"
Cut 2 1/2" center squares:
Layout your block
Sew together into 3 horizontal sections and PRESS LIKE THIS:  Ooops - there is a pressing error here !!  yikes.  don't do it like this.
Viola!  Please check your size NOW.  You have to be with 1/8" of 6 1/2" unfinished.

After working on the blocks yesterday, I decided we would be swapping 1 full set and 1 half set.  These are 6" blocks and take more time than previous swap blocks.  Here are the numbers:

Make 1 full set of 44 in one color combination.
Make 1 half set of 22 in another color combination.

Make 1 full set of 36 in one color combination.
Make 1/2 set of 18 in another color combination.

If you are using FQs or smaller pieces you can use more than 4 fabrics total, but you can not make more that 1 full set the same.

Okay, please go to the top and read again, especially before you email me questions that I have already answered.

Important Facts:
Block Size:  6" finished (6 1/2" unfinished - no trimming!)
Repro Blocks to Make:    66
Modern Blocks to Make: 54
Mailing Deadline:  March 1st - NO EXCEPTIONS 

Please use the hashtag #fwb2018blockswap on your blog, Facebook and Instagram.

On Your Marks, Get Set - SEW!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Swap Sign Up Open!

UPDATE:  The Swap Groups are Closed.  I added 5 spots to modern.  Details, instructions, colors and timing coming soon!

Sign ups for the 2018 Churn Dash Swap is officially open today!  The photos are inspiration ONLY.  I'll be announcing color and size details soon.

***Important Message - READ THIS ENTIRE POST**

Send me an email at and include:

1.  Your first and last name
2.  Which group you want to be in Modern or Reproduction.
I will send you an email confirmation.

Sign ups will be open for 1 week or when the groups have filled.
40 swapper limit for Reproduction
30 swapper limit for Modern
I won't know how many blocks until sign ups have closed.  I won't be sharing or sending instructions or posting a tutorial until the sign ups are closed.

I'm excited for the swap and hope you'll join in the FUN!

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year - New Swap

Swap Time is almost here!  Drum roll...........

The Churn Dash - Woo Hoo!

I will be starting sign ups next week.  I will provide all the details at that time.  DON'T START ANY BLOCKS until I publish the details.

To get you in the mood for the swap here are some pretty quilts using the churn dash.

So are you in?  Do you like the theme this Year?  I hope so.

wishing you a Gentle and Peaceful New Year!  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas 2017 - It's Practically Here!!!

Today's Post is all about Christmas and a tiny bit of quilting.

I worked on this Red Work for about 10 years and  finished it in 2010.  I had it framed this year ,and I just love it.
Our dear friends, Susan and Owen make this charming mice every year.  We love this collection and treasure it.
My front hall.  No White House Tree this year......No Comment.....and no comments please.
My Indoor Winter Garden.  Plants get moved to pretty locations when they bloom.  That is a self contained Amaryllis bulb in wax on the sill from my friend Pauline.
Danish Plates and old family Christmas photos on display.
My Kitchen Window which has a wintry scene (hard to take this photo with the back lighting).
Here are my Christmas cards which I am not sending this year.  I decided after 30 years it was okay to take a break so I just sent a few.
I will share this antique quilt another time.  It makes a wonderful Christmas quilt display.
I finished trimming our tree yesterday - yay!
One of my plastic spinner ornaments from my grandparents 1940s collection.
 Elf ornament from the kindergarten teacher.
Bubble lights and Danish Flags a must at our house.
coco is thrilled beyond measure.....
The Nissemen
A little quilt marking.  For anyone who guess I'd be using my large fan for quilting my Christmas Nine Patch:  A+++
 I'm framing the edges then I'm going to scatter them all around the center.
A Tour of my 2017 Dickens Village (photo heavy~!)
by day
by night
 Dickens and his wife Catherine
 Gin Drinkers
 The "village area"
 New this year - Chimney Sweep
 I made more elevations this year.
From our home to yours I wish you all a 
Happy and 
Gentle Holiday Season.