Friday, 29 April 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Sashing, Borders and Finishing your Quilt




Quilt Assembly Instructions:

Step 1:  Arrange your completed Ugly Sweater blocks according to the size of quilt you are making. Sew the Background 1.5” x 12.5” short sashing strips between the blocks in the rows.



Step 2:  Sew the Background 1.5” x 51.5” long sashing strips to the bottom of the rows. Sew the rows together.



Step 3:  Sew the Background side border pieces on the sides.

  •  20 block Maxi quilt side borders are 1.5” x 64.5”
  •  16 block Medium quilt side borders are 1.5” x 51.5”

Step 4:  Sew the Background top and bottom border pieces on the top and bottom to complete your quilt top.

  •  20 block Maxi quilt top and bottom border borders are 1.5” x 53.5”
  •  16 block Medium quilt top and bottom border borders are 1.5” x 53.5”

Step 5:  Prepare your backing and batting.  Baste the quilt.  And quilt as desired.  Trim and bind your quilt.
  • 20 block Maxi quilt requires (6) binding strips
  • 16 block Medium quilt requires (6) binding strips


You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule. 

A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my PayHip pattern store here.



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Ugly Christmas Sweaters - HST Bonus Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

The instructions for all 21 of the blocks in the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL have been given. Today's tutorial is for the Bonus 2.5" half square triangles! If you have quilted along, and have made the 20 blocks for the Maxi size quilt, you will have 40 Bonus 2.5" HST's. 

I chose to use my HST's to make this beautiful 16" x 25" Sewing Machine Mat. That way I will always have a reminder of the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt, how much I enjoyed making it, and how much fun it was to have you all quilting along with me!



This 16" x 25" Sewing Machine Mat was made using 40 pieces of 2.5" squares. I used my Bonus HST's, but any 2.5" squares will work to follow this tutorial.




Here are the requirements:
40 - 2.5" squares

32 - 1.5" x 2.5" strips
9  - 1.5" x 14.5" strips
2  - 1.5" x 25.5" strips
2 - 2.25" x 42" strips of Binding
Batting and Backing to cover 20" x 30"


Step 1:  Arrange your 2.5" squares into a grid with 8 pieces per row and using 5 rows.

Step 2:  Sew the 1.5" x 2.5" strips to the bottoms of the pieces in the first 4 rows.




Step 3:  Sew the pieces into columns.




Step 4:  Sew the 1.5" x 14.5" strips between each of the columns.




Step 5:  Sew the 1.5" x 25.5" strips along the top and bottom.



Step 6:  Layer the backing, batting and finished top. And baste.




Step 7:  Quilt the layers. And then the trim edges.




Step 8:  Apply the binding.





Step 8:  And ENJOY!






You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule.



A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
Want to get in on the fun?
Then grab a button below and share it on your blog!



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If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word. Also....  Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #uglychristmassweatersqal


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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my PayHip pattern store here.






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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Let's Bee Social #122

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social and thank you so much for making this party such a success!





Sorry to say... 
I still don't have any "real" works in progress to show you this week.

But I do have this virtual WIP. It's really outside of my normal range. I have been spending a lot of time working on "one block" designs. But I love trying something new every now and then. I would say this Bear Paw design is very Modernitional.

A while back, I was contacted by Georganna Hawley, who is the guest curator for a quilt exhibit coming to the Ontario (California) Museum of History and Art, titled Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2016 through January 22, 2017. 

Please click here for more information about the exhibit and how you can enter!




In other news......

Farmers have been known to advise that you should not keep all your eggs in one basket. And I really do agree with that advice. Although I do have an Etsy shop where I can sell patterns, I also opened a PayHip pattern store. But what if your one basket has a hole in it? I think you have to either find a new basket or start putting all your eggs in the one good basket.

I have been getting quite a number of emails lately from people complaining that they are unable to download their pattern purchased from my PayHip pattern shop. Or that they are unable to make a purchase using their credit card without signing up for a PayPal account. I have been replying to these emails and sending the patterns as an attachment when they are unable to download. And I have been directing those wishing to pay by credit card to my Etsy shop where they have been able to successful make purchases from there.

So, over the next little while, I will be phasing out my PayHip shop and directing those who are interested in purchasing patterns to go to my Etsy shop from now on.




NOW....

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