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“Shirtings” project


Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Early 2013, my Tuesday quilting bee friends and I embarked upon a personal and shared group project…….. Personal, because we each create our own design and shared¬†‚ąí because we each contributed fabric and second-hand shirts purchased at local stores who specialize in re-selling donated items. There are many thrift stores operated by local churches, and larger stores such as those by Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, who also offer job training, rehabilitaion and disaster relief in addition to resale of donated goods.

Our primary desired objects? Fabulous men’s and women’s shirts:

colorful shirts arranged by hue

shirts are arranged by color hue

We each purchased shirts that appealed to us – whether it was the color, the pattern (solid, stripe or plaid), or size¬†‚ąí translating into more yardage per garment! Some of us creatively searched the pajama pants and ladies’ dress aisles, capturing more bargains.

solid colored shirts

wonderful solid-color woven shirts

beautiful shirts in plaids and stripes

a myriad of plaid and striped shirts

NEXT: the garments were laundered to begin the projects with pre-washed fabric.

sorting for laundry

sorting the lighter colored shirts for washing

Shirts are ready for the laundry

Shirts are ready for the laundry

warm colored stripes and plaids - yardage

add some plaid and striped yardage to the mix

The garments are now “de-constructed”, breaking down the wearables into their flat-fabric forms once again. Collars, front button plackets and cuffs are set aside for future use (hmmm. Wonder what I can do with those?)

deconstruct the garment

cut away collar, cuffs and button plackets with scissors or rotary cutter

Finally, the flat fabric pieces become usable again. Each of us cuts from our collective “stash”, whatever sized pieces our projects will require.

My warning tip: if you embark on this journey yourself, it becomes very addictive! I find myself scouring local resale shops, searching for the “holy grail” of shirts!

light-to-dark collection

a wide range of shirtings from light to dark

warm colored stripes and plaids

A mix of lovely warm colored stripes and plaids. Some hand-woven Guatemalan fabrics included.

mixture of shirtings & yardage

warm colored shirtings, with some cool color mixes

Stay tuned for more……… ¬†Jan

Simply Triangles – newest book by Barbara H. Cline


Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

click to order Simply Triangles

I am participating in a Book Review Blog Tour! This week I am reviewing Barbara Cline’s newest book, Simply Triangles. There is nothing “simple” in these beautiful quilt designs! They are eye candy for the machine piecing aficionado! Many of you are familiar with Barbara’s first book, Star Struck Quilts¬†‚Ästa beautiful collection of Lone Star designs with an elegant twist.

Star Struck Quilts book by Barbara Cline

My favorite new designs are shown below. Barbara’s clear instructions and unique shadowing technique will guarantee¬†you will successfully create one of her beautiful masterpieces! In addition to eleven quilt design patterns, I enjoyed reading personal anecdotes featured throughout the book by Barbara and her family members.

  

Read Simply Triangles¬†book in several ways: ¬†follow Barbara’s introductory method instructions and understand her step-by-step techniques; read through the patterns themselves to see a variety of designs incorporating the techniques; read the personal stories and life lessons to glimpse Barbara’s personal life and wisdom.

Please leave a comment below, I will draw from the participating visitors today, and one lucky person will win a copy of Barbara’s new book. Follow Barbara at her blog,¬†http://quiltingal.blogspot.com/ or on her website: ¬†http://www.delightfulpiecing.com/.¬† This book is a great addition to your personal library! International winners will receive an e-book version rather than a printed copy.

Visit other bloggers in the tour to read additional reviews:

Sept. 3  Polly the Patch Worker
Sept. 4  Cherry House Quilts
Sept. 5  Jan Krentz
Sept. 6  Connecting Threads
Sept. 7  Coleen Sr. Xanga

Happy Stitching!

Patchwork Sassaman Style Blog Tour


Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Patchwork Sassaman Style

July Book Review Blog Tour! I am participating with others in a blog tour to review Jane Sassaman’s new book! Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed, and follow reviews of Patchwork Sassaman Style ‚Äď Recipes for Dazzling Quilts! Leave a comment on my blog to enter a drawing for a free book!

The blog schedule and participants are:

2012 ARTIST’S NAME ARTIST’S BLOG
2-Jul Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
3-Jul Jessica Sloan http://remnantsfiberculture.blogspot.com/
4-Jul   Celebrate Independence Day!
5-Jul Judy CoatesPerez http://judyperez.blogspot.com/
6-Jul Jane Sassaman http://sassaman.blogspot.com/
7-Jul Linda Teufel http://dragonthreadsopenbook.blogspot.com/
8-Jul Gloria Hansen http://www.gloriahansen.com/weblog/
9-Jul Melissa Peda http://100billionstars.com/blog/
10-Jul Susan B Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
11-Jul Jacquie Gering http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/
12-Jul Weeks Ringle http://craftnectar.com/
13-Jul SewCalGal http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/
14-Jul Jessica Kovach http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/
15-Jul Pam Matthews http://www.delrayfabrics.com/blog
16-Jul Frieda Anderson http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
17-Jul Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
18-Jul Jan Krentz http://www.jankrentz.com/weblog/
19-Jul Anita Grossman Solomon http://makeitsimpler.blogspot.com/
20-Jul Lyric Kinard http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com/
21-Jul The Quilt Show http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php
22-Jul Jane La Fazio http://janeville.blogspot.com/
23-Jul Free Spirit http://www.freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/
24-Jul Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/

Jane’s early work was an amazing collection of stylized applique designs based upon plant life. When Jane began designing fabric, she transferred those stylized botanical designs into large-scale whimsical bright fabric motifs.

Jane¬†creates simple pieced designs from her wild, wonderful large-scale printed fabrics. Quilters were intrigued, seeing¬†her gorgous printed designs, and needing Jane’s vision for how they might be used successfully in a wide variety of applications: quilts, home decor, clothing and accessories.

Jane Sassaman in the studio

Jane, designing a fabric repeat

Please add Jane Sassaman’s Idea Book to your RSS feed! http://sassaman.blogspot.com/. Jane regularly posts delicious photos of design inspiration, fabric projects such as pillows, aprons, quilts, napkins, table coverings and SO MUCH MORE! As an example, here is a link to one of Jane’s 2009 posts with small accessory projects; they are SO cute! http://sassaman.blogspot.com/2009/01/get-organized.html

Jane and I were teaching at Empty Spools Seminars a few years ago. We were discussing¬†simple templates for dramatic¬†star designs. I provided Jane with a set of the fast2cut Fussy Cutter 45-degree diamond rulers.Jane¬†began playing with diamond and star shaped medallion patterns, incorporating her gorgeous botanical fabrics into the traditional pieced designs. With selective diamond and square¬†cuts, capturing various printed motifs and grouping them in traditional mediallion settings, Jane’s Broken Star quilts are spectacular! ¬†¬†
Jane Sassaman Cosmic Star

Jane Sassaman – Cosmic Star

¬†Now‚Äďenter a comment below, and you’ll automatically be entered the drawing to win a free¬†copy of Patchwork Sassaman Style!¬† Watch for my announcement of the winner on this blog, and I’ll contact the lucky winner¬†by e-mail! I will count all the comments that were entered on July 18th, by midnight Pacific time. The comment contributors will all be numbered in order as I receive them, and one lucky winner’s number will be drawn!

UPDATE: PLEASE READ MY COMMENT BELOW. THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED:  Annmarie

Jane's Plaid Quilt

Jane’s Plaid Quilt

Harajuku Lady Millifiori One Block Wonder


Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Wow, that title is quite a mouth-full! I think you’ll agree, the quilt looks great!

I added a narrow black & white striped border around the outer edges of the triangles to create a visual separation between the pieced hexagons and the lovely water-color printed & embroidered background fabric.

Jan Krentz - Add narrow trim, detail

Jan Krentz add narrow trim full section

Jan Krentz Harajuku Lady Millifiori detail

Jan Krentz Harajuku Lady Millifiori One Block Wonder

Piecing One-block Wonder – construction tips


Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Yahoo! My quilt is now underway! After laying out all the pieces, moving the hexagons around until the colors blended and flowed from one area to another.

Here is a preview photo of my design, with the first row (on the left) sewn together. You can see the design shrinks quite a bit once the seams are sewn together!

Harajuku Lady One Block Wonder in progress

When sewing the rows together, I use a slick trick that I developed when sewing a previous quilt‚ąímy Indian Summer Thousand Pyramids quilt.

Using an ordinary 1″ wide roll of painter’s tape, begin applying tape at one end of a long row of loose pieces. Press firmly as you apply the tape, securing all the loose pieces to the single piece of tape. Gently lift the tape & pieces, carrying them to your sewing table.

Apply painter's tape to one row of loose pieces

Move the taped pieces to the sewing table

Begin sewing ANY project by establishing an accurate seam allowance. When you resume sewing, double-check your seam allowance to verify you always sew with the same seam. This one step will insure every project you sew will fit together much more accurately. I use one of two seam allowance tools, pictured below.

Perfect Piecing Seam Guide by Perkins Dry Goods

Lower the needle into the scant 1/4″¬†hole BY HAND. Lower the presser foot. Apply a raised guide such as stacked painter’s tape, or Q Tools vinyl tape to the right edge of the tool.

Apply a guide such as Q Tools vinyl tape

or use the Jan Krentz Corner Marking tool (designed for seam accuracy and marking tips and edges of diamonds for 8-pointed stars).

Pink, Orange and Yellow Jan Krentz tools

Insert the needle into the scant 1/4" hole. Apply guide.

NEXT blog entry >>>> PIECING TECHNIQUE!

One Block Wonder – design preview tips


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

When creating One Block Wonder or Stack n’ Whack designs, there are clever¬†methods to preview your fabric motifs and see multiple repeats. I frequently use a set of hinged Quilter’s Design Mirrors when designing with multiple cuts and repeats for projects such as Lone Stars, Quick Stars, Kaleidoscopes, Mariner’s Compass, hexagonal designs, etc.

Quilter's Design Mirrors

A quick¬†method to determine whether a fabric will be suitable for your “fussy cut” technique is to lay the template shape (in this case, a 60-degree triangle‚ąísold in several sizes) on the printed fabric, and position the mirrors at one tip of the triangle.

A repeated hexagon is magically created! The reflected¬†image is not exactly the way it will appear when¬†physically cut, but does give you a good idea whether you’ll like the visual effect of that particular fabric before cutting. An unsuitable print won’t be exciting‚ąísave that fabric for another project.

Clearview 60 triangle ruler, and pre-cut triangles

Here are some examples of the same 60-degree triangles‚ąíon the left, the mirror image and on the right, six identical cuts from the same image (also known as “fussy-cut”). Both versions are enticing! However, if your printed yardage doesn’t have mirror-image motifs, you will not be able to create the images on the left.

The combinations below are the same triangles; each combination is rotated to view a different tip in the design center.

Mirror image set A

Mirror image set B

Mirror image set C