Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stolen Free Patterns from many blogs

Well, alot of people are angry today and rightfully so.....
Fandom In Stitches, The Split Stitch and who knows yet how many more have had their free patterns taken from their blogs and now are being offered for sale on another website.

Please keep these patterns free for everyone who enjoys them and do not purchase from this site. It is so unfair for the designers.
Will update as news becomes available.

UPDATE: A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Twisted Hexagons

Well, I hope everyone was spoiled rotten on Valentine's Day by their significant other. I had a bad day, spoiled supper, sheesh it was kinda embarrassing, especially cause it was Valentine's Day.

Oh well.... thank goodness it is done for another year.
Have you tried twisted hexagons yet? I just found a great tutorial and a very pretty finished product that features them.
It is located here

I just received my Noteworthy Fabric from the Fat Quarter shop so I think that may be a good project for that bundle of fabric.

Ok, well TGIF and I have the weekend to do what I like to do best. Happy Quilting.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Antique Linens - Great site

My sister sent me to this site and already I have bought too much. :-0 I thought I would post it because there are some beautiful vintage linens and a couple quilts (doll quilt, too) for sale. I would love to nab those but ... like I said, I have already spent way too much lol. Enjoy looking at these and maybe you can grab some for yourself too. Please leave me a post if you do.

Keep Calm and Quilt On

Finding Free Patterns Again

Sometimes I think that if I wasn't always looking at quilts and quilt patterns on the internet, I would get alot more sewing done. But the good side is I will never run out of free patterns and BOM's to do.

Another great find is here

I just started the Jan Patek quilt called the Sperry Quilt. I purchased the book last week and I also purchased the Primitive Primer Book - Oh yeah and I also purchased the Little Porch Time from Lynda Hall.

                                              Here is one of the blocks from the Sperry Quilt

This is the book and also a picture of the quilt

Friday, February 8, 2013

How Many Squares in a Fat Quarter?? Huh...

I found this on the ebay guides (written by this lady - )and thought it was quite an eye opener. I did not realize that one fat quarter could produce this many squares.  I think I might have enough fabric stashed for 2 lifetimes lol. Geez, I better get creating with some of that fabric. 

One Fat Quarter Equals:

99 - 2 inch squares

56 - 2 1/2 inch squares

42 - 3 inch squares

30 - 3 1/2 inch squares

20 - 4 inch squares

16 - 4 1/2 inch squares

12 - 5 inch squares

12 - 5 1/2 inch squares

9 - 6 inch squares

6 - 6 1/2 inch squares

4 - 8 inch squares

4 - 9 inch squares

Another link that may interest you if you like embroidery.

This one is a collection of free public domain pictures.  

Old time book blocks

Ok, so here is another pattern for you if you would like it. I was looking at project gutenburg through all the old books which are in the public domain and I came across 2 blocks that intrigued me. One will be applique and the other embroidery and a bit of applique. They are not exactly as in the books but as close as I could come to getting them right.

The sunflower pattern is found herehere
Outline drawing here

And embroidery diagram here

I have been looking at all the beautiful posts for Romanian Lace. Joanne at Threadhead has some really good ones and I also joined the Ravelry group. I have not tried any yet because I am not too sure if I will be able to work with the small threads but I am sure going to give it a go. Love that stuff.
I have been following the Threadhead blog for a long time and she really does such beautiful stuff. I am looking forward to another quilt along from there.
A really pattern and tutorial intense blog site is here as well. This one is Sunshine's Creations and will keep you busy for hours, or maybe days lol. Seriously.

I forgot to post the sizes for this small quilt. The blocks will measure out to to 8,5 x 8.5 with your applique centered on each block. 1/2 inch finished sashing between the blocks and 1 inch around the outside of them. You can make the final border whatever size you would like. (On the picture - mine finishes at 1.25 inches and the overall size using these measurements is 32 x 32 roughly.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Ok, so here is my first applique from Erin Russek's BOM Jingle Belles. Now I know it isn't the cardinals but I decided I could make them in to Bluejays with the same pattern and only adding a few pieces. It took three tries to get them right but I am now happy with the result. Well, I wish I were better at applique in general, but..... everything in time.

I was told by a lady who teaches quilting, that people in the mennonite/hutterite community often leave one mistake in their quilting, because only God can create perfection. Now I don't know if that is true but you will see in my top berries on the right, I left my mistake.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Liquid Starch Recipe

I have seen a lot of people use liquid starch for applique. It is used to keep the edges turned under before actually sewing, kinda like glue as some others use.  So I found this recipe  and thought I would share it.  It was also mentioned that adding a tsp of borax to this recipe could help in preserving it longer but I have not tried it yet.  Hopefully this will be useful to you.  It is also a good idea to refrigerate and then let come to room temperature when you plan on using it again.

Liquid Starch Recipe

To make liquid starch, you'll need 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 4 1/2 cups of water. Combine the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water and set aside. Bring the remaining 4 cups of water to a boil; stir the boiling water into the cornstarch and water mixture. Allow the starch to cool, then add two to three drops of essential oil if you'd like to scent the starch. Transfer the starch to a spray bottle. Add more water if you'd like a lighter starch; reduce the water if you'd like a stronger starch.