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09-19-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 8

Her we are… Block 8 in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 8
Starburst

This block will require a specialty ruler or you will have to create a template for yourself. Either will work just fine!

 Creative Grids Ruler - Starburst 30 degree Triangle

Creative Grids Starburst 30 Degree Triangle Ruler

I chose to make a template. The pattern comes with one for you to trace… grab some thin template plastic and trace/cut it out. Ignore the lines I drew on mine… I was just using them as a guide.

I stacked up my fabric and then drew my template on the top layer. Then I used an acrylic ruler as a guide along the traced lines to cut with my rotary cutter… made it a little faster.

So here’s the thing with sewing pieces that all converge in the center….

It creates bulk!

….and a lot of bias edges that stretch a little on ya!

I try to be as careful as I can, go slow…pin a little, but I still get a little “teepee” effect in the center.

Smushing with the iron is an option, but not ideal.

 I fudged my seams a little to avoid too much puckering… lost a few points….but in the end its OK!

This one came out flatter… not perfect, but none are.

In the end, no one notices this stuff in your quilts.

This is definitely an area for me to keep on Skill Building.

Hope you guys are having fun! We are almost done, yay!

 

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

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09-18-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 7

Her we are… Block 7 in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 7

Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles

You can find the Half Square 4 in 1 Ruler HERE and the 4.5″ Quilting Square Ruler HERE.

Both of these are very helpful for these blocks and a great addition to your ruler stash!

 

These are the Quarter Square triangles for one of this months block. I though I would show you guys the technique for piecing these little boogers!

You start with your two squares right sides together… draw a diagonal line and then stitch 1/4″ on both sides of the line.

Cut on the drawn line… and press open your two beautiful half square triangles.

Line up these two with right sides of fabric together and opposite colors of fabric together.

Draw another diagonal line from corner to corner…

Stitch 1/4″ on both sides of the line and then cut on the drawn line.

When you press these open you will have these two beauties!

Do a little squaring up using your ruler and Voila….

all done!


Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

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07-10-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 6

Moving along my quilty friends with Block 6 in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 6

Courthouse Steps

This months block is Courthouse Steps.

This is another classic block… and another I have never made before!

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I used the 12″ Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool Two ruler, which also does Courthouse Steps. It will help you create perfect 6″ and 12″ finished Log Cabin, Half Log Cabin, or Courthouse Steps blocks.

You can find this ruler HERE on the Fat Quarter Shop website. This ruler has quite a few uses and I think will be money well spent!

This was a fun block… I just kept working my way around and everything went really smooth. Just enough fabric to trim so everything comes out square, yes!

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I am loving trying all these new blocks without having to make 100 of each and these new rulers are pretty awesome!

Enjoy Sassy’s!

 

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

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07-07-2017

Wild Goose Chase…

Classic & Vintage: Wild Goose Chase

Hey there quilty peoples!

Be sure to check out this really cool pattern over at Fat Quarter Shop….

Wild Goose Chase

It’s part of their Classic and Vintage block series. I love these blocks!

This one was fun to make and features their  flying geese paper by Triangles on a Roll.

I had never tried the flying geese style of the triangles on a roll….

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My first go at it was a little tricky…. but they have a you tube video to help !

I found that if I pinned as I went, everything stayed much flatter. It was smooth sailing from there.

The paper is nice and thin and your stitches perforate it nicely! Tears off like a dream. Just remember to shorten your stitch length.

There are lots of ways to make a flying geese unit, so it is at least worth giving it a try. The big plus to this method is that the units are already connected and the points come out perfect!

You know we like that!

You can even get a quilt kit HERE to make this one…

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If you are not feeling a whole quilt… just give a block a try.  It finishes at 17″…a nice size and would be great for a sampler quilt.

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06-01-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 5

Her we are… Block 5 in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 5
Half Square Triangle

Another classic block in the world of quilting…. simple, yet the options are truly endless! 

There are also lots of ways to put these bad boys together…. 

This pattern recommends using Triangles on a Roll…. you can find these at Fat Quarter Shop HERE.  

I do have to admit I love these! The process is easy and each unit comes out perfect!!!

There are a ton in this roll… you just cut off how many you need and layer them together with your two fabrics facing each other. A couple pins to secure your paper to the fabrics is perfect.

The instructions are right on there too, genius!

Then just stitch along the dotted lines following the arrows. Shorten your stitch length so the paper is easy to tear off when you’re done. 

Cut on the solid lines, tear off your paper and… Voila! Perfect Half square triangles…. trim the little dog ears if you like! 

Then just sew them together according to the pattern…

Done! 

We are getting there Sassies! This quilt is moving right along… here’s a pic of mine all together.

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

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05-02-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 4

We are moving along folks! This week is Block 4  in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 4
Flying Geese

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I love Flying Geese!

Such a classic block with a modern feel.

This pattern uses a method you may not have used before…. There are lots and lots of different ways to make a flying geese unit.

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First they have you make these units. You will need the instructions to get this part done. I call this the Eleanor Burns method because it is where I first learned it and she has a special ruler for trimming them that you will need.

You can get this ruler HERE. They have all the lines for lining it up and is super easy to do. I also love a pattern with a little extra so I can get a perfect unit when I am done.

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Here are your two little perfect geese babies!

You will make three of these 4 geese units.

Have fun with these guys.

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

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04-24-2017

Needle Turn Applique…Part 2

Lets start stitching!
If you missed it…

Here is the Intro to Needle Turn Applique post to help you get ready to start stitching.

Here is where we left off….

Our block is pin basted and ready to start stitching the orange peel down.

You want to start by finger pressing along your drawn on line…

this helps your fabric go the way you want it to. Just give it a squeeze for a second and it will make the crease.

Once you thread your needle and knot the end, bring your needle up along the curved side of the orange peel… right on the line.   The knot will be hidden in the fold.

Only use 18-20″ of thread… if its too long, it will just keep getting knotted up. These pieces are small so you should be able to get all the way around with out starting a new thread!

You also always want to start along the long edge of something you are appliqueing… it’s easier and it looks nicer. Never start at a point!

Fold your fabric under along the line…. I use my thumb to keep an inch or so ahead of me pressed under.

Then, insert your needle just under the fold through the background fabric.

Bring your needle up, about 1/8″ to 1/4″ at the most along the fold. You want to just barely catch the edge of the fold here… this will hide your stitches.

Work your way along the curve… it should look something like this.

When you approach the point… bring your needle up at the very tip.

Now take a stitch right in the point to secure it.

Using your needle tip and your thumb… fold on the line and tuck the seam allowance underneath the tip.

Insert your needle at the tip and continue your normal stitching along the side.

You will work your way around another point and then run into where you started. Here you will take a stitch or two in place and then knot it off on the back.

Here is the backside…

BAM!

Orange peel done.

These are a great starter project.  Not too big or complicated.

So give it a try.

I have a whole pile of these done and can’t wait to show you guys what I come up with.

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04-21-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 3

Pineapples anyone???

This month we are on Block 3  in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

This month is the Pineapple Block!

Block 3

I’m not gonna lie…this was a tricky block!

You will use a specialty ruler for this one….

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Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool

Tips…

The key is to make sure you read the instructions thoroughly and use the ruler properly!

I got a little ahead of myself and just kept cutting which = lots of seam ripping.  Go step by step and you should do just fine.

Finger press along the way. I ironed only at the end of each block because there is a lot of seams and it can get wonky fast.

I also used a scant quarter inch seam when stitching these and the blocks came out the perfect size!

Hope you guys are enjoying this quilt… This block definitely pushed me out of the box a little and I did a block I never have before. Yay for quilty me!

Bella Skill Builder

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

 

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03-13-2017

Needle turn appliqué… Part 1 Getting Ready

 A quilt on my quilty dream list is an Orange Peel Quilt… I came across this pattern on Fat Quarter Shop and just fell in love!

 

I’ve been itching to do some hand work…. so I am doing Needle Turn Applique for this quilt. And so far it has been fun!

I think I love it because it is small and portable and I get to hold all these beautiful fabrics we love so much in my hands while I am working on it. I am a dental hygienist so I can sometimes squeeze a few in between patients….shhhhhh, don’t tell!

I thought I would show you guys how I am going about this….I am by no means a master of needle turn, but here are the basics if you want to give it a try!

You are going to need some templates for the shape you will be appliquéing.

For this pattern you can find the templates for any size here….

Impressions Quilting Templates Orange Peel Set from It’s Sew Emma features the classic orange peel applique shape. Templates are designed to fit on 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ finished squares.

I am going with the 5″ template on a 5 1/2″ background square.

You will first trace your template using a marking pen that will wash out… so that the lines are not seen when you are done.

I am using a Sewline marking tool. I found mine on Amazon for about 15.00. This is a three way marking tool. You have a white, pink and black marking option.

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Marks like a dream!

You can pick whichever color stands out best on your fabric… nice feature

You are going to also need some matching thread to coordinate with your applique pieces…. this helps your stitches blend in.

A few other handy tools are a small pair of scissors for snipping threads, a few thin pins for holding your applique in place, and of course your stitching needle.

Sharps are a great needle….they are long and thin. Milliners and Straw needles are also a good choice.

Now you are ready to get stitiching! 

So get your tools ready and  the next post will show you how to get your first stitches started.

Here is a great Craftsy class for learning Needle turn appliqué with Sarah Fielke.

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02-09-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block2

Today is Block 2  in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Block 2

Orange Peel

I did a simple top stitch to secure these. A zig zag is also a good option. 

These were fun and super easy! 

Give it a try. 

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