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12-03-2018

I wanna be where the Quilts are…

Mermaid Quilts

I want to be where the Quilts are…

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Well that’s not quite how the line goes… but we all know that is definitely what she was thinking:)

I have a couple of mermaid finishes for you guys today!

Mermaid Quilts!!!

I so enjoyed making this set of twin mermaid quilts…. well they are not exactly twins, but close.

They are for two sisters that I love dearly and have yet to make them a quilt.

Their names are Zoe and Khloe and they also go by the “Think So Twins”…check out their you tube channel!

One reason I picked this fabric for these little girls is that they are African American and I wanted them to see a beautiful mermaid that looks just like them.

I absolutely loved this fabric line…. The castle blueprints!!!

Mermaids, Unicorns, Norwals, Castles…. the cutest!

This fabric line in Magic by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.

I uses one layer cake to make both of these quilts. I just divided the pinks and blues and addes some of my own for borders.

My piecing was simple because I really wanted the fabrics to show.

I just loved the sayings tossed in there.

So grab those Layer Cakes and just start cutting them up!

You might just make something extra special:

Quilt on my friends!

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11-23-2018

Layer Cake Pop- Layer Cake Quilts

Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

This beautiful quilt has finally been quilted!

This was a wonderful layer cake quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop that I did way back(omg it was Jan 2017) using their famous series they do called Short Cut Quilts...

And guess what?

It only takes a half a layer cake and a jelly roll for the background…

and it is a FREE PATTERN!

Boom! So easy.

 

I used a layer cake from Cotton and Steel, Mesa by Alexia Abegg, to make this quilt.

The cream fabric was a nice match up.

I just love how this quilt turned out. The fabrics really pop!

I quilted it using a loop de loop pattern around all the center squares. I think this also helped the fabrics take center stage.

Here is the Fat Quarter Shop’s Short Cut Quilt video you need to make this quilt:

Be sure to watch and give them a like on YouTube.

Here is a link to my previous post…HERE.

I seriously hope you guys give this quilt a try and add it to your list of layer cake quilts!

Happy Quilting Sassites:)

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11-21-2018

Ask Sassy!

Ask Sassy!

Hey guys! Do you have lots of quilty questions you are dying to know the answers to? But…. are afraid to ask? or don’t know who to ask!

Well I am starting a new series of posts called “Ask Sassy!”

You can feel free to ask in the comments or email me if you prefer to be anonymous:)

Remember…There are no dumb questions!!!

I will start this series with a question I was asked just recently by a beginning quilter.

What does WOF mean?

width of fabric

WOF stands for Width Of Fabric. It is often used in measuring and cutting instructions. The width of fabric is measured by exactly how it comes off of the fabric bolt, folded in half with a fold end and a end with the two selvedges. If you cut strips just as it comes off the bolt, from selvedges to the fold, you have cut a strip that is WOF!

HERE is a link to my Sassy Dictionary which explains lots of abbreviations used in quilting.

So there you go! I hope these questions will help beginners and the pros alike. So ask away!

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11-17-2018

Sassy Tip of the Week-105

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Sassy tip #105:

To get nice flat quilt blocks…

Place a heavy book or two on your block after pressing. The weight of the book will keep the seams extra flat as it cools. I even set them on a whole stack that I have pressed!

Please don’t judge my nasty ironing board! A whole lot of pressing happened there:)

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11-14-2018

Slub, Scrim, Beards and other weird words….Batting

Slub?
Scrim?
Bearding?
Are we still even talking about quilting???

As we know quilting has plenty of weird terminology! So lets dive into some today.

We are gonna be talking about Batting and all its wild and wonderful sides….

What is Batting really?

Batting is also known as wadding, say that with a brittish accent and you get the gist. Batting is the middle layer of your quilt that provides the bloody warmth and weight of your quilt.

I haven’t counted but there is probably over 100 different types of batting… from cotton to bamboo, wool to silk, polyester to thermal protection. A million fibers & blends of fibers for the choosing and they all have their pluses and minuses. I’m not going into what is best for what, that is a whole post in itself, but rather what it actually is made of and how it behaves.

You can buy batting with Scrim or without…. what is Scrim you say? and how do I know if I need it?

Scrim is a light layer of woven fibers that adds stability to the batting while you are trying to quilt it. General batting is needle punched, but when needle punched with scrim you have more stability. You can also buy bonded batting that uses a thin layer of resin to bond fibers together.

Get ready here comes the slubs and beards…

Did you say slug? Nope. Slub.

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The definition of q slub is a thick or uneven place in yarn or thread. You can also have slub in fabric and batting. Sometimes we like it for its cool, rough texture… sometimes we don’t! Like in lumpy batting. So you will hear the word slub or low-slub get thrown around sometimes. P.S. Slugs are so gross!

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Bearding

Beards in life… I like, in quilting… not so great.

Bearding is when some of the slubs migrate through your fabric and your beautiful quilt starts to grow a little beard. Usually migrating through your needle holes or seams. I think it is super noticeable on a darker quilt. So use black batting if you can. Mostly bearding happens on the back of the quilt. That is if you layered the batting right side up!

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Did you know that batting has a right and wrong side???

Yup, sure does. Crazy huh? Needle punched batting will have a side that has small pin holes or dimples, this is the right side. The fluffier more “dirty” side has slubs (yeah, that’s right, you know what a slub is!) and is the wrong side of the batting. You want your needle to be piercing the batting in the same direction that the needle punching made the batting. You can also use a needle to test this theory out yourself and find the right side.

To help prevent bearding you can make sure you are using the most appropriate batting and needle. Polyester and wool have significant bearding. Using a bonded batting or batting with scrim helps hold fibers together so they don’t wander. Also, the smallest, thinnest, and sharpest needle possible makes less of a hole for the fibers to try to escape.

So do you feel super educated on batting right now? I do.
Leave me a comment below if you learned something new about batting in this post!
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11-10-2018

Layer Cake Quilts- Origami Squares

I have a fabulous finish for you guys today!

This quilt is from a book dedicated to all things layer cake!

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A Piece of Cake

Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

by Peta Peace

We all know we have at least 10 layer cakes piled up waiting for some inspiration….

pattern: “Origami Squares”

I just loved this pattern because it only required one layer cake.

Now… I made this layer cake myself because I wanted these specific colors.

I’m dying to try it again!

 

I used an all over stipple pattern for quilting and a zig zag stitch to finish off my binding.

And it wouldn’t be finished unless it has a label!

So I added my pre-made labels from ikaprint.com. Love these!

So if you have some layer cakes you wanna dive into… check out this book:

A Piece of Cake

Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

by Peta Peace

Leave a comment telling me how many layer cakes you have stored up in your sewing room:)

(I have 20 something! Yikes)

 

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07-25-2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!… in July!
I am currently working on a Christmas quilt just for me!
I have never actually made a Christmas quilt believe it or not… but have always wanted one. This year in my local guild we decided we would all try to make ourselves a Christmas quilt this year. We started planning it out in January.
First I picked out my pattern….
Just loved this one by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I love the wonky-ness and whimsical look. I also love the simplicity! Lol.
Then I came across this fabric…
Swell Christmas by Urban Chic. I loved the vintage feel of it. And I liked that it had some pink in it… different feel for a Christmas quilt.
Here is a great FQ bundle you can find at Fat Quarter Shop HERE
Here are a few of my blocks…
I think I should have thought more about contrast in some of these…. I mean I did but I could have used a few solids in here! A little busy feeling for me to just sew all these together. Hey… you learn something from every quilt. I’m thinking of adding some sashing to break it up a little… what do you think? Or should I just see them together and get a beautiful crazy quilt:)
Now is the time to get going on your Christmas quilt! Lots of Beautiful Christmas fabric lines are out and Christmas in July Sales.
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So tell me what you’re u think? Are you working on a Christmas project?
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07-17-2018

Thread Deal!

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07-09-2018

Stash Statement Blog Tour

 

Welcome all you Sassy quilters! Today is the final stop on the Stash Statement Blog Tour.

I was so excited when Kelly@My Quilt Infatuation asked me to participate! This is Kelly Young’s new book called Stash Statement. It is all about improv… and to be honest improv is not something I have done a lot of, but I have a ton of scraps and was ready to try her technique.

I created a quilt from Kelly’s Bonus Pattern called Take Flight.

I decided to make a mini version of this quilt and reversed the improv areas with the solid wings.

Mine finishes at 26 x 28.

I just loved how bright and colorful the improv turned out. It was very easy and free spirited. Playing with all your old scraps reminds you of the quilts you’ve made…and that makes me smile!

 

I quilted it with an all over stipple… used a light gray on the background areas and a darker gray on the wings. I really wanted you to focus on the piecing and color more that the quilting.

And…. never forget your label!

 

This is the original version by  Kelly@My Quilt Infatuation.

The original pattern finishes at 55 x 60.

So if you have been dying to give improv a try…this is the book for you. She has an easy approach to making some fun and beautiful quilts!

You can find her book HERE!

If you missed any of the previous stops on the blog tour you can find them in the list below:

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered  Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit

                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

                         Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD

                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

                          Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

                          Christa @ Christa Quilt

6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

                                Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter(You are Here!)

 

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11-02-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Finishing

I can’t believe we have finished this quilt along! Seems like we just started. The Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop! Has been a great quilt along. I was very impressed with their quilt kit and each months instructions were perfect. I love that they almost always provided another option if you didn’t have the ruler. 

Bella Skill Builder
Finishing!!
We made it!
Slow and steady we finished the race… I have to say I really love this quilt.
All the detailed piecing and the fabric choices really came together nicely..
I really pushed myself to get this top quilted! One so I could show you guys and Two… if it ends up the finished tops pile it takes me forever to get to it. 
I chose to do and all over stipple design for my quilt. It’s not perfect, but it’s done!
I even remembered to get my tag on there! Love these. 
Hope you guys have had a great time following along! I loved seeing all the different color combos people chose. 
While this quilt definitely stretched my skills… it was worth it! The finished quilt is stunning! 
Check out more at….fatquartershop.com

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