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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?
Feel free to share on FB or Instagram. Follow me below so I can see:)

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07-17-2018

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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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10-16-2017

Quilty Vision Board

Do you have dreams of quilty goodness?

Visions of all the beautiful things you want to make?

Little mementos of quilty happiness?

Well its time for you to make yourself a Quilty Vision Board!

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You might also call this an inspiration board…. a collection of all the things that inspire you, excite you and bring a quilty smile to your face.

I have wanted to make one of these for myself forever!!! I was gonna use a cork board… but it was kinda blah. I had some more interesting supplies just laying around and think i came up with a much cuter version.

Supplies Needed:
  • Foam insulation board, however large you wish your Quilty Vision Board to be! If you get a large piece you can also make yourself a movable Design Wall(tutorial for that HERE) and then use the leftovers for this project. That’s what I did.

You can find all different kinds of foam insulation board at your local hardware store.

I bought this at Home Depot for $12. It measures 4′ x 8′ x 1/2″.

It measures about 1/2″ thick. Any similar product that you can stick a pin into will work.

  • Frame… If you want yours to have a frame. You can do this project without it.

I got this one at a thrift store and spray painted it black.

  • Painters tape, wider is better.

I used 2″ painters tape.

  • Stapler, even a mini will do!

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  • Fabric, any kind will do…but a home decor weight fabric is nice.

Home Essentials Print Fabric 45"-Lovely Lattice Raspberry

Home Essentials Print Fabric 45″-Lovely Lattice Raspberry

I used this lovely print found in Joanns Home Decor dept.

Directions:

Measure the inside of your frame where your foam will set, then cut foam accordingly.

Cut your fabric so that you have an extra 5″ on all sides.  You need enough to fold to the backside.

Fold around all four sides and staple to the foam. Miter the corners to keep things looking smooth.

Use the painters tape to tape down the inner edges. This will keep it secure.

Make sure if your fabric is patterned that you keep things lined up straight when you are wrapping the fabric onto the foam board.

Set the foam into the back of the frame and secure in place with another round of painters tape.

Then flip over your masterpiece and hang in your sewing room!

I absolutely love mine!

My fabric matches my ironing board cover, so It really brings my sewing room together.

Now get to pining all your quilty inspiration! (I just used some cute sewing pins for mine)

I have some patterns up there, my fair ribbons, my quiltcon badges, cute quilty sayings… all kinds of fun stuff. I add to it all the time….can you tell I am short and can’t reach the top, lol!!!

Hope to see some of these you guys make, so please share!

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10-02-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block 9

Here we are… Block 9 in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

This is the last block, Yay!

Bella Skill Builder
Block 9
Lazy Angle

This months block requires the Creative Grids Lazy Angle Ruler.

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You definitely need this ruler… no faking it on this one. These were fun to make and easy peasy to put together!

Easy to follow instructions come with this Lazy Angle block pattern.

Next month is just putting all these gorgeous blocks together! Almost there guys.

Keep stitching!

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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09-19-2017

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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