Nap Time?

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What does a quilt inspector dog do when he gets tired of watching quilting?   He takes a nap.

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Before he settles down to nap he spends a good bit of time making his nest.

He used his quilt

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and one that I made several years ago

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I have been talking about making a pattern for my Reindeer Snowflake quilt for months

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I finally got it done (working on the pattern was not interesting to Teddy hence the napping)

I have listed it on my Etsy page.   you can see that here:  Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Now it is time for a bit of Teddy time   then back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Colorful blocks

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I made up a few more of the blocks with the Luxury Essentials Fabrics (the fabric is part of the give away…see that here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/17/fabric-give-away/)

I now have 24 blocks done…..there will be 24 more , I have only used half of the fabrics so far.

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I love all the colors , I do need to shift around the blocks a bit to keep 2 of the same fabrics from being next to each other….perhaps a bit over-obsessive but it would drive me crazy if I sewed them together like that. (see the lower left with the blue fabric)

I was thinking that I might also like this if it were monochromatic.    I converted a picture to  gray-scale

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I think it has real potential that way too.

Teddy gave the blocks an initial test.

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He sure does look good with all those colors.

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Today I plan to get the pattern finished for the Snowflake quilt

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made from this snowflake

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And I want to finish the Batik top

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and I would like to finish the orange quilt top

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I think I need at least a few days :)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Fabric Give Away

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My friends at P&B Textiles have generously offered fabrics for a give away.   There are 5 fat quarter bundles!

First is a line called Luxury Essentials

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Next is Bella Suede

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Also Island Breeze (click picture to see the whole line)

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And Fontaine (click picture to see the entire line)

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And last Blissful Moments (click picture to see entire line)

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Each bundle will have one fat quarter of each fabric in the line and will be sent to you directly from P&B Textiles.

To enter the give away add a comment to this post stating that you would like to be entered.  I will do a random number pick of the entries (first comment will be number one, second comment 2, etc).  I will select the winning 5 numbers on Nov 27, Thanksgiving day.  The winners will have their fabrics in time for a holiday project.

(I normally try to respond to every comment but for this post I will not be able to respond or it will throw off my number system and if you have not commented on this blog before it might take a while for the comment to appear because I need to approve them before they appear )

They sent me 2 bundles and I am starting to piece a quilt top with the Luxury Essentials line.

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I am becoming more and more a solid fan.   This line is solid but not.   The pictures don’t do justice to the gold accent print on the fabric but it really feels like the holidays to me.

I wanted to make something simple with all easy cuts and all straight line seams and use all 30 fabrics. A bonus of this design is that there are no points to match up.

Here is a block layout of the pieces.

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Here are a few completed blocks they are 12 inches square.

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Every block will be a bit different.

I will post more pictures as I get more done.  (you know I have at least a dozen projects going at once so it wont be done tomorrow ;) )  I plan for it to be a full-sized quilt so there will be a lot of blocks!

Happy Quilting and good luck in the drawing!

Tim

 

 

 

Snowflakes and quilts

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It is that time of year again.   People are getting ready for winter and the winter holidays.    Every winter I make snowflakes.

Here is a how to post I did a while back.   http://timquilts.com/2013/12/01/how-to-make-a-snowflake-2/

I have had so many people viewing the snowflake posts that I have done that I am planning to make a set of patterns.    I made a new one last night

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and I will be making more soon.

I did a bit more piecing.   I have had some questions about how the blocks go together and how I did the design.

First I had the idea in my head.    It is based on a quilt that I made a few years ago.    It was a vintage top that I hand quilted.

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Old quilts are great inspiration for new designs.

I made a mock-up on the computer…from there I made a few changes in my head

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After I decided how I would make it I cut templates from template plastic.   I bought 10 half yards of fabric.  5 light and 5 dark,   I am cutting 2 inch strips of 5 fabrics and sewing them together into sets (light and dark)

Here is a light set with the templates set to trace

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I trace the template with a sharpie

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and I cut them all out with scissors ( I only use a rotary cutter for straight lines)

here is the layout with both the dark and the light sets cut

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then sew them together

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I finished 8 so far…here are a few possible layouts.  The color in the first 2 is about right, I am not sure what I did on the next 2  (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is learning how to get even more attention.   His new trick is to get in my chair.    I sit in this chair when I hand quilt so he sees me there a lot.   It is also where I sit when I am at the computer.

Now it is also where Teddy sits when he thinks he needs some extra attention….which of course he always gets….I think he wants to make sure I don’t forget who is in charge :)

Back to work…..I need to get the pattern made for the snowflake quilt

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Finish piecing the batik quilt

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Finish repair on the sunflower quilt

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Finish hand quilting these

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and several more…..I never have to worry about running out of projects

Happy Quilting

Tim

Quilted Pillow

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The internet is amazing to me.   It brings together so many people and ideas.

A few weeks ago I posted about the Teddy Quilt I made with the bandanas that Teddy gets from his groomer.

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It got a lot of interest and led me to meet (on-line) Delse Buss. If not for the internet we would never have connected.     Delse is a quilter who makes the coolest pillows.   A photo of your dog is transformed into a custom-made, hand appliqued and hand quilted pillow .

Here is Teddy

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and here is the Pillow Delse made

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It really is fun! (right now I just stuffed it with batting scraps so it is a bit lumpy…..I will buy a 12 inch pillow from to stuff it properly)

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Here is a link to the Etsy store so you can see more examples  https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoDotGo

Thanks for the pillow Delse.   Teddy and I both love it!

Here are a few pictures of the floral designs the students made in my class last night.   The snapdragons were a bit curvy from shipping but will straighten up within a day.    (click pictures to enlarge)

It is a very damp and gloomy day here but flowers always brighten things up.

I am pretty pleased with the way the new top is coming together.

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Back to work for me

Happy Quilting

Tim

More Piecing

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I got a few blocks done yesterday.

Sewing 2 inch by 18 inch strips of the darker colors together  and 5 of the light   I can get one block.

here are the prices

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here are the templates I cut

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when I cut out the pieces I end up with some leftovers

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they should be fun to make into another quilt.

the blocks can be arranged in different ways….I need to press them so pretend they are flat :)

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I will make all the blocks and then play with different arrangements ….it will likely end up being a combination of all ….I am in an asymmetrical mood.

I took these pictures and went to the computer to download them and Teddy was jumping up and down and pawing at me.   He was telling me that I forgot to take his picture….so I took a few pictures and he was happy.     He really is a character!

Happy Quilting!

Tim

Piecing with strips

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Yesterday I took a day off from hand quilting.    I decided to do some piecing.

I got started on the fall colored quilt that I planned.    here is the computer drawing

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I have 10 different fabrics.   I cut 2 inch strips and sewed them together and then cut out the pieces

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here is a finished block (14 inch finished size)

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Each block has 10 fabrics.   I have 1/2 yard of each and one block takes 10 strips 2 inches x 18 inches so I should have enough for 20 blocks which makes the quilt 56″ x 70″.  I think I will add some borders to bring it up to a full size ……

Teddy went to see the groomer so he was anxious to show off

back to the machine

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I do so much hand work It takes me a while to get back to the comfort zone with the machine.

Happy quilting

Tim