I created this week’s Block of the Week, Granny’s Choice, in earth tones to coordinate with the bear shower curtain and the MONKEY????
Granny’s Choice was a lot of fun to create and very easy regardless of what my video bloopers may say. LOL Link to the PDF is HERE. GrannysChoiceComplete
Below is my YouTube video in case you missed it.
In this video, I am adding the first leaf motif in the middle of each block. After this was completed, I felt the blocks needed an additional leaf so I simply added a second one to the outside of the first. I do think I still need to stitch in the ditch or something in the center four-square section. Not sure what I’ll do yet.
This video shows how I marked and am sewing subsequent quilting. Prior to what you see here, I stitched in the ditchISH around the outside of all the triangles. What this means is that I actually stitched about 1/4″ from the ditch.
And now….just for fun!!! I sure hope we do NOT have one of these visit our hummingbird feeders! We bring ours in at night because of the raccoons and bears. Never thought there would be a bear at one in what appears to be the middle of the day!!!
Cut your fabric according to the instructions above. (Not sure how? Send me a comment and I’ll help!)
You will be making 16 blocks. Each of the blocks will have a finished size of 8” x 8”
Mark the squares which are to be half square triangles from corner to corner. Sew and cut.
I like to chain piece my units and then cut them apart. AFTER they are completely sewn and cut, square them to exactly 2.5”
This helps when aligning them later for exact sewing AND it also removes the pesky dog ears.
When all my blocks are done, I always lay my whole quilt out and pin the blocks together so that I don’t make any mistakes when sewing. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work.
Here is what each set of FOUR blocks should look like when sewn together.
Below is what I THOUGHT was my finished table top.
Honestly, I really like the pattern I created (this is a first for me and Electric Quilt!)
I mean I wasH.A.P.P.Y.
I was sooo happy that I was singing, “Ring of Fire” because, my quilt reminded me of a fiery ring……. And THEN, I spotted IT. Not just IT but THEM.
ERRORS!!! OMG…. Whatever should I do?
In the past, I would have seriously considered throwing the whole dang thing into the trash BUT, I liiiked this one. I really did. So, I bit the bullet and got out the dreaded ripper. It was SCARY. I mean, I wasn’t so sure I could remove an internal block, rotate it and sew it back in without it causing me massive GRIEF.
I know, I KNOW… you wanna see the messed-up version. Ok, here it is. Can you see IT… I mean THEM???? (It’s the one on the left if you’re on your desktop computer LOLOLOL)
And on the right is the fixed version. I hope it isn’t too weird of me to say this but dang-git, I’m proud of myself for fixing it. Those of you who know me, know of my reputation of making ‘sewings’. You know, UFOs that will never see the light of day BECAUSE they did not turn out as I had imagined them in my mind’s eye (or maybe I just got bored).
Well that’s about it. Have you ever had a mess-up like mine? Oh, shhhhh don’t tell anyone but I used to work in a quilt shop and we had a lady who made our quilt samples and did a fabulous job on EVERY quilt except one where she had a block upside-down in the middle of a king sized quilt.
I hope she never noticed because I bet she would be mortified.
Well, thanks for dropping by!! Happy Sewing and Quilting!
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This podcast includes me admitting (YIKES) that I was wrong, talking about a local quilt shop FUN evening, discussing the Farmer’s Wife quilt AND reviewing a new-to-me notion.
As I mentioned, Rachel and I got 10 patterns from our LQS last night. The patterns that I discussed are from The Quilt Company. You can get the patterns there for $2.50 I believe. Oh, except the one created with the half square triangles…the that I said I might create an embroidery for the center square BECAUSE that one was designed by Robyn (the shop owner). If you want that one try contacting Robyn on her FaceBook page.
😳An addendum…. I went to my local quilt shop (LQS) to get next months block of the month (BOM) and I saw all these blocks already made and I have decided I kind a like the fabrics!!! Who-da thunk it!?!
I’m really pretty excited to do this Bear Paw block because I absolutely LOVE bears which is a good thing since we see them periodically in the ‘hood. (We live in the mountains of Western NC where bear and turkey abound.) You see, a few years ago I talked my husband into moving up here from Greenville, SC because this area reminded me so much of where I grew up inPittsburgh AND, this mountain girl longed for an area that reminded her of her childhood home.
The following short video shows the bears at my neighbor’s house. Not sure why the video still shot is appearing sideways because the video is ok.
Ok, in the first of this week’s videos, I use EQ7 a bit. As I mentioned, I recently learned of a version called EQ Mini that is less expensive. I contacted the company to see if they had a trial version that I could download, test run and give you my opinion of the software but they said that they do not have one at this time. Bummer.
Anyhooo, after searching their site, it looks like the software can do a LOT. At the bottom of this post I’ll put a link to it in case you’d like to check it out.
In the meantime, here is a link to open and then print the FREE EQ7 cutting directions for the Bear Paw block. EQ7 Bear Paw
And now, for Part 1 of this week’s BOW.
And now on to Part 2….
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To make your fabric ready for pounding, you will need to soak it for 5 minutes in Bubble Jet 2000 (See previous blog post for a link to the product.)
The directions on the bottle say to lay your fabric out flat but I didn’t do that. I’m thinking they say that in case you are doing yards of it. My pieces measure approximately 12.5 x 11 inches.
So I put the folded up pieces in an old cottage cheese container and soaked them for the 5 mins. (I made sure I kind of tapped them down so that all pieces/areas got wet from the solution. I also shook the bottle of Bubble Jet before using it.)
After the 5 minutes was up, I took the pieces out of the solution and squeezed them slightly to remove some of the solution and then I placed them on my cutting mat to dry. When dry, I’ll iron them and they will be ready for the next part —- the FUN, EXCITING PART! Don’t forget to pour the leftover Bubble Jet 2000 BACK INTO THE BOTTLE because it can be reused!!!
Ok, now for the recipe for the FAUX Bubble Jet 2000
2 Tablespoons of Alum (found in the spices section of your grocery store)
2.5 teaspoons of WASHING soda (NOT plain baking soda. An example is Arm & Hammer Soda WASH) If you cannot find it in the grocery store in the cleaning isle, you may find it at a hardware store such as ACE. If all else fails, here is a link to a site that shows how to make your own. I’ve not tried it, but……
1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener
1 cup of HOT WATER
Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl larger than you think you’ll need because it foams up. After the foam dies down, you will be left with the liquid. Soak your 100% cotton fabric in the solution for 5 – 10 minutes. Lightly squeeze excess liquid from the fabric. Hang fabric to dry. When it is dry, iron it. Again, put the leftover FAUX Bubble Jet 2000 in a LABELED container for future use.
I’m working on a really fun project today. Flower pounding is a noisy BLAST. (You may want to wear ear protection – seriously.) Last time I taught this at my local quilt shop I think the gal who does the longarming there was about to go NUTS until she put on her headphone ear protection….. Sorry Debbie!
In the video I tell you the basic supplies you will need for the project. I also have links to them below the video if you are unable to find the products locally.
Don’t forget, I will be back later to show you how you can make your own “cheap seat”Bubble Jet 2000 (sorta kinda) from easily purchased grocery store items~PattyAnne
PS. Meet me back here soon! I’ll demo the making of the faux Bubble Jet 2000.
I love planning my quilting using dry erase markers and a piece of Plexiglas that can be purchased at a Home Improvement store inexpensively. I have tried to use some of my other rulers, and while it does work, the view is somewhat obscured because of all the markings on the rulers.
For the actual quilt block, I’m going to quilt diagonal lines with my walking foot.
Since I will be whipping up two more blocks (and making this into a super fun table runner) there will be sashing and borders to quilt. In these areas, I’ll quilt a design from Lori Kennedy’s book (get the ebook for $9.99). Anyhoooo, the design is called “Double Loop Vine” and I think it perfectly mimics the leaves in the fabrics, don’t you?
Thanks for stopping by! Let’s go machine quilt our own quilts.
Sooooo, I have a few BOWs cued up including this block (shhhh….take a sneak peek of it on my Electric Quilt screen). Fabrics are First Mate by Northcott.
Lotsof cool blocks are being planned!!
Some are traditional blocks and others are not. One of the non-traditional blocks (a featured BOW in July) will be a flower pounded block. During the first session of Flower Pounding Week, there will be a demo on how to ready your fabric for the project. Next I will show the flower pounding process (hold your ears!) . Finally, ways to enhance your block with thread painting and Derwent pencils will be demonstrated.