Thursday, April 23, 2015

Miss Mattie's Flower Garden

My second Scrap Squad quilt was featured on the Quilty Pleasures Blog last week.  I named this quilt after my MaMa Skaggs.  Her name was Mattie.  You can see the original quilt on the blog post.  I used the original block pattern but rearranged the blocks to get a diagonal line that resulted in large diagonal squares. 
I auditioned using the scrappy fabric in the center of squares but ultimately decided to go with a solid gray block in the center.  The embroidery design is by Anita Goodesigns. 
I decided to use the left overs to make a scrappy border and quilted on my new Avante quilting machine.  I guess you would called it semi-custom quilting.  I did most of the quilt without using the computer but the triangle blocks are Prostitcher designs.

I love this quilt!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Keeping it on the "Q.T." Quilting Tip # 4

It's time for another Keeping It on the "QT" Tip.  Tip # 4. 

 Painter's Tape is a quilter's Best Friend.

Stitch-and-Flip is a popular quilting technique for attaching corner patches to units.  Instructions usually include something like this "Mark a diagonal line on the patch from corner to corner and sew on the marked line."

For my second Scrap Squad quilt, the pattern called for 192 Stitch-and-Flip units.  That's a lot of diagonal lines!  So I decided to use Painter's Tape to mark my machine instead of marking all those lines.

Why Painter's Tape?  It doesn't leave any sticky mess when you remove it from your machine.  Below you can see the tape on machine.  The tape is placed from just in front of the needle (not over the feed dogs).  Tape should be aligned with the needle.  Most machines will have marking you can use as a guide.

Place your patch on the corner of the unit with right sides together.  Place top corner under presser foot aligned with needle and bottom corner lined up on Painter's Tape.
Stitch across the diagonal.
This method works perfectly and you don't have to mark anything.  A real time saver when you are making 192 of these little corners.
You would then trim seam allowance to 1/4".  Flip the patch open and press.
Thanks for stopping by.  My next Scrap Squad quilt will be featured on Quilty Pleasures Blog on Friday.
Happy Scrappy Quilting!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

@ the Circus quilt

My first Scrap Quilt was published in March.  Here is a photo of the quilt.

I named the quilt "@ the circus".  I used my Handi Quilter Avante and did an edge to edge quilt design.   Below is a photo of the design.  The design is by Anne Bright.

Here is a link to the Scrappy Pleasures Blog post
I am now working on my next quilt for Scrap Squad.  It used reproduction 1930s fabric.
Here is a peek at the fabric.
Thanks for stopping by.