A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 15, 2012

Two Hour Valentine’s Runner Tutorial Announcement – Today!

Hi all!
Just a quick little post to announce I will be having a live tutorial about how to piece a quilt on a longarm today.


This is my Two Hour Valentine’s Table Runner. I will broadcast live at 11am PST with a tutorial on how to make it. (of course this can also be done with your domestic machine as well!) I hope you will tune in to watch and learn!
Here is where you can find us…
See you there!

Quilty Hugs,

PS. While you are here be sure to enter my Accuquilt GO cutter giveaway below… Good luck!

May 10, 2011

Making a Pointed Tip Dresden Plate

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am
Hey there Quilters!
So here we are with Post #2, in a series of blog posts about my experiences with an Accuquilt GO! cutter.
Post #1showed the use of the GO! cutter for Dresden Plate pieces.This time, I want to show you how I assembled the dresden plate petals before joining them together. Since I wanted to get moving quickly on this project, I chose the pointed tip pieces. These can easily be done by machine, which as we all know… is quicker!I’m assuming you have a basic knowledge of the Go! and how it works. If you don’t, please visit Accuquilt.Com to learn more about the Go! cutter.
For this step, I used only Dresden Plate petals with the squared top edge. These will make the Dresden Plate with pointy tips.

A pretty little selection of petals all ready to become plates!

Let’s begin with one petal, and how to make it pointy. 🙂
Fold the petal in half, lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Be sure to pin it so it can’t wiggle around too much.
Here is the little petal after it’s been stitched.
Press the seam open and your little petal will flip around to the right side with a nice and pointy tip..
Grab that little seam and flip it over top of the petal to get the wrong sides of fabric together.
The right side of the petal.
I wanted to make sure the folds on each side of the petal were consistent. Fold the entire petal in half lengthwise, and finger press to create a light crease.
Line up the seam with the finger crease you’ve just made. Then press the top in place to make a crisp, pointy tip on your petal.
First finished petal!
Repeat as many times as needed!Next time I will show you how I put them together and appliqued them to the background fabric. We will have a quilt in no time at all.
Quilty Hugs,

April 11, 2011

Ready, set, GO!

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Hello! Welcome to the first in a series of posts about my experiences with the Accuquilt Go! Cutter. About six months ago, I received a Go! cutter from Accuquilt, to play with and review. I really wanted to use the cutter for a project that seemed daunting without it. In all honesty, I would never put in the hours needed for a Dresden Plate quilt. The templates, round cutting, and lack of consistency were big deterrents for me. I thought it was a great choice for my first Go! project.
I’m assuming you have a basic knowledge of the Go! and how it works. If you don’t, please visit Accuquilt.Com to learn more about the Go! cutter. Let’s take a peek at how to use the cutter, k?
This is the first die I chose to play with. It is the Dresden Plate and includes the option of round or pointed petals, as well as the center circle.

Accuquilt Go Cutter Dresden Plate

I was really excited to cut into my collection of Moda 1933 fabrics. They seemed like just the right choice for this project.

Moda Reproduction Fabric

Many of my online friends reminded me to mark the die with sharpie marker to improve the visibility of sharp blade edges. I think this is an excellent idea and highly recommend taking the time to do it. The edges of the dies are very sharp, and must be handled with the utmost care, just as you would your rotary cutter.
In order to make the best use of your fabric, you need to do a little bit of pre-cutting. It is tempting to lay large pieces over the entire die, but it would be very wasteful. I cut the following strips in a variety of fabrics:
center circles – 5 inch strips,
pointed petals – 6.5 inch strips,
round petals – 6 inches.
The instructions for this die recommended 6 layers of fabric. Being a bit of an independent thinker, I decided to try 8. In this picture you see my layers ready to roll on through the cutter.

Go Cutter Die loaded with fabric and ready to roll on through!

Don’t forget to place the cutting mat on top of your fabric….
Look at that!! Within seconds (literally, seconds) I have cut out dozens of each shape.
THIS, however, was the result of my greediness. Definitely salvageable, but time consuming. All further cuts were a max of six layers. Lesson learned.
Ahhhh. The end result of cutting. Perfect and precisely cut dresden plate petals.
I couldn’t help but lay them out right away to see how they look…
What do you think?

November 4, 2010

Fresh from the Moda Oven!!

Filed under: Moda Bake Shop,Quilting,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 9:36 am

Hi all!!
Short and sweet today my quilty friends…. There’s a new quilt on Moda Bake Shop, and it’s MINE all mine!! LOL Go and take a peek!!

September 17, 2010

New Moda Bake Shop Goody!

Filed under: Moda Bake Shop,Quilting,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Zigs has claimed this new bag as his "backpack".

ooooh He's outta here!

Yes. Baby on the Go is the right name for this one!

Zigs needs some stuff to put in his new bag!

Today I have a new bag pattern over at the Moda Bake Shop! I called it Baby on the Go Diaper Bag, and as you can see from the pictures, I was definitely thinking girl at the time when I chose my fabrics. 🙂 Looks like I’ll be making another one in Boy colors for our impending arrival.

Hope to see pics of your bags really soon!

August 11, 2010

Up and Coming…. hopefully soon!

Filed under: Quilting,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am
Just before I left on holidays, these lovely bits of cotton-y goodness landed in my mailbox…
The reds…
The lights…
….and the quilt I will make!
Keep your eyes peeled for this one my quilty friends!

August 9, 2010

How to use Quilting Templates for cutting

Filed under: Quilting,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 9:55 am

Happy Monday my Quilty Friends!
I hope you are all excited tomorrow’s tutorial for the final two blocks in the Summer Star Sampler, I know I am! Today, I want to get you all ready by giving you instructions on how to work with quilting templates. Block twelve has a patch that will be cut out using a template, but not to worry! It’s easy peasy! So here it goes….

The first thing you will do, is print off the template you will be using. Cut it out, being very careful to stay directly on the line.

Here is my template, after I’ve cut it out.
Next I will use a glue stick and attach my paper template to a piece of light cardboard. Then cut it out again. I will label my template with the pattern name, plus add the grain direction arrow.
This particular template should be laid out parallel to the selvage. This will keep the long edges stable, while only the diagonal edges will be bias.
Ahem. Cough, cough. As you can see, you should be more careful with your template than I was. This happened on my VERY FIRST CUT!!
After preparing and making a second template, here is my first patch of fabric cut out.
Mark the stitching lines on your fabric as shown on your template.
There you have it! If you have any questions on how to use templates, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Quilty Hugs,

June 16, 2010

Introducing the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

Join me in making a beautiful Star Sampler Quilt this summer.

Well my quilty friends, it is time to introduce the lovely Summer Star Sampler quilt. I will be offering tutorials to make this beauty every Tuesday, beginning July 6 through Aug 31. I will give you instructions for two blocks per week, followed by the center medallion, then borders. This is where you can find your fabric requirements (click the words!!).

Be sure to visit the Fat Quarter Shop, where you can find all the fabrics you need for this project. I am thrilled that the Fat Quarter Shop has agreed to sponsor this project by providing the fabrics to make this beautiful quilt. Get over there and shop your little heart out right now!! Have your fabric requirements list handy! You will need to order each fabric as yardage, this quilt is NOT available as a kit, but FQS does have all the fabrics you will need. 🙂 Take a peek at the gorgeous fabrics below….

Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree

oooooooh! They are so pretty! I love em!!

Moda's Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree from Fat Quarter Shop

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop to get your fabrics for the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

If you’d like to join me in making this pretty quilt, be sure to grab a banner to post on your own blog!
Quilty Hugs,

March 24, 2010

Easter Mini Quilt Along – Day Three – Bunny Time!

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Here we go with Day Three! I am so thrilled to be feeling a little better, and I am back in action Baby! So last night, I got busy with the remaining applique and the second set of shapes is now ready for download. Follow the instructions from Day Two for today’s bunny and eggs. I chose chocolate brown for my bunny so he didn’t blend in with the other colors. He really does look yummy enough to eat! Now onto the goods….

Background fabric for applique.

Cut your white backgorund fabric to measure 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.

Easter Mini Quilt Applique Shapes

Download your shapes for the applique bunny and eggs. Trace them onto the fusible and cut them apart leaving a quarter inch around each one.

Applique shapes on wrong side of fabric.

Choose the fabrics for your bunny and eggs. Press the fusible pieces onto the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut out each of your shapes.

Applique pieces laid out on background fabric.

Now you can remove the paper from the back of your applique pieces. Play around with the layout until you like the way it looks, or lay it out like mine. Remember to stay away from the edge, you will need a quarter inch seam around the outside. Once you like the layout, press them in place onto the background fabric. Remember to hold iron for 3-4 seconds ONLY.

Four patches sewn together.

Sew 4 of the four patches together in a single row. You need four rows.

Borders laid out around mini quilt.

First attach the top and bottom border, and press the seams outward. Next attach the two side borders, also pressing outwards.

How do you like it so far? From this point on, all we have left is the top stitching! How exciting is that?! Tomorrow, I will show you how I do the blanket stitch around the applique. From there, your quilt can be quilted and bound. If you keep working on it each day, you will certainly have it finished in time for Easter!
Now I want to see ALL of your photos up on flickr. I have started an Easter Mini Quilt Along group and I would love for you to join us! There are already a few members, and Sue has already added her photos too! So join us…. don’t miss out on all these cutie little quilts.

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