Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Crosscut Connections

What a surprise to wake up yesterday, tagged by my long-time friend Andrea/
Quiltmanufaktur, and seeing her gorgeous Crosscut quilt. You may just recognize the improvisational 'pattern' from a quiltalong I hosted a couple of years ago. Oodles of them have been made, even after the quiltalong, and I'm tagged on another nearly every week. But I'm not sure many have seen the notoriety that this one has. 



Andrea was asked by Bernina to create a quilt with very particular specifications. She says, "The sought-after quilt should look masculine and modern, the main color should be blue - the other colors are brownish and yellow. Could I have such a quilt ?! No, I did not have and spontaneously I did not think of any of my many quilt friends who had such a quilt in their repertoire. So I decided to make a quilt with these specifications!" 





It was by mutual agreement that Andrea created a Crosscut quilt top based on my tutorial, all to give a shout-out for the Bernette Brand Campaign. Bernette, by the way, is a brand of the BERNINA Textile Group designed for those who are looking for a high-quality machine with many features yet reasonably priced. 



There was a very interesting twist about the finishing of this particular Crosscut quilt, and Andrea tells all about it in her post. 



Fun, right? If you're new to the Crosscut technique, there are several Instagram hashtags to peruse - #crosscutblocks#crosscutquiltalong, and #crosscutquilt - and you'll see what a fun technique it is, resulting in a unique quilt design each and every time.

All photos used by permission of Andrea Kollath.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Scattered

I'll confess that I took one look at this week's Summer Sampler block, saw that it was made of half-hexagons, and audibly sighed, "oh no." I mean I'm ok with the hexies, but there were SO many pieces (80 to be exact!), that I kind of dreaded it all. Designed by Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts, Scattered is an awesome looking block though, so I started in, happy that I could use my Hex N More ruler instead of a printed template and that I could cut my hexies 95% out of project scraps. All that helped alot!


And as for piecing, half-hexagons are a breeze. With all the pieces, careful and consistent pressing was required, but even that went well enough. Gotta say, I think Scattered is my new favorite block!


Week 16: Twist and Turn [equilateral triangles]
Week 15: Circle Gets the Square [color and fabric placement]
Week 14: Dandelion Clock [freehand foundation piecing/improvisational curves]
Week 13: Altitude [diamonds]     Week 12: Fussy Love [fussy-cutting]
Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Monday, September 9, 2019

Paladin Pouch

Last week was super busy, and come the weekend, a new short-term project was a welcome diversion. I'd been eyeing Sara/Sew Sweetness' new Paladin Pouch pattern, marveling at its construction. With three separate compartments and an interior zipper pocket all protected by one top zip, it looked useful as well as intriguing.... I was really curious how the design came together!



I rummaged around in my stash for fabric, and happened upon a piece of hand-printed linen that I'd won from Salty Oat in a sewalong ages ago. Created by Sarah Waterhouse, this was the project I must have been saving it for. With a Carolyn Friedlander Architextures print for the lining, I was set. Considering my main fabric was a little heavier, I forewent the requested fusible fleece, and instead just interfaced the lining with Pellon SF-101.



Unfortunately my choices in zipper colors wasn't the greatest at my local shop, so I spruced up the beige with a leather tab a la Anna from Noodlehead. Oh yeah. Another tidbit about the zip - I mis-followed directions (user error!) and ended up without proper zipper stops at the other end, so added a bit of leather there too, so my pouch is special like that.



Meanwhile, the construction did indeed prove very interesting! I had treated myself to a version of Sara's pattern that included a video, and I'm glad I did. Kind of felt like Sara was there to hold my hand, especially during the tricky part of the final construction. haha



Anyway, all turned out great, the design IS ingenious, and at 10-1/2” long x 8” tall x 3-1/2” deep (the largest of three sizes available), the pouch is good and roomy. Even without the fusible fleece, it stands on its own, and is perfect for its intended use.

Friday, September 6, 2019

WIP Pouch



Gotta say, I was pretty pleased when Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade asked me to participate in the IG book hop for her book, That Handmade Touch. Published by Lucky Spool, it's a wonderful mix of projects - for you, your home, your craft space - and your pet!


The project I chose to make for the hop was the WIP Pouch, a 10" x 11" quilted, vinyl-fronted pouch perfect for storing works-in-progress or a score of other things of course.



I dug deep into my stash for a focal print I really love, and for the zipper facing and binding, a fun little stripe. The construction of the pouch was straight-forward and relatively quick, which made it especially enjoyable. Really, the only tips necessary about sewing with that vinyl are don't touch it with your iron, and use wonder clips instead of pins Otherwise, it's smooth sewing.


Though I normally bind by hand, I did choose to machine-bind the pouch, just thinking it might be easier with the vinyl component, and I'd do that again.



And yes, the finished pouch could easily be used for a work-in-progress, but instead, I'm using mine to gather up all my zipper pulls for future zips. They'd been in a messy pile in a drawer before, and this makes them so much easier to access and fun to peruse.


So the WIP Pouch isn't my first project from Svetlana's book! I've also made the Pleated Pouch twice (here and here), and same for the On-the-Go Project Bag (here and here). Time to decide what's next!

That Handmade Touch Book Hop runs September 2 - 13. Here's a list of the participants, and I'm linking to their projects as they go live. Enjoy!
9/2 - Heidi Staples/@fabricmutt ~ On-the-Go Project Bag
9/3 - Jeni Baker/@jenib320 ~ QAYG Zipper Pouch
9/4 - Jo Avery/@mybearpaw ~ Pleated Pouch
9/6 - me!/@aquilterstable ~ WIP Pouch
9/9 - Rachel Hauser/@stitchedincolor ~ Wall Pocket
9/12 - Minki Kim/@zeriano ~ Catnip Toy
9/13 - Svetlana Sotak/@sotakhandmade

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Twist and Turn

When this week's Summer Sampler pattern came through in my email and I saw the design up close, I was totally surprised to find that it was composed of equilateral triangles. Designed by Jemima Flendt of Tied With a Ribbon, I found it more finicky to sew rows together than I did the actual triangles. Go figure. But all is well enough, and I really like how the 'white' fabric is a key player in this one.


SO, we're 16 blocks in, and I'm feeling good about how all my blocks are playing together.


Week 15: Circle Gets the Square [color and fabric placement]
Week 14: Dandelion Clock [freehand foundation piecing/improvisational curves]
Week 13: Altitude [diamonds]     Week 12: Fussy Love [fussy-cutting]
Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Begonia :: September

With this month's round on my Seattle MQG Begonia quilt, the end is in sight - just one more round + borders to go! Right now, it's 60" square, and I love those oblong 'boxes' this round added in the corners. Considering this is a mystery quilt-along, there are new surprises with the design at every turn.


Check out the #begoniaquilt hashtag to see more of the growing quilt tops from our guild. I'm really enjoying seeing all the wonderful and varied palettes my guildmates are using. And now, with ALL my HSTs prepped and ready, I'll just wait patiently for next month's instructions!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Quilters Meet & Greet

Hello! If you are visiting from the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet, Welcome! Our hostess, Benita of Victoriana Quilt Designs has gathered a circle of quilt bloggers as a way to connect, get acquainted and share what we do, and of course celebrate the community of quilt blogging. Even though I love Instagram and post there regularly, A Quilter's Table is my 'home base' and it's here that I share in more detail about everything I make, as well as the periodic tutorial and newsletter.

I have a deep appreciation for traditional quilting and feel a connection with it in nearly everything I sew. Though my current love is improvisational piecing and quilting, I never forget the influence of those that have gone before me. The quilt I'm choosing to share today is "Timeless", my entry in the 2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge, and a perfect example of a modern quilt being informed by a traditional block pattern. Hourglass blocks are a personal favorite, and making them in multiples makes for a fun exploration. After making oodles of them in a variety of sizes and color combos, I also used two different coral fabrics to make plenty of 'tone on tone' blocks to allow the piece some breathing room. The block-puzzling and layout for quilts such as this can be a challenge, but it's the kind of challenge I really enjoy.



So have fun continuing on with the meeting and greeting by clicking over to Benita's blog, where all the participating bloggers are listed. From there you can link over, meet new quilters, and 'Click to Enter' for a chance at the big grand prize - and it's a goodie! We're talking fabric, Aurifil thread, batting, and more!


And for those of you visiting A Quilter's Table, here's the button to click for an additional chance at winning.


THANK YOU for stopping by! And thanks to Benita for hosting the blog hop and of course the sponsors for their generous contributions. Enjoy and good luck!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Scrap-ish Plaid-ish



Unfortunately I let making a back for my Plaid-ish quilt stall progress, but once I got that done, it was smooth sailing to a finish. 




The Plaid-ish Scrap Quilt is the creation of Erica/@kitchentablequilting, and is a free tutorial that uses several different scrap sizes, which makes it a great one for working through that scrap basket.



As for that backing, I pieced it from stash, including a length of Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy I'd been hoarding for quite a while. I figured there's no time like the present, right?


For quilting, I went with an uneven grid, following along with seams for some lines, and eyeing others, with meant for pretty stress-free quilting. For the first time, I quilted a grid using Erica's method: from center out to the right, then rotate 90-degrees, and repeat, etc. etc. It worked really well, though I didn't realize till I was done that in her tutorial, she quilts a diagonal grid. Whatever, it worked like a charm, and I'm really happy with how the quilting suits the quilt design.  I used Aurifil 40wt 2024 [white] which provided a pretty subtle look while still coordinating well enough with all of those scraps. 
  

And then when it came time for binding, I actually started in with piecing some scrap bindings from other quilts, but I just wasn't feeling it. So out came the tried-and-true Michael Miller Clown Strips. Considering there IS quite a bit of black in the quilt, I think it turned out being a good fit.


Sooo.... it feels great to have a summer scrap quilt complete.  It finished at 64" x 82", and if you take a peek at the #plaidishquilt hashtag on Instagram, I daresay you might find yourself making one for yourself soon!

This quilt is on my 2019 Finish-A-Long list!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Circle Gets the Square

This week's Summer Sampler block is all about using color and fabric placement. Designed by Krystina Hopkins/KH Quilts, you can see the piecing is simple enough - you know - just a few little curves, all pieced the same way. But what really makes the design shine is playing with the fabric placement. It's not something I've explored much, but I love how the use of the 'white' fabric gives the illusion of a square in the center of the block. Kind of remarkable.


Week 14: Dandelion Clock [freehand foundation piecing/improvisational curves]
Week 13: Altitude [diamonds]     Week 12: Fussy Love [fussy-cutting]
Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Friday, August 23, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Dandelion Clock

This week's Summer Sampler block was designed by Jo Avery/My Bear Paw, and was an engaging combination of freehand(!) foundation piecing and improvisational curves. I actually struggled the most with drawing my wedges, which surprised me. It was a matter of fitting the right number in while making them in interesting and somewhat cohesive sizes and shapes. But I managed, obviously, and headed on in to the piecing.



Unfortunately, the sew-in interfacing that was suggested for the technique, and which I'd ordered a week ago, made it (briefly) within 30 miles of my mailbox, but then got lost in a state it shouldn't have gone to. So I used paper and that actually worked well enough.




Surprisingly, those curves were the easiest part! I'm so smitten with the method using the Sewline Glue Stick that Jen Carlton-Bailly/@bettycrockerass taught us on the Cul de Sac block early on. It's made all the difference.

If you'd like to have a look at Jo's 
freehand foundation piecing technique, she has a tutorial!


Week 13: Altitude [diamonds]     Week 12: Fussy Love [fussy-cutting]
Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stripes

I do like a stripe. Make it improv and I love it even more. So my little creative heart kinda did a jump when I saw that M-R/@quiltmatters' Bee Sewcial prompt was Stripes! All sizes, maxi color with red and orange being slightly dominant, straight, wonky, diagonal or even curvy, with the last detail being a 1/2" light gray strip from one edge to another.



Yup, this was right up my alley. Though I questioned my 'make a bunch of stripe slabs then cut them up' methodology, I went with it, and had fun doing it. The finished block is 13 1/2" x 24 1/2", and my solid scrap bin is just a little less packed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

About Waxed Canvas

Early last year, I shared a guest post at Diary of a Quilter all about Sewing with Waxed Canvas. Now that some time has passed, Amy graciously ok'd me to 'bring it home' as they say, and share the post here on A Quilter's Table. 

I’d been eyeing waxed canvas for a while, admiring everything I’d seen made with it. I seriously loved the look of it. The first item I made was a travel bag for my husband. One day he started telling me about how he needed a new one, and I instinctively declared, “Wait! I’ll make you one!” You know us creative types. We think we need to make everything! Well in this case, it was the perfect chance to try my hand with waxed canvas. It was large enough not to be too fussy, which is always great when you try something new.



What is Waxed Canvas?
Waxed canvas is cotton infused with a paraffin or natural beeswax based wax, woven into or applied to the cloth. The waxing process adds durability and a water-resistance to the fabric. It’s got a casual, rugged look and it’s easy to sew.



Specifics
I used a 10 oz. canvas for all the projects I’ve made. It’s a little stiff, but softens up with use. It has a leather-look, and I’ve found that it substitutes well for it. Working with it distresses it, and personally, I think that just adds to the appeal. It’s easier to handle than it looks. Yes, it’s stiffer than quilting cotton by a long shot, but not so much that it’s difficult to handle.


Basket pattern from Beyond Cotton by Krista Fleckenstein

Creating with It
  • This is a perfect use for wonder clips rather than pins to prevent leaving pin marks.
  • A standard sewing foot is fine.
  • Use a denim needle – like a 100/16.
  • Heavy-duty thread is recommended, though I found it worked well to use regular thread in the bobbin.
  • Use a longer stitch length – 3.0.
  • If you need to interface your project, interface the lining, not the canvas.
  • To mark your fabric, use a Hera marker, chopstick, or even the blunt end of a crochet hook.
  • Obvious or not, you can’t just use your iron to press seams open. But good news – finger pressing works great! If you really feel the need to press, use medium heat and a pressing cloth or clapper.
  • If you need a sharp crease, try using a bone folder.
  • Use a hair dryer to make the canvas more pliable or to remove unwanted creases or wrinkles.

“Leather” Bottom Pouch pattern from Beyond Cotton

Fabric care
Don’t wash or dry-clean waxed canvas fabric. Try spot-cleaning or a stiff brush. Mine came in a roll and that’s a good way to store it to prevent unwanted creases.



I hope this all gives you a helpful introduction to using waxed canvas in your own projects. I purchased mine from ALFrancesTextiles on Etsy, and I’d highly recommend them due to their fine product and excellent service. By the way, one yard of the canvas measures a generous 60″ x 36″, so there’s a good chance there will be plenty to make several projects.... which is why all of mine so far have been brown!

You can read a little more about the above projects here. I highly recommend giving waxed canvas a try. In fact I need to order more and see what else I can do with it!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Altitude

Andrea Tsang Jackson/3rd Story Workshop's "Altitude" block was another one I'd had my eye on from the very beginning of this year's Summer Sampler Piecing Bootcamp. If you're new to diamonds, do check out Andrea's video on Cutting Fabric Diamonds. Easy peasy!


That said, I'm bummed I didn't use my scant quarter-inch foot for the piecing, as my block turned out a little narrow. No worries though. I'll deal with that later. Meanwhile, I'm quite fond of it, and pleased we got to incorporate like 12 of our fabrics! Couldn't resist working up a collage to see it in repeat!



Week 12: Fussy Love [fussy-cutting]
Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Black&White

The occasional mini quilt is the perfect remedy for a variety of woes, and for me this last weekend, I knew it would be a brief respite from the larger projects and a welcome change of pace. So of course, I took the opportunity to whip up a little something for Curated Quilts' Black & White Mini Quilt Challenge. I actually took a stack of possible fabrics to the guild sew-in thinking I'd play around with a few ideas, and then decide which to finish. Well that didn't happen. I got going on one - totally inspired by a previous bee block - and just got caught up with it.


I didn't really intend to mix prints and solids, but it added a fun dimension. And part of the challenge was to display a sense of motion, either with the piecing or quilting, and in my mind, I managed both. The general construction of the piece spirals around that smallest triangle, and I echoed that by also quilting an irregular spiral with Auriful 40wt in white.


The back was pieced simply, combining a stash find with some remnants from the quilt top, and that was especially quick and satisfying at this small size, 15 1/2" square.


So that was fun! It's been a while since I've done this kind of impromptu sewing, and as always, it was a very good thing.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Fussy Love

Considering the overarching theme of this year's Summer Sampler is "Piecing Bootcamp," I was a tad dubious when I saw the skill for the week was fussy cutting. Only because the fabrics I'm using aren't really that fussy-cut-able. But I wanted to go with the flow on my block, designed by Justin/Keaton Quilts.



So I took a close look at my fabrics and realized one of my background fabrics, even though not your typical feature fabric, was indeed fussy-cut-able if I focused on the darkest orange in the print. AND. I like it! Like ALOT! With the lines of the dark orange sections all running vertically, it added some interesting movement to the block. I'll take it!



One little item of note, and it was just how the pattern happened to assign my fabrics, but none of the four surrounding the background squares are typical quilting cotton, rather woven cotton, thick woven yarn dyed, and Essex Yarn Dye Homespun. I like the texture those add to the design.



Week 11: Bird's Eye Weave [stripes+curves]     Week 10: Off Kilter [partial seams]
Week 9: Oasis [inset pieced circle]     Week 8: Fierce [tiny piecing]
Week 7: Sparkler [transparency]     Week 6: Cul de Sac [curves]
Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer Scraps

Not quite sure why summer seems the perfect time to concentrate on working from the scrap basket, but it seems it's been that way for me. In Oh Scrappy Day, I focused on lots of neutrals and different substrates (love that mix!) but in the Plaid-ish quilt top I just finished, anything was fair game. In fact it was important to specifically choose low-volumes, medium values, and darks.



Erica/@kitchentablequilting's Plaid-ish Scrap Quilt is a free tutorial that uses tiny squares, skinny strips, rectangles, and charm size squares. And at 64" x 82", I does use alot of scraps!



If you're worried about the plaid effect 'working' with your scraps, don't be. Erica provides plenty of tips, and honestly, I was more interested in using scraps than I was about having the perfect values, and I think the 'plaid' still shows up pretty well on mine. At the very least, it's colorful and fun and served the purpose at hand - using those scraps!

So are you working on any scrappy projects lately? Do tell, as my scrap basket isn't empty YET!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Begonia :: August

At 54" square, my Seattle MQG Begonia quilt has outgrown my reach on the design wall. But every row gives it just a little more character, and there are just two more rows to go!


In addition to getting the latest row on, I've also finished making all the HSTs I'll need for the rest of the quilt! I love that Stefanie/@satterwhitequilts spread that making across many months. The relief is real!


At our last guild meeting, we managed a photo of several of us sharing our progress. Not a perfect photo, but it lets you see how unique - and striking - each one is.


Check out the #begoniaquilt hashtag to see more!