Balance

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This is one of my favorite blog to follow. Laura works with one block at a time, generally thru EQ7 and plays with settings with that block and with different colors. One week she will play with straight settings and the next week “on point” settings. I think you will enjoy her blog as much as I do.

Originally posted on LC's Cottage:

If you haven’t met the quilt block called Balance, then let me introduce you.

Balance Quilt Block

I found this block in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.

I drew it with a 5 x 5 grid in Electric Quilt 7.  If you own BlockBase, it is #1817c.

It isn’t often that one sees a green and white quilt (I don’t think I’ve ever seen one…I may have to google that later), but it is March, and I’m longing for spring, so I’ve set this block with green and white. 

Here is how it looks in a straight set:

Balance Straight Set

In the following design, I’ve deleted a few lines from the block to create an alternate crossing block to set Balance with.  I’ve also added another green to the mix.

Balance Straight Set

I squared up the quilt design (it isn’t longer than it is wide now) and rearranged the blocks:

Balance Straight Set

Again…

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Mug Rug for Coffee with great Blog reading!

Monday was President’s Day and, of course, I needed a cute little mug rug that would be special for the holiday.  Using silhouettes downloaded from free clip art, and combining them with a wonderful patriotic print, I quickly came up with “Coffee with the Presidents.”

Presidents Day Mug Rug

Presidents Day
Mug Rug

Super simple and quick…maybe one day I’ll learn how to take the pictures better!

BLOG FOR THE DAY: Check out all of the tutorials on this site! Everything from purses to great little paper pieced designs. I love the 30’s apron paper pieced design, the super cute hot pads/mug rugs and the hexagon purse.  http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/://  Great  free patterns, tutorials and fun little gifts to make.

FUNtastic baby/toddler quilt just came off the longarm table.  Sandy always does such a great job on her colors and applique.  Take a look.

 
Happy Quilting….Karen

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Thursday Tool Time

Well, its Thursday and my favorite ripper shows up this week.  The Havel ripper is the best ever!  I found this out the very hard way, ripping the quilting from an entire quilt, worse yet, made from Kaffe Fassett fabric.  If any of you have tried ripping this fabric you know how hard it is to rip without damaging the fabric.  I have tried this type of ripper before but never really gave it a chance.  There is a bit of a learning curve, try it and stick with it.  You will not regret your efforts.  I bought at least 10 different rippers ranging from the normal ripper we use up to these “instruments of destruction!  Even that tiny tiny point is so sharp that it will cut a thread with just the bare bit of pressure – BUT NOT THE FABRIC!  The Havel Ripper won hands down (and it even comes with extra blades!)

Havel Ripper

Now, here are a few pictures of my completed Celtic Mystery quilt.  Still have binding to go though.  I spread it on the bed, not the greatest lighting but will show you the pattern a little better I think.  Again, kudos to Bonnie Hunter!

The rest of todays efforts went to embroidering a bunch of fleece throws for my daughter’s dance team – GO GOLDDUSTERS!

Goldduster's Fleece Throws

Goldduster’s Fleece Throws

Quilt happy

Karen

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WORK IN PROGRESS (WIP) – CELTIC SOLSTICE

One more row of quilting and my 116 x 116 inch Celtic Solstice will be quilted!  I am so totally in love with the  backing fabric as well as the border fabric!  What a quilt this was to tackle but I did enjoy the process!  Thanks ever so much to Bonnie Hunter for giving us this free mystery quilt.  It is the second mystery quilt that I have completed from Bonnie, both Easy Street (2012-13) and now Celtic Solstice (2013-14).  Check out her wonderful website www.quiltville.com   .  After completing my favorite thing…550 inches + of binding, this will find a home on my bed!

Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery Quilt

Tomorrow the full reveal…have to go look for a way to take a picture of something this incredibly large!

Happy quilting

Karen

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My Favorite Quilty Blog This Week

I ran across a wonderful blog from a blogger called “Don’t Call Me Betsy”.    Her blog, dated February 10th, ” A glimpse into my Type A mind and sewing studio…” is a fantastic tale of her SPOTLESS and Oh, so organized sewing studio.  Yes, I admit to being a Type A personality too but my studio just doesn’t look like this…Wish it did.  Go to www.dontcallmebetsy.com and have a look.  I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.  Some great organizational ideas!

Last year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt  (quiltville.com), “Easy Street” has been finished for a while.  This year’s quilt, Celtic Solstice, is on the longarm machine right now.  Finished at 116 x 116 it has over 5700 pieces in it!  I’ll post a picture tomorrow in my Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday.

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Happy quilting…Karen

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Mug Rug Monday

I have always been in love with the adorable little, and quick, mug rugs.  I collect them in a bowl in my kitchen so that I always have something to set my coffee on in the mornings.  After a long time of thinking about designing my own little rugs, I have designed my first in honor of February.   Fun and finished in about an hour.  Quick, easy and free!!2014 February Mug Rug Color

I must be a total pinhead today because I can’t manage to upload the pattern for you onto this blog.  Until I figure it out if you want a copy please just reply with your e-mail address and I will send you a black and white pattern with instructions and supply list. 

Enjoy…bee happy.  Karen

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TOOL TIME THURSDAY and more quilts

Well, its Thursday so I think Thursdays would be really good to tell you about new tools or materials etc. that I have discovered.  This week I will concentrate on you appliquers!  I have found, and tried, a new foundation paper for those who use a foundation meant to partially disappear when soaked only leaving the fibre content..great for giving a little dimension to your applique.  It’s not really so new, I just got around to trying it.  The foundation is made by Floriani and is called Stitch N Wash Tearaway Fusible.   The interesting part is the fusible.  It is a very, very light fusible and you MUST read the directions for it to work.  Unlike other fusibles this one takes a very limited amount of heat for a very limited amount of time.  You need to use the SILK setting on your iron and press from the fabric side or use a press cloth!  If you heat it too much it will not stick.  Be sure to follow the directions.  (Ask me how I figured that out!) It feels much lighter than the Sharon Schamber paper we have been using.  I cannot pick a favorite but they are definitely different.  I do like the idea of not having to add that extra glue to place the template.  Give it a try.  Here are a few pics of a quilt that I finished not long ago.  It was totally done with fusible and what a fantastic job!

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What a great baby quilt this is.  I used a whimsical dragon fly for the quilting motif and love the way it came out.  Baby is due tomorrow so Grandma will be binding quickly I imagine!  Great job!

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A charity quilt that just came off the table.  Really nice, I know someone will really appreciate Jennefer’s work on this one!

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On the table now.  A gigantic batik quilt.  A great birthday present for a Bonnie’s wonderful son!  He surprised her by picking batiks and bright batiks at that!  Hopefully it will be finished today.

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Happy Quilting…bee happy!   Karen

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