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This Week in Studio Time –

Six fat quarters and you can have a quick baby quilt using the Yellow Brick Road quilt pattern. I added a border. I love the way this goes together. If you have a friend who is learning to quilt, this is a fantastic pattern for them, and it is so fun to put together that even experienced quilters will enjoy piecing this one! I come back to it again and again.

This week I also recovered a couple outdoor cushions. I’m happy with how they turned out.

I also made two of these quilt backing extenders. They are helpful when you are short on backing fabric so the machine carriage doesn’t run into the clamps. I took 2 fat quarters (one for each side), finished the long edges, and then folded it in half, right sides together, and stitched the end opposite the fold with a 1/4′ seam, and turned it right side out. Then I inserted a clean paint stick at the folded edge and marked the sides and the bottom of the paint stick. I stitched across the width and one side, inserted the paint stick, then stitched the other side to hold the paint stick in place. To use it, pin the end with the 1/4′ seam to your backing fabric, and use your clamps on the paint stick to stabilize your backing.

Labrynth Walk Quilt

This has been on my list for quite awhile and I’m so happy I moved it to the top of my list. This was gifted to my grandson for his high school graduation. I was trying to think of a more masculine pattern to suggest to him. He liked the pattern and chose the colors. It went together so much easier than I thought. I hadn’t noticed that it’s really just two different blocks! If you’ve been considering making this one, I would encourage you to do so. I quilted this on my Handi Quilter Infinity using a design from Wasatch Quilting.

Handi Quilter Educator Challenge – Do You See What I See?

The Handi Quilter Educator Challenge for 2020 was to quilt a Debra Linker ice dyed piece of fabric to emphasize the faces or figures you see in the fabric. This is called pareidolia, but we decided to call it simply, Do You See What I See?

This is the piece that I chose from the options. I didn’t “see” anything at the time, but liked the colors.
After gazing at it for awhile, the green areas became green jackets and I took it from there. I used Handi Quilter Preview Paper and dry erase markers to sketch out some ideas. Easy to wipe off and start over til I liked what I saw.
This is how I began. You can see I changed my mind on the center area once I began. At this point, I had decided the green jackets would be on aliens and this center point was going to be their regeneration point. There you go, the name of my piece was Regeneration Station!
Here’s my finished piece. The aliens are coming in to renew their energy. The design on their jackets match the grid in the center and indicates their energy level. The closer the grid in their jackets, the more energy they have. Some are coming in to energize and others are on their way out, having just finished energizing. Swarovski crystals for the eyes. I left the background unquilted as I thought it made them seem as thought they were floating in nothingness in outer space. Crazy, I know, but I think I was writing a novel about these guys while I was quilting them.

Day 2 at Handi Quilter

Day two was a day of learning, rulers in the morning and stencils in the afternoon.  Sprinkle in playing with different feet and other goodies.  Every few hours we were gifted thread, rulers, stencils, scissors, bobbins, DVDs, you name it!  Craziness!!  All goodies to try out and to help up us with our quilting.

Marie gifting us!

Commotion in the hallway and someone closing the classroom doors cued me that something was going to happen during lunchtime.  Soon enough we were called to lunch.  Jared, the photographer, was on hand, as was Darrin, the CEO.  Hummm.

We were met with a beautifully decorated cake and discovered our name was going to be the Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad.  Love that!

Placemats with our group photo shoot from 2:00 yesterday afternoon were on the tables.  Marilyn, my roommate, is on the far left.  We are pictured with vintage quilts the studio educators quilted.

Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad

Darrin again welcomed us to the HQ family and said we had birthdays to celebrate.  Five of us (yes, I was one) have birthdays in January.  The closest to that day’s date would win a prize.  Becky’s was the closest and they brought out a very large white box with gorgeous purple metallic ribbon.  It was a sewing machine!!  But then Vicki said, “Wait, we all have birthdays!” and they wheeled out those fabulous boxes for each one of us!!

A new sewing machine!?!!!

Darrin with the machine we received.  It’s an HQ 210 Stitch 8 pound travel machine!!

Back to the classroom for more hands on practice on the wonderful Avantes.  And more swag!  Did I say more swag?  Yes, more swag!  We learned they would be shipping it home for us!

At this time I just have to introduce you to Jace, the13th member of our squad.  He is the 12 year old grandson of Helen Kay.  She mentioned in her application video that she had taught him to quilt and showed a quilt he had made, so HQ invited him, too.  He was a perfect addition!  He carried his new sewing machine and thread home on the plane with him because he couldn’t wait for it to be shipped!  Here he is hard at work micro quilting after trying his hand at couching.

Jace

At 5:00 we were taken by a luxurious shuttle bus to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a fabulous gourmet buffet at the Roof Restaurant overlooking Temple Square. This is a view from the restaurant.

Temple Square

The Tabernacle

What an experience this was!

Tune in to my next post for Day 3 at Handi Quilter!

Merry Christmas to Me!

My wish for each individual is to live in harmony and be in good health.  Those are the big two for me.  Wouldn’t that be amazing if everyone had those two things?  So I remind myself to live in the moment, be mindful, and do what I can to control my good health.

 

Quilting, sewing, and creating make my heart happy.  Simply said, it is my thing.  Now that I’m retired, I get to spend even more time doing my thing.  I began sewing garments at age 12 and progressed to counted cross stitch, general crafting, and finally discovered quilting 15 years ago.  I just love playing with fabric!!  I have pieced many, many quilt tops and started many more (Hello, UFOs!).  I discovered and fell in love with Cotton Theory, which allowed me a way to finish my own quilts (quilt first, then assemble) using my domestic machine.  But I still have at least a dozen quilt tops sewn before I learned about Cotton Theory.  How am I going to finish those?  I just could not look forward to trying to wrestle them under my sewing machine needle.  I didn’t want to send them to a longarmer to finish; I want to do it myself.  I want to put my final signature on my work.

 

My new baby

My new baby

Enter the Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen (cue singing choir of angels!).  I first laid eyes on her at the Houston Quilt Show 2015 when she was introduced.  A smaller 6′ frame and certainly more affordable than the larger models.  I came very close to adopting her right then and there, but decided to give it some more thought.  Then a couple weeks ago, my LQS, Always in Stitches, dangled a sprig of mistletoe over her and I welcomed her with open arms.  Merry Christmas to me!

New Class added

Beginning next week is a class featuring the Dancing Stars Cotton Theory quilt.

IMG_1971This is a beginner Cotton Theory quilt and uses both of the two main joining methods – the Highway and the One Way.  It’s 52″ x 52″ so it would make a nice baby quilt, lap, or throw.  If you live locally, and would like to join us, please email me (lanarussel@gmail.com) for current openings and project materials list. Classes are on the first Monday and Wednesday of every month in my home studio. I have room for 6 in each session.  Dates for this project are June 1 and 6, July 6 and 11, August 1 and 3, and September 7 and 12.  Mondays are 1:00 pm – 4 pm, Wednesdays are either 9:00 am – noon or 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm.  Cost is $10 per 3 hour session.  Pattern is $12.

This is an easy one to cut out; I was able to get all pieces cut out, labeled, sandwiched, and pressed in one day.  Lots of same sized pieces makes it super easy.  I’m ready to sew!

 If you come in June with all pieces cut and labeled, we can get right to the quilting because you piece and quilt at the same time!!  If you are unable to get it cut out before then, please bring a mat and rotary cutter, so you won’t have to wait for the cutting table.
Hope you can join us to learn this fun way to quilt!

Time for TWIST

TWIST = This Week In Studio Time

Last week I was able to finish a Quilt of Valor for my father, who is 95 and served in WWII. It is based on an Accuquilt pattern, Celebration Table Runner.  I modified the pattern not only to make it quilt size, but also to construct it using the Cotton Theory method. Finished size is 60″ x 70.”

Dad's Quilt of Valor front

Dad’s Quilt of Valor front

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Dad’s Quilt of Valor back

I will be able to present it to him on Valentine’s Day.  Can’t wait!  He has NO idea!!

I upgraded from an Accuquilt Go to an Accuquilt GO Big recently and am loving it!  I am appreciating the speed and accuracy of the cuts.

Happy Sewing!

Lana

 

Bossa Nova Tutorial

Interested in seeing a tutorial of just how a Cotton Theory Quilt is assembled, step by step?  Here we go…

Step One -cut and label front pieces according to the directions.  This is Bossa Nova.

Step One -cut and label front pieces according to the directions. This is Bossa Nova.

Cut and label back pieces

Cut and label back pieces

Cut and label batting pieces.  Hobbs 80/20 batting is recommended.  Cotton Theory makes great use of batting scraps.

Cut and label batting pieces. Hobbs 80/20 batting is recommended. Cotton Theory makes great use of batting scraps.

Piece the blocks as usual

Piece the blocks as usual

Steam quilt sandwiches front and back.  The poly in the 80/20 batting adheres to the cotton fiber in the quilt pieces reducing the need for pinning.

Steam quilt sandwiches front and back. The poly in the 80/20 batting adheres to the cotton fiber in the quilt pieces reducing the need for pinning. In this case the back piece is 3/4″ larger all the way around to allow for the 1″ seam allowance.

Quilt pieces as desired

Quilt pieces as desired

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All pieces quilted – crosshatching, outlined, straight line quilting using wobble stitch

 

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Sew pieces together using 1″ seam allowances

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For One Way finish, cut one side’s seam allowance to 1/4″

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Seam allowance trimmed to 1/4″

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Double fold 1″ seam allowance over the 1/4″ seam allowance and decorative stitch

 

Since the quilt is reversible, the label goes on the binding.

Since the quilt is reversible, the label goes on the binding.

The binding is sewn on to the back side first and then decorative stitched on the front. side.

The binding is sewn on to the back side first and then decorative stitched on the front. side.

 

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Completed Bossa Nova front. When you are finished, it’s already quilted!!

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Bossa Nova back

 

Hope this helps you understand the process a little better. Please don’t hesitate to comment and ask if you have any questions.

Take Care til next time,

Lana

TWIST again

TWIST – This Week In Studio Time

Hello!  Super busy week, but managed a finish: my Bossa Nova cotton theory quilt.  I wanted to complete this so I could have a complete step by step tutorial ready for my Cotton Theory quilting presentation for the south side Indianapolis quilt guild Thursday.  I’ll post the same tutorial here in its entirety very soon, but next week is Houston!  YAY!  First time for me!  I look forward to reporting on that experience, too!  But, first things, first – my finished Bossa Nova…

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova

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I loved meeting the ladies from the south side guild!!  What a fun group!  Super friendly!  My husband even commented that they were as friendly as Airstreamers!  We meet the nicest people camping and now that he is helping me set up for my presentations, he will see first hand how friendly quilters are.  We enjoyed meeting and talking with them so much that we both forgot to take pictures!  Next time…

Take Care,

Lana