Monday, September 21, 2015

Applique Hearts, Part 3

Well, how is everyone doing?  I hope you've had a chance to applique a few hearts on your squares.

Gather all your 7" X WOF will need to iron them all flat.  Next we are going to get our cutting board and rotary cutter out.  You will need to make sure your fabric is cut straight.
I cut the width of fabric straight on the right edge (don't open your fabric, leave it double).  I measure 6" and cut again.  Your fabric should measure 6" X WOF now.  Cut your salvage edge off.Now I turn my fabric and I cut at 12" and then again at 6".  This will produce a total of 4 - 6" Squares.  
Put one set of the squares on top of the other set and cut on the diagonal.
Point to point.

You should now have 8 triangles.

That should keep you busy for a bit.  If you finish cutting your triangles, continue to applique your hearts on your squares, if you not already done.

In the next step, we will be attaching the triangles to your appliqued heart squares (on point).

Happy Quilting.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Applique Hearts Quilt, Part 2

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Onward we go.  So we have cut all of our hearts with a scant 1/8" seam allowance, from our tracing line.  They should all look like this:

Now gather your white fabric and cut 63- 7 1/2" Squares.  Fold the first white square in half and then in half again.  Be sure to finder press the edges.  Now open your fabric and place it on point.  You should be able to see a vertical and horizontal line (created by your finger pressing).

 Next take one of your hearts and fold the bottom point up (right sides together), so that it sits between the two top curves on the top of the heart. Finger press the center.  Align the line in the middle of your heart with the horizontal line on your block set on point.  The bottom point of your heart should line up with the vertical line and the point between the two curves on the top of your heart, should also align with the vertical line.  Feel free to move your heart around a bit to line everything up.

Next I take stick glue and apply just a tad to three places behind the heart (the two curves on the top of the heart and the bottom point).  Be careful not to get close to your traced line, you need to be able to turn your fabric under.  The glue helps hold the heart in place while you applique. I use needle turn applique, but feel free to use the method your most comfortable with.

This is one of my finished appliqued hearts:

This should keep you busy for a bit.

Check back to see what we  do next.  Have your 50 pieces of  7" X WOF ready, your cutting mat and a rotary cutter!

Enjoy !

Friday, September 11, 2015

Applique Hearts Quilt, Part 1 - Finished 82" X 102"

I can't sit idle and not have my hands stitching on something so.....I decided I better get started on a Christmas Gift.  Yes, there still is time and this quilt is pretty quick to complete.  Best part is, you can take these with  you and work on them a few minutes here and there.  Before you know it, their done!

Here are the material requirements:
63 - 5" Charms
63 - 7 1/2" Squares (I always have white fabric, so I don't have exact yardage)
50 - 7" Cuts of various fabrics (This is 7" X WOF -25 Dark/25 Light)
3 yds - Border (I use a 5" Border on most of my quilts)
1 yd  - Binding- cut on the bias
5 yds - Backing

I love scrappy quilts, so I pulled a stack of 5" squares I had on hand. 
You can buy 5" Charms or you can purchase 5" squares on Ebay. I cut a few 5" squares from fabric I've used in other projects and put them in a shoe box for later projects.

 I trace a 5" Heart on to a file folder and cut it out.  You can cut a 5" heart from a 5" square/charm if you cut on point.

For tracing I use a white chalk pencil, on dark fabrics and a yellow chalk pencil on the lighter fabrics.  Trace your heart on the right side of your fabric.

Now after you have done this to all 63 charms, cut a scant 1/8 edge away from the traced line.

Tomorrow the next step..............Have a great evening.

Remembering 9/11/01

Hero's come in different forms, some of who we will never know.  Giving all they could give, let us not forget them.

God Bless America

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My "In Progress" Insanity Quilt

This is the center of my Insanity Quilt. I'm using 30's Reproduction fabrics. It took what feels like a life time to stitch each and every hex into a diamond, then attaching all the diamonds on a diagonal with the white hex's around.
Each Hex measures 1/2", can you imagine!!!  Here's the kicker, there are 10,339 of these little hex's in the completed top. Needless to say one has to be insane to attempt this project.  The original pattern can be found in the June 2008 issue of  Australian Patchwork and Quilting.  The pattern actually was designed using English Paper Piecing.  I chose to use Inklingo, so I could hand piece this top.

Well, it's been awhile since I worked on this top. I found it while unpacking..... I decided it was time to try and put a few more hex's on.  One thing led to another, one row of white and then a pink border was added.  I couldn't stop, so a round of hex flowers were added and finally another pink border.

This is what it looks like now with the additional borders added on. My fingers hurt a bit from the hand piecing, but don't you just love how it is all coming together? Will print more white hex's this week and will continue on by adding the next all white border.

Come back soon to see how I have progressed.