Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Musings

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I usually post on Wednesdays, but thought I'd pop in today with a few random things.

I finished my baskets and bow tie quilt top.
For the backing I used this pretty print that I have had for about 10 years.
It was a challenge to match it
It isn't perfect, but pretty darn good don't you think?
Here is Monica's basket quilt in brights - it's great!
My swap blocks so far.  I'm doing the modern swap only this time.
 As you can see I am using different backgrounds and solids.
Here is a tip I posted on IG.  If you are using triangles on a roll, you may want to try stitching just inside the line so they come out the right size once you've pressed them.
 Also, I use a hot dry iron and just spritz a little water.  I find that steaming blocks can skew them a bit.  How do you press?  I also use a starch quite a bit.
Fun an Games~
I started this puzzle on New Years Eve and finished it yesterday.  It had 1000 piece and here is the progression:
We played this escape room board game.  It was super hard!  we solved it (using the clues) with less than 7 seconds to go.  Felt like we were in a James Bond movie.  There are 3 more to play.
Hope you are staying warm - it is so so cold here!  Coco will take any warmth she can find.
xo

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Churn Dash Tutorial

Hello 2018 Swappers!  Long Post - Read then READ again.

Wow - Sign ups closed in a matter of hours.  I gave up my spot on the repro list and added spots to accommodate as many as possible.  There is a waitlist.  For those who missed the sign up, feel free to use this tutorial to play along at home or with a sewing group.

This is the basic Churn Dash Block we're swapping.  
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

Swap Colors:  Please adhere to the color themes.

Repro Group - Civil War Prints (med/dark) with natural (off white) muslin.
Modern Group - Jewel Toned Solids with Low Volume Prints.
 Jewel Tone means no muddy colors - bright and pretty.
Here are some more examples of low volume prints.  No grey backgrounds please - we used that for the bow ties of 2014.
Please use only good quality, clean fabric. 

The Blocks finish at  6"  -   6 1/2" unfinished.

Start with a clean machine, good fine thread, a sharp needle and use your very best sewing skills.

***Make 1 block to test your size and adjust needle or seam allowance as needed to achieve a 6 1/2" unfinished block.***

For each block you will need:  (measurements are unfinished)
4 - 2 1/2" half square triangles
4 - 2 1/2" strip sets made with 2 1 1/2" strips
1 - 2 1/2" center square.

I like to use Triangles on a Roll because there is no trimming and they are accurate.  You can use your favorite method but you must achieve a 2 1/2" unfinished HST.
CAUTION - USE 2" FINISHED BLOCK SIZE PAPER.
Pin with flat pins, sew in the direction shown on the paper, shorten your stitch length for easy paper removal.  You can purchase this at your LQS or on line.

Check to make sure your HST is 2 1/2"

PRESS TOWARD THE DARK SIDE AND CLIP DOG EARS.
Make strip sets with  1 1/2" strips.
 PRESS TOWARD THE DARK STRIP.
 Cut to 2 1/2"
Cut 2 1/2" center squares:
Layout your block
Sew together into 3 horizontal sections and PRESS LIKE THIS:  Ooops - there is a pressing error here !!  yikes.  don't do it like this.
Sew sections together and PRESS LAST SEAM OPEN ACCORDING TO THIS PHOTO - DON'T SKIP THIS!
Viola!  Please check your size NOW.  You have to be with 1/8" of 6 1/2" unfinished.
NUMBER OF BLOCKS TO MAKE

**Important**
After working on the blocks yesterday, I decided we would be swapping 1 full set and 1 half set.  These are 6" blocks and take more time than previous swap blocks.  Here are the numbers:

Repro: 
Make 1 full set of 44 in one color combination.
Make 1 half set of 22 in another color combination.

Modern:
Make 1 full set of 36 in one color combination.
Make 1/2 set of 18 in another color combination.

If you are using FQs or smaller pieces you can use more than 4 fabrics total, but you can not make more that 1 full set the same.

Okay, please go to the top and read again, especially before you email me questions that I have already answered.

Important Facts:
Block Size:  6" finished (6 1/2" unfinished - no trimming!)
Repro Blocks to Make:    66
Modern Blocks to Make: 54
Mailing Deadline:  March 1st - NO EXCEPTIONS 

Please use the hashtag #fwb2018blockswap on your blog, Facebook and Instagram.

On Your Marks, Get Set - SEW!

xo

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Swap Sign Up Open!

UPDATE:  The Swap Groups are Closed.  I added 5 spots to modern.  Details, instructions, colors and timing coming soon!


Sign ups for the 2018 Churn Dash Swap is officially open today!  The photos are inspiration ONLY.  I'll be announcing color and size details soon.

***Important Message - READ THIS ENTIRE POST**
You MUST EMAIL ME TO BE ON THE LIST.  

Send me an email at barb.vedder@gmail.com and include:

1.  Your first and last name
2.  Which group you want to be in Modern or Reproduction.
I will send you an email confirmation.

Sign ups will be open for 1 week or when the groups have filled.
40 swapper limit for Reproduction
30 swapper limit for Modern
I won't know how many blocks until sign ups have closed.  I won't be sharing or sending instructions or posting a tutorial until the sign ups are closed.

I'm excited for the swap and hope you'll join in the FUN!
barb.vedder@gmail.com
xo