May 14, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 13 WINNERS

Thank you everyone for the encouraging comments on my block, It All Adds Up, recently published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 13 Magazine.

The winner of the 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Magazine sponsored by Quiltmaker is Alex:

And the winner of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus the Cotton + Steel charms packs is Barbara:

Congratulations Alex and Barbara! 

From the comments, many of you have already made a plus quilt or are planning to do so.  It looks like an abundance of UFOs is the only thing keeping others from making a plus sign quilt.  

Thank you Quiltmaker, my first blog hop was so much fun and a huge success!

May 13, 2016

Travel Tissue Covers (Assembly Line Method)

The annual awards luncheon for my garden club was yesterday and I decided to make travel tissue covers as party favors.  I have made these in the past, but did not remember the cutting measurements and found this great tutorial for travel tissue covers at Two Brown Birds.

Travel tissue covers by Paige Alexander
For the focus fabric I choose a Kaffe Fassett print, Roman Glass in Leafy. And I chose two Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids for the accents in Coral and Wisteria.

The pieces were cut 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" for the focus fabric and 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" for the accent fabric.  Knowing I would be sewing in assembly line method (and fast), I cut all of the strips 5 1/2" by the width of fabric.  That way, I would be sewing the two fabrics together along the lengthwise grain where there were be no stretching as opposed to sewing on the crosswise grain.

Note:  Next time, instead of cutting the pieces 5 1/2", I will increase it by 1/4" and cut at least 5 3/4". After turning and adding the tissues, it was a tight fit.

Once the two seams were sewn, turned and pressed this is what it looks like.  There should be 1/4" of accent fabric showing on each side.

Tissue cover after two seams sewn

To quickly fold the outer edges to meet in the center, I used the rotary mat to help with alignment. I placed the two sewn pieces (with the focus fabric on top) on the mat, centering it on the boldest line of the mat (the 5" line). The accent pieces extend 1/4" on either side of the 2" and 8" lines.

Tissue cover in progress center on 5" line of cutting mat
Next, I folded one side in to meet in the center using the 5" mark on the mat as reference.  I then pinned in place.

One side of tissue cover folded to meet in the center
At this point it was not necessary to use the mat as reference, I could just fold the opposite in to meet the already folded fabric and pin.

Both outer edges of tissue cover folded to the center and pinned
 I sewed them in assembly line method one after the other.

Tissue covers under the machine

I backstitched a couple of stitches in the middle where the seam would receive the most stress.  And I overlocked the raw edges for a clean finish.

Tissue covers stitched and overlocked.
I felt like the most time consuming part was turning them right side out. Here's where That Purple Thang can in handy.

Travel tissue covers with That Purple Thang
Here they are, all 24 of them, lined up in a basket.

Travel tissue covers by Paige Alexanders 

I snapped pictures of some bellflowers and a Japanese iris yesterday while at the Kilgore Lewis House, which is the headquarters for the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs.  The Spring Garden Tour is taking place Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.  If you are near Greenville, SC, you will surely see some beautiful gardens of residents in the area.

Bellflowers at the Kilgore Lewis House, Greenville, SC

Japanese iris at the Kilgore Lewis House, Greenville, SC

Linking up to Finish Up FridayWhoop Whoop Friday, Quokka Quilts hosting Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday this week, Fabric Frenzy Friday and Show Off Saturday.

May 11, 2016

Block #10 - Last Lemoyne Star

Note:  The giveaway for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Magazines and
Cotton + Steel charm squares is still open through Thursday, 5/12 at 8pm.
  See my block, It All Adds Up, and comment to win, here!

This is the 10th block challenge for Modern Quilts Unlimited Everything Old is New Again block and quilt challenge.  Each month we have been given a traditional quilt block to interpret in a modern way.  The size of each block must finish at 12" when sewn into a quilt.  And, there will be a quilt challenge at the end.  I named my block, Last Lemoyne Star, because I don't have plans anytime soon to make another.

Last Lemoyne Star by Paige Alexander

In EQ7 I explored different sizes, from 10" to 14", of the traditional Lemoyne Star block and printed out the block outline and templates of each.  I originally thought I would piece an oversized block and using my 12 1/2" square up ruler, cut it out a little cattywampus.  But as I was piecing, I could tell I had not made the block large enouch.  Plan A went out the window.  What could I do now?

I decided to extend the inset triangles and make the corner square larger. This way I would keep the original size of 4 of the diamonds and the upper left hand corner formed a half square triangle.  I did crop out the seam allowance, so you are seeing the block as it would be pieced into the quilt.  

Here is the Lemoyne Star block as presented by Modern Quilts Unlimited for the challenge.

Another challenge requirement was to use any Michael Miller fabrics in the construction of the blocks.  I have been using Cotton Couture in Pluto as the background and Apple, Azure, Lava and Magenta in the other block pieces.  Here are my previous nine blocks.

You can read more about my Sailboat block here,  Rail Fence block here and Square in a Square block here.  I can't believe we have just two more blocks to complete and then the quilt challenge will take place. You can read more about the challenge rules here.

Well, one thing is certain...making an entire quilt from Lemoyne Star blocks will not be going on my quilty bucket list!

Linking up to Let's Bee Social Needle and Thread Thursday,  Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Show Off Saturday.