It’s finished! That is, the top of the Pineapple Quilt using Cut Loose Tropical Fruit Pattern and Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool is finished. And on its way to the longarm quilter, Paula Reuille. I have to say I really love this quilt. It is my first ever Pineapple quilt, and I admit, I was leery of the trim tool/ruler before I started using it. That all changed as I worked on the quilt blocks, the instructions and method just all clicked as the quilt blocks progressed.
… And a new-to-me tool. The Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool.
20 blocks made, border fabric, Pineapple Trim Tool.
I used Andover Fabric Line Kim’s Hand Dyes, filling them out with some dot fabrics for 14 colorful fabrics. I used Moda white muslin for the background and will use Moda Simple Marks for the border. The bright colorful fabrics make me happy!
I will be demoing this tool Saturday, March 1st at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop, Roanoke, IN. Shop hours 10 -3.
Linking to Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday
and to To-Do Tuesday Link up Here is my list for this week:
Finish and photo Pineapple Quilt
Work on client clothing quilt
Catch up with Building Block Quilt Along
I’m taking part in Leah Day’s Building Blocks Quilt Along to learn Free Motion Quilting. Leah has us starting out with the basics. This will be a skill building quilt along for the year. So far, so good!
Stitcher’s Garden Block No. 7. Twin needle stitching in background.
Stitcher’s Garden Block No. 8. More twin needle stitching in background and pintuck foot used in center of flower.
Close up of pintucks. I used two different colors of thread, and the lighter thread is showing up better.
Stitcher’s Garden using Batiks Classes at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop, Roanoke, IN held the third Tuesday and third Thursday of each month.
Here is my first completed quilt for the new year. Toes In the Sand Pattern by Jaybird Quilts using the Hex N More Ruler. Love Julie’s ruler. Julie’s patterns are very well written with clear and easy to follow directions and diagrams. I was very happy that all the points in the blocks matched up so perfectly. The Hex N More Ruler is designed including four shapes, each with four sizes, all in one ruler. The shapes are triangles, hexagons, half hexagons, and diamonds.
I used all Batiks for this quilt.
Close up of a few blocks.
I love the Moda Batik for the back, and also the All-In-One Flange Binding made with left overs from the pieced blocks.
This quilt is being offered as a Block of the Month at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop in Roanoke, IN.
Today is the final stop on Vicki Welsh’s Real Studio Tour. We are to share photos of our spaces where we work/play/create!
My sewing set up is now in a room that my girls out grew. It is a good sized room of about 14 feet by 24 feet. It is what we call the bunk bed room because of the two sets of built in bunk beds. Fifteen years ago, while hunting for a larger house for our growing family – we have five children – a friend recommended this house to us. When we toured it, the girls named it the bunk bed house. The girls, then 3, 6, and 9 all shared the bunk bed room. Their older brothers each got their own room. I set up my sewing area in the fifth unclaimed bed room. Then the brothers grew up and went off to college and the girls decided they would like to have their own rooms. So everything got switched around and I ended up setting up shop in the bunk bed room! I like it for the space, but I really don’t care much for the bunk beds as there is just so little wall space in this room. But there are also 2 built-in desks, one built-in dresser, a walk-in closet, and two side-by-side closets. So lots of space and storage to utilize.
Here are photos of it all clean and organized when I took over the space three years ago.
Above picture is what you see when you walk in and look to the right. The kids use the bottom bunk as a day bed and watch movies on the computer.
Above, is the room to the left as you walk in the door. I’m using the bunk beds as storage at this point and hang up the most recently made quilt to cover up the messy storage.
Oh look at that clean floor! I’ll be showing you ‘real life’ in just a bit. The book shelf on the right are mostly my husbands books. In the units are the left, I organized my fabric by color. So pretty to look at!
Here you see my cutting station on top of a Lowe’s cabinet with lots of storage. The built in dresser is full of UFOs. Eeck! Too many of those! The book shelves are full of thread, quilting books and supplies.
And what does this space look like today?
(Taken with a wide angle lens). See the blue fabric in the front right? Which is in front of the book shelves, it is covering up storage boxes, serger, UFOs, bits and pieces. How many of my Protect-n-Store boxes do you count!? I have personal WIP in some of the boxes, and demo boxes for Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop where I
Oh, I made new curtains for this room, which I like. And I have even done some cleaning out. Over Christmas break I hope to finish up a Block-of-the-Month for the quilt shop and also a clothing quilt for a customer. Then I hope to organize some for the start of the New Year.
For those of you who guessed at the number of Protect-n-Store boxes in my possession, the current number is 22. ☺
Hop on over to Vicki’s blog to see how other quilters have their studios set up and to also add yours to the link!
Vicki’s week #2 for The Real Studio Tour, Storage Solutions is up. Check out the links to see how fellow quilters are solving their storage issues! And link up yourself.
I learned about these Protect-n-Store boxes several years ago and asked my local quilt shop, Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shop in Roanoke, IN, if they would carry them. And they now do! $6.99 a piece. They are a good size at 12 1/2″ square and 3″ deep. I use them for projects-in-progress.
I’m NOT going to tell you how many of these great boxes I have in use! Want to guess?! ☺
Vicki is hosting a Studio Tour for bloggers to link up answering three questions over the course of three weeks – using pictures from our own studios! The first week, we are to show a non-traditional tool we use in our studio.
I use a hemostat for turning applique pieces and tubes right side out. They also are handy in place of a pair of twisters. For example – dislodging thread stuck in the bobbin case. And they are good for pushing out the corners of projects like pillow cases. I keep a pair handy right next to my sewing machine. This curved tipped hemostat in the picture is actually my ‘stand in’ pair, as I have misplaced my favorite straight tipped hemostat in the current clutter of my studio. (Yes, I’ll reveal that creative mess to you December 20th!)
To join in the fun, visit Vicki’s blog post: The REAL Studio Tour!
I’ve been seeing posts on Pinterest lately about a binding method gals are calling a Faux Flange Binding. Some of the first links I followed didn’t give instructions. Playing around with dimensions, I came up with a size I like for a finished binding and flange. I’m calling this technique an “All-In-One Flange Binding” because it is not a faux flange – it really is a flange! And the technique combines the flange and binding together.
Here’s how I made the All-In-One Flange Binding -
Two fabrics to coordinate with your finished quilted quilt top.
One fabric is for the binding, strips cut at 1 1/2” wide.
Coordinating fabric for the flange, strips cut at 2” wide.
(Instructions do not include yardage needed for binding. Consult your favorite binding chart or app for yardage needed.)
Sew together the binding strip and the flange strip, side-by-side using a 1/4” seam allowance to make one long continuous strip. Press seam allowance towards darker fabric.
On the front of the quilt, press binding towards front of quilt, covering seam allowance. There will be about 1/2″ of binding fabric showing on the front with a 1/4″ flange.
Press a miter at each corner. Pin if necessary to hold binding in place.
Stitch in-the-ditch between the binding fabric and the flange fabric with thread coordinating with the flange fabric. (I used a rust for the top thread to match the flange, and a cream in the bobbin to match the quilt back.)
You will have about a 1/2” of binding fabric and a 1/4” flange showing on the front of your quilt.
Your quilt is complete with a flange to add a nice pop to your quilt! And it was all machine sewn! Quick and easy!