Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nordic Cuteness

Nordic Mini Quilt Along

The Nordic Mini QAL
Look what Quilt Along is going on at Julie Cefalu's blog,  The Crafty Quilter

                                            A Nordic Mini Quilt Along!!   

 I was hooked as soon as I saw these cute little snowflake blocks, and ran to find some red and white fabric.
It is a mini quilt, that will meaure 14 1/2 inches square,  and will have 4  rows.

I had such fun making the  Half Squre Triangles for these little blocks.  There are a few reasons for this...

  • I love that they are going to be 4 3/4  inch square blocks
  • I have been testing some adorable quilt patterns, using many HST, and have gotten much better making those HST  ( Elaine, Summercrafter is designing up cuteness!)
  • I used the tiny LocBloc ruler, that make trimming HSTs  so easy and accurate.  ( I splurged awhile back and got a set ranging from 1 1/2 in to 6 1/2 in.  I LOVE THEM!)

Trimming to 1 1/2 inches with the Bloc Loc Ruler

Julie's tutorial is excellent, and before I knew it, I had one block finished.  I had to take my time pressing the seams open, but it was well worth the extra step.  I did not use steam!  

My first block   in the Nordic Mini Quilt     not perfect, but cute

Row 1                         by Susie's Sunroom

Think you have a bit of time to fit  squeeze in a Nordic mini?   Hop on over to The Crafty Quilter for the tutorial!  Be sure to  use the hashtag  #nordicminiqal  on IG to post your blocks.   I am on IG  SusiesSunroom

These little blocks warm my heart... even on the coldest winter day!  I can't wait to see what we will be making next week!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Candle

Paper Pieced Christmas Candle

I had fun starting to make a few Christmas decorations. The Across The Pond Sew Along "girls"  have found some really cut projects to share with you, starting December 1 !
(The Patchsmith will be launching a new FREE pattern, too!!

I wanted to make this Christmas Candle block the moment I saw it!    It is paper pieced.
Christmas Candle pattern ~
                    by Janeen,  from Quilt Art Designs' paper piecing magazine

Paper Piecing 1/4"   Digital Magazine "

I knew that I wanted to  be very organized before I began sewing the candle.  There are a lot of pieces in the pattern.
After I chose my red and gold fabrics, I got out my colored pencils,  and assigned  pencil colors to each fabric.  Labeling fabrics and coloring the pieces can really minimize my  "human operator" errors !

Work in progress..... Christmas Candle   design by Quilt Art Designs

I tried different background fabrics.... and decided to use this black and white geometric.
I was hoping it would give a feeling like the candle was sitting in front of a church stained glass window...
My hubby suggested adding a candle flame to it.  I found some woven gold  fabric and fused it on.  (ironing with a cooler iron and  a silicon sheet)

Christmas Candle block  by Quilt Art Designs  

The unfinished block is 6 1/4 inches x 6 1/4 inches.  This is a great sized block for making tea towels or pot holders or mug rugs.   I made mine into a mini wallhanging.

Christmas Candle      made by Susie's Sunroom
The green sash ( 1 1/2 " wide ) , and black binding gives it a "Christmas Eve at church" feel...

There are more fall holiday patterns in  this Paper Piecing 1/4" Digital Magazine.  Go on over to Janeen's Quilt Art Designs blog  to see more  patterns!
I'm off to my sewing room!

I am linking up at:   Paper Piecing Party @ Quilt Art Designs  and 
                            Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                                  Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabrics Studio

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Patchique' Blocks

November Patchique' Blocks
Yesterday I found some time to make four Patchique' blocks.  What a pleasure that was! (I did do "chores" in between stitching.  )   It had been about a month since I made any Patchique' blocks, and I enjoyed picking out what colors that  I thought my future quilt would need. 

Block # 46:  Chigai kaku (which means Different angles)

Block #46   from Japanese Taupe Quilts  by Susan Briscoe

This block has 4 partial seams in it.  But, Amanda, The Patchsmith, explained how she made her block, and I forged my way through it!  The center block section was easy.  It did take me awhile  a half an hour to figure out how to connect the left and right sections, but I did it!  

My block #46-
Block #46    Different angles   by Susie's Sunroom

Next ... block #113:   Tessen ( which means Chinese clematis)

Block #113  From Japanese Taupe Quilts by Susan Briscoe

This was a quick and easy applique' block to make.  I wanted to feature blue and browns on this block.  I used a brown embroidery thread  (Rayon Madeira thread)  to emphasize the  blanket stitch around the edges of the applique' .    I will add some embroidery  on the flower center, after I make the blocks into a quilt top.

Block #113   Chinese clematis   by Susie's Sunroom

The third block- #60  Yotsume guruma (which means Quadruple wheel)

Block #60   from Japanese Taupe Quilts by Susan Briscoe
Wait a minute...Do you hear that pounding??!!  No, it's not a helicopter hovering over your roof ...
That's my heart racing.... I discovered that this block is a PINWHEEL.... simply disguised by the name  " Yotsume guruma or quadruple wheel " !!!  Amanda says it is a "flying kite."  I like that name, too!

Yay!    I spent a lot of time picking out some of my favorite fabrics to make this block.
And here is my sweet  little pinwheel-

Block #60   Quadruple wheel     by Susie's Sunroom
I love this pattern and combination.    Should I use it for pillows  or corners if I need to make my quilt bigger??

The last block for today:   Block #121   Kaku kuyo  (which means nine squares)
Block #121  from Japanese Taupe Quilts  by Susan Briscoe

Here is my block... with the familiar nine patch square!

Block #121 Nine squares   by Susie's Sunroom

I think of moons floating in the night sky when I see mine.   
And this is what they look like all together....

By Susie's Sunroom

My Patchique' Pile....I may or may not have done a Happy Dance through them....

Amanda says we have 2 more blocks to do.  I peeked, and the patchwork one has lots of teeny pieces...  better get out my seam ripper now!!

I'm off to my sewing room!