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“Llama Love” – New Pattern!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few months ago I ordered these adorable prints from Laurie Wisbrun’s Etsy shop, Scarlet Fig.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/scarletfig. The prints are, from left to right:

“Flapdoodle Hats,” “Peruvian Blankets,” and the adorable “Llook, Llamas!”

These whimsical prints were the inspiration for my new quilt pattern, “Llama Love.”

To help ensure that all of the points line up accurately, I chose to design a pattern that combines rotary cutting and simple paper-piecing. It is very easy paper-piecing. I have done all the measuring for you so you simply cut and sew.

I want to thank my friend, and talented quilter, Jennifer Johnston of Ontario, Canada for testing and proofing the pattern for me. She did a fabulous job! And to make it even more fun, Jen used Laurie’s “Holiday Llamas” print for her quilt.

These little Llamas are sure to make you smile. So click on over and check out Scarlet Fig on Etsy and browse Laurie Wisbrun’s wonderful fabrics! And perhaps get some “Llama Love” for yourself.

Until next time,

Joan

 

A Block for Amanda

In the Quilt Around the World Bee, Amanda of Manchester, England asked us to make her a 12″ block using aqua and grey, with a little splash of color (gold in this case).

I chose this block, which is from the Lady’s Art Company and dates back to the 1920’s. The modern quilting fabrics certainly update it.

These are Amanda’s blocks so far:

I love the grey and aqua color combo and the blocks are all so distinctively different. This is sure to be a very pretty quilt!

Until next time,

Joan

Latest Bee Blocks

I have had a steady stream of projects in my mailbox in the Quilt Around the World Bee over the last couple of weeks, so over the next couple of days I will share photos of my contributions to those projects.This block is for Tanya (of Manchester, England) who asked for a 14″ star block using bright colors. The pattern is called “Star Builder” and was designed by Judy Martin. It has 16 inset seams, but went together easily. I love the twisted effect in the center.

These are Tanya’s blocks so far. This is going to be a very cheerful quilt.

This block is for Ursi (Holzhausern, Switzerland) who asked for a 12″ block made from a variety of neutral fabrics and a tiny bit of teal for accent. This is going to be a very sophisticated quilt. It was very dark and cloudy when I took the photos and the group photos didn’t turn out – this one isn’t great either – so I can’t share that with you.

Still learning the ropes here at Word Press, but it is getting easier! Thank you to those of you who have followed me here from blogger.

Until next time,

Joan

 

 

My Challenge Block Featured on themodernquiltguild.com

Several months ago I submitted two blocks to the Mod Con Block Challenge. The Challenge was to design a block using solid fabrics, using only the colors in the Modern Quilt Guild logo. The blocks are being collected and vetted by Elizabeth Hartman. She will choose 20 blocks that will be used to create a quilt that will be featured at Mod Con (The Modern Quilting Guild’s annual show) in February in Austin, Texas.

This is the first of my blocks, and it was featured yesterday on www.themodernquiltguild.com.

These are blocks that were submitted that use triangles as the theme.

There have been 350 blocks submitted and those that don’t make it into the feature quilt will be sewn into quilts that will be given to the Austin Children’s Shelter. Every block will be used, so everyone wins!

Until next time,

Joan

Beware of Curves!

This month I am the tour director for my Round Robin Bee group and the subject is sewing curved seams.  Sewing curves may be intimidating but with a little practice and some patience you can tuck this technique into your tool belt and produce some unique and beautiful blocks.

The old fashioned “Orange Peel” block is made with two very gentle curved seams, and is an excellent block to practice sewing curves.

You can find a template for this block at www.popularpatchwork.com/sites/4/documents/orange_Peel.pdf.

This is the block we are ultimately producing:

You will need to cut 4 of the “petal” shapes and 8 of the background shapes.

Take one petal shape and two background pieces and fold them in half and finger press a seam across the half way point on each.

Match the center point of one of the background pieces on the center point of the petal piece and pin.

Pin each end of the background piece to the ends of the petal piece.

Beginning at the center pin, insert pins about every half inch, working out to the edges. Yes, it is a lot of pins, but believe me, pins are your friends in this block!

After you have placed your pins on the front, turn the piece over and make sure the fabric on the back is nice and smooth along your pinned seam.  If you need to, smooth the fabric with your finger outwards toward the edge until there are no puckers or ridges.

The 411 on this block: sew slowly and patiently. Don’t work on this block if you are tired or in a hurry.  Curved seams are not as forgiving as straight seams, so take your time.

Keep the outside of your 1/4″ foot exactly on the outside edge of the fabric. Sew four or five stitches and then pause, lift the presser foot and realign the fabric, if necessary. Don’t sew over a pin. Stop and take the pins out as you come to them. It helps if you keep your eyes in front of the right side of the presser foot while sewing along the curve instead of watching the needle.

Once you have completed the seam, take a small, sharp pair of scissors and clip the seam every half inch.  Clip within 3 or 4 threads of the seam, being careful not to clip into the seam itself.  The clipping allows the fabric to splay and relax into the seam so you can iron it flat.

Press the seam toward the center.

Using the same guidelines, align the center of the second background piece with the center of the petal piece, inserting a pin at the mid-point.

Again, pin on the outer edge…

Pin, pin, pin…

Once again, after you have sewn the seam, use small sharp scissors and clip the seam every half inch to let the fabric relax and spread open on the seam.

This is the first of the four squares in the block. Repeat the prior steps to complete the three remaining squares in the block.

When you sew the four blocks together, please pay attention to the concave and convex curves and match them so the blocks come together in alignment.

If you choose to put the petals together as above, you will have a flower block and if you angle them the other way you will have the circle block. Give it a try!

Until next time,

Joan