Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Accomplishments at the Studio

And a look around.

Here are a few shots of the classroom with some of my creations on display.

Today's accomplishments include completing the top of this "Yellow Brick Road",

 putting up "Trails End" on the design wall.  I still need to decide if I like the arrangement or not.  That will percolate in my brain until tomorrow .

And finally one completed string block and another left under the needle until tomorrow's sewing.

A good day at Island Creations by Louise Studio!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Revisiting an old friend

I happened to pick up Sally Schneider's 1994 book "Scrap Mania, More Quick Pieced Scrap Quilts" this afternoon.  Several of the quilts called to me.  At the risk of starting another UFO, I picked a block which utilized 2" strips.

I have been trying to cut my scraps into useable pieces, so the two inch bucket had a good selection available.  In addition, I also have another small bin with lots of two inch squares.

As a result, it took me about five minutes to choose my squares and to cut my four 2 inch by 5 inch background squares.  Then another 15 minutes to piece the block.  By the way it took me that long to sew the block because I fit it in between piecing two "Pineapple Crazy" blocks.  Or maybe I pieced the "Pineapple Crazy" blocks in between the "Catherine Wheels" block from Sally's book.

Either way, in about 15 minutes, I had two "Pineapple Crazy" blocks, one "Catherine Wheels" and just for good measure one pinwheel with several half square triangles cut from the corners of the "Pineapple Crazy" blocks.

I love having "Leader and Ender" projects readily available.  I love have a system to manage my scraps.
And I love having a library of old favorites.

The next block in Sally' s book is a fifteen inch "Burgoyne Surrounded" block which uses 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 inch strips.  That one is definitely calling my name!

Only trouble is that this block will take longer than 15 minutes and I am done for the night.

Maybe tomorrow?

September 28, 2014

Or is it July 28? Or maybe even August 28? You can't tell by the temperatures!

The boat has gone to winter storage.  The dock is out for the season. Yet the temperatures are reminiscent of summer.  

I am sitting on the deck enjoying the weather, listening to the music as it drifts across the cove from an impromptu party celebrating what could very well be the last weekend day of warmth for 2014.

Oh yes, I am also piecing the last hexagon from the "Collaboration Celebration 2013" project.  It will get done sooner rather than later.  Now to appliqué the pieced hexie on to the background.

And to cap off the day, burgers on the grill for dinner!

Hope your Sunday is going well!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Making the Double 4 Patch Block

 I chose three fabrics to make this block according to the guild's directions for the September Block, the Double 4 Patch.  I used a fat quarter of blue and a fat quarter of green.  I used a half yard of red that I found in my stash.  (A caution about reds, always check for color fastness.  I always wash my red fabrics before I use them.)

Cut one 3.5 inch strip of red, blue and green.  I stacked my green and blue fat quarters together and cut the strip of these two fabrics at the same time.


Cut the 6.5 inch blue and green squares now since the fabrics are stacked together.

Cut a 6.5 inch strip.  Open the strip to a single layer and then cut the square.

Then I cut a 3.5 strip of red.

I then stacked the three fabric strips together and cut two 3.5 inch squares from the stacked fabrics.  


Since there were two layers of the red, I cut the four required squares as I cut two blue and two green squares.

Everything is now cut and you can lay out your square.

All pieces laid out and ready to sew.

Flip the right side piece of the 4 patch part of the block to the left side piece of the top row and do the same with the second row of the four patch.
Repeat the process with the second lower right 4 patch.

Bring stacked pieces to your sewing machine and feed the pairs in, one pair at a time sewing them together and not cutting the threads between the two pairs.  Repeat with the second 4 patch.  

Open and press.  (I finger pressed during this tutorial, but I would have gotten a sharper crease had I used an iron)
Match the two rows of the 4 patch together, lock seams together in the center and sew the 4 patch together.

Oh, the navy and yellow 4 patch is for another project and is a "leader and ender" that goes between my main sewing project so that I never have to clip threads between blocks, 4 patches or whatever I am sewing for the main project.  More on that in another post or visit Bonnie Hunter's blog at Quiltville.com for more info on this procedure.

Getting ready to sew the block together

Match the 4 patch and the 6.5 inch square in each row, by flipping the square to the 4 patch in the top row and by flipping the 4 patch to the 6.5 inch square in the second row.  Sew the matched pairs together.

Match the two rows together and sew.  I used a pin so I could take the picture, but I rarely pin at this step.

Voila! A finished block! May I present the Double 4 Patch!

Thanks for visiting and reading through this tutorial.  Comment or e-mail me if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Night Show and Share

Last month we did "mile a minute" quilts when we met for our quilting night.
Tonight we did show and tell. 
Lisa, Cindy, Natalie and Mary brought their finished tops to show and share. Lisa did two tops but Mary took it to another level. Natalie has added borders.
Guess which one is Mary's (she's always the over-achiever in our group!)

Fun night!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Floating on the pond

Checking out the wild life. Love this heron in Snake's Cove.
(At least I think it is a heron!)

Can you see him hiding along the shore?

He is hiding there....

Or is it his friend?

A lovely day for a leisurely ride.

One of my finishes

This quilt sort of grew and grew to become a 90 inch by 90 inch quilt.  It is "Bricks and Stepping Stones" a pattern found on the Free Patterns tab on Bonnie Hunter's blog from Quiltville.  

I liked making it so much that I have now cut out two more.

One in blues

And another in purple and pinks.

They take no time at all to construct and work really well as a leader and ender project.

I am counting this as one if my 52 finishes.