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A Quilter's Alphabet - J and K

A QUILTERS ALPHABET J K

Just a few fun terms this time - knee lift and knots!

Knee Lift:

This handy dandy attachment to your sewing machine allows you to raise or lift your presser foot simply by pushing against the bar with....wait for it....your knee (hence the name!).  Many newer machines now have presser feet that raise automatically when you stop sewing, but some have the knee lift as an option.

Using a knee lift gives a sewer the opportunity to reposition or move their fabric (or quilt) with both hands and not lose control of what they are doing.

 

Knots:

Yes, these are knots created on purpose, not the accidental kind.  There are several different applications for knots in quilting:

    • Quilter's Knot:  A small knot tied at the end of a thread that is easy to "bury" (hide between the fabric and batting layer) and most commonly used in hand quilting or in tying off loose threads.
    • Knotted or Tied quilts: instead of quilting stitches, a length of thread or pearl cotton is used to secure the backing, batting and quilt top together.

Visit Kate's blog to get her definition of Jelly Roll and Knife Edge Finishes.

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Introducing Two New Patterns: Astria and Novalie

Astria Cover

I'm so thrilled to share not one but TWO new patterns with you - Astria (star maiden) and Novalie (new star).  Yes, both star themed projects were inspired by our recent Luminous pattern!

Luminous JMT

You can see Kate and I had had stars on the brain!  Luminous is gorgeous (at least we think so!), and we love all of the different stars in the quilt.  We thought it would be fun to carry on that starry theme in two new projects - and Astria and Novalie were born!

Astria Fabric Pull

Like most of our collaborative projects, Kate and I played around with color.  And no surprise to most of you - I went with a dark or nighttime color way for Astria.  Felix definitely approved - he finds the rich colors make a nice backdrop for him.

Astria

Astria has sparkling stars that glitter and shimmer against a simple field - in my case, deep dark blue.  Kate's stars shine in a sparkling citrus sky that evokes tropical sunrises.

Novalie Cover

While Astria is a lovely, large quilt, Novalie is a small but striking wall hanging size.  It has a modern vibe, with tons of negative space that is PERFECT for fun quilting motifs.

 

 

Novalie Fabric Pull

To play up the modern feel of Novalie, I chose a selection of Island Batik solids.  The crisp citron adds a nice accent against the architectural feel of the steel grays, blacks and whites.  Kate chose sunny bright colors against a crisp white batik background.  Both shine!

Novalie

Good news - to celebrate the release of these two new patterns, we are offering special pricing on the patterns.  Grab either Astria or Novalie at a special Launch price of $9 each (regularly $10 each), or if you just adore both, get a special bundle price of $16 for both!  But hurry - these new release prices are only good through Tuesday (1/26/21) evening!

Head over to Kate's blog to see her fabrics for her versions of Astria and Novalie.  

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The Dazzling New York Beauty Blog Hop

Dazzling NYB Blog HopWhen Cinzia invited me to participate in the Dazzling New York Beauty Blog Hop, I was THRILLED.  I adore the New York Beauty block, and her versions are - well, dazzling.

Platypus Block Fabrics

I love New York Beauty blocks - and I love that you can go absolutely wild with color if you want.  And I did!

Playtapus Block Close Up 1

It was so much fun playing around with color placement on the block (not to mention choosing WHICH block to start with!).

Platypus Block Close Up 2

There are a lot of blocks to choose from - and an absolutely stunning quilt to make if you want to make all of the blocks and stitch them up.

Platypus Block CloseUp 3

I selected the Platypus block from the book - and finished it as a mini quilt.  I played around with a few simple quilting motifs and several different colors and weights of Aurifil threads - everything from 12wt to 40wt!

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My final decision is where to hang this happy little quilt so I can enjoy it every day!  

Dazzling NYB Book Cover

Want to make one - or maybe all 54 - blocks?  Head over to C&T and grab a copy for yourself!  You are going to love all of the different variations of New York Beauty blocks!  

But wait - there's more!  You could win a copy of the book!  I'll select one winner from the comments on this blog post.  Visit the other bloggers' posts and let me know which is YOUR favorite!  One winner will be selected at random to win a copy of Cinza's beautiful new book. (Winner to be chosen from comments on MY blog post on Monday, January 25th)

Visit these amazingly talented quilters and see their versions of blocks from this book:

Monday 18th Jen Frost from https://faithandfabricdesign.com/blog 
Tuesday 19th Bea Lee from https://www.beaquilter.com/ 
Wednesday 20th Lissa LaGreca from http://lovinglylissa.com/ 
Thursday 21st Laura Strickland from https://orangeblossomquilt.com/blog 
Saturday 23rd Tammy Silvers from https://tamarinis.typepad.com 
Sunday 24th Laura Piland from http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com 
Monday 25th Audrey from http://www.theclothparcel.com/blog/
 

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Exploring the Basics: The Partial Half Square Triangle

ETB Partial HST Badge

 

The versatile HST (half square triangle) is an amazing unit - and a block all on its own too!  But add an additional bit of piecing and you have another wonderful, transformative unit - the partial half square triangle (referred to as the partial HST for the rest of the article).

Let's take a look!

Whirly Gigs

 

Let's look at making a partial HST with the end goal of making a double pinwheel block like we see in Whirlygigs.

 

Partial HST Step 1

Partial HST Construction

Begin with two same size squares.  These will be your inner or small blades on the Double Pinwheel.

Place the squares right sides together. 

On the wrong side of one of the squares, draw a line corner to corner. 

Sew 1/4" to the left and right of the line.

Cut along the line and press the resulting HSTs (half square triangles).

Cut these HSTs ACROSS the seam line, corner to corner.  

Note:  if you want to make double pinwheels, you will need to make FOUR pairs of HSTs (ie start with four sets of squares).  Look carefully at the last step - the cut partial HSTs are mirror images, not identical (that's why you need to make twice as many!).  Good news - you can use the other units to make a second block that "spins" the other way!

 

Partial HST Step 2

Partial HST Large Blade
Cut a larger square in half corner to corner.

This larger HST will become the larger blade in your partial HST unit.

 

Partial HST Step 3

Partial HST for Double Pinwheel

Match up the long cut edge of the large HST and the partial HST.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

If you want to take it a step further and construct a double pinwheel block, you will need to make four IDENTICAL sets of partial HST units.  

When making a double pinwheel, lay out your units to determine proper placement of each unit.  Then stitch together as you would any pinwheel block.  Easy, right?!

 

Is this the ONLY way to construct a partial HST?  Like most units and blocks, there are usually slight variations and versions.

Head over to Kate's blog to get some additional ideas on the partial half square triangle as well.

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A Quilter's Alphabet: I

A QUILTERS ALPHABET I

 

Pointed Comments White
Pointed Comments

 

Improvisational

At it's core, improvisational refers to a very free form style of piecing - and some say of cutting.  For me, I've chosen to embrace "guided improv", which is somewhere between regular piecing (raw edges together, everything is EXACT) and improvisational (free form, no two blocks or quilts the same). 

 

Hamsa Hand Inside Corner Outside Point copy
Good Fortune

Inside Corners Outside Points

Inside corners and outside points refer to....well just what it sounds like - the inside corners of a shape and the outside points of a shape.  

This is important especially when doing needle turn applique, as the treatment of the inside corner and the outside point have to be handled carefully to ensure accurate, sharp points and to maintain the shape.

 

Ironing tools

Ironing

Ironing refers to the movement of an iron WHILE it has contact with the fabric.  If not done carefully, it can distort and stretch fabric.  Many quilters prefer to press (an up/down movement of the iron) instead.

 

Visit Kate's blog to get her definition of additional "I" terms.

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