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Exploring the Basics: The Hourglass Block and more...

Exploring the Basics: The Hourglass Block

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This month for the Quilt Block Remix, we explored the traditional Hourglass or Quarter Square Triangle block.  If you haven't made one, or if you only know of one way to make this classic block, I encourage you to visit my earlier post that shows you THREE (yes, THREE!) different ways to approach this classic block!  You can find the post here!

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So what about the challenge?  Well, dear quilty friend, I'm gonna confess.  At first, I was "meh", and I'll admit I originally planned to just phone it in.  Make an hourglass block - a regular hourglass block - and be done with it.  I was.  Really.  The muses had left me.

But then something happened.  What?  I have no idea. But I started playing around with the block.  I started layering it, one hourglass on top of another.  Ok....interesting.  And actually once I fine tuned the block, it became the basis for a new pattern that is in the works, History.  I think this one will appeal to the slightly more traditional in some of us.

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I think History will be fun because it has a dimensional look, but feels very organized and controlled.  Can you see why I call it History?  Comment below with your interpretation!

Ok - so History was designed.  And I like it - I do.  But my mind was still whirling and I started asking the BIG question:  What if?  What if I added back in some lines of the overlapped blocks?  What if I removed some of the lines without regard to order of layers?  What if these blocks intersected on other dimensions?

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And almost just like that, Shattered was born!  I have to admit - I dropped everything.  EVERYTHING!  I had to make it.  And it went together SOOOO easy!

In fact, if you head over to my IG feed, you can see time lapse video of almost the entire quilt coming together.  You'll find all of the videos in the Quilt Block Remix Highlights.  I love this quilt.  I can't get enough of it.  I really really love it.  Oh - can you tell I'm smitten?!  Why?  I don't know but it appeals to me on so many levels.  I can't wait to try out some other color combos and maybe even another scale.  This one is a nice size - 48" x 60" - and it stitches up really quickly.  I might try an even larger size.  I'm thinking I need it for my bed!

Be sure to head over to Instagram and check out all of the amazing projects the other designers created for this block challenge.  I think it is amazing what can be done with what is often thought of as a "basic" block!

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that I'm starting a Quilt Block Challenge June 1st.  Get on the wait list and get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!

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Interested? Click here (https://view.flodesk.com/pages/624df0c78d82793f8155498a) to sign up to get announcements about how the challenge is going to run, when it is going to start, and all the fun details!

Head over to Kate's blog to get her take on the Hourglass block challenge.  You know she is going to have amazing insights that will inspire you to get stitching!

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Judy's Blooms Blog Hop - Perpetual

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Nothing says spring more than soft, lovely floral fabrics.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to get to work with Benartex's wonderful new line, Judy's Blooms!  

Judy'sBloom_FQBundleThese amazing fabrics are so soft and feminine, and I thought they would be absolutely perfect for one of my favorite paper piecing patterns, Perpetual!

I love how the colors work together, and in Perpetual, I used the green to mimic leaves to give an impression of soft spikey flowers.  How fun is that?

Good news!  You can grab a copy of Perpetual for yourself - and to celebrate the launch of Judy's Blooms, here is a 20% off coupon just for Perpetual!  Just use code PERPBEN.  But hurry - this coupon is only good through Friday, April 29th!

 

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Love this collection?  Did you know you can win a fat quarter bundle of your very own?  Yes!  How to enter?  Just leave me a comment below telling me which blog post has been your favorite so far - and there are so many to choose from.  Exploring the Basics series, blog hops, etc!  Can't wait to see what you choose.  Winner will be chosen from the comments posted by 5pm ET on Friday, April 29th.

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Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop - 2022 Edition

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The fabulous Cherly Sleboda of Muppin.com does an annual Clean Your Studio Blog Hop - and every year I sign up.  Why?  It is a great push to get me to shovel out the piles and stacks and make my studio workable again.  How about you?  Do you need a push to get your sewing space back into an organized state?

Instead of tackling the entire studio, I focused on a single area (and yes, there was some spill over into other areas, but....they are going to take a while!).  

Junk Bookcase

My focus - my "junk bookcase".  Almost everyone has a "junk drawer".  I just expanded that idea into a "junk bookcase"!  Full disclosure - at first glance, when the white curtains are down, the bookcases look good.  You just see the white curtain. But behind the curtain - well, that's a different story!

And because it was a hot mess behind the curtain, I spent a LOT of time - I mean A. LOT. OF. TIME. searching for things.  Hence the focus for this year's studio clean out!

Messy Studio

For me, cleaning up and organizing means pulling everything, and I do mean everything, out.  Which means the studio looks a LOT worse before it looks better.

I've been watching The Home Edit on Netflix - and I love their container approach.  I used that concept when reorganizing all of the mess that is my studio.

Target Wire Baskets

My container of choice?  After some trial and error, I settled on these 13" wire baskets from Target.  You can find them here (not an affiliate link - just sharing - and FYI they are 30% off right now!)  Link to baskets.  Be aware - they won't ship these, so you'll have to find a store in your area that has them in stock.  And you are limited to 10 at a time.  I had to make SEVERAL trips to Target to do both bookcases!

Don't have a Target nearby?  I found these on Amazon (affiliate link!):

Similar - not the same, but very similar and super affordable!

So if you are asking why I went with containers, I'll share.  I thought about it.  A lot.  I like the idea I can group similar items of different sizes.  I like that I can stack fabrics by manufacturer, by kit, by project.  I love that I can pull out a basket and it is all there together.  And surprisingly, I found the baskets looked much neater than my previous fold and stack method!

Neat Junk Bookcase

See for yourself!  In cleaning out and pulling everything out, I was able to neatly organize tools and fabrics, and I can quickly go to the next project, fabric stack or sampling.

Neat Fabric Stash

I even did the adjoining bookcase.  There were a few exceptions.  My home dec fabric stash is too tall to stand up in the baskets.  But now I am super motivated to get those pillow covers sewn and get that fabric outta there so I can neaten up the cubical!

Tool Stand

And I mentioned there was some spill over into other areas of the studio.  Look at this adorable metal stand I snagged at Michaels.  It is perfect for all of my tool containers.  Adding some height is not only visually appealing, but makes things easier to find AND gives me more clear space on the cutting table!  Want one for yourself?  Here's the link to Michaels (not an affiliate link): Link to metal serving stand.

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In addition to having a cleaner, more organized studio space, I also found items that I simply don't need anymore - or have room for!  If you want to take advantage of this, you can grab some of my sample quilts and overstock fabrics!  I've listed the sample quilts on my website, and will be posting the overstock items on my Facebook page!

Enjoyed seeing a bit of behind the scenes cleaning?  Check out the other blog hop participants' posts!

4/15/2022Muppin Inc http://blog.muppin.com

4/16/2022Duck Creek Mountain Quilting https://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com

4/17/2022Quiltblox http://quiltblox.com

4/18/2022by Hilary Jordan https://byhilaryjordan.com

4/19/2022Sarah Ruiz Quilts http://www.sarahruiz.com

4/20/2022Sugar Sand Quilt Co. https://sugarsandquilts.com/blog

4/21/2022Katie Mae Quilts http://katiemaequilts.com/blog

4/22/2022The Geeky Bobbin https://geekybobbin.com

4/23/2022PhoebeMoon Designs https://scrapdash.com

4/24/2022Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting https://sunflowerstitcheries.com

4/25/2022KISSed Quilts http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com

4/26/2022Tamarinis https://tamarinis.typepad.com (you are here!)

 

So question for you - what was the favorite cleaning/organizing tip you gleaned from the posts?  I would love to hear!  Please comment below!

 

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Exploring the Basics: The Rocky Road to California Block

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The March Designer Block Challenge was the classic block Rocky Road to California.  Familiar with it?  It is a fun, versatile block, and it was amazing what the designers came up with.  Really!  You should check out their takes on it - but more about that in a bit.  Let's explore the traditional block first.

Rocky Road to California Block

Rocky Road to CA block

Here it is!  It is a simple block, but a fun one.  And the good news is it is super easy to resize into almost any block size.  Let's look at the components.

Components of the Rocky Road to California Block

Rocky Road to CA components

The block is made up of simple units: squares, HST and four patch units.  If you're unfamiliar with making these units, you can find instructions on making four patch units here and more on making HST (half square triangles) here.  In fact, I go over seven different ways to make a HST!

Broken down like this, it looks pretty easy.  Because it is!

Putting the Rocky Road to California Block Together

Rocky Road to CA assembly

As you can see, putting those components together is very much like assembling a nine patch (pretty much because it is!).  The secret so to speak is in the arrangement of color and block placement.  

See how the four patch units form a chain?  The yellow squares in my example all line up and draw the eye from top right to bottom left.

The HST units are arranged carefully as well.  One half of the HST is the same color as the solid squares, while the other half is a contrast.  That contrast side is snuggled up against the four patch units, forming a chain down the center of the block.  Easy peasy, right?  Yes!

As I mentioned earlier, you can size this block to almost any size.  If you do want to resize, I recommend beginning with your four patch units.  

Let's say you have 2" strips.  If you use 2" strips to make your four patch units, they will have an unfinished (raw edge to raw edge) size of 3 1/2".  So....your squares will be 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", and your HST units will be 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".  

Pop quiz - what size squares would you start with to make your HST to have them finish at 3 1/2"?  If you said 4 1/2", I'd say you're right!  That gives wiggle room to trim down.

So....our squares, four patch units and HST are each 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".  So what size would our Rocky Road to California block be?  If you figured 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished, 9" finished, well then dear quilty pal, you'd be right!

Breaking down more complex blocks into their individual units is key to understanding assembly and to being able to resize the blocks if you so desire!

So what did I do for the challenge?  I'm so glad you asked!  

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I stretched my blocks out, taking them from square to rectangular.  AND I made the units that were HST units a special partial split rectangular unit, using a technique from the fabo folks at Studio 180.  See it?  The blue background blocks have the special partial split rectangle units.  

 

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I used two different backgrounds for the blocks and I used two different stripes, placing the stripes in different directions to increase the energy of the block!

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I made four blocks - two with blue background and two with green.  Then I had to decide which way to lay them out.  So many options, but I was going with a long skinny 2x2 approach.  Here they are forming a diamond in the center.

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And here they are in an "X" formation.  Yup - I went with the "X" formation.  I love the movement and energy of this layout!

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After stitching the four blocks together, I had to decide on thread for quilting.  I love the Aurifil 28 wt.  It has a nice heavy texture - but not too heavy, and it is super easy to work with.  I ended up using the lovely variegated yellow (bottom right) and the olive green (second from the top) and just did some easy straight line quilting.

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Here's a close up of the quilting.  Take a look at the far left - you can see how the subtle variegation adds some lovely light and dark to the background area.  And if you look closely at the bottom right, you can see how that olive green almost blends in to the stripe, adding texture but not a lot of added color - which is exactly what I wanted!

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Here is the final project.  I'm in love - I don't know why, but this little project makes me so happy!  It is already gracing our table, bringing more sunshine to the day!

I think small projects are a great way to try out different approaches, whether it be color, contrast, thread, quilting, piecing or finishing.  

I encourage you to go over to Instagram and search by the #marchquiltblockchallenge to see what the other participating designers did with this block.  Mine is simple easy peasy compared to some of the stunning artistic creations they made!

Head over to Kate's blog to see her insights on the Rocky Road to California block too!

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Oh - and don't forget that the Sisterhood Block of the Month is now available, and sign ups are open for the quilt along!  Woot Woot!  The quilt along begins April 21st and runs through June 23rd.  Did I mention there are prizes throughout the quilt along - and there just might be a special prize next week in the bonus newsletter - so sign up now!  You can get all the info and sign up here!

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Citified Blog Hop

Citified Blog Tour

What do you get when you combine beautiful colors, fabulous designs and a talented designer?  You get the new Citified line by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting!

I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour showing off some of the fun designs and possibilities that can be created using this vibrant collection.

Citified Fabric Pull

I worked with just four of the twenty fabrics from the line.  Aren't these colors just amazing?  Love the soft vibrancy of the oranges, and that cream - perfect for backgrounds!

I thought these colors were PERFECTION on a stick for a hack of my oldie but goodie pattern, Atomic Bombshell!

Atomic Bombshell

This is the original version, so yeah, I kept SIMILAR but not identical colors (why mess with a good thing?!)!  And I stitched up (ok, actually one of my amazing sample sewers, Barbara stitched this sample up for me!) a table runner version of the lap quilt.  Ready to see it?

Atomic bombshell table runner picture

Isn't it nice?  I love the sharper contrast that the deep navy provides!  And the smaller size means I can enjoy it on the table every day!

Atomic Bombshell Citified fold

Want to make one for yourself?  Well, guess what, dear quilty friend? 

Comment on this blog post, telling me which Tamarinis pattern is your favorite AND why (yes, both answers!), and I'll select one from the comments on Sunday, March 13th to win a PDF of Atomic Bombshell.  

Visit Sherry's post for a chance to win fabric!!! Squee!!!  And....drumroll....there may just be another chance to win goodies next week!  Follow me on Instagram?  If not, you're going to want to, because that's where the next big opportunity is coming up for the Citified Tour!

In the meantime, see what other designers have done with this dynamic fabric line:

 

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