Welcome to Day Two of the Evening Elegance Blog Hop, celebrating the debut of Deb Tucker's new signature line with Island Batik, Twilight Chic. For those of you that don't know me, I am a pattern and fabric designer, and I design under the label ...

 

Evening Elegance Blog Hop - Day Two and more...

Evening Elegance Blog Hop - Day Two

 

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Welcome to Day Two of the Evening Elegance Blog Hop, celebrating the debut of Deb Tucker's new signature line with Island Batik, Twilight Chic.

For those of you that don't know me, I am a pattern and fabric designer, and I design under the label Tamarinis.  I design patterns for my label, as well as for my fabric lines (for the fabulous folks at Island Batik), as well as for fabric lines for Northcott, Timeless Treasures, Dear Stella, Connecting Threads and Maywood (last but certainly NOT least!).  I am also a newly certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot! - yes, I drank the kool-aide!).  I hope you'll jump over to my website while you're here and check out what I have!

But let's get to the good stuff, right?!  The wonderful folks at Studio 180 have pulled together some blocks from their Blockbuster series (link below, "borrowed" from Karen Overton's post) that you can put together to make a beautiful sampler quilt!  

Now when you go to the Studio 180 site and download the free (yes, I did say FREE) instruction sheets, you'll notice that you can make the block in several different sizes.  We are all making 12" (finished) blocks - FYI.

Thanks to Karen for posting all of the links - and I'm sharing her links again - just in case you missed it.  And I LOVE her suggestion of printing them all off and putting into a notebook.  Genius!  And how convenient - because then you can just pull out the notebook any time you get in the mood to stitch up some fun blocks using your Studio 180 rulers (because I know you have them all!).

 

Blockbusters 1 – 15

Blockbusters 16-21

Blockbusters 22-25

Blockbusters 26-30

Blockbuster 31

Blockbuster 32

Blockbuster 33

Blockbuster 34

I'm sharing Block 7 - Whimsy Turndash and Block 22 - Square Dance.  Let's look at the step by step for each block. 

Whimsy Turndash

The components:  (1) Square squared, (4) Little Houses, and (4) Half Square Triangles

The instructions for the components are included with the rulers OR on technique sheets, but I'll be showing you step by step for construction the blocks.  In the case of Whimsy Turndash, all of our units will the 4" finished, 4 1/2" cut size.

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For our A unit (Square Squared), we'll need (1) center block and (2) squares that will make our corners.    IMG_1807 2

With this lovely, yet dark, navy fabric, it may be a bit hard to see the ruler lines - but they are there!  Use the marking on your Square Squared to trim the center square to the size for 4" finished blocks.

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Cut your (2) corner squares in half corner to corner to yield (4) Half Square Triangles.

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Lay your pieces out for piecing.  This may seem like an unnecessary step - but it can save you some grief and some seam ripping later.  By placing the pieces as they will go in the sewn block, you can ensure you have correct placement.

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Sew the two side HSTs on (roughly centering on the center square), then press away from the center square.  Repeat with the top and bottom HSTs.  I like to trim the excess before pressing, but you don't have to.

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Use the markings on your Square Squared ruler to trim this unit to a PERFECT 4 1/2" unfinished size.  Whew!

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Next you need to pull out your Little Houses Technique Sheet, because you'll want to make (4) Little Houses units.

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Last but not least are the HST (half square triangle) corner units.  Whip out your Magic Wand, mark your stitching lines (I like to use a chalk marking tool for this).  Stitch on the lines, then cut them apart and press to your darker fabric.

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Use your Tucker Trimmer to trim the units down to 4 1/2".  Now you're ready to lay out all of the units for your block.

Whimsy Layout

I like to lay out my units and sew them in rows.  Suggestion - when possible, you always want to let your pieced points lay flat.  So....you would press IN on the top and bottom rows, and press OUT on the center row.  Sew the three rows together as shown - and ta da! Whimsy Turndash!

Square Dance:

The components: (8) Flying Geese units, (4) Square Squared units, (1) center square

The square squared units are made just like we did above BUT....we are going to add in one color to get a nice new effect with the block.

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See that dark purple HST?  Sew it on LAST - trust me!  Your seams will work better with the other units if you do.

Ok, let's tackle the Flying Geese units.  You will have two sets - one purple/gold set (4 flying geese units) and one purple/blue floral (4 flying geese units).  Both are made the same way.  I used the gold/purple for the pictures, so don't forget about the other set!

Square Dance Flying Geese
Now my pictures are "short cuts" - ie not step by step.  Those are (conveniently) on the instructions for your Wing Clipper ruler.  But...I wanted to point out a couple of things to you.  One:  look closely at the first picture.  When you place your smaller squares on top of your larger square and mark corner to corner, the instructions say to "nudge" the squares in just a bit.

Again - look closely.  Do you see how my gold squares are just inside the raw edge of the purple squares?  How you can see just a bit of purple on the outside edge?  That's the "nudge".  If you are uncertain about this placement, I STRONGLY suggest doing a practice set before making your block.  Why?  Because when you get to the trimming part (the last picture), please notice that I have VERY VERY little to trim.  It's not hard - but proper placement is KEY to getting those awesomely perfect flying geese units.

Ok - let's lay all of this out - our center solid square, our (4) square squared units, and our (8) flying geese units.

Square Dance Layout

Again, put the units together into rows.  Pressing tip - pressing the seams open on the three horizontal rows will make the block lay MUCH flatter.  This block has a lot of seams, and that allows some of the seams to relax and give a better overall effect.  Pretty cool, huh?

Visit the other participants this week to see more awesome blocks done in Deb's lovely Twilight Chic line!

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Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

Adventures in Quilting with Kate and Tammy - A Market Adventure

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Hello, quilting friend!  I can hardly believe it is Market time again!  It seems like yesterday when I was preparing for Spring Market, getting excited about launching my spring line (hey - did you see the Globetrotter blog hop last week???), and packing my bags.  And here we are again - another Quilt Market, another frenzied last minute round of preparations.

So for those of you that may not know about Quilt Market, here it is in a nut shell:  a trade show devoted to all things quilting, where those in the industry gather to promote their new products, new fabric lines, new patterns, and generally immerse themselves in everything that is so fabulous about quilting.  In the spring, the show location changes on a rotating basis between six or so cities.  Fall Market is ALWAYS in Houston, and is right around Halloween.

Uh huh - but what does THAT mean?  Think of  a giant quilt show - you know, aisles and aisles of vendors, TONS of quilts and fabric.  Not for sale - for display and for placing orders.  On Friday, set up day, there are Schoolhouses - mini information sessions that offer the opportunity to get detailed information about some of the new products coming out this season.  That's where I come in - I'll be offering a schoolhouse on, of course, the new fabric line, the new patterns, but more importantly, how those products can help quilt shops be successful.  I find it a lot of fun - a ton of work, but so so so much fun.  And then the remaining three days are for seeing all of the new products, meeting with folks, and learning about trends in the industry.  It is an exhausting, exhilarating, stimulating, inspiring whirlwind of color.

Are you going?  Yes?  Then please put me on your calendar - drop by my schoolhouse in Room 372D at 12:45 (and get there early to get your free kit!).  Not going?  No worries - I'll do my best to keep you informed, and do some FB Live videos from Market so you can see all the fun!

Icicle Line

First - the fabrics!  I was lucky enough to get to work with this super fun line, Icicle.  Isn't it divine?  Getting to do two color quilts was a real treat- and really got me in the mood for winter, snow, and frosty mornings.  Now, slow your roll just a bit.....while this line is absolutely awesome, it is NOT available just yet.  It will ship early next year - and yes, of course, I will keep you posted when it IS available!

Icicle Patterns

And then of course there are the patterns!  You'll notice a couple of old favorites here, newly refreshed in this cool, crisp line, along with some new treasures including Prism, which is the latest in the Guided Improv line.  What - you want one of each?  Wellllllll....I can do that!  Patterns will be available to ship the end of January.

Be sure to head over to Kate's blog to see her Market preview as well.  You know Kate - she'll have some awesome, fun, adorable projects for you to drool over as well!

Oh....and teaser.....Kate and I have a special surprise for you, coming up VERY VERY soon!  So come back and see what fabulous adventure we have for YOU to take part in.  It's going to be a lot of fun!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

 

 

Introducing My Globetrotter Fabric Line

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I'm so thrilled to introduce my latest fabric line, Globetrotter, for the fabulous folks at Island Batik!  Here's the perfect way to indulge your wanderlust - no passport, no plane tickets, no luggage required!

As you can see, the line was inspired by travel - and the fabric features many of those icons and symbols we associate with travel: luggage, luggage tags, locator and travel signs, and of course famous sites to visit (that are definitely on my bucket list - the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Taj Mahal).

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Fabrics are shipping now - hopefully your local quilt shop has stocked up and have the fabrics ready for you!

And of course I'm equally excited about the projects!  While I like to build my stash and admire my fabrics in lovely stacks on the shelf, I also LOVE to stitch quilts - I mean, don't we all???  Right!

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Pointed Comments:  I've expanded the Guided Improv project offering with two NEW guided improv projects for this collection.  Pointed Comments is a beginner friendly pattern, offering a table runner and easy placemats, as a terrific introduction and a small scale project.  And yes - it is available on the website!  My pattern testers LOVED it - and I just hosted a quilt along on my FB group (Tamarinis Quilting Tribe).  Not a member? Well join now - we'll be doing some more quilt alongs soon!

To the Point

To the Point:  A more advanced Guided Improv project, To the Point offers a bit of a challenge (but not too much!).  I've added a helpful downloadable label document, which is super helpful when cutting all of the pieces for this project!  I found that it helped me keep track of what I had cut AND where the pieces would go when putting the quilt together.  AND I set the pattern up so that it can be done as a 12 month Block of the Month pattern.  I know - not what you think of when you think of Block of the Month projects - but breaking this down into 12 "doable" sections makes it very approachable!  And yes - it too is available now on the website.

Globetrotter Flock

Flock: Paper piecing fanatics - not to worry!  I didn't forget about you!  Flock offers a bit of a challenge as well, with not only paper pieced units, but partial seam construction. But it is well worth the effort!  And in case you are wondering - it was inspired, as the name suggests, by flocks of birds.  Have you ever seen a flock of birds rise into the air?  Yes - that's the movement and energy I was trying to capture with Flock!  And yes, it too is on the website!

And these are just the projects I created with the Globetrotter line.  Stay with us this week as other designers share their fabulous creations with this fun line.

The blog hop schedule is listed below - so come back each day and visit with all of the talented folks that stitched up awesome wonders.

Of course we have a give away too!  The generous folks at Island Batik are sending one lucky winner a fabulous stack of fabric - how terrific is that?!  To win, simply enter via the Gleam widget at the bottom of the post.  Good luck to you - and thanks for visiting!

Monday October 22         Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
                                         Island Batik Island Batik
 
Tuesday October 23         Toni Smith Quiltoni
 
Wednesday October 24   Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream
 
Thursday October 25       JoAnne Hillestad Fat Quarter Gypsy
                                         Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs
 
Friday                               Becky Jorgensen Patchwork Posse
                                         Swan Sheridan Swam Amity
 
Saturday                            Vicki Hansen Cranberry Pie Designs

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

  

Globetrotter Blog Hop

 

Adventures in Quilting with Kate and Tammy - A Look at Holiday Stitching

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Wait - I know what you're thinking!  What?  Happy Holidays???  Ummmm, Tammy.....it's super duper hot and I'm sweating my tushie off here.  What do you mean, Happy Holidays.

Hold on just a minute - while the holidays may not be here YET, they are coming!  Like clockwork, every year.  And yes, most retailers have already held the now infamous Christmas in July sales and promotions.  And many of you may have already gotten a jump on your holiday sewing (kudos to you!).

If you haven't started your holiday sewing, it isn't too late!  No, really.  I mean it - you've still got time.

I don't know about you, but I seriously love a handmade Christmas.  I enjoy the process of choosing a project special to an individual, of taking the time to choose fabrics and labor over the creation of a project that is just for them! And that's what Kate and I wanted to share with you this month - some inspiration for your holiday stitching, as well as a few tips when starting your holiday projects.  Oh - and head over to Kate's blog to see what she has to say about holiday stitching as well!

A bit ahead of the holiday curve, but here's a little video I posted on my Instagram feed of a stack of burp clothes I made for my soon-to-be here grandson.

 

 

 

I plan on creating some matching bibs next - just in time for the holidays!  Sweet, simple, practical - perfect for my minimalist daughter and her new baby!

But what about holiday themed projects?  Well, I'll admit that baby fever (and baby projects) have taken over my sewing for the time being.  But.....I do have some great holiday themed patterns if YOU are in the holiday sewing frame of mind!

Celebration slices

If you are a paper piecer, I have a few patterns that may be just what you're looking for.  First up is Celebration Slices, which covers not only Halloween and Christmas, but also birthdays as well!  Yup, all three are in one easy pattern with FUSED applique (that's right - I said the "A" word, but hey, it is fusible, so it's all good!).

Harvest Gourds

If you want to tackle some Fall oriented projects prior to diving into Christmas, try Harvest!  It stitches up super quickly, and again uses fusible applique and some big stitch quilting for a warm, welcoming wall hanging.  And I offer up a more modern twist on the same project on the website with ghost gourds (yes they ARE a thing) on a purple and black background - super fun!

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Want something a little different - and super quick?  The Pumpkin Patch pattern offers two small pumpkins that are quick to stitch in felted wool, with fun little leaf caps that lift off.  A great accent piece for a holiday table!

 

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Still paper piecing - but this Night Of Lights pattern uses a panel as the main focus (and the pattern also includes a terrific little table runner and placemats too!).

Festival Wallhanging

Yup - still more paper piecing, but the Festival pattern has a great lap quilt and this fun Menorah wall hanging.  The candle flames button on each night of the festival, for a wonderful interactive wall hanging.

Ok, so I've offered up some ideas for your holiday stitching.  Now what?  Some suggestions for a successful holiday sewing marathon:

Timeline:

I'm going to go old school on you here.  Pull out the calendar and take stock of your available time.  Now REALISTICALLY evaluate when you can cut, sew, stitch, quilt.  How much time do you think that project or pattern will take you?  Ok, double that.  Now mark it on the calendar (so you don't overbook yourself and find yourself sitting up until 2am on Christmas Eve trying to finish that last project!).

Supplies:

What do you need to make the project?  And what do you already have?  Don't throw yourself into the red for a terrific project that calls for more than you can reasonably purchase.  This is supposed to be a gift from the heart - and your heart may be a bit reluctant if the supplies break the bank!  Take stock of what you already have BEFORE heading to the quilt shop!

Receiver:

I'm just going to go ahead and say it.  While you may WANT to make it - will the receiver WANT it?  I know, I know.  What crazy person wouldn't be grateful for a wonderful handmade gift that is full of love and good wishes from the person that made it.....well, we all probably know someone that might not.  So loving advice, dear stitching friend - consider your gift receivers and create carefully!

Whew!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to hit the quilt shop and the sewing room, and put my sewing machine through it's paces over the next few weeks!  I have visions of quilty gifts dancing through my head!

Don't forget to share pics of your creative efforts!  I'd love to see what you've created - post on my Facebook page so everyone can enjoy!  

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Wrap Up

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Graphic 1@4xAre you as sad as I am that the spectacular Creative Spaces Blog Hop has come to an end?  I know - I shed a tear or two as well!

Thank you all, dear readers and blog hoppers for visiting all of our blogs, leaving such positive, wonderful, supportive comments (that's what makes the creative community so wonderful - all of the love and support!), and for visiting us each week.

Please keep all of the super talented ladies on your "must visit" list.  Join the mailing lists, subscribe to the newsletters, and hey - just drop us a line every now and then to say hello!  We'd all love to hear from you!

As we draw things to a close, come back next week to see who the lucky surprise winners were - I'm combing through all of the comments on my social media feed to select fabulous participants to send little goodies to!  Oh- and not to worry - I'll draw winners from Week Six today and update this post late Monday night.  Stay tuned!

And don't forget to visit the blogs, websites and social media feeds of the designers. I know a lot of us have more events coming up soon.

For example, a little birdy told me that Christa will be hosting a quilt along soon!  And I have a quilt along scheduled on my groups page (join here).  Jessica regularly hosts quilt alongs.  And I do know that more blog hops are coming up featuring new fabric lines and book releases!  

Hey - what can I say?  We're a fun group!

Until next time......

The Blog Hop Schedule: 

 Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Funky Friends Factory

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.