Creating your own Quilt Templates

 

 

 

 

There are times when we decide to create our own designs and the rotary cutting is just out of the range of usefulness.  I would rather use quilt templates than do this much math! What I mean is that the image below hurts my head:

Rotary cutting for Rolling Star

Rotary Cutting directions for Rolling Star Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what’s the alternative? Create your own Templates!

 

The same program I used that provided the rotary cutting diagrams

(Electric Quilt 7) also provides templates.

Block Templates

The block I am working on here actually has two pages of quilt templates and they are not very large.  Luckily, I have found a great solution.  I use stick glue and comic book cards.

Comic Book Card stock

Yes, these are the same cards that so many folks use to store their fabric, but I find that they are so useful for templates as well.  They can be found on Amazon.com easily and are a great help.

The process is very simple.

  1. glue your templates to the card stock
  2. cut them out at the cutting line (the dotted outer line) not the sewing line (the solid inner line)
  3. Use your favorite marking tool to transfer them to your fabric
  4. cut the fabric pieces out and store them with your template.

Quilt Templates using Glue Stick

Card Stock Templates

Card Stock Templates

Quilt Templates

I use chalk and permanent markers when transferring the image.  The marker, tho permanent, does not cause any issues, you are using it for the cutting line, not the sewing line. The small amount left will not be seen and because I use a fine tip marker, the size of my templates are much more exact.

Block Templates

The last step is to paperclip them together and place them in a ziploc bag.  I will be using these on retreat, so they can just relax for a bit – I will get to them in a couple weeks.  I am tentatively calling this quilt “Blue Flower Garden” but who knows what I will be calling it by the time it is complete.  I promise to share the finished project!

Blue Flower Garden 2017

Blue Flower Garden 2017

 

I will be adding applique flowers to the right side of this quilt, should be fun!

North Texas Quilt Festival – Arlington 2017

If you were out and about over the weekend, you might have visited the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Arlington, Texas.  This Quilt Festival had a lot to offer.

 

This is another event that we have never attended, so decided to check it off our list. There was plenty to do from the quilt show(s), lectures and booths – there sure was a lot to do.

Remix Quilt Show Arlington Expo

Quilt Remix Display

The first display was the Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist presented by QNNTV. com

Below is a gallery of some of the images I took at this display.  Unfortunately, this was the one place in the show I was not allowed to use flash.  I am not sure why, but I did my best!

 

There were also a couple other issues with the way quilts were displayed that made viewing a bit more difficult:

  1. There were strapping barriers in front of all the quilts which made photos difficult.  You will see many of the images have the barrier tape across them.  This was unavoidable.
  2. The other issue made viewing a quilt in its entirety very problematic.  Many quilts overlapped each other which meant there were areas of a quilt that we just could not see.  Also, image composition suffered greatly.

Time for the show

Judged Quilt Show - North Texas Quilt Festival - Arlington 2017

It was now time to look at all the show quilts.  This is one of my favorite parts of any show/expo.  Below is a gallery of quilts that we particularly loved at the Quilt Expo.  I will say that this event had so many more quilts I loved than I have seen in a long time.  There were loads of talent exhibited here!

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Some Special Quilts:

There are always those special quilts that I just fall in love with.  First of all, there is one that is close to any Grandparent/Quilter as it recognizes the contributions of our grandchildren.  Visit the creator of this fun quilt at her Blog Here .

 

 

 

Some other quilts that made us smile are below:

Vendors

It is also wonderful each time we get to visit with vendors old and new.  Sandy, from Sandy’s Quilt Shop in Joshua TX was here.

Arlington Quilt show and Expo 2017

Sandy’s Quilt Shop

The nice folks at Sew it Up Bernina were also here helping folks – and while I really wanted a picture of one of the exhibitors, I promised not to!

Arlington Quilt show and Expo 2017

Sew It Up!

Richland Sewing Center/Brother had a nice large booth and even welcomed us with open arms!

Arlington Quilt show and Expo 2017

Richland Sewing Center

There were also some great folks representing local guilds.  The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild ladies were more than happy to put on a smile!

Arlington Quilt show and Expo 2017

So, there you have it, another Quilt Show/Expo and another fine day to pet some fabric and meet with great folks.

What did you do last weekend?

Block of the Month – Different and Fun!

When you think of Block of the Month, there are actually many different pictures that can form in your mind.  This is because the concept has a variety of different applications.

In this edition, I wanted to provide a bit of perspective and maybe encourage you to try a different variation of the Block of the Month.

 Traditional Monthly Block of the Month

The most traditional version of this concept involves committing to an in person or mail group that sends out instructions (and many times the fabric) each month.  The instructions include a single block that is later incorporated into a finished quilt.

Cute Christmas Block of the Month found on Pinterest

Cute Christmas Block of the Month found on Pinterest

Guild Block of the Month

Another take on this type of quilting can be seen in local quilt guilds.  In the Johnson County Quilt Guild that I belong to, we have a Block of the Month person who ensures that each month a new block is presented.  At the following meeting, each participant will bring their block and then a winner is chosen from those participants.  The winner takes the pot!

Of course, the number of participants = blocks you get, which can make a difference on how big a quilt you can make.  Luckily, I won on two separate occasions and was able to put together this cute quilt.

JCQG BOM 16 17

Guild Blocks of the Month are contributed by different quilters so some differences in color and size can occur.  This is a challenging, yet rewarding variation.

If you are from the Joshua, Burleson, Cleburne, Texas area and would like to know more about the Johnson County Quilt Guild – just give me a holler!

Manufacturer’s Block of the Month

Many manufacturer’s of quilting products will provide pre-packaged and free Blocks of the Month for savvy internet patrons.

  • Accuquilt has a free BOM for everyone that signs up for their monthly newsletter.  CLICK HERE  to check out their free program.Accuquilt Block of the Month
  • Craftsy also provides for a Block of the Month and since theirs are archived – you can start at any time!  Check out their FREE 2016 BOM.

 

To find other paid and free programs, simply do a quick search and you will find a ton of links to seek out.

Facebook Group Block of the Month

There are many groups on facebook that will, from time to time, provide for BOM’s.  These groups share free patterns over the course of a year and then those who participated share their creations.

Gotta Love Quilting! is a closed group. The focus is being able to share projects in progress without fear of the recipient catching a glimpse.  A couple years ago, they held a BOM that featured paper-pieced blocks.  It was a lot of fun and a great introduction to paper piecing.

A new group has also formed – Quilts and Everything Quilting, that has a similar format to Gotta Love Quilting!  I hear they are thinking of starting a BOM soon too.

Block of the Month Examples

So, just what do block of the month quilts look like?  A variety of finished examples can be found below.

Halloween Block of the Month

Halloween BOM from Keepsake Quilting

 

 

So, as you can see, there are many different types of Block of the Month.  If you are looking for a fun project, maybe it’s time to try something new!

Plano Quilt Guild Show – 2017

We really enjoyed ourselves at the Plano Quilt Show.

I know I have said it before, but one of the things I love about moving to Texas is the number and quality of quilting events.  A good example of this is the recent:

PLANO QUILT GUILD QUILT SHOW

The Plano Quilt Show, held at the Plano Event Center in (you guessed it), Plano Texas had so much to offer.  Held both Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2017, we visited the event on Saturday.

Helpful Vendors

Before we dove into the gorgeous quilts on display at the Plano Quilt Show, we spent a bit of time checking out the booths.

We said HI to a few vendors  

 

Beautiful Quilts on Display

After spending some time – and money with the vendors, it was time to take a look at the quilts.  It seems that every time I go to a quilt show, themes appear.  So, below are some of the quilts we saw and the theme they seem to fit into.

Going in Circles

 

Black and Red

 

 

Trees

 

There were also a few others that caught my eye:

You can view the entire winner’s list HERE.

So, did you go to the Plano show this past weekend?  If not, will you be attending the North Texas Quilt Festival at the Arlington Convention Center?  The leaflet below has more information, but it will be held August 24-15, 2017.  Say Hi if you see me!

Christmas Gift Quilt – 2017

Have you ever approached a holiday and wondered why you didn’t have a neat new quilt to show off?  I decided this year, I was going to make a Christmas quilt way before the holiday so I could finish it in time.

Use up those scraps!

When I have lots of scraps, I drag out my handy-dandy Accuquilt Go! and cut them down to consistent sizes.  I usually start with the 5″ square and move down from there.  This time around, I wanted to get a head start on Christmas by making a Christmas Gift Quilt.  I searched high and low, and just couldn’t find a block online that would accommodate my 5″ blocks.

So, instead of spending more time looking, I opened up my other handy-dandy helper, my EQ 7 program. (Now I know you will all be tempted to start sending me links to this block, but to be honest, I am glad I had to start from the drawing board!)

In order to create the quilt I wanted, I actually had to design the block from scratch.  I didn’t want my gifts to float around in air.  Instead I wanted them to look as if they were sitting on a shelf or windowsill.

**note: After posting a picture of one of my finished blocks, a good friend informed me that Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a video tutorial for a similar block.  Oh well, there is a good chance that it would not work with my 5″ Christmas square collection.  Yep, they even use 5″ charm packs!!!!  The proof is below 🙂

So, anyway – The finished design looks like this; however, I used stock fabrics to get the feel for the finished product, I did not scan all my fabrics.  This is how I usually work out a project because fussing too much can take so much fun out of it all!


As soon as I had a plan, I started making blocks and laying them out how I wanted them. In the end, there were three ribbon colors over a variety of box prints.  I decided to forego the cornerstones and did simple sashing instead.  I like the clean, windowed look it provides.  Finally, I used a large print for the final border and am so happy!

Again, I did not buy any fabric for this project, it all came out of my little stash 🙂

The last part of this project is to quilt and bind it.  I love this part!  The pattern I chose for quilting is this simple tree design by Willow Leaf Studio.

Treetop

I really love the simplicity of this quilting pattern for the Holidays!

As a finished product, this quilt turned out very nicely – I can’t wait to throw it over the couch this Christmas!

Have you started any Christmas projects yet?

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