Strip Tease Quilt

Strip Tease Quilt

Strip Tease 2018

Don’t you just love the name of this scrap quilt?  Strip Tease!  Who says quilting can’t be a bit fun and sassy?

Whether you are new to paper piecing or have done it forever, you will find this process not only fulfilling (as you watch your scrap bin go down) but also very relaxing.

This is the easiest paper piecing pattern out there and a must for any new paper piecer!

FIRST STEP:  Grab your scraps!

The first step for me was to grab my stash and cut stuff into strips.

This is a very small portion of the scraps I have.  You probably can identify many of these fabrics in the finished scrap quilt.  It is always so rewarding to look at a scrap quilt and see fabrics that were used in other quilts through the years.

STEP 2: Choose your Base

For paper piecing, you use a base paper.  For this type of thing, I just made the largest square I could on a piece of copy paper then drew a diagonal line across from one corner to the other. Be sure to make a perfect square unless you intend on using a rectangle.

I also recommend tracing the pattern on the other side as well, this will help you to line things up and eventually cut out the square form when you have all your scraps sewn down.

Step 3: Time to Sew!

The colors, patterns and so forth that you decide to use for your quilt is totally up to you.  Also, you can choose to use all the same width of fabrics or to vary them.  For me, I chose one fabric for the middle of each block but then went totally random after that. You will also see that I was not as concerned about making my strips perfect down the line from corner to corner.  I wanted this quilt to be truly random.

Here you can see the dark blue I used for the middle.  Remember, when you sew using paper piecing, the first piece of fabric is sewn with the right side up,  Each fabric scrap after that is sewn with the right sides together.

Another tip is to shorten up your stitches when you do this, it will help you to remove the paper after you have completed each block.

If you want more information about how to paper piece, there are tons of resources on the internet.  I really like how easily Craftsy explains it here.

Start adding your strips to complete each block, pressing them over before each new one.

When you have covered your entire square, you can turn your block over and finish it by cutting it on the lines you transferred to the other side.  I like to use a different rotary cutter for this process as the paper can dull a good, fabric cutting blade.

As you can see, the lines are easy to see and trimming these to a perfect size is a breeze!

Trim on the line and flip your block over to see how perfect it is!

I love how they look at this point.  Just don’t forget to remove the paper before you start sewing them together.  Because you have used a short stitch, simply fold and rip!

Step 4: Putting it all together

I usually use a design board as I go to place the blocks.  This way I can mix them around for best effect as I go.

As you can see, the paper was still on at this point.  I promise that I remembered to take it all off before I started assembling the quilt!

I also decided to do some fun border work for this one.  By changing the direction of my paper piecing, I was able to make a cute, scrappy, piano key type border that fits this quilt perfectly.

By adding the purple inner border, both types of blocks were properly showcased.

Final Step: Quilting

Originally, I thought of doing a bunch of random, custom quilting to try to create a secondary pattern, but as soon as I saw the scrappy, random goodness of this quilt, I knew that would be futile.  There was already enough going on!  So I chose an E2E pattern with curves to offset all the straight lines called: Bramble – Lorien Quilting from Urban Elementz

I really love how this quilting fit with the overall design of this scrap quilt.

If you are looking for a Christmas Scrap buster, check out this Christmas Gift Quilt too!

So, what is next on my list?  In a couple weeks, I will be attending the Dallas Quilt show, so be prepared to see another post showcasing my favorites!

Sassy Squares Wedding Quilt – 2018

My daughter bought four identical Batik jelly roll packs at Joann Fabrics months ago.  The fabric was not girly, in fact, it was more masculine than anything else.  I think this was what drew her to these patterns – they were unique.

What to make?

When the opportunity to use these unique jelly roll strips came along, the next question was just what pattern to use.  Because this quilt would be given as a gift at a wedding shower, the fabrics were a perfect fit – more neutral than girly.

After looking at a variety of more simplistic quit designs, we decided on Sassy Squares.  Of course, I didn’t have a pattern as we found an image on Pinterest we liked. Yes, I know, this is an all-too-familiar scenario, but I would rather go rogue and figure things out for myself!

In order to make this design work, we needed to add an additional background fabric.  In this case, I used one of the beauties that my daughter gave me for Christmas!

Note: The actual jelly roll strips were 2 7/8 inches wide. I am so glad I measured before cutting the background strips.

Quilt Design

The actual blocks from the jelly roll sets are based on triangles.  There are actually only 2 blocks for the internal section. The blocks all have the same elements, but how they are put together makes then unique.

The Finished Quilt

Overall, the quilt was a challenge but ultimately turned out to be a beautiful wedding shower gift.  As you can see, my grand-puppy, Loki, loves to model with the quilts I make!

She is quite photogenic!

The Long Arm Quilting

My daughter chose the quilting pattern as well and after auditioning many different designs, settled on Celtic Sea by Urban Elementz

The sweeping curves was a great addition to the straight line elements of the blocks in this quilt

As you can see, the back was almost as pretty as the front!

In the end, the recipient was so very happy as can be seen by this reveal photo

One Last Thing

Remember when I said that this quilt was a challenge?  I am so glad that we have 4 jelly roll packs to work with because I mangled a few blocks.  This actually was a blessing in disguise as our daughter really hated to give the original quilt away, it turned out that pretty.  This allowed me to make a smaller version for her.  I was also able to use every scrap on the smaller version so now there was no waste!!

This image was taken in high winds which is what contributes to this wavy look, I really did flatten it all out before assembling my wonky blocks!

What challenges are you working on today?

 

Quilts of Valor – Sewing Day – February 3, 2018

Quilts of Valor

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

I know that many of you enjoy making quilts for friends, family and donation.  Below is a link to their website where you can learn about today’s activities as well as other chances to assist our Veterans throughout the year.

QUILTS OF VALOR WEBSITE

As you can see from the title, today is a sewing day for the Quilts of Valor.  Members and non-members alike are invited to join.

Old Glory Quilt 2017

Old Glory 2017


Quilts of Valor® National Sew Day

Registration is now open for the Quilts of Valor®  2018 National Sew Day

February 3, 2018

Great prizes awarded throughout the day.  You must be registered to win.

Non-Member Registration

Member Only Registration

If you are interested in the requirements for their donation quilts you can go here:

Basic Requirements


Their website also has a ticker showing quilts donated.  As of this writing the ticker showed:

Quilt Awards Recorded

Quilts Awarded This Week:

450

Quilts Awarded This Month:

1871

Total Quilts Awarded:

180,236

These are very impressive numbers!


If you haven’t done so yet, consider donating to this or a similar charity.  Often, I look to my local community as well to give to those that live in my area.

No matter if you actually participate in the online event, or spend a bit of time sewing Red-White and Blue quilts, the feeling is the same.  By supporting our Veterans and through them, our Country, we exhibit our pride in this great nation we live in.

Star Spangled Legion Quilt 2017

Star Spangled Legion Quilt

 

 

Rail Fence Stars Quilt 2018

Rail Fence Stars

 

Wave the Flag Legion Quilt 2015


Looking back at 2017

2017 was a great year for Gotch Enterprises.  A ton of 2017 projects were designed and completed, many customer projects were quilted and quite a few custom garments were born as well.

Because a picture is truly worth a thousand words, below are images of some of my favorite projects from 2017.

Garments

The 2017 Projects in garment design really took on forward momentum.  I found that there is really nothing I cannot do, given enough time in my schedule.  Now, I just have to decide what percentage of my sewing time will be spent on what!

Presently, I am working on a coat for my favorite knight to match my gold gown.  I can’t wait!

In-House Quilt Projects

In 2017, I created projects from many different types of inspiration including BOM’s, block manipulation and even Pinterest!  Most times, my initial inspiration was one or more fabrics that were just screaming to become something beautiful.  Also, I try to do at least one donation quilt for our local groups.  Lastly, the cruise quilt was one created out of need – and I am so in love with it

Customer Projects

Sometimes I get just as excited about my customers projects as they do!  Each week, I get to oooo and ahhhh over the amazing quilts created by so many talented quilters.  They inspire me and challenge me to make what is already a fantastic quilt into a finished project that compliments all their skill and choices.

I am so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to what will come to my door in 2018!

What projects inspired you the most in 2017 – and what excites you for the new year?

Cruise Quilts 2018

This year, I have chosen a fun new long-term project: Cruise Quilts. I will be creating quilts based on inspiration photos taken on a recent cruise.  These quilts will be the cornerstone of a new Trunk Show which I hope to finish in 2018.   Presently, I have two trunk shows available: From Kits to Custom and 21st Century Quilting.

Our Cruise

It really wouldn’t be fair to just jump into the quilt elements without first sharing how much fun my daughter and I had on her very first cruise.  To say it was magical, would be an understatement.

We took off on December 2, 2017 from Galveston Texas on the Carnival Valor for a 5 day cruise.  Our stops:  Cozumel and Progreso.

Shopping, relaxing, or enjoying the ship’s amenities, this was a vacation that will provide wonderful memories for years to come.

Cozumel Excursion – Sharks and Rays!

Off the ship, we enjoyed shopping and a really exceptional excursion.  Yes, I swam with nurse sharks and rays.  Akin to cats, the rays swam among us and even rubbed against our legs to get our attention.  Such amazing and beautiful creatures was a fantastic experience.

You can bet there will be a quilt with a Ray and Shark on it before I am done!

Quilt Inspirations

The images that follow are a sample of the inspirations gathered for this project.

The first quilt I have started began with an education.  Look closely at the inspiration image – I did not.

If you pay attention, you will see that the colored “blocks” are not all the same size.  I was so excited about the fun quilting element and colors that I didn’t catch this the first time.  Instead, I designed this quilt with same-sized blocks and sashing.

After looking closer at the image, I saw that the blocks were all different sizes, this means that sashing will not work.  The new image is below.

Oh yea, the math was intense, but I am confident that the end result is going to be so much fun.

With the new year looming ahead, I am so excited about the list of projects I have to work on.

What projects will you be working on in 2018?

 

And don’t forget to check out other completed quilts at my Quilt Gallery.

 

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