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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Whole New Studio


Before

For a long time, I wanted to give my sewing studio a facelift, so to speak. I have been wanting to paint and move furniture around so I can have a filming area for videotaping.






 So over the labor day weekend, with my husband's help, we began the process.  I started a couple days before packing and moving all my sewing supplies, fabric, and machines out.  We also started moving the furniture a couple days before, so I could shampoo the carpets.  


Saturday, we began the process by a trip to Home Depot and Lowes to get paint and new trim boards.  Then we started the task of painting. It took a couple of coats of paint.



It starting to look like a whole new room.  The paint makes the room much brighter.  Now to add the trim boards around the room.  I really hated the old dark wood trim that we originally put in place. The new trim boards really add to modern to the feel.  

Now it was time to reset up the furniture in a different configuration. 


I set up the filming area first, then add the other sewing desk for my primary sewing machine.  Next, I added a curtain rod up high behind the filming area to hang a quilt from.



We placed the cutting table on the other side, along with my ironing board stand, after setting up all the lights and camera tripods in between the cutting table and filming table.  We decided we needed to make a filming stand that we could place all the filming equipment on.



So this last weekend, my husband build a 5' x 6' frame that goes across the filming table.  We bought some clip-on tabletop stands for the Led Light stand and a ring light for the camera.  It is sturdy and excellent. We can leave everything set up all the time.  Works perfectly.


Finally, we took one of the Grid walls I used at quilt shows and hung it on the wall.  I then added all my Studio 180 and Sue Pelland tools. 


I'm so happy with my new studio,  now to get back to work and start making more quilts, and taping some video to share with you all.

Tina




Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Aztec Dance BOM - Month 4

 


Block 4 in the Aztec Dance block of the month is now available.  I hope you are keeping up with the blocks because we are getting close to the end.  Just two more months and we will be finished.

You can purchase Block 4 Here.  Remember, you have two options for buying the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers, I have an Etsy website.

Month 4


This month we will be basically doing a review of units we have made in the past months. We will be starting off with using the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® tool to make two different colors of Flying Geese units.  Additionally, we will be using the the Tucker Trimmer® to make some Shade Four Patch units. Finally we will be using the Square Squared® tool make our Diamond in the Square units. 
Flying Geese

Let's get started with the Flying Geese units. This is the first time we have made these units in this Block of the Month. So Let's get started.


Start by using your Quilter's Magic Wand, mark two lines, each 1/4"away from the center diagonal on the two small squares. Position the two small squares diagonally on the opposite corners of the larger square.

Remember to nudge the small square in toward the center in a couple threads.


Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut apart between the line of the stitching on the center diagonal.


Press the seams toward the small triangles.


Place the remaining marked small squares on the units, again remembering to nudge in a couple threads from the raw edge of the large triangle section. Then cut apart between the line of the stitching on the center diagonal.


Right Handed

Left Handed

Align the diagonal guidelines of the Wing Clipper® with the seams of the seams of the Flying Geese unit.  You'll automatically be centering the tool over your pieced unit. Refer to your Block Instructions for Trim downsizes for your block size. Trim the sides and across the top. 


Right Handed

Left Handed

Rotate your flying geese unit 180° and reposition your Wing Clipper® 1 to the align the previously trimmed raw edges with the proper size for your unit and the "X" at the top with the intersection of the seams. 


Repeat to make 16 of both color variations of Flying Geese.

Shade Four Patch


We will be making 16 new Shaded Four Patch units just like we did last month, the only difference is the colors are slightly different.


Take your Narrow and Wide Strips and stitch them together along the long side. Press the seam allowance toward the wide strip. Cut the strip set in half to make 2 strip sets.

Pair the two strip sets right sides together with the narrow strips on opposite sides so each narrow strips lay over a wide strip.  Sub cut the strip sets into 8 sections that measure the width of the narrow strip. keep these sections together.


Stitch each pair along the long side. Snip the seam allowance at the half way mark between the two squares all the way to the seam. Press both seams away from the patch.


Using a ruler with a 45° angle mark. Place the 45° line on the edge of the unit and Draw a 45° sewing line on the wrong sides of the unit.  Making sure the line runs from top to bottom and goes through the corner of the square where the stitching lines meet. Draw a second line on the opposite side of the unit through the other square.


Center the marked unit over the blue rectangle. Stitch on both the marked lines, Cut 1/4" away from the two stitching lines on both sides. Press toward the larger triangle.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Position the sizing diagonal of the Tucker Trimmer over the unit, so that is lines up with the unit size diagonal seam line of the Shaded Four Patch unit and assuring the common diagonal lines up through the corner of the square at the center of the unit. Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer over the unit again, aligning up the diagonals and cut sizes with the previously trimmed edges and trim. Repeat to make a total of 16 Shaded Four Patch units.

Diamond in the Square



For last the three months we have been making Diamond in Square units, so you should have a good handle on how to make these units by now. If you need a refresher please read the first blog post on Diamond Half Square units.

Assembly


Now that all our units are made it is time to start assembling the blocks.


Start by stitching the two different flying geese units together.  


Once these units are together we can layout our units according to the block layout in your instructions and stitch them together. 


Make 4 Block 4's.

See you next month!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Journey to Nebula Quilt Aong - Seaside - Assembly

Week 2 of the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along. This week we are to sew our Seaside diamonds that we cut out last week.  If you missed last week post of how I cut the diamond shapes out with my Studio 180 Design Star 60 tool, you can check out that post right here.  

Trimming the Tips:

Before we begin I want to show you how to trim the tips of the diamonds using your Star 60 tool.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Place the diamond on the mat so the diamond lays on its side. Position your Star 60 tool on the diamond so the 4 1/2" line sits on the bottom of the diamond.  Trim the tip off.



Next, rotate your unit 180° and place the Star 60 tool on the diamond once again, aligning the 4 1/2" lines again and trim the tip off.


Now your diamonds are ready to assembled together easily by just aligning with right sides together and assuring to align the tips to the other diamond.


Assembly

Note, I choose not to trim the tips of my diamonds, so the rest of this blog will show you how to stitch your SeaSide tablerunner together with the tips still on your diamonds.  

Start by laying out our diamonds into rows. Arranging the diamonds in the order of which I want the colors to be placed with the background colors in between.


After they were all laid out I started to sew the diamonds together.  I choose to sew my rows one at a time, by pairing two diamonds together at a time. Start by flipping one of the diamond on top of the other with right sides together.  Slide the tips of the diamonds roughly a 1/4" inch up so you can see the bottom diamond tips.  If you choose to remove your tips of your diamonds the alignment is a lot easier and you just align the edges right side together and start stitching.

Once the pieces are sewn, I then press the seams open with my iron. I like to use the hot steam to press those seams open.


Then continue sewing all our diamonds together to get 5 diamonds across. Remembering to overlap those tips slightly and to press the seams open.


The first row is now complete.


I laid each row out the way I want to sew them into the tabletopper.


Now, to sew the rows together I decided to sew two rows together at a time. I left all the dog ears on each of the rows because this help in lining up the diamonds.


Press each row's seams open.  Then assembled all the rows together.


Once all your blocks are together, we then cut the tips of the diamonds shaped off to square the tablerunner up.  Now all I have to do is to baste and machine quilt to finish it all up.

Next week, we start an all new pattern in the Journey to Nebula, I can't wait to see what Julie from Jaybird Quilts has in store for us.
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