Winners at Quilt National 2021

Grab a cup of coffee and have a look at this year’s winners at the presigious Quilt National 2021. Beautiful pieces of art and you even can be part when the happy news are brought to the artist.

 

And here’s a video by ‘Best of Show’ winner Kit Vincent form Canada presenting her piece ‘Fracas’.

 

BOM 2021: Star #6

Another month – another star!

Cutting
All the measurements include a ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance.

From the blue fabric cut
6 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,25 x 5,25 cm) cut once diagonally

From the pink fabric cut
8 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally

From the darkblue background fabric cut
10 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,25 x 5,25 cm) cut once diagonally
8 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)

Sewing
Join the larger blue triangles along the long side with darkblue triangles to make 12 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Join 8 pink triangles along the long side with darkblue triangles to make 8 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Join the small blue and darkblue triangles exactely as shown in the picture below. The result is four pieces and four mirrored pieces. Press.

Join the blue-darkblue triangles along the long side with a pink triangle – you get 8 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Now you have only squares. Lay them out (near your sewing machine) as shown in the picture below. Double check that everything is exactely as it should be.

Sew the squares into rows.

Sew the rows together to get the finished block.

Take 4 of the strips 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in July for star #7.

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

Organization for Quilters

Are you spring cleaning?

Spring is really on its way here and some of us get the urge to clean their houses, their cars or their gardens. Well (fortunately) I don’t belong to this group of people but when the days get really long and the yellow sun is shining in the blue skies above green meadows I get the urge to start a new quilt with all these spring colors in it. And as I’m working my way through my stash in search for the right fabric I usually start to think that there must be a better solution to store my fabric and my thread (all in a tumble in a drawer at the moment), that the sewing table could look neater (cutting mat, fabric and sewing machine in one big heap), that the scissors and rotary cutters might be stored in a more organized way (thrown into a plastic container) and so on.

But I found the perfect book to get me and my sewing space more organized.

ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY QUILTER
by Carolyn Wood

Carolyn Wood starts from scratch. In the first chapter she challenges the reader to analyze the reason for ones clutter and to decide what to keep and what to let go. Only then you are allowed to go out and purchase containers or shelfs.
This book covers every area of your quilting Wood talks about the storage of fabric, tools, Ufos, extra blocks, strips, scraps, and strings, thread and finished quilts and gives advice on furniture and lighting in the different areas of a quiltstudio. She tells how to organize your quilting books and patterns and even has a section on time management for quilters with a lot of different projects. And the best – Carolyn Wood even tells you how to maintain your new organization.
The book offers solutions for many different sized quilting spaces – from a space under a stairwell or in a closet to a whole room.
What I like most in this book is the feasibility of the projects. Carolyn Woods talks about giving yourself a timeframe (and not tackling everything at once) and reserving a budget for all the things you want (and sticking to it).
And then there are the pictures. Colorful, great pictures of organized sewing spaces – so inviting that you really want to start organizing your own space immediately.
So if you are thinking about spring cleaning why not tackle your sewing room first. This book is not brandnew but it still is a perfect guide.

Organizing solutions for every Quilter by Carolyn Wood
by C&T Publishing (ISBN 978-1-60705-196-1)
available at C&T Publishing as “print on demand” or as e-book (click here)
or at Amazon as paperback or for the Kindle (click here)

 

By coincidence I stumbled about some blogposts on how to organize your sewing space with many helpful tips:
Here a post about organizing a small sewing room
Lots of tips (not only) for small spaces (click here)
Collected from quilters around the world these tips cover everything from room layout and furniture to lighting and tools.

 

So get inspired by all the tips and pictures. Maybe you even find some perfect solutions for yourself. But most of all – don’t forget to quilt!

 

Improv Art Deco Roses

May and June are the months for roses in abundance – gardens and parks are full of fragrant blooms and there are even wild roses in the meadows around the city. In honor of all the roses around town I made those Art Deco Roses.

The flowers are easy and fast to sew. Make three panels like I did or make just one or make only the flower and no stem and join four or nine in a grid, make a pillow, … – there are many possibilities. And you can even diminish your stash as all you need are scraps.

The roses are made in the crazy sewing technique and here is how it goes:

1. Cut an irregular piece of fabric for the middle. Irregular but with straight edges.

2. Sew a scrap on one side of the middle. Right sides together, line up the edges and sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Open up the two pieces and iron the seam (as with Log Cabin blocks I pressed all the seam allowances to the outside of the block). Cut away the rest of the scrap aligning your ruler with one edge of the middle piece.

3. Sew another scrap on the edge you just cut. Open up, press the seam, cut away the rest of the scrap.

4. Sew scraps all around the middle.

5. With your ruler cut the piece of fabric you just created into another irregular piece with straight edges. The piece should not resemble the middle piece of step 1. Cut other angles.

6. Sew another round of scraps.

7. Cut into an irregular shape that should by now resemble the flower.

8. Sew another round of scraps. This time using green scraps for half of the round …

… and scraps of your background fabric for the other half. Use larger pieces of scraps for this round.

9. Cut the piece into a rectangle or a square (your choice).

10. Voilá! The finished rose.

The rose looks even better if you embellish the seamlines with decorative stitches by hand or by machine. You can do this now or quilt the rose this way.

11. For the leaves take a green scrap, cut it into the form of the leaf and sew some background fabric around it (like you did on the first round of the rose). Cut the piece into a rectangle and sew background fabric above and below the leaf – so you get half of the background. Make two of them and join them with a green strip for the bottom part of the quilt.

Or – and this is faster and easier – fuse a freehand cut leaf to the background.

12. Make a quilt sandwich, quilt and bind.

Have fun sewing your own rose garden!

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties. And when you are there check out the “Things I wish I Knew when I started quilting” at Off the Wall Friday – interesting points there and in the comments as well.