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Sep 20, 2016

Granny Square Big Finish - Holy Scrap!

Sep 20, 2016
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Remember this guy from back in March?  Oodles and oodles of granny squares, all made with the scrappiest intent?  Well, after a long time sitting waiting to be bound, he's finally finished!

I was crazy when I took the large center bee block granny squares and decided it needed a border with smaller granny squares.  I worked on all those 7" grannies for about a year.  It takes forever when each block is cut individually...
After all the grunting I did during the process, I'm happy to say to it was worth it.  I'm falling more and more in love with scrappy quilts each time i see one.

(Probably a good thing considering I have SO many scraps.  This quilt didn't end up even making a dent in them.)
I went bold and chose the dark navy Add It Up print from Cotton + Steel for the main border.  At first, I was really concerned it was too deep of a color with the Kona White, but I have to admit, the darkness makes the blocks really pop.  The gamble paid off.  It shows off the quilting nicely too.
It's days like these when I think "how did we ever live without this quilt?"
Quilt Stats.
Name: Granny Square Scrap Quilt
Size: 66" x 81"
Fabric:  Scraps from my stash, on Kona White.  Navy Border/Binding is Add It Up/Cotton+Steel
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty PleasuresMe - Cotton Puffs
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Sep 16, 2016

The Quilter's Planner 2017

Sep 16, 2016
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Are you a planner?  Are you a write-everything-down in one place planner?  I've been a paper journal/planner person for years.  I tried switching to an online app, but it's just not the same.  Some people are hand-written planners, some aren't.  For those of us who are planner people, you know how exciting a planner completely dedicated to quilting is!  Are you familiar with the Quilter's Planner?
Stephanie Palmer created the Quilter's Planner as a way to organize work, personal and creative life.  Ok, so it's not completely dedicated to quilting, but it focuses on all our busy aspects of life AND creates a place to store all of our quilty ideas.  What could be better?

I'm proud to say that I am a contributing designer for the 2017 Quilter's Planner.  Here are some of the other designers whose full patterns are included:

Amy Friend of During Quiet Time
Amy Sinibaldi of Nana and Co.
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
AnneMarie Chany of GenXQuilters
Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs
Christa Watson of Christa Quilts
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Kari Vojtechovsky of Craft-Happy
Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lee Monroe of May Chappell
Lindsey Rhodes of LR Stitched
Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter
Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl
Lindsie Bergevin of Design by Lindsie

Here is a peek at my contribution to the 2017 Quilter's Planner.
Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter's Planner 2017
Aren't they lovely?  These are Patchwork Napkins - pretty handmade cloth napkins, perfect for use on a summer or fall picnic.  They look absolutely exquisite at this elegant wine and cheese picnic.  These napkins use the One Room Schoolhouse fabric line from RJR in four different patchwork block combinations.  The vibrant colors just pop against the neutral sparkle of the Cotton + Steel Notorious basic.

The Patchwork Napkins are also offered as an individual PDF pattern in my shop if you would like.
Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter's Planner 2017
The Quilter's Planner is taking pre-orders now.  If you're interested in one for yourself (or gifting one), the Planners will start shipping in October....plenty of time before the new year.  Can't wait for mine!
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Sep 13, 2016

Piecing Makeover Book Review + GiveAway

Sep 13, 2016
Pin It If it's time to up the ante on your piecing skills, I have a book for you.  Patty Murphy's new book, Piecing Makeover, takes all those frustrating mishaps in your patchwork piecing and debunks "what happened?".
If only I had this guide YEARS ago!  Patty takes a whole host of basic and intermediate techniques  - identifies common piecing problems and offers detailed solutions.  Detailed.  DETAILED!  Did you hear me say detailed?  As a beginner, I often found myself trying to troubleshoot piecing techniques, only to be discouraged by my reference's lack of information.  Piecing Makeover talks you through common mistakes and holds your hand in an effort to correct them.

Here is a glance at the contents.  This girl speaks straight to my heart.  She starts off the book with "how to sew a scant 1/4" seam".
One of the best aspects of quilting that I love most is the opportunity to never stop learning.  No matter how advanced you are, there is always something more to learn.  When I sat down to look through this book, I was not expecting to get sucked in for 45 minutes trying to exact my piecing.  There is much to learn.  I'm specifically mystified by "furling".  Do you do this?
I see many people on IG often showing off their furling of the seam intersection, but I have never tried it myself.  I definitely know I'm guilty of having some bulky seams in my blocks.  Patty recommends this technique a lot and I think I'm going to give it a go.

I don't want to give away all her tips and tricks, but there is a tip about strip or chain piecing log cabin blocks that blew my mind. ;)
And I loved the section on piecing these modern odd shapes.  Half-rectangle triangles are on my list of skill builders for myself - and future BOMs and samplers.  Such great info.
Piecing Makeover is now available.  If you think you'd like to invest in your own piecing skills, Patty's book is a great reference to assist in your success.

You are in luck today!  Because Patty and the C&T team are offering a GiveAway Copy of Piecing Makeover here at GXQ.  If you would like a chance to win, comment below with some piecing aspect you've struggled with or leave a favorite tip. (Giveaway ends Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:59pm)  This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to Quilting in the South - our winner!

Other chances to win are listed below:

9/13  AnneMarie Chany

9/15 Teri Lucas/Gen Q Magazine

9/16 Sandi Hazlewood

9/18 Kristin Esser

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