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Jul 24, 2017

Hoop Quilt Along Week 3: Curves

Jul 24, 2017
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Hello hello.  It's Week #3 of the Hoop Quilt Along.  We're letting this project marinade nicely over the course of five weeks.  How's the pace so far?  Doing ok?  Last week, we kicked off sewing by making half-square triangles (HSTs).  I bet most of you were chomping at the bit to figure out how you will arrange those HSTs. This week we will choose our HST center arrangement and sew those Drunkard's Path curves together.

To join the HoopQAL, go here (to get the Free Coloring Sheet) and get the Pattern here.
(It's never too late to join in btw.)


HOOP QUILT ALONG RECAP

Week 3. DRUNKARD'S PATH BLOCKS


HST ARRANGEMENTS

I find there are 2 different types of quilt personalities: those who cut all their pieces up front and those who cut as little as possible to get sewing.  I am the latter quilt personality... so if you are like me, this week I needed to cut out Templates A, B, and C before I could get going.  The templates vary based on the hoop size you intend to make, so be sure to pay attention to your correct template size.

With my templates cut out, I began to play with the center arrangement of the HSTs.  My favorite part!!  I absolutely love sitting down on my floor to turn these HSTs every which way I can think of.  Here are some of the combos I came up with for my hoop. Check the HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLE PLAY section at the end of the pattern for more ideas.  The possibilities are endless!
HOOP QUILT HST arrangements After choosing your favorite arrangement (I chose the lower right pic since I have not made that particular combo before), it's time to sew the B and C Templates to make the pie shape part of the Drunkard's Path block.
Hoop Quilts quarter Circle Units

It's so fun to watch the circle take shape with patchwork inside it.  Once you have the QUARTER CIRCLE UNITS together, it's time to sew those curves.  See it before you sew it:  There are many methods for sewing curves.  If you are not familiar with curves, you can watch the video tutorial below to see the details.  I love this skill.  Practice and patience go a long way.  If you can master curves, it adds a lot of possibility to your quilty projects.  I would suggest practicing on scraps prior to using your real fabrics if you have never sewn curves before.  It will help you visualize how it comes together.

SQUARE UP
Be sure to trim your Drunkard's Path blocks and square them up after sewing.  The units sew together so much better when they are squared up prior to piecing and it will help your circle from looking wonky.

Here are my blocks all sewn up.  That's all for this week!  Let's stop and take breather.
Hoop Quilts 4 Drunkard's Path Blocks


To join the HoopQAL, go here (to get the Free Coloring Sheet) and get the Pattern here.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I left any details out.  Remember to share! #hoopquilt  #hoopquiltalong 



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Jul 17, 2017

Hoop Quilt Along Week2: Half-Square Triangles

Jul 17, 2017
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It's Week #2 of the Hoop Quilt Along.  We had a nice slow start - perfect for those long lazy days of summer.  Last week, we began with Gathering Supplies and Choosing Fabric.  Hopefully, you have some fabric to start playing with, even if you haven't picked up a hoop yet. This week we are making the mother of all classics - the Half Square Triangle.

To join the HoopQAL, go here (to get the Free Coloring Sheet) and get the Pattern here.
(It's never too late to join in btw.)


Week 2. HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

Last week, we picked out fabrics to work with for the project.  If you are using a charm pack like me, you may need to narrow down how many prints you will use within the piecing in the center of the hoop.  It's really up to you..... ultimately, you could make all your half-square triangles (HSTs) from just one fabric and a background.  OR you can choose up to 16 prints/colors.  In my case, I wanted my prints to fit into 4 basic color groupings.  I didn't have enough yellow prints, so I am using 15 prints instead of the full 16.
True Colors Charms for Hoop Quilt Along by AnneMarie Chany
The charms I am using are 5" square to start, but I didn't need squares that big for the size hoop I am making (I'm using the 12" hoop piecing instructions).  So after selecting my fabrics, I cut the charms down to size (listed in the Cutting Requirements chart) and cut my white background squares.
Charms cut to size Hoop Quilt Along by AnneMarie Chany

I use the common method of making HSTs from squares that yield 2 identical HST units.  If you are not familiar with this method, you can watch the video tutorial below to see the details.  I love this fundamental piecing skill - it's so versatile.  Our hoops only require 1 of the 2 HSTs you make.  You can save the extra HST for another project (read: hoop #2 - cause I know you're gonna get addicted!)
SQUARE UP
Be sure to trim your HSTs and square them up after sewing.  I oversize my cutting instructions so you'll be able to square them up at the end.  I find it's the most important thing I do to make my block measurements accurate.  The units sew together so much better when they are squared up prior to piecing.

I love to use this Quilt-in-a-Day HST Square Up Ruler while doing this.  It allows you to trim each block to size before you press it open.  Genius!  I have this ruler in both the 6" and 9" size.  :)
HST Square Up Ruler Hoop Quilt Along by AnneMarie Chany Here they are looking pretty.  That's all for this week.  Easy peasy.Finished Half Square Triangles Hoop Quilt Along by AnneMarie ChanyTo join the HoopQAL, go here (to get the Free Coloring Sheet) and get the Pattern here.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I left any details out.  Remember to share! #hoopquilt  #hoopquiltalong 



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Jul 15, 2017

Improv Fabric Hoop Quilt

Jul 15, 2017
Pin It Improv Hoop Quilt Echinacea field by AnneMarie Chany
Amy Friend, of During Quiet Time (and one of nicest people you'll ever meet), has released her first fabric line with Benartex called Improv.  I was honored and excited when she asked me to be a part of the blog hop to celebrate her collection.  And you know it's all HOOPS up in here, so of course, I brought some hoopy goodness with the Improv collection.
Improv Hoop Quilt on wall by AnneMarie Chany
Improv's palette shows such calm and gentleness with great modern prints.  It's a contrast from so many modern fabrics that scream at you with intensity.  Amy's prints beckon you to play with the soft palette that reads as solid from afar.  I always love tone-on-tone or tone-and-white prints, so these fit perfectly with my quilt personality and stash.
Improv Hoop Quilt piecing detail by AnneMarie Chany
The organic feel of the Improv collection led me to think of nature.  I decided to shape the HSTs in the HOOP QUILT in the shape of an octagon.  The earth.  An orb.  I rather like how it came out.  The four distinct colors with in the orb remind me of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
Improv Hoop Quilt label detail by AnneMarie Chany
And to top off that theme, I used one of these labels I've had in my stash for years to emphasize the renewal of nature. (It's from the Sweetwater Label Club - slightly changed now from what it was back in the day.)  In addition to sewing and quilting, Amy is a talented gardener and she often showcases her lovely flowers and garden on her IG feed.  I thought this sentiment on the label perfectly captured the feel of Amy's art and Improv.
Improv Hoop Quilt close up label and flowers by AnneMarie Chany
Follow along with the Improv Blog Hop:
Wednesday: Sharon @Color Girl Quilts
Thursday: Charise @Charise Creates
Friday: Nicole @Wild Boho
Saturday: AnneMarie @Gen X Quilters

There is a giveaway of a bundle of Improv FQs at the Benartex blog Sew In Love.
Improv Hoop Quilt Enchinacea by AnneMarie Chany
I found this beautiful park, perfect for picture taking.  I didn't realize until I walked up, it is a restored cemetery.  No wonder it's so calm and picturesque.  And a little creepy?
Improv Hoop Quilt cemetary by AnneMarie Chany

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