Friday, May 26, 2017

Half Square Triangle in a Triangle

Hello Everyone,
This post is a couple of days behind bad.  This should have posted on Wednesday in conjunction with The Quilt Show post of my Patchwork Math class HERE.  Today I'm going to show you how to enhance the square in a triangle into a half-square triangle in a triangle.  What is this you ask?  It is the component located in each corner of the block.
If you watch the video first then this will make much for sense to you.  I turn Piece A into a HST using the HST technique HERE.  Because this component is going to finish at 3", I know the HST is going to be trimmed to 2" unfinished.  When it is sewn into the component it will finish at 1 1/2".  I know it may be confusing.....but 3 divided by 2 = 1 1/2".
So I line all of the pieces up in the correct order.

Stitch the HST to the rectangle.  Press toward the rectangle.  This is IMPORTANT!

Take a look at the back.  In the video I show you where to clip through the seam so it will lay flat.

Place this section directly on top of Piece C.

Line your ruler up along the 45 degree line on the bottom of the component.  See how the ruler lines up running through the stitches of the HST.  Mark along this line. 

The line is NOT going corner to corner.

Rotate the component and mark the other side.

After you stitch directly on the line, cut it apart.

Look what you get!  Aren't they cute.  The Patchwork Math book is available HERE and it won't be on sale much longer.  Don't delay.

Here is a practical application of this technique in my Harvest of Hope pattern.  The entire border is comprised of this component.

It gives me a great opportunity to add another color into my quilt.

On an entirely different note, we caught this duo on our critter cam last night.  I think this picture is stinkin' cute!  I should Photoshop a little thought bubble over Wylie Coyote.  Gee, I wonder what he is thinking?  Go ahead, add a caption in the comment section.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
What a fun day yesterday in the classroom at In Between Stitches with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls. Paula is working on Lil' Orphan Scrappy and has all of the blocks made.

 I love this pile of scrappy triangles she has prepared for the randomly planned corner squares.

Irene worked on this beauty throughout the day.  
The classroom was so full......

.......that we had to put up a couple of extra tables for the overflow.  This little room was our caboose.

Speaking of a full house, Karen is making great headway on her Journey's End houses by Kim Diehl.  They are just a cute as they can be.

 Here's another example of beautiful Kim Diehl fabrics for Walk in the Park.

Laurie is working on my new Huckleberry Hill pattern and is anxiously awaiting me to finish my blocks.  Laurie is an excellent pattern tester for me.

At the start of the class, I taught a half-square triangle session and Patty put the knowledge to work immediately in a little basket.  She has lots of little HST waiting in the wings.

Mary has a good start to a Lucy Boston block.

The geese are going to be flying south in Janie's October Magic. Love those plaids!

Meike is making a Grammy Squares quilt.  This one is going to be striking!

Rose is assembling all of the parts and pieces for her beautiful quilt.

Mary is making her first English Paper-Pieced flower for Summer's Blush.

Now I'm poking some good natured fun at Mary.  This is her contribution to the design wall at the end of the day.  I heard her say the back is a "hot mess".  But Mary, the front is perfect!

 I hope you all have a perfect day.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Patchwork Math Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
It's been a busy couple of days with a lecture to the Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Woodland on Thursday, and a workshop on Saturday.  Here are a few pictures from the creative quilters at the workshop.


I present the formulas and techniques for one component at a time.  You can see everyone taking good notes while I'm presenting.  Then they go off to their machines and make the designated component for that hour.

Once they've made several of the components, they start playing on the design wall.

From beginning to advanced quilters, there is always something new to learn in this class.

We had a few "aahaa" moments, and there were light bulbs going on in the class.

This was an absolutely delightful group of women.  Gail and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with this quilt guild.  You were good quilters which made our job an easy one.

I really enjoy spending good, quality time with quilters.  I love to hear their stories, see pictures of their quilting style, and watch them add new knowledge to their quilting toolbox.

Gail and I were so warmly received by the guild members.  We look forward to a return trip to the Flying Needles Guild in Woodland.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flying Geese and Double Flying Geese

Hello Everyone,
We are going to "fly" on over to The Quilt Show this morning and take a look at my Flying Geese video in the classroom section by clicking HERE.
The following two blocks each have flying geese and they are two different sizes.

This block contains two double flying geese in each basket.  I love the fact that I can make four at a time which makes quick work of these baskets since I have two matching set of geese.

This is an entire row of double flying geese in the baskets.

Here are regular flying geese surrounding the center of the medallion quilt.  Parallel geese are on the last border, creating the rick rack look.  The directions for all of the geese are located in my Patchwork Math book which is on sale at The Quilt Show HERE.

This is Emilie Elizabeth, a quilt I named after my maternal grandmother.  It is full of geese.

Here are the little baskets again in Once Upon a Vine.

I also have tutorials posted HERE on my Virtual Classroom tab at the top of my blog.  I remember the afternoon I made all of the flying geese for October Magic.  When I make them four at a time, I whip right through the task.

So check out The Quilt Show today. Check out my tutorial, and get those geese flying around your sewing room.