Another Red and White quilt…


I started Sew Cal Gal’s Red and White challenge with the idea of making my own design. Well, one thing led to another and I wasn’t satisfied with the one I made (I wanted red to be more uniform and white to be brighter!) so I finished up the quilt and donated it to a new resident at the Chiniak Bay Elder House.


She LOVED it–red is definitely her color!  I then turned around and made a second quilt for the Challenge.  You can find my Red and White Fire Island Hosta here!

Red and White Challenge Quilt and Tutorial

redandwhiteFor the Red and White Quilt Challenge Make It challenge I am going to do a tutorial on how to put in a little piping for a decorative touch.

I have been working on a Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer now since late May/early June.  I have to say I did not think that making a red and white quilt would be so difficult–creating depth, contrast, and visual interest has been hard!  One thing that I looked at was the “clamshell” part of the design–I needed to find a way to set it off.  It was getting to be a little too much red-white-red-white-red-white-red-well, you get the idea.  I solicited some input from friends with no real consensus.IMG_9291

I was wrestling with the process when a friend, Judy, suggested I put in a little piping. I was using a paper pieced block in this quilt so will explain this like a person who would be doing just that.

To begin you need to cut several strips of fabric on the bias.  In my case I used 1 1/2″ strips of red.  To make that bias strip I took a length of fabric (a rectangle) and folded a corner of it down so it formed a triangle and then used my regular ruler and mat to cut the strips.  This makes your strips have a “stretch” to them.  IMG_8712IMG_8711 I wanted it to have enough fabric to “cover the curve” on the corner so I pinned a strip on the front of NY Beauty portion of the block with a bit of a tail hanging over. IMG_8714I then sewed a 1/2 inch from the edge of the block. This will give me a 1/4 inch of color on the edge of my block.IMG_8713Once sew on I ironed it over.  This is the critical part for keeping the same sized block.  IMG_8715There are three major steps to this.

First, trim that corner keeping the same angle of the block.IMG_8717Second, trim the newly added fabric to the edge of the original block.IMG_8718Third, you need to trim the edge of the block so that when you sew on the next part of the block it isn’t too thick.  Flip the 1/2″ strip of fabric back.IMG_8719Trim the excess off to just inside the 1/4 inch of the original block.IMG_8720Once all trimmed up, iron the piping back down.IMG_8721After putting on the piping I sewed the next section of the block on and I press it to create the least amount of fabric thickness.  **You will notice the clamshell already has piping in it–I used the sew and cut lines on the paper piecing papers to place the red stripes in it before sewing the clamshell and NY Beauty blocks together.***

First, press the back.

IMG_8725 Then, I press the front. IMG_8726I then placed the block in it’s space on the design board.  This will work to create a little visual interest.IMG_8710

A Month at Flathead Lake

I have had the best time this summer!  I was fortunate enough to work for the month of June for Judy Niemeyer. Here was my work space in Kalispell:


Here are a few (but not all) of my summer projects for Judy:

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These were projects for myself:

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The new Technique of the month. IMG_8854 

Here is a fun little gift (not a Judy pattern) I made for a new 8 year old friend! IMG_8791

I drove back to Alaska and, after a quick trip to Anchorage, I ran up to Fairbanks for a class and to visit with those people I love.  Here is my temporary work space in Fairbanks before my class starts:


Red and white challenge and beyond…

Which is sort of like to infinity and beyond! but more fun as it involves quilting. 

I have been working on my Red and White Challenge:


I like this but think that I will go for a whiter white and a redder red.  This will end up as a bed quilt for a new resident of the Care Center (or the Elder House as it’s now called!).


I also have been working on my Osprey’s Nest… I was worried about it but as it’s coming together I have decided I LOVE IT!


Now, I just have to FINISH IT!!

Bags and more BAGS

So, I have been working on bags for a few things–one type of bag to show off Judy Niemeyer’s Charm Elements for my favorite quilt shop, Compass Rose Quilting.  I bought the “Janet Tote” pattern from Sandy Lueth (Totes by Sandy).  I really liked this pattern!  Quick and easy to drop that sweet compass rose into!


The second bag I made this week was one for a friend who would be doing a little traveling this summer.  The is Aeroplane Bag by Sew Sweetness.  I had a tad bit of trouble with the zipper but that’s because of my skill set–not the directions!  All in all, I really like this pattern and have a couple more of these to make (one for me, one for my sister!).



Red and White Make It Challenge!

So this is going to be a new little fun Challenge for me…  It’s being put on by SewCalGal.  I’ve got about three or four quilt ideas running around in my head!  Thank goodness the timeline is March 24th through September 30th.  Now to start shopping for red and white fabric!

ImageI’m thinking about something like this:  IMG_7998I also have a pattern in mind that just came out (and is winging it’s way to me RIGHT NOW!)…