Tuesday, February 12, 2019

TRIanquility...my newest pattern/tutorial

We are still snowed in and the tree blossoms we enjoyed and boasted about last week have been obliterated by our Snowmaggaedon.  In defense of us West Coasters our snow is "different" than the rest of Canada, or so I'm told.  I can feel you all rolling your eyes at us West Coast drama queens.  But our little village of Brentwood Bay has all but shut down. We haven't seen a bus in days, the airport is without power and they are using a generator to land planes safely and there are no traffic sounds in our neighbourhood.  I like it!  But get the picture? We aren't going anywhere!  Nothing to do here but quilt and create patterns!

There is ocean then a mountain in the distance which you can't see

Snow drift higher than my dog.  No walkies today.
Now to the quilting and pattern writing.  I wanted to create a simple baby quilt in low volume neutrals.  I've used various hues of white, cream, beige and grey.  This will be gifted to a friend's grandchild shortly.  Since I created the pattern for myself I thought I should share it with you also.

I've called the pattern "Trianquility".  And no, it's not a typo.  Triangle + Tranquility = Trianquility.

Here is my EQ drawing:

Quilt size:  39" x 49"


Here are the fabric requirements:

1 yard of assorted low volume neutrals
1 yard of white
2 yards backing
crib size batting (45 x 60)
1/2 yard binding fabric

This is a very simple pattern once you figure out Half Square Triangles. The secret is in your 1/4" seam and not stretching the diagonal of the blocks.  Consistency is key and pays off.  

I used my GO cutter for cutting the half square triangles and had them done and ready to sew in no time.  (It isthe #55031 4" finished half square triangle die).  I LOVE my GO cutter.  Instructions for rotary cutter and ruler cutting are below.

We will be making 108 half square triangles.



One stack of neutrals (cream, grey) and one stack of whites.



Rather vanilla you say?  Stay with me.  It turns out great!

Alternate Cutting:
From your neutrals you will be cutting 8 strips 4 7/8" wide by 42" which you will then subcut into 54 squares measuring 4 7/8 x 4 7/8.  You will have to calculate the equivalent if you are cutting from scraps or fat quarters.  The key is to cut 54 squares which will yield 108 half square triangles.

Repeat for the white fabric.  You will be cutting 54 squares 4 7/8" x 4 7/8".

On the wrong side of the white squares draw a line from corner to corner in pencil or fabric pen.  Then match up a neutral square with a white square, right sides together.



 With right sides together sew 1/4" away from the drawn line.

When you get to the end pull your piece out a bit and turn it to sew on the other side.  ***Notice you are sewing to the left of the line.  Instinct will tell you to sew on the right but you can't measure 1/4" on the right.


 Once sewn it should like this.


Now take your ruler that is larger than the diagonal measurement of the block and your rotary cutter and cut on your drawn line between the two stitched lines.


Press and trim if necessary to make your block 4 1/2".  It will finish at 4" when sewn into the quilt top.

HELPFUL STASHBUSTER HINT:

Do you have a bunch of charm squares/packs in your stash that you want to use but don't have a plan for?  They would be perfect for this quilt pattern.  They are just 1/8" bigger than our cut squares so match one up with a neutral square of 5" and follow the same stitching directions and you will yield the same results.  You'd need 54 charm squares (5").  Not sure what charm squares are?  
These are charm packs.  You get a whole fabric line conveniently cut into 5" squares and packaged together.  They come ready to sew them up into a beautiful creation! You can find them in most quilt stores or online stores.  Try one of my local quilt shops: http://www.clothcastle.com/shop/Quilt-Fabric.htm as they have a great selection.


Now back to our tutorial!

Once you have all your squares sewn and pressed to the dark side, arrange them in 12 rows of 9 blocks.  When you have them in the colour order you are pleased with, sew the rows together.  You will be pressing one row to the right and the alternate row to the left, and so on.  This will make the rows nest together and avoid those pesky bulges at intersections.

Here are my blocks on my design wall:



And sewn together, pressed towards the bottom and ready for quilting.


I chose not to put a border on my quilt, but if you want it bigger you are free to add a border.  I quilted my quilt with a pantograph called "Amber".  I love the texture it gives to my finished quilt.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I will be writing up the pattern and putting it on my website under the FREE PATTERNS category.  Thank you for joining me and happy quilting!


Until next time,
Mavis
c 2019 Mavis Reynolds

PS:  Interested in having your quilt finished?  Check out my long arm quilting services at www.dayspringquiltcompany.com.  Samples of my work are viewable on my Instagram page @dayspringquiltco


Monday, February 11, 2019

Snow Day and New Pantographs

Good snowy date from beautiful, quiet and white Brentwood Bay.

I've recently returned to blogspot for my blog as I find it an easier interface for ease of use than my wordpress website.  If you haven't seen me for awhile on here that would be why.  But I'm B.A.C.K.!!!

I've just updated my inventory of digital pantographs for my long arm quilting services.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you can try on your next quilt.  These are NOT the only ones I have to choose from.  I just add to my inventory when I find something I just can't live without or receive a special request from a customer.

So here goes:

This one is called AZTEC WAVE and I'll be using it on a Seminole quilt today

Next up HAMMERSMITH.  Blocks, triangles, edge 2 edge.

NORWEGIAN BLUES
I love the movement of this one! And it's a set, so again, block, triangle, border, edge to edge. This one has all of them.

Dogwood

Swoon!  I love this one and look forward to adding it to a customer's Dogwood floral quilt soon!

Swirly Gig
Ooooh!   Couldn't you see this on a modern quilt?  Must try this one soon too.

Hammersmmith
Sometimes I love the unusual ones.  Stay tuned!  It will show up in a quilt soon.

Curly Weave
Yes PLEASE!!

And how about this one?

Baptist Fan Feathers

Do you find a regular Baptist Fan just a bit dull?  How about this Baptist Fan Feathers?? It will provide a nice, uniform texture across your quilt.

That's all for today. I'm about to load these onto my APQS Millenium and get to stitching!  My waiting list is currently almost caught up so please contact me to book a spot and request one of these great pantos or ask about others. As always, no charge for trimming, thread or bobbins and simple pantographs are affordable at $.025 per square inch.  Batting and wide backs are available for purchase.

We can get your quilt tops quilted and back to you before the snow melts.  After all, your quilts should be keeping you warm, right ??

Visit my website:  www.dayspringquiltcompany.com
I'm on Instagram at: @dayspringquiltco
And Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dayspringquilter/

Until next time,
Mavis


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Introducing my newest quilt pattern -- Montenegro


This quilt was inspired by a Mediterranean cruise.  Our first port of call was Kotor, Montenegro.  I have always been a fan of Bougainvillea in its glorious magenta.  Its contrast against the stone buildings was beautiful and caught my eye.  The beautiful Mediterranean sea with its rich teal was the next colour to inspire me.  Together they sing.

I was introduced to the “Mediterraneo” fabric collection by Art Gallery Fabrics at which point I knew the time for this design to come to fruition was now.  Introducing “Montenegro”, my latest quilt design.  It will  be equally beautiful in a variety of different fabrics so please make it your own!

We took the quilt out for a photo shoot and here are some of the pictures.  Some are better than others.  We were fighting the wind. Now to choose one for the cover of the pattern!  Decisions, decisions.
The pattern will be available on my website this week so please visit my shop here:  https://dayspringquiltcompany.com/shop/ for a downloadable version.

Now I'm going to work on the final edits of the pattern!

Until next time,
Mavis

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hexie Journey

A few years ago in anticipation of hip surgery I decided to attempt my first hexie quilt project. I'm not sure how lucid my thinking was in choosing a project with over 17,000 half inch hexagons but I'm committed to it now (or maybe should be committed 😜). This is a drawing of half of my quilt.

I do enjoy hand sewing especially in front of the TV. But it seems to have taken years to get not that far on the project (step 2 to be exact) but I also have only worked on it in fits and starts.

I got this far before I realized that I wanted a constant colour in the centre section. So out with the purple. It was a bit tricky doing this delicate manoeuvre but I got it done.


Ah yes. Much better.

I've taken this project on two cruises now, one to the Mediterranean and more recently to Alaska. Some progress has been made but not a lot.
 

At some point in sewing these this last week I asked myself, "I wonder if hexies could be sewn by machine using invisifil thread?" So after doing some research online and seeing one video tutorial I decided to give it a try on a test flower.

 

The top one was sewn by hand doing the regular traditional English paper piecing (EPP). The bottom one was my tester done by machine using a small zigzag and invisifil. Nope. Can't live with it. Back to the s...l...o...w sewing. And I'm good with that.

Do you ever think there might be a more efficient way? I always do. I don't always experiment with my ideas but this time I did. This will be a lifetime project and there is no deadline. Filler project. Pour the wine and let's thread a needle. It's a Friday night. I've been on the computer all day and it's time to unplug and slow down.

Until next time,
Mavis

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Summer Wind-down and celebration

August flew by and it was a hot one here!   My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary on August 20, 2018 by taking our first cruise together to Alaska.  We left from Vancouver and returned to Vancouver through the beautiful inside passage. We spent our anniversary in beautiful Juneau.
 
Beautiful Juneau from our veranda on Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland America).

 We left the smoky BC skies behind and enjoyed some beautiful vistas, fresh air and exercise on the promenade deck (and at the various ports) and some great food.  We would definitely travel with Holland America again.  They are a class act!  From the service, to the food, to the entertainment - it was truly wonderful.
We stopped in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan and cruised through Glacier Bay. In each of the ports we found quilt shops for me and T-shirt shops for hubby.  All of the stores had benches for patient husbands.  We all have our collectibles hey?

 
Changing Tides quilt shop in Juneau 

We wandered with the Nav map until we found Changing Tides, just a short walk from the ship. The thing I first noticed was that the style of quilting patterns was quite different than you might find a bit further south.  Here are a couple of quilts displayed at Changing Tides. This is what I was expecting... lots of picture quilts with wolves and other wildlife.



Our Second port was Skagway and the "Rushin Tailor".  I LOVED this store but didn't come home with any purchases as I just I couldn't decide and pennies are tight.  What I did notice in this store was the beautiful wildflower fabrics.  That's not something that I was aware of in Alaska, that their wildflowers are as famous as their wildlife and glaciers.  Sadly, I regret not picking up some of these wildflower fabric, but I'm guessing I could order from them online if I was really that sad about it.

 
The last quilt shop stop was in Ketchikan at "Whale's Tail" quilt shop.  As this was the last chance to visit an Alaskan fabric store, I did come home with some treasures from here.

What I really liked about the Alaska cruise was that everything was within walking distance from the ship.  We really liked exploring in each port and our Skagway train trip, but have to say that wandering around Ketchikan was probably our favourite.  We only ate on the ship so hubby didn't get to experience his King Crab legs in a local eatery but we're ok with that.  We also REALLY enjoyed the BB King's Blues All Stars nightly in the blues club.  The talent was amazing and we didn't have to fight traffic, pay for parking, or stand in long lines to enjoy a date night enjoying the blues.  Nope.  Just a few minutes in the elevator and we were seated and enjoying the music.

Here are the treasures that I came home with:


Some are gifts for friends and some will find their way into future projects.  Fabric is the best kind of souvenir don't you think?!

It took us a couple of days to get our land legs back but what a great trip.

Until next time,
Mavis