Monday, April 28, 2014

Flying Geese Rulers

I didn't realize, but the Flying Geese ruler I showed in class on Saturday was ordered for us, and I just didn't know where to look. Hooray! So if you were interested in picking one up, they are available in the store now.

Happy flying!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April's Uneven Triangles

Life can be fairly uneven, but quilting can make up for it. On one of my favorite shows, Blue Bloods, Tom Selleck often says, "Life isn't fair, but you can be." So let's focus on the unexpected. The uneven triangles that can add a new dimension to our quilting.

Anna showed us half-rectangle triangles, a slightly more complicated but doable way to create uneven triangles, using a similar method to HST's. 

She also discussed these scrappy triangles that make individual rectangular blocks. 

I showed a different method using a similarly shaped triangle, only in rows like bunting.

Uneven triangles can also be roofs of houses.

Or finally, flying geese. I showed the 4-in-1 method using Lazy Girl Designs' ruler, but look around for other ways you feel comfortable with. 

I trolled around for some other triangle quilts that I'm loving online. You can find some of them here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I also collect quilts on Pinterest, American Flag quilts, and house quilts.

Also, Anna shared the pattern she will be using to teach her paper-piecing class in June.  It's a free pattern on craftsy, called Spring Tulips.

And here's a preview of the beautiful 2.5" strip fabric exchange that started this month. May and June will be the other months, and then in July we will pass them all out in class. You can bring all three months at once, or one set each month. Please remember to follow through, so that everyone who signed up gets a big packet of lovelies at the end.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meeting Date Moving in April

Friends, April's meeting, previously scheduled for this Saturday, is being postponed because of Easter. We will see you next week instead. Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Steampunk Class

Anna, JoyLyn and I will be teaching a one-time class on Jenn Kingwell's gorgeous Steampunk quilt on May 3rd. $40 joining fee includes thick, plexiglass templates, the pattern, and the demo class. One of our samples is hanging in the store and the other will be a surprise unveil during the class. Kits will be available for purchase starting the 3rd, and each following Saturday for four months. 

I was scared of the curves, I'll be honest. It was out of my comfort zone. Again. Hanging out with JoyLyn will do that to me. But she was right. Again. The curves are gentle and short and easy-peasy. I really loved making these blocks and mixing and matching the blades up. Come join us. Registration is at the store anytime.