2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

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THE HIGH ROAD

I am excited to once again be a part of over 30 bloggers participating in creating 12.5″ block designs from a bundle of fabric mailed out to us. The new line of solids is called Ocean Sunrise and included six different fabrics: White, Coral, Peach, Daydream, Midnight and Bordeaux.

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The challenge was to design  a 12.5″ unfinished block using at least three of these fabrics. I challenged myself to use all six, just as I did on the previous New Block Blog Hop with Modern Popsicle.

I took my inspiration from one of our many drives home from our mountain cabin.

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On these drives there is no cell nor satellite service for hours. We talk. And think. A lot. The colours reminded me of the sunsets we see as we get closer to the city; but, also the road ahead and how these talks always keep us on track ensuring we take The High Road no matter what life is throwing at us.

I took my image and created a geometric abstraction so this block is easily recreated and one can easily use some fussy cuts and focus fabrics as the light (the white) as it functions like a window frame.

FABRIC CUTTING MEASUREMENTS

I like to press my fabrics with Flatter before cutting as it gives just a little stiffness to the fabrics which is helpful in keeping a perfect 1/4″ seam when sewing the 1 inch pieces. Fig is my favorite Flatter but there is also Unscented for those who are sensitive to smells.

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I also LOVE my Creative Grids rulers – one of the square rulers makes quick work of this cutting list!

Creative Grids

Cut the following out of each fabric listed:

Coral  2   4.5″x 4.5″ pieces

Peach  1  3.5″x 4.5″ piece

White 2  4.5″x 1″ pieces

1   4.5″x 2.5″ piece

1   1″x 12.5″ piece

Daydream 2  4.5″x 2.5″ pieces

Midnight  1  2″x 12.5″ piece

Bordeaux 1  4.5″x 12.5″ piece

THE HIGH ROAD BLOCK PIECING INSTRUCTIONS

Lay your fabrics out according to this picture:

 

Block Layout

Block Layout

This block is perfect for chain piecing. I am a “pinner” – it is up to you to pin or not to pin!

If you approach this block as having five horizontal sections it is easier to piece each of the five rows and then attach these rows together. Follow my diagrams to see the order of chain piecing that I did to make this come together quickly.

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I also ensure I have a true 1/4″ seam that I am sewing having tested this on my machine before and I have a little Owl washi tape that I can nest the fabric against to ensure it stays true.

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Chain piece away!

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I press all my seams – with steam – and there was no trouble with these fabrics.

 

Press seams

Press seams

 

I like to press all my seams open – then I don’t have to commit to how I will join future blocks and I also love how flat blocks will lay when pressed open. I just move my index finger of my non-dominant hand in front of the iron as I go to help prop the seam open. It goes quickly.

 

Open Seams

Open Seams

 

Continue joining the rows – I do use the marks on my cutting mat to ensure that the pieces are lined up properly and did not get a small wiggle when I sewed my seams. I then use these lines to align the next piece on top pre pinning.

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Pin Overload!!! It’s just my way….

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When you get to the last two section to join together you can either use a ruler and Frixon pen to mark a line through to ensure it stays lined up OR use the mat how I have again.

 

Frixon pen

Frixon pen

Using the mat to line up

Using the mat to line up

I have heard stories of Frixon pens showing through again when quilts get cold so if you are going to use and mark do on the back side not the front to be safe.

And voila The High Road is finished.

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There are various ways you can use this block – I did play around with it a bit on the photo collage app to see if you turn it around and join it assorted ways you can develop some fun patterns.

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I would like to try it with some Fussy Cuts in the “window panes” such as some Charley Harper. It is always the way – one project creates another one in your mind that now I just have to do!

Please check out all the other bloggers on this three day tour. Today’s host The Late Night Quilter @thelatenightquilter has the list of today’s bloggers with all the new releases as well as the past couple of days.

Have fun and hopefully you pick up a pointer or two!

And here is to always taking The High Road 👍👍

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Until next time,

K

LUKE HAYNES FIGURAL QUILT WORKSHOP

The Workshop

Christine by LUKE Haynes

Christine by LUKE Haynes

I am so excited to announce that LUKE is coming to #YYC the first weekend in May 2016. He has agreed, with a lot of arm twisting, to teach how he does his amazing figures! For the FIRST TIME EVER. He says this will be the one and only time he will do this. It is a big favour to me. Love this guy!

We are currently deciding where in Calgary to hold the three day course so that we have a lot of space to work and a large printer. This is being kept to a small group and the first people to submit payment will secure their place. I will not hold spots without payment. Please go to this attached link for details and for the registration:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tgdPUNYcjyPCZD_p3exx7W5QQCFm779rwqAhzwhnoR4/edit?usp=sharing

We will also have a fun event on the Friday or Saturday night that you can join, even if you do not attend the workshop, this will be limited in numbers as well and LUKE and I will be leading the tour. Use the LINK above to register. If you have any questions or cannot get the link to work please email me at kdundas2009@gmail.com

The Modern Popsicle – The New Fabri-Quilt Block Blog Hop

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Block Design – The Modern Popsicle

We were given 6 fat eighths to create an original quilt design block that finishes at 12-inches square (12.5 inches unfinished). A fat eighth is typically 9″x20″. We were to use at least 3 of the colours from the Watermelon Summer palette and only the fabric provided by Fabri-Quilt. Summer was to be used as our inspiration.

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette


Jumping fully into any challenge I decided I would find a way to use all the fabric sent! And what says summer to a mom of four kids more than popsicles!

Inspiration picture

Inspiration picture

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  • I am a modern quilter and I designed this block with the intent that it can also be used as an abstract modern graphic block in various contexts. I did some samples using Kona solids to make some testers and I do like the secondary designs that occur in the variations. This week is all about Fabri-quilt so I will post variations next week. So here it is, The Modern Popsicle:Modern Popsicle

The Modern Popsicle Tutorial

The first thing to do is prepare your fabric. There is so much debate in the Quilt Universe on this one. I am just going to tell you how I do it. I DO NOT PRE-WASH. I have enough washing with four kids that I never ever pre-wash. (Do use colour catchers when you go to wash your final quilt).

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I also use Flatter and I dry iron. If I am trying to “revive” Flatter I will use a bit of steam. However, I mainly uses Flatter to just get big folding creases out. I am not a starch girl but many people are – if you are starch before you cut the fabrics.

Pieces to cut:

Background fabric (if using one colour):

(2) 12.5″x1.5″                (8) 2.5″x 3/4″

(1) 12.5″x2.5″                (4) 2.5″x1.0″

(4) 6.5″x1.5″                  (8) 1.5″x 3/4″

I used one background fabric in this block but you can also divide this into four and cut out four different background colours as below:

From each background colour (if using four different ones) cut:

(3) 6.5″x1.5″                  (2) 2.5″x 3/4″

(1) 2.5″x1.0″                  (2) 1.5″x 3/4″

For “popsicle sticks” cut: (in my block this is white)

(4) 1.5″x1.0″                  (8) 2.5″x1.0″

From each colour of “popsicle” cut:

Piece A 4.5″x2.5″ (1) and a Piece B 5.5″x1.5″ (1)

You could make these all the same colour or all different for variations. There are 4 Piece Bs and 4 Piece As in each 12.5″ block.

Creative Grids Ruler 2.5

Creative Grids Ruler 2.5″

I love my 2.5″ ruler. If you follow me on Instagram you will get the sense that I am rarely in the same place which is true. So my sewing has to be portable and I have a bag that I carry this ruler and my Creative Grids 6.5″ rulers around in. I love Creative Grids rulers! Using a rotatory cutter I do the age old measure twice cut once. Stack your pieces into their size categories as you cut to not mix them up.

Prepare your layout:

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I always layout my pieces of my blocks in the order they should be. That way I can quickly see any cutting errors – as yes, they still happen. You can see here that I actually had put the wrong pieces in between the white popsicle sticks on the bottom right. A 2.5″x1.0″ background piece goes in between the two white 2.5″x1.0″ pieces. The outside pieces should then be the two 2.5″x 3/4″ background pieces. It is a subtle difference so be careful as you do your layout.

Begin chain piecing:

Chain piecing

Chain piecing

Start chain piecing the “sticks” and background.

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As you go cut pieces of the chain off to set seams, press open and reposition into your layout to ensure you are still matching with the correct pieces. It can become like a jigsaw puzzle I find if I chain piece everything without doing this in steps. It is slower but I also just the enjoy the process.

As you go keep putting pieces back into the layout

As you go keep putting pieces back into the layout

Next join the sticks to the popsicles.

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You will see that this block is really broken into 4 quadrants. There are upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right units. These could actually be used as 6.5″ blocks onto themselves and be rotated in different directions to create varying effects as well. To me this is just the block that keeps on giving!

Next join the two popsicles in each quadrant to each other.

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Now join a left side unit to a right side unit as laid out above.

I wanted to show what this could look like as well if you left out the added background pieces to create another neat take on this.

An alternate block layout

An alternate block layout

And another side by side alternate

And another side by side alternate

Now join the long 12.5″x1.5″ pieces to each unit.

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Lastly sew the 12.5″x2.5″ background piece to one unit and then attach the other to this.

The final seam!

The final seam!

Square up and presto you have your 12.5″ square Modern Popsicle block!

The Modern Popsicle

The Modern Popsicle

Be sure to check out all the other Fabri-Quilt New Blocks on this Blog Hop today and the ones from earlier this week:

Monday, August 31st
Host – Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl
Tuesday, September 1st
Host – Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephanie of Late Night Quilter
Thursday, September 3rd
Host – Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
Robyn of Hoops & Thimbles
Helen of Midget Gem Quilts
Jinger of Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kathryn of Upitis Quilts
Mary of Quilting is in my Blood
Emma of My Handmade Home
Francine of Mocha Wild Child
Dina of Living Water Quilter
Deb of The Farmhouse Quilter
Lori of SewPsyched!
Amy of 13 Spools
Denise of CrafTraditions
Sandra of The Bias Edge

Sandra of One Million Stitches

There are 60 in total for the week so lots of fun free projects to be had. A big thank you to the amazing hosts! I had a great time doing this and as always I am truly amazed by all the talent in this community of ours.

Until next week when I show you some Kona playing,

K

Kidnapped – by Millie

Well, I must apologize for my disappearance over the last few days! Millie is 100% to blame. One hundred percent. I am very much in love and maybe a little obsessed or is it just lust?

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Millie

In all seriousness I want to say I love APQS. The service has been great. They came out and set up and I will have my official training in September up at Sparrows Studios in Edmonton.

The longarm actually did not take up as much room as I had anticipated so I was able to put one big table against the other wall where the girls and I can sew. DH is happy about this as he feels he can now maybe corral my sewing into one room. He should know better by now! I also moved my design wall behind her so that I can see it from the new sewing area.

Millie in all her glory!

Millie in all her glory!

I am happy with my first finish – a quilt I had pieced for one of twins back in 2003. They were due March 10, 2004, my birthday but decided to come December 10, 2003. My world abruptly changed with three months being spent in NICU with 27 week old premature twins. Twenty eight weeks is the golden week where the lungs are more developed. Having come the one week earlier created many more medical issues and I count my blessings to this day that they survived. Finishing this top that had to be abandoned and just having picked up my sewing again last year felt like some closure and a celebration at the same time.

Lexi's Quilt

Lexi’s Quilt

I am working on my Giant Bear Paw for DH next.

Giant Bear Paw

Giant Bear Paw

It has been loaded and I’m a third of the way through but we lost power for a day and have had to go on summer holidays! Millie will have to await my return – back to my little one for now.

Random Things About Me 

Okay I owe you five more! After this I can see if I am able to come up with one per blog – it could be hard!

1) I love Outlander – I am part Scottish. My maiden last name is Dundas. There is a castle, Dundas Castle, I so want to see one day as it is where my family came from.

2) I am also part Norwegian

3) My husband is half Latvian.

4) We did a Baltic Cruise on our honeymoon as neither one of us had been to Norway nor Latvia and we hit both places on the cruise. We were both mistaken for locals respectively and will definitely return to explore more hopefully with all the kids.

5) The four kidlets look like they belong in Norway. I call my oldest, Brock, my Viking. I am 5’8″ and he is 13 years old and already taller than me!

Blogging Tip 

Connect with other bloggers and follow what they do too. This is such a great community and there is a lot to learn from one another and the support is unbelievable – as well as the friendships that develop.

Quilting Tip 

Trust your gut.

This is a big one. We are always second guessing our creative process, from colour selection, to block placement, to thread choice.

Well, I asked my DH to tell me what thread he wanted me to use in his giant quilt for the longarm and well, you cannot even see it.

Giant Bear Paw with disappearing thread

Giant Bear Paw with disappearing thread

Lots of work quilting lost in the thread choice. I was going to go darker but he wanted a cream thread throughout. As you can see by this picture it doesn’t even look quilted in parts. I knew it and should have stood firm. Live and learn and good practice for Millie!

I promise you that I will do my post on Swaps this week. Millie is nowhere near me so this should happen!

Until then,

K

September Dawn

Here is my submission picture of September Dawn to QuiltCon 2015.

September Dawn - shown at QuiltCon 2015, Austin, Texas

September Dawn – shown at QuiltCon 2015, Austin, Texas

It was accepted in the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge and I was lucky enough to go to Austin, Texas to see it in person.

My first large quilt (original design, pieced by myself and quilted on a domestic machine). My first entry (and acceptance) into a quilt show and the first quilt show I’d ever been to. More importantly my first
QuiltCon.

K

The Longarm Arrives #helpagirlgetalongarm

Millie arrived today from APQS!!!

Jumping up and down! Jumping up and down!

Jumping up and down! Jumping up and down!

Set up took a little longer than expected and we did not finish until around 6pm. Dinner with DH then I had to try it out! Busy playing! They forgot the leaders so I am just pinning right now – first time using a long arm other than the demos I tried at Quilt shows. I am loving it and will post pictures tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who helped this dream become a reality and thank you for delivering out in the middle of nowhere Sparrow Studios!

Until tomorrow,

K.