Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Key Lime Butterfly - Tuesday Archives

Val at Val's Quilting Studio has a weekly linky party called Tuesday Archives, a linky party featuring your old, archived quilting or sewing posts. The lovely Bernie at Needle and Foot mentioned it to me in one of her comments, and I think it is such a great idea! Val chooses a different theme each week, and today's theme is Butterflies.

I believe that most of the folks that participate simply link to their old post, but since my archived post is on an old blog, I decided to just repeat a portion of it here on this blog. You can read the post in its entirety here on The Katy Rose.

I think it's good to look back on old posts, especially when I see something I used to do that I should revive. Because I was new to quilting I added "Things I've Learned" to the posts about my finishes, and it was very helpful in my learning process.

Side note #1: I've had other blogs prior to this one! My former blogs are For Goodness Sake, a catering blog started in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Peach Fuzz which transitioned into The Katy Rose when we moved from Oklahoma to Katy, TX, and my present blog, started when we moved north of Katy.
Side note #2: The quilt in this post is the only quilt I've sold!
Side note #3: The paper-piecing class I mention in my old post? Sadly I un-enrolled and never took it!


Key Lime Butterfly Complete - Things I've Learned

June 17, 2013

The vintage Schnibbles from my quilt-along is finished. I added the border of the white fabric with script, and the black and white hexagon patterned binding made the other fabrics pop.

The back is pieced with vertical panels of leftover fabric along with a coordinating swirl fabric.

The final size is 30-1/2 by 30-1/2 inches.

I finally worked up the courage to free motion quilt, and after all was said and done, I am pleased with the way it turned out. I cut a template for a butterfly design, marked it on each block with a Frixion erasable pen, and used my darning foot to stitch. There was a bit of pesky "eye-lashing", but only on the back. I did straight line quilting on the lime green bordering the blocks. I added a butterfly "body" with one of the embroidery stitches on my Janome.

Things I've Learned:

I learned that joining a quilt-along gives me the discipline to complete a pattern from start to finish with a deadline. No one pressures me but myself. On the day of the "parade", it is not only fun to see the variations but also to "meet" other bloggers and read their ideas and tips. I almost didn't do this month's Schnibble, and I'm so glad I decided to do it.

I learned that I can overcome any fear in quilting. Free motion quilting should have been fun for me, and up until this project, it wasn't. I finally began to get into a rhythm and feel the instant gratification and pleasure that comes from quilting a quilt. This feeling of "I can do it!" prompted me to enroll in a paper piecing class at my LQS.

I learned that even though I try not to be too hard on myself, perfect points are still very important to me. I found this tutorial about a positioning pin on Connecting Threads, and it worked!

Check out other interesting archived posts at Val's by clicking on the link below!

Val's Quilting Studio

Monday, February 8, 2016

Baby Girl Pillow

With a few scraps left over from the baby quilt and bunting for our soon-to-be-born granddaughter (anticipated date April 11, I decided to make a last minute pillow the night before my daughter's baby shower!

I had nothing more than an idea for a fussy-cut center block, so I just put it together using fabrics from the original quilt.

My son-in-law painted the nursery a soft gray, so I thought the Simply Simple Silver (Art Gallery "Littlest" collection) would make a nice background to the fussy-cut block.

I had almost enough Ditsy Radiance (NouvElle collection by Pat Bravo)for the backing, so I supplemented with a Grunge Basic and made a simple envelope-style back. You can tell by the gap it is really stuffed!

Quilting was stitch-in-the-ditch for the fussy-cut block and following the "waves" and straight vertical stitching for the remainder. (Why do I only notice the loose threads when I'm posting the photo?)

All the "Grandma handmades" prior to wrapping.

I got it all stuffed into one bag

Gifts to our daughter and son-in-law from Mom and Dad

I made a little card for the top of one gift with more fussy-cuts and a square antique lace doily

My daughter and me at the shower

There was a "name reveal" during the shower, and I look forward to sharing that with you! Now I can make the label for the quilt and sew it on while I am staying with my daughter after Baby Girl is born.

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Case of the Disappearing 4-Patch

This really is a post about a Disappearing 4-Patch block, but I couldn't resist making a mystery out of it by taking liberties with the cover of The Secret of the Old Clock! I discovered Nancy Drew books when I was 10, and my friends and I pretended to be the characters in the mysteries. I sold chicken eggs to buy the newest books at the tiny bookstore in my small town. And to this day I get a thrill of excitement when I see those old book covers. My favorites were The Password to Larkspur Lane and The Whispering Statue.

Since I first started quilting I've been fascinated with "disappearing" 4-patch, 9-patch, and 16-patch blocks and their many variations, so this "disappearing 4-patch with a twist" on Pinterest was hard to resist. I found the tutorial on the blog of What Comes Next?. I decided to try my own tutorial, but you can refer to the original tutorial if you get confused. Click on the pictures for a closer look.

Contrasting colors work best. In keeping with the "mystery" theme, I chose two light and two dark 5-inch charm squares from Moda's Get A Clue With Nancy Drew collection.

Sew 4-patch together as normal

Place a mark 2 inches from each of the 4 corners

Using the marks as a guide, place ruler as indicated and make diagonal cuts as pictured.
A rotating cutting board is helpful!

The cuts will yield pieces like this

Here is where the "twist" comes into play:
In the upper right corner, switch "a" with "b"
In the lower left corner switch "c" with "d"

Now take the center piece and give it a turn

When the "twists" are completed, your sections will look like this

Each 3-piece section is sewn together

The three sections are sewn together, matching the center seams

Trim the block

My block finished at 8 inches square

You can use different sizes of squares and also make your diagonal cuts at measurements other than 2 inches. The variations are endless!

I am sharing this post with Val's Quilting Archives and Life a Colorful Life Really Random Thursday.

Val's Quilting Studio

Monday, January 18, 2016

Baby Girl Bunting

My granddaughter is due in April, and my daughter and son-in-law have been working to get everything ready! She requested a "bunting" to hang across a little ceiling alcove in the room they are converting to a nursery. She sent me a photo of an Etsy bunting she liked and the measurements of the alcove and away I went!

Armed with a Whitney Sews You Tube video and Whitney's free pattern, I created a bunting that I think will serve the purpose!

I adjusted Whitney's template to a larger size and used leftover fabric from baby girl quilt. I like Whitney's pattern because the seam is in the back of the "flag", rather than on the sides like many other bunting patterns I found.

I cut a 2-inch wide piece of gray and white diagonal striped fabric (it is lighter than it appears in the photos) for the "stringer", sewed it on like quilt binding, and made a small loop on either end, for hanging.

I sewed the stringer around cord to give it a little weight.

Now I've got my fingers crossed it fits the space!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Mug Mat for My DIY Guy

After I made myself a mug rug, I decided to surprise my DIY Guy with one. "Mug Rug" didn't sound quite manly enough, so his is a Mug Mat.

His favorite "OU Sooners" coffee mug is crimson, so shades of red, black, and gray will compliment it!

This time I did regular straight-line quilting instead of quilt-as-you-go. After taking my usual long time choosing fabric, I finished it all up in less than an hour - almost instant gratification!

The back is solid red. Although it appears blue in the photo, the binding is a Kona gray.

I'm linking to Cynthia's Oh Scrap!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Mrs. Ekoff's Molasses Cookies

Mrs. Ekoff was an older woman who attended my childhood Methodist Church with her husband during the 1960s and early 1970s. Everyone young and old called them Mr. and Mrs. Ekoff. My Granny Mitchell called her "Miz Ekoff" and always sat next to her in church. Although they didn’t talk much, they really liked each other. Mrs. Ekoff was often called on to "lead us in prayer" because she prayed the most articulate and meaningful (and not too long!) prayers. She was kind, warm, and gracious. Everyone fought over her molasses cookies, which she brought to our “church suppers”. I recently found the recipe in our old church cookbook, and I made it with (with the addition of ginger and vanilla) for my granddaughters. They were delicious - buttery and chewy with slightly crisp edges and fragrant with molasses and ginger. I have included the original recipe and instructions as well as my adaptation of both. I love her simple directions!

Mrs. Ekoff’s Molasses Cookies

Original recipe:
1/4 cup sorghum or honey
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix together and chill dough. Form in small balls. Roll in sugar if desired. Bake in moderate oven 8-10 minutes.

My adapted version:
6 tablespoons shortening
6 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons soda
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
heaping 1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cream shortening and butter until smooth, add sugar and mix. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses and mix until light. Whisk together flour, soda, salt, and spices; add gradually to batter. Form in small balls. Roll in sugar if desired. Bake in 350 oven 8-10 minutes.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my giveaway is:

Congratulations Diann, I will be contacting you by email for your address. Diann wins a six-piece fat quarter bundle of Sweet As Honey by Bonnie Christine, a mini-charm pack of Prairie by Corey Yoder, and Rebecca Bryan's book: Modern Rainbow - 14 Imaginative Quilts That Play with Color.

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog and entering the giveaway. I wish all of you could have won!