Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of Quilt Construction for Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Journey Quilt Along! We are so thrilled to be embarking on this journey with all of you and are looking forward to seeing your progress and eventually, your finished quilts. If you’re sewing along and want to share your images on Instagram, please consider tagging Wendy (@ivory_spring), Aurifil (@aurifilthread)and #threadjourneyquiltalong so that we might share in your process!

With that said… here’s Wendy!

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Hello Friends, I am excited to be here again sharing about our next steps in our Thread Journey together. In so many ways, I feel as if our quilting journey mirrors our real life journey in that we can look at the quilts we make, and we remember certain phases of our life.

DISCLAIMER:

#1. I intend for YOU to have fun making this quilt. Therefore, you are free to change things around anytime, anyway, or anyhow! It is YOUR quilt.

Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said it best, and I quote, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.”

#2. I understand that this sew-along will reach quilters of various skill levels. Considerable effort is made to present clearly the steps to make this quilt. Basic and common techniques are not presented in detailed, assuming quilters can look up information on the techniques for themselves to prevent this post from being too lengthy. However, if certain hurdles persist in attempting this project, I will do my best to assist you.

#3. Should you have additional questions or need assistance, I will be checking in on this post as often as I can. Please leave your questions in the comments and I will do my best to help you out! 

PART 1: EMBROIDERY
We are going to add just some really quick embroidery to the quilt center we made. First we, will add a hanging ribbon to hang our birdhouse to the tree branch. Then, we will add the baby birds in the nest, with some twigs on the side of the nest.

You may choose to wait to add the embroidery until after the quilt is quilted, or you may add it now. You may also choose to either sew the embroidery by machine or do it by hand.

I am going to add the embroidery now, and by hand using Aurifloss. From the embroidery floss, I separate out 2 strands and re-assemble them before threading my needle. I generally use an Embroidery Needle (size 8 or 9) for embroidery. I mark the embroidery designs with a fine fabric washable marker because I am not brave enough to free-hand mark the designs with a permanent Micro pen. You may use the marking method of your choice.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

Then, I use backstitching for most of the embroidery, in addition to two French knots for the baby birds’ eyes.

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PART 2: INNER BORDERS #1 & #2
Inner Border #1:
Before we tackle this part, be sure to measure your quilt center raw edge to raw edge. Your quilt center should measure 20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ raw edge to raw edge. If the dimensions measure out correctly, proceed to step a. If not, proceed to step b.

a. Cut from inner border #1 fabric two 1-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ and two 1-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ strips. Sew two 1-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ strips to the opposite sides of quilt center, followed by two 1-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ strips.

b. Sometimes, quilt centers shrink after finishing stitches are added to applique pieces (same with panel dimensions that don’t measure up just right). One way to rectify the situation is to cut the border strips larger and longer, and then trim to size. SO — if your quilt center is smaller than 20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″, cut two 2-1/2″ x 21-1/2″ strips and sew to left and right sides of quilt center. From the center of your quilt center, measure outward 11-1/4″ on the right and trim excess. Repeat for the left side. Now your quilt center should measure 22-1/2″ horizontally. Cut two 2-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ strips and sew to the top and bottom of quilt center. Measure out 11-1/4″ in the top and bottom directions and trim excess. Now your quilt center should measure 22-1/2″ x 22-1/2″.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

Inner Border #2:
From inner border #2 fabric, cut two 1-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ and two 1-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ strips. Sew two 1-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ strips to the opposite sides of quilt center, followed by two 1-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ strips to the remaining opposite sides of quilt center. Here is my quilt center with the 2 inner border strips attached.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

PART 3: INNER BORDER #3 (Ohio Star Blocks)
The bulk of this next step is constructing Ohio Star Blocks. These block should finish at 6″ (or 6-1/2″ raw edge to raw edge). If you are familiar with making Ohio Star Blocks, go right ahead and pick out your fabrics to make a total of 20 Ohio Star Blocks using your favorite method.

(Remember it’s YOUR quilt! If you want to substitute with other blocks, go right ahead. “Lady Catherine” would never know — as long as they are 6″ finished blocks, and there are 20 of them.)

This is how I make my Ohio Star Blocks:

1. For one orange 6″ finished Ohio Star block, cut two 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ orange squares, two 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ ground fabric squares, one 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ orange square and four 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ ground fabric squares. The 3-3/4″ squares are for constructing quarter-square-triangle (QST) units. I cut them larger than the conventional 3-1/4″, in case you are wondering, so that I can trim my QST units to size later.

Notice a diagonal line was marked on the wrong side of the ground fabric squares.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

2. Place one 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ ground fabric  square right sides together with  one orange 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ square.  Sew 1/4″ away from, and on the right and left sides of, the drawn line. Cut along the drawn line to yield 2 HST (Half Square Triangle) units. Press the seams open.

Notice a diagonal line was marked on the wrong side of a HST unit.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

3. Next, lay the marked HST unit, right sides together, on the other HST unit. Be sure the patches are on the opposite sides.

In order to make sure all the patches meet right at one point (i.e. center of my QST unit), I use my thumb and first finger to pinch where that meeting point should be based on the marked diagonal line. If the patches don’t all meet like they are supposed to, I would slightly adjust the HST units until the patches do meet up nicely.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

Once I make sure the patches WILL meet up nicely, I place a pin to lock in the center. Notice the HST units don’t necessarily match up at the raw edges. Matching up the HST raw edges does not guarantee an accurately constructed QST unit. The important part is that the patches meet at the center.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

4. Sew 1/4″ away from that diagonal line, but to ensure nothing shifts in the sewing process, check again about 3/4″ away from the diagonal line to make sure the diagonal seams of the HST units still match. Place another pin to secure, and THEN sew. I know this might be overkill for some… so, just do what you feel most comfortable! Again, “Lady Catherine” would never know.

**A note of caution when sewing over pins – I ALWAYS use a really fine pin, and when I get close to the pin, I use the hand wheel of my machine to guide the needle over the pin to make sure the needle doesn’t sew ON the pin.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

5. Cut along drawn line. Open and press to yield 2 QST units.

“NOTE:  You might notice from the last picture that I had used a light pink thread for piecing.  You can definitely do that.  If you have my Subtle Strings Thread collection and want to save your neutral threads for other things, it’s perfectly fine to use the other subtle shades to piece.  I wrote about the uses of subtle shades here.

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6. Using a quilting 6″ ruler, line up the 45˚ line against one of the diagonal seams. We are targeting a 2-1/2″ square from raw edge to raw edge. That would mean the center of the square should be at 1 1/4″ (shown) and that all 4 corners should fall right at the 2-1/2″ mark (shown).

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

7. Trim accordingly.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

8. Make a total of 4 QST units. Arrange and sew together QST units and 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares to complete 1 Ohio Star Block.

Wendy Sheppard, Thread Journey 6.30

9. Make a total of 20 Ohio Star Blocks using fabrics of your choice. I managed to raid from my stash 20 different fabrics from Windham’s Palette collection. So I will have Ohio Star Blocks of 20 different colors!

10. Arrange and sew together 4 Ohio Star blocks to make a pieced column. Repeat to make 2 columns, and add them to the right and left sides of quilt center. Arrange and sew together 6 Ohio Star blocks to make a pieced row. Repeat to make 2 rows, and add them to the top and bottom of quilt center.

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And here’s how my Thread Journey 2.0 looks in real life so far:

Thread Journey by Wendy Sheppard, Progress

Thread Journey by Wendy Sheppard, Progress

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Alrightie, Friends! I hope you had fun tackling the quilt center of our Quilt-Along. Remember to enjoy the journey! I shall see you again in two weeks.

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HANDY LINKS:
Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1

ABOUT WENDY:
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education.  After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell.  Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old.  Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad.  She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor.  She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey.  During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.

ABOUT SUBTLE STRINGS: (Wendy’s 2015 Aurifil Thread Collection)
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12 Large Spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Colors included:
2310 – 2847 – 4060 – 2130 – 2715 – 5021
2210 – 2510 – 2886 – 2326 – 2423 – 5014

Showcase Sunday {6.5}

SHOWCASE SUNDAY

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We took a short break for Quilt Market and we’re back with some  magnificent images of what you’ve been creating. We’re thrilled to share some of them here today. Keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to learn more via the the artist’s Instagram or on the actual link to visit the artist’s blog)

1.  The Not So Dramatic Life

@cassandra.beaver

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2. Charm About You

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3. During Quiet Time

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@duringquiettime

4. Betz White

@betz_white

@betz_white

5. Campbell Soup Diary

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6. Quilts of a Feather

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7. Minki Kim

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8. Quilts by Marisela

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9. Dizzy Quilts

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10. Whole Circle Studio

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11. Moobird Stitches

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12. Good Starter

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13. Lilly Ella

@lillyellasworld

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14. Quilts by Laurel

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15. Mommy2Lu

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Showcase Sunday {4.24}

SHOWCASESUNDAY-4.24

Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our bi-weekly forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do! We’ve seen some magnificent images of what you’ve been creating over the past two weeks and we’re thrilled to share some of them here today. Keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching!!

(Click on any image below to learn more via the the artist’s instagram.)

@t_jaye

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@nightquilter

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@mommy2lu

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@fromblankpages

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@adrianneonthewindyside

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@cheryl_arkison

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@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

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@pieladyquilts

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@allie.and.me.design

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Aneela Hoey free Blooms pattern and an Aurifil Floss Giveaway!

February is National Embroidery Month and Aurifil thought it would be appropriate to finish up the month with a free embroidery pattern by the very talented designer Aneela Hoey and a heavenly Aurifil floss GIVEAWAY!

If you have not tried Aurifil embroidery floss you are in for a real treat!  Aurifloss is six strands of  30/2wt  thread pre-wound on lovely wooden spools, no need to fuss with untangling and rewinding floss! The embroidery floss is available in all 270 delicious colours including a variety of variegated perfect for all of your projects.

Aneela Hoey is one of the best embroidery pattern designers in the industry today!  Her designs can be found on her website and in her book Little Stitches.  She has a style that is simple and sweet that appeals to everyone.  She designed a free pdf pattern “blooms” for you to end this month of celebration in hand stitching style.

“Aneela Hoey studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art and worked in design studios in London and New York before becoming a Moda designer in 2011. All her designs begin as doodles in her sketchbook mostly inspired by her two young daughters who also like to give her plenty of ideas for what she should draw! Aneela is author of the embroidery book Little Stitches published by Stash Books. She loves sew and tries to make as many quilts as she possibly can. You can catch up with Aneela on her blog comfortstitching or on Instagram as aneelahoey.”

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If you are not sure what Aurifloss colours to try, Aneela has her suggestions based on what she has been reaching for in her stash!

“My favourite aurifloss colours – Right now my absolute favourite is 1133, its a rusty yellow sort of colour but looks so pretty with everything. Other favs include 1104, 2220, 2145, 1318 and 2240. I have a bit of a thing for yellow, orange and coral colours at the moment.’

 

To help with the best results with your embroidery, Aneela offers these tips:

1. For best results, use good fabric. You can’t go wrong with quilting cotton, either in a shade of white or a pale solid. Linen bases are also a good alternative.
2. Always use a hoop. Place your fabric in the hoop and tighten it without stretching the fabric.
3. Use embroidery needles – These are widely available from sewing shops and I find them especially useful as they have a longer eye which makes it a whole lot easier to thread your floss through.
4. One of the things I love most about embroidery is that you can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Always just go with how you feel – stick with just one stitch for a piece if that’s what you want to do. Or go to town and use a whole heap of different stitches. Learn some new ones or stick to what you know, it’s up to you!

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The free Aneela Hoey PDF pattern Blooms is available through this link  blooms embroidery pattern

 

 

To help get you started on this lovely stitching project we are giving away to one lucky winner two Aurifil embroidery floss collections one  Lynn Krawczyk Inked  and one Sara Lawson Fantasia. That is two collections making 20 wooden spools of Aurifil goodness for you to start off or add to your stash!  This giveaway is open internationally and a random winner will be chosen and announced on or about 08 March 2015.  There are many options to enter for your chance to win by visiting Rafflecopter

 

 

 

Love and Stitches Giveaway

Amid the flurry of Valentine’s Day preparations, we wanted to take a moment to share a little love with YOU. That’s right, you’ve been busy baking, buying flowers, making valentines for the kiddos, writing love notes, sewing gifts and being generally awesome and we’ve been busy thinking up fabulous ways to appreciate it all. We came up with Love & Stitches — a free project by the incredibly talented Rachael Gander of imagine gnats AND a giveaway including drool-worth goodies from Pellon, Aurifil & the imagine gnats fabric shop.

 

Hop on over to Rachael’s blog to grab the step-by-step for how to make the sweet Valentine pictured below. It’s super simple and cute to boot. We love that the design also pays homage to National Embroidery Month! *sigh* We {heart} Rachael.

 

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The goodies:

 

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from Aurifil — One assorted thread box containing 10 lovely wooden spools of yummy six strand Aurifloss
from imagine gnats — 1/2 yard bundle of Cotton + Steel fabrics Playful: Viewfinders Natural, Playful: Wordfind Pink, Mochi: Moon Bunnies Teal, Tokyo Train Ride: Shibuya Linen, Cookie Book: Ghost Saltines Sky
from Pellon® — 1 pkg 725R Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®, 1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets, 1 pkg 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite, 1 pkg 542S Stick-N-Washaway™ Sheets, 1 pkg Print-Stitch-Dissolve™ Sheets, 1 pkg Ultra-Weave™, 1 pkg 300TC Fabric in White, 1 pkg Sticky-Grid-N-Wash™, 1 16″x16″ Decorative Pillow Form & 1 Craft-sized pkg of Nature’s Touch 100% White Cotton Batting.
Did we say drool-worthy? Win this and you’ll be set for any and all embroidery projects you might have on your to-do list.

Giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 13th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, February 14. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends!

To enter, simply follow this link and work some Rafflecopter magic.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/715465f715/?

 

Best of luck to all you love-birds and hugs from us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

2012 Designer of the Month Block Setting Pattern

Pat Sloan Aurifil stitchery pileHi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. Every month in 2012 one of our fabulous Designers created an adorable stitchery using our 12 wt threads.

At the end of the year their stack of blocks were all at MY house.. I’m so lucky!!

Pat Sloan Aurifil stitchery all fullSherri Falls created the rough draft of the setting and it was my job to use the Moda’s “Sassy”  Layer cake that I had to set the blocks. This was GREAT fun! To be honest it’s a bit of a challenge to use just one fabric line sometimes, but the design team did such a great job with their blocks that it was easy to create a super cute layout.

CLICK HERE if you are missing any of the patterns

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December Designer of the Month Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive

 

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. For December our stitchery series is from the incredible Lizzie B Cre8ive design team duo, Beth Hawkins and Liz Hawkins. Who are not sisters, do not live in the same state, but they did marry brothers way back when… before they even quilted!

Beth and Liz have an incredibly playful style which shows up in their quilts, their fabric and

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Aurifil Designers Ornament Hop – Last ones!

Today you have ALL the ornaments! I love the stories behind each one….

Visit all TWELVE designers at the links below.

  • Download the free pattern
  • Leave EACH of the 12 designers a comment on their ornament day.
  • SIX people that leave a comment for each designer on their day, wins a box of Aurifil thread!  EXCITING!
  • We would love to see your ornaments, share your photos in the Flickr folder HERE

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Good luck Winning a BOX  of Aurifil Thread, we have SIX winners… comment at ALL TWELVE BLOGS by Dec 1!

Aurifil Designer Ornament Blog Hop!

The FABULOUS Sherri Falls came up with the idea of a ornament stitchery blog hop.. and the 2012 designers jumped on it!  Aurifil loved the idea and a hop was born! We are two weeks into it, so you need to visit the first 6 designers at the links below.

  • Download the free pattern
  • Leave EACH of the 12 designers a comment on their ornament day.
  • Someone that leaves a comment for each designer on their day, wins a box of Aurifil thread!  EXCITING!
  • We would love to see your ornaments, share your photos in the Flickr folder HERE

Visit Sherri, Gail and Amy ….

now go visit Pat, Anna, and Emily leave them a comment too!

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Good luck Winning a BOX  of Aurifil Thread!

November Designer of the Month Emily Cier

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. For November our stitchery series is from the incredible Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks! Emily is another designer you want to follow for her tutorials (see the recent one on curves) and her fabulous photography. Emily also shares a lot about use of color through the year, and you might catch a glimpse of her children who give her great inspiration! You must start to follow her blog. http://carolinapatchworks.com/blog/

I know you are going to love meeting Emily and her stitchery is very personal and fits in so well for November.  How are you doing on the blocks? Are you up to date?

Remember to post your photo at our Flickr folder of a project given by one of the Aurifil Designers of the month (see tab on right for all the profiles). One quilter EACH MONTH will win a REALLY NICE THREAD prize from Aurifil! Just post a photo of your completed block. Everyone in the Flickr folder is in the running!

Flickr folder –www.flickr.com/groups/2012_aurifil_featured_designerofthemonth/

Let’s get to know Emily!

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