QuiltCon 2017 — Savannah, GA

We’re just getting back and settled in from a spectacular five days in beautiful, historic, and fascinating Savannah, Georgia.  There is a certain perceived expectation when you think of “The South”, particularly when you think of Savannah.  Nothing about this city disappointed me. Not even the weather- especially because I arrived the day after it stopped raining. What luck!

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the only surviving cities left after the Civil War.  Some of the houses date back to the 1700s, which is pretty incredible.

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Just imagine the quilts that were made inside those walls!  That certainly brings a whole new level of appreciation for Civil War reproduction fabrics, don’t you think?

Savannah is a very picturesque city, full of manicured lawns, immaculately kept homes and ornate details everywhere you look.  Just walking a few blocks to breakfast took us nearly an hour because we kept stopping to admire the view, take pictures or read the plaques of the various fountains and statues in the squares.

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The Savannah River divides the city from the World Trade Center, where QuiltCon 2017 was held.  There was only one hotel on that side, and if you weren’t staying in it, you had to travel across the river via ferry.  On the first night, the ferry was packed full of quilters and only a few locals.  I doubt they had ever seen so many handmade bags and quilt related t-shirts in one place before!

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We had a great time playing a game with our QuiltCon guests.  The idea was to see who, amongst the three players, could put a puzzle together the fastest.  The fastest got to take home a large spool of thread of their choice; the remaining two took home a small spool of their choice.  Everyone was a winner!

All players were challenged to beat the ‘best time’, which kept getting faster and faster throughout the event. On Sunday morning, we had our fastest participant EVER, not just for QuiltCon. Karen Brown completed the Aurifil Spool puzzle in just 2 minutes & 36 seconds. We were all in awe! Congratulations again to Karen, who is now the excited recipient of a Tula Pink Ultimate Collection — 45 small spools of lucious and colorful thread!

To help celebrate 270 Colors, the incredible quilt by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio, we hosted an ongoing social media contest.  Participants had to take a “Selfie” in front of the quilt and post it to Instagram using the hashtag “#270ColorsGiveaway“.  We had over 190 entries and our winners were:

We did also share a daily at-home giveaway so that no one would be excluded!! Thank you again to all who played along!

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Even though we weren’t able to sell our thread in our booth, there was still plenty to be found throughout the show including the booths for: Craft South, Crimson Tate, Andover, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Marcus FabricsRiley Blake, and more!!

We also loved having a chance to visit with some of our amazing fabric partners. Many of them had interactive booths, giving visitors a chance to design quilt blocks, collect supplies to work on collaborative quilting projects, and more!

Of course, one of my favorite aspects of community events like this, is all of the quilts.  I’m amazed at the diversity on display.  Just when I think I’ve seen it all, when I’ve defined my own personal style, I turn a corner and see something that changes my whole perspective, something that makes me stop and think and admire.  Below are some of my favorites from this year’s show.

And of course, Best In Show, “Bling” by Katherine Jones:

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I’m pretty sure she said it took her over 160 hours to complete the quilt top.  It is ENTIRELY paper-pieced!  Can you imagine??

All-in-all, a great time was had by all.  People left feeling inspired, satisfied, knowledgable.  I think those are the best things to come away with.  And, even though it’s maybe a little sad to leave and go back home to reality, the memories live on and we get to look forward to the next time we can fill our minds with new techniques and skills. We get to fill our hearts with the fun times had with friends that we may have only previous known online.  That’s the beauty of it, really.

Until next time!

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— Kristi, Bradley, Erin, and Alex

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.

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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″.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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7. Trim accordingly.

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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.

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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:

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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

Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1

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Welcome to first part 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, here it is! Today is the day we start our Thread Journey quilt. I sincerely hope that making this quilt will mark a fun episode in your own thread journey!

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: FABRIC SELECTION
I thought I would briefly address the issue of fabric selection since a few have asked how I select my fabrics. Honestly, my rules of thumb are “pot-luck” and “the more the merrier” with triple dosages of both when it comes to a scrap quilt (like Thread Journey). I am always surprised at the visual effect when I throw in hot pink and turquoise blue and use them together with bright orange! For this project, I am using the fabrics from Wyndham’s Basic Lines (Palette, Mary’s Blenders).

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For my quilt center background, I have selected a muted palette that covers a wide range of colors. Muted because it is for the background so that the added applique will pop against the muted background.

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I auditioned fabrics of rich and bold hues for the applique pieces.

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PART 2: Quilt Center

1. The quilt center finishes at 20″ x 20″. Therefore, it should measure 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.

2. Options (measurements given are unfinished measurements):

  • Piece together 10 (2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) strips
  • Piece together 4 rows of 4 (5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) squares
  • Piece together 5 rows of 5 (4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) squares
  • Piece together 10 rows of 10 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares
  • 1 (20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) square — no piecing for this one!

3.  My version is made with 10 (2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) strips that are pieced with shorter pieces joined together by diagonal seams.

  • A simple way to figure out the Math is to find the combination of numbers that add up to 20 (finished). For example, 6 and 14. So, I would add 1/2″ to one of the numbers, and add 2 1/2″ to the other number in my cutting. In this case, I can cut (a) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ pieces, or (b) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ pieces. This Math works for other combinations of (2 1/2″)-wide strips as well.
  • If you don’t want to be bothered with the Math, and still want to use strips pieced diagonally, you can always just piece the strips, and trim the pieces to measure (2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″).
  • The steps and diagrams for diagonal piecing:
    • Place 2 fabric strips perpendicular to each other
    • Draw a diagonal line. I always draw the diagonal line, and make sure the diagonal seams works before pinning and sewing.
    • Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line. Open and press seam open.

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So, here you see my hodge-podgey pieced quilt center:

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PART 3: TEMPLATES & FUSIBLE MACHINE APPLIQUE

1. The templates provided in the pdf packet are at 100% (no enlargement or reduction required). Click here to download the PDF Packet.

2. They are already reversed for fusible machine applique, except for the leaf labeled SB8. If you want the look exactly like the quilt layout, you will need to reverse that shape before tracing it onto the paper-side of fusible of your choice. [Be sure to note #3 below]

3. Please note that SB 8 is actually SB 9, and SB 9 is actually SB 8.

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4. I use the the “window” cutting method (i.e. cutting away excess fusible and only leave what is necessary) when I prepare my applique pieces when applicable. I didn’t do the “window cutting” for the swirl pieces because they are narrow in width. Upon being fused, I finish with buttonhole stitching.

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If you are unclear about this method, Pat Sloan has amazing tutorials here:

Fusible Applique, How to make it Soft
Pat Sloan’s Fusible Applique Tutorial

5. For quilt center applique, trace applique shapes are found on pdf page 4-7. Prepare and fuse pieces using method of your choice. Refer to pdf page 1 and 3 for placement guide. (Keyword “guide” — you may change the placement of the pieces as desired).

6. We will wait till the very end for the yoyo’s. So, don’t worry about the yoyo’s for now.

7. I use a very sharp applique scissors to cut out the shapes to prevent fraying. Mine is a pair of Olfa 5″ applique scissors.

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8. I do want to show you the layering at places where the swirly stems meet.

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9. When I buttonhole stitch around the applique shapes, I use the Mako 50wt thread. On my Bernina machine, I used 2.3 (W) and 2.6 (L) for this project. To start, I normally pull up my bobbin thread to form a tail with the top thread. After stitching, I pull both thread tails to the back of to tie a knot to secure the starting stitches. To end, I simply take the width of my buttonhole stitch down to 0, and shorten the length and take tiny bit in the last few stitches before cutting my threads.

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10. Here is my quilt center, complete with applique pieces. You will notice I moved my SB 3 leaf further down to the bottom left of the quilt center.

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11. Here are a couple of close up pictures of my applique piece finished with buttonhole stitches. I didn’t stitch around the birds because I will be using quilting to embellish them.

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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 in two weeks.

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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.

Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard

Today, we are thrilled to introduce the incredibly talented (and super sweet) Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring. She is a quilter, an author, a pattern designer, an Aurifil thread collection designer, and an educator. Her knowledge is vast, her skills enviable. We are ever in awe of her creations and couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to Auribuzz for a 7-part Quilt Along. Over the course of the next 3 months, you’ll have the opportunity to attend Wendy’s online classroom as she shares her tips & techniques for creating one of her treasured quilts, Thread Journey. So, without further pause, let’s offer a HUGE Aurifil welcome to Wendy!!

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Hello Everyone, my name is Wendy Sheppard, and I am an absolute threadaholic (particularly Aurifil’s threads). I blog over at www.ivoryspring.wordpress.com. I am very happy to share with you a free Quilt-Along pattern of the quilt that was hung at Aurifil‘s booth at Fall Market last year. I have simply titled my quilt Thread Journey, because the quilt encompasses my own quilting journey from one who never even touched a sewing machine until about 11 years ago, to one who is playing a small part in the quilting industry…

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Finished Size of Quilt: 54″ x 54″

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How this works:
I intend for this Sew-Along to work as kind of playing Round Robin with yourself. What I mean by that is that this entire quilt is going to be made with scraps from your stash. So I will alert you what you should prepare ahead of each installment fabric-wise during the construction process, but this quilt is meant to be as colorful as you wish it to be!

Tentative Schedule:
June 2: Quilt Construction, Intro — Today
June 16: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Quilt Construction, Part 3
July 28: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 4: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 3

Techniques:
1. Simple piecing, with tips for accurate points in the star blocks.

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2. Fusible machine applique (with a tiny bit of embroidery)

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3. After the top is constructed, I will spend three separate posts on how I am quilting my quilt, as well as domestic machine quilting tips that I hope would be helpful to you! We might not quilt the Sew-Along quilt exactly like I had quilted the original version because the quilting was pretty all free-handed and unmarked. But we will be doing something similar and FUN!

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4. And finally, embellishing with yoyo’s.

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A Few More Pictures:

Subtle Strings:
You will notice from the quilt back pictures that I had used different color threads to quilt my quilt. The colors are from my Subtle Strings collection. You can read more about the collection here: https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/thread-talk-from-my-sewing-machine-69/

Sew-Along version of Thread Journey:
1. The original Thread Journey quilt is currently on tour with Alex Veronelli when he lectures at various quilt shops. Perhaps you might get a chance to see it in person.
2. In order for me to show the steps in the entire process for this sew-along version, I am re-making the quilt (so that I can keep it, ha!) with some basic fabrics generously supplied by Windham Fabrics. I picked basic fabrics that aren’t so busy with prints so that I can better show the quilting later on. But feel free to raid your stash to find whichever and whatever that suit your fancy!

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3. For June 16, we will construct the quilt center that finishes at 20″ x 20″.

a. For the Quilt Center, you may either
–  just use a 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ square
– piece the quilt center using my design with 2-1/2″ strips. So collect about 10-20
2-1/2″ strips (all those leftovers from your quilts made with precut strips)
– or you may piece it in anyway you would like as long as the quilt center will
measure 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.

b. You will need scraps of fabric for the applique (using the diagram below as a guide), as well as any fusible you would use for machine applique. If you have never done this before, I will have more details on June 16.

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Alrighty Friends, I shall see you again on June16 — I am SO excited!

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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.

I can’t sing. But if I could, I would belt out the praises of Aurifil thread!

eclipsecolleenImagine me singing to the tune of “He’s So Fine.”  I love Aurifil Cotton Mako 50.  Why?  Because…“It’s so-oo fine!”  I started out using it for quilting in the ditch.  It hides in the ditch and you’ll never see it again!  The only problem with this?  Sometimes I’ve done the same line of quilting twice…it hides too well!

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