Thursday, September 17, 2020

MIdnight Clear BOM Block 3

 It is time for block 3 of the Midnight Clear BOM. These blocks were a lot of fun again. I realized as I was making these two blocks that I often change a pattern a fair amount to make it how I would like to do it. 

The Pieces

In this block we need to make Quarter Square Triangles, Flying Geese, and Four Patch blocks. 

For Quarter Square Triangles I do not like to cut my squares into triangles before sewing, so I cut 4.5" squares and marked the diagonal. I paired the white squares with green squares, and the rest of the green squares with the black squares. I then sewed on either side of my line, and cut on the marked line. Press these, and mark the diagonal of the green and white half square triangles. Pair a green and black with a green and white and sew on either side of the line. Cut these on the line. I used my 4-in-1 Half Square Triangle trim tool to square my blocks to 3in Finished. Then press.


For these Flying Geese I used my Ultimate Flying Geese Tool again. These flying geese finish at 1 1/2in by 3in, so I will need to cut these size squares. I cut two 4 3/4in squares of my black and eight 2 3/4in of my background for the flying geese. Then continued to make them the same way as I did the last time.

The Four Patch blocks I made as the pattern said. 

The Components. 

After this we get to piece our blocks.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Favorite Products: September

 It is time again to share some of our favorite products that we have been using lately. 

This past month Esther has been loving her Folded Corner Clipper Ruler from Creative Grids and her wool pressing mat. Her last two quilt projects both had a ton of Flip and Stitch Corners, and the Folded Corner Clipper was a great time saver as it eliminated the need to draw lines on the back side of 100s of squares, and the Wool Pressing Mat helped to get all those seams laying nice and flat.


I have been working on a few projects that contain a lot of small pieces that are similar in size to each other and the Alphabitties and WonderClips have been a great help in staying organized. Even if your pattern does not have letters assigned to each cut you can pencil them in beside and it will save time measuring each piece while sewing to be sure you have the correct one. 

Carrie is really liking a new to our shop pattern designer... Lo and Behold Stitchery. Brittany  has many fun modern quilt patterns that you can put together with different fabrics and get a completely different look each time. Also the cover photos of her patterns are all done in solids so it makes them easy to replicate if you love the look, and easier to picture in your mind in different fabrics. We have many of her patterns in stock in our shop and there are also free coloring pages on her website for several of her patterns, which helps with color layout and putting the quilt top together. Brittany is also vary active on Instagram so visit her account @loandbeholdstitchery for some inspiration. 


Carrie is back again on Thursday with the next block in her Midnight Clear Block of The Month.
Have a great week,

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Project Jelly Roll 2020: Project Inspiration and a Sew Off

Sew a Jelly Roll Day is just over a week away, Saturday September 19.
Starting today, when you buy a Jelly Roll at our shop you will be given a free pattern, there are four to choose from. 
Esther, Carrie and I all started a new Jelly Roll Project this past weekend to provide some inspiration for you. 
Esther made this Jelly Roll Rug using Cider from Basic Grey. We have just a few of these Jelly Rolls in stock, and the yardage will be shipping later this fall.
Carrie is working on a Jelly Weave Quilt (pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew and available in our shop) using a really fun new Christmas collection Jolly Season by Abi Hall. 
I made this quilt using Branded by Sweetwater, the pattern is called I-strip by GE Designs, and it came together really quick, as in I took the jelly Roll home Friday afternoon, and brought a completely finished quilt with me back to the shop Tuesday Morning.
These 3 patterns are all great uses for Jelly Rolls, we also love the Jelly Filled book by Vanessa Goertzen, it has 18 patterns ranging from beginner to more advanced all written specifically for Jelly Rolls. What are your favorite Jelly Roll Patterns?
These are the limited edition Grunge Jr Jelly Rolls available for Project Jelly Roll this year, use them on their own, mix them up, or use with a collection of fabrics.
We have early released Jelly Rolls from Balboa, Cider, Folktale, Figs and Shirtings in stock, the yardage from these collections will all be available in our shop later this fall. We also have Jelly Rolls of several of Moda's current fabric collections in the shop just waiting to be purchased, unrolled and turned into something beautiful. 
This year Esther, Carrie and I will be doing a sew off. We will each choose a jelly roll and race to make a Short and Long quilt, this is one of the Free Patterns available for Project Jelly Roll this year. We will start at 10am with a live video on our Facebook Page introducing each of us and the jelly roll we chose, and then live checkins at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm to see our progress.  We would love for you to join us in this race from the comfort of our own home. You can post pictures of your progress in the comments section of the video or our final photo of the day if you wish. 

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Midnight Clear Block of the Month: Block 2

It is time for block 2 of the Midnight Clear Block of the Month. I had so much fun with these blocks the other night. I find it fun to put away all my other projects and take out one, that may not be so difficult, but is a bit time consuming, and just make 2 blocks. 

Our block pattern for this week is on page 66 and 67 of our book.

I followed the color placement exactly how it was in the book once again. I like how the colors are in the pattern, and the effect it gives the block. 
When I make flying geese I prefer not to use the flip and stitch method, so I used my favourite method for flying geese, the "Heart Method." I used my Ultimate Flying Geese from Creative Grids to make this process easier. All Creative Grids trim tools are marked in Finished Sizes, so I could look at my ruler and see that I needed to cut the requirements for C since we need 1.5" by 3" finished Flying Geese. Mark down the diagonal of all your red squares, and place two across the diagonal of a white square. Stitch 1/4" on each side of this line. Since these are trim tools, the 1/4" doesn't have to be exact, just close. Cut them apart on the line that you drew, and press towards the red squares. Place another red square on top of our unit, and sew on either side of the line again, cut on the line, and press towards the red square again. I needed to pull my trim tool out now, and find the Trim 1, line C. I trimmed the two sides, then you flip your section and your ruler to find Trim 2, line C and trim the 2 sides again. One of my favourite parts about this trim tool is that there is a line showing me where my quarter inch seam will be so I do not lose the points of my geese. 
The images below go in the same order as I wrote above. 
Next we have to assemble our corner unit, if you follow the pattern, and pay attention to the pressing direction these units go together real simply and nicely. 

To make the square in a square block I used my Folded Corner Clipper again. 

Next we get to assemble our blocks. I love how these blocks come together, and how depending on which color you focus on you get a different look to the block. 

My Block 2's

Our blocks so far
Have fun with these blocks. I will be back on September 17 with Block 3. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Woodland Wonderland: Month 3

 We are on Chapter 3 of our Woodland Wonderland Block Of The Month. This month we are adding 4 new fabrics to the mix and will be making several blocks, including Olivander the Owl which is one of my favorite blocks in the whole quilt.


It all starts on page 16 of our pattern booklet. In addition tho the four new prints you received in your package you will need to add 1 red, 1 ivory, and 4 green prints from previous months. In the end I decided to only use the new ivory print in this chapter rather than adding a 2nd one. Also from the 2nd Taupe print I found that I needed 2 -- 1" strips rather than the 1 that they instructed, and I did not use the 1 1/2" strip from green print 1 in my blocks, and couldn't find it mentioned in the instructions at all. 

Olivander the Owl

There are a lot of pieces in this block and in the cutting instructions they are labelled a-o. I used my alphabitties to keep them all straight while cutting and assembling the block. There is no piece labelled L, but you could cut the eye template and call this L if you really wanted. 

Speaking of the eye template, the base of a large spool of Aurifil Thread is the same size (or very close too) the eye template pictured in the book. So I traced around my spool onto a piece of steam a seam 2 times, than cut out the shape leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and pressed it onto a piece of my black background fabric. I used a blanket stitch to applique the eye in place. 

Holly Leaves

These four blocks are quick and easy to assemble, and I used the Diagonal Seam Tape by Cluck Cluck Sew to make it go even quicker.


Snow Tree Block

I will admit I had some issues with this block, I just could not make it work with cutting all the rectangles in half as directed, so I actually cut 4 of the piece D, and cut 2 in half from the top left to the bottom right and 2 in half from the top right to the bottom left. Cutting corner to corner, I got 4 of each triangle needed. Than it worked to lay it on the block as directed and sew it in place. To be honest I didn't actually draw the lines, I just found the center at the top and than used that to line up the triangles. 

Have fun making the blocks this month!


Carrie will be here on Thursday to share the next set of Blocks for the Midnight Clear BOM, and there will be no blog post next Monday, as we are closed for Labor Day. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Project Jelly Roll 2020

The third Saturday in September every year is National Sew a Jelly Roll Day. This year it takes place September 19. This project started four years ago, and was created by Moda to encourage people to unwrap and unroll those sweet little rolls and actually sew something. There is contests for the shops to create the best store displays using Moda Jelly Rolls, quilts and jelly roll patterns, ( we got first place in the contest two years ago :) )
This year Moda has released 6 limited edition Grunge Jr Jelly Rolls for Project Jelly Roll 2020 and we have all 6 in the shop. Moda also released 4 exclusive patterns to shops. From September 10-19 when you buy a Moda Jelly Roll in our shop you will have the option to choose one of these patterns to take home for free as well. 
In the past we have had Jelly Roll Races in the shop and we have opened up the classroom to work on your own Jelly Roll Project. This year we encourage you to unroll a Jelly Roll on Saturday September 19, and share pictures with us on Social Media of your progress for a chance to win a prize. 
Do you like working with Jelly Rolls? 
I love how cute they look stacked up on my shelf, but I also love the projects that can come from using one too! 
I think this year I may have to make a Jelly Roll Rug for the new sewing studio that I get later this winter, or maybe I should finish last years project ;)
In a couple weeks I will share some of our favorite Jelly Roll Books, Patterns and which Jelly Rolls are our new favorites. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Sidewalk Sale

With September just around the corner we have decided to say good bye to August with a Sidewalk Sale at our shop. The sale will take place this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Hours for the sale are 

Thursday August 27 11am - 4pm

Friday August 28 11am - 4pm

Saturday August 29 11am-3pm

We will have kits, precuts and finished quilts for sale. All the products will be discounted from the regular price. 

The sale will take place outdoors on the East Side of our building. 

Tuesday, August 25 on Facebook Live we will be doing a sneak peek of some of the items that will be on sale, and there will be an opportunity to purchase some of these items during the Live video as well. This will be at 10:30am on our Facebook Page Chicken Feed Quilts. 
Many of the kits have been made up in the last few weeks and were not available for purchase in our shop before this, so there will be lots of new things to check out. We have also been curating many different Fat Quarter Bundles, and have put together lots in various color ways and fun collections.