Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Sew Along Update (Photo Heavy)

 I hosted my very first Sew Along through my shop the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 25 & 26, 2022). We made Potato Chip blocks. I thought I would share the clues here with you in case you want to make some too. It won't be a mystery like it was for my participants, but it's still fun.

To get started you need to cut a bunch of 2" by 3.5" pieces from scraps. Don't worry about color or value. If you can get at least one 2" by 3.5" piece from the scrap use it! You will need (32) 2" by 3.5" pieces per block. The finished block size is 12" by 12".

Clue 1

Press the seam to one side. I pressed to the darker fabric. However, if you prefer to press your seams open, go for it. Pressing really doesn't matter that much for this block as long as the seams are nicely pressed.

Clue 2

Press all seams one direction. It really doesn't matter which direction.

Clue 3

Clue 4

Clue 5

From here on, press seams away from the center.

Clue 6

Clue 7

Clue 8

Clue 9

Clue 10

Potato Chip block layout

When you sew your blocks together, if you alternate the direction of the center pieces then none of the seams from one block to the next line up. You can just sew the blocks together or you could put sashing between them - your choice. I haven't decided what I am going to do yet. I only have these two blocks finished. I was too busy doing other shop stuff during the Sew Along to actually be able to sew - oh well!

Alternate versions: You can do the same thing with 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" pieces but you only need 18 pieces to make a 12" by 12" finished size block. If you do this, Clue 8 is the LAST clue for this size of piece.

If you do pay attention to value you can make something like this. Note: this is not my quilt. I just found the photo online with no name or link. If you know whose quilt this is I would love to be able to give the maker credit.

Potato Chip block quilt with light/dark value placement

This quilt used 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" pieces. The maker made two sets of blocks. One set had dark center pieces and she alternated the value of each round. The second set had light center pieces and again, she alternated the value of each round. When you put them together you alternate the two sets of blocks.

If you decide to make any potato chip blocks I'd love to see photos of your blocks. You can leave them in the comments or email them to me. My email is in my profile.

By the way, they are called potato chip blocks because "you can't make just one," or so they say.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Splendid Split Stars

 I got a new pattern in my shop called Splendid Split Stars.

Splendid Split Stars pattern cover

We made up some kits for this project. We kitted the throw size (54.5" by 72.5") in the batik fabrics below, which should mimic the quilt on the pattern cover pretty closely.

Split Stars Quilt Kit fabrics

If you like a kit, here is the link: Splendid Split Stars Quilt Kit

Cutting out this quilt can seem a bit daunting as there are 24 different fabrics in this quilt. However, once you get over the 2 1/2 pages of cutting information, you realize that you are only cutting three different sizes of squares from each fabric. Not too bad really. But you need to be organized. If I was going to travel anywhere with this project I would put my pieces in labeled zip bags. But I'm not taking it any where so I used sheets of paper folded in half. I wrote the letter of the fabric on the outside and tucked the cut pieces on the inside.

organizing my cut pieces

I only have three blocks made so far. The piecing is not hard, just plain squares, half square triangles and quarter square triangles, but again, you have to be organized.

my first three blocks

I'm lovin' it so far. If you want a kit don't wait too long. We only had enough of these fabrics for a few kits. 

Splendid Split Stars Quilt Kit 

All the fabrics in our kits are labeled for you so you don't have to guess which fabric goes where. The pattern is very good and even included pressing instructions for each block which I find super helpful.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

A Shop Tour

 I know that most of you who read my blog don't live close enough to stop in to my shop. I did a short shop tour video yesterday morning so I thought I would share that with you today.

If the embedded video above doesn't play for you, you can just click the following link to watch it on my YouTube Channel :: Shop Tour Video

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Want to join me in a Sew Along?

 I am doing a Sew Along at my shop and on Facebook the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25 & 26, 2022. Anyone, anywhere can participate. You just need to join the Facebook group, "Alamosa Quilt Company Sew Along Group". All you need to do is search for the group on Facebook and ask to join. If you want to come sew at the shop you do need to reserve your spot ahead of time. There is no charge to come sew at the shop for this, but I don't have unlimited seating so reserve your spot as soon as you can.

You don't NEED to participate live. You can just join the group, see what's up and sew when you can. The videos and posts will be available in the Facebook group as long as I leave it active. At this point, I don't have any plans to close the group. It's free to join the group and participate in the Sew Along. There is no kit or pattern to purchase.

The first project we will do is a great scrap buster. It's a mystery project so I can't share any photos with you yet. There are no specific fabric requirements I can give you because it's a scrap project. There is no "background" fabric for this block. It's all scraps. What I can tell you is that you will need thirty-two 2" by 3.5" rectangles per block. You can make just one block to try out the concept, or 3-4 blocks for a table runner, 12 blocks would make a nice baby quilt, 20 blocks makes a great lap quilt or do as many blocks as you like. The blocks will finish at 12" by 12".

I will give you a couple of setting and finishing options on Saturday, November 26, 2022. You might need yardage for sashing, borders, binding and, of course, the backing. How much will depend on how many blocks you make.

This is a beginner friendly project. You just need to be able to cut 2" by 3.5" rectangles and sew a 1/4" seam allowance. There are no specialty rulers or fancy techniques required for this project.

The first clue will be released in the Facebook group around 10 am Mountain Time (USA) with the other clues following every hour or so until I close at 5 pm Mountain Time. We'll start back up on Saturday around 10 am. I close at 3pm on Saturdays so the last clue will be given before then.

I want to start offering more hybrid and virtual events and classes. I am using this Sew Along as a test for me to learn how to do this. I doubt everything will go smoothly because technology always seems to have some sort of snag to it. I will do my best, but like I said, I'm learning.

So if you are interested in participating, go to Facebook and search for the group, "Alamosa Quilt Company Sew Along Group." I understand that not everyone uses Facebook. I do have plans to use other platforms too, but one thing at a time! Facebook makes this kind of thing pretty easy for me so I am starting with it.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Eclipse :: A 5 Yard Pattern

 This is another fun 5 Yard Quilt pattern called Eclipse. All of these patterns are so well written and easy to follow!

image of Eclipse pattern cover

I used 5 Australian Fabrics from my shop to make up a shop sample.

Eclipse pattern made up in Australian Fabrics

I need to get this to my long arm quilter this week then decide what fabric I want to use for binding. Decisions, decisions ... only made harder by the fact that I have over 100 Australian Aboriginal fabrics to choose from!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Animal Magic Quilt :: A Finish

 Still in love with this one!

Animal Magic Quilt finished

The finished size is 54" by 73". It is so warm and snuggly! I enjoyed sitting under it while hand sewing the binding to the back. I still have a few kits left for this quilt and not enough of the fabrics left to make more. Oh well! If you would like a kit you can purchase it here: Animal Magic Quilt Kit

If you just want some of the fabrics, then you can view what I have left here: Animal Magic Fabrics

I'm kind of anxious for the kits to sell out so I can bring the sample back home to continue enjoying it myself!

Thursday, November 3, 2022

It's Turkey Month

 One of my customers, Corky P., found this adorable turkey pattern online and has been making some. 

Corky's turkey blocks

The block pattern was from a quilt along. If you want to get the pattern it is available from the designer as a PDF download for only $3.50.

Postage Stamp Turkey Block

Corky is turning these into table runners for family members. Below is the first one she has finished.

Corky's first turkey block runner

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Completely Smitten with this One

 These fabrics arrived on Tuesday of last week. The collection is called Animal Magic from Dashwood Studios.

Animal Magic fabric collection images

On Wednesday I picked a pattern and cut everything out. On Thursday morning I pieced this quilt top.

Animal Magic Quilt top shop sample

The backing is the adorable fabric on the left and the binding is the mustard strips on the left. If you want to see a better photo of the backing fabric click the following link: Winter Nap Sleepy Friends on Cream. The pattern is called Addison by Villa Rosa Designs. I kitted the quilt up too, Animal Magic Quilt Kit. It will finish at 54" by 73" - a nice twin size. Order it soon if you want one! These fabrics are selling rapidly because they are just way too cute.