Layer Cake Explosion Quilt Along Step 1

Hooray! Here we go with our Twilter Quilt Along!

Fabric requirements
Focus fabric: One layer cake
Background fabric: 5 3/4 yards  Make sure this contrasts with your layer cake prints.

This quilt will finish at 85″ x 85″ and would look great with an extra border of background if you need it bigger.

This is a beginner friendly pattern, and we will take it step by step.

Prep

If you haven’t already, check out the intro info and do a little prep work. Pick out and set aside 21 of the layer cake squares. These are to be used whole in the quilt and not sub-cut. Trim these down to 9.5″ square.

Pick another 12 layer cake squares, and sub-cut them into 5″ charms.

 

Step 1

You can download the printable pdf instructions on Craftsy, but I will also list the details here.

In the prep stage, you got a pile of 5″ charms. Choose 32 of them to use for this step.

Cut the same number of 5″ squares from your background fabric. (32)

Assemble these into 16 four-patch blocks.

These should measure 9.5″ square. It’s a good idea to check the first couple to make sure your seam allowance is good before making them all.

 

Many thanks to Angela Gross for the free pattern.

Make sure to stop by the Twilter facebook group and share pics and progress, or share on Twitter using #twilterQAL

 

Outlander Stitch Along – A. Malcolm, Printer

I am not sure which number this is in the series, so let’s just call it a comeback block. I am working on a page where I will list a compilation of all the blocks for ease of use.

For now, let’s get stitching again! I need to re-stitch that A in AND. My markings had rubbed away and I couldn’t see it very well.. I think it came out a bit small. 😀

Any messy stitches you see are the fault of my needle..  (alright, my fingers) not the pattern.

Download the pattern for free, from Craftsy

And check out my other patterns

including more Outlander inspired embroidery blocks.

The following excerpt is taken from Voyager, Chapter 24, copyright 1994 by Diana Gabaldon

It was a longish, winding close, and the printshop was at the foot. There were thriving businesses and tenements on either side, but I had no attention to spare for anything beyond the neat white sign that hung on the door.

A. MALCOLM

PRINTER AND BOOKSELLER

it said, and underneath this, Books, calling cards, pamphlets, broadsheets, etc.

I stretched out my hand and touched the black letters of the name. A. Malcolm. Alexander Malcolm. James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser. Perhaps.

Another minute and I would lose my nerve. I shoved open the door and walked in.

There was a broad counter across the front of the room, with an open flap in it, and a rack to one side that held several trays of type. Posters and notices of all sorts were tacked up on the opposite wall; samples, no doubt.

The door into the back room was open, showing the bulky angular frame of a printing press. Bent over it, his back turned to me, was Jamie.

“Is that you Geordie?” he asked, not turning around. He was dressed in shirt and breeches, and has a small tool of some kind in his hand, with which he was doing something to the innards of the press. “Took ye long enough. Did ye get the–“

“It isn’t Geordie,” I said. My voice was higher than usual. “It’s me,” I said. “Claire.”

He straightened up very slowly. He wore his hair long; a thick tail of a deep, rich auburn sparked with copper. I had time to see that the neat ribbon that tied it back was green, and then he turned around.

He stared at me without speaking. A tremor ran down the muscular throat as he swallowed, but still he didn’t say anything.

It was the same broad, good-humored face, dark blue eyes aslant the high, flat cheekbones of a Viking, long mouth curling at the ends as though always on the verge of smiling. The lines surrounding the eyes and mouth were deeper, of course. The nose had changed just a bit. The knife-edge bridge was slightly thickened near the base by the ridge of an old, healed fracture. It made him look fiercer, I thought, but lessened that air of aloof reserve, and lent his appearance a new rough charm.

I walked through the flap in the counter, seeing nothing but that unblinking stare. I cleared my throat.

“When did you break your nose?”

The corners of the wide mouth lifted slightly.

“About three minutes after I saw ye last–Sassenach.”

There was a hesitation, almost a question in the name. There was no more than a foot between us. I reached out tentatively and touched the tiny line of the break, where the bone pressed white against the bronze of his skin.

He flinched backward as though an electric spark had arced between us, the calm expression shattered.

“You’re real,” he whispered. I had thought him pale already. Now all vestiges of color drained from his face. His eyes rolled up and he slumped to the floor in a shower of papers and oddments that had been sitting on the press–he fell rather gracefully for such a large man, I thought abstractedly.

~end excerpt~

 

LDQ #82 Valerie

This episode is dedicated to Valerie Lamont.

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I decided not to do a play by play of QuiltCon, because it’s old news now, isn’t it? I did touch on some highlights, and I sure I will continue to do that over the next couple episodes. At the end of this episode, there is a small tribute to my friend, Valerie. It’s not a quality recording, but it is from my heart.

Here are the finished quilts I talked about. I did not pick the best time of day to photograph these, but there it is.

Cheese Slices is a gift for the guidance counselor of our school. She is amazing and works tirelessly. These were the magenta stars from the En Provence Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I added the scrappy star sashing, and I like the effect. I may use this sashing idea again. It’s easy to do with a little organisation. It’s sashing with cornerstones, basically. Each long sashing strip gets some wonky points, sometimes on both ends. I used my design wall to lay all this out.

This is the purple and green portions of En Provence. It came out pretty great. This will be for an amazing teacher who has taught both of my kids. I have one more to make and then no more teacher quilts until I have grandchildren. Times, they are a changing.

I also finished my Round Robin, finally! Well, except for the label, which I will be sewing to the back the next time there is anything worth watching on tv.

AND…. here’s my glorious book haul!

I only found one Anita Brookner title this year. Last year I had three or four. I’m also especially excited about Judy Blume, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Lamott. This stack should keep me occupied at least until next year’s book sale.

 

The book I reviewed this episode is-

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

I wish I could give this book ten stars. I loved it so much. There are some uncomfortable passages that deal with sexual assault, and some with icky teen lust, but the overall story is one of love and compassion and family. I can’t express how much I loved this book. It’s set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the passages about the misconceptions about the place resonated with me. We don’t ride gators or paddle to a school in a pirogue. And not all Louisiana cities are like New Orleans. It’s a rich story that left me feeling great at the end.

 

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I am a Queen!

Hi guys. I am participating in a Hive, which is a Block Bee, and February is my month to be Queen. This means I get to pick a block, and all my Worker Bees will make one and send it to me. Then each month I will make a block for the next Queen. Hooray! This is going to be a lot of fun. If you’re going to Quilt Con in Savannah, bring your block in person instead of mailing! I hope to see you.

I chose a 17″ semicolon block. I drew it out on graph paper. I realise it was supposed to be 16.5″ or smaller, but the math just didn’t work otherwise, and I didn’t want to make you guys work with tiny pieces.

Here is a step by step tutorial for my Bees, or to make your own.

The only guidelines I am asking for my bee blocks-

  1. Any gray background
  2. Any scrappy happy colorway
  3. No brown 😉
  4. Feel free to go really scrappy, as long as you stay within a color family. All pinks, all blues, all greens, all yellows, etc.  I wish I had used more variety in my test block. I am so looking forward to seeing the variety I will get back.

Here we go!

 

Fabric Requirements and Cutting instructions-

You will need the following:

  • Two- 2″ solid background squares
  • Ten- 2″ scrappy squares in your chosen colorway
  • Three- 2″ x 5″  background rectangles
  • Twelve- 2″ half square triangle units using background and your scrappy colorway  (I’m leaving the method up to you, use your favourite one and trim them to 2″)
  • Two- 6.5″ x 17″ background rectangles

*Please note that most of these measurements do NOT have a .5″ included. That’s for a reason. The math works. If it says 2″.. cut it 2″ NOT 2.5″

 

Block Construction-

We start with a pile of pieces. I used an Easy Angle Ruler to cut my triangles from 2″ strips. Use whichever method you prefer, and trim them to 2″.

 

First we make our half square triangle units. I am sewing this block on my Kenmore, because I like the accuracy of this quarter inch foot, and the machine was already on the table. Hey, I’m lazy. I pressed the seams open in this area to reduce bulk.

 

Here we have all our units and are ready to lay out the block.

 

 

Here is how it all goes together, with everything in its proper place, all triangle points facing the correct direction.

 

I chain pieced the center portions, and left the threads connected. instead of clipping them apart so that I won’t get anything flipped the wrong direction in the next few steps. I call this “webbing” a block.

 

Almost done! After you have constructed those center portions of the semicolon, sew them into a vertical row with the small rectangles. From this point forward, I pressed the seams wherever they needed to go to reduce bulk.

 

Finally. attach the large rectangles to either side, and give it a final press.

 

I am so excited to put these together! Thanks for playing along!

 

 

 

 

LDQ #81 Lavender Fields Forever

In this episode, I talked about how I split my En Provence units into two separate quilts! I think I will call the purple one, Lavender Fields Forever.

 

I finished a crocheted wrap.

 

I spent some time organizing my embroidery threads, and started a couple small X-stitch projects.  (subversive with naughty words)

 

Checkout episode 65 of Dear Book Nerd, where they answered my question. (I’m Classically Challenged) If you haven’t listened before, you are in for a treat. The podcast has ended now, but there are about 70 back episodes to devour.

You should watch Love Between the Covers on Netflix. It’s fantastic.

And I read a bunch of books! Follow me on goodreads (verylazydaisy) to see my lists.

Twilt On

 

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Resolutions

Sandy’s (from Quilting for the Rest of Us) theme for this year’s quilty resolutions is “Balance,”

Here’s what I have to say about balance in my quilt life..

I have not been particularly good at balance. I can get a little obsessive and forget or neglect to take care of the things that fall outside the scope of whatever I am focused on at the moment. Sometimes it’s too much play and not enough adulting. But, mostly this past year it has been too much worky work, and not enough personal sewing time.

I miss the repetition of sewing a whole pile of quilt blocks in one sitting. It’s like therapy to me, and I have been out of my mind a lot this year. Perhaps I just didn’t get enough therapy sewing time in.
My quilty resolution this year is to not over commit myself in quilting for others. I’m enjoying working as a longarmer from home because it is so different from doing it in a shop where I also had other responsibilities like cleaning and working the front. And wearing pants.

Pants are so dumb.

I think I will be better at balance this year (says the girl who has read as many books as there have been days so far this new year) because I have the more flexibility now. I don’t want to be so sick of looking at quilts that I lose the joy I used to find in sitting down at my own machine. So far with my longarming, I have not been swamped with so much that I couldn’t keep up. Just a few quilts here and there. And that’s just fine by me.

That plays into my word of the year which is “Nope.” It was going to be a simple NO, but when I saw Pam’s latest creation, (from Hip to Be a Square and The Stitch) I was inspired to go the full nope. Isn’t is interesting how “nope” is just a little bit sassier than “no”…?

I need to take better care of myself, even if someone else doesn’t like it. I will rest when I need to rest. I will be alone when I need peace and quiet. I will not be guilted into doing things I don’t want to do.

This is the year I learn to say “NO”

Now I will get back to my sewing room, right after I balance it with some laundry.

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LDQ #80 Mysteriously Quick and Dirty

Hi guys!

This episode is short, and I talk pretty fast. I tried to squeeze it into the small window when my house was empty today.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am right on track with the En Provence Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I’m still working on my Lady of the Lake quilt, and I finally but the borders on my Doctor Who Embroidered Quilt. More pics of that one to come as I quilt and finish it. Here is a sneak peek. This picture makes me realise how awful the lighting is in my sewing room. Bah! I hope to take some pics of it outside this week. It’s too big to get the whole thing in a shot, as it is on my design wall.

Let’s Get Twilty!

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I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world…

I know this will look richer once we have added the greens and golds.. right now it looks very much like my childhood bedroom, with pink and purple Barbie accessories strewn everywhere.

Here’s my progress thus far on En Provence.

I don’t know if I will squeeze out a podcast episode this week.. everyone has wonky holiday schedules and I can’t find a moment when the house is empty. We shall see.

 

Step Away From the Nyquil

I have succumbed to the funk. And this is not the good kind of funk you can shake your booty to, nor does it originate in the vicinity of Uptown.

I’ve spent the last couple days in bed with sinus funk. When my sinuses go wonky, my balance gets really bad. I miss my sewing machine so I am stepping away from the nyquil bottle so I can take up the rotary cutter for a while. Who knows how long it will last. I may be back to bed in fifteen minutes, who’s to say?

I was browsing through all the pics online from the various mysteries going on and I have to get up and get some fabric back into my hands.

Here is a short list of some of the mystery quilt events that are ongoing.

En Provence by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com

Peace Love Quilt- A mystery from Loveshack Quilts

Meadow Mystery Quilt

A Murder Mystery Quilt ?! I love murder mysteries. I wish I had found this sooner!

LDQ #79 Purple Patches

I’m right on track with Clue 3 of En Provence, and I’m linking up. I am so enjoying seeing all the posts on Instagram from those of you participating. Here’s where I am. Spinning those seams, again. I didn’t have a wide variety of light purples, but I think it will work out just fine.

 

I made a quilt for my friend Amy, in our Fat Quarter Xmas Swap. THIS QUILT was the inspiration, and here is my interpretation.

Rainbow Wedge

 

The quilt I received in this swap makes me very very happy! The close up of the quilting highlights the hummingbirds stitched in bright pink thread!

 

 

Let’s Get Twilty!

 

 

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