The Quilting Process: Quilting your Quilt

It has been a while friends – Life happened as usual!

The Quilting Process series has fallen way into the background for a long time so before we continue, let me catch you up on what we’ve covered so far. If you are just joining, the series is all about the major processes involved in making a Quilt from start to finish.

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How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

Oh yes you read that right! I “accidentally” made 32 HSTs 2 years ago and I said accidentally because I messed up the cutting of my Squares for the 8 HSTs at once method. I had seen the tutorial for that method somewhere but couldn’t pinpoint it when I needed it (I wasn’t on the blog then and I still don’t know why I didn’t do another Google search?) so I did the maths in my head and figured to get (8) 2.5″ HSTs, I need 2 squares measuring 11″ needless to say I was far from being correct! I stitched 1/4″ away on both sides of my diagonal lines but when I came to cut my pieces I realized my HSTs were way bigger than what I wanted so I stopped to find a solution and that’s the brief history of how I came about the 32 HSTs at once.Read more: How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

English Paper Piecing (EPP) : Making your template

I remembered when I was first introduced to  English Paper Piecing in beginner’s class, I thought it was cool and easy.  On one hand I thought I am not sure I’ll be doing a lot of this (not a fan of hand stitching – I think it takes forever) and on the other hand I thought this is going to be great to carry with me anywhere. Lately, it has become handy for keeping busy at those times when due to electricity outage I can’t use my electric machine.

Anyway, I have been doing bits and pieces of EPP mostly Hexagons and a brief experiment with diamonds but I got tired of those. I wanted other interesting designs that would be easy for me to make…I’m terrible at following patterns so it had to be something I could figure out on my own. Plus I have all these invitation cards from A box full of Junk that needed recycling 🙂 .Read more: English Paper Piecing (EPP) : Making your template

Beyond Excited!

Wow!!! I am truly beyond excited, you all are far too kind for visiting and leaving such amazing comments.

Like I said, it was my first day back at work and I was looking forward to a very stressful day but none of that mattered because every time I have a minute to check my mail or follow up the progress of my blog hop post, there’s a wonderful comment that puts a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t contain myself…it still feels so unreal that I took a chance that paid off way beyond my expectation. My stats for yesterday blew me away for sure!

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When I created the tutorial page on the blog, it was just a motivation to one day work up a tutorial but I never thought I’ll have one to share so soon and definitely nothing as successful as my Cloud9 Blog Hop Post has been so far. I am not very good at putting myself out there and I seem to be doing a lot of that lately thanks to the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and subsequently the just concluded Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop. I am so grateful for the amazing quilting friends I’ve made since all these started and most importantly, I am grateful for the level of growth I am experiencing in my Quilting even if I do say so myself 🙂 . It certainly doesn’t feel like I am that lonely quilter in my little part of the world anymore and that feels great.

If you miss out on all the fun posts, don’t worry, here is the permanent landing page: http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016-cloud9-new-block-blog-hop/ for all the Blog Hop posts. I certainly will be referring back for some fun blocks to make and there are lots! In the meantime, I will catch up on all the posts from yesterday I am yet to visit.

Thanks again for stopping by everyone. Your visits and comments are the reason behind all the excitements so thanks for keeping them coming.

Sola 🙂

P.S: I have been responding to comments via this blog apparently there’s a way to reply via email which I have now discovered, so henceforth I shall make effort to respond to your comments via email and when I can’t, I’ll continue to respond over here.

 

 

Welcome to Cloud 9 New Blog Hop

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Do one thing everyday that scares you…Eleanor Roosevelt

Welcome everyone, Long post alert but it’s my first tutorial y’all! My name is Sola in case you are visiting for the first time via the blog hop, I do hope you enjoy looking around and find a reason to stick around!  In other news, sadly (yes I did say sadly )I’m back to work today after my long holiday . It feels like yesterday when I was tracking my fabric delivery hoping it gets to me before I left for my holiday but guess what, they delivered it a day after! Anyway, 3 weeks later after lots of hiccup and dragging my husband out of bed at 6 a.m., I finally got the fabric. Wait…what fabric am I on about?

Well I’ve had exciting things happening since I took part in the 2016 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop and somehow I took a leap of faith and signed up for this blog hop (the reason why you are here). The Blog Hop is sponsored by Cloud 9, and hosted by (Thank you Ladies! 🙂 )Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter! I believe there are almost 70 bloggers creating new blocks using the fat quarter bundle of the oh so soft and oh so pretty organic Cirrus Solids generously provided by Cloud9 fabrics and the palette we got is called “Berry Harvest” how befitting and clever. Before I forget, Don’t miss out on the (3) separate fat bundle giveaways, visit the hosts for entry details! Another cool fact, all the new blocks are going to be pieced together to make a charity Quilt.Read more: Welcome to Cloud 9 New Blog Hop

Some Progress at Last

Guess who’s making progress on those bed size Quilts I’ve been putting off forever…yayyy you guessed right meee!!!

OK I can be all excited about this now but I promise you this progress wasn’t without its fair share of  sweat, pain and perseverance. Why did I ever believe those videos and blog tutorials that convinced me that “Quilt as you go” is the easiest and fun method to Quilt a large Quilt on a domestic sewing machine? I mean I had to believe this because the thought of logging a 72 x 96” quilt through the throat of my machine was too daunting to even consider.  Truth be told I enjoyed the liberty of being able to quilt each block at my convenience but joining the blocks was such a struggle.Read more: Some Progress at Last

The Quilting Process: Piecing your Quilt Top

Welcome back! where were we? Oh yes, you have successfully cut all your fabrics  into the required pieces for your chosen pattern…Excellent! Now it’s time to join them all back together or how else are you going to bring that design to life? At this stage you are going to need a few things such as:

  • Sewing machine obviously (unless you are doing hand piecing, and if you are wow, you are a strong one…i’m far too lazy for that unless the occasional English Paper Piecing, applique or binding of course),
  • Needles (I use the 90/14 needle for my piecing, I don’t know why but it works for me). I personally use Schmetz needles,  I got the Universal needle pack (Containing 70/10, 80/12 and 90/14 sizes) off  Amazon  and then I got a good deal on Massdrop for the box of 100 in the 90/14.  Find out more about choosing a needle here or here .

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The Quilting Process: All about Cutting

Hiya! Let me quickly apologize for being away too long, lately I’ve been a bit all over the place and it has taken me longer to return here and for that I am sorry 🙁 On that note, welcome back to the Quilting Process series 🙂

Now that you have done all the due diligence of choosing the right pattern, the perfect color scheme and have shopped and selected the best quality fabric for your quilting project, it is time to get busy and the next process is the cutting of your precious fabrics ! Read more: The Quilting Process: All about Cutting

The Quilting Process: Color Theory

Welcome back!  Let’s pick up right where we left off here

I was telling you about the Color Wheel I installed on my tablet and how I sometimes use that to guide my decision on color scheme for my Quilts . It is also very easy to see colors to put together based on my scheme of choice. At the time of writing that post, I really tried to give enough information without making it too long hence the decision to continue the discussion in another post. My intention was to expatiate on the use of the Color Wheel and give discussing the concept of Color theory a go…sounds like an easy plan right? Well I eventually found out it wasn’t at all 🙁 As much as I tried last week I just couldn’t decide on a direction for this post and it took me over a week to figure out why!Read more: The Quilting Process: Color Theory

The Quilting Process: Choosing Colors for your Quilts

Welcome back 😉 Yippee we are making good progress on the series – if you are just joining you can go check out what we’ve talked about so far here.

OK let’s get right to it…Colors! This is about the most daunting part of the quilting process for me even till now. I love dark colors, I’m all for black, grey and when I deviate from that I gravitate towards purple, blue (not the light shades) and on the bright end of the spectrum is white (but technically black and white aren’t colors they are neutrals…hmm?). I rarely experiment with colors in my personal styling, my wardrobe is almost devoid of bright colors…I wonder why.  Well I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about working/experimenting with colors in my Quilting 🙂 .Read more: The Quilting Process: Choosing Colors for your Quilts