Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Finds [SF7]

Hello Friends!

The cat that needs to be named - the new addition to the family

I think this will be my last Sunday Finds of the year.

Back in June I crossed path with Marce from BrownBerry Chronicles. Ok honestly, I can’t say I crossed path, I saw her in a room full of crafty ladies and did not had the guts to go and speak to her. Marce lives in Florida, travels a lot for work, records YouTube videos wherever she is and she KNITs. In one of her vlog she mentioned the Afterthought Heel socks, in short it’s a technic where a tube is knitted, closed on one end, then the yarn is cut where the heel is then added. Does is make sense? Now Marce pushed the concept even further, she knitted a very long tube, the size of 2 socks and then unravels the tube in the middle, make the cuffs and knit the heels. Go and see her video. In the same video, she also speaks about her creative retreat with friends. May I be your friend, Marce?

Sewing pants
I know last year I said I wanted to venture into jeans making… well it did not happen: I have the Ginger jeans pattern in my stash but did not touch it. And now I just added Closet Case Patterns latest pattern: the Sasha pants (plus a few more patterns too!). I want to make the Sasha pants in red, or yellow, or apple green…. So is 2018 the year I’m going to give trousers’ sewing a try? Heather Lou has created a great ebook on pant’s fitting, you can get it there.

I’m a podcast addict and it seems that I don’t have enough time to listen to them all. This week, I’ve listened to the 2017 Community Episode of the While she naps podcast. Abby Glassenberg and Stacey Trock, her co-host, share their recommendations in terms of books, podcasts, apps…. All the recommendations are linked in the show notes, and be aware it is dangerous, I may or may not have click on a few links and then click the Check out button on Amazon.

I can’t make up my mind: electronic calendar (very convenient, accessible from my phone, but a bit ‘cold’), the bullet journal (hyper customizable, but it’s like taking an additional hobby, it takes quite a bit of time) or a paper diary/calendar (I like to have a physical object, but it’s never the perfect layout). Anyway if I were to get a paper calendar, I might go for the Daphne’s Diary, I like the flowery happy design, the detachable pages, the coloring pages. Or I might go for the Quilter Planner, it’s a planner designed for quilters by a quilter. Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

This Sunday Finds post turned out as a fan girl post, nothing wrong with that!

Well, that’s it for today, I hope to see you around in 2018 with more Sunday Finds. Let me know what you have found and I’ll share it here.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

20-patch Block Tutorial

Today I'm posting on the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild blog.  Every month our guild has a Block of the Month, guild members make one or many blocks, bring them to our monthly meeting where the blocks are then raffled.   For December, I've selected the 20-patch block after seeing Ashley's scrappy quilts (here and here).  I really love a scrappy quilt, and I would love to win those blocks.  If it doesn't happen, I might still make a bright colour 20-patch quilt.

So here is my recipe for a 20-patch block.

  • White and solid or low volume grey fabric, think cold icy grey;
  • Out of each colour, cut:
    • either one 21x3” stripe,
    • or two 10 1/5 x3” stripes,
    • or ten 2x3” rectangles

Method if using stripes:
  • Stitch one white stripe with one grey, along the long side, you get two 10 1/2 x 5 1/2” blocks. Press all seams to the dark side.
  • If working with 21” stripes, sew them together, press toward grey and cut in half and you now have two blocks 10 1/2” long.
  • Sew the 2 sets of stripes together and press seams toward the dark fabric.  You now have a 4-stripe white and grey 10 1/2 x 10 1/2" block.  
  • Slice the block into five 2” wide sub-stripes across the block. Align your ruler on the seams for clean perpendicular cuts.
  • Reassemble the 2” stripes, flipping every other one in order to obtain a checkerboard block, measuring 10 1/2 x 10 1/2”. 

Method if using rectangles:
  • Sew 5 rows of 4 rectangles, stitching on the shortest side, alternating white and grey. Press all seams toward the grey fabric.
  • Flipping every other row, assemble the 5 rows together, making a checkerboard block measuring 10.5x10.5”.

Can we all agree that it’s a super easy block?