Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Lifestyle and Landscape

I have learned from and now love doing art with my mom.   
It is a wonderful occasion that we are able to share 
a mother & daughter show in Eatonia, Saskatchewan 
from July 30 - August 19, 2017.  

Please join us!  







Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Awesome Reminders from the Archives!

Hello gorgeous quilters!

I was looking back at my blog post "A Few Tips on Free Motion Quilting - Round Robin Sampler" to jog my memory on how to stitch leaves on my new Canadiana Improv Quilt that I am working on.

As I was looking at this particular post it reminded me that I have many wonderful posts that some of my newer followers would be interested in.   Here is a list of some of my faves for your info and enjoyment!

Always, thank you for reading!   πŸ’Melanie





 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

SELVAGE QUILT TAGS

The selvages on fabrics are so cute that I thought they would make great tags for quilts! 





As part of a quilt label it is recommended to mention the fabrics.  
Here is a great way to do just that.  
You can even add numerous tags side-by-side if you desire.  



Here is the process. 


Cut the selvages off of both sides of your feature fabric, 
cutting the patterned selvage 1/4" wider than the label selvage. 


Sew the raw edges of one pattern selvage and one label selvage rights sides together.  


Press open. 

Press in half, keeping the selvage edges even.  


Top stitch the selvage edge together.  


Trim to size.  


Fold in half and pin together. 



Sew into the binding of your quilt.  


I just love this πŸ’š and hope you do too! 

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Monday, 8 May 2017

BABY BUTTERFLIES - QCQ 2









Here is the second variation for the QCQ (Quarter Circle Quilt)


This finished quilt for baby measures 33" x 33".

For this variation start with the Basic QCQ Blocks in the  PATTERN LINK HERE. 

Fabric Requirements:

This square baby quilt requires 36 QCQ Basic Blocks (Link Here)
and 4 WOF (width of fabric) strips 3" wide for the borders.  

 

For the butterfly shape make your blocks as in the following 3 photos, watching the direction of the Quarter Circle:







     "Baby Butterflies" QCQ 2

 This is a lovely setting featuring the butterfly shape.  



If you would like row-by-row sewing directions and photos please see Baby Love QCQ 1

 Pin-basted for Free Motion and Wavy Line Quilting



Butterfly Machine Quilting Tutorial

 Thank you so very much to Lori Kennedy 
for permission to use her fantastic 
Her tutorials are excellent!  She has so many you will want to see them all HERE.

 






 The Wavy Lines and Butterflies compliment each other well.   
Wavy Lines are simple to do using gentle curves and a walking foot.  
Use at least 2 rows of stitching side by side for a professional look. 





My mom's little pottery angel hanging on the fence photo-bombed this picture!  
 How cute is that? 

Mom is an awesome artist...check out her Instagram page at
We are doing an art show of our paintings together this summer 
in Eatonia, Saskatchewan from July 30 - August 19, 2017.    
Please see my art at  www.melanierudy.com




Baby Love QCQ 1 & Baby Butterflies QCQ 2 
ready for the Two Daughter's Baby Shower. 

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

BABY LOVE - QCQ 1






Here is the first variation for the QCQ (Quarter Circle Quilt).  



This finished quilt for baby measures 30 1/2" x 30 1/2". 

My wonderful friend has 2 daughters expecting babies in June a day apart from each other.  This is a perfect opportunity to do some πŸ’š loving quilt designs.

When I picked this fabric for the inspiration that I had for the QCQ, I had no idea of the name of it.  It just looked like the perfect fabric.  What a surprise when I saw the selvage edge with the title "Two Daughters"!   How cute is that?


For this variation start with the Basic QCQ Blocks in the  PATTERN LINK HERE.




 πŸ’š "Baby Love" QCQ 1


This is a lovely setting featuring the πŸ’š hearts. 

 This square baby quilt requires 36 QCQ Basic Blocks (Link Here)
and 2 WOF (width of fabric) strips 3" wide for the borders.  


These beautiful little hearts are so lovely for a tiny baby. 



After deciding on your layout, sew your blocks together in pairs. 

Next, sew your pairs into strips of 6 blocks.  


Cut 2 - 3" WOF strips.  
These will be attached to the 2 sides of the quilt top 
where the Quarter Circles are exposed. 


Sew your 6 strips of blocks together 
and attach the 2 WOF neutral strips to the 2 sides.  
 
 I can hardly wait to free-motion-quilt some hearts πŸ’š onto this modern baby quilt. 


I am making a baby quilt for each of the two daughters.  
One quilt will have aqua binding and the other will have yellow.  





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QCQ BLOCK - THE BASICS


This is the basic pattern for the Quarter Circle Quilt (QCQ) Block.

Quilt patterns will follow in future posts 
 using this method in different variations.  


Select a fabric that has a predominant circular pattern.  
This "Two Daughters" fabric from Joann is an excellent choice with lots of great symmetry.   
This fabric is easy to cut with very little scrap-creation.
Some call it "waste", but I love my scraps! 


 Cutting through one layer at a time
trim the edge of your fabric to the edge of your motif.


Again through one layer only, cut the fabric into strips of your circular motif.  
Find the symmetry and be sure to cut along the edge of the motif. 


Cut the strips apart into individual shapes of your motif.  
In the case of my block these are now 5" square. 



 Now, for the Quarter Circle part! 


On a small cutting board that you can move easily,  
without moving your fabric square,
make a vertical cut and a horizontal cut 
creating 4 equal Quarter Circles.   

Truly, you are cutting squares, but I refer to the circular motif 
when I write "Quarter Circles".  



 I absolutely love how these Quarter Circles have created these beautiful hearts! 
Each piece is now 2 1/2" square.



Setting the Quarter Circles: 


Cut neutral fabric strips 3" wide.   

You will require 1 strip for every 5 blocks that you are making 
if your Quarter Circles are 2 1/2".  

Each Quarter Circle will result in 1 finished block. 



 
 Strip piece your Quarter Circles to the strip.  
Be careful here with the placement of your Quarter Circles
for the pattern that you wish to achieve.   

In the case of my fabric, I wanted to have the heart be the dominant shape.  

All Quarter Circles go onto the neutral strip in the same direction. 

 Press open and cut apart.  





 The Second Neutral Side:

 Now sew the pieces that you have just made to a neutral strip, 
again being careful with the placement for your desired design.  
Press and cut apart.

 Trim your blocks to 5" square.   
VERY IMPORTANT:  TRIM ON THE NEUTRAL FABRIC ONLY.  
Do not trim on the Quarter Circle corner.  

This beautiful finished block 
is ready for some wonderful quilt designs!




QCQ 1 "Baby Love" Variation 

Pattern Link Here
http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.ca/2017/04/baby-love-qcq-1.html



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From May 1 to June 2, AllFreeSewing.com is making it their mission to collect 1,000 homemade pillow cases to donate to Operation Christmas Child.  If you are in the USA the details for shipping your pillowcases are in the photo link below.  

CANADIANS, please consider including a homemade pillowcase in your Shoe Boxes this year.


Pattern and details in this photo link:
https://www.allfreesewing.com/Bedding/Pillowcase-Sew-a-Thon-for-Operation-Christmas-Child