Getting back to retirement, my scrappy diamond quilt pattern

After being retired for about 15 months, I took a job. It was just a temporary job, just going to last a month. Three months later, I’m finally retired again, until July for a month. So today I slept in, til 7 a.m. Took the dog for a walk at 8 a.m. and worked on my tan at the same time (I live in AZ so walking early can get you a tan but not a burn). I bought a bunch of graphics from two sites since I’ve gotten into vinyl and sublimation, ran errands, finally sent a baby present to my niece, and got back in time for my granddaughter to take my car so she could go to work.

So this afternoon I got into the groove. Finished and trimmed down 48 blocks for my scrappy diamond quilt. I’m now just about out of 1.5 inch strips, hooray!

Tomorrow, sublimation!

Instructions (for confident quilters and up):

  1. Cut a bunch of 6.5 inch squares. I use white, but have also used black. You want to have contrast between the squares and the strips.
  2. Mark your squares with two diagonal lines, one down the center, and one 2 inches from the center.
  3. Cut a gazillion 1.5 inch strips. You don’t have to make this a genuine “charm” quilt, but having lots of variety is good. Hint: make this with friends and exchange strips for greater variety.
  4. Using the “flip and sew” method, align the first strip along the edge of the center diagonal and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. If your center diagonal line goes from lower left to upper right, you want to put the strip to the right of the line. For the second shorter diagonal line, you line the strip to the left of the line. Confused? The end result is that when you flip the seams over and press them away from each other, there will be about 2 inches of background fabric between the strips.
  5. Continue sewing strips and flipping them. Each block will have 8 strips; 5 on the larger side and 3 on the smaller side.
  6. Once the blocks are done, you will trim them down to 6.5×6.5 inches.
  7. Remember, this is a totally scrappy quilt and your strips will not totally match. Don’t be concerned, this is normal.
  8. Arrange the blocks so that the larger blocks match. As you put together your rows, you will see that you have alternating  rows of larger diamonds and smaller diamonds. Stitch them together. This is where the magic begins.
  9. Add your sashing if desired.
  10. Borders using a fantastic batik will make the quilt pop.
  11. 36 blocks will be 36×36 inches before sashing and borders. 48 blocks (6×8) will be 36×48 before sashing and borders.
  12. Quilt as desired. (Don’t you just love this phrase?)
  13. Enjoy!

Need Inspiration for your quilting?

It’s a lovely day in Arizona, and when having my morning bagel I always have one or more quilting magazines to look at. It doesn’t matter how old the magazine is, I always get new ideas. I thought I would share the web links to some authors with you to give you inspiration and new ideas. This morning’s list is from American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s geared to getting you to subscribe and has several patterns for fat quarters. Listed below are the authors and their links. I haven’t vetted these to make sure they’re active, but take a look and let me know what you think.

Molly Hanson: sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com

Mari Martin: connectingthreads.com

Darlene Zimmerman: feedsacklady.com

Kimberly Walus: bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com

Monica Solorio-Snow: thehappyzombie.com

Deanne Eisenman: snugglequilts.com

 

Upcoming shows

I’ve signed up for the new season of the Scottsdale Street Fair in, of course, Scottsdale, AZ. Held on Sundays through mid-may, the first show is October 7. I’ll be displaying my embroidery, quilts, and baby items.I’ve also starting doing screen printed tees. In addition, I’ll be selling my Scentsy warmers and fragrances and Velata, Scentsy’s new line of fondue warmers for Belgian chocolates. They have attendance of between 2,000 and 5,000 people weekly.

I’ve also signed up to be at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale for their monthly fund-raising. Will be doing the hand crafted items there. It’s organized by fellow shoppers I know. This is their first independent venture, and had about 25 vendors last month. I’m looking forward to working with them.

For more information on my wares, please check out my Etsy shop, KristaBDesigns and my Scentsy site at homescentsbyjanice.scentys.us.

The craft shows are coming!

The temperature is coming down- thank goodness! For those of us in the Phoenix, AZ area, that means temps are now down to only two digits!

It also means that the Briar Patch Marketplace craft shows have started, and I’m behind the eight-ball once again!

I’ve expanded my products to include t-shirts and lots of bling! I continue on with my bibs and small quilts. I got a heat press in June and can now do screen print transfers for team events, sports, etc.I’ve been having fun with the press, although there’s been learning moments-like the lightweight distressed little black tee with a beautiful cross on it. I must have heated it a smidgen too long because the glue went thru the front of the shirt and on to the back. As I was separating the front from the back, I found I had a really distressed look- the glue had ripped holes in the back! Oh well, now I have an opportunity to embroider something on the back of the shirt to cover up the holes! And I can’t have the iron on if the heat press is on because the circuit breaker goes.

Here’s the link to the listing of the Briar Patch shows.
http://briarpatchmarketplace.com/upcoming-events/

Please come see me if you’re local. Note- I may not make the 9/17 show, it’s AZ quilt shop week.

FYI- I’m Janice of Krista B Designs. You can also see my products on etsy at kristabdesigns.etsy.com.

So much fabric, so little time

Well, I finished up the last of the Memorial Day fabric sales today (Tuesday). Good news- I found that the underlining that I already had could face the back on an embroidery design on a child’s shirt-which is adorable by the way- an appliqued heart with wings on a pink tshirt. So I got sashing fabric for the monsters I’m embroidering on green dot fabric. The sashing is navy blue with yellow fist bones. The binding will be green with yellow and blue dots. Sounds unusual, but it will look great when done. I’ll post pictures. Both the flying heart and the monsters are from Anita Good-designs (Sugar and Spice and Lil Monsters respectively).

My cheap purchase was a stencil of a circular quilting pattern. Will be tracing that onto a black tshirt and using varigated thread and lots of glitter from Art Glitter Institute in Cottonwood AZ (http://www.artglitter.com/. Should look fantastico, maybe add a Laurel Burch cat or horse on the bottom left hand side. Photos to follow.

Now for the rest. I got a pack of 25 batik fat quarters named Autumn Leaves. Going to use a pattern called “Fight North” room Mountainpeek Creations, http://www.mountainpeekcreations.com/. It’s a panel in the middle with large flying geese around it, then an wide border. A picture is on the home page of her website. Going to use a Japanese print for the center. Then I also have a Laurel Burch print (several as a matter of fact) to use with geese made out her coordinating fabrics. This pattern will be great for any fabric you can’t bear to cut up!

The last little stuff I got was all-purpose inks for fantast/x made by Tsukineko. I just thought it would be great for glitter or stencil shading. Have any of you used it at all? If so, please let me know.

So many projects, so little time!

Talk to you soon,
Janice

Moving the business forward, one widget at a time

I’d like to thank Cheryl and my husband for tonight’s post. First to Cheryl for her suggestion to use widgets so that I could link my Etsy shop, and then to my husband for setting it up.

Thanks!

Not just for quilting!

I’m back from Vegas. The Cher concert was great, and the winnings weren’t bad either! Suffice it to say that I now have the funds to pay for all the fabric I bought between Christmas and New Years.

About this new tool…. I started tonight with Etsy. Nothing sold today so I checked the “Quit your day job” featuring the owner of TheShabbyChicCottage. On her blog, she is featuring the chance to win the Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool.

There is a special offer to buy at $225 using promo code “sccblog”. It can make vinyl templates, stencils, scrapbook pages and phrases, rhinestone templates, as well as other stuff.  So take a look. Of course, the special’s only good for this week, but I’m sure the major sewing and craft festivals will have exhibitors doing demos. It sure looks tempting!

Next on the agenda is stitching out a few embroidery designs for the craft shows and to see if the label designs I created over the weekend pass muster. I’ll post them to the blog for you to take a look at.

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See you soon,

Janice

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