Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Here We Go September.......

Hey Quilting Peeps!

First, let me say how much I appreciate all of the kind comments received on all forms of social media, email, and this blog about the #SSSSQ!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did in the making of this quilt?

Sharing the final reveal with
Scrap Club hosted by
Kevin the Quilter
was so much fun!
The quilt design was well received!
That's always a plus!

The original quilt from which the design
was based upon was fun to inspect as well.
Thanks again to all who played along!
I can't wait to see your versions!
Be looking for photos from
Scrap Club's final reveal where
I will post all of the participants versions
of this quilt!

I have something to confess......
I have been bitten.....

Bonnie Hunter's
Visit the link above for the free pattern.
I am working with the smaller version.


Because I can pull most everything from my strings!
These are so easy to cut from....
and the variety???? YAHOOOOO!!
You all know I am crazy about variety
in my quilts.

These are so easy to keep right next to the sewing machine
to feed through as leaders and enders.

And, I am loving the results!
Are you playing along with this unit too???

In other news.....

My little Momma is learning how to
have fun with her phone thanks to her
grand kids! LOLOLOLOL

Mom and Dad are camping more now that
the weather is getting cooler, and the holidays
have passed.
We LOVE going camping as a family.

My niece sent me these fun photos
before I was able to go visit camp myself.

I was finally able to take a day off and visit.
I ran into a long time friend who had just pulled
in with her family.
I have known Michelle most of my life, and she was
my favorite manager at a fast food
restaurant I worked in during high school.
We have remained friends ever since.
Thanks for being a friend Michelle!

Why does food taste so good while camped out?
Fried taters, camping beans (AKA pork and beans)
and hot dogs.
Sorry if you think this food is gross, or unpalatable.
I think it is delicious!
Especially when my Momma cooks it!

Lilly Mae loves to ride and made
the drive and visit with me.
her PawPaw!
I think he kind of likes her too! LOL

September is a huge month of
quilty visits for me!

I hope to meet you at one of these upcoming events!

Saturday, September 7, 2019
String Star Workshop
Prairie Pine Quilt Guild Retreat
Sew Sweet Quilt Shop Retreat Center
207 Broadway
Brunswick, MO  65236

September 10, 2019
Colonial Quilters Guild
Lecture/Trunk Show
Holy Cross Church
2700 Jacksonville Road
Bethlehem, PA  18017

September 11, 2019
String Star Workshop
Colonial Quilters Quild
Holy Cross Church
2700 Jacksonville Road
Bethlehem, PA  18017

September 14, 2019
String Star Workshop
Dixie Lee Quilt Guild
Calvary Church
1725 MO-72
Fredericktown, MO  63645
(This is in my hometown!)

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Finale for the Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt

It's here Quiltin' Peeps!
It's taken 3 months, but, it's finally here!
It went by faster than you thought.....right?  It did for me!

Here is the 3rd and last clue,
as well as the final reveal of our.........
This mystery will stay on the blog for a while.
If you, your guild or group would like to use
this pattern, please give appropriate credit.
That is one thing I take for granted, because
I try to give credit where it is due
all of the time....but, I was
reminded by a few friends that I needed to share this here.


Keeping things simple.......
When cutting.......cut accurately and consistently.
When accurately, using a consistent 1/4" seam.
When seams the same way for all units made.
Please do NOT stress over seams not matching, or nesting.  When it comes to scrap quilting, perfection is highly over rated in my opinion.  Some of my seams are definitely not perfect!
Also, I do have to admit something to you all here.  I am human, and make mistakes on a regular basis.  Not just with quilting! LOL  If there are any mistakes within the directions of this quilt, please accept my apology right here and now! LOL  And, remember, if you don't care for the looks of this quilt, you can ALWAYS donate it to the many charitable and philanthropic organizations that take quilt donations. 

Here is Clue #3
This is what we need to sew to complete the units
needed to finish our #SSSSQ

From squares cut previously...... make:
Make 32 units just like the one at the top
of the photo below.
Sew a Color 2, 2.5" square to
a Color 1, 2.5" square.
Press seam to Color 1. 
(Like the 4 units in the bottom of photo above.)

Add another 2.5" square of Color 2
being careful to
match the side of the Color 1 square
when sewing.
I did sew the length of the entire 2 patch.
Press to Color 2 square just sewn.
(Hopefully you understand the construction of this?)
We will call this Unit V, because it looks like a "V."

Let's take a look at our 
inspiration quilt, shall we?

I found this quilt at an antique mall in South St. Louis County.
I LOVED it the minute I laid eyes on it.
It is similar to a Mosaic Quilt.

Since I am not an expert in dating quilts, all I can go off of
are clues from the fabrics.  There are definitely some 30s, 40s, and 50s fabrics
in this quilt.  It is an humble hodgepodge of 4 patches with no real
cohesion at the ends of some rows.

 And, those prairie points.......WOW!
The hand quilting is very nice with a lot of cables running
through the pink sections.

Rounded corners add to it's charm.
Do you see what I see?  Ran out of pink!

I built this quilt as I assume the original quilter made it.....or at least tried to.  It may seem like weird construction at times, but, I had to compose the pattern as I went.  It was REALLY interesting to see the "make-do" nature the original quilter had.

So, what is our version going to look like?

The Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt!
Using 2 contrasting colors really helped this design in my opinion.
The neutral sections are not as flat by scrapping it up a bit.
We will be building the quilt as pictured above so no one gets confused.

You can also look at the quilt like this.
Please remember, we will be building it from
the previous photo.

The brown batik sections look delicious to me!
Lights, mediums, and dark values of
the same color really sing to me!
I completely enjoy the contrast of this quilt.
It measures approximately
72" x 89"
A few inches were added in the correct
construction of this quilt top, as opposed
to the original inspiration quilts humble piecing.

I will do my best to provide photos for each step.
If you find the pdf has too much information for you, or too many photos
for you to print please edit them for yourself to where they make sense for you.
I may do things differently than you would do for yourself, and hey....that is just fine!
You complete this top the way it makes sense to you.  We all work differently.  If you
have chosen to make half of the units throughout the clues in the directions, add to or
eliminate what you need for this simple design.
Here we go!

Make 9(qty) 16 patches from
some of your Color 1
4 patch units.

Remember, I spun my seams
on the back, but, you press the 
way it suits you.

From your Color 1, 2 patch units made in Clue 1,
you will be able to construct the extra units
needed to assemble the center square for this quilt.
Simply put, we need a center square assembled from
169 Color 1 squares.
13 squares by 13 squares.
Please refer to the photo above for easy construction. 

Things are coming together now.

And this is our center square for our quilt.

By spinning the seams, my quilt is uber flat!

To border the center square, we will need to sew together
6(qty) Color 2, 4 patch units along with
1 Color 2, 2 patch unit.
Please see photo above.
Make 4

Attach 2 of these to the sides of
the Color 1 center square.

Attach a Color 1, 4 patch unit
to both sides of the remaining
Color 2 borders for the center square.

Attach these to the opposing sides of
the center square.

Our center square is now complete!

Onto our next step...........
We will need to make 4(qty)
each of the next 4 units.
Referring to the photos will be
most helpful for you.

Use 1 Color 1, 2 patch for the center.
Sew a Unit V to both sides.
Add a previously cut Color 2, 2.5" square
to the top paying close attention to
the placement.
Make 4

Sew 2(qty) Color 1, 4 patch units to
1(qty) Color 1, 2 patch unit.
Attach a Unit V to both sides.
Make 4

Sew 4(qty) Color 1, 4 patch units to
1(qty) Color 1, 2 patch unit.
Attach a Unit V to both sides.
Make 4

Sew 6(qty) Color 1, 4 patch units to
1(qty) Color 1, 2 patch unit.
Attach a Unit V to both sides.
Make 4

You should now have 4 each of the
rows as pictured above.

Sew them together
and make 4 of these units.
This is where seams may not nest.
Simply press the way you like best.
I did press toward the single Color 2 square
on these.

Isn't this a neat way to make your center an
on point setting?
We could have used specialty rulers to make
triangles for Unit V, but, I think it is important to be able
to share an approach to something without
having to use a specialty ruler.

Attaching the corner, on point sections.

Make sure to pay attention to where you
attach your corner pieces.
We want those points to go all the way
around the center before we square it up.
Notice where my stiletto is pointing.
We don't want to start sewing at the top
next to that other Color 2 square,
otherwise we will be way off.

You can attach these in any order you wish.
I did opposing corners first.

Again, pay careful attention to the placement
so you don't have to use your seam ripper!

And here is our center square set on point!

Time to trim it!

You can choose how to square your center up.
I trimmed mine using a large square ruler with good
1/4" markings. For the corners,
 I lined up the diagonal, trimmed the corners,
then used a longer ruler to trim up the sides.
Again, make sure to include your
1/4" past those Color 1 points.  You will need that
1/4" when you add on the next
sections.  If you loose some points, don't stress.
I lost some myself!

Here is the trimmed center square on point.
You know those trimmings went into my
neutral crumbs! LOL

Next, you have to make a design decision.....
And, I hate to admit, it, but, the way
I describe this may be a bit confusing for some.
The squares will not match up with the seams
of the set in triangle squares we just trimmed up.
 So, I opted to use up some strips.
You do what works best for you.
The squares you will need if you go that route
are NOT factored into or included in any 
of the previous clues and instructions.

I used 2.5" strips of Color 2
in varying lengths.  This worked for me.
If you do not like this look, you can either use 24(qty)
2.5" squares sewn together, or the equivalent of
one fabric strip.  We are adding to the sides first.
(The photo above is intended to show the 2.5"
strip along with a pieced strip of 24(qty) 2.5"
squares in Color 2 on the left side.)
Attach to opposing sides.

For the top and bottom, either use 
24(qty) 2.5" squares sewn together of Color 2
or the equivalent of one fabric strip.
Sew a Color 1, 2 Patch to either side.
You can see this in the photo above
where I have attached it to the top and bottom.

To continue this round of border,
sew together 24(qty) 2.5" squares of color 2
and add a Color 1, 2 patch to both sides.
Attach to top and bottom.
(Sorry, no photo, but, you can see
part of it in the previous photo and more
down below.)

Sew 14 Color 1, 4 patches together.
Make 2
Attach to top and bottom of quilt.
You can see this in the next photo.

Sew 16 Color 1, 4 patches together
Make 2
Attach them to the sides to make
a continuous border of Color 1 with
what looks to be 16 patches in all corners.

At this point, this would be a great lap quilt
if that is what you so desire?

We are almost there now!

Sew 16(qty) Color 2, 4 patches together.
Make 4

Sew 16(qty) Color 1, 4 patches together.
Make 2

Sew these rows together like this from
the previous 2 16 (qty) instructions.
Make 2 of these units to add to the top and bottom
of your quilt.  I did mine this way, because, it
truly isn't going to matter whether you add the sides on
before the top and bottom due to everything
being pieced.  Plus, this made it easier construction
for me personally.

And finally....
Sew 22(qty) Color 2, 4 patches together.
Make 2
Attach to both sides of quilt top.
(I was so excited to complete this quilt top
I didn't get a photo of the individual
side units! Sorry!)

And now.......
Your completed #SSSSQ top!!!!
Isn't that a great feeling to make
a striking pattern from simple squares.....
a LOT of squares that are no longer
languishing in your scraps and stash????
I know it is for me!

last item we need to take care of
before quilting.......
You will DEFINITELY want to stay stitch
around the entire quilt top so
seams will not pop in the handling of it.
You or your quilter will thank you
for doing this!
My version is off to my friend Kim
for quilting!
I can't wait to show you how I
am getting it quilted!

I want to thank you all for playing along with me in your
scraps and stash this summer.
I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!
I would also like to thank my friend Alycia
of  Alycia Quilts and her son Little Bit
for helping me with the badge for this
mystery quilt.  Check out her blog now
for the mystery she is starting!
I would also like to thank my friend Joyce
for helping me with the PDFs for this

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Enjoy what is left of your summer!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter