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Quilt Fusible-in a Pinch

I first fell in love with light-weight fusible when I applied Mistyfuse to fabric for use with shaped rulers.

That’s how I made this quilt.

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Water Colours

I love that it is like a weightless “spiderweb” of glue. It is so soft, your machine won’t even know it is there. However, there is no paper on this fusible and that caused serious limitations for my use of it. I do a lot of fusible applique which require tracing a template.

My favorite paper-backed fusible is SoftFuse because it is lightweight like Mistyfuse. I recommend Softfuse for students making #usebothsides patterns (click here to see patterns)

So when I heard about this method of transferring a design to fabric with Mistyfuse, I wanted to check it out. Here’s what I learned…

First draw or trace your design with lead pencil onto parchment paper. You need to make it dark. I used a #2 lead pencil.

Then cut a piece of Mistyfuse large enough to cover your design. Using a protective sheet (I used a Goddess Sheet), press the Mistyfuse to the wrong side of your fabric. The Goddess Sheet give the Mistyfuse a sheen so you can see where it is on your fabric.Image of Bee TracingImage of Goddess Sheet Packaging

Mistyfuse on FabricLet it cool and then lay the fabric, fusible side up, on a hard surface. Lay your parchment paper, design side down, on your fabric and trace the design with a hard pointed object. I used a stylist tool. I peeked to make sure the design was showing before I moved the tracing.

Cut your design on the lines.

What I learned…

Don’t trace onto the right side of your fabric. I had to redo my bee after I made that mistake.

The lead markings transfer much easier onto the Mistyfuse than they do directly onto fabric.  The finer your pencil, the finer your lines. I over-did my lead tracing because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to see it. I could actually use a finer point and get a more precise drawing than I anticipated.

When you need an alternative to paper-backed fusible, this is a great option!Image of Fabric Bee

Image of Deer Mount Quilt

Jack Quilt Pattern

Got a favorite cabin or lodge to decorate? Here is Jack (buck)! He’s made with both sides of Mossy Oak fabric on a scrappy background. Click HERE for the #usebothsides pattern.

 

River Heritage – Tree Line

Welcome to Month Nine, the final block reveal in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt!Image of Trees Along River

Tree Line

Tree Line uses six flying geese to make three trees. We start by making the trunks for each tree and then add the tree tops and sky to make three columns. Use your own color scheme – your trees don’t have to be green and sky doesn’t have to be blue! Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices.

Cutting Instructions:
From light fabric:                                         From dark or medium fabric:                                
Twelve –  2 ½-inch squares (sky)                  One – 1 x 1 ½ inch (trunk)
Two – 1 ½ x 2 ¼-inch (ground)                      One – 1 x 2 ½ inch (trunk)
Two – 2 ½ x 2 ¼-inch (ground)                      One – 1 x 5 ½ inch (trunk)
Two – 5 ½ x 2 ¼-inch (ground)
One – 4 ½ inch square (sky)                           Six – 2 ½ x 4 ½ inch (flying geese)Image of Quilt Block
One – 4 ½ x 8 ½ inch (sky)
One – 4 ½ x 1 ½ inch (sky)
One – 1 ½ x 12 ½ inch (sky)                           RST = right sides together

 

Trunks:

Stitch one ground on either side of same length trunk fabric. Press to trunks. Make all three.

Flying Geese:

Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each light 2 ½ inch square. Place one square on the right corner of each 2 ½ x 4 ½-inch bar. Stitch on the line, chain-piecing method. Press. Open and trim center layer of fabric with scissors, leaving a ¼-inch seam. Press again. Repeat with left side for each flying geese unit. Make six.

Assembly:

Lay out block according to picture. Starting with the first column on the left, stitch the tree top to the trunk. Press to the trunk. Add the 4 ½ inch sky to the tree top. Press to the sky.

Likewise, make the second tree and then add the 4 ½ x 1 ½-inch sky. Press to the sky.

Stitch columns one and two together. Press open. Stitch the 4 ½ x 8 ½-inch sky to the top of this section.

Make the third tree using the same technique. Stitch the third column to the first section. Press open. Stitch the 1 ½ x 12 ½-inch sky to the top of the block.

Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.

Click here: River Heritage Month 9 Tree Line for a printer-friendly version!

 

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Congratulations! You have completed all nine blocks for River Heritage! Setting instructions will be posted on October 8th at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com.

Friendship, Laughter & Quilts–Oh My!

Once a year we head out of town to a cabin in the woods. It’s a deer camp for the hunters in the family. For one week, we “chick” up the place!

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After cleaning, but before the invasion!

Bring in the tables, machines, fabric, thread, needles and pins, design walls, quilt blocks, music, movies, lights, food, food, more food and, best of all, friends!

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Featherweight is set up and stitching on night one.

We spend a bit of  time when we arrive to vacuum, mop, disinfect surfaces, wash bedding, and do mouse and spider prevention– because it really is a cabin in the woods!

Read on to share in our adventures which included a low-flying plane, a Polaris ride through the property (with a fortunate ending), limited cell service, a ringed-moon, hooting owl, quilt reveals, sunrises, demos, sunsets, more quilts, a little (wink) Momma Mia, and a lot of laughter.

Image of Quilters Watching Linda.

Linda gives a demo for making clothesline bowls.

Image of Quilters at the Design Wall.

Design work.

 

 

 

We stood in the field at the top of the hill and made an impromtu target for a money/food/water drop with this water bottle as the target. It felt like a scene from Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. (Can you believe not one thing hit our target?)Image of Feet in a CircleA flyover!Image of Plane

One evening, my hubby gave us a ride through the property – through thorns and briars and overgrown brush – this pic shows the dam which is usually kept cleared.Image of Brush We were truly blazing trails!  This was our view from the dam.Image of Pond

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Completed tops hang from the banister.

It was all fun and games until  we broke down – the “fortunate ending” was that the abrupt stop didn’t happen in the middle of nowhere OR in the middle of the briar patch.  A brief, downhill walk back to the truck was welcome!

One morning, about 4:30, Linda and I met in the kitchen and since we were both wide awake, we decided it was time to take the coffee to the porch. The moon had a beautiful red ring around it. We rocked, talked, drank coffee, watched the stars turn into a sunrise, and heard an owl in the tree.

How does Momma Mia fit in? Well, one annoying quilter (there’s always one) couldn’t get “Waterloo” out of her head. Knowing only that word of the song, that’s all she would sing…over and over until they finally turned on the movie and then NO one could get that or any of the other songs out of their heads.  Let’s see…”Dancing Queen”,  “Waterloo”, “Super Trouper” “Honey, Honey”, “Momma Mia”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Our Last Summer”…yes, you are all quite welcome for the reminder! (blowing kiss).

We had a wonderful week. I regret we didn’t take more pictures, because, believe it or not, some quilters, quilts, and activities didn’t get photographed!

 

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Peggy’s Bear Quilt

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Beth’s quilt on the design wall.

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Sunset at the old barn site.

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The new shelter at the site of the old red barn.

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Merle and Nancy trying to get cell bars while Mary is hard at work.

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Coffee on the porch.

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Anne, Nancy, and Donna at work.

Sometimes while packing, loading, and unloading soooo many things for a quilt retreat, you start to wonder if it’s worth the effort. Couldn’t I get more done in my own space?
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This is what happens when you play hooky from quilt class!

Yes, probably. But there is something wonderful about being around old friends, making new friends, having limited responsibilities, doing whatever you feel like doing, laughing, sharing–that you can’t do at home stitching alone.
I wish I could share ALL of this with people who ask what I do–quilting is about so much more than what I think they picture. How do you convey the friendship and camaraderie? The creativity and discovery? The laughter and weight gain? (Did I mention that part?) Quilt retreats generally involve a lot of eating.
Speaking of that, I need to end this post so I can swim some laps to try to get back into my pre-retreat clothes! “Back to life…back to reality” (another song for you…by Soul II Soul, 1989) You’re welcome, friends!

Thanks for all the fun and memories!

Read “One Sweet Retreat” HERE

Next week is the final block reveal for River Heritage BOM Mystery Quilt!

 

 

Quilting-Dakota Style

This little guy just made the trip, along with his buddy, Tanka, to two of my favorite places in South Dakota!Image of Turtle Quilt

My daughter’s work at Black Hills Playhouse finished up for the summer so my husband flew out to drive back with her. So, being the great guy that he is, he offered to take my two newest quilts and a stack of patterns with him.

First he went to visit our new friends Kathy and Ernie in Custer SD, at Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast & Horse Hotel.  We highly recommend a visit to the Black Hills in Custer State Park and a stay with Kathy and Ernie. Learn more HERE.Image of Dakota Dream

Then when Matt and Jacq were homebound, they stopped in The Quilt Shop, Inc. in Chamberlain, SD.  They delivered “Dakota” patterns to owner, Sonya Kroupa (and pick up a piece of fabric for moi)! Sonya has a delightful quilt shop AND more! In addition to rooms and rooms of interesting and different fabric, kits, and patterns, she has local artwork, jewelry, beads – really more than I had time to take in during my two short visits there. Visit The Quilt Shop website HERE.Image of The Quilt Shop, Inc.

Also, see this post which shows more fun things to see in Custer and the Dignity statue in Chamberlain HERE.

About Dakota:

This is another petite design, finishing at 18 x 24 inches. It’s a great “afternoon quilt” – quick and easy. Even after making more than twenty #usebothsides quilts, I can’t decide which is more fun, choosing the focus fabric or the background fabrics. Both are vital to the charm of the quilts!

The southwest focus fabric was an awesome piece to use. I loved the rich mix of background fabrics, including several feather fabrics. Image of Turtle Quilt
Imagine all the different “turtle “fabrics you could use!  It could be playful with children’s motifs, realistic with mottled dotty fabric, wild with large florals or geometrics – really anything will work as long as the reverse passed the audition!

Read about Tanka quilt pattern HERE!Image of Bison Quilt Closeup

River Heritage – Hovering Hawks

Hovering Hawks is the eighth block in our mystery quilt, River Heritage. As you know, most of the blocks in this quilt are classics. Such is the case with this one. Image of Hovering Hawks Month

The Hovering Hawks quilt block has been around a long, long time. There’s an interesting history lesson by Barbara Brackman HERE about the block and it’s symbolic meaning with the civil war.

I think you’ll find this quilt fun to make.  You’ll arrange half-squares with single blocks, so piecing will be easy. The challenge for me was deciding where to place my fabrics.

River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month 8 Hovering Hawks

Welcome to the eighth month in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt!

 Hovering Hawks is made from sixteen squares, ten of them made from half-square triangles. This block has been made over the years using lots of different fabric and value combinations. I played with my fabrics quite a while before making my final choices for this block.  Use your own color scheme to make your block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices.

Cutting Instructions: 

From light fabric:                                         From dark or medium fabric:                                

Five – 4-inch squares                                      Five – 4-inch squares

Four – 3 ½-inch squares                                Two – 3 ½ inch squares

 

RST = right sides together

Half-square triangles:  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the five light squares. Layer one dark/medium 4-inch square and one light square, RST.  Likewise, layer the other pairs, RST. Stitch ¼ inch from the diagonal line for each set (chain-piecing method). Remove and clip the threads connecting the sets. Stitch ¼ inch seam on the other side of the drawn line. Clip apart. Cut on the drawn line. Press. Trim/square each set to

 3 ½ inches. Makes ten half-square triangle sets. 

Assemble block:  Position the sixteen squares according to the picture. Take a black/white photo to double-check your layout using value.

Turn each piece from Column 2 onto Column 1, RST. Chain-piece a ¼ inch seam on the right edge. Clip apart and press odd rows to the right, even rows to the left.

Repeat with the next section by turning Column 4 onto Column 3, RST, stitch and press.

Repeat with the final two columns, stitch and press.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 1 and 2, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 3 and 4, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Repeat with final two sections, stitch and press open.

Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.

 

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Click here for printer-friendly version: River Heritage Month 8 Hovering Hawks

Photographing actual hovering hawks proved to be quite a challenge. First, from what I’ve read, the red-tailed hawk which is likely what lives here might not even hover. They might be doing something that appears to be a hover, but, according to the experts, isn’t actually a hover. Image of Hawk

Also, I could only find single hawks hovering/not hovering. Any grouping of birds that I thought might be hawks were actually turkey buzzards. So, kinda like the glimmer of “river” in “Eagle’s Nest”, we’re gonna say this is a hawk and it is HOVERING! Have fun with this block!

Month Nine will be posted on September 10, 2018 at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com

Click on the tab above for all the block posts for River Heritage.

Check out the new patterns in my #usebothsides patterns in my ETSY SHOP HERE!

Sunrise Quilts

The morning was crisp and the air wet. Steam was rising off the pool water. The sun hadn’t peaked over the ridge yet, but the birds were singing from all directions. I could still hear some lingering locusts in the woods. I grabbed my favorite “pool quilt” and a cup of hot coffee in my favorite mug. My bible opened to Psalms. Image of Dawn by the Pool

My days always go better when I start them this way. It’s one reason I love summer so much!

Everything about the day-the challenges, the frustrations, even the joys and opportunities-gets put into perspective when I consider the majesty and power of God and the unbelievable sacrifice of Christ on my behalf.

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Read Summer Quilting HERE. (THAT pool is in Pensacola!)

My “pool quilt” is one I made from a fat quarter collection on a background of fabric from JoAnn’s that looks like the bottom of the pool when I’m swimming laps on a sunny day. I saw that fabric and just had to have it (I think some of you might understand that)! My intention was to actually finish the quilt in the shape of our pool which is a curvy, figure-eight shape. That was too difficult and would have wasted too much fabric, so it’s just a rectangle and I love it. It’s not show worthy, but it’s soft and yummy.

I have a bible app on my phone that gives me a new scripture each day. I chuckled when I read that there is “a time to sew” – I actually thought it was a misspelling at first, thinking it should be “sow”.
Then I realized it was from a later verse in the chapter and my version usually used the word “mend”. Of course, I’m thinking, “how appropriate”. Then I read the rest of the verse…hmmm…yeah, that’s probably the message I needed to hear:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (7) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 KJV

A time to keep silence.

What’s your favorite way to start your day?

Click on the tab above for the FREE River Heritage Mystery Quilt Blocks! Next block comes out on August 13th!

SHOP my patterns at www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios 

 

 

Meet Sandy, the Sea Turtle Quilt

Sandy, the sea turtle pattern is for those who love summer at the beach… the sand, the salty air, the sound of sea gulls and crashing waves and, of course, sea turtles!  Image of Sea Turtle Quilt by Water

In the warm summer sand, a momma sea turtle digs her nest. This becomes home for up to a hundred eggs for the next sixty days. Like the temperature of the sand determines the gender of the sea turtles, your focus fabric will decide yours! Image of Sandy Pattern

Did you know? Cooler sand temperatures produce more male and warmer sand produces more female sea turtles.

The sea turtle eggs hatch almost simultaneously, making the sandy nest look like boiling water. Instinctively, the babies find their way to the water with the help of the slope of the beach and the moon and star reflections on the water.

The large number of turtles hatching and moving to the sea all together helps protect them from predators. That’s why its a good idea to remove chairs and umbrellas and fill all holes at night during hatching season so they have a better chance at making it to sea safely.

How it works: Value. Choose a focus fabric with a great reverse. (You’ll know it when you see it, you really will!) Make sure you can see the difference in value by taking a black and white picture. Tips for auditioning focus and background fabric are included in each #usebothsides pattern.

Full-size paper template included in each pattern.

Shop for Sandy on www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

Image of Sea Turtle Quilt on Clothesline Prairie Point Hanging Method instructions included.

Shop all my patterns HERE

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Introducing…Bubbles & Bonus Tips

You might think that once you’ve chosen a good focus fabric, your work at auditioning fabric is done. But really, you’ve just begun to have fun!

Background fabrics for these quilts are really what make the quilts sing! If you’ve been in one of my classes you know there is a certain “feel” you are trying to achieve in the relationship between your focus and background fabrics.

It DOES truly begin with your focus fabric choice – you have to pick that first and foremost. (I’ll discuss focus fabric auditioning in an upcoming post. Tips for choosing focus fabric are included in each pattern.) Once your focus fabric has been chosen, you want to achieve a balance between your focus fabric and your backgrounds.  I encourage using a mix of fabric styles and to use this quilt as an opportunity try something new. I figure, it IS a fun quilt– so use fun fabrics  which may not be appropriate in your more serious quilt work. I’m going to use two quilts as examples. They just happen to me my first and my latest (not last) patterns:

Notice that the bee is made from very bold fabric. She really makes a statement. She’s not one bit shy. The background fabrics can be bolder for her because her focus fabric and her character allow it. When I take a black and white picture of Phoebee, some of the backgrounds are darker in value than I would use with my other patterns, depending not just on the focus fabric, but also the subject matter and what I want you to feel when you look at the quilt.

Now looking at Bubbles, I hope you see a sweet, endearing “fellow”…youthful, happy, maybe adventuresome… maybe up to something. Bubbles can be a boy or a girl and you can change his or her attitude just by choosing a different focus fabric! What I am hoping you have noticed by now is that the background fabrics also have a different feel. In fact, most of the accent strips I used  are reversed to keep them from overpowering this sweet whale friend.

Once I’ve chosen my focus fabric, I lay the fabric out, loosely shaped for the pattern I’m making– but with a twist – literally, I twist the fabric so half of the fabric shows the reverse side. Then I take my backgrounds and audition them with BOTH sides of my focus fabric, taking lots of black and white pictures until I’m happy with the values I see. When I look at those pictures, I want to see my character (bee, butterfly, bouquet, cauldron, seahorse) first, my reversed fabrics next (flowers, vase, bubbles, etc.), and my backgrounds last. The accent strips are just that – small bits of fun that flirt with being “too much”, but because they are small enough, they can stay and add interest to the quilt.
My husband and “silent” business partner just happened to name the two above quilts.

Now compare the FEELS of these two quilts with relation to their backgrounds:

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Fiona

Now, you don’t want to get too serious about your fabric auditioning, because these patterns truly are fun, fast, and easy quilts to make. There are no matching seams. They are a good way to use up scraps. They make great gifts. I just wanted to give you a little bonus peek into the value of the #usebothsides backgrounds.

For more auditioning fun, take a #usebothsides class. Next up is “Christmas in July” at The Golden Needle in Cape Girardeau, MO. July 7, 10 – 3 p.m. Choose from Pepita, Rose, Emily or Kate. Sign up and prep info in shop.

Bubbles may be my latest#usebothsides pattern, but it is the fourteenth pattern using a scrappy 36-inch square background. See all my patterns by clicking on the Patterns Page above or click here.

 

Introducing…Angelina

Pointe shoes are just…beautiful. This #usebothsides quilt pattern is for the ballerina in your life.Image of Pointe Shoe Quilt

Angelina Ballerina is a cute little mouse who loves to go to ballet lessons. Part of the American Girl collection, we had (er, still have) the dolls, her stage with a player piano, and many accessories. And…Angelina wore pointe shoes.Image of Mouse Doll

Both of our daughters loved ballet…but I’m not sure either of them would have stayed with it if they’d ever thought pointe shoes were off the table.

Pointe was the point!

I was excited to find focus fabric which works for a new #usebothsides quilt pattern with pointe shoes as the focus! I did my research and then checked with my youngest who is still taking  pointe  (as a senior in college) to make certain the  shoes in my pattern  were properly on pointe!

Angelina Quilt Pattern uses both sides of one focus fabric for the shoes and ribbons, tights and soles (reversed), and the binding on a fun, scrappy background.

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Paige, 2011

Pointe isn’t all glamour and glory, though. Mom’s of pointe students are well aware of the time spent stitching in ribbons and elastic. Girls generally never outgrow point shoes because they break down too quickly and must be replaced often. They take special fittings and there are hundreds of options from which to choose.

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Jacquelyn 2018

For the young dancer, pointe shoes seem to be a right of passage. It takes determination, maturity, time, and skill…and the acceptance of bloody toes, ugly feet, and a large collection of expensive and eventually smell shoes!

Determined girls wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

See all the #usebothsides patterns HERE.

Angelina Quilt Pattern and Focus Fabric Kit now available at www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios!

How do YOU Quilt Week?

..drool over the quilts …view the vendors …proceed with a plan …hit it haphazardly

…all of the above?

We start with a plan each year. Some years we really study the quilts. Some years we REALLY shop the vendors.  Some years we take classes. Some years we throw our plans  out the window and just go!

Of course, this year I made several stops into Hancock’s of Paducah!

Thanks for everyone who took the time to take a pic and post it with #usebothsides! You were entered into the drawing and the winner of a #usebothsides pattern of her choice is…

(drum roll and scroll down)…

 

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Rose, Pepita, and Emily hang in the distance.

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L to R: Sally, Kate, Lily, Belle, Phoebee, Something’s Brewing, and Fiona hanging at Hancock’s of Paducah!

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That’s me looking at Phoebee and Pepita patterns hanging in Hancock’s.

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Fiona was a featured quilt in Hancock’s of Paducah Facebook Promotion.

All the names went into the honey pot and the winner is….Image of Honey Pot

Cindy Spaeth! Congrats, Cindy! Pick your pattern, girl!

How do you Quilt Week? What’s your favorite vendor? Favorite quilt? Favorite food?

Shop all the #usebothsides quilts HERE. New focus fabrics and patterns arriving real SOON!

 

 

 

 

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