A Cloud Eclipse and Simple Improv Tutorial

For October, I am the lead Quilter for the Emerge Circle of do.good Stitches. I created the design for our group to make (see below). I’m posting the instructions for my fellow do-gooders on my blog, but I thought WLS followers might enjoy seeing how to simple improv.

COLOR PALETTE

I used this photo of the eclipse as inspiration for the color palette:

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The light on the clouds is awesome.

I uploaded the photo into Play Crafts palette maker:

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These are the colors: Navy (royal is okay too), Black, Light and Medium Grays and Cream/White

USE SOLIDS OR PRINTS OR A MIX

YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE ALL THE COLORS IN THE BLOCKS

For example, you can use cream, black and light gray together. If you don’t have navy, that’s okay with me.

Please avoid prints with other colors in them.

Please make TWO BLOCKS.

SIZE: 12.5″ UNFINISHED

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Cut strips 13″ length  by 2.5″ to 5″ (or thereabouts) width

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Use scissors or a rotary cutter.

Don’t use a ruler.

I learned this technique at the Slow Stitching Retreat in Maine this summer. Heather Jones focused on color theory and we used all solids, but the idea works with prints too! When I’m ready, I’ll write a post about the class and my experience at the Retreat.

ASSEMBLY

In any order, sew the strips together along the 13″ side.

Press seams open or to the darker fabric.

Square up to 12.5″

Great Job!

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Pattern matching prints for quilt backing

This was my first attempt to align fabric prints for a quilt backing.

I used a method I found on Aqua Paisley Studio.

First you’ve got to find where the repeats are and where you to align the two pieces of fabric. I don’t have a photo of that.

Second, fold fabric one-inch and press:

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Third, apply glue to the bottom of the one-inch fold, then align:

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Fourth, flatten the fabric out and sew on the seam where you pressed it:

Fifth, trim to one-quarter inch then press to one side:

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Not bad for my first attempt:

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Let’s Make Pillowcases and A Difference

A PILLOWCASE can make a difference in someone’s life. This is something I learned this week after attending a presentation at my local quilt shop, Blue Crab Quilt Co. The shop accepts donations of pillowcases and donates them to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Before I moved, I made 3 pillowcases. The shop has collected over 1000 this year and a representative from the hospital shared with us how these pillowcases impact the lives of people we will never meet.Pink pillowcases

I was surprised to learn that they usually have the child pick the pillowcase he or she wants. I learned that sometimes “Spiderman” pillowcases help children cope with having their blood pressure taken. I’d forgotten that having your arm squeaked can be very scary. The representative told many stories of how these pillowcases make a difference. It was inspiring.

THEN I saw a post on Instagram from a fellow quilter in Louisiana. She is amisha12 on Instagram. She is taking donations for pillows and was also asking for people to send pillowcases to go with those pillows. I’m sure a new pillow and pillowcase will make a difference to the people there who have lost everything in the floods. By the way, I’m wandaslifesampler on Instagram.

That’s what I am doing today. I’m making pillowcases.

Quilting Adventures’ blog has a wonderful tutorial.

If you’re inclined to do so, please make a difference in the lives of people you will never meet by making a pillowcase or two.

Wanda