29 Oct 2016

MOD Bear Paw QAL - Quilt Assembly

Today's post is to provide the instructions for Quilt Assembly.





Close up of BIG BEAR block placements
for use during QUILT ASSEMBLY.








Quilt Assembly:

Step 1:  Arrange your completed blocks according to the quilt layout you have chosen. Sew Grey (L) Sashing strips onto the right side of all but the last block in each row, as shown in the first row.



Step 2:  Sew the LONG SASHING units made in Step 24 to the bottom of all but the last block in each row, as shown in the second row. Sew a Grey (L) sashing strip to the bottom of the last block in each row.

Step 3:  Sew the blocks together to make the rows, as shown in the third and fourth rows.

Step 4:  For the final two rows you will be using the pieces made in the BIG BEAR blocks instruction section. Sew these two rows together in the same fashion as above.

Step 5:  Sew the rows together to complete the QUILT CENTER. For the BABY and CRIB quilt, I recommend stitching around the outside edge of your quilt to prevent the seams from coming apart, as there is no border, then move on to the final Step for quilting and binding.

Step 6:  For the LAP and FULL quilt settings, sew the Dark Brown (B) Plain Borders strips between the Background (A) Plain Border strips. 



Sew these borders onto the edges of the QUILT CENTER UP TO ¼” of the corners of the quilt center. Miter the corners.






Step 7:  Sew the BEAR PRINT border blocks into 4 rows. For the LAP quilt, the rows will each contain 7 sets of BEAR PRINT border blocks. For the FULL quilt, the rows will each contain 9 sets of BEAR PRINT border blocks. Sew two BEAR PRINT Borders onto the sides of the quilt top. Add the 4 Background (G) squares to the ends of two remaining BEAR PRINT borders. Sew these two remaining BEAR PRINT borders onto the top and bottom of your quilt top.



Step 8:  Sew the Background (C) Plain Border strips onto the edges of the quilt UP TO ¼” of the edges of the Background (G) squares. Miter the corners.



Step 9:  Prepare your backing and batting. Baste the quilt. Quilt as desired and trim quilt edges. Prepare your binding strips and bind your quilt.



FOR TRIMMING THE BABY AND CRIB SIZE QUILTS, I RECOMMEND TRIMMING 1/8" LARGER THAN QUILT TOP, TO ALLOW FOR BINDING TO NOT COVER THE POINTS IN THE BLOCKS AT THE QUILT EDGE.

OR YOU MAY WISH TO ADD A NARROW BORDER BEFORE QUILTING AND BINDING. FOR A PERFECT EXAMPLE, PLEASE SEE THIS BLOG POST BY LAURA OF SEWING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.


Helpful Links - 


Binding tips








For those who are joining in the quilt along, I have decided to have a linky party where you can share your progress throughout the quilt along. So if you have assembled your quilt top, you can link up here!











Click on this link ===> MOD Bear Paw QAL page for all the details and to see the schedule.


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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, MOD Bear Paw is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.







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26 Oct 2016

Let's Bee Social # 148

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!





This week I have been working on testing the Flowers quilt design. Flowers is now available in my shop as an instant download pdf pattern. Flowers is an 9 page pdf quilt pattern. No templates. No paper piecing. Only simple straight line sewing and diagonal seams.

Although I have been too busy to get a photo of the completed top, let me just say that this quilt is making me happy, happy, happy!!! This is how the finished quilt will look....


Today I will be at the Teeswater Community Centre between 12:00 and 5:00 for the Gathering of the Guilds - Harvest Tea. This quilt show and afternoon tea is hosted by the Five Star Quilt Guild. Admission is $5 at the door. You don't have to be a member of a guild to attend! I will have my printed patterns available for purchase. So if you live in the area, please do drop by!!!



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22 Oct 2016

MOD Bear Paw QAL - Bear Print Border Blocks

Today's post is to provide the instructions for constructing the Bear Print Border blocks.

I have decided to make a BABY quilt size.

So, as noted last week, I will be skipping this step.
This step applies to those who are making the LAP and FULL size settings.





Making the BEAR PRINT Border Blocks:

Step 1:  Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) squares to the Grey (E) rectangles.



Step 2:  Sew the (B) and (F) strips together. Crosscut WOF strip sets into 1” wide units.

  •          Make 112 for the LAP 68” x 68”
  •          Make 144 units for the FULL 84” x 84”




Step 3:  Sew the (F) and (C) strips together. Trim end flush and then crosscut each WOF strip set into 1” wide units.

  •          Make 112 for the LAP 68” x 68”
  •          Make 144 for the FULL 84” x 84”





Step 4:  Sew the units together to make the paws.




Step 5:  Add the (D) squares to the sides of the paw prints. Sew the blocks together. Completed blocks measure 4.5” x 8.5” including seam allowances and will finish at 4” x 8”.
  •         Make 28 BEAR PRINT BLOCKS for the LAP 68” x 68”
  •          Make 36 BEAR PRINT BLOCKS for the FULL 84” x 84”







For those who are joining in the quilt along, I have decided to have a linky party where you can share your progress throughout the quilt along. So if you are making the LAP or FULL size quilt and have finished your Paw Print Border Blocks, you can link up here!




Click on this link ===> MOD Bear Paw QAL page for all the details and to see the schedule.

A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
Want to get in on the fun?
Then grab a button below and share it on your blog!




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If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word. Also....  Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #MODbearpawQAL





It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, MOD Bear Paw is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.







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21 Oct 2016

Trunk Show in my own home town of Stratford

The finishes posts are getting few and far between lately.

Now that my daughter has her driver's license, and following the summer when the kids were back in school, I thought that I would have so much more alone time at home and that I would be able to crank out lots of quilts this fall. But this has not been the case.....

The months of September, October and November have been, and are scheduled to be, filled with many events that have taken me all over the surrounding area. Living in such an isolated, rural environment, has always led me to believe I lived in the middle of nowhere. Turns out I really in the middle of everywhere!


O, CANADA!
My baby Forest Friends quilt with Canadian Beaver block.


In August, I went north to Harriston, as a vendor during the International Plowing Match. I guess that was my warm up event for this Fall...

In September, I provided Trunk Shows in the east, in Burlington and Milton, Orangeville and Milton and also north to Barrie. And I participated in our local Fall Fair in Brussels.

This month I have been further east to Port Perry and WAY over east, staying overnight in Kingston, for a Trunk Show and Workshop. Later this month, I will be heading north to be a vendor for the Teeswater Gathering of the Guilds and then back east again to provide a Workshop in Guelph. Go Royal City Quilters' Guild!!!! See you soon!!!



The red stars show where I have been - and where I will be going



In this close up, you can see my home, signified by the little green house on the west side near Listowel, which is directly north of my old home town of Stratford. On Wednesday night, I had the very great pleasure of giving a quilt show for the ladies of the Stratford Quilting Club. For many reasons, this was a very special event for me.






Firstly, Wednesday was what would have been my dad's birthday. He passed away a little more than two years ago. And the empty spot that remains in all of my family's lives is still very fresh. Being as this event was held in my old home town, it was the perfect opportunity to invite my mother along to be able to see my quilts. She does not drive and hasn't been out to my house since my dad's passing. I come to town to visit with her, but my quilts mostly don't come along for the ride. My mom does not have the internet. So giving her the chance to see many of my quilts in person was a great treat. 

Secondly, my sister, Georgina moved back to Canada from Milwaukee, WI around the same time as my dad died. And since she works in Stratford, I also invited her to come along to the show. Little did she know, she would be volunteered to help out. Not that she minded!


My twin size Forest Friends quilt with American Eagle block.


Thirdly, my daughter, Erin was invited. I did not expect that she would want to come along. But her basketball game that day was cancelled. So she sent me a last minute text asking me for directions to the hall. What a wonderful surprise! I was so happy to have all three of my favourite girls along for this show!!!

Erin kindly agreed to take on the role of photographer. This was also very much appreciated because I don't usually have anyone along who can help me get photos to show you here on the blog.


Ay, Chihuahau!!!

Elephant Parade

Dog Gone Cute

My Pet Hamster

Little Blooms

Raccoon

My baby MOD Bear Paw

My big MOD Bear Paw

And my Black Bird baby quilt that was sold the next day and is now on it's way to California. Those aren't CROWS! They're SNOWBIRDS!!!

It was a touching show. I am so proud of all my girls! And thankful to have been able to have them all along with me for this event in my old home town.

A great big Thank You! so much to Barbara of the Stratford Quilting Club for your hospitality. It was so nice to see you again and to meet all your club members. Thank you for allowing me to bring along my three favourite girls! 



Most of my shows and workshops have been scheduled by various quilting guilds across Ontario. But every once in a while, I am lucky to be offered to take part in an event that is open to the general public. In November, I will be visiting the Oakville Sewing Centre to provide a trunk show. And you are invited!!!!





The Oakville Sewing Centre has been offering sewing pleasures for the past 25 years, under the ownership of Linda Peel Devitt. Sewing has been her passion for her entire life and is evident with the 6000 bolt inventory of the most current, high quality quilting cottons, patterns and threads. That passion is also extended to a full line of Bernina and Janome sewing machines and accessories.

The Oakville Sewing Centre offers a full compliment of sewing workshops on quilting, sewing machine skills and specialized sewing skills. This is a one-stop shop for quilters and crafters.





Linda says.....
Treat yourself to a Quilting Delight
Welcome Lorna McMahon
Creative Genius of Sew Fresh Quilts
Modern, Fresh and Funky
Trunk Show and Demonstrations 
on Lorna's line of exquisite quilts
Saturday, November 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus HST (includes $10 voucher
for the purchase of one of Lorna's quilt patterns
to be used the day of the event)

The Oakville Sewing Centre is located at 488 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
And you can find their website here.


And I hope to see you in Oakville in November!!!







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