Partial seams

Thanks for all of your kind comments about the quilt top I just finished. After Googling around a bit I realized that I was using the wrong term – I didn’t use a lot of Y seams (you can see what those are here), I used a lot of partial seams. Meaning that I had to inset pieced portions into other pieced portions.

I put together a straight forward little tutorial to explain what I mean. A lot of you might already know how this works, but in case some of you don’t…

One thing before we get started – it’s key that you use a uniform 1/4″ seam allowance for all of this piecing or else it won’t all line up correctly.

So let’s say you want to piece together this little bit of plaid:

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It’s pretty clear how you sew together most of it…

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But what to do with the center bit that falls right in the middle of all four portions?

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First sew it onto the lower corner of the upper left portion – but leave the top of the seam unsewn (hence partial seams!)

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Then sew on the bottom left portion and then the bottom right portion. Three portions are now sewn to the center piece and now you’ll use that unsewn part of the seam to sew on the final portion.

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With the top right portion placed on the lower right portion, right sides together, sew them together. (BTW – think that it’s time for me to get myself a new cutting mat?!?)

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When you’re done, your piecing will look like this.

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Finally, finish up by folding your piecing down the middle, right sides together, and sew the remaining seam until you get down to the already sewn part of the seam. You’re all done!

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See? Easy enough! It gets more involved when you have a ton of these partial seams in your quilt top (there were a LOT in the top I just finished), but I find that having all the cut out pieces displayed on my design wall, thinking it through, assembling it piece by piece, and then portion by portion, works well for me. I don’t think I could think it through if I didn’t have it all laid out in front of me though. I’m  a visual person.  I need to see it to get it.  This is just one more reason I think that a design wall is one of the most valuable things you can have in your sewing space!

First Quilt Top of 2012!

Just finished up this quilt top yesterday. I’m so happy that I’m feeling better and am wanting to get back into the sewing room again these days!

Top

I went the extra mile with this top and sewed it up using Y seams. I only wanted pieced seams where it made sense in terms of the weave of the plaid … Though I’m gonna go ahead and call it: Y seams are a pain! But I’m really happy with the end result

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I also matched up the stripy fabric in the one place where it had to be pieced. And now I need to quilt it!!

Hello 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope that you are all looking forward to all that 2012 will be.

Here’s a mosaic of a lot of the sewing I did in 2011.

2011 Mosaic

Things that I realize by looking at it all in one place: I’ve really moved away from using white as the negative space in my quilts, and I’ll never tire of improv pieced blocks that are just lotsa lil’ squares together. Actually, I shouldn’t say never. I used to sew wonky log cabins this often and I moved on from those! Makes me wonder what will be next!

In early 2011 I also finished sewing 20 more quilts that I can’t show you yet because they are all in Modern Minimal. Can’t wait to start showing them to you in the next couple of months when the book comes out!

2012 is going to be a big year for me! The next book comes out and I’m going to become a mother. Whoa. That last thing is a big one!

There are also big things in store for The Modern Quilt Guild! Did you see that we kicked off 100 Days of Modern Quilting? And there’s more – much more – coming down the pike for The MQG! What a great year it’s going to be. Hope that you’re all just as excited about it as I am!

Some gift sewing

Only had to make one gift for Christmas this year. A set of place mats!

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I went ahead and used my pattern that I posted a while back.

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They sew up so quickly and easily! I used a Moda Crossweaves as the background and three different shot cottons for the lines. I’m addicted to these solids that have some added texture… I wish I had every color there is!

Janome’s Friend-to-Friend Challenge

Have you guys seen that Janome is holding this big ol’ challenge? They are working to build their sewing and craft community, and one of the ways they are doing this is by expanding their friends and followers on Facebook. Here’s the challenge part: their goal is to hit 20,000 Likes on Facebook. When they hit that magic mark, they will give away an amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle: TWO great Janome Pink Ribbon machines plus a giant mystery bag full of patterns, books, fabric, notions and more from many of their featured Janome friends. Lots of great stuff for you and a friend to share!

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I love my Horizon so I am super excited to be one of Janome America’s featured friends and I’ve contributed one of my books to that mystery bag of goodies!

It’s easy to enter. First, click over to janome.com where you can read a little about me and the MQG, as well as some of Janome’s other great sewing friends. Leave a comment on the article, and you are automatically entered to win. You can leave a new comment each day, increasing your odds of winning. Then, click to Janome’s Facebook page, give them a “Like” and encourage your friends to do the same. There are almost 18,000 now and the sooner they get to 20,000, the sooner they’ll draw a random winner from the janome.com comments for that amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle!

You can read more about it here. Good luck!!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Modern Block of the Month – December

It’s up!

Sew, Mama, Sew Modern Block of the Month - December

You can find it here!

Also, thank you so much everyone for your kind comments about my last post. We’re very excited!!

The news in my world…

…is that I’m pregnant!! Needless to say, we’re very excited over here. Though it’s been a rough couple of months. Boy did that “morning” (WTF with that term?!? it’s all. freakin’. day. long.) sickness knock me out. I completely lost my sewing mojo and it has been getting me down.

But things are getting better now! I’ve been feeling better and have actually been able to get myself into the sewing room a bit more. We still have to wait about a month to know if it’s a boy or a girl and then the baby sewing is certain to start in full force!

And because I can’t post with no photo at all… Here’s a couple of ornaments I recently sewed up for an LAMQG swap.

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Happy holidays to each and every one of you!!

Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway day!

Update: the giveaway is now closed – the winner is Stephanie and I’ve emailed her! Thanks everyone for entering!

Figured I’d would join in the fun of Sew, Mama, Sew’s giveaway day!

I’m giving away a fat quarter each of this rainbow of fabrics! And yup, the purple has to be a solid because I have no purple in my stash at all.

SMS Giveaway day

Leave me a comment and you’ll be in the running to win. I’m happy to mail internationally and the giveaway is open through this week. Check out all of the other giveaways over at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Modern Block of the Month – November

Posted in early December!

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Here it is!

Getting started…

A few years back I made these quilts for some twin baby girls…

Pink & Green Squares Baby quiltPink & Green Zig Zag Quilt

Not much like what I’m doing these days, huh? Well the twins are lucky enough to have welcomed a younger sister into the world, and their parents requested a new quilt in the same colors. I don’t have a lot of those fabrics anymore, but I have some… so I pulled a bunch of pinks and greens.

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We’ll see what I come up with! 

For those of you in the States, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I’ll be busy cooking and spending time with family for the rest of the week.  See you next week!

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