1) Saving RBD Gingham!
Many of you know that I do some contract work for Riley Blake Designs. You can find my "Sewing (& Quilting) Basics" tutorials on the "Cutting Corners" page of www.rileyblakedesigns.com, and Cindy (co-owner of RBD) invited me to help her put together a series of How-to-Quilt videos based on those tutorials. (Only slightly mortifying!) It has also been my assignment to feature and promote their Basics line of fabrics - the solids, shades, dots, chevrons, and of course, ginghams!
Here I am at Quilt Market last year to demonstrate some quick Make & Take projects. I spy gingham! (lanyard, bag, backing on the Bullseye Baby quilt, orange-peel runner and I even made my gingham shirt.)
Some of my recent RBD tutorials have focused on vintage stitchery techniques using different sizes of gingham. You can click the button for a link to all my RBD tutorials.
The 1/2" gingham check is perfect size for Smocking. For Shirring and Chicken Scratch, I like the 1/4". Embroidery and Cross-Stitch are so easy to learn and practice on the 1/8" gingham checks. Ruching works well with the smaller checks, too. I like all the sizes.
Here's a little collection of Gingham Stitchery. I plan to use all my samples in quilt blocks.
And my actual Gingham project? An Orange Peel Table Runner. After teaching the technique several times, I ended up with a nice little pile of extra circles. I decided to add them to my existing runner.
I tried it as a square,
as separate place mats,
and finally, decided on the long runner.
If you'd like, you can see the video instructions HERE. (You can probably tell how terrified I am in front of the camera, argh! But just turn the sound off, and you can see how we made it!) I could keep adding blocks to make it a larger quilt, but this runner fits my dining table nicely!
#2) Tree Skirts! I've been playing with my EQ7 quilt design software a lot this summer, learning new things every week. Here's this year's version of my Star Medallion Tree Skirt. Can't wait to see it made up in these fabulous fabrics.
Craftsy Store. It's never too soon to get ready for Christmas!
And last, but not least...
3) Round Robin quilts!
Have you ever participated in a Round Robin Exchange? Form a group, and each person supplies a center block. The next person will add a border, send it to the next person to add another border and so on. Sometimes the group will establish rules, and sometimes anything goes. When your quilt has made the rounds, your block has grown to a decent size wall-hanging with several borders.
Here's my "Little Ruby" that took a 'round the world trip to Montana, Australia, Georgia, Paris, New York, a detour to Ontario Canada, then North Carolina! The rules for this RR were to add simple 2" to 2-1/2" borders. Little doo-dads were added along the way - a bit of ribbon, a few charms, along with some super-cute fabrics and fun piecing. Oh, how I love her, hanging in my sewing room!
|"Cherish, Love, Joy." Sweet.|
UPDATE: Contest over and winner notified. Thanks to everyone for playing along!
Stay tuned for the full story and "Around the Block" reveal in the next little while! And remember, you're always welcome to follow along for more quilty goodness!
Be sure to visit all my Hop Sisters today - they're amazing! If you've missed the previous hoppers, see Shari's master list HERE. Thanks for stopping by!
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