Triangle Quilt “Tutorial”

I had a few inquiries about my triangle quilt that I donated to the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  The pattern came from Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts magazine (Spring 2014 issue).  “A Girl’s Best Friend” by Tony Jacobson.


Here’s a quick “tutorial” for the quilt.

I cut my triangles with a triangle ruler.  But you can use the 60 degree angle on your regular ruler.  Piece two triangles together.  No need to offset. Very easy and fast.  The white part is also 2 triangles pieced together the same way.


The tricky part is setting.  I got confused a couple of times.  So, I laid them out and took a picture.


Once it’s all put together, you cut both sides to square up, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.

Before putting it on my longarm machine, I ironed on batting tape along one side to prevent stretching.  On the other side I  sewed on extra fabric to see which worked better.  I liked batting tape better because I had to take out the extra fabric when I was finished.


It’s a pretty simple pattern.  It would make a cute baby quilt on a smaller scale.




Charity quilts

My friend Cath at Wombat Quilts posted some great pictures of charity work I’ve done recently.  You can read her post here.  She takes great photographs.

I made the quilt  with challenge fabric from Portland Modern Quilt Guild plus some of my own.  I hope someone will enjoy looking at the happy colors and quilt designs.



This one was pieced by volunteers at the PMQG charity sew.  It was so gorgeous, I begged Cath to let me quilt it.


HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show)

Just got back from an awesome quilt show in Salt Lake City.  I was in class from 8 a.m. to 10 p. m. for 3 days.  The hands-on classes were great because I didn’t have to share a machine.  I learned so much. Claudia Pfeil from Germany was the best teacher.  She’s known for her award-winning Fire and Ice quilt, which I got to see in person.

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I took three classes from her and it was awesome.  How many more times can I use the word “awesome”?


Above is her class sample.

Here’s my classwork.  I can’t wait to practice more and use my newly learned skills to my and customer quilts.



Tote project

I don’t enjoy any sewing other than piecing for quilts.  So, this was unusual for me.  I wanted to make a bag to carry my quilts in instead of using free ones I’ve gotten from vendors.  I couldn’t find a pattern I liked.  I have books and magazines with patterns, not to mention the free ones on the internet.  Most of them were too complicated for what I wanted.  I took bits and pieces from multiple sources and came up with this.





It’s very simple.  Not pocket or zipper.  Being a long arm quilter, I had to put it on my machine to quilt it.  Which was easy enough except for the design choice I made.  The digitized design had directionality (is that a word?)  and negative space.  I managed to remember to flip and mirror images in relation to the center motif of the fabric.  However, it left a little gap where the repeats met in the center.  This probably doesn’t make any sense to you.



I’m very happy with the finished bag.  I can take it to the Home Machine Quilters Show in Salt Lake.

Some of my favorite links


When I was working on my improv quilt, I didn’t always know how to sew certain blocks.  Gen X Quilters has put together a nice block library. You’ll have to scroll down to see all the photos.


Missouri Star Quilting is a wonderful resource if you haven’t checked out their Youtube  video.

Quilt Labels:

Here’s my favorite way to make labels.  I use EQ7 instead of Word because I can add borders.


Improv Quilt with Jessica Darling

In February I took a workshop called Color Play by Jessica Darling through Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  About a dozen of us each brought a yard of focus fabric, which Jessica called party host fabric.  Then we just started sewing away with whatever coordinating fabrics we brought along.  We also had a communal table where we contributed unwanted scraps and shared with each other.  The concept of this free style sewing was brand new to me and scary.   But with Jessica’s help, I started making blocks.  The way I went about it was to pick one main block and then expounded from there.  Here’s what it looked like after the workshop.


Then came the hard part.  Putting it all together.  Even though it was “improv”, I tried to keep the blocks in certain proportions, i.e. 12″ square, 10″ x  6″, and so on, so at the end I wouldn’t have to do crazy math.  Well, that was a nice thought.  It didn’t always go that way.  In order to fit certain blocks in certain position, I had to make more blocks.  It kept growing.  So, my solution was to draw a diagram.



In the end, I had to do crazy math because I had cut things wrong or read my diagram wrong.  One nice thing about improv is that you can slap a piece of fabric or cut up and re-sew to fix whatever mistake you made.  Like the 7″ block was adjusted to be 8″.  Overall, it was really fun.  I came up with my own block designs and tried new things.


Now it’s all done!  It’s all free-motion quilting.




Challenge Quilt

NW Quilt Guild every year asks its members to create challenge quilts for the annual quilt show.  The theme for 2015 was “grow where you are planted.”  We were given four 2.5 inch square fabric with vegetable print.  Mine was kale.


Normally I would not take on this kind of a project because I’m not good at designing based on a theme.  I’m not creative in that way.  But I was sitting next to the person in charge of the challenge when she was recruiting participants.  I could not say no.  That was a few months ago.  I put it on the back burner thinking I’ll get to it one of these days.  Famous last words.  Five days ago I get this email reminder the quilt was due April 1st but they were collecting finished quilts today at the guild meeting if possible.  I had no design in mind.  I spent hours trying to come up with a design.  I flipped through magazines and books I had to draw inspiration.  I  finally came across a log cabin pattern that looked like a landscape.

I tried to design it using EQ7 software.  Well, my home printer only prints 8.5 by 11.  So,  the pattern looked like this.  But it all worked out.  Very simple design.  My sewing room  looked like a hurricane came through after I was done.  I had to pull all kinds of scraps and various colors from my stash. You’d think I have every color and some more in my closet full of fabric stash.


Here’s the end result.  Calling it “Four Seasons”.  My interpretation of the theme is “I draw inspiration from each season.” Can you tell which one is what season?


Quiltcon 2015


What a fun weekend it was!  I spent the weekend at Quiltcon in Austin, TX.  Thank you, hubby, for letting me go.

So many talented quilters. This one won the best of show. “i Quilt” by Kathy York, Austin Modern Quilt Guild. She didn’t even make a pattern to create it.


My personal favorite was from the special exhibit, “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.”  Unfortunately, I did not capture the name of the quilter.  My phone camera does not do justice.  Gee’s Bend is a small community in Alabama.  A group of women have been making quilts since the 19th century.

Their choice of colors and sense of design were just amazing.  They didn’t take any design or composition classes.  It came natural to them.  The sense of beauty they have in them is breath-taking.  Made me wonder what is my own inner sense of beauty?


Here’re are some more photos. Enjoy.

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Patchwork Society – February 2015

I decided to join a 10-month patchwork class at Modern Domestic. This is my second improv class, but this one is more structured.  Every month, we finish a block for 6 months and then we go into design theory and such.  We’re following Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers. Michelle Freedman is our fearless instructor and is fantastic.

We were supposed to have 1.5″ strips, but I decided to be different.  I cut some of the strips a little wider, so some of the print showed like the butterfly in the middle.  Here’s my block for this month.


Valentines Day Quilt No. 2

It’s already past the day, but it got finished.  This was another adventure.  I was inspired by yet another Pinterest photo.  But my first block did not turn out great because the heart shape had too many components and did not showcase the print.  So, I re-drafted my block.  Then I ran out of the green fabric.  I rushed to Fabric Depot to have them order more of it.  When it came, it was a different dye lot . So, I had to come up with Plan B, which is the coral and cream solids.  So glad it’s finished.