Archive for August, 2013

August 16th, 2013

Kaleidoscope Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Sweet, sweet, victory.  That’s how I feel about this quilt.

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This was the first time I’ve made quilt blocks with linen.  I starched the crap out of it.  Not sure if it was necessary, but I did anyway.

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It’s also the first time I’ve done rows of straight line quilting. These are spaced at 1″ and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Breepickles suggested quilting concentric circles, which would have been awesome, but I’m not comfortable doing that yet. Feel I should play with that style before attempting an entire quilt.

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Aurifil’s Medium Turquoise (#5006) cotton in 50 wt matched the backing perfectly.  Then I used my absolute favorite color, Platinum (#2912) for the front. The Platinum blends into the Kaufman yarn-dyed linen and doesn’t take away from the bright quilting cottons.

I figured as long as I used the same weight of thread for the top and bobbin, it was okay to use 2 different colors.

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Crinkles make me happy.

It does annoy me when when the fabric in some straight line quilting twists and turns between the rows. Luckily I got away without that happening and I didn’t switch directions between rows. Nope!  I’m a rebel.

My machine (Janome Memory Craft 6600p) has a really nice built in walking foot so all the layers stayed put.  To be honest, I think not switching directions between rows helped prevent that twisty-turny that bothers me so.

Rows of straight line quilting doesn’t freak me out now that I’ve done it. Next time I’d like to try skinnier rows or random spacing.

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I was super late to the Kaleidoscope party at Don’t Call Me Betsy’s. I didn’t use the templates but I did use her fabric requirements as well as strip sizes.

I cut 6.5″ strips of fabric and used the 30 degree mark on my ruler to cut the triangles.  Elizabeth has a template if you are not comfortable doing that. I also used my ruler for the corner triangles, but she provides a template for that too!

Alternate blocks of 8 prints and blocks with 4 prints & 4 solids.  All corners are solid.

If you make one, definitely play and look at pictures first. Some people make all their blocks using alternating solid/print with some of the corners a print.  Then lay them out all the same, while others rotate every other block. There really are tons of options!

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I used more of the Kaufman linen for the hand stitched binding. Linen has such a nice texture and it just makes me feel all fancy.

The backing is Free Spirit’s voile in Mist from Cucire.  I heart, heart, heart it. Soooo soft.  After loving it on the back of a baby quilt, I decided to spoil myself.

And, of course, I added a label. I used to embroider them, but this works well too.  You can order labels and save 5% using code 627handworks at Ikaprint! *wink wink*

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It measures 72″ x 60″ which is great for the sofa and I’m keeping it for myself (shocker).   Let’s see if any of my family members can pry it from my hands. Doubt it.

Oh… I spray basted it. I’ve never pinned.  Is my quilty membership revoked now?



August 14th, 2013

Winner & Thursday Threads Linky Party

by Julie Hirt

Rather than bombard your blog feed with back to back posts for the next 6 weeks, I’ll be posting Thursday Threads one day early for the duration Sunday Funday.


A BIG shout out to the other bloggers who are joining in the festivities.  Thank you so much, I know I’ll be entering!

The winner of the Gypsy Girl Charm Pack & Aurifil Sampler is….



Funny thing here… I went to Sarah’s blog and the first post I see is quite fitting.  Sarah better go buy some lottery tickets and split the winnings with all of us. 😉



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Thursday Threads (a bit early) – let’s check out some of last week’s link ups.


This cute block reminds me of the Tawny Scrawny Lion Little Golden Book I had when I was a kid!  From Amanda at What the Bobbin.

Oliver + S outfit from Christine at Beannie Quilts. It’s so nice to see some cute boy clothes.

Sara at Georgia Girl Quilts‘ Happy Chevrons Quilt. The colors truly are happy!

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    1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
    2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button or link in your blog post.
    3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
    4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!


August 11th, 2013

Sunday Funday Giveaway

by Julie Hirt

Welcome to Sunday Funday Giveaway week one. Would you like to win a Gypsy Girl charm pack and Aurifil thread sampler?


Aurifil has donated a Thread Sampler that contains five different colors in five different weights.

My favorite for machine piecing is Aurifil’s 40 weight Mako Egyptian Cotton. It’s a strong weight for piecing yet it’s still thin. I love machine quilting with the 50 weight because it’s so fine and blends nicely into fabrics. Try a heavier weight if you want your thread color to pop a little.

In honor of *finally* finishing up my english paper piecing project, I’m adding a Gypsy Girl Charm Pack from my stash.

Did you know one Moda Charm pack will produce 168 hexies?! After blood (needle pricks), sweat (hand piecing in a kayak), and tears (frustration), I now have a lovely square of hexies. What should I make with it? Maybe a wall hanging?

Be sure to check out the schedule of bloggers who will be participating in Sunday Funday Giveaway’s over the coming weeks.  Contact me if you’d like to join in!

To enter this giveaway just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

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Winner will be announced Wednesday. Happy Sunday Funday!


August 10th, 2013

Come on Party People!

by Julie Hirt

Summer break is winding down, the kids will be headed back to school and I think it’s time for some giveaway parties. Would you like to join me?


For the next six weeks I’ll be hosting a “Sunday Funday” giveaway.  If you have a blog and would like to participate in a giveaway, just contact me and let me know the date(s) you’d like to participate and don’t forget to let me know your website address.

When I post MY giveaway on Sunday, I’ll link up with YOUR giveaway.  Ask your sponsor, dig through your stash, make something.  Here are a few ideas:

  • fabrics
  • thread
  • scrap bags
  • notions
  • patterns
  • books
  • items you’ve made
  • really, almost anything goes

Rules Shmules:

  • Link your blog with a party button (below) for the duration of the giveaway so your readers can see all the goodies up for grabs
  • Schedule your giveaway to post that Sunday at 6:00 am Central Time
  • Announce your winner the following Wednesday (I’ll be calling mine Winner Wednesday)


GIVEAWAY SCHEDULE is listed at the top of my site.

I understand this Sunday is very short notice, but if you come up with something I’m happy to add you to the line up.

How it works:
If you’re hosting a giveaway your blog and blog post needs to include the button below that links to the Giveaway Schedule. Trying to keep it simple!  If you want to participate be sure to let me know so I can add you to the line up.


Grab the Sunday Funday Button Code


I hope you’ll join me – I think it will be a fun way to find some new blogs and link everyone up.


August 9th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 11 – Global Concepts

by Julie Hirt

Every other Friday I’ve been posting a free “Block Rock’n” paper piecing template.   The blocks are named after bands, singers or maybe even a song title. This week brings you Global Concepts:

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I had a tough time naming this block.  Mainly because I have dozens of musicians I’d like to tribute a block with only a few blocks left to name.

Every time I hear this song I crank up the volume full blast. It makes me want to… well, like the lyrics say, f*cking dance.

Symmetry exists only in our mind
Our brain is seeing squares


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Robert Delong is a young genius. He writes, sings and creates all the music.

Listen to the video and look at this.   It’s just a good fit for this block.

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A bit of Photoshop play let me see what a full quilt would look like.

Global concepts aren’t common the world round
But we share a mortal frame

I love the little stars that form between the blocks. If you used a different color on the outside it will something like this:


You  can see a star in the center of each block as well a different color star that forms between the blocks.

Due to changes within Craftsy, I am moving the patterns to Etsy. 
Buy the entire series of 12 blocks for $5 or each block for $1.  

Download HERE

Feel free to share within sewing groups if you use this pattern as your Bee block!
It does NOT need to be purchased multiple times. Same with the series purchase.

Have a blog? Grab a button and share the fun – this is a free series!


I would love to see your block if you make one.  Feel free to:


August 7th, 2013

Thursday Threads Linky Party 8/8

by Julie Hirt

I’m participating in Amanda at What the Bobbin’s Fussy Square Block Swap and am so excited about this exchange.

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I finished up my blocks before I even knew what happened.  The 4″ fussy blocks come together fast and are so fun to make.  Fingers crossed there will be more rounds in the future.

I’ve probably squealed a few dozen times looking at everyone’s blocks in the Flickr group. They are all way.too.cute.

This evening I stitched the last stitch in my Kaleidoscope quilt top. *whew* is about all I can say.  I’m hoping I can get it quilted this weekend, but you know how that goes.

Checkin’ out a couple of last weeks link ups:


This Bowser quilt from Susan over at The Bored Zombie.  That’s a ton of squares!

Emily from Sew E.T.’s cute little gnome block.


Maartje at Quilting in Amsterdam made these place mats for a friend. The thread design matches their tableware.

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    1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
    2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button on your site or link in your blog post.
    3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
    4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!





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