Andover Adventures – Handcrafted and Chambrays

Those of you who may know me from Instagram know I rarely pass up a good quilting adventure and every now and then the stars align and a quilting adventure comes your way that you cannot pass up. So I was very excited when I got the chance to explore and work with some great offerings from Andover Fabrics – Alison Glass’ new Handcrafted line  which you can see here at Andover as well as some wonderful chambrays. Did I use them together? You bet I did.

The Handcrafted  line is the upcoming collection from Alison and brings to mind the feel and look of a batik. The fabric is a wonderful cotton weight with a good feel. The four pieces I had the opportunity to work with had great colors and design. The designs do have some subtle color and print variations to them in line with what you would expect from a handmade piece of fabric. The fabric looks less machine produced than a lot of items that are currently on the market. The fabric also had good shape retention – you will see in the blocks I created that fabric that retains shape is important to me!

I also had four chambrays to play with too, though I branched out and brought in three additional ones for the pieces I worked up. The chambrays are a slightly heavier weight and the plain weave typical of chambrays lent a great contrast to the Handcrafted fabrics I was going to use. I was particularly taken with Pumpkin – maybe because fall is setting in! You can see the chambray collection Andover has to offer here – Andover Chambrays.

And there you have the fabric line up I was diving into. What to make? As many folks know, I tend to go a little out of the box sometimes. As is often the case when I am working with specific fabric designer’s efforts, I want to let the fabric remain the center piece of the design. The four Handcrafted pieces needed to stay front and center. And since I was working with materials that evoked a spirit of hand craftedness, I thought of stained glass. I then turned to my favorite piece of quilting software, Electric Quilt and looked through the collection of stained glass blocks available. I chose three to work with. The first I left in the same way I found it, though I did blow the block up to a 24 inch finished size. The other two took some twisting and turning of the blocks to get the 24 inch finished squares I used.

Once I had the block patterns developed, it was time to get to work. I am an FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing) fan. I have been quilting for about 25 years, and early on I fell in love with the work of Karen Stone and Carol Doak. While I can stitch a mean nine patch with the best of them and my geese can fly, I continue to be drawn to FPP for the ability to create intricate blocks without some of the mechanical challenges (I hate Y seams – it had to be said).

I precut as many of the shapes as I can, though some cutting is reserved as I work up the block when I want to fussy cut some of the shapes or designs from the fabric. One of the Handcrafted fabrics I had to work with was a gorgeous red with a white flying geese pattern, and those needed to be integrated into the block shapes in a specific manner. Once all the fabric was ready to go, I shortened my stitch length on my trusty Bernina and had at it.

And here are the results. The first block evoked a star in a star pattern for me. The second was designed to focus on the geese and for me had a very Pendleton look to it. The last is a manipulated quarter rose bloom block which I think worked well for the two pieces that make up the larger points on the outside. The final picture below has all the blocks finished, with binding and hanging sleeves.  A great big thank you to Andover for letting me have this opportunity and to Alison Glass for creating another great line for me to use in my quilting adventures.  I think I see a quilt out of the middle blocks in my future!

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Market Making

Those of you who know my antics over on Instragram have seen me create three blocks recently.  I was lucky enough to get some Andover chambrays and the new Alison Glass handmade.  I think these may be heading to market in October.  Wish them luck.

This is after they were quilted, bound, and I even put hanging sleeves on them.  I mailed them off to the big city this morning.

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And here are the individual pieces.  For those of you who were interested in the bottom block, I’ve included the templates for those.  The PDF has both a 6 inch version as well as the pieces for the 24 inch block that I constructed.  I even did a coloring sheet.  The file is after these pictures.

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And this file is for you Rainbowkelf.

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Space Dust Quilt Along – Week Eight and a Farewell From Me

Welcome to Week Eight of the #SDQAL!  I am so glad you have been diligently sewing along with us and have gotten to a near finish!  This week I am going to cover adding the tops and sides to the quilt top, and announce a couple of giveaways.  John will be posting next week and covering the grand finale of finishing up, announce the giveaway winners, and share some birthday cake with us (Happy Early Birthday John!).

I will tell you that I removed all the papers from the quilt top at this point.  It made sewing the border to the quilt top easier.  Do what feels right for you.

So if you go waaaayyyyy back to page one of the pattern, you will be using those border pieces you cut.  There is a side set which are the border pieces you cut from the background fabric that measure 63 and 16 1/2 – you should have two.  Tula has great guidelines for adding these pieces in her tip on page 8.  You need to measure the center of the quilt and trim the  border pieces to that size (mine were not quite 63!).  Pin the border to the corners.  Find and match the center of the quilt top with the center of the border and pin.  As Tula notes, pin every 5 inches or so (I actually do every 2 – 3 inches but I worry about rippling).  Sew and press.

You now have a growing quilt top!  Only one more step to go.  You need to take those 90×181/2 pieces and do the same on the top and bottom as you did on the sides!

As you can see in the next shot, the borders make this grow to the humongous piece of beauty it was destined to become.

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And some folks added the borders, others opted to not add them, and some folks used some great colors!   Kudos to the creators of these and many other great Space Dust pieces.

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And now for the really fun part!  Our friends at Quilters Square have provided a half yard bundle of fabulous ArtGalleryFabrics Pure Elements for you quilting adventures.   And I have a very special pincushion courtesy of my friend Kate Tracton Designs.   John will be announcing the winners next week on his wrap up post.

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And that’s a wrap for me for the Space Dust QAL!  I want to thank John for letting me co host with him, Tula Pink for an  awesome pattern, Katarina Roccella and Art Gallery Fabrics for awesome fabric and the wondrous Quilters Square for providing the awesome kits.  And thanks to all of you who joined in the fun.

Oh, I almost forgot!  John is letting me announce the winner of the large Aurifil thread!  Phew, so much responsibility!  And the winner is angelabdesign.  contact me or john!

Space Dust Quilt Along – Week 6 – Row Five

Well heading into the home stretch!  This is the next to the last row that comprises the body of the space dust!

This row uses templates EE through LL.  Have those ready to go along with your fabric?  Then get to it and get it done!  John will be back next Friday to get week 7 and Row 6 all finished up.  Then on to the sides and tops and voila, space dust.

Here’s my indelible version with Row Five attached.

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John announced another giveaway last week – one lucky winner will win a half-yard bundle of Pure Elements solids, courtesy of Quilter’s Square and Art Gallery Fabrics. And I get to draw the winner!

Cue the music…and the winner is…See_Marj_Create!  Please DM me on IG or comment here with your details and I will get them to Quilter’s Square!

Don’t forget to check the blogs next Friday for Week 7 Row Six – John will be hosting and announcing another great giveaway!

And for those of you who found you love this pattern like I did, make another one!  Here’s my Version 2.

Photobomb courtesy of sister Xena Hawthorne!
Photobomb courtesy of sister Xena Hawthorne!