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Allison talks about her latest adventures in the world of quilting, and then some.

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Craftsy — Whoops, I did it again..

But – I didn’t make a mistake! (reference to an old song, as so many of my blog titles are!)

Craftsy is having another huge sale – and I found a few four classes  that I have been interested in taking, but I was waiting for another sale, of course!

I have been quilting all week – as in actual FMQ (not just piecing) and the whole time I had Angela Walters class, Dot to Dot Quilting, on the brain. Getting a little tired of totally not having a plan, and thinking that if I knew her method of no-mark quilting I could be more confident.

Dot to DotAnd then there is the embroidery machine I own and never make use of.. I think that if I knew it’s applique possibilities better, I would be more inspired… and so, I also purchased, Machine Embroidered Applique

machine embroidered appliqueI also purchased two garment related classes,  Fast-Track Fitting: In the Details (I am so addicted to fitting classes!) and Creative Closures.

Fast Track Fitting Details

creative closures

What about you? Do you have a bucket list of Craftsy Classes just waiting for a sale?

{small print: this post contains affiliate links. If you click on these links and purchase a Craftsy class (or sign up for a free one) I will receive a portion of the total sale – thanks!}

Episode 81 Finishing

Hola! I am finishing up a bunch of quilts over here and I couldn’t be happier about it.

A question I posed in the show to you was whether or not your red fabric changes colors when you iron it? Does it get darker? It always goes back to the right color — but it always happens with red fabric and I just know I can’t be the only one…

And those wonder clips I spoke about?  Duly Linked….

Wonder Clips reviewed on Within A Quarter Inch Podcast

I will be back with pictures on my finishes soon!

Episode 80 Flying Solo

Wow – it has been a long time since I’ve recorded a podcast without a co-host of some sort! I feel like I fell right back into the saddle but you guys will be the judge!

I know I veered in and out of topics — but that is me, isn’t it…

This is the video from Kimberly Jolly about binding a quilt that I thought was pretty interesting.. especially the way she trims it down to start.

I also chatted about making a quilt block from fabric colors I wouldn’t usually put together and being pleasantly surprised!

Quilt Block for Bee from Within A Quarter Inch

And, as much as I don’t want to share this quilt before the pattern is completed… here it is.

I have worked on this quilt -from designing, re-designing, choosing fabrics (re-choosing fabrics), preparing the applique, hand embroidering each element, and putting it all together- for about a year!

So – do you want to go camping with me?

'Glamping' Applique quilt designed and made by Allison Rosen of Within A Quarter Inch

And yes. Yes it is the handle of a swiffer mop…

Episode 79 Pattern Writing

This episode of the Within A Quarter Inch welcomes back Brye Lynn, who you met during podcast no. 78.

We talked a lot about approaches to pattern writing.. As I start on this new endeavor, it seems I have more questions than answers, but that is where all the fun begins!

Your feedback is always welcome!

Pink Quilt Quilt Along Block 3

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter InchIt seems that like the podcast, I am also going solo on The Pink Quilt Quilt Along – but that’s OK. While it would have been a lot of fun to share this with Kristyne, just making this quilt is its own reward!

So this is block 3 (as far as I’m concerned because it’s the 3rd I have made!) and it is a Square in a Square in a Square block, otherwise known as an Economy Block.

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

It is a really easy block to draft for any size.

Since I am making 6 inch blocks, I cut out a 6 inch square of paper and folded it corner to corner and in half to get the right starting points of the squares, then drew a few lines to make them meet up, measured the longest side of each and cut a corresponding square from my chosen fabrics to match.

Cut that in half – and you have the right sized half-square triangles to make the perfect** block!
The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

As you can see, I have again made two versions, one using the Alison Glass inspired fabrics and the other using Bonnie & Camille’s. I still can’t seem to pick a favorite!

Because of the way I measured and cut everything (there must be a way that is more conservative with fabric!) I had extra half square triangles laying about.

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

What to do?

Why Block 4 of course! Who says I can’t make up a couple extra designs as I go?

I really love the way this one turned out and it was SO easy to make!

I cut a strip of white fabric, sewed a triangle to it, trimmed so the white strip would finish at a half inch, and then sewed the matching triangle to the other side.
The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter InchThe way I pressed the seams was critical to its outcome though.

I wouldn’t normally press the seams towards the white like I did, but getting the seams to butt up against each other was the key to matching points! (yes, I realize the center point is off – but the pursuit of perfection can be over-rated!)
The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

I really like using the additional white bits of fabric in this quilt, much like I did on the happy accident block.
The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

Are you curious about the ** I inserted above?

See below!

This block does NOT work if you cut your paper square template to the UNfinished size… And no, I didn’t like it enough to make it in the alternate colorway… can you say ‘back of quilt quilt block’?

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen on Within A Quarter Inch

Episode 78 an Interview with Brye Lynn

Wow – it’s great to be back at the microphone again! I did not intend for such a long space between episodes – but fear not, Within A Quarter Inch isn’t going any where!

However – Kristyne is not going to be my co-host anymore. She just didn’t have the time between work, home, building a new home, sewing, her own blogging requirements, and the million and 2 violin and piano lessons her girls seem to have! So you are stuck with me — but not this week!

Brye is the former host of Sew Stitch Create (this show is no longer available) and my business partner in SeamedUP (also no longer available!). I thought it would be a lot of fun to hear about what she is up to these days!

She has been on a fitness journey, and she mentioned gambling with others to lose weight! You can learn more at dietbet. She really likes Spark People as a weight loss tool as well.

Brye received a subscription to Whimsey Box for Christmas – and gave it a glowing review in this episode.

But what I really wanted to know is what projects she has going on!

Applique quilt

Brye made an Applique quilt using techniques from the book Applique the Basics and Beyond by Janet Pittman.

half square triangle

She is working on an all half-square triangle quilt using the Modern Half Square Triangle Quilt-a-long on Knitlit.

hot ribbon quilt

Above is just one of the Hot Ribbon Applique flower blocks – you really need to click through and see the whole quilt!

little brown bird

Little Brown Bird is an intensive applique quilt! I bought this book myself in 2006 — but it ended up being a ‘one day’ quilt!

wee are twisted

I love the Wee Play fabric Brye used for her ‘Wee are Twisted‘ quilt!

I plan on having Brye back for another Episode of Within A Quarter Inch: so why not leave a comment if you have any questions you would like me to ask!

The Clapper – A Sewing Notion for Quilters too!

The waste triangles that came to the rescue for Block 2 of the Pink Quilt Quilt Along were so much easier to work with because of the clapper.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

Not just for breakfast garments anymore!

The clapper is traditionally used in sewing garments, and something I desperately had to have after watching Angela Wolf use it for perfect creases in her Craftsy class Tailoring Ready to Wear. In case you’re interested, I wrote a review of that class and many others in the show-notes for Episode 74 of the podcast, Craftsy Class Reviews.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

All you have to do is press your seams towards to background fabric, a tip I picked up from Beth Ferrier from her Craftsy class Oh My Stars!, and then lay the clapper on top of it. (you would cover the whole piece, not just the sides as pictured above).

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

The type of wood that clappers are made from traps the heat and your fabric soaks it up, coaxing those seams to lay flat.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

Having really well pressed seams definitely helped when I needed to rescue a block made up of 1 x 3″ flying geese.

What about you? How do you get really well pressed seams?

(all links to the clapper and Craftsy classes are affiliate links – so I both apologize for causing a new ‘need’ in you and thank you for clicking through all at once).

And one last thing – the clapper I own and pictured above has pointy parts for getting into tight collar seams and the like – the clapper I linked to is just for flat seams.

Block 2 Reveal — A Happy Accident

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

This is block 2 (colorway 1) pieced together. I showed you the makings of it in this post.

The seams are causing a bit of ‘lift’ in some of the blocks, but overall, I’m good with how it sewed up.

Then I happily started cutting up the fabric I had chosen for colorway 2.

Then I sewed them all.

And trimmed them.

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

To the wrong size — because I cut the ‘goose’ a 1/2″ too small. This meant I had 1 by 2″ geese instead of 1 1/2 by 3″ geese.

Oops.

This became a defining moment in the making of this quilt. No, seriously, it did!

I went back to those waste triangles and had a total ‘make it work’ attitude. I sewed them together with a center seam and made a third flyer for each unit.

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

To size up to a finished 6″ block, I also added a white sashing and a little square in the middle. Which required ‘partial seaming’ which I had to invent along the way because I am too bull-headed lazy to stop and refer to a book or Google it when I’m in the middle of something!

(and, in my defense, I don’t have wi-fi in basement).

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

But I do love this version of the block SO MUCH MORE!

A Happy Accident, indeed!

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

What about you, have you had happy accidents in your sewing room?

He comes by it honestly…

Max's bucket of funMax loves his stuff. In buckets. In ever-changing categories that make sense to him.

A collection of washi and japanese tapes

Can’t say I don’t relate…

The ‘waste triangles’

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

While I was making the flying geese for Block 2 – I took a cue from Pam and sewed another seam a 1/2 inch away from the first.

 

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk Oh such itty bitty half square triangles to giggle over!

(The wooden block is called a clapper – more on that in an upcoming post!)

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

And perhaps I am a little bit crazy because I have started a new collection.

The Pink Quilt Quilt-Along with Allison Rosen and Kristyne Czepuryk

I wonder if I can fill this little jar with the waste from the waste–aka dog ears?