on my To Do list and I FINALLY got going on this project!
As I have started traveling the country teaching people how to use their Handi Quilter longarm machines, I have discovered that many people don’t have a grip on the basics. There are LOTS of videos on some of the more challenging techniques but it’s hard to find short, easy-to-understand videos just for beginners on the basics. So. . . that is my focus for the next few weeks.
If there is a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know!
This first video seems silly- HOW TO TURN YOUR MACHINE ON AND OFF- but when the new update of ProStitcher came out in June it became blatantly obvious that a LOT of people were not doing this correctly and their update wasn’t loading correctly.
The whole video is 4 minutes long, so it might be worth your time to see if you are doing all the steps. And while you are there, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss the rest of the series!
The Quilt Block Mania assignment for September is to use a traditional quilt block and change it up a bit to make it our own. The Shoo Fly block immediately came to mind because I have spent the summer teaching my adorable granddaughters to sing “Shoo fly, don’t bother me!”
The traditional Shoo Fly block is based on a 3×3 grid.
To make a traditional Shoo Fly Block you need:
1- 4.5″ Center Square
4- 4.5″ Background Squares
4- 4.5″ Half-square Triangles that are half background fabric
As a longarm quilter, I always like to have some negative space planned into my designs to give me some room to add secondary designs in the texture. So, with no further ado, I present Shoo, Too!
Shoo Too is based on a 4×4 grid and has the traditional block tucked in one corner with some self-sashing thrown in to modernize the look a bit.
To make a Shoo Too block you need:
1- 3.5″ Center Block
4- 3.5″ Background Blocks
4- 3.5″ Half-square Triangles that are half background fabric
1- 3.5″ x 9.5″ strip of dark fabric
1= 3.5″ x 12.5″ strip of dark fabric
The V of dark fabrics gives direction and movement too the quilt. Here is one example of how you could arrange the blocks. I have used a plain 9.5″ Square of background fabric and added strips of a medium value to pop up the excitement of the quilt.
I hope you will give Shoo Too a try! If you do, make sure you tag it with OKQShooToo or tag me with #OhKayeQuilting.
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I love to travel. I enjoy seeing new places and seeing how people live in different climates and areas. I have lived in Utah, USA for the past 27 years but I grew up in the beautiful state of Maine. My favorite place to travel these days is back home to see the ocean and the trees. The smell of the pine and spruce trees is like a tonic for my soul.
This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is travel and I made this very simple block that could be used for a travel themed quilt or pillow, but with a quick tweak of fabrics and some embellishment couold turn this humble block into a Christmas showstopper!
This is a Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) pattern, but if you have never tried it before, this is a great place to start! This is a very simple block and I think you will enjoy trying it. If you need some help, check out this tutorial.
I kind of panicked when I realized the theme for this month was “International.” I couldn’t think of anything to do for the theme. i was designing a butterfly block for a totally different purpose, but all of a sudden I realized it was perfect for Quilt Block Mania. I resized it to 12″ and BAM it was done!
I think most people enjoy seeing a butterfly (or even a pretty moth) fluttering around as the weather warms and the flowers begin to bloom. This is a pretty easy block if you are a beginner to Foundation Paper Piecing. If you are more advanced, you may want to break up the wings into some more pieces or use some embroidery to embellish the wings and to add some antennae.
If you want a smaller or larger block, you can always print the pattern at a different size. I love using the Golden Threads Quilter’s Assistant Proportional Scale which can be purchased from any Handi Quilter retailer to figure out what percentage I need to preint to get the size I want. The original block was designed to be 7.5″ and that is what is shown in this photo of a simple stitch-in-the-ditch sample that I have made for my classes.
The block is free. . . and I have quite a few free blocks available for download. If you subscribe to my once-a-month newsletter you will receive direct links to the downloads and never have to go looking for the freebies.
Below are the links to ALL the free Quilt Block Mania blocks for this month. I hope you have fun and if you make this block, be sure to tag me @ohkayequilting so I can see your work!