April 20, 2010

Cathedral Windows Storm at Sea

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 9:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

This was a fun Twilt to make. It uses 3D squares and 3D diamonds. The diamonds require a template but the rest of the piece uses squares and rectangles. I finished, “Storm at Sea”, using the grid and scallop quilting variation.

The quilt below uses the same blocks and hopefully will become a new pattern in the future.

Lost in the Storm, The Voyage Home

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April 13, 2010

Kitties Jubilee

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

The block for this Tuesday’s Twilt, “Kitties Jubilee”, comes from my pattern Berries Jubilee. I used Laurel Burch fabrics for the inside block and the border.

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April 6, 2010

On The Beach

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 9:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

This Tuesday’s Twilt, “On the Beach”, is super simple. It uses bias strips folded just like bias tape and laid on top of a white on white square with the folds touching. I stitched across the folds in the opposite direction. Once the top was layered with batting and backing I rolled the bias folds over and stitched them down as part of the quilting.

I know it’s not summer yet but the beach theme is nice to think about for a minute or two. Summer will be here before we know it.

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April 2, 2010

Cathedral Window Sampler

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , at 2:25 PM by Shelley Swanland

I have been working a few shows lately and sold a few of my pattern, “Cathedral Window Sampler”. It’s available for $9.25 plus $1.25 postage in the US. Email me if you’re interested in purchasing one. Click on the pictures to see high res versions of the Sampler and the Tradition variation on Flickr. I promised I would post some info on how to finish the Sampler so that it looks Traditional.  It won’t make much sense if you haven’t bought the pattern but for those who have, here goes:

In the sample at the right I used red for the background and beige prints for Fabric A and Fabric B. I chose an additional floral print for the window panes. Cut 6 squares 2″ each and 8 squares 2 1/2 ” each. Cut the 2 1/2″ squares in half diagonally.

Before you assemble the top, baste a floral triangle on top of each of the 3D triangles lining up the raw edges and centering the points.

Assemble the top. You will have floppy triangles on top of each 3D triangle. When you baste the quilt, center a 2″ floral square on top of each 3D square.

When quilting eliminate the grid and just roll the bias folds over the raw edges and stitch them down by machine. Remeber to just stitch to the point where the folds meet, take one stitch across and then continue. It isn’t necessary to stitch the points.

I will be at the Quilts Inc. show in Chicago so if you’re there please come by and say Hi! I will be in Monica’s Quilt & Bead booth. Thanks to all you who have been so supportive!!

March 30, 2010

Thread Spools Twilt

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , at 10:18 AM by Shelley Swanland

This post is a shout out to the About.com list that has been talking about my 3D Spools quilt and visiting my Blog. They motivated me to get my Twilts going again. My “Thread Spools” Twilt uses the same three-dimensional method as the Bow Tie block that my method of Cathedral Windows is based on. It uses triangles instead of background squares.

Just for the About.com folks here’s a quick tutorial for a 4 1/2″ spool block.

From fabric that looks like wood and white on white fabric cut strips 2 3/4″ each. From the strip make 45″ cuts to get half square triangles with the straight on grain on the long side. Use the 45 degree line on the ruler. You end up flipping the ruler back and forth. A spinning mat helps.

For the colored fabric that represents the thread cut 4″ squares.

Fold the thread fabric in half , right sides out, with the fold to the right and sandwich between a wood triangle and a white triangle, right sides in, lining up the four raw edge corners. The fold of the square should be towards the center of the seam and you should stitch across it. Stitch the seam leaving the first 1/4″ open. I backstitch at the beginning of the seam. Flip the piece around and sew triangles on the other end in the same order and manner.

Open the center square and pull the seam allowances together. Line up the triangles to the right of the seam allowances and sew in the same manner as the previous two seams. Turn the piece around and sew the final seam.

Pull the piece flat. Press from the back spiraling the seams around the center. The seams in the center with look like a little four patch when flattened.

If you want to press towards the dark fabric then clip the two seams beneath the square and press the outer section towards the dark.

 

 

Trim up the blocks as necessary. I know this is a quick set of instructions and I might just write up a pattern but I thought you might want to give it a try now. Let me know how you do.

Thanks for the motivation!!!

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December 3, 2009

Shelley’s Design Works on Etsy

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns, Misc tagged , , , , at 5:34 PM by Shelley Swanland

I have been thinking about a shop on Etsy for over a year and I can’t believe it but my shop, Shelley’s Design Works, is now OPEN!  

If you’re interested in owning one of my designs I encourage you to visit.

Over the next month and on into the next year and maybe beyond I will be posting quilts, table runners, samples from my books and patterns and small items like needlecases, ornaments and my zip bags. So, please take a peak.

All of the pictures you see here are items that are available. Above and on the right are two mini quilts that would make wonderful wall or table pieces.

The pink piece above and the lavender flower below are needle cases. On the right is one of my ornaments.

I am really excited to get this up and going so head on over and check it out. Feedback is welcome! Enjoy!!      http://www.etsy.com/shop/sswanland

 

December 1, 2009

Winter Sparkle

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 11:41 AM by Shelley Swanland

A simple Ohio Star block with a Cathedral Window center is this weeks Twilt. “Winter Sparkle” welcomes in the season.

I hope for the very best Holidays for everyone!

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November 3, 2009

Ode to Fall

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 2:10 PM by Shelley Swanland

Ode to FallI’m busy prepping for a quilt show in Lake Havasu Arizona but I found the time to look through the unfinished box again this week and found this block that was left over from my second book, “Machine Stitched Cathedral Stars”. Floating Windows is the first block in the book and the fall colors just called out to me in this “Ode to Fall”. It’s wonderful that pieces that could sit in the cupboard forever get to shine as  Twilts. I particularly liked the batiks I used in this block.Ode to Fall Detail I did need to quilt it out and to do that I used a freezer paper circle and moved it along as I stitched along the edge of it which means marking isn’t necessary.

For info on the book check out the page on my website or on Amazon.

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October 27, 2009

Midnight Blossom

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 8:27 PM by Shelley Swanland

Midnight BlossomOctober has been a busy month and I’ve saved up a whole lot of things I want to share but for today, it’s Twilt Tuesday and since I was running out of time, I checked my UFO box and found this little piece. I just trimmed it up and put a binding on. Midnight Blossom is a Cathedral Window Flower set inside more Cathedral Windows that are black on black . I did find out how difficult it is to photograph a piece with so much contrast. Midnight Blossom DetailDo click on the picture and you’ll see the high resolution version on Flickr.

My pattern that this Twilt is based on is called Sweet Strawberries. Check it out on the Pattern Page on my website.

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October 6, 2009

October Sky

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 5:36 PM by Shelley Swanland

October StarsI am welcoming October this first Twilt Tuesday with “October Sky”. This Twilt features nine miniature Star Puzzle blocks in blue and purple batiks complimented by an Asian print border. Each block is a three-dimensional square like the knot of a 3D Bow Tie block. The edges of the square are bias so after stitching diagonally through all the squares I rolled and stitched the folds into curves.

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