May 4, 2010

Sunflower Twilt

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

Summer is getting closer and to celebrate it’s coming I found this block in my UFO box and make it into this Tuesday’s Twilt, “Sunflower”. The petals of this completely template based design are three dimensional and only the inside folds are rolled.

Enjoy!

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April 27, 2010

3D Bowties Twilt

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

This happy little Twilt isn’t a Cathedral Window but surprisingly everything I do, relating to Cathedral Window quilting, is based on this block. The 3D Bowtie has been around for many years.

I used bright batiks and miniature asian prints to make the twelve blocks. Each block uses five squares exactly the same size, three from one print and two from the other. The center square is folded and stitched into the sames of the four patch. When pulled flat you have a three dimensional bowtie knot. It goes together in the same manner as the 3D Spool Twilt.

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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 29, 2009

Hearts and Flowers

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 2:58 PM by Shelley Swanland

Black strips of complimentary black fabrics frame the three Cathedral Window Flowers of “Hearts and Flowers”, this weeks Twilt. These flowers can be found in the border of Lotus Lullaby and Easy Cathedral Window Flowers, two of my patterns. Just a touch of a verigated fancy machine stitch adds a little color to the black strips. I used glass buttons for the flower centers.  Three hearts hang on rayon ribbon from a big bead with a painted dragonfly. Winter is hardly here and I’m thinking of Spring.

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December 22, 2009

Christmas Tree Twilt

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:47 PM by Shelley Swanland

My Christmas decorations are complete. My tree is up and trimmed. 

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays!!!

December 8, 2009

Holiday Ornament

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 2:19 PM by Shelley Swanland

The holidays are upon us so I wanted to be a little festive this week. Tuesday’s Twilt, “Holiday Ornament” is a single block from my pattern Cathedral Window Ornament Table Runner. Enjoy!

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