bdieges designs https://bdieges.com Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:51:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://bdieges.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015_BOM_C-150x150.jpg bdieges designs https://bdieges.com 32 32 UFO 4-Plethora of Circles https://bdieges.com/ufo-4-plethora-of-circles/ https://bdieges.com/ufo-4-plethora-of-circles/#comments Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:00:51 +0000 https://bdieges.com/?p=8703 First I want to share January and February blocks from Sharon K.  Didn’t she do a great job? Very pleased to see my designs grow in someone else’s garden! At least I have two names in the hat for the UFO drawing at the end of the year.

Remember I said I was going to collect the names of all those who shared UFO’s? You can also get your name in the drawing.  Just send me before and after pictures of something you finished or pictures of my appliqué blocks you finished! They will be shared here on the blog.

Another non-quilted item of mine finished.  Purchased the yarn for at least 5 years ago.  This is my own pattern based on other knitted vests of mine.  I prefer to knit in the round.  The body of the vest is done in Rib Stitch Gone Wrong and the upper portion knitted in Seed Stitch.

SLOWLY, finishing the Alphabet Garden Quilt top.  The border is designed, and I will get started on that as soon as I finish the butterfly corners.  Step by step, I am getting there.  Here is the mock-up of it.

I used the blocks for the center, really like the way it looks.  Have to finish the corners first, the only way I can put the quilt top together.  Then on to appliquéing the gathered circles. 

Hundreds of circles, what was I thinking.  After a while, it felt like thousands!  Right, Mary?  Here is part of her quilt already put together.

At the time it sounded like a good idea and it will really be pretty once they are appliquéd in place, but I didn’t stop and think how long it would take to trace, cut, gather and press 312 circles.  Let alone the time to appliqué them!

Are you asking why? I thought the blocks needed to be set apart from each other.  I could have done it with a sashing strip, but that is what everyone does.  I also could have designed a simple shape to go in each corner, but what is done is done.  You might want to come up with your own idea or just use a sashing strip if the circles don’t appeal to you.  Afterall this is your quilt!

Another reason was to cover where the blocks join.  If you are very careful and all your corners come together exactly, then you can skip this step.  I am also planning on using a smaller butterfly here and there across the quilt on the seams that join in the center of the block because I am sure that no matter how carefully I trim the blocks those joinings will need covering as well.  They will fit right in with the ones in the corners.

I also have decided to make more work for myself and place diamonds where the center of the blocks come together and will replace those with small butterflies here and there.

Thank goodness for a long drive 5 hours one way to Northern California and those short trips to town, Los Angeles, and Bakersfield.  It is amazing how many I was able to gather while riding in the car.  My husband prefers to drive so that gives me lots of time to do hand work.

After I make the running stitch around one circle, I make a knot and move on to the next one.   Don’t know if I am saving time, but it feels like it!

If you have ever done yo-yos, it is basically the same technique, except you will be using a circle template to shape it into a perfect circle.  Run a small gathering stitch around the edge of a fabric circle.  Insert the appropriate size circle, pull the thread tight, dampen with liquid starch or fabric sizing, press with a hot iron.

I have found that after the gathering thread is dampened and tightened it really stays in place.  It does not loosen.  Press with a hot iron, let cool, snip the thread and remove the template.

Check out the tutorial on circles I did a while ago.  https://bdieges.com/punch-happy/

Instead of freezer paper circles, I punched circles from heat-proof template plastic the appropriate size.  That is what you see inside the gathered circles.  I also found that quilting thread is better to use for gathering, less likely to break.

Click on the link below to take you to the page with the 2018 blocks and the pdf for the border letters.

Alphabet Garden Border Letters

2018 Block of the Month

2016-17 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

 


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UFO 3-Julie’s Fabrics https://bdieges.com/ufo-3-julies-fabrics/ https://bdieges.com/ufo-3-julies-fabrics/#respond Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00:08 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=3575 Mary H. is keeping up with the UFO Challenge and here is her’s for this month and is ready for the next one. I was tickled with the photo of her “next project.” She says it was hand pieced in 1991 and has been patiently waiting for her attention.  I have some that are at least that old too.

Aren’t these clowns adorable?

I know I said that I would be unveiling the Alphabet Garden quilt setting.  However, it still needs to be tweaked and I got behind because of updating my website, so I pulled this UFO out of one of my bins.  I will be working on it as we go through the year because each piece needs to be cut individually.  I don’t have the patience to do that all in one sitting!

This quilt is going to be made of fabrics from my quilting friend Julie who passed away six years ago from Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS.  She made many beautiful quilts for her family. I was given some of her fabrics and a beautiful pair of scissors.  Every time I use them I think of her.

I didn’t really look at the fabrics when I received them, just set them aside.  There were several bags, each bag seemed to be coordinated by fabrics and some boxes of 3″ squares that she had carefully cut.jc07

Another bag was pastel floral elongated triangles and black floral print squares and plain black squares. At first, I thought this was a project she had cut out and was going to put together, but the more I looked at all of these triangles, the more I realized these pieces were the remains of a quilt she had made. So the question became, how could I use them?  I was not going to toss them.  So I decided to make Half Square Triangles from them.  Am I crazy? Each triangle and each square will have to be cut individually.

As I looked at the pastels, I realized that if I cut carefully, each elongated triangle would yield one 2-1/2″ half square triangle. Others would yield 2-1/2″ squares. So I thought of the Scrappy Escher Quilt, that I blogged about a few years ago.  The tutorial for making the blocks is there.

First I cut the triangles, I could only get one Half Square Triangle from each scrap triangle.

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Draw a line on the wrong side of the black square, layer the triangles on the right side, turned the unit over, pin through the two layers and sew it from the back side, you have to be careful when you put it under the foot, so you don’t mess up the corners of the triangles.

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Some of the pastel triangles were large enough, that I could cut a square and a half square triangle.

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I was even able to use the rectangle method for making some of the half square triangles, the light triangles were marked in that case, so it made it easier to sew.  See more about HSTs from Rectangles at the Scrappy Escher Quilt.

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Then all you do is fold it slightly and cut between the light triangles.  Press the seam allowances to the dark fabric, then move on to the next set.

Here is what I have right now.

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What I think is intriguing about this design is finding the block.  Where is it? 

Looking at it your eye is trying to tell you it is the one on the left or right.  But it is not.  It is these two blocks below.  One is for the center and the other is for the edges.  The block is given a quarter turn to bring the corners together.

And here is how it looks in Electric Quilt as a 68″x77″ quilt.  I have a feeling it will be bigger, a lot bigger.  Mmmm, maybe I should make two smaller quilts, that would work, too.juliesquilt3

Click on the quilt for the EQ file.

I don’t know how large the quilt will be, but I plan to use all of those pastel triangles and the black floral to make the quilt or quilts.  Here is the link to the pdf file for the blocks.

Click on the link below to take you to the page with the 2018 blocks.

2018 Block of the Month

2016-17 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

 


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UFO 2-New Waistbands https://bdieges.com/ufo-2-new-waistbands/ https://bdieges.com/ufo-2-new-waistbands/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:55 +0000 https://bdieges.com/?p=7541 We have our first sharing of an Un-Finished Object!  Mary H. sent me photos of a box that she will tell us more about in the comments. Isn’t it exquisite?  Thank you, Mary.

Since photos/images can’t be sent through the website, go to Stay in Touch to contact me.  Let me know you want to send photos and I will send you my email address.  If you are on Facebook, you can also attach photos through messenger.  That may take a little back and forth as well.  Somehow we will get this all figured out.

I also have two other UFOs done and out of the way. The first is a sweater that I have not worn for a few winters, simply because I didn’t take the time to repair it.

The ends of the knitting were unraveling around the flowers and there was a large hole in one of the sleeves.  So I put on my iPod and took an hour or so to get my favorite winter sweater back into wearable condition.  Just taking the time was so rewarding!

Waistband Tutorial

This tutorial does not have much to do with quilting, but it might help you save some money.  Many of you probably have done this many times, but there may be one or two of you who have not done this before, so hopefully, this will be helpful.

It takes a little time, but is worth it in the end.  I hate shopping, especially for clothes.  I usually purchase several of whatever I am looking for and make those last a long time.

In 2003 we were on the east coast and came across a tremendous sale on clothing at a local department store.  I tried on a pair of pants and they fit me perfectly.  I am short and usually have to shorten pants.  Not this time.  So I purchased six pairs of pants in three colors.  The elastic has finally given out in all of them, but the fabric is still in great condition.  Not about to throw them away!For this tutorial you will need:

  • Pants or skirt that need new elastic
  • Scissors and/or seam ripper
  • 1″ or 3/4″ wide non-roll elastic
  • Straight pins and several safety pins, plus an extra large safety pin
  • Matching thread to your garment fabric
  • Iron with steam or pressing cloth
  • Sewing machine (serger if available) and basic sewing tools and supplies
  • Time to do the task!

Here is how I went about replacing the elastic.  For less than $1.50 per pair and a few hours one afternoon, I saved quite a bit not having to purchase new pants.  The most tedious part of the process is removing the old elastic from the waistband.

For these pants, I used 1″ wide non-roll elastic but 3/4″ would also work.  Either one should be available at your local fabric store.  Fortunately, our local quilt store carries notions, because our town is out in the country.

This elastic is not as wide as the one I removed, but that doesn’t matter because the waistband is still the same width.  Notice that the elastic appears to be ribbed, that keeps it from rolling and is different from the elastic that you just removed.Most commercial pants have the elastic sewn in and at least six seams are used.  On the outside, you see five seams, but once those are removed there is the last one which is a serged seam.  So put on some music or your favorite podcast, get out your seam ripper and get to work.A two thread chain stitch is usually used for these seams and if you are lucky you will find the beginning.  All you have to do is pull the thread and it will come undone.  Start unpicking in one direction and occasionally pull on the thread.  If you have unpicked approximately 1-2″ and it isn’t pulling free, start unpicking in the other direction.  The serged seam is another story.

After the first pair of pants that was my clue to the direction to start picking and the last five went more quickly.  Most of the time the elastic is put in as a whole piece, but in the two tan pants, it was sewn into the back seam, so I had to do a little extra work to close the seam after removing the elastic, but that wasn’t a big deal.  Just sew on along the original seam line, press and you are done with that part.  Don’t bother overcasting the seam allowances because they will be inside the waistband.Once you have removed the old elastic, press the former waistband open with steam or a pressing cloth to remove the creases.  This area should be as flat as possible.  Then overcast the raw edges with a serger or overcast stitch on your regular machine.Fold over the overcast edge 1/2″ wider than your elastic.  So for a 1″ elastic fold 1-1/2″ for 3/4″ elastic fold 1-1/4″.  Measure and pin all the way around. 

Press the fold and take it to your regular sewing machine.  We are going to make two straight seams, so put the serger away if you used it.  I used my 1/4″ foot because it has a 1/8″ measurement.  You could use a regular zigzag foot and move the needle over.  However you do it, you want to sew 1/8″ from the edge all the way around in matching thread.

At the back of your pants place a pin 2″ on either side of the back seam for the opening of the casing.  Now sew through the center of the overcast edge starting with a backstitch at one pin and sew around stop and backstitch at the other pin to leave the opening.Wrap the new elastic around your waist and tighten it to fit snugly and comfortably.  You might want to safety pin it and see how easily it is to remove.  Cut off the piece where you measured it.

Attach a large safety pin, or if you happen to still have a diaper pin (mine is 45 years old) to one end of the elastic.Slip the safety pin into the waistband casing, as you pull it through, before you get to the other side, safety pin the end in place.  This will keep you from accidentally pulling the elastic too far.  Ask me how I know this!

As you are pulling it through, do not let the elastic twist, make sure it stays flat as you come around to the other side of the opening.  I suggest you pull a little extra out on both sides and place a safety pin on both sides.Double check that the elastic is flat all the way around the waistband.  Now bring the edges together, and safety pin together.  Try on the pants.  This is the time when you can see if you need to make the elastic a little more snug.

If for some reason you made it too tight, you can add a piece of elastic by overlapping the edges to the larger piece and sew with a zigzag stitch.

If it fits fine, replace the safety pin with a straight pin and slip under the foot of the sewing machine with straight or zigzag stitches stitch the ends together.Remove from the machine and sew the opening closed.

All done.  Enjoy your “new” garment!  If you have any questions or if this was helpful, please comment below.

Click on the title “2018 Alphabet Block of the Month” below to take you to the page with the 2018 blocks.

2018 Block of the Month

2016-17 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

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UFO 1-My Tuffet https://bdieges.com/ufo-1-my-tuffet/ https://bdieges.com/ufo-1-my-tuffet/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:00:07 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=6954 Here is my first 2018 UFO Challenge project.

In the true sense of the word, it doesn’t really fit the definition of an “unfinished” project.  However, it does involve cleaning out my stash and repurposing stored stuff into a useful item.  Since the main purpose of this challenge is to move stuff from storage to usefulness, it fits.  Think outside the “box” and finish stuff that’s IN the box!

Instead of thinking about finishing something, just do it!  I am hoping that you all will join me in this challenge this year.  I would like to hear from you if you are ready to downsize your UFOs.

The fabric was leftover from a chair I had reupholstered more than 30 years ago.  The chair went away when we moved to the mountains, however, the fabric moved with us.  The pillow form and foam inserts have been hanging around for a while as well!

In the evening when I am sitting on the couch, I like to put up my feet (which was also recommended by my doctor) but there really isn’t any place to put them except on the marble/wood coffee table.  We don’t have recliners, so I put some pillows on the table as padding.  However, one is a counted thread pillow and the other a needlepoint pillow and I didn’t want to ruin them.  So I decided to make a tuffet!

There are some very elaborate ones out there, but simple was my goal.  Here is the solution:  A giant block pillow.  It is higher than the two pillows and feels very comfortable.  It does look funny sitting there on the coffee table!  It can go under the table when not in use.  Our grand-daughter thinks its a great floor pillow! It went together in just a couple of hours if I don’t count taking pictures and writing on the blog!

The two pillows together were about 5″ tall, but it needed to be taller.  The small pillow is 11″ in width, so I figured that it didn’t need to be much wider than that.  Think about how wide you want the pillow to be.  Let’s say 10″.  How tall do you want it?  8″  No pattern is needed because the tuffet is squared up with the seaming.  So you have some idea of what I am talking about here is a drawing of what it would look like if you were to make a pattern.

Three pieces of fabric are needed.  The square for the top (18″) and two (9″x18″) rectangles for the bottom.  Seam allowances haven’t been added to these amounts.

To make it wider or taller, use a larger square.  Since the size of my square was limited by the scrap, I was able to cut one 20″ square and two 20″x12″ rectangles, that includes seam allowances for the zipper.

The rectangles need to be at least 2″ wider than half of the width of the square to allow for inserting a zipper.

This is not an exact science, I was going for something close to the size I wanted.  In other words, I was winging it.

I collect zippers too, never know when you need one!  The only problem was that it is a metal zipper, which presents an extra challenge when sewing it, but I will explain that later.  

A zipper foot is not needed!  Choose a zipper that is at least 1″ or 2″ longer than the opening.  That makes the application much easier!

First, insert the zipper between the two rectangles.  Watch how you sew the two sides in place, ask how I know that! (I hate unsewing, but I did.)

With your regular foot, place it on the zipper band, so the zipper teeth are on the outside edge of the sewing foot.  Move the needle over so you can sew as close to the teeth as possible.  Sew both sides of the zipper in place.

Now along each side, fold the fabric so the fold aligns with the teeth and pin in place.  I sewed the seam with the needle in the center since the fabric was heavy. If the fabric is thin, you could move the needle toward the teeth.  Repeat for the other side.

Close the zipper.  If the zipper a metal zipper, overcast it by hand about where the seam will cross it when the squares are sewn together.  If it is a nylon coil zipper you can sew over it with the machine.  Then overcast the other end to keep the edges together.  Cut the zipper off even with the edge of the fabric.

Partially open the zipper.  Now layer the squares face to face, I had to trim about 3/4″ from both sides of the zippered square, so the edges would be even.  Pin at the corners and two or three at all sides.

Sew around the edges, I could have sewn closer to the edge, but did use a strong overcast stitch.

When you come to the zipper, if it is METAL, DO NOT sew across it.  STOP!  Lift the needle and move the fabric back slightly so you can bring the needle to start on the other side of the zipper.  That is why you overcast it!  Don’t worry about the corners, they will disappear with the next step.

Cut off the tips of the corners, the corners end up inside the pillow so don’t worry about making a hole at the corner.  Do not turn it inside out yet.

Turn and fold so the corner forms a nice right angle.  Make sure the seam allowances are flipped so they nest together.

Use your ruler if necessary, align it so the angle runs across the corner and draw a line along it.  Pin on both sides of the line, repeat with the other three corners.

Sew on the lines, using an overcast stitch.  Do not cut off the corners.  I left the corners in place because I wanted a little more padding and rigidity.  Turn pillow right side out, stuff, zip shut and put up your feet!

UPDATE:  My husband stole mine, so now I have to make another one!

Finished hand quilting my Angels We Have Heard on High row, that was designed for the Christmas Carol Row Along, unfortunately not for Christmas 2017, but at least I will have it for 2018.  It has a faced binding, which is why there is no binding showing along the edges.  Hopefully, the rest of the triptych will be done by this coming December as well.

Also made three more stash-busting flutter sleeve dresses for my grand-daughter too.  I took a picture of her with my flip phone, but can’t figure out how to post it to the web.  You can get an idea of what they look like at the link.  Very easy, each one only took a couple of hours.

So far so good with this UFO Challenge.  Please share with us what you have done or what you plan to do.  Remember I am keeping your names for a drawing at the end of the year!


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January 2018 UFOs of the Month https://bdieges.com/january-2018-ufos-of-the-month/ https://bdieges.com/january-2018-ufos-of-the-month/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:02 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=7227 Seems kind of strange, not designing a new block of the month, but as I explained to you last month, I really need to finish what I have started because I have way too many Un-Finished Objects hanging around.  However, on the first of each month, a revised version of one of my original blocks of the month is included.  This one is from January 2003.

The link is at the bottom of the page, but please read the rest, before you scroll down.

Here are three bins and two more that aren’t in the photo.  There are also quilts that need to be hand and machine quilted, skirts that need shortening and pants that need new elastic.  So I am not just talking about quilting, any kind of project that needs to be FINISHED is part of this challenge!

New Year’s Resolution:

Get these puppies OUT of here!

So I am challenging you, as I am working on my UFO’s, to also finish your UFO’s.  If you doing this along with me, it will also motivate me to keep going.  Receiving pictures of the block of the month, kept my motivation going on the two-year project with the Floral Alphabet blocks.  Trust me it was hard!

How about stitching up some of those block patterns you collected for the last two years and sending me pictures? Those count as UFO projects too.

If it isn’t an appliqué block, when you pick your UFO project, take a picture.  Then when you finish it, take another picture.  Send me the two pictures.  I will post them here on the blog.  The more pictures you send the more chances you will have to receive a prize.  Every time you send pictures of your UFO’s I will put your name in the “bag!”  Just look at it this way, you move projects out and you get to eventually replace them with new projects!  Out with the old, in with the new!

At the end of 2018, I will draw TWO names of those who sent pictures of their projects.  You will receive a prize, which will involve books and patterns, exactly which ones I haven’t decided.  I do ask that if you are outside of the US that you pay postage.  Or I might be able to send you digital downloads.  Have to figure that out.

During each month I hope to be presenting my UFOs to you on the blog on a regular basis.  I might include some tutorials, but that depends on the project.  Who knows, maybe a free pattern too.  Your pictures will also appear on the blog each month.

Here is great tutorial about UFO’s and how to push yourself to finish them, Warning Signs of a UFO

This will be the last month the December block will be free, then it moves to Craftsy.  Click on the title “2017 Alphabet Block of the Month” below to take you to the page with the 2017 blocks.

2017 Alphabet Block of the Month

2018 Block of the Month

2016-17 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

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December 2017 Block of the Month https://bdieges.com/december-2017-block-of-the-month/ https://bdieges.com/december-2017-block-of-the-month/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:00:54 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=7154 It is finished, well not really, now it all has to be put together.  The final block is here, our last Floral Alphabet Block!  When I started two years ago, I was a little nervous, because two years is a long time out, but here we are.  I finally have chosen a quilt-setting, but you will have to wait a little bit to see it.

Since we needed something with a “Z” what else could it be but Zinnia!  Did I hear some “yipes” out there when you considered how many petals Zinnias have?  I have done my best to keep them to a minimum.  When I think of zinnias I think of this kind, not necessarily the color, but the shape, which was my goal for in this month’s block. If you go online there are many varieties and colors.  Search for zinnia flower pictures and you will find great inspiration for coloring your blocks.  The one below has incredible coloring, looks like someone painted the petals, although it doesn’t have the multiple petal layers.

Have fun picking fabrics for your flowers.For the last four months, I have been trying to decide what to do for 2018. What kind of flowers?  Pull some flower blocks from the past? Or some other kind of appliqué block?  Really scratching my head!

I finally decided that 2018 will be the Year of the UFO (Un-Finished Objects) because I have three quilts that need to be finished and hand-quilted.  That includes the quilt I have to put together with the blocks from the last two years.  Designing and appliquéing blocks doesn’t leave much time to hand finish quilts.  I also have bins filled with unfinished projects.  I don’t suppose any of you have that kind of problem?  In those bins, I also have clothes to be mended (that’s a nasty word for a quilter) that I have been putting off.

So I am challenging you, as I work on finishing projects, to also finish projects.  What about appliquéing those blocks of mine that you have been collecting?  The coming year will give you time to do that.

I will be presenting my UFOs to you on the blog probably along with tutorials, depending on the project and possibly a free pattern to go along with it.  I will be giving you more information on January 1, the day for New Year’s Resolutions!

Any other finished blocks?  We would all love to see them as they are an inspiration to others.  Please share, it doesn’t matter how long ago you started them!

Click on the title “2017 Alphabet Block of the Month” below to take you to the page with the 2017 blocks.

2017 Alphabet Block of the Month

2016 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

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November 2017 Block of the Month https://bdieges.com/november-2017-block-of-the-month/ https://bdieges.com/november-2017-block-of-the-month/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:15:52 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=7148 Only two more blocks in our series! I didn’t think I was going to get them all done.  Once again we have an issue with the lack of flowers that begin with “Y” unless you use Yellow as part of the name.  Maybe not a lack, but they need to be something that is relatively easy to appliqué!  So that is why we have Yellow Trumpet Vine this monthHere is the October block from Mary H. Love her color choices.Any other finished blocks?  We would all love to see them as they are an inspiration to others.  Please share, it doesn’t matter how long ago you started it!

Click on the title “2017 Alphabet Block of the Month” below to take you to the page with the 2017 blocks.

2017 Alphabet Block of the Month

2016 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

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October 2017 Block of the Month https://bdieges.com/october-2017-block-of-the-month/ https://bdieges.com/october-2017-block-of-the-month/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 08:00:45 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=6963 We are coming down to the end of our alphabet flowers and one starting with “X” was needed.  Very few choices available, but I found this one, Xyris.  You may never have heard of it, and neither had I, but here is the definition from the dictionary. I am thinking of it as a wild flower, not a weed.  We already have one weed in our alphabet garden, the dandelion, last year’s April flower.

Besides yellow, they also are found with lavender and blue petals.

I took a little artistic license and chose an orange fabric in place of yellow.  The November block is a yellow flower, so I didn’t want two flowers of the same color next to each other.  Not a lot of “Y” flowers out there either.  Now you have a small hint about November, but that is all you get.

You may have seen Mary H. August and September blocks on Facebook, but in case you didn’t here they are.

Any other finished blocks?  We would all love to see them as they are an inspiration to others.  Please share, it doesn’t matter how long ago you started it!

Click on the title “2017 Alphabet Block of the Month” below to take you to the page with the 2017 blocks.

2017 Alphabet Block of the Month

2016 Alphabet BOM at Craftsy

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Angels We Have Heard on High! https://bdieges.com/angels-we-have-heard-on-high/ https://bdieges.com/angels-we-have-heard-on-high/#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:00:48 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=7030 Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in Excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in Excelsis Deo!Click on the picture to download the PDF pattern.

Welcome to the fourth day in the 3rd Annual Row Along.  Thank you, Marion Pena, from Seams to be Sew for inviting me to participate in the Row Along and all your hard work finding sponsors for the generous giveaways.

This Christmas Carol has always had a special place in my heart, but especially now because of where we live.  I can hear the refrain in my head echoing across our valley and mountains, especially when we have a snowy Christmas.  This doesn’t happen too often, we are more likely to have a snowy Easter than Christmas!

Originally, the pattern started out to be paper-pieced, but once I started working with the large patches of fabric, it wouldn’t work, at least for me.  I devised another method that is explained in detail in the pattern.  Also, the pattern measures 12″ wide x 40″ tall.  I was so intent on using it for a background for our creche which needed to be 40″ tall that I missed the requirement that it was to be 30″ long or tall, but Marian said it was okay.

Please leave a comment below so that you are registered for all four prizes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fabrics for the sky, hills, and the village of Bethlehem are all from Northcott, who so generously donated fabrics to all the designers.  The starry sky is from their Magic of Christmas collection and the hills and Bethlehem village fabrics are from their Toscana collection which comes in an incredible selection of colors, but all with that soft muted look of suede, but a silky feel.  Beautiful fabrics to sew and handle.

Then there are the very practical sturdy cutting mats from Calibre Arts.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

When you go to the listed designer’s blogs on their release dates, you can download their “Christmas Carol Row-A-Long” patterns for free, either directly from their website or through Craftsy.  

The patterns are available free for one week after the bloggers featured day, so don’t procrastinate!

On top of that, on each blog, you can enter to win great quilterly items, donated by a number of different companies.  Each blog will feature different prizes that are available on that day.  Just make sure you comment on each blog to be registered for the prizes.

I will be keeping the schedule here on my blog.  So check back every Tuesday and Thursday until October 5 to make sure you get all the patterns.

I will be giving away five signed copies of my book.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And it keeps getting better with a gift certificate from The Electric Quilt Company, a great company whose software I use all the time to design my quilts.  Unfortunately, I can’t make quilts as fast as I design them.  Maybe someone could design little quiltmakers to whip out all those quilts?

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Restrictions: EQ has restrictions for this giveaway, it can’t be used for:
(Exclusions apply – Does not apply to EQ7, EQ7 Migration Kit, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Mini Upgrade, EQ University)

Christmas Carol Row Along Participants!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Quilt Affection
Any Pattern
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt In Piece
Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts 
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Everyone on today’s schedule–Thursday, September 14, 2017
bdieges designs ME
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA  (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante  (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches

Guidelines for Giveaways.  Please take the time to read this.

  1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  3. You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  4. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.
  5. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017.
  6. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.
  7. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  8. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  9. You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  10. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  11. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…
  12. Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  13. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  14. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  15. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  16. All winners are chosen at random.
  17. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  18. Odds of winning a prize are based on a total number of Rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  19. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  20. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  21. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  22. Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year.
  23. in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.
  24. I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
  25. If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
  26. All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.
  27. An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be sent 1st class which averages out at $2.77 to $4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.
  28. Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
  29. Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.
  30. Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them. Marian Pena from Seams to be Sew
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Christmas Carol Row-Along is Here! https://bdieges.com/christmas-carol-row-along-is-here/ https://bdieges.com/christmas-carol-row-along-is-here/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:00:54 +0000 http://bdieges.com/?p=6927 Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly!  Have you ever gone Christmas Caroling?  We have done it a few times.  Trouble is our neighborhood is very spread out because we live on large parcels of land.  We have to drive from house to house instead of walking, but it is a fun thing to do!

Wish we could do it with horse and buggy, dashing through the snow, but since we don’t have a horse, I will keep dreaming about that!

This Row-A-Long is so exciting, so much to do and so little time!  We just make the time to do the things we love to do and all that other stuff is put on the back burner.

The designs from each designer are so unique and each one captures the spirit of the Christmas carol it represents.

Another little piecing and appliqué from my row.  It will be published on September 14.Below is the schedule for the Christmas Row Along.  If you check back every Tuesday and Thursday until October 5, you will see which blog is next.

As you go to each blog, be sure to leave a comment to sign up for the prizes and there are a lot of prizes this year, more than in the past row-a-longs.

Christmas Carol Row Along Participants!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Quilt Affection
Any Pattern
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt In Piece
Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts 
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017
bdieges designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA  (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 23, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante  (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches

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