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Vin DuJour Stars

Vin DuJour Stars

Sounds like a peaceful evening under a sky full of twinkling lights drinking a few glasses of bubbly.

ya right
The name of the quilt does almost sound magical and yet it is just the description of one of my favorite quilts.
The fabric was named Vin DuJour by 3 sisters and duh, the blocks are stars, hence the name, Vin DuJour Stars.
The stars are BIG stars. Each block is almost 30″before trimming.

I am not a fan of purple, or I wasn’t a fan of purple until I made this quilt.
Come on, old ladies like purple.
I am not an old lady so why would I ever dream of liking purple?

Until now, I guess there all shades of purple and this deep grape won me over.
The name of the collection was Vin DuJour so the color names were Burgundy,
Champagne and Grape.
Excess research was done, if you know what I mean, to create these designs and colors.
The stars were made using 2 Vin DuJour Jelly Rolls so the strips were already cut at 2 1/2″ and i just started sewing.
Each of the stars were pieced with a different color placement, so they really do twinkle throughout.
If you are interested in this pattern, McCall’s does have a link to download the digital version of the Jan/Feb 2014 issue.
If a big quilt like this is a bit too much to bite off right now, they have also created a 1 block wallhanging option.
This would be dreamy made from a Christmas collection.
One more little thing about this quilt is my daughter absolutely loves it, begged for it and now owns it.
She is not old at all, actually she is pretty cool.
So purple is for cool people.
-modalissa
** this is a continuing series in my effort to document my quilts for history. Since what you put on the internet stays there forever,
I thought this would be as safe as a place as any.

 

 

Sew Scandi Sew Along

Sew Scandi continues…
Thank you Sherri for rearranging my turn on the hop.
Here are my blocks and my process.

I don’t have much room to sew so when it comes to laying pieces the space is limited. I  always look at a block and see if block has any shapes that are duplicates or mirror images of each other so I can layout a small section and chain sew. .When looking at this block, I noticed that one quarter section of this block is the pieced in the same direction as all the other corners of each block. This comes in handy when making multiple blocks of the same design.

This makes it easy to assembly line sew the sections together. Or what I call mindless sewing. As long as each of the pieces are picked up in the correct order you can just out the pedal to the medal and sew.

Following the block layout each of the sections can then be joined into segments and then constructed into the finished blocks.

Finished blocks are ready to add to the other sections. Now hop back to Sherri’s blog as she shows the final chain part of the quilt.  This finished quilt will be auctioned on Ebay with 100% of the winning bid going to the Susan B Komen foundation
Stay tuned as Sherri will also be posting a link to the Ebay auction.

Enjoy! 

how many slices in a pie


I have never really liked baking pies. 
I love  eating pies.

My mom’s coconut cream is to die for, but baking pies for my crew never seemed to be enough 
food so it was not my go to dessert.

So when  I was playing with the Dresden plate project sheet that Moda was doing with Printemps by 3 sisters, I wondered how many ways can you slice a Dresden plate. See where I am going this…..


I knew the width of the strip used would make a difference in the overall size of the blades which determines the size of the Dresden plate. All this really in depth research was performed using one ruler, Simplicity/EZ Easy Dresden by Darlene Zimmerman.

EZ Quilting Tools Easy Dresden Quilt Tool Set


Complete instructions on how cool this ruler is, shown here.

Using only one ruler I knew that my angle would be the same 
and I would need 20 blades.

Enough with the stuff I should have paid more attention to in high school geometry,
lets get to the fun part.

look closely at the difference in the pic above 
and  the pic below.

The only difference is whether you start measuring 
with the top of the
ruler or the bottom of the ruler. 
(it is okay to look at the pics again.)

Here is an example of the two blades stacked on top 
of each other. Since I cut them from 
the same width of fabric they are the same length.

The plate blocks measures 18″ across with a 
5 1/4″ opening in the center.

This one measures 15″ across with 
a 2 1/4″ opening in the center.

The blocks lined up beside each other 
showing the 3″ difference between the size.

This is them on top of each other showing 
how cool a layered dresden plate would be.

combining two of the most popular and forever 
classic dresden plates
There doesn’t seem to be much difference in sizes 
of the overall Dresden plate and the centers. 
 I measured them and it was about a 3″ difference
 which really adds up.
Big Dresden plate measures 18″ with a 5 1/4″ center opening.
Smaller plate measures 15″ with 2 1/4″ opening.
Adding paper pieced hexagons makes this 

into one shabby chic quilt.

quilt made by Debbi Duckworth

Printemps is headed to stores now so ask for the fabrics and patterns at you fav store or just dive into your scraps 
and have some fun making all sizes of Dresden plates.

I wonder how big to cut the blades for one huge Dresden plate?

All this is making me hungry. I think I will call my mom and see if she has some pie.

Enjoy
-modalissa

Lone Star Sampler- Mc Calls Quilting

Rarely does the sun and the moon align just right that 2 of my quilts are featured in different magazines the same month. So February 2014 must be lucky for me.
Check out McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014 
issue to
see my Lone Star Sampler quilt.

I am not much of a wine drinker and I am not a huge 
fan of the color purple, but as soon as I saw the 
Vin Du Jour by 3 sisters,
 I couldn’t resist.

 I set forth to see what I could do with a Jelly roll. 
This collection has the perfect balance of lights and darks. 
Almost exactly half darks and half mediums/lights making the combinations of values endless.
 I  started playing with a lone star block to see how many
 different color studies I could do using the 
light and darks to determine the the pattern.

 Strip piecing the sections and reversing some of the strips makes this quilt look more difficult that it really is.
Which is your favorite star block?
 I am torn between
 block 1, row 1
and block 3, row 2 or
possibly block 1, row 3.

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By the time I had finished the stars I had fallen in love with the grape tonal all over and
had to use it for some of the backgrounds.

Lone Star Sampler: 2 1/2" Precut Jelly Roll™ Strip-Pieced Quilt Pattern
image provided by McCalls Magazine

To read more about this issue, click here. I hope you enjoy this quilt as much as I did making it.

Quilt fabric De-Stash day 3

The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.

 I wonder if there is a psychologist out there that studies a 

quilter’s fabric buying tendencies. 
Or well maybe I don’t want to know the 
results of such a study.
I do know I have a mad, crazy addiction to background fabrics.
 I love scrappy quilts and the more backgrounds
 I can use the happier I am. 
Many years ago during one of our moves, 
I had all my fabrics 
in assorted black plastic bags. 
Once the move happened and I was ever so neatly 
arranging my fabrics on bookcases, I had no lights.
EGADS! All my light fabrics had been
 mysteriously taken to Goodwill, 
supposedly!
Even though the disappearing black plastic bag 
has tormented me for years I have 
amassed quite a collection of lights.
So keeping my promise to de-stash what will not fit, 
I will have several bundles of 
giveaways that will be backgrounds throughout 
the rest of the month.
Here’s the low down.
To celebrate National Sewing Month, 
I am going to have a Giveaway on my blog 
every WEEK DAY. 
It is going to be quick and simple. 
I will announce the winner and the next giveaway 
every weekday morning at 6:00 am central time.

Today’s giveaway is an assortment of
100%, first quality whites, cremes and tans. Some fat quarters
but mainly hunks of yardage.
None of them have been pre-washed.
They need a good home.
It will be a random drawing and  I will ship at the end of each week. 
I will consolidate shipments if you win more than once. 
I am only going to be able to ship in the contiguous 48 states 
and I must be able to contact you via e-mail.

AND the winner of Sept. 5th’s giveaway is…Blogger
 madrekarin said…
Love brown. My living room is done in shades of brown
thanks to a wall papered in old book pages. I think it needs a brown
quilt to be completely happy. 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

September 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM
The winner of today’s DE STASH will be posted
Monday morning along with more giveaways all week.
Just to wet your appetite for the line up next week,
Some vintage Tula Pink
Quilt blocks in progress
 fabric yo-yos
and more surprises

Thanks for following along.
-modalissa

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When Harry Met Sally

Have you ever worked on a quilt project that you just couldn’t sleep? You were so excited to see it all come together that you would sneak off to your sewing machine for hours at a time?
I make alot of quilts but I must say that this happens to me a couple of times a year.  I even dream about sewing the quilt when I do sleep. I know this may seem extremely odd to some of you, but for those that have caught the fever they will know exactly what I am talking about.
My quilt is featured in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
While I was making this quilt, I thought I should name it When Harry Met Sally. You all know the hiliarious movie starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal?
If you read my blog often you know that I like to mix different moda designers lines to challenge myself on fabric combinations. I choose two totally opposite groups, Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and paired it with Etchings by 3 sisters. Just like the movie where two total strangers meet, these two fabric lines seem strange to include in the same project.
But I love it!

As I sewed the dark browns, blacks, tans, blues and greys on one side and then mixed the soft romantic floral on the other side, I couldn’t help but think of this movie and the power of opposites attracting whether in a chick flick, real life or a patchwork quilt. Throwing in some medium fabrics on both sides for the “Clash Factor” helps make it all interesting.

The Log Cabin block is one of my all time favorites. I made larger blocks for a graphic look. The color and layout options are endless. You can find all the instructions on how to make this quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting, but I have taken those same blocks and given you several layout options below.

I didn’t name it When Harry met Sally for the magazine but will probably always refer to it as that.
So with any quilt I make I have a few scraps left over. It isn’t enough to make the quilt but it will get you started and I am giving it away here along with a copy of the magazine.
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite quilt block.
I will pick a winner Saturday night the 5th of November.
Make sure you have an e-mail address that I can contact you.



my beautiful scraps

this isn’t a great picture but I had to introduce Bo’s new puppy, Cassie. A black lab with huge feet just like my boys!



Thank you for stopping by. Good Luck and Happy Quilting.
COMMETNS FOR THE GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
The Winner is
charlotte said…




I love the idea of mixing two such different lines. How clever of you to have come up with that. It never would have occurred to me. I love the log cabin. I also love the simple 9 patch.


November 3, 2011 6:31 PM