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Month: April 2021

Trellis Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew: Pattern Review

Let’s start with my extreme excitement to share with you how much I can RAVE about this quilt pattern. The Trellis Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew is a gorgeous, geometric pattern. From the cutting directions to sewing the blocks together, constructing this quilt was a breeze.

This jelly roll and layer cake friendly quilt is the perfect addition to your quilt stack! Currently I am thinking about tying this quilt and then binding it rather than traditionally quilting it! While I do enjoy quilting on my machine or tackling hand quilting, I purchased an arrangement of colorful embroidery threads from Amazon that I am going to use to do an “ombre” tying on this quilt! I recommend you give it a shot too, it is less time consuming for sure!

I chose to do mine in a fun rainbow/ombre pattern which ended up coming out exactly how I wanted! I used this jelly roll designed by V and Co. with Moda Fabrics! I have it linked below (I do earn a small commission from links)!

Scroll through to see some cute pictures of my Trellis Quilt!

One of the best features of this pattern is that it does not require any special tools and can be accomplished with a standard 6 1/2″x 24 1/2″ gridded ruler. My favorite is this one by Creative Grids, but all will work well with this pattern.

Beyond having a good, “grippy” ruler you should also consider a good ruler to square up the blocks with. However, this pattern makes it super easy to get nearly perfect on each block and I did not have to trim them up too much.

I highly recommend this super fun and bright pattern, the Trellis Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew! Check it out at the link below if you are looking for a super fun new quilting project!

xoxo Quincy

3 Ways to Avoid Cutting Wonky Quilt Pieces

How many times have you started cutting out a quilt and worried about how the finished product is going to match up? I know personally I worried about this A LOT especially when the pattern is complicated and it includes triangles and points! This post is aimed at offering you 3 ways to avoid cutting wonky quilt pieces which will in return make your quilts straighter and easier to work with!

When I began my quilting career roughly ~10 years ago~ I learned the importance of having the right tools to get the job done. When I picked out my first quilting tools for my first sampler quilt, I luckily had the guidance of my local quilt store. However, several of my first cutting tools were not the most user friendly and I struggled with accuracy.

My initial inaccuracies were all part of the learning curve of quilting! These 3 ways to avoid cutting wonky quilt pieces are essential for any quilter to know! This became more and more apparent as I started tackling more difficult quilt blocks and techniques.

Tip #1: Use a Rotary Cutter!

For all those seasoned quilters out there this might seem like an obvious tip, however I do not think it can be said enough! When I began quilting I tried using a pair of Fiskers scissors. This did not bode well for me and I found it almost impossible to cut a nice straight line! Without these straight lines it was super difficult to have a consistent seam and put together individual quilt blocks.

With this in mind, I recommend a quality rotary cutter such as the Olfa 45mm or 60mm. Fiskers also offers a price competitive option, however I do find it does roll a little less smoothly. That being said it is an excellent rotary cutter for the beginner. It also comes in a 45mm or 60mm!

Tip #2 Press Your Seams Open, For No More Wonky Quilt Pieces!

Let’s talk about the dreaded -~seam pressing~- I am guilty as charged for frequently not pressing my seams open! (I know.. shocking!) For several years, I would press my seams to one side with an iron rather than pressing the seams open. When my world opened up to the “pressing seams open club” my seams lined up straighter and my blocks improved immeasurably! I personally use a baby pink Oliso iron for pressing seams open!

This iron is absolutely incredible and a staple for any seam pressing or as a travel iron!

Tip #3 Use a 1/4″ Quilting Foot or Physical Guide!

My final tip from this blog post is the importance of making sure your quilting seams are exactly 1/4″ each time you sew. Every sewing machine is different, don’t underestimate the differences you may find between different sewing machine brands and the type of thread and needle that runs best in that sewing machine. This can drastically effect your seam length and integrity. Using a thread like Aurifil Mako 50wt, is often a good choice to eliminate issues that cheaper threads can cause.

Personally, I have a Bernina 750 QE and I use the 97D foot which makes a great 1/4″ seam! This foot (or a similarly designed one for your style of machine,) works wonders along with a magnetic seam guide like this one! I personally use the Groves Seam Guide and absolutely love its happy little face!

Thank you for hanging with me today and I hope that these suggestions are helpful and find you in good spirits and health! Let me know below in the comments how these different techniques work for you and if there are other products you prefer for getting your seams straight!

Also check out this blog post 5 Must Have Quilting Notions You Can Find On Amazon for more tips and tricks!

xoxo Quincy

The Best Modern Quilt Books on Amazon

As a hub of amazing quilt products, Amazon also offers the best modern quilt books from your favorite designers. Also sometimes it gives you the opportunity to purchase the book directly from the designer. Amazon’s ability to direct traffic towards the designers while offering a wide selection of books, makes it my go-to source for quilting books.

Now….this is nothing against quilt shops, as a small online retailer of quilting products, it is nearly impossible to offer a wide selection of quilting books and also not get in too deep in overhead.

This is why I LOVE Amazon, because I can direct my readers to their reasonably priced books directly from the designer or publisher without having to stock an inventory of books.

Because books can be a little more on the pricey side, Amazon is often able to offer the most price competitive and comprehensive amount of books, partly due to the cost of the production of books and quantities. While I occasionally offer modern quilting books in my online shop I choose to offer a few that I use frequently but direct many to Amazon for other amazing books! With that being said I do earn a small commission on the books links below, however, I do LOVE all of these books!

I am telling you all this because I am excited to create this list of incredible modern quilting books.

Without further ado let’s get into the books!

The Modern Quilt Bible by Elizabeth Betts

This is an INCREDIBLE and comprehensive modern quilting book. One of my favorite parts of this book is the versatility and simplicity. The hallmark of this book is using clean lines, circles, and color to create modern quilts. It is crucial to highlight that this book can be a *tad* bit overwhelming because there are so many different pattern options. If you are anything like me you’d know that this can make it a bit difficult to choose between so many fun options. Regardless, this is a staple book for the modern quilter and an excellent choice to introduce into your quilting space.

Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

There have been MANY quilt alongs featuring this book, and it is super fun! Although the blocks are small, they are versatile and easy to create. I made a small baby sized quilt from this book and loved the look of it! (Unironically I also used Tula Pink’s Free Spirit Fabric line for the blocks as well!) This is a great book for modern quilt block inspiration, along with a fun modern sampler quilt!

Patchwork City: 75 Innovative Blocks for the Modern Quilter By Elizabeth Hartman

This book, released in 2014, is an ode to the brilliant patterns of Elizabeth Hartman. I consider her a “darling” of the modern quilting community and personally one of my greatest influences. Her patterns are simple and chic and often connect to the natural world. I enjoy this book because it is closer to a cityscape or perhaps a little different take on her usual patterns. In this book there are 6 different sampler quilts offered and a ton of fun and inspirational quilt blocks.

Quilt with Tula and Angela: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Piecing and Quilting Using Color and Shape

This collab between Tula Pink and Angela Walters is one of my favorites of all time. Within this book is one of the “cutest” and most fun skull quilt patterns. It is both whimsical and offers smooth lines of symmetry. Be sure and give this book a whirl, I personally keep it on my coffee table/ottoman because I love thumbing through it!

Mini Wonderful Curves: 16 Seasonal Quilt Projects Using the QCR By Sew Kind of Wonderful

Last but not least is one of my all time favorite books. Mini Wonderful Curves is a NECESSARY companion to the Quick Curve Ruler – Mini which can be found in my shop here along with the book. I LOVE this book and how easy it makes curved piecing. I have had way too much fun with this book and I am currently planning my next project to come from this book! Wish me luck, and as always , I’ll keep you updated with the progress. If you’ve ever wanted to tackle curved piecing without all the difficulties, give this one a try!

Also the full sized Quick Curve Ruler can be found here!

I hope you find these books useful and enjoy them as much as I do! That’s all for today!

xoxo Quincy

5 Must Have Quilting Notions You Can Find on Amazon

Let’s be honest, we all love Amazon especially the Prime shipping they offer! Personally, I have shopped their site for a long time. As a longtime quilter I have been on a journey to find some amazing quilting notions to use in my projects, and below I have some recommendations.

I’ll be honest, some quilting notions are flops and others are incredible and get daily usage in my studio.

I have tried many different rotary blades, quilting pins + clips, and threads and have come to use several products consistently. Every brand has its own quality and price point, however, I believe I have found the “sweet spot” for quilting notions and affordability. Because, believe me, the last thing I want to do is spend $$$ on quilting products that are not useful for most quilting projects or there is a better and cheaper alternative product.

Quilting notions, including self-healing mat and Olfa

Olfa 60mm Rotary Blade + Self-Healing Cutting Mat 18″x 24″

I hope this basic guide is useful to you and provides some good product recommendations to stock in your quilting room!

On all the links below I do get #comissionsearned on products, I really appreciate your support if you think these notions may work for you! I personally use all of these products in my quilting studio and have found them to make my life much much easier!

1. Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips

An absolute joy, these clear and green clips are extra large and PERFECT for clipping and rolling binding. These are nearly essential anytime I am doing binding or doing machine quilting.

Also check out these small and colorful Wonder Clips for piecing!

2. The Original Thread Cutter by Sunflower Quilts

This cute little thread cutter is amazing for any chain piecing you may do. Chain piecing is the act of sewing one block after another on a domestic sewing machine without clipping any threads. You can then use this tool to cut the thread between the blocks QUICKLY!

3. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen, Blue and Purple

As the best marking pen offered on the market with two different types of disappearing ink in one pen! The Blue Mark-B-Gone side is a water-soluble ink. The Purple side disappears in the air and is water soluble. Having these two options makes this pen extremely effective and perfect for quilting and sewing.

4. Aurifil Mako Cotton Thread 50WT – White

This is the gold-standard for quilting cotton thread. I purchase both the individual spools and the three pack offered by Amazon. This thread performs incredibly in my Bernina 750QE and has ran through all my previous quilting machines awesomely.

5. Dahle Vantage Self-Healing Cutting Mat – 18″x 24″

As a recent purchase of mine this is the Dahle Self-Healing Cutting Mat, I have found that it out performs my Olfa Self-Healing Cutting Mat everyday. I was pretty excited for this product as I received it as a Christmas gift. Yay! I am very excited to share this product with you and hope you find it to be as amazing as I have!

I hope this has been helpful! Drop a comment below and let me know what notions work best for you or how you use these in your quilting space.

-xoxo Quincy (with The Contemporary Quilter)

3 Fabric Storage Solutions For Easy Access

Read now for 3 fabric storage solutions! Have you ever been looking in your sewing space and wondered if there is a better way to store your fabric outside of stacking your yardage on top of itself?

I have!

Fear not, I put together my favorite “fun” 3 fabric storage solutions. I found that stores such as Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods were great resources for fun storage solutions. Specifically baskets!

Without further ado!

1. Food/Drink Storage Boxes From Sam’s Club/Costco

Good ol Bigelow Tea! One of my favorite boxes has become my Bigelow Green Tea box, originally purchased in Sam’s Club.

This perfect box measures roughly 11”x8.5”x3.5” and can fit fat quarter bundles, charm packs, mini charms, or random yardage! After I was done drinking all my green tea I couldn’t bring myself to throw away this cute little box. As a sucker for bright colors I thought about ways in which I could repurpose this box and VOILA, it went straight to the quilting studio!

This gave me a new perspective on all the boxes and containers that I end up with from Sam’s Club, it opens up a new world of storage solutions!

Pictured FQ Bundles: Andina & Velvet.

2. The Classic ArtBin or Clear Plastic Latching Box

The ArtBin is a classic crafty storage solution. Although they are a bit pricey, especially if you are putting all your fabric in these project boxes, they are perfect because you can easily SEE exactly what is in each box!

Get this awesome ArtBin 3 pack here! #comissionsearned

Coming in at 14”x14.75”x3.5” this is perfect for fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc! Additionally the latches keep the fabric secure and the bin can easily be wiped out and cleaned of threads.

Pictured is FQ Bundles: The Flower Society & Andina.

3. Decorative Storage Bins

These bins are some of my personal favorites and they can be found at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods. What makes these so perfect is that they can match your *aesthetic* which means you can get designs perfect for your space.

This bin I purchased many years ago and love looking at it on my shelf! Currently it houses my quilt block rejects that will get sewn into a quilt eventually! Like I said, I like to try an up cycle my rejected quilt blocks whenever I can!

I hope you found this block post useful for your quilting space, let me know your perfect storage solutions in the comments!

xoxo Quincy

T-Shirt Quilt Tips and Tricks

#1 Use Interfacing (you seriously cannot go without this)!

My recommendation: Pellon SF 101 ShapeFlex


Interfacing is an essential part of the T-Shirt Quilt process. Without it and the shirts turn into a stretchy, wadded, wrinkly MESS! These T-Shirt quilt tips and tricks will assist you in navigating this type of quilt. Trust me on this one, SF 101 ShapeFlex works perfectly with its iron-on fusible backing. Be sure to use fusible interfacing that works with the heat setting on your iron. Some have different heating requirements to be mindful of. SF 101 is the perfect weight for backing to stabilize the T-Shirts. If you go thicker you may risk the quilt being rigid and not “cuddly.” Any thinner and the T-Shirts may not hold their shape when they are being sewed together row-by-row.

#2 Sashing is Essential!

Every great T-Shirt quilt has a thin or thick sashing between each stabilized T-Shirt. I opted for a white/light brown polka dot 3″ wide sashing. This put the sashing at 2.5″ wide finished in the quilt accounting for 1/4 inch seams. Check out these fabrics for a possible FQ-friendly ombre sashing!

#3 Layout the Quilt Before Sewing

When you begin sewing the T-Shirt quilt together be sure and layout the T-Shirts before, you never know which ones will look best next to each other!

#4 Use 1/4″ seams (not 1/2″ seams)

Using the standard 1/4″ seams is perfect. They are not too bulky and secure the T-Shirts nicely without any thread or integrity issues. In my opinion using a 1/2″ seam makes it too bulky!

T-Shirt Quilt Cutting Example

I hope these tips find you well and they are useful for you in your T-Shirt quilt endeavors, check out my Instagram in the days to come for my finished T-Shirt quilt. You can also check out my Youtube video for more T-Shirt quilt tips and tricks and a showing of the final pieced quilt top!

XOXO Quincy