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I Love My AccuQuilt

The nights are getting cooler here in Alaska. The Birch trees have a hint of yellow and our thoughts are turning towards Fall. We really don't mind the approach of winter as we've spent a wonderful summer gardening and the winter means more time to quilt.

Julie's Fall Wall hangingJessica's Fall Wall HangingWe welcomed the approaching season by making a Fall wall hanging, bringing some of the Autumn colors inside. We used the Accuquilt GO! Fall Medley die and the GO! Fall Frolic Skinny Wall Hanging pattern that came with the die. We couldn't help personalizing the pattern by adding to this great project and coming up with our own creations. While we used a lot of the same fabrics, we each chose different directions for our final design.

The GO! Fall Medley die cuts one maple leaf, oak leaf, pumpkin and an acorn and cap. We arranged the appliqué according to the pattern, then fused the shapes onto a 6 1/2" x 30 1/2" light brown fabric. We wanted the wall hangings to be wider so we decided to add borders. After all of this we split up to work separately on our individual designs.

Jessica: First thing I did next was to secure my applique, I used a decorative stitch around all my leaves, pumpkins, and acorns. I tested several stitches on my machine, on a separate piece of scrap cloth, before finding my favorite, which resembles a lightening bolt. Next, I added 1 1/2" of orange sashing at the top and bottom and then a 2 1/2" dark brown border all around. I added half square finished triangle cornerstones to create the illusion that the orange pieces were threaded through the top and bottom of the wall hanging. 

Julie: I chose three different stitches for my appliqué, a satin stitch, blanket stitch and a decorative stitch that I don't have a name for, but resembles a combination of a satin and blanket stitch. I used these different stitches throughout my center design. Then to finish the top, I added gold 1 1/2" sashing all around, a 2 1/2" brown border and orange cornerstones. To cut the cornerstones I used the 2 1/2" square on the Value die, that is included with the GO!.

We quilted the wall hangings by sewing around each applique piece then stitching in the ditch to finish. We thought about doing more, but in the end, we decided to keep the quilting simple so that the applique could take center stage.

We had so much fun with this project and would love to hear your ideas for the Go! Fall Medley die in the comments below.

Jessica's AppliqueJulie's AppliqueGO! Dies Used:

Fall Medley Die - 55041

1 1/2" Strip Cutter - 55024

2 1/2" Strip Cutter - 55017a

Value Die - 55018

I like to have my thread scissors, seam ripper and small rotary cutter to the right of my sewing machine for quick access. My pin cushion, pencil and various other accessories, that I'm using at the time, end up adding to the necessary clutter.
carousel
I've used a tabletop carousel for art supplies, for many years. Inspiration hit the other day. There just so happened to be an empty carousel, waiting to be filled with the various quilting supplies that had accumulated.

Everything fits nicely with room for more. The carousel spins freely for quick access and the rubber feet hold it in place. I can also easily pick the carousel up and move all those supplies to the cutting table or to wherever I need them.

It had been many years since I had bought a carousel so I looked them up on Amazon for anyone that is interested. Amazon has several that run from $15.00 to $23.00 with free shipping for orders over $25.00. Do a search on Amazon for pencil carousel.

We'd love to hear some of your storage ideas in the comment section. Happy quilting!

Jeweled Pine Tree blockWhen this block is isolated, it looks like pine trees viewed from the ground looking up. When you put several of them together you get mini-pinwheels and large parallelograms that look like gems. The pine trees remind me of camping and that's what summers in Alaska are all about. Camping, fishing, gardening, and anything else we can think of to do outside.

Fabric

Fabric A - Tan
Fabric B - Light Green
Fabric C - Dark Green

 

AccuQuilt GO! Dies

8" Block

Cut 12 - 2 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric A - Use GO! Half Square-2" Finished Triangle Multiples (55063); or GO! Value Die (55018).

Cut 6 - 2 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric B - Use GO! Half Square-2" Finished Triangle Multiples (55063); or GO! Value Die (55018).

Cut 6 - 2 1/2" half square triangles from Fabric C - Use GO! Half Square-2" Finished Triangle Multiples (55063); or GO! Value Die (55018).

Cut 2 - 2 1/2" squares from Fabric B - Use GO! Square-2 1/2" Multiples (55059); or GO! Value Die (55018); or create them by cutting 2 1/2" strips with the GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (55014 or 55017), and then rotate the strips 90° and cut them again on the same 2 1/2" strip cutter or use a rotary cutter to sub cut squares.

Cut 2 - 2 1/2" squares from Fabric C - Use GO! Square-2 1/2" Multiples (55059); or GO! Value Die (55018); or create them by cutting 2 1/2" strips with the GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (55014 or 55017), and then rotate the strips 90° and cut them again on the same 2 1/2" strip cutter or use a rotary cutter to sub cut squares.

calico cow signcalico cow shopFamily business and the travel associated with it has kept me busy for the last month. Yes, I'm having quilting withdrawal. A bright spot in my trip was a visit to the Calico Cow Quilt shop in Roswell, New Mexico. I always look forward to stopping in and finding new treasures.

The Calico Cow has a great selection of batiks and a large selection of southwest designs. I must time it right as a new fabric arrival always catches my eye. This time was no exception, but I can't tell you what I bought because I also purchased some for RustAvenger. I can tell you that it's beautiful and I'm already planning my next project. So you'll have to wait and see.

southwest printsbatiksalien quiltCarolyn Pollard Noling is the owner and it's always a pleasure to visit with her. What a surprise when she remembered I'm from Alaska. I enjoyed looking at all the wonderful quilts that lined the walls. Inspiration and pure joy surrounded me after such a long quilting dry spell. Besides, where else can you see an alien quilt?

If you make it to Roswell stop and visit the Calico Cow Quilt shop and have some fun. Their hours are:  Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm. You can visit their website at: www.calicocowquiltshop.com