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Electric Quilt 7

I Love My AccuQuilt

I currently started a mystery quilt and I think the biggest surprise for me is, I don't think I like it. It definitely makes me workmystery quilt fabric outside my comfort zone. It has revealed that I like control. I want to plan my quilt, know where each fabric goes, what blocks I'll use, the borders, the quilting and on and on. See, I want total control over that quilt.

I like reading mystery books and the challenge of figuring out the plot. There, that's the problem with the mystery quilt I can't figure it out ahead of time as there is not enough information. So, I'll have to trust the person who wrote the instructions, cut the beautiful fabric into triangles, which by the way would be great in a quilt I have in mind, and make this mystery a reality.

It's only fabric and time. This will be good for me. It's good to challenge yourself or at least figure yourself out. I'll keep repeating this daily and maybe it will stick.

free tradeThe Free Trade Pattern was published in the Kansas City Star in 1933. The example quilt layout shows how the blocks interact with each other. I especially like the diamonds that appear as the points of the stars come together. AccuQuilt GO! Dies and rotary cutting instructions are provided.

Fabric

Fabric A - Cream or Tan fabric
Fabric B - Green fabric

 

AccuQuilt GO! Dies

8" Block

Cut 6 Fabric A Squares - GO! Square 2 1/2" 55059 or Value Die 55018 or use 55014 or 55017 2 1/2" Strip Cutter, then rotate 90° and sub cut into 2 1/2" squares

Cut 10 Fabric A Triangles - Go! Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

Cut 10 Fabric B Triangles - Go! Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

shooting starThis block is simple and straight forward when piecing the squares and half square triangles. The example quilt layout shows how the blocks interact with each other. AccuQuilt GO! Dies and rotary cutting instructions are provided.

Fabric

Fabric A - Light Lavender fabric
Fabric B - Purple/Green fabric

AccuQuilt GO! Dies

8" Block

Cut 4 Fabric A Squares - GO! Square 2 1/2" 55059 or Value Die 55018 or use 55014 or 55017 2 1/2" Strip Cutter, then rotate 90° and sub cut into 2 1/2" squares

Cut 4 Fabric B Squares - GO! Square 2 1/2" 55059 or Value Die 55018 or use 55014 or 55017 2 1/2" Strip Cutter, then rotate 90° and sub cut into 2 1/2" squares

Cut 8 Fabric A Triangles - Go!Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

Cut 8 Fabric B Triangles - Go!Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

heart pillow pileGiving is in the air this time of year and we've been busy. We got together and made a dozen heart pillows for charity. The pillows are given to breast cancer patients to put under their arm to help protect their tender surgery and/or injection points. It's also a comfort pillow since it's a handmade gift to help them through this difficult time.

We chose calm soft cotton fabric and polyfil for the pillows. We heard about the charity from our quilt guild and found out our local quilt shop, Sylvia's Quilt Depot, accepted the pillows and passed them on to the charity representative.

We had a lot of fun making them. I remember commenting to Mom that this was the first time I had sewn curves on my machine. It just never came up until then and it wasn't really that hard, so it was great getting to learn a new skill. We hand cut the heart pillow patterns out, stitched them together on our machines leaving a hole for turning and filling, snipped the curves and turned them right sides out, filled them with polyfil, and then hand stitched the opening closed.