Design Process–‘Farmer’s Fancy’ Dresden Plates

My dear friend Bree and I have been discussing gifting a small wall hanging to a mutual friend. I challenged non-sewing Bree to pick the Inklingo block(s) and the fabrics, then I’ll make it.

Bree decided on four blocks of two different Farmer’s Fancy Dresden Plates that finish at 12 inches. I was impressed she was able to narrow the choice down to only two different blocks–there are virtually unlimited ‘plate’ combinations that can be made with the Inklingo Dresden Plate collections. Block 1 is the bottom right of this illustration:

dresden-fancy-ex-01 12 inIllustration by Linda Franz, used with permission.

Block 2 has a different center, it’s the last one in the middle row below

dresden-pieced-varIllustration by Linda Franz, used with permission.

In order to give Bree an idea of the size of the individual shapes in the block, I printed a page of each shape without the seam allowance. (Linda provides these in each collection). Then we went to the fabrics to play. These are her choices:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This is a ‘some-time-in-the-near-future’ project. I wanted to document the fabrics for each block so when I’m ready to print the shapes I’ll use this for reference.

Block 1-1 has yellow blades:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlock 1-2 has purple and lavender blades:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlock 2-1 has pink blades:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlock 2-2 has blue and yellow blades:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

’til later, Jillian

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Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice Mystery and Inklingo–Update

This our Celtic Solstice Mystery Finale link-up. Sigh, I’ve loved the trip… Thank you Bonnie and Linda. celticlogo250_thumb[1]I had hoped to have my top finished by now, but my body isn’t cooperating with my intentions, so this will be an update. I have four out of the seven rows sewn.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(I’m hoping this is my last very distorted image,
another camera is on its way.)

My post on choosing this setting is here. I changed things slightly from that plan: I made the corners of the ‘ribbon’ border half square triangles instead of solid, and decided not to add any inner borders. I’m not sure yet if there will be outer borders or this is it… please give me your opinion!

I do love how my top turned out, it’s even better than I thought it could be! I can’t wait to finish and quilt it. The color scheme was a stretch for me, especially since I wasn’t doing scrappy. My intense green and somewhat flat-looking caramel gave me reasons pause along the way, but it all blends uniquely and beautifully when it’s sewn together.

I’ve named my quilt Dutch Summer, as in daydreaming under a gently turning windmill (green represents the grass, the pinwheels the windmill), near the sea (the teal), in sunny weather (yellow and white) with intense summer colors–as opposed to the Arctic cold and cloudy winter (gray, gray, gray) we’ve been having this year during the Mystery!

I’ll update my progress on the blog here. Looking forward to the next Mystery, I’m hoping it will be as challenging as this one.

Please continue your Celtic Solstice Finale Link-up journey here.

’til later, Jillian

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Three Reflections Mini Wall Hangings

These little wall hangings of Reflections blocks each measure 6×12 inches. I just HAD to get them together! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll quilt and bind them (in the rust color) after I get my Celtic Solstice top done. I’m much farther behind in putting my Celtic Solstice together than I hoped to be; only a few days left before Bonnie’s final link-up.

I guess I’ll never be one of those focused quilters who only works on one project at a time.

’til later, Jillian

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Another block that can be made with the Celtic Solstice or Storm at Sea Inklingo Collections

I’ve been enamored with this triangle unit since making them for Clue 1 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice 2014 Mystery Quilt:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(My camera distorts flat images, sigh)

Of course it’s not a new unit in our quilty world, it’s just now struck my design fancy. It’s like getting a different automobile and then suddenly seeing it all over the place.

What did I get when I put together the above 2 inch finished triangle units and the 2×4 inch Flying Geese I blogged about here?


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Reflections by Jillian Holston 2014)

I couldn’t find this in my block encyclopedia, so I’m considering it an original. I named it Reflections because it reminds me of a sailboat with its reflection in the water. (It’s mid-winter here right now in North Dakota so I’m dreaming of warmer weather.) If you recognize this block, please let me know its name and/or source.

I used the 6 inch Inklingo Storm at Sea collection; it has all the ‘coordinating’ shapes, as do all of the other Storm at Sea Inklingo collections (SAS) or Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice collection (CS).

Here are the finished block sizes for the above collections:

– SAS 4.5 inches = 3×4.5 inch block (uses 1.5×3 inch Flying Geese)

– SAS 6 inches = 4×6 inch block (uses 2×4 inch Flying Geese)

– SAS 6.75″ = 4.5×6.75 inch block (uses 2.25×4.5 inch Flying Geese)

– SAS 9 inches or CS = 6×9 inch block (uses 3×6 inch Flying Geese)

– SAS 12 inches = 8×12 inch block (uses 4×8 inch Flying Geese)

I noted the size of the Flying Geese block for my reference. The larger two collections would be really good for larger print fabrics.

Obsessing over these blocks should now be out of my brain. Do design ideas ever get stuck in your brain like they do in mine? I do need to make a few more for a small wall hanging though.

’til later, Jillian

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Flying Geese the Inklingo Way

The Inklingo No Waste Flying Geese method is fast, accurate and easy, easy, easy! There are no stretchy bias seams to deal with, and I get to make 4 units at a time. For me it’s just plain old magical. Watch how simple this method is:

If you’re like me and also like written instructions, Linda details sewing and pressing tips for all kinds of triangles, including Flying Geese on pages 10-11, in her downloadable PDF Triangle Tips. Linda also wrote an article for Quilting Hub detailing this Flying Geese method.

My Flying Geese finish at 2×4 inches. Remember all Inklingo shapes are named by their finished size, so I’ll be using 2 inch HSTs, printed, and 5.25 inch unprinted squares. How did I know which size unprinted square to cut? Linda makes it so easy, I don’t even have to do the math. In every collection that has HSTs in it, on the first page of HST information in the Catalogue of Shapes, Linda notes what size unprinted square is needed if I am using that HST for Flying Geese. In the scan below, I’ve drawn a red box around the information, in the lower left corner:

Inklingo HST from Free Collection(Used with permission. This page is from the
FREE Inklingo Diamond/Triangle/Square collection. Download and try it.)

If you want to know how to do the math anyway for the unprinted square size, Linda teaches it on page 10 in the Triangle Tips PDF mentioned above.

Here are my squares and HSTs with first seams stitched:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACut apart, pressed, second seams stitched:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, finished:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow isn’t that a whole lot easier than fussing with individual HSTs?

’til later, Jillian

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Inklingo Mug Rug Swap

I’m hosting a 2014 Inklingo Mug Rug Swap with members of the Inklingo Yahoo Group. The sign-up deadline is January 22. A swap like this is a great place to start with using Inklingo because we can use the FREE Diamond/ Triangle/ Square collection.

We’re aiming for our Mug Rugs to be around 4.5×9 inches to 6×12 inches. The easiest way to get within our target sizes is to just make two blocks that are either 4.5 inches or 6 inches. Many, many Inklingo collections, including the FREE Diamond/ Triangle/ Square colleciton fit the size range; Linda has many beautiful block suggestions that she shares in the FREE collection. Or make two of one of the 6 inch blocks that Linda showcases on her website, page 1 here, page 2 here. Or make two totally different blocks that are the same size and just stitch them together.

In our last swap, I decided I wanted to use either the Inklingo Apple Core Collection or the Drunkard’s Path Collection. At that time I hadn’t made anything with either shape. Since I couldn’t make up my mind which I wanted to use, I decided to make a reversible Mug Rug. Here’s one side:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the other:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I did have fun embellishing the binding… And, those 2 inch Drunkard’s Path blocks are SOOOO cute! The Mug Rug finished at 6 x 10 inches.

The beautiful Mug Rug I received from my partner is here. I’ve never used it as a Mug Rug, it’s still a decorative piece that I absolutely love. I loved the print Fiona used from Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection. (One of my projects later this year is a reproduction Jane Austen patchwork using Amy Butler fabrics that I’ve been collecting, including the one that Fiona used. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the small diamond borders–did you know those diamonds are all mirror imaged? I believe I’ve figured out a way to keep them all straight that doesn’t involve gazillions of feet of design wall space.)

’til later, Jillian

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Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice Mystery and Inklingo–The Reveal

celticlogo250_thumb[1]Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Reveal on January 1 was a surprising thrill for me. Thank you so much Bonnie for a wonderful mystery and beautiful design. I hope it was half the fun for you as it is for me. I’ve gained a lot of experience and much more confidence machine piecing. I’ve loved being pushed each week to get each clue finished due to my personal goal to keep up. I’ve loved the excitement of being part of a ‘virtual’ worldwide quilt guild doing this together. And, I’ve especially loved seeing everyone’s progress on the link-ups, like this week’s link-up, click below:00 Paddy125Whether or not you used Inklingo’s printed shapes for your Celtic Solstice Mystery, please consider downloading Linda Franz’s Inklingo Clue 6 Reveal pdf. Linda designed and included in the download NINE different inspirational quilt settings using our the Celtic Solstice blocks.

After I pieced my Clue 4 four patches I didn’t like my chosen fabrics next to the already completed units. (I’m not doing scrappy, don’t have the stash for it.) After Bonnie’s reveal, I liked those four patches even less:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy camera’s flash washes out the colors. In real life, the fabrics are richer/darker and more saturated. This setting is okay, but uninspiring to me. Uninspiring in my world equals an unfinished project languishing in the wings! What’s a quilter to do? My choice was to eat chocolate, stare at it and contemplate alternatives.

I decided to replace the four patches. I couldn’t find a really good substitute in my stash. Other than adding a neutral or two to my stash, I’m determined not to add more fabric to my stash until I’ve used most of what I have.

My creative friend Bree wisely suggested that before I made more four patches, I should consider one of Linda’s alternate layouts. This is a bit of one that I especially liked (page 12 of Linda’s Clue 6):OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYup, this works much better for me. I had some hesitation with the border, didn’t know why, but did. Time for more chocolate and another of Linda’s border designs:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANope, I liked this even less… Bree suggested another variation of Linda’s borders (pictured on Linda’s blog post and page 13 of her Clue 6). I hesitated because I ‘knew’ it just wasn’t going to work:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was totally wrong. NOW it feels right to me. I’ll have 1.5 inch borders on either side of the border piecing, one my neutral and the other a turquoise print, with a green print piped binding.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m back to being really excited to get this version my Celtic Solstice finished and on the bed! I do see another Celtic Solstice in my future though in Bonnie’s setting because I really like the movement in it.

’til later, Jillian

Did you see my tutorial on my new favorite star block, the Star of the Milky Way?

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