Polka Dots and Geese with Hats

Welcome to another installment of Full Fabric Friday! … where I chat a bit about a fabric line, a shop, or offer some other such fabric musings.

Mr. District is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and we go up to visit with his Mom and extended family for the holidays about once a year. When we’re up there, I like to stop into Erica’s Craft and Sewing Center. Funny enough, I found their online shop when I was on the hunt for a particular fabric a few years ago, and I ordered from them before I noticed they were in South Bend! Small world.

And now, some geese with hats! And shawls! Gah!

reproduction fabric
Toy Box Miniatures by Sara Morgan for Washington Street Studio

I mean, for real. How stinkin’ cute is that?!

Erica’s has a sweet section of 30s repros, and I also picked up every last bit they had of this sharp squares print. Hello, snazzy future binding!

30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet for Moda

On every visit, I hit the rummage bin for deals on fat eights and fat quarters because I like to have a stash with lots of variety.

On this visit last Saturday, I went in looking particularly for polka dots for a pattern I’m working up to submit to a magazine, and I found EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Spoiler alert: think grape, orange, apple, and strawberry!

polka dot fabric
Kimberbell Basics by Kim Christopherson for Maywood Studio

Erica’s is family run and has been in business for over 40 years! They have a solid selection of quilt fabrics, wools, and yarn. They also deal Handi Quilter, Baby Lock, and Husqvarna Viking machines!

Nice folks to do business with. Be sure to check out the virtual tour of their shop on their website!

Until next time,
~ Tara

The 2018 Plan

I’m not one for New Years’ resolutions, but I do like a good plan. Even if it usually gets all tossed about and headed in unexpected directions when all is said and done. 2017 is wrapping up on a note I couldn’t have expected, and I hear the best way to get God to laugh is to have a plan…. So, with that, I join Yvonne (aka Quilting Jet Girl) for the #2018PlanningParty!

2018 Planning Party

Here’s my high-level list—with the caveat that it’s only a starting point. A launchpad for rockets or slow boats. Life has a funny way of making up its own mind about how it wants to go. I will work diligently toward these goals, but I promise to be willing and able to adjust my sails to meet the challenge when the situation requires it.

THE 2018 PLAN

  1. Move into the sewing room.
    > Now that my step kids are grown and out, I need to get my sewing “studio” out of the kitchen! This involves tearing out old carpet, prepping and painting walls and trim, and spending time setting up.
  2. Learn to meditate.
    > I really need to practice this. I’m fairly terrible at it, but I’m certain that is because I lack the practice.
  3. Work out twice a week instead of once.
  4. Blog. Do it regularly-ish.
    > The only rule I’m putting around this is to make it more of a habit and at least 3 times a month. I won’t say every week, because I’m not keen to force it. I want to do it when it needs to be done. Maybe that’s 3 times a week sometimes. We’ll see.
  5. Be one of the 2018 52Quilters. (*waves across the pond to Chris*)
  6. Projects (here is where things get pretty unreasonable spectacularly nuts):
    > Publish 1 pattern in a magazine. (I know the pattern and I know the mag I want it in.)
    > Complete and deliver the Liberty quilt. This is a commission that I can’t share with you yet.
    > 1-3 gift quilts. Recipients already chosen. Bonus: these can also be new patterns!
    > 1-2 other commissions. One is already promised. The other has only been a passing discussion so far.
    > Get permission from the owner of a particular antique quilt to publish the pattern I have begun for a replica of that quilt. Publish that pattern. Oh, I hope, I hope! This one is SO delicious.

Through it all, I want to remember this:

 

I invite and welcome you, 2018. Let’s see what you and I can make of things, shall we?

xoxo,
~~Tara

Trimming Jagged Edges from Precuts

You know those pinked (jagged) edges on precuts? I’m not a fan. Well, I get it, they keep the fabric from fraying, and that’s obviously good. But when it comes to cutting them or sewing them, I grouse around wishing for a straight edge!

I thought I’d show you how I went about eliminating those jagged edges when cutting for my Churned Up quilt with a pack of Benartex 10x10s of Modern Marks. I hope these tips help you when cutting for patterns that call for hacking up precut squares with jagged edges!

You’ll end up with sliver-trimmed bits like these:

I needed to cut the 10×10 square into a 7″ piece and a 3″ piece. I set two rulers side-by-side and checked for the sweet spot where I could get the sizes I needed with just a smidge of those jagged edges extending past those 7″ and 3″ lines. So long as 7″ fit on one side and 3″ fit on the other, I knew how much of the edges I could take off.

See how those edges extend past the 7″ mark and the 3″ mark?

Once you’ve established you can get the sizes you need, remove one of the rulers and make your first cut.

Updated to add (thanks to the suggestion by Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl): Before you take off those pinked edges, measure twice (thrice!) to ensure your trimming will leave you with a piece that measures the size you need. Not all precuts will allow for trimming–jelly rolls, particularly.

To trim the remaining edges and square up the pieces, place your ruler with the line on top of the fabric straight edge, checking to be sure you have enough of the jagged edge extending past your required measurement, and trim those edges!

Whew! Now you can sew with those straight edges!

 

Happy Trimming!
~~Tara

Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District — today it’s also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson’s new line Modern Marks for Benartex!

The Project – Churned Up with Modern Marks

When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!

  

Get the pattern for 30% off through December 10!

The FABRIC!

Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.

And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.

  

Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.

Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts
Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts

Where to Buy

I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!

And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).

To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.

And an EXTRA Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Churned Up plus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!

Monday
Jen @Patterns by Jen
HollyAnne @String & Story

Tuesday
Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Wednesday
Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Thursday
Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

Friday
HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

Happy Quilting!
~~ Tara

~~ With Gratitude ~~

First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.

Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!

Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!

And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!