Monday, September 15, 2014

Foothills Mystery - September HST - My Progress

For the September instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt, we had to make 144 half square triangles (HST).  

The way I make HST includes:

1.  Oversizing the starting squares by about 1/4 inch.

2.  Sewing the two squares together 1/4 inch from the diagonal line by using tape on the sewing machine to line up the pieces instead of drawing a line on each pair of squares.
3.  Trimming the HSTs using my Bloc-Loc ruler.

These three things make HSTs quicker, easier, and more fun.  You may wind up not being able to stop at only 144 :)

Below is a picture of some of my HST laid out.  I put them in a chevron pattern just for fun and to see if there was really enough contrast between the two sets of fabrics to easily see a pattern.  I can guarantee that there is nothing chevron about the actual mystery quilt.

I am looking froward to seeing everyone's progress!  Please post your pics to the Flicker group Meadow Mist Designs, and use the hashtag #FoothillsMystery on Instagram :)

Note:  The instructions for previous months can be found in the Foothills Mystery Quilt tab above.  The monthly instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of each month.

I am linking up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting, Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, and Show and Tuesday @ Freshly Squeezed Fabrics.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pattern Cover Page Survey Results and Winner

First off, I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding pattern covers, it was so helpful to hear everyone's choice as their favorite design and even more importantly why they liked one design over the others.  I would also like to add a super thank you to everyone who volunteered to review the pattern for me.  I have already seen some quilt tops and even one completed quilt and they all look fabulous!  

I have pulled together the results from the survey below along with some of the comments that really made me think.  I hope that this might help some new or future pattern writers as they begin to design their cover pages.  But first, I would like to announce the winner:

Maribel won any one pattern from Meadow Mist Designs and the Scrappy Tiles pattern when it becomes available (hopefully around the 1st or 2nd week of October).

Now onto the the covers once again...




Cover C was the clear favorite with over half the total votes and twice the votes of the runner up Cover A.

Yes, I had to graph the data because I am an engineer :)

Some interesting comments on the covers:
  • Most people that picked C really liked the fence, the natural setting for the quilt, and the darker background.
  • There were some comments around the amount of ink when printing.  These patterns are printed by the purchaser and I had never considered the amount of ink used in the printing, just the number of pages they would need to use. 
  • One commentor really liked the pink header on Cover A and suggested trying it with Cover C.
  • There was some discussion on the number of fonts.  Some thought there were too many and it looked a little confusing and others thought it was fine.
So here is my plan:  I am going to start with Cover C and tweak it a little.  I went with C for a lot of reasons, one being that I can take pretty good pictures of all of my quilts outdoors which will hopefully give my pattern covers a little consistency.  I liked Cover A, but especially larger quilts are very difficult to take full picture of with no distortion and that distortion becomes very obvious when the background is removed (and then it looks like you have a trapezoid quilt).

I am going to leave the pattern title a different font as it does not look right to me in the same font as my logo (looks too formal for the quilt), but I am going to try to reduce the number of fonts used in other parts of the cover.

I'm also going to try to make the quilt a little larger and make the ground area a little darker so that the logo shows up a little easier.

Thank you all again so much for your help!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rainbow Rail Fence Quilt and Tutorial at Bear Creek Quilting Company

I am happy to announce that I have my first guest post and tutorial over at the Bear Creek Quilting Company!  When Shari asked me if I was interested in guest posting and making something out of their wonderful fabrics, I jumped at the chance.

When I was looking through their huge section, I immediately fell in love with the Kona roll-ups with all of their rainbow goodness.  I used one Kona Sunset and one Kona Sunrise roll-up (by Robert Kaufman) for this double bed sized quilt (80" x 80").  The finished quilt is living on my son's bed right now who loves rainbows.

Please hop over here to for the tutorial and more pictures of the finished quilt.

Once again, here is the link for the quilt and tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

I'm linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mystery Quilt - September Instructions - HSTs

Welcome to the September instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt-a-long! The instructions for previous months can be found in the Foothills Mystery Quilt tab above.  The monthly instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of each month.

** In addition to the flicker group Meadow Mist Designs, we now have a hashtag.  When you post pictures on instragram please use #FoothillsMystery so that everyone can see your progress :)

And now onto September's instructions...we will be making a ton (12 dozen to be exact) of half square triangles (HST).  

Please don't run away yet.  This is the most involved month in terms of numbers of fabrics to piece and time spent.  However, you have a whole month to make them (and to let you in on a secret - you will not be using the HST them next month so you really have two months to finish them.  Also, next month's instructions will take you much, much less time).  

This month you might fall in love with HSTs (I personally love them!), but even if you don't, if you make just make a few a day you will finish before the end of the month.  

Note:  It is not too late to join in!  I will be e-mailing a pdf version of these instructions within one day of the instructions posting here so if you would like the instructions in a more easily printable form, please e-mail me at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com and I will add you to the e-mail list.

Half Square Triangle Units

Using 72 fabric set A squares (4” x 4”) and 72 fabric set B squares (4” x 4”), form 144 HSTs (3½” x 3½”) using the method shown below.

   a.  Place a fabric set A square (4” x 4”) and a fabric set B square (4” x 4”) right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the fabric set B square (shown as the solid line). 
  b. Sew ¼” on either side of the solid line (dotted lines). Cut on the solid line and press seam towards the fabric set A fabric or press open. 

  c. Form 144 HST units, trimming each to (3½” x 3½”). Note: 1 fabric set A square and 1 fabric set B square will yield 2 HST units.

01 09 10