Monday, July 15, 2019

Activity: 2019 SoCal Quilter's Run

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My husband and I finished visiting 14 of the the 2019 SoCal Quilter's Run in two days.  We turned in our passports after having the last stamp applied at my 'home shop' Cozy Quilts the next day.

Thirty Fat Quarters!
I've heard of these events before, but this time the grand prize (Road to CA Mini Retreat, 4 classes for 2 winners,1 hotel room for 4 nights) and the fat quarters to be distributed at each store visited, really caught my attention.  I thought it would be a nice outing, but was so glad when my husband said he would come along too. As a bonus it turned out he also could have a passport stamped and get a fat quarter - so between us we ended up with thirty lovely reminders of the weekend!

Each shop had designed a
block for the event.
It was really nice to see the different stores.  They were all arranged so differently, with different speciality items to see too.  And it was super to see the variety of communities where they were located!

Orange Quilt Bee Event block
(shown in complete quilt).
Each shop designed a special block for the event, and that pattern was given out when we had our passport stamped too.  They were all supposed to represent something from Main Street USA, but honestly since they were all done in such different styles I doubt if anyone will make them all. (One shop even said we probably wouldn't want their pattern as it had so many small pieces - so we skipped getting that one.)

My favorite block was from the Orange Quilt Bee Shop.  It is a very modern looking four petal flower.

Some of the stores had displays showing samples from different classes they would be offering.  A one time hand stitching with Big Stitch Quilting workshop (Orange Quilt Bee) and a monthly Tucker University (Susan's Quilt Paradise) are both close enough that in theory I could attend! Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills gave out coupons for 40% off one item or one cut of fabric for August and September.

Day OneWe started by staying over nite in Placentia so we were close to the Orange Quilt Bee Shop.  

Orange Quilt Bee 628 E. Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 - very friendly staff. This was our first stop and really started the Quilt Run off is a good way!  WEBSITE

The Sew N Sew  160 North Glendora Ave. #E Glendora, CA 91741 This store was on a cute old-fashioned street but was in a strip mall that was a little off to the side.  Once inside there were many rooms to visit with different themes.  They had a great selection of batting and 4500 square feet of shop - they have everything.   WEBSITE

Quilt 'n Things Fiber Arts  2353 Lincoln Ave. Altadena, CA 91001 The owner (Lana Norton) and staff were simply charming.  I wish I lived nearer to this pleasant and professional yet homey shop.  There were all sorts of items that I haven't seen in other places here.  WEBSITE  (We came around lunch time and they told us about a delicious and old-fashioned place, Black Cow Cafe in the Montrose shopping park.)

Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Co.  1724 E. Avenida De Los Arboles #E Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 Beautiful selection of fabrics in many different colors. WEBSITE

Quilt Emporium  4918 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364 These folks really were set up for a fun experience!  There were extra games to play (We won some thread!) and lots of smiles here.  WEBSITE

Bolts in the Bathtub 723 West Lancaster Blvd Lancaster, CA 93534 - wish we had had one more day here to visit the art museum and see the town!  The store owner/contact person was so friendly and excited about quilting. She demonstrated a clever ruler that will help me with bindings and blocks. WEBSITEWe had frozen custard and walked around to see the summer Thursday street fair displays. 

Day TwoWe stayed over nite in Palm Desert so we were close the shops there. 

Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations  77780 Country Club Dr. #C-D Palm Desert, CA 92211  Beads and fabric galore!  They had a demo to show how to use strips of batting for a cute quilt. WEBSITE

The Quilter's Faire 34500 Gateway Dr. #110 Palm Desert, CA 92211 A beautifully arranged store. They had fun treats for visitors to enjoy. WEBSITE

Susan's Quilt Paradise  851 E 6th St Suite A4, Beaumont, CA 92223  Compact shop, but with lot of things to see and learn from! The Deb Tucker University seems like a great event to attend and learn from. WEBSITE

Sewn Together  1700 Hamner Ave., Suite 112 Norco, CA 92860  Another fun shop, with photo booth set up to help us remember the visit.  (Their block is the bake shop, hence the theme.)  I remember thinking it was close enough for me to return.  WEBSITE

Quilter's Cottage 131 E. Fig St., Suite 6 Fallbrook, CA 92028 I had visited this store before with my adult ed quilting class.  Located in a narrow shop with several rooms arranged by theme.  Nice discounts on selected items. WEBSITE  We ate at a local cafe before getting back on the freeway.

Inspirations Quilt Shop 27350 Valley Center Rd. #B Valley Center, CA 92082  Shop is behind the building we thought it would be in.  Filled with pleasant people, projects and fabric.  A lot of community involvement. WEBSITE

The Hive  728 Civic Center Dr. Vista, CA 92084 Gets the prize for the cutest building for a store, it is an old house!  Many fabric and project selections.  WEBSITE

Quilt In a Day  1955 Diamond St. San Marcos, CA 92078 Large selection of fabric and notions.  The place to come when you need a specialty ruler - but call ahead to be sure it is in stock!  Many items are not priced with labels, and in a previous visit I ended up paying more than I thought an item would be due to odd labeling, and the rulers that had been advertised on sale and were the reason I drove up, were not in stock.  But this time they honored the price that was on the ruler I bought even though it turned out to be from a show or previous sale price.  The store has beautiful ombre, batik, solids and others (but few solids).  There is a room with fabric for $6 a yard that has a lot of fun and easy to use fabric.   We could see the room where Eleanor tapes her demonstrations of her completely wonderfully presented patterns. When I first began quilting I bought a ton of her books and learned so much.  My original adult ed teacher was friends with Eleanor's sister.  Patricia would come every year and practice her demonstration talks of new patterns, books and notions, before taking her show out on the road.  If you need inspiration, or want to have the steps explained completely, or want to get back on track on making quality projects - then get a Quilt in the Day book! WEBSITE

WAZE said we would either reach the last shop with just 4 minutes to spare, so we opted instead to go to the border to participate in the march there.


Day 3 - Stayed at home then went to the last store.

Cozy Creative Center 756 Jamacha Rd. El Cajon, CA 92019 This is my 'home store', the one I go to several times a month.  Daniella does a wonderful job of building community and welcoming folks to see the taping of her Strip Club patterns.  These are mostly made with 2.5 inch strips of fabric and her special Strip Tube ruler. She includes directions for making without the ruler, but having tried that I know the ruler makes it much easier to do!  She has a wonderful selection of fabrics, batting, kits, tools and books.  She always has a stash of fabric that is 40% off and I think the books are always 20% off.  It's always a good day to go to this store! Usually when I buy quilt items I first go to Cozy Creative Center.  WEBSITE

After turning our passports in, we went to the celebration at Mission San Diego - It has been there for 250 years!

So my first Quilter's Run was a complete success.  I've already been peeking to see where other ones are held so another trip can be planned around seeing different stores and parts of the world!

I hope the Southern California Quilting stores get lots of business as a result of organizing this event.  The drawing for the prizes will be in August.

I hope to return for that big quilting class, and will look to see if someone would like to drive with me to the Deb Tucker University series.  And I will be sure to drop into these 2019 SoCal Quilter's Run stores the next time I am near them!


$40.00            180 Doodle Designs Book and Quilting with Precuts Book
$11.00             2 half jelly rolls (made with scrap fabric)
$30.00             19.5 inch ruler
$ 9.00              8 zippers
$ 5.50              Event Tote

Hotel (and breakfast)



Frozen Custard


Hotel (no breakfast included)



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Finish: BlockLotto Baby Quilt Grows Up!

My friend and I put together nine of the Block Lotto blocks I won back in 2010 to make a baby quilt for her new granddaughter in 2015. This year the daughter returned the quilt and requested that it be made larger since the baby was larger now. She didn't want a new quilt, she wanted this one enlarged.
My friend's first quilt - 2015

So how was this going to get done?  I sent my friend some fabric and more of the blocks to help her get started.

She decided to start by making another quilt the same size!  She even put binding on the quilt!

My friend's second log cabin - 2019
So when I came for my visit we had two quilts the same size that needed to be combined.  She did not want to remove the binding.  The idea of sewing strips to the sides to join the pieces was unappealing to her.  So I suggested trying to zig zag them together.  Last Road to California, I had watched a demo by Pauline on how she joined quilt pieces to finish the projects up...  Since our pieces had binding we had to adapt the method.

My friend zig zagged the two quilts before I came for my visit.  It actually looked pretty good.  But we decided to finish it off nicely with strips to cover the zig zagging.

We made strips of fabric.  Wider for the front.  They were folded in half, then the ends were brought up to meet at the center.    So the resulting strips had folded edges, and were all two layers deep.  These were starched and then sewn to cover the joining of the two pieces.  We sewed the back side first.  Then the wider strip was sewn to the front.  Each strip was sewn down on both sides.

If you do this I suggest sewing the left side first - it would be easier then to pull the fabric flat while sewing.  I seem to only have taken a photo of the first seam when it was done with the initial sewing on the right side - don't do what is shown in the photo above! Look below for a better sequence.

After the two quilts were joined we made borders and added them using the same method.

In the photos above, you can see we sewed initially the left side and then the right side - this was the best way to do add the strips, then it was easy to pull the pieces flat.  My friend used a walking foot to make the design on the borders.

We pinned the pieces together before we sewed, but did not measure until we were trimming things up.  Each time we could see more and more ripples appearing in the project.

But we liked the way the stitches were showing up and how easy it was to join the larger quilted pieces together....

Her little dog liked the larger quilt too!

When we added the shorter top and bottom borders we could see that we needed to be sure the pieces were pinned on so things were centered, then the waves did not appear.  So that is a step to be sure to add if you try this method!

We were not consistent with the size of the strips, started out with half inch on back and 2 inches on front. We used Clover bias tape makers at first, then decided we wanted different widths.  It was pretty easy to just press and get things set up without the Clover tools.

We sewed the binding on and took some close ups of the corners...

For the binding we trimmed so the batting extended about 1/8 or maybe it was 1/4 inch from the quilt.  The strips were cut 3 inches.  We adjusted the seam width so it was sewn on around 3/8 inch so the front and back were pretty even.

You can see the fold in the one strip, that was the one sewn right side, then left side mentioned above.  In the end that fold washed out, but it bothered me once I noticed it.

Here is how it looked before it was washed...

And here is how it looks after being washed!  The ripples pretty much disappeared!  (Usually I give my quilts unwashed to charities so it was nice to see how it looked after being washed.)

It is easy to the original quilt size on the back of the quilt.  Enlarged now so it covers the top of a twin mattress!

Here I tried to get an artistic shot of the quilt on a chair...

I'm sure her daughter and granddaughter are enjoying the enlarged quilt, and it will be used for many more years now!

This was a fun challenge.  So lucky I got to share in the adventure with my friend.  This method of joining quilted pieces is very easy, the results were very nice. I recommend giving it a try!

Amazingly, I still have more BlockLotto blocks to play with!

Monday, April 1, 2019

A Finish: Red Charity Quilt

I finished this quilt up today.  It took around 4ish hours to change the top into a quilt.

The group gave me fleece to use for batting and backing, so it was pretty easy to finish up.  I put the right sides together, then sewed around the outside leaving a space for me to turn the quilt right side out.

At first I was going to keep the right angle corners, but then I decided to curve them out.

I used a saucer to determine the curve, first marked with a pencil, sewed, then cut.

After turning it right side out again I pressed with my fingers to get all the edges oriented so the seam was at the side, rather than with the backing or front showing on the other side.  I put extra pins where the opening was to help keep that in place.

I did a variation of an orange peel design.  This is how I started in the center.

Then it was just a matter of going out one square and finishing the design and stitching around the outside of the piece.

I didn't intend to have the center be off to the side, but I kept going hoping it would look okay in the end.  There was one spot where I deviated from the plan and put an extra loop.  The last two lines I could feel something wasn't right with the thread or tension but when I looked it was okay.  It was only after I pulled it completely off that I saw the two spots with the thread build up.

Added April 18 2019:  Took about 30 minutes to remove the thread buildup, hide the threads and resew the quilting. Looks a lot better now!

It was quick to finish, but I think I prefer working with a binding, then it is easier to go off onto the batting when quilting.  But I'm not sure.  So looking at my notes from the first post on this I guess it took around 8 hours of hands on time with this quilt.  Is that what it would have taken you?

Added April 18, 2019 30 minutes to correct the thread build up issue on the back.

First post on this project here:

I used the Singer that Audrey got me from Freecycle and a walking foot for the quilting.

If I do this pattern again I will put two rows around the outside so the points are not lost...

Finishes: Play Mat, Hooded Towel and Washcloths

My friend's daughter is having her second baby.  I made gifts for her baby shower.

I got very nervous about doing this once I had started everything - she had a gift registry for the baby but I wanted to make something instead of just clicking away to pay.

So I made a 42 inch play mat, very similar to what was on her list:

My son helped me make a quarter circle template with freezer paper that I used to cut the circles.  (I cut the front and back, but if anyone else does this just cut one of them, then pin the batting and backing on that and use that fabric circle as the template.)  I used hi loft polyester batting.  Using curved stitching made it very fluffy!  The 2.5 inch binding was applied with a walking foot on my Brother.  It was about 3/8 inch on the back and also when it was brought around to the front.  I folded it at the beginning and then just tucked in the final piece when I came back around.  This made it very simple to finish.

For the hooded towel, I got a quick dry towel and cut it so it was square - ended up being 30 inches.  Used a saucer to shape the corners.  I cut a triangle from the remainder of the towel.  Also cut a triangle of different fabric.  (I had planned on using the bird fabric from the play mat but my left over pieces weren't oriented the correct way.) Used the same saucer to shape the top triangle.  Used 2.5 inch binding to connect the triangle fabric to the triangle bit of the towel.  Then pinned the triangle down and put binding around the whole thing.  (I saved the link to my inspiration for this but can't find it now - here is one that is similar:

I had some left over towel, so used my 12.5 inch template to cut two squares.  Used that saucer to shape the corners and added the binding!

Two days before the event I got so upset thinking I should have just clicked to buy something, I had myself in tears.  But got myself together so I got some new clothes, had my nails done, and found these clear bags (supposed to be to put gift baskets in) to put the gifts in.  

 These were the first sewn gifts I have given to people who know me (other than the little quilts for my husband and son).  I put directions for washing and some of those Shout Color Catchers in an envelope with the purple and black quilt.

Baby Shower was March 23, didn't realize I hadn't posted here until I was working on the red charity quilt post...

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Finish: Two Pillows to Go with the Purple and Black Cultural Fusion Windmill Quilt

My pillow tops are 19 inches, the pillow form is 20 inches - the result is a firm pillow!

I sandwiched and quilt the top as normal.

For the back I used a method where I did not have to be exact with the zippers - there is a large flap that covers the zipper up.

I had to piece the second pillow, that is what I took photos of.

Thanks to Heather Kojan @ Moda Bake Shop for the directions on how to put zipper with flap on a pillow back.

First the backing is cut to either the same size as the front or just pick one direction make the same.  Cut at least the top section of the backing to size.

Make a flap that is about 4 inches wide and the same length as the width of the backing.  Press it in half with the good side showing.

Place the top section of the backing facing up, then put the flap so the cut edges are even with the top of the backing.  At this point I used pins to make sure these pieces would not move.

Then place the zipper upside down with the opening part on the left.  Then sew the three pieces together.  I did not have a zipper foot, but as I wanted some of the zipper to show this is not an issue to worry about.  I use a zipper that is longer than the pillow backing - this makes it easy to sew it down as I didn't have to fiddle with anything.

After it was sewn, I smoothed the fabric away from the zipper.

I added the bottom piece of the back so it was lined up with the other side of the zipper and the sides of the top of the backing.  I used pins to be sure things stayed lined up.

Then I smoothed the fabric again to see the zipper.  I checked to be sure the zipper still worked.

Then I sewed along the top of the fabric next to the bottom side of the zipper.

Then I pressed the flap down and sewed right next to the seam on top of the flap.

Tested to be sure the zipper worked.

Then I sewed by hand to be sure the zipper edge would be in the correct place.

Sewed just that end of the zipper with the machine.  I unzipped part way.

Then it was a simple matter of pinning the top to the zippered back.  I had left my piece of fabric a bit longer.  This was trimmed after the back and front were joined together.

Thanks to Chrissie D for the directions on how to get rid of the bunny ears on the corners of the quilt.

Then I marked each corner to show 1/2 inch from the seam and five inches from the seam.

Then I drew lines

And used the lines as my cutting guides.

Turn the pillow covers so the right side is out - done!