PaintBrush Studio Blog Hop- Due North Block

2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately. This school year has effectively kicked my butt. One day, when it is over, I will feel comfortable talking about it. Right now I am struggling to remain positive and struggling to walk through the door every day. Only 39 more days.

Big changes are coming our way (job changes, moving etc.), and it has been hard to find time to quilt. But when I got the email about doing the Fabri-Quilt Paintbrush Studio’s Blog Hop again, I just knew it was the little ray of positivity I needed to get me back in the quilting swing.

So with out further ado… or complaining by me… I introduce to you Due North.

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I am not going to lie… I was a little taken aback by the traditional colors of this years inspiration, but when I saw the colors related to a beachy sunset, oh man, I was sold.

Being the beach lover I am, I went through days upon days of figuring out what I was going to make. Then I decided to leave the beach idea and go for a nautical idea. You see, we have this sea floor/shipwreck decor idea going on in our guest bathroom. One day we were out looking at decor and I found this really cool compass picture. We didn’t buy it, but I was inspired.

Because I am a sucker for foundation piecing, I made yet another foundation pieced block (kill me… I know). I used the same freezer paper technique from last year, and whipped this up in no time. If my PDF writer did decide to schitz out (Is anyone else using a Mac having a problem with EQ7 and PDFwriter? If so call me. We can cry together.), I would show you a cool layout I made, but alas, it’s a no go. Another time another blog.

I really hope you love this block as much as I do. You can get the pattern and cutting instructions here or by clicking the picture above.

Also, check out the other talented bloggers and their blocks. I have been looking at yesterdays and drooling. I can’t wait to see what these lovely ladies dreamed up.

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Kim @Leland Ave Studios

Andrea @The Sewing Fools

Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life

Stephanie @Quilt’n Party

Irene @Patchwork and Pastry

Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Abby @Hashtag Quilt

Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly

Carrie @The Zen Quilter

Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler

Jayne @Twiggy and Opal

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Disney Color Block- Mickey

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Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?

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A few weeks ago I asked on Instagram if anyone would be interested in some color blocked Disney character blocks, and I am excited to share with you my first block. I couldn’t think of a better character to start with that the OG himself. Mickey.

There is loads to love about our pal Mickey, and TONS to love about this block.

Pattern Information:

  • Finished Size: 11.5” x 15.5”
  • Cutting and piecing instructions included.
  • For personal use only
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Made with 1/4” seams

You can download the pattern here or by clicking the picture below.

**Edit**

You can now download the pattern from Craftsy!

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FabriQuilt New Block Blog Hop!

*Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post for contest information*

Guys. Oh my goodness. This school year has me all types of worked up, and it’s only week 2! I haven’t made it past nine o’clock once. Last Friday, after we ate dinner David went to play a video game, and I was just going to watch some Netflix. Two hours later David woke me up. I didn’t even make it to Netflix. I didn’t even make it past the Playstation home screen.

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All that to say, I am pretty amazed with myself that I pulled off making this tutorial. Especially since the SD card reader on my Macbook decided to die two days ago! I panicked for about two hours until my future brother-in-law and some sweet ladies from this blog hop reminded me I can buy an external one pretty cheap.

Duh.

Let’s get onto this tutorial.

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I call it Girls Best Friend.

The Skinny:

  • It’s paper pieced.
  • It was made with four fat eighths
  • It’s super easy to make.
  • It’s also just adorable.
  • The pattern is found here.
  • If you are going to print off the pattern, you will need two copies to make this block. If you want to only print one copy see my freezer paper option below.

*Disclaimer: I recommend that you wash any FabriQuilt Fabric before use. The colors do tend to run. Also, careful using steam and starch. The fabric may shrink a bit. Mine did.*

Cutting:

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Dark Blue:

2- 7in x 4 in rectangles, cut diagonally to make 4 right triangles (E1 and F1 pieces)

4- 4in x 3 in rectangles (A3 and A4 pieces)

Light Blue:

4- 2in x 2.5 in rectangles(E2 and F2 pieces)

2- 5in x 3in rectangle (A2 piece)

Turquoise:

2- 6.5in x 6.5in squares, cut diagonally to make 4 right triangles (A1 Piece)

White:

2- 6.5in x 6.5in squares

2- 8in x 4in rectangles (A5 piece)

How to make it:

If you follow me on Instagram, I teased about how I use freezer paper when I foundation paper piece. I know there is a deep love of freezer paper in the quilting community, so prepare yourselves to be even more amazed.

Here is how I do it:

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  1. I start by printing off one copy of my pattern.

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2. I then use a ballpoint pen and trace the pattern onto the non-coated side of the freezer paper as many times as I need to (in this case twice) onto my freezer paper. I trace it exactly as it printed. Numbers, letters and all.Then I take that printed pattern and store it away for next time. I know what you are thinking, “Won’t that take forever?!?!?!?!” No it won’t. You will get fast at it, and, besides, ballpoint pens are a lot cheaper than printer ink or making a bazillion copies at Staples.

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3. Then I rough cut around the edges. Don’t cut straight up to the line. You will need that line later to cut your quarter inch seams.

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4. Next I take the fabric for all of the 1 pieces (A1,E1 and F1) and I use my iron to iron them on. See that! No glue here. No balancing two wiggly pieces of fabric. Just iron it on and it sticks. I do that for all the 1 pieces at one time It makes it so easy to chain piece.

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I do that for all the 1 pieces at one time It makes it so easy to chain piece.

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5. Next I go to my cutting mat and line up a piece of cardstock (any thick paper will do. Hello charm square backing!) and I line it up with the line between the current piece of fabric and the new piece of fabric.

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6. Then I fold the new piece.

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7. I line up the quarter inch line with the edge of the paper.

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8. and 9.Then I cut a quarter inch seam. Then I line up the next piece of fabric and prepare to sew. Like I said before, this is so wonderful because that first piece is already “glued” down, so I only have one wiggly piece of fabric to worry about.

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10. Then I chain piece those suckers.

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11. Once they are cut apart I iron down the piece I just sewed on, and now it too is glued down.

Repeat steps 5-11 until you run out of new pieces to add.

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Once all of your pieces are attached, line the quarter inch line up on the perimeter line of the pattern and trim it down. By this point we are just foundation paper piecing, and I am sure you have figured this out and are ignoring me now :).

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Next sew E to A and EA to F.

These can be a b**** to line up, but it is so worth it in the end. I have no easy solution for you here.

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Next line up those white squares and sew your block together.

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The finished size will be 12.5 in x 12.5 in.

Oh I hope you love this block as much as I do! If you do make it, I want to see it! Tag me on Instagram @hashtagquilt.

Here is the link one more time to the pattern.

Also go check out the other talented blog hop ladies. There has been some pretty spectacular blocks made so far this week!

Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Eleanor @Cat Approved Quilting
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Kitty @Night Quilter

If you would like to enter a contest for a 1/2 yard bundle of fabric be sure to check out www.inspiredbyfabric.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by!

I Just Want The SUITCASE!!!

So this happened last Thursday… followed by me standing in the notions aisle trying to figure out why they only sold one side to a sew on snap FOR TWENTY MINUTES! *facepalm*

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Then, today, I went to my in-laws storage unit to get out our suitcases we are storing there. I went to open the door and it was jammed. I should have stopped there, but I didn’t. We really need the suitcase for this weekend. As soon as the door gave up, a 100 pound avalanche of home goods rained down on me.

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There is a concrete cactus laying on the floor there. That was the lucky item to land on my foot. There was a lot of swearing. Very loud swearing. After I cleaned up and stacked all the boxes back into STABLE piles… I went over to my parents house to make sure my toes weren’t broken.

That is when I decided I am done with today.

If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, you should because I am having a fabric de-stash tomorrow to make some extra spending money for my classroom.

That’s My Jam!

Does everyone want to hear the story of how David and I met? It starts with our parents letting us roam around the Stockyards late at night and ends with us getting married. It’s great. I promise.

Let me set the mood:

It’s April 2006. I am 15. I grew up pretty lucky. The main street of my hometown was the same main street as Downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards. I got to do some pretty cool things. One of those things was to go to this “club” across the courtyard from Billy Bob’s Texas called The Door. It was where all the high school bands were going to hit it rich. It helped that the years 2004-2007 were all about the high school band angst sound.

So this night I go to The Door with my friend, Emily, to see some other friend’s band. While Emily and I are waiting outside for them to go on, she runs off because she sees her friend. That friend was David. I wish I could remember what I said that night, because he some how thought I was funny and charming. I do know at one point he picked up my purse to hand it to me and couldn’t believe how heavy it was. He didn’t know I was carrying a Harry Potter book. When he found out, he asked why I had it at a concert. I said some cute thing about reading if I was bored and beating the hell out of an attacker if needed. It was lame. We exchanged numbers and were together forever.

JK. He had a girlfriend.

But we stayed really good friends, and fed our music addiction. We would take turns finding music. It would actually be a text message about me needing to listen to Mumford and Sons almost 5 years later that reconnect us.

I am saying this because he and I just spent the last two hours listening to the music we grew together to, and I made a kickin’ playlist for you guys.

I also want to thank every one who stopped by for the BlogHop this week. You are incredibly loved and thanked 🙂

Abby

New Quilt Bloggers 2015 Blog Hop

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop:

I honestly can’t remember if I mentioned the fact that I am participating the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I have also hit the point in the summer where I need to check my phone to see what day of the week it is. Can you say #teachersummerproblems?

I am so excited to be apart of this fantastic group of bloggers. They are amazingly sweet, kind and talented. I am excited to share with you today a little about myself today.

Me:

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My name is Abby, and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I am going to warn you now that I have a dry sense of humor, and sometimes I feel my writing can be abrasive. I apologize for that. Not really though because it is who I am.

As I mentioned, I am a teacher. I am starting a new job next school year teaching a communications class for children with Autism. I am pretty excited but mostly nervous.

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I am married to a man that does not read this blog. His name is David and maybe one day we can talk about why you read this, but he doesn’t. We met when I was 15 and he was 16. We started dating when I was 19 and he was 20. We got married when I was 22 and he was 23. Yesterday was our 2 year anniversary, and I still kind of like him.

History:

I learned my foundational quilt skills when I was 18 years old. Then I let them sit in my head for the next 5 years getting fat and lazy. I never actually made a quilt after learning the skills from my best friend’s very patient mother. I basically said “That’s nice” and skipped away.

Then right before I moved in with my husband, I dropped my sewing machine packing it and it was beyond repairable. I just shrugged it off. Flash forward 5 months. It’s my birthday and David still can’t believe the domestic goddess he is married to doesn’t have a sewing machine. He suggests I get one for my birthday. I wish I had been on a video call with my mother in law when I told her David bought me a sewing machine. She was not initially pleased.

That summer I started quilting and I never looked back. I finished my first quilt that summer.

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I then made plenty of quilts for other people. Some I got pictures of and some not so much.

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I started this blog as a means to document a journey. I don’t know where it’s going, but it’s nice to remember what happened along the way.

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Quilt Tips:

Get out of your head. I spend a lot of time internalizing silly conflicts. It’s such a waste of time. Sometimes you just need to go with your first instinct.

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It’s okay to not like what you are working on. Just walk away. You will be friends again soon.

“Finished is better than perfect” -Angela Walters

Final Trivia

I am a middle child.

I have two sisters

I’ve been to Dubai

My favorite color is purple

I am 24 in braces. The big old metal kind that make me look like a 12 year old girl.

I am a fan of anything Disney, Harry Potter, Mary Blaire, brightly covered, covered in glitter, and made of chocolate.

Question:

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Check out some of my fellow blogger sharing today:

Shelley @ http://thecarpentersdaughterwhoquilts.com/

Mary @ http://quiltingisinmyblood.com

Megan @ www.sewstitchingcutequilts.com

Potato Person

I feel like I have been gone FOREVER.

I got back from my trip on June 29th, and then I became a potato person. I spend most of my days sitting on the couch wasting time between naps. I have gotten minimal quilting done. I managed to get dinner on the table most nights. OMG I wish I had pictures of my dinner fail from last night. All I can say is, “Guys never freeze zucchini”. Instead of cooking crispy zucchini you are going to end up with a mushy substance no one wants to put in their mouth no matter how well you season it.

I got motivated enough to go up to school yesterday and work in my classroom. Only I got there to find they haven’t given me access to the school yet, and when I went to swipe my badge it was a giant “WHOMP WHOMP”.

David keeps asking me when I am going to start working again. Seeing anyone sitting around for longer than a day makes him uneasy. If he ran the zoo everyone would work all the time. I don’t even answer the question anymore.

Speaking of David, our two year anniversary is on Sunday. We are pretty low key, so he bought new slacks; I bought a new dress, and we are going to dinner on Saturday. We don’t go out on Sundays because that would cut into our sitting around time.

I think I have officially run out of things I want to watch on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. I just find myself watching Trailer Park Boys over and over and over again. What are you guys watching these days?

What are you guys doing these days?