Sunday, April 14, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 6


Well I can't believe we have come to the final week of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.  I am beyond humbled by all those who have joined in and for all the love this pattern of mine has been shown.  A massive thank you to you all for your support - it really does mean so much to me.

So this week is all abut getting your End Game Quilt Top ready for Quilting, and Binding and being able to then finish it up.  I have put together some tips and links below which I hope will help you with the decisions for this next part of the process with how you will finish it.


Did you see in the Latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting that the End Game Quilt Sew Along got a mention. So cool right!

THREADS
I was asked to put together a list of Aurifil Threads that Match the Tula Pink Solids I have used in my End Game Quilt.  So here is my list of Aurifil Colours to match the Tula Pink Solids.


Top left through to bottom right..
Sapphire - #2780
Cornflour - #2730
Agean - #1148
Limeade - #1231
Pear - #5015
Tula - #2479
Sweet Pea - #2515
Taffy - #2435
Glacier - #2800

QUILTING DECISIONS 

When it comes to deciding on how to Quilt your Quilt - you have lots of options.

1 - Quilt It Yourself - for those keen to quilt your own Quilt there are lots of ways you can tackle this.  I have Quilted all of the End Game Mini Quilts I have made.  They don't have extravagant quilting on them - just simple lines following the diagonal of the triangles, using the seam line and my 1/4in foot on my machine as my guide.



If you are quilting the Full Size End Game Quilt you will need to fill in your quilt with a lot more Quilting because of the size of the Triangles.  You can do this in lots of different ways - Straight Line Quilting, Cross-Hatching over the entire quilt, using a Large Zig Zag stitch without needing a lot of experience.

For those wanting to give Free-Motion Quilting a go or already are familiar with this Technique, check out this Blog Post I wrote all about Machine Quilting.  I hope this gives you some helpful tips.


2. Hand Quilting - no this isn't a crazy idea at all.  I love Hand Quilting and am even working on Hand Quilting a version I am making as a gift for an upcoming Baby arrival for a friend.  I love the texture that Hand Quilting creates - it is so snuggly and soft and gives such an amazing texture to the quilt.  If you are keen to Hand Quilt your End Game Quilt then check out this Blog Post I wrote all about my favourite Hand Quilting Tips and Tools to use.






3. Send it to a Professional - there are lots of reasons to use a Long Arm Quilting service.  Find a Quilting service you are happy with and chat to them about your needs for this Quilt.  Always remember that when you send your Quilt to be Long Arm Quilted - your batting and backing fabric need to be at least 4in bigger on all sides than your Quilt top.  

I had Carol Brady of the Quilting Cottage Custom Quilt my Original Tula Pink Solids End Game Quilt.  Custom Quilting is different to Edge to Edge Quilting so chat to your Quilter about what your budget is and what you want the quilting to look like.  

Here are some Pics of different Quilting that The Quilting Cottage has done on some different versions of End Game Quilts I have made.




Original Tula Pink Solids End Game Quilt - Custom Quilted by The Quilting Cottage


Edge to Edge Floral Quilting design all over to compliment these Forage Fabrics 
(collection by Anna Graham)


Edge to Edge Wave pattern on these Sunprint 2019 Fabrics
(collection by Alison Glass)

QUILTING OFFERS

Carol Brady from The Quilting Cottage is offering those here in Aus 20% off Edge to Edge Quilting if you send your End Game Quilt to her to be Quilted.  (valid till 15th June)

Kaitlyn from Knot and Thread Design in the US is offering 20% of Edge to Edge Quilting if you send your End Game Quilt to her. (valid till 15th June)

BINDING YOUR QUILT

Once you have your Quilt all Quilted - now you can turn your attention to Binding your Quilt. There are so many Tutorials for how to bind you Quilt if you Google.

I have put together a Tutorial on how to work the Binding continuously around the corner when you sew it onto the top of your Quilt - its a small but very helpful and useful way to sew your Binding all on in one go.  Check it out here



PRIZES
For our final week we have 2 amazing Sponsors with prizes up for the final week of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.


Sew Stitching Happy are giving away this FQ Bundle, Thread, Pencil and Unicorn Scissors 
Gift Pack to one winner



Aurifil have one of my Quilt Big Thread Collections to give away as a Major Prize for ONE lucky winner.

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

A massive thank you again to everyone who has bought my Pattern(s) and participated in the End Game Quilt Sew Along - I am so blown away by how many of you from all over the wold have joined in and just in love with your fabric choices and how your quilts have come together.

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you

Jemima x x 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 5


I can't believe we are getting so close to the end of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.  I have been so inspired by all the different and personal stories behind your choices for which fabrics you went with and how so many of these Quilts have an owner eagerly awaiting its finish.

While Equilateral Triangles can be quite tricky when you first start, I hope that after the tips I have given you and a bit of practice you are well and truly feeling more confidant and seeing improvement and satisfaction at your points lining up.

One of the things that I have seen lots of comment about on your posts is, just how quick this Quilt sews together - and that it seemed like this was much quicker than you expected to sew all the rows together.  I am really excited to hear this and I know some of you are already even working on your second End Game Quilt.

This week we are working on finishing up your last few rows - that is Rows 7-9 as well as sewing all the rows together (if you haven't done so already).  Our aim by the end of this week is to have a completed Quilt Top.

END GAME QUILT INSPIRATION


Mini and Full size by @4theluvofquilts




SPONSORS
This week we have some great prizes up for grabs from our Sponsors.


Ava and Neve have this gorgeous Fat 1/4 Bundle of Chambray Linens


Beautifully Mended have this "Bliss" Riley Blake FQ Bundle for one winner

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Next week will be the Final Blog Post for the End Game Quilt Sew Along - if there is anything you would like me to cover in this Blog Post send me an email to - tiedwitharibbon@gmail.com.  So far I will be covering Quilting options, Thread Colours that match the Tula Pink Solids fabrics and a Binding Tutorial to help out.  If there is something else you would find helpful please let me know.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Brand new Tied with a Ribbon Pattern Releases



This is my Confetti Quilt and to say it is one of my most favourite pattern designs is an understatement.  It has recently undergone a makeover for the Pattern with this absolutely stunning range - Pinkerville by Tula Pink.  As soon as I saw this new collection I immediately knew I was going to HAVE to make a new Confetti Quilt with it.


The Confetti Quilt pattern is so versatile as a design - and perfect for any person you choose to make this for.  I have made a huge number of these quilts over the years for different occasions including my Brothers Wedding gift, a nephews birthday, one for my Dad's Birthday, my girls have a version each - one out of Alice Caroline Liberty and one out of Road Trip by Alison Glass.  I have even made a few smaller version to celebrate new baby arrivals.  As you can see this design suits everybody.


I have made this version using Tula Pink - Pinkerville and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Metallic in Opal for the background fabric.  So if you are a Tula fan - you are going to love this range.  


This pattern is simply machine pieced so it is suitable for even a beginner.  Those more advanced with their sewing skills will breeze through making this fun and addictive quilt.  You do not need to worry about points matching perfectly in this design.  This pattern is Fat Quarter Friendly or also great to dive into your scrap bucket and make a dent.  You will love making this Confetti Quilt.



Also available wholesale through Creative Abundance and available in a large number of Local Quilt stores in paper format.  



There has been such love for the Sewing Quote Mini Quilts that I have designed that I thought it time for a new design to add to the series.  Introducing - Sew Much Fabric Mini Quilt (19.5in x 19.5in - 50cm x 50cm).

Isn't this quote the truth - as sewers and quilters we certainly have lots of beautiful fabrics so this was perfect to use as a design for a new Mini Quilt.


Mini Quilts are fun to make and really quick.  You can use special fabrics you have been hoarding or dive into your scrap bucket for all the lettering and notions in this design. 

These make perfect presents to make for your sewing friends or for you to decorate your own sewing space with.  Also great if you are needing a Mini Quilt for a swap.


I made this version with Pinkerville by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.


You can Applique your lettering and notions any way you choose - by machine or hand.  The pattern is also Scan and Cut friendly. 


This version has been made using Jen Kingwell's - Looking Froward range and her amazing wovens.


Also available wholesale through Creative Abundance and available in a large number of Local Quilt stores in paper format.  

I hope you love these new designs of mine

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 4


It's Week 4 of the End Game Quilt Sew Along - we are over halfway and it is very exciting to see lots of Quilts starting to come together and all these beautiful fabric choices becoming gorgeous End Game Quilt tops.

This week we are working on sewing up Rows 4-6.  Did you check out the post last week with some helpful tips on Pinning - you can see it here.

I have also uploaded this short video to show you exactly the same thing as in the pictures but sometimes seeing it action works better for people.


End Game Quilt Inspiration


@suitapples (who has increased the pattern to KING Size)



Sponsors
This week we have two great Online stores with a great prize each up for grabs
Fabric Pixie has a AU$50 Store Voucher for one winner


Pink Door Fabrics has a US$40 Store Voucher for one winner

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Happy Quilting 
Jemima x x 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 3


It's Week 3 of the End Game Quilt Sew Along and I know how excited everyone is to have cut out your fabrics and are now ready to get started on sewing together all your Triangles. This week we are aiming to sew together the first 3 rows of your End Game Quilt.

If you are just joining in - catch up here!

So if you have never sewn triangles before or even just want a refresher here are some of my best tips to succeed at getting nice pointy points when you are sewing your triangles and rows together.

Pins Matter
When it comes to pinning - yes I really do believe that the type of Pins you use matter and can make a big difference to your sewing.  I have taught many students over the years and a simple way to make a big difference in how you pin, is to use good quality, fine pins designed for Patchwork.  Big, bulky, thick pins will make things harder to line up - they disturb the fabric more when pinned through your fabrics and sometimes they can snag your fabric if they are rusted or have burs along them.  

Fine Pins for Patchwork are a worthwhile notion to have in your Quilting Toolbox - I like to use Clover Fine Patchwork Pins (as pictured below and this isn't a sponsored add - just my personal opinion).  They are sharp, nice and fine and are perfect for use when quilting.


Pin Placement Tip

When it comes to pinning your rows together - one of the best tips I can give you is shown in the Steps below. It's all about lining up, checking and then the placement of your pins.


Step 1 - Once your rows are sewn together (as per the pattern instructions), to line up the points as perfectly as possible - match the rows right sides together. Then slightly open up along the raw edges of where your sewn seam line will run and match the Points here at 1/4in. Don't just assume you have everything magically perfect to sew along the 1/4in raw edge seam line.  Take the time to match each triangle tip.


Step 2 - Place a pin on an angle at the 1/4in mark where you will sew your seam.


Step 3 - Pin all the triangle points, matching carefully and then pinning along the row.  Sew the seam ENSURING to take out your pins just before you get to them. This is where if you have nice Fine pins the aligned fabrics are not disturbed by shifting bulky pins.  
(NEVER sew over Pins!) 


Step 4 - Stand back and admire your perfect alignment of your Triangle points.

Cutting Inspiration

Check out these pics from the #endgamequilt hashtag





Prizes

Check out the amazing prizes from this weeks Sponsors


My Fabricology has 2 - Tied with a Ribbon Quick Cut Kits for 1 winner


Cottoneer has this gorgeous Lucky Strikes FQ Bundle from Figo Fabrics for 1 winner

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 
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