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)

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


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 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 2

What an amazing start we have gotten off to with the End Game Quilt Sew Along - it is so exciting to see so many fabric pulls showing up already.  I am seriously in love with lots of these that they make me want to make another one - or ten!  Have you checked out the #endgamequilt and #endgamequiltsewalong hashtags?

It's certainly not too late at all to join in the fun at all.

You can get all the details for the End Game Quilt Sew Along here

Post your pics for this weeks prompt - "Cutting your Fabrics" on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me  - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Week 2 - Cutting your Fabrics

Now that you have chosen your fabrics, this week is all about cutting into them.  So let's have a chat about anything you need to take into consideration before chopping them up.

1 - ENSURE your Pattern Template is printed out at the Correct size - if you are using the pattern Template page provided in the Pattern - you MUST make sure this is printed at 100% on your Printer.  There is a 1in Test Square - measure it and make sure it is 1in - if it is not you need to check the settings on your Printer.  Do NOT print out at "Fit to Page" or "Scale to fit" - it must be printed out at 100% to make sure your Triangle measures 8.5in or 3in.  If you are using my Template Set - this does not apply to you and if you are using a Top Trimmed or other Equilateral Triangle it is a good idea to lay this onto top to check the sizing.

2 - I highly suggest you cut a few test Triangles first from some scrap fabric to ensure you have the correct sizing for you Equilateral Triangles.  As mentioned in the pattern - not all Equilateral Triangles have the same measurement markings on the.  Some are "Top Trimmed" some are not.  So unless you are using my Template set - PLEASE make and sew a few test Triangles first with the correct seam allowance to ensure you have the correct sizing before you cut into your yardage.  It is better to make sure the width of the Triangles is correct before cutting them all.

3 - Directional Fabrics - as mentioned in the Week 1 Blog Post, directional fabric are not accounted for in the fabric requirements.  So if you are choosing a directional fabric you may need to consider sourcing more fabric to account for this if you want your fabric to run directionally.  I have worked with several directional prints before with an End Game Quilt and just not placed them directionally.  So you can certainly still use them - either directionally or mixed in.

End Game Quilt Fabric cutting pic by @jackiegillies

Cutting Tags 
Included in your pattern are Cutting Tags.  These are designed to assist you keep everything all sorted once you decide which fabrics will be which and then to make sure you cut the correct number as you work.

End Game Quilt Fabric Tags pic by @cecivas

My End Game Quilt - Alison Glass - Sunprint 2019 fabrics from the Pink Door Fabrics Kit

Fussy Cutting

When I was having this pattern tested by some makers, this amazing End Game Quilt Mini was made by Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts.  Well, to say I was blown away by this was an understatement. 

Laura has put together some more details of how she went about working on this Mini with Fussy Cutting as a way to create amazing detail in the pattern.

A massive thank you to Laura for putting together this Tutorial so that you can see how you can go about Fussy Cutting for yourself. I am sure you will agree this End Game Quilt is exceptional.


Check out these sweet fabric pull pics from the #endgamequilt Hashtag this week

End Game Quilt fabric pull by @clothandcresent

End Game Quilt fabric pull by @sarah_slowly_quilts

End Game Quilt fabric pull by @scrapstudio

End Game Quilt fabric pull by @teezsewcrafty

This week we have some amazing prizes up for winning from our Sponsors

Two people will each win one Custom set of 2 Binding Babies (1 large and 1 small each) from Doohikey Designs (picture is an example only)

A "Kicks" Fat Quarter Bundle (Cotton and Steel) thanks to Sew Mondo 

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 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.  I am really excited you have decided to join in and make your very own End Game Quilt.  This Sew Along is designed to be casual and relaxed so that you can have heaps of fun, meet new quilty friends and be inspired by all the #endgamequilt that will be made during the Sew Along.  There are prizes up for grabs each week from some amazing Sponsors and I will be here to give tips, tricks or helpful details for you to successfully finish your End Game Quilt.

If you are wanting to join in - it's not too late at all (you can join in at any point).  To participate all you need to join in is

2. Sign up for the weekly End Game Quilt Sew Along Newsletter here

3. Post your pics from the weeks prompts on Instagram to - #endgamequilt, #endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

All the details can be found here at this Blog Post for what you will need to get started.

Week 1 - Selecting your Fabric
This weeks task is all about selecting and choosing the fabric you would like to make your Quilt from. Post a pic to Instagram, using the above hash tags of your fabric pull or quilt planning to show us what you will be making your End Game Quilt from and to be in the running for this weeks prizes. (NOTE - do not post full colouring pages PLEASE!)

This is where the sky is the limit - whether you choose Solids or Prints this quilt works.  You can grab fabrics from your stash or use a collection.  

While I have made my original End Game Quilt from Tula Solids (fabric colours used are listed in the pattern) I also have made one from Forage by Anna Graham and Mini's using Tula Pink's Zuma collection as well as fabrics in my Carolyn Friedlander stash.

If you are looking for inspiration for fabrics then head to the #endgamequilt hash tag.  There you will see lots of different fabrics that have been used so far to make End Game Quilts.

Solids work so well for this Quilt and the choices of different Fabric Company Solids  is huge.  I have included in the pattern the names of the Tula Pink Solids I used but you can pick any colour scheme you like for this.  One way to do this is head over to Pinterest and search Colour Palettes - this gives you lots of boards with a selection of colours already that co-ordinate and work well together.  From here you can pick and choose solids for any colour palette you like.

For this quilt - multi directional prints work best and are easiest - You can use small scale prints that really give the cohesive look to how many triangles read as one large triangle. Or large scale prints like big florals are also fabulous as these really stand out due to the size of the Triangles.

Directional Prints - you can certainly use directional prints - HOWEVER be aware that as you cut the Triangles along your width of fabric (WOF) that one will be right side up and the other upside down as you cut along the fabric due to the triangle shape.  So if you are wanting to match directional fabrics then you will need to allow for extra fabric when you purchase. 

Fabric pull by @spoolsandspice

Fabric pull by @cecivas

Fabric pull by @jackiegillies

Colouring In Page
Included in the pattern is a Colouring Page - simply print out or copy this page from your pattern and grab your colouring in pencils.  This is designed to help you plan out and play with the colours and fabrics until you have a colour palette you are happy with.  

Other tools that may be helpful in planning out your colour palette might be colour cards of swatch samples.

Planning by @melissakquilts

Fabric and Colour Inspiration
Check out these End Game mocks ups from Pink Door Fabrics - these give you a great visual for some popular and new fabrics that are available to make your End Game Quilt with.  

Tattooed North by Libs Elliot

You can find a full extensive list for End Game Quilt Kits (for both Full and Mini Quilts) from stores located in both Australia and the US here if you are keen on having the fabrics already picked for you.

This week we have 2 prizes up for grabs from our Sponsors

First up is this Curated Quilts Magazine thanks to Troll Brothers Quilt Designs
And we also have this End Game Pouch thanks to Sarah Ashford Studio

So to be eligible for this weeks prizes - make sure to post your pics of your Fabric Pull or Fabric Planning on Instagram to - #endgamequilt, #endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.

I hope you enjoy making your End Game Quilt with us.
Happy Quilting 
Jemima x 
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