Two Tip Tuesday – KC In Person and Vermont Quilt Festival VIRTUALLY

It has been a couple of busy weeks! Last week on Tuesday I was sitting on a plane with a 3 hour delay due to a computer shut down that didn’t seem to make the news. So, needless to say, I was LATE and didn’t get a change to get Two Tips posted. Wednesday was setup for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival! Then the show Thursday-Saturday. Thank you, thank you to all who came through my booth for the show! It was WONDERFUL to be IN PERSON and no mask!

This week I’m teaching virtually for Vermont Quilt Festival. I’ve had two wonderful class so far (Become a Brilliant Binder and Twirl-A-Tool) and have one more tomorrow (4-3-2-1-DONE with Fat Quarters) and a lecture (Bindings a World of Options) on Friday evening. There is still time to sign up for the lecture.

The week before all of this we were in Florida for our granddaughter’s wedding. Beautiful, rainy and a nice ceremony!

It will be back to designing very soon. I have several NEW things happening for Fall Market! Keep your eyes peeled as I begin sharing!

Today the VQF class was Twirl-A-Tool. A fun use of Brilliant Bindings as a cutting template. With using any template, it is good to have some kind of grippy to help hold the template in place on your fabric when cutting. My favorite is True Grips, no affiliation, just a fan. They are very grippy and very thin. Did you know you can use the entire sheet of the product?

#1- Add True Grips to the back of your templates or rulers to help them grip the fabric. (see the circles on Brilliant Bindings below)

Another tip I often share is to mark your rulers when you need a reference point. A Sharpie marker will wipe right off with an alcohol wipe!

#2- If marking on a ruler use a Sharpie…rubbing alcohol takes it off!

I hope you are working on a summer fun project!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Around the Block – US Tour – week 47 – Arkansas

Today we take a short drive north to Arkansas from my state last week of Louisiana. I have driven across Arkansas many times in the years we lived in Louisiana. Plus, being a Missouri girl growing up, we made a few treks to Arkansas. It is beautiful in the spring with all the Dogwoods blooming under the taller trees!

Arkansas is brought to us by Blue Bear Quilts: https://bluebearquilts.com/…/around-the-block-tour…/ Note: There is a coupon code. To get the code , sign up for the newsletter. It’s best done on a desk top, you will see the newsletter sign up box pop up on the right hand side, the newsletter welcome email has the coupon code in it. IF YOU CAN NOT SEE THE SIGN UP box on a cellphone/mobile device – use this:https://bluebearquilts.us14.list-manage.com/subsc…/post…The email will come within a few minutes.

Enjoy!

Debbie

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Around the Block – US Tour – week 46 – Louisiana

We are getting closer to the end of the US Tour. I have had fun working my way back and forth across the beautiful USA.

I chose Louisiana because I lived there 2 wonderful years. It was in between our times in Cairo, Egypt. We bought a beautiful house with a pool (fun for the hot south!).

Louisiana has wonderful scenery, pine trees, cypress trees in the bayous and lakes. The food is amazing. I have a new found love of crawfish! They have Cajun, Creole, wonderful spices for so much flavor. We were introduced to PoBoys, alligator and shrimp, fresh from the Gulf.

Football is the New Orleans Saints and don’t go messin’ with their team. New Orleans and Mardi Gras is a must with purple, green and yellow/gold. (This became my choice for representing the state’s block.)

To go back and give a bit of state history and facts. Louisiana is the 18th state to join the union in 1812. It has French influences. They call their counties “Parishes”. The capitol is Baton Rouge. The largest city is New Orleans. The mighty Mississippi River runs almost the entire length of the Eastern side of the state. A grand water way that helped commerce for many industries in the early years and still today. The state bird is the pelican. Louisiana is also know as the pelican state. The beautiful state flower is the magnolia and I’ve already mentioned the tree, officially the Bald Cypress.

I feel the “Southern charm” is in the language. I’m good at picking up phrases and the “Southern drawl”. I’m a fan y’all!! Yes Ma’am and Sir…always!

Of all the beautiful things in Louisiana, it was the people I fell in love with the most. I became a member of the Northeast Louisiana Quilter’s Quilt (NLQG). The quilters welcomed me. It was a time in my quilting life that I learned many tricks and gained a love for all styles of quilts.

My block “Louisiana Fleur” highlights the much loved Fleur-de-lis. With a French influence and honoring the largest city. “Fleur” means flower and “lis” is lilly. The State Motto is Union, Justice, Confidence and has multicultural influences from the French, Spanish, Native American, African, Haitian and French Canadian. The four corners of the Fleur block are to represent the uniqueness of diversity coming together.

You can find the “Louisiana Fleur” on my website, Wendt Quilting (www.wendtquilting.com), under free patterns, look HERE!! I have made two different versions/options. The first option is a single fabric Fleur. The second option is a three color Fleur. My coloring definitely shouts Mardi Gras! You will find both options in the pattern. The background block is paper pieced for accuracy. I love the angles and how it highlights the Fleur. You will see in the photos below, both options. I used a gold zig zag stitch for the single fabric Fleur and a buttonhole stitch on the three color Fleur. I do have KITS available on my website! Laser cut pre-fused fleurs (both single harlequin and three color Mardi Gras). The center background is white and the corners are yellow/gold. I will also have additional choices for the angled corners. There is a limited supply of each option, so don’t delay in ordering your kit!

I hope you enjoy my Louisiana Fleur as much as I loved making it!

Week 47 is Arkansas and Week 48 is Kentucky. You can find all the previous states over at Blockofthemo.com/us-tour/. We also have a FaceBook group you can follow along. Quilting Around the Block – US Tour.

There is a raffle each week. Be sure to enter! You can find the details at Rafflecopter. The link is HERE!

in quilting,

Debbie Wendt ~ Wendt Quilting

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Two Tip Tuesday – procrastination

Yep, that is me! I’m really good at procrastinating. I should have a frowny face instead of an exclamation mark. I got my great niece’s quilts done and sent. Just a few months late, she was born in February. I’ll show the quilts below. I’m super happy with both of them. And I know they will be well loved. (Don’t mind the wavey bottom on the diamonds. It was windy day and we couldn’t get it to stop moving for the picture.)

A couple weeks ago I showed a shower gift for our granddaughter. Well, the wedding quilt did not get made…..yet! So, bad on me the procrastinator. BUT, I have the fabric, know what pattern I will make, so I think that partially counts. I won’t show that quilt until it is done.

Do you procrastinate? Do you eventually get the quilts done? I definitely get them done, eventually!!

My best tips for getting your quilts made…..

#1 – Set yourself a deadline. It does work, even if the deadline is past the date it “should” have been done.

#2 – If you are not “feeling it”, put it aside and work on another project. Sometimes (for me) if I’m only thinking about another project, I go ahead and DO IT! I get to mark something completely different off my list and it makes the one I’m procrastinating about easier to focus on when I get to it!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Around the Block US Tour – week 44 and 45

We are nearing the end of the US Tour. Only a few more states left! One of which is mine…Louisiana…it will be next week!!

I’m sorry I missed getting week 44 up last week, so today you get my post of two US blocks.

Week 44 was Alabama. I enjoyed Christopher on NCIS New Orleans…. “Bama”…Roll Tide!” You can find the block by Katie Mae Quilts, HERE.

This week is Week 45, Mississippi. I’m a fan of the Mississippi Gulf coast and what is not to like in spelling the name….M I ~ SS ~ I ~ SS ~ I ~ PP ~ I…. yes, I had to do it! You can find the block by Traditional Primitives, Mississippi.

“My state” is next week! I have had fun following all the designers and state blocks. We are down to the last few. I chose Louisiana because I lived there for two wonderful years. You’ll hear all about it next week!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – on Wednesday – Log Cabin Reveal

WELL, I did it again. Tuesday slipped right past. I have an excuse…does packing count? Monday was our Reveal over on Instagram for the Imagination Renovation of our Log Cabin Block Challenge…TA DONE!

I love my LITTLE quilt. Sure it is sorta one block, but so darn cute. I shared two photos. One using this little 2″ log cabin cuteness as a needle/clip holder and the other as a key fob. I have yet to add the grommet to make it a real fob to hold keys, hoping you get the idea with the photo!

The log cabin strips for this 2″ finished block/quilt were less than 1/4″. I paper pieced it to keep the little logs straight! The binding is 1/4″ on all sides, so the whole little quilt is 2 1/2″. When paper piecing with all the logs, it got a bit confusing with where each color went next. So, I wrote the color right on the paper to keep track. So very helpful!! And my first tip!

One thing that often happens with paper piecing… for me anyway…after tearing off the paper, sometimes the stitches show along the seamline. I don’t like seeing the white piecing stitches…(now granted, you can see the white quilting lines in some of the photos, that is ok!) To help hide the seam stitches I used a fabric maker to color the thread! Red maker along the red fabric helped the white go away. I knew I was not going to quilt along this log so it really helped to hide the seam stitching. Tip #2!

Since this is a little log quilt I chose to do a back to front binding. I loved this fun fabric that reminds me of fireworks. I hand stitched the binding to the front once turned.

Head over to Instagram to see all the designers who participated in the Challenge. You can find it by using the hashtag…#mayblockchallenge or #logcabinblockchallenge. Next month is going to be crazy busy for me, so I decided to skip June’s designer block challenge. Instead you can find me IN PERSON at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, June 17-19 at the Overland Park Convention Center. I’ll be vending and presenting a stage demo.

Then the following week, I’ll be teaching virtually for Vermont Quilt Festival. There are only a few “seats” left in Become a Brilliant Binder (#505 – June 21st – 3-6pm) and several in Twirl-A-Tool (#601- June 22nd – 11:00am-2pm) and 4-3-2-1-DONE with Fat Quarters (#706 – June 23rd – 3-6pm). Also my lecture on Bindings- A World of Options (#L93 – June 25th – 7:30-8:30pm) has “seats” available. I hope you will join me!!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Around the Block – US Tour – week 43 – Tennessee

This week’s state block is coming in a bit late, Tennessee. I’ve always been fascinated with this state. My dad and his family lived in Memphis when he was very young. I’m a huge fan of country music and loved going to the Grand Ole Opry one year when AQS had a show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The hotel was an adventure on its own! The state block of Tennessee was designed by Kathryn at Drangonfly’s Quilting Design Studio.

Update: Problem with link, try this one. Or go to the FB group Around the Block US Tour in the next few days.

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Log Cabin Challenge

This week I continued with the Log Cabin Block Challenge. I post my Sneak Peek #2 over on Instagram. My photo is below.

My second Sneak Peek is a “little” more progress on my Log Cabin. My center is starting to be surrounded by other “logs”…but with other logs making an appearance first. In other words, I have several logs that have been added before the first log will get all its sides surrounded. I’m having fun with this “little” project! The reveal will be next week!

I’ve had the privilege at being in Florida this week for our granddaughter’s bridal shower. I made the wedding party’s face masks that will be required. It is not fair of me to show them until after the wedding but I can show what other present I gave. Monogram towels! She loved them! With my embroidery machine out of commission, a friend did them for me.

How many of you have an embroidery machine? Do you incorporate the embroidery into quilts? I have not does this very often but have seen some amazing quilting with embroidery. I have longarm quilted quilts with embroidery for customers….back when I offered that service. So, I’ll focus on TWO tips with embroidery in mind. At least my opinion about using embroidery or specialty stitches.

Embroidery typically uses a stabilizer on the back of the piece. Consider using a stabilizer that is soft and pliable. I’m not a fan of stiff area under the beautiful embroidery. If it is a wall hanging, it is not a huge concern. But for a quilt… #1 – Try using a soft lightest weight stabilizer when putting embroidery in a quilt.

Think about quilting of the embroidery. Does it need any quilting in the middle of the embroidery? Can it just be outlined? Or is it small and thin enough you can quilt right over the top of it. Those are decisions you will have to make! I’ve done all of the above. My tip is to “#2 – keep the quilting simple around embroidery. Outlining might be all that is needed.

in quilting,

Debbie

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Around the Block – US Tour – week 42 – South Carolina

We are heading South this week to South Carolina. The designer, Stitched in Purple, is posting the block and instructions on Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account, let me know in the comments and I can help you workout getting the information. Check out South Carolina!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Log Cabin Challenge

I’ve been working on my Log Cabin block Challenge. My photo share over on Instagram is below…

What I said about the Sneak Peek #1…. This is either a really small block or very large seam roller…what is your guess?

My tips today will help you with that guess.

When working with tiny pieces, it is good to have tiny seams! The standard 1/4″ seam allowance will cover my next piece, so a chunky 1/8″ it is!

#1 – Use a smaller seam allowance for tiny projects.

As you will see in the photos below, I have a white strip with darker fabrics under it. To prevent show through of the darker seam allowances, (There is a hint of blue in the top left photo) I trimmed out some of the blue fabric under the seam allowance, bottom left. So this made sure the white seam allowance will completely cover the darker fabrics. There may be a shadow but at least you will not see the red or blue under the white fabric.

#2 – Trim back the darker seam allowances to keep them from showing through lighter fabrics!

Have a super week sewing something fun!

in quilting,

Debbie

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