Two Tip Tuesday – More Workshop Quilts

Today, I have more Workshop Quilts to share! Our guild’s Christmas dinner was last week and several more quilts were shared from the Workshop. I have to say again how thrilled I am to see the work and progress from my students!

I love the variety of fabrics and added extras to the Hexie theme.

The Flower Garden Quilt was done by Marilyn B. and finished to 42″ x 48″.  Very SWEET!  This makes a great lap quilt.

Marilyn B.’s Flower Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol V.’s Baby Blocks are bold and beautiful.  Carol kept to a smaller project so she could learn the basics of a pieced half hexie.  Love those colors!

Carol V.’s Baby Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND…WOW!  Cheryl G. did a lot of work ahead of class making the embroidery centers of her hexies.  Those embroidery snowflake designs were cut into full hexagons for this quilt.  Gorgeous!

Cheryl G.’s snowflake Hexies

How did Cheryl piece the quilt?  She cut some template plastic into the full hexie shape.  Centering the snowflake design she traced the full hexie and cut each individually.  For the piecing, she did have a set-in “Y” seam to piece the full snowflake hexie in between the other half hexies.  All the rest are straight rows across the quilt.  Not at all difficult just time to mark the 1/4″ stopping points of the set-in seams.

#1 – Including embroidery designs into your pieced projects adds a pop of “wow”!

#2 – The full hexie shape was a great spot to add the embroidery.  Template plastic was cut to shape to be sure the design was centered in the full hexie.

Jobs well done!  I know there are still more quilts out there being sewn together.  Looking forward to our next show and tell!  On another note, Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. is now available on my website.  Wendt Quilting.com (Orders placed between Dec. 21 – Dec. 27 will be shipped after Dec. 28th.)

in quilting,

Debbie

P.S.  Happy Holidays to all.  May your days be filled with family, friends and laughter.  Wishing you peace and joy for Christmas!

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Two Tip Tuesday – Hex-a-ma-jig Workshop

On Saturday I taught a Hex-a-ma-jig Workshop for my Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilters Guild. It was great to share several of the quilts included in the instruction booklet of the Hex-a-ma-jig tool.  All the students got underway in making the quilt of their choice.  I missed getting photos of many but I did get several.  I’ll show them below.

“Smooshed” Mixed Flower Garden by Diane S.

Another “Smooshed”, by Diane Z.

And a third “Smooshed” by Sue L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the comments from the class….

“these are actually fun to cut!”

“I love the variety of this one tool”

“Great for so many different fabrics”

I’m thrilled with all the results!! I will have many more photos of the quilts from this class to show in future posts.  And another under progress in class and just yesterday, finished!!

Hex twirl under way by Faye P.

Faye’s Hex twirl finished!

Some tips in working with Hex-a-ma-jig to pass along…

#1- Pre-cut 3 1/2″ strips before you begin.  Then your time cutting is focused and productive!

#2 – Use “True Grips” (or similar) on the tool to keep it from slipping and in place when cutting.

in quilting and hexies!

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Go Bag

What is in your Go Bag? I’m prepping for a class on Saturday and I’ve been gathering things I want to be sure I have to demo. So, I thought, I’ll share! I’ve talked about my hand sewing box but what about some of the things that go with me to class.

Flat Mat Bag

First, I always take my “Flat Mat Bag” (pattern is available on my website).  It holds my 18″ x 24″ mat and 24″ ruler and a lot more, including my Go Bag of notions.  I usually have more things than I need, but better to have them, just in case.  A look inside of what I usually carry…

My Go Bag

Go Bag contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My small rotary cutter is easy to protect in an oils cardboard tube.  I was excited to find that it fit in the tube.  A good way to protect the blade and everything around it.

#1 – Use a cardboard tube to protect your rotary cutter/blade.

Cardboard tube for cutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Keep notions together so they are easy to find and grab to put in your Go Bag.

Saturday will be a Hex-a-ma-jig class with one of my local guilds, BVHQ.  Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilters.  I’m excited to teach this class on my tool!  We’ll be cutting Hexies and creating a Hexie quilt of their choice from one of the quilts in the instruction booklet included with the tool.

Last weekend I participated in Tree for Hope in Upton, MA.  Proceeds to Charity!  Below is the tree I made.  “Ties” to Christmas Past!  A special thanks to Shari for passing the ties on to me.

“Ties” to Christmas Past

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Fun at Festival

After a week of relaxation and spending time with family it is time to get back to work. Those of you who ordered a pattern at Festival, those will be sent in the next week. The delay of Thanksgiving week was not figured into my estimated delivery time.  I love the week of Thanksgiving and the lights that decorate the palm trees.  Fun and different in South Florida!

Palm Trees ready for Christmas in South Florida!

In looking back through photos from Market and Festival, I found some good ones to share.  First, we visited a “local” quilt shop and retreat center in LaPorte, TX, “And So It Began”.  All I can say is WOW!  What a great small treasure!  Look at the front porch…

And Sew It Began

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And bathrooms don’t get any better than this…

Treadle Base!!!

…And another!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – Use an old treadle table as a base for a sink, great for a sewing room!

We enjoyed our visit and highly recommend the short 30 minute drive to see it and spend some money!  That was our fun between the shows.  Now for fun at Festival…

What can be better than a little one enjoying my Snuggle Tails?!?

A “SNUGGLE” with a Mermaid!

Christmas is coming and the “tails” make great gifts!  Visit WendtQuilting.com to get a pattern and start your Christmas sewing!

Snuggle Tails at Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Shop local and small business!  We sure appreciate your business.

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – After Market and Festival

Last week I was on the road returning from Houston Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival.  Good time was had by ALL!!  Except for the drive back.  The snow and ice in Pennsylvania….YES, we got caught in it.  An extra day and night in a hotel, but good to be safe and off the roads!

I’m excited to share with you some pictures of my Market and Festival booth.  First Market…. (sorry for the blur, new phone and learning I need to hold still longer)  Note the 13 quilt hanging in the back corner and table runner on the demo table.  ALL 14 are made with Brilliant Bindings!  A great showing of all the additional benefits of Brilliant Bindings and using it as a cutting template!!

Fall Quilt Market 2018 D.W.

Fall Market 2018 side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

…as promised, my NEW tool!!!  I welcomed in and introduced Hex-a-ma-jig Jr.  A smaller version of Hex-a-ma-jig perfect for 2 1/2″ strips!  The quilt featured in my Market booth is made with “Junior”.  The smaller versions of the original Hex-a-ma-jig quilts show the size difference between the two.  The batik quilt was made with one Tiki Roll by Sew Batik (that is 40 – 2 1/2″ strips!!  Note their “roll” has 2 each of 20 strips.)

 

Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. will be up on my website in a couple days, just in time for Small Business Saturday!  Please visit my website to order “Junior” and my other tools and patterns.

#1 – Do you have have a roll of 2 1/2″ strips laying around?  “Junior” is perfect for a quick easy quilt.

Two days after Market we opened for International Quilt Festival.  My booth grew and more quilts were added!  I had two friends helping in my booth for Festival, shown in picture.  Thanks to Carol and Cathy for their hard work and welcoming smiles!

Wendt Quilting booth
International Quilt Festival

Also added in my booth was my quilt for the Block Hop Around Festival.  I had the privilege to be a part of this great event with 11 other booths.  I have shown you bits and pieces of the quilt in progress over the last several weeks, now for the quilt…

Tasket Basket Quilt with
Edyta Sitar’s Something Blue Fabrics

Edyta Sitar’s Something Blue fabric line was our featured fabrics.  She stopped by my booth to see my version.  AND I got a photo with her.  I am happy to report she loved my quilt.  I will be offering a few quilt options and variations using these fabrics in the future.  My block is centered between us. (Yes, between our heads, teehee!)

A tip I don’t think I’ve talked about when attending a quilt show…

List of patterns!

#2 – Bring a list of your patterns, tools and books!  Here is a wonderful customer who shared her list of my patterns she already purchased.  Well done!  A great tip in action!

in quilting,

Debbie

 

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Two Tip Tuesday – on the road again!

Neither rain, sleet or snow will keep me from getting to Houston!
Yes, I’ve had it all!  I’m driving to Houston and talk about a LONG drive. Today I had a prettier view out my windshield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And look, I get to park with the BIG kids!!

I looking forward to Market and Festival so I can reveal my new tool and the Booth Hop quilt. The tool will be first in a couple days and then the quilt will have a place of honor in my Festival Booth #108 I’m #110 for Market. Come on by and see what is new.
#1 – Look at the booths when you walk a show, we have come a long way to get here! (I think hear a song in the background.)

#2 – both hands on the wheel…  Steering wheel!  Only one needed for the hand wheel of your machine.  Did you know you always turn your hand wheel towards you on almost every sewing machine.  It you turn it away it will take the top thread into the bobbin and make a big mess.

Nighty night and quilty dreams!!

Oh, and congrats to the Red Sox!!  World Series Champs!!!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – the clock strikes midnight

Living in New England we get to experience the Red Soxs in the World Series this year! Of course, that is not mine or my husband’s team but we enjoy watching and routing for “the Soxs”! So, the clock struck midnight right at the end of the game and I’m still up printing and folding getting ready for Quilt Market and Festival in a week and a few days. Thank goodness for friends today to help with the folding and packaging. Another super power of a quilt business owner!
#1 – Quilting friends are the best!! Ask for help….they step up!
The weather here was crazy today. How about hail and a tornado in Rhode Island. The hail came down fast and covered everything. What does this have to do with quilting?  When your quilting friend’s car is in your driveway and it is getting hailed on, yikes!

Hail – October 23, 2018
Plus Fall Colors!

Plus…Looking at the picture, I see a wonderful mix of colors!  I’m all about finding color in nature this October.  I found similar colors in a Tiki Roll by Sew Batik that needs to be cut into!  I have some ideas of what it will be, stay tuned to see what it becomes.  I have found that Sew Batik’s 2 1/2″ strips to be VERY accurate.  But when using pre-cuts, it is always best to double check their measurement.  I’ve had some that are not.

Tiki Roll by Sew Batik
VERY accurate 2 1/2″ strips

#2 – Double check those 2 1/2″ strips.  Many are accurate, but best to measure to be sure.

Now it is past my bedtime and the ballgame is over.  (BTW, the Sox won game 1!)

in quilting,

Debbie

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