Transformer Quilt

In March, I downloaded a pixel Autobot photo to make a Transformer quilt for a special young man.
It was easy to transfer this pixel photo to a 2.5 inch square and strip pattern.
The fabric was purchased in Georgetown, Texas, at the Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew.
I was able to piece the quilt top in two days.
My friend, Jeana, used the Broken Glass pattern for quilting on the longarm.
Today, I finished binding the quilt.
I cannot wait to surprise him with his quilt.


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I also made an Autobot pillowcase.
The Autobot fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.

 

Transformers

Today was spent working on a Transformer quilt.
Months ago, I found an autobot pattern that was designed by Susan Guinto.
The site offered a free download.

The pattern is suited to 2.5 inch strips and squares.
A few weeks ago, I purchased the fabric from Poppy Quilt ‘Sew Shop in Georgetown.
I painstakingly measured, counted, and recorded the number of black, gray, and white squares and strips that were needed.
Then…I misplaced my notebook!

So, today, I cut the three different fabrics in 2.5 inch strips, WOF.
The white fabric was cut LOF, since I needed a long enough top and bottom strip.
I decided to cut what is needed in small sections, and piece-as- I go.
This P-A-I-G method is so much easier than when I made a Darth Vadar quilt for my son.
On the Darth Vadar quilt, I cut all the pieces. It was difficult for me to keep track of what I needed, when I needed it.
The Darth Vadar quilt was also out of 2.5 strips and blocks.

To make this quilt, I used a pattern from WSKanePatterns.

My goal today was to finish half of the autobot.
I reached that goal, except I found a mistake as I posted the picture.
It will be an easy fix to remove the out of sequence black block from the second to the last row.

Tools:
I used the Stripology ruler grid to cut the strips.
I am still doing something wrong at the onset, since I end up having to recut the bottom.
The strips are more accurate than when I cut with a 2.5 inch ruler.
I just have to study what I am doing incorrectly. It doesn’t happen all the time, just enough to be a nuisance.

I also purchased a magnetic quarter-inch guide.
It has improved the accuracy of the seams, but sometimes, before I get to remove the pins, the pins knock it out of line.
Still, I like using this rather than the painter’s tape I was using.

Oh, I found my notebook!

Quilt Shop Tote

The Gift Bag pattern by Cut Loose Press, designed by Chris Foreman,
was a learning curve for me…literally!
The curve on the front pocket is a first for me.
I tried using a plate and a hoop, but that didn’t work.
So, I just eye-balled it, and tried my best.
I need to look up a tutorial on how best to make a curve.

This was a two- day project.
I find it easier to cut and prepare on one day,
and assemble the next.

The fabric is bright, cheery, and all things quilt…love the fabric!
I had fun making this tote, and I’m keeping this one for me.

Thank you, Nancy, for going to Poppy Quilt N Sew with me.
I need more fabric…so let’s go back to Georgetown!
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4 Day Retreat

Recently, I had a 4 day retreat in Round Rock, Texas.
I got to spend some time with my friend, Nancy.
She is so creative and so inspirational…I learn a lot from her.
I enjoy our visits and hope to have many more.

We went to visit Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew, a quilt shop in Georgetown, Texas.

I managed to walk out of this store under my fabric budget, but it sure wasn’t easy.
There were so many beautiful fabrics, and great ideas for totes and quilts.
I will go back!

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There was a sample of this cute gift bag designed by Chris Foreman, and I just had to get the fabric and pattern.
The brightly colored fabric has buildings with names such as: Needles and Pins Cafe, Timeless Treasure Fabric Mill, and Quilter’s Inn.
I got sidetracked and made three colored pencil rolls, and I have a bird tote to finish.
So, I will start on this tote soon.
I’m keeping this one!