09/1/17

30s Sampler BOM Month 3

Presenting the third installment of my 10 month Block of the Month. Starting today, Sept 1, 2017, the patterns for four blocks will be free for one month after which they will got into my online store where they are available for $5.

Blocks for Month 3

You may wonder how I selected the order of the blocks.  There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to how the four blocks are grouped each month.

I just started sewing blocks.

When a block was finished I put it on my design wall so I could monitor fabric placement – my goal being that participants could make the quilt with a fat quarter bundle of Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures (plus background fabric). I didn’t want to use up one fabric too early in the process leaving none for later blocks.

Since I am alternating my pieced blocks with the appliqued Ruby’s Farm Life and Ruby’s Flower Garden panel blocks I noticed that the green fabrics were dominating so I became more selective about which pieced blocks included green.

Once a block was tested I sent the rough draft directions to a graphic artist (my very own daughter Sarah!) and they got numbered in the order I sent them.

That’s why a group of four blocks has no specific connection.

I’m sewing my blocks together in numerical order but, of course, you may sew your blocks in any order you’d like.

If you have been collecting patterns but haven’t begun to sew yet this might be the perfect month to start because the patterns are relatively simple.

Before you head over to get this month’s patterns read this:

Note: The system for downloading the patterns has been updated. Effective this month when you click on the link you will be directed to my online store. Simply click on the item to put the patterns in your shopping cart then check out following the prompts. Since it’s free payment information will not be collected. Once completed a page will pop up with a link to download the pattern. Click on that link and your pattern should download automatically. You will also receive an email with the same link.

The reason for the change is that I found it was taking me a long time to get the patterns posted due to having to go back to previous social media postings to change the links once the free month was over. This way I will be able to change it in one place which means you will get the patterns on time.

To download 30s Sampler BOM Month 3 patterns click here.

To download the general information about the program click here.

If you missed the patterns for Month 1 you may purchase them here.

If you missed the patterns for Month 2 you may purchase them here.

 

08/1/17

30’s Sampler BOM – Month 2

It’s time for the second installment of my 30’s Sampler BOM. The next set of four blocks is now available to download – free for the month of August 2017.

30’s Sampler blocks for Month 2.

I hope you have fun sewing with Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures while trying out several techniques.

Download the Month 2 patterns here (free for the month of August)

If you missed the first month of patterns they are available in my online shop. Click here to shop.

Click here for last month’s post.

 

07/14/17

Pokeberry – Applique BOM Block 2

Today’s post is Pokeberry, the July block of the Triplett Sisters BOM. Click here to go to their page or here to see my earlier post.

I’m stitching these charming blocks using Back Basting Applique and will be posting photos, tips and tutorials as we progress.

When I saw the pattern for the Pokeberry block for a tiny moment I regretted that I wasn’t buying the pre-fused, laser cut version of this BOM (available from the Triplett sisters). It certainly would have been sweet to have all those 61 berries already cut out for me!!

Lori’s block. Pre-fused, laser cut. Perfect berries!

Being a great fan of Karen Kay Buckley’s perfect circle makers I first thought I’d make the berries with them. But these pokeberries are so tiny! After letting it bounce around in my head for a few days I made up my mind that I would stick with Back Basting Applique and post a picture tutorial to go with my finished block.

Then came the color choices. I love the vintage red and green color combination of the original quilt but I’m using my Waddington Road prints in my sample. The pokeberries in the original were stitched in plain red fabric (as were the stems).  I have pokeberries growing wild in my yard – they are interesting and grow to gigantic plants (but they are invasive so I pull them out by the roots before the berries ripen). The berries are a gorgeous bluish purple color. Since I didn’t have purple in my fabric palette I made my pokeberries blue.

Pokeberry – Block 2 of Triplett Sisters BOM

In my book Back Basting Applique Step by Step I describe completing the basting step on the machine – my favorite method. (Refer to pages 14-15 for Back Basting by Machine, Appliqueing by Hand.) The  basting stitches, once removed, leave a perforated line in the fabric marking the seam line – it’s helpful for needle turning the seam allowance.

I drew the entire pattern (reversed) on the wrong side of the background block then I appliqued all leaves and stems saving the berries for last. Go ahead, call it procrastination! I used one piece of fabric (instead of a tiny bit for each berry) and basted every other berry. Skipping every other berry left enough fabric for a seam allowance. Note: I use regular 50 wt thread in the bottom and Mettler 40 wt thread in the top with an 80 universal needle. I drop the feed dogs and use free motion stitching.

Berries machine basted, and trimmed with the first one appliqued

Trim around each berry leaving a scant seam allowance. Clip the seam allowance with 5-6 clips creating tabs. Don’t clip all the way to the stitching, a little more than halfway is enough.  Clipping too close can cause fraying at the seam line.

Remove the basting stitches from half of the berry and needle turn the seam allowance turning one tab at a time using the needle or a toothpick to tuck the seam allowance under the berry. Stitch one or two stitches then turn a little more seam allowance under. I like this method of clipping the seam allowance creating tabs because I can work with a very small area at a time and there is  less tendency for the turn under to roll back out. Shape the berry as you applique. Stitch all the way around to get the seam allowance tucked in, then stitch a second time around the berry with smaller stitches to fine tune the edges.

Applique all the berries that were basted in the first set.

First group of berries appliqued

Using one piece of fabric again, baste the alternate berries that were skipped in the first round.

Trim around each berry leaving enough seam allowance to turn under.

Second group of berries basted and trimmed.

Applique the second group of berries. Repeat for all four branches of berries (which took me days and days to stitch!)

With a dime for scale. See, those berries are tiny!

Here is my completed block.

Pokeberry Block 2 of Triplett Sisters BOM

Other tips:

Use fine cotton or silk thread in a color that closely matches the berry fabric.

Poke the needle slightly under the berry as you begin each applique stitch. This helps round the edges.

I’m a tight appliquer, meaning I pull the thread snugly after each stitch. On tiny berries my tight stitches leave a little divot which tends to distort the smooth edge of the berry.  I find it helpful if I don’t pull my thread as tightly as usual.

If your berries a little wonky here’s a trick: Embroider around each berry using either a back stitch or a stem stitch with one strand of embroidery floss in a color that matches your berries. The embroidery can help camouflage irregularities in the berries.

If you’re on Facebook there is a page dedicated to this BOM. Click here for the Triplett Sisters Block of the Month Facebook page.

07/1/17

30’s Sampler Block of the Month Starts Now!

It’s time! It’s Block of the Month time!  The first installment of my 30’s Sampler Block of the Month is now available. Download it for free for the month of July. On August 1st it will move to the online store where it will be available to purchase for $5.

The blocks finish 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ – that’s not an accident! The blocks are sized to alternate with the McKim Studios pre-printed embroidery blocks. (Ruby’s Farm Treasures and Ruby’s Flower Garden).

Each installment will feature four blocks. Here are the blocks for Month 1.

30’s Sampler Month 1

In my sample I’m sewing the alternate blocks in back basting applique but they could also be embroidered or painted or crayon tinted.

Click here for a pdf with more information.

Click here to shop for supplies.

Click here to purchase the patterns for Month 1.

06/19/17

30’s Sampler Block of the Month

It’s coming soon! A BOM quilt right here at Barb’s Favorites! It’s starting on July 1, 2017 and continuing for the next ten months.

Here is a sneak peek:This 80″ x 80″ quilt is designed specifically for the embroidery panels that have been licensed by McKim Studios and are marketed with my Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures.

My sample will use both the Farm Life panel and the Flower Garden panel. But you could make the quilt with two flower panels or two farm panels.

The 30’s Sampler Quilt is designed specifically for the pre-printed blocks which finish 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ which is sort of an odd size for alternate pieced blocks. So I’ve come up with 41 blocks that can be trimmed to size without sacrificing points or other design elements.

I will be releasing the patterns four blocks each month for ten months. There will be five blocks in the last month. They will be FREE as pdf downloads for the first month they are posted after which they will be available to purchase for $5 per four block set.

My sample will have 41 pieced blocks alternating with 40 appliqued blocks. I’ll be doing back basting applique and blogging about the process. Instead of applique you could embroider the preprinted blocks. Or paint them. Or crayon tint the blocks before embroidering them!

Make the quilt in any fabrics you’d like but if you want to make it like mine I am offering a kit in my online store. Check it out here.

The kit has everything you will need.

Click here for a pdf of the supply list and general information about the program.

06/9/17

Red and Green Applique, Be Still My Heart!

Those who know me best know that applique quilts are my favorite – especially 19th century, red and green, appliqued, sampler quilts. I adore them. So when Lori Triplett showed me the Huguenot Friendship Quilt that she and her sister Kay were planning as a Block of the Month program my heart skipped a beat – it was red and green, it was applique, it was sampler blocks. There was no doubt in my mind, I would be making that quilt!

But there’s more! I’ve been invited to join Lori and Kay in sewing the blocks with each of us using different colorways and different methods. I’ll be stitching my blocks using the Back Basting Applique technique with a selection of fabrics from my Waddington Road Primitives fabric collection.

The color palette for my blocks in Waddington Road Primitives

Each month I’ll be posting my version of the blocks here at Barb’s Favorites but if you want to sew-a-long you will need to get the patterns or fusible applique kits over at the Triplett Sister’s website. Click here to see the original quilt (get ready to gasp!) and read all the details of the program.

Here’s my first block: Windblown Aster. It finishes 8″ x 8″ and will be turned on point in the final quilt.

Huguenot Friendship Quilt, Block 1 Windblown Aster

 

05/9/17

I have a new website!

It’s official, I have a new website! Here’s the thing, I’d rather sew than work on the computer so I decided it was time to move to a web service and let other people troubleshoot problems for me. The web address is still barbsfavorites.com so if you’ve bookmarked me in the past your bookmark should still work. My blog is now accessible through the “blog” tab (it used to be the homepage) so you may want to update your bookmark for it because it’s slightly different in the new system.

I have exciting things planned for the website including MORE free to download patterns, a web only Block of the Month (coming soon!), a newsletter, and additions to the online store. That’s right, I now have an online store!

So take a few minutes and check out the new and improved Barb’s Favorites. Click here to go to the website then scroll down to find the box to subscribe to my newsletter.

I’ll catch up with you later, I’ve got sewing to do!

11/10/16

Day 5 of Ruby’s Block Hop!

Are you having fun going from blog to blog and collecting block tutorials? Let’s welcome Reeze Hanson of Morning Glory Quilts to day 5 of the blog hop. She has a really cool block tutorial to share with you so find the link at the end of this post to go to Reeze’s blog.

In previous posts I talked about choosing the color palette, borrowing sample fabrics from Sunbonnet Sue’s dress and a patchwork dog’s nose, and from the little kits leftover from Ruby’s business. Some of the fabrics were just small scraps found in a scrap bag, but others required a visit with a seam ripper. For example, yo-yo quilts and Dresden plate petals were the source for a few prints in the collection! Each of these designs were reproduced in two colorways.img_9111-2

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All this work was going on over the winter with consultations back and forth with the design team. Then in the spring I walked through the fabric company’s warehouse and came across this – my very own fabric collection in huge rolls, just off the truck from the mill waiting to be rolled onto bolts and shipped to stores.img_7776

And later I strolled down an aisle and saw this – bolts of Ruby’s Treasures on the shelf, I couldn’t help it, there wasn’t a soul around, and yet, I smiled. I may have even said, “Hi there Ruby’s Treasures! So nice to see you!” img_7777-1Then another day, this – I came home to find two big boxes on my front porch. And what was inside? My very own stash of Ruby’s Treasures. Let the sewing begin!img_7649In May we were off to Salt Lake City for 2106 Spring Quilt Market where Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures was officially released.

img_7911I’ll keep adding to this story so check back daily to find out more about the creation of Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures.

And here are the links to all the stops on the blog hop.

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8:Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

And here’s the link to Inspired by Fabric, our blog host

11/9/16

Day 4 of Ruby’s Block Hop

It’s Day 4 and we welcome Pat Speth to the blog hop fun! Pat is a newcomer to our blog hop group and I think you will enjoy her tutorial. Pat and I became friends at a quilt retreat and I’m here to say, she has a lot of really cool tricks and I bet she has something clever to share with you on her blog. So hop on over to visit Pat. Find the link at the bottom of this post.

And here’s more about the creation of Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures. During the course of designing a fabric collection there are some prints that you can’t help but love the minute you see them. Others need a bit of tweaking before they get the stamp of approval or in some cases, the ax. Yes, it happens. Some prints don’t make the cut.

Leftovers from Ruby’s business, currently in the care of her granddaughter Merrily, are much the way she left them in 1935 when she switched from quilting to doll making. Most of the fabric swatches I saw were solids but three prints were reproduced from samples found in Ruby’s archives. This gorgeous yellow and blue tulip print was originally much larger. Working from a scrap of the original fabric, we scaled it down a bit and brightened it up. The favorite of the group for many, it’s also available pre-quilted with a yellow print on the other side.4-color1One of the little kits Merrily showed me was for an apron made with red, cream and blue stripes. The new version of the fabric has pink in place of the red, since we weren’t including red in the color palette. At one point we also had this same stripe in violet, green and yellow. But after a few iterations it just didn’t sing so it was eliminated. You’ll have to take my word for it, it sounds prettier than it looked!5-color1The last print that came from Ruby’s treasures is this diagonal plaid. The original was pink and we added a second color way in green. 6-color1

6-color2This block hop is a fun way to collect 6 different block tutorials all made with the Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection. Make each block in both colorways and you’ll have enough for a 12 block quilt! If you are joining in late, don’t worry, the drawings won’t take place until later in Nov. If it’s much later you can still collect the tutorials and sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric so you don’t miss their next great blog hop!

Here is the list of participants.

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8:Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

And here’s the link to Inspired by Fabric, our blog host

11/8/16

Day 3 of Ruby’s Block Hop!

It’s day 3 of the block hop and today we welcome Theresa Ward. Hop on over to her blog at Always Quilts and check out the tutorial and two examples of her block made with, Ruby’s Treasures fabrics!

As I was designing the fabric collection I dug into my own treasure trove of 30s prints. I have scrap bags, quilts, and unfinished blocks as well as a toy dog made by my grandmother. I studied all of these old textiles looking for charming prints that I thought I’d like to include.

One of the prints in the collection was reproduced from fabrics found in a pair of antique Sunbonnet Sue blocks. The blocks were given to me by my 96 year old friend Marguerite who told me they were made by her older sister Emily. I had already decided on the color palette (see my post for Day 2) and was delighted that the colors in the original fabrics were already included in the palette. img_7865

We reproduced both the violet/green sprigs and the pink/blue sprigs. Aren’t they sweet?

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1-color2I wanted to include these two prints since they came from the gifted Sunbonnet blocks but also because I had queried a few of my friends who love vintage 30s prints. They told me they thought the 30s prints that were available were lacking in prints with light backgrounds.

The other light background print in the collection is this happy little dot. dots-pink-and-green

dots-viloet-and-yelThe original print came from a stuffed patchwork dog made by my grandmother.

Patchwork dog made by my grandmother Mary Martin

Patchwork dog made by my grandmother.

I had to take the fabric swatch off his nose in order to have it reproduced! img_9112-2

Theresa used both of these light prints effectively in her blocks. The blog hop/block hop continues for the rest of this week so check back – I’ll continue sharing about designing Ruby’s Treasures.

And hop around collecting block tutorials. Leave a comment at each stop to enter to win great prizes and ask for Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures at your favorite quilt store!

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8:Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

And our blog host Inspired by Fabric