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AGF Pure Solids Blog Tour

Did you know that Art Gallery Fabrics just released TWENTY new Pure Solid fabrics to their collection?

I wanted to share their Pure Solids in a fun way, so I reached out to a handful of talented quilters to join me for a Blog Tour!

For this Pure Solids Blog Tour, each quilter got to choose a new pattern that I will be releasing soon.   Then they got to choose ANY AGF Pure Solids they wanted to make it with!  *UPDATE: X Marks The Spot is now listed in my shop!

I love seeing how each mini quilt turned out so unique and lovely just by using different Solids.

Here is a lineup of each quilter who joined the Blog Tour, along with a link to their blog/website, and their Instagram Name:

Monday, June 24th – Kelli of The Willow Market.  IG name: @thewillowmarket. See her ‘X Marks The Spot’ quilt by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, June 25th – Rachel Thomeczek of Wren Collective.  IG name: @wren.collective.  See her ‘Over The Rainbow’ mini HERE.

Wednesday, June 26th – Brittany of Lo and Behold Stitchery.  IG name: @loandbeholdstitchery.  See her ‘X Marks The Spot’ quilt HERE.

Thursday, June 27th – Kelli Marshal of Simply Mackbeth.  IG name: @simplymackbeth . See her ‘Over the Rainbow’ mini HERE.

Friday, June 28th – Morgan Kelly of Morgan Kelly Quilts.  IG name: @morgankellyquilts . See more of her photos HERE.

Saturday, June 29th – Sarah Clayton of Stitch and Bundle.  IG name: @stitchandbundle . See more of here photos HERE. 

 

If you are interested in the patterns used for this Blog Tour, you can get X Marks The Spot in my shop now.  I will also be releasing the Rainbow Mini and other fun new patterns when I open my new membership this September.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Isn’t it amazing how different a quilt can look by using Pure Solids?  Different colors can completely change the look and feel of a quilt.  And as you know, Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids are my favorite!  The quality and feel, thread count, and safety of the dies used to make them are non-comparable with other solid fabrics out there.

I would love to hear from you: Do you sew with Solids?  And which of these projects spoke to you?  I hope you enjoyed seeing these talented ladies projects as much as I did!  I also hope you get to sew with Art Gallery Fabric’s Pure Solids, so you can see why I love them so much!  Happy quilting my friends, and thanks for joining us on the Blog Tour!

 

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I need your help!

UPDATE: The votes are in!  Thank you everyone for taking time to vote on your favorite Starburst Chain Quilt Top!  After counting the votes, Number One came in as, well, number one!  Congratulations to everyone who participated!  Each quilt is lovely and unique, and it was so fun seeing the creative talent that joined for this!

 

It’s time!  People have worked really hard to make some lovely Starburst Chain quilt tops in hopes of winning some lovely fabric!  (See the prize below).  Now I need YOUR help picking a winner!

 

All you need to do is LEAVE A COMMENT with your favorite quilt top BY NUMBER. 

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WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?  And if you WANT to share why, that would be EXTRA awesome! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VOTING!

PRIZE:

Sisu Fabric – Art Gallery Fabrics
Mystic Land Fabrics – Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Making Flying Geese

If you are joining the Starburst Chain Competition (Read more HERE), then you will be making a block that looks like this:

Even if you AREN’T joining the competition, at some point on your quilting journey, you will most likely make a Flying Geese block.  There are a couple of methods for making them, but I have found this method I’m sharing to be my favorite.  It gives me the MOST accurate Flying Geese I have made so far.  Not perfect, but the closest I have come to it.

So let’s get started!

First – You will take your background fabric and place a smaller square fabric in the corner, right sides together.  Notice there is a drawn diagonal line on the smaller fabric?  This is essential!  I’ve tried to skip this step before and “eyeball it”.  Let me just tell you that SHORTCUTS = TROUBLE.  Drawing those lines are NOT something to skip!  If you do skip drawing the lines, when it comes to sewing, you will most likely sew a little off, and that will end up with Flying Geese that are wonky.  No good.

Notice that I have TWO pins holding the smaller fabric square down.  I’ve tried just using one pin.  Yes I know, I’ve tried ALL the shortcuts.  But again, that will result in wonky lines and fabric moving while you sew.  Take it from me: even if it takes more time, you WANT to use TWO pins on both sides of the drawn line to hold your square in place.

Second – Sew ON the drawn line. This photo shows sewing ON the drawn line, but it is a few steps ahead.  It already has half of the flying geese finished.  It turns out I forgot to take a picture of this step with only one square on the fabric!  But you get the idea of sewing ON the drawn line.

 

Third –  Using a ruler, cut 1/4 away from the sewn line.  You can see on this ruler there is a dotted line marking 1/4″.  I used that dotted line and set it against my sewn seam, and trimmed my block.

Fourth – I then use my fingers to open the fabric.  Notice how I leave the seam on the mat while I lift the fabric up?  This naturally leaves the seam pressed to the darker fabric, which is what you want, unless your pattern tells you otherwise.

Then I press firmly with my fingers before I iron my block.

Fifth – At this point, you are going to do steps one through four on the opposite side of your fabric. Pin your second square to your fabric, right sides together, sew ON the drawn line, trim 1/4″ away from the seam, press open.

   

Six – At this point you will be sewing your Flying Geese block, right sides together, with another piece of fabric.  I wanted to share a little trick I have learned after lots of trial and error.  When you sew your Flying Geese block to another piece of fabric, have the Flying Geese block facing you.  This way you can see the center of the flying geese, as I am pointing out in the picture below.

Watch your needle as you sew, and make sure the needle hits RIGHT at that center point.  Then, when you open your fabric, it will have joined with your other fabric at JUST the right place!

Notice how the center of the Flying Geese matches perfectly with the block of fabric it was sewn to?  (The bottom of the ‘V’ is flush on the other fabric?) That little trick of watching the needle on the wrong side of your Flying Geese while sewing will get it this way every time.

So that’s it folks!  Let me know if you have any comments or questions.  I love hearing feedback and what you find helpful.  Leave a comment or drop my an email.  And if you want to grab a copy of the Starburst Chain Pattern and try this method out, here is a link the the pattern:  STARBURST CHAIN PATTERN