Monday, May 23, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 49

The slow stitching fun continues with a variety of
3" blocks. Make one of each block using the same
 technique from the past two weeks. 

Slow Stitch Sampler
Each block will measure 3-1/2" including seam allowances. 

From two different prints, cut:

2 squares, 2-3/8" x 2-3/8"
Cut each square diagonally once
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1. Mark seam allowances and make half-square-triangles 
2. Piece block as diagramed

From light print, cut:
2 squares, 2" x 2"
From dark print, cut:
2 squares 2" x 2"
 2 squares, 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
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1. Mark a diagonal line on wrong side of 1-1/4" squares.
2. Stitch square on the line to one corner of each light square
3. Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and lightly press
4. Piece block as diagrammed. 

Churn Dash
From light print, cut:

2 squares, 1-7/8" x 1-7/8"
 4 rectangles, 1" x 1-1/2"
  1 square, 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
From dark print, cut:
2 squares, 1-7/8" x 1-7/8"
4 rectangles, 1" x 1-1/2"
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1. Cut 1-7/8" squares diagonally once and make
four half-square-triangles.
2. Join 1- x 1-1/2" rectangles along longer side. 
3. Layout block, stitch units in three rows. Join 
rows alternating seams at intersections. 

Friendship Star 
From light print, cut:
4 squares, 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
2 squares, 1-7/8" x 1-7/8"
From dark print, cut
1 square, 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
2 squares, 1-7/8" x 1-7/8"
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1. Cut 1-7/8" squares diagonally once and make
four half-square-triangles. 
2. Layout block, stitch units in three rows. Join 
rows alternating seams at intersections. 

Join the blocks in a vertical row.
 Add your Half-Square- Triangle row to the left side
and your Four Patch row to the right side. 
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This has been such an enjoyable process, I see 
a lot more slow stitching in my future. If you
would like to join me you can catch up on all
the slow stitching details here. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 48

Slow Stitch Sampler
If you are just joining us you can find all the details here

Next up, make six Four Patch blocks.
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For each block, cut:
2 pairs of squares, 1-1/2" x 1 -1/2"

1. Mark your seam allowances
2. Layout block and join squares in rows with tiny stitches.
3. Join the rows nesting the seam at intersection.

4. Once you have completed six blocks
 piece them together in a vertical row.
5. Do not add this row to the Half-Square-Triangle row.

I am finding this hand piecing really fun. I hope you are too!

*Note* My Greige Goods order is scheduled to arrive
this Thursday, hallelujah! I will get everything cut
and in the mail to you as quickly as possible.
Thank you so much for your patience.  

Because of the shipping delay I am moving the start
of the Simple Sampler Sew Along to Monday, June 6.
This will give all the packages a chance to arrive and
a little time to enjoy your fabric before we get busy. 
You can find all the Simple Sampler details here

Monday, May 9, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 47

While I await the arrival of my next collection I have
 decided to try a few new things. I am going to spend a little
 time Slow Stitching and thought you might like to join me.
 I have been hand quilting my small quilts for quite sometime
but I have never hand pieced a project. If you would like
  to come along for the ride here are a few details. 

Slow Stitch Sampler
Finished Quilt 13" x 15"
New Posts each Monday for four weeks. 
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Getting Started
Make six Half-Square-Triangles
For each block, cut:
2 squares, 2-7/8" x 2-7/8"
Cut each square diagonally once,
you will have two extra triangles. 

Keep in mind I have never done this before and
I am definitely winging it! Here are a few tips. 

1. Because of your tiny hand stitches
there is no room for squaring up. 

2. I marked my 1/4" seam allowance to
 help me keep things straight. I used a 
Pilot Frixion Pen for this. 

3. Once you have completed six blocks
 piece them together in a vertical row.  

Monday, May 2, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 46

I love a Churn Dash and this 2-1/4" blocks is too cute!
Pull some little red prints from your stash or your favorite
color and spend a some time making this months mini. 

I still have some Mini-a-Month Postcard Collections.
If you would like one you can order here. 

Unfortunately I am still waiting for my order of Greige Goods
to arrive. I thank you for your patience if you placed a pre-order.  

Monday, April 25, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 45


They are back! The shop has been restocked with the cutest little
Pompom Pincushions. They are made by my daughter here in 
Temecula CA. This will be the last batch available because
she and her husband are leaving in a few months for Vietnam.
She has accepted a 2 year international teaching position and
they are both excited to start a new adventure. If you would 
like one or a few, now is your chance. You can order here. 

If you pre-ordered a Greige Goods bundle or a kit thanks again.
I am hoping, fingers crossed, that the fabric will arrive late this
week or early the next week. I will get everything cut and in the 
mail to you right away. It is not to late to place an order. 
Pre-order greige Goods here.   

Monday, April 18, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 44

I hope you all had a blessed Easter. Spring is in full swing here!

I am working on my Simple Sampler using my soon to arrive
Greige Goods Collection. I thought maybe you would like sew 
along with me. I will be starting Monday, May 23 with weekly 
reminders and inspiration. You can use my Simple Sampler
to sew along or use your own basket of scraps. The blocks
are simple and not to time consuming. You can order a kit
or a printed pattern here or download and print your own
PDF pattern using the Buy Now  link below. 

If you have pre-ordered my new collection thank you.
Please note that the fabric is a bit delayed and I should
 be receiving it the first week of May. I will get it cut
 and in the mail to you as quick as I can. 

Monday, April 11, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 43

Monday's with Marcus is back with an all new color addition. 
The timing couldn't have been better! This weeks color is gray
and my Greige Goods line is the perfect palette. Neutrals can
sometimes seem boring but they are a necessary part of
your stash. Check out my Greige Goods line here  

Download the free Greige Galaxy pattern below and be
all set to go when Greige Goods arrives in a few weeks. 

Greige Garden
Finished Quilt 60-1/2" x 70"

If you would like to pre-order a Greige Goods kit or
bundle you can find all the details here. 

In other news, my next collection will be arriving this summer
and is called Opposite Options. I can't wait for you to see 
what I am making with these fun little prints. Stay Tuned!

This is what has been keeping my husband busy all week. 
It has warmed up enough to open up his boxes and see
what is inside. Bee's are fascinating!