Monday, January 16, 2023

TQC Journal | issue 75

Favorite Fibers Pre-Sales are here!
What better way to chase away those winter blues than with a 
stack of beautiful new fabric. I have three new patterns, kits 
 and all your favorite sizes of bundles ready for you to order.
Find all the Favorite Fiber details and place your pre-order here

I have always been fascinated by this quilt from the early 1900's.
The maker and region are unknow, but I imagine she had lots of scraps
 and set out to make something interesting. I am not sure how she figured out
how to make the simple nine patch whirl, but isn't it amazing. I am going
to attempt to recreate this quilt and thought you might like to follow along. 

Disclaimer - follow or stitch along either one is great. I am 
just not 100% sure this will work. I am following the image with
blocks and spacing bars so I am keeping my fingers crossed 

I am hand piecing this project to slow the process down and allow
for a more intentional sewing experience. You could also use
English Paper Piecing if that is your thing. I am using a cut 1-1/2" 
square for a finished 1" square. Machine piecing would work as well
but keep in mind that you will need to be joining things together
a little wonkily so you should not stitch in the seam allowance. 

Step One - Center
Layout 1-1/2" squares and 1 -1/2" x 3-1/2" bars as pictured. Stitch units.
You will need about 1/2 yard of fabric for your bars, I am using Natural Linen.

Stitch the units together to make center block measuring
7-1/2" x 7 1/2" square, including seam allowances.  

I will add a new diagram to each post for you to print,
to make stitching along a little easier. Right click on the 
image, click Save image as, name it, Whirl - Step One,
add it to a file or print it out. Simple!

I will be posting a Whirl update in the third
Monday's issue of the TQC Journal.
I have discovered a typo in the Woven | Opposite Options pattern.
 If you purchased a printed copy of this pattern please take the time
 to visit my correction page and make the red highlighted corrections
 to your pattern. You can find the correction page here. 

If you purchased a kit from me I will need to send you additional
fabric. Unfortunately I already archived (shredded) my 2022 orders.
If you purchased a Woven | Opposite Option kit please email me
right away so I can get the extra fabric to you. 
Send email to temeculaquiltco@gmail.com

Monday, January 2, 2023

TQC Journal | issue 74

Happy New Year. I am excited to be back with you and showcasing the
first quilt in the 2023 Mini-a-Month Postcard Collection. If you already 
have a set pull it out, dig through your scraps for some winter greys
and blues and start stitching. If you would like to join me this year
grab the Postcard Collection here. I will be posting a reminder
prompt each month on the first Monday to keep you motivated. 
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This will be the last week for the quantity discounts 
if you would like to grab a few extras for friends. 
My next collection from Marcus Fabrics is arriving soon!
Favorite Fibers will be here in February. Pre-sales will begin
 in a few weeks. I will have three different projects along with
 my favorite bundle sizes available for you choose from.
More details and links coming in the next issue of the
TQC Journal. Check out Favorite Fibers here. 

Monday, December 19, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 73

Wishing you the Merriest Christmas!
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If you have a few extra moments to do some stitching here
are a few fun holiday projects from the {TQC} Archives. 
Find all the Tiny Tree, pictured above, here
Check out a few other Christmas projects, here, here and here.
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I will be back next year with all new projects, fabric lines
and quilting goodness. I hope you will join me. 

Monday, December 5, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 72

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I did a little pattern testing
and finished up a little hand pieced project. I am really loving my
quilting charcuterie board. It is so convenient to have everything
laid out in front of me. 
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Favorite Fibers is pictured here and will be available at your 
local quilt shop in February. I will start taking pre-orders z
in January. I can’t wait to show you what I have made. 
Merry little yo-yos. I got carried away with the yo-yos and made
 a couple of garlands for my tree. I used twill tape, folded it in half
and stitched it closed. I added yo-yos with a few stitches about 6" apart.
If you have a few minutes to do some stitching this week 
you can make a few garlands for you own tree, Enjoy!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

TQC Journal | Special Edition

I am mixing thing up a bit and posting Decembers mini
a little early. I just love the sweet pop of pink. If you have
the 2022 Mini-a-Month Postcard Collection grab your copy
and try to squeeze in a little stitching this weekend. 

If you do not have the 2022 collection not to worry! All
orders will arrive with a copy of the postcard for the
December mini. If there are a few other items you would 
like to fill your stocking, all orders over $45.00 (before shipping)
will arrive with a goodie bag full of treats for you. Pick a new
 pattern, choose one of my favorite things, grab a bundle or
curate your own selection from my collection of TQC Fabric

P.S. The quilt peeking through in the background is
Woven | Red and you can find the instant download pattern here. 

here is a little sneak peek of the 2023 Mini-a Month projects.
If you would like to sew along with me next year you can order a
 set here Take advantage of the quantity discounts and pick
 up a few extra, they make a great gift. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 71

My yo-yo making continues. This cute little zippered pouch
would make the perfect "wrapping paper" for a couple small
gifts. I made seven yo-yo's using 3" circles. I used an applique
stitch to attach each one to the pouch. Simple, right?
Make a little zipper pull using a 7/8" strip of fabric. Press each
long edge under a 1/4" and then press in half. Stitch along open
edge. Thread through zipper pull and tie a knot. Trim ends and
keep them from fraying with a little glue. 
Hexagons work as well and are a quick embellishment
to any plain tote or project bag. I used 1/2" hexagon papers,
sewed them together in a row and attached to these linen
project bags that had been in my stash for a while. 

Monday, November 7, 2022

TQC Journal | issue 70

Browns and cream a classic color combination and 
the perfect topper for a Thanksgiving table. This
months mini has another great opportunity to showcase
your hand quilting and take a little time to slow down 
and enjoy the falling leaves and cooler temperatures. 
Need some fresh brown prints for your stash check out my
brown Repro Rolls and Curated Fat Quarter bundles here. 

The 2022 Mini-a-Month Postcard Collection is sold out.
If you would like to sew along with me next year be sure
to grab the 2023 Mini-a-Month Postcard Collection.
You can order here and remember they make great 
 little gifts for all your quilty friends. 

I love these little notebooks! They have so many uses and
are simple and quick to make. Use some orphan blocks or
make a few new blocks to add to a store bought notebook. 
My first book Quirky Little Quilts has some really cute
tiny blocks in it. If you have a copy grab it and get started,
if not I have a few copies left here or download the digital
version here and save a little space on your bookshelf. 
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A Few Tips
Piece block as you would normally.
Layer with a backing piece of fabric. No batting.
Do a little hand or machine quilting to hold together. 
Trim block cutting off 1/4" seam allowances
Use tacky glue to glue block to notebook. 
I used these Moleskine Journals from the Cashier Collection,
but any notebook would work. Have fun and Enjoy!