Easy Diagonal Cross Hatching

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a picture of my finished block showing easy diagonal cross hatching

I stitched this sample with 100wt Invisafil thread in the upper and 60 wt Bottom Line in the bobbin

After coming across some orphan blocks that were older then dirt in my stash, I decided that I would do a tutorial on easy diagonal  cross hatching. I am not saying that this is the only way to mark/ approach cross hatching. This tutorial is all about an easy, quick, accurate and enjoyable way to approach cross hatching.

Back in February I took a class with Cindy Needham. I can’t say enough good things about her. If you have taken her Craftsy classes great  – but if you ever get an opportunity to take a class with her in person- do it!! One of the things that really took root with me was that she uses stencils to make the quilting process easier, more accurate, give you better results and ultimately more enjoyable. 
Once again I was impressed that as I go out of my way to avoid marking , I keep hearing top notch quilters saying they invest a little extra time on the front end of quilting by planning and marking their quilts as much as possible to obtain the great quality quilting that they consistently produce. I have really been trying to plan and mark more….which isn’t easy for a gal that flies my the seat of her pants a lot :)…. I found out that the little extra time pays off in my end product. I’m not saying my quilting is perfect….far from it! But I can really see growth in that time spent marking and working my plan. 
Having said that – I still don’t love the time spent marking- let’s face it- it’s not the fun part . But as much as I dislike marking- I hate ripping more- if marking spares you from that horrible feeling when you quilt your way around an area – only to find out that it has ran off and doesn’t match up count me in!…. Not that that has ever happened to me! lol …..

Using those orphan blocks is also a great way to gain some practice navigating around obstacles without all the anxiety that we all have felt when we have finally finished a quilt and just don’t want to ‘screw it up” when it comes time to quilt.

a picture if marking easy diagonal cross hatching using markings that keep the stencil lined up
notice the registration marks through the center in both directions that were used to align the stencil

I used Cindy’s Ultimate Stencil to mark my block into 8th’s , giving me the registration marks to keep my stencil marking on track and lined up as I slide it from one area to another. The diagonal cross hatching stencil is one that I had in my stash from the Stencil company. I do use a straight longarm ruler to guide my ruler foot along the lines that I have marked, making it an easy way to do cross hatching. Merging stencils with some basic ruler work will give you more accurate results, by giving you a constant visual that you are staying on track and not running off.
I am not saying that you can’t measure and mark your cross hatching using whatever method you prefer – it’s all good! I just know that I love to quilt and don’t love the prep time necessarily going into starting a project. 
If you are new to cross hatching and have some stencils hanging around, I hope you will jump in with some orphan blocks of your own- you will be amazed at how easy cross hatching can be!
So….do you mind marking or not??
Do you try to mark just about all your quilting or just the major elements?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
Happy Quilting!
Debbie

 

One Fine Day By Laurie Britt Bakersfield, CA

Quilting Inspiration From Paducah Quilt Week

I wanted to share some quilting inspiration from Paducah Quilt Week. It was so hard to pick pictures to show, as there was just so many awe inspiring quilts.  I hope this brings a little sunshine into your day!….

Best of Show Arandano by Marilyn Badger, St George UT.
Best of Show
Arandano by Marilyn Badger St George UT.

 

 

close up Arandano
close up Arandano
close up of Arandano
Arandano

 

Red December By: Gail H. Smith and Angela McCorkle from North Barrington IL.
Red December By: Gail H. Smith and Angela McCorkle from North Barrington IL.
Free Fallin" Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak Greenfield ,NH
Free Fallin”
Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak
Greenfield ,NH
close up "Free Fallin"
close up “Free Fallin”
"Free Fallin"
“Free Fallin”
The Jester's Folly by Margaret Solomon Gunn
The Jester’s Folly by Margaret Solomon Gunn
close up Jester's Folly
close up Jester’s Folly
Bodacious by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger Duluth, MN
Bodacious by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger
Duluth, MN
Oscar The Great By Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek
Oscar The Great
By Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek
It's the Cowboy Way By Kalyn Bue Lohrenz Billings MT
It’s the Cowboy Way
By Kalyn Bue Lohrenz
Billings MT
Charlie By Patty Williams Plessis, NY
Charlie
By Patty Williams
Plessis, NY
Color Flow By Brenda R Roach Bloomfield, IN
Color Flow
By Brenda R Roach
Bloomfield, IN
Lava By Sandra Morgan Cockrum Linwood, KS
Lava
By Sandra Morgan Cockrum
Linwood, KS
One Fine Day By Laurie Britt Bakersfield, CA
One Fine Day
By Laurie Britt
Bakersfield, CA
Poinsettia By Laura Ruiz Malabar, Fl
Poinsettia
By Laura Ruiz
Malabar, Fl
Hopeless By Janneke de Vries- Bodzinga Kollummerzwagg, Friesland, Netherlands
Hopeless
By Janneke de Vries- Bodzinga
Kollummerzwagg, Friesland, Netherlands
Why not? By Angela Petrocelli
Why not?
By Angela Petrocelli
Close up of "Why Not?"
Close up of “Why Not?”
The Paisley Peacock By Bethanne Nemesh Allentown. PA
The Paisley Peacock
By Bethanne Nemesh
Allentown. PA
close up of "The Paisley Peacock"
close up of “The Paisley Peacock”
Duck Face By Hiroko Mirama and Masanobu Miyama Tokyo , Japan
Duck Face
By Hiroko Mirama and Masanobu Miyama
Tokyo , Japan
a picture ofeveryone loading in for a little quilting inspiration
Everyone loading in for a little quilting inspiration
Last but not least is a pic of Hancocks of Paducah.....I could almost hear a choir of angels when I walked in the door! lol!
Last but not least is a pic of Hancocks of Paducah…..I could almost hear a choir of angels when I walked in the door! lol :)

Well I think I better get this posted- hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Debbie
PS: I am not sue why, but on my mobile devise some of the pictures are presenting really small , like a thumbnail. I am able to enlarge the photo to a size that I can appreciate the stitching by using the spreading finger motion on my iPad- hope this works for you. Maybe the file is too large with all the pics and wordpress is economizing ??!!

AQS Paducah Quilt week 2016

NashvilleTN -having a little fun before heading to Paducah😀
NashvilleTN -having a little fun before heading to Paducah😀

Aww… Paducah in the spring  time! I can hardly wait to get there.  The Pudcah Quilt Week 2016 has been on my bucket list for a while now. We flew into Nashville last night and are taking a small amount of time to do the tourist thing before driving over to Quilt Week in Paducah.

I have been so looking forward to an amazing show  with great quilts,   venders and quilt shops ( Hancocks  of Paducah 👍).

I opened an Instagram account that I am going to try  and post pictures of some amazing quilts that are being shown here this week along anything else that suits my fancy. I have to admit- 1. – Instagram is new to me so I am just trying this out as a quick way to share , and  2,-I will post as I can as I don’t want the focus of the show to be social media, but I think it would be nice to share some of the inspiration going on around town.

Please feel free to follow me on Instagram- I have link to the right side of the page or search for me under TheQuiltJournal.

See you all in Paducah!

Happy Quilting!,

Debbie

 

 

 

 

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Review of Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book

This week’s post is a review of  Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy. I hadn’t heard of or seen this book before, but came upon it one night while I was surfing the web.

a picture of Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book By Amanda Murphy
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book By Amanda Murphy

As a side note, a quilting buddy shared an internet shopping tip a month or so ago. She said to put the things that you are interested in buying your cart and wait 24 hours before you return to purchase. A lot of the times, 24 hours later, you may feel like you can live without that wonderful gizmo or whatever… (she also just informed me that doesn’t apply to online sales – LOL- in that case you can wait an hour or so to see if you feel the same about it – thanks Kathy!  ,you have saved me a lot of $$). This tip alone is worth reading this post if you practice it!
Anyway, back to the book 🙂 .  I read the glowing reviews on Amazon and dropped it in my cart…. playing by the rules not to purchase for at least 24 hours. 
I happened to be going to my quilting group the next day and asked another friend if she had the book and if she liked it. She equally gave it a good review , so it got moved from my shopping cart to a purchase -she’s a talented quilter in her own right so I respect her endorsements (how many books have you purchased sight unseen only to feel lukewarm about when you held it in your hot little hand?- more than I care to admit!).

Now that my book has come (don’t you love getting packages in the mail ??!!) and I have had time to really give it a good look, I have to say that Amanda Murphy did a good job. This book takes a lot of traditionally pieced blocks and shows you several different ways to quilt them – with simple doable motifs. This is a great book for both beginners or those that have been free motion quilting a while and just need some inspiration ( come on….we have all been there…your quilt is done and you have been looking at it forever….and ….nada…nope…nothing..).
Amanda organizes her ideas by indexing by quilt element (blocks like churn dash or pin wheel) or designs by family (loops, back and forth etc) . This makes it easy for you to find inspiration for a specific block, or just go with a “feel” like….something swirly or hearts.
Many times Amanda breaks the block design down step by step showing how she would stitch the design out. In fairness I have to say, some her photos of the quilts are a little hard to see the quilting, but the real emphasis of the book is her drawings /diagrams. Her book has 155 “mix and match” designs and 30 blocks plus some sashing and border ideas.
The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book will go on my bookshelf alongside by doodle book and a few other  late night shopping acquisitions that I keep to jar my memory when I am having that “deer in the headlights” moment and can’t think what to quilt next.
( click on the link above to go to her blog to get a preview)
So….are you guys late night or daytime impulse shoppers??

Have you had a recent quilt that has just left you scratching your head wondering what to quilt on it??
Hoping your bobbin is always half full,
Debbie