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Someone Dropped a House On My Sister

The tune “Back in the Saddle Again” is playing in my head as I stare into the Shultz & Dooley mirror hanging over my sewing machine.

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I’m getting ready to work on the Wicked Witch Panel below. I’m a Wizard of Oz fan!  This is my first project in the new house.  The panel measures 34″x42″.  I decided to add Lemoyne Star cornerstones and stripped borders.  I pulled the colors from the panel, Kona Black, Midnight Blue and Grass green to match the Witch’s Skin.

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I know I have blogged about the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler before but thought I would reiterate some tips.

Below I have cut 2 background strips and two star strips. I know these are dark colors but I like the way they work with the panel.  I have marked my background strips A and B and 2 additional  marks down from the top of the strips on the adjacent, inside edges the same distance as the strip is wide.  What that means is; I chose to make an 8″ finished Lemoyne star so I cut my background strip 3 3/4″ wide by width of fabric (WOF).   So I marked the inside edges down 3 3/4″.  With right sides together I place the star strips on the marks as shown.

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Stitch the strips as shown.

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Quilting is a Pressing Matter!!!  What I love about Studio 180 Design Tools is the care Deb Tucker takes in telling you how to press your seams.  I did not know this until I was Studio 180 Design Teacher Certification Training, “Whatever You Are Pressing Toward – Goes On Top”! Genius!

When pressing strip A, the seam gets pressed toward the background strip. I then place the strip on the ironing board with background side on top and press.  Strip B seam is pressed toward the star strip, so then the I place the strip with star strip on top.  We now have mirror images.

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Place Strip B right up on the table, then place strip A on top, right sides together. I start by just matching up the edges.  Then using my fingers feel along the seams to determine if the seams are nesting properly.  I always gently peel back each end to see if the seams are nesting.  If we pressed the seams correctly it will nest nicely.

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Now we are going to establish a 45 degree angle by placing the edge of the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler on the stitched seam line and then bump up another cutting ruler against the angled edge.

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Make the first cut.

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Place the cutting ruler on that beautiful 45 degree angle and cut strips the width of your star strip.  For an 8″ Lemoyne Star I cut 2 1/5″ strips. So I make a 2 1/2″ cut.

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You can go ahead and make all your 2 1/2″ cuts, but I prefer to make the  first cut and then make the second cut by going vertically south to north and position the ruler edge at the tip of the star point and trim straight up.

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These triangles will be the side pieces for your unit.

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Once all your units are cut, open your units with A on the right and B on the left as shown below.

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This is a great tip from fellow teacher Jane Godshall:  Take two paper plates, label one A and one B.  Open your units as shown above place all the A units on one plate and B units on the other.  This will save you from confusing them.

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Take plate “A” to the sewing machine, center and stitch one side triangle to each unit.

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Chain stitch all the “A” Units.

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Take the chain to the ironing board.  “A” pieces will be pressed toward the star point fabric so lay the chain with the star point fabric on top.

By chain stitching the “A” units together and pressing, it keeps your brains from falling out trying to keep straight what unit you are working on.

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Now chain stitch the side triangles to the “B” units with the side triangles on top.

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Press.

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Our “A” and “B” units are ready to trim.

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Sorry for the glare, I’m having lighting issues.  I don’t care for most ruler gripping products but I love InvisiGrip.  This product helps keep your ruler from sliding with bunching up your fabric when you are positioning the ruler.  You will definitely want to use some on your Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler.  As you put pressure on the ruler toward the point it will keep it from moving.

Sorry my fabric is so dark.  Place your unit with the star point facing towards 2 o’clock, this helps with trimming both sides without repositioning the unit.  I am making 8″ Lemoyne stars so I align the desired block size lines with the sewn seam lines.  You really want a sharp blade in your rotary cutter for this trim!

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Trim all your units before sewing the “A” and “B” together.

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Once the “A” and “B” units are sewn together, trim the dog ears from the star points. Sew 4 units to make a block.

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Square up using your Tucker Trimmer 3.

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I think it came out pretty good.  it measures 52″x60″.

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Autumn Colors in the Adirondacks

I’m still unpacking and do not have my quilt studio set up yet. But last Friday was going to be the last day for good Fall colors.  There was a storm coming so my sister and I played hooky from unpacking and drove about 50 miles to Old Forge and took the ski lift up McCaully mountian for some spectacular views.  I thought I would share some beautiful views with you.

Autumn Colors

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Turkeys, Trenton Falls & the Barge Canal

This morning was very cool, somewhere in the 40’s. My sister Mary and I were heading out for a day spent outside. I kept hearing about the wild turkeys, and this time I saw them! There in the yard a Tom and Mom and about 10 teenaged turkeys. They took one look at me and ran into the woods.

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If you look hard you can see what appears to be turkeys on the run.
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Trenton Falls is only open 3 times a year.  It is a main water source for Utica, NY.  Trenton Falls was founded by the Sherman/Moore family in the early 1800’s.

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This is the Sherman/Moore Cemetery located along the path to the falls.

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A barn also along the path.

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The water is level is low this time of year.

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It is a beautiful path.  It is about a mile up to the high falls.  I plan to come back next month when the leaves are changing to take more pictures.

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Next we went to Barge Canal Bike and Walking path in Marcy.  What a great path.  There were many bikers, joggers and walkers out today.

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Lock 21.  When we were kids is was summer time entertainment to get  an Ice cream cone and go to one of the locks and watch boats or barge be lifted by water along the canal.

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Here the lock is being filled so this boat from Naples Florida can continue on its journey.

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I find this fascinating to watch.

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The lock if full and the gates are opening.

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Here he comes.

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And there he goes.

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These paths go from Lake Erie to Albany!

Trenton Falls

Map Legend.  I’ll be moving into my new house in a couple of weeks.  I can’t wait to get my studio set up and get back to quilting!

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The Wild Flowers of Alder Creek

Number 55 top is done.  I will be teaching a 3 part class on making these hexagonal quilts beginning November 8th at Tiger Lily Quilt Company.  I went there yesterday to pick out an inner border.  The colors in this quilt are so wild, Donna Papaleo (the shop owner) suggested I use black Kona and she was right!  It was the only color that would calm down this quilt top.

Wild Flowers

Tiger Lily Quilt Co. is located at 809 Court Street, in the Historic Brewery district, at the Boilermaker finish line in the City of Utica, located in upstate Central New York across the street from FX Matt Brewery.

 http://tigerlilyquiltco.com

The Shoppes at the Finish Line building was part of the historic Utica Globe Woolen Mills established in 1847.  Today this building has so much original character, I love this building.

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http://www.shoppesatthefinishline.com

The Shoppes at the Finish Line not only houses the Tiger Lily Quilt Company but also Finish Line Furniture, Utica Brews café, a gift shop, and a Psychic.  The Rome Investigators of the Paranormal visit there often.

http://romeinvestigatorsoftheparanormal.com

06 Brewrey tour

How can you beat a quilt shop across the street from a brewery?

05 Brewery

 

 

 

Do You “Row By Row”?

I know I’m supposed to be working on class samples but the weather here in Upstate NY has been beautiful. I have been visiting quilt shops in the area collecting Row by Row kits. Row by Row is a nationwide quilt shop hop. Each participating quilt shop designs a license plate and a 9″x36″ quilt row pattern/kit. It can be 4 blocks or one row. The first person that gets 6 rows completed into a quilt goes to a shop and claims their prize (one per shop). You can pick up the pattern for free or chose to buy the kit, The fabric license plate is sold separately.

Row by Row

Cottons Etc. in Wampsville, NY is a great shop with wonderful classes and good selection of Alexander Henry Fabrics.

www.cottonsetcquiltshop.com

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Crazy Moose Quilt Shop in Inlet, NY has a great selection Adirondack fabrics.  You can not believe how beautiful it is there.

Email: crazymoosequiltshop@mail.com

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Heartworks Quilt Shop in Fly Creek, NY is definitely worth the trip, I love this place. They have a wide variety of fabrics.  There is a wonderful Cider Mill there. They are located close to Cooperstown, NY the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

www.heartworksquilts.com

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Sew Nice in Norwich, NY is a great quilt shop.  They have a wide selection of fabric and great class room space.  Not to mention that the owner Diane Marvin is a fellow Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design.

www.sewnicenorwich.com

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Sew Wilde in New Hartford, NY. I love this shop.

www.sewwildequilt.com

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Tiger Lily Quilt Company is located in an old cotton mill in Utica, NY across the street from Utica Brewing Company.  This is one of my favorite places to be and definitely want to be teaching there soon.

www.tigerlilyco.com

Hopefully I will get these rows finished soon and share them with you.  You can follow “Row by Row” on Facebook.

 

Alder Creek

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

Well, almost.  I am from Central New York.  New York Mills, NY to be exact.  I have left Virginia, and for now I’m staying with my cousin Brenda in Alder Creek, about 22 miles north of Utica.  I am not a country girl.  There is not a quilt Shop for 22 miles (Lord have mercy)!

Alder Creek

Brenda’s house is charming as you can see.

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This small shack on her property was a Speak Easy back in the day.

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Today my sister Mary and I went exploring.  Above is the Boonville pool.  We spent many summer days here when we were kids.

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Boonville also has a lovey covered bridge.

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The Hulbert House from 1812 was featured on The Scifi channel Ghost Hunters.  It is haunted!

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This beautiful scene is the Black River in Forestport, NY

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My little corner in Brenda’s dinning room.

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I’m working on a new hexagon quilt trying to get my Mojo back!

My last Quilt Class in Virginia

Today I taught my last quilt class in Virginia. In about 6 weeks I will be moving to Upstate NY, Utica to be exact, my hometown. Today we finished up our Doubly Charmed class where we first made the Corner Beam quilt.

Doubly Charmed

We saved our side triangles to use in our V Block quilt.

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I want to thank Nancy, Denise, Carol and Karen for a great last class!
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Jennifer Griffin will be taking over the Studio 180 Design Tool Demo classes in Virginia Beach.  She is happily holding up the Diamonds Rects tool.  In her first demo class she will teach you to make a simple Storm at Sea using the Studio 180 Design Diamond Rects and Squared2 rulers.  I know she will do a great job!  Look out NY, get ready for One Block Wonders and Deb Tucker’s spectacular rulers and quilt patterns.

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