Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - July

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Capital T

Here's a modern take on a traditional block. The Capital T block dates back to the late 1800s and has quite a history--if you're interested in reading about it, I found a pretty cool site with the full history.


There are quite a few small pieces in this block, but they all come together nicely. It's really important to be precise with your cutting and seam allowances since there are so many points that need to meet in order to give you the nifty "T" shape that's hidden in these designs.

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 58-61 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109. You will also find her tutorial for Flying Geese on pages 112-113. 

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Monday, June 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - June

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Mosaic No. 2


This block uses more half-square triangles in a new mosaic pattern! These blocks are both arranged identically, but the color placement makes them look completely different. 

You can find the instructions for Mosaic No. 2 on pages 54-57 in AnneMarie Chany's book, Sister Sampler Quilts. As always, the Half-Square Triangle block can be found on pages 108-109. You'll also make some flying geese for this pattern! These instructions can also be found in the back of the book on pages 112-115. We used the No-Waste Flying Geese tutorial for the second block and the standard Flying Geese tutorial for the first block.

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art Gallery Fabrics Club! Lineup for Summer and Fall 2016

Art Gallery Fabrics Club


We love the fabrics that Pat Bravo and the AGF team put out and we know you do too! The hand and drape of the fabric is second to none and makes great garments and quilts!  With the Pink Castle Fabrics monthly club, you can choose Fat Quarter (18" x 22") or Half Yard (18" x 44") cuts of 20 prints, a complete collection from Art Gallery Fabrics!

This month we are adding in some of the great Art Gallery Elements to coordinate with all the monthly collections. These are perfect to reorder and are a part of my stash personally as well as a staple in the shop. We are excited about the collections that are coming this Summer and Fall as well! Here is the line up for months to come!

Happy Sewing!
Brenda

JUNE – Tapestry by Sharon Holland
 Tapestry Fabrics by Sharon Holland

JULY – Joie de Vivre by Bari J
 Joie de Vivre fabrics by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. Sold at Pink Castle Fabrics.

AUGUST – Playground by Amy Sinibaldi

SEPTEMBER – Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell

OCTOBER – Heartland by Pat Bravo


Friday, May 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - May

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Rising Star

Everyone loves a star block. While this block is traditionally only a two-color block, changing around color placement and playing with positive and negative space creates a totally new block that's super versatile. Let's have a look at our Rising Star blocks:



The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 50-53 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109.

This block has lots of small seams meeting up so it's really important to be precise with your cutting and seam allowances! If things shift around, you miss the really clean, sharp points in this star which give this star its impressive look. Plus, when you have lots of seams meeting like that, it's easy for your block to finish at an inaccurate size if something is stitched up wrong!

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - April

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Bear's Paw

This is a fresh modern take on a very traditional block. Again, we'll use half-square triangles to make this block. It's a little bit tedious with these smaller pieces, but the finished product is great! Here are our two finished Bear's Paw blocks:


I did find a small error in the cutting instructions. At the bottom of the section "From Fabrics B, C, D and E," it says to cut four 1 1/4" x 5 /4" rectangles. You only need to cut two of these.

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 46-49 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109. 

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Friday, March 25, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nicholas Ball

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Nicholas Ball. Active in the Modern Male Quilters movement and a member of the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee, Nicholas is an incredible quilter. His work with improvisational lines and tiny pieces is stunning and you might recognize him from his vegetable patch quilts.

Here are a few great quilts of Nicholas' quilts, all from his blog, quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com:






That wraps up our teacher features! Have you gone to stitchalot.com and purchased your ticket yet?! It's going to be an amazing event. I can't wait to show you what all of these lovely instructors have planned for their classes!

--Hayley

Friday, March 18, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nydia Kehnle

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Nydia Kehnle. Her love of puzzles and problem solving combined with her keen eye for color and texture are evident in Nydia’s work. In 2015, Nydia placed first in the category of Improvisational quilts at QuiltCon. Here are just a few of her gorgeous quilts (click the caption for more information about each quilt):

Alternative

Feathers

Tessellation

Ventana

I'm excited to see what Nydia brings to our incredible lineup of teachers. She won first place in the Improvisational category at QuiltCon 2015, so her pattern is bound to be stellar.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley