The Olde World Quilt Shoppe opened in April of 2008. In the fall of 2009, we were awarded a top ten quilt shop award by Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Magazine. Our unique shoppe is known for its warm, inviting interior and gorgeous fabric selection. We are a full service quilt shoppe carrying books, patterns and bolts of fabric from leading manufacturers such as Moda, Andover, Diamond Textiles, Marcus Brothers, Maywood Studios and many more. We have a large selection of civil war reproduction, flannel, brushed cotton and woven fabrics, as well as a diverse selection of hand dyed wools.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's Tip--Perfect Pinwheel blocks

The title of this post should be 'life happens.'
My intention was to talk about accurate 1/4" seams and then my adult son was in a go-cart accident and shattered his left arm. Needless to say, I have not had time to write a 'new' tutorial, so here is a substitute one. 

First, I oversize my half-square triange units and use Eleanor Burns Square Up Ruler to custom cut them to size.
Here is a you tube video on Eleanor Burns Square Up Ruler:


Just copy and paste the link into your brownser.

Once you have 4 hsts made and squared up,
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lay them out as shown above.
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Fold the right HST units over the left ones, RST.
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Sew the units together starting at the edge where the diagonal seams align.  I call this a critical point.  I always put the critical points into the machine first. This may require you to flip the units over so that diagonal seam intersection goes into the machine first. If you do this, you will have better control over that 1/4" seam. If the diagonal seam goes through the machine last, the material will have moved from the action of the feed-dogs. Try it both ways to see the difference in the results.
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Once you have the two pairs sewn together, align them as shown.

The unsewn edge of the left one is on the top and the unsewn edge of the right one is on the bottom. Look closely to see the stitches of the seam.
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Finger press the left seam allowance down and the right seam allowance up.  
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When you fold the right unit over the left unit, RST, the seam allowances will be opposed.  Note that the one on top is pressed up or away from you.  This will help the seams to lock together when sewing the units together.
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Align the bottom edges and pin in place.  Now sew the seam.
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Collapse the seam intersection as seen.  Note that some seam allowances are pressed to the light.  If you are worried about the red showing through, you can trim just the red seam allowance down to an 1/8th inch. When you flip this unit over, the seams will be perfectly aligned as long as each hst was exactly the same size. We will discuss grid dimension at a later date.

For more info on collapsing seams, go here.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Sew Along

Hope some of you made a few DQST units, even if you aren't going to use them in a quilt top. I must admit, I only have 4 blocks made.
I have chosen the fabric for the center of my quilt, Pumpkin Spice by Moda for Laundry Basket Quilts. The large floral motif is perfect for the borderie perse applique and I love red. I had all intentions of paper piecing the starburst this week, but best laid plans do go astray. 

And this is what lead me astray...
designing and stitching our wool block for the Wooly Block Adventure.
Follow the link to their facebook page to see all the blocks.
This year you will be able to order the patterns and kits online.
You are not required to physically visit the shop.

In the meantime, if you would like to foundation paper piece with me next Saturday, make copies of your pattern. I use Carol Doak's paper. Also make a copy on regular copy paper. We will use it as a template for cutting out the pieces.
Hope to see you then.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Freebie---All Hallow's Eve

Our first Friday freebie will be the pattern for All Hallows Eve. Mind you, this pattern could be done in any colorway. This quilt sits under my Singer Featherweight.
 Here are the links to the original pattern:
Just copy and paste the links into your browser.
And here is an alternative colorway:
These double quarter square triangles are also 1 1/2" finished units (2" unfinished.) 
Therefore, you can make them by mixing up a variety of 3" squares of medium and dark fabrics from your scrap pile. Starch a collection of 3" squares of assorted fabrics, and then cut them twice diagonally to make quarter square triangles. Mix them all up and there you go.
A 1/4" finished light stopper strip (cut it 3/4" wide) and 1 1/2" borders (cut them 2" wide) make this charming small quilt a keeper. Make 12 more qst units and cut those unpieced borders at 2" x 7". 

We will discuss half-square triangle construction next time and share a pattern for a darling small scale Christmas project.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Sew Along--Hourglass Units

Double quarter square triangles (dqst) are fun to play with.
This is the quilt I designed for Fons & Porter called My Country. 
The dqst units in this pattern were used to create a unique patriotic block.

Here is another clever use of the dqst unit. 
These are basically Ohio Star blocks with specific placement of the darks and lights. 
My quilt has a half-square triangle in the center while the other one uses four patches to create the secondary color stripes when the blocks are sewn together.
So even if you do not sew along with me, I hope you will try a few of these units.

Now for 'oversized' precision dqst units on a miniature scale.
For my 1 1/2" finished units, I started with 3" squares of both a light and a medium fabric. 
Refer to the tutorial at the end of the post for directions on how to determine what size to cut fabric squares for varying sizes of finished units.

Take one 3" square of light fabric and one 3" square the medium fabric and place them right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lightest square.
  Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line.
 Cut in half diagonally on the drawn line to make (2) two half-square triangles (hst.)
 Press (I prefer to finger press instead of using my iron when piecing on a small scale) the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.  
Do not square.

Place one hst on top of the other, right sides together, like fabrics opposite to each other.  Draw a diagonal line from top to bottom at 90 degrees to the seams.  Nest the seams together.
Sew a scant ¼’ seam on both sides of the line, matching up the previous seams.

Here is a trick for getting the seam intersections to come together perfectly. When sewing the 1/4" seams on both sides of the drawn line, choose to sew with the seam allowance up or away from you. If you finger pressed your seams open, they will be 'full' instead of flat and will nest quite nicely.  Cut on the line to make two double quarter-square triangles (dqst).  

Collapse the seams to help reduce the bulk.  Use your seam ripper to simply remove (do not cut) the vertical stitches in the seam allowance at the intersection, one at a time, to the last horizontal line of stitching on both pieces.  Now press the seams opposite.  

If you want to make an hourglass using 4 different fabrics, instead of drawing a line on the half-square triangles, simply cut them in half  once diagonally (where you would have drawn the line.)
Then combine them with other units you have done the same to.
Here is a link to a previous tutorial with good pictures of how this is done.

Now to square them up to our desired 2" unfinished.
I use Eleanor Burn's Square Up ruler. 
If you do not have one, refer to the tutorial link at the end of the post for how to use your regular ruler for this.
Lay the ruler as seen above for squaring up the unit to 2". Trim off the right and upper edges.
Rotate the unit a 180 degrees. I use my regular ruler to trim the unit to 2".
Again, refer to previous tutorial for much more detailed photos on how this is done. 

For those of you who do not want to make such small units OR perhaps do not have the Eleanor Burn's tool, here is a tutorial on how to make oversized double quarter square triangles and square them up with your normal ruler. Included is a pattern for a 12" finished Ohio Star block.
Remember, just copy and paste the link in your browser.

Here is two other sweet ideas for using scrappy dqst units.
Fit to Frame Set 2 by Lori Smith.
Next Friday, we will repost All Hallow's Eve as our first Friday Freebie. 
You could easily make the quilt in this colorway.
 Have fun.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Tips and Tricks

Accurate Cutting

Many times when I teach precision piecing, one of the very first things I discuss is accurate cutting. So today's first tip is how to read the lines on your ruler. What everyone forgets is that an accurate 1" cut requires the 1" line of the ruler to be included in the measure.

The fabric should not extend past the 1" line

OR not include the line.

 Here is a tip for cutting fabric on grain when strip piecing.
Every time I strip piece, it gets wavy.
This will help eliminate that issue.
 Pull a thread on the edge of your fabric.
This will tell you the true grain.
Very easy to see if you have pre-washed your fabrics.
Now you can use this line between fabric and fringe as your guide for squaring the edge of your fabric.
You will have to do just one layer at a time for this to work. 

Hope this helps you with the accuracy of your cutting.
Next week, that elusive, accurate 1/4" seam.

For beginners or people just wanting to review how they cut, here is a link for a complete dissertation on accurate cutting:
Just copy and paste the link into your browser.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday Sew Along--Sunrise Scraps

Each week I will be posting about a project I am working on. I invite you to sew along with me if you are so inclined. I will be providing tips and tricks as I go. These tips and tricks are applicable to any project you may be working on. 

My first project.
Sunrise Scraps by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts
Pattern in her book, Handfuls of Scraps.
I will be covering fabric selection, oversizing and squaring up quarter square triangle units, foundation paper piecing, machine applique and borderie perse while making this quilt. If you want to sew along with me, the book is available at the shoppe or on our website.

I saw this quilt in person last year at Road to California and it was love at first sight. Scrappy quilts just appeal to me and heaven knows I have enough fabric stashed to make one. Edyta describes the making of all those little 2" units as "both meditative and restorative." I agree. At least for now, I am loving playing with all my fabrics to make each block unique and to use the last remnants of some of my all time favorite fabrics. 

So let's discuss fabric selection for this quilt. First of all the background fabric is tone-on tone with a vintage look of tea-dyed muslin. We will discuss the fabrics for the center later, but keep your eyes out for large florals on light backgrounds for the Borderie applique. Edyta is well known for combining batiks and reproduction fabrics, so feel free to experiment.

This is the base block. 
A variety of fabrics in both hue, texture and scale is important. Those large prints make interesting small blocks. Notice that one block is a combination of two fabrics of the same hue. I will discuss this further when we make the blocks. Edyta's palette is soft, so I found my blocks are similar to hers if I don't use too many darks; however, with that said, darks will give the quilt interest. She also uses a lot of pink, blue and gold in her quilts. The background fabrics for the quarter square triangle units should also be a variety of light to medium light fabrics. The sashing is the tone-on tone muslin-like fabric and will remain consistent throughout the quilt. 

Next week,
 I will discuss oversizing and squaring up the quarter-square triangle units. If you want to sew along, gather your fabrics and book! If you are dying to get started, cut your fabrics for the quarter square triangle units into 3" squares. If you like to starch your fabrics, I advise you avoid this with this particular project. The starch will make your fabrics slippery and flat when we try to interlock the seam intersections. Even if you do not want to take on this project, join me next week to learn a technique that will help you with your everyday piecing. Make a few blocks and assemble them into a quaint little mini quilt.
This would be cute done with scraps of novelty Halloween fabrics!

Our first Friday freebie will be a pattern using quarter-square triangle units. It will be a repeat of our quilt, All Hallow's Eve first published in 2014. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Trish Harriman Trunk Show and Class

We are excited to welcome Trish Harriman, Quiltmania featured designer, for a Class and Trunk Show. When she was 7, Trish's mother decided that she should learn the fine art of stitching. That early training developed into a lifelong desire to share the art of needlework. Trish is a certified miniature punch needle instructor and a certified rug hooking instructor. She owns Attic Heirlooms in Darmariscotta, Maine; a shop that offers a unique blend of wool, fabric and fiber.  Besides designing patterns, teaching and running a shop, Trish creates her own line of hand dyed wools.

Trish's 'Sharing Christmas' was featured in the Quiltmania Special Winter 2011 Edition. She's also had designs in Quiltmania's Simply Vintage publication, with more coming in the next two issues.

Trunk Show
January 9-15, 2015 (during Shoppe Hours, 10am-5pm)
Browse Trish's hand-dyed wools and patterns.
Trish will be in the Shoppe on Thursday, Jan. 15 for demonstrations of her various distinctive projects.

Trish's Class--Wooly May Basket--will be offered on
Friday, Jan. 9th from 10:30am-3:30pm. 
Cost is $65 and includes lunch.
Visit the shoppe website for further details.

Call the Shoppe at 480-473-2171 to reserve your spot.
Or send us an email at mail@theoldeworldquiltshoppe.com.
Space is limited.