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Cutting into your Kinship Fusion Sampler Fabrics with AccuQuilt

I enjoy the camaraderie between quilters when we’re all working on a quilt along project. We all go at our own pace – some zoooom to the finish and have the top completed before others even choose the fabrics. It’s all good. The quilt along method I enjoy is prepping my fabric piecework as much as possible. Read below to find out some tips for quilt alongs and how I prep my fabric for the Kinship Fusion Sampler pattern by Gnome Angel. 

Prepping my fabric takes place in one of two ways:

  1. Cut all the piecework ahead of time for the blocks to be sewn each day, label with the block number or day to work on it, and sew it on the designated day. This way all my fabric cutting is efficiently done ahead of time and my piecework time can be done before my work day starts or when I squeeze in my 15-20 minute sew time (me time). I find this method works best when working with quilt patterns that involve 12 blocks or something similar in number. And I also feel invited to go and sew each day because the fabrics are ready for me to just sit and sew.

Now we have a sampler quilt that has an abundance of blocks…100 blocks! Sayyy whuuut!?! This is where the introduction takes place, “Kinship meet AccuQuilt, AccuQuilt meet Kinship.” And so the friendship begins and my cutting life becomes that much easier and faster.

  1. What I have found that works really well for the Kinship Fusion Sampler pattern (100 blocks in 100 days!), is to prep my fabric in strips and trim to the necessary length as I go. Here’s my process…

I read through the entire pattern book and colored my quilt chart to coordinate with my fabrics.

From here I searched out common piece widths – trust me you’ll notice size commonalities. Whether it’s this pattern or another, do you see a lot of 1.5”, 2.0”, 2.5” or ___” widths throughout? Then cut these strips from your chosen fabric and subcut the correct length from them as needed. Doing this really helps minimize your cut time so you can get to your beloved sewing.

Next, what piecework do you see in the pattern that you can cut with your AccuQuilt (AQ) dies? Obviously you can use the strip cutters for the strips, but what about the half square triangles (HST), the quarter square triangles (QST), the flying geese (FG) and other shapes? Count those up and check your AQ chart for how many cuts can be made from a strip. Now cut those strips as well and then use the dies to prep your fabric for piecing.

I have chosen to use 6 fabrics for my version of this pattern. Three of the fabrics are basics – no need to fussy cut them. Two fabrics are semi fussy cut, so I was a little more particular where I aligned my strips to be cut. And my last fabric is definitely my focal print. This is the only fabric that I will be cutting as I go so that those beautiful, colorful flowers are placed to catch your eye. Little tip for fussy cutting… create a cutout frame from paper or cardboard so you can select and visualize the area of fabric to fussy cut for your pieces.

Kinship Blocks 1, 2, 8, 7, 10 & 18

I look forward to seeing your Kinship blocks and hearing about your process in the comments below. Click the “follow” link to join in on more upcoming quilt projects because quilting together is truly the best!

Blessings to you for a beautiful day!
Willow

Sew-Jo

Creative Sew-Jo

I’m really enjoying the process of creating various Inventory Quilts. Jessica @JessicaQuilter, joined us in sharing her process of creating an Inventory Quilt and it spurred us on to take a deep dive into our fabric stash. Our quilt along had the harsh interruption of switching gears to mask making, but now that states and businesses are opening up and people are visiting with each other, there’s been this mental lift that we can get back to enjoying the things we love. The creative sew-jo is returning. Such a blessing and relief.

I’ve decided to pick up where I left off last year, to just move forward, and it’s spurring me on to finish up my UFOs and design some new patterns. It’s a good feeling. My hope for you is that you too will jump back in to creating your quilts. Need a kick start? Enjoy a few minutes tidying an area, prep some fabric for cutting or pinning and clear an area around your sewing machine. It’s guaranteed to bring you a smile and some energy.

Next, choose one step to work on for your project and each time you finish a step, and you’re ready to be done for the day, just spend 2-3 minutes setting your project up for what comes next. If it’s pressing, place your pieced items on the ironing board with the iron next to it (unplugged of course), and it will be ready for you. You’ll feel it pulling you in the next time you have 15-20 minutes to make some progress.

I have found this one tip really helps keep the momentum of my project moving forward to completion and I always have something to look forward to – it’s ready to go! What are some of your tips to keep your sew-jo moving? Leave a comment below.

Are you making an Inventory Quilt? We’d love To see it! Tag us so we can cheer you on 💛
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All the best to you!
Willow

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January 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

We’re kicking off 2020 with a colorful quilt along! Jen of Patterns by Jen has designed a beautiful Monthly Color Challenge to last the full year. I’ve completed the January block with some cheerful yellow polka dots from my stash.

Piecing Tip: I find it easiest to use the larger square piece as my guide for getting accurate placement. Since the large square is one piece of fabric (with no seams), it has the exact measurements that are needed. I can use it to align and center my four-square patch and sew ¼” seams using the larger square as the reference for the edge. (See picture below)

I found it very helpful to lay out all the pieces for this block first so that I could keep them in order. It’s so easy to get things turned around and I’d really like my first block of the New Year to be accomplished without using my seam ripper (spoiler alert… mission accomplished) 😊

January 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

Give a visit & hello to the other January bloggers:

Join in each month for the free block pattern from Patterns By Jen. And please join me on my quilting adventures on Instagram and facebook.

A great big thank you to the sponsors for our January, February & March months! (details for how to enter are on Jen’s blog)

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October’s Monthly Color Challenge

October is here and it’s time to go bold with your reds for the Monthly Color Challenge.

Colors shown here: Real Red & Crimson
Palette Solids by PaintBrush Studio Fabrics

This block comes together so quickly – just nest those seams together and voila, it’s done in a snap! I am a firm believer in using lots of fabric clips when it comes to piecing. I like to place a clip at each intersection to keep the seams of “the nest” held snug together. Then when they are pressed open, they are nice and crisp. 

Nested seams

(Pssst, here’s my quilter to quilter public service announcement: Out of pure curiosity I started using a wool pressing mat and am pleasantly surprised that the finished blocks are laying even more flat. I admit that there are a lot of gadgets out there, but I’m happy that I gave this one a try – it’s a keeper.)

If you’ve been following along and seeing posts for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge with Jen of Patterns By Jen and would like to join in, you can find her pattern links here. Each month she posts her free for the month block pattern and is also hosting a Facebook group quilt along. Come join the fun!

And if you love these colors as much as I do and love working with solid fabrics, I encourage you to check out Painter’s Palette Solids by PaintBrush Studio Fabrics. These cottons are soft and lovely – and the part I love the most – they don’t fray – that makes our sewing life so much easier.

Clockwise from the top: Island, Irish Spring*, Banana, Daisy, Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Goldenrod*, Clementine, Burnt Sienna*, Real Red, Crimson, Bubble Gum, Shell Pink*, Thistle*, Lavender, Dewberry, Amethyst, Midnight*, China Blue*, Haze*, Cracked Ice, Gulfstream, Teal*, Dark Sea Green, Android
(* = 2019 Colors of the Year)

BLOG HOP – Check out all these great posts and follow along with the fun! We’d love to see the blocks that you create!

Jen Shaffer, Patterns by Jen
Willow Olson, Bear Paw Stitch & Design <—— you are here
Sarah Myers, The Quilted Diary
Mona Phelps, Kentucky Whittaker Creations
Pamela Boatright, PamelaQuilts
Joanne Hubbard, Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Warmest regards,
Willow Olson

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July’s Monthly Color Challenge

YAAASSSS! I had so much fun with this block! For one, I got to use my favorite colors ❤ I love all blues, but teal and aqua rate at the very top! And then to play with flying geese? Squeals of delight!

Colors shown here: Gulfstream and Teal
Palette Solids by PaintBrush Studio Fabrics
Flying Geese

If you’ve been following along and seeing posts for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge with Jen of Patterns By Jen and would like to join in, you can find her pattern links here. Each month she posts her free for the month block pattern and is also hosting a Facebook group quilt along. Come join the fun!

July Block for the Monthly Color Challenge

And if you love these colors as much as I do and love working with solid fabrics, I encourage you to check out Painter’s Palette Solids by PaintBrush Studio Fabrics. These cottons are soft and lovely – and the part I love the most – they don’t fray. Thank you, thank you, thank you, hahaha! 

Clockwise from the top: Island, Irish Spring*, Banana, Daisy, Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Goldenrod*, Clementine, Burnt Sienna*, Real Red, Crimson, Bubble Gum, Shell Pink*, Thistle*, Lavender, Dewberry, Amethyst, Midnight*, China Blue*, Haze*, Cracked Ice, Gulfstream, Teal*, Dark Sea Green, Android
(* = 2019 Colors of the Year)

Please join me on this quilting journey! Follow me here on the blog, on instagram & on facebook. I hope to inspire you to quilt today!

BLOG HOP  - Check out all these great posts and follow along with the fun! We'd love to see the blocks that you create!
Jen Shaffer, Patterns by Jen
Willow Olson, Bear Paw Stitch & Design <------ you are here
Bobbie Gentili , The Geeky Bobbin
Leanne Parsons, Devoted Quilter
Warmest regards,   
Willow Olson
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Text It! Blog Hop and Giveaway

Thank you for joining me here today! Sherri Noel, of Rebecca Mae Designs, has a new book release called Text It! I’m happy to be celebrating this event here with you by sharing my version of her Hustle Pillow pattern. Sherri encouraged us to have fun with the text and switch it up with our own flare.

The first step was the hardest…Sherri generously shared her book with us (it’s filled with quilting eye candy!) – How do I choose which pattern to make for the blog hop?!? Eeny meeny miny moe – Hustle Pillow it is!

Next, what text will I use? I want it to be inspiring and I want it to work with the fabric. This fabric makes me feel creative – that’s it, “Create every day!” That’s absolutely what needs to be said, read and put into action. A shout out of a great big thank you to Paintbrush Studio Fabrics for sponsoring the fabric that I used in this project: Abstract Collage, designed by Ampersand Studios. It is so fun to work with and will be released to fabric shops very soon!

I played with several different layouts for the x pieces, (the kisses, xoxox) taking a picture of each one along the way. My daughter played around with them as well. This is the one we liked the best – creative fun with a splash of balance in the mix.

After creating the letters with fusible web, I started positioning them on the fabric. Sherri gives the info that is needed for measuring the distance from the top and bottom, so the words can be positioned rather quickly. I also got to try out my new Precision Fusing Mat – eesy breezy! I’m so pleased with the quality and ease of using this (note: the grid underneath is a different ironing mat – the pressing mat does NOT have grid marks, but it is clear for using with layouts).

Yay, the top is complete and now to play with the backing and binding. I love this part – the home stretch. And it was at this point that I decided what had been planned to be made into a pillow was now going to be a wall hanging. I want to see this daily in my longarm studio and have a happy reminder to play and create every day.

And Voila! Thank you, Sherri, for creating a beautiful book and a fun blog hop!

Giveaways – YES, 3 GIVEAWAYS!!!

1.       Martingale Publishing has generously offered a copy of the book for me to give away (U.S. only).

2.       Paintbrush Studio Fabrics has provided a beautiful selection of Painters Palette Solid fat quarters (U.S. only)

3.       Aurifil is giving away two spools of thread (worldwide shipping available).

To Enter, follow steps 1-3 below (on Instagram)

1.       Join me on Instagram by following my account @bearpaw_stitchdesign

2.       Give a “like” on my Instagram for today’s Text It! Blog Hop post (3/14/2019)

3.       And add a fun or clever comment on that instagram post of what text you would put on a pillow or quilt.

*Three Winners will be selected by random drawings on March 18th, 5pm EST. I’ll contact you through Instagram DM.

If you live in Canada, Joanne has a giveaway for the book from her blog, Quilts by Joanne.

Grand prize: Sherri Noel has a final giveaway bundle available by commenting on each of her Blog Hop posts.

Blog Hop Participants – there are giveaways at every stop along the way (love it!)

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES                      

SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS

LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER

KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC

DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN

TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT

LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS

RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL

SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE

PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS

ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER

SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER

CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY

KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE

ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK

WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG  < < < you are here < < <

ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA

SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

You can buy a signed copy directly from Sherri, or find an unsigned copy at Amazon, Martingale, Fat Quarter Shop, or many other retailers. I visit as many quilt shops as I can when I travel and just last week I was happy to find Sherri’s book at Tiger Lily Quilt Co. in Utica, NY – quick stop off of I-90. Fantastic!

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February’s Monthly Color Challenge

I Love February …there are splashes of Pink everywhere! There’s just something about seeing pink hearts that makes me smile and feel like Spring is on it’s way.

For my February block I’ve used Painter’s Palette Solids Bubble Gum & Shell Pink, from the 2019 Trend Fabrics.

Looking to get that scant ¼” seam sewn with ease? I use a ¼” ruler to mark my fabric and then sew just a thread’s width away from the line (see pictures below).

Also, in order to keep my seams nested together, I use this little tool for the added touch of holding everything in place as the seam approaches the presser foot and needle.

Now for trimming your squares…you want to place your center point at the place that is HALF of what your unfinished block should be – that way you can trim up all four sides and keep your center where it should be. Also note that I’m using the diagonal line on my ruler to line up with the seam of the block. And Voila, you’ll have your four squared up sections in no time at all!

If you’ve been following along with Jen and the Monthly Color Challenge you’ve seen lots of beautiful pink blocks this month. If this is new to you, then make sure to check Jen’s post for the link to this month’s pattern in the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. It’s available for free through the end of February. Also, you can sign up for her email to get the upcoming blocks (Mar to Dec) delivered to your inbox.

Follow everyone’s progress on Instagram #2019monthlycolorchallenge

Follow me here, on instagram & on facebook to see what else is coming up for you in 2019!

Visit PBS Studios to see their full line of solids – there are So Many to choose from! Here is my color selection for all 12 blocks.

Clockwise from the top: Island, Irish Spring*, Banana, Daisy, Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Goldenrod*, Clementine, Burnt Sienna*, Real Red, Crimson, Bubble Gum, Shell Pink*, Thistle*, Lavender, Dewberry, Amethyst, Midnight*, China Blue*, Haze*, Cracked Ice, Gulfstream, Teal*, Dark Sea Green, Android (* = 2019 Trend Fabrics)

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2019 Monthly Color Challenge

I am so thrilled to be joining Jen, of Patterns By Jen, in the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. She has a gorgeous year lined up for you! I will be creating right along with you each month using this beautiful selection of Painter’s Palette Solids that PaintBrush Studio Fabrics has sponsored.

Clockwise from the top: Island, Irish Spring*, Banana, Daisy, Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Goldenrod*, Clementine, Burnt Sienna*, Real Red, Crimson, Bubble Gum, Shell Pink*, Thistle*, Lavender, Dewberry, Amethyst, Midnight*, China Blue*, Haze*, Cracked Ice, Gulfstream, Teal*, Dark Sea Green, Android
(* = 2019 Colors of the Year)

Here in the Catskill Mountains of NY, it’s winter – which is lovely, but it’s missing color and greenery. Soooo, how Exciting that first up for the Color Challenge is a refreshing green. I’ve used Painter’s Palette Solids Irish Spring & Dark Sea Green fabrics.

Make sure to check Jen’s post for the link to this month’s pattern in the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. It’s available for free through January. Also, you can sign up for her email to get the upcoming blocks (Feb to Dec) delivered to your inbox. Awesome Sauce! Follow everyone’s progress on Instagram #2019monthlycolorchallenge

And MORE fantastic news… Visit PBS Studios and enter to WIN a fat quarter bundle of the 2019 Colors of the Year! Giveaway is open through Friday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Winners will be notified via email. Limited to US participants only.

Please follow me here, on instagram & on facebook to see what else is coming up for you in 2019!

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EQ8 + Benartex + Christa Watson = Fandangle Fabric FUN

“Fantastic fun!” ran through my thoughts when I read that there was a Design Challenge using Christa Watson’s Fandangle fabric line with Benartex Fabrics. (Okay, yes, THAT was a long sentence, but feel the excitement!)

All of the EQ monthly challenges have been wonderful. They’ve provided me with the drive I need to reach a goal and develop my skills using the EQ8 software. I always enjoy having a goal and delivering a product I feel good about.

Stargazer

Oh My Stars, by Willow Olson
Bear Paw Stitch & Design

It was a pleasure to design a pattern with these fun fabrics! After seeing a few of Christa’s projects and seeing how well all of the colors play together, I knew I wanted to include the entire fabric line. I also wanted my design to use a package of pre-cuts – because don’t we all love having ALL the colors to choose from??? (Yes, yes we do 😊) A package of 10″x10″ and some background yardage will be just the thing to complete this lap size quilt top (48 x 60).

Thank you for sponsoring this fun opportunity!
Best regards,
Willow Olson

 

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EQ8 Design Challenge, B3

Some days you just HAVE to use ALL the colors …Let’s just say I invited everyone to this “block” party 🙂

Giving up three cheers for EQ and their choice on this month’s block for the EQ Design Challenge. It’s a beauty. The block is Arrowheads from the Maltese Cross collection (image below).

Arrowhead
After playing around for a bit with the layout and dimension, I decided I wanted to design this into a lap quilt, 50” x 67”. I really like how the center of this design became a flower medallion. It just exudes warmth and cheer (image below).

Star-Burst
Sending all of you warmth and cheer AND lots of colorful rainbows!

Willow Olson
Bear Paw Stitch & Design

 

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EQ8 Design Challenge, B2

Hi Everyone! I always love a sunny Saturday 😊

I’m excited to share this post with you because the “Do You EQ Challenge” got me to FINALLY explore my EQ8 design software! What was I waiting for? Wellll, you know, I needed to make the choice to have some “me time.” Can you relate? Yes, I’m sure you can. So here it is…

The challenge was to use the Chicago Star Block shown here and design a quilt. Game on! I love designing patterns and BONUS I’m using EQ8! Goals, Check. Happy girl here.

Chicago Star

Hmmm, now to spice it up into a quilt top…
First, I put the block on point and then after some various selections I found the flying geese were an absolute match. I love the way the geese make the arrow in the Chicago Star even more pronounced.

Arrows Coloring Sheet

Next, to add a a bit of color. I found the gradation of these teal tones to be so refreshing. Just perfect when you’re thinking about diving into some cool water on a hot summer day.

And there you have it, a lovey wall hanging measuring 25” x 25”.
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Now to go enjoy some lemonade! 🙂