Amazing Quilts by Grace

Quilts and Workshops by Grace Errea

December 2014 Newsletter

OMG, 2014 is almost over!!!!?

Where did it go? The Holidays and a New Year is upon us.

Free Pattern for Christmas: Partridge in a Pear Tree

To celebrate the Holiday Giving Season, I want to share this Holiday quilt pattern with you. It is an extremely simple pattern that uses only six (6) fabrics and it will take you very little time to create. You can use your favorite machine appliqué technique (raw edge, turned edge, fuse, etc). Additional instructions are included. Click here to download.Please enjoy and send pictures of the completed quilt!

Newest quilt joining Grace’s Aviary: The “Kingfisher”

The beautiful iridescent plumage of the Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) makes it one of the most colorful and instantly recognizable birds; despite this it is rarely seen due to its shy nature. The upperparts are bright blue, although if seen in flight this may not be very obvious. The bill is very long and dagger-like. Although the sexes are generally similar, in breeding pairs they can be distinguished by the bill; in females it has a red base, whereas in males it is completely black.
Ah! So we have a girl here! Better named: “Queenfisher” perhaps???

Other simple Christmas Patterns and Note Cards for Christmas

Two other simple Christmas patterns are offered on my website.Cool Blue Christmas and Deck the Palms”.and I also have some Christmas Note Cards:

Vendor Fair at Vivante in Costa Mesa, Ca.

December 10th from 10am to 2 pm there will be a Holiday Vendor Fair at Vivante – (1640 Monrovia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627), with all types of vendors, many of them artists. I will be there too. Please come and visit and enjoy the day. Last time I was there in October (picture below) it was so much fun! Please join me December 11!
January 2015 will be a “Quilt Events Month” at Vivante. It will include exhibits and a quilt show. More information to come when I receive it from the Art Director at Vivante. But, if you happen to be in Costa Mesa this Wednesday, or in January, plan to visit.

How to section-Learn and Share

In my last newsletter I had a section on “Blocking your quilts”. Now that your quilts are beautifully blocked they are ready to be properly squaredand then bound.Today: Squaring your quiltsSquaring –Once your quilt has been blocked it is time to square it. Perfect 90° corners and straight edges will help when you display and hang your quilt.

So here are the few simple generic steps:

1) Place your quilt on a cutting mat.

2) Smooth the quilt on the mat. Using a straight edge ruler and rotary cutter, trim one side of your quilt, top corner to bottom corner, so it is straight.

3) Using an “L” square or a large square quilt ruler against the trimmed edge, trim the top edge of your quilt. If the ruler you have is not long enough, butt a second one to the edge of your square and use them both as one (see picture below).
4) Measure your quilt in several locations, horizontally and vertically. Trim to square the quilt. Re-measure and trim as necessary. Always check the squaring to make sure that nothing has distorted the quilt.If the quilt was blocked as described in November 2014 newsletter this will be a very easy step.5) If your quilt is a landscape that includes a horizontal line, such as a place where water and the sky meet, make sure it is parallel to the top and bottom edges of your quilt. In this case I start my squaring process on either the top or bottom, keeping it parallel to the horizon. Then I follow step 3 with sides instead.
Important Note: To follow on the very sound advice of “measure twice and cut once”, when I start squaring any quilt, large or small, my first tool is NOT the rotary cutter but the “Blue Water Soluble Pen”.
For dark fabrics where this pen does not show, I use a white chalk pencil that brushes off easily.The advantage of the pen is that if you make a mistake, you can take a moist sponge and erase the line. Dry the area with a hair dryer before you use the water-soluble pen again.I follow exactly the same steps above, but at the end, I have only the Blue Lines showing and I can then measure and re-measure again…”measure twice???” probably as many times as needed until the measurement is exactly what I want on all four sides.

When all looks well then I rotary cut. Believe me when I say that I saved many quilts that way!

6) Now you are ready for the traditional binding or some other edge-ing technique. Be it a “Bording”, Envelope,” Free Edge” binding or whatever you decide.

Want more? I have 2 CD that will show you, step by step how to do:

CD1: A trio of edge-ings such as the 2 ways to do” Bordings” (border and binding in one), and a Free-edge” binding CD2: Randomly pieced backgroundsAnd a new CD3 on “How to do the borderless Envelope Edge” is coming out next month!

Preview for Summer 2015

How would you like to visit Hawaii in July 2015?Come and join me in Hawaii and take some classes with me. Quilt Passions’ sponsored “Quilting on the Beach” July17-24,2015. More to come in the next Newsletter!Thank you so much for your support, your friendship and for listening. With Christmas coming, I want to wish you:

Happy Holidays and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 !!!

Enjoy every moment with family and friends.

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