The Best Laid Plans

Have you ever set your mind to something and then life gets in the way? Well that’s what happened to me in the month of October. I’ve taught more classes this month than I ever have in a one month period! So the Moda blocks fell by the wayside. But I will be putting the Tuckerized blocks up here on my blog. My next week is wide open, so stay tuned as I add the blocks from each day here, with pictures and cutting instructions!

Stitch Pink in October – Days 1 & 2 – Tuckerizing!

Many of you may have heard that Moda is doing a free quilt this month on their blog called Stitch Pink in October. It’s a quilt block a day.  Here’s a link to the archive, showing all of the blocks for the month.  Moda Stitch Pink Archive The quilt was brought to my attention by one of my students (thanks Nancy!) and she asked me during a class on the Wing Clipper if it would be possible to convert the flying geese portions of the quilt to the Wing Clipper method. After looking at the whole quilt I realized that it would be a perfect quilt to Tuckerize. That’s what we CIs call converting a pattern to Tucker Tools. Each day after the pattern is posted, I will be posting here on my blog what tools I used to Tuckerize the block, and the sizes I cut my fabrics.

Many shops are selling kits for the quilt. It’s made using Moda Grunge fabrics. I love Grunge fabrics, and Wish Upon a Quilt carries a a large assortment of them. But I chose to dig into my stash and work from a fat quarter bundle and some yardage.  The great thing about pattern like this is that you can work from your stash or go to your local shop (or online if your local shop isn’t open during the pandemic) and choose what appeals to you. I did decide to stay within the pink theme. With October being breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to stay true to what Moda had intended with this project.

 

So without further delay, let’s get into block #1. 

Underdog

This block is made using hourglass units and what’s known as the stitch and flip method. I used my Tucker Trimmer and my Corner Pop tool t(o make the block.  Using the letters in the grid at the top of the pattern, here are the measurements I used to cut my fabrics, converting them to the charts on my tool instructions.

A – (4) 4 1/2″ squares (same as the pattern)
B – (2) 3 1/4″ squares cut in half once on the diagonal (Corner Pop tool)
C – (2) 5 1/2″ squares to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
D – (1) 5 1/2″ square to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
E – (1) 5 1/2″ square to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
F – (1) 4 1/2″ square (same as the pattern)

Following the instructions on the Corner Pop tool for the 2 1/2″ published folded corner size, I made the stitch and flip units. Following the instructions for the 4 1/2″ cut size for quarter square triangles, I made the hourglass units.

The block is put together as a 9 patch, and because there was some bulk at the seam intersections, I chose to press the final seams of the block open. I also spun the seams on my hourglass units. I also pressed the seams of my Corner Pop blocks open. I find that it gives them a nice neat appearance on the front.

Block #2 uses a lot of flying geese. Using my Wing Clipper is the only way I make flying geese now. In a block like this making them four at a time is faster, and cutting them slightly oversized and them trimming them down with the Wing Clipper assures that the points won’t get cut off.

On the Rise

A – (4) 3 1/2″ squares (same as the pattern)
B – (4) 4″ squares
C – (1) 7 1/2″ square
D – (4) 2″ squares (same as the pattern)
E – (4) 2 1/2″ squares
F – (1) 4 1/2″ square
G – (1) 3 1/2″ square (same as the pattern)

First I constructed and trimmed down all the flying geese, both the 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ unfinished units, and the 2″ x 3 1/2″ unfinished units. Then I constructed the center star block as a 9 patch. Then I constructed the final block as a 9 patch, using the completed star unit as the center of the block. This block packs a lot of punch because it looks so complicated, but it’s very simple to put together when you break it down into the component parts.

I also chose to press all the seams open on this block as well because of the bulk when putting it together.

I hope you’ll continue to join me for the Stitch Pink blocks each day. I’m hoping to have them completed on a daily basis, although I may have to double up on them on some days because I’m teaching 4 classes this week! We’re working on flying geese using the Wing Clipper this month in the Tucker Tool Club. And I’m wrapping up a 2 part class on the Hunter’s Star tool on Wednesday.

If you’re interested in using Moda Grunge fabrics for this quilt and your local shop doesn’t have them, take a look at Wish Upon a Quilt’s selection. Laurie and Katie have done a wonderful job our curating our selection of Grunge fabrics.

And speaking of October being breast cancer awareness month, Frank and Laurie have decided to use a portion of some sales for the month to go towards a local organization called Pretty in Pink. They help women who may not have resources to cover their medical needs and bills. 10% of sales for all of Laurie’s designs for the month will go towards this initiative. I think it’s fantastic that they want to give back to the community that they are a part of. Here’s a link to Laurie’s designs on Wish. There are a lot of great panels to choose from, and a few of them I had the pleasure of turning into quilts.

Thanks for stopping by my website and blog. I hope you’ll continue to come by and check out what I have going on after the month is over.

 

 

Why Studio 180 Design Tools?

Have you ever begun a quilt so excited to watch it take shape, and half way through get frustrated because your points don’t match, your seam intersections are off, or your blocks aren’t all the same size? When I first began quilting I thought that those things would come with time and practice. And in some ways they did. I learned about that all important scant 1/4″ seam allowance. I learned the best practices for pressing. I learned about the grain of the fabric and bias. But still, sometimes my blocks weren’t the same size or if I was making a complicated block the points would be off. My biggest frustration came in the form of a Lemoyne star block. No matter how many times I tried to make it work, I couldn’t. Wish Upon a Quilt was having a series of classes on the Studio 180 Design Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool, taught by a former CI (Certified Instructor). I signed up and I was hooked from the very first stitch.

So what’s the big deal with the Studio 180 Design tools? Why are people so passionate about them? Most tools out there require you to cut precise sizes of the pieces of your units and then sew them together using that perfect scant 1/4″ seam. For things like half square triangles  you’ll often see a 7/8″ measurement included in your instructions. With Studio 180 Design tools you start out but cutting pieces that are slightly larger than they need to be and then once your units are sewn together, you use the tool to trim them down to a precise size. Because all of your units are then trimmed to the exact size you need, your blocks go together with more accuracy and less frustration. Besides that, these tools make quilting fun! I quilt because I enjoy it. It’s an escape from daily stress. And while sometimes it is my job, it’s also my hobby. Who wants to have their hobby be frustrating?

Once you start with a Tucker Tool (Deb Tucker is the founding genius behind Studio 180 Designs) you want to learn more of them. There are a total of 21 tools in the Studio 180 arsenal. Some of them are variations on the same tool, like the Square Squared, Corner Pop, Hunter’s Star, Tucker Trimmer, and the Wing Clipper.  Any quilt out there I see I try to “Tuckerize” it. I convert it to use my Tucker Tools.

If you’re interested in learning these amazing tools, Laurie of Laurie Kent Designs and I came up with a fantastic quilt to teach you 11 of the most basic Tucker Tools. Laurie is one of the owners at Wish Upon a Quilt and she is also a fabric designer. Using one of her panels and gorgeous coordinating fabrics that Laurie chose, I came up with this quilt.

Over the course of a year you will learn all the different tools that go into making the quilt, how to use them, and how to apply them to other patterns. We decided to call it the Tucker Tool Club and this is exclusive to Wish Upon a Quilt. All the classes are being taught over Zoom, so even if you aren’t local to us you can still participate! There are only a few spots left. The membership into the club gets you all the fabric to make the quilt top, access to the private Facebook page for members only where I will be posting extra video content, and 10% off Studio 180 Tools and Technique Sheets for the year. The classes are an additional fee, but if you already know how to use the tool for the month, you don’t have to take the class. Classes are available during the day, evening, and a weekend. If you’re interested, come take a look at the info on the club!

Tucker Tool Club at Wish Upon a Quilt

 

Welcome to Murgaboo Quilts!

I’m so glad you stopped by my website and blog. About 6 years ago my husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. I wanted to learn how to quilt. I went online to find local quilt shops and Wish Upon a Quilt popped up just a few miles from our house and they had a beginning quilting class starting up. So I joined the class. At the time the old owner Cathy was teaching. I fell in love with quilting and quickly acquired a fabric stash. I began taking more classes and learned about Studio 180 tools and Deb Tucker. While I was at the Wish retreat in 2019, Cathy asked me to do a demo on the Studio 180 Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool and afterwords people asked her if I would be teaching in the shop. She purchased the Tucker University curriculum and I began teaching. I had only been teaching a few months when the shop was sold. Little did I know that the new owners would be a huge boost to my teaching. Frank and Laurie are wonderful to work for and they have been so supportive of my ideas.

In February of 2020 I spent a wonderful week training to become a Studio 180 Certified Instructor. It was by far the most wonderful week of my creative life. I made wonderful friends and learned more than I ever thought possible.

In March of 2020 when the pandemic hit Frank and Laurie knew we would have to make some changes. We could no longer teach in the shop with the social distancing protocols in place. So Costa Constantinou and I began making videos and short tutorials to post to the Facebook page. Those videos are the ones you see right here on my site! My husband and I began talking to Frank about the possibility of teaching over Zoom. We set  up a couple of cameras in my sewing room and several of my former students and some great customers at Wish agreed to be guinea pigs for our little experiment. It went over very well and now we are beginning to teach over Zoom on a regular basis. It’s wonderful because we can reach so many more people this way. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I do. My students are amazing and I love having a new way to connect with them.

Laurie and I came up with an idea for a quilt using all the Tucker Tools and one of her amazing panels that she designed. We now have a year long series running at the shop called Tucker Tool Club. I will be teaching it once a month over Zoom. If you’re interested in learning more about it, head over to www.wishuponaquilt.com and click on the Clubs tab. It’s listed there. We only have a few more spots left open and it promises to be a fun year!

I hope to be able to share the things I’m working on, upcoming classes, tips and tricks, and a few videos here with you. Education is my passion and I love helping my students learn more productive and precise ways to piece their quilts. I’ll be talking about things happening at the shop, things happening at Studio 180 Design, and there will be no shortage of cat pictures and pictures of my husband working on my quilts on our long arm. Thanks for joining me on this new adventure!