Thursday, February 7, 2019

Long May She Wave


My father-in-law’s 80th birthday is coming up.  He’s like most men, impossible to shop for! So I make it easy on myself and make something.  I showed my husband my pinterest board of quilts and he loved one like this. 

I searched and searched for a pattern or instructions, and the only thing I could find was a comment that it used a curvy log cabin with HST center. 

I thought I would write down the process to make it easier for other quilters who are asking for a pattern and for my next one...the first thing my daughter who is in the army said when she saw it was "I want one".  Guess what she's getting for Christmas?

Yardage needed for a lapsize quilt 88 x 66

5 shades of blue ½ yard each.
5 shades of red ¾ yard each
5 shades of white-cream 1 yard each
Batting and backing

The goal is to have
6 All Blue squares
3 Squares with wide blue and thin white
1 Square with thin blue and wide white
20 Squares with Wide White and thin Red
18 Squares with Wide Red and thin White

Step #1: cutting the fabric into equal amounts of 2 ½ inch strips and 1 ½ inch strips (if you have four 2 ½ inch strips, you should have four 1 ½ inch strips).  If when you get to the end there’s enough for one more cut, do an extra 1 ½ inch strip.

You know the saying “Time is Money”, I used that and the lack of time to get quilts done to justify using a 40% off coupon at Joann’s to buy a slotted ruler.  Not only does it save time, but it saves me some frustration too, gotta love that! I used a little bit of washi tape to mark where I was going to cut so that I didn't mess up.  It seems simple enough, but can't tell you how many times I haven't counted right and cut something too small when I didn't take the time to mark it with washi tape because it was too easy. 

Step #2: For the foundation block, you need a bunch of HST (Half Square Triangles).  You will need 6 all blue, 4 blue & white, 38 red & white. To create these, I took 2 ½ inch strips and placed them right sides facing and drew with a pencil or pen a line at every 2 ½ inches, then I drew a line from top left to bottom right then bottom left to top right creating a zig zag/chevron and then I sewed ¼ of an inch on each side of the line.  Since I did it in strips, I sewed on one side down the whole strip and then I went back and sewed the other side. no need to worry if you're sewing over a pencil mark, it will come out all right.




Then go back and cut along the pencil marks so you have lots of triangles and then press them open (ironing really is your friend in making a lovely quilt) and you’ll have lovely stacks of HST



Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating what I described above (and where I learned this):

Step #3: Join 2 ½ inch strips to HST.  There are a couple of different methods of doing this.  One method is to cut the fabric and then sew it and then trim it up again. I prefer the strip method where I put a square down on the strip and when I get to the end of sewing that square down I put the next square down and sew until the end of that one and repeat until there isn’t enough room on that strip and then I get the next strip.  That’s the method I used on this whole quilt


Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to 3 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the blue half
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of red to 18 of the red and white HST – make sure you sew to the red half.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 1 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the white half.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 20 of  the red and white HST– make sure you sew to the white half.


Cut apart and Press Open.  I try to be consistent in my pressing and put the HST on the ironing board and peel back the new piece and iron so that the seams will be radiating out from the middle.  Maybe this picture will help.

Your stacks now look like this.  Note:  I personally tried to use different patterns on the squares so they weren't all the same and so the fabric would come out in the end and I wouldn't be out of one fabric but have too much of another.




Step #4: add another  2 ½ inch strip

Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to 3 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the other blue half
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of red to 18 of the red and white HST – make sure you sew to the other red half.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 1 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the other white half.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 20 of  the red and white HST– make sure you sew to the other white half.

Cut apart and Press Open.


Tip: You may use scissors to cut your squares from the strips, but I prefer using a rotary blade and ruler to make sure my squares stay square throughout the process



Step #5: Add 1 ½ inch strip to each square on the third side of the HST – imagine a spiral- you start at the center and then keep circling around.

Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 3 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the white half
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 18 of the red and white HST – make sure you sew to to the white half.
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to 1 of the blue and white HST -  make sure you sew to the blue half
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of red to 20 of  the red and white HST– make sure you sew to the red half.

Cut apart and Press Open.



Step #6: Add 1 ½ inch strip to each square on the last side of the HST

Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 3 of the blue and white HST – make sure you sew to the other white half
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 18 of the red and white HST – make sure you sew to the other white half.
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to 1 of the blue and white HST -  make sure you sew to the other blue half
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of red to 20 of  the red and white HST– make sure you sew to the other red half.

Cut apart and Press Open.

Step #7: add another  2 ½ inch strip against the first 2 ½ inch strip,

Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to 3 of the blue and white – sew blue to the wide blue.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of red to 18 of the red and white – sew red to the wide red.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 1 of the blue and white – sew white to the wide white.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 20 of  the red and white –sew white to the wide white.

Cut apart and Press Open.

Step #8: add another  2 ½ inch strip against the other 2 ½ inch strip of the same color

Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of blue to 3 of the blue and white– make sure you sew blue to the wide blue.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of red to 18 of the red and white– make sure you sew red to the wide red.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 1 of the blue and white– make sure you sew white to the wide white.
Sew a 2 ½ inch strip of white to 20 of  the red and white– make sure you sew white to the wide white.

Cut apart and Press Open.


Step #9: add another  1 ½ inch strip against the first 1 ½ inch strip

Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 3 of the blue and white HST –sew white to white
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 18 of the red and white HST –sew white white.
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to 1 of the blue and white HST -  sew blue to blue
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of red to 20 of  the red and white HST–sew red to red.



Step #10: add another  1 ½ inch strip against the other 1 ½ inch strip of the same color

Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to the 6 all blue HST
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 3 of the blue and white HST –sew white to white
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of white to 18 of the red and white HST –sew white white.
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of blue to 1 of the blue and white HST -  sew blue to blue
Sew a 1 ½ inch strip of red to 20 of  the red and white HST–sew red to red.

Steps #11-14: Repeat Steps #7-10

Step #15: Square up the squares - I think I was able to do mine at 11 1/4 although some of them could have been 11 1/2 inch squares, they need to be all the same size.



Repeating info at the top: you should have
6 All Blue squares
3 Squares with big blue strips and little white strips
1 Square with little blue strips and big white strips
20 Squares with big White strips and little Red strips
18 Squares with big Red strips and little White strips

This is a little chart I used to figure out how to arrange the squares:



Here is a colored photo that I created using the Quiltler app (think of a design board on your phone, take pictures of the squares you’ve made and you can rearrange and turn them to your heart’s content)



If you’re wondering what the little yellow squares are on this photo, I took extra sticky post it notes and created numbers 1-48 and put them on the quilt squares which helped keep them straight when going to the sewing machine.  Hind sight I should have used  48 post-its because once it is in the app, those numbers are too hard to see.




Working with one row at a time, (you could do columns if you wish) I sewed 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and then I sewed the first group of 1-2 to 3-4, 5-6 to 7-8, and then 1-4 to 5-8. 

Once your 6 rows are sewn, please do yourself a big favor and lay them out on a floor, bed, design table, whatever you have, and make sure at this point that all of your squares are turned correctly. 
It really helps if you can take a picture of it at this point.

Once you have confirmed that your squares are positioned correctly, sew row 1 to 2, 3 to 4, and 5 to 6.  Then 1-2 to 3-4, then 1-4 to 5-6. Spread it out again and make sure you didn't sew something upside down.  If you did sew a set upside down like I did (no picture provided) just get out the seam ripper and take out the seam and sew it again right side up. 



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Childhood blog hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is childhood. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Ruth's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's OK too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle! 

In a few short months, I will be a Grandma for the first time, Lord willing.  I am so excited. it's hard to not buy outfits and toys and blankets because I want to so much. But there will be plenty of time to buy things for the baby for years to come.  I have already bought a stroller and car seat.

Isn't this stamp set just too precious?  It's SS-0295, Hey Diddle Diddle. 

For the background, I used a cloud die from the Fly Away set and used that as a mask and sponged ink on the background.

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Heather's blog next. --- Betsye
 http://www.papercrafteranonymous.com/2017/03/childhood-blog-hop.html
Blog hop list: 
  1. Betsye (you're here)
  2. Heather
  3. Ruthfunstampersjourney.com/betsye

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dude Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Dude. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Ruth’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

In case you didn't know, February is the month of Richard Garay's  birthday, and this Dude hop is in his honor.

My brother-in-law got a new motorcycle when his daughter graduated from college, and I thought this would be a perfect card to send him for his birthday next month.

I stamped the sentiment and the motorcycle with the Black Licorice ink pad onto Whip Cream Cardstock  and then created the background with Pan Pastels, and then accented the chrome on the bike with the silver gel pen.

 Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Heather’s blog next.
http://www.papercrafteranonymous.com/2017/02/Dude.html

2. Kim Lamos 
www.funstampersjourney.com/Betsye

Supplies used on my project: 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Be Amazing Blog Hop

Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Be Amazing. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Lisa’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

I've heard so much about events that Fun Stampers Journey puts on, I just had to see for myself.
I got to go with someone who signed up under me, and a friend of mine who lives in Orlando was able to join us for the public portion!  It was so much fun!  the first day was a training session for coaches, and the second day was for everyone.  There was shopping and food and a photo room with special lights, and make and takes.  I came away with pictures of at least 50 different cards I can make with the Be Amazing collection, a couple of stamp sets, and wonderful memories.

Speaking of memories, my first papercrafting love was scrapbooking, so my project features a page using our scrapbooking products.

I should probably mention that over the years with experience, I've become a paper snob.  I do not like using thin patterned paper or cardstock.  Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty, but I just don't like working with it now.  I like for the background to be able to stand up by itself with layers and embellishments.   The reason I mention this is because you can't touch and feel my papers and card stock.  The paper is of a good quality and has a nice weight.  The card stock from FSJ is very sturdy.  I love that I can get it in 12x12 packs, and at 12 sheets for  $5.95 is not a bad price; and a great variety of colors.

I love it when I can get matching card stock for patterned paper!  Lucky for me, all of the FSJ patterned paper just so happens to match the card stock colors that they have.


I used Turbo Teal card stock for the background, but wanted it to reflect the mood of the party, so I splattered the background with silks, Orange Rave, Cosmic Grape, Sour Lemon and Electric Lime.

The picture with Richard and Gabby had a lot of negative space on it, so it was perfect to use with one of the Amazing Layers overlays. we used a lot of the sequins on cards at the event, and they were perfect for decorating a Be Amazing Day Card (which I cut in half so I could use on both pages) and for adding to an embellishment from the Be Amazing Prints.


Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Ruth’s blog next.
 http://www.sassyangelsstudio.com/be-amazing-blog-hop/

Blog hop list: 
1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
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http://www.funstampersjourney.com/Betsye

Supplies used on my project: 
Sour Lemon Silk
Cosmic Grape Silk
Orange Rave Silk
Electric Lime Silk
Be Amazing Printed Paper
Amazing Layers
Be Amazing Day Cards
Amazing Trim
Sparkle Trim
Turbo Teal 12 x 12
Amazing Prints
Journey Glaze 4 oz.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Faith Journey Blog Hop


Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Faith Journey.  I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Becky's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

I have loved Tim Holtz' Crazy birds for a long time, and was so excited to see the Pretty Birds ATS. I love how cute these are, and I can  look at the ideas I've saved to use with the Crazy birds and use it for my Pretty Birds if I'm ever stuck.  To color this bird, I used the Rich Sorbets PanPastels; they are so easy to blend together.

Of course the birds are cute, but I think what makes them work are the words on the card and the backgrounds.  For the background, I stamped the Ink Splat ATS with the Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink Pad, Pineapple Smoothie True Color Fusion Ink Pad, and the Pretty Amethyst True Color Fusion Ink Pad, then I added a few Rainbow Drops  with Journey Glaze.

The scripture is from the Faith Journey collection Trust the Lord Stamp Set.  I firmly believe in this saying.  He is the Great "I Am".   He can fulfill every need that I have.  It may not be on my time schedule, and I may think some of my wants are needs, but He knows best. The older I become and the more experience I have, the more I see the validity in this statement.


Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Karen’s blog next.
http://karenismyangel.blogspot.com/2016/10/blog-hop.html

1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
2.  Karen Seifert 
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www.funstampersjourney.com/Betsye

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beautiful Wings Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month we are featuring the Beautiful Wings stamp set SS-0353. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Karen’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

Please don’t forget to click the Next button at the bottom to continue on the hop with Heather’s blog.
I've been seeing spinner cards, and thought that this would be a perfect time to try one out, and put my own spin on it. LOL. 
The first step I took was to use (outside in) Piercing element, die element, die element, and piercing element from the Journey Circles Die Set [DI-0039].  This gave me a center circle for the sentiment with the added dimension of the holes pierced, a ring which I could have tossed (but didn't), and a frame for the rest of the front of the card.
Here's a tip for when using the piercing elements: before peeling the cardstock off the piercing element, flip it over and look to see if you can see little green dots or colored bumps.  If you see colored bumps, use the Bloom Tool [TO-0073] (20% off this month) with the spatula end and lightly flick off the colored bumps. 

This is how it should look before peeling the card stock from the piercing element. 

Stamp the sentiment you would like on the center circle.  Seeing this picture reminds me, FSJ also has blocks on sale this month.  One side is smooth, and the other side has an etched grid, and all four sides are grooved for an easy grip.

Next, position the frame on the card base where you want it BUT DO NOT GLUE IT DOWN YET!  This is just to help place the next step perfectly.

Adhere the ring directly onto the card base using the large panel as a guide for the placement.

Remove the frame, leaving only the ring at this point. 

Put Foam Squares (psst, another sale item) on the back of the circle you stamped the sentiment on and adhere to the card base in the middle of the ring. 

Place the frame in an embossing folder of your choosing and emboss. 

 Put a round pop-up in the middle of two pennies and adhere to the butterfly. 

Add Foam squares to the frame, being careful to not get too close to the circle cut out of the middle and place on card base around the ring.

Slide pennies into the open space above the ring so that the pennies are on both sides of the circle and the frame.



http://www.papercrafteranonymous.com/2016/09/journeybloghop.html

1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
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www.funstampersjourney.com/Betsye