Showing posts from December, 2019

Another Color Tool to help with your Border - Lesson #2

Welcome back for Lesson #2 in helping you to pick out the proper Border for my next mystery, Grand Central.  Day 9 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!
If you missed yesterday's post, you are going to want to start there first.  Scroll down or click HERE.
Today, I have an Online Tool for you!
Lets get started!

Once again, you are going to start with a Border that you love.

However, instead of going directly to your 3-in-1 Color ToolYou can use a free online tool from Color.Adobe which will help you pull ideal color plans from your fabric.

Note: I find that I still like to use the 3-in-1 Color Tool to match to their selection, as that makes it easier for me to select fabric later.  More on that at the end of this post. 

Let me take you step-by-step on how this works.
In order to do this, you will need to upload a photo of your Border fabric to a tool at take a photo of your Border fabric and save it in a place you can access from your computer or tablet…

Start with a Border ~ Grand Central Mystery Lesson #1

Day 8 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge, and I'm putting this week to good use.  I want to take you step-by-step through picking the correct borderWhile this lesson is designed for my next Mystery series, Grand Central, it really could be applied to any quilt.
Grand Central Mystery Series will officially kick off on January 17th, with Clue #1.  However, there is a bit of work to do prior to then.   You will need to pick out your fabric.  I want to help you with that and easing the stress involved in selecting fabric, especially for a Mystery.

Day 7 of 31 Day Blog Challenge and Grand Central Tidbit #7

Welcome to Day 7 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!  Today I will be covering the challenge topic, which is Dream project, plus the last of the Grand Central Tidbit - Shops!
Well, lets start with the challenge topic!

I have to tell you the Dream project was a tough one for me.  I tend to get an inspiration, I sketch it out and if I like it, it goes into my quilt pipeline and is eventually made.  So, I think it would need to be something I've been trying to get back to, and that is  needle turn applique.   I used to do it, until my carpal tunnel.  I had the surgery 9+ years ago, and I have yet to get back to it.  I've been a bit busy - no excuse. 

My Canadians, are going to love this.... I've always wanted to make one of Deborah Kembell's Quilts.  I have several of her books, I just love her designs.   

Many of my Canadian gals, have brought completed works to my Quilting in Vermont retreats, and they are just stunning.   I highly recommend checking Deborah Kembell's books. 

Ticker Tape Parade Clue #5 and Day 6 of 31 Day Blog Challenge

Happy Friday!
Have you been following along my 31 Days Blog Challenge?  You should, tons of great content, if I do say so myself.  If you are thinking of joining my next mystery, Grand Central, you are going to want to read through this past week's post and well as tune in over the next few weeks.  

For today's challenge topic, I'm going to cover Clue #5 of the current Mystery, Ticker Tape Parade and then Tidbit #6 on Grand Central Terminal. 

Before we get started, let me remind you that this Sunday, I will start a 7 Day series on how to pick the correct border for Grand Central.  So you will definitely want to tune in next week.  The 7-Day series will include several color lessons, that will be helpful to you whether you are joining the Grand Central Mystery Quilt Series or looking to pick out your the fabric for your next quilt.  

If you tune in daily, this will be in digestible bites.  If you have a couple borders that you think "might" work.  You are going to wan…

Day 5 of 31 Day Blog Challenge - First Project and Tiffany Clock

Welcome to Day 5 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

Today's topic is first quilt project!  Wow!  This was fun!  Going through old photos, to find my first quilt project.  I'll admit I only went through the digit photos, so I don't have the best photo of my first quilt, but I found one.  Later in the post, I will cover the Tiffany Clock, outside Grand Central Terminal, in my week of architecture review in prep for January's Mystery Series - Grand Central.

As I stated above, I had a lot of fun going through photos to find one that had my first quilt.  

First Quilt
My first quilt was a log cabin quilt, an Eleanor Burns pattern, which was suppose to be a quilt in a day pattern.  

Day 4 - 31 Day Blog Challenge- Favorite Tool and "The Clock"

Hump Day!  Just 2 days until Clue #5 of Ticker Tape Parade!  I'm on day 4 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.  Whew!  I'm starting to wonder if I'm crazy, but hopefully you are enjoying it!  Please comment if you are... 💗

Today's Challenge topic is to discuss our favorite tool (so hard), plus I will be giving the 4th tidbit (fun fact) to prepare you for my next Mystery Series, Grand Central, which starts in January.

My favorite tool
This is so hard, but I think after much debate, it has to be the Studio 180 Design's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star!  The Wedge Star is starting to run a close second, but the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star (RFLS) is still my favorite 

When Deb Tucker created the RFLS, she revolutionized the way to make Lemoynes.  There isn't a quilter that I haven't been able teach to use this fabulous tool!  The techniques are endless with this one tool!

What is so awesome you ask?  Well the RFLS allows a quilter to quickly and easily piece traditional Lemoyne Star b…

Day 3 - 31 Day Blog Challenge and My Machine

Snowy Tuesday here in CT!

I hope you are enjoying this 31 Day Blog Challenge as much as I am.  I have to say it has been more fun than I expected.  I'm a little tired of talking about myself, but I've received several emails stating how much you all are enjoying it.  Please feel free to post comments here. 

Today's Challenge topic is to discuss our sewing machine, plus I will be giving the 3rd tidbit (fun fact) to prepare you for my next Mystery Series, Grand Central, which starts in January.

My Machine(s)
My main sewing machine is a Pfaff Icon Performance.  I absolutely love it.  I've sewn on a Pfaff for over 30 years.  I've had this model for about 18 months.  It is a workhorse, my favorite Pfaff to date.

Day 2 - 31 Day Blog Challenge and Grand Central Tidbit #2

Day 2 - Happy Monday!  What a yucky morning here in Connecticut....

The 31 Day Blog Challenge continues.  Many quilt designers are joining in on the fun.  Make sure to follow #31dayblogchallenge or #31dayblogchallenge2019.  The challenge is designed to give our blog followers a daily dose of information about ourselves, our art, our space, our process, etc.  

Today's Challenge topic is our sewing space, plus I will be giving the 2nd tidbit (fun fact), aboutGrand Central Terminal, to prepare you for my next Mystery Series, Grand Central, which starts in January.

My Space
I have two primary sewing spaces when I'm not in a hotel or inn.  Lol!  My Main Studio and my satellite Sunroom Studio.

Day 1 - 31 Day Blog Challenge - Introduction and Grand Central Mystery Tidbit #1

This year, I'm joining several other quilt artists, lead by Cheryl Sleboda, in attempting to post everyday in the month of December.  It's called the 31 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE 2019  and you can follow through #31dayblogchallenge2019.

The 31 Day Blog Challenge is designed to give our blog followers a daily dose of information about ourselves, our art, our space, our process, etc.  

Each day I'm going to try and focus on the suggested topic, which may be of interest to some of you.  When possible, I'm going to tie it to a tidbit to prepare you for my next Mystery Series, Grand Central, which starts in January.  When I can't tie the suggested topic to my next Mystery, you may get two topics.  Bonus!  Like today.   

Today's 31 Day Blog Challenge topic is to introduce ourselves to anyone who may not be familiar with us.  So, apologies to those who know me well, but maybe you will learn something too. 

I'm Michelle Renee Hiatt, and yes my first name is Michelle Renee, al…