Hanging Out with Paul and Sheldon!

We recently got these amazing fabrics from Susybee in the shop staring Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle!  Our entire collection came except the panel (back ordered) so what is a girl to do but come up with a pattern using the many coordinating fabrics in the collection?

You can see those fabrics here: Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle Fabrics

We put them into our Etsy shop, however feel free to contact us with any requests you might have if you don’t use Etsy!

This pattern looks difficult but I assure it is not.  This is my ‘tester’ so I used both paper piecing and traditional piecing to see which method would work the best…

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I have to say that the paper method worked out the best.  Look for this pattern soon in our shop(s)!

Here is a detail of one of the blocks…

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I most likely will be working on the quilting of this over the Holidays!

~Cathy

It’s a Birthday Celebration!

Today is our Birthday!

One year ago today we filed our paperwork to become a business!  Wow has time flied!  To celebrate our special day we are having a very special 1 day only 50% off anything in the shop!!!

Coupon code is only good at www.stashtraders.com so please pop into the store and take advantage of this celebration!

Coupon code: WeR1Today!

Lessons In Color: Creating a Color Wheel Part 2!

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HI Friends!

How are you coming along on your color wheel?  I’ve been working diligently on mine with the fabrics here in the shop.  Here’s a peek at mine! DSCF0599

As you can see I have lots of colors left to go before this wheel is complete.  There’s no rush.  This whole process is a process of discovery, remember?

Have you thought about those questions I asked of you in the first part of this lesson?  Did you come up with some other questions I didn’t include?

If not and if so, that’s okay, we’ll re-cap them right here and we’ll give you a chance to chime in with your own thoughts.  Don’t be shy, if you have a question, just let us know in the comments section below!

So here goes:

1. Are there lots of missing colors on my wheel?

Did you find this exercise interesting to see just how many colors you have?  I know I did.  I use this to help me fill in the gaps here in the shop and save me tons of time browsing my vendors’ inventory in order to get right to what I actually need.  I’m a start-up so time is money to me.  The quicker I can do this task the better off I’ll be and hopefully keep me from purchasing inventory that I don’t need.

What about you?  Were you able to fill out the wheel?  If not, don’t worry.  I’m not here to tell you you have to fill in every spot on the wheel.  It’s not necessary to have every color known to man and is perfectly acceptable to have only what you love.  If you love blues (like me) but don’t care for purples then that is okay!  Trust me, the more quilting, crafting or sewing you do, the more that, in time, your collection will expand.  I believe this exercise will better prepare you for your own color journey and help you make the right color decisions the next time you shop!

Which leads us to the next question…

2. Do I have multiples of the same color?

For the quilter, crafter or sewer, you may realize that the reason you have certain colors in your collection is because you naturally gravitate to them!  At this time, I want you to take a step back and realize something about yourself.  The colors that you have multiples of are the colors you love.  It’s that simple.  That may or may not be obvious to you but on the other hand were there any surprises for you?  Were there colors that piled up that you didn’t think about?

For me, I love blues, greens, and teals!  In my personal stash I know I have plenty of these colors to keep me busy for some time.  But I also have lots of pinks and reds, colors that I do use but are really not my own personal favorites.  I know I have them because of projects I’ve worked on in the past and I’ve kept them because I know how valuable they are when designing new projects.  But what about some fabrics you couldn’t fit into the wheel.  That’s the next question…

3. Are there any colors you have a hard time finding a place for?

So?  Did you come across fabrics that you didn’t know where to put them?  Were they neutrals, flesh tones, browns, tans or blacks?  I know I have plenty of those and don’t worry.  I’d like you to hold on to those as our plans here for this color wheel are to bring in all those neutrals into the background.

 

So, what’s the next step?  When you get to a point that you’d like to start sewing these fabric samples onto your wheel start by layering them and sewing them down like so…DSCF0602

Here you can see that I’m sewing the top and the bottom.  Just keep layering and trimming, sewing, layering and trimming.  Here, in the blues…DSCF0601

I have the whole section filled in and am ready to trim and sew.

This lesson and project isn’t a race but a learning experience.  We’ll check in each month on the progress and bring new lessons in color.  Color and color theory is fun and one of the most enjoyable aspects (at least to me!) of planning a project!  I know many people have trouble and lack confidence when it comes to color so if you haven’t started working on your own color wheel…there’s always time…please jump in!

More next month!

~Cathy

A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Hi Everyone!

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Sometimes when I’m working on sewing down my scrap pile I come across an idea.  Today I wanted to see if I could make Anita Grossman’s Arrowhead block using some of my scrap strips.  If you have never tried her version of the Arrowhead block I highly recommend it.  It is fun to do and will open your eyes to a whole new way of piecing.

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The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…

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It is also featured on Anita’s blog here and here!

I made this block a couple of years ago at quilt retreat and the one thing I remember was the outside edges of the block are all on the bias.  For some people this isn’t an issue but for me, as I’m known for OVER pressing, I know I’d run into trouble.

So off I am at the drawing table to re-engineer this block to get those edges on the straight of grain!  And use up some scrap strips too!

I did make one block with 2″ strips and then  guessed cut some triangles.  Yes, that’s a new term “Guess-Cut”!  I really am triangle challenged!

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But after a trim the block came out perfect! DSCF0763 DSCF0765 DSCF0768

So then I tried using ONLY scrap strips and I ran into some serious issues!!!

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I now know what my mistake was (I should have used a 3″ strip and not a 2-1/2″) so OH WELL!  Let’s do this again!

What I’m after is that long edge of the quarter square triangle be ON Grain, not on the bias.  Back to the drawing board!

I drafted up a new pattern piece that can be used both for the paper piecing and the cutting, very similar to my Churn Dash block from last year.

I printed several of them out and sewed up two, tweaking the computer layout as I went…

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At last!  A straight grain Arrowhead Block!

Here’s the pattern in case you’d like to have a go at it!

Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Enjoy!

~Cathy

 

Light Bright Quilt- A-Long Step 1: 4 Patches

Happy New Year Dear Readers!

Are you ready to get started with this Quilt-A-Long for Light Bright?  I know I am so without further delay lets begin!

This first step is to construct the Jacob’s Ladder blocks.  We are going to break this down into two parts.  First are the 4 patches and in the next post will be the Half Square Triangles.

Let’s take a look at these blocks and see how they are constructed!

I do want to preempt this quilt-a-long by saying I am mixing the colors in my blocks.  The black will remain constant and the colors are going to get mixed up.  This was my choice so that all the blocks would look different.  If you want to make the alternating blocks the same that is entirely up to you.

There are two alternating Jacob’s Ladder blocks in this layout.

This first Jacob’s Ladder will have the Black background forming a forward slash / like so:

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And the second Jacob’s Ladder will have the Black background forming a backward slash \ like so:light bright block b

Although at first glance these two blocks look the same they are NOT!  Looking closer, please note that all of the 4 patches are laid out so the colored squares are in the upper left corners and the lower right corners.  This will be true for every 4 patch block in the quilt and only the Half Square triangle blocks rotate position.

So let’s make all these 4 patches!  Every Jacob’s Ladder block has five 4 patch blocks.  To make these cut 2-1/2″ strips of both the colors and the black.  I started by cutting 1 strip of black for every color I was going to use, and only cutting ONE 2-1/2″ strip of each color.

I would recommend doing this first no matter what size quilt you want to make.  By playing with the colors you’ll eventually work out what works best, and looks best for you!

Take 1 strip of black and 1 color strip and sew these right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.DSCF0088

Then cut the strip into 2-1/2″ segments…DSCF0094

Do this for all of your colors…pressing the seam towards the black.

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Then sew 2 of these together, matching the centers to make a 4 patch…DSCF0098

Open the seam and press…

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Each Jacob’s Ladder block needs 5 of these.  Go ahead and make as many of these 4 patches as you have cut out and put those aside.  In the next post we’ll be making the Half Square Triangle!

Stay Tuned!

~Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

 

Light Bright Quilt-A-Long Fabric Requirements!

Hi All!

Here are the fabric requirements for Light Bright!

Choose from any of these sizes: King, Queen, Twin, Lap and Crib!

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The fabric I’ll be using is called Textured Weave and it comes in 17 different colors which are available under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.

If you want to make one using your own stash feel free to do so!  I love it when we are able to use our stashes for projects!  If you do and want to work in a similar colorway be sure to choose blacks that read as black and colors that are nice and bright against your blacks!

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Two great blacks we have in the shop right now are Feathered Swirl and Season’s Best Summer, be sure to check those out if you need them!  Both are retailing right now at $9.48 per yard.

Crib: 42” x 42”

Light Bright Crib

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 1-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Fuschia, Orange, Light Blue, Kelly, Purple, Bright Yellow, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Hunter, Red
  • Backing yardage: 2-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1/2 yard

Lap: 66″ x 66″

Light Bright Lap

 

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 2-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Fuschia, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Hunter, Orange, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • 1 Yard of Red
  • Backing yardage: 4-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Twin: 66” x 90”

Light Bright Twin

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 3-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used:¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Wine, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Orange, Fuschia, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter
  • 1-1/4 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 5-1/2 Yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Queen: 90” x 90”

Light Bright Queen

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Bright Yellow, Mint
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter, Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

King: 102″ x 90″

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  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-3/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Kelly, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Hunter
  • 1 yard each of: Textured Weave Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

 

Please note: All calculations are based on fabric that is 44-45″ wide and a variety of colors being used.  If one color suits you over another feel free to substitute!

I’ll certainly give you all some time to gather your fabrics and if you’d like to order the Textured Weave from the shop please hurry in sooner rather than later!

The Light Bright step one will start on December 10th!

As always, please comment or email me if you have questions!

Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

 

Join us for our shop opening Quilt-A-Long! Introducing Light Bright!

The leaves are falling, and the days are getting shorter and shorter here in Northern Illinois.  This is the inspiration for our first Quilt-A-Long here at Stash Traders!

Getting out of the winter blues calls for bright, happy colors that are set against this dark winter background.  Introducing Light Bright!

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We’ve designed this quilt using our Textured Weave blender fabric collection available in our shop under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.  The Textured Weave collection retails at a regular price of $9.48 per yard, an already great price, but for a limited time (the duration of this Quilt-A-Long) we are offering Textured Weave HALF OFF!

No coupon code required, just pop into the shop and select your colors.

Quick tip: In the SEARCH box window type Textured Weave and the fabrics will appear in your browser!

For our quilt, we’ve used 13 of the 17 colors but feel free to customize your colors any way you’d like!

We are offering this pattern in 5 sizes (Crib, Lap, Twin, Queen and King)!  The pattern will be revealed during the Quilt-A-Long and available for free right here.  We hope you’ll join us for this fun project!

I’ll be posting fabric requirements in my next post!

Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

Lucky to Get Lucky!

MDG140929001-1 We are lucky to have Lucky Medallion fall into our shop this week!  Only available here, we have fat quarters and half yard cut bundles ready!

Lucky Medallion is a fun modern print that comes in 17 different colorways!

Fat Quarter Bundles of all 17 colors are only $27.99!!!!  Wow!

Half Yard Bundles of all 17 colors are just $55.99!!!!  Serious Wow!!!

But just in case you don’t want to commit to the whole gang we’ve separated out some color families for you.

 

 

We have the Warm Group…

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…and the Cool Group…

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…and the Earth Tones Group!

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You can find these in the shop now!

Happy Quilting everyone!

~Cathy

 

More Items Added to the Store! We Have Flamingos!

Just arrived in the shop today are 2 Paintbrush Studio prints…Flamingos!

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How fun are these lovely birds?

The other print is a collection of mixed birds!

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This print will work great as a Once Block Wonder, Stack and Whack or Kaleidoscope quilt!

Both prints retail in the shop for $10.49/yd.

Get them while their hot!

Click HERE to go to the shop or click on SHOP at the top of the screen.  The prints are listed under Paintbrush Studio!

Have a great day and Happy Quilting!

~Cathy