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The Castle Wall BURSTS- Part Two

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Castle Wall Burst TemplatesI am so excited to get this second in the series of how-to blogs posted.    The response to the template set has been wonderful, I am down to just a handful in stock but more are on their way.   I will leave the orders open on this product and will ship as soon as the next batch is received sometime this upcoming week.  I will get all fillable orders out as soon as that is.   You can place your order here.

For those who have inquired regarding EPP sets of the Castle Wall Burst Expansion they are on their way.   I  will not be able to add them into the store until August 1st due to my heavy travel schedule the last two weeks of the month.  But EPP fans keep an eye out for a special EPP sale I have scheduled to start on July 16th on all other blocks in stock.  And yes there will be a special introductory price on the EPP Castle Wall Burst Expansion pack when released in August.

Now let’s get sewing the Castle Wall Burst!

I have my Castle Wall center done minus the half square triangles (template C) for an overall octagon shape.   Again I will refer you to review the Castle Wall blogs that are linked on the Castle Wall page for piecing this block and general hand sewing tips when working with any of my templates.

sidebar: I am scheduling to post at least two if not more updated general hand sewing tips and tricks blogs in early August.   Please watch for these posts.  They will also be linked on the Castle Wall page soon after posting.  These will cover all the basics for those who are new to hand piecing.

Now back to our block.  Yes I am that excited my head is running in so many directions with so many ideas…this time at home is just what my muse needed.   Ok back to sewing.

The Castle Wall center of this block is sewn in a bulls eye manner, by adding pieces in a circle around the center.   The Burst expansion is sewn by breaking it down into two units, UNIT 1 & UNIT 2.

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This unit consists of three pieces, C-F-C.   Piece C template can be found in your Castle Wall block template sets.  It is the discarded half square triangle shape.

*design note- I have chosen to use two fabrics in my rendition of the Castle Wall Burst block for piece C.   You can do so also or use the same fabric for all pieces. 

There is just one continuous sewing line to make these units and one roundabout intersection.  Roundabout intersection tips can be found in the previously mentioned Castle Wall posts and a general blog about roundabouts will be posted in early August for those new to my blog.   This illustration is your guide to sewing UNIT 1

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This unit starts off with sewing four more UNIT 1.  This is where I made a design choice and used a second fabric in my C pieces.  I liked the bit of depth that this brings to the block.

The next step is to add G-H-G to each of these UNITS.   This is also done with one continuous sewing line and 5 Roundabout intersections.

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Finally, pressing.  While the Castle Wall center is best left unpressed until all rounds are PatrioticCWBurst2completed, meaning the center is fully sewn, UNITS 1 & 2 should be pressed after each line of stitching is completed.  This will help in obtaining the sharpest of points.   Also as in the original block the diamond shapes should be pressed flat or open for the best results.   And a bit of Best Press used at this stage really helps set the seams.

Next blog…putting it all together in a few days.

See, I told you this Burst Expansion is really quite simple.  And the resulting block is quite spectacular if I say so myself.  I have so many ideas for this block in projects.   Now I just need to look into obtaining 48 hour days.   🙂

Enjoy the day,

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The Castle Wall Block BURSTS!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

CWBurstgreycenter2copyrightI have had this crazy idea of BURSTing the Castle Wall block for over a year now.  Think “biggie” size.  I wanted to keep most of the original Castle Wall Block ,just drop off the half square triangles, and expanded to a much larger block.

I played and played with the design while traveling and then would put the files back in my folder in my computer and think maybe in a few months.

And on a trip to Texas in April I opened up the folder again, tweaked my design thought it is time.

So off went my idea to Paper Pieces and they provided me with a sample set of templates lickety-split, they were excited as was I.

AutumnCWBurstBlockBut my schedule was a bit crazy and so I didn’t get to fabric pulling and sample block making until late May.  And then I sewed.  Here is the first sample block of what is being called Castle Wall Burst.   It finishes at 18″ square.  That’s a lot of block with a lot of bang!  At that size just 16 blocks with sashing and border and you have a queen size quilt.

I am loving this idea!

Castle Wall Burst TemplatesThe initial run of templates where produced and landed on my doorstep on Friday.  Just in time to kick off the holiday weekend!

 

 

The Castle Wall Burst Expansion Pack has three templates.  You will use the C template from the original 9″ Castle Wall set with the new templates F, G, & H to create this  border ring around a Castle Wall center (minus template C in the center).CWBurstlettered2copyright

The Castle Wall Expansion Templates

are available in my web store under the New! and Acrylic Templates Section

at an introductory price of $15 until July 15th.

Now to the tips and tricks of sewing this expansion ring of the block.

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I took pictures as I pieced the sample above and was ready to use them for the “how-to” blogs.  But then I spotted my stash of patriotic fabrics while straightening up my studio and like every other quilter I know I figured…well let’s start a new project!     I am going to make 16 Castle Wall Burst blocks in a scrappy patriotic fashion.   I don’t have the full quilt setting figured out yet.  I will design this hopefully this autumn sometime when my travel schedule is full force again.   A lot of computer designing happens when in a hotel room on the road.

Over the next week or so I will post detailed how-to blogs for this expansion.  But for now I will refer you to the original Castle Wall blogs (you can find links to all blogs on this page) to refresh yourself in piecing this center and the Roundabout Technique for making sharp points!  Eventually links to these Castle Wall Burst blogs will also be found there.

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I have my center done sans the half square corners and all my pieces cut and ready for the Burst Expansion.

Watch for a blog in 2-3 days breaking down the next round of sewing into units, a review of pinning, and sewing guide illustrations.

Over half the original order of Castle Wall Burst Expansion Templates have been spoken for and shipped out this morning, hoping to have a few of you sewing along with me on this fun block by this weekend or next week.

Enjoy your day,

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P.S. All the graphics you will see in the blog(s) are included in a guide sheet packaged with the templates!

Let’s Retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Yes, you read that right…Missouri Star Quilt Company!

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Join me for 4 days/3 nights of quilty fun Wednesday, August 31st to Saturday, September 3rd.

Hugs&KissesPicPromoIt will be an open sew format with two days (Thursday and Friday) of laid-back guidance in the construction of the “Hugs & Kisses” Quilt found in my latest book, Half-Scrap Quilts.  With so much time and numerous quilt shops of Missouri Star Quilt Company within walking distance we can field trip for just the right fabrics, consult on color and design, and basically get into the nitty-gritty of making this quilt!

In the evenings you can pull out other projects, or continue working on Hugs & Kisses, while I flip on my sewing machine and join in the fun of sewing and laughing into the night. MissouriStarRetreat2

I am not running the retreat so any questions I will ask that you contact Lynnell “Nel” Rowe, and you will find her contact info along with pricing and more details here.   You can also click on the image in the right hand side bar to obtain the PDF of info.

I know space is limited so contact Nel soon if you wish to join in on the fun!MissouriStarRetreat4

Looking forward to my first trip to Missouri Star….I am driving which means I can bring lots of quilts to share and I can bring home all the stash enhancement that I can fit into the jeep!  Yippee!

 

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Castle Wall Table Runner Pattern

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

CWTablerunnerPic2Yes!  The free PDF pattern to the table runner is now on the Castle Wall page.    Please note that actual yardage used is not given in the pattern as there are so many variables regarding length and color placement that there is just no way I could cover them all.  I can say that based on my coloration of the project no fabric was over 1/4 yard used and many under 1/8th of a yard.

I hope you like it and will share your table runner pics with all of us either by emailing them to me at mickey@mdquilts.com or posting them to the Facebook page MDQuilts.

ENJOY!

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it’s Half-Scrap time!

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Here it is!  I am so very excited. Half-Scrap Quilts!

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Nine traditional quilt patterns made in my Half-Scrap method.

  • Whistle Stop
  • Summer Carnival
  • Bloomington Trail
  • Speck’s Fields
  • Woven Argyle
  • Hugs & Kisses
  • WAbash5-6830
  • Pineapple Plaid
  • Simple Midwest

Half-Scrap means there are usually 1 to 3 fabrics that run throughout the entire quilt giving it a base.   And certain units, ie nine patches, broken dishes, square in a square, are done scrappy-style.   To me this makes a quilt unique while allowing a special fabric that you have just fallen in love with shine.

Along with each pattern you will also find bonus blocks showing different palettes to consider for your quilt.

And the stories.  The story of each quilt, how it came to be, why I named it so, and why I chose the palette are also included.  Along with tips and tricks!

I cannot thank everyone at American Quilters Society enough for taking on my manuscript in early April after the unfortunate closing of the doors at KCStar.   And here four months later I am able to present this book to you.  My heart is bursting with joy!

At the present time I can say that the book will be back from the printer no later than October 15th.  But there is a good chance I will have it in September.  Unfortunately because of the circumstances it is not a “scheduled” release thus it is a drop-in print and when it gets thru the process it get’s thru.  But I have been given the green light to start to take preorders!  And you can do that here.

But first here are the quilts of Half-Scrap.

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If you would like to receive your copy of Half-Scrap Quilts as soon is it is off the presses then put in your pre-order here!

And then show your friends, take it to your local quilt shop, help me get the word out about Half-Scrap Quilts.  And thank you to all that follow the blog, the facebook page, take my workshops….your support during these last few months of upheaval have truly meant the world to me.

Enjoy your day,

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p.s. Any items ordered with the preorder will not be shipped until Half-Scrap comes in.   So if you wish to have other items immediately please place a separate order. Thanks!

 

Next in Queue

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

I am on a roll.

Projects, both sewing and office are getting done.   This makes me a very relaxed girl.   And when I look at my calendar next year…especially March thru July….well I am relaxing NOW.

Paul and I usually end our evenings playing a game.  Either board, card or electronic.  We are gamers.  We raised gamers.  It’s our thing.

Blog11.26017Last night was electronic.  The Xbox goes on and we tackle Peggle together.  It is the perfect not-to-much-thinking game (that we ramp up with personal goals/competition…it is who we are) when one is feeling a bit under the weather.

It’s a sure sign that Paul is really feeling lousy when he agrees to my suggestion of getting him some over the counter meds and he immediately takes them once they are in the house.

It is also my practice to do some hand sewing while waiting for my turn.  I do this during all kinds of games as some turn waiting can be minutes.   Every little bit of stitching moves a project along.

But the more we played.  I listened to Paul’s breathing …sniffles…and coughing.

YUCK!  He is really getting sick.   And then I did this during a coughing jag.

Yep I was stressed out listening to him and worrying about it that I bent my hand needle.  Time for  a new needle.

After the game, he won, he would like me to say that, I decided it was time to get the “H*ll out of Dodge” as they say and I ran to my studio in the hopes of avoiding any further contamination.

During the making of the fabric wall (see this post) I uncovered several fermenting projects.  See I don’t use the standard UFO term.  I like to think of my projects as fermenting.  🙂

I decided that this group of blocks was next in queue for finishing.  I started this last year at Quiltvilla.  That place is magic let’s be clear, when I am there I can just sew and laugh and sing for hours with Bonnie.  Things get done.  Blocks/Quilts are created.   Yes another visit in already on the 2015 calendar.

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OK.  Twenty Six blocks done of the planned 42 for a 6×7 setting. Blog11.26020

  Easy peasey.  No border plans as of yet.  A scrappy throw quilt at 72 x 84.

The block is “Sixty Scrap Dash” that was in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9.  (I think I posted Vol. 8 last night on facebook…my bad)

I started this project using the hundreds, if not thousands of 4″ squares that I used for the “color workshop” I taught for years (since retired).  I have a bunch of center rail fence units done and hundreds of half square triangles were also in the project box.  I just needed to organize and cut up the set of four same color 2.5″ squares and sewing would be a mindless yet enjoyable event.  Just what I decided would be my holiday plan as I will most likely be nursing a sick hubby.

So I cut. And when I finally ran out of 4″ squares to use for the 2.5″ squares I turned to my newly cut bins of 2.5″ strips.

Life is good.

The cutting and kitting flew by and in just two hours I had this lined up on my sewing table just waiting for me to begin assembly.

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And I even tossed a few blocks up on the design wall to give me something to look at as I sew.

Like I said nothing earthshattering in this quilt.  Very easy.  No sashing.  No borders.  Just blocks.

Scrappy goodness.

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When I ventured back upstairs around midnight I was greeted by this on couch.

Seems she knew exactly where I planned to lay my head that evening to avoid all the coughing going on up the stairs.Blog11.26016

Don’t forget to post your comment on yesterday’s blog for a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 tomorrow at noon.  I have TWO to give away!

I’ll be in the studio sewing until then,

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A Winner and Borders Please.

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

First order of business.

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We have a winner in the Polar Notions Board Giveaway!

The Random Number Generator picked…Winner

That made SHARON the Winner!Sharon Winner

An email has been sent …thanks all for participating!  Don’t forget the Polar Notions Boards are on sale until Midnight (12:00am CST) tonight on the Paper Pieces website that you can find HERE.

Oh and how many boards do I have on my wall.  980!

but honestly another 50 boards just arrived so I can truly finish the wall.  You will note that the lower middle had a shelf of solid reading prints that needed to be wrapped.  So the true total when I am done will be 1030.  Remember this is a stash almost 25 years in the making.  There are some golden oldies up there.   And of course my bins of Civil War Repros and 30s Repros are still alive and over flowing.

Tomorrow is another day.

But today I vow to get the final 32 diamonds done that I need for the borders of my Castle Wall Quilt.   I really do need to get this done as I am off again on Tuesday up to Janesville, Wisconsin  for a two day visit with the Rock Valley Quilt Guild and I would like to share it with them albeit in just top form.

It will remain in top form until my last gig of the year the first week of December then it’s off to quilting so it will be ready to travel off to California when I hit the road again in January.  Whew!

And just wait to you see what I have dreamed up for my 2015 On The Road Project.    There are 30 gigs on the books so lots of hand sewing time.

But for today I will be in my studio.  Working on the outer borders.   It involves foundation piecing (yes there is a difference…paper piecing is wrapping fabric…foundation is sewing on paper).

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98 diamonds are needed.  I have 32 to go.

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I hope you find time to sew today to!

Enjoy your day,

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Castle Wall Arcylic Templates are in the house! (Part Three)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

It all started innocently enough this morning at 4:30am when my eyeballs opened on their own.  I was going home on a 10am flight out of Dulles, landing in Chicago at 11:05am, and was going to get home and immediately tackle the third installment of the blog.  My alarm was set for 5:30am but my eyes weren’t waiting.  So up I got and worked on the current Castle Wall block in my backpack.

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Shannon, my lovely host with the Cabin Branch Quilters was picking me up to 6:30am (morning traffic is rough in the DC area…I was shocked at back ups at this time)  so there would be no running thru the airport to my gate.

I got there in plenty of time and found a cozy spot and finished off this block.

Yes that is my Barney Purple luggage (carry on) and if might make you smile and even giggle but that luggage proved it’s worth again today.   Read on.

 

At the appropriate time out gate agent had us line up.  I was a happy camper with my A20 spot.  As a frequent flyer with Southwest I have been finding myself in the first 30 positions as of late.  This perk I will take.

and then…uh oh.   Our gate agent is instructing us to take a seat.  Looks like we have a flat tire. Sept23pic1

I do not grumble.  I am most happy to wait for the plane to be fixed.  I like my planes to be feeling good and all systems working.  So much better to have a flat tire here then when landing in Chicago.

Others were not so happy.

I pulled out another block and started in.

About 1.5hours later the tire was changed and it was time to line up again.  But now with so many passengers being switched to other flights due to missed connections…well this was the roomiest flight I have seen in awhile.

This was my view at approx. 1:20pm today. Sept23pic01

I love Chicago.  I will always be a city girl.

Ok..just a two hours off schedule.  Not bad.  Off to get my luggage.

Only just one purple piece of luggage comes off the conveyor belt…not two.

uh oh.    We wait around for about 15-20 more minutess and then begin to seek help.   Just as I got to the counter at the baggage area when I heard a radio call to the agents that a lone purple bag was discovered at gate 15 that didn’t make it to the cart for the carousel from my flight number.    “That’s mine!” I say.  and the agent chuckles and says…well that was a quick fix.  Yes I agree.

Only problem it took them almost an hour to get my bag from the gate to the baggage claim area and someone “special” had to walk it over.

Seems that someone special got their wheels rollin’ after I tweeted to Southwest 45 mins into the wait that this was crazy.   Even the baggage agent agreed and she cut me a voucher for a future trip (hello Emily!)

Finally on my way home.   After answering  email, processing orders (those not with Castle Wall templates…those will go out on the 29th) and general stuff I finally got to head to the studio and take the pics for this blog.

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(Disclaimer…I did not realize my lens was smudged until I loaded the pics in to the computer to write this blog.  But I figure it’s kind of par for the course today and hope you will give me a pass)

This is what a block looks like after sewing it together.  Since it is hand work they can get pretty wrinkled.  Of course I am usually stuffing them into my backpack so mine are always wrinkled.  Thus I give them a few sprays of  Best Press when it’s time to press.

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Here is the back.  Not pretty.

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But I start in one corner and press the corner triangle out and then move over to the nearest diamond and press it’s seams away from it.

The top and bottom seams of the squares naturally fall in the out position when pressing this way.

I continue around the block pressing the diamonds in this manner and the corners when they are encountered.

Finally I give the center a press and it all starts to look very nice.

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Flip it over, give a final press from the front and VIOLA!  The block is done!

I am into the single digits of blocks needed for my quilt now so watch in a week or so for blog posts when I start to put all 56 blocks together.

You can order your Castle Wall Acrylic Templates Set (9″ finished block) in the store on my website.  The next shipment of templates are on their way and only half are spoken for again.  They will ship out on Monday September 29th.

Be sure to check out my professional MDQuilts Facebook page (see the link on the side bar) for daily posts of my blocks and now some of others….the color/fabric combinations are wonderful…sew much fun!

Take Care,

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Oh this made me smile!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

I just received some “work in progress” pics from my fantastic longarmmer Bob/Quilters Quest Quilt Shop in Woodridge, Illinois.

Even though I am able to quilt myself now physically it’s a time at home issue to do so that is the problem.

And Bob’s work is wonderful…so shhhhh…don’t tell Paul but I think I will keep him.

Here is a sneak peak of a quilt entitled “Bloomington Trail” that will be in my next book.

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It’s another sunny day here in Paducah and after hitting post I am off to the convention center for more fun time with the Paper Pieces Girls!  I will be there from 9 to 1…the some shopping and viewing. 

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Oh…and I finally got around to pressing the first Castle Wall Block Sample for the workshop.

It is very soft even with the dark corners.   Already halfway thru the next sample which is much brighter in colors.  Be sure to like my facebook page, Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre, to catch snippets of life throughout the day.

Hope it’s sunny in your neck of the woods!

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Jackpot in Benton!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Cathy and I hit the road at 7am this morn to make the trek pilgrimage to Paducah.

We will be helping out Paper Pieces.com with their dual booths this year!

I will be in the convention booth everyday from 9:30am to 1pm so stop by and say “Hi”.   Happy to sign books!

Back to our drive down.

Of course there was a stop at the Cracker Barrel in Effingham….tradition.

Since we weren’t expected to report for duty until Tuesday we had the entire day to “get to Paducah”…and that means Antique Malls are going to be explored.

Three treasures have been found.

#1 This 30s octagon top will gain and border and quilting by summer’s end.

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Sorry the room is dark…better pics when home.

Close up

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#2.  These five 30’s blocks were adopted.  I have an idea.

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#3 And then we hit Benton, Il and it’s 4 antique malls around the town square.

Store #3 had a booth that stopped us in our tracks.

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Oh my.

And then I spotted this bag on the floor.

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$10.  Weighs approx 20-25 pounds.

I looked inside and nearly keeled over.

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I am in 30s/40s scrap heaven.

I also bought 5 yards of vintage background for another $10.

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According to Cathy I skipped out of the store.

Feet up and chocolate croissant time.
Tomorrow is another adventure on the horizon.

Happy Girl in Paducah,

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