Thursday, May 10, 2018

X-Blocks Blog Hop 2018

Hi there, I'm so X-cited to be a part of this X-Blocks Blog Hop hosted by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy.  All of the bloggers have had some amazing projects all week.  I hope you have been checking all of them out.

We played off of one of our current patterns "Open Space" and changed it up just a little bit.

Open Space uses the BasiX template.  We've added some True Grips to our templates to make cutting much easier.  True Grips are a non-slip adhesive ring that you apply to your template.  We put them on both sides of the template as some of our patterns use the template right side up and some use it upside down.  

We constructed our block and are ready to cut using the BasiX template.  But before we cut, we like to give our blocks a spray of Best Press before we cut.  We are working with bias edges and starching it with some Best Press gives it a little stability.

Notice the "X-tras" or cut off triangle pieces.  Don't throw those away.  They are not waste.  You can use them in the border, as a second project, or sew them together and put in a pieced backing.  

We added a few more blocks to make it wider and longer and we substituted the square in a square block with this fun panel of quilting meme's from the fabric line "A Stitch In Time" by Northcott Fabrics.

We also used the quilt block panel from A Stitch In Time for the outer border.  Isn't it fun!

Here is the finished quilt top.  It is available on our website as a kit if you'd like to make one for yourself.  You can order it here.  It's going to look amazing in my new studio.

I thought I would have it quilted and bound for you but the custom quilt I currently have in the frame is "kicking my behind" and I just couldn't get it finished in time to get this one quilted.

We also have a giveaway. Visit each blogger on their day and leave a comment for a chance to win this very generous prize worth over $175. **If you are international and win, you will be responsible for the shipping**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to visit my other fellow bloggers today to see the X-trordinary projects created. 

May 10th

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Monday, May 7, 2018

X-Blocks Blog Hop

Hi all, just wanted to pop in and tell you about an X-citing blog hop using the X-Blocks and BasiX templates that is going on right now. 

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is the hop coordinator and yours truly, Quilt Queen Designs is the sponsor for this Xtra fun X-Blocks Blog Hop.  Each blogger participating will be using one of the X-blocks templates or BasiX templates.  Some of created their own design and some have used a pattern available for purchase from Quilt Queen Designs.  You can check them out here.  

We've been super busy at Quilt Queen Designs and can't wait to show you our new pattern and kit using the BasiX template and some really fun fabric A Stitch In Time by Deborah Edwards.  

Our hop day isn't until later in the week but don't wait until then to check out these awesome quilts.  They're sure to inspire you to get your template and see what you can create.

May 7th


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Welcome to our NEW Fabric Shop!

Hello Friends!

I can't tell you how exciting it has been here at the Quilt Queen Designs Studio! We have hit the road vending at local Quilt Shows and sharing our passion for our X-Blocks templates! One thing we noticed at these shows is that our customers wanted something we didn't have.  FABRIC! We have beautiful samples hanging in our booth that show all kinds of things our X-Blocks templates can do.
Our booth at the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show.

Of course, we use fabric we LOVE, and everyone else loves it too! I can't tell you how sad we were having to tell people, "No, I'm sorry, we don't have a kit." Or, "Well, we used Tula Pink's Slow and Steady but we don't have the fabric to sell."
The Queen's Jewels Sample hanging at Fall Quilt Festival in Houston

We listen to our customers. You all are the reason we do this. So, that's right, our first shipments of fabric have started arriving and we are busy making new samples so we can offer kits in our booth and on our website. You can also find them at The Queen's Rustic Retreat!
Clara in Tuppence

Morning Star in Roam Sweet Home

Thornton in Aqua Batiks

Psalm in Magic Colors

While we only have just over 60 bolts right now, we will be receiving more shipments weekly!  Currently, we have a nice selection from the Kaffe Fassett Collective by Free Spirit, Tula Pink Designer Solids also by Free Spirit and a small collection of blenders. I did some cutting so I could take pictures to share with you.

Kaffe Fassett Delft Pots

Tula Pink Designer Solids by Free Spirit

Kaffe Fassett Collective

Kaffe Fassett Collective

Kaffe Fassett Collective

Tula Pink's All-Stars, Pom Pom's and Stripes will be here next week!

We will be setting up shop at the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild Quilt Show and Market in Beaumont, Texas at Ford Park on April 13 and 14. If you are in the area, we would love to see you and show you how our templates work! Have a wonderful day and thank you for spending time with us!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blop Hop 2018

Hello My Royal Subjects Blog Readers.  Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop 2018.  I'm sew glad you stopped in.  It's been a while since I posted last, would you believe 5 months!  My how time does fly!  This year's theme for Quilt Qwazy Queens is UFO's.  Now that's a subject I know a lot about.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm in the running for the most UFO's Queen.  I just keep accumulating more and more.  The last two years have really added to my UFO number as I sure haven't completed many and sure have started many more.

Since my purchase of the X-Blocks Company, I accumulated many more UFO's.  I made lots of samples with that purchase and many of the samples have a "bonus" project using the "cut offs".  Of course, I can't throw anything away and I saved all those "cut-offs" in hopes of making that "bonus" project someday.  Thus my UFO's increased exponentially.  Although I didn't complete all the "bonus" projects, at least I've got one more to cross off the list.

I picked the Thornton X-Blocks Quilt Cut-offs to work with.  You can find the Thornton pattern here.

This shows the block and the cut-offs from each block. I'm using the 6 1/2" X-blocks template.

I began by sorting the cut-offs into like piles.

I then paired a darker cut-off with a background cut-off and sewed them together.

I squared them to a 2 1/2" x 5" rectangle.

And sewed them into pairs.

Once again, I squared them to a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square.  

Now sew 4 units together to make a block.

You will need 10 blocks for the table runner.

YAY!  Another UFO is crossed off the list.

And just so you don't think I'm a total slacker; here are a few of the UFO's I've completed over the last few months.

This is Moth in the Window.  I started it at the Bonnie Hunter Retreat I went to in August 2017 in Iowa.

A modern Traffic Jam that I started while living in Illinois.  You can find the Traffic Jam pattern here.

Americana Stars and Stripes Sampler that I started many years ago while living in Brownwood, Texas

Log Cabin Houses was a block of the month started in Brownwood, Texas.  I took it to many retreats before it was finished.

Moda free pattern from about 2015.... maybe???  

Although I don't always heed my advice, the best way to finish UFO's is to divide and conquer and/or set aside a small amount of time each day or week to work on UFO's.  It is surprising how much you can get done in a 15-minute session each day or week.  Another way to finish UFO's is to use them as leaders and enders.  If you're not familiar with leaders and enders, you can read about them here

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop is hosted by Marion at Seams to be Sew and has some pretty amazing sponsors.

Quilt Qwazy Queens has some equally amazing bloggers participating in this hop.  Check out the schedule and go visit the other Queens and see what they've got on the UFO list.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

But wait... There's more... we have a giveaway too!

The FatQuarter Shop March 15 - 22, 2018
150.00 Gift Certificate

X-Block Rulers = US Shipping Only BasiX Template, Baby BasiX, 6 1/2 X-Block, 6 1/2 X-Block Mini, 6 1/2 X-Block BellyButton Rulers/Templates
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope it's not another 5 months before we meet again.  Actually, it won't be.  Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is hosting an X-Blocks Blog Hop in May.  You won't want to miss it!  See you then, if not before!

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