Tuesday, December 11, 2018

All New Ruler! The QuickMarkAssist! Available for PRE-ORDER

Hi Everyone!  I am excited to share with you my QuickMarkAssist Ruler which is designed to compliment - or assist, the QuickMarkRuler.  The difference between this ruler and the QuickMark ruler is that there are 1/2" cut outs, the ruler is 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 1/8" - so it is for marking only.  It is not to be used with the quilting, but will help you tremendously when you are marking your quilts.  This is a time saver for me, you know how I love marking my quilt tops.

I have been working on my Celebrate quilt panel, using both the QuickMarkAssist and the QuickMarkRuler. I have been having a lot of fun using the 1/2" lines in the QuickMarkAssist to come up with some fun and modern quilting designs. 

I have been using my favorite purple marker with the QuickMarkAssist to draw out my designs on the quilt.  I cannot wait to get this one finished!  It really is so great to have more lines to be able to mark everything at once - plus the neon green color of the ruler helps so much!

The quilting is turning out so beautifully!  I cannot wait to share the entire quilt when I'm finished.  In the meantime, be sure to pre-order your own QuickMarkAssist - they will start to ship after the Christmas Holiday. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ticky Tack revealed!!

Okay, so I am happy to finally reveal my Ticky Tack quilt - another custom printed panel design that was designed and quilted by me.  This was the first time for me using a printed panel for custom quilting and the fabric is 100% polyester, so it has a new feel for me. The fabric has a soft feel to it and because it is printed on a tight weave fabric, I needed to use a smaller needle (90/14) while quilting, and I used a 60wt glide thread to stitch. 
This quilt design, Ticky Tack, comes in 4 different colorways.  Surely there is a colorway that works for you.

There was a little bit of a learning curve for me using this fabric, because it is so different from a pieced 100% cotton quilt and the movement is different.  However, different isn't bad, it's just something that needs to be tried and tested.  I will definitely be quilting up my other design tops as well, I am looking forward to it - I mean, check out that texture!  The quilt seriously feels like butter....it's so nice. 

What I loved most about this quilt is that every color is a separate part of the design and I didn't have to worry about seams taking away from the quilting.  I was able to really play with the quilting design and not have to worry about the distraction of the seams used in traditional piecing.

I used my Quickmark Ruler for the straight line quilting as well as the marking.  It was really nice to have the 1 inch slots to work the lines into the design.  I had the 1 inch cross-hatch in the yellow areas, the diagonal lines in the yellow and green areas, and the rest of the straight line quilting.  It truly is a great ruler to work with during custom quilting and designing. Also, I didn't have any issues with marking this quilt top - I used a purple disappearing marker, which worked on all the colors of the quilt, including the dark blue.  The lines came out with a little water and the fabric does not bleed AT ALL - hooray!!

I had a lot of fun with the free-motion quilting as well.  

This was the quilting design I used for the majority of the blocks, and it definitely took the longest amount of time.  It was worth it though, ahh - that texture!!

The center yellow block was fun because I like to change things up in my quilting designs.  It still works with all the other designs, but has its own little flare - and because it is the center of the quilt, it draws your attention to that, which creates a nice balance. 

This was the easiest block to quilt up because I quilted the free-motion swirls with a 1/2 inch break line to show off the shape of the Ticky Tack block. The quilting in the white area creates a nice secondary design.

Close up!  So gorgeous! 

It's hard to not just jump up and down with excitement when looking at this picture!  Seriously!  I love it, the texture is just amazing and it really brings this quilt top to life. 

Of course the back is just as amazing. 


I hope you enjoyed reading about this darling quilt top.  I hope you quilt up your own! When you do, please share it with me and on social media using the hashtags #tickytackquilt #judimadsen and #honestfabric. You can purchase your own quilt top here.

I am so looking forward to your own design stamp on my quilt top designs

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Cypress Quilt No Piecing Necessary

I am so excited to share with you my Cypress quilt top. This is a fabulous design that is now available as a custom printed quilt top, no piecing necessar! Some of you may say - cheater quilt ;-) but it so much more than that.  I am excited to say that I have joined the www.honestfabric.com design team and I currently have 6 designs in several colorways available. These are designs that are perfect for the advanced quilter who wants to just start quilting, or the new beginner quilter who wants to practice - or the person who just loves the design so much they want it on their bed right away.  I have 8 colorways available on this design - they are all so beautiful.  Check them out here.

What is fabulous about my designs is that they are square quilts and the extra fabric that comes on the top and bottom of the quilt are perfect for the binding.  That is what I have done with this quilt.  I quilted an allover Gravity design on this quilt - just to show you it can be done this way, but I am looking forward to custom quilting another colorway soon. 

I am just in complete awe of this design, it is so striking and so beautiful and I know you will find a colorway that works for you!

Stay tuned for more highlights of my quilts designed with www.honestfabric.com - I have my Ticky Tack quilt custom quilted, and that will be shared with a giveaway soon.  Looking forward to that!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

AccuQuilt GO! Review.

I have had the last couple of days to try out the AccuQuilt GO! and now I can let y'all know how I feel about it. The Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System starter kit comes with the following: GO! Fabric Cutter, GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block, GO! Strip Cutter - 2 1/2" (2" Finished), GO! Cutting Mats: 6" x 6" and 10" x 24", GO! Qube Book by Eleanor Burns, with Die Pick and Over 70 free patterns.

This arrived in a beautiful box and is wrapped nicely, the packaging is so inviting - makes you want to create right away. Most of the cuts that come in this starter kit are the sizes I use on a regular basis for my designs. I wanted to compare whether this would be something that was helpful or something that is just a different way to do things.

The first thing I tried out was the Strip Cutter - this will cut up to 6 layers of fabric and will make the strips 2 1/2" x 44" or 2" finished - it's like having the tool to make your own jelly rolls.  I picked out 3 different fabrics and set them on top of each other and loaded the AccuQuilt GO! and rolled the strips through. I loved being able to have a perfectly straight cut for each strip and I was able to cut 3 different fabrics folded at the same time.

After that I sewed the strips together in 3 groups, then sewed those strip sections together.

Once the strips were ironed I cut them out vertically to create strips of 2 inch squares.  I didn't dare use the strip cutter on this part, because I wanted to make sure I could see the seams to make sure the cut was straight, so I ended up using my rotary cutter and straight ruler for that step. 

After that, I sewed all the strips end to end.  You get 17 cuts from a 44 inch strip, so you end up with a really long strip sewn together. After that I unpicked the seams at each 7 squares and created the following block.

7 strips create one 14 1/2" block and with the accuracy of the GO! - the blocks were exactly the size I needed them to be.

Here it is all sewn together in a block.

From these strips, equaling about 1/4 yard of 3 different fabrics, I can get 3 blocks at 14 1/2" - if you just triple that, using 1 yard each - you could get 9 blocks finished.  Add a large sashing and you have a perfect quilt top.

So, I would use the strip cutter again - I liked being able to cut more than 2 fabrics at once, which is what I normally do. However, I would use my other rulers and rotary cutter with it as well.  So, this is a great way to make sure those strips are just the right size, but it doesn't replace all my tools.

The other cuts in the Qube block are fun to use as well - up to 6 layers without a problem. The only thing is - you have a bit of waste.  I could have cut the fabric down, so there wasn't as much waste, but then I might as well just cut it myself. The above cut is the 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle die, I use this size a lot.  So, it is fun to get 12 cuts in one run.

The other cut I used is 4 1/2" for a 4" finished square. Again, I loved being able to cut 6 layers at a time.
I really like the idea of the 2 1/2" square - you can get 4 squares per cut, times that by 6 layers and you have 24 squares cut in one run.

The half square triangle cut is great for those times when you don't use the square method or only have a few half square triangles to do in a project.

Okay, I have thought a lot about what this tool could do for me.  As far as the square cuts that come with the 8" Qube starter kit - I would only use the AccuQuilt GO! if I am making a scrappy quilt, like my Patchwork Christmas quilt, and if I am using precuts or my stash to sew a quilt top. The reason for this is because I would be able to cut off a small piece of fabric and use what I need and cut several fabrics all at once.  So, scrappy quilt - yes, I would definitely use this again - in fact, I am looking forward to it.  On the other hand, if I am using yardage - I might as well use my ruler and rotary cutter because I would be adding a step with the GO!.

As far as the Strip Cutter - I love it and will definitely be using it again. I love being able to have the strips be perfectly consistent with each cut - knowing they are accurate and ready for strip piecing.

What I would love to use with this AccuQuilt GO! is the other templates - like the curved piecing or the geometric dies. There are a lot of options as far as those dies and I think I would have more fun with this GO! knowing that each one of those cuts is perfect - I know that would save me time and a lot of headache making curved designs or geometric designs.

This system is great for kids or beginner quilters as well - I would feel comfortable letting my kids cut out fabric with the GO! and with all the amazing free patterns that come with the GO! they would have plenty of projects to make.

I hope you'll give the GO! a chance and have fun making some amazing, accurate and beautiful quilt projects. I am happy to add this to my studio as a new and innovative tool.  More amazing quilts to come!