Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 6

Wow!  Today is blog post #6 in the Blockbuster Challenge Series.  I guess time does fly by when you are having fun making blocks and learning at the same time.


So let's get started on BlockBuster #6 Rolling Stone and starting with a new ruler, the Square Squared® Ruler.  The Rolling Stone block is much easier this week compared to last weeks, Whirligig block. 

I chose a 12" block, and I'm still using my Island Batik scraps. 

For this block, you make four Square in a Square unit, which will measure 4 1/2" unfinished.


When using the Square Squared® ruler, you will find the cutting measurements for the center square and the side triangles on the ruler.

Starting with the Center, I referred to the Center Square Section of the Square Squared® ruler to determine what size of the strip I need to cut to get the center squares. I found the 4" line and determined I needed a to cut a 3 1/2" strip for the center.


Once I had the strip cut, I lined up the Square Squared® ruler on top of the strip to the 4" mark and began sub cutting the strips until I had four squares.


Next, refer to the triangle cutting sizes on the other side of the ruler, and determined that I need to cut 8- 3 1/4" squares and then cut them in half to yield two triangles per square.

         

Now that everything was cut for the square in squares, I began stitching the top to the square, ensuring the triangle points match up with the center of the square. Repeating the same process with the bottom of the square. 

                

Once I was complete with the top and bottom, I then pressed the triangles away from the center square.

                  

I repeated the same process of stitching the triangles the center square, but this time I was placing them on the sides.  Followed by pressing away from the center square again.


Once the unit was made, it was time to trim the unit to 4 1/2" using the Square Squared® ruler.  Placing the Trim down section of the ruler on the unit and assuring that you line up the 4" X's over the sewn seams. Once the ruler is aligned up, you will trim the side and top up.  


Rotating the unit, then line up the X's again and making sure the cleanup lines with the previously trimmed edges from the last step.  Trim up the remaining edges.


The 4 1/2" unfinished Square in a Square units are now complete; now it is time to cut out the remaining pieces for this block.


For the Green and Yellow, I need to cut out 6 - 2 1/2" square units of each color and 4  -  2 1/2" X 4 1/2" blue rectangles.


I then began stitching the green and yellow squares together, followed by pressing them to the side.


Now that all the squares were sewn together, I took two of the units and stitched them together to make a 4-patch unit.


With the remain units and the blue rectangles, I began stitching them together.


As I was stitching them together, I made sure that the green always on the top left side of the units. Pressing them open and toward blue when they were complete.


I was now time to lay all the completed units out to get ready to assemble the block.  Starting stitching all the units together in each row.


Then stitching all the row together to finish the block up.


This is my colorful Rolling Stone block is now complete.  

I'm now ready to start BlockBuster #7 next week.  

If you missed my first five blocks in this BlockBuster series make sure you check it out, HERE

Have a wonderful quilting weekend!

Tina
"Designing to Inspire"




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Looking for that Ideal Customer!

This week, I have been participating in a 5-Day Get Your Art Out There Challenge through the Creative Passion to Project Facebook.

Today's is Day 3 of the challenge we need to tell about we think is our ideal customer. How old they were? Where they live? What else do they like to do?  

We also need to tell you where we can find this buyer, online or offline?  What are their needs and biggest problems?

Below is what I THINK is my ideal customer and how I can solve for this customers problem.
My Ideal customer will be Female age 50 – 60 with a high school diploma, she may be retired, married and children are out of the house and possibly lives in a small town. 
She enjoys sewing, quilting, cooking, home decor, grandchildren, camping, walking, and social gatherings. 
She is a bargain hunter, values excellent quality services, and goods. She shops mostly local but will shop for great deals online, such as Missouri Star Quilt Company, Etsy, and local quilt shows. 
She will not be buying Amazon, and eBay for her sewing goods. 
She watches her morning and evening news shows, and how to TV Shows. She likes to follow blogs, mostly follows to the blog hops where she can sign up for giveaways for quilting and sewing goods. 
She also loves to subscribe to quilting magazines, such as McCalls,QuiltMakers, and Fons and Porter. Social Media for her will be very limited to just Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook. 
She uses the internet very sparely but does shop, follow blogs and watches YouTube how to’s. 
She does attend small local quilt and church groups regularly. 
She likes to follow Jenny Doan, Alex Anderson, Pat Sloan and Bonnie Hunter. 
She loves to use excellent and high-quality rulers, Patterns and fabric. 
Her most significant influences are based on her past experiences, reviews, friends, and family. 

My solution for this person would be design patterns that will inspire her to quilt; I will produce a high-quality pattern that is easy to follow. I will provide them with blogs and videos on how to makes patterns and blocks. Show off my patterns at Quilt Guild Lectures and workshops, where I will sell my patterns also. Also Selling my patterns at Quilt Shows for her.
Does this describe you? 

Or 

you entirely different from this person, then please tell me a little more about you?  

If you can help me figure out who my ideal customer it would be much appreciated and would help me get closer to improving my business!  

Let me hear from you, just leave a comment below.

Thank you,

Tina
"Designing to Inspire"



Quilt Talk Tuesday, Episode 6 – Island Batik Ambassador Box Opening

Yesterdays "Quilt Talk Tuesday" video from Facebook Live was fun we opened my first Island Batik Ambassador Box for this years.


Check out my Galentine Project blog Here.

Announcement:
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Remember to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get the lastest episode of Quilt Talk Tuesday.

Tina
"Designs to Inspire"


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador: Happy Galentine's Day!


Happy Galentine’s Day!  The Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating this holiday with our projects of the year.
  

Galentine's Day was created on a TV series “Park and Recreation” by the Character Leslie Knope.  We are celebrating the love that we have for our girlfriends.  The best day of the year.

Old Picture of the Three of us! Love these Ladies!
I have two beautiful, caring and nurturing best friends in my life.  Lynn and Jean Marie, we characterize ourselves as three witches, because we are always up to something mischievous when seeing each other.
 

Several years ago, I developed two patterns called “Three Witches Brew” and “Road Trip.”  These patterns were inspired by my two best friends.  Each Witch represents us by our favorite colors.


So, when I received the assignment to make a Galentine’s Day project again this year.  I decided to bring the Girls back to celebrate the day.


My Galantine’s Day project measures 12” x12” and uses scraps of Island Batik fabrics from past years; since I still haven’t opened my Ambassador Box.  I plan to open it live on my Facebook page this afternoon (12 February).  Check out the box opening, HERE.



This project was so much fun and easy to make. It will hang on my bulletin board to remind me each day that I'm fortunate to have great friends in my life.  Love you Ladies!!

Happy Galentine's Day everyone!!!

Also please remember to check out the other great Island Batik Ambassador posts from the list below, plus we will be posting another great project this month so keep your eyes for our posts.




Tina

"Designing to Inspire"


Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers : Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 5

I found a tricky block in this week's blockblock block #5: Whirlgig.  

The block uses 4 differant units.  Flying Geese, Picket fence to the left, Picket Fence to the right, and half square triangles. So you will need the following rulers Tucker Trimmer® 1, Wing Clipper® 1 and the Pickets & Quickets Technique Sheet.



I started by making the 2 Flying Geese blocks (Unit A), of the same colors.




Then I moved on to make the Quickets using the other half of the Flying Geese units using the Wing Clipper® 1 ruler.  



First you need figure out which way the slant should point on the picket fence then lay the Wing Clipper® 1 the Half Flying Geese and cut to size.




If you have not made these units before you may want to read the Technique Sheet for the Pickets & Quickets





Also, these can be really tricky and I messed up several times making these units (see the tan and which picket fence).  LOL! 

So, make sure you to pay attention and assure your slant is in the correct direction, when you lay down your Wing Clipper® 1 on the fabric to trim.



Now that they are made it it was time to make the center half square traingles and trim to size using the Tucker Trimmer® 1.  Just need one of each of the colors.



With all the units put together, it was time to assemble the units together.  It was much faster than putting the pickets and quickets together. 



I started the assembly process, by stitching one corner at a time.


Once all the corners where done I started stitching the all the corners together.


Now to stitch the rows together.


This 9" Whirligig block is a really cool looking when finished.

If you are new to the blog check out the previous made blocks in this challenge, HERE

Have a wonder quilting weekend!

Tina
"Designing to Inspire"