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Cathedral Windows one stitch at a time!

Full of color and fun!

I’m a little late posting this one, because it’s still a project in the making!  I’ve been interested in the Cathedral Window pattern for a very long time.  One of my best friends since 1st grade had one of these quilts hanging in her living room.  Her mom made it by hand and was taught by her great aunt – or something like that.  It’s kind of hard to remember – that was 50 years ago!

I stopped in for a visit in my old neighborhood recently, to have a cup of tea and visit with “Noni McRae” – this little old Italian lady who I have always adored.  I asked her if she could show me how to make a Cathedral Window Quilt block.  Her memory is not so great anymore – but she tried her best; folding and unfolding, cutting and snipping and folding some more – till I sort of understood where she was going with this.  We had a lovely visit and I thanked her graciously for showing me the block, and I went on my merry way – with a brand new interest in learning how to make a Cathedral Window quilt!!

I must say, that the instructions I received were not complete – so I went on to research the technique and found that there were not a lot of people out there doing this by hand anymore.  I understand we live in an “instant” society – but I didn’t want this age old pattern to die, so I took it upon myself to make a video to teach anyone who loves to hand sew – how to go about making one of these quilts.

Well, to make the video – I needed to make the quilt; and I have to say that I have very limited time to sit and hand stitch an entire quilt.  So I decided to start it in January when I flew to Florida for a family vacation and then I took it with me again in March when I moved my sister from Miami to Boston during a 5 day road trip.  Maybe you’ll see your town in the video!

So I applaud you Noni!!  Thank you so much for all your effort – this one’s for you!

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Lobster Fingers! Fun Project #15

What?! More like “save our fingers” when shucking that yummy lobster!  This is a very useful “fun project” if you like eating boiled or steamed lobster.  So quick to make – you can make a couple sets in just an hour!  Makes a great gift paired with some lobster eating tools and a fresh live lobster!  Click on this link:  Lobster Fingers for a FREE PATTERN  to make a few sets for your next lobster bake.

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Summer is all about FUN!

Made in 2 days on a rainy vacation - great quilt!

I don’t know about you, but summer fun can mean a lot of things.  Cookouts, swimming, biking, time to relax – and  QUILTING!  That’s right!  I’ve decided this summer I’m going to spend my evenings quilting instead of sitting in front of the TV.  My first quilt of the summer was done during a rainy mini 4 day vacation up in the Lake Winnipesaukee area in NH.  This went together in no time at all! (and I got to spend a couple days boating, too!)  Don’t be “bored” this summer – do something you’ve been meaning to do for a long time, and enjoy time with friends and family, too!  Happy Quilting!!  :)

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Think Out of the Box QUILT CLASS!

Who says “SUMMER SCHOOL” is no fun?  We certainly don’t!!  Getting out a couple nights a month with a friend to make something beautiful and enjoy a cold beverage and some snacks while you are at it – now that’s the kind of summer school I like!  Check out our “Events” tab on this website for the new 2017 class schedule.  You’ll see more great classes like this one coming up in June . . .  .

For “Confident Beginners to Intermediate” quilters.  Make this 3D quilt in just 4 Wednesday night classes in June & July!

Learn how to cut and piece 60 degree triangles to create a 3D illusion of stacked or floating cubes.  This quilt is a step up from the traditional baby block quilt.  Class nights are on June 14th & 28th, July 12th & 26th.  Sign up with a friend and enjoy a night out!

For more information or to register for a class ($80), drop Donna a line at TheMasqueradeNH @ gmail . com

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Recycle – Reuse! Make something useful!

Old towels are a fact of life – we all find them in our laundry eventually.  I’ve decided never to throw them out – but reuse them instead.  Sure, you can cut them into squares and use them as rags; but why not make something useful AND cute out of them?  Here are 3 ways to make a bib – but once you get started, I’m sure you’ll think of many more styles and uses for “the bib”!  If you are not sure of size – then make sure you click on the link below for a FREE pdf pattern to get yourself started!

Towel BIB pattern

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HST’s – What are they and how do you make them?

I’ve had some requests lately from sewers wanting to know how to make quilt blocks. Here is a good ole’ traditional block called the “Maple Leaf”.  Living in New England we see a lot of these leaves!  They don’t have to be just green – you can make them almost any color!  In this video you’ll also learn how to “chain piece” and make “half square triangles” (aka HST’s).  You’ll also learn an easy way to “reverse applique” the stem block.

So far, the only other tutorial I’ve done on a quilt block is the Angel Jewels block in my Quilt As You Go tutorial.  If you have a special block you want to learn how to make, let me know!  I’ll be glad to make a video with all your options!  Currently I’m working on samples to show you how to make a “Cathedral Window” quilt – the traditional way – and also a much quicker version – “kind of a cheat” way.  😉  It’s not ready for posting yet, but I’m hoping to have it ready soon.  So for now, enjoy making these maple leaves!

If that wasn’t fun enough – try this SUPER QUICK and SIMPLE method!!

Using 5 1/2″ squares will help you create all the 3 1/2″ HST’s you’ll need to make the Maple Leaf Block described above :)

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Satin Flowers

I’ve had the pleasure of making satin and silk flowers to dress up ball gowns and to create wedding veils.  It’s really not all that difficult.  You just need some scraps of beautiful fabric and a needle and thread!  Thought I’d share the process with all of you who follow The Masquerade’s “Fun Project Series”.  Here is #12 – How to make Satin Flowers!  Click on the link below the video for a FREE pdf pattern of the flower pieces.

FREE Fabric Flower Pattern

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Floppy Bunny

Here’s a cute and cuddly fun little bunny to make!   I found the panel of fabric in my mother-in-laws very old stash. I’m guessing it’s probably 30+ years old. LOL  So I decided to make it on a really old sewing machine!  I bought myself a little Willcox & Gibbs hand crank chain stitch machine to celebrate a great year – and thought this would be the perfect “first project” to test it out.  What a great success!  The machine worked fantastic and the bunny is adorable (as I guessed it would be before I cut it out) – so I scanned in the pieces and made a PDF pattern to share.  So Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!  Here is the tutorial and the free PDF pattern – just click on the links and HAVE FUN WITH THIS!  I can see it made from plaid flannel or printed fleece or what about minky?!  There’s no end to how cute and cuddly this bunny can be. 😉

http://themasquerade.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Flop-Ear-Bunny-instructions.pdf

http://themasquerade.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/FloppyBunny-pattern-pieces.pdf

Make it “Crinkle Rattle & Jingle” in a few easy steps!  Here’s a link to upgrading your Floppy Bunny!