Throwback Thursday – How to make Bias Tape by Beth Ann

 Bias Tape is NOT hard to make and you don’t need to purchase anything – you will need 
2 Straight Pins
1 Piece of fabric cut 1″ x 3″ approx – Holding Strip
 
The strip you will make into bias tape, I cut mine large to show, normal cut will be 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ wide. 
 

A dry Iron  and Ironing board.

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Bias Tape the OLD Fashion Way

How to make Bias Tape Iron over your edges, 1/8″ to 1/4″ and Press

How to make Bias Tape the OLD Fashion WayDo both sides/edges
How to make Bias TapeLay your started binding down, press side up.
Take your Holding Strip and lay on top, Pin into your ironing board cover next to the bias tape.
How to make Bias Tape the OLD Fashion WayPull the bias tape
How to make Bias Tape And, with a hot, dry iron press, at first do a bit, and lift iron, pull and iron.
How to make Bias Tape the OLD Fashion Way
As the tape becomes longer you can leave the iron and pull slowly.
(Other side view)
How to make Bias Tape the OLD Fashion WayPull tape slowly
How to make Bias TapeGood side of bias tape.
How to make Bias TapeI like to roll mine  to keep it until I’m ready to use it.
I learned this years ago from a Home Eco. teacher in the 70’s
No need to buy a machine to do this for you !  But, you can if you like !

WRITE IT WEDNESDAY, Let me Introduce Myself

I had planned on taking a writing class this past semester, but just didn’t make it with everything going on?? A couple of afternoon’s ago I put writing list in the search box of Pinterest and hundreds of lists came up, I noticed I kept clicking through to the ones from Lifeoflovely.blogspot.com Most are on the daily bases and that’s just a bit much for me to do right now. But, I’m going to try and do this once a week….I’m going to try. I need to get a bit more structured in my day to day life.

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My Introduction: (I am doing new, not cut and pasted)

My name is Beth Ann, I am fifty-nine years old and living in central Florida, about 20 minutes for the white sandy beaches we all love and right on a golf course, that I have never played on, but it’s pretty. I was born and raised in Iowa and have lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and now in Florida, which I still can’t believe.

I have Husband, two boys, two daughter-n-laws and four Grands, whom all live an airplane ride away. We travel to them, a couple of times a year and I’ve made myself learn and USE text. I was home with the boys for years, working part-time at a library, the home office of a jewelry chain and then at a bank, Husband’s career took up to 10 different retail stores and banks are every place.

We live in a condo with all the things you think you will have when you move to Florida. I always explain to people moving to Florida is like going to college, no one is from here, and everyone has a story and just because people are retired doesn’t change their personalities to the good or bad. Once not nice, retiring will not make you nice.

Over seventeen years ago, I self-published by books, The Quilt Ladies Collection, each book on its own and sold at quilt shows. I added titles and quilts as I went. From all printed at home, to getting them printed in color by a printer to now all twelve titles available on Kindle and Nook, in one book. What a circle of events and how technology has changed everything. My printers cost was 5.95 for one book, sold for 8.95 and I now I sell all twelve for 9.99. It’s so crazy now it’s all changed. You see my tag line always and thank you for purchasing and supporting me through my book, The Quilt Ladies ONLY on Kindle and NOOK

After I had the books done I was teaching and needed quilt patterns of my own to teach with. Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns were launched. I have since changed the name to The Quilt Ladies Quilt Pattern Shop, just easier for me. The Quilt Ladies Quilt Pattern Shop HERE for YOU

So, here I am, living in Florida, (I say again!) which I still can’t believe. Taking care of my Mom, Husband’s parents are here too and doing what I like and need to do daily. From this site here, www.bethanndoing.com and Facebook posts, to quilting, drawing, taking pictures, decorating and everything in between.

In a nut shell that’s me, Beth Ann, One Happy Lady !

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April Quilt Block of the Month from Beth Ann

Thanks for asking, my Mom is home, living on her own… Did you hear me letting go? She has MANY services and I’m around a lot.  If you’ve not made any plans for your own long term care plans,  PLEASE do it NOW. And don’t say, I’ll just die in my sleep. Go with the idea… Have a plan will never need it. The KIDS, Grand’s…EVERYONE will thank you ! So with that, this quilt block is called, “Jewel Box” and
 Here is April’s quilt pattern for you. 
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Yes, it’s a FOUR inch by FOUR inch Finished quilt block. Try it !  The complete quilt pattern book is here for you ! All cutting and piecing instructions for you, an unbelievable price for my complete book  

How to make a jewel box quilt block

Cut 1 Red – 2 7/8” x  2 7/8”

Cut 1 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”

Make Triangles (2)

 Cut 4 Red – 1 ½” x 1 ½”

Cut 4 White – 1 ½” X 1 ½”

 Sew as Shown

How to make a jewel box quilt block

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Ten inch by Ten inch Quilt Pattern Block of the Month for April

Things here are settling in a bit. My Mom is back home from a hospital stay and rehab. I think we are finding a new normal and trying very hard to make it all work.
Free quilt pattern My ten inch by ten inch quilt pattern for you !   Can’t wait purchase the entire set with cutting and piecing instructions for a finished quilt size of  50” x 62″ and at an unbelievable price of ONLY $3.00  From My Etsy Shop or right here 

Cut 2 Medium 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles

Cut 2 Light 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles

Sew together to form triangles

Cut 3 Medium Dark 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Cut 2 Light 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Sew together as shown – add outside triangles

Quilt pattern from Center of It quilt book

Outside border pattern is HERE

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Throwback Thursday – Picking Quilt Fabric Colors

COLOR is always on Quilter’s mind, And here is the way that I was taught.

Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies1) Start with one fabric. Take this one fabric and work from it. Is that one fabric, a dark, medium or light color?

 

This is a Dark

Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies

 

 

Add the light and medium. Move and change it until you like it.
Lay them out in front of you.

 

How to Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt LadiesThen add, a dark medium, a light medium, until you have the mix of what you like.

 

 

2) Choose colors and patterns you love. An average a twin size quilt will take me about a week to piece together, and if hand quilted another, 3-4 months. If tied or machine quilted 3-4 weeks, you have so much time and cost involved you have to love it.

3) Natural or background colors. These are the corner stone. More often than notPick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies the background color is your light color. Your background color helps bring the blocks together. It does not always need to be a light either, dark or medium work well to, any color can be used.
4) Color Wheel. I’m not a big fan of the color wheel, I do like when colors pops and on most of my quilts the start fabric is not the most prominent color used it in, it is just a starting point.
5) Make one block. This should always be done, a Quilters practice, cut only fabric for one block and live with it for a few days. Especially, if it’s something you’ve never tried before. Most times you will know right away if you like it or not.
6) Have fun. This is the best way I’ve found to pick colors, enjoy the process, your quilt will be fantastic.

Well….Sometimes you just have to try AGAIN

I know I’m getting old, BUT a few weeks ago I posted some of my before and afters of flowers. WELL…. I forgot to post the before’s. And the really SAD thing about it is “I” didn’t even notice it…..I had to be told….OH MY… So, I’m going to TRY again, here is the before and after. Thank you noticing and thank you photo software.

Pink Rose Photo Before

Yellow rose photo
Yellow Rose by Beth Ann Strub

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April Quilt Block of the Month Four by Four Inches

Life has been CRAZY here, my Mom in the hospital, then rehab. our cruise and then home to a house full of people. NUTS doesn’t explain it and I really don’t know how it all came to be DONE ! I’m trying to get back to doing what I like doing…this !   Here is April’s quilt pattern for you. 

Yes, it’s a FOUR inch by FOUR inch Finished quilt block. Try it !  The complete quilt pattern book is here for you ! All cutting and piecing instructions for you, an unbelievable price for my complete book  

How to make a jewel box quilt block

Cut 1 Red – 2 7/8” x  2 7/8”

Cut 1 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”

Make Triangles (2)

 Cut 4 Red – 1 ½” x 1 ½”

Cut 4 White – 1 ½” X 1 ½”

 Sew as Shown

How to make a jewel box quilt block

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Quilt Pattern for April Ten inches by Ten inches

April is one of my favorite months, the weather here in Florida is just about perfect and all the visitors are leaving, thanks for coming, BUT, bye, bye….

My ten inch by ten inch quilt pattern for you !   Can’t wait purchase the entire set with cutting and piecing instructions for a finished quilt size of  50” x 62″ and at an unbelievable price of ONLY $3.00  From My Etsy Shop or right here 

Free quilt pattern

Cut 2 Medium 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles

Cut 2 Light 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles

Sew together to form triangles

Cut 3 Medium Dark 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Cut 2 Light 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Sew together as shown – add outside triangles

OUTSIDE BORDER PATTERN IS HERE

Quilt pattern from Center of It quilt book

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You NEVER know what’s awaiting you

Just Around the Corner

What's Around the Corner photo of color and black and white
What’s Around the Corner by Beth Ann Strub

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