Stitching Sunshine Hop – Sunset My Way

Welcome to my turn and the last day of the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop sponsored by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks. As I was getting ready to write this I rand across a saying from Walt Whitman – “Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” What I am going to show you might require a rephrasing of that saying – “Some quilting techniques are so much sunshine to the square inch”.

I was thinking of redoing a picture of the sun from my return flight from Austin and QuiltCon2020 in February. I decided I would rather work this in thread, and didn’t have the thread colors I really wanted. However, this picture did point me in the right direction.

When I was at QuiltCon I met Jen Carlton Baily and bought her Make it Curvy templates. For years, I have heard about BettyCrockerAss and thought it was such an hysterical name, so I had to investigate her booth. She demoed the product and I was sold. I also loved the idea of a group of templates in fairly usable sizes so it seemed like a good deal to me.

Jen has videos on her page, under the Tips and Tricks tab. Check out the ones on Glue Basting or Close Up Sewing to get an idea of her technique. She also has a great video on the Modern Quilt Guild website. If you weren’t sure you wanted to join, there are a few education webinars worth the price of admission.

I will not share her technique, but to tell you that I loved it is an understatement. Now, I have sewn curves for years. I could sew a set in sleeve almost flawlessly when I was making garments. Easy peasy to do curves by hand, but time consuming. One of my first ambassador projects, I used “The Learning Curve Ruler” and I loved it (you can read about it here). One problem, however is the limitations are that they are one size. Jen’s templates make my heart sing; six sizes from 1.5″ to 6.5″!

Now, I don’t sew with a lot of yellow but knew I had some Island Batik yellows and oranges from my days as an ambassador. Here are my first two attempts. The piece on the right has a little more seam allowance – a design choice perhaps. It is true that I learned a few things about squaring up, and what was meant by her sizes. I used a 4.5″ size to make this. I have a 4.5″ drunkards path template page for you to play with, if you are curious. You can download it here.

While I can’t give you Jen’s templates, you can use this one. You can buy her curve set here.

Now for what I made! I decided to do a striped sun, my way of stitching sunshine. This is done by folding the striped set in half and lining up the fold line with the seam line. The same was done for the background piece. Next were some pieces that would become sand and water. The sand has an orange from the reflection of the sun – that sorching, hot summer sun.

Note to self, the little bit of yellow disappears at a distance. Why? the value of the blue background and yellow are too close.

The quilting is just narrow lines, done in Superior MonoPoly*, as I didn’t want the thread to distract from the piece. The lines are horizontal for all but inside the sun, where I wanted the curves emphasized. Simple is best, sometimes and this felt like that kind of quilt. I also thought in the right light there might be a little glimmer off the threads. The batting is Hobbs Thermore – perfect for this quilt.

“Sunset My Way”
15″ wide by 10″ high
Hobbs Thermore© Batting*
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt* & Superior MonoPoly*

Here are all the talented quilters for the blog hop. Be sure to visit them and enter the giveaways sponsored by a few of them.

Thursday, June 25th
Kathleen McMusing (you are here)
Den syende himmel
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Samelia’s Mum
Hill Valley Quilter
Seams To Be Sew
That Fabric Feeling
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Wednesday, June 24th
Podunk Pretties
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Ridge Top Quilts
Words & Stitches
Storied Quilts
Ms P Designs USA
selina quilts

Tuesday, June 23rd
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
MaryMack’s blog 
karen’s korner
Sue S – hosted at Creatin’ in the Sticks
The Joyful Quilter
For the love of geese

Monday, June 22nd
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Schmilt
Life in the Scrapatch
Karrin’s Crazy World
Just Because Quilts
Quilting Gail

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  1. Beth Talmage
    June 25, 2020 / 1:11 AM

    I love this. I grew up by the beach, and spent much of my adult life looking at the ocean through my kitchen window while I did the dishes or made dinner–such a joy. I’ve been away from it for 15 years and lately have been feeling so homesick. Something to do with the pandemic and being on lockdown, likely. Your quilt did my heart good. Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:39 PM

      I never thought I would live so near the ocean, and I am grateful for it. I am glad my heart did you good and hope that maybe you can return to the beach, even for a visit, soon!

  2. Ali
    June 25, 2020 / 2:43 AM

    Very cute! Makes me smile! Thanks for the info on the templates – they look awesome!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:40 PM

      The templates are awesome! You can, or course, do it without but any tool that helps is a great thing to me.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:41 PM

      Thank you!

  3. Rebecca Smith
    June 25, 2020 / 6:57 AM

    That’s a beautiful sunrise!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:42 PM

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  4. June 25, 2020 / 7:12 AM

    Thats a fun little sun Kathleen, thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:08 AM

      You are so welcome.

  5. June 25, 2020 / 8:18 AM

    Beautiful little quilt! I actually love the yellow on the top of the sun… I like the way it disappears. It looks like a real sunset. I haven’t seen you work much in yellows and oranges. Thanks for sharing your process and the finished quilt!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:45 AM

      It is so funny about colors that we use and don’t use. I loved using the yellow and orange and so I think more may creep into my stash. Enjoyed the process on this quick little make!

  6. Vicki in MN
    June 25, 2020 / 8:44 AM

    You really nailed those curves! I have done curves and really don’t enjoy them so I will let the pro’s do them;)

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:09 AM

      Some curves are easier than others. I don’t generally sew them alot, but always wonder why I don’t once I get going. I am going to try to incorporate them more in my work.

  7. Nancy Bekedam
    June 25, 2020 / 8:51 AM

    Wow, beautiful photo, beautiful quilt, Kathleen! You’ve got me interested in checking this technique out.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:30 PM

      Thank you! It was a gorgeous sunset and I still am itching to do it in a quilt. The technique is awesome

  8. June 25, 2020 / 8:56 AM

    Now I see why you were having so much fun! This is great, Kathleen. I hope you have it up in your studio to greet you whenever you are there. I have those templates too; have been making a few little curvelets – hand piecing them! Her technique is great!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:10 AM

      I love it. I want to try the curvelets, too but haven’t gotten to it.

  9. Joan
    June 25, 2020 / 8:57 AM

    Wow, those templates look very interesting. I haven’t curve pieced in a long time. Drunkards path’s are fun to play with, but I’m really captivated with your complete half circle piecing. I see a new toy on the horizon! LOL!!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:00 AM

      It is great. I highly suggest watching her videos so you can see how she does it…amazing and like why didn’t I think of that!

  10. June 25, 2020 / 9:00 AM

    I love this finish. Sunrise or sunset, it leaves you to imagine either. The quilting is great too.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:25 AM

      Thanks, Denise. It was a fun little project and makes me smile!

  11. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    June 25, 2020 / 9:22 AM

    Your sunset/sunrise quilt is lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:23 AM

      You are so welcome!

  12. June 25, 2020 / 9:36 AM

    Love your cute little sunshine. I’ve been meaning to get Jen’s templates. Your quarter circle and the half circles look so good.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:42 AM

      Her technique is great and the variety of shapes is ideal. Because my bag was overloaded I didn’t get the cut box – a big regret!

  13. Karrin Hurd
    June 25, 2020 / 9:37 AM

    Beautiful bit of sunshine. Thanks so much for sharing your technique!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 9:40 AM

      Its a fun one and fun to do the half circle!

  14. June 25, 2020 / 9:59 AM

    Yellow is a tricky color; it’s value is deceptively lighter than it appears, I think. I am glad you love Jen’s templates, they are my go-to as well. This will be a happy quilt to have on display. 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 1:05 PM

      Yellow is funny and since I don’t work with it a lot, I never thought about the value! Its fun to have rookie mistakes, even when you are no longer a rookie! I was trying it out in a few places, but I think it will need to be near me, as I love it.

  15. June 25, 2020 / 10:12 AM

    Lovely project. That curved set is tempting but the price has me easily walking away. I’ve been interested in experimenting with curves lately but I can’t justify that investment. I love what you created and it would be lovely to try it on a larger scale too! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 1:02 PM

      The price seems like a lot, but when you think one template is often 12-15, 6 is not so bad for that price. You don’t need the templates. Do take a look at her video and cut as you like, we don’t always need templates to cut by hand. It works too! I like speed and think the accuracy is a help, and it was a little treat while I was at a show.

  16. sewswift
    June 25, 2020 / 10:30 AM

    I’ve not done much with curve sewing, but I love the look of it. Your little sunshine pieces is beautiful! I love how you quilted it…thank you for sharing!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 1:00 PM

      I am glad you enjoyed it. I recommend the curves and I will be doing more in the future.

  17. Carla
    June 25, 2020 / 10:43 AM

    I love that it is “Sunset My Way” – the best way to do it is your way. This is awesome. I’ve always wanted to try a bit of striped curves. Your quilting is spot on too. Thanks for joining the Stitching Sunshine blog hop!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:56 PM

      Your blog hops are always the best! And we all know, my way or the highway, right? The stripes are easy you can do it! Tack the seams down first so they don’t split, it sure helps (Thanks to BettyCrockerAss).

  18. June 25, 2020 / 11:04 AM

    That is a beautiful little piece and perfect for this blog hop! I love how you finished it off, too. I’ve been wondering if I should try some of the monopoly when I don’t want the quilting to contrast with the fabric.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:54 PM

      The Monopoly is perfect. I used to use YLI but I rarely have trouble with the Monopoly and have used it for years. I don’t have to change a thing on my Bernina or Janome to use it.

  19. June 25, 2020 / 11:50 AM

    Beautiful sunset wall hanging! Love the colors you chose. Thank you for the information on how you achieved this gorgeous piece and for the templates.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:51 PM

      You, of course, don’t need the templates for a tiny project, but I do love curvy blocks so anything that helps is fun to have on hand. I do hope to do more one day in the not too distant future.

  20. June 25, 2020 / 12:21 PM

    What a terrific mini you made Kathleen! The quilting choice is perfect. Yay for those IB batiks. I love that Betty Crockerass name too! I’ve checked out some of her stuff but will be heading over again for these curves. Loved sewing the improv curves with Karla Alexander’s techniques, but the method for these precise ones intrigues me.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:50 PM

      The batiks are hard to beat for projects like this. I have to laugh every time I say BettyCrockerAss! And now, I will investigate Karla’s techniques, don’t know that I know them. Improv is scary for me….gotta let go one day and do it!

  21. June 25, 2020 / 12:54 PM

    I will definitely check out the templates. Love the sunset photo, truly a gorgeous one. I also liked your project even tho there wasn’t a lot of yellow, the quilting was simply amazing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 12:58 PM

      The templates and technique are spot on. You are right, not too much yellow. I think that is because you can only stretch your wings so far in one project.

  22. June 25, 2020 / 3:26 PM

    Oh I love it! So happy and original. That Drunkard’s Path is always difficult for me, I need more practice for sure.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:11 PM

      So glad you liked it. They aren’t hard and her method is nearly foolproof. Check out the videos.

  23. June 25, 2020 / 4:07 PM

    Great little quilt, and your quilting perfect for the quilt design.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:12 PM

      I am glad you enjoyed it!

  24. June 25, 2020 / 4:15 PM

    Great project! Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:12 PM

      You are so welcome!

  25. KJ
    June 25, 2020 / 5:42 PM

    What a lovely project. A little ray of sunshine anywhere you hang it.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:13 PM

      I was thinking about where it should go today, and I am just not sure.

  26. June 25, 2020 / 5:53 PM

    I really like your sunshine quilt! The horizontal lines on most of it and the curved lines on the sun really make the project great! Thanks for sharing!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:18 PM

      I think the quilting worked well, too.

  27. June 25, 2020 / 6:08 PM

    I can definitely see why you purchased that template set, Kathleen. I’m impressed that you have already put those templates to work. LOVE the quilt you designed for the Hop!

  28. June 25, 2020 / 6:37 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Wowee! What a great piece and you can definitely get the vibe of your inspiration photo in the piece. This will definitely brighten your sewing space even on cloudy days. Nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:21 PM

      I think it is reflective of that sunset. I still want to make something with that picture, but this was not the time. I have to decide where it should go, but definitely were I see it frequently is a requirement.

  29. Turid Bakken
    June 25, 2020 / 6:37 PM

    So much sunshine in your post. We’re more relaxed with sunshine. And when you can take it with you and hang it up, just perfect.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 25, 2020 / 8:22 PM

      My own portable sunshine! I love that idea.

  30. June 25, 2020 / 8:31 PM

    That’s one beautiful little sunset!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:23 PM

      Thank you so much!

  31. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    June 25, 2020 / 9:34 PM

    Well done. It looks great. I have Jen’s templates as well. I bought them in advance of QuiltCon for pickup, but I didn’t get the pretty box. 🙁 Need to find something to store them in.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:28 PM

      I am sorry you didn’t get the box. Right now I store my rulers in a file cabinet with instructions. For hers, I put each set in a bag with the size so I don’t loose any and then have them all in the 6.5” bag. So far so good. Have you watched the video on Modern Quilt Guild?

  32. Sue D
    June 25, 2020 / 10:46 PM

    This is gorgeous!

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:29 PM

      Thank you!

  33. June 26, 2020 / 1:51 AM

    Love your sunset. Very sunshiny and creative. Well done.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:33 PM

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Now for me to figure out where to put it!

  34. Carol Kussart
    June 26, 2020 / 7:30 AM

    Beautiful wall hanging! I like the quilting you did on it too. Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:34 PM

      You are so welcome.

  35. thedarlingdogwood
    June 26, 2020 / 9:00 AM

    Love this! A brilliant stylized sunset! I’m super wary of curves, but I’m going to at least read the description of these rulers 🙂 What a great sun!

  36. Susan Nixon
    June 26, 2020 / 11:01 AM

    Thanks for another way of looking at the sunshine idea. I like your beach sand and the information on the templates. Thanks also for the download. I’ve made a few curvy pieces for occasional projects, but never gotten proficient. I appreciate the help, and will investigate the templates, too.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:36 PM

      I wanted a more modern take, and though it was simple it is fun. I hope you do play….curves can be fun!

  37. June 26, 2020 / 8:27 PM

    Your sunshine looks lovely and very happy. Hope you have a lovely weekend

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:36 PM

      Thank you, and a lovely weekend to you too!

  38. Lj Meyers
    June 27, 2020 / 5:51 PM

    That is an absolutely gorgeous picture that you opened your post with; I love it. I’ve not heard of BettyCrockerAss but thanks for pointing me toward Jen. Curved piecing is always intimidating. Loved how you pieced a sun using the templates – such a sunshiny project.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 27, 2020 / 9:38 PM

      I hadn’t heard of her until a few months ago, too. I hope you learn something and try it sometime.

  39. June 27, 2020 / 9:41 PM

    I think you will like her technique…MQG has the video and you can see it. You don’t need the rulers but having a bunch of sizes were the attraction for me. And that you can do half/full circles.

  40. selina
    June 28, 2020 / 7:51 PM

    I love your sun and the back story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 29, 2020 / 11:27 AM

      Sharing the backstory is a fun part of blogging. So glad you enjoyed it.

  41. June 28, 2020 / 9:09 PM

    Beautifully interpreted, Kathleen. It may be small but your sunny piece packs a punch!!! The quilting shows that you paid attention to every detail. Bravo!!! Hugs and stay safe.

    • kathleenquilts
      June 29, 2020 / 11:26 AM

      It is easier for me to pay attention when the piece is small. Its a fun piece, looking for a home to keep my spirits up. Hope you are staying safe and well. Things feel a little better here, in that our state and neighboring ones are in a downward trend. Now, if people can keep their wits about them, we will be ok!

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