New Year’s Mystery: Part 5

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt. We’ve named it Auld Lang Stitches, and by this time, you should be well on your way.

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Today I have Part 5 for you. At this point you’ll be starting to see things come together. It’s always exciting when the design begins to emerge.

Auld Lang Stitches, Part 5

Get a printer-friendly pdf for Part 5

Cutting

White Tone-on-Tone
96 rectangles (C) 2″ x 3 1/2″
96 rectangles (D) 2″ x 5″

Sewing

Sew a unit 2, unit 5 and white C together as shown. Add a white D to the side as shown to make a section 1. Make 96 section 1’s. Be sure that everything is oriented just as shown below.

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We’d enjoy seeing photos of your progress! Email them to editor@quiltmaker.com, to the attention of Diane.

If you missed earlier parts, find them at these links.
Intro post with yardage
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3Part 4

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Electric Quilt Revs Up Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

The staff at Electric Quilt Company decided to have a little fun with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5.

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Of course they used EQ’s digital version of this issue, which gives you so many options. If you like having your blocks electronically, follow the link to learn more.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5 on CD from Electric Quilt Company

 

Four different designers came up with ideas. It looks like they had a lot of fun.

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Scoot on over to see it all. Enjoy!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Silver Lining

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of six readers who make scrappy quilts from one pattern in each regular issue. We share the quilts on Quilty Pleasures in order to inspire others who enjoy making scrap quilts.

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We usually have all six quilters make different versions of the same quilt, but for the 2014 Scrap Squad’s final project, we chose three different quilts from our Jan/Feb issue. Two quilters made each of these three quilts.

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Quiltmaker Jan/Feb ’15 is on newsstands now or at quiltandsewshop.com.

Today’s featured quilt is a version of Silver Lining. The original shown below was designed and made by Tammy Silvers in Ashe fabrics from Dear Stella.

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Silver Lining by Tammy Silvers for Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue. Fabric: Ashe from Dear Stella.

Today’s post is by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words.

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Emily Bailey

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I like to sew with bright, happy colors all the time, but especially in the winter. I believe it keeps those January blahs away.

So when it came time to work on my final Scrap Squad quilt I pulled out the brights, in lights, mediums, and darks.

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Pulled quilting fabrics in lights, mediums and darks for my scrappy quilt project

I made my Churn Dashes dark, my centers light and the corners medium in value.

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My scrappy Churn Dash quilt blocks

For the alternate blocks, I made the centers medium and the corners dark. There is one exception, and maybe I should have taken it out. But it reminds me of a rising sun. And like I said, in January I need happy and bright. What’s happier than sunshine?

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Churn Dash blocks plus scrappy alternate blocks

I added a butter yellow border and then quilted leaves in it.

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Quilting in the border and the green binding are a nice finish.

Clematis flowers and leaves were quilted throughout the blocks.

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The quilting in the blocks almost disappears in all the scrappiness.

I bound it with a fun dotty green and yellow. I’m thrilled with the finish but I’m also sad that it is my last Scrap Squad quilt.

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Emily’s finished Silver Lining scrap quilt

I have really enjoyed my time on the Scrap Squad, working with such talented ladies. They have truly inspired me with their creativity. I’m better for having been a part of the team. I hope you’ll visit me at Em’s Scrapbag soon.

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Enhance your own fabric collection with our bundles of lights, mediums or darks. They’re in honor of Bonnie Hunter and her Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Beth’s Stars in My Crayon Box

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Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts

By Beth Kerr Helfter

So my year of delving into my scrap bins of quilting fabrics on a regular basis is officially over. Cue the sad music.

Hahahahahaha, that’s a good one. Never will my scrap diving cease to be a huge part of every quilt I make, as I just can’t bear to leave any fabric out of the fun. But sadly, my year as a Scrap Squad member has come to an end. I’ve had such fun, and this scrap quilt project was the perfect culmination to the year!

I got to pick which quilt design I wanted to scrap up, which totally appealed to the control freak side of me.

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Quiltmaker Jan/Feb ’15 is on newsstands now or at quiltandsewshop.com.

I loved the quilt on the cover called Spinning Stars, but as one of the rare quilters who doesn’t get all shaky and gleeful over a two-color quilt, it seemed the perfect one to scrap to death and see what might happen.

I did a little recoloring in Electric Quilt, then just couldn’t take the waiting any more and threw a bunch of fabric scraps around the studio until magically they transformed themselves into a whole mess of 2 1/2″ squares. I think it was the elves. It was Christmas time and all.

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See? They are even in a wreath shape. Further elf evidence, if you ask me.

As so many different scraps can be overwhelming and cause my control freak side to burn out quickly, I decided to use the old “Brown Bag” method when piecing the quilt blocks. Into the bag went all my squares, and out they flew again when I failed to close the top as I shook them up. So picking them up again from all over the room was a fun diversion.

I was planning a 16-block quilt, so I sewed the squares into 48  three-square-long strips, three for each block. I also sewed 16 two-square strips.

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Eventually some of the pieced strips also magically appeared.

White triangles, cut from a whole bunch of different tone-on-tone white scraps in my bins, were added to the ends of the strips as needed. I think I only messed up the front and back sides of the whites once or twice, AND I LEFT THEM THAT WAY.

I’m bold. I’m crazy. I’m not one with my seam ripper. And trust me, you’d spend all day looking for the ones that are backward on the finished quilt, and if you decided to spend your day that way I would be sad for you, so in other words, it made no difference and we all need to relax, right?

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Ooops. And….moving on.

Eventually I was ready to sew the strips together into the first half of the blocks.

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Tried leaving the strips out for the night to see what would happen, but the elves seemed to have gone on strike. Bummer.

Loved the way the scraps were just so happy as they came together.

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Happy, happy, happy.

With the stripey/white sides of the blocks done, it was time to move on to the stars. I saved them for the second part of the construction process because I figured they would be quicker.

I also decided that to save even more time (I have mentioned this was during the holiday season, right, when time is not exactly just sitting around free for the taking?), I’d use the leftover 2 1/2″ squares I had already cut along with some black squares and just trim them down to make the HST parts of the star. Very well worth it, even though I ended up with the most beautiful pile of trimmings and I kept saying, “I can’t throw this away! There is a quilt in this pile!”

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It was thrown away yesterday, after 6 weeks of hanging out on the cutting table. Sometimes we just have to get real.

That pile was thrown away yesterday, after six weeks of hanging out on the cutting table. Sometimes we just have to get real.

Had some more fun playing with my stars and my design wall!

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So cute if I do say.

Okay, so now it’s time to look carefully at my stars there? Notice anything about them, other than that they are the cutest stars in the history of quiltmaking?

Yes, I am sure a few of you got it. For the rest of you – these were not made using the brown bag technique as each star is very much a planned scrappy sort of thing. Each star has eight points. Each of those eight points is a different color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, teal, or pink. One point in each of those colors for every single star.

Because I believe that a scrappy quilt needs some constants to really make it work, like a single background fabric to tie it together or keeping the same value of fabrics throughout, making sure each star incorporated all eight fabric colors really helps this quilt sing, IMO.

But I didn’t stop there! Oh no! Not only are all eight fabrics in all the stars, but I paired them up consistently, so that every star has a red/green side, a blue/orange side, a yellow/purple side, and a pink/teal side. They are all different, but yet that ties them together. See how I did that? Feel free to praise my brilliance.

Next it was time to sew the two halves of the blocks together. This was a very intense moment of excitement, as you can imagine.

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I get tingly just looking at it!

I seriously love that this issue of Quiltmaker featured all sorts of designs that had multiple settings shown, and blocks that could be played with by anyone making them, to create even more designs. So this one I really enjoyed throwing around in EQ for a while to come up with a setting that I loved and wouldn’t require me to make 64 blocks. Because it was Christmas, remember?

Got them all sewn together, but I’m going to make you wait for the big reveal.

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What is black, white, and scrappy all over? A Dalmatian puppy. And my quilt.

I’ve said many times this year that my strength in machine quilting lies not in my technique, but in my enthusiasm. Nevertheless, I like my pebbles I quilted on this quilt. Maybe you will too.

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I quilted some pebbles.

Thank goodness pebbles are found in nature, and are not perfect.

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Thank goodness pebbles are found in nature, and therefore are not perfect.

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A little more pebble and free motion enthusiasm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was quilting the finished piece, now and then the backing would be showing on top of the quilt, and I actually kind of fell in love with how it looked against it. While I normally don’t use the same binding and backing, this time I decided to do so.

The only complaint I have heard so far is from my daughter, who is all verklempt* that I used this fabric, as its original purpose was “backdrop of cast bio board” for her most recent play. Apparently I was to save it forever and make her a dress out of it for when she gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oops.

*overcome with emotion

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I believe this is a much better use.

I believe this is a much better use.

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It’s just yum. Those elves done good.

And so I give you “Stars in My Crayon Box.” It’s quite different from the original, but absolutely nothing was changed about the block itself. Isn’t it amazing how cool this block is?

My final post of my Scrap Squad year would really not be complete without a photo of my daughters hanging my finished quilt off the side of the deck, now would it?

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Not a ton of snow, but MAN it was cold out there. You may have heard them complaining, actually.

We’ve come full circle, from snow up to my nether-regions last February to mud, then grass that was too long, then shorts and tank tops on my models, then the sad day they were in school and I had to use a tree, then back to snow and coats.

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So it must be time for me to say goodbye. I have enjoyed every minute of my year on Scrap Squad, have met some amazing people, and have developed a new lecture based on my experiences and some new designs inspired by my projects. I’m really excited to start sharing it with audiences this spring!

It will help me keep spreading the word about scrappy wonderment as well as the joys of Scrap Squad, and I am profoundly grateful to be in a position to do so. Thank you, Quiltmaker and all of my Scrap Squad sisters for a fabulous year!

I hope you’ll join me over on my own blog, Quilting Hottie Haven to see what I’m up to next year. After all, now I’ve got all this free time to fill!

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Get Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue in print or digital.

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Have We Got a (Colorful) Deal for You!

Learning about color in our quilts is a lifelong process. I’ve been quilting for three decades and I’m still learning about color in quilts. There’s a whole lot to know.

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Scarlet Spin by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker, Jan/Feb ’14 issue, still available

Years ago, I heard Mary Ellen Hopkins say that “all reds clash well.” It’s wisdom I’ve held on to, and it helped me make Scarlet Spin for Quiltmaker last year. It’s one of my favorite quilts, because the reds are active and passionate. If you like it, Jan/Feb ’14 is still available.

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All Drezzed Up by Diane Harris for the March/April ’10 issue of Quiltmaker

All Drezzed Up is another quilt I made that was published in Quiltmaker, March/April ’10, still available. The large Dresden Plate blocks were vintage, and I made the small plates myself. The trick with this quilt was in deciding what to use for a background. Everything I tried looked awful, until I went with some grayish mourning prints. The whole thing came alive!

Learning to be brave with color took some time and a lot of practice. I still read books on color, I look at artwork, and I study other people’s quilts both new and old.

I have really enjoyed the online color seminars by Mary Fons called Color Me Quilter, each one focusing on a different color.

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Each of Mary Fons’s web seminars focuses on a different color and how to use it successfully in your quilts.

Mary is the daughter of Marianne Fons, co-founder of Fons & Porter. She brings a lot of energy to the quilt world, and her presentations are full of good information and thoughtful ideas.

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Register by 1/24 to get the red and blue web seminars from Mary Fons for free.

Mary’s upcoming Color Me Quilter web seminar will focus on the color (or non-color, if you want to get technical) white. And when you register by Saturday, 1/24, we’ll throw in the downloads of previous seminars on the colors blue and red at no charge. It’s a very colorful deal.

Color Me Quilter: White takes place live Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8 pm EST. But if you can’t attend live, you can watch any time after that at your convenience. Your registration of $19.99 entitles you to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year.

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Get an amazing bundle of web seminars on these colors at 75% off, for just $29.99.

And in another fabulous price reduction, we’ve recently bundled six web seminars by Mary together and discounted them drastically. They’re currently just $29.99 for all six. That’s a whopping six hours of color training you can add to your quilting repertoire. The featured colors are yellow, blue, red, black, purple and pink. Wowza.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these seminars. There is so much to learn!

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New Year’s Mystery: Part 4

Today I have the fourth part in Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery called Auld Lang Stitches.

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If you missed the earlier parts, here are links:
Intro post with yardage
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Auld Lang Stitches, Part 4

For your convenience, here’s a printer-friendly pdf.

Cutting:

Red Tone-on-Tone
96 rectangles (C) 2″ x 3 1/2″ (three and one-half)

Sewing:

Sew a unit 6, unit 4 and red C together as shown to make a unit 7. Make 96 unit 7’s. Be certain they are all oriented just as shown below.

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This is where it starts to take shape! You finally get to put all those units to good use and you’ll start to see the quilt design come to life. Stay the course, good quilters!

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These are the three fabrics my friend is using for her mystery quilt.

I spoke with a friend at my local quilt group’s meeting last night, and she is still working to complete Step 1. She was laughing about it but was feeling a little bit discouraged, too. If you’re in the same boat, you’re in good company. Take your time and enjoy the process, and you’ll have a beautiful quilt in the end. Trust me.

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Step 5 appears Thursday, Jan. 29.

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Sew Many (Flying) Geese: Giveaway

I have a love-hate relationship with Flying Geese. They’re beautiful and effective, especially when used repeatedly in quilt designs. But they can also be a pain if you don’t have a good method for making Flying Geese, or if you don’t know the little secrets to being successful.

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Sew Many Geese, designed and pieced by Monique Dillard. Quilted by LeAnne Olson. Fabric: Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

Sew Many Geese is a gorgeous quilt by Monique Dillard that appears in Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb issue. Now that’s a lot of honkers! In order to make this beauty, you’ll want to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

If you’re a new quilter, you might be wondering what exactly we mean by Flying Geese. They are a much-used common unit in traditional quilt blocks. Here’s just one:

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This is one Flying Geese unit.

I’ve never been sure if a single unit is called a Flying Goose. At any rate, Flying Geese can be any size, but they are almost always twice as wide as they are tall. The one above will finish at 2″ x 4″.

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Sewing several single units together gives the effect of “flying geese.”

When you sew several single units together, you get the effect of “flying geese,” above. There are many ways to make Flying Geese, and different quilters prefer different methods.

You’ll find the Quiltmaker method in Basic Lessons, found in every regular issue. In the Jan/Feb issue, the method is given on page 77. Or watch Paula Stoddard’s short free video on Quiltmaker’s Block Network.

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Monique Dillard’s Fit to be Geese ruler

Monique designed a ruler called “Fit to be Geese” for trimming Flying Geese accurately. There’s also a Mini Fit to be Geese ruler. The rulers are sold through her business, Open Gate Quilts. Watch a short video to see how they work.

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Blushing Geese, the QM Mini in Quiltmaker Jan/Feb ’15. Made by Cindy LeBaron. Fabric: Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.

The mini ruler would work nicely for Blushing Geese, which also appears in the Jan/Feb issue. It’s the first of our QM Minis, in which we take one pattern and adapt it to a smaller version. This 21″ x 21″ quilt is absolutely gorgeous when seen in person. I would love to own it.

I hope you’ll try some Flying Geese of your own. If you love making them, maybe one of these quilts is in your future.

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Two Fit to be Geese rulers and two bundles from Timeless Treasures are up for grabs today.

We have two Fit to be Geese rulers for giveaway today, as well as two beautiful bundles of fat quarters from Timeless Treasures.

For your chance to win, please leave a comment below before midnight Friday, Jan. 23 and tell me how you make Flying Geese, or if you’d like to try. Would you like a lesson on various ways to make them? Please let me know in the comments. We’ll choose winners randomly and announce them here next week.

Winner’s of the Sew Many (Flying) Geese Giveaway are Gaylene and Teresa. Both winners have been notified by email!

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Need some Timeless Treasures batiks of your own? We’ve got ‘em!

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We have beautiful batiks from Timeless Treasures.

 

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Mapping Your Course for 2015: Quilts and More

At the start of a new year, I take time to think about my quilting journey. I consider what I’d like to make in the coming 12 months, as well as new things I’d like to try, techniques I want to learn, and UFOs (that’s quilter-talk for UnFinished Objects) I hope to finish.

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A few of the journals I’ll write in during 2015, and where I’m mapping out my quilting plans.

I jot down my thoughts in a journal. I make a few lists. I look in the storage cupboards for quilt projects I might have forgotten.

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I make sure to peek through the storage cupboards in case I’ve forgotten any projects.

I look through my quilting fabrics, too. There is always inspiration there.

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I’m definitely going to make a boatload of QM Bitty Blocks. These are free patterns for small quilt blocks we’ll give out monthly, with the end result being a throw-size row quilt. Unbelievably entertaining.

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QM Bitty Blocks: Free quilt block patterns monthly during 2015

Another thing I’m very excited about is QM’s new online Block of the Month called Quilty Baskets. Stay tuned for more on that very soon. Here’s a little teaser.

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Quilty Baskets is QM’s Block of the Month for 2015. Stay tuned for details.

And after reading about it online, I’ve also settled on a word for myself in 2015. My word is “Explore.” My choice was inspired by a trip I took to Hong Kong over the holidays, where my daughter and her family live.

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Happy family times in Hong Kong

I’d never been to Asia, so it was quite an experience for me. Every day was filled with exploration, even when we were doing the simplest things like shopping for groceries.

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Coke bottles with Asian names caught my attention.

I decided that Explore would be a good theme for all of 2015: I’m going to explore many ideas for quilts and creative projects, explore some new opportunities for me personally, explore connecting more with my extended family, and so on. You get the idea. Pretty exciting, isn’t it?!

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The Scrappy Duo is first on my list of quilts to finish in 2015.

This is one of the first easy quilt projects on my list to finish. It’s called Scrappy Duo, because with this technique, you get not only this quilt but also bonus half-square triangles for making another project. It’s my new favorite block! I found it in Fons & Porter’s Summer 2014 Quilting Quickly, and there’s a free video tutorial with all the details.

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I’ll be making this quilt for my daughter’s new digs.

My daughter has commissioned me to make this quilt for her new couch and apartment. It’s a design by Green Bee Designs and Patterns for Cloud 9 Fabrics. It’ll be easy, with minimal piecing and quilting for a fast finish. Here are some of the fabrics I ordered for it.

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I’ll be working with these fabrics for the Shake It Up quilt for my daughter.

Of course these are just the tip of the quilting iceberg, but isn’t it fun to view the new year as a clean slate during which you can accomplish all kinds of things? It makes me giddy.

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This quilt was one of my best 2014 accomplishments.

I think it’s helpful to look back over the previous year, too. You Are My Sunshine was one of my best accomplishments. It appeared in Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue, but it was made many months before that, so it falls into 2014 for me. If you don’t have that issue, you can get the digital pattern.

This quilt gave me the opportunity to teach others how to make Dresden Plates with a free video tutorial. It’s great fun to use the internet to help others expand their skills and enjoy quilting more.

We do that on Quiltmaker’s Block Network, too. One of my most-watched videos there was about using scraps successfully. I demonstrated my ideas while making Bonnie Hunter’s Midnight Flight block.

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Midnight Flight by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker

It was a great year, and I look forward to the same and more in 2015. If you haven’t yet taken stock, I’d encourage you to do so. Get revved up for all you can accomplish!

I wish you happy quilting always~

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisa’s Batik Spinning Stars

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Louisa Robertson is from Merritt, British Columbia in Canada.

By Louisa Robertson

My final quilt for Scrap Squad is based on Spinning Stars by Kate Colleran, the cover quilt of Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb issue.

This looks like my kind of quilt—the block has interesting piecing and a strong diagonal line to create secondary designs.

The small star in the corner of each block is a vital part of this pattern. However, after the quilts I’ve done in the last year I could not summon up any enthusiasm for more triangle corners or Flying Geese, so  I turned to Electric Quilt design software, looking for an alternative.

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Quiltmaker Jan/Feb ’15 is on newsstands now or at quiltandsewshop.com.

There I found another block, the Lemoyne Star, that could be made the same size and would cut easily from strips, using diamonds instead of triangles for the star points.

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Lemoyne Star block made of diamonds and triangle

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Pinwheel Star — made of triangles and flying geese units

 

 

 

 

 

A selection of plaid fabrics was near at hand. I cut pieces and made a sample star.

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Assorted plaids

Diamonds and the smaller triangles are cut from 1.75″ strips. The larger triangles are cut from 2.25″ strips.

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Here are the pieces for one block, stacked and ready for sewing.

As I stitched, I finger-pressed all seams clockwise from the centre.  (I have found that small blocks are more accurate if I can resist the urge to reach for the iron until after the block is completely assembled.)

star back unpressed Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

The back of the completed block shows that the seams interlock nicely and the joining seams between the segments of the block are pressed open.

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The completed block looks much better after a good pressing. And the points ALMOST meet perfectly at the centre. Not bad.

 

I liked the block, but the plaids did not inspire me. Digging deeper into stash I found some beautiful batiks, including a set of pieces in several shades of blue that would be great for this project.

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Fabrics under consideration

I paired warm colours – golds, yellows, oranges – with the blues to make the stars, adding assorted lights for backgrounds (most, but not all of them, batiks). Dark blues and greens would be used for the triangles on the sides of the diagonal band sections.

I decided to make a small quilt using only twelve blocks.  The stars were made quickly and I turned to the diagonal sections.

I was working with scraps which is always less efficient than starting with yardage, but I was still able to use some of the strip-piecing methods described in the instructions. I made short strip sets using 2.5″ strips and cut segments from these.

strip sets Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

Short strip sets using 2 1/2″ strips.

batik strips 2s and 3s Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

Assorted 2-square and 3-square units cut from strip sets. Aren’t they pretty lined up on the wall?

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Sections of the diagonal band ready to be joined together

block sections Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

Block sections are made. Triangles will be added to finish the block.

Once the twelve blocks were made it was time to play with them on the wall.  I soon discovered that there are many ways of putting these together.  Here are a couple of the layouts that I considered.

setting 1 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

This layout was one of my favourites.

setting 2 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

I liked this zigzag setting, too.

I showed my blocks to friends at a sewing day. We tried several versions, and then someone turned two corner blocks by 90 degrees and agreed that we had found the winning combination.

The border was a good place to use my favourite “dancing triangles.”  This pattern repeats the triangles and fabrics from the blocks. I had set aside enough of one of the blue batiks to make the final border.

border details Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisas Batik Spinning Stars

I quilted with a swirly bubble edge-to-edge pattern using a variegated thread that repeated the blues and golds from the fabrics.

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Batik Spinning Stars is 48″ x 60″

The Batik Spinning Stars quilt and my year as a member of Scrap Squad are both complete. I have half a dozen lovely quilts and innumerable wonderful memories of my time as part of this team.

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New Year’s Mystery Quilt: Part 3

Today I have the third step in QM’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt called Auld Lang Stitches.

NewYearsMystery 300 New Years Mystery Quilt: Part 3

Cutting:

White Tone-on-Tone
96 squares (B) 2″ x 2″

Sewing:
Round up the unit 1′s and unit 3′s you set aside earlier.

Unit5 New Years Mystery Quilt: Part 3
Sew 2 unit 1’s together as shown to make a unit 5. Be sure they are oriented as shown above. Make 96 unit 5’s.

Unit6 New Years Mystery Quilt: Part 3
Sew a white B and a unit 3 together as shown to make a unit 6. Be sure they are oriented as shown above. Make 96 unit 6’s.

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I’d be interested in hearing how it’s going so far. Are you making all of the units in a step before moving to the next one, or are you making just a few of each? Either way is fine. It’s always interesting to hear about the approaches different quilters take. Please leave a comment and let me know!

Next clue: Thursday, Jan. 22.

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