Pieces of Flora: A Visit with Kay Mackenzie

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Today we’re excited to welcome designer Kay Mackenzie as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Kay is going to tell us about the inspiration for her Pieces of Flora appliqué quilt that is patterned in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 special issue.

Hi everyone! I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. I also have a site dedicated to appliqué, all kinds. You’ll find a wealth of information at All About Appliqué, so take your time clicking around the categories, and use the keyword search as well.

For awhile now I’ve been making pieced fabric compositions and then cutting appliqués out of them. It gives appliqué an extra twinkle, and uses up scraps… win/win!

Pieces of Flora came from my block Make Beleaf in Volume 13 of 100 Blocks.

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Make Beleaf block

The design was inspired by the famous and beloved quilt by Susan McCord, Trailing Vines, which is in The Henry Ford Museum. Here’s a closeup of her fantastical leaves (photo courtesy of the museum). I have passionately loved and admired the inclusion of red and blue.

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Trailing Vines | The Henry Ford

I sewed together strip sets and then cut the leaves out of them. Of course you can use all sorts of different colors, solids or prints, and the leaves can be used in a million different ways.

For the wall hanging design in Quilts From 100 Blocks, I filled in the negative space with additional gently curving branches, and added simple borders to make the flora the star. Tricia Patterson did a fabulous job making the quilt! And how did she know… I love scrappy bindings!

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Pieces of Flora quilt

I hope you enjoy making our own version of Pieces of Flora. It will look great on your wall and remind you of the many colors of nature all year long.

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Thank you for joining us today, Kay!

If you’d like to make Pieces of Flora and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Pieces of Flora.

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New Issue: Quiltmaker May/June ’17

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On the cover: Can You Find It? designed by Diane Harris

The May/June ’17 issue of Quiltmaker hits newsstands next week, and there is so much to love inside this edition! There is, as always, a great selection of quilt patterns — including scrap quilts, a fun I Spy quilt and more. There’s also a fabulous Bonnie Hunter block and more great quilting motifs. And, we also have a few “extra” things in this issue we’re so excited to share with you! We are kicking off two new series that will introduce you to quilting on a domestic or longarm quilting machine. We have helpful hints for designing with pre-cuts. Plus, we have another all-new feature to help you design quilts YOUR way: coloring pages for some designs so you can plan your own color palettes!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the great quilts inside this new issue:

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Skip to My Lou quilt pattern

Skip to My Lou: Sharon Parcel combined a traditional block with playful modern fabric prints to create this happy throw quilt. The design is made up of easy-to-piece 6″ blocks and the finished size is 57″ x 63″. (We’ve also included several alternate size options with the pattern if you’d prefer to make it another size.) A kit is available for a limited time.

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Highland Roses quilt pattern

Highland Roses: Create an elegant and timeless quilt with this new pattern from Wendy Sheppard. Large 14″ blocks and an on-point setting make this quilt easy to create. The finished size is 80″ x 80″ and a time-saving kit is available for a limited time.

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Forest Floor quilt pattern

Forest Floor: The colors of nature come to life on this striking quilt designed by QM editorial assistant Kelly Eisinger. Kelly used batiks in a variety of colors to create her quilt — easily plan your own color palette with the coloring page included in the magazine. The finished size of the quilt is 62″ x 80″. A kit is also available for a limited time.

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Pinwheel Giggles quilt pattern

Pinwheel Giggles: If you’re looking for a sweet baby quilt, don’t miss this adorable pattern from Eileen Fowler. The design features simple pieced blocks in a medallion setting. Whip it up quickly to create a special gift. Finished size is 46 1/2″ x 46 1/2″.

Browse our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands, or grab a print or digital edition in our online store. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker and never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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A Pattern Is Just a Place to Begin

Budding Blossoms: A Visit with Anne Wiens

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Today we’re excited to welcome designer Anne Wiens as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Anne is going to tell us all about her Budding Blossoms medallion quilt that is patterned in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 special issue.

Anne was a member of our 2013 Scrap Squad, and we are big fans of her wonderful quilt designs. Be sure to stop by her blog at Seams Like a Plan for more tips and inspiration.

 

My contribution to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 14 was a block I called Star Route.

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Star Route by Anne Wiens

I live in a rural area of northcentral Montana, where many farms and ranches have their mail delivered by independent couriers contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver along “star routes.”  I did a little research into the name Star Route for my blog post celebrating the 100 Blocks issue last fall.

In that post, I also showed one way to use the block in a simple setting to make a colorful quilt in a couple of sizes.

 

For the Spring ’17 issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, I enlarged the 12″ block to 24″, and added four 12″ blocks around it, then finished with a 9″ wide border and cornerstones.

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Star Route quilt sketch by Anne Wiens

My original proposal was to make the quilt in solids … a nod to the Amish-style quilts I have always enjoyed. When the Quiltmaker editors sent me Kathy Deggendorfer’s “Wild by Nature” collection (Maywood Studios), it took me a little by surprise.  I love the whole line, but that’s a lot of pattern and color for one little quilt. Working with Quiltmaker’s editorial team has nudged me (read “shoved me”) out of my comfort zone on a few occasions, and usually with amazing results like this:

 

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Budding Blossoms quilt by Anne Wiens

I’ve always considered a pattern just a place to start, so let’s look at a few ways you could tweak Star Route:

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There are many more possibilities, of course, so don’t be shy. Pull out your scrap bin and play around with different color combinations. You’ll have enough blocks for a sampler quilt before you know it!

To borrow a phrase from an old commercial, never quit asking “what if”.

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Thank you for joining us today, Anne!

If you’d like to make Budding Blossoms and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Budding Blossoms.

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10 Happy Quilts for Kids

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Quilters love to make quilts for kids. From sweet baby quilts to bright and colorful designs for little ones, there is no shortage of adorable patterns you can make for children. But, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cuter, more imaginative collection of children’s quilts than those featured in the book Happy Quilts! by Antonie Alexander. Featuring 10 whimsical, kid-themed quilts (and coordinating soft toys for each quilt), this book features cats, dogs, robots, superheroes, princesses and more!

Antonie is an Australian designer who has been sewing since she was a child. “When my children were born, I started making fun, happy quilts and soft toys for them,” she says in the book’s introduction. “I was thrilled to see them dragging their quilts and soft toys around, making blanket forts to play in, snuggling with them when they were sleepy or sick. It never mattered if they got dirty; a quick cycle in the washing machine and they were clean again. My quilts and soft toys are made to be used and, most of all, loved.”

That they are! These quilts are pure joy. But don’t just take my word for it. Look at them:

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Hound Dogs quilt

Hound Dogs quilt: How cute are these happy hound dogs? The blocks are all similar, but all the little details (the bones, the stars, the spots, the fun fabric choices) make each one look so unique! And the coordinating Hound Dog soft toy is sure to have a special spot in any child’s toy collection. The finished size of the quilt is 56 1/2″ x 72 1/2″.

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The Deep Blue Sea quilt

The Deep Blue Sea quilt: Happy fish of various sizes swim through the deep blue sea on this magical quilt. Make the coordinating Mermaid and Merboy soft toys for some make-believe underwater fun. The finished size of the quilt is 55 1/2″ x 55 1/2″.

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Bedtime Superheroes quilt

Bedtime Superheroes quilt: What little one doesn’t dream of being a superhero? This darling quilt design features a whole host of heroes, plus there are coordinating Superboy and Supergirl Bedtime Superhero soft toys. Finished size of the quilt is 58 1/2″ x 58 1/2″.

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Windy Hill Farm quilt

Windy Hill Farm quilt: Sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and more – the gang’s all here on this farm-themed quilt! A pinwheel border completes the design and the coordinating Penny the Pig soft toy is sure to bring smiles. The quilt finishes at 60 1/2″ x 72 1/2″.

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Snuggle Bears quilt

Snuggle Bears quilt: Every little one needs a teddy bear to snuggle with — why not make a whole quilt of snuggly bears and the soft toy? As with all the quilts in this book, the details are adorable. Some of the bears have bows, some have glasses, some have bees buzzing around them as they try to get some honey! The quilt finishes at 55 1/2″ x 55 1/2″.

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Speedy Racers quilt

Speedy Racers quilt: Kids who love anything with wheels are sure to adore this fun race car quilt. Four-patch blocks combine with appliqué stars and speedy cars to create the cute design. The coordinating soft toy for this one is a Speedy Racer. Is there anything Antonie didn’t think of when designing these cute quilts? Finished size is 57 1/2″ x 60 1/2″.

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Wild Things quilt

Wild Things quilt: The friendly “monsters” on this quilt and soft toy are sure to spark some imaginative play time. The finished size of the quilt is 54 1/2″ x 54 1/2″.

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Tiny Princesses quilt

Tiny Princesses quilt: For the little princess in your life, make this royally cute quilt featuring 16 unique, tiny princesses. And don’t forget the Tiny Princess soft toys — choose from two different princesses, or make them both. Finished size is 60 1/2″ x 60 1/2″.

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Purrfectly Pretty Kitties quilt

Purrfectly Pretty Kitties quilt: Cat lovers of all ages will adore this quilt. Pretty kitties play in a garden of flowers and nine patch quilts, and the coordinating Miss Kitty soft toy makes the perfect feline companion. The finished size of the quilt is 63″ x 75 1/2″.

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Little Robots quilt

Little Robots quilt: Happy retro-inspired robots are featured on the last quilt pattern and coordinating soft toy in the book. Did you notice the dog and cat robots hiding on the first two rows? Too precious! The finished size of this quilt is 55 1/2″ x 67 1/2″.

The projects are easy to make and ideal for confident beginners and experienced sewists alike. Patterns and templates for all the quilts and soft toys are included with the book, as well as quilting, piecing, appliqué and finishing instructions. Antonie also shares techniques for successful quilt and soft toy making, a guide to fusible web appliqué, stitching techniques, embroidery stitches and more. Plus, she has lots of quick tips sprinkled throughout the book to help you through your happy quilting journey.

Ready to start creating? Learn more about Happy Quilts! in our online shop.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Starring Role: A Visit with Diane Harris

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Today we’re excited to welcome longtime QM editor Diane Harris back as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! 

Diane is going to tell us about her lovely Starring Role quilt she designed for our March/April 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. Oversized stars shine on this cozy and easy-to-piece throw:

 

I’m pleased to chat with you today about Starring Role. When I need to jump-start my design process, sometimes I take a tried-and-true idea and attempt to change it up a little.

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In this case, I started with traditional stars. I realized that if the blocks were large, there would be room for interesting piecing in the center. On 18” blocks, the center would be 9” across—enough for all sorts of great options.

Sometimes just seeing that blank space can cause my mind to start whirring with ideas.

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 Nine inches is most easily divided into a three-patch.

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I started with something simple. What would happen if I made that into a Shoo Fly and added some color?

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What if I changed up the colors?

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What if I tried navy blue?

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How would that star look in a setting?

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Eventually I moved to something more complex in the center. I messed around with Christmas colors. When you submit a design, you never know what time of year it will be published, so the color choices are usually wide open.

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Starring Role was actually made in the universally appealing combination of blue and white, with accents of green and yellow.

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The yellow almost disappears against the white fabric! You could make this quilt very patriotic by changing up the colors and adding a second border like this:

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This version makes me think of yellow ribbons! There is so much a person can do with traditional quilt designs. My head spins just thinking about it.

I highly recommend the quilt design software from Electric Quilt Company. They have several versions at different price points, and you really can’t go wrong.

I am using EQ7 to design quilts for new programs I am building. I have three programs available now, and will add two more later this year. I’d love to chat with anyone who is planning programs for a quilt group. My new website will be up soon, but in the meantime, I can be reached using editor@quiltmaker.com.

If you make Starring Role, please send me a photo. I’ll be happy to post it on my social media channels. Happy Quilting!

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Thank you for joining us today, Diane!

If you’d like to make Starring Role and don’t have a copy of our March/April ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Starring Role.

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March Motif of the Month: Floral Delight

FloralDelight March Motif of the Month: Floral DelightWe have a new FREE Motif of the Month for March! With springtime just around the corner, this pretty Floral Delight motif will add the perfect finishing touch to your quilt projects. Download the free motif here. Our handy guide shows you what the allover design looks like, what the motif look like reversed and more.

We’re happy to team up with Handi Quilter to share a different free motif with you each month. Be sure to download Floral Delight while it’s available throughout March 2017. Next month, there will be a new design available in its place.

If you’d like more motifs or instruction in machine quilting, check out the resources below:

- We have lots of helpful information for learning to quilt on a domestic sewing machine right here on the machine quilting section of our Quiltmaker site. On this page are links to designs, video tutorials and more. Visit the page, look around and take it all in!

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- For an in-depth learning experience with a top-notch instructor, check out the online course Finishing Your Quilt on a Home Sewing Machine with Amy Ellis on Craft University. Amy offers an abundance of information and knowledge including her favorite tools for quilting, straight-line quilting, free-motion quilting, tips for getting to know your walking foot and use it to its fullest extent, how to baste your quilts for beautiful results and much more.

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- If you’re looking for motifs, Quiltmaker has lots of great resources available in our online shop. We recommend the book 502 New Quilting Motifs for an amazing selection ranging from kid designs, hearts, geometric designs, curves, feathers and more. And by the way, anyone who enrolls in Amy’s  course mentioned above will receive a free digital copy of this book!

- And finally, you can find detailed quilting instruction and full-size motifs right inside our magazine issues of Quiltmaker. Subscribe here and never miss an issue.

We hope these resources help and inspire you on your machine quilting journey.

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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New Special Issue: Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17

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Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17

Our spring ’17 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands this week, and we’re so excited to share it with you! It includes 16 new quilt patterns inspired by the original blocks from our 100 Blocks issues. There are throw, bed, wall and baby quilt patterns, a bonus mini quilt, a photo tutorial for flanged binding and more. Designers featured in the issue include Nancy Mahoney, Kate Colleran and many more. Take a peek:

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Spot Lights quilt pattern

Spot Lights: QM acquisitions editor Lori Baker placed her Laser Beam block (#1315) from 100 Blocks Vol. 14 in a simple setting and added some intriguing pieced borders to create this sparkling design. The twin-sized foundation-pieced quilt finishes at 72″ x 84″.

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A Rose is a Rose quilt pattern

A Rose is a Rose: Lerlene Nevaril rotated her Windy block (#1389) from 100 Blocks Vol. 14 to create this lovely quilted flower garden. Lerlene’s choice of pretty pink and green fabrics gives the simple pieced design a springtime feel. The throw finishes at 56″ x 56″.

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Spin Cycle quilt pattern

Spin Cycle: High contract black, gray and white fabrics work so well together on this intriguing throw quilt design from Nancy Mahoney. Nancy combined the section from her Tilted Tile block (#1326) featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 14 with its mirror image to create the dynamic block. The design is foundation pieced and the finished size is 64″ x 64″.

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Filtered Light quilt pattern

Filtered Light: Isn’t this a neat design? QM associate editor Gigi Khalsa created this throw quilt used her Layered Lanterns block (#1382) from 100 Blocks Vol. 14. The colors in the quilt look transparent, thanks to the specific color placement in each of the blocks.

Browse our online gallery to preview the quilts featured in this new issue!

Look for the issue on newsstands now, or grab a print or digital issue from our online store. We also have a special issue auto ship program, which allows you to sign up to have all our special issues delivered straight to your mailbox as they are released.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Pixel Plaid: A Visit with Kristin Lawson

kristin lawson Pixel Plaid: A Visit with Kristin LawsonToday we’re welcoming designer Kristin Lawson from alittlecrispy.com as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! 

She’s going to tell us about her Pixel Plaid quilt she designed for our March/April 2017 issue. This bright and scrappy throw quilt is easy to make and finishes at 62 1/2″ x 62 1/2″:

 

In today’s blog post I thought I’d show a few alternative color variations of my quilt, Pixel Plaid, so you can see what it would look like in different colors.

Here is the original quilt:

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Now, when I first designed this quilt, I envisioned it in underwater colors, deep teals and turquoises:

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However, it also looks very bright and fun with a dark gray background and blues and oranges:

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And you can also play with color in the little flowers. Make some of them the same or similar color as the background and you get a different look too:

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And lastly, who can resist black and white and red?

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Hope this helps you to see some more design possibilities!

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Thank you for joining us today, Kristin!

If you’d like to make Pixel Plaid and don’t have a copy of our March/April ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Pixel Plaid.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 48 + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! We are down to the final quilt block. Can you believe it? We are having a giveaway to celebrate, but first let’s take one more look at this wonderful sampler quilt and reveal the final block…

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are sold out, but you can grab the digital pattern from our online shop. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Paris Square, block #674 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7 and was designed by Jessie Kurtz. Jessie has been sewing along with us on the sampler, so be sure to visit her blog!

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Paris Square, block #674 designed by Jessie Kurtz

Paris Square unit:

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Paris Square unit

Paris Square assembly:

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Paris Square assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

Now for the giveaway!

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We are giving away a fun 100 Blocks prize pack that includes the following items:

  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.1
  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.2
  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.3
  • Quiltmaker’s Block Star Coffee Mug
  • Clothworks Fat Quarter Bundle: Summer Sunshine designed by Peg Conley
  • Sew Easy 45mm Rotary Cutter
  • Quilt Quotes from Quiltmaker – pin pack

To enter the giveaway, comment below and let us know which quilt block featured in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along has been your favorite.

The winner of the 100 Blocks Sampler Giveaway is Linda Seitz. The winner has been notified by email.

Be sure to comment by midnight MT on Wednesday, March 1 for your chance to win. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on this blog post.

Thank you for sewing along with us!

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Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist

Free quilting videos with Kelly Bowser

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Sometimes you find a quilt pattern that you want to reproduce to a T — same layout, some colors, maybe even the exact same fabric collections. But sometimes, you’d rather change a few things and make the design your own.

If you’ve never strayed too far from an original quilt pattern, doing so can be a bit intimidating. But, there is a new FREE quilting video series on our sister site, QNNtv.com, that is here to inspire you and offer guidance. Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist focuses on the many different ways you can make a quilt uniquely yours.

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Host Kelly Bowser

The premise of Quilt Remix is simple: the series takes a different vintage or traditional quilt pattern each month and makes it modern.

Host Kelly Bowser will present her modern twist on the original pattern, and her featured guest for that month will also present his or her modern twist. Through weekly episodes, both Kelly and her guest will demonstrate new techniques that helped them in making their quilt variations, and in the fourth segment of each month, longarm quilter Lynn Bell will demonstrate ways to complete your quilt with modern quilting (and sometimes traditional or contemporary quilting)!

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Saluting You: original version, Kelly’s version and Emily’s version

The focus quilt for January was Saluting You, a quilt designed by Candy Hargrove and featured in Scrap Quilts Fall 2016. Kelly saw arrows within the blocks and simplified them to make a modern rainbow of arrows in her quilt. She shows you how to make her simplified arrow blocks and discusses how they come together to form her variation.

Guest Emily Smith saw mountains within the blocks and added several of her own original blocks to create a landscape of mountains and houses. The construction of Emily’s version is easy because it’s all built on either 4″ square patches or 2″ square patches. Emily shows you how to make an improvisational house block and piece it into the quilt.

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Folk Dance: original version, Kelly’s version and Lori’s version

The focus quilt for February is Folk Dance designed by Diane Tomlinson and included in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting January/February 2017 issue. Kelly saw this traditional pickle dish quilt and loved the pattern. She updated the fabrics, decided not to do the last row of blocks so her quilt would be square, and used low volume prints in the background spaces. She shows you how to use Fons & Porter’s Pickle Dish Template Set in order to easily create the blocks. Curved piecing is made easier with the large size of the blocks and the accuracy of the quilt templates.

Guest Lori Baker, our Quiltmaker acquisitions editor, saw the pickle dish as an element to play with and used its shape with improvisational scrappy foundation strip piecing to make her new quilt, Lemon Pickles, patterned in Quiltmaker‘s March/April 2017 issue.

The first six episodes of Quilt Remix are available to watch now; click here to see all the episodes. New episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays. In the coming months, the series will remix more great quilt patterns from some of your favorite designers, including Kate Colleran, Nancy Mahoney and more. Check out the series preview here:

Log in to your QNNtv.com account to watch this free series. Not registered yet? Click here to set up your free account – a name and email address is all you need to register!

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