Round of Nines Reinvented Times Two

Round of Nines is perfect for all those collected squares in your stash. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville, also a regular contributor to Quiltmaker Magazine, was my inspiration.   I started sewing together all my random 2 1/2″ blocks after reading her blog post describing her method of taming her stash by using block pieces instead of fabric tags to start and end a row of stitching. You can find more Leaders and Enders inspiration by following the link here.

When the opportunity came to create my version of Round of Nines, I had a stash of 2 ½ “ squares ready to go. It was an easy decision to use these ready-made pairs to construct the center nine patch. The resulting blocks are the kitchen sink variety. I paired a light with any other square that came to hand. and stitched them together to form the 9 patch centers.

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My Leaders and Enders inspiration for Round of Nines

This quilt is a real stash buster made only from materials on hand. While playing with block options and layout, the secondary hour glass pattern jumped out to me.  I chose a piece of a brown polka dot that had been aging in my stash paired with random light color strips left from a jelly roll to emphasize the secondary pattern. The polka dots on brown remind me of scattered candy coated chocolate candies on chocolate frosting. (I know. I have a strong imagination.)

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Strip piecing the corner triangles made the best use of a limited amount of fabric.

I chose to strip piece the corner triangles to use every bit of fabric available. Using the EZ Angle Companion tool, I determined that I needed a 3 ½ inch strip set. I cut one 2 inch dark and one 2 inch light strip the width of fabric (WOF) for each set. Be precise with your quarter inch seams and press carefully to keep the strips straight. Align the ruler top to bottom then reverse along the length of the strip. I used a rotating mat to help in cutting the angles.

The next step – choosing the block layout. I chose option 1 with the dark touching the mostly light block and the light touching the mostly dark. In option 2, some of the colored blocks in the nine patch seemed to fade into the dark border.

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Block option 1

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Block option 2

The top was finished with a narrow aqua border followed by more brown polka dot. Jody Gagnon of the local Quail Country Quilt Guild quilted the top using aqua blue thread in a cinnamon roll design which made the colors pop.

The binding is faux-piping top stitched with a decorative stitch built in my machine. The piping effect is accomplished by sewing together a 2 ½” strip (piping color) and a 1 ½” strip of the base color. Iron the seams open and press in half lengthwise. Sew the combined strip to the back of the quilt, turn to the front and top stitch either stitch in a ditch or using a decorative stitch as pictured above.

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Quilting by Jody Gagnon in a Cinnamon Roll design using aqua blue thread.

When using a decorative stitch, be sure to start with a full spool and a full bobbin. Fortunately, I had another spool that was a close match to finish the last three inches. Lesson learned.

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Note to self – Always start with a full spool and bobbin!

I love the final result. Introducing Kandy Kisses.

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Kandy Kisses by Keri Blankenship quilted by Jody Gagnon

Part 2:

One stash buster wasn’t enough so I decided to go for two. Round of Nines is a fantastic pattern not only for nine patch blocks, but for any orphan blocks you may have sitting around. A friend gave me a stack of his mother’s orphan blocks years ago. They have been patiently waiting for the right project ever since.

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Modified hour glass blocks pieced by Wilma Thompson

These modified hour glass blocks appear to have been cut using a template and are machine stitched. The fabrics span the years of her stash collecting from 1940s and 50s to the 1990s. It took some creative trimming to come close to square.

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Vintage blocks may need creative thinking to make them approximately square.

These scrappy blocks needed colors to meld them together into a cohesive unit. I pulled every option from my stash.

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These are true scrappy blocks. How would you set them?

After much testing, I made these choices. I loved the multi-colored pattern in this piece of Aurora by Robert Kaufman. The caramel yellows became my neutral. This quilt started with a vision of the vintage blocks circling the secondary hour glass, Time After Time.

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Can you see the large hour glass blocks moving around the smaller one?

However, this quilt kept evolving as many do. The secondary blocks become more dominate in the pieced top.

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Interesting patterns seem to pop as you study the quilt.

It finally settled into being Times Past, quilted by Jody Gagnon with an original feather pattern and finished with a wide binding matching the back of the quilt.

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Times Past by Keri Blankenship, vintage blocks by Wilma Thompson, quilted by Jody Gagnon

If you also have orphan blocks looking for a home, I highly recommend the Round of Nines pattern. The options are endless and your stash will thank you.

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Win a Gwen Marston Quilt!!!

If you’ve been quilting for long, you’ve no doubt heard of Gwen Marston. She’s one of quilting’s real treasures: creative, generous, wise, kind, funny and just plain all-around wonderful.

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Gwen Marston

If you Google for Gwen and her quilts, you’ll find a wealth of inspiration. Today I heard about a quilt that Gwen has donated for a cause that’s close to her heart.

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Win this quilt and support a good cause, too!

Gwen has made this quilt  to help raise funds for the organization A Quilt of Dreams. Follow the link to learn how you can make a donation to an outdoor camping organization that works to support a safe, inclusive, interracial summer camping experience for children in need.

And I’d like to publicly thank Gwen for her generous donation. She’s a gem through and through.

Learn more about donating to A Quilt of Dreams.

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My Quilting Life: Paula

We quilters are a lucky bunch. We get to do something we love, hang out with people that love what we love, and make quilts for the people we love.

I love to see what quilters are working on, where they sew and learn what makes them happy. Since I spend a LOT of time in my sewing room I thought it might be fun to share a little bit about my quilting life with you. The rest of our staff will take turns sharing with you too – it will be fun!

I love my sewing room. It’s not fancy or big, but it has windows to let the light in, it’s on the main floor so I can stay in touch with my family and it’s my haven. It’s where I design, read, keep my stash of books and treasures and generally hang out a lot of the time. I go in there not only to sew, but to feed my soul.

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And I have a little sewing buddy, Sami, always close by. He lays here:

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And there:

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 This way:

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And that way:

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I have my sewing machine and computer set up on a really big folding table so I have enough room for all my stuff.

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Room for my ipad and radio.

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And I’ve been know to have a big gulp and snacks close by.


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Here’s the side that always gets messy. I always seem to have piles of projects and fabric.

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I’m also a runner, so I hang my medals and bibs in here too. I worked hard for those suckers, and I want to enjoy them!

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And here’s the other messy side of the room-my fabric closet. Every now and then I go through and pull it all out and organize it, but it doesn’t take me long to mess it up.

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My design wall is just a big piece of batting hung up. And I happen to be working on an upcoming QM Block of the Month. I.love.it. We can’t wait to show you and get it started – so watch for it!

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I’m lucky that I get to work on projects for Quiltmaker. (Here’s a sneak peek for our Sept/Oct issue!minions My Quilting Life: PaulaAnd I got to make a couple of quilts for an upcoming Block of the Month. I love, love, LOVE this fabric!Christmas BOM My Quilting Life: Paula

I love being a quilter. And having quilting friends. People who speak my language and help feed my soul. We quilters are a lucky bunch.

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Where do you go and what do you do to feed your soul? Please share, I would love to hear about it.

Quilt happy,

Paula

 

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Quiltmaker July/August ’15

Quiltmaker July/August ’15

QMMP 150800 cover5001 Quiltmaker July/August 15Hello friends! We would like to share a preview of the great designs featured in Quiltmaker’s July/August ’15 issue with you. Click on the image below to view a slideshow of all the quilt designs featured in this issue.

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Quiltmaker’s July/August ’15 issue features three versatile log cabin quilts, a new Patch Pal, and a variety of wall, throw and bed quilts.JulyAug15 1024x1024 Quiltmaker July/August 15Round of Nines designed by Natalia Bonner is one of my favorite designs from this issue. The simplicity of the blocks construction makes it easily approachable for every level of quilter. This quilt is beautiful in the blue and orange hues and would be a great scrap buster with any color combination. If you are interested in the original color option, kits are available at QuiltandSewShop.com.

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Round of Nines quilt kit.

Quiltmaker Graphic Designer, Denise Starck is at it again. Welcome Paradise Patch to the Patch Pals animal family! This bright and playful flamingo would be great for a summer baby. So pull out your tropical scraps and get to it!

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We also now offer digital patterns of all the quilts featured in the current Quiltmaker issue. These can be found in our online store www.QuiltandSewShop.com.

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Contours, designed by Kate Colleran for Quiltmaker July/August ’15.

We hope you enjoy all of these new designs. You can view additional slideshows of the quilt kits offered from this issue on your YouTube channel!

 

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Jamie Fingal – Fabric and Design for Applique Quilts

Pattern surrounds “rebel” quilter Jamie Fingal. She is best known for her whimsical art quilts dancing with polka dots and swirls, often featuring fused raw-edge applique teacups, dresses, houses, or vintage campers.

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As one who is always doodling and drawing on something—you should see the chairs and table in her studio—it’s no surprise that Jamie would be tapped by Hoffman to design fabrics. We did a little Q&A with Jamie to find out how she creates her designs and wanted to share her answers with you.

Where do you get your design ideas?

Most of my inspiration comes from my head, or something out there in the world sparks and gives me an idea. Perhaps a color that captures my attention, or a shape of a vase, or a pattern on the floor.

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What was the creative process of the line ‘Autumn is for Birds?’

The house scenes were made using Hoffman Fabrics 1895 Hand Dyes, fused and arranged together with a blue batik background, which is meant to be collaged into a quilt with raw-edge applique. The scenes are perfect for centers of blocks. The leaf fabric was made the same way, only I made many two-toned leaves that were scattered onto a black background.  The small print with the leaves was drawn by hand. The birds in the trees, was made with the collage method.

How much say do you have in terms of color ways, patterns, etc.?

I am quite lucky that I do have a say in the colors and the colorways, which is pretty great. Nothing goes out that I don’t approve. We all agree on the patterns and colors ahead of time. I have to like it if I am going to work with it in creating quilts and decoupaged shoes.

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You sketch and doodle all the time; are there any designs that just don’t work—or work as well—for fabric? 

Some of my doodles can be re-drawn into patterns for fabric if they are drawn with a pattern in mind.  Not everything works, because some of my designs are just too complicated. My motto is: Draw like an artist, think like a quilter.

What is it like to have other people using “your” fabrics for their quilt and sewing projects?

I love this part!  People have emailed me with their creations, and that is just the greatest.  I hope they are enjoying working with it, as much as I had fun creating it.

What is the most unusual (or your favorite) way you’ve seen your fabric used?

One of my students last year gave me decoupaged bracelets that she made with my first line of fabric. It was so great!

A fat quarter bundle of Jamie’s Hoffman Fabrics ‘Autumn is for Birds’ line is part of our Christmas in July celebration prize package—enter now. And be sure to check out Jamie’s website to learn more about her fabrics, quilts, and more.

http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/

 Jamie Fingal – Fabric and Design for Applique Quilts

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Scrap Squad Dogwoods in Bloom

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the quilting fabrics you already own.

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Squad Dogwoods in BloomToday’s quilts are from the July/August issue, on newsstands now. Print or digital issues are also available from QuiltandSewShop.com.

 

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Today’s featured quilter is Julie Huffman from Lenore, Idaho. Julie made not one but two quilts. They are versions of Hero’s Homecoming, below.

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Hero’s Homecoming, designed by Janice Averill, made in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics

 

I know you’ll enjoy them both! You’ll hear from Julie in her own words below.

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Julie Huffman

When I looked at Hero’s Homecoming, I saw flowers—big, bold, multi-colored flowers. I pictured green leaves separating them and yellow centers. I tried drawing it in EQ7, but was not successful in getting the look I wanted. One evening we went out to dinner and the dogwood trees were in bloom. This was it, pink dogwoods!

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The four-leaf dogwood petal fit well with the pattern.

I love bright colors and I looked at my stash. I seemed to have a lot of bright pinks so I started pulling colors to go with them. I chose a lighter pink accent and a pink polka dot I had been saving for the perfect project. After I chose the fabrics, I played with the design in EQ7 until I came up with my final layout.

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Design finalized using Electric Quilt software

I made a sample block but it was hard to tell if it would work, since it was only one-fourth of the flower—but I was happy with how the fabrics worked together.

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One sample block

I made all of the blocks and then auditioned borders. I enjoyed seeing the stars showing prominently in this layout.

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Blocks are finished, time to audition borders

I initially pictured appliqueing dogwoods on the borders but I couldn’t seem to get that concept to work. Instead I added fusible web to the green fabrics, and then I randomly cut and fused the leaves. Now I wish I had cut them bigger, but they work. I quilted two lines of veins with a variegated thread and added color crayon between the lines of stitching to create the vine.

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Leaves were appliqued with free motion quilting, and the vine is crayon.

Here is the completed quilt, Dogwoods in Bloom.

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My finished Dogwoods in Bloom quilt

After I finished the Dogwood quilt I decided to make a version for one of the soldier organizations. Here are the fabrics I chose.

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This is the completed top without borders.  I have decided the flag fabric won’t work so the borders are still a work in progress.

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Quilt-in-progress for a veteran’s organization

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These Scrap Squad quilters are outdoing themselves! What a wonderful job by another talented quilter extraordinaire. It’s almost hard to believe these quilts are made from the same pattern. Congratulations, Julie Huffman.

Help me give Julie a round of applause by leaving a comment below!

Get the digital pattern for Hero’s Homecoming.

Get a time-saving kit for your own quilt!

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One Scrappy Quilter: Two Scrap Quilts; Giveaway!

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the quilting fabrics you already own.

QM scrap squadB3 One Scrappy Quilter: Two Scrap Quilts; Giveaway! Today’s quilts are from the July/August issue, on newsstands now. Print or digital issues are also available from QuiltandSewShop.com.

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July/August ’15 issue

Usually we feature just one quilt from a member of the Scrap Squad. But Donna Hanna loved both of the Scrap Squad quilts from this issue, so she made two! Now that’s an enthusiastic scrap quilter!

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Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania

You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

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I was so excited when I saw the choices for our third assignment that I decided that I just had to make both of them!

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The original Round of Nines quilt, designed and made by Natalia Bonner in fabrics from Moda Fabrics.

The bright cheery colors in Round of Nines really caught my attention, and I knew immediately that there were items in my stash that would be perfect for this pattern.

Some of my orphans had finally found a home.

I had been gifted a ton of 6″crumb blocks, and I knew they would be a perfect fit for this quilt. (Crumb blocks are made randomly from the smallest scraps or “crumbs” of fabric.) So I replaced the Nine Patches in the pattern with my awesome, free, colorful, scrappy blocks.

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Some of the many, many crumb blocks I was given

These blocks have it all!  You can’t get much scrappier. There’s quite a mix of fabric in these blocks, and that makes them so much fun.

I chose bright and cheery colors for my corner pieces.

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I chose bright, cheery fabrics for the corners of my blocks.

The pattern uses Stitch-and-Flip for the corners, but I used strips instead.

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I used my triangle ruler to cut the corner pieces rather than using the stitch-and-flip method.

I cut 2″ strips of prints and whites and sewed them together. Then I used my triangle ruler to cut out pieced corner sections.

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I needed both kinds of triangles for this quilt.

Even though the pattern didn’t include sashing, I chose to add black and white sashing to each block.

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I added black and white sashing around each quilt block.

The original quilt did not include a border, but I have miles and miles of scrappy piano key border ready and waiting to be put to use on a good scrappy quilt. I love it when the border is as scrappy as the center.

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Piano key border ready and waiting!

And here is my version of Round of Nines in all its scrappy glory!

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Donna’s finished Round of Nines quilt

But wait—what’s a scrappy front without a scrappy back?

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The scrappy back of Donna’s Round of Nines quilt

Editor’s note: Look out! This girl is on a roll!!!

Our second option for the Scrap Squad was Hero’s Homecoming. I was drawn to this pattern because I knew it would be fun to play with the color placement to create a different look with the same block.

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The original Hero’s Homecoming, designed by Janice Averill, made in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics

My original plan was to switch up the colors and use an alternate color placement than the pattern. My color recipe was bright blue, black, grey, orange and white. When I pulled the fabric from my stash I made a rash, sudden decision to replace the bright blue with very dark indigo blues—without thinking out my choices.

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These blocks just didn’t work because there was not enough contrast.

Not good. I should know by now not to make such impulsive changes! I chose a blue that was too close to my black and the finished blocks were way too close in value to see the pattern that was created. Too bad I didn’t discover this until I had 48 blocks sewn. icon sad One Scrappy Quilter: Two Scrap Quilts; Giveaway!

So, after a false start with my bad color choices, I started over and I ended up using black, white, red and a little gray.

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One block: better contrast!

Here is my final color layout, which turned out to be a much better choice. Little blocks make big blocks…

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Four blocks come together with a surprising effect.

I just love the secondary pattern it created. I finished the top off by adding simple scrappy borders and a scrappy binding.

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Donna’s finished Hero’s Homecoming is decidedly different from the original. Beautiful job from this Scrap Squad member!

From the editor: Aren’t the Scrap Squad quilters amazing? I just love these ladies. They work so hard to make quilts that inspire others. Donna went way above and beyond. Let’s give her a virtual round of applause and celebrate with a giveaway! Please leave a comment for Donna below by midnight Sunday, June 14. I’ll choose a random winner for a box of quilt surprises and I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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Digital quilt pattern for Hero’s Homecoming

Quilt kit for the original Hero’s Homecoming (red, white and blue batik version)

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Hero’s Homecoming, designed by Janice Averill, made in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics

 

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Sewing on Deadline: The Blessing and the Curse

It seems like much of the time, I’m sewing on a deadline. You know what I mean. There’s a baby expected, or a birthday, anniversary or graduation. When you’re in the publishing business, the deadlines have to do with issues, blog posts or contests.

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Sewful Things, designed and made by Diane Volk Harris for Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14. Definitely sewn on a deadline.

When I’m sewing on a deadline, as I did for Sewful Things, above, I always wish I could be rid of the deadline. I think about how nice it would be to sew casually.

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Scarlet Spin, designed and made by Diane Volk Harris for Quiltmaker, Jan/Feb ’14 issue. Sewn on a deadline.

I daydream about the freedom of sewing at a relaxed pace. When I’m making something like Scarlet Spin, my frenzied head yearns for lazy stitching hours.

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All Drezzed Up, designed and made by Diane Volk Harris for Quiltmaker, March/April ’10 issue. Sewn on a deadline.

Even as I made All Drezzed Up, one of the most enjoyable projects ever, I wished and wished for the deadline to disappear. But recently something unusual happened. I was completely out of deadline projects.

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This comes before quilting.

I had declined the chance to make one of my own designs for the upcoming Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, knowing I had family visiting around the deadline. Few things come before quilting, but my only grandchild does!

And I found that when I got to my sewing space,
I was unsure of where to start.

Should I quilt this little number? It’s basted and ready to go and it would be great practice.

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I could quilt this because it’s ready to go and it would be great practice.

Should I bind this quilt? It is my first longarm project and I learned so much from it.

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I could bind this quilt, the first project I ever did on a longarm.

Perhaps I should tackle this basket. Surely you have places that look like this, too, don’t you?

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Am I the only one with this in her sewing space?

This stack of magazines and patterns should be sorted and filed. That would be a good use of my time.

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Magazines and patterns to be sorted and filed

And of course there are dozens of UFOs (that’s quilt-speak for UnFinished Objects) waiting patiently to be finished up.

In the end I wandered around and didn’t do much of anything because there was just so much to choose from. What a waste of precious time! But I learned something important:

A deadline is the best way to get things done.

So I guess it wasn’t a waste after all!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam’s Snowy Diamond, Giveaway!

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the quilting fabrics you already own.

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pams Snowy Diamond, Giveaway! Today’s featured quilt is a version of Round of Nines. It was designed and made by Natalia Bonner and is shown in On the Wing fabrics by Abi Hall and Bella Solids, all from Moda Fabrics.

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Round of Nines designed and made by Natalia Bonner in fabrics from Moda Fabrics.

Today’s quilt was made by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona. You’ll hear from Pam in her own words below.

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Pam Snow

“For this Scrap Squad quilt, I decided to make a Christmas version of Round of Nines that would be the perfect size to hang in my living room.

“As I looked through my collection of Christmas fabrics, I began making stacks. I wanted the quilt to be bright and cheerful with a little whimsy. Below is my first stack of eliminated fabrics. I decided these were too elegant.

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Pam eliminated these fabrics because they were too elegant for the whimsical mood she was after.

“Next I eliminated two large-scale prints.

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Pam eliminated two large-scale Christmas fabrics from her lineup.

“Now I was down to three stacks. The fabrics below are small-scale prints that should work in the quilt.

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These small-scale prints made the cut.

“Next are some directional fabrics that I thought might work.

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Pam’s directional Christmas fabrics

“Last was my ‘maybe’ stack.

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This was Pam’s “maybe” stack.

“In the end I decided to go with the small scale-prints and the directional prints.

“I followed the pattern by cutting all the fabrics into strips. Since I had yardage, fat quarters and scraps, I decided to cut my width-of-fabric strips in half. I selected sets of three fabrics to make the scrappy Nine Patch units.

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Making scrappy Nine Patches

“All the half-square triangles were cut from white fabric and attached to the Nine Patches.

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Pam sewed white triangles to each side of the Nine Patches.

“I cut squares from the remaining strips and attached to each corner of the block using stitch-and-flip.

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One finished block

“I experimented with a couple of placement ideas and eventually decided to just follow the pattern. I was pleased with the diamonds that appeared when the rows were sewn together.

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The Christmas quilt starts coming together…

“My final quilt top was five rows of five blocks each. I quilted an edge-to-edge design by Anne Bright called “Too Much Bubbly.” I love the contrast of the many small circles with the bright white diamond. My Handi Quilter Avante did a great job on the quilting. Love that machine!

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Quilting adds a finishing touch. Pam quilts on a Handi Quilter Avante.

“I used a snowman print for the backing, bright green Christmas fabric for the binding, and added a machine embroidered label.

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Backing and binding

“I called the quilt ‘Snowy Diamond’ because the white lines remind me of a baseball diamond—perhaps due to the many Diamondback games I’ve attended!

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Pam’s machine embroidered quilt label

“Here is my finished quilt. Can’t wait to display it at Christmas.”

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Pam’s finished Snowy Diamond quilt

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What a great stash buster! And the perfect way to use up a collection of Christmas fabrics. You’ll notice that Pam’s quilt doesn’t look exactly like the original Round of Nines. Can you see what she did differently? I’ll send one person who answers correctly by midnight Sunday, June 7 a box of quilty fun.

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If you love Round of Nines, consider these products:

Round of Nines digital pattern

Round of Nines quilt kit

 

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Timeless Treasures and Christmas in July Contest

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest is in full swing. Today I’m pleased to feature one of the generous industry sponsors, Timeless Treasures.

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You may have noticed a number of Christmas quilt tops in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue, on newsstands now.

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July/August ’15 issue

The quilt tops included two in fabrics from Timeless Treasures, and they are real beauties. This frosty version of Fresh Fleurs is shown in Tonga Snow Angel batiks from Timeless Treasures.

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Fresh Fleurs made in Tonga Snow Angel batiks from Timeless Treasures

A reindeer motif was fussy cut for each of the dark blue patches. A holiday quilt doesn’t have to be red and green! I love the icy blues. Deborah Bahr-Johnson’s block design is versatile—by twisting, turning or offsetting it, a variety of looks are created. See some of them on page 27 of this issue.

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This quilt top will be part of a Christmas in July prize package which will also include many other fabulous quilt treasures. There will be six prize package winners in addition to the two grand prize winners. Contest details and entry form.

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Round of Nines made in assorted red and green prints and Soho Solids from Timeless Treasures

This quilt top called Round of Nines is also made in Timeless Treasures fabrics. We used assorted red and green prints plus Soho Solids for a more traditionally-colored Christmas project. Isn’t it festive? The quilt was designed by Natalia Bonner, and the piecing is easy. We’ve figured yardage for everything from a wall quilt to a king size; see page 40 of this issue.

This quilt top will also be in one of the Christmas in July prize packages awarded to a lucky quilter—could be you, so please take a moment to enter the contest today.

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Enter the Christmas in July contest and win one of these quilt tops plus many more quilt treasures!

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Timeless Treasures and its sponsorship of Christmas in July.

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