Scrap Quilt Ideas: Sea Glass by Kathy

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: Sea Glass by KathyToday’s quilt is a scrappy version of Sea Glass from Quiltmaker’s May/June issue. It was designed by Scott Murkin and made in fabrics from Quilting Treasures.

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Sea Glass by Scott Murkin for Quiltmaker’s May/June ’15 issue. Fabric: Quilting Treasures.

Kathy Wagner is from Cambridge, Ontario, and she represents the many Canadian readers we have. We’re happy to have you all!

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Kathy Wagner

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

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I am delighted to show you my second scrap squad quilt called Sea Glass.

 

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My daughter is a diver, so I immediately wanted to try this quilt pattern. These are the watery fabrics from my stash that I started out with. Some pieces are fat quarters, and some are smaller bits left over from other projects.

 

 

 

 

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The block construction for this pattern uses a “strip insertion” technique that was fun to sew. I did not precut my strips to insert as the instructions recommended, but I strip pieced them instead. It was fast and worked great. The only problem was when I sewed them too close together and couldn’t separate them without nipping into the block.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG 09521 300x298 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Sea Glass by KathyI decided to add in some photo transfers of my daughter diving. I made the blocks using the same technique as all the other blocks. I had to add some scraps to make the block become the 4.5″ size. I used the pieces trimmed from the sides of the photo to add to the top or bottom as needed.

 

 

 

 

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I also decided to add in a paper pieced stingray block. These are my daughter’s favourite underwater creatures and I found a paper pieced pattern by Quilt Art Designs. It was a challenge to sew, but it looked great in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

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The other change I made from the pattern instructions was putting the blocks on point.  As soon as I tried that, the quilt came alive! I put the lighter blocks at the top and the darker blocks at the bottom to make it look the same as the ocean does when you’re diving.

 

 

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These are the 50-weight threads I used for the machine quilting. Because many of the fabrics including the backing are batiks (which have a high thread count) I needed to use a size 100 topstitch needle to prevent skipped stitches. I quilted horizontal wavy lines across the quilt using these blue threads and sometimes added a sand-coloured thread.

 

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In the larger blue sections I quilted some swirly waves and even tried some “whale tale” designs just for fun. Sometimes they turned out fairly well, and sometimes not! But the quilt is busy enough to hide all those “unique” quilting designs.

 

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The binding is also scrappy and uses up some of the leftover scraps. Why buy new fabric for the binding when you can use up scraps?!?

The best part of this quilt is that my daughter loves it!

~Kathy~

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What Every Quilter Should Know; Giveaway!

Here’s a roundup of some good blog posts containing things every quilter should know. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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What role does value play in our quilts? It’s more important than color! Follow the link to learn more.

Valuable Lessons: What is value and why does it matter?

 

 

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Follow the link and learn to make a quick quilt label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make a Quilt Label

 

 

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Click the ruler for help in understanding stitch length for quilters.

Understanding Stitch Length

 

 

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Tips for improving your stitch & flip technique are here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improve Your Stitch & Flip (written by someone who flunked this part of quilting!)

 

Did you like these? Did you learn something? Leave a comment by midnight Monday, May 25 telling me what, and I’ll choose a winner for a package of quilty fun.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Folk Art 2.0

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: Emilys Folk Art 2.0Today’s quilt is called Santa Fe. It appears in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker, on newsstands now. It’s available on our website in print or digital versions.

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Santa Fe, Quiltmaker May/June ’15, designed by Janice Averill, made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Tonga Calypso Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

Santa Fe was designed by Janice Averill and made by Hatty Brown. The original fabrics are Calypso Batiks from Timeless Treasures. The digital pattern for Santa Fe is available, as well as a kit for the quilt shown above.

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Emily Klaczak

Today’s version of the quilt was made by Emily Klaczak from from Pittsburgh. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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When I first looked at Santa Fe, I saw the classic quilt block pattern Ohio Star. But then I realized that it was constructed from 2-1/2″ squares, half-square triangles, and flip-and-sew rectangles. So I got out my graph paper and drew an Ohio Star block made from a square in a square, four flying geese, and four half-square triangles.

Around that block, I sketched out the original design elements of Santa Fe. When I was finished, I had combined four blocks into one. I decided to eliminate the squares at the tip of the X shapes, but my working design was otherwise identical to the original.

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I colored just enough of the design to be certain my idea would work.

I was afraid that if I used too many colors, the original design would be lost, so I decided to get as scrappy as I could within a limited color palette. I spent an afternoon going through my stash, looking for a ‘focus fabric’ to guide me in color selection. And as much as I resisted it, this is the fabric that I chose:

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Seasons Greetings from 2002!

This had been in my stash for over 15 years, and why it wasn’t donated to a local group that makes charity quilts, I have no idea! I think it was destined to be in one of my quilts, so this long forgotten piece of Christmas Past would be my inspiration. I would use it to choose my colors, and also as the center of the Ohio Stars and the quilt border.

I was glad when the folk art quilt trend passed as I wasn’t a fan of the colorways: browns, dark reds, blues and greens. But after studying the fabric, I saw orange, lighter blues and greens and bright reds, overshadowed by the darker hues. So I decided to let these colors shine.

Thanks to Quilt Calc, I knew how much fabric I would need for each shape, but I didn’t have enough variety in my stash. I needed saturated blues and reds, and patterns that weren’t multicolored or otherwise distracting. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in the fat quarter bins at my local quilt store. So I resigned myself to not being as scrappy as I wanted to be, and limited my colors to only one or two shades of each.

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Fabrics from my stash that fit into the color recipe

I had many half-yard pieces of beige and off-white, so why not make the background scrappy?

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Plenty of neutrals in my stash, some of them very, very old!

Following my layout, I cut everything out and sewed the blocks together.

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Oops! Better turn those corner units around before I start sewing it together!

I decided to quilt in sections and then sew them together. It’s so much easier to maneuver a 40″ quilt sandwich through a home sewing machine than a 90″ square.

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Partway there…

I stitched in the ditch to stabilize the piece so I could remove the pins before I started the stippling and feathers. I wasn’t sure how to quilt the blue triangles and red squares so I outlined them with brown thread, creating a faux nine patch. I liked the contrast of the unquilted squares with the more densely quilted areas around them, so I left this area and the green squares unquilted.

The four quilted squares went together quickly, and I did a flip-and-sew border. And here is the finished quilt:

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The finished Santa Fe quilt, held by my husband, whose arms are stretched out as far as possible.

I used a different fabric for each section of the quilt back. And you can more clearly see how I quilted it.

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The back of the quilt shows off the quilting.

This quilt isn’t as scrappy as my last project, but counting the quilt back, I used about 30 different fabrics, while the original version of Santa Fe used only five. In comparison, it is the scrappy version, yes? I liked the effect of  different fabrics in similar colors for the background and I will definitely do this again.

Blue and orange aren’t seen as often as the other complementary pairings of red and green or yellow and purple. But I’ve been seeing denim and chambray blues combined with oranges and rusty browns in the home decorating magazines.

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A wedding reception I went to recently was held in a barn, and featured similar colors to my quilt.

And I went to a wedding last month with a down-on-the-farm theme; the groomsmen wore chambray work shirts and blue jeans, the attendants wore faded-blue dresses and the boutonnieres and bouquets were yellow and orange.

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Wedding day colors

So I guess that I will call this quilt Folk Art 2.0!

 ~ Emily ~

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QM Scrap Addicts: Quilts from Bonnie Hunter Blocks

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame writes a regular column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps. Each column has a pattern for a scrappy quilt block. You can see all of the blocks on the Addicted to Scraps homepage, along with some ideas for scrap quilts.

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Earlier this year we decided it would be fun to give the quilt block patterns to willing reader-sewers and see what they could come up with. We hand-selected seven enthusiastic people and turned them loose. The finished quilts are starting to come in and I feel certain we chose a group of dynamite ladies!

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The Addicted to Scraps quilt block pattern in the current issue of Quiltmaker (May/June ’15) is called Idaho Square Dance. It’s a simple little block with a great deal of potential. This is one of the reasons we hoard keep small bits of fabric! The squares are just 1.5″ before they’re sewn in.

Today’s featured quilt is by Doris Rice, also known as The Quilting Queen Online. Doris recently moved from Texas to Illinois. She took this little block and made it her own by using a Western-themed panel and a coordinating border print.

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One of Doris’s Idaho Square Dance quilt blocks

To make it work, she resized the blocks with a 6″ center, shown above and below. She fussy cut the Western motifs.

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This block says “Texas” to me.

Doris set the blocks side by side in a 3 x 4 arrangement. She added a pieced border (wow!) made from an adaptation of the block, and finished off with a coordinating border print. She kept her palette fairly narrow in shades of blue, red, tan, brown, black, white and gold. There’s a dash of green, too.

Controlling the fabric range helps hold the scrappiness together and keeps it from becoming chaotic. If she’d added hot pink or lime green, can you see how they wouldn’t have worked?

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Doris’s finished “Idaho Square Dance—With a Western Swing” quilt is terrific.

Isn’t this a fabulous finish? Doris quilted horseshoes on the quilt, which will be given to her young grandson Emmett.

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The horseshoes in the quilting help to carry out the Western theme.

Doris pieced an equally interesting backing for the quilt. She says she likes it almost as much as the front.

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The back of Doris’s quilt

This is a fine example of a quilter who took a simple block and pursued her ideas to make something unique. My guess is that Doris didn’t have to shop for fabric either. It’s amazing what can happen when we’re willing to dig into our stashes and “shop” for just the right stuff!

On behalf of Quiltmaker, I’d like to thank Doris for a job well done. Please look for Addicted to Scraps blocks in every regular issue, and visit our Addicted to Scraps webpage for scrap quilt inspiration.

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Plan ahead for summer celebrations and make Uncle Sam to dress up your home! Easy pattern goes together in a fireworks flash!

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Uncle Sam quilt pattern from Quiltmaker

 

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Learning to Quilt on a Longarm

Longarm Quilting: It’s Not for Sissies

That’s my new mantra and boy is it the truth. I rented time on the A-1 longarm at my local quilt shop last week—my first time! Before that, I’d spent only a minute here and there on some longarm machines at quilt shows, but quilting a project from start to finish is another matter entirely.

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I live in a rural area of Nebraska, so it’s about 40 miles to the nearest quilt shop, Calico Cottage in Hastings. Shop owner Sue Brown regularly offers a one-session longarm class with an overview and a lot of valuable information. Once you’ve completed the class, you can schedule time on the machine to quilt your project.

Sue was my teacher and guide for the afternoon—giving me enough detail to feel informed, but not so much that I was overwhelmed.

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Sue Brown owns Calico Cottage in Hastings, Nebraska.

Not long ago I bought a big stack of solid-colored 16-patch quilt blocks at my guild’s garage sale. I set them together into the top shown below (read The Quilt Blocks that Came Full Circle). This “freebie” seemed like the perfect candidate for my first longarm adventure.

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A quilt top in solids that I recently put together from garage sale blocks was the perfect candidate for longarm learning.

I had a pretty good idea that my quilting wouldn’t be spectacular on my first attempt. I’m a reasonably okay quilter on my home sewing machine, but quilting on a longarm is different. I think your domestic machine skills help to a point, but longarming is a whole new ballgame.

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A busy print on the back of the quilt helps to hide beginner’s blunders.

I chose a length of Valori Wells FreeSpirit floral I had from long ago. Sue aptly noted that its busy-ness made it a good choice, which I had not considered, but what a lucky break.

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First things first: We loaded the backing, batting and quilt top onto the longarm.

Sue showed me how the backing, batting and quilt top are loaded onto the machine. I had expected this process to be more painful, but it wasn’t a big deal. Working together, we had it ready to go in about 25 minutes. I’m guessing that I slowed her down considerably.

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The pantograph can be seen under the roll in this photo. It’s the quilting design printed on paper.

Sue starts everyone out with a pantograph. This is a purchased quilt design that comes drawn onto a long sheet of paper. You use a little red laser light and attempt to follow the lines, working across your quilt in a series of passes. I say “attempt to follow” because let me tell you, it’s harder than it looks.

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Relaxing your arms and shoulders helps, but is easier said than done.

I quickly discovered that you need to relax your arms and shoulders. Easier said than done. Once I began quilting, I was able not to fret about how bad it looked.

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Some of my first stitches

I’d mentally prepared myself to blunder. And Sue was gracious with encouraging words: “You’re doing great” and “You’re improving!” It might not have been true but I needed to hear it and I was glad she said it.

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This was not the time to be creative.

I learned that you need to pay attention and really try to stay on the lines. At first I was a little too relaxed, thinking I could be creative. Ahem. Not the time to be creative.

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Try to stay on the lines but don’t become anxious when you can’t!

On the other hand, you can’t get all worked up when you miss the lines. Sue talked about getting into a rhythm, which I don’t think I found just yet, but I can imagine how much fun it would be! I don’t think worrying will help you find a rhythm.

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Repeat after me: Find the rhythm, find the rhythm, find the rhythm.

This was interesting: When I’m quilting on my home machine, I’m sometimes afraid to reposition my hands. In my longarm scenario, it was my feet that caused the fear. You have to walk along the machine as you progress down the pantograph. If you don’t move your feet, you’ll fall over!

I was surprised at how tiring the whole process was. Before it was over, I was physically and mentally spent. Not much stamina in the longarm area just yet!

When I compare the first pass…

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First pass

to the final pass…

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Final pass

Maybe I did improve! My shapes look less like whales than they did at first. Here’s one I’m proud of. It approaches being graceful:

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This one is pretty good!

It was incredibly grand to pull the quilt from the longarm and realize that finished is better than perfect! It took us about two hours, so at $20 an hour, it cost me $40 in machine time. Which to me is an absolute steal because I tried something new, I was stretched and challenged, and I had a great afternoon.

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Finished is better than perfect!

A few takeaways:

• A good longarm quilter is worth every penny. She has spent years learning to do this well.

• I spend a lot of time on quilt tasks that I’ve mastered. This was a good reminder of how it feels to try something new—something you’re not very good at. It was good exercise for my cognitive muscles, not to mention my hand-eye coordination.

• Remember the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

“Practice, practice, practice.”

I’m signed up to quilt again at the end of the month.

I can hardly wait!

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Learn about longarm quilting with our online course at Craft University: Longarm Fundamentals.

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Check out our online course with Angela Huffman at Craft University called Longarm Fundamentals.

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 Recap

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour was a great success!

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Thank you all for joining us over the past week to preview the new block and quilt designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11. We hope you found many potential designs that could be incorporated into new quilts, added to WIP’s or that inspire you to try something new.

We would also like to give a BIG thank you to all of the designers who participated in the Volume 11 blog tour for sharing their tips, tricks, design options and quilty inspirations.

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Just Go With the Flow, block #1056 designed by Mary McGuire for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.11.

We need to note a correction from Day 5 of blog tour. Mary McGuire’s name was linked to the wrong blog, therefor you may have missed out on viewing her post. Please stop by Mary’s blog to check out her great work!

Winners from the Monday–Friday giveaways have been notified by email and their names have been posted in the giveaway portions of last week’s blog posts. However we do have one final Blog Tour giveaway here today!

Final Volume 11 Giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s final giveaway!

This wonderful bundle includes a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10, pattern books, single patterns, fabrics and notions, all courtesy of the participating Volume 11 designers. The bundle of quilty goodies will come stashed in a fabulous Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 tote bag!

To enter today’s giveaway: Please leave a comment below describing your quilting lifestyle in a few sentences by Wednesday May 13th at noon MST. We just want to know how you’d describe yourself as a quilter! The winner will be chosen at random and announced here.

Lillian M. is the winner of the vol.11 Recap Giveaway. The winner has been notified by email.

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If you’ve missed out on any previous Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues, you can find print and digital versions in our online store! Check out the Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues for more inspiration on how to make beautiful quilts using the designs from the 100 Blocks series.

We enjoy and look forward to receiving your feedback. Please reach out to us at editor@quiltmaker.com with any comments or suggestions in regard to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Under the Northern Lights

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 fabrics you already own. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Under the Northern LightsToday’s quilt is from Quiltmaker’s May/June issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

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Today’s featured quilt is Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan from Fremont, Nebraska. It’s one of three designs by male quilters in this issue. Scott’s quilt, below, is made with Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan, Quiltmaker May/June ’15. Fabric: Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

Today’s unique version of Chop Suey is by Keri Blankenship from Cornville, Arizona. We’re happy to have Keri as a member of QM’s 2015 Scrap Squad. Keri was recently featured on the Arizona Quilters Guild Hall of Fame page.

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Keri Blankenship

You’ll hear her quilt story in her own words below.

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It was love at first sight. I knew the perfect fabrics for Chop Suey were sitting in my stash. During my time working in Alaska, I collected at least one fat quarter from every quilt shop I found between there and Arizona, all with a sea-life theme. There were about 20 fat quarters in my stash along with one panel.

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My inspiration panel, “Under the Northern Lights”

My seven-year-old grandson asked me why the panel was on the design wall and what I was going to do with it. I explained that I was trying to decide what would go in my new quilt and this was my inspiration. We looked at the other fat quarters, scraps, and the pattern. He very seriously discussed design options. (His mom and older sisters are paper artists, and design discussions are not new to him.)

He then sat down with 50 colored pencils and some graph paper to show me how he thought it should be made. The next morning, he handed me a drawing with the caveat, “This is how you could do this one, Grandma. But, I really think you need to make a Spider-Man™ quilt next.”

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Conner’s design incorporated into the quilt label

I chose an I Spy quilt approach rather than his whole quilt design. I fussy cut the fat quarters into 5″ squares. The chop sticks were cut from the remaining fat quarter fabrics or the 2 ½” scrap bag. Some of them were also fussy cut.

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Alaska and sea-life fat quarter stash

In the original pattern, the blocks are reversed, with the sticks on the right and then on the left of the block. I liked the movement this gave the quilt, but it meant paying close attention to the directional prints during cutting and block construction. I constructed the blocks one at a time using the design wall to keep the correct orientation.

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The design wall was key to maintaining the correct orientation.

Once the blocks were complete, I realized that there were no Canadian geese in the quilt. Geese were daily visitors to the wildlife preserve near my apartment in Fairbanks. They needed to be a part of this quilt in order to reflect my Alaska experience. I found the perfect border idea in Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode (2002) and used one-seam Flying Geese pieced edge to edge to complete it.

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One-seam dimensional Flying Geese form the third border.

The Geese units are folded to create a dimensional finish. Instructions are widely available online; here are instructions from Piecemakers4life. I used a scant quarter-inch seam to construct the geese. I noticed that some tips were missed when I sewed the blocks end to end. I would suggest a full quarter-inch when piecing these blocks and also applying a line of stay-stitching along the outside edges of the border to prevent stretching during construction.

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One seam flying geese units give added dimension to the border.

I finished the top with the blue tone-on-tone print. I mitered the corners.

I quilted this one on my own and used invisible thread to grid the quilt and stabilize it for quilting. I then used Atlantis Glitter Hologram Thread from Superior Threads for the quilting. The manufacturer recommends setting the tension at 1.0 with a size 90/14 topstitch needle. I found my machine stitched well with the upper tension at 1.8 and a size 100/16 topstitch needle.

I originally planned a more intricate quilting pattern to reflect the Northern Lights. However, before I could start the detail quilting, Life got in the way. I had an outbreak of shingles which made using the fluff and stuff method of quilting on my home machine a real challenge. I compromised with free-style straight stitching with a walking foot. It still gives the look and glitter of the Lights.

The quilt is finished with a self-turned binding, bringing the backing to the front of the quilt.

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Measure twice the desired binding width and trim backing and batting to size. Two rulers here help keep it straight.

I trimmed the back and batting to 3″ around the quilt top and then stitched the corners at a 45 degree angle, trimmed and turned. Voilà! A perfect miter.

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Measure half the width and draw a stitch line at a 45 degree angle.

 

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Trim seam and turn.

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Fold in binding and stitch around the quilt.

I love the way this frames the quilt with the red and gold swirl fabric.

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Glitter thread quilting with self binding finishes the quilt.

This quilt is 88″ x 96″, which is technically full size, but it fits nicely on top of a queen size bed.

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Under the Northern Lights on a queen-size bed

I definitely see Chop Suey becoming a go-to pattern. It’s quick and easy to construct with so many easy ways to personalize it. I can’t wait to get going on a baby quilt using this pattern.

My thanks to Conner Blankenship for the design advice…and yes, there is a Spider-Man™ quilt on my to-do list.

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100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 5

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 5

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Welcome Quilters!

Today is the last day of our Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. We’re going out with a bang and showing you some of our favorite blocks. Remember, read down to the end of the post for a list of blogs with giveaways today!

Of course we had to show you Bonnie Hunter’s quilt block! The first thing I noticed? She used “I Love Carbs” fabric! That is my kind of quilt block. Dancing Dashes uses multiple churn dash units and a unique frame to make an eye catching quilt block. And in true Bonnie style, it’s scrap-tastic!

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Dancing Dashes, Block #1082 by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Reflection is a quilt block by Denise Starck. Triangle-squares and the stitch-and-flip method comprise this teal and brown quilt block. With its clean lines, this quilt block would be an excellent candidate for intricate quilting.

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Reflection, Block #1095 by Denise Starck for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

This final quilt block by Debbie Taylor may be my personal favorite from all 100 blocks. I don’t know if it’s the fabric or the name, Pin-terest Wheels. I am on Pinterest quite a lot for Quiltmaker, and this reminds me of something I would see re-pinned over and over again. Hence, the name!

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Pin-terest Wheels, Block #1096 by Debbie Taylor for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by a few Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Karen Comstock.

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Designed by Denniele Bohannon.

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Designed by Lynne Schwarz.

  Let’s Have DOUBLE Giveaway!

Today’s industry partners are P&B Textiles and the Electric Quilt Company. We could not do this blog tour without them!

P&B Textiles is providing fabric bundles for today’s giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

The Electric Quilt Company has also provided their Quilting Designs vol.8 CD for today’s giveaway!

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Saturday, May 9th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday May 11th.

Winner’s of the Blog Tour Day 5 Giveaway are:  Valerie Jenkins, Karen Thurn, Lori Smanski, Wanda and Sue. Winner’s have been notified by email!

Today’s Featured Designers:

To ease your pain over the blog tour ending, be sure to click each designer name to read about their individual quilt blocks and enter each giveaway. This is your last chance to win this new issue plus other quilting goodness. Never fear, the blog tour for Volume 12 will be here before you know it! Until then, happy quilting!

  1. Keiko Clark
  2. Kay Mackenzie
  3. Toby Lischko
  4. Margie Ullery
  5. Sandi Blackwell
  6. Sue Marsh
  7. Cheryl Brown
  8. Mary McGuire
  9. Bonnie Hunter
  10. Pam Vieira-McGinnis

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

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100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4

QMMS 150044 cover 500 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4Welcome Quilters!

I can’t believe we are already on day four of our Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. If you’ve been following along, you know we have been having an excellent time with quilt block previews and many giveaways. Let’s get started today!

This quilt block looks like a quilt. Its layout is that of a quilt, but it’s only a quilt block! I call this quilt magic. Corey Yoder nailed it with her quilt block, Friendship Circle. Simple patchwork piecing makes this white and pastel quilt block come too life. Make half square triangles, piece and ta-da! You have a 12″ quilt block.

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Friendship Circle, Block #1100 by Corey Yoder for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Sandy Fitzpatrick designed Tea for Tulips using appliqué and folded flange to add colorful interest to the quilt block. I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I can imagine the tea-drinking quilters out there will be making this quilt block ASAP.

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Tea for Tulips by Sandy Fitzpatrick, Block #1047 in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Our third quilt block comes from Jennifer Ofenstein. Sandbox Sisters uses foundation piecing to make this quaint little beach scene. I want this 12″ quilt block on a quilted wall hanging.

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Sandbox Sisters, Block #1027 by Jennifer Ofenstein for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by two of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Jo Kramer & Kelli Hanken

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By Sandy Irish

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By Celine Perkins

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Handiquilter is our industry sponsor for today. Handiquilter is  hosting a giveaway on their blog. So many freebies up for grabs!

Handiquilter has also provided batting scissors for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodiesleave a comment on our blog before midnight Friday, May 8th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday May 11th.

Winner’s of the Blog Tour Day 4 Giveaway are: Barb K., Kathy Hopkins, Barb Johnson, Linda and Michele. Winner’s have been notified by email!

HQ 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 4It’s time for the best part of your day: the blog tour and giveaways! We have ten designers today who are eager to giveaway copies of this new issue plus other quilting supplies. Be sure to click on each name and read more about their individual quilt blocks. As a reward, enter each giveaway! See you tomorrow for the final day of the blog tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured inQuiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 1 1  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol.11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Sarah Bisel
  2. Sandy Fitzpatrick
  3. Corey Yoder
  4. Sandy Irish
  5. Jo Kramer & Kelli Hanken
  6. Desiree Habicht
  7. Meagan Taylor & Kristi Jones
  8. Susan Marth
  9. Celine Perkins
  10. Jennifer Ofenstein
  11. Patti Carey

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 3

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Welcome Quilters!

We’re moving right along to day three of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. We kick off today with a sweet little quilt block from Beth Helfter. Sun Shower uses a smidgen of fusible appliqué to make this modern quilt block. I personally love the fabrics. The block design complements them so well!

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Sun Shower, Block #1006 designed by Beth Helfter for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

I’m a sucker for newspaper or text print. When I saw AnnMarie Chany’s quilt block, it moved to the top of my list! Dutch Chain uses flying geese and square units to make a cute 12″ quilt block. You can’t get more summer-y than this color combination.

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Dutch Chain, Block #1070 designed by AnneMarie Chany for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

If you think I got excited about the text print in the previous quilt block, I nearly died when I saw My Favorite Colors by Kimberly Jolly from the Fat Quarter Shop. It’s quilted crayons! I imagine coloring with these and beautiful quilt designs and motifs magically appear on the colored page.

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My Favorite Colors, Block #1084 designed by Kimberly Jolly for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

100 Blocks designers are invited to submit quilt designs using blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series. Let’s take a look at a few quilts designed by four of today’s participating Vol. 11 designers.

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Designed by Karyn Ashley-Smith

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Designed by Jennifer Shifano Thomas

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Designed by Emily Breclaw.

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Designed by Beth Helfter.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Today we welcome Timeless Treasures as our industry partner. They have graciously donated fat quarters for our giveaway today. Even better, they are hosting an issue giveaway on their blog!

Vol. 11 Designs Featuring Timeless Treasures Fabrics

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Fancy Bricks, block #1083 designed by Sandi Irish. Fabric: Studio from Timeless Treasures.

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Hang Ten, block #1015, designed by Margie Ullery. Fabric: Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

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Autumn Arrival, designed by Theresa MacLean for the Vol.11 Tester Gallery. Blocks: Cotton Candy, block #1075, designed by Deanne Eisenman; Scout’s Star, block #1026, designed by Jenny Novinsky; Telestar, block #1098, designed by Anne Wiens. Fabric: Tonga Fig Batiks from Timeless Treasures.

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Timeless Treasures has also provided fabric for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Thursday, May 7th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified, Friday May 8th!

Winner’s from Day 3 of the 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour are: RobinRiley, Andresa, Marta, Cyndy Knapp and Vivian. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

We’re still going strong with our blog tour. Cure your Wednesday slump by visiting each designer’s blog and entering their giveaway for a chance to win this new issue plus other quilting goodies. There are 11 chances, so don’t delay! See you again Thursday and Friday!

Today’s Featured Designers:

Visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11  AND catch a giveaway at each blog. You could win a copy of Vol. 11 plus other quilting goodies.

  1. Karyn-Ashley Smith
  2. Emily Breclaw
  3. Deb Johnson
  4. Kimberly, Jocelyn, Codi and Nova from the Fat Quarter Shop
  5. Melissa Peda
  6. Jennifer S. Thomas
  7. Kathy Wylie
  8. AnnMarie Chany
  9. Cheryl Brickey
  10. Beth Helfter
  11. Karen Ackva

Please follow the instructions on each of their posts to be entered in their giveaways.

See you soon!

Thanks for joining us today! Come back tomorrow to preview more designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and to enter for your chance to win more great prizes.

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