Visiting Anita plus Giveaway

It’s always a pleasure working with Anita Grossman Solomon.

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Anita Grossman Solomon at The City Quilter - "Cut It, Sew It, Love It" Class

I love her simplified techniques for making blocks. I’ve made all 3 of her patterns that we’ve published in the last few years, Super-Sized Nine Patch in May/June ’06, Anita’s Arrowhead in Nov/Dec ’10 (digital issue available)

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Anita's Arrowhead

and most recently Super-Sized Square-on-Point in Sept/Oct ’11.

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Super-Sized Square-on-Point

I thought it might be fun to ask Anita a few questions about her techniques and “stuff” in general.

You have such a knack for simplifying traditional patterns. How did that come to be? When I taught quiltmaking at New York State’s Riverbank Park Cultural Center, I created techniques to make quilt block construction more manageable for students with limited eyesight or hand coordination.

How do you determine which blocks can be simplified? They all have been classic pieced blocks that have held my interest for years. Some ideas, such as Make It Simpler Paper Piecing, were instantaneous while others took years. Anita’s Arrowhead is an example of one that took years! I had to eliminate the paper-pieced version from my Perfect Blocks in Minutes book due to space. I kept that block in view for years. One day I looked at it, did a double-take and Anita’s Arrowhead came into being.

What is your process? Sometimes ideas just seem to happen. Twice I did deliberately set out to simplify blocks—the Square-on-Point and Pineapple are 2 such blocks. Other blocks evolve over time. I had collected over one thousand 6″ charm squares from online swaps and wanted to make a Square-on-Point without wasting any parts of the charm squares. I worked with paper samples I generated from Electric Quilt software to finally come up with the formula.

I like the fact that quilts constructed using my methods don’t look like “Anita” quilts. I only supply a tool, not the “look.”

Have you tried to simplify any blocks that just didn’t work? There is a triangle thing that I worked on years ago that continues to haunt me. It lives in a box in my studio. Its outside is all bias. It’s fun to sew, but I can’t accept the bias. I hope the day will come when I’ll look at it and resolve it to my satisfaction.

What do you like best about living in New York City? It pulsates; I feed off its energy. I’m inspired with every step I take. I don’t find inspiration; it just hits me over the head!

What’s next on your quilting horizon? While I have no expectation of ever using up all of my fabric, I do want to put a dent into the ideas and projects I’ve stored away. So, I’m unearthing them between teaching jobs.

What else would you like to share with our readers? I have a new product I’d love for them to try—Make It Simpler Fusible Interfacing. It will remedy stretchy edges of a quilt as well as stabilize blocks, such as a Super-Sized Square-on-Point, for off-grain cuts. It’s handy to store because it comes on a roll.

Leave a comment by noon mountain time on Friday, 8/26. I’ll randomly select one person to receive a giveaway of leftover blocks and fabric squares from one of my color options for Anita’s Super-Sized Square-on-Point.

Congratulations to Heather for her comment. An email has been sent to her for her address.



About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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153 Responses to Visiting Anita plus Giveaway

  1. Hola Anita gracias por compartir tu método de simplificar la costura del patchwork,
    soy recien iniciada en este tema, tus trabajos a los que pude acceder por internet me parecen fantastico, los efectos de luces y sombras, los contrastes y sus combinaciones me gustan muchisimo.
    Sería lindo que existiese la posibilidad de traducir al español algunas de tus publicaciones.
    No tuve hasta el momento posibilidad de leer o tener en las manos uno de tus libros, pero me gustaría saber si existen veriones en español. Disculpa mi ignorancia.
    Gracias por las bellas obraqs que nos brindas.

  2. Jane Lay says:

    Working with bias edges on the outside of the finished block can be tricky but I decided to try cutting the original squares on the bias and ended up with straight edges on the finished block. This doesn’t always work but worth a try. I love the Arrowhead pattern and will use it with my Caring Quilters to make a quilt for charity. Thanks so much. Jane in Kingston, Canada

  3. Carolyn says:

    Hi June: Working with bias edges can be tricky. Anita’s advice is to use spray starch before cutting your squares to the correct size. It really helps when sewing bias edges together. Also, try not to pull on the bias edges as you’re sewing.

  4. June Ellison says:

    I am making blocks for the Arrowhead pattern. Seems the edges of the blocks ae all on the bias. Would like hints for keeping these from stretching while sewing them together. LOved the technique. Others in my guild are trying it.
    June Ellison

  5. Sharon Meyer says:

    I just love the arrowhead pattern i am making one for each of my four granddaughters a great pattern and a giveaway life dont get any better

  6. I love the arrowhead pattern and simple way to make it. I think it makes a stunning “quilt of valor”. Thank you

  7. Fran Coulson says:

    It’s always a pleasure to see and read about Anita. Thanks.

  8. Cassie B says:

    I love this idea ,it is great for a newbie .Love the square on point,these would be great ones to do up for childrens hospitals or any other charity

  9. PattyS says:

    I love the Arrowhead block and will check it out. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  10. Heather says:

    COOL! I’m tickled as can’t be and can’t wait for my surprise package to arrive. It will feel like Christmas!

  11. Jo Anne says:

    Can’t wait to try your method of the arrowpoint block.

  12. 4dreamsr says:

    Love Anita’s design’s & her clever way of rethinking. Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. Nancy Sue says:

    Carolyn, thank you for giving us the free pattern to Anita’s arrowhead block! It’s like we are all winners. Am looking forward to trying out the “Make It Simpler” fusible too! Have downloaded the arrowhead pattern, and am placing it on my “to-do-b4-the-holidays-make-me-nutty list!

  14. Marguerite Namdar says:

    The fusible interfacing sounds great to keep fabrics from stretching. I do love the super size blocks as well.

  15. Wendy Pulsifer says:

    Great blog! Nice to learn about quilt artists and their methods/process!

  16. Judy R says:

    Your blocks look so easy – can’t wait to try them out! Just saw the article about you and thought I would tell you that… Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Judy

  17. Diane Hanke says:

    I love the arrowhead block, I made a quilt immediately, as soon as I saw it in Quiltmaker! I made 25 blocks in Christmasy fabrics and I named it Advent Arrowheads. Anita has a genius mindset for coming up with innovative ways to make blocks easier to construct.

  18. suesinger says:

    looks like a great new product. enjoy your quilts

  19. Nancy Barnhill says:

    Love the tips…..seems like a simple process! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

  20. joannedenver says:

    Now all I need is more time! Thanks.

  21. Great ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!!

  22. Irene says:

    Love the Arrowhead. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for great looking quilts!

  23. Lynn says:

    Love the ideas – thanks for the chance to win.

  24. says:

    I haven’t had an opportunity to sew/quilt for a long time, and love the inspirations offered.

  25. Rita says:

    I love the way Anita simplifies cutting!

  26. Mollie Milesi says:

    I’ve made several of Anita’s blocks and love the process and the results!

    When I read about the advantages of starching, I said ‘No way’ to myself and then tried it out… now starch is my best friend. Thank you, Anita!

  27. Janet says:

    I love Anita’s handy cutting techniques and the fusible sounds interesting. I have one of her books already and love it.

  28. I make quilts for hospice and the fabric would be a blessing to have! Just downloaded the Arrowhead pattern… I love it!!

  29. Maureen E. says:

    This is the first time I have seen your wonderful patterns & book. So excited I cannot wait to try them out. I will pass along this information to my quilt guild, they are perfect for our charity projects. Would love to be a part of your giveaway.
    Keep the patterns & books coming.

  30. Jean says:

    Love these wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  31. Eva Selnick says:

    Love the way you cut blocks out like the baby quilt from a few years ago. I just bought the book also.

  32. Willow says:

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway. Love the arrowhead pattern. Thanks again.

  33. Joanne S says:

    Anita has changed my quilting life with her tips and techniques! My husband offered to buy a mini-fridge for the sewing room to store starching-in-process fabric. I’m enjoying piecing so much more now that I’m using Anita’s techniques. I haven’t built a shrine to her (yet). LOL. I’m sure the new tape is great.

  34. Marcia A says:

    Wonderful ideas for quilts, love the short cuts

  35. Aideen says:

    love Anita’s quilt, thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Carylanne says:

    I especially like the square on point, as I have made this block several times to use as outer pockets on tote bags. Years ago I made a 49 patch and placed that square on point, used a few fabric buttons as embellishments and was wowed by the finished look. My sister Sheri stills carries that bag even though it has seen better days.
    thanks Carolyn for the chance to receive a bit of fabrics.

  37. Barb J says:

    Anita’s Arrowheads is on my “to-Do” list! I saw it in the magazine when it was first published, and was intrigued. But then other ideas pushed it out of the way – until now! I printed it out and it is going on top of the “I’m gonna make this” pile!

  38. Jennifer says:

    I’m signed up for a class with Anita in Houston and I can hardly wait to make the two color pineapple. I am in awe of her genius mind for thinking of the easier way to do things. Looking forward to winning!

  39. Susan says:

    I just downloaded the arrowhead pattern. It looks like a great way to use up some of my stash. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  40. Shirley says:

    I love the arrowhead pattern, and your technique. Thank you. I am new to quilting and would love to win some fabric.

  41. Pam says:

    My quilt club all made our version of the Arrowhead. They all turned out so different and unique.

  42. cheryl ann rust says:

    I have the book and love it

  43. Joyce Kay says:

    I just finshed a quilt top with Anita’s Arrowhead pattern, it has 84 different bright fabrics—can’t wait to get backing to quilt it. Will haave to look for your book.

  44. Barbara Waldrip says:

    love the look of your blocks, have your book, but haven’t started any yet.

  45. Thanks for the giveaway. Love how Anita’s Arrowhead looks.

  46. Anne says:

    Grateful for Anita reaching down to beginners (like me) and giving us a help up into the beautiful world of quilting.

  47. Debbie says:

    I once took a class from Anita at City Quilter. She IS fun. Thanks for counting me in, Carolyn.

  48. Hueisei says:

    I loves Anita’s Arrowhead quilt!! So pretty!!
    Count me in! :)

  49. Gladys Wahl says:

    Love your books and easier timesaving ways of cutting. The Iowa Farm Report Center is a busy place and need all of the hints we can get.
    Thank you for being you

  50. Jqluo says:

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  51. KatieQ says:

    Thank you for offering such a lovely giveaway.

  52. MoeWest says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I downloaded the Arrowhead pattern and look forward to making it.

  53. MarciaW says:

    Love the arrowhead block (and have the book).
    We need to make some lap quilts for charity so looking forward to using the scraps for her newest easy-q pattern. Thanks for the chance.

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