Have You Entered? Christmas in July!

I hope you’ve been able to enter Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest. The prizes are wonderful! Imagine opening your mailbox to a package filled with:

It would be like Christmas! There will be eight different winners. Each person receives one quilt top below plus all the other prizes. Today we’re featuring four of the quilt tops up for grabs.

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The color option for Flea Market Flowers is made with Wrenly Christmas by Valori Wells plus Designers Solids, all from FreeSpirit.

Flea Market Flowers’ color option, above, is made with Wrenly Christmas by Valori Wells plus Designer Solids, all from FreeSpirit.

 

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The color option for Old Glory in Quiltmaker's July/August issue is made with Eskimo Pie Flannel by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio for Northcott.

Old Glory’s color option is made with Eskimo Pie Flannel by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio for Northcott.

 

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The color option for Rose Garden is made with Hugs and Holly by Kelly Mueller of the Wooden Bear for Red Rooster Fabrics.

The color option for Rose Garden, above, is made with Hugs and Holly by Kelly Mueller of the Wooden Bear for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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This color option for My Mother's Garden is made from Holiday Flourish 5 from Robert Kaufman.

The color option for My Mother’s Garden, above, is made with Holiday Flourish 5 from Robert Kaufman.

Correctly answer questions about our sponsors’ products in the trivia scavenger hunt found on the entry form for a chance to win a prize package valued at nearly $600.

The complete list of generous fabric sponsors includes:

Don’t delay—enter today!

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Just for Fun: All Buttoned Up

This bling-bling sewing machine caught my eye online recently and I wondered about the person who created it.

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This Singer has been blinged by its owner, Jean Kake, aka The Quilted Cupcake

Her name is Jean Kake, but she is better known as The Quilted Cupcake. She has a blog, a free podcast and an etsy shop featuring fabric and yarn creations like bags, hats, accessories and baby items. She’s a busy gal.

Jean shared this about her bling-bling machine:

I decorated one of my thrifted sewing machines, covering it with buttons, stickers, paint, charms and even a cupcake-shaped lip gloss. Although it still runs, it serves as an inspiration piece in my studio, and it just makes me smile to look at it.

 

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Jean says she paid just $15 for the machine at Goodwill. “It works, but I don’t plan to use it. I could, but for me, it’s all show and no go.”

 

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Jean of The Quilted Cupcake

Jean sounds like a fun-loving, level-headed quilter gal who is just out to make some quilts and share them with others.

I feel the need to tell you all this because I shared this photo with our followers on Facebook recently and was surprised by the terrific response it generated. I asked our Facebook friends, “Hmm. Would you do this to your sewing machine? Thumbs up or thumbs down?”

 

MH900441322 Just for Fun: All Buttoned UpThree hundred eighty three (383) people gave it a thumbs up. Two hundred ninety three (293) left comments. Seems you landed squarely on one side or the other, without much middle ground.

You loved it, or you hated it.

The comments kept me entertained for hours! Here are some that caught my attention, first from the “thumbs up” people:

Brilliant idea.

Incredibly creative!

I think it’s awesome!!!! I have stickers all over mine.

I love it.

Great conversation piece.

One of a kind =)

Mine looks very boring now.

Some comments were funny or thought-provoking:

cupcake Just for Fun: All Buttoned Up• That cupcake on the front would make me hungry all the time.

MH900177769 Just for Fun: All Buttoned Up• Seems like a waste of good buttons.

• Would be cool to take to retreats.

• I would be better at doing that than sewing!

• You’d never know which button to push.

• (Would you do this to your sewing machine?) Today, yes—as the tension has gone awry!

• Love the look!! (But) Not for my machine, would be too distracting and confusing!! Thumbs up, and down!! Ain’t that like a woman!!!!

MH900441321 Just for Fun: All Buttoned UpAnd some folks didn’t like it so much.

• UGLY!!!!!

• Gross!

• Totally disgusting!

• Ewwwwww!

• Never!

• Too retro, too old, too busy, too Partridge family.

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I’m sure if you had known that Jean’s machine was thrifted and meant only for fun and decoration, you might have been a little less intense about declaring your disdain. I liked the attitude of this person:

Wouldn’t do it to mine, but if you want to, go ahead.

And this one had it figured out:

I think all of the colors make a bold decor statement. I’ll bet this machine is not in use.

So the bottom line is that, from a quilter’s perspective, it might not be the most practical machine on which to work (Jean would agree).

Nevertheless, most of us can recognize that it was incredibly creative, it’s interesting, it’s inspiring and heck, it’s good, clean fun.

And that is just what sewing is supposed to be!

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Many thanks to Jean Kake, who was a completely good sport about all of this!

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What Are Your Burning Quilt Questions?

lady What Are Your Burning Quilt Questions? On each of the past few days, I’ve noticed in various places online that quilters have questions they’re hesitant to ask.

One person said, “I’ve never understood what a fat quarter is.”

Another ventured, “Can I ask a stupid question? When you quilt in the ditch does that mean actually stitching on the seam line between each block? Or does it mean either side of the seam line? I’ve never known!”

I’m realizing that sometimes we throw quilting jargon around as if everyone should know exactly what we mean. And that while many of us do know, there are always newbies who do not. We want to be mindful of them.

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So let’s say it straight out for the record: No matter what it is you don’t know, it’s totally okay! No matter what your question may be, there are other people with the same one!

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Let Quilty Pleasures be your safe place to ask any quilt-related question without fear. Because my goodness, we’ve all been beginners at some point. And no matter how much we come to know, the quilt world is deep and wide, and there are bound to be some things we do not know! So we’re all in the same boat, in a way.

 

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Let’s start today. In the comments, ask a quilting-related question, any question at all. We’ll pick a few and answer them in a future post. And if we get lots of great questions, this might become a regular event. So please, ask away!

 

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Quilter’s Attention Deficit Disorder; Giveaway!

Quilter’s Attention Deficit Disorder: Do you have it? I do. I call it

QADD.

I wake up many mornings with so many ideas swimming in my head, it’s impossible to know where to begin. The conversation in my mind goes like this:

Should I open EQ7 and do some design work? Make blocks? Add borders? Finish binding?

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Block by Belinda Karls-Nace

Maybe I’ll play on the design wall.

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These strips are on my design wall right now.

Or pull fabrics for that idea I had last night.

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My overflowing baskets of UFOs

I should finish up some UFOs.

I’m teaching soon and I need more samples.

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My six-month-old grandson doesn't yet have a quilt.

My new grandbaby deserves a quilt. I have quilts in mind for several family members.

There’s that new pattern I bought last week—dying to start on that!

 

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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5

And the blocks in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are calling my name. There are so many I have got to make…

You get the idea. I’ll bet your head fills with similar projects. I find this mental tug-of-war to be paralyzing. What’s a quilter to do?!

When this happened to me recently I did something so simple, and it helped me so much, it’s almost embarrassing to share it.

I made a list.

It looked like this:

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Somehow having everything listed in one place helped me sort through the creative jumble. I could see quickly what was most important and what could wait.

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I've been able to cross a few items off my list.

Once I identified the priorities, I was able to stick with them and get several things finished—completely crossed off the list. What a great feeling!

Next time you’re overwhelmed with quilty ideas, try making a list. I think it will help.

Do you have QADD? Leave a comment below by midnight Tuesday, July 10 and I’ll send a bundle of quilty fun to one lucky winner. The winner is #58 Brenda, who wrote a great UFO poem! Thanks for all the great comments–some of them will go into a future blog post.

 

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QM Scrap Squad: Donna’s Old Glory

The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and make their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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The Scrap Squad project from the July/August issue of Quiltmaker is Old Glory, designed and made by Margie Ullery of Ribbon Candy Quilt Company.

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Old Glory, designed and made by Margie Ullery; appears in Quiltmaker July/August '12

Today’s featured quilt is by Donna Hanley from Cincinnatus, New York.

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Donna Hanley

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

My first thought was to have a seashells theme. Initially, I planned to have blue strips shading from light to dark and then to brown to represent sky and sand. I quickly realized that didn’t make much sense…seashells floating through the sky? No way.

So sky fabrics became sea fabrics instead…same fabrics, just thinking of them differently in my mind. Here are my fabric choices.

 

OG1 300x243 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI remember hearing in one class that for a landscape, the proportion should be divided 1/3 to 2/3, so I made the sea 2/3 of the backgound and the sand 1/3. My first attempt at laying out the blues in a gradation didn’t make the cut.

OG2 205x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI decided to mix up the blues and browns and I like the result much better.

OG3 216x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI’m now ready to sew and what do I do but sew the first strip on backwards?! Off to a great start!! But wait—I can use this mistake to show you all how I rip out seams.

First I use a sharp, flat seam ripper and cut every third or fourth thread. Then I pull the uncut thread from the other side. Finally, I use a piece of tape to pick up all the leftover little threads. The seam is unsewn in no time at all.

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When I received my seashell applique shapes from QM Graphic Designer Denise Starck, I was ecstatic. She drew exactly what I had in mind. Here’s the top with the shells in place.

OG7 247x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI’ve owned my Bernina 440 for over a year and hadn’t yet played with any of the decorative stitiches.  I decided this was the perfect place to start.  Here are close-ups of some of the results.

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Close-up of the quilting:

OG13 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryRemember to check out all of the free applique patterns for the Scrap Squad variations of Old Glory. More versions coming in the days ahead!

Donna’s quilt can help us learn something about applique placement. Look again at the original Old Glory quilt, below.

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See how the stars are “sprinkled” across? They are slightly turned to and fro so they look very natural. And the line of stars is not straight across the quilt’s diagonal—instead, it meanders lazily in a kind of wave.

Placing applique patches is tricky business. Each Scrap Squad member did it a bit differently—and that’s fine, because ultimately the only person whose opinion matters is the quiltmaker’s.

Donna took our cue and turned her applique shapes to and fro also. Notice the seashell below and how it’s askew to suggest its random placement on the seashore.

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This is where a design wall is critical. You’ll want to use it to audition the placement of your applique shapes. Twist, turn, sprinkle…keep playing until you’re happy with it. And then snap a photo of the finished quilt and send it to editor@quiltmaker.com.

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Patriotic Quilts: Happy 4th of July!

Today is Independence Day in the U.S. so QM is celebrating with patriotic quilts both new and old. We’ll start off with Old Glory from the brand-new July/August issue of Quiltmaker.

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Old Glory, Quiltmaker July/August '12, designed and made by Margie Ullery

Old Glory was designed and made by Margie Ullery of Ribbon Candy Quilts.

We chose this quilt as the Scrap Squad project for this issue. It lends itself to many different color recipes and you can sprinkle just about anything across the bars of color.

 

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Stars-and-stripes quilt, 1861

The names of Union generals are stitched into the stars of the patriotic quilt above, made by Mary Rockhold Teter of Noblesville, Indiana, for her son George, who served in the Civil War. In 1920 George Teter presented the quilt to his grandson’s wife, Martha Brown Teter, in honor of her own military service during World War I. The family donated the quilt to the Smithsonian in 1940.

 

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Great Seal of the United States. Early 19th century.

This eagle quilt is from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History/Kenneth E. Behring Center. It features the Great Seal of the United States in applique from the early 19th century. It’s credited to the Brown-Francis family, Canterbury, Connecticut.

 

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Red, white & blue Prince's Feather Quilt, 1870's/1880's.

This 1870′s/1880′s red, white and blue prince’s feather quilt is hand appliqued and hand quilted in the classic four-block configuration. It measures 76″ x 78″ and was sold on ebay about a year ago for $900.


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Eagle quilt from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, 1870–1890.

This stunner is from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dated 1870–1890, its maker is unknown but it possibly originated in Cherry Tree County, Pennsylvania. If you’ve never taken time to browse their massive collection of quilts and the online catalog, please do so. It’s inspiring.

 

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Patriotic pictorial quilt made between 1860 and 1880, probably in the United States.

 

Here’s another beauty (above) from IQSCM. It’s listed as probably made in the U.S. between 1860 and 1880.

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July 4th Gathering is one of the free quilt patterns in McCall's Quilting's free ebook.

Our sister publication McCall’s Quilting has a free ebook on Patriotic Quilts. It features three patterns for patriotic quilts you’ll love.

 

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Nautically Nice by Laurie Simpson

One of the free patterns is for Nautically Nice by Laurie Simpson. Do check out the free ebook.

 

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Am I Blue, 90" x 90", by Patricia "Pat" Ballantine

This fabulous quilt (above) was based on an Irene Berry pattern in the May 2007 Quilters Newsletter. The quilt was paper pieced, and each 6 inch block (196 in the quilt) has 24 seams. We spotted it on quiltinspiration.blogspot.com. I hope you’ll take a peek.

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4th of July Kids, approx 36 x 52" by Barbara Shates at the Contra Costa County Quilt Guild (California)

This website has lots of cool stuff including the adorable quilt above: 4th of July Kids by Barbara Shates.

As you can see, patriotic quilts come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe you’ll start one today! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

 

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QM Cool Down: Winter Quilts

Since many of our readers are in the U.S. and the U.S. is enduring a heat wave, it seems like a good time to share some cool wintry quilts. What follows are some of our favorite chilly designs. Grab a tall glass of something frosty and enjoy!

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Snowflakes, designed by Barbara Fiedler and Sherri Driver; foundation paper pieced. Pattern available at quiltandsewshop.com.

The quilt above is Snowflakes, which originally appeared in Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’03 (No. 94). It’s currently available as a stand-alone pattern in The Quiltmaker Pattern Collection. Although it looks complex, foundation paper piecing makes this one a breeze to sew.

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Snowmen in the Woods, designed by QM staff; originally appeared in Nov/Dec '03 (No. 94); available as a stand-alone pattern at quiltandsewshop.com.

This is Snowmen in the Woods from the Nov/Dec ’03 issue (No. 94). Now it’s a stand-alone pattern with easy applique and simple foundations. As a bonus, in the pattern you’ll find applique accessories for a stylish snowlady.

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Just above is Sorta Snowflakes, designed by Sherri Driver, which appeared in No. 100, the Nov/Dec ’04 issue. You’ll find this one in your back issues of Quiltmaker. Something to learn here: a quilt with red in it does not really feel “cool.” Red is a warm, fiery color!

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Winter Critters by Sonja Callaghan; appeared in Nov/Dec '11 (No. 142).

We love Winter Critters by Sonja Callaghan from the 2011 Nov/Dec issue (No. 142). A limited number of kits are still available for this piece. The pattern is included with the kit. Isn’t it wonderfully whimsical?

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Dakota Snowstorm, designed by Jodi Crowell; appeared in May/June '08 (No. 121).

And last but not least is Dakota Snowstorm, which appeared in the May/June ’08 (No. 121). So chilly it almost gives you goosebumps! Again, look to your back issues for the pattern.

Wherever you are, stay cool!

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Christmas in July

Now is a perfect time to enter Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest.

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Inside the July/August issue, you’ll find that many of the color options—a total of eight—are made from holiday fabrics. And all eight will be awarded to lucky winners in the contest!

quilttops Christmas in JulyAnd not only that, a glorious prize package worth nearly $600 goes to each winner, too. Included will be backing and binding for the holiday quilt top, plus fabric from all eight fabric sponsors!

The generous fabric sponsors include:

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But wait, there’s more! Winners will receive:
• Go! Baby from AccuQuilt
• Notions from Gammill
• DVDs featuring David Taylor from Handi Quilter
Sulky thread in holiday colors

Find complete details on the contest page at quiltmaker.com. Answer a trivia question for each sponsor and all this quilty fun could be yours!

This contest is open to U.S. residents and runs through 11:59 pm MST on 8/7/12.

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AccuQuilt’s Unveiling Event

It was a fun party atmosphere last week at AccuQuilt’s new corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. I spent some time with Lynn Gibney, AccuQuilt’s Director of Marketing, who showed me around the facility.

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Photo courtesy Belinda Karls-Nace. Used with permission.

 

Just off of and clearly visible from I-80, it includes a warehouse, offices, a dream studio (to be featured in a future post) and a quilt gallery.

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AccuQuilt’s new digs were all spruced up for the Third Annual Barn Quilt Unveiling Event, attended by about 300 people from various parts of the U.S. and Canada.

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Alex Anderson was the keynote speaker at AccuQuilt's Barn Quilt Unveiling Event last week in Omaha.

Alex Anderson was the featured speaker. She spoke about her quilting journey and AccuQuilt’s part in it.

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The quilt gallery at AccuQuilt in Omaha, Nebraska

A beautiful selection of Alex’s quilts was on exhibit in the quilt gallery, which is lovely.

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Alex was happy to sign copies of her books for those attending.

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Belinda's winning quilt block was unveiled last week at AccuQuilt's Omaha headquarters.

The culmination of the event was the unveiling of a 17′ x 17′ quilt block outside the building.

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This was the winning block in AccuQuilt’s Barn Quilt Design Contest.

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Belinda Karls-Nace

The block was designed by Belinda Karls-Nace from Des Moines. Belinda is a cross-stitch pattern designer who made her first quilt when she was 12. She has been quilting seriously for about six years. Visit Belinda’s blog for more great photos and details about the event and lots of other creative musings.

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First place winner Belinda Karls-Nace, far left, and first runner-up Carol Johnson from Ontario, Canada are recognized by Linda Pumphrey, National Sales Manager at AccuQuilt.

First runner-up Carol Johnson (above, center) from Ontario, Canada was also recognized.

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This block was Carol Johnson's entry. It was awarded first runner-up.

Carol’s quilt block is displayed indoors near the gallery entrance. Both blocks will be up for one year.

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Carol Johnson's block received first runner-up in the Barn Quilt Design Contest.

The new offices are well-designed and attractive, too.

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Interesting structures help to create a cozy feeling in AccuQuilt's offices.

I loved these structures! They help to create a cozy feeling in the office space and probably also improve the sound. I just like how funky they are.

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Of course there are quilts on the walls in AccuQuilt’s signature palette of bright colors.

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Photo courtesy Belinda Karls-Nace. Used with permission.

A visit to AccuQuilt’s website is a pleasure. You can chat live with a real person! All my questions were quickly answered in just a few minutes.

For some serious quilty fun, take a look at the gallery of the Top 100 entries in the contest. You’ll see things like this:

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There are one hundred blocks to admire—so much inspiration. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you, AccuQuilt, for a great day, a great website and a great product!

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QM Scrap Squad: Jackie’s Old Glory

The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and make their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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Old Glory, Quiltmaker July/August '12. Designed and made by Margie Ullery.

Today’s featured quilt is by Jackie Hughes from Spirit Lake, Idaho. You’ll find Jackie’s blog (and a great frog quilt) at Mrs. Sew and Sew’s Quilting Blog.

 

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Jackie Hughes from Spirit Lake, Idaho

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

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I really liked this quilt when I saw it—such a quick and easy pattern with great results.

I chose an ocean theme and QM Graphic Designer Denise Starck drew up some wonderful fish for me. Get the free fish applique patterns.

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I started by pulling some blues that looked promising for an ocean feel.

 

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I cut a couple of strips from each fabric, allowing for some extras. I arranged them on my design wall going from light to dark. A few seemed not to blend well, so out they came. I moved strips around until I was pleased with the flow of fabrics.

IMG 00171 300x217 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Old GloryI sewed my strips together in sections and then joined each section.

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The backs of two fish appliques before they were fused to the quilt. You can see that the center portion of the fusible was cut away before it was ironed to the wrong side of the fabric. Then the fish were cut out.

 

I was anxious to get started on my fish. When I use fusible for machine applique, I always cut out the center of my fusible, leaving a 1/4″ frame around the edge. This keeps the applique from feeling stiff on the finished quilt.

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Next I auditioned for my border fabrics. Can you believe I loved the first ones I tried? I usually have to audition several to get it right!

IMG 0038 225x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Old GloryThe borders were great, but those black palm trees and plants on one of my strips kept bothering me. I wondered if I could cover them all with fish.

IMG 0041 240x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Old GloryI covered the offending spots with fish and then pinned up two tape measures to help me determine where to place more fish to make it look balanced.

IMG 0043 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Old GloryNow that I had everything pinned in place, how would I take it down from the design wall and iron all the fish on without shifting anything? I decided to press each fish lightly right there on the design wall, just enough to ‘stick’ each one.

Be sure you dump the water out of your iron before you do this—I learned the hard way! After that I took the whole top to my ironing board to press each one a little better.

And what about those squares in the border in the original quilt? They just didn’t fit with the theme of my quilt, so I changed them to circles—for instant bubbles!

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I quilted a design to give movement to the water.

IMG 0034 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Old GloryThis was a fun quilt to make and it has LOTS of possibilities when you start to think of all the shapes you could use. I already have ideas for others!

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QM loves Jackie’s trick with two tape measures! Brilliant!

Remember to check out all of the free applique patterns for the Scrap Squad variations of Old Glory. More versions coming in the days ahead!

 

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