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.

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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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Quiltmaker and the Christmas in July Contest

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

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Eight winners!

Two grand prize winners! One grand prize winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate from Handi Quilter and one grand prize winner will receive a Skyline S5 sewing machine from Janome. 

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AND will also receive the following wonderful prizes.

Correctly answer questions about our sponsors’ products in the scavenger hunt for a chance to win one Christmas in July quilt top and a fantastic prize package. The contest is open until 11:59 pm MST on August 7, 2015.

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

Why is this contest open only to U.S. residents?
We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications and you will find that many contests are only valid in the country where they originate. This article gives a good explanation: howstuffworks.com/question541.htm

 

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QM Bitty Blocks: I Heart This One!

It’s time for another QM Bitty Block!

The passing of time can be a strange thing. In a way, it feels like forever until each new Bitty Block is released. But in another way, the months seem to fly by. How is that possible?

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I’m happy to share another one of these adorable small quilt blocks with you today. This one is special to me. I was born on Valentine’s Day in 1960, the fifth child but the first and only girl. My mom was tickled pink. My dad said that when they came out and announced, “It’s a girl,” he looked around to see who they were speaking to, because he knew it couldn’t be him.

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So my parents always made a big deal out of having a girl on a special day, and while it might seem corny, I really like hearts and I especially love Valentine’s Day. Today’s little 3″ heart quilt block is right up my alley.

When I designed this block a few months back, it had a seam across the middle. I made quite a few in reds and pinks because I was also working on my quilt block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 which will come out this fall.

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My first design had a seam across the middle.

But when I started to work on my samples for this blog post, I realized I didn’t need that seam across the middle.

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Bitty Love from Quiltmaker

Now the block is quicker and easier, and the vertical seam lends itself nicely to using two different fabrics.

Here’s how you make Bitty Love.

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Each heart quilt block takes these patches.

Cutting

Heart fabric
2 rectangles 2″ x 3.5″ (can be the same fabric or two different fabrics)

Background fabric
4 squares 1″ x 1″
2 squares 2″ x 2″

Sewing

This block uses “Stitch and Flip” to attach the background patches to the heart patches. I used to dread this technique but I learned some things to make it work.

These patches are tiny so I recommend shortening your stitch length to a maximum of 2.0mm or 13 stitches per inch. It’s a good rule of thumb that the shorter the seam you’re sewing, the shorter your stitches need to be. Read more about understanding stitch length.

Place two small background squares at one end of each heart rectangle, right sides together. Sew from corner to corner on each square as shown. I didn’t mark this seamline because the patches are small and it’s pretty easy to eyeball it. Be sure to sew them as shown so they form a little peak in the middle.

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Use Stitch-and-Flip as shown.

Place a 2″ background square at the other end of each rectangle. On the wrong side of the 2″ square, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner as shown. Sew on the marked line. Be sure to sew them in opposite directions as shown on the patches above.

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Trim the seam allowances to 1/4″ and discard the trimmings.

Trim the seam allowances to 1/4″ and discard the trimmings.

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Open out the patches and press gently.

Open out the patches and press gently.

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Sew the heart halves together to complete the quilt block.

Sew the heart halves together to complete the block.

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Here is how the block will appear once it is sewn into the quilt.

I laid strips of fabric over the seam allowances so you could see how the block will appear once it’s sewn into the quilt. I love that vertical seamline. You can use two fabrics in similar colors, as I did above and below.

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This heart has significant contrast between the two blue fabrics.

Or you can make both halves out of the exact same fabric.

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Both halves of the heart are of the same fabric.

It’s fun to try different combinations and see what floats your boat. You could make the backgrounds scrappy—just keep them fairly similar in value, which is a fancy of saying lightness or darkness.

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Have some fun with various combinations.

I have two tips to help you with the Bitty Love blocks. One is about feeding the stitch-and-flip of the 2″ background squares into the machine. It’s best to feed it through as shown below, where the point is lying on top of a patch with no point.

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Feed the 2″ background square through the machine like this.

It works better as shown above because the point doesn’t get pulled down into the needle hole. If you feed the corners through first, like this:

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If you feed the points through the machine first, they can be pulled down into the needle hole.

…they can easily be pulled down into the needle hole and that is no fun. Try to remember this guideline for all of your piecing. Try to avoid feeding the corners through first.

Another trick has to do with the cleft of the heart. In the photo below, you can see that my cleft doesn’t match up very well.

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The cleft of this heart doesn’t match up very well.

When I pressed the seam allowance to the right, this mistake was evident. But if I pressed it to the left, it practically disappeared.

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When I pressed the seam allowance to the left, it looked much better.

So when you have a cleft that’s not perfect, experiment by pressing the seam allowance to each side, and see if one doesn’t look decidedly better than the other.

Printer-friendly version of the Bitty Love instructions

You’ll find links to all of the Bitty Blocks patterns and posts on our Bitty Blocks homepage, as well as a link to the many quilt options for this project and other tips and tricks. Please tell your quilting friends about these free quilt patterns, and use #qmbittyblocks on social media. You can send photos to editor@quiltmaker.com. We’d love to see how your Bitty Blocks are coming along!

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Some of you have asked about sewing your blocks together into rows. If you’re sure of what size quilt you’re making, by all means go ahead and sew the blocks together.

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Zia’s Square Dance: A Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt

Today I have an old-fashioned scrap quilt to share with you as well as a sweet little story of reclaimed fabric. First, a little background.

Many of you are familiar with our friend and columnist Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com.

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Bonnie has taught at QM’s Block Party, designed a Lazy Sunday mystery quilt for us, submitted many designs to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and more.

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Lazy Sunday by Bonnie Hunter

She’s in every issue of Quiltmaker with a new scrappy block and a column called Addicted to Scraps. We’ve picked up a number of subscribers because of this column—people love Bonnie’s enthusiasm and her dogged determination to use up fabric she already owns.

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Bonnie takes ho-hum and sometimes even ugly fabrics and somehow sprinkles them with fairy dust, and they become showstoppers. It’s a beautiful thing.

This year we formed a new team of readers to take Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps block designs and make scrappy quilts from them. Today team member Melva Nolan from Trinidad, Colorado shares the quilt she made from Bonnie’s Idaho Square Dance block.

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Idaho Square Dance

The block pattern is inside Quiltmaker’s May/June issue. Here’s what Melva had to say:

“While itty bitty pieces are not my favorite to work with I refined my skills as I pieced this quilt. In the first few blocks I noticed that my blocks weren’t flat. I began paying closer attention to the beginning and ending stitches of my seams.

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Idaho Square Dance, scrappy quilt block

I had the tendency to veer away from the 1/4″ seam line one way or the other. By the time I reached the last few blocks for the quilt top I had noticed that my blocks were flat and square!

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Idaho Square Dance, scrappy quilt block #2

“Much of the fabric used in this quilt had found its “new” home with me recently as I had been gifted with a large stash of fabric from a sweet lady named Zia.

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Notice the sashing fabric. It’s the fabric Zia remembers below.

When I shared a picture of the quilt top and that I named the quilt in her honor (Zia’s Square Dance) I received this message back. Little did I know that some of the fabric was older than I am!

Oh my goodness, what a project and I am so honored with it being named for me. Of course I think it’s great—and there is my 1960-1961 dress material again in the strips around the boxes. It was the orange flower material. I enjoyed wearing that dress that Mother had made for me. Yes, she made it and I wore it my first year of college. Orange & green were the trendy colors of the times and I still like wearing orange. Thanks for sending it.

“I used Hobbs Heirloom Fusible batting. It is an 80/20 blend and I love the way it looks. After it is washed it makes the quilt look well loved and comfortable.

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Zia’s Square Dance, a scrap quilt by Melva Nolan

“I did free-motion quilting. I wanted to have some swirls or wave-like quilting on it to offset the straight lines of the blocks.”

What a beautiful job by an experienced scrap quilt maker! The border colors complement the sashing and block fabrics perfectly. Please leave a comment and help me give Melva a virtual round of applause.

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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.

 

IMG 0990 283x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Sea Glass by KathyHere is the finished quilt!

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.

 

 

The winner of the “What Every Quilter Should Know; Giveaway” is Marylin Fite. Marylin has been notified by email.

 

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