New Special Issue: Quiltmaker Row Quilts

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We have a brand new special issue of Quiltmaker that hits newsstands this week! Quiltmaker Row Quilts is a collector’s edition focusing totally on row quilts. It includes 16 quilt patterns — some new designs and some old favorites. There’s a great variety of techniques and styles for beds, walls, holidays, kids and more. Take a sneak peek:

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Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher: This gorgeous throw quilt pattern designed by Marcia Patch is perfect for scraps. The vertical rows are made with just one quilt block — but you can use different colors and values to give the design the appearance of having multiple blocks.

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Bevels

Bevels: This modern king bed quilt was designed by Patti Carey. Aren’t those rows of dimensional diamonds just stunning? Kits are available for a limited time.

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Bitty Love

Little Bitty Love: The cover quilt for this issue is really something special — a fun throw quilt using all the Bitty Block patterns we shared here on Quilty Pleasures last year!

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For The Love of Laura

For the Love of Laura: Designed by Joyce Finley, this charming double bed quilt features rows of pieced heart blocks and flowering vines. Isn’t it lovely?

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Friendship Garden

Friendship Garden: Our QM managing editor Paula Stoddard designed this spectacular throw quilt, with several rows sewn by her quilting friends. Dig deep into your fabric stash when you make this one — select a few main fabrics and sprinkle in others as you go.

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I Love My All Stars

I Love My All Stars: Twenty-three pairs of foundation-pieced shoes are all lined up and ready to go on this fun throw quilt pattern designed by Sonja Callaghan.

Browse our online gallery to preview all 16 quilt patterns included in this issue. Keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands, or grab a print or digital edition in our online store. Better yet, enroll in our Special Issue Auto Ship program and never miss a special issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Choose Our Fall ’16 Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Cover!

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Vote at the link to help us choose the best cover! We appreciate your help.

We’d like to invite you to help us choose the cover for our upcoming Fall ’16 issue of Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. We have two potential covers we are considering. Please vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Look for this special QM issue when it goes on sale at newsstands Aug. 30, 2016. Better yet, enroll in our Special Issue Auto Ship program so you never miss a special issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Quilting That Travels Part 3: Appliqué Quilts

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

America’s birthday is just around the corner. I’ve been thinking about the significance of our Fourth of July a lot this year. The weekend brings back memories of home and traveling to one of my sibling’s houses for a family celebration. Much like today, back in the day it was significant for being together, eating traditional picnic foods and having a leisure day to sit on the patio chatting about recent events and local issues, kids playing in the yard, hearing firecrackers in the background, waiting for dark to see the fireworks —and me with a quilting project nearby or stitching in my hands. (The Fourth is also a very special day because it’s my mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!)

I had all these memories in mind when I had the idea for the project feature in today’s Quilting That Travels blog about Appliqué Quilts.

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I wonder which came first, the Crazy quilt pattern that I talked about in my last blog, or Appliqué quilts. An Appliqué quilt, like the Crazy quilt, has been adopted as one of the traditional quilt patterns for story telling through fabric. Both are typically more decorative by design. Appliqué quilts first appeared in America in the southern states during the 1800s. There is evidence that appliqué appeared much earlier in the work of the master crafters in the Middle and Far East. Early appliqué designs were taken from nature, (flowers in particular; much as they are today), and drawn on whole cloth.

I chose the Dresden Plate pattern to share because it is also a time-traveled design, a very popular pattern for hand appliqué quilts. The Dresden Plate was one of the most well liked quilt patterns during the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s. The design’s namesake — Dresden, Germany — produced decorative porcelain plates during the art movement of the 19th century. I searched through many issues of our magazines and blogs for Dresden Plate patterns to discover it’s still a very popular pattern — and Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have served it well. (I’ve listed a mere sampling of the many blog links and article references at the end of this blog.)

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Materials and Preparation Before You Go:

You don’t need anything out of the ordinary to make a Dresden Plate, other than a pattern. One of the women I work with suggested I try using the Easy Dresden quilting tool to cut out the plates for my blog sample. I can’t recommend it enough. It was so easy to cut out the 18 plus plates for this blog! I’ll tell you more about using the tool in the directions below. The tool arrives with easy-to-follow directions too. Cut out the plates before you GO with this project.

(To make my sample project, cut a 12-1/2″ square of fabric for the background and 8 strips, 2-1/2″ wide, from 3 different fat quarter prints. (I joined 2 of these strips for the last strip on the sample.) I cut the plate wedges from 6 different fat quarter prints.)

Making the Sample Appliqué Dresden Plate

Step 1. Plan the layout of the Dresden Plate ahead if you use assorted fabrics. Cut 18 wedges using the 5″ mark on the Easy Dresden tool.  Cut the wedges from a 5″ wide strip of fabric. Lay the tool on the fabric as shown in the first photo below. Using a rotary cutter and the tool as a guide to cut out the first wedge. As shown in the second photo, move the tool to the other side of the fabric strip and line it up with the edge created by the last wedge to cut the next one. Repeat until all the wedges needed for the plate are cut. (I found it helpful to lay out pieces in a circle as I cut them.)

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Step 2. Refer to the photo to make and assemble the plates.

1) Fold a wedge in half, right sides of fabric together. Stitch the top edge with a 1/4″ seam using a short running stitch; trim the corner of the folded edge at an angle. (2) Finger press the seam open. (3) Turn the wedge right side out. Use sharp scissors or a point turner to push the point out, carefully so you don’t push through the seam. Center the seam and press the wedge flat. (4) Placing right sides of two wedges together and lining the point ends, use a short running stitch and 1/4″ seam allowance to sew the wedges together along one side. Continue to join the wedges until you add all of them to form the plate circle. From the wrong side of the wedge plate, press all seam edges to one side to flatten the Dresden Plate.

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Step 3. Use the whipping stitch to appliqué the outer edges of the Dresden Plate to the background fabric, stitching no more than 1/4″ apart.  I sprayed the back of the plate with a temporary fabric adhesive, 505 Spray & Fix by JT Trading Corporation, to help hold the Dresden Plate in place while I stitched around the plate.

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Step 4. There are several ways to add the finishing touch to the Dresden Plate, covering the open circle in the center. A circle patch is most commonly used. Cut the circle of fabric at least 1/2″ larger than the open area. Using the needle-turn appliqué technique, sew the circle to cover the center of the plate. A large button would also make an interesting center for the Dresden Plate. I used another traditional quilting pattern, a Quilting That Travels pattern, for the center in my sample. Can you tell what it is? Stay tuned.

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Check out the following for more how-to’s and some really great ideas and patterns for Dresden Plate quilt designs.

Brought to you by Quiltmaker:

Dresden Plates how-to video

Charm Square Dresdens

You Are My Sunshine quilt pattern

A Little Pensive, a pincushion design

 

Brought to you by McCall’s Quilting:

Block Builders Workshop Use the Easy Dresden Ruler for the Dresden Plate Quilt Block

Miss Kyra: Bright Floral Dresden Plate Wall Quilt Pattern

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 15

Hi! Summer has officially started and it’s hot here! It’s time to stay inside with the air conditioner on and do a little sewing. How’s your sampler coming along? This week is week #15 of the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All of the blocks in this design have come from the different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and all have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on the previous sew along posts here.

This week’s block is Ups & Downs, block # 57 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 1. Ups & Downs was designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms Quilts.

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Ups & Downs, block #57 from QM’s 100 Blocks, vol. 1

This block is made using all triangle-square units.

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triangle-square units

Arrange and sew the units together.

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Ups & Downs assembly

Three colorways:

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three different colorways

Notice the difference in these three blocks. In the reproduction and traditional colorways, there is one color on the left and another on the right. In the red and white colorway, the darker reds are in the top left and bottom right. I think the possibilities are endless with how this block can be colored.

Be sure to visit the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week.

 

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5 Quick Baby Quilts

When you’re looking for a sweet gift for a new bundle of joy, you can’t go wrong with a handmade baby quilt. But sometimes, there just isn’t time for all the planning that goes into making the perfect quilt: finding the pattern, shopping or hunting through your stash for just-the-right fabric and then sewing and quilting it all together.

That’s where quilt kits come in handy! Nothing makes it easier to create the perfect baby quilt than a kit, and we have some of the best. From animal-themed designs to pastel- or primary-colored cuties, you can find the ideal quilt to fit any baby’s personality or nursery theme.

One of the things I love about kits is that they allow you to make a design exactly as it looks in the sample. Of course there are times I’d rather get creative with a design and truly make it my own — but other times I love the way the sample looks so much, that I want it to look just like that! You can do that with kits, all while saving yourself lots of time and money.

Here are five of my favorite quick-and-easy baby quilt kits:

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Zoe Zebra

1. Zoe Zebra: A little zebra plays in the flowers on this adorable baby quilt designed by Deb Grogan. Fusible appliqué and strip piecing make it quick to make, and the design features fun three-dimensional surprises for little hands to explore! The quilt finishes at 42″x 52” and the kit features crisp fabrics from the American Made Brand Solids by Clothworks.

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Dancing Butterflies

2. Dancing Butterflies: Appliqued butterflies flutter across this baby quilt designed by Kate Colleran. Wouldn’t this make the sweetest gift for a newborn? The finished quilt measures 42” x 54”, and the kit includes soft and pretty pastel prints from Riley Blake Designs.

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One In a Minion

3. One In a Minion: This cute quilt — featuring the lovable characters from the popular Despicable Me and Minions movies — is perfect for naptime or playtime. It was designed by our managing editor Paula Stoddard, and easy piecing and a panel make it a breeze to whip up quickly. The finished quilt measures 52″ x 60″.

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Just Plane Fun

4. Just Plane Fun: Foundation-pieced airplanes fly through the sky on this baby quilt designed by Glynis Thompson. The design finishes at 54-1/2” by 54-1/2”, and the kit includes fabrics from P&B Textiles.

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Playful Patch

5. Playful Patch: Patch Pals premiered in Quiltmaker in 2011. So far, we’ve created a dog, cat, duck, monkey, hedgehog, elephant, owl, turtle, raccoon, lion, fox, flamingo, frog, giraffe, toucan, koala and more. And, kits are available for many of these easy-to-piece designs! Here is one of my personal favorites, the Playful Patch toucan design. Check out more Patch Pal kits here.

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Discover more great quilt kits for baby in our online shop. You can use promo code BABYQK15 to save 15% on quilt kits for babies and children through Thursday, June 23!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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P.S. For more baby quilt inspiration, check out our new online course with liZ and Elizabeth Evans: How to Make a Baby Quilt. Registration is open through Monday, June 27, and you can use coupon code QBBABY10 to save $10 off.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 14

Hi! Happy Wednesday! Welcome to week 14 of the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All of the blocks in this design have come from the different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and all have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on the previous sew along posts here.

Before we get started with today’s block, the winner from last week’s blog is Linda Yeager. Thank you to all of you who left a comment.

Today’s block is Fast Track, block #971 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 10. This block was designed by Gudrun Erla, who is also sewing along with us. Be sure to check out her block on her blog.

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Fast Track, block #971 designed by Gudrun Erla

This block is made up of triangle-square units and patches.

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units for Fast Track

Assembly:

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Fast Track in three different colorways.

I came across a really cute pattern—Snapshots that was featured as a 2015 Quilt Along by the Fat Quarter Shop. This quilt was a fund raiser for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The quilt block patterns are free to download. The Fat Quarter Shop asks for a $5 donation to St. Jude for each download. I think these patterns are adorable and used some of my leftover fabric to make this really cute bike block.

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bike block from Snapshots quilt

Be sure to visit the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week.

 

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New Online Course: How to Make a Baby Quilt

Is there anything better than making a baby quilt for a new little one? Handmade gifts are special and thoughtful — and in the case of quilts, quite practical too.

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liZ and Elizabeth Evans

We have a new online quilting course for beginning quilters that will walk you step-by-step through creating a beautiful but simple nine patch baby quilt.

It’s a quick and versatile design that you can make in different variations and fabrics, for each new baby that comes into your life. You may even want to stitch a few up to save for those moments when you need a quick baby shower gift.

The course is hosted by liZ and Elizabeth Evans — two sister-in-laws who just happen to share the same name. Together they run Simple Simon and Company, where they share their love of sewing, crafting and homemaking. Their motto? “Two girls. Same name. One mission. Teach the world to sew.”

liZ and Elizabeth start the course by showing you how to use pre-cut charm packs to create all kinds of nine patch blocks. Then you’ll learn how to stitch those blocks together to create quilt rows.

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Next they’ll go over laying out your nine patch blocks and sewing your quilt top. Then they’ll show you how to make a quilt sandwich and quilt the quilt on your home sewing machine.

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Finally you’ll learn two different methods for binding your quilt — straight line and bias binding. By the time this course is through, you’ll be able to create baby quilts that will be treasured.

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If you’re a beginning quilter, this is the perfect course for you to get your quiltin’ feet wet. If you’re friends with a beginner, let them know about this course!

Click here to learn more about Quilting Basics: How to Make a Baby Quilt. You can use coupon code QBBABY10 to save $10 off the course!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

P.S. Be sure to also check out liZ and Elizabeth’s book The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting. This brand new book features 24 patchwork projects.

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Quilting That Travels Part 2: Crazy Quilts

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

I’m starting to make plans for the Fourth of July weekend. We are thinking about a possible road trip, which means lots of time in the car and some stitching. I’ve had a project in mind for a while to make a story quilt for each of my grandchildren to document some of the key events of my life. Maybe it’s time to start my crazy quilts.

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I think it’s important to carry history from generation to generation. I always wish I had gathered more information about my grandparents’ younger days, before I came on the scene.

I feel the Crazy Quilt pattern is the best design to document a story, to create a quilt with memories. They are scrappy with odd bits and pieces of fabric; they have no order (unless I put it there). The fabric found in traditional crazy quilts is fancy, plain, colorful and subdued, and may also have a memory of their original use. And, lots of fancy embellishments are added to make them individually creative, beautiful and interesting. The materials alone tell a story! These quilts are just like life, full of texture and kinda’ crazy at times.

I believe the Crazy Quilt is the most romantic of quilts. These free-flowing quilts appeared in the U.S. in the late 1800s, during the Victorian era. They were displayed at an exposition in Philadelphia, showcasing the art of English and Japanese embroidery. Embroidery needlework was also popular in America then.

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The Crazy Quilt craze spread through the east coast by upper-class women who used their silks and velvets in their quilts; fabrics that were then available because of the industrial revolution. These quilts were often used to adorn the home, rather than as functional bed coverings. Along with the elegant fabrics, some of these early Crazy Quilts included blocks of familiar patterns such as, Dresden Plate or FanLog Cabin and Grandmothers Flower Garden, joined by many different embroidery stitches.

The Crazy Quilt pattern is perfect for wall hangings, pillow tops, evening bags and holiday ornaments. Finished quilts can be elaborate or simply elegant. This easy pattern is great for all the scraps I’ve collected. No batting is required, just a backing for the finished quilt. The Crazy Quilt pattern is also perfect for using up odd bits of thread, lace, trim, buttons, beads and old pieces of jewelry ­– items that may have some historical significance.

Materials:

  • Muslin fabric, cut to the size of a finished block, plus 1/2″ (e.g. 12-1/2″ square)
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Embroidery threads of different textures and weights

Preparation Before You Go

You can use several methods to create your Crazy Quilt. One method is to create the pattern as you go placing the fabric and stitching onto the muslin free form. Another is to draw the pattern on a piece of muslin or use a paper pattern (e.g. foundation paper piecing). I like the muslin pattern the best and prepare a quantity of them before I travel to take with me. (If I prepare all I need for a quilt, the ones I don’t finish are easy to pick up and work on any time I have the inclination.

Making the Crazy Quilt block with an unmarked muslin foundation.

Note… While making a Crazy Quilt block I keep in mind that the order and addition of adding the fabric patches is much like making a Log Cabin block. I start with a small piece of fabric. The next one I add is the length of one side of the small piece. The third patch I add needs to be the length of the first and second piece of fabric.

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Step 1. Cut the first bit of fabric to give it 5 edges. Lay the fabric, right side facing up, on the muslin backing. (I received this machine-embroidered sample from my daughter-in-law’s mother. She found it at a yard sale. It’s a perfect piece for a Victorian Crazy Quilt.)

 

 

 

 

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Step 3. Cut the next bit of fabric the length of the joined first two pieces. Add this bit of fabric by laying it against the next angle of the beginning fabric, repeating the process. It’s OK to let the fabrics overlap; it generally gives more interesting free-flowing shapes to fabric placement. Move around the block, adding new bits of fabric sized to cover the edge of the last joined fabrics. In some cases, to get a pleasing placement, you may need to fold under and stitch an edge in place before adding another, or pre-sew two or more patches of fabric together before you add them to the crazy block.

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Step 4. The block is ready for embellishment when the surface of the foundation muslin is covered with fabric bits. (Notice the fabrics in my sample block are very intense prints, in color and design, so I decided to go simple on the embellishment, a few beads and minimal embroidery.)

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Here are a couple more examples. The first is going to finish as a Christmas ornament. I created foundation muslin with a pre-drawn arrangement for the patches.

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The second block is the first of my story quilt. I think it looks kind of goofy so far, but I think it will work out when I add more blocks to the quilt. I was born in Greensburg Indiana where we are known for the tree growing out of our courthouse tower. (Really. Google it.) I decided on a wonky Log Cabin for this block because it represents home and hearth. I’ve just started the embellishment. I’ll add my name and date of birth to the block, and knowing me, a lot of other fluffy stuff. I have fabric left from lots of projects. In future blocks I plan to add some fabrics and embellishments that I’ve held on to because they are my favorites or were used for family quilts. I think I’ll also add some pieces from a couple well-loved quilts my grandmother gave me (They also contain pieces from clothing she made for my sister and I.). These patches will carry a piece of her quilting history forward.

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Miss part one of our Quilting That Travels summer tutorial series? Check it out here.

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For more crazy quilt inspiration, check out these books available in our online store:

Quilting Just a Little Bit Crazy by Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell

Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting by Allie Aller

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 13 + Giveaway

Hi! I hope you enjoyed the little break. We’re one quarter of the way through the 100 Blocks Sampler. And, to celebrate, we’re having a little giveaway (more info at the end).

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All of the blocks in this design have come from the different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and all have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on the previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Serendipity, block #656 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7. Serendipity was designed by Karen Combs. Be sure to drop by Karen’s blog to see her block.

Here’s Serendipity.

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Serendipity, block #656 designed by Karen Combs

This block has two basic units—Flying Geese and Triangle-Squares along with some patches.

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Triangle-Square unit and Flying Geese

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Serendipity assembly

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Serendipity in three different colorways.

Different fabric and value placement in this block really changes the look—it was fun to play with.

Be sure to visit the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

And, finally, the giveaway! Leave a comment below letting me know how many blocks of the sampler you’ve sewn so far and which one is your favorite. I’ll randomly draw a winner next Tuesday, June 14. The winner will receive:

  • a copy of the newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13
  • an exclusive Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 mousepad (not sold in stores or anywhere!)
  • and a pack of Tonga Treats from Timeless Treasures

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See you next week.

 

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Creative Quilting for Home Decor + a Few Quick Tips!

The start of summer always makes me want to update my home decor with fresh new pieces and fun pops of color. As quilters, there are so many small projects we can make that will easily do just that – pillows, placemats, table runners, table toppers and more.

We have a new online course with one of our favorite designers and QM contributors, Kate Colleran, that’s ALL about creative quilting for your home. In Creative Quilting for Home Decor, Kate will show you how to customize and coordinate all the above mentioned project types to work perfectly in your space. And throughout the course, she’ll share a variety of her favorite techniques for flying geese, working with hexagons and more.

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Kate Colleran filming the Creative Quilting for Home Decor lessons in our studio. I spy her gorgeous Contours quilt from our July/Aug ’15 issue in the background!

Read on below for a brief overview of the course lessons, preview some of the projects and watch a few quick-and-easy video tutorials Kate shared with us while filming the course!

Part 1: Pillows

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The first few lessons of the course are all about pillows. First you’ll create a 4 Patch Square Pillow with a machine quilted top and an envelope back. There are lots of great variations you can make of this design — you can use different variations of the 4 patch, use orphan blocks, use a large scale print with borders and more.

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Next you’ll make a Flying Geese Rectangle Pillow with an invisible zipper back. Kate will demonstrate different techniques to make flying geese units, teach you her no-waste method and more.

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To finish up the pillow section, you’ll learn how to machine appliqué hexagons for a pillow top. Kate will show you two ways for making the hexis – hand prep and machine prep – and share tips for machine appliqué and finishing the design with a cording accent.

Part 2: Table Runners

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 The next several lessons of the course focus on table runners. Kate talks about sizes and shapes for table runners as she uses four quilt blocks to make a skinny table runner.

She’ll also show you how to add borders to your runners and how to machine bind using a decorative stitch.

Part 3: Coordinating Projects – Table Toppers & Placemats

KateColleran Placemats Creative Quilting for Home Decor + a Few Quick Tips!

The last group of lessons will teach you how to make projects that coordinate with your pillows and table runner. Kate will show you how to take the four quilt blocks from the table runner and turn them into a square table topper, and how to sew into a 4 patch or add sashing to make the project bigger. You’ll learn how to add a decorative skinny flange to your binding. Wrapping up the lessons, she’ll teach you how to take one block and turn it into a placemat, and how to round the corners on the placemat and use bias binding.

Here are a few quick tips Kate shared with us on set that I think you’ll enjoy!

Short Zipper Tip:

Clip Corners Tip:

Ladder Stitch Demo:

 

Creative Quilting for Home Decor begins July 11 on Craft University. Learn more here!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

P.S. Want to read more about Kate Colleran and her designs? Visit her website at seamslikeadream.com!

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