Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 2

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 2

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Welcome Quilters!

Happy Tuesday! It’s the second day of our blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.  11and we have even more quilt block previews and giveaways to share. This is only the second day! Stick around for the next three days to join in on more quilt fun. Let’s dig into some more quilt blocks:

It’s all about color today, and I found a perfect example with Heather Kojan’s quilt block. Scrappy Strippy Kisses is such a great quilt block to use those tiny scraps that you’ve been hoarding for years. Use foundation piecing with this scrappy 12″ quilt block. Design some “O” quilt blocks and you have a hugs and kisses quilt!

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Scrappy Strippy, block #1086 designed by Heather Kojan for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

What makes bright colors pop? Pairing it with black and white fabric. The always fantastic Cindy Wiens did just that with her quilt block, Off The Rails. Use the simple stitch-n-flip method and before you know it, you’ll have this quilt block completed. I can see it in a sampler quilt!

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Off the Rails, block #1099 designed by Cindy Wiens for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Our third quilt block of the day is from Deanne Eisenman. Cotton Candy uses the Stitch-and-Flip method to make a vibrant quilt block. Easy units comprise this quilt block. With a little bit of patchwork, you could have yourself a quick quilt!

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Cotton Candy, block #1075 designed by Deanne Eisenman for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

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

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Designed by Anne Wiens.

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Designed by Sandi Colwell.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Today’s industry sponsor is Hoffman. We could not do this blog tour without them and their beautiful fabric. They are hosting an issue giveaway on their blog today that you don’t want to miss!

Vol.11 Designs Featuring Hoffman California Fabrics

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Geese Go Round, block #1065 designed by Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director. Fabric: Bellissima from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Surrounded by Love, block #1081 designed by Diane Harris, Quiltmaker Associate Editor. Fabric: Bali batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Island Breeze, designed by Gail March for the Vol.11 Block Tester Gallery. Blocks: Debbie’s Favorite Star, block #1039, designed by Debbie Caffrey; Off the Rails, block #1099, designed by Cindy Wiens. Fabric: Assorted Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

 

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Hoffman has also provided fabric for our giveaway! For your chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 and other quilting goodies, leave a comment on our blog before midnight Wednesday, May 6th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified on Thursday May 7th.

The winner’s from Day 2 of Vol.11 Blog Tour are: Nancysue, Rochelle,Wendy, LaVerne Mullane, Kathleen Dalecio and Margaret Andrews. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

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

  1. Cindy Wiens
  2. Peg Spradlin
  3. Deanne Eisenman
  4. Barbara Cain
  5. Cinzia White
  6. Heather Kojan
  7. Anne Wiens
  8. Melissa Corry
  9. Anita Grossman Solomon
  10. Sandi Colwell
  11. Mary Ellen Von Holt and Muriel

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

See you soon!

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

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 1

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour: Day 1

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End the countdown. Clear you schedule. This is the week of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour. What does that mean? Five solid days of quilt block previews, giveaways and blogging fun from countless quilt designers. It’s our favorite time of year! Please join us this week, during May 4th-May 8th to partake in all the fun!

Each day we will be sharing a few quilt blocks and designer quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11. Today, we start with a block from Nancy Mahoney. Twirling Rose is a bold red and black beauty, which uses fusible appliqué with a machine blanket stitch for the center flowers. I can imagine this quilt block paired with a simple and geometric quilt block to make a quilted wall hanging.

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Twirling Rose, block #1052 designed by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11.

From Jessie Kurtz we have Hopscotch. Pair large triangle-squares with a fun and flashy fabric to make a simple quilt block. The possibilities are endless with Hopscotch. I picture the quilt block alternated between on point and this setting.

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Hopscotch, block #1087 designed by Jessie Kurtz for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

I saved my favorite for last. This is I Heart Sewing by Cynthia Frenette. She used foundation piecing and a fun novelty sewing print for the border. Of course any quilter needs a little wall hanging with the block in the center!

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I Heart Sewing, block #1048 designed by Cynthia Frenette for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11.

Designer’s Quilt Gallery

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

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Designed by Abigail Dolinger.

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Designed by Kelli Fannin.

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Designed by Irene Grimes.

Let’s Have a Giveaway!

We couldn’t do this blog tour, or make these beautiful quilt blocks without our valued industry partners. Today, we welcome Northcott as our industry partner. They have donated prizes for today’s giveaway and they also have an issue giveaway on their blog today! 

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Leave a comment below to enter today’s giveaway!

Want to win these Stonehenge pre-cuts from Northcott, a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 and other quilting goodies? Leave a comment on our blog before midnight Tuesday, May 5th telling us what you saw on the blog tour today and what excited you, for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen and notified, Wednesday May 6th.

The winner’s from Day 1 of Vol.11 Blog Tour are: Barbara Goodwin, Linda Newman,Wendy, Denise and Sharon P. Winner’s have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.11 Blog Tour!

Today’s Featured Designers:

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

  1. Cynthia Frenette
  2. Gina Gempesaw
  3. Nancy Mahoney
  4. Irene Grimes
  5. Kelli Fannin
  6. Abigail Dolinger
  7. Kate Colleran
  8. Kristy & Shayla Wolf
  9. Jessie Kurtz
  10. Belinda Karls-Nace
  11. Jenny Novinsky

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

See you soon!

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

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QM Bitty Blocks: Bear Paw

By Kelly Eisinger, Quiltmaker Editorial Assistant

In case you’re new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks are freebies presented the first Monday of each month on Quilty Pleasures. See earlier QM Bitty Blocks here in case you missed them. The May Bitty Block is an exception because this coming Monday, May 4th starts the 5 days of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 Blog Tour!

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May is here and Spring has sprung! Which means animals are coming out of hibernation, flowers are blooming and the days are getting longer. In honor of all the little critters and birds reemerging to grace us with their presence, the May Bitty Block is the classic Bear Paw block. This is a 3″ x 3″ finished Bitty Block.

Get the printer friendly version here.

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Bear Paw Bitty Block.

I love the simplicity of this block design, and couldn’t help but get carried away with making these vibrant little paws.

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Pile O’ Bear Paws!

I have enjoyed all of the Bitty Block patterns thus far, however the Bitty Baskets got the best of me! Cutting and sewing individual tiny half-square-triangle units is not my strong suit. Even only making four to use in the Bitty Bear Paw block was tricky. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you a little practice…it took me a lot.

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Trying to fudge wonky half-square triangle units is not a good idea.

With that being said, I will show you two ways to construct this block. The first will demonstrate the process of making a single Bear Paw using individual half-square triangle units, like the one above.

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I made these blocks using Diane’s helpful half-square triangle trick, which yields 8 half-square triangles. This is a perfect amount for making two Bear Paw blocks at at once.

The second will demonstrate how to make two Bear Paw blocks at once using Diane’s helpful half-square triangle trick! By using this trick, I was able to rally through these Bitty Bear Paws quicker than I could have ever imagined!

Let’s get started! You will need two contrasting fabrics, one for the paw and one for the background.

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Fabrics paired up and ready to cut.

Single Bear Paw Block

Background: Red
2 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″
1 square 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

Paw: Yellow Polka Dot
2 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″
1 square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Background and paw pieces cut and laid out.

To make the claws of the paw, match the 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ background squares to the 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ paw squares, right sides together.

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Each pair will yield two half-square triangles.

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.

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Sew a 1/4″ out from the center line.

Sew 1/4″ out from each side of the line. Then cut on the marked line and press the seam toward the darker fabric.

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Cut on the center line, to yield 2 half-square triangles from each pair of squares.

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Press the seams and trim the dog ears.

You now have four claws.

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Four claws.

Arrange the block pieces as shown below:

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Assembly lay out.

Assembling the Block:

1) Sew two claws and 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ background square in a row. Press the seams towards the background square.

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Sew the top claws and 1-1/2″ square together and the right two claws together.

2) Sew the remaining two claws together and press the seam toward the 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ background square.

3) Attach the two right claws to the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ paw square and press the seam towards the 2-1/2″  square.

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Attach the right paws first.

4) Lastly sew the two sections together and press the seam towards the larger section.

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Press the seams toward the 2-1/2″ block.

You now have now completed the Bitty Bear Paw! Woohoo!!

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Finished block.

Double Blocks

Now back to this itty bitty half square triangle business. If  you’re not the biggest fan of sewing individual half-square triangle units, this second method may be more appealing because it will yield 8 half square triangles at once!

The cutting list below notes to cut one of each piece, however if you layer your two fabrics together when cutting, you will have enough pieces to make two contrasting blocks at once.

These are my fabric choices:

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Two fabrics for blocks.

Background:
1 square 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – used for making the half-square triangles
1 square 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

Paw
1 square 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″- used for making the half-square triangles
1 square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

1.) Lay the two fabrics right sides up on top of each other, and cut out the listed pieces.

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Top Left: 2-1/2″ square, used for paw. Right: 3-3/4″ square, used for half-square triangles. Bottom left: 1-1/2″ square, used for the background corner.

Making the half-square triangles:

Note: the fabrics used in this demonstration are different from my choices, since these images are referenced from Diane’s previous blog post.

Place the background and paw 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ squares right sides together. On the wrong side of either square, mark 1/4″ out from the diagonal center in both directions. Diane suggests using a Quarter-Inch Seam Marker, but you can use any quilting ruler that’s long enough to cover the diagonal.

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Place the squares right sides together and mark.

Sew on all four of the marked lines:

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Sew on all of the marked lines.

Cut on the vertical and horizontal centers of the squares (in other words, cut down the middle, both ways) by lining up the ruler as shown. On 3-3/4″ squares (for 1″ finished triangle-squares), halfway across is 1-7/8″.

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Make a second set of cuts between the lines of stitching as shown.

Make a second set of cuts between the lines of stitching as shown.

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This method yields 8 half-square triangles.

You’ll get 8 half-square triangles using this method. This is enough to make two Bear Paw blocks at once, woo hoo!!

From this point continue to assemble the units as noted in part one to complete the blocks. You will have two contrasting blocks!

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You now have two contrasting blocks!

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More contrasting blocks.

We hope you enjoy this months Bitty Block pattern as much as we do! When you’re finished making your blocks, please share them with us at editor@quiltmaker.com!

Get the printer friendly version here.

Reminder: Bitty Block patterns are posted on the 1st Monday of the month. May is an exception due to Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Vol.11 Blog Tour starting on Monday May 4th. The June Bitty Block will be posted on Monday, June 1st!

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Electric Quilt Creative Spark

Each issue of our magazine contains a fantastic column from our friends at Electric Quilt. This features tells you about all the nifty functions of their quilt design software. So many of our quilt designers use Electric Quilt to design their quilt creations. If you’re aspiring to take your quilt creativity to the next level, be sure to pay attention to this column!

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EQ7 Software

We also have a section on our website titled Creative Spark. In this column, we expand on the feature from the magazine. You’ll find images outlining how to maneuver around Electric Quilt software and great step-by-step directions so you know exactly how to use EQ.

Our current issue, Quiltmaker May/June, talked about using EQ7 to merge quilt blocks and create new and exciting designs for a quilt.

The issue before that, March/April, discussed how to play with quilt block size and proportion. A few simple steps can completely change the look and size of your quilt! It’s quilting magic!

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Check out the column for yourself, explore Electric Quilt and put on your design hat!

Happy Designing!

Rachel

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Enter the Be Creative Quilt Contest!

We are so pleased to present a new quilt contest in conjunction with Quilter’s Newsletter and McCall’s Quilting. The Be Creative Quilt contest will challenge you to become a quilt designer-and you could reap the rewards!

How it works:

Be Creative Fabrics Enter the Be Creative Quilt Contest!

  • Design an original quilt from pre-selected fabric. Our fabric bundle is a gorgeous collection  of prints designed by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.
  • Make a quilt using your original design that measures 56”-60” x 68”-72” when finished.
  • Submit a photo of the finished quilt along with some other pieces of information to be entered into the contest. More information can be found on our website along with the official rules.
  • The entry deadline is November 1st. That gives you plenty of time to get creative!

The prizes:

  • The winning quilt along with the finalist quilt will be displayed for thousands to see at Original Sewing & Quilt Expos in 2016.
  • The grand prize recipient prize pack includes tickets to a 2016 Original Quilting & Sewing Expo event, one-year subscriptions to Quilters NewsletterQuiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting, quilt books and gift certificates to shop for even more quilting goodies!

Why should you enter?

  • Did you see that fabric? Even the simplest of quilts will look gorgeous in those prints.
  • Push you boundaries and try something new!
  • The winning quilt will be displayed to countless people. This could be the start of your quilt design career.
  • We love seeing our audience’s talent. We enjoy going through each photo and getting inspiration from your genius ideas.
  • I feel the need to repeat this-That. Fabric. I want to get my hands on that fabric bundle right now!

Be sure to check out all the guidelines for submission on our Quiltmaker page. That page also includes a tab for your entry form where you have the option to electronically submit your quilt photo.

The fabric bundle for the Be Creative contest is available at quiltandsewshop.com.

Happy Creating!

Rachel

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Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt Blocks: Idaho Square Dance

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor     dianeharris Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt Blocks: Idaho Square Dance

 

Earlier this year, we pulled together a team of enthusiastic people to make scrap quilts using Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps blocks. Every regular issue of Quiltmaker has a new scrappy quilt block pattern from Bonnie. All of the blocks are featured on the Addicted to Scraps online page. Click on each block to find an idea and cutting dimensions for a scrappy quilt!

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Idaho Square Dance is the Addicted to Scraps block in QM’s May/June issue. It’s an easy block with great impact! It’s perfect for scrapbag sewing! It makes an efficient Leader/Ender project!

Today I have a quilt to share with you, made from Idaho Square Dance blocks by Sheri Wonderling from Brookville, Pennsylvania. Sheri is part of our Scrap Addicts team.

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Sheri started with a bin of 1.5″ strips.

Sheri started with a bin of 1.5″ strips. This tells me she’s been following Bonnie’s advice about cutting your scraps into useable sizes. If you’re still stuffing leftovers into a box, read Scrap User’s System by Bonnie Hunter. Your fabric will never be the same!

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Sheri’s bin of 1.5″ squares were put to good use.

It’s pretty amazing that leftovers can move from what’s above to what’s below.

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Idaho Square Dance quilt by Sheri Wonderling

Sheri used a classic cheddar color for her sashing strips, scrappy blues for cornerstones and navy for the outside setting triangles.

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Quilting detail

Sheri tells me, “It has its share of flaws but it was a great learning experience for me. This was the first time that I put blocks on point. I would always shy away from that because it is intimidating. I hope that with this quilt I can encourage others to step outside their comfort zone and push past what they think will be too hard.

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The pieced backing for Sheri’s quilt

“And in true Bonnie Hunter fashion, I was trying to shop my stash. I had a little bit of fabric left over from my borders and not enough of the blue. So what is a Bonnie fan going to do? We do what Bonnie does. Piece the back. I love the stripes.”

I’m sure you’ll agree that this indeed looks like a Bonnie Hunter quilt! Quiltmaker congratulates Sheri Wonderling on a job well done.

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Have you made a quilt using Addicted to Scraps blocks by Bonnie Hunter? We’d love to see it. Please email photos to editor@quiltmaker.com.

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Supplement your stash with our Bonnie Hunter bundle. Includes Bonnie’s best-selling More Adventures with Leaders and Enders book!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Santa Fe by Donna Hanna

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.

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

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

Today’s featured quilt is by Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania.

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Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania

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

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The pattern for Santa Fe intrigued me as soon as I saw it.

This plaid fabric was my  color inspiration. I chose a palette of bright green, light magenta, dark magenta gray, yellow and aqua. I used a white background so the bright colors would pop.

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This plaid quilting fabric was my color inspiration for Santa Fe.

I needed to adjust the block construction slightly in order to use the plaid, because I didn’t like how the half-square triangles broke up the plaid when I used it as the background of the stars.

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I didn’t care for the look of the broken up plaid.

So, I replaced the half-square triangles for the star background with flying geese to prevent the mismatched plaid.

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Flying Geese can be star points.

Other than that small change I followed the pattern as published.

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My star blocks use Flying Geese for the star points.

After I chose my color palette, I realized that my variety of light magenta pieces was less than what I think is optimal for a scrap quilt. That led me to use a different constant magenta in each of the X pieces.

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I used the same magenta fabric in all of the X pieces.

I quilted with a random all-over freehand design of feathery swirls in white.

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Quilting on the Santa Fe quilt

I pieced magenta and aqua checkerboard squares for the border, and finished off with a magenta binding.

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Donna Hanna’s finished Santa Fe quilt

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Editor’s note by Diane Harris: This is another great job by Donna for QM’s Scrap Squad. These quilters are so brave to take each pattern and make it their own. Donna didn’t hesitate to add a different border, and it’s a terrific finish to her quilt. All in all, a lovely piece by an adventuresome creator!

See slideshows of past Scrap Squad quilts.

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The Quilt Blocks That Came Full Circle

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor                                                                   dhheadshot The Quilt Blocks That Came Full Circle

My local quilt guild had a garage sale last week. It’s my favorite night of the year.

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Quilters shop my guild’s garage sale.

There are always treasures to be found and they’re often priced to sell! All of the money goes into the guild’s treasury, so it’s a good thing for everyone.

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85 blocks for three dollars

I was excited to find this bag of 85 checkerboard blocks for just $3. The quilter was considerate when she noted that some were 7.25″ and some were 7.5″. I appreciated that, but I didn’t think a quarter-inch was going to be that much of a problem. Subtle foreshadowing there.

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All of the blocks together: yoogly.

The next day I put all of the blocks up on my design wall together. Pretty horrific. Not cohesive, not pleasing, not good.

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Blocks with grays or dark neutrals

But this is the kind of challenge I adore, so I started playing around. I pulled out the blocks with dark gray or dark neutrals and above is the result. Nothing much happening.

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Blocks with yellow

Then I grouped all the blocks that used yellow. Now we’re getting somewhere. I see possibility.

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Blocks with red in all its glory

Next came blocks with any form of red: hot pink, reddish-purple, bluish-purple, fire engine red, maroon, orange-red. At this point I was excited!

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Blocks with high contrast

What about focusing on contrast? That thought led to the high contrast grouping above. Exciting stuff!

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I can be a little slow on the uptake, and that’s my only explanation for what comes next. I’d been playing with the blocks for a full day when it dawned on me that these were blocks from an exchange I’d been in charge of two years ago! Oh my word. I had set this up myself! We used “Amish Buggy Quilt” instructions by Karen Griska and the Empire Quilters.

The winner of the blocks (I can’t remember who it was) had put them on the garage sale. I imagine she felt they were too ugly, or too disparate, or too many different sizes to deal with. I understood completely, but I was more determined than ever to do something wonderful with them.

And this was in spite of my growing awareness that the blocks weren’t just 1/4″ off, but ranged from 7″ to 7 5/8″. Much too much to fudge, and I would know because I’m really good at fudging.

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I tried but eventually gave up on the blocks in the bottom two rows.

I tried the arrangement above but eventually gave up on the blocks in the bottom two rows. Their colors are muted—very gray compared to the rest.

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Leftover solid quilt blocks that just didn’t fit in

I also decided I’d need to trim the largest blocks and leave out the smallest blocks that were only 7″. This gave me a workable set with a variance of about 3/8″.

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Mismatched intersections

I’d learned on an earlier quilt that if you ignore the awful intersections, sometimes the entire row does fit just fine with the next row. It’s like it all evens out somehow.

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More badly off intersections

So I just made peace with it. The intersections were ugly but the rows fit together just fine.

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I settled on this arrangement of the quilt blocks.

I settled on this arrangement for the quilt blocks. Two blocks bother me but I’m going to leave it alone. I plan to incorporate the remaining blocks into the backing.

I love this quilt top in spite of its flaws. It’s vibrant and interesting! I’ll have beautiful feathers quilted in it, to contrast with the straight, simple piecing. I think it’s going to become a favorite. Not bad for three bucks. 

Suppose they’ll ever ask me to be in charge of block exchanges again?

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Chat with a Quilter: Janice Averill

I love my job as online editor for Quiltmaker because I have the pleasure of talking to so many great quilt designers. Granted, I never get to meet them but we have lovely chats over email. Nonetheless, I still pick up great bits of advice for quilters and hear amazing quilt journeys.

Today, I’m sharing a chat with Janice Averill, designer of Santa Fe, a quilt from our May/June issue.

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Hello Janice! Photo courtesy of Iris Quilts-Janice’s website!

What was the process of making Santa Fe?

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Lately, I’ve become fascinated with the designs on decorative tiles. The designs typically have a diagonal line of symmetry. This creates a design that looks far more intricate than it actually is. This quilt was designed while at my local Best Buy Store patiently waiting for them to set up a new mobile phone contract for me and my family. It was a long enough process to begin with. Then once the computer gremlins of cyber space got involved the process got even longer. But it was O.K. because I had my sketch book with me. (P.S. Janice’s blog post about this quilt is a must-read!)

What style of quilting do you enjoy?

When it comes to designing and making quilts I’d have to say I’m a fairly traditional quilter. My designs are based on traditional quilt layouts and I use a lot of traditional shapes for my quilt blocks. I do love to take workshops at my guild with different instructors so I can expose myself to new ideas and techniques. Sometimes I am able to translate these experiences into a new creation.

Favorite and least favorite part of the quilting process?

My all-time favorite part of the process is planning/drafting the design and picking the colors/fabrics. I also enjoy cutting and piecing very much. I appreciate precision and trying to make all my points match exactly, but if they are still off after ripping out the same seam three times, I’ll leave that one alone and move on. I have to admit that trying to make 100 of the same block can become tiresome if I’m short on time for a deadline.

I guess I would also have to say that the final quilting of the layers isn’t one of my favorite tasks either. This is because I have yet to develop my technique to a level that is acceptable to me to have on my precious creation. I do hope to someday to overcome this obstacle and master the task. For now I’m content with sketching out ideas and let my long arm quilter, Janice Roy, do her thing.

What has your quilt journey taken you?

Quilting has brought me to a more fulfilling avenue for expressing my creative spirit and sharing it with others. It’s also given me new career opportunities and adventures. First I started out by teaching quilting at my local quilt shop. That’s where I learned about the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt guild. I joined the guild and at one of the guild meetings I made a contact with a representative for Quilting Treasures fabrics.

Eventually I began working for Quilting Treasures editing quilt pattern instructions. After a few years they asked me to design quilts for their fabric collections. From there I moved on to submitting my designs to quilting magazines. After a few tries I began to see my designs published! After having a number of designs published, I began to get messages from folks who liked my designs, which was very encouraging.

Where do you find inspiration for your quilts?

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I find it helpful to have a sketch book with me so I can sketch whenever I am. You never know when and where inspiration will meet you. Inspiration doesn’t adhere to a rigid schedule. I found that the more I sketched, the easier it became to come up with new ideas. With this new skill came the ability to see a new design idea in just about anything I see. This can really make my husband nuts when we shop together.

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: A Flower Garden by Pam Snow

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the fabrics you already own. What could be better?

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: A Flower Garden by Pam SnowToday’s featured quilt is by Pam Snow, who splits her time between Arizona and Kentucky. Pam was recently highlighted by Arizona Quilters on their Hall of Fame page.

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Pam made a version of Sea Glass, which was designed and made by Scott Murkin. It was part of our “Men at Work” focus in the May/June issue.

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The original quilt was made with fabric from Quilting Treasures.

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

Sea Glass was just the right name for this quilt! Pam’s version is quite different. You’ll hear from Pam in her own words below.

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When I received my assignment of Sea Glass, I was immediately drawn to a pack of 26 fat quarters I won at a shop hop in Kentucky last fall. “Emma Lena’s Treasures” from The Gallery looked promising.

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Fat quarter bundle

I decided that I would use these “scrappy” fabrics for the 4 1/2″ blocks and not make the triangle-squares. I chose gray and black Kona solids from Robert Kaufman for the corners and the accent strip.

I auditioned all 26 fat quarters on the gray and black. I eliminated eight fabrics because there was not enough contrast with the gray.

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Rejected fabric

That left me with the assortment of 18 prints shown below.

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Final selection

 

I cut the pieces I needed and found the Shape Cut Too by June Tailor to be very helpful when cutting the 1″ strips.

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Shape Cut Too

Below are all the cut pieces.

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Cut pieces

I followed the instructions for making the blocks using Stitch-and-Flip. I placed a piece of painter’s tape on my machine, lined up straight with the needle. This gave me a guide to follow when stitching the corner units. I prefer this method to marking a line on each square. (For another good method, see Donna’s post.)

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Painter’s tape guide

 

I used a 3″ ruler from Omnigrid to trim the lower right-hand corners of each block.

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Trimming with the 3″ ruler

I followed Quiltmaker’s instructions for inserting the black strip and trimming square.

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Finished block

I assembled 100 blocks and then began experimenting with placement. I knew I wanted a large block with the black lines on the diagonal.

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First audition

Here are two of my experimental blocks.

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Second audition

I wasn’t pleased with any of these blocks—I thought they were too scrappy. I decided to use a gray 8 1/2″ square in the center of each block.

A New Quilt Design

My new quilt design required only 144 of the pieced 4 1/2″ blocks. I was glad that I had done my experimenting with only 100 blocks. Each of the large quilt blocks measures 16 1/2″ square. The quilt is three blocks wide and four blocks long for a total of 12 blocks.  Each block requires 12 of the 4 1/2″ blocks and one 8 1/2″ solid gray patch. I placed a machine embroidery blackwork floral design in each square. The design is from Anita Goodesign’s Mix and Match Quilting collection, FLORAL QUILT.

I found pressing the seams open to be best for these blocks. There are many interconnecting seams, and pressing them open eliminates much of the bulk. It takes a little longer but I think you’ll find it’s worthwhile.

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Pressing seams open was helpful.

 

Here is one of the completed blocks.

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Finished block

And blocks sewn together.

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Ready for a border

For the inner border I cut 1 1/2″ width-of-fabric strips from black fabric. I auditioned the solid gray for the outer border but it was too dull for a scrappy quilt, so I decided to use the leftover strips from my fat quarters as the outer border.

I quilted it on my Handi Quilter Avante. I’ve only been longarm quilting for a few months but I’m learning. This quilt has a number of techniques including Pro Stitcher digitized designs and freehand quilting. A black binding finished off the quilt.

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Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden by Pam Snow for Quiltmaker

Here is my finished quilt.

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Machine embroidered quilt label

I added a label, too. I named the quilt Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden, after my grandmother.

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Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden takes a bow.

I do love the finished quilt.

Happy Quilting!

~Pam

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