Quick Last-Minute Christmas Inspiration

Christmas day is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to make unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. Albeit, with just days to go, we’re talking super quick-and-easy here! I’ve gathered together several fast projects you can make in practically no time at all, as well as a few additional ideas for finishing and presenting your special quilted gifts!

Free Merry Merry Quilt Block — A small Dresden Plate combined with simple embroidery and crayons-on-fabric make up this great quilt block designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill. This block was included in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 4, and you can learn how to make it with this free video tutorial and template! This block would be precious as a pillow, or you could make it and place in a beautiful frame.

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Very Merry Ornaments

Very Merry Ornaments — These quilted ornaments designed by Carolyn McCormick are easy to make and perfect to give as a small gift or to tie onto packages! The patterns for all seven are featured in our Nov/Dec ’15 issue and also available as a digital download.

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Christmas Trimmings Ornaments

Christmas Trimmings Ornaments — Seasonal selvage strips decorate these fun Christmas Trimmings holiday bell, stocking and gift box ornaments designed by Marsha Hoogstraten Anderson. Download the free ornament patterns from our friends at McCall’s Quilting.

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Free Motif of the Month

Free Motif of the Month — Stuck trying to finish a certain Christmas quilt? Use our free December motif of the month – a beautiful Ice Crystal – for a festive finish to any design.

Quilting Label — If you’ve made a quilt to give to someone special this year, don’t forget to add a quilt label! A label on your quilt is the final touch that completes your work, and it provides critical information for now and later about who made the quilt, along with when and where. QM associate editor Diane Harris shares her easy method for making one in this video!

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Free Printable Gift Tags

Free Printable Gift Tags — Ready to wrap up your handmade gifts? Print out these free downloadable gift tags from our friends at Quilting Daily! With six sayings ranging from the sweet “I Made this Especially For You!” to the sassy “Yes, I Made It. No, You Can’t Return It,” you’re sure to find the perfect sentiment for every recipient. Get them here.

From all of us at Quiltmaker, we wish you a merry Christmas and holiday season!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese

You may have noticed long ago that in the row quilt layouts for QM Bitty Blocks, there were lots of Flying Geese. There are many ways to make Flying Geese, but when they’re tiny like this (finishing at just 1″ x 2″), I have a definite preference.

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In case you missed them earlier, here are some of the layouts for the row quilts.

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The layout above would make a nice crib-size quilt. Below is a much larger version.

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You can see all of the size options in QM Bitty Blocks: The Row Quilts, but they all include rows of Flying Geese. So let’s talk about how to make yourself a gaggle.

Ordinarily I love the Quilt in a Day/Eleanor Burns method for making Flying Geese. But for Flying Geese that are this small, finishing at just 1″ x 2″, I think stitch-and-flip is the way to go. I’ve made hundreds of these and have experimented aplenty, mostly for my Liberty quilt, below.

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The sashing is made from Flying Geese that finish at just 1″ x 2″, the same size we used in the QM Bitty Blocks row quilts.

Here is how I recommend making Flying Geese for your Bitty Blocks row quilt.

Cutting

For the goose:

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Patches needed for one Flying Geese unit

 

1 rectangle,
1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

 

 

 

 

For the background:
2 squares,
1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

 

 

Align one square on top of the rectangle, right sides together. I find that on these small patches, I can eyeball it without marking. I used dark thread so you could see it, but you’d want to use neutral thread. Sew on the diagonal as shown below.

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Sew on the diagonal.

Leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, trim away the light background square only, leaving the rectangle intact.

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Trim away only the light-colored square, leaving 1/4″ for seam allowance.

Open out the patch and press.

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Open out the patch and press.

Now you’ll do the same thing on the other side. Put the remaining square on top of the rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the diagonal. Trim away the light fabric to leave 1/4″ seam allowance as shown below.

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Do the other side: Sew on the diagonal and trim away the patch to leave 1/4″ seam allowance.

Open out the patch and press. There you go! That’s how to make a Flying Geese unit with stitch-and-flip. At this point it should measure 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

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Make a bunch!

Make as many as needed for the row quilt you are creating. Sew them together into a row for your quilt.

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Sew the Flying Geese together into a row for your Bitty Blocks quilt.

I have to tell you a story about Paula Stoddard, our managing editor. Paula did a very thorough cleaning of her sewing room recently, and in the process, is pretty sure she accidentally threw a couple hundred of these little guys away. Such a sad day.

COMING SOON: The big reveal of our QM Bitty Blocks Row Quilt. It is adorable!

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Enter to Win Free Fabric for Life!

 Enter DAILY through Dec. 31

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Our co-workers at Keepsake Quilting are hosting a “Fabric for Life” contest throughout the end of the month, and this one is so good we just had to share it with all of you!

The grand prize is 52 yards of free fabric every year for 20 years. That’s over 1,000 yards of fabric. Think of all the quilts you could make! I know I’d be on top of the world if I won this. Unfortunately, as an employee, I can’t even enter – let alone win. icon sad Enter to Win Free Fabric for Life!  But YOU can!

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You can enter the contest daily at this link now though December 31, 2015 to improve your chances of winning. That’s right … entering daily is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

Even if you don’t snag this wonderful grand prize, there are other fabulous runner-up prizes you can win as well. Here’s a complete list of all the great prizes up for grabs:

Grand Prize – The Grand Prize winner will receive a 20-year supply of fabric from KeepakeQuilting.com

First Place – One lucky winner will receive a Lyric Machine from Baby Lock (Valued at $2,199)

Second Place – One lucky winner will receive a GO! Big Block on Board Starter Pack from AccuQuilt (Valued at $1,044.90)

Third Place – Five winners will receive a fabric bundle from one of these sponsors: Moda, Clothworks, Quilting Treasures, Henry Glass, Studio e Fabrics (Each bundle valued at $100-$200)

Enter the contest now, and be sure to bookmark the page and check back daily to enter.

Good luck!
Natalie

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Modern Elegance Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop!

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We’re so excited to participate in a blog hop celebrating the release of Modern Elegance, a new coloring book illustrated by our friend Amanda Murphy. Amanda is a quilt and fabric designer with Benartex, an author with C&T Publishing and a BERNINA Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson. You may recall some of her quilt designs from Quiltmaker, like the gorgeous Garden Spot throw quilt that was featured in our July/August ’14 issue:

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Garden Spot by Amanda Murphy

The Modern Elegance Coloring Book (C&T Publishing) includes 45+ unique designs to inspire your inner artist. Think romantic florals, classical motifs, hypnotic watches and gears and decorative patterns with a vintage vibe. The pages are printed on heavy-weight paper with perforated edges for easy framing in an 8″ by 10″ frame. You can color the pages with colored pencils, fine-tip markers or even water colors – whatever suits your fancy! I grabbed my colored pencils and had some fun coloring this page from the book:

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Here are a couple other favorites in the book – they’re up next on my to-color list:

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This coloring book would make a fabulous Christmas gift this holiday season, or you could grab a copy for yourself, color pages and frame them to give as gifts! Not only is coloring fun and relaxing, it’s also a great way to play around with quilt color scheme ideas.

Now for the giveaway!

For a chance to win a copy of the Modern Elegance Coloring Book, simply leave a comment below by midnight Sunday, Dec. 13. We will choose one winner randomly and announce the winner next week. (NOTE: If the winner resides in the U.S., they will win a hard copy of the book; if they reside internationally, they’ll win an ebook.) Good luck!

The winner of the Modern Elegance Blog Hop giveaway is Rebecca Schmitt. The winner has been contacted by email.

Be sure to check out the Modern Elegance Blog Hop schedule for more chances to win:

Monday, November 30 
C&T Publishing

Tuesday, December 1st
Benartex

Wednesday, December 2nd
The Little Red Hen

Thursday, December 3rd
American Patchwork & Quilting

Friday, December 4th
Sarah Vedeler Designs

Monday, December 7th
Brewer Sewing

Tuesday, December 8th
Generation Q Magazine

Wednesday, December 9th
Quiltmaker

Thursday, December 10th
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio 

Friday, December 11th 
Amanda Murphy Design

Happy Coloring,
Natalie

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December’s QM Bitty Blocks: Pinwheels

It’s time for the final QM Bitty Block of 2015. The year has flown by as we’ve been using these free quilt block patterns to keep our sewing machines humming. If you haven’t yet made one, here’s a friendly warning: They’re addictive!

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You’ll find all of the patterns on our Bitty Blocks homepage. There are 16 plus today’s new block for a grand total of 17 #qmbittyblocks. There are printer-friendly patterns on the homepage, but if you want a little more information, look back to the blog post tutorials.

December’s Bitty Block is a simple but oh-so-charming Pinwheel that finishes at just 3″. What could be sweeter?

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December’s Pinwheels finish at 3″ x 3″.

Here is how it’s done.

Bitty Pinwheels, 3″ x 3″

Printer-friendly instructions for Bitty Pinwheels

You’ll need two fabrics. One is for the Pinwheel and one is for the background. I used light backgrounds and darker Pinwheel fabrics but you could reverse the values if you like.

Cutting, from each fabric:

2 squares, 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″

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Cut 2 squares from each fabric.

Pair up the light patches with the dark patches. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lights, or use a quarter-inch seam marker and mark 1/4″ out on both sides of the diagonal as shown below.

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Mark the diagonal and then sew 1/4″ out from the mark on both sides, or use a quarter-inch seam marker and then sew on the lines.

If you marked on the diagonal, sew 1/4″ out on both sides of the line. If you used the quarter-inch seam marker, just sew on the lines. It’s two different ways of doing exactly the same thing.

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Cut between the lines of stitching to reveal half-square triangles. Open out the patches and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric.

Cut between the lines of stitching and open out the patches to reveal half-square triangles. Press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric. Trim off the little dog-ears as shown in the top pair above. These triangle-squares should measure 2″ x 2″ at this point.

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SIDE NOTE: There is one important thing you should know about Pinwheels. Even with this very simple block, there are two ways to arrange the patches. On the left above, you can see that the placement of the dark (they are red) patches causes the Pinwheel to “spin” counter-clockwise. On the right above, you can see that the placement of the dark patches causes the Pinwheel to spin clockwise.

In this quilt, it doesn’t matter which way you make them spin, but you do want to make them all the same. In some patterns, it’s very important which way they spin—so always follow the instructions carefully. Just knowing this about Pinwheels is valuable and is something you can add to your quilting toolbox!

Back to making the block:

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Arrange the patches like this and sew the top two together and the bottom two together.

Arrange the patches as shown above, and sew the top two together and the bottom two together. Then sew the pairs together to complete the Pinwheel. At this point it should measure 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

*  *  LIGHT BULB!  *  * If you have trouble arranging the patches as shown above, you can actually sew both pairs together like this instead:

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Alternative method: Sew both pairs together like this.

Then just rotate the bottom set and voilá, you have your Pinwheel.

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Rotate the bottom set and there’s your Pinwheel.

Here’s another cool trick. If you move the bottom set to the top, you get a completely different block!

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If you move the bottom set to the top, you get a completely new block!

This is sometimes called Broken Dishes. If you like it, you can add a row of Broken Dishes to your Bitty Blocks row quilt!

Paula made her Bitty Pinwheels to spin counter-clockwise.

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Paula’s Pinwheels spin counter-clockwise.

I made mine to spin clockwise.

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My Pinwheels spin clockwise.

It doesn’t matter which way you spin, but do make them all the same.

Inside secret: I made my first set of half-square triangles the wrong size, and if that wasn’t bad enough, I didn’t get all of the patches placed right sides together!

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Major mess-up.

Even those of us who write about quilts for a living make mistakes. icon smile Decembers QM Bitty Blocks: Pinwheels

Quilt on!

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Cool Hues in Candy Cane Crush by Kathy Wagner

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of reader-sewers who make scrappy quilts from the patterns in our regular issues. They’re a creative bunch and we really appreciate them.

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Today we have yet another variation on Candy Cane Crush from Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’15 issue. If you don’t find it locally, it’s on our website in print or digital.

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Here’s the original Candy Cane Crush by Sandra Clemons, made in Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman.

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Candy Cane Crush by Sandra Clemons, made in Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman

Today’s quilt is by Kathy Wagner from Cambridge, Ontario. We have many Canadian readers so today is a special shout-out to them—we appreciate you guys!

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Kathy Wagner from Cambridge, Ontario

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

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It has been wonderful journey making my version of Candy Cane Crush by Sandra Clemons. This is one of my favourite types of quilts because I enjoy making blocks with lots of small pieces.

 

 

 

 

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I was inspired for the colour choices in my quilt by some paint sticks that my sister used when painting her daughter’s room a few years ago. I have been collecting fabrics here and there to make a quilt to match these soft colours, and was just waiting for the right design to come along. Some of the lighter fabrics in this photo couldn’t be used as they melted into the white background too much, and the chain effect was lost.

There is a lot of piecing in the blocks for this design, and the use of an accurate 1/4″ seam is essential since all the squares in this quilt finish at 1″.  I enjoyed making the blocks, some with pieced centres and some with plain white centres.

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This is how the quilt was looking with the blocks laid out on my design wall according to the pattern. I liked the diamond design well enough, but when I tilted my head to the side, and saw the squares appear, I loved it! So I set about trying to figure out how to put the blocks on point. That was a bit outside my skill set, but I persevered with the math and made partial blocks for the outside edge so that the little squares would run all around the outside of the quilt. I have to admit it was arduous (see my blog post at www.kathysquilts.blogspot.com  for the total truth about that!) but it all worked out in the end.

 

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And then it was time for quilting.  I decided to machine quilt the dominant chains with a single wavy line of stitching right through the squares. Once all those lines were made to stabilize the quilt, I quilted wavy lines diagonally through each of the blocks. The white outside border was quilted with three more wavy lines.

 

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One of my favourite things to do on a scrappy quilt is to add a scrappy binding. It’s hard to tell in the quilt photos, but the binding is half blue and half purple, and is made of strips left over from constructing the quilt blocks.

 

 

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Here is my finished version of this pattern which I am calling “Starburst”, named after the square candies that are so sweet and yummy!

Editor’s Note: We’re giving Kathy a huge virtual round of applause for trying something a little beyond her skillset, and succeeding with a slam-dunk quilt finish! It’s always a little scary to embark on that kind of adventure but the results are so worth it. May this be an inspiration to all of you. When in doubt, go for it!

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New Issue: Quiltmaker January/February 2016

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A brand new issue of Quiltmaker hits newsstands this week, and we’re so excited to share it with you! The January/February 2016 issue includes a great collection of quilt patterns, tips and inspiration to help you start off the year. The cover quilt, Duets designed by Eileen Fowler, is a beautiful twin-size heart quilt made with two easy blocks. Other projects in this issue include several patterns made using our popular Bitty Blocks, a couple of adorable crib quilts and much more. Let’s take a closer look at some of the quilt designs:

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Family of Three

Family of Three: Lorna McMahon used traditional piecing methods to design this  giraffe family pictorial crib quilt. Is this the CUTEST, or what?! Kits are available.

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Bear Scraps

Bear Scraps: If you’re a scrap quilt addict, you’re going to love this pattern designed by Emily Bailey. Super scrappy Bear Paw blocks in three sizes adorn this throw quilt.

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Bitty Forest

Bitty Forest: Nancy Mahoney’s Bitty Forest wall quilt is one of three patterns in the new issue made using our popular Bitty Block patterns. Nancy used several of the blocks – pinwheels, stars, trees and houses – to create a cozy neighborhood in a starlit forest.

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Rainbow Twinkle

Rainbow Twinkle: Sherry Rose was inspired by her family’s love of motorsports and racing to design this colorful wall quilt. The black and white background represents a checkered flag, and the rainbow star imitates the colorful paint schemes on the vehicles. The design was the grand prize winner in AccuQuilt’s 2015 Quilt Block Design contest!

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Aussie Patch

Aussie Patch: Patch Pals are back! Our newest design in this whimsical crib quilt collection is an adorable koala climbing up a tree. Kits are available for a limited time.

Browse through our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns in this new issue! Look for the issue on newsstands now, or grab a print or digital issue from our online store.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Christmas Wish List for Quilters

I’ve run across a couple of items recently that you might want to put on your Christmas wish list. You do make a wish list, right? I started making one the year that I got a frying pan for Christmas.

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These are items that I absolutely love and would eventually buy for myself if I didn’t get them for Christmas.

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Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork by Lori Holt

The first one is a book that’s been out for a little while, but each time I open it, I find something else I have to make. Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet is a must-have for anyone who likes scrap quilts, vintage stuff, cottage charm and all-around fresh, happy, friendly quilts.

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Rows made from Quilty Fun book by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet

I started making the Bee in My Bonnet Row Along quilt, shown on the book’s cover, when it was offered on Lori’s blog. I’m not finished but I’m making progress on my rows, above. I love where it is headed!

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Playing around with the arrangement

It’s great fun to play around with the arrangement of the rows. I’m making the quilt in white solid plus Christmas colors—very scrappy.

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Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet

Lori has another book out since Quilty Fun called Farm Girl Vintage, and this one is equally wonderful. Being a farm girl myself (I grew up with beef cows, dairy cows, horses and hogs, no kidding!), I think this book is so great!

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Farm House Lane by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet

Farm House Lane is made with a house block that Lori sent to Quiltmaker for its Sept/Oct ’14 issue. It was used in Parkview Lane, below. We have a digital pattern for Parkview Lane.

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Parkview Lane from Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct ’14 issue features Lori Holt’s house block.

So far I’ve made just one block from Farm Girl Vintage, but I love it, and can see myself making an entire quilt from these cherries.

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I made this block from a pattern in Farm Girl Vinage by Lori Holt.

Here are a few more of the quilts you’ll find inside.

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I love this little barn quilt—hung on a barn!

I love this little barn quilt—hung on a barn!

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More quilts from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt

And several more. Isn’t that tractor to die for?

Another book that would go on my Christmas wish list is the new Fat Quarter Baby from It’s Sew Emma. This book features 20 crib quilts: 10 for girls and 10 for boys!

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Fat Quarter Baby from It’s Sew Emma features 20 crib quilts.

Of course many of the quilts can be made gender-neutral, or be made more for a boy or a girl based on the fabrics you choose. I love that bow quilt on the cover.

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I’m thinking of making more guitars and giving this to my son, who is 27 and no longer a baby!

This guitar quilt is adorable but I think I could make more guitars for a larger quilt, and give it to my 27-year-old son. He’s a musician and he’d love it.

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Super simple but very cute geometric quilt could be suitable for boys or girls.

You can never go wrong with a triadic color scheme of red, blue and yellow—this quilt works!

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Softer colors work beautifully in this quilt.

If you want softer colors, yellow, gray and white make a wonderfully soothing baby quilt. There are many more crib quilts inside Fat Quarter Baby, and at less than twenty dollars, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this title!

I haven’t come to the end of my Christmas wish list, but this post is long enough, so I’ll share the rest another time. Happy shopping!

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Win a Set of Designer Blocks from 100 Blocks, Vol. 12!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 12

Would you like to own some of the beautiful designer-made quilt blocks featured in our new 100 Blocks, Vol. 12 issue? You can! We’re giving them all away to quilters like you!

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Click here to enter our 100 Blocks, Vol. 12 contest. Twenty lucky quilters will win five blocks each. Don’t delay: we’ll choose winners randomly this Friday, Dec. 4.

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This online contest is open to U.S. residents only. We look forward to receiving your entry!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

P.S. Don’t have a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 12 yet? Be sure to grab a copy when you see it on newsstands, or visit our online store to purchase a print or digital issue!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Donna’s Candy Cane Crush

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who make scrappy quilts from the patterns in our regular issues. Their job is to inspire you to make quilts from the fabrics you already own. What could be better than that?

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Today’s quilt is another lively version of Candy Cane Crush from Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’15 issue, on newsstands now. It’s also available from our website in print or digital format.

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Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15 issue

Here is the original Candy Cane Crush, designed by Sandra Clemons and made in Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman. Clean and crisp as a cold winter’s day!

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Candy Cane Crush by Sandra Clemons in Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman. Appears in Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15, on newsstands now.

Today’s Scrap Squad version 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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What is red and white and has 6,699 pieces?

My version of Candy Cane Crush.

I loved the quilt as soon as I saw it, and knew I wanted to use my stash of red and white prints for the quilt. My biggest concern was how so many white prints would look in the blocks.

After making a sample block I did not like how the scrappy white pieces looked when cut according to the pattern—the whites seemed too blotchy. To even out the prints, I decided to break everything down into 1″ finished squares.

Band A is made according to the pattern.

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Band A is made according to the pattern in Quiltmaker.

Same with Band B, below.

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Band B is made according to the pattern in Quiltmaker.

Band C is where I had to get creative.

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Band C has two 1″ white strips in place of the 2″ strips on either side of the red.

Band C has two 1″ white strips in place of the 2″ strips on either side of the red.

Band D has three 1″ strips in place of the 3″ piece.

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Band D: I replaced the wide white strip with three narrow strips of white prints.

Band E has five 1″ strips in place of each 5″ piece.

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Five 1″ strips replace the wide 5″ strip in Band E.

The sashing and border were constructed by sewing three strips together and then subcutting, and then joined for the length needed.

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No solid white areas in this quilt!

My “plain” block, aka Block Z, below.

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My “plain” block, or Block Z

My checkered block, aka Block Y.

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My Block Y looked like this.

When it was time to decide on a back for the quilt I found this star stripe hiding in my stash. The date on the selvage is 2006, and I decided that it had aged enough. It was high time for this fabric to be in a quilt.

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Well aged backing fabric!

The yardage wasn’t enough for the entire back, so I pieced 9″ blocks and set the blocks and star stripes in columns. I just love reversible quilts!

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A pieced back makes for a reversible quilt.

And here is my finished version of Candy Cane Crush—very scrappy!

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Ultra scrappy version of Candy Cane Crush by Donna Hanna.

Editor’s Note: We love this quilt! Donna thought outside the box even though she kept the red and white color scheme. Her use of many different lights for the background breathes new character into this snappy design. Great job!!!

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