Meet QM Associate Editor: Gigi Khalsa

 Meet QM Associate Editor: Gigi Khalsa

Gigi Khalsa

Hello, I’m Gigi and I work as an associate editor for Quiltmaker. For several years, I’ve worked for Quilters Newsletter, then McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts, and now I contribute to Quiltmaker in addition to the other titles and help make sure each publication is the best it can be. I write and edit quilt patterns, articles, lessons, I sew quilts and samples and basically do anything else that needs doing. It’s a lot of work but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

I came to quilting after years of garment sewing. Neither of my grandmothers made quilts, but when I was in high school, my mom had a book of Bargello quilt patterns and she made a couple of them. Until about 8 or 9 years ago, that was the extent of my exposure to quilting. Then one day I had an urge to sew something, just for fun, and the idea of dealing with making muslins and fit and drape and all that seemed like work, not fun. So I thought, OK, then maybe I can make a quilt, that seems like fun! I got a book from the library to learn the basics and made one of the patterns in the book.

After that first quilt, I made another but I didn’t follow a pattern, I just made up a simple strip-pieced design. And then another, and so on. I continued designing more complex patchwork patterns and making them, and I haven’t really stopped since.

Some of the quilts I’ve designed and made have been featured in Quilters Newsletter and McCall’s Quilting, and I’m excited to say that I have some quilts patterned in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker as well, so please keep an eye out for them! Here are a few photos of previously published patterns in case you’re interested.

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Impulse, from Quilters Newsletter April/May 2015

 

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Weaveworld, from Quilters Newsletter February/March 2016

 

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Digital Geode, from McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016

I was right when I had the vague notion that quilting would be fun; it really is! The thing that surprised me, however, was how endlessly creative and interesting it is. The way that fabric, color and value can affect a pattern creates infinite design possibilities, and there are so many ideas I can’t wait to try out. I just need to figure out how to make time for all the projects I want to create! The only thing better than quilting, in my opinion, is having a job that keeps me constantly inspired and interested to learn more and improve.

Nice to meet you! Happy quilting!

 

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QM Scrap Squad: Bonnie Hunter Log Cabin Sampler

QM’s Scrap Squad is winding down its commitment. Their final assignment was to make a scrappy quilt from anything Quiltmaker has ever published. They’ve been wowing us with their creativity! See Keri’s Blankenship’s quilt and Julie Huffman’s quilt.

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Today’s quilt is by Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania. If you’re a Bonnie Hunter fan, hold on, because this is wonderful! You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

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Donna Hanna

When we were given free reign to pick any quilt from Quiltmaker, I knew instantly the quilt I wanted to make. I had seen a Log Cabin quilt layout that included alternate blocks. Being a Bonnie Hunter fan, I used her Log Cabin Love block as the base of the quilt. This block appeared in Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker July/August ’15.

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Log Cabin Love by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker July/August ’15

To go along with my Log Cabin blocks I needed five rows of alternate blocks to complete the design. I opted to use five different blocks for the rows. I went back to Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column and selected 7″ blocks to match up with the Log Cabin blocks.

The first block is Happy Hour from the May/June ’11 issue.  I changed the pattern a little to use up some really tiny scraps—you can see below how I used random lengths for the outer rows of the block.

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Happy Hour by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’11

My second row of alternate blocks features Whirly Girl from the May/June ’12 issue.

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Whirly Girl by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’12

Row 3 is Grandpa’s Star from March/April ’12.

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Grandpa’s Star by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker March/April ’12

The fourth row is Gifty Boxes from Nov/Dec ’15.

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Gifty Boxes by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15

And the final row is Mai-Tais in Paradise from Sept/Oct ’12.

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Mai-Tais in Paradise by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’12

I decided on Hourglass blocks for the borders. They represent the many hours I enjoy quilting. The final result is a throw-sized quilt perfect for an afternoon snuggle.

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Donna Hanna’s finished sampler quilt includes six different blocks from QM’s Addicted to Scraps column by Bonnie Hunter.

For the back I used a set of blocks that I had purchased though a buck-a-block sale at a local quilt shop.

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The quilt back is a surprising contrast to the subdued colors of the front!

These blocks have been in my stash a very, very, very long time and I knew that they would never be finished as a quilt top.  So I turned them into a quilt back.

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What fun it has been to turn the Scrap Squad loose with all of QM’s patterns. They’ve done a remarkable job! Please join me in thanking Donna Hanna for doing a beautiful job all year long.

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P.S. For more Bonnie Hunter inspiration, check out her Scrap Quilts online course!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 2

Hi! Welcome back. Did you get block 1 finished? We’re all set to make block 2—Village Square, block #967 from QM’s 100 Blocks, vol. 10, designed by Mickey Depre.

As a refresher, here are the three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler—red & white, reproduction and traditional.

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red & white

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traditional

You may notice from these three images that the red & white version is set 6 x 8 blocks (48 blocks) and the reproduction and traditional versions are set 7 x 7 blocks (49 blocks). We’re including a bonus 49th block along with two different settings in the pattern. Kits are available for all three versions or you can buy the pattern by itself.

Here’s Village Square:

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Village Square

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Village Square assembly

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three versions of Village Square

Be sure to check out our other designers sewing along as well:

Lynn Roddy Brown: We featured her block Spinning Star last week. She’ll have more to share with you.

3/23, Get the Point?, block # 291 from vol. 3 designed by Carrie Nelson

3/30, Bingo, block #477 from vol. 5 designed by Jessie Kurtz

I wanted to share something with you that I found helpful when making my quilt. If you look at the images of the three different quilts, you’ll notice that there is a pieced border. And there are lots of pieces that take a long time to sew together. From the leftover fabrics from each month, I cut some border pieces and sewed them together as my Leaders and Enders when making my blocks.

The background squares are cut 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and the rectangles are cut 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

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border piece

I actually ended up piecing more of these units than I needed, so I added a row of them to the back of my quilt (I’ll show that later).

I learned about Leaders and Enders from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. If you’re not familiar with them, check out Bonnie’s online course.

Thanks for joining me. See you next week for another block.

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Crafters’ Blog Hop: Five Free Projects to Celebrate Craft Month!

Did you know March is recognized as both National Quilting Month and National Craft Month? Of course, we quilters celebrate quilting and creativity every day of the year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do a little something extra in honor of the occasion!

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That’s why we’ve teamed up with a few of our sister communities for a fun Crafters’ Blog Hop this month to celebrate all things crafty: from quilting, sewing and machine embroidery to knitting, crocheting and beading. To our Quilty Pleasures regulars – I hope you’ll check out the other participating blogs for some additional creative goodness, and to all of our visitors here today – I hope you find something that inspires you.

I’ve gathered together a handful of easy quilt and sew projects you can work on this month as you celebrate all things quilting and crafting. Best of all? These patterns are all FREE!

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Pinwheel Patch Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel Patch Quilt Pattern: Fun stripes add pizazz to this wall-sized variation of Lisa England’s Pick a Patch of Pinwheels pattern. Download the free pattern here.

Rufflicious Crafters Blog Hop: Five Free Projects to Celebrate Craft Month!

Rufflicious Bag Pattern

Rufflicious Bag Pattern: This bag designed by our associate editor Diane Harris is so cute and functional. Voile creates beautiful ruffles for the trim, but quilting-weight cotton may be substituted if desired. I love the Tula Pink fabrics Diane used to create her bag – gather up your favorite fabrics to create your own! The free pattern is available here.

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A Little Pinsive Pincushion Pattern

 A Little Pinsive Pincushion Pattern: This little pincushion made by Diane Harris is a Quiltmaker reader favorite! With a Dresden plate center, it’s hard to imagine a cuter spot to store your pins. Download the free pattern here and get started making yours.

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Softly Amish Quilt Pattern: This pretty-in-pink design is a throw size version of the Almost Amish quilt pattern designed by Jo Moury. Download the free pattern here.

ItsAZoo Crafters Blog Hop: Five Free Projects to Celebrate Craft Month!

It’s a Zoo Quilt Pattern

It’s a Zoo Quilt Pattern: This oh-so-adorable little crib quilt designed by Peg Spradlin features fun, bright novelty prints in easy foundation blocks. Download the pattern here, plus browse the rest of our free crib quilt patterns designed in support of Project Linus.

Be sure to check out the full Crafters’ Blog Hop schedule for more projects and inspiration:

Monday, March 7  – Sew News
Thursday, March 10 – Beading Daily
Monday, March 14  – Fons & Porter
Tuesday, March 15 – Quiltmaker
Thursday, March 17 – Sew Daily
Monday, March. 21 – Crochet Me
Wednesday, March 23 – Knitting Daily
Thursday, March 24 – Martha Pullen Company
Tuesday, March 29 –  Creative Machine Embroidery
Wednesday, March 30 – Keepsake Quilting
Thursday, March 31 – McCalls Quilting

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Help Us Choose Our July/August ’16 Cover

It’s that time again, quilters! We’re putting the finishing touches on our upcoming July/August ’16 edition of Quiltmaker, and we’d like YOUR help choosing the cover.

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Take our short survey to help us choose the July/August cover.

These are the three covers we are considering. Please vote here to tell us which cover you’d notice and reach for on newsstands. This issue will be on newsstands May 31, 2016.

Thank you for your help!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Meet Lori Baker … And See Her Fabulous Quilt Backs!

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Lori Baker

Hi,

I’m Lori Baker. My job title is acquisitions editor. That means that I am responsible for finding the beautiful quilts that we present in each issue. I think I have one of the best jobs in the world. I “have” to surf the Internet looking for quilts and my quilting friends send me their ideas. All I have to do is keep track of all those pretty quilts so I can present them when we meet to select the quilts to feature.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child. My mother was a patient teacher and she is still one of the most talented seamstresses I know. I started like a lot of us do. I made doll clothes and then I made my own clothes. When I had my own home and a family, I made curtains, upholstered furniture and sewed most of my children’s clothing. Then in 1994, a couple of the kids were gone from home, we moved to a rural community and we had that glorious thing – disposable income. I bought a new sewing machine and started quilting. It was so much fun to me to play with all those colors and shapes.  I was hooked on quilting almost immediately.

I started out making very traditional quilts and for the most part, I still make quilt tops that are pretty traditional. But the backs of my quilts are anything but traditional. I piece almost all of my quilt backs. Some are fairly simple but the ones I really like are usually complex with lots of small patches and orphan blocks. They are SO not traditional.

I’ll close with a few photos of recent quilt backs:

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Pink Strings (back)

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Hoedown (back)

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Pur-tea (back)

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 1

Welcome to Block 1 in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. I’m excited to have you join us! Here’s a little bit about what to expect as we sew along on this year-long journey to make this wonderful quilt.

If you’re not familiar with the 100 Blocks Sampler, it’s a collection of quilt blocks taken from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines reduced to 6″. Each of the blocks in the sampler is pieced and use a variety of techniques.

Kits are available for three different variations—red and white, reproduction and a traditional palette at QuiltandSewShop.com. And the pattern only is available as well.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

There are two layouts for the quilt—a 6 x 8 block layout featuring 48 blocks and a 7 x 7 layout featuring 49 blocks (we’ve included a bonus block!).

Four new blocks will be presented each month on Wednesdays, and we’ll be linking to different block designers who are sewing along with us. In addition to the blocks, we’re going to share some small projects that can be made from leftover fabrics in the kits.

So, let’s get started! Our first block is Spinning Star, block #261 designed by Lynn Roddy Brown. This block appeared in 100 Blocks, volume 3.

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Spinning Star

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Spinning Star assembly

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Spinning Star in three different colorways – reproduction, red and white and traditional

These little blocks are so much fun to play with and don’t take long to make. Get creative with your fabric placement. Try reversing the value or making it scrappy.

Be sure to check out Lynn’s block on her blog as she sews along with us.

Here’s what you’ll see for the rest of March:

3/16, Village Square, block #967 from vol. 10 designed by Mickey Depre

3/23, Get the Point?, block # 291 from vol. 3 designed by Carrie Nelson

3/30, Bingo, block #477 from vol. 5 designed by Jessie Kurtz

Thanks for joining us—see you next week.

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Quilting Scraps, Leftovers and Rejects

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor                                                                   dhheadshot Quilting Scraps, Leftovers and Rejects

Whenever I finish piecing a quilt, I have leftovers.

Quite often I have extra half-square triangles.

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Reject half-square triangles

These 4″ guys were rejects and extras from the last thing I pieced. I have quite a pile.

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Sewful Things, designed and made by Diane Volk Harris for Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14

When I made Sewful Things, above, I had a hard time getting the blues and greens right. I have numerous 12″ spools and buttons left over because of that.

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Leftover spools because I made them the wrong size!

And then because I designed the quilt, I assumed I knew what I was doing and I didn’t read the instructions. I made a whole batch of small spools—at the wrong size.

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You Are My Sunshine by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue

When I made the sunshine quilt, above, it took me a while to decide between scrappy yellow Dresdens or a more controlled look. I wasn’t sure what size would work. Several times I strayed too far from yellow and ended up with bad cheddar-orange blocks.

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Leftovers from my sunshine quilt for Quiltmaker

So that pile of leftovers is daunting.

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A quilt top in solids that I recently put together

I put this quilt top together recently from blocks I bought at a garage sale (read the post here). Had a lot of leftovers:

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Leftover solid quilt blocks that just didn’t fit in or were the wrong size

And also these parts and pieces:

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“Parts is parts”

I can have entire blocks, like these nine-inchers:

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Entire blocks are sometimes left over.

Or partial blocks, like this:

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A partial Bento Box block leftover

The problem is that I can’t bring myself to throw them away. Sometimes I incorporate them into the quilt back, and that’s a good plan, but it doesn’t use up everything. At one point I took all my leftovers from the 90′s and put them into a kitchen-sink-type quilt. They sort of went together in a way that my current leftovers do not.

What happens to your leftovers? I’d really like to know!

Happy Quilting,

Diane

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Meet Our New Graphic Designer: Genevieve Stafford

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Genevieve Stafford

Hello! I’m Genevieve, the newest graphic designer to join the team at Quiltmaker, and here is a little introduction about me.

I don’t remember learning how to sew. It was just something we always did. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmothers have always quilted, so fabric was around my house all the time and there were always scraps for me to play with. All of my Barbie dolls had handmade wardrobes! My first real quilting experience I think was a pillow, created from a panel featuring elephants that I hand quilted as a 10 or 12 year old. My father has held on to a cedar chest that holds quilts from his mother and grandmother – my stepmom and I are looking into how to best restore some of them as they were created for use, not just to be beautiful (even though they are), and many have fallen into disrepair.

I’ve lived in Denver for a little more than two years, and only recently moved into a house with enough space for me to have a permanent sewing space set up. I still use a very old Kenmore sewing machine that I got as a child – my mother had it before that but when she was gifted a new electronic machine, she passed down the old all-metal machine to me. It still works like a charm.

Living and growing up in North Carolina, a state with a rich textile heritage, I was lucky enough to see many, many quilts (and other fiber crafts) at homes of friends and family, and fortunate to study fiber and textile art at North Carolina State University. I received a wonderfully broad education and got to try everything from block printing to weaving to shibori dyeing.

Right now I’m working on a rainbow quilt which is a little stretch color-wise for me as I tend to stick to a more limited palette, but the friend I plan to gift it to lives in an iridescent rainbow world of her own, so I know she will like it. I’m also making some very small (4” x 4”) quilts to trade with friends, knitting a pair of socks and a sweater, and I have fabric for a flannel shirt to cut any day now. I tend to jump back and forth between projects so there’s always a lot going on.  Hopefully I’ll finish one or more of those projects soon and be back here to show it off!

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QM Scrap Squad: Keri Masters Anita’s Arrowhead

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of reader-sewers who make scrap quilts from the patterns in regular issues of QM. They’re a talented bunch who revel in diving into their stashes and wowing us with their creations.

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Today’s featured quilt was made by Keri Blankenship from Cornville, Arizona. You’ll hear from Keri in her own words below.

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Keri Blankenship

Our final Scrap Squad 2015 assignment was to choose from any pattern published by Quiltmaker in print or online. Choosing just one from all the patterns available wasn’t easy. I searched all of my magazine collection and the website, waiting for the perfect pattern to jump up and shout out, “Choose me!”

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This Arrowhead pattern shouted out from the free ebook: Free Easy Quick Quilt PatternsAnita Grossman Solomon’s Make It Simpler technique intrigued me. Each block is made from two 8-1/2″ squares stitched together and cut three times to separate the components. Stitch the components together as instructed and you get this awesome versatile 9″ block.

 

 

 

 

 

I fell in love with my sample block which took less than 20 minutes to cut, piece, press and trim. Most of that time was settling on which two scrap pieces to put together. Note: All the outside edges of the block are on the bias. Spray starch or fabric sizing is a life saver. Spray the fabric and iron before cutting. Spray and press the blocks together before sewing.

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Keri’s Arrowhead Test Block

With my scraps sorted to 8-1/2″ square or larger, I started pairing fabrics, moving from light to dark.

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These lonely fabrics and more had been waiting on the shelf for just the right quilt.

This pattern works best with smaller prints with little to no white space or those that read solid. Value contrast contributes to the overall pattern. I tested and even re-sewed some blocks.

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Contrasting value adds interest to this quilt. The one on the right got lost in the mix.

The blocks take on a life of their own when set side by side on the design wall. Some just did not play well no matter where they were placed. Remember, just because you make a block does not mean it must go in the quilt. A package of pre-cut squares of the same fabric line might streamline the process.

I twisted and turned the blocks on the design wall until they seemed to be on speaking terms. Below is the final design which may or may not have shifted during construction.

The Kansas City Star originally titled this block Arrowhead. The arrowhead is not easily identified in my fabric choices. At the time I was pondering this, Quiltmaker posted a Bitty Tree block, part of the 2015 Bitty Block Series. A Bitty Tree turned upside down looks like an arrow. Light bulb moment! I added a border of Bitty Tree/Arrows to the quilt to enhance the arrowhead theme. I also backed the quilt with scattered arrows on a white background.

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Bitty Trees turned sideways or upside down make a great “arrow” border. Here you can also see the play of lights and darks in the quilt.

Do you name your quilts? I tend to choose names based on the fabric, pattern, or the circumstances encountered during creation. Every piece of fabric in this quilt top had been auditioned on the design wall and put back again more than once. A few were scraps from other quilts, but most were just rejects that had been marking time on my studio shelves. I thought this would be a great pattern for all those lonely pieces.

Presenting There and Back Again, sewn by Keri Blankenship and quilted by Jody Gagnon.

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There and Back Again by Keri Blankenship, quilted by Jody Gagnon

Even after the quilt was finished, other options kept coming to mind.

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I printed the motif on light weightpaper and used a temporary spray adhesive to hold it in place as I stitched.

What if I set it on point and machine quilted it myself with the Ice Crystal motif in Quilting Motifs Volume 8?

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Here you can see a close up of the quilting and the dragons on the backing fabric.

I printed the motif on lightweight paper and used a temporary spray adhesive to hold it in place as I stitched.

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Here There Be Dragons – by Keri Blankenship

What if I used only two colors, a neutral and a dark in the block set?

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Crossed Roads table runner by Keri Blankenship

What if you resized the block? You can resize the Arrowhead block by adjusting your cuts. For example, two five-inch squares yields approximately a 5-1/2″ finished block. Make your cuts 1-1/2″. Anita shares a cutting guide for alternate sizes on her website.

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Resize the blocks to suit your project. All finished blocks will need to be trimmed to finished size.

One block three ways and I’m still looking at my stash thinking. . . this would be a great quilt in reds and neutrals. The sections could be strip pieced or cut separately for a super scrappy look. Hmmm.

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Anita’s Arrowhead block three ways

What quilt ideas come to mind when you study this block? Let us know in the comments below.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Diane Harris and the Quiltmaker team for the opportunity to be part of the 2015 Scrap Squad. I learned new skills in quilting and blogging, met a great team of quilters from around the country, and had the opportunity to share my quilts with you. It has been a wonderful journey! I hope my scrappy ideas have given each of you a springboard to jump in with confidence and create your own awesome quilts.

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We’ve been lucky to have Keri on the Scrap Squad this year. On behalf of everyone at Quiltmaker, thank you for a job well done, Keri!

Learn more about Anita Grossman Solomon and her unique methods!

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