Vote on our May/June 2017 Cover!

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Which one should be our May/June cover? Follow the link to place your vote!

It’s that time again! We’d like you to help us choose the cover for our May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. Pictured here are the two covers we are considering. Please place your vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this new issue when it goes on sale at newsstands on April 4, 2017. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting!

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The Top Heart Quilts for Valentine’s Day

The 2016 holiday season is behind us and 2017 is in full swing. So what are we going to quilt now? Some lovely projects for Valentine’s Day of course!

Gather up your favorite red and pink fabrics and find inspiration in the heart-themed quilts, table runners and pillows we’ve gathered below. These designs are perfect for decorating your home or making something special for someone you love:

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Thimbleberries Love Triangle table runner

Love Triangle table runner: Dress up your table for the season with this runner designed by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I just adore how Lynette used three-dimensional scallops to create the unique heart border around the outside edge. The runner finishes at 18″ x 42″. Kits are available and include a small bonus pattern!

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Here’s My Heart table runner

Here’s My Heart table runner: Medium and dark pink batiks shine on this romantic pieced runner designed by Debra Finan. Made using 2 1/2-inch pre-cut strips, this is another perfect option for adorning your table this Valentine’s Day. Finished size is 44″ x 12″ and kits are available.

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Love Letters quilt

Love Letters quilt: Diane Harris combined three quilt blocks from past issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks to create this lovely foundation-pieced throw. The three original blocks were Julie Comstack’s Love Squared (#567) from 100 Blocks Vol. 6, and Diane’s blocks Surrounded by Love (#1031) from Vol. 11 and Love Chain (#1177) from Vol. 12. 

This design is great for scraps – don’t be afraid to use many different reds and pinks together as long as they contrast with the pale gray background. Stitch-and-flip makes it easy to create the little hearts in these surprisingly forgiving blocks. A wide border adds to the design, and allover quilting adds a final flourish.The finished size of the quilt is 50″ x 50″.

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Making Valentines quilt

Making Valentines quilt: When creating this charming quilt, Wendy Sheppard says she “set out to design a pieced heart block that would be super easy to construct so that the REALLY fun part would be picking out the fabrics for the different sections of the block.” She definitely succeeded! The blocks are basically made up of flying geese units and rectangles, and the rusty red and gray fabrics used on Wendy’s version give the design a Scandinavian twist. Finished size is 62 1/2″ x 73 1/2″.

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Hugs and Kisses pillow

Hugs and Kisses pillow: Add a fast touch of Valentine spirit to your home with this whimsical pillow designed by Patrick Lose. Made here in cute and contemporary prints, this would also make a great gift! The pillow project finishes at 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.

Want even more Valentine quilting ideas? Click here for more, including some fun freebies!

For more inspiration for your 2017 projects, be sure to visit our online shop. New patterns, kits and more are arriving all the time, and great sales are happening, too!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 43

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! We have a great quilt block to share with you today designed by Pam Vieira-McGinnis from Pam Kitty Morning. She has designed a block in every single issue of 100 Blocks magazine – isn’t that amazing?!

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are now sold out, but we do have the digital pattern available. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Round Rosie – block #398 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 4 — designed by Pam Vieira-McGinnis. Pam is sewing along with us, so be sure to visit her blog!

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Round Rosie, block #398 designed by Pam Vieira-McGiness

Round Rosie units:

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Round Rosie units

Assembly:

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Round Rosie assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 42

Hi – Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. Are you all caught up on your quilt blocks? It’s time for another one today!

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Three different colorways of the sampler

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

Today’s block is Tile Works, block #162 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 2 and was designed by Monique Dillard.

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Tile Works, block #162 designed by Monique Dillard

Tile Works units:

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Tile Works units

Assembly:

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Tile Works assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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Lessons in Creativity Season 6: Zippity Doo Dah

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Zippity Doo Dah quilt

The new season of our free video series, Quiltmaker’s Lessons in Creativity, is here! The focus quilt for season 6 is the fabulous Zippity Doo Dah quilt designed by Leanna Spanner and featured in the Jan/Feb ’17 issue of Quiltmaker. Everything about this quilt is fun exciting: from the design to fabric selection and block placement. It finishes at 84″ x 96″.

IMG 2907 Lessons in Creativity Season 6: Zippity Doo DahSeries host Jenny Kae Parks will inspire you to take this quilt design to a new level as you play with different color recipes, use a variety of quilting designs, create  interesting quilt options and enhance your sewing and quilting skills.

The first episode is available to watch now:

Episode 601: Foundation Pieced Square in a Square
The easiest way to learn a new task is to start with something you know and work your way up. Jenny applies this concept to paper piecing and demonstrates how to make Zippity Doo Dah’s square in a square block using foundation paper piecing. Learn this easy technique, which can be applied to all skill levels of blocks, and get perfect points at each intersection.

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Check out the episode summaries below for a preview of what’s to come this season:

Coming soon! Episode 602: Stitch and Flip Square in a Square
In the previous episode, Jenny showed how to make the square in a square block using foundation paper piecing. Another easy way to make this block is using the stitch-and-flip method. Also see different coloring options for the block and how to sew two of the blocks together while keeping perfect points on the inner squares. Plus, Jenny gives tips for using a stripe in the sashing and how to add the sashing to the blocks without losing the points on the corners of the inner squares in the blocks.

Coming soon! Episode 603 | Four at a Time Flying Geese and Color Values
Zippity Doo Dah contains a lot of flying geese units, so the more you can make at once, the more time you save. Jenny shares an easy method for making four flying geese units at one time. She also shows how to chain piece them for even more efficiency. Then, once the geese are made, Jenny shows a couple of different ways you could lay out a number of flying geese units if you want to personalize your quilt. She also discusses the difference between light, medium, and dark fabrics and shares ways to lay them out using a variation of the Zippity Doo Dah pattern.

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Coming soon! Episode 604 | Turning Zippity Doo Dah Horizontally
Jenny demonstrates how to join columns of flying geese, a technique used both in the original vertical variation of Zippity Doo Dah, and in Jenny’s new horizontal variation. She then shows laying out the blocks in a horizontal variation. The sashing color she had originally chosen didn’t work so well once all the blocks were sewn and laid out. Jenny shows several ways to deal with colors that don’t work — from simple replacing a section with another color to completely rearranging the quilt’s design to work with the pre-selected color choices.

Coming soon! Episode 605 | Fabric Scale and Stitch and Flip Bonus Blocks
Jenny shows the differences between a small, a medium, and a large fabric print. She also shows a tone on tone and a solid print. The square in a square blocks in the Zippity Doo Dah quilt are perfect for medium and large prints. Jenny also shows how to get bonus half square triangle while using the stitch and flip technique with just one more marked line. See a cute idea that these bonus half square triangles can be used for.

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Coming soon! Episode 606 | Controlled Scrappiness with Flying Geese
Some people like making scrappy quilts with many different prints organized completely at random. Others, like Jenny, would prefer to have their prints match and be carefully pre-planned. Scrappy quilts are quite appealing for a number of reasons, however, like stash busting, and Jenny shows how a number of prints can be used for a semi-scrappy look with a definite color scheme. She rearranges into a number of different variations for a controlled layout of the scrappy look, then shows how to piece the flying geese together in order to keep the point of the goose. Using solid fabrics, Jenny shows ways that the geese can be reorganized for differing effects.

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Zippity Doo Dah kits feature Saturday Morning and Grunge Basics by Moda

Coming soon! Episode 607 | Using Up Your Scraps with Square in a Square Blocks
Scrap quilts can look amazing, especially when they look particularly random. Sometimes that randomization has to be coaxed a little bit so that, for example, a pocket of bright yellow doesn’t scream for attention. Jenny demonstrates cutting multiple layers of scrap fabrics at one time to get the required pieces for the blocks. She then shows organizing the scraps in color groups to match them while still accomplishing a certain level of contrast between the pieces. Once a couple of the blocks are pieced together, Jenny gets out some other scrap blocks she had already peiced and demonstrates how to lay them out to make sure you’re happy with the level of randomization before piecing the blocks together to form the quilt.

Coming soon! Episode 608 | Zippity Pillow
Create a fabulous pillow that coordinates with your Zippity Doo Dah quilt.

Grab your Jan/Feb issue, or the Zippity Doo Dah kit or digital pattern, and sew along!

This video series is free to watch with a free subscription to QNNtv.com, and new episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Click here to see all episodes of Lessons in Creativity.

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This season of Lessons in Creativity is sponsored by Pfaff and Moda.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 41

Hi – Happy New Year, and welcome back to our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! We are heading toward the home stretch now — just seven quilt blocks left to go after this one.

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Three different versions of the sampler

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

Today’s block is Traveling Eddie, block #562 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 6 and was designed by Sarah Bisel.

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Traveling Eddie, block #562 designed by Sarah Bisel

Units for Traveling Eddie:

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Traveling Eddie units

Assembly:

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Assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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Come Aboard: Free Project Linus Pattern

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Come Aboard! Free quilt pattern for Project Linus

Looking for a way to give back and help others in the new year? Gather up some colorful scraps to make this adorable Come Aboard! throw quilt for Project Linus. This is the 17th quilt pattern Quiltmaker has published in support of Project Linus, a wonderful organization that provides hand-made blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children.

The quilt finishes at 38″ x 38″ and was designed by our art director Denise Stark.

Click to download the complete free quilt pattern for Come Aboard!

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Find more free Project Linus patterns from Quiltmaker. Be sure to share the link with your quilting friends so they can support this cause too!

Learn more about Project Linus at projectlinus.org or by writing to:

Project Linus National Headquarters
P.O. Box 1548
Belton, MO 64012-1108

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 40

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We hope you had a nice Christmas and that you’re enjoying this holiday time with friends and family. If you’re ready to continue your sampler journey, we have a great block for you today!

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100 Blocks Sampler

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

Today’s block is Positive Outlook, block #879 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 9 and was designed by Jessie Kurtz.

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Positive Outlook, block #879 designed by Jessie Kurtz

Assembly:

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Positive Outlook assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 39

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along and thank you for taking the time to join us this busy holiday week! We have another fun block to share today.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

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

Today’s block is Patched Geese, block #300 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3 and was designed by Karrie Winters.

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Patched Geese, block #300 designed by Karrie Winters

Patched Geese unit:

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Patched Geese unit

Assembly:

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Patched Geese assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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English Paper Piecing Tutorial

By Carolyn Beam, QM Content Director

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I love having a portable hand project handy. I like something that fits in a neat little bag that I can keep close when I’m watching TV or something that travels easily. English paper piecing (EPP) is just the thing. I have tried working with one shape, but I find that I lose interest quickly. Larger hexagons made up of different smaller shapes work best for me. I love seeing how the different fabrics and colors play together to create one common shape. To add extra interest to my designs, I have worked with charm squares (5″ squares). This has forced me to get creative with my fabric selection for each hexagon block since I’m limited to how the different shapes fit on the 5″ square.

To create the table topper pictured, make each of the seven different blocks using the templates available on this printable project PDF. Join the blocks and A’s as shown in the quilt assembly diagram. Refer to instructions below.

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MATERIALS
1 charm pack
1/8 yard red/white dot
Paper for templates
Removable fabric glue stick
Applique or sharp needle
50-wt. cotton or silk thread
Batting 18″ x 18″
Backing fabric 18″ x 18″

Typically, there are two templates for each shape – one is used to cut the paper templates and the other is used to cut the fabric and includes the seam allowance. There are also plastic or heavy paper precut templates that can be purchased for many EPP shapes.

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When you make your templates, be sure they are accurately cut to ensure all the patches will fit together nicely. Check the size of each to make sure they’re consistent. Make two templates for each patch, one with a seam allowance and one without.

Cut patches using the template with seam allowance added.

Center the paper template without the seam allowance on the wrong side of the precut fabric patch. (1)

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There are several methods for wrapping the fabric around the paper template, but I prefer to use a removable fabric glue stick. (2) The fabric stays in place (3) and the paper template is easily removed after the patches are sewn together. The fabric can also be basted by hand or, if using freezer paper as a template, the fabric can be pressed to the shiny side to hold in place. If basting by hand, the thread will need to be removed at a later time.

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When basting, baste in the same direction for all similar shapes. Leave all the tails hanging out. (4) This will make tails nest when sewing patches together.

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I like 50-weight cotton thread or silk thread to sew my patches together. Arrange two patches, right sides together. Insert the needle a short distance away from the corner where you will start sewing and bring the needle out at the corner. (5) This way the knot won’t be at the corner. Whipstitch the patches together, catching a thread of each of the folded edges. (6)

You’ll feel the paper templates inside, but do not stitch through them. Continue sewing until you reach the end of the patch, take an extra stitch at the corner and knot the thread a short distance away from the corner.

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Continue adding patches in this manner. For a set-in seam, sew two patches together on one seam. When you get to the corner, reposition the patches to sew the next seam. (7) The paper or plastic templates are flexible and bend easily for repositioning the patches.

Because they were all basted in the same direction, the tails all go in the same direction, eliminating bulk. (8)

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After all the patches and blocks have been sewn together, remove all of the paper templates. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste. Quilt to within a 1/4″ from all of the outside edges. Trim the batting even with the quilt top. (9) Trim the backing 1/4″ beyond the edges of the quilt top. To finish the quilt, fold the edges of the backing under 1/4″ (even with the top). Whipstitch the backing to the front, tucking in any tails if necessary. (10)

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That’s all there is to it! Click here for more block ideas and printable templates of all the templates needed for this table topper project and more.

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Learn more about English paper piecing, hand embroidery stitchery and appliqué techniques in our new online course on Craft University, Hand Embroidery Stitching and Appliqué with Lynette Anderson. Follow along as Lynette uses these techniques to create her beautiful Forest Floor Table Runner in this five-lesson online course.

More English paper piecing resources and quilt patterns:

English paper piecing video tutorial

Hexagarden Classic quilt pattern

Nana’s Bouquet quilt pattern

Charmed I’m Sure quilt pattern

Gypsy quilt pattern

Folk Blossoms quilt pattern

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