Behind the Scenes: Bonnie Hunter’s Wanderlust

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Bonnie on set

Back in August, the always delightful Bonnie Hunter joined us in our Golden, Colorado studio to film a new online course focusing on her Wanderlust quilt. Wanderlust is a stash-busting scrap quilt that was featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Quiltmaker. It’s been an enormously popular pattern, and with this four-lesson online course you can have Bonnie herself take you step-by-step through the process of creating it.

The twin-size Wanderlust quilt finishes at 74″ x 86″ and features scrappy stars that come together with simple unit construction. Isn’t it striking?

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Wanderlust finished quilt, a block in progress and Bonnie in action

“I had a great time playing with this layout,” Bonnie said about the design. “I originally thought I would set the blocks straight, block to block — but then Sadie (my dog) laid on everything shifted some blocks and I saw that if I did a half-block drop every other row I got a fun zig-zag lay out. I used batiks, recycled neutrals, print neutrals and a whole bunch of a black tone on tone to make those colors sing.”

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Wonderlust block

Of course, Bonnie is sharing all her expert scrap quilting tips and tricks in the course, too. You’ll learn a variety of techniques and applications for making flying geese and half square triangles in multiple sizes.

She’s also teaching you the ins and outs of using her new Essential Triangle Tool and Bonus Buddy ruler while showing how these tools can help make your scrap quilting a complete joy! While regular rotary cutting directions were given in the magazine, and this quilt can be made successfully with those tools, it turns the whole patchwork process up a notch when we can easily create units from “regular” sizes of strips without having to deal with 7/8″ or 1/4″ fractions.

While she was on set taping the course, Bonnie shared a couple of great bonus tips with us for cutting fabric – click on the links or the images to watch the two video tips:

The first tip is a fabric cutting tip that will help you get a good square cut on fabric without having to use a lot of yardage in the process.

The second tip involves sticking a piece of micropore bandage tape to your ruler to keep it from slipping and giving you an inaccurate cut.

Patterns for both the full-size Wanderlust quilt as well as a bonus table runner version are included in the course. The course begins November 14.

Click here to learn more about Wanderlust with Bonnie Hunter – on the site you can check out the lesson outline, watch a preview and register for the course!

Be sure to come back and visit us next Monday – Bonnie will be joining us for a special guest blog about this new course.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO: Top Things to Do!

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Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO is heading to the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, 2016 for three jam-packed days of quilting and sewing fun. There’s an endless number of things at the EXPO to see, create and do — from the Expo Stage to the quilts in the Gallery to shopping and more. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t miss:

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Shop ’til you drop.

Experience sewing retail therapy like never before at the EXPO. Inside the Exhibit Hall, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible selection of machines, tools, fabrics, notions and patterns. From international sewing machine companies to treasured local fabric shops, there will be dozens of booths to explore.


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Quilt from Diane Tomlinson’s Diamond Star Flower class.

Take classes with top talents.

There’s a whole world of creativity waiting to be discovered inside the EXPO classrooms. Join popular instructors like Sharon Schamber, Diane Tomlinson, Katie Bartz, Cyndi Souder, Kathy Lincoln, Linda Lee, Kathy McMakin and more for hands-on workshops. It’s a rare opportunity to have the chance to learn from and work alongside so many talented personalities at once.


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Experience the EXPO Stage.

From new quilting techniques to insider sewing secrets, there’s always something exciting happening on the EXPO Stage. Check out Diane Tomlinson’s “Who Doesn’t Love a Scrap Quilt” trunk show… or be in the front row for the BurdaStyle Runway Fashion Show. All of the 30-minute presentations, demonstrations and trunk shows are all FREE with your general admission EXPO ticket … and are full of inspiration and how-to advice.


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“Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit

See awesome quilt exhibits.

The latest exhibits from quilters around the country will be in the EXPO’s Display Gallery, and they are outstanding. Let your mind wander as your feet take you past traditional quilts, modern quilts, art quilts and more. Some highlights include a special exhibit from QuiltCon 2016 and a “Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit from the Madison Quilt Expo from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. Special Quilt Walks, presented by the designers themselves, will even be available for some exhibits!


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Have fun with other sewing enthusiasts.

The EXPO is the best place to have fun with others who love sewing and quilting as much as you do! Plan a fun trip with your sewing friends or members of your quilt guild. Arriving to the EXPO solo? That’s OK, too. We guarantee you’ll have made a few new sewing buddies by the time you leave!


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Check out what’s new in the industry.

You’ll get the first look all the latest and greatest sewing and quilting products at the EXPO. See new sewing machines and other tools, touch new fabrics and more. You can even enjoy up-close demonstrations in The Spot, plus try new your hand at techniques with Make-It Take-It Projects.


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Win prizes.

Who doesn’t want to win free stuff? Fabulous prize packages, even sewing machines will be awarded daily during the EXPO’s Super Prize Drawing. You could go home with a sewing machine, an EXPO shopping bag full of supplies and tools, or other great prizes provided by EXPO sponsors and exhibitors.


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See Sewing’s Next Generation.

This special fashion and trunk show on the EXPO stage is going to be “sew” much fun. Young enthusiasts, ages 9 – 18 will be sharing an insight into the interests and talents of our newestgeneration, as they show off their latest accomplishments. It’s sure to inspire audiences of all ages.


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Quilt from Connie Palmer’s Piece-Fully Yours class

Enjoy a pre-event retreat.

Extend your EXPO experience with a special pre-event retreat: the School of Art Fashion Boutique presented by Martha Pullen Company. This retreat will be held at the same venue as the EXPO, on Nov. 7-9. There are four class options available: learn with Cynthia Guffey, Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer or the mother-daughter duo of Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher. How does it work? Simply choose which class you want to take, then spend two and half uninterrupted days learning from these wonderful teachers, sewing with the best kits and materials around. Ahhh, the perfect vacation!

Click here to learn more about the Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO. On the site you can register for classes, preview the stage presentations and exhibits and much more.

Can’t make it to Minneapolis? Check out the Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO calendar to see when the EXPO is coming to a city near you!

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Churn Dash Checkers: A Visit with Deanne Eisenman

IMG 6871 Churn Dash Checkers: A Visit with Deanne EisenmanToday we’re welcoming designer Deanne Eisenman as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures. She’s going to tell us all about her scrappy Churn Dash Checkers quilt featured in our November/December 2016 issue:

Hi! I’m Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts. I am a quilt pattern designer and teacher. Quilting and designing has been part of my life for over 25 years. During that time, I have evolved into a scrap quilter who is inspired by antique quilts and traditional blocks. Add a bit of appliqué to the project and it’s complete! My project, Churn Dash Checkers, that appears in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Quiltmaker reflects this style evolution. Even though it has no appliqué, it’s scrappy and features traditional blocks.

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Inspiration for this quilt came from the Churn Dash block itself. This block, which originated in the early 1800s, has always been one of my favorite traditional blocks. To reflect my scrappy style, I decided to make the blocks in a variety of colors instead of just one color combination.

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I like to combine 2 or 3 traditional blocks in a quilt and create a new look and add some movement. By using an Irish Chain style block as an alternating block and setting everything on point, I think I achieved my goal. I chose to keep the Irish Chain blocks as neutral as I could so they would not overshadow the Churn Dash blocks.

And as any self-respecting scrap quilter knows …. you need to use all those scraps! So, that was the inspiration for the colorful pieced border used to frame the quilt center.

Here are a couple of tips to make piecing these blocks and this quilt a fun experience:

Anytime you complete an element of a block, like the half-square triangle square units in the Churn Dash blocks, be sure to measure those units and verify that they are the correct size before you continue. If the units measure correctly, your blocks will go together smoothly every time.

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Second tip: A design wall or a large floor space is necessary when piecing the blocks of this (or any) scrap quilt. Laying out the blocks helps you to visualize what the finished quilt will look like. It will also help you keep similar colors separated.

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That’s all for now! I hope you enjoy making Churn Dash Checkers!

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Thank you for joining us today, Deanne!

If you’d like to make Churn Dash Checkers and don’t have a copy of our November/December ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Churn Dash Checkers.

Be sure to also check out Deanne’s online course, Sew-on-the-Go with Needle-Turn Hand Appliqué. This six-lesson course will take you through all the steps of creating a beautiful appliqué wall hanging, Bloomin’ Days.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 30 + Giveaway

Hi – here we are halfway through October. The leaves have turned their autumn colors here in Colorado and are starting to fall from the trees. Although we have had some warm days, the cooler weather is definitely keeping me inside at my sewing machine. Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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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 Infinity, block #164 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 2 and was designed by Vickie Eapen.

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Infinity, block #164 designed by Vickie Eapen

This block has two triangle-square units and patches.

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triangle-square unit

Assembly:

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Infinity assembly

Three different colorways:

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Infinity in 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:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

And, I did mention a giveaway? Those are always fun! Leave me a comment telling me what’s your favorite social media site for gathering quilty info and inspiration. I’ll randomly draw a name next Wednesday, 10/26. The winner will receive the quilty goodies below—a 100 Blocks tote bag, 100 Blocks mouse pad, License 2 Qlt fabric plate and Moda Fabrics merit badges.

The winner of this prize bundle is Kathy E., the winner has been notified by email.

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quilty prizes

See you next week.

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Tell Us YOUR Opinion About Our Nov/Dec Issue!

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What do you think of our November/December ’16 issue of Quiltmaker? This issue is filled with 12 festive quilts to make for friends and family. There’s three beautiful red and white quilts, holiday quilts, kid quilts and scrap quilts — not to mention tips, techniques, inspiration and more. We’re proud of it, but we want to know what YOU think about it.

We invite you to take our reader survey to let us know your thoughts: what you loved in the issue, what you didn’t love and what you’d like to see more of. Your feedback is very important to us and will help us choose content for our future issues of Quiltmaker.

Click here to take the survey.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this issue out yet, you can preview all the quilt patterns in our issue gallery or grab a print or digital edition from our online store.

Happy Quilting!

P.S. Want more issues of QuiltmakerSubscribe so you never miss a thing!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 29

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to October. Are you finding more time to sew? Our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along is coming along nicely!

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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 Gettysburg, block #371 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 4. This great block was designed by Jennifer Chiaverini.

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Gettysburg, block #371 designed by Jennifer Chiaverini

This block is made with stitch-and-flip units and patches.

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stitch-and-flip units

Assembly:

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Assembly

Finished block in three colorways:

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three colorways

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

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

Be sure to tune in next week – there might be some surprises in store!

Happy Sewing!

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Wool Applique Tutorial + Project Ideas

woolapplique 200 Wool Applique Tutorial + Project IdeasHave you ever tried wool applique? It’s a quick, easy and addictive technique that looks great on folk art quilts, holiday projects and more! Our managing editor Paula Stoddard is a big fan of working with wool – in fact, she’s designed a number of quilts featuring wool applique over the years, most recently the darling JOY table topper featured in our new November/December issue.

Follow our step-by-step photo tutorial at this link to learn Paula’s simple technique for wool applique (the link includes a printer-friendly PDF you can download). Then put the technique to use on one of these quilted holiday projects:

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JOY table topper

1. JOY table topper: Dig into your wool stash to create this festive holiday table topper.

Christmas Stitches quilt Wool Applique Tutorial + Project Ideas

Christmas Stitches wall hanging

2. Christmas Stitches wall hanging: Hand embroidery, wool applique and button embellishments are surrounded by a simple pieced border on this patchwork wall quilt.

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Light the Way candle mats

3. Light the Way candle mats: These woolen candle mats include three designs: Christmas lights, Christmas mice and dreidels.

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Christmas Tweet wall hanging

4. Christmas Tweet wall hanging: Made up of assorted scraps and wool appliqué, this little wall quilt is sure to be a holiday favorite!

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Snowman mug rug

5. Snowman mug rug: Combine simple shapes and easy embroidery stitches to make this cute scalloped wool snowman coaster.

Be sure to download your printer-friendly PDF of our wool applique tutorial here!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Vote on our January/February 2017 Cover!

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

We’d like to invite you to help us choose the cover for our upcoming January/February 2017 issue of Quiltmaker! We have two potential 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 issue when it goes on sale at newsstands on November 29, 2016. Better yet, you can subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Kiku: A Visit with Cheryl Brickey

Today we’re welcoming designer Cheryl Brickey as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures. She’s going to tell us all about her Kiku quilt featured in our newest special issue:

Hi everyone!  I’m Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs and I am guest posting here at Quiltmaker to give you a behind the scenes look at my Kiku quilt that appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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The Kiku quilt was built from my block called Cloud Burst which appeared in the 100 Blocks Magazine Vol 14.  Cloud Burst is a paper pieced block design with some unusual angles and shapes that I designed in EQ7 by utilizing the Kaleidoscope Block function within the Serendipity block design tab.  I started with one of my simpler block designs, applied the Kaleidoscope Block function, and then continued to experiment with the design until I came up with Cloud Burst.

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One of my favorite things about the block was the secondary patterns that emerge when the block are combined into a quilt top.  Kiku combines one column of full blocks along with half blocks on either side to complete the secondary elements.  You can see the pattern emerge as the pieced blocks are arranged together.

Photo 2 Kiku column1 Kiku: A Visit with Cheryl Brickey The pieced blocks were placed on asymmetric negative space for a more modern feel.  I think that the darker background makes the piecing pop.  The fabrics used in Kiku were Kona Cotton Solids and Crosshatch by Carolyn Friedlander, all generously donated by Robert Kaufman.  Johellen George of Cabin Quilt Studio (a super talented longarm quilter in my local guild) quilted Kiku for me in a double loop pattern.

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I’ll leave you with a paper piecing tip:  If you are making a quilt with a lot of the same paper pieced blocks (such a quilt like Kiku) and you want to speed up your piecing, try increasing the fabric piece sizes slightly by 1/4″ to 1/2″.  By using larger fabric pieces, you can be less precise with the fabric placement and therefore piece much faster.  Sizing up does waste a little extra fabric, but really speeds up the paper piecing process.

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Thank you for joining us today, Cheryl!

If you’d like to make Kiku and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Kiku.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 28

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. Hard to believe September is almost over! Where has the time gone?? Instead of showing all three quilts in one photo, I wanted to include the individual photos today for your viewing pleasure. How do your blocks look? Have you been sewing border units from leftover fabric to get a little bit ahead? Notice how two quilts are square and one is rectangular in shape? We provide two different layouts – choose whichever one you like. The rectangle is 6 blocks x 8 blocks – 48 in all. The square quilt is 7 blocks x 7 blocks – 49 in all. There’s a bonus block included in the pattern.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler

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red & white

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reproduction

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 by the ever-delightful Pam Vieira-McGinnis (Pam Kitty Morning). Her block is Courtyard Square, block #90 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 1. Did you know that Pam has had a block in every single issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks?

Pam is sewing along with us today, so be sure to visit her blog!

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Courtyard Square, block #90 designed by Pam Vieira-McGinnis

This block uses Flying Geese and patches.

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Flying Geese

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:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week!

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