Parade of Homes: Kimberly Jolly Giveaway

Another adorable house block is up for giveaway today as Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues. Today’s block was made by Kimberly Jolly, proprietress at Fat Quarter Shop. (Visit the Jolly Jabber for another giveaway!) The giveaway has ended.

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Home Sweet Home block by Kimberly Jolly is up for giveaway today!

Our special event celebrates the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker, which has a house theme. See the house quilts!

cover350opt Parade of Homes: Kimberly Jolly GiveawayWe asked 12 quilt designers, including Kimberly, to make their own unique versions of Home Sweet Home, a block designed by Lori Holt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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Block made by Bonnie Hunter

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Block made by Gudrun Erla

 

 

Aren’t they wonderful? We’ll be giving away all 12 blocks so please come back often during August.

Kimberly and the gang at Fat Quarter Shop have a great new book out. Fat Quarter Style features 12 quilts in four sizes. Some are traditional, some are modern, all are beautiful!

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I especially enjoyed the how-to section. I saw some binding tricks I’m going to try on my  next project! You can find out much more during their current book tour.

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Home Sweet Home block by Kimberly Jolly is up for giveaway today!

Let’s have a giveaway! For your chance to win Kimberly’s block and a copy of Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue, please leave a comment below by midnight on Thursday, August 14. Tell us if you shop for quilting supplies online (if you don’t, you’re invited to quiltandsewshop.com and to fatquartershop.com). We’ll choose a winner and announce it here. The winner of these items is Freda, comment #11.

Please visit Kimberly’s blog, the Jolly Jabber, for another giveaway and lots of great quilty posts! The giveaway has ended.

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Get Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue with its house theme and other amazing quilt patterns.

 

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Quilt Block Giveaway: GE Designs

Another fabulous Home Sweet Home quilt block is up for giveaway today as Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues.

This block was made by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs. She used her own fabric line for Red Rooster called Victory, which ships to stores in September. I know you’ll want to check it out. Gudrun is having a giveaway on her blog, too: Gudrun’s World.

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Gudrun designed the quilt below with Victory fabrics.

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Gudrun Erla designed this quilt with her upcoming fabric line called Victory for Red Rooster Fabrics.

She has kits for this quilt in her etsy store. (And if you’ve never discovered etsy.com, you’re in for a treat!)

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Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’14 is on newsstands now.

If you’ve yet to peek at Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue, I hope you’ll do that soon. We have three terrific house quilts in this issue, along with many other great patterns, too.

rowhousesopt Quilt Block Giveaway: GE DesignsThis Row Houses by Paula Stoddard, which is about 37″ x 49″. I think it would be perfect hanging in an entryway to greet anyone who arrives. See more house quilts. To start sewing on Row Houses immediately, get the digital pattern. You’ll find it in the Sept/Oct issue too, which is on newsstands now.

Let’s have a giveaway! Gudrun’s block is up today, along with a copy of Quiltmaker Sept/Oct. For your chance to win, leave a comment below by midnight Sunday, August 10. We’ll choose a winner and announce it next week. Remember to visit Gudrun’s blog for her giveaway, too. The winner is Darrell Hardenburg, #39.

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Quiltmaker has great kits for many new quilts! See them all and get started today!

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Scrap Squad: Magic Star Twist by Margaret Kennedy

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects—great scrap quilt ideas!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Squad:  Magic Star Twist by Margaret KennedyWe just finished one series and we’re off on another scrappy adventure. Today we’re sharing Margaret Kennedy’s version of Magic Stars from the new Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.

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Below is the original quilt, designed by Janice Averill and made in fabrics by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. If you don’t have this issue, you can get a digital pattern for Magic Stars instantly.

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We named it Magic Stars because the stars appear with a little hocus pocus—you don’t make stars at all.

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This is the block. When several are set side by side, you get stars, just like magic.

Margaret Kennedy is from Lake Frederick, Virginia. She shares her story below.

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Margaret Kennedy from Lake Frederick, Virginia

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I was thrilled when I saw the pattern for this quilt – stars! And the illusion of circles!  These are some of my favorite things in a quilt. I liked it so much that I decided to go bigger – queen size.

I had trouble seeing where one block ended and the next began, so I drafted the pattern in EQ7 to play with colors and layout.

Here’s how I colored my block. When it came time to select actual fabrics, I used many prints in each color for a scrappy look:

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And putting those blocks together would give me this:

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Perfectly fine. However, when I was flipping the blocks to get them into my layout, I noticed that the “curvy” parts would make all kinds of interesting, wavy shapes! I ended up with a medallion layout that I loved:

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And I had some ideas for borders that I’ll show you later.

Let’s talk construction. I decided to order an Accuquilt die for the half-square triangle units that finish at 2.5″. While waiting for my die to arrive, I made the half-rectangle units. Since I didn’t have a die in the appropriate size, I used a rotary cutter and specialty template.

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This pattern requires left and right units, so it is important to cut mirrored shapes. Here are my stacks of patches waiting to be assembled.

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When my new die arrived, I cut the half-square triangles. Cutting with my Accuquilt system saves me time and helps me attain very accurate piecing while having just a little bit of waste. I think these are my best “shreds” ever!

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Here are the stacks of cut triangles ready to be sewn. I have laid them out according to my plan. There are many different fabrics in each stack for a scrappy look.

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I sewed triangle pairs into squares, and then squares into 4-patches. The 4-patches were sewn to the half-rectangle units, and the blocks assembled.

As soon as I had a few blocks done, I raced to the design wall to see how they looked. Here are some of my actual blocks in the original layout:

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And here is the center of the quilt showing how twisting the blocks changes the design into a medallion.

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I decided to add an inner border of pink, and an outer border made of partial units. Here are the partial units I used: 4 corner units and 12 each of the left and right partial blocks.

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Corner Unit

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Side Units – Mirror Images

When I finished assembling the quilt top, I quilted an overall feather pattern with multi-colored thread. The bobbin thread matches the blue backing.

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And the quilt would not be complete without its label. The Philip Jacobs print surrounding the lettering is the same one used in the middle of the light stars.

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Here is the finished quilt with its inner pink border and the outer border that extends the medallion pattern.

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I titled the quilt “Magic Star Twist” since I changed the design by twisting the blocks in the layout.

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Margaret’s “Magic Star Twist” in its glamour shot—what a wonderful scrap quilt!

Want to make a smaller project?  Here’s an idea for a table runner inspired by this quilt.

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The Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker is on newsstands now, or from our shop site in print or digital versions.

Get just the pattern for Magic Stars and start sewing instantly!

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QM’s Devoted to Scraps holds great scrap quilt ideas.

Some of Quiltmaker’s best scrap quilt patterns are in Devoted to Scraps. You’ll love it!

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Parade of Homes Freebies

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Quiltmaker Sept/Oct 2014

The celebration of our house-themed Sept/Oct issue continues with Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes: part blog tour, part freebie fest and part designer showcase.

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Country Baskets quilting motif

This quilting motif called Country Baskets is free for the taking. It would be cute quilted between house blocks.

This block called Baby House is free for the taking. I’ve made a few dozen of these in just a few evenings.

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Baby House Block

I framed each one with 1.5″ strips.  I’m thinking of making it king size because they’re so much fun. It’s going to be a good scrap quilt.

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Baby House Blocks framed with 1.5″ strips

These aren’t sewn together yet, they’re just grouped on my design wall. If bright fabrics aren’t your thing, you could do them in less garish colors and they’d look sweet and homey.

Please visit the Parade of Homes page so you get in on all the fun and freebies.

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We’re giving away all 12 of these amazing blocks!

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QM’s Parade of Homes: Quilt Block Giveaway

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues today

with another quilt block giveaway.

Please visit our Parade of Homes page for all the fun and freebies!

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This quilt block was made by Gail Pan and is up for giveaway! The fabrics are Baskets in Bloom by Red Rooster Fabrics.

Today’s block was made by Gail Pan, who is known for adorable embroidery designs. She did a great job of putting her signature style onto this block.

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The Parade of Homes is to celebrate our Sept/Oct issue, which has a house theme. (See all the quilts in the issue.)

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We’re giving away all 12 of these amazing blocks!

Three unique house quilts are patterned, including Parkview Lane, below. (Get the Parkview Lane pattern.)

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Parkview Lane is based on a block design by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

This quilt is based on a block by Lori Holt called Home Sweet Home for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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Lori Holt’s original Home Sweet Home block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

This is Lori’s original Home Sweet Home block. The pattern is in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 and also in the Sept/Oct Quiltmaker.

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We asked 12 designers, including Gail Pan, to make this block in their own style. They sent them back to us and now we’re sharing them with you. All 12 will be given to lucky readers during August so please visit Quilty Pleasures often. Scroll down a bit more for today’s giveaway of Gail’s block, which is made in her own fabrics: Baskets in Bloom for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Simply Christmas 2014

If you enjoy hand embroidery, have a look at Gail’s new book, Simply Christmas 2014. Inside are eight Christmas quilt projects with embroidery—great for gift giving. Simply Christmas 2014 is available from Kelly Ann’s Quilting or The Fat Quarters Quilt Shop.

Visit Gail’s blog, too!

Now to the giveaway: For your chance to win Gail’s block and a copy of our Sept/Oct issue, please leave a comment here by midnight Wednesday, August 6. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here. The winner is Rhonda Davis, #40.

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Did you get all the freebies so far in the Parade of Homes? Be sure to follow the link to see what’s new!

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Get this quilting motif free during Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes. It’s called “Country Baskets.”

Get the Country Baskets quilting motif, above, free on our Parade of Homes page. Another great house block up for grabs on Thursday so please come back!

 

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buff’s Magic Stars; Giveaway!

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects—great scrap quilts all!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buffs Magic Stars; Giveaway!We just finished one series and we’re off on another scrappy adventure. Today we’re sharing Buff’s version of Magic Stars from the new Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.

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Magic Stars appears in QM’s Sept/Oct issue, or the pattern is available as a pdf.

We named it Magic Stars because the stars appear with a little hocus pocus—you don’t make stars at all.

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This is a single block. It truly is magical!

This is the block. When several are set side by side, you get stars, just like magic.

The Scrap Squad is having some serious fun with this design. Today’s featured quilt is by Buff Jones, who lives in Santa Clara, California. She tells her quilt story below.

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Magic Stars had me at Magic! I received a wonderful bundle of patriotic fabrics (even tied up with a red, white and blue bow!) at a quilt retreat, and have planned to make a Quilt of Valor for some time. One look at Magic Stars and “Grateful Stars” began to take shape.

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I followed my own advice (I sometimes do that) and made one block before I committed to the whole enchilada.

It was love at first sight. I only made one change, which was to substitute the gold fabric (note that it has bees and dandelions on it, go figure, and was gifted to me from my friend Laura’s stash!) that you can see on the inside half-rectangles. It made for a little more scrappy-ness and gave the block more dimension.

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Tips for the blocks? I have two. The first involves the “B” and “reverse B” pieces.  If you make a single template, or mark your Tri-Recs ruler like I did, one time and cut from a folded strip, you get a B and a reverse B the easy way.

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Cut patches from a strip folded in half to get a B and a reverse B all at once.

Second tip: The Pizza Box! (It’s worth it just to see the expression on the pizza shop owner’s face when you ask to purchase a clean, empty pizza box, trust me on this.) Whenever I have a pattern that calls for a bunch of the same block, I put my “make one first” block in the box and stack all the pieces on top of it in the correct order.

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The pizza box also allows you to get tricky directional pieces (like the navy stripe in the center, above) all going in the correct direction.

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But beware of what happens when you go to the iron to press that hour glass block…

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“Why are you looking at me like that, Mom? Geez…”

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Be careful with the four bias triangles when you sew the finished blocks together. I spray starched and pressed carefully to avoid stretching them to lumpiness.

My pictures don’t really do justice to the beauty of this pattern, but I LOVE the amazing secondary pattern that emerges from a single block. Making this as a Quilt of Valor was a labor of love in the truest sense.

Although I am a borders kind of gal, I just couldn’t bring myself to take away from all those beautiful stars, so a simple burgundy binding and a variegated thread with a subtle star and swirl pattern completed “Grateful Stars.”

I can hardly wait to send this off to a service person with my appreciation and love in every stitch. I hope it inspires you to do the same.

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Perfect opportunity for a giveaway! We’ll send a copy of Sept/Oct’s Quiltmaker and a pile of red/white/blue fabrics so you can start your own Quilt of Valor. Please leave a comment by midnight Monday, August 4 for your chance to win. We’ll announce the winner next week. The winner is Krista Y., #2.

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Love patriotic quilts? America the Beautiful is one of Quiltmaker’s most-loved patterns. Get it today in print or digital!

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Bonnie Hunter Giveaway: Parade of Homes

Welcome to

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes

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Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’14 has a house theme.

We’re celebrating our Sept/Oct issue with its three beautiful house quilts!

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Parkview Lane is based on a block design by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

The cover quilt is Parkview Lane. It’s based on Home Sweet Home, a block designed by Lori Holt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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Home Sweet Home was designed by Lori Holt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

Isn’t this a wonderful little block? We decided to ask 12 quilt designers to make unique versions of Home Sweet Home. We were thrilled with the results! We’ll show you all the blocks—and give them all to lucky winners—during our Designer Showcase. Today is the start.

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Bonnie Hunter made this house for giveaway!

This is the block that Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville made for us. She couldn’t resist string piecing the roof and making the block uniquely her own—which is exactly what we’d hoped for!

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Bonnie has a regular column in Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps. It’s always fun to see what block Bonnie comes up with next. See all the blocks on our Addicted to Scraps page along with some ideas for putting them together.

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You might have noticed that a Bonnie scrap quilt graced the cover of the recent July/August issue. Get this issue in print or digital.

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Wanderlust by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker’s July/August ’14 issue

The quilt is called Wanderlust—isn’t that a great name? Get just the pattern if you wish.

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Giveaway! More Adventures with Leaders & Enders by Bonnie Hunter is up for grabs today!

We’re having a nice giveaway to start things off. Bonnie is providing a copy of her latest book, More Adventures with Leaders & Enders, as well as some scrappy fabric from her sewing room stash. We’ll throw in a copy of Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’14 and a 100 Blocks coffee mug—always a hot item! The winner of these items is Ronna, comment #33.

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Rare chance to win a 100 Blocks coffee mug!

In separate giveaways, we have another copy of this issue and a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 which includes Lori’s Home Sweet Home block pattern. The winner of these items is Sandy Vanya, #356.

For your chance to win, please leave a comment below before midnight on Tuesday, August 5. We’ll choose winners randomly and announce them here. The giveaways have ended.

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IMPORTANT! Bonnie’s having a giveaway over on Quiltville today, too. Please head over to get in on more of the fun. The giveaways have ended.

You can always see what’s happening by visiting Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes landing page.

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Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes

Welcome to

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes!

We’re celebrating Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue with a special event. It’s part blog tour, part freebie fest, part designer showcase. It’s going to be a lot of fun! See the house quilt on the cover?

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Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’14

QM Content Director Carolyn Beam included three beautiful house quilts in the pages of Sept/Oct ’14. Three quilts make a theme: Parade of (Quilted) Homes!

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Parkview Lane: We have convenient kits available. Pattern in Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue.

Parkview Lane is the cover quilt. It’s based on a block design by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. (If you haven’t discovered Lori, oh my, you’re in for a treat. Please tell her Quiltmaker sent you.) We have convenient kits for Parkview Lane.

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Home Sweet Home by Lori Holt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Volume 8

Lori’s Home Sweet Home block first appeared in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Isn’t it precious? We’re going to have some serious fun with this block during Parade of Homes!

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Row Houses by Paula Stoddard. Pattern in QM’s Sept/Oct issue.

Row Houses by Paula Stoddard is another great design in this issue. I adore that American flag. If you’re from another country, you could customize the flag however you like. The Canadian flag would look great in there!

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Home Sweet Home by Carolyn Beam. Pattern in QM’s Sept/Oct issue.

The third house quilt in this issue is Home Sweet Home by Carolyn Beam. I just love this classic beauty. What a great twist on a traditional schoolhouse block!

Breaking news: We’ve recently made all our patterns available individually. If you’d like just one of these, you can get them instantly. Each image is linked to its purchase page. Of course if you’re a subscriber or you buy the issue on the newsstand, all of these patterns are included.

Get in on all the Parade of Homes fun by coming back tomorrow for the Designer Showcase. What’s the Designer Showcase? Well…

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We asked 12 quilt designers to make unique versions of Lori Holt’s Home Sweet Home block and they wowed us with the results. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll feature designers one at a time and reveal their blocks. Each designer will post on her own blog and tell more of her block’s story there.

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We’ll have various giveaways in both places and you’ll get to hear more of what the designers are up to. And Best of All? We’ll give away the 12 gorgeous Home Sweet Home blocks to 12 lucky winners!

• Please visit our Parade of Homes page, where we’ll regularly add new material and freebies during August and September.

• Get your Sept/Oct issue at quilt shops and newsstands or from our shop site.
(See all the quilts in our online Table of Contents.)

Subscribe to Quiltmaker so you get in on all the future fun!

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Part of tomorrow’s giveaway is Bonnie Hunter’s latest book!

• Come back tomorrow when we’ll give away Bonnie Hunter’s quilt block, her latest book (above), and scraps from the sewing studio of the QM columnist!

Let’s get this party started!

 

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Goose Hunt Double Time

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects—great scrap quilts all!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Goose Hunt Double TimeThe featured design from the July/August issue of Quiltmaker is called Pup Tents. On the cover of this issue is a fabulous scrap quilt from that most famous of scrap quilt makers, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.

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Pup Tents was designed by Janice Averill from West Haven, Connecticut. The pink version below was made using fabrics from our preferred partners Quilting Treasures.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Nadia Wilson from Port Hardy, British Columbia.

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Nadia Wilson

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

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Goose Hunt Fabric Choices

I’ve completed three Scrap Squad quilts so far—what an amazing time I’m having. This quilt uses a lot of Flying Geese. I’m a pro at making these now!

I decided to make my blocks larger….double the size. Yes! I will reduce the amount of sewing needed by making my blocks larger, which will reduce the amount of total blocks I need to make. This will keep my sanity in check.

I also decided to use only fabrics from my stash. There is a variety of really old prints and some newer prints mixed in.

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More geese!

As I was designing and piecing my top, my thoughts kept going back to a duck hunt…not that I’ve ever been on one, but the name stuck in my head. I decided to call my quilt Goose Hunt Double Time because of all the Flying Geese and because I doubled the original block measurement from 8″ to 16″.

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Block layout

It’s so easy sewing the wrong pieces together when making the block units.

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Block layout oops!

See my mistake in the block above? I’m glad I spotted it before I had it sewn into the top, because I surely would have taken it apart and fixed it.

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The back

Here is a picture of the back. I’m always curious to see the back side of pieced tops.

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Possible layout

The next step was to determine how to lay them out.

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Layout 2

I really liked how I was getting another pattern from turning some of the blocks. It adds  excitement.

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Layout 3

I opted to go with Layout 3. I really wanted to continue the hunting theme and I decided to add 4″ brown sashings around the columns of blocks. I thought of the sashings like a trail the hunter would walk down in search of the geese.

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Thread

I decided on brown thread to blend into the blocks, sashings and borders. I chose a pantograph to quilt Goose Hunt Double Time, and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

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Finished!

The finished quilt measures 86″ x 110″. I love how the pieced borders look, and how the sashing complements the pieced blocks. The binding was made of all the different brown fabrics in keeping with the scrappy look.

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Close up

I hope this has given you some inspiration to try making your own quilt from this lovely pattern. I welcome your comments!

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On the bed!

Happy Quilting,

Nadia

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Christmas Quilts: Red, White & Green

I love today’s Christmas in July quilt top made in fabrics from Clothworks.

QM PupTentsCO Clothworksopt Christmas Quilts: Red, White & Green

It’s one of the tantalizing prizes we’ll award at the end of Christmas in July. I hope you’ll enter right away.

The quilt was designed by Janice Averill. It served as this issue’s Scrap Squad quilt and it made for some lively versions you’ll want to browse.

QM PupTents QT Christmas Quilts: Red, White & Green
Here’s the original quilt made in Quilting Treasures fabrics. Let’s view them side by side.

QM PupTents QT Christmas Quilts: Red, White & Green     QM PupTentsCO Clothworksopt Christmas Quilts: Red, White & Green

This is a great lesson in how emphasis can be moved around depending on the fabrics you choose. The lively red squares-on-point in the version on the right aren’t seen at all in the pink version. It’s empowering to know that I can make fabric work for me!

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Here’s a closer look at prints from All Wrapped Up from Clothworks, above.

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And these are Christmas in Bloom prints, also from Clothworks.

Plenty of fabric from all the sponsors will be part of the Christmas in July prizes. Please take a moment to enter now!

We’re grateful for the partnership of Clothworks during Christmas in July.

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