Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party Day 1

Welcome to Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party!

This will be a week full of fun. Whether or not you have kids who’ve gone back to school, fall is a great time to start a new quilt project. Hip-Hopscotch is easy and lends itself to lots of color recipes as you’ll soon see.

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Day 1: Hip-Hopscotch

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Each day of the party, we’ll give another part of the Hip-Hopscotch pattern. We’ll show you several quilts made in fabrics from our sponsors, and we’ll introduce you to some of our reader-sewers. They’ve done a great job of sewing on a tight deadline!

You can sew along this week, or at your leisure. You’ll want to see the preparations post for a materials list. Also:

  • Post in-process or finish photos on Facebook (post to your own page and tag us, or post on our Facebook page)
  • Use the hashtag #qmbacktoschool, like this:

#qmbacktoschool

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Let’s get started!

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Please note: The fabrics that are called “black” and “white” are obvious. Those shown as light and dark gray are listed as “tone-on-tones” below. The fabric with motifs printed on them are called “prints.”

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Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter
Olfa 45mm Replacement Blades 5 Pack

If you missed it earlier, here’s a chart to help you keep track of your fabrics. If you’d like to use it, click on the image and then print it.

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We’re featuring two fabric sponsors today.

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Made by Nann Blaine Hilyard. Fabric: Home is in the Kitchen by Dan DiPaolo for Clothworks.

Reader-sewer Nann Blaine Hilyard from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois made her lively version with fabric from Clothworks. These prints from Home is in the Kitchen by Dan DiPaolo work really well in this design. The stripe adds motion, and the black pinwheels are striking amidst the other fabrics. This one really has the feel of autumn and back-to-school, don’t you think?

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Made by Julie Sanders. Fabric: Kaya from Hoffman California Fabrics.

Julie Sanders from Burlingame, Kansas created an entirely different look by using Hoffman California Fabrics in her quilt. This one makes me think of sea and sky.

There is something calming about a cool palette of blues and greens. I like the darker fabric in this version, too. The quilt wouldn’t be as exciting without that dramatic contrast.

Please scroll down to meet this year’s reader-sewers, who are terrific women! We’ll be back tomorrow with instructions for making the blocks. That’s when things really start coming together! Thanks for being with us today for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.

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Check out more freebies from Quiltmaker:

Quiltmaker’s Block Network: free how-to videos with block patterns each week

Project Linus Patterns: perfect quilts for baby gifts or good causes

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Cut It Out! Brother’s Innovation for Applique

We heard a lot of buzz about Brother’s revolutionary ScanNCut at International Quilt Market. This machine can quickly convert patterns, drawings and more into applique fabric patches. The built-in 300 DPI scanner will scan your images, then precisely cut the pieces for you. What a great tool for applique enthusiasts!

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Brother ScanNCut

To see how it works, I played with the ScanNCut using Nancy Mahoney’s Apple Cider quilt from the Sept/Oct ’14 issue of Quiltmaker.

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Apple Cider by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct ’14 issue

After setting up the ScanNCut, the first step was scanning the pattern image. I selected “Scan” from the Home screen on the Operation Panel, then I attached the pattern to a low tack mat, inserted it into the feed slot and pressed the Feed button.

1 300x216 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueBecause I was using a pattern for fusible applique, I selected “Scan to Cut Data” on the operation panel, and then pressed the Start button.

2 300x212 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueWhen scanning was done, the image appeared on the screen. To create cutting lines around the patches, I selected the “Region Detection” icon. I saved the scanned image into the memory and unloaded the mat and pattern.

3 300x214 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe next step was preparing the fabric. I applied the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric and removed the paper backing. Fabric is adhered (fusible side down) to the standard mat. I inserted the mat into the ScanNCut and pressed the Feed button.

4 300x221 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueBecause not all of the patches will be cut from this fabric, I needed to edit the pattern next. On the Home screen, I selected the “Pattern” icon.

5 300x233 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueI selected “Saved Data” from the next screen, then located my pattern image.

6 300x228 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueWhen the edit screen appeared with the entire image, I deleted the patches I didn’t need to cut, made multiples of patches and arranged them for the most efficient cutting. I was only cutting circles from the dark brown fabric–I needed 4 of the largest and 4 of the smallest.  I selected “OK” to save my work.

7 300x222 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe screen shows the patch layout. I selected “Cut” and pressed the Start button.

8 300x209 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueI was amazed at how quickly the pieces were cut. When the ScanNCut finished, I unloaded the mat and peeled away the excess fabric.

9 300x224 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe fusible web adheres to the mat really well, which helps with the precision cutting. I used their spatula to carefully remove the patches.

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So simple! Just repeat a few steps—prep fabrics, edit and cut—and my patches are ready to applique in record time.

To download the Apple Cider pattern image, go to quiltmaker.com/scanfriendly.

For more information about the Brother ScanNCut, visit brother-usa.com/scanncut. You’ll find video tutorials and creative ideas for applique and so much more!

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Applique lovers might enjoy these additional items:

Easy Wool Applique free tutorial

How to Keep Fusible Applique Soft free tutorial

 Applique Inspiration: See QM’s Year of Applique Pinterest Board

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Back to School Party Next Week!

Please make plans to join me for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party next week.

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There will be a free quilt pattern in bite-sized morsels, a few tips and tricks for quilters, our team of reader-sewer introductions and a few quilty giveaways.

Please see the Back to School Preparations post for fabric requirements and other details.

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All the magic happens when you start to use line drawings like this one.

Here’s a line drawing for the Back to School quilt, called Hip Hopscotch. Line drawings are just patch outlines with no coloring at all. This is where design magic happens! You can make anything happen when you begin with just a line drawing of the design.

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To print any of these parts and pieces, just click on each and then print the image that pops up. Let’s look at a few examples of the quilts from our team of reader-sewers made in fabrics from our generous industry partners.

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Hip Hopscotch in fabrics from Quilting Treasures, made by Laura Miller.

Here’s another variation that also looks great. The values make quite a difference.

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Hip Hopscotch in fabrics from Timeless Treasures, made by Lisa Dumais.

And a third:

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Hip Hopscotch in fabrics from Robert Kaufman, made by Pam Snow.

I hope this gives you inspiration to pull some fabrics for sewing next week! It won’t be a race, just the fun of starting something at the same time others do and seeing things progress.

Hope to see you right back here on Monday, Sept. 8 when the Back to School Party begins!

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Other terrific patterns from Quiltmaker:

Quiltmaker’s Block Network: A new free block pattern weekly

School Spirit pattern:

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Make School Spirit in school colors for your favorite student!

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Craft Daily: A Free Weekend!

Quilting is my first love, but it’s not my only creative pursuit. I enjoy making scrapbooks, knitting, mixed media, art journaling and gardening. I think most creative people have multiple interests.

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A resource I turn to often for its diversity is Craft Daily, an online education platform owned by the parent company of Quiltmaker, F+W.

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Get ideas for all your creative interests on Craft Daily.

I’m pleased to invite you to a totally free weekend of using Craft Daily at your leisure! It’s a risk-free way to see for yourself, and perhaps to expand your interests. (When you get to Craft Daily, click the teal-colored SUBSCRIBE button for the free weekend details.)

I love traditional quiltmaking but sometimes I need to put a spin on it. These videos from Craft Daily helped me do just that:

Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Printing Blocks

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Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Printing Blocks is just one of the scores of instructional videos on Craft Daily.

Layered & Fused Appliqué Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles

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Layered & Fused Applique Quilts on Craft Daily

In addition to quilting, Craft Daily offers video instruction in these categories:

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Collage projects are just one aspect you’ll discover at Craft Daily.

That’s a lot of ground to cover! Please take advantage of this great offer to use Craft Daily completely free beginning today, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 7. Enjoy!

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Other free quilting resources that may interest you:

Quiltmaker’s Block Network: A free block pattern each week and a technique lesson, too. • Quilt with the Stars featuring Jenny Doan, Deb Tucker and Patrick Lose
Project Linus Quilt Patterns are foundation pieced quilts perfect for gifts and good causes

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Changes at Quiltmaker and a Giveaway

Change is inevitable. It happens to all of us at one time or another. And it’s happened here at Quiltmaker.

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We said goodbye to our editor-in-chief June Dudley last month, as she left to pursue new opportunities.

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But that doesn’t mean everything will change. I have taken over for June as our Content Director—same job, different title.

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Carolyn Beam

You’ve seen me in Quiltmaker for many years—in my Design Studio column, through my quilt designs in the pages of Quiltmaker, blocks in QM’s 100 Blocks, teaching classes at events and more.

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Star Glow by Carolyn Beam for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5

And along with my new position, we also promoted Paula Stoddard to Creative Editor.

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Paula Stoddard

But even with our staff changes, we’re still going to continue to bring you the great patterns and features that you love about Quiltmaker. In fact, we’re working on our 2015 issues right now (I know, it’s hard to believe that we work so far in advance!).

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I would really like to hear from you about what you’d like to see in our issues. What do you find helpful, what kind of patterns do you like, what do you want to see more—or less—of? You name it, I’d like to know. Drop an email to my attention: editor@quiltmaker.com.

As a token of my appreciation for your feedback, I’ll choose one person from the comments left by midnight Friday, Sept. 5 to send a little box of quilty goodness.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. I randomly selected comment #73 and an email has been sent to her.

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25 Giveaways: QM Rocks the Blocks

 Today’s the day this special issue from Quiltmaker appears on newsstands.

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We’re giving away 25 copies today.

Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14

We’ve taken designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and created new quilts. The patterns are in this great new issue—19 of them! The issue is $6.99, so that’s a lot of bang for your buck.

We call this giant giveaway celebration “QM Rocks the Blocks,” because that’s what we do in this issue. We rock those blocks! We always knew that the block designs would serve as springboards to great quilts. We love putting together these issues twice a year!

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Lavender Lattice by Patti Carey for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Patti Carey took Lavender Lattice from Volume 9 and created a beautiful Christmas quilt.

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Christmas Lattice by Patti Carey. Fabrics: Northcott.

Christmas Lattice is shown in fabrics from Northcott. This twin-size beauty is just in time for the holidays.

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Hawaiian Morning by Jo Moury for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Hawaiian Morning by Jo Moury for Volume 9 became…

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Dancing Pomegranates by Jo Moury. Fabrics: RJR Fabrics and Weeks Dye Works wool.

Dancing Pomegranates. It’s an opportunity to try your hand at easy, attractive wool applique. Creative Editor Paula Stoddard wrote a great tutorial for how to applique with wool. Have a look! The fabrics are from RJR Fabrics and the wool is gorgeous Weeks Dye Works yumminess.

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Snow Days by Paula Stoddard

If you want to start a little smaller, how about Snow Days? It also features wool applique from Paula. Cute cute cute holiday quilt!

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Spring Tulips by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

What happens when you take a beautiful applique block like Spring Tulips

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Tulip Tango by Nancy Mahoney. Fabric: Northcott.

…and set it on point with sparkling stars? You get Tulip Tango! Nancy Mahoney is a prolific designer and her traditional quilts are always marvelous. Tulip Tango would be a joy to work on this winter. I might hand quilt this one. The fabrics are from Northcott.

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Martha’s Basket by Martha Walker for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8

Martha Walked used Martha’s Basket from Volume 8 to make Tuscany, below.

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Tuscany by Martha Walker. Fabric: Studio E Fabrics.

I love those baskets. The fabric was designed by Martha for Studio E Fabrics. Martha’s business name is Wagons West Designs.

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Sewful Things by Diane Harris

I’m partial to this quilt because I designed and made it. It was the quilt where everything went wrong (blog post to come) but I love the result. Sewful Things is perfect for any quilter and her sewing space. I started with I’m Sew Happy, below.

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I’m Sew Happy by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Here’s a dramatic transformation based on recoloring a block. Lerlene Nevaril revamped Starry Pinwheels, below.

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Starry Pinwheels by Lerlene Nevaril for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Her twin-size Shabby Chic is soft and feminine. It could easily become a guy quilt with different fabrics! Shown in Moda fabrics.

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Shabby Chic by Lerlene Nevaril. Fabrics: Moda Fabrics.

That’s not all! Take a look at the others.

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These quilts will be featured in a blog post later this week. Kind of makes you want to run out and get the issue, doesn’t it?!

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We’re giving away 25 copies today.

Let’s get on with the QM Rocks the Blocks Giveaway! For your chance to win one of 25 copies we’re giving away, please leave a comment before midnight Wednesday, Sept. 3 and tell us which of these quilts you’d start on first. We value your feedback! We’ll randomly choose 25 winners and announce their names here. Twenty-five winners have been chosen and notified by email. They are Becky H, Kathy L, Debbie Y, Sue S, Hardenburg, Paulene, Jean P, Michele, a different Michele, Alicia, Barb J, Susan H, Jill T, Dee L, Rosa, Elisa P, Elaine, Charlotte M, Judy L, Pamela R, Gill, Alice C, Gertruda H, Debi and Jane H. Congratulations!

If you don’t win, please pick up this issue on the newsstand or from quiltandsewshop.com in print or digital editions.

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How about some purples to jump-start your projects?

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10″ Squares Pleasantly Purple from Keepsake Quilting

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Giveaway: Sweetwater’s Quilt Block

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes concludes today with a final Home Sweet Home quilt block giveaway.

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This block is up for giveaway today.

It was made by the ladies of Sweetwater from their own fabrics for Moda. I love the polka dots. You can never have too many polka dots!

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Get the pattern free for a limited time from Sweetwater.

You’re going to love what Sweetwater has cooked up for Parade of Homes. They’re offering everyone a free download for their little house pincushion. Does it get any cuter?! I’m going to make some right away! Visit the Sweetwater blog for your free download.

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Sweetwater has a brand new line of fabric out with Moda called Elementary. The text prints are enough to make a girl swoon. I’m anxious to get my hands on these.

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Be sure to pop over to Sweetwater’s blog for your pincushion pattern and to see what else is new.

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I hope you’ve checked out our Sept/Oct issue. There are three house quilts and nine other unique patterns to keep you sewing!

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Let’s give away the Sweetwater block and a copy of our Sept/Oct issue. For your chance to win, please leave a comment before midnight Monday, Sept. 1. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week. The winner is #6, Darlene Jacolik.

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Visit the Parade of Homes page for free quilting motifs and a free quilt block pattern.

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

The block pattern for Home Sweet Home, from which all the giveaway blocks were made, is in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 and in our Sept/Oct issue. Home Sweet Home was designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

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How to Make a Scrap Quilt: Scrappy, Scrappier, Scrappiest

Six QM readers take one pattern from an issue and make scrappy versions. This team is called the Scrap Squad. Here’s the pattern we’re using from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct.

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Magic Stars in fabrics from Moda Fabrics

Today’s featured quilt is by Beth Kerr Helfter, who blogs at Quilting Hottie Haven. Beth tells her story below.

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Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts

Beth’s Koi Pond Kaleidoscope

Things I liked when I first saw our latest project:

  1. The clean lines. Which I knew immediately I was totally going to destroy and dirty up in my plan to create a riotous study in color placement to prove that even the cleanest quilt pattern can get nuts with careful coloration.
  2. The teal fabric creating the little stars in the secondary design. Yeah, they were totally getting cut too, but I still liked them.
  3. The circles. THOSE I loved so much I was going to keep them and make more.

Things I didn’t love:

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I wanted this to be a line drawing, but I was not so lucky. At least you can see the actual lines!

  1. The block size. Because it was a 12.5″ block with five “row-like” elements, those elements didn’t fit nicely into “normal” sized-pieces to cut. I don’t do well with abnormal sized pieces. So I redrew the block in EQ and made it a 10.5″ block with five rows of pieces all 2.5″ wide or tall. Easy fix. My quilt, my sanity, my choice. Don’t be afraid to do this, people!
  2. It’s a quilt made entirely of one block repeated over and over using the same fabrics in the same places for every block. I. Just. Can’t. Do. It. I refer to this in my lectures as “one that makes me want to put my eyes out.” The entire point of Scrap Squad is to change that up, and it’s one of the main reasons I signed up.
  3. The actual “blocks.” I saw these blocks on a larger scale, and combined four of the original blocks (using my new, easier size) into one 20 1/2″ block, of which I would make six for this quilt. LOVED IT! Then I went nuts just coloring them in EQ to get a sense of what I’d be attempting to create with my color study.

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    I enjoy recoloring blocks in Electric Quilt software. These blocks ended up being kaleidoscopic, and I loved that.

  4. Number of blocks and borders. I counted and there were approximately 900,692 pieces in this quilt (possible slight exaggeration, but a staggering number nonetheless). I laughed hysterically and said, “No way. That will cut into happy hour on a regular basis.” Decided to make six of these 20.5″ blocks and see where that left me. I also knew I’d be extending the circle design into the borders because I just like complete circles, and the half ones in the original design were totally missing something. Like their other halves.

So, with all this decided, I took a nap. This was going to be a monstrous job, but finding this amazing focus fabric and some yummy shades to go with it already had me all hopped up to start as soon as I could find a well-rested moment to myself.

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Oops! Guess I ended up subbing purple for the blue! So happy I did!

Those were the first fabrics I found, but as I built each block, I kept going back to my bins and pulling more fabrics. The end result is that this quilt contains more fabrics than any quilt I’ve ever made and has a mix of solids, batiks, and prints all working together. You know those purists who tell you that batiks and other fabrics can’t be put in the same quilt? Show them this and watch ‘em weep.

Instead of working in quarter blocks to create the 20.5″ blocks of my choice, I worked from the inside of each block, which was simplified to a piece of focus fabric cut 4.5″ square with stitch-and-flipped corners (here shown in lime green).

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Kind of makes me want a (donut).

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Now it’s a donut on (steriods).

The next round was a little more work, mainly because of those long split rectangle pieces. I cut rectangles at 5.5″ x 3″ from both colors, matched them up and stacked them both right sides up, then sliced on the diagonal.

Then I created the individual “long diagonal” blocks and trimmed them to 4.5″ x 2.5″. Were they perfect? No. Did I care? No. It worked for me, the points were close enough, and I had no desire to make a template. It all added up to falling back on the whole ‘perfection is overrated’ thing. See how handy it is?

The next round of the block forced me to make some Flying Geese. I just can’t get away from them. They were more interesting than basic ones, and check out how I’m using a dark and a light of the coral, now combined with two different dark pinks.

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(Uncle.)

Now we’re on to the big guns: The final rounds, each of which took way longer than I anticipated. In fact, each 20.5″ block took about three hours for me to cut and sew (because yes, I am a nut and was cutting and designing as I went). As I got to this outermost round in each block, I’d make these subsets.

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Which of these things is (not like) the other?

A close look at these sets will show that for this block I continued to use the light and dark coral fabrics, used four similarly valued hot pinks, and added a new lime to the mix. And the focus fabric is showing up again. And that one teal one? You’ll see why in a moment. Patience is a virtue.

Whipped the cornerstones for the blocks together out of the teal and focus fabrics with a little smatter of pink and green, and voila!

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It’s a (full block)! Three hours later I’m thanking God I’m not on a serious deadline!

The next day I was back at it, hopeful the next blocks would go more quickly. But because of my design and cut-as-you-go methods, they never did get faster. However, they did continue to be awesome.

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Two blocks are better than one.

Looking at the photo above, you might start to see where I was going with that random aqua piece from a few photos back. I promised I’d explain, but astute observation may prove words unnecessary. Or not.

For those who want them: The aqua flying goose unit in the middle of the photo and part of the block on the left corresponds to the outer “round” of the block on the right. The outer round of the block on the right also has a green flying goose unit next to the aqua one in the middle of the photo, and then another green fabric one at the bottom. Anyone want to guess what color the outer round of the block underneath the right block will be? (Yes. Green. You are all so smart.)
Don’t try to guess the outer round color for the block going under the left block, though. There was some ripping involved in that situation.

With all the attempts to keep track of my piles of fabric…

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Doesn’t everyone’s (cutting table) look like this?

…it is no wonder mistakes were made. Can you spot the error in this block?

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If not, no worries. It took me far (too long) to notice it too.

If not, no worries. It took me far (too long) to notice it too.

There was joy and celebration when my blocks were together as one.

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I love throwing tops over this outside bench. However I always forget the shade isn’t the best.

Six blocks done, three years of my life sapped in the process of matching all those points (but you have to admit I rocked that), and it was time to move on to the borders. Creating the “finish” to each teal/focus fabric circle and block point along the edges, all of which would extend into a solid blue, was my ultimate goal. I had no idea how I was going to go about it until I got started. Then I decided to dance on my outdoor pallet table in joy when it worked out fairly easily.

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A (border), my awesome table I built in a weekend, and my cool shoes. Triple whammy for you.

Once I had the borders on I realized I could never in a million years do justice to this quilt, which I had grown to love like a fourth child, with my very minimal machine quilting skills. So I handed it over to my friend Michelle Banton of Little Pup Designs, and she not only quilted it with skill, aplomb, and the perfect variegated thread, but did it all in less than six hours.

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Time for a (close up)

She’s crazy nuts. And a great person to have around in a quilting emergency.

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Can you tell – (even the quilting pattern) is perfect as it mirrors the flowers in the focus fabric!

I had just enough of the focus fabric left to use for the binding.

This quilt is not only ripply and kaleidoscopy, but also has a slight Asian flair. So I decided to name it Koi Pond Kaleidoscope. We can pretend all the corals are little fish swimming around with their perfect points waiting for us to feed them breadcrumbs.

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The (full) effect!

Have no fear – I haven’t forgotten. It wouldn’t be a blog post without a photo of my girls dangling my latest creation off the deck. This time it wouldn’t be complete without the third child photo bombing.

photo bomber How to Make a Scrap Quilt: Scrappy, Scrappier, ScrappiestI hope you loved seeing how a little reckless color abandon on my part took this quilt from a more staid, clean design into a riotous celebration of scraps. While there were many moments along the way where I questioned my methods and sanity, this is by far my favorite quilt of the projects I’ve completed for Scrap Squad and it has inspired a new design.

I’m working on getting that off the design wall and into a completed quilt. Details will be on my own blog as they develop. Isn’t it great how one brilliant idea can lead to several more?

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Stop Ovarian Cancer

Beth Helfter is a member of Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad and the force behind EvaPaige Quilt Designs. Beth lost her mom to ovarian cancer. She’s leading a Mug Rug Swap/fundraising event for ovarian cancer research. More about why.

 Stop Ovarian Cancer

Here’s how it works: You register for $15 ($10 of it goes directly to ovarian cancer research); you get some luscious Cherrywood Fabrics to jumpstart your project; you make a mug rug* and send it off to another quilter; you get one in return!

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I’ve signed up and I hope you will, too. Registration ends on Friday, August 29 so please sign up now. You’ll have about a month to complete the project and send it off. Complete guidelines will be given.

What’s a mug rug?

* A mug rug is a small quilt—kind of like an oversized potholder—on which to park your coffee, tea or favorite cuppa. It’s a little project. How much time it takes to complete depends on how complex you decide to make it.

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You get the idea. Make it special because of The Golden Rule of Quilt Exchanges: Create something as lovely as you’d like to receive. Registration for Beth’s terrific cause ends Friday 8/29 so please sign up right away.

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We Need Your Projects!

Quiltmaker seeks photos of projects made from our patterns. We’re restocking our files and we’d love to see what you’ve made with QM designs. Large, small, beginner, expert—you’re all welcome! See yourself in print. Please send photos to sewtospeak@quiltmaker.com.

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Quiltmaker’s Garden by Joanna Howe of Delavan, Wisconsin, renamed Noelle’s Garden for her granddaughter. Appeared in Quiltmaker’s July/August ’14 issue as the reader Spotlight.

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