Making a Quilt Pattern Your Own

Headshot Making a Quilt Pattern Your OwnBy Shayla Wolf, QM Associate Editor

My favorite thing about being a quilt pattern designer is seeing how other quilters evolve my patterns to make them completely different. Whether it is using a color combo I never thought of, using 200 fabrics instead of 12 or fussy cutting pieces, it is a delight to see!

Many times we look at a pattern and think, “I want to make that exact quilt – fabrics and all.” Other times you may think, “That is an interesting design, I wonder what it would look like if….” Today I am challenging you to embrace that “wild” side and make your next project completely your own. Add different borders, use your stash, sew the blocks in a new arrangement; just try something different.

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January/February ’15, March/April ’15 and May/June ’15 Spotlight pages.

Each issue of Quiltmaker features a Spotlight quilt on the last page. These are quilts that began as QM patterns, but evolved into something completely unique! Here are a few to get you inspired!

Maila Josang took our Purr Patch to the next level! By continuing the pixelated patch theme outward, she created an entire scene around the cat that includes sky, hills, a tree and a bird! Purr Patch and 11 other adorable animals are available in the Patch Pals Collection book.

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Diane Kuell took Bonnie Hunter’s Christmas Lights blocks and rearranged them into medallion design. Dianne Latendresse fell in love with Diane’s new design and used it to create this beauty. She pulled one fabric for the border and the rest fell into place. She added an appliqued block to the center and arranged the blocks so they radiated out from there.

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Rebecca Hassell turned Jocelyn Ueng’s Dream On quilt into a Southwest statement. Not only did she mix up the colors, she added southwest-themed embroidery designs to the large open spaces. Dream On appeared in the March/April ’13 issue.

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These are just a few of the wonderful quilts that have come to us! If you have made a Quiltmaker pattern, we would love to see it! Send your photos to

Here are 10 ideas for turning a quilt pattern into your own creation:

  1. Change the size of the quilt by adding or subtracting blocks.
  2. Change the size of the blocks – enlarge them or make them smaller.
  3. Create a new block arrangement by playing with the completed blocks on a design wall or open floor.
  4. Change the color scheme.
  5. Make the quilt scrappy with your stash fabrics.
  6. Add borders to make the quilt bigger.
  7. Add simple setting blocks to change the look of the quilt.
  8. Add embroidery or applique to open spaces.
  9. Use a different quilting motif to create a different texture.
  10. Fussy-cut patches to create some interest.

Need more inspiration? Check out what the talented Scrap Squad is creating.

Happy Designing!

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Breast Cancer Healing Quilt

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor dhheadshot Breast Cancer Healing Quilt

A quilting friend of mine learned recently that she has breast cancer. She is well loved by the quilting community and so of course we’re making her a healing quilt. One person rallied the troops and sent out a simple pattern as a starting point. Another person will join the blocks together and someone else will quilt it.

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This is the pattern that came by email. When the Man of the House saw it on my desk, he wondered what it was, and so I explained. His response surprised me. He said, “Does she really need to be reminded that she has breast cancer?”

I chose not to dive into it at that moment, but it made me pensive. As I’ve mulled it over, these were some of my conclusions.

• It’s not reminding her she has breast cancer—because I’m quite certain that it’s already on her mind, all the time.
• It will be a reminder that dozens of female friends “get it” and are supporting and loving her though it all, whatever that ends up being.
• Women feel differently about breast cancer than men do. I can’t explain it exactly, but I feel strongly that this is true.
• I think the quilt will make her smile, and I suspect that humor may boost healing. I hope so.

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This is the block I made for my friend who has breast cancer.

This is the block I’ll mail off today. I was short on time so I kept it simple, but I think my message comes through. I hope and pray for all kinds of good things for my friend, who is a woman of faith, but is going to take a journey she didn’t choose.

I wonder what you think. Have you had breast cancer? How would a quilt of bras from friends have made you feel? Do you think it’s a supportive (ha) idea? I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

And because of all this, I had a mammogram this week. I hope you’ll get yours this year, too. It’s important:

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Scott Flanagan: Male Quilter

If you haven’t heard, Quiltmaker has come into contact with three rare species in the quilt world. We featured three quilts made by three male quilters in our May/June issue. I had a chance to “virtually” chat with one of the three dashing quilters, Scott Flanagan. He designed Chop Suey, a pre-cut friendly twin size quilt.

Listen up ladies! This male quilter has a great story, and great advice, for any quilter.

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Meet Scott Flanagan, quilt designer. Photo courtesy of 4th & Main Designs Facebook (go check it out for more of Scott’s quilts!)

What’s your quilting story?

I grew up in Longmont, CO, and come from a family of crafters and woodworkers. My love of quilting started with my maternal grandmother. While growing up, I spent many hours helping her piece quilts for Lutheran World Relief, family and friends. In all, my quilting journey spans more than 20 years. I’ve made more than 300 quilts through the years, and my personal collection now contains about 150 of my favorites. I love to make special quilts for family and friends, sometimes for no reason at all, but partly for the joy it brings, and to see the reaction when the quilt is received. In 2011, I started my own pattern design company, “4th and Main Designs by Scott Alan Flanagan”, and spend much of my free time designing quilt patterns exclusively for Country Traditions. I love the endless possibilities available when designing patterns.

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Chop Suey designed by Scott

What “kind” of quilter are you?

I enjoy most all types of quilting and have done some modern and art style quilts but I am primarily a traditionalist in my quilting style, but love to use brights, batiks and non-traditional color schemes. Samplers are my favorite type of quilt to make and design because of the variety of blocks and I don’t get bored of making the same block over and over again.

What would you tell women about male quilters?

Seeing as I have ten female co-workers and only 1 other male coworker I am pleading the 5th on this question! All kidding aside though, I really don’t think there is a big difference between male and female quilters. I believe it comes down to the fact that we each have our own personality, vision, and inspiration and that in turn is what makes every quilter, and their style, unique.

What is your quilt design process?

If I am working on a sampler style quilt, I try to figure out a theme or certain block (or set of blocks) that I would like to use in order to incorporate all skill levels and techniques. Once I have sketched out ideas on scratch paper I move to Electric Quilt 7 to help in figuring out the design math. Then I’ll start on the sample project by figuring out the color way I want to use. At this point a LOT of sticky notes get used in labeling fabric cuts, making pattern notes, cutting suggestions/revisions, square up points, pressing directions. Sticky Notes are a staple in my studio and are all over the place! Once I have the sample created and the rough directions figured out, I write the actual pattern. Depending on the project I will make test blocks or another whole quilt to make sure everything works out as planned.

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“Triangle Sampler” by Scott. Photo courtesy of 4th & Main Designs Facebook.

Any sage words of advice for aspiring quilt designers?

Surround yourself with a great group of mentors and use them!  Use them as a sounding board for ideas, ask them for advice, and have some who are willing to test and/or proof directions for you. I am blessed to have a diverse group that I count on for help from new quilters to advanced quilters, family members, close friends and even some who aren’t quilters. Everyone has a different way of looking at things! You never know what idea could be helpful!

If you can’t get enough of Scott (we certainly love him!) check out our quick video with Scott talking about his new quilt, Chop Suey, found in our magazine!

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Chop Suey in Batiks

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the fabrics you already own. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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Today’s quilt is from Quiltmaker’s brand new May/June issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

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Quiltmaker May/June 2015

Today’s featured quilt is Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan from Fremont, Nebraska. It’s one of three designs by male quilters in this issue. Scott’s quilt, below, is made with Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Chop Suey, designed and made by Scott Flanagan, Quiltmaker May/June ’15. Fabric: Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

Julie Huffman from Lenore, Idaho created today’s colorful version of Chop Suey. You’ll hear from Julie in her own words below.

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For my second Scrap Squad project I was given the pattern Chop Suey. I was attracted to the pattern by the strong graphic lines, yet they had an appearance of being a bit random. The pattern was labeled pre-cut friendly and I didn’t think twice. I wanted to use batiks. Over time I have cut my scraps into usable pieces for projects, so I went straight to these.

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Drawers of my own pre-cut batiks

I stayed with the pattern dimensions and the number of blocks and started pulling strips and 5″ squares in the brighter tones. I did not realize how many different fabrics I had crammed in the drawers and soon decided that I would try to use each piece only once.

I laid the fabrics out to make sure I didn’t have duplicates and kept counting until I came up with 105 batiks. Some of the fabrics are very close to each other but different. The strips are not all full width strips, but if they were at least 10″ long, I put them in the strip box.

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35 squares and 70 – 2 1/2″ strips

I had a 4-yard piece of pale blue batik, exactly what the pattern listed for background. After cutting all the pieces, I assembled the blocks randomly and put them on the design wall to get a balance of color before sewing the rows together.

I knew I didn’t want to do a solid border so I went through the leftover strips looking for some that had at least 5″ of length left. The border has duplicates, and not all fabrics from the center of the quilt are used. I randomly sewed the strips together until I got to the correct border length. I used background to fill in the corners.

Hint: When a top is finished and before it is quilted, I recommend straight stitching around the edge of the top to stabilize it and to keep the seams from popping. I stitch at a very scant 1/4″ to stay inside the binding seam line.

For backing I went to my collection of multicolored batiks and pulled out some that I really couldn’t picture using or that hadn’t worked for other projects. After figuring out a size for the backing, I used my tile floor as a guide and laid the pieces out until I roughly had the right size, and then I assembled the back. I did have to insert one strip to make it wide enough.

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Backing after the quilt was quilted, showing a bit of the scrappy binding

I chose to do a random all-over design using my machine with a slightly larger throat area. I had to try to remember to change directions on my swirls when I got to the halfway point and turned the quilt. With all the straight lines in the quilt top, I wanted to add some interest with the quilting. I tried to do wavy lines that increased and decreased in size and then I went back between each set of lines to add the “puddles.”

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Sample of quilting with gray thread

I went back to the batik strip drawer and pulled out pieces to make a binding using many different colors. Here is the finished quilt.

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My version of Chop Suey. Now I need a clever name for the quilt!

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Walk in the Park Mystery Quilt, Part 2

Are you ready for Part 2 of the Walk in the Park Mystery Quilt by Debbie Caffrey? Here we go!

Part 1 of Walk in the Park Mystery appeared in our March/April 2015 issue and included the materials list for the entire quilt, cutting for part 1 and instructions for sections 1–3.

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Part 2 of Walk in the Park Mystery appears in our May/June 2015 issue and includes instructions to make block X and sections 4 and 5. We’ll show you how the block and sections are put together here, but please refer to the issue for patch sizes and details.

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Quiltmaker May/June 2015

We are offering Mystery Quilt kits in 3 different colorways. All three of these kits are available on our shop site. Whether you are using your own fabrics or one of our three fabulous kits, I hope you have enjoyed sewing along with us!

Blue Lagoon features Ashton Road by Valorie Wells and Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman.

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Holiday Magic features Mistletoe Lane by Moda Fabrics.

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Gemstones features Artisan Spirit Good Vibrations Mysteria and Toscana by Northcott.

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In Part 2, we use some of the sections that we made in Part 1. To make block X, join 4 section 1’s, 3 section 2’s, 1 section 3 and an A as shown. Notice how the parts are sewn in diagonal rows and which direction to press the seam allowances. If you press correctly, the seams will nestle when you sew the diagonal rows together. This block will measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″. (It will measure 12″ x 12″ finished–when it’s sewn into the quilt.)

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To make section 4, you’ll need to join the patches as shown. Again, notice how the seam allowances are pressed so that the seams will nestle when sewn together. This section will measure 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (6″ x 6″ finished).

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Next we need to make some Four Patches. To start, we’ll make some bands. Join the strips as shown to make a band. Make 5 bands. Crosscut the bands in 2″ increments to make 96 units.

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Sew 2 units together as shown to make a Four Patch. Make 48 Four Patches. These will measure 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (3″ x 3″ finished).

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To make section 5, join 2 Four Patches and 2 F’s as shown. Make 24 section 5′s. These sections should measure 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (6″ x 6″ finished).

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And there you go! You are well on your way to completing your mystery quilt. Only 2 more parts to go to reveal the complete quilt!

Here are the complete block and sections for the Blue Lagoon colorway.

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The Holiday Magic block and sections are so festive!

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The Gemstones block and sections are just stunning.

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We’d love to have you quilt along with us on this mystery journey! Follow along here on our blog, or follow along on our YouTube channel. Gather your quilty friends and have a mystery party!

Look for Part 3 in Quiltmaker’s July/August 2015 issue. Until then, enjoy our video tutorial on Part 2 of the Mystery quilt!

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New Issue Alert: Quiltmaker May/June ’15

Today we celebrate the newest issue of Quiltmaker! It’s packed with 13 new quilt projects, and all at various levels for different quilters. The “special” of this issue is three quilts designed and made by three different male quilters. We’re excited to bring you these masculine quilts. And, of course, we have our timeless sections of Addicted to Scraps with Bonnie Hunter and Creative Spark with EQ.

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Let’s jump in to some of my favorite quilts from this issue:

Blushing Buds

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This quilt is rated as a challenging quilt. Designed by Theresa Eisinger and Peg Spradlin, it consists of batik rose buds made with foundation piecing. The wall quilt has an optional lace border, but I think it’s a must with this quilted wall hanging. The muted colors of the roses blend seamlessly with the green leaves and multicolor batik border. This quilt calls to advance quilters or quilters who want a challenge.


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Spinnaker is one of three quilts designed by a male. Doug Leko may be young, but this quilt proves he is serious about quilting. Use prints and tone-on-tones to make this easy throw quilt. I can see this masculine quilt as a graduation gift to a soon-to-be college freshman. It doesn’t have to be for a male! Switch up the colors and you have yourself a DIY gift for a girl. What do I love most about this quilted throw? The movement of the quilt blocks.

Strawberry Sundae

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Strawberry Sundae

Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken made this perfectly girly twin quilt. It’s rated as intermediate and includes intricate piecing of four patch units. There is a reason this quilt is called Strawberry Sundae. I can see the delicious red strawberries in a field of creamy white vanilla ice cream. It’s a good thing quilting burns calories!

This is only a sampling of my favorite quilts from this issue. You still have ten more quilt patterns to check out! Let us know what your favorite quilt is in the comments section below after you watch our video featuring all the new quilts!

Happy Quilting,


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QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

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By Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director

I’m excited to share April’s QM Bitty Block with you. I hope you’re having as much fun sewing these little treasures as I am. In case you’re new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks are freebies presented the first Monday of each month on Quilty Pleasures. See earlier QM Bitty Blocks in case you missed them.

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April’s Bitty Block is a 4″ x 4″ block I call Flying Geese Pinwheel.

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April’s QM Bitty Block – Flying Geese Pinwheel

Printer-friendly pdf of the Flying Geese Pinwheel block.

For one block, you’ll need:

Background (white dot):
4 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ (see first photo below)
4 rectangles 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (see second photo below)

Pinwheel (pink zigzag print):
1 square 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ (see first photo below)

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Pinwheel fabric and 4 small background squares

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Background rectangles

To make 4 Flying Geese, you’ll use the square of Pinwheel fabric and the 4 squares of background. Align 2 white squares on opposite corners of the Pinwheel square, right sides together, as shown below. Draw a diagonal line as shown and then stitch 1/4″ out from both sides of the lines.

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Align white squares on opposite corners of the Pinwheel square.

Cut apart on the marked line.

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Stitch 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Cut apart on the marked line.

With the small squares on top, open out the small squares and press the unit. On the remaining corner of each of these units, align a small square. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4″ out on both sides of the line. Cut on the marked lines, open the small squares and press.

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Align small squares on remaining corners, sew and cut apart.

Now you’ll have 4 Flying Geese. You can also watch this technique on Quiltmaker’s Block Network.

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Four Flying Geese

The next step is to sew a background rectangle to the top of each Flying Geese.

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Sew a background rectangle to the top of each Flying Geese.

Sew two of these units together for each block half, positioning them as shown below to form a pinwheel. Be sure to make all your pinwheels spin in the same direction.

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Two block halves

Sew the halves together to complete the block.

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Flying Geese Pinwheel

I like to press the final seam open.

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Press the final seam open.

Of course you can use any technique you like to make the Flying Geese. The Flying Geese should finish at 1″ x 2″ (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ unfinished).

I had a lot of fun with the Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks!

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My Flying Geese Pinwheels

Paula showed off her Bitty Blocks wall in her office. I haven’t made as many blocks as she has (yet), but here’s my wall so far:

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Bitty Blocks on my wall

I stole (borrowed?) her idea to use clothespins to hang them. They really brighten up my office!

When you’ve made enough Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks, you’ll probably want to continue making Flying Geese because the quilt settings we shared last month use Flying Geese in some of the rows.

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Four Flying Geese

They’ll also keep you busy sewing until the next Bitty Block is available on May 4th!

Please email us photos of your own Bitty Blocks! Use

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If you like Flying Geese as much as we do, here are some products you might enjoy.

Flying Geese Master Class with Liz Porter

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Blushing Geese Digital Pattern

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Quilt in a Day Mini Geese Ruler Set

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Quilting Your Hobby

A few days ago, we had an amazing blog post about photographing quilts. If you didn’t see it, it really is a must-read. I realized after the post was published that many quilters wear many different hats. Quilters aren’t just quilters. They have other hobbies and invest themselves into photographing, traveling, nature. But quilting has the ability to express what we enjoy. Quilting is a medium to show what we do with our lives, where we’ve traveled and what other hobbies we have. It’s a magical power! I dug deep into the Quiltmaker archives to find timeless quilts that express other interests. These quilts are works of art, but they possess a special power in that they show off a part of your personality.

I Love My All Stars from Quiltmaker May/June ’12

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I picked this quilt for me personally. I’m a runner. I’m a shoe addict. I quilt. Combine them all and you get this foundation pieced throw quilt designed by Sonja Callaghan. You may look at this quilt and remark, “Why this is a kid’s quilt!” But I assure you, any shoe lover would revel in the playfulness of this intermediate level quilt.

Fashionista from Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ‘12

Ok, I confess, this is another personal pick. You could say I’m a collector of all things fashion. It’s not just limited to shoes.

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I don’t discriminate when it comes to anything clothing, jewelry or purses. I discovered this foundation pieced wall hanging with hats, purses AND shoes! The pieced border and retro-inspired foundation pieced units are a wonderful combination.

Frame By Frame

This quilt could go for film enthusiasts or photographers. This free quilt pattern designed by Diane Nagle has a rather simple construction. Dig up some black and white fabric, we all have some! Cut, piece, quilt. Imagine giving this to a friend who dabbles in photography as a hobby. You gave her something homemade, and it expresses something she enjoys. What a gift. Say Cheese! is another quilt perfect for a photographer. It’s bold and bright and reminiscent of an art quilt.

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Latte Love from Quiltmaker January/February ‘13

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Hello coffee addicts! We have a quilted table runner just for you. Designed by Angie Steveson and rated as an easy quilt project, this table topper comes together with just a splash of appliqué and a cup of piecing. Stir together, quilt, bind and you have yourself a Latte Love. Order up!

My Sewing Room from Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ‘13

This foundation pieced wall hanging is a double whammy. It’s a quilt, expressing love for sewing, piecing and designing. It’s a quilt about quilting! Charise Randell designed the wall hanging. My favorite part is the pieced border. The units look like individual irons but combine to make spools of thread!

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Cruisin’ from Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ‘14

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I’m not much of a camper, but if I was, this quilt project would be on the top of my to-do list. Just look at that little retro camper and the patchwork sky. I can’t help but grin when I look at it. Kristy Wolf designed this quilted wall hanging. It’s pieced and appliquéd, but don’t be scared away by the latter quilting technique. I think every quilter’s camper needs this little wall hanging. Don’t you agree?

I hope these sparked your imagination for quilts you can make to express other arts, interests and hobbies. I think these quilt projects are great for gifts. Each quilt shows the thoughtfulness and hard work you put into the DIY gift.

Happy Quilting!


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Slow Down with The Slow Stitching Movement

Our world is full of noise, distraction, media, social media and more noise. You can’t even escape this in your quilt room! When I’m quilting or sewing, I will have Netflix playing or music blaring and I will check my phone at least 17 times during my creative session. When did we begin to need these distractions while we’re creating art? Is it too much to be alone with our own thoughts and simply enjoy each and every stitch we make?

One man is out to change the way we create, design, stitch and quilt. Mark Lipinski is the creator of the Slow Stitching Movement. His mission is to tell quilters to stop and slow down. Easier said than done, right?

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From the Slow Stitching gallery

How exactly do we turn off all the distractions, slow down our quilting and revel in the beauty of our creativity? Mark is here to tell us with a live webinar on April 15th. I promise no yoga poses are required for this one hour session. Simply grab yourself some tea or cookies, cozy up to the computer and listen as Mark talks about Slow Stitching. This includes how to:

  • Recharge your  patchwork
  • Expand your creativity while boosting your self esteem
  • Tap into your creative mind. Get that right brain moving!
  • Find time to be creative and slow down your pace
  • Create habits that support your creativity

It sounds so zen, so relaxing. Merely reading those five bullet points makes me want to stand up, take a deep breath and go stitch in silence.

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Quilting, like everything else in life, is about finding a balance that works for you. Mix in slow stitching with your faster pre-cut projects. Work until you find a harmony.

I hope you join me on April 15th during the live webinar of The Slow Stitching Movement and it serves as a reminder to be patient with your creativity.

Happy Quilting!


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Join the Quilty Baskets Group, Part Three: Finally join the group!

This is the third, and final, installment of our blog series about our new Block of the Month, Quilty Baskets, and our partnership with Quilters Club of America (QCA).

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A recap: our BOM is starting in April. BOM participants can also join the Quilty Baskets group on QCA to share photos of their quilt project, discuss the BOM with other group members and get great quilting advice! The best part? This quilt community is free! Check out our first two blogs about joining QCA and setting up your profile. The last tutorial–joining the group!

To find the group:

1. On the white navigation bar at the top of the page, click “Groups”

2. On the new page, click “Quiltmaker Magazine”

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The Quilty Baskets group logo

3. Click on Quilty Baskets

4. On the right hand side of the group page, click “Join Group”

You are now a part of the Quilty Baskets group!

An important note: You may also want to click the button, Subscribe to Group. When you subscribe, notifications about new posts and discussion threads will be sent to your email. This is the best way to stay up to date with everything on the thread.

To start a discussion:

1. Click on “Discussions” on the right hand side of the page.

2.  Click on “Write a new post”

3. Type in a subject line, then start writing your post under description. When you’re finished, click “Post”

The Discussions page will host all threads and discussions. Once discussions get posted, you can reply to them and start conversations!

To post a picture:

1. Click on “Media” on the right hand side of the page.

2. Click the upload button

3. Click on the Upload File button. A new window will appear. From this window, choose the picture saved on your computer and click “Save.”

4. Write a short title for your picture in the Name slot. Write anything you want in the Description slot. The world is your oyster!!

5. Lastly, add some tags in Tag slot. Tags are short words that categorize your pictures. You could simply put Quilty Basket, or you could write multiple tags. If you write multiple tags, separate them with a comma. For example: Quilty Baskets, string pieced, basket block

6. Click save. You have now uploaded your photo! Group members can now see them and post comments.

Think of all the fun we are going to have with this 12 month block of the month quilt! I hope you all are as excited as everyone on the Quiltmaker team!



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