Meet Julie Belin: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Julie Belin from Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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Julie Belin from Potomac Falls, Virginia

Julie made not one but two quilts in fabrics from Northcott. She followed our instructions precisely for version #1.

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Made by Julie Belin; fabrics are Modern Elements and Toscana by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

She wondered if maybe the pinwheels were getting lost. She had plenty of fabric left so she tried a different layout. Rather than have two ‘print’ pinwheels in the same column next to two ‘solid’ pinwheels in the next column, she alternated the print and solid pinwheels.  Then she used one of the bold prints for the centers of the blocks, and the other for the sashing.

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Julie’s second version of Hip-Hopscotch. Fabrics: Northcott.

You can see that just changing the placement of the exact same fabrics yields a totally different look. Amazing!

You’ll find Julie’s blog at The Thread Engineer. She came to quilting in a rather unusual way…

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I started sewing when I was about 12. I made my little sister a smock with lots of different pockets that she could put her craft supplies in. I don’t think I would call it sewing—more like engineering with fabric and a sewing machine. Later I would become an engineer.

I was into home dec and crafting, usually trying to figure out how to make something without a pattern. My college roommate made a beautiful pink log cabin quilt as a wedding present for my husband and me. Quilting was never on my radar before that.

That wedding quilt is what started my quilting journey.  My husband, Kelly, is who started my journey. “You could make a quilt like that.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that from Kelly. Our first quilt was made in 1988 – a double Irish chain machine pieced and quilted.

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Julie Belin and her husband Kelly made this quilt together—the first of many.

My most vivid memory of creating that quilt is Kelly sitting on the other side of the dining room table pulling the full-sized quilt through the sewing machine as I pushed from the other side! Kelly has been my partner in crime for many quilts, usually as my cheerleader and sounding board, but often as the presser.

I encourage all quilters to set up the ironing board in front of the TV and teach their husbands what an iron is.

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Julie’s husband Kelly is the designated presser for her quiltmaking.

I realize how lucky I am!

The best quilting moments are when the recipient receives their quilt. You spend hours and hours on a quilt, thinking about them while you’re creating—anticipating how it will be received. The best quilting moments are the giving moments. It’s when your one-year old finally gets his baby quilt and wraps it around himself laughing. It’s when your sister opens her wedding quilt gift. It’s donating a charity quilt for someone in need. And, it’s finally finishing a quilt for yourself—not a gift for someone else—and putting it on your own bed.

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Treat yourself to new scissors for Back to School sewing—these are my favorites:

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Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party

Today we have instructions for assembling the Hip-Hopscotch quilt. There are two new team members, two new quilts and two new fabric companies.

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Day 3: Assembling the Quilt Top

Refer to the assembly diagram. Join the remaining patches and the blocks into vertical rows as shown. Sew the rows together.

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Join the border #1 strips end to end. Lay the quilt top flat on a large table or the floor. Lay the border #1 strip down the vertical center of the quilt top and smooth carefully into place. Slip a small cutting mat under the quilt top and use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the border #1 side strip to the same length as the quilt top. Repeat to cut the second border #1 side strip.

Matching centers and ends, sew the border #1 side strips to the quilt.
Repeat the measuring and trimming process along the horizontal center of the quilt, including the newly added borders, for the border #1 top and bottom strips. Add the border #1 top and bottom strips in the same way as the border #1 side strips.
Join the border #2 strips end to end. Measure, trim and sew border #2 in the same way as border #1.

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If you’re working on Hip-Hopscotch, please post your photos on our Facebook page with the hashtag #qmbacktoschool. We’d love to see what you’re making.

Let’s look at a few more Hip-Hopscotch quilts.

 

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Julie Belin from Potomac Fall, Virginia made this happy edition using Modern Elements and Toscana, both by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Made by Julie Belin; fabrics are Modern Elements and Toscana by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

Julie had plenty of fabric left over and wanted to emphasize the little pinwheels, so she made a second quilt:

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Julie Belin’s second version of Hip-Hopscotch emphasizes the pinwheel shapes. Fabrics: Northcott.

Great lesson here: Even changing the placement of the exact same fabrics can make a huge difference. It’s not that one is good and the other bad—they’re just very different. Knowing how to make the fabric work for you gives you the power to create what pleases you!

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Laura Brozo’s version of Hip-Hopscotch couldn’t be more different.

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P&B Textiles fabrics are decidedly autumnal, and doesn’t this say “guy quilt”? The fabric line is Nomad by Jen Fox.

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Made by Laura Brozo; fabrics are Nomad by Jen Fox for P&B Textiles

Our team of sewers has done a great job this year. It’s interesting to see all the different looks you can get from one simple quilt design. Please scroll down to meet some of the folks who made these quilts. Thanks for being with us for the Back to School Party!

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In the mood for more fall sewing? Our Fall Skinnie features the cutest wool owls ever!

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Fall Skinnie: Kits make it easy!

 

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Introducing Kathleen Gilson: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Kathleen Gilson from Waterloo, Nebraska.

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Kathleen Gilson from Waterloo, Nebraska

Kathleen sewed with prints from Moda Fabrics for her version of Hip-Hopscotch. (Love this look? Try our Moda Medley of the Month.)

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Made by Kathleen Gilson; Hip-Hopscotch in Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics

This one has a bit of shabby chic going on, don’t you think? The first thing I noticed is how the “bricks” that move diagonally across the quilts practically disappear on this one. It’s a nice change-up!

I had a nice conversation with Kathy via email, and she shared some photos of her early sewing. I got such a kick out of them and I think you will too.

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I started sewing by hand as a little girl, making sock dolls and doll clothing. One Christmas I was given a toy sewing machine, a pink KAYanEE Sew Master that sewed a chain stitch.  I still have it and it is displayed in my sewing room.

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Kathy still has the very first sock doll she made as a child, along with her treasured pink chain-stitch toy sewing machine.

I learned apparel sewing in Home Economics in junior high school. I got an A+ on my first dress and I was hooked on sewing! I made most of my clothing for many years after that, and I made shirts for my brother Terry who was 6′ 4″. I lengthened the tails and sleeves so he would finally have shirts that fit.

I began quilting when I saw a cute small cat quilt pattern in a store. I learned a lot on that first little quilt! I learned not to use stretchy fabrics and to cut on the straight of grain. It’s rather a lopsided little quilt, but it makes me smile as that is where it all began! I’ve been quilting for about 20 years.

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Kathleen’s first quilt

Eleanor Burns was my beginning inspiration and my mentor, albeit by television. That is where I learned about fabrics, cutting, and throwing the scraps over my shoulder!!!

My saddest moment in quilting was presenting a Quilt of Valor to a young serviceman I’d come to know through my health care career. He had terminal cancer. I presented him with the quilt one day and he passed away the next. I was so proud of him.

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Kathleen presented Starstruck as a Quilt of Valor to a young serviceman dying of cancer.

His parents now have a beautiful keepsake which honors their son and his service to our country. The quilt is Starstruck from Quiltmaker July/August ’10. (Editor’s note: This digital issue is on clearance for $3.)

I quilt to create something beautiful. Many times I start out thinking a quilt is for me, but along the way I think of somebody else that the quilt is perfect for and so I give it away.

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One of Kathleen’s refurbishing projects is a Singer “red-eye.”

In recent months, I have started refurbishing older sewing machines and donating them to a local homeless shelter. The Open Door Mission will soon be starting their own home economics course to teach sewing skills to others. For me, it’s a way to pass along a gift that started with my home ec teacher, Ella Cram.

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Kathy’s preferred sewing machine is currently a treadle.

Ella is no longer with us, but I always remember her encouragement to learn to sew! She would be so surprised to see me sewing away on a treadle, my new preferred way to piece!

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Our sincere thanks to Kathleen Gilson for her work
on the Back to School Party.

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Introducing Pam Snow: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona.

Pam blogs at Treasures-n-Textures.

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Pam Snow is from Mesa, Arizona.

Pam is a retired Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Ec) teacher and administrator. She made her Back to School quilt with Artisan Batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

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Made by Pam Snow; Hip-Hopscotch in Artisan Batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman

Who wouldn’t enjoy sewing with Kaufman’s batiks? The colors remind me of citrus fruits! I’m sure Pam had a good time working with these beauties.

I asked Pam to tell me about her quilting journey. You’ll hear from her in her own words below.

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I’ve been sewing since I was four years old. I made my first quilt, a wall hanging, in the 70s. It was orange, brown and green hexies—I have no idea why I began with hexagons! I did the entire thing by hand.

My mother was my inspiration for quilting and sewing. Her mother and grandmother were also quilters. I have some of the wonderful quilt tops they made in the 30s and 40s.

After retirement in 2000, I began quilting on a regular basis and now I mostly do machine quilting. I love to use my Janome embroidery machine in my quilting. I won Honorable Mention at the Arizona Quilt Guild show with a machine embroidered Anita Goodesign quilt.

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Pam Snow won Honorable Mention with this machine embroidered quilt at the Arizona Quilt Guild’s show.

After I won at the Fair, when it was time to pick up the quilts I was out of town, so my sister was going to pick up the quilt for me. She was busy and sent my brother-in-law to pick up the quilt. When he went in to get the quilt, “a bunch of white-haired ladies” started asking him a lot of questions about the quilt. Of course he didn’t have a clue and he promptly told my sister, “Never send me to do something like that again!”

Quilting saved my sanity a few years ago when our 21-year-old son died in an accident.  Quilting was my therapy. I couldn’t concentrate enough to work on large quilts but I discovered small art quilts and blogging. Together they helped me to navigate through my grief.
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Our sincere thanks to Pam Snow for her work
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Is the Party getting you inspired to sew? Try one of these time-saving kits:

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Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of QM’s Back to School Party!

Today we have instructions for making blocks. We have two more quilts to show you from two fabric companies.

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Hip-Hopscotch Day 2: Making the Blocks

Hint: Today your fabric chart is going to come in really handy.

Sew a fabric #1 A, a fabric #2 A, a fabric #3 A, a fabric #1 B and a fabric #3 B together as shown below to make a block W. Make 8 block W’s.

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Sew a fabric #4 A, a fabric #2 A, a fabric #5 A, a fabric #4 B and a fabric #5 B together as shown below to make a block X. Make 8 block X’s.

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Sew a fabric #3 A, a fabric #2 A, a fabric #4 A, a fabric #3 B and a fabric #4 B together as shown below to make a block Y. Make 8 block Y’s.

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Sew a fabric #5 A, a fabric #2 A, a fabric #1 A, a fabric #5 B and a fabric #1 B together as shown to make a block Z. Make 8 block Z’s.

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I hope you’ll enjoy making these blocks. Remember that this isn’t a race, so take your time and savor the moments at your machine. For most of us, they are too few!

Here are a couple of accessories that help me make the most of my sewing machine moments:

Mighty Bright Sewing Machine Light
Q Tools purple vinyl sewing guide (one accessory I cannot live without!)

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Q Tools Sewing Guide creates a little ridge against which to run your fabric.

If you make a few Hip-Hopscotch blocks, please post them on our Facebook page with the hashtag #qmbacktoschool. We’d love to see what you’re making.

Let’s look at a few more Hip-Hopscotch quilts.

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Made by Pam Snow; Hip-Hopscotch in Artisan Batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman

This lively edition was made by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona. The colors could be described as “citrus.” The fabrics are Artisan Batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

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And here’s a completely different take, this one in fabrics from Moda Fabrics.

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Made by Kathleen Gilson; Hip-Hopscotch in Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics

This one speaks of shabby chic with its soft hues and a punch of old-time red. The fabrics are Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics. It was made by Kathleen Gilson from Waterloo, Nebraska.

Please scroll down to learn more about this year’s reader-sewers. We’ll be back tomorrow with instructions for assembling the quilt top. Don’t worry if you’re not that far along yet—keeping up with the pattern parts is not the goal. Enjoying the process is what it’s all about.

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You might enjoy our Moda Medley of the Month—very shabby chic.

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Introducing Julie Sanders: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.BTS14 logo 400opt 287x300 Introducing Julie Sanders: Back to School Party

Meet Julie Sanders from Burlingame, Kansas.

Julie blogs at Happy to be Scrappy.

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Julie Sanders is from Burlingame, Kansas.

Julie sewed with Kaya fabrics from Hoffman California for the Back to School project.

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

This quilt has a completely different vibe than today’s other quilt. Hip-Hopscotch is such an adaptable pattern—part of the reason we chose it for Back to School! I love the icy color scheme in the Hoffman fabrics, which is very calming.

I asked Julie about herself and her quilting journey. You’ll hear her answers in her own words below.

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I am from the small town of Burlingame, Kansas, population less than 1,000. In spite of our small size, we do have a great quilt shop, the Great Plains Quilt Company.

I started sewing when I was very young. My mother helped me make my first doll quilt when I was around seven years old. Over the years I have made clothes for my daughter, dolls and other craft and home dec projects. I got the quilting bug in 1998 when I made my first bed-size quilt out of 9″ squares.

The most influential person in my quilting journey has been my mother, Clarel, who taught me to sew and took me to my first quilt shop. When I was around 10 we went to a quilt shop where I saw a patchwork dog—just like the dogs that have become popular again 40 years later.

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The doll quilt and the patchwork pup that started Julie Sanders on a quiltmaking journey

The shop owner allowed me to draw a picture of the dog which was made from simple 3″ squares. When mom and I got home we picked out fabrics from her stash and I had a patchwork dog made in no time at all. I still have the first doll quilt we made together and even that patchwork dog.

Mom and I spend a lot of our time together talking about our quilting projects. We still frequent the quilt shops and have recently started going to a monthly quilting group that includes one of my sisters. Quilting is a connecting thread for three generations of my family. I’m working on passing it along to the fourth.  My six-year-old granddaughter Grace likes fabric, too.

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Julie is passing a love for sewing to her granddaughter Grace.

One of the highlights of my quilting was when my mother and I took a class from Bonnie Hunter. Bonnie has been a great teacher of all things scrappy. The class with Bonnie was everything I had hoped it would be. She has shown me that not all quilts need to be perfect. Sometimes your seams are not going to match. And yes, every once in a while two matching patches might end up next to each other.

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Bonnie Hunter writes a column called Addicted to Scraps for Quiltmaker, which features scrappy blocks made from common shapes.

(Editor’s Note: Please see Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column in every regular issue of Quiltmaker. See all the Addicted to Scraps blocks online.)

My advice to a new quilter would be to go easy on yourself. I’m still learning new things all the time. With this project for Quiltmaker, I didn’t know how to do the quilting that was required so I started practicing with a pencil and paper, then I practiced on scrap fabric until I was ready to start stitching on the actual quilt. Practice, practice, practice. By the way, I’m very happy with the way the free motion quilting turned out on my Back to School quilt.

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I practiced the quilting on paper to get a feel for this new design.

I quilt for many reasons. Quilting is relaxation, therapy, stimulation, and satisfaction in a job well done. I mentioned one day to the music appreciation instructor at our local college that she is always humming and singing. She said she doesn’t mean to, that music is always in her head. Well, I feel the same way about quilting. There always seems to be something quilt related running through my mind.

When I applied to Quiltmaker for the Back to School Party I had to set aside many self doubts. I’m so glad I did. This has been a very rewarding project. I’ve met other quilters who had the same doubts and concerns that I did. If you’ve ever considered signing up for something like this—do it. You might enjoy it!

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Our sincere thanks to Julie Sanders for her work
on the Back to School Party.

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Introducing Nann Blaine Hilyard: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Nann Blaine Hilyard from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

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Nann Blaine Hilyard is from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

Nann is a retired public library administrator. She blogs at With Strings Attached.

For her version of Hip-Hopscotch, she used Home is in the Kitchen by Dan DiPaolo for Clothworks.

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

This is a lively quilt because of the Clothworks fabrics! The stripe adds movement and interest, and the black pinwheels really pop. A superb job by Nann!

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I had a little Q&A fun with Nann. Library people always intrigue me, and Nann was no exception. I think you’ll enjoy meeting her as much as I have.

Q: How long have you been sewing and quilting?
A. I learned to sew in fifth grade when I belonged to 4-H. I sewed my own clothing for decades. I made my first quilt from a Bucilla cross-stitch kit when I was in graduate library school. I got a lot of use out of both the quilt and the degree!

librarian Introducing Nann Blaine Hilyard: Back to School PartyI did a lot of needlepoint and cross stitch in the 70′s and 80′s.  In the early 1990′s I found out that quilts could be pieced and quilted by machine. Twenty years, thousands of yards of fabric, and a couple hundred quilts later I am a confirmed quiltmaker.

Q. What’s been your best quilting moment?
A. In 2014, one of my quilts was chosen for the annual fundraising notecards to benefit the American Association of University Women.

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Nann’s Disappearing Four Patch was featured on fund-raising notecards for AAUW.

Q. What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give a new quilter?
A. I tell both new and seasoned quiltmakers: It’s only fabric! Make a sample block! Go ahead and wash that remnant to see if it will shred or come out okay. Be generous with your ideas and be temperate with your opinions.

Q. Why do you quilt?
A. I quilt because I love working with fabric. Quiltmaking creates practical items, for the most part. See #2 on needlepoint and cross stitch: How many pillows or framed pictures does anyone need—but there is always a bed to be covered by a quilt.

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Our sincere thanks to Nann Blaine Hilyard for her work
on the Back to School Party.

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Quilting LIVE Ticket Giveaway

Great news! We have five pairs of
Quilting LIVE! tickets for giveaway.

QLivesimpleopt Quilting LIVE Ticket GiveawayQuilting LIVE! is an exciting event Sept. 11 to 13 in Atlanta featuring quilting celebrities, classes, shopping and of course quilts of all kinds.

We have five pairs of admission tickets for giveaway. For your chance to win, please leave a comment by noon Tuesday, Sept. 9. We’ll choose winners randomly and post them here. Tickets will be available for pickup at the show.

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If Atlanta isn’t in your neck of the woods, please see the schedule for other sewing/quilting events around the nation.

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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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 Quiltmakers Back to School Party Day 1

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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