Machine Quilting: 1 Block, 3 Ways!

In every 2015 issue of Quiltmaker, we picked one block from one quilt to quilt 3 different ways. This is such a fun way to show how you can quilt a block lots of different ways, and none of the quilting is very hard!

In our Jan/Feb ’15 issue of Quiltmaker, we picked a block from Sew Many Geese, a pattern designed by Monique Dillard. This beautiful quilt is made from rich batiks and many, many! Flying Geese.

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Sew Many Geese by Monique Dillard

The blocks in this quilt just scream for creative quilting, don’t you think? The following blocks were quilted by Hatty Brown on a Handi Quilter, but you can easily quilt them on a domestic sewing machine. Contrasting thread was used so you can see the quilting, but you will probably want to use matching thread.

The first block shows crosshatch quilting. Using the patchwork as a guide, quilt straight lines diagonally both ways across the quilt block. You can mark the lines using a ruler and a marking tool, or you can lay painters tape down and follow the tape. This is easy to do and very manageable under your machine.

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Crosshatch Quilting

This block is quilted with curves and loops. You can quilt gentle, continuous curves through the Flying Geese, going from point to point. The loop quilting in the blue patches are just easy-flowing loops-don’t worry about making the loops the same size or going in the same direction, just keep it easy and flowing.

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Curves and Loops

The third block is quilted with straight lines in the blue patches and loops in the Flying Geese. Use a ruler and marking tool to mark the straight lines or lay down painters tape and follow that for the straight lines. To quilt the loops in the Flying Geese, start at the point of the top left (blue) Flying Geese. Quilt down a few stitches, quilt a loop to the left, then a loop to the right, then travel down to the next Flying Geese and continue quilting the same. Then flip your block around and start at the point of the green Flying Geese in the other column. Don’t worry about making the loops the same size-that will just make you crazy. Just relax, lower your shoulders, and quilt nice, easy loops.

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Lines and Loops

You can visit our Youtube channel to see a video about machine quilting these blocks.

You can also download a free PDF showing the 3 quilting examples above, as well as some blocks to practice your own doodling and creativity.

I hope these blocks have inspired you to try your own machine quilting! Don’t be afraid to doodle and practice and have fun! Take a breath, relax your shoulders and get quilting!

Quilt happy!


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Quilting Fabrics: “I Would Never Do That”

I love teaching quilters. A day in the classroom with like-minded souls brings out the best in me. We learn, we laugh and we have fun.

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I love teaching quilters. This was one of QM’s Block Party events.

But occasionally a student will say something that baffles me. It’s usually about combining quilt fabrics. Let me give you a little background.

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I combine fabrics in unusual ways to build interest. This block is a little ugly by itself.

I use a lot of weird, strange, unlikely and ugly fabrics in my quilts, and I use them together with beautiful, elegant, popular fabrics that everyone loves.

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I’m working on this scrap quilt right now. The ugly block looks right at home when it’s together with other “interesting” blocks. Click the photo for a free tutorial from badskirt.

I’m not afraid to be different or to make something that doesn’t appeal to others.

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I made this Merry Go Round quilt several years ago from a McCall’s Quilting pattern.

When I show my quilts at guild meetings, I sometimes get blank stares. I’m okay with that because I make quilts that I love and that’s what matters to me.

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This little basket quilt features a rather unusual collection of Christmas-like fabrics. Click the photo for a free tutorial.

Even when I make a quilt that’s totally planned and of just one color, I keep it interesting. See my Scarlet Spin for Quiltmaker, below. I am easily bored with just a few fabrics so I use many, many fabrics instead.

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Scarlet Spin by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’14 issue

My students will often come to class with a nicely matched set of just a few fabrics, something like these.

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A nicely matched set of fabrics

There’s nothing wrong with matching fabrics.

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There’s one focus fabric, and the others fabrics are based on that one.

But since my strength is in using many fabrics, if you’re in one of my classes, I’ll try to help you see the possibilities—how you can add more quilt fabrics in various shades, in different scales, in other values.

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These are fabrics I might offer as possibilities to spice up the quilt.

I come prepared with a big stack of quilting fabrics from my stash, which is healthy enough to share. And this is when I hear the most perplexing statement from a student:

“I would never do that.”

She says it with absolute certainty, like it’s death or taxes.

“I would never do that.”

And it’s all I can do to keep my jaw off the floor. Because I can’t imagine stating with certainty that I wouldn’t try something different on a quilt, or experiment with adding more fabrics, or venture into unknown territory because you never know what might happen.

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Beth Helfter started out with this quilt pattern…

For me, all of the magic happens when I am willing to play and to try something different. Quilting would hold no interest for me if I knew exactly what the quilt would look like before I started sewing.

Words like new, interesting, odd, quirky and unique are what make the world go ’round for me, whether it’s quilting or something else.

And my goodness, what is the worst that can happen? I see the possibilities as:

• You waste a quarter-yard of fabric (that’s about $3 worth) making a test block

• You use up precious quilting time (this is absolutely true; it’s always more time consuming to be creative than to copy)

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…and ended up making this quilt for the QM Scrap Squad.

• You feel frustrated because you no longer have a clear plan (again, absolutely true; it’s the price of being an artist)

• The quilt police actually show up (what a great story you’ll have for your friends)


But what is the possibility of payoff?

• You end up with a more interesting quilt

• You have the satisfaction of making something totally unique

• You exercise your creative muscles, which leads to more creative thinking, more adventure and more unique quilts

Because we’re all wired differently, some quilters need more of an up-front plan than others. It is harder for these people to veer off in an unexpected direction. And that is totally okay. Even in my “be brave” scenario, they might decide to stick with their original plan, which would be fine. As Lori Holt says, “You are the boss of your own quilt.”

But I would encourage you to try and let go a little. Because if you never play, never experiment and never ask “what if,” you’re missing out on most of the fun.

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Be adventuresome with these fabulous quilt patterns from Quiltmaker:

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Pointed Prisms

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Keri’s Fragments

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 March/April issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

QMMP 150200 cover 5001 231x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Keris FragmentsToday’s featured quilt is Fragments by Janice Averill. The original is made in Forest Frolic fabrics from Timeless Treasures.

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Fragments by Janice Averill. Fabric: Forest Frolic from Timeless Treasures. Batting: The Warm Company.

If you like this version, we have time-saving quilt kits. A digital pattern is also available.

But today’s Scrap Squad member has taken it in a different direction, which is another exciting possibility.

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Keri Blankenship

Keri Blankenship is from Cornville, Arizona. You’ll hear her quilt story in her own words below.

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How exciting! I get to share my version of Fragments by Janice Averill as my first Scrap Squad assignment. The Scrap Squad gives us lots of freedom in how we approach the pattern and fabric options. Number one on the list is to make it scrappy and make it your own. I set out to do just that.

The Fragments pattern included perfect graphics for cut and paste. I made several enlarged copies then with my glue stick and scissors in hand went to work exploring options.

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Making the design my own

I fell in love with the medallion that appeared when I turned the blocks to the center.  The final pattern modification uses four 24” blocks turned corner to corner; 8 sections; and 4 corner blocks borrowed from the 24” layout.

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Medallion layout

To avoid getting stuck in the original color scheme, I copied the pattern in black and white. Looking at the values only, it was clear that there is one dark and one medium for the main colors with five light to medium-lights to fill in the rest.

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Values are more defined in a black and white copy.

Circled in bold on the front page are the words, “Precut Friendly” and there at eye level on my shelf sit three 24-piece strip rolls that have been waiting for just the right quilt. It is the perfect starting place. I particularly liked the floral prints with purple, teal and green.

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A strip roll includes coordinating colors and makes a great starting point.

Changing the orientation of the main blocks changed the pattern that developed when the sections were added. Four of the sections needed a slight tweak to keep the flow of the main color. To keep track of the changes, I used an enlarged pattern of the block layout, adding my own cryptic for colors and notes of changes.

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Working layout page

I used QuiltCalc, a free Android phone app from Robert Kaufman, to estimate fabric requirements and the block count for this version of Fragments.

Color coded non-adhesive vinyl applied to your ruler helps streamline the cutting process.

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Vinyl non-adhesive tape applied to ruler to mark cutting lines

As the pieces were cut, they went into a flat cardboard box labeled with the color code corresponding to the pattern layout. A snip of fabric on the label also helps to keep track.

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Keep the pieces organized

Before cutting all the pieces, I auditioned some different options.

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Option 1 – Light path with dark centers

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Option 2 – Switch lights and darks

I settled on option 2 and sewed two blocks. Once on the design wall, the blocks were okay, but they needed some kick to set apart the center medallion. The coral pink on both corners of the block dominated the quilt and moved the focus from the center. Adding the floral did the trick, even if it meant some un-sewing to modify the original blocks.

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Center block – note the floral corner

Janice mentioned that her inspiration came from a rug she spotted in a flea market. My design reminds me of the woven Navajo rugs of my childhood. I titled this version of Fragments “Scattered to the Four Winds.”

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Completed top

This quilt cried out for the kind of movement produced with free motion designs. Because my free motion quilting skills can best be described as promising at best, this one went to a nearby longarm quilter, Jody Gagnon.

My vision was a fluid design emphasizing the wind moving away from center. This meant a new challenge for Jody. Longarm quilting is edge to edge, but she agreed to take on the challenges of a design that seemed to come from the center. We settled on thread color and price and then Jody went to work.

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Using a template helped Jody keep the quilting moving in the desired direction.

Her design was perfect. Using a template as a guide, she created the image of wind moving in tongues and swirls from the center out.

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Success! The quilting pattern appears to move from four swirls in the center out to the edges.

The final result lives up to its name, Scattered to the Four Winds.

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This first assignment reminded me of some quilting truths.

  • Changing layout and fabric choices creates challenges. It is important to have a map (layout) to follow.
  • If you are using the original layout, take the time to code it to match your fabric. Using graph paper and colored pencils or fabric swatches works well.
  • Be flexible. The design may be better for some minor changes that don’t show up until blocks are on the design wall or even sewn together. Become friends with your seam ripper.
  • Know when to stop. There are always options in color or layout. Don’t get lost in the possibilities.
  • Meet with your longarm quilter and take the time to discuss options for design, thread, price, batting, and backing.


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Crafter Spotlight: Sandra

It’s the third installment of our Crafter Spotlight. Each Thursday in March, we are shining the spotlight on individual quilters to celebrate National Craft Month. If you would like to be featured, send an email to! Today, it’s Sandra’s turn to be featured.

“ My grandmother, a designer dressmaker, was my mentor. I did not actually get into quilting until 2009 when I decided to make a quilt for a new granddaughter. After following instructions room a cute crib quilt kit, I began my passionate journey into the quilting world.  Only quilts have that extra, tactile 3-dimensional quality, and I have found myself totally hooked on each and every step of the process since then. I have made a number of baby quilts, lap quilts, table runners, bed runners, pillows and lots of placemats for family and friends since then, some from kits and some from my original designs. I get inspired by the natural beauty of Canada, love style, colour and design and strive for an eclectic look, mixing traditional and antique with modern and contemporary.”
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Sandra shared a quilt she made from a quilt kit by Nancy Mahoney. Whiskey and Old Lace appeared in the July/August ’13 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The quilt kit is for a strip pieced, one block throw quilt. Sandra modified this and made a quilt with 4 rows of 6 country lane variation blocks. Sandra made this quilt to be a coverlet for her queen size bed. She loved the vintage fabrics and how it added some life to her “rather bland” room (her words, not mine!) And for the quilting? Simple, but elegant.

We are such fans of Nancy Mahoney at Quiltmaker. If you are interested in some of her designs, take a look at Star Spangled Banner from our newest issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and Twisted Logs.

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Happy Quilting!


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The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Tour & Book Review

If I wasn’t living with the biggest Ohio State fan known to man and had our house to myself, I would choose to decorate every square inch with projects from The Paper-Pieced HomeInstead of hand painted signs with a large O adorning my walls, I would have these delicate and fun paper-pieced projects framed in cool, funky colors. One can dream…

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The Paper-Pieced Home, by Penny Layman, was inspired by Penny’s love to paper piece objects from her home. In fact, that is how she learned to paper piece. She has compiled a book that covers paper piecing from start to finish. The first two chapters discuss all the supplies you will need for paper piecing and the skills you will need, from y-seams to fussy cutting.

The fun begins when Penny walks through how to make different paper-pieced blocks that coordinate with each sector of the house. Her personality and retro style shine throughout. This isn’t a computerized voice talking about paper-piecing. This is your best friend teaching you to paper piece and having a glass of champagne along the way.

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My favorite part? The fabric! Oh, the fabric. Textile prints, 70′s prints, geometric prints. They pop off the page.

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To be completely honest, paper piecing scares me. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes practice. But, I have faith in this book. The diagrams are detailed, a very important piece of the puzzle in paper piecing. I think my biggest problem will be choosing which block to start with, and convincing my sports fan that these need to be displayed!

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Don’t just take my word on this book. The Paper-Pieced Home is enjoying the spotlight on a blog tour through many well-known and trusted quilting blogs. This blog tour is packed with giveaways, more quilters’ reviews of the book and real quilters making the blocks from the book. Save this blog post and check each new page!

3/16       McCall’s Quilting

3/17       Love of Quilting

3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner

3/18       Quilty Pleasures

3/18       Imagine Gnats

3/20       Verykerryberry

3/21       Artisania

3/23       Where the Orchids Grow

3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt

3/24       House on Hill Road

3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced

3/26       Pink Penguin

3/26       A Happy Stitch

3/27       Bijou Lovely

3/27       Two Little Banshees

3/27       Charise Creates

3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles 

3/31       Poppyprint

3/31       One Shabby Chick

3/31       During Quiet Time

4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting

Go forth and paper piece!


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How Quilters Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

I’m going to be honest, St. Patrick’s Day does not make the list of my favorite holidays. I don’t look good in the color green. Green eggs and ham don’t suit my taste in foods. But as a quilter, I love to celebrate this day of green and Irish-ness. Join me tomorrow with quilting the St. Patty’s Day way!

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1. Put some green into your quilts. Stop what you’re doing. Find some green fabric scraps. Piece it into your quilt. Whether it’s one unit, one block or an entire quilt, use some green! And if you are afraid of green, like so many of us are, learn to love it with an upcoming webinar with the spunky Mary Fons. She’ll be spending an entire hour talking about the history of green in quilts and how green fits with other colors in quilts, no matter the style of quilt.

2. Listen to some Irish folk music as you quilt, piece and sew.

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3. Make a quilt with Irish influence. We all know the Irish Chain quilt varieties. What about a Celtic Knot? Or the Irish Stars quilt? While we’re on the subject, how about some Irish quilting history? The Irish Chain quilt was actually developed in America in 1814.

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Celtic Circle Quilt


4. Prepare some green snacks. Celery, salad, green grapes, pistachio ice cream (yum!)

5. Become a green fanatic. Maybe green is your color? You wear it, eat it, quilt it, paint it. Extend your love for green with our new Quilty Baskets Block of the Month quilt in the green color way. It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to show your love for this color!

6. Take a break from sitting while sewing and dance an Irish jig!

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Mint Julep Quilt

7. Have a Mint Julep. No, not the drink-the quilt!

8. Tell your dear husband “Top ‘o the mornin’” in an Irish accent before you lock yourself in your quilt room.

Happy Quilting and A Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam Snow’s “@ the circus”

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 March/April issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

QMMP 150200 cover 5001 231x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam Snows @ the circus Pointed Prisms is a chevron quilt designed by Kari Ramsay and pieced by Hatty Brown. The fabrics are Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Pointed Prisms, designed by Kari Ramsay, shown in Bali Batiks by Hoffman California Fabrics

If you like our original version, convenient quilt kits are available.

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Pam Snow

But if you want to change it up, you’ll like today’s post by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona. Pam shares her story below.

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I’m so pleased to be a part of the 2015 Scrap Squad. It’s exciting to be revealing my first scrappy quilt today and it is a bright one!

The Beginning

My assigned quilt was Pointed Prisms. I began by looking through my stash of fabric. I decided to use this fabric as my inspiration for the quilt.

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I recently added a selection of hand-dyed fabrics to my stash. I placed them on the inspiration fabric.

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Hand dyed fabrics

Next I took a closer look at Pointed Prisms. I asked myself the following questions:

  1. Where do I want to use scraps?
  2. What fabrics will I use in addition to scraps?
  3. How large shall I make my quilt?

I decided:

  1. Scraps will be placed in the yellow/white and green sections of Pointed Prisms
  2. Hand-dyed fabrics will replace the blues
  3. Quilt will be 5 pyramids wide and 8 pyramids long (snuggle size for a child)

Gathering the Scraps

Now comes the fun part, gathering together my scraps. Since this is the Scrap Squad, the scraps will be the focal part of the quilt. One of my favorite things about “scrappy” quilting is selecting the fabrics. These scraps hold wonderful memories of the quilts created for special people and events—family, friends, babies, graduations and weddings.

I eliminated the gray and red hand-dyed fabrics and decided to go with the six colors below to guide me in selecting my “scraps.”

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Fabric elimination

Then I chose prints that were similar in color to the hand-dyed fabrics above.

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I found that I had “keepers”, “maybes”, and “no ways”.  I set the “maybes” aside to be revisited later if needed. If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to use a fabric, it is helpful to take a photo with your camera or ipad. It will give you another point of view.

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Photo on my ipad

Below is my final selection of fabrics. I’m now down to four colors of  hand dyes. Perfect for the eight rows of this quilt.

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Final selection

After looking at my fabric stack a few times, I decided that I needed a POP of color even though these were bright and bold.  Here is my “final-final” selection of fabrics and scraps with bright yellow added for that POP.

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POP of color

Cutting Pyramids

I needed nine scrappy pyramids and nine large hand-dyed pyramids for each color section of the quilt. Each section will consist of two rows.

I checked my supply of rulers and found two pyramid rulers that would work for cutting the quilt pieces. They are 90 degree triangle rulers.

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I cut my strips according to Quiltmaker’s pattern, using my rulers instead of the templates provided.

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Strip cutting

My rulers also had markings for cutting the half pyramids.

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Half pyramids

Assembly Time

I had originally planned to have four small print pyramids in each large scrap pyramid.

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Original plan

After auditioning the fabrics, I decided to place a yellow pyramid in the center.  I then used the large pyramid ruler to trim the scrappy pyramids. Two sides of each triangle are on the bias. I sewed carefully, hoping not to stretch the seams, but they still needed to be trimmed to the same size as the solid pyramids.  You can see that a tiny amount fabric needed to be trimmed from the finished pyramid.

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Trimming pyramids

Prior to cutting out the hand-dyed fabrics, I auditioned the scrappy pyramids and hand dyes to make sure I was pleased with the look.

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Layout audition

I liked it! I made 36 scrappy pyramids and nine large pyramids from each of the four colors of hand dyes. I followed the instructions for assembly, creating the green, blue and pink sections. 

My Quilt Speaks

I was preparing to begin the purple row when the quilt spoke to me from the design wall.  This happens often in my quilting studio!  I think it’s important to let your quilt speak.  What did it say????  It said “NO MORE’!  I listened and revised my plan.  The quilt will now be five pyramids wide and only six pyramids long. The purple didn’t make it into the quilt, and the result is the perfect size for “kid snuggling.”

Finishing Touches

I used yellow for the inner border and binding. The outer border is my inspiration fabric.  Inner border and binding were cut 2 1/2″ and the outer border is 6″.

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A Theme Emerges

As I worked on this quilt, I kept thinking of a circus, probably because of the bright colors. The pyramids reminded me of the “big top.”  I downloaded a circus quilting design from Anne Bright and quilted the “edge to edge” design using my new Handi Quilter and Pro-Stitcher.

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Quilting design

I named the quilt “@ the circus” and made a machine embroidery label on my Janome 15000.  A bright animal print became the backing.

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Backing and label


Drumroll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I present to you my first Scrap Squad Quilt.

@ the circus

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@ the circus

P. S. What do you do with nine leftover scrappy pyramids?  You make a Festive Pennant Garland for your studio.

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Happy Scrappin’!


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60 degree triangle ruler from Keepsake Quilting

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Crafter Spotlight: Shelley

I am so very pleased to announce the next quilter in our National Craft Month spotlight. Just a reminder: Each Thursday in March, we will be featuring a quilter on our blog and on Facebook. If you would like a chance, send over a submission to

Today, we feature Shelley, the owner and designer of Cora’s Quilts. She is a wife and mother of two little boys. In her own words, “In between all the dirt, plank-walking, quilt-fort building, legos … and endless piles of laundry, I manage to sneak in a little bit of time for quilting and pattern writing.”

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Shelley’s Aspen Glow quilted wall hanging

Shelley’s all-time favorite quilt pattern is her design, Aspen Glow. And I have to say, I love it too!

The original design was inspired by our kitchen rug and I just barely managed to get a sketch and a few rough notes done in the weeks before I gave birth to our youngest.  After he was born, I only had enough energy to attempt a wall-hanging-sized quilt.  I promised myself once I had a bigger sewing machine and a little more time, that I would make a king-sized version of the quilt for our bed.  

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The full size Aspen Glow quilt

 A year or so later, armed with my new beast of a sewing machine and incredibly inspired by Kate & Birdie’s Autumn Woods fabric line, I hosted a quilt along on my website with some wonderful quilty friends and actually managed to piece an 108” version of the quilt in about 12 weeks!”

I encourage you to visit Shelley’s blog where she features many more of her original quilts. I’m such a fan of the fabric she uses and her clean, modern designs. I hope you all enjoy her quilts as much as I did!

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I dug up a quilt book that seemed to match up with Shelley’s style-clean, colorful. If you are inspired by Shelley’s designs, take a look at Tula Pink’s City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

Happy National Craft Month!


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QM Scrap Addicts: At It Again!

We have a new team of enthusiastic reader-sewers called the QM Scrap Addicts. They’re taking the Bonnie Hunter blocks from our Addicted to Scraps column and making scrap quilts with them.

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You’ll find the instructions in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker. June Sinfield from Port Elgin, Ontario volunteered for this project. She must have been longing for spring.

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June Sinfield made this quilt top from Bonnie Hunter’s Twirl Around quilt blocks and Snowball blocks.

The winter blues won’t last long with this around. Such bright, happy colors!

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See all of the Addicted to Scraps blocks.

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Need to supplement your scrap stash? We have great bundles containing a wide variety of fabrics! Reasonably priced: three total yards at less than $28. They come in value ranges of lights, mediums and darks.

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Check out our Bonnie Hunter Addicted to Scraps bundles. They come in light, medium and dark options.

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Free Beginning Quilting Webinar

Beginner quilters have so many options to learn how to quilt. Join a class, ask a friend, search on YouTube. We are very excited to announce a great opportunity for beginning quilters–and the best part–it’s free.

Jenny Kae Parks is hosting the free webinar. During the hour, she will be telling you about:

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This could be your quilt!

  • How to prepare and cut quilting fabric
  • How to stitch a 1/4″ seam (the staple of quilting!)
  • How to press patchwork
  • How to strip-piece and join quilt blocks together
  • How to baste a quilt

These are all the skills you need to make your first quilt. Once you’ve finished the class, I know you will have the confidence to start sewing, piecing and quilting.

And what about Jenny? Let’s learn a little about her:

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One of Jenny’s quilts

“I started quilting 15 years ago, just one simple place mat project and I was hooked. I enjoy taking on new designs and techniques, working through my quilter’s bucket list.  I try to find better/quicker/easier ways to get good results.  I believe there are no rules for quilting, just realities, the reality of what I need to do to get the results I want. Quilting should be enjoyable, not frustrating or scary.  If what you are doing is not working for you, let’s find another way.  For more about me, check out my website, Jenny Kae Quilts, my Facebook page, Jenny Kae Quilts on Facebook or Pinterest Jenny Kae Quilts on Pinterest.”

Every quilter began somewhere. Every quilter was once a beginner. So don’t be afraid to take the next step and actually begin quilting. 

There are virtually no risks with this webinar. It’s free. It’s taught by an excellent quilter. And, it painlessly eases you into the quilting world.

Are you ready? Take a deep breath. Sign up for the webinar. Then, remember to attend on Monday, March 16th.

I promise, you won’t regret your decision to join in!

All my best,


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