Giveaway: Sweetwater’s Quilt Block

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

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This block is up for giveaway today.

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

 Giveaway: Sweetwaters Quilt Block

Get the pattern free for a limited time from Sweetwater.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Magic Stars in fabrics from Moda Fabrics

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

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Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts

Beth’s Koi Pond Kaleidoscope

Things I liked when I first saw our latest project:

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

Things I didn’t love:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kind of makes me want a (donut).

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Now it’s a donut on (steriods).

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

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

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

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(Uncle.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two blocks are better than one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Time for a (close up)

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

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

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

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

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The (full) effect!

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

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

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

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Stop Ovarian Cancer

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

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

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

What’s a mug rug?

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

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

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We Need Your Projects!

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

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

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Jaybird Quilts Block Giveaway

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues!

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

It’s part blog tour, part freebie fest and part designer showcase. We’ve been giving away blocks made by quilt designers from Lori Holt’s Home Sweet Home pattern, which appears in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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This block made by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts is up for giveaway today.

Today’s giveaway block was made by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. I like the yellow light in the windows, inviting friends and family inside. Julie is busy planning a wedding—so maybe this is the house where she’ll make a new home!

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You may be familiar with Julie’s versatile Hex N More ruler, or with the unique patterns she’s designed for its use.

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It’s pretty amazing what this ruler can do. Julie sent me a sample and I love the many ways to use it.

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The Hex N More ruler just celebrated its second birthday. A lot has happened in two years! Julie has added:

The Hex N More is used to cut four shapes in four sizes each.

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Since the shapes all work together, the variety of quilt designs is seemingly endless. Julie has tutorials on the rulers plus other techniques you’ll want to see.

Get the Hex N More ruler. Visit Julie’s blog for another giveaway!

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Free quilting motif!

Be sure to visit the Parade of Homes page, where you’ll find free quilting motifs and a free block pattern.

Giveaway: For your chance to win Julie’s block (what a fun way to jumpstart a project), leave a comment below before midnight on Friday, August 29. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week. The winner is #2, Kathy Wilkey.

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Want the Home Sweet Home block pattern? Here are the options:

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 in print or digital, $6.99
• The book 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine, $26.99 (contains all of the blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 1 and Volume 2)

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Caption Contest Winners

A few weeks ago, I asked QM’s friends on Facebook to write a caption for this photograph.

dresseduptosew Caption Contest WinnersOne thousand and seventy people commented, so it took me a while to get through them all. Here are some of our favorites, along with the grand prize winner, who gets a bundle of quilty goodness from our extensive stash.

Best puns

Joan Gifford: Give a quilter an inch and she thinks she’s a ruler!

Ginny Davis: Russian to get it done.

Alice Leishman: When I asked my friend to bring an extra ruler to sewing class, I didn’t realize she would take me so LITERALLY!

Sheila Lewis: I am the Queen of quilting. This stuff is not just throne together.

Sue Waits: Bling it on Sista!

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Most Pithy

Roxanne Stanley: She who sews, rules the world.

Margaret Anne: I like to keep it simple.

Debbie Kawakami: Got the treadle to the metal.

Most Naughty

Ellen Goodridge Allen: I’ll have whatever she’s drinking.

Sheila Lapeyrouse: Should not have beheaded my seamstress!

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Marjorie Bandy:
QUEEN, Queen upon her machine…
HOW DOES your sewing GO?
With stitches so fine….
NONE better than mine…
SEW..SEW…SEW..!!

Melanie Waddell Varela:
The Royal robes were in disrepair,
the Queen lamented “What shall I wear?”
Her Knights brought forth an exquisite machine,
And her royal throne of purple sateen.
She put silken threads through bobbin and needle,
Then placed slippered feet upon the treadle.
But not a gown for the Courtiers Ball,
She sewed a mini skirt for the local Pub Crawl!

Kathy M. Boice: Queen of a Castle, Quilter at heart, so many projects, where do I start?”

Funniest

Cathy O’Neal Morris:
I’m singering in the reign
Just singering in the reign
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again!!

Pam Smith Barman: And this is great Aunt Edna…who took her role as costumer for the local theater a bit too seriously.

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Most Observant

Lynda Parker: This foolish male photographer thinks one can create hardanger on a treadle.

Esther Frenzel: And that concludes my tutorial on how to turn a tabletopper into a headdress.

Marketing Award

Ana Ali Mac: Hello there, Queen Quilty here with another tutorial from Quiltmaker Magazine.

Diane’s Favorite

Sherry Mackland Poloncic: Does this sewing machine make me look fat?

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Miscellaneous We-Love-It Award:

Martha Tait: Take that, casual Friday!

 Caption Contest Winners

And the grand prize winner is Monica Chiarappi: How many Quilts can a Queen Quilt if a Queen can Quilt a Queen Quilt? Congratulations to Monica. We’ll be sending her a nice box of quilty fun.

Thanks for all the great entries. You guys are wildly creative all around.

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Debbie Caffrey Quilt Block Giveaway

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues!

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This block made by Debbie Caffrey is up for giveaway today.

Today’s Home Sweet Home block is by Debbie Caffrey. You may know her from the hundreds (thousands?) of mystery quilts she has designed. You’ll want to visit Debbie’s Creative Moments to see more of her work. She’s an author and teacher as well.

I love the cats Debbie put in the windows. And see how the front yard is full of flowers? There’s a house in Breckenridge, Colorado with a similar front yard bursting with blooms. I love walking past that house.

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Debbie Caffrey has a new class on Craftsy.com. QM readers get half off the regular price.

Debbie came on Quiltmaker’s Block Party @ Sea earlier this summer, and was excited to tell us about her new class with Craftsy called Cut To It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting. I sat in on one of Debbie’s lectures and even though I’ve been quilting for 30 years, I learned a lot.

There’s so much about cutting, and cutting efficiently, that none of us ever think about. I signed up for Cut To It immediately! I’m very anxious to watch all of the lessons.

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QM readers get half off this class.

Debbie has graciously provided a link whereby QM readers can get the class for half off the regular price. We appreciate her generosity in making this possible.

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Just as a reminder, Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes is a celebration of our Sept/Oct issue with its house theme. You’ll find three terrific house quilts inside.

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Get this free house block pattern on our Parade of Homes page.

Please visit our Parade of Homes page for free quilting motifs, a block pattern and links to the latest giveaways.

 

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This block made by Debbie Caffrey is up for giveaway today.

Let’s have a giveaway. For your chance to win this block made by Debbie Caffrey and a copy of our Sept/Oct issue, leave a comment below before midnight Wednesday, August 27. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here. The winner is #1, Sandy Wootten.

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You might also enjoy Bless This House, designed by Kathy Schmitz. It appeared in our Sept/Oct ’13 issue. Enjoyable hand embroidery is always delightful!

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This quilt appeared in our Sept/Oct ’13 issue.

 

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Quilting LIVE! Giveaway; Fold and Sew Fun

Quiltmaker is pleased to be part of
an exciting upcoming event.

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Win classes and admission to Quilting LIVE! in today’s giveaway.

Quilting LIVE! takes place in Atlanta Sept. 11 to 13. Quiltmaker’s Director of Content Carolyn Beam will be on hand, teaching the easy quilting technique Fold and Sew. (More on this creative quilting method below!)

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Carolyn Beam

We’re happy to host a Quilting LIVE! giveaway today. We are giving away one Value Package to Quilting LIVE! The package is valued at $114 and it includes:

  • Six Quilting LIVE! classes
  • Three days of general admission
  • A Quilting LIVE! shopping bag

Here’s how to enter:

On your own blog or website, mention Quilting LIVE! and link to the Quilting LIVE! webpage.  When your post including the Quilting LIVE! link is up, come back to this post on Quilty Pleasures. In the comments section below, put the link to your blog post.

On 9/1/14, we’ll select a random winner for the Value Package, contact them via email and post it here. For those of you who don’t have a blog or website, we’ll have another giveaway soon.

More on Fold and Sew

Simply put, Fold and Sew is a technique using precuts to create a wide variety of quilt blocks with no additional cutting. It’s revolutionary, it’s ingenious and it’s fun!

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Points Out is featured in QM’s Sept/Oct issue.

This is Points Out. It’s made with a 2.5″ strip, a 10″ square, and 10 2.5″ squares (common precut sizes). No additional cutting required! Peg repeated this block to create a Christmas tree quilt. I think it would make a great scrap quilt. Find complete instructions in Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue.

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Arrow was featured in Quiltmaker’s May/June ’14 issue.

This is Arrow from Quiltmaker’s May/June ’14 issue. The fabrics are Urban Classics by Nancy Mahoney for P&B Textiles.

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Peg’s Arrow Quilt

Look what happens when you put Arrow blocks together and quilt them. Kind of amazing, isn’t it?!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Pull out any regular 2014 issue of Quiltmaker to see Peg’s Fold and Sew column with complete block instructions, and visit our Fold and Sew page for more inspiration.

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Win free classes and admission to Quilting LIVE! in today’s giveaway.

Carolyn Beam will teach a Fold and Sew table runner at Quilting LIVE‘s Make-It Center. And if you enter the giveaway as described above, you could be there to0—as our guest!

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Quilt Block Giveaway: Lynette’s Nighttime House

Quiltmaker’s Parade of Homes continues!

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This house block made by Lynette Anderson is up for giveaway today.

Today’s giveaway is for this Home Sweet Home block made by Lynette Anderson of Lynette Anderson Designs. Be sure to visit Lynette’s blog when you’re finished here.

Lynette is the only designer who gave her block a nighttime look, and we just love it! She added her signature style of applique with embroidered details. It would be fun to use this block as the center medallion of a little winter quilt. I’d combine it with snowflake blocks, hearts, and maybe more houses. The possibilities are endless.

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Lynette designs fabric for RJR Fabrics such as Pocketful of Daisies, above and below.

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Lynette has had several designs published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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Friends from Volume 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Tweet It Is from Volume 3

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Winter Friends from Volume 4

It’s easy to love her style. If you missed any of these 100 Blocks issues, you’ll find them all on our 100 Blocks page.

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit our Parade of Homes page where you’ll find free quilting motifs and a free house block.

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Get the Sept/Oct issue with its three house quilt patterns and so much more!

For your chance to win Lynette’s nighttime house block and a copy of this issue, leave a comment below before midnight Sunday, August 24. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week. The winner is #13, Helen Lovelady.

Visit Lynette’s blog, too.

 

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Stars at Sea

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

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Stars at SeaToday we’re sharing Emily Bailey’s version of Magic Stars from the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.

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

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

magicstarsblock Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Stars at SeaThis is the block. When several are set side by side, you get stars, just like magic.

 

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Emily Bailey

Emily Bailey is from Centerville, Utah, and she blogs regularly at Em’s Scrapbag. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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Even though I have yet to purchase fabric for my Scrap Squad quilts, I have not made a dent in my scraps. How is that possible? As I grabbed my scrap bins for this new Magic Stars project, I started with a varied color palette. After making one block I bagged it.

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Instead I went for a combination of blues and greens with a splash of yellow.

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As I made this block I noticed another star pattern.

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I found that as I turned the blocks, the circles turned into cool waves.

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Because I didn’t want unfinished stars I added partial blocks to complete the maverick stars.

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I wanted to continue the wave past the maverick stars but I ran into the same problem of unfinished stars.

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So I traded one of the star points with the same fabric as the star center.

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I sandwiched up my quilt and began quilting by following the waves through the quilt.

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Then I echoed the effect as I went into the star.

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I bound it with the gray that I had used as the maverick star background.

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Emily’s completed Stars at Sea scrap quilt

I’m calling it Stars at Sea.

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Editor’s note:

This was a great job by Emily. I wanted you to see the two blocks side by side so you could fully appreciate the way that value played a role in this design. It’s amazing what a little playing around will do.

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I hope you’ll let the Scrap Squad quilts inspire you to make your own version of Magic Stars. Thanks for joining us today on Quilty Pleasures.

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