Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop

If you’re thinking ahead to the holidays and need gift ideas for quilters, you’re in luck! This week is the Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop—chock full of easy handmade gifts, what’s new and cool for quilters, giveaways and fun!

 Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop

Be sure to get in on the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop this week!

Seven different magazine titles, including Quiltmaker, are taking part. Here are links to the posts you’ll want to visit.

  1. Sew News
  2. McCall’s Quilting
  3. Fons & Porter
  4. Quilting Daily
  5. Quilters Newsletter
  6. Quilters Club of America: Coming Thursday, Nov. 6
  7. Quiltmaker: That’s us! Our day is Friday, Nov. 7
  8. Creative Machine Embroidery: Coming Saturday, Nov. 8

Every one is hosting a giveaway—your chance to win terrific quilt-related merchandise.  We hope this event will make your holiday shopping a little easier and a lot more fun!

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Ideas for Using Precuts: Fold and Sew with Hexagons, Giveaway!

Quiltmaker has featured Peg Spradlin’s Fold and Sew technique in every regular issue of 2014. This is a great and easy method for using precut fabrics of all shapes and sizes! Today we’re hosting a giveaway of fabrics to make the quilt below in a somewhat different but equally beautiful color scheme.

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Peg Spradlin’s Hexie Magic quilt in fabrics from Robert Kaufman. Today’s giveaway features fabric for a similar quilt!

For Peg’s final Fold and Sew project, Hexie Magic, she used Robert Kaufman’s precut Kona cotton pastel hexagons and a darker Robert Kaufman Artisan batik for the background, which gives the hexies a floating effect.

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Peg Spradlin’s Fold and Sew “Hexie Magic” block

You’ll find instructions to make these blocks in Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’14 issue. Print or digital copies are available.

Find the instructions for completing the Hexie Magic quilt on Peg’s website.

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This is another option for using the Hexie Magic blocks. Sashing and cornerstones give a whole new look! Learn the basics of how Fold and Sew works.

Peg has devised many more easy blocks, all made with precuts and her Fold and Sew technique.

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Baby Pinwheels

Baby Pinwheels go together and become the happy little quilt below.

 

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Baby Pinwheels quilt #1

Or this one, sans sashing:

 

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Baby Pinwheels Quilt #2

This Points Out block…

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Points Out

 

…becomes a Christmas tree. It would make a great geometric quilt, too! You could put the blocks into any traditional Log Cabin setting like Barn Raising, Straight Furrows, Streak of Lightning, etc.

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The Points Out block becomes a Christmas tree.

This humble little Arrow block…

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…turns on the charm to become a really interesting quilt!

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Arrow in a quilt with lovely quilting = winner!

Several of our editors have taught the Fold and Sew techniques at Quiltmaker events and at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. People are astounded when they realize how easy it is, and that using precuts means no additional cutting!

Pull out any of your 2014 Quiltmaker issues and give it a try. It’s in the Table of Contents under “Fold and Sew.”

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Today’s Robert Kaufman fabric giveaway includes precut hexagons, 2.5″ strips and background fabric to make the Hexie Magic quilt.

Our preferred partners at Robert Kaufman have provided fabrics for today’s giveaway, including precut hexagons, 2.5″ strips and Artisan Batik background fabric. For your chance to win, please leave a comment before midnight on Sunday, Nov. 9. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week.

The winner of the Precut Hexi Fold and Sew Giveaway is Karlene Larson!

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Easy Handmade Gifts: Microwave Bowl Potholders

I spend a lot of time online because of my role inside Quiltmaker, but I wasn’t familiar with microwave bowl potholders until someone brought them to my quilt group recently. What a great idea!

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Quilted cozies for bowls in the microwave. What a great idea!

No more juggling hot soup. No more spilled food. No more toasty fingers! Think of these as bowl cozies, insulators or carriers. Whatever you call them, they work!

These potholders for bowls in the microwave are easy to make, and it’s fun to use your prettiest quilting fabrics to give them personality. I’m going to create some for easy homemade gifts, and I’ll choose fabrics I think each recipient will love. The design is very forgiving which makes the project easy, fast and fun.

Please accept our apologies. We have removed the instructions for this project as a courtesy to some of our followers who sell this pattern, including Quiltmaker’s designer friend Sue Marsh at Whistlepig Creek. However, there are many great free tutorials online if you’d like to make microwave bowl potholders.

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Hot Bowl Hot Pads from Whistlepig Creek

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Looking for more gift ideas for quilters? Try these!

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What quilter wouldn’t love this USB stick in the form of a sewing machine?

What quilter wouldn’t love this USB stick in the form of a sewing machine? We have other cute quilty options for thumb drives, too.

 

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A Feathered Star Barn Quilt would look great at your place!

Let everyone know you’re a quilter with a one-foot metal “barn quilt.” This is Feathered Star; many more options available!

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Supernatural Snowball Fight: A Halloween Scrap Quilt

Happy Halloween! Today we have a great scrappy Halloween quilt we’re sharing from Beth Helfter, a member of Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad. The Scrap Squad is a select group of six readers who make scrappy versions of QM patterns to inspire you. They are terrifically talented quilters!

QM scrap squadB3 Supernatural Snowball Fight: A Halloween Scrap QuiltToday’s quilt pattern is in Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue. It’s called Christmas Ribbons, and it was designed by Carolyn Beam. The fabrics are Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics.

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Christmas Ribbons, designed by Carolyn Beam and made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics. Batting: The Warm Company. Quilted on an HQ24 Fusion by Handi Quilter.

The digital pattern for this easy quilt is also available as a single: Christmas Ribbons at quiltandsewshop.com.

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Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts

Beth Helfter is from Pepperell, Massachusetts. She blogs regularly at Eva Paige Quilt Designs. She tells her Halloween quilt story below, in a way that only she can.

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My Scrap Squad reveal was set for Halloween. I had never made an official Halloween quilt, and so—even knowing that I pretty much despise Halloween—I decided to Halloween-ize this scrap project. I’m still not sure what possessed me, and I never expected to like the result, but I really am kind of loving it.

Black, orange, green, purple, and white scraps were thrown about the studio in joyous preparation for turning Christmas Ribbons into a Halloween-themed masterpiece. The joy quickly dissipated when I realized I was really low on blacks, oranges, greens, purples, and whites.

I’m an absurdly cheap quilter whose stash is beyond pitiful compared to most. But all was not lost, and QM even helped me out by sending some of their extra samples to fill my Halloween fabric void. Thanks, QM’s closets!

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For someone who doesn’t like Halloween or knick knacks, I have an awful lot of Halloween knick knacks.

For the snowball blocks, I chose to keep consistent pairings of fabric colors and positions so that the scrappy didn’t get out of hand.

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The green/orange snowballs, post-flurry but pre-packing.

So every orange centered snowball has purple corners, every black or green snowball – orange corners, and the white ones have black.

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The black/orange ones, all kitted up.

I despise the cutting process for most scrap quilts, and I like to cut as I go so as not to lose my mind. I was able to cut all the color combos as I went, which made me much happier.

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White/black. I think you get the picture. You’re smart.

I decided to do the alternate blocks containing the smaller elongated snowball guys all in the same color scheme, again so that the scrappy wouldn’t become offensive or hurt anyone’s eyes.

I believe the key to a good scrappy quilt is consistency within the crazy. Keep a few things consistent (color combos, one certain fabric in the same place in every block, etc.) and the quilt has just enough order to make you focus on the scrappy beauty without needing to look away to give your eyes a break.

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Is it just me, or does this look like recess at the Frankenstein Child Care Center?

For the background part of these blocks, I chose a creamy fabric I happened to have about a yard of. I have no recollection of ever buying it and am not sure why I would have as it is so not my style. Have to admit though, it was pretty perfect for this project, so I’m glad I had it.

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It’s so not me.

And so began the chain piecing portion of our story.

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All we need now are some used cars to sell.

The finished alternate blocks were pretty cool.

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Finished alternate blocks

The one major change I made to the design was to scrapify the sashing, cutting green, orange, and purple strips 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ to place between the blocks in each row. In my humble opinion, that gave it a huge extra punch. Yay me.

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Isn’t it awesome to see a quilt come together? And to have the whole thing fit on your design wall? This was a new experience for me.

The borders on the original were your basic one-fabric borders, which I always see as a challenge—let’s come up with something a little more jazzy. I added a solid black border with just one narrow strip of orange or green in each corner. Funky awesomeness without being overwhelming to my dwindling time frame to get this sucker (as in Halloween candy) done.

I quilted Supernatural Snowball Fight with Aurifil 4657, aka “Sunset,” a variegated orange/yellow/white that would blend without overpowering. Don’t I sound so knowledgeable and cool? Really I just thought it was pretty.

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Another reason to love Aurifil – this spool is still probably only half gone after quilting a billion miles (or seven bobbins-worth) on this quilt.

I don’t consider myself a masterful machine quilter. I’ve said it before – I may not be a good machine quilter, but I am an enthusiastic one. This time I actually am pretty proud, though, of how my enthusiasm and design ideas for the quilting actually revealed themselves in attractive quilting. It’s a rare thing, so I think we should celebrate. Who’s bringing the cookies?

Each block was individually quilted with a wavy squiggle from corner to corner, with the squiggles leaning to one direction and then the other as the line moves down each column.

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Squiggles quilting

The sashing was also squiggled, and then the borders straight line quilted with lines about 1/2″ apart around and around and around until my shoulders felt like they might freeze up. But Lordy I love the result.

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Straight lines

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More squiggles

The final result – a quilt which I really do love way more than I could ever love Halloween, and one which my eight year old offered to buy from me this morning for $2.00 to guarantee I will never give it away. If only she knew how close to accurate she is regarding how much people are willing to pay for handmade quilts, but that’s a post for another day.

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My Vannas were all at school today. The swingset had to do the honors for showing off Supernatural Snowball Fight.

Bonus points for finding the one Snowball block that does not follow the color combos I had oh-so-carefully chosen. We’ll just call it my Amish Moment.

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The tree helped out, too.

I hope you enjoyed the way I waved a magic wand to turn Christmas into Halloween!

~Beth~

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Plan for next year’s Halloween holiday and make Robbing Peter to Pay JackQuiltmaker’s most popular ever Halloween quilt pattern!

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Robbing Peter to Pay Jack

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt: Win Great Prizes!

Please note: This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest is in session. Please enter for your chance to win more than $24,000 in quilt-related prizes. There will be 27 different winners!

Start with a copy of Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue. The advertisements from sponsors contain clues to help you find the buttons.

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Enter Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt today.

Entering is easier now but you still have to search a little for the buttons on sponsor sites—that’s why it’s called a Treasure Hunt! Find complete details on Treasure Hunt.

Today we’re highlighting two Treasure Hunt sponsors and their products.

 Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt: Win Great Prizes!

P&B Textiles

We always look forward to the arrival of new fabrics from P&B Textiles. I visited their website to see what’s new. For something a little different…

 Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt: Win Great Prizes!

…how about Tea Leaf Quartet by Tim Latimer, shown in Interplay fabrics? I love this design, and the pattern is free. You’d get in some serious curved piecing practice.

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These luscious beauties (above) are Autumn Spice fabrics from P&B Textiles. You’ll want to check out P&B’s interesting Sew It Seams blog too, for lots of inspiration and the latest news.

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Quilting by the Bay

Quilting by the Bay is an online store you can visit for Blocks of the Month, batiks and kits.

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I especially like the Color Love Block of the Month, above. Or how about…

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Seasons on Pomegranate Lane is a Block of the Month from Quilting by the Bay.

Seasons on Pomegranate Lane? Isn’t this a stunner? Take time to browse through all the Blocks of the Month as you search for the Treasure Hunt button.

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges these generous sponsors. Be sure to visit the Treasure Hunt contest page and enter to win!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour coming soon! Mark it down: Nov. 17 to 21.

 

Sly Patch is one of Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals Collection. See all of the Patch Pals. Many kits are available.

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Sly Patch is one in our collection of Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals. Our time-saving kit gets you sewing right away!

 

 

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How to Make a Scrap Quilt: Emily Bailey

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of talented readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrap quilts to inspire you. Today we continue our posts featuring a quilt from Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue.

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This is Christmas Ribbons, designed by Carolyn Beam. The fabrics are Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics.

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Christmas Ribbons, designed by Carolyn Beam and made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics. Batting: The Warm Company. Quilted on an HQ24 Fusion by Handi Quilter.

You’ll find the pattern in the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker, on newsstands now. The digital pattern is also available as a single from quiltandsewshop.com.

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Plenty of holiday and scrap quilt patterns are inside Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’14 issue!

Today’s scrap quilt is by Emily Bailey is from Centerville, Utah.

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Emily Bailey

She blogs regularly at Em’s Scrapbag. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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I wanted a really scrappy look in this quilt. I decided on a background of black and white prints and then really scrappy blocks.

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To make the quilt blocks I grabbed my bin of bits and I “made” fabric from them. I was inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s method and tutorial.

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Using the made fabric I constructed both sets of blocks.

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I auditioned white backgrounds in the smaller squares.

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But eventually I decided I liked the way it looked with the black surrounding it.

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Because I felt I had gotten too busy with the black and white prints I decided to go with a solid black for the sashing and borders. If I’d had time I would have ripped the black prints out and made them solid also. But time was an issue, so I have a very busy quilt center.

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I thought of a black binding but decided against it. If I’m going to be scrappy, might as well go all out. I made a scrappy binding, for which I have a tutorial. I just love how a scrappy binding looks. All those pretty colors swirling around.

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Plus I think it looks pretty nice with the black border.

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Emily’s finished scrap quilt

Even though I went a little overboard with the scrappy middle, I still really like my scrappy quilt.

~Emily~

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You’ll find terrific scrap quilt patterns inside Devoted to Scraps, Quiltmaker’s very own scrap quilt manual. Inside are 13 quilts you’ll make over and over, because with scraps, no two will ever be alike!

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Devoted to Scraps comes in hard copy or ebook versions. It’s one of Quiltmaker’s very best!

 

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Quilt Exchanges: Types, Tips and More

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Carolyn Beam

My family and I have lived in several different states, and in each one I’ve searched out the friendship of fellow quilters. One of the best parts of belonging to quilt groups is participating in different exchanges. I’ve participated in round robins and have exchanged everything from fabric (strips, squares and fat quarters) to blocks to rows—all different, and oh so fun!

 

One of the first things I exchanged was 2 1/2″ fabric strips. Everyone received five identical strips of plaid fabric from each participant. This was before there were ready-made pre-cut strips—how easy would that have been?! By cutting the strips in half lengthwise, there was enough to make this Log Cabin quilt.

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Log Cabin

Just for fun, I cut applique shapes using cookie cutters for a border.

One of our exchanges was rows. We each specified a theme and row width and didn’t get to see our rows until the grand unveiling. I started mine with a row of lighthouses and received some very creative rows! One note: the rows weren’t sewn together until the end.

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Row Quilt

For our round robin, we each started with a block for the center. This turned out to be one of my favorites!

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Round Robin

Here are a couple of block exchanges. And, yes, these still need to be put into quilts!

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Red and White blocks

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Patriotic blocks

Exchanges don’t have to be with groups of people. One of mine was with just one quilt friend. We each made 4″ blocks (two of each so we could share one). I’m setting mine into an 8″ Evening Star and then adding a 1″ finished border.

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4″ squares

I exchanged 3″ Pinwheels with co-workers over the course of several months. I set mine into 6″ Pinwheel blocks for this quilt that I just love!

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Pinwheel Party

It’s called Pinwheel Party. You can find the pattern in Quiltmaker, March/April ’09.

And, finally. I loved Paula Stoddard’s Peppermint Candy from our Nov/Dec ’13 issue. This is a great quilt for which to exchange squares of fabric with friends, but I just made this one myself. The pattern is included in a brand new ebook called Red and White Quilts. Three great patterns for just $7.99.

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Peppermint Candy

Although quilt exchanges are a lot of fun, they can also lead to disappointment if the “rules” aren’t clearly spelled out at the beginning. Here are a few guidelines for successful exchanges:

  1. Set a reasonable time frame for each part of the exchange.
  2. Specify the type of fabrics—traditional, batiks, plaids, reproduction, etc. Exchange only high quality quilting fabrics—and give the type of fabrics you want to receive.
  3. If exchanging blocks, choose an easy-to-sew quilt block. Determine the number of blocks to exchange during each time period.
  4. Spell out any considerations clearly, such as which way to press seams, special techniques to be used and whether fabrics should be prewashed or not.

I hope you’re inspired to try an exchange with your quilty friends. If you’re not part of a local group, you can find exchange groups online. And if you have participated in an exchange, I’d love to hear from you. What did you exchange? How did it work? Leave me a comment and let me know! Maybe we can create a future blog post with more exchange ideas based on your experiences.

If you’d like to send us photos, email editor@quiltmaker.com. We hope to hear from you.

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Other quilt patterns perfect for exchanges:

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Wanderlust by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker

Wanderlust by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker’s July/August ’14 issue. Digital pattern available.

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Devoted to Scraps gives you creative ideas to turn fabric bits into beauties.

Quiltmaker’s Devoted to Scraps book is a must-have if you love scrap quilts. They’d all be perfect for exchanging fabric with friends!

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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt Contest

Please note: This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt contest is in full swing. I hope you’ll take a moment to enter. Start with a copy of Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue. The advertisements from sponsors contain clues to help you find the buttons.

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Enter Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt today.

Entering is easier now but you still have to search a little for the buttons on sponsor sites—that’s why it’s called a Treasure Hunt! Find complete details on Treasure Hunt.

Today we’re highlighting several Treasure Hunt sponsors and their products.

 timeless Quiltmakers Treasure Hunt Contest

Timeless Treasures Fabrics are always a welcome addition. I poked around their website to see what’s new.

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Tonga Firestorm”Florentine” is a free pattern on the Timeless Treasures website.

Tonga Firestorm “Florentine” is a free pattern they offer. It uses Tonga Firestorm by Judy and Judel Niemeyer. The quilt is by Jessica VanDenburgh of Sew Many Creations.

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Piglets from Babes in Farmland from Timeless Treasures

I’m also smitten with this “Piglets” print from the Babes in Farmland collection. I’m a farm girl and believe it or not, pigs paid for my college education. I’m a pushover for a cute hog.

You’ll want to check out the many terrific fabric collections at Timeless Treasures.

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Have you seen all the new products at Sulky recently? I was impressed. Quilters are always interested in cotton thread, among other types, and Sulky boasts 64 all new solid colors in 30 weight and 12 weight, plus 80 new 12 weight 50-yard cotton petites.

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Visit Sulky’s new blog for inspiration.

Sulky has a new blog, too. You’ll find lots of inspiration there!

There’s plenty of time to find all of the Treasure Hunt buttons, so please take your time and enjoy the process. There is so much to discover along the way.

~Diane~

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We’ve just released a new ebook of three charming red and white quilts!

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Fast Quilts for Fall and Halloween

If you’re looking for some autumn inspiration, today I’ve gathered up some fall quilt projects to consider. Several are quick quilts that can be made from scraps, and some are free.

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Stitched Pigma Pen Leaves by Natalya Aikens

Try something different—make stitched leaves! Find complete instructions on Quilting Daily. They can be strewn across a fall tabletop or used as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. I can see them filling up a little basket!

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Robbing Peter to Pay Jack

Quiltmaker’s most popular fall pattern ever is Robbing Peter to Pay Jack. If you have back issues, see Sept/Oct 2005. This pattern features an easy sew-and-switch technique and fusible applique, done in a flash! Get the pattern in print or digital format (which lets you start instantly).

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Quickie free Jack-o-Lantern banner pattern!

How about a cute quickie Halloween banner? It’s fast fused to hang up in a heartbeat. Find the free pattern and complete instructions from our friends at Quilting Daily.

 

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Boo-tacular: FREE Halloween Appliqué Wall Quilt Pattern

Make a Boo-tacular Halloween wall quilt from this free pattern. It’s sure to bring the little goblins to your door. It’s from our friends at McCall’s Quilting.

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Old “Gory” by Jill Montgomery

Two years ago, Jill Montgomery was on Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad, and she made Old Gory (not a typo) from a patriotic quilt pattern we published in our July/August ’12 issue. It’s a great idea for a simple Halloween quilt from scraps or strips you have on hand!

 

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Any Witch Way can be found in our Sept/Oct 2009 issue.

Another very popular pattern you can revisit if you have back issues is Any Witch Way from Sept/Oct 2009. We fell in love with this twist on a traditional quilt block. Get the back issue on sale now for just $2.50. Quite a steal since it contains many other patterns too!

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Monster Munchies: FREE Halloween Table Runner Quilt Pattern

And let’s not forget this free table runner pattern: Monster Munchies from McCall’s Quilting will dress up your holiday table in style. Easy, fast and fun!

Have a great time sewing for the season.

Upcoming: A blog hop with all kinds of resources on sewing for Christmas and winter holidays!

~Diane~

 

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisa Robertson

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of talented readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrap quilts to inspire you. Today we begin posts featuring a new Scrap Squad quilt from Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue.

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This is Christmas Ribbons, designed by Carolyn Beam. The fabrics are Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics.

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Christmas Ribbons, designed by Carolyn Beam and made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Chalkboard Christmas by Melissa Ybarra for Windham Fabrics. Batting: The Warm Company. Quilted on an HQ24 Fusion by Handi Quilter.

You’ll find the pattern in the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker, on newsstands now. The digital pattern is also available as a single from quiltandsewshop.com.

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Plenty of holiday and scrap quilt patterns are inside Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’14 issue!

Today’s quilt is by Louisa Robertson from Merritt, British Columbia.

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Louisa Robertson

You’ll hear from her in her own words below.

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The process of Christmas Ribbons becoming a Corn Maze included many detours and changes of direction.

The detours began with those 6″ Snowball blocks. They’re perfect to show off a feature fabric as in the original quilt. But for a scrap quilt they presented a challenge. Perhaps I could add the snowball corners to scrappy pieced blocks? Wonky pieced log cabin blocks, just the right size, were at hand.

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Maybe this doesn’t work!

I added corners to a few blocks. Hmm—they are very busy and I just don’t like the effect.

Time for a new plan.

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Colours of the season

The colours of the season led me to a palette using some of the yellow and gold fabrics recently received as a gift. I decided on golds, rich browns, yellow-greens and reddish purples.

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Fabrics for Corn Maze

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Lines added to make a square-in-a-square

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Snowball Block

But I still had not solved the problem of the large pieces in the snowball blocks.  Turning to my Electric Quilt software, I adapted the block by connecting the ends of the triangles producing a square-in-a-square.

 

 

This new block led to construction challenges because the resulting patches were non-standard, i.e. rotary cutting would involve guesswork between the eighth-inch lines of the ruler. That did not sound like fun, so I printed off a foundation piecing template.

I was able to rough-cut the pieces a bit too large and trim them to exact size as the block was constructed. My freezer paper foundations were re-usable. Three sets were enough to construct all 32 blocks.

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The trimmings from the foundation pieced blocks blend the colours nicely.

As I worked I found that my fabrics included plenty of lights and lots of darks, but not enough of the mediums for that inner frame in the block. Raiding the stash of a friend helped fill this gap.

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The smaller rectangular snowball units were simple to construct by adding triangles to corners of rectangles—although I was thoroughly sick of stitch-and-flip corners by the time this step was done!

As I played with these blocks in EQ I saw that turning the smaller snowball changed the direction of the design. Adding sashing to the design opened it up, giving more space around the Snowball blocks and creating a path between the blocks.

A dilemma emerged when it was time to decide on the background fabric. My favourite scrap quilts use “Total Scrap.” However, the only colour family in my collection that would accommodate the large area of background fabrics needed was lights/creams. I wanted to use blues to suggest the summer sky behind the corn fields. Finding a good variety in the right value range would be a challenge.

A visit to my LQS confirmed that it would be difficult to gather a stack of blues that would play together gently enough to back up my muted colours. However, on the sale table I found one lovely blue print.  I purchased a generous length and took it home.

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Should background be cream? Or blue?

For a few days I wavered back and forth between cream and blue. At last I re-read my teaching notes in which I tell students that scrap-plus-constant is a good way to give unity to a scrappy design, and I convinced myself that yes, I could use this single fabric for background.

A path was created by adding sashing pieces between blocks, some pieced, others plain. Sashing units are the same size as the F units of the smaller snowball block. Strip piecing made the construction simple, and pressing the seams to one side ensured that seams would interlock.

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Pressing seam allowances in opposite directions makes it easy to match seams.

The components of the quilt barely fit on my design wall.  I sewed them together row by row, carefully checking my “map” to make sure the path through the maze would come out correctly.

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Quilt blocks on the design wall

Then it was time to create the maze by filling in the sashing pieces.

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Make sure those blocks go in the right direction!

I added simple borders to repeat the colours in the blocks and continue the path out to the edge of the quilt.

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Quilting the pebbled paths

The quilting step gave me an opportunity to play with designs, knowing that my errors and wobbles would not be very visible on the printed fabrics. I practiced “pebbles” in all the areas of the quilt that were the “path” of the maze.

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Spiral flowers in the pieced blocks

This took a long time – and lots of thread! I emptied 12 bobbins on that part of the quilting. I outlined the blocks to make them stand out more clearly and quilted a spiral flower design through the pieced blocks.

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Corn Maze, 61″ x 77″

This might be my new favourite quilt!

 

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