100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 39

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along and thank you for taking the time to join us this busy holiday week! We have another fun block to share today.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available for the different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Patched Geese, block #300 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3 and was designed by Karrie Winters.

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Patched Geese, block #300 designed by Karrie Winters

Patched Geese unit:

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Patched Geese unit

Assembly:

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Patched Geese assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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English Paper Piecing Tutorial

By Carolyn Beam, QM Content Director

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I love having a portable hand project handy. I like something that fits in a neat little bag that I can keep close when I’m watching TV or something that travels easily. English paper piecing (EPP) is just the thing. I have tried working with one shape, but I find that I lose interest quickly. Larger hexagons made up of different smaller shapes work best for me. I love seeing how the different fabrics and colors play together to create one common shape. To add extra interest to my designs, I have worked with charm squares (5″ squares). This has forced me to get creative with my fabric selection for each hexagon block since I’m limited to how the different shapes fit on the 5″ square.

To create the table topper pictured, make each of the seven different blocks using the templates available on this printable project PDF. Join the blocks and A’s as shown in the quilt assembly diagram. Refer to instructions below.

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MATERIALS
1 charm pack
1/8 yard red/white dot
Paper for templates
Removable fabric glue stick
Applique or sharp needle
50-wt. cotton or silk thread
Batting 18″ x 18″
Backing fabric 18″ x 18″

Typically, there are two templates for each shape – one is used to cut the paper templates and the other is used to cut the fabric and includes the seam allowance. There are also plastic or heavy paper precut templates that can be purchased for many EPP shapes.

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When you make your templates, be sure they are accurately cut to ensure all the patches will fit together nicely. Check the size of each to make sure they’re consistent. Make two templates for each patch, one with a seam allowance and one without.

Cut patches using the template with seam allowance added.

Center the paper template without the seam allowance on the wrong side of the precut fabric patch. (1)

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There are several methods for wrapping the fabric around the paper template, but I prefer to use a removable fabric glue stick. (2) The fabric stays in place (3) and the paper template is easily removed after the patches are sewn together. The fabric can also be basted by hand or, if using freezer paper as a template, the fabric can be pressed to the shiny side to hold in place. If basting by hand, the thread will need to be removed at a later time.

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When basting, baste in the same direction for all similar shapes. Leave all the tails hanging out. (4) This will make tails nest when sewing patches together.

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I like 50-weight cotton thread or silk thread to sew my patches together. Arrange two patches, right sides together. Insert the needle a short distance away from the corner where you will start sewing and bring the needle out at the corner. (5) This way the knot won’t be at the corner. Whipstitch the patches together, catching a thread of each of the folded edges. (6)

You’ll feel the paper templates inside, but do not stitch through them. Continue sewing until you reach the end of the patch, take an extra stitch at the corner and knot the thread a short distance away from the corner.

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Continue adding patches in this manner. For a set-in seam, sew two patches together on one seam. When you get to the corner, reposition the patches to sew the next seam. (7) The paper or plastic templates are flexible and bend easily for repositioning the patches.

Because they were all basted in the same direction, the tails all go in the same direction, eliminating bulk. (8)

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After all the patches and blocks have been sewn together, remove all of the paper templates. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste. Quilt to within a 1/4″ from all of the outside edges. Trim the batting even with the quilt top. (9) Trim the backing 1/4″ beyond the edges of the quilt top. To finish the quilt, fold the edges of the backing under 1/4″ (even with the top). Whipstitch the backing to the front, tucking in any tails if necessary. (10)

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That’s all there is to it! Click here for more block ideas and printable templates of all the templates needed for this table topper project and more.

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Learn more about English paper piecing, hand embroidery stitchery and appliqué techniques in our new online course on Craft University, Hand Embroidery Stitching and Appliqué with Lynette Anderson. Follow along as Lynette uses these techniques to create her beautiful Forest Floor Table Runner in this five-lesson online course.

More English paper piecing resources and quilt patterns:

English paper piecing video tutorial

Hexagarden Classic quilt pattern

Nana’s Bouquet quilt pattern

Charmed I’m Sure quilt pattern

Gypsy quilt pattern

Folk Blossoms quilt pattern

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Finish Your Christmas Quilting! Fast + Easy Ideas

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Poinsettia Pop quilt block

Christmas day is approaching oh-so-quickly, but there’s still time to sew up a fast project or two. We’ve gathered together our quickest and easiest quilted holiday projects to inspire you — from ideas for last-minute gifts to fast home decor projects you can whip up before your guests arrive. We’ve also got a few ideas for finishing and presenting your special gifts. Enjoy!

Never underestimate the power of a single quilt block. A block of any style, framed in a pretty picture frame, is fast and easy to create and makes the perfect gift! This gorgeous Poinsettia Pop block designed by Mary Hertel for our newest edition of 100 Blocks (Volume 14) is sure to be well received this time of year. Of course you can look through back issues of 100 Blocks to find the perfect block for any recipient. You could also use a single block to make a quick throw pillow.

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FREE Gather Round table ensemble pattern

Does your home need an extra dash of holiday cheer before your guests arrive? This FREE Gather ‘Round quilted table ensemble designed by Sarah Price includes a coordinating table runner, placemats and napkins. It’s quick to make, and you’ll love displaying it in your home. The table runner finishes at 14 1/2″ x 41 1/2″, while the placemats finish at 14 1/2″ x 21 1/2″ each and the napkins at 18″ x 18″ each.

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FREE A String of Cheer banner pattern

You could also stitch up this darling Bitty Block banner designed by our managing editor Paula Stoddard. A String of Cheer uses our Bitty Block tree and house block designs, and you can get the FREE directions for making it right here. The blocks are finished with a backing fabric, without batting, and the garland is made from a continuous bias strip. The finished size of each bitty quilt block is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the banner is 61″ long. This is the perfect way to use up those leftover holiday fabrics, and it will look great on your mantle or table.

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Very Merry Ornaments

Speaking of tiny quilt blocks, you could make small block ornaments to give as gifts or to tie on to larger gift packages. Foundation paper piecing gives terrific detail to the seven handmade Very Merry Ornaments that were designed by Carolyn McCormick and featured in our Nov/Dec ’15 issue of Quiltmaker. They are also available as a digital download (all seven patterns are included). Each ornament finishes at 4” x 4”.

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Mitten Ornaments

These adorable little mini mitten ornaments designed by Jen Daly can also be used in so many fun ways! Tie the 4″ x 5 1/2″ mittens to gifts, hang them on your Christmas tree, fill them with little treats or make a chain of them to display in your home.

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Peppermint Polar Bear pincushion

Have a dear quilting friend for whom you need to make a quick gift? Stitch up our adorable Peppermint Polar Bear pincushion pattern designed by Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin. The precious wool pincushion design finishes at 4″ x 5″ x 4.5″ and a step-by-step photo tutorial is included with the pattern.

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FREE Holly & Ribbon motif

Looking for a seasonal motif to help finish a holiday quilt? Use our FREE Holly & Ribbon motif to add a festive final touch to any design.

Or, maybe you prefer our FREE December Motif of the Month, Jack Frost. Both of these motifs are available to download on the Quiltmaker website.

If you’re gifting a special quilt this year, print out one of our FREE quilt care labels. The handy label includes simple instructions for displaying, cleaning and storing a quilt. Enclose a copy with the quilt, or print from your computer onto inkjet fabric sheets and attach to the back of the quilt.

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FREE downloadable gift tags

When you’re ready to wrap your quilted gifts, be sure to print out these FREE downloadable gift tags. There are six sayings designed specially for handmade gifts included, from “Made for you — a little love went into every stitch” to “Yes, I made it. No, you can’t return it.”

You can also check out our Quilting Holiday Projects online course for more great projects!

From all of us at Quiltmaker, we wish you a merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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For even more holiday quilting, download these FREE ebooks from our ebook library:

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 38

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! It’s hard to believe it’s already the middle of December, isn’t it? We hope your holiday projects are coming along nicely. Today we have another great quilt block to share with you from our sampler quilt.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available for the different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Star Flight, block #155 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 2 and was designed by Kathy Brown.

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Star Flight, block #155 designed by Kathy Brown

This design uses two units.

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Star Flight units

Assembly:

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Star Flight assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week.

 

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Vote on our March/April 2017 Cover!

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Which one should be our March/April cover? Follow the link to place your vote!

We’d like to invite you to help us choose the cover for our upcoming March/April 2017 issue of Quiltmaker! We have three potential covers we are considering. Please place your vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this new issue when it goes on sale at newsstands on January 31, 2017. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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New Issue: Quiltmaker January/February ’17

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Our January/February 2017 issue of Quiltmaker is now available on newsstands and in our online shop! This new edition includes 12 patterns for quilters of all skill levels.

The cover quilt is Aurora Borealis, an eye-catching star quilt designed by Susie Ledadom. This pattern brings traditional shapes from an antique quilt into a modern design. It finishes at 52″ x 52″. Of course, the start of a new year is always a good time to bust your stash with fun projects, so we’ve filled this edition with some great scrap quilt patterns. This issue also includes the start of our 2017 wool and flannel series quilt, a new free Project Linus quilt and more. Here’s a look at some of the patterns inside this issue:

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Dreaming of Spring quilt pattern

Dreaming of Spring: Gather your wool scraps to make this special applique quilt designed by our managing editor Paula Stoddard. This series quilt finishes at 45″ x 45″ and will be presented in six parts throughout 2017. Limited quantities of kits are available!

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Spinster quilt pattern

Spinster: A single patch repeated over and over creates this movement-filled throw designed by Diane Harris. Get your scraps and dig in! Finished size is 79 1/2″ x 79 1/2″.

QM1702 ZIPPITY 350style New Issue: Quiltmaker January/February 17

Zippity Doo Dah quilt pattern

Zippity Doo Dah: Zip-a-dee-day! This fun quilt designed by Leanna Spanner will be our focus quilt for season 6 of our free quilt video series, Lessons in Creativity. The pattern uses just two blocks and has great movement. Finished size is 84″ x 96″. Kits are available.

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Spooling Around quilt pattern

Spooling Around: Here’s a quilt FOR quilters! Make this scrappy design for yourself to to give to a quilting buddy. It was designed by Wendy Sheppard and finishes at 66″ x 81″.

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Garden Cottages quilt pattern

Garden Cottages: Sew your own tiny town of row houses with this whimsical throw quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard. The finished size is 45 1/2″ x 54″. Kits are available for a limited time.

In addition to the 12 quilt patterns, this issue also includes a new Bonnie Hunter block!

Browse our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands, or grab a print or digital edition in our online store. Better yet, subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 37

Hi! Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We have another wonderful quilt block to share with you this week.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Lavender Lattice, block #856 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 9 and was designed by Patti Carey.

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Lavender Lattice, block #856 designed by Patti Carey.

Assembly:

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Lavender Lattice assembly.

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways.

Jump over to Patti Carey’s blog to see how she addresses different color options for this design and other blocks featured in the 100 Blocks Sampler.

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

We’re going to take a quick break from the 100 Blocks Sampler quilt next week, but we’ll be back with another block on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

See you in two weeks!

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Win a Set of Designer Quilt Blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 14!

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Would you like to own some of the original designer-made quilt blocks featured in our new 100 Blocks Vol. 14 issue? You can – we’re giving them away to lucky quilters like you!

That’s right – you could win some of the original quilt blocks designed by Bonnie Hunter, Melissa Corry, Carolyn McCormick, Nancy Mahoney and more of today’s top designers.

Twenty winners will win five blocks each. Winners will be randomly chosen 12/5/16.

This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (exluding Quebec) only.

Click here to visit the contest page and enter. Good luck!

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I Got the Blues: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

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Today we’re welcoming designer Heidi Pridemore from The Whimsical Workshop as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! She’s going to tell us about her I Got the Blues quilt she designed for our November/December 2016 issue:

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I Got the Blues – 63″ x 85″ – Designed by Heidi Pridemore

Hello fellow quilters, I am so happy to be a guest blogger for Quiltmaker. I am also excited to share my I Got The Blues quilt that is featured in the November/December ’16 issue #172.

Our design studio The Whimsical Workshop designs hundreds of quilts a year for many of the major fabric companies in the industry. This gives me the opportunity to see the newest lines that are coming out ahead of the release. There are so many beautiful groups out there that I have to say it is very difficult to choose a group for a magazine feature when they come across my desk.

The collection Flight from Moda Fabrics was unique and contemporary group that caught my eye. One look at the collection and I envisioned a quilt of a contemporary design with large background areas to show off the various cream prints that was how I Got The Blues was born. After the quilt was designed, I loved the way the background areas read as one neutral background from a distance but the closer you look, you can see all the different patterns in the fabrics.

Heidi Pridemore Block I Got the Blues: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

To offset all the different prints in the background, I kept the main part of the block simple with just two blue prints. This creates calm areas throughout the quilt. In a way, the use of fabrics in the quilt are playing opposite roles. Usually the background is one or two fabrics and meant to fade away and the main areas of the quilt have the busy prints to show off. But by switching these roles in the fabric in the design creates a contemporary look. This just goes to show, what happens when you play with the fabrics and the blocks and change the rules.

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I can see this quilt pattern working with different types of fabric not just these neutrals. I believe a quilt takes on the personality of the prints used. Though I Got the Blues has a very neutral and masculine feel to it, you could use bright whimsical prints to create a fun kids quilt. Consider using graphic black and white prints with a splash of color to create a very modern look. I hope you have as much fun with pattern as I did. I would love to see what you come up with, please email me the images if you play with this.

Please visit my blog heidipridemore.blogspot.com each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of a free project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop.

Happy Quilting,

Heidi Pridemore

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Thank you for joining us today, Heidi!

If you’d like to make I Got the Blues and don’t have a copy of our November/December ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for I Got the Blues.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 36

Hi – Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We had such fun celebrating the release of our new edition of 100 Blocks during last week’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour!

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. Kits are available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Diamond Jubilee, block #287 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3 and was designed by Pam McMahon.

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Diamond Jubilee, block #287 designed by Pam McMahon

Units in this block:

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Diamond Jubilee units

Assembly:

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Diamond Jubilee assembly

Three different colorways:

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Three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us. Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

  1. Lynn Roddy Brown
  2. Jessie Kurtz
  3. Toby Lischko

See you next week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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