New Issue: Quiltmaker November/December ’16

Quiltmaker November December 2016 New Issue: Quiltmaker November/December 16

Our November/December 2016 issue of Quiltmaker hits newsstands soon! This edition features 12 great quilting projects for the holiday season and more. On the cover is a gorgeous feathered star quilt named Scarlet Sparkle that was designed by our content director Carolyn Beam; it’s one of three red-and-white quilts featured in the issue. There are also a couple of quilts for kids, pillows, a table topper and much more. There’s so much variety, you’ll want to make some projects for yourself and others to give as gifts during the holidays. Here’s a closer look at a few of the quilt designs inside this new issue:

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Jumping for Joy quilt

Jumping for Joy: Designed by QM managing editor Paula Stoddard, this delightful child’s throw features easy-to-piece squares and rectangles. Finished size is 54″ x 63″. A kit is available!

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Shadow Boxes quilt

Shadow Boxes: This fun quilt designed by Jennifer Thomas is going to be our featured quilt for season 5 of our free QNNtv.com video series, Lessons in Creativity. Careful color placement creates the clever zigzag design. Finished size is 86″ x 98″. A kit is available!

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Starry Storm quilt

Starry Storm: A Noah’s Ark-themed panel designed by Jim Shore serves as the centerpiece of this sweet throw quilt. Easy piecing helps this design come together quickly. Finished size is 60″ x 70″. A kit is available!

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JOY quilted table topper

JOY: Dress up your holiday table with this cute wool table topper designed by Paula Stoddard. The design is made with fusible appliqué and embellished with embroidery stitches. This would make a great gift, too! Finished size is 23-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.

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Noelle’s Star quilt

Noëlle’s Star: Here’s one of the three beautiful red-and-white quilts featured in the issue. Designed by Krystal Jakelwicx, pretty pinwheel stars twinkle on this gorgeous twin-size quilt. Finished size is 63″ x 73-1/2″.

In addition to all the new quilt patterns, this issue also includes some great tips and techniques for one-color quilts, sewing with glow-in-the-dark thread and more.

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!

Stay tuned to Quilty Pleasures in the coming weeks to learn more about the quilts in this issue. Some of the designers will be joining us to talk about their designs.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Focal Point: A Visit with Anne Wiens

anne wiens Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensToday we’re welcoming designer Anne Wiens as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Anne designed the Focal Point quilt featured in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue. Anne was also a member of our 2013 Scrap Squad – be sure to check out her posts to see some of her other great quilts.

 

I like to define my quilt design style as “traditional…with a twist,” and in the case of the block I designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 13, it is certainly true. The block I designed is called Wheel Around, and it is featured in the quilt Focal Point in the current issue of Quilts from 100 Blocks.

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Focal Point

The inspiration for this block was the traditional “Card Trick” block.

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 My first inclination was to “stretch” the block, turning the squares into diamonds:

Card Trick 2.0 300x150 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensHmmm….this has to be a 12″ square block, and if I now stretch this block vertically to make it square, I’m right back to the block I started with. Back to the drawing board (although I am keeping this sketch for a future project.)

If you want to be a quilt designer, it helps to have a trick or two up your sleeve. Take every quilt class you can. Even if you never finish the class project, you’ll learn techniques you can use down the line.

After some thought and a lot of wasted scratch paper, I pulled out a technique I learned in classes with Gail Garber about drafting and sewing curved lines of flying geese. I decided I wanted to keep the illusion of diamond-shaped “cards,” but there would need to be eight cards, and they would need to make a circle.

Note to the math-averse: There are numbers involved, but no actual math was used in this design.

Folded Paper 300x300 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensStep 1 was to fold a 12″ paper square in half vertically, horizontally, and on both diagonals. (See? No math.)

6 mark 300x300 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensI only needed to design one quadrant of the block, and then repeat it four times. Since I knew the distance from the center point to the outside edge was 6″ (okay, that’s just a tiny bit of math), I marked a point on the diagonal line that was 6″ from the center point, then drew lines from the outer corners to the 6″ point. This gives me the outer perimeter of my circle of cards.

Because I didn’t want 16 fabrics coming to a point at the center of this block, I would need to establish an inner perimeter as well.

1 1.5 marks 300x300 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensI drew lines from the 1″ point on the outside edges to the 1″ point on the diagonal line. No calculations involved…honest…I just thought it looked good there.

This presented me with a tiny dilemma. I wanted to use a light background fabric, but I also know that seams are easier to see on light fabric, and the odds of getting the eight points to meet perfectly in the center are on the slim side. So, I drew a second line at the 1-1/2″ marks. This would let me use a darker fabric in the center, and provide a strip of background fabric between the center and the circle of cards.

1.75 marks 300x300 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensAt this point, I made several copies of my pattern, because I suspected there would be a lot of drawing and erasing of lines to get the diamond shapes I was looking for…and there was. In the end, I decided on putting the “tip” of my diamond at a point 1-3/4″ from the lower outside corner. I drew lines from that point to the outer and inner perimeter points on the diagonal line.

1.75 marks 2 300x300 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensThen I measured 1-3/4″ from the outer perimeter point on the diagonal line, and drew lines from that point to the perimeter lines on the vertical edge.

color 300x150 Focal Point: A Visit with Anne WiensFour quadrants make one block. For the Focal Point quilt, I used four colors for the cards, plus black and white. I used the Peppered Cottons fabric line from StudioeI would love to make it again some day, using 30′s reproduction fabrics.

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Thank you for joining us today, Anne!

If you’d like to make Focal Point and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Focal Point.

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Everlasting Memories: A Visit with Jessie Kurtz

Jessie Kurtz Everlasting Memories: A Visit with Jessie KurtzToday we’re welcoming designer Jessie Kurtz as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Jessie designed the Everlasting Memories quilt featured in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue.

Hello!

It’s a pleasure to be a guest on the Quiltmaker blog today! I’m Jessie Kurtz, pattern designer at Harding Hill Designs.

I’m excited to share my quilt Everlasting Memories from the Fall 2016 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It’s a quilt that evolved from a block I designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11. called Hopscotch.

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One of the things I love about this quilt is the secondary design that’s created when the blocks are sewn into rows. The center medallion also adds a great focal point, but comes together quickly!

When I’m designing a block or a quilt, I start in Adobe Illustrator with shapes and colors. I usually spend hours playing around with placements and design. After I’ve designed the block, I do the same thing in Illustrator with full quilt layouts using the block. At this point I’ll add and subtract different design elements such as sashing, borders, or secondary borders, along with color and value changes to different elements.  It’s fun to see all the changes and how one element can have such a big impact on the final design. I love when everything comes together!

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It’s fun to show people how different a quilt can look just by color choice or the orientation of a block.  During several blog tours on my blog for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues, I’ve showed different layouts and options for each block I’ve had included in different issues. From those blog posts, which you can read here, here, and here, came the idea for my first book, One Block Remix. The book includes 10 different quilt patterns all using one block. Each quilt has it’s own unique look, but the foundation is the same strip-pieced block. It’s always exciting when people see the book and see all the different ways one quilt block go. People see that the sky’s the limit when it comes to their own creativity!

I hope you all enjoy this issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (I know I am!) and use it to create something unique and special to you! Remember … your quilts don’t have to be perfectly sewn to be perfectly awesome. Keep quilting, keep sewing, and keep creating!

Cheers and happy quilting!

everlasting memories quilt Everlasting Memories: A Visit with Jessie Kurtz

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Thank you for joining us today, Jessie!

If you’d like to make Everlasting Memories and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Everlasting Memories.

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 27

Hi Everyone,

Fall is definitely in the air in Colorado–beautiful colors and cooler evenings. It won’t be long before we have a blanket of snow on the ground–perfect weather for sewing! Thank you for joining us on our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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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″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

This week’s block is Sewing Triangles, block #964 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 10. Sewing Triangles was designed by Cheryl Brickey. You can read more about Cheryl and see what she’s cooked up here.

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Sewing Triangles, block #964 designed by Cheryl Brickey

This block is just squares and triangles. To make this block really scrappy, you can just sew triangles together without using one of the quicker triangle-squares techniques (like making 2 at once).

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triangle unit

Assembly:

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Sewing Triangles assembly

Sewing Triangles in 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:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week. Don’t forget to check back—we’ll be having another giveaway in the next couple of weeks.

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Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Today we’re welcoming designer Melissa Corry as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Melissa designed the scrumptious Rasberry Sorbet quilt from our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue.

Hello fellow Quiltmaker readers!  I’m Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting and I am so excited to be guest posting here today to share some fun tidbits about my new Raspberry Sorbet quilt!

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Raspberry Sorbet is featured in the recently published fall issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!  It uses my Box It All Up Block from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 13 but changes it up a bit using solid colors in one colorway to create a wonderful ombre effect that really lets the wonderful geometric design stand out.

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So today, I thought it would be fun to break down the colors and their placement so you can create your own favorite Sorbet quilt as well!  So let’s get to it!

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

You use 5 solids in the Raspberry Sorbet quilt all from the same color family.  You want to start by choosing 1 Dark solid, 2 Medium solids, and , 2 Light Solids.  Then, sort your 5 solids in the following order: Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, Light, and Lightest.  You can see below the Bella Solids I used for my Raspberry Sorbet quilt and the dark to lightest order.   (And yes, having a color card like this Bella Solids Match Maker from United Notions makes choosing your solids much easier icon wink Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Now, lets go over where each solid goes in the quilt so you will know how much of each solid you will need.  The diagram below shows you where each solid fits in your Sorbet quilt.  The Dark solid makes up the cornerstones.  The Medium Dark solid makes up the corners of the blocks.  The Medium Light makes up the square in a square triangles.  The Light makes up the center squares.  And finally, the Lightest makes up the corner sashings.

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

And that all there is to it. Just pick 5 solids sorted from from Darkest to Lightest, check the placement of each solid on the image above and then refer to your pattern for cutting!   Before you know it, you will have a beautiful Raspberry Sorbet quilt of your own!

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Or, if you prefer, you could always make a Blueberry Sorbet quilt icon wink Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

I totally want to make a Blackberry Sorbet quilt now!  (Purple is my favorite color icon wink Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Or maybe you prefer Citrus?  How pretty would a Lime Sorbet quilt be!

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Or maybe a super happy sunshine Lemon Sorbet quilt!

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

And of course, we can’t forget a yummy Orange Sorbet quilt!

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Whichever color family you choose, you are sure to have one Stunning Sorbet quilt!

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And I thought I would share one more little tidbit to help you finish up your Special Sorbet quilt icon wink Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Once you have you quilt top made, you of course, need to quilt it!!  When it came time to quilt my Raspberry Sorbet quilt, I decided on an all over Echoed Paisley free motion quilting design.  I love to uses lots of pretty curves in my quilting when the quilt design focuses heavily on a bold geometric look.  I find the combination of the two really tend to play off of each other quite nicely.

 Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

And I am super happy to be able to share a video tutorial of how you can do the same all over echoed paisley free motion quilting on your home machine.  I hope it helps you finish up your quilt top so you can enjoy snuggling in your wonderful Sorbet quilt!

(Click here to watch the video tutorial.)

I want to say a huge thank you to Quiltmaker for having me here today! It has just been so fun to share my Raspberry Sorbet quilt with you and I hope you just love making your own Special Sorbet quilt as well! And if you do, I would love to see it! You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to social media with the #happyquiltingwithmc.   I can’t wait to see your pictures icon smile Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry

Oh, and if you would like to see more of my daily quilting adventures, you can pop on over to Happy Quilting and see what I am up to icon wink Rasberry Sorbet: A Visit with Melissa Corry  I just love being able to share my passion for quilting with lots of free tutorials, giveaways, fabric eye candy, and of course, general Happy Quilting goodness!

I hope you all have a Happy Quilting Day!

—Melissa

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Thank you for joining us today, Melissa!

If you’d like to make Rasberry Sorbet and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Rasberry Sorbet.

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Stellar Swirl: A Visit with Peg Spradlin

Peg Spradlin Stellar Swirl: A Visit with Peg SpradlinToday we’re welcoming designer Peg Spradlin as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Peg designed the lovely Stellar Swirl quilt featured in our new Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue. This gorgeous quilt recently won a first place ribbon at the Nebraska State Fair! Read on below to learn more about the design, and be sure to visit Peg’s website, handycraftsbypeg.com, to learn more about her.

Stellar Swirl had it’s start a couple years ago after I designed the block Star Wash for Volume 10 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series.  I’ve been a homesewer/pattern tester for Quiltmaker for close to 30 years and getting to keep the leftover fabrics from a completed project is one of the many fantastic perks of the job.  I’d just finished the quilt Garden Waltz for the Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring 2014 issue when the deadline to submit blocks for Vol. 10 approached.  I’d fallen in love with the fabrics of Garden Waltz and thought “these are perfect for my block submission.”  The result was everything I’d hoped for and I promised myself I’d put this block into a full size quilt design.

Star Wash quilt block Stellar Swirl: A Visit with Peg Spradlin

Star Wash quilt block

I played around with the design off and on for a couple years, drafting with pencil and graph paper, my favored way of designing.

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The opportunity to attend a quilt retreat where I would have two solid days to GET THIS QUILT DESIGNED presented itself.  My sister Theresa Eisinger who used to be the graphic designer and artist for Quiltmaker attended with me, and after watching me draw, erase and redraw she took pity and entered the block into her computer using Illustrator software.  After that, it was just a matter of my telling her where I wanted the blocks positioned and how I wanted them colored.  I had my design in a couple hours. Yeah!

I wanted to stay with the green, mauve and creme color scheme because those were the colors of the original block.  I, of course, couldn’t use the same fabrics as Star Wash for a couple reasons.  One being that fabric lines don’t stay available that long and two being that Quiltmaker wanted the quilt fabrics to be current and fresh.  I perused fabric lines on the internet and found three or four that I thought might work.  I even considered changing the color way to lavender/yellow or shades of blue and creme, but I just couldn’t give up the original green/pink scheme that was in my mind’s eye.  The fabrics of the line I chose, Coryn and Mary’s Blenders by Windham, are more muted and beige than the original block but I’m very pleased with the end result.

You’ll notice, when you see the pattern, that I changed the piecing of the original Star Wash block by eliminating some of the seams.  I believe you’ll find this makes the quilt easier to construct.

Stellar Swirl piecing Stellar Swirl: A Visit with Peg Spradlin

Quilting the finished top is maybe the best part of making the quilt, for me, and in my quilting career I’ve learned how to minimize marking the top for quilting by using the seams and corners of the patches as registration points for my curved outline quilt stitches.  I’ve also worked long and hard on perfecting my feather quilting to a point where, after marking the spine, I can quilt the feathers free hand.  Yes, it takes practice to master a lovely feather, but I find the results are well worth the effort.

I’d like to end this blog by thanking the creative and imaginative staff at Quiltmaker for coming up with the perfect name for my quilt when my mind drew a blank.

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Stellar Swirl

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Thank you for joining us today, Peg!

If you’d like to make Stellar Swirl and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

A digital pattern is also available for Stellar Swirl.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 26

Hi! Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. We’re moving right along into the second half of our blocks.

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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″. There are kits 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 Soldier’s Star, block #172 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 2. This block was designed by Carol Hopkins. Carol specializes in designs featuring reproduction fabrics. You can see more of her designs here.

172 1 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along   Block 26This block has stitch-and-flip units and 2 different triangle-squares.

172 2 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along   Block 26Block assembly:

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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:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week.

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10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

As summer wanes and the kids head back to school, it’s time to look ahead to fall quilting projects! That means rich autumn hues; leaves, pumpkins and owls; and of course some fun Halloween designs. Below, I’ve gathered together 10 of our favorite fall and Halloween quilts from Quiltmaker and some of our sister quilting brands. It’s a fun collection of both old and new favorites. I hope you find something that inspires you:

Falling Leaves Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves: Here’s one of the all-time most popular fall patterns we’ve published in Quiltmaker. Designed by Erin Wilcoxon, the delightful throw features colorful foundation-pieced autumn leaves tumbling to the ground. Finished size is 55″ x 70″.

Robbing Peter To Pay Jack Quilt bl 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Robbing Peter to Pay Jack

Robbing Peter to Pay Jack: Another long-time Quiltmaker favorite, Robbing Peter to Pay Jack is the perfect wall quilt for Halloween. The design’s two-color Jack O’Lanterns are easy to appliqué and a bonus table runner pattern is also included with the pattern. The finished size of the quilt is 46″ x 38 1/2″ and the finished size of the runner is 15″ x 41″.

Apple Cider Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Apple Cider

Apple Cider: If you’re looking for an elegant, understated design for fall, Apple Cider designed by Nancy Mahoney is just the ticket. Easy blocks and fusible-appliqued flowers shine on this gorgeous throw quilt, and the cream and brown batiks are perfect for autumn. Finished size is 53 1/2″ x 53 1/2″.

Spooktacular Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Spook-tacular

Spook-tacular: Shoo Fly and Monkey Wrench blocks are surrounded by a fun border of ghosts and goblins on this fun fall throw quilt designed by Janice Averill. Finished size is 69″ x 67 1/4″. A kit is available!

Did Someone Say Treat Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Did Someone Say Treat?

Did Someone Say Treat?: Foundation-pieced trick-or-treaters make up this spooky little wall quilt designed by Sonja Callaghan. The design is perfect for using up scraps! Finished size is 32″ x 16″.

Spooky Placemats 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Spooky Placemats

Spooky Placemats: Dress up your dinner table with the perfect Halloween placemats — strip-pieced hexagon-shaped mats that look like spider webs! Designed by Jean Nolte, the placemats finish at 17 1/2 x 15″ each. A kit is available!

Pumpkins And Patches Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Pumpkins and Patches

Pumpkins and Patches: Create your own whimsical pumpkin patch with this fun fall throw quilt designed by Diane Harris. Finished size is 48″ x 65 1/2″.

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The Branch Bunch

The Branch Bunch: Adorable owls are arranged in a “Brady Bunch” – inspired setting on this cute fall-friendly wall quilt designed by Shayla Wolf. Finished size is 27″ x 36″.

Jos Pumpkin Patch Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

Jo’s Pumpkin Patch

Jo’s Pumpkin Patch: Appliqued pumpkins and warm harvest colors make the perfect pair on this wall quilt or table topper designed by Jo Moury. Finished size is 40” x 40”.

801 Maple Quilt 10 Favorite Quilts for Fall and Halloween

801 Maple

801 Maple: This throw quilt designed by Connie Walker features ghosts, bats, cats, owls, potions and more! The pattern appeared in Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’13. Finished size is 60” x 69”.

Want more ideas and inspiration? Find more fall quilting projects here, and more Halloween projects here.

Be sure to also follow our Halloween & Fall Quilts Pinterest board to stay inspired throughout the season!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Shining Light: A Visit with Margie Ullery

Margie Ullery Shining Light: A Visit with Margie Ullery

Margie Ullery

Today we’re welcoming designer Margie Ullery as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Margie designed the lovely Shining Light quilt featured in our new Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue:

About Margie

My mom taught me how to sew, crochet, knit and everything else in between.  As a child I made baby quilts, Barbie® clothes and crocheted chains for jump ropes, and by the time I was 12, I was making my own clothes for school.  Those creations only instilled in me the desire to be creative in other areas.  I made my first patchwork quilt at age 14 (which I still have, by the way).  Who knew what it would lead to? My love for quilting didn’t come until some years later.  I started taking quilt classes at a local quilt shop, where my love for quilting grew.

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Shining Light quilt

My first venture into professional and original designs was with stitchery patterns for pillows and fusible web applique for tea towels.  In 2008, my love for designing and creating grew and expanded to include quilts, and in 2010 Ribbon Candy Quilt Company was born.  The quilts I design are for the busy quilters in all of us, so my patterns are usually fun, fast and done.   I enjoy using fusible web applique because it’s so versatile and allows me to create my own images.  The Seasonal Skinnies patterns are my signature, and the flagship of Ribbon Candy Quilt Company.

I have published over 100 quilt patterns and 2 books.  I’ve taught at a retreats and quilt shops, including a quilting cruises to Alaska and also New England.  I’ve been in a number of publications including Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks,  Quiltmaker magazine, American Patchwork and Quilting 2013 calendar.  I’ve been featured on Moda Bake Shop and on Craftsy.  I was a guess quilter on the PBS Quilting Arts 1400 series TV program in summer of 2014.

I’m crazy about what I do and feel so blessed to be involved in the wonderful world of quilting!!

On a more personal note: I was born and raised in central California, but have been in Utah for the past 23 years.  I’m married to a super guy and have 5 amazing children.   And when not in my sewing studio, you can find me enjoying time with my family or indulging in my other hobbies of reading, baking, playing or shopping for more fabric.

Be sure to check out my website: ribboncandyquiltcompany.com

Chinese Lanterns Quilt Block Shining Light: A Visit with Margie Ullery

Chinese Lanterns block from 100 Blocks Vol. 10

Shining Light

The Shining Light quilt came about after I designed the 12″ block Chinese Lanterns for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

I really wanted to make a pieced block different from any others that I have done, so after doodling for a while and a lot of erasing, this block was born.  I was very excited and it took me awhile to decided on the color scheme.  I chose the yellows and oranges because I wanted the block to look alive.

I knew this block needed to be made into a quilt, so I started on a layout.  It didn’t take long to decide how to make this fun and easy quilt.  With this design there are multiple layouts that can be used and the color choices are endless; it’s always fun to play with colors!  The original block was done in yellows and oranges, depicting a glow of warmth and light to all who see it.  Chinese Lanterns remind me of parties where family and friends can meet and enjoy each other’s company.  The colors for the quilt are more calming and subdued to promote a relaxed atmosphere, which we all need and love.

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Shining Light quilt

Think of all the layout options for this design. You could remove the sashing. Make a smaller version for a table topper. Add a colored sash instead of white.

The color choices are unlimited. Black and white would be striking for sure. Make each block a different color family: pale blue, medium blue and then a dark blue for instance. Make it a two-color quilt. Reverse the colors and have the background a dark color and make the pieces a light color. There are so many choices, it’s hard to choose. Pick your favorite color and make it yours.

One quick tip as you are working on this quilt: When sewing on the corners of the “stitch and flips” don’t sew on the marked line. Sew a threads-width over, so as you press back the background, you can square up your pieces more easily.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Shining Light. I love to design and am always sketching and drawing, it fills the need to create and what better way to create than to make quilts!

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Thank you for joining us today, Margie!

If you’d like to make Shining Light and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Shining Light.

Be sure to also check out our upcoming online course with Margie: Creative Quilting and Sewing with Fabric Panels. Throughout this 12-lesson course, Margie will work with three fabric panels to teach you how to create 12 different projects.

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Lessons in Creativity Season 4: Star-Crossed Paths

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Star-Crossed Paths

Season 4 of our free video series, Quiltmaker Lessons in Creativity, has arrived! Our focus quilt this season is the queen-sized beauty Star-Crossed Paths, which was designed by Cindy LeBaron and is patterned in the September/October ’16 issue of Quiltmaker. 

The two blocks used in the 94″ x 94″ design are easy to make with four basic techniques: triangle-squares, fast flying geese, quarter-square triangles and stitch and flip.

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Jenny Kae Parks

Host Jenny Kae Parks will be talking about those techniques — plus working with stripes, deconstructing blocks, making a flange binding and much more — as we explore color and design options with this fun quilt. There’s so much potential for creativity in the design!

The first two episodes are available to watch now.

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Star-Croassed Path’s blocks in a different colorway

In the first episode, Jenny demonstrates how to make the half-square triangle units and stitch-and-flip flying geese used to make the blocks. She shares hints and tips for working with stripes while making the flying geese and other tips and tricks for making both kinds of quilting units as quickly and easily as possible while maintaining accuracy.

The design requires a lot of flying geese units, so in the second episode Jenny demonstrates how to make several quickly and accurately to give options on their assembly. Quarter-square triangles are also used in abundance, and Jenny will show you how to make two quarter-square triangle units at the same time.

Grab your Sept/Oct issue, or the Star-Crossed Paths kit or digital pattern, and sew along!

This video series is free to watch with a free subscription to QNNtv.com, and new episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Click here to see all episodes of Lessons in Creativity.

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This season of Lessons in Creativity is sponsored by Pfaff and Northcott.

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Northcott Lessons in Creativity Season 4: Star Crossed Paths

 

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