Meet Lori Baker … And See Her Fabulous Quilt Backs!

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Lori Baker

Hi,

I’m Lori Baker. My job title is acquisitions editor. That means that I am responsible for finding the beautiful quilts that we present in each issue. I think I have one of the best jobs in the world. I “have” to surf the Internet looking for quilts and my quilting friends send me their ideas. All I have to do is keep track of all those pretty quilts so I can present them when we meet to select the quilts to feature.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child. My mother was a patient teacher and she is still one of the most talented seamstresses I know. I started like a lot of us do. I made doll clothes and then I made my own clothes. When I had my own home and a family, I made curtains, upholstered furniture and sewed most of my children’s clothing. Then in 1994, a couple of the kids were gone from home, we moved to a rural community and we had that glorious thing – disposable income. I bought a new sewing machine and started quilting. It was so much fun to me to play with all those colors and shapes.  I was hooked on quilting almost immediately.

I started out making very traditional quilts and for the most part, I still make quilt tops that are pretty traditional. But the backs of my quilts are anything but traditional. I piece almost all of my quilt backs. Some are fairly simple but the ones I really like are usually complex with lots of small patches and orphan blocks. They are SO not traditional.

I’ll close with a few photos of recent quilt backs:

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Pur-tea (back)

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 1

Welcome to Block 1 in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. I’m excited to have you join us! Here’s a little bit about what to expect as we sew along on this year-long journey to make this wonderful quilt.

If you’re not familiar with the 100 Blocks Sampler, it’s a collection of quilt blocks taken from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines reduced to 6″. Each of the blocks in the sampler is pieced and use a variety of techniques.

Kits are available for three different variations—red and white, reproduction and a traditional palette at QuiltandSewShop.com. And the pattern only is available as well.

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Three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

There are two layouts for the quilt—a 6 x 8 block layout featuring 48 blocks and a 7 x 7 layout featuring 49 blocks (we’ve included a bonus block!).

Four new blocks will be presented each month on Wednesdays, and we’ll be linking to different block designers who are sewing along with us. In addition to the blocks, we’re going to share some small projects that can be made from leftover fabrics in the kits.

So, let’s get started! Our first block is Spinning Star, block #261 designed by Lynn Roddy Brown. This block appeared in 100 Blocks, volume 3.

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Spinning Star

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Spinning Star assembly

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Spinning Star in three different colorways – reproduction, red and white and traditional

These little blocks are so much fun to play with and don’t take long to make. Get creative with your fabric placement. Try reversing the value or making it scrappy.

Be sure to check out Lynn’s block on her blog as she sews along with us.

Here’s what you’ll see for the rest of March:

3/16, Village Square, block #967 from vol. 10 designed by Mickey Depre

3/23, Get the Point?, block # 291 from vol. 3 designed by Carrie Nelson

3/30, Bingo, block #477 from vol. 5 designed by Jessie Kurtz

Thanks for joining us—see you next week.

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Quilting Scraps, Leftovers and Rejects

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor                                                                   dhheadshot Quilting Scraps, Leftovers and Rejects

Whenever I finish piecing a quilt, I have leftovers.

Quite often I have extra half-square triangles.

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Reject half-square triangles

These 4″ guys were rejects and extras from the last thing I pieced. I have quite a pile.

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Sewful Things, designed and made by Diane Volk Harris for Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14

When I made Sewful Things, above, I had a hard time getting the blues and greens right. I have numerous 12″ spools and buttons left over because of that.

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Leftover spools because I made them the wrong size!

And then because I designed the quilt, I assumed I knew what I was doing and I didn’t read the instructions. I made a whole batch of small spools—at the wrong size.

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You Are My Sunshine by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb ’15 issue

When I made the sunshine quilt, above, it took me a while to decide between scrappy yellow Dresdens or a more controlled look. I wasn’t sure what size would work. Several times I strayed too far from yellow and ended up with bad cheddar-orange blocks.

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Leftovers from my sunshine quilt for Quiltmaker

So that pile of leftovers is daunting.

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A quilt top in solids that I recently put together

I put this quilt top together recently from blocks I bought at a garage sale (read the post here). Had a lot of leftovers:

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Leftover solid quilt blocks that just didn’t fit in or were the wrong size

And also these parts and pieces:

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“Parts is parts”

I can have entire blocks, like these nine-inchers:

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Entire blocks are sometimes left over.

Or partial blocks, like this:

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A partial Bento Box block leftover

The problem is that I can’t bring myself to throw them away. Sometimes I incorporate them into the quilt back, and that’s a good plan, but it doesn’t use up everything. At one point I took all my leftovers from the 90′s and put them into a kitchen-sink-type quilt. They sort of went together in a way that my current leftovers do not.

What happens to your leftovers? I’d really like to know!

Happy Quilting,

Diane

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Meet Our New Graphic Designer: Genevieve Stafford

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Genevieve Stafford

Hello! I’m Genevieve, the newest graphic designer to join the team at Quiltmaker, and here is a little introduction about me.

I don’t remember learning how to sew. It was just something we always did. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmothers have always quilted, so fabric was around my house all the time and there were always scraps for me to play with. All of my Barbie dolls had handmade wardrobes! My first real quilting experience I think was a pillow, created from a panel featuring elephants that I hand quilted as a 10 or 12 year old. My father has held on to a cedar chest that holds quilts from his mother and grandmother – my stepmom and I are looking into how to best restore some of them as they were created for use, not just to be beautiful (even though they are), and many have fallen into disrepair.

I’ve lived in Denver for a little more than two years, and only recently moved into a house with enough space for me to have a permanent sewing space set up. I still use a very old Kenmore sewing machine that I got as a child – my mother had it before that but when she was gifted a new electronic machine, she passed down the old all-metal machine to me. It still works like a charm.

Living and growing up in North Carolina, a state with a rich textile heritage, I was lucky enough to see many, many quilts (and other fiber crafts) at homes of friends and family, and fortunate to study fiber and textile art at North Carolina State University. I received a wonderfully broad education and got to try everything from block printing to weaving to shibori dyeing.

Right now I’m working on a rainbow quilt which is a little stretch color-wise for me as I tend to stick to a more limited palette, but the friend I plan to gift it to lives in an iridescent rainbow world of her own, so I know she will like it. I’m also making some very small (4” x 4”) quilts to trade with friends, knitting a pair of socks and a sweater, and I have fabric for a flannel shirt to cut any day now. I tend to jump back and forth between projects so there’s always a lot going on.  Hopefully I’ll finish one or more of those projects soon and be back here to show it off!

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QM Scrap Squad: Keri Masters Anita’s Arrowhead

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of reader-sewers who make scrap quilts from the patterns in regular issues of QM. They’re a talented bunch who revel in diving into their stashes and wowing us with their creations.

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Today’s featured quilt was made by Keri Blankenship from Cornville, Arizona. You’ll hear from Keri in her own words below.

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Keri Blankenship

Our final Scrap Squad 2015 assignment was to choose from any pattern published by Quiltmaker in print or online. Choosing just one from all the patterns available wasn’t easy. I searched all of my magazine collection and the website, waiting for the perfect pattern to jump up and shout out, “Choose me!”

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This Arrowhead pattern shouted out from the free ebook: Free Easy Quick Quilt PatternsAnita Grossman Solomon’s Make It Simpler technique intrigued me. Each block is made from two 8-1/2″ squares stitched together and cut three times to separate the components. Stitch the components together as instructed and you get this awesome versatile 9″ block.

 

 

 

 

 

I fell in love with my sample block which took less than 20 minutes to cut, piece, press and trim. Most of that time was settling on which two scrap pieces to put together. Note: All the outside edges of the block are on the bias. Spray starch or fabric sizing is a life saver. Spray the fabric and iron before cutting. Spray and press the blocks together before sewing.

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Keri’s Arrowhead Test Block

With my scraps sorted to 8-1/2″ square or larger, I started pairing fabrics, moving from light to dark.

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These lonely fabrics and more had been waiting on the shelf for just the right quilt.

This pattern works best with smaller prints with little to no white space or those that read solid. Value contrast contributes to the overall pattern. I tested and even re-sewed some blocks.

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Contrasting value adds interest to this quilt. The one on the right got lost in the mix.

The blocks take on a life of their own when set side by side on the design wall. Some just did not play well no matter where they were placed. Remember, just because you make a block does not mean it must go in the quilt. A package of pre-cut squares of the same fabric line might streamline the process.

I twisted and turned the blocks on the design wall until they seemed to be on speaking terms. Below is the final design which may or may not have shifted during construction.

The Kansas City Star originally titled this block Arrowhead. The arrowhead is not easily identified in my fabric choices. At the time I was pondering this, Quiltmaker posted a Bitty Tree block, part of the 2015 Bitty Block Series. A Bitty Tree turned upside down looks like an arrow. Light bulb moment! I added a border of Bitty Tree/Arrows to the quilt to enhance the arrowhead theme. I also backed the quilt with scattered arrows on a white background.

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Bitty Trees turned sideways or upside down make a great “arrow” border. Here you can also see the play of lights and darks in the quilt.

Do you name your quilts? I tend to choose names based on the fabric, pattern, or the circumstances encountered during creation. Every piece of fabric in this quilt top had been auditioned on the design wall and put back again more than once. A few were scraps from other quilts, but most were just rejects that had been marking time on my studio shelves. I thought this would be a great pattern for all those lonely pieces.

Presenting There and Back Again, sewn by Keri Blankenship and quilted by Jody Gagnon.

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There and Back Again by Keri Blankenship, quilted by Jody Gagnon

Even after the quilt was finished, other options kept coming to mind.

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I printed the motif on light weightpaper and used a temporary spray adhesive to hold it in place as I stitched.

What if I set it on point and machine quilted it myself with the Ice Crystal motif in Quilting Motifs Volume 8?

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Here you can see a close up of the quilting and the dragons on the backing fabric.

I printed the motif on lightweight paper and used a temporary spray adhesive to hold it in place as I stitched.

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Here There Be Dragons – by Keri Blankenship

What if I used only two colors, a neutral and a dark in the block set?

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Crossed Roads table runner by Keri Blankenship

What if you resized the block? You can resize the Arrowhead block by adjusting your cuts. For example, two five-inch squares yields approximately a 5-1/2″ finished block. Make your cuts 1-1/2″. Anita shares a cutting guide for alternate sizes on her website.

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Resize the blocks to suit your project. All finished blocks will need to be trimmed to finished size.

One block three ways and I’m still looking at my stash thinking. . . this would be a great quilt in reds and neutrals. The sections could be strip pieced or cut separately for a super scrappy look. Hmmm.

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Anita’s Arrowhead block three ways

What quilt ideas come to mind when you study this block? Let us know in the comments below.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Diane Harris and the Quiltmaker team for the opportunity to be part of the 2015 Scrap Squad. I learned new skills in quilting and blogging, met a great team of quilters from around the country, and had the opportunity to share my quilts with you. It has been a wonderful journey! I hope my scrappy ideas have given each of you a springboard to jump in with confidence and create your own awesome quilts.

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We’ve been lucky to have Keri on the Scrap Squad this year. On behalf of everyone at Quiltmaker, thank you for a job well done, Keri!

Learn more about Anita Grossman Solomon and her unique methods!

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New Spring Special Issue & A Giveaway

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The Spring ’16 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands this week! Inside you’ll find fabulous scrap quilts, traditional quilts, modern designs and more – all inspired by the original quilt blocks introduced in our 100 Blocks magazine issues. These quilts cover a wide variety of techniques, from fusible appliqué to stitch-and-flip, and there is something for every skill level. There are quilts from many of your favorite designers – Jo Moury, Peg Spradlin, Nancy Mahoney, Anne Wiens, Karen Ackva and many more.

Here’s a peek inside at some of the fabulous quilt patterns you’ll find inside this issue:

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Rising Sun

Rising Sun: Anne Wiens paired her original Rising Sun quilt block (#1200) from 100 Blocks Vol. 12 with a couple of minimalist variations to create this gorgeous throw quilt.

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Love Letters

Love Letters: Three quilt blocks are used in this wall quilt designed by associate editor Diane Harris: Julie Comstack’s Love Squared (#567) from 100 Blocks Vol. 6 and Diane’s blocks Surrounded by Love (#1031) from Vol. 11 and Love Chain (#1177) from Vol. 12. This design is great for scraps, and stitch-and-flip simplifies making all those little hearts.

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Danube River

Danube River: Karen Ackva used her Danube River block (#1163) from 100 Blocks Vol. 12 in this dynamic pattern. Karen lives in Germany along the Donau (Danube), the second largest river in Europe. Read Karen’s blog to learn how the river inspired this design.

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Springtime Spin

Springtime Spin: Say hello to spring with this pretty quilt designed by Jo Moury. Jo replaced the appliqué in her American Beauty block (#142) from 100 Blocks Vol. 2 with a pinwheel and combined it with a second block to create this foundation pieced design.

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Petit Force

Petit Force: Another lovely pinwheel design! Eileen Fowler used Marian Mapes’ Petit Fours block (#588) from 100 Blocks Vol. 6 to design this gorgeous throw quilt. Eileen used only three fabrics – a dark, a medium and a light – to create movement in the pattern.

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Snowbird

Snowbird: Peg Spradlin adapted her Snowbird by Design block (#1155) from 100 Blocks Vol. 12 to create this gorgeous quilt with a Southwestern flair. She added sashing and piecing borders to complete the design. Instructions for adding a piped binding like Peg did on this quilt can be found in our free online how-to article Finish With a Flourish.

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Cut the Diamond

Cut the Diamond: Use triangle-squares and stitch-and-flip to create this throw quilt designed by our managing editor Paula Stoddard. Paula used one section from her Endless Rainbow quilt block (#1195) from 100 Blocks Vol. 12 and rotated the sections.

Visit our online gallery to preview all the quilts featured in this new issue! Look for the issue on newsstands now, or grab a print or digital issue from our online store. We also just launched a new special issue auto ship program, where you can sign up to have all special issues delivered straight to your mailbox – learn more about that program here.

Now for the giveaway! Comment below and tell us which quilt from this new issue you want to start on right away for a chance to win a prize package of the following:

Be sure to comment by midnight on Sunday, March 6 for your chance to win one of these prize packages! We’ll choose three lucky winners and announce them here next week.

The winners of the giveaway are: Sandy Curtis, Jennifer and Lynn D. Winners have been notified by email.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Free Quilting Videos: Quiltmaker Lessons in Creativity

Our new free video series premieres March 3 on QNNtv.com

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Creativity can be a tricky thing. Sometimes it seems to pour, other times you struggle to find that creative spark. We have a new free video series premiering soon on QNNtv – Lessons in Creativity – all designed to inspire you to take your quilting creativity to the next level! Each episode will focus on a different part of the creative process to help you think outside the box. The videos will be free to watch with a free QNNtv subscription.

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Jenny Kae Parks

Hosted by Jenny Kae Parks, the new series will premiere Thursday, March 3, on QNNtv. The series format is as follows: The host will focus on one quilt pattern from an issue of Quiltmaker and explore multiple design options over the course of eight episodes. The episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays. Then, the process will be repeated with a new featured quilt. You’ll learn how to play with different color recipes, create interesting quilt options, enhance your sewing and quilting skills and more.

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Buttercup and Blue designed by Kate Colleran

The first eight episodes use the Buttercup and Blue quilt designed by Kate Colleran for our March/April 2016 issue. You can watch an exclusive preview of the series here:

Here’s a quick rundown for the first eight episodes featuring Buttercup and Blue:

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Buttercup and Blue designed by Kate Colleran

1. Sewing machine maintenance – Cleaning, features, feet, etc. plus needles and threads for sewing

2. Fabric selection – Auditioning fabric, color recipes plus using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance

3. Design – Using blocks from the quilt, showing how the quilt would look with different colors of sashing/cornerstones

4. Efficient cutting and methods for making triangle-squares

5. Pieced borders – Showing different border options

6. Batting – How batting loft affects the look and feel of a project plus different quilting thread colors

7. Prepping for quilting – Squaring up the quilt, basting methods

8. Design option – Enlarging blocks and making a pillow. A PDF on resizing blocks plus a PDF for the pillow pattern will be available

Visit QNNtv to learn more about this series and stay tuned for the premiere this Thursday!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Vintage Sunburst Becomes Pie in the Night Sky

We’re winding up the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad projects in the coming weeks. Today’s post is by Julie Huffman from Lenore, Idaho.

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Julie Huffman

For this final Scrap Squad quilt we got to choose any pattern Quiltmaker had published. It was a hard task to find a quilt, as I have been a subscriber since 1985, and that is a lot of magazines to look through.

I also looked at the Quiltmaker website and found Vintage Sunburst, published in Sept/Oct ’08, No. 123. This was it! I love foundation paper piecing.

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Vintage Sunburst, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’08

I printed the foundations from the website and decided on my collection of polka dot fabrics for this quilt. I added a few solids to help tone it down. From the fabrics I had in my stash, black was the best choice for a background.

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Polka Dots

I precut oversized patches for the paper piecing, which simplifies assembling the units.

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After trimming the two halves of the circle, I assembled a block. I love how crisp the points are!

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I tried several methods for adding the circle centers and attaching it to the background.  I drafted a section to machine piece the circles, but it wasn’t perfect. I tried machine appliqueing with a blind stitch and I didn’t care for that either. I decided hand applique was the only way I was going to be happy with the outcome.

The photo below shows this in progress: the top section is done, but the center circle is not appliqued yet.

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I am a very messy paper piecer! I also have my own style that works for me. I decided to change the sashing and drafted a new sashing strip in EQ7. I loved the effect of the stars, taking a cue from the original title of Vintage Sunburst. The extra spark added by the yellows and golds was what I was looking for.

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A completed block!

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A completed Sunburst quilt block

The layout!  I worked hard trying not to let the variety of yellows and golds touch each other, but I gave up eventually and decided it would all work out in the end.

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The completed quilt center

After assembling the top, I had plans to extend the star points into a black border but I ran short of the black fabric. I didn’t have enough to do the star point centers. It was an unusual black and nothing I had matched. Binding it without borders seemed to be the best choice.

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Sashing formed yellow stars in Julie’s Vintage Sunburst

Here’s a closeup of one star and the quilting around it.

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Feathers are quilted around each circle, and then echo quilting.

I quilted a feather design around each circle and then echo quilted around that.

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The back of the quilt features polka dots and chili peppers.

The quilt back features more polka dots and some chili peppers.

I kept thinking about pies while making this quilt. Here’s my finish, named Pie in the Night Sky.

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Julie’s finished Vintage Sunburst quilt: Scrap Squad mission accomplished!

We have a very old large barn on our property and the perspective is interesting.

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Pie in the Night Sky gets a glamour shot.

The past year as a member of the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad has been a rewarding experience.

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Pie in the Night Sky juxtaposed against an old barn on the Huffman property

I enjoyed challenging myself with different combinations of the patterns.

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On behalf of everyone at Quiltmaker, I’d like to thank Julie Huffman for a job well done. We so appreciate the way you’ve invested in our projects all year long. Thank you ever so much!

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Special Issue Auto Ship Program

First look at our newest special issue + learn about our new special issue auto ship program

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Coming Soon: Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring 2016

Our Spring 2016 issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands next week! We’re so excited to share this special issue with you – it includes 17 new quilt patterns inspired by quilt blocks from our 100 Blocks series. We’re also thrilled to share the news that we just launched a brand new auto ship program for Quiltmaker’s special issues.

If you’ve ever wished you could subscribe to have Quiltmaker’s special issues delivered right to your mailbox, now you can. This new special issue auto ship program allows you to sign up to automatically receive each Quiltmaker special issue (a total of five per year) when they are released. These issues are otherwise available only on newsstands and include the following: two issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, two issues of Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and one additional issue featuring a new topic each year.

How does it work? You’ll be billed $6.99 per issue (plus shipping) as issues ship and you may cancel at any time. The first issue you receive will be the first available issue at the time you sign up. This is for U.S. customers only and does not include regular Quiltmaker subscriber issues.

Click here to learn more about our new special issue auto ship program.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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“Little House on the Prairie” Quilt Ideas

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My “Little House on the Prairie” collection.

I’ve always been a bit of an old soul. When I was a little girl in the late 80s and early 90s, I was completely enamored with my favorite books: the “Little House on the Prairie” series (as well as my favorite movies: anything starring Shirley Temple). The “Little House on the Prairie” series sparked my love for reading, and I must have read the entire series at least five or six times. I also had the spin-off book series, featuring the tales of grown-up Laura Ingalls Wilder, a doll, a biography, a cookbook and more. So you can imagine my excitement when Andover Fabrics launched a new line of projects and fabrics inspired by the beloved series, available through our sister company Keepsake Quilting.

The collection includes three kits featuring quilts designed by Lucy Fazely: the Nine Patch Grove Quilt Kit, the Crosses and Losses Quilt Kit and the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Kit.

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Nine Patch Grove Quilt Kit

Nine Patch Grove is styled after a quilt pattern that was popular in the 19th century and, over time, has become a classic! It’s a twin-size quilt that finishes at 76″ x 76″.

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Double Wedding Ring Quilt Kit

Laura and Almanzo would surely love the Double Wedding Ring quilt (54″ x 70″).

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Crosses and Losses Quilt Kit

Crosses and Losses looks just like the traditional quilts you’d imagine in the prairie home. It’s a throw-size quilt that finishes at 48″ x 48″. I think this one’s my favorite!

LittleHouseOnThePrairie4 Little House on the Prairie Quilt Ideas

Little House on the Prairie Fabric Panel

The collection also includes a “Little House on the Prairie” fabric panel featuring drawings from the book series, so you can pick a label to use to add a personal touch to your reproduction quilt. There’s also both a kit and pattern for a tote bag designed by Nancy Green – perfect for toting your quilting supplies – and the whole line of beautiful cotton quilt “Little House on the Prairie” fabric designed by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics.

Browse all of the “Little House on the Prairie” products here!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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