Quilting That Travels Part 2: Crazy Quilts

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

I’m starting to make plans for the Fourth of July weekend. We are thinking about a possible road trip, which means lots of time in the car and some stitching. I’ve had a project in mind for a while to make a story quilt for each of my grandchildren to document some of the key events of my life. Maybe it’s time to start my crazy quilts.

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I think it’s important to carry history from generation to generation. I always wish I had gathered more information about my grandparents’ younger days, before I came on the scene.

I feel the Crazy Quilt pattern is the best design to document a story, to create a quilt with memories. They are scrappy with odd bits and pieces of fabric; they have no order (unless I put it there). The fabric found in traditional crazy quilts is fancy, plain, colorful and subdued, and may also have a memory of their original use. And, lots of fancy embellishments are added to make them individually creative, beautiful and interesting. The materials alone tell a story! These quilts are just like life, full of texture and kinda’ crazy at times.

I believe the Crazy Quilt is the most romantic of quilts. These free-flowing quilts appeared in the U.S. in the late 1800s, during the Victorian era. They were displayed at an exposition in Philadelphia, showcasing the art of English and Japanese embroidery. Embroidery needlework was also popular in America then.

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The Crazy Quilt craze spread through the east coast by upper-class women who used their silks and velvets in their quilts; fabrics that were then available because of the industrial revolution. These quilts were often used to adorn the home, rather than as functional bed coverings. Along with the elegant fabrics, some of these early Crazy Quilts included blocks of familiar patterns such as, Dresden Plate or FanLog Cabin and Grandmothers Flower Garden, joined by many different embroidery stitches.

The Crazy Quilt pattern is perfect for wall hangings, pillow tops, evening bags and holiday ornaments. Finished quilts can be elaborate or simply elegant. This easy pattern is great for all the scraps I’ve collected. No batting is required, just a backing for the finished quilt. The Crazy Quilt pattern is also perfect for using up odd bits of thread, lace, trim, buttons, beads and old pieces of jewelry ­– items that may have some historical significance.


  • Muslin fabric, cut to the size of a finished block, plus 1/2″ (e.g. 12-1/2″ square)
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Embroidery threads of different textures and weights

Preparation Before You Go

You can use several methods to create your Crazy Quilt. One method is to create the pattern as you go placing the fabric and stitching onto the muslin free form. Another is to draw the pattern on a piece of muslin or use a paper pattern (e.g. foundation paper piecing). I like the muslin pattern the best and prepare a quantity of them before I travel to take with me. (If I prepare all I need for a quilt, the ones I don’t finish are easy to pick up and work on any time I have the inclination.

Making the Crazy Quilt block with an unmarked muslin foundation.

Note… While making a Crazy Quilt block I keep in mind that the order and addition of adding the fabric patches is much like making a Log Cabin block. I start with a small piece of fabric. The next one I add is the length of one side of the small piece. The third patch I add needs to be the length of the first and second piece of fabric.

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Step 1. Cut the first bit of fabric to give it 5 edges. Lay the fabric, right side facing up, on the muslin backing. (I received this machine-embroidered sample from my daughter-in-law’s mother. She found it at a yard sale. It’s a perfect piece for a Victorian Crazy Quilt.)





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Step 3. Cut the next bit of fabric the length of the joined first two pieces. Add this bit of fabric by laying it against the next angle of the beginning fabric, repeating the process. It’s OK to let the fabrics overlap; it generally gives more interesting free-flowing shapes to fabric placement. Move around the block, adding new bits of fabric sized to cover the edge of the last joined fabrics. In some cases, to get a pleasing placement, you may need to fold under and stitch an edge in place before adding another, or pre-sew two or more patches of fabric together before you add them to the crazy block.

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Step 4. The block is ready for embellishment when the surface of the foundation muslin is covered with fabric bits. (Notice the fabrics in my sample block are very intense prints, in color and design, so I decided to go simple on the embellishment, a few beads and minimal embroidery.)

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Here are a couple more examples. The first is going to finish as a Christmas ornament. I created foundation muslin with a pre-drawn arrangement for the patches.

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The second block is the first of my story quilt. I think it looks kind of goofy so far, but I think it will work out when I add more blocks to the quilt. I was born in Greensburg Indiana where we are known for the tree growing out of our courthouse tower. (Really. Google it.) I decided on a wonky Log Cabin for this block because it represents home and hearth. I’ve just started the embellishment. I’ll add my name and date of birth to the block, and knowing me, a lot of other fluffy stuff. I have fabric left from lots of projects. In future blocks I plan to add some fabrics and embellishments that I’ve held on to because they are my favorites or were used for family quilts. I think I’ll also add some pieces from a couple well-loved quilts my grandmother gave me (They also contain pieces from clothing she made for my sister and I.). These patches will carry a piece of her quilting history forward.

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Miss part one of our Quilting That Travels summer tutorial series? Check it out here.

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For more crazy quilt inspiration, check out these books available in our online store:

Quilting Just a Little Bit Crazy by Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell

Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting by Allie Aller

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 13 + Giveaway

Hi! I hope you enjoyed the little break. We’re one quarter of the way through the 100 Blocks Sampler. And, to celebrate, we’re having a little giveaway (more info at the end).

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

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

Today’s block is Serendipity, block #656 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 7. Serendipity was designed by Karen Combs. Be sure to drop by Karen’s blog to see her block.

Here’s Serendipity.

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Serendipity, block #656 designed by Karen Combs

This block has two basic units—Flying Geese and Triangle-Squares along with some patches.

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Triangle-Square unit and Flying Geese

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Serendipity assembly

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Serendipity in three different colorways.

Different fabric and value placement in this block really changes the look—it was fun to play with.

Be sure to visit the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

And, finally, the giveaway! Leave a comment below letting me know how many blocks of the sampler you’ve sewn so far and which one is your favorite. I’ll randomly draw a winner next Tuesday, June 14. The winner will receive:

  • a copy of the newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13
  • an exclusive Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 mousepad (not sold in stores or anywhere!)
  • and a pack of Tonga Treats from Timeless Treasures

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See you next week.


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Creative Quilting for Home Decor + a Few Quick Tips!

The start of summer always makes me want to update my home decor with fresh new pieces and fun pops of color. As quilters, there are so many small projects we can make that will easily do just that – pillows, placemats, table runners, table toppers and more.

We have a new online course with one of our favorite designers and QM contributors, Kate Colleran, that’s ALL about creative quilting for your home. In Creative Quilting for Home Decor, Kate will show you how to customize and coordinate all the above mentioned project types to work perfectly in your space. And throughout the course, she’ll share a variety of her favorite techniques for flying geese, working with hexagons and more.

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Kate Colleran filming the Creative Quilting for Home Decor lessons in our studio. I spy her gorgeous Contours quilt from our July/Aug ’15 issue in the background!

Read on below for a brief overview of the course lessons, preview some of the projects and watch a few quick-and-easy video tutorials Kate shared with us while filming the course!

Part 1: Pillows

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The first few lessons of the course are all about pillows. First you’ll create a 4 Patch Square Pillow with a machine quilted top and an envelope back. There are lots of great variations you can make of this design — you can use different variations of the 4 patch, use orphan blocks, use a large scale print with borders and more.

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Next you’ll make a Flying Geese Rectangle Pillow with an invisible zipper back. Kate will demonstrate different techniques to make flying geese units, teach you her no-waste method and more.

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To finish up the pillow section, you’ll learn how to machine appliqué hexagons for a pillow top. Kate will show you two ways for making the hexis – hand prep and machine prep – and share tips for machine appliqué and finishing the design with a cording accent.

Part 2: Table Runners

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 The next several lessons of the course focus on table runners. Kate talks about sizes and shapes for table runners as she uses four quilt blocks to make a skinny table runner.

She’ll also show you how to add borders to your runners and how to machine bind using a decorative stitch.

Part 3: Coordinating Projects – Table Toppers & Placemats

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The last group of lessons will teach you how to make projects that coordinate with your pillows and table runner. Kate will show you how to take the four quilt blocks from the table runner and turn them into a square table topper, and how to sew into a 4 patch or add sashing to make the project bigger. You’ll learn how to add a decorative skinny flange to your binding. Wrapping up the lessons, she’ll teach you how to take one block and turn it into a placemat, and how to round the corners on the placemat and use bias binding.

Here are a few quick tips Kate shared with us on set that I think you’ll enjoy!

Short Zipper Tip:

Clip Corners Tip:

Ladder Stitch Demo:


Creative Quilting for Home Decor begins July 11 on Craft University. Learn more here!

Happy Quilting,

P.S. Want to read more about Kate Colleran and her designs? Visit her website at seamslikeadream.com!

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Help Us Choose Our September/October ’16 Cover

Our editors are putting the finishing touches on our September/October ’16 issue, and we’d like your help choosing the cover! This upcoming edition will feature great quilts for fall, and there are several nice options for the cover design:

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Take our short survey to help us choose our September/October cover.

Here are the three covers we are considering. Which one would you be most likely to notice and reach for on newsstands? Please take our short survey to place your vote.

Be sure to look for the issue when it’s on sale at newsstands Aug. 2, 2016. Better yet, you can subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

We appreciate your help!

Happy Quilting,

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Quilting: Pass It On

I had a speaking engagement at a small quilt guild in Central City, Nebraska recently. I had the pleasure of meeting three little girls that evening, and I got their parents’ permission to tell you about it.

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I arrived ahead of the meeting time in order to set up and gather my thoughts. People were trickling in, and I noticed a woman with three girls. I had time to spare so I went over and introduced myself. I was delighted to learn that the girls were with their grandma, who is teaching them to sew. They have already made several quilts and are excited about making more.

In a followup email, Jeanice Steinke shared more about her granddaughters:

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“Ava is a fifth grader. She has made…a small baseball quilt of Four Patches…The next venture was place mats…she has made doll quilts for her little sister also.

“When Ava heard about the guild making quilts for kids in foster homes she wanted to make one. I helped with the instructions and cutting. She did all the sewing, even the straight seam quilting. She made a pillow case to match. Ava loves helping others and she enjoys what she is doing. I hope to teach her the love of quilting.



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“Emma is a third grader. She has made a small quilt for herself and…doll quilts with…straight seams. Her favorite thing to do is to go through my stash and create fashion. She uses Ava as a model and makes clothes by pinning them together—I don’t let her cut or sew the fabric since I might want it for quilts.





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“Brooklynn is so much fun. She thinks grandma can make anything. I have pictures of her using her pretend sewing machine beside mine. She even has a cutter without the blade and a mat. I have set her on my lap and let her sew along with me to make doll quilts.”





Show and tell featured a bonanza of charity quilts made by Jeanice. The girls had helped with some of them, which will go to the local hospital, Royal Kids Camp and the Christmas of Sharing program, among others.

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Ava Steinke and her grandma Jeanice proudly display a charity quilt during Show & Tell.

It was such a joy to visit with the girls and to help encourage their interest. I believe their grandma is helping them build skills for a lifetime. Think about it:

  • They’re spending time with creative adults
  • They’re learning to meet people
  • They’re thinking and conversing about abstract concepts
  • They’re developing fine motor skills
  • They’re learning to be comfortable with an audience
  • They’re experiencing the joy of giving
  • Their grandma’s love is being poured into them
  • They’re gaining self confidence
  • They’re having fun!
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QM Associate Editor Diane Harris with the girls: Emma, Brooklynn and Ava. Future quilters all!

I could go on and on, but if you’ve ever sewn with a child, you know what I mean. It is so much fun! Even when it’s hard work (and it usually is), it’s energizing. It’s a really wonderful thing to pass what you know on to the next generation. Jeanice and her granddaughters are to be congratulated.

If you have never sewn with a child, maybe you could start. If there’s a grandchild, or a neighbor, or someone at your church or a local school who might need an adult to show an interest in them, quilting is the perfect vehicle for that. Here’s a free easy pattern for a star pillow you might want to use.

If you’ve made even a few quilts, then you know enough to help someone else. If you have passed quilting on to someone, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Quilting That Travels Part 1: Cathedral Window

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

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Summer brings picnics and barbecues, outdoor games, travel to new and familiar places, and lounging on the front porch or backyard patio. I think it’s the perfect time for hand-quilted projects. They travel well. Hand-pieced quilts are portable and lightweight. You can spend some time with them or you can sew a few stitches to make a quilt block as a small bit of time will allow – like when you are waiting for your kids’ teams to start their games. The best thing is … you can quilt while you enjoy being outside, visiting with friends and family or on the go. I’m going to revisit some time-traveled quilt block designs for a few of my blog posts; designs that you can very easily take along with you almost anywhere you go this summer.

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A few words about portable quilting tools… These pictures are of my traveling quilt studio. It’s always ready to go. I found this great box at a quilt show a long time ago. It’s only about 9″ x 12″. As you can see, it’s been well used. The sand paper allows me to mark small bits of fabric without slipping. It’s great for marking 1/4″ seams as needed. Inside, I carry about everything I might need for grab-and-go hand-quilted projects.

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The Cathedral Window is a perfect example of a portable quilt design because with each block you finish the top, middle and backing for the quilt. To make the block requires only two square patches and very few tools. You can make the block any size merely by enlarging the size of the patches. And, it’s a stash-buster, perfect for using up fabrics or scraps from your collection.

From a small amount of research, I discovered that the Cathedral Window, inspired by historic church and cathedral stain glass windows, became popular in North America in the 1930s. Each quilt block is made using a folded patchwork technique. I think it’s similar to origami whereby a fabric square (instead of paper) is folded and stitched to form a unique shape. In this case parts of the fabric are folded back to make a window revealing a contrasting colored square of fabric inside.

There are as many variations for making a Cathedral Window block, as there are methods. Here are steps for making a simple Cathedral Window that’s fast and easy. I learned this method many, many years ago from one of the first quilt books I purchased, Erica Wilson’s Quilts of America, written by Erica Wilson, released in 1979. (Please note, I may have modified Erica’s version over time. I believe I’ve covered the basics in the directions below.)


  • 1 large 9″ square of fabric and 1 smaller 5″ contrasting square of fabric (These squares make one 4″ finished block.)
  • Thread to match the color of the large square
  • Tools: Scissors, straight pins (no more than 10), seam gauge and 6″ ruler with a 1/4″ mark, needle, and thimble (optional)

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Prepare the Squares Before You Go (however not necessary)

On the large fabric square, fold over the front of the fabric 1/2″ to the wrong side, on two opposite sides of the square, as shown in the photo. Press the fold down with an iron, pin or finger press to hold the fold in place. On the small square, repeat to fold the fabric 1/2″ on all sides of the square.

Making the Cathedral Window

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Step 1. Fold the large square in half, wrong side of fabric out, to make a rectangle. With a pencil or other marker, measure and mark a seam allowance of 1/2″ for each side of the rectangle. Next, measure and mark 2″ from the top folded edge on each side of the rectangle, with a straight pin or marking pencil. Using a short running stitch, sew from the folded edge to the 2″ mark on the 1/2″ line.

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Step 2. Turn the rectangle inside out. Finger-press the sides with seams open as you tuck in the lower edges to make smooth straight sides. When you are finished you should have a rectangular pocket.


Step 3. Bring the two stitched sides of the pocket together toward the middle as shown in the photo. Flatten to create a square as shown in the photo. Measure 2″ from each side of the square’s center opening; mark each side with a straight pin. You should have a total length of 4″ between the pins. Using an overcast stitch, sew the 4″ opening close. Be careful to avoid catching the fabric from the back of the folded square.

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Step 4. Place the large folded square on a flat surface, stitched side down. Place the 5″ contrasting color square on top of the folded square, as shown in the photo, folded edges facing the large folded square. Bring together all the outer corners of the large folded square toward the center. Secure the corner edges together in the center with a tack stitch.

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Step 5. You are almost finished! Now, it’s time to make the windows. Refer to the photo. From one corner of the large folded square, fold back the edges slightly to see the contrasting color fabric. Bring back a lot of the large folded square or a small amount depending on how much of the contrasting fabric you want to see. Pin the edges in place. Using a blind stitch, secure the edges of the folded over fabric. Repeat for the remaining three sides. As you stitch each, close off the corner edge with a few tack stitches. Again, it’s your decision about how much of the corner edge you close. Stitch multiple blocks together from the back of the blocks using a blind stitch or overcast stitch.

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Cathedral Window blocks are beautiful as pillow tops and wall hangings, hot pads and bed quilts. Individual blocks make great coffee coasters. Be sure to search the Internet for other variations of the Cathedral Window block and wonderful ideas for using them.

Have a happy quilt’n summer!

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P.S. Want to learn more about making a quilt by hand? Download this new free ebook from our sister magazine Quilters Newsletter. It includes tips on selecting the right thread as well as some pretty hand quilting designs.

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Won’t You Please Read the TOC?

The TOC—pronounced tee-oh-see—is what people in the magazine business call the Table of Contents. It’s one of those before-you-get-down-to-business pages at the front of an issue. Please don’t tell me you’ve never noticed the TOC, because right now it’s a big big part of my work life.

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Quiltmaker July/August ’16 TOC

I have to admit that I never thought much about the TOC until I was assigned to write it. You probably haven’t either, because it’s not where the meat of a magazine lives. It’s more like the pre-appetizer appetizer, where you wet your whistle for the good stuff, which of course consists of the patterns and the articles.

But the TOC doesn’t just magically happen. Somebody has to think up all the pretty words and enticing descriptions for everything in every issue, and that somebody is me.

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McCall’s Quilting Jan/Feb 2016 TOC

It’s funny because for as long as I’ve been here, which is 13 years, everyone who has written the TOC has strongly disliked doing it. I’m not sure why, because I love doing it!

It’s a challenge for me to come up with friendly, engaging ways to invite you to fall in love with one of our designs. I enjoy considering what makes it special, or what would nudge a reader to make it. And I adore playing around with words: alliteration, rhythm, cadence, tempo and all the rest. This stuff makes my heart beat like a drum!

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Quick Quilts June/July ’16 TOC

Now I will also admit that occasionally, I am tempted to write something snarky. If a pattern has given me fits, I would sometimes like to say, “Make this fetching throw if you fancy a trip to the funny farm.”

Or if I think a quilt is hideous (because of course we can’t all love every single quilt and you know, different strokes…), and also difficult to construct, I might consider writing, “Purple, orange and green have never looked worse than in this back-breaking king-size nightmare.” 

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Quiltmaker May/June ’16 TOC

In these cases I quickly subdue my impulses and write something polite and appropriate, because of course there will be many people who will adore these designs. I’d hate to rain on anybody’s parade.

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Yesterday I got my advance copies of McCall’s Quilting July/August ’16. I turned straight to the TOC. Here are some of the blurbs I wrote for this issue:

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3 Musketeers

3 Musketeers
Is it a medallion or isn’t it? Only the famous trio knows for sure!









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Confused Geese

Confused Geese
The honkers are flying every which way, but rest assured: this design has a plan








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Rocket’s Red Glare

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The Road to Oklahoma never looked so good—take it straight to a Quilt of Valor









The trick is to have some snappy words, to make the words fit in the allotted space, and to get the page numbers and technical details correct. I would estimate that between the photographer, the artists and the editors, it takes about eight man-hours to create a TOC.

So the next time you pick up a copy of Quiltmaker,

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…or Quick Quilts,

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…or McCall’s Quilting,

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…please please PLEASE read the TOC. You will make my day!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 12

Hi! Welcome back!  Thanks for joining us in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. How are your blocks coming along?

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

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

This week’s block is Sew-Easy Butterflies, block #200 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 3. It was designed by Darlene Zimmerman. This is a great block to show off four different fabrics in these simple-to-piece butterflies.

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Sew-Easy Butterflies, block #200 by Darlene Zimmerman

This block is simple to sew with rectangles and squares.

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Stitch-and-flip units

Here is the block assembly.

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Sew-Easy block assembly.

Here are the three different colorways.

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Sew-Easy Butterflies, three different colorways.

It’s fun to see how different they all look.

Are you visiting the other designers who are sewing along with us?

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

We’re taking a little break next week, giving you more time to get your blocks caught up. Our next sew along post will be on 6/8. And, just to make sure you come back and visit us, I’ll have another giveaway for you. Tune in on 6/8 to see what it is!

See you next time. And don’t forget to send pictures of your blocks to editor@quiltmaker.com!


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New Issue: Quiltmaker July/August ’16

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Our July/August ’16 issue hits newsstands June 2, and if you’re a subscriber you’ve either received your copy or will very soon! This brand new edition includes 13 new quilt patterns that are perfect for summertime. The cover quilt, Let Freedom Ring, was designed by our content director Carolyn Beam and will be the focus quilt for our upcoming season 3 of Lessons in Creativity on QNNtv. A patriotic star appears in the design when the red and blue Log Cabin blocks are arranged! There’s also two more patriotic designs, a trio of triangle quilt projects, a fabulous scrap quilt designed by Kathryn Wagar Wright, a new Bonnie Hunter block and more. Take a peek of some of the designs in this newest issue:

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Dawnstar: Pretty floral prints, unique blocks and a sopisticated color palette make up this lovely throw quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard. Kits are available for a limited time.

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Bubble Gum Baby

Bubble Gum Baby: Make a quick baby quilt with this sweet and colorful design.

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Blue Cheese Night

Blue Cheese Night: Traditional stars collide in this queen-sized quilt designed by our associate editor Diane Harris. Flying Geese form the star points and Baptist Fan quilting finishes it off in style.

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Summer Sizzler

Summer Sizzler: This table runner designed by Barbara Cline is perfectly patriotic. The stars and stripes emerge as rows of foundation piecing and triangles are joined.

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Wedding Diamonds

Wedding Diamonds: Designed by Scott Flanagan, this throw quilt is made using the same triangle templates for both the diamond and star blocks. Kits are available for a limited time.

Browse our online gallery to preview all 13 quilt patterns included in this issue. Keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands, or grab a print or digital edition in our online store.

Happy Quilting,

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It’s a Wrap: QM Scrap Squad Part 1

It’s been my pleasure to manage the QM Scrap Squad since its inception five and a half years ago. I have enjoyed the teams of reader-sewers so very much. Each person was unique in what she brought to the table, and these makers faithfully reproduced QM patterns month after month. It’s been delightful for me, and I hope for readers of Quilty Pleasures, too.

QM scrap squadB Its a Wrap: QM Scrap Squad Part 1As a bonus, I feel like I have made new quilting friends all over the country. And some of the Scrap Squad members have become friends with each other, too. I love it when I see them interacting on Facebook or commenting on each other’s blog posts.

Scrap Squad 2011 and 2012

Our announcement that applications for Scrap Squad were open generated several hundred inquiries in late 2010. Reading through them and narrowing it down was a tall order. I could have put together at least a dozen amazing teams from this pool of people! The talent was incredible and the enthusiasm was overwhelming.

I agonized over telling so many people that they were not on the first Scrap Squad. It was harder than I thought it would be. I wrote and rewrote that email. It was a crummy day.

Then these women formed the very first QM Scrap Squad.

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2011 Scrap Squad, counter-clockwise from top left, Donna Amos, Kim Brandt, Linda Ferguson, Dionne Gordon, Forest Jane, Pat St-Onge, Carol Vickers, Ruth Wasmuth

  • Donna Amos from Decatur, Arkansas
  • Kim Brandt from Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Linda Ferguson from San Jose, California
  • Dionne Gordon from Bellevue, Washington
  • Forest Jane from Memphis, Tennessee
  • Pat St-Onge from St-Jacques, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Carol Vickers from New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana

It was a learning experience for all of us, and they were terrific sports as we forged ahead together. I felt guilty about what we were asking them to do, so I offered them “stash enhancement” from my own fabric collection. I could do this because an editor ends up with a lot of extra fabric that she comes by free of charge. I was happy to be able to share, and it made them happy too! Here are some of my favorite scrap quilts and blog posts from this group of ladies. Be sure to read the posts that are linked because there is so much to learn from these quilts and their makers.

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Linkin’ Logs made by Donna Amos for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad

Donna Amos’s Linkin’ Logs quilt used four matching vintage feedsacks for the background. Such vibrance from a humble pink print!

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Dream Catcher by Kim Brandt for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad

Kim Brandt gave us a dose of Christmas cheer with her version of Dream Catcher. Isn’t that border to die for?

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Hip to be Square by Pat St-Onge for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad

And what’s not to love about an easy quilt that takes a huge bite out of your scrap stash? Pat St-Onge’s Hip to be Square was a winner all around.

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Linkin’ Logs by Ruth Wasmuth for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad

We used Ruth Wasmuth’s Linkin’ Logs quilt to talk about lessons in value and contrast. I think this quilt is dynamite!

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Spinout by Forest Jane for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad

Forest Jane wowed everyone with her Spinout that included a wonderful pieced border and batiks in a variety of colors.

There’s so much good material here, but that’s enough for one day. We’ll revisit the other 2011 Scrap Squad members in the next post. Thanks for walking with me down memory lane!

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