Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 17

This is a good week. My first husband and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary - together.

My winner of the Quilter's Block a Day calendar is Brenda A. of Oregon!

Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar
Now for seven more of those awesome blocks created by Patricia using my calendar designs:

April 23: Ribbons and Leaves
Ribbons and Leaves, 10"
 April 24: Rain Dance
April 24: Rain Dance, 8"
 April 25: Single Chain and Knot
April 25: Single Chain and Knot, 10"
 April 26: Spring Bouquet
April 26: Spring Bouquet, 12"
 April 27: Sweet Delights
April 27: Sweet Delights, 12"
 April 28: Turnstile
April 28: Turnstile, 8"
April 29: Wheels
April 29: Wheels, 12"
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you were inspired.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Quilt Coloring Books (again)

Well, what do you think? I know I've asked this before but I have one of my publishers wanting to offer my designs from previous Quilt Block a Day calendars. I'm going to show you three that I like from 2006. Simple quilts with piecing, applique and even quilting. Would you print and color these if they were offered online?

Blooming Hearts using the swatches I preferred.

Blooming Hearts
But, you may have other ideas! Here's the line drawing. You are free to print and color to your heart's content. Click this link and download a pdf for coloring: Blooming Hearts


What about the vintage pattern called Turkey Tracks? Here is my color rendition.

Turkey Tracks
What colors would you prefer? Click this link for the pdf to color: Turkey Tracks

And one last one: Underground Railroad.

Underground Railroad
You can let your imagination go wild with this wonderful pattern! Click on the link and you can color using any palette: Underground Railroad


Personally, I prefer playing with real fabric. I do like coloring books, but only seeing those filled in by my little grandchildren! Thanks for stopping by and letting me share 3 quilts from 10 years ago!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks: Week 2

My winner of the Quilter's Block a Day Calendar is Brenda A. of Oregon. Thanks to everyone who participated. Now let's see some other awesome blocks!

Like I said last week, I have been in this awesome magazine 4 times. Quiltmaker compiled 10 of the magazines for the 1,000 Blocks (very heavy) book. Last week I shared the first block (EZ Mariner's Compass). This week I want to share Flower Burst, which appeared in Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Let's see the cover:
Quiltmaker 100 Blocks cover, Volume 5
And the block I made for this is called Flower Burst. I made it with a Benartex collection called Arianna.
Flowerburst Block: 12" finished
And here's a 5 block quilt I made using my Flower Burst pattern. I love this quilt! But why only 5 blocks? I ran out of fabric and had to get creative.
Flowerburst Quilt
You can get more info about the Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks book by visiting their web site. Click on that link. See you next week with my 3rd block!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Houses with Stripes and Florals

I saw a Kaffe Fassett quilt in the Glorious Patchwork book (1997) that inspired me to make my own version of houses. His is composed of strip pieced bottoms and various triangles for the roofs. I like to get my fabric to do as much work as possible, so I pulled out several of his striped fabrics and this is what I got.

First, I had to determine what size I wanted my houses. I didn't want them 5" x 10" as are in the book. And I composed the roofs in a very different manner. I settled on a 6" x 9" house/roof/sky combo. My roofs are simply Flying Geese units. I cut 7-1/4" squares of "roof" fabric into 4 equal sized triangles, so I had 4 roofs per print.

Flying Geese units for roofs
You can also see some of the main house striped fabrics. I cut these 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

6-1/2" squares of a variety of stripes
But, looking at the fabric I selected for sky fabric left me less than enthusiastic.

Several house blocks sewn with blah sky fabric.
I made 2 dozen blocks and I still didn't like them. So, do you know what I did? Yes, I did! I took them apart! And found some bluer sky fabric and started all over again. Sometimes you just have to do things like that. Do you think I would have liked them better if I had sewn all 65 of them?!!

The ones below use the same roof fabric because I'm going to use them either in the very center of my quilt or on the outside in some way. Yes, I typically operate without a full plan.

I have between 18 and 24 of these with matching roofs
And here are 11 different prints for the roofs. This gives me a total of at least 65 blocks.

11 different prints for the roofs. I have 4 each of these matching pairs
Once I get the Sharks Teeth units off my design board, I will put these up and play with their placement. Oh, you never saw these blocks? These are paper pieced for 10" finished blocks. I have finished sewing the four corner blocks but still have the paper on. But take a look:

10" Shark's Teeth blocks
This is a pattern I have on Craftsy. See the link on the right. The pattern comes in 3", 4", 5", 6" and 10" sizes.

Now, when you paper piece, you can accumulate quite a bit of scraps. Can I show you some of my KF scraps?
Just some of my Kaffe Fassett scraps!
 Thanks for stopping by. I'll keep you posted on my development of these two quilts.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 16 (and free quilt pattern)

Another week, another seven beautiful blocks from Patricia Bryant of Australia. Just to let you know: I did NOT create these blocks in fabric; she did. I designed the blocks (digital) for the calendar. I am indebted to Patricia for this year long display of how to sew my blocks with real fabric!

April 16: Jewel Box

April 16: Jewel Box, 16"
 April 17: London Square
April 17: London Square, 8"
 April 18: Nonsense
April 18: Nonsense, 12"
Let me show you some blocks I made for Blank Fabrics several years ago using the Nonsense pattern. This collection is called Jane.



 And the quilt (not quilted in this photo) I made. I absolutely loved this collection and I'm going to dig through my stash to find some remnants. Would you like the pattern? Of course you do. (No pressure to sew it; we just like to collect patterns, right?) Click on the link below the photo for the 60" x 60" quilt (15" block).

No Nonsense Jane Quilt
Back to the calendar!
April 19: Posy Garden

April 19: Posy Garden, 9"
 April 20: Mimi's Bow Knot
April 20: Mimi's Bow Knot, 9"
 April 21: Next-Door Neighbor
April 21: Next-Door Neighbor, 12"
 April 22: Posy Block
April 22: Posy Block, 8-1/2"
Don't forget to download the No Nonsense Jane Quilt pattern. This is a wonderful way to showcase a beautiful large scale print. That center square is 10" finished!

See you next week.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Quiltmaker 1,000 Blocks Book

Yes, you read that right: 1,000 Blocks compiled in one massive and beautiful book. It's so heavy that I have to use both hands to carry it.

Quiltmaker 1,000 Blocks book
My first block appeared in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4. And what is that cover like? I like the cover - my block is on it!
Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 4 (Winter 2011)
Each block gets one half of an 8.5 x 11 page. Mine is right here!
How my block appears in the book
This is how my workshop sample (and quilt from my book, Paper Piecing Perfect Points) appears. I love all that green and purple, don't you? What's fun about this quilt block is that it's super sized at a wonderful 16" x 16".
Beginner's Mariner's Compass
Take a visit to Quiltmaker's Quilt and Sew Shop and peek inside this amazing book: Quiltmaker's 1000 Blocks.

I've appeared in these magazines 4 different times and will be posting 3 more blocks they published of mine. In my humble opinion, these magazines are TREMENDOUS and so inspiring and are the BEST value for your money. But that's because I absolutely LOVE block books!

Thanks for stopping by. See you this time next week!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 15: Block a Day Calendar and GIVEAWAY

Yes, you heard that right! I have some extra Block a Day calendars that I would love to give away and you could win won of those. These are now out of print and they are at a premium. This will be a random drawing (USA residents only) which I will make next Monday April 17, to be announced on Tuesday April 18.

Yes, a GIVEAWAY of this awesome Block a Day calendar.

I have a winner: Brenda A. of Oregon. Congratulations, Brenda!

This is perpetual (ie, not tied to any year) and has so many great ideas. This is limited to USA residents only because it is so heavy that I have to use Priority Mail (or you can opt to pay postage if you are international, if you win.)

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar


First, let's look at this week's blocks as Patricia Bryant of Australia interpreted them from my Block a Day Calendar:

April 9: Five Patch Frame
April 9: Five Patch Frame, 10"
April 10: Footstool
April 10: Footstool, 10"

April 11: Fruit Basket
April 11: Fruit Basket, 10"
 April 12: Goshen Star

April 12: GoshenStar, 10"
 April 13: Hen and Chicks

April 13: Hen and Chicks, 9"
 April 14: Hope of Hartford

April 14: Hope of Hartford, 10"
 April 15: Arbor Window

April 15: Arbor Window, 12"
Now for the GIVEAWAY! This will last until after Easter. Contest ends midnight (EST) Monday, April 17. All I want to know is which block you've enjoyed seeing the most, either this week or in the past weeks. There is no wrong answer!

I will pick one person and give the winner 24 HOURS TO REPLY. Then I move on to the next person. Check your email on Tuesday April 18 if you're interested in winning.

This is limited to USA residents unless you are willing to pay international postage. USA postage is about $7 Priority Mail (which I pay). I will pay the first $7 international postage if an international winner is up to paying the remainder. (Or I will give you any pattern in my Craftsy shop in lieu of the calendar.)

Thanks for stopping by. More blocks next Sunday!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Hosannah Quilt for Palm Sunday

I've shared these blocks and quilts before on this blog. I must really like this block and technique because I've made so MANY of them! The Palm Block is an historic, vintage pattern that initially was published with very funky templates:

Bible Favorites vintage booklet
 And this is how the Palm Leaf block was pieced. How do you like those templates? NOT!

Traditional method for creating the vintage Palm Leaf block

I've just put together a 22 page pattern pack on Craftsy that includes these blocks in 3", 4", 5", 6", 7" and 10" sizes. Whew! That was a long sentence.

Here are a few from past years:

Single 10" Palm Block
And a quilt made with 9 of these. This appeared in an issue of Quilt Magazine (when I was an editor in 2006).

Regency Dandy Collection by Windham Fabrics (2007)
Some awesome blocks made with shot cottons:

10" blocks made using Artisan Cottons (Windham)
 And a few more:
10" blocks
And some smaller, 6" blocks done for a Benartex post last year using the Burlap fabrics. This appeared on their blog (the fabric giveaway is over, of course). You can see my steps here: Burlap Brights.

6" Blocks in a tutorial on the Sew in Love with Fabric blog site
This quilt uses the 10" size, with the 4 blocks set on point:
A combination of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and some more of those Regency Dandy fabrics

Cupid's Arrows was a workshop a few years ago, based on my Hosannah quilt from my paper piecing book:
Cupid's Arrows
Here is the Hosannah Quilt from "Paper Piecing Perfect Points". This uses 7" blocks. I taught this is a workshop using a 3 block setting and I called it Cupid's Arrows.
Hosannah Quilt using 7" blocks
And my most recent quilt was made using Kaffe Fassett prints. I cut a 3-1/4" strip from every single print. Then I recut each into shorter strips for ease of chain piecing. All directions for cutting strips is in the Craftsy Palm/Hosannah pattern.

Pre-cut strips to speed things up
Yes, this is a PINK QUILT! Yikes!

10" paper pieced Palm Block
Some of the blocks have the pink background print pieced as I was sewing on fumes for the last two blocks!
Another 10" block
 And the quilt, waiting to be quilted!
56" x 56" quilt (not patterned)
My Palm/Hosannah Block pattern includes the pattern for the brown quilt from my book, printable foundations for the sizes listed, how to draft a Palm Block to any size. (Note: in order to print the 10" size, you will need access to a printer that can print an 11" x 17" piece of paper.) But, when you know how to draft any size, you don't need a printer!

In addition, I include my EZ Paper Piecing step by step directions, How to Set Any Block on Point, and a variety of other tips.

My new favorite setting is the "When Four Blocks Become Five." You can see this in the Kaffe quilt above and I have another 16 blocks in white and green that will become another. Here is what I mean:

16 Palm Blocks
Hope you enjoyed the show! And Happy Palm Sunday to those who celebrate all that Easter is.