Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three Applique Blocks to Color

Here is a quilt I made about 20 years ago from some orphan blocks my editor gave to me. She said, "Go do something with these." And, I did! This still hangs in my house and I look at it each morning in my dressing area.
Three Tulips Quilt
This quilt with the peach setting triangles and borders was also a set of orphan blocks. They were appliqued on point in the squares, so all I had to do was separate them with floral sashings and add the rest to square them up. I don't remember who I gifted this to; I hope it is hanging somewhere and being appreciated for its beauty. (Remember, I did not make these blocks!)

Peach Baskets and Blooms Quilt
 I came across some of the artwork I created for both of these quilts. This dates back about 20 years, too! The pattern fills are a bit dated, but the flowers and applique elements are timeless, right?

Blooms Block #1
 Maybe you'd like to color it with your own hues and tints.
Color Me! Blooms Block #1
 Here is a lovely basket block with a single bloom.

Color Me! Basket Block with Single Bloom
And a coloring page if you're interested.

Color Me! Basket Block with Single Bloom
 And a third block: basket with two blooms.

Color Me! Basket Block with Two Blooms

The black and white line drawing to download and color:

Color Me! Basket with Two Blooms

This is what they look like together in my digital file. Not like the real quilt at the top of the page, but I simplified the assembly for another lesson (long ago and in another time when I was an editor with Quilt Magazine).

I agree with most of the comments I've gotten on the coloring pages: quilters just want to play with the REAL fabric and not take precious quilting time to color paper! But sometimes a pattern or a block captivates you and you want to see what it would look like in real fabric before cutting into said fabric. I hope you enjoyed seeing two of my older quilts made with even older blocks.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 21

Welcome to Week #21 of Patricia's beautiful blocks from my calendar designs. A lot of happy colors in the blocks to reflect all the beautiful colors happening out my window. Spring is bursting out all over!

May 21: Raspberry Compote

May 21: Raspberry Compote, 8"

May 22: Spring Bud

May 22: Spring Bud, 6"

May23: Sage Bud
May 23: Sage Bud, 12"

May 24: Sickle
May 24: Sickle, 12"

May 25: Spool
May 25: Spool, 8"
Can I show you a Spool Quilt I made about 20 years ago? A real scrap buster! I tried to find the pattern on my computer, but I can't remember what I named it. I'll keep looking and when I locate it, I'll get it to you.

Blue Scrappy Spools Quilt
May 26: Picture Frame

May 26: Picture Frame, 12"
 May 27: Country Roads
May 27: Country Roads, 10"
See you next Sunday. Have a wonderful week. I hope you get some stitching in!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Revisiting the Vortex Quilts

First, the winner of this week's Liberty Garden fat quarter bundle is Angie of North Carolina. Congratulations, Angie!

I was working on a version of my Modern Vortex Quilt using more than two colors. You know, the Vortex Quilt . . .
Vortex Quilt, c. 1910
And my version . . .

Modern Vortex Quilt
A student from a few years ago used multiple colors for those wedges and I decided I wanted to make the same sort of sample. Jane does amazing long arm quilting, too!

Modern Vortex by Jane H. of Maryland
Here is a sample from last Tuesday's class. Linda B of Pennsylvania shared this pic with me (and gave her permission to share it:

Vortex quilt by Linda B. of PA
Back to that technicolor quilt. I began with 6 colored fabrics and a "white" solid background.

Multi-colored Dresden fan wedges
But, what happens when you THINK you have the SAME fabrics for the light fabric in the strips/strata and the background squares? Holy Cow! Was I disillusioned! Those white dresden tips are supposed to disappear into the background. Oh, well, right?

Multi-Colored Center with Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett setting triangles
I NEVER saw the difference in the two "white" fabrics until I photographed them on my deck. Was I ever WRONG! Now I have to start over (NOT) But, of course, the setting triangles are beautiful in that Philip Jacobs print (Brocade Peony), right? And the Aboriginal Dots by Kaffe in purple - well, that's all I had in my stash!

And, of course, I am NOT starting over. This is just a teaching sample to help my students understand what NOT to do when they are in the "fabric collection" part of making a quilt. I certainly am NOT taking anything apart.

When you make a Vortex quilt with all these colors, you have to cut for two blocks to get one. I have all the leftover wedges to make another center. But I'll wait until I no longer teach the class. They are part of my samples.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another Quilt Coloring Page: Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Sam

This is one of my favorite quilts and has also become a pattern in the Keepsake Quilting catalog. While it's no longer available there, I still offer the pattern on my Craftsy site. I now have this as one of my FREE quilt coloring pages. The link is at the bottom of this page.

I know there are many quilters who adore Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam, along with all those sweet 1930s prints. (And, yes, some of you are rolling your eyes right now, too!)

Here is the real quilt:
Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt: 48" x 48"
And the digital rendition:
Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt: 48" x 48"
Let's see it in a line drawing!

Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Color Me! Quilt

And would you like to download this FREE just to color? If you do, here it is:

I like offering these Quilt Coloring pages and hope you do, too. I have plans to offer more. Some will also be linked to the pattern (free or otherwise) in my Craftsy store. I have designed thousands (yes, thousands) of quilts over the past 25 years. Let's see if I can make a dent in those digital files.

I do ask that you DON'T reprint and distribute these. While they are free, they are protected by copyright. Just tell your friends where they can get their own FREE ColorMe! pages.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Folded Hexagon Flowers Tutorial with Liberty Garden

Liberty Garden for Spring and Giveaway!

Liberty Garden by Benartex is a perfect collection for Spring. The flowers and colors celebrate all the newness that this season brings our way. I received all 33 of the skus, but I narrowed it down to just six for the project I had in mind. 

Six fabrics chosen from Liberty Garden
For this mini project, I decided to revisit some of my 3-D hexagons, yoyos and prairie point flower leaves. First, let's see what I mean for the folded hexie! Then I think you'll understand my steps.

Head on over to Sew in Love with Fabric to see how this 3-D Folded Hexagon Flower is made!
Folded hexagon with yo-yo center 

And you'll get the link for making folded prairie points and the FREE pattern for this quilt I call Trash Basket Batiks!

You can see the prairie points (and yo-yos) in the pic below:

GIVEAWAY is a fat quarter bundle of Liberty Garden fabrics. Aren't they delicious?

Liberty Garden by Benartex
Take a visit to my tutorial on Sew in Love with Fabric and come back and tell me what you think of the folded patches. Benartex has a fat quarter bundle of the Liberty Garden fabrics to give away to a random winner. Contest is over Thursday at midnight. USA residents only.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 20

Today is May 14. Happy Mother's Day to you moms out there! My mom would have been 93 today.

Blanche and John Gawbill, my parents in the late 1940s (before I was born!)
She was not a quilter, but she did occasionally sew - a few curtains here and there. She had an old Singer that I learned to sew on when I joined 4-H back in the 1960s. We were making dirndl skirts, you know - a full, gathered skirt attached to a waistband. Garment sewing and I do not get along anymore. It's all about quilts!

Let's see another week's worth of Patricia's blocks!

May 14: Hourglass
May 14: Hourglass, 12"
 May 15: Illinois
May 15: Illinois, 18"
 May 16: Jack and Six
May 16: Jack and Six, 9"
 May 17: May Basket
May 17: May Basket, 10"
 May 18: Mosaic
May 18: Mosaic, 12"

May 19: Mexican Rose, 10"
 May 20: Pansy
May 20: Pansy, 8"
Wishing you a delightful day and a week with some quilting in there! See you again next time.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Summer Workshops

I teach year round. That's because I have bills to pay every month! I have two exciting bookings in July, one right after the other. And I'm teaching some classes that are some of my favorites. Here they are for the July 14 - 16: Mid Appalachian Quilter's Retreat in Emmitsburg, Maryland on the beautiful campus of Mt. Saint Mary's College.

Friday, Traditional Pickledish

  • Often called Indian Wedding Ring, this traditional block is not for the timid. We will paper piece the arcs and then sew the gentle curves together. The 12" block works well with scraps or a controlled color group. 8 foundations for four blocks (as shown in pictures) are provided, as well as a multi-page, well illustrated handout and full size templates for the inside melon shape and outside background.
And what does this quilt look like?

Traditional Pickledish in Kaffe Fassett fabrics
Pickledish with sunflowers and borders
Saturday, July 15: Double Hexie Stars

Hexagons branch out into double stars with this easy to piece block with NO y-seams! No kidding. All patches are cut with a 60 degree ruler (paper templates provided also). Create a block with the illusion of intricate piecing, with the bonus of having a large space in the center that can showcase an awesome motif. Block Size: 16" x 18". Two block quilt with borders: 28" x 42"
A new sample made with some Kaffe Fassett fabrics:

Hexie Star with NO y-seams!

And some Paula Nadelstern fabrics:
Double Hexie Star using Fabricadabra fabrics by Paula Nadelstern
The fun of this block is that you can cut any size hexagons and diamonds and triangles with a multi-size 60 degree ruler. Let's see my two block quilt and a few newer blocks:
Double Hexie Star using Kismet by Paula Nadelstern
And my two block quilt (which is what the workshop will aim for):
Double Hexie Star wall banner
And the Sunday class is Patty's Summer Parasol:
Patty's Summer Parasol is a traditional block sewn with odd shaped templates, similar to a Double Wedding Ring. I converted this vintage pattern to paper piecing. The melon shape is stitched to the paper-pieced arc and then is interfaced for ease of turning. The handle is raw edge applique and the parasol tip is a prairie point! All 9 foundations are included, as well as multi-page, well illustrated pattern with full size templates. This is much easier than it looks and is Scrap Friendly. Fat quarter friendly, too (all but the cream background)
Patty's Summer Parasol
And can we see just one parasol?
Single Parasol ready for applique

And some of the paper pieced units?
Very easy paper piecing!
There are still a few openings in each class. I'd love to have you join us.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Vintage Circus Animal Patterns

Fifteen years ago I asked - and got permission from - the Kansas City Star to redraft the vintage Roly Poly Circus animals. They had appeared in their newspaper in the 1930s and had been created by Ruby McKim. It took a LOT of hours to redraw these. I didn't just scan the newspaper copies. I drew every, single line in Adobe Illustrator!

Here is a picture of the cover page:

Roly Poly Circus Animals
I created a 43 page booklet of these in easy to read pdf. I also partnered with an Atlanta friend who made the blocks in this quilt. This quilt is 33" x 47":
Circus Quilt Blocks by Leslie Sausville
Then I visited these blocks again for inspiration to offer this quilt in my 2012 Block a Day Calendar:
Circus Time Quilt: 42" x 58"
Block Size: 8" and 16"
Visit my Craftsy page to read about this amazing collection of redwork patterns and to find the two bonus quilt patterns as shown here. Summer's coming and we all love to sit and stitch without our machines! Circus Animals Bonanza Pattern is 58 pages of fun!