Welcome to the Blog Hop for The Quilting Gallery. People from all over the world are taking their eyes off of the weather and enjoying the beauty of quilts. This is the Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop. But, having lived south of the equator myself for 3 years, I know that it's SUMMER down under in March. But since it's winter here in the USA, we beg your pardon for confusing the seasons.
I am so happy to be part of this and if you get to the bottom of this tutorial, I have a free pattern for this quilt AND a giveaway!
This a tutorial photographed several years ago when I was Special Projects Editor for Quilt Magazine. The finished quilt languished in my closet, waiting for someone's home to live and love in.
Marga and Ismael Rodelgo (my son in law's sister and brother in law in Spain) were here for Christmas. I had a BURSTING house with my 3 daughters, 2 sils, two grandsons, and Marga and Isma. Audrey, my oldest daughter (married to Marga's brother, Daniel, my son in law - now don't roll your eyes because you can't keep track!!!) asked me if I had a quilt (is she nuts? a quilt?) that I might want to give to the newly weds. Huh? Do I have a quilt? I had to control myself here. I pulled out several, invited them upstairs and asked them to select one. They chose my Gretchen Quilt and here she is:
|Gretchen quilt in her new home|
|Pick your fabrics; include blenders for a solids-type relief|
|Cut squares 6-7/8" x 6-7/8"|
|And then cut some 3-7/8" squares|
|Mark the center and sew 1/4" along both sides, matching solids and prints as shown|
|Add small triangles to half-triangle units as show|
|Sew small triangles to sides of contrasting large triangles|
Additional photo added for clarity: see here
|Trim excess large triangles even with raw edge of the small triangles|
I have revised the FREE Gretchen Quilt on my Craftsy Pattern page to reflect this new pic and explanation.
|Sew units together|
|Gretchen Blocks - all made with squares and triangles!|
Here she is: The Gretchen Quilt (it's called Gretchen because that's the traditional block name). Just click that link and it will take you to my Craftsy Store. And, yes, it's FREE.
And my giveaway? A bundle of blenders (4 fat quarters) from Blank Quilting. Blenders are those awesome fabrics that give your prints a place to shine. These are called Rock Candy. Yum, yum. They are in Easter basket colors sure to carry your thoughts to Spring and sunshine, flowers, and blooms.
|Yummy Rock Candy colors for Spring from Blank Quilting|
1. Leave a comment telling me what your weather is like today and what country or state you live in.
2. Visit the Blank Quilting Facebook page and "like" their fabrics - any of them. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can still be part of my contest: it's my party and I include everyone!
3. This contest IS OPEN to international visitors! If my Random Generator selects your name and you have an email, you will win - even if you live on the North Pole!
4. The contest is over midnight March 14 in the USA, midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time)