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Two More Quilts with Creative Backs

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Here is another quilt created with the awesome Sashiko Collection by Windham Fabrics. I appliquéd circles to hexagon background units. Set them with red 60 degree triangles. I shared the post last July. Check it out . I figured I could quilt it myself on my HandiQuilter Sweet16 (sit down) and did just that. I had a very old border print, some binding, but had to really dig around for some backing fabrics. Here's the finished quilt: Circles of the East: 42" x 42" Here are the circles I cut from the Sashiko prints: Then I appliquéd them to larger hexagons: I had enough for the front, but I got a little creative with the backing. I had this awesome 20" square of cotton decorator fabric with a beautiful bird in a tree print. I centered it with two other fabrics, and this is what I got. Back of Circles of the East I made a 4 block Kimono quilt using these same Sashiko fabrics and shared it here before (in 2020).  Four Block Kimono Quilt: 42" x 42" I did share th

Carpenter's Wheel Quilts

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I have made a few Carpenter's Wheel quilts over the years. In fact, one of them was in my suitcase that was stolen on a road trip in 2005! Never did get it back. If you see this, let me know . . . Carpenter's Wheel, made in 2003. 20" x 20" I foundation paper pieced the quilt above. It was a bit difficult in the way I drafted it, but it worked. NO y-seams! When it was stolen, a good friend of mine decided to make a replacement quilt so I could take it on the road teaching and lecturing (it was on loan). Joan was gracious to let me do that. Here is her quilt. She enlarged it with those extra mitered borders. Joan's Carpenter's Wheel She even allowed me to take it Spain when I visited my daughter in 2006. I arranged to have a trunk show with a local quilt shop (owned by an American married to a Spaniard). Here I am letting some ladies look at it up close. I saw a quilt online that mimicked  the Carpenter's wheel without the center star. I can draft anything,

Quilts with Creative Backs

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Sometimes I have extra blocks from making the quilt top and rather than make a potholder or trivet (or put them into a box to languish for years), I incorporate them into the quilt backing. Here is a recent quilt finish from my Magic Triangles class. I first did the pattern for Creative Grids and then that morphed into a popular workshop. Magic Triangles using the Holiday Splendor fabric collection. 46" x 48" I had a LOT of this fabric and made several quilts from it. The first is my One Day Lone Star. This was a free pattern for Blank Quilting about 10 years ago. Here is one of the units from the quilt at the top of the page. I had a few of these left over and figured they could be much happier joining their fabric buddies than spending their later years in some box in my closet! Magic Triangles unit I had some smaller units: Magic Triangles leftover units Put two together into a vertical row (twice): I made two of these vertical units Added 30 degree setting triangles on th

Arkansas Meadow Rose

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My perpetual calendar (Martingale, 2007) has the Arkansas Meadow Rose as the block for today, June 1. This is a vintage block from the early 1900s. Here's a photo of the block made by Patricia Bryant and the calendar page: Arkansas Meadow Rose: 10" block I made a quilt from that vintage block about 30 years ago. I still own it! First, let me share the simple digital art. I made the blocks in a 12" size and the full quilt is 44" x 44" Arkansas Meadow Rose: 44" x 44" And an old photo of the quilt: Arkansas Meadow Rose: 44" x 44" Yes, it's very predictable in it's assembly. But look at a copy of the page as it appeared in the Kansas City Star in 1935! That is a lot of piecing with odd shaped templates. I streamlined the entire thing. I get my best inspiration from these vintage patterns. But I have no desire to make them as they originally were executed! I hope you have a marvelous June 1 (a Saturday with the sun shining and cool breezes

Another 7 Sisters Finish!

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I taught this as a workshop for a few years to probably 2 dozen classes. Such a great time because we didn't have to make the dreadful y-seam. We began by cutting 60 degree diamonds and triangles. Pieced them into these units: Diamonds and triangles And a few more for a second quilt sample: More diamonds and triangles Here is my first 7 Sisters quilt. It's actually a large table topper. No y-seams! Seven Sisters (stars) I made a 3 block runner in a Seven Sisters Variation, but I took it apart (who really needs another table runner)? 3 Block Table Runner I added 3 more blocks and this is what I got: I made another variation using some bright, primary colored fabrics. Still needs to be quilted. Will probably become another charity quilt for the infusion unit. Certainly not a sleepy quilt! Check out my borders - Didn't have a single fabric, so split it up into bars. Tried to reflect the colors in each of the blocks as they go round. Seven Sisters Variation: 49" x 60"

Rose Star Quilt Made from Fat Quarters

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 I created and taught a workshop based on the vintage block called Rose Star. I had acrylic templates made for my students and taught them how to make a y-seam. There honestly isn't any other way to get those 120 degree angles put together into the 3-patch unit. Patches cut with acrylic template Then 3 of these get pieced into triangle units. Yes, there's a y-seam in there! 3 Patch units with y-seam After piecing the 3 patches into the triangle, there are no more y-seams. I call this Stacked Kites. I turned these beautiful patches into a sweet quilt in 2020. Still waiting for borders. This one's going to stay with me. My oldest daughter loves ALL my 1930s quilts and probably will lay a claim to this (once I let her know about it!) 30s Stacked Kites: 44" x 50" My Rose Star workshop focused on making one block. I made several of these, but I didn't need another table runner, so I added side triangles to "square up" the hexagon. Here it is - 36" hi

Disappearing Dresdens

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I pieced a backing for this quilt made several years ago. It is 55" x 55". I call it Disappearing Dresdens because I ran out of the black and red prints and had to make dresden plate blades from the white background fabric! Disappearing Dresdens: 55" x 55" There is one whole block (top right), two 3/4 blocks, one half block and one 1/4 block. But you still see dresdens, don't you? Here's a close up of the center of the quilt which measures 40" x 40". This quilt is going to be quilted and donated to our local charity endeavor that provides warm quilts to those who sit in those freezing hospital rooms getting chemo infusion. I'm sure it will be enjoyed! I made a smaller one in blues and white. I wasn't planning on only having this many units - it's all I could squeeze from the blue fabrics! How do you like my clever borders? That's what happens when you only have fat quarters to work with. Blue and White Disappearing Dresdens I have a