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More Festive Birds for the Holidays

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My favorite shape is the hexagon. I love using it with the half-hexagon shape! The possibilities are endless. Here is a fun quilt (yet to be quilted) where I combined my Half Hexagon Braid pattern with the vertical panels of cardinals. Less piecing, too! Festive Season leftovers: 50" x 50" Yes, I used two different prints for the borders. And I didn't have enough length, so I added those corner squares. Here's a closeup of that awesome cardinal border print: Vertical cardinal print Another quilt that I made was featured in a Benartex blog several years ago. I got carried away with the design on this. You can see the process shots for this (and several other projects) HERE . Be sure to check it out because I give the cutting dimensions and show you how to make this! Festive Season with beautiful Cardinals: 31" x 36" Here is a closeup of fussy cutting that awesome cardinal in the center: I also made another wreath using 3" diamonds for English Paper Piec

Scrappy Christmas Quilts

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I am not a purist - I freely mix and match fabrics across fabric companies. I especially love when the fabrics come from one company because the colors match perfectly. Festive Chickadees from Benartex is just such a company. I mixed it with Festive Season. Twisted Hexagon Chickadees . 42" x 47". Blocks are 10" high I loved being able to capture those sweet chickadees inside a hexagon. I cut freezer paper hexagons the size I needed then cut a "window" so I could find the perfect motif. The freezer paper is ironed to the fabric and "sticks" so I can cut out the whole hexagon. It can be peeled and reused. I used my 60 degree triangle ruler to cut both the hexagons and the half-hexagons. It's not magic, but pretty close! Cutting half hexagons I pulled in a variety of other fabrics and actually cut too many - but then I had enough for a second quilt. These half-hexagons are from the Festive Season collection. How do the half-hexagons look with that sw

Charity Quilt Finishes and FREE Pattern

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I have my two winners: Becky and Susan. Now, ladies, we all want to see what you do! I love making scrappy quilts and pulling from all sorts of fabric collections until I have a quilt the size I want. Here are a few recent quilt top finishes that will be quilted by a guild friend and then donated to our local charity endeavors. Monsters and Aliens quilt top: 38" x 38" The center fabric was in a guild giveaway pile - just a 12" square. I surrounded it with all sorts of colorful scraps and finished it off with another wild fabric from another giveaway pile. Some little kid is going to love this! This next one used the very last piece of Baby Safari fabrics from 2009. I love these dancing animals and I was able to make some bright 4-Patch blocks to stretch the size to 38" x 38". The border is from the Wild Things Collection by P and B Textiles. Baby Safari Dancing Animals: 38" x 38" The next quilt I've made many, many times. It's one of the easie

Quick Little Gifts from Your Scraps

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Got scraps? Matching scraps? Well, this is the perfect way to use up those scraps to make lovely gifts for teachers, friends, stocking stuffers, and just about any occasion to say "I care." This is a repost from 2017 and I've shared this technique many times on this blog. Always good to see it again. Here's a link to a  TUTORIAL . Remember? 7 little tissue holders made with Windham  "It's a Hoot"  Collection Then I made some with my Kaffe Fassett scraps. And I have a LOT of them. Here they are: 4 little tissue holders using my Kaffe scraps Now for some quick steps (which were shared in more detail at that  previous post  using the What a Hoot collection): Two rectangles. The outside (wavy print) is cut 6" x 7". The inside lining (dots) is cut larger at 6" x 8-1/4". Start with two rectangles Sew the two short sides together as shown. Yes, the rectangles are not the same size. There's a reason for this! Sew the two rectangles togeth

Souvenir FREE Pattern

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I designed this quilt for Blank Fabrics in 2007 and called it Color Blox Stars. It uses the traditional Souvenir Block. I made it in the blue colors and the brown quilt is just a digital. The blocks are 15" x 15". (The blue one is the real quilt.) Color Blox Stars : 65" x 65"  And the brown fabrics: Color Blox in Browns Click the links and you will be able to download the color 2 page pattern. Here is the Stash Block in a 10" size. This ran in Quilt Magazine in 2007. Notice the Asian flavored fabrics. Souvenir Block: 10" x 10" Here is the cutting diagram for the 10" block. So, grab some scraps and make a sample block. If you like it, make some more and soon you'll have enough for a quilt! Believe me - I honestly read every comment and appreciate everything you say (except the spammers!)

Old Quilt, New Jacket

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I came upon 2 very used, very old, very beat-up quilts about 10 years ago. Paid $15 for both! They were destined for the trash heap (according to the owner) and I swept them up just for the sheer urge to at least give them a proper burial. One became a dog blanket (trust me - it was torn, etc beyond repair). The other I put up in the closet and used it to cover my grandkids when they stayed overnight. Pink vintage quilt from the 1960s: 62" x 77" (approx.) The pink solids and prints are poly-cotton. The white is cotton and that's where the disintegration occurred. Sun damage. Sitting quietly up in my hall closet, wanting to grow old with grace. This quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted. The binding was attached by machine. Then I got this request from my oldest daughter: "Can you make me a vintage quilted jacket?" She sent links to "repurposed" quilts into jackets - $575!! I told her "no" right off the bat. I said it was anathema (forbidden)

More Double Stars

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I pulled out a workshop box yesterday and realized I had enough fabric and cut patches to make a large, 4 block quilt using one of my hexagon patterns. It's an upsized Double Star. Here's the simple version: Double Star : 18" x 21" Same quilt! Double Star : 18" x 21" I added more diamonds and triangles and made it larger. I turned the six corner diamond/triangle units outward (instead of inward as shown in the Star of David). There are no y-seams. The only diamonds are the purples. The turquoise fabrics are two triangles pretending to be diamonds! I made two of these blocks. They will finish to 24" high! It's very much like my Star of David table topper (same patches). This is a popular pattern in my Etsy shop. Easy to cut and stitch. Star of David table topper (or wall banner) And I made two of this next block. Somehow I am going to join them with side triangles. I've cut them and I was able to squeeze enough out of my selected fabrics. Purpl