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More Hearts in Quilts and FREE Pattern

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I discovered some precut hearts for sale in the Keepsake Catalog back in early 2000. I bought a packet of them and made a few quilts. So much fun to have them both pre-cut AND have them ready to appliqué to a background. A dear friend from my Atlanta days bought a packet of hearts and didn't know what to do with them. She saw some inspiration in a quilt shop the next year and decided to play around with putting them on a single piece of fabric. It appeared in my second book, Supersize 'Em Quilts (2009). I like her super wide binding - it looks like a thin border. Jeweled Crazy Hearts by Jan Jolly: 42" x 42" I took this idea and made it into a workshop in 2009. Students received pre-cut squares with fusible webbing on the back and a heart template. Then they were to place them in one or two arrangements on a large piece of background fabric. We used raw edge machine appliqué to stitch them down. Here are a few versions. This next photo is of REAL fabric. No binding ye

Thinking of Hearts for Valentine's Day

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This is a repost because, well - it's almost Valentine's Day! We all made these woven hearts in school. And I believe they're still making them! I'll check with my little grandsons in school. Woven Heart This is just a quick set of pics to remind you of how fun these were to make and to show you that you can do it with fabric! Allow me. Then if I've tempted you enough, you'll go visit my Etsy store  and check it out! The 3 page pattern has a page with photos along with the full size template. I realized the other day that I had made 4 Danish Woven Hearts about 12 years ago and they have been languishing in a box all that time. At first I thought I had given them away (I was de-stashing last year). But, I found the box (because I had labeled it on the outside - what a novel idea, huh?) First woven heart almost finished I decided to make one using some Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I love pink and green! The wrong side of the fabrics are fused with fusible interfacing (n

FREE Vintage Noonday Block

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So you like to hand piece? Are you happy sewing without a sewing machine? I came across this vintage block that we (Quilt Magazine) had patterned about 15 years ago. It's called Noonday. 12" Noonday Block This is not a simple block. I certainly couldn't do it justice, but there are those quilters who LOVE to hand piece. There are 16 gold elongated triangles. And 16 blue diamonds. The closest I could come to something like this is my Ezekiel's Crown block. This was a workshop for a few years. There are 16 pointed triangles in each full circle (the center). But paper piecing made this happen. NO handwork in this - not even the binding! Ezekiel's Crown : 18" block (four units) You can have the FREE Noonday quilt block by clicking that link under the photo. It takes you to a 2 page pdf with full size templates. Enjoy!

Free Pattern Friday with Gee's Bend

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I love log cabin quilts. And so do many, many other quilters. The Gee's Bend ladies made a lot of log cabin quilts using their unique improvisational style. I patterned this for Windham Fabrics in partnership with the Gee's Bend quilters. It's called Housetop Nine Block. First, the quilt made by Annie Pettway. Housetop Nine Block by Annie Pettway Windham sent me fabrics and asked me to come up with a prototype. Here's my first block. It's based on Annie's, top left in her quilt. First prototype block Then I made a few more. Put them together. Too blah! Back to the drawing board. First prototype quilt Then we darkened those large sashing strips and played with more colors. I finally got it right and everyone was happy! Housetop Nine Block : 66" x 73" Fast forward 10 years and Windham wanted to revisit the pattern (my copyright - all spelled out in my contracts for those wondering). They had a new collection called Simply White . They asked me if I could

One More Tessellating Stars Quilt

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. . . and FREE Pattern ! I picked up my scraps and used the very last of this Kaffe Fassett Roman Glass print in gray. I only could get 5 blocks out of the Artisan Shimmer (the "solids"). You've seen this design many times, but I come back to it again and again because it's so easy. Tessellating Stars : 38" x 50". 12" blocks  As you can see, I had to split one block and place one half at the top and one half on the bottom. The four gray marble corner squares finish it off. I just put the binding on Tuesday and it's going to our local donation/charity quilt endeavors. Don't you just love the two border prints? They come from the same Benartex collection, so they work together perfectly. It's a happy quilt that is sure to bring a smile to someone's face. I made the same design in 2006 using some Bali batiks sent to us at the magazine. Same problem - not enough fabric for 6 full blocks! Visit the blog post I did last summer and you can see

Glorious Blooms Even in the Winter

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Yes, it's January and the skies are gray and the days are still short (though we have gotten 26 more minutes of daylight since Winter Solstice). I finished a quilt top last week that is based on my Glorious Blooms quilt that was featured in Fabric Trends Magazine and also in my Supersize 'Em Quilts book. Just another cover girl! Here is a photo of the quilt with awesome, large 20" blocks so they can showcase a glorious floral motif in the center 11" square. Glorious Blooms : 46" x 46". 20" blocks I auditioned different colors for the block corners. I didn't like the green, so . . . First I chose the green squares for the corners I did some ripping . . . Glorious Blooms block in process And here is my 4 block quilt. I had to get creative with the borders. I only had fat quarters (you've heard this song before)! Glorious Blooms  using Cottage Joy I found an orphan block that I had made using a lovely Anna Griffin set of fabrics from 2013. Not su

Quilt Triplets and FREE Pattern

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A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful table topper made up by Glorious Color using Kaffe Fassett prints. I could tell by the size and the patch shapes that I could reproduce it. It's really a traditional block done in today's fabrics. Holiday House Leeks Table Runner : 24" x 24" (kit) I grabbed some of my own Kaffe scraps, but I didn't have these awesome colors. I needed to have a center square that measured 12-1/2". All I had was something in browns (not my favorite color). I stitched this at the end of December and put it aside for the holidays. Debby's version of the table topper While these look like diamonds, they are simply parallelograms made up of two half-square triangles. Very easy to do. I decided to go larger and so added lavender corner triangles to square it up, ready for more borders. I grabbed some African prints and a lavender batik from my stash that reflected the block colors and here she is! Simplified Carpenter's Wheel: 37" x 37