Sunday, April 30, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 18

Week 18 and a new round of 7 beautiful blocks by Patricia Bryant of Australia. Let's start!

April 30: Old King Cole's Crown
April 30: Old King Cole's Crown, 10"
 May 1: Trillium Wreath

May 30: Trillium Wreath, 12"
 And here's my own rendition of Trillium Wreath.

Trillium Wreath table topper
And a four block digital version:
Four Block Trillium Wreath quilt

May 2: Autograph Star
May 2: Autograph Star, 8"

May 3: Birds in the Air
May 3: Birds in the Air, 12"

May 4: Bouncing Betty
May 4: Bouncing Betty, 8"
And two digital versions I did for some fabric companies:

Bouncing Betty in feedsacks for Blank Quilting

Bouncing Betty as found in my 2011 Block a Day Calendar

May 5: Cheyenne
May 5: Cheyenne, 6"

May 6: Four Corners
May 6: Four Corners, 9"
Hope you enjoyed all this color and beautiful staging by Patricia. See you next week!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks: Week 3

I'm back with the 3rd block from one of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines. Today I feature what I call Divided Diamonds. I used the Normandy Collection from Benartex. I'm not usually fond of browns, but this group of fabrics is an exception.

This appeared in Volume 6 of the magazine.

100 Blocks Magazine, Volume 6
Here is my block as submitted. I used a circle for the center. This is a real block and not a digital rendition. It is paper pieced in four sections and then set into the curved background.

12" Divided Diamonds Block
I made another one and used triangles to finish the center:

Divided Diamonds with triangles in the center
I created two digital renditions of projects. First, the four block quilt. Rather predictable assembly, right?

Four Block Divided Diamonds quilt
Now for a Three Block Runner. Who says the blocks have to be like little ducks in the row?
Three block Divided Diamonds runner
Can I show you another quilt I made for Benartex with these fabrics? Please say "yes"!
This appeared in a Fons and Porter magazine a few years ago. It uses my Fleur de Lis applique pattern.

Normandy Fleur de Lis quilt (55" x 55")
And then I used these fabrics to make my Hosannah Quilt that appears in my book "Paper Piecing Perfect Points."
Hosannah Quilt: 33" x 43". Block Size: 7"
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some brown quilts! Thanks for stopping by. One more post next week with my 4th block from the book: Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 17

This is a good week. My first husband and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary - together.

My winner of the Quilter's Block a Day calendar is Brenda A. of Oregon!

Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar
Now for seven more of those awesome blocks created by Patricia using my calendar designs:

April 23: Ribbons and Leaves
Ribbons and Leaves, 10"
 April 24: Rain Dance
April 24: Rain Dance, 8"
 April 25: Single Chain and Knot
April 25: Single Chain and Knot, 10"
 April 26: Spring Bouquet
April 26: Spring Bouquet, 12"
 April 27: Sweet Delights
April 27: Sweet Delights, 12"
 April 28: Turnstile
April 28: Turnstile, 8"
April 29: Wheels
April 29: Wheels, 12"
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you were inspired.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Quilt Coloring Books (again)

Well, what do you think? I know I've asked this before but I have one of my publishers wanting to offer my designs from previous Quilt Block a Day calendars. I'm going to show you three that I like from 2006. Simple quilts with piecing, applique and even quilting. Would you print and color these if they were offered online?

Blooming Hearts using the swatches I preferred.

Blooming Hearts
But, you may have other ideas! Here's the line drawing. You are free to print and color to your heart's content. Click this link and download a pdf for coloring: Blooming Hearts

What about the vintage pattern called Turkey Tracks? Here is my color rendition.

Turkey Tracks
What colors would you prefer? Click this link for the pdf to color: Turkey Tracks

And one last one: Underground Railroad.

Underground Railroad
You can let your imagination go wild with this wonderful pattern! Click on the link and you can color using any palette: Underground Railroad

Personally, I prefer playing with real fabric. I do like coloring books, but only seeing those filled in by my little grandchildren! Thanks for stopping by and letting me share 3 quilts from 10 years ago!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks: Week 2

My winner of the Quilter's Block a Day Calendar is Brenda A. of Oregon. Thanks to everyone who participated. Now let's see some other awesome blocks!

Like I said last week, I have been in this awesome magazine 4 times. Quiltmaker compiled 10 of the magazines for the 1,000 Blocks (very heavy) book. Last week I shared the first block (EZ Mariner's Compass). This week I want to share Flower Burst, which appeared in Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Let's see the cover:
Quiltmaker 100 Blocks cover, Volume 5
And the block I made for this is called Flower Burst. I made it with a Benartex collection called Arianna.
Flowerburst Block: 12" finished
And here's a 5 block quilt I made using my Flower Burst pattern. I love this quilt! But why only 5 blocks? I ran out of fabric and had to get creative.
Flowerburst Quilt
You can get more info about the Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks book by visiting their web site. Click on that link. See you next week with my 3rd block!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Houses with Stripes and Florals

I saw a Kaffe Fassett quilt in the Glorious Patchwork book (1997) that inspired me to make my own version of houses. His is composed of strip pieced bottoms and various triangles for the roofs. I like to get my fabric to do as much work as possible, so I pulled out several of his striped fabrics and this is what I got.

First, I had to determine what size I wanted my houses. I didn't want them 5" x 10" as are in the book. And I composed the roofs in a very different manner. I settled on a 6" x 9" house/roof/sky combo. My roofs are simply Flying Geese units. I cut 7-1/4" squares of "roof" fabric into 4 equal sized triangles, so I had 4 roofs per print.

Flying Geese units for roofs
You can also see some of the main house striped fabrics. I cut these 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

6-1/2" squares of a variety of stripes
But, looking at the fabric I selected for sky fabric left me less than enthusiastic.

Several house blocks sewn with blah sky fabric.
I made 2 dozen blocks and I still didn't like them. So, do you know what I did? Yes, I did! I took them apart! And found some bluer sky fabric and started all over again. Sometimes you just have to do things like that. Do you think I would have liked them better if I had sewn all 65 of them?!!

The ones below use the same roof fabric because I'm going to use them either in the very center of my quilt or on the outside in some way. Yes, I typically operate without a full plan.

I have between 18 and 24 of these with matching roofs
And here are 11 different prints for the roofs. This gives me a total of at least 65 blocks.

11 different prints for the roofs. I have 4 each of these matching pairs
Once I get the Sharks Teeth units off my design board, I will put these up and play with their placement. Oh, you never saw these blocks? These are paper pieced for 10" finished blocks. I have finished sewing the four corner blocks but still have the paper on. But take a look:

10" Shark's Teeth blocks
This is a pattern I have on Craftsy. See the link on the right. The pattern comes in 3", 4", 5", 6" and 10" sizes.

Now, when you paper piece, you can accumulate quite a bit of scraps. Can I show you some of my KF scraps?
Just some of my Kaffe Fassett scraps!
 Thanks for stopping by. I'll keep you posted on my development of these two quilts.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 16 (and free quilt pattern)

Another week, another seven beautiful blocks from Patricia Bryant of Australia. Just to let you know: I did NOT create these blocks in fabric; she did. I designed the blocks (digital) for the calendar. I am indebted to Patricia for this year long display of how to sew my blocks with real fabric!

April 16: Jewel Box

April 16: Jewel Box, 16"
 April 17: London Square
April 17: London Square, 8"
 April 18: Nonsense
April 18: Nonsense, 12"
Let me show you some blocks I made for Blank Fabrics several years ago using the Nonsense pattern. This collection is called Jane.

 And the quilt (not quilted in this photo) I made. I absolutely loved this collection and I'm going to dig through my stash to find some remnants. Would you like the pattern? Of course you do. (No pressure to sew it; we just like to collect patterns, right?) Click on the link below the photo for the 60" x 60" quilt (15" block).

No Nonsense Jane Quilt
Back to the calendar!
April 19: Posy Garden

April 19: Posy Garden, 9"
 April 20: Mimi's Bow Knot
April 20: Mimi's Bow Knot, 9"
 April 21: Next-Door Neighbor
April 21: Next-Door Neighbor, 12"
 April 22: Posy Block
April 22: Posy Block, 8-1/2"
Don't forget to download the No Nonsense Jane Quilt pattern. This is a wonderful way to showcase a beautiful large scale print. That center square is 10" finished!

See you next week.