Posts

Showing posts from August, 2017

Calendar Girls Quilt #2: Colorburst Squares

Image
Quilt #2 from my Best of 2 Calendar Quilts 2012 pattern is Colorburst Squares. This first appeared in Quilt Magazine in 2007. It became a popular workshop. The beauty of this quilt is that it is made using ONLY 10-1/2" squares. No templates, no triangles, no fussy cutting. There are three different blocks which are variations of the Cobblestone Block. Colorburst Squares Quilt : 72" x 82" The squares are stacked, sliced using an acrylic ruler and then sewn back together. Notice how the center square "floats" from block to block. That's because each of the three simple blocks have slightly different cutting dimensions. Here is the ensemble I made using the Island Batiks fabrics (so yummy)! Colorburst Squares with my Fleur de Lis pillows I also used a wonderful collection from Windham called Multidot  combined with some of their blender solids called Spin . Here are some of the 10-1/2" squares I cut out: 10-1/2" squares cut and r

Aliens in My House!

Image
These fat quarters just arrived today, the day the Solar Eclipse is happening here in the USA. I just had to take a picture of these fun fabrics and share. Aliens in Space by Windham Fabrics The pattern I designed is still not available at the Windham site, but it's soon coming! Remember the pattern I showed last week? My Outer Space Buddy pattern I hope to make some simple blocks with this set of fat quarters. They will make great kids' quilts. I'm taking these with me to a quilting group that meets at my church. They make charity quilts and are always on the lookout for such fun novelty prints. Take care of your eyeballs today. I couldn't find a pair of those special sunglasses at the stores I visited, so I'm watching everything online at the NASA site. They should get it right, right?

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 34

Image
Week 34. What else can I say? Let's see what Patricia did with my patterns! August 20: Oranges (yum, yum) August 20: Oranges, 8" August 21: Sailboat August 21: Sailboat, 6" August 22: Spinner August 22: Spinner, 8" August 23: Sunflower August 23: Sunflower, 8"  August 24: Tall Ships August 24: Tall Ships, 6" August 25: Teardrops and Diamonds August 25: Teardrops and Diamonds August 26: Gone Fishing August 26: Gone Fishing, 6" Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you next week with 7 more blocks.

Getting Ready for the Solar Eclipse and FREE pattern

Image
Are you ready? I won't be in the direct path, but I'm going to buy a pair of those funky sunglasses so I don't burn my eyeballs out. Thinking about this event on August 21 made me realize that I have quite a few celestial quilts, four (yes 4) have the same name: Blast Off! What's with that? Can I share a few of those with you? This quilt was made for Benartex Fabrics in 2009, to appear in a Fons and Porter magazine. I'll wait while you check your magazine stacks for this one. Are you back? Blast Off! - 66" x 90" This makes the most of the fabrics as they're centered in those Cobblestone Blocks. The alternating blocks are a traditional Job's Tears which I converted to paper piecing. The blocks are 12" x 12". I had fun making this and it's been gifted to some very happy child. An earlier quilt that appeared in Miniature Quilt Ideas (2005) and also on the cover, I called (wait for it) - Blast Off! This has 8" Job's T

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 33

Image
I'm so glad you're still with me as I reveal seven new blocks each week that Patricia Bryant of Australia has made using my Block a Day Calendar. August 13: Grandmother's Dream August 13: Grandmother's Dream, 18"  August 14: Hopscotch August 14: Hopscotch, 6"  August 15: Lady of the Lake August 15: Lady of the Lake, 8"  August 16: London Roads August 16: London Roads, 9"  August 17: Mill Wheel August 17: Mill Wheel, 12"  August 18: Monk Fish August 18: Monk Fish, 6" August 19: Ocean Waves August 19: Ocean Waves, 12"

Upcoming Classes at the Fredericksburg Expo

Image
This is my 10th year with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo! I enjoy teaching with them and creating new classes each year. Here is my lineup for the October 2017 show. (BTW - These are the same classes I'm offering at the Minneapolis Sewing Expo in November. Check out the tab above for those.) Click on the links to get more information and the supply list. Thursday, October 5: Orange Crush (8:30 - 11:30 am) Orange Crush Choose your favorites for this two-color quilt, no paper piecing involved. Instead, use a super-sized 18-degree ruler (Dresden Plate shape), 12-1/2” tall and with 60 degree cutting angles (ruler included in the kit fee). And...Debby's unique cutting and piecing process leaves NO fabric waste. Nor worries about curved edges either, as you experience machine applique with a simple machine zigzag stitch. Easy, and satisfyingly dramatic.  Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details. Thursday, October 5: Rose Star (1 - 4 pm) Rose Star

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 32 and FREE pattern

Image
Already the second week in August! Can you believe it?  Just a little housekeeping first: my winner in last week's Christmas in July with the Nordic Holiday fabrics is Janie M. of Browning, Illinois. Congratulations, Janie! And many thanks to all of you for your comments about this beautiful collection. And isn't that a fabulous Lone Star pattern? Our blocks for this week are: August 6: Tea Leaf August 6: Tea Leaf, 8"  August 7: Coxey's Camp August 7: Coxey's Camp, 10"  August 8: Diagonal Paths (Hey! What's with that very large alligator with VERY large teeth?) August 8: Diagonal Paths, 8"  August 9: Double Pinwheel August 9: Double Pinwheel, 8"  August 10: Farmer's Daughter August 10: Farmer's Daughter, 10"  August 11: Flying Dutchman August 11: Flying Dutchman, 12"  August 12: Free Trade Block August 12: Free Trade Block And if you own a copy of the calendar , here's a