Showing posts from March, 2018

April Creamer and Sugar Bowl

Many of us like to drink our tea (and coffee) with some cream and sugar. You have to have pretty containers for those and that's what our April blocks are all about! The 4th block in our 2018 Tea Party BOM is both the creamer and sugar bowl. Don't you love it in these organic orange dots from Kaffe Fassett? I made these 13+ years ago when I taught a class in Atlanta. Original Creamer and Sugar Bowl from 2005 Now, let's see what I've done with some different fabrics and a few steps on how I make these using freezer paper (for templates) and raw edge sewing machine appliqué. I chose the Mimosa Collection by Windham Fabrics to make a vintage tea pot pattern. I will be offering this pattern eventually. I decided to make a Creamer and Sugar Bowl to coordinate. Vintage pattern for a chubby tea pot (or coffee pot) I use freezer paper (Reynolds, in grocery store aisles in the USA where plastic food wrap is sold.) Paper on one side; wax on the other.

April Calendar Blocks and FREE Pattern

It's April   and I have another set of blocks from my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar. There are 30 blocks in TWO sizes, along with complete directions for one quilt! The free quilt pattern is Dancing Double Cross (12" block from April 6; 63" x 63" quilt). Dancing Double Cross FREE pattern with April Blocks I made a full size quilt from the Nonsense Block (yes, that's the traditional name for this). Here is my No Nonsense Jane quilt using the Jane Collection of fabrics from Blank Quilting. Block Size: 15". Quilt Size: 60" x 60" No Nonsense Jane Quilt In my calendar it is the April 18 Block. Would you like the free pattern for this quilt? Why not? You can get it at my Craftsy store FREE. I made it for Blank and I own all the rights to it. This is a fabulous way to feature a wonderful large scale print. For those who would like to see ALL of the April blocks, click the links below and they will take you to the weekly reveals of

Windham Wednesdays with Butterfly Dance

Butterfly Dance by Windham Fabrics arrives in quilt shops in April. Not only are there butterflies, but some pretty sweet dragonflies are featured in both a light and dark print. Butterfly Dance by Sally Kelly for Windham Fabrics But, fabrics are really just blobs of material without a plan in mind, right? Windham sent me the 23 sku set of fat quarters and the challenge was on. Remember, a fat quarter is 18" x 22" and you are limited to making something small. NOT! I revisited one of my oldie-goldie patterns which I affectionately call Metropolitan Home Star . I first saw this in a 1982 Metropolitan Home magazine and tore out the page. I have carried it with me through several house moves and I eventually laminated it so it wouldn't be shredded. Here is the vintage quilt that inspired me. Vintage quilt from the 1920s I've made this quilt multiple times. In fact, it was featured on the cover of my second book, Supersize 'Em Quilts (Martingale, 2009)

This and That: Of Course, Quilt Related!

I have two weeks between long distance teaching trips and I get to sew, sew, sew. But I always sew with teaching or publishing in mind. That's the way I'm wired! Here are a few things that I've been playing with. First, a tea pot that will be offered as part of my Tea Party Block of the Month . It's an add-on, so I am thinking of adding a set of letters to spell "Tea Party" to go with it. These fabrics are from Windham a few years back: Mimosa. Vintage pattern of a tea pot, made with the Mimosa Collection This is the same fabric used in my Coffee Cups paper pieced patterns. Remember those? Paper Pieced Coffee Cups (7") I have already cut out the Cream and Sugar Bowl appliqués for the April Tea Party blocks using the small green print to go with this pot. So cute! Here is a teaser using my block from 2005: Cream and Sugar appliqué blocks for April Have you visited my Tea Party page on Facebook ? We have almost 250 members and it's

Lone Star Quilts

I've made several. More than several - close to a dozen! Only one (ok, two) used the dreadful y-seam to join the outside triangles and squares with the 8-pointed Star diamonds. Let me show you what I've done over the years. I didn't realize I had so many until I began teaching (again) my Big Block Lone Star workshop. Let's see that one first. The block is a whopping 29" square; with borders, 41" x 41". This is ALL rotary cut and sewn with NO y-seams. The trick is in those light setting squares and triangles. 29" Lone Star using Nordic Holiday fabrics by Amanda Murphy for Benartex Let's see one of my even bigger blocks. This pattern is available in my Craftsy store and shows two different colorways. It also includes the pages of step by step notes from my workshop (all illustrated) should you wish to avoid y-seams. Star of Splendor. 35" center Lone Star Block Also included with this 8 page pdf is a large Lone Star I made using

Quilted. Bound. Finished!

It's a good feeling to finish a quilt - all the way to the binding. I quilted these 3 quilts in January and prepared the binding. They were staring at me from the studio closet and I finally finished them (two yesterday). The first one was from a tutorial I had here on my blog: Benartex's Matthew's Monsters in the Machine . You can see my steps. Here is the front: Matthew's Monsters in the Machine  And I used the story panel for the back. Story panel works well for the back Here is a quilt I designed and made in 2008 - yes, I did! I finally put those blue borders on, quilted and finished it. The block is 18", and though it's a small quilt, it will serve as a workshop sample. I'm motivated to make a 4 block quilt. This is paper pieced in four sections and then is set into the curved background. Divided Diamonds I love to piece my quilt backs. It helps me use up various leftovers. Divided Diamonds back And the third quilt is a variat