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Lone Star Quilts

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I just returned from 3 days of teaching at the Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA. It was their 20th anniversary and my 3rd year of teaching with them. I thoroughly enjoyed my time (I love teaching) and especially enjoyed my students. I learn so much from them - it's not a one way street! Here is one of my two teaching samples. I made this in early 2009 from a Blank Fabrics collection called Holiday Splendor. The center Lone Star is a whopping 35" square! The quilt is 50" x 50" Holiday Splendor Lone Star I set in those floral print squares and triangles (and I teach that as one of two methods). I didn't want to break up the print with a seam. But 95% of the time, when I make quilts like this, I split those outside background pieces. Then I took another collection of blues and made a second Lone Star. This is all rotary cut strips sewn into sets of 3 and then cut into 45 degree 3-patch wedges. NO templates! As you can see (if you look closely) that I split up

Free Pattern Friday: Tessellating Stars

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I have made a Tessellating Stars quilt multiple times in the past 25 years. What's tessellating mean? Interlocking is the best word to describe it. If you know the work of M.C. Escher (a Dutch graphic artist), you know tessellations. But I think pictures (especially for quilters) are the best way to describe this! First, a block. Tessellating Star from my Quilter's Block a Day calendar Now a quilt. This was in my first book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts (AQS, 2004). Tessellating Stars. 12" block; 59" x 59" quilt And a small quilt with only 6 blocks. I split two blocks and put half on top and half on bottom. 6 Tessellating Stars blocks Multi-colored stars with the same leaf print background. Six blocks And my Red and Gold Tessellating Stars (of four blocks): Four bold, red blocks! Now, here's a quilt I designed for Blank Fabrics several years ago. It uses some of those jelly roll strips (2-1/2"). I'm sure you must

Windham Wednesdays with Uncorked

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Yes, I've blogged about Windham's Uncorked fabrics before. They are so lovely and keep calling to me in my sewing room. They sit at the front of one of my shelves and are always watching me. They keep whispering, "Hey! I will go with ANY fabrics in this room. ANY of them. Let us prove it!" Uncorked by Windham Fabrics I even made a quilt (since gifted) trying to use every. Single. Sku. Honest, I did. First, I cut a lot of squares. LOOK AT ALL THOSE GORGEOUS FABRICS! Here's a remake of a quilt that was stolen in 2005. I called it 98 Dancing Squares. I gave this to a very happy young woman, a dear friend of one of my daughters. 98 Dancing Squares Now, let me show you what I've been working on recently. Or, I should say - I started this a year ago, then moved to another house, and just this week rediscovered it. (I have to be honest, don't I?) Uncorked and my Dresden ruler I chose just two colors (a gray and a medium sky blue) and had

Christmas in July with Michael Miller

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Have you ever sewn with Minky? I don't think I have (it scares me). It stretches and moves like a knit (because it IS a knit). But it feels so luscious and soft and you just want to cuddle with it. So, I guess it's not scary after all. ( And if you stick around to the end, you'll find a quick pattern that works well with these sweet fabrics! ) I was sent some holiday fabrics called Home for the Holidays . (That's not the Minky.) Such sweet, novelty prints that make me want to stitch a Christmas quilt for each of my 4 grandkids. Home for the Holidays by Michael Miller But I need to get back to the Minky. The collection is called You Are Magic  and I also received a small piece in Minky in both the pink and blue. What's fun is that I still have 2 little grandkids who would love something to snuggle with out of Minky. And the one with the blue has the name of my 3 year old grandson's favorite stuffed animal on it: Twinkle! Javi's blue Minky blanket

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

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I guess I'm slow, but I realized AFTER the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (moon landing) that I had made several (yes, several) space travel quilts. I call them Blast Off (yes, each of them). Here are some pics: Paper pieced rocket blocks The first one above was made in 2004. I gifted it to a young man the same year. The blocks are 8" and updated versions of the vintage block Jobs Tears; and the quilt is 33" x 33". The next one I made used 12" blocks and some fabrics from Benartex. The quilt is 66" x 90". It appeared in a quilting magazine and also in my 2014 Wall Calendar of Quilts. Can you see the man walking on the moon?! Blast Off using 12" blocks And a recent finish (which means I finally quilted it) is this small quilt using my Diadem paper pieced pattern. The center is cut 9" and the four spiked corners are paper pieced for a 12" finished block. A great way to let the fabric do the work. I didn't realize that

Hanukkah in July and FREE pattern

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Everyone does Christmas in July (and I have some coming), but for my Jewish friends I wanted to share my Dreidel block which is part of my FREE Cookie Cutter Sampler BOM. You can read about the series by clicking on the top photo on the right sidebar. Benartex sent me 11 pieces from their Pearl Essentials collection to make something for this post. Aren't they beautiful? Pearl Essentials by Benartex  I began to make a Star of David using my Double Hexie Star pattern. Yes, I still need to stitch the center seam and it's been on the design wall for 2 weeks like this! (I have two quilt shows I'm teaching at in two weeks time with 6 workshops and a trunk show, so that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!) Here is my almost-done Star of David: Star of David in process I'm not sure if I should add large setting triangles to "square" it up on the sides or if I should leave it as a hexagon. Still thinking about that one. In the meantim