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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

Free Pattern Friday

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I have designed SO many quilts for various fabric companies and one that seems so Summer-y is my Storm at Sea quilt done for Windham last year. It's called Sail Away . Fresh Catch fabrics for Sail Away quilt Here are a few of my own Storm at Sea quilts from years past. I think I still own one. This was a popular workshop for while. The blocks are 5", 5" x 10" and 10" x 10". The little boats are paper pieced. Storm at Sea quilt And one of my samples for the classes: Storm at Sea needing a border And one more with some beautiful blue borders: One more Storm at Sea So, check out the FREE pattern, Sail Away , at the Windham site. You can make it in any colors and sure will fit in with all your summer happenings.

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue and FREE Patterns

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Today is July 4 and in America we celebrate our freedom as a country. I hear SO MANY negative things these days about all the perceived wrongs going on, can we just not concentrate on our warts and remember the good things about our neighbors, communities and country? I'm not trying to pretend we don't have issues (like who doesn't?!!), but we have so much to celebrate. So, how about some quilt inspiration? Yes, how about it! Here's some fabric from Windham, 2014. I wish I still had a few of these, but I gave them all away. This was an amazing collection. George Washington, our first president Here is my Patriot's Day quilt, scheduled to appear in a quilting magazine but then they declared bankruptcy and it was never published. I never got paid . . . But, I did publish it in my 2012 Wall Calendar of quilts and then gave it away to my favorite nephew (only nephew) and he loves it! Blair with Patriot's Day quilt The quilt was made using