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Another Quilt Finish

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You've seen this quilt before. I call it Metropolitan Home Star . That's because I first saw this vintage quilt in a Metropolitan Home magazine in the late 1980s! Here is the page I tore out of the magazine. I had it laminated and I still have it! Here is my recent finish, as I am also retiring this workshop. I've taught it a few dozen times. I converted the large points to paper piecing. This is a smaller quilt because I only used one star. The block is a whopping 21" x 21". Each of those paper pieced units is 7". Single Metropolitan Home Star : 31" x 31" I made a large, four block quilt for my second book (Supersize 'Em Quilts, 2009) and my editor/publisher didn't want to use that name. I had to call it "That Spiky Thing." And it was so beautiful that it made the cover of the book! Here are the parts before I assembled still another quilt, only this time in an asymmetrical assembly. Block parts And the quilt (before final borders

Recent Quilt Finish

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I am making it my quilting priority to finish a LOT of my workshop samples. I have a wonderful outlet for everything and the bonus is that I don't have to quilt them myself! My local guild has a fabulous member who longarm quilts our quilts when they are used for our charity endeavors. This is the very last of my Buzz Saw samples. As you can see, I had to use a "renegade" blade (orange) to complete the 20 blade center. I used an older Windham Fabics collection called Raj. This quilt will be a bright spot for some little child (I hope)! Raj Buzz Saw : 39" x 39" My ruler is an 18 degree Dresden wedge that has a height of 12-1/2"! That makes for a large center. It has both 30 and 60 degree diagonal lines on it fork cutting the wedges (no templates). Buzz Saw ruler (no templates needed; these were used in the magazine)  Here is the first Buzz Saw I made. It appeared in an issue of Modern Quilts (2014). I went on to teach this as a workshop about a dozen times.

Quilt Calendars?

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A question for my quilting friends: Would a desktop block-a-day calendar interest you? I'm sure you remember all those that were on the market for years (I created 15, plus 4 wall calendars - I'm just saying . . .) It's not my own initiative and I just want to know the interest level. It began with the 2006 calendar. I initiated this because the 2004 calendar I received as a Christmas gift was so poorly done (from the viewpoint of a quilter). The publisher said: "OK. Let's see you do it!" I made their publishing deadline and from there it was only up! First of 15 desktop calendars  Why am I asking? A publisher wants to fill the empty niche out there and try to fill it with my work. The 2020 calendar was the last one I did. There were THOUSANDS of blocks designed over those years and hundreds of unique quilt patterns. But - IS THERE INTEREST? If you saw a new desktop quilting calendar for sale, would you want it? Would you buy it? I know my generation (those o

3 Quilts in New Homes

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My closets are full and the quilts are threatening to mutiny. I hear them up there plotting and scheming to somehow get out and into new, loving homes. My home is loving, but they want to be the stars! I have a new, great nephew and I made another Poky Little Puppy quilt using those soft panel books. Cut up and added sashing. This is the 3rd one I made, with another one on the way. Poky Little Puppy panel quilt: 43" x 43" Then one of my favorite people at the local library told me about her parents who live with her and that they aren't mobile. I felt that I could cheer them up with some lap quilts. I pulled two from those closets and here they are. I gave them to her yesterday. I think I blew her mind! This is an orphan block that I set on point and added strips to take it up to about 44" x 44". Sure to brighten her mom's day, right? Fantasy Flower Quilt I'm always challenged to find a quilt for a man. So much of our quilter's fabrics are so "g

Lotsa Dancing Squares!

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Well, why not another  FREE pattern ? You need inspiration to sew from your huge stash and many of you have the time. Even making one block will give you an idea if you want to make more. Like I always say:           "If you don't like one block, do you really think you'll like making 16 or 20 or more?" This is from an older Windham Fabrics collection called Bright Basics. Happy Squares : 46" x 52"  6" squares This is a redo of another quilt I owned. And you know the story: it was one of the 30 quilts stolen in 2005. Not to worry! It's hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the sky. Here's the original which appeared in my first book: Bold, Black and Beautiful. 98 Dancing Squares. Smaller blocks (5") Let me show you a few others made with the very same pattern. Dancing Squares using  Uncorked Collection  by Windham Fabrics And one more. This one is so sweet and one of the sweetest juvenile collections I've ever seen. The  Forest Parade Coll

Velvet Stars FREE Pattern

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I made this quilt in 2001 and published it first in Quilt Magazine. I had seen a tattered velveteen-backed pillow at a yard sale and the colors in the needlepoint were bright and cheery. The pattern inspired me to make this in rotary cut strips. My method was to use templates (so old school!) Velvet Stars : 46" x 62" These are 12" blocks. I had a packet of 1/4 yard cuts of beautiful solid fabrics. I cut and stitched at random. Each star is composed of 8 colors without thought of "matching." I also published it in my first book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts (AQS, 2004). I found an error in the pattern (not my fault - the editor always has the final say). Here is a digital image of the blocks without any sashing. Velvet Stars : 12" blocks I tossed the templates and streamlined the piecing. Each QUARTER STAR is composed of: One 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" strip of Color A Two 3-1/2" squares of Color B One 3-7/8" square each of Color A and Color B

More Block Setting Solutions

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Sometimes you just run short of fabric and you KNOW you have to get a quilt from what you have. Here is one I designed to actually work with 5 blocks. Mi Casa es Su Casa Fabrics are from Dwellings Collection by Benartex. The centers of these houses ("casa") are printed panels that resemble improvisational log cabin blocks. I added roof tops (Flying Geese units) and then the green and white fabrics in the center take the place of a single block cut in half. I did the same thing with some brown log cabins for a companion pattern to go with my friend's Creative Grids ruler (Jean Ann Wright was my senior editor at Quilt Magazine). Warm Welcome Home I took the same approach with the next quilt. Again, some log cabin blocks looking for a home. Orphans given to me. Quilted by a friend and donated to a local charity. Log Cabin Stars Here's one using some English Paper Piecing blocks. Yes, there are 6 blocks but I set them with the extra rectangles so they are staggered in the

Creative Settings for 7 Blocks

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I thought of another quilt that uses a 3 x 3 block setting, but I only had 7 blocks. I paper pieced these Shark's Teeth blocks and squeezed the life out of the fabrics, but couldn't get any more than 7. I shared this with you last June. It happens all the time (to me). I do not typically "count the cost" before I jump in and start sewing with a quilt in mind. Then I run out of fabric to finish the number of blocks I need, say, for a 3 x 3 block quilt. That's what happened here in my Mistletoe  Shark's Teeth  quilt. Mistletoe Shark's Teeth quilt: 10" blocks. 38" x 38" quilt I cut two panels the same size as the blocks (foundation pieced) and put them at the top. Fun, huh? Here's another creative solution I came upon for more than 7 blocks, but not enough for a square quilt. First, the original quilt. I named it Spiroglyphics (have NO idea why!) I made this 20+ years ago and I've since given it away. All batiks. Spiroglyphics Quilt The

Jewels: Cast Your Vote

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I found a bag of leftover fabrics from a collection I ABSOLUTELY love. They are the Regency Dandy fabrics from Windham - 2007! I made this awesome Princess Feather quilt not once, but twice. Windham owns the first one and it hangs proudly in their New Jersey office. Princess Feather: 56" x 56"  I made a Palm quilt, too. This was given to a neighbor after some surgery. Regency Dandy Palm quilt One more before I ask you to CAST YOUR VOTE: Zig Zag Pyramids Now for my dilemma: I cut some diamonds from the remaining fabrics. They sat for a few years. 4-1/2" diamonds (60 degree) I became enamored with jewels (what woman isn't?) and had another plan. I cut little triangles off the tips (there IS a formula). Diamonds to jewels Then I made this sweet quilt and added a border from another Windham collection (Raj). I bound it last week and it's being donated to a local charity. This is QUILT #1 . It uses 54 jewels. Diamonds to Jewels : 43" x 44" QUILT #2 takes th

7 Blocks; Square Quilt!

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I pulled a quilt from my closet that I stitched in 1996. It was made from several deconstructed swastika blocks a dear friend gave me. She knew I liked a challenge and we agreed that no one needs to be reminded of swastikas! Let's make something happy. I did just that. It was determined by quilt experts that the fabrics date to around 1890! I added some reproduction fabrics and actually hand quilted this. I think I'll hang it so I can truly enjoy it. It didn't like being cramped in my closet, anyway. 1890s Stars: 36" x 36". 8" blocks What I noticed on Sunday was that there are only 7 blocks, but the quilt is square! That means that I used spacer strips that equal four half-blocks in the top and bottom sides. Oh, I was so clever and I didn't realize it! Here's a recent quilt finish that I haven't shared before that, again, was able to create a square (3 blocks x 3 blocks) center using only 7 blocks. I had 7 panels that I surrounded with coordinatin

Happy New Year!

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I taught a postcard workshop in 2005 and I used some "bling" to spice up my creations. Here are two that I made for New Year. I think I got the idea from an Asian inspired book that used a hexagon as a motif. I created the fabric part (including the sewing machine words) before I stitched it onto the card stock back. Notice how I machine stitched the fabric to the card stock. Then, I used a rotary cutter with a pinked blade to trim the edges. I think I glued that tassel on last. Here's another one with a different print. Yes, you can send these through the USPS, but they have to be hand stamped at the post office. And they use first class stamps (and not postcard stamps). But, think of all the people who will see these and they bring a smile to their faces! I may have to do it again. I also designed a quilt using a block I named "Happy New Year." It appeared in my 2008 Quilter's Block a Day calendar (by Martingale). Happy New Year Block All this to say: Happ