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Free Pattern Monday

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Today is June 17 and my Block a Day calendar (desktop, spiral bound) features the traditional Idaho Beauty block. It's really four 10" star blocks. Idaho Beauty block by Patricia Bryant If you have the calendar, then the free pattern will make sense to you. If you don't have it, I think you can probably figure out the patch dimensions. (and yes, for a SHORT time I will have the block pattern here; then I will take it down). I created a quilt shop program called Calendar Girls and this was the free featured pattern for June. Idaho Beauty Quilt : 35" x 57" I also designed it for Blank Quilting Fabrics 15 years ago. Here's my digital rendition: Idaho Beauty using the Jessica fabrics collection Click on the link which will take you to a 3 page pdf. Here is the cutting info for the block. I used it in one of my other calendars (2018). Enjoy!

Flag Day Blocks

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Today is June 14 and I created a block for my Block a Day Calendar and called it "Salute." It's an 8" size. Here is what Patricia Bryant did with it. It's that a regal eagle?! 8" Salute block by Patricia Bryant Yankee Charm appears later in the calendar. I made it using some USA fabrics from Windham: Yankee Charm from July And Old Glory Star: Old Glory Star And the New York Block (from my Hey, Hey, USA banner) Very much in the colors of Flag Day! I obviously upsized the blocks to 18". I gave the banner to a local friend who is very much involved in getting people to vote. I know she loves it! I hope you do, too. Hey, Hey, USA banner

The Honey Bee

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Love 'em or hate 'em - we can't survive without their place in our food chain! Even when they're buzzing around your plate of food or your head, just leave them alone. They don't want to sting you. But, can you believe it? We quilters have a Honey Bee block! This is from Patricia Bryant of Australia. Honey Bee block (10") from my Block a Day calendar This block is featured in the calendar for today (June 13). I've made it once or twice in the past, though I don't have any quilts to show for it. It first appeared in the Kansas City Star newspaper in 1929. Honey Bee pattern as it appeared in 1929 And how about this sweet crocheted table topper? I found it on the internet, but didn't save the maker's name. Very clever use of these hexagons! Certainly in keeping with the bee hive shapes! Honey Bee crocheted topper Hope you enjoyed seeing these bees - and I promise, they won't sting you!

Two More Quilts with Creative Backs

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Here is another quilt created with the awesome Sashiko Collection by Windham Fabrics. I appliquéd circles to hexagon background units. Set them with red 60 degree triangles. I shared the post last July. Check it out . I figured I could quilt it myself on my HandiQuilter Sweet16 (sit down) and did just that. I had a very old border print, some binding, but had to really dig around for some backing fabrics. Here's the finished quilt: Circles of the East: 42" x 42" Here are the circles I cut from the Sashiko prints: Then I appliquéd them to larger hexagons: I had enough for the front, but I got a little creative with the backing. I had this awesome 20" square of cotton decorator fabric with a beautiful bird in a tree print. I centered it with two other fabrics, and this is what I got. Back of Circles of the East I made a 4 block Kimono quilt using these same Sashiko fabrics and shared it here before (in 2020).  Four Block Kimono Quilt: 42" x 42" I did share th

Carpenter's Wheel Quilts

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I have made a few Carpenter's Wheel quilts over the years. In fact, one of them was in my suitcase that was stolen on a road trip in 2005! Never did get it back. If you see this, let me know . . . Carpenter's Wheel, made in 2003. 20" x 20" I foundation paper pieced the quilt above. It was a bit difficult in the way I drafted it, but it worked. NO y-seams! When it was stolen, a good friend of mine decided to make a replacement quilt so I could take it on the road teaching and lecturing (it was on loan). Joan was gracious to let me do that. Here is her quilt. She enlarged it with those extra mitered borders. Joan's Carpenter's Wheel She even allowed me to take it Spain when I visited my daughter in 2006. I arranged to have a trunk show with a local quilt shop (owned by an American married to a Spaniard). Here I am letting some ladies look at it up close. I saw a quilt online that mimicked  the Carpenter's wheel without the center star. I can draft anything,

Quilts with Creative Backs

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Sometimes I have extra blocks from making the quilt top and rather than make a potholder or trivet (or put them into a box to languish for years), I incorporate them into the quilt backing. Here is a recent quilt finish from my Magic Triangles class. I first did the pattern for Creative Grids and then that morphed into a popular workshop. Magic Triangles using the Holiday Splendor fabric collection. 46" x 48" I had a LOT of this fabric and made several quilts from it. The first is my One Day Lone Star. This was a free pattern for Blank Quilting about 10 years ago. Here is one of the units from the quilt at the top of the page. I had a few of these left over and figured they could be much happier joining their fabric buddies than spending their later years in some box in my closet! Magic Triangles unit I had some smaller units: Magic Triangles leftover units Put two together into a vertical row (twice): I made two of these vertical units Added 30 degree setting triangles on th

Arkansas Meadow Rose

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My perpetual calendar (Martingale, 2007) has the Arkansas Meadow Rose as the block for today, June 1. This is a vintage block from the early 1900s. Here's a photo of the block made by Patricia Bryant and the calendar page: Arkansas Meadow Rose: 10" block I made a quilt from that vintage block about 30 years ago. I still own it! First, let me share the simple digital art. I made the blocks in a 12" size and the full quilt is 44" x 44" Arkansas Meadow Rose: 44" x 44" And an old photo of the quilt: Arkansas Meadow Rose: 44" x 44" Yes, it's very predictable in it's assembly. But look at a copy of the page as it appeared in the Kansas City Star in 1935! That is a lot of piecing with odd shaped templates. I streamlined the entire thing. I get my best inspiration from these vintage patterns. But I have no desire to make them as they originally were executed! I hope you have a marvelous June 1 (a Saturday with the sun shining and cool breezes

Another 7 Sisters Finish!

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I taught this as a workshop for a few years to probably 2 dozen classes. Such a great time because we didn't have to make the dreadful y-seam. We began by cutting 60 degree diamonds and triangles. Pieced them into these units: Diamonds and triangles And a few more for a second quilt sample: More diamonds and triangles Here is my first 7 Sisters quilt. It's actually a large table topper. No y-seams! Seven Sisters (stars) I made a 3 block runner in a Seven Sisters Variation, but I took it apart (who really needs another table runner)? 3 Block Table Runner I added 3 more blocks and this is what I got: I made another variation using some bright, primary colored fabrics. Still needs to be quilted. Will probably become another charity quilt for the infusion unit. Certainly not a sleepy quilt! Check out my borders - Didn't have a single fabric, so split it up into bars. Tried to reflect the colors in each of the blocks as they go round. Seven Sisters Variation: 49" x 60"

Rose Star Quilt Made from Fat Quarters

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 I created and taught a workshop based on the vintage block called Rose Star. I had acrylic templates made for my students and taught them how to make a y-seam. There honestly isn't any other way to get those 120 degree angles put together into the 3-patch unit. Patches cut with acrylic template Then 3 of these get pieced into triangle units. Yes, there's a y-seam in there! 3 Patch units with y-seam After piecing the 3 patches into the triangle, there are no more y-seams. I call this Stacked Kites. I turned these beautiful patches into a sweet quilt in 2020. Still waiting for borders. This one's going to stay with me. My oldest daughter loves ALL my 1930s quilts and probably will lay a claim to this (once I let her know about it!) 30s Stacked Kites: 44" x 50" My Rose Star workshop focused on making one block. I made several of these, but I didn't need another table runner, so I added side triangles to "square up" the hexagon. Here it is - 36" hi

Disappearing Dresdens

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I pieced a backing for this quilt made several years ago. It is 55" x 55". I call it Disappearing Dresdens because I ran out of the black and red prints and had to make dresden plate blades from the white background fabric! Disappearing Dresdens: 55" x 55" There is one whole block (top right), two 3/4 blocks, one half block and one 1/4 block. But you still see dresdens, don't you? Here's a close up of the center of the quilt which measures 40" x 40". This quilt is going to be quilted and donated to our local charity endeavor that provides warm quilts to those who sit in those freezing hospital rooms getting chemo infusion. I'm sure it will be enjoyed! I made a smaller one in blues and white. I wasn't planning on only having this many units - it's all I could squeeze from the blue fabrics! How do you like my clever borders? That's what happens when you only have fat quarters to work with. Blue and White Disappearing Dresdens I have a

Paper Piecing Rattlesnakes

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 Oh, calm down. Not THAT kind of rattlesnake. Why would I do that to you? Some of this is a repost from 7 years ago because I've revisited my box of paper pieced rattle snake blocks this weekend. I rarely use anyone else's pattern (I don't get paid to do that), but I took a class 20  27 years ago with the Karen Stone paper pieced Rattlesnake pattern as the feature. I made a quilt out of flannels and it somehow fell into the hands of my daughter who used it for the dog to snuggle in. Want to see that? Original Rattlesnake quilt I used this pattern, published in 1996: Karen Stone's Rattlesnake pattern I have made a variety of units since that first quilt, some made with batiks. These will be stitched into background units to become 10" blocks: Batik paper pieced units This is what the unit looks like from the paper side after trimming: Single foundation Here are some of the batik blocks on my design wall. 10" Rattlesnake blocks being auditioned on my design wall