The new issue of Better Homes and Gardens, American Patchwork and Quilting is full of some exciting new projects. One that has caught our eye is “Tone It Down” a quilt along from designer Lissa Alexander of Moda fabrics. The quilt is made using all scraps; what a great way to use up your stash.
Are you asking, what’s a quilt along? What’s low volume? What makes it modern? These look like the scrap quilts my grandmother made! To find out the answers, see the designers doing this beatuiful quilt and find out how you can join in, check out ModaLissas blog.
Debbie couldn’t wait to make one block using scraps from her stash. I couldn’t wait to show you some of the blocks that Debbie is making. I’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.
Debbie has returned from this years spring market in Portland, Oregon. She has brought back so many patterns, books and fabrics to inspire you. I wanted to share a bit of each. Hope you enjoy!
Vintage Nine-Patch – A Fat-quarter friendly quilt pattern by Jeni Baker
Tangelo by Carolyn Friedlander. Many of you will recognize Carolyn as the desiger of our Block of the Month, The Local Quilt. The pattern offers four different sized quilts including a throw, pictured on the cover. A table runner, wall and baby quilt.
Streak of Lighting
Twister Jack by Need’l Love
From Jeni Kingwell – Steam Punk, Stardust, Midnight at the Oasis, Chain Reaction, Broken Glass, The Circle Game and Green Tea and Sweet Beans.
Wallflowers – Large 20 inch Blocks and three quilt sizes.
Pow Wow – Baby, Throw and Twin Size Quilt
Madison Cottage Design – Rocky Candy, Persimmon Bars, Gorgonzola and Bell’s Biscuits.
V and Co - Two cute baby quilts – of course I love the hexies. Confetti!
…and a cute Houndstooth for baby or lap size quilt.
For the traditional quilter from Border Creek Station, Freedom Trail, Captrain Brodie’s Brigade and Abilgails Freedom Garden.
Dresden’s are definetly in! Fifteen Degrees from Freckled Whimsy. A fun spin on a dresden plate quilt using a 15 degree ruler.
Diamond Alley – A quilt pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs
Color Hex by Jeni Baker
Basket Weave by Pam and Nicky a Jelly Roll friendly quilt
Last week we had our annual “I Finished It Sale”. It’s always so much fun to see the many beautiful quilts our customers make. Want to share with you…
May Dyck did this beautiful white quilt with pink, gold and white rose focal blocks inside an irish chain type setting.
Linda Womack – Pink Lemonade yellow with butterflies.
Sara Jane Rose – Halloween Quilt based on Kaffe Fassett design.
Carolyn Compton “Garden” a multitude of flower squares with blue sashing and gold cornerstones. Gold Binding.
Leanne Dalke - Diamond Quilt in various yellow Kaffe Fabrics.
Sherri Wood – Grey, Yellow, Orange and Green Chevron Baby Quilt.
Pam Bretz – A traditional sampler quilt in rust and black fabrics.
Churndash by Karin VanderHamm done is red, orange and brown fabrics.
Linda Gaither – Easter Egg Table Runner.
Rachel Walker – Fat Quarter Fashionista using Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom bright oranges, yellows and mint collored fabrics.
Diane Swartzendruber – Needle turned Autumn Leaves in Batiks.
Linda Morton – Quilt made for her husband using sports and woodsey fabrics she collected for over 10 years.
“Dragonfly” – Beverly McKinney did this lovely appliqued quilt with a yummy blue ribbon border and colorful dragonflys using batiks.
Catherine Gardner – Berry Stripper Quilt from a Jelly Roll.
Aleta Biddy – Purple & Grey T-Shirt Quilt. It’s even reversible with a different quilt featured on the back.
Susan Airington – Pink, red, white square & heart machine embroidery.
It’s my favorite time of the year, the seasons are changing from summer to fall. The warm colors of yellows, oranges, golds and browns glisten in the golden rays of the sun. You can almost smell the warm scents of sage, cinnamon and patcholi in the air.
Market Square is from the fabric line “Retro Geo” by Marcus Brothers Fabrics and is wacky and fun with lots of dots and geometrics…not your traditional reproduction! The rich colors made up perfect in this quilt and are reminiscent of all the colors we see in the fall. The pattern is from Red Timeline Quilts, (formerly Bonnie Blue) and was pieced by Debbie Aldridge and quilted by Wendy Wells. Love this quilt? We will have a kit available soon!
With the bustling of holidays upon us, you might need a quick idea for a table runner. Click here for instructions to make my ‘Holiday Table Runner’.
The challenge has started. You should be almost done with your first section. Okay, well close to being done. I will share with you where I am. However, I did make a slight boo boo. I put the bottom left section together instead of the left top section. Oh well, having so much fun, I guess it doesn’t matter.
Union Jack Quilt Along
Are you doing a hexagon quilt? We would love to see what you are doing and where you are. Especially if you are doing the Union Jack Challenge. You can send me your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Faster Box Bag
If you are anything like me, you have all these cute little fabrics; you know the ones with all the cute little animals, tea pots, cups, flowers, Cupie Dolls, etc. just laying around in your stash. They make up so cute in little hexies. This is just one of the great projects in the book Hexa Go Go. This bag is a snap to make and can be used for a make-up bag or crafty bag. Debbie recently made this cute bag at a retreat using Heather Ross’s Far Far and Away fabric line. By the way, her new line Nursery Versery is due to arrive any day! Can’t wait for the Three Little Pigs, Itsy Bitsy Spider, this Little Pig went to Market and cute little mice.
Isn’t it wonderful how the young modern woman has taken hold of quilting. The quilting frenzy is racing around the world. Just google quilters and you will be amazed at how many sites and blogs you will find. With that, I always love to look at the new quilt designs they are coming up with, their quilt alongs and their spin on traditional blocks. The next time you visit a quilt shop, take a look at some of the new books. At first glance, you will think they are just throwing scraps of fabric together and calling it a quilt. But look closer, actually pick one out and try your hand at making one of those quilts. It might not be as easy as you think.
I love the book Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, as do so many others.
One of my favorite quilts is the Zylophone. If you have always been a traditional piecer, you might like challenging yourself to one of these new quilt designs. After all, if you have been quilting for 20+ years, it’s time for something besides, a drunkard’s path, flying geese, quarter-square and half-square triangles, Dresden’s, and kaleidoscopes.
Here is the beginning of my Zylophone quilt, found on page 63.
Neighborhood found on page 34 is another one of our favorites.
Debbie and Verlinda are both working on Neighborhood. Can hardly wait to see the finished quilt…so cute. Verlinda is using City Scapes from Andover. Debbie is using Violet Craft’s new Madrona Road from Michael Miller.
My favorite new book is the Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher. Of course, I do love the hexies, and I also love to English Paper Piece, but I can’t see myself making the traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden. When Tacha Bruecher came out with her new book, I was so excited to see all the wonderful hexagon projects. This book is based around English Paper Piecing. The book starts you off with an outline of what English Paper Piecing is all about. She gives instructions on several methods of English Paper Pieceing, how to choose fabrics, set blocks and print or stamp your own fabrics.
Here at the shop, we have been talking now for several months about how much fun it would be to do a quilt-along. We hadn’t decided what we wanted to do, but when I thumbed through the book and spied the Union Jack Quilt made from hexagons, I knew that would be the project I wanted to make. After all, it is the year of the London Olympics and the Union Jack seems to be a very popular pattern this year for quilts and quilt blocks. We all agreed, this would be a great challenge and I do like a good challenge now and then.
Union Jack Quilt finishes at 93″ x 64″ from the book “Hexa go-go”.
I’m sure you are thinking this looks a bit scary and almost over whelming, but trust me, you can do it! Suprisingly, I made almost 45 hexes in just a couple of hours.
We will help you get started and offer step-by-step photos and instructions for making the hexagons and putting them together and there will even be some prizes at the end of the road. Come join in on the fun and try something new. You can take hexes with you anywhere you go and in no time at all you will be done.
Here is how you get started
- Select your colors for your quilt. You will need 3 color families for this quilt; backgrounds, mediums and darks. You don’t have to use reds, whites and blues. Experiment. Pick your favorite colors. Just be sure you have lights for your background, mediums and darks. Look at your stash, all you need is a 4 1/2″ square. You do want a little bit of contrast between your mediums and darks.
- For your hexagons you will need aproximately 3½ yds of light fabrics, 14 fat quarters of mediums and approximately 24 fat quarters of darks. The pattern offers a pieced border or a solid border. You will need to look in the book to decide how you want to do your border and binding before purchasing your fabrics.
- You will also need to purchase the book and 1 3/4″ paper templates. Of course we have these in stock and if you join our quilt along, you will receive a 15% discount on the book and templates.
The first challenge will be to make 67 blue hexagons, 46 cream hexagons and 15 red hexagons during July. Let’s see if we can complete these before the Olympics start on the 27th.
Place your hexagon template in the middle of your square, against the wrong side of the fabric. You may want to put a pin in the middle when you first begin. Some tutoritals will tell you to cut your fabric 1/2″ larger than your template; but I have found using the square is much easier and faster.
Fold the fabric over one edge. I like to use an iron and press each side down around the template. Watch your fingers, the fabric and template can get a little warm. You can do a bunch of these in just a little bit. A touch of spray starch also helps to keep them folded until you can sit and baste.
Thread a needle with thread and be sure to tie a knot. Stitch through one corner of the fabric with a small stitch, going through both pieces of fabric. I’m not stitching through the paper.
Continue turning and basting each corner, notice you will have a long running stitch between the corners.
Secure by going back through the first corner where you started. Leave a 1 to 2 inch tail on the thread and cut. This is a great time to pull out all those old spools of thread found in your mother or grandmother’s sewing basket. You certainly don’t want to use them for piecing. Thread does get old.
Here is a little tip: Since I don’t actually stitch through the paper template, this makes it really easy to pull out those paper templates when you finish stitching a section together and because you don’t go through your paper templates, you can leave your basting threads in place, which helps to stabalize your hexagon. This will also save you a lot of time.
Have fun! Send me your pictures and I will post on our blog and Flicker!
If you love the Union Jack here is another great pattern – Victory Garden, from Busy Bee Quilt Designs. I love the colors Emily picked to make this quilt and you should see the quilting done by Leanne Dalke – Olympic Rings.
Elizabeth Hartman’s new book Modern Patch Work is a another great book offering some wonderful, challenging quilts. I’m working on the Zylophone. So many projects, just not enough time.
The Avalon Quilt
This modern quilt is perfect for showing off big bold prints, which might not showcase as nicely in a more traditional quilt. Squares and rectangles appear to be floating on a solid background while the thin strips of contrasting solid fabric adds balance and visual interest. I really love this quilt. I have seen it done with cream, grey, copper and navy backgrounds. The pattern can be found in the 2011 Quilt Festival Magazine. Debbie is using the “Echo” fabric line from Lotta Jansdotter for Windham. �
Garden Crossroads, designed and pieced by Emilee Dube, features the fabric line Urban Cowgirl from Moda. The quilt is approximately 63″ square. Pattern coming soon!
Who doesn’t love Kaffe Fabrics? They are always a big hit with us as well as our customers. Charming Kaffe designed by Gigi McEver combines 5″ squares, sashing and borders to make this a fun easy to make quilt. Pattern free with the purchase of fabrics.
February is such a fun month. Chocolate, flowers, hearts and knowing Spring won’t be far away. Barbara Chaffin has been having so much fun with the book from Need’l Love, Folk Heart Threads. I love the Heart Shaped Pillow. She also did a wall hanging; which could also be a pillow called Hearts A•Bloom. We are taking orders if anyone would be interested in a kit.
Welcoming Hearts Pillow
Hearts of Cherry Red, Bubblegum Pink and Cinnamon, leaves of green, flowers of cream…, you will love making this adorable 14″ heart shaped pillow.
Hearts A Bloom
Wall Hanging – Pillow ? Choclate Brown wool background, basket of golds, hearts of reds and plums.
We hope your Holidays have been delightful; of course they have kept us all too busy with cooking, cleaning and wrapping gifts. It’s time to get back to the fun things we enjoy doing, Quilting!
There are lots of new things happening this year at the shop. Have you had time to check out the new website? We have modernized and with that, we are now able to give you an up- to-date look at what’s going on in the shop; new classes, new kits, fabrics, books and patterns and so much more. Let us know what you think!
New Block of the Months for 2012
We have several new block of the months that will begin early this year. Merry Merry Snowmen, My Favorite Things, Block of Seasons, and for the Kaffe Lovers, a new Kaffe Quilt is coming soon.
Merry Merry Snowmen
This 10-month block of the month program will begin in February of 2012. Each month you will receive the pattern and fabrics to complete that month’s block. The final month will include borders and binding. Fabrics will be from the Rouenneries Deux collection by French General. An embellishment kit including embroidery floss and buttons will be included with the block of the month. Cost is 23.95 each month.
Block of the Seasons – 4 Small projects – each quarter will bring a new, pre-selected wool kit based upon the upcoming season and pattern. Framed wall art, pillow, wall hanging or table topper. Construction is based primarily on hand work with either wool felt or felted wool and perle cotton or floss. January’s project will begin with a pillow, a palette of soft creams and pastels reflecting a pale winter landscape. Winter Blooms – $23.95 includes fabric for pillow and wools and floss to complete the project.
My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things starts this month and continues through December. Each month you will receive two blocks. The cost is $14.95 each month and does include binding. The book, Some Kind of Wonderful, is sold separately.