Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 - Boxed Pinwheel - Blog Hop and Giveaways

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 Blog Tour!





I am so excited to have a block called Boxed Pinwheel in Volume 16 of the 100 Blocks magazine by Quiltmaker!  This is my seventh block to appear in the 100 Blocks magazines.  You can see my previous 100 Blocks: 

Boxed Pinwheel is a great confident beginner level paper-pieced block.  The 12" (finished) block was designed the block using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) and I really like how it looks like the pinwheel is floating in front of the frame.

I had some fun playing around with some quilt top designs using Boxed Pinwheel



....in a classic design..

... on point...

... with a dark background and some blocks with just a frame...

...a different colorway...


...how about some holiday versions?  Halloween...

...Christmas...

...4th of July or a Quilts of Valor quilt...


I hope that you have enjoyed all of these renderings of  Boxed Pinwheel being used in different quilt tops to see how versatile the block is!

Make sure you stop by Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for some great prizes and a complete list of blog tour participants! 



Now on to the Giveaways (yes plural!):









Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 16.  This magazine drawing is open to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker.








Prize 2:  I am also sponsoring a second prize, a copy 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 16 plus a printed copy of Vintage Star.  This giveaway is open to everyone-international included and will be shipped from me.









To Enter:  

1.  Leave a comment on this post, any comment.  If you would like a topic/question to answer, I would love to know what inspires you to quilt.

2.  My blog followers (old and new) get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment with how you follow the blog.  (Here are some links for following... BloglovinEmail)

The giveaway will run for 4 days, until 8 pm EST on Friday November 17th.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - 
If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Thanks!

** Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering!! **
The winners were comment #83 Nancy Sue and #65 Sandra






Thursday, November 9, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My Flower Units


I am so excited to see all of the flower units for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt, it is fun to see how the HST and half flying geese are being combined into these new units.

If you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

Here are some of my flower units:




I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Introducing Layered Addition

I would love to introduce Layered Addition to you today...


Layered Addition is the latest of my plus sign designs and compliments the other plus sign design from my book Modern Plus Sign Quilts (which will publish in February 2018).

I made the quilt and pattern for the International Association of Quilters as I am their November 2017 Guest Designer.  IAQ is an online quilt guild full of quilt alongs, free patterns, a community of quilters to connect with.  Enrollment for the IAQ guild is currently closed, but you can sign up to get on their waiting list (enrollment should open again next month).

As part of being the guest designer, Becky of Patchwork Posse had me on her podcast which you can listen to right here.

Layered Addition Back

I had this design sketched out in my pattern book since when I began brainstorming quilts for the book but it was not until this past summer when I was revisiting my pattern book that I figured out the quilt could be made using only 2 block types!  Once I figured out how to construct the quilt, it came together quickly and easily.

Next came the fun part, the quilting.  I decided to do some custom quilting in this quilt, using a different design and matching Aurifil thread for each layer of the plus sign.  I picked the 50 wt Aurifil thread, I find it to be the perfect weight for dense quilting.


I hope that you don't mind seeing a few more plus sign quilts, I have not gotten sick of them yet :)

I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.






Thursday, November 2, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Flower Units


Welcome to the November Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this month we are using some of our HST and half flying geese to make Flower Units.

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here.  We are having such fun, please join us!

To download the flower unit instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:


The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:

Flower Units


If using pre-cuts for Fabric B:

  • For the layer cake slices/jelly roll strips/fat quarters that you cut 8 matching rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” from, use all 8 pieces in the full flower units.
  • For the layer cake slices/jelly roll strips/fat quarters that you cut 4 matching rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” from, use 2 of the pieces in a full flower unit, 1 piece in a left partial flower unit, and 1 piece in a right partial flower unit.



FULL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 32 full flower units.

1 right facing half geese unit
1 left facing half geese unit
2 HST units
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)




LEFT PARTIAL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each left partial flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 left partial flower units.

1 left facing half geese unit
1 HST unit
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)


The left and right partial flower units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double check the layout of the fabric pieces.


RIGHT PARTIAL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each right partial flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (full/queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 right partial flower units.

1 right facing half geese unit
1 HST unit
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)


The left and right partial flower units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double check the layout of the fabric pieces.

I hope you have fun with this month's sewing :)  Many thanks to our generous sponsors!








Friday, October 27, 2017

Kayak Point Runner

As part of Quilt Theory's technical editing process, all of us designers are paired up and test each other's patterns.  (You can read more about our entire editing and reviewing process here.)  I was paired us with Lorinda for this collection and had the opportunity to test her Kayak Point quilt pattern.


I loved that the pattern is jelly roll friendly and was a fun and quick make (with few seams to match).   I wanted to turn the blocks I made into a runner for my parents' anniversary present so I used some colorful prints from Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli got Free Spirit paired a cream and black polka dot print from Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery (my mother loves color).


The pieces sewed together quickly and easily and soon the quilt top was finished.  Instead of my usual one fabric backing, I decided to use some of the leftover prints and sew them into a random pieced backing.  I quilted the runner using an allover swirl design, the bound it with some of the darker print fabrics.


I am happy to report that my parents loved the runner. Thanks Lorinda for creating such an awesome design, I was lucky to be paired with you!


You can find all 6 Quilt Theory patterns here and see my design Up the Ladder here.  I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.