January 20, 2020

Winner of Sisterhood of Scraps

Thank you all for your wonderful comments about who or what inspired you to quilt.  I enjoyed reading all of your stories, and will be responding to your comments soon.  In the meantime, I just had the drawing for the winner of Sisterhood of Scraps.  I conveniently used my husband as a random number generator.  He yelled out, "21!" as if there was a crowd in our house.  Congratulations, Mary Andra!  If you'll shoot me your mailing address, I'll send you a copy of Lissa's book!  

Have a good week, everyone!

January 16, 2020

Sisterhood of Scraps

What a wonderful title for a quilting book.  As a community of quilters, we teach, learn from, share with, inspire, and encourage each other.  The quilting community is truly a sisterhood.  Lissa Alexander’s newest book, Sisterhood of Scraps (published by Martingale) conveys that message clearly.  Lissa reached out to a few quilters who each contributed a quilt based on an agreed shape, quilt block, or concept, with no other rules.  Lissa also made “sister” quilts.  The result is a fabulous variety of scrap quilts in all styles for all skill levels.  It's so interesting to see what two different quilters create with the same idea.  There’s even a Sisterhood of Scraps membership certificate in the back of the book for you to frame and hang in your sewing space.  It's an honor to have my project included in this book along with women whose work I admire so much -- Lissa, Laurie Simpson, Sandy Klop, Sheryl Johnson, Barbara Brackman, and Susan Ache (Instagram).  

Lissa and I agreed to use the LeMoyne Star block as a jumping off point for our quilts.  For my quilt, I dissected the LeMoyne Star block into quadrants and rearranged them.  I also split the background squares diagonally so that there are no set-in seams, making it super easy to construct.  You’re welcome.  :-)  Here's my quilt, "Divergence." 

I don't even know how to describe Lissa’s sister quilt, "Christmas All Year," except that it's brilliant!  She pieced the stars (also without set-in seams), then arranged the units in an octagonal layout in multiple rounds.  She set the center on point and pieced the low-volume background.  Isn't it the perfect Christmas quilt?  I'm itching to make this one with a blue background for a Fourth of July quilt.  This would make a beautiful "fireworks" quilt, don't you think?

A while back, I lost interest in quilting.  When Lissa approached me about her idea for this book, I was so excited about the concept, and had so much fun working on my project.  After I turned in the project directions and the sample quilt, I lost interest again, and have only worked on small projects in little bits of time.  When I received an advance copy of Sisterhood of Scraps, it almost magically sparked my enthusiasm for quilting again.  It's all I can think about these days.  There are at least five or six quilts in this book that I want to start working on yesterday.  It was hard to choose which project to make first, but I already had tons of strips from an abandoned project, so I started with Sandy Klop's "Forever Friends" quilt.  Yes, this one.  

To say I’m obsessed with this project is an understatement.  All day, I look forward to rushing home to cut scraps and add new blocks.  Here’s my progress so far. 

Strip-piecing makes this pattern less challenging, and keeping the pieced units organized helps as well.   

Here's another favorite that's been bouncing around in my head for a while -- "Pot o' Gold."  Isn't it fun?!  I love the polka dots scattered across the quilt.  

If you want to know more about the book and the stories behind the quilts, make sure you check Lissa's blog and Instagram account for more details.   And if you'd like to win your own copy of Sisterhood of Scraps, just leave a comment here and tell me who (or what) inspired you to begin quilting.  I'll draw a winner randomly and announce the winner on Monday, January 20.  See you then!  Update: Giveaway now closed.


October 8, 2018

Winners of the Scrap-Basket Bounty blog celebration drawings

Sorry, folks.  I intended to post the winners this weekend, but five drawings at one time is a little more time-consuming that I thought it would be.  I appreciate every single one of you who visited and left a sweet comment.  All of you are so awesome. 

If you posted one of the comments above, please shoot me an e-mail (link in my profile) with your mailing address.  (Sorry about the cell phone picture and kindergarten artwork -- I finished cutting comments for drawing on my lunch hour and wanted to notify you as quickly as possible.)  Congratulations, Jaynie, Barb, Vivian, Mary, and Cindy!  Thanks so much for visiting. 


September 28, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration - Day Five

Welcome!  Today is the final day of the Scrap-Basket Bounty blog celebration.  I'm so grateful to all of you who have visited and left very encouraging comments.  For those of you who are just now finding your way over, I've been sharing two or three quilts each day, and giving away copies of my new book published by Martingale and a few other things that I enjoy using when I design, sew, and quilt.  In case you missed Days 1, 2, 3, and 4, click the hyperlinks to visit those posts.  And you still have time to visit Martingale's blog, Stitch This!, where I was the guest writer, for another opportunity to win a copy.

Scrap-Basket Bounty has patterns for 16 single-block quilts with additional layout options -- a total of 48 different quilt designs!  That's a lot, right?  If you you're wondering if these designs just popped into my head, the answer is no.  That happens occasionally, but not very often.  I almost always begin a design on my computer using software from Electric Quilt Company.  (I recently upgraded to EQ8, which was a pretty major update that made the software even more user-friendly.)

The first thing I do is draw a block in the Block Worktable.  (I won't go into a lot of detail about these steps -- within the software, you can download a quick-start guide, reference manual, and printable lessons.  There are also video lessons and online support articles.)  I color the block gray and white so I can see the design clearly.  

Next, I choose a layout (usually either horizontal blocks or on point blocks). In the Quilt Worktable, I fill the quilt with blocks.  

Then comes the fun part!  To rotate a single block a quarter turn, within the Design/Block Tools tab, just select the Rotate button and click on the block you want to rotate.  I've rotated the block on the top left by the red arrow.  You can continue clicking the block to rotate a quarter turn until the block is in the position you like.  

My favorite feature of EQ8 is the Symmetry tool.  When you select the Symmetry tool and click on any block, all of the blocks rotate and flip to create a totally different design.  The Symmetry tool is capable of producing up to 16 variations of the quilt design! Here's a variation that appeared with only a click of the mouse.  How cool is that?

Once I choose a final design, I use the Fabric Tools to "color" the quilt with fabric swatches downloaded from Electric Quilt Company or from websites of fabric manufacturers.  This gives me a good idea of what my quilt will look like when it's sewn together with the fabrics I've chosen.  

You can also make all of your quilt blocks first and rotate them directly on your design wall if you don't have quilt design software -- it just takes a little longer to produce a variety of options before choosing a final layout.  I hope this has encouraged you to play with additional arrangements for your blocks, no matter what you're working on.  You might find that your own layout looks better to you than the pattern you're using.     
Photography by Brent Kane
I've shown you only a fraction of what you can do with EQ8.  If you're interested in creating your own designs using EQ8, you can see a brief video demonstration of EQ8's capabilities here.  

Photography by Brent Kane
Star Petals was made by Cena Harmon.  She chose a design that radiates from the center and is very striking.  Doesn't this make you want to see what happens when you arrange the blocks you're working on right now in this setting?      

I hope you've enjoyed seeing lots of quilts from Scrap-Basket BountyMartingale has generously offered to send a print copy of the book to the winner of a random drawing.  Electric Quilt Company will also send you their spectacular quilt design software, Electric Quilt 8! If you'd like to win the book and software, simply leave a comment and tell me if you like to experiment with different quilt layouts, or if you're a go-by-the-pattern kind of quilter.  The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 2, at 10:00 p.m. CDT.  The winner will be announced at the end of next week.  (And don't forgot to visit Martingale's blog for another opportunity to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty!) 

Thanks so much for visiting!


Update:  Comments are now closed for this post.  Thank you for visiting. 

September 27, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration - Day Four

Welcome back!  It's Day 4 of the Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration!  Thank you to all who visited earlier.  If you missed Days 1, 2, and 3, just click on the hyperlinks to visit those posts.  I'm sharing two or three quilts each day, and giving away copies of my new book and a few other things that I enjoy using when I design, sew, and quilt.  Scrap-Basket Bounty has patterns for 16 single-block quilts with additional layout options -- a total of 48 different quilt designs!

Yesterday, I was the guest writer over at Stitch This!, Martingale's blog.  I encourage you to visit there to see more details about Scrap-Basket Bounty.  They're also hosting a give-away -- just answer the hysterically funny question, and you could win a copy of the book.  

The quilts I'm sharing today are a few that have a number of pieces.  Unless you have super-powers, you won't be able to make these in a weekend.  But they're not quite as time-consuming as they look.  If you cut your scraps into strips following the measurements in the cutting list, then crosscut the individual pieces, the cutting will go faster and you can chain-piece mindlessly while you're listening to an audio book or half paying attention to Netflix.  
Photography by Brent Kane

Four Patch Speedway is made with a single block, but rotating the blocks in various directions will allow you to create more designs than you would imagine.  It was difficult to choose two optional layouts for the book because there are so many possibilities.  

Photography by Brent Kane

Snippets is a Log Cabin variation that can be arranged in a multitude of settings as well.  I originally designed this block a few years ago and had started piecing it from a fabric collection named "Snippets" by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. I always called it the Snippets quilt.  When the time came to name this one, I couldn't get that name out of my head long enough to think of anything else.  So here we are.  :-) 

Photography by Brent Kane

Although there are a number of pieces in Honeysuckle, each block has only three fabrics, and chain-piecing will also make this one go together a little quicker.

In each of the blog posts this week, I'm sharing about some of the "tools" I love to use when I make my own quilts.  One of my favorite tools is Aurifil 50-weight 100 percent cotton thread.  It's a really nice, high-quality thread that works beautifully for piecing as well as machine quilting.  The thread is strong, but it's thin, so it makes piecing more accurate, especially when sewing together lots of small pieces.  And since it's thinner than a lot of other threads, my bobbins don't run out as quickly.  

As much as I love piecing with Aurifil 50-weight thread, quilting with it is even better.  Because most of my quilts are really scrappy with a lot going on, I don't like to quilt with a heavy thread.  I like the quilting to blend into all the fabrics so that you notice the texture, and not the quilting lines.  And if there's any backtracking or close quilting, Aurifil 50-weight thread still blends into the quilt and doesn't create thread build-up.  I love using it in the top and the bobbin.  Since you won't be able to see the stitching on these quilts really well, here's a sample I quilted a few weeks ago using Aurifil 50-weight cotton on a solid fabric.  

I'm super excited about today's give-away.  Martingale has very generously offered to send a print copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty to the winner of a random drawing!  And (squeal!) Aurifil will also send the winner The Basics Collection curated by Mark Lipinski -- 12 spools of 50-weight, 100 percent cotton thread in the yummiest neutral colors!  They're perfect for piecing and quilting almost any project. 
If you'd like to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty and Aurifil's The Basics Collection by Mark Lipinski, just leave a comment here and tell me which Scrap-Basket Bounty quilt is your favorite so far, and what you plan to do with all that  beautiful thread!  (And if you haven't already, don't forget to swing by Martingale's blog for another chance to win a copy of the book.)  The give-away here will close on Monday, October 1, at 10:00 p.m. CDT.  Winner will be announced at the end of next week.  

Thank you so much for visiting.  Hope you'll stop by tomorrow when I'll be sharing a bit about creating different layouts using a single quilt block.


Update:  Comments are now closed for this post.  Thank you for visiting.  

September 26, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration - Day Three

Welcome to Day 3 of the Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration!  Thanks to all who visited earlier.  In case you missed Day 1 and Day 2, click the hyperlinks to visit those posts.  In case you haven't visited yet, to celebrate the release of Scrap-Basket Bounty, published by Martingale, I'll be sharing two or three quilts each day, and giving away copies of my new book and a few other things that I enjoy using when I design, sew, and quilt. Scrap-Basket Bounty has patterns for 16 single-block quilts with additional layout options -- a total of 48 different quilt designs!

I started quilting in 1988, but didn't actually finish my first quilt until 1998, ten years later.  (I just made hand-pieced blocks for 10 years, at a very slow pace.  They're still around somewhere, and still not sewn together.)  My first finished quilt was a pieced and appliqued quilt that I hand-quilted. After hand-quilting several quilts, I dove head-first into machine quilting, thinking I wouldn't live long enough to hand-quilt all the things I wanted to make.  Machine quilting was very awkward -- my feed dogs didn't drop, my machine didn't have an extension table, and it wasn't fun at all.  But I was determined to learn.  Sometime around 2003, I bought a machine with a small extension table and I was able to lower the feed dogs on the machine.  It was a game-changer. 
Photography by Brent Kane
Since then, I've quilted only by machine.  When I finish a quilt top, I look forward to getting it basted and under the needle.  It's such a relaxing process for me now.  If you've tried machine quilting unsuccessfully, don't give up!  Practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable with it.  

I decided to try quilting with rulers and chose Log Cabin-ish (above) for my first attempt.  The center of the quilt is an all-over swirl design, but I used a ruler to quilt the echoed straight lines in the border triangles. 

Photography by Brent Kane

The block in Falling Stars is a great one for re-arranging into different layouts.  (I'll be showing you more about that later this week.)  Falling Stars is quilted with an all-over swirl and petal design.  Here's a close-up photo to show you a little more detail.  

Since the first quilt I machine quilted, I've almost exclusively used Warm & Natural, a needle-punched 100 percent cotton batting, manufactured by The Warm Company.  It has a consistent thickness -- no lumps and valleys.   It stays in place when layered between the top and backing, so it doesn't require as much basting, and my quilts lie flat and even.  It also washes beautifully.  

Martingale has generously offered to send a .pdf copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty to the winner of a random drawing.  I will also send the winner a twin-size package of Warm & Natural batting.  

If you'd like to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty as well as a package of this luscious batting, just leave a comment here and let me know where you stand on machine quilting (tried it, love it, hate it, or no thanks, etc.).  The giveaway will close on Sunday, September 30, at 10:00 p.m. CDT.  The winner will be announced at the end of next week. 

Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope to see you here tomorrow!


Update:  Comments are now closed for this post.  Thank you for visiting. 

September 25, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration - Day Two

Welcome to Day 2 of the Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration!  Thanks to all who visited yesterday.  In case you missed that post, you can find it here.  To celebrate the release of Scrap-Basket Bounty, published by Martingale, I'll be sharing two or three quilts each day, and giving away copies of my new book and a few other things that I enjoy using when I design, sew, and quilt.  

Not everyone approaches scrap quilting the same way.  For some, grabbing random pieces of fabric from a paper bag and sewing them in an improvisational way works effectively for them.  Scrap quilting for others may involve working with a coordinating pre-cut fabric bundle.  Yesterday, I showed you three quilts that use many light background fabrics that contrast with darker main prints.  Today is all about using designer collections.  

If you’ve been quilting for even a short while, you may anticipate the release of a favorite designer's new collection each season, and make it a point to buy a bit of that collection (or every single print!) as soon as it's available.  Fabric designers typically have a signature style, and each collection likely has at least a color or two that blends nicely with previous collections.  As you collect these fabrics, you’ll notice over time that new colors are introduced and repeated.  Before long, you will have curated your designer stash with fabrics that represent your favorite designer’s style, and you’ll have lots of different prints that you can combine for a very scrappy, but also coordinated, look.
Photography by Brent Kane
Magnolia Cottage was made with collections by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.  I used at least two or three prints from each of their first 16 fabric collections.  Some of these fabrics are pretty light, and some are pretty dark.  Most, though, fall into what I consider to be medium in value, so I separated them into piles of light and dark prints, and paired a light and dark fabric in each block.  They contrasted well enough that the pattern emerges, but the quilt has a sweet, vintage look that I really love.  

Photography by Brent Kane

Luminous was made using several collections by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.  I had fewer really light prints in my stash, so I chose a white solid background that contrasts really well with some of the lighter prints, as well as those nice larger-scale florals and geometric prints.  The more blocks I pieced, the more radiant the quilt became, and Luminous seemed an appropriate name for it. 

There are several more quilts in Scrap-Basket Bounty that would look just as lovely made with prints from your favorite fabric designer.  Martingale has generously offered to send a .pdf copy to the winner of a random drawing.  I’ll also send the winner these bits of Kate Spain fabrics cut from my stash to make your own Luminous quilt – you’ll just need a background and border fabrics.

So if you’d like to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty and these amazing fabrics, just leave a comment here and let me know if you have a designer obsession, too.  And if so, I’d love to know the name of the designer if you don’t mind sharing.  I just may need another designer stash.  The giveaway will close on Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 p.m. CDT.  The winner will be announced at the end of next week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you’ll be back tomorrow!  


Update:  Comments are now closed for this post.  Thank you for visiting.  

September 24, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration - Day One

Welcome!  I can't stop talking about it, so you may have already heard about my new book, Scrap-Basket Bounty, published by Martingale.  I had so much fun working on the quilts in this book.  Each quilt is made with a single block that can be rotated to create many different layouts.  None of the quilts have sashings; just make the blocks and sew them together.  Later this week, I'll be demonstrating how simple it is to arrange the blocks to make your own unique layout.

All of the quilts in this book were made from fabrics that were in my stash or scrap basket, or from leftover precut fabrics, and even a few new precut fabric packs that I bravely tore into!  Honestly, it didn't really take a lot of courage to do that -- I used what I needed and put the rest aside.  There will always be another quilt waiting for the leftovers.
Photography by Brent Kane
Although I sometimes use a single background fabric in my scrap quilts, I really enjoy using lots of light (low-volume) background fabrics to make the quilts "sparkle." I don't hesitate to buy at least a small piece when I run across a nice low-volume print. As long as the print is light enough to contrast with the main fabrics, I don't worry much about the style of the print.  In Three-Patch Chain and Dazzle, I used dots, bicycles, animals, text prints, florals, stripes, plaids, and whatever else I could find. 
Photography by Brent Kane
Candy Canes, made by Karen Williamson at Nana Girl Quilts, is also made with lots of low-volume prints.  Most of the background prints have a Christmas or winter theme, but there are some non-seasonal prints mixed in as well.  
Photography by Brent Kane

These low-volume fabrics are part of Moda Fabrics' Color Cuts.  Back last spring, Moda released color-coordinated bundles of fabrics in various precut sizes, curated from the collections of several Moda designers.  This is the low-volume Layer Cake, Sugar on Top.  It's perfect for scrappy block backgrounds.  Even though they were released last spring, I knew even then that I wanted to share a bundle with you, so I bought an extra one.  How's that for planning ahead?

As part of today's blog celebration, I'll be giving away a downloadable e-copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty, courtesy of the sweet folks at Martingale. The winner will be drawn randomly.  I'll also send the winner a Sugar on Top Layer Cake.  So if you'd like to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty and a Sugar on Top Layer Cake, simply leave a comment here and tell me whether you prefer quilts with scrappy backgrounds or a single fabric.  This isn't a trick question, and there are no wrong answers. :-)  The giveaway will close on Friday, September 28, at 10:00 p.m. CDT.  The winner will be announced at the end of next week.

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow -- I'll be showing you some really scrappy quilts made from designers' fabric collections.


p.s.  At this time, I am still experiencing issues with Blogger.  I am able to see comments on posts, but do not receive notifications for all comments.  When I do receive notifications, they all have "no-reply" e-mail addresses.  Not a problem, but you'll need to check here for further instructions when I announce the winner.  :-)

Update:  Comments are now closed for this post.  Thank you for visiting.

September 23, 2018

Scrap-Basket Bounty Blog Celebration

In connection with the release of my fifth book, Scrap-Basket Bounty, published by Martingale, I'll be sharing a lot more every day this week about the quilts in the book as well as a few products I love to use for designing, piecing and quilting. And in addition to giving away a copy of my book each day, there will be more prizes that you won't want to miss! I hope you'll stop by for a visit tomorrow. 


August 22, 2018

Civil War Reproduction Block Swap

When I last posted here, I had found an envelope full of signature blocks from a swap hosted by Melissa in 2009.  I intended to share a few layouts with you before sewing the blocks together, but I've had issues with Blogger that I'm hoping have been resolved.  In the meantime, I've been working on this little quilt, using blocks that were made from people all over the United States and beyond. 

It didn't take long to choose a layout.  I knew I wanted a zig-zaggy outer edge, so I arranged that first in EQ8.  Then I arranged the next rows to match the direction of the outer row ending up with an "X" in the center. 

Some of the blocks were a little wonky, but I thought I could fuss with the seam allowances when I sewed them together.  My rows started looking a little wonky, too, so I trimmed all the blocks to measure 3 1/4" instead of 3 1/2".  There were five blocks left over -- these were a little lighter than the rest of the blocks, so I'll probably applique them to the back of the quilt.  The fabrics I used for the inner border and binding aren't Civil War reproduction prints, but I was in the mood to finish the quilt, so I grabbed these from my stash.  They're older Brannock and Patek prints that I still love. 

As is always the case when I photograph a quilt, Psycho Kitty was right in the middle of things. 

Hope you have a great week!


May 24, 2018

Hello There

So I was cleaning out my sewing room when I ran across an envelope that felt like it was stuffed with fabric scraps or leftover pieces from a project.  I gasped when I opened the envelope and saw the little signature blocks from a swap hosted by MelissaIn 2009!  These blocks were all made with Civil War reproduction fabrics. 

Seeing all these blocks after such a long time made me wonder if anyone else had neglected to piece their blocks together.  And if all the people who made these blocks are still quilting or have taken up golfing or sculpting instead.  I had such a strong feeling of nostalgia thinking about all the connections and friendships that resulted from blogging and sharing my love of quilting.   I've been able to stay in touch with a lot of you on Instagram, even though there are times that I fall behind there, too.  So I came here to see if my blog was still live.

The first link I clicked on was broken.  Links I had on Instagram and other places that directed people to my blog didn't work, either -- there was a sketchy security certificate, whatever that is.  My last book was never added to my sidebar.  My photo is way outdated -- I'm old and fat now.  Seriously.  Hot flashes and all that.  And I had forgotten how to update things.  So I spent a little time doing some housekeeping.  I still have some things to update and passwords to remember, but I was finally able to end up on this page.  I think I'll start hanging out here again.

If you're reading this, and one of these blocks is yours, I'd love to hear from you.  Did you make your quilt?  Or would you like to grab your unfinished blocks and sew along with me?  I'm pretty sure I still have some of the fabrics that were used in these blocks!  I'll be working on a layout that I'll share as soon as I can.  Until then, thanks for visiting.


December 4, 2015

Update on Recipe Cards Fabric

A while back, I told you I was taking Bonnie Christine's Skillshare class on surface pattern design.  I had borrowed my grandmother's recipe book with the idea that I would somehow print her handwritten recipes on tea towels.  If you missed the original post, you can find it here.  Without any previous experience using Adobe Illustrator, I thought it would close to impossible to learn how to navigate the program well enough to create anything but circles and squares.  Bonnie, however, is an incredible teacher.  Her class covers everything from opening a new document to creating an interesting repeating pattern.  And lots of stuff in between.  The entire process was fascinating, and I'm now able to do things with Illustrator that I never would have learned on my own.

After I finished the recipe card design, I used the re-color tool that automatically changes the placement of the colors, then selected three different prints to upload to Spoonflower for printing on fabric.  Here's how they turned out. 

When I first started quilting by machine, I really, really wanted to learn how to quilt feathers.  So I drew them on paper until my brain learned to sew them.  While I was learning to draw directly in Illustrator recently, I kept thinking of a particular feather design that I've used for a few of my quilts, and ended up making a repeating feather pattern.  Here are my new feather fabrics.

It's so much fun to start with a blank computer screen and end up with fabrics that are unique and meaningful.  If you ever considered it, but didn't know where to start, just enroll in Bonnie's class -- she'll tell you everything you need to know.  And if I can answer any questions about how to get started there, just ask. 

Hope you all have a good weekend!


July 29, 2015


I hope you all enjoyed the Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour!  I enjoyed seeing everyone's projects, and love all the blocks submitted for the Electric Quilt/Timeless Treasures block challenge.  In case you didn't know, the block challenge has been extended for those who submitted a block.  Scoot on over here to find out more.

Thank you so much for visiting and for participating.  And congratulations to Jeanna, the prize winner for my day of the blog tour.  Jeanna, if you'll shoot me your mailing address and let me know which print you'd like, it will soon be on its way.  (You can see the whole collection here.)

Happy Hump Day!


July 23, 2015

Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour

Welcome to the Charleston by REVIVE Blog Tour!  Charleston is the first REVIVE collection that is re-colored from vintage prints from different eras, movements, or artistic styles. This collection has been curated to highlight the Art Deco period, but colored and styled for use in modern-day projects.  You can see all 28 prints in the Charleston collection here.  The prints are mostly metallic, and are very elegant.  

I designed a quilt block for the blog tour, and have provided a tutorial below. Before you get busy sewing, though, you should hop over to Timeless Treasures' blog, Sew Timeless, to enter the giveaway for a complete 28-piece fat quarter bundle of Charleston.  You just might be one of the three winners chosen on July 27th.  And don't forget to leave a comment here to win one yard of your favorite print from the collection!  I'll close the comments Monday at 10:00 p.m CDT, and announce the winner here on Tuesday.  

And one more thing -- Do you EQ?  You can download the entire Charleston collection over at The EQ Blog.  And there's still time to design a block for the Timeless Treasures Block Challenge!  You'll want to hurry, though.  All blocks need to be submitted electronically by Monday, July 27.    

In case you missed any stops on the tour, here's the schedule.  
Monday, July 20:
Shayla Wolf, Sassafras Lane Designs

Tuesday, July 21:
Leslie Meltzer, 50 Sq Ft Studios
Kim Buffington, Make Something/Dritz

Wednesday, July 22:
Rebecca Silbaugh, Ruby Blue Quilts

Thursday, July 23:
Kim Brackett, Magnolia Bay Quilts (You're here!)
Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell

Friday, July 24

And here's a little tutorial for you.  The block I designed for the Charleston by REVIVE blog tour is 12" square. "Bonus" triangles from one block are switched and used to complete a different block so that you end up with two different main fabrics in each block.  The cutting list below is for two blocks.  

For the first two blocks, I used:
Glitz Revive CM4205 Red
Art Deco Revive CM4208 Cream
Glamour Revive CM4212 Navy

In the instructions, I'll refer to the fabrics as red, cream, and navy.  

Cutting for two blocks:

From red fabric, cut 4 rectangles, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
From navy fabric, cut 4 rectangles, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
From cream fabric, cut 8 squares, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"; and 8 rectangles, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Assembling the Blocks

1.  On the back of each 4 1/2" cream square, use a sharp pencil and the edge of a ruler to make a light diagonal mark from corner to corner.

2.  Mark another diagonal line 1/2" away from the first diagonal line.

3.  Place a 4 1/2" cream square on top of a red print rectangle, right sides together, as shown below.  Pin in place, then sew along both of the diagonal lines.

4.  Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, cut between the diagonal lines.  

5.  Press the main unit (folded-corner unit) so that the seam allowances are directed toward the cream triangle.  Make 4 matching folded-corner units.

6.  Press the seam allowances of the "bonus" half-square triangle unit toward the red print.   

7.  Place a square ruler along the upper and right edge of the half-square triangle unit as shown, with the diagonal line of the ruler following the seam line.  Trim the top and right edges.

8.  Rotate the half-square triangle unit so that the trimmed edges are aligned with the 2 1/2" horizontal and vertical markings on the ruler as shown.  Trim the extra fabric from the top and right edges.  Make 4 matching half-square triangle units.

9.  Repeat steps 1 through 8 using 4 blue rectangles and the remaining 4 cream squares.  

10.  Sew together a red half-square triangle unit to a cream 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle as shown. Press the seam allowances toward the cream rectangle. Make 4 matching units.

11.  Sew together the blue half-square triangle units to the remaining cream 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.  Press the seam allowances toward cream rectangle.

12.  Sew a blue pieced unit from Step 11 to a red folded-corner unit from Step 5. Press the seam allowances toward the blue pieced unit.  Make 4 matching units.

13.  Sew a red pieced unit from Step 10 to a blue folded-corner unit.  Press the seam allowances toward the red pieced unit.  Make 4 matching units.

14.  Sew together together two units from 13.  Press the seam allowances to the right.  Repeat for the remaining two units from Step 13.  

15.  Sew the two half-blocks from unit 15 together.  Before pressing, remove the vertical stitching above the horizontal seam allowance with a seam ripper. 

16.  Turn the block to the back, and open the seam allowances and "rotate" them to form a tiny pinwheel.  Press the tiny pinwheel with the tip of an iron. 

17.  Turn the block to the right side and press the seam allowances in a clockwise direction.  

18.  Repeat Steps 12 through 17 using the blue folded-corner units and red pieced units. 

How easy was that?  Now you have two different 12" blocks!  If you have any questions about how to construct the blocks, just leave a comment here, or e-mail me using the link in my sidebar.  

And here's what your quilt might look like using almost all of the prints from Charleston.  

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