Category — Blog Hop
Summer is here! Ok, not really, but today is Memorial Day in the United States, which is the day we set aside to remember those who died serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. It is also known as the unofficial start to summer around here. There are tons of cookouts and the pools open. Which was nice here yesterday when it hit 101 degrees at my house! It’s also when I start to get the itch to begin sewing for summer – you know, sun dresses and new bags and picnic quilts. And I hope you are motivated to sew for summer too, because Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts has organized a Summer Sewing Contest that I hope you will take part it.
First for a bit of inspiration… I was hoping to have this quilt finished in time for today’s post, but things got crazy around here and it just didn’t happen. But I am working on a new, giant (for me) picnic/beach quilt for the family. My daughter wants pretty much everyone we’ve ever met to fit on it. So, it’s going to measure 80″ x 80″ and I think we are guaranteed to at least fit her and 10 of her closest friends on it at the park.
Each block uses a print from my stash and a print from Maude Asbury’s Crabtastic line.
I also threw in a couple prints from Sweetwater’s new Lucy’s Crab Shack line. Confession: I don’t eat crab. But I can’t resist the designs and soft colors of this fabric.
I created a 16-patch for each block using 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares, resulting in 16.5″ x 16.5″ unfinished blocks. I plan on making 25 in total. (So far 15 are finished.)
So here is how the contest will run:
1. Sew something fun for summer in one of these 4 categories:
You may enter one item in each category.
· Home Decor
· Bags & Accessories
2. Link up your entry at Ellison Lane Quilts: June 10-17.
3. Finalists are chosen in each category: June 18
4. Voting Begins: June 18- June 23
5. Winners announced: June 26
A wild card winner will be chosen by Jennifer’s husband and will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog hop to help you start thinking of ideas for your entry.
May 28, 2012 20 Comments
Last November I had the crazy idea that I would make a quilt for my husband. I thought I would line the back in fleece or something cozy and make the front some sort of “man design”. I had no idea where to even start. And every idea I came up with, my husband nixed. So…he got no quilt for Christmas. Designing a quilt for a man is hard.
That’s why when Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies emailed me about her new book, Geared for Guys, I was pretty excited! (And it also features John Adams of Quilt Dad Quilts…man = true “man quilt” expert, right?) If Emily’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably from her super popular fabric lines, Going Coastal and Hall of Fame. Well she has a new collection debuting this weekend at Quilt Market called Shore Thing. Looks like another winner that pairs perfectly with Going Coastal. And would work great in a man-quilt!
Back to the book though. Geared for Guys has 8 quilt patterns, all designed with men in mind. I like that there are patterns for all different types of guy…the preppy guy (Ivy League quilt pattern):
The rugged guy (Helix quilt pattern):
The alternative guy (Odd Ball quilt pattern – this one would be perfect for my guy, and not just because of the pattern name! ):
The quilts use a lot of solids in neutral and blenders which I think makes for more manly quilts.
Now for the giveaway! (I told you earlier this week it was Christmas in May around here.) Just leave a comment and one of you will win a copy of the book. If you’ve made a man quilt, I’d love to hear about it. If you’ve tried and failed, I’d love to hear about that too! I’m sure there are some funny stories out there. I will pick a winner Tuesday evening. Good luck everyone!
++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++
The winner is #191, Fran Daoust. Fran said “My daughter made a quilt for my husband. it does have flowers and leaves but he loves it because she made it. I am planning on making some manly quilts with wool.”
Congratulations Fran! I will email you for your address. Thanks for commenting everyone!
May 19, 2012 232 Comments
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Today we are going to celebrate by checking out Pat Sloan’s new book, Focus on the Center. So pull up chair, grab your margarita of choice and let’s take a look!
Focus on the Center, published by Leisure Arts, is all about quilts with an interesting center. I have some definitely favorites…
I think I might make just the center of this one…
Using maybe this fabric…what do you think?
Want a chance to win the book? Leisure Arts has been nice enough to give away copies of this book to TWO of you! All you need to do is leave a comment. I will pick the winners Monday evening, May 7th.
If you want even *more* chances to win the book, each of the stops this week on the blog hop are giving away another TWO books – as well as Pat herself! All the giveaways end on May 7th, so there is still time to enter them all.
Good luck everyone!
++ Closing comments to pick the winners! ++
Congratulations to the winners!
#96 Cathy said “I love your fabric choices. Would love to win this book.”
++++ Edited…since the email address doesn’t work for one of our winners, I selected another. #185, Mags! Congratulations! ++++
May 5, 2012 217 Comments
I’m happy to have you visit my blog today as part of the Festival of Half Square Triangles! Today I’m going to share a tutorial for a new quilt block and then talk about some ideas for what you can do with it.
I almost titled this post “When a Square isn’t a Square”. Because those are the words that were constantly in my mind as I was creating this quilt block and the quilt that will follow it on Friday. When I’m designing quilts, I think I tend to fall into the mindset that I have to make blocks that are square. But when I sit down and really think about quilts that catch my eye, a lot of the time they are quilts don’t use basic squares – whether it be stars or hexies or any number of things.
So today’s block is a rectangular hexagon. This block can be used on it’s own – I actually think it would make an adorable pillow. I could see a bunch of them in different colors all over my daughter’s bed. Or it can be combined with many more blocks to make a quilt. I will share tips for making it into a quilt at the end of the block tutorial.
Let’s get started on the single block tutorial!
Candy Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial
All seam allowances are 1/4″
Step 1. Cut your fabric.
|Color/Print 1||Cut 3||5″ x 5″|
|Color/Print 2||Cut 3||5″ x 5″|
Step 2. Cut all 6 squares along the diagonal, resulting in 12 half square triangles (HST).
Step 3. Pair 8 of your HSTs together as shown. Sew together along the diagonal creating 4 squares.
Step 4. Trim your squares to 4.5″ x 4.5″.
Step 5. Sew your 4 squares together to form a pinwheel.
Step 6. Take your 4 remaining HST. Lay out as shown below.
Step 7. Sew together along the short edge, forming a larger triangle as shown below.
Step 8. Place these larger triangles on each side of your pinwheel square. Line up the middle seams and sew together.
Step 9. Using a quilting ruler, trim the sides of the resulting block if necessary, so they line up with the edges of the pinwheel section of the block.
Congratulations! You’ve made a Candy Pinwheel quilt block!
As I mentioned earlier, I think a block like this would make an adorable pillow. But what if you want a quilt? There are a few options. First, let’s talk color and layout. These blocks are staggered to “fit” together.
I followed a few color rules when designing this quilt mockup. Almost all my blocks were made using all warm (pink, red, orange, yellow) or all cool (blue, turquoise, green, purple) colors. I think this gives a bit of order to a quilt that is actually scrappy.
As for quilt top assembly, there are a couple options. First, you could make individual blocks (rectangular hexagons) and sew them together using the Y-Seam method. I’m sure most people just fainted.
But there is another easier option. If you plan your quilt ahead, you can actually sew your quilt together in rows. Simply lay out your entire quilt top on the floor or design wall, and rather than making one block at a time, you make one row at a time.
You will need some space to make your quilt this way, but I found it to be very easy. I hope that gives you some ideas for making an eye catching half square triangle quilt. I will post my finished Candy Pinwheel quilt on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek!
April 4, 2012 29 Comments