I spent most of last week, like the rest of America, watching the news and thinking what.the.heck. The bombings at the Boston Marathon were just, well, unbelievable. I think when bad things happen, many of us are left wondering what we can do to help. I know I personally feel pretty small and insignificant in such moments.
I was really grateful when I saw the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild organizing To Boston with Love ~ a call for flag bunting that will fly somewhere in Boston this summer (location to be determined).
Applique pattern from the book Scandinavian Stitches
B is for Boston
I made 3 flags today. It was fun and therapeutic.
The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is also working on giving comfort to those who truly need it after the bombings through Quilts for Boston. They are making quilts and need us to send them blocks. You can find all those details on their blog. I also made a block for this initiative, and hope to make a few more before mailing them off.
Improvisational Log Cabin
A little summary if you want to help out:
Flag Bunting organized by Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
(Mailing address is in the USA)
Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/tobostonwithlove/
May 31st, 2013 Changed to May 21st
I’ve made a little PDF file if you’d like to print some out and hand them out at your next guild meetings. The more people we can get to help, the bigger the impact. Thanks everyone!
April 25, 2013 12 Comments
Last week I received a very fun package in the mail compliments of Andover Fabrics ~ Full Moon Lagoon by designer Mo Beddell. I have been so excited about this line ever since the little promotion logo thingy popped up on Pinterest (which I guess was 29 weeks ago!). If I could pick my favorite colors for one fabric line, these would be them.
Great bold designs…
Must-have blenders as well…
When the fabric arrived, I knew I wanted to use it to make a baby quilt. I spent a bit of time flipping through one of my favorite quilt block references, Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. I’m so bummed this book is out of print now. You can still get used copies, but they are pricey. That said, I use the book all the time. You can see my original post about it here.
I selected a classic block that has historically had many names: Octagons, The Windmill, Will of the Wisp, and Kaleidoscope.
I’m using a variety of low volume prints for the background.
As you can see, I stained our deck between the first block photo and the second one. Although I like the color for my deck, I’m not sure about it for quilt block pictures. These are the things a quilt blogger obsesses about I guess?
I am paper piecing these blocks and thanks to chain piecing, I’m making swift progress. I can’t wait to share the top next week!
You can find Full Moon Lagoon arriving in stores now, currently in stock at:
Happy sewing everyone!
April 10, 2013 32 Comments
Welcome to my stop of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Hop!
Today I’m very excited to be sharing a new quilt block tutorial with you, the Autumn Star. The Autumn Star is a 12.5″ x 12.5″ (unfinished) quilt square. The background consists of a variety of neutrals, starting from light at the top of the block and working their way darker as you go to the bottom of the block. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what I made with my star.) Let’s get started!
Autumn Star Quilt Block Tutorial
Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished
Step 1: Cut your fabric. I decided to make my quilt block scrappy which meant cutting extra print fabrics so none of my HST (half square triangles) per size were the same. You don’t have to do this, I just liked the look. The below chart shows the minimum requirements for cut fabric. If you’d like your star to be extra scrappy like mine, you will need to cut extra prints per size.
|Pattern Piece||Color/Print||Size||Number to Cut|
|Background||Tan/Neutral 1||4.5″ x 4.5″||1|
|3.5″ x 3.5″||2|
|Background||Tan/Neutral 2||4.5″ x 4.5″||1|
|Background||Tan/Neutral 3||4.5″ x 4.5″||1|
|Background||Tan/Neutral 4||4.5″ x 4.5″||1|
|3.5″ x 3.5″||2|
|Background||Cream/Text Print||2.5″ x 2.5″||4|
|4.25″ x 4.25″||4|
|Center||Brown/Crosshatch||2.5″ x 2.5″||1|
|Outer Star Points||Various Prints||4.5″ x 4.5″||4|
|Inner Star Points||Various Prints||4.25″ x 4.25″||4|
Step 2: We will first assemble the inner star. Take your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ inner star point fabric and your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ cream/text print background fabric and cut them diagonally into HSTs. Pair up 1 of each print HST to 1 of the cream/text HSTs.
Step 3: Sew, right sides together, down the long end of the HSTs.
You should now have 8 squares.
Step 4: Trim your (8) squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.
Step 5: Using your quilting ruler, cut your squares diagonally in the opposite direction as your sewn seam, as shown below. You will now have (16) HSTs. Set aside 8 of these to use, and 8 for the scrap bin.
Step 6: Because I wanted a scrappy look, I decided to lay out my inner star points until I was pleased with the colors.
Once you are happy with the look, sew each of your HSTs together to form hourglasses as shown below.
Step 7: Trim your blocks to 2.5″ x 2.5″.
Step 8: Take your (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ Cream/Text Print squares, your 2.5″ x 2.5″ Center Square and your (4) Hourglass squares and lay them out like a 9 patch, as shown below.
Step 9: Sew the squares together into rows.
Step 10: Sew the rows together to form a 6.5″ x 6.5″ square.
Step 11: Now we will make the star points for the outer star. Take your (4) 4.5″ x 4.5″ outer star point fabrics and cut them diagonally into HSTs.
Take each of your 4.5″ x 4.5″ tan background fabrics (you should have 1 of each of your shades of tan) and cut them diagonally into HSTs too.
Again, I wanted my block to be scrappy so I laid out my fabrics until they were just right.
If you are doing the varied shades of tan like me, keep in mind that your top row is your lightest fabric and work your way down to the bottom row, your darkest fabric.
Step 12: Sew each of your print HSTs to your tan HSTs, resulting in 8 squares.
Step 13: Trim your squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.
Step 14: Layout your block using your sewn components and the remaining 3.5″ x 3.5″ tan background squares.
Step 15: Sew the top 4 squares together into a row. Sew the bottom 4 square together into a row. Sew the side 2 squares together into columns.
Step 16: Sew the left and right columns to the inner star you made in the first half of the tutorial.
Step 17: Sew your top and bottom rows to the middle rows.
You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful star!
I decided to add a bit of sashing to my block and turn it into a Fall pillow for my couch.
I free motion quilted the star portion (not the dark sashing) it in a nice meandering design. The backing is a great text print from Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew line.
I hope you enjoy making your very own Autumn Star. Be sure to check out Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn page for more tutorials, coupons and giveaways!
November 1, 2012 48 Comments
I was lucky enough this past week to have the chance to work with artist Laura Gunn’s upcoming line, Cosmos. Laura sent me a charm pack with 5″ squares of each of her new designs and Painter’s Canvas. As usual, the fabric is beautiful. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the Tiny Cosmos print. I’m already thinking I need to buy more and make some pillows for my couch with it.
I was debating what I should do with charms, and I decided to use the Ribbon Star tutorial from the Solstice Stars Series, with some minor changes. Since the charms were a bit larger than I needed for the 12″ block, I decided to increase all the squares that make the block slightly (up to 4″ x 4″ after trimming rather than 3.5″ x 3.5″). Simple enough change that resulted in a slightly larger finished block.
I also decided to use several different shades of tan for the background rather than white. I just randomly selected these as I was sewing my HSTs. I quilted in diagonals, 1/4″ away from each side of the diagonal seams. The binding is Skinny Stripes in Citron, from another Laura Gunn collection, Poppy.
Cosmos comes out in September, keep an eye out for it at your favorite local or online fabric shop!
August 23, 2012 15 Comments