June 17, 2019

Fourth of July Mini Quilt

This is All-Star, a pattern I designed with beautiful fabrics from the Tonga Patriot collection by Timeless Treasures. I know you have seen this quilt before - it measures 74” x 88” and the blocks finish at 12”. They are so easy to make!

I had one of these blocks on my design wall for the longest time, made with scraps. Before I began working on another project, I pulled the block down and turned it into a mini quilt.

I made a sandwich and stitched in the ditch using monofilament.

Then, using 40 wt navy blue thread and large stitches, I shadowed the star points.

As I told you, I needed to work on another project so there would be no time to hand stitch the binding. Still, I stitched it to the front, flipped it to the back of the quilt and pinned every 2" or so, making sure the pin caught the edge of the binding.

Working on the front of the quilt, I used the walking foot and the monofilament again to stitch in the ditch all around the edge, next to the binding.

And here is what the binding looks like on the back.

Voila'! My friend Connie gave me this stand a little while ago. I have a wood barn quilt block behind the mini quilt to make it stand flat. It is already in my dining room where I can see it every time I pass by. Love it, don't you? A fast and simple way to prepare my house for the upcoming holiday.

You can find the All-Star pattern on my Etsy Store, Quilterly. There is still time to make the whole quilt!

How about you? Have you made any new quilted projects for the 4th of July?

Have a wonderful Monday,

June 13, 2019

Let's Party - Quilt block tutorial

This is my quilt "Let's Party", just published in the Summer 2019 issue of Quilter's World Magazine. It features Maywood Studio Fabric's collection Back Porch Celebration by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. The center panel is super fun and I chose border blocks to set it off. The quilt measures 58" x 70".

The pattern is easy to follow in the magazine. Yet, I love these blocks so much that I decided to show you how I made them. The overall design looks complex but when you look at these steps below you will see I used super common patches and the construction has no secret to it. So, here it goes:

Let's begin with this block. All the cutting instructions are on page 48 of Quilter's World Summer 2019 so I will skip that part here.

 These are the pieces I need for one block. I will make half-square triangles next.

I chained pieced the patches and you will do the same as you will be making 28 blocks. See that strip of painter's tape next to the Bernina? Stay tuned for comments about it later.

I know the half-square triangles turned out fine because I placed them next to the square they will be joined to and there was a perfect match.

Next, I place all the patches in order next to my sewing table and begin the block assembly. There are a couple of ways you can go about it: sew the patched in columns then sew columns together, or sew patches row by row. I will demonstrate the latter.

Notice that the triangles at the end of the rows fit well.

I check every seam after I stitched it. Notice the spot in blue - this won't do as it will mess up the design. Jack the Ripper goes into action...

That's better!

There is no trick here. The seams align well as long as use 1/4" seam. No need to stretch, fudge, curse, reach for some chocolate to calm the nerves...

After pressing the patch I look at the back to see if the seams are laying flat. That one is not but I will make it!

I snip a V where the seam is unruly, and problem solved. I am careful not to touch the seam with the scissors.

The block is almost ready.

To add the red triangle, I fold in half the unit I just completed, right sides together, and crease it.

I then fold the red triangle in half, wrong sides together, and crease the fold.

Now it is time to nest the creases...

... pin liberally, and sew. Notice the ends of the triangle sticking out a cool 1/4".

And here is Mr. Block number 1. How easy is that???

Next block is even easier!


These are the corner blocks. You will need only four of them.

 These are almost all the patches I will need - I left out from this photo the corner square.

First, I made the two flying geese units. Remember the painter's tape? Here it comes in handy. My friend Deb told me this is how she sews, and she is awesome at sewing and quilting, so I had to emulate her. I no longer mark the back of the squares for flying geese blocks and for other "stitch and flip" blocks, unless the squares are larger than, say, 3". Position the patch, align the bottom corner to the tape, and make sure that corner lines up with the tape while you stitch. Does it work? See for yourself:

 Perfect straight seam.


Now I have all I need to complete the block.

The red corner square can be stitched either to the bottom strip or to the side one. I chose to join it to the bottom strip.

 No magic here, you see. Just regular stitching with 1/4" seam.

Here comes the sun!!! I really like this block.


 I sew the blue triangle to the patch in the same manner as above, by nesting the creases I made to the folded units.
And here it is. These fabrics are so cute!

 There is no secret to putting these blocks together as you saw. Just plain old 'mind your seams'.


I love how Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting quilted it. Simple lines reminiscent of the wind on the flags of the center panel and on the borders.

Here is a YouTube video where I show you how I made the decision to assemble these blocks the way I did. It is a quick video with the Electric Quilt Software with an alternative way to put them together, and why I did not choose it.

I hope this has been helpful. Have a fantastic day!



June 10, 2019

EQ Software Winner


Good morning, friends! Thank you for participating in the Electric Quilt software giveaway! I loved reading and responding to your comments - we all began it the same way: with paper and colored pencils. As I said in one of my replies, EQ 8 is like graph paper in steroids! I love it and cannot envision my design work without this powerful tool.


Here is the winner:

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1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 36
Set #1

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OhioLoriJune 6, 2019 at 6:47 PM

I use graph paper... I haven't designed a pattern really, but draw out my ideas when using a book, or pattern. Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way! Looks Amazing & fun to use :).
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Congratulations, Lori! The Electric Quilt Company will get in touch with you via email shortly.
In the meantime, take a look at this super cute downloadable pattern I found in Annie's Catalog. Two beautiful and fun blocks to make. Check it out!

I am off to finish a quilt with batiks. Aren't they gorgeous? They are from the Tonga Dazzle line by Timeless Treasures. Batiks always make me happy and infuse me with energy. So, here I go!

Enjoy your day,

June 7, 2019

Yuletide Cheer - Free quilt pattern

Happy Friday, everyone! How about a free quilt pattern? This is the quilt I designed for the Yuletide Cheer fabric collection by Laura Stone for Studioe Fabrics. It measures 80" x 97" and the blocks finish at 16".






The fabrics in this collection are so much fun and remind me of Christmases with my boys when they were little. The blocks are easy to put together and show off the prints very well.

Trees, stars, and presents - it is all in the quilt! I had a great time playing with these fabrics... and I am sure you will, too. It is never too early to start getting ready for Christmas, so look for this fabric collection at your local quilt store.

I wish you an awesome weekend. As for me, I will be here designing more quilts, speaking of which there is still time to enter the giveaway: one lucky winner will receive a copy of the Electric Quilt software. You have until Monday the 10th to enter. Plus, there is a 20% off discount code so you can save as you shop at the Electric Quilt Company website.

See ya,

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