Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Old School Block of the Month

On the 12th of each month, the tutorial for the Old School Block of the Month is released.     

There is nothing more "old school" than a traditional Court House Steps block. 

If you aren't familiar with the block, it's a variation of a Log Cabin block except the "logs" or in this case, the "steps" are added in a different order.   

Pat Sloan is the designer for this month and her instructions will expertly guide you as you make the block, even if this is your first experience with a Court House Steps block. 

Direct Link to Pat's blog post


Here is my finished block. 



I love the depth of the block with the dark center.  I'm thinking of all sorts of other possible colorways for this block :) 

If you are interested in making a quilt using the Court House Steps block, take a look at my Stepping Out quilt. 



I have PDF Digital Download patterns available in my Etsy shop for your convenience. 


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Suspended Stars Quilt Along Starts Today - Join Me!

 I am super excited to share that the Suspended Stars Quilt Along started today!



The first email with video tutorial and pdf downloads has been delivered to the inboxes of those who have already signed up. 

But no worries - there is still plenty of time to sign up.

Here is the direct link to the sign up page


If you want more information about the quilt along, here are the blog post that answers your questions and gives ya the full scoop. 

Suspended Stars Quilt Along - Join the Fun


Or check out the video that gives you a preview of the fabrics I used and the blocks that you will be making. 

Promo Video 

The Quilt Along runs for 4 weeks, so you still have plenty of time to participate.  And don't feel you need to do it alone - invite a quilting friend to join you! 

If you are looking for the Suspended Stars Quilt Patterns, I have both Print and PDF patterns available.  

Print Pattern (shipping included)

PDF Digital Download Pattern 


I hope you will join us!  It's a great time to learn some new techniques, improve skills you already have, create a beautiful quilt and have fun playing the Suspended Stars Bingo game. 

Sign up Here

Monday, October 11, 2021

Dutchman's Puzzle Block Challenge - Sneak Peek #1

This week I'm sharing Sneak Peek #1 of the Dutchman's Puzzle Block Re-Imagined Challenge.  


I am playing with color placement.  Yes, each of those are identical blocks, just the color placement is different.  Isn't it amazing how changing up the colors can create totally different looks.  Some of the blocks have movement, each have different focal points and interchanging the lights and darks really makes a difference! 

If you remember from last week's Fabric Pull post (click here in case you missed it), I shared that I'm using a scrappy mix of autumnal stash fabrics.  If your stash is needing a boost, just out the fat quarter bundles in my Etsy shop.  This 6 pack bundle is a best seller. 

Well, it is a block re-imagined challenge - so everything is fair game - and this is all part of the design process.  Normally this is a part of the process that most people don't see, so it is fun to be able to share it with you.  

Each Monday in October, the participating designers are sharing about the challenge on their Instagram feeds.  Some of us are adding other social media too.   If you don't already follow me on Instagram, I'm @masterpiecequilting 

Here is the list of Instagram handles of the participating designers.  Each of us are sharing our sneak peeks on Monday October 11th.  

@tamarinis

@katecollerandesigns

@southwind_quilts

@jenstrauser 

@masterpiecequilting 

@patchworkbreeze

@megschoicepatterns

@sue_duckcreekquilting

@crafttowardsjoy

@implumcute


An easy way to find the posts is using the following hashtags.  Just type them into the search box and the posts will show up. 


Hashtags:

#dutchmanspuzzleblockchallenge

#dutchmanspuzzlequiltblock

#morethanjustablockchallenge

#designerblockchallenge

#Octoberblockchallenge

#Octoberdesignerblockchallenge

#quilt

#quilts

#quiltdesigner

#quiltblock

#quiltblocks


I can't wait to see what everyone's sneak peeks and I hope that you will take a look too! Be sure to follow each of the designers so you don't miss their posts during this fun challenge.


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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Tree Time Wall Hanging in Quilter's World Tis the Season for Quilting

It's an awkward season - while it's still fall and I want to be roasting marshmallows and snuggling under fall quilts while on hayrides, I also know that I need to be stitching on Christmas projects so they will be ready to go when it's time to decorate.  

I'm excited to share my Tree Time Wall Hanging that is sure to have a lot of impact in your décor.  It can complement your traditional tree or if you are pinched for space or time, it can serve as the perfect place to land presents under.  


The pattern for my Tree Time wall hanging design is available in Quilter's World new 'Tis the Season for Quilting magazine that is available on news stands now. 



Here is a direct link to find a local news stand that carries Quilter's World publications. Just search “Quilter’s World” and enter your zip code.

The Tree Time wall hanging is easy to make and you can embellish it any way you like.  With all the negative space, it's a perfect place to show off all your quilting techniques too. 

This magazine has 23 awesome projects in it which will make your decorating so easy this year. 

Also featured in the same publication is my Christmas Wonder Table Runner. 


Christmas Wonder features the Joyful Traditions Collection from Hoffman California - International fabrics.  We have cardinals around our house year round so these beautiful fussy-cut cardinals are perfect for our décor. 

For table runners, table toppers, placemats or any quilted projects that go on a table and will have something sitting on top of it, I prefer a thin flat batting.  

For Christmas Wonders, I used Warm 80/20 batting from The Warm Company.  It is nice and flat, so there won't be wobbly dishes but there is still definition to the quilting.  Since table runners don't take a huge time commitment to quilt, they are great for custom quilting. 

I'd love to see the version of the Tree Time wall hanging and / or the Christmas Wonder table runner that you make.  When sharing on social media be sure to tag me @masterpiecequilting

Don't wait - get your copy of 'Tis the Season for Quilting today.  Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show off your new decor this holiday season! 


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Monday, October 4, 2021

Dutchman's Puzzle - October Block Challenge Fabric Pull

Welcome to October and a new block re-imagination challenge!  The Dutchman's Puzzle is one of my favorite blocks.  I love flying geese units so it makes sense that a block with flying geese units is on my favorites list.  I love the versatility of the block, the way you can change the size really easily and the way there are a gazillion different color placement options!  Okay, maybe a gazillion is a stretch :)  

In case you aren't familiar with the Dutchman's Puzzle, here is what the block looks like.  



This week, I'm sharing my fabric pull for this block and what will hopefully be a new quilt pattern by the end of the month too!  

Since it is October and we are having what appears to be a late fall, I had to go with a fun fall mix of quilting cottons.  I think these brown, burgundy, beige, rust, green and orange tonals will be perfect for an autumn scrappy quilt.  

I'm going to be pulling from my stash (which is overflowing - yes, literally overflowing!) but if you need to boost your stash, be sure to check my Etsy shop for some great deals on 6, 12 or 20 fat quarter bundles.  

If you have been following along, a group of quilt pattern designers are challenging each other to re-imagine and re-interpret a traditional quilt block.  Here are links if you want to take a look at the quilts I made during the Snowball Block Challenge, the Rail Fence Block Challenge, the Pinwheel Block Challenge, the Log Cabin Block Challenge, the Churn Dash Block Challenge, the Five Patch Chain Block Challenge, the Ocean Waves Block Challenge and the Strip Star Block Challenge.  I have free patterns available for the quilts I made in the Rail Fence block challenge and Log Cabin block challenge.  Links are in the respective blog posts.  

Each Monday in October, the participating designers are sharing about the challenge on their Instagram feeds.  Some of us are adding other social media too.   If you don't already follow me on Instagram, I'm @masterpiecequilting 

Here is the list of Instagram handles of the participating designers.  Each of us are sharing our fabric pull and / or color scheme on Monday October 4th.  

@tamarinis

@katecollerandesigns

@southwind_quilts

@jenstrauser 

@masterpiecequilting 

@patchworkbreeze

@megschoicepatterns

@sue_duckcreekquilting

@crafttowardsjoy

An easy way to find the posts is using the following hashtags.  Just type them into the search box and the posts will show up. 

Hashtags:

#dutchmanspuzzleblockchallenge

#dutchmanspuzzlequiltblock

#morethanjustablockchallenge

#designerblockchallenge

#Octoberblockchallenge

#Octoberdesignerblockchallenge

#quilt

#quilts

#quiltdesigner

#quiltblock

#quiltblocks


I can't wait to see what everyone is selecting for their fabrics and I hope that you will take a look too! Be sure to follow each of the designers so you don't miss their posts during this fun challenge.


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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Welcome to the Suspended Stars Quilt Along - I'd love to have you join me!

 


I am so excited to announce the Suspended Stars Quilt Along.  Suspended Stars is one of my latest patterns and is such a fun quilt, ideal for any décor and perfect for a quilt along.  I have it imaged in both a traditional Christmas colorway as well as a cooler Winter colorway.  Don't be limited by my options, use whatever colorway you want!

It's super easy to participate in the Quilt Along. 

Just click and Sign Up Here 


If you are just thinking about a new Christmas quilt or in need of any easy handmade quilt to gift, Suspended Stars is perfect for you! 

The Quilt Along will run for 5 weeks starting October 12th.  Each week a new lesson including video tutorials and written tips will be delivered to your inbox.  

Here is the complete schedule of what we will be covering each week. 



Direct Link to Sign Up for the Suspended Stars Quilt Along


A popular question is Why should I join the Quilt Along? 

If you aren't sure what a Quilt Along is, let me share a bit. 

A Quilt Along is when quilters of all ages, from all over the world, with different skill levels come together online to make the same quilt, in this case, Suspended Stars.  It is a great opportunity to develop your own skillslearn something new and make a beautiful quilt while working at your own pace.  The lessons are available 24/7 in the comfort of your own sewing space. 

It's also a great way to have accountability for completing the project, especially if you are planning to gift the quilt. 

In terms of skill level, the pattern is rated for a confident beginner, someone who already has a basic understanding of how to cut fabrics, piece a quilt together and sew with a 1/4" seam.  I'll be diving deep into raw-edge fusible applique techniques and guiding you step-by-step. 


Purchase PDF Digital Download Pattern

Purchase Print Pattern 

Ready to start shopping? Here is the materials list for the quilt.  

Direct Link to Sign Up for the Suspended Stars Quilt Along

Come join in the fun and let's quilt together!

Sign Up Now

Purchase PDF Digital Download Pattern

Purchase Print Pattern 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

2022 - It's time for planning ahead!

While 2022 is still months away, I'm already designing and making quilts that will be released next year.  It's time for me to plan my education and product offerings as well. 

It would be great if I had a crystal ball or was a mind reader to know what programs and products you are interested in.  Instead my next option is to ask!  


Here is a direct link to the survey.  It shouldn't take you more than a minute or two to complete.   

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W6L6MDW


Thank you for response.  I truly appreciate it. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Strip Star Block Challenge - The Reveal

This has been an amazingly fun month of discovery and play with a quilt block that was completely new to me.  

I didn't make a lot of alterations to the layout of the block itself, rather I focused on the color placement and the secondary pattern that emerge when you play with the colors.  

Here is the version that I fell in love with as I was playing in the design software. 


I imaged this version using the same fabrics in all the blocks for a really cohesive look.  I started the month with a plan for a really scrappy quilt, then I narrowed it down to using scrap fabrics from the same colorways - green, orange, brown and burgundy with the center square being the same warm beige in all the blocks. The outer triangle units are a scrappy mix of off-white, barely beige and other neutrals. 

I've got 6 of my blocks finished and here is how they look on the design wall. 



I can't wait to get the rest finished and put together.  As I'm assembling the blocks, I'm using partial seams which are much easier than anyone would think and give that "how did you do that" look which will make all your quilting friends envious! 

Here is the list of Instagram handles of the participating designers.  Each of us are sharing our project reveals on Monday September 27th.  


@tamarinis

@katecollerandesigns

@sue_duckcreekquilting

@patchworkbreeze

@megschoicepatterns

@southwind_quilts

@swanamity

@sewhookedontreasures 

@reeze_morningglorydesigns

@implumcute

@masterpiecequilting 

@jenstrauser

@crafttowardsjoy

@ttquilts


An easy way to find the posts is using the following hashtags.  Just type them into the search box and the posts will show up. 


#stripstarblockchallenge

#stripstarquiltblock

#morethanjustablockchallenge

#designerblockchallenge

#Septemberblockchallenge

#Septemberdesignerblockchallenge

#quilt

#quilts

#quiltdesigner

#quiltblock

#quiltblocks


I can't wait to see everyone's reveals and I hope that you will take a look too! Be sure to follow each of the designers so you don't miss their posts during this fun challenge.


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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cathedral Star Quilt Block - September's Old School Block of the Month

On the 12th of each month, the tutorial for the Old School Block of the Month is released.     

Talk about a block that brings together all the "old school" techniques for curved piecing. 

The Cathedral Star Quilt Block tutorial by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl is available now using this link. 

If you are taking a look at this block and thinking "no way, no curved piecing for me!", I ask you to think again.  Yvonne's instructions are exquisite.   She guides you step-by-step, literally, through not just one but two different ways to make the same block.   

It's been more than a hot minute since I've curved pieced.  I LOVE the look, but mine never quite turn out right and then I'm disappointed in myself and I'm feeling rushed and I don't want to rip and well, then down that ugly rabbit hole of self-doubt I go....  So if you have been down that rabbit hole when curved piecing in the past, I ask you to just give it a try following Yvonne's instructions. 

Here is my finished block.  I did option number 2 of the instructions - the 5 seam method so I could fussy cut my center fabric.  


And I couldn't help but share an in-progress photo too.  I'm loving the colors! 


If you are finding this blog post for the first time and want to join the Old School Block of the Month, we would love to have you!   

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