Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Little Nine Patch Quilt

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 Spent sometime sewing with some scraps I had.

Basic 9 patches, set on ends. I did it in strip piecing, cutting strips  3/4" wide.

The finished quilt is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
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I have been doing a lot of little things, I have a huge project to start, I think I'm procrastinating a bit??




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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Friendship Star Quilt Pattern

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I have to say this is one of my favorite blocks, mine is machine pieced, hand quilted and framed for a holiday gift.

For a refresher on how to's for Square or Triangles


Cut 1 Center Pattern Color - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Cut 4 Background Squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Cut 2 Background Points 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Cut 2 Points Pattern Color - 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Make Triangles
free friendship star quilt pattern

Piece together the triangles - lay out design




Sew together to form rows.



Sew the row together


To finish the block





Cut 2 Background 3 1/2" x 2" Sew to the top and bottom of the block.














Cut 2 Background 6 1/2" x 2" Sew to the sides of the block











Press well, you can add batting to the back and quilt now, or just frame.

I machine pieced and hand quilted











The reason for the different colors - An Old Ladies moment...
I forgot to take the pictures of the blue one as I was sewing.



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Friday, July 26, 2013

My Paisley Fabric Quilt

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I love paisley fabric and this is my vacation quilt.
I used a very different palette of colors and patterns, it's just fun.
Before the move this is the quilt that I put away here at the condo. Some times, it's nice to cuddle in a quilt no matter what the temperature is outside. 
It's a very simple pattern, a 2 inch center square and then just log cabin around the outside with 1 inch strips.



The finished size is a square 50" x 50" a good size for curling up on the couch. I used a 100% cotton batting and hand quilted.





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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to pick your quilt colors from Nature by The Quilt Ladies

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Just a couple of tricks to help you look at color from nature for your quilts.
I am always asked about color. We attended a family union at my sister-n-laws acreage. I always take loads of pictures, and use them as teaching tools.
Look at the pictures and notice the colors, the shades and the texture of the leaves or flowers.
How to choose Quilt Colors from Nature by The Quilt Ladies
If this is the color group you like, start with a deep red, notice the hint of yellow centers, the beige of the new bloom, and all the greens. Work with what you like about the colors in a photo.

How to choose Quilt Colors from Nature by The Quilt Ladies

This photo, "What is the first thing your eyes see?" The GRAY figure, start with a gray color, add the soft lavender in the front, the soft cream yellow from the leaves on the right. Add more colors or less, it helps you to start the color process.


Print out your photo and head to your fabric stash or the fabric store. I always lay out my fabric and photograph them too. Always, always do one block before cutting a whole quilt, that is the time to change and re-arrange colors and patterns. 
Just a couple of hints on how to start with color.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

"A Wedding" Book Eight of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

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Book Eight of the Quilt Ladies
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The writing of book 8 was so much fun for me. I planned a wedding and had to answer, ask or tell anyone, why or what I wanted. From simple days, to family and friends. It is what I hope my day was about, many years ago.

At the time writing book 8, we lived in Windom, Minnesota. A VERY long way from home and I had some very long days and even longer nights. Son #2 was in high school, working, sports and always busy, Husband had his first retail store and worked 24/7.
And I wrote, the wedding was on.....
I wrote, ate and dreamed of nothing but a wedding, for months and months.
Then came the quilt.
It was overwhelming, everything I've always wanted in a quilt.
This one was designed and done for me, no one else, just me.

There are 12 blocks, pieced on a sewing machine and hand appliqued with
vines and leaves.


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday Free Quilt Pattern from The Quilt Ladies

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Monkey Wrench Variation
12” x 12”
I'm breaking blocks down and showing you how a quilt pattern which looks difficult is done. Some look hard, but give them a chance, you can do it. !



Cut 2 Blue – 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 4 Red – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 8 Yellow – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Cut 4 Pink 4 ½” x 2 ½”
 Cut 4 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 8 Green – 1 ½” x 2 ½”

Cut 2 Pink – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 2 Blue – 2 ½” x 2 ½”





Breaking it Down


 Cut 2 Blue – 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 4 Red – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 4 Yellow – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Sew as shown – do 4 times



Cut 4 Yellow – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Cut 4 Pink 4 ½” x 2 ½”

 Cut 4 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 8 Green – 1 ½” x 2 ½”

Sew as shown – do 4 times



Cut 2 Pink – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 2 Blue – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Sew a 4-patch as shown




Do rows together as shown – 2 times





 Do center row


Sew rows into block
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Fun Friday Free Quilt Pattern from The Quilt Ladies

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I'm breaking blocks down and showing you how a quilt pattern which looks difficult is done. Some look hard, but give them a chance, you can do it. !

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Corn and Beans
Twelve inches by Twelve inches
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How piece Triangles

Adding Triangle Units

Quarter Triangles

Flying Geese



Cut 2 Red – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 2 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 4 White - 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 2 Red – 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 8 White – 4 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 8 White – 2 ½” x 2 ½”


Cut 1 Red - 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”

Cut 1 White - 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”

free quilt block pattern

Breaking it Down


Cut 2 Red – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 2 White – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 4 White - 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Cut 2 Red – 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
Cut corner to corner

Sew as shown – 4 times


Cut 8 White – 4 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 8 White - 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Cut 2 Red
Cut 2 White Center


Sew as shown – 8 times
Sew into 4 units of 2 each


Cut 1 Red - 51/4” x 5 1/4”
Cut 1 White - 51/4” x 5 1/4”
You will have one left over


Sew into rows – 2 times
Sew the center row together


Sew rows together to form block

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