I am so excited to announce that I have the opportunity to be a National Educator for HandiQuilter. I just love quilting and I am thrilled to be able to travel the country teaching people to love longarming as much as I do.
There are four other new field educators:
Karen Arnold of Ohio
Fiona Egan of Texas- but soon, Connecticut
Jeannine Grabowska of Arizona and
Chris Davidson of Florida. Learn more about her at MemoriesinStitches.com
We had some great training this week and today Johnny Barfuss did a Facebook Live video while we were practicing some free-motion quilting in Handi Quilter’s beautiful education studio.
I love being one of the designers for Quilt Block Mania, but I’m not always interested in making a quilt with all the blocks. A few months ago I made a tutorial on how to make an easy pillow cover. PILLOW COVER TUTORIAL
This month I am sharing one of my favorite ideas for using a quilt block- an apron! And I even made a video to talk you through the process.
I made this apron and it fits me well, but I am about a size 14 and I can get away with the 12″ width across my chest. I think it would also be fine if your chest was more ample, if ya know what I mean! If you are smaller, you might want to reduce the block size to 10″ or use a block that has white space on the outside so that you could trim it down a bit. Or you could use a few quilt blocks across the skirt part and just use fabric for the bib part. It’s up to you!
In addition to the quilt block, I used about 1 yard of main fabric and ¼ yard of a contrast fabric. I also used a piece of fusible fleece about 12” x 12”.
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I love spring and I love flowers! I was happy to get this theme assignment for the Quilt Block Mania, but I went through several ideas before I finally settled on this pattern. I wanted something that was accessible to a confident beginner and could be traditionally pieced. I think this block is a winner!
If you just want a block, this is an easy pattern to make with scraps because the largest squares are just 3.5″. This block looks great with solids, but can be super cute with all sorts of prints and scrappy color choices.
I think it is fun for you to see the color palette that was assigned as part of the Quilt Block Mania. Our fearless leader Carolina Moore has been choosing palettes from https://www.design-seeds.com/ which is the brain child of Jessica Colaluca. I love the palettes and I appreciate that they all are based on six colors because that seems much more accessible to us as quilters than the palettes that have 30 colors. Isn’t this gorgeous????
If you feel like your quilting has gotten stale or you just want to try something new, I strongly recommend that you head over to DesignSeeds and pick a palette. You can use solids or prints, but the palette may send you in an unexpected direction that works out really well.
Anyway. . . I hope that when you are gathering up your QBM blocks that you aren’t only thinking about making a quilt. These blocks can be used for all sorts of projects. A few months ago I showed you how to make a pillow cover with a block and in my March newsletter I will be sharing a pattern for making an apron using a quilt block as the focal point.
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Welcome to Quilt Block Mania for February 2021! This month’s theme was “Lucky Charms”. I made a shamrock quilt last spring but the blocks were not the right size for Quilt Block Mania, so I did a little re-working and here is the updated pattern.
This is a simple pattern that I have designed as a foundation paper pieced pattern, but I think some of you could probably do an improv block that would look much the same.
This block is really versatile because as you turn it and possibly add some plain blocks the whole design can change. On the right is the quilt I made last year. My goal was to make an easy pieced quilt that was all straight lines. This pattern is available HERE.
This years pattern is a little bit more complex. It uses a Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) leaf block pattern that you need to print and sew three for each block. There is also a stem block. I really like the change I made in the stem because it lends itself to some secondary patterns.
Here I have used 16 blocks (just like in the example above) and turned them inwards in groupings of four. I like the crosses that form- along with the wonky stars. It seems like it has a bit of a Celtic feeling to it.
I think that you will come up with many ways to use this block- maybe just a simple table runner would be lovely!
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