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Pop Luck

I just finished a class sample that I will be teaching soon from a pattern called Pop Luck created by Deb Tucker for Studio 180 Design.  With the Corner Pop tool you can choose from 22 size options available and accurately remove a 90 degree corner from a base shape such as a rectangle, pieced unit, or block and leave the necessary 1/4″ seam allowance intact.  You’ll then add an oversized replacement half square triangle and use the ruler guidelines and cutting edges to quickly clean up the corners to the perfect shape and size.

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I made half square triangles, then I popped of the corner and added an oversized triangle and trimmed it up using the Corner Pop Tool.

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You’ll be saving fabric and have pressing options not available with traditional the folded corners technique.

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This is the finished Pop Luck top!

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This is a fun project and a beautiful quilt.

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For The Birds, # 58

Somebody stop me!  I need to be working on Studio 180 Design class samples. But I just had to make one more One Block Wonder.  This great fabric is Brazilia by Alexander Henry.  I wanted to try a different design approach.

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I like the unevenness.  Once I sewed the blocks together I bound the uneven edge with a burgundy fabric. I then laid the blocks over the original fabric and adjusted it until it was in a position I liked. I sewed the two together and then squared up the top.

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It is a very subtle edge, but I like the way the original fabric flows into the blocks.

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I chose another tropical bird fabric for the backing.

FTB on the Wall

You know, no quilt it complete without a label.

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Yellow Brick Road With a Twist, #57

I’m making a fund raiser quilt for The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica whose mission is to promote the preservation and restoration of historically and architecturally significant buildings and sites. Through projects, community education, advocacy, marketing and planned activities, the Society engages its’ members, partners and the community in preserving the past and protecting the future.

I decided on a One Block Wonder because they are so much fun and visually interesting.  As I’ve said before I’m a self proclaimed Wizard of Oz freak, plus L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, NY in 1856 not far from Utica.  So I went to my Oz stash and chose my fabric.  It all starts with 6 repeats of fabric.  I decided to put one repeat on the back of the quilt because it was too large to use in the borders.

One Repeat

I cut my 6 repeats, aligned the fabric, cut my strips, cut my equilateral triangles and decided to start with a Yellow Brick Road.

First step

I began by using the yellow blocks to start the path.

Designed

I was pleased with the design except for one block.

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As I said earlier, the original fabric design was too large to use in the borders so I needed to pull from my Oz stash for the outer borders.  I had already sewn the rows together when I noticed one block in the lower left of the quilt that kept catching my eye.  I decided to embroider something in the block to tone it down.

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Monkey in the Moonlight, I love it!

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Borders on, now to quilt it.

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Locked and loaded.  I’m using Quilters Dream Orient Batting made from an exotic blend of bamboo, luscious silk and very soft cotton!  After washing, when I took it out the dryer it just draped in my arms.

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The shadows were in the way a little, but at least the sun is out on this beautiful April day in Central NY.

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This is the 57th One Block Wonder that I have made.

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I’m a Double Nudger

I spent last weekend having a blast at White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors. We try to get together at least once a year for a reunion.  We share Ideas and help each other.  If you are looking for a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, go to Studio180Design.net and click on the Certified Instructor tab and you will see there are many of us available to teach.  Here are some of us at the reunion.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA While at the reunion I worked on my Northern Neighbors quilt.    It only take 3 techniques to make this block: Wing Clipper (Flying Geese), Corner Beam & Split Rects.  Below is a block:

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What do I mean by being a ‘Double Nudger”?  When I’m making Corner Beam units I nudge the side triangles down just a nudge and then sew them down as shown below:

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Press toward the triangle and add the other side triangle again nudging it down just a bit before sewing it.

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It makes all the difference when you learn to nudge!

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This is my favorite leaf block!

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Curtain Rod Quilts

Just Hanging Around

I was searching Pinterest for different ways to store, show or hang quilts. If you haven’t checked out Pinterest for quilt storage you should, they have some wonderful ideas.  The ones I really liked required carpentry, ain’t nobody got time for that!  So I bought some curtain rods and went to work.

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I had enough room for a 60″ rod and if I folded the quilts just right I could fit 3 on a rod and I had room for a 2nd tier. I showed this picture to a Facebook group call “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” and they loved it so I thought I would share it you too!

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Then I had to go buy 2 more smaller curtain rods to hang two more quilts.

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I couldn’t forget about the back of the couch.

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Of course I have my “Remember Me” obituary quilt on another wall. I guess this means I might not need to paint down here now!

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Upon entering the Quilt Zone I have Grandma Bessie keeping an eye on me.  How do you hang or show off your quilts?

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One Block Wonders at Sew Nice

I finished up the design portion of a One Block Wonder class I taught at Sew Nice in Norwich, NY.  It was a great class with 11 wonderful creative women.  We had loads of fun!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I just want to dive into these blocks, looks like water to me.

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Barb had fun with her Cowboy Hat fabric.

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I Love how Bernie’s came out.

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This does look like a big garden. Can you see the path?

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Alice  had a beautiful Asian fabric.

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Next to Alice is are gorgeous blocks from a sunflower fabric.

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Judy didn’t have all her blocks ready to design, but she had enough done to play.

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I absolutely loved Krissy’s fabric. I love grey and this came out so beautiful.

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Rebecca was not pleased with her fabric selection. I thought it was beautiful.

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Tara was making this OBW for her brother. I’m sure he will love it. Her blocks were so much fun!

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Do you see the twister?

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Paula Harr

Patchwork By Paula

Last week I was in Hampton, Virginia at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival working with Deb Tucker in the Studio 180 Design booth.  We were busier than a one armed paper hanger!  I felt so fortunate to see so many of my friends.  When I first arrived I had time to chat with my friend Paula Harr.

I met Paula about 5 years ago through the Tidewater Quilt Guild in Virginia Beach, VA.  I liked her immediately. She has a wicked sense of humor and a sparkle in her eyes that can light up a room.  Paula was raised by her grandmother and as a child played under the quilt frame as quilts were made by hand.  Paula has been quilting since the 1980’s. She owned a quilt shop in Fairmont, West Virginia called “Uncle Bertie’s”!  I asked questioningly “Uncle Bertie’s”????  Paula replied that for some unknown reason her children called their Great Grandmother “Uncle Bertie” and there you have it!

Paula was a Psychiatric Nurse for 47 years; I think that explains the twinkle in her eyes!  She retired on a Friday the 13th in 2014 just for luck!  Several Years ago Paula was approached by the Neptune Festival Committee in Virginia Beach, and asked if she would make them a T-shirt quilt to raffle as a fund raiser in exchange for a free booth at the fair, she said yes and a new business was born.  Below is the gorgeous quilt she made for the festival.

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The Neptune quilt was fabulous, and Paula enjoyed making it.  I say that because for anyone who has made a T-Shirt quilt and you ask if they will make another, usually the answer is a resounding “NO”!  But, Paula began answering “yes” to those who wanted a T-Shirt quilt made for them.  Paula only uses Quilters Dream Batting when making her quilts.  Her favorite is Dream Select for all its versatility.  Below are examples of Paula’s wonderful T-shirt quilts:

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03 T-Shirt Quilt - Stacey

04 Corey's T Shirt Quilt

05 Wedding quilt

06 Memorial Quilt

Paula says “every quilt tells a story”, and she so enjoys meeting the people, hearing their story, creating a T-Shirt Quilt that captures their story and their most cherished memories.  She has made so many that she now has one hour quilt guild presentation on making T-shirt and Memory quilts.

If you would like to have a T-Shirt or Memory quilt made especially for you or if you would like Paula to visit your guild and share her informative presentation please contact her at:

Patchwork by Paula – FB page
patchworkbypaula@gmail.com
757-572-1919