FLORAL BURST

Michelle Hiatt is “Sew On The Go”

“Sew On The Go” that’s what I say about my friend and fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Michelle Hiatt.  Michelle is not only an excellent quilt teacher, she is a very talented quilt designer.  Michelle’s designs are featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine, Quilter’s Newsletter & Modern Quilting Unlimited Magazine.  Michelle teaches throughout the northeast, including at American Quilt Society’s Quilt Weeks across the country.  Her quilts have been exhibited in several national quilt shows and have received numerous awards.  Most recently, Winter Jewels (patterned as Loco for Lemoyne Stars), took two 1st place, a 3rd place and viewer’s choice at national quilt shows.

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Winter Jewels by Michelle Hiatt

I’m so excited to share 4 of Michelle’s newest patterns for Modern 180 and Studio 180 Design.  Below is “Floral Burst” companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Rapid Hunter Star & Corner Pop Tools.  It is amazing to see how just popping a corner of the hunter star block and inserting a pop of color adds so much.

FLORAL BURST

Next is “Diamonds in the Sky” companion pattern for the Studio 180 Design’s Corner Beam Tool.  I love the Corner Beam tool and this pattern looks like fun.

DIAMONDS IN THE SKY

Below is “Finley’s Fence” companion pattern to Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I and Corner Pop tools.  This would make a great baby quilt.

FINLEYS FENCE

Last but not least is “Zig Zag Zany” companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I and Tucker Trimmer I Tools. It is so much fun to see the many different ways to use flying Geese!

ZIG ZAG ZANY

I purchased all 4 and can’t wait to make them.  Look for these patterns soon at Studio 180 Design and at Michelle’s Etsy Shop Sew On The Go.  You can reach Michelle through her website Sew on the Go.

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Hunter Stars & Tucker Trimmer

I have been soooo busy making class samples and life in general.  Last weekend I was helping Deb Tucker at her booth for the Genesee Valley Quilt Guild in Rochester, NY.  They sure put on a great quilt show, they had over 600 quilts and great vendors.  I came home and a few days later taught a beginning Hunter Star class at Sew Wilde in New Hartford, NY.

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Patriotic Hunter star

Mine is a little scrappy. Students learned how to cut their trapezoids and star points. They also learned the design possibilities when you don’t sew the triangles together.  It was a fun class

Next week we’re breaking out the Tucker Trimmer I and learning to make Rangeley Stars at Tiger Lily Quilt Company in Utica, NY.

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Rangeley Wall Hanging

This is such a fun and easy star to make. We start with Quarter Square/Hour Glass Units using our Tucker Trimmers.

Yesterday I finished Solitaire, a Deb Tucker Quilt that utilizes the Tucker Trimmer also.

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Tucker Trimmer Units

This block is made up of 1 hour glass unit, 4 half square triangles and 4 combination units all made with the Tucker Trimmer I.

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Solitaire Block

When the units are sewn together it becomes the card trick block.

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Solitaire

I love the pieced inner border in this quilt.  When making the combination units you create a left and a right unit at the same time.  One set is used in the blocks, the other in the border.

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Solitaire

I did have a fabric malfunction.  There are supposed to be cornerstones in the outer border but I cut them wrong and decided to finish it without them.  The fabric I used was Stonehenge from Northcott Fabrics.  It was sunny out so you can’t really see how vibrant the colors are.

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Solitaire

Happy quilting, see you around the fire pit!

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Spotlight on Quilt Designer Katrina Thomas

I wanted to help raise funds to support The New York Mills Historical Society (my hometown), so for me that means “Quilt Raffle”! I chose a pattern by fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor (CI) Katrina Thomas.  I met Katrina last March at our CI Reunion.  This girl is on fire when it comes to quilt designing.  Katrina is one of the features in Fons & Porter’s “Scrap Quilts” magazine for Summer 2015 on news stands now.

01 Katrina

I lover her pattern called “Rolling Stars”.  Katrina is a very creative designer. Her patterns feature the use Studio 180 Design tools, which I love!  Check out Katrina’s website The Hope Chest Quilting to get her wonderful quilt patterns.

I chose Katrina’s pattern Lemoyne Baskets to make my raffle quilt.

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I love Lemoyne Stars.  This pattern is a twist on this process using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne star Tool by Deb Tucker.  It also requires the Studio 180 Design Tech Sheet Lemoyne stars as Triangles.

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Tuck, his brother Earl and his other brother Earl are in charge of quality control.

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And Dave is keeping a close eye on my stitches.

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The fabric for this quilt is Lady Slipper Lodge by Moda.  I have named this quilt “Lady Slipper Lemoyne

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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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