Dreaming of the Orient, (Batting that is)

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Dreaming of the Orient, (Batting that is)

I’m a cotton girl. I’ve always used 100% cotton batting. But, this year this Batt Girl is breaking out of her Batt Cave! Today I quilted my Studio 180 Design quilt “Wish Upon”, but I used Dream Orient by Quilters Dream Batting. This batting is made of bamboo, silk, tencel and cotton. When I opened the package the first I noticed was how luxuriously soft it was. It seemed a little thicker than Dream Cotton Select.  It was wonderful to touch.
Wish Upon

I have a small house. I was determined to find a way to get a long arm.  I bought a queen size “John Watts” quilt frame from Australia.  It only weighs 50 pounds, so when I wasn’t using it, it hung on the wall of the garage.  I bought a Nolting “Fun Quilter”  It weighs 40 pounds.  It has a 17″ throat and has a speed and stitch control.  After 7 years of lugging the frame in and out of the house, my husband finished the back pork so I could leave it up full time.

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For today’s adventure, I have loaded the backing.

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I then loaded the Dream Orient.  It handled really nicely, didn’t stretch out of shape at all.  It feels great.
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I have the top loaded.  See my tractor seat stool?  It is great for rolling back and forth while I pin the backing etc. to the leaders.
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I am now ready to quilt.  Like butta, I tell ya, smooooth!
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Last row done.  It looks wonderful.  I’m off to trim off the excess batting and sew the binding on.  There was so much red in this quilt that when I washed it I put in 10 color catchers (they came out pink, so I’m glad I did).  I washed the quilt in cold water and dried it normally.  When I pulled it out the dryer, I noticed immediately how soft it was.  They say quilts quilted with Dream Orient drape beautifully, and they are right!  I am definitely using Dream Orient again.
Wish Upon

This pattern is by Deb Tucker.  We just had a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Reunion.  Deb gave this to us as a mystery, but she will making the pattern available sometime this summer.  It uses the Split Rects Tool and the Wing Clipper I and the Tucker Trimmer I.  I love this quilt.

Do You Ever Pop Off?

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….Corners that is. Deb Tucker is at it again, and is about to release a new Studio 180 Design Tool. At the certified teacher reunion we were given the chance to play with the “Corner Pop”. We were given permission to blog about it but I can’t show a picture of the ruler until it is released, hopefully by Spring Market in May.

Corner Pop

Above are blocks made using the Corner Pop ruler, made by Deb Tucker.  This ruler makes it so easy to pop off a corner without having to draw any lines.
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Above are blocks made using the Corner Pop ruler by the certified instructors.
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I made the block above using the V Block, Corner Beam and Corner Pop rulers.
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Above is a Hunter Star with the corners popped off and a strip added before sewing the popped off corner back on.  This was made by Michelle Hiatt of “Sew on the Go“.  I love what she did.

Below I will describe how to use the Corner Pop ruler:
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To begin, I made four 4.5″ unfinished V Blocks.
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The Corner Pop ruler has measurements for popping off the corner in 1/2″  increments from 1″ to 6″, and 1/2″ increments from 3/4″ to 5 3/4″.  It is also used for trimming down.  To determine how much to pop off divide the “Finished” size of your unit in half.  My V Blocks will finish at 4″, so I place the 2″ line placement on my unit and popped off the corner.
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I then flip the V Block unit over and pop off the second corner.
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What ever size you pop off add 1  1/4″ to that.  I popped off 2″ so 2 + 1  1/4″= 3 1/4″.  I cut four 3 1/4″ squares.
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Cut each square in half diagonally.
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Center a triangle on one side of the Corner Popped  V block and stitch.
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Press toward the triangle.
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Center the 2nd triangle on the other side and stitch.
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Press toward the triangle and trim down using the measurements on the Corner Pop Ruler.
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I cut four 4 1/2″ squares and popped off the corner to make snowball units.
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I cut four more 3 1/4″ squares and cut in half diagonally, and stitched the triangle on the popped off side.
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Press toward the triangle and trim down.
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I cut a 4 1/2″ center block and laid out my units.
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Above is the finished block with the corners popped off the V Blocks and Snowball units WITHOUT DRAWING ANY LINES!

This tool can open up very creative ways to make intricate blocks easily.  Woo Hoo!

Northern Neighbors

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Northern Neighbors
This is Deb Tucker’s new pattern she is calling Northern Neighbors. She has not decided how to finish the border yet. But it is stunning! We just had our Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor’s reunion and we got the chance to work on this pattern. Deb hopes to release it in May 2014.  This pattern uses Studio 180 Design Split Rects, Wing Clipper I, Corner Beam.  The diamond in a square block can also be made with Deb’s new tool called “Corner Pop”, more on that new tool later.

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Above are some of the instructor’s version of Northern Neighbors.

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These are Dan’s blocks. Dan and his wife own “Threads Galore Quilt Shop, in Rangeley Maine.

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This is Phyllis’ version using Kansas Troubles.

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Donna’s are so beautiful using batiks.  I’m working on mine, I am using reds and white.  I’ll share when I get it put together.

Don’t Call Me Frank!

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Interlocking Stars
This is my finished mystery given to the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor’s. It will be released as a pattern early summer 2014. I’ve a bad cold and have been taking a lot of NyQuil. They have been teasing me that I will have to go Betty Ford to get of NyQuil. Needless to say, I made some mistakes because of NyQuil Residue. I had to do a lot of un-sewing. I jokingly called my quilt “Frank” because he had been taken apart and sew back together so many times he had scars!

We used Split Rects, Wing Clipper I, and the Tucker Trimmer I. This is a fun quilt to make!

Deb Tucker Certified Teacher Reunion

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Tomorrow I leave for Pennsylvania for the Studio 180 Design Inaugural Certified Teacher Reunion. Whew is that a mouthful!  I have been so excited about attending this event that I got sick two days ago.  I have been in bed for two days trying to get well enough to drive 8 hours tomorrow.  We were the first group of quilters to get certified by Deb Tucker.  After our weekend reunion, Deb will start the process of certifying the second group of lucky inductees.  We (the first group) are so excited to see each other again, we really bonded over our experience together.

Reunion Mystery

To prepare for this weekend, we were given instructions for a Deb Tucker Mystery Quilt.   We had to make many, many ,many Split Rects, Flying Geese, and Half Square Triangles.   We were also tasked with creating a challenge block to see if we can figure out what Studio 180 Tools were used to make it.  I love playing block detective.  I call it being a QSI (Quilt Scene Investigator).  The only trouble is I tried making mine while in a NyQuil induced stupor.  I guess I will share it as what NOT to do!

We are going to try out a new yet to be released pattern by Deb Tucker.  Also, there are rumors about a new Studio 180 Tool!  I can’t wait to get there.  I’ll let you know what goes on!

I Am Batt Girl

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Batt Girl

I started out being known as the “Queen of One Block Wonders”.  Then my alter ego took over, the “Quilt Ninja”!  I have gone on to be known as a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor”.  Now…I am “Batt Girl”!  But I am not the only one.

I am working at Quilters Dream Batting based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I am part of a very special team that works very hard to bring you the best quilt batting in the world!  Quilters Dream Batting is a wholesale quilt batting supplier.  We only sell to quilt shops, and long-arm quilters, etc.  You must have a Tax ID number to purchase our batting.  We want quilt shops to be successful.  The wonderful thing about Quilters Dream Batting is there is NO Minimum Order!  So if your quilt shop does not carry our batting, tell them it is very easy to start an account, just go to the Quilters Dream Batting website.

What is your favorite batting and why?  Please let me know if you have any questions about One Block Wonder’s, Studio 180 Design – Deb Tucker products, and Quilters Dream Batting!

The Threads that Unite Us!

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I just got back from the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia.  It is not that I travelled a long distance, I only live about 30 minutes away.  I spent most of my time working in the Quilters Dream Batting Booth sharing information about the best batting made for quilters and selling quilts donated to Hopes & Dreams to raise money for ALS research.  We had a great weekend!

I wanted to give a shout out to local artist Meryl Ann Butler for winning a Blue Ribbon for “No Place Like Om”, congratulations!

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I am also excited to share that two of my original quilts will be included in the exhibit “Stitching it all Together – The Threads that Unite Us” at the Virginia Quilt Museum from May 6th till August 23rd 2014.
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Above is a picture of my original designed quilt “In the Shadow of the Mill”. I lived in New York Mills, NY where there were textiles mills from before the Civil war to 1956. Members of my family had worked there for over 100 years. My sister took a picture looking down the steps in September 2008. That picture spoke to me. I made it my goal to make a quilt out of it and enter it in my home town quilt guild show. It won Best in Show, Best Original Design and Best Quilting and Piecing. In 2011 it won the Grand Prize and First Place in Farmers Museum “New York State of Mind” Quilt Contest in Cooperstown, NY. It was on display in the Fenimore Art Museum, also in Cooperstown. The quilt was quilted by Susanne Secoskey of Virginia Beach, VA.
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Above my original design “Remember Me”, 76” by 86”: Consists of pieced Lemoyne star blocks and machine embroidered blocks. There are 22 machine embroidered obituaries from my family the McCorducks, Lansings, and Fischers, the oldest is from 1900 (114 years ago). This won First Place in the 2013 Mohawk Valley Quilt Club 2013 Show in Utica, NY.

Happy Quilting!

Victorious – V Block

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Victorious

I just finished another class sample. Victorious is a companion pattern for the Studio 180 Design V Block and Squared2 tools. It measures 55 1/2″ x 55 1/2″. Three simple fabrics, one fantastic quilt.
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V Block units are used to create the stars with the added interest of the diagonal chains of small squares tying the stars together. V Blocks are also used to construct the diamond pieced border. The Squared2 units are used in the corners of the border.  This is a good skill building quilt.
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Sea Glass – Diamond Rects Tool

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Sea Glass

Above is the class sample I just finished.  It is my version of the newly released Deb Tucker pattern called “Sea Glass”, a companion pattern for the Diamond Rects Tool.  It measures 54″ x 66″.  I decided to use the focus fabric on the bottom of the quilt only.  I have a great collection of embroidery designs from OeSD called “Fish Fantasy”.  I pulled thread colors for the fish from the focus fabric.  I think it came out cute!

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Above is the Diamond Rects Tool.  It has 3 sections: the Center Diamond cutting section, the Side Triangle cutting section, and the Trim Down cutting section.  Now you can make the elongated diamond units needed for any Storm at Sea project.  For the Sea Glass Pattern you will need to start the spinning diamond blocks by using a partial seam method.

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I chose 4 different colored diamond units.  Position the first diamond rectangle unit rights sides together with the center square and stitch about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ from the end.

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Press the seam away from the center square.

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Position the second diamond rectangle unit on top of the partially pieced section and stitch from raw edge to raw edge.  Again press away from the center square.

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Continue adding the third diamond rectangle.

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Add the fourth diamond rectangle unit in the same manner, always pressing away from the center square.

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Complete the block by reinserting the needle at the end of the stitching line and sew to the raw edge of the block.

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All the seams are pressed away from the center square.

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The finished  spinning diamonds block.