All done and ready to mailed!
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I love Christmas Tree quilts. I wanted to try making one with the Studio 180 Design V Block Tool. It was pretty easy.
I started with 9 Christmas fat quarters, 3 green, 3 red and 3 blue. I decided to make 6” blocks, so per the directions on the V Block tool I layered 3 fat quarters and cuts 7” strips.
I used the V Block Tool and placed the line for the cutting the center triangles on the folded fabric.
Second cut for center triangles. Keep going until you have used up the strip.
The 9 fat quarters yielded 72 center triangles.
I used white Kona Cotton for the side triangles. It took about 1 ½ yards. Per the directions on the tool I cut 7” strips for the side triangles also. There is a line on the tool for cutting the side triangles
Rotate the tool for the second cut for side triangles, keep going until you have two side triangles for each center triangle.
Sew on the first side triangle.
Press toward the side triangle.
Add the second triangle.
Press toward the side triangle.
Square up the V Blocks by pointing it toward you, square up two sides.
Rotate the block and square up the. other two sides.
For each tree block I cut two 2″ x 3″ white rectangles and one 1 1/2″ x 2″ brown rectangles for the tree trunk.
Sew these sashings to the bottom of each block.
I cut nine 3 1/2″ x 8″ rectangles to be used to stagger the tree blocks. I sewed one rectangle to row 1,3, 5, 7, and 9. And one rectangle to the end of row 2, 4, 6, and 8.
I cut 1 1/2″ red inner borders (1/2 yard). The white outer borders took about 2 yards white Kona cotton. I cut 9″ borders and machine embroidered Santa and his reindeer in reds, blues and pinks. And randomly scattered machine embroidered silver snowflakes around the border. In the center of the bottom of the quilt I embroidered “Believe”. The quilt measures 65″ x 87″ un-quilted. I purchased my embroidery designs from Embroidery Library
I just finished my class sample for the Hunter Star class I’m teaching in January. The pattern is called “SueNami” created by Sue Tucker. Her SueNami won the Blue Ribbon, Viewer’s Choice, and Best Adult Beginner at the 2009 Vermont Quilt Festival.
This is a companion pattern for the Studio 180 Design’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite, Wing Clipper I, and Tucker Trimmer I tools. This quilt measure 68″ by 68″. SueNami is an unusual Hunter Star medallion style layout. It was great fun, but I would say it is not for beginners. It’s not difficult, but you must use your best organizational skills.
The inner border is made from Flying Geese blocks. A flying goose with a large light triangle always follows a flying goose with a large dark triangle. Each large triangle is the same color as the small triangles of the goose following. By doing that, the seam line disappears and it fools the eye into seeing chevrons.
We go to the design wall with triangles so we can arrange them with a good balance of colors. When you are pleased with the layout, you take down 2 triangles at a time and sew them into a square and put them back on the design wall so as not to mess up your design. when all the triangles are sewn into squares and back on the design wall, you begin again to take them down one at a time and square each one up and place back on the design wall. when everyone is square you can sew the blocks into rows and then join the rows. If you don’t have a design wall, a 60″ by 60″ flannel back table cloth will do. That way if you need to put it away you can pin the blocks onto the table cloth and roll it up so you don’t mess up your design.
I made this One Block Wonder (OBW) specifically to donate to Quilters Dream Batting for ALS Research. I videoed the making of this quilt while I was making it as a free “how to video on how to make a OBW” that can be viewed on You Tube and my blog ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com. I have made 52 OBW’s.
This quilt is made from one piece of fabric (not including the inner border). The process is by Maxine Rosenthal, her books are published by CT Publishing. I bought the fabric from eQuilter.com. The fabric was called Soho Sunflowers so that is what I named it. The quilt measures 64″ by 84″. I had great fun making it!
These ladies are members of the “Piece Corps” for the Festival. They are responsible for unpacking each quilt that will hang at Festival. They wear white gloves and literally write down the condition of each quilt that is hanging in the show. They start by writing down how the quilt is folded, then look at the sleeve, then open up carefully and write down if they see threads hanging, the condition of the binding and they literally look at every square inch to see if there are any seams that might have torn or a stitch loose, etc. They write this down for insurance purposes so that when the quilt is returned the recipient will also know if there needs to be any repairs and what condition the quilt arrived in.
The Quilter’s Dream Batting crew had to leave to catch the plane flight before they could get a really good picture of the entire exhibit set up the way it is showing now. There are three tall café tables in front with flyers about the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for everyone to take and hopefully participate. There is also this sign – as all the quilts hanging are for sale. So far we have gifted 3,000 quilts to “PALS” – patients with ALS, and donated over $80,000 to ALS Research through sales of quilts. 100% of the proceeds of quilt sales goes to ALS Research.
THIS YEAR – they changed the Sew Creative Category. It now says:
“Fabric postcards, handbags and accessories, miniature quilts, mug rugs, paintings, placemats, tablerunners, table toppers, wall quilts, watercolors and more. These items will be sold to raise funds for ALS Research. All entries will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 Gift Card.”
Here is the url link to Hopes & Dreams:
While I was at Studio 180 Design Teacher Certification, as I was just trying to keep up two other students; Phyllis Fay and Sarah Furrer were busy creating. Below is what they whipped up.
What I love about this top other than great technique, is all the different tools they used to create a quilt without using a pattern. When I am giving a presentation on all the Studio 180 Design tools I always show this picture. I am crazy about the outer border. I love the way they used the Split Rects tool. It looks just like they paper pieced it but it was accomplished with a ruler!
You start in the middle of the quilt with the Lemoyne Star and work your way out with each new border. I have also listed the pre-finished sizes or trimmed sizes.
• One 12 ½” Lemoyne Star
• Four 3 ½” shaded 4-patch
• Sixteen 3 ½” little houses
• Eight 3 ½” squares of background fabric
• Fifty-six 3 1/2” combo blocks (which means you have to make 28 Half Square Triangles (HST) blocks first; remembering that they yield a double number of blocks)
• Four 3 ½ “Square/Squared blocks
• Twenty 3 ½ ” X 6″ ½ ” Diamond Rects
• 2 ½ ” border of the background fabric
• Four 4 ½ ” V Blocks
• Four 4 ½ ” Corner Beams
• Eighty 2 ½ ” x 4 ½ ” Split Rects (which means you have to make 40 by using the rights sides together method)
Studio 180 Design Tools Required:
• Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star
• Tucker Trimmer I & III
• Diamond Rects
• Corner Beam
• Split Rects
Studio 180 Design Technique Sheets:
• Shaded 4-Patch
• Little Houses
Thanks Phyllis & Sarah for sharing.
Well, I got her done! What do you think? I really like this pattern. I made this using the Studio 180 Design Square/Squared and the Tucker Trimmer I. The center of the quilt is not difficult at all. Either are the migrating geese, but you must use your best skills and a true 1/4″ seam. I will be adding this to my class list.