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Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler

I have been working tirelessly on getting class samples done.  The other night I dreamt about a quilt I started almost 8 years ago.  I had the 12 blocks done and had the fabric needed to complete it all together.  So I made it a priority to “get her done”!

I think it was in 2008 that I and my friend Judy signed up for a class at What’s Your Stitch “N” Stuff Quilt Shop in Virginia Beach.  It was called “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler.  Taught by Sue Troyan and her alter ego “Aunt Pitty Pat.

Sue Troyan

Sue Troyan has been quilting for nearly 30 years, and teaching for nearly as long.  Sue specializes in teaching technique classes to quilters of all levels of experience.  She does “almost everything, except machine quilting”, and especially enjoys hand applique’. A charter member of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, Sue has had a number of her reproduction quilts exhibited at Quilts, Inc. shows including Houston, Chicago, and Long Beach, CA as well as the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado. Her deep interest in antique quilts and American history caused her to create the character of “Aunt Pitty Pat”, a lady of a certain age from the nineteenth century who teaches the needle arts to young ladies and gentlemen.  Her specialty is, of course, quilting.  Sue, and Pitty, take great pleasure in visiting quilters guilds and shows, where Pitty shares her experiences and insights into the art we all love.  Currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA, Sue lives with her husband Bill.

It was a great class, we had loads of fun.  So this is for you Sue, I finally finished “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler. I just love it!  I must say, making the 200 flying geese was much easier using Studio 180’s Wing Clipper I.

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Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler

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Lucky Lemoynes

I love Lemoyne stars, especially when there are no “Y” seams!  I have wanted to make this pattern “Lucky Lemoynes” by Deb Tucker since it was released.   When you learn Deb Tucker’s process using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Tool you will be able to make a Lemoyne star in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks all by strip piecing and NO “Y” seams!

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I bought the fabric for it from Delve MIY (Make It Yourself) last August at the AQS show in Syracuse.  The fabric is gorgeous.  I chose their Plaster of Paris, Zuzu’s Petals & Daydreams IV – Love Blossoms lines.

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Fabric by Frond Design Studios

Lucky lemoynes is made with 7″ lemoyne star blocks and Shaded Four Patch units.

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Can you identify how the block is put together?  Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star and Tucker Trimmer III tools are required fort this project.

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Lucky Lemoynes measures 56″ x 70″

I wish I could get outside and get a better picture but the weather is not cooperating today.  Carry on and quilt something!

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#59 – Fiesta OBW Table Quilt

So, this is the Dining Room!  Did I happen to mention “I love quilts”?  Well I do, and I love them in the dining room.  I make quilts for my dining room table.  I have one Christmas and one for Summer but I needed one more.  Last year I bought some Alexander Henry Fiesta fabric in 3 color ways.  In case you didn’t know, Fiesta is dinnerware made by Homer Laughlin beginning in the 1930’s and is very collectible.  I have some of the older pieces but my collection is mostly from 1995 to present.

I made some Fiesta fabric valances for the kitchen and Dining room.

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Cream Background Fiesta Fabric

From the deep charcoal background I made a One Block Wonder (OBW) quilt for the table.

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Fiesta Deep Charcoal Background

I used a repeat of the original fabric in the center of the quilt and surrounded it with OBW Hexagons.  I’m not sure how I did it, but it came out pretty nice.

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A Very Whimsical Dinning Room

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Quilts & Fiesta

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I made this quilt in 2006

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This wall hanging was a gift from a friend.

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My sister makes beautiful, but unusual counted cross stitch.

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More of my sister’s work.

 

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Northern Neighbors

Deb Tucker’s Northern Neighbors pattern features intricate maple leaves and flying geese.  The pattern makes two sizes: Twin (70″ x 95″) & King (104″ x 104″).  I bought the fabric for this quilt over a year ago and had the units cut and ready to sew together into blocks but I became overcome by events!  It was my goal to “get her done” before the year end and I did!

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Northern Neighbors Maple Leaf

This is my favorite leaf block.

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Deconstructed Maple Leaf

The leaf block is made using Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper 1 for flying geese, Corner Beam and Split Rects tools for great leaf point definition.

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One Block

I made the twin size, so I made 6 of these blocks.

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Northern Neighbors

It really is a beautiful quilt.

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Northern Neighbors Label

Can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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Trim Your Trees With Tucker Tools

I love Christmas Tree quilts and wall hangings.  I’m always looking for ways to make Christmas tree quilts.  Two years ago I made “I Believe” for my youngest Granddaughter Sam’s first Christmas.

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I Believe

I Believe Christmas tree Quilt was made using the Studio 180 Design V Block tool and of course I had to add machine embroidery.

This year I wanted to try some new techniques.  I absolutely love this wall hanging made with the Studio 180 Design Split Rects tool.

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Split Rect’s Christmas Tree

This Split Rects Christmas Tree was made with 1 1/2″ x 3″ finished units, but you can change the size of this quilt by using any of the 8 sizes provided in the Split Rects instructions.

I had some lime green dupioni silk and decided to make Kermits Swamp Spruce by using all 10 sizes of my Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper 1 tool.

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Kermit’s Christmas Tree

As you know when making flying geese with the Wing Clipper you make 4 at a time.  So I only needed to make 3 size groups to get all 10 flying geese for Kermits Christmas Tree. These wall hanging can embellished easily by adding beads or costume jewelry. Don’t we all have Christmas pins collected over the years.

Of course if you need to whip up a gift quickly just make one set of the 5″ x 10″ flying geese and trim them down.

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Wing Clipper Christmas

The Wing Clipper Christmas Tree wall hanging is very quick and easy.

Just click on any of the links provided and start trimming your trees.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Making a Flannel Scarf with Pockets

This is an easy and fast gift to make for that person who is always cold.  Using flannel makes it so soft around your neck and the pockets warm your hands.  There is some beautiful flannel available now at your local quilt shops.

Fabric Requirements:

1 yard each of the main fabric and the coordinating fabric.  (This will make 2 scarves)

Cutting Instructions:

The sample was made with 8.5” strips of non-directional fabric.  You may make them narrower or wider, but remember to adjust your fabric requirements.

Non-Directional Fabric – Cut 2 -8.5″ strips the Width of Fabric (WOF) on the straight of grain of both the main fabric and the coordinating fabric.  (Cutting the “Straight of Grain” is from the finished salvage edge to the finished salvage edge.)

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Sewing Instructions:

All seams are ¼”.  A walking foot is recommended to keep the flannel from stretching.

Sew the main fabric together at one end. Press seam open.  Repeat with the coordinating fabric.

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Place the main fabric & the coordination fabric Right Sides Together (RST) matching the center seams and pin.

From the center seam measure to end the length you need plus 8” and trim off the rest.  Repeat for the other side also.

The key to cutting the correct size for you is to take “your height in inches” – divide by 2, cutting 2 strips the width of your choice for each the main fabric and the coordinating fabric. 

Example:  I am 5’ 7” = 67” – divided by 2 = 33.5” plus the 8″ needed for the pocket. So once the strips are sewn together I need at least 41.5 inches from the center to the end on each side.

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Begin sewing, working your way around leaving a 4 inch opening to turn it right side out.

Once sewn, turn the tube right side out and press.

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Fold the end of the scarf up 8” creating a pocket and pin it in place.  Repeat for the other side.

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Beginning at the opening, top stitch all the way around securing the pockets in place as you sew.