BlockBuster 1 – Ohio Star Variation

If you have been following Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design’s Facebook page then you know that Deb premiered their BlockBuster program series last January, which means they have a full year of exciting blocks to add to your quilting repertoire.

The Ohio Star is one of the most classic quilting blocks, and one that can be easily transformed by playing with the four cornerstone units.  Instead of the traditionally seen solid squares for the corners, they pieced two half square triangle units with two squares to make a more interesting variation.  Click here 01 Ohio Star Variation for the Supply list.  I all have the supply sheets for the BlockBusters on my page or you can go to Studio 180 Design

The supply sheet has a Cutting Chart giving you the option of making 6″, 12″ or 15″ finished blocks, and shows 3 different color ways.  I decided to make 12″ finished blocks.  I chose 4 colors for my block.  Color 1 is a light background.  Color 2 is my dark fabric for my star points.  Color 3 is my gold fabric and Color 4 is my red fabric.  it really helps to assign numbers to your fabric choices.

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We will make four 3 color quarter square triangles using the instructions from your Tucker Trimmer I.  You will need 4 – 4.5″ unfinished quarter Square triangles for your block.  Check your Tucker Trimmer instructions, there is a chart that based on your finished or unfinished size unit tells you what size your starter squares should be.  You will need 1 – 5.5″ (color 1) background square,  2 – 5.5″ (Color 2) black squares & 1 – 5.5″ (color 3) Gold square .

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We  start by making half square triangles.  Position: I placed my background square and my gold square on my 2 dark squares.  Placing my “Magic Wand” diagonally on the squares I drew a line on both sides of the wand.  I sewed on the lines and then cut them apart as shown below.

I then pressed them towards the dark triangle.  When ever you are pressing, remember “whatever you are pressing toward, goes on top”!

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Using your Magic Wand, draw diagonal lines on the back of 2 half square triangles.

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Position your half square triangles right sides together making sure the dark triangles are opposite each other and that the seams are nicely nested.

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Sew on the drawn lines and cut apart.

Swirl the centers and press making sure all the seams completely open.

Trim using your Tucker Trimmer. The cut size of the unit is 4.5″, find the half circle on you Tucker Trimmer and the diagonal 4.5″ line. Using the 4.5″ line and the common diagonal line center it on your unit and trim 2 sides.  Then rotate your unit centering as before but also using the 2 trimmed sides and trim again.  You now have 4 – 3 color quarter square triangles that will be the star points for your Ohio Star.

Make the corner units that are made up of 8 – 2.5″ unfinished half square triangles and 8 – 2.5″ squares (4 from our background fabric and 4 from your color 4 fabric).  We start by checking our chart to find for 2.5″ unfinished half square triangles we cut 4 – 3″ starter squares of both our dark and background fabric. Again using our Magic Wand draw diagonal lines on the back of the background fabric, position and sew on the lines.

Cut apart and press toward the dark triangles. As before trim to 2.5″ using your Tucker Trimmer.

Layout 2 half square triangles, 1 – 2.5″ background square and 1 – 2.5″ square from Color 4 as shown below.  Sew 1 half square triangle to a background square and 1 half square triangle to a color 4 square.  Press toward the square fabric. Place right sides together and nesting the seams and sew together.  You can press the seam to one side or, I chose to press it open to lessen bulk.

Cut 1 – 4.5″ center square  and lay out your block units as shown below:

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Sew units together in 3 sections.  Press the side sections toward the corner units and the center section toward the center square so the seams nest nicely.

Join the 3 sections to make your Ohio Star Variation.

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Grand Illusion

I have been so busy teaching this Spring, but I did find time today to finish my Grand Illusion’s quilt.  Why is it call Grand Illusion?  This Studio 180 pattern may look tricky but it is not.  It is made up of blocks and sashing in such away that it looks like the blocks are set on point but they are not!

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I chose to make this quilt as part of my obsession with Shaded Four Patch units.  Can you find them?

Grand Illusion can be made in Twin or Queen sizes and requires the use of Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I, Square/Squared and Corner Pop tools.

 

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Now I’m onto my next project.

One Block Wonders at Strong House Inn

I had the most wonderful weekend!  I was privileged to teach a One Block Wonder (OBW) workshop at The Strong House Inn in Vergennes, Vermont.  The women that attended this workshop were nothing less than amazing!  I referred to them as The League of Extraordinary Women!  They arrived late afternoon on Friday and by noon Sunday each and every one of them had their OBW quilt blocks cut, sewn and tops designed!  Wow, were they committed!  We had so much fun!  The Strong House Inn was a great venue.  It is a beautiful historic Inn in Vergennes, VT.  You can see by the pictures how pleasant it was.  The staff is very attentive, it is a wonderful place for a quilt retreat.

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Thank you Mary Bargiel & Strong House Inn for a great OBW Workshop/Retreat!

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This is Tina and her beautiful OBW, everyone was coveting it!  Tina owns Vermont Quilter’s Schoolhouse Quilt Shop in Troy, VT.

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April’s OBW was another hit!

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Pat’s was just lovely!

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Linda’s was so much fun!

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Jane’s OBW was awesome. Her fabric has birds on it. We tried to fashion a tree from the dark blue blocks, but it has been interpreted as a large bird!

 

Anita’s fabric had colorful butterfly’s, it was like lightning in a bottle.

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Carol made a stunningly beautiful OBW.

 

Great Group of Ladies

From left to right: Carol, Jane, Pat, Mary Bargiel (Innkeeper) Jackie (Teacher), Linda, April, Tina, and Anita.  Thank you ladies for a memorable weekend.

Get your Studio 180 Design Fix 2 Ways!

Tucker University.  I’m getting ready to use this great program at the end of the month at Stash Away Quilt Shop in Rome, NY.  Tucker University was created based on the product line offered by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design (S180) tools and Technique Sheets.  Deb Tucker and her team continue to introduce news tools as well as techniques to expand the use of the tools.

The Tucker University curriculum was written with the busy shop owner and/or S180 Certified Instructors (CI) in mind.  This curriculum allows the shop owner or S180 CI to use a pre-designed lesson plan to offer technique building classes to their customers.  The lesson plans and student handouts have been prepared for the instructor and are ready for use.  The preparation time is now minimal.

These lesson plans allows the student to learn to use the tool without having to make an entire quilt.  In the first lesson “Tucker Trimmer I & Shaded Four Patch” students will make half square triangles and  2 & 3 color combination Units.

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Half Square Triangle

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Combination Units

Students will also learn to make 2, 3, & 4 color Quarter Square Triangles.

 

 

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Quarter Square Triangles

 

Last but not least, student will also learn to make the Shaded Four Patch Unit.

 

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Shaded Four Patch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Tucker Trimmer alone, a quilter has 33 opportunities to create precise units.  These units are often referred to as basic units, therefore they must be precise to fit nicely with more advanced units.

For more information about Tucker University contact Beth Sidley (440) 567-7950 or Phyllis Fay (847) 4454-1976.

Email: tucker.univ@gmail.com

Studio 180 Academy

S180 Academy Invitation

I thrilled to be teaching at this event!  Please go to www.studio180academy.com and check out the great teachers and classes being offered.

 

Tuckerization

Tuckerization, to Tuckerize. V.  The process of taking traditional quilt block instructions and applying process improvement techniques with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Tools!

I taught a Shaded Four Patch workshop last month and have been slightly obsessed with them ever since.  I keep looking for them everywhere.  I was at a quilt retreat with some fellow Certified Instructors and one them showed me a book by Sally Schneider called “Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen, or a King, Twin, or Lap”.  There are some beautiful quilts in this book with layouts for King, Queen, Twin or Lap size (hence the title of the book). There are several quilts that contained the Shaded Four Patch Unit.  I decided to make “Happy Days”.  I love her layouts but there are better ways to construct the units for the blocks.

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Happy Days

Can you see the Shaded Four Patch Units in the quilt above?

Above is a deconstructed block using four Shaded Four Patch units.  I absolutely love how using the background fabric for the narrow strip and the rectangle  give you this pennant effect.

By using Studio 180 Design’s Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet and the Tucker Trimmer I  was able to make oversized units and square them up perfectly.

These little beauties are Combination Units made with my Tucker Trimmer I.  When you put 4 units together it makes this great looking pin wheel for the center of the block.  These are 2″ finished units. You can make these in 11 sizes with your Tucker Trimmer.

Above is the deconstructed block consisting of the combination units center and 4 Flying Geese made with my Wing Clipper I.  You can make flying geese in 10 sizes from 1″ to 10″ with the Wing Clipper

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The inner border was made using Quarter Square Triangles, which I made using my Tucker Trimmer.  I Tuckerized the heck out of this quilt!

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Below are more blocks containing the Shaded Four Unit.

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These two blocks are made exactly the same, with the same fabric.  The only difference is that the shaded Four Patch units in the corners are turned different ways.

These blocks all contain Shaded Four Patch Units.

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The quilt on the cover of “Love of Quilting” for Jan/Feb 2017 contains Shaded Four Patch Units and can be Tuckerized  with your Trimmer I and Square/Squared tools.  I would say Studio 180 Design Tools give you Quilting Clarity!

 

Enchantment Under the Sea OBW

Enchantment Under the Sea, come learn to make a One Block Wonder (OBW) with me!  I found this fabric last summer.  I started to make my 61st OBW and once again was overcome by events.  I just finished it the first week in January 2017. What a great way to start the year.

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I  got ahead of myself and aligned the repeats and cut them into strips when I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of the original fabric.  But you get the idea.  The fabric is by Robert Kaufman and is called Animal Spirit.  I love the colors in it.

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The blocks were fun to design.

The blocks are fabulous, but they were very challenging to sort by predominate color.  I must have had 20 piles.  I just started putting them up on my design wall and went at it!

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Enchantment Under the Sea

It is pretty to look at though.  It measures about 72″ by 82″.

I will be teaching a One Block Wonder workshop April 21st – April 23rd 2017 at Strong House Inn , 94 West Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491, Local: (802) 877-3337, Email: StrongHouseInn@Gmail.com

Whether you like novelty, Asian or floral fabrics, choose a design that is at least 4.5″ or larger, with colors that you like and join me to learn how to make a One Block Wonder.  You will learn the process of deconstructing and redistributing your fabric by color.  I will teach you the One Block Wonder Process.

If you are interested please contact Strong House Inn soon by clicking on the link above.

 

 

OBW #60 and so much more…..

It’s December 15, 2016.  I haven’t blogged in 3 months as there was an illness in my family that took precedence.  My family has received quilts from me for Christmas for many years.  I hadn’t done that in a while, but this year I wanted to show my love for them.   I made my son Josh a One Block Wonder (OBW).  Josh is my very own Grizzly Adams.  This is my 60th One Block Wonder and is named “Camping with Friends”.  Camping with Friends was made with Alexander Henry Fabric with a 12″repeat .

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Camping with Friends

Josh called me last night.  He loves the quilt.  It has grizzly bears on the back.

I finally completed a King size “Yellow Brick Road” or my oldest son Jason.  He was thrilled. He waited a long time for this quilt.

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Jason’s King Size Quilt.

As you can see, Tuck is always near by.  I made my youngest Granddaughter Samantha, a Minnie Mouse Quilt.  That prompted my sister Mary to get her a Minnie Mouse.  So, I made Minnie  a smaller scale quilt like Sam’s.  The label says “This quilt made for Minnie Mouse, By Sam’s Grandmother Jackie O’Brien”.  Of course everything fit into a tote with Minnie Mouse embroidered on it.

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Sam & Minnie’s Quilt

I had the great pleasure to spend a few days with several Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors at Bridle Creek Bed & Breakfast in Hamilton, NY.  We were hosted by Barb Hipsley, proprietor extraordinaire.  What a wonderful time we had.  the photo below shows us all in our Minion pants.

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The “Minionettes” from right to left: Barb Hipsley, Connie Farland, Debbie Thomas, Diane Marvin, Donna Hanley, ending with myself.

This time was totally devoted to quilting.  I was able to make some small quilts for my sister Mary.  She loves to put them on tables.

This quilt measure 39″ by 49″.  It is from Deb Tucker’s book Hidden Treasures.  I made 5″ blocks using the Hunter Star Petite tool.  This size hunter star makes a great baby quilt.

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Curveball

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Looks great on this old trunk.

I named this “Mary’s Stars. It is my original design. I’m very pleased with it.  I used Studio 180 Design V Block & Corner Pop  tools.  The 6″ finished star blocks are the same block, I just reversed the colors.  It measures 39′ by 45”.

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Looks great on this coffee table.

This one is called “Game Board” from a book of antique doll quilts.  It is only 22″ square.  Of course I Tuckerized it and used my Wing Clipper 1 to make all those Flying Geese.

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Game Board

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Happy Holidays to you all from Tucker and me.