Star Light, Star Bright

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. This quilt was pieced with my favorite thread by Aurifil and completed with Hobbs 100% cotton Batting

The August Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to create a quilt featuring Stars. I chose a design I created in EQ8. I love the way the Lemoyne quarters combines with shaded four patch units creates a shooting star effect.

Shooting Stars (60″ x 60″) was designed as a companion quilt project using Studio 180 Design Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Tucker Trimmer III, Tucker Trimmer I, Corner Beam tools & Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet.

Quilts and mausoleums……what? Who goes on a “Walk & Talk” tour of Forest Hills Cemetery (founded 1848) in my home town of Utica, NY and gets the idea to photograph quilts there? My mind works in mysterious ways. We have family in Forest Hills and visit there often so that is where I began.

There are so many beautiful mausoleums in Forest Hills. I decided to take photo’s of Shooting Stars in front of them. That may sound weird but I love all the history found in cemeteries. There were so many beautiful doors.

The morning sun was shining through the stained glass.

These beautiful brass doors are what gave me the idea to photograph Shooting Stars there.

I love the way sun rays were streaming or maybe someone was visiting!

These Celtic Crosses are awesome!

We even have a past Vice President.

I love walking through a cemetery and reading the tributes. If you would like a supply list for Shooting Stars download here.

#islandbatik #Aurifilthread #HobbsCottonBatting #Studio180Design #DebTucker

Artsy Fartsy

The fabrics in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The mission: Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights. In my infinite wisdom, I chose thread painting (sigh).

About 10 years ago I took a thread painting class from Nancy Prince. She is a wonderful quilt artist.

As usual I get organized with paper plates!

I started by creating my background of land and sky and pinning it to a light weight stabilizer. I traced mountains onto Steam A Seam II to add to the country scene.

I outlined the mountains with Aurifil 12 weight.

I added a path and stitched the edges with Aurifil 30 weight.

I traced my tree onto a water soluble stabilizer, positioned and pinned it to the quilt top. I used Aurifil 28 weight, lowered the feed dogs, adjusted the upper tension, attached the open toed quilting foot and began thread painting the tree trunk until it was filled in. I changed thread to a dark green Aurifil 12 weight and outlined the tree and lightly filled it in. I changed the thread to a lighter green Aurifil 50 weight and finished thread painting the tree.

I traced the pine trees onto water soluble stabilizer, changed the thread to a dark green Aurifil 12 weight and thread painted my pine trees.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting for the quilt sandwich and attempted to quilt the sky with Aurifil 12 weight. Of course I had to add a little quilt to my country scene. My skills as a thread painter may be questionable, but Aurifil thread performed absolutely beautifully. It was strong, no breakage and hardly any lint. My project measure 13″ x 15″.

#islandbatik #Aurifilthreads #HobbsBatting

Rockets Red Glare

The fabrics used to make this quilt were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

What I love about EQ8 is once you have drawn a block, you can easily rotate it, edit and change the color.  Rockets Red Glare came about as I was playing with Studio 180 Design’s BlockBuster 12 Double Trek .  This block is made with the Corner Beam , Tucker Trimmer I tools and the Sliver Technique Sheet.

This is the Original BlockBuster 12 Double Trek Block and the quilt layout I first came up with.  It seemed there was too much empty space.

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I added a Half Square Triangle in two corners of the block.

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I think that made a great difference.  I downloaded Northcott Essence Fabric into my EQ8 software to see how it would look…very patriotic, hence the name “Rockets Red Glare”.

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Northcott fabrics as always represent high quality.  The fabrics I chose to complete my quilt are from the Essence line and are absolutely beautiful.

If you want to try your own version of this quilt click here for the Rockets Red Glare Supply List

Have a great Summer and go quilt something!

Technique, Technique, Technique

Try It!

The Island Batik Ambassador’s June Challenge is “Try a New Technique”!  Have you tried Studio 180 Design’s new Wedge Star Tool?

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The Wedge Star tool is designed to make a variety of different blocks based on 45 degree sub-units.

They range from Wedge Star Blocks, Wedge Blocks & Mixed Blocks.  There are 22 different size options ranging from 3″ to 24″ finished blocks!

Diamond units are constructed and trimmed down.

Units are stitched together in quarters and half’s, then joined into blocks with corners added to complete it.

The new Wedge Star tool is for “Intermediate Skilled” quilters.  You must use your best 1/4″ seam allowance, NO scant seams here!  As always use your best measuring, cutting, stitching & pressing skills.

Freelancer Quilt

Included in the Wedge Star tool instructions is a bonus Wedge Star Pattern – Freelancer.

Download  Freelancer Supply List 9 inch  here.

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My beautiful Freelancer quilt was made using Island Batik’s Paisley Dot Swirl fabric and Aurifil thread.

I just got home from Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Reunion 2019.  We all worked on learning the new Wedge Star Tool.  Here are some gorgeous Freelancer Quilts.

Wowza!

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Here are some of the CI’s from Class of 2013.  There were 5 classes represented this year.  It was wonderful to see everyone and make new friends.

Stars Over Tucson, Shining on Lake Havasu

Life is good!  Here I am in Central, NY making a very special cactus quilt for a newly discovered sister.  I have a half sister (Mary) whom I have known my entire life.  Two years ago Mary wanted to submit our DNA to Ancestry.com to see if we really did have Native American ancestor’s as our mother said.  Turns out we don’t.

My mother used to tell me in a hushed voice “you have sisters in Canada”!  I always wondered if that story was true.  Turns out it is true!  I have two sisters on my Father’s side.  My sister Marti contacted me and we have been emailing, Facebooking and messaging each other for the last 2 years!  And get this, Marti is also a quilter.  You can’t make this stuff up!  We have not met each other yet.  Marti lives in Arizona and as I said, I’m in Central NY.  Marti is one determined quilting sister.  She has been trying to get a local Arizona quilt guild to schedule a class with me so we can finally meet.  She did it!  The Havasu Stitcher’s Quilt Guild is bringing me to Lake Havasu, AZ in January 2020 to teach a One Block Wonder Workshop at their event “Quilting at the Lake”!  I am beyond excited.

Sars Over Tucson

I was looking through my quilt book library and saw this quilt by Jean Biddick from her book “Blended Quilt Backgrounds”, and just had to make it for Marti.  I know that this type of cactus only grows near and around Tucson but it is such an iconic cactus that always makes me think of Arizona.

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So, of course I opened up my EQ8 to redesign & Tuckerize it.  I made a few changes.  I decided on 12″ finished blocks,

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and of course varying shades of purple from Island Batik!

The star points are made using Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I.  Tuckerizing a pattern is one of my favorite things to do, and the Wing Clipper is the best way to make flying geese!

Start by making the small stars that form the center of the large stars.  There is a link to a complete supply list at the end of this blog post.  Make 21 of these double star blocks.

 

Once the star blocks were made I started to work on the cactus.

These blocks make up the cactus.  (See link below for a complete supply list.)

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Marti this quilt is just a simple hug from me to you.  Can’t wait to meet you!

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This quilt is also Tucker approved!  Click here for the Stars Over Tucson Shinning on Lake Havasu  Supply List.

 

Lemoynes Lost in Space

Make It Modern

The products and fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for May is to “Make It Modern”!  The Modern Quilt Guild defines ‘modern” as use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space and alternative grid work.  I think I did pretty good.

I decided to make Lemoyne Stars.  Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool was the very first Studio 180 Design tool I used and is one of my favorites!  This tool makes Lemoyne stars in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks.

I went to my EQ8 and began to design.  The drawing above on the left shows the layout for the Lemoyne stars.  The drawing on the right with blue indicates the background I had to fill in.  I chose to use the “Add a Plain Block” option.  This allows me make a block the same size as the quilt center, color it, and move it to the back, behind the stars to fill in the blank spaces.  I also could have used the “Paintbrush” option to color in the background.   However, this does not give me the fabric sizes to cut.

I made my 10 different lemoyne stars and went to the design wall.  I worked on the right side first.  I measured and added a background rectangle to the left and above the green 11″ star.  I then added a rectangle to the blue 10″ star so it was the width as the 11″ star above it.

I continued on, adjusting and measuring, adding background fabric, piecing, tying it all together.

Somehow I couldn’t quite maintain the smooth circle.

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I guess my stars are ricocheting instead of swirling!

I decided to quilt using a tight meander around the stars and then stitch in the ditch through the seams of the stars so they have a 3D effect.  I used the Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend to give the stitches great definition.

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AND then I liked it better turned upside down, so I flipped it!  Lemoynes Lost in Space measures 40″ x 50″.

The background of my quilt is a black batik from Island Batik, it really makes the colors pop!

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Happy Spring!  As always my quilts are pieced with Aurifil thread.  If you want your stars to shine use Island Batik fabrics and your quilt colors will sing!

#islandbatik #Aurifilthread #Hobbsbatting #HobbsTuscanyCottonWoolBlend #DebTucker #studio180design #RapidFireLemoyneStar

Northern Lights

The more you practice the better you get at something.  The same is true with quilting.  This quilt was supposed to be for my son Josh for Christmas (last Christmas).  Oh well, better late than never.  This panel is called Northern Lights by Abraham Hunter for Elizabeth’s Studio.  It claimed to be 36″ x 44″ but is was closer to 39″ wide.

I aligned my 6 panels, cut my hexagons and began designing around the panel.  I do not trim the panels before I align them.  Once they are aligned I can decide whether to use any of the borders or not.  I decided not to use the border in the blocks so when I guesstimated how much to trim off to even the edges , I included the borders.

I start by trying to get an idea of how many hexies will fit across the top and/or bottom of the panel. It is just like making a pieced border to fit around the center of a quilt. The width of the panel should be divisible by the finished size of my hexagon block.

You have two ways to make sure your hexagons will fit across the top and bottom of your panel. You can trim or add fabric to your panel and/or you can also adjust the size of your finished hexagon so it is divisible by the width of the panel.

Strip Width Yeilds Finished Hexie Size
3.75” 6.0”
3.50” 5.5
3.25” 5.0
3.00” 4.5
2.75” 4.0
2.50” 3.5
2.25” 3.0
2.0″ 2.5

I decided to cut my strips 3.75″ for 6″ finished hexagons and trim my panel to 36″ wide.  Six hexagons will fit across the bottom and/or top of the panel.

I kept playing with the design.

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Once I was satisfied with the design, I stitched the hexagons into four sections.

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I laid the top portion of hexies on the panel to help give me an accurate width to trim off.  I felt I would not lose an important part of the panel by cutting off the tree.

I trimmed the panel, Trimmed the portion of the hexies so it could be stitched to the panel.

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I discovered when the bottom set hexies were aligned with side hexies – I needed to add about 1 1/2″ of fabric.

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Now it all fit together wonderfully.  I just needed to hide the fabric I added and trim the top and bottom points.

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You can’t even tell where I added the fabric or hid it with smaller hexagons.  Next I will get quilted!

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No moose were hurt in the making of this quilt as Tucker was on duty supervising me the entire time.

Using Panels for a OBW V2