Category Archives: Studio 180 Design Tools

Calm Seas

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

A Storm at Sea quilt has been on my “need to make list” for a long time.  I especially love the kind that use graduating colors.  Lucky for me, fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Michelle Hiatt created her pattern “Calm Seas“.  This fabulous pattern offers you a choice of 3 sizes; Throw, Double or King.  I chose to make the Throw size (62″ x 72”).  Calm Seas is a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Large Square/Squared, Diamond Rects & V Block Tools.

I chose to use the fabulous fabrics from Northcott’s Canvas line.  I needed 12 graduating colors in 2 different values each.  Canvas is richly textured and has a depth of color that is gorgeous!  

Definitely use your best organizational skills when making this pattern.  Michelle has made it much easier for us to conquer a storm at sea.

If you know me…you know I use paper plates to keep myself organized.  I snipped a piece of each fabric and pasted it to the paper plate, writing down all pertinent info to keep my brains from falling out.

I was very fortunate to spend a few days at Bridle Creek Bed & Breakfast for an annual  mini quilt retreat with friends.  I managed to get all my diamond rects, large square/squared and small square/squared units done!

Following the pattern instructions, I laid out my units in the proper color order to achieve this beautiful flow.

I numbered my rows and pinned them together to begin stitching them together,

A little precision pinning goes a long way when it comes to nice crisp points.

After four days of hard work I finished the top.  Thanks to Michelle’s pattern Calm Seas & Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools I have checked another awesome quilt off my bucket list!

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Whimsical and Wonky

Whimsical and Wonky

The Island Batik Ambassador’s December challenge was to create a project that is Whimsical & Wonky”.   Well, I settled on Tipsy!  My Holiday Tipsy Tree is based on BlockBuster pattern # 27 Roll the Dice .  This year I have made many quilt projects using Split Rects Units so it is only fitting I end the year with Split Rects.

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For this quilt I used Island Batik’s “Alpine Jungle” line of beautiful batiks.  I also used Studio 180 Design Split Rects, Square/Squared, Wing Clipper I & Lemoyne Star tools.  I chose four different green fabrics, 9 for block centers.

Cut your elongated triangles according to the Split Rects tool instructions.

Cut your background side triangles the same way.

Lay out your split rects, align and center the two pieces with just a bit of overlap at the ends. Stitch and press seams open.  I love using my “Stick Strip” for pressing seams open.

Following the tool instructions trim, rotate & trim again.

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Make the 9 Square/Squared units following the Square Squared tool instructions.  I chose 9 different unit centers but you could make them all one color if you like.  Each side of the square/squared unit will be different to match the fabric used for the split rects units.

Lay out your units as they will be stitched.  Choose a square/squared unit for the center, rotating the square/squared unit so the side triangle matches the same fabric used in the split rects unit.

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This block is constructed using a partial seam.  Place the square/squared unit right sides together with one of the split rects units being sure to match the fabrics and stitch half way down the square/squared unit.

This gives you the next complete edge to stitch another split rects to, again matching the square/squared unit fabric with the split rects fabric.

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When stitching the split rects to the square/squared unit, always place the precision cut square/squared unit on top be careful to stitch using the unit center as a guide.

Continue stitching the split rects units and complete the partial seam, pressing toward the split rects units.  Make the other 8 blocks the same way.

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Tree Trunk:  Make one set of 2″ x 4″ finished flying geese using the Wing Clipper I tool instructions.  Only 3 flying geese units will be needed.

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Tree Star:  Make the 6″ finished lemoyne star using the Lemoyne Star tool instructions.

Lay out your quilt blocks and construct the quilt center.  Once the borders are added the finished quilt measures 38″ x 38″.

Happy Holidays!

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My Evening Elegance Revealed

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Evening Elegance measures 60″ x 60″.  The blocks are finished at 12″.

This is one version of Deb Tucker’s Evening Elegance quilt.  Go to Deb Tucker’s blog  to see version 1 and to download both quilt settings.  It was designed using BlockBuster Patterns:   1 Ohio Star, 7 Whimsy Turndash, 9 Three in One, 16 Peaks & Valleys, 20 Stellar Collision, 21 Around the Block, 22 Square Dance, 26 Cactus Blossom and  34 Evening Shadow.

I really had fun making this quilt.  I love the “Circle of Nine” layout.

These beautiful fabrics from Island Batik are gorgeous.

#islandbatik #thebestfrombali  #debtucker #studio180design #twilightchic #Blockbusters

Evening Elegance Blog Hop

This is day 3 of Studio 180 Design’s Evening Elegance Blog Hop.  Deb Tucker has launched her own fabulous signature fabric collection, Twilight Chic, with Island Batik and fabric designer Kathy Engle.

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Below are the links to everyone participating in the blog hop:

Monday November 5th – Karen Overton – The Quilt Rambler” https://thequiltrambler.com/blog/

Tuesday November 6th – Tammy Silvers – Tamarinis – http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com/

Wednesday November 7th – Jackie OBrien – If These Threads Could Talk – https://ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com/blog-posts/

Thursday November 8th – Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs – http://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/

Friday November 9th – Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news

Check back on Friday to see one version of the  Evening Elegance quilt completed.  The quilt was designed using BlockBuster Patterns:   1 Ohio Star, 7 Whimsy Turndash, 9 Three in One, 16 Peaks & Valleys, 20 Stellar Collision, 21 Around the Block, 22 Square Dance, 26 Cactus Blossom and  34 Evening Shadow.

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I was assigned BlockBuster 9 – Three in One, using the V Block and Tucker Trimmer I tools.

Unit A. V Blocks:  Make 4 V Blocks.

Unit C. Quarter Square Triangle:  Make a Quarter Square Triangle with the fabrics that match the V Blocks, remember to swirl the center.

Unit B. Combination Units:  Combination units begin by making half squares triangles (HSTs). The fabric for the HSTs must match the side triangles in the v blocks, so I began by laying out the starter squares next to the V Blocks and then making them into the combination units.

When making Combination units, you are making two at a time, a left & a right.  Choose the units that will match the side triangles in the V Blocks as shown above.

Sew the units into rows then join the rows into the block.

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My second BlockBuster was 16 Peaks & Valleys using the Diamonds Rects Tool and V Block Tool & the  Sidekick, High Low Technique Sheet.

Unit A. Diamond Rects:  Cut your precision diamonds & side triangles per the Diamonds Rects instructions.  Stitch opposite side triangles, press toward the side triangles.  Stitch the other opposites side triangles.

Make 4 diamond rects units and trim.

Stitch using a partial seam to the center square.  Stitch the second diamond rects unit and so on to finish the block center.

Unit B. High Low Left:  Following the instruction the in technique sheet cut your squares and trim, add the replacement side triangle.  Mark and stitch the square for the low point and trim.

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Make four High Low Left Units.

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Unit C Sidekick Right:  When making a Sidekick Right, position fabrics face down for cutting.  Cut and stitch replacement side triangles.

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Peaks & Valleys block unit layout.

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Stitch units into rows.

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Join the rows to complete the block.

I love the Twilight Chic fabrics from Island Batik and I can’t wait to show you one of the finished quilts!

#islandbatik #debtucker #twilightchic #studio180design #blockbusters

New Years Star

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott  Fabrics.

This fabulous pattern, “New Year’s Star” by Deb Tucker is fun to make using your V Block & Tucker Trimmer I tools.  It can be made in 3 sizes: 50″ x 66″, 66 x 82″ & 82 x 102″.  I love pink and aqua & retro fans.  I guess you can say the photo above shows my fan club (HAHAHAHA).

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I chose 4 fabrics from Northcott’s “Strokes of Brilliance” collection.  The colors are so deep and rich.

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Pinwheels:  Making the pinwheels begins by  making half square triangles using the 3″ dark & medium squares.  Trim to 2 1/2″ with your Tucker Trimmer.  Arrange the trimmed squares into pinwheels.

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Use Care Here!.  The blocks should spin exactly as shown in the pattern instructions.

V Block High/Low:

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I have cut my background squares and side triangles for unit construction.

Following my pattern instructions I trimmed the background square and stitch a side triangle to it.

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Press toward the side triangle,  add the square to make the second low side triangle and trim.

Trim using the V Bock tool as shown above.  Rotate and trim again.

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By placing the high/low units around the pinwheels we get a great looking wonky star!

Framed Squares:

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Make 8 of these easy framed squares.

Combination Units:

Using the Magic Wand draw 2 diagonal lines on the back of the 5 1/2″ the background squares and align with the medium squares, stitch on lines.

Cut apart and press toward the darker fabric.

Using the Magic wand draw 2 diagonal lines on the back of the half square triangles (HST).  Center the HST’s on a dark 5 1/2″ square, stitch on the lines, cut apart & press toward the large triangle.

Trim using your Tucker Trimmer, rotate and trim again.

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Each set makes mirror image combination units.  Both are used in the pieced inner border.  It is a good idea to keep the units organized into left and right groups.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Lay out your units.

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Stitch into rows.

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Add your inner borders.

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Add your pieced inner borders and your final outer border.

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I love the backing too.  This quilt was completed with Quilters dream Batting!  Thank you Northcott for letting me create with your beautiful fabrics.  The description I’ve shared in this post does not answer every question you may have.  Please feel free to contact me with questions.

#northcottfabrics #strokesofbrilliance #debtucker #studio180design  #tuckertimmer #vblock #newyearsstar

Crossfire

The fabrics in the post were generously given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

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I chose Northcott fabrics from the Sew Musical Row by Row Palette 2018.  When I choose my fabrics from Northcott, I get so excited when they are delivered.  As soon as I touch the fabric, I feel the quality.  These colors are luscious with just enough texture to give depth and interest.

Crossfire is a Studio 180 Design pattern designed by talented Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer.  It is a companion pattern for the Large Square/Squared tool.

The block featured in this quilt is called “Bird of Paradise”.  The pattern describes this quilt as “whirling stars with accents and chains of black and grey.  A new fun variation of a Flying Goose makes for a star with loads more sparkle”, and it does.

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If you follow me, you know I love to organize my quilt making process by labeling paper plates for my block pieces as I cut them out.  I never get lost or forget what the pieces are for.  All my block pieces are cut and ready to put together.

Star Blocks:  You will be making 8 star blocks, they will be made in pairs.  Each pair will contain the same colors, but their arrangements will give you two different looking blocks.  Label one of the colors in each pair as Color 1 & Color 2.  If you follow the instructions in the pattern you wont have any trouble.  After construction the diamond square units are trimmed to the cut size of 6.5″ x 6.5″

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Beautiful, perfectly trimmed units leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, so I will not lose my points.  After all…no one wants to be pointless!

Next, we make half square triangles and perfectly trim them using our Large Square/Squared tool.

Lay out your trimmed half square triangles and the and two white triangles as shown.  Work with one triangle at a time, stitch & carefully press toward the white triangle as not to distort the shape.

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Laying Out the Blocks:   Pay close attention to Step 10.  Split your pieced geese into two piles of four.  Lay out your side triangles so that on one pile you have four Color 1 side triangles on the right side & four Color 2 side triangles on the left side.  The other pile will have four Color 2 side triangles on the right side & four Color 1 side triangles on the left side.  If you lay them as I did above for every color combination, you will be fine.

It is very important to pay attention to Step 11:  Position the right side triangle so that Color 1 shows a bit beyond the white along the top edge.  Stitch and press toward the side triangle.  Trim the units according to pattern instructions and put your blocks together.

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Crossfire is a fun, skill expanding pattern.  Finished quilt measures 60″ x 84″.

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Pillow Possibilities

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik.

Playful Pillows

The Island Batik challenge for May is “Playful Pillows”.  As I was thinking about what pillow design I would choose, it occurred to me I had a wealth of ideas at my fingertips.  So many of my favorite quilt patterns have blocks large enough for a pillow.  I decided I would make the center block from Deb Tucker’s “Carolina Lily: One Block” wall quilt pattern.

DTP005_-_No_Y_Carolina_Lily_-_One_Block_1024x1024Carolina Lily is a companion pattern for the Wing Clipper I.

My fabrics from Island Batik & threads from Aurifil.

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For each of the 3 flower blocks you will need 4 flying geese units.  Two of the flying geese units will have one pink point & one green point as shown above.  Deb Tucker’s method for constructing flying geese requires one large square and 4 small squares.  The large square is my background fabric. Three of the small squares are my pink fabric, and one is the green fabric.  Using your Magic Wand draw two diagonal lines on the back of your small squares.

To make a flying geese units position one green square and one pink square right sides together in diagonally opposite corners of the one large square.  Do Not align the raw edges, instead nudge them in toward the center just a few threads & overlapping the two small squares.  Stitch on the lines and cut apart.

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Press the seams toward the smaller triangles.

Position the remaining pink squares in the corner of the previously pieced units.  Nudge the squares as you did before.  Stitch on the lines and cut apart as before.

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You now have four flying geese units, two with pink points and two with one green & one pink point.  For Right handed cutting position your geese unit horizontally on the cutting mat so it points toward you.  Align the diagonal guide lines of the Wing Clipper with the sewn seams of the flying geese unit.  Trim up the side and across the top.  (See your tool instructions for left handed cutting.)

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Rotate the unit and reposition the Wing Clipper to align cleanup guidelines with the previously trimmed raw edges and the “X” at the top with the intersection of the seams.  Trim up the side and across the top.  Do this for all your geese units.

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Construct your lily block according to pattern instructions.  The lily block measures about  a 16 1/2″, I added 2 1/2″ borders all around it.  I like the inside of the pillow to be neat with no raw edges showing.  I want to quilt this block so I cut a backing and batting larger than my block and pin basted it.

I used my walking foot and cross hatched the basket portion of the block.

I was carefully supervised during this process.

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Once I finished with the basket, I outlined the flower parts and squared up the pillow top.

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My pillow top now measures 20 1/2″.  I cut two pieces of fabric 12″ x 20 1/2″.  On each piece, along one of the 20 1/2″ edges fold it over about 1/4″, press it & fold it over again and press it.  Stitch on the pressed over edges for a nice finish.  Position these two pieces on the pillow with WRONG sides together aligning the raw edges so the finished edges overlap in the middle.  Pin in place and stitch around the outside edges of the pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now you have a pillow with raw edges around the outside edge.  I like to add a binding just like it was a quilt.  That way the inside of the pillow is completely finished with no unfinished edges, which is nice for washing the pillow case.

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I made this pillow for my sister Mary, but I think Tucker & Zoey are claiming it!

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