Category Archives: Studio 180 Design Tools

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.

October in Vermont

What could be better than a quilt retreat at the Strong House Inn in Vermont in October?  Well, how about learning everything you need to know about Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer!  I will be there October 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2019 teaching you how to master using your Tucker Trimmer.

The Tucker Trimmer is used to quickly and accurately trim down pieced squares to exact measurements for perfectly sewn units every time. In this workshop you will learn to make:

  • Half Square Triangles (HST)
  • Combination Units
  • Quarter Square Triangles
  • Shaded Four Patch Units (Technique Sheet Required)
  • Shaded Nine Patch Units (Technique Sheet Required)

Tucker Trimmer Sampler Quilt:

You will be making 3 blocks:

I will give you the full fabric requirements and block layouts so you can complete the quilt at home.

Tucker Trimmer Sampler 2

But wait there is more!  Then we will learn all about the Shaded Four Patch unit.

Shaded 4 Patch

Shaded 4 Patch Runners S180

You will make a table runner using your Shaded Four Patch units.

Then you will learn to make Shaded Nine Patch Units.

Shaded 9 Patch Block

You will make this wall hanging with your Shaded Nine Patches:

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There will be some surprises.  By the end of the workshop you will be completely comfortable using your Tucker Trimmer I.  I have no doubt the Tucker Trimmer will become one of your favorite quilt tools!

Don’t miss out, make your reservations now at the Strong House Inn!

A Visit with TQG

Last night I had a great time sharing quilts with the Tidewater Quilter’s Guild (TQG) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I lived in Virginia Beach for over 10 years.  I always say that TQG birthed me!  They were my first quilting guild and they are a wonderful friendly group of quilters.

Whirling Dervish & Cross Street Pasture

My pattern Converging Geese & Studio 180 Design Evening Elegance.

Galaxy & Happy Days

Shaded Chic & Bear Tracks

New Years Star & Peach Melba

Sea Glass & Firefly

Spin Cycle & Calm Seas

Split Personality & Smooth Sailing

Fiesta & Prism

SueNami & sample showing Lemoyne Stars Technique Sheet Variations.

From Hidden Treasures: Noel & Kings Pawn

Lone Star Bed Runner & Painted Desert

La Belle & Autumn Twilight

Waves of Joy & Baths of Tortola

We ended with a few One Block Wonders: The heron, Plume & Paris.

Thank you TQG members for a great night.  Tonight I’m off to the Peninsula Piecemaker’s Guild in Hampton Roads.

Bear Paws – Vintage Reimagined

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

Vintage Reimagined

Island Batik Ambassador assignment for March is “Vintage Reimagined”.  Hmmmm, I had several ideas, some just didn’t work out.  I started to look through my quilt book library.  I picked up Harriet Hargraves’ Heirloom Machine Quilting book.  I was intrigued by a small quilt, 35″ x 35″ called Bountiful Vineyard by Joanie Poole.  Turns out Joanie Poole teaches heirloom quilting.  This is ironic (more on this later).

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I chose to use the Snow Berry collection, simple gorgeous.  I went to my EQ8 and started drawing.

Once I created the block I could also figure out the quilt layout.  I love this block!

First I made the Bear Paw unit.  I used Deb Tucker’s “Eight at a Time” Technique Sheet to make fast work of 80 Half Square Triangles.

Then add the side rectangles.

Pop off the corner of the rectangles using the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop tool.

Add replacement triangles according to the tool instructions and trim.  Easy peasy, the Corner pop tool trims the corner & leaves the seam allowance so adding the replacement triangle is accurate with plenty to perfectly trim.

Stitch the corner popped rectangles to the bear paw unit.  Make 20 – 10″ finished blocks.

I laid it out on my design wall, stitched it together and added the borders.

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I usually meander my quilts on my Nolting mid arm, but this time I decided to quilt each quarter diagonally with all seams going toward the center with my domestic Bernina 570.  It seemed like a good idea.  I have never tried this on a large quilt.  Bear Tracks measures 70″ x 70″.  I stitched in the ditch down the center vertically and horizontally.  Then corner to center diagonally.  Then stitch in 1/2″ increments, first to the left of the center diagonal then to right.  I did this in each quarter stopping at the inner border.  What I didn’t realize was how much this close stitching would shrink the center of the quilt, making the borders very wavy.  I loaded Bear Tracks onto my quilt frame and meandered the borders to try and shrink them down.  It helped a little but the edges of my beautiful quilt are wavy. Drat!

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Bear Tracks is wavy, but oh so cuddly.  I love it!  I think I need a quilting class from Joanie Poole!

This quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread and finished with Hobbs batting.

Click here for Bear Tracks Quilt Supply List .

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Magnificent Mini’s

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

Magnificent Minis

Our assignment for February was to create a “Magnificent Mini” using any technique we chose.  The only criteria was the size: 24″ x 24″ or smaller.  It seems I’m always collecting quilt blocks for hearts and Christmas Trees. The first thing I do is fire up my EQ8 and start drawing.

Last year I made a heart mug rug.  The drawing above consists of mirror image split rects and two squares that have had the corners popped using Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Pop tools.

Magnificent Mini 2

These hearts are made from a large flying geese and two smaller flying geese.  I used Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I, Tucker Trimmer I & Square/Squared tools.  Click here for the fabric requirements for Hearts Abound Mini.

The center block contains:

1 – 6″ finished Square/Squared

4 – 3″ x 6″ finished flying Geese

8 – 1 1/2″ x 3″ flying geese

4 – 3″ finished Half Square Triangles

4 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ red rectangles

4 – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangles

4 – 3 1/2″ background squares

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I added 2″ finished borders with 2″ finished Square/Squared units for the cornerstones.  Hearts Abound measures 22″ x 22″.

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My Hearts Abound Mini was made from Island Batik fabric, with Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting. Pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread.

#islandbatik #hobbsbatting #aurifilthread #studio180design

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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