Category Archives: V Block

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 .

Camping with Friends

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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Tucker

Happy Holidays to you all from Tucker and me.

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.

Victorious

I just finished quilting and binding my Studio 180 design pattern “Victorious”  I’m on my quest to branch out and try other battings.  Of course my preference is any batting by Quilters Dream.  This time I used the “Blend”, 70% cotton & 30% polyester, needle punched onto an ultra light scrim base.  It was created especially for machine quilters.

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It was very nice to work with.  It didn’t stretch out of shape at all.  It stitched beautifully.  It held its shape throughout the washing and drying process.

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Victorious is a beautiful traditional quilt pattern that uses the Deb Tucker V Block tool and the Squared2 tool for units in four corners of the border.  The V Block tool was also used to create the diamond shapes in the border.  Although, now Deb has created the Diamond Rects tool that could also be used to create the border units.

Overcome By Events

Have you ever been overcome by events?  It’s been two weeks since I last checked in with you guys.  I have been busy at work and have been unable to indulge in my passion of quilting.  This week-end I made a tote bag for my fellow Battgirl Neva.  She is a Wizard of Oz enthusiast as am I.  Neva wanted the Wicked Witch on one side.

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And Dorothy on the other.

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I was at a Sew-A-Thon Friday night and Saturday and managed to get my next hexagon quilt blocks sewn together.  This fabric is from the Georgia O’Keefe line by Alexander Henry.  This will be OBW number 54!

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I also made a quilt label for my friend Paula.  She made a T-Shirt quilt that will raffled at the 2014 Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach.

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Next Sunday I will be teaching the demo class for the Studio 180 Design Corner Beam & V Block tools.  We are getting ready for the Deb Tucker “Double Charmed” class coming up at Sew EZ in Virginia Beach.  Below is the 20″ block we will make to help us get comfortable the tools.  The supply list can be found with the Class Schedule.

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Victorious – V Block

Victorious

I just finished another class sample. Victorious is a companion pattern for the Studio 180 Design V Block and Squared2 tools. It measures 55 1/2″ x 55 1/2″. Three simple fabrics, one fantastic quilt.
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V Block units are used to create the stars with the added interest of the diagonal chains of small squares tying the stars together. V Blocks are also used to construct the diamond pieced border. The Squared2 units are used in the corners of the border.  This is a good skill building quilt.
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I Believe

I love Christmas Tree quilts. I wanted to try making one with the Studio 180 Design V Block Tool. It was pretty easy.
I Believe Christmas quilt
I started with 9 Christmas fat quarters, 3 green, 3 red and 3 blue. I decided to make 6” blocks, so per the directions on the V Block tool I layered 3 fat quarters and cuts 7” strips.
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I used the V Block Tool and placed the line for the cutting the center triangles on the folded fabric.
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Second cut for center triangles. Keep going until you have used up the strip.
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The 9 fat quarters yielded 72 center triangles.
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I used white Kona Cotton for the side triangles. It took about 1 ½ yards. Per the directions on the tool I cut 7” strips for the side triangles also. There is a line on the tool for cutting the side triangles
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Rotate the tool for the second cut for side triangles, keep going until you have two side triangles for each center triangle.
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Sew on the first side triangle.
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Press toward the side triangle.
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Add the second triangle.
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Press toward the side triangle.
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Square up the V Blocks by pointing it toward you, square up two sides.
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Rotate the block and square up the. other two sides.
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For each tree block I cut two 2″ x 3″ white rectangles and one 1 1/2″ x 2″ brown rectangles for the tree trunk.
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Sew these sashings to the bottom of each block.
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I cut nine 3 1/2″ x 8″ rectangles to be used to stagger the tree blocks. I sewed one rectangle to row 1,3, 5, 7, and 9. And one rectangle to the end of row 2, 4, 6, and 8.

I cut 1 1/2″ red inner borders (1/2 yard). The white outer borders took about 2 yards white Kona cotton. I cut 9″ borders and machine embroidered Santa and his reindeer in reds, blues and pinks. And randomly scattered machine embroidered silver snowflakes around the border. In the center of the bottom of the quilt I embroidered “Believe”. The quilt measures 65″ x 87″ un-quilted. I purchased my embroidery designs from Embroidery LibraryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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