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.

What’s Black & White & Read All Over?

Oops, I mean what’s black & white RED all over…why my quilt of course.  Deb Tucker released “Hidden Treasures in 2015.

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This fabulous book gives you the opportunity to learn to make Hunter Star quilts like you’ve never seen them before.  There are 36 different patterns in this book. 29 of them make a throw size quilt that requires 8 light and 8 dark fat quarters plus fabric for your inner & outer borders and there are 7 bed runner patterns.

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Black & White & Red All Over

I chose to make one made by Sue Tucker called Painted Desert.  You will not believe the variations of Hunter Star that you can make by not sewing together the two triangles that make up the block.  When you take those triangles to the design wall you’ll be amazed at what you can create, and this book shows you how!

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Tuck always has to get in the picture.  Hidden Treasures makes throw size quilts using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite Tool by Deb Tucker. Deb is currently working on her second Hunter Star book “Royal Treasures” that uses the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Large tool and will feature Queen & King size quilts. I am fortunate to have one my quilts in that book.

Perfectly Paperless Piecing

Not that I have anything against paper piecing, but…if I can get the same results without having to paper piece, I’m all for it!  Earlier this year Deb Tucker introduced her new tool “The Large Square Squared” and it is teriffic!  It operates like the original  Square Squared, but the original was limited to 6 sizes whereas the large Square Squared gives you high precision for 12 different size units from 1″ to 12″.  As always it offers minimal waste and right & left handed instructions.  With it’s improved guidelines it takes two tools, Part A and Part B to accomplish all this.

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But wait, there’s more!  Deb has a new pattern about to be released called Peach Melba. It is a Studio 180 Design companion pattern for the Large Square Squared tool that makes a beautiful pineapple block.

I only have one block done so far. But with this great Kaffe Fassett fabric I can’t wait to finish it.  This is a 12″ finished block.  The Large Square Squared tool made the process easy.  I would never have guessed I could make a pineapple quilt so perfect with out paper piecing!  The pattern gives you the choice of Lap, Twin or Queen size quilts.

I did finish “Filigree” another Studio 180 Design companion pattern for the Large Square Squared & Corner Beam tool.  It was design by fellow Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer.  This pattern also gives you the choice of Lap, Twin or Queen size quilts.

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Filigree

I made the Lap size, 54″ x 70″.  I love this pattern.  It is a great way to get to know your new Large Square Squared tool.

There are only two blocks. The first is the Snail Tail that uses the Large Square Squared tool, the second uses the Corner Beam tool.

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See why I call it perfectly paperless piecing?  What a beautiful back of a block!  Both Peach Melba & Filigree are not yet released, so be sure to sign up for the Studio 180 Design Newsletter at www.studio180design.net so you get news first.

Fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, Michelle Hiatt has also just released a new companion pattern for the Large Square Squared and Diamond Rects tools called Jenn’s Journey!

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You can find Jenn’s Journey at many local quilt shops or go to Michelle’s Etsy shop “Sew On the Go“.

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I have my fabric picked out and ready to cut for Jenn’s Journey!

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice…that would be what Deb Tucker named her pattern:

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The bright colors she chose are gorgeous.  I chose warm country colors:

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Rise & Shine, Summer’s Over!

My light background fabric has chickens on it, hence the name Rise & Shine.  This beautiful quilt finishes at 64″ by 80″.

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Summer Solstice Block

This is a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I,  V Block & Corner Beam tools.  This block has 25 units in it, but Deb’s tools make it a breeze.

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Summer Solstice Block

One of 12 finished blocks that make up this great quilt.

 

29 Lemoyne Stars

My sister fell in love with a fabric line by Moda called The Potting Shed by Holly Taylor.  So I designed a quilt  using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool that makes it so easy to construct perfect Lemoyne stars with NO “Y” seams!

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Of course Tucker had to oversee the quilting process, after all she is the Quality Control Officer of Tuckerville.

I just finished sewing on the binding in time for her birthday tomorrow, phew!

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We just put it on her bed and it looks great.  29 twelve inch lemoyne stars and one panel.

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Mary loved the panel of the potting shed so I was sure to place it so it would be in the middle of the bed.

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My sister is a collector of vintage dolls.  She has a beautiful bedroom that displays only part of her collection.

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Happy Birthday Mary, your quilt was made with love!

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My OBW Stash

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…fabric stash that is!  There is a great group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” that has over 5000 worldwide members.  The group feeds the souls of us that are somewhat obsessed with One Block Wonders (OBW).  This process was created by Maxine Rosenthal.  She has produced 3 books: One Blocks Wonders, One Block Wonders Encore! & One Block Wonders Cubed.  All 3 are essential! (Rumor has it there is a 4th in the works!)

I was on Facebook a little while ago and we were talking about our OBW Stashes, how much was too much, etc.  Ann B. stated she would love a peak at mine. I proudly stated  I had at least 40 six yard pieces of fabric set aside for OBW’s.  Well, it’s a good thing we talked.,because my stash is dwindling…I only have 35 six yard pieces set aside!  Lord have mercy, I need to go shopping!

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Lotus Leaf in 3 colorways by Kaffe Fassett

 

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From left to right: Flowers of the Sun by Windsor, English Countryside by Sue Beavers & Martha Negley by Rowan & Westminster

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Memoirs from China by Robert Kaufman, Atlantis by Moda & Golden Jungle by Alexander Henry

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I love Cutting up People: Delivery by Timeless Treasures, Heavy Equipment by Alexander Henry & Au Natural also by Alexander Henry

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City Scapes by Benartex, Paris by Timeless Treasures & Fantasia also by Timeless Treasures

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California Fiesta by Alexander Henry, Holiday Flourish by Robert Kaufman & Historic Highway by Alexander Henry

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North by Timeless Treasures, Tigers by Exclusively Quilters & Nature Scapes by Hoffman

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Zebras by Exclusively Quilters, Bear Mountain by Exclusively Quilters & Lion Eyes by Alexander Henry

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Bewitched by  & Misty Jungle both by Alexander Henry

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Saturday Evening Post by Quilting Treasures.  I’m not sure what I’m doing with this one yet, but I have ideas.

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5 six yard pieces of The Wizard of Oz in sepia tones, I have a slight obsession with The Wizard of Oz!

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I only have 2 six yard pieces of this Wizard of Oz fabric left!!! Did I mention I have a slight obsession with the Wizard of Oz?  But I still have several tubs of The Wizard of Oz fabric.

Well, there you have it.  I’m willing to bet there is someone out there that can beat my stash!