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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:

Shaded Nine Patch Star

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 .

#islandbatik #aurifilthreads #hobbsbatting #studio180design #debtucker #joaniepoole #cornerpoptool #eightatatime

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

Twilight Chic Week

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Studio 180 Design.

Welcome to Studio 180 Design’s “Twilight Chic Blog Hop”.  I have been lucky enough to make 4 quilts from Twilight Chic line of batiks by Island Batik for Deb Tucker.

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For this challenge I chose to make a hunter star quilt from Deb Tucker’s book “Hidden Treasures” using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  Hidden Treasures offers you 29 different lap size quilt patterns and 7 bed runner patterns for the hunter star.

The same pieces can make very different quilts.  There are just 3 different block configurations used in these patterns.

The pattern I chose used the first two blocks.

I made 24 of each.

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With these blocks I could choose from 16 different quilts or 3 bed runners.

These two are Curveball page 30 and Checkmate page 32.

Strawberry Fields page 40 and Spring Fling page 48.

La Belle page 50 and Pele page 74.  These 6 quilts are just a sample of what you can make with these blocks.  So what did I choose………

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I chose to make Autumn Twilight on page 66.  But, I call mine Twilight Treasure!

This book is definitely a treasure!

Click here for a chance to win a Twilight Chic Fat Quarter Bundle.

Twilight Chic fat Quarter Bundle

Be sure to see all the creations by my fellow Certified Instructors:

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, February 5

Wednesday, February 6

Thursday, February 7

Friday, February 8

Saturday, February 9

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#islandbatik #twilightchicweek #debtucker #studio180design #HiddenTreasures #Hobbs #Aurifil

Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

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The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be assigned Twilight Chic by Deb Tucker for Studio 180 Design. This is my third quilt from the Twilight Chic line.

Shaded Chic is based on BlockBuster # 35 Hidden Blossoms.

Shaded four & Mirror Image Sliver Units

Each block has 8 Shaded Four Patch units and 8 Sliver units.

This block is made using Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I & Corner Beam tools with the Shaded Four Patch & Sliver Technique Sheets.

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Shaded Chic

Shaded Chic consists of nine 12″ blocks and measures 50″ x 50″.

Be sure to visit Island Batik to enter their give away of 20 fat quarter bundle. 


Here is the list of all the ambassadors for this month-long hop!

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffeMary Mack’s Blog

Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie JacobsonSteph Jacobson Designs

Michelle RobertsCreative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie CampbellFree Motion by the River

Anna BranchArk Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea LeeBea Quilter

Sharon ParcelYellow Cat Designs

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine WilkinsLiving Water Quilter

Jessica CaldwellDesert Bloom Quilting

WEEK 2

Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah GoerSarah Goer Quilts

Sherry ShishPowered by Quilting

Jennifer FultonThe Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen StrauserDizzy Quilter

Janet YamamotoWhispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione Gardner-StephenClever Chameleon

Nancy ScottMasterpiece Quilting

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole Lyles ShawCarol Lyles Shaw

Toby LischkoGateway Quilts & Stuff  

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie OBrienIf These Threads Could Talk

Tina DillardQuilting Affection

WEEK 3

Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer ThomasCurlicue Creations

Anita SkjellangerQuilt In a Not Shell

Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen OvertonThe Quilt Rambler

Alison VermilyaLittle Bunny Quilts

Turid BakkenDen syende Himmel

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen NearySew Karen-ly Created

Leanne ParsonsDevoted Quilter

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura PilandSlice of Pi Quilts

Suzy WebsterAdventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra BarnesBusy Hands Quilts

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki SchlimmerVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy WarnerSew Incredibly Crazy

WEEK 4

Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela BoatrightPamelaQuilts

Joyce MullisHearts Creations

Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen McCormickKathleen McMusing

Connie KauffmanKauffman Designs

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen ShafferPatterns by Jen

Jeanette JonesInchworm Fabrics

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry  

Sally MannkeSally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan KawanoMoosestash Quilting

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch Icicle – Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne Wiens- Icicle – Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Mania Hatziioannidi Candy Cane Lane- Mania For Quilts

Barbara Gaddy – Candy Cane Lane  –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

# Islandbatikgetawaybloghop  #islandbatik #twilightchic #debtucker #studio180design #bestofbali

24 Projects in 2018

I saw a post on Facebook that asked the question “how many quilts did you make in 2018”.  So I went back and started counting.

February included GAlentines day Mug Rug  and Mini Love for Island Batik Ambassadors

March included my infamous attempt at a mini tuffet , Hunter Star – Tortola from Royal Treasures Book, Scrapodopolis using the first 6 BlockBuster patterns and Whirling Dervish.

April included Prism and Refraction

May was Pillow Possibilities and The Heron.

June included A Blast form the Past and Crossfire.

July was A Field of Popped V’s & Paris OBW # 64.

August included Split Personality and Firefly.

September was New Years Star & Sue Nami.

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October was paper pieced trees wall hanging.

November included Paisley Cats OBW #65, Evening Elegance & Converging Geese

December ended the year with Plume OBW #66, Calm Seas & Holiday Tipsy Tree .

Phew, I’m tired but I’m already working on more projects.