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Stars Over Tucson, Shining on Lake Havasu

Life is good!  Here I am in Central, NY making a very special cactus quilt for a newly discovered sister.  I have a half sister (Mary) whom I have known my entire life.  Two years ago Mary wanted to submit our DNA to Ancestry.com to see if we really did have Native American ancestor’s as our mother said.  Turns out we don’t.

My mother used to tell me in a hushed voice “you have sisters in Canada”!  I always wondered if that story was true.  Turns out it is true!  I have two sisters on my Father’s side.  My sister Marti contacted me and we have been emailing, Facebooking and messaging each other for the last 2 years!  And get this, Marti is also a quilter.  You can’t make this stuff up!  We have not met each other yet.  Marti lives in Arizona and as I said, I’m in Central NY.  Marti is one determined quilting sister.  She has been trying to get a local Arizona quilt guild to schedule a class with me so we can finally meet.  She did it!  The Havasu Stitcher’s Quilt Guild is bringing me to Lake Havasu, AZ in January 2020 to teach a One Block Wonder Workshop at their event “Quilting at the Lake”!  I am beyond excited.

Sars Over Tucson

I was looking through my quilt book library and saw this quilt by Jean Biddick from her book “Blended Quilt Backgrounds”, and just had to make it for Marti.  I know that this type of cactus only grows near and around Tucson but it is such an iconic cactus that always makes me think of Arizona.

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So, of course I opened up my EQ8 to redesign & Tuckerize it.  I made a few changes.  I decided on 12″ finished blocks,

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and of course varying shades of purple from Island Batik!

The star points are made using Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I.  Tuckerizing a pattern is one of my favorite things to do, and the Wing Clipper is the best way to make flying geese!

Start by making the small stars that form the center of the large stars.  There is a link to a complete supply list at the end of this blog post.  Make 21 of these double star blocks.

 

Once the star blocks were made I started to work on the cactus.

These blocks make up the cactus.  (See link below for a complete supply list.)

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Marti this quilt is just a simple hug from me to you.  Can’t wait to meet you!

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This quilt is also Tucker approved!  Click here for the Stars Over Tucson Shinning on Lake Havasu  Supply List.

 

Lemoynes Lost in Space

Make It Modern

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

The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for May is to “Make It Modern”!  The Modern Quilt Guild defines ‘modern” as use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space and alternative grid work.  I think I did pretty good.

I decided to make Lemoyne Stars.  Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool was the very first Studio 180 Design tool I used and is one of my favorites!  This tool makes Lemoyne stars in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks.

I went to my EQ8 and began to design.  The drawing above on the left shows the layout for the Lemoyne stars.  The drawing on the right with blue indicates the background I had to fill in.  I chose to use the “Add a Plain Block” option.  This allows me make a block the same size as the quilt center, color it, and move it to the back, behind the stars to fill in the blank spaces.  I also could have used the “Paintbrush” option to color in the background.   However, this does not give me the fabric sizes to cut.

I made my 10 different lemoyne stars and went to the design wall.  I worked on the right side first.  I measured and added a background rectangle to the left and above the green 11″ star.  I then added a rectangle to the blue 10″ star so it was the width as the 11″ star above it.

I continued on, adjusting and measuring, adding background fabric, piecing, tying it all together.

Somehow I couldn’t quite maintain the smooth circle.

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I guess my stars are ricocheting instead of swirling!

I decided to quilt using a tight meander around the stars and then stitch in the ditch through the seams of the stars so they have a 3D effect.  I used the Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend to give the stitches great definition.

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AND then I liked it better turned upside down, so I flipped it!  Lemoynes Lost in Space measures 40″ x 50″.

The background of my quilt is a black batik from Island Batik, it really makes the colors pop!

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Happy Spring!  As always my quilts are pieced with Aurifil thread.  If you want your stars to shine use Island Batik fabrics and your quilt colors will sing!

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Gender Neutral Color Palooza

Baby Quilt

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

I’m so lucky to be an Island Batik Ambassador!  Especially this year.  This year Island Batik has partnered with Accuquilt!  We were given an Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies.  I received the Mix & Match 8″ Block set of dies (Go Cube!).  We were tasked with creating a Baby Quilt.

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This set includes 8 dies & 13 block patterns.  With these dies you can make 72 different block designs! Wowza!

I chose my blocks and started designing in EQ8 to see what it would look like.

Gender Neutral Color Palooza

When I was satisfied with the fabrics and balance I started cutting.

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I pulled my Island Batik fabrics and started with the Diamond Star Block Pattern.

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I needed 8 side triangles for my flying geese units, so I folded my fabric into quarters,  centered it over the die, placed the cutting mat on top and rolled it through the cutter. Presto – 8 side triangles.

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Now this is a fun “Gender Neutral Color Palooza” Baby Quilt!  It measurers 38″ x 56″.  It was lovingly pieced with Aurifil Thread, filled with Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and creatively cut with my Accuquilt Go Cutter!  Not to mention these fabulous colorful fabrics from Island Batik!

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