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Patriotic Lemoynes

It is late March 2020. Most of us are quarantined inside. At least those of us in New York are! I had planned to schedule a class at Stash away Quilt Shoppe in Rome NY, for a Quilt of Valor using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler. I decided to just post the lesson here and share it with anyone who would like to make Patriotic Lemoynes.

I went to my EQ8 software and designed this quilt for Lynn. This is a great skill builder for those that took the Tucker University Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star class but haven’t made a project yet. This quilt measures 68″ X 82″ with 20 – 12″ finished Lemoyne star blocks. The supply list and instructions are available here for download.

Studio 180 Design Tools required: Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star & Tucker Trimmer III. You will also need a 6″ x 12″ ruler with 45 degree lines.

Understanding the “Cutting Chart”.  The chart in the tool instructions gives you valuable information for 10 Finished Size Blocks:  Cut Size of Star Strips, Cut size of Background Strips, Minimum Strip Length for One Block & Approx. # of Diagonal Cuts from Full WOF strips. For 12” finished blocks, you need a minimum of 24” star & background strips to be able to make one block.

Block Construction: (Width of Fabric – WOF)

Background Fabric: Cut 20 – 4 3/4″ WOF strips

Red Star Points: Cut 10 – 3 1/4″ WOF strips

Blue Star Points: Cut 10 – 3 1/4″ WOF strips

Step 1 – Make 2 piles of 10 background strips right sides up – side by side.  At the top, mark 10  “A” & 10 “B”.

Establish the starting point for placement of our star strips by making two additional marks  down from the top of the strip, on the inside edges of each strip,  the same width as our strip is wide. Our background strips are 4 ¾” wide.  OR simply fold top right corner over to the left edge for “A” matching raw edges and top left corner over to the right edge for “B”.

Step 2 – Position a star strip right sides together with each of the background strips starting 4 ¾” down from the top.

Step 3 – Using your Best ¼” Seam, Stitch the “A” strip on the right side & the “B” strip on the left side.  (Do not use a scant ¼” seam.)

Step 4 – Press:  The “A” strip should be pressed toward the  background strip. The “B” strip should be pressed toward the Star Strip. Remember “whatever you are press toward goes on top”! 

Step 5 – Position:  Move the strips to the  cutting mat and layer the strip pairs right sides together, background strip to background strip & and star strip to star strip.  The long seams should nest. 

Step 6 – Cut:  Make a 45 degree angled cut.  Use your Lemoyne Star ruler to help insure you get a good 45 degree angle by lining up the ruler edge with the stitching line and bumping another ruler ap against the angled edge.

Step 7 – Cut the 1st Unit:  Each Cut Should be the same measurement as the Star Strip Width (3 ¼” wide). 

Step 8 – Second Cuts:  Cut one set and trim side triangles.  Using your 6” x 12” ruler, place a line on the top edge of the just cut unit and slide to the right until the ruler touches point from the star fabric.  Trim up the right side of the ruler.  See tool instructions for left hand cutting. In the tool instructions you are told cut all the units then trim the side triangles.  I find the students are less confused if they cut the unit and immediately cut the side triangle.

Tip:  Label two paper plates One “A” & one “B”.  I also add pressing instructions from Step 11: “A” units are pressed toward the star point. “B” units are pressed toward the background fabric.

Righties – “A” strip is on top & “B” strip is on the bottom.  Once cut, place “A” unit on plate marked “A” & “B” unit on plate marked “B”. 

Lefties – “B” is on top & “A” is on the bottom.  Place “A” unit on plate marked “A” & “B” unit on plate marked “B”. 

NOTE:  IF Left Handed, It will be beneficial to flip each of the pairs over from east to west so that they look like the pairs trimmed by right handed cutters. 

Cut side triangles and place one on each plate.  Continue cutting sets and side triangles.

Step 9 – Lay Out:  Take your plate of “A” units to the sewing machine.

Step 10 – Position & Stitch:  Position the side triangle right sides together with the pieced unit.  Raw edges even and  triangle centered over the pieced unit.  Stitch, continue to chain stitch all the “A” units & then all the “B” units.

Step 11 – Press Carefully:  Take the “A” units to the ironing board.  “A” units are pressed toward the star points, therefore place your chain stitched units with the star points facing up. Trim threads, place back on “A” plate.

“B” units are pressed toward the background fabric, therefore place your chain stitched units with the background fabric facing up.  Trim threads, place back on “B” plate. 

STOP – BEFORE YOU TAKE ANOTHER STITCH!

Step 12 – Trim:  Take all you units to the cutting mat.  Place your units at a 2:00 position to be able to comfortable trim the two sides.   Trim all your “A” & “B” units to an exact size using the 12” lines.

Step 13 – Examine/Position:  You will now have pieced half square triangles that will fit together perfectly.  Nest the seams and pin.

Step 14 – Stitch:  Stitch the pieced triangle units together, first into pairs, then into half blocks and then into complete blocks.  Stitch from the star center outward.

Step 15 – Press:  Option #1 press all seams open. Option #2 press seam in the same direction as all the other seams in the unit. I press my seams open.  Trim the Dog Ears at the star center.

Lay out four units.

Choose two units.  Pin the nested seams and pin star point.

Press seams open.

Join halves pin the nested seams, match & pin the center.  Stitch.

Step 16 – Trim to 12 ½” using your Tucker Trimmer III: If right handed, place the half circle in the upper right hand corner.  Center the common diagonal line and the 12 ½”” size diagonal line on the seams of the block.  Trim up the right side and across the top. Lift the tool, rotate the block, centering as before but also using the clean up lines on the edges just trimmed. Trim up the right side and across the top. See Tucker Trimmer tool instructors for complete left hand cutting.

Two WOF background strips & two WOF star strips will yield 2 – 12” finished lemoyne star blocks.

Twenty 12 ½” Lemoyne star blocks done! 

Sashing:  Cut 6 – 2 ½” WOF strips.  Sub Cut into 16 – 12 ½” strips.  I stitch four sashing strips between 5 blocks and measure the row length to determine the size of the vertical sashing strips. 

Vertical Sashing:  Cut 14 – 2 ½” WOF strips.  You may need less if don’t mind piecing several together.  I just stitched two 2 ½” WOF strips together and cut to fit.  Once the vertical sashing is complete and rows are joined, measure the width through the center and cut the top and bottom sashing and stitch to the quilt top.

Cut 8 – 5 ½” WOF. Strips.  Measure the length of the top to determine side border length.  Once the side borders are stitched, measure the top width through the center to determine the final borders for the top and bottom.

Binding:  You will need approximately 8 strips for the binding.

This project was Tucker approved!

#Studio180Design #DebTucker #RapidFireLemoyneStar #TuckerTrimmerIII #EQ8 #Bernina #ReliableIrons #Olfa #AurifilThread

Making Us Laugh Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens “Making Us Laugh Blog Hop”! I don’t know if I will make you laugh, but I hope I make you smile!

Some of my Fiesta collection.

I bought this fabric by Alexander Henry in 3 colorways. It is called California, based on Fiesta dishware by Homer Laughlin.

My contribution was to design a One Block Wonder around one repeat of fabric, and then speed it up! I’ve had this fabric for 5 years. Watch me design a OBW in 13 minutes.

Fiesta OBW Fast Forward
OBW #73 Fiesta 2

Below are the links for “Make Me Laugh” blog hop:

Wednesday March 18

Life in the Scrapatch

The Darling Dogwood

Words & Stitches

Websterquilt

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Podunk Pretties

Thursday March 19

Just Let Me Quilt

BeaQuilter

Patchouli Moon Studio

Selina Quilts

Phoebe Moon Designs

Den syende himmel

Karen’s Korner

Friday March 20

If These Threads Could Talk

Kathleen McMusing

Samelia’s Mum

Seams To Be Sew

Quilt Fabrication

Ms P Designs USA

Monday March 23

One Circle Quilting

Quilt Schmilt

Devoted Quilter

Tuning My Heart Quilts

Home Sewn By Us

Farm Quilter

Tuesday March 24

Songbird Designs

Bumbleberry Stitches

Quilting Gail

Just Because Quilts

Patchwork Breeze

MooseStashQuilting

Hallucinating with my Spirit Animal

I was entertaining my self with Facebook when I saw a post by my friend and fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, Karen Overton The Quilt Rambler. Here is some of what she wrote: “The idea began with a talented quilter named Jessica of Jessica Quilter also known on Instagram as @Jessicaquilter. Seems the good folks at Just Wanna Quilt picked up on her inspiration and ran with it! More details can be found here on the JWQ website. Jessica had an idea to use a little bit of her favorite fabrics from her “inventory” and the rest they say is history”. Karen was chosen as a Featured Designer, you can read the rest of The Quilt Rambler’s blog Inventory Quilt Project here.

I was inspired to check my “Inventory”

I had this wonderful collection by Tula Pink called Spirit Animal. I have had this fabric in my “Inventor” for over two years.

I decided to make Hallucination by Deb Tucker. This is a great pattern to get yourself acquainted with the Wedge Tool. You will also need a Tucker Trimmer III. To accomplish a scrappy Hallucination I had to put on my Rose colored glasses. I needed light, medium and dark fabrics. Whenever I have trouble sorting fabrics by value I use red lenses to help.

I began cutting my large wedges for Block “A” which consisted of medium and dark wedges.

Once the wedges are cut position a dark wedge with a medium wedge aligning the raw edges, being sure to always put the dark wedge on top. This will assure you will alternate between dark and medium wedges in your block. Stitch into pairs using your best 1/4″ seam allowance.

Remove the “dog ears” and “sliver trim” the wedge pair by aligning the common diagonal line on your Tucker Trimmer with the seam and trim the dog ears, and true up the 90 degree angle. Note there may be just a few whiskers trimmed here.

Continue for all the “A” Blocks and the “B” Blocks.

You need to make a halfway registration mark on all 8 wedges of all “A” & “B” Blocks. You can do this by placing the center line of the wedge tool on the seam and mark on the right side of the fabric with a removable marker. My thin chalk pen broke so I folded the wedges in half matching the seams and then pressed with my iron to give a centerfold line.

Block A: Position the dark wedges north, south, east and west on your cutting mat. Align the 10 1/2″ sizing line and the common diagonal line with the registration marks and the intersection of the lines with the center of the block. Trim up the side and across the top. Rotate realign and trim again. The dark wedges are trimmed so we can add corners to the block. The medium wedges will be trimmed after the corners are added.

Center the oversized corner triangles over the just trimmed dark wedges and stitch. Press toward the corner triangles.

Using your Tucker Trimmer III, align the common diagonal and the 10 1/2″ sizing line with the registration marks and lines intersecting over the center of the block, trim up the side and across the top. Rotate the block and trim again.

Block B: Position the light wedges north, south, east and west on your cutting mat. Align the 10 1/2″ sizing line and the common diagonal line with the registration marks and the intersection of the lines with the center of the block. Trim up the side and across the top. Rotate realign and trim again. The light wedges are trimmed so we can add corners to the block. The medium wedges will be trimmed after the corners are added.

Center the oversized corner triangles over the just trimmed light wedges and stitch. Press toward the corner triangles.

Using your Tucker Trimmer III, align the common diagonal and the 10 1/2″ sizing line with the registration marks and lines intersecting over the center of the block, trim up the side and across the top. Rotate the block and trim again.

Block C:

Cutting the Diamonds for Block C: Lay your strip horizontally on the cutting mat. Using your wedge tool align the edge of the Wedge Star tool with raw edge of the strip close to end of the strip. Using another ruler with a 45 degree line, bump it up to slanted edge of the Wedge Star tool, this helps to establish the 45 degree angle. Cut, keep cutting till you have the desired number of diamonds.

Lay out your small wedges and diamond units as shown. Position a small wedge from the right hand side of the top of the diamond. Match the point of the diamond with the corner of the wedge and align the raw edges.

Stitch with the diamond on top.

Press toward the diamond. Remember “whatever you are pressing toward, goes on top”!

Trim off the dog ear. Position a remaining small wedge to the other side of the diamond point. Align the raw edges and center the shapes right sides together. Press toward the small wedge. Trim the each diamond wedge using the 10″ line in the Diamond Trim Down Section on the Wedge Star tool.

Lay out the Diamond Wedges and the dark Large Wedges for the C Block.

Consistently place a diamond Wedge on top of a dark Large Wedge right sides together.

Stitch the point end first. Press seams open. Trim the dark wedges as before and add the triangle corners. Trim the block with your Tucker Trimmer III.

In fact be sure you press all seams open during block construction. I find the Strips Stick very helpful!

Lay out your finished A, B & C blocks, stitch into rows. Add your inner and outer Borders.

I’m loving this scrappy version of Hallucination!

This project was Tucker approved with Aurifil Thread, Quilters Dream Batting, my Reliable Iron, and the Strip Stick. Not to mention my wonderful Studio 180 Design Tools.

The Tree of Wisdom – OBW #74

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

I just couldn’t help my myself. I love trees, and these are my colors!

When I saw this panel I just had to make a One Block Wonder (OBW). The Tree of Wisdom fabric line was designed by Kerry Darlington for Northcott Fabrics. Tree of Wisdom can be found at your local quilt shop and at Keepsake Quilting.

When I approach making a OBW using panels, the first thing I want to know is how wide the panel is. This panel is 24″ including the borders. I did not want to include the borders, I prefer the panel to merge with the hexies as seamless as possible.

The strip width you choose to determines the finished hexagon size:

3.75” strip width = 6.0” Finished Hexie

3.50” strip width = 5.5” Finished Hexie

3.25” strip width = 5.0” Finished Hexie

3.00” strip width = 4.5” Finished Hexie

2.75” strip width = 4.0” Finished Hexie

2.50” strip width = 3.5” Finished Hexie

2.25” strip width = 3.0” Finished Hexie

2.0” strip width = 2.5” Finished Hexie

When I measured the panel without the borders it was 20″. Therefore I cut my aligned strips 3.25″ wide for 5″ finished hexagons.

I start designing around the panel until I get a design I like. Because I know my finished hexies will be 5″ wide, I know there will be 4 hexies across the top and the bottom of the panel. That is why the second photo is offset, so I know which row of hexies will be on the right side of the panel.

I stitch my hexies into four goups: the left, right, top & bottom. I never trim my panel until I’m ready to attach the hexie sections.

I started with the top of the panel. I did not want to trim off my points, so I turned the edges under 1/4″ and pressed well, top stitching the hexies to the panel.

I match up the dog ears at the top and stitch the right side leaving a partial seam. This allows me to match up the dog ears of the right section with the bottom section of hexies. I decided not to trim these hexies either, so I Pressed under the edges to prepare for top stitching.

I have now completed the partial seam on the right of the panel and can now match up the dog ears on the left side of the panel at both the top and the bottom.

As you can see, I need to camouflage where the bottom hexies hit the bottom of the panel.

Can you tell where the bottom hexies hit the panel? To find out how I do this, download here:

Thank you Northcott fabrics and Kerry Darlington for this beautiful fabric.

#northcott #treeofwisdom #aurilthread #therstripstick #reliableirons #quiltersdreambatting

A Few of My Favorite Things

World Wide Quilting Day is March 21, 2020. I will be participating in a Blog Hop to celebrate. The theme is “Making Us Laugh”.

My assigned day is Friday March 20th. I was working on my secret project for the blog hop and using my Reliable iron and started thinking about some of the tools I love while making quilts (besides my all time favorite Studio 180 design tools)! Is it too much to say I’m in love with this iron? I love a substantial iron that produces great steam!

The Velocity 260IR’s patented built-in steam generator produces up to 55% more steam than traditional steam irons for perfect ironing in less time.  While traditional irons are prone to leaking and spitting, the Velocity irons use a patented 2-heating element and micro-pump technology that pre-heats the water and turns it into steam before it reaches the soleplate. The Velocity 260IR iron will give you perfect constant steam at even the lowest temperatures, yet are 100% safe for all fabrics.

Beside using my Reliable iron every day, I use my Original Big Board. I love this sturdy Ironing board. It is so well made it will last forever!

Get all the space you need while pressing and cutting with this board. The generous work surface of The Original Big Board™ now has its own fold away legs and can be set up as quickly as an ironing board.  Plus, it folds flat to less than 2-1/2″ in height for easy storage under a bed or in a closet.

While working on my secret project I used my Strip Stick. As someone who has made 73 One Block Wonders I can truly appreciate how easy the Strip Stick makes it to press every seam open without disturbing the seams that have already been pressed!

The Strip Stick, so-named for pressing seams when strip quilting, makes ironing seams a snap without distorting previously pressed seams.  Other uses include the ability to press intricate piecing, such as one-block wonders and other blocks with intersecting seams. Quilters are excited to have a tool that not only keeps the seams very straight, but also cuts pressing time to a minimum!

My favorite way to finish my quilts is with Quilter’s Dream Batting.

Quilter Dream has 12 different battings for you to choose from (Sold at your favorite local quilt shop). My favorite Quilters Dream Cotton Select, it is 100% Pure Cotton Batting. They start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8″ apart. No prewashing necessary! Available in Natural and White in four lofts: request, select, deluxe and supreme.

I use the Quilters Dream Poly Request & Select for my class samples because Poly doesn’t have the memory cotton has. Quilters Dream Poly uses an exclusive blend of the new fine microfibers. Dream Poly has exceptional drape, breathability and comfort surpassing all other polyester battings.  Quilts beautifully! Available in three lofts in pure white: request, select and deluxe.

Just a few of my Class Samples!

Join us in the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day March 21, 2020.

#reliableirons #quiltersdreambatting #thestripstick #theoriginalbigboard #studio180design

UPS Angel – Judy Jackson Update

I’m so happy, Judy Jackson called this morning to say she received the OBW quilt I made her. She is absolutely thrilled and loves the quilt. Included in our thank you to Judy were hats made by my sister and chocolates!

I am so grateful to you for caring and doing a wonderful job. Thank you for finding my quilts!

Half Way Between Galentines & Valentines Day

Last Valentines day I posted my Hearts Abound Wall Hanging for Island Batik. Today I taught this class and posted the photo of the wall hanging again. Everyone wants the supply list, So I am posting it here. Remember I’m a Dyed in Wool, Drank the Kool Aid Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor and this Supply List is based on Studio 180 Design Tools: Square Squared, Wing Clipper I, Tucker Trimmer I & Magic Wand. Enjoy

Judy Jackson This OBW (#72) Is For You

As most of you know, in January I was teaching and visiting family in Lake Havasu, Arizona. I had shipped 15 of my OBW’s there for a trunk show. When I shipped them back to NY, UPS lost them. The quilts were lost track of and didn’t make to the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) in Illinois. I notified the UPS Store in Lake Havasu, they launched an investigation. My sister Mary started calling UPS. She was transferred from person to person and finally Judy Jackson (in a sort of Lost Found) answered the phone. Thank God! Judy began tracing my quilts and called us often with updates. Within days the quilts were located in UPS Corporate Offices in Georgia. The box had split apart and the label had come off. I sent photo’s of the quilts to Judy, plus my quilts are labeled with my name and State. I also had a list of the quilts in the box and my mailing address. My quilts were overnighted to me. Joy, Joy Joy! I have made 72 One Block Wonders, but I only have 19 myself. Most were given as gifts. My OBW’s were irreplaceable.

I’ve had this fabric by Timeless Treasures in my OBW stash for about 10 years. It is politically incorrect as there are no female delivery people. But I just could not resist making Judy a OBW using this fabric.

It made really cool Blocks.

As I played with the design I shared photo’s on Facebook. I was told it looked like a murmuration. I had to look it up – it is an organized formation when a flock of birds fly and change direction!

It is a very cool quilt to look at and identify where the blocks came from in the original fabric.

Pretty Cool!

This is the label on Judy’s quilt. Always find a way to label your quilts!

Join Me for a One Block Wonder Workshop

Make your reservation now at the Strong House Inn May 14 – 17, 2020 for a One Block Wonder Workshop.

Strong House Inn – 94 West Main Street – Vergennes, VT 05491 – Amy Djordjevic, Innkeeper – Phone:  (802) 877-3337 – StrongHouseInn@Gmail.comwww.StrongHouseInn.com

Join me (Jackie O’Brien, aka Quilt Ninja) for a creative journey learning to making a kaleidoscope/hexagon block using one fabric or pre-cut panels.  I have made 71 One Block Wonders.  Two of my quilts are featured in Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders of the World”.

In this class I will guide you to: Identify & cut 6 fabric repeats – Align the repeats – Cut equilateral triangles – Sew the hexagon blocks – Sort the blocks by predominate color – Design with the hexagons

The blocks are made from one fabric with very little waste!  You cut and sew equilateral triangles forming hexagons and then design with these kaleidoscopic blocks.  There are NO “Y” seams.

Because this quilt features one repeated block, design involves playing with the colors and shapes in any way you choose.  The quilt you produce will have more energy and movement than the original fabric.

Hug a Quilt Today!

I have declared it “Hug A Quilt Day”! I lovingly carried all my quilts back down to Tuckerville. I hugged each one as they were either hung or folded on a shelf. I’m so happy my quilts are home! Thank you all for your prayers, kind words and support!