Tag Archives: Rapid fire Lemoyne Star

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.

acs_0016

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.

acs_0011-2

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!

acs_0021

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!

#islandbatik #Aurifilthread #Hobbsbatting #HobbsTuscanyCottonWoolBlend #DebTucker #studio180design #RapidFireLemoyneStar

Great Outdoor Blog Hop Week 3

I love Island Batik fabrics, Studio 180 Design Tools & EQ8!  So I wanted to share some of my Sunday morning creativity.

I started with BlockBuster 19 Exploding Lemoynes (you can find all the BlockBuster patterns on http://www.ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com).  There are 3 different color versions of this block.  These blocks require the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool.

BB19 Version 1 block

This is Exploding Lemoynes version 1

BB19 version 1 quilt

This is what happens when you put 4 version 1 blocks together.

BB19 version 2 block

Exploding Lemoynes version 2 block.

BB19 Version 2 quilt

Exploding Lemoynes Version 2 with 4 blocks.

BB19 Version 3 block

Exploding Lemoynes version 3 block.

BB19 version 3 quilt

Exploding Lemoynes version 3 with 4 blocks put together.  These are so cool and easy to make with the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool that makes Lemoyne stars in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks!

I want to share links to Island Batik’s Great Outdoor Blog Hop for week 3:

Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby Lischko, Karen Overton

Tuesday, August 21 – British Rose
Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 – Dear William
The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious Friends
Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Be sure to visit all the links and enter to win “Give Aways”.

#iheartislandbatik #islandbatikfabrics  #studio180design #debtucker #EQ8 #electricquilt

Smooth Sailing with Sugar & Spice

I tried two new quilt patterns in October.  The first one was Smooth Sailing by Pam Goggans.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Smooth Sailing

Pam designed this as a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Diamond Rects and Square Squared tools.  I had never made a Storm at Sea before and I was very pleased with this pattern.  Using the Diamond Rects & Square Squared tools made it easy.  The pattern makes two sizes, 49″ x 58″ and 89″ x 107″.  You can buy Smooth Sailing from Studio 180 Design or from Pam Goggans at Sager Creek Quilts

I just finished making Sugar & Spice by Deb Tucker.  I love, love, love the Lemoyne star. This is a companion pattern for the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star and Tucker Trimmer 1 tools.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sugar & Spice

This pattern was easy and fun. It measures 45″ x 62″.

Sew many quilts to make sew little time!

Quilting is a Pressing Matter

Constellation
I am getting ready for a Rapid Fire Lemoyne star class using the pattern that comes with the ruler. It is called “Constellation”, you end up making every size Lemoyne star from 3″ to 12″.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I wanted to share some organizational tips for making this block. Good pressing skills will make this block a breeze. (For complete details check your ruler instructions) We begin by making our 45 degree cuts.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
After the first cut, move the ruler to cut the side triangle .
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This shows the complete cut.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This is what I find very helpful. I take 2 paper plates and mark one “A” and one “B”. If you are right handed then the top strip was “A” and the bottom strip was “B”. Place the “A” units on the plate marked “A” and the “B” units on the plate marked “B”. Continue cutting your pieces and placing them in the appropriately named plate. Stack up the side triangles to be added later.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This is where we sew on the side triangles.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The best way to accomplish this is to take the “A” units and strip piece the side triangles one after the other.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
When you are done take the strip pieced units to the ironing board. (I know mine needs to be washed). When pressing, “what you are pressing toward always goes on top”! So, for the “A” units I placed the star point side on top, and set the seams.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Then begin to flip back and press. By strip piecing and taking all the units to the iron you avoid the confusion of what way to press the seams.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Take the “B” units to the ironing board and set the seams.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
For the “B” units we are press toward the side triangle so that goes on top.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
We are now ready to trim the units to size.

Homework for Deb Tucker

Last month I posted my excitement for being chosen to attend Deb Tucker Teacher Certification Retreat. Last week I received the email that requests we have an example or project that shows our use of each ruler. THAT”S 9 RULERS! Holy Crap!
Fundamental Rulers:
1. Tucker Trimmer
2. Wing Clipper/Flying Geese units
3. Square/Squared units
4. V-Block units Galaxy
5. Corner Beam/Spotlight units
6. Split Rects

Deb Tucker Samples
This is the Galaxy pattern. I finished the top today. This pattern requires the V-Block and the Tucker Trimmer I. It only has 2 blocks. This pattern has 3 sizes. I chose the smallest at 42″ by 54″. I really like this pattern. I chose the fabrics from my stash. I have to start thinking about how they will photograph.

I have a lot of homework to get done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This is Oak Ridge Stars. I made this last year. This is a terrific pattern. This pattern only requires the Tucker Trimmer I.

Rapid Fire Rulers:
1. Petite Star ruler,
2. Large Star ruler
3. Lemoyne Star ruler.

03 Jackies Constellation
This is a free pattern that comes with the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler. I have made 5 quilts with the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star. I love this ruler, NO “Y” seams!

I have not yet used the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star or the Petite Star Rulers yet. I ordered a couple of patterns from Studio 180 Designs. I will keep you informed of my progress.

Lemoyne Star Class at TQG Spring Fling

I just got home from teaching a Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star class at my local quilt guild; the Tidewater Quilters Guild in Virginia. Every year we host a Spring Fling by the guild members for the guild members. It is an all day celebration of classes, food and prizes. We had a blast. I taught the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star to 17 lovely ladies and 1 brave gentleman. I wore a shirt I made incorporating strips that would be used to make a Lemoyne Star on the front and embroidered directions above each strip: “Strip A, press toward the background, Strip B, press toward the star point. I had a finished lemoyne star on the back. It was a really fun day, with great students who learned a new technique.

TQG Spring Fling

02 Jackie front 2

03 Jackie Back 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sheryl Sugg 2

Sheryl Sugg 3

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA