Tag Archives: Wing Clipper I

Tuckerization

Tuckerization, to Tuckerize. V.  The process of taking traditional quilt block instructions and applying process improvement techniques with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Tools!

I taught a Shaded Four Patch workshop last month and have been slightly obsessed with them ever since.  I keep looking for them everywhere.  I was at a quilt retreat with some fellow Certified Instructors and one them showed me a book by Sally Schneider called “Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen, or a King, Twin, or Lap”.  There are some beautiful quilts in this book with layouts for King, Queen, Twin or Lap size (hence the title of the book). There are several quilts that contained the Shaded Four Patch Unit.  I decided to make “Happy Days”.  I love her layouts but there are better ways to construct the units for the blocks.

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Happy Days

Can you see the Shaded Four Patch Units in the quilt above?

Above is a deconstructed block using four Shaded Four Patch units.  I absolutely love how using the background fabric for the narrow strip and the rectangle  give you this pennant effect.

By using Studio 180 Design’s Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet and the Tucker Trimmer I  was able to make oversized units and square them up perfectly.

These little beauties are Combination Units made with my Tucker Trimmer I.  When you put 4 units together it makes this great looking pin wheel for the center of the block.  These are 2″ finished units. You can make these in 11 sizes with your Tucker Trimmer.

Above is the deconstructed block consisting of the combination units center and 4 Flying Geese made with my Wing Clipper I.  You can make flying geese in 10 sizes from 1″ to 10″ with the Wing Clipper

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The inner border was made using Quarter Square Triangles, which I made using my Tucker Trimmer.  I Tuckerized the heck out of this quilt!

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Below are more blocks containing the Shaded Four Unit.

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These two blocks are made exactly the same, with the same fabric.  The only difference is that the shaded Four Patch units in the corners are turned different ways.

These blocks all contain Shaded Four Patch Units.

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The quilt on the cover of “Love of Quilting” for Jan/Feb 2017 contains Shaded Four Patch Units and can be Tuckerized  with your Trimmer I and Square/Squared tools.  I would say Studio 180 Design Tools give you Quilting Clarity!

 

Summer Solstice

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

Summer Solstice

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.

 

Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler

I have been working tirelessly on getting class samples done.  The other night I dreamt about a quilt I started almost 8 years ago.  I had the 12 blocks done and had the fabric needed to complete it all together.  So I made it a priority to “get her done”!

I think it was in 2008 that I and my friend Judy signed up for a class at What’s Your Stitch “N” Stuff Quilt Shop in Virginia Beach.  It was called “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler.  Taught by Sue Troyan and her alter ego “Aunt Pitty Pat.

Sue Troyan

Sue Troyan has been quilting for nearly 30 years, and teaching for nearly as long.  Sue specializes in teaching technique classes to quilters of all levels of experience.  She does “almost everything, except machine quilting”, and especially enjoys hand applique’. A charter member of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, Sue has had a number of her reproduction quilts exhibited at Quilts, Inc. shows including Houston, Chicago, and Long Beach, CA as well as the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado. Her deep interest in antique quilts and American history caused her to create the character of “Aunt Pitty Pat”, a lady of a certain age from the nineteenth century who teaches the needle arts to young ladies and gentlemen.  Her specialty is, of course, quilting.  Sue, and Pitty, take great pleasure in visiting quilters guilds and shows, where Pitty shares her experiences and insights into the art we all love.  Currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA, Sue lives with her husband Bill.

It was a great class, we had loads of fun.  So this is for you Sue, I finally finished “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler. I just love it!  I must say, making the 200 flying geese was much easier using Studio 180’s Wing Clipper I.

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Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler

Northern Neighbors

Deb Tucker’s Northern Neighbors pattern features intricate maple leaves and flying geese.  The pattern makes two sizes: Twin (70″ x 95″) & King (104″ x 104″).  I bought the fabric for this quilt over a year ago and had the units cut and ready to sew together into blocks but I became overcome by events!  It was my goal to “get her done” before the year end and I did!

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Northern Neighbors Maple Leaf

This is my favorite leaf block.

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Deconstructed Maple Leaf

The leaf block is made using Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper 1 for flying geese, Corner Beam and Split Rects tools for great leaf point definition.

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One Block

I made the twin size, so I made 6 of these blocks.

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Northern Neighbors

It really is a beautiful quilt.

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Northern Neighbors Label

Can’t wait to see what next year brings.

How Many Geese in that Formation?

I’m getting ready for some upcoming trunk shows and decided to make some Studio 180 Design Tool samples.  There are 8 Fundamental Tools (not counting Tucker Trimmer 2 & Wing Clipper 2).  The Tucker Trimmer 1 makes Half Square Triangles, Quarter Square Triangles & Combination Units in 11 sizes from 1 inch to 6 inches.

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Above are Quarter Square Triangles in 11 sizes.

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The Wing Clipper 1 makes Flying Geese in 10 sizes from 1 inch to 10 inches.

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The Square Squared Tool makes 6 sizes from 1 inch to 6 inches.

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The Corner Beam Tool makes 11 sizes from 1 1/2 inches to 6 1/2 inches

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The V Block Tool makes 11 sizes from 1 1/2 inches to 6 1/2 inches

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The Split Rects Tool makes 8 sizes from 1 inch to 8 inches.

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The Diamond Rects Tool makes 5 sizes from 2 1/2 inches wide to 10 1/2 inches wide.

With the Corner Pop Tool you can choose from any of the 22 size options and remove a corner from a base shape such as a square, rectangle, pieced unit or block and leave the necessary 1/4″ seam allowance in tact.

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The block above is made from V Block and Corner Beam Units.

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I made 4 of the blocks but this time I popped of corners of the V Block & Corner Beam units before I put the blocks together, making this very interesting wall hanging.

Next I need to make samples for the Rapid Fire Hunters Stars and Lemoyne Star Tools.  Happy quilting!

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A Goose of a Different Feather

I was going through some magazines from last year and saw a quilt made by Catherine Hughes that had a block in it that contained different kind of Flying Geese units, the background of the geese were half square triangles.  I decided to Tuckerize it, which meant  I would use my favorite Studio 180 Design Tools.

I decided to make a 10″ finished size block containing a 5 1/2″ center square. The Studio 180 Design method of making flying geese using the Wing Clipper 1 uses one large square and four small squares.  For this project the small squares would be half square triangles instead of just squares.  The cut size of the flying geese would be 3″ by 5 1/2″.  To determine what my large square and small squares should be I checked the chart that comes with the Wing Clipper 1. I cut the large square 6 1/2″. The cut size of the small squares should be 3 1/2″.  Now I went to the chart that comes with my Tucker Trimmer I.  For half square triangles that finish 3″ the cut size is 3 1/2″ which meant my starter squares should be 4″. Whew that was a mouthful!  For 3 blocks I cut 6 red – 4″ squares and 6 black – 4″squares.

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On the back of the red squares use your Magic Wand and draw diagonal lines on either side.

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Place 1 red square on each black square.

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Sew on the lines.

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Cut apart between the sewn lines.

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Press toward the dark.

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Square up to 3 1/2″ using your Tucker Trimmer I.

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Using your Magic Wand draw diagonal lines on the wrong side of the half square triangles.

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Place a 6 1/2″ square right side up and position 2 half square triangles wrong sides together as shown nudging the half squares triangles in from the corners about a 1/16″.

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Sew on the drawn lines and cut apart.

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Press toward the small triangles.  Position another half square triangle as shown again nudging away from the corner 1/16′.

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Sew on the lines and cut apart.

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Press toward the small triangle.

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First trim.

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Rotate unit, second trim.

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Block layout. Cut 3″ squares for the block corners.

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Repeat process to make 3 blocks.  Cut one 15 1/2″ square and cut diagonally twice to make the side triangles.  Sew the side triangles to blocks as shown.

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I cut 4 – 1 1/2″ red strips for the inner border and 4 – 2 1/2″ black strips for the outer border.

I’m a Double Nudger

I spent last weekend having a blast at White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors. We try to get together at least once a year for a reunion.  We share Ideas and help each other.  If you are looking for a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, go to Studio180Design.net and click on the Certified Instructor tab and you will see there are many of us available to teach.  Here are some of us at the reunion.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA While at the reunion I worked on my Northern Neighbors quilt.    It only take 3 techniques to make this block: Wing Clipper (Flying Geese), Corner Beam & Split Rects.  Below is a block:

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What do I mean by being a ‘Double Nudger”?  When I’m making Corner Beam units I nudge the side triangles down just a nudge and then sew them down as shown below:

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Press toward the triangle and add the other side triangle again nudging it down just a bit before sewing it.

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It makes all the difference when you learn to nudge!

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This is my favorite leaf block!

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