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
I love Christmas Tree Quilts. I’m always looking for quilt blocks that look like Christmas Trees.
With this block and the Deck the Halls fabric that Northcott gave me to make this quilt, I have a winner.
I love designing with EQ8. Having the option of auditioning the actual fabric I will be using is awesome!
Perfect for cuddling up under in front of a warm fire. You can make this quilt using your Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I tool instructions and these fabric requirements:
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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.
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.
So, of course I opened up my EQ8 to redesign & Tuckerize it. I made a few changes. I decided on 12″ finished blocks,
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.)
Marti this quilt is just a simple hug from me to you. Can’t wait to meet you!
This quilt is also Tucker approved! Click here for the Stars Over Tucson Shinning on Lake Havasu Supply List.
The Island Batik challenge for November is to incorporate a log cabin block or variation into my project. I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s Geese on the Edge Technique Sheet. This is a variation on the Log Cabin block and is a fun way to use your Square/Squared tool, Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I.
My beautiful Island Batik fabrics from left to right: Mr. T Blocks: Arc Pine Needle, Dash-Grasshopper, Seed Circle Custard, Arc Waves Grasshopper, & Sprinkles Playful Pachyderm, & Paisley Dot: Apricot, Candy Corn, Nasturtium, & Item number 121412189.
I have named my original design “Converging Geese” because each block has Flying Geese & Geese on the Edge units, along with Square/Squared units.
Each 16″ block contains 12 – 2″ x 4″ finished flying geese, 4 – 6″ finished geese on the edge & 1 square/squared unit. These Geese on the Edge units are soooo much fun to make! The technique sheet gives instruction for making geese on the edge in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″!
You begin with starter squares, add logs by chain stitching, square up two sides with your Tucker Trimmer.
Using your Wing Clipper trim the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Add a replacement triangle and press toward the triangle.
Trim after every addition of a replacement triangle. Add more logs.
The final trim down is performed when I have four rounds of logs for a 6″ finished geese on the edge unit.
Stitch the flying geese units into sets containing 3 each.
I have created a down loadable pattern for Converging Geese (measures 60″ x 60″) that can be purchased on my If Threads Could Talk Etsy Shop.
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The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for September is “Starstruck”. We must incorporate “stars” into our project. I chose the Hunter Star block and Sue Tuckers award winning quilt pattern “SueNami“. This really fun quilt was made with 5” blocks using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool and measures 68″ x 68″.
This fat quarter friendly quilt requires 8 dark & 8 light fat quarters. I used yardage for light background instead of fat quarters. Of course, all my fabrics are from Island Batik.
Every hunter star block consists of 2 trapezoids, 2 triangles, 4 star points. I made 64 blocks – 32 blocks with dark trapezoids and triangles & 32 blocks with light trapezoids and triangles.
The first layout is with un-trimmed triangles. Take care when laying out the triangles that when ever dark star points come together that none are the same so when the stars are formed, every star point is a different color.
Having a design wall is very helpful.
Once you are satisfied with the balance of color, stitch blocks together, press seam open and trim using your Hunter Star tool. Full instructions are included with the pattern & hunter star tool.
Once your blocks are trimmed, stitch them together into rows.
Join the rows together to complete the quilt center.
The inner border was made with flying geese using Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper I tool. A flying goose with a large light triangle always follows a flying goose with a large dark triangle. This fools the eye into seeing chevrons.
Stitch the geese into pairs, you will then have 8 chevrons from each color fabric. Divide the chevrons into four piles containing 2 chevrons from each color. Decide how you want the colors of your geese to flow, and organize each pile of 16 chevrons, we will use 15 per side. Each strip of stitched chevrons will end up in the same order, with 4 chevrons left over.
The pattern calls for quarter Square triangles as the cornerstones. I decided to use four patches, (there’s a story there). Using Deb Tucker’s Four Patch Square Up tool for the four patches is so quick and easy.
This quilt comes alive with color because of the Island Batik fabrics I used.
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I just finished my quilt containing Deb Tucker’s BlockBuster patterns #1 through #9! Scrapodopolis seems like a pretty good name.
I used the Tucker trimmer 1, Wing Clipper 1, Square/Squared, V Block & Four Patch Square up tools from Studio 180 Design. I was encouraged by fellow Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer to try a block layout a little outside the box, and I totally did!
This is the layout I chose. I did change it up a little.
My blocks are 12″ when finished. that indicated that my Square/Squared units would finish at 6″. I Needed 16 square/squared units and decided the center squares would be cut from 16 different fabric pulled from the blocks & the side triangles would be the same background fabric used in the blocks. The 3″ rectangles on either side of the square/squared units would match the border fabric. The outer borders would finish at 6″ also. I added a 3″ border outer border to enhance the four square/squared units in the border.
Don’t do what I did. I started in the center and stitched the outer square/squared units to the center blocks, (they had to be un-sewed and sewn to the borders pieces). In each of the corners, I stitched a 12″ block to a square/squared unit & stitched a square/squared unit to a 6.5″ square and then stitched it to the block. The two blocks on either side of the center were stitched to a square/squared unit
This is much better. Now there are 3 rows of blocks in the center ready to be stitched together & the border square/squared units are pieced to the border strips.
Once all the pieces were stitched together I decided I needed to add a 3″ outer border so all the units appear to be floating.
I am so pleased with how it came out! My finished quilt measures 67″ x 67″.
I can’t wait to start the next quilt with BlockBuster #10!
This is a great block. 04 Capital T Variation requires the use of your Wing Clipper I, & Tucker Trimmer I. You’ll be making flying geese, combination units and quarter square triangles. The supply list shows 3 block options. I chose the first 3 color combination because I’m using some Kim Diehl fabric with a cream background for all my BlockBuster’s so I can make them into a cohesive quilt when I’m done. You have 3 size choices. I chose to make mine 12″ blocks with 4″ finished units.
All the instructions you need to make the units required for this block are with your Wing Clipper & Tucker Trimmer. In both there are size charts that tell you what size to cut your starter squares depending on the finished or cut size of your units. When making your block you will want to pay close attention to your color placement.
Remember when making your flying geese, your large square becomes the body and small squares become the small triangles in your geese. I have cut my starter squares to make 4 geese with a blue body and gold wings, and 4 geese with a gold body and blue wings.
On the backs of my small squares draw 2 diagonal lines using your Magic Wand.
Position two small squares on your large squares right sides together as shown above paying attention to your fabric choices. Nudge your small squares in toward the center just a thread or two (about a 1/16″). This will give more to trim off later.
Stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
After stitching, cut apart.
Press toward the small triangles. Remember “what you are pressing toward – always goes on top”!
Position one small squares on the corners of the previously pieced units, nudging the squares away from the edges as before.
Stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut apart.
Press toward the small triangles.
Position your flying geese unit pointed toward you (left handers see your Wing Clipper instructions). Align the diagonal lines on your tool with the seams in your unit. As you can see I’m am making a 2″x4″ finished flying geese, so the cut size is 2.5″x 4.5″. Trim the two sides as shown.
Rotate your unit and reposition the Wing Clipper to align the previously trimmed edges and the X at the top with the intersection of the seams and trim again.
Repeat with all your flying geese units. I now have two sets of 2.5″ x 4.5″ flying geese.
Combination Units: after checking my size chart I know my starter squares for 4″ finished units are 5.5″. I cut one gold, one blue and two background squares, all 5.5″.
Combination Units start by making half square triangles.
I grabed my Magic Wand and drew two diagonal lines on the back of one of my gold 5.5″ square. Position the gold square on the blue with right sides together and align the edges. Stitch on both lines using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. and cut apart.
Press toward the dark triangle. Grab your Magic Wand again and draw two diagonal ines on the back of both Half Square triangles.
Position each half square triangle on a 5.5″ background square, right sides together centering it. Stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut apart as shown above.
You now have 4 combination units. Note: this process creates units that are “mirror images”.
Position the Tucker Trimmer over the unit, carefully aligning both diagonal lines with the stitched seams as shown and trim.
Rotate the unit and line up the Tucker Trimmer again. This time be sure to position both diagonal lines and the outline of the square to the exact measurement desired and trim again.
Four beautifully trimmed combination units for the corners of our block.
Quarter Square Triangles: Check your size chart. These are 5.5″ starter squares.
On the back of my gold square I have again used my Magic wand to draw to diagonal stitching lines.
Position the gold square over the blue square, right sides together, aligning the edges. Stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance and cut apart.
Press toward the dark triangles. Using your Magic Wand Draw 2 diagonal lines on the back of one half square triangle.
Position the two half square triangles right sides together, making sure the colors are opposite each other (my gold is against the blue and vice versa) carefully nesting the seams as shown above.
Stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut apart and press swirling the centers as shown above.
Position the Tucker Trimmer over the unit carefully aligning both diagonal lines over the seams lines of the unit. Trim two sides as shown.
Rotate the unit and line up both diagonal lines again along with the outline of the unit to the exact measurement desired and trim. Only one quarter square triangle is needed for this block center.
Layout your units as shown above being careful of color placement. Notice the body of my geese follow the colors in the quarter square triangle. And the colors in the combination units are the same as the wings on the geese.
Stitch your geese together in pairs as shown above.
Stitch 3 units into a row as shown above.
This shows how I pressed the block. The outside rows were press toward the combination units, while the center row was press toward the quarter square triangle. This allows the rows to nest nicely.
The finished 12″ Capital T Variation block! I love It!
Flying Geese are fun to make when you know how! When you learn to use Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper, you will make 4 flying geese at once. With the Wing Clipper you can make finished size flying geese in 10 sizes from 1/2″ X 1″ to 5″ X 10″. This block is called the 03 Flying Dutchman and consists of 8 flying geese. All the instructions you need to make the flying geese units required for this block came with your Wing Clipper’s instructions. There is a chart with step by step graphics and directions.
I chose the third option in the supply list. Remember the large square becomes the large triangle or body in your flying geese, and the small squares become the side triangles or wings in your units.
I am making my BlockBuster blocks 12″ finished size. That way when I’m done I can make a quilt. When using the Wing Clipper you start with one large square and 4 small squares.
For a 12″ block, my units need to be 3″ x 6″ finished size. According to the chart in my instructions my large square should be cut 7 1/2″ and my small squares should be cut 4″. Because I need 8 flying geese units I cut 2 large squares and 8 small squares.
Take your Magic Wand and on the back of your small squares draw lines diagonally corner to corner as shown above.
Position two small squares on one large square as shown. When positioning, nudge the small squares toward the center a thread or two. This gives you a little more to trim off.
Sew on lines and cut apart as shown above.
Press toward the small triangles. Position another small square as shown above, again nudging the small square away from the edge about 1/16th of inch.
Sew on the lines and cut apart, and press.
You now have 4 oversized flying geese units. Repeat the same process with the second large square and 4 small squares.
You now have 8 oversized flying geese units.
Position your oversized flying geese unit horizontally on your cutting mat, with unit pointed toward you as shown above. Align the diagonal guide lines of the Wing Clipper with the sewn seams of the flying geese unit. Trim the two sides.
Rotate your unit and reposition your Wing Clipper to align clean-up guidelines with the previously trimmed raw edges and trim. Check your instruction for Left-handed trimming.
Lay out your units and sew 2 together to make 4 quarters, pressing your seams in the directions the geese are flying.
Sew your 4 quarters together.
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.
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
The inner border was made using Quarter Square Triangles, which I made using my Tucker Trimmer. I Tuckerized the heck out of this quilt!
Below are more blocks containing the Shaded Four Unit.
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.
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…that would be what Deb Tucker named her pattern:
The bright colors she chose are gorgeous. I chose warm country colors:
My light background fabric has chickens on it, hence the name Rise & Shine. This beautiful quilt finishes at 64″ by 80″.
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.
One of 12 finished blocks that make up this great quilt.