Pat Sloan: Free patterns from my guests Heather Jones and a quick and cute project from the American Patchwork Archives!
The love of the story behind a quilt maker is something Linzee McCray and I share. As a freelance writer, she regularly writes articles for American Patchwork & Quiltings' family of magazines and also writes for other companies like Moda, and the Etsy blog. Linzee's book 'Art Quilts of the MidWest' are stories from quiltmakers about how their surroundings have influenced them. You might be surprised!
I am forever fascinated by quilts that are more realistic. Taking a photo and recreating it in cloth with fabric choices is a really fun process. Sue Rasmussen's work is diverse and amazing. I asked her to join me to talk about making quilts from photos. That is just one of the many things Sue does! So she will giv us the insider tips on this technique.. yeah!
I have had the great pleasure of meeting my friend Heather Jones years when I interviewed her. Over the years Heather has inspired me with her writing, with her quilts and with enthusiasm for making. Heather and I are going to talk about her first book called 'Quilt Local' that has 40 projects inspired by every day. And we'll chat about color and quilting your own quilts!
Time for my Fall 2015 Quilt Challenge! My challenges this year have been to use up your SCRAPS.... this is a GOOD thing right? Because then you have more ROOM for new things.. like my fabric... wink!
My family has a fall tradition. We take time to go outside in the evening and look at the night sky. Once the air becomes crisp and clear, pull on a sweater and stand out under the stars, then Make a Wish!
'Little Wishes' is the name of my Scrap Happy Star block! Fall is a GREAT time to dig into your scrap stash!
I've decided to use ONLY my Moda fabric lines PLUS the black and white polka dot for my star points, this is going to be SO fun!
Here is my layout.. Scraps, black and white polka dots, markers for the background squares, rotary cutter and 6.5" square ruler for trimming.
The Challenge Details..
Cut a lot of scraps into 2.5" squares. Use up left over jelly rolls, ends of Fat Quarters, extra scraps you have to use up
Cut 3.5" background squares
Cut 4" light background squares for HST
Cut 4" star point squares. I am going to use the same fabric for all the points
Use my Little Wishes Star block pattern (see below)
Start sewing Little Wishes blocks!
By Nov 1 make a crib size or larger quilt TOP to share!! Woohoo! I will put a page up on Nov 1 for you to share your quilt TOP (note the word top, although i will give extra brownie points for it being quilted). Then on Nov 15 I'll pick someone to win a prize from me!
Here is a refresher on how to make 2 Half Square Triangle blocks (HST) from squares. The size above is what I use in my stars.
Between now and then I'm going to post some options, inspirations, and have some photo sharing so we can share our progress
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