Where I Sew – Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts Rita Hodge is a quilt maker, pattern designer and driving force behind the very colorful and popular Red Pepper Quilts blog. She loves fabric and makes quilts in a bid to work through her very significant fabric stash. Rita’s work space is located in the corner of her home which once used to be a dining area. Much of her fabric and quilting library is stored and displayed in an over-sized dresser that once housed some very fine (but rarely used) china. Rita’s Links: Blog, Etsy Shop, Patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics Where I Sew is a month long celebration of the spaces we create in. pink chalk fabrics ~*~ new arrivals ~*~ free patterns ~*~ on sale
Where Creativity Blossoms: Vintage Hexagon Quilt Find! It’s been a weekend full of cuteness and sadness but now that things are getting back to normal I have some fun posts to share with you. I was so excited when I found this quilt at the first Vintage Flea and Find Market hosted by Glitter Workshop. So – the quilt is pretty big so please forgive that I didn’t get the best overall picture of it…but here it is! All the pieces you see are tiny 2-inch hexagons cut from scraps of polyester and they’re all hand pieced together. I am so so so in love with the color, the texture, the fun of this quilt! The quilt does not have a back.
Starwood Quilter Handmade by Alissa | Modern Quilting jan myers-newberry maybe this is the week of the hyphenated artists! jan myers-newberry is one of those talented, unique, individuals who quietly leaves her mark, breaks fresh trails, and leaves people in awe of her work. yet try to find out anything about her on the internet and it is literally a matter of piecing together bits here and shreds there, but somehow - like her quilts - in assembling the pieces, the whole reveals a deep presence. an impact. a strong, deep talent that has embedded itself in the quilting world, jan is known for her lyrical, geometric, pieced quilts using shibori fabrics of her creation. many of her finished pieces show aspects of the work of victor vasarely, as well as joseph albers and other op artists including bridget riley. but first: what’s shibori? a brief treatise on her work can be read by looking here! i love her use of colour and the textures that emerge from the shibori technique. but enough cleverness! fenestre. fire and ice. homage to albers.
Finished Paintbox Quilt The Paintbox Quilt is finished! This quilt is made with 64 - 6.5" blocks in 32 color combinations (8 by 8 blocks with 1.5" sashing). Each combination is a Kona cotton solid and a monochromatic quilting print. One of the blocks in each combination is made with a printed center and outer ring and the other is made with a solid center and outer ring. I had a hard time deciding how to lay out the blocks for the quilt. In the end, I placed the two black and two chocolate brown squares (the darkest ones) at each of the corners. I alternated the orientation of the squares so the "pulled" corners were going in opposite directions. On the back, I made a pieced panel with a little rectangle of each of the Kona cottons. The letters on the back are just simple Kona cotton appliques, made using this technique. The washed and quilted linen is so incredibly soft, which makes this a very comfy quilt too! I've just written up a quick tutorial for the blocks, which is here.
A Stellar Block - Quilting In The Rain I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Thank you to all that participated in my November fabric giveaway - the winner has been drawn and I've emailed them directly. On a different note, here's a block tutorial that will be featured on Sew We Quilt on the 30th - just wanted to share it with you all first! This block is a different take on the cathedral window design and uses only charm squares (pre-cut 5" squares). Materials for 1 block (measures 9.5" x 9.5" finished): four pre-cut 5 inch squaresfour pre-cut 5 inch squares in solid white Step 1 - Start with one printed and one solid white 5 inch square. Step 2 - Take the solid white 5 inch square and fold all four corners inward as shown below. Step 3 - Place the smaller, folded square on top of the printed square as shown below. Step 4 - Since you sewed from corner to corner in the previous step, the sides of the smaller square should be open, almost like little pockets. Do this for all four sides: And there you have it! Happy quilting!
Cathedral Window Quilt Tutorial The Cathedral Window Quilt pattern is gorgeous. The Origami-like folding of fabric, the jewel like tones of the "windows", the layers of fabric and stitching - all combine to create an amazing, complex looking quilt. The reality is that the process is not that hard, and with a little learning and patience, you can do it quite easily. The Cathedral Window quilt is a quilt-as-you-go project, meaning that there is no backing or quilting to be done once you have finished the quilt top. The quilt simply grows and grows as you make it, and once you've done enough squares to be satisfied, it's done. Brilliant. First, a word about materials. This quilt works really well as a charm quilt, so any scraps of cotton prints you have lying around in your stash will be well served by this pattern.....otherwise, you can think about the design a little more if you want. The pattern here is for a 9 inch square, which is folded and pressed into a block which will give you a 3 inch 'window'. xxx
Easy Way To Cut Triangle Squares I am very glad I decided to take some time putting together my Charming Chevrons Do-It-Yourself Quilt Tutorial, and spread it out over several weeks. This week’s step of making the triangle squares is a very simple process; however it was a little time consuming. It took a total of 3 hours to complete the steps below. That’s not bad considering I’m giving you a whole week to complete it, but I suggest you break it up over a few cutting sessions. It’s too tedious to do all at once! Step 1 – Cutting the Squares in Half (20 Minutes) With your ruler, rotary cutter and mat, slice each pair of sewn squares in half on the diagonal, down the middle on your previously drawn line. Each pair of squares has been sewn together 1/4 inch away from the drawn line, yielding 2 half square triangles per each pair of charm squares (following last week’s instructions). I like to stack them up as I cut, keeping the same pairs of colors together. Step 2 – Pressing the Triangle Squares (1 Hour)
Tutorial: How To Draw Hexagon For Quilt Block I can’t remember if I learned this during primary school, but I definitely remember the way my mum taught me while making hexagon quilt blanket for us… using a compass to draw…. My first lesson to sew a hexagon flower quilt block is to draw this cardboard hexagon templates. Till today, I still hear my mum’s voice mumbling in my ears…. “a perfect hexagon flower quilt block comes from precised hexagon templates”….. Until I was a little older, I learned to use an angular ruler to draw hexagons in my formal education, like divide the 360° into 6 part in a circle etc…. Draw your own size of hexagon template by using this tutorial to make your hexagon quilt. Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners
Turn One Fat Quarter Into 5 Yards Of Bias Tape 5 beautiful yards of bias tape that is! I discovered this method a few months back and it rocked my (small, fabric-centric) world. The way I always did it required cutting the first triangle off but then I was stuck with this wasted triangle. This method uses that triangle so there's no waste. Okay, so you start with a fat quarter (remove the selvage). Okay, so fold it over and crease the fold (just run your finger up and down the line hard enough so you can see the crease when you unfold it). That crease is your cutting line so cut along the line. Move your newly cut piece over to the other side. Now stitch them together using a 1/4" seam. Okay, now take a straight edge and mark lines 1 3/4" apart all the way across your fabric. If the end piece is too narrow (it probably will be) then cut it off so all of you lines are equally spaced. Now you're going to fold your fabric (right sides together) so your lines match up (your basically making a tube). Press your seam open. Keep cutting.