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Thursday, April 28, 2011

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Time to use those wonderful 2 1/2" strips, or cut them from our Fat Sixths (12"x 22").  Just a little warning here, though.  This pattern only works if your strip pack has 2 each of 20 different fabrics--Timeless Treasures Tonga and Anthology Fabrics work.  So do the Fat Sixths, because you get 4 half strips from each.  The math is the reason.  One strip yields 1 1/2 blocks, so we use 2 identical strips (or 4 half strips) to get 3 blocks. 

The patterns also needs 3/4 yard for centers, and 3/8 yard or 1 Fat Quarter for the little background filler.

All pieces are cut the same size, so there is not much to think about--just fun with fabric!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Preview 28

I love medallion quilts--easy ones, that is.  This cheery little quilt uses 20 10" squares or 10 Fat Sixths (12"x 22").  If you have a Layer Cake pack of 40 squares, you could sort them into 2 stacks and make 2 quilts.  It never hurts to get ahead on those baby quilt gifts.

 The quilt finishes 36"x45" or 47"x 56" with a 6" cut border. 

The cover shows the center squares of just 2 different fabric for a Four Patch look.  It can certainly be 4 different fabrics.  This is also one that could feature a special center piece.  The center is 18" finished.  If your center piece is not that big, put a border around it.  That border might be good to set it off, anyway. 

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This charming little quilt uses that little pack of  40  5" squares you picked up.  Add some border fabric, and in no time you have a showcase of a favorite fabric collection. 

It finishes 36"x 45".  Extra yardage needed--1 yd for the bordering, 1/2 yd for binding. 

Can't you also see a special fabric or a little embroidered piece subbed for that center 9" square?  I have some vintage pieces of linens that would be wonderful there--after all of my deadlines are met.

Preview 23

A quick six Fat Quarters makes this easy Streak of Lightning.  Big cuts show off the fabric, and the rectangle shape uses all of the fabric--efficient, and nothing left for the stash scrap bag.  The method of assembly is two simple Nine-Patches.

The patchwork finishes 36"x45", or 42"x 51" with a border.  In addition to the 6 Fat Quarters, you will need 1/2 yard for binding, and 5/8 yard for a 3 1/2" cut border.  If you have 8 Fat Quarters, the extra 2 could be used for a pieced binding.


Dr. Seuss is in the house--a very busy house.  It was time for some fresh new fun for PAINTED MOON, so I chose the Celebrate Seuss fabric from Robert Kaufman. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Preview 26

I haven't posted in forever--it is crunch time for the Spring releases.  Ten new cards by May 13!  Where did the Winter go--many designs on the drawing board, none completely finished.

Now, one is.  I will preview them all here.  The numbers will be out of order--the creative process does not happen in numerical order.

This design is the other half of the old Fryer Patch Two Easy pattern.  KINGS RANSOM was the first half.  Both patterns are big chunky pieces using 12 Fat Quarters, plus 1 yard to fill in the pieced border and binding.

The cover girl is Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane.  Very limey greeney, hand picked by our Jessica.  I had done in previously in Jason Yenter's Bohemian Bedroom, which had a very soft appeal.