The Perfect Square Pair.

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What a perfect pair.  Eleanor Burns’s Dessert Time Quilt pattern and her most popular quilting ruler!  The 6 1/2 Triangle Square Up Ruler.  It makes perfect half triangle squares and quarter triangle squares.  Along with one Jelly Roll and one Layer Cake you can make this stunning quilt.   Click Here to order your ruler.  Click Here to order the pattern.  Watch the video below of Eleanor Burns (creator of this ruler), show both the traditional method and this short cut method with this ruler.

McKenna Ryan Applique Tutorial

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McKenna Ryan is a name known everywhere when it comes to beautiful Applique Quilts.  At first the thought of undertaking such a beautiful task may seem overwhelming, but it’s actually just the opposite.  This tutorial will show you step by step how to make your McKenna Ryan Applique Quilt, using McKenna Ryan’s own technique.  You will definitely be addicted and won’t be able to stop at just one.  Be sure to check out our store’s website for block of the month programs featuring McKenna Ryan’s quilts.

Click Here to see McKenna Ryan’s Kits available from our store.

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Big Hearted Quilt..By Robin Nelson

With Valentines next month, now is the time to start that project for your valentine.  This Big Hearted Quilt by Robin Nelson is from Moda’s Bake Shop.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this quilt on Valentines Day.

1            Moda Candy or Charm Pack – Table For Two – heart
½ yd.     Diamond 1775611 – Table For Two – background 1
½ yd.     Rose 1775513 – Table For Two – background 2
⅜ yd.     Rose 1775613 – Table For Two – binding
1 yd.      Backing fabric
1 yd.      Low loft batting


Layout the heart
Place the 42 – 2.5″ squares from the Moda Candy or Charm Pack on a design wall or floor.

If you are using a Charm Pack, cut 42, 2.5″ squares (obviously more color choice with charm pack).

Audition color placement of squares until you get the color arrangement that you like. It’s fun to play with it. I ended up using darker squares to outline the heart so it would stand out in the photograph. Make the heart more subtle and pixelated looking, by mixing up the colors more.


Cut background squares, strips and complete quilt layout

Cut the squares and strips from background fabrics 1 and 2 as shown on the quilt layout map (it’s at the end of this post).

Following quilt layout map, add background squares and strips to design wall around the heart. It always looks completely wrong to me when laid out like this, but feels great when it all comes together after sewing.

Sew squares and strips to form horizontal rows
Use a ¼” seam allowance throughout this project. It really helps in matching up squares if you sew a consistent seam width, ¼” or scant…

Press seams in opposite direction. This avoids bulk and makes it easy to nest seams when sewing everything together.

Sew the rows together
Start sewing the rows together in the order you like, top to bottom, from center out, bottom to top. Whatever makes sense to you.

Press seams in one direction.

Make a quilt sandwich
Layer backing, batting and quilt top. Baste using pins, spray, or use fusible batting. Quilt simply or more dense, whichever you prefer. This is a good one to try your free motion quilting on because of the size.

One small but Big Hearted quilt for February or anytime. Mine finished at approx. 28.5″ x 29.5″.

In From The Cold

 

Have you seen Kate Spain’s latest holiday fabric In From The Cold?  It has such fun prints and clear bright colours.  When I saw this adorable table runner I just knew the pattern must be shared.  The free instructions can be found at the Moda Cutting Table.

In From The Cold Table Runner

If you are looking for a larger project have a look at “Hot Cocoa” and get a free project sheet from Moda.  Or if you prefer a no fuss approach to getting this project started we have “Hot Cocoa” quilt kits available here.

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What is Indigo you might ask?  According to the Oxford dictionary;

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noun (plural indigos or indigoes)

1.  a tropical plant of the pea family, which was formerly widely cultivated as a source of dark blue dye.

Genus Indigofera, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular I. tinctoria

2.   [mass noun] the dark blue dye obtained from the indigo plant.

a colour between blue and violet in the spectrum:

the deepest indigo of the horizon

 

When I  think of indigo in terms of textiles, quilts immediately come to mind.   Thoughts of old fashioned quilts drying on the clothesline, quaint fabric fortresses fashioned by little ones on a rainy afternoon or picnicking upon in the park nostalgic style quilts.  Quilts from simpler times.

 

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Indigo has such a complicated dyeing process yet the colour scheme traditionally used in these quilts is exceedingly simple, often only two colours….blue and white.  And although these style quilts became popular centuries ago they still maintain their popularity today for both collecting and recreating.

 

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Thankfully we have designers like Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson who are still reproducing these wonderful fabrics today.  For those with a love for Indigo you’ll be happy to know they’ve  just recently introduced a fabric line called “Indigo Crossing” which they partially describe as “Freshly laundered and smelling of lavender, an indigo and white quilt is true comfort.”

 

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Minick & Simpson aren’t the only ones with a love for Indigo.  We came across this charming “Midwest Crossings” quilt  created by Jennifer Overstreet.  Jennifer is both a talented quilter and blogger who was  generous enough to provide a tutorial at Moda Bake Shop where she is a regular contributor.  The tutorial for “Midwest Crossings” can be found here and while your at it be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog over at the Colorful Life of gh quilting.

 

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Fabric requirements for this quilt are as follows and can be found at JellyRollShop.

 1 Indigo Crossings Fat Quarter Bundle or 40 fat quarters.

 3 yards of Bella White

3 1/2 yards for the border and binding of Indigo Crossing by Minick & Simpson for Moda.

 

Midwest Crossing quilt diagram

 

 Start stitching your heirloom today!