Archive for February 2010

A New Type of “I Spy” Quilt

February 22, 2010

Treasure Hunt uses the traditional Indian Hatchet block.  A secondary pattern of a slanted star appears around the blocks.  I enjoy choosing novelty prints that relate to the recipient of the quilt.  Choose fabrics for hobbies, favorite sports teams, type of pet, and other interests.

Moda Marbles or other tone on tone fabrics work wonderfully for the corner triangles.  And if you use a square at opposite corners, stitch from corner to corner of the small square, stitch a second line 1/2 inch away, cut a 1/4 seam line between the two stitched lines, you have a half square triangle to use for another project.

I pieced the inner border with half square triangles to complete the stars into the border.  This pattern is available for order right now through email institchesquilts@gmail.com.  It is fun to do in a lap size for a young couple or crib size for a new baby.  It is also fun to add photo transfer to some of the blocks.

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Child’s Play

February 8, 2010

I have been remaking the sample for the Child’s Play pattern.  I really like the use of a border print in the outer border and the corner squares are easily resized to fit the width of the border print.  Unfortunately the ballerini print is no longer available so I have been playing with other color combinations.  This is a fun pattern to make in floral prints or geometrics.

Pretty In Pink

February 3, 2010

  I had been collecting pink fabrics for quite a while to make this new pattern.  I found the perfect brown (with just a touch of red to blend with the pinks) and started to play with transition within one color.

Maria Paegler, www.quiltsandcreativity.com, is hosting a color of the month on her blog.  January was white and February is pink.  My latest pattern, “Pretty in Pink” is number 9.  The other quilts are awesome and all nine have different tips for working with pinks.  Maria is the author of Color Mastery: 10 Principles forCreating Stunning Quilts. Check out the book at www.colormastery.com.

Trying to transition pinks, I had to audition many prints trying to find the right blend of shades and tints.  Now that I like the arrangement, my dilemma is how to make it larger?  Do I repeat the transition as large rectangles or surround it with further transition?  My idea was not to add borders per se but to have the blocks run to the edge of the quilt.  When I enter quilt stores now, the pinks call to me.