Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Christmas Is Coming

While browsing through Pinterest today I came across some quilted Christmas Tree Skirts and realized it's not too early to be thinking about Christmas. I think this one is a beauty from the fabric choices to the details like the green squares between the star points. I noticed that it is a 10 point star which is a size that you don't often find in quilt blocks.

Stars make a great choice for tree skirts because they are already in a circular shape, so no need to find curved edges to use to trim down your square. There are of course 6 point stars, 8 point stars and really I see no reason why a version of a Mariners Compass wouldn't work out very well, just let your holiday fabrics make it festive.

Several years ago I created a ebook pattern that is available for sale of a Christmas Tree Skirt that uses the lone star quilt block. Diamonds and Y seams are challenging, especially for a new quilter, but it's worth it to add another skill to your quilting tool box. For me, the hardest part of making this tree skirt was actually cutting the slit to make it fit around the tree base.

Time to dig out that holiday fabric!

Happy Quilting,
Jeanne

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Mug Rugs

Here are a few fall mug rug inspirations. I love mug rugs. I use them all the time for my ever present coffee, they're quick and easy to make and it's the perfect venue to try out that block you just found but aren't sure how to use in a full sized quilt. And I can't forget the orphan blocks, great way to use them up too.
These maple leaves are so vibrant and it just goes to show that even though the weather is cooling and gardening is winding down, there's plenty of color outside.
Here we have a mug rug and coffee cozy. What a clever idea to coordinate them. I can just see using them for hot cider that seems to take forever to cool down and once it does it's just cold.
Not to leave out the stash buster quick and easy mug rug that lets the fabric make it beautiful. I know I've got tons of strips laying around for this project. To me sewing is very relaxing (unless I'm paper piecing) and this would be something to just get my sewing fix for the day.

Time for me to go look at my stash.

Happy Quilting,
Jeanne

Monday, September 23, 2013

New 1904 Star Block Calculator

I've just uploaded the 1904 Star Block calculator. It is a fairly intricate block that I made with multiple quantities only, but I think I've broken it down enough for easy assembly. It does use templates and  I have learned to embrace using templates except when my printer is out of ink :)

The next block calculator I'll be working on is Delectable Mountains as well as updating the Corn and Beans block for different methods of piecing as well as more fabric size choices and I hope to throw in a few other project choices as well.

Until next time, Happy Quilting,
Jeanne

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some Pins to Admire

Getting more ideas for quilting was never easier with Pinterest. Here is a traditional quilt block set in a 5 by 5 grid that uses simple squares and half square triangles.
Here we have a unit that would make a great border. It beautifully goes from dark to light to give any quilt that added pizzazz.
Now I'm off to design some quilts and fabric calculators with my new inspiration for today.
Happy Quilting, Jeanne

Monday, September 16, 2013

Go Forth and Share!

Last Friday I started a new mystery quilt, Picnic Mystery Quilt which will have new steps posted every Friday for about 8 weeks. The finished quilt will measure about 58 inches by 75 inches, perfect for a picnic blanket or throw. I look forward to seeing your quilts and sharing them with everyone, so send your pictures with permission to post on blog and a short comment if you wish, to jeannethro2 at yahoo dot com.

I was recently contacted by salvationarmypatchworkeasyas for permission to use the patterns on myquiltgenie.com website, which I was happy to do and those ladies sure can quilt.

It did bring to mind that although I'm happy to share the quilt patterns from the website, with permission of course, because of the way I create the pattern calculators it isn't as easy as sending a single file. Each quilt block pattern calculator I create has javascript to change the size, number of blocks, and even method of piecing as well as fabric type, along with numerous graphics I make myself. I even designed some simple digital fabric for easier viewing on the computer as well as to not step on fabric makers toes.

So how can you use the pattern calculators? You of course can link to any page you wish. If you want to show the whole page with the ability to calculate, the simplest way is to link to the page you want in a frame or iframe on your website or blog. If you want to use a particular setting for a pattern (i.e. size, method), in the Chrome browser, select print, destination = save as pdf, then save. You will then have a single pdf file for the settings you choose. Lastly, you can print the patterns with your desired settings and even use them for your quilt guild or group, please leave copyright and website intact.

There are also a few widgets available which are about 400 by 185 pixels that can be inserted on your website or blog for quick calculating the amount of fabric needed for half square triangles, squares and rectangles.

I know quilters love to share and create, so go forth and share :)

Happy Quilting,
Jeanne