I designed a block!

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To say I’m beyond excited about the fact that I designed a block that made it into a magazine would be an understatement.  I designed a block and the folks at Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine liked it so much, they put it in Volume 16!  It’s hitting newsstands today and that is pretty dang exciting.  I had the pleasure of testing blocks for Volume 7 a few years ago, as well as making a quilt to be photographed and published in it.  Fast forward to today and other people tested my block!  You can find it on page 49 of Volume 16.  It’s called “Star Garden”.  I love a classic Churn Dash block and the idea of placing another design within the Churn Dash was a cool concept to me .  I played around with my EQ7 software drawing tool and placed a traditional Sawtooth Star design in the center.  I wanted to fussy cut a favorite fabric, so the center square easily allows for that.  *There is one typo; you only need to cut (4) Blue Solid rectangles.

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I hope you’ll go pick up your own copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine and make your own version of my block.  If you do and you post it on social media, I hope you’ll tag me @ladykquilts on Instagram and use the #stargardenblock so I can see it too.  Here are some pics of what I’ve made with my block, as well as the original block you’ll see in the magazine.  In the original block I used fabrics from both Kim Kight of Cotton + Steel, Anna Maria Horner of Free Spirit Fabrics, and a Kona Astral.

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This second version is a mini quilt (measuring 24″ square) that I made using Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons Gotham Grey & Salmon & Aqua, and another Anna Maria Horner fabric.  It’s such a different look with the striking contrasts.  I love it!

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The following versions of Star Garden are mock-ups I designed in Electric Quilts’ EQ7.  I wanted to show the versatility of it using solids as well as all prints.  The prints are from my friend Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, “Love Story“.

Handmade Birthday Club 2014 – August

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The last couple of weeks have found me busy plotting, designing , sewing and quilting. I participate in an online birthday swap group and the August birthday in my group listed she liked turquoise, orange and grey so I pulled some fun fabrics from my healthy fabric stash. I picked soft yet vibrant turquoise and orange/peach fabrics and auditioned them against different grey fabrics. I picked a light grey Bella Solid by Moda Fabrics because I liked the way the colors popped against it.

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After looking through my quilt book library, I narrowed down the pattern choices to CHURNED from Modern One Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting because I just love a Churn Dash Block. I didn’t make the quilt size in the pattern, but instead made six blocks and picked the layout of six blocks together from the pattern that I liked best. The pattern came together rather quickly and very easily. This is the first pattern I have made out of this book but I love the book.

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When it came to quilting this project, I knew I needed to fill in all that negative space but my free motion quilting repertoire isn’t too extensive and I didn’t necessarily want to do straight lined quilting. I’ve always loved the look of pebbling but had only done it once before. After a practice run on some scraps I found the rhythm I liked and size that would work for this piece. I ended up doing some swirls along side the pebbles throughout the quilt and I think it turned out pretty cool.

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Filing in the centers of the churn dashes was fun and after putting the binding on it, I was done and extremely pleased with how this turned out. Now I just have to get some little presents to go along with it and get it in the mail to the August birthday girl.

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