Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #17



If you want to get familiar with using the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop® Tool, then I suggest making blockbuster #17 Salem Star.  I brought out the bright colors from my Island Batik stash once again for this block.

To start out with make 4- Unit A's, which calls for 4 1/2" base squares. Then referring to my instructions for the size of squares I need for replacing the corner with, I cut diagonally once to make triangles.


Now using my Corner Pop® Tool I lined up the tool in the corner of my square and cut along the diagonal line, I replaced that corner with one of the triangles just cut out above. 




Now, you will notice my replaced corner is oversized. I will use the trim down side of the Corner Pop® Tool and line it up on the 2" mark and trim around it.


 I repeated the above steps on the opposite corner. Then I did this three more times to make 4 unit A's.


Next, I made the B and C units, starting with cutting 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" base rectangle units.  The difference between the B and C Units is where I replaced the corner units for the left side and right side. 



For the Unit, B's, cut away the top inner left corner and C's, the top right inner corner and replace with the color you choose and trimming away the extra fabric using Corner Pop® Tool.


Next, I started cutting out the corners to replace them, just like have done before.


Now my Unit B and C's are ready to be stitched together.


Nifty way to make a chevron unit. Now all my units are ready to go.


Time to finish the block by sewing my pieces together.


My bright and cheery Salem Star block is done. I'm ready to start the next block that uses the Corner Pop® and V Block® Tool

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Showers Mystery Quilt: Week 4 Borders and Corners

Well, 4th and final week of the April Showers Mystery Quilt is here, Kari Schell and I will conclude this projects collaboration of by showing you how to design and piece the final part of the April Shower Mystery Quilt.

If you have missed any of my blog posts on how to piece, you can catch up with the series here:




Today, we will be finishing by adding some borders and corners to our assembled quilt top.


Over the past several weeks, we have been making some tricky blocks with our Studio 180 Design, Corner Beam® Tool.  With all the practice we have been doing with the tool you will find this week’s Corner Beams, that is used in the border corners, really easy. 


The borders consist of making green and red strip sets and trimmed to size. 

Be sure to check out how Kari designs the blocks in EQ8, Here. If you would like to learn how to develop these blocks in EQ8, visit her posts here, Week 1Week 2, and Week 3


Here is some sample of what others have made so far in this challenge.




Make sure you watch Week 4's video tutorial and download the pattern Here. The downloads will be available until May 15th!  After that, you will be able to purchase the patterns on my website.






Kari and Myself meeting for the first time at CABS

Thank you for joining myself and Kari Schell on this collaboration. It was a fun project to show you how to use the fantastic Studio 180 Design Tools and what they can do for you.  Be sure to check out my other patterns on my website also.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #16

Well, today we return to start the Blockbuster series 2, blocks #15-25 that means we will be done with series 2 in ten weeks and I have a feeling they will go fast just like the first series did.

Blockbuster #16, Peaks & Valleys uses the combination of the Studio 180 Design Diamond Rect® tool and the SideKick/High-Low Technique Sheet to make this block.  I again used the same Island Batik Fabrics that were used in Blockbuster #15, just adding coordinating fabric to the mix.



I began with making the four diamond rectangles, by cutting out the centers and the side triangles with my Diamond Rect® tool. Once they were all cut out, I sew them together, just as I did in blockbuster #15.


My diamond rectangles were now complete.  Time to get started on the next step the High-Low Units. 


I have made the High-Low units in blockbuster #10 the twisted pinwheel block. Making the High-Low units are relatively simple, you just need to pay attention to the direction your slant must go. These units use the "V" Block® trimmer.  I need to make a total of four units that slanted to the right.


Finally, I completed the units by making some four sidekick units, followed by cutting some large and small squares for the corners and the center of the block. 


 Now I was ready to layout the units to begin the assembly.


I started with the center block assembly first.  To do this, I need to sew a partial seam using the small center square and one of the sides of the Diamond Rectangles. This is very similar to how we put the Shuriken blockbuster #14 together.


Then I continued to work, sewing the diamond rectangles together. The last step was to stitch the partial seam to the last diamond rectangle.


The center is complete, now I can finish it by stitching all the pieces together and assembling them to the center block.


Blockbuster #16, Peaks and Valleys is finished.  This was another fun, block to make due to it helped me reinforce everything I have learned in the first series of blocks fresh in my mind.  

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"

You can check out my completed Blockbuster blocks HERE.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

April Showers Mystery Quilt: Week 3 Flowers

I think Spring and Summer have finally arrived here in the Maryland area.  Still many of you, especially in Minnesota, Mother Nature just wants you to stay in winter mode a little longer.  I hope the April Showers Mystery Quilt project is helping you out of those winter blues and help you start thinking about those spring flowers popping up everywhere.

Week 3 is here, Kari Schell and I continue the collaboration of showing you how to design and piece the April Shower Mystery Quilt.

If you have missed any of my blog posts on how to piece, you can catch up with the series here:


Week 1 Umbrellas
Week 2 Raindrops

Today, we will bring some color to your quilt top with some flowers and finish assembling our quilt top.

I have to omit that Kari Schell, On the Point Quilter, has been challenging me each week with all the blocks she has designed for this mystery quilt in EQ8.  Each of the blocks continues to work off the Studio 180 Design, Corner Beam® Tool.  You definitely will get lots of practice making the Corner Beam blocks.


Week 3 Flowers
The Flower blocks are very similar to last week's raindrop blocks, except how you make the center block for the Corner Beam, then the rest of the steps are identical.

Be sure to check out how Kari designs the blocks in EQ8, Here. If you would like to learn how to develop these blocks in EQ8, visit her posts here, Week 1 and Week 2.


Make sure you watch the video tutorial here and download the pattern Here.


Have a Great Week! Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and blog here, when you sign up you will get a Free Pattern.

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Northern Woods Blog Hop!



Greetings everyone!  I'm so delighted that Nan Baker, asks me to part of this Northern Woods Blog Hop. I received Nan's Island Batik signature collection, Northern Woods in my Island Batik Ambassador box.  


I have been using the beautiful Northern Woods collection in my ambassador projects for the last couple months.  I love this collection and how it brings the colors of the forest to you. 

So, let me show you some of my projects that I have been using with this fun and exciting collection.

First, in March the ambassadors were tasked to try a new technique.  I chose the Studio 180 Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Technique. I had never made one before and really need to start working with it since I had to make one for my Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Application.  


Making the Lemoyne Star was so much fun and combining it with the Northern Woods Collection was the right decision.  The browns really popped in this small wallhanging/table runner.  I only used 5 Fat eights bundles and a little extra coordinating fabric for the borders and backing.  The binding was made from scrap pieces of the fabric. You can read a bit more about this project, HERE.


Next up is my latest Island Batik Ambassador project for April. We were challenged to make a 36" x 36" or larger quilt from a quilt block from the past.  I went back to the patterns that my mom gave me from my Great Grandmother for some inspiration.  


So, using the remaining Fat Eights and coordinating fabric from the Northern Woods collection, I decided to use the mail order pattern Design 907, she labeled Pinwheel and made it up and put a little twist on the pattern.  


With the stack of fabric remaining, I just had enough to finish this quilt that measured 36" x 36".  I used my Janome 7700 to do all the quilting on this stunning wall hanging. I usually would use my longarm, but I wanted to get some practice on machine quilting on my domestic, and boy did I need practice.  I love this colors and how the browns highlight the stars in the middle of the block.  I used the remaining coordinating fabric for the borders and binding.  You can read more about the project HERE.

Between the two projects I completely I finished off the Northern Woods Bundle I received in my ambassador project.

Thank you for joining me today, as I shared my Northern Woods Projects, be sure to check out the other blogs that were done this week, many of them have giveaways.

Schedule

April 16: Nan Baker  –  Purrfect Spots 
April 17: Margaret Willingham  –   Eye of the Beholder 
April 18: Maria Hrabovsky  –   Maria’s Quilt Scraps
April 19: Karen Overton  –   The Quilt Rambler
April 20: Tina Dillard  –  Quilting Affection Designs
April 21: Joan Kawano  –  MooseStash Quilting

Also, Check out the Island Batik Blog, to find out more about the Northern Woods Collection and register to win your own Northern Woods Bundle.


Have a Great Week! Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and blog here, when you sign up you will get a Free Pattern.

Tina

"Designing to Inspire"

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