#jensfillerblocks Double Pinwheel

 

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Oh how I love a pinwheel block!! There is something so fun and classic about a good pinwheel. This is a fun double pinwheel that only involves 4 flying geese units and 4 rectangles. It’s SO easy and fast, I bet you’ll love making one too.

(4) 2″ x 3-1/2″ white

(4) 2″ x 2″ white

(4) 2″ x 3-1/2″ dark

(4) 2″ x 2″ light

Once you cut out all of your pieces, assemble 4 flying geese units that Look like this, with the light on the left side and the white on the right:

Layout your flying geese units and white rectangles, assemble into 4 quadrants, then assemble the block! It is so fast and the color combinations are endless!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2016

I love instagram, but this has been so much fun to see other bloggers display their lovely creations. I have two that I’ll be submitting, one in the modern category and one in the mini category. 

First up is my Tessellations quilt. I made this earlier this year and it became a fast favorite. I had been drooling over Nadia’s version she made using V and Co Ombre for quilt market and although it scared me to death, I knew I HAD to make one. I am so pleased with how “Tessy” turned out. I entered her in the Utah County Quilt Show and she was chosen to be put on display at the Springville Museum of Art. I chose to follow the gradient in the binding and that might be my very favorite part. 🙂

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For the mini category, here is a fun Cotton + Steel (mostly) mini I made for a dear friend’s birthday. It is only 12″ x 12″ and contains some pieces that were cut to 7/8″ and finish at 3/8″. I love, love tiny piecing and this challenged me in new ways. 

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Thanks for popping by. I’m in transition to a new web host and wordpress, but leaving a comment is possible if you click on the “disqus” logo directly below this post. Make sure you head to amyscreativeside.com to see everyone else’s amazing creations! 

A Tale of 7 Quilts

In May of 2015, my husband’s oldest sister unexpectedly passed away. It was a really rough time for everyone. I was super pregnant with our son and my husband didn’t feel like he could leave me to go to her funeral in a different state. Later on last year, I just got the feeling that I wanted to make a quilt for all of our sisters (I have 2, my husband has 4) as well as my mother-in-law. It was a ton of work and it was hard to give all of them away as I had made things I loved so much. Last week when my husband and I were in Boston visiting one of his sisters, I delivered the very last sister quilt!!!! It was so fun having more of a purpose in making quilts over the last year. There have been many that I’ve made for me or just for fun, but I am glad each of our sisters have a big hug to wrap themselves up in from me. 

This was made for my youngest sister, who majored in english and has spent a great deal of her “adult” life editing. I used Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Ink and made her a fun Flirty quilt by April Rosenthal.

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This was made for my oldest sister using V and Co. Simply Colorful and a Floret quilt pattern by Coriander Quilts. 

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This was made for me initially, but one of my husband’s sisters loved it so much, I gave it to her. It’s a Clambake quilt by Thimbleblossoms made in Hello Darling. This was also the start of my gradient obsession.

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This was made for my husband’s sister who lives in Seattle using Gooseberry fabric and Cake Blossoms by Sterling Quilt co.

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This was made for one of my husband’s sisters who lives close by. I used Strawberry Fields Revisited and made another Flirty quilt by April Rosenthal.

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This is for my husband’s sister who lives in Boston. I used various Moda Bella solids from the V and Co and Kate Spain bundles and the Ruby quilt pattern by Gigi’s Thimble.

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12″ Raspberry Kiss Block

Happy Friday! I thought I’d do something a little different today and instead of a 6″ #jensfillerblocks, I’d share the cutting instructions for a 12″ raspberry kiss block on my blog. I shared this on instagram months and months ago. I had honestly forgotten about it until I assembled my B&C Sampler quilt today and had some that my lovely friend Jessica had sent me as a thank you for doing the quilty math for this. This was the beginning of doing quilty math to change the size of blocks, which then led to my filler blocks. Kind of a fun block for that reason. 

(4) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background squares

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ pink squares

(1) 3-1/2″ x 9″ pink rectangle

(2) 7″ x 7″ green for the corners, cut in half once diagonally

Sew together the middle “cross” section. You will need to cut 1/4″ from each edge to make end up with a 9″ square.

Sew the green triangles onto the corners as instructed in the original raspberry kiss block. 

#jensfillerblocks Goose in the Pond variation

I found this lovely, teeny, tiny  piece containing block on Threadbare Creations blog and knew if I tweaked the 4 corner pieces, layout of half square triangles, and color placement, I could replicate a 6.5″ version of a popular pattern. Since that pattern is based off of a traditional goose in the pond block, I am sharing it here. 

Head on over to Threadbare Creations for the cutting instructions. Get your microscope ready, though. 🙂 

How to Make a Quilt Label

I used to attend a Modern Quilt Group that is local. I only went for a few months. It seemed hard to fit in and make my way into the very well established group. I am so glad I went for the few months that I did because I learned first hand a very, very valuable lesson. The lovely duo who run Suppose Quilt Boutique in Preston, Idaho came down and did a trunk show. One of the coolest things they brought was a doll quilt that was very old and had a crude label on it. Because this quilt that was over 100+ years old had a label, the mother of the Suppose Quilt Boutique team (I cannot for the life of me remember her name. 1,000 apologies!) was able to track down who the original maker was. It was a little girl who died early in life. The even crazier thing is someone in the quilt group was related to the girl who had made this little doll quilt. Her family had been searching for this quilt! How crazy cool is that?? It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. 

The biggest lesson I learned that day was LABEL YOUR QUILTS!!!!! It is NOT hard to take a bit of time to label your precious creations. Think of all of the hours you spend thinking over fabric combinations, cutting out fabrics, pairing them up, piecing your top, binding your quilt, not to mention the money you’ve spent on the fabrics, long arm quilting if you’ve chosen to do so, batting, etc. Please, please, please label your quilts. I am happy to share the method that works well for me, but please find some way that works for you. These quilts are part of your heritage you will pass on to your children and grandchildren. 

Here’s what you need:

White fabric of your choice (I just use what I have on hand, which is usually Moda Bella 97)

Heat ‘n Bond Lite

Micron Pen

Start by cutting a square of fabric and a square of Heat ‘n Bond Lite. I cut my Heat ‘n Bond Lite about 1/2″ smaller than my white fabric so I don’t accidentally gunk up my iron (ask me how I know about this…….)

Write your label contents next using a Micron pen. These are archival quality AND washable. I always include my name and the date I made them. Sometimes I’ll include a little tidbit about why I made this quilt or something else I think might be worth noting. 

Follow the manufacturer instructions and fuse this to a piece of quilting cotton that is about 2-3″ bigger on all sides than the written label. Here’s my big batch of labels I made to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. 

Next topstitch about 1/8″ away from the edge along your white label. This is also one of those quilts where I chose to elaborate a little more on the details of this quilt. (This is for my Metro Rings quilt.)

I choose to do this next step by hand, but if you have a machine that does a blanket stitch, awesome! Next I pick either a great matching embroidery floss or a great contrasting embroidery floss and use 3 strands to stitch a blanket stitch. 

Once you’re done with your stitching, trim 1/2″ away from the newly stitched edge along all sides.

Then press about 1/4″ back to hide the raw edges.

Pin it in a corner of your quilt and whipstitch it down.

This really is such an easy step and truly an important one! I used to be really good about doing a label as I finished each quilt and then life happened. I enjoyed just making a large batch of 9 labels and it was very satisfying to know that I finally had truly finished each of these quilts!

#jensfillerblocks Maypole Dance

This block is another traditional block that is so fun and can be so versatile, depending on your fabric choice and placement. 

(4) 2″ x 3-1/2″ white

(4) 2″ x 3-1/2″ print

(4) 2″ x 2″ print

Place the 2″ x 2″ print right side down on top of the 2″ x 3-1/2″ white rectangles. Make essentially half of a flying geese (some call this an easy corner triangle). Layout the block, sew into quarters, then sew together. It’s another fast and easy block for your sampler quilt.