Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Flag Day!

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Happy Flag Day!  We are off to teach crazy camp today!  Everybody have a great day!  Our flag quilt, Old Glory, is found in our book, Celebrated Craziness.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

I've got the first block of Cabin in the Woods appliqued and blocks 2 & 3 glued down as seen here. We've been  contemplating this block of the month for awhile now, but could never figure out exactly how to stitch the blocks together, but after talking to the designer, Jan Patek, at Market, I feel confident that I can explain it to you all so that you will also understand and won't hesitate to get started! My instructions for putting the quilt together will be included with the last block.  I just love this quilt!  It's classic Brannock and Patek and a joy to work on!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Strip-Smart Quilts

Gloria has been busy testing out a new book and ruler, Strip Smart Quilts and the Creative Grid 90* ruler, and we've all given it a big thumbs-up! Gloria gave us all a quick demo that I thought I'd share!

Basically you start with strip sets, align the ruler with the raw edge of the strip set, and cut.

As you get to the middle valley, there's a circle cut-out in the ruler so that your rotary cutter can finish the cut and then begin up the other side.

Working with half strips, or strips cut from fat quarters, you get these three triangles.  The next strip set, you flip around and cut with the white strip at the base of the ruler so then you have three triangles that have a green base and three triangles that have a white base.

Then you stitch four different fabric triangles together for a scrappy block that may look difficult but are a snap with this ruler!  The Strip Smart Quilts book offers many different quilts all using a variation of this technique. One of our new favorite tools!  Thanks, Gloria, for sharing!