Travel Ruler

When I pack up my quilting supplies to take to retreats and I need to use a long ruler I bring along my folding ruler.  It’s something I made a few years ago and love how well it works as well as how nicely it fits in my supply box.

Ruler A

I simply took two rulers; I used the 6″ x 14″ size, placed them end to end, and joined them with duct tape!

Ruler B

They then fold up to the 6″ x 14″ size and I have a cutting length of  28″.  I love it when there is a simple easy solution to a problem.

Ruler C

I also brought my design walls on this trip and this picture shows sixty of the one hundred and forty blocks I need to finish up a UFO.

UFO on Design wall

Enjoy these ideas!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Deli Geese Project – Block #47 – Eva

Here is block number #47 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Eva

47 Eva

Block #47 Eva, uses the Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese Units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Light Flying Geese

Bottom Light Unit

Eva uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese units.
B – four 4 1/2″ squares
C – twelve 2 1/2″ squares background added to B with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
D – four 2 1/4″ squares  background

47 Eva

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Retreat November 17, 2014

I am retreating all this week with quilting friends in New Glarus, Wisconsin! I got up early yesterday (around 4:30am), loaded the van, shoveled snow for an hour before heading out of town. We arrived yesterday afternoon and have settled in for some quilting, catching up on what everyone’s been up to, and just having a great time.

I brought several projects along to work on; one is the UFO I took to work on during a couple of teaching trips. It’s still not done but I do enjoy making these blocks, which is a good thing because the design I’ve decided on needs 140 blocks!

UFO blocks

I have two different sets of churn dash blocks with me that are ready to be set together into quilt tops. They are just positive and negative versions of the same block. I liked both versions and since I have no shortage of fabric in my life and I love to piece blocks I’m making both!

Playing with a tub of 6″ floral squares I’ve combined them with solids. This version has the solids making the churn dash in the center.

Churn Dash A

And this version has the florals creating the churn dash.

Churn Dash B

I’ll also make the next pair of Deli Geese blocks.

Deli Geese

I have a few more projects with me, one can never bring too many to a week long retreat and sometimes I get tired of a project and want to work on something else for awhile.

Hope your week will be as great as mine!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #46 – Sullivan

Here is block number #46 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Sullivan

46 Sullivan

Block #46 Sullivan, uses the Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Bottom Dark unit

Sullivan uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – two  5″ squares cut in half on the diagonal
C – four 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
D – twelve 2 1/2″ half square triangles in background (light) fabric cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – four 2 1/4″ squares

Once you have completed these units trim them to 4 1/2″ square, you should only have to trim away from the larger triangle.

BIA Unit

46 Sullivan

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Cut the dark and light 2 1/2″ half square triangles from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting of small triangles

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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A Twenty Year Old UFO!

I have some down time on this road trip so I planned ahead and brought some projects to work on. I dug out a UFO that has to be around twenty years old!  The blocks are 6″ and a variation on the traditional Northwind block.

UFO 1

These are some arrangements I’m considering; grouping them into sets of four that would then finish 12″.

UFO 2
UFO 3
UFO 4

So far I have 52 of the blocks done. I’m not sure what my original plan was for these blocks but I think it may have been for a twin size quilt.

52 blocks

I have some nice stacks of parts all coordinated for blocks and then I have some parts that don’t go with anything!

parts

This box is about is about a third full of the pre cut parts and I have no clue how many there are.  I could take the time to count them, which would appeal to the accountant in me, I could just wing it and make blocks until I run out of parts and design the quilt from what I have, and that would appeal to the artist in me.

Box of parts

Whatever I decide to do I will keep you posted with the progress.  Anyone else out there inspired to dig out an old UFO and work on it?

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #45 – Gilbert

Here is block number #45 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Gilbert

45 Gilbert

Block #45 Gilbert uses the Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Top Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Top Unit Dark

Gilbert uses:
A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – two  5″ squares cut in half on the diagonal
C – four 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
D – twelve 2 1/2″ half square triangles in background (light) fabric cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – four 2 1/4″ squares

Once you have completed these units trim them to 4 1/2″ square, you should only have to trim away from the larger triangle.

BIA Unit

 

45 Gilbert

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Cut the dark and light 2 1/2″ half square triangles from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting of small triangles

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Quilt Among Friends

After a lecture and two workshops with the Bear Creek Quilters Guild in Keller, Texas I headed to Arlington, Texas and had the pleasure of teaching a workshop at the Quilt Among Friends quilt shop. They chose the Small Wonders workshop in which eight different quilts can be worked on!

Of course the shop had lots of great fabrics and the classroom space was perfect!

QAF 1

QAF 2

Besides the eight different quilts offered I also display and demo an additional twenty blocks they can try with the same techniques presented in the workshop.  Two different quilters arrived at the class with a quilt in mind they were going to make and changed their minds twice before deciding on one of the bonus blocks.  That’s one of the things I love about working with the 5″ squares, they are so versatile!

Here are pictures of some of the blocks completed this day:

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems

Several quilters were working on Tillie’s Treasure from Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Tillie 1

Tillie 2

Tillie 3

These are blocks from the Star and Crown quilt, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown

Butterfly Waltz blocks, the quilt is in More Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Butterfly Waltz

A great day was had by all and I look forward to seeing pictures of these finished quilts someday!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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