Beacon Hill Fat Quarter Giveaway

I’ve started cutting fat quarters from my Beacon Hill fabric collection.  I designed the fabric collection for Windham Fabrics.  It’s been several years since the collection came out and I’m probably the only one left with quantities of it since I purchased many, many bolts for fat quarter bundles!

There are thirty four fabrics in this collection and when I cut for the fat quarter bundles it takes a while, thank goodness for audio books! To make this a little more interesting for me I’ve decided to offer a giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is like my Facebook page and like the Facebook post dated Feb. 19th by noon on Feb. 23, 2015. This giveaway is for eight fat quarters (my choice) from my Beacon Hill collection of fabrics.

Here are pictures of the wonderful fabrics in the Beacon Hill collection of fabrics, circa 1870.

Beacon Hill bolts A

Beacon Hill bolts B

Beacon Hill bolts C

Beacon Hill bolts D

Beacon Hill bolts E

Beacon Hill bolts F

Beacon Hill bolts G

Beacon Hill bolts H

Beacon Hill bolts I

The fat quarter bundles are only available for a short time, I tend to run out of them really fast before I can take the time to cut more so I don’t even bother listing them in my website store. Here is the information for the fat quarter bundle, containing thirty four fat quarters, if you are interested in purchasing one:

Price $72.00 (that’s only $8.50 per yard!) plus shipping, if you are interested in purchasing the fat quarter collection please email me. pat@patspeth.com

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel 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
www.patspeth.com

Update on Test Quilt From Sheets

The test quilt made from sheets has been tumbled and pummeled in fourteen dryer loads so far and is looking great! The sheets used are 100% cotton.

large view

I’ve included a few close ups below where you can see that there is no sign of fraying due to thread breakage on the high thread count sheets.  I’ll continue to add the test quilt to dryer loads to see what the results are after 25 or 50 loads but I’m happy enough with these results that I’ll continue to experiment with adding the solids from sheets to future quilting projects.

close up A

 

Close up B

 

Close up C

Besides quilts for your own use this might be a nice option for material used in charity quilts. I know when I’m at guild meetings across the country I often hear requests from the Charity Quilt Committees for donations of fabrics, especially for backs.

Have fun with this idea!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel 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
www.patspeth.com

Deli Geese Project – Block #50 – Babe

Here is block number #50 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

50 Babe

Block #50 Babe,  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

Babe uses:
A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – one  4 1/2″ square background (light)
C – six  2 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ rectangles
D – four  2 1/2″ squares background, added to four C pieces with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
E – four  2 1/4″ squares

50 Babe

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

This information is copyright protected
© 2015 Pat Speth
All rights reserved.
This pattern/design is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Packing For Dallas

Today I’ve been packing my workshop suitcase for my upcoming trip.  I leave for Dallas, Texas on Thursday morning and will present a lecture that evening and workshops the next two days.  In each of my workshops I teach more than one quilt so there is a lot of prepping to be done. One of the workshops is, Small Wonders, in which eight different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing just two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems with copyright

 

This is Star and Crown, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown with copyright

The second workshop is, Picket Fence Units, in which five different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Pinwheels on Parade from my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade with copyright

 

This is Woodland Clover also in my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

woodland clover with copyright

The quilts for the lecture were shipped last week and have already arrived safe and sound in Texas.  If it wasn’t the middle of winter I would have driven to Texas rather than fly, but there is too much distance between Saint Paul, MN and Dallas, TX where winter storms could strike.

In the Twin Cities we are having a great winter with few days of snow, but my son who lives in the Boston area is getting dumped on with snow.  Less snow for me means less time shoveling and more time inside and quilting!

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
www.patspeth.com

Deli Geese Project – Block #49 – Paul Bunyan

Here is block number #49 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Paul Bunyan

49 Paul Bunyan

Block #49 Paul Bunyan,  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

Paul Bunyan uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – one  4 1/2″ square background (light)
C – six  2 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ rectangles
D – four  2 1/2″ squares background, added to four C pieces with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
E – four  2 1/4″ squares
49 Paul Bunyan II

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 QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

This information is copyright protected
© 2015 Pat Speth
All rights reserved.
This pattern/design is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Color Me Happy Pattern Giveaway!

Color Me Happy is my Block of the Month.  To enter this giveaway all you have to do is like my Facebook page and like the Facebook post dated Jan. 29th  by noon on Feb. 2, 2015. This giveaway is for one set of the instructions that will include all 13 steps.

I’m spending today assembling pattern packets for Color Me Happy and I thought a giveaway was the perfect way to spread the word about this BOM! As I was putting them together I realized the setting I used for this BOM would be a great way to set the Deli Geese blocks together.

CMH assembly

I love this setting! By adding half-blocks to the rows on opposite ends, it’s an easy and fun way to create more interest in the quilt rather than using just a plain 3 x 4 set.

Then, the assembly method I used is a cinch! The whole quilt is put together in rows, the border pieces are part of the row!

CMH pg 1 pattern front

So for those of you that are stitching up the Deli Geese blocks, give this setting a try. It’s easily adapted to making a larger quilt simply by adding more blocks in each row and more rows to the setting.

Color Me Happy pattern packets are available on my website.

I also offer a Licensing Fee option for shops and guilds, please contact me if you are interested.

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel 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
www.patspeth.com

Experimenting With Sheets

On a couple of previous blogs I shared some blocks that I am making using solid fabrics.  What I didn’t mention was that the solid fabrics came from 100% cotton sheets I purchased at thrift shops!

Why did I decide to experiment with cotton sheets? This is how it came about; I was at a thrift shop in the bed linens area looking for flannel for a design wall. It was a special 50% day, I love upcycling, bargins, and I thought purchasing a flannel sheet for about $2 or $3 was much more fun than paying full price at a fabric shop. So while I was in the bedding area I started noticing all the other sheets, all the great colors. I began looking at the tags for fiber content and saw that many of them were 100% cotton.  I have a blast working with upcycled 100% cotton plaid shirts so why not give sheets a try!

I have read a little on the Internet about using sheets in quilting, not all of the articles have been favorable. Some of the issues address the thread count and that the machine needles might break the threads of high thread count sheets.  I considered this and I also inspected the hems on many of the sheets where they have been machine stitched, no signs of fraying or thread breaking.  I’m giving it a try!

Of course I love variety and have purchased many sheets.  Let’s talk $ per yard, I only purchase them on sale days so it works out to about 50¢ per yard!

Sheets

I did put the proverbial cart before the horse in this case and have completed almost two quilt tops before I decided maybe I should make a smaller sample quilt top and put it to the test.  So I cut up a great assortment into 5″ squares.
five inch squares

I made the test quilt top out of my favorite unit, half-square-triangles!  The darkest fabric is not black but a very dark blue fabric from a sheet.

Test Top

The back is also from a sheet so this entire test quilt is from upcycled sheets.

top and backing

Once this quilt is quilted this is what I am going to do to test it for durability, I’m going to toss it in the dryer with every load of drying that I do. I’m not going to wash it in my top loading washer, I never wash quilts that way, there is too much stress on a quilt in a top loading washer. I will report back on the results. I really do feel confident that these fabrics will hold up, and I will let you know either way.

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel 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
www.patspeth.com