Town Square – Block #1 from my Color Me Happy BOM

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Town Square block, it’s block #1 in my Color Me Happy block of the month.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

town-square-block

Starting with 5″ squares

5-inch-squares

or 2 1/2″ strips to create the block!

strips-dark

light-strips

The pattern packet for my Color Me Happy block of the month now includes materials information and quilt diagrams for making the quilt in three sizes!

Lap  57″ x 69″

Twin  71″ x 91″

Queen  99″ x 105″

I’ll be posting a new video every 4 to 5 weeks until all thirteen blocks have been posted.  It’s a fun quilt to make, so follow along on YouTube and make this in any fabric combination you love.

CMH Row Assembly A

The pattern packet can be purchased on my website.

http://www.patspeth.com/patterns.html

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

Thank you,
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

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My First YouTube Quilt Tutorial!

I’ve just uploaded my very first YouTube video!

Heritage Trail blocks

Heritage Trail Quilt Block Tutorial with Pat Speth of Nickel Quilts

Here is the link  https://youtu.be/4uzz6fSEokk

Setting up and getting ready to start filming for YouTube tutorials has been an adventure!  First trying to find a place in my smaller old house to film was challenging, all my rooms were already in use and filled with quilting stuff. I’m using a spare bedroom that was used as quilt storage, fabric storage, and my cutting room.

The bedroom is small only, 9′ x 11″ and the only wall I could use to put sturdy design walls on to hold the demo quilts has a closet door with molding that protrudes 2″ from the wall. So I had to devise and build design walls that stick out 2″ from the wall but are still  attach to the wall and are removable.

Design wall and me

I like the way I’m able to pin the quilts to the design wall and have them lay so nice and flat. This could also be used to photograph my smaller quilts for pattern and book images.

I purchased a set of photographer’s lights, and they seem to be working pretty good. I also purchase two camcorders; one for front filming and one for my sky cam so that I don’t have to reposition the camcorder every time I want the viewers to see what I’m demoing on the table.

Then there’s the video editing software, I purchased Corel VideoStudio after doing some research for user friendly software.  I’m slowly learning what this software is able to do and allowing myself to enjoy the process.  There is room for improvement on this first tutorial of mine but it will be fun to see how much better (that’s the plan) I become over the next year.

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.

Heritage Trail Quilt Block Tutorial with Pat Speth of Nickel Quilts

https://youtu.be/4uzz6fSEokk

Thank you,
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

Disappearing Four Patch

For Deli Geese Project Blocks #15 and #16 you need to know how to make the Disappearing Four Patch block, so I am giving detailed instructions in this blog.

This is what the Disappearing Four Patch block looks like, and since it finishes 8″ it’s a perfect candidate to use in the Deli Geese Project!

Dissappearing Four Patch Block

Select two dark 5″ squares and two light 5″ squares.

Two Dark and Two Light

1. Sew them together into a large Four Patch.

Large Four Patch

2. Measure over 1″ from the center and cut. Do this on both sides of the center seam.

first cut

3. Arrange the units and sew them together.

Flip units

Sew together

4. In the opposite direction, measure over 1″ from the center and cut. Do this on both sides of the center seam.

second cut

5. Arrange the units and sew together. 

second arrange units

Dissappearing Four Patch Block

This block should measure 8 1/2″ at this point and will finish at 8″.

A second way to cut and sew for this block is to do all the cutting first, arrange the pieces, and sew the pieces together like a nine patch.

To do this start with a four patch made from 5″ squares.

Large Four Patch for second method

1. Measure over 1″ from the center seam and cut on both sides of the center seam in each direction, being careful not to let the pieces shift out of position.

all cutting first

2. Arrange the pieces and sew together.

Arrange units

second Disappearing Four Patch

No matter which way you choose to construct this block you’ll have lots of fun making them.

Of course you don’t have to use them in a Deli Geese block, they are great to use in a quilt all by themselves.  As the year draws to an end and we start making New Year’s resolutions and looking at our fabric stashes, this block as well as many others that are made from 5″ squares are great stash busting quilts!

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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Rock Valley Quilters and the Pieced Borders Workshop

It’s my Pieced Borders workshop for the Rock Valley Quilters in Janesville, Wisconsin.  This group has just completed the warm-up units, Half Square Triangles and Four Patches, and are ready to move on to more great units that can all be made from 5″ squares of fabrics!

Workshop participants

Before they get started on the next unit I bring everyone up to the demo table and walk them through the construction process.  In this staged photo (I’m normally caught with a really unattractive expression on my face while I am talking) I’m pointing out many fun borders they can turn their Hourglass units into!

Demo Table

How I love pot luck lunches!  A shortage of counter space and an abundance of food required transforming this ironing board into a dessert table.

Overflow of goodies

I am looking forward to seeing some fun Pieced Nickel Borders from this group in the future!

Pat

Four Patches

My next anniversary celebration charity quilt includes Four Patches and this blog posting contains the basic information you need to make Four Patches from 5″ squares that will finish 4″.

Using 5″ squares, select one dark or medium square and one background square. In this example I’m using a white, but many quilts look great with a dark background.

2 squares

1. With right sides together, place a 5″ square of the background fabric on a 5″ square of the main fabric. Stitch  scant 1/4″ wide seams (just shy of 1/4″) on opposite sides of the unit.

Side edges stitched

2. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half so that each piece measures 2 1/2″ x 5″.

Cut in half

3. Press to set the stitching; then press the seams toward the darker fabric in the unit.

2 two patches

4. Place two units right-sides together with seams aligned horizontally and the dark and light fabrics opposite each other; stitch scant 1/4″ wide seams on opposite sides of the unit. Be sure the stitching crosses the first seam.

2 patches right sides together

2nd stitching

5. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half.

2nd Cut

6. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam to one side in each Four Patch unit. Each Four Patch unit should measure 4 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ unfinished.

2 four patches

Four Patches can be used in hundreds of different ways and in my Half-Square-Triangle and Four Patch workshop we can work on fifteen of my quilts that use these units.  Have your guild schedule a Nickel Quilt workshop!

Enjoy!

Pat

Southwest Florida Quilters Guild and the Shaded Four Patch Workshop

I taught two different workshops for the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild.  The first workshop was Shaded Four Patch class with four different quilts that could be made.

These are student blocks for the Rocky Road to Dublin quilt from the More Nickel Quilt book.

A couple of blocks for the Shaded Four Patch quilt found in the first Nickel Quilt book.

And some blocks for the Steamboat Springs quilt from the Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

So many units are taught in this workshop: the shaded four patch unit, large and small half square triangle units, four patch units, and flying geese.  The shaded four patch unit by itself also offers many design possibilities.

Pat

Kingwood Area Quilt Guild Texas

The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild in Texas chose the Half Square Triangle and Four Patch workshop. From these two basic units we have so many options for quilt blocks and in this workshop we are able to make fifteen different quilts. These are blocks for the Northern Lights quilt found in the first Nickel Quilt book.

  Blocks for the Texas Two Step quilt found in the Amazing Nickel Quilts book.   On this design wall are two different sets of Jacob’s Ladder blocks from the More Nickel Quilt book.  The two blocks on the left are set in the same straight set I used for my quilt.  The group of blocks on the right is layed out in a diagonal set.  When I have my Jacob’s Ladder quilt with me I always show how different it appears by just giving the quilt a 45° turn. And through the magic of Photoshop I’m able to show you how the same grouping of blocks would look like in a straight set. For comparison here is my Jacob’s Ladder quilt in its straight set, giving every other block a quarter turn.  

This is what it a section of the quilt looks like in a diagonal set.  The block itself seems to disappear and the quilt looks like it is made from nine patch blocks set on point with added black triangles and rows of sashing, with black squares and bright fabrics.

So Many ways to use those 5″ squares!

Pat