Star and Crown Quilt the Star Block

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Star Block in my Star and Crown quilt.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Star Block

Starting with 5″ squares; one blue and one background and turning them into half-square-triangles.

five inch squares

HST

And then the magic begins!  Sub cutting the half-square-triangles into 2 1/4″ pieces to play and design with.  I refer to these pieces as “Small Wonders”.

Small Wonders

Arrange them into star points.

arrange units

And sew together to form 1/4 of the star block.

Star Points

Select four star points and sew together into the block.

units for block

Besides the one main fabric color version I used for my block, it’s also fun to make it scrappier!

Two Fabric version

Four Fabrics

I hope this has inspired some of you to dig into your stash, cut some 5″ squares, and make this Star and Crown quilt!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

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
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Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the block I used in my Dawn to Dusk quilt; it is a variation on the Northwind Block.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

Half Quilt Image B

This block is so simple, is fast to make, and has many design possibilities.  To me it reads like a Log Cabin block, half light and half dark. A person could play around with this block for hours arranging it in all those great Log Cabin block designs we has seen over the years.

Dawn to Dusk 1 block

And we can make it from 5″ squares or 2 1/2″ strips!

2 Pairs for blocks

2 and one half inch strips

This would also be a good block to use Charm Packs on; working with two identical Charm Packs so that you have pairs of dark and light squares.

2 charm packs

When making the sample block for the video I feel in love with this block all over again.  People often ask which of my quilts is my favorite, and I always say, “It’s the one I currently working on!”  Now I might have to add to that, also the one I just demoed on YouTube!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

With this video I also continue a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

Book order page with circle

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

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
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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

Moose County Star New Fabric Choices

This is my Moose County Star quilt which I love to make; I’ve made it four times! Once as the twin size shown and three times as a lap size quilt. I do realize that not everyone likes the “Lodge Look” as much as I do so I played around with a couple of other fabric choices in EQ6.

Moose County Star

I always have fun switching a lodge look quilt into bright and bold. Replacing the cream and light tan fabrics with white, replacing the gold fabric with a black print.

Bright and Bold Moose County Star copy

Red, cream, blue is always a popular fabric style. Still using creams and light tans and the background fabric but now controlling the other colors and using a variety of blues and reds in prints and plaids.

Red Cream and Blue Moose County Star copy

The construction on this quilt is so fun and easy! First it’s all half-square-triangle units made from 5″ squares or plain squares, and second the pieced border is sewn onto the blocks before the rows are sewn together. The only time you have to sew something all the way around the edge of the quilt is when you are adding on the binding!

Moose County Star is one of my individual patterns, in three sizes, and is available on my website.

Have fun playing with different fabric choices!

Pat

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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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
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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
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Deli Geese Project – Block #1- Scarlett

1 Scarlett

Ok, so this is what happened.  Over a year ago I came up with a very fun technique of sewing together two half square triangle units into Large Flying Geese Units and cutting them in half horizontally.  These pieces can be used to frame an 8″ block (finished size) for some very fun new blocks.

I have been coming up with many great blocks ideas and am very excited about this technique.  My first thought was to wait until I publish this in a book before sharing this information on the Internet. That would mean a wait of at least a couple of years, because I still need to finish my block-a-day calendar before I start any new publishing project.

But I can’t wait, this is just too much fun!  So my next thought on sharing this information was just to do a couple of blogs on the technique and develop a workshop using it.  But that would have been too easy and not enough people reached.  So . . . I am going to do a 365 Block project using this new technique and new blocks!

Don’t expect a block everyday; that’s not going to happen not with my schedule.  But I am going to shoot for a block every few days. I will make each of the blocks so you will get to see all 365 blocks in a variety of fabric styles. Many will be very scrappy from stash fabrics and of course I will be using 5″ squares as much as possible!

I’m calling this technique “Deli Geese” because they’re sliced Flying Geese units! I know, too corny, but you’ll come to love them!

To get started, first you make the Large Flying Geese units following the instructions here.

Make 4 Large Flying Geese units; these measure 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.

4 Dark Flying Geese

Measure over to the 2 1/4″ mark and cut the Flying Geese units in half. You now have Top Units and Bottom Units. Each of these units will measure 2 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.

Dark FG cut in half

Four Top Units will frame an 8″ (finished size) quilt block and the Bottom Units will frame another 8″ quilt block.

4 top and bottom from a dark FG

Depending on how you position the Deli Geese unit, what you have chosen for your center 8″ quilt block, and how you are going to set your blocks together you might want to use just the Top Deli Geese units in one quilt and save the Bottom Deli Geese units for a second quilt.

Now for some terms that I will be using throughout this project:

Dark Flying Geese unit – the body of the goose (the larger triangle) is dark.

Dark Flying Geese Unit

Light Flying Geese unit – the body of the goose (the larger triangle) is light.

Light Flying Geese Unit

Deli Geese Unit – used when referring to either the top or bottom unit from light or dark geese.

Top and Bottom Light and Dark

Top Units – Top Deli Geese unit

Top Units

Bottom Units – Bottom Deli Geese unit

Bottom Units

Are you ready for the first block?

Here it is, block number # 1 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Scarlett

1 Scarlett

I’m calling it Scarlett and the next one will be called Rhett.  Since this method makes Top Units and Bottom Units I’ll be working in sets of two for the blocks.

Scarlet uses:

A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units

B – four 2 1/4″ squares

C – four 4 1/2″ squares

D – eight 2 1/2″ squares added to C with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.

1 Scarlett

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

Something to mention on this block and many others in this Deli Geese Block Project is the points of the triangles in the Deli Geese units do not always line up with the points of the units in the center of the block, they are not suppose to! Isn’t this great?!

Close up with circle

Next block in the project will be #2 the Rhett block using the Bottom Unit.

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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