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

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
www.patspeth.com

Picket Fence Border for the Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Picket Fence pieced border I used on my Dawn to Dusk quilt.  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/_zqo9TFtezM

This fun and unusual pieced border is really very easy to make!

Picket Fence Border

Using my basic Picket Fence units; one light and one dark.

Light and Dark Picket Fence Units

Then sewing them together into the border blocks.

Border block

So simple and yet it can add so much to a quilt!

Half Quilt Image B

This Picket Fence border is just one of the 260 pieced borders that are in my Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

Nickel Quilts & Borders

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

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

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
www.patspeth.com

Using Charm Packs in the Big Dipper Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on using charm packs in the Big Dipper block. This block is perfect for making the most of those charm packs!

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

two Big Dipper blocks

Using two identical charm packs for the pairs of squares.

2 charm packs

Sorting out the squares from each charm pack into the pairs of identical squares. I like to just make a stack of these pairs and sort for my lights, mediums, and darks later.

Stacking squares

All sorted into what I considered the lights, mediums, and darks.

Sorting

And now the fun begins! I start auditioning the fabrics to see which fabrics, when sewn together, might make some great hourglass units. I’ll be combining; lights with mediums or darks, and the mediums with the darks. With this collection of fabrics there is enough color contrast within the mediums that I could combine some mediums together and have hourglass units that sparkle!

Auditioning

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

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

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

Big Dipper Quilt – A Stash Buster

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on the Big Dipper quilt. This quilt is a great project to use those less than beautiful fabrics you might have in your stash. I just grouped together darks with lights or sometimes darks with mediums.    Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

Big Dipper for blog

This video has step by step instructions for making the Big Dipper blocks. I demo trimming the hourglass units using a piece of shelf liner with a hole in it to hold the ruler in place.

Trimming of Hourglass with shelf liner

Gorgeous fabrics, ugly fabrics, old fabrics, and new fabrics – it doesn’t matter – you can use anything you like in this quilt! Two pairs of 5 inch squares will make a block that finishes 7 inches.

Pairs of squares

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

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

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

Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt and the Sawtooth Star Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on my Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt.  This is a quilt I designed several years ago to showcase a collection of fabrics I designed for Windham Fabrics.  The fabrics have sold out long ago but this quilt design is timeless!  Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/yLkkv9czLFw

Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt USE THIS

This video has step by step instructions for making the Sawtooth Star block.

Sawtooth Star block

Including very detailed information on making the Flying Geese units and mastering connecting corners!

Flying Geese magnifying glass

I’m having fun playing with and learning what my video editing software can do.  And where did I go to learn how to use this magnifying glass effect?  YouTube of  course!

The Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt pattern is available for purchase from my website.

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

https://youtu.be/yLkkv9czLFw

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

Large Flying Geese Alternate Construction Method

The large Flying Geese used in my Deli Geese Block Project can also be made from larger squares and therefore do not have a center seam. Great layer cake idea! And when using just one background fabric for the larger triangle in a light bodied Flying Geese unit, it can be faster and more efficient.

To make large light-bodied Flying Geese this is what you need:

One  9 1/4″ square of background (light) fabric – this is going to turn into the larger triangle in the unit

Four  4 7/8″ squares – yes these can be cut from 5″ squares!

squares needed

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 4 7/8″ squares.

diagonal line

2. With right sides together, place two of the 4 7/8″ squares on top of the 9 1/4″ square in opposite corners. Sew a “scant” 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal line.

Stitch on each side of diagonal line

3. Cut on the diagonal line.

cut on diagonal

4.  Set the seam and press towards the smaller triangles.

Press

5. Sew the remaining 4 7/8″ squares onto the large triangle portions of the units.

add remaining squares

6. Cut on the diagonal line. Set the seams and press towards the smaller triangles.

cut

7. This method will yield four large Flying Geese units per set of squares that will measure 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ at this point (unfinished).

four flying geese units

I’ll be using this method a lot in my Deli Geese Block Project since I am still able to utilize all those 5″ squares I’m so fond of!

Enjoy!

Pat

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

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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

Turnabout Block and Fabric Choices

I’ve been making lots of these Turnabout blocks and having a blast!  Working with some of these vintage and visually challenged fabrics can sometimes be tricky. Note that I did not call them ugly; that would be politically incorrect. VBG!

Some of the blocks are turning out better than others.  These are blocks that are not going to make the cut and find their way into this quilt.  The fabrics just mushed together. My spell checker is telling me “mushed” is not a word, well it is in my world.

Blocks that didn't work

When I auditioned the fabric squares they looked like they were going to work well together.  I think the problem is that the circles in the lighter fabric are about the same scale as some of the flowers in the blue fabric.

Squares I started with

So back to the fabric pile to choose another light to go with this floral print. I’m not giving up on using the blue floral since I have a whole yard of it I cut up into 5″ squares. I can’t even blame it on a fat quarter trade and say someone gave it to me; it was a whole yard which means I purchased it!  So here are some lights that I thought would make a better combination with the blue floral.

Better choices

And now the finished blocks! I can actually see the pattern all those wonderful picket fence units are supposed to create in this block.

Final Blocks

Before I put some of the blocks together I took the time to see what this block would look like scrappier and not so controlled, and I like the look.

Scrappy dark

Scrappy light

This would be a great way to make this block if you do not have sets of four for your darks and lights and are working with single squares.

Next blog:  Working with stripes in the Turnabout block.

Pat