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
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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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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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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 5

Right now I’m in California and the temperature could get up to 74° today.  When I left Saint Paul yesterday morning it was -12°!  During my down time today, and before the lecture tonight, I am alternating computer work with walking laps around the parking lot of the hotel were I am staying. I just can’t pass up taking advantage of this great weather!

Now for the borders on the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.  I utilized my planned leftover half square triangles in this pieced border.  I sewed them together, changing direction in the center of each border.

Pieced Border Strips

Many times when adding a pieced border, I rely on an inner border to make my pieced border fit my quilt; not this time. With this pieced border I am going to adjust the pieced border in the center by inserting coping strips or taking a larger seam.

This is a close up of the center portion of the pieced border, with the half square triangles changing direction, and before the adjustments were made.

Center before coping piece

After measuring my quilt top and my pieced borders I discovered that I needed to add a couple of inches to the top and bottom borders to make them fit the quilt top.  So I just ripped out the center seam and inserted this coping strip.

Top and bottom with coping piece

The side borders were just 1/2″  to long to fit the quilt, so I simply took in the center seam. Yes I chose a different treatment for the side borders than I did for the top and bottom borders, I love making up my own rules!

Sides with center tuck

And here is the quilt top with borders added! It’s pinned onto my design wall sideways.

Top with Borders added

On my list of things to do when I get home is to load this on the longarm and get it quilted!

Of course this quilt is a great use of 5″ squares!

Enjoy!
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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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 4

It’s time to show you the progress I have been making on the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.  The blocks have all been sewn into rows and all the rows are sewn together!  This is the quilt top so far pinned sideways on two of my design walls. I’m loving it!  There are about 90 different blues and over 100 different reds.

Sweet Land of Liberty quilt top before borders

For the pressing when sewing the sashing blocks to the cornerstones, I decided to press away from the sashing and towards the cornerstones. This is the wrong side of a sashing row section showing the pressing.

pressing of sashing B

I’m also pressing away from the sashing and towards the blocks when sewing together the block rows.  This is the wrong side of a block row section showing the pressing.

pressing of sashing

I do love this quilt and the sashing I chose for it, which of course starts me thinking about other main blocks I could use with the same sashing treatment.  For a simpler and faster block you could just select some wonderful large scale fabric and add the connecting corners in the same manner so you still have those planned leftover half square triangles. Layer cakes (those 10″ squares) would be a great choice for these blocks since you could trim away just 1/2″ for the needed size of 9 1/2″.

alt block idea

Of course this quilt is a great use of 5″ squares!

Enjoy!
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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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 3

Below are my hourglass units all ready to be sewn into the sashing blocks for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.

plates of hourglass units

The main block is going to measure 9″ (finished size), so I am adding spacer strips to my hourglass units to make my sashing block finish the same size in length as my main block.  The spacer strip is cut 2 1/2″ x 4″.

2 HG and spacer

Sew two hourglass units to a spacer strip and press towards the rectangle. The sashing block should measure 4″ x 9 1/2″ at this point (unfinished).

pieced sashing

More assembly information on this quilt will follow in another post.

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 2

This quilt is coming along nicely and I love it when the quilt looks just as good as I imagined it would.  This picture shows half of the blocks up on the design wall with the pieced sashing blocks.  Red cornerstones still need to be selected and added before everything is sewn together.

on design wall

I’m working with prints and plaids in the blocks and I went to my stash of already cut 5″ squares and selected an assortment of prints.

Blue prints

Then I went to my stash of already cut plaids and picked out some wonderful ones.  The plaids are all from upcycled shirts!

Plaids

To make the block you need:

four 4″ squares of background (light) fabric

four 5″ squares of blue, I used two plaids and two prints

squares for snowball blocks

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background square.  With right sides together stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line (towards the corner you are going to cut away). I am making planned leftovers; the bonus half square triangles will be used in the pieced border that I am adding to this quilt.  Stitch a second seam a scant 1/2″ away from the first.

Connecting corner for two units

Cut on the diagonal line.

Units cut on diagonal

Set the seams and press the seam on the larger unit towards the light and the seam on the half square triangles to the dark. Set aside the half square triangle units for the pieced border.

two units

Arrange four different units as shown below and sew together.

arrange units for block

More assembly information on this quilt will follow in another post.

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty and Hourglass Units

During the past two months I’ve been gone from home teaching almost nonstop and have not done much with the charity quilts I’m making.  Four Square is ready to be loaded on the longarm and quilted, but it’s going to have to wait a couple more weeks.  I’m packing for a week long retreat, non teaching- I get to quilt!  I have started on my third charity quilt and am taking it with me to work on.  Below is the EQ6 drawing of the quilt, I’m naming it Sweet Land of Liberty and it will go to Quilts of Valor.

Sweet Land of Liberty EQ6 image

To make Sweet Land of Liberty I am making lots of hourglass units.

4 hourglass units

To make hourglass units from 5″ squares, select one dark and one light square.

1 dark 1 light

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 5″ square of background (light) fabric. With right sides together, place the marked background square on top of a square of the main fabric

Line on background

2. Stitch a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam on both sides of the diagonal line.  I always sew my seams using a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam allowance. This is a slightly narrower seam, about a needle-width narrower than the full 1/4″. This narrower seam allows for the thickness of the thread in the seam allowance, the pressing of the fabric over the seam, and results in a more accurately sized unit.  Give it a try!

Stitch on each side

3. Cut on the diagonal line to yield two half-square-triangle units.

Cut on diagonal

4. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam toward the dark fabric.

press to dark

5. Select two different half square triangles and draw a diagonal line on the back of one of them that is perpendicular to the seam line.  Do not trim these units up!

two different hst

6. With right sides together and with light and dark fabrics opposite each other, center the marked unit on top of the other unit. Nestle the center seam and pin in place. Sew on both sides of the diagonal line.

dark against light

7. Cut on the diagonal line. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam to one side in each unit.

Stitch and cut

8. You are ready to trim!  The easiest way trim this unit is with a 4″ square ruler. Simply lay the ruler on the unit with the corners of the ruler lying right on top of the seams.  Trim all four edges.

square up 4 inch ruler

To make four hourglass units that have two different dark fabrics in them like the units shown below simply start with two background squares and two different dark squares and follow steps 1 through 8.

2 dark 2 light4 hourglass units

Enjoy!

Pat

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

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