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

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Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt and the Cross Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on the Cross Block for 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 pattern is timeless!  Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/sBkKnWUgHDk

Steamer Trunk Treasure Quilt USE THIS

This video has step by step instructions for making the Cross block.

Steamer Trunk Cross block

While making the sample block to show at the start of the video I fell in love with simplicity of this block and how easy it was to make.  It’s been several years since I made the Steamer Trunk Treasure quilt and at the time I was under a tight deadline (1 week start to finish) to get it done in time for Quilt Market and really didn’t have the time to enjoy the process.

Cross block

This time I took the time to enjoy the construction of the block as I was mentally making notes on how I wanted to present the demo of it and any hints that I wanted to pass on to a beginner quilter, or anyone making this block for the first time.

I think I will be making a quilt someday using just this block, it’s one of those projects that can be worked on between other projects when you just need to do some stitching and don’t want to do any thinking!

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

With this video I also announced 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.

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.

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

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

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 Broken Dishes aka Disappearing Hourglass

This blog contains the information on making the Disappearing Broken Dishes block from 5″ squares. The block will finish 7″ and will not have bias edges!

Disappearing Broken Dishes

I know many refer to this block as the Disappearing Hourglass but I already have several sample disappearing blocks made from what I usually call an Hourglass Block. This is the block that I normally picture when I think of an Hourglass Block .

Hourglass Unit

And below is the block I’m starting with and I normally think of this block as the Broken Dishes block so that’s why I’m calling this the Disappearing Broken Dishes block.

Broken Dishes

All you need to make this block is two 5″ squares of a dark or medium fabric and two 5″ squares of background fabric.  Sew these squares into half-square-triangles and square up to 4 1/2″.  If you need detailed instructions on how to do that you can find that information here on a previous blog post of mine.

four hst units

Sew the four half-square-triangles into the block as show below. This block should measure 8 1/2″ at this point.

Broken Dishes

To make the disappearing block we need to cut this block into three equal sections in both directions.  Now if you happen to have a calculator handy you will see that 8 1/2″ divided by 3 is not a nice easy measurement to work with, it’s 2.83333, what kind of a measurement is that! It’s not 2 7/8″ (2.875) and it’s not  even 2 13/16 (2.8125).  So in my world I say it’s a couple of threads less than 2 7/8″.  Don’t panic yet, the good news is that you only need to measure a piece of paper to that size once and use that as your template.

Ruler with paper template

I have Electric Quilt so I just drew a 7″ finished sized block, divided it into three equal parts and had Electric Quilt print a template.

Cut the block into nine equal pieces.

Block cut into 9 pieces

Arrange the pieces as shown below and sew together.

pieces arranged

Disappearing Broken Dishes

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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You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

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Heartland Quilters Retreat Columbia, IL

Quilt retreats are tons of fun and Nickel Quilts are a perfect project to work on at retreats, whether they are in a group workshop or as an individual project.

The Heartland Quilters Guild in Columbia, Illinois choose my Combination Unit workshop in which seven different quilts can be worked on, all in the same workshop.

The quilt chosen by the most participants was Labor Day Stars; it is an individual pattern and can be purchased on my website.  When making the Combination unit my way we end up with mirror image units and the Labor Day Stars quilt uses both of these units in the same quilt. We create stars spinning in two different directions. When the quilt is assembled there will be sashing between the blocks to help camouflage the fact that the star points sometimes would line up perfectly and other times would be off by about an inch and a half!

Here are blocks by three different workshop participants, do you see the left spinning and right spinning stars?

LD Stars

LD Stars D

LD Stars B

This quilter decided on a little bit scrapper look.  That’s one of the things that I love about my designs, they can be controlled with fewer fabrics for those who don’t like scrap quilts or are just not comfortable going really scrappy or they can be super scrappy!

LD stars C

A few others in the class chose Labor Day Madness and the Pinwheel quilt to make. Instructions for these quilts can be found in Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. With these two quilts we use one of the mirror image units in the Labor Day Madness quilt and the other unit in the Pinwheel quilt.

Here are four Labor Day Madness blocks and four pinwheel blocks.  Notice that this quilter used three different pinwheel variations.

LD Madness A

Pinwheel

Here are two more sets of the Labor Day Madness block and it’s bonus pinwheel blocks.

LD Madness and Pinwheel

Another wonderful workshop and another group of quilters having fun working with 5″ squares!

Pat

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

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

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