Catch A Wave

I uploaded a video to YouTube introducing a quilt project I am working on. I call it Catch A Wave and it is my version of the classic Ocean Waves quilt.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

I have always loved the Ocean Wave quilts and I had 2 1/2″ strips that were calling to me so I have started on this quilt.  Limiting my palette of colors to just blues, greens, and the shades in between. The quilt image shown below is the lap size.

The block is an 8″ block made up of triangles in two different sizes.  Ten 2 1/2″ half square triangle units in each block as well as four more 2 1/2″ half square triangles and two 4 1/2″ half square triangles.

I’m using different shades of orange on the opposite corners to add some sparkle to the quilt and to help hide  my less than stellar machine quilting abilities.

The simple pieced border blocks I selected for this quilt are the same size in length as the main block which allows me to sew the border blocks to the quilt blocks during the row assembly.  I love this construction method!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

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I am also continuing 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.

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

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

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Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Color Me Happy Pattern Giveaway!

Color Me Happy is my Block of the Month.  To enter this giveaway all you have to do is like my Facebook page and like the Facebook post dated Jan. 29th  by noon on Feb. 2, 2015. This giveaway is for one set of the instructions that will include all 13 steps.

I’m spending today assembling pattern packets for Color Me Happy and I thought a giveaway was the perfect way to spread the word about this BOM! As I was putting them together I realized the setting I used for this BOM would be a great way to set the Deli Geese blocks together.

CMH assembly

I love this setting! By adding half-blocks to the rows on opposite ends, it’s an easy and fun way to create more interest in the quilt rather than using just a plain 3 x 4 set.

Then, the assembly method I used is a cinch! The whole quilt is put together in rows, the border pieces are part of the row!

CMH pg 1 pattern front

So for those of you that are stitching up the Deli Geese blocks, give this setting a try. It’s easily adapted to making a larger quilt simply by adding more blocks in each row and more rows to the setting.

Color Me Happy pattern packets are available on my website.

I also offer a Licensing Fee option for shops and guilds, please contact me if you are interested.

Enjoy!
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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Retreat November 17, 2014

I am retreating all this week with quilting friends in New Glarus, Wisconsin! I got up early yesterday (around 4:30am), loaded the van, shoveled snow for an hour before heading out of town. We arrived yesterday afternoon and have settled in for some quilting, catching up on what everyone’s been up to, and just having a great time.

I brought several projects along to work on; one is the UFO I took to work on during a couple of teaching trips. It’s still not done but I do enjoy making these blocks, which is a good thing because the design I’ve decided on needs 140 blocks!

UFO blocks

I have two different sets of churn dash blocks with me that are ready to be set together into quilt tops. They are just positive and negative versions of the same block. I liked both versions and since I have no shortage of fabric in my life and I love to piece blocks I’m making both!

Playing with a tub of 6″ floral squares I’ve combined them with solids. This version has the solids making the churn dash in the center.

Churn Dash A

And this version has the florals creating the churn dash.

Churn Dash B

I’ll also make the next pair of Deli Geese blocks.

Deli Geese

I have a few more projects with me, one can never bring too many to a week long retreat and sometimes I get tired of a project and want to work on something else for awhile.

Hope your week will be as great as mine!
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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A Twenty Year Old UFO!

I have some down time on this road trip so I planned ahead and brought some projects to work on. I dug out a UFO that has to be around twenty years old!  The blocks are 6″ and a variation on the traditional Northwind block.

UFO 1

These are some arrangements I’m considering; grouping them into sets of four that would then finish 12″.

UFO 2
UFO 3
UFO 4

So far I have 52 of the blocks done. I’m not sure what my original plan was for these blocks but I think it may have been for a twin size quilt.

52 blocks

I have some nice stacks of parts all coordinated for blocks and then I have some parts that don’t go with anything!

parts

This box is about is about a third full of the pre cut parts and I have no clue how many there are.  I could take the time to count them, which would appeal to the accountant in me, I could just wing it and make blocks until I run out of parts and design the quilt from what I have, and that would appeal to the artist in me.

Box of parts

Whatever I decide to do I will keep you posted with the progress.  Anyone else out there inspired to dig out an old UFO and work on it?

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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