Monthly Archives: April 2014

900 and Counting – Quiltmaker Rolls Out A New Issue

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Welcome to “Seams Like a Plan”!

If you’re reading this, you are no doubt looking for sneak peeks at the blocks included in Quiltmaker Magazine’s new special issue, 100 Blocks, Volumn 9.

Well, here’s mine:

"Common Thread" by Anne Wiens

“Common Thread” by Anne Wiens

It’s called “Common Thread” and is block #900, the last block in this issue, which should be on your newsstand next Tuesday. Of course, if you leave a comment at the end of this post, you could win a copy!

The prototype block is made from all scraps.

I kept a scrappy theme, but changed up the coloring just a bit for three quilt ideas.

The first quilt is pictured in the 100 Blocks designers’ gallery section. A friend gave me a yard of a print featuring cats “helping” in the sewing room. “I saw this and knew you had to have some.” she said. I have the best quilty friends in the world!

"Spools & Bobbins 1" features a center panel of cats "helping" in the sewing room...just like my three do! (2013 Anne Wiens)

“Spools & Bobbins 1” features a center panel of cats “helping” in the sewing room…just like my three do! (2013 Anne Wiens)

You should see the quilting on this piece. I gave it to Tiffany Barcus at Unique Quilting. I told her it had a Victorian vibe to me, and I only had one request…that she quilt a spiderweb in one corner. It’s a common theme in crazy quilts popular in that era. She had carte blanche with the rest of the quilt. She obviously had a lot of fun!

You’ll notice that while the blocks in “Spools & Bobbins 1” have various pinks, the corner diamonds have the same blue and green fabrics.

"Spools & Bobbins 2" by Anne Wiens (2014)

“Spools & Bobbins 2” by Anne Wiens (2014)

I have to be honest. I don’t love this top as much as I had hoped I would. They say a little yellow goes a long way, and in this quilt, it goes a little too far. If I were doing it over, (I’m not – it doesn’t bother me that much) I’d use the purple diamonds in pace of the gold ones. Then again, I might go back to the original idea of all scraps in those diamonds.

Which brings me to “Spools & Bobbins 3”, which isn’t finished yet, but here’s a block:

Common Thread by Anne Wiens 2014

Common Thread by Anne Wiens 2014

This block goes back to the scrap diamonds, but instead of an off-white border, uses the same white-on-white for all of the background. All of the blocks in “Spools & Bobbins 3” will have the same teal blue “thread”, and there will be more diamonds in the borders.

This one will be the most contemporary of the three quilts. I’ve toyed with taking it Amish or Modern, using all solid colors and either a black or white background.

Now…for the 100 Blocks, Volume 9 give-away.

Leave a comment below and tell me, how many spools of thread would you guess (you don’t have to count them) do you have in your collection, and what is the most common color?

One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the week.

Thanks for stopping by “Seams Like a Plan.” If you click on the blue “Follow Seams Like a Plan” button at the top of the page, you’ll be notified whenever I publish a new post. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, but there’s usually a block or quilt pattern involved.

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Bits & Pieces

"Bits & Pieces" by Anne Wiens 2009

“Bits & Pieces” by Anne Wiens 2009

In May 2010, my local quilt shop, The Creative Needle, hosted a launch party for The Thrifty Quilter: Make (Nearly Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric. This little quilt was not in the book, but it was in the shop window display, draped over an antique treadle sewing machine. All of the quilts from the book were on display in the shop, but it seemed everyone was interested in this one. I blame the frogs. They’re just too cute.

Recently I posted this photo on the Thrifty Quilters group page on Facebook, and had many requests for the pattern So here you go:

Here's what you need to make this quilt in various sizes.

Here’s what you need to make this quilt in various sizes.

Lots of charts and numbers here. As you notice from the chart above, the crib and lap size quilts use the “small set” of Thrifty Quilter pieces, and the Twin, Full and Queen sizes use the “large set” of pieces. Choose the quilt size, and cut your scraps accordingly.

You noticed that I gave you piece counts instead of yardage amounts for everything but the sashing and binding. This is a true scrap quilt.

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BnP 5

Step 4

BnP 3

Step 5

BnP 6

Step 6

BnP 4

Step 7

BnP 8

“Bits and Pieces” is a great way to use up….well, bits and pieces of scrap fabrics!

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Join me here tomorrow morning for a sneak peek at my “Common Thread” block from the upcoming Quiltmaker Magazine  special edition, 100 Blocks, Vol. 9!

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Categories: Other Blocks & Patterns, Quilts, Quilts, Scrap Quilts, The Thrifty Quilter System, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns, TQ Patterns | 2 Comments

Waste Not…Make More Quilts!

When we make Flying Geese in the Thrifty Quilter system, we use the “stitch and flip” method- two small squares and a rectangle equals one “goose”. Of course, this method leaves us with small “waste” triangles.

You can use those, you know.

Okay, I confess, the trimmed-away triangles from small set geese (2.5″ squares and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles) do wind up in the dog-bed pile in my studio, but recently I made a flock of large set (3.5″ squares and 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles) geese, and those trimmed-away triangles are perfect for making 2.5″ half square triangles…HSTs in quilt-speak. Let me show you:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3.5" square, and a second line 1/2" from the first line. Sew on both lines.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3.5″ square, and a second line 1/2″ from the first line. Sew on both lines.

Trim the corner 1/4" from the first line. Press seam open and repeat on the other end of the rectangle.

Trim the corner 1/4″ from the first line. Press seam open and repeat on the other end of the rectangle.

I now have the "goose" for my project, and two HSTs leftover.

I now have the “goose” for my project, and two HSTs that can go into my 2.5″ squares bin.

These HSTs are just a little too big, and need to be trimmed down.

Many square rulers have a 45 degree line that goes into a corner.

Lay your ruler down so that the 45° line is on the diagonal seam. The left and bottom edges of the square extend past the 2.5" lines on your ruler. Trim the right and top edges.

Lay your ruler down so that the 45° line is on the diagonal seam. The left and bottom edges of the square extend past the 2.5″ lines on your ruler. Trim the right and top edges.

Flip the HST around and line the diagonal line on the seam again. This time the left and bottom edges should be right on your 2.5" lines. Again, trim the right and top edges.

Flip the HST around and place the diagonal line on the seam again. This time the left and bottom edges should be right on your 2.5″ lines. Again, trim the right and top edges.

 

 And here are a couple of blocks you can make with these “bonus” HST’s:

1 – “All Points” (8″ block)

For this block you need four pairs of HST's, one 2.5" square that matches each pair, and four white 2.5" squares.

For this block you need four pairs of HST’s, one 2.5″ square that matches each pair, and four white 2.5″ squares.

For each pai of HSts, sew one to a matching square and the other to a white square. Notice the orientation of the diagonal seams in the photo. All of the HSTs must look the same going through your machine.

For each pair of HSTs, sew one to a matching square and the other to a white square. Notice the orientation of the diagonal seams in the photo. All of the HSTs must look the same going through your machine.

Now you can sew those pairs together to make four "point" units.

Now you can sew those pairs together to make four “point” units.

Now you can sew the points together to complete your "All Points" block.

Then sew the points together to complete your “All Points” block.

 

2. “Rocky Mountain” (8″ block)

For this block you need ten matching HSTs, plus two 2.5" white squares and one 4.5" print square. This block is a good choice for "fussy cut" 4.5" squares.

For this block you need ten matching HSTs, plus two 2.5″ white squares and one 4.5″ print square. This block is a good choice for “fussy cut” 4.5″ squares.

Sew two strips with three HST's and one white square. Notice that the HSTs "point" to the right.  Sew two pairs of HSTs. Notice that the pairs "point" to the left.

Sew two strips with three HST’s and one white square. Notice that the HSTs “point” to the right. Sew two pairs of HSTs. Notice that the pairs “point” to the left.

Sew the HST pairs to the left and right sides of the 4.5" square.

Sew the HST pairs to the left and right sides of the 4.5″ square.

Now sew the strips to the top and bottom to complete your "Rocky Mountain" block.

Now sew the strips to the top and bottom to complete your “Rocky Mountain” block.

Remember- Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 hits newsstands on May 6th, and includes a brand new totally TQable block.

Watch this blog for a sneak peak sometime during the week of April 28th!

Categories: 8" TQ Blocks, HST's, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns | 1 Comment

Here We Go Again!

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May 6, 2014 is the official release date for Quiltmaker Magazine’s latest collection of quilt blocks, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9, and one of the blocks is mine!

Of course, I can’t show you a photo yet, but I will give you a sneak peak at it, and at least one of the three quilts I designed for my block, during the pre-publication Blog Roll the week of April 28th.

 

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