I am so excited to be part of this blog hop with my fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors. Now it is my turn and I'm going to fill you in on the V-Block tool plus some tools I use to enhance my pressing.
So to get started you just need to decide on what size finished unit you would like to make. The size strips to cut for each of the 11 possible finished sizes are listed on the slanted end of the tool. I picked a size and cut strips the correct width from 2 fabrics - a gold for the center triangle and a luscious green for the side triangles.
Schedule for Tuckerize Your Quilting Blog Hop
Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
Tina Dillard, Quilting Affection Designs
Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler
Sarah Furrer, Studio 180 Design
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Marie McKay, Ribbon Star Studio
Debbie Chiarelli, Quilts by Debbie (guest blogging for Tina Dillard)
Michelle Hiatt, Sew On the Go
Rosella Hanson (guest blogging for Tammy Silvers)
Bonny Peters, Cat Den Mountain Quilts (Hey, that's me!)
Lydia Ziegler (guest blogging for Karen Overton)
"Tuckerize Your Quilting" is a blog hop designed by Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors to share their love of the tools plus more. It starts on Monday so prepare to do some blog hopping. Check out the schedule below. My contribution will be Saturday the 20th. I know you won't miss that one but each post will have information that you won't want to miss.
Monday, July 15th
Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis tamarinis.typepad.com
Tina Dillard, Quilting Affections http://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, July 16th
Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler https://thequiltrambler.com/blog/
Sarah Furrer, Studio 180 Design https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news
Wednesday, July 17th
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads www.quilthaventhreads.wordpress.com
Marie McKay Ribbon, Star Studio ribbonstarstudio.com/blog
Thursday, July 18th
Deborah Chiarelli, Guest Blogging for Tina Dillard http://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/
Friday, July 19th
Michelle Hiatt, Sew On the Go http://sewonthego.blogspot.com
Rosella Hanson, Guest Blogging for Tammy Silvers tamarinis.typepad.com
Saturday, July 20th
Bonny Peters, Cat Den Mountain Quilts https://www.catdenmountainquilts.com/project-journal
Lydia Zeigler, Guest Blogging for Karen Overton https://thequiltrambler.com/blog/
Today I am unveiling my new company logo. Check out the Home tab to see a cute bobcat with glasses - that's me - in front of a delectable mountain block representing Cat Den Mountain where I live. The logo was designed for me by Tammy at Gem Graphics in Keene, New Hampshire. I am in awe of her talent.
Having a new logo also meant it was time to redesign my website. Most of it is the same but the look is different. I hope you can find what you are looking for when you visit. The new look will launch later today with the posting of the July installment of the CQG 2019 BOM. My next task is to reformat my patterns. I will slowly be bringing the new versions of them online. So far only "Alternate Ways" has gotten the face lift. since one is now done, the rest should be easier to bring up to speed. My patterns will still be available in both paper and digital versions.
In other news, I now work for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. My role is behind the scenes formatting patterns for inclusion in the issues. That entails translating the designers' vision into the high-quality pattern for which TQPM is known. Using CorelDraw, I draft the diagrams to accompany the written instructions. It is a lot of work but also very enjoyable seeing a pattern come to life.
It is my goal to not be so much of a stranger. I'll try to keep you better informed about what is happening on the mountain. That may include some wildlife videos so stay tuned.
Electric Quilt has a Design Challenge this month using Deb Tucker's Island Batik collection Twilight Chic. I participated in a blog hop for this awesome collection not too long ago so this challenge was right up my alley.
I had a design that I had worked on a while back that hadn't quite been finished and this seemed the perfect time to do just that. The texture in the Island Batik fabric really adds to any quilt.
Do you see what I mean about texture?
This is the block I used in my design. It looks complicated, doesn't it? Well it isn't! The first thing to do is make a Shaded Four Patch. The technique sheet tells you how to make using your Tucker Trimmer.
Can you see the Shaded Four Patch in the block? No? That's because the lower left corner has been popped using the awesome Corner Pop tool.
Now let's take a Sliver off the right side. This is a technique for the Corner Beam tool.
Almost there. Let's just give it one more little pop on the lower right corner.
Now the fun really begins when you put more than 1 of these blocks together. Isn't this fabulous?
Thanks for stopping by and joining in the challenge.
As many of you know, I design patterns that are published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. In the March 2019 issue you will find my latest design, Happy Pinwheels.
If you are interested in subscribing to The Quilt Pattern Magazine, click here and use the discount code: CDMQ.
Before I forget, I want to share pictures of the tops from the patterns I tested in this month's issue of TQPM - Burst & Telluride Puzzle. I really enjoyed piecing these interesting patterns.
For full disclosure, I work for TQPM formatting patterns from other designers for the magazine. I don't get any extra money for promoting. I just love the magazine.
Today I was sewing the sample for a mystery quilt that will be published starting in the October issue. When it gets closer I might tell you more about it. IT is twin size and will be a nice project to work on over the winter.
Also, check out one of my local quilt shops, Four Pines Quilting, in Claremont, New Hampshire. March marks the start of the BOM I designed called Modern Twist. There are 4 colorways so there should be one you'll love. They mail nationwide so everyone can enjoy.
That's it for now. Talk to you again soon.
As a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design I was asked if I would like to participate in the Island Batik Twilight Chic Blog Hop hosted by Studio 180 Design. Twilight Chic is Deb Tucker’s signature collection for Island Batik designed by Kathy Engle.
The schedule for the entire blog hop is:
Monday, February 4Tuesday, February 5Wednesday, February 6Thursday, February 7Friday, February 8Saturday, February 9
Since today is Thursday it is my turn so here goes. Since I started quilting in 2012 I have spent a lot of time designing patterns that use five 1-yard cuts. In 2017 I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design. Since then my design focus has changed to incorporate the Studio 180 Design tools. Today I want to share how I designed the block for my Tumbling Stars quilt.
Loving the Split Rects tool, I set out to design a block that used that unit. For a square block, I came up with this preliminary sketch.
I decided to put Split Rects in the side rectangles and Flying Geese in the top and bottom positions.
To me this looked like a star that had gotten a little squished – like it had rolled and had its’ star points pushed in. Hmmm, …. Tumbling Stars. I had a name but how could I make it look like it was rolling? Maybe if I put something in the middle on an angle it would have that impact when I rotated the block.
I liked where this was going. Maybe I needed a center that didn’t move.
Excellent! Just what I was looking for but how was I going to piece the middle? I needed to draw in a few more seam lines.
I did it! I had a block that would appear to roll as I rotated it plus I could make all of the units using my Studio 180 Design tools – Split Rect, Wing Clipper I and Tucker Trimmer I. Each block had 2 Type #1 Split Rects, 2 Type #2 Split Rects, and 2 Flying Geese of the same size, plus 2 smaller Flying Geese, a Shaded 4 Patch and a square.
Next up was fabric selection. The fabrics in the Twilight Chic collection supplemented by some of the Island Batiks basics made that part easy. Island Batik and Studio 180 Design provided the fabric and I got busy.
It took very little time to make all of the components and piece the blocks. My fabric calculation used less than a yard for 4 of the fabrics and about 1-1/8 yard of the background. My goal of creating a pattern that utilize five 1-yard cuts was realized. So here it is – Tumbling Stars.
Finally, there is a giveaway:
I wanted to share with you the outcome of my galaxy class on Saturday. It was so much fun to work with a great group of quilters. As I said, there are 2 different sizes for this pattern. I was fortunate enough to have some working on each size. There were 2 working on the small 2" units, 4 working on the medium 3" units and 3 working on the large 4" units.
Everyone was able to finish at least 1 of each block. Check them out.
Do you see what I mean about the various combinations of fabric? Each one is awesome but also so different. I'm not sure which combination I like best. The large blocks made with 4" units looks so huge compared with the small blocks made with 2" units, don't they?
Looking at the fabric combinations give me feelings of the beach, Christmas, 4th of July, elegance, coziness, cheer, and more. For me, this is the best part. I can't make every combination of fabrics so this is the next best thing - drooling over the selections other have made.
Here is the wonderful quilters with whom I spent the day. There were a couple of shy ones in the back but a tremendous group of women.
I love teaching because it allows me to share my love of quilting with such great folks! I can hardly wait for my next workshop.
Next up is my post for the Island Batik Twilight Chic Blog Hop hosted by Studio 180 Design. Twilight Chic is Deb Tucker's signature collection. Be sure to catch all of the blog posts. My post is on Thursday. Here is the complete listing:
Monday, February 4Tuesday, February 5Wednesday, February 6Thursday, February 7Friday, February 8Saturday, February 9
Today I am busy getting everything packed up to take to a class. I am teaching the Studio 180 Design pattern Galaxy at a workshop for my guild, Cheshire Quilters' Guild, in Keene, New Hampshire.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing the various combinations of fabric. I've gotten sneak peeks at a couple of them and they are awesome! I'll post some pictures afterwards so you can enjoy the variety too!
Here is a picture of my Christmas version of the medium size. The medium size is made using 3" finished units. The small uses 2" finished and the large uses 4" finished units. This is an awesome way to create multiple sizes for a pattern because the design is exactly the same. Below is the small version I made.
The fabulous thing about this design is the illusion of circles. There is only straight piecing in this quilt but our minds round things out. The key to getting the circular illusion is to have good contrast. The green and the blue contrast nicely with the red to create the design.
In other news, I am taking part in a blog hop this week. I will be sharing how I designed my quilt Tumbling Stars. Stay tuned!
It was a busy year but 2019 looks to be busier. I am hoping to keep you better informed of all that is going on. To begin with, I want you to be aware of what occurred in 2018. In this post I'm going to share my publications.
I had five patterns published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM). In January was my pattern Practice Makes Perfect. The first 2 pictures below are of that pattern. The next shot is of Union Stars which was published in March. This was a collaborative effort with my online quilting BFF, Joanne Maner. The second version of Union Stars is still waiting for the quilting to be finished. (It is on my list but the list never seems to get any shorter.) Also in the March issue was my article Binding With Accent Flange Tutorial.
The May through August issues included the installments of my Intersections mystery. Spoiler alert - the tropical and Christmas versions of Intersections are shown below. I pieced the Christmas version along with other quilters on Pattern Pastiche which is the private online community for subscribers to TQPM.
The July issue included m pattern Star Shine. I couldn't decide on a color palette so I made both a Spring and an Autumn version. For some reason I don't have a picture of the Autumn version. I will try to remedy that before my next post.
That bring me to my last pattern for 2018, Over Easy. I have a 2nd top for Over Easy waiting it's turn to be quilted. No picture of the top so I'll try to get that before next time too. In October I joined the staff of TQPM as a pattern formatter. Starting with Star Shine, I have been formatting my own patterns for publication in TQPM using CorelDraw. Now I am also formatting patterns form other designers for publication. I have learned some things through this process that I wouldn't have otherwise so I am finding this arrangement to be very educational.
Well, that's it for my publications in 2018. I'll be back soon with more about my 2018 activities..
I know I'm repeating myself when I say that this year is flying by! Here it is March already. I'm off to one of at least 4 retreats this year. This first one is with other Certified Instructors (CIs) for Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design tools. I am looking forward to catching up with members of my class plus other CIs from around the world.
It is also time for me to announce my one goal for the month. This month I will be concentrating on the Wing Clipper tool. I am making Love Links. This is a fabulous design and provides for loads of practice using the Wing Clipper.
I forgot to take a picture of the fabrics I'm using but I am hoping to have my tops done in a week or so.
So to reiterate, my One Monthly Goal is 3 Love Links top. Each is made with either 1/2" x 1", 1" x 2" or 1-1/2" x 3" finished flying geese. The 'links' will be made using Crackle. I can hardly wait to get busy on them. I'll give you an update when I've got some progress done.