June 2013

Tutorial for Crosses and Star

This tutorial is for the block “Crosses and Star”.

StarandCross

Download the PDF file for the templates here   –  StarandCrossTemplates

Cut 12 of Template A

Cut 4 of Template B

Cut 4 of Template C

Cut 1 of Template D

Cut 4 of Template E

Cut 4 of Template F

StarandCrossDiagram

Using this slightly wonky diagram as a guide, begin by sewing one E and one F to each side of  C.

Next, sew A to F, and another A to E. Then sew a third A to E-F. Repeat for the remaining three corner units.

Sew the top two corner units to each side of B. Press toward B.

Sew a B to each side of D. Press toward B.

Sew the bottom two corner units to each side of B. Press toward B.

Sew the top units to B-D-B, and finish by sewing the bottom units to the other side of B-D-B.

Until next time,

Joan

 

Celebrating Rock Music With Aurifil

Pat Sloan is hosting a designer block of the month, sponsored by Aurifil Thread. This project started in January, with a new designer featured each month. Each designer has constructed a block that was inspired by a rock music song. The designers were also required to use the fabric line “Rock and Romance.” These are the blocks for May and June.

May’s designer is Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. Jackie runs an online quilt shop and has a long-arm quilting business. Her block for May is called “Rock Around the Clock,” as homage to Dick Clark and American Bandstand. This is Jackie’s block:

jackies-aurifil-block

 

This is my version of Rock Around the Clock:

AurifilMay

It is interesting how color placement can completely change a block. This is a fun and very easy block to make. If you would like to make this, you can find the instructions here.

June features Norwegian designer, Wencke Wolff Hatling.  Wencke (pronounced ven-key) designs quilt and embroidery patterns and owns a quilt shop, Northern Quilts, in Norway. Prior to designing quilts, Wencke worked as an architect. Her quilt designs are very whimsical and include lots of applique and embroidery. Wencke’s block is inspired by the song, “Everything She Does Is Magic,” by Sting. This is her block:

helfoto

And this is my version of the block.

AurifilJune

I really like this block. This would make a darling baby quilt. If you would like to make this block, you can find the instructions here.

While playing with the free collage tool at www.fotor.com, I used some of my blocks from this project to make this fun collage:

Collage

Until next time,

Joan

Back to Work!

sunset

Well, it’s back to work after a lovely trip to Maui with our family. We had a wonderful time taking day trips, basking in the sun and snorkeling. We stayed at Honua Kai again, and I can highly recommend this condo resort. The units are all individually owned, but there always seems to be units available if you book far enough ahead. All of the units have beautiful kitchens, and each unit has a washer and dryer which is great if you have kids with you.

kitchen

 

The kitchen is nice if you have had a full day in the sun, a sun burn, and just don’t want to get dressed to go out! Ask me how I know that….. We actually ate breakfast and dinner in each day, and had a really nice lunch out which saved on the food budget. There is a full grocery store a block away, so foraging for food was a snap. Our two most memorable lunches were at Mama’s Fish House (fabulous!) on the northeast side of the island, and a farm tour and gourmet lunch at the O’o Farm on the slopes of Haleakala.

beach

There is a very nice coral reef a short distance from the beach in front of the resort and the snorkeling was terrific. We saw a multitude of beautiful fish, giant green sea turtles, eels (agh!) and a group of  dolphins that swam right by us. The weather was a little windy and it rained (misted) a few times, but all-in-all we had a wonderful time.

Sadly, it’s back to the grind but we are all rested and ready to go.

On another upbeat note, I received this in the mail:

Aurifil

Wowie! You might remember I wrote about my being April’s winner in the Aurifil-sponsored Designer’s Block of the Month hosted by Pat Sloan, and this is my prize. This collection of Aurifil thread is called “Art Kit” and it was put together by Edyta Sitar who is a Moda fabric designer and pattern designer for Laundry Basket Quilts. There are lots of very versatile colors in this collection and I know I will use every one of them! I love using Aurifil because I don’t have to clean a lot of lint and gunk out of my machine after I use it. So….thanks very much Aurifil and Pat Sloan!

Until next time,

Joan