Category Archives: Quilt Fabrics

Amish Ohio Star Quilt – Great for Beginners!

I’m back from quilt camp and cannot believe how much I got done!  I was able to finish this Ohio Star Quilt.  The fabrics are a 6-inch bundle from Craftsy.com. The line of fabric is called Boundless, and the color way is called Crayon Box.

When these arrived, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Then I knew I was going to do Ohio Star blocks. Once I had a few of them, I could see, with the luscious colors, all this quilt needed was a little bit of black fabric for the border to make these colors really pop!

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. Craftsy is one of my favorite websites for video quilt classes.  And I’m starting to get hooked on their fabrics too!

 

 

 

10 Pinwheel Patterns for Spring – Quick and Easy!

purple This year I have gotten crazy for half square triangles.  It’s such an easy unit, yet you can make such complex designs with them.  The pinwheel pattern is a perfect example.  I think every quilter has either made a pinwheel quilt or wants to make one.

This is one of those blocks that, depending on the fabrics you choose, can give you dozens of different looks for your quilt.  It can easily be made by a beginner and yet can be incorporated into a sophisticated pattern by more experienced quilters.  Here are just a few patterns that show you how really different this quilt can look depending on the setting and fabrics.

pinwheel flowers PinWheels Quilt

Pinwheel Spinning Around

Preppy Pinwheels Quilt

Pinwheel Jam Quilt

Scrappy Pinwheel Flowers

Tutti Frutti Double Pinwheel Quilt

Pinwheel from Laura Nownes

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt

Stars and Pinwheels Quilt

Pinwheel Boxes

Happy Quilting!

Deborah

 

 

P.S.  If you order a pattern from the above links, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

 

 

What Do You Use for Quilt Backing Fabric?

As quilters we focus a lot of time on choosing our quilt tops. But then comes the time to choose a quilt back. Often we haven’t given it much thought. But there are lots of decisions to make when it comes to the back of your quilts.

Color and Pattern

There is a wide variety of choices available to you when it comes to quilt backing. It’s usually not too difficult to find a matching fabric that you like and think will complement the quilt top. I, myself, like to choose a busy printed fabric because I hand quilt most of my quilts, and the stitching on the back, for me, does not look as good as the stitching on the front. With a busy pattern, the stitches will not be readily visible on first glance.

Using Extra-Wide Fabric

The easiest way to back a quilt is to use a backing fabric that is over 108 inches wide, as opposed to the traditional fabric width of 45 inches. This way you do not have to piece to panels together to cover the back of your quilt. As long as your quilt is not over 108 inches wide, then this type of fabric will work. Amazon.com offers a many choices of wide backing fabric for quilters you can see here. 

Piecing 45-Inch Fabric

If you choose to go with a fabric that is 45 inches wide, then you will need to piece two panels together to cover the back of your quilt. You will want to make sure the seam between the two panels falls in the center of your quilt on the back. The seam usually is centered vertically. However, my philosophy of quilting is that there are no rules that can’t be broken. If you feel the seam should be placed horizontally on the back, that will work too.

CreativeQuiltBacksPieced Quilt Backs

A popular trend in quilting is to add piecing to your quilt backing. This often gives a little surprise to viewers as they discover, not only your beautiful quilt, but a little something extra on the back. Craftsy offers a FREE video quilt class called “Creative Quilt Backs”, teaching several ways to incorporate more creativity into your quilt back. I was happy to find this series of videos, and they are really well done. I’m excited to try out some of the techniques shown. There are six videos and I’ve only gotten through the first three and I’m excited about what I’m seeing!

If you sign up for the free videos, here is what you’ll learn:

– Simple calculations for planning your quilt back and determining fabric quantities
– Piecing together large-scale prints for dramatic effect
– Using a pieced strip to break up negative space
– Floating a block with the help of a scaled drawing
– Using your design wall to build a patchwork back with scraps from your stash

What fabric and technique will you use for your next quilt backing?

Deborah

 

 

PS: Signing up for Craftsy is free and the class is free.
(If you sign up, I do receive a small commission when you use my affiliate link. Thank you, in advance, for contributing to my fabric stash money!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Give-Away! Green Fairy Quilts Offers Winter Wonderland Jelly Roll

winterwonderlandrollQuilt Show News is happy to announce its May Give-Away!! You can be entered to win the Winter Wonderland Jelly Ross from Green Fairy Quilts.

We know you’re starting to plan Christmas presents for next year. Here is a sweet jelly roll to get you started!

Leave a comment below and you will be entered to win!

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Winter Wonderland – Sample of what’s inside.

Quilters who comment before midnight Eastern time on May 24th will be entered to win. We do not ship prizes internationally, so this contest is open to United States quilters only.

Good Luck!

AND Congratulations to Diane Leimbach who won last month’s give-away!

Where to Find Great Quilt Fabrics Online

Benartex Fossil Fern Charm Pack

Benartex Fossil Fern Charm Pack

By Deborah Richmond

Call me lazy, but I love to order things online, especially quilting supplies.  When the UPS man arrives, it feels like someone has sent me a present, and it’s Exactly What I Want!

Craftsy offers many fabric bundles and packs.  I just ordered two Benartex 5″ Fossil Fern Charm Packs.  

 

I also ordered a FREE pattern ” Daisy Baby” that I am DaisyBabyImagegoing to make with the charm packs! I downloaded the pattern to my computer and saved it in a folder I call “Craftsy Patterns” so I will know where it is when the fabrics arrive.

Craftsy is becoming one of my favorite websites because they have such cool quilt videos, kits and fabrics. And that’s not even mentioning all of the other categories that I haven’t dipped into yet, like knitting, embroidery, art, photography, paper crafts.  If you haven’t signed up for a free account, you should do so right away and take a look at the goodies they have, especially the sale items! (Full disclosure, I do get a small commission when you sign up or purchase from Craftsy.)

Sincerely,
Deborah

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