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Oh Me, Oh My, How Time Flies!

It’s always amazing to me when I see we are approaching the middle of what was a new month. I haven’t decided if it’s because the older I get time seems shorter, or if time really is flying by.

I do know the SEW HOT IRON REST GIVEAWAY is almost over. If you haven’t entered now is the time to do so. The Giveaway ends April 14, 2019 at 12am. I will be announcing the winner on Tuesday April 16, 2019. Click here to enter the giveaway!

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I entered a designer fabric challenge through Modern Quilt Guild. They sent me five fat eighths. I was looking at them and thinking, “What am I going to do with these?” The upside of this challenge is I can use additional fabric from the same designer in my challenge. I decided to design a quilt. I’m calling it Star Blossoms.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

I have completed the nine star blocks. Five of them are 20.5 inches square including their borders and four of them are 14.5 inches square with their borders.

The designer is Riley Blake. I really like all of their collections and since I had some fat quarters and scraps I was able to use them with the five fat eighths I received. It was definitely a challenge in choosing fabric and which star block to make. I had one block I was going to use this great fabric for and I totally mis-calculated what I needed to cut and wasted two perfect fat quarters. It just about made me sick. However I was able to use some of it in another star block. Whew.

Here are some pictures of the star blocks I made.


I used Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy, Shortcake, Wild Bouquet, Vintage Crayola, Granny Chic Solids, Gingham Small Cotton Yellow and of course, the five fat eighths. I think they came out pretty good. I like star blocks and let me tell you I have tons of quilt designs crowding my mind with all of the various blocks I have found. I need more paper and pencils!

I used the five fat eighths in the Ohio star block, Sawtooth star block, Fractured star block and in Star Struck star block.

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

The background is going to be white, Riley Blake Designs white, of course and the border is a red print and the backing is a blue plaid, again, Riley Blake Designs fabrics. I’m using Aurifil MK-50 2026 (white) thread for all of the piecing. I haven’t decided on the quilting part yet. It just depends on how it comes out once it’s all put together.

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and various dies to cut these stars. Let me tell you, that is such a time saver. Not to mention how much easier it was to cut half rectangle triangles. No calculating on my part. So thank you Accuquilt! You made cutting block pieces so much easier.

Thankfully I have until the 31st of May to get this all finished. I did get the hard part completed. I will have more pictures later.

Until then, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway. I am going to be having another one in about a week. So be sure to sign up for the emails. You will want to enter this one as well. Oh, I do love giveaways!

One last thing, I am entering several quilts I have made in a quilt show that is being held Saturday, April 13, 2019. My stomach is doing flip-flops. It’s the first time I have ever done anything like this. It’s one thing to give my work to family and friends, but to have my quilts on display for strangers to look at…. well… flip-flops. Thankfully there isn’t any judging on these. Okay, that’s it for now.

Until next time – Spring is here – what’s blooming in your quilting?

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I’m So Excited!

It’s time for the great unveiling! The Union Square Quilt has been officially released today! Yay! I am so excited!

Union Square Quilt in Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton.
Back of Union Square Quilt made with Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton

I had a lot of fun making this quilt. I was able to use my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and my Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces needed for this quilt block. I saved a lot of time using the cutting system and have accurate cuts.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

The fabric I chose for this quilt along is Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy by Dodi Lee Poulsen and Small Cotton Gingham Yellow. The yellow gingham made me very happy while putting the blocks together. I was surrounded by a lot of snow when I was making this quilt. All of the colors and happy prints brought spring into my wintry home.

50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026


50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026

from: Fat Quarter Shop

The quilting is a very simple line done in a horizontal and vertical 2 inch pattern. It actually compliments the pattern of the quilt. I used Auriful thread MK-50 #2026 (white) for all of the piecing and quilting. I am just going to admit it, Aurifil thread is my favorite thread to use. It’s the first one I reach for when I am piecing and/or quilting.

The wool pressing mat and the Tailor’s Clapper made a huge difference in the pressing of my pieces. Crisp seams and pointing points make a beautiful block.

Quilter’s Best Pressing Mat

Fat Quarter Shop now has the Susanna’s Scraps Collection fabric available for you to make this wonderful classic and vintage quilt.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

These are the links for the Union Square Quilt so you can make one yourself:

Pattern: https://static.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/UnionSquare-BlockPatternFINAL.pdf

Quilt Kit: https://www.fatquartershop.com/union-square-quilt-kit

Backing Set: https://www.fatquartershop.com/backing-set-for-union-square-quilt-kit

Susanna’s Scrap Collection: https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabrics/susannas-scraps-betsy-chutchian-moda-fabric

Blog Post on Jolly Jabber: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/classic-vintage-union-square-free-pattern-video-tutorial/

YouTube video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXLBH4HoMpA

I hope you have as much fun as I did in making this quilt. I would love to see your final quilt. You can email me your photo at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I would be happy to share it on my blog so everyone can see your creation.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time – Quilt along with us! Union Square Quilt!

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