This series of mini quilt patterns are due to arrive next month and are a great way to use up scraps AND perfect your piecing skills. But don’t panic because these little babies are paper-pieced!
All of the quilts measure just six by eight inches! And the patterns are very reasonably priced – that was an unexpected surprise!
Sherri Hisey has developed her own line of foundation paper. It has a rough texture so it doesn’t slide under the pressure foot and comes in two sizes. Both can be run through a printer so no tracing required!
I can’t wait to try this! Why not teach a paper-piecing class and let the students try it? What a great use of those 2-1/2 inch squares and other mini pre-cuts!
Carl Hentsch of 3 Dog Designs has several new releases expected next month – and all of them are stunning!
Enchanted Window is a perfect setting for a panel. Just a few companion prints make a nice sized throw. And, since the panel is the focal point – and therefore doesn’t have to be pieced, this can be done in a matter of hours!
Kalani combines two different blocks that form a stunning pattern. The fabric choices make the quilt!
Mai Tai is made of just one block that is rotated to create the pattern.
Juliette is an intricate nosegay block that is pieced so there are no inset points. What a stunning result!
Once again, Carl’s fabric choices make the block design pop!
Ripple shows the range of his talent – a paper-pieced masterpiece!
Through the Woods is striking with gradations of color on a black background.
Last but not least, Where Eagles Soar would be a great six-month block of the month.
This stunning bargello quilt is bed sized – what a great focal point for an entire room!
These patterns are due to arrive the middle of January so order them now!
In their own words: More than 28,000 quilters have joined the Splendid Sampler online quilt-along–and now Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson return with 100 all-new block patterns to inspire quilters all over the world, all over again!
Along with blocks from Pat and Jane, quilters will find beautiful designs from superstar quilters including Lissa Alexander, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan, Susan Ache, Betsy Chutchian, Rob Appell, and more. Patchwork, appliquéd, embroidered, and foundation-pieced blocks provide plenty of opportunities to try new techniques, while a quilt gallery offers fun ideas for arranging blocks. Quilters can share their progress online and experience the joys of quilting with this very special community of quilters.
In case you need to catch up, here is the original 100 blocks:
What a great way to learn! Join the online group and you have a multitude of experts to help and provide inspiration!
Toni Smith is a self-proclaimed gamer and has been selling her quilts at conventions for years. She was asked so many times for patterns that she finally bit the bullet and produced her own pattern line.
These patterns are done with a form of paper piecing. Two and three and a half inch strips are sewn together and sub cut to create the characters. The seams are pressed in opposite directions so everything nests perfectly.
These patterns are fairly simple and a great way to introduce children to quilting!
To see the full line of Toni’s patterns, visit our website. How fun would it be to do a series of these quilts to decorate a rec room or children’s room? Or add borders to turn any of them into a quilt!
All of these patterns are expected to arrive this week so place your order now!
“A self-proclaimed gamer and geek, I have been selling my original Comic Book and Video Game quilts at comic, video game and pop culture conventions for years. After being repeatedly asked by cos-players to sell my patterns, we decided to start the pattern line. I also travel to teach classes, lecture and give trunk shows.” Tori Smith.
Super Cute Paper Piecing by Charise Randell is full of charming little projects that provide instant gratification. These little bits of paper-piecing are the perfect foundation for totes, bags, pouches, pillows, and even a small quilt.
In this case, the projects are so cute, you don’t need any commentary from me:
What a great way to add paper-piecing to your skill set! And, if you already paper-piece, this book is a no-brainer!
I have always loved Judy Niemeyer designs but didn’t have the time to make many of her larger projects. That is why I am loving these smaller ones that showcase one technique and, in some cases, can be done in an afternoon.
My Two Baby Sisters showcases two six inch blocks and a twelve-inch block which use the exact same technique to create this eight pointed star. What a great class! Who doesn’t want to learn how to make these blocks without fussing with inset and Y-seams? Additional papers are available because you know these will become go-to gifts.
This Poinsettia design makes piecing circles simple – and at 30″, is the perfect centerpiece for a round table. Once again, additional papers are available.
Fractured Star in an 80″ square. In Judell’s words: The Fractured Star was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only 1 foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding, and success.
I can’t say it any better than that so why even try???
These patterns are due to arrive in August so consider them for your Fall series of classes!
Paper-piecing has become main stream and it is due to designers like Cindi McCracken. She has shown a new generation of quilters that accuracy and precision are easy to achieve. Any of her new releases would be great classes to introduce your customers to this technique.
All of the patterns include the paper-piecing foundations and since they are repetitive designs, your students can actually finish an entire block in class. Each pattern also features an awe factor.
In the Echo table runner, the blocks can be placed horizontally or vertically to create totally different looks. Have your students complete a block and run color copies of it so they can play with block placement.
Desert Wildflower is set on point – another opportunity for a teachable moment. And look at the pieced border on Off Kilter – a two for one learning opportunity. And look how modern Starlight Pathway looks because she created a secondary pattern with the background fabrics. These patterns are all due in by the end of the month.
There are several pics of “book” quilts showing up on Facebook. And when I say books – take that literally! For that book lover in your life, why not make them a throw to cuddle under while they read?
This quilt is a simple paper-pieced pattern so everyone will be successful. Make a nice sized throw or add “books” to create a bed-sized quilt. Wouldn’t this be great in Tim Holtz fabric? It is designed to be fat quarter friendly.
I love this quilt because it gives you the perfect opportunity to personalize it. Write the titles of their favorite books on the binding. Or, write a favorite quote on the cover. What a great gift for a favorite teacher. Change up the fabrics to make a perfect masculine version!