I love this! In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!
This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:
It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
It makes a great demo.
AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009
It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6
Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!
Deb Heatherly and I are not only Creative Grids® designers, we are also friends. She has designed four of our most popular tools – Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star, Turbo Four-Patch and the Ultimate Flying Geese.
We both travel and teach – and love to demonstrate Creative Grids®. My latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Log Cabin Nights, was inspired by one of her quilts – Steps to the Stars.
Here is the story. I was working on a king sized quilt and needed a final border. I loved the way Deb combined Strippy Stars and Courthouse Steps blocks in her pattern. As a border, however, I needed a darker look that would frame the quilt and be striking when it was hanging off the side of a bed.
I completed the quilt – and loved the border. There was a long dresser in the room that was scratched on the top. What is a quilter to do? Make a dresser scarf of course – and Log Cabin Nights was born. Look at your patterns as inspiration and see what happens!
I just noticed a white spot on the top of the buffet….back to the sewing room.
Think how much joy we get from quilting. It is not just a hobby. Quilting becomes a way to show friends and family that we love them. Classes, quilt shops and guilds provide a social aspect. And many quilters use it as a way to pay it forward by donating quilts. What can you do as a shop owner? Provide them with the tools that they need to quilt as long as they possibly can!
As we age, hand strength becomes an issue. Many women have mentioned that cutting the entire length of the ruler is an issue. They tend to slip and move away from the edge of the tool as they extend their arm. The perfect solution? The Creative Grids® Stripoology rulers. The weight of this ruler is enough to hold it in place without slipping so those with carpal tunnel issues won’t have to apply pressure to their thumbs to hold the ruler in place. And since the rotary cutter is placed in slots, every strip will be the same width.
Be sure to share the Creative Grids® Stripology Squared ruler as well. It is smaller and may be easier for an aging quilter to manipulate.
An added bonus? Since you don’t have to re position the ruler with each cut, you can cut 75% faster than with a traditional ruler. For those who can only rotary cut for limited periods of time due to arthritis, cutting 15 minutes instead of an hour is huge!
But sometimes, another ruler is required. That is when The Gypsy Quilter Gripper comes into play. The Gypsy Gripper is designed with two suction cups that attach to any smooth ruler surface. The Gripper ensures that even pressure is applied to the cutting surface so you can relax and rest your hand comfortably over the handle. Since no death grip is required, this tool is recommended for anyone with hand issues such as arthritis and carpal tunnel. Your hand is always away from the rotary cutter so your fingers are out of harm’s way.
There are also smaller sizes. Check our website for other options.
I love this four inch log cabin trim tool! It makes me look like I actually know how to piece – WELL! Believe me, it is not me – it is the tool!
Look at “America the Beautiful”. This 28″ x 40″ flag was pieced with the log cabin trim tool using a variation of the courthouse steps block. I used Soft and Stable as the batting so it lays perfectly flat when it is hanging on my door – the perfect decoration for those summer barbecues. It is fat quarter friendly so it is easy to kit as well.
Check out this pattern by Jean Ann Wright. See how the blocks are placed to create a star in the center. This is done with 2 1/2″ strips – which are due to arrive this month. Kitting has never been easier.
This tool comes in a four inch, a six inch, an eight inch, and a twelve-inch size. Show them blocks in every size. The technique is the same – let them choose the size that they are comfortable with!
Finally! A tool that cuts ovals! No more elongated half circle hot dog shapes! The Creative Grids® Ovals All Ways Ruler designed by Karla Alexander, cuts ovals, semi-ovals, and quarter-ovals from 3″ x 4 ½” to 8 ½” x 10″ and every half-inch between. Since this ruler is designed to be used in multiple ways, additional markings are included for techniques such as fusible applique, piecing and turned-edge applique.
If only my laundry looked so good! Spin Cycle showcases a variety of ways to use this ruler. And don’t you just love the color combinations? Trading Places uses the positive and negative space to create even more interesting patterns. And then there is Enchanted! Jasmine would have been proud to fly on this magic carpet!
And since they are ovals, they are even easier to piece than circles. Watch the video for even more inspiration! Why not teach a class on ovals and ease them into the Circle Savvy? But with all of these possibilities, they will want to stay and play for awhile!
This seven sisters setting of a Diamond Wedding Star is breathtaking – a perfect example of when less is more! And the perfect fabric choices? This heirloom strip set by Timeless designed, or course, by the Niemeyers! Check out these Market releases!
When quilts become art – Autumn Pines can be the focal point of any room.
These quilts are the newest additions that feature the Diamond Wedding Ring templates by Creative Grids®.
Why not combine the new with these classics from Cut Loose Press and Quiltworx?
You might as well schedule the class right now because who could resist these Hippie Zips? And who could make just one?? We have everything you need -hooks, line and
zippers to create these Market releases!
Bacon and Biscuits – a perfect name for an apron – is pieced and fully lined by turning it inside out through the arm openings. The binding over the raw edges is extended to fit around the neck and create the ties. Simply brilliant and oh so easy! Both of these patterns feature her Creative Grids Round Up Tool.
Although Terry is the queen of fast and fun, her roots are in quilting. Her newest quilt pattern – Birthday Presents – is striking in its simplicity!
Visit our website to see everything by Atkinson Designs. Her designs are truly classic!