Friday, October 8, 2021

Antique Cheddar Houses Old and New

I'm sew excited to give you a sneak peek at my secret sewing project that will soon be coming to your mailbox, newsstand, quilt store or bookstore. Okay, it is soon to be published in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine!!!

 Just a tease for now. 

 Antique cheddar houses quilt top from my Starley Quilt Collection with mini repro blocks. Blocks are from the amazing Homestead Harvest Collection by Me and My Stitches - Julie Letvin. Fabric by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It is still available in limited quantities - released earlier this year. You'll need fat 1/8's of each print (24 in all) or get quarter yards (more is better) to make the soon-to-be-published pattern, So if you find some, snatch it up and get ready to SEW!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

2021 Color Challenge - August Pattern -Mushroom

 Cool new Geese block for the August Color Challenge.

For the 3rd year, I'm joining in on a fun project run by Jen of PBJ, Patterns By Jen; her awesome free mystery quilt - the 2021 Monthly Color ChallengeAugust pattern link. Pattern is free during August.

This year the inspiration is healthy fruits and vegetables. August's pallette is supposed to be the standard tan Mushrooms. However, I'm taking my color cues from the more unusual orange mushroom to match my prior blocks. 

There are some really cool orange mushrooms - look at this collage of them from The Nature Treasure Hunt.

Jen provides great instructions for each monthly free pattern and gets fab sponsors/prizes too (see more below). Join in by posting a picture of your block at her link-up (see pattern link above).

August's Geese again features the quick & easy way to create a flock of flying geese but I wanted to do a scrappier version so I modified the pattern and used 2 fabrics (triangles instead of a large square) for my geese. 

Next step is to draw sewing/cutting lines on the background squares. I use a special ruler to mark all the lines. 

Next place the small squares on the large and sew on the lines on both sides of the center lines.

Next cut apart on the center lines (unsewn lines) and press out. Add another small square to the 2 new units.

Cut again on the center lines and voila, 4 easy Flying Geese units. Pair each goose with a rectangle and then join these sets together for a cool new block.

Here's why I wanted to use 2 different geese fabrics - to coordinate with the blocks I made in the previous Color Challenges. I think they will make a fun little quilt!

Please visit the other quilters making this month's block to see their cool blocks and some mushroom recipes too. 

August Bloggers

Anja - Anja Quilts

Sandra - Textile Time Travels

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Designs

Patti - Patti's Patchwork

Ashli - Quilt 2 End Alz

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts



Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric

Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Antique Signature Quaker Quilt

 Zimmerman family quilt from Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania, 1840s - Starley antique quilt collection.

The quilt was made for Cecilia Zimmerman.

Detail from the Zimmerman quilt

Another one of the signature blocks

Happy to share these treasures with you in live presentations - in person or via Zoom. Contact me to arrange an antique trunk show and/or antique quilting study sessions or quilting classes. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Utah - Around The Block - US Tour - Block 23 - Utah

 I hope you have already been touring and sewing all around the United States with the Around - US Tour! If not, then you have a LOT of new blocks to learn about since we are already on Block #23. Yes, you'll have a great new sewing project for the new year. Of course with Utah being the Beehive State, I had to make a beehive block. And since the top right corner of the state was cut out for Wyoming, I had to add that too. I used colors that represent the natural beauty of our "Pretty, Great State".

Of course, you can travel virtually to all the states (and some territories too) or just make a few of your favorite blocks. Perhaps you'll make a small quilt representing the states you've lived in or visited. Maybe that will make a big quilt if you moved or traveled a lot. You'll want to visit the main site after you are done making your Utah block.

I hope you'll enjoy this tutorial.  (PS. A bit about me -Sandra Starley - Textile Time Travels. I'm an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser & an avid antique quilt collector. I love sharing my collection in virtual online trunk shows (can't wait to do live ones again) and quilt classes -see tabs aboe for more info. I'd love to come to your guild, show, or shop. I  enjoy recreating quilts in my collection and design new ones -patterns available in my Etsy shop Textile Time Travels. Follow me via Textile Time Travels on  FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  

**All the instructions are listed below. Nothing to download** 

The cutting and piecing is all simple so if you are new to quilting, please jump in!!

You'll just need scraps as the longest cut is 5 1/2". ALL strips are cut 1 1/2" High. I used 2 blues alternating (light and medium) for background and 2 yellow/browns for the Beehive. Plus 1 small rectangle for Wyoming (top right corner) and 1 small square for the hive opening. Just 6 fabrics.  All cutting measurements are below next to the pictured rows.

Row 1 - Lt blue 1 1/2 x 5", Light 1 1/2 x 2"

Row 2 Med blue (2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2, Yellow 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Row 3- Lt blue (2) 1 1/2 x 2, Brown 1 1/2 x 3 1/2"

Row 4 Med blue (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2, Yellow 1 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Row 5 Lt blue (2) 1 1/2 x 1, Brown 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"

Row 6 Yellow (2) 1 1/2 x 3, Dk. brown 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Sew by ROWS - join pieces. Start with row 1, sew blue and light pieces together. Row 2, sew blue to yellow and then add another blue to the yellow. See the layout above and below. 

Join rows in pairs and then join the pairs together. And then you are done!!! Block measures 6 1/2.

PRESSING: Press all row piecing seams to the center, inward. Press all the row joining seams downward. See the picture below of the block back:

And here's the completed block again. Hope you enjoy making your own version of UTAH, the Beehive State! 
Shout out and thank you to Cheryl Lynch for letting me play with her new fabric line: Mosaic Masterpiece for Hoffman Fabrics

Visit my Facebook page Textile Time Travels for a chance to win great prizes via our block designer 

Hope you'll visit all the prior and future block designers. For more info visit the Around the Block - US Tour Center 

Week 24 Puerto Rico 

 Week 25 Rhode Island

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