Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cherry Jubilee

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cherry JubileeLog cabin quilts are among the most beloved of all designs and styles. The versatile Log Cabin quilt block can be set in so many interesting ways and it plays so well with other design elements! Case in point…one of our most popular free log cabin quilt patterns….Cherry Jubilee by Kathleen Anderson-Weber! The sweet touches of applique set off these basic patchwork blocks so well. See for yourself:

CherryJubilee600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cherry JubileeIt’s summer on a quilt! Cherry Jubilee finishes at 60 1/2″ x 76 1/2″, a great size for sofa snuggling.

Download the free Cherry Jubilee lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie! And it comes with 2 more bonus log cabin quilt patterns: Log Cabin Legacy by Sherri Bain Driver and Caribbean Blue by Jan Douglas.

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Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene Oddie

OddieMarlene225px Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene OddieWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Marlene Oddie of KISSed Quilts! Marlene’s new wall quilt pattern, Mountain Pass, is in the October/November 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss Marlene’s quilt pattern giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hi blog readers! It is great to be here again; you may remember me from the 2011 McCall’s Quilt Design Star Challenge. It has been a few years and I’ve been busy with all sorts of projects, which included a move to a smaller town and taking my long-arm quilting service into a commercial space where I now have a quilting studio, KISSed Quilts, that includes about 450 bolts of fabric, thread, and notions along with my own patterns.

Mountain Pass 600px Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene OddieThe project Mountain Pass in the Oct/Nov 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts came about because of a similarly designed project that is near and dear to my heart. My mom leads a group of quilters in Apache Junction, AZ that makes Bags of Love which are given by child protective services and other similar agencies to children taken from a home and placed into foster care. Most often when removed, the children have nothing and are not allowed to take anything with them due to meth infiltration to all of their possessions. This “bag of love” is made by the group of volunteers and includes a quilt, toys, stuffed animal, and gender and age specific personal hygiene items. About once a year I have occasion to visit the group and often provide a tutorial on a new quilt design.

The basic zigzag design was presented to them with a different border treatment to meet size specifications that they need, but also to give their quilts a little bit of design interest, yet minimize the number of seams. Most quilts are labors of love, but when you are making over 400 a year, they tend to be fairly simple in their construction. I thought this concept would also give them some seams as quilting guides.

I use EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7 software) currently for most of my designing (Congrats #EQ25!). I started with a Vertical Strip Quilt and used a Points A strip style since there is a sample ‘Lightning’ design that uses that method. One could also use a Horizontal Strip Quilt and a Points B strip style – sometimes I start playing and don’t realize there is another way (perhaps even easier way!). I also experimented with making larger size quilts (below). But ultimately I originally just wanted a 48” x 60” quilt for the charity group and kept it simple with a single border.

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It might seem a bit tricky to get the pieces aligned properly in each row so that they always stitch out flush, but once you figure that out it goes really quick!

TrianglesComp Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene OddieI prefer cutting my borders on the length of fabric and always cut the lengths to size (opposite sides should match) before sewing them onto the quilt top. This helps minimize a wavy border!

I had an opportunity to quilt two red and white quilts for the Red, White and Quilted book published by AQS and wanted some practice of modern quilting before diving into the actual quilts. I used the zigzag sample I had made and I had this beautiful red and white border print from Jinny Beyer, so I incorporated that into a new border concept. I then went to town on the quilting. This gave me confidence to move ahead with the quilts for the book.

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MountainPassFabrics Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene OddieAs Marcus Fabrics provided yardage from their Rustic Winds collection (right) for my Quick Quilts project…the name Mountain Pass emerged to the Quick Quilts team. I love how it bridges the gap of this modern design to these more traditional and fall themed fabrics. A great name choice! I used a black and white filter to check the value of the fabrics so that they would make a visual impact based on their placement in the quilt.

The border fabric is not a border print per se, but in looking at the repeat of the motif, I chose to cut it so that it had a similar look from all four sides. Although I prefer to cut my borders on the length of fabric, I liked the striped direction for the small borders which required me to cut it on the width of fabric and piece it together—but a stripe fabric is easy to line up the design so that it looks continuous.

Mountain Pass FLAT 600px Mountain Pass: A Visit with Marlene OddieThe quilting is an edge to edge design, hand guided on my Gammill Optimum plus, called “Indian Summer #1 Petite” by Patricia E Ritter and available from Urban Elementz. I used Aurifil 40 wt #2350 and The Warm Company’s Warm & Natural batting.

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I have a technique detailed in my book You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners on how to do a binding completely by machine.

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I’m excited to share this technique for making a zigzag design with you and hope you will find this to be a great way to make a quick zigzag too!

My original 1st round entry to the McCalls Quilt Design Star 2011, 1892 Rondure, has been adapted into a pattern, Rondure (quilts shown below), and is now available from me directly or through your local quilt shop. I am planning a 3 day intensive retreat to make this design, April 25-27, 2017 in Grand Coulee, WA. Contact me at marlene@kissedquilts.com for more details. I’m giving away a copy of the pattern through the McCall’s hosted contest below.

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Thanks, Marlene!

Leave a comment below before midnight August 30, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for a copy of Marlene’s Rondure quilt pattern. The winning name will be drawn on August 31 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

If you’d like to make a Mountain Pass wall quilt and don’t already have a copy of the October/November 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Mountain Pass quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: It’s Beginning to Look A Little Like Christmas!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s Quilting Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines work far ahead on their projects, and this weekend that meant some holiday stitching! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:

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Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras writes, “Here’s something I made on Saturday: a Christmas wall hanging based on the pattern for Merry Merry, a bed runner by Wenche Wolff Hatling in the new Best Christmas Quilts 2016 from Quilters Newsletter (which I edited). It’s all done with traditional piecing, no templates or foundations needed. I used blenders from Sweetwater’s Cookie Exchange collection for Moda, and I really like it. I’ll quilt it when we get a little closer to Christmas; it’s still too early for me to be in the holiday mood.”

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And from editor Tricia Patterson: “Christmas or Valentine’s Day? I cut out these lovely Hoffman Batik fabrics for the color option of a pattern in a future issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Piecing the quilt top was at the top of my to-do list this weekend. My goal is to have it ready for a photography session later this week, to meet a deadline for the February/March 2017 issue. Now, that’s planning ahead.”

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Keepsake Quilting online editor Cate Prato is getting ready for some important stitching. “I didn’t actually sew, but I did wash a bunch of fat quarters by Moda and Red Rooster in prep for cutting a ton of HSTs (half-square triangles) for a wedding quilt.”

 

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Editor Gigi Khalsa reports, “This weekend I was able to finish a baby quilt I’ve been working on in spurts. I made a fun pieced back, quilted it with free-motion meander (I’m getting better at free-motion quilting, but I’m not perfect! But for a baby quilt, it’s not bad at all.), and got the binding done! The front is a surprise for now, but here’s the back and the finished quilt folded up.”

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Managing editor Paula Stoddard shares, “This weekend I finished up the project I started 2 weeks ago. This design by Alli Jensen will be featured in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting. I love love love these fabrics and this design! Can’t wait to get it quilted!”

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Acquisitions editor Lori Baker had a tough time with her weekend stitching. “I spent what little time I had this weekend free-motion quilting. It didn’t go very well. I have skipped stitches and the thread broke more than just a few times. I gave up. I’ll do more troubleshooting tonight when I’m fresh. I do think I’m going to like the fill I’m using – a combination of loops and leaves.”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Almost Amish Star Blossoms

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Almost Amish Star BlossomsAs a Pennsylvania native, Amish quilts have a special place in my heart. I have many happy memories of seeing Amish quilts hung out on clotheslines, visiting Amish fabric shops, and standing in jaw-dropping awe at Amish bed-turnings, watching quilt after beautiful quilt appear almost as if by magic. There’s also something about the typical dramatic color scheme of an Amish quilt that’s just right as we move into the fall quilting and decorating season. That’s why this week’s Friday FREEbie is Almost Amish Star Blossoms, by Deb Moffett-Hall:

Almost Amish 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Almost Amish Star BlossomsDoesn’t this quilt just say “cozy autumn”? This free almost-Amish quilt pattern includes instructions for a super-quick and fun technique for making 32 half-square triangle units at a time. Sometimes called sheeted triangles, this trick requires no special rulers or other equipment. Besides being fast, this technique is super accurate because your units are a bit large and then trimmed down to exact size, a secret trick of many perfect piecers.

Almost Amish AD 400px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Almost Amish Star BlossomsAs you can see by the Assembly Diagram at left, assembly of the quilt top is very straightforward. The bits of applique are added before quilt top assembly, making them very easy to handle.

You’ll want a deep, dark, true Amish black fabric for this quilt. KeepsakeQuilting.com carries just the fabric you’ll need, at a fantastic price point!

Download the free Almost Amish Star Blossoms lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie! And it comes with 3 more bonus Amish-inspired quilt patterns: Amish Sunset by Kelly Corbridge, Ohio Amish Star (a true Amish antique; maker unknown), and Amish Nine-Patch by Janet J. Worley.

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Color the Boxes: A Visit with Jessie Kurtz

Kurtz Jessie 225px Color the Boxes: A Visit with Jessie KurtzWelcome guest blogger, teacher, and author Jessie Kurtz of Harding Hill Designs! Jessie’s new lap quilt pattern, Color the Boxes, is in the October/November 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss Jessie’s quilting book giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hello! I’m so glad to be guest blogging today! If you don’t know me, I’m Jessie Kurtz, pattern designer at Harding Hill Designs. I love to design patterns for ALL types of quilters.

My pattern Color the Boxes, in the October/November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, not only comes together quickly, but it’s also great for precuts, or great for dipping into your scraps! Color the Boxes comes together with 2-1/2” squares and 2-1/2” strips. Perfect for your favorite precut collection!

Color The Boxes 600px Color the Boxes: A Visit with Jessie KurtzI LOVE quick quilts! Because of the sheer amount of amazing fabric available today I’m usually already planning and plotting my next project before my current project is finished.  I’m sure there are a lot of you doing the same!

When I set out to design a pattern I usually start with a single block and expand from there. I’ll “draw” the block in Adobe Illustrator and then play with the layout, color, and values. I like to lay out the block in Illustrator in lots of different settings and layouts. Sometimes I’ll add in a second or third block to change the look and feel of the quilt. For me it’s a fun way to play with different shapes and see a bunch of different finished layouts. From there I edit the layouts and then create the written pattern with piecing instructions.

Color The Boxes FLAT 600px Color the Boxes: A Visit with Jessie KurtzRecently I had a lovely conversation with a woman I met when I was traveling. She talked about a quilt she had started, but gave up on because she felt discouraged and felt that she wasn’t a good enough quilter to keep going. It was kind of a heartbreaking conversation and made me think about all the people out there who would love to make a quilt, but are scared to dip their toe in the water because they don’t think their abilities are up to par. I talked to her for a bit and encouraged her to keep at it. As we talked, I mentioned to her that no one is a perfect quilter and everyone starts somewhere. We are usually our own harshest critic. We see our flaws long before anyone else even notices. We talked about not letting her critic voice in her head get in the way of finishing her first quilt and enjoying the process.  My hope is that she does finish her quilt, and that all new quilters enjoy the process of creating something awesome, even though all their points may not match up flawlessly or their seams may not be a perfect quarter inch. Embrace and be proud of every quilt you create. Keep going, keep sewing, keep creating and keep exploring all the amazing projects out there for quilters today.

Book 350px Color the Boxes: A Visit with Jessie KurtzI’m giving away 3 copies of my book, One Block Remix. The book includes 10 quilt patterns, including multiple size options, made from one traditional block.  A great mix of traditional piecing and fresh quilts.

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Thanks, Jessie!

Leave a comment below before midnight August 28, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for 1 of 3 copies of Jessie’s book. The winning names will be drawn on August 29 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

If you’d like to make a Color the Boxes lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the October/November 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Color the Boxes quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Irish Quilt Patterns – FREE!

Every quilt has a story, and the Tales of Ireland free Irish quilt pattern has a saga that’s very special to us here at McCall’s Quilting. When Laura Stone Roberts, one of our editors, discovered she would be going along on a McCall’s Quilting trip to Ireland, she decided to start an Ireland-themed quilt in anticipation. Laura’s popular block-of-the-month blog posts kept quilters on the edge of their seats waiting to see what she’d come up with in each new Irish-themed block. Once all the block patterns had been shared, quilters clamored for a quilt pattern in which to set them, and Laura delivered with her Tales of Ireland quilt design. However, all these patterns were posted to our website as individual documents, making creating the quilt a little daunting.

Well, great news! All 12 of Laura’s sampler block patterns plus the instructions for making the Tales of Ireland quilt have now been gathered together into one complete FREE ebook! Make a quilt like Laura’s, or use the individual block patterns to make a completely different project – it’s up to you! Let’s take a look:

Cover 500px outlined Irish Quilt Patterns   FREE! Aren’t those blocks fun? Some are easy, some are challenging, and all together they create a very memorable Irish-themed quilt. You’ll never get bored working on this project – there are lots of different techniques used and our complete, clear diagrams and instructions take you through every step. You’re sure to learn a quiltmaking technique or two, plus end up with a beautiful quilt. It’s a win/win!

Download your free Tales of Ireland eBook today! Signing up for the free download will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more.

If this is your first McCall’s Quilting free eBook download, welcome to our community. And if you’re already downloading our free patterns regularly, enjoy this new offering!

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2016!

The October/November 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts makes creating a custom quilt even easier than ever before! The 13 fast quilt patterns inside this magazine are designed with a need for speed in mind, many featuring precut fabric packs as their starting points. With smart shortcuts like these, a hand made quilt can be made in a weekend or even less! Let’s take a look:

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts October/November 2016!Isn’t that cover quilt cozy? Colors that hint at fall and fast strip-pieced construction – Garden Boxes by Kate Colleran is sure to be an instant favorite with the entire family! At 77″ x 90″, it’s a nice full (double) size and also perfect for sofa snuggling.

The other quilt on the cover is Village Square, featuring charming Jim Shore prints by Springs Fabrics, including a center panel print. This lap quilt design will appeal to anyone who loves tradition and country style. Quilt kits and backing fabric are available.

Abacus 600px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts October/November 2016!Abacus by Diane Harris is a color-packed lap quilt that starts out with a pack of precut 5″ fabric squares. Our exclusive quilt kits contain the precut squares plus yardage of the white, gray, and fuchsia solid fabrics you’ll need to complete the quilt. What could be easier, or more fun?

Are you ready to see the rest of the original quilts in this magazine? You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy.

October/November McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands not later than August 23, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue. We value your opinions!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: We’re Trying New Things

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s Quilting Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines enjoyed their weekend stitching, and we hope you did too! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:

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I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and this weekend I helped my cousin Karen, who is a very good quilter in her own right, learn to stitch Y seams (AKA set-in seams) by machine. Not having experience with this technique was holding her back from making some more advanced blocks she wants to try, so now she can really take her piecing to the next level. By the time she left my house, she had 3 patches nicely set in to an eight-pointed star. She’ll fill in the blank spots and trim up the block at home. I can’t wait to see what she makes next!

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Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “I finally finished the last stitches on a quilt I made for my daughter-in-law, and gave it to her this weekend. We agreed on a business deal awhile back. She would provide proofing and editing services for a book I wrote in exchange for me making a quilt for her. (I believe I really did have the good end of the deal–on both sides.) She chose the Carpenter’s Star pattern and then waited patiently for me to finish it. I hand pieced the top, adding the border of Flying Geese. I was so late in meeting my end of the bargain, instead of hand quilting the layers I finally gave in and took the top to Judy at a Better Quilt in Arvada, Colorado for the final finish. She suggested using a motif reminiscent of the 30’s. I think the quilt came out beautifully. And Jillian is so pleased with it!”

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Administrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “I finally got to spend some time in my sewing room this weekend. It’s been way too long!

In the upcoming December/January 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts there will be a quilt featured using words. The letters not used in the quilt will be a web bonus. That means endless possibilities for words and phrases. What word would you choose?

Several staff members are using the letters to sew a word that is meaningful to them. Here is a sneak peek of mine. The letters go together so fast—it’s addicting! I have two more words in mind. Can’t wait to sew some more!”

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And from editor Erin Russek: “I love basket blocks. I have a new strategy for designing. I have a box of fabrics all washed (yes, I pre-wash) and ready to sew. Whenever I get an idea I am going to try it out with these fabrics first. That way when I have enough new blocks I can make a sampler quilt. I’m also going to use this box of fabrics to practice piecing some of those really tricky blocks I have always wanted to try.”

 

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Managing editor Paula Stoddard asks, “Have you ever worked on a project where you feel like you are getting ready to get ready to get ready to make some blocks? That’s how I felt this weekend while working on an upcoming McCall’s Quilting design. I made one test block just to double check my math, then I cut out all the patches to chain piece all the pieces and parts of the blocks. Now I’m ready to make the blocks and I can hardly wait to get home to sew. The design is beautiful and the fabrics are gorgeous! Well worth the work getting ready to get ready!”

Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were Trying New ThingsThat’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Field of Flowers

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Field of FlowersIt’s the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and fields of flowers are decorating the landscape everywhere. I saw one such field on my travels last weekend, and it brought to mind one of our outstanding free applique quilt patterns, this one designed by Joyce Robinson. So let’s make Joyce’s Field of Flowers this week’s Friday Freebie!

Field 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Field of FlowersThe simple pieced background sets off the fast applique shapes so well. Joyce pins raw-edge flower shapes to the layered and basted background, and uses quilting stitches to hold them in place, controlling raw edges with a stiletto when necessary. It’s a super quick way to achieve an appliqued quilt design – give it a try!

Field FLAT 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Field of FlowersDownload the free Field of Flowers lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie! And it comes with 3 more bonus applique quilt patterns: Let’s Celebrate! by Heidi Pridemore, Miss Ashley by Erin Russek, and Turkey Tracks by Ellie Brown.

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Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo Smith

Smith JanetJo 225px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithWelcome guest blogger, artist, attorney, and author Janet Jo Smith of DyeSmithy.com! Janet Jo’s new lap quilt pattern, Midnight Reflection, is in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss Janet Jo’s hand-dyed fabric giveaway at the bottom of the article!

I have been dyeing my own cotton fabrics for more than twenty years. There are so many techniques that create such a variety of patterns on the fabric, and I’ve read, watched videos, and taken classes to learn as many as I can. My favorite is definitely Japanese Shibori. It involves folding or stitching or wrapping the fabric to make “marks” where the dye can’t penetrate.

Blue600px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithStrangely, I didn’t use my fabrics in my own quilts until the last decade or so. I just sold my fabric to other quilters who did use it. Then a good friend pointed out that I should be using it myself! I’ve found that I really love the look of the quilts made with a variety of hand dyed fabric patterns, often in several shades of the same color or a couple of colors. Midnight Reflection is one of those quilts.

Midnight Reflection 600px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithQuiltDetail400px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithI designed the quilt in the computer program Electric Quilt, choosing a traditional, but not common, block. I dyed several yards of the mottled yellow as a background fabric and rummaged through my stash of blue hand dyes to get a variety of that color. The block relies on light, medium and dark values to create the star design so that was an important consideration in my choices.

Blocks600px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithThis block is complex enough that I found I had to lay out the patches for only two blocks at a time as I was piecing. I wanted to use the same light, medium and dark within a block and that was the only way I could keep the orientation of the patches correct as I sewed. Once the corner units are complete, the tricky step is setting in the center square. But by starting the first seam ¼” in from the edge of the square, and working my way around, it turned out well.

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prize350px Midnight Reflection: A Visit with Janet Jo SmithThanks, Janet Jo! We are giving away a group of 6 fat quarters of Janet Jo’s hand-dyed cotton fabrics (right). Check out those gorgeous textures and colors! Leave a comment below before midnight August 21, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on August 22 and notified by email.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

We have our winner! Congratulations to Betty Clark of Worcester, Massachusetts! Janet Jo is sending out your fabrics!

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