Block twenty-four

Block twenty-four designed by Stacey Day

Block twenty-four designed by Stacey Day

I am a traditional quilter at heart. My grandmother taught me to quilt, and no matter what I chose, she would just teach me how. She never once told me something might be too hard or why don’t we try something smaller. It was always “Okay, here’s how it’s done.” All of my piecing and construction skills were not only taught by her, but she also explained the whys of the so-called rules of quilting.

This particular block is a known traditional block, and easily falls into the category of either a chain block or a Lemoyne Star block. I call it a Spinning Star, but you may find it listed under the name Wrapped Star. I like it because there are no matching seams in the diamond sections, but you still get to piece some movement into the block. I chose a known block because I wanted the focus to be on construction technique.

Traditional construction relies heavily on precision piecing and accurate seam allowances. Before you get started, make sure your machine is set at a perfect scant 1/4″ seam allowance by finding the exact 1/4″, and moving your needle off that by a millimeter (one needle width). If you have a walking foot, I suggest using it to help deal with the bias edges in the block. You will also need a removable marking pen, I use a Frixon pen but go with whatever you are comfortable with.

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About Stacey from Stacey in stitches

By day, Stacey is an unassuming X-Ray Technologist in hot pink scrubs living in beautiful British Columbia. By night (and naptime) she transforms into an experienced quilter, pattern writer and designer, whose superpowers are directly related to the amount of thread ends on the floor (that’s what she tells herself). A third generation quilter, Stacey caught the sewing bug early in her life (apparently it’s hereditary) and earned a Diploma of Fashion Production in 2005. Her work has appeared in numerous quilt shows and trunk shows across North America, and her library of patterns can be found on her website.

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Block twenty-three

Block twenty-three designed by Crystal McGann

Block twenty-three designed by Crystal McGann

Making fabric slabs is a perfect way to use up your little scraps or offcuts and there are endless way to incorporate fabric slabs into any project or block.

Flying geese can be made in several ways – but the no waste flying geese method makes four geese units at a time quickly and easily, with no fabric waste. You don’t need any special gadgets to make them up either, so that’s another bonus!

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About Crystal from Raspberry Spool

Crystal is the other half of Project 48 Quilt and the creative force behind Raspberry Spool. Her personality and modern, fresh attitude to quilting is shown through her designs, which gives quilters an opportunity to inject their own personality into their quilts as well.

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Block twenty-two

Block twenty-two designed by Amy Gunson

Block twenty-two designed by Amy Gunson

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About Amy Gunson from Badskirt

Buying a sewing machine on a whim to hem pants, Amy unexpectedly found herself quilting in early-2010. After living in a caravan in Australia for six months, Amy packed her bags again and now lives in Wellington, New Zealand. By day, she’s a production manager for visual effects in film. By night, she’s a quirky homebody who collects vintage plastics like Dymo labellers and kitchen canisters. Her current crafty plans include making her own viewmaster reels and sewing vintage-inspired felt banners. You can see her projects at her blog, Badskirt.

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Block twenty-one

Block Twenty-One – Traditional Star block by Linden Vine

Traditional Star Block by Linden Vine

Traditional Star Block by Linden Vine

Introduction

Again with a nine patch of sorts!  I loved the idea of a block within a block so had a play and this is what I came up with.  I hope you’re enjoying our sampler which is almost half over!  Where has the year gone?

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About Linden from Vine Lines Creative

Linden is one of the creators of Project48Quilt and has been quilting for almost twenty years. Quilting combines her love of fabric and all things symmetrical and she’s enjoying letting loose a little and improvising through her exploration of Modern Quilting. As well as running a creative business consultancy and pattern testing agency, Linden works and teaches at her LQS.

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Block twenty

Block twenty designed by Cassandra Madge

Block twenty designed by Cassandra Madge

I chose to design a block with two wonky pinwheels, playing with the concept of wheels and gears all spinning together to create a larger whole. I made several variations of this quilt in EQ7, just by repeating and rotating this block. Adding in an extra piece to the long rectangles made another set of pinwheels.

Pinwheels variations

Pinwheels variations

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About Cassie from Cassandra Madge

After crafting for almost my whole life, I discovered quilting about 4 years ago and I have been an addict ever since. I love colour, pattern, and quilting most of all. Last year I launched my longarm quilting business, Juicy Quilting, and I am having so much fun helping quilters from all over Australia finish off their beautiful creations.

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Block nineteen

Block nineteen designed by Crystal McGann

Block nineteen designed by Crystal McGann

Here we are about to step into our first foray into curves. These are my favourite curves – freehand and never perfect. Like I always say, let the perfection go and enjoy it.

I hope you enjoy this style of curves, particularly if you haven’t tried it before. When I trimmed my units back, I cut them fairly uniformly, but of course you  you found go wild with the trimming!

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About Crystal from Raspberry Spool

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Block eighteen

Block eighteen designed by Samantha Green

Block eighteen designed by Samantha Green

Soar

I’ve always had a particular soft spot for Pinwheels. Perhaps it’s the feelings of sunny days, and kids playing happily that invokes my imagination from pinwheel blocks. I think there is something so special and so innocent about childhood – the feeling of freedom, and the ability to achieve anything. That’s why I’ve titled this block, “Soar”. Since having children, I feel like I’m always reminded to live simply, and to enjoy every moment. My kids remind me to dream big dreams and imagine you can achieve anything, and soar above everything.

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About Samantha from For the Love of Fabric

So, I like fabric. Quilting, patchwork fabric to be exact. I wish I could think of some deep and meaningful reason for why I have this sincere attachment to fabric. You know, something along the lines of how it speaks to me, or how it conjures up childhood memories. And I guess it does those things. But in reality, I just like all the pretty patterns. I really like the colours. And I really like to cut it up and sew it all back together again. So that\’92s why I design quilts and have made it my job to play with fabric everyday. And I love that quilts and fabric have become a familiar part in my family, with my husband and two little children all appreciating everything I make. Quilts are always being dragged around from room to room, and snuggled in. And that makes me happy.

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Block Seventeen

Traditional Pinwheel Block by Linden Vine

Block seventeen by Linden Vine

When I created my half square triangle (HST) block – block five – I had one HST unit spare.  I wondered how I might use it at some point and as I was thinking about my pinwheel block I realised I could incorporate it into this block!  So, if you kept your spare HST block, pull it out and let’s get making.  I wanted to choose a fabric from my FQB that I hadn’t used before for the squares and it was only after I emailed the block to Crystal that I realised I had used the pinwheel fabric – serendipitous indeed.

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About Linden from Vine Lines Creative

Linden is one of the creators of Project48Quilt and has been quilting for almost twenty years. Quilting combines her love of fabric and all things symmetrical and she’s enjoying letting loose a little and improvising through her exploration of Modern Quilting. As well as running a creative business consultancy and pattern testing agency, Linden works and teaches at her LQS.

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Block sixteen

Block sixteen by Sandi Sawa Hazelwod

Block sixteen by Sandi Sawa Hazlewood

When Linden and Crystal asked me to participate in Project 48, I immediately knew I wanted to create a modern cross quilt block. I have explored cross quilt blocks when I created my Rainbow Crosses quilt pattern and wanted to provide another modern approach. This tutorial is very flexible and almost improvisational. It is perfect for your scraps! I will provide the beginning template and you can adjust it to fit your needs.

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About Sandi from Crafty Planner

Trained as a city planner, I have been crafty in various ways throughout my life.  Throughout my childhood, I grew up going to fabric stores, attending quilt shows and cooking/baking for my family’s businesses. Sewing and quilting became my passion when I learned about the modern quilt movement. After a trip to a modern fabric store, I was determined to find like minded crafters in my community and am one of the founding members and first President of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild.  I also publish a podcast The Crafty Planner on all things crafty.

Married to an extremely supportive and talented husband, Mr. Bear, we have a daughter, Miss No No.

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Block fifteen

Block fifteen designed by Crystal McGann

Block fifteen designed by Crystal McGann

I have a confession to make. When the month of crosses came up, I immediately knew what I wanted to make. The wonky cross block was always my favourite border in my Modern Medallion quilt. But then I changed my mind. And changed my mind again. And then I thought to myself – I’m going to make that first block. Finally Linden told me I wasn’t allowed to change my mind again. But you know what? I wouldn’t want to anyway.

So this is me and my wonky cross. Cross my heart and hope to die, I promise I won’t change my mind again!

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