Friday, May 18, 2012

Log Cabin with new ruler design by Jean Ann

Jean Ann is back....

All about JEAN ANN Wright

Jean Ann Wright majored in textiles and fine arts combined these interests to become a fiber artist. From 1986 to 2007 she edited QUILT magazine. She then redesigned and edited The Quilting Quarterly for the NQA, leaving that position become a full time designer. Her inaugeral book, Circle of Nine, was co-authored with her sister, Janet Houts. Jean Ann designs quilts for major fabric companies and recently designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool available from your local quilt shop or her website:

Jean Ann has won awards for her quilts at the IQA, and in other local, state, and national exhibitions. She has judged the IQA show in Salzburg, Austria and Houston, Texas; and numerous other shows. She presents programs and quilt workshops at the Houston Quilt Festival and local and regional guilds. Follow her blog:

Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer

This new design is called  Chocolate, Cherries and Cream.

and here is the blocks...for more info be sure to drop by her blog...

Thanks Jean Ann...

Ladies if you love log cabins, you have to hop over to her blog to see her new ruler too.
This will make this quilt with ease...a log cabin ruler designed by Jean Ann and Creative Grid ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Amanda is back...Introducing "Sky Rise"

and yes today we have Amanda back...Jean will be here on Friday...thank goodness for our 3 very talented designers to help us all through this transition to our new blog format....

Thanks Amanda you are a peach, and berry nice....( been eating lot's of fruit lately) lol I LOVE THIS ONE....

I'm so glad to be back at Madame Samm's today to make a fun block with you all!

This one is called "Skyrise". It is a happy take on glass elevator rides in really tall buildings. You know - the ones that make you feel dizzy and force your ears to pop?

Skyrise is a 12'' finished block - or 12-1/2'' with seams.

Fabric Requirements:

"Windows" (use an assortment of scraps):
  • 1'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-1/4'' x 8-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 2-1/4'' rectangle
  • 1-3/4'' x 6-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 3-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-1/4'' x 5-1/4'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 5'' rectangle
  • 2-3/4'' x 3-1/2'' rectangle
"Building" (white as shown):
  • 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/4'') rectangles
  • 1 (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') rectangle
  • 1 (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') rectangle
  • 1 (2''x 8-1/2'') rectangle "Sky" (background):
  • 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') rectangles
  • 1 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') rectangles

"Elevator" (vertical strip):
  • 1 (12-1/2'' long) strip of 3/8'' bias tape (I HIGHLY recommend Clover bias tape makers)

Join the (3/4'' x 1-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (1-3/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-1/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-1/4'' ) Window rectangles. Join the (3/4'' x 2-3/4'') Building rectangle in between the two (2-3/4'' ) Window rectangles.

Arrange these units with the other scrap rectangles, alternating with the 6 (3/4'' x 8-1/2) Building Rectangles, as shown.

Join rows. (If you are making multiple blocks, rearrange the rectangles in each for a more interesting quilt.) 

Join the (1-1/4''x 8-1/2'') and (2''x 8-1/2'') Building rectangles to the sides of this unit.

Join a 2 (2-1/2'' x 10-1/2'') Sky rectangle to both the top and bottom of the block.

Join a (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') Sky rectangle to one side of the block.

Take your bias strip and use a glue stick or fusible tape to temporarily attach it to your block as shown. Secure both sides of tape with an invisible hem or applique stitch. (You can also piece in this strip, but I like the added dimension that the bias tape gives.)

Make a lot of different colored "Skyrise" blocks for a fantastic modern scrap quilt...

Or you unify the look by making the bias tape out of the same fabric...

Or try using a solid, unified "Sky".

Or try a dramatic dark background for both the "Sky and Buildings". You could quilt it in variegated, brightly colored thread. Yum!

There are lots of possibilities - if only there were more hours in a day!

If you make this block (or blocks!) please don't forget to add a photo of it to my Flickr group. Come visit me at my blog or on Craftsy if you get a chance to check out my pattern line or more free patterns! Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest blog!

Happy sewing!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Block party continues with Debby today...

and the party continues..
Debby has supplied us with this game board block
I can just imagine what fabric choices you could choose
to have this standing out..
Are you game?


Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines, with 9 covers in 2006 alone. As she says, "I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored "Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts" (AQS, 2004), six quilting calendars for Accord/Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006 - 2012), a perpetual Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar and companion CD by Martingale. Her latest book, Supersize "Em Quilts, is filled with 22 projects to appeal to any quilter's discriminating taste. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Her next book, "Perfect Paper Pieced Points" is due out in February 2013. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.
Currently she designs and sews quilts for 3 fabric companies and her quilts appear in a variety of magazines. She loves to travel and teach and working for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes her to a dozen cities a year.
Debby takes her wide range of quilting skills from a pile of fabric to a finished quilt, then to creating the patterns and professional illustrations print-ready. Debby likes to say, "I've never met a fabric I didn't like." One of her special talents is making a beautiful quilt using challenging fabric collections. She is on very good terms with her computer and computerized sewing machines, which enables her to take a project from start to finish quickly.
Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has 3 grown daughters and an awesome grandson!

thanks Debby for providing us all with interesting
blocks sew we can prepare for our new blog ....

My best