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Medium 9781607059608

Spark 14. Inner-Kid Care

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

I DREW FRAMES DIRECTLY ON OUR LIVING ROOM WALL TO CREATE AN EVER-CHANGING GALLERY FOR OUR CHILDREN’S ART. WHEN THEY MAKE NEW THINGS, WE JUST REMOVE ONE AND PIN OR TAPE THE NEW PIECE IN ITS PLACE. THIS WALL IS THE FOCAL WALL OF OUR HOUSE. HANGING ART IN AN IMPORTANT SPOT HONORS CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY.

You need look no further than the bright, shining, creative kid you used to be to find the source of your creativity. She or he has been here all along. We have to talk about it at some point, and now is the time. How can I write a book with the sole purpose of enabling your creativity and helping you listen to your little Spark without figuring out when you lost it or covered it up? It has most likely just been hiding.

This is a simple exercise to uncover memories and release them. Give yourself about 20–30 minutes of quiet alone time in a comfortable spot. Read the following activity aloud. You can use your phone to record your reading, then play it back while you meditate.

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Medium 9781617450112

Sultan’s Cushions and Bed Scarf

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

Cushions and Bed Scarf hand appliquéd and hand quilted by Angela Perry. Fabrics featured in these projects are from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

FINISHED SIZE: Cushions, 24˝ × 24˝ (61cm × 61cm) Bed Scarf, 16˝ × 100½˝ (41cm × 255cm)

The sultans of the Ottoman dynasty ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1922. The Ottoman sultan was the absolute ruler of the territory, and his words were law. A total of 36 sultans ruled during the Ottoman dynasty. This empire was one of the most powerful states in the world. In the seventeenth century, it contained 32 provinces. The location of the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) was ideal, at the center of trade between Europe and Asia on the Mediterranean Basin.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

Cushion A

■Blue: 1¾ yards (160cm) for front, back, and appliqués

■White: ⅓ yard (23cm) for front

■Red: ⅛ yard (12cm) or small scraps for flowers

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Medium 9781617450426

Take It In: Take In Jeans

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Take It In:

Take In Jeans

When a pair of jeans or pants is roomy beyond what a belt or a little elastic in the waistband can fix, you may have to do some denim surgery to make them fit the way you want. But it can be done! In this project you’ll learn the steps to take apart structured pants or jeans and put them back together, good as new but an inch (2.5cm) or so tighter.

To change the size of the pants, you can take in the center back of the jeans, as is described here, or you can take in both side seams. I recommend you take in no more than 1˝ (2.5cm) at any one place to avoid an odd bubble shape at the merged bottom of the seam.

This technique does involve a number of steps, but it’s worth it to achieve a custom fit with a favorite pair of jeans or pants. For much-too-large pants you really want to salvage, try to take in the side seams; just make sure you take in the same measurement on both sides. (Taking in both side seams may be necessary if you need to take in more than an inch [2.5cm] or so, but it’s twice the work of taking in only one place—the center back.) Taking the time to do every step correctly will make for a much more flattering pair of jeans!

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Medium 9781617450327

Suite 7: Byzantine Arches

Judith Baker Montano C&T Publishing ePub

SUITE 7: Byzantine Arches

JSBK7000 Byzantine P2P Element

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7001 Byzantine 8PT Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7002 Byzantine Simple Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7003 Byzantine Block

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JSBK7004 Byzantine Block

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JSBK7005 Byzantine Double Wedding Ring Block & Melon

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JSBK7006 Byzantine Circle Motif

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7007 Byzantine Kaleidoscope Star

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Medium 9781571209603

Flying Geese

Emily Cier C&T Publishing ePub

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE

81″ × 81″

Flying Geese quilts are traditionally very geometric, with orderly designs. This quilt takes the order to another level entirely by arranging square versions of a Flying Geese block in mathematical precision.

Note: If you are curious, this pattern follows the Sierpinski carpet fractal. Those aren’t typos in the cutting chart! This quilt is made of 3,803 pieces, almost all of which are easily foundation pieced.

Notes:

1. Quilter’s Freezer Paper Sheets or Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper (see Resources, page 63) make paper piecing easy.

2. These foundation pieces are cut with a ″ seam allowance all around, for ease of paper piecing.

3. Use your favorite method to foundation piece these blocks.

Photocopy or trace the foundation pattern on page 55 and make 512 of Block A, using Solid 1 (dark and light) and background fabrics placed as shown in the following illustration. Trim blocks, leaving a ¼″ seam allowance all around (3½″ × 3½″). Remove the foundation paper.

Tip

After trimming the blocks, remove the foundation paper to reduce bulk when continuing with the next step. Some quilters prefer to leave the paper on to keep the block square. It comes down to a personal preference.

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Medium 9781935362593

Quilt Humor

Julia Icenogle Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Mrs. Bobbins loves jokes that only quilters understand!

U.F.O.s
(Un-Finished Objects)

“Looks like your Aunt Bobbins sent you another quilt postcard.”

Mrs. Bobbins airs out her Flying Geese quilt.

Fussy Cut

Mrs. Bobbins finds religion.

“I guess Mazel is still sore about last year’s judging…”

One of the dangers of “brown bag quilting.”

“I guess not all layer cakes work well wth candles.”

One cool grandma.

“Basting the turkey. What does it look like I’m doing?”

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Medium 9781571206220

Four Square

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Quilted by Diane Minkley

FINISHED BLOCK SIZES: 10″ × 10″, 5″ × 5″ FINISHED LAP QUILT: 79½″ × 79½″

Rich, textured solids in a variety of colors make this quilt lusciously vibrant. The pieced border frames the quilt top for a traditional look. Leave off the border for a more modern-looking quilt top.

4¼ yards total assorted brights for pieced blocks

¾ yard teal for inner border

1¾ yards total assorted brights for pieced border blocks

1⅛ yards brown for lattice in pieced border

7¼ yards backing and binding

84″ × 84″ batting

Cut from the assorted brights for the pieced blocks:

36 squares 3½″ × 3½″

72 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

144 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

144 rectangles 1½″ × 7½″

72 rectangles 2″ × 10½″

Cut from the teal for the inner border:

2 strips 3″ × 60½″ for the side borders*

2 strips 3″ × 65½″ for the top and bottom borders*

* Cut 7 strips 3″ × fabric width, piece the strips end to end (see page 9), and cut the border pieces.

Cut from the assorted brights for the pieced border blocks:

144 squares 1½″ × 1½″

192 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

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Medium 9781617450150

Drafty Door Decor

Kirstyn Cogan Stash Books ePub

Drafty Door Decor

Finished Size: Approximately 6˝ × 45˝

This simple reverse-appliqué project adds a bit of warmth and modern style to any drafty door.

Materials

Wool or wool-blend felt: 1 yard each of 2 different colors

Paper-backed iron-on adhesive: 1 yard (I used HeatnBond Feather Lite.)

Fabric-marking pen (Always test on a scrap of fabric before using. I recommend using FriXion pens.)

Fine-tip permanent marker

Sharp-pointed scissors to cut felt

Coordinating thread

Long ruler or measuring tape

Polyester stuffing: 12 ounces

Copy/printer paper: 2 sheets 8½˝ × 11˝

Optional but Helpful

Rotary cutter, clear Omnigrid ruler, and self-healing cutting mat

Embroidery floss

Embroidery needle and threader

Buttons or other embellishments

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Medium 9781617450327

Suite 9: Poppy Feathers

Judith Baker Montano C&T Publishing ePub

SUITE 9: Poppy Feathers

JSBK9000 Poppy Feathers Element (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK9000V1 Poppy Feathers Element

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JSBK9001 Poppy Feathers Block (Available from the link in computer-assisted quilting and embroidery formats)

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK9001V1 Poppy Feathers Block

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JSBK9001V2 Poppy Feathers Block

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JSBK9001V4 Poppy Feathers Block

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JSBK9001V5 Poppy Feathers Block

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Medium 9781571205520

Monarch Migration

Helen Frost C&T Publishing PDF

Materials

1

2 ⁄2 yards each of 5 lighter to darker fabrics for NinePatch blocks and squares

3

3

31⁄3 yards for outer border

9 yards for backing (pieced widthwise)

⁄4 yard for first border

⁄8 yard for second border

7

Batting: 105˝ × 117˝

Sewing

Refer to Perfect Piecing, pages 11–13. Press in the direction of the arrows indicated in the illustrations.

Making the Strip Sets

For each fabric combination, arrange and sew the 11⁄2˝ strips into the following side sets and middle sets.

Side sets:

⁄8 yard for binding

Middle sets:

1

2

2

1

1

2

Make 31⁄2.

Make 7.

Cutting

Refer to Measure Twice, Cut Once, pages 9–10.

2

3

3

2

2

3

Make 31⁄2.

Make 7.

From each of the 5 fabrics:

Cut 32 strips 11⁄2˝ × width of fabric, for Nine-Patch blocks.

(Note: Make the Nine-Patch blocks first and measure the blocks before cutting the squares; see Measuring the

Squares, page 13.)

3

4

4

3

3

4

Make 31⁄2.

Make 7.

Cut 9 strips 31⁄2˝ × width of fabric. Cut into

31⁄2˝ × 31⁄2˝ squares as follows:

4

5

5

4

4

5

Make 31⁄2.

Make 7.

Fabric 1: Cut 77.

Fabric 2: Cut 84.

Fabric 3: Cut 90.

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Medium 9781607058649

Design and Audition

Becky Goldsmith C&T Publishing ePub

design and audition

The best way to know if the colors you have chosen are going to work is to audition them on your design wall before you begin sewing. If you have ever made a quilt that should have been amazing but wasn’t, you probably skipped this step.

Each fabric is auditioning for its role in the quilt. Some fabrics will not make the cut. Others will be perfect. You really don’t know until you see them in place on the wall. You can’t fake the audition. Sticking some fat quarters on the wall and hoping for the best doesn’t work.

If I could make you audition your quilts, I would. I know that it does take discipline to spend time on the audition process, but trust me, your quilts will be better for it.

THE CHANGEABLE NATURE OF COLOR

As you audition your fabric, remember that every color is affected by the color (or colors) next to it. Notice the gray in the plaid fabric in the photo below.

The soft gray in the plaid is a perfect match to the gray solid.

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Medium 9781571208330

February—Heart Quilt

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Heart Quilt, 20½˝ × 28½˝, made by Kim Schaefer, quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

    yard total assorted tans for pieced background

   ½ yard pink for heart

    yard total assorted pinks for pieced border and appliqué pieces

   1 yard for backing and binding

   24˝ × 32˝ batting

   1 yards paper-backed fusible web

Appliqué patterns are on pattern page P2. Refer to page 3 for preparing the appliqué.

Cut 15 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted tans for the pieced background.

Cut 20 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted pinks for the pieced border.

Cut 1 each of appliqué pieces 1–8.

Cut 3 each of appliqué pieces 9 and 10.

Cut 14 of appliqué piece 11.

Refer to page 3 for general piecing and appliqué instructions.

1. Make the pieced background.

2. Make the pieced borders, and sew them to the quilt top.

3. Fuse and stitch all the appliqué pieces to the background and borders.

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Medium 9781617451867

Stacked Jacks

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

stacked jacks

Greet your trick-or-treaters with this easy-to-make appliquéd quilt.

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished quilt: 18½˝ × 48½˝

materials

Green: ½ yard for appliqué background (or 1¼ yards, if fabric is less than 42½˝ wide)

Assorted oranges: ½ yard total for jack-o’-lanterns and appliquéd border

Black: ⅛ yard for jack-o’-lantern faces

Assorted black tone-on-tones: ¾ yard total for border squares

Assorted purples: ⅛ yard total for appliquéd border

Assorted greens: ⅛ yard total for appliquéd border

Paper-backed fusible web: 1½ yards

Batting: 23˝ × 53˝

Backing and binding: 1⅝ yards

cutting

Cut from green:

1 rectangle 12½˝ × 42½˝

Cut from assorted black tone-on-tones:

40 squares 3½˝ × 3½˝

appliquéing

Refer to Appliqué. Use the Stacked Jacks pumpkin pattern (pullout) and mouth and border patterns.

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Medium 9781571204462

Curves Around the Rectangle

Judy Sisneros C&T Publishing PDF

Fabric Requirements

(Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.)

This project uses a 121⁄ 2˝ × 241⁄ 2˝ rectangle panel, but instructions are also given for a 121⁄ 2˝ × 181⁄ 2˝ rectangle. Any size rectangle will work, as long as the dimensions can be divided by 6 plus a 1⁄ 2˝ seam allowance. Try one of those panels you bought but haven’t used yet.

Sewing the Curved Blocks

a 6˝-wide strip of navy fabric, folded in half

1. Place widthwise with selvages aligned, over a 6˝-wide strip of rust fabric, also folded in half and overlapping 3˝ as shown. Align the folded edges of the strips.

FOCUS FABRIC: 121⁄ 2˝ × 241⁄ 2˝ rectangle

NAVY: 11⁄4 yards for curved blocks and Rail

Fence blocks

RUST: 11⁄ 2 yards for curved blocks, Rail Fence blocks, and binding

PRINT: 7⁄ 8 yard for inner border and Rail Fence blocks

BACKING: 22⁄ 3 yards

BATTING: 48˝ × 60˝

Cutting Instructions

(wof = width of fabric)

FROM THE NAVY FABRIC, CUT:

3 strips 6˝ × wof

4 strips 21⁄2˝ × wof

Overlap 2 strips.

a ruler on the strips as shown. The ruler helps

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Medium 9781571206220

Rainbow Twist

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Quilted by Diane Minkley

FINISHED BLOCK SIZES: 10″ × 10″, 5″ × 5″ FINISHED TABLE RUNNER: 20½″ × 60½″

Going green is easy when you whip up this table runner from a smorgasbord of greens. This scrappy runner is sure to brighten any tabletop.

2 yards total assorted greens for pieced blocks and pieced border

2¼ yards for backing and binding

24″ × 64″ batting

Cut from the assorted greens for the pieced blocks:

5 squares 6½″ × 6½″

10 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

20 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

10 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″

Cut from the assorted greens for the pieced border blocks:

84 squares 1½″ × 1½″

112 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

56 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

1. Piece the block as shown. Press. Make 5 blocks.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

2. Piece the border block as shown. Press. Make 28 blocks.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

1. Arrange and sew together 5 blocks to form the center of the table runner. Press.

2. Arrange and sew together 2 rows of 10 border blocks to make the side borders. Press.

3. Sew the 2 side borders to the runner top. Press toward the borders.

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