Diamond Mats


By Judith on October 16, 2020
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Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s a week already since my last post!

 

The new week in our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along has brought a new block and technique focus!

 

 

This week we are making two 9″ Garden Baskets, showcasing the Y Seam as our technique focus!

 

What is a Y Seam?  It’s where 3 seams converge to form a Y shape.

 

 

There are 3 Y seams to navigate in each Garden Basket block.

 

There seems to be an inherent fear of Y seams (a little like zippers!) in the quilting world, but with a few clever little tips they’re not as nearly as tricky as you might think!

 

While our basket block involves mostly piecing, we use a diamond template to cut out the ‘flowers’ in our baskets.

 

I like to get creative with the templates in our QAL, to see what other ways we can use them.  Here are a couple of ideas.

 

Variation 1:

LeMoyne Star Candle Mat

 

 

 

The LeMoyne Star is one of the most well known and historical quilt blocks to use Y seams!

 

 

Historians disagree over the origins of this 8 pointed star – either named after the LeMoyne Brothers who founded New Orleans in 1718 and used this star in their coat of arms or after Jean Louis LeMoyne who included the star into his designs for the tiles at King Louis XVI’s palace at Versailles in the early 1700!

Either way, it’s old!!

 

 

So here’s my more contemporary version, using Makower Scandi fabrics to piece our diamonds into a sweet Christmas candle mat!

 

 

There are a total of 8 Y seams in LeMoyne star! I quilted my little mat in the ditches of the diamonds and finished with pre-made bias binding trim.

 

Variation 2:

EPP Tray Mat

 

 

Using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique (wrapping fabric around paper templates) you can create a beautiful star shape which can then be appli-quilted* onto a contrasting background.

 

*Appli-quilting is a two in one step, where the stitching down of the applique shape is done through all the layers of the background quilt sandwich, which means it gets quilted at the same time as being appliqued!

 

 

Our diamond template is used here to create the EPP papers (the finished size of the diamonds), and the fabric is then cut 1/4″ bigger all the way round the shape.

 

 

This means the star in this variation finishes bigger than our LeMoyne Star variation.

 

 

A little rounding of the corners gives a softening contrast to the points of the star.

 

 

So there we have 2 simple ways to use the humble diamond template (and use up some pretty scraps in the process!).

 

I’m looking forward to seeing what the ladies produce this week in the QAL!

 

Happy sewing!

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HSTs, QSTs and HRTs


By Judith on October 9, 2020
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Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a busy week of filming here at Just Jude Designs, as well as keeping tabs on the participants of our Kindred Spirits QAL!

 

This week’s block in the QAL is the Friendship Star block.

 

 

We are making two 9″ Friendship Star blocks with sweet pinwheels in the centre. Traditionally though there would be a square in the middle and as the name suggests, this little block had profund meaning to the early pioneer women making for friends who were often on the move.

 

 

“The quilts the homesteaders brought with them were a comfort to these women who traded their home, family and friends in the East, for the uncertainty of traveling through vast prairies in the West. A quilt that held special value to the pioneer women was the Friendship Quilt.

 

Often it was done in secret, and then given to the woman as a going away gift. It usually was a group effort, with each block being sewn by a friend or relative with their name embroidered in the center.

 

Putting a Friendship quilt on the bed, gave a woman a sense of connection with her former way of life. It kept alive the memory of family and friends, providing comfort and company during the difficult days of homesteading.”


Source: National Park Service Quilt Discovery Experience

 

Our main technique focus this week is the Half Square Triangle (HST), a fun little element which can behold a multitude of designs.

 

Here are just a few of our HST designs down through the years!

 

 

 

Patterns for many HST projects (including several of the quilts shown above) are available in our pattern shop.

 

But do you know the difference between HSTs, QSTs and HRTs (no, not that one!)?

 

 

Check out our free tutorial here to find out!!!!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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New Drunkard’s Path Patterns


By Judith on October 1, 2020
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This week in our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making the Sunflower block.

 

 

Our technique focus this time is curved piecing using the humble drunkard’s Path unit (Quarter Circle and Background Fan).

 

 

I love curved piecing and the endless variety this little quilt block offers.

 

With the templates my ladies received this week in the QAL, and the trimming technique they learned in the teaching video, they could not only make the pretty Sunflower Block but they could make all of these 13″ quilt blocks too ……

 

 

…. and all of these 19.5″ Cushion Panels!!

 

 

How cool is that!  There are endless curvy possibilities with a drunkard’s path block!

 

And here are two more!

 

1 Hippy Blush Quilt 

(pattern available here)

 

 

2 Oriental Clams Quilt

(Pattern available here)

 

 

These are two of my patterns which have previously been published in magazines, and are made completely from Drunkard’s Path blocks.

 

I’m pleased to finally be able to reformat them for general sale, including professionally art-worked Drunkard’s Path templates.

 

The patterns are available for immediate download in my Pattern shop, along with several other Drunkard’s Path project patterns!

 

Wishing you lots of curvy fun!!

 

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Friendship Reel Candle Mat


By Judith on September 16, 2020
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Well our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along got underway this week, and what a great response we’ve had!

 

Thank you to everyone for signing up and so far raising £200 for Shared Threads!

 

The first block in the quilt-along is a 9″ Applique block called Friendship Reel.

 

 

In the accompanying teaching video, you can learn both satin stitch applique (machine) and needleturn applique (hand).

 

We have a private Facebook group for the quilt-along and it’s so lovely seeing people’s fabric choices and prepped and finished Friendship Reel blocks appearing already!

 

Making both satin stitched and needleturned versions for the videos, I now have an orpha block which is surplus to requirements for the final Kindred Spirits Quilt.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

So I thought I’d turn it into a little candle mat, to give folks an alternative use for their blocks and how to use up little orphan blocks.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

This was my needleturned Friendship Reel, and with some textured matchstick quilting and black & white stripey binding, you’ve instantly got a handy little candle or vase mat or a useful trivet for your kitchen table.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

And just imagine this lovely block made in Christmas Fabrics! Wouldn’t that make a sweet Christmas gift!

 

All fabrics available in our fabric shop

 

So no need for purposeless leftover blocks! Liberate them into functional items and gifts!

 

(If you’d like to join our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along, booking is available here.)

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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