Did you know Pablo Picasso was a classically trained artist? His traditional realism was as beautiful as any on earth. Jenny’s Design But, early in his career, he started to experiment—and that’s how he became one of the most famous artists of all time. Picasso said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Misty’s Design In this month’s Triple Play tutorial, the Doan ladies are “breaking the rules” with the Ohio Star. Natalie’s Design You will be amazed [...]
Imagine this: As you cook dinner, the dishes wash themselves. (A girl can dream, right?) Weeds automatically disappear every time the garden is watered. (What a time saver that would be!) And trimmed Pop Star blocks produce bonus blocks instead of scraps. (Wait! This one is actually true! As you whip up these easy star blocks, the makings of a triangle border will appear like magic!) Click HERE to learn how to transform 10 inch squares into this gorgeous new star [...]
Have you ever given up on a quilting project? You’re not alone! Wavy blocks and unmatched seams have frustrated quilters since the invention of needle and thread! As a result, unfinished quilts are commonly found in antique shops, and quite often, they are Morning Star quilts! This pretty star is certainly breathtaking, but all those Y-seams and tiny bias-cut diamonds have caused many a quilter to call it quits. Lucky for us, the magnificent Tara Faughnan designed a modern Morning [...]
What are fellow quilters making? Why are these designs and fabrics so popular? Are these trends new or are traditional styles making a comeback? Don’t worry, we’ve found the answers. We’ve taken a close look into the world of quilting to find out what’s trending. Here are are the top five: 1. Stars From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, a star quilt can find itself taking center stage all throughout the year and when we aren’t stocked up on red, [...]
Jenny demonstrates how to make a beautiful Summer Stars picnic quilt using 2.5 inch strips of precut fabric. For this project, Jenny chose “Queen Bee” Batiks 40 Karat Jewels by Wilmington Batiks. This quilt combines two of our favorite patterns, Summer in the Park and Wonky Stars, and it comes together in a flash with quick and easy strip sets. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
It’s the spookiest time of the year. Wicked witches, grinning skeletons, and…curved piecing! Just kidding! Curved piecing is nothing to fear! With Jenny’s guidance and our easy-to-use Drunkards Path template, you’ll be zipping around your Wandering Star curves faster than you can say, “Trick or treat!” (This quilt will be featured in Volume 6 Issue 6 of BLOCK Magazine. Subscribe now to receive this issue in December!)
There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and I’m starting to think there are just as many ways to stitch up a star quilt! 4-patch stars, wonky stars, wedge stars, rhombus stars—the list goes on and on! This week Jenny is working on the easiest star block of all: Night Sky! This pattern is made up of simple half-square triangles, but it’s just as stunning as a whole host of heavenly sparklers! Click HERE to watch the [...]
There’s a pretty big football game this week. Best of the season, they say. And while I do enjoy a touchdown or two, those yards of turf just can’t compare to a yard of brand new quilting fabric! So while those football stars are racing to the endzone, I’ll be stitchin’ up a team of my own all stars! The All Stars quilt is based on a design by Jenny’s cute husband, Ron. It’s a quick, modern pattern that makes [...]
The North Star is fixed in the heavens directly about the North Pole. While every other star is on a perpetual journey across the sky, the North Star holds its place with perfection. Centuries before the advent of location technology, sailors, travelers, and escaped slaves depended on that steadfast star to guide the way. This week’s new project is the North Star. Click HERE to fall in love with a quilt as timeless as the star itself!