Nine Blocks and Counting…

Hi Everyone,

As the holidays approach we need projects that are easy to take with us and pick up (and put down) easily.  This season I’m working on my Sunburst Blocks.  I’ve already made one quilt, but I enjoyed making that quilt so much I’m going to attempt a bed quilt with lots of wonderful hand quilting and trapunto in the background.  Just like the “Twelve Days of Christmas” I’m going to attempt to make one block per day.

Here is what I have so far…

My first nine blocks. I'm using these colors.

My first nine blocks. I’m using these colors.

I’m using the “sequential” piecing method to make these fast!  Check it out on my website under “TIPS”.  It is the same way I pieced the little sunflowers only bigger pieces means faster sewing!

Sew the B pieces to the C pieces first,

Sew the B pieces to the C pieces first.

In goes the center!

Center circle has reference marks for easy piecing.

Center circle has reference marks for easy piecing.

Now sew the outside pieces.

Outside pieces are sewn sequentially, too! Yippee!

Outside pieces are sewn sequentially, too! Yippee!

Now a good press on the back.

Pressing the seams counter clockwise because I'm right handed.

Pressing the seams counter clockwise because I’m right handed.

Turn over and press again.  TEN blocks and counting!

Each block I like better than the last one!

Each block I like better than the last one!

Quilt Recipe #3… Hexagons

Everyone knows that piecing hexagons is hot!  Almost every hand piecer I know has a “hexie” project going right now.

I sell 3 sizes in my store.

3 sizes of hexagons I sell

3 sizes of hexagons I sell

The size is based on the side edges FINISHED SIZE.  I sell a 1 1/8″ (Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon), 3/4″ hexagon, and 1/2″ Mini Hexagon.

With any of them you can make this charm quilt.

Hexagon Charm Quilt

Hexagon Charm Quilt

You can also make the traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden with any of the sizes or any variation of hexagon project.

With the mini hexagon stamp, Vicki S. made this doll quilt.

Vicki's doll quilt.

Vicki’s doll quilt.

Then she wanted to make a wedding quilt for her daughter with the same stamp.

Vicki's daughter's wedding quilt.

Vicki’s daughter’s wedding quilt.

Katie P. made this cute pin cushion using this same stamp!

Katie's pin cushion

Katie’s pin cushion

You can already see the possibilities!

Using the 3/4″ hexagon, I am making these blocks.

3/4" hexagons

3/4″ hexagons

If you add the 3/4″ hexagon connector, you can make a version like this one:

The connector can be used as a diamond or cut on the appropriate line to make the surrounding triangles.

The connector can be used as a diamond or cut on the appropriate line to make the surrounding triangles.

The largest hexagon, the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon (1 1/8″ per side) has several additional stamps that connect with it.  Let’s start with the Hexagon Connector.

Hexagon connector.

Hexagon connector.

You can also purchase the “Star Garden” to connect with the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon to make Star Garden.

My version of Star Garden.

My version of Star Garden.

Here is Jeanne E’s traditional version:

Jeanne E's version given to her husband.

Jeanne E’s traditional version.

I used both the Aunt Hatties and the Star Garden stamps to make this version for Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting called “Jewel Box”.

Jewel Box

Jewel Box

Another “add on” to the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon is the Inner City Stamp.

Inner City

Inner City

You can make the traditional inner city quilt or use it in conjunction with the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon to make these lovely versions made by my friend, Jeanne.

Sew them this way...

Sew them this way…

And you get this!

And you get this!

Sew them this way...

Sew them this way…

And you get this!!!

And you get this!!!

These small samples are just right size to make as Christmas table mats and easy to make.

So, get out your hexagons and start stamping!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

 

Quilt Recipe 2 … Sugar Loaf

One of my most versatile stamp sets is the Sugar Loaf.  The set contains 2 stamps that can be used together or apart.

Sugar Loaf stamp set

Sugar Loaf stamp set

The traditional sugar loaf quilt is lovely.  I made a Christmas quilt out of my sample last year.

My Christmas Sugar Loaf

My Christmas Sugar Loaf

If you use just the 60° diamond, you can make the baby block quilt as my friend, Sandi, made.

Sandi Myer's finished baby block quilt.

Sandi Myer’s finished baby block quilt.

You can also make the 7 sisters block.

Seven Sister's sample block.

Seven Sister’s sample block.

I LOVE this charm version I found on Pinterest.

1880's antique charm quilt found on Pinterest.

1880’s antique charm quilt found on Pinterest.

If you use just the 60° triangle, you can make “Thousand Pyramids” as I did in this charm quilt.

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My charm version of Thousand Pyramids.

I also made another version using just antique fabrics I was given in one of my teaching trips.

I call this version "Blueberry Pie."

I call this version “Blueberry Pie.”

Here is a wonderful scrappy strippy version I found on Pinterest.

Love this version, too!

Love this version, too!

Of course if you add the new Large Sugar Loaf Pyramid, you can make Linda Collin’s wildly popular “Panama Pyramids“.  (You can follow this group on Face Book.)

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

Here is my quilt top coming along…

My version of "Panama Pyramids."

My version of “Panama Pyramids.”

I have a lot more cut out and ready to assemble.  This has been so much fun to make, it is like eating peanuts, you can’t stop with one!

I’ve just scratched the surface with these stamps!  I see so many different quilts in each of them as I play.

Have fun today with your stamps.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Quilt “recipes”

Many of you contact me directly asking which stamps will connect to each other.  It is listed with the stamps, but can be confusing at first glance.  As you know I try very hard to leverage the stamps you have so you can use them in many different ways.  So, which stamps do you own and how can you use them more than one way?  A friend recommended I make “quilt recipes”.  Thought I’d give it a try using one of my most popular stamps, the Sawtooth Star set of stamps.

My most popular set of stamps.

My most popular set of stamps.

All of the stamp sets come with an enclosed pattern and instructions.  The pattern enclosed in this stamp set is the Star Toss.

Star Toss quilt made with the Sawtooth Star stamps.

Star Toss quilt made with the Sawtooth Star stamps.

Did you know this picture is the MOST re-pinned on my Pinterest board?  It certainly is one of my favorites!

Using this stamp set by itself you can also make the Civil War Mini Sampler (27″ x 27″) AND the Civil War Nine Patch Sampler (37″ x 37″).

Civil War Mini Sampler

Civil War Mini Sampler

Nine Patch Sampler

Nine Patch Sampler

Okay, you have that, right?  Now add one more stamp, the Pointed Tile Stamp to the Sawtooth Star set of stamps.

Pointed Tile Stamp

Pointed Tile Stamp

Now using the Pointed Tile AND pieces from the Sawtooth Star set of stamps you can now make:

Made with the Sawtooth Star and Pointed Tile Stamps.

Lucy Boston…made with the Sawtooth Star and Pointed Tile Stamps.

Made with the Sawtooth Star set of stamps and Pointed Tile.

Garden Gate…made with the Sawtooth Star set of stamps and Pointed Tile.

Both of these patterns are FREE on my website under the header tab where it says “Free Projects and Tips“.  Be sure to check it out!

Want more???  Add the Large Triangle to the Sawtooth Star and you can make the strippy version of Bears and Berries!

Large Triangle

Large Triangle

Bears and Berries (strippy version)

Bears and Berries (strippy version)

So many quilts, so little time!  Enjoy your own “quilt recipes” this week!

Happy Stitching!

 

New Stamp! “Thistle”

Last week I premiered a brand new stamp at Jo Morton’s “Sewing at the Orchard” retreat.  It was a hit!  I’ve been playing around with this design for a year.  I even made 2 prototypes, but finally settled on this one.

One block of the new Thistle

One block of the new Thistle

I’m in love with piecing these!  They go together so easy and connect to the Carpenter’s star “B” and “C”, so you get dual use out of that classic set.  (And it brings the price of this set lower.)  Having said that, you will NEED the Carpenter’s Star stamp set to complete this block. (Order it here if you don’t have it.)

Here are the pieces in the set:

Template stamps for the Thistle.

Template stamps for the Thistle.

I LOVE this quilt and already have plans to use these stamps next year in a mystery quilt.

Thistle quilt top.

Thistle quilt top.

Order your set today.

In celebration of this new stamp, I’m offering free shipping on all domestic orders through midnight September 10!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Panama Pyramids… Sequential Piecing

Hi Everyone!

It has been a while since I blogged about a technique and many of you are new followers, so after viewing this question on the popular “Panama Pyramids” Stitching group on Face Book, I figured it was time to blog about the way I’m stitching this wildly popular piecing phenomena that is sweeping the quilting world by storm this summer.

To start I did stamp out my pieces using the triangle in the Sugar Loaf stamp set and the new Large Pyramid that I made to coordinate with the triangle.

The 2 triangles I used.

The 2 triangles I used.

Most of you know that I plan the grain line when I develop my stamps.  The lengthwise grain ALWAYS is aligned with the finger holds on the stamps.

The lengthwise grain is parallel to the selvage edge.

The lengthwise grain is parallel to the selvage edge.  That is where your finger holds on the wood should be positioned.

You will notice that when the pyramids are cut out, you will have a “flat top” to help you determine the grain line.

First set laid out and ready to sew! Notice the positions.

First set laid out and ready to sew! Notice the positions.

Those of you that have taken classes with me, KNOW I love to sequentially piece.  That means sewing from piece to piece without stopping, except for back stitches!  Here is a close up of the drawing that is included in the Large Sugar Loaf pyramid stamp.

This drawing is for a right handed person, a leftie would change the directions of the arrows.

This drawing is for a right handed person, a leftie would change the directions of the arrows.

Okay, got your single thickness quilting thread ready on your Richard Hemming sharp?  Place a small knot at the end.  Grab the first 2 adjacent pieces.  (It really doesn’t matter where you start.)

Place a pin in the right corner, matching up the corner underneath. Place your needle in the right corner, matching up the corner underneath. Take a back stitch.

Place a pin in the right corner, matching up the corner underneath. Place your needle in the right corner, matching up the corner underneath. Take a backstitch.

Sew up to the pin taking small stitches.  When you reach the pin, take a backstitch and leave the needle “parked”.

Open your work to see your orientation.

Open your work to see your orientation.

Pick up the top triangle and place it right sides together.  Drag your needle through to the corner of the top triangle.

Take a stitch, then a backstitch at this corner.

Take a stitch, then a backstitch at this corner.

Place a pin at the left corner and stitch up to the pin.  Take a backstitch and then pick up the last triangle and stitch it in place.

When you are finished, your pieced pyramid should look like this.

When you are finished, your pieced pyramid should look like this.

DO NOT PRESS!!!!  I KNOW YOU WANT TO, BUT YOU CAN STRETCH OUT THE BIAS EDGES ON 2 SIDES.

Make 2 more pieced pyramids the same way and lay out with your large pyramid.

Front view.

Front view.

When you turn them over, you will see I thought of everything!  A reference line on the large triangle to make stitching the small triangles easy!

Back view.

Back view.

Can you see you can stitch this sequentially, too?  The reference mark will help to get perfect points.

Instead of placing your pin in the far left corner, place it at the reference mark before the seam.

Instead of placing your pin in the far left corner, place it at the reference mark before the seam.

Take a backstitch at the seam, pop up the seams, park your needle in the seam.  Place a pin at the far left corner.  Drag your needle through the seams to the other side, backstitch and continue stitching.

Popping up the seam allowances.

Popping up the seam allowances.

When you are done, your block should look like this…

Finished block.

Finished block.

Pressing instructions are in the pattern with the large Sugar Loaf triangle.  I’ve also included the very large setting triangle in the pattern.  You will need to make a template for this template as there is no way you can make a stamp 6″ tall.  Your hands aren’t large enough to grab the wood.

You’ll be amazed how fast these stitch up!  I made 6 of them the other day in less than 3 hours.

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Some of my finished pyramids.

When I stamped out my pyramids from my scrap bag, I place all the pieces for one pieced block on a thread, backstitch between the blocks, and add another block.  The “string” looks like this…

A few blocks on a "thread."

A few blocks on a “thread.”

Pull off one block and you are ready to sew!

Let's make another one! Piecing these is like eating peanuts, you can't stop at just one!

Let’s make another one! Piecing these is like eating peanuts, you can’t stop at just one!

Get your Sugar Loaf set and Sugar Loaf pyramid here.

Until next time,

Happy “sequential” stitching!

 

Catching up!

Hi Everyone!

I’m finally back to normal in my studio after a trip to Scotland and having my sisters here for “Sister’s Week.”

The trip to Scotland got my creative juices going.  Lots to see and lots of inspiration for quilts!

Scottish Thistle

Scottish Thistle

Quilted Spread at the Georgian House.

Quilted Counterpane at the Georgian House.

You might have seen the bed curtains that accompanied this quilted bedspread on Face Book.

Bed curtains had wool embroidered flowers!

Bed curtains had wool embroidered flowers!

Close up of the hand embroidery and wool applique.

Close up of the hand embroidery and wool applique.

Of course there were other sites to see and lots of CASTLES!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Tile floor in the Thistle Chapel in Saint Giles Cathedral.

Tile floor in the Thistle Chapel in Saint Giles Cathedral looks like a quilt.

Saint Giles was featuring a great exhibit of quilts called, "Threads Through Revelation".

Saint Giles was featuring a great exhibit of quilts called, “Threads Through Revelation”.

We met a kilt maker using a tailor's thimble, like I use for all my handwork.

We met a kilt maker using a tailor’s thimble, like I use for all my handwork.

And what would Scotland be without a bagpiper and a man wearing a kilt?

And what would Scotland be without a bagpiper and a man wearing a kilt?

So many more photos I could share, but time and space doesn’t allow it.  I hope these pictures inspire you today!

Don’t forget, ONLY ONE MORE WEEK TO ORDER the Mariner’s Compass, Stamp Basket, or Feathered Star set of stamps.  See the website to order your set before they are gone!!!

Until next time…

Happy Stitching

Saying Goodbye to Old Favorites

Sometimes it is hard to let go and discontinue any of my favorite stamps, but inventory is getting to be a nightmare especially with all my NEW stamps coming out.  I base most of my new stamps on requests from YOU, my readers, and you haven’t steered my wrong!

So to give you time to think about and shop for these items, these sets will be available until July 31.  You’ll have a month to order if these are your favorites, too.

Feathered Star Stamp Set

Feathered Star Stamp Set

This stamp set was only supposed to be available for a limited time and you responded!  Now it is going away the end of July.  You can order here at:

http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/feathered-star/ 

The next stamp set that will be discontinued is an old one, Mariner’s Compass.  I’ve loved this stamp set and have used it in 2 projects, but it is time to say goodbye.

Mariner's Compass Stamp Set

Mariner’s Compass Stamp Set

You can order it until July 31st at:  http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/mariners-compass/

The last stamp to be discontinued is the Stamp Basket.  Sniff, sniff…  This was actually one of the first sets I ever made up and tested.

Stamp Basket stamp set

You can order this stamp set at:  http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/stamp-basket/

So be sure to check out your inventory and order soon!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Two New Stamps!!!!

Hi Everyone!  It has been go, go, go here at the studio!  I finished up one new set of stamps and one single stamp that you are going to LOVE!

My inspiration for designs come from antique tops and quilts, as many of you know.  This was an old top that peaked my interest.

Antique Sunburst quilt top

Antique Sunburst quilt top

I worked on designing a size and stamps that would lend themselves to many options and settled on finished 6″ round circles.

Here is my new design, Sunburst!

I added an embroidered border.

I added an embroidered border.

It was so much fun to make each block scrappy!  You KNOW I love blue, so of course I made several blue blocks.

Detail of one of the blocks.

Detail of one of the blocks.

The stamp set contains 4 stamps and detailed instructions on hand piecing each block.  The border design is included as well.

Contains 4 stamps and detailed instructions.

Contains 4 stamps and detailed instructions.

You can purchase the Sunburst set here.

The second stamp got my attention from several of you that are making “Panama Pyramids,” a design by Linda Collins and published in Quiltmania #94.  My friend, Jo Morton is participating in a “Sew-Along” this summer with this exquisite antique quilt as the model.  (You can see everyone’s progress on Face Book on Linda’s group page “Panama Pyramids Sew-along 2016 Lots of people are making them by machine, but several of you contacted me and asked for stamps for the project.  Well, your wish is my command…  I designed and tested a large pyramid that will connect with the triangle in the “Sugar Loaf” set of stamps.  You will need the Sugar Loaf set of stamps.

The sugar loaf triangle makes the small triangle sections.

The sugar loaf triangle makes the small triangle sections.

The new Sugar Loaf Large Pyramid connects with the sugar loaf triangles.

Stamp features a reference mark to line up the small triangles perfectly!

Stamp features a reference mark to line up the small triangles perfectly!

I included detailed instructions with the Sugar Loaf Large Pyramid that discusses grain line.  My stamp is notched at the top and is placed parallel to the grain along the finger holds for no stretch.

After you make these units, you set them together with an even larger setting triangle.  Because the setting triangle is so large, you cannot make it into a template stamp.  So I included the pattern for the setting triangle in the pattern and it has reference marks, too!

I’ve also included pressing instructions to give you the PERFECT triangles that will be easy to set into your quilt.

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

The new Sugar Loaf Large Pyramid is available here:

Sugar Loaf is available here.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!