Friday, January 28, 2022

Spiral Lone Star Quilt - Giveaway!

Let's wrap up the week with a giveaway! This time it's all about the Spiral Lone Star Quilt by Jan P. Krentz (Amazon affiliate link).

How pretty is that? Seeing the colors spiral out to the edges - gorgeous!

Jan has put together a booklet and full-sized patterns to make a Spiral Lone Star quilt, as construction for this quilt includes both strip piecing and paper-piecing. It looks complicated, but with those techniques, it should turn out fabulous!

Here's the full quilt, made with beautiful batiks -

and here it is with a modern flair, all done in solids.

Want to try your hand at making one of these? Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below to win a copy of the Spiral Lone Star Quilt. Giveaway is open now through midnight, January 31, to continental US residents only (no Alaska, Hawaii, or International entries at this time - sorry).

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Good luck!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Midweek Makers 316

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's do some sharing!

I'm still working away on those red scraps, and will probably go with a red and white quilt. I had another idea, which was a super cool ombre theme, but I don't have enough orange or yellow scraps to make the size I want. Oh well, some other time.

Hope you're not tired of all the red as I'm featuring a couple of red projects once again. If you have had enough of red, feel free to imagine these in other colors! 

From Canadian Needle Nana, this pretty red leaf quilt,

and from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer, a red/black/white baby quilt.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Hanging Towel Tutorial Redo

Our new home we've been working on desperately needs some hanging towels in the kitchen, a project that's right up my alley. All that's needed is a small piece of batting, a kitchen towel, and coordinating fabric plus a bit of time.

teal kitchen towel hanging from a hanger

I'm calling this a Hanging Towel Tutorial Redo as it looks similar to my original Hanging Towel design/tutorial, but it's a bit easier to put together. Let's get started on stitching these up!


As far as the material requirements, 1 (one) kitchen towel will make two hanging towels, with a coordinating fat quarter enough for both of them. Also needed is a scrap piece of batting, approximately 11" square.

Cutting, for two towels

From the fat quarter, cut 1 (one) 2" wide strip and 2 (two) 10" x 6.5" rectangles.

fabric rectangle and 2 inch strip

Cut the towel in half. Fold the two edges toward the center in an accordion style, with folds meeting in the center, and edges lining up with first folds. Stitch across the top with less than a 1/4" seam allowance to hold all fold in place.

Fabric Preparation

Fold the 10" x 6.5" rectangle in half. On the folded edge, measure and pin-mark 1.5" from each side edge. Place a ruler on top, aligning the 1/2" ruler mark with the pin and the opposite corner. Trim off the small triangle.

Here's what the trim looks like without all the rulers, and with the towel basted to hold the folds.

Finish cutting the other side, keeping the pin-marks in place. Cut a piece of batting 5" x 5.25".

To the 2" strip, press it in half, then press each side to that center fold line.

Stitch along the folded line, close to the edge. Then cut 2 (two) 6" lengths.


With the towel smooth side (not folded sides) up, stack and center the fabric and batting on top, with the fabric right side to the towel and the 5.25" batting edge running side to side. Keep the pin-marks in the fabric portion.

Stitch all pieces together, 1/4" from the towel/fabric/batting edge. Press the seam toward the hanger, then place a pin to hold the batting in place.

Flip the unit over. Trim the batting from the pin-marks in the fabric along the same angle as the sides. If the batting is too long at the fabric fold, trim the batting so that the edge is right at the fold. You can see my trimmed batting pieces in the picture.

Press a 1/4" seam allowance along the edge of the fabric piece.

Fold this piece over the batting, covering the seam. Pin in place. 


Starting 3/4" from the edge, stitch close to the folded edge.

Finger press the side seams by turning one edge over the batting and folding the other edge under to match the sides. Pin to hold edges in place.

The edges at the towel may need a bit of coaxing for a nice finish, but fortunately, there's enough fabric to turn over the seam bulk. Sorry that part is not in the best focus, but you get the idea.

Before stitching, add the hanging tie. 

I folded mine in half again, placing the ends approximately 1/2" within the seam allowance at the top fold.

Once everything is in place, start top stitching at the towel/hanger seam, where the stitching left off. Continue to the side, then up to the top making sure the hanging ties are secure, back down the other side, and around to the towel/hanger seam to finish off that 3/4 inch. Use a little less than a 1/4" seam allowance for this top stitching.

And now the hanging towel is finished and ready for use - yeah! If you make some, be sure to share on Midweek Makers.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, January 21, 2022

12 FREE Heart Quilt Blocks

What would Valentine's Day be without hearts? Today I'm sharing 12 different FREE heart quilt blocks from numerous quilters. Choose your favorites or love them all!

Let's start off with the easy-to-stitch heart blocks.

Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial on how to make these simple hearts, including a printable pattern for seven different sized hearts - awesome!

three different sized pink heart quilt blocks

Here's a simple heart made from squares, the Pixelated Heart from Robert Kaufman. Though shown as an entire quilt, this could easily be resized to a block.

And Heather Givens did just that for her scrappy heart block, which measures 14".

Here's instructions for a similar block, a woven heart block in 6", 9", and 12" sizes from Generations Quilt Patterns.

The same site also has a tutorial (with great cutting/size charts!) for 5", 7.5", 10', and 15" woven heart blocks. Can't beat charts for multiple sizes!

Now let's move into heart quilt blocks made with strips. First up are strips sewn vertically to make this heart from Craftsy.

The Crafty Quilter stitched her strips horizontally for an ombre heart,

while Modern Domestic placed those strips on a 45 angle to make her Take Heart block.

With a slight variation on the one above, the Love heart quilt block is created by Blend fabrics.

Last but not least are a few free heart block patterns that are a bit more complex in construction. Generations Quilt Patterns has another free pattern, this time a log cabin heart block.

Neverland Stitches also has a log cabin heart block, done with scraps,

Diary of a Quilter has a heart-in-a-heart block pattern,

and Bonjour Quilts adds to the group with a couple of her Valentine's Heart block pattern.

That's a lot of FREE heart quilt blocks to choose from! Hmm, I'm thinking I might have to make all of these for a heart sampler quilt - wouldn't that be just lovely???

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Midweek Makers 315

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Let's do some sharing!

My cutting table is still awash in red scraps as I continue my quest to use them up. So far, I have eight more 8.5" square blocks, four 4.5" square blocks, and three 5" blocks which may get turned into 8.5's. 

I'm thinking a couple of the 8.5" blocks will go in the RSC2022 quilt, while the remaining might go in a red and white quilt or something completely different. We shall see what I come up with!

I'm going to continue to showcase red shares from last week, starting with Sew Preeti Quilts, who made a few red blocks (toward the bottom of her post) and needs help on how to set them.

Melva Loves Scraps shared a pretty red and black quilt,

and Quilts, etc shared a beautiful Hunter's Star quilt in red and cream.

Now it's your turn - what do you have to share this week?

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