Candy Hearts Winner – and Pinwheel Quilt Info

Just want to say thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments about the green pinwheel quilt. Isn’t it a fun quilt? And hope everyone tries pinwheels. It’s all about having those seams pressed in the right direction, and “feeling” the center puzzle fit together with your fingers. For so long, I tried so many different ways to do it, and now it seems easy. That’s not to say that every now and then there’s not a slip-up. . .

Some of you asked for instructions for this quilt. I used Ebony’s EDeN™  System which is published in her February BlockstoDieFor magazine and gives instructions for using a rotary cutter as well as different die cutters. It is definitely a great way to write instructions for everyone no matter what system they use. I will tell you more about that later, but here are the instructions for what I’m calling a Pinwheel chain (instead of Irish chain).  And when I say that, just think of the possibilities of other designs along that same line.

Click the image and it will open full-size in a new browser window.

And the winner of the candy hearts blocks is: Michelle White. Michelle, I will email you to get a mailing address. Can’t wait to see what you do with them! 

Pinwheeel Quilt Finished – Yay!

It’s so wonderful to finish a quilt. And I really love this one – it’s a two-color quilt and the piecing turned out just perfect. When I got ready to put it on the frame, I realized that without borders it would fit onto one width of fabric, so I went for it. Quilts without borders are nice, very simplistic and very much the way my grandmother and great-grandmother quilted. Here are the instructions for getting pinwheels with great centers. Enjoy the photos.


And don’t forget about the giveaway this week – there hasn’t been much response – it is a complete quilt kit (except backing) and it includes embroidery blocks that are already assembled. So scroll down to see what you can win and leave a comment if you want to enter the giveaway.

Pinwheel Quilt

Close-up of quilting and piecing

EQ7 Tips for Use with the Accuquilt Die Cutting System

EQ7 is one of the  most important tools in my studio. I have written  about some of the ways to use it with the Accuquilt cutting system. One really neat feature is that you can print the rotary cutting instructions for a block and use that along with the Accuquilt cutting equivalents chart to determine which dies to use. I also wrote about adding text in the EQ7 software to be able to write notes to yourself or to write instructions if you are teachnig a class. I almost always use text from Layer 2 to write instructions to myself. Another great feature of EQ7 software is that you can use it to determine the number of patches that you need. I have created links below to the blog posts that discuss each of these features.

Finding the Right Die

Texting in EQ7 Software

How Many Patches Do I Need?

 Hope these tips help. In the fall of 2010, I ran a series of EQ7 blocks on my blog. In addition, you might want to read Ebony’s Blocks to Die For magazine, as it tells you which die sizes you will need for many blocks which can be drawn in EQ7.

Link to Blocks to Die For


And We Have a Winner. . .And Another Giveaway

The winner of the Candy Hearts Embroidery Set is Sally King from the Baby Steps Quilting blog. Using a random number generator, Sally was chosen from all the entries – and she is the perfect winner because she is so into machine embroidery right now. And I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the blog hop. It was a great success thanks to all of you.

But since it’s almost the end of February and all those embroidered candy hearts blocks need a home, that will be the post bog hop giveaway this week. Here are some pictures – I’m sure you remember them. All you have to do is 1) leave a comment here before Friday midnight and 2) either blog about the giveaway or tell your Facebook friends about it, and 3) Follow me on Networked blogs on FB (see the link on the right column of my blog). These blocks will come with precut background fabric to make the very pretty quilt shown below–a quilt that your Valentine will love all year long.


Elephant Parade progress

Progress on the elephant baby quilt. Isn’t it adorable? You can see I still have some more blocks to do and to add a border. And the wild animals and train dies are back in stock at Accuquilt, so I ordered them this week.

Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade

Was working on digitizing Overall Sam when these little elephants came to visit and distracted me. So, my only defense is that they were so adorable I just had to play. And it was a three and a half  day and night party. But I love the way they turned out. It was difficult to take good photos with the black background fabric – the colors look washed out and in person they’re bright and beautiful. But I used the black background to go with the elephant fabric I bought. You know that fabric also comes with a white background. . .

I made an elephant border – Momma Elephant and Baby Elephant.  And made all of those elephants turn to the right and turn to the left so I wouldn’t have to fiddle with them when I got ready to stitch. Wouldn’t that border be cute for a horizontal strip quilt or a border on a baby quilt? Wouldn’t those little elephants be adorable facing each other with a little heart between them?  You can see all the photos at my embroidery shop.

Blog Hop Day 2 – stop in and have some fun:

Connie (Quilting by the River) Connie’s got a great table runner tutorial
Linda  (Living 4 Quilting) and I’m sure Linda has a great surprise in store too!



GO Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

February 13th
Marjorie (Marjorie Busby, quilter)
Ariane (Ariane’s Crafts)
February 14th
Connie (Quilting by the River)
Linda  (Living 4 Quilting)
February 15th
Lisa Marie  (Scraps of Life)
Marilyn  (North Hills Quilters)
February 16th
Alicia (Heirloom Quilting)
Marjorie (Marjorie’s Busy Corner)
February 17th
Sharon (Crazee Corners)
Jacque (Lilypad Quilting)
February 18th
Stacey (Driving Miss Stacey)
Tracey (The Peony Teacup)
Paulette (Sweet P Quilting and Creations)


Blog Hop Day 1: GO! Ahead and Show Some Love

It is one day before Valentine’s Day. I know you won’t get this quilt done before Valentine’s Day, but I hope you’ll make it to use all year long. It’s a classic and has wonderful open areas for free motion quilting. It was so much fun designing this in EQ7. I don’t know what I’d do without that software. The image and requirements are below. (you will also find blog hop giveaway info at the end of this post)

And hop on over to see Ariane’s great Half Circle Pinwheel. She made a needle case, but I can see that block on placemats or in a quilt.

I (heart) baskets quilt

For this quilt you will need:

4 each red and white basket blocks (finished 10, unfinished 10.5)

Cutting Requirements

Block Construction

Piecing Tips

Heart Motif for Basket Blocks

1 each hearts embroidery block (finished 10?, unfinished 10.5?)

4 each cut 10.5? x 10.5? white blocks

Border 1 (red): 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 30.5?,

and 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 34.5?

Border 2 (white): 4 each rectangles cut 1.5? x 34.5? and

4 squares (red) cut 1.5? x 1.5?

Border 3 (red): 4 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 36.5?

4 each cut 2.5? x 2.5? squares

Border 4: 36 each 6? finished half square triangles (red and white)

4 each (white) cut 4.5?  x 4.5? squares

Border 5 (red): 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 48.5? and

2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 52.5?

Binding: 220? continuous 2.5? strip for binding

And now, if you’re participating in the blog hop, I’m sure you want to know what you’ll find here as a giveaway. This has been a great debate for me, so the winner will have two options:  The first option is 18 Candy Heart blocks and background fabric for the open blocks. The second option is machine embroidery files for the Candy Hearts. How do you qualify? Leave a comment on this blog between Monday and Friday and visit at least one of the other participating blogs each day this week. I am leaving this open for US and international entries. The winner will be selected by random drawing. 

Traditional Red and White Basket Quilt

This is the design for the red and white basket quilt. It is one of my favorite old fashioned quilt patterns. It’s hard to know whether I like it so much because it’s red and white or because it’s baskets.

The most traditional red and white basket quilts were plain baskets set on point on a muslin background. For this one, I’m using a white Kona cotton and red Fossil Fern fabric. For now, I’ll just have to give you the EQ7 photo of the original quilt and some variations as I have been a little busy this week–those babies are absolutely adorable.

And here’s the same quilt with the block that has three hearts. My preference is the block with hearts.