Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - April

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Bear's Paw

This is a fresh modern take on a very traditional block. Again, we'll use half-square triangles to make this block. It's a little bit tedious with these smaller pieces, but the finished product is great! Here are our two finished Bear's Paw blocks:


I did find a small error in the cutting instructions. At the bottom of the section "From Fabrics B, C, D and E," it says to cut four 1 1/4" x 5 /4" rectangles. You only need to cut two of these.

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 46-49 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109. 

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Friday, March 25, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nicholas Ball

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Nicholas Ball. Active in the Modern Male Quilters movement and a member of the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee, Nicholas is an incredible quilter. His work with improvisational lines and tiny pieces is stunning and you might recognize him from his vegetable patch quilts.

Here are a few great quilts of Nicholas' quilts, all from his blog, quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com:






That wraps up our teacher features! Have you gone to stitchalot.com and purchased your ticket yet?! It's going to be an amazing event. I can't wait to show you what all of these lovely instructors have planned for their classes!

--Hayley

Friday, March 18, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nydia Kehnle

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Nydia Kehnle. Her love of puzzles and problem solving combined with her keen eye for color and texture are evident in Nydia’s work. In 2015, Nydia placed first in the category of Improvisational quilts at QuiltCon. Here are just a few of her gorgeous quilts (click the caption for more information about each quilt):

Alternative

Feathers

Tessellation

Ventana

I'm excited to see what Nydia brings to our incredible lineup of teachers. She won first place in the Improvisational category at QuiltCon 2015, so her pattern is bound to be stellar.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Vice Versa Block of the Month - March

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Mosaic No. 5

Here's a fun block with some smaller half-square triangles than we worked with last month. I love that almost every block in this quilt utilizes HSTs; it shows how incredibly versatile they are! 

Here's how our two blocks finished:

   

We used XOXO in Sea Monster for the bold center of this block. You can see how different they look depending on color placement. 

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 44-45 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109. 

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Friday, March 11, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Daniel Rouse

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Daniel Rouse. Dan's quilts often feature grid-based improv. Originally inspired by Gee's Bend quilts and mostly self-taught, Daniel brings a unique perspective to the roster of teachers. He taught for us at Camp Stitchalot in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring him back!

Here are a few great quilts of Dan's (all images from his blog, http://pieceandpress.blogspot.com/, and his Facebook page, Daniel Rouse Quilts):






For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Friday, March 4, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Sherri Lynn Wood

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Sherri Lynn Wood. Sherri is known for her improv style and ruler-free piecing. In her recent book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, she breaks free from the standard pattern structure and, instead, provides readers with "scores," or parameters for improv quilt-making. You will recognize Sherri by her wonderful and bold quilts with curved wedges and solid fabrics, in addition to her beautiful and simple hand-quilting.

Here are a few great quilts of Sherri's, all from her website (daintytime.net):





Her use of solids is impeccable. I can't wait to see which technique she'll focus on for Glamp!

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Friday, February 26, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Latifah Saafir

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Latifah Saafir. Latifah is known for her fearless approach to sewing curves and her boldly modern quilts. The Glam Clam quilt pattern (available as a free PDF download!) is a modern take on the clamshell shape. To get a feel for her teaching style, check out her Glam Clam tutorial on YouTube.

Here are a few great quilts of Latifah's (all images from her website, http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/):

Rocket 88

The Big Log
Play Around the World
Molehills
Convergence
First Kiss
Latifah has many new patterns in the works and an innovative clamshell ruler. I'm most excited to see the release of her line of patterns intended for children, appropriately titled "Quilt Cadets." You can see more of her quilts and patterns on her website, http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley