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Sashed Block in Block Quilt

Block in block qquilt block with sashing

I love block in block (or square in square) quilts. It’s somewhat theraputic sitting in front of the TV watching back to back episodes of “House Hunters” while making the blocks. I’m excited about the the thin sashing strips because they add another layer of dimension, give the eyes a resting spot between fabric changes and look professionally finished like a well-tailored suit.

I’ve got a stash of Christmas fabric I’ve been saving. This technique would be perfect for this quilt block.

Join me in watching this new tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Co.


Easy House Quilt – No Paper Piecing

Easy House Quilt Video Tutorial

I just love house quilts, but can’t stand paper piecing. Jennie Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company has a new video for Natalie’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor house quilt. It uses two layer cakes and a charm pack. Of course, you can always cut 10″ and 5″ squares from yardage or your stash.

There is NO paper piecing. One layer cake makes the house. A half layer cake makes the roof. Another half makes the space between the house and another half makes the space between the roofs. A charm pack makes the windows and door that are Heat and Bonded on, then stitched around the edges. Do that stitching before you join the houses. The roof lines get sewn in a strip, as do the houses. Then sew them all together. Now that’s sew quickly. BOOM!

If you don’t have a 1/2 hexie ruler like Jennie does, just cut a 60 degree corner off each side of the folded 10″ block. That’s 3.5″ in from each edge. And this is where the rotating cutting mat comes in handy. I just love mine.

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Quick-Cut Square On Point Quilt Block

Anita Grossman Solomon's square on point block quilt

I just love the optical illusion that the square on point quilt block makes. If you look at the center square, it’s a 1/4 turned square within another square. But, if you look at the setting triangles, it looks like an hour glass block. And each time you shift your eyes, the blocks seem to move with the color shifts.

Traditionally, after doing a bunch of math, you’d cut a center square and four setting triangles for the corners of the outside “block”. They have to be exact or your points won’t match.

Anita Grossman Solomon square on point block

A couple of weeks ago I took Anita Grossman Solomon’s Craftsy class Traditional Blocks Made Simple and I just LOVE her quick rotary cutting techniques. I knew she had a method for quickly cutting square on point blocks, but I don’t have any of her quilting books. But ah-HA! Thanks to the interwebs, I found a video on Simple Quilts that shows exactly how she cuts them. And the best part? There is NO math. You can make them out of any two square pieces of fabric that are the same size.

Enjoy. Be patient, because it takes a while for the video to actually appear on the web page. I’ve noticed that about HGTV.

Click here to watch the video tutorial.

Tutorial - Square On Point Block - Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson and Anita Grossman Solomon

Quilting Books by Anita Grossman Solomon

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Sunny Skies Quilting Tutorial Video

Sunny Skies Quilt Pattern

Easy Quilting Tutorial

I just love using non-directional dots in quilts, so I was happy to see the latest quilting tutorial video from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilting Company. See how that black dotted border frames this beautiful quilt? The cream background allows the eyes to rest, while the green makes it pop. It’s slightly tricky to layout, but it’s still an easy lap quilt if you strip piece the 4-patch or 16-patch blocks. I’m all for quick assembly.

The Sunny Skies quilt pattern was featured in the Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly Spring 2013 issue. That’s it at the top of this page. You can also download it right now, if you’re the impatient type, like me. Natalie did a good job of replicating it.

Here’s the video for Natalie’s version of the Sunny Skies lap quilt.


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Download the Sunny Skies quilt pattern from Fon’s and Porter.