Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Classic Modern Quilts tour & tutorial!

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Hi everyone! It's my turn on the Classic Modern Quilts blog tour!



My block was the Depression block. FYI, I showed my husband Troy the paper with all of the designs we were picking from, and told him to decide which one I should make. They were all so cool, I just couldn't make a decision! He likes simple, so I think that's what drew him to this block.

Top row, 3rd from left
And this block is super simple. Composed of half square triangles, this is a great scrap buster. I used a charm pack of 2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock (for Moda) to create my depression blocks.


I made all three block sizes out of 5 inch charms, so as promised, here's a little tutorial!


The larger blocks are pretty simple, and you probably already know this method. Stack 2 charms, right sides together. Draw a line diagonally, corner to corner, and then stitch 1/4" on each side of the line.


Cut on the drawn line, and voila! 2 HST. Trim to 4 1/2" square.


The medium blocks are made by stitching around the outside of your stacked charms. Once you've gone all the way around the charms, you will cut diagonally, from corner to corner, in both directions.


Pat yourself on the back, you just made 4 HST at once! Trim to 3" square.


Then there's the smallest blocks. These finish at 2 inches! Again, stack two charms right sides together. This time, you're going to be drawing two lines, diagonally from corner to corner, making an x.  Then you sew 1/4" on each side of both lines.


Cut along your drawn lines. You will have 4 triangles that look like these.


Cut a line from the long edge to the point of the triangle, lining up the bottom edge with your ruler.

 
Ta-da, you just made 8 half square triangles at one time! Trim them to 2 inches square.

So, to recap, two 5 inch charms can make two 4 1/2" HST,  four 3" HST, or eight 2" HST. Good to know, right? :)



Today my friend Tia and the quilter behind those gorgeous swirls above is also on the blog tour, so be sure to hop over and visit her! And tomorrow it's Amy Smart's turn, she blogs over at Diary of a Quilter. Enter to win a copy of Classic Modern Quilts using the rafflecopter widget below, and if you're the lucky winner you'll be contacted via email next Wednesday!

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And of course, you can always purchase the book if you're not feeling lucky. Available at these fine establishments :)

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75 comments:

DeborahGun said...

Anna Maria Horner!

Lisa Marie said...

One favorite, you're kidding right? I like Kate Spain, Kate & Birdie, Eric & Julie Comstock, Lotta, Zen Chic, Gina Martin, the list goes on.

Joyce said...

Aneela Hoey....I've made a quilt with every line of hers but one!

JoyceLM said...

Kaffe Fassett is my favorite. Thanks.

Karen Pryce said...

I think my favorite would be Tula Pink.

M.W. said...

Right now Tula Pink but it changes everyday.
Shawn

CraftyBeth said...

OMG - how can you choose one! My latest this summer was Jenn Ski. She did a line of mod-century fabrics that I used in two quilts for my 1966 Airstream's twin beds. Sooooo cute!

Beth said...

To be honest - I don't have one - I'm an all-over-the-board kind of quilter.

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

Well, favorites change from time to time. Right now I'm liking Bonnie & Camielle. I'm making a queen size quilt form their Vintage Modern line. So pretty. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

Gill said...

Denyse Schmidt!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have several that are my favorites. I like Minnick and and Simpson, 3 Sisters and French General.

Sallie said...

Minnick and and Simpson

madquilter65 said...
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madquilter65 said...

Bonnie Hunter, love her!

Lisa said...

Pat Bravo is one of my favorites! GREAT BLOCK!!

Linda said...

Hello, I'd choose Minnick+Simpson!
Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Cheryl said...

Denyse Schmidt. But Carolyn Friedlander is close also these days...

miss jamee said...

this blog tour is soo much fun! thx for the chance to win!
missjameequilts@gmail.com

KMSC said...

Quilters today are so fortunate to have so many fantastic fabric designers. One of my top favorites is Kate Spain.

k.castanette@hotmail.com

Beach Angel said...

There are so many that I love, how can I choose. I love Tula Pink, Riley Blake, Kate Spain and Denyse Schmidt. And…that is just the beginning of my list.

Amy Eileen Koester said...

I have lots I love. Riley Blake is one that comes to mind.

Gretchen quilts said...

Nancy Halvetson!

Gretchen quilts said...

That was Nancy Halverson!!

barbara woods said...

Kate Spain

Lisa E said...

I like Vanessa Christenson.

B Greene said...

I love AMH and Tula Pink and Denise Schmidt, but also Sweetwater and Zen Chic. Too hard to narrow down!

Pattie Crum said...

Amy Butler, I have tons of her fabric.

Nancy said...

I love all the designers!

Kay said...

Presently it is Bonnie and Camille, but I also love Aneela Hoey.

Nupur said...

Riley Blake and so many others! Thanks for the giveaway.

Christine S said...

Right now it's Jeni Baker!

Ginny Worden said...

For the moment Denyse Schmidt.

Whit said...

AMH is amazing. and I love Tula Pink. I recently fell in love with Sierra Fiesta by Bren Talavera for Robert Kaufman!!

Elizabeth said...

There's no way to pick a favorite, but Michael Miller is up there for me.

Tamie said...

Great HST tips. One favorite- I really don't like those questions. Lotta Jansdotter right this minute.

Barbe said...

Tula Pink, i can't resist her little hidden treasures in her designs.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Looks like an awesome book! So many great designers and hard to pick one, going with Kate Spain. I always love anything and everything she does.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeanne Gwin said...

Amanda Murphy, Kate Spain, oops that's two, shucks. thanks for a chance to win.

Cindy said...

I'm liking Bonnie and Camielle right now, bit I like many others.

EmileeHope said...

It would be too hard to name just one...AMH & Amy Butler are def at the top of the list.

Green said...

V and Co.

Claire Welch said...

Favorite? That changes so often as I'm enticed.

Claire

Marilyn said...

I always come back to Anna Maria Horner!

Beth said...

That is such a hard question! How about this--my favorite designer whose fabric I admire from afar but don't have any of? That's Bonnie Christine.

Robin said...

Gloria Wall of Winnipeg! LOVE her stuff.

Amy Verne said...

I like Jay McCarroll because he's kooky!

trudys_person said...

Kaffe Fassett, and Anna Maria Horner ... Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway!

biogrrl said...

There are so many to chose from - I hunk right now it's V and Co.

Cheryl said...

I love Bonnie and Camille

Nikki said...

I love Pat Bravo and Kaffe Fassett! Thanks for the chance!

Amy DeCesare said...

No fair - I am so fickle that my favorites change all the time. If I must choose, though, I guess it's got to be Fig Tree Quilts!

Alison Christensen said...

That is a hard question! I love many of the designers for Moda Fabrics and it would be hard to say who is a favorite! I also love Riley Blake.

abeullah said...

I don't really have a favorite. It all depends the project and for who.

mary said...

Anne Marie Horner

elsiesgeekery said...

Rashida Coleman-Hale. I just got a half-yard bundle of Tsuru and I don't know how I'm going to bear cutting it up. You can contact me at elsiesgeekery(at)zoho(dot)com.

Katie.Herzog said...

I love Lotta Jansdotter!

Cecilia said...

Bonnie and Camille, Sweetwater, and Sandy Gervais are just some of my favorite designers. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

Melissa said...

Alison Glass!

Lisa said...

Lotta Jansdotter!

Kathy Sue said...

You're so funny! That's like asking me to identify my favorite child. There is so much special about each. I love the colors, the textures, the movement of the design! But I do seem to have a lot of Kaffe Fassett, Anne Marie Horner and V & Co in my stash. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

PT in SC said...

Right now Jeni Baker, love her new vintage line.

Marti M said...

I do not have a favorite. I use hand dyes most of the time.

M.W. said...

Lots of favorites

Tula Pink today

Shawn

andpins said...

I don't think I could narrow down my pick to just one!

Rachel Booth said...

I'm an AMH girl myself! I also love me some text prints! :)

mrsrachelsbooth at gmail dot com

Rhonda D. said...

Hard to pick just one!! Aneela Hoey, Lori Holt, Desyse Schmidt.
Thanks for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

WBall said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this marvelous book. Zen chic.

Anne said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog! I like V and Co and Bonnie and Camille.

Sue H said...

Loving Sarah Jane at the moment, her designs are magical.

Emily said...

I love Kate Spain!

Jessica said...

I would have to say that my favorite at the moment is Kate Spain.

Diane said...

My favorite designer is Pat Bravo. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barb said...

Today is Denise schmidt but that could change by lunch time.

Betty said...

Could be Heather Bailey or Caroline Friedlander or perhaps Sandi Hendersen? Only one?
Then it'll have to be Heather Bailey.
Or Tula Pink, Amanda Murphy or Allison Harris?
Can't choose one, sorry.

Barb in Mi said...

I just love Tula Pink fabric. Thank you!

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