Design

Eerie Nights Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my day in the Eerie Nights Blog Hop! Thanks to Marian and Amy for hosting!

For the hop, we were to sew up something new for Halloween. A while back, I made a cute little mini shadow quilt, and ever since then, I’ve been wanting to do a version for Halloween. I call my quilt Dark Shadows.

This shadow quilt is my own design. I decided to enlarge the blocks in this version, to better feature my collection of Halloween fabrics. I also wanted to try nesting the squares, and seeing what kind of effect that had. I have to say, I like the results!

The quilting is simple because I wanted the squares to pop!

For a little zing, I used a striped binding. Don’t you just love it?

Here are the quilt details:

Dark Shadows
Original design by Jennifer Fulton
Size: 20" square
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #5011
Quilted with Sulky 40 wt. #1168
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Pieced and quilted by me!

We were also supposed to feature our favorite Halloween decoration in the hop. Mine is a quilt my bestie Alice made for me called Tiny Twisted Jack. Isn’t he wonderful?

To celebrate the hop, we’re having a giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

And be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop to enter the other giveaways. Here are the blogs being featured today:

For the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

Making Dark Shadows was one of my 2016 FAL goals for this quarter so I'm checking it off my massive list. Yippee!

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Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud9 New Block Hop! First, my sincere thanks to Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie who organized the hop, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow. There are 60+ bloggers participating, so you'll want to visit them all and pick up your free 12" block patterns! You'll find a list of links at the end of this post. Also, be sure to visit Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie for a chance to win some lovely organic fabrics from Cloud9!

Here are the fabrics being featured in the hop.

Let me introduce you to this curated bundle of beauties known as “Berry Harvest”! From left to right they are Lilac, Iris, Shadow, Amazon, and Sky, and they are all from the Cloud9 Cirrus Solids collection. Aren’t they wonderful?

Now to the reason you stopped by: my block for the hop, which I’m calling Berry Cross. I really like this block and I hope you will too!

One of the reasons I like this block is because of its versatility. I look for that when I design my quilt patterns—if a block doesn’t lend itself to multiple designs and fabrics, then I move on to another design.

Here’s how my block looks in other fabrics, such as batiks, 30’s reproductions, and modern.

Here’s my original block again (in two colorways) and how it looks in a quilt.

Change the placement of the colors in the block and you get a totally different look.

They're both so lovely, why not alternate the blocks?

Change the placement of the colors again and you get another look.

Look what happens when the blocks are placed on-point!

Back to my original colorway. Here’s what you’ll need to make this block using the Cirrus Solids from Cloud9:

1. Lay out the nine patch pieces

Layout the pieces for the center nine-patch unit as shown. Notice that unlike a normal nine-patch, this one is made up of squares and rectangles. Take care to lay out the pieces appropriately, so that the same widths match up across each row.

2. Sew each row together

Sew Row 1 and Row 3 together and press towards the center rectangle. Sew Row 2 together and press away from the center square.

3. Sew nine patch Unit together

Sew the rows together to create the Nine Patch Unit. Press seams open to reduce bulk. The Nine Patch Unit should measure 4-1/2” square.

4. Sew Unit 1

Sew (1) E 1-3/4” x 4-1/2” rectangle to either side of (1) D 2” x 4-1/2” rectangle to create Unit 1.

Press towards the E rectangles.

Unit 1 should measure 4-1/2” square. Repeat Step 2 to create (4) Unit 1s.

3. Add points to the Unit 1

Mark a line from corner to corner on the back of (1) C 2-1/2” square.

Lay the square face down on (1) Unit 1 as shown. Sew on drawn seam line.

Flip and press. Trim away excess from underneath.

Repeat to add the other triangle to create Unit 2. Repeat Step 3 to create (4) Unit 2s.

4. Sew the block together

Layout the block as shown and sew each row together. Press seams away from Unit 2.

Sew the rows together to create the block. Press away from Row 2.

That’s it! Here’s a coloring page you can save and print if you want to see how the block works in your colors. If you make this block, I’d love to see it! If you use Instagram, use the hashtag #berrycrossblock and @inquiringquilter. You can also email at jennifer.fulton@inquiringquilter.com with a photo of your block if you like.

If you’d like to make a quilt using this block, I’ll be hosting a Quilt Along beginning September 30th. Imagine this in fall or Christmas colors! Be sure to follow my blog for more details.

Off to mail my block! Did I tell you? All the blocks are being sewn into quilts for charity. Isn't that wonderful?

Remember, the hop runs through Wednesday so be sure to visit other blog participants and pick up your free block patterns. And don’t forget to visit Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie to enter the giveaway!

Monday, September 12th

2016 New Quilt Bloggers

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Designing and making my Cloud9 block was a goal on my 2016 Finish A Long list, so yippee! I've completed another one!

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Making Shadow Quilts

A few weeks ago, Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting and Jen of A Dream and a Stitch decided to make a Shadow Quilt using a pattern designed by Debora of Studio Dragonfly Quilts, and they asked the other New Quilt Bloggers if they’d like to join in. Although I’m really busy at the moment, I found the idea of making a Shadow quilt pretty tempting. And fast! So fast in fact that I made two!

After studying the pattern, I decided to play with warm and cool colors and see what developed. After looking at my stash, I choose two different purple batiks for the background and shadows, and a series of yellows, oranges and reds for the squares.

I’m really happy with the results—I think the warm colors really come forward, and the purples recede, creating a nice 3D effect.

This mini quilt uses a 4 x 5 block setting, and finishes at 17” x 21”. I quilted this wall hanging very simply, by stitching in the ditch around the shadows and the squares.

I decided to add a flange for a nice pop of color. I think if I was to do it over, I might cut the flange just a tiny bit smaller, but I think it works none the less.

While I was working on my purple wall hanging, I kept texting updates to a friend of mine who was really encouraging. In fact, she absolutely loved it, so I decided to make her one too since they are so fast and easy and hey, she's my bestie!

Her favorite color is teal, with orange a close second. The thought of using opposites on the color wheel was very interesting to me. I was especially eager to see how they played off each other to create a 3D effect, and I think the result is wonderful!

I kept finding lots of orange fabrics in my stash and I simply couldn't decide which ones to include so I included them all! I made this mini quilt 5 x 5, so it finishes 22" x 22".

I didn’t get her quilt done because I went to see my daughter in college this weekend, but I know it’ll finish up fast. Alice loves sparklies almost as much as she loves teal and orange so I had to put a glittery orange square in the quilt!

I totally love how easy Shadow quilts are to make, and I encourage you to make one and share the results in my Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #shadowminiquilt. Be sure to visit these participants to see the other Shadow quilts!

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Feeling Cloudy

It’s been a month since I told you about the upcoming Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop, and I thought I’d show you the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids fabrics that came in!

This collection was hand-selected by our blog hop hosts, Cheryl, Stephanie, and Yvonne. Aren’t they simply delicious? These are some of my absolute favorite colors. Here’s what they look like in person.

Cloud9 fabrics are organic, and oh so soft. I’ve been really enjoying petting them as I work on a block design for the hop.

I can’t show you the design just yet, but here’s a sneak peak from a test block I made with some scrap fabrics.

I’m not quite sure I have my final design yet, but I know I’m close. I just can’t stop myself from tweaking and tweaking until it’s perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blog hop will feature new block designs from over 70 quilt designers, so I encourage you to put this one on your calendars! It’s definitely a don’t-want-to-miss-it event, and it’ll be held September 12th through the 14th.

Eeeks! It's getting close! I better get back to my design then. See ya in cyberland!

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