Back for Part 2!
Thanks for all the wonderful, encouraging, generous, supportive, and funny comments on the last post! The “winner” or favorite quilt from that post had to be Spin Cycle, followed closely by Rising Star. I always love hearing which ones you like best – because after working on the quilts for so long and doing all the math, writing, proofing, etc., I can no longer see or think clearly to know which ones are the cutest!
Today I want to share the non-strip pieced quits from the book. In addition to all those spinning and star quilts from yesterday, the book and ruler can be used to make lots of other fun shapes. Here is a link to the first post, in case you missed it.
Shapes #1 and #2: Diamonds and Trees – as shown in the “Juniper” quilt.
The fabric line is Blitzen by Basic Grey for Moda fabrics. The pattern can be made from Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths or 10″ squares. (I forgot to mention in the first part of the preview that most of the patterns in the book are made from Fat Quarters and Fat Eighths)
One of the size options for this design is this little runner – “Baby Juniper”.
It’s so simple and quick to make. It would make a great Christmas gift and can easily be made longer to fit any size table, kitchen island, etc. I made this one from the scraps from the Winter Solstice quilt – though you can also make if from 10″ squares or scraps from your stash.
Shapes #3, 4 and 5 – Tumblers (and hourglass blocks, bow ties or lava lamps), as shown in the “Hourglass” quilts below. Most often the tumbler shape is made into quilts like these - which you could do, but I chose to add sashing for a more modern look.
I also chose to pair my colors in my tumbler blocks so they look more like bows, lava lamps or an hourglass, depending on how you see it. You can use the ruler to cut tumblers and put them into any number of options – but I didn’t have time to make them all (yet). That’s the problem with deadlines – they sometimes interfere with my fun!
I really like the runner size option too - This one was fun to quilt.
Shape #6 – Kaleidoscope Triangles, as shown in the “Windsor Knot” quilt below.
This next quilt is a modern take on a traditional kaleidoscope quilt. Both the red and aqua triangles are cut with the ruler. Remember the little circle that I appliqued in the center of the Spin Cycle block from my last post? This one uses a small square appliqued in the center to cover where all the points come together. Not only does it make the quilt easier, but I like the way it forms a chain between the red pieces. All of the other seams in the quilt nest – as long as you follow the pressing arrows in the instructions (the other patterns have this too).
I just finished a color option of this quilt with my Here Fishy Fishy fabric. I love how different it looks! Can you believe they are the same pattern? Instead of the chain, I see circles and X’s in this version.
I am so anxious for this fabric to arrive. It matches Carter’s room just perfectly!
This isn’t related to the new book, but I wanted to show you how I used the panel print on the back.
Shape #7 – Right Angle Triangles, as shown in the “Calypso” quilt below.
This quilt is made from the scraps of my Cosmo quilt (from the first part of the preview). You can also use scraps from your stash or 10″ squares.
Shape # 8 – Almost Hexagons, as shown in the “Honeycomb Bloomers” quilt. I say almost hexagons because a true hexagon is a 60-degree angle and when you use my ruler it is a 67 1/2-degree angle. This makes for a slightly elongated hexagon and allows you to flip-flop the blocks for a more interesting layout.
This is probably my personal favorite – because as many of you may know – I have a huge crush on hexagons.
So there you have it! I feel like I could go on and on with all the things that you can cut with this ruler. In fact, I have lots of options that didn’t even make it into the book! If you have a favorite from this grouping too, I would love to hear what it is. Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner (of a book and a ruler) from this post too. I will announce the winners from both posts here next week.
BTW – Books and rulers are available to start shipping now – either from your local shop or from our online store.