Intermediate

The Hortus Conclusus Quilt

The Hortus Conclusus Quilt

The Hortus Conclusus quilt is a medallion style quilt with a traditional centre block motif called “The Castle Garden” surrounded by seven borders pieced from half-square triangles alternating with strip borders made up of fabric stripes of different widths..

Dirndl Susi

Dirndl Susi

The 9th block in the American Impressions block series was supposed to be a Southern Belle or a Sunbonnet Sue. Both patterns which would fit in nicely with the Virginia theme underlying the soon to be finished American Impressions Sampler....

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Zooming in

Zooming in

It took us quite a while to find a name for this fairly easy and straightforward free-motion quilting pattern. In the end, we decided on “Zooming in” although it should be more appropriately named “Zooming in and out again”. We hope that it will become clearer from the following instructions why this longer title would more aptly describe the pattern...

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Featherbone (Block): Absolutely Template-Free

Featherbone

As promised in the previous chapter of this set of instructions, here an alternative sewing method for all those among you who dislike working with templates as much as Jutta does...

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Featherbone (Block)

Featherbone Block

The Featherbone block is a very striking block based on a straightforward 6 by 6 grid which works best with stark contrasts. Solids or false solids would be excellent choices here.... also a great block for our first International Block Swap!...

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Herzstück

Herzstück

As with the Spitzenstücke quilt, the name of its quilting pattern is also a play on words in German. Herzstück could be interpreted as “heart piece”, but usually denotes the core of something. The inspiration came from the patterns on the fabrics we used in the quilt which were created by Sunprinting. The faux lace created very interesting contrasts on the fabrics and by outline quilting them, this contrast was even more emphasized resulting in a 3D effect...

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Spitzenstücke Assembly

Spitzenstücke Assembly

The Spitzenstücke quilt consists of four major blocks of differently sized rectangles which don’t present a huge challenge, as such, as most of the sewing is straight piecing. The only difficult part is the set in pieces in block A. If you don’t like setting in pieces, we suggest that you simply cut shape A into two pieces to make the sewing easier. Measurements are given for the version with the inset piece...

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Square Surrounded

Square Surrounded

The Square Surrounded sashing block and strips belong to the Artful Crafts quilt and complement the setting of the blocks, but could very well be adjusted to any other block quilt. It is simple, yet creates a sophisticated overall design. The sashing blocks take up the layout of the sashing strip and introduce an on-point square which should be cut from fabric used in the other blocks in the quilt to create design harmony...

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Bower of Flowers

Bower of Flowers

The appliqué border designed for the 143 Pyramids quilt consists of two double flowers with an inner and an outer circle of eight petals each and three simple flowers with only the inner circle of petals. The pastel coloured 1930s reproduction fabrics used for the outer petals are set off and contrasted by the inner circle of petals cut from bright red. We are, in general, not that fond of pastel colours and are quite glad that the bright red gives the 143 Pyramids quilt a little kick away from being too “girly”...

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Artful Crafts Assembly – Preliminary Remarks

Sashing Block

Before we proceed with sewing the sashing blocks and sashing strips for the Artful Crafts quilt, we decided that a few preliminary remarks would be necessary. You might also have seen in the introductory article that, for the first time, we haven’t given any information about fabric requirements. The reason for this is simple: The quilt consists of five sewn blocks (the Arrow Crown blocks) and four panels. These panels determine the dimensions and layout of the final sashing solution. In the following, we will explain how we calculated for the Artful Crafts quilt...

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