Polka Dot Nine-Patches

April 1, 2014
The upcoming Block Lotto at my guild is 9" finished
For mine, I sliced a stack of  three 10.5" fabric squares.
 Polka Dots are in the eye of the beholder 
To make them
Stack 3 rough-cut starched fabric squares
Trim to 10.5" square
Slice 2.75" parallel to each edge
to get 27 perfectly sized patches
Mix and match the patches - there will be six possible unique combinations
If you'd like to see this demonstrated for 6" blocks have a look at this video about 2 minutes from it's start.  I like 'orderly' Nine-Patches; I find them an oasis in chaotic New York.


Anita's Super-Sized Nine Patch Quilt

March 15, 2014

I'm featuring the video tutorial and pattern for my Super-Sized Nine Patch Quilt in honor of Worldwide Quilting Day. The video can only be viewed on computers located in U.S
After seeing Alex Anderson in the video, head over to see more of her, and Ricky Tims in The Quilt Show. Quilters often tell me that they loved and miss Alex's show. Oh my goodness, they have been missing out on her. The Quilt Show's 169 shows are available this weekend at no charge. My work is featured in episode #905
I've been teaching quiltmaking for 20 years. I'm always teaching online at Craftsy; in a few weeks I'll be teaching on the first of four upcoming quilt cruises. It will transit the Panama Canal.

A former teacher and my brothers figure in my blogging.

Back in the day, in my biology class, Mr. Roycroft graded our essays by counting intelligent statements. An essay required a minimum of 3 paragraphs. A paragraph required a minimum of three sentences. Sentences were counted only if they were intelligent statements. No filler was allowed.

In the margin top of  my essay a cryptic grade was penned in red ballpoint. The best grade was  vgwog which meant 'very good work old girl.'   A boy might receive vgowob.  I was 14 years old, Simon and Garfunkel had released "Mrs. Robinson" and the best AP grade I ever received was in biology.

I have two younger brothers. Growing up I briefly kept a diary.  I kept it locked. I was naive. Of course my brothers picked the lock. They were also adept in opening a locked bathroom door.

I don't blog about anything that I want to keep from my brothers and I won't take up your time with filler.  I'd rather be in my sewing room than at my computer, wouldn't you?

Enjoy this Worldwide Quilting Day,


What the T? A BrainTeaser

If you are familiar with my work, this new technique shouldn't come as a surprise 
If you are familiar with traditional T blocks, you'll wonder what happened to 
these 12 triangles:
This is my Tessellating T block:
I placed 2 fabric squares right sides together and sewed 2 seams.
I made three cuts and rearranged the 6 pieces like this.
I made more units, switching out background fabrics to go scrappy 
You must read what my friend Tina did. This wasn't at all a Tease for her. She  has a lot of QT (Quilt Talent) and offers a very intelligent blog 
This autumn I'll be teaching a four-color "T for Texas" workshop at the International Quilt Festival's 40th anniversary show

Remember, if you want to make this quilt, or block, Quiltmaker will show you how. 

Two blocks can be made from a total of two squares of fabric, 
3 edge-to-edge rotary cuts,
 and 6 edge-to-edge seams.
Two squares of fabric = two blocks without any waste.  Make this tessellated quilt...Simpler

See How We Sew

August 8, 2013
I've just traveled 3,000 miles across the country and 7,000 miles up to quilt with girlfriends at two retreats. While away, I found myself included in See How We Sew's blog.  As for me its time to unpack as I'm only just home, at sea level no less.  By the way,  the reader I adopted to follow See How We Sew is Feedly

Anita's Arrowhead Quilt Block in Alternate Sizes

July 20, 2013
Q:  Do you see anything 'wrong' in this 1-2-3 picture?
A:  Well, in 2008 Frances and Connie were spied simultaneously trimming an Arrowhead
block at Riverbank State Park. They were efficient,in-synch, and it was a happy time.

My block, Anita's Arrowhead,  was first published in  Rotary Cutting Revolution from C&T Publishing, subsequently in Quiltmaker Magazine and is always available online in my extensive Craftsy class, Traditional Blocks Made Simple
I intentionally designed the block to use quarter yards of fabric.  As I'm often asked to re-size the block, I'm sharing my document, Anita's Arrowhead Alternate Sizes  should you wish to proportionately scale your blocks.

You may download my document for your personal use and are welcome to link to it. You may not sell it or republish it in any print or electronic form, without my written permission.

Store-bought Stripes

May 17, 2013
I am crazy for concentric stripe quilts and always wanted to make a quilt similar to this red one:
When Faye Burgos designed Strip-IT  yardage in black and white for Marcus Fabrics I immediately made a two-sided quilt  from it in 2009. The entire quilt (front and back) took me 5 seams (yes, FIVE) and 9 yards of fabrics. It's a simple techniques which I included in my book, Rotary Cutting Revolution
My reversible Xcentric quilt:
The black and white Strip-It  I used is no longer available but these two pastels, suited for baby quilts can be had:
These are pre-printed lengthwise stripes, (parallel to the selvege)  which measure approximately 2½" wide. These brights "Dots Right!" will be available next month:

I checked into this because when I presented my work to the Pieces and Patches Guild earlier this week, quilters asked if Strip-It fabric was still available. It is An online search for Strip-It will turn up assorted yardage too. This Marcus fabrics video shows other ways to take advantage of  Strip-It
Make It Simpler

The Hundred

May 3, 2013
Fabric Cuts
Giveaway Winners Announced Below

I cut  patches from one square of fabric and used wide sashing. These blocks were meant to float. The quilt is pictured in the magazine and  will be on view this summer at Quiltmaker
I cut into this bright Liberty floral.  After all, what am I saving it for?
I'd like to give a 14" square of this fabric with someone who'd like to piece the Quadrangle block
Giveaway #1
Please comment below by 12:01 AM , Monday, May 6th, New York time, telling me where you live and what you're sewing these days. A winner will be randomly selected. I'll send the fabric square to you while Quiltmaker will send volume 7 to you.

I learned this morning that today is George Clooney's 52nd birthday so Celeste of Wausaukee who posted the 52nd comment  is awarded  Giveaway #1. Celeste please get in touch with me  by Wednesday at noon with your address otherwise this giveaway must go to the runner up, Margaret, of Arkansas, who made the 53rd comment. I'm thinking +1 for the extra birthday candle. I've enjoyed the comments and hope you have as well. Thank you for sharing yourselves.
Giveaway #2
I create my favorite blocks from squares (only) of fabric.  If  I make two blocks, I need two squares of fabric. 100 blocks calls for 100 squares of fabric. I teach this method and so much more in my online Craftsy class. Traditional Blocks Made Simple. One extended lesson is Anita's Arrowhead, previously patterned in Quiltmaker  Included in the class is my Rotary Cutting Revolution eBook, a $14.99 value in itself.
Craftsy is providing my class and eBook as a giveaway to celebrate the 100 Blocks Blog Tour.  They're in Colorado. Quiltmaker is in Colorado. Both too cool for words.

Billie in Austin won the Craftsy class with the included eBook. I'd be remiss if I didn't direct you to another site to win my Craftsy class.  C&T Publishing's blog has that and more in a giveaway to be awarded on May 9th.  I'm off  to Michigan later this week to teach, after the winners have been chosen. And I'm working on a new-to-me tessellated block made from... squares of fabric.

Good Luck to you,
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Reversible Hexies II

April 24, 2013
My reversible hexagonal quilt,  Vice Versa, debuted in 2002 at the Empire Quilters guild show
I put the quilt away until the 2005 gallery exhibition below
Above: detail of front of Vice Versa quilt
Above: detail of  back of  Vice Versa quilt
Now, over more than a decade later, Quiltmaker Magazine has published my Reversible Hexagon method with their perfect instructions for a reversible table runner in current fabric
I ought to pull out a few other hexagon  projects from the Make It Simpler archives for publication and teaching. I've left some interesting techniques for one-patches sitting around for far too long

Reversible Hexies

April 22, 2013
The Vice Versa Quilt
Once upon a time, in my charmed life, our quilt group at Riverbank State Park undertook one-patches at my behest. Diamonds, tumblers, triangles, squares; you name it.  By hand, by machine, English paper pieced, foundation pieced, whatever method suited each quilter.

I endeavored to make this manageable for all skill levels. It's one thing to sew hundreds of one-patches together but another to complete a quilt with angular edges.  My thought was to make self-contained diamond one-patches. There'd be a front and a back sewn together and batting enclosed.  Each unit would be individually quilted and joined to others.  I envisioned a sort of quilt-as-you go charm quilt.

I clearly remember the disappointing experimental diamond units I made. They were awful  misshapen little pieces with nary a sharp corner. I stared at them on the counter top completely bummed out until I saw three sad units formed a hexagon. OMG. Rather than continue to pre-quilt individual 60 degree diamonds I sewed hexagons from three diamonds and then pre-quilted that hexagonal unit. From there I went on to make a reversible quilt, my Vice Versa quilt.

Today I opened my project box of spare parts which I'd socked away in 2002
The quilt has been stored with another fragile quilt on top of a dresser 

My telling of this quilt will be continued, but I can tell you now it will end with Peg's table runner in the May/June 2013 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine