Monday, August 3, 2020

Moving Day - Setting up

On July 29 I moved to a new apartment. It is larger and has a view of the Glover Archibald Park. Yesterday I saw a deer, right in downtown Washington DC. I have repurposed the dining room into an office and studio where I can make demo videos of how to use my rulers. Here is the new office space (minus the studio set up).


The quilt on the wall is Smokey Mountain Sunset. The photo on the right was taken by Kelly Wilkes for my book Little Log Quilts. The quilt uses the 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. Book and tool can be ordered on my website: jeanannquilts.com

Monday, July 27, 2020

Inspiration...Mirror Ball

Inspiration for a quilt can come from many places. In Lake Park, Florida the old city hall had offices on the first floor and an assembly room on the second floor. Way up high in the assembly room was a mirror ball that lit up the room when community dances took place curing the mid 20th century. In the late 20th century I went there weekly to play bridge. I thought of that mirror ball when I was challenged to make a quilt using a collection from Free Spirit fabrics that featured shiny dots. 
 

Here is a similar ball and the quilt I made and named Mirror Ball Dots. It is a simple quilt using 4" Pinwheels and simple Square on Square blocks with appliqué circles. A four patch border with smaller circles randomly scattered frame the center. Little did I know that many years later I would design a Square on Square Trim Tool for Creative Grids that would make both blocks. I used water glasses as templates to make the appliqué circles. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nostalgia

This week is about fabric collections and Nostalgia. Several years ago I designed two fabric collections for a now defunct fabric company. I made two quilts from the first collection that I called Charleston. The second collection called New Orleans was barely out on shelves when the fabric company folded. Here re two quilts I made from the Charleston collection.
                            Log Cabin - Barn Raising version                              Album Quilt

And...3 more that I designed and cerated as virtual quilts...traditional quilts for a traditional fabric collection. It was fun, but a lot of work and research. I love equally vintage fabric collections and the new modern fabrics. Most of my quilts fall into one of these two categories. 



Monday, July 20, 2020

A Happy Accident

Remember that slogan, "Make lemonade out of lemons"? This is what happened in putting this quilt together. It is one of the last quilts I co-made as editor-in-chief of QUILT magazine 15 years ago. My original design called for 9 blocks set on point separated by rail fence blocks. Alternate blocks were to be plain muslin fabric. The flower designs were taken from the actual fabric (with permission). Somehow only 8 blocks were finished. I then sent the blocks home with my sewist, Jan Crandall, to be set into the quilt top. With only 8 blocks (the 9th block went missing) Jan crafted this original and unique setting that is a little like a puzzle. The setting happily eliminates the boring fabric only squares we often see in quilts that are set "on point".
The quilt uses a collection of fabrics by Kim Schaefer, one of my favorite fabric designers for Andover Fabrics. Kim has also authored quilt books published by C & T Publishing. Kim has her own company and website Little Quilt Company.
Another fabric collection by Kim is the Christmas fabric used in the Christmas quilt I featured last week. A reminder, while a pattern is not available, the actual quilt is available for sale in my Etsy shop. It appeared as a cover quilt on a long ago special issue by The Quilter magazine. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

My best bed quilt

Several years ago I made this bed quilt using a collection of fabrics by Amy Butler. The easy-to-make block in this quilt is the Comfort Block and the finished size is 20". It doesn't take many of these blocks to make a quilt. There are no triangles, only squares and rectangles in this block.
Amy Butler Comfort Quilt

I liked making this quilt so much that I made it a second time in colors for my bedroom. Yellow is sunshine and I like waking up to a happy environment. This time the quilt appears on the cover of The Quilter magazine. In this version of the quilt I alternated the Comfort Block with Pieced Star blocks. 


Sunshine and Stars Comfort Quilt

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Paper Piecing

Remember the days when paper-piecing was all the rage? It may no longer be "the rage" but it still has an important place in quilt making. There are some quilt projects that are simply better when paper pieced. Yesterday I was challenged to gather some info on offering downloadable PDF patterns on Etsy. I went deep diving into my vast inventory of quilts I designed while Editor-in-Chief of QUILT magazine. Sadly, QUILT has gone the way of many magazines and is now out of print. But I did save my files and patterns to use "someday". That day has arrived.
The Library Quilt
This is a miniature quilt, finished size is 26" x 26". The very small blocks are best when paper-pieced. The pattern is 8 pages long as each block is indeed a separate paper-pieced block. This is a great project to use up all those little scraps that you just can't bear to throw away. The piecing is perfect in each block due to the technique. The pattern is available in Etsy. You don't have to wait until the pattern arrives by USPS, you can simply pay, download, and start sewing today.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Christmas Nights

Here is a Christmas quilt I made several years ago with Andover fabrics for one of the popular quilting magazines. I forgot which magazine. The blocks are very simple with a triangle tree and a Sawtooth Star. There best thing about this quilt is that it brought one of my best friends from high school and myself back together again. We lost track as I stayed put in West Palm Beach and she moved frequently with her Coast Guard family and their four children. We remain good friends today.
Christmas Nights
I am putting this quilt for sale on Etsy later today. I am asking $75.00. It could be yours.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

If It's July...Thhink Christmas

Christmas in July is a popular promotion in quilt shops. Quilters need to get an early start if they want a quilted accent for their holiday decor. Quick and easy is the way to go for projects that will be displayed during a short holiday season. Here are two patterns, big and little, that  I designed and stitched for my own home. You can trim these trees with all kinds of findings like buttons and beads and glittering sew on charms or crystals. Let your children or grandchildren help by picking and placing the decorations for you to sew or glue in place.
Trim the Tree in miniature...wall hanging and table runner

Trim the Tree with 8" blocks...wall hanging
Of course, both patterns are available on my website...jeanannquilts.com. and my in Etsy shop. The miniature version uses the 4" Curvly Log Cabin and standard 4" Log Cabin. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

More Red White and Blue

Quilt blocks are fun decorating projects. Here is a pair of pillows I made in mostly blue, but with a punch of red. I used the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to make the pillows. A quick and easy one-day project that has produced months of decorative pleasure.
A pattern for the pillows is in my Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JeanAnnQuilts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Log Cabins make curves

This week my daughter who is an exhibits designer at the Smithsonian here in DC asked one of her co-workers what she was doing while staying home. She responded, I'm making wavy quilt blocks. Heidi asked, "You mean curvy log cabin blocks?" "Yes," her co-worker replied, "I'm using this ruler designed by Jean Ann Wright." Heidi exclaimed "That's my mother." Needless to say her co-worker was astonished. It truly is a small world. Then her co-worker said, "Your mother is brilliant". That's bragging, but I couldn't resist telling you. It's not often our children hear that about us old folk.

 I do have a 4th of July quilt, I Love America, that is just right for our Independence Day holiday coming up this Saturday. It is a perfect banner to display as we mark the birth of our country. As usual you can obtain the ruler and pattern on my website, jeanannquilts.com or my Etsy shop.
I demonstrated the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool on The Quilt Show.com - episode 1904. My appearance starts at minute 43 into a 60+ show. The Quilt Show is an internet based program hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. You must be a member to see the shows. It is well worth the membership as you can see all of the back shows and new ones yet to come. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Doodle - Half Log Cabin

Doodle, How many hours did I spend doodling on paper when I was in school? Too many, to be sure. Here is a "doodle" like fabric from Kim Schaffer who designs for Andover Fabrics. It's just my style. These particular fabrics are no longer available but there are fabrics aplenty out there that would be just right for this quilt. The 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool was used to make the quilt. The pattern and Creative Grids ruler are both available in my Etsy shop: JeanAnnQuilts.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Half A Block....

When I was a child my mother often said "half a loaf is better than none".. This was in response to my always wanting more...more dessert, more M&M's on my peanut butter and M&M sandwich. More dresses to wear to school. I was in elementary school in the early 50's when almost everyone wore homemade dresses...only the most affluent families actually bought ready-made clothing.

As a quilter I enjoy making "half a block". The Log Cabin block is my favorite so why not make some Half Log Cabin blocks. Here are two quilts I made (and have patterns for. You can quickly sew up the Glory In The Cabin table runner for your out-of-doors 4th of July picnic and then make the Bento Box Briefcase for the day when you can go back to work. Ruler and patterns are available on my website jeanannquilts.com and in my Etsy shop JeanAnnQuilts.


The Glory in the Cabin table runner uses the 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool and the Bento Box Briefcase uses the 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hexie quilts sale!


Remember all those stacks of quilts (6 of them) that I showed you in May. I am selling some of the finished quilts in my Etsy Shop. Two of them are hexagon quilts. Have a Cuppa Hexies is a wall quilt perfect for kitchen or breakfast nook and Sugar and Spice is a twin bed topper. Only one each! Go to Etsy.com and type JeanAnnQuilts in the search bar..note there are no spaces between the words in the shop name.

        
                      Have a Cuppa Hexies - $35.00    -         Sugar and Spice $119.50

I plan to offer more of my quilts for sale in many designs (not just hexes) throughout 2020. Mark my Etsy shop as a favorite to be first to get the announcements. 



Monday, June 15, 2020

Hexies and precuts

Hexagons can be easy to make including those pesky "Y" seams that. most quilters think they must avoid. My friend Ann from Mississippi changed me to design a Hexagon Log Cabin ruler. Here are some quilt patterns I designed using precut Layer Cake Squares and a Jelly Roll. All are available on my website jeanannquilts.com


Hexies Go Round Quilt using precut strips - Cut the Cake Quilt using Layer Cake Squares

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Scrappy Pineapples

Let's make a pineapple quilt. Of course I have patterns and The Pineapple Salsa and Pineapple Salad are available in my Etsy shop. Just go to Etsy and search for Jean Ann Quilts for these two patterns. The Pineapple Trim Tool can be ordered from my shop in Etsy too. 

Pineapple Salsa is made with a precise color scheme layout. You must follow the directions carefully to make the alternating red and black blocks. Pineapple Salad is made with scraps placed in random manner. Just pull the next scrap out of your grab bag and stitch it to the next row.

Pineapple Salsa                            Pineapple Salad

And....from bright scraps, here is a quilt I made just because I couldn't quit making pineapple blocks.  I have lots and lots of scraps that needed to become a quilt. I selected yellow as my background fabric and used the darker hues for the pineapple pieces. The great thing about pineapple quilts is that you can pick any scrap and plop it in your block and it will look good.

Layout Diagram                         Pineapple Basic

The diagram that shows how to connect your blocks in row. You can add a simple border to complete your quilt. The instructions to make the blocks are included with your ruler. They are step-by-step with plenty of diagrams. I always make lots of diagrams because I rarely to read instructions, I like to look at the diagrams and go from there.

Monday, June 8, 2020

More Pineapples

Not everyone likes to make mini-quilts. Here are some quilts using 8" and 10" blocks. They have a 2" center square and 1" strips. Making a pineapple is easy using the Pineapple Trim Tool. I love to make scrap quilts and the pineapple block is a perfect choice for scraps. I usually alternate prints or solids for the bright/dark strips and a white or pale beige or grey for the light strips. A good contrast in values of lights and darks helps to make a block so the pattern stands out and grabs attention.

Here is a Pineapple quilt I made as a table topper. I am trying to reduce my inventory of finished quilts in the stacks that I have featured this spring. Call it Spring cleaning. This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop. Simply go to Etsy and search for JeanAnnQuilts.

This Pineapple quilt was made by Peggy Segatto Ramich, a member of the facebook group, Grid Girls. This is an active bunch of quilters led by Deb Heatherly. They have virtual events and Mystery Quilt events. A New mystery starts June 8 and it promises to be lots of fun. 
These two patterns and the Creative Gris Pineapple Trim Tool can be ordered on my new webpage. jeanannquilts.com

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tiny Pineapples and Charm Squares

Let's call this Pineapple week. My standard Pineapple Trim Tool is so popular that I designed a mini Pineapple Trim Tool. This ruler makes 4"-5"-6" blocks with 1" center squares and skinny 1/2" strips. The 4" block can be made using charm squares. Got a stack of those squares sitting around saying, "I want to be a quilt?" Here is your chance to sew them up so you can buy some more. Patterns and ruler available on my website - jeanannquilts.com

The South Beach Pineapple Treats baby quilt made for my great-granddaughter, Adelaide.

Charm Squares featuring 1800's prints were used in this quilt. Alternating Pineapple and Bull's Eye blocks, both made using the mini Pineapple Trim Tool to sew them perfectly.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dog-gone It!

The newlyweds, Thomas and Madeline have adopted a dog. Her name is Stella. Stella went to their wedding. Only a small lakeside wedding with ten people in attendance due to quarantine would invite the family dog. Of course I made a quilt for dear Stella. The quilt is called Licorice Drops

Stella napping on her quilt.                     Stella at the wedding.

The quilt and instructions to make it using 10" layer cake squares is included in my latest book Pineapple Play. It is made using my 10" Pineapple Trim Tool. Making pineapple blocks is easy using the ruler, and the book has step-by-step photos to show you how. Licorice Drops is one of the quilts featured on the cover.





Thursday, May 28, 2020

Little Log Cabin Quilts

I really love making little quilts. They can look just like big quilts but they are made with mini blocks. These blocks can be 4" or 6". A couple of years ago I self-published a book named Little Log Quilts. Here are a couple of my favorite quilts and the cover of the book.

My friend Debby Kratovil (Quilter by Design) quilterbydesign.com is featuring little log cabin quilts on her website this week. She has made dozens and many of them have been made using my Log Cabin Trim Tools. Debby has patterns for the quilts she is featuring. All of her patterns can be found on her website and in her Etsy shop. 

I am offering a special for the month of June on my website jeanannquilts.com. If you purchase BOTH of my rulers to make little log Cabin quilts - the 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool and the 4" Log Cabin Trim tools, the Little Log Quilts book is my gift to you at no cost. Caution: When filling out the order form place the order for ONLY the 2 rulers. Do not order the book as you will be charged for the book if you put it on your order form. I will automatically include the book when you order the rulers. This offer is only for the month of June 2020.

You can also order both rulers from my Etsy shop (you can get there from my webpage) , and the same book special applies.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Stack #6 - Make This.Charm Quilt

This is the last stack. When I started the stacks I thought I had 5, but there were 2 hidden stacks. These are my smallest quilts. I love the little Birds In Air quilt so I decided to share the instructions with you. They are to-the-point, but are detailed enough for most quilters to follow. This quilt can be made with purchased 5" charm squares or you can cut your own.

      

Birds In Air  - Quilt Size: Approximately 19" x 25" --- Block Size: 4-1/2"

Materials: 1 pack of precut 5" charm squares. 2/3 yard black fabric and 2/3 yard backing fabric.
  1. Cut (9) print 5" charm squares in different colors and prints to make the triangle units. 
  2. Cut (9) black 5" squares. Stack (1) black square and (1) charm square with right sides together. 
  3. With a white or grey pencil draw 2 diagonal lines on the wrong side of the black squares. Stitch 1/4" on each side of the diagonal lines. 
  4. Draw a vertical line and a horizontal line down the center of each square for straight lines.
  5. Using scissors or rotary cutter cut apart on the diagonal lines and the straight lines.
  6. Fold the resulting triangle open and press seams towards the black fabrics. You should have (72) half-square triangle units that are 2" in size (they will sew into 1-1/2" units in the blocks).
  7. Using (9) charm squares cut each square into (4) 2" squares for a total of (36) 2" squares.
  8. Referring to the block diagram join the half square triangle units and squares into (12) blocks. 
  9. Cut (9) short sashing strips 1-1/2" x 5. Referring to the quilt photo, make (3) vertical rows alternating (4) blocks and (3) sashing strips in each row. Make 3 rows.
  10. Cut (4) vertical sashing strips 1-1/2" x 18" for vertical sashing. Alternate and join together (4)vertical sashing and (3) vertical block rows. Cut 2 long horizontal sashing 1-1/2" x 23-1/2" for top and bottom. Join to the quilt. 
  11. Cut remainder of charm squares into (3) 1-1/2" x 5" pieces. Join pieces together round outside edges, trimming lengths to fit as necessary.
  12. Layer quilt top, batting and backing, quilt layers together. Cut (30 2-1/2" X WOF (42") strips for binding to finish the outside edges. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

OOPS! Sofa Stack #5-1/2

I opened my linen closet door to get a precious roll of toilet paper and realized I was skipping the stack of quilts stored there. These are quilts I use from time to time...on the sofa, on the bed, over my lap in my favorite chair. So I cam calling this my Sofa Stack #5-1/2. Many of my quilts are never used. The quilts you have seen so far have all been made for my patterns and my books. Here are the well used and well loved quilts and some pillows.