Friday, May 26, 2017

Starburst Tutorial

        This easy quilt has a lot of good color possibilities:  patriotic, seasonal, special holidays, favorite colors, or even that strip set you've been holding onto for awhile.  Whatever your choice make sure you choose a Background that has enough contrast from your strip colors.  That way your stars will show up the best.  Our sample was made from 1930's reproduction prints.  See pattern for other color examples.
          Please notice that our sample has an extra inner border, like the large throw option 2 on page 4 of the pattern.  This helps frame the main design before you add a fun large border.
          Another difference that I recommend for more advanced quilters is the use of a multi-size flying goose ruler, such as Marti Michell's or Creative Grids.  I used the ruler to cut the peak of Block 1 and the background triangle units.  Stop by the Needle to have Cynthia show you a quick demo if this sounds interesting to you. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Simplish Tutorial

          If you've watched the YouTube video of Simplish and are thinking, "Gosh, I already have a great 10" square bundle of 40; I wonder if it will work?".  Answer:"Yes"!  If you have a regular 10" square bundle of 40, and  a strip set or 2 1/4 yd background you are set.
          It will take 27 squares, so you can be picky... Use the ones you like the best and that offer the greatest contrast with your background strips.  With the background fabric or one color strip pack, 31 strips will take care of all the sashing and binding. 
          Need the pattern, come into The Needle?  This simple pattern will make you a happy person, as you sew thru the steps.  And we all know--
A happy quilter makes a happy home. 