Easy and quick potholders.

I came across this video on YouTube on a super quick and easy potholder, coaster, or hotpad that I want to share with you. It requires very little sewing and you can make them any size you want.

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG9-2f9iilg

I know I’ll be making a couple of potholders for myself and as they have to stand up to heat I’ll be adding some insulbright to protect my fingers. You should be able to find insulbright at your favorite quilt shop or fabric store.

When you go to YouTube browse a bit more and you will find videos for the same idea but for different shapes, such as hexagons and circles. All are very easy to make and require very little sewing. They will make great little gifts.

Happy crafting,

Georgette

Stars Within and an easy Tote

First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.

Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo

Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.

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The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.

fabric-gift-bagsClick on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8

Until next time.

Georgette

Quilters Niche News – A crafty blog

Flying High – Now Available

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My paper pieced pattern, Flying High, is ready and available for download in PDF format on my website. It is an easy pattern and includes general instructions for paper piecing so even paper piecing newbies should not have any problems making it. I would recommend choosing fabrics that are not too busy and that contrast nicely with the background fabric. Fabric requirements are included for the layout and colors shown, but I also included the fabric needed for one butterfly. So if you’d like to make a smaller or larger quilt, or fewer or more butterflies, you should have no problem figuring out how much fabric is needed. The pattern is about 62″ x 62″ and makes a nice large wall hanging or throw.  I quilted it with FL-376 Butterflies and Blooms v2.

The next quilt is not one of my designs. It is one of my daughter Daniela’s Strip Club creations. It was pieced in two color ways and was enthusiastically received during her strip Club Presentation last month:

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The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QoFqq2UnU2o

The pattern is available at Cozyquilt.com and so are the kits for both designs.

I have also been a busy bee working on new digital quilting designs and hope to blog about those in a few days. While next month I plan on showing you some beautiful blocks that can either be quilted on a longarm or stitched on an embroidery machine.

Stay tuned.

Have a great day.

Georgette

Paper Piecing

It is high time for another blog and I have just the thing to talk about.  Last night while I did some long overdue cleaning of old files on my computer,  I came across a paper pieced block that someone might like and I’d be happy to send you the PDF file if you want to give it a try. It could be made scrappy, but I think it would look very nice in red, white and blue as a patriotic quilt. Perhaps in honor of July 4th or as a QOV quilt.  Depending on how you place the colors it gives a completely different result.  Here are two examples drawn in Electric Quilt:

The pattern is for a quarter block that is repeated and rotated 4 times to make a full block. The quarter consists of 3 segments. So first complete each segments and then join the segments together to make a 4″ quarter block. The pattern looks like this:

patriotic pattern

This is a free pattern with examples of the two color ways, but does not include directions or yardage requirements. If you want the pattern, send an email to georgette@quiltersniche.com with patriotic quilt in the subject line. I am really curious to see how many people like paper piecing and if there is enough interest I may develop some more paper piecing patterns, perhaps even a block of the month program.

Until next time.

Georgette

Strip quilts – Scrappy Quilts – Strip Club

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Photo of a small part of a Christmas Strip Club when there are always lots of freebies raffled off.

When you hear the words Strip Club, what comes to your mind?….. No, no, not that kind!  If you are a quilter you think of fabric, a nice gathering of very respectable ladies, and new quilt designs. That type of strip club takes place in lots of quilt shops all over the country and probably some other countries as well. But do you know how it all started? It was my very own daughter, Daniela, of Cozy Quilt Shop who started it all. Shortly after she opened her shop she started to cut 2 1/2″ strips of new fabric and put them in bundles to sell. The problem was that the customers did not know what to do with these bundles. So she started designing patterns to use with the strips. She then invited everyone to come in for a presentation and showed them how to put it all together. She named it Strip Club and it was such a success and so many people showed up every month, that she decided to share her idea with other shop owners at Quilt Market. That is how (quilt) strip clubs were born all over the country. Fabric companies quickly realized there was a demand  for 2 1/2″ strips. I believe Moda was the first to put bundles together, but lots of other companies quickly followed. Daniela’s designs became very popular and as I wanted to be part of the fun, I started designing quilts as well and I am proud to say that some of them became best sellers.  Here are just a few:

Hanging Gardens, Cotton Rainbow, and Christmas Wreath.

A few of Daniela’s designs:

Lotus Blooms, Gallantly Streaming, and Hot Flashes.

There are lots more designs at Cozyquilt.com and if you’re ever in the San Diego area, stop by the shop. It is really worth a visit.

Talk to you again soon.

Georgette

One UFO finished

First of all  I want to wish all the new subscribers a very warm welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog and look forward to a long relationship. Please feel free to leave comments or suggest new topics. And if you ask questions I’ll do my best to answer them. Of course I don’t pretend to know everything, but I’m very good at finding things out.

A while back I may have mentioned that I made a list of things that needed my attention, organization or maintenance and I had planned to get it all done before the end of the year. Well, it was the plan anyway, but it is now 6 months later and I am about halfway done. I always seem to under estimate how long things take, but I am making progress and I just finished a quilt that I abandoned 10 years ago.  What I remember is that at that time I fell in love with a new line of fabric, Growing Wild, with water lilies, irises, poppies, and other flowers in lovely colors. What’s not to like! I designed and made a quilt top in no time and then it became a UFO (unfinished object). My interests changed as I became more and more involved in designing quilting patterns. But now after all these years I finished it and I’m glad I did.

Here it is. I called it In full Bloom.

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The blocks were fussy cut and the colors are more vibrant than those in the picture.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks. Amazing how different the colors are of 2 pictures of the same quilt:

in full bloom close up

The fabric for the back features water lilies, but unfortunately I did not have enough and had to piece large blue strips on the sides.

The back:

in full bloom fabric

I designed the quilting, FL-019 Water Lilies, especially for this quilt and it is available on my website at http://www.quiltersniche.com/quilting/Flowers_1.htm, but it took me 10 years before I finally did the quilting.

In-Full-Bloom-quilting

The quilt pattern (for piecing) is available at Cozy Quilt shop, but the picture on the pattern was done in different fabrics because by the time someone made a sample to test the pattern the Growing Wild fabric was already sold out. Lesson learned: When you see fabric you like, better buy it right away because the following week it may be gone. Here is a picture of the pattern:

In-Full-Bloom

I found one more quilt top stuck away on a shelf. I may quilt and finish that one too. Another item that was not on my to do list. I guess that is why it is taking me so long to finish that list. I keep finding other things to do.

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the Moms.

Until next time.

Georgette