Ninety-degree, 60-degree, 45-degrees—oh my! Patchwork is shaped, if you will, by the angles we use. Can you imagine our art without squares, triangles, and diamonds?
Charisma Horton’s Prints Aplenty uses a 60° triangle atop a square (90°!) of the same print to produce…the illusion of a curve! Meanwhile, the same 60° triangle plus square produces stars in Maria Fuselier’s Circle of Stars. Abigail Dolinger’s Twisted Hexies uses a 60° angle, too, with a completely different effect. For this pattern, we used our Sew Easy Lesson: Cutting 60° Triangles. You know those lines on your rotary cutting rulers? They’re there for a reason. Expand your quilting know-how with this delightful table runner!
Let’s not neglect 45° angles! This issue’s “theme block” is the elegant, impressive Carpenter’s Star quilt block, which gives that angle a workout. Solo Star uses Stitch-and-Flip Corners, Blooming Stars is constructed with Flying Geese and Triangle-Squares, Star Sync uses String Piecing on Foundation Paper, and Fresh Grapes is built with bands of diamonds. Fresh Grapes is designed by Scott Flanagan, who is our featured designer for this issue’s Trunk Show. His approach to designing sampler quilts is fascinating—as are the resulting quilts!
If all those angles have your world on tilt, check out Dawn Cavanaugh’s Quilting the Quilt article to get back on balance…Your longarm’s tension balance, that is!
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Tulip Mania by Bev Getschel | Crazy-pieced and delightful
- Stars on a Fence by Bev Getschel | Quilt of Valor
- Circles of Stars by Marie Fuselier | Enchanting and colorful throw
- Prints Aplenty by Charisma Horton | Easy, fat quarter-friendly quilt
- Twisted Hexies by Abigail Dolinger | Eye-catching table runner
- Solo Star by Gina Gempesaw | Pleasing patchwork pillow
- Mayday Festival by Patti Carey | A freshly made favorite
- Star Sync by Lori Baker | Showcase elegant embroidery
- For the Love of Quilting, Part 3 by Denise Stark | The 20th Anniversary Quilt
- Blooming Stars by Pam Boswell | A bouquet of beautiful stars
- Goose Junction by Kimberly Sandberg | Timeless Flying Geese design
- Dragonfly Dreams, Part 3 by Jean Nolte | Part 3 of a 6-part series quilt
- Fresh Grapes by Scott Flanagan | Perfect pick for pre-cut strips
- Trunk Show: Scott Flanagan
- Then & Now: 1980
- Quilting the Quilt: Balance
Sew Easy Lessons
- 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares
- Crazy Piecing
- Cutting 45° Bands
- Cutting 60° Triangles
- Fusible Appliqué
- Paper Foundation Piecing
- Partial Seams
- Quick-Pieced Flying Geese Units
- Quick-Pieced Triangle-Squares
- Stitch-and-Flip Corners
- String Piecing on Foundation Paper