Gen X Quilters is a blog about fresh and fun quilting and sewing - a place for "younger" quilters to connect. Combining the best of Modern and Traditional Quilting, specializing in Block of the Month and Sampler Quilt Patterns by AnneMarie Chany.
Have you made a resolution to use your scraps this year?
Check out my new Farmhouse Porch PDF Pattern. This new pattern utilitizes the Granny Square block (sometimes called Arbor Window) in 2 different sizes. The delightful scrappy color combinations will make a serious dent in your scrap bins.
And only squares to cut! No triangles, HSTs or any other complicated piecing techniques. Just squares. I finished this quilt in 2016 and there were many requests for a pattern. I admit I dragged my feet on the pattern because I knew this pattern was needed in many size options.
AND the quilty math for making 2 different size granny blocks match up with granny borders is not easy!! Lucky for you, I've done ALL the math for you. You can choose to make this quilt in any of the FIVE sizes. Baby - King.
(This is my new website & shop - transition coming soon!)
To supplement the pattern, I made this video tutorial to help you square up your blocks. When we're making so many of them, we want to be sure to square up each block using the same method. It will help all your blocks come together, especially in the border.
One of the other main comments I heard in the scrappy survey I sent out in my newsletter was to have a method of creating continuity in a scrappy quilt. Sometimes this can be hard to do. Scrappy quilts can end up looking like scrap vomit. :/
To avoid running into that problem, this pattern uses a common white background in every Granny square block. It keeps some uniformity when combining so many prints and colors. Then to give the quilt some oomph, but also a place to rest, I chose a dark tone-on-tone navy print (Add It Up from Cotton + Steel) for the first border. It makes a bold statement, but also allows the eye to rest as the granny squares transition from large squares in the center to smaller squares in the border.
This technique works beautifully for combining so many scraps and bitty bits!
I should mention that I am in the process of transitioning to a new website. Super exciting! SO much w...o...r...k. I have not shifted over yet, but the Pattern Shop is up and running! Farmhouse Porch can be purchased in my new shop. Feel free to poke around the new site a bit while you are there. I'll be sure to let you know when I make the move to annemariechany.com!
If you want to start the year off making a dent in your scraps bins, I have a new pattern coming out on Tuesday, Jan. 16! I have created a new video tutorial to supplement the pattern to help you in squaring up Granny Square quilt blocks. You can check it out here and get a peek at the new pattern!
Squaring Up Granny Square Quilt Block Tutorial - YouTube
Farmhouse Porch Pattern. (Launches Tuesday!)
Quilt Pattern especially for Scraps
Instructions for 5 different sizes (Baby-King)
Advanced Beginner Pattern
Based on 2 sizes of Granny Square Blocks
Uses one background fabric and one border fabric to create continuity
Or are you OVERJOYED with scrappy possibilities? My own bins are overflowing with scraps and I've realized my family's favorite quilts are those made with scraps and backed with flannel. I'm making it my mission this year to design more scrappy quilts.
Do you make scrappy quilts? Need to use up some scraps or stash?
If so, mark your calendar! I have a new pattern coming out next week on Tuesday, Jan. 16! I promise it will use up your scraps in a fantastic modern traditional style.
Thank you to all those who helped answer the Scrappy Survey I sent out in my newsletter. 200+ responses! Your answers are going to help me design more scrappy patterns for you this year.
most quilters have a scrappy project or two each year
love to use up the bitty bits
want a controlled scrappy design (meaning not completely random - but something to pull all the scraps together)
If this sounds like you, be sure to check back next week. The Farmhouse Porch Pattern will hit all these wants!
It's always rewarding to get to the end of a Block of the Month program. It feels like such a big accomplishment to get to show off a year's worth of work. This year's Chocolatier finish makes my heart smile. I mean, how could I not love this collection of rainbowy goodness.
Get your copy of the Pattern - it's now available as a sampler (receive the entire pattern all at once) here. The 6" blocks within the LeMoyne Star really shine. They are a great collection of skill builders. With small blocks, they are not as complex as some of my other BOMs. I really enjoyed piecing these. I used RJR's Cotton Supreme Solids to make this quilt - with a just teeny tiny scrappy print thrown in each block. (See the list of skus at the end of this post to replicate this rainbow.) The scrappy binding completes the rainbow around the quilt.
I backed this quilt in an aqua houndstooth flannel - which means my family will be chomping at the bit to cuddle up in this one this winter. Don't mind those birthday balloons still hanging up from August birthdays at my house! They went perfectly with the rainbow quilt hee hee.
Thank you so much to everyone who quilted along with me this year! I can't wait to see your finishes too.
SHOPS: If you are interested in running Chocolatier, please contact me at email@example.com. I have limited hard copies of this pattern left!
I have so many ideas for Hoop Quilts, and I finally found a little time to put needle and thread together for this one. Improv piecing. Combining this technique with the modern black and white prints of Me+You Indah Batiks had been calling to me.
The pie shape of each Drunkard's Path block utilizes improv. I was able to use the bright colors in contrast with black solid to make a block slightly bigger than the curved template. Positioning and direction of the curve template on top of the block could drastically change how the pieced looked. I was going for a crystallized look. After piecing the quadrants together, I used matchstick quilting in the solid black area. It really gave it great texture. Thanks for the help IG! Add some hand stitching in the color areas.... And, poof! It has that added pop needed to make it shine. I love using elements in the prints as hand stitched designs or echoes in the solid areas.
Here we are - crazy! We've worked our way through all the blocks in the BOM and this month, that last pattern includes sewing the quilt top together. This quilt has been a lot of work! I hope you've learned a lot and enjoyed the process along the way. The big reward is about to be seen in your quilt top!
I'm only giving you one sneak peek of my skittles version of the quilt today. I'll be back later in December will the full finish. I can not wait. :)
Thank you so much to all those who participated. You've made Chocolatier come to life!
SHARE with US! I'd love to see what you make. #chocolatiersampler on Instagram
Welcome! Today I am sharing a project I made using one of the quilt blocks available in the Art Gallery Fabrics Video Tutorial Series on YouTube. If you haven't stopped by their channel, take a look there the next time you need inspiration. There are free PDF pattern downloads for quite a few quilt blocks, all with corresponding video tutes using your favorite AGF fabric collections.
I made the Morning Star quilt block.... and of course...... turned it into my favorite project..... a Hoop Quilt!
I decided to use Pat Bravo's Indie Folk collection. Indie Folk is very different from my normal mix of solids, blenders and tone-on-white prints. I wanted to work with this bohemian collection to explore something different from my norm and show how well Hoop Quilts can work with all different styles of fabrics.
Due to the sewing of curves to assemble the hoop, I had to make a small change to the assembly of this quilt block. Instead of the center square being one solid square, I had to make it into 4 smaller squares in order to make 4 quarter circles for the hoop. No biggie - with a busy floral in the center, I think you may only notice since I pointed it out.
The colors in these fabrics are stunning and I love the way they came together to show off this Morning Star block. With such busy prints in the line, this hoop only needed a very small amount of embellishment to let it shine. I added, as always, big stitch hand quilting around the perimeter of the circle and just a few lazy daisy and running stitches at the corners of the quilt block. Love it!
This pattern works with the templates for a 23" hoop in the Hoop Quilts pattern. It's big and bold, and totally killing it!
Follow along with the rest of the tour and don't forget AGF hosts a monthly contest for their Quilt Block Collection. You can make and win!
Good morning! Today I am sharing with you a special project that I've sewn up for the holidays as a part of the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour. Welcome to any newcomers to my little space! Here you'll find that I'm busy making - sewing, quilting, and sometimes a little embroidery too. There just are not enough hours in the day to keep up with the ideas!
I was honored when Sharon Holland asked me to be a part of the tour. I almost always am in denial that the holidays are right around the corner, and usually end up short on time for making gifts. This tour got me started nice and early.
But really, the best part about this gift is that it's a quick project. I made a slight variation on a mini quilt. It's fast to put together and is perfect for gifting (especially for those who are so hard to think of ideas for).
This round variation of a mini quilt uses my pattern, Hoop Quilts, to frame up a quilt block inside a large quilting hoop or embroidery hoop. I absolutely love these as wall hangings and gifts.
I decided to use the Harvest color way of the Bountiful Fabric Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. It has such a delicate calmness to it that called to me right away. When I first start making a Hoop Quilt, I always try to do a fabric pull and embroidery floss pull at the same time. It gives me more options and ideas when I can see all the possibilities laid out together. (Check out all the other hoops I've made this year here.) The pattern is based on using half-square triangles (HSTs) pieced inside a drunkard's path curve block. There are hundreds of (if not more) options on how to lay out 16 HSTs, so I started there. Making pretty HSTs and eating chocolate truffles. ;) I highly recommend both the fabric AND the truffles. I just couldn't get the idea of basket quilt blocks out of my mind when working with this collection. Not only the name Bountiful, which brings to mind those pictures of overflowing cornucopias at the holidays, but the colors were inspiring as well. This palette, so soft and gentle, begged to become a basket block. So, of course, when the fabric begs, you oblige, right? It was easy to substitute a couple of squares/rectangles where HSTs were supposed to be. I was super pumped to watch this come together because the Hoop Quilts pattern easily accommodates on-point blocks. And this was my first time trying it! After sewing the mini quilt top and adding some fusible fleece to the back, it was time to embellish. This is often my favorite part of making a Hoop Quilt. It's so relaxing and therapeutic to hand stitch. I added some big stitching around the border and couldn't stop myself from going a wee bit crazy with the cabbage roses. You like? A stunning addition to the basket if you ask me. The only problem is I'm not so sure I'm giving this away as a gift anymore! Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying my little project.
Make sure to follow along with the tour. Sharon has organized 2 giveaways associated with this holiday tour (one on her website at the end of the tour, thanks to Fat Quarter Shop: Bountiful Harvest Giveaway, and one on Instagram for sharing maker's posts of tour projects). Pop over to IG for chances to win there!
Also, check out the first project shared on the tour yesterday at Mister Domestic. Matthew's skill and personality are always super fun. And tomorrow features Brooke of Silly Mama Quilts. Can't wait!
Time to power though BOMers! Month 11 of the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club is available and ready to go. This month we continue making supportive blocks to the center LeMoyne Star. This is the last of our detailed block making. A major pain - but SO worth it! Please don't hate me. I know you're going to be cussing me out, making all these at the end. Believe me, I was calling myself names during the remake of these blocks. Promise.... Promise. Absolutely worth the pain.
There are (8) of the white Bracelet #1 blocks and (16) of the Bracelet #2 blocks. The Skittles version requires more colors than the 3 Chocolate versions, so I had my work cut out for me.
Oh man, once you see them all laid out tho.... it totally comes together. Don't worry about keeping up. Just work at your own pace. This quilt will be beautiful when it's done!
SHARE with US! I'd love to see what you make. There are several ways to share your participation in the BOM. I hope you'll join in the fun of quilting along online with us. #chocolatiersampler on Instagram Gen X Quilters' Pattern Shop Facebook Group