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Inside: How to Make a Perfect Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt Block

The Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt Block is such a fun and cheery block! At its core it’s a simple block constructed with pairs of Flying Geese blocks.

This remarkably simple block consists of a larger triangle (the goose) surrounded by two smaller triangles (the sky). These blocks are usually made so they are twice as wide as they are tall.

Choosing fabrics with enough light-dark contrast is essential to make the geese stand out against the background of sky. It is a versatile block that can be used in any number of ways. Strips of the Flying Geese Block also make attractive borders or sashing designs.

This version of the Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt Block is made in cool and breezy summer colors. Using half square triangles, I created eight sets of flying geese for a stunning effect (see the handouts below!).

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INSIDE: The Best Garment Fitting Classes

Let’s be honest, here. Garment fitting can be complicated.

However, I’m here to tell you that it’s definitely doable. You just need to know how to take correct measurements and then properly apply them to a pattern.

I won’t lie – you may make a few duds before getting everything right. But, here’s the good news – once you master fit, you can sew almost any garment.

I’ve taken live fitting classes before and they were so-so. Things moved way too fast. Plus, having my measurements taken by a stranger was a little uncomfortable. Once I got home I would try to patch things together using my fitting books. The end result: More than half of what I learned was totally lost.

Eventually, I discovered a few Craftsy classes on garment fitting and have been successful.

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Inside: How to Make a Perfect Log Cabin Quilt Block

The Log Cabin Quilt Block is one of those perfect blocks. Once mastered, you can stop there because it is almost impossible to run out of ways to make unique log cabin quilts. It’s ideal for strip piecing and perfectly suited for using up scraps.

The Log Cabin Quilt Block

Like so many other quilt blocks, the Log Cabin Quilt Block became popular in the 1860s during the Civil War.  The blocks popularity may have been connected to Abraham Lincoln because of his pioneer history and the American values of the era.

Traditional Log Cabin blocks would have lighter fabrics on one side and darker fabrics on the other. They would begin with a center square. If the center fabric was red it symbolized the hearth of the home. If the center was yellow it symbolized a light in the window for welcoming visitors.

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INSIDE: The Best Sewing & Quilting Themed Enamel Pins

Have you jumped on the enamel pin wagon? This past year at Quilt Market I saw some of the most beautiful and creative pins and since then I can’t stop thinking about them.

There is literally a pin for everyone which is why I love them.

With that thought in mind I’ve searched the web and found some of the cutest ones. They make great gifts for teachers, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and special remembrances.

The Best Sewing & Quilting Themed Enamel Pins

Disclosure: All of the links below are affiliate links. Read my Disclosure here.

I’ve noticed that many of these pins will occasionally go in and out of stock due to their popularity. Check back often if you find one out of stock. Or, type sewing enamel pins in the search box and see what else is available!

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Inside: How to Make a Perfect Pinwheel Quilt Block

The Pinwheel Quilt Block is an ideal project to welcome summer! I love the pinwheel shape because it is a reminder of warm and breezy summer days.

This Pinwheel Quilt Block is shown in patriotic colors, just in time for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!  The quilt block is super easy and looks great in a variety of fabrics as long as there is sharp color contrast.

There are many ways to make a Pinwheel Quilt Block but this technique is no-fail and all of the points will match!

Pinwheel Quilt Block – Materials List

  • Red Fabric (I used Kona Red #1308)
  • Blue Fabric (I used Kona Windsor #1389)

Pinwheel Quilt Block – Supply List

  • Sewing Machine
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt.)
  • Sewing Pins
  • Fabric Marking Tool
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Pinwheel Quilt Block – Cutting & Marking

  • Qty (2) 6 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ (Kona Red #1308)
  • Qty (2) 6 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ (Kona Windsor #1389)

One frustration that many quilters have with pinwheel blocks is getting all of those points to match in the middle.

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INSIDE: How To Create An Award Winning Quilt

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting award winning quilter, Linda Neal. She was speaking about How To Create An Award Winning Quilt at a quilt guild meeting. 

Linda is known for her spectacular appliqué quilts and shared some tips that will get you noticed by the judges.

But don’t be intimidated by Linda’s exquisite quilts because these tips apply for all quilt shows, even your local county fair. Follow them and you’ll be heading home with a blue ribbon!

How To Create An Award Winning Quilt That Judges Notice

Linda shared that she spends anywhere from one to two years making her award winning quilts. That is what it takes to get your quilts into shows like Houston and Paducah.

However, don’t let this discourage you from taking some of her advice and entering your best work in local and nearby quilt shows.

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INSIDE: How to Make a Perfect Flying Geese Quilt Block

Last month Nicole gave us a fabulous tutorial demonstrating a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block that used flying geese units to create the project.

This month, I want to continue where Nicole left off and help you perfect those flying geese units and make them four at a time. This technique comes in handy when you have a large number of Flying Geese to make.

How to Make a Perfect Flying Geese Quilt Block

When I typed the word Flying Geese into my EQ8 software it showed 50 different blocks. So, I pulled out my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns to see if I could get clarification. As in, “Will the real Flying Geese Quilt Block please stand up!”

No dice. This is a block that’s been around so long and has been used in so many different ways it’s hard to define.

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INSIDE: How to Make Easy Half Square Triangles

If you are new to quilting or want to learn more about quilting you need to know about the Half Square Triangle, commonly referred to as the HST. An HST is one of the most basic quilting blocks and can be used to create very complex quilts.

From this technique alone, a ton of designs can be created like Chevrons, Flying Geese, Herringbone, and ZigZag Path.

How to Make Easy Half Square Triangles

When I was somewhat new to quilting I decided to go with the half square triangle for the basis of a quilt for one of my grandsons. I had a limited supply of fat quarters and knew that I would have to use them wisely in order to have enough to make a quilt.

I have to be honest here, I learned about half square triangles (HST) when I took this class at QuiltCon2015.

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INSIDE: What is a Longarm and When Should You Buy One

When I first began searching longarm quilting machines I was rather disappointed by the lack of basic information. I still remember when I heard the words longarm quilting machine and didn’t know what it meant.

This sent me searching the internet for information which left me empty-handed and a little disappointed. All I wanted was basic information and a few photos.

My disappointment led me to start a years-long search to collect as much information as I could find and then share that knowledge.

What is a Longarm and When Should You Buy One?

When I was growing up in the 70s, my mom had a large hand-quilting frame set up in a dark corner in the den of our colonial ranch. It had small rollers and my mom and great aunt would sit under a harvest gold swag lamp and hand-stitch small baby quilts.

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INSIDE: How to Make a Perfect Sawtooth Star Quilt Block

The Sawtooth Star has many names!  Some may call it the 8 Pointed Star Block, while others call it The Evening Star Block.

How to Make a Perfect Sawtooth Star Quilt Block

Whatever you decide to name your block it is certainly one that has stood the test of time. In this tutorial, I will show you how to construct this block by making Flying Geese units. Flying Geese can be considered a staple in the quilting world. There are many ways to make Flying Geese.

Let me show you one of my favorite Flying Geese techniques while making the Sawtooth Star Quilt Block!

Sawtooth Star – Materials List

  • Main Fabric (I used Kona Coral and Kona Pond)
  • Background Fabric (I used Kona White)

Sawtooth Star – Supply List

  • Sewing Machine
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
  • Frixon Marking Pen
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Sawtooth Star – Cutting & Marking

  • Qty (8) 3.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona Coral – K001-1087) Piece A
  • Qty (4) 3.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona White) Piece B
  • Qty (4) 6.5″ x 3.5″ (Kona White) Piece C
  • Qty (1) 6.5″ x 6.5″ (Kona Pool – K001-45) Piece D

For really accurate piecing, I would recommend marking your sewing lines on your cut fabric pieces.  

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