Wednesday, April 24, 2013



Cutting Instructions:
  • Cut 4 Green (or your color) squares 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Cut 4 Red squares 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Cut 2  Center print squares 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Cut 6 White or background squares 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
 All squares should be the same 3 7/8" square.  When you are making half-square triangles add 3/8" to the size of the square size you need for piecing.   For example we need a 3 1/2" square to piece the block, so we would add the 3/8" to that measurement.
Using a ruler and pencil, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of white squares and two of the center print squares.  With right sides together, match up two red squares with two of the center print squares.  Match rest of the colored print squares with white background squares.
Sew 1/4" seam along each side of the marked pencil line. I used red thread on one square for you to see it better this week.  Repeat this with all of the squares.  Lightly press squares.  Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut each square right on the pencil line.
IMPORTANT - Press open your half-square triangles.  Usually you press all seams to the dark side.  But to create less bulk you will be pressing a few to the white or background side.  
  • Press 4 of the green half-square triangle block's seams towards the white or background side.  These squares will go in each of the outside corners of your final block.  Press the remaining half-square green triangles towards the green side. 
  •  Press all of the red and white half-square triangle's seams to the red side.  For the center red and cream half-squares triangles, press two to the cream center side and two to the red side.

Trim off the dog ears and TRUE UP the half-square triangles. The squares should be 3 1/2" square - you won't have much to trim off.  Use the diagonal markings on your mat or your ruler to line up the diagonal seams.  You want the diagonal seam to be right in the center of the corner of each square.  That way when you sew your 1/4" seams, the points will be perfect.

Lay out the squares forming the Whirlpool.  Place the four green half-square triangle blocks with the seams pressed to the white background triangle in each corner.   Place the two red and cream half-square triangles with the seam pressed to the cream side opposite each other.
Sew the squares together in rows.  Press the seams of each row in opposite directions.  This way they will next together when you sew the rows together.   Note - my bad.  I see that I somehow switched one of the center blocks and you can see that the cream seams are not opposite each other.  Your blocks will have less bulk if they are opposite each other.
Backside view of pressed seams.  Note how each row has alternating seam directions.  This will help all of those squares  nestle together.  Sew each row together matching points and seams.
Walaaaa.  You have finished this fun and easy Whirlpool Block.

Now for fun!  I have received a few pictures of finished Apple Pie Blocks.  Please remember to send in pictures of your blocks.  Email them to  We would love to post them.

This fun block was made by Jeanenne Nielsen.  The fabric collection is PB & J by BasicGrey for Moda.  Love these colors!

 Colleen Fifield is making her sampler quilt out of the Willow fabric collection  by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.  This is a beautiful soft fabric collection.  

 Leisha's Apple Pie Block from the Indigo Crossing Collection.  Love the creams and navy.

 Sandra is using some traditional and reproductions fabrics for her quilt.  Beautiful and bright.
A Christmas Apple Pie Block from my scraps and stash.  From Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas.

To give you more ideas, I have worked up the Sampler Quilt with more of a Folk Art look - which I love.

Thank you all for sharing your blocks.  
Happy sewing!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Join us..

Each Thursday for the next 12 weeks we will demonstrate one of the blocks in the quilt pictured.  Choose your own fabric collection!  Use up your stash!  We love scrappy!  You will have 13 blocks when you are finished.  Sampler quilts are a great way to improve and practice your skills!


Fabric requirements:
Finished quilt measurement as pictured is 65"x 65"  
Finished Block size is 12" x 12"
Background - 2 7/8 yards if you want to put your blocks on point as shown (2 1/8 yards if don't).  If you choose a different fabric for the corner/border blocks you will need 1 1/8 yards for those large triangles.

Approximately 16 Fat Quarters or similar in yardage.
        Yes the squares are all small enough to use a Layer Cake - but you will need approximately 1.5- 2 yards in Fat Quarters to go with it.  The Basket block is the largest at 8.25" and you would need a fat quarter if you want to have the base match.

1 Yard for the Red Sashing
1/4 yard for the Green Squares in the Sashing
5/8 yard for binding

And you may want to add borders to your quilt.......

Can't wait to see what you create!  I am also going to make this Apple Pie Sample with my Christmas fabric stash and my Folk Art fabrics.
If you have any questions, contact Kristin or Sandra though our email

First Block up of course is the.......


I have used the software program EQ7 to design this sampler quilt.

For the Apple Pie Block cut the following:

  • Flying Geese Green Squares cut 2 squares measuring 5.25" square
  • Flying Geese White Squares cut 8 squares measuring 2 7/8" square
  • Center yellow square cut one 4.5" square
  • Flower side coral petals cut 4 rectangles measuring 2.5" x 4.5"
  • Flower side white background rectangles cut 4 measuring 2.5" x 4.5"

Note All Seams are 1/4"  With right sides together, stitch one 2.5 " x 4.5" coral rectangle to one 2.5" x 4.5" white rectangle on the 4.5" side.  Repeat to make 3 more units.  Press seams to the background/white.  Your units should each measure 4.5" square.

Now for the Skill Builder.  Flying Geese the Quick Way!  Click on the pictures for a larger view. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2 7/8" white square with a pencil.
Place one white 2 7/8" square on opposite corners of the large 5 1/4" green squares.  Your squares will overlap a bit. Sew a 1/4" seam along each side of each pencil line from corner to corner.  Yes right through the overlapping squares.  
Using your rotay cutter and ruler, cut on the pencil line separating the two units.  Press the seams towards the  white squares. You will now have 4 units that resemble hearts.

Now place the remaining 2 7/8" squares on the bottom corner of each "heart" unit with the pencil line in the center.  Stitch 1/4" on each side of the pencil line.   Rotary cut through the unit on the pencil line after stitching.
Close up.

Walaaaaa! 8 FLYING GEESE!  Press the seams to the white triangles. Trim off the dog ears and TRUE up your units.  I always TRUE UP as I go along.

Sew one Flying Geese unit to the bottom of another unit.  Press the seams towards the top unit.  Each sewn square should measure 4 1/2" square.   If you have one - like I did - that is a smidgen narrow - mark that unit so that you can allow for the difference in your seam. 

Almost done!  Place each sewn unit in the correct placement.  Stitch the units together in rows vertically- the first 3 top to bottom.   Nestle seams together and match up points and seams where they meet.  You will now have 3 rows.  Press the seams on the two side rows towards center block.   For the center section, press seams outwards towards the coral floral squares.  Stitch the 3 rows together.  Your completed block should measure 12 1/2" square.

And you have it..... The Apple Pie Block

Great Fat Quarter Bundle ideas for this quilt pattern:

 Avalon Fat Quarter Bundle by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts for Moda (what I am starting with  - I may add some blues in the mix)
 Tapestry by  Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts for Moda - I will be using 4 of these
 Audra's Iris Garden by Brannock and Patek for Moda

Pheasant Hill by Kansas Troubles Quilters for Moda

 Chateau Rouge by French General for Moda
 Urban Mod by Art Gallery in House Studio - this would be wonderful!
 Lario Fat Quarter Bundle by 3 Sisters for Moda

 Independence Trail with the Red (above) and the Blue by Minick and Simpson for Moda
  Lilly Belle designed by Bari J Ackerman for Art Gallery Fabrics
The collections above are Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda
Old Glory Fat Quarter Bundle of 12 by Primitive Gatherings for Moda would be a wonderful collection for an Americana or 4th of July Quilt.

Join us again next week for block 2

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fabulous Customer Sharing Day

These first two fabulous quilts belong to Kris Allen.  She has made some amazing quilts.  This quilt is from the Grow With Me Fabric Collection by Deb Strain.  Kris named her quilt Life's Ups and Downs.  She found the pattern from the book Quilt It With Love: The Project Linus Story.  Kris has a wonderful blog if you want to catch up with her and tell her how much you love her quilts!     CLICK HERE
 We just love this quilt!  This is from one of our favorite fabric collections from Art Gallery called Luxe in Bloom, designed by Sarah Watson.  Kris - you are amazing.  A perfect quilt design for these modern fabrics.
 We love to show you the backs when the quilters add something fun.  Thank you Kris for sharing your quilts with us.  Can't wait to see what you are creating next.

 Kim Parkinson made this beautiful quilt with  Double Chocolate Charm Pack by 3 Sisters for Moda,  This pattern is the Disappearing FOUR Patch.  Just google that name and you can find the instructions.  Kim we love this quilt - the color combinations are beautiful.  Thanks Kim!
 Leisha, our wonderful in house quilter, pieced and quilted this wonderful quilt for a wedding gift.  Lucky couple!  The pattern is Mama's Garden and the fabric is from Mama Said Sew - both by Sweetwater.
 A close up so you can see the amazing quilting!  Thanks Leisha for letting us share this quilt.
Another wonderful Swoon Quilt.  This one was created by Barbara Dunn with the Christmas fabric collection Merry Medley by Sandy Gervais.  Of couse the Swoon pattern is by Camille of Thimble Blossoms.
 Absolutely beautiful quilt Barbara!  Thanks for sharing this with us.
 This quilt top was shared in our last quilting bee blog.  This quilt was pieced by Pam Larson.  Gorgeous.  The pattern is from the book Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar.  You should start a quilting group if you haven't joined one yet!  See what fabulous things happen!
 Stunning!  Thank you Pam for letting us share this again.
Wedding Gifts!  This quilt pattern is Norma Jeane designed by Basicgrey.  The fabric collection is Little Black Dress also designed by Basicgrey.   Kristin used charm packs instead of cutting the squares individually.  She ended up with an 8 inch square - just a little larger than the pattern.  Kristin made two of these quilts for family wedding gifts.  This quilt was quilted by the amazing artist Leisha Farnsworth.

 Close up of the wonderful paisley quilting.  Leisha does this all free hand - no computerized quilting for her.  We love her work! I believe there are 3 other prints added in there from Kristin's stash.
 And the favorite part of this quilt is the Cuddle Ivory Minky on the back.  Perfect for those Utah winters - and springs - And falls.  HAHA
 EWA of Evantia Designs is from Poland and is always creating fabulous quilts.  She created this fun wall hanging from the Get Together Fabric Collection by David Walker.  We are almost out of these fabrics.  Those bears were hot!  What bright cheery quilt.   You can find her shop by CLICKING HERE
Kara made this adorable baby blanket from the Fox Trails Fabric Collection designed by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.  We love the Cuddle Dimple Minky Kara added to the back.  Kara also has a shop on Etsy and you can find her HERE.  Thank you Kara for sharing this with us.  We love the baby items in your shop!
 Jodie Lia from Australia created this fabulous bunting banner from the Cruzin Collection designed by Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup for Henry Glass Fabrics.  We love this!  Yellow and Grey are so hot right now - well they have been for a few months. Thank you Jodie!

 Diana from Pretty Cool Shops makes amazing touch screen wristlets, wallets, and cell phone holders.  We have featured Diana before and we always love what she is making.  Here is a  link to her shop CLICK HERE.  Amazing shop Diana.  I just went to her shop and she is busy creating new things and will reopen on the 15th.
 Linda G of Beachbaby Beanies creates adorable beanies for your little ones.  We love her items.  This little whale was created from the Mixmasters Navy Bubbles designed by Patrick Lose for Robert Kaufman.  We love the mixmasters fabrics - perfect blenders for all those children projects.  Thank you Linda!  CLICK HERE for a link to Linda's shop.