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Patchwork Sassaman Style Blog Tour


Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Patchwork Sassaman Style

July Book Review Blog Tour! I am participating with others in a blog tour to review Jane Sassaman’s new book! Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed, and follow reviews of Patchwork Sassaman Style ‚Äď Recipes for Dazzling Quilts! Leave a comment on my blog to enter a drawing for a free book!

The blog schedule and participants are:

2012 ARTIST’S NAME ARTIST’S BLOG
2-Jul Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
3-Jul Jessica Sloan http://remnantsfiberculture.blogspot.com/
4-Jul   Celebrate Independence Day!
5-Jul Judy CoatesPerez http://judyperez.blogspot.com/
6-Jul Jane Sassaman http://sassaman.blogspot.com/
7-Jul Linda Teufel http://dragonthreadsopenbook.blogspot.com/
8-Jul Gloria Hansen http://www.gloriahansen.com/weblog/
9-Jul Melissa Peda http://100billionstars.com/blog/
10-Jul Susan B Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
11-Jul Jacquie Gering http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/
12-Jul Weeks Ringle http://craftnectar.com/
13-Jul SewCalGal http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/
14-Jul Jessica Kovach http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/
15-Jul Pam Matthews http://www.delrayfabrics.com/blog
16-Jul Frieda Anderson http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
17-Jul Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
18-Jul Jan Krentz http://www.jankrentz.com/weblog/
19-Jul Anita Grossman Solomon http://makeitsimpler.blogspot.com/
20-Jul Lyric Kinard http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com/
21-Jul The Quilt Show http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php
22-Jul Jane La Fazio http://janeville.blogspot.com/
23-Jul Free Spirit http://www.freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/
24-Jul Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/

Jane’s early work was an amazing collection of stylized applique designs based upon plant life. When Jane began designing fabric, she transferred those stylized botanical designs into large-scale whimsical bright fabric motifs.

Jane¬†creates simple pieced designs from her wild, wonderful large-scale printed fabrics. Quilters were intrigued, seeing¬†her gorgous printed designs, and needing Jane’s vision for how they might be used successfully in a wide variety of applications: quilts, home decor, clothing and accessories.

Jane Sassaman in the studio

Jane, designing a fabric repeat

Please add Jane Sassaman’s Idea Book to your RSS feed! http://sassaman.blogspot.com/. Jane regularly posts delicious photos of design inspiration, fabric projects such as pillows, aprons, quilts, napkins, table coverings and SO MUCH MORE! As an example, here is a link to one of Jane’s 2009 posts with small accessory projects; they are SO cute! http://sassaman.blogspot.com/2009/01/get-organized.html

Jane and I were teaching at Empty Spools Seminars a few years ago. We were discussing¬†simple templates for dramatic¬†star designs. I provided Jane with a set of the fast2cut Fussy Cutter 45-degree diamond rulers.Jane¬†began playing with diamond and star shaped medallion patterns, incorporating her gorgeous botanical fabrics into the traditional pieced designs. With selective diamond and square¬†cuts, capturing various printed motifs and grouping them in traditional mediallion settings, Jane’s Broken Star quilts are spectacular! ¬†¬†
Jane Sassaman Cosmic Star

Jane Sassaman – Cosmic Star

¬†Now‚Äďenter a comment below, and you’ll automatically be entered the drawing to win a free¬†copy of Patchwork Sassaman Style!¬† Watch for my announcement of the winner on this blog, and I’ll contact the lucky winner¬†by e-mail! I will count all the comments that were entered on July 18th, by midnight Pacific time. The comment contributors will all be numbered in order as I receive them, and one lucky winner’s number will be drawn!

UPDATE: PLEASE READ MY COMMENT BELOW. THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED:  Annmarie

Jane's Plaid Quilt

Jane’s Plaid Quilt

One Block Wonder – design preview tips


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

When creating One Block Wonder or Stack n’ Whack designs, there are clever¬†methods to preview your fabric motifs and see multiple repeats. I frequently use a set of hinged Quilter’s Design Mirrors when designing with multiple cuts and repeats for projects such as Lone Stars, Quick Stars, Kaleidoscopes, Mariner’s Compass, hexagonal designs, etc.

Quilter's Design Mirrors

A quick¬†method to determine whether a fabric will be suitable for your “fussy cut” technique is to lay the template shape (in this case, a 60-degree triangle‚ąísold in several sizes) on the printed fabric, and position the mirrors at one tip of the triangle.

A repeated hexagon is magically created! The reflected¬†image is not exactly the way it will appear when¬†physically cut, but does give you a good idea whether you’ll like the visual effect of that particular fabric before cutting. An unsuitable print won’t be exciting‚ąísave that fabric for another project.

Clearview 60 triangle ruler, and pre-cut triangles

Here are some examples of the same 60-degree triangles‚ąíon the left, the mirror image and on the right, six identical cuts from the same image (also known as “fussy-cut”). Both versions are enticing! However, if your printed yardage doesn’t have mirror-image motifs, you will not be able to create the images on the left.

The combinations below are the same triangles; each combination is rotated to view a different tip in the design center.

Mirror image set A

Mirror image set B

Mirror image set C

Hollyhock Garden Quick Star-in-a-Circle quilt


Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Here is a great small quilt, the pattern is available in my book Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, featured in different fabrics in the book.

Hollyhock Garden Star-in-a-circle quilt   

To create this quilt, I first lay out the fabric, and place a diamond ruler over the printed motifs. Position a hinged pair of¬†Quilter’s Design Mirrors at one pointed tip to preview how 8 repeats would look. Remember, you are seeing a mirror image, so the finished design would not look exactly the same unless the fabric itself had mirror-image motifs.

Once you decide which area you’ll cut from, trace the larger shapes (from the fabric) onto the surface of the Fussy Cutter 45-degree diamond ruler. You do NOT want to outline on the surface with the printed ink (the bottom). Draw on¬†the smooth, unprinted surface (the top) using a permanent marker such as a Sharpie or Ident-i-pen.¬†Rotary-cut 8 identical diamonds‚ÄĒrepositioning the ruler each time, locating the next printed shape.

Fussy-cut 45 degree diamonds

Create a template using the pattern in the back of the Quick Star Quilts & Beyond book. Layer the fabric wrong sides together, and cut 8 pairs of background wedges through both layers. Note, when the pieces are separated, right side up, you should have 8 pieces angled one direction, and 8 identical mirror-image pieces angled the opposite direction.

Fussy_cut_background wedges

Assemble the star with the background wedges, as described in the book. Applique the large star with circular background wedges over a simple square with mitered borders from the companion fabrics of choice.

Hollyhock Garden – two quilt ideas


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I’m having so much fun sewing quilts and small items for the home with these fabrics!! For you lucky quilters who visit Houston this year, please watch for the Timeless Treasures booth, and see the quilts in person!

The first quilt, Glowing Jewels, features the three gradient fabrics: pink, blue and green. I LOVE working with gradients ‚Ästbecause each ordinary piece is shaded, and no two pieces are shaded the same way. This is a free pattern I have designed for Timeless Treasures. I’ll upload the link once it is available.

Glowing Jewels quilt by Jan Krentz

Glowing Jewels – 2011 by Jan Krentz

The next quilt is a great Starburst variation ‚Äď similar to the great big Starburst I made from the Michael James collection of fabric, called Colorstripes. (see the quilt and pattern in¬†my book, Quick Star Quilts).¬† I designed this pattern so you can strip-piece the 3″ strips of fabric, rather than cut individual diamonds. Once the pattern is available, I’ll be sure to let you know that link, too!

Hollyhock Garden Starburst Quilt by Jan Krentz

Hollyhock Garden Starburst quilt ‚Äď 2011¬†by Jan Krentz

Please let me know what you think of the quilts and projects! Thanks!

Hollyhock Garden – pair of aprons, placemats, napkins, table runner


Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I was thinking of ideas for Market in a few weeks in Houston. What if the fabrics were used around the house ‚Äď let’s say as kitchen or dinner table items? Aprons, table runner, placemats, napkins? Use any pattern you have on hand, or patterns¬†purchased at the local quilt shop.

With the¬†expertise of my friend, Betty Alofs, the fabrics are transformed! Betty made reversable napkins with a mitered border on one side – very classy.¬†The table runner is a great pattern by Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company, called¬†‚ÄúThe Easy Striped Table Runner‚ÄĚ.¬† Comments, anyone??

Hollyhock Gardens placemats_napkins

Betty Alofs' quilting (detail)

Betty Alofs' quilting (detail)

Hollyhock Gardens Table runner

Karen Montgomery's "Easy Striped Table Runner" design, sewn by Betty Alofs

Hollyhock Garden fabrics – companion prints


Saturday, October 1st, 2011

There are three companion prints that coordinate with the Hollyhock Garden collection. They include a small dot, a blended painterly stripe, and a gradient blend. I am really happy with the different companion prints, as they work with the collection, and are useful on their own.

Working with the gradient fabrics by themselves have also been fun¬†‚Äď and the projects have been very artistic and contemporary! Click on any of the images for a larger view.

New Fabric line! Hollyhock Garden!


Friday, September 30th, 2011

I am delighted to tell you about my new fabric collection! The designs were inspired by the old-fashioned Hollyhocks¬†seen growing¬†along the fences in most gardens. In our area, hummingbirds are a common sight, as they flit from flower blossom to blossom. You can preview the entire collection here on Timeless Treasures’s website:¬†¬† Hollyhock Gardens

I am also working on some great designs that I’ll post in the coming days! Ask your local quilt shop to carry the collection.¬†The colors are bright and cheery, with a range of pieces that will also blend into the stash you currently own.

There are four floral / leaf prints: an all-over leaf in dark greens (suitable for background, or fussy-cutting the leaves for applique), a small-scale pink tossed Hollyhock flower print (great, bright color ‚Äď the blossoms could also be used as petunias, or hybiscus if you¬†embroidered their distinctive¬†stamen). The leaf and flower sizes are about 1-1/2″ to 2″ in these prints.

The second pair of prints are larger scale ‚Äď about 1-1/2″¬†to 3-1/2″ in size. The large hollyhock print features teal blue hummingbirds here & there, and the matching border has 4 repeats, selvage to selvage. The images are so pretty! They are perfect for fussy-cutting as applique motifs, or cutting large chunks for easy piecing!

Border print with companion large floral