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January 2013

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Specialty Ruler Method: Cut Flying Geese

Follow these steps to cut Flying Geese units using designer Kimberly Einmo’s Easy Star & Geese ruler from EZ Quilting by Wrights.

To order the Easy Star & Geese ruler, visit kimberlyeinmo.com.


**Note: instructions are based off of Stargazing from American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013 (get the issue here)


From purple batik, cut:

11–3-1/2×20″ strip for B triangles


From blue-and-purple batik, cut:

1 1—6-1/2×30″ strip for B triangles

1 1—3-1/2×20″ strip for A triangles


From navy blue batik, cut:

1 1—6-1/2×42″ strip for A triangles

1 2—4-1/2×42″ strips for B triangles


From light blue batik, cut:

1 2—4-1/2×42″ strips for A triangles


1. Position a purple batik 3-1/2×20″ strip on your cutting mat (Photo 1). Fold strip in half lengthwise with fold on your left. With Side B of ruler facing up, align green 3-1/2″ line on ruler with bottom edge of folded strip; straight tip of ruler should align with top edge of folded strip. Trim along edges of ruler (Photo 2). Rotate ruler to align green 3-1/2″ line with top edge of strip; cut along ruler edge (Photo 3). Each cut will result in a mirror-image pair of B triangles (Photo 4). Continue in same manner to cut eight (four pairs) purple batik B triangles total.


2. Using blue-and-purple batik 6-1/2×30″ strip and green 6-1/2” line on ruler, repeat Step 1 to cut eight blue-and-purple batik B triangles.


3. Using navy blue batik 4-1/2×42″ strips and green 4-1/2” line on ruler, repeat Step 1 to cut 24 (12 pairs) navy blue batik B triangles.


4. With Side A of ruler facing up, align the pink 3-1/2″ line on ruler with bottom edge of blue-and-purple batik 3-1/2×20″ strip; straight tip of ruler should align with top edge of strip (Photo 5). Cut along edges of ruler to make an A triangle. Referring to Photo 6, rotate ruler to align pink 3-1/2” mark with top edge of strip; cut along ruler edge to make a second A triangle. Continue in same manner to cut four blue-and-purple batik A triangles total.


5. Using navy blue batik 6-1/2×42″ strip and pink 6-1/2” line on ruler, repeat Step 4 to cut four navy blue batik A triangles.


6. Using light blue batik 4-1/2×42″ strips and pink 4-1/2” line on ruler, repeat Step 4 to cut 12 light blue batik A triangles.


Nancy’s Passion 48: January

I chose Double Dutch by Sandy Klop for my Passion 48 project (more about that here). I decided to challenge myself to work on something with triangles. I tend to be a lover of speed sewing and I tend to pick projects that I can complete before I fall in love with another color palette. The quilt Double Dutch is divided up in six color ways in big 18-inch blocks. The various colored blocks should keep my craving for color variety very happy!


For my fabric selection, I thought I might use fabrics I had in my stash. My very first week of the 48-week challenge I started cutting. My first challenge came quickly. Some of the shirting fabrics in my stash group were too loose and raveled on my triangle points, not a good thing.  I’ll save them for some other sewing project. I’ll be making some refinements to my selection and probably doing a bit of shopping! I need to gather some more whites, too. Meanwhile, I have lots of white to cut, and there will be a bit more cutting for a few more weeks for me. Maybe I’ll do a block at a time to admire my progress.


French Braid: Two-Color Binding Instructions


French Braid designer Becky Cogan gave her quilt a two-color binding (one color on front and a second color on the back). She uses this technique when she doesn’t have enough fabric to coordinate with the front of her quilt or when the binding fabric that looks the best on the front of the quilt doesn’t look as good with the backing.


To make two-color binding that finishes a scant 3/8″ wide, complete the following steps:


From binding fabric that will show on quilt front, cut:

  • 7/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in French Braid instructions in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013 issue

From binding fabric that will show on quilt back, cut:

  • 1-5/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in French Braid instructions in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013 issue


1. Sew together 7/8″-wide strips with diagonal seams to make one continuous front binding strip. In same manner, join 1-5/8″-wide strips to make one continuous back binding strip.

2. With right sides together, join front and back binding strips on a pair of long edges with scant 1/4″ seam to make a pieced binding strip. Press seam toward darker print.

3. Fold pieced binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Sew pieced binding strip to quilt, placing front binding against quilt front.

Jill’s Passion 48: January

It was an easy choice for me to select a project for Passion 48. I’m smitten with the glamour of the circus. (I’ll tell you more about that in the months to come.) Without the discipline of sewing an hour a week on a project at work, I probably wouldn’t have set aside the time to make this quilt for myself. Instead, it would have been on my wish list forever.



Under The Big Top (shown above) is by designer Tammy Barfels (October 2012 American Patchwork & Quilting). To my mind’s eye, this quilt captures all the joy and color and excitement of the circus. The circus is happy. Fabrics should be happy, too. My fabrics, at least so far, are strictly dots. I have a huge stash of dots and I may be able to make the entire quilt without adding any new fabrics. (You may not know that I am the official crowned Queen of Quite-a-Dot. See From the Editors, Quilts and More, Fall 2011.)


The pattern says “advanced”…will I be able to complete this quilt in 48 hours? Hmmm…this calls for streamlining. Just thinking of cutting 480 assorted wedge-shape pieces for the circles is daunting.



With the help of Maggie Goldsmith, our very capable art assistant, we created a paper-piecing pattern for a quarter circle. Each quarter has ten segments. When a task is overwhelming, what’s the best thing to do? Break it down into little pieces. This seems more reasonable, and I won’t have to cut 480 pie-shape pieces.



The first week I cut, and cut, and cut fabrics into 2-1/2”-wide strips for foundation piecing. An hour later… I did make a dent in the stash. Bonus: On the outside chance that I might cut too many strips for the circles, I’ll have made scrappy binding for this project. Time will tell.


Second week, I tried out the foundation piecing paper. Success! First trial, two segments (half a block) in one hour.



Third week? I’m getting faster… three segments in an hour.


Jody’s Passion 48: January

By now you have probably heard about Passion 48. (If not, check out this post.) For the next year, we get to spend an hour each week working on a project just for us. I bet you are thinking, “WOW, she has the best job, she gets to sew while at work.” I love my job, but the truth is, as an editor I spend very little time sewing. Most of the time we are writing instructions; researching the latest trends, tools and techniques; editing copy; brainstorming topics for American Patchwork & Quilting radio shows; and working with myriad of talented art staff who create the great diagrams, layouts, and photography that appear in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, and Quilt Sampler magazine.

When I do have time to sew, I gravitate toward Civil War-era reproduction fabrics and small blocks with tiny pieces. Therefore, the walls of my home are filled with lots of small quilts, but sadly not a handmade quilt on my bed. For this challenge, I decided to make a queen-size bed quilt using modern fabrics and large rectangular pieces. Urban Attitude by designer Cherri House of Cherry House Quilts was the pattern I decided to make (see original quilt below).


I am using an eclectic assortment of fabrics designed by Marcia Derse for Riverwoods by Troy. I think the larger pieces will perfectly showcase Marcia’s hand-painted designs.


For the first three weeks I have been cutting, cutting, and cutting. I am almost ready to start making blocks!