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Love All Around

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About a week ago, my friend Lee from May Chapelle sent out a call to action—she wanted all of us to help her bring some love and positivity to the world on January 20. The idea is that she’s going to make this block—the Love All Around block—every time she sees an act of kindness in her community in 2017. She’s hoping to end the year with a gigantic, epic quilt.

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I can’t think of a better way to spend this particular day than talking about an idea like Lee’s. There’s so much negativity in the world right now. Anger, defensiveness, and self-absorption are rampant—and I’m not talking just about the political arena. It’s everywhere right now, in all walks of life. There are a lot of ways I’m hoping to help change the world in 2017, but this block is a pretty great place to start, don’t you think?

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Want to make your own? Head over to Lee’s blog for a complete tutorial for making this block. And check IG for lots of other versions of this block, made by many of your other favorite bloggers! Let’s bring the love today!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Block 15: Sunbeam

IMG_8983 We’re in the final days of summer at my house, as my kids are getting ready to go back to school next week. But don’t despair, fall is miles away on the Summer Sampler 2016 calendar! We’re only three-quarters of the way through our 20 blocks, and it’s my turn as your designer this week!

I’m calling this one Sunbeam. All you Summer Samplers should be getting pretty darn good at square-in-square and flying geese units by now, so I thought I’d give you a few more of them. : )

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The result is a fun, radiating block that’s actually pretty easy and quick to put together. And with lots of possibilities for a larger quilt design.

Still want to join in the Summer Sampler fun? Don’t worry, you’ll get all 13 previously-released blocks immediately, plus the 7 remaining blocks delivered to your email inbox every Monday! Click here to subscribe.

And as always, check the #summersampler2016 hashtag to see everyone else’s beautiful blocks!

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Holiday Forest pillow tutorial

Looking for a holiday project to tackle? I’ve got one for you, on the Olfa website this month!

My Holiday Forest pillow is a fast little project that uses the quick method of making Flying Geese (you make them four at a time). A few color changes and the flying geese are suddenly a forest of Christmas trees. : ) I think I overdosed on red and green during the making of my Fair Isle quilt last year, so for this one I decided to go with non-traditional holiday colors. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think I was envisioning the pink aluminum Christmas trees from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. But it would look great done up traditional, too!

And I’m the subject of their November Designer Spotlight, so head over there for full project instructions, as well as an interview with me. Thank you, Olfa, for featuring me!

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WIP Wednesday: Starry Skies

Happy Wednesday! Here’s what I’ve got going this week.

It’s actually a new variation on my Shooting Star pattern. But without the star. Well, kind of. Now I’ve probably confused you. I guess you’ll just have to see it when I’m done, so stay tuned. : )

What are you working on? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: Productivity!

I’ve had a busy week of teaching, finishing projects, and starting new ones!

The flying geese project that I started last week is done—you’ll be seeing more of this, plus complete project instructions, on Olfa’s website in a few weeks!

Next up: I’m starting to work on my next quilt-along! It’s a Greek key quilt, and you guys will not believe how fast and easy these blocks are. I always thought it would be a feather in my cap to design a quilt with ZERO seams that have to line up, and this one might be the closest I’ve ever come. So newbies take note, this will be a good one for you. : ) Let’s all do it together! The quilt-along will be starting on Bernina’s website in the near future—but I’ll give you plenty of advance notice here, so that you can get your fabric together and be ready to start it along with me.

Finally, I have something exciting to share with you: My friend Stephanie from Late Night Quilter is coming out with a Quilter’s Planner! This planner includes everything you need to organize your life and plan and track your sewing projects, plus it includes bonus block instructions and quilt patterns. Such a great idea, isn’t it?

Inside the spiral-bound planner, you’ll find monthly calendars, weekly calendars, sewing project planning pages, graph paper for quilt designs, a swatch-saver, free-motion quilting practice pages, beautiful and inspiring pull-out artwork, 52 original quilt block designs, AND 8 full quilt patterns, including one from me! (I’ll be blogging more about my pattern that’s included on another day.) All for only $35—an impressive value.

You can learn more about it and pre-order your Quilt Planner right here. I’ve already ordered mine! Be sure to watch Stephanie’s video about the planner at the top of the page—what she says really resonates with me, and I’m sure it will with you too!

Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: Geese Everywhere

Good morning! It’s a crisp fall day here in Wisconsin, which means one thing: There are Canadian geese in our backyard. And that means one thing: Little “gifts” left all over our yard by the Canadian geese. Ughghggh.

They love hanging out under our apple tree. I’m not sure if they’re eating the fallen apples or the bugs that are attracted to the fallen apples, but either way, they’re constantly waddling over to check things out.

My dog chases them off on the regular, but they seem to have learned that she goes back inside eventually and venture their way back as soon as she’s gone. (She’s 13.5 years old and still loves to chase the geese away. She’s the best.)

But this has all inspired me to work on some much cleaner, prettier geese inside the house. I’ve got a fun little holiday-themed project underway that I should be able to show you in the next few weeks.

My doggy won’t need to chase these guys away. : )

Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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Cathedral Square Quilt

Cathedral Square quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour. I’m thrilled to have a block in Volume 5 of this special issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Cathedral Square block

My block is #469, “Cathedral Square.” (The inspiration for the name of this block comes from one of my favorite areas of downtown Milwaukee.) Yes, you will have to piece some flying geese in order to make this block. But yes, these flying geese are worth it! At least, I think so.

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One of my favorite things about this block is that small tweaks can make it look like a completely new design. For example, staggering the blocks gives the layout an unexpected zig-zaggy movement. In fact, I loved this layout so much that I decided I had to make an entire quilt to show it off.

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My quilt features 20 Cathedral Square blocks (two of them are cut in half) and measures 48″ by 60″. That’s 160 flying geese units, in case you were wondering. : ) I used Flea Market Fancy, Farmdale, and other fun vintage-modern prints.

And check out some of the other tweaks you can use to make this block your own. Here it is with print squares in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with corner squares

With half-square triangles in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with HSTs

With the blocks set on point:

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Yep, I could show you design options all day long. : ) But I won’t, because here’s where I give away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 5. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Any old comment is fine—although if you already have special plans for the Cathedral Square block, or a particular fabric line in mind for it, I would love to hear about it. I’ll draw a random winner on Monday morning.

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And in the meantime, be sure to visit Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, for lots more prizes and a list of all the designers participating in the Volume 5 blog hop (everybody’s giving away a copy of the magazine, so there are lots of chances to win this amazing block resource!) Thanks for visiting!



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