California Poppy Quilt Block

Hey quilting friends! I’m so excited about the California Poppy Quilt Block that I’ll be sharing with you today! This is part of a project I’m doing with a whole bunch of other Quilt Pattern Designers. Every week someone is sharing another block representing another state in the US, and all the blocks are free! If you follow along, you’ll be able to make a whole quilt representing all 50 states! Super fun, right?

I moved to California at age 4, and lived in the desert for most of my school-aged years. I’ve since moved around to different parts of California – and boy are they different! California has just about every kind of terrain you could want! Of course people know all about California beaches. We also have fabulous mountains for hiking and winter sports, rocky hillsides perfect for growing grapes (and making wine), beautiful agricultural lands, and the lovely desert where I grew up.

So, when I was tasked with coming up with a single 6″ quilt block that would represent the whole state, I was stumped! What is one symbol that can represent the whole state? And then I remembered our state flower – the California Poppy. When I was a child going on road trips with my family, there would be fields full of these beautiful flowers. People would plan trips to come out and see the poppies. It is very much part of California – and very much part of my childhood growing up here.

The California Poppy Quilt Block is a 6″ block, and is traditionally pieced. I used fabulous Art Gallery Solids to piece my version. You can get your free pattern below, and also get added to our mailing list of fabulous quilters.

 

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The poppy isn’t just the state flower for California. It has become a symbol of memorial. Originally, it was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One, but has come to memorialize those lost in all conflicts since. It is specifically connected to the Royal British Legion, who say that the Red Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppies in different colors have different meanings as well, Purple is to remember animal victims of war (in earlier wars, horses and dogs were common parts of the war effort), the Black Poppy is for Africa, Black, and Carribians lost in wars, and the white poppy is both a symbol of remembrance and a symbol of peace.

To honor all of these uses of the poppy as a symbol, I created the Memorial Poppy pattern. You can make your poppy in whatever colors you like, and surround them with a heart.

You can also use this pattern to take any of the 6″ state blocks from this series, and add a heart around it. When finished, the block measures 12″ x 12″. You can purchase the Memorial Poppy Pattern in my shop here.

One of the questions I get asked often is how to piece with such small pieces of fabric! This block finishes at 6″, and that means that some of these pieces are pretty small! My biggest tip when working with small pieces (and bias pieces, though this pattern doesn’t have any pieces sewn on the bias) is to starch my fabrics well. I made a video on starching fabrics that will show you my starching techniques.

If you’re just joining in the Around the Block – US tour, you can find all the details over at the Around the Block Headquarters.

If you’d like to find last week’s pattern you can go to Kissed Quilts, the week before can be found at Appliques Quilts and More. If you want to know where you’ll find next week’s pattern, it will be at Off the Wall Quilts, and the following week will be at Sarah Ruiz Quilts.

Bold with a Twist

I’m excited to share with you the August Ruler of the Month Quilt, Bold with a Twist! The quilt is made using quarter square triangles and the 45/90 degree ruler from Creative Grids.

The 45/90 degree ruler is a fabulous ruler for making half square and quarter square triangles from strips. A super simple way to cut your quilt pieces! To see how the 45/90 degree ruler by Creative Grids works, I show you how in this video

You can use my affiliate links to purchase your new ruler, and the Spot on Dot. Get the 45/90 ruler at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 45/90 degree ruler on Amazon. You can also get the Spot on Dot at the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Quilt Block Mania – Summer Tent Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share Summer Tent Quilt Block with you! A couple weeks ago, I got together with some quilting friends and decided we’d put together some FREE Summer-themed quilt blocks to share with all of you! All of these blocks finish at 12″ x 12″. You can download them all, or just your favorites. If you scroll all the way down you’ll find links to all the fabulous quilt blocks in this series!

This Moonlit Tent block was inspired by one of my favorite summer activities – camping! We had to put our camping plans on hold this summer, but we’re hoping to get back to putting up tents, making s’mores, and sleeping out under the trees very soon! In the meantime, this camping-themed quilt block will have to do, I suppose?

You can combine this quilt block with others in the series to make your own summer-themed quilt. Or, you can use a single quilt block to make a mini quilt, a tote bag, or a pillow!

To make this camping inspired tent block, you’ll be making half-rectangle-triangles. You’ve probably made half-square-triangles before. Half-rectangle-triangles are a whole different thing. For many reasons. One, is that when you make them you have to be very careful about making your right-facing triangles and your left-facing triangles. You can’t just turn your unit 90 degrees like you can with a HST. Another is that if you want perfect points (and we all want to at least try for perfect points, right?), you have to be very careful when squaring up your blocks. You need to be aware of the seam allowance as you square, because the seam isn’t at that perfect 45 degree angle like it is with an HST. I have some tips in the pattern that will help you as you make your block.

I’ve also put together a video that shows you how to find success with these tricky HRT blocks! You can watch it here… and if you’re not already a subscriber to my YouTube channel, click over to YouTube to subscribe! I have lots of fun stuff coming up you won’t want to miss!

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And check out all the other fabulous blocks in the series!

Here are links to all the blocks in the Quilt Block Mania Summer Series:
Camping Tent by Carolina Moore
Beach Umbrella by Jennifer Fulton
Flip Flops by Becca Fenstermaker
Summer Cocktail by Marian Pena
Beach Ball by Laura Piland
Popsicle by Sherry Shish
Curvy fish by Velda Roy
Angelfish by Lisa Amundson
Bucket and Shovel by Heidi Pridemore
Wonky Beach Umbrella by Jamie Siel
Starfish by Leanne Parsons
Sailboat at Sunset by Glenda Wilder
Yacht by Sue Griffiths
Food/Ice Cream Truck by Laura Strickland
Crab by Afton Warrick
Sleeping bag and star by Sarah Vanderburgh
Funky Flower by Kathryn LeBlanc
IceCream Cond by Sarah Marcina
Sunglasses by Celine Perkins
Sun by Charisma Horton
Hello Summer by Amarar Creacions
Tall Ships by Kris Driessen
Life Saver Preserver by Sandy Fitzpatrick
Dragon Fly by Julie Luoma
Up in The Air by Judit Hajdu
Surfboard by Susan Arnold
Beach Treasures by Linda Bratten
Two Scoops by Shari Butler
Free to Fly by Marcea Owen


The Patriot Mini Quilt

I’m so excited to share with you this month’s ruler of the month quilt! The Patriot Mini Quilt is a quilt inspired by the American Flag. This mini quilt makes a great wall hanging, but is also perfectly sized to hang on your door for a patriotic holiday (or anytime, really)! And as a mini quilt, it comes together wonderfully fast!

I planned this quilt out over a month ago. And the world has changed a lot since then. With so many of us becoming aware (or more aware) of the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in this country, and the peaceful protests that have been overshadowed by the violence of looting and rioting, I wondered if this was still the right time to share a quilt pattern with roots in the US flag, with the word patriot in its name. But after careful consideration, I think that now is even more appropriate than I could have imagined when I designed the quilt. We, as a nation, are rediscovering where our roots come from, and examining our patriotism. In these few short weeks we have had an awakening. And it is our responsibility to stay awake.

This pattern uses the Creative Grids Strippy Stars Ruler. I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you buy the Strippy Stars Ruler at Fat Quarter Shop or the Strippy Stars Ruler on Amazon.

And, I’ve made a video showing you how easy it is to use the Strippy Stars Ruler – this may be my favorite of the rulers so far! These nine-patch stars come together so easily!

I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you make it, please share your finished version with me on Instagram and Facebook!

You can purchase the Patriot Mini Quilt by heading to my pattern site, or by clicking below!

How to Calculate Quilt Sizes

When designing a quilt, one of the most important elements is understanding how to calculate quilt sizes. How a quilt will be used is significantly impacted by its size. A small quilt that is less than 18″ square will likely be a wall hanging or table topper for a small table, whereas a quilt that is 108″ x 108″ is best suited to cover a large bed. 

This means, when calculating quilt sizes, you need to keep two things in mind. You need to know what size your quilt blocks will be, and what the purpose of the quilt will be. The size of the blocks will determine if the size of your designs meets up with the purpose of your new quilt.

To calculate quilt sizes, start with your quilt design. A quilt design is most commonly made up of a grid of quilt blocks. For example, your grid may be 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks tall. There are alternate-grid quilt layouts and on-point quilt layouts, but for now we’ll just focus on a standard grid.

Determine what size your blocks will be in the quilt. Don’t worry about seam allowances, we are just thinking about the “finished size” which is the size that the block will be when the quilt is finished. Common quilt block sizes are whole inches, often a multiple of 2 or 3, but you can choose any size you want. For our example, we’ll choose 12 inch blocks in this example.

Multiply how many blocks across (4) by the size of the blocks (12″), and the math will tell you that your quilt design is 48″ wide. Repeat this process for the height (5 blocks) and you’ll calculate a height of 60″. A 45″ x 60″ quilt is a good throw quilt, but not big enough for a bed quilt. If you’d like your quilt to be big enough for a queen sized bed, you’ll need to either increase the size of your blocks or increase the number of blocks in your quilt design – or a combination of these two. Another option would be to add borders to increase the size of your quilt.

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The Envy Quilt

The Envy Quilt is my latest quilt in the “Ruler of the Month” series. I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It finishes a lovely 68″ x 68″, and uses over a dozen different fabrics – nearly all of them are smaller 1/2 yard and 1/4 yard cuts. So, this is a great quilt to put together using stash fabrics, which is exactly what I did!

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When making this quilt, I had to redesign it over FOUR times to get the look that I wanted. But, I think the results were worth it! I know you’re not supposed to pick favorites … but this may be my favorite ruler of the month quilt so far!

In the Envy Quilt pattern, I’ve included coloring sheets and swatch sheets to help you figure out your fabric placement. I can’t wait to see the Envy Quilt in different colorways!

Making this quilt requires the Kites Plus Ruler from Creative Grids. You can purchase the Kites Plus Ruler from your local quilt shop. If your quilt shop doesn’t carry it, here are links for you to purchase the Kites Plus Ruler at The Fat Quarter shop, or the Kites Plus Ruler on Amazon.

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Introducing QuiltMath!

I invented QuiltMath – an easy way to calculate yardage requirements for quilts… that doesn’t actually require any math! Use the simple QuiltMath Pages to easily see how much yardage you need to create your quilt designs.

I have been quilting over half my life. And while I do love a good pattern, I also love creating my own designs. Sometimes, pulling out the graph paper and colored pencils is just the best way to get creative. But then having to calculate the yardage requirements is the worst. And when I want to make the project with my stash, having to re-calculate and re-calculate to figure out how to make it work with the fabric I have on hand is enough to make me give up!

That’s why I created QuiltMath. A simple way to figure fabric yardages without using a calculator.

You can watch this quick video that shows you how it works:

Or, if you’re not into watching a video, here are the basics:

First, draw your design. As you create your design, figure out the scale of your quilt – how large will each block be.

Once you have your quilt sketched out, count how many squares and half-square triangles there are of each color.

Using the chart, find the finished size of each block along the top, and the number needed along the left. Using your fingers, follow where that column and row meet up. Here you will find the yardage needed for that color.

Repeat for each color in your quilt, and then you’re ready to buy your fabric!

If you’re working from stash fabrics, and discover that you don’t have enough of one of the fabrics, you can easily re-color some of your units to use another fabric, or you can change the scale of your quilt – making the blocks smaller will use less fabric.

It is important to note that the yardage requirements are exact. This means that if you’re purchasing yardage at a quilt shop, you’ll want to buy at least 1/4 yard extra to make sure that you have enough fabric for squaring up. If you tend to mis-cut, you may want to buy a little more. After all, having too much fabric is never a problem – it is running out of fabric that is the issue!

You can get your QuiltMath sheets at QuiltMath.com, or scroll down!

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Who Wore it Better

I’m so excited to announce the “Who Wore it Better” quilt as the latest in the Ruler of the Month Series! If you’re new here, each month I make a quilt using a new ruler and teach you how to use that ruler in a video! These quilts are perfect for trying something new and adding a new ruler to your collection! This month’s ruler is the Creative Grids 4, 5, 6″ Pineapple Trim Tool.

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A big reason I’m so excited to share this pattern with you is that it means the quilt is now DONE!! And this quilt was not my favorite to make. Any of my friends can tell you how close I was to naming this quilt “The Stupid Pineapple Quilt.” Because in the process of making this quilt I discovered that I really, really, really hate making pineapple blocks. They are like a log cabin block that needs constant trimming, and never ends. So, quilter beware – the pineapple block is not for the feint of heart!

However, the good news is that this pineapple quilt comes together faster than an all-pineapple quilt. It only requires half as many pineapples to make because we’re alternating the pieced pineapples with fussy-cut fabrics. I went with pineapples from Katie Skoog’s latest line for Art Gallery Fabrics – Hello Sunshine. This fabric is so bright and sunny and perfect!!

Also, all the pineapples (both pieced and fussy cut) are framed. Which also makes the quilt come together faster. I really did all I could to help us non-pineapple-lovers make a pineapple quilt.

The good news is that now that it is complete, I can move on to my next quilt! I’ve learned that my favorite quilt is always the next one I’m planning, and my least favorite quilt is always the one I’m working on right now! HA!

Here is a quick video that shows you how the pineapple quilt comes together:

I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you make purchases by clicking these links:
On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YeX9Jb
At Fat Quarter Shop: http://shrsl.com/29307

Head over to my pattern shop to purchase the Who Wore it Better Quilt Pattern!

Quilt Candy Live Trunk Show!

Are you at home looking for some Quilty Inspiration? Or a little bit of interaction with the “real world”? Well, some designers came up with a fun idea for some Facebook Live Trunk Shows where designers come together and share what we’re up to, as well as some fabulous “Quilt Candy” for you to check out!

If you missed my live, you can still catch it on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/alwaysexpectmoore/

And here are some of the links I mention during my live session:
Learn How to English Paper Piece
Spot on Dot
Ruler of the Month
Gallery Wall Quilt Along
Cricut Maker Block of the Week
Quilty 5k
Carolina Moore Pattern Shop

And because you know I like to “keep it real” here is a photo of me laughing it off as my ribbon is falling off my wall at the beginning of the video! Because live video is always unpredictable!

And if you want to see any of these other fabulous Facebook Lives, check out these links!

April 1

12pm EST Andi Stanfield
1pm EST Nancy Scott
2pm EST Becky Jorgensen
3pm EST Carolina Moore
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel
5pm EST Connie Jonson Sayler
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts
7pm EST Sandra Starley
8pm EST Swan Sheridan

April 2

12pm EST Lisa Ruble
1pm EST Beth Helfter EvaPaige Quilt Designs
2pm EST Diane Bohn/From Blank Pages
3pm EST Deb Eggers/The Cottage Rose
4pm EST Heidi Pridemore/The Whimsical Workshop
5pm EST Kate Colleran
6pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis

April 3

12pm EST Darcy Hunter
1pm EST Teresa Weaver
2pm EST Annette Ornelas
3pm EST Jo Westfoot – The Crafty Nomad
4pm EST Lynn Kane
5pm EST Geeky Bobbin
7pm EST Laura Strickland
8pm EST Jen Frost

April 4

12pm EST Sherry Shish – Powered By Quilting
1pm EST Bill Locke – Bill Locke Designs
2pm EST Toni Smith/Quiltoni
3pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis
4pm EST Jennifer Fulton
5pm EST Jessica Caldwell/ Desert Bloom Quilting
6pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug’s Cabin
7pm EST Heather Long / Coffee and Quilts
8pm EST Marija Vujcic, Mara Quilt Designs

April 5

12pm EST Ebony Love
1pm EST Bill Locke 
2pm EST Marlene Oddie
3pm EST Sandy Fitzpatrick
4pm EST Reed Johnson
5pm EST Diane Harris
7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio

April 6

12pm EST Becca Fenstermaker
1pm EST Cherry Guidry
2pm EST Cheryl Lynch
3pm EST Annie Smith
5pm EST Reeze Hanson
7pm EST Melissa Marginet

April 7

12pm EST Margaret Willingham/ Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
1pm EST Kate Colleran/Seams Like A Dream Design
2pm EST Barbara Cline
3pm EST Barbara Persing
4pm EST Ms P Designs USA/ Sharon Andersen
6pm EST Sandra Starley  
7pm EST Diane Harris
8pm EST Christa Watson

April 8

12pm EST Tina Dillard/Quilting Affection Designs
1pm EST Raija Salomaa/Quilters’ Treasure Chest
2pm EST Robin Koehler//NESTLINGS by Robin
3pm EST Terri Vanden Bosch
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel
5pm EST Leanne Parsons
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts 
7pm EST Ebony Love
8pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis

April 9

1pm EST Nancy Scott
2pm EST Jayme Crow/ Bella Nonna Design Studio
4pm EST Jen Frost
5pm EST  Annie Smith
6pm EST Karen L. Miller / Redbird Quilt Co.
7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio
8pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug’s Cabin

April 10

12pm  Sarah Maxwell
1pm  Teresa Weaver
2pm  Karen Overton
3pm Alison Stothard
5pm Pat Sloan
6pm Cherry Guidry
7pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni
8pm Marija Vujcic/ Mara Quilt Designs

I hope you enjoy the series! Stay safe, and hopefully one day soon we’ll get to do these live and in person!

Color Block Twist

This fat quarter friendly pattern is the perfect weekend baby quilt to whip up! To make the Color Block Twist quilt, you need 4 solid fat quarters and 5 patterned fat quarters, plus 3/4 yard of outer border, and the Straight Out of Line ruler by Creative Grids. And wouldn’t you know it – that is our Ruler of the Month!

For my version of the Color Block Twist quilt, I used Art Gallery Pure Solids in Banana Cream, Grapefruit, Mirage Blue, Warm Wave, and Festival Fuchsia, and combined them with Playroom fabrics by Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Each month I pick a Ruler of the Month, and I make a video that shows you how to use the ruler. And then I create a pattern using that ruler. This month’s pattern is the Color Block Twist!

I love how quickly this pattern came together. And it has such a contemporary feel, with the wonky four patches and the negative and positive blocks … and yet it is super simple to make!

If you want to learn how to use the Straight Out of Line Ruler, I made this video that shows you how easy it is. And if you watch through to the end, I share a little bonus on how you use the Stripology Squared Mini ruler to square up blocks. You’ll love this simple technique!

I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you make purchases by clicking these links:

On Amazon: Straight out of Line ruler and Stripology Squared Mini

At Fat Quarter Shop: Stripology Squared Mini

You can purchase the Color Block Twist Pattern in my Pattern Shop here.