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.

Puzzletje Quilt

The Dutch Puzzle block is what inspired this quilt. The center of this quilt is a recolored version of a Dutch Puzzle, and then I added a ring of additional flying geese around the outside… since this is a wall-hanging size quilt, I named it the Puzzletje quilt. Obviously the “puzzle” comes from the Dutch Puzzle block, and the “tje” is the suffix that means “small” in Dutch! And while the Dutchies reading this will say that I’ve spelled it wrong (Puzzeltje is how this would be spelled in Dutch), I’m going to be just fine with that. But feel free to tell me in the comments anyway … I totally get it.

The Puzzletje quilt uses the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool. This is such a simple tool to use when making flying geese. I love that the measurements and quantities needed are right there on the ruler. And, regardless of your favorite method for making Flying Geese, this ruler is perfect for trimming them up! You can see two different methods for making Flying Geese blocks in the video below.

I always recommend you purchase your quilting supplies from your local quilt shop. However, if you don’t have access to a local quilt shop, purchasing your ruler through my affiliate link helps support this site. You can buy the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool at The Fat Quarter Shop or you can purchase the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool on Amazon.

You can purchase the Puzzletje Quilt Pattern by heading to my pattern shop, or by clicking the link below!

Check out all my past Ruler of the Month quilts here, and go check out all the fun patterns in my Carolina Moore Patterns shop.

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.

It is super simple to use, I show you how in this video:

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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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Log Cabin Heart Quilt

Who doesn’t love a simple heart quilt? And if you ask me, a scrappy heart quilt is even better! This Log Cabin Heart Quilt is quick to stitch up with the help of the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to get those fabulous curved-looking top blocks! All you need is the ruler, 3/4 yard of assorted heart-colored fabrics, and a yard of background fabrics … oh, and the Log Cabin Heart Quilt pattern!

Of course I went through my stash of Art Gallery Fabrics for this heart mini quilt. You’ll find assorted Art Gallery Fabrics Prints including Matchmade, Meriwether, Maara, and Elements collections. For the background fabric I chose this fabulous Art Gallery Fabrics Denim in Soft Sand. YES! I went with Denim for the background, and it gives this quilt fabulous texture!

The Log Cabin Heart Quilt is also special because it is the first Ruler of the Month pattern! What is the Ruler of the Month? I’m so glad you asked!!

Each month, I’ll be sharing a new fun ruler with you, as well as a quilt or other project that you can make with the ruler! For the first month the pattern will be free. Once the next month’s pattern and video are released, the previous pattern will get moved to my pattern shop for you to purchase.

This month, I’m sharing the Creative Grids 4″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. This ruler guides you through the process of trimming up a mini log cabin block that looks like a curve!

This is a super fun ruler, and I’ve made a video to show you how to use it to make your Curvy Log Cabin Blocks.

And, of course I show you how the Spot on Dot works with this ruler. Lines on quilting rulers are even more fabulous when you can see them clearly!

I encourage you to purchase the ruler at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase it online, here are affiliate links to purchase the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool at The Fat Quarter Shop: http://shrsl.com/23l6y or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vLMnOs

This pattern was free to newsletter subscribers in February of 2020. If you missed the free download period, you can purchase the pattern in my shop:

Buy the Log Cabin Heart Quilt Pattern here.

I can’t wait to see your fabulous and scrappy Log Cabin Hear quilts!

Free Starry Lullaby Pattern

I love creating quilts for Art Gallery Fabrics’ look books! And today I’m sharing my latest design as a FREE pattern for you to download! This Starry Lullaby Quilt is made using AGF Pine Lullaby prints. It is quick and simple to make – perfect for an easy baby gift!

This pattern uses large blocks as well as panel pieces, which make it very quick to stitch up! I loved how easily the quilt came together. And those panel prints are so adorable!

You could make all the star blocks the same color, but I love how changing the colors of the blocks adds interest and movement. Really the perfect quilt for laying down on the floor for the baby to lay down on!

It is also the perfect quilt for simple and easy quilting. I just did some straight-ish lines with my walking foot on this quilt. Casual, easy, simple, fast … my favorite things!

 

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Square Dance with AGF Selva

Recently, I had the chance to play with one of Art Gallery Fabrics’ new lines, Selva. This fun, jungle inspired print was perfect for a quilt that I’d been bouncing around in my mind. Ever since I stitched up the “Square Dance” quilt for the Leisure Arts “Modern Patchwork” book, I’d been wanting to make a new version of the quilt.

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If you want to make this quilt, you can get your copy of Modern Patchwork from Leisure Arts here. or you can find it on Amazon.

The original version of the quilt is stitched up in Art Gallery Fabrics solids, and quilted using straight-line quilting. And while I do love it, I wondered what it might look like using prints instead. So, when I got my hands on Selva, that is exactly what I did!

And then of course I had to pick an exotic spot to photograph it for the lookbook. I went with the Old Mission Dam in the Mission Trails park here in San Diego. It is just a short drive away, and the scenery is just so much fun!

Of course I brought with me all the tools I thought I’d need to style the quilt in the photos – pins, tape, string – but in all my planning I forgot about proper footwear! So, I was traipsing through the trails wearing my flip-flops.

Clearly, living in Southern California has absolutely gone to my head!

It was especially precarious as I was positioning the quilt for this shot. That water on the left is not my idea of a relaxing afternoon bath!

Of course I had to take a photo of the back of the quilt. I love a good pieced quilt back, when I have the time. And those AGF solids are so great for showing off the quilting!

I really had fun with the quilting on this piece. While straight-line walking foot quilting is fabulous, I love an excuse to put on the free motion foot and quilt! And none of these designs are super complex! Just lines, loops, and pebbles.

While I rarely make the same quilt more than once, I really loved taking a quilt that I had designed, and re-making it in a completely different way! It is so fun to see what a difference fabric choices make when putting together a quilt!

If you want to grab the Modern Patchwork book, you can get it from Leisure Arts here, or you can find it on Amazon.

Announcing the Quilty 5k!

I am super excited to announce a new quilting series that I’m starting here, and on my YouTube Channel!

It is called the Quilty 5k! There are 7 blocks in a mile, and 3.1 miles in a 5k. So for the quilty 5k, we’ll be completing 22 blocks. Each will have instructions for stitching it in 3 different sizes, as well as different coloring options and a coloring sheet so you can design your own quilts using the quilt blocks!

Check out all the details in the intro video!

I hope you’ll join in!


Quilting made easy with Riley Blake and Cricut – Part 3 of 3

Welcome to the 3rd part of this video and quilting series! Over the past weeks I have been working on making a Christmas Quilt using Riley Blake Fabrics and the Cricut Maker. In Part One I showed you how I selected the fabric and pattern. In Part Two I showed you how all the pieces were cut. And today… today we are piecing the Half Log Cabin Throw quilt top!

Quilting Made Easy with Riley Blake and Cricut PArt 3 - Learn how to piece the quarter log cabin quilt pattern!

 

To finish up this series I’ve created another video. This video is long, but oh-so-comprehensive! I’ll be holding your hand and taking you step-by-step through how to make this quilt. It is always more fun to make a project with a friend, and I hope you’ll stitch along side me as we make this quilt together!

We’ll make the units, put together the blocks, build the rows, and stitch up this quilt top. When we get to adding the borders, I’ll give you some tips on how to get a nice smooth border with no ruffles!


If you’d rather read along, I’ll lay out the basics of making the quilt here. Remember that a full set of PDF instructions is in Design Space that will also help you in making the quilt.

We’re going to start by laying out all of our fabrics. The inner border, outer border, and binding fabric can be put aside. Label the other fabrics by fabric number to make it easier to grab the right fabric as you lay out the block units.

label your fabrics when quilting

Using the PDF instructions, grab a square of fabric one and the smallest rectangle in fabric 8. Place them right sides together and stitch.

(BTW – all seams in this quilt are 1/4″.)

stitch first two pieces

Then press your seam towards the dark.

press first stitch

Add the next size up of fabric 8. Stitch and press. Repeat with the same size of fabric 1, and then the largest strip of fabric 1. You’ll have your first block unit complete!

finished first block

Repeat the process for all the block units – you’ll be making 6 of each. Check the PDF for all the fabric combinations. If you watch the video, I’ll show you how you can save time making these units by strip piecing.

next block

Once you have all your block units, lay out block A. Stitch the top and bottom units together. Press the seam to the right. Repeat with the bottom two units, pressing the seam in the opposite direction. Then stitch the top and bottom together. You can press the middle seam up, down, or spin the seam (watch the video and I’ll show you this technique)! Make 6 of this block (Block A).

putting it together

Now you’ll follow the same steps as Block A, but to make Block B. Which is the same, but with different fabrics.

Block B

Once your blocks are done, stitch them into rows! You’ll have 4 rows, each with 3 blocks. 2 of the rows have a block A flanked by block B on either side. The other 2 rows are block B flanked by Block A on either side. Press the seams of the first row in one direction, and the seams on the other row in the other direction.stitch the rowsThen stitch your rows together (alternating the A row with the B row), and press all the seams in one direction. Your blocks are all together! Now it is time to add the borders! I want to share my special border-adding tip with you.

First we’ll be adding the side borders. Measure both sides of your quilt, then measure the center of your quilt from top to bottom. This tells you the height of your quilt on both sides and in the middle. Add these 3 numbers together then divide by 3. That is the size you should cut your side borders. This will keep you from having wavy borders.

Pin the border in place. First by pinning each end. Then pinning the middle. Then pinning along each half so that the border is smoothly in place. Once it is pinned, you can stitch.

pin on border

Repeat the process of measuring the top, bottom, and middle to cut the top and bottom borders to size. Pin them the same way, then stitch. Repeat all these steps to cut, pin, and stitch on your outer borders. Once your borders are on, your quilt is done!

stitch on borders

This quilt has been so much fun to put together – I hope you enjoyed it, too! I’m considering putting together a bonus video to show you how to quilt this lap sized quilt on a domestic sewing machine. But if you prefer, you can absolutely have a long-arm quilter do the quilting, and then you just have to bind it. You can search this site for lots of tips on quilting your quilt, and binding it!

Thanks to Cricut and Riley Blake for asking me to put together this series! I can’t wait to show you more quilting and crafting fun!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quilting made easy with Riley Blake and Cricut – Part 2

I’m excited to share part 2 of my “Quilting Made Easy” series with Riley Blake and Cricut. When Cricut offered to send me a Riley Blake quilt kit of my choice to share with y’all, and show you how easy it is to whip up a quilt when Cricut takes care of the bulk of the cutting, I was excited! I love sharing innovative ways to approach quilting, and these quilt kits are a fantastic way for both beginners and experienced quilters to put together quilts that look beautiful every time!

Last week I showed you how easy it was to pick out a fun fabric kit, and to pick a pattern to go with it. Today I’m opening up the pattern and doing all the cutting.

quilting made easy with Riley Blake and Cricut - part 2 of 3

If you’d rather hang out with me while I go over all the details, I put together a video where I take you step-by-step through the cutting process. You can pause, rewind, and watch at your own pace. I’ve put the video here:

 

If you’d like to read through the steps, I have you covered as well.

First, let’s talk tools. Cricut has some great kits that are perfect for doing all the pre-cutting needed. They have a rotary blade, ruler, and mat set that is exactly right for cutting those large 12″ wide strips needed for the Cricut mat. Be sure to check out the Cricut cutting tools – they are the experts when it comes to sharp blades that cut well!

Cricut tools for quilting

Start by removing the fabric from the zippered bag it came in (by the way, this zippered bag becomes an awesome shoe bag for traveling!), and pull out the paper it came with as well.

planning the quilt

I also printed a screen shot of the cutting instructions, since those are not available as a PDF. I put all the fabrics in order – fabric 1 through 11. I removed fabric 11, which was the 3/4 yard piece of fabric. Beware, it is the exact same as fabric 4, which is a 2/3 piece. Make sure you’re setting aside the 3/4 yard piece which will be used for the binding later.

From fabric 1, cut two 12″ wide strips.

rotary cutting fabric

Cut fabric 4 into two 1/3 yard pieces (1/3 yard is 12″, so you’ll be cutting it in half to make two 12″ strips).

Then from your inner border fabric (fabric 3) cut 5 strips, each 2″ wide.

cut inner border

From the outer border fabric, cut 5 strips, each 5.5″ wide.

cut outer border

 

I know what you’re thinking – this is supposed to be all about how great the Cricut machine is for cutting fabric, and we haven’t even pulled out the Cricut machine yet! Yes, that is true. The Cricut Maker is great for cutting fabric. But for some projects, a little pre-cutting is needed. There are 11 fabrics in this kit. We have pre-cut 4 of them, and put a fifth aside. Now we are ready to pull out the Cricut Maker to do the rest of the cutting for us!

Start by placing the fabric on the mat. Float the fabric over the pink mat until it is lined up on the edges, and the top edge is above the top cutting line, but below the top edge of the mat. Then press it down. You can use the brayer to secure it if you like.

place fabric on mat

Now you are ready to get cutting! For most cuts, you can use a single strip of fabric for 2 mats. The first mat is a 12×24″ mat. Place the fabric on the mat. Then trim off the extra fabric from the bottom. Put this on a 12×12″ mat (or on a 12×24″ mat – you can always use a larger mat) for the second mat of that fabric.

If you didn’t print out the screen shot of the cutting instructions, I’ve got you covered! Here you go:

Fabric 1 – Mats 1 and 2
Fabric 2 – Outer border – was cut into 5.5″ strips in an earlier step.
Fabric 3 – Inner border – was cut into 2″ strips in an earlier step.
Fabric 9 – Mats 3 and 4
Fabric 6 – Mats 5 and 6
Fabric 5 – Mats 7 and 8
Fabric 4 – Mats 9 and 10
Fabric 8 – Mats 11 and 12
Fabric 7 – Mats 13 and 14
Fabric 10 – Mats 15 and 16
Fabric 11 – Set aside for binding

You probably noticed that all those fabrics are NOT in number order. This is because we want to make sure that our light and dark fabrics are balanced in the quilt. Each quilt has those lights and darks set up in a different order, so the cutting order for the fabrics can change.

Once you have your first mat ready to go, you can start cutting the rest of your fabrics! It is lovely to cut it with the Maker, because once you have the mats and fabric in order, you can let your mind wander. When cutting with a traditional rotary cutter and ruler, I have to be vigilant and remember to “measure twice, cut once” or risk a mis-cut! A miscut can mean a waste of fabric – possibly running out of fabric if the miscut is bad enough! I didn’t have that issue with the maker. I kept feeding in the mats in order, and could even hold a conversation with my 6 year old while getting all the mats cut – and I never had a miscut!

cutting fabric with maker

I’ll be back in TWO weeks with the third installment of this quilting journey. Next week I’ll be off at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon teaching a class on “How to Design a Quilt Block like a Pro” as well as learning from some of the other fabulous ladies (and gentleman) who are teaching at the event!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.