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Launching Pad
April 2021

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Block Tutorials & Tips

I've been sharing detailed tutorials and my top tips for piecing quilt blocks. Are there any particular quilt building blocks that you would love to see me share in more detail? Reply to this newsletter with your suggestions!

No Waste Flying Geese
Square in a Square
Diffraction Block

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Diffraction Quilt Pattern Release

The Diffraction quilt pattern creates a modern two-color baby quilt while helping you hone your precision piecing skills. The pattern offers a detailed, step by step piecing tutorial and also includes additional layout options to inspire you to make larger, dynamic quilts.
The possibilities with the Diffraction block are almost endless! In addition to the cover quilt option, the pattern also includes materials and cutting instructions for 2 alternate baby quilts, a large lap quilt, and a queen size quilt.

To celebrate the pattern release, the Diffraction Digital Quilt Pattern is on sale through Friday, April 9th. And for newsletter subscribers only: Use the code “TWOPDFS” for $2 off 2 patterns or “THREEPDFS” for $4 off 3 patterns.
Diffraction Digital Quilt Pattern

Square in a Square Tutorial & Top Tips

Last month I shared a tutorial and my top tips for making no-waste flying geese. Another block that I’ve worked with over the years that is surprisingly tricky is the square in a square block, and a few weeks ago I shared a tutorial and my top tips in case anything I have learned is helpful.
Square in a Square Tutorial and Top Tips

Variable Star Block {Old School BOM}

Are you sewing along with the Old School Block of the Month? Above is my version of block two, the Variable Star block, which was shared by Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting.

Nancy offered a variation on the Variable Star Block to include a signature panel in the center of the star. I’ve seen many creative uses of that area in blocks made by those sewing along: from embroidery documenting the year to additional piecing detail, it’s been fun to see the creativity. I’m personally thinking I will quilt some details in that section when the time comes using contrasting Aurifil 12wt thread. We'll see if I remember!!

The third block has been shared by Quilt Jane. I know what I need to sew before the next block comes out on April 12th!

2021 Old School Block of the Month

January 12, 2021 – Kim Lapacek (Persimon Dreams)
February 12, 2021 – Nancy Scott (Masterpiece Quilting)
March 12, 2021 – Quilt Jane
April 12, 2021 – Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives)
May 12, 2021 – Natalie Santini (Sew Hungry Hippie)
June 12, 2021 – Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy)
July 12, 2021 – GoGo Kim
August 12, 2021 – Lee Chappell Monroe (May Chappell)
September 12, 2021 – Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl)
October 12, 2021 – Pat Sloan
November 12, 2021 – Katy Cameron (The Littlest Thistle)
December 12, 2021 – Sherri Falls (This and That Patterns)

Thanks for Your Suggestions!

A little over a week ago, in a blog post I asked for some help with creative solutions and ideas for what to do with the ribbon I won from QuiltCon Together. Thank you all so much for your creative ideas and input. I've decided that I will be repurposing the fabric in the ribbon in 3 different ways:
  1. I will use it to create a new label for the back of the quilt (and probably also adding the button to the quilt back).
  2. I will create a small memory bead from a small scrap.
  3. I will save the remainder of the scraps to possibly include in future Patreon mini mini quilt rewards.


Last month I had anticipated giving a virtual lecture for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, but just before the lecture they asked if there was any possibility that I could also teach a virtual workshop. We had a great time together in a virtual Wayward Transparency workshop and just look at all the beautiful work they were able to complete in 3 hours!

Upcoming Teaching Schedule

Quilter Spotlight: Carole Lyles Shaw

Carole started teaching herself to quilt when she decided to make quilts for her wonderful nieces and nephews. Then, she found her first quilting home with the African American Quilters of Baltimore, who gently taught her the best techniques to express her quilt vision.

Today, Carole designs patterns to help beginning and experienced quilters confidently dive into modern quilting. She is excited about modern quilting because it is all about bringing individualism and free expression to the way we design and make quilts today. Carole hopes that her patterns will inspire you to find ways to let your own creative voice shine.

Carole lectures and teaches live virtual and on-demand classes on modern quilting techniques for beginning and experienced quilters.

To learn more about Carole, visit her via her website and Instagram.

While I know that there is a lot of remodeling still ahead this year in our home, things are currently stable and my husband and I have figured out how we can co-work in the small space. I've really found a productivity groove and I'm excited to show you more progress on my next Pulsar quilt on my blog this month!

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